50 Movie Challenge: Movies I Watched April – June

Hello, everyone! In today’s post, I’m talking about the movies I’ve watched from April to June as part of my 50 movie challenge for 2018. I feel like I did pretty good in terms of the number of movies I watched, because I put on a lot of random films on Netflix while I was blogging.

The Hitman’s Bodyguard – 4/5

An entertaining movie where Samuel L. Jackson plays a hitman, and Ryan Reynolds plays his fallen-from-grace bodyguard.  Ryan Reynolds’ character is hired to safely transport Samuel L. Jackson to the International Criminal Court in the Netherlands to testify against the president of Belarus, who is being tried for crimes against humanity. We loved the chemistry and banter between the two main characters. Does anyone feel like Ryan Reynolds just plays himself in comedies?

Star Wars: The Last Jedi – 3/5

I’m not a Star Wars fan at all, but I watched this with my husband, who is a fan. It was a decent movie; I gave it 3/5 because I stayed at least somewhat interested during the movie and didn’t fall asleep, which is what usually happens when I watch Star Wars movies.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs – 3/5

This was a cute movie and I know it did quite well considering they made a sequel, but somehow I just didn’t love it. The idea of being able to control what food falls from the sky is so brilliant, though!

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Fitness Fridays: My Workout Schedule

Hi everyone! Today’s post is another installment of my Fitness Fridays series. It was inspired by a question that Hoi Yin Li asked me in my last Fitness Fridays post: what my workout schedule is like. I did reply to her question, but it inspired me to share a post going more in-depth on my workout split.

As a reference, it’s tough for me to be able to fit in 6 or 7 days of working out, so the two schedules I will be talking about below are designed for a 3-5 day/week workout schedule. My workout regime mostly revolves around strength training, but I do try to fit in some cardio, mainly for heart health. Obviously, I don’t claim to be an expert or anything – I work out “for fun”, and this is what I’ve found works best for my goals and lifestyle.

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My Wedding Day Wasn’t The Best Day of My Life

I married my husband almost exactly one year ago, and I barely mentioned it on my blog or on Instagram after the wedding day. I know a lot of bloggers who get married do a recap right after the wedding, but I clearly missed that boat. Our anniversary was this past Sunday, which means that our wedding has been on my mind lately. I’ll go into a little detail about our wedding day, but considering it’s been a whole year, ain’t nobody interested in reading that anymore. This post is moreso about my thoughts on expectations surrounding weddings in general, now that I am married. Who knows, maybe this blog post might help future brides out there. I apologize for the click-baity title, but I swear it’s not actually click-bait! Also, it was super hard finding shots from our wedding photos that didn’t show people’s faces; weddings, after all, are about people!

We had a most wonderful wedding, and there were so many things I loved about it. Having all of the people we loved in one room was, of course, the best part. We were blessed with perfect weather. My makeup artist made me look the best I have EVER looked; so polished and yet still like myself. While I chose all of the decor and did all of the DIY, our day-of coordinator and put it all together so that everything looked even more beautiful than I ever could have imagined – I actually gasped when I saw our reception area! Our photographer, videographer, DJ, and photobooth exceeded our expectations by a long shot, and we absolutely loved working with them. The feedback we got from our guests was incredible – some people said it was the most fun wedding they had ever been to (although I’m sure that’s one of their duties as a wedding guest to say that). Even the employees at our venue said it was one of the best weddings they’ve ever hosted there (they probably get paid to say that, too 😝). One of our friends who attended STILL talks about how organized the wedding was (little do they know…) In general, it seemed like everyone had a lot of fun, which was important to us. Our wedding day couldn’t have been what it was without the love and support of our families, wedding party, guests, and all of the vendors.

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Thursday Chats: The (Un)Realities of Social Media

Happy Thursday, everyone! We’ve almost made it to the end of the week! Today’s post is another installment in my Thursday Chats series. This one is a discussion about social media, with a focus on the makeup/fashion/lifestyle community in particular. I tried to be as concise as possible, so I’m sorry if I get rambly!

I think by now, we’re all aware that a lot of the posts we see on social media are not real. Rather, a lot of it is staged snapshots of people’s lives. Much of the content you see online is highly set up, curated, and edited to showcase that “ideal” lifestyle. However, even armed with this knowledge, it comes as no surprise that social media has a negative impact on our mental health. Not only is it addictive for many people, but it is also leads to dissatisfaction with our own lives.

On the surface, social media is a resource used to connect with friends and family and to show other people what we get up to in our daily lives. Unfortunately, like with all technology, it comes with a dark side (Black Mirror, anyone?). In terms of social media, it has inevitably become a means of comparison. We see these beautiful life moments that other people are sharing, and we’ll unconsciously compare our lives to what we see online. It can make the best of us feel that our own lives are inadequate, and can become a breeding ground for feelings like jealousy or inferiority.

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Feel-Good Friday

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!

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Fitness Fridays – Tips to Keep Your Fitness Goals on Track

Today I wanted to share a few of my thoughts on things I’ve found helpful when it comes to keeping my fitness goals on track. This post is a little ironic, considering I haven’t worked out consistently in the last three weeks! Honestly, when it comes to living a healthy life, it took a long time for me to realize the two things that matter the most is consistency and balance, so a lot of the tips below center around these two things. They are things I’ve discovered throughout my fitness journey, so I’ve given examples out of my own life. Regardless of where you are on your fitness journey, I think everyone could do with a reminder every once in a while!

1. Slow and steady wins the race.

Like anything else in life, balance is key. When you start off with an unbalanced diet or no workout regime, you can’t go straight to working out 7 days a week and cutting out all sugar from your diet. It’s just too extreme and for a lot of people, it can set them up for failure. In terms of my own experience, I’ve talked about trying to cut out all junk food from my diet and eating super clean. I can last for about a week or two on this restricted diet before I end up binging and eating half of a family-sized bag of chips in one go, which basically defeats all of the healthy eating. I’ve made this mistake, again and again. What I eventually learned is to pace myself, so I have a 90/10 rule: I eat healthy for 90% of the day, but I’ll let myself have a little treat at the end of every day (a few chips, a cookie, or a small piece of chocolate, etc.) to tide myself over so that I won’t fall off the deep end. The same goes for working out – if you go at it hard seven days a week for months on end, you’ll eventually burn yourself out.

2. Accept that it’s a lifestyle

In a way, this kind of goes with my first tip of slow and steady wins the race. Sure, you might be able to go a few weeks cutting 100% of your favourite “bad” foods out of your diet, or you might be have enough motivation to be able to work out 7 days a week for a few weeks. However, are you sure you’re able to not eat junk food for the rest of your life? Are you sure you can uphold a 7 day/week workout schedule for the rest of your life? I know I couldn’t do either of these things in the long term. Making sure your workout schedule and your diet will be able to fit into your lifestyle helps to ensure your goals are reachable. I’ve already talked about pacing my snacks using a 90/10 rule above. In terms of working out, I know that I only have time to work out 4-5 days a week, so I set the reasonable expectation that I will get 4 or 5 workouts done in a week. If I can do six, that’s great. If I can’t, I won’t beat myself up for it.

3. Do Something You Love

This one mainly applies to your workout regime. Do you dread lifting weights but love running? Then run! Do you hate the elliptical but love swimming? Then swim! I’ve realized that having a fitness regime you enjoy is critical to your success. If you force yourself to do something you hate, you’ll eventually stop doing it. For me, I absolutely hate running, so you’ll never find me on the treadmill or on a jog outdoors, because I know I’ll just quit after a while. I’ve discovered that I enjoy the challenge of lifting weights, and that I like doing HIIT (high-intensity interval training) for my cardio because it’s short and sweet, so I stick to these two things in my fitness regime because I’ll be able to continue doing them without hating my life.

4. Cut Yourself Some Slack

At one point or another, we all lose sight of our fitness goals, and start binge-eating the cheesecake in the fridge at midnight (or is that just me? Oops, okay). OR, we get too busy to cook for ourselves, or too busy with work/social life to go to the gym, and eventually we fall back into our old habits. I know that I’ve been there. Realize that in the long term, one day/week/month of falling off the wagon is only a blip in your lifelong journey to health – what matters is the big picture, not the small moments you went off-track. Pick yourself off your feet again and continue on working out and/or having a balanced diet to achieve that strong, healthy body. It might be easy to say, “I’ve eaten bad for six months and haven’t worked out at all, so I might as well just quit altogether”, but just remember that this isn’t just a phase in your life, it’s a long-term way of living. Like I said at the very beginning of this post, I haven’t really had a regular workout schedule these past few weeks, but I’m trying to continue eating healthy as best I can, and I know I’ll try to fit in time to work out when I’m able.

5. Celebrate the Victories

I know people can get discouraged when they don’t meet their goals, such as “I don’t look the way I want to yet”, or “I’m not losing as much weight as I want”. At this point, some people throw in the towel, because living a healthy lifestyle is taking more effort than it’s worth. I’ve definitely been there. However, think of the improvements you’ve seen in yourself since you started your journey, even if they aren’t a part of your goals. Are you stronger? Can you run for longer than you used to? Although these may not be your goals, they are all achievements and should be celebrated!

What do you do to keep yourself on track when it comes to fitness?

My Makeup Routine for Work

Last week, I was chatting with my lovely friend Hoi Yin Li, who mentioned she was interested in seeing what I products I use on a daily basis when I get ready for work. I’m not sure how on earth I managed to get this post done so quickly considering it usually takes me a few weeks to prepare and edit a blog post, and on top of that I’ve basically been coming home only to sleep – but here it is.

I have to admit that I do a full face of makeup for work every morning – eyeshadow, brows, foundation, and even highlighting and a little contouring. It’s probably a bit much for a lot of people. However, even though I do the whole works, I feel like my makeup still looks quite natural and work-appropriate. I remember on two occasions male coworkers have told me that I don’t look like I wear too much makeup (I don’t remember how this topic came up as usually male coworkers avoid mentioning anything about the way their female cohorts look, haha). At the time, I took it as a compliment/good thing, but now that I’m thinking about it, it could also mean “you look rough, you should put some makeup on once in a while…”

Anyways, today I’m sharing with you the categories of products I use every day; I may not necessarily list specific products for some of the categories because I tend to switch those up a lot (eyeshadows, blushes, highlighters). For the makeup categories where I use the same product every day, I will mention what I’m currently using. In addition to listing the products/categories, I will also list my makeup in the order I apply them on my face.

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