LIFE IS SO beautiful. So full of magic and possibilities.

Dear Wonderful Reader,

LIFE IS SO beautifulSo full of magic and possibilities. When Billy died, I thought that my story had come to an end. But I was wrong.

Joe helped me to find something I had lost along the way.  Something I’d once believed so strongly: that the storms of life are bound to come, but maybe even in the storms, in the loneliest  times of all, you’re never really alone.

Love is the most powerful thing on Earth. I’ve seen what it can do. And it can do amazing things. Sometimes I imagine a world where everyone knows of a love that’s unconditional. And what a beautiful world it is.

I think Billy had it right, that there truly is enough love to go around. All you have to do is share it.

What is God’s love is like the sun constant and unchanging? What if you woke up one day and realized…nothing can take away?”

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P.S. Watch this life-transforming movie as soon as you can. Also there is a book version!

Style Crush: Carey Mulligan’s Minimal, Elegant, and Feminine Style

Dear Wonderful Reader,

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The Most Perfect Dress!

I’m obsessed with Carey Mulligan style. This young starlet may let her style go when she’s running errands or getting a cup of coffee, but I think it’s only out of laziness and carelessness. But when she’s is dressing up for events, she dresses like a fashion goddess!! Mulligan’s style is minimal, elegant, and feminine. Did I mention I’m totally in love with her style?!

I divided her style into four different categories, since she likes to switch it up sometimes. I especially love how she just ditches jewelry!

*Even though diamonds are a girl’s best friend and I owe many jewelry pieces and I love them and I’m always tempted to buy more, when it comes to putting on outfits, I feel like the less jewelry the better: minimal to no jewelry make the woman look more effortless, clean (cut), sleek, and sexy because it focuses the attention on her skin and silhouette and it implies that she doesn’t need the aid of a bling to be noticed (was that the longest sentence ever?!). Personally and most importantly, minimal jewelry make me feel more comfortable and liberated. Though, I’m not swearing off buying jewelry or anything!

 My favorite category<3

A. Sleek, Modern, Minimal, & Sexy

 B. Fabulous & Whimsical

C. Elegant, Vintage, & Old-lady Like (I mean that in a positive way)

P.S. I owe lots of old-lady pieces and I love them! They’re just so elegant!

D. Quirky & Fun

E. Uhmm… Uncategorized 

Amazing…right?!

Operation Happy Happy Joy Joy!

Dear Wonderful Reader,
I had the honor to participate in fellow blogger Keith project, Happy Happy Joy Joy. He is trying to explore what gives people hope and joy to help everyone stay motivated, but especially those who are struggling with physical or emotional burdens in their lives.

Click here to check out Keith’s blog for some great inspiration. Follow him and support this great message. It will be awesome if some of you participated to; all the information are on his blog.

Thank you Keith for giving me this amazing opportunity!

-Christina

Françoise de Felice Ghostly Art

Dear Wonderful Reader,

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Carlin, 2012

I am absolutely mesmerized with French-Italian artist, Françoise de Felice ghostly paintings to the point that I sat down, thought hard and came up with a few theories to explain her work.

But first, I should let you enjoy this crazy ride!

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L’amazone, “The Horsewoman”
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Les souliers rouges, “The Red Shoes”
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Bord de mer, “Seaside”
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L’oiseau bleu, “Bluebird”
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Insousciance, “Recklessness”, 2011
L'heure blanche, "The White Hour", 2011
L’heure blanche, “The White Hour”, 2011
Conte d'automne, "Autumn Tale"
Conte d’automne, “Autumn Tale”
Vernissage, 2012, "Varnishing"
Vernissage, 2012, “Varnishing”
Les dames du poète, "The Ladies of the Poet"
Les dames du poète, “The Ladies of the Poet”
Visite au musée, "Museum Visit"
Visite au musée, “Museum Visit”

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555841_633538400000011_403548658_nHow cool is this dog!!! Notice the contrast between the openness of his body language and the warmth in his eyes versus the owner’s stiff body stance and aloof stare. Nonetheless, it looks like the dog loves its owner just as she is! She probably likes him too since she’s letting him cling to her, despite her pearls and expensive clothes.

Theory #1

I love that her paintings look like the surreal fragments of a beautiful dream blending in together. They remind of that moment when you first wake up after having a series of dreams. And how when you try to recall your dreams your brain kinda shows you different snippents of them and you feel like you remember them exactly, yet you can’t verbalize them into words cause their so distorted.

Theory #2

Felice’s work is very psychological as her paintings explore the human psyche and how the human isn’t just a “human”. Instead, we are our spirit, soul, body, mind and God knows what else! All those parts are fighting to be prominent and dominate or rather to be their own distinctive entites. Next to that internal battle, there is a also an external battle with fellow humans (and they could be the closest people to you such as your kids, siblings, or friends as some paintings suggest), animals and outside forces. The art work showcases that ultimately those battles can be won or rather tolerated and all those forces and entities can live harmoniously. Also, they suggest that messy relationships, frustration, and struggle add passion to life and make it more beautiful, and interesting.

Theory #3

Stream of consciousness!

 

P.S I’m interested to know what do you think those paintings represent!

 

 

Spring Trends: Metallic Gold Nails Easy Manicure Tutorial

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How amazing does a fresh manicure feel?! 

Metallics are making a comeback this Spring and it’s rather a glamorous one. I fell in love with Gold Medal from Sinful Colors ($2) the moment I saw it at the drug store. Gold is a perfect color to try out this trend with because it’s neutral enough to  blend in with your skin tone and it’s also metallic.  The color is fun, classy, and glamorous. It will give your gold jewelry a kick too!

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(Right to Left…Sorry, I didn’t have the “mirror” effect)

  1. Nail Clipper
  2. Cuticle Pusher
  3. Cuticle Nipper
  4. Nail File
  5. Sinful Colors nail polish in Gold Medal
  6. Sally Hansen – Super Shine, Top Coat
  7. Nail Polish Remover
  8. Q tips – Precision Tips
  9. Vaseline Total Moisture Healthy Hand & Nail Conditioning Lotion
  10. Johnson’s Baby Oil Gel Shea and Cocoa Butter

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  1. Take off any old nail polish with nail polish remover. Then, soak your hands in a bowl of mild hot water for 10 minutes to soften and loosen your cuticles. Feel free to substitute the bowl technique with taking a bath.
  2. Clip your nails to the desired length with a nail clipper. I like mine short!
  3. Gently push back your cuticles with the cuticle pusher. Then nip off the excess dead skin. I tend to over do this step and then regret it later. So, keep in mind that less is more with this step.
  4. File your nails!
  5. Apply one coat of the nail polish color. One coat is enough for this color since it’s not sheer. *Many people advise to apply two coats but I find that this prevents my polish from looking smooth and even.
  6. Apply the top coat for a glossy finish. This is the best top coat, I have ever used. It’s very shiny and it dries very quickly.IMG_4432
  7. If you are like me, and you kinda paint the polish all over your nails and skin and you end up with hands that look like a hot mess, then this step is crucial for you. Add a little nail polish remover in the nail polish remover’s lid. Then, dip the Q – tip in the nail polish remover and press firmly on the skin around your nails. *For this step I used the Precision Tips Q tips (around $3), which are basically Q tips that are enhanced for special uses. Their tips are slimmer and firmer than normal Q tips. I also tried using the generic Q tips but they were useless since their tips were bigger and softer.
  8. Wait until your polish dries. Then, rub the conditioning lotion into your skin. And for a little extra sass, rub your skin with gel baby oil. This product smells delicious and I find the gel form more manageable and less messy.

Happy Pampering!!!

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IMG_4442P. S. Go the extra mile and treat yourself to this lovely hand and arm massage. You can enhance it and perform it on yourself or just have a friend or a loved one assist you.

The Easiest and Most Beautiful DIY Project on the Planet

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I had so much fun with this project. It was such a joy to walk on the beach and look for all those little treasures. Luckily for me, It had plenty of them. Those precious seashells made me realize that beauty is all around us, we just need to make ourselves aware of it.

I placed my vase (or actually wine glass lol) on my desk, where I can see it constantly, because it inspires me to be creative and think outside of the box. Also, because it’s so beautiful and I’m very proud of it!

Another perfect place for it would be… the bathroom since seashells have a calming, soothing effect to them and they remind us of the beach. It will be the perfect view when you’re taking a relaxing bath.

Enjoy and tell me which version is your favorite!

Steps

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1. Collect them! Try to only collect whole (none-broken ones) or whatever your eyes find appealing.
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2. Wash them with mild hot water and let them sit for 10 minutes.
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3. lay them out on their backs and let them air dry for as long as they need. Use a blow dryer if you’d like to speed up the process.
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4. Divide them by pattern, shape, size, color, or whatever looks good to you.
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5. Get a wine glass (like I used), bowl, vase, or anything that’s transparent.

Results

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This is the version featured above!
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This is the version featured above!

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You can spray-paint them as well, but I figured nail polish is cheaper and more accessible. I find that nail polish colors that work best are the ones that are almost transparent and/or only provide a nice sheen.
 

P.S. For an extra sassy kick spray them throughly (before placing them in the bowl) with your favorite perfume/spray, preferably one that smells ocean-y or a tropical one.

The Beauty of Life: A Lighthouse

Dear Wonderful Reader,

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I’m infatuated with lighthouses; I find them  quaint, symbolic, and somehow very setimental.

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“There is no fog so dense, no night so dark, no gale so strong, no mariner so lost but what its beacon light can rescue. It beckons through the storms of life. It calls,

‘This way to safety; this way to home.’
― Thomas S. Monson

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Perhaps its their classic charm, that brings me comfort. Unlike cars or phones, a lighthouse has always looked like a lighthouse and this sense of familiarity is so nice to have in an age where everything and everyone gets a makeover.

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Gazing at a lighthouse fills my soul with a great sense of tranquility. They blend in so beautifully with nature, because they haven’t been altered and stained with modern day technology. Breathe deeply and take in the serene sky, the crystal water, and the peaceful lighthouse in this picture; relax and clear your mind!

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Perhaps its the metaphoric significance of their function: they provide light to those who are lost or struggling in deep sea. The kind of light that promises home to the lost, and hope to those who are fighting vigorous waters.

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“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

(John 8:12)

They symbolize God and his promise to us: no matter how murky it gets, there is always a guiding light to a  safe shore.

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Perhaps its their graceful strength and how they stand tall and still in the midst of ferocious waters and ruthless storms.

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This amazing lighthouse located in Long Beach, CA is where I had my very first, real date (along with other spots). It was a great day and the date was very special. This bitter-sweet Lighthouse will always hold a special place in my heart.

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“Man must behave like a lighthouse; he must shine day and night for the goodness of everyman.”
― Mehmet Murat ildan

Works that Feature Lighthouses

  • Most of Nicholas Sparks novels (Sorry, can’t remember which ones exactly)
  • Share with me, any artistic/literary (music or movies even) works that feature Lighthouses in THAT way.

 

P.S. Shine like a beacon today!

Happy, Happy, Happy!

Dear Wonderful Reader,

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Happy First Day of Spring!

Oh, today is also International Day of Happiness!

What a cool coincidence (though, not sure if IHD falls on the same day every year, but do correct me if I’m wrong).

And can we just pause and appreciate the metaphorical significance of this!

Do something that makes you happy today and tell me about it!

-Love

Christina

Musical Monday: Lana Del Rey and Other Disasters

Dear Wonderful Follower,

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(I know it’s not Monday, but this post is about Musical Monday.)

So I don’t know if you noticed (you probably didn’t), but I have been neglecting posting anything in Musical Monday (which is a day dedicated to “review” a music album and introduce you to it; I promise I have a good taste in music). “Why”, you say. Well, truth of the matter is, I am a little (?) OCD and before doing those posts for you I have to listen to the whole album religiously, dissect its lyrics, read a few official reviews and a few user reviews, think about it, and then write about in a very precise and eloquent fashion, which requires a lot of time and revisions. But, I am starting to rethink this tedious  process because music is like art, it is not about what it is, it’s about what it makes you feel, or something like that! Also, I want to introduce you to many great artists and bands because I know how can music revive the soul, and inspire the mind. And isn’t just so great to find THAT one album that you listen to on repeat for months, and then years later when you hear it again, you’re suddenly struck with a vision of younger-you with all its memories, emotions, great triumphs. And really, really stupid mistakes, and at this moment you either laugh or weep.

So enough with the rambling! Next up, I am going to be featuring my home girl, Lana Del Rey, because, really, writing about Lana Del Rey is like a rite of passage to any female music blogger. Oh, did I mention she’s is totally haunting!

To give you a little sneak peak I am also going to be featuring: The 1975, their song “Chocolate” is totally addicting. And Gabriella  Alpin, London Grammar ……….. and many, many more. Stay Tuned!

P.S. I can’t believe that I reached a 1,000 (A THOUSAND) followers. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you! You’re the BOMB.COM!

Love,

-Christina

P.S. Sorry for that misleading title!

Thoughtful Thursday: The Great Gatsby Quotes-Picture Book Pt. 2

Dear Wonderful Reader,

I couldn’t help but share with you  some more of my favorite quotes that gave me many insights about life. I am totally addicted to “The Great Gatsby”; I love the novel and the movie too much. They just transport me to another realm, that is surreal and whimsical (even if the ending is sad!).

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“In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since. Whenever you feel like criticizing any one,” he told me, “just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.”

tumblr_n26c15aMfb1sgti6po1_500“I like large parties. They’re so intimate. At small parties there isn’t any privacy.”

tumblr_n2c81anfWb1rv4djuo1_500“It’s a great advantage not to drink among hard-drinking people. You can hold your tongue, and, moreover, you can time any little irregularity of your own so that everybody else is so blind that they don’t see or care.”

THE GREAT GATSBY“I love New York on summer afternoons when everyone’s away. There’s something very sensuous about it – overripe, as if all sorts of funny fruits were going to fall into your hands.”

tumblr_n2ee5oBDlS1rzghbto1_500“Her face was sad and lovely with bright things in it, bright eyes and a bright passionate mouth, but there was an excitement in her voice that men who had cared for her found difficult to forget: a singing compulsion, a whispered “Listen,” a promise that she had done gay, exciting things just a while since and that there were gay, exciting things hovering in the next hour.”

tumblr_n26fpwRpi81su4qbjo1_500“The officer looked at Daisy while she was speaking, in a way that every young girl wants to be looked at sometime, and because it seemed romantic to me I have remembered the incident ever since.”

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“As I watched him he adjusted himself a little, visibly. His hand took hold of hers, and as she said something low in his ear he turned toward her with a rush of emotion. I think that voice held him most, with its fluctuating, feverish warmth, because it couldn’t be over-dreamed — that voice was a deathless song.”

tumblr_n0wbxc14XB1qdts75o1_500“I wasn’t actually in love, but I felt a sort of tender curiosity.”

tobey_maguire_in_the_great_gatsby-wide“Do you ever wait for the longest day of the year and then miss it? I always wait for the longest day of the year and then miss it!”

tumblr_n06u9kAFhX1rx54tto1_500“Can’t repeat the past?” he cried incredulously. “Why of course you can!” He looked around him wildly, as if the past were lurking here in the shadow of his house, just out of reach of his hand.”

tumblr_n23zcnn5qf1to7dqgo1_500“They’re a rotten crowd’, I shouted across the lawn. ‘You’re worth the whole damn bunch put together.”

tumblr_mnh5xllOxa1sptodbo1_500“So I walked away and left him standing there in the moonlight – watching over nothing.”

325x227>“The loneliest moment in someone’s life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly.”

tumblr_n26ta5KtmL1szblxvo1_500“Let us learn to show our friendship for a man when he is alive and not after he is dead.”

THE GREAT GATSBY“At the enchanted metropolitan twilight I felt a haunting loneliness sometimes, and felt it in others — poor young clerks who loitered in front of windows waiting until it was time for a solitary restaurant dinner — young clerks in the dusk, wasting the most poignant moments of night and life.”

tumblr_muhbdtk2mY1sdjjebo1_500“It occurred to me that there was no difference between men, in intelligence or race, so profound as the difference between the sick and the well.”

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