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Wingless || A poem

Thursday, January 29, 2015

I wondered wholeheartedly
as the whiskey wooed my wounds.
I wandered within my wisdom
while the warmth of the world
washed away my worries
& the wind whispered wordlessly.
Why wish upon the stars
when I can walk among them?
Why wait for the earth to be woven
when I can weave it myself?
Why worry about worthless wars
when I am waging them within my wellbeing?
I am wingless but still worthy;
I am wild but still working,
willfully but not woefully.
Wherever I will whimsy,
I wondered wholeheartedly.

By Carmen Varner



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Wingless is about the internal struggle we have within us. We wage a war upon ourselves by constantly criticizing our bodies, underestimating our power, doubting our self-worth. But we are everything & more. Why wish upon the stars when I can walk among them? Don't idolize others, when you are the star. We are stars, we are worth it. Why wait for the earth to be woven when I can weave it myself? We don't have to wait for our futures because we create it every day. We don't need others to do work for us when we are more than capable of doing it ourselves. Why worry about worthless wars when I am waging them within my wellbeing? All these thoughts & problems rise from our own minds. Change your attitude & stop the war against yourself.


What are your thoughts about being Wingless? What did you gather from my poem? I love to learn how others translate what I write. Let me know. :]

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Winter Must Haves

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Winter is here & that means there are some winter must haves to be had! The snow falls gracefully (or violently, depending where you're at) to the ground. The rain pitter patters on the asphalt. The gloomy, grey sky makes you want to just sit at home & watch Netflix all day. But what does this mean as far as style? These are your winter must haves -- your winter survival kit if you will. :]



Fuzzy socks are absolutely essential to keep your feet warm on those cold, wet evenings as well as a rubber rain boots so the water doesn't soak in when you stomp in the puddles. Spending the day in wet socks is the bane of my existence. 

I've been dying for a long camel colored or neutral coat. Although, it's a bit warm in Southern California so I doubt I'd get much use out of it. But you might. Don't let me stop you!

I was out shopping for gloves & spotted a really cool new advance in fashion & technology. "What is it?" you ask. Touchscreen-friendly gloves!!!! These gloves make it so the pointer finger, if not all the fingers, have a special fabric to make it so you can wear your gloves & browse your phone. A modern day miracle.

Go for a nice beanie with a pom pom on top because it adds a little bit more winter festivity. It's not something you could get away with wearing year round, whereas a regular beanie is a totally chill item to wear throughout the seasons. 

The blanket scarf is one of the biggest trends this winter season &  I'm not ashamed to admit that I am ready to jump on that bandwagon. Due to its gargantuan nature, you can wear it in a number of ways: scarf, wrap, weird dress or....blanket?! Same thing goes with the faux leather leggings or pants. I've spotted so many of these. They always end up looking sleek & edgy. 

What is your winter must have? Did you purchase any of these this season? Which is your favorite? :]



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How to Toast Quinoa

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Quinoa is a magical little grain that's high in protein & gluten-free. In fact, it's actually a seed. I want to show you a wonderful way to give it some natural flavor. That said, you definitely don't toast quinoa in the toaster! Hehehe. Keep reading to learn how to toast quinoa.

1. Locate your quinoa. Found it? Got it? Good. Moving on.
2. Preheat your pan. No need for oil.
3. Gently rinse your quinoa. There's often dirt & other bits o' nature in there.
4. Add your desired amount of quinoa to the pan.
5. Stir lightly until toasty.

Ok, so yes those are the basics.

quinoa






You really need to keep your eye on the pan, constantly moving the quinoa around. If you don't it'll burn. You'll know your quinoa is just about ready when you start to hear some slight crackling. This means they're getting nice & toasty. You'll see the edges start to brown. You'll smell a lovely waft of aromatic flavor -- kind of nutty.

quinoa
before, nice & white

quinoa
before, nice & white


Slight crackling. Brown edges. Fragrant smell. These are signs you know it's cooking & that it's just about ready. You may toast the quinoa for however long you prefer. Simply monitor the brownness. Let that be your guide because you don't want it to be over toasted or burned.

quinoa
after, so toasty.

quinoa
after. mmm.


After your quinoa is toasted, cook as directed. This usually means boiling it for about 20 minutes. Add water to your pan & just let it simmer over low heat until ready. The usual ratio is 1 cup quinoa to 2 cups water. Substitute couscous with quinoa in this cumin chickpea dishDo you have much cooking with quinoa experience? Was learning how to toast quinoa useful? Have you ever tried toasting your quinoa prior to eating it? :]

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Get a Clue // OOTD

Friday, January 23, 2015

When was the last time you played a board game? If it's been a while, set some time aside to do so because you're missing out. They're fun! San Diego County has been having some magnificent weather as of late & my friends & I decided to take advantage of it. We had a nice mini picnic with pizza, plenty of munchies, beer, & board games. Well, just one board game. Clue.




We went to a nice park with lots of greenery & cool sculptures. The temperatures were surprisingly warm for winter -- around 75 degrees -- so we found a nice bench & enjoyed the day there under the shade. Sitting in the sun would've made us roast. The only way you know that it's winter in California is the fact that the sunsets by 5 pm.




I was happy to use my new backpack for the first time. It was able to fit a good amount of stuff, more than I anticipated. It was such a bargain. Only $7. You can't beat that. There's no lining though, so I imagine this isn't the highest quality. But I love the mixing of leopard print & tartan patterns, which is something I love to do myself when it comes to outfits.



Dress: H&M // Vest: Grandma's closet // Leggings: Rue 21 // Backpack: Rue 21 // Boots: H&M // Socks: Rue 21 

That's that folks. I'm incredibly thankful to live in such a warm climate. I truly have no idea what winter is supposed to feel like. Not this, I imagine. I don't think most people wear tank tops in winter. Or do you? When is the last time you played a board game? Which is your favorite? Do you like mixing patterns or do you prefer to keep it simple? :]

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Social Media Basics: How NOT to be a Fashion Blogger

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Balancing social media, blogging, & fashion requires an abundance of work & effort. I've got some social media basics to get your foot in the door. I am a social media marketing manager, so I have hands on experience with successful social media tactics. Today's lesson is all about being a fashion blogger. Or rather how not to be a fashion blogger. Follow these social media tips & tricks to create your best blog. :]

social media basics


DON'T have more than 10 photos - It's important not to have too many photos in your posts. It influences the time your webpage takes to load & nobody wants to see 47 photos of the same outfit. All too often have I scrolled for what seemed to be forever in order to get to the bottom of the page, only to find that's it. 232 photos & no text & nothing to draw me in (or keep me or others coming back). Keep it under 10 photos. This is vital.

DON'T have zero text - Having no text on your posts makes it so your page has zero SEO value. If you want your page to rank higher & do better, you should consider creating some actual content -- not just having billions of photos. Give the reader some information: Why did you choose this outfit? Where can they purchase the items? What did you do that day? Let readers know who you are.

DON'T have huge blocks of text - On the other side of the spectrum, there is a downside to having too much text. If you're showing off your haul -- people love reading about hauls -- don't have a novel's worth of words. Blogging is all about scanning. This is the number one thing I learned when switching from print to digital media. Break text up into chunks to make it easier on the eyes.

DON'T leave spammy comments - I wrote a whole post on the DOs & DON'Ts of leaving blog comments because it's extremely important. Don't leave a blog promotion that's longer than your comment. Don't be generic. Don't copy & paste. Don't be afraid to be honest. Make sure your comments to other bloggers are sincere & thoughtful, not just "great post" with links to all your social media. No no no.

DON'T be afraid to be you - Despite their carefully curated Instagram, nobody's life is perfect. Their egg white scrambles & Gucci sunglasses are all a part of a tailored social media plan likely put together by a marketing firm. Don't feel like you need to follow suit. Be yourself. You don't need only designer clothes to feel like a true fashion blogger. I often buy thrifted or sale items & I have no shame to share that.

DON'T forget to add links - It's important to add clickable links within your posts. You want to give readers the chance to explore related content if they so wish. For example, I talk about the do's & don'ts of leaving blog comments, so I made sure to add a link that you can visit. Some may want to read up more on the subject while others will skip it. Give your readers some more content to browse!

You may want to read Social Media Basics for Bloggers.

Blogging isn't easy otherwise every human would do it. Social media is just as difficult to master. There are so many ways to do things. Stay true to you & don't feel the pressure to be someone you're not. Which of these tips was the most helpful for you? Were you making any of these mistakes? Don't be shy. Leave a comment. :] 

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10 Lies Your Boyfriend Tells

Monday, January 19, 2015

Boyfriends. Husbands. Maybe even girlfriends. I don't know, I don't judge. Let me just use the word "lover" here. We've all been lied to, but these are those kind lies. Those little white lies simply stated to make you feel slightly better. They happen. These are the ones my boyfriend tells me. While I do not condone lying, I remember this Dalai Lama reference:
"His Holiness cited the traditional example of a monk and a hunter. The hunter is in pursuit of a wild animal and comes across a monk who he asks where the animal went. Because of the harm that would ensue, this is a case in which the monk would be wrong to tell the truth. Similarly, when asked whether it can ever be acceptable to steal or sell drugs to support your family, His Holiness responded that you have to judge for yourself whether supporting your family justifies ruining someone else’s life." Source

 These are those "this lie will cause less harm than the truth" type of lies. Can you relate? :]



1. "I've never seen any cellulite." Well that's just a straight up gargantuan lie. There's no way to wiggle out of this one. There's cellulite alright. If you have eyes you can see it, but I appreciate the thoughtful lie.

2. "On my way." No you're not. I bet $10 that you haven't even left yet. I bet that you're still tying your shoes or making a sandwich or restyling your hair for 4th time. At least now I know I still have about half an hour before you arrive. Time to finally pluck my eyebrows.

3. "I love your parents." Ooooooooooooooooooooooh. You love them & that's why you're afraid to visit them -- by 'them' I mean my mom of course.

4. "Thanks! I love it." Either I am seriously the best gift giver on earth or...you're lying. Did you really enjoy the men's Clinique set I gave you or do you wish I bought you headphones instead? Pretty sure I can answer my own question.

5. "That looks great." It sooo does not. I look like a frumpy bag lady. Is it supposed to look like that? I kind of wish you'd be objective with me here so I don't end up walking out of the house thinking I look fly but really I look like a weirdo.

You told me this outfit looked good!


6. "This tastes great." Uh oh, you used the word 'great' again. I know this isn't my best meal -- my own taste buds can recognize that. But hey, I'm a human being with no culinary training, so this is what I came up with. Thank you for chewing it & keeping it down.

7. "It'll be okay." Sure, maybe one day, but right now it's totally not okay. The car accident or the lost job affect my well-being at the moment. I appreciate your kindness & maybe if you just hold me it'll be okay.

8. "That makes sense." It probably doesn't. Sometimes I find myself blabbering about some subject only to find that my words are confusing & I end up going off on a tangent. Do you like apples?

9. "I never said that." You didn't? Then why do I have an inkling that you did? If you never said that, then there are some things I never said either. If you didn't say it, I must have dreamt it, right?

10. "I'm fine." This is the biggest lie on earth. You aren't the only one to lie about it though -- I have a feeling most humans have said this & thus, lied. It's okay not to be okay. It's okay to have bad days, but I'm here for you. That's what I wish you'd see.

Can you relate to any of these lies? What are your thoughts on the Dalai Lama reference? :]

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Modere Beauty Box Review

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder or maybe beauty just depends on what you're holding. Today I'm holding Modere. I had the opportunity to try Modere*, a beauty & home brand that uses pure, natural, & ethical ingredients.

modere beauty box review


How it works: Modere is a beauty box like all the beauty boxes we know & love; however, Modere comes with 5 full-sized products as well as 4 samples. You are able to enjoy the samples risk-free for 7 days. If for some reason you don't like the items & don't want the full-size products, you're free to return them using your prepaid return shipping label. If you decide you do want to keep it, the $79.99 is charged to your card. Phew!

modere beauty box review

modere beauty box review
modere beauty box review


What's in the box: This beauty box includes: Exfoliant, Anti-Aging Serum, Antioxidant Gel, Antioxidant Hair Serum, & Dual Action Eye Gel.

modere beauty box review

The Exfoliant has some key ingredients such as prickly pear cactus extract, jojoba beads, & vitamin E. Apply a small amount to your hands & then gently massage on to your face & neck. Rinse. This is a mild exfoliant with a creamy formula. It exfoliates your skin without being too harsh or drying.  It has a nice, mild scent. Retails at $12.99.

modere beauty box review

The Anti Aging Serum is slightly milky & runny in consistency. The serum is supposed to encourage firmness, hydrate your skin, & enhance luminosity. When it comes to skin care products I'm never going to lie to you by saying it did something that it didn't. I can't say I see any difference, but it smells lovely & makes my face feel prepped for the day. Retails at $39.99.

modere beauty box review

This Antioxidant Gel is my favorite product!! It comes in a 1 oz. tube. It has citrus extract so it smells like sweet orange. The gel is very similar to a primer because it leaves your skin velvety smooth & soft. I love how my skin feels. This is said to moisturize your skin, improve firmness, & fine lines. And it does! Retails at $24.99. I would absolutely repurchase this. 

modere beauty box review

This Antioxidant Hair Serum has a variety of natural oils like jojoba oil & argan oil. Apply a small amount to wet or dry hair. I found that this serum really helps me with my dry ends. It makes everything look a bit more well put together, shiny, & manageable. Definitely a great product to use in the winter. Retails at $21.99.

modere beauty box review
The Dual Action Eye Gel applies smoothly. I can't tell if this does anything but I like using it just in case. It's clear & non irritating. It blends easily & doesn't hurt my eyes like some other eye creams I've used. I like that this is a gel versus a cream. Retails at $29.99

Overall, I did enjoy the Modere Beauty Box. My favorite items are the Antioxidant Gel & the Antioxidant Hair Serum. These are items that would repurchase myself. The only negative I have is that the lid sometimes gets loose when you twist off the cap, so some product leaks out. I recommend sampling the box & then you can decide if you'll keep it, or you can buy the items individually. Find the box here.

Have you ever tried Modere? Any of these products sound good? What's your favorite beauty box?

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* Disclaimer: These products were received complimentary from Modere in exchange for an honest review. All opinions in this review are 100% mine aka Carmen's. :]

The Truth About Life After University

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

In 2012, I graduated from university with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism & a minor in Health Promotion & Disease Prevention. I struggled for a long time to find a job, as many college grads do these days.  I graduated & felt confused. You go to school all your life thinking that university is going to be the answer to everything. But it's not. It's just the beginning. Here's the real truth about life after university.


Here's a photo of me taken by my roommate, Katie, when I got my Cum Laude Honors certificate.  I had no idea until I got a call to pick up something at the dean's office. Cum Laude Honors is a 3.5 or higher grade point average out of 4.0. There are higher honors, however. Around May 2012.

The truth about life after college is...you won't get a job right away. Unless you've got some major connections or a sought after degree, you aren't going to get the perfect job immediately upon graduation. It took me almost a year to get a job after I got my tassel. Then it took another year of working in entry level jobs to get to a decent spot. It's hard, but that's how it goes.

The truth about life after college is...you may start to feel lost. After university you may feel a bit bummed. Everything you knew about the last 15+ years of your life has been school. Now you're done with it. It's behind you (unless you get your masters or more). We spend day after day at school, so there comes a day when you find yourself sleeping in, jobless, & not knowing what to do with yourself. 

The truth about life after college is...you'll owe a lot of money. If you're lucky enough to have your parents help you out, you don't have to worry (or if you live in a wonderful place where education is free). Then there are some of you who have to pay for everything yourself -- be it through scholarship, payment plan, loan, or what have you. Start saving now because the bills will add up.



Studying for finals with my roomie, Katie. We were roommates all 4 years of college. At this point, I was about to graduate so I had a part time job, internship, & full time university class load -- I was also heavily focused on my minor classes which were all health science. Around May 2012.

The truth about life after college is...you won't remain friends with everyone. Yes, there are a select few with whom you will keep in touch. These are friends for life. But most everyone else will become figures of the past. You'll move away, you won't see them as often, time moves on. Those college frat parties are memories long gone. Now you're working full time in an office. The times have changed.

The truth about life after college is...you may go back to school. You may laugh now, but one day you may consider going back to school. For example, two years after you graduate with your fine arts degree you may realize you wanted to go into dentistry. Or you may go back to school to truly master your art.

The truth about life after college is...you'll realize how much you've grown. Eventually you can't help but laugh when you look back at your freshman university ID. Look how short your hair was. You look like a baby. You used to wear only jeans & a t-shirt. You had never had Thai food before. You never spent Christmas away from home. College helps you grow & learn who you truly are.

College are some of the best years of your life. You're old enough to live your own life but young enough to not have all the responsibilities of a full-fledged adult. What did you learn after graduation? Are you in school? :]

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Bart Simpson is my alter ego // OOTD

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

I adore Bart Simpson. At the young age of ten, Bart is the eldest child & only son of Homer & Marge of The Simpsons fame. Bart is known for his mischievousness, rebelliousness, & general disrespect for authority -- basically me. I first mentioned Bart in my August Vibes. I just relate(d) to him. He is the oldest kid & somehow manages to always get in trouble. I love his attitude & zest for life. Do you have a favorite television character? :]



Look how mischievous I am stopping on the train tracks! I'm such a hooligan.




Details are sometimes the most exciting part.



Button Down: eBay // Dress: Thrifted // Leggings: Forever 21 // Boots: H&M

I really love eBay because you can find some fantastic stuff. I had seen a Bart Simpson sweater I was lusting over but wanted to find a cheaper alternative. This button down fit the bill nicely. It was a little less than $25. The only thing is that it's a tad snug if I actually want to button it. Should I call it an open up instead? Hehe. With that said, I leave it open & it's perfect. It's also not made of the most high quality material, so it's slightly scratchy. eBay definitely has its pluses & minuses. 

Have you ever watched The Simpsons? What's your best eBay find? Who is your all time favorite television character? :]

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Who is Carmen? Part 2

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Welcome back for round two of Who is Carmen? Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Me. I like to keep my titles short n sweet, you see? ha! I got a great response with my first one, so I figured I should keep it going. As you read more & more of my posts you may get a little bits & pieces about me, my life, & my personality. That may leave you with more questions (which is the case for me when I read other people's blogs). 



I've never really had a pet - I use the term "never" pretty lightly because I had a dog once for 4 days but my mom decided it was a bad idea. I also had a couple of goldfish & one beta fish but those didn't last too long. There was never a long-standing bond or friendship between my fish, even though I tried they never really were reciprocated. *sniffles*

I got my drivers license at age 22 - Appalling, right? Crazy, no? Ha yes indeed I was immobile most of my life. I had some driving anxiety when I was younger so I kept delaying the actual driving test & never took it. Once I went away to college it all went out the window. Luckily my roommate had a car so we would drive places. Even once I did get my license, I didn't have a car. Having a car & having a license are extreme blessings that I am so so grateful for. It made me appreciate the luxury of driving even more.

I enjoy craft beer - I remember drinking Natural Light, Coors Light, & all those disgusting beers when I first started drinking. We bought the really cheap stuff just because we were poor college kids. Now I wouldn't touch the stuff with a 10 foot pole. If I'm going to drink it's going to be delicious. I tend to go for high-end craft beer such as Sierra Nevada or Ballast Point. I love going to local breweries & trying out the various beers they have to offer.

Now my questions for you are:
+ What type of pets did you have growing up?
+ What age did you get your license?
+ Do you drink craft beer too? 


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Social Media Basics for Bloggers

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Time for those social media basics, my blogger friends. When I shared with y'all that I work as a social media coordinator, one commenter suggested I create a social media guide. Sooo...that's what I did. These are the basics. Like the bare bones of social media. I could get into a million different things, but let's start simple. These are things I learned the hard way, after much work. Don't be me. Learn now.






Title your photos - Keeping your photograph title as IMAGE_2342 is easier than naming it, but did you know photos have SEO value? Make sure you title your photos. For example, my photo title could be "SocialMediaBasicsforBloggers" or "SocialMediaTips" instead of  "IMAGE_5953." When people are searching online, they are more likely to find your post & it will rank higher. Always title your pictures.

Use hashtags - Seems like a cop out, right? All those annoying hashtags. Nope! It's absolutely essential. Use hashtags on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. You never know when or who is looking for certain hashtags. I use hashtags on my Twitter all the time. Last week, two brands reached out to me about products. Now I'm munching on some vegan jerky & some sort of sport drink. Now who's laughing? Hashtags will help you. 

Post regularly - This is what I did wrong for two years. I posted sporadically -- maybe once a week. My bad. You want your posts to rank higher in searches. Your post on how to style beanies from 2 weeks ago is irrelevant when someone posted about that yesterday. Keep up with fresh content. I recommend 2-3 times per week to start off. 

Post about relevant topics -  Be it the controversy about the Coachella 2015 lineup or the score of the latest football game, be relevant. This doesn't have to be for 100% of your posts, but chances are someone out there is looking for what you have to say. A couple months ago, I posted about my experience at Comedy Central's @midnight taping & someone found it, emailed me, & asked me questions about it because they were planning to go. 

Set up profiles on all platforms - So you want to be a blogger but you don't have an Instagram or Twitter? Why not? You need them all. Note of warning: not all social media platforms are created equal. LinkedIn may be better for small businesses trying to connect with other businesses, while Instagram is great for artistic folk who want to share their photos.

Don't buy followers - Throughout my time as a social media manager, I've tried various methods for different companies. Buying followers is lame! I do freelance work for a vegan raw superfood bar company & they have 80,000 Facebook fans, but only 2 people like any given post. This looks really bad. Really, really bad. It's better to just have true 198 fans than 5,000 nameless bought likes.

Use a call to action - A call to action is to entice your readers to focus on another course of action. Instead of "Bye. Thanks for reading my recipe," create a direct call to action at the end of your posts. Here's a better one: "Follow me on Twitter for more healthy recipes & fit tips." Obviously, gear the call to action to your readers & what you have to offer them.

Focus on engagement - Take notice of engagement & active users versus followers or page views. Many of those views are spam anyway. The referral link often ends up at some random irrelevant site. That's just to get you to their site. They succeeded. If your posts get 1,000 views but no comments, that's something to think about. Engagement is one the key factors of social media.


This social media basics series could go on forever because there's a million more segments & a million different ways to do things. If you're interested in more social media guides, let me know. Do you have any specific questions? The topic of social media is so vast, if you have a particular need you want addressed, that actually works better. :]


You may also want to read the DOs & DON'Ts of Leaving Blog Comments.


Which of these social media tips  & tricks is news to you? Do you know most of these already? :]


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Graze [Snacks By Mail] Review

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

I love snacks & I love subscription boxes, therefore I love snacky subscription boxes. My boyfriend & I were browsing various subscription boxes one day & found Graze, so we decided to try it out! Graze costs $6.99 per box & promises no genetically engineered ingredients, no artificial flavors or colors, & no high fructose corn syrup. I like the sound of that.

graze review




graze review

graze review
At the moment, Graze only ships to the US which is unfortunate for those in other countries. We got our first box & immediately devoured it. Oopsies! We literally opened it & ate everything. The (albeit late) Christmas packaging was adorable. You're able to give your dietary preferences so Graze is modifiable. All snacks are vegetarian. Yay! Here's the rundown of each snack & how it tasted. 

graze review


The Deconstructed Carrot Cake includes carrot chews, ginger fudge, walnuts, & cinnamon flavored raisins. The carrot chews were tasty & had the same consistency as a gummy vitamin. The ginger fudge tasted sweet & zesty. The carrot chews & ginger fudge brought a fun taste & texture. Overall pretty scrumptious but not a must have. I'd say a must try though, at least once.

graze review


My boyfriend & I both really enjoyed the Spicy Sriracha Peas which were sriracha peas with jumbo salted corn. The corn is very reminiscent of Corn Nuts. The sriracha pea contraption is spicy with just enough kick. My boyfriend said he would buy this snack in a heartbeat.

graze review


The Raspberry & Coconut Muffin is essentially trail mix. It has amaretti drops, raspberry infused cranberries, almond slices, & coconut flakes -- actually, a lot of coconut flakes. I adore coconut but I feel it overwhelmed the snack. The amaretti bites were scrumptious; they're basically like little biscotti bites.

graze review


The Lemon Drizzle Flapjack is a rustic rolled oat flapjack with lemon yogurt drizzle. It was incredible. Chewy, sweet yet tart. It basically tasted like a lemon bar but made out of oats. We both liked the taste & texture of this flapjack. I'd totally get this snack again. Mmm.

My favorites were the Spicy Sriracha Peas & Lemon Drizzle Flapjack for different reasons. One is sweet & tart while the other is salty & spicy. I'd absolutely buy either snack if available for individual retail. Now I'm looking forward to my next Graze box. :]

Ever heard of Graze? Do you like subscription boxes too? I'm still waiting for my Glossybox!! So excited. It's like a little treasure each month. :]


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Winter & the New Year // OOTD

Sunday, January 04, 2015

Winter has arrived in California! We had some wonderful rain & even a tiny bit of snow (depending on location). In my hometown it even snowed! It has never snowed here in all of my life. Although I wasn't there to witness it, go figure. That's how life works!


Being cold sometimes makes you feel even more alive. You feel the numb feeling in tips of your fingers, the goosebumps all over your body, & that warmth when you do finally hug someone. It's not a feeling we get to experience often here, so it's something I enjoy. It was a very overcast day so I look quite ghostly. I'm cool with that.


Hopefully you started your new year on the right foot & you are motivated to achieve your goals. Well I guess that's how it should be all the time, shouldn't it? I'm ready to kick ass this year! I have a lot of ideas, plans, things I want to do -- but as always, it's just a matter of actually executing them.

Faux fur coat: H&M // Dress: Thrifted // Leggings: Forever 21 // Blouse: Nordstrom Rack // Socks: Rue 21 // Boots: H&M // Hair clip: Target // Purse: Ted Baker

My boyfriend got me this fake fur jacket last year & I love it. The Ted Baker bag has such a cute lining which you can see in my previous post. Here's hoping there's a little bit more rain, gloom, cold, & snow. But that's just me. I just have a lot of sweaters, jackets, & fuzzy socks that don't get enough attention due to the constant warmth that is San Diego County.  How was your new year? What's winter like in your city? :]

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