+ZEDD day+

If our love is tragedy, why are you my remedy?
If our love’s insanity, why are you my clarity?

Zedd ft. Foxes, Clarity (2012)

I kind of cheated, but so excited to see Zedd tonight! 🖤
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Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired.

Pierre-Jules Renard, or Jules Renard, French author, member of the Académie Goncourt; famous for Poil de carotte and Les Histores Naturalles (1864-1910)

Be sure what you want and be sure about yourself.  Fashion is not just beauty, it’s about good attitude.  You have to believe in yourself and be strong.

Adriana Lima, Brazilian supermodel, actress (1981-present)

Technology can be our best friend, and technology can also be the biggest party pooper of our lives.  It interrupts our own story, interrupts our ability to have a thought or a daydream, to imagine something wonderful, because we’re too busy bridging the walk from the cafeteria back to the office on the cell phone.

Steven Allan Spielberg, KBE OMRI, American director, producer, screenwriter; considered one of the founding pioneers of the New Hollywood era (1946-present)

Note: Hi guys, due to personal reasons, I will not be uploading any new material this week.  However, there will still be a quote a day, so please continue to show your love and support for my blog!  x ec

You don’t choose your family.  They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.

Desmond Mpilo Tutu, OMSG CH, South African anti-apartheid & social rights activist; Anglican clergyman (1931-present)

[Eggsy puts on his suit]
Merlin: Looking good, Eggsy.
Eggsy: Feeling good, Merlin.

Merlin, played by Mark Strong, and Gary (Eggsy) Unwin, played by Taron Egerton, Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014)

I wouldn’t take it as a compliment if someone looked at one of my shoes and said, “Oh that looks like a comfortable shoe.”  There is a heel that is too high to walk in, certainly.  But who cares?  You don’t have to walk in high heels.

Christian Louboutin, French fashion designer and cofounder of epynonmous fashion house Christian Louboutin Ltd.; known for his signature high-end stiletto footwear which incorporates shiny, red-lacquered soles (1963-present)

Image Credit: Telegraph

+dirt+

In just the second week of college, I broke a promise with myself.

I always tell others that I hate dressing down because I honestly do.  Even a trip to the supermarket warrants a fresh outfit and a made-up face, even if it’s the bare minimum.  Since the beginning of senior year, however, I haven’t really put on makeup, or spent much time choosing that day’s outfit.  In many ways, I’ve sensed a change within me, and I can’t tell if it’s a good thing or not.

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The Cons of Not Wearing Makeup: Loss and Dowdiness

Because I don’t bother with putting on makeup during the school week, I feel as though I’m unable to express my creativity.  As mentioned before, putting on makeup is a way to release my artistic side because while I don’t have a lot of time to paint or draw, making in many ways is living art.  With makeup, my face becomes a canvas and I get to wear my art all day.  Without that, I feel stifled because I don’t have any other way to channel this creative spirit that needs to be liberated.

Another con to not wearing makeup is that overall, I feel boring and dowdy.  Though I don’t put on blue eyeliner or put fur on my nails, getting dressed up and taking time to care about my appearance makes me feel different and less plain.  Since I’m spending less time focused on how I look physically, I feel a bit drained emotionally because I feel that I have to work twice as hard to let people know about my quirky habits.

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The Pros to Not Wearing Makeup: Time

The upside to not spending time getting ready is saving time.  Over the course of this past summer, I feel like I’ve aged by at least 20 years.  I have trouble staying awake past 10:00 p.m., though that’s probably because I’m on campus over 12 hours a day, Mondays through Thursdays.  I also don’t get particularly excited to go out, mainly because the night scene near my school is nonexistent.

As I don’t put on makeup, I save about an hour a day.  I’m able to spend that time cooking and planning my future, whether it’s college homework, or the job process for after graduation.  Since I’m not adding more stress to myself, I feel lighter, metaphorically and literally.  It’s like a weight’s been lifted off my chest, and I’m able to walk more confidently, with my back straight.

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Still…

Though I don’t put on makeup, I put on sunscreen lotion religiously.  As a person who’s scared of getting wrinkles, sunscreen is something I must wear daily, rain or shine.  However, while I’m mostly protected from the sun’s harmful rays, when the lotion comes in contact with the air, my pores feel clogged and gross.  Though my school isn’t situated in a big city, it’s still an urban environment.  The combination of construction work around campus and suburban moms who drive their ridiculously large SUVs, the air is quite harsh against my skin.

Every night when I take off the lotion, I notice that the water’s grey because of all the pollutants that somehow got stuck on my face.  I find myself oil cleansing twice, before washing it all off with a lot of non-oil based cleanser.  As a result, my skin feels very dry and tight, an unwelcome feeling.  When my skin gets dry, it gets really itchy and flaky – no matter how much moisturizer and toner I put on, my skin never feels refreshed or clean.

I’ve been putting on masks more frequently in hopes that this feeling will go away, but nothing seems to be working.  Given that we’re entering the holiday season (yes, don’t judge, the first day of fall is the holiday season in my books), I really need to up my skincare game.  Considering how weird and long our summer was this year, we’re probably in for a harsher winter season this year, and I’m not sure if my skin can take a beating with this current routine.

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If you have any mask or product suggestions, please leave a comment!  This skincare conundrum has given me stress pimples, so life’s going really well right now 🙃.

IMAGE CREDIT: The Luxury Spot

Because a thought arises, various phenomena arise; because thoughts cease, a cave and a tomb are not two.

Seol Sa, pen name Won Hyo, Korean philosopher; one of the leading thinkers, writers, commentators of the Korean Buddhist tradition; known for refining Essence-Foundation (617 AD-686 AD)

I’ve always been known for bold flavors and rustic cooking, but there is another side to me.  As you evolve as a cook, you understand life and how serious it is.  There comes a point where there’s got to be a better balance.

Emeril John Lagasse III, simply known as Emeril Lagasse, American celebrity chef, restauranteur, television personality, cookbook author (1959-present)