Sunday, April 13, 2014

My Take On: Organizing Makeup

To be completely frank, I've never been a huge makeup junkie in my 21 years of existence. It has nothing to do with my environment... cause I grew up in a school where girls had eyeliner on since middle school. I've always been quite conservative and never really thought much about makeup. It was after college that I began to expose myself to the makeup world, and I guess now I can say that I've officially joined the "makeup band wagon" LOL! =)

I'm not overly obsessed with makeup, so I don't always find myself seeking for the latest designer or drug store products to try. I only have one face after all, so it's understandable that I only have a conservative amount of makeup right? hehe

Anyway, getting to the point, I recently found myself a little frustrated with how messy my makeup is. I share a bathroom and it just isn't right for me to hog all of it and clutter other people's space with makeup just because of my lack of organization. I came to the conclusion that I needed some type of organizer and wallah!!... I found the perfect one from T.J. Maxx! Score!



I know I know.. it looks kinda small, but that's all the space I really need to hold my makeup "essentials". On another note though... isn't it cute? (haha not sure if that's the right word to describe it!)

I love the way the organizer looks, and I love how it is designed! I'm sure you guys can tell, but I'll say it anyways... this is a 3 layer organizer that has opened slots aligned in the back for I guess brushes and any products that in this case.. "I" want standing! =)  


Because we don't know what these things have gone through, and should never assume that they are clean, I decided to wipe down the makeup organizer! 

Alright, now we're done with the boring part... this is what I had to work with! 


Out of my makeup and makeup applicators, I had to sort out the ones that I wear more often apart from the ones that I wear like... never. And after about 15-20 minutes this is the transformation that I am super duper proud of!....


This is how I organized my makeup and I'm seriously so proud of it! It's been a few weeks since I've organized my makeup and surprisingly I've kept the organizer looking exactly the same! 


In the back top left slots, I decided to put products that I prefer standing and can easily be obtained: Eyeliners, Mascara, Wet Q-tips, Eyeshadow Primer & BB Cream! 


As for the back top right portion, I aligned the slots with my most often used brushes: Powder Brush, Blush Brush, Foundation/BB Cream Brush, Blending Eyeshadow Brushes & the more Precise Eyeshadow Brushes! 




As for the three layers, I organized my makeup from most to least used. The top layer includes my Powders, Blushes, Highlighter, Mascara, Eyelash Curler & Lip Balm.  


The middle layer includes my Bronzer, Eyeshadows (I rarely ever wear eyeshadow), BB Cream (One that I least prefer) & Lipsticks (I usually carry lipsticks in my bag, so what you see are ones that I favor least atm.)


And lastly, the bottom layer holds my least used products: Fake Eyelashes, Extra Powder Pad, Eyeliner Sharpener, Eyeshadows, Mascaras, Make-up Setting Spray & Lip Gloss! 

So yah! I guess that pretty much concludes to all the essentials I have in my makeup organizer! I had such a fun time working on this project! Not only did it help me with the obvious...keeping organized, it also opened my eyes to how much makeup I didn't used. I ended up storing the rest of my makeup away, and threw ones that I've had for way.... too long in the trash! 

I haven't read through this blog post yet, but I have a feeling that it's a pretty long one! I hope this post was enjoyable and somewhat helpful? If you guys have any tips on how to organize makeup, feel free to leave a comment below! 

Alright, I'm gonna get ready for bed now. See yah later alligator!~ =)

xxxx,
Wing

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Monday, April 7, 2014

LookBook: Ready for Business

4.7.14
READY FOR BUSINESS

What do you usually wear to work? My style varies~ Everyone at work is pretty laid back, so instead of needing to dress all "office lady" like, I get to play with colors and patterns. Yay! Despite that, I usually stick with darker colors, cause at the end of the day, I am working at a professional environment and there's no reason for me to stick out too much with vibrant colors! =)  

So... here's one of the outfits I have worn to work in: 


Out of the many outfits I've worn to work, this is probably one of my favorite! First of all, I'd like to mention how much I love emerald and purple together. I think green and purple are one of the prettiest color combinations that exist, and I think that the shade of green and purple I am wearing match well in a way that they give off a sense of sophistication.  



The top I am wearing is a two piece 100% silk blouse from a brand named Tess. I love how light the fabric feels. It's currently Spring right now, and I think this blouse definitely goes perfectly with the semi-hot/chilly Cali weather! =) As for pants, I'm wearing one of my favorite pair of geometric like trousers from Forever21. The high waistline accentuates my curves and gives my legs an elongated illusion! (Who wouldn't like that? lol!) 



As for accessories, I wore gold arm candy and a statement necklace that adds a little more excitement and elegance to my look and completed my outfit with a bright brown leather bag that adds a nice pop of earthly color. To finish everything off, I wore my quiet yet attention grabbing black pointed heels! 

Photography By: LWK PHOTOGRAPHY

BLOUSE: TESS
TROUSERS: FOREVER 21
HEELS: NINE WEST
STATEMENT NECKLACE: CHARTER CLUB
SUNGLASSES: PAC SUN
BAG: GOODWILL

Growing up, I always had the image in my head of business ladies wearing black/blue blazers and trousers/dress pants to work. Now that I'm a working adult, I've learned that the stereotypical image I had in my head was only a painted picture I've developed from movies I've watched as a kid and that dressing up for work can be extremely fun! =) Yep! 

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Selena Gomez's We Day California Speech = My Self Reflection

I was in the middle of eating lunch today when I heard a brief snippet of Selena Gomez's We Day California Speech on Fox11 News. Though it was just a small part of the 8 minute-ish speech, I was curious enough to go home and youtube it! In case you have watched it yet, here it is:


I don't think Selena knew how inspirational her speech would be... but it really impacted me and got me thinking about myself. Let's start with high school... I used to have a lot of friend during high school... but even back then, I realized that among all of my "friends", I found it tough to figure out who to eat lunch with. Weird right? I mean... if a person has a lot of friends, shouldn't it be easy choosing whom to eat with during lunch? Well that wasn't the case for me.... Since I've graduated high school and college, I've lost more then half the friends I used to have. Sometimes it really surprises me how many old friends I've lost, and of course just thinking about it brings me down sometimes. 

A moral of Selena's speech is to be you... to be none other than YOU. Selena mentioned that who you are is who you surround yourself with and I can't agree more. Just cause I got along with people, didn't mean that those friends were for me. I was trying to find myself back then, and deep deep deep down in my heart I think I kind of knew that those friends weren't for me... but I just didn't see it yet. That's exactly why it was hard for me to figure out who sit with during lunch, and that's exactly why those people and I don't contact each other anymore. It's not the amount of friends I have that matter, it's the quality of the friendship of the friends I still keep in touch with that matters. Though a lot of people came and left my life, I'm so so so thankful for those who stayed.  

Never try to be someone you're not. It's always good to improve yourself, but it's not good to change yourself just to please everyone around you... cause at the end of the day everyone's going to feel happy except for you. 

I really like Selena Gomez, but I've never been a huge fan of hers. What she said in her speech really inspired me and got me thinking about myself in the past, present, and future. I've been wondering why I've lost contact with my friends, and today I've truly found my answer, it's because during these few years, I've grown up, I've found myself, and I've been "me".  

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Saying "Goodbye" to My Old Go-To Heels & "Hello" to a New Pair!

Do you guys have a pair of go-to heels? A pair that seems to match with everything and feels amazingly comfortable in?  Well.. I sure do!

These were my go-to heels for the passed 3 years! 

I got my first pair of Franco Sarto Snake Skin heels when I was in college, and it was seriously love at first sight. I've had a history of buying cute heels that were way too formal to be worn casually, and way too tall for me to walk comfortably in. So how did I end up finding my go-to heels? Nordstrom! I remember shopping with my mom a few years back at Nordstrom. I was browsing around the shoe section without any thought of buying shoes, and found myself eyeing these pair of heels. It's hard to tell from my picture above, but the shoes in real life are much lighter in color and "were" absolutely gorgeous. I bought the heels and I think it's one of the best purchases made! I've gotten a handful of compliments on these heels throughout the years, and they are hands down the most easy-to-match and comfortable heels I've ever owned!  These are the most worn heels I've ever had. I've worn them so much that the outside and inside of the heels are beginning to come apart. After being with me for these few years, and having gone through such a long journey with me... I've finally made the decision to let them go and say goodbye to them.  

I know it's kind of awkward to miss a pair of shoes..but these are a pair that mean a lot to me and ones that I genuinely made a lot of memories with! I don't think I'll ever feel the same way about a pair of shoes as I do for these, but I've been on the search lately for a pair that can take place of these shoes after they are gone. After a few months of casual searching, I've finally found a pair, which... I actually bought. And dun dun dun dun dunnn~~~ 



These new pair of heels are from Enzo Angiolini's line (What a coincidence, I also found them at Nordstrom!), and I am absolutely heads over heels for them!  I love how the heels are on the shorter end...but not short enough to be little kitten heels. I think its rusty salmon color is absolutely beautiful, and I can see it matching with so many colors!! You guys can't see this in the picture, but the bottom soles are a wooden pattern which adds so much class and elegance to the heels! I absolutely adore the cute cut-outs and straps, and I cannot wait to wear these to work as well as during my casual days off work! =)  

Here's a link if you guys are interested: HERE

Shoes come and go, and there are some shoes that hold a deeper meaning in my heart that others. I'm going to really miss my old go-to heels, but I'm excited to create new memories with my new ones! (Cross my fingers that they're as comfortable as the old ones~

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Monday, December 30, 2013

LookBook: Winterless California

12.30.13
WINTERLESS CALIFORNIA

It's common for Californians to say that the Golden State rarely gets that cold during the Winter... and I can't agree more with that saying this Winter.  For the first time in my life... I experienced Christmas at nearly 80 degrees.  While others get to experience a white Christmas, I find myself dressing the same amount clothing I would dress during the Summer... interesting huh?


Anyway, what styles have you guys been enjoying lately?  To my surprise I've actually been really loving the street style.  I don't know why... maybe it's because I'm always very conservatively dressed and covered at work... that it's nice being able to throw on some comfy casuals and still feel awesome and stylish during the weekends!  =) 



Today, I went for a laid-back street look!  I started my outfit off with a basic long sleeve shirt from Charlotte Russe, and matched it with a pair of high waisted denim shorts that I thrifted from Goodwill earlier this Summer (seriously my favorite thrift-find! =)).  To add some color to my outfit, I threw on common red, white, and blue plaid button down that I recently did some revamping to. (Removed long sleeves & shortened) 


I actually felt amazing in this outfit!  Throughout this half a year, I've been going for a loose top & tight bottom look... and after hiding any slight curve of mine for so long, it feels nice to finally wear an outfit that is more form fitting! 





As for accessories, I wore my favorite belt to add some shape to my waist-line, threw on some fun jewelry, and finished my outfit off with a casual everyday purse and one of my current favorite booties from Jeffrey Campbell!  



Yep, and that's it to my Outfit of the Day! =)

Photography By: LWK PHOTOGRAPHY

BUTTON DOWN: COTTON ON
LONG SLEEVE: CHARLOTTE RUSSE
SHORTS: GUESS (GOODWILL)
JEWELRY: H&M, ICING & GIFTED
 BOOTS: JEFFREY CAMPBELL
BAG: URBAN EXPRESSIONS
BELT: CHINESE LAUNDRY

2013 is coming to an end, and it's quite mind-boggling to think that a new year will be starting in the matter of a few hours!  I've learned and experienced so much this year... it's pretty ridiculous.  But nonetheless, I believe everything happens for a reason.  Whether it's something good that happened or something bad that came about... I'm positive that all that I've experienced made me into a stronger and better person!  I hope everyone cherishes their last few moments of 2013, and prepare yourselves for a new beginning!  =)  

Good Night! 

xxxx, 
Wing 

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Saturday, November 2, 2013

LookBook: Longing For Yesterday

10.27.13
LONGING FOR YESTERDAY

It's a fact that Summer's ended already, but as expected, Fall still feels pretty warm in Sunny California! lol  I've been really loving the weather lately, and I've been enjoying my weekends the most... cause not only can I relax, but I can also have fun with my outfits! =)  


The look I put together today gave me a nostalgic feeling.  Though I'm still young and haven't been through a lot in life LOL, it reminds me of the past.... and brings sparks of old memories in my head.  I'm not exactly sure what inspired me to put this outfit together, but nonetheless, I love it! =)  



I started my outfit off, with an old-school dress that I bought from Forever21 a few years back! =)  I love everything about this dress!!!... I love how comfortable it is, the way it fits, the way it looks, and the pattern on it!  The dress came without a belt...so I paired it with a purple belt that I had in my closet!  



Here's a close-up of my light makeup, the jewelry I wore, and a better view of how the pattern on the dress looks like!  I wore a simple and dainty gold butterfly necklace, a gold ring, and a gold bracelet for jewelry, and matched my outfit with a vintage purse that I thrifted at Goodwill (Seriously one of the best finds ever!!)  



To finish my outfit off, I wore my new pair of flats from Nine West! =)  (They seriously match with everything!)  

Photography By: LWK PHOTOGRAPHY

DRESS: FOREVER 21
NUDE FLATS: NINE WEST
PURSE: GOODWILL

Anyway, as always I hope everyone has been doing well!  I've been a busy bee like usual... and I guess it's really during the weekend where I can just relax and be me again! =)  haha not sure if that makes sense... but what I'm trying to say is that... my work has nothing to do with clothing and accessorizing... so it just feels good to be able to do what I love on my days off!  Writing a blog post feels so great!  I hope everyone has a really relaxing night!  I'm going to relax for the rest of the night, and perhaps even watch a korean drama! =) hehe 
Good Night! 

xxxx, 
Wing 

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Sunday, October 13, 2013

What Would I Do Without Weekends?? (Hangout at Downtown Alhambra)

Good Morning!!!! 

I know, it's almost 12 PM right now, but technically, it's still considered morning, so yep Good Morning! =)  I'm currently sipping on some hot green tea, and yep writing my blog!  This morning had a great start, so I hope the rest of the day will be awesome as well! =)  

Since school ended for me, I think there were times where I forgot about how precious weekends were.  But lately, I've been extremely busy during the week... so busy that I finally learned to appreciate my weekends again! =)  So yes, hence the title of this post being, "What Would I Do Without Weekends??". =) 

Since nothing has really happened this morning, I'm going to share part of my day yesterday with you guys!  =)  Yesterday was awesome!  It was the first day out of 7 days where I was able to sleep in, take a nice morning shower, dress casually, and walk out of the house with no make-up!! =)   I hung out with my friend during the afternoon, and had an amazing time!  We hung out at Downtown Alhambra, and I was treated to a super delicious meal at an Italian Restaurant named Caffe Italiano!


Yep!  That's me standing in front of the Restaurant!  It's the cutest restaurant ever!! 


This is what the menu looks like!  It was my first time trying not just Authentic Italian Cuisine, but just any type of cuisine!  The price points were a little expensive, but the food was spectacular!  It's so good... that I'm actually craving it right now!  


This is a rough view of how the inside of the restaurant looks like! =) 




There were bunch of cool wall decorations in the restaurant, and I managed to snap of few pictures of them to share on my blog! =) 


Even their restroom had cute decorations!  =)  Here are two wall paintings that I thought were pretty cool! 

Anyway, moving on from decorations, let's talk about the food! =D 


So this was what we started off with... bread and bread sticks lol!  I had the best tasting bread and bread sticks ever!!!  They were so delicious that my friend and I couldn't help but ask for more!  I never knew that white bread tasted so delicious with olive oil until yesterday!! 


I wish I wrote down all the names of the dishes we ordered, but since I didn't, I'll just describe them instead!  So for our appetizer, we decided to be spontaneous and order Tuna fish!  I didn't know the the tuna would be served raw.... I've always refrained from eating raw meat, but I decided to try the fish anyway, since we already ordered it!  


It ended up being the best tasting dish ever, and we finished within minutes!  It was my first time consuming raw fish this way, and it tasted amazing!  I literally felt the fish melting in my mouth!! Super Yummy!  Not only did the fish taste amazing, the sauce and avocados complimented the fish extremely well!! 


The 2nd dish we ordered was fish filet with their unique tomato sauce, complimented with yummy sliced potatoes as the side dish!  I wasn't especially in love with this dish.  The taste was very strong, but it was enjoyable.  


For our 3rd dish, we ordered Fettuccine with mushrooms and pasta!  I always feel that the best way to compare one restaurant to another, is by tasting a dish that both restaurants have on the menu!  This dish was amazing!!  It's very creamy, but at the same time didn't taste overly flavorful! 


The dishes together!! 


As for dessert, we ordered their Tiramisu!  I've only tried Tiramisu dessert in Asian restaurant and bakeries, so I was really curious about how it would taste like from an Italian Cuisine Restaurant!  lol It ended up tasting extremely delicious and though I was overly full, I didn't mind having another one! LOL 


Alright, so that's it to lunch, after lunch, my friend and I decided to walk around the area, and we ended our day with some yummy boba drinks from a place called Cha for Tea!  =)  


I ordered a Chai Tea with Boba, and he ordered a Mange Peach Milk Tea w/ Boba! Yummy!!

Yep, so that's basically our hangout at Downtown Alhambra!  Much more happened after our hangout, but I think I'll end my post here!  =)  

Weekends are so precious to me, and I'm seriously not sure what I'd do without them!  Today's my last day before a busy week at work, so I'm definitely gonna make the most out of my day! =)  I hope you guys had an amazing weekend, and I will update my blog soon! =)