Wishlist: Society6 (July 2016)

I have pretty much been living on Society6‘s website for quite some time now. I hop on, go through all the different categories, click on the ones I like (and end up with 300 tabs), put some in my wishlist, and finally close them all because my laptop starts to overheat.

Here are 6 things that I keep clicking on!

overview*all images are from the Society6 website
  1. Watercolour Cacti and Succulent iPhone case by Vicky Webb
    This might be because I’m really looking forwards to getting some plants at home… plus a bit of watercolor never hurts 😁
  2. My Sleepy Pet Hoody by Picomodi (Budi Kwan)
    This is just really cute. There’s not much more that needs to be said 💁🏻
  3. Arabesque Universe leggings by Monika Strigel
    These are some happy colors! They remind me of adventure time, jewels, mountains, the galaxy, and The Rainbow Fish.
  4. Dinosaur Bath towel by Amy Hamilton
    It’s hard to say no to dinosaurs (I have 3 dinosaur candle holders, and a dollar store dinosaur I spray painted gold) especially when they’re so beautifully illustrated.
  5. Everything’s Gonna Be Super Duper mug by Marc Johns
    The phrase ‘super dooper’ makes me happy, partly because they make me think of Zooper Doopers and summer, but also because it makes me sing Super Trouper in my head. And the illustration reminds me of Quentin Blake!
  6. Gravity rectangular pillow by Tobe Fonseca
    The idea of black pillows seems like an amazing idea to me, but no one else seems to think they’re a good idea for non-decorative pillows. Honestly, I completely understand their reasons, but look it’s an astronaut in space on a pillow!
    I like-like with this pillow.

Is there anything you would like from this list?
Do you have any favourites from Society6?
Let me know in the comments below!

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Music on Repeat: Tributes to Christina Grimmie

Hello!

Today’s post is sort of my way of remembering Christina Grimmie, and hopefully helping keep her in our memories. I mentioned a while back that I was having trouble writing my tribute post and I still haven’t been able to write it the way I want it to be. Lucky for me, how I feel and what I want to express has been summed up in music and lyrics by these amazing musicians.

Here are my 3 most played tributes to the amazing Christina Grimmie.

Dodie (doddleoddle) – My Anthem (from Christina Grime’s With Love Album)

Max Schneider – Christina’s Song (an original)

Tyler Ward – A Song for Christina Grimmie (an original)

I’m currently doing a bit of travelling so I haven’t been able to get my blogging schedule down pat yet but on the bright side I’ve been taking lots of videos of my travels which was my 7th June goal (check out my goals here)!

I hope you loved these beautiful tributes as much as I did.
See you in a week!

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My First Meditation Experience

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I am someone who has trouble sitting still for long periods of time, am easily distracted and amused, and worst of all I come down with a terrible case of the giggles at the most inappropriate times. Seeing as I had been feeling anxious and antsy all week so I figured I had nothing to lose.

This isn’t my first attempt at meditation, but it is my first meditation class/session. This was the first time I managed to sit still and remain in a peaceful and clear state of mind for more than 2 minutes without a guided meditation (either that or I think I fell asleep for a bit).

Before the class

I had some questions had before going into the class and figured I couldn’t be the only one wondering so here they are + the answers!

Do you have to be buddhist/religious?
Nope. There are mentions of teachings based on certain teachers but in the end there is no need or pressure for you to be religious.

What happens in a meditation session?
Not every meditation session is the same but they involve at least some of these parts: guided meditation, walking meditation, silent meditation, a break, stretching/movement based meditation, and readings/discussion.

What to wear to a meditation class?
Anything you would feel comfortable sitting/walking in for 30 – 60 minutes. Most people come in athletic wear (leggings, basketball shorts etc.) and loose casual wear.

What happens if I want to leave?
No one cares as long as you are quiet. I waited for a designated break time to leave, but if you were to leave quietly during the meditation no one would do or say anything. After all, everyone’s focused on themselves.

What if I’m running late?
There were people in my session who came in late, but they were so quiet I barely noticed, but I did see that it interrupted some of the other people’s focus (yes my mind wandered haha). This might not be the norm for all classes so I would give the organizers a quick ring to double-check just in case!

My tummy gets grumbly and my joints crack, how embarrassing! Should I still go?
Yes! Gurgly tummies and joints that crack are actually pretty normal so other people also had grumbly tummies and cracking joints. I was probably one of the very few who noticed. No one else cared.

I don’t really know how to meditate. Does it matter? What should I focus on?
Make sure the meditation class is right for you! I went to one where no experience was necessary!

Focus on:
1. your breathing – count each in-out cycle of your breath as 1, up to 10 or 15 and then repeat. It doesn’t matter if you lose count, just keep doing it.
2. feeling grounded – feel connected to the earth and aware of you.

How did I do?

I made it through a 20 minute guided meditation, 15 minute walking meditation, and a 20 minute silent sitting meditation. 🙌🏼 Woo! Then I got really hungry and wanted to leave.

The guided meditation was simple enough, but the only issue was that I had a tiny case of the nervous giggles. I just focused on my breathing and listened to the guided meditation.

The walking meditation was surprisingly the hardest for me. I took a step for each in-breath and each out-breath. It was excruciatingly slow. There was no cutsies/sneaky overtaking in this walk. We walked in single file around a medium-sized room. I made exactly 1 lap of the room. 1 lap in 15 whole minutes. 

During the silent sitting meditation I found that my mind wandered like crazy. I basically had a good mental chat with myself and thought about all sorts of stuff like my grocery list, to-do list, and what to have for dinner and dessert (it was actually really interesting). Luckily, this is supposed to be normal – it’s all part of the process. Once I got into the groove of counting my breathing everything got really calm, my anxiety and jitters melted away. The 20 minutes went by the fastest surprisingly.

After

I left during the break and before I left I contributed some money for the class. It’s totally optional so no pressure. I found that the session helped a lot and I appreciated the time, effort, and knowledge the organizers and meditation leader gave.

I definitely would say to give meditation a go! Start at home for 5 minutes with no distractions and just focus on breathing.

*** I feel it’s important to note that meditation isn’t a magical quick cure-all. It can play a wonderful part in your search for physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual clarity/awareness, however meditation alone won’t rid you of suffering (self-inflicted or not). If you feel that you are struggling and need help, please talk to someone who is qualified to give you all the help you need and deserve. This does not mean ‘don’t practice meditation’, but just make sure you don’t dismiss your feelings.

Have you tried meditation? Would you? Let me know!

Video on Repeat: Lin-Manuel Miranda ‘Love is love’

 

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Hello, this post is going to be a little shorter than usual. I originally planned on doing a tribute post to Christina Grimmie, but after spending hours and hours writing and re-writing, the post still feels so incomplete. I’m unable to clearly express my thoughts and ideas while floundering in my emotions. My brain and heart are so utterly confused and devastated by her passing and the shooting at Orland’s Pulse nightclub that happened soon after.

I’ve watched and cried listening to Lin-Manuel’s Tony acceptance speech. I haven’t been able to stop replaying it along with some of my favorite Grimmie songs. I’ll try get to finishing that post soon, but for the meanwhile here it is.

The transcript of his sonnet:

My wife’s the reason anything gets done.
She nudges me towards promise by degrees.
She is a perfect symphony of one.
Our son is her most beautiful reprise.
We chase the melodies that seem to find us
Until they’re finished songs and start to play.
When senseless acts of tragedy remind us
That nothing here is promised. Not one day.
This show is proof that history remembers,
We live through times when hate and fear seem stronger.
We rise and fall and light from dying embers.
Remembrances that hope and love lasts longer.
And love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love
Cannot be killed or swept aside.
I sing Vanessa’s symphony, Eliza tells her story.
Now fill the world with Music, Love and Pride.

– Lin-Manuel Miranda

Please take a few minutes to sign this petition.
I’m not too sure when or if I will have a tribute post up so I’d love to take this opportunity to ask you to help catch Nintendo’s attention and possibly have Christina Grimmie memorialized in the upcoming Legend of Zelda game – her love for Zelda and Nintendo was apparent from the very beginning 😊 (check out her youtube username if you’re confused).

Also, please go check out this video – Hannah Hart: What you can do. 
Every voice makes a difference.
Just because there are alternative ways to commit crimes doesn’t mean we should keep things the way they are, we need preventive measures. We need to be doing our very best.

 

June Goals

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You’re probably thinking that it’s a bit late for me to post my June goals on the 10th of June, but I’m going to do it anyway haha. It’s pretty much been a full year since I last posted here and I feel like so much has happened, and so much as changed! I really can’t wait to update you all. I have a few travel posts planned from places I’ve visited in the past couple of months and some other fun stuff thrown in there, so be excited!

About my goals this month: I’ve been travelling for a while and I feel like now is the perfect time to get my home life sorted. This means getting rid of things I’ve ‘collected’ over the years (I think I would make some hoarders proud), making my place feel like my home, and getting a routine down. Basically, I want a clean house, lots of good sleep, and delicious food – at least until the next time I’m off again.

Before I end up rambling anymore, here are my goals:

  1. Get a proper sleep schedule going
    – I’ve also banned the laptop from my bed, next to go will probably be the phone…
     
  2. Go for a walk/jog/run at least 2 times a week
  3. Get my space life organized
    – Take down blinds
    – Paint walls white
    – Fix my dinosaur magnets
    – Go through clothes to donate
    – Get a cleaning schedule/system down
  4. Shop at a farmers market and Chinatown (Cheaper and fresher produce!)
  5. Try a new recipe (and possibly blog it?)
  6. Buy someone flowers
  7. Learn to capture everyday on film + enjoy being filmed (snapchat I’m looking at you!)

I think I’m going to make these monthly goals a thing. Then I can visit them the next month and see how I’m doing. It’s like a long-ish short term goal list! Plus putting it out into the world publicly will hold me accountable haha!

I’d love to know what your goals are, so let me know! 

Love List: June + Links

Hello!

Recently in Hong Kong we’ve been having beautiful (but awfully humid) blue skied days so I’ve been making the most of that. Now we’ve transitioned into this rather rainy and stormy period so I’m back inside catching up on all my missed shows (Korean variety shows woohoo!) and trying to perfect my blog posts 🙂

Here are some things that I’ve been loving this hot summery June!

Marble

I’ve been loving marble ever since I started looking at DIY home decor. I’ve especially been sucked in by marble contact paper because it’s seems like the cheaper alternative. I haven’t seen it in person but the photos of marble contact paper covered things are just so beautiful.

  1. marbleDIY ikea table
  2. DIY marble phone case
  3. DIY marble laptop case
  4. DIY faux marble coasters

White

This was a bit of a surprise for me seeing as I’ve always stayed away from white. I’m an incredibly messy and clumsy person. However, lately to my surprise (and horror!) I’ve been gravitating towards white decor, clothing, shoes etc. I’ve bought 2 white shirts so far… both of them are already dirty. Thank goodness for bleach right?

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  1. Cotton On shirt
  2. Chunky white platform heels
  3. White nails

Dreamcatchers

Dreamcatchers are something I have always struggled to make however not too long ago I successfully made a really simple one (mentioned here). I am hoping to make a dreamcatcher DIY, however in the meantime I haven’t stopped looking at dreamcatchers online.

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  1. Jenn Im’s Dreamcatcher
  2. Caught on a Whim Dreamcatcher
  3. Inspired Soul Blog Dreamcatcher

Crowns + Tiaras + Halos

My love for crowns, tiaras, and halos has gone on for quite some time now. I think it all began with the hair chains. If you’re following me on pinterest, you may have spotted my tiara pinning and if you’ve been around me the past couple of month you may have seen me staring at Elemental Child’s store page … longing for the beautiful crowns and tiaras.

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  1. Elemental Child: Mountain witch with rose quartz leaves crown
  2. Elemental Child: Blue quartz corona tiara
  3. Tiara
  4. Halo

I’d love to know if you buy or make anything listed here, so be use to send me a message either in the comments, on instagram, by smoke signals/pigeon carrier, or any other method you can think of!

Have a lovely week!

5 Netflix Shows to Watch

photo-1422433555807-2559a27433bd Now that I’m in Hong Kong, I’m unable to hop onto Netflix resulting in a very sad Tiff. Here are 5 shows that I have watched and loved!

1. Mixology

On KFC night my cousin and I were flicking through Netflix trying to find something to complement our lovely nutritious meal. This was actually the night I made the DIY Holographic phone case while watching Mixology (multitasking woohoo!). We just randomly picked it and ended up loving it, but I would probably say it took the first few episodes before we were enthusiastic about watching the next episode. The humour is a bit dry and not what most people would consider politically correct(?) but still pretty funny. The part that impressed me the most was that the entire series (which we finished within the night) was based on what happened over the period of just one night. I had never watched a TV series like that so it was a really fresh and fascinating concept.

2. Full House

I really do love Full House, I had never watched the entire show until I came across it on Netflix. I forgot how there would almost always be a moment in each episode that would make me tear (or cry. I cry at almost anything) so in total, I probably spent hours crying thanks to Full House. It was so weird to watch everyone grow/age knowing what they were like now.

I’m hearing things about a reunion: ‘Fuller House’ which will be on Netflix! AHH! (Mary-kate and Ashley Olsen aren’t coming back though)

3. Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

I hadn’t watched the show and was always confused when people would break out into the theme song. It seemed to be a thing that everyone knew. They would all be enthusiastically rapping the song and I was the awkwardly bopping kid.

I finally gave in and didn’t really ‘get’ the show until a few episodes in. Like all shows that you become familiar with, it became a bit repetitive. I could guess what would happen next, the reactions, the jokes etc. I was also a bit taken aback by the actress swapping for Vivian Banks. The type of banter between Vivian and the others changed so much, the atmosphere felt pretty different. To be fair, the actress who played Vivian Banks did bring a different side to the character we hadn’t fully seen before.

4. The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

This was one show (along with Suits and a few others) that I put off watching because I heard so much about it and there was so much hype. It’s so disappointing when expectations are high and the show/movie/book/event etc. fall short of those expectations. I can vouch that The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt was just was fun and entertaining as everyone else said. I found slight amusement that Dong a Vietnamese character was played by a Korean actor (guy from maze runner) with a very generic asian accent.

5. Gilmore Girls

I rewatched Gilmore Girls for the 3rd or 4th time a few months ago. I think I killed my internet because I just ploughed through the series over a short period of time. I get sucked in by the witty and fast-paced banter every single time! It’s a ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ kind of dialogue. It’s one of those shows that feels like home.

If you haven’t watched Gilmore Girls yet and don’t want spoilers don’t read the following bit. Come back to read it after you’ve watched it!

I feel like I have to mention this haha: I’m probably ‘Team Logan’ with Jesse being a very close second (if my friend is reading this, I know she’s rolling her eyes/shaking her head at me). I really loved the excitement Logan brought and how the concept of responsibilities was always present and so real. Oh and the Life and Death Brigade! They all seemed so passionate, alive, and in the moment.

Let me know if you have any favourite Netflix shows I should put on my list 🙂