An open letter to my old friends

 

An open letter to the close friends with whom I have shared an unspoken goodbye with

This is for the people that at one time or another I considered my “best friend.” To some, I may overuse that title a little too casually. But, over my 20 years I have been fortunate enough to have so many people  completely fill that role for me. Since then, most of those people have moved to other states or have moved to other places in their lives in which there isn’t a place for me (and vice versa).

One letter could never do justice to how much these relationships mean to me, but this is a start.


Dear old friend,

To say it simply, thank you.

Whether you know it or not, you left an imprint on my life. I appreciate the laughs, the tears, the conversation, the hugs, the weird inside jokes, the time spent together, and the fact that we ever crossed paths at all.

You taught me the value of real, raw friendship and gave me memories to cherish for a lifetime.

Though we never speak anymore (but occasionally interact on social media because that’s the way the world works these days) you still have a place in my heart.

The way I see it my close friends have had a deep influence in shaping who I am today and in what I consider to be my most cherished values in relationships (loyalty, honesty, vulnerability). For this reason, our friendship will always be a part of me, always be present in some way.

As I pack up my belongings, I have been getting a kick out of browsing through old photos (that are horrifically over-edited or just plain awkward, s/o to junior high). Nostalgic? Yes. Regretful? No. I’ve found that it is healthy and refreshing to be reminded of where I used to be & who I used to be. Most importantly, reflecting back on the abundance of amazing friendships I have experienced reminds me of how blessed I am.

So, to all of you, thank you. Know that you changed my life for the better. Know that I appreciate you. Know that you have given me something to be thankful for. Know that our unspoken goodbye is okay.

Wishing you all the warmth in the world.

Love always,

K♥

 

Skincare Sunday: Neutrogena Collection 

This week I am sharing my favorite products from Neutrogena!

I have been using all of these for the last few years and keep repurchasing because of how accessible & affordable they are + they get the job done.

All of these products are available at the drugstore.

Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes

These makeup wipes work for removing everything from mascara to liquid lipstick. They do not irritate my sensitive skin or cause breakouts.

I have not found any downsides with these!

Tip: Keep a travel-sized pack of these in your bag in case you need them during the day

Oil-Free Acne Face Wash (pink grapefruit)

This has been my go-to cleanser for probably five years now.

The beads are great for scrubbing to remove all dirt, but are not too abrasive for my sensitive skin. The wash foams easily and a little bit goes a long way.

I like to keep one of these in the shower, in case I forget to wash my face before.

Once again, I have no cons regarding this face wash. Love it!

Oil-Free Moisture with Sunscreen (SPF 35)

This is my everyday moisturizer. It is lightweight, creamy/ easy to apply, and non-oily.

My favorite part is that it contains SPF 35. Although many days in Seattle are cloudy, I always like to wear sunscreen under my makeup to protect my skin from the sun’s rays. This product makes it impossible to forget to apply sunscreen, since it is built right into my daily moisturizer.

I also love how thin the bottle is because because it fits into my beauty bag perfectly for traveling. No complaints.

Light Night Cream

While I do use this often, I’d have to say that it is my least favorite product out of those mentioned above.

It is described as light, but it is actually a pretty thick, heavy moisturizer.

So, although it is not the most comfortable to wear (it is oily), it does thoroughly moisturize my skin while I’m asleep.

This product is good to use once in awhile, but I definitely don’t use it every night or as often as I used to.


Thank you for reading!

Let me know what your favorite Neutrogena products are or your experiences with these ones!

Love always,

K♥

How I became a Columnist

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Since April 2016 I have been building my journalism repertoire.

From junior high onward I toyed with the idea of being a journalist, but my schedule was already packed with core classes, orchestra, P.E. (EW), and Spanish. Fast forward to when I started college, and the idea came back up to the surface after I started to read the student-ran newspaper at my university. Actually, my freshman year of college marked the first times that I read any newspaper at all. Shoutout to free newspapers in my dorm every day.

After two quarters of reading The Daily and The Seattle Times I built up the courage to apply for the extracurricular writing and photography courses (which were the first step to being hired for The Daily, my university’s student newspaper) during spring quarter. To be honest, I was pretty surprised that I was accepted into both classes, wasn’t pursuing my dream supposed to be harder?

Well, it did get more challenging. Although the classes themselves were doable, learning how to interview people was downright scary. After my fellow students and I learned that we would have to interview sources for our pieces I noticed that attendance dropped. I don’t blame them for leaving, talking to strangers is an intimidating prospect for me as well.

I am proud to have pushed myself out of my comfort zones by not only applying for those classes but for staying dedicated and performing well-enough to be successfully hired at the end of spring quarter.

During the summer I continued to write and take photos even though school was not in session. Since it was summer, I was not in Seattle on a daily basis. Consequently, I learned how to conduct phone and email interviews. It felt pretty weird, talking to a psychologist on speakerphone while recording the conversation my laptop. But, not as weird and cringe-worthy as listening to my voice on that recording afterwards. It’s so weird to hear myself talk, especially in a formal manner. Anyway, I completed a few pieces during the summer and by the time autumn quarter came around I knew what my writing focus should be: nature.

While I love to write about my life, fashion, travels, thoughts, etc. the one topic that I enjoy writing about the most is hands-down the great outdoors. Maybe it was because of all of the hikes, camping trips, and drives that I went on during the summer, but it was at this point where I knew that I wanted to make it happen. I wanted to write about what I loved, so why shouldn’t I be able to?

So, when I received emails about column applications for the fall I began to brainstorm ideas. Since the bulk of my pieces so far had been from the wellness section of the paper and that was the section that I felt that I belonged to the most, I was determined to link wellness and nature. Luckily, doing so was not too difficult.

For me, when I am spending time in nature it is hard not to think about my well-being. For instance, nature gives me clarity of mind, escape from worries, a great place for physical exercise, and inspiration for my heart.

A Breath of Fresh Air,” the name of my column, has ran every other week during the 2016-17 school year and I am so proud of it!

Certainly, it was rarely easy to brainstorm ideas, travel to parks using public transportation, or do parks justice, but the experience was so valuable to me because it was my first real experience consistently writing and taking photos for a newspaper and I wrote MY VERY OWN COLUMN.

AH, STILL SOUNDS SO COOL!

Essentially, my column is a space in which I connect Seattle parks (a different one every time) to some aspect of our well-being-it could be physical, mental, spiritual, etc.

To date, there has been almost 20 weeks this school year that my column was published.

I am super proud to take on the title of a journalist, and LOVE sharing how spending time outdoors is good for us.

If you’d like to read my column from previous weeks and learn about the connections between nature and our wellness click here .

Thank you for reading about my path to becoming a journalist and I hope to update you on future progress that I make in this field 🙂

Love always,

K♥

Skincare Sunday: Clinique Acne Solutions

Happy sunny sunday everyone!

Today I am starting a new reoccuring segment of my blog, “Skincare Sunday,” in which I will share skincare products that I have recently tried & tested out and let you know my honest thoughts on them.

Just for reference, my skin is sensitive and combination type.


So, the product for this week is the Clinique Acne Solutions 3 step kit.

I purchased mine online from Macy’s. It is also sold by Sephora and Ulta.

What it comes with:

  1. cleansing foam: a foaming face wash
  2. clarifying lotion: to use right after washing, very similar to a toner
  3. all-over clearing treatment: to use after the lotion, a non-scented, lightweight, treatment cream

How to use:

Just like any other 3-step acne kits, use the products in the order recommended.

Step 2 requires shaking because, as you will see, much of the product will settle on the bottom of the bottle. Apply step 2 with a cotton ball.

This regiment is supposed to be used multiple times a day if possible (however, it was too drying for me to do this).

The good and the bad:

GOOD:

  • didn’t irritate my sensitive skin
  • no strong smell
  • foaming cleanser is refreshing and leaves the skin feeling smooth

BAD:

  • too drying to use twice a day
  • did not make my acne worse, but did not make it better either

Purchase again or nah?

Personally, since this product did not improve my complexion I will not be repurchasing. However, it was not a harsh product and overall did really well with my sensitive skin.

This product may work better for those who do not get dry skin easily because then it could be used morning and night, rather than just once a day.

All in all, I prefer this system to the Proactiv one, but will keep searching for something better!

Any suggestions for acne treatment systems? I’d love to hear them!

Love always,

K♥

BEST SALES FOR MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

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Good morning & happy three day weekend!

As you probably know, Memorial Day sales are happening now and are a great time to stock up for summer (which is right around the corner AHH!)

So, I am sharing my top 3 sales to shop this weekend.

The following sales made the cut because they are places that I love love love to shop at PLUS they are offering significant discounts.

#3 NORDSTROM

  • Now through June 4th Nordstrom is having their half-yearly sale which means up to 40% off of select clothing, shoes, accessories, & home
  • Free shipping on anything, always

#2 LULUS

  • This is one of my favorite places to pick up dresses for spring & summer and they don’t offer promo codes very often so now’s your chance to snag something cute!
  • Deal:
    • $15 off $75 with code “bananas15”
    • $35 off $150 with code “bananas35”
    • $50 off $200 with code “bananas50”

#1 TOO FACED

  • The 20% off Too Faced sale is my FAVORITE sale of them all because cosmetics don’t go on sale often so now is seriously one of the best times to reorder your empties or try something new!
  • FREE SHIPPING on everything through May 30th (also a great deal because usually there is a  minimum purchase amount)

What sales are you shopping this weekend?

Love always,

K♥

PINK HUNTER BOOTS ON SALE!

AHH, MY FAVORITE HUNTER BOOTS ARE ON SALE GUYS!!

These are the original tall gloss rain boots in the color pink sand. This light baby pink color is PERFECT for spring and will set your Hunter boots apart from the rest.

For me, it was love at first sight. Apparently other people had this same experience because these boots kept selling out before I could purchase them… *cries inside

But, as you can tell, I eventually got my hands on them.

At $150, Hunter boots are worth a pretty penny so it’s always great when they go on sale.

Right now these are 30% off & fully stocked in sizes 5-11 directly from Hunter.

You can purchase them here.

The pink sand short boots are also on sale, available here.

And, if you are obsessed with this color as much as I am Hunter’s cable stitch boot socks come in pink sand and are, you guessed it, on sale!

A few tips I have for buying from Hunter:

So go get ’em before they’re gone and add a dash of pink to your spring wardrobe!

Let me know what your favorite color of Hunter boots are in the comments!

Love always,

K♥

Pacific Coast May 2017 / / Photo Diary

A few weeks ago my family and I went to the Washington coast (a.k.a. my second home) to celebrate my 20th birthday.

Luckily enough, the sun was actually out and the temperature was warmer than most days.

I snapped a few photos from this trip and thought I’d share them because I LOVED the trip. Plus, who doesn’t like looking at photos of the beach?

Enjoy! 🙂

Love always,

K♥

Must-Have Too Faced Products 

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Hello! As my make-up collection has grown I have noticed that a common brand that I purchase (and love) is Too Faced. All of their products have the cutest packaging and are top-notch quality, so I thought I’d share my favorites with you!

Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush (in Sweet Berry)


OK, I can’t talk about these next two products without highlighting the fact that they are heart shaped! Love it!

This is my everyday blush. With three blushes in one this works for days that I want lighter or darker blushes. Usually, I blend all three of the colors together with my brush.

This blush holds up all day and has a beautiful shimmery finish.

This is available in 4 different shades and the one I use (sweet berry) is on the darker side.

Sweethearts Baked Luminous Glow Bronzer (in Sweet Tea)


This two-in-one bronzer has one cool tone color and one warm tone one. For fall and winter months I use the cooler one for a more natural look and because my skin is paler in these darker/ colder months. For the late spring and summer months I lean towards the warmer color (on the right) for a more golden look and to better match my (hopefully) sun-kissed skin.

With two bronzers in one this product has everything I need year-round.

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This lipstick is creamy & smooth, easy to apply, and long-lasting.

My favorite shades are:

#1 sweet maple: a brown-toned medium red shade / “plum brown”
#2 stiletto red: your tried & true classic red
#3 WHAM! : a dark raspberry with sparkles

The gold color makes these lipsticks easy to find in your bag- and with everything that’s in my bag, that’s always a plus.

Born This Way Foundation


If you are looking for a natural-looking, lightweight foundation for summer, look no further!

This foundation has medium coverage, lasts all day, and feels like you’re not wearing foundation at all. Product is dispersed from a pump, which is ideal for placing directly onto a brush or beauty blender.

My shade is warm beige, and it matches my skin tone perfectly.


All of these products are available at Sephora, directly from the Too Faced website, and retailers like Macy’s.

What Too Faced products do you love? I always enjoy receiving recommendations for new beauty products!

Thank you for reading and I hope you found this post helpful and informative.

Love always,

K♥