Wednesday, March 7, 2012

something good can work

Things have been a whirlpool of crazy lately, as I am currently preparing for the big move home. It's alarming to realize how much a hoarder like me accumulates over the course of a year. Perhaps this is where I confess that I had snagged a can of A&W root beer at the Filipino market and sincerely wanted to save it for a special occasion...

Despite all the sorting of things into trash, friend giveaways, and to-send-home, I've managed to find the time to kick-off a new exercise regime. For the past month or so, I've mildly hopped onto the P90X bandwagon. I have failed at sticking to the schedule (which I will probably attempt once I'm back in the US of A), but I have endured about 4 workouts per week, keeping the Ab Ripper, Cardio X, Kenpo, and Core Synergistics on my rotation. My main goal is just to get toned for the summer, as we all try to do, and if I happen to shed a few lbs in doing so, I will happily embrace it. 

I prefer to wear fitted clothes during my periods of fitness, like leggings or yoga shorts paired with a tank. It's a bit of a motivation booster for me, almost as if I can see the "goo", as Tony Horton likes to call it, melt away. I'm a believer in the idea that liking what you wear will promote positive energy; not to mention, forking over the money for cute workout clothes may be that extra push you need to get moving... literally. 

1. Lucy Race Me Tight, $64.99 (
2. Victoria's Secret Yoga Foldover Legging, $29.50 (
3. GapFit gFast Colorblock Legging, $54.95 (

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

when I'm with you

At one point or another, we've all shared songs with a special someone. So, in light of this holiday, these are just some tunes that remind me of my "special someone". 

What songs do you and your boyf/girlf have together? 

  1. Pnau - Baby (Breakbot Remix)
  2. Beach House - Real Love
  3. Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros - Home
  4. Architecture in Helsinki - Maybe You Can Owe Me
  5. Noah and the Whale - 5 Years Time
  6. CocoRosie - By Your Side
  7. Peter Bjorn and John - Paris 2004

Monday, February 13, 2012

in my room

(Urban Outfitters necklace, Korean boutique sweater, F21 skirt, tights, ASOS boots)

Long time, no outfit post. I purchased this nifty little sweater over the weekend after remembering some sound advice from a good friend: get as much shopping done as I can here before I leave. I'll have to raid the boutiques again in search of more knits and the like as soon as my paycheck lands in my overused bank account. 

Things I've realized recently: I've become a little scotch tape crazy when doing my nails. 

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

for dry skin

Skincare has always been an important part in my daily regime. Ever since I was 12, my mom has drilled it into my head that I should be moisturizing and wearing sunscreen errday. These are some products that have reached staple status for fighting off flaky winter skin slash maintaining a healthy glow. 

1. Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Perfecting Water Moisture Mist - I typically use this at night, unless I need that extra boost of hydration, before putting on moisturizer. It not only helps prep your skin for treatments and serums, but also protects skin against the dry winter air.  

2. Boscia Intensifying Moisture Pack + - I discovered this product last year and have been in la-la-love ever since. It's so lightweight and glides on smoothly; not to mention, it makes my face feel ultra soft. I've found that a little really does go a long way with this cream. 

3. Fresh Soy Cleanser - I love that this is an all-in-one, as it gentle enough to remove eye makeup and cleanse at the same time. The soy in the product is said to promote moisture retention, which leaves my skin feeling soft and not dry afterwards. 

4. C.O. Bigelow Power Berry Mask - I use this mask about once a week for 15 minutes. It helps to fight against aging and skin dehydration and leaves your face smelling amazing! 

5. Vaseline - We all have a tub of Vaseline somewhere! Not only do I use it to aid my chapped lips, but it also works for any dry patches you may have around your nose or anywhere else that is prone to flakiness.

6. Oatmeal - I've been creating oatmeal masks for myself once a week as well. Oats deep cleanse your pores, absorb and remove surface dirt, and hydrate and soften your skin. The magical thing about it is you can alter it or add in extra ingredients to cater to your conditions. For instance, honey and olive oil are used to combat dryness. 

7. Estee Lauder Idealist Pore Minimizing Refinisher - This product reduces the appearance of pores and repairs uneven skin texture, flakiness, and roughness. It has a silky, fresh finish that leaves your skin feeling smoother than ever. 

8. Clinique All About Eyes Rich - You can't forget about eye creams either. I like the richness of this eye treatment. It hydrates as well as minimizes the appearance of undereye circles, shadows and fine lines. 

Monday, February 6, 2012


Just some photos via Instagram of some goods I received on my birthday (Coca-Cola Lip Smackers not included). I fully intend to parade around school in my BIGBANG socks, which I must find more of before I leave. I may or may not have more pictures to post as my digital camera has been "on vacation" as of late. 

Thursday, February 2, 2012

a perfect mess

After an embarrassing disaster featuring me and the dakkochi (Korean skewered chicken) I absolutely HAD to have before missing the last train home, I've been lusting for a new purse to tote. My current satchel is still in tact, minus a few sauce stains, but don't we all look for an excuse to justify a future purchase? 

I tend to like the same style of bag and have a habit of choosing colored ones only. Brights are on trend for the upcoming season, so it's only right that I have my eye on two that include neon shades. These are some that I came across that are giving me something to think about. 
  1. River Island Neon Strap Satchel (
  2. TopShop Black Leather Insert Satchel (
  3. ASOS Leather Panelled Satchel (
  4. Eden Leather Satchel (

Friday, January 27, 2012

who's got yr money

Please ignore my slob kabob appearance. I've been living in plaid shirts as of late. I've also been off spending money on frivolous things. It originally started out as a trip to Myeongdong to find a Valentine's gift for le boyf, but it resulted in loitering the food court in the Lotte Department Store (hence the cupcakes) and perusing through Korean cosmetics stores. I never really took advantage of how cheap nail varnishes are here, and sadly, I only packed a few staple colors with me. I'll be sure to try these soon, as my diagonal design is starting to chip away already. 

PS, peep my new pair of specs that I purchased yesterday! 
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