The Best Bits of Winter

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Hello everyone!  Since it’s been so long since I’ve made a substantial post – seriously, since before Thanksgiving… whoops – I figured it’d be best to start off the new season by writing a post on the things that make winter the greatest season of all. Obviously not my opinion, but a true fact that winter is the best. Really though, who doesn’t love winter? It’s cozy, sparkly, and there are fairy lights everywhere. I’m not sure why I love it so much and to be perfectly honest it’s like I have a full on personality change when winter hits. Any other time of year if I were to find a single bit of glitter in my apartment I would have an aneurysm, but during winter I’m just like, “Oh that’s so cute, how pretty!” I don’t know, I really don’t. Freakish tendencies aside, let’s go ahead and talk about the parts of winter that make it the king of seasons.

Fairy Lights

I will confess I’m not one of those people who actually has a set time when I think fairy lights are appropriate. I love them all year round, but I especially love when they’re out in force – which is typically around Christmas. After the hellacious five hours that were my CSet exam (really hoping I won’t have to retake that) I finally exited the building into Levi’s Plaza after the sun had gone down when all the trees were lit up and twinkling. I was so sad all I had on me was my phone because it was so beautiful and magical looking, I really need to go back and take some pictures with my real camera.

Silver & Gold

I have a feeling that this one is going to be the most disagreed with out of all my favorites, but I love the combination of metallics during the winter season. To be honest most other times of year I am a bit less inclined toward using silver and gold together, but I think the offset of white on these colors in particular is absolutely gorgeous. Plus even if you don’t have any white decorations around your home there are always the grays and whites of the weather coming in from outside your windows to compliment the warm glow inside your home.

Rustic Decor

Yet another home design element that I really love throughout the year, but find it a lot easier to find pieces for during winter versus any other season. I’ve gotten a bit overly obsessed with deer, plaid, and natural touches this year. Those things aside though, the most exciting decoration we got this year is easily our (first) Christmas tree. Which is fake so it technically only looks like a natural decoration piece. Speaking of which, if you don’t have a fireplace Netflix’s “Fireplace For Your Home” is a really lovely program to help recreate that cozy cabin ambiance in your living room.

Dismal Weather

Okay, so on face value this is probably not peoples first choice for a seasonal favorite (or really a favorite at all for that matter.) However, how lovely is it to be sitting inside cozied up under a blanket with a fire going watching the snow (or rain) fall outside. There’s just something about the terrible weather that winter often brings that amplifies the wonderfulness of creature comforts tenfold. Besides sometimes the worst storms leave the most beautiful icy scenes behind.

Lounge Wear

As much as I love dressing myself up and going out, you can bet your ass that I’m the first one to volunteer to stay home in my PJ’s, burrow under the excessive number of blankets I’ve accumulated, and chill like a puffed up squirrel. This of course means I’ve gathered quite an impressive collection of lounge wear ranging from things I could reasonably run to the grocery in (think exercise type clothes) to onesies that are dedicated to lazy days inside. Perhaps it’s the chill in the air or I just give up on being pristinely presentable as the year ends, but I find myself opting for loungier clothes much more often come wintertime.

Sweets 

Does it seem to anyone else as if every place you turn is filled with deliciousness this time of year? Maybe it’s just me, but I swear the hallmark sweets of Christmas are caramel, chocolate, and peppermint – sometimes alone, sometimes in combination. If Halloween’s candies are characterized by pure sugar flavor than Christmas’ are by smooth creaminess. Not that I’m complaining, it’s just something that I seem to have overlooked until this year after I bought a candy tray and have since had to keep it stocked.

Super Sumptuous Food

Whether it’s just Eric and me at home or the whole family at holiday parties the food we eat during the cold winter months is always warm, delicious, and super rich. The biggest staples I find myself making during the winter are stews, savory pies, and baked Italian dishes. So yes perhaps my winter diet isn’t exactly the healthiest, but hey – everything in moderation and I’ll be making it just fine to Spring.

So there you have it, the absolute best bits of winter in my opinion! Let me know what your favorite parts of winter are in the comments and have a wonderful day!

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Autumn Wishlist – 5 Beauty, Fashion, & Home Items I’m Loving Right Now

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Hello! Today, I thought I might try something new and talk about the top things I’ve been lusting over this season. To me fall is the time for long sleeves, layers, baking, cozy home decor, & deliciously tasty treats. I am so incredibly blessed to have all these things (and more) in my life, but of course I end up falling in love with all the incredible things I see whilst out window shopping and I thought it might be fun to take a look at a what’s been catching my eye lately.

1. I have been obsessed with midi length bodycon dresses this fall! Recently I found this two-piece top and skirt combo from River Island that I love, but probably won’t buy because the price is quite steep. Luckily there are more economic options out there! I bought a mock turtle neck dress at Target the other day that is absolutely gorgeous on and I really can’t get enough of the simple, elegant style.

2. One of my favorite things about autumn is how versatile your closet becomes! You can mix oversized sweaters with flannel with heels with leggings with dresses with cardigans with jackets with knee highs with boots – you get the idea. The world is your oyster and the temperature has just cooled down enough to make layering possible without the need for a bulky coat on top. This part of my wishlist is really my hope that the weather stays beautiful and crisp every day this fall so I can get full use out of my closet.

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Majora’s Mask DIY

Anyone who knows me knows I’ve been obsessed with the Zelda game franchise ever since my cousins first introduced me to Ocarina of Time in ’98. As a kid I ran around pretending to be a Kokiri by exploring the forest bordering my neighborhood and building temples in Arenia’s parents’ backyard. As an adult, I immediately got a tattoo to commemorate my love upon turning 18 (NO REGRETS) and at 25 after re-playing Majora’s Mask in 3D took on the most intensive paper mache project I’d ever attempted in my GD life. AND I COULDN’T BE HAPPIER WITH THE RESULTS!! Is it a perfect replica of Majora’s Mask? – Hell no-, but I worked hard on it so I love it. If anyone else is interested in trying this project I wrote a rough (like really, really rough) tutorial on what it took to make my mask.

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Delicious Korean Food AKA Anniversary Feast!!

I first tried Korean food my freshman year of college and man is it just obscenely delicious. It’s right up there with my mom’s food (number one forever and always) and Indian on the list of foods I will completely stuff myself with to the point of sickness. Seriously, Korean’s know their way around flavors. So why am I going on about Korean food and how fantastic it is? This past Wednesday was Eric and my seventh year dating anniversary. So of course we had to celebrate with tons of delicious food and the only place we could think to provide that service was Downtown Oakland’s OHGANE Korean BBQ Restaurant.

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Incredible mural outside the OHGANE restaurant

I feel that a little bit of history is in order here, I didn’t find out about my gluten issues until my junior year of college and had not been to a Korean restaurant since then. I’m generally skeptical of any Asian food that relies heavily on soy sauce because that shit is snuck into everything and I’ve been bitten in the butt several times by it before. Because of this I asked my server to check that everything I ordered was gluten free and he assured us all of our food was safe. I am going to add the disclaimer though that ingredients can depend on food brands and food prep varies in every kitchen so if you have celiac please for the love of god proceed in eating any of the shown dishes with extreme caution.

We ordered mung bean jun and kimchi kimbop as appetizers. If I had to compare jun to anything it would probably be potato pancakes, but with a bit more of an earthy taste. Kimbop is similar to sushi in the way it’s presented, but the taste (I would argue) is completely different. Ours had this incredible spicy, pickled flavor from the kimchi. Not going to lie I ate the majority of the kimbop… but I had no choice they were too delicious to leave on the plate!

Mung Bean Jun    Kimbop

Oh, maybe I should also mention the ABSURD array of side dishes that came
with our food. I mean holy guacamole were there a ton, sixteen in all. There was an array of different kimchis, several vegetables prepared in various ways, and ones So Many Side Disheswe had absolutely no idea about. We tried them all and the only one we weren’t overly fond of was the dried fish, which by their size I would guess were anchovies.

We ordered two main courses, kimchi stew for Eric and beef short rib stew for me. These came out literally boiling hot in their bowls, which was just way too cool. Eric’s soup was super kimchi-y and spicy. In fact, it was such a mouth burning, hiccup inducing spicy we were only able to finish about one cup each. My soup on the other and was quite mild. It had this incredible garlic-y, onion-y, beef flavor. I’m not talking about an out of the box beef broth flavor. Oh no, no, no, no I’m talking about the flavor of my mom’s homemade ox tail soup that could only be gotten by braising meat still on the bone for hours on end. Oh man, nothing can compare.

Beef Short Rib Stew

BOILING HOT beef short rib stew

So to say the least dinner was delicious and we had an abundance of leftovers packed up for us. To top everything off at the end of our meal they unexpectedly brought us yogurt drinks (yakult I believe) which had a tangy, sweet taste to them. I loved them, Eric wasn’t thrilled so I drank both. Oops.

Well I hope you enjoyed this post, now go out and have your own Korean food adventure!

7th Year Anniversary Photo

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