Sunday, April 30, 2017

My Spring Makeup

I used to be a 'beauty blogger', documenting my favorite makeup products and 'faces of the day'. Back in 2014, smol me plucked her eyebrows way too much and praised mascaras that made zero difference to my lashes. Luckily, I found my beauty style along the way and have perfected an everyday routine that I love. Although this look looks exactly the same as every other one I've posted over the past two years, I included a couple new products for my fresh spring look.

As usual, I start off with the Makeup Forever Step 1 Skin Equalizer to mattify my skin before applying more products. The Laura Mercier Oil Free Tinted Moisturizer in Ochre is my favorite base of all time. I've used the tint everyday for three years and it's still my holy grail in terms of coverage, longevity and natural appearance. To cover my spots and under eye circles, I reach for another long-term favorite: the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard. This concealer lasts all day and packs a punch as it glides over any blemishes or discoloration. After buffing over my concealer, I pat my foundation brush back over my face, distributing a bit of base to blend concealer and foundation together. I set my face with the Bare Minerals Mineral Veil, which locks in the previous products and keeps me shine free for a good 5+ hours. After finishing my base, I fill in my brows with a new favorite- Revlon Colorstay Brow Pencil in Dark Brunette. I've alternated between the Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil and Anastasia Brow Wiz over the past few years, but this under $7 product is a winner. The shade matches my hair perfectly and its waxy pigment fills in my sparse spots in under 30 seconds. I also love how the pencil has a spoolie on the other end to even out the color! I go to town on my cheeks and temples with The Body Shop Honey Bronzer in 03, which adds color and dimension to my face. My favorite Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush in Exposed is up next for a hint of pink on the apples. After applying my NARS Pro-Prime Eyeshadow Primer to my lids, I dust a layer of bronzer on top for a base shadow. I always add the dark gray shade from the Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics Palette to my outer corners for an easy smokey look and line my upper waterlines with the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Perversion. I've recently started using the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara and I love it, but it flakes off at the end of the day. Despite the unfortunate black pieces under my eyes, I enjoy how plump and thick my lashes look after a couple coats. I finish the look with the Revlon Kiss Balm in Sweet Cherry for a pop of moisturizing pink!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

5 Things

1. Pokey O's and football, doesn't get much better than that

2. Late night in NYC

3. Throwback to Rami Kashou's final collection inspired by this piece on Project Runway

4. Welcome back football, I've missed you dearly

5. My Nihongo friends + sensei

Friday, April 28, 2017

Allbirds Sneakers

I used to hate sneakers growing up. My trusty faux leather black boots were all I sported from ages 5-9 and flats were my shoe of choice thereafter. I think my hatred of "athletic shoes" stemmed from the fact that I was never athletic (lol) and the shoes I wore were always too clunky on my feet. Growing up with cankles sucks and my shoes always seemed to emphasize them. Fortunately, I discovered the right sneakers for my fat legs and they're now the only footwear I buy! Somehow I always find a pair of Cole Haan sneakers in size 7 every time I go to Nordstrom Rack in Dallas, so I've grown a small collection that I adore. I've worn my beige ones nearly every day for almost three years and they're still the most comfortable pair I own. When I saw these yellow Allbirds Wool Runners, I nearly fainted. They're the perfect pastel yellow shoes for the spring and they're also insanely soft. Because they're made of wool, they're intended to be worn without socks as they ventilate air through the feet. I love how they look with a white blouse and jeans and I would love to style them with overalls for a girly spring look!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

The Long Stretch

In just over a week, the most difficult semester of my school career will be over! Over the past four months I worked 530 hours, took 17 credits (okay, 14 after I dropped my awful Poly Sci class), ran nearly every women's tennis match by myself, and succeeded and failed in my classes. I've dealt with the loss of people I love in a difficult business, put myself out there in order to excel, cried a lot and learned more about myself than ever before. In these past four months I feel like I've aged a good 30 years, but I'm trying to revel in the fact that I'm halfway pau with college. While the days feel like they'll never end and my stress levels are often inconceivable, the semesters are flying by right in front of me. Many of my closest friends are graduating in a couple weeks and it will be difficult to say goodbye. I can't believe it's already been two years since I graduated high school and moved to a new city without knowing anyone. In the next week, I have one essay and four final exams to prepare for before I can fly home for the summer. I'll be studying, taking notes and reading till I'm allowed to get excited for three months at home! Let's go, finals week.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The 2017 NFL Draft

The most exciting, confusing and unpredictable time of the year is upon us! The 2017 NFL Draft will feature some of my favorite collegiate football players vying for their dream job. While last year showed only one player I cared about: Dak Prescott, the collection of players this season are well rounded and have extreme talent. Patrick Mahomes is my favorite player of all time, so whichever team takes him will now be the one I cheer for (even if it's the Texans yuck). Seth Russell, Deshaun Watson, KD Cannon, Kyle Fuller and Leonard Fournette have been some of my most-loved players and I will cheer for them wherever they end up! The first round of the draft airs at 8 p.m. (ET) on ESPN tomorrow.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

White Eyelet Top in Brooklyn

Who What Wear topJ.Crew jeans, Kate Spade Saturday bag, Cole Haan sneakers (old, similar here)

This outfit is my favorite of the lot I've been sporting this spring. I found this amazing eyelet top from Target during spring break and saved it for my day in Brooklyn. The Victorian high-neck blouse looks and feels like its expensive Reformation and Net-a-Porter counterparts, but it costs less than $30! I paired the top with my old J.Crew jeans that fit me better now than ever. When I first purchased them last year, they were a little too long and the fit was always off. This time around however, they fit like a dream and the light blue wash is perfect for this time of year. My trusty beige Cole Haan sneakers haven't yet given up on me despite three years of daily wear, so I knew they would hold up on our lengthy walk to Brooklyn. I finished the outfit with my favorite Kate Spade Saturday purse to add a hint of spring color to my favorite outfit.

Monday, April 24, 2017

The MET Art

I've been interested in art since I took my first art class at Kamehameha in fifth grade. Learning about Jackson Polluck, Herb Kāne, Picasso, Salvador Dali and Rembrandt inspired me to appreciate the beauty of their pieces. While the modern art at the Whitney Museum in NYC was humorous, the MET's classic pieces were awe-inspiring. Seeing Jackson Polluck's iconic splatter painting in real life was a dream come true as it was the first piece of art I fell in love with (other than Kāne's Battle of the Pali scene). The MET held a legitimate lei niho palaoa along with other native Hawaiian and Polynesian artifacts and combined with the Japanese samurai items, made me feel like I was home. The paintings I loved were either dark or extremely colorful, illustrating different moments of and emotions associated with American history. I wanted to document my favorite pieces so I wouldn't forget how they made me feel when I stepped foot in the giant time machine.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Jalen Hurd to Baylor

Baylor football has a history of outstanding running backs, most recently including the likes of Lache Seastrunk, Terrance Ganaway, Shock Linwood, Johnny Jefferson and Terence Williams. The backs have been strong, agile athletes known for juking defenders and leaving everyone in the dust. With Linwood's graduation and Williams and newbie Abram Smith out with injuries, the Bears are in need of capable ball carriers, preferably with lots of experience. That's where former Tennessee RB Jalen Hurd comes in. Hurd recently announced his transfer to Baylor where he'll be eligible to play in 2018. Despite some issues in the past, Hurd is a phenomenal freak athlete at 6'4 and 240 lbs. As a Vol, Hurd recorded 589 carries for 2,638 yards and 20 TDs. I'm excited to see how coach Rhule and co. will utilize his skills in the 2018 season!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

5 Things

1. Me and the Reg man

2. Football come back to me!!

3. Taken one hour before we accidentally caught the subway to Brooklyn at 12 am

4. Worth the long ass walk to Central Park

5. Yes!

Friday, April 21, 2017

The 2017 Baylor Quarterback Race

Since RGIII made his starting debut, QB1 has been a given every season. RGIII to Nick Florence to Bryce Petty to Seth Russell; the starting QB lineup was never under question. This season however, a few threats have made their appearance. Sophomore Zach Smith played in 10 games during his true freshman season after QB Seth Russell broke his leg. Smith, although shaky at first, grew more confident in each game. He completed 116 of 196 pass attempts for 1,526 yards, 13 TDs and 7 INTs. As the player with most Baylor football experience, Smith is the frontrunner for the starting position at this point. Senior transfer Anu Solomon is my clear favorite. In his three years at Arizona, Solomon completed 555 of 953 attempts for 6,922 yards, 49 yards and 16 INTs. As a freshman QB, Solomon became the first ever freshman to start the first game for the school. He's been named to numerous award watch lists despite being prone to injury. True freshman Charlie Brewer is the third and most unlikely starting option of the group. Brewer is a gifted natural, though, which might be a point of contention to the other two QBs. A freak athlete in high school, Brewer completed 600 of 851 pass attempts for 8,362 yards, 107 TDs and 11 INTs in his career. Brewer will give the upperclassmen a run for their money this summer but above all else, I hope Anu gets the job because POLY PRIDE MAN!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Something Rotten Favorites

Something Rotten premiered on Broadway in 2015 and quickly became a cult classic due to its familiar plot and fresh songs. The play is set in the 1595 Renaissance and focuses on brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom who want to write and perform their play during Shakespeare's rise to fame. They entertain the idea of a musical and prepare to outshine Shakespeare in his claim to fame. Something Rotten features iconic Brian d'Arcy James in the role of Nick Bottom and Christian Borle as Shakespeare. My favorite songs from the play are "Welcome to the Renaissance", "Hard to be the Bard", "Right Hand Man", "God I Hate Shakespeare" (same), "I Love the Way" and "A Musical". Although I never saw the play in real life, I've binge-listened to the original cast soundtrack a million times and it's becoming my newest favorite!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

ASOS Stars and Denim

On my first full day in New York, the weather was amazing- sunny with a slight chill in the air. I sported my favorite new top from ASOS because the bell sleeves kept me warm without overheating. I love this blouse as it's the perfect shade of blue and the star details (sorry they're not visible!) are girly and playful. I tucked the blouse into my new ASOS wrap denim skirt, which is both comfortable and cute. Pastels are my favorite color combination so I paired my overused Kate Spade Saturday bag  with these pale pink Nike sneakers to contrast the blue in my outfit. I added my ʻOhe earrings from Hawaii Bookmarks and the look was complete!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Path to the Draft | Patrick Mahomes

I've always been extremely protective of Baylor athletes. When my dad told me to apply to other colleges along with Baylor, I couldn't because I already hated every other school's teams. That sounds trivial, but I love our athletes so much that I harbored disdain for anyone not playing for Baylor. That is, before I discovered Patrick Mahomes. Mahomes was a standout freshman QB at Texas Tech when I first watched him play against Baylor. Although I was happy that we beat Tech that year, I told my parents how much I adored Mahomes' speed and arm. To this day, I watch Tech games just to witness his passing ability or bootleg attempts on the field. Over the years of watching every football game I can, Mahomes has become my favorite player of all time.

Mahomes has been compared to the legendary Brett Favre and for good reason. He's quick on his feet, intelligent when it comes to making decisions and throws a damn beautiful ball. As a freshman, Mahomes was 105 of 185 pass attempts for 1,547 yards with 16 TDs and four INTs. He also compiled 46 carries for 104 yards, totaling 1,651 total offensive yards. Mahomes greatly increased his stock as a sophomore, completing 364 of 573 attempts for 4,653 yards, 36 TDs and 15 INTs. He added 131 carries for 456 yards and 10 TDs to toal 5,109 yards and 46 TDs. Mahomes was ranked eighth in Texas Tech history for all-time career passing yards and collected honorable mentions from the Big 12, ESPN and Sports Illustrated. In his final season at Tech, Mahomes truly became a national star. He completed 388 of 591 pass attempts for 5,052 yards, 41 TDs and 10 INTs. He also amassed 131 carries for 285 yards and 12 TDs.

Can we just think about those numbers for a second? Mahomes alone recorded 5,337 yards and 53 TDs in a single season. In Tech's 2017 game against OU, Mahomes recorded 800 total yards to break the FBS record and tied the FBS record with 734 passing yards. The man is insane. While I loved the Cowboys this year because of Dak, my future NFL team will be the one who picks up Pat.

Monday, April 17, 2017

New York Day Three

Day three of my New York trip sent Brandon, Parker and me to the Upper East Side (xoxo Gossip Girl...I hate myself for saying that). While I researched activities in the city, I discovered the rentable boats in Central Park and I convinced the boys to paddle with me. We agreed to go boating and follow up with a trip to the MET since I had never been. After catching the subway to god knows where (I suck at directions), we stopped at H&H Bagels for breakfast where I had the best bagel sandwich of my life. I think bagels and mascara are the two greatest inventions since dogs were made. We took our breakfasts to go and walked a few blocks to Central Park where the line for boating was outrageous. Luckily, it moved up quickly and we were in our own boat in no time. For only $15, we had the boat for a whole hour. Parker paddled first and was randomly amazing at steering. Every time a group of dumb people came close to ours, Parker quickly pointed the boat in another direction. Brandon paddled us back after an hour and he was also good at it (besides all the time he splashed me). Because it was so hot outside, we headed toward the MET where I donated a generous $2 toward its preservation. The MET was 200 million times better than the Whitney Museum because it actually had real art like JACKSON FREAKING POLLUCK'S ORIGINAL PAINTINGS. Jackson Polluck was the first artist I learned about and fell in love with in sixth grade and it was amazing to see his piece in real life. The Oceania exhibit was also great as it had pieces from all over the Polynesian scope. We all felt well represented. After we caught the subway back toward Midtown, we picked up Shake Shack for an early dinner. I love Shake Shack more than almost everything and eating the food in bed without being surrounded by hovering people was incredible. Parker and Brandon passed out for a few hours after eating and we walked to Penn Station that night so Parker could catch the train back to school. Brandon and I wanted ice cream at 10:30 pm and we headed toward Van Leeuwen's a few stops away. Although I asked Brandon at stop two if we were supposed to get off, he said no and we ended up in Brooklyn. Typical Brandon. Luckily we made it to the ice cream shop alive and had the most delicious scoop of chocolate and homemade whipped cream. We even lived on our ride back to the hotel at 12:30 am! What a day.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

New York Day Two

On day two of my NYC trip, Parker came to join us! We woke up unnecessarily late and met Parker at around 12:30 pm. After scouring Yelp for the best looking dim sum restaurant, we landed at Jing Fong in Chinatown. A few subway stops later and we were devouring plates of look fun, char siu bao, roast pork and shumai. Although the look fun had Chinese parsley in it, everything was delicious. Good thing I'm my father's daughter, so picking out the steamed dumplings I wanted was an easy feat (even in the heart of Chinatown). I would like to thank two decades worth of Empress dim sum visits, my father's determination to order at the restaurant and their nice Chinese Auntys for teaching me how to brave the world of New York dim sum ordering. I couldn't have done it without all of you. After stuffing our faces with my favorite type of food, we took a few more subway stops to Brooklyn and walked across the bridge. There were thousands (maybe exaggerating) of people crowding the bridge walkway, but luckily the man who took our picture made everyone else magically disappear. Thanks iPhone 7 for having such a top notch quality camera! We looked for a bathroom for about an hour and couldn't find one for the life of us. What the hell Brooklyn? Do you have a law against public bathrooms? We spent $5 on pastries at a cookie shop in order to use their bathroom before they announced the installation of free public toilets across the street. Great marketing strategy. Once our stomachs were full and bladders empty, we paid $2 each to ride the carousel in a park under the bridge. Unsurprisingly, we were older than 50% of the riders and younger than the other 50%. After making a horrible stop in Williamsburg and skedaddling out of there, we ate dinner at a Genki sushi-wannabe called Yo! Sushi. The plates were a lot more takai than Genki so we each ate three plates. I went for the chicken katsu curry, chicken gyoza and edamame for a total of $20. Although the food was good, I can't justify spending $6 on a curry the size of my mini wallet. You bet your bottom dollar we stopped for some gelato after and the homemade one from Four Season Cafe was a better buy than Eataly's $7 per scoop selection. We all crashed at 10 p.m. when we got back to the hotel and prepared for another fun day in the city!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

5 Things

1. Me and sweet Reg

2. I love this city

3. Reunited!!

4. High Line art

5. Friend feet

Friday, April 14, 2017

New York Day One

On day one of my trip to NYC, Brandon and I spent the day in Chelsea. Although I used to proclaim my disdain for the city, I've fallen head over heels for this great state. Chelsea is one of the most amazing cities I've visited and I would love to live there one day. We went to Chelsea Market for brunch and ate all of the foods including mini donuts, curry bratwursts and pretzels, a steak and mushroom meat pie and overpriced boxed water. Every food we ate was totemo oishii and I wish I could eat them again tomorrow. Chelsea Market is incredible; every station is filled with fragrant dishes and it's a great place to go with family or friends. After stuffing our faces, we walked the High Line with the rest of New York's population. A few popsicles and many steps later, we left straight for the Whitney Museum. Okay, so I'm a fan of modern art...but the pieces in the museum were ridiculous. Brandon and I couldn't stop laughing at the old bologna exhibit (vomit) and the mannequins operating selfie sticks. Some of the paintings were beautiful but a majority of them were pretty insane. I debated walking up to those pondering the wild pieces and asking what 'speaks to them'. I guess I'll save my pettiness for another day. For dinner, we went to Artichoke Pizza and mother of god was that the best pizza I've ever had. I ate the meatball parm pizza and we split the artichoke slice. My mouth is watering looking at the picture above so I'm going to look away before I beg Brandon to go back tomorrow. Central Park, boat rides and more coming tomorrow!
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