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What’s in my Netflix queue? (Part One)

I used to watch a lot of television. Keyword(s): used to. I’d get excited for new shows and new seasons every Fall that I would create a little spreadsheet/calendar of premiere dates.  I would typically stay on top of my shows and never really have to catch up.

I still watch a lot of television. But i’m so behind on my former favorite shows. Plus, I hate watching TV in the presence of other people. I’m anti-social like that. And I have no wifi.

The only show that I love and stayed caught up on was Pretty Little Liars and currently Game of Thrones and The Bold Type.

I’d like to catch up on shows before the new seasons start.  However, I feel like I have a long way to go, especially since my Netflix queue is all over the place. Let’s take a look…

THE TOP 5. These series are a few of my all time favorite shows. Sadly all of them are done, but I’m ready to binge watch.

Glee ended two years ago. I still listen to the soundtracks and see each performance in my head. It gave me life then and it still gives me life now. I miss seeing those kids every week. I need to hear them singing new songs and covers.

Pretty Little Liars just ended back in June. I tried binge watching all the eps before the finale, but that just didn’t work out. 160 episodes to watch in two weeks was pretty impossible. But it was so nostalgic watching the pilot compared to the last few episodes. The finale was an ode to the fans.

Gossip Girl came back on my radar when two of my favorite Filipino actresses revealed they was rewatching episodes. The pilot episode gave me so many feels, but I’m still mad at how it ended.

One Tree Hill had Chad Michael Murray and Sophia Bush, two people I love. Unfortunately, I still need to catch up on OTH. I don’t remember ever finishing the last 2 seasons. But I did watch the finale.

The Secret Circle will always be the one that got away. When I heard of this cancellation, I was devastated. The first season left us with such a cliffhanger! I legit cried and I even participated in signing those petitions and tweeting #SaveTheCircle. Out of all the CW cancellations, this was the one that disappointed me the most. #WitchesRule

THE FAVES I NEED TO CATCH UP ON. These shows have new seasons coming soon and some even their last!

The Originals. I watched TVD to watch Phoebe Tonkin kick ass as a werewolf (She was on the Secret Circle). Then she got her own show with the Original vampire family, so I had to watch it. However, I think I stopped during season 2 or 3. It’s 5th and final season is premiering this Fall and I may wait and just binge watch after it’s done.

Once Upon A Time has many changes in the new season this fall, with several main characters leaving. There are so many twists and turns on our favorite fairytales. I’m curious to see how it goes without it’s main heroine and family, but I have to catch up on about 1 and a half seasons. But since it’s sort of a reboot maybe I don’t have to catch up…

How to Get Away with Murder. I’m on the season where they focus on “Who shot Analise?” That’s season 2 I think? HTGAWM makes me think too much. At first it was confusing with all the flashbacks, but I started to understand more and it sucked me in. In fact, it’s the only show in Shondaland I ever got into.

Orange is the New Black doesn’t have a new season coming out anytime soon, so I have a lot of time to catch up. This past season is pretty good so far. There’s so much chaos amongst the inmate takeover, I can’t wait to see who survives it.

THE SHOWS ABOUT THE SUPERHEROES. Smallville was my favorite show growing up, so to see the following shows make such an impact on their audiences is pretty amazing.

To be honest, I need to catch up a lot on these shows. I might as well start from the beginning.

Supergirl. As a fan of Superman, I was so excited for this show. I was so excited to see Supergirl’s story, not just Superman’s cousin. Honestly, when they brought Superman on the show (Tyler Hoechlin), I was kind of pissed and scared that he would outshine Kara. But anyways, Kara and her friends felt relatable. She wasn’t just this alien, she was a girl trying to figure out what she wanted in life. Also, as a Gleek, Melissa Benoist made me proud.

The Flash. I didn’t know much about Barry Gordon, other than what I saw on Smallville. I still don’t know much about him, but Grant Gustin is a dork and how can you not fall in love with him.

Arrow. Just like the Flash, the only Oliver Queen I knew was played by Justin Hartley, and I loved him. I didn’t know Stephen Amell, but I knew Katie Cassidy and I wanted to support one of my favorite CW actresses. But I fell in love with the drama and the action. What can I say? I love the brooding guys that come out of their shell. Am I talking about the right show?

Gotham. I never finished season one, but I liked what I saw in the first few episodes. We’re all used to seeing grown up, broody Batman, but in contrast, we see the future Batman as an innocent little boy who just lost his parents. However, we do see some brooding from Benjamin McKenzie. Oh how I missed that.

This isn’t my whole Netflix queue, but it’s the ones that are on the top of my list! Stay tuned for more of my list and maybe we can watch together.

xoxo,

Adele

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Travel Bucket List: International Countries

It would be a great opportunity to be able to get on a plane and travel to certain destinations at my own discretion.

I’ve been to the Philippines and that’s about it for international destinations, unless I count my stopovers in South Korea. The airport is really nice.

As far as other places here in the U.S., I’ve been to Dayton, Las Vegas, and more recently, New York. It was a short weekend, but it was great to travel as an adult and tourist. Vegas is great, but it gets old real quick. I hope to visit New York again and check out more great spots along with other cities in the U.S. But I’d love to get more stamps in my passport and learn about other countries.

Here are the top 10 countries I’d like to visit if I had the money and vacation time to do so!

CANADA

Oh, Canada! Since middle school & high school I wanted to visit the country up north, specifically Vancouver. The main reason had/has to do with my love for television. I remember always wanting to do a road trip just so I could see where exactly my favorite tv show, Smallville, was filming. For some reason I thought that if I was able to road trip it to Vancouver, I could easily meet Tom Welling, Kristin Kreuk, & Alison Mack. I’d still love to make it to Van city to see where some current shows film. I’d also love to visit Toronto to see my Degrassi people and where Drake started.

But other than my love for television, I’d like to go sight seeing at places like Niagara Falls and Old Quebec and even visit the top of CN Tower to get a view of Lake Ontario.

FRANCE

Bonjour, je m’appelle Adele! For those of you that don’t know, I took French for four years from middle school to high school. Too bad I only retained a few things. If someone spoke slowly to me in French, I’m confident that i’d probably be able to pick up a few words.

Je voudrais aller à Le Louvre et L’Arc De Triomphe. If I wrote that correctly, I just said, “I would like to go to the Louvre and the Arc De Triomphe.” These were a few destinations we learned about in French class. I’d also love to admire the architecture of all the castles and palaces like the Palace of  Versailles. And of course what would my trip be without visiting the Eiffel Tower? I’d love to see it during the day and how it’s lit up at night. The hopeless romantic in me pictures someone proposing to me right in front of it in the city of love, Paris.

ITALY

Let me start off by saying that I love Italian food. Pasta is life. By saying that, i’d want to navigate through Italy and eat all the Pizza I can.

I’d want to admire the art, see Da Vinci’s Last Supper and climb the steps of Duomo di Milano (Milan Cathedral) and then I’d go to the Trevi Fountain and make a wish. Visiting Verona, the home of Romeo and Juliet would be amazing too!

But most of all i’d want to visit St. Peters Basilica and just sit and pray for a little.

UNITED KINGDOM

I want to be cliché. First, I’d visit the Buckingham Palace. I’d want to stand next to a guard and try to get them to crack. But I don’t want to be obnoxious. We both know I wont pester them. I’d just stand there and smile awkardly. Then i’d pretend to make a call from a red phone booth and cross Abbey Road. Maybe, I’ll meet a cute british boy who’ll charm me with their accent and then we’ll go find a Nandos and have lunch.

JAPAN

Although I’m a bit claustrophobic, I’d love to cross the Shibuya Crossing. I mean, it cracks me up how I see people stand in the middle and almost stop pedestraim traffic to take a picture. I’d want to do that to, but I don’t know if I have the guts to do so.

Tokyo Disney is on my list and visiting my friends who are stationed there is also a must. Oh and food. I’d go around to find the best sushi and desserts.

SPAIN

I dont’t know much about the landmarks and history of Spain, but like other countries, I’d want to explore the architect and the beauty of the building and culture.

AUSTRALIA

Of course I’d love to visit the land down under! It would be so cool to celebrate the New Year here since it’s the first country to celebrate. I’d like to watch the fireworks go off at Sydney Harbor Bridge.

THAILAND

Just like Spain and Australia, I’m not too familiar with famous landmarks or even the culture. But it’s definitely another Asian country I’d like to visit.

I’d want to visit the many islands and I’d be very down to eat the streetfoods. And shopping, always shopping.

GREECE

I want to have my own little Sisterhood of Traveling Pants moments and meet someone to take me out of my comfort zone. I am forever a hopeless romantic.

But mostly, I’d like to visit all the places we’ve heard about in Greek Mythology and history. I’d want to visit the Parthenon and the Temple of Olympian Zeus.

Also, although I’m not a big fan of beaches, I’d want to see Myrtos Beach as well!

PHILIPPINES

As mentioned earlier, I’ve been to the Philippines already. The first time was when I was 16 and I mostly stayed in the province of Zambales. The second time I went was last December, 11 years after the first time. As an “adult”, I made lists of places I wanted to visit, but just like when I was 16, I was mostly in the province. We were in Subic and Manila a few times for shopping and whatnot and even took a whole bus full of 50+ people to Pangasinan and Baguio, but there were so many places I wanted visit.

When I go back to the Philippines, I’d like to go to Vigan and see the Spanish influences in the architecture. I’d love to explore  Manila and Quezon City along with Makati and Tagaytay. Palawan and Boracay is on my list for beaches. I’d even hike a little to see Mt. Pinatubo! There’s even a lot to check out in my family’s province, i’d want to explore more. I just wish it were a little cooler in temperature.

Remember #ItsMoreFunInThePhilippines.

I hope that one day I’ll get to visit at least half of these countries. But writing this list made me realize I don’t know much about other countries. For a lot of countries I wouldn’t know where to even start, but I know I’ll figure out a plan if I do get the chances to step foot in each of these countries! I look forward to learn more about each country and the culture.

If you have any recommendations of places to visit in each country, let me know!

xoxo,

Adele

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OOTD: M-F Basics

I’m basic AF. Just kidding, but I guess you should be the judge of that. Lately I’ve found a pattern in my every day clothes. I realized that I have the same shirt in 5 different colors, which makes dressing up each week pretty easy. I could sleep in with this routine I have going on!


Jeans are becoming a staple in my everyday outfit, when it used to be leggings. I still throw in the leggings, but my go to are a pair of skinny jeans. I literally only had two pairs of “good” jeans aka not ripped at the thighs, but all of a sudden I ended up with at least four more pairs over the last few months. So now, I’ll go through my jeans first, then my basic leggings (black, navy, wine, purple), then do laundry and repeat. There are some tops that I think look way better with leggings and obviously there are tops I have that don’t go with leggings and are a little too short to cover my behind. It’s all about mixing and matching!

Today’s post is dedicated to my recent finds and going back to basics. As mentioned earlier, I have five colors of the same crew shirt. This find comes from Target and is by Mossimo Supply Co.

Normally, I don’t like to buy plain shirts, but for some reason the striped shirt called out to me first. It was on sale for $5 and then I got the white one (twice) and each time I went to Target, I found myself buying the rest. Each time they were on sale for $5. They also have other styles like v-necks, but I really like the crew shirt with the pocket. It’s soft and comfortable. I can tuck it in or I can let it fly and it’s a nice fit either way. The only thing I dislike is how it easily wrinkles, but thats what irons are for, right?

I believe the regular price is $8.50, but they go on sale like every other week. A few of the colors are currently on clearance at the Target I frequently go to, and some new colors have emerged. $5 is such a good steal!


Then comes the jeans. I always buy Forever 21’s plus size skinny short jeans. They last pretty long and are affordable. They are usually about $12. The dark wash doesn’t usually stain and that’s a plus.

At Target, however, I’ve bought jeans in the past year under $10. They’ve all been on clearance. Denim doesn’t change much, but they do have to make room for the new washes and distressed jeans. Mossimo has been making me happy lately, but I’ve also gotten the Levi Strauss Modern Skinny pair of jeans as well. And of course jeggings from the Walmart are thrown in as well. They’re a little on the tight side, but they are under $10 as well. And that’s what matters to me!


As you can tell, Forever 21 is a fave of mine, but Target also provides with really cute clothes that fit me.

Does anyone else really love the crew shirts at Target that are out now?

xoxo,

Adele

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A recap of the past week 7.30.17-8.5.17

Doing this challenge, I wanted to make sure I actually put some thought into each post. With work and errand running (and unintentionally falling asleep) I didn’t really have much time this weekend to sit and write. However, I guess that’s the point of this challenge, just write whatever comes to mind and post it.
But today I’m going the easy route and posting a recap of my boring week.

This week marked the end of July & boy, did time fly. I spent last weekend resting and doing absolutely nothing most of the time since the two previous weekends were spent celebrating my birth. [Hot] Las Vegas one week, then two buffets the next. As an introvert, a weekend without human contact is what I needed & I was pretty well rested.

Then Monday came and the routine started again. Wake up, go to work, eat, come home, eat, sleep, and repeat. As always, I looked forward to the weekend as early as Monday. But who doesn’t?

August 1st was when I decided I need to stop being lazy and find motivation.  So honestly, there was really no thought into starting this challenge. Hopefully, this week I’ll also start going back to the gym, too. One step at a time, right?

Also, I bought a mini fridge to put in my room. For those who know my living situation, ya’ll know that this is hopefully a step toward eating better and spending less on eating out!

Hawaiian shirt Friday came & I was counting down to 3:30 p.m. PST. Yup, for some reason Fridays at work became “Hawaiian Shirt Friday”. Don’t know how or why, but I often participate with some floral prints. It kind of influenced my OOTD post. I think I may dedicate each Friday to #FashionFriday. What do you think?

Anyways, then Friday night came and it was a final get together with my two close friends before they jet off to Japan for 3 years. It definitely didn’t feel like a goodbye, but I did end up crying at the end of the night. What’s new? I’m ALWAYS an emotional wreck. I cry over everything and nothing has ever changed. It’s usually because I keep all my emotions in until it’s all too much and then BOOM. But I digress.

Saturday was a somewhat lazy day. I ran errands and had to pick up my mom’s prescription for her eye surgery. We procrastinated and it turns out the pharmacy did not have one of them and neither did any other CVS in town. So they transferred it over to the Walgreens acroos the street because they were the only ones that DID have it. But alas, they have no contract with my mom’s insurance or something so we had to pay a lot for a little thing of eyedrops. Any ideas on what I can do to maybe dispute this with my insurance? Or is it simply our fault for procrastinating?

Anyways, it’s another week. Nothing planned, but I hope things don’t get stressful.

I apologize for the lazy post today. I promise tomorrow I’ll do better!

xoxo,

Adele

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OOTD 8.4.17

Fashion hasn’t always been my forté. Looking back, I thought I dressed pretty cutely as an elementary student, with cute little dresses and character sets. But I guess that was my mom’s doing because once I hit middle school, apparently I had to choose things on my own.

I cringe just thinking about what I wore during middle school. Everyday consisted of flared jeans and a hoodie. I was that girl you see in those teen movies with my hair up in a ponytail and glasses. Those movies portraying that girl as the “ugly” girl, like She’s All That & then came Not Another Teen Movie that pointed it out to me. But I digress. I’m pretty sure I wore the same hoodie every day or at least alternated between 3 of them.

High school and some of college sort of became the same. Except the jeans were skinnies, the hoodies came off, & I let my hair down.

The past few years, I’ve become very conscious about the fashion I choose now. I mean, red carpet season IS my favorite season. I’m not trying to say I’m a fashion guru now, but I try to keep up with the times and I admire those that put a lot of effort into their outfits (OOTDs). Also, I definitely feel like I’ve gone out of my comfort zone and wear things with more confidence. Remember it’s not what you wear, it’s how you wear it!

Anyways, today I really liked my outfit! Is that vain? Probably. While it may be a basic outfit, it was still something I felt comfortable and confident in. And it was all affordable.


First I started with my go to fashion staples.

Black leggings from Forever 21 (Plus size) $5.90 

They are comfortable and affordable. Solid colors are a must for me since because I don’t really like printed leggings. So I have like 5 different colors of leggings from F21. But I have like 5 pairs of black leggings. Yes, I’m basic.

Blue cami from Forever 21 (Plus size) $3.90

Another basic staple. Again, I like solid colors. Sue me. I tucked it in and pulled my leggings up high to give that high waisted look. I don’t really like to wear camis by themselves. I got issues.  So when I saw the next item, I fell in love with it as something to coverup.

Long floral kimono by Living Doll Los Angeles $5.99

I took my mom shopping in National City. She loves this reseller store and honestly, I don’t. So while I was waiting for her to finish, I was browsing the plus size section, I saw this hanging all by it’s lonesome and it called out to me. It even had it’s sample tag still on, so could this possibly one of it’s kind? Probably not, but hey, it’s cool to think about.

I then paired the outfit with some nude ballet flats from Target (Merona $16.99). If it were fall, I probably would have gone with booties.

To add some accessories, I went with my clear heart necklace and some Privé Reveaux sunnies. P.S. I should have changed the band on my Fitbit Alta.

What are your fashion staples?

xoxo,

Adele

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Dear future…

I was looking at topics to write about today and one of them that came up was, “Where do you see yourself in 10 years?” It got me thinking about those letters we were assigned to write ourselves Freshmen year in high school to our  future Senior self. We were bright eyed teenagers thinking we could do everything and when Senior year came around, we had to think about the real world. And nothing prepared us for that. And that letter you wrote didn’t all come true.

Which takes me to the present, 10 years after graduating, still navigating the real world unprepared. But I have hope that my future self will be okay. I have fears, but I have hope. So here’s my letter to you, future self.

Dear Adele,

It’s been quite a long ten years. You’re almost forty. I’m cringing just thinking about it. But I bet you’re having the all too familiar quarter life crisis you had in your late 20s.

Don’t raise your eyebrows at me. You know exactly what I’m talking about. It probably isn’t as bad as it was 10 years ago, but you have your fears. I mean, come on, you used to be worried about what you were doing in your life. You didn’t know what you wanted to do. You were unsure about your career, your finances, your relationships, and just life in general. 

You thought everyone else around you had their lives together and you were the only one who didn’t. But you slowly started to realize that there are a lot of people that felt that way.  And you also started to realize that you had it a lot better than others. The world doesn’t revolve around just you even though you like to joke that it does. But you’re a Leo, so the world does revolve around you. Ha

But all jokes aside, you’re going to be okay. You’re doing great. I’d like to think that at this point, you’ve decided what you want as a career. Maybe your secret dream of becoming an …. has finally come true. But if it hasn’t it’s okay. You’ve learned so many things over these past years. Knowledge is power right?  I just want to remind you to do something that makes you happy.

At this point, you’ve found someone that makes you happy as well. A guy that makes you see that relationships aren’t that scary. And if he’s the one he’s someone who makes you feel loved every day. That’s all a girl could hope for. And from your love, came a bundle of joy (or maybe two babies) that you love unconditionally. Ugh, you’re always such a hopeless romantic, don’t you ever stop being that way. But even if all the above isn’t true and you’re still single AF, you’re probably never gonna find someone 😂 Just kidding!

After that last sentence, I bet you think this letter went in a completely different direction. I’m just here to make you laugh,  really. I’m here to remind you that life’s too short to take everything so seriously.

I’m here to remind you that you’re okay. You’ve got reasons to be happy and reasons to keep going. You’ve got family and friends, so try not to push people away. You’re too old to keep doin’ that shit. 

Ew, you’re getting old. I seriously cannot right now.

Xoxo, 

Adele 

P.S. I hope you’re still a TV/Pop Culture junkie. That’s the only thing you’re ever confident about. It gives you life and makes you smile. Also, keep writing for yourself.

What would you remind your older self?

xoxo,

Adele

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