REVIEW: Caseapp

I have a paranoid fear of shattering my phone. I've seen it happening so many times with my friends and even my brother and I am so scared that it will happen to me. That's why I'm okay with dropping a few extra bucks to make sure my iPhone is protected and it's also why I was eager to work with Caseapp when they reached out to me! Caseapp is a company that allows you to create custom phone and laptop cases. They offer cases for iPhone and Samsung, glossy and matte, and regular hardshell and extra hardshell (which has a silicone bumper). I got an iPhone case with the extra protection (again, I'm a nut about the protection for my phone) and added my own design. There were a couple of hiccups with my order but they were all resolved in a timely manner (I'll get to that in a minute). 

How I Style My Short Hair

Since my new short haircut, I had to come up with a new way to style my hair. When my hair was longer I didn't really have to worry too much about volume just because I have a LOT of hair (though it's very fine), but I think short hair can sometimes emphasize the fineness of my strands. Luckily, my hairstylist taught me a few tricks before I walked out of her salon, and I picked up a few things on my own. If you have short hair like me, I hope this post will help you: 

Comfort Books

You ever hear of comfort food? I have comfort books - books that I can go back to time and again that make me feel warm and good inside. I'm sure many of you guys have that too! You know when you're feeling sad or down and you reach for a book that's always inspiring and makes you laugh (that can't be just me, can it?) I want to share my list of comfort books with you guys today!

Lipstick Challenge | Week 1

Stephanie invited me to participate in a month-long Lipstick Challenge where a group of bloggers all came up with prompts and every weekday we'll create a look based on the prompt. I'm not super happy with the way these photos turned out (I promise I'll do much better next week), but here are my interpretations:

December 1: Wild Card
I created a heart shape on my lips!

December Bucket List

It's finally December and we're one month closer to the new year! November was an insane month, from the election to Thanksgiving, November seemed longer than it actually was in some respects. I'm excited about December though, I love the Holidays! Here are just a few things I want to accomplish by the end of the year:

November Empties

I admit, I'm pretty precious with my beauty products sometimes so it takes me a while to use things up. I don't know how other people can have an 'Empties' post every month! In any case, this past month, I managed to hold on to some of the empty tubes of product I used up:

Kitchen Diaries: Matcha Oreos

After stuffing my face with Thanksgiving food, my mind starts to look forward to the holidays. I think I associate cookies and such with Christmas due to leaving a log of different kinds for Santa growing up. That's why when I found this green tea Oreo recipe I knew I had to try it and then share it! Since being forced to cut back on coffee, I've experimented with matcha - a very strong green tea powder. I've made a few batches of these and LOVE eating them with milk and (decaf) coffee!

Thankful

Happy Thanksgiving to all my American readers! I'm with my family today stuffing our faces silly!
I have so much to be thankful for this year and while I don't have the time to list all of them, I wanted to give a special shoutout to the following:

Product Review: TonyMoly Panda's Dream So Cool Eye Stick

When I first started my Korean skincare routine, one of the things I really wanted to find was a good eye cream. I'm still young and in my mid 20s, but I've been told countless times that wrinkle prevention is extremely important. I found this adorable eye cream by TonyMoly (the TonyMoly Panda's Dream so Cool Eye Stick) in this panda packaging and as I'm sure you all know by now I am a sucker for cute packaging. Here's my review: 

Currently... (Vol. 33)

I want to talk to you guys about my health before I go on.
For the past month and a half I haven't really been able to keep a lot of foods down. After almost every meal I would start vomiting and feeling horribly nauseous. At first I thought that I may have been having an allergic reaction to something I was eating but after I went to the doctor's, I found out it's just a matter of severe indigestion. I'm eating too fast, too often, and without chewing. What started as a minor case of an upset stomach has turned quite severe due to it going untreated for too long. I've lost a bit of weight because I haven't really been able to eat much so the doctor put me on a strict soup diet and forced me to cut out a lot of things I enjoyed, like coffee. I'm sure I've been pretty unpleasant to work with because my caffeine withdrawal symptoms included a nasty headache that put me in a bad mood. Luckily, I've been getting a bit better and thanks to everyone around me constantly reminding me to eat slower, the nausea has lessened significantly. 
Just in time too because my boyfriend's mom was in town and I certainly didn't want to be too sick to spend time with her! We had so much fun hanging out around DC - she's from California and we couldn't apologize enough about the cold weather. It's really been an up and down week! 
Anyways, on to the things I enjoyed currently:

Updated Essential Accessories

Around the time I first started my blog, I wrote a post called "10 Essential Accessories." My needs have changed since then and I thought it was about time I updated that list. I don't actually have 10 essential accessories anymore, just five so this should be a more efficient list than the one I wrote back in 2013. Keep in mind these are the items I wear a lot in my life outside the blog and items you may recognize from the blog too:

My Favorite iPhone Games

Like any other given millennial, I am prone to taking out my phone and playing games when I am bored. Brian's always pointing out when I'm playing a new fun-looking game because he inevitably downloads them himself haha!
If you're in the market for a few free games on your smartphone as well (games that aren't Angry Birds or Candy Crush), here's a few that I've been playing on rotation:

Book Club: My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry

You know how the say to never judge a book by its cover? Well that's exactly what I did with this book and boy did it pay off! The title really caught my eye one afternoon while I was browsing in a Barnes and Noble and while I didn't pick it up then, I couldn't stop thinking about it. I woke up in the middle of the night wondering what a grandmother could have possibly done to ask her grandchild to apologize to people she had wronged, in fact! I promptly logged on to Amazon and put this in my cart.

Currently... (Vol. 32)

It's been a few days since America spoke and voted for President Donald Trump. This was such an intense election cycle and as relieved as I am that it's over, it took me a while to grieve for the loss of my candidate. I was (and I still am) scared of a Trump presidency, not just because I think Trump is a menacing person per se, but because of the way he campaigned - he gave people "permission" to be bigots in a sense and while I'm sure not all of his supporters are necessarily racists, xenophobes, homophobes, or sexists, I can't help but be scared to go to some parts of this country knowing how people in those places voted. I am heartbroken to think that if I'm to travel to parts of Pennsylvania,  Michigan, or Wisconsin (for example), there will be people there who won't see me as a human being with dreams and ambitions, but a woman whose worth is below that of a man's and therefore should not have agency of her own body; a child of immigrants who couldn't possibly be truly American; and a piece of meat whose body anyone can just "grab." 
After a few days of grief, I emerged with a new sense of optimism and hope. Just because I'm afraid of those things doesn't mean that's necessarily what will happen in this country. I'm sure people have their reasons for voting for Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton and other candidates. I understand - this is a democracy and he is our newly elected leader. It's up to us as a country now to hold him accountable for his actions, work with him where we can and challenge him when we must. One President is not greater than the will of all the American people and as a proud American, I will fight for this country that I love. 
If you read all of that and still have stuck with me this far, thank you! Now, onto the things I've been enjoying in the past week:

Chasing Daylight | Blush Sweater and Black Jeans

Once winter hits and we change our clocks for daylights saving, it becomes more of a struggle to find the perfect time and the perfect lighting for these outfit posts. I used to wake up early on Saturday mornings to get two outfits for the week out of the way. Now that Brian has taken on the role of my photographer I can relax a bit but it’s still a challenge finding good lighting. We decided to walk a bit further out than we normally do and we happened to find this bit of wall with the really pretty leaves. 
For other fashion bloggers out there, what are some of your tricks for getting the perfect lighting with lighting is scarce?

On Voting

Today is election day, and I know that for those living in the US, we're all tired of this cycle. I get it - I worked on a presidential campaign back in 2012, I've been in the trenches and I get that not everyone likes to talk about politics.
But (and you knew there was a but),

New 'Do | Plaid Sweater and Taupe Bag

If you follow me on Snapchat (@deborahyi), you probably already know this but I got my hair cut right before Halloween Day! I’ve been wanting to get back to my short hair but due to being busy and then having to attend a wedding, I just really didn’t have time, nor did I want to risk a bad haircut before a special event. But I found an amazing hairstylist who knew instinctively what I wanted with very vague directions and just a few photos. Get you a hairstylist that can make you look amazing with little prompt. 

Currently... (Vol. 31)

Happy Daylight's Savings Day! I gotta say, I love #fallbackward a whole lot more than #springforward because of the extra hour of sleep!! Today I'm planning on volunteering at political campaigns (political life in DC ftw) and catching up with a few friends who are back in town for the election. I don't know about you but I am so nervous about this upcoming one! I hope you all are planning to vote or have voted early already. It's an important election and I hope that you choose to do your civic duty by making your voice heard. 
Anyways, enough of my civics and political lecture - on to the blog post!

Product Review: Skin Food Peach Sake Emulsion

It's been a while since I've posted a review of a product I used and I'm excited to share my thoughts on this moisturizer I've been using! I boarded the Korean skincare bandwagon early this year (I even did a post dedicated to my routine) and one of the products I got for my routine was this Skinfood Peach Sake Emulsion. Emulsion is another word for moisturizer, I've learned. Here are my thoughts:

Date Night Ideas

I thought it would be a fun idea to put together a list of things to do with a date this fall. I'm no dating expert but it's fun to have someone who'll go on excursions with me. Even if you don't have a romantic partner in your life, some of these activities are fun to do with a close friend for bonding time:

My Current Makeup Routine

I like having a routine in the morning because it's one less thing to think about before my morning coffee. That's why I love having my makeup routine down pat - less time to get ready means more time to slow down for coffee! Here are the things I use every day:

Sleepy Holly | White Shirt Dress and Fancy Eye Mask

Holly Golightly sleep mask shirtdress
Happy Halloween! As you can see from my costume, I'm dressing up as Holly Golightly this year! I've done Audrey Hepburn's Little Black Dress look in the past but I thought I'd do a bit of a different (and much more comfortable take) this year with her night gown and sleep mask look from the movie. I think this look is highly underrated - it was super comfortable! I wore this look to a Halloween party over the weekend. I'm usually more about staying warm than looking sexy but luckily we had a 75 degree day so I was covered. 

November 2016 Bucket List

I wish I could have been more active on my blog and social media this week but work duties and catching my boyfriend's cold kept me away. I am so excited for next week, though, and even more excited about November in general - mostly because November contains my favorite holiday: Thanksgiving!
Here are a couple of things I want to accomplish by the end of next month:

Sick Day | Blush Blazer and Magenta Heels

I wish I could post an actual outfit of the day but as I was traveling last weekend and caught a cold this week, this flatlay was all I could manage: 
I was planning to wear this look for the blog but I didn't have the time nor the energy. I think I'll wear this another time when I'm not sick and very busy organizing meetings at work.
Thanks for reading! 

Book Club: Modern Romance

I know I'm so late on the Aziz Ansari book train but I am so glad I picked up this book! I saw a used copy of Modern Romance on sale at Powell's books while visiting Jen in Oregon so I figured now was as good a time as ever to read it cover to cover.

Indy Wedding | Navy Lace Dress and Glitter Shoes

What an exciting weekend I had! If you follow me on Snapchat (@deborahyi08), you may have seen that I was in Indianapolis for a wedding! I actually didn't know anybody there, including the couple tying the knot. I came as Brian's plus-one and he's friends with the bride.
I always find weddings a bit daunting to dress for. I had to ask around quite a bit to make sure I would be dressed appropriately. I find ASOS to be a great place to find wedding guest attire at a reasonable price. This dress was under $100 and considering how comfy it was (the roomy stomach area was a priority for me), I think it was definitely worth the money.

Morning Cup | White Shirt Dress and Bow Sweater

In the mornings, I like to walk to work with a fresh cup of coffee. My apartment building gives us free coffee on weekday mornings and I like to take advantage of that (my Keurig and I have a weekend arrangement). It's a perfect shield against the crisp, cool autumn air! 
I bought this shirtdress for a Halloween costume I'm planning this year but it's pretty enough on its own, I think. I wore it with this sweater because it was a bit chilly that morning but I really like the warm-toned color palette of this outfit.

Lady in Red | Little Red Dress and Tall Boots

I bought this dress I'm wearing here a while back when it went on sale at ASOS. Unfortunately, it had been too hot outside to wear anything long-sleeved for a while but now that it's cool again I'm excited to pull this out of my closet to wear around town!

On a completely unrelated note, I've been wanting to cut my hair for a month now! I quite like having short-ish hair and it's beginning to get too long for my tastes. I've been holding off on getting it cut because I have a wedding I'm attending soon and I just didn't want to change up my look right before then. After the wedding I think I'm going to get a long bob again, but similar to Sarah Hyland? We'll see.