All I ever wanted in life was to reach out and touch someone. Not with my hands, but with my heart.”
– Tahereh Mafi
Over the weekend was a real in-depth soul searching queue of events for me. I couldn’t explain what brought on this inundation of speculation but my mind, as it naturally does, began to wander. As I sat there in silence with my thoughts and the anxiety of worry began to chip away at my mood. I began to question what it is I ought to do in life.
What is the best situation for my personality? Am I really in a place of personal achievement right now? What makes me happy?
And there…that question resonated over and over again. What makes me happy? I looked over at this postcard that a dear friend of mine from college sent to me and I realized that’s what makes me happy. Intimacy.
Not in any sexual innuendo kind of way, but the emotional kind of. Having heart to heart conversations over coffee. Eating brunch for hours on end talking about anything and everything. Knowing that someone accepts you for all your bizarre idiosyncrasies; that’s intimacy. I’ve been in a really defeated kind of mood lately and that’s when I realized that I lacked intimacy and connection on a regular basis.
Hopefully in the near future more caffeinated conversations come my way.
How would you define your intimacy?
Last year brought about a lot of changes in my life and a current obsession I have (besides re-watching all the seasons of Friends) is simplifying my skincare routine.
I was first acquainted with really taking care of my skin around nineteen years old. I bought my first Clinique 3-Step Skincare kit for my overactive, acne-prone skin and fell in love with the therapeutic process of taking care of my skin. Count down six years later and I’m still obsessed with process as ever!
As the seasons change dynamically (as much as it does here in Southern California) so must my skincare. My usual skincare archetype is oily-combination, but with these drier colder months my skin has needed a lot more moisture as most of us do.
I went to the Aesop store in Abbot Kinney and met with a sensational sales clerk/skincare guru named Luchia and she took care of me and my skincare needs so thoughtfully.
I came out of the store with: Amazing Face Cleanser, Bitter Orange Astringent, and the Oil Free Hydrating Serum. Let me tell you, I am completely smitten with this skincare range. Although its pricey, it’s well worth it. The herbal, non-perfumey smell and the additional no-added dyes does work wonders on my sensitive skin. As the months got colder, I layered the Josie Maran Argan Oil to really give my skin the extra moisture it needed.
For extra deep cleansing I add in rotation my Clarisonic Skincare brush that’s been with me for a couple years and is essential in the makeup removal process. In addition, I’ve recently discovered cleansing balms for the first step of makeup removal. It’s a step to get acclimated to, but the process is very soothing to me (call me crazy, but it feels like I’m having a facial every day!).
On days where I feel like I need to get the extra gunk out, I highly recommend The Face Shop White Clay Dry Mask. It’s the kind that dries and you peel off like a Biore pore strip. It’ extremely satisfying, let me tell ya…
The newest addition to the lineup is the Aesop Primrose Kaolin Clay Mask and it gives off a warming sensation as it dries (which lets me know its working its magic) and washes off with warm water and a washcloth.
I wish I took before pictures, but here’s the current status of my skin in visual format.
*Sidenote: These photos aren’t photoshopped, I took them in good light during the morning, and all I have on is moisturizer. Just added my blog watermark at the left corner 🙂
Anyways, what things to you put on your face to make you feel 100%? Leave them in the comments or tweet them to me!
Ever since I was young, I’ve always been intrigued by logos. To me, logos are an abstracted representation of an idea that a company/business/person chooses to share with the world.
Some people think logo design is an “easy” task. You choose a couple shapes and make some kinda aesthetically pleasing vector shape that has a couple characters to define your name. In the current digital age where you can create your own custom logo in a matter of minutes via some sort of app can really be unsettling to someone like myself. Someone who chose to go to design school, to spend sleepless nights drafting and drawing ideas by hands, pencil, and paper. In a short glimpse of it all, it makes me question whether all my education was worth it in the end when a software full of algorithms could give someone the feeling of instant gratification knowing that their desired product is available at their fingertips.
Then I had a another sleepless night some odd weeks ago, and I started drafting again on a few sheets of crinkled vellum. I wanted my blog logo to MEAN something. As a musician composes lyrics that tie to a personal moment, my logo..I believed.. would tie to my personal identity. Here’s the shorthand version of my thought process as my logo began to “take shape.”
I know this post is way different than my normal posts about music and food, but it has been irking me for awhile that I haven’t had an entry in my “Design” category on my blog and I figured this post would give way to new ideas and new thoughts as I begin 2016 as curious as ever.