The Plastics

As we all know, plastic surgery is one of America’s top addictions.  Celebrities and normal people alike, are embarking on this trend. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 15.1 million procedures were conducted in 2013, which is a 3% increase from 2012. Why do we feel this sudden urge to look like someone else? To be perfect? Are we as a society becoming more and more insecure? I know as teens we all go through a phase where we literally hate everything about ourselves. Our hormones make us breakout, our hair is impossible to manage, our bodies are developing, and on top of it, everything feels like an earth-shattering scenario. But, we were teens. When do we grow up and just accept who we are? Can we ever embrace our flaws?

I suppose the answers aren’t so easy. The housewives’ shows on Bravo only makes things worse. Nose reshaping, breast implants, tummy tucks, facelifts, fillers, chemical peels..the list goes on. The end results look so fake it’s disturbing. The skin on celebrity’s faces are sometimes tight that they can’t even smile. Besides, the health risks associated with these surgeries are serious. Blood clots, reactions to anesthesia, and sometimes death can result because of complications during a surgery.

I’ve already decided that there is no way I would ever even think about injecting silicon in my body, and getting any cosmetic procedure done. I’m already taking good care of my skin now. I purchase natural, paraben-free skin products from Lush, only drink water, and get facials every 3 months. When I get old, I want to embrace it; not run away from it and pretend to look like I’m 20 years younger. You CAN be beautiful and older, without covering it up and getting risky procedures done.

I understand that breast reconstruction and scar revision procedures can be positive, and help boost confidence in people. I don’t oppose to these types of surgeries, simply because they can empower men and women who have gone through cancer or traumatic accidents. Those particular procedures can help them win their lives back.

You wanna look good in 20 years? Start taking care of yourself NOW. Drink a lot of water, cut out all soda,  and eat fruits and vegetables. Use only natural skin care products, and make sure your skin is moisturized. Keep alcohol consumption to a minimum and avoid smoking. (crow’s feet anyone?) Limit your sugar intake, avoid processed foods, and stay out of the sun AND tanning beds as much as possible. Remember to focus on maintaining a positive mental state and keep yourself in check. Once you’re happy with yourself, you start caring less about what other people think.

The best remedy for cold weather

You may all have noticed that the cold weather is slowly settling in, we pulled out the warm sweaters and scarves, the pumpkinsoupcomfy socks, and the pumpkins are out. Speaking of pumpkins, what better way to warm ourselves up than a pumpkin soup? Actually, a pumpkin soup… with a twist! I carry this recipe from my French mom, and this recipe actually has nothing french to it, but it’s the best to slowly sip on, wrapped in a blanket, during those cold evenings. And it’s also super easy to make!
First, slice up some onions and let them slowly simmer with some chicken broth and a bit of olive oil. While this cooks, dice up your pumpkin (you can even add some butternut squash too, it will add some creamy into it). Add the diced pumpkin into the mixture, and let cook on low, then add some coconut milk (easy to find, usually canned), and some curry powder (only a few bucks in the spice section). Let it all simmer on low for all the flavors to mix. Then pour the contents in a blender to get a smooth sexy texture!
Last step: enjoy and make some more!

Life Without A Phone for A Week!!

Last week my boyfriend droppne on the floor and cracked my screen to the point of no return. I was devastated… So mad I almost cried! He instisted that once I was finish working we could go out and buy a new phone…  All I could think about was not being able to get on instragram and Facebook.. How I wouldn’t be able to read finish reading that text that just came through on phone… How when I’m bored I wouldnt be able to spend his money online… I just knew this was the ending of the world for me.

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Once I got off work he asked me if I wanted to go outside and get a phone and surprisingly I was shocked by the NO that came out ofmy mouth. He said “what do you mean NO… What are you going to do without a phone”.. I said ” I’m tired of the world.. I’m going to take a break from everyone and everything and give my brain a rest.. I’ll buy a new phone Friday.. I really couldn’t believe I just said I was going to go from Monday to Friday… A whole week without a phone.. I knew this was going to be a challenge for me because my phone was my life.. I honestly did this challenge for myself because I truly believe it is just ridiculous with how much the Internet, my phone and other media outlets take up my time.. Every second I’m looking in my phone to see what’s going on on a social network reading a blog. Maybe somewhere inside of me I was looking for the human interaction that we no longer receive like we use too.. Like how it use to be in the 90’s, before the Internet took over our lives. When we use to really enjoy another person company and not have to look at our phone every 2 seconds.. When I would buy a newspaper and read it instead of opening the app on my phone. Boy do I miss those days…

Although I miss the old days… I have to say, I cannot live without my phone.. I have to adapt with how our world is revolving and make sure that I stay in the loop… Lol! So Friday morning bright and early… I woke up and went to buy a new phone. I was actually the first person in the sprint store.. Lol.. I ended up getting an IPhone 6 (wish sucks, but that a whole different blog) because it just didn’t make since to pay $200 for an old phone when I can have the latest phone out!

5 Creative Halloween Costume Ideas

Halloween is only one week ahead. I’m so excited for this holiday, because we don’t celebrate this holiday in China. Though we do have Halloween theme parties at bars and clubs, it’s still not that a big deal. I’ve always been wondering how it real looks like in America. I’ve already seen some interesting decorations outside some apartments, which made me feel even more curious about this holiday. So I’m planning  to join a party, and visit a haunted house next week. And I also decided to get a costume for myself! But I’m still looking for cool costume ideas and trying to figure out which one should I go with.

Here I’ve found some real creative and inspiring costume ideas.

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These costumes are both handmade; and the mask is made of papier-mache and filler.

Photo credit: Mnemousyne

Photo credit: Mnemousyne

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Half Sweeney Todd, half Mrs. Lovett

This one is so brilliant, that I don’t think everyone can accomplish a costume like this. This one is from a burlesque performer.

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Photo credit: VitaDeVoid

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Pride & Prejudice & Zombies

This amazing jaw which was made of latex was also made by the performer. The teeth actually moved with her mouth.

Photo credit: zombieite from flickr

Photo credit: zombieite from flickr

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René Magritte’s The Son of Man

This effortless costume is so resembled to the original painting.

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Photo credit: unknown

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Zombie Audrey Hepburn

This makeup artist did a lot of zombie looks. This one is the most “elegant” one.

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I have to say these costumes are all super professional. As I’m not that talented at makeup and handicraft, I’ll probably just get a costume from the store. ;)

Kim Kardashian: the dopest of the ropest

Kim Kardashian is a well known reality TV star who stars in Keeping up with the Kardashians. She is also very much into fashion, modeling, and of course selfies. The bombshell turned 34 years old on October 21 and of course she will be having tons of birthday festivities.kim k

MTV and US magazine both dug up some videos of Kim at the age of 14. She clearly had a lot to say especially when referring to herself as the “dopest of the ropest”. She also goes on to say that we will be remembering her as this beautiful little girl. What makes this story more ironic is that her spouse Kanye West tweeted ” Happy birthday to the dopest wife and mom”. Kanye also has a famous quote that says “My life is dope, I do dope sh*t”.

Kim Kardashian will be celebrating her birthday in Tao Las Vegas this upcoming Friday. She is currently on a surprise weekend getaway that she currently just uploaded on Instagram. I guess we could conclude this by saying that somethings never change. We will be seeing Kim Kardashians beautiful face everywhere. We will also be seeing her face much more and not on Instagram. Kim Kardashian will also be releasing a selfie book later this year.

Good Music? Bring it back to the 90’s!

Today’s music has gotten to be out of hand. Although, I guess you can say that it depends on what genre you listed to. If you choose to download your own music, you’re in the clear, because only then are you in control of what you listen to. Though, when you listen to the radio you will get bombarded with what the radio considers “popular” music. Of course, you will find yourself bopping to the tunes; But only because the beat is good. What about the words? Well, they seem to not mean much now a days. They don’t have truth, and I don’t find them to say anything relatable; unless you consider Taylor Swifts lyrics words of wisdom… “Cuz the haters gonna hate hate hate hate hate.” Which I guess is true. But, lets take it back about 20 years, if you want to listen to something that is actually good, songs that tell a story, and words that actually make sense. Here is a list of 90’s music that you will find surprisingly enjoyable.

1. All for You – (Sister Hazel)

2. Drive – (Incubus)

3. Slide – (Goo Goo Dolls)

4. Father of Mine – (Everclear)

5. All The Small Things – (Blink 182)

4 Rules in -Keeping up with your sexy

The story goes like this.  imageOnce upon a time he use to buy her flowers. He would get his hair cut every week. Let’s not forget his car washed everyday and taking her car for a gas fill up once a week.You would get your hair and nails/pedicure done every other week. Shaving your legs and everything else was a must everytime you saw him. You enjoyed cooking for him every other day. Once you have both been in the relationshipimage for a good 6 months give or take all of that goes out of the window. This is the case in most of if not all relationships. We start to slow down on doing the things that we once thought were vital to the relationship. This is called being👉 comfortable. When you’re just dating and still single making your dating partner happy was your goal. What happened ? Don’t tell me that’s this isn’t true either ladies. We all know that once we get comfortable we stop shaving our legs as much. Fellas your not off the hook you stop sending us morning beautiful text messages. It becomes “oh I got in trouble so let me send a I love you beautiful text message.” Please! We all know the game. We are all guilty of falling a little short. We becoming comfortable with our mates and think ” Well oh it’s ok Stacy/Steve saw me dressed up.” They know what I look like when I’m all glammed, they’ll understand I’m just trying to chill.” This may be somewhat true of course to an extent. You should feel comfortable around your mate. We all must remember to not lose that “mojoe” keeping up with your sexy is just another one of those giving your partner a 100% rule me and my mate live by. It’s a rule that was taught over time. Me and my locker partner didn’t always have the keys to a successful relationship it took us both to fall short a lot. We have grown and learned to communicate. We are able to talk to one another about our complexities without an argument (real adult discussion). I call it one sound one heart beat mode. This means you start to hear your partners needs without them having to say one word (one sound one heartbeat mode) we understand each other. I know that my honey loves heels. I may not be in the mood for heels. I’m a women who loves a well dressed man. He may be feeling like a basketball shorts, wife beater type of day. Now look at this, if we both are thinking (put my partner 100% first) Guess what will happen? Either we will stay in the house and have a chill movie day because I recognize and he recognize we are both in a chill mood today or We go out and I were heels and he dresses up just the way I like without us uttering a word. If your doing this in your relationship keep up the sexy. If when you read this it stuck a nerve then I’m talking to you. I have 4 rules that will start you in the right direction in keeping the sexy.

1. Have a sit down coversation with your mate ( not an argument ) let each other talk without being cut off and tell the whole truth about your likes and dislikes. Take turns Note: don’t get mad this is good healthy communication.

2. Come up together with an agreeable compromise. Note: this may not happen over night. If it takes a month to come up with something so be it. Don’t rush it or it won’t work.

3. Very important Tip: Praise your mate when they do the right thing show them you are appreciative ( this goes a long way trust me)

4. Fouth and finally rule for keeping your sexy. Always I mean always let your mate know when they are falling short. Note: it’s all in how you say things. Number one rule in criticism always be positive ( constructive criticism) be sensitive with the things that you say. It’s not what you say it’s how you deliver them. Never start a sentence with “you don’t do the dishes!” Say something more on these lines ” I see you have been taking out the trash honey and I thank you for stepping it up but I need your help with the dishes too.” You will see the change. You’ll no longer argue but you will have adult disagreements which is natural and helpful for a healthy lasting relationship.

Last Note: These rules have worked on my own relationship with great reward, but every relationship is different. You will not make things better over night but with time and patience you will begin to create one sound one heartbeat.

5 Instagram accounts to follow!

instagramInstagram is only 4 years old but it is already a huge social media. Indeed, Instagram counts more than 200 million users, but  except friends, family and celebrities, who do we follow? There are plenty of interesting accounts
So I  did some researches on Instagram and on the web and I found 5 ideas of Instagram accounts that you should follow just because they’re cool :)

Robert Jahns is a digital artist and art director. He takes amazing pictures, especially those where he is on the top of buildings, Of course he uses photoshop but it seems so real! You should check his Instagram you gonna be surprised! You also can take a look on his website where there’re some cool wallpaper for Iphone.
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from Instagram @nois7


Ida Frosk loves food art and her photos are simple: she just draws things with food in a plate. The result is very cute and the colors are always beautiful
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from Instagram @idafrosk

This is the official Instagram account of NASA. There’re some pretty impressive photos from outer space
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from Instagram @nasagoddard

This one is funny, everyday she takes a pic of his dog in different funny situations. Visual effects are suprising!
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from Instagram @8lbpooch

Girls, if you love fashion this is the Instagram to follow! This girl from the south of France takes a pic of her outfit everyday, and everyday she’s perfect! Even though she’s pregnant now, her outfits are still so pretty! I confess I’m jealous ;)
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from Instagram @coco_nar6

My Comfort Food 2 – Kale Salad

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Still remember my blog post two weeks ago about the comfort food I always have? Well now I am going to write another food post. And don’t worry, this one will not cost much of your time to prepare. This comfort food of mine is called Kale.

Kale or borecole is a vegetable with green or purple leaves in which the center leaves do not form a head. There are five different types of Kale: curly leaved (Scots Kale), plain leaved, rape kale, leaf and spear, and cavolo nero (Lacinato/Dinosaur Kale). The most common Kale that we see at the grocery store are Curly Kale and Lacinato Kale. Kale, being in the green leaved vegetable family, is always considered the best vegetable for those in a diet. There are lots of health benefits that Kale possess, these are just some of them (taken from here ):

1. Kale is low in calorie, high fiber, and zero fat. – One cup of kale has only 36 calories, 5 grams of fiber and 0 grams of fat. It is great for aiding in digestion and elimination with its great fiber content.
2. Kale is high in iron. Per calorie, kale has more iron than beef. Iron is essential for good health, such as the formation of hemoglobin and enzymes, transporting oxygen to various parts of the body, cell growth, proper liver function and more.
3. Kale is high in Vitamin K. Eating a diet high in Vitamin K can help protect against various cancers.
4. Kale is filled with powerful antioxidants. Antioxidants, such as carotenoids and flavonoids help protect against various cancers.
5. Kale is a great anti-inflammatory food. One cup of kale is filled with 10% of the RDA of omega-3 fatty acids, which help, fight against arthritis, asthma and autoimmune disorders.
6. Kale is great for cardiovascular support. Eating more kale can help lower cholesterol levels.
7. Kale is high in Vitamin A. Vitamin A is great for your vision, your skin as well as helping to prevent lung and oral cavity cancers.
8. Kale is high in Vitamin C. This is very helpful for your immune system, your metabolism and your hydration.
9. Kale is high in calcium. Per calorie, kale has more calcium than milk, which aids in preventing bone loss, preventing osteoporosis and maintaining a healthy metabolism.
10. Kale is a great detox food. Kale is filled with fiber and sulfur, both great for detoxifying your body and keeping your liver healthy.

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Me being a vegetable aficionado love Kale as part of my diet and in fact, I just had a Kale salad for dinner few hours ago.  However, there are some notes to consider though. Even though Kale has a low calories but still you need to watch what you are putting in your Kale salad. For the Kale salad I had at Chop’t, I rarely put meat protein in it but if i have to, I’d sometimes put tofu or grilled chicken. Move on to the other ingredients, I put red onion (another great addition in any salad), avocado (make sure it’s not one full avocado otherwise your diet is failing), bell peppers, jalapeno (if you like it spicy), and quinoa. Finish with the ingredients, now we enter the final stage — salad dressing. Salad dressing can be fattening if you choose the creamy version like Caesar dressing, Ranch dressing, or Blue Cheese dressing but don’t worry guys! Plenty of places like Chop’t offer a lighter version of Caesar and Ranch. If you feel the need to cut calories then balsamic vinaigrette and italian vinaigrette will work best. As for me, sometimes I have light ranch, sometimes I go with Tex-Mex Ranch but there are times when I just want balsamic vinaigrette.

Now, are you ready to make your own Kale salad? Then this recipe might be a good start for you :)

And last but not least, Kale can be an excellent snack if you don’t like to eat it in a salad. Just get a pack of kale chips and you’ll be less guilty. Or, why not bake your own kale chips? ;)

The happiest 5 kilometers!

I had a chance to take a psychology course and the most impressive lecture to me was one of desire.IMG_4162

The professor gave us a list of top ten human desires and I remember clearly that the first one is the desire of food, second is sex, the third is the desire of knowledge. These all make sense to most of us.

But guess, what’s next?

The desire of physical exercise.

To be honest, I’m so lazy that I’d rather go on a hunger than go workout to keep fit. I didn’t understand why there are too many people go running in parks or take more than 2 hours one day exercising in gym until I was forced to attend this event.IMG_4178

The Color Run!

It was so amazing and I must admit that there are some kind of sports fits you. The only way to reach that happiness is to enjoy.

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People!

Enjoy the running from now!