Food Exploration: 1/16/17

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James and I have pretty bad habits of 1) not eating healthy which is normally due to a fact such as 2) not eating 3 meals a day since 3) we always seem to be running late to everything. I do not recommend you all to follow our ways of life BUT something I do recommend trying is ROAM Artisan Burgers.

So we had just finished walking around SF MoMA and I was literally starving because it was dinner time and we didn’t actually eat a breakfast or lunch (just lots of snacks and eggo waffles, again, don’t be doing this). I remembered my roommate, Jane, taking me on Fillmore before and we walked past so many cute (but expensive) little shops along with lots of different kinds of restaurants. He and I drove there with not much expectations except the fact that he knew he wanted a burger, none of the little wimpy ones form fast food chains; a real burger. Roam was the burger place in sight once there and it was honestly so good to a point where we didn’t even finish and we are people who can eat a lot (clearly, because we don’t eat enough).

What we ordered:
Sweet Potato Fries
The Classic (with the addition of avocado) – Beef – Medium
French and Fries – Beef – Medium Well
Chocolate Hazelnut Shake (seasonal)
~$37.00

The sweet potato fries had THE perfect balance of sweet and saltiness. Definitely try! The classic fulfilled it’s name as a good ‘ole classic burger. James ordered the French and Fries, he said the sauce and the caramelized onions had lots of flavor but he got full fast from it but he loved it. I wasn’t able to try the shake since I’m allergic to hazelnut, but James was incredibly please with it and didn’t hide that pleasure with every sip by saying “dude, this is so good.”

Thanks Roam Burgers for a yummy dinner (:
–> http://roamburgers.com/menu/

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Hair-y Diaries

Growing up, I’ve had a real attachment to my hair. I think it’s because I decided to cut it in middle school one time and then everyone mistaken me as a boy…. I’m dead serious – even when I was wearing a red Minnie Mouse Shirt and a black hat that clearly read “Princess” on it, Princess Jasmine looked me in the eye and said “come here, sir” at Disneyland (scarred me, but I don’t hold any grudges on her). Thus began my oath to long hair forever.

I loved styling my hair in all kind of braids, curls, and crazy up-do’s because it was thick so you could do so much with it. But the maintenance was crazy: The constant shedding, the fact that even when I brushed my hair – 5 minutes later, a new tangle would surprise me out of no where, pony tails gave me headaches, but hey…. it looked cute! (no pain, no gain ?) So out of stress in 2014, I chopped it off myself in front of my mirror at home (I honestly DO NOT recommend this).

Then of course, I missed my long hair, and it grew to the length of the picture to the above left. And no, the brown hair wasn’t an ombre, it’s just that the long black part before the brown were my roots. When it became too much for me again, I freaked out and went to the hair salon and told her to cut it all off even when the woman beside me cringed at my words asked me, “Are you sure you wanna do that?”

After the chop, it’s been only a couple of days and I felt iffy about it at first – I loved it and didn’t like it at the same time because it was different. But now, I’m crazy happy with it. I don’t even have to take 20 minutes to brush my hair anymore! In fact… I DON’T EVEN NEED TO BRUSH – just wake up and done! Time in the shower is shorter, my head feels so light so good bye headaches, and the styled cut is incredibly versatile for all the different outfits I often wear.

I’ve learned that hair is hair. Depending on your health and how much you can take out of your day to care for it, the length is up to your discretion. No matter what you choose, it’s beautiful either way. We live one life, and we often to get chances to make much change in our life and experience as much as we want to. But with your hair, if you wanna try a new color, try cutting it in a way you’ve never had it before: do it. It’s the easiest thing you can change about you without changing you; a way to experience doing something out of your comfort zone without much risk. It’s just like fashion or make up: it’s a “to each their own” type of thinking. You wanna have a grunge day and maybe throw on some black lipstick? Why not? Bc you can always just go home and change and throw on another look the next day to be or feel like a different you.

New Year Resolutions

Holy Moly, friends. I feel like 2016 went in some ways too fast and too slow at the same time. I remember a lot of things throughout the year that felt like it was yesterday, but there were times when time felt like it was stuck in a bad traffic jam. There was a lot of good that happened in 2016, but 2017 is just another measure to accomplish new goals and for self improvement.

What I’ve learned about myself over the years is that I am a goal oriented person (trust me, I have a detailed google doc of things I want to do), and although I am slow to finish some things, it’s as the saying goes “the small victories” that can lead me to finally get places I want and/or dream to be.

So here are a couple of resolutions I’ve planned for myself this year:

Career/School
– Finally get a 4.0 in my college career (this has been a goal since my freshman year of college, AND WILL REMAIN A GOAL UNTIL I MAKE IT)
– Volunteer at a Hospital
– Take a CPR course

Social Media
– Be more up-to-date with my blog (post at least 1-2x a week)
– Buy a camera in order to take better pictures to share via instagram/blog
– Get Facebook Page up and started
– Immerse self deeper into blogging community, make friends, and do more giveaways

Personal
– Up-keep my relationships with friends whom I was once close with
– Become proficient in sewing
– Healthy eating and make exercising a habit (possibly get a gym membership if able to afford it, & your girl wants to grow herself a booty of muscllleeeee)

Weekly Diary: July 25th – July 31

(Last Sunday):
My grandma is just awesome at sewing. She says that it was a necessity to learn back in the day and that everyone should learn at some point in their lives, so she’s teaching me slowly, but surely, how to different things. Sunday’s task? Hemming the jeans that are well beyond my leg length. I am incredibly jealous of girls who have long legs and fit their jeans like it was made just for them (which, I am sure, there are girls out there who experience this). I am not one of those girls so short legged pants that will fit me just right are a miraculous find, so I gotta make due with hemming them (which if you get them tailored professionally could cost some $$ so, why not learn!). They’re okay, but I will get better in time! And I need to invest in some good yellow thread.

Monday:
I tried this Korean BBQ place called “Yakini Q” with my boyfriend, James, and our couple friends, Kevin and Alex. It cost $19.99 for a selected menu of all you can eat meats (it was $24.99, I believe for extra selections of meat, but I don’t believe it’s necessary). We ordered a bunch of things like garlic buttered chicken, another type of chicken, and I forgot the other ones, but the BEST had to be the marinated short ribs, because, boy, when they say marinated, it sure is marinated b-e-a-u-tifully. I think we ordered that several times alongside other smaller orders until our stomach was full.

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Afterwards, we wanted to take pictures at a nearby park, but little did James and I know that this park, which used to be empty and dark all the time, was now crowded with tons of Pokémon-Goers. Literally, I have never felt so safe being at a large park, downtown, at 11:30 pm. Hotdog vendors were even out and about, prospering off these players. Honestly, I think I really do appreciate Pokémon-go. Although I personally don’t play it, it’s revived the liveliness of parks and does encourage walking? I even had fun being silly and taking pictures with some of these cool guys.

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Thursday:
This was probably the most stressful day of the week. I woke up early, as it was “graduation” for my little third graders which marked my last day of work for the summer. They sang their planet presentation songs to their parents, walked the stage, and received their certificates as I called their names one-by-one. I am sure gonna miss them and hope that I get to see them next year if I teach again. Following the graduation was the preparation of my boyfriend’s 1st Annual Pop the Trunk Apparel BBQ. It was INCREDIBLY HOT, but, as always, he made it work and so many people came out! When evening came, James and I had to get from home to drive an hour away to the club event he was hosting where we would also see Kool John from HBK come out and perform a little bit. The venue, The Holy Cow, was a beautiful one and we got ourselves some good drinks, but from the long day we had, we dipped out early and KO’d.

Friday:
Another long day was in store for myself and my sister. At our parish, there is an Annual Halloween Lock-In where basically, the youth get together, stay overnight at our gathering hall/chapel, and we also turn the whole thing into a haunted house maze that they go through. A lot of work was put into it, and the haunted house took until 3 AM to finish the last group (and yes, some kids cried, not gonna lie; I was even scared although I was a scarer). Even though the haunted house lasted until 3 AM, we had to clean up right after, and KO’d on the floor in the gathering hall around 5 AM only to wake up at 6:30 AM to clean up for the Blood Drive coming in on Saturday morning.

Saturday:
If you thought Friday night/Saturday morning was a lot… then Saturday is just an addition on to Friday! Got home Saturday morning after sleeping for less than an hour and a half only to take a quick nap and my parents telling my sister and I to get ready for our cousin’s birthday party. I was NOT ready for that. Things took a turn when my sister got a fever so she and I stayed home as my parents when to Chuck E. Cheese, but I did get to make this newly 8 year old a youtube video that she ended up loving and screaming “I’m a star!” and “I’m famous!” everywhere at the Cheese’s. Here’s the link, but has better quality on iPads and iPhones than the computer… I think I exported it wrong: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFQc2UUajvg
I ended up staying the night at the birthday girls’ house with my other cousins and niece, only to fall asleep watching old family videos. But I did manage to find an epic video of my younger self which I will someday share on instagram or something hahaha, keep an eye out!

Today:
Morning after the sleep over, we headed to the mall where, yes, I did buy stuff which I will show later below, but mainly so that the birthday girl could get her ears pierced. I have a priceless video of her as well which you can find also find on instagram in the future. She was so nervous, but took it like a TOTAL champ. No tears!

Anyhow, I bought 4 things at this impromptu trip to the mall:
Blue/white striped off the shoulder blouse – Brandy Melville (John Galt) $19
Patched Denim Jeans – Brandy Melville $40
Striped Culotte Pants – Abercrombie and Fitch (On sale, originally $48, bought for $12)
Alien – Matte Black Gloss – NYX Liquid Suede $7

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The top and the culottes are really cute, summery items. I culottes, I can imagine putting together with either a flowy white top, a chambray top, or even just a cute crop top with either a pair of sperry’s or brown/nude sandals. The striped, off-the-shoulder top can go with pretty much any pair of jeans/shorts you own. The denim was a must-have. I saw it and just went for it. It’s not cotton or stretchy, so it had to be the right size, and I really loved the color contrast of the dark patch to the light jeans. I can’t wait to see how I can go about styling it. It’s been on my list to buy a straight up, matte black lip color and no matter where I looked, they were always sold out until I hit the actual NYX cosmetics stores and found this baby. In love with its boldness and can’t wait to actually wear it out with confidence. The reason I do show the L’Oreal Telescopic Eyeliner in the picture is because this week is the first time I’ve stopped using the Kat Von D liquid eyeliner pen in exchange for the L’Oreal one. So far, it’s proven durability, and supposedly it’s waterproof, but I will definitely test that and let you know how that goes! The Kat Von D one is NOT water proof although it says it does. I went to Vegas in March and the eyeliner just never made it out alive.

Thanks for taking the time to read my weekly diary update to you all! I hope you enjoyed and feel free to leave comments and questions below! ❤ You’re the best! – Erin

Resurrecting this baby from the dead.

Man, I feel like I haven’t done this in a bajillion years, and that’s probably because… I honestly haven’t. The main reason I haven’t used wordpress in a while is because it wouldn’t let me upload anymore pictures into my gallery to add to my new posts. So I thought, maybe because it’s a media gallery problem, I could just delete them. I was dead wrong. Turns out, after deleting all those pictures… ALL the pictures from my previous posts were wiped out as well (FYI, that’s why if you look back on my old posts, there’s no more pictures or it looks like there was an error in loading the pictures). *heartbreak* AMIRITE?! I got so frustrated that I tried to move everything to tumblr, but for some reason, the vibe just wasn’t the same for blogging. It’s mainly reposting cool photos, cool inspo, and stuff like that. And thus the death of my attempts at sharing my actually… pretty cool adventures since then. Not to brag, but I am pretty amazed that I went out and did things, but then again, that was my original goal when I first started this blog: to go out and do cool things.

Since the last post (which was literally an EXACT YEAR AGO, #crazyornah), I quit my job and got 2 new ones which I absolutely love. I went on every ride at Universal Studios Hollywood with a 2 hour back-lot studio tour because of a VIP pass which meant I got to cut lines and stuff too! I went to the Warner Brothers Studio tour as well, where I got to sit on the FRIENDS couch in an exact replica of Central Perk, which was MY favorite-est perk!! I went to watch Justin Bieber, J. Cole, and Bryson Tiller in concert, whoo hoo! Upcoming in August, I will be watching that homie Jeremih. I taught myself how to sew with this mini IKEA sewing machine (egh, it’s alright, I suggest to invest in a better sewing machine), and in the process of getting better at fashion illustrations. I went to my last Halloween at Disneyland with my whole family, and honestly there’s a bunch more I wish I could tell you guys. But if you do have any questions about the tours I took in LA or anything like that, feel free to comment below!

Anyhoos! I’m super excited for the future and for any adventures that come my way so that I can share them with you! I am currently in the works on how to better myself by making sure this blog is always up-to-date with new things for you and I am going to also try to figure out a better way to share pictures on here without taking so much memory space? I’m guessing that’s the problem here. Whatever the deal is, I’m going to find a solution for it one way or another.

With that being said, before I end this lovely revival post, I just want to share some of the new things I bought in the past month of July! Yes…. I spent money (I AM SO SORRY MY PARENTALS). It’s hard to resist sometimes, y’know! But I did buy a little green budgeting book to help me out starting in August.

Besides that! Here’s a list of what I got and it’s also pictured below:
Distressed Denim Trench – Zara TRF
White Waistcoat – Zara Basic (looks more like a sleeveless trench, without buttons)
St. Tropez, France Bodysuit – Pacsun – LA Hearts
Cropped Sweater – Pacsun – Me to We
Flowy White Buttoned Top  – Pacsun – Kendall & Kylie
760 Gone Greige – Maybelline NY Bold Collection
Trick Metallized Lipstick – Urban Decay Vice
Insanity Cream Lipstick – Urban Decay Vice

The Trick Metallized Lipstick is a little lighter in person (my window blinds are failing me and won’t open all the way so I apologize if the lighting isn’t great). In order to see the shimmer/color better you would have to layer it a few times. I layered it a few times, even for the swatch on my arm. Insanity is a super great cream color, I wore it today and have been wearing it for a good 5-6 hours, and it’s still on, even after eating lunch! I only went over my lips with it twice. I haven’t tried the Gone Greige one yet, but I own 950 Untainted Spice which was one of my favorites from Maybelline. It lasts me a while, it goes on smoothly, and doesn’t need layering.

The Denim Trench is literally AMAZING. I love the fit and length of it. It’s super versatile, as it is a denim jacket, and it’s not as heavy weight as one might think, it’s pretty light! I tied it around my waist too, but the catch is, the sleeves are kind of short so you can really only tie it loosely once with little stubs sticking out haha. The only thing is that the collaboration company that made this jacket with Zara (Trafaluc? BCN? TRF? honestly, idk), they left like a little cloth note sewed in on the bottom right of the backside of the jacket, so it kind of looks like a piece of toilet paper stuck to your bottom. The same note is slightly bleached at an angle on the upper-left back of the jacket which is a cool touch. But, I might just cut out that cloth note though because my parents keep making fun of me for it being placed there.

The white Kendall & Kylie top might be one of my new favorite basic tops just because I think it goes with a lot of things and it’s just a standard piece that I can play up or dress down. Simple is more! The waistcoat is really cute but the material for the collared part above is more bulky than I expected because it kind of feels like foamy instead of sheer or chiffon-like, so when I put it on, it was a little surprising but it doesn’t make a big change to the overall fit. The cropped sweater is really light-weight and soft, love it love it love it! And I have yet to try the body suit on for something, but idk, I’m a sucker for bodysuits even though I do complain about wearing them alooot just cause it sucks to go to the bathroom if I’m out or something and all that. BUT I can’t help the fact that I think bodysuits just look good, ja-feel me?!

WELP. That’s the end of today’s post! Sorry it’s soooo long! I really have just missed it, I guess. Keep a look out on future posts and feel free to comment below, ask questions about anything, or provide any suggestions for future posts etc. etc. etc.

Much love, PEACE!

B2B 2K15

One of the few days that everybody comes out to just to live a little and be a little crazy.
Somehow for me and plenty of other students in my area, it never fails to come RIGHT before finals, so it’s like a time to let out some steam right before the significant amount of stress that will take over our lives.

My first time going to B2B was last year, and it was just a great day to meet people and see fun costumes (like it’s halloween!). This year, I brought James for his first time, and this boy had literally a 200 second snapchat story.

If you’re ever in the bay right around mid-may, this is something you should definitely experience, even if it’s just once, because it’s honestly just such a sight to see.

B2B 2k15, it’s been awesome and we actually finished the race with a medal to prove it ❤
‘Til next year!

Peace. Love. Venice.

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Recognize this shirt from a few posts back?!?! This is probably the most grunge/hippie-ish I’ve looked ever haha but it definitely was just fitting for the occasion and my environment. Low-key having some So-Cal withdrawals. It’s definitely a sight to see going to Venice Beach! There’s a bunch of cool little shops, some with real cool vintage stuff, and etc. There’s a lot of people just chillin’ tryna have a good time. There’s a ton of cool street art, palm trees, but I mean, it’s also a beach (first and foremost) and the water is gorgeous. I think I saw people parasailing and my heart melted a little cause I super wanted to do it, but stupid me, I didn’t bring any bathing suit… to a freakin’ beach (yeah, not the smartest nugget out there).

Top = Shop gracie usa, Suns = Random store at Venice, Shorts = Black and Brown Thrift Shop (bongo denim), then  I had black hightop converse.

ALSO, if you’re driving. Drive around a bit to find actual cheap parking. Spent freaking $20 on parking when there was cheaper available but we didn’t take the time to look -.-