Thursday, October 30, 2014

Instagram Lately: Halloween Festivities & More!

     Hello lovelies! Today I thought I'd do an Instagram Lately post and show you what I've been up to in the last week. I was actually pretty productive last week and this upcoming week is about to be pretty exciting as well.

     First up: my Escape ticket came in the mail! Yup, I'm going to my first rave this weekend and I'm pretty excited now. I'm only going for one day, on Saturday, and it's going to be with a bunch of my friends. I didn't even start getting into EDM until I came to college, but I guess it's pretty fun to listen to to get yourself hyped up and ready to party or when you're hyper in general, haha.

     This past Saturday, I went to Friendship Games for my second time. Compared to last year, there were still some similarities but also some differences. The similarities were that I was just as exhausted as last year because we had to wake up at about 4:30 AM and my roommate and I didn't sleep as early as we should have. Another similarity is that being a part of Long Beach means we're anti-friendship and this year, I guess we were pretty mean. I also got to reunite with my friends from back home who all go to different schools, which is something we did last year too. The difference with this year though is that I practically spent all day with my friends from back home instead of with my school and that this year, I had more friends from Long Beach because last year, I was just a freshman who didn't really know anybody. For anyone reading this who doesn't know what I'm talking about, Friendship Games is an event that brings the Filipino Clubs together from all over California, such as SFSU, UCLA, UCI, UCR, SJSU, CSULB, etc., and you play games with each other and make friends (except for Long Beach, haha). Long Beach is known for not really making new friends but we do play the games. Being anti-friendship is just a tradition that Long Beach has done for about the last 19 years now and we never mean any harm by it; we're nice people but it's just on this day that we're anti-friendship.

     The next day, my roommate and I decided to finally go to the pumpkin patch in our city. It was actually really nice and fun to walk around and explore. And of course, when I saw the funnel cakes, I started craving one and bought one. It wasn't amazing because the funnel cake itself wasn't super sweet. but then the strawberries were a bit too sweet. Nonetheless, I enjoyed eating it and it made for a good picture, haha. We took lots of pictures and we also explored a bit of Long Beach (which you'll see in tomorrow's post!). I've never been to a pumpkin patch before so this was a nice experience.

     So that's what I've been up to recently! It's been a nice week and I'm also excited for this upcoming weekend! Hopefully I'll be able to take lots of pictures and show you on this blog. Thanks so much for reading and I'll see you lovelies tomorrow!

Annie ♥

Monday, October 27, 2014

Makeup Monday: Sky-High Wings!

     Hello lovelies! Today for Makeup Monday, I wanted to talk about the third fall trend this season: winged liner! And not just the normal flick, but exaggerated and super strong wings. Of course, the majority of us might not be willing to go that far with our liner, but it could be an interesting look for those days where we feel like being daring or if anything, you could try it out for Halloween since it's coming up this week!

     There are tons and tons of eyeliners out there, drugstore and high end, so I won't recommend any. It's a process of trial and error for all of us so what works for me might not work for you and vice versa. I also have extremely sensitive eyes so that prohibits me from trying out a lot of eye products. The two allergic reactions I've had required me to leave school early and I ended up at the hospital the second time because it was so bad. Sooo, I don't really like to experiment with eye makeup too much, no matter how much I wish I could.

     So how can you accomplish this look? It looks best with liquid eyeliner but you can also use dark eyeshadows to create this look (as shown below). To create the look with eyeshadow, take an angled brush and a pigmented black shadow and create your wing. The good thing about using an eyeshadow is that it's easier to clean up than a liquid eyeliner. When it comes to liquid eyeliner, you can create the wing that looks the best with your eye shape. You can create sky-high wings with a thinner line or go all out with extremely thick liner. Feel free to also play around with angles (shown in last photo below). Everyone creates different wings to compliment their eye shape and it takes a lot of practice to get it just right. I don't do winged eyeliner very often but here was my last attempt at it.

Excuse the boring faces I was making; I was in the library and didn't want to look too obvious, haha.
     As you can see, it doesn't look too bad. I didn't go for the exaggerated liner because I'm not very experienced with making wings and I was already struggling with making them as even as possible, haha. But I think it complimented my eye shape and it was much thicker than I was used to. 

     So if I can do it, you can do it too! Don't be afraid of trying out a trend; if you don't like it, then it's fine. If you do like it, then go for it! The winged liner has been around for a while and I don't think it's going anywhere anytime soon. The cat eye is actually starting to become a classic look in my opinion, so at the very least, give the cat flick liner a try. It's a great way to change up your look and to have some fun with makeup.

     So that's it for today's post! Give this trend a try if you want to! Maybe you don't have to go so extreme with it, but winged liner has been around for a good while now, so maybe it's worth a try. I hope you enjoyed reading this post and I'll see you lovelies tomorrow! 

Annie ♥

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Dishin' It Out: KBBQ, Tacos, & Trying to be Healthy Again!

     Hello lovelies, today I thought I would share with you what I've been eating lately! In July, I started eating really cleanly with small portions of junk food every once in a while. But lately, although I still make healthy choices, I've definitely been eating less healthier. I do want to change that though, so I'm working on it.

I went out for KBBQ with some friends a couple weeks ago. It's not an amazing place, but any place that serves bulgogi makes me happy, haha. It's about $12 for all you can eat and you get a good variety of options and sides.

This next place that I went to with some other friends was a cafe that served all types of food. I bought a taco and some fries and I was kind of disappointed with them. The taco had a lot of carne on it which was nice but the meat was a little tough to chew. I usually love all fries, but these were the thick fries that didn't have a lot of flavor in them and ketchup didn't help. It was cheap food, but I probably wouldn't go again.

When my parents came to visit recently, they took me grocery shopping and I actually got some ice cream and these Mexican "popsicles." They're creamy and soft and taste soooo good! I got the strawberry flavor and I'm so addicted to them, haha.

For a "Taco Tuesday," I decided to make a modified version of fish tacos. I used tortillas, tilipia, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, and caesar dressing to make these tacos. With the fish, I seasoned them with some garlic salt and cooked them in a pan. Then after all the rest of the ingredients were cut up, I put them into the "taco," which were just tortillas. With the leftover tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers, and fish, I also made a salad on the side with some more dressing. I topped everything off by squeezing some lemon juice on both dishes and that was my dinner for the night! And it was pretty good, if I do say so myself, haha.

This is is probably the best presented dish I've created so far, haha. And super healthy too! For this meal, I repeated the same process with the fish I had, seasoning them with garlic salt and cooking them in a pan. I then cooked some rice and made another salad consisting of lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, caesar dressing and this triple cheddar cheese from Kraft that I really like. After the fish was cooked, I sauteed some broccoli and seasoned them with a little salt. To finish off this dish, I added some soy sauce to the rice and a little to the broccoli to add a little more flavor and I was done! Super quick and easy as well as filling!

     So that's what I've been eating lately! I hope you enjoyed reading this and I'll see you lovelies tomorrow with another post!

Annie ♥

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Wishlist Wednesday: Ankle Boots!

     Hello lovelies! Today I wanted to talk about ankle boots! I've been wanting a pair of ankle boots for a couple years now but I haven't gotten around to buying a pair yet or finding one that I really like and is also affordable. One day, I'll be able to splurge on clothes and shoes, but as a broke college student, I can only afford to go window shopping for now, haha.

     Ankle boots have proven themselves to be extremely versatile over the last few seasons. They can dress up and dress down outfits. You could wear ankle boots with dresses or pair them with jeans. There's also many different styles and colors to pick from. Since the heel doesn't seem to be very high either, they're more comfortable than other heeled shoes. Here are some shoes on my wishlist that I hope I can purchase one day.

     So these are the shoes I would like to buy in the future hopefully. Maybe you'll think about putting these shoes on your wishlist as well! Ankle boots seem to be becoming a staple piece in wardrobes so I can't wait to finally have my own. These shoes shown above range from about $50-$200 so there's  a pretty good price range. Thanks so much for reading today and I'll see you lovelies tomorrow!

Annie ♥