Archive for December 2014

Happy Holidays

December 22, 2014
Holiday Greeting

Happy Holidays everyone! I hope this time will be one of much joy, warmth and merriment for you all whether you celebrate Christmas or not. Be safe and be happy my friends! This year has really flown by and I'm so grateful for the time you've spent with me here. I'm going to be signing off for abit but let's connect again in the new year.

We have a winner in the Old Factory candle gift set giveaway! Congratulations Victoria!

Eye Candy : Ji Chang Wook for GQ

December 19, 2014
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Ji Chang Wook tops off his year of looking impeccable in editorials with an appearance in GQ Korea's Men of the Year issue where he models a range of Citizen watches in fine style. The talented actor has had quite a busy year. Following a run in the musical production of The Days, he is now back on television in the thriller The Healer as the titular character who is a badass "errand boy" for hire. Chang Wook might actually be channeling the mysterious "healer" in this pictorial minus the leaping across rooftops. I'm currently four episodes into this drama and it's off to quite a promising start. There is a decent mix of action and humor and a compelling secret has already been established. It's also great to see Yoo Ji Tae onscreen again. Park Min Young was good in Sungkyunkwan Scandal and she makes for a credible female lead in The Healer. 

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Currently...

December 17, 2014
Personalized Christmas Stocking

Waiting... for Christmas! Just 8 days away now!
Reading... Crazy Rich Asians. I will finish this book one of these days.
Watching... Korean drama The Healer with Ji Chang Wook.
Listening... to Royal Pirates awesome rock cover of Mariah Carey's All I Want For Christmas Is You.
Eating... savory oatmeal sometimes for breakfast, sometimes for lunch.
Drinking... loads of tea and boricha.
Cooking... spicy stews. A favorite when it's cold.
Obsessed... with my new iPhone 6 (an early Xmas present from my husband). I was using a flip phone last year.
Wearing... a baseball tee and jeans.
Coveting... this lens.
Planning... to visit a few museums during the holiday break.
Admiring... all the pretty holiday decor around the city.
Bookmarking... a few things I might want to pick up in the after Christmas sales.
Hoping... for a mild winter.

We were a little late putting up our Christmas decorations this year. We don't really do it up but it's nice to have a few holiday touches around the house. Here is my Christmas tree. Yes it's pink.

Don't miss out on this fun candle gift set giveaway!

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Old Factory Candle Gift Set Giveaway

December 15, 2014
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Old Factory Candles are hand-poured in the USA with natural soy wax, self trimming cotton wicks and premium fragrance oils. Each candle is supposed to burn clean and even for 20 hours. They come in gift sets of three which are each themed around a group of related fragrances.

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I chose to review the Winter Wonderland set. The candles come packaged in a cardboard carton with a design that has a vintage industrial type feel. There was a card inside with a link to their site where you could download a free e-book about Aromatherapy for Everyday Use. My set included these three scents: Hot Cocoa, Roasted Chestnut and First Snow. The candles are encased in minimalistic glass jars with black screw on tops and measure about 2" wide by 2" high. Despite their small size, these candles are strong enough to subtly fill an entire room. What I liked most is that the fragrances quite naturally mimic their names. The Hot Chocolate and Roasted Chestnut both had a slightly sweet and comforting smell. It was a wonder I didn't have a craving for either while they were going. The scents in each set are meant to complement each other so I did try burning these two together which created quite a cozy mood. I would say that First Snow had a clean and fresh feel to it which was rather pleasant. This was the lightest of the three in terms of fragrance but also the most refreshing. The candles do burn clean per the claims. I can't speak to the 20 hour burn time because I haven't used them for that long yet.

Gift Guide : Beauty

December 12, 2014
Gift Guide, Beauty Gift Guide

I'm rather partial to giving beauty gifts as I think most ladies can appreciate a little something to primp and pamper themselves with. And they're also my favorite type of gifts to receive as well. What are your favorite types of gifts to give and receive?

1. Victoria Beckham X Nails Inc. Limited Edition Nail Polishes in Judo Red & Bamboo White  $25 each
{A must for fashionistas!}
2. Tocca Eau de Parfum Viaggio Classic Set  $45
{Lovely feminine scents housed in pretty vintage style bottles}
3. Paul & Joe Beaute Limited Edition Pressed Powder T  $43
{A beautiful compact for touching up in style}
4. Urban Decay Naked On The Run Palette  $54
{The perfect palette to take on the go}
5. Anna Sui Limited Edition Body Powder Puff  $35
{A charming way to add a touch radiance and shimmer}
6. Fresh Sugar Cravings Kissing Trio  $28
{A festive limited edition set to please any lip balm lover}
7. Bioxidea Miracle 24 Face Masks  $59
{Indulgent facial treatmenta for tired and dry skin}
8. Tony Moly Fruit Hand Creams  $8 each
{Cutely packaged hand creams that actually work make great stocking stuffers}
9. Sephora Gold Star Dual Brush Set  $25
{A luxurious looking duo of hair essentials}
10. Olivine Love + Roses Beauty Mist  $14
{A sweet smelling natural skin and hair refresher} 
11. Library of Flowers Field Kit  $38
{Transforms any bath into a lush garden retreat}




Gift Guide : Under $30

December 10, 2014
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What makes a good gift? I don't think it has anything to do with how much money you spend but rather the thought that goes into it. It should also either be purposeful or delight the recipient in some way. What constitutes a good gift to you?

1. La Maison du Chocolate Assorted Chocolates  $29.95
{Who doesn't love receiving delicious chocolates, especially in such an elegant box}
2. Kate Spade NY One in a Million Initial Business Card Holder  $30
{Stylish, practical, with a touch of personalization}
3. BaubleBar Crystal Mason Ring  $28
{A chic and simple statement ring}
4. Kusmi Tea Paris Tin  $29.95
{An assortment of Kusmi's most popular tea blends packed in a lovely container}
5. ban.do Crystal Crush Bobbi Set  $25
{A dazzling way to add a little bling to your hairstyle}
6. Nügg Winter Skin Saver 4 Pack  $11.95
{These high performance face masks formulated with natural oils deliver spa quality results in just 5 minutes}
7. Arrange of Scenery Vase Set  $23.99
{A pretty vase set to dress up any room}
8. Cool, Calm and Collected Bento Box  $9.99
{Such a cute way to carry lunch on the go}
9. Kate Spade NY Illustrative Journal $24
{A beautiful place to gather one's thoughts}
10. Garance Doré Bonjour iPhone Case $25
{An iPhone case with a dash of whimsical chic}
11. Futai Clear Bubble Umbrella  $19.99
{For stepping out in style when it rains}



Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Brandbacker and contains affiliate links. All words and opinions are my own.

An Audiobooks Gift Guide & An Amazon Giveaway

December 8, 2014
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Being able to enjoy a good book is one of life's little pleasures so if you're in need of a good gift idea, you might want to consider audiobooks. They make a fantastic gift for just about anyone for the holidays or any occasion. They're appropriate for all ages from children who can't get enough of their favorite stories to teens who are usually plugged in anyway, busy adults who like a good book but just can't find the time to read and older adults as a pleasant way to pass the time. Unlike regular books, audio books can be enjoyed while you're doing other things like traveling, working out or even doing chores. My husband likes to listen to them on his commute to/from work. Gift subscriptions to Audible.com can be purchased online and are available for 3 months, 6 months and 12 months. If your recipient already has an Amazon account, signing up is as easy as signing in. Audible.com offers a wide selection of over 150,000 popular book titles including bestsellers and new releases in a variety of genres. The books are delivered via an app so they can be played on a phone, tablet or computer anywhere, anytime.

To help you with your holiday shopping, Audible.com is currently offering 50% off their 3 month subscriptions which are regularly $45. Using this link, you can purchase a 3 month subscription for yourself or someone else for just $7.49/month. 

And if that's not cool enough, I've also teamed up with a lovely group of bloggers for an amazing $200 Amazon gift card giveaway. This is open to US residents only and ends this Friday 12/12/14. Please follow the instructions and enter via Rafflecopter below. Good luck!

Are you a fan of audiobooks? What's on your reading list?

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Audible and Coupons.com. All words and opinions expressed are 100% my own. Thank you supporting the brands that support this site.



Emma Stone's Perfect Street Style

December 5, 2014
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If there's any celebrity whose style I truly admire, it would be Emma Stone. I also happen to love her hair as well and think she'd probably be really fun to hang out with. Her red carpet style is pretty much flawless (and modest in a good way!) but even when casually dressed, she always manages to look perfectly chic and well put together. This fall outfit she was spotted wearing in NYC wearing recently is a prime example. She is dressed practically for the cool weather and comfortably to walk around but the outfit also has plenty of personality. Fortunately for the rest of us, this effortlessly fashionable look is fairly easy to recreate starting with this graphic striped heart sweater, add a pair of skinny jeans, top with a classic double-breasted wool coat and finish with a cabled beanie, some cool sunglasses, flat suede booties and a slouchy hobo bag. Would you wear this outfit? What do you think of Emma Stone's style?

I just wanted to say a big thank you to everyone for your incredibly sweet and wonderful comments on my blog anniversary post earlier this week. I'm beyond touched and overwhelmed by your kindness and feel so lucky to have the best blogger friends.
Copy Emma Stone's Style


One Step to Defined Brows

December 3, 2014

Easy Way to Get Thicker Looking Brows

I've already resigned myself to the fact that I'll never have enviable full eyebrows like Cara Delevingne since I learned the hard way that if you overpluck your brows, all those hairs might not always grow back. I've tried growth serums on them which work to an extent but I definitely still need to fill in my brows to create the fuller look I covet. I've been using a pencil since I found brow powder too tedious but it definitely takes time to fill them in and make them look natural. My ideal brow product would fill, shape and define them all in one step. And that's what I was hoping for with Lashem Color Strokes Brow Tint Lift.

About the Brand: The Lashem brand was developed to help the everyday woman keep her youthful glow. The brand  offers a range of anti-aging products including luxury eye makeup and skincare that are made with high quality natural ingredients in the United States.

Formula Facts: Paraben-free, Prostaglandin-free, Fragrance-free, Hypoallergenic, Non-acnegenic, Dermatologist-tested, Ophthalmologist-tested, PETA certified cruelty-free

Product Claims: Color Strokes Brow Tint & Lift with lash enhancing serum works as an eyebrow shaping product and helps with eyebrow growth. It's powerful peptide rich formula may provide effective protection against breakage and naturally support more voluminous brows. It is available in three shades: Blonde, Brunette and Raven.

Packaging: This product is packaged in a tube like mascara with a mascara type spooley applicator wand. 

Price: $20 for a 0.6 ounce tube


Easy Way to Get Thicker Looking Brows

A Blog Anniversary

December 1, 2014

I seem to have a bit of a blindspot when it comes to remembering this blog's anniversary for some reason. This year I'm about two month's late and since it is the third one, I did want to acknowledge it as I'm happy to still be here. I realize I can be a little all over the place with my post topics but that is a reflection my interests. I tend not to get too personal cause I have no intention to use this space as my diary and my everyday life would probably be quite boring to read about. I'm thankful for this blog as it has been a creative outlet which has allowed me to express, learn and connect with so many incredible fellow bloggers and readers. I went back into my archives and pulled up some of my earlier favorite posts and I hope that you'll visit one that catches your interest and come back to let me know your thoughts on it. One of the best things about this blog is having you all share your perspectives with me.

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