December 28, 2020

Hello beautiful humans!

Today I'm trying out something that I've been curious about for a long time:  YouTube!

After months of debating with myself, I finally took the plunge and started a YouTube channel.  I can't promise that I'll be incredibly active because of my college workload, but I'm excited to start exploring this platform!  I've also decided to start using Instagram again so I can engage more with people.

Today's video is about creating New Year's resolutions that can allow you to become more resilient during 2021.


August 24, 2020

Hello lovely reader!  I'm floored by how quickly August has passed by.

I start my junior year of college on the last day of the month, and as that day approaches, I've been utilizing my bullet journal more regularly.  Click here to learn more about my first spread and the Bullet Journal method.

For September's spread, I was inspired by one of my favorite paintings, The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh.  An interesting fact about this painting is that van Gogh created it in his imagination rather than recreating real scenery as he typically did.  Also, one of my favorite YouTube channels created a video about the artist's life and the conspiracy theories surrounding his death;  please check it out if you're interested in learning more about him.

Supplies Used

Hard Cover Bullet Journal in "Sky Blue"
Hard-Tip Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen (used for all black lettering)
Teal and Golden Yellow Tombow Dual Brush Pens
Painting Stickers
Yellow Washi Tape

I printed out pictures of The Starry Night and related color palettes to incorporate on most of the pages.


August 14, 2020

I'm grateful to be an American, and I have a deep appreciation for this country--but I know that it must change.  For this country to make its own ideals come to fruition, it must undergo drastic, groundbreaking change.

Change often starts with young people.  We have our lives ahead of us and dreams in our heads.  Many of us set out to "make the world a better place."  For better or for worse, we can be quite open to change.

However, we can't make changes if we never learn why they need to be made in the first place.  How can a teenager address the stigmatization of mental health if she never learns about that stigma and how harmful it can be?  How can a student protest against harmful racial stereotypes present in media if he doesn't ever learn that they exist?

I believe that these are the types of issues that American students should learn about in school.  Rather than forcing our educators to "teach to the test,"  we should allow them to focus on topics that will enable American students to become more empathetic, open-minded, and informed.  We should give them the tools to become individuals who are willing to enact great change.


August 6, 2020

An interest I've developed during quarantine is learning about skincare routines and regiments.  I definitely attribute this to my obsession with Skincare by Hyram's YouTube channel, but that's another story.

Partially because I've rarely worn makeup over the past five months, and even more so because I've created a stricter skincare routine, my skin has vastly improved.  I wanted to share my routine with you so that you can try out anything that might be beneficial to you.  Keep in mind that you aren't required to have an extensive skincare routine and/or expensive products in order to have healthy skin.

The above photo is completely unedited.  I'd say that this is the best that my skin has looked in years!

A quick note before we dive in:  my skin is quite sensitive, so I have to be careful about the skincare products that I use.  It also dries out very easily, so I try my best to utilize gentler products, especially in regards to acne treatment.


July 26, 2020

Hello, hello!  I hope you're staying safe and healthy, both mentally and physically.

Today's post is about one of my newfound loves, bullet journaling.  After years of struggling to find planners with layouts that I liked, I decided that the best alternative would be making my own planner.  I will say that I was a little intimidated by the bullet journal inspiration that I found online--some people turn their journals into literal works of art, but I can barely draw a tree on a good day.

However, the creator of the original Bullet Journal, Ryder Carroll, intended bullet journaling to be a way for people to practice mindfulness through intentional organization.  In other words, if my journal promotes productivity and intentional living, it's perfect--even without the flawless calligraphy and art pieces.

Without further ado, I'll take you through my August spread.  The theme is inspirational quotes, as I start my third year of college at the end of the month, and I want to encourage myself to have an optimistic mindset.

Supplies Used
Hard Cover Bullet Journal in "Sky Blue"
Hard-Tip Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen (used for all black lettering)
Pastel Purple Tombow Dual Brush Pen
Gold Foil Washi Tape
Black and White Grid Washi Tape

The quote above is actually a Pinterest image that I printed and pasted on the page.


June 29, 2020

Before I delve into this post, I urge you to read my "Black Lives Matter" post if you haven't already.  It lists a number of organizations and petitions that support racial equality and condemn race-based violence.  It also contains resources that you can utilize to support more black-owned businesses, black authors, and black creators.  Additionally, I urge you to sign the "Free Rojai Fentress" petition, which is attempting to free Mr. Fentress from wrongful imprisonment.  He is currently being represented by the UVA School of Law.
Now, for those of you who are unfamiliar with YesStyle, it's a Korean site that sells women's, men's, and children's clothing in addition to stationery, jewelry, home decorations, makeup, beauty products, and so much more.  I am so happy that I discovered this website about a year ago because it has made clothes shopping so much easier for me.

As someone who is more petite, finding stylish clothing that also fits well has always been very challenging for me.  However, I've been very lucky with Asian clothing brands because they often design their clothes to suit more petite frames.

If you're interested in shopping on YesStyle, I have a few general tips to remember.  First, although Asian clothing sizes tend to run smaller than American clothing sizes, you don't have to be extremely small and/or skinny to wear (and look good in) the clothes on the website.  It's simply a matter of looking at sizing charts and reading reviews.

Speaking of reviews, always read the reviews!  I'm not suggesting that you should never buy an item that has no reviews, but sometimes the realities of the clothes on YesStyle don't always match the expectations set by their photos.

Finally, not all of the clothing items are in stock.  When you click on an item, it should say how many days it will take for the item to ship out, ranging from one day to fourteen days.  Your order will not ship out until every single item is ready to ship out, so if you order just one item that isn't in stock, it may significantly increase the amount of time it takes for your order to be shipped.

Let's get on to the review!  Now is a good time to mention that this post is not sponsored by YesStyle, and all of my ratings of the items are my honest opinions.

Here are my measurements for reference:
Bust - 34 in (87 cm)
Waist - 24 in (61 cm)
Hips - 36 in (92 cm)
Height - 64 in (163 cm)

Top - Bottoms - Shoes

Ruffled Camisole - Light Pink, One Size

Summary:  Soft but thin material.  Nice pale pink color.  Not too cropped (hits just above my belly button).  Overall fit is good.


June 7, 2020

In light of the tragic killing of George Floyd, I've been doing some research on how to show solidarity to activists and organizations who are peacefully protesting racial injustice.  For far too long, I've stayed silent about these types of issues on the blog and on my personal social media accounts for fear of "offending someone" or being "too political."  Unfortunately, it has taken me this long to realize that staying silent is just as bad as voicing racist or discriminatory opinions.

If a positive outcome can be gleaned from this event, I hope that it is the awakening of the same realization in others like me, who were too anxious and afraid to speak up before.

Without further ado, here are some of the resources that I've found:

Image via Morgan Harper Nichols's Pinterest

Nonprofits and Organizations Accepting Donations
1. Black Lives Matter

2. American Civil Liberties Union


May 22, 2020

"Nothing is more important than empathy for another human being's suffering.  Not a career.  Not wealth.  Not intelligence.  Certainly not status.  We have to feel for one another if we're going to survive with dignity." -- Audrey Hepburn

We're all facing difficulties in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic;  however, some groups of individuals are experiencing these difficulties more profoundly.  In fact, these individuals typically experience hardships more profoundly than the rest of the general population, and the pandemic has only made matters worse for them.

I usually have a goal that I want to accomplish when I publish a post, and my goal for this one is simple:  to inspire you, reader, to have some empathy for the individuals who are struggling now, who are always struggling.

Each of the nonprofit organizations listed below has a mission to help those who need help the most.  Most of them have a 4-star rating (the highest rating) on Charity Navigator, so you can rest assured that these organizations are not relying upon lofty words alone.


April 8, 2020

Long time, no see!  So much has changed in the world since I last posted--most notably, COVID-19 has spiraled into a pandemic that has impacted all of us in one way or another.

Before I delve into this post, I want to say thank you to the healthcare workers, researchers, policy makers, restaurant workers, store workers, delivery workers, and many others who are on the front lines, tirelessly working to stop the spread of COVID-19 and to help others in need of medical care, food, and supplies.  You are truly what has kept the world functioning to this point, and I am so grateful for your bravery and compassion.

To all those who have been negatively impacted by COVID-19:  to those who know people suffering from the disease or who are suffering themselves, to those who are struggling financially, to those whose mental health has been shaken:  I am so sorry.  Please don't feel guilty for feeling sad, or lonely, or hopeless;  your feelings are valid.  Please, remember that there is always a light at the end of the tunnel, even if you can't see it yet.

With that being said, many people have found themselves with newfound free time, and sometimes it can be difficult to know what to do with it.  It's tempting to sit and dwell on the state of the world for hours, but that typically doesn't do wonders for your mental health.  Here are some alternatives:

1. Read a book:  an old favorite, one that you never quite finished, a new e-book, etc.

2. Make a list of charities that you want to donate to.  Do your research!
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