9.03.2015

New Room Before & After!

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It has been a month since I started fixing up my new room and moving my stuff in! I'm feeling pretty settled in now and have been so excited to share more about it here on the blog, including some before and after photos! I must say, this room has made quite the transformation and I am very proud of the work I put into it! I originally had wanted to wait to reveal the before & after until I had everything decorated just the way I wanted and had things hanging on the wall, but I just couldn't wait :)
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So, here is my bedroom before the transformation started! It was just an empty red room, with red walls and hardwood floors! I knew that the red walls had to go and that simply painting would make a huge difference.bedroom-3
Now that you have an idea of what it looked like before, are you ready to see the after photos?! Here we go...
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Ta-da! I really can't believe how different it looks! I love how it is bright, fresh, and cozy, which is exactly what I was going for. As you can see, it is a fairly small room, so it was sometimes challenging to keep things simple and uncluttered. I was originally planning to have my desk in my room as well, but clearly there is no room for it! Thankfully, my roommates were kind enough to let me have a little spot for my desk in an open extra area we have in the house, so that worked out even better.

So far, it has been a great little room to come home to and is just enough space for me. It is much smaller than my old room in our house we sold last year, but maybe that it is a good thing since it is forcing me to be a bit more minimal and is helping my room stay clean!

Now that the room is painted a light grey and I have white furniture and bedding, I am ready to add some color with decor! I definitely want to create a gallery wall and hang other things up. It would also be nice to get some colorful throw pillows, but I haven't quite found the right ones yet. For now, though, I am happy with it and am enjoying my new little space!

In case anyone was wondering...
Bed frame - Ikea
Dresser - Ikea
Rug - Overstock
Horizontal bookshelf - Target
Night stand - Target
Duvet cover - Ikea
Throw pillows - Kohl's


9.02.2015

Recipe // Nutribullet Super Reds Green Smoothie

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If you have been reading this blog for a while, you may recall that I bought a Nutribullet last year and absolutely loved it. Well, I am happy to report that I still love my Nutribullet and have actually teamed up with the Nutribullet company to bring you more smoothie recipes & photos! You can imagine how happy I was to be contacted by a company whose products I already use and love! So, I am here today to share with you a new recipe that I concocted and I hope you enjoy it!
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While I already owned the classic Nutribullet, I was quite surprised to come home one evening to find a brand new 900 Series Nutribullet on my door step! The 900 Series is more powerful than the classic model and comes with a bigger blending cup, plus an extra blade set for your convenience (which is a definite bonus for me!). So far, the 900 Series has been a game changer! Though I adore my classic model too (that happily lives at Dai's house now), I would sometimes have to be strategic about the way I packed my smoothie contents into the cup. The 900 Series has no problems blending up whatever I put in there with a breeze!nutribullet-3nutribullet-4
With most smoothies that I make, I have a sort of formula that I follow. There are usually a nice heaping amount of greens, a variety of fruit, and a liquid (generally almond milk). If I am feeling fancy, I will add some chia or flax seeds. And that's about it!nutribullet-5
I prefer to keep my smoothies fairly simple, BUT I have always been intrigued by the line of SuperFood mix-ins that Nutribullet has developed. There are so many to choose from and I find many of them interesting, so I was very pleased when I received this package of SuperFood Super Reds mix! It is a nice blend of powerful antioxidants from berries and red fruits, and is organic and non GMO.nutribullet-6nutribullet-7
When constructing my smoothies, I usually place the greens and non-frozen fruit in the bottom of the cup, and work my way up to harder things, like frozen fruit or nuts if I choose to add them. I definitely recommend this method because 1) it can be tricky to screw the blade lid on if the greens are on top and 2) I think that things blend nicer when the harder ingredients are closer to the blade.nutribullet-8
I thought that the Super Reds blend would be a nice boost to my smoothie since I did not happen to have any red fruit on hand. It is great to be able to supplement a powder like this instead for extra antioxidants and health benefits! It would definitely be great in addition to red fruit too :)
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Then, I top with chia seeds and add some almond milk! You can definitely use a different liquid if you prefer, like coconut milk, regular milk, or coconut water. Other seeds or nuts would also be a great addition for some healthy fats.nutribullet-10
Once your bullet cup is packed, screw on the blade lid, and blend it up! Your smoothie will be ready in just seconds! It's like magic ;)nutribullet-11
The finished, yummy product! Pour it in a cup and add a straw or use the to-go pop top lid that comes with the 900 Series set, and you're good to go!nutribullet-12nutribullet-13
I love smoothies as a nice on the go breakfast, a quick lunch, or a refreshing afternoon snack! I feel especially good about this choice when I know that my smoothie is filled with healthy nutrients that are good for my body.

I hope you enjoy this smoothie recipe!

Super Reds Green Smoothie
+ 1 cup greens of your choice (spinach, kale, etc.)
+ 1/3 cup pineapple
+ 1/3 cup mango
+ 2 1/2 tablespoons Superfood Super Reds powder
+ 1-1 1/2 cups almond milk
+ 2 teaspoons chia seeds (optional)

Do you have a Nutribullet? What are your favorite things to put in your smoothies?


Disclosure: This was a sponsored post. While I may have been compensated in some way, all views and opinions are my own.

8.31.2015

If We Had Coffee...

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If we had coffee, we would probably meet at Starbucks, unless there was a cooler, local spot to choose instead. I would most likely order an iced coffee, with half & half and two Splenda, because that's the way my sister taught me to drink it. After we grabbed our drinks, we would find a nice little table, preferably near the window and sit down to take our first sips. I'd look across at you and wonder where to begin, after asking you how you have been doing, of course.

- When it was my turn, I'd tell you that I am really enjoying school so far. It is challenging in a great way and things are going well. I was even able to test out of a class that allowed me to jump ahead a year, which was is so wonderful and has really helped me feel like my education is on track!

- If we had coffee, I'd tell you that living further away from Dai has been an adjustment and that some days it is hard not to see him, but that I know everything will be fine and that we are lucky to live a 45-minute drive away from each other rather than a plane ride away.

- I'd tell you that despite the distance from my guy, I've been loving my new place! I'd gush about my new room and probably show you photos of what it looked like before and what it looks like now because I am just so proud of my hard work. I'd tell you that my roommates are seriously so nice and that I feel blessed to have these kind, fun people around me, especially when we do something like take a spontaneous ice cream trip and drive around listening to music while eating it--something I would have never done with the roommates I had before I lived with Dai. I'd also tell you that Marly seems to be enjoying our new little place and is making himself fit right in. He even tolerates (and is maybe close to liking) our Golden Retriever roommate, Messi. It is precious!

- I'd tell you about our little trip to LA that we just went on this weekend and how it was great to spend time with Dai's family, or my "Japanese family" as I like to call them. His new nephew, Haruki, is so very cute and it makes me so happy to Dai so excited to be an uncle. It is quite adorable and really warms my heart! I'd also tell you about how we also went to the beach while were were there and had a lovely time swimming in the ocean together, and that I'm sad that it was probably our last beach day of the summer.

- I'd tell you that we have been running lately and how it is definitely not my favorite activity. But, I'd also say it is getting a little easier and that I am doing my best to try to enjoy it! Cute running clothes certainly do help!

- I'd tell you that I have been feeling like it may be time for me to move on from being a nanny, even though there is some security that comes with it. I've just been feeling more and more that I would like to gain experience working in a more professional field, one that I will provide me with opportunities to learn new things and be more challenged. I would also tell you that I have been hating the commute from my new house to my work, which is definitely motivating me even more to pursue a different path. I've been working on my resumé, so hopefully something good will happen!

- I'd tell you that I am dreaming of visiting NYC again and that I would love to go this fall, but that I know it isn't really a possibility right now. With a big smile on my face, I'd tell you that I just want to soak up the crisp air of the city and the changing leaves! And that I want to finally meet Miss Katie and drink lattes while staring out coffee shop windows! And that I want to wear cute boots and layers, and take photographs of everything I see. And walk hand in hand with my guy through the city.

When we have had our fill of catching up and chattering about all the things that come to our minds, we would toss our now empty cups and part ways with a hug until next time...

If we had coffee, what would you tell me? What would you probably order?


8.25.2015

Outfit // Tie Dye & Sunnies with Francis Drake Eyewear

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I love sunglasses, I really do. I usually have a hard time finding the perfect pair, so when I do, I wear those exclusively. I've been wearing the same pair non-stop for two years and had recently been thinking that it may be time to add something new to my collection to spice things up. It just happened to be great timing when I was contacted by Francis Drake Eyewear to test out a set of their frames!francis-drake-2
Francis Drake Eyewear is based in the San Francisco Bay Area (just like me!) and offers prescription (or non-prescription) glasses and sunglasses, at a very reasonable price. All of their frames are crafted in Italy with non-toxic and hypoallergenic materials, and all sunglass lenses are polarized. Did you know that 78% of glasses in the US are imported from China, where the majority of factories do not have regulations? The materials tend to be lower quality, but more importantly, can be toxic?! Apparently, some glasses manufactured in these factories can irritate your skin because they leak acetone. Yes, that stuff in nail polish remover! I would have never thought to be concerned about something like that, but now that I know that is a possibility, I definitely would prefer to steer clear from those materials! Thankfully, Francis Drake Eyewear is a wonderful and safe alternative choice!francis-drake-3
There are a few things that I look for in a pair of sunglasses: a slightly retro shape, an interesting or classic color scheme, and quality materials. After browsing the Francis Drake site, I decided that the Montclair frames would be best for my style and face shape, and that I had to have them in the color 'champagne' since it was unlike anything I already owned. After I picked my pair, they thankfully arrived to me very quickly (I'm not too patient when I really want something haha) and so far, I have been really happy with my choice! In case you were interested, I also really like the Belvedere frames and had a hard time choosing! I think it is also pretty cool that all of their frames are named after places or cities around the Bay Area :)francis-drake-4
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These frames are pretty lightweight and are comfortable on my face. You can definitely tell that they are made from quality materials! They also came in a cute red pouch with a cloth so that I can keep them clean and scratch free. I have never had polarized lenses before, so I am adjusting to the way things look through them and have no complaints!francis-drake-6francis-drake-7
An awesome feature that I found on the Francis Drake website is virtual try-on! You can "try-on" any pair of frames using your webcam to see how they will look on you! I tried it and it is pretty darn cool :) They also have a nice guide so that you can see what style of frames is most flattering on your face shape, which definitely helped me!francis-drake-8
I've been so excited about my new sunglasses that I forgot to talk about the rest of this outfit! I wore this breezy ensemble on my last official day of summer break. It seems like a great summery outfit, doesn't it? I got this fun tie-dye esque dress at a little surf shop while we were in San Diego and have been loving it! Secretly, it is actually a swim cover up and that's what I intended it to be when I purchased it, but I have been enjoying wearing it as a sundress too! I figured it would be perfect with a jean jacket and gold glitter sandals, because those are great accessories for any outfit :) Plus, my new sunglasses happen to go pretty well with the whole look too!

I'm really happy that Francis Drake Eyewear found me and that we will be able to team up in the future to help this wonderful Bay Area grow! With their great styles, high quality products, and reasonable prices, they deserve to be known by all! Thank you to them for choosing me to represent them here on the blog :)



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Sunglasses // c/o Francis Drake Eyewear
Dress // local surf shop
Sandals // Target
Jacket // American Eagle
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Disclosure: This was a sponsored post. While I may have been compensated in some way, all views and opinions are my own.

8.21.2015

First Day of School!

school school-2 Hellooooo! This is a slightly scatterbrained post only for the purpose of telling you all that I started school today! At my new college! Where I will be getting my degree in graphic design! Woohoo!

I have been kind of nervous about this whole thing and all the change that was going to come with it. You know, new school to navigate, new people, a new place to live, and a new schedule for work. All spring and summer, this day was creeping closer and closer, and I wasn't sure how I felt about it. Miraculously, though, every detail started to fall into place in and I started to feel better about it all. I am now mostly settled into my new place and am really loving it so far! My school schedule is sorted out and I was able to build my work schedule around it, so all is well! Now I just need to focus on doing well in my classes, adjusting to my new school, and making friends!

Even though it has only been one day of classes, I am already so happy. I walked across campus to and from my class with a big grin on my face because I simply couldn't believe all of this was finally actually happening. I mean, I've been going to college for the past three years, but that was community college and it felt like I was never going to get out of there. The day has finally come, though, and I have moved on to bigger & better things! I'm at a place now where I will finally be immersed in the teachings of my major and my chosen career path, and simply put, I am EXCITED!

Last night, I laid out my first day of school outfit and packed my bag like I was starting 2nd grade again. And it was wonderful! It feels so great to be excited to go to school again and to learn new things.

Here's to a great new beginning!

Did any of you go back to school this week?! How did you feel on your first day at a new college?

Tonight we are going out for drinks with friends to catch up and celebrate the end of summer/beginning of school! The rest of the weekend shall be spent fully settling into my new house and getting things in order for a great semester!

Also, I've got some pretty cool things lined up for next week here on the blog, so stay tuned :)

Happy Friday!


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