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Book Review 1

Jean Ahn

Hi Hello! How is everyone doing?

I’ve been an avid reader since I was young and really enjoy reading! (Remember those Nancy Drew books? I read them all in a matter of months) But when I got to college I was too busy with schoolwork and reading books required for class, I never had the energy to read outside of school. Fast forward to 2018, I made a goal to try and read at least one book every two weeks. I’m proud to say I fulfilled that goal and some weeks I would finish a book by the end of the week. This is huge considering I had basically stopped reading books for a couple years.

I scoured New York Best Seller lists, Amazon book reviews and recommendations from friends and family to find some great reads. I was reading so often that I actually started borrowing books from the local library because it’s not only free but the due dates pushed me to read quicker. The local library is a great resource for all your book needs plus they also provide recommended books as well! My local library offers an online portal where I can reserve and renew books all online. (Seattleites I use the Seattle Public Library site)

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Here are some of the books I read recently:

Down the Rabbit Hole: Holly Madison shares a candid and moving tell all of her life at the Playboy Mansion. Everything from the infamous parties to personal details of Hugh Hefner. The shocking and bizarre story kept me glued to the pages and I read this book so fast.

When life gives you Lululemons: Emily Charlton from The Devil Wear’s Prada is back and this time she heads to the suburbs of Connecticut to visit her friend Miriam. When Miriam’s model friend Karolina Hartwell is dumped publicly by her senator husband Graham, Emily takes matters into her own hands and works her PR magic to help Karolina get her life back. This was a fun read with lots of funny moments and I really enjoyed this book.

An Unwanted Guest: I decided to read this book after seeing another blogger had read it and I decided to give it a try. It’s a chilling mystery about eight guests who head to Catskills and Mitchell’s Inn deep in the woods to enjoy some peace, snow, huge wood burning fireplaces… you get it cozy winter vibes. When a guest turns up dead it looks like an accident but when a second guest dies everyone begins to panic. I felt that at some points there was some over explaining and the story slowed down but once you get past those parts the end is shocking!

A Simple Favor: I had seen the movie and was curious what the book was like and I thoroughly enjoyed the book much more than the movie. Emily Nelson has the seemingly perfect glamorous life then she goes missing. Her friend Stephanie shares her worries via her ‘Mommy blog.’ I would say the book was quite different than the movie, everything from Stephanie and Emily’s husband’s character to the ending. I highly recommend the book over the movie.

The Thousandth Floor: Flash forward to the year 2118 where robots are your servers, there’s self driving cars and you don’t have cell phones or credit cards. Think Gossip Girl meets the future. This book (a part of a series) has lots of drama, glamour and a glittering future. It’s New York like you’ve never seen before. I would love to see a TV series or a movie about this. It was super interesting to read about life hundred years from now and the futuristic life the characters live.

Bring Me Back: Finn and Layla are young and in love but during a road trip Layla goes missing. She’s gone for 12 years and by then Finn is engaged to Layla’s sister Ellen. Upon their engagement strange occurrences happen, long-lost items from Layla’s past keep turning up and Finn receives emails and phone calls regarding Layla. While this did have some mysterious and chilling aspects, I wasn’t a fan of this one. I felt the plot kept going round and round in circles and the ending just didn’t have enough action in my opinion. I would say a pass on this one.

That’s all for now… be sure to comment below some of your favorite books! I love finding new books to read :)

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New Year, New Skin

Jean Ahn

Happy New Year everyone! Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and NYE!

One of my goals for 2019 was to be more strict with my skin care. I have been pretty lucky (thanks to genetics ) I have had pretty good skin and had a decent routine but I was by no means strict about it. There were evenings I just quickly washed my face and went to bed or just only take off my face makeup and leave my eye makeup on haha! ( horrible I know but I was too lazy)

I have always had sensitive skin so I always had to be extra careful what products I used. After some thorough research and testing, I’ve found a simple and efficient routine which anyone could follow!

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Winter is always rough on my skin (literally) my skin is flaky, dry you name it… and I go crazy. I started using Chanel Hydra Creme and it transformed my skin! It does come with a hefty price tag but it does last about year and its so light and hydrating. I always put this cream on first thing after I wash my face in the morning and I always feel so refreshed.

I found this Glow Recipe Watermelon Sleep Mask in a magazine and I thought the packaging was so cute I decided to give it a try. The light pink container looks so cute on my bathroom counter plus it smells so good! You just simply put a dime size amount of the product all over your face and go to bed. Just make sure to wash your face in the AM and your skin will feel so soft. I love to use my rose quartz roller to blend the product in.

The Rose quartz roller has been quite the craze (there’s also a jade roller too) and I decided to give it a try. The stone is cold on your skin but it feels sooo good and it’s supposed to reduce facial puffiness, promote drainage from the face and relieve facial and jaw tension. I use the roller at night and use it to blend in my night cream or watermelon sleep mask.

The Clinque Smart Night Custom Repair Moisturizer has been great so far! I had used some others and noticed some breakouts I believe from the oils and fragrance used. Clinique is great for sensitive skin since it’s 100% fragrance-free; paraben-free; sulfate-free; phthalate-free; oil-free; talc-free; SLS-free; mineral oil-free; alcohol-free. The product promises to immediately plump skin by 75% and it works throughout your sleeping hours to smooth wrinkles, lines and even skin tone. I switch back and forth between this product and the Glow Recipe Watermelon Sleep Mask and so far I have seen great results.

I just started using this MAC Strobe Cream and it’s been great to use under foundation to help illuminate and boost your look. The cream has ‘nutritious vitamins and a mega-dose of green tea. It brightens, clarifies and smoothes the skin while hydrating and leaving your complexion radiant with iridescent particles and antioxidants.’ It adds the perfect amount of glow to your skin so you can be radiate all winter long.

And last but not least… I use this clay mask by Lancome once a week. The 5-minute mask leaves your skin so smooth and soft, removes all the excess oils and helps reduce the appearance of pores. Leaving your skin clean and refined.

What are some of your favorite skin care products? Share below in the comments! :)

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Reminiscing on 2018

Jean Ahn

Hi! Hello! Happy New Year’s Eve!

It’s hard to believe how fast this year went it seriously feels like I blinked and it was Christmas… anyone else feel the same way?!

2018 took me to a handful of places I had never visited such as Austin, Texas, Italy, Miami, Napa and of course San Diego, Arizona and Las Vegas. I had made a list of goals in the beginning of 2018 and one of the first goals was to launch this blog (which I did in April) and it has been a whirlwind of many trial and errors and important lessons along the way. I am so grateful for the amazing blogging community and the girls I have met via Instagram.

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As I sit back and think about the year, there has definitely been many highs and lows but I am so grateful for so many things. For YEARS I had wanted to launch a fashion blog but just kept making excuses for why I couldn’t. 2018 taught me to jump in head first and be fearless in everything that I did. I couldn’t have done it without the help and support of my friends and family who have put up with my countless OOTD photo requests and constant need of food photos ha ha! I’m really looking forward to a fresh start and already started planning some content which hopefully brings value to you all.

Rounded up some of my favorite photos of 2018 from the different cities I visited this past year!

Rounded up some of my favorite photos of 2018 from the different cities I visited this past year!

And for the first time I don’t have grand NYE plans… D and I plan to spend a quiet evening at home with a few friends and watch the fireworks. Wishing you all a Happy New Year!

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