"I think men who have a pierced ear are better prepared for marriage. They've experienced pain and bought jewelry" -Rita Rudner

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Hey everyone!
I just wanted to do a quick review & update from my side of the computer screen. First of all, I'm alive and well. I hope all of you are as well. Secondly, I might just bombard the next few posts with pictures from my friends' visit to see me in Chicago. It was amazing and I can't wait to go back to the city and enjoy myself. Thirdly, I got sent a super cute, extremely simple tennis bracelet by Anjolee to review. I've been wearing it for almost 2 weeks, and I must tell you all that it is going to be like my black LubLub stacker, I never take it off (only to shower). It was custom fit to my wrist so it doesn't fall off like most of the jewelry I buy - does anyone else have 6.25" wrists? Way too small for mainstream. I cannot rave enough about it. It's exactly the type of item I keep on me for good, since it's simple and clean (& my right arm was mighty lonely). Just a small qualm, if you have light hair on your arms, this bracelet will pinch/tug a little. For those of you trying to find a gift for a girlfriend (or a boy for his GF) a diamond tennis bracelet is a great idea (minus the real diamonds part if you're on a budget, or for you fly boys & girls out there, they also have some beautiful pure diamond bracelets that I can't afford until I'm 30. Haha.) The one I'm wearing above is 10K white gold as are my grad rings, the bangles are in silver - they all match really nicely.

P.S. Guess where I took that creepy army shot in the first photo? 105th level of the Sears Tower! I'm actually sitting on the glass floor of the viewing pods that project out of the building's steel structure.
P.P.S. I stocked up on chiffon sheer blouses, summer skirts, and funky loafers while I was in Chitown. I'm ready for spring!


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“All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think, we become.” - Buddha

Friday, February 17, 2012
Dear friends,
The internet has some of the most beautiful fashion pieces I would have never come across had I depended on myself (& my reclusive nature) to discover them. Here are a few that tickled my fancy as of late:
Jardin Jacket by J.Crew
This Ikea hack
All the Carte Noire videos, including the one starring Ates Salih.

That is all for today! Hopefully I can get a positivity post in next :D My friends are going to be visiting me in Chicago tomorrow! I'm soooooo excited. We will be traipsing around the city, taking beautiful pictures, and eating delicious food. Nom nom nommmm <3

Academic Toolbox #3: Distractions and Procrastination

Sunday, February 05, 2012
Hola everyone!
As promised, I've collected a few more scholastic tips to hopefully get you through the day. Below I tackle common distractions, and how to get motivated to complete projects for school/work. 
1. Download Self-Control (Mac) or K9 (PC) and load up all the websites that you find yourself drawn to during study lulls. Mine currently holds a blacklist containing Facebook, Tumblr, both my blogs, and a few sites I find myself online window-shopping. Whatever your literary or visual vice, place it on the list. THEN, set up a time block. I have mine counting down until 11pm today.

2. Make a To-Do List every day. Or a weekly To-Do list divided into daily tasks. Carry it around with you and add, or strike out. Sometimes I find I finish tasks that I set our for Friday, on a Tuesday, because I happen to be in a certain area of the city or I am hit with inspiration, etc. Don't live or die by the list, but do use it as a solid guide.

3. Have a small notebook to write stuff down. Ideas, quotes, future plans; you never know when you'll need to look back on it. It's quite helpful. I used to make tons of lists on my phone, but then I'd never look at them, rendering the action useless. Do what works for you.

4. If you have to write an essay or paper, JUST DO IT. Waiting for inspiration or anxiety to hit is a waste of time. Even if you think it's terrible, and you don't know where your thoughts are dragging you, put it to paper and get it done. I always find myself surprised at the outcome, and then I spend time editing and changing sections a few days later. It's worth it. Stop waiting for inspiration. [Sometimes your brain just needs a bit of prodding & stretching before it begins sprinting.]

5. Schedule in something fun and quick after every hour or two of work. I make a hot chocolate/tea, or I paint my nails, read a good blog post, put on a face mask, write down a quote for my office wall, etc. 

6. Have a sheet of paper with you while studying or at work. I start filling it with concepts I don't understand, or systems I need to research. For example, I have a gastrointestinal systems exam this coming Monday. Thus far I have written "Watch peristalsis video clip" and "Find image summary of GI transporters from mouth to colon". Don't depend on yourself to remember it later. It rarely works. Write it down.

7. Take ten minutes to meditate. Realign your chakras, and clear that head of yours. You'll be surprised at how much you get done afterwards. Oprah does this twice a day for 20 minutes, and she runs a media empire. If she has time to do it, so do you.

Now off you go lads & lasses!

[Guest Post] Self-Esteem & Cancer: Never Letting Go of Your Inner Beauty

Wednesday, February 01, 2012
Hi everyone!

Today I have a wonderful guest post by Jackie. She contacted me a couple weeks ago regarding tips on how to feel beautiful while struggling through cancer (& the many side-effects of its treatments). I am extremely excited to share her piece with you, especially since I have a bit of experience in the area [I volunteered at a cancer hospital in Toronto for 2 years]. Please take a read, be grateful for your health, and share this with the women in your lives that are going through this rough time. It may feel as if part of their identity is being stripped away, and it important to remind them of their self-worth and beauty. Cheers!

Showcase Your Beauty Despite Your Cancer Diagnosis
By: Jackie Clark

A cancer diagnosis is a life-altering event, no matter what type of cancer you are facing.  Of obvious importance is the impact of cancer on your health and your livelihood.  What most don't seem to consider is how cancer and cancer treatments can affect your self-esteem and sense of worth as a woman.  Even when facing the harsh effects of cancer treatments, there are still several ways you can showcase your femininity and regain your confidence.

Use Beauty Tools to Enhance Your Features

Cancers like mesothelioma often require treatments that can take their toll on your health and beauty.   It's important to find ways to minimize these effects and highlight your other stunning features.  Find a bold lipstick to emphasize your mouth.  Even a pretty peach lip gloss and a light dusting of bronzer can create a pretty glow.  For a more striking look, use a kohl liner to rim your eyes and add drama.  There are also several eyebrow pencils on the market right now that can help to fill in sparse eyebrows to create an everyday style.  Use beauty magazine and websites to follow the latest styles and stay on trend.


Fashion Accessories Add Flair to Your Wardrobe

Although you may feel like your beauty has changed, there are many fashion accessories available that can add a panache to your existing wardrobe and amp up your style.  It's important not to stop at the usual suspects like scarves and beautiful earrings though.  For example, buy a new coat in show-stopping color.  Shop for beaded or embellished shoes.  There are many comfortable options available, and often the most unique options are in feet-friendly flats or low heels.  Hats are another option that can make you feel at ease when going out in public while still conveying your individuality and beauty.  

Keep in mind, however, that no matter how many makeup products you buy, no matter how many accessories you wear, your real beauty will shine from within no matter what your circumstances.  Your strength and power is the most beautiful accessory you have.  Whenever you may feel self-conscious about your looks, remember the following: I am proud.  I am beautiful.  I am strong.  I am not cancer, and cancer is not me.


image source: google & stylecrave [That link will take you to a list of gorgeous Asian models. I had such a hard time finding photos of visible minorities in high-fashion. Not cool.]