Thursday, January 30, 2014

diy // gold glitter xo.

diy // gold glitter xo

Starting off the slew of Valentine DIYs with something so easy, it doesn't even need directions. (Mod Podge first then glitter away, if you're really that clueless!) So that way, I'll really blow your socks off when Valentine DIY decor #3478539 makes it's blog debut next week. Like what I did there? Eh? Eh? Oh the power of teasers!

diy // gold glitter xo

Materials // XO Wood Letters. Mod Podge. Paintbrush. Glitter.

diy // gold glitter xo
diy // gold glitter xo

It never ceases to amaze me how something so insanely simple to make can instantly change the home mood. Oh yes. Things are starting to feel very swoon festive around here!

besos ... jin.

january blurs.

january blurs.
january blurs.
january blurs.
january blurs.
january blurs.

We're so ingrained in showing the world the perfect side of our lives. The conventional side. The standard societal norms side. The idealistic, pretentious, materialistic side. The kind of fodder that looks good on paper, lacks any meaningful connection, and promotes FB depression. (There are various articles on this! Read it, stop oversharing personal pics meant for close friends and family, and get a life.) Social media has become so one-sided that (judgmental and conservative) people (you know, the ones living in that bubble/safe zone) believe it's the real world. This goes to family (let's be real, in-laws), too. They think they got you all figured out. Claiming that they know your likes/dislikes, your personality, the real you. All based on assumptions, unfortunately. The very people who throws advice/suggestions that are meant for their world, thinks they are always right, never admits they are wrong, never acknowledges the other side of the story (your side), tells you how to live your life and follow their rules. Truth is, you really can't judge a book by it's cover. If you really want to know somebody's life story - stop FB stalking and strike up meaningful, candid, raw conversations. It's all about fundamentals.

Real recognizes real. Never, ever, ever assume. For the sake of forward feminist thinking and unconventional lifestylers - things are about to get a tad bit personal up in here. But that's for a later post.

besos ... jin.

Monday, January 20, 2014

diy // feather garland.

diy // feather garland.

Think it maaay be time to finally take down those Christmas decorations still bedazzling my humble condo abode. Didn't realize we're nearing the end of January! Seriously. 2014 is already blurring by too fast! (No? Just me?) So in an effort to move forward into this new year on the right foot, I've spent the weekend slowly taking down the Christmas Past while oh-so-slowly brainstorming Valentine decor. Good news: I've replaced my DIY Gold Pine Cone Garland that's been making my living room window look good with another DIY garland. Valentine's related. Woot. Impressed that I've got something Valentine's up this early? Think I've impressed myself! But because it's so freakin' easy to make, it kinda feels like I've cheated a little bit. So easy, I'm not even gonna bother writing up the how-to!

diy // feather garland.

Materials // Feathers. String. Mini Clothespins. 

diy // feather garland.
diy // feather garland.

With these feathers up, feels like Spring is just around the corner. 'Cause, Winter. I'm so over you.

besos ... jin.

Friday, January 17, 2014

happy (dash of 2014-spiration) friday!

let's do this, 2014.

Resolve to add some sparkles and glitter to your world in 2014. 
'Cause lofty dreams and a toothy grin ain't hurt nobody. 
Happy 3rd Friday of the year, my fellow daydreamers.

besos ... jin.

Monday, January 13, 2014

photo feature in takepart.com's december article.

featured photo in takepart.com

V was doing research on the internetz when he stumbled upon one of my photos (albeit, a wildly cropped version of the original) published in an article last month.

!!!

Excuse the 'motions I'm going through. It's my first time to see one of my photos as a Getty Images Contributor in actual use! ('Cause ya know, I've always wondered where all my sold images go. They never tell you!) AND my name is in the same page as Angelina Jolie, Wendy Davis, Hillary Clinton, Serena Williams ... BEYONCE?! (What da!) It is truly an honor to be in an article featuring some of 2013's inspiring women! Honestly can't believe my luck! I'm in an article singing the praises of independent women and unconventional inspiration. The exact ideologies and manifestations that embodies this blog! (I hope.)

How serendipitous for things to come in 2014! Can not wait to see what good things will unveil itself in this coming year! *fist pump*

besos ... jin.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

2014. a week later.

#humpday2014
#humpday2014
#humpday2014

Mind's all there. Body, notsomuch.

It all began around Turkey Day. This feeling of being under the weather. Aaand just my luck, it's been kinda downhill ever since then. 2 weeks of fighting off a brutal cold and/or flu. Quickly followed by a severe allergic reaction to something yet to be determined. (Head-to-toe hives. So sexy.) That lasted about a week. And just when I thought I was in the clear, what the hizzle, another allergy attack! Not as severe as the first, but this time around I'm fairly certain it's Cedar Fever related. Now? Ah. Now I think I'm coming down with another cold. Oh yes, more exciting stuff. Be jealous.

But like every January, optimism is in the air. A lot of it. Comes with the New Year, must be why. At this current health status quo of 50%, I'll take a heavy dose of it! Desperately in need of a mental and emotional booster right now - even if it's from a 2014 horoscope!

Virgo (August 23 — September 22)
Get ready to spread those social butterfly wings, you introvert Virgos. The year promises to breathe renewed life into your everyday social relationships, and predicts you’ll be reconnecting with old pals and making new friends. And, with your social life getting a reboot, you may also find yourself embarking on a business venture come spring or collaborating on money-making creative projects. Speaking of moola, a total lunar eclipse will fall in Libra, your money sign, on April 15 (tax day, hello!) so look forward to a sweet return or a boost in your savings account. It’s gonna be a good year to put your budgeting skills to work. On the wellness front, give yourself plenty of time to indulge (you deserve it) but don’t bail on your resolution; kickoff your healthy habits before Mercury goes retrograde on February 12 — right before Valentine’s Day.

Having the mind and body in balance makes all the difference, eh? Can not wait to get back to 100%! And start off 2014 with that optimistic gusto!

besos ... jin. 

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

happy 2014!

happy 2014!

HAPPY 2014!!
Hope the stars will align in your favor in this coming year. =)

besos ... jin.
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