Thursday, January 30, 2014

Books that will make you braver (than you already are)

What is brave anyway?

Our brother-in-law fears flying. Over 10 years ago, he threw up after a 2-hour flight, and hasn't flown since. People think he is a coward because of that, but they are wrong.

Our brother-in-law is on the SWAT team, and risks his life everyday to protect the gang-infested streets of one of America's toughest neighborhoods. His job entails getting shot at by dangerous people, and he has had more close calls than his wife would like to know about. But fighting crime is what he wanted to do since he was a child, and no one could stop him from living that dream.

He's not brave for being able to stand up to murderers and drug lords, though we appreciate him for doing that. He's brave because he knew exactly what he wanted and chased after it, despite a high probability of getting hurt along the way.

You are brave.

Little by little, step by step, you make your dream come true. You will get hurt, but you will not falter.

Girl, you got this. You know it.

Books that will make you braver than you already are:

Sunday, January 26, 2014

K.I.S.S - Casual Chic Mom's Styling Tip for Mix & Match (Fashion Blog Post)

"Let's KISS!"



Said the silver-haired software developer as I, the newest hire, over-zealously asked pressed a million questions on a system that he created -- and has been supporting -- for the past 30 years.

Why does data travel this way? Why don't you render this-and-that to the front end? Why use such primitive technology? On and on went my questions -- worthless, futile, all-over-the-place questions that provided zero relief to a tight deadline.

"Keep. It. Simple. Stupid."

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Best eyeliner for waterline? Urban Decay eyeliner review. (Beauty Blog Post)

Three factors determine the best eyeliner for waterline: it doesn't run or smudge, it lasts long, and it doesn't irritate.

When an eager salesperson introduced Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner pencil as the "best eyeliner for waterline," I knew exactly what to test for.

The eyeliner also cost around $20, which is twice the amount of quality drugstore liners, so expectation for Urban Decay was especially high.

Why so strict, girlie blogger? Because, you see, eyeliners are extremely personal to women.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Pink at Any Age (Fashion Blog Post)

I know I missed a few decades.

But it's late.

Have a wonderful, fashionable weekend!

Friday, January 10, 2014

Weekend Recommend - Workout in Style (Fashion Blog Post)

Is it me or are gym clothes more fashionable nowadays?

For those of you who resolute to get in better shape, you can now work out and look stylish. From a stay-at-home mom who wear gym clothes all day, below are tried-and-true workout clothes with both function and fashion.

1. Champion Compression Sports Bra

I've purchased about 5 of these -- two of which I currently wear.

For running, I've tried Adidas, Nike, DKNY...all comfortable sports bras, but Champion Compression provides the best support. With other brands I had to wear an additional bra under, otherwise the "girls" bounced all over the place. With Champion Compression, moving parts stayed in place.

I've stuck with Champion since day one, and it's been about five years.

Please know that, like others, this sports bra does stretch out, and might tear over time. But overall -- and as much as I use it -- it offers quality at fair price.

You can find it here if you're interested.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Casual Chic Attire - Make Date Night Happen! (Fashion Blog Post)

All parents need date nights.

After our first was born, it took my husband and I almost an entire year to learn this lesson -- but better late than never. We now go on a date night once every two months.

Staying home with a new baby for months on straight drove us nuts! Dinner-bath-bed, dinner-bath-bed -- every single night. It didn't help that we lived in a pretty happening part of town, just a few blocks from bars and restaurants. Every time a young couple paraded by, chuckling and holding hands and dressed for a fun night out, we were reminded of lost freedom.

Go out then. What's wrong with you?

Friday, January 3, 2014

New Year. New You. Try Something New. (Fashion Blog Post)


A quick fashion blog post before the weekend starts.

It's a new year. It's a new you. It's time to try something new. 

Me? I'm wearing green.

Not much of a green person, but something about the shirt's sheen piqued an interest.