Wednesday, December 23, 2015

BABY, IT'S COLD OUTSIDE

Winter season is upon us and things are getting chilly up in here. Dressing yourself during this time of year can sometimes prove to be a tough feat when you're trying to stay warm and look cute at the same time. But don't fret, cause I gotchu. Here's a list of my winter weather fashion essentials and pics of some examples that will keep you toasty AND chic.

1. WATER RESISTANT BOOTS - When the rain and snow start falling, chucks or suede booties just won't do. A pair of boots that can hold up against wet conditions will save your little toes from getting soaked and frostbitten. It's a huge plus if they have grip and traction to avoid falling when walking on slippery surfaces. (Boots are from Urban Outfitters.)



2. INSULATED JACKETS - Insulated jackets are so, so important for when you're going to be outdoors any longer than a few minutes. I can't tell you how many times I've worn the wrong jacket out at night. No insulation. So regret. Much nippy. (Jacket is from Nordstrom.)



3. TURTLENECK SWEATERS - The turtleneck is a classic silhouette that works especially well in the winter, as it provides the upper body with lots of warmth and protection. The usually exposed neck and throat area is covered when you sport one of these babies. If you don't like how some winter scarves can be kind of heavy and bulky, a turtleneck sweater could be right for you. (Turtleneck sweater is from American Apparel.)



4. THICK SCARVES - Protect ya neck! (And everything else.) Scarves are so versatile because you can wear them in a ton of different ways. Whether your neck, head, shoulders, or etcetera are freezing, your scarf has literally got you covered. (Scarf is from H&M)


5. SOCKS, HATS, AND GLOVES - These three cold weather accessories are a must for me in the winter because my ears, hands, and feet are where I personally get cold easily. I also think that they're such a fun, inexpensive way to add different patterns or a pop of color to your winter fit. (Socks were a gift. Beanie and gloves are from Urban Outfitters.)

Stay warm, guys! Hope you're all having a gnarly holiday season! :-)

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

SWEATER WEATHER



Ugly Christmas sweaters are a classic during the jolly season, as they're an awesome way to show off your holiday spirit. With the endless possibilities, it's really fun to see how different people transform their old sweaters. This year, Winnie and I decided to take a shot at making our own. So, after some brainstorming and a trip to the craft store, we got down to business.  

Materials I used:
- Old sweater 
- Felt
- Craft foam sheets
- Hot glue gun
- Glue sticks
- Metallic beads
- String
- Markers
- Scissors

Ugly Christmas sweaters are often silly and humorous, and I wanted mine to be just that. I decided to take a typical snowman and give him a little makeover. I adorned him with the traditional top hat, carrot nose, and buttons. But I also pimped him out with a pipe, a chain, and a boom box.


It was our first time DIY-ing our own ugly Christmas sweaters, and it's safe to say that we were very happy with how they turned out. (Though, I don't think ugly is an appropriate adjective to describe them. Come on. Just look at Santa Vader and Gang$ta Snowman.)

Monday, December 21, 2015

CHRISTMAS COOKIE CATASTROPHE


As I get older, there are some things I feel like I should be getting better at. Like doing my taxes right, scheduling my own appointments, dealing with car problems, etc. You know. Adult things. The one thing I really want to master though? Cooking and baking. (Yeah, I know. Technically, those are two things. But I feel like they go together.) The best way I can describe it is like... I want my kitchen skills to be on Pinterest mom level. You feel me?

Before:


With Christmas approaching, I thought I'd give the whole baking from scratch thing a shot and crank out some holiday cookies of my own. It seemed easy enough. (Key word: seemed) So I looked up a recipe and made it happen. As you can probably tell by the pictures, they didn't fare too well in the looks department, haha. I forgot that the cookies were going to get bigger and expand once I put them in the oven. I really should have made each one a lot smaller and thinner. Luckily, they still tasted good. And cookies are cookies. Am I right?

After:


So I'm nowhere near Pinterest mom level yet and my cookies looked pretty funky this time. I made a few mistakes. But I think it's all about trial and error. I'll get there one day. :-) I'm happy to report that my tastebuds and I are still pretty stoked about the results.

If you wanted to try making these candy cane sugar cookies, I've included the link to the recipe below. You should be able to make two dozen cookies with it. I personally cut the given recipe in half and made a dozen cookies. (Maybe that was a contributing factor to why my cookies looked a little funny?) I baked three cookies per tray and used multiple trays because I made them pretty large. I just didn't take a picture of all the cookies together.

http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-candy-cane-cookies-dessert-recipes-from-the-kitchn-213928

Sunday, December 20, 2015

PLAYING FAVORITES


Outfit details:
Shirt - Urban Outfitters
Shorts - Guess
Flannel - Urban Outfitters
Tights - Urban Outfitters
Boots - Steve Madden

The t-shirt is one of the most versatile items in our closets. It can accommodate whatever look you're setting out to achieve, whether you're trying to go lazy, dressy, casual, etc. Think of all the t-shirts you have ever owned. Which is your favorite? Why is it so special to you? 

My favorite t-shirt is featured in the pictures above. There really isn't a magical or deep story behind it. I got it a few years back when I used to work for Urban Outfitters. I remember having to have this shirt (or else...) when I saw that our store had gotten them in stock.

Besides being sick af, this t-shirt is my favorite for a few other reasons. One, it's super easy to style and is one of my go-to items when I don't know what to wear. Two, I've had it for so long that I've broken it in and it's crazy comfortable. Three, the shirt's text speaks volumes about really big parts of who I am in a very simple way. (In more basic terms - it's hella me.)

Of all the t-shirts you have ever owned, which one is your favorite? I'd love to know why. 

Saturday, December 19, 2015

NETFLIX AND CHILL

It's the perfect opportunity to take a breather. Finals are over, the holiday break is here, and now you've got what seems like all the time in the world to just chill out. What better way is there to spend it than to mindlessly watch episodes on episodes of television? So sit tight and avoid society, the chilly weather, and all of the important adult things you usually aren't allowed to ignore. Grab your laptop, some snacks, and a cozy blanket. Netflix (or whatever streaming service of your choice) is waiting, and I've got a few recommendations for you.

Comedy - 
- The Office (9 seasons, Netflix)
- Parks and Recreation (7 Seasons, Netflix)
- Scrubs (9 seasons, Netflix)
- Modern Family (7 seasons, Hulu)
- Bob's Burgers (6 Seasons, Netflix and Hulu)
- Community (6 seasons, Hulu)
- Master Of None (1 season, Netflix)
- Blue Mountain State (3 Seasons, Netflix)
- Jane The Virgin (2 Seasons, Netflix and Hulu)
- Scream Queens (1 Season, Hulu)
- Fresh Off The Boat (2 Seasons, Hulu)
- Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (1 Season, Netflix)

Action/Drama - 
- Sons Of Anarchy (7 Seasons, Netflix and Hulu)
- Empire (2 Seasons, Hulu)
- The Walking Dead (6 Seasons, Netflix and Hulu)
- Narcos (1 Season, Netflix)
- How To Get Away With Murder (2 Seasons, Netflix and Hulu)
- Scandal (5 Seasons, Netflix and Hulu)

Reality TV -  
- Master Chef Junior (4 Seasons, Hulu)
- Shark Tank (7 Seasons, Hulu)
- Cutthroat Kitchen (10 Seasons, Netflix)
- What Would You Do? (7 Seasons, Hulu)
- Project Runway (14 Seasons, Hulu)
- Man Vs. Food (4 Seasons, Netflix)
- Kitchen Nightmares (7 Seasons, Netflix and Hulu)

Monday, December 7, 2015

NOVEMBER FAVORITES

1. NIKE FLYKNIT RACERS - I went back and forth on whether or not to purchase these for a long time. For some reason, it was hard for me to justify spending $150 on a pair of running shoes. (Idk. Maybe because your girl doesn't run???) But now that I have them, I'm so glad I pulled the trigger. This pair of shoes offers the best of both worlds, as I wear them both to the gym and casually. Also, they're seriously the most comfortable shoes I've ever worn.



2. MORPHE 35O EYESHADOW PALETTE - It was love at first sight when I laid my eyes on this palette. So many gorgeous, warm colors. Good variety of matte, metallic, and satin shades. Super affordable. What else could you ask for? However, this is my first Morphe eyeshadow palette, so while I was initially drawn to the colors, I was not sure what the quality would be like. Luckily, they're great! These eyeshadows are buttery, blend very well, and have gnarly pigmentation. In my opinion, they're comparable to Urban Decay shadows. The palette regularly retails for $22.99 and is definitely worth the money. (Tip: Morphe always has a ton of coupon codes, so be on the look out for them. I bought my 35O for $20.00.)



3. LOVE YOURSELF BY JUSTIN BIEBER - And if you think that I'm still holding onto something, you should go and love yourself~*~*~  If you haven't heard this one yet, you probably live under a rock??? (Kidding. But really, I've been hearing this everywhere. And I'm definitely not mad at it.) This is the song I've been belting out in the shower for the past few weeks. Love Yourself comes off of JB's latest album, Purpose. I've never been a Belieber. But I do have to admit that I've been impressed with his latest work. Love Yourself is especially catchy and my personal favorite of the album. Damn it, Bieber. You got me.


4. GQ'S MOST EXPENSIVEST SHIT VIDEO SERIES FT. 2 CHAINZ - I know, I know. It already sounds ridiculous. But trust me. You take 2 Chainz. You record him trying out some ridiculously lavish things. And what do you get? Pure entertainment, my friends.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

WELCOME TO THE DARK SIDE

From left to right: MAC Rebel, NYX Temptress, Lime Crime Wicked, NYX Transylvania, Colourpop LAX

I don't know how many times I can say this - Dark vampy lips are my absolute friggin favorite. In Jennie's world, the darker the lipstick, the better. (And no. I am not going to say that I want my lipstick to be dark like my soul~*~*~ That's so stupid, l-o-l.) With autumn in full effect, I've noticed that the dark lippies have definitely come out to play. That being said, I just wanted to share a few of the vampy lipsticks that I've been rocking in recent days. 

1. Rebel by MAC -

MAC's Rebel is a beautiful plum shade. I feel like this is a great lipstick for those who are not a hundred percent comfortable with wearing dark lipsticks, but want to dabble in vampy shades. I do find myself having to apply multiple coats of Rebel, as it does go on a bit sheer. The pigmentation of this lipstick really does depend on how many layers you put on, but I think that's exactly the reason why it's perfect for those who are experimenting. 

2. Temptress by NYX -

Temptress is part of NYX's Simply Vamp Lip Cream collection. It's straight up Los Angeles Lakers purple, and though I'm a Warriors fan, I cannot get enough of this lip color. At first glance, I thought that applying this product would be difficult, as it comes in the form of a chubby pencil, which aren't the greatest for precision. I also didn't expect an even application or its color payoff to be super amazing. My assumptions about this lipstick could not be more wrong. (Yes. I said it. I was wrong. There's a first time for everything, ok? Haha, joking.) And did I mention that it's only $6.50? Temptress has definitely got me feeling some type of way.

3. Wicked by Lime Crime - 

Lime Crime's Wicked Velvetine is honestly the lipstick that I reach for the most. It's a deep red liquid lipstick with a matte finish and I think that it would look pretty on just about anyone. I've heard various makeup gurus on Youtube say that the Lime Crime Velvetines are very drying on the lips, but I personally don't feel the same way. I am absolutely crazy about liquid lipsticks, and though Lime Crime's formulation isn't my #1 favorite, I do think that it is comfortable, long lasting, and beautifully pigmented. 


4. Transylvania by NYX -

Transylvania is an amazing deep violet that almost borderlines on black. It is part of NYX's line of Soft Matte Lip Creams. (AKA God's gift to lipstick lovers everywhere.) No joke, the Soft Matte Lip Cream is legitimately the most comfortable product to ever grace my lips. While there is no mistaking my love for Soft Matte Lip Creams, I do have to mention that applying this particular color is difficult. If you refer to the picture below, you'll see that Transylvania ends up looking a little patchy on the lips, as the color does not go on completely even. It really isn't anything too noticeable though!

5. LAX by Colourpop - 

Everyone and their moms have been raving about Colourpop's Ultra Matte Liquid Lipsticks for the past few months and I was so excited to try them out. Colourpop's LAX is a ravishing blackened red. I am so, so, so in love with this color. With this specific shade, I have to put on several coats of lipstick for an even, pigmented application. While I don't mind applying multiple layers of lipstick, I definitely do mind that it crumbles off after a few hours of wear without eating or drinking. (I'm assuming that the crumbling is due to having to apply various layers. I have worn other Colourpop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipsticks in lighter colors and have not experienced the crumbling problem.) However, because I love this color so much, I still wear LAX on occasions where I know I'll only be out for an hour or two at most. 


Sunday, November 15, 2015

KNOTTY GIRL

On some days, I just need my hair to get the heck out of my face. When I don't feel like sporting a high ponytail or a messy bun, the half top knot is my go-to hairstyle. It's cute and requires very minimal effort, making it perfect for those times when you've only got a minute or two to dedicate to your mane. Keep reading to learn how to achieve the half top knot. 

What you'll need:
1. Hair tie
2. Hairspray
3. Bobby pins (optional)

1. Here is my hair sans top knot. Let's begin. 

2. Take the top section of your hair and create a pony tail. 

3. Use your index finger to twirl the ponytail. 

4. Put your twisted ponytail into a bun. The placement of your bun is up to your preference. Some days my top knots are a little higher on my head. Some days they're placed a little further back. Just keep in mind that your top knot should be visible from the front.  

5. Secure the bun with a hair tie. You can use some bobby pins for extra security if you'd like.


6. Give your little bun a few spritzes of hairspray. 

7. And there you have it. You've got yourself a half top knot!


Saturday, October 24, 2015

PUMPKIN QUEEN 2015


Outfit details:
Top - Urban Outfitters
Pants - Urban Outfitters
Cardigan - American Apparel
Booties - Aldo
Hat - Urban Outfitters

A few days ago, I realized that it was almost the end of the month and I hadn't done anything October related yet. I hadn't carved a pumpkin, put together my Halloween costume, or sat through a scary movie. Zip. Nada. Nothing. Something obviously had to be done about this.

Today, Winnie and I got into the October spirit at Uesugi Farms. Before today, I had only been to one other pumpkin patch in my entire life. It was underwhelming, to say the least. But Uesugi was legit and resembled a small amusement park. There was a pumpkin food court, a corn maze, hayrides, live entertainment, pumpkin-shooting cannons, train rides, a petting zoo, a carousel, etc. I never knew that I could be so impressed by a bunch of pumpkins.

A few things I learned today:
1. Trying to chase after people who are on stilts requires great endurance.
2. There is such a thing as pumpkin salsa. And pumpkin popcorn. And pumpkin butter.
3. I find pushing wheelbarrows and watching little kids eat corn on the cob amusing.
4. It's awkward to declare that you don't like pumpkins at a pumpkin patch.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

SHOOT ME

Winnie and I have been in dire need for some fresh air.  Literally and figuratively. With that said, today was spent frolicking in the San Jose Municipal Rose Garden. (Frolicking = giving Winnie a piggyback ride so her new shoes wouldn't get dirty.) If you haven't noticed by now, Winnie is a regular on my blog. She's the woman behind the camera in a majority of my ootds and has been taking my picture (and my sarcasm) since 2011. Photo shoots are a natural occurrence during our hangouts, as homegirl always wants to get a little shooting practice in and I'm always down to play the subject. Today was obviously no exception. 

Winnie's got a blog of her own that features her photography, her adventures, and the things that get her up in the morning. Check it out if you'd like - wakinupwinnie.wordpress.com

Thursday, September 24, 2015

A VERY BOOZY BIRTHDAY

Jerik recently turned the big 21, and I had to make sure to serve up his alcohol in a way he would never forget. (But could I blame him if he did forget? C'mon... it was his 21st birthday!) I decided to bust out my craft skills and DIY an alcohol lover's dream. Cheers!

THE BEERTHDAY CAKE: 

Materials:
- Beer (Canned or Bottled)
- Cardboard cake rounds (Three different sizes)
- Wrapping paper
- Ribbons
- Duct tape

Instructions:
1. Gift wrap the cardboard cake rounds. It's okay if the wrap job is a bit sloppy or if you choose to skip this step entirely. The gift wrap only serves to give the "cake" a pop of color.
2. Take the largest cardboard cake round and begin placing your "bottom layer" of beer on top of it. The number of beers you will be able to fit on each "layer" will vary depending on the size of the cardboard cake rounds used and whether you work with bottles or cans.
3. Take your duct tape and begin cutting strips and folding them so they are double sided. Make enough to cover the bottom layer of the middle cardboard cake round.
4. Once the bottom of the middle cardboard cake round is covered in duct tape, place it on top of the beer that make up the "bottom layer" of your "cake." Make sure to do a good job of pressing down on the cardboard cake round so that it sticks very well to the top of the beer.
5. Repeat step 3 with the smallest cardboard cake round.
6. Repeat step 4 with the smallest cardboard cake round and "middle layer" of the "cake."
7. Duct tape the bottoms of the top layer of beer to the smallest cardboard cake round.
8. Tie ribbons around each layer to secure the beer.
9. Decorate "cake" to your desire. (Extra ribbons, stickers, decorative tape, etc.)

THE PORTABLE PARTY (ALCOHOL LEI):
Materials:
- Roll of Cellophane
- Mini bottles of alcohol
- Skinny ribbons
- Clear tape

Directions: 
1. Roll out your cellophane wrap.
2. Place the mini bottles of alcohol on top of the cellophane. Make sure not to space them too close together so you have room for the tape and ribbons.
3. Roll the bottles (like you would if you were making sushi) until all the bottles are completely covered in the plastic wrap.
4. Use tape to cinch and secure the spaces in between each bottle.
5. At this point, your lei will look like a straight line. Take the top and the bottom and tape them together very well. You might need to trim a bit of plastic off of both ends so there won't be a huge gap. It should look like a lei after you tape the top and bottom together.
6. Use ribbons to decorate the spaces between the bottles by tying them into bows. This will also hide the tape.

P.S. Pls drink responsibly. Pls don't drink and drive. 

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

A SWEET UPDATE

Apologies, guys! I've been lagging quite a bit on getting this post up. But alas, here it finally is - the update on my no sugar challenge. (#2weekz) Keep on reading to find out how I did.

Mama, I made it! (Cue crowd going wild.) And how exactly did I celebrate my sugar free success? With hella sugar. Duh. (Just joking. It wasn't much. Just a donut... or two.) While I did accomplish my initial goal of two weeks sans sugar, there was honestly no way that I wanted to continue any longer than that. (I just really love dessert a lot, okay? Sue me.)

So did it make a positive difference? No. None that I could feel anyways. I'm sure cooling it on the sugar is something that would indefinitely be good for anyone in the long run. Perhaps if I had pursued this for a whole month, I might have felt the benefits of cutting sugar off in a significantly more positive way. But it actually made me feel sort of terrible. I got headaches for the first few days. I felt more sluggish in general. And if I thought that my cravings were a pest before, they were an absolute nightmare during this little experiment of mine. I'm willing to bet these symptoms were a result of my body going through sugar withdrawal.

So what has this experience taught me? First, I'm probably better off gradually lowering my sugar consumption over a longer period of time versus trying to quit cold turkey if I'm serious about kicking my sugar habit. Second, my friends are sadistic demons who ask me to go get ice cream and boba with them on the daily. (Yep. I'm talking about you, Winnie.) And finally, the goals you set for yourself are attainable as long as you put your mind to them*~*~*

P.S. I cannot tell a lie. I ate another donut as I typed this up.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

SOMETHING BORROWED





Outfit details:
Button up - Urban Outfitters
Sunglasses - Ray-Ban
Sandals - Free People

Is it just me or are clothes way cozier when they come from the men's section? I'll admit it. I'm guilty af when it comes to borrowing clothes from my boyfriend's closet. But who could resist snatching up an oversized sweater or a super soft graphic tee? Not me. Obviously.

Today, I donned one of Jerik's button ups. My dude is a whole foot taller than me, so a shirt on him is a dress on me. And I am not mad at that at all. Here's the same button up on him:

So I guess there's only one question left to ask - Who wore it better? Haha, just playing.