September Favorites

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Hello everyone! I feel terrible for missing last Friday’s post and want to give you a quick update on what’s been going on with me lately. Basically, I’ve been dealing with a stomach thing for the past month and the end of last week was terrible. Without going too much into detail there have been days where just thinking of food has been enough to make me ill. The worst past about this is because everything has been making me nauseous I haven’t been eating and my energy levels have been way down. Which has not been good for blogging (or anything really), but after resting all weekend I’m feeling better and hopefully won’t be getting sick again any time soon.

Now onto the bulk of this post – my favorites from the month of September! This was one of those months that flew by in a blink for me. So many great things happened , like Burning Man and the Oakland Bicycle Music Festival, where I was surrounded by friends having the most incredible time of my life. I also really got into writing this month – which has been a fantastic creative outlet for me and has had the surprising (and amazing) side effect of me finding a really lovely community of like minded people here on WordPress. So if you’ve chatted with me on here lately – I appreciate it so much and thank you for being so friendly. Anyway, I wanted to take this post to look back at everything wonderful that’s happened this month and all the reasons why I should ignore my stomach issues and look back on September fondly.

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Blogging

Hands down one of my favorite things that’s happened this month is the amount of effort I’ve put into Sometimes I Cook. This past month has been pretty stressful because, after a brief hiatus from work, I decided to throw all my effort into finding a job that would help me on my path toward a career in education. Not only that, but I’ve begun working on applications for masters and teaching certification programs as well. All this has meant a lot of time spent on the computer and in an effort to keep my productivity up (and stress levels down) I took to writing more. Which has been amazing and I’ve been so happy to incorporate more of my interests into the blog – instead of just recipe posts. As much as I adore cooking, I don’t always have time to take on the effort of coming up with a new recipe then glam it up for the blog. Writing about things that have been happening in my life or browsing Pinterest to find fun looking fall inspired crafts has been such great form of stress relief. So yes, because of that there’s been a ton more lifestyle-esk posts.

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Positivity Journal 

So this one’s a bit personal, but I thought it might be nice to share in case anyone else might find it helpful. In the past I have had some problems with depression and just kind of easily getting down on myself in general. I’m not sure why. I certainly don’t have the hardest life in the world, but because of my perfectionism and issues with anxiety I just end up feeling as if I’m never quite good enough. Which is where this journal comes in. I’m always looking for things to help remind myself that I’m just as worthy a human being as everyone else, so when I walked past this at Barnes and Noble I had to stop for a look. The journal is called “The Grass Is Green Enough!” and is basically made up of prompts (some easy, some more in depth) that you complete to help yourself with living a more positive life. There are a ton of these types of journals – I chose this one because the prompts are fairly lighthearted plus there are beautiful motivational quotes dotted throughout the book to help inspire you between prompts.

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Crabtree & Evelyn Hand Cream

I went to Marshall’s the other day and may have accidentally left with a teeny-tiny very small beauty haul. Okay so really I left with the entire Dirty Work’s bath line (which is absolutely lovely), but the real show stoppers from my haul were Crabtree & Evelyn’s English Honey & Peach Blossom hand cream and My Beauty Diary Black Pearl Mask 10 Pack. So first the hand cream and oh my lord is it incredible. I have no idea how I’d never heard of this brand before. Maybe I’ve been living under a rock and everyone else knows of them, but this is seriously the nicest hand cream I think I’ve ever owned. The predominant smell is definitely the honey, but I think what makes the scent so lovely is the peach – it brings a wonderful freshness that keeps the lotion from being sickly sweet. I think the only thing I can compare it too is honeysuckles whilst still on the tree. Fresh and light. My only downside to this hand cream is that it does take a while to set. Which I suppose is necessary because it definitely does delivery on it’s ultra-moisturizing promise and leaves your hands feeling incredibly soft (which is going to be a god send for the coming winter months.)

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My Beauty Diary Sheet Masks

Continuing on with my second favorite purchase from my Marshall’s haul – the My Beauty Diary Black Pearl sheet masks. I just about died when I saw these. I don’t know when Marshall’s started carrying Asian beauty products, but I am all about it. My Beauty Diary is a fantastic brand which (before this) I’d yet to buy from because it is on the more expensive side compared to products from The Face Shop and Daiso. However, when I saw these I knew I had to try them! The first thing I noticed after taking them out of the package was that the mask was backed with plastic. I’ve noticed this as a trend in the higher end face masks I’ve bought. I’m not sure about the reason behind it, maybe so the mask can absorb more of the essence? Probably. Anyway, you definitely get your money’s worth in moisturizing power with these masks because they are super duper saturated with product. They’re actually pretty horrifying when you first put them on because the sheets are translucent and they’re so slimy that it basically looks like you’re molting. Hahaha all seriousness though, I really love these masks – my skin feels so soft and moisturized after using them that I’ll gladly look like a mess for thirty minutes.

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I’m really too attractive on pamper nights

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Photography

Okay, now to be honest I wasn’t completely sure whether or not I should post this here – mostly because I’m not exactly the world’s best photographer. When I first started this blog I was convinced that I would never be able to take a decent photo, but since then I’ve found that I’ve ever so slowly improved in my picture taking ability. I mean I’m still pretty terrible with angles, usually have problematic lighting, and shake like a tree in gale force winds, but I am determined not to let my shortcomings stop me from learning how to better capture beautiful moments on film. And bless Eric for being so incredibly supportive because he bought me a Nikon D3300 to help me get started in the world of photography. I’ve been slowly figuring it out – I was super excited to attempt shots of the Blood Moon Eclipse last weekend, but had my dreams smashed when I found out that different photos will sometimes require different lenses. Lesson learned. So hopefully you’ll start to see even better pictures on here as I continue to learn the ins and outs of photography as an art form.

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Bicycle Music Festival at Lake Merritt

Hello everyone! I hope you all had fantastic weekends! Mine was… hot. Which is quite funny because I literally just wrote a post on welcoming fall at the end of last week. But yes, I feel like summer in the Bay Area is a bit extended and really doesn’t end until late October so the days have not exactly been getting cooler.  At any rate I’m going to keep pretending autumn is here until it truly arrives in November haha.

So, speaking of hot weather, we decided to get out of our blistering apartment and head over to the Bicycle Music Festival in Oakland on Sunday – which was an absolute blast! Basically we grabbed a spot on the amphitheater lawn, lounged around in the sun next to the lake, and chatted the day away with friends. They also had the most delicious smoothies and ice cream that you made by peddling bicycles with blenders and churners attached. At the end of the day the entire festival (including the performers who hopped onto a pedal powered mini-stage) got on their bikes and paraded down the Oakland streets to the Omni Commons for an indoor concert. So yes, it was a pretty awesome way to spend a Sunday and I’ve made a small gallery for you to share the experience with me!

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Burning Man Photo Diary

Well, it’s been a whole week since I arrived back from Burning Man and as the crisp fall weather officially starts to settle in I’m really starting to miss the dry heat of Black Rock City. I don’t think there’s any way I could accurately describe the event – an art festival, a counter culture congregation, a giant disco rave in the middle of the desert – all of those describe small facets of the enormity of Burning Man. The real trouble with putting words to my experience is that, well I’d be doing just that – putting words to my own experience. Every person there went to the desert with their own agenda and, to me, the essence of Burning Man is the acceptance of/ working toward every person’s unique burn.

I met some incredible people there, listened to many wonderful stories, and came back a different (and I think better) human being. So I hope with the small bunch of pictures I took, I can convey even an ounce of the greatness that is Burning Man.

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Goodbye August & Burning Man Update

It seems that this will be my last post for August because for the next week I shall be romping around with friends in Black Rock City at Burning Man! I spent all of today working on my last burner preps and when I finally, finally finished (literally five minutes ago) I figured a short update post was in order before I set off for the desert.

I have a couple of posts planned for when I return – specifically an August favorites list and a small breakfast recipe. My hope is by having posts planned I won’t be discouraged by my absence and will be able to get right back into the swing of things.

So, with that, I hope everyone has a lovely first week of September, here are some pictures of what I worked on all day today (crayon flower gifts for Burning Man), and I’ll meet back up with you later!
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The Mustache Blog Tag

I was recently nominated for the ‘I Mustache You Some Questions’ tag by the lovely Evgenia, who is just one of the nicest people. Her blog, Living On Annette, is filled with wonderful quotes, stories, and mouth watering-ly gorgeous pictures of food (recipes included)! So a huge thanks to Evgenia for the nomination – this post has been a fun little reprieve from the swell of last minute Burning Man preparations I’m currently navigating through.

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