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♥

Thoughts on Turning Twenty 

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Hola!

I recently celebrated my twentieth birthday..?!

So much is changing in my life right now as I enter my twenties.

It’s unbelievable how fast everything is moving.

Like, literally, I am moving for the first time and it is all happening so fast- packing tons (hundreds?) of boxes, donating bags after bags, unfamiliar people coming over to paint / clean / fix / update, meeting real estate agents- all the while, having a deep sense of dread and heartbreak within my heart.

Leaving my childhood home will / already is heartbreaking.

The only way I can get through this is to know that while this is the end of a book, it is also the start of a new one.

I’ll keep telling myself until I buy it.

Anyway, on a more positive note, I am having more luck in my academic life.

I was accepted into the Political Science Major and declared!

Next up, applying for the Journalism program this fall. (I’m aiming to be a double major)

One issue that I keep running into at university is my interest in subjects that are across the board. I’m curious about Filipino history, ancient architecture, Latin, Spanish, creative writing, literature, classical studies, religion.

So, I find myself wanting to pursue so many different minors that I simply do not have time for 😦

I’ll try my best to immerse myself in as vast amount of knowledge as possible while I’m a student here though *smirk/devious face (who else who make this sort of face in this context?)

As for my hobbies, the past six months I have been increasingly interested in beauty. As a reference, I only wore mascara pretty much through high school. But, I have been loving playing around with eye shadow palettes and lipstick! I’ve always been someone who needs creative outlets, and cosmetics is my latest one!

To share my favorite/ holy grail beauty products & looks I’ve been considering posting YouTube videos? What do you think?

As someone who leans on the shy side talking in front of a camera and putting myself out there is slightly daunting, I’ll admit.

On the other hand, as someone who loves photography, filming and editing videos is something I have just dipped my toes into and would love to explore more.

Plus, I’d take any excuse to play around with beauty products!

As for KB^2, Kyle and I celebrated our TWO YEAR ANNIVERSARY in April!!!

It feel in the middle of the week, so we had class to attend, but still found time to visit the tippy top of Columbia Tower and eat dinner at Oliver Garden *insert heart-eyed emojii

Crazy milestones this year.

Saying goodbye to my teen years feels more natural that I expected. At this point, life is moving and in order to keep up with it I have to be okay (as in cringe but close my eyes and get through it anyway) with change.

I hope you all are enjoying spring sunshine & discovering God’s blessings in your life, even through hardships.

Let me know how you’re doing below in the comments!

It’s been almost 2 years since I graduated high school and I’d love to hear updates from old friends from Rogers 🙂

Take kare! (at first that was a typo, but, eh why not)

Love always,

K♥

Spring in Seattle

Good morning lovelies!

With the warmer temps & sunny days (every once in awhile) I thought I’d share my TOP 3 favorite parks to visit in the spring.

In The Daily, the student-ran newspaper at the University of Washington, I have a column called “A Breath of Fresh Air” that runs every other week. In it I discuss our beautiful collection of parks in the area and connect spending time in nature to our well-being. So, in this post I will be highlighting a few parks and linking the articles I have written about them, if you are looking for additional information.

Thank you for reading and I hope you have time to breathe some fresh air this week 🙂

#3 Green Lake

#2 Ballard Locks (Hiram M. Chittenden Locks)

 

(photos from my column linked above)

#1 Washington Park Arboretum 

Love always,

K♥


If you have any questions about these parks or about anything you would like to see be blog about then please fill out the form below and I will get back to you as quickly as possible 🙂

Book Review: Gifts From Heaven

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Happy glorious Easter everyone! Christ has risen!

A few nights ago I felt the weight of the world on my back and reached to this new book by James Stuart Bell that was sitting on my nightstand. Before I knew it I had read 50 pages and my worries had washed away by God’s powerful hand.

A clear overarching theme of this book is prayer and how God listens and responds to us. Readers hear many stories of medical miracles, life and death situations, and hearing God’s voice.  As you will see, gifts from heaven are sent by God when we faithfully pray for them and even when we do not receive what we wanted at the time. Most importantly, God’s gifts have no limits so don’t be afraid to pray for what may seem impossible for us because it isn’t impossible for the one listening.

I don’t have any complaints about this book. The design of the book is flawless. The cover is beautiful and the text layout is pleasing to the eye. Real-life stories are told in such a way that your attention isn’t lost but you don’t lose details either. Bell uses just the right amount of words to tell each story. Each story spans a few pages and there are 40 total that make up the nearly 250 pages.

This is an easy-to-read, relaxing book to carry in your bag to read during breaks throughout the day, to read before falling asleep or while sipping your morning cup of coffee. Personally, I enjoyed reading it slowly to best absorb the stories and afterwards to reflect on the daily miracles that I receive daily just by being alive and by attributing all of the good to God.

I highly recommend this read for anyone looking for inspiration and to be reminded that miracles are still alive.

Overall, this book is affordable, motivational, and a book to be read over and over. I hope that Bell writes a part two!

Thank you for reading 🙂

Love always,

K♥

 

Disclaimer: I received this book courtesy of Bethany House to review.