Wednesday, December 17, 2014

End of finals = start of BREAK!

Finals are finally OVER! Hooray~ After a week of torture and sleeplessness, I am finally done! I'm super excited for the winter break and for family/friend time!

Anyways, once again--praise God!--lots of good things happened despite it being finals week. My bestie (who graduated last year) came over Monday afternoon to spend time with us. She took my sister and I (who have no car :P) out to eat some yummy Korean food in Koreatown. I was definitely surprised by how much food we received for $30 total. I felt like I was eating at an all-you-can eat buffet! The food was very delicious and unique. Yum yum.

Seafood jja jang myun (huge!!)

4 King dumplings and 8 spicy shrimp dumplings~ 

After dinner, we went to grab some coffee/drinks at Document Coffee Bar! It's such a cute place, so if anyone is ever in Los Angeles, definitely check it out! They have the BEST homemade hot chocolate! They make their own Belgium chocolate (which is on a wooden spool) that you swirl around in hot, frothy milk! What a amazing (and not super-duper sweet) drink!

Unfortunately, we went there to study, and to our disappointment, they close at 9PM--we came at like 8:30...So we got kicked out shortly after ordering >__< sigghhh. Had to go back to the apartment to study. I guess everything worked out in the end anyways, hahaha.

Do you have any favorite coffee house or cafe?

Monday, December 15, 2014

My christmas wishlist from WISHTREND

Hello everyone! As some of you may have seen, I'm a huge fan of Korean (and Asian) skincare. It's so much more thorough than what many Americans are used to--with up to 11 steps! It's hard to think that only a couple years ago, I never used any sort of skincare products--just good, old water and towel. However, after finding out about the importance of skincare, I've been strangely (and happily) addicted to Korean skincare and products. Not only are they effective and cute, but many of these products are of much higher quality that American products of the same price.

*Disclaimer: not sponsored*

Today, I'd like to introduce to you Wishtrend, an online Korean beauty store. There are few points that make Wishtrend stand out from other Korean beauty stores:

  1. Well-integrated and very informative Youtube channel
  2. Exclusive and hard-to-find brands
  3. Huge range of products
  4. WISHboxes with discounted prices on a collection of products

I think the main reason I really love Wishtrend is that they like to keep their customers informed. They do that through they Youtube channel and through their newsletters. I love listening to their videos and reading the newsletters because I definitely learn a lot from them. I also want to purchase every product they mention >__< hahaha. Someday, maybe.

Here are some examples of videos and newsletters in which they inform their viewers:
- [Newsletter] What does vitamin C do for your skin?
- [Newsletter] Exfoliation tips for different types of skin
- [Youtube] Basic skin type test & rules
- [Youtube] Best Skin Care Products for Body & 3 Essential Body Care Tips
- [Youtube] Autumn/Fall Skin Care 101 & Natural Moisturizers

My Christmas Wishlist

These two are what's known as the Wishboxes. They contain a few products sold at approximately 30-50% off! I really would like to try a few products this way!

If you've taken a look at this youtube video, you'll see that the last two items on my wishlist are from that video--truthfully, I wanted everyone in that video. >__<
What skincare products do you have on your wishlist?

Saturday, December 13, 2014

3 fun DIY additions to your Christmas gifts!

Need a little extra something for your Christmas gifts? Have no fear~ Today, I will be sharing with you all some cute and (maybe :P) quick DIYs that you can make and add to your gifts for a little personal touch!

Ice Pandora's mini crochet gift-boxes are extremely adorable!! She has a great and detailed tutorial on her blog! Check it out here!

Source: Ice Pandora
Need something for a child? Make a dollhouse pillow! It's so cute that I want one too~ </3 (I've decided that it'll be on my winter to-do list! hahaha) Blogger Rubyellen from Cakies has shared a tutorial on A Beautiful Mess. Check it the tutorial out here!

Source: Cakies
This DIY "firefly" mason jar is just absolutely beautiful! The DIY would make such a wonderful additional to any table! Doesn't it look like something that came from a store? Ashey from Lil Blue Boo shared this tutorial, which you can find here!

Source: Lil Blue Boo
Hope you all get some nice ideas from these bloggers! Let me which ones you might do this winter break!

Monday, December 8, 2014

End of the semester

I can't believe time has passed so quickly! It seemed like only yesterday that I was freshman in college. Now I'll be graduating in May! Although this last week was extremely busy and time-consuming (every class was trying to squeeze in last-minute projects and assignments), I was able to have lots of fun with friends!

During Thanksgiving break, I went to visit some family friends in San Diego. It was such a fun and exciting experience. I was definitely existed to see them again, as they moved to SD during the summer. My sister and I stayed from Friday to Sunday, spending time with my friends (playing Monopoly!! XD hahaha) and drinking tea with the 阿姨 (ayi - auntie). It was such a fun experience.

Tea set. These tea cups are so tiny and so cute. I can probably take 3 sips XD hahaha

We also went to Potato Chip Rock, a 8-mile, almost completely uphill hike. It was so exhausting, but so rewarding, too. I think everyone became quiet later on during the trip because it was so tiring. XD

Route to Mount Woodson, San Diego
Mount Woodson Trail in San Diego 
Not me, lol. The lines were too long, so I just took a picture and left :P
After coming back from Thanksgiving break, my sister and I worked on this group project--creating a 90 second video pitch for our make-believe fashion/apparel brand. We used this program called VideoScribe. If anyone's looking for a good quality video-making program, VideoScribe is pretty awesome. Sadly it costs money, but there's a 7-day free trial (which we used) that allows you to publish the video with the VideoScribe logo. I personally wouldn't pay, just because I don't think I would have the chance to use it again. However, through this video-making project, I realized just how much I enjoy making, editing videos. I love anything involving creativity, and video-making just made that list of favorites!

On Wednesday, I went out with my girlfriends from our Senior Bible Study to have an end-of-the-semester dinner. We ate at Shinsengumi, an amazing ramen place. If anyone is in the LA area, Shinsengumi (and Daikokuya) are a definite must to check out~~

Hakata ramen--so delicious!!
Lastly, yesterday, my church had an Women's Christmas Breakfast. My church is "famous" for its love of food and for providing delicious food. We have delicious breakfast burritos and many homemade snacks and pastries. I also came home with a cute goodie bag of Diddy Reese cookies~~ <3 hehehe. Unfortunately I forgot to take many photos T__T Here's some yummy punch though XD

So cute, right? It has some sparking water, pineapple juice, other juices, cranberries, and lemon slices! <3

This week may been filled with assignments and projects, but it was definitely a fun and exciting one. Thanks for "hanging out" with me and listening to my life!!

How have you guys been? Did you have a good Thanksgiving? Are you excited for the Christmas season?