Current Favorites

A lot has happened within the first month of the New Year — a little bit of good, a little bit of bad, and a lot of ugly. But for now, I want to focus on the good things — the things that bring joy in my life and allow me to live with more intention. Even when the world seems like it’s falling apart, I know that I can still focus on me and use whatever resources I can to be the best possible version of myself so that I can better advocate for things that matter. I hope that at the end of the day, everyone has access to the right resources so that they can be their own best versions of themselves.

Without further ado, here are some of my current favorites, which are basically my own personal resources that have allowed me to feel like the best version of myself — or at least, makes me feel that way! This list of Current Favorites is a slightly different version of my Current Favorites video, which you can find at the end of this post!
  • Bullet Journal. I love my bullet journal. This is where all of my daily tasks, monthly goal planning and random lists go. I will probably do a more detailed blog post on my current bullet journal set up, but if you want to learn more about the bullet journal, check out this perfect how to video from the creator himself, Ryder Caroll.
  • Passion Planner. The Planner has always been part of my planning system and routine. I love that it has a weekly display and a monthly reflection section. Before, I used the Passion Planner to schedule my classes, meetings, events, work outs, etc. but now that I work a full-time job and don’t have much of a life anymore, I use it to track my time! The CEO, Angelia Trinidad, is a strong advocate for supporting college students and constantly gives away free Passion Planners on college campuses across California. She is also a fellow Pilipino American who has supported the Fil-Am community at UCLA through her work on the Passion Planner. If you want to learn more, check out the Passion Planner website here.
  • Journal. I have always been and will always be that person who always keeps a journal. I’ve had this beautiful Muji journal since last summer. The main thing I love about it is that there are no ruled lines, so I can be free to write and doodle with no restrictions.
  • Muji Pens. I discovered the beauty of Muji pens during college when my friend introduced them to her pack. Ever since, I have not strayed from my own beautiful gel pen collection. They work so well for my bullet journal, passion planner, regular journal and general note taking!
  • Tombow brush pen. I recently started developing an interest in brush hand lettering and I invested in this very cheap $3 Tombow brush pen from Amazon. I had to watch a couple of YouTube tutorial videos to understand how to use it, but once I got the hang of it, it was easy to use! I hope that with practice I get much better at brush hand lettering.
  • H&M Shoes. I’ve had these shoes for such a long time and they never disappoint. When I want to feel a little fancier and add extra height, I pop these shoes on and feel a little more fashionable than I usually am.
  • Lush Toner Water. I have used about 3 bottles of this already and it always makes my skin feel very refreshed — literally like a breath of fresh air! If you want to start off with Lush products, I highly recommend this one for fresh, soft skin!
  • Tapestry. I love love love this tapestry from society6.com. It’s the statement piece in my room and serves as a constant reminder to enjoy the good times in my early 20s.
  • Canon EOS M3. This new camera beats my old Canon T3i due to portability, higher ISO capabilities and sharper image. I love that I can bring it with me wherever I go and that I can still use my other EF-S mount lenses with the adapter, which comes with the camera.
  • 10 Habits of Highly Effective People. I didn’t get to feature this book in my video since I haven’t finished this book yet, but I have already learned a lot on how to be a more highly effective person and I’ve only read up to habit 3! It’s a lot of information so I suggest taking down key takeaways from each chapter when you read it so you can digest the material.

 

Of course I also want to point out my current favorite movies and memories that have brought so much joy and inspiration in my life.
  • La La Land, film
  • Hidden Figures, film
  • Women’s March
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Las Vegas, CA

What are some of your current favorites? Let me know in the comments below!

Makeup On the Go

As a busy bee, I want to keep things easy, quick and simple when it comes to getting ready for my day. This includes my makeup routine.

Although there are days when I like add a little more to my makeup routine, most days I am content with putting in minimal effort to look fresh and put together by using a handful of beauty products. I am in no way not limited to these 5 beauty products, but I have found that using them has cut my morning routine in half and it feels great putting in less!

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  1. Anasol Body Oil. I got a small bottle of this from Anasol themselves at a farmer’s market for $10 and I use it every day! Not only does it moisturize your face and provide plenty of healthy antioxidants, it also provides some sun protection.
  2. Dollywink Liquid Eyeliner. This is my most favorite liquid eyeliner because it does really well in creating that winged eyeliner.
  3. Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara. Out of all of the drugstore mascara products, this one is makes my eyelashes longer and fuller.
  4. Colourpop Black N Brown Brow Pencil. I recently bought this from Colourpop and it’s a quick and efficient way to get my brows to look fierce.
  5. Eyelash Curler. This has always been necessity for my straight eyelashes. I’ve been using this for years to get the perfect curl.

My Travel Essentials Packing List

It’s finally the holiday season, and for many people, winter break is finally here! Many people have large travel plans lined up for the holidays and need a packing list, so I thought I would share my own list of travel essentials that I have curated for any season and occasion!
  1. Backpack. Bring a backpack that is able to fit everything you need such as make-up, book, planner, etc.

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    My all-time favorite backpack is my trusty Everlane Twill Snap Backpack, which does wonders in fitting all my essentials in one place and even has two side pockets to put your water bottle or any other small items.

  2. Carry On Bag. For small trips I only bring two bags to fit everything I need. Clothes, accessories and shoes usually go in my second carry on travel bag.carry-on-bag

    This one is Cath Kidston’s travel bag, which is both beautiful and spacious in design. It even has a shoulder strap to make it easier to carry.

  3. Water bottle. It is so important to stay hydrated, so bring an empty water bottle with you before you go through security and fill it up before you board on the plane.Camelback Waterbottle.png

    I recently purchased the Camelback Eddy from Amazon and I absolutely love this bottle. It works as a sip cup so you don’t have to tilt the bottle and cause any accidental spills (like I usually do). I’ve found that I stay more hydrated with this bottle since it’s so easy to use. It’s definitely a must when you’re out on adventures!

  4. Beauty essentials. My toner water, make-up wipes, body oil and natural DIY deodorant are my holy grail products for traveling. They’re travel-sized, portable and meet the TSA requirements since they do not exceed 3.4 ounces.Beauty Essentials.jpg

    After a long day of exploring or even on the plane, I use the Target generic brand of Neutrogena’s make-up wipes to remove my make-up and then go in with Lush’s Breath of Fresh Air toner water (it really does feel like a breath of fresh air on your face. Anasol’s extra virgin olive body oil works for hair, face and body, but I mostly use it as a facial moisturizer and it feels very hydrating and smooth! Of course, my homemade deodorant makes me smell fresh and odor-less every time I use it in the morning.

  5. Accessories. Your accessories and wardrobe should cater to how the weather will be. I usually either bring a comfy hat for sunny days, or a scarf and beanie to stay warm.

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    The hat is from Q, and the scarf and beanie are from Forever 21.

  6. Camera. Last but not least, I always need to bring my camera to document my travels and relive my adventures and memories.Camera.png

    Although I mostly use my trusty iPhone 6S to take wide shots, I use my Canon T3i and 50mm lens for beautiful, crisp close up photos and videos.

Is there anything missing on this list that you always have on yours? Let me know!

Summer 2016 Favorites

One of my favorite seasons is about to start and I am more than ready for the colder weather to begin again. However, I am grateful to summer for introducing me to new sights, new experiences, new people, and of course, new items and products that have enhanced my summer. #consumerism

Here’s a recap of some of my favorites from the past 3 months of summer:

1. My new room + tapestry. I set no boundaries when I started decorating my new space. I wanted to keep it simple and comfortable, yet stylish. I thought this tapestry made a perfect fit.

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Tapestry from society6.com. Photo collage poster from socialprintstudio.com. Bedside table from Melrose Trading Post. Bedsheets and plant from IKEA.

2. Colourpop’s Jenn Ne Se Quad. I am in love with the color Un, as you can see from its worn down packaging.

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3. Colourpop Ultra Matte and Glossy Lips
. My favorite go-tos this summer were Beeper and Tulle. They also make great lip colors for the Fall season as well!

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4. Candles — Capri Blue Volcano from Anthropologie, Blackberry Cider from Target.
Candles are a must have in everyone’s rooms. These two add a beautiful warm ambiance to the room while making it smell wonderful and yummy.

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5. Washi Tape and Polaroids. In my opinion, the cheapest and most affordable way to decorate a room is with washi tape and polaroids (if you have a Polaroid camera at your disposal).

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Washi Tape from Target.

6. Fujifilm Instax Mini 8. If you don’t have a Polaroid camera at your disposal, you can always buy one from Amazon for less than $60.

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7. Haruki Murakami’s Norwegian Wood. I didn’t get to read as much as I wanted to this summer, but the one novel I did finish was a nostalgic, thought provoking page turner this season.

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8. The World turned Upside Down Map. I got this map during my third year of college at a workshop for my part time job, and it has stayed with me ever since. It constantly reminds me to always have a different perspective for everything and that life is not always up to scale.

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9. Succulents: Willow, Spike, Lola. My succulent baby children. They live on my windowsill. Need I say more?

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Succulent babies given to me by a wonderful succulent raiser in Melrose Trading Post.

10. Aldo Leather Backpack. I love the stylish, sleek design and the ample amount of space it can hold. It also goes well with pretty much any outfit.

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11. Loose-leaf tea. I have converted to loose-leaf and I can’t go back. My favorite is quince charming black tea from DavidsTea.

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Other non-tangible favorites from this summer:

  • My new job ($$$)

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  • Seattle, WA

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  • San Francisco

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