Wednesday, November 19, 2014

❅ Peppermint Tea ❅ Winter Edition Milano Cookies ❅

Good Morning/Afternoon/Evening to my Dear Readers :]

"be curious"
A few days ago I was feeling some really sharp, radiating stomach pain that would come in timely intervals :[ I ended up reading in bed and hoping it would pass, but it had gone on for quite some time already so I got worried and decided to check it out online.

There I read that peppermint tea is really good for stomach aches and 
I filed away that information in my brain for later use :] 


I picked up this tea at my local Target the next day (even though the stomach aching was gone) because I wanted to try it :3 This tea is by Traditional Medicinals and costs $5.50 for 16 individually wrapped teabags. I do like this brand because it's 100% Organic and it's non-GMO verified (which makes me believe in it's claim to be organic). 



I can't tell you if it will help stomach pains right now since I don't have them anymore, but I CAN say that it is absolutely delicious and soothing for the throat and nasal passage!! If you have a sore throat, cough, cold, or flu, I highly recommend you try it. I'm pretty most brands are good, and you can even make your own tea mix by purchasing peppermint and other herbs you like. 

Hello, tea bag with a very natural-feeling wrapper :] 
I also think this flavor is very appropriate right now since it's the holiday seasons!!
Being in the spirit for Christmas & winter, I also purchased Milano Winter Edition Cookies!


Peppermint everything...


I always love the winter holidays so much!! Bundling up in warm clothing and beautiful winter coats... wearing nice and toasty boots, drinking hot cocoa and being happy with the family... <3 

What's your favorite thing about winter?? Let me know below!!


xoxoxo, Cindy⭐︎☽
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Saturday, November 15, 2014

⭐︎ Think Positively ⭐︎☽

Every once in a while, I find myself thinking negatively about aspects of life. Sometimes it's school-related, future-related, what-ifs?, physical appearance, etc. 
Those what-ifs can be a real pain in the behind =__=

I'm usually a very happy-go-lucky girl who's always laughing and enjoying life, but everyone is susceptible to these kinds of thoughts. I'm sure everybody has had these darker moments before. 

It's really easy for a person to get caught up in a cycle of unending gloomy thoughts. One thought can lead to another, and before long you're making a list of all the misfortunes and regrets you've ever had in your life and feeling bad for yourself. You think, why me? Why wasn't I born perfectly with the perfect life, perfect look, perfect brain, perfect relationship, etc.

I'm not an expert on this issue, so if you're here and you're clinically depressed or have suicidal thoughts, please reach out to professional health personnel. 


At times like this, it's okay to shed a few tears. Crying is good for you! It is a stress-reliever and you will almost always feel better after having a good crying session. But be careful not to let yourself be carried away by it. After you've had your bought, blow your nose, wipe your eyes, and take a few deep breaths. Then pick yourself up, be determined, and forge on forward.

There's no use in thinking about the "unfortunate" things in your lives. Constantly thinking about it will allow them to fester in your heart and it can lead to serious clinical depression. You have to be your own healer by being mentally strong enough to say "NO. I won't let these things continue to bring me down."

When you're feeling down, it's always good to talk to someone about it. Talking to people about your feelings is also a very important de-stressor. If you don't have family or friends you want to open up to, it's always good to reach out to a health professional. I'm pretty sure all universities have counselors and psychiatrists at students' disposal. 

When I have moments of doubt, I like to cuddle with my dog Wanpo. He always has a certain light about him that makes me so happy!! I always feel like the luckiest girl in the world to have been brought together with my dog. I think dogs are the best animals in the world because they are always loyal, innocent, and so candid with their feelings!! 

I'm so lucky to see this face every morning :3
It's also a good idea to keep a journal where you write in things you're grateful for EVERY DAY. If you get into the habit of doing so, your life will change. The way you see things, interact with people, judge situations, etc. will all take a turn for the better.

Don't grow frustrated and think, "Oh I can't think of anything to be grateful for." Take down simple things, like being grateful for the beautiful flowers outside of the door, or for having the luxury of drinking a delicious mug of green tea in the morning. 


Life is a roller coaster of ups and downs. Nobody has a perfect life. Nobody. Don't believe everything that is posted on social media! That's the number one No-No. People selectively post the things in their lives that make them happy. Everyone has problems. You're not alone!!

Even if you're able to buy all the brand name things in the world, have the best figure, be the smartest person, etc. you will always find something else to nitpick at unless you change your way of thinking.

Be happy that you have the leisure to browse the internet and have electricity in your home. Be happy for the things you have. Actively strive to view your unique situation from a glass-half-full perspective. Once you successfully do so, you'll lead a much more contented life.


I hope this post helped :] Stay happy!!

xoxoxo, Cindy ⭐︎☽

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Sunday, November 9, 2014

✿ Esfolio ✿ Aloe Vera Moisture Soothing Gel [Review] ✿

Lovely Ladies & Gents ✿

Today I want to review a product that my cousin brought back for me from her recent trip to Korea. I had never heard of this brand prior to receiving this gift! It's the Aloe Vera Moisture Soothing Gel by Esfolio. Here is the link to the product.

Aloe Vera and I are very good friends because as a kid, I'd always get sunburned from playing outside and my mother would apply aloe essence on my burns to help them heal faster and to relieve pain. She even planted two aloe vera plants just for me +_____+ thank you mommy ♡ 

Soooooo when I received this, I instantly really liked it and thought I would put it to use. 

The packaging is really simple. It's a plastic tub with the safety plastic covering upon opening to really seal the product and prevent the gel from getting everywhere. This really isn't my favorite packaging because it requires you to dip your fingers into the product and that leaves bacteria behind. You can use a small scoop to remove product instead if you're germaphobic. I would have preferred a pump-mechanism packaging, but that would have driven costs up.

Speaking of cost, this product is 6000 KRW which roughly translates to $6 USD. It's very affordable and there's a LOT of product, about 300 mL or 10.56 fluid ounces. A little bit goes a long way! A dime-sized amount is enough to cover your entire face. 

For those of you who can read Korean :3
I use this at night time after I've showered and completely cleaned my face of any makeup and dirt from that day. Just take a dab and apply liberally to face. It feels so amazing and refreshing after a hot shower or bath! Then I wash it off the next morning! Don't worry, it doesn't feel sticky or greasy!

My mom really loves this product and we use it together! She says her face feels really soft after using it and that for $6 it is totally worth it. I've got oily skin so I didn't feel the effect as much. 

This product is meant for all skin types. Although I can't read Korean, I'm pretty sure that is what the huge "4 FREE" is implying (especially on the back label, it even says it in English). I agree! I would recommend this to everyone! It's always nice to have a moisturizing gel made from aloe! It's probably also good for using after you shave your legs or something LOL. 

Packaging: ⭐︎ ⭐︎
Effectiveness: ⭐︎ ⭐︎ ⭐︎ ⭐︎
Price: ⭐︎ ⭐︎ ⭐︎ ⭐︎ ⭐︎

xoxoxo, Cindy⭐︎☽

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

✿ TRIANGL Swimwear ✿ Winnie in Miami Mint [Review] [Sponsored] ✿

Dearest FlowerBabies~

How are you all doing?? It's summer time here in the US and we have been having some nice sunny weather!! People are taking time off from school and work to hit California's beautiful golden coast to soak up the sun and show off their cute, trendy swimwear!! 

Ironically, even though I live in an area that's considered to have some of the most comfortable weather in the world all year round, I don't actually go out under the sun too often! I tend to burn pretty quickly (always forget to reapply sunscreen) and then the burns leave behind ugly tan lines that will stay with me for FOREVER

However, I was super delighted when the company TRIANGL sent an email to me after seeing my Instagram page and wanted to send me a set of either bikini or underwear of my choice. They didn't ask for anything in return. Not even a photo on my IG was asked of me. However, I am actually really impressed with what I received and that is why I am writing this blog post!


I ended up choosing the Winnie bikini in Miami Mint. Here it is!!


I was so surprised when I received the package. It was a lot bigger than I expected!! 
I thought I'd get a small, light-weight package, but instead got something quite hefty for a bikini!

When I opened it, I realized why: The bikini is of amazing quality and is much thicker than I envisioned. Usually when I see bikinis and swimwear for sale in shops, many are quite thin and flimsy. That's why I expected these pieces to be the same way.

Instead, the pieces are thick, well-made, and one feels extremely secure while wearing them.
It is also really, really comfortable :3


I guess I should have expected such superb quality because the prices are not cheap.
The bikini sets range from $79 - $89 USD. The Winnie is $89. 

I got my top and bottom in small. Of course you can choose the sizes for both.
Be careful when choosing sizes and make sure to look at the sizing chart because certain styles of bikini and underwear will fit differently. 

I really liked the zipper on the Winnie
but I wasn't sure if it was a real working zipper, or just decoration. 

After I got it, I now know the answer :] 

You may wonder why anyone would want a zipper in the front of their bikini, 
but it really can make it easier for you to fasten the top on.

The back fastener is a buckle which makes it more secure.


I find I'm clumsy and it's kind of difficult for me to fasten it from the back with the buckle.
So using the zipper in the front is much more convenient :3 

And here is partially the reason for why I was so surprised when the package came!
The reason why it was larger than I expected is because this storage bag came with it! 

The bag is made from the same material as the bikini: Neoprene. 
It's of extremely good quality and you WILL be using it because it is the nature of neoprene to crease and look strange if not laid flat and carefully stored away when not in use. 

"HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR NEOPRENE BIKINI

We know you want a long and happy life with your new bikini
So we have a few things to tell you:

Neoprene can crease and mark very easily
You should take extra care when wearing and washing your bikini

- Store your bikini flat, as folding them will cause creases
- Hand wash your bikini in cold water after contact with chlorine or salt water and dry them flat
- Do not machine wash or tumble dry
- If creases do form, you can iron them inside out, being careful not to place iron directly on to neoprene"

Quality: ✿ ✿ ✿ ✿ ✿
Comfort: ✿ ✿ ✿ ✿ ✿
Price: ✿ ✿ ✿

What do you think of TRIANGL? Have you heard of them or tried their products before?
They are extremely popular on Instagram with over 1,000,000 followers to date.


xoxoxo, Cindy⭐︎☽


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Monday, July 21, 2014

✿ Asian Impressions x ChocoKittieHK ✿ Plaid and Floral Summer Dresses ✿

Good Morning, Afternoon and Evening to all my Dearest ChocoBunnies!!~


I started my Instagram about two years ago and was blessed to have crossed paths there with one of the most influential figures in my life. That person is @asian_impressions, otherwise known as Teban, or to me, Mr. President :3 Teban does street fashion photography amongst other genres of photography, and has a mission to capture both inner and outer beauty in all his models. 

Prior to meeting Teban in person a year ago, I wasn't as confident in front of a camera. I used to only post selfies and never ever liked to take full body shots because I was insecure about the way I looked. After one magical photo session with him, I am now much more confident and self-accepting, and even quite eager to take outfit and fashion shots! 
Thank you so much Teban :)

Please take some time to visit Teban's Instagram, Flickr, and Facebook!! 
You can see his amazing work there!!


Here are photos from our meet up last week in Summer of 2014 in San Francisco

Of course, none of the photos have been altered except for a filter on top. 
Photo credits to Asian Impressions Photography. Do not use without permission.

Please excuse my hair, it was really windy that day.


Outfit Details:
Navy Blue and White Plaid Dress with crochet detailing: Japan
Crochet Knit Shawl/Cardian: Random Local Boutique
Fish-Tail Bracelet: 21 HM Boutique

Completely unedited & shot with a vintage Olympus film camera & expired film.
Completely unedited & shot with a vintage film camera & expired film.
I really love the way the expired film and vintage camera combo worked out. The pictures look so vintage and bring about a feeling of sweet nostalgia.

 




These last photos were taken in San Francisco's historic Chinatown right at the Dragon Gate. 
I grew up frequenting this Chinatown with my mom and grandparents, and still go here when I can even though now I am always away from home for university.

When I was younger, coming here used to be a burden. Now I find it addicting and extremely fascinating. That's why I am so happy that I was able to shoot here with Teban. 




This is probably one of my favorite shots from Teban that day.

If you take a close look, you'll notice the displaced hairs and the detaching eyelash. These two are products from a long day in San Francisco's windy weather, trekking up and down hills and finding our way into nooks and crannies. Perfection is what we strive for, but it's our imperfections that show our hard work & character.

Thank you so much time and time again, Teban, for showing us true beauty and allowing us to find it within ourselves. xoxo.
 

Dress: Local Boutique
Floral Crown: Me ♡ DIY

Would you like to see a tutorial on how to make a floral crown/floral halo?
Let me know below :] 

xoxoxo, Cindy⭐︎☽


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