31 August 2014

DIY flower garland

Hello lovlies! I'm here, bringing a DIY flower garland for you guys today! I was totally inspired by a fellow blogger, a pair & a spare, with her original take on a rose garland diy, and I wanted to recreate it with my own twist to it. This is such a cute and easy diy to take up some space on your empty wall, and what better way to know that you made it all by yourself?

To add my own spice to this garland, I added my own polaroid pictures and other sentiments such as a dreamcatcher and a few bracelets. 

twines or strings (109 inch)
flower bunches
clothespins & your own sentiments (anything you would want to add to the garland)
mason jar (for any extra flowers you have left over)
nails & hammer

1. You'll need to cut off the flowers and leave about 1 inch of stem left to it.
2. Of the 109 inch string, leave space to tie the string to a nail by starting 14 inches in and tying one of the flower heads there. Make sure you double knot it!

3. 7 inches from where that flower head is, tie another flower head there. Keep doing so in increments of 7 inches to however long you would like your garland to be. Once you are satisfied with its length, count another 14 inches of string (so it could be even with the start of the string) and cut there.

4. When you're done doing the hard part, tie the string to a nail and hammer the garland to where you prefer the garland to be and add your sentiments! I used mini clothespins to hang them up... & voila! You're done!

So with the extra flowers I had left, I just cut them (with the bottoms at an angle) to a length that'll fit my mason jar.

I hope you guys like this DIY and I hope it was as easy for you as it was for me. It's just a little something to take up your time if you are left with nothing to do! Whenever I find myself in this situation, I always make DIY's for my room or for the house overall. Anyways, happy blogging and I'll talk to you guys next time! xo, Vanessa.

27 August 2014

Stripes, Tennis Skirts, and Universities

Hi lovelies! How are you guys doing today? It was a pretty sunny day today, just the perfect weather!

Today, I toured UCSD with my mother and my cousin and I just have to say.... holy moly. I fell instantly in love with it. There are so many student activities going around the whole campus and the campus itself is just a beauty.

We were able to walk around the majority of the campus and the tour guide talked about the whole 6 six colleges within UCSD, the 4-quarter system they have there, and interesting facts about the school itself. Apparently, they have a lot of concerts (i.e. Macklemore, Armin Van Buren, etc.) held at their auditoriums as well which is so amazing to me. Did you know colleges do that... or is it just me being a little sheltered girl here, haha.

My tour ended around 12ish, so we went and grabbed lunch at their food court area. There is this one bomb restaurant called Dlush, and I got their Cous Cous Goddess salad with herb all-white-meat chicken (sooo good!) The whole campus actually reminds me of Zoey 101, not even joking. Maybe one day I'll see myself walking around the campus as a student, hehe.

Anyways, now that I'm done going on and on with UCSD... this is what I wore today!

Blue-Navy Striped top & Knit Tank|| Brandy Melville
Black Tennis Skirt|| Forever 21
Clear Jelly Shoes|| American Apparel

24 August 2014


If there is anything that we're supposed to be sad about around this time of year, it is that summer is coming to an end and we have to wake up from our dreams and get back to our daily lives at school and/or work. But even though summer is transitioning into fall very soon, I'm sure everyone has had their fair share in an adventurous summer full of traveling, laughter, love and other whatnots.

My summer was probably incomparable (in a boring way) to your guys' summer in Rome or Hawaii because I spent it studying for the SAT's and doing my summer AP homework (I know. Fun, right?) 

Although I was stuck in the freezing SAT classes and at home, I was lucky enough to sneak in some fun, which I spent with my family and friends. Here are 5 things I did over the summer:

I didn't have as much time as I had hoped for, but hey, at least I got some time in, right? In the first picture, I was with my cousins at the park, reliving old memories and making new ones. Pictured is my favorite person ever, Demi. In the second picture, I planned a bonfire with my close-knit group at the Huntington Beach. I also had one last summer, so I thought why not make it a tradition? I've known these people since middle school and have loved every single minute I've spent with them. 

As most of you in Orange County have known by now, there is this place called the Anaheim Packing House that contains multiple restaurants that are oh-so-exquisite! They have this one ice cream shop called 'popbar' that is just my favorite (the green tea gelato, omg!!). To those of you who haven't tried it, I suggest you do! They also have a farmer's market every Sunday that I have yet to visit (but hopefully, I will soon). 

I don't remember the last time I've been to San Diego (which was a really long time ago), and I've never been on a train. My mother and I decided to have a mother-daughter week where do just about anything for a whole week. A train to San Diego was on the list. We took a train there and had no plan or idea of what we were actually doing. We just went with the flow. In fact, our motto for the day was "Just go." And with that, we walked passed countless blocks, boarded trolleys with no idea how to use them (we eventually did figure them out), and made a few friends that helped us to where we needed to go. This trip was honestly my favorite just because it was a first for a lot of things I haven't done as well as getting to spend it with my mother.

Last but not least, this was also taken during our mother-daughter week as well. We ate lunch at Urth Caffé in Santa Monica. And you're not going to guess who I saw... Nolan Funk from the MTV show Awkward!! He is so cute and his smile in real life is so darn charming! Anyways, after Urth Caffé, my mother and I visited the famous Abbot Kinney Blvd. We stopped by the LF annual summer sale, and surprisingly & sadly, I walked out empty-handed. I love this street; it just has so many quirky and cute shops that caught my attention right away. This picture above was a wall I found on the street, and I just adored it.

So there are my five highlights of the summer. What are your guys' favorite memories of the summer? Comment down below and tell me what you think! Happy blogging! xo, Vanessa.

17 August 2014


Hello lovelies! I'm so excited to start blogging and sharing the insides to my life with you guys. Hopefully by reading my blog, you will get to know me better and vice versa! I mean we're all friends right? So, I would greatly appreciate any comments or questions about anything. Don't be afraid to ask!

Anyways, it would only make sense that my first blog post would be about my first experience purchasing LUSH cosmetics!

My first LUSH cosmetics ever are these face masks: the Mask of Magnaminty and the Brazened Honey Fresh Face Mask. These face masks are made from whole, fresh ingredients made from organic fruit and vegetables with the finest essential oils and safe synthetics meaning that you get the most effective product for your money's worth. And boy are they effective!

Not only are they made from fresh ingredients, the company is known for passionately protesting against animal cruelty such as testing products and ingredients on animals in labs. They also do campaigns on what animals have to endure when it comes to animal cruelty. For more information on these campaigns, watch it here:

And on to the subject matters,
Before I put these masks on, I like to wash and exfoliate my skin with the Dermalogica Clear Start Foaming Wash with my Mia 2 Clarisonic beforehand. I've been using the Clear Start line (originally named Clean Start) for a few years now, and I would never stray away to another facial care brand. This line is ideal for teenagers and our hormonal breakouts. It has kept my skin in check and in great condition.

Mask of Magnaminty is a deep cleansing face and back mask. The description that LUSH has provided on their website, china clay and fresh peppermint reach deep down to pull the debris from your pores giving you that delightful tingly-clean sensation, is exactly how it feels. It's intense but not too harsh or abrasive on the skin. The ingredients include aduki beans for exfoliating flaky or dry skin, vanilla absolute to calm redness, and honey to soothe. This mask smells like all things peppermint; it even says it in the name!

Once you spread the product generously on your face, leave it on for 5-10 minutes, rinse and exfoliate with warm water, your face will feel fresher than ever. The plus side is that it has also helped me with acne problems! After a few days of using this and the Brazened Honey Fresh Face Mask, my blemishes have subsided greatly. I highly recommend this keep your skin in good condition!

Brazened Honey Fresh Face Mask is for deep-cleansing and refreshing oily, congested skin and is made strictly from fresh ingredients; therefore, it is required that it be refrigerated. This face mask is ideal for combination to oily skin. The ingredients derive from fresh eggs and honey that softens, lime oil that brightens, spices that warms, and ground almonds that exfoliates your skin.

Because it is refrigerated and once you put it on, the coldness of the product hits you and your face immediately feels so fresh and nice (especially after a long and hot day). It literally smells like honey, nuts, and flowers, and who doesn't love a face that smells like flowers? Like I said before, this face mask immensely aided with my blemishes and I highly recommend this product as well! 

Also, if you bring back 5 empty LUSH pots with a specific logo (it'll say on the logo) to a LUSH store, you can get a free fresh mask! Yay for free!

I hope my review of the Mask of Magnaminty and the Brazened Honey Fresh Face Mask was helpful to you all and I look forward to posting more later on! Happy blogging! xo, Vanessa.