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~Smile My Way~

A glance, a look that whispers. You see my smile and one dances across your face in response.  Your hand seeks mine, such a simple act, a hand atop a hand. You bring mine to greet your lips which only adds to my smile. I hope to keep witnessing yours, and wish to add to it as well. 

Matt and I painted this past weekend. Normally I prefer watercolor, but we had purchased some woodblock canvases and painted them white a couple months back so we finally decided to paint them. I got an idea and wanted to work on layering the paint. Here is what I painted and it just made me want to write another cheesy poem. I painted this with a particular gushy moment in mind, several in fact. Every time I walk, or drive with Matt he will hold my hand and kiss it. It never fails and I melt every time he does this.

Ok, I gushed enough in this entry, I just really liked how this painting came out.  Do you like to paint, what’s your choice of medium? I’ve been curious about gouache, is it similar to watercolor? I hope you had a great weekend and that this week is even better.

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~Giveaway~ Zenpop

There are a ton of things that make me happy. Today I’d like to mention something that really brings a smile to my face. Stationery!!!

I recently just purchased a ZenPop box from Japan. I haven’t received it yet but I cannot wait to get it! They give you plenty of peeks into the items you are getting which I am a huge fan of. I like knowing what I’m getting, but having a few surprises is nice too.

They have different themes each month, I purchased the Animal Friends pack? They are including kitty washi tape so I was sold! I also chose this box because it wasn’t something you actually had to subscribe to. You purchase them monthly. I don’t like having to remember to unsub because some monthly sub boxes aren’t always a hit. I’m sure it’s hard when it comes to putting one together and figuring out what to put in it and whatnot but I guess it depends on the type. A stationery box is perfect for me, a book one, where the book is kept hidden…not so much.

And ZenPop isn’t simply a stationery it’s a Japanese stationery box! Another reason why I just signed up for this month’s box. There’s a Sailor Moon pen included and I just had to say yes. This box includes 12 items! And the price is $29.50 FREE shipping! Not too expensive, but not too cheap either. And for exciting news! ZenPop has decided to do a giveaway where you could win one of their past boxes and I would love to win! But I also have a feeling I will be a repeat customer of future boxes. If you’re a stationery addict, then I think this is the box for you.

There’s also a food, and beauty box too, so if you’re not into stationery perhaps those interest you more? I have a list of online sub boxes that I want to try out, so I’ll probably update about that more later. What kind of sub box are you more interested in?

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~Final~ 30 Days of Yoga…Sort Of

Goodness, time has gotten away from me and I realized I never did update about my final days of my yoga challenge. Sadly, I didn’t do as well as I had hoped. BUT! I still had a lot of fun and I want to input a daily yoga routine into my schedule. Somehow.

I only managed to complete 8/30 days of yoga. That’s right, 8… -.- My goal was to do at least half, but some days just needed to be skipped. Lack of motivation, tired, hungry,… or to put it simply, I was flat out lazy. I had dedicated Tuesdays as being the days I would go, since I enjoyed the instructor. But it would be rainy, or work was extra tiring, or something. Excuses, I know. Having my friend go with me, was definitely a plus, but then we easily would want to just go home and rest.

My downfall, was also, somewhere along the way it turned into a chore, but only slightly. Because it was still something I enjoyed doing. I created this challenge for myself in hopes of creating a sense of motivation. I started off strong, but then fell flat as after the first week or so. I’m curious, how do I have the energy to maintain other aspects of my life but didn’t have the same for this challenge? Was it because this was a more active activity compared to painting or blogging? Most of my hobbies are done in the comfort of my home where I can sit or even lay down while doing them. I wish I had the determination to finish a bit stronger, but still, 8 days is still nice. I hadn’t gone to yoga in quite some time so it was fun getting back into it. And just because the challenge is over, does not mean I won’t ever touch my yoga mat again. No, I hope to visit the studio once in awhile and continue doing my stretches at home. Now, will I have the motivation for that? Probably not, but if I can squeeze it in here and there, I’m happy.

When I can get another 30 Day’s, I plan to try it out again. And hopefully, accomplish more than just 8. What about you, how do you find motivation?

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~Review: Traveler’s Notebook + Smart Fit Pencil Case~

I finally bought myself a real leather Traveler’s Notebook. I wanted a cheaper alternative rather than buying the more pricey and popular Midori…I believe it’s just Traveler’s Company now though. I purchased the Robrasim Pocket sized Traveler’s Notebook in the color coffee and it’s adorable.

I first purchased my Webster’s Pages Color Crush Traveler’s Notebook because it was a bit more affordable, and I really liked the pockets that the Color Crush offered. Bought it in the color mint, even though they have a ton of new colors lately, I’m happy with it. I decided I wanted a passport sized TN and so I searched through Youtube and then I searched through Amazon. I found Robrasim and decided to give them a chance. Aside from them taking awhile to ship it, it still arrived fairly quick, but I didn’t do too much research on the company.  I don’t think I’ll be using this for in depth journaling, but I’m excited to see how I end up using it. Below you’ll find a video review, I might go on for a tad too long, but believe me, it was even longer than that. I like to talk. 🙂 So if you’re interested, feel free to watch that below.

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Concert Skirt and Sore Feet

Quite a few lovely things have happened in the past week/weekend. And I’m just so grateful to be where I am in life.

Last Wednesday, my sister Kat and I got to see Tennis in concert at the White Oak House Music Hall. I LOVE this band and I didn’t even notice when their tour was announced or that Houston was on the tour list to begin with. But I thankfully I found out just in time to order tickets. It was a sold out show so I’m glad I was impulsive. Normally, I don’t really do any research on the opening act, so I didn’t pay much attention but I was pleasantly surprised. The Greeting Committee had such a great energy and you could really tell they loved making music. I liked their sound and they were so approachable even nice enough to sign the CD I bought and let me take a photo with them. (Minus one member)

Concerts aren’t something I normally attend, but Kat and I have made some very slow improvements in that area. For more rowdy bands, I prefer standing in the back but for smaller venues and slower rock bands I don’t mind, and Kat and I got spots upfront this time. I think all of the concerts I’ve attended in the past year or so she has accompanied me. Thank goodness because she makes it much more fun. Thanks Kat for coming with me!!! With her new work schedule, planning things like this is somewhat impossible. But luckily, she was able to come with me. I had a lot fun and I hope to see both bands again some day.

Do you like going to concerts, if so, do you enjoy getting a spot upfront or do you prefer standing in the back? I’d love to hear about your concert going experiences. 🙂

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Bullet Journaling…Sort of

I’ve been using this pocket size Moleskine for some daily planning and reflecting. I’ve actually liked using it as a daily journal and it has inspired me to also begin daily journaling in my Travelers Notebook as well.

I usually use it for work during the work week however, I may try to use it as an organizational tool once I finish using the pocket notebook. I’ve already purchased a medium size Moleskine and a larger one for specifically for work projects. Now, the world of Bullet Journals is vast and a bit overwhelming, however I’ve really enjoyed watching how others setup theirs. I’m not sure if I can follow the true Bullet Journaling way but I’m figuring out a good mix. I really hope this will just be a way I can also practice my handwriting. I don’t like it very much and I would like to improve, perhaps even tackle some calligraphy or lettering.

There’s so much to consider when starting a bullet journal, for instance the notebook you use. Obviously you can use any notebook you like, that’s the point. It’s supposed to be a way to easily organize your daily tasks and it’s much more fun when you get to personalize the notebook you are using. I decided on Moleskine. One because I already had one, and decided to keep on using it. I now have the same blueish teal color in the pocket, Medium and large notebooks. The large one is for work, the pocket is my personal one and then when I’m done with that one I will switch over to the medium size notebook. I’m ready for that! I decided to stick with the soft cover Moleskines. But the medium size one is dotted, which I prefer rather than ruled.

Pens I use…

I have just purchased some Tombow markers in pastel so I’m looking forward to learning some lettering techniques. I don’t know how good I’ll be at lettering but I want to practice it. Once I switch over I’ll share the way I want to start using it. For my work one, I’m using it to keep track of my projects and meeting notes. I want this to be a way for me to work on my penmanship in general. I hate my messy chicken scratch handwriting. Hopefully, I can train myself to be less sloppy.

Do you like keeping a handwritten journal or is blogging much more your speed? And if you’ve tried out Bullet Journaling, what sort of spreads do you enjoy?

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~Monthly Moments: March~

I’m starting this new thing where I film moments during the month and then just piece it together in a montage style vlog. I did not film enough during the month of March but I decided to make one with the shots I did take. It’s really short but I think it’s nice and a great way to look back on the month. I’ve started off strong in April so far, here’s hoping I can keep up with and make the videos the way I imagine them.

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~Blogging for Books~ Portrait Revolution

Portrait Revolution by Julia L. Kay

My favorite thing about art books, aside from making interesting reading material/making a drab coffee table all pretty, is the inspiration they ignite. Even though  I’m not actually an artist in the traditional sense of the word, I enjoy art and dabbling in it. And  I love the way this book showcases different styles and mediums. Making it easy to get inspired by all styles, yet also figuring out the style you might personally prefer.

For me it was definitely the watercolor medium. I love the way watercolor translate to paper and seeing the different techniques. Like with all art, there are so many you can try. It’s also interesting to see how, within each style, lines translate to form a full portrait. Or how the capture each person’s face.

I was excited for this book, but ultimately, I feel it might have been wasted on me. I didn’t test out any of the techniques myself,  so I can’t really speak of the tips and tricks this book goes over, but it did make me want to create in general.  The perfect inspiration for any artist, so this book made a great gift for my artist brother. He’s always in need of inspiration so I’m hoping this book was able to motivate him. Still, even though I didn’t keep it for very long, I still enjoyed being inspired by it and feeling my creative juices flowing.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

~Anime Matsuri 2017~ Rogue and Gambit

My fringe extension was so hard to keep on my head. I kept laughing and messing with it and the wind wasn’t much help either. I might op for an actual Rogue wig next time, who knows? This was supposed to be casual though.

I normally have a fringe, it wasn’t really behaving. It kept getting in the way of the extension and making it slip. But it’s probably because I didn’t put it on properly. I still had a lot of fun walking around with Matt and we actually got recognized by several people. Two people even asked to take our photo. I wish I had given them my email so I would have had more photos of Matt and me in our outfits. I only have two. -.- Luckily, a friend came up to say hi and I asked him if he could take a photo of us. (Thanks Anthony!)

One of my favorite things though was when I caught eyes from other X-Men cosplayers. They would nod and smile, making me feel as though we were really connected or something. Nice feeling. I didn’t take photos of any other cosplayers. -.- I should have and I don’t know why I didn’t. I was too busy worrying about my fringe. *I know...self absorbed* But I still had a lot of fun. Matt makes things even more wonderful. <3

Hope you all had a great weekend! I also met Matt’s family this weekend so I’ll post about that later this week. Just know…his family is absolutely wonderful.

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Update: Rogue and Gambit

And it continues! Anime Matsuri is THIS weekend! I’m nervous and excited and ready to put the finishing touches on my casual cosplay. 

I finally got my gloves! I also have no idea how to do my hair, the white hair extensions I bought aren’t exactly the best quality and I have no idea how to curl synthetic hair without using heat. I’m trying not to stress too much about it though. It’s my interpretation of the character in a casual way so I shouldn’t worry too much, however I did purchased a fringe piece.  I just want to make sure the hair doesn’t look odd, I definitely don’t want to look like a skunk. I didn’t want to get an actual Rogue wig…maybe next time I will. If we take photos though, I might go in and change the hair color for fun…just to see. Aside from those factors, I still have to do my shirt embellishments and then I’m ready!

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