What to Track in Your Bullet Journal


Last weekend as I was cleaning my apartment (we still have a few boxes that haven't been put away yet, even though we moved in May!), I found a few of my old bullet journals and planners I've used throughout the years. I talked about my old planners and agendas on Instagram Stories (I even did a flip through!) and some of the things I currently track in the "Habit Tracker" section of my bullet journal. I thought about making a video about this but I'm still setting up my vlogging situation so I figured a blog post about it would be easier for the time being. 

October 2017 Bucket List

Bando Agenda, ShopBando, flatlay, October Bucket List

I've been so behind with my posts - this was supposed to go out last weekend but I wasn't feeling well and work kept me busy so here it is today: My bucket list for the month of October. 
This month, I'm looking forward to just relaxing and doing things that make me happy. September was just such a busy time for me and all I want to do now is wear warm sweaters and crawl under blankets with a mug of warm apple cider.

  • Make apple cider from my slow cooker: I did this for the first time last year and it turned out so great! We had fun getting the apples, making juice, adding our spices, and since Brian has a pretty heavy whiskey hand, it was a big hit at the Halloween party we brought it to. I'm so excited to do it again! Speaking of Halloween...
  • Find the perfect Halloween costume: I'm not the biggest costume person. Last year I went as Holly Golightly and the year before that I was the 11th Doctor from Doctor Who. They were pretty minimalist costumes that didn't require much commitment nor effort and I don't see my laziness when it comes to Halloween changing any time soon. I need something that's going to be easy to put together but very recognizable. If you guys have any suggestions, send them my way!
  • Read The Raven: This is my annual October tradition - reading the classic Edgar Allan Poe novella. I'm excited to pick up my copy again!
  • Go vegetarian for a week: This is something I'm going to be doing - going vegetarian is something I've been wanting to try for a while now. I've always hesitated because I absolutely love red meat. Early this year, though, I cut red meat out of my budget (not diet) which surprisingly has been going quite well and I don't miss it at all! For health reasons I want to try a vegetarian diet for at least a week. If I can manage longer, I may just do that! 
  • Sober October: I'm not a heavy drinker to begin with but I just want to see if I can go this entire month without drinking (meaning my apple cider will have to be one without the whiskey).
What are some of the things on your October Bucket List?

Coffee Tasting

Coffee brewing, the Wydown, Rare Bird Coffee Roasters

Late last September, Brian and I went to a coffee-tasting event on H St., hosted by a local coffee shop here in DC called, The Wydown. As a coffee lover and a blogger, I grabbed my camera and trekked to The Wydown to sample of some of the best that DC coffee roasters have to offer. 

Three Small Habits to Form to Get More Organized

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I admit, sometimes I get too busy to maintain an organized life. For the past few weeks work has been ridiculously busy. Now that things are starting to slow down and I'm starting to realize that I have let things slide at home that I really need to take care of. I haven't done laundry in a few weeks even! (Anyone else have months like that? Please tell me I'm not alone). It makes me think, if I only took a couple minutes every single day to just put things away or tidy things up a little, I wouldn't have such a mess on my hands that I have to take care of once I get a day off! 
In my attempt to get a bit more organized going forth, here are a few changes I'm planning on making to my daily routine and I hope they help you too. 

Currently... (Vol. 51)


This has been a very tiring week to say the least! Work has been keeping my quite busy but I've managed to get all my posts up this week and start my newsletter! If you haven't already signed up for it, please do so! I'm planning on having my first email newsletter out on Monday and I hope you enjoy it.

My Skincare Products Updates

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Last year, I wrote a post on my skincare routine that consisted of a ten-step process. For the most part, I still have the same routine, albeit I use a scaled down version on nights I'm too tired to bother (more on that another time). I have, however, updated a couple products and changed up some of the things I use. I like to think that my skincare routine is constantly evolving to match my evolving skin. I want to share some of the new things that work for me:

September 2017 Bucket List



I am so so so excited that it's finally September! I always feel like September is a fresh start in the year - kids are going back to school, summer is ending and the air gets cool and crisp. Fall is my favorite season and September always marks the start of that. 

Currently... (Vol. 50)


Hello readers! Long time no "Currently"! I've been in upstate New York for a wedding since Thursday (only got back late last night) and it's been a rather exhausting time for me. I do have a few outfit posts photographed last week so I'm really excited to share that this week! 
In any case, here are a few things I've been into lately:

Kauai Travel Diary (Vol. 1)


The day has finally arrived - here is my Travel Diary from Kauai! This took quite a bit of time to write just because we did so much and saw so many amazing things! We actually tried to write this as one post but had so much to say we decided to do it in a couple of volumes. If any of you guys are planning on going to Kauai any time soon, I hope this post will be helpful to you. I also want to say a special thanks to Brian for helping me write this post, and for taking me to see a place that means so much to him and where he spent so much of his life.

Currently... (Vol. 49)


Happy Sunday and welcome to another roundup of the things I've been enjoying lately!:

Reading: 

Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman - I checked out this book from the library. I finished watching American Gods and I went into a bit of a Neil Gaiman withdrawal. Trigger Warning is a collection of short stories written by Gaiman. Some of them are longer than others but all of them have that classic Gaiman quality - a little weird, beautiful, and with a bittersweet ending. I recommend it!

Watching:

Big Brother season 19 - I got sucked into this show and I really can't stop watching! Brian and I have been on a bad reality show kick lately and this is one of our new obsessions. I am rooting for Alex but I think Kevin (who's been really quiet and not causing any drama) will go really far. I can't stand Cody, Paul, and Josh though. 

Listening: 

Atomic Blonde soundtrack - I have a bit of a girl crush on Charlize Theron and I am so excited to see this movie! I've been listening to the soundtrack when I go running and it's seriously the best! Very 80s-heavy and awesome for the gym!

Eating:

Eritrean food at Keren: I love that DC has a big Ethiopian and Eritrean population because it gives us opportunities to eat all the yummy Ethiopian and Eritrean foods! Keren on Florida Ave is seriously the best and extremely affordable! 

Wearing

J.O.A. midi skirt - I have been loving this midi skirt and it seems like you guys like it too! I can't wait to wear it with a moto jacket when the weather gets cooler and with boots!

Obsessed with

Yongnuo 35m f/2 lens for Canon - I recently got this lens because I wanted something a bit more versatile than my current 50mm f/1.8 lens. I got this Yongnuo one for less than $90! If you know anything about photography and lenses, you know how crazy affordable that is. We've shot a couple photos with it already (in fact my Summer BBQ post was exclusively shot on that lens) and while the sharpness isn't amazing, it works really well for what we want on this blog. 

Thanks for reading!

Photography and Blogging (Vol. 1): My Photography Equipment

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I think I've come a long way since my very first OOTD post. When I first started this blog, I used a point-and-shoot camera on a tripod with a timer. Nowadays, my blogging photography equipment has gotten quite the upgrades and I've learned so much about photography along the way. I wanted to share some of the things I learned with you guys so I decided to start a mini series on blogging photography. Today's post will be all about the equipment I use and some of the things I recommend. 

Why I Bought a Kindle (Even Though I Have an iPad)


During the last Amazon Prime Day, I went out of my way to buy a glare-free Kindle. Admittedly this sounded a bit frivolous because I have a perfectly well-working iPad mini I sometimes read from and as someone working to clear my life of clutter, this could potentially be a waste of space and money. However, since I got it, I've been using it every day! I was even encouraged to (finally) get a DC library card so that I could check out e-books! For those of you thinking of getting a Kindle like mine, here are a few things I considered and why I ultimately decided I needed both a Kindle and an iPad mini:

How Much My Face Costs


As I started to get a bit more budget-conscious and fill my home only with things that make me happy, I started to think about how much money I spend on my makeup and skincare routine. Listing out all of the products I use almost daily made me kind of depressed but I also know that skincare and beauty products are things that I actually enjoy and I would rather pay money for a good product that makes my skin happy. I've listed all of the products and makeup along with their prices. These are all things I use on a regular basis and I love them all. 

Currently... (Vol. 48)

Another week down and we are inching ever so closely to autumn. We actually had the hottest week ever, here in DC with temperatures in the upper 90s to over 100 degrees Fahrenheit! I gotta say, it's hard to be a fashion blogger when you want to just stay at home in an air-conditioned room in minimal amount of clothing. In any case, I managed to get all my photoshoots for the next week up on the blog (I had to coax Brian to step out in the hot sun with me), and enjoy a couple things along the way.

Reading: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin - I found this book randomly on the Kindle reading section of Amazon. It was free and I downloaded it on a whim and it has now become one of my favorite books I've read (up there with Ove and Britt-Marie). It's an easy and relatively short read - I read it all in one weekend because I couldn't put it down! I also read it on my new 8th Generation Kindle that I got on Prime Day (it was $40!) and I will say that reading on a glare-free kindle is so much more productive than reading on my iPad! I'll do a post on that later. 
Watching: Second City at the Kennedy Center - my friend invited me to come and see Second City as they're doing shows in DC. Second City, in case you didn't know, is an improv-comedy troupe that has boasted very successful alumni including (but not limited to) Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, and Bill Murray! They were hilarious, as expected, but also incredibly poignant and smart. If you can catch a show near where you live, you should totally check it out.
Wearing: BootayBag underwear: I received a BootayBag recently for an Instagram collaboration. For those of you who don't know, BootayBag is a monthly underwear subscription service. Every month they send you two undies. The ones I received are so pretty and super comfy as well!
Eating: Shake Shack - My mom's good friend was visiting DC from South Korea! She heard a lot about Shake Shack so of course, I had to take her (and my mom) there for a girls date. So yummy!

Thanks for reading!

Currently...(Vol. 47)

Wowwee, since getting back home from my Hawaiian vacay, it's taken a bit of time to adjust back to normal life. I had a mountain of work waiting for me when I got home and trying to get my internal clock back on time took some time which was why I hadn't been posting consistently the past two weeks. I've used this time to get caught up and write a few posts for next week - I'm so excited for what I have planned for the blog!
Now, onto some of my favorite things:

  • Reading: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo - I managed to read this book while beachside in Kauai. This was really eye-opening and inspiring! I had Brian reading it too and we both agreed to work on keeping things tidy. We're pretty clean and clutter-free people to begin with but the KonMari method seems like a new way to view the home and surround ourselves with things that bring us joy. Brian even used this method recently to reorganize the apps on his phone and he says he's been using his phone more productively! 
  • Watching: American Gods - I raved about my love of Neil Gaiman books and I especially enjoyed reading American Gods. I was thrilled when I first found out it would be adapted into a TV series and was super giddy when I read the final cast list. I waited until the show's first season was all out to just binge it all at once and my word it's done better than I ever thought it could have been! I'm so glad Gaiman is involved in all of this because otherwise I would have probably hated it. If you haven't seen the show yet, I highly recommend it! 
  • Wearing: Scalloped swimsuit from Zaful - I wore this swimsuit to the beach and while it's super cute and very comfy, the tan lines I got from it has been... odd to say the least. I'll talk about it in a post tomorrow though.
  • Eating: Locomoco from the Kalapaki Beach Hut - I think locomoco is officially my favorite dish from Hawaii! For those of you who are unfamiliar, locomoco is a rice and hamburger patty dish that's served with an egg on top with gravy. The gravy they used at the Kalapaki Beach Hut was especially delicious and I went back multiple times!
  • Drinking: Mai tais - I had my first taste of mai tais on this trip and I think I will forever chase that feeling that I had when I first tried it. 

July 2017 Bucket List

Greetings from Sunny Hawaii! I have scheduled this post to go up on my first night in the beautiful island of Kauai. If you're reading this, please feel free to follow along my Hawaiian adventures on my Instagram!
Clearly my July is off to a great start and I'm hoping this will set the tone for the rest of the month as I have quite the bucket list!

  • Go to Hawaii and attend a luau: This is my very first time in Hawaii and it's been my dream to go since I was a kid! We made reservations to go to a luau and I can only imagine how much fun and amazing it's going to be (not to mention delicious)! 
  • Celebrate Brian's 30th birthday: Independence day also happens to be Brian's birthday (which is the reason why we're all in Hawaii in the first place). I'm so glad I get to spend my favorite person's milestone birthday in one of the most beautiful places in the world!
  • Get a library card: Switching gears completely here, I have been meaning to get a library card forever! Now that I'm pretty settled in my new apartment, as soon as I get back from Hawaii I'm planning on marching straight to my local library and getting myself a library card! 
  • Read by the pool: We have a rooftop pool in my apartment building. I've been up a couple times but I haven't really used it much. I think on a weekend I'll bring a book up there while I dip my feet in by the edge. These are the kinds of things that excite me haha!
As you can see, after I get back from Hawaii, I'm going to keep things a bit more low-key. 

What are some things on your bucket list this month

Currently... (Vol. 46)

I still can't believe how quickly the week flew by! I must say it was an extremely busy week - both in my personal life and at work ( I earned my paycheck this week!) 
In any case, here are a few things I'm
enjoying currently: 
  • Watching: Below Deck Mediterranean on Bravo - I'm slightly ashamed to admit that I am now a bad reality TV junkie. Brian got me hooked on this show last week and I am super invested, it's kind of embarrassing! Do any of you guys watch that show as well? I'm #teamwes on the  Malia love triangle at the moment (technically Bobby still likes her too but he doesn't really have a chance, does he?) 
  • Eating: Slow cooked miso chicken - Brian made this delicious dish recently and we've been reaping the benefit of leftovers ever since! It's so delicious and ridiculously easy to make. Plus it's a Hawaiian-themed dish which is perfect for our trip coming up next Friday!
  • Drinking: Wall Street Journal Wine Club wines - Brian recently subscribed to the Wall Street Journal Wine Club and they sent over 15 bottles of red wine. Needless to say, our wine stash is covered for a while. We've been taking notes on which bottles are good and which are just meh so that when they send over another box, it will be curated with only the ones we like. 
  • Wearing: Missha Sunscreen - I'm planning on doing a review of this soon but I really love this sunscreen! It's not greasy, smells good, blends well under your makeup!
Thanks for reading!

World Refugee Day | Faux Wrap Dress and Tory Burch Robinson

Dress: H&M || Accessories: Kate Spade necklace, Tory Burch bag, LOFT sunglasses || Shoes: Michael Kors

Before I start this post, I'd like to apologize for the picture quality as I was having camera issues and was forced to use an iPhone camera. I'd also like to note that due to the nature of this particular post, I'm not including any affiliate links here today. 

Yesterday I attended two events on Capitol Hill for World Refugee Day. In his day job, Brian works at a non-profit that helps promote education for children (and especially girls) in developing countries so this event was more his scene than mine (I work with financial services), so I asked for his help writing this post. I hope you find this post informative about the refugee crises in the world today.

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