New Years Resolutions

Being overdue of posting entries should be one.

I believe I started this blog on an attempt to make blogging a new years resolution, but I have to admit it's been 3 years! and I cannot get myself to habitually make content. At the point where I started, the beauty internet world was new to me that I was immediately hooked. I knew that I loved makeup, I loved wearing makeup, I loved buying makeup and that's why I wanted to join this community. It became an addiction to see what was new and what I should buy next. Sadly, that's when I started to question my intentions for this outlet. I love makeup, that's no question. But do I really need to have 50 lipsticks?! And shamefully I know I still haven't truly understood this realization because I have a Sephora order with one more lipstick coming in the mail. 

I cannot say that this lifestyle and beauty product addiction is unhealthy for everyone. Because I am well aware that everyone has their own type of indulgences whether it be bags, shoes(another of mine), cars etc. And to each his/her own. We all work to have the means to buy what we want. If someone wants to buy every product Bobbi Brown makes, as long it makes them happy why not?

But I have come to point where my wants are in excess to my needs. The lifestyle where I feel I would be more happier tells me that I must declutter!

In the past few months I have been cleaning out my closet every other week. I have given things away that have been in my closet for over 10 years! I keep a lot of things for sentimental reasons and I just came to a point where I wanted to minimize my living. Downsizing the products I have in my life has become quite therapeutic and my actions tell me I'm going in the right direction. I still have so much stuff, but that's what I will be dedicating this next year to. 

I have gotten as far as cleaning out my closet a few times a month. I have yet to tackle my beauty products, shoes, kitchen wares! 

So here are my new years resolutions for 2015:

  • for each season, build a capsule wardrobe with 30 items. I will hopefully start this off in spring 2015.
  • clean and organize all of my kitchen items (because I have so many!) and only buy/keep essentials.
  • only buy 4 beauty products a month, and use the 1 in 1 out system. 
  • no more shopping spontaneously, especially sales! have an outline on what to buy and stick to it.
  • declutter garage.
  • have garage sales, I tend to just donate everything and I always forget that my stuff could maybe find a better home this way. 
  • invest in better workout tops. I have a nice selection of workout bottoms but my tops look shabby not chic.
These resolutions are geared towards my purchasing and decluttering goals, I have many other personal resolutions I will be working on. I am turning 30 this year and I'm hoping to make it amazing. So here's to 2015! Let the decluttering begin.


This is different...

For my 100th overdue post on this blog I wanted to do something a little different. In person I consider myself a very private person. So writing and posting my own blog became a way to share a little part of me. And now I wanted to take the next step over and try a hand at making videos.  I'm pretty sure every tip and trick in beauty is somewhere in beauty youtube archives, so I'm not sure I'll be any more helpful. But in trying to build up my self confidence and my fear of public speaking I was advised to try and film myself on camera. I'm hoping to learn from other people as I have through blogging, and discover maybe a different side of myself.

To get started I decided to participate in an ever popular 'Get to Know Me Tag' and answered a few questions.


Food Cinema

Another post unrelated to beauty...

I have to write about the love I have for movies involving cooking. I am professionally in the culinary industry so of course they hit close to home. But watching it romanticized to an idealistic state is somewhat so comforting. And let me tell you, the portrayal of a kitchen is much more realistic on TV than in movies. Meaning, the drama and frivolousness of TV cooking shows are surprisingly similar to reality. That's why I prefer watching the romanticized movie versions instead. 

If you're interested to watch food movies, here are some of my suggestions:

  • Simply Irresistible 
I don't believe this was ever a hit movie, but Sarah Michelle Gellar and the era of the late 90's and early 00's are reminiscent of my formative years. I love the slow pace and dream-like cheesiness of the cooking scenes. 
  • Eat Drink Man Woman
Click as fast as you can to rent this movie somewhere in the internet world because if you love food and anything that has to do with food, this movie is a must see. I love the dads cooking scenes so much it makes me cry that I am unable to taste the food through the screen. Tortilla Soup is the Mexican-American version of this movie, not as good but also worth seeing.
  • Chocolat
I am a chocolate lover to the core, and this movie satisfies those chocolate cravings. A must see for those who love Johnny Depp and chocolate.
  • Ratatouille 
I have probably seen this movie over 20 times. If you can get past the unsanitary and gross aspect of a rat in the kitchen then you might enjoy this movie as much as I do. The pace and feel are reminiscent of classic french movies. 
  • Spanglish
I am an unapologetic Adam Sandler fan, and in this movie he played a more serious role. The movie centers around family dynamics and the issues that come along with it. But Adam Sandler plays a chef and the movie was supervised by Thomas Keller.
  • Woman on Top
Penelope Cruz at her prime. She is so gorgeous and exotic in this movie that it just makes the food and cooking more exotic. I love the Brazilian aspects (even though there was a lot of criticism of Penelope Cruz not being Brazilian) and the food!! Oh the food.
  • It's Complicated
I am huge Nancy Meyers movie fan. Her movies include The Holiday, Something's Gotta Give, Father of the Bride, etc. I believe they're geared towards the older middle age demographic, particularly those interested in interior decorating because all her movie sets are like pages out of Elle Decor. I can't get enough of them. Meryl Streep plays a cafe owner set in Santa Barbara, CA and it's basically the cafe of my dreams. It reminds me of Joan's on Third, West LA. Great movie to watch if you want some home decorating ideas.
  • Under the Tuscan Sun
I could no doubt watch this movie all day, and I probably have. Yes, it is completely random but I imagine vicariously living through Diane Lane's character. She moves to Italy after a tragic divorce and rebuilds a beautiful italian villa in a picturesque italian town. And yes there is food involved. Lots of delicious italian food.
  • Haute Cuisine
Lots of classic French cuisine, in a French film. I really enjoyed the presentation of the food and find myself trying to recreate some dishes.
  • Ramen Girl
This movie might look a little cheesy and is at times, but I am such a big fan of ramen that I could watch any film that involves cooking ramen. 

I'm sure I could add on to this list, as there are also documentary movies that I love about food but I wanted to stick to the romanticized editions. I hope you go and watch some of these when you feel like eating with your eyes.


Hiking Adventures: Las Tunas Canyon Trail

In the spirit of 'I'm going to post whatever I want', I'm going to share some weekly progress reports on my training for Mount Whitney. I know that this is completely unrelated to beauty but seeing as this is my blog I could probably post about chess strategies too, meaning it is what it is. And let's be honest here, no one is probably reading this. 

To give a little background info, I will be hiking Mount Whitney in late August(along with 5 other people). Mount Whitney happens to be the highest peak in the lower 48 states. It is approximately 22 miles roundtrip and reaches at a peak of 14,500 feet. I am extremely excited yet anxious. But new challenges are always a thrill for me and it has been so much fun discovering hiking spots within southern California. 

Here are a few backlogs of some previous hikes.

Las Tunas Canyon Trail

Not much shade or water scenery, and this is considered a moderate hike because of the steep incline on some hills. But those can be avoided by using the fire road for an easier hike. Many trail bikers frequent this spot and we waved hello to their GoPro's. I really liked the challenge of the hills, so I would definitely go back here again and again. This is located in Tujunga, CA and can be accessed on the 210 freeway off Las Tunas Road. Check it out if you're interested in a good hike. 


Summer Summer Summertime

In trying to revive this blog I'm going to post my summer wants and wishes. 

Summer 2014 Wishlist
Clockwise from top left: 
  • The gorgeous prints from paperfashion have definitely been an obsession since I've discovered her on Instagram. The combination of her beautiful illustration and fashion/beauty is the perfect idea for profiting off girls 12 to 100. Seriously, why couldn't I be good at drawing?
  • I have no idea why I haven't gotten myself one of these brushes yet. How can I even call myself a beauty addict when I don't have one of these in my possession?! I don't know, but I must get my hands on some Real Techniques brushes asap.
  • I already own one Dior Fluid Stick in 753 Open Me, but ever since I saw Tiny Pink swatched on the Beauty Lookbook I knew the shade has to be mine. 
  • Oh yes, high waisted is definitely back. Fashion is not my forte and I would say if something trendy has hit my radar then it has probably been in so called fashion for at least 2-3 years. (Real talk/no shame) I'm going to try and hoochie it up this summer, so of course high waisted shorts are a must.
  • I need a pair of shoes (no I don't) for summer. Correction, I need two pairs of shoes for summer (more like it) and these beautiful Steve Madden Stecy heels in leopard print have been calling my name saying "Jackie let's go to the club while you're still young". And these Zara Leather Sandals are just begging to come home with me. I tried them on in store (and they're on sale) but I'm still waiting to see if the sale will increase. 
  • Lastly, these wrap skirts in particular have intrigued me. I'm not much of a skirt user but I have wondering if the asymmetrical style will be flattering on me. These styles are pretty popular on instagram at the moment and so I'm hoping to see them more in stores for a closer inspection.  
Side note: Yes, it has been a while. I am most certain that no one (but my mom and friends) looks at this pitiful blog (thanks mom and friends), but I definitely have wanted to return to blogging. It became this self conflicting issue where I felt my opinions became irrelevant since there are hundreds of other beauty bloggers who do it so much better than I do. But who cares right?! It should be about what I want to post anyway, so I'll try and get myself out of that mindset and back to making blogging fun again.

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