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Sunday, September 24, 2017

I am constantly shouting this from the rooftops, but it's because IT'S IMPORTANT!!! 

I'm curious to see if anyone has tried this and if it works? I am worried it would absorb the smell of strong foods and transfer it to other foods? Let me know. 

SO HOW CAN I GO TO ONE OF THESE IN THE STATES?!?!

Haha I loved this. My new philosophy is to go with whatever I'm craving, but try to stick with vegetarian for the most part. So if can sub for fake meat, I do. If I can't, I don't. Another cool idea I've heard is just eating vegetarian for certain days of the week. Or, if you can, just buy free range meat/eggs/milk, so you're not supporting a horrible industry!

I didn't hear anything about this in the media. I'm curious, what do you guys think about it and why do you think we didn't hear about it a lot??

Omg I always think about this and wonder what it says about my personality!! Because Tucker and Trixie are very different. But I do think Trixie is like my mom, so maybe there is some truth.

I am not in the mommy blogger world as much these days, but I still can't help but to giggle at these videos.

XOXO
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Becoming My True Self

Saturday, September 23, 2017




I have never been a pie person before, but I was at a dinner party a few weeks ago and had strawberry rhubarb pie for the first time and it was SO GOOD. I asked for the recipe, made my own, and between me and J we ate almost the entire thing! #killinit

I just got back from Whole Foods and am going to make two little strawberry rhubarb pies, a little apple pie, and a little quiche! I bought a set of 4 miniature pie tins on Amazon before discovering the CUTEST pie tin at Target. I was going to return the mini ones but the shipping was going to cost me almost as much as they cost, so I just decided to keep them. 

If I was a millionaire I would live my life the same, except I would grocery shop at Whole Foods and drive a Tesla. Ok and I would obviously travel more. But I would still just want one car, and a house no more than 3,000 square feet, and to shop at Asian fashion sites. 

ALSO! Is anyone else watching American Vandal on Netflix? I was laughing to myself because I totally thought it was a real documentary for the first few episodes. This is funny if you know what it's about. Also I am watching Seeking a Friend for the End of the World right now and it's so cute. A MUST WATCH. I love indie films. Another very good one is Safety Not Guaranteed. 

When I am an old lady I want to have really long hair. I want it to be either white, or if teenagers still like dying hair, I'll hire one to dye it cool colors like lavender and pink. And then I am going to bake all day and give treats to the neighbors. And everyone will know me as that old lady with lavender hair who bakes pies. I'm really excited. Especially now that I have discovered my first pie recipe. 

The future is bright, folks!

XOXO
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Morning Walks With My Dog Child

Thursday, September 21, 2017
Getting back into every day, normal, creative challenge shooting has been so fun! I met up with a new friend in New York yesterday and we just shot around and bounced ideas off of each other. It inspired me to take my camera with me on my walk with Tucker this morning.

I take him out for an hour each morning so he will be *hopefully* less bored while we are gone all day. This morning I took him to Lake Mohegan, which has a little dog friendly part. We tried to take him there when all the dogs were there and he was NOT READY for that hahaha. He totally ran away and J had to chase him down. So my theory is: If I take him there when it isn't really busy, it won't be as new and exciting (aka distracting) when we go there for swim time.

He did ok this time, but it does get frustrating when your dog who knows all his commands at home gets into a new environment and disobeys everything! UGH!

But alas. We will keep training him! I have strong thoughts on training your dog, but I can definitely see why people give up. It's hard work! If we had a backyard I could throw him in, maybe I wouldn't be as good about it haha.

XOXO
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A Happy List: 170

Monday, September 18, 2017





1/ When Tucker tucks his feet under his body and looks like a bread loaf. 

2/ I was in New York and the temperature was absolutely perfect. Not too hot, not too cold. My last class got canceled so I decided to get pizza before catching the train home. So, here I am. In the most perfect weather. In the most perfect city. With a pizza in my right hand and a soda in my left. I was thinking about how it was such a perfect moment and right then You Are The Ocean came on my headphones (my favorite song). And I was just in awe at how perfect that moment was.

3/ We made both these recipes yesterday and they were so good. I love when random online recipes turn out! 

4/ J and Tucker had been waiting for me in the car. When I finally got in, J was posting a selfie with Tucker to Instagram lol!

5/ I have an office! It may be in a basement and shared with someone else, but hey. Still a step up!

6/ Seeing a Leonberger. Flippin' majestic.

7/ Teaching Tucker how to play hide and seek.

8/ Getting back into photography! I can never decide if I want social media to be my side hustle (as J and I call it) or if I want to do photography. Well, I think a more accurate way to phrase it is: I would rather do photography as a side job, but I feel like I get booked more with social media campaigns. Anyway, if you're in New York and need a photographer, check me out

9/ Getting my order from Romwe even though I am an idiot and keep putting the wrong zip code. If you haven't already, check out what I got

10/ I have just been thinking a lot lately about time. When I think about how I have 8 months of school left, it still seems like a long time. But then I break it down by what trips and breaks are coming up, and it actually seems like it's going fast! This semester we have Vermont, Harry Potter World, Ireland, and then Christmas and Thanksgiving break. So like, all of that will make it go by really fast! And then after that it's my last semester, which I feel like will naturally go by fast, even though we have nothing exciting planned during that semester. 

Anyway! I'm trying to live more in the moment and not obsess about moving to Portland (because like, we've never even been there and who knows if we will be able to find jobs and make it happen). So looking forward to the trip/break that's coming up has been helping me to be more present... even though it's still not being entirely present lol. 

Oh well! Sometimes you just gotta keep crawling through life looking toward the future or you'll never make it hahaha. And with the grad school load I've got, that's all I can do!

XOXO
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Romwe Clothing Haul!!

Sunday, September 17, 2017
So, I love Asian clothing websites. I have been shopping them from way back when you had to pay a million dollars in shipping so you had to order like $200 to make it worth it lol. Needless to say, websites like Romwe change the game! Asian clothing prices with regular shipping? YES PLEASE. I ordered once from them to test it out, and loved everything so much I placed a second order. These are my favorites from the two orders!

10/10 would recommend shopping through them if you're in college and/or trying to save money but still wanna look fly. :)


















1. $5. I am obsessed with the color of this! It is a nice, thick material too. I feel my most Jessica Day when I wear it lol. Buy it here.

2. $5. So I have been LIVING in this! It fits the bust well but is so cute and flowy. V bohemian. V cute. Buy it here



















3. $5. This is so cute and loose! It looks so cute tucked into pants.  Buy it here.

 4. This whole outfit was $6! The skirt band stretches and is floor length. WIN X 3. Buy the top here and the skirt here



















5. $7. This is a crop top and SO SOFT. Like wear all the time, soft. Buy it here.

 6. $10. Can you ever have too many alien things? The answer is no. Buy it here



















7. $7. This another super soft shirt! It's my go to as soon as I come home and change into sweats. Buy it here

8. $8. This is another cute, loose top that looks super cute tucked into jeans. Buy it here

Anddddd, this is what I wore today! The top is thin and lets a lot of air in. (If you live in a humid place like me, this is important haha.) Buy it here.

The skirt is old from Anthropologie. All in all, I am obsessed with Romwe. You can find such good things for under $5, it's crazy! Some tips: Make sure you check the measurement on each item in your cart. I typically wear a small and some of the items I ordered were medium/large. That's actually the only tip! Everything looks like the picture. Shipping is pretty good too! I keep entering the wrong zip code because I am an idiot, and luckily everything has found its way to me in about two weeks each time. So if you did the right address you'd probably be about a week! I honestly feel like the quality of the clothes is what you would find at Forever 21/H&M (and even some of those online boutiques that are so popular these days). So I prefer to just buy them from the source! Lemme know if you guys try them out and what you think!
 XOXO
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Weekend Links

Saturday, September 16, 2017

1/ This Spotify playlist is SO GOOD.

2/ This is probably the most important thing I have ever read. If you are interested in the mental health field, YOU NEED TO READ THIS.

3/ HI IF YOU ARE A STUDENT YOU ARE WELCOME.

That's all I have for this week! We are watching Baby Driver right now and I can't decide if I like it? I really like the preview, but now that I am watching the actual show I am iffy haha. I feel like Ansel Egort's transition was so strong? Like he went from being a teenage boy in that movie teenagers loved, and now he is a getaway driver? Intense.

Also we went to the store today and J bought red delicious apples and I was like ??? WHO BUYS RED DELICIOUS APPLES!

Oh, and also we went to the dog park and there was a dog there that was literally bigger than me. Here, I'll link a picture. Anyway, it was one of the more magical moments of my life.

I hope you are all having a good weekend! Tucker has been a bit sick today, but hopefully he is better tomorrow because I've got a lot of homework to do.

Also do you ever eat something sweet and it like, hurts your tooth kind of? What is that? I am trying to eat soft licorice but it keeps hurting my left tooth? I haven't been to the dentist in 2 years maybe? Wait no... I went before we moved to New York. Ok, so like a year. BUT YOU GUYS. So I went to the dentist like a year ago, and then I was looking at my teeth with one of those dental mirrors and I saw a brown spot that didn't go away! And I was like, THERE IS NO WAY I HAVE A CAVITY. But then I never went to the dentist to check. So maybe it was a cavity and now it's grown and is making my teeth weirdly sensitive.

Teeth are like, a big deal. Cause like think. They are depreciating over time. My grandma says that when you get older you have to have a retirement fund just for your teeth lol.

XOXO
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LIFE

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Hellooooo! 

I always feel like it's "been a minute" since I've sat down and just typed. Usually when I do I keep those posts as drafts. I publish most of what I write, but some I keep as drafts so when I turn my blog into a book they will be there, but the internet doesn't need to see!

The general feeling I have today is nervousness about life haha. I keep my career stuff vague on here. Actually I usually don't post about it at all. I work with a lot of confidentiality. Event though all my social media is under a different name than I go by in my work, there is always the possibility that some one could find my platforms! So, don't ever think I am not working or liking it, it is just that this isn't the place for that!

I start my new job today and my schedule will be changing. I used to get home at 2:30 but now I will be getting home at 6:30, maybe later. It's just crazy this is the last internship I will have before I graduate and go out into the world! I am hoping so badly that wherever we move to next we will be able to rent a house with a fenced backyard. I feel so bad leaving my pup in the house alone for 7 hours! I mean he is fine and just sleeps, but yeah. A backyard would be nice. I feel like every home I find isn't renovated? I just wish someone in Seattle or Portland had a super cute, renovated home with a fenced backyard and was renting haha. I guess we could find a month to month apartment contract until that happens, but do those even exist anymore?! They always want to lock you down for a year!

In general, I'm getting very exited to be done with school and to move back to the west coast. I'm excited for us to be closer to our works, so we can leave the house at 7:30 and be home by 5:30! (The life!) It's like real life is so close! We can go to Target and buy things! We can go on more trips! We can eat at Olive Garden!! 

It seems like we have been college students forever, so I am so excited to almost be done with it! Real life is so close! Getting through these next two semesters will be tough, but also I think the schedule I have should make it go by fast? I don't know about getting home so late, but having Mondays off means every weekend is a 3 day weekend. And then if Tuesday is hard at work, I know the next day I am going into the city. And then Thursday I can say, "Tomorrow is Friday!" So yeah. I think it's a pretty good setup haha. 

XOXO
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First Day Of School

Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Guys! I had my first day of school on Wednesday! I wish I could say it's my last first day of school, but alas. Only second to last. Anyway, the night before I looked up the train schedule and saw it was leaving at 7:09. So, J and I hopped in the car and got to the train station at 7:05. There was a train there with the doors closing. I was like, "What train is that?? No way it's the 7:09." We decided it was probably a local bound train. But no. YOU GUYS. It was MY TRAIN! Like what kind of public transportation comes EARLY? I mean if you are a train that's early, sit there for five minutes for heaven's sake!! So, I got on a later train. I have slight social anxiety with some things, and the thought of walking in late to my first class on the first day was like NO THANKS. So I kept debating whether or not I should go. I finally decided to just be an adult and do it, so I got on the next train. It was a really pretty ride with all the fog.
Ok, so then I got there and I was about 30 minutes late. The whole class is 2 hours, so I figured I could still get a lot if I went in. IT WAS SO HARD. But literally I just kept going thinking "What's the worst that can happen?" Well, I walked in the class and the only seat was in the front. When I sat down the professor asked me what my name was and then asked if I was ok hahahaha. I was like, "Yeah my train was just late." But like, why you gotta ask if I am ok bro? People are just late sometimes!! Ughhhhh.
It was nice to be back in the city! New York is the prettiest city I kidddddddd you not. I hate living there but LOVE being able to train in. I haven't spent the fall there yet, and I'm excited to explore this year!
As is typical for my life, I missed the train by THREE MINUTES. so I got home about 20 minutes later than I would have otherwise. SMH. But I gotta tell ya, living closer to the city than last year is so nice! I get home at 8:00 instead of 10:00! Moving FTW.

XOXO
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A Happy List: 169

Monday, September 11, 2017

1/ Unclogging the shower drain on our own! We ended up using a plunger and it worked like a charm. The next morning I was standing in the shower and I just had this overwhelming feeling of competence. Like, I am an adult. I can be in charge of a house and a career and a dog and babies and plan trips and pay for my stuff and do whatever I want, because I'm an ADULT.

2/ This post is amazinggg. Especially if you want to use Pinterest more but don't have time.

3/ I finished Riverdale! The first episode I wasn't that into and stopped watching. But then the teenagers I work with were so into it I felt I needed to watch it. (If you work with teenagers/kids you gotta get in their world! So I told J I was "working" every time I watched an episode lol.) I actually ended up liking! EMO COLE SPROUSE AM I RIGHT!? Like where did the baby Zack and Cody go? I love seeing child actors grown up. Also, I was similar to his character in high school, so it was nice to see my tribe represented.

4/ Fall is almost here in New England! It's like, the best season here BY FAR. I think the flock of people that come out is evidence of that haha. It's our last Fall here, too. So, I'm trying to make the best of it and be the most festive. I just baked a pie and my whole house smells so yummy!

5/ This is the best vegetarian main dish EVER! I will be making it for every anti-Thanksgiving from here on.

6/ Finally seeing It! I have been following its production since they first announced there would be a remake! And then when they announced Bill Skarsgârd would be Pennywise I was like OH SNAP!! Anyway, so it was so fun to see it after hyping myself up for what seemed like years! If you haven't seen The Gunslinger yet either, go see both!

7/ My aunt and uncle had a baby which means I have a cousin on my mom's side of the family now! I'm v excited to see more pics of her! She's lookin' pretty cute so far.

8/ So there is a lake in Connecticut where you can take your dog! We went on Saturday and there were a ton of dogs playing in the water. It was the cutest ever! Wait, I think I took some photos? I am trying to do more photos of every day life. Every time I am in school/busy my blog turns into like, the same three posts, and I'm always like, "BUT WHAT DID YOU DO DURING THAT TIME?!" So I am trying to capture the little moments more, even if they are just me on a train, Tucker, and going to the dog park haha.

9/ My eyelashes from this post are working like a charm! I am getting better at putting them on and they are bending more to my natural eye shape. Needless to say: NEVER GOING BACK TO MASCARA!!

10/ J went grocery shopping. Can I just tell you how much I love not having to go grocery shopping?? Bless that boy's heart!

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Here are some funny things people said this week:

We were at the dog park and a guy asked J how old Tucker was. J said, "He's a year and 7 months" and me and the guy just rolled hahahahaha. It was so reminiscent of when you ask someone how old their baby is and they're like "21 months!" (Side note: My sister said her daughters name in months until she was like 3 hahaha.)

We were going to a movie but had to walk through Target first. We were already a few minutes late, but Target had the CUTEST Fall and Halloween things out. So, I stopped by to do a quick browse. Seconds later, I hear a *snap! snap! snap!* and look over to see J, 20 feet away, snapping at me to follow while he walked away haha. (Bonus!! I posted this story on my Facebook and a woman from my mom's neighborhood commented and said: "I would not have moved an inch?")

I was at the dog park (the only place I ever go, apparently) talking to a woman at a table. There were a group of people a little further away from us. As the woman and I are talking, this older woman approaches me and says, "Whose dog is that?!?" pointing to Tucker. My heart dropped and I was like,  "Oh! He's mine!" She then broke into a smile and went off about how much her dogs were connecting with him and invited us to come to the park when she comes to the park haha.

Long story short: J thought kids started to walk when they are 3!!! In hindsight, he thinks if he would have thought about it more he would have known it happened earlier, because we have multiple nieces and nephews... sure J.... sure....

We were following our Google Maps and it said it would take us 10 minutes to get there, but we got there a few minutes later. As we pulled in J said, "Psh! 10 minutes my a! My ripe, rump a!" I am still LOL-ing at this typing it haha.

XOXO
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DIY Magnetic Eyelashes!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Can I just say that I am so happy right now?! I HAVE LIFE HACKED THE MOST IMPORTANT THING: EYELASHES.

I LOVE the look of eyelash extensions but don't have them because
A.) I don't have the money to get them done every month. (Let's be honest, even if I did I wouldn't because you can buy like, an airplane ticket with how much you can spend on lashes lol.)
B.) I don't want to take the time to get them filled.
C.) I like having the choice between real or fake lashes.
D.) I'm one of those gross people who loves to pick things, whether it's scabs or eyelashes. So I end up picking them all off and have 0 eyelashes. 

So, when I saw that little Facebook ad for magnetic lashes I bought them faster than I have ever bought anything in my entire life. (Well, except for those Russell Stover chocolate covered marshmallows that come out during the holiday season. Mmmmmmm.) However, when they came, I was really disappointed. I mean, they covered like the outside part of my eye and looked wayyyy too natural. If I'm gonna have fake eyelashes people gotta KNOW, ya feel me ladies??

So, I took it upon myself to create the ULTIMATE FALSE MAGNETIC EYELASHES. This is probably the most important thing I will ever do for you (yes, you). So, let's begin!

DIY MAGNETIC EYELASH EXTENSIONS:

Materials needed:
- magnetic eyelashes 
- false eyelashes (One pair for every two pairs of magnetic lashes. So if you have four magnetic lashes, just get one pair of false eyelashes. You can't tell but I have 6 magnetic eyelashes in this picture.)
- eyelash glue


Step 1.) Trim the eyelashes to fit your eye. I actually ended up trimming mine more after I finished them. You'd rather trim too little than too much, so be careful!


Step 2.) Squeeze eyelash glue to the top of the magnetic eyelash. Make sure you have tested out which magnets go together and are getting one that works as a top lash. You'll want to let the glue dry for a bit until it is tacky, then add the false eyelash on top. 


I couldn't get a picture while they were going together because it was MESSY! But here is how mine look afterward. So I have the false eyelashes on the top, glue in the middle, and the magnetic lashes on the bottom. These are what I would put on the top of my eye, and I have the little untouched magnetic lashes that go on the bottom. You only need the top magnetic lash to have the false strip lash. The bottom one can stay as it came. 


Step 3.)  Once they are dry (make sure they're dry!) try them on and trim accordingly.

That's it! You're done! Here's a before and after of mine. Top photo = mascara. Middle = "shy" lashes. Bottom = "midnight" lashes.


So, I will warn you. Depending on your eye shape, not all of the lash may fit right against your eyelid. You can mess around with the lashes and bend them, but they don't always stay once you get them on. This is an obvious downfall of this DIY, but from a normal standing point you can't really tell. (As my husband promises me.) Here are some photos to show you what they look like if you were a normal talking distance away.

These first photos are the "shy" lashes. Also I didn't know I would be making this a four square collage at the time, so excuse my lack of posing. 


These are the "midnight" lashes.


So there you have it! This whole thing was like... maybe $30 for everything? Definitely cheaper than eyelash extensions! I love being able to skip mascara and just slide them off before bed! And even though the edge doesn't fit right against my eyelid, I feel it's worth it. I tested it on J and had him get varying levels of close to me and tell me when he could tell lol. 

But I mean, overall WHO IS LOOKING AT ANYONE THAT CLOSE! I mean, in our narcissistic world it is nice to imagine that my classmates are going to spend their time critiquing the outer corner of my eyelashes, but in reality?? Not. Gonna. Happen.

Anyway! If you guys try these, let me know what you think!

XOXO
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