Life Update: The Next Chapter

Let me make this clear before anyone jumps to conclusions from the headline. No, I’m not engaged, married, or pregnant. I am also not launching a clothing or beauty brand — and nope, I’m not selling my presets!

However, you know when things just all of a sudden makes sense? That’s exactly what happened to me and everything fell into place so quickly. The next thing I knew, I was talking to program coordinators, reviewing schools to attend, and applied before I even told KSOLE! Yeah, he was a little confused and surprised, hah.

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Boho Chic Bedroom Refresh

With this refresh, I wanted to invest on a good quality bed frame and mattress. My previous frames were from Ikea. No hate on Ikea, I still shop there but we all know their furniture can break pretty easily (hah). After 3 months of searching, I ended up purchasing this platform bed frame from West Elm, upgrading myself from a full size to queen. I love that West Elm’s team builds large furniture pieces for you within your home — so no assembly required on my end and they take all the boxes/trash with them.

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Seoul Searching in Korea: A Film Photo Diary

A recap of my recent trip to Seoul, Korea through the lens of my Yashica T4 film camera. Film used - Portra400.

It was my first time in Korea and to be honest, Seoul never really intrigued me and I never once had an urge to visit this city. However, after this week long trip, I fell head over heels in love with Seoul and am itching to go back as soon as possible. From the culture to the people, to the food and the technological advances, I am now recommending everyone make a visit to Seoul any chance they get.

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5 Things to Do in Myeongdong (Seoul, Korea)

Known mainly for their shopping and street food, Myeongdong is always alive with tourist and locals roaming the streets in search of a good time. From cat cafes to beauty shops galore, there is literally something that will catch your eye as you walk around. While I spent less than 6 hours roaming Myeongdong, I did make it a point to do the following 5 things before I retired back to our hotel.

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My Top 10 Favorite K-Beauty Skincare Products

I have to admit that I’ve always been a “one-trick pony” when it comes to my skincare routine. I firmly do believe that if it isn’t broken, then don’t fix it, meaning if the products work then why change right? During my trip, I realized that while I love the items I’m using now, I do notice a different type of glow with Asian beauty products. Mainly because their formulas are tailored for my skin specifically , therefore the ingredients are aimed to work better on Asians/Asian Americans. After two weeks of testing a handful of items that were gifted to us during the trip, I’ve narrowed down the top 10 favorites that I’m certainly will be restocking on (once I’m out).

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Fairmont Mayakoba

Encompassing 45 acres, the Fairmont Mayakoba offers 27, 710 sq. of exploration with two outdoor event lawns, 18-hole golf course, and 401 rooms/suites. There are 6 options for dining, which includes poolside and beach service, 24-hour in-room dining, and 37,000 square foot spa featuring 20 treatment rooms. There is also a mineral pool on the rooftop of the spa and they also house stingless bees. Fitness center and beauty salon are also offered on the property.

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4 Things I Learned After 4 Years of Self-Employment

My blog was launched January 2014 and about a year later, I took an unexpected turn and quit my full-time job as a menswear marketer for a clothing brand. You can read the full story here. Needless to say, it’s been a wild ride full of ups and downs, but at the end of the day, I have no regrets on the path I chosen. I’m 100% grateful for all of this, but I also still need to be realistic as this industry is still growing and in all honesty, all of this could be taken away in a blink of an eye.

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Create a Cozy Reading Nook in Your Studio Apartment

After six years of living in my 600 sq. ft. studio apartment, I am finally refreshing this space and am focused on creating a place that I truly love. I’ll be spending the majority of this year at home, so it’s worth the effort to invest in pieces that are comfy & cozy, won’t break easily and pieces I can actually move with me in the future. Unfortunately, that rules out everyone’s favorite store — Ikea.

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Do This One Thing to Avoid Paying Interest on Your Credit Card

If you’re paying interest fees each month (on your credit card), that basically means that 1) you’re not paying your balance off in full and 2) you’re most likely misreading your statement.

I’ve been stuck in this scenario more than I’d like to admit, however, once I took the time to read my statement properly, I was able to save myself more money each month.

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Plan a Girls Trip to Ojai

Ojai is located about 83 miles from LA, roughly an hour and half drive. It’s an easy drive and from my place (in San Gabriel), the 210 is the freeway you take most of the way, which allows you to avoid a good amount of traffic. For the last 20 minutes of the drive, you get some breathtaking views as you wind up the mountainside. Just be on the lookout for bikers.

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#BetterWayToCharcoal: A Toothpaste for Coffee Lovers

I recently discovered that my go-to brand for toothpaste launched two new formulas that focus on purifying the teeth surface for a whiter, cleaner smile. Crest 3D White Whitening Therapy added their Crest 3D White Whitening Therapy with Charcoal and Crest 3D White Whitening Therapy with Coconut Oil to their family and after two weeks of testing each out, I have to report that I am a fan. However, I may need to be careful because someone is already trying to claim these two products as his *ahem, KSOLE.

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Tips for Those Living Paycheck to Paycheck

Bottom line, if you are really persistent, are self-disciplined, and determined to get a handle on your finances, you will do anything and everything you can to do it. You really have to want it to get it done because it’s too easy to budget for one pay period and then go back to your old habits the next. Hence the cycle of debt.

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How I Became A Full-Time Blogger

My path to where I am today was never linear; I had no idea what I wanted to do and I dipped in and out of industries left and right, trying to figure myself out. My road was filled with potholes, dead ends, twist and turns. I stalled, I broke down, I required a lot of maintenance and even today, I still have times where I need to pull over and readjust myself — but guess what? That’s OK. We’re human, so we’re meant to explore especially in our 20’s and even in our 30’s, it’s OK to change lanes. You should never stay in a place that feels forced and makes you unhappy. There’s no limit to how many times you can restart.

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My Easy 5-Minute Skincare Routine for Day and Night

I never really shared my day and night skincare routine, which takes a mere 5-minutes. I tailored the routine to my pure laziness and the fact that I’m usually traveling, so a quick 5-minute routine is perfect for on the plane, in the hotel, and when I’m running late or am exhausted and just want to go straight to bed. Seriously, it takes me longer to fill in my brows every morning, hah.

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