Fierce Nerditude

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Planner Addiction & Life in Tokyo

Hi, guys!

I've been living in Japan for 6 months, going on 7! The following post is going to be about a lot of things: my new planner, stickers, some quick notes about depression and my transition to life here... but makeup isn't really one of them. I've been wearing it so little, I really think makeup might become a bit of an afterthought on my blog. I one hundred percent forgive you if you find it boring, but please be nice to me! (And I do have some fun Etude House products I plan to write about soon!)

So first off, there really seem to be only two ways to feel about an international move: Extreme immediate elation, or extreme depression. I went the second way.

Don't worry, though! I have friends, hobbies, and a positive outlook again!

I don't want to get into the details of being sad, as this post isn't meant to elicit pity. I brought this up, though, because I wanted to say that it's normal to feel lost and confused if you uproot your entire life to move to another country. Being suddenly functionally illiterate and unable to get in touch with my family and friends during my normal waking hours was no picnic. It took me a long time to realize I wasn't alone because, like me, everyone I came with put on a brave face.

My advice to anyone struggling through this situation is this: Everyone is struggling, even the people who don't look like they are. Even if they're not struggling anymore, they have in the past. Some people have more trouble than others, and there's nothing wrong with feeling worse or showing it more. Reach out to literally anyone, even if all you can think to say is, "Hi, I need to make friends."

They will get it.

I'm honestly in a better place now than I was even in NYC. As they say, nothing grows in your comfort zone.

Now, one of the weird hobbies I've picked up is being obsessed with my planner.

My, look at all the plans I have!
I grabbed this guy at Tokyu Hands for about 1600 yen--one of the cheaper options. I wasn't sure I'd really stick with a planner after January (I have a bit of a history with diaries and planners).

I love the cover aesthetic, especially. It's very Kate Spade. The thing about the format, though, is that there's less room for my best laid plans on the weekends. That's actually when I have more going on, not less! The typical weekday, for me, is an 8:30-5:00 work day with very few things that need special notation hour-by-hour. I like that there's plenty of free space, though. As you can see, I often append information on weekend or special events in the leftmost area.

Monthly view

The monthly view also offers free spaces around the fringes. I do a lot less with this. The weekly is much more my jam.

There are subway maps of the world and a long diary section in the back. I don't use these at all, except for making notes on my budget.

Tokyu Hands also offers a huge selection of planner stickers and little deco-tape rolls, which I'll probably talk more about in another post. I have quite a bit of free time at my job, and sometimes I'll pass the time by sticking stickers and organizing my life outside of work. I like doing things like budgeting and planning meals beforehand

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Vivid Violet

I wish I could explain why I'm just so darned comfortable in purple lipstick, but I can't. I just love it. Do I really need an excuse?

Smashbox's Be Legendary Lipstick in Vivid Violet is a lovely iteration of a shade I find myself reaching for again and again.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Foundation Quest: Too Faced Born This Way Foundation (Sand, Golden, Honey, Caramel)

Using the utterly non-scientific 'this internet swatch looks like a swatch for other foundations that match me' method, I got a deluxe sample of Too Faced Born This Way foundation in Sand. I figured from the start it wouldn't be perfect (only 3 shades were available for the sample, and the other two were very light), but I didn't expect it to be so light on me.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Teavana Stainless Steel Tumbler

I love tea. Love it! And over the years I've bought and tried a lot of different vessels for steeping some on the go--for me an infuser is an absolute must, as I'm terrible at planning ahead of the exact moment I'm running out the door in the morning.

I bought this tumbler (with a built-in infuser!) one at some point last year at my local Teavana on clearance (over a third off, if I recall correctly) and for the last year (possibly a bit more) this has been my go-to running-to-work/class/romantic picnic for two mug.

Monday, July 6, 2015

All Hail The Queen by Butter London

Are there any products you like despite knowing that they have a humongous objective flaw?

That's what All Hail The Queen is for me. It's such a beautiful shimmery beige, and I think it looks wonderful on my skin tone. My sister said it was, "like nude, only not at all."

It's one of the few polishes I wear often--every few weeks, in fact! The only (huge!) problem is that the formula is really thin.

It Was Time For A Change! What Do You Think Of The New Look?

Hey guys!

Just a quick heads up that I created a new background image (getting it to tile like that was WEIRDLY hard) and did a new banner and changed up the color scheme.

I'm going to miss my old banner and background image, but I was itching for a new aesthetic. The old color scheme just started feeling too a little too familiar.

The artwork took forever, so obviously I'm hoping all that work paid off. I also increased the width of the blog to 1200 pixels, as there was a lot of empty margin space on my own current display, but obviously if this looks too wide, please let me know and I'll shrink it down a bit as soon as I can!

Finally, I'm having some issues with blogger screwing up my header, so I manually entered the HTML for my banner image into the template. This has the unfortunate side-effect of making the mobile site look AWFUL, so I'm updating the settings to show the desktop site on mobile devices.

I might re-do the banner again, as I'm not totally happy with the way the orchid (could you tell it was an orchid?) came out, and my sister says my first font 'doesn't go' (I have to agree!)

Hope all of you had a happy Independence Day and a good weekend!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Macarons, Honey Rose Rainbow and Spicy Cumin Seitan at Taste Asia!


One of the best things about living in a city like New York is the cultural diversity--not to mention diversity of food (yum!). Last Friday and Saturday there was an Asian food and culture and food festival spanning about a street in length in Times Square called Taste Asia.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Butterfly Kissed--Practicing

I mentioned when I restarted blogging that I hadn't worn makeup very much during my blogging break. Another thing I didn't do much of was take close up pictures of my eyes. The other day I tried to do something a little more intricate with a green duochrome shadow, and when I took the closeups... the shadow was just not quite right. So now, I'm starting to re-practice everything I know, and I'd thought I'd share from the process a little.

This particular eye came from this shirt I love--I bought it in Berksha when I visited Barcelona a while ago! I wish I had thought to take more pictures, but this was early morning on a work day, so you'll just have to make do with my face. It was really simple to do!
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