Who Runs The World

tumblr_o55sb65VYc1v6d0xgo2_1280It’s 2016. Yet, we’re still in a world where racism, sexism, financial prosperity, and religion divide us into something I’d like to call segments of none of this matters. Let’s not overlook how millennials distinguish themselves by physical appearance, likeableness and all the other materialistic (excuse my french) bs. I’m guilty and repulsed of my self. Why is it so simple to judge yet too challenging to keep our inner demons quiet. Why is it that we ponder on making the world different but never proceed with forceful actions. Why is it that we say one thing but really believe another. I’m so fed up with my actions not following my inner thoughts. Society takes a toll on us but just how much? Better question is, How do we make it stop? What does it take to make a change? A change that will ripple through our generation and generations to come. Whether that be a few ginormous changes or hundreds of small ones. Why through all these centuries, we’ve yet to learn how to love. What are we using with what we’ve been blessed with when we came to this earth. God gave us the human body. For what? He gave us eyes not so we could judge the skin color or body weight of another but so we could enjoy the beauty life has to offer. Whether it be the San Francisco Beaches or the vivid green mint leaves in your morning tea. He gave us ears, not for listening to libel, defamation, and insults but to hear words of wisdom. To hear advice from mentors or soft “I love you’s” from people who are near and dear to your heart. He gave us arms and legs not to just sit down and eat lay’s but to take action. To help others in need, maybe to those who weren’t born with the same limbs as we were. He gave us mouths, not to talk nonsense but to speak our minds. Speak our minds in what we believe is right for mankind. He gave us brains, to educate ourselves with as much knowledge as this life can hand to us. Here’s a little flashback: I remember, when I’d spend my weekends with my grandpa at Barnes N’ Noble and he would spend sunrise to sunset just reading. This was a daily occurrence. My 9-year-old self eventually got deathly bored and I asked him why he never did. Got bored, that is. He told me, “No matter how old you are 10 or 99. Learning doesn’t stop. Engross and educate yourself as much as you can, life is too short. I’m trying to learn as much as I can before it’s too late.” It clicked, we only have so much time to learn a world full of knowledge. I was 9 and already running out of time. We only have so much time to focus on what really matters. Since when do the little things become national topics and the big things turn minuscule. I want to give future generations hope, whether that be for my future kid’s or for a future Malaysian Mother in need of good fortune. We are all one, whether some would like to believe it or not. You could be in the top-tier of America’s elite but you are just as capable as anybody else in making a change for this world (You may just have a tad bit more pocket change). You could be Jewish, Olive Skin Toned or the opposite of a social butterfly, none of it truly matters. All that does is treating each other with the respect and rights we were all granted when we were born into this world. Instead of turning a blind eye to those in need, Lend a helping hand. From the wise words of Norman Vincent Peale “Change your thoughts and you change the world.“Just remember, it all starts with yourself.

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Spruce up your Summer Travels

Maybe you’re headed to Rome for some savory pasta, wine and cute italian boys. Or you’re headed to the east coast for the city nights, unsurpassable shopping and wondrous brunch spots. Wherever your summer travels may take you, you always want to look your absolute best even if you only got 2 hours of shut-eye. I know whenever I travel, I always over pack and never fail to forget the products that were essential at the time. To save you all the agony of forgetting essentials, I compiled a little list of summer travel must’s for your facial beauty routine.

First off, get yourself a beauty bag. Not a teeny one where all your products are overflowing and you lose a matte lipstick every weekend but a chic beauty bag that can hold all of your necessities neatly or multiple beauty bags (2-3 max) that can be organized into categories.

$52 at Nordstrom's
$52 at Nordstrom’s

$16 at Nordstrom's
$16 at Nordstrom’s

$175 at MAC
$175 at MAC

 

Enchanting Exfoliations

When you’re out and about traveling, you are probably primped up all day. Whether you have your day look or classic red lip when the sun goes down, an exfoliation will do wonders to your face from all the dirt, debris and makeup that has been piling up there. This is the perfect step to have a clean slate before applying makeup or cuddling up in bed. There is such thing as over exfoliating, the good news is you only need to exfoliate 2-3 times a week! As for face cleansers, you need to find one you love. One that works for your skin. Here are my favorite face cleaner upper’s

$24 from Philosophy
$24 from Philosophy

$69 from GlamGlow
$69 from GlamGlow

$38 from Nordstrom's
$38 from Nordstrom’s

 

Marvelous Moisturizers

Don’t even think about skipping out on moisturizing. This may be the most important step to any beauty process. I’ve been moisturizing since freshman year and have got myself in the habit of doing so everyday after my morning cleanse. Remember, it’s a lifestyle not a habit. Moisturizing your skin not only let’s you maintain a baby-like complexion but it also has numerous benefits including softer, more elastic skin, and keeping your skin hydrated. Apply moisturizer from bottom to top so you’re not tugging at the skin and causing more harm than good. Plus, your pores will absorb the moisturizer in no more than 5-10 minutes! These are the top moisturizers I’ve been obsessing over.

$52 from Sephora
$52 from Sephora

$50 from Sephora
$50 from Sephora

$38 from Sephora
$38 from Sephora

 

Flawless Foundations

When you’re on the go, slapping on heavy foundation isn’t always the best go-to. Lighter is better and feels heavenly. I always opt for BB creams or lighter foundations to make for a flawless complexion wherever, whenever. I’ve tried so many and I’ve settled on two must’s.

$53 from DIOR
$53 from DIOR

$44 from NARS
$44 from NARS

 

Miraculous Mascara’s

Let your eyes pop whether it’s on the beach or in a Uber selfie! Who has time to put on coats and coats of mascara especially if you’re just trying to get the day started. These are the mascara’s I swear by, 2-3 coats and you can bat your lashes all day.

$24 from Benefit
$24 from Benefit

 

 

 

 

 

$22 from Urban Decay
$22 from Urban Decay

 

 

 

 

 

$23 from Too Faced
$23 from Too Faced

Lovely Lip Colors

Last but not least beauty essential you won’t want to forget are your lip colors. Whether you’re into matte or gloss, nudes or reds, you need to diversify the selection. Maybe a pink gloss during the day and a matte red for the night-time. You never know what you’re feeling so bring some options! Also, always go for the long wear. You’re not going to be touching up every block after taking sips out of your latte. Here are a few of my everyday goto’s from the perfect nude to the most ravishing red.

$26 from NARS
$26 from NARS

$20 from Tarte
$20 from Tarte

$21 from Too Faced
$21 from Too Faced

 

As for the extra knickknacks you can throw in you should include a tide-to-go pen (for your coffee spills), Oil blotting sheets (a mid-day picker upper for your face), dry shampoo (to make dirty hair look good) and don’t forget the chapstick (whoever doesn’t want chapped lips, say I). Whether you’re off on your adventure tomorrow or next winter, Bon Voyage!

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July 4th, 2016

55904c3cd024a$!x900It’s the 4th and yet I’m not holding a sparkler in my hand overlooking the lake with my oh so dear friends. Neither am I on a boat dancing freely with nothing but future memories on my mind. Instead, I’m enveloped in a Texas A&M sweatshirt (no idea where I snagged that from) drinking my oh so classic caramel macchiato listening to “If I ever feel better” by Phoenix. Don’t get me wrong, I did spend the better half of my day searching for artwork to revamp my room. I wind up with an adorable handprinted floral design that encompassed rose gold antlers….also hand painted vases, a calligraphy monogrammed “F” ring dish and then some. By choice? As terrifying as it may sound to you, yes. What have I been up to give or take I’ve been out of school for 5 months now and not studying “Bird Watching” in France for those extremely important credits. Well for one, coming back home was one of the justifiable choices I made in my life. From the little things like late night Velvet Taco binges to being on the brink of cutting your credit card in half due to the days spent at North park. Dallas has officially stolen a minuscule part of my heart and for that, I chose my future university right in the heart of Dallas. Say hello to your newest SMU mustang! I really am one ecstatic girl because I feel as if piece by piece my life is coming together. I committed to a major and program that has sparked my interest entirely at a school that I could possibly finally develop school spirit for! Go Mustangs! As for any summer travels, nothing that makes me want to go out and buy a embroidered floppy hat and a new pair of shades. On the plus side, Vegas is in the works for August for one very adorable bachelorette, My hopes are running into Britney Spears or even Jlo. Sugar Factory + Nobu are the spots I have to hit after losing big at the blackjack table. My family from the middle east has been here for one month and I wouldn’t have it any other way, Our house is always so quiet due to my mom + sister being social butterflies and constantly on the run to their latest event. Now with the family here, the noise and clatter is a piece of serenity to me. It feels like a home with the baby cousins running up and down the stairs leaving their trail of Oreo crumbs, my mom and aunt chit-chatting while sipping on their overly strong turkish coffee, to my older sister and cousin online shopping on my bed (while crushing my accent pillows). These are the days I cherish and the days that also convince me that I better come up with a marvelous work out plan after having multiple children because I see a big family in my future. These 5 months gave me not just plenty of time to think of what I yearn for but to to also makes moves on my life game plan. It’s been a favorable first 1/2 of summer and even better 4th. I hope you all took advantage of the patriotic decked out treats! I know I did. Happy 4th, light a sparkler for me!

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Quote of the Day

June 19th, 2016

Don’t wait all week for Friday, all year for summer, your whole life for happiness. Peace is present right here and now, in ourselves and in everything we do and see. Every breath we take, every step we take, can be filled with peace, joy, and serenity. The question is whether or not we are in touch with it. We need only to be awake, alive in the present moment

-Thích Nhât Hanh + Buddhist Origin

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An Open Letter to my Love

If you’re reading this, you’re probably assuming I’m one of those. The ones who idolize their future life + dream husband + angel kiddos. Technically, it’d be a lie to say I don’t look forward to the beautiful things in life but I don’t make it my life per say. I’m way out of my comfort zone for writing this but I figured why not, it’s something we all wonder. I wanted to jot it down, especially since my thoughts are constantly in a whirlwind. Here’s an open letter to my future husband, can’t promise you won’t be undoubtedly creeped out or think I’m insane.

Dear future husband (Hubs, Love, Baby Boo Bop, w/e),

I don’t know if you’re roaming through Europe learning new cultures or roaming through your buddy’s kitchen struggling to make a sandwich. Whatever it is you’re doing at the moment, I hope you’re living with a peace of mind and life is treating you well. I haven’t met you yet and who knows when I will but I did want to write a letter to you. What did my twenty-one year old self want to tell you? Well. To start off, congrats! You were something I never thought could happen, I can’t decide which ice cream flavor I want, let alone a life partner. Maybe you swayed me with your charm during a night on the town or maybe an unexpected run in at a coffee shop made me in awe. Who knows what you pulled but you deserve a gold star. I hope we’re able to connect in ways I could never before with anyone else, I think they call it soul mates. I want us to truly listen and understand each other, I don’t want raging hurtful fights. I could deal with silly nonsense bickering over if I’m going to watch The Bachelor or you’re going to watch the Real Madrid game. By the way, you’d definitely end up watching The Bachelor. Or I might end up watching the Real Madrid game beyond my free will.

 

Don’t stop challenging me, you probably showed me this side that makes me want to be the best I can be. I don’t want us to base our life on each other, just because you have a new addition doesn’t mean I want you to stop pursuing your dreams and ambitions. I’ll encourage you and support you through your best decisions and laugh with you at your worst. I don’t want us to stop valuing each other because we’re used to the concept of marriage. It’s not a one and done deal, It’s something we will work on forever. I want to still go on dates to the cute Italian place down the street when I’m 70, romance should never die. I don’t want us to stop loving one another as time goes on. I will still love you with your morning breath and bed head hair, if not be madly in love with you. Getting gray hair and wrinkles? We’ll have our own version of The Notebook. I want to show our future kids that love is real, it doesn’t get lost over time. I don’t know if I’ll be your first love but I do hope to be your last. I want to live a wholesome life with you filled with respect, value, love and integrity. Last but not least, I want you to know I appreciate you. You accepted me and loved me for who I am and that’s all we can really ask for.

 

 

 

 

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Quote of the Day

May 27th, 2016

Single people want relationships, settled people wonder if they’re missing out on something, traveling types miss stability, stable ones are restless, old friends want new friends, new friends miss old friends, and basically almost everyone my age has some dangling worry trailing around after them everywhere that they’re somehow not doing everything, that what they’re doing is not altogether the right thing, that they are missing out. What we seem to be forgetting is doubt is natural and nothing to be ashamed of. Allow yourself satisfaction in what you have. If you’re truly not happy, give yourself permission to change. 

-Lillian Schneider

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