A Look Back At 2017!

Twenty-Seventeen, you've been a crazy roller coaster of a year, to say the least. This time last year I remember feeling so incredibly optimistic for 2017 and I had no idea as to why. This year I had so many obstacles hitting me from left and right, and even at my lowest I remained hopeful. I knew something great was waiting for me and it was. So many things managed to happen this year that I was beginning to think was never going to happen. Since tomorrow is the first day of the new year, today I wanted to share with you some of the highlights of my year.

December Favorites

A White Christmas

As you may know, this was mine and Rudy's first Christmas in Washington and we were so lucky to be able to experience a White Christmas. On Christmas Eve, it began snowing and it didn't stop until Christmas Day around noon. We had so much fun playing it the snow, throwing snowballs at each other, built a Snow Man, and even Juicy and Bowie were out in the snow with us for a little bit. It was all so beautiful and it made the Holiday so much more meaningful. I wanted to share some of the many photos Rudy and I took.

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My Record Collection #2

I'm very excited to share with you all today part two of my record collection. I love records, collecting and listening to them is one of my favorite things to do. Since my introduction post to my record collection series back in May, I have accumulated a good enough amount to continuing onto part two, finally. Really quick I wanted to mention that I'm still using the same Crosley record player and my records sound great on it. Now without wasting any time, let's begin!

November Favorites

Here are the things I've been loving this month.

Glossier Top 5 Picks

If you've been reading my blog for a while now you will have noticed my constant talk about Glossier, for good reason of course. The brand so has many amazing products and I've tried quite a few myself. Today I have for you my top five picks of Glossier items that I think everyone must try!

Christmas Wishlist

I can't believe that I am here today sharing with you all my 2017 Christmas wishlist. The last few months have passed so quickly I can't grasp it. Nonetheless, I'm excited to share the things I'm asking Santa for this year. Let's begin!

Updated | Hair Care

Today I wanted to share my updated hair care. It's been well over a year since I shared my previous hair care routine and since then, nearly every single product in that post has changed. I enjoy changing up my products from time to time and changing the products also had a lot to do with me transitioning to cruelty-free items. As my products began to run out I began searching for a cruelty-free item to replace the old ones. Apart from the new products, not much else has changed. I wash my hair one to two times a week, and I only apply heat to my hair 2-3 times a week at most. So without further ado, here is my updated hair care using all cruelty-free products.

October Favorites

Happy Halloween! Here are the magical items that have cast a spell on me this past month.

A Day At The Pumpkin Patch

Last weekend we made our way to a pumpkin patch. I had been dying to visit a pumpkin patch since the first day of Autumn and I am now thrilled that I can check this off my fall bucket list. It was a lot of fun. It had been raining all week and then that morning the sky was nice, clear, and the sun was out shining. We got to do a lot of neat things; saw so many cute pumpkins, went on a hay maze, got to see animals, got tons of great pics and even had a delicious hot dog and strawberry lemonade. The weather in Washington is so unpredictable. The weather started so nice and then before we knew it the sky was dark and began to rain, hard! Nonetheless, it was a great morning and here are pictures Rudy and I took from the day.

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Anticipating: the holidays! You guys, I can not believe October is coming to an end! How did that happen? It felt like September barely started a week ago. I was excited about getting married, the first day of fall and mine and Rudy's birthday... Now it's long gone. I love the holidays and I'm so excited that they're so close but this also makes me a little nervous. With how quickly time is passing I feel like it'll be Christmas before I even get to enjoy all the Halloween festivities. I'm really hoping I get to check every item off my fall bucket list before planning out a Christmas one. I want to enjoy this fall weather before winter and snow hit us. Watch all the Halloween films and eat as much pumpkin spice flavored treats. We recently went to our very first pumpkin patch in Washington and I can't wait to share photos with you all real soon! I'm also excited for all the holidays since it will be mine and Rudy's first Halloween as a married couple, Thanksgiving, Christmas etc. How exciting!

#Insta Life

I know I haven't been posting as much as I once used to so here are some photos I've recently shared over on Instagram!

In This Moment

I feel like it has been a while since I sat down at my desk and just shared what's going on in my life. The last couple of months I've felt like I've been so busy. Ever since Rudy was told when his start date for his new job would be life literally has felt like it has been stuck on fast play. Sometimes I find myself having to remove myself from life to just collect myself and breathe. It's been crazy but in a good way. Today I wanted to share random things that have been going on in my life this moment. You guys can see what's been going on, some of my thoughts and I can look back one day to see and remember how my life was at this very moment in time.

September Favorites

These are the things I've been swooning over the month of September.

Fall Bucket List

Happy first day of Autumn! This is by far my favorite season. You will catch me saying this every single year as the season approaches! Since I created a summer inspired bucket list I really wanted to make sure I made one for the fall. There are so many things that I look forward to doing during this amazing season especially this year living in a new state with my husband! (That still feels so weird to say haha.) Today I'm going to share with you what's on my fall bucket list.

9.17.2017

Where do I even start? After being engaged for a little over two years Rudy and I finally did it. We got married! Ever since getting engaged back in May of 2015, marriage has been a major hot topic for everyone around us. Friends and family members were all so excited for us and curious to know when the big day would be. Of course, Rudy and I had talked about it a lot but we were trying to be realistic. Now with that said, we eloped.

Fall Wishlist

It's that time again! Can you believe fall is only a couple weeks away? I'm beyond excited for this because I love the month of September, and there are so many exciting things happening this month. I'm so excited for fall especially since we're now living in Washington and I can't wait to experience the season here. I gathered up some items that I've been wanting and that will be perfect for fall time in the PNW since the weather gets a lot colder up here. I suppose this can kind of also double as a birthday wish list since it is my birth month. Here we go!

Glossier: Wowder Review


Today I finally have for you guys a review on the new Wowder powder by Glossier. I have been completely head over heels for Glossier lately and once I found out that they were releasing a loose powder early August I nearly lost my sh*t. I was a bit on the fence whether I needed this or not, but like most girls can relate, I managed to make an excuse that I needed it, and asap! I was intending to share this post before August ended but as I already mentioned time slipped right through my hands with my move. I just had to talk about this powder that I shared some of my thoughts in my August favorites. Nonetheless, I decided I still wanted to go ahead and share a dedicated post to this powder because it deserves it. Also, I have been using it for about a month now and I know exactly how I feel about it and what methods work best for me. Now without further ado, let's move on in to my review.

August Favorites

Here are the items I have been heart eyes for this past month.

Life Update: We MOVED!

This has definitely been a long time coming post but it's finally here and ready to make public. It's been a couple of weeks since I last posted on my blog. Today I wanted to share a small-big life update with you all. I feel that I have been somewhat hinting here and there about something happening in the near future for Rudy and myself. We both have been working and planning for this for what felt like forever. Months and months later things started moving along and finally began falling into place, really quick! I feel that everything happened exactly how and when it was supposed to. So here it is, a week ago Rudy and I packed up all of our belongings, loaded up the U-Haul, grabbed Juicy and Bowie, and moved out to Washington!

Glossier Haul

In July your girl finally bit the bullet and ordered her first Glossier package(s)! I already shared one of the items I purchased on my July favorites and there I mentioned how I had been wanting to try the brand for some time. I'm constantly seeing people posting photos or just talking about the brand on a daily basis, I'm not even mad about it. That just made me want to give in a lot more, I mean just look at their packaging. It's so aesthetically pleasing, and the names of their products really pull you in. Since I had been using up a lot of my current skin care product and was going to be in the market for a few things I figured it was the best time to pick up some Glossier products that I had been wanting to try. It's also been such a long time since I've done a haul post and thought it was the perfect time to get one up. This post is a little overdue because of my recent trip to Seattle, but better late than never. I'm excited to share with you what I got. I'm going, to begin with, the first package I ordered and received.

What's In My Carry-On Bag?

July Favorites

My stand out products for the month of July.

How I Keep My Tattoos Bright

I'm constantly getting questions regarding my tattoos from who does my work, whether it hurt, and what they mean. The most common thing people tell me is how bright and vibrant my tattoos look. I take such pride on trying to maintain the appearance of my tattoos and today I wanted to share with you some tips and tricks. Some of these steps may seem pretty obvious or maybe even something you'd never think of. They are very easy and I swear by them. I don't do this routine on a daily basis, I do this one to two times a week especially in warmer months. Let's start!

Blushing Denim

I love denim colored clothing, and that probably has to do with the fact that I hate wearing jeans pants. Denim dresses and tops are my favorites, and I love pairing it with a bright pop of color. My favorite being red! Since I just received these embroidered blush mules I figured blush would go perfectly with the dress. I have been really into loafers and mules lately that I may have to soon share with you all a collective haul! As for now enjoy the few photos of my outfit from Saturday. I tried to get more but it was flipping hot outside!
Dress: Forever 21, Shoes: Nasty Gal, Purse: Ted Baker, Glasses: Zenni

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My Favorite Apps For iPhone

Like most people, I'm on my phone a lot. Whenever I'm out, hanging out with friends, or spending time with Rudy I try not to be on my phone as much. For the most part, I feel that I'm pretty good and putting my phone away so that I can enjoy my time with people. For the times that my phone has my complete attention, there are specific apps that I love. I wanted to share with you today my top five favorite apps.
Instagram: The very first app I downloaded when I got my first iPhone was Instagram. It was and still is one of my favorite social media apps. This is the app I am most active on and I love having this place to share my favorite photos in. Thanks to IG I've had a few well-known brands discover my page and some of my photos whether it be past makeup looks, Disney interior, or tattoos of mine. I've even met so many incredible people here too! A lot of Disney lovers and best friends! It's always so much fun for me to post a new photo and see the kind of feedback I may receive from it, also the people it will attract. I think IG is also the best app to try and get noticed. I use it a lot to advertise my blog by adding hashtags that relate to the post. A lot of people search photos through hashtags so if your photo is under a specific hashtag then it will be a lot easier for someone to find you that way. If you have IG don't forget to follow me! Ohhjuliana
VSCO: I love taking photos whether it be for IG or my blog. I always use VSCO to edit my photos, always. I don't like to go extreme on editing my photos and I mainly stick to adjusting the contrast and brightening the image. I try to make my photos look like a better version of itself in a natural way. Other steps I usually include is clarifying the photo along with sharpening it if needed. After I'm finished with those steps the photo tends to look a little dull or washed out so this is when I bring the saturation up a bit. Once all of that is completed I'm all done editing my photo. This app makes it extremely easy for anyone to edit a photo, it even has a lot more options such as all the basics and a few filters. This app is perfect for beginners.
AColorStory: This is definitely my favorite app for fun colorful filters. A Color Story is filled with a variety of editing tools, filters, and effects. I purchased this app over a year ago back when it was first released and I nearly own every single pack they offer. Every time they release a new pack of either filters or effect, I buy it! Their filters are so much fun and for every pack, they have a small note for what the filters are best used for. For example; their Weekend pack comes with 11 filters and they are best used for photos of oceans, sunsets, florals, and lifestyle. Of course, use them to your liking. I love using a lot of their filters for interior/home, photos of myself that was taken outside, and nature photos such as flowers. If you are interested in downloading this app I highly recommend you purchase the entire thing especially if you are one who loves messing around with tons of filters. It's so worth it!
Snapchat: A more personal and in the moment app is Snapchat. This app is a lot of fun and you are able to snap a photo or record a 10-second video and share with all your friends. This is a good way of seeing exactly what your friends have been up to in the last 24 hours. They are always coming out with different filters and there are even specific filters you can use depending on your current location. I have a ton of fun with this app. Rudy and I send each other funny pics and videos all day long. I also enjoy seeing what my friends and family are up to especially the ones who don't live close to me.
YouTube: I am always on Youtube watching videos from my favorite Youtubers while constantly looking for new videos and people to watch. This app is so perfect when you are trying to pass time also when you're trying to learn something new. I swear if you're looking for something, Youtube will most likely have a video for it! I definitely get a ton of use from this app. I start my mornings watching new videos from some of my favorites and sometimes I end my day with a few more videos.

Now that I've shared some of my favorite apps, I'd love to hear what are some of your can't live without apps that I should download and didn't include on my list.

Summer Bucket List

I've never made a bucket list for myself let alone a Summer bucket list. One morning as I was browsing through old blog posts I realized that there are a few things I'd love to do this Summer. I always try to think of things Rudy and I can do every season so why not write them down and try checking them off one by one. There are even a few things that I've already accomplished! I think I'm going to also try making a bucket list for every season and see what I actually get done. Wouldn't that be interesting?

Visit a Fair! ✔️
I hadn't been to a fair in so long and I can't even tell you when was the last I went to one. As a kid, I was the biggest fan of going to fairs or carnivals during Summer. Luckily a town close by holds a fair every year and Rudy and I checked it out this past weekend since we missed it last year. It was a lot of fun, minus the fact that it was incredibly hot. Next time I go to a Fair I'd like to make sure it's more in the late afternoon, around when the sun is close to setting. That way it won't be so hot and how cool will photos look with all the lights?

Catch a late movie! ✔️
This is something Rudy and I never do, go to the theaters late. I enjoy going to the movies and watch the earliest showing for a few reasons: One, tickets are extremely cheap! Two, the theater is usually empty. Three, you have the rest of the day to go on another adventure. And four, I'm up early anyway haha. I hate watching a movie in a crowded theater since people are usually loud and don't understand the fact that there are other people also trying to enjoy the film they paid for. A couple weeks ago Rudy and I caught a late showing of Cars 3 and I have to admit it was nice catching a late movie for a change. There are many more movies out and coming out that I'd love to see this Summer.

Visit a beach! ✔️
This is definitely me stepping outside of my comfort zone. I never go to the beach and I'm not the biggest fan of it for a few reasons. I hate being out in the sun and feeling hot. Rudy has been wanting to go to the beach for a while now. After watching MOANA and seeing how beautiful the ocean was it changed my mind making me want to go to the ocean. I'd much rather visit someplace tropical like Hawaii but a local beach will have to do for now. It'll also be nice to visit new places and keep things adventurous.

Enjoy a BBQ! ✔️
Another thing I managed to already do. On Fourth of July, my dad actually threw a BBQ at home. We used to have BBQ's at my house what felt like all the time during Summer and it was so nice having another one on the holiday. There was so much delicious food I was so stuffed. I live for those toasty corns, yum! There's nothing like a BBQ dinner in the Summer time!

Wear as many dresses as possible! ✔️
I love wearing dresses and I already try wearing them as much as I possibly can. They are so easy to dress, no pun intended. It's one piece of clothing and all you have to do is slip it on! No need to worry about other pieces matching and it keeps you feeling so fresh on hot days. I don't even have to mention how comfy they are.

Go on a picnic!
For weeks now I've been wanting to go to a park and have a picnic. I want to go all out with a blanket, basket, some chips or crackers to snack on, home made sandwiches, fruits, and Belvoir rose lemonade. This would be a perfect way to spend the afternoon relaxing and enjoying Mother Nature. I'm really hoping to accomplish this one this weekend, so I'll have to find the perfect picnic basket!

Eat some frozen yogurt!
I'm not a huge ice cream girl but I'm a big fan of frozen yogurt! When Rudy and I first started dating I remember we would go to Pinkberry almost every week for dinner haha. It was so much fun. I find froyo to be so much more lightweight than ice cream, and I love adding toppings to it. This is such an easy way for me to sneak more fruits into my diet too. It's such a healthier alternative.

Go swimming!
When I was a kid you could catch me somewhere swimming all Summer long. Back then we had a few family members who had pools at their house, outside of San Jose that is, during our visit we would all be on the water until dark. If we weren't there we had season passes to Ranging Waters. I was seriously a mermaid and never wanted out of the water haha. Since growing up and becoming a lot more body conscious I haven't stepped foot into a pool in ages! On warm days it really makes me miss swimming. Every year when Summer ends I sadly say how there goes another Summer I didn't go swimming. I don't know how or where but I'm making it a mission to go swimming somewhere this year!

Take a small or big trip! ✔️
It's been so long since Rudy and I have gone on a vacation. Seven months to be exact, but who's counting... The last couple of years we took countless of trips to Disneyland it was truly magical. We got to enjoy Disney so much and I really miss it. There are a few places I really want to go but there is one place specifically that is mine and Rudy's mission to get to. We're crossing our fingers and toes that this can happen sometime in the next few weeks. Cross your fingers for us and don't forget your toes!

Is there anything on your Summer bucket list?

A Day At The Fair

I can't remember when was the last time I visited a fair. As a kid my family would go to a local fair our church held every single year and I would always look forward to those days. On Sunday Rudy and I went to visit the Alameda County Fair. The fair was really nice and neither one of us had ever been to it. They had a large variety of rides, games, foods and drinks. I really wanted to take a ton of pictures but it was so insanely hot to the point that it was uncomfortable. I had a lot of fun and got on a couple of rides, played a few games, and ate some tacos. We cut the day short because we were both a hot sweaty mess to be completely honest haha. Here are some of the photos I did manage to take. Enjoy!