Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Don't undervalue yourself

Life has been pretty great lately. I'm done with finals and my official graduation date is January 19, 2015. My commencement ceremony will be held in May, however. I got a 4.0 this semester and I'm so happy I finished strong. When I found out my final grades from my professor, the first person I called was my mom. I really couldn't have done it without her support these past couple of years. I'm glad I can graduate with zero regrets because I know I did my best.

Currently, I've been searching for part and full-time jobs. At first, I was undervaluing myself and my abilities/talents. I was applying to minimum wage jobs that didn't require a bachelor's degree. After a long conversation with my older brother, I realized I was setting my standards too low. I worked really hard these past couple of years, gained a lot of work experience, and I know I have a lot to offer.

I'm going to be patient and wait until the right job comes along. I'm going to look for a job that I'm really passionate about and gain relevant experience in the field I wish to be in.

I'm really excited to see what opportunities come my way and enter a new chapter in my life.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Spur-of-the-moment trip to Princeton, NJ

I never thought I'd find myself walking through the pouring rain for a good 15 minutes for a fat sandwich. But that's exactly what I did with my friends last night and I have no regrets. What sandwich is that good, you ask? The (extra) dirty sanchez from Hoagie Haven in Princeton, NJ. The dirty sanchez contains a chicken cutlet, American cheese, mozzarella sticks, fries and sanchez sauce. If you want extra sauce, which is definitely necessary, you have to ask for an extra dirty sanchez. The first bite was heavenly and I found myself taking huge bites of it because it was so good. I had to remind myself that the sandwich isn't going anywhere and that I can take my time. 

Afterwards, feeling full and content, we walked over to House of Cupcakes and got 3 cupcakes (2 cheesecake brownie, 1 carrot cake) to go. I scarfed mine down the minute we got home (I sound so ladylike). They actually renovated the bakery and now sell donuts, and other treats! I'm definitely going to try a donut another time. Fun fact: The founders competed in Food Network's Cupcake Wars and won!

I always enjoy going to Princeton because of the atmosphere and food. The university is beautiful, there are many shops such as J.Crew and Paper Source and plenty of restaurants to try. 

Hoagie Haven
242 Nassau St, Princeton, NJ 08542 

Other recommendations: buffalo fries and El Mexicano

House of Cupcakes
32 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, NJ 08542

Friday, November 28, 2014

Macaron Cafe Taste Test

I really like macarons.

It might be because they're adorable and look like miniature burgers, or because they're just really tasty. When I saw the little Macaron Cafe stand in the middle of the food court at Woodbury Commons, I got really excited. This little box right here is my favorite purchase from Black Friday.

As I was nibbling the gingerbread macaron, I thought, "I should do a taste test on my blog!" But really, I just wanted to try all of them at once and that was the reasoning behind my decision. Shh...

Left to right:

Gingerbread: This has a very subtle gingerbread flavor and it kind of tastes like pumpkin cheesecake

Pistachio: Once again, the pistachio flavor is very subtle and it tastes very nutty. The cream isn't too sweet, which balances well with the sweet cookie

Orange Blossom: This is not my favorite but it's not bad. It tastes very fresh

Pumpkin Spice: I like this one! However, I didn't taste any of the pumpkin, just a lot of ginger

Earl Grey: I can't really describe this one but...it's good

Saturday, October 4, 2014

What I'm wearing on my lips this autumn

If you look outside and live on the East coast, you probably see piles of leaves everywhere. That's a sign that autumn has officially arrived. It's also a sign that I can change up my lip routine and wear darker colors (YAY!). I'm so glad I can finally wear my favorite lipstick, which is Plumful by MAC. This is my first and only purchase from MAC and I still remember when I tried this color on, and fell in love at first sight. It's such a wearable color, perfect for all occasions and it compliments my skin tone. 

The Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balms have been my go-to lip product recently. They're highly pigmented, long-lasting and surprisingly moisturizing. After I apply it on my lips, I pat it in with my finger so it creates a stain and is distributed evenly. I own the colors Standout (the red one) and Sultry.

For a sheerer option, I reach for Maybelline Baby Lips in Cherry Me and Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Carnival Spirit (828). Cherry Me gives just the right amount of color for those bare-face days. Carnival Spirit looks a little scary and intimidating but 1 layer is very sheer. Both are very moisturizing. 

All of these lip products are affordable in my opinion (under $20) and are no-fuss products. If you want to see swatches, feel free to ask. I spent a good 5 minutes outside trying to swatch them while swatting away an annoying mosquito. 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Inspired.

So a couple of weeks ago, I walked out of a hair salon minus 4 inches. It was slightly shorter than what I had pictured in my head but it didn't bother me. Having short hair is a lot easier to wash, comb and style. I'm thinking about cutting it a little shorter, as shown above, because it just looks so darn cute but cool at the same time.

Image via A CUP OF JO

Thursday, September 18, 2014

No shopping in August: Did I do it?

YES, I DID!

If you read my blog, you probably know that I was on a shopping ban in the month of August (blog post). I couldn't buy jewelry, makeup, shoes, bags or clothes. It wasn't that difficult, which is a little surprising. I wore stuff I already own and "shopped" my closet. It was pretty fun since I had to be more creative when picking out outfits. I also stepped out of my comfort zone with jewelry. I don't wear jewelry on a daily basis but since this ban pushed me to wear what I own, I wore pieces I've neglected for years that were just lying around. It made me realize that I'm not into accessorizing and I should stop purchasing (trendy) jewelry just because it's pretty or on clearance. I like classic, timeless pieces and I already have some in my collection that I love. I'm glad I've discovered this about myself through the ban.

I'm going to continue my shopping ban for the month of September and go for as long as I can (probably until February since that's my birthday month). Therefore, there won't be anymore updates unless I discover something along the way that's worth sharing.

One big thing I learned from this experience:

Material objects do not bring happiness and sometimes less is more. 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

When I think of fall, I think of

-Pumpkin everything (candles, lattes, pancakes, pie, etc.)
-Pies, pies, pies
-Halloween candy (I can't get enough of pumpkin Reese's peanut butter cups)
-Cooler weather
-The clothes (scarves, sweaters and ankle boots are my favorite)
-Drinks (hot cider and hot chocolate)
-Thanksgiving