Sunday, August 28, 2011

3.12 Forever 21 Dusty Rose Bag

I've been feeling unusually stressed these days. Perhaps one of the reasons is because I haven't been experiencing a good night's sleep. Ever since the AC has been off (it's back on thank goodness), I've had to crack open my bedroom window for some ventilation, which in turn, has subjected me to cricket sounds at night and being woken up by the sounds of Cicadas in the morning. I'm just not used to the sounds, I'm used to complete silence when I sleep, plus it doesn't help that I'm a light sleeper.

Anyway I recently dropped into Forever21 and thought I'd share with you the one thing I purchased.
Funny enough I was admiring the same exact bag on another girl I saw wearing it elsewhere. It was the last of it's kind in the store so you better believe I was holding onto it for dear life. It was a coincidence I came upon it actually as I had found it abandoned on a table meant for jewelry only. The majority of my bags are larger and sometimes I just want to carry something smaller and lighter. I'm glad I got it because if I had turned it down, I'd probably find myself forever searching for this same exact dusty rose bag. Am I the only one who's never satisfied settling for an item that is similar to the thing I initially wanted?

I must thank my sister for offering me $5 towards the purchase of this bag because even though it was only $25, I was debating on whether or not to get it since it looked like something I would only pay $20 tops for. It was a small gesture but left a huge impact on me. She might not even remember offering it to me one day, but I will always remember it.

It's a bit dirty but I guess it's expected since it was the last one in the store. It's not as visibly dirty in person as it is in this picture though. A little cleaning and it'll be brand spanking new again... hopefully.

I'm not used to the very limited space the bag gives me. I carry a lot of things around, I'm your just-in-case type of person. I have a big imagination and I'm always paranoid that everyday is the day that the scenarios I think of happens. Example? The day the subway breaks down and my travel flashlight comes in handy. Hey, you just never know.

I like how the bag has this rusty gold hardware as it pairs very well with the dusty rose colour of the bag. The pleating also adds character. I never found myself a fan of the Chanel inspired strap where it loops in and out of the chain until I was inspired by a Korean drama my mom watched not too long ago. Never has a drama inspired me more with fashion than that one.

"Some people are well liked no matter where they go." -CL; "Good-for-nothing people will be the same no matter where they go." -Dara

Friday, August 12, 2011

3.11 RECIPE: Japanese Potato Salad


This potato salad is served chilled which is perfect for the hot days of summer. This is not one of the more "healthier" salads so I'd advise not to eat this often. You can double the recipe for more.

Ingredients:

3        Medium Sized Potatoes
1        Small Carrot
4        Inches/10cm Seedless Cucumber
1        Small Onion
2        Eggs
Pinch  Salt and Pepper
1 Cup Japanese Mayonnaise

Method:


Take the 3 medium sized potatoes and score them so that they will be easier to peel later. Place them in a pot and fill with water.

Peel the carrot and also place in the pot.

Boil the potatoes, carrots, and eggs (not shown). The eggs will finish before the potatoes and carrot so take it out after 10 minutes of boiling.

While the water boils, take about 4 inches/10cm of the seedless cucumber and cut vertically in half. Then, slice thinly diagonally. Put in a bowl and place aside.

Chop your onion in very thin slices.

Separate onion pieces and place in bowl with the cucumber slices. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt and toss together. Let the cucumber and onion sit for 10 minutes or more so that the vegetables can exclude their juices.

In the meantime, your eggs will probably be done by now (10 minutes of boiling time). You want them hard-boiled. Remove from pot, peel, and chop semi-roughly. Place aside.

At this point your cucumber and onion mixture is probably done excluding their juices. Squeeze the mixture firmly over the sink to rid of the juices.

Notice that the cucumber and onion now looks more tender. Place aside.

Check if your potatoes are done- poke the potatoes with a fork and lift slightly out of the water, if the potato slides off the fork easily then your potatoes are done. Boiling time for the potatoes takes about 15-20 minutes. Leave the potatoes in for at least 15 minutes even if the fork slides out smoothly- just so you can be sure that your potatoes aren't under cooked. Move the potatoes and carrot into cold water to stop the cooking process and to help the skin of the potatoes come away from the potato itself for easier peeling.
You could have removed your carrot long before the potatoes, but since I like my carrot tender for this dish, I leave it in to cook for the same amount of time as the potatoes.

After the potatoes have cooled in the cold water, grab the potato on both ends and slide the potato out of the skin (only do this if you scored the potatoes earlier). Peel the skin off the carrot as well if you haven't already.

Chop the potatoes in cubes and place in the bowl you will be serving the potato salad in.

Next, chop up the carrot diagonally in small slices as well and place in with the potatoes.

Let cool.

Add a pinch of salt and pepper and mix together.

Next, add the rest of the ingredients you prepared earlier together (cucumber/onion mixture and eggs) and about a cup of Japanese mayonnaise or to taste.

Mix all together.

Cover and refrigerate.

After chilling, serve and enjoy!

Source: http://www.justhungry.com/2006/05/japanese_potato.html

"Who needs true love as long as you love me truly." -Natalia Kills 'Wonderland'

Monday, August 1, 2011

3.10 DIY Oatmeal Cleanser

As of late, my skin has been acting up and I think it might be due to the Clean & Clear cleanser I've been using. I have very sensitive skin and my face literally has allergic reactions in small areas from time to time whether it be at school, in the subway, at the mall, at home... you name it. It's really annoying actually. So I decided to do what Bubz did- switch to oatmeal! You can watch her vid here or read her post here. My super sensitive skin needs products that are more natural and using oatmeal is as close to natural as you can get.

I bought organic oatmeal since it's more natural, plus it was 10 cents cheaper than Quaker anyway. I like how this bag can also seal back up too.

I get about this much oatmeal in my hand.

Then I close my palm under and put it under running water.

After being soaked with water, the oatmeal should start to get soft. But at this stage it's still a bit rough to put it directly on your face.

I go on to squeeze my palm tightly and catch the excess liquid that squeezes out into my other hand and use that to wet my face.

I keep running it under water and work at it by squeezing it and gently pouring more water into my palm while trying not to lose or drop any oatmeal. The oatmeal bits should start to disintegrate and get smaller.

Lastly, I mash the oatmeal in my palm to create a paste- at this point the oatmeal is soft and no longer will be harsh to apply to the skin. I rub the oatmeal on my face in circular motions to gently exfoliate and cleanse. Be sure to do this in a sink with a mesh so that it can catch the oatmeal otherwise you might clog your sink!

I've noticed an improvement in my skin and I also haven't had as many skin allergic reactions as much as I used to. It gentlly exfoliates, hydrates, soothes the skin, and helps brighten it too. The best part is that it's affordable! Super great if you're on a budget.

"Do or do not... there is no try." -Yoda