The bare minimum

I was asked a while ago about my makeup routine and it’s taken me just about a month to figure out what to say.

To be honest, I was quite the tom boy up until recently. I lived in sweat pants, oversized hoodies, and sneakers. Up until two years ago, I maybe wore eyeliner twice at most. Senior prom was one of those times, and the second time might’ve been to a wedding?

I consider a dolled up day to include some winged tipped eyeliner and a quick brush of mascara. It was only recently that I learned how to use liquid eyeliner. Although I admire the women who are extremely meticulous and creative with their daily makeup routines, it’s incredibly hard for me to find time (and motivation) to follow suit. Unlike most makeup gurus who can get the eyeliner right on the first go, I usually have to try extra hard not to stab myself in the eye with the tip of the brush. If I’m lucky I’ll get it right on the second try, but it usually takes a solid 10 minutes to avoid looking like an 8 year old was let loose with a set of markers to scribble over my eyelids with.

winged-tipI wish I had more insightful things to say about makeup. Maybe you could leave me with tips you’ve come to master or fun ideas to try in the future!

What are your makeup routines like? Are there any techniques or looks you’re looking to try to work into your daily routines?

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Roses and hearts day

So tomorrow’s Valentine’s Day and I can’t help but wonder what everyone else has planned for this Hallmark Holiday. Don’t get me wrong, I’m definitely a fan of the heart-shaped balloons, oodles of red roses being sold at the local grocery stores, and sickeningly cute greeting cards– Yeah, I’m one of those suckers.

I would like to categorize myself as a closet fan of Valentine’s Day. I like to play it off like I could care less about all the lovey-dovey, mushy-ness overload on this one day of the year, but I actually love it! Personally, I’m not a huge fan of the generic “Oh, let’s go out for dinner because it’s Valentine’s Day” kind of dates, but I love doing small things to acknowledge the day.

A couple years ago I wrapped a bunch of cinnamon hearts, conversation hearts and Hershey’s kisses in cellophane and gave them to my friends (complete with grade-school Valentine’s Day cards!). I’ve also woken up at 7:00am to make a batch of fresh chocolate chip cookies to deliver to my then boyfriend who loves soft-baked chocolate chip cookies. Last year, I collaborated on a huge batch of red velvet cupcakes topped with homemade cream cheese icing (photo below) and shared with my cupcake-loving bff. It’s all in the details, you know?

red velvet cupcake

This year’s a little different. I can’t bring myself to get excited about Valentine’s Day and I don’t know why. Instead of taking someone up on an offer for dinner, I opted for a game of dodgeball. Something about getting hit in the hip by a foam ball being wailed from across a gym seemed to scream OMG-SO-ROMANTIC when compared to a dinner date. haha!

Thankfully, my Valentine’s Day spirits haven’t been fully crushed. I’m still planning on baking two dozen French vanilla cupcakes with buttercream frosting for my roommates.

Do you have any plans for the big day? Let’s have some girl talk; I promise to tell you all the juicy details about my dodgeball game!!

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Getting to know you: The Kitchen

It’s no secret that I love to experiment in the kitchen. For this week’s Getting to know you, I thought it would be funny to tell you how all the cooking craziness started.

When I left for university (or college, whatever you want to call it), I moved away from home. No more home cooked meals, no more pre-stocked fridge, and hello to a tiny student budget! Thanks to my super bland food palette and affinity for chicken breasts over steak, my eating habits have proven to be quite wallet friendly (except for those crazy weeks during exams when I would get take-out every day and run up ridiculous $150 food bills every week. ugh).

Having roommates that also love to cook is definitely motivating for trying new things in the kitchen. I’m slightly embarrassed to admit how many times I’ve prepared a chicken pasta salad for myself in the past five years. Something like at least once a week sounds accurate. haha

Aside from the economic advantages of dining in versus getting takeout, I cook a lot for myself due to food allergies (Thanks to Sylvia, you’ll get an extensive list of my food allergies in one of the future Getting to know you posts). So now I’m curious…

How often do you make a home cooked meal? What do you like about dining in versus going out to eat?

(P.S. All the food in the photos above were taken on the same night. I had quite the feast making fried noodles, a chili chicken dish [not pictured], and shrimp spring rolls)

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Is there anything you’d like to get to know about me? Feel free to leave suggestions for future topics in the comments.

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Grilling the night away

Korean BBQ: sitting at a table with an inset grill, surrounded by good company and copious amounts of meat. Occasionally comes with unlimited servings of delicious green tea ice cream and mango pudding for dessert.

Huge apologies to the vegetarian readers. I’m quite the meatatarian and love going out for all-you-can-eat Korean barbecue. There’s just something about cooking your own meal while not in the comforts of your own home plus eating seven scoops of ice cream after eight servings of meat that appeals to my inner foodie. I promise I don’t binge this badly all the time, but when I do it’s like being in food heaven.

This was the first time I had ever seen full-sized steaks being served at a Korean bbq place. Usually, there are only thin slices of steak meat being served but I wasn’t about to complain! Actually, that’s a lie. My only complaint was the lack of cutlery for these steaks. There were only chopsticks (which I admittedly suck at using) and no knives or forks! I can only imagine how savage-like it must have looked trying to bite into a steak being held with chopsticks.

Tip: Don’t wear nice clothes to eat Korean BBQ in. I wore my Label of Hope shirt hoping to keep it free of oil that splatters out from the grill, but I sadly failed. I also left the restaurant smelling like meat for the rest of the night. Attractive, I know. : P

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

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Vinyasa Flow

I went for my first yoga class of 2011 yesterday and woke up with sore abs (not that I have a flat stomach to being with, but I think I just woke up some sort of muscles that might have been dormant for the past 20+ years or so haha). It was quite the experience having to do set after set of planks followed by sit ups followed by the downward dog.

Yesterday’s class was Power Yoga, which aims to strengthen the core muscles of the body. I guess I should’ve started off with a lighter class! Either way, I’m planning to drop in on the Vinyasa Flow class today which I hope will be less drill-sergeant-like. After three straight days of physical activities, my body is starting to feel a little fatigued. Sleeping at 3am and waking up at 8am is probably not helping much either.

I leave you with a semi-outfit photo of what my yoga gear looks like: flowy top and Lululemon pants. Exciting, I know!

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