11 February, 2009

VALENTINE'S DAY


"I have learned that love is something that
can't be described in just actions or words.
It's more than just feelings of the heart.
It's like the bonding of two souls."
- Friedrich Nietzsche

So with Valentine's Day right around the corner, what do you plan on doing to celebrate? This will be the first Valentine's Day in a few years that I'm going to be single, so as lonely as it might be, I'm going to treat myself to some wonderful things to let myself know that I love myself, inside and out. I suggest you do the same too if you're going to be alone on Valentine's Day. Even if you don't have a special someone, it's a good opportunity to show yourself some love and treat yourself to something special like a pedicure or manicure, a new outfit, or some yummy ice cream while watching your favorite TV show or movie!

If you are spending Valentine's Day with your special someone, but you're not sure what to do, fret no further! I've got just the answers:

1. Make an appointment for the two of you to get your picture professionally taken together.

2. Do something fun and silly like bowling, put-put golfing, paintball, or just taking a long walk in a park and taking turns pushing one another on the swing set.

3. Check your local newspapers for coupons at local restaurants that offer Valentine's Day specials.

4. Write "Love You" notes and hide them in places like your partner's car, coat pocket, or wallet, so when they see it, they'll be pleasantly surprised. =]

5. Give him/her a gift certificate for any of the following: professional massage, day at a spa, manicure, pedicure, facial from a local spa or nail salon. Or better yet, go together and get pampered!

6. Make homemade coupons. They're fun and super easy to make {you can use your computer or get even craftier using construction paper, scrap booking paper, or even origami paper}. Some coupon ideas are - kisses {long & slow are the best~}, hugs {super tight bear hugs rock!}, foot rubs, massages, reenacting a fantasy such as role-playing, going on a picnic, going out to eat, or making it a Blockbuster night.

7. Make a list of the top 10 reasons you love him/her.

8. Purchase an "I Love You" helium balloon from a local party store, then drive to your partner's work and attach the balloon to the handle of their car door or windshield wiper. Or for something a little sillier and funner, get silly string and write "I Love You" on the hood of their car!

9. Have some friends over and play some fun couple party games, or play adult games with your partner.

10. Spend the day just photographing each other. Outdoors (at a local park, walking downtown, at the beach, on the playground), as well as indoors. Have a friend help you take some photos of the two of you together. Take some candids, and some posed. Then frame the ones you like the most.

Below are some links to other fun ways to celebrate the hearts & candy holiday~
Say "I Love You" All Around the House
Tons of Creative V-Day Ideas
More Unique Ideas to Celebrate V-Day
Home-Made Personalized Fortune Cookies : Cute & yummy! What's not to love?!
Practicing safe sex is awesome, so why not make it fun and check out these customized condoms : Trevor Brown, Coop, Halloween Assortment, or Tri-Color condoms.

10 February, 2009

STILL ALIVE

I apologize that I haven't updated in a few days. Honestly, I feel terrible for not having done so, but this past week has just been an emotional mess for me! I'm so glad that it's over with though and I can actually move on. :D
To those of you that have been returning to my blog to see some recent updates, please be patient with me. I plan to have a new an actual worth-reading update if not tonight then tomorrow.

So with all that said above, I apologize again, but I promise to write a real blog post soon! <3

06 February, 2009

HOW-TO REVAMP YOUR PERSONAL STYLE PART II

Change and growth take place when a person has risked himself and dares to become involved with experimenting with his own life. - Herbert Otto

STEP 04 : ACCEPT AND WELCOME CHANGE
Admit it, as you learn new things, age, and grow mentally and physically, your personal style will change as well. As these things happen, undoubtedly your style is going to change as well. Let it happen! You don't have to feel like you should constantly stick with the same style. There's nothing wrong with change and exploring new trends to alter your current style. I'll be the first to admit that my style has dramatically changed since I was in high school! I used to look like a total goth, constantly wearing all black from head-to-toe and even had long black synthetic dread extensions. But now, even though I still wear a lot of black, I try to incorporate more color into my outfits, my hair is completely natural {I still love putting regular human hair extensions in my hair though!}, and I've removed a lot of my facial piercings that I once had {that was due to school though, but I think I probably would have regardless}. What I do now is browse magazines and the internet to get fashion inspiration from people all around the world. If I see something I think looks totally awesome, I don't try to imitate it, rather I borrow some of the concepts from the outfits into my own and also add some personal twists to them to make them more me.

STEP 05 : LOVE YOURSELF AND YOUR PERSONAL STYLE
This is probably the most important step of all! Learn to love yourself and the way you look. If you wear clothes that make you happy, and that make you feel comfortable when you wear them, then I think you already have fantastic personal style. Remember not to let other people's judgment ruin your day or affect you in any way at all. You are you, and no one has the right to tell you otherwise, nor do they have the right to judge you based on the way you look. If you really learn to love yourself and who you are, people will learn to be able to truly love you in return as well. Others will see you as being confident and happy with yourself and your life - that alone is enough to inspire many others who wish they could be on the same boat as you!
Lastly, dare to be wild, dare to break the fashion rules, dare to be self-expressive, dare to be you!


I hope you found this how-to guide helpful and useful! If you have any feedback, I'd love to hear it and encourage you to comment on this post or the Part I of this guide!
I'd also love to hear what kind of information you'd like to read about here in my blog. Do you have any questions about topics that you'd like me to try to answer? Just let me know!

05 February, 2009

HOW-TO: RE-VAMP YOUR PERSONAL STYLE PART I

My last entry was about 10 Ways to Overcome Dry Winter Skin. This time, I'm going to follow the same format, but write about ways that you can re-vamp your personal style.
I don't know about you, but when a new season is right around the corner, I get excited thinking about how I can update my wardrobe and get in gear for it. I start digging through magazines, cutting out pictures, and pasting them into my Look Book for future references. I start to do some massive window shopping, and try to create a budget for myself so I don't go overboard when it comes to buying the things that I eyeball.
I hope you find these steps helpful, and I'd love for you to leave some feedback in a comment! Let me know what you think and what you want to read about the next time I make an entry.

STEP O1: SET GOALS

Before you feverishly start spending money on new clothes, or throwing away clothes that you think you'll never wear again, sit down, grab a pen and a notebook, and just list some goals that you want to achieve by re-vamping your style.
Ask yourself what you want to change about your personal style, and what those things are. Ask yourself if you're planning on keeping some aspects, and what those are and why. It's important that you try and make sense of all those incoherent thoughts and ideas that are going on inside your head before you begin action. Remember to set deadlines for your goals, and make them realistic and achievable.
Here are some example goals:
♥ Sort clothing into two piles - keep and discard.
♥ Donate discarded clothing to second-hand stores such as Goodwill and Salvation Army.
♥ Organize closet according to style of clothes {i.e. T-shirts, long-sleeve t-shirts, sweaters, zip-up sweaters, pants}.
♥ Create new and fun ways to store clothes {I'll go further in-depth about this one in my next post}.
♥ Plan ahead for upcoming season and browse through favorite magazines {Nylon!} for inspiration.
♥ Go out to various boutiques and stores, shop for pre-Spring season clothes that are on sale.

STEP 02: CREATE A PLAN OF ACTION
Once you've created a list of goals, it's time to put them into action. As I said in the first step, make sure your goals have deadlines, so you have an idea of wthey need to be accomplished by. A good way to be sure you'll remember to make your goals become reality is to add them to your To-Do List and check them off once they're accomplished. If you try your best to stay organized and focus on one goal at a time, it'll be a lot less overwhelming. Now it's time to decide what exactly you're going to do now that you've created your goal list, and taken care of the things you've decided to do, whether it was donate old clothes to second-hand stores, re-organize your closet entirely, or just sit and flip through some magazines to get some ideas on what the newest Spring trends will be. If you're reaching for your purse, hold your horses for just a moment. Before spending way too much money, take a friend and hit the shops and boutiques together. Make it a window shopping date only. This way you'll be able to see first hand if any of your favorite stores are having any early Spring sales yet, and what those items are exactly. From there, decide if you'll be able to spend the amount you want to on the items. It'd be a good idea to create a list of some type of the items you find and how much they cost, because the next step is repeating this at your other favorite stores. Do you see what we're doing here? Comparison shopping! Yay! What really makes me angry is going to a store, finding a super cute pair of pants, and buying them before I go to any other stores to compare prices, only to find another store selling the same pair {or at least something really similar} for less money. Ugh! Considering our current economic crisis here in the States, it's important to learn how to stretch a buck, so make sure you try your best to comparision shop as much as you can before you make any major purchases {this includes anything really, not just clothing}!

STEP 03 : UTILIZE A LOOK BOOK & DAILY PICTURES
If you don't have a Look Book already, then it's a good idea to start one! You can create one on paper or go online and save pictures of your favorite styles into a folder on your computer. Usually what I do is flip through my favorite magazines, and cut out pictures of clothes, accessories, or people wearing different things and paste them into my art books. I really enjoy making collages, so I use it as an opportunity to not only find awesome clothes, but be creative. Some great websites to check out for fashion inspiration are: Wardrobe Remix, LookBook.nu, Style-Arena, The Fashion Spot - Street Style, The Fashion Spot - Trend Spotting, and What the Hell are you Wearing?. The importance of taking daily photos is so you have a little archive of previously warn outfits. This way, if you're in a hurry, or are just having one of those 'not so inspired to create a new look' days, you can always look back at your daily pictures, and choose something from your collection.

Part II continued here!

03 February, 2009

10 WAYS TO HAVE GREAT WINTER SKIN


Image uploaded by yell saccani.


If any of you are like me and suffer from dry skin, especially in the winter, then this post will be nothing but helpful to you.
Obviously the most important thing to remember is to stay hydrated,
whether it's cold outside or hot inside.

1. Change Your Daily Moisturizer
It may help if you changed your current lotion or serum to something that is more hydrating. It doesn't have to be super expensive, but healthy and beautiful skin is worth spending a fe
w extra bucks on, wouldn't you agree? Ulta.com has a wide selection of great moisturizers to choose from at affordable prices.

2. Drink Water
While this should be obvious, a lot of us tend to forget ho
w important it is to stay hydrated with water. Your body needs roughly 3 liters of water a day and the intake should be spread evenly throughout the day - so don't go pounding down a ton before bed and think that's good enough! :P A good way to remember that you're drinking enough water is to simply carry a bottle with you wherever you go, and write it on your To-Do List. Try and drink a liter every 4 hours or so. Check off each liter as you go during the day to make sure you're accomplishing your goal. You can find good water bottles just about anywhere, but you can also check out SunriseWD's selection of cute and colorful 1 liter water bottles {these bottles are BPA free, meaning they're much healthier for you to re-use over and over because BPA is a toxin that can cause health problems - a lot of plastic products leak BPA from the plastic into the water, so make sure you look to see if the water bottle you're buying is BPA-free}.

3. Snack on Almonds & Other MUFA's
MUFA stands for monounsaturated fatty acids, and eating food that contains MUFA's help keep skin supple. Some yummies that are good for you to munch on include: almonds, cereal,
whole grain wheat, popcorn, and oatmeal. Always make sure you're reading labels to check to see if the product you're buying to snack on has MUFA's. If you tend to snack a lot, whether it's out of boredom or for any other reasons, make sure you check the recommended serving size to ensure portion control.

4. Sock Love!
Take advantage of the heat
when you're emptying the dryer by lathering on a rich hydrating foot treatment cream and slipping on a pair of warm socks right after!

5. Make a DIY Humdifier
While purchasing an actual humidifier
would probably work the best, it's easy to make an at-home humidifier with just a towel. All you have to do is hang a wet towel from the doorknob in your bedroom overnight {leave some parts dry to prevent drips~}. By the next morning, the cloth should be dry, while your skin is not! :P

6. Bathe Smart
Keep your baths and sho
wers under 10 minutes and avoid hot-hot water to prevent your skin from drying out. Rather than using bubble baths that also tend to dry out the skin, use a skin-softening oil. Just be careful not to slip! Not only will you be preventing your skin from drying out, but you're staying eco-friendly as well, which is always a fantastic thing.

7. Buy a Few Lip Balms
If you're like me and sometimes have a habit of biting on or picking at chapped lips, this step is extra important! Applying chapstick or lip balm is important, having them around
when you really need to use one is just as important, so stock up! Often times you can find packages of 3 or 4 chapsticks or lip balms for only a few bucks, so buy up! Keep one in your purse, one in the car, one at work, and one somewhere in the house. That way wherever you are, you'll have one handy. You don't have to go crazy applying it every 10 minutes, but it is important to keep your lips hydrated throughout the day, so be sure to do it whenever you go outside in the blistering cold, come back inside to where it's toasty warm, and if you're like me and have the nagging urge to pick or bite at them!

8. Make it Steamy
A lot of us find a hot bath to be extremely relaxing, s
o if you don't want to sacrifice your bath time in the winter, do this instead: close the door and fill the tub using the showerhead. The increased humidity will help compensate drying your skin out. If you don't have a showerhead, try running a humidifier in the room for about 10 minutes before you jump in.

9. Switch from Powder to Cream Makeup
You don't really have to follo
w this step, but some people find it helpful to ditch their usual powder makeup {such as blush or foundation} and use cream during the winter such as liquid foundation and cream blush. The great thing about cream blush is that it tends to last much longer than the normal powder anyway!

10. Eat Watery Foods
If you don't think you'll be able to drink 3 liters of
water a day, try suplimenting some of it by snacking on watery foods such as cucumbers, oranges, and other fruits and vegetables with high water content. You should be eating more fruits and veggies anyway! :P