Happy Friday, and also happy first day of June! How are we in June already? My mind can’t comprehend it.
An update on my life: honestly, I’m in kind of a weird place right now. I’ve been the most consistent in posting on my blog this year than I ever have, until May hit. This was due to several reasons:
1) Issues with time management. I’ve mentioned a few times that I’ve been working longer hours than usual, but in my free time, I’m also trying to focus on building my calligraphy business. Between work, calligraphy, trying to uphold a social life, and regular adulting activities like working out, cleaning and cooking, I’ve had a difficult time trying to fit blogging in.
2) As a general rule, I’ll always love makeup, but I find myself going through cycles where I sometimes LOVE makeup and other times I’m not as excited about about it as I usually am. I’m currently in the “not excited” phase – if I’m not enthusiastic about using it, then how can I be excited about blogging about it?
3) If I’m being honest, I feel a little burned out. By the time I get home from work, I just want time to myself to sit on my couch and watch Netflix without doing something else on the side (like blogging), but I can’t even remember the last time I did that. I always feel pressured to be working on something, and I think I’m starting to run out of steam.
It’s tough, because I’ve finally gained some consistency and have the desire to keep the momentum going, but I don’t have it in me lately. I’ve always said that blogging is and always will be a hobby for me, but part of me doesn’t want to use that as an excuse to not blog just because I don’t feel like it, you know? I know there’s no answer to this, it’s just something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately.
Anyways, onto the Feel-Good stuff!
What I’m Loving
We went to go see Deadpool on the weekend and it was awesome. I was worried it wouldn’t be as good as the first, and while I prefer the first one, this one did not let us down. The song choices are always spot on, too. Highly recommend it!
Chef’s Table released a new season on Netflix back in April, and I finally had time to watch it over the long weekend. This season focuses on pastry chefs, and I AM OBSESSED. I’ve only watched a few episodes from the other seasons, and while I appreciated the beautiful cinematography, frou-frou savoury dishes don’t really appeal to me. Frou-frou desserts, however, are my jam. Each episode focuses on a different chef, and it’s amazing how masterful and creative they all are in their own way. And yes, the cinematography combined with the dramatic instrumental music is still a thing of beauty in this season. The episodes made me want to run downstairs and eat a dozen cookies/ an entire cake/a pint of ice cream as a poor substitute. I’m a little sad that there’s only four episodes in the season; I finished it all in a day!
Speaking of shows, I starting watching The Good Place three weeks ago, and now I’m done all two seasons (to be fair, there’s only around 13 episodes in each season). This show is about a woman named Eleanor (played by Kristen Bell) who dies and finds herself in The Good Place in the first episode. The Good Place is essentially Heaven, even though they don’t call it that. The catch is that Eleanor doesn’t actually belong in the Good Place – in life, she was a selfish, nasty woman. The show is about her try to blend in with all of the residents of The Good Place, who have all achieved amazing and admirable things in their lives, as she tries to hide her secret so that she isn’t sent to the Bad Place. The show is written by the same people who wrote The Office, so it’s a comedy, but it has a really good message with a lot of heart. Even my husband loves it, and we don’t watch the same types of shows.
We just booked our two trips for this year – two weeks in Japan in September, and then Hong Kong and Taiwan with my parents in November. Hong Kong/Taiwan probably would not have been my first choice since we recently-ish visited Hong Kong (in 2014), but I promised my parents I’d take them anywhere they wanted, and that was their choice. It’ll be fun regardless – a vacation is a vacation! I don’t travel with my parents often and it’s my husband’s first time going on a trip with them, so this should be interesting, LOL.
Things I’m Coveting
This dress from Aritizia is so, so beautiful – I saw it on a mannequin in stores a month ago and had to walk in to try it on immediately. The pleats are just so darling! I love both the black and the white print, but unfortunately XXS is too big on me 😦
I want this St. Barth’s decorative tray for the house so bad, because it would go so well with our beachy vibes, but it’s $250. WTF?
These American Eagle shorts are so adorable. Not sure I own any tops to match them with, though!
After a long bout of summer-worthy weather, we have finally been getting some rain, and I am loving it. Why? Not only because it was way too dry here, but also because this means I don’t have to go out and water the garden so frequently.
What do you think about the whole jade roller trend that has exploded onto the social media scene these last two months? I feel like it’s kind of gimmicky.
Has anyone tried Glossier’s Cloud Paints, and if so, what was your experience with them? I think I’ll be making an order from Glossier in the next month or two, and I’m undecided on these. They’ve caught my eye ever since they were released, but they’re not super cheap and I don’t want to spend money on something that is difficult to use!
What’s going on in your life recently? In the comments, share something with me that you’ve been loving!