Friday, June 5, 2015

Retirees

Spring cleaning is in the air. Well, for me, it's really that I've decided that I'm not going to lose much weight anytime soon. So out the skinny clothes go! I trashed about 7 lbs (not all of it, just the stuff that Goodwill wouldn't even sell). So, after trashing my old comforter, I've got about 10 lbs of fabric trash. I think next time I will bring my trash to Goodwill. I'll mark it "salvage" so the employees will know not to waste too much time on looking through it. (There's a lot I could get into about the resale market, but that's a whole other post!) The rest of my stuff I'm going to try to sell. And here's an update/list of the stuff I trashed, stuff I'm going to sell, and stuff I've sold already.

White Mizzou Hoodie

White Nightie

Blue & Yellow Hawaiian Sundress
I decided that what I was going to miss the most about most of these things are the patterns/graphics.

Blue Hawaiian Sundress
Take a picture and let it go.

Green 33 Varsity 3/4 Sleeve Tee

Red A|X Tee

Hollister Bootcut Distressed Jeans

Express X2 Bootcut Jeans

Three Puff Paint Tees from HS Spirit Days

Green Polka Dot Top

Pink Roxy Tee

Blue I Love Mizzou Tee

Jungle Jim's Playland Tee
This one was super old with tears and everything. (You can see some holes by the "Y" and "L.") Definitely from the grade school days.
Grey Hollister Shirt

Brown Studded Clutch

Black Purse

Black and Brown Clutch

Tees from the now defunct The Hipstery:


A tee from an old (also defunct) t-shirt store

Yellow Roxy Tee


In addition, I've got 11 bottoms to sell.

Sold:
Silver Locket

Lip Balm Locket

Sunnies

Purse Clutch Mirror

Decluttering has been on my To Do list, but it seems that I only get rid of bits and bobs. I don't know when I'll get around to making substantial change.

What have you decluttered lately?

Live lovely,
Roxy

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Twenty One Pilots - Blurryface (2015)

Firstly,

Fueled by Ramen is still producing music?!

I remember back in the early '00's when Fueled by Ramen was my favorite record label. I may actually seek out other artists on the label. Too bad Pandora doesn't have a record label station option!


As I decided to write about this album, it became number one on the charts.

Blurryface starts off strong with "HeavyDirtySoul," and then the second song still strong. What I think is cool about the second song titled "Stressed Out," is that on any other album it would have been named the title track ("Blurryface").

On iTunes, I noticed that it does not say genre. Instead it says genres. I would qualify Twenty One Pilots as alternative, but there is a lot of hip hop influence and a dash of reggae mixed in with an MGMT/hipster rock feel. Something impressive to me is that the variety isn't jarring.

They still use the ukulele on this album. What I like is that you wouldn't even notice there's a ukulele. You have to wait a bit for "Judge" before you get it though.

Two particular songs I like are "Doubt," which sounds as hip hop-py as "HeavyDirtySoul," and "Hometown," which has the hipster rock vibe. Also, "HeavyDirtySoul" is one I'd put on repeat.

"Tear in my Heart" is apparently on the radio now. I can see that. It has the guaranteed lovey lyrics that get it into the Top 40 rotation. Not saying it's a bad song, just that it fits the formula. What's funny is how unremarkable it was and then the repetition will make it a favorite. I think this lyric is so un-ironic that it becomes ironic: "The songs on the radio are ok, but my taste in music is your face."


I also listened to Vessel (2012). Here are some thoughts:

Vessel by Twenty One Pilots has the songs "Holding on to You," "Car Radio" and "House of Gold." These were popular on the radio. I felt like that album was a little more generic rock. I really just liked the songs that were on the radio. I still love "Holding on to You," but nothing else on the album stood out to me. Maybe I'm biased from knowing songs off the airwaves, but I still think Vessel is pretty good.

What albums are you loving right now?

Live lovely,
Roxy

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

My Minimalism

What's sexy? Minimalism.

Burgeoning since 2010ish with the rise a minimalist blogs...

Create the life you want.

Never work for anyone again.

See the world.

Live out of a backpack.

Live in a house with 400 square feet.

Be debt free! Cash only!

But it's hard. Seems easy enough: get rid of your stuff. But dang. Emotional attachment. Hobbies. Etc.

I've been on this journey and my minimalism is definitely not sexy. And considering my circumstances, I would have to say it's a product of necessity.

I've been trying to get out of a scarcity mindset. Two things I try to keep in mind are the abundance mindset and The Law of Attraction.

I want my minimalism to be sexy. Like super sexy.

Minimalist yogi?

Sounds enlightened!

But I LOVE a lot of my things. I need help. It's not that I don't value my relationships. It's that I don't need a lot from my relationships.

Things don't judge me. It's hard for me to make close friendships and often worry of judgment. And let's face it, I'm far from perfect, but at least I'm less concerned about being judged these days. And actually, I've been creating some new friendships as of late.

I'm enjoying cosmetics and toiletries to fulfill my "use it up," decluttering bug. "Use it up, wear it out. Make it do or do without." This has been a mantra.

Another mantra is, "you can't do it all, but you can do something." In previous posts, I mentioned a no-buy. Well, truth is, I'm going to buy things. It's not a TRUE no-buy, but instead, I will be putting a lot of thought into my purchases. Conscious consumerism takes a lot of thoughtfulness, I've realized. In the past, I'd buy things I'd use, but didn't necessarily need. We really don't need much. I'm fighting to get out of debt, so even if I want and could really use new jeans and a lunch box, I might have to wait a bit. Life is the aggregate of all the actions we take throughout the day, accumulating to months, years, and lifetimes.

Minimalism has been something I've been interested in since first reading about it on a blog... It was a long time ago (circa 2010), and I don't remember which blog it was. I can tell you that it was probably Zen Habits by Leo Babuta. Some other awesome reads are Becoming Minimalist and Be More with Less. The Minimalists exploded. And I have to do a quick shout out to Everett Bogue who "dropped the mic" so hard on Far Beyond the Stars. But if you're here, you've probably already heard of these...

I am in no way close to some of the minimalist super heroes out there. I have a somewhat extensive wardrobe with accessories, but I do like to be mindful, and try to minimize the amount of waste I produce... (Gosh darn toiletries. I try to buy in larger volumes to reduce waste. At least its something...)

I thoroughly enjoy makeup, but I don't have much more than I need with the exception of eyeshadow. I have followed makeup gurus on YouTube, so I have a more involved routine. But I haven't gotten into contouring yet! Unless you're a guru, you just need enough to make you feel (more) confident (even if that's none at all!). After all, it usually ends up down the drain or on a wipe. I say, buy what does it's job, but feel free to splurge at Sephora if it's worth it to you. For example, I'd splurge on Sephora's Cream Lip Stain. I like any makeup look that doesn't require touch-ups, and according to the reviews they're worth it! Plus, how often is it that you fully use up a lip product? They last forever! Makeup gives me that extra confidence boost, even if it's just a bit of concealer.

Some priorities I have are reducing waste and sustainable consumerism. I'm not (yet) highly concerned about what chemicals I'm exposing myself to (see also: makeup -but I have avoided buying soaps with plastic beads) or animal cruelty. The whole thing a lot to digest, so I've started on some baby steps.

Sustainable clothing is a whole 'nother ball game. There will probably be more posts in the future on this.

Cotton takes a lot of water to produce in its final form. Synthetic takes oil. I'm a blooming yogini, but I like leather, and it's bio-degradable. My advice would be (kinda woo-woo) to send gratitude into the ether for your leather product and refrain from buying duplicates, rather buy a replacement when needed. Maybe try to find ethical vendors. Another great way is to buy used. Give it a second life-cycle and keep it out of a landfill. I bought Emu (Ugg) boots without realizing the animal cruelty they are produced with. I DID realize that I love those things. I'll buy used from eBay next time.

And yes, I'm coveting a Tiny House.

Minimalist peeve: Minimalize. I'm pretty sure it's NOT a word and grates on me every. time. Minimize, people, minimize!

Thoughts? Questions? Comments? Feel ever so free to leave one. I could probably talk about this for days, and, in truth, I should commit more time to it.

Live lovely,
Roxy

Sunday, May 24, 2015

INTJ Insights

Out of pure curiosity, I took a personality test. No, I did not come across it on Buzzfeed. ;-) I found it on 16personalities which is very comprehensive.

My result was INTJ "The Architect" and it was very spot on. What I like about this site is that it's user friendly and doesn't require much interpretation. It spells it out for you.

What I also love, is that it's given me great insight to aspects I inherently, but not explicitly knew.

For example, I work best alone. I'm going to embrace my introversion and try to find better jobs and career paths than what I had previously been looking at.

I've fully realized my love of dark humor, hence my love of Peep Show. If you read that post and checked it out, you might've been disturbed.

I'm also embracing my bookishness. I've been unapologetically reading a heck of a lot lately, and I may even pursue a Masters in Library Science. Upon so much reflection of what I want to do with my life, this just makes sense.

Another insight for me is that this personality type is very rare in women, not to mention it's only 0.8% of the population. Such a sigh of relief! (Maybe I AM a unique snowflake!;-) ) I enjoy people, but as an introvert I need time to recharge. I've found it hard to make close friends, and now I know why.

All these explicit insights have been life-changing. I mean, it's nothing MAJOR, but it could be in the future. I feel like it's given me a better direction and I won't try to be something I'm not. It's not that I was fake, it's more like it seems as if I'm at the bottom of a funnel instead of on top -with a focus.

Some famous INTJs: Thomas Jefferson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Richard Gene, among several politicians.
Some famous fictional INTJ's: Katniss Everdeen, Gandalf the Gray, Walter White and House.

Any other lost Millennials out there?

Here's to getting it together if you haven't already!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Books as of Late

I've been reading a lot lately, both fiction and non-fiction. Some things worth reading about, some a quick read, and some I was only determined to finish for no other reason than to finish. (I know it's a sunk cost, but my slight OCD gets the best of me.)



I recently finished reading The Hunger Games series last month. A long time coming, it didn't disappoint.

Katniss Everdeen is an INTJ just like me...

I was wondering why I loved this character so much, then I took a personality test that said that Katniss is a fictional example of an INTJ.

The ending of Mockingjay felt weak, but I don't know that I could have done better. I would have liked a deeper explanation of what Panem became afterward. I have a thing for dystopian futures: Children of Men, The Road, 1984. This was a great addition to my favorites, but the ending didn't quite do it for me.

Still, it's a great read! Highly recommended.

I'm moving onto Game of Thrones now. A herculean task. I've already read the first book, but that was a while ago, so I'm going to re-read it and plow through the rest of the series. Should be pure awesomeness.

I watch the show, and let me just say I have lots of love for a lot of characters, but there's something about Petyr Baelish and Sansa Stark's relationship. I'm aware of there's a disparity between the books and the show, but I guess I'll get around to it soon enough.

Each bookmark is for when someone dies.

P.S.: Alaskan Bush People comes back next Friday!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Empties and Retirees

I like watching these videos on YouTube. I, however, do not have a personality that translates awesomely into video. I was thinking about trying this time, but don't have a great background to film in front of. Oh, the perks of perfectionism. One day, I might. Seriously! It could be fun. Anyway, I've got some trash to toss and mini-reviews to share:

Shower Stuffs
Pantene Pro-V Classic Care 2-in-1 Shampoo & Conditioner for Instant Strength, Moisture & Shine
This magically appeared in my shower. Used it, did it's job. No complaints. I prefer Pantene as of now.

L'Oreal EverCreme Sulfate-Free Moisture System Intense Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner
My ex liked the smell and I grew to like it too. My hair had to get used to it before it would lather how I would like. I tried it because of Cassie at ThriftThick (YouTube) (blog) who has a SHINING personality! She reminds me of my long distance best friend. Switching back to Pantene though because it's more economical.

Dove Go Fresh Nutrium Moisture in Plum & Sakura Blossom Scent
I buy the two-packs so I've got another in my shower. Like the scent and have Pomegranate and Lemon Verbana waiting in the wings. I think I'll like that one better because it'll be more invigorating. Energizing is sort of a shower goal. :-T

Other Toiletries
Alcon Opti-Free Replenish Contact Lens Solution
Crest 3D White Travel Toothpaste
They did their job...

Garnier Skin Renew Dark Spot Overnight Peel
Kind of misleading. It doesn't really "peel" like a peel mask. I'd even use this during they day under makeup... maybe that was the flaw. I don't even know what they mean by "peel!" I've used this once before and felt that it made a difference. This time, not so much. I think there's been some fading, but maybe I should try higher end next time.

Old Spice Bearglove Anti-perspirant & Deodorant
I love this. I had a roommate that would use men's deodorant because of their smell. I have to say I'm a convert. My favorite ones were this and the Foxcrest. The Foxcrest is a little too masculine for me though.

Dollar Tree
April Darling Heart Pear & Blossom Lotion
April Iris Night Blossom Lotion
April Plumberry Lotion

I love Dollar Tree lotions. They're actually not too bad for everyday, but for someone like me who drinks a lot of coffee, I don't want to use a "good" moisturizer for my hands when I'll be washing them in fifteen minutes again anyway. Despite using richer lotions after a shower, these have great cost per ounce!

Makeup
Revlon ColorStay in 320 True Beige
I'm very loyal to this foundation. With how my lifestyle has been lately, I have to say that the coverage doesn't last too long. I've also noticed that sometimes I'll look cakey, but I don't remember if I was using a damp Beauty Blonder (my term for Beauty Blender dupes!). Still, the most switching I'll do is to change to the Whipped formula. I'm sort of transitioning to using less makeup.

Maybelline's The Falsies Volum' Express
Not really a mascara connoisseur, but it did it's job to the very end! Honestly, the mascara I'm using right now was bought solely from the packaging. No complaints on that either. I guess I have more problems with raccoon eye from eyeliner than mascara.

Baby Lips in Grape Vine
I bought three Baby Lips from a growing curiosity on how they performed; I always have dry lips. I like the Dr. Rescue more, but I liked the pink Electro least. Dr. Rescue is highly recommended!

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Brightening Eye Perfector
Not my favorite concealer. There's a brush tip applicator that gets somewhat gunky, and I've never been a fan of twist/click anything. Although, not my favorite, it's not the worst and provides more coverage than the Garnier roller ball - I still love that one though!

Retired
ELF Total Face Brush from Essential ($1) line
Too rough! Go with the Studio ($3) line! Not a brush connoisseur either, but I still have a few.

Two pens!
With the adaption of the Bullet Journal, I've been working on streamlining all my little notes and to do's and sometimes I just want to scribble everything out. Hence two dead pens.

White Down Alternative Comforter
Super sad about this one. Used it to the point of tearing a hole near the seams. Hopefully, I'll get used to the new (old) comforter I'm using now. It's an apt time to switch out. That old comforter is a bit warm for now.

A literal Piggy Bank
This thing is OLD! I thought I was going to bring it back, but upon reflection realized I have better jars to store coins, I usually carry all my change with me, and this was missing a screw to keep it together anyway. Out it goes!

Well, that is all. Here's to recycling my trash!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Life Lately

Wow.

My life has been in a whirlwind since March.

I broke up with my S.O. If we're still friends is TBD. It's heartbreaking, but there are some things about yourself that must be honored. No exceptions.

In lieu of that, I've been going to yoga more. I should be practicing more at home too, but it's something.

I've also started running. Admittedly, I haven't solidified this habit. Also, my ankle was wonky and swollen. Didn't want to push it. I hurt my knees around this time two years ago from running and was horribly incapacitated. It was a wake up call to not be able to walk without acute pain.

Recently started volunteering for a great cause: The Geneva Foundation. (New site up soon!)

This post is a little break from my projects related to it. I don't know how to put my joy into words: to be a part of something greater. I guess all you need to know is that I'm happy. It's not just a more than worthy cause, but meeting the staff, other volunteers, and youth is a privilege.

I haven't abandoned the subject of sustainability. It's just something I really need to sit and think about, and draft, and draft. It's a complex subject, and I've only got baby steps down. More on that in future, and just more posts in general. I'm slowly finding a system of brain dumping that will help me be more effective and efficient.

How's your life lately?

Sunday, March 22, 2015

No title.

I had a post lined up that needed to be edited, and I've been under the weather in more ways than one. That post WILL go up eventually (hopefully), but I want to post a hiatus instead of just disappearing.

Just need to take care of me.

You do the same. 

Friday, February 27, 2015

Let's Try Something...

I think I'm trying out an experiment -out of circumstance and out of conscious consuming: I'm on a no-buy.

Now, this isn't a spectacular jaunt into asceticism, this is just I HAVE TOO MUCH. And that's not bragging at all. But I would like to make the venture towards minimalism. Please don't roll your eyes. If I was trying to have a minimalism blog, I know I'd be about five years too late. I'm not here to inspire. (Unless I do!) I just want to find an outlet for holding myself accountable and maybe make a difference along the way. I hope this can become a resource for people trying to slowly, mindfully, and realistically vote with their dollars. (A little lofty, I know!) You'll probably hear me say "conscious consumerism" a lot in the future, but that's what it is! I'm new to this whole thing and conscious consumerism takes a good amount of research, but if you can't do it all, at least do something.

"Perfect is the enemy of good."
— Voltaire

And that's the thing about being Eco-friendly, or a conscious consumer, you have to pick and choose your battles.

Oh yeah, back to "I have too much."

I went to college and was very involved in high school. (see also: extensive t-shirt collection)
I'm sentimental.
I used shopping for entertainment.
I use(d) shopping to elevate my mood. (see also: major shopaholic)

I want to change that.

Andrew Soloman says, "the opposite of depression is not happiness, but vitality." I have found that to be  So. Utterly. True. Thankfully, I've found some that of vitality lately. It's clearing out the clutter, getting things in order either processing them or making a plan to process them.

Admittedly, I'm not getting rid of much, yet. If I will, it will be a slow process. I HAVE noticed a change in energy with the minimal decluttering. I'm really just reorganizing stuff, which I know is a bit of a waste, but my space is more efficient, and I can tell. But, honestly, my clutter lies in my closet.

Right now I'm of the mindset "use it up and wear it out."

My makeup "collection" is mostly for utility so it's easy to go through products. It's really the clothes, shoes, and purses I've accumulated throughout the years. As for clothes, it doesn't help that my weight yo-yo's.

So far this year I've only bought consumables: food, toiletries, and maybe (ok, not maybe) I treated myself to a little makeup. I don't want to buy any more clothes, shoes, or purses in particular. That's really the no-buy. And it's not like in the past few years I've been shopping at Anthropologie or Urban Outfitters. Last year, I mostly shopped at thrift stores. I can't remember the last time I was at a mall with the intention of buying. (Does it make me a hipster if I went to the mall ironically with friends?)

But I've given myself some passes:
• Tartan Blanket Scarf
• An amazingly well-fitted pair of jeans. Either Levi's, Old Navy, J Brand, or BDG not from Urban Outfitters (Still need to do more in-depth research on these brands, especially J Brand, but I hear they have phenomenal jeans!)
• Workout Clothes (within reason)
• If I find a great flannel, or dress.
• Undergarments
• A Chic Sparrow Extra-Wide Traveler's Notebook (including accessories -although I'm aware of the addictive territory I'm getting myself into!)

That might be a lot for some people on a no-buy, but my intention behind this is to be mindful with my purchases, not find a random thingo at the thrift store. More importantly, I'm being honest. I'm not going to claim I'll adhere 100% (we're all human, right?), but it helps. By giving myself guidelines, I open myself up to not buy. Plus, now, my standards for all of these items are high, and hopefully better researched. (I would also like to note that I won't be constantly looking for these items. I will be planning ahead and should I have the funds, then I might make a trip to the Levi's store or plan out what I want for the Traveler's Notebook, etc.)

So join me on this journey!

If you've got an Eco-conscious blog, let me know in the comments below! I'm always looking for more knowledge. Any advice will be gladly appreciated and thoroughly considered, and I'd just love to chat!

And check out Recovering Shopaholic. Debbie Roes has created a great resource for those of us who have used shopping as an outlet. Her accountability posts have been an inspiration for my own. Anyway, I'll keep reading that with you as I gradually find resources for eco-consciousness.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Alaskan Bush People (plus Drinking Game!)

I'm currently addicted to the show, Alaskan Bush People. It's only on its second season, but am I ever entertained.

It's one of those shows you stumble upon and don't take too seriously until it's too late. Then you catch up and are heartbroken when you have to wait for the next episode.

Should be available On Demand on the Discovery Channel. Tonight is the Mid-Season finale so catch up for its return! (The first season is only five episodes.)

And by the way, here's a drinking game!
(It's a bit much, but once you get into it, you'll understand! Side note: I didn't make this up myself! Some of these seem mean-spirited to me, but when I've been drinking... Well...)

1. Drink two when a quote in the preview is said.
2. Drink when the score is much more epic than the situation requires.
3. Drink when a "huge" problem is resolved quickly.
4. Drink when you think Matt is weird or gets "crazy eyes."
5. Drink when Noah says something creepy/poetic.
6. Drink when Rainey is apathetic.
7. Finish your drink when an animal dies.
8. Drink when Snowbird says she's one of the guys.
9. Finish your drink when a barter is completed.
10. Drink when Billy tells someone to stop screwing around.
11. Drink when Bam acts like a crotchety old man.
12. Drink when Bear runs unnecessarily.
13. Drink when Mr. Cupcake is mentioned.

Alaskan Bush People on The Discovery Channel Fridays 10/9C

Monday, February 16, 2015

How I Organize on Pinterest

When I'm on Pinterest, I go crazy. Pin this, pin that. And I encourage you to just go crazy, too. Also, somehow, food pins will satiate me when I'm hungry (does anyone else get this?). But, anyway, how do I stay organized...?

The format of Pinterest lends itself to messiness. You either have to have pinned something recently, or remember what was in the description box. Well, for me, I'll make boards specifically for my next project. My DIY single-tasking board is called "In The Works." You can literally call it "Next" if you want. At best, it is a single-tasking board. My single-tasking/meal-tasking board is called, "What's on the Menu?" Even if I have 43 boards, I find that this keeps you focused and realistic versus overly ambitious and overwhelmed. Your "Next" board is the best of the best. This is what you want to and will do soon.

Keep track of your finished projects with their own board. Mine is "Been There, Done That." This gets the motivation going. Make notes on your thoughts when you edit the pin to the board. This is especially great for opinions on or adjustments to recipes.

Don't be afraid to make A LOT of boards just to be specific. This is your best bet. I have 10 DIY boards because there are a plethora of different types of crafts, and even then, I could get more specific.

Into blogs? Pin your favorite articles onto here. It's even better for your style pin board if you're more of a fashion blog reader. If you're into other types of articles that you would like to keep private, don't forget to utilize the Secret Board!

Custom Board Cover Photos
I don't think I'll do this, but I still think it's an awesome idea. I wish I had bookmarked the original place where I saw it, but if there wasn't a tutorial there, there's one here!

I feel like Pinterest needs an "I'm feeling lucky!" feature. Choose your board, choose the category, choose the whole frickin' thing. Think choosing a particular board might be the most successful out of all these ideas, but nonetheless, it's something I'd like to see.

Pinterest is an amazing thing, isn't it? Here's to hoping every link you pin stays on the Internet forever!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Bullet Journaling & General Productivity

So sometime late last year, maybe November 2014, I stumbled upon a video on Bullet Journaling. I really don't remember much about how I found it, but I remembered the system. I tried it out in a binder, and it was pretty cool. Now, I'm doing it in an official notebook. So far, I've been using it for logging: diet, purchases, screen time, what I watched, what I did, sometimes, even, what I wore. So now I have an informal journal again. Now that I've decreased my backlog of digital clutter, I feel lighter. In terms of the other clutter backlog, I had paper EVERYWHERE, and now it's contained in one binder.

It is unbelievably satisfying to be using up a random notebook leftover from high school chemistry. HIGH. SCHOOL. I'm not necessarily a hoarder (ok, maybe somewhat...), but I have a weird thing for keeping paper... it's not necessarily being eco-conscious (but I'd like to think it is). I just don't want to throw out unused paper. Plus, I have a penchant for notebooks and pens. I'd like to think that I kept that notebook because I don't really see grid-lined paper all over the place.

I've been addicted to watching Bullet Journal videos. From that I'm getting tips on how to go about journaling. For example, two great tips I've stumbled upon are spacing between weeks in the monthly spread and putting stickers in the corner of pages that are completed/no longer need to be looked at. I kind of think I've seen everything I need to, so I'll just watch more videos if anything looks interesting in my feed.

It's nice and surprising that I'm not anal about numbering pages. But I am anal about all the information that goes in it. It's a little neurotic, but I'm being accountable of everything I'm doing. By using the Bullet Journal, I'm actually keeping track of my time and what I do. It's also pretty satisfying to see what I've accomplished. I feel like this will help me minimize my life at the end of the year when I review it.

A SUPER-PLUS of the system is that I get the satisfaction of writing instead on brain dumping into a a digital medium. And I've heard that you learn better when you write versus typing.



Another thing for productivity is The Secret Weapon.

It's a little involved, but has been helpful in the past for digital To Do's. It is VERY helpful if you need to prioritize many things. If a lot of other people are involved with your tasks, you can also use your tags to categorize the tasks you need to do, sort by location, or to delegate them.

I find that I don't like The Secret Weapon as much due to the fact that I feel as if my tasks get lost when I type them into Evernote... Evernote is more of a brain dump. I'm pretty much in love with my Bullet Journal. I like the Bullet Journal because what I need to get done for the day doesn't become lost with other tasks. I've gotten to the point where I have some projects to complete, but they're not urgent or that important, so I can just look them up for a rainy day.



I've also employed the Eisenhower Decision Matrix. (see also: The Art of Manliness's version)

Now that the backlog is pretty much organized and caught up, it's amazing to prioritize your tasks. This is good if you have a lot to do. Obviously, you can do whatever you want first, but the quadrants pretty much spell it out for you. I would suggest tackling those big rocks, but also have some easy, "fun" tasks to do to take a break, and get that hit of dopamine when you cross something off.



Quick Productivity Tip: For things you don't want to do, set an alarm for 25 minutes and work straight through. Give yourself a 5 minute break, and go again! (I think this is called the Pomodoro Method.)


A little more about me and journals...

I've been journaling since 1998. As the years progress, the way I would write evolved. More recently, my journaling has been about goals I have for my life. The evolution to the Bullet Journal is the next step. I can keep track of anything and everything for not only productivity, but personal reasons. I'm in love with the system.

I've been keeping track of what I eat, what I watch, and my daily amount of screen time. A little more recently, I started making to-do lists in there and I find that they actually get done! More recently, actually a few days ago, I started putting quotes in there. Once I start using a nicer book (I got a Moleskine for my birthday!), I may even paste in ticket stubs and fortune cookie fortunes that I like. A little while ago, I brain dumped the idea of using a productivity "to-do" notebook chronologically (if that makes sense), and the Bullet Journal was basically the answer to that idea.

I'm in love with this system, and you should try it too!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Nifty Thrifty Tag

This tag was going around the YouTube-osphere a while back. Here's my (non-videoed) take on it!

1. Most expensive thing you've thrifted:
I thrifted a bike from Savers for $49.99. I haven't gotten around to refilling the tires with air, but I'm looking forward to some jaunts on it this summer.

2. Least expensive thing you've thrifted:
Plates, mugs, & glasses for $.49. I have an affinity for these, but need to have some self control because you only need so many!
Little plates like these come in handy for soap dishes, plate stands, and accessory corralling. 

3. Favorite thing you've thrifted:
Three-way tie! I can't help it! I love my floral blouse with sheer sleeves, my green 90's sleeveless maxi, and my ugly grandpa sweater.
1. 90's green maxi   2. Grandpa sweater   3. Floral blouse

4. Most regretted purchase:
A lovely, but never worn fur mink stole.

5. Favorite thrift store:
No preference. Plato's for on-trend clothes, Savers for a nicer selection, and Goodwill for the thrill of the hunt, vintage-y pieces.

6. Weirdest thing you've thrifted:
A light blue vintage maxi sleeping dress/slip. I was going to wear it for Halloween as a "sexy" (ish) Cinderella, but decided against it.

7. Most worn thrifted item:
Oh gosh. There are a couple. I'd say, any shorts from Plato's Closet. Wore them everyday this summer!

8. Favorite thrift experience:
Anytime I'm with the S.O., thrifting with my friend T in Missouri.

9. Best thrift deal:
A gray Gap cardigan with brown elbow patches or my DVF luggage/overnight bag.


10. Longest owned thrifted item:
It's all such a blur that I have to cop out and go with my Polo sweaters I got off eBay in 2008. I got one at the outlet and needed more. They're cropped hoodies, and they're my absolute favorite! I'm actually wearing my navy one right now! The ones with pockets have holes, and I'm hoping to get a couple more years out of them. I don't know what I'll do when they're gone!

11. Favorite thrifted fashion trend:
Big cozy grandpa sweaters. If you can style it in a way that you can wear it out of the house without embarrassment, you've won.
I also love floral.



Send me a link if you do this!

Later, Lovelies!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

I feel a little hipstery.

Definitely a different kind of sound, reminiscent of Gotye's Sombody I Used to Know.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Thrifting for Charity!

Just a quick post today!

Today I wanted to tell you all about WebThriftStore.

Web Thrift Store is a site where you can get rid of your cast-offs and donate to a good cause -your choice!

iPhone users can check out their app, ThriftSnap.

All I know is that it sounds like a great business model. It pretty much ensures that your item will go to a person, instead of Africa (where our old clothes inflate the prices of the local textile economy), and proceeds go to the charity of your choice!

Check them out, lovelies!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Empties & Retirees

I've been putting this off for so long that I'm just going to do it. Skipped some products because I waited so long I just have too many! This has been a long-time coming type thing, and I waited too long that it just needs to happen. It's the new year, and I have a bag of trash hanging about! Normally, people do videos for these. I'm not trying to be a YouTube makeup guru, but it would've been nice to make a video. Unfortunately, I am just too uptight with the production aspect. I don't have the best equipment, let alone a nice background (IMHO), and with the volume of items, it would've taken too much editing. I think it would be fun though, I just have to prioritize some things before this blog.

Anyway! Here's what I'd like to call, Empties & Retirees! Sorry, no pictures. I really wanted to get rid of all the trash, and stock photos would make this post HUGE!

Hair Care

Pantene Pro-V Volumizing Shampoo & Conditioner
This one is a favorite. I've recently switched to L'Oreal. The S.O. likes the smell of L'Oreal, but it doesn't get sudsy like I like. Will probably go back to Pantene, plus it's a larger size so I'll have to replace it less and there's less packaging to dispose of.

Matrix Biolage Conditoner
Conditioner. 'Nuff said. If I remember correctly, it's a little pricey. I got it specifically for detangling like the stylist suggested, but didn't notice anything game changing.

BigSexyHair Volumizing Dry Shampoo
I swear by this stuff. Haven't tried Batiste yet, but this gets the job done. A little pricey, but it's phenomenal. 

Renewing Argan Oil of Morocco
Not sure what the actual brand of this is -got it at Target. It moisturized my hair and made it pretty silky. Like it, but don't need it. I swear by Chi Ionizing Oil, which, I'm surprised I haven't run out of that yet!

Face Care

Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash
It worked, but I added tea tree oil to it. Would give it another go, without the tea tree oil. I'm kind of trying out different things 'til I find something I love.

Garnier Radiance Renewer Cleansing Gelee
Same as above with the tea tree oil.

Garnier Skin Renew Dark Spot Corrector
Hope in a bottle. I didn't notice much, but I felt like it diminished dark spots the first time I used it.

Tea Tree Oil
I'll swear by this. A little harsh, but gets the job done. It was recommended on the interwebs to add it to your face wash, but I feel like that doesn't do much, and probably diminishes the integrity of the face wash formula. I would swipe it on your face and let it absorb. Best acne treatment I've used.

Makeup

Revlon Age Defying Foundation
I'm a fan of the ColorStay line. This was fine as a regular foundation, but again it's really hope in a bottle if you buy it for its claims.

Olay CC Cream
I like this for a general moisturizer... My wallet doesn't. It's hope in a jar, but it's not like it's horrible. Garnier's BB Cream offers better coverage (since its a BB), if that's what you're going for.

Smashbox Photo Finish Color Correcting Primer
It's a good product, but I'm still not convinced I need ANY primer in my routine (I haven't noticed anything life changing since starting to use primers).

ELF Tinted Moisturizer
I like the coverage and the price point. Not much to say, but I'd gladly repurchase this!

ELF Mineral Face Primer
It's tinted green to diminish redness, but I didn't notice much. Like I said, I'll use primers, but I don't really notice the staying power they're supposed to provide.

Two EOS and two Baby Lips
I prefer EOS over Baby Lips. I had one medicated Baby Lips that I loved and the black one from the neon line. I ended up scraping out the neon one into a pot lip balm because I hated the color. The other lip balm thankfully diluted the color. Can't tell if I'd purchase EOS over medicated Baby Lips, but we'll see when the day comes that I run out of lip balm.

Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Felt Liner
This was fine. I'm more of a kohl kind of gal, but I'd be willing to give a felt liner another go. My thing is that I tightline over making cat eyes, but maybe I'll get another felt liner to master the cat eye!

Nars Orgasm Blush
Loved this, but I don't need it in my life. Turns out I don't really notice the difference between blush shades, I just want some color on my cheeks. Found an awesome dupe though. Check out the post here.

Lotion

Pink Body Lotion in Frosted Peony and Amber
This one is an absolute favorite!!! My LDBF (Long Distance BF) gifted it to me a while ago. I couldn't find it online (except eBay) because I think it was from the Holiday Collection. A little tempted to get one off eBay though.

Suave Professionals Moroccan Infusion (Sample)
Absorbs quickly into the skin, but after a while the smell was nauseating.

Suave Skin Solutions with Cocoa Butter and Shea
32 oz. I don't remember the price, but I'll assume it's economical. Purchased this the same time I purchased my Pantene shampoo and conditioner, and they lasted about the same time, which was a long time!

Fragrance

Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue
I know it's a trendy scent, but I would repurchase... sad it's gone.

Three body sprays from Bath & Body Works
Be Enchanted, Japanese Cherry Blossom, and Country Chic.
Country Chic is definitely my favorite with Japanese Cherry Blossom in second.

And an honorable mention:
I used my first false eyelashes! Nothing special. Salon Perfect from Wal-Mart. My friend and I did false eyelashes for the first time together back in August. One eye was wonky, but the other was perfect. Only got a second use out of them, but I didn't expect many more.



The Retirees portion is stuff that isn't consumable/toiletries/makeup that deserve a proper online burial.

Five pairs of (cheap!) sunglasses broke on me.
One pair of socks that I've had since high school, never used in the past couple of years, had holes, and I had no clue why they were still there.
My modernphilosophy wrap bracelet that I absolutely loved. The thread had worn and I kept losing beads.

So I hope that this will help you in case you're doing research on products to try. And if you made it this far, go you!

Side note: These are most of my empties since April 2014.

Hope your new year has had a great start, Lovelies!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

How To Destroy Angels - The Loop Closes



Really diggin' this as I declutter. I've got a couple How to Destroy Angels songs on the playlist. Check them out on YouTube! Other songs have more lyrics. This one is NIN-esque.

Friday, January 9, 2015

New Year, New Me? Not really.

The holiday season begins just after Halloween and comes to a head during Christmas. For me, the New Year is a laid-back holiday until the night of. Then, a week later it's my birthday -right after all the hustle and bustle. It's quiet. It's reserved. But it's nice when it's acknowledged.

New Year, new me? Not really.

But I am clearing out and uncluttering. Right now, I've got a lot of places of backlog or clutter in general. It just seems to be everywhere!!! Closet, to-do lists, online, files. I'm just overwhelmed.

I've been trying to take a break in general to clean all this out. That's what I'm doing right now. Life just gets in the way, and life creates it. I even have a backlog of blog posts that need to be finished! This is a lower priority though.

My goal is to get to a point where there is no backlog. I just want to single-task and do what I need to do as it arises.

That sounds so nice.

It's a new year, but not a new me... maybe a lighter one though.

Any tips on clutter clearing are welcome!