The Sunshine Award

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THE SUNSHINE AWARD

Well gosh, I never thought I would ever be awarded on my blog. I’d like to thank the Academy, God, my wonderful parents, and of course Hilary of Cutie Cameras who had nominated me. Isn’t it such a happy name for an award? Now that I’ve won, here is what I must include in this post:

1. Thank the one that nominated you and link back to their blog
2. Put up the picture for the Sunshine Award
3. Share 11 facts about yourself
4. Answer the 11 set questions by your nomination blogger
5. Nominate 11 bloggers
6. Include 11 questions for your nominees to answer

11 FACTS ABOUT MYSELF

1. I am adopted from South Korea
2. If I could, I would eat Asian cuisine every day (and it’s not just because I’m Asian)
3. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is number one on my top five list
4. If I could be a model for any company, it would be J.Crew
5. My senior year of high school I was one of the captains of my track & field team (I went to Sub-Districts three years in a row for javelin)
6. I can never have enough studs
7. My guilty pleasure is watching Gossip Girl
8. I am completely head over heels for penguins
9. I dream of owning a Mini Cooper
10. If I could go anywhere in the world, it would be London
11. I actually really hate the number 11

11 QUESTIONS FROM HILARY OF CUTIE CAMERAS

1. What is your favorite season and why? Summer is my all-time favorite. I love the long days and the sense of “anything can happen.”

2. What is one word that describes you? Pick a word that describes you best. Bright; I love colors, am genuinely happy and smiley, and have a good idea every once in awhile.

3. If you had a time machine, where and when would you go and of course, why? I would go back to like 1959 or something. I love what was happening design-wise: graphic design, fashion, interior design, architecture. I think it would be fabulous to experience all of that at once.

4. What is your dream job? To either be a full-time sponsored blogger, be a Graphic Designer for Pixar, or be in the fashion industry.

5. What is your favorite part about blogging? I really enjoy the research. I love finding examples of what I’m talking about and sharing it with all of you.

6. What is a food that you hated as a kid? Do you still hate it? PEAS! I hated them as a kid and I hate them now! YUCK!

7. You have three extra hours of free time. What do you do? I would go to the gym/run, grab a coffee, then blog!

8. What is your favorite dessert? I am not a huge fan of sweets, but I do enjoy an occasional strawberry shortcake.

9. Who inspires you? I get inspiration from  a lot of people, but I would say I get inspired quite often from Bri Emery of DesignLoveFest (my all-time favorite blog) and my two lady friends Hilary and Sara.

10. What is your favorite movie? Gosh, that’s a toughie, too. I’d have to say Harry Potter. I’m not going to pick just one of the movies because I can’t, but I enjoy all of them.

11. What is one of your favorite blogs to follow? It would again be Bri Emery of DesignLoveFest. Her blog inspired me to start blogging again and I just love her work as a fellow Graphic Designer.

I NOMINATE…

1. Jon of joonfeen
2. Sara of papabitterblog
3. Christian of designedbychristian
4. Enrique of reeks
5. Karl of in-karl
6. Mark of beags
7. Mel of markandmelbeagley
8. Abbie of theredlippedsmirk
9. Sarah of tulleandtrinkets
10. Torie of modernhepburn
11. Josh and Colby of jolbyandfriends

11 QUESTIONS

1. How do you get inspired?
2. What food do you crave the most?
3. Name one clothing item you wish you could wear every day.
4. What has been your favorite vacation and why?
5. How do you relax and de-stress yourself?
6. What is your favorite book and why?
7. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would go and what would you do?
8. If you had an extra $5,000, what would you do with it?
9. What is your go-to coffee order?
10. If you could spend the day with one celebrity, who would it be and what would your day look like?
11. What TV show are you currently obsessed with?

Thanks for the award Hilary and thank you bloggers for reading!

B.

Man Up // Cufflinks

So in case you didn’t know this about me, I LOVE men’s fashion, maybe even a little more than women’s fashion. I’ve always been drawn to more masculine features in fashion and to interior decorating. Well fitted suits, vibrant ties, striped oxford shirts, wing tip shoes, and Eldredge knots totally do me in. I thought I would start my first “Man Up” post with one of the greatest accessories a man can use to show his personality off when wearing a suit: cufflinks. They’re not always distinct, but when noticed it’s a nice way to catch a glimpse of a man’s charm.

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manup.cufflinks.1113131. For the rocker Pyramid Cufflinks: $240.62 thelostlanes.com  2. For the athlete Seattle Seahawks Cufflinks $94.95 (comes with tie clip) cufflinksman.com  3. For the designer Ampersand Cufflinks $22.00 squareup.com  4. For the fashion enthusiast Burberry’s Enamel Check Cufflinks $185.00 burberry.com  5. For the nerd Silver USB Cufflinks $100.00 shefinds.com

Some handsomely good examples of cufflinks.

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Birchbox // October 2013

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October was a pretty fun month; football, cozy weekends, and Halloween, October is always full of fun mischief. October was also a month full of Birchbox! This month was filled with a lot of great “beauty buzz” products. This month was focused on what Birchbox is just obsessed over, which I thought was so awesome because I’m always wondering what the experts and professionals use in their daily lives. I have to say that I was really impressed with my box this month. Here’s what I received:

Dermablend Professional, Smooth Indulgence Mineral Finishing Powder
My usual make-up routine does not consist of a finishing powder and I never really thought about using one. When I got this product in my box, I was kind of like “what am I supposed to do with this?” Plus, I already get pretty oily skin naturally, so I wasn’t sure if I really wanted to add more “stuff” to my face to get all mixed up in that. But this product eliminates a lot of the shine I get, plus it just evens out my skin tone really nicely and doesn’t feel like I’m wearing another layer of make-up. Two thumbs up!

Liz Earle, Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser
This stuff is awesome! Seriously, my face felt so fresh, clean, and happy! It’s a make-up remover and an exfoliator! Double whammy! Liz Earle is a product that is quite popular in the UK and a Birchbox exclusive! All you have to do is massage the formula into your skin, then with the muslin cloth you wipe it off in a circle formation. If you’re going to try any new product this month, please try this one! But you also have to  get the muslin cloth, it makes a huge difference! Read my comment below!

Liz Earle, Pure Muslin Cloth
Just like any great pair, it works best if you have the other. If you get the cleanser, you need to get the muslin cloth. The cloth isn’t rough on your skin like an exfoliator might be, it gently wipes off the formula and polishes the skin as well. Use warm water with it while taking off the cleanser and then just wring out and hang to air dry. Simple as that. Get it!

theBalm cosmetics, Stainiac in Beauty Queen
If you like to pack light and use products that can be used for multiple reasons, this product is right up your alley! At first, the product was a little intimidating because it came in this bright red/maroon color in a liquid formula with a wand. Automatically I’m thinking the color is going to be too much for everyday wear, it’s going to be messy, and not last. False. The color is just so slight, it goes on cleanly and it lasts all day! It goes on like a gloss but wears like a lipstick but stays like a stain. It’s fantastic and is probably the utopian version of a lip color. Just a little swipe on both lips and you can call it a day. Oh, but wait! You can use it on your cheeks as well! Dab a little on each check and blend it quickly, it dries fast!

ChapStick, Hydration Lock
Birchbox has started something that I am a HUGE fan of. They started adding mass-marketed products in their boxes. It gives us a chance to be able to try out products that maybe we hadn’t thought about trying or have wanted to but weren’t sure if we would like it. This month we received ChapStick’s Hydration Lock and let me tell you, I’ve tried probably every lip treatment under the sun (and in the sun) and have to say that this ChapStick is pretty freakin’ epic. It keeps my lips soft all day. Plus, it doubles as a lip primer and is full if antioxidants like CoQ10 and Vitamin E. With winter upon us, it’s take to take extra care of your lips, so pucker up with Hydration Lock!

So, in my last review I failed to try one of my products before reviewing: Juice Beauty’s Green Apple Peel Sensitive. I finally was able to give it a whirl and to be honest, I wasn’t super excited about it, but I was more impressed with it than I thought I would be. I have never used a peel before and I’m not even really sure if I did it right. Putting it on was nice and easy, but as it dried I really felt my skin getting itchy and tight. But when I got it off my skin did feel soft and clean. So maybe that’s how peels are supposed to go, but the results are definitely worth it. I’m going to try using it a few more times to see if it is something I can really get into.

Well, that’s it from me. I hope you’re all having a great week and let me know, what beauty product are you buzzing about lately?

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Geek Out // Free iPhone Wallpaper

Happy November everyone!

These past couple of weeks has really felt like fall for me. My weekends consist of curling up with a blanket, a hot cup of coffee, and watching the Seahawks! And it is definitely starting to feel more like Washington weather with all the rain, wind, and chilly air. Lately I’ve become really obsessed with watercolor. I took a watercolor class years ago in college and I have to be honest, I sucked at it. I just can’t grasp the water to paint ratio. But thank goodness for free Photoshop brushes. Check out my watercolor wallpaper with some fall inspired colors. Enjoy!

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