Thursday, September 29

Pre-1st day of work post


Kohl's t-shirt; Old Navy skirt; Walmart flats; Self-made bracelets.

This is a quickly written post because the Starbucks I'm at is about to close and I'm too poor for Internet at home just yet.

Just a few more days though until I start work! I'm most nervous about the silly little things, like what to wear and what bag to bring than the actual job itself. Dressing for a new job is always a little nerve-racking, even though I've visited the office before and have seen what people wear. I'm probably way over-thinking it too, but no one wants to be too dressy, or too casual, or stand out too much.

Maybe it's just the term business casual that stresses me out, because there are so many different interpretations of it (all you have to do is do a google search to see that some people include mini-skirts in that definition for some reason). Of course working for an accounting firm means I'll be at the conservative end of the spectrum, but it's still not always completely obvious what's acceptable sometimes.

I have a feeling I'm gonna spend a lot of time in my closet this weekend regardless, but any tips/advice would be greatly appreciated too :)

Monday, September 26

Let's talk about hair [Hana Professional 1.5" Flat Iron review]

Disclosure: The flat iron is c/o Misikko, but the review and opinions are my own.

Shall we? I'm no expert on hair by any means (I'd know even less if it wasn't for tutorials on youtube) but recently the nice people at Misikko asked me to review their Hana Professional 1.5" Flat Iron. I've been a total slave to my flat irons ever since discovering how they could tame my hair in high school, so I jumped at the opportunity.

First off though, the products I use:
I don't really use anything fancy on my hair...the heat protection spray and dry shampoo are pretty self-explanatory (both Suave), I use the anti-breakage serum when my hair is wet (Organix, and it smells fantastic), and I use the glossing cream after I'm done with everything (Fekkai, and yes it's worth the money).

Then if I have time I let my hair air-dry (like in the pics below), or use a really cheap hair dryer because I still have a while to go before getting my big-girl-job paychecks.

And then, of course, the flat iron. This one from HANA actually impressed me a lot. My hair is pretty thick but it took me less than 10 minutes to get it all straight and smooth. They also sent me storage pouches and a silicone mat, which is nice because once I made a nice burned indention in a friend's carpet from setting my flat iron down on it (I think I covered it up with a trash can, or something).

Other than that it's got ceramic plates, multiple heat settings, basically all the things you'd expect from a great quality flat iron. The only thing I've noticed it that it's a little slower heating up than other ones I've had, but this is probably only a difference of about a minute or so.
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There's a before and after for you, I think the rule is you can only smile in the after one, right?

Overall I'd recommend checking out Missiko if you're in the market for flat irons, Chi products, or anything else for your hair. It's pricier than what you'd find at say, Target, but it's definitely worth it if you have harder to manage hair like I do.

What things do you guys use on your hair that you can't live without?

Thursday, September 22

Part Deux (REG)

Below is the reaction video I made this morning (frozen again on a really really attractive face), although if you follow me on twitter you already know how it went.

I'm not as jumping-up-and-down-excited as I was yesterday though, I think I'm more relieved than anything else. Relieved that I don't have to shell out another $500 to re-take those tests. Relieved that I didn't waste my last summer vacation, and most of all relieved that now I can forget everything I know about the tax law.

The only downer is this means it's time to study for exam #3! And I only have a week left of my last summer vacation, although it doesn't feel like it because it's 107 degrees outside. (Which I don't really mind until I read other blogs and everyone's busting out their boots and tights already)

And just so I don't end this post complaining, my mom and little brother are coming into town later tonight! I'm pretty stoked to show them around here and for some human interaction other than just brushing elbows with people at Starbucks like I have all week.

Wednesday, September 21

The reaction video (FAR)

Well, I got my first score this morning! I've never made a video before, but here goes nothing! It's a little emotional, and for some reason it chose to freeze on a pretty unattractive frame, but bear with me :)

Go here if you can't see the video.


Tuesday, September 20

Settling In


Wet Seal dress; Pacsun tank; Target shoes; Self-made bracelet.

Well, I'm all (mostly) moved in to my new apartment! I say mostly because I'm lacking some important things such as living room furniture, hence the very blank wall I'm standing in front of. My mom and the little brother are coming down this weekend though with a few more boxes of my stuff and hopefully that'll help make it feel a little more like home. Can't wait to show you guys pictures of everything!

So far I'm loving living in a place where there's so much to do! Definitely a welcome change from my hometown where the major place to go was Walmart.

In other news, I still have a couple weeks until I start working. Not much to do except obsessively refresh the page to see if my scores are posted yet...I'm thinking about making a reaction video when I do find out, what do you guys think?

Wednesday, September 14

An update.

It sure has been crazy around here lately. I feel like I blinked and half of September went by.

I've been taking a break from studying while waiting for scores from my last two tests to come out (it'll be sometime next week, cross your fingers!). However I'd gotten so sick of staring at a computer screen all day, so I'm pretty far behind in the blogging world. Here's what I've been up to the past couple of weeks:
  • Re-reading Harry Potter books 1-7
  • Picking up stuff at Goodwill for my new apartment (hello sweet milk glass collection)
  • Watching ridiculous amounts of True Blood, Mad Men, and Phineas and Ferb
  • Making friendship bracelets (I'm super obsessed)
  • Packing
  • ...More packing
So um, you really haven't been missing out on much. This weekend, however, I'm embarking on a new adventure, i.e., moving to Arizona. I will definitely have tons to share about my new apartment, living in a big city, and how crazy hot it is out there.