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Spring Cleaning: 5 things that should be on your to-do list

Spring officially hit us last month and summer is a little over 2 months away, so that means it’s time to do some spring cleaning to prepare for the upcoming months! Most of the time, I really have no idea where to start but I find the following is a great guideline:

Sort out your clothes. With winter behind us and summer coming up on the horizon, it’s time to go through your piles of clothes sitting in your closet or on the floor. You don’t need your sweaters, large coats, thermals, scarves, etc.. Invest in a storage bin and set these clothes aside. If you’re like me and have empty luggage sitting in your closet, use that! It’ll take up the same space, but now you’ll have your winter clothes set aside for later on this year. While you’re putting away your winter clothes, look for clothes you don’t wear any longer. As your style evolves, the number of clothing items you have will most likely grow. I may not follow my own advice because I’m a hoarder, but you have to remember: you’re not going to wear that crop top anymore so donate it, sell it, or send it to your cousin(s) overseas and hope someone fits it.

Shred your old paperwork and junk mail. Remember when I said I was a hoarder? Well i’m much worse with paper and junk mail. But I’m definitely not alone. I was returning a somewhat pricey storage bin and the cashier lady went on a little rant about using storage bins for her old papers. She even found something from 10 years ago. Unless the paperwork can be used as evidence for something later on down the road, get rid of it. If you’re too lazy to shred your papers yourself, look for local shredding events or companies that will do it for a little fee. And don’t forget to sign up for paperless billing.

Manage your monthly bills. Obviously, this is something you should always pay attention to, but if it’s not something you are currently doing, now is a good time to start. After all, you gotta save up for that summer vacation you’ve been pining after. Take a look at your regular monthly expenses and weed out what you don’t need or use. For example, I wasn’t using my Netflix subscription, but I kept paying for it. It’s not hard to resubscribe so when I’m ready to binge watch some TV, I just sign up through the app for a month or so. Also, look at the data usage with your wireless company. 80% of the time I am on wi-fi at home or at work, so I went from an unlimited data plan to a 2 GB data plan. Verizon also has a safety mode so when I go over 2GB, I just get slower data speeds or I can choose to add more. Stop spending on things you aren’t using.

Clean out your phone. If you don’t clean your phone and open up your storage, that can have a great effect on your mobile device’s performance and speed. Plus, i’m sure you don’t want that dreaded “Not enough storage” message when you’re trying to take a selfie with your favorite actor at your local grocery store. Transfer your photos onto a USB/external drive or upload them to the cloud (but make sure you keep it clean if you know what I mean). Make room for new pictures from your upcoming trip. Delete apps that you aren’t using anymore. That includes games – you stopped trying to beat every level of Candy Crush a long time ago. And finally clear your mobile browser history for obvious reasons.

Clean/organize your space. This should be your top priority. There are days when you just grab something and instead of putting it back where you got it, you throw it somewhere out of the ordinary. Stop doing that! Whether it’s at work or at home, take a few minutes and envision how you want things to be organized and then take baby steps. You don’t have to finish everything in one day. I like to start with one section and once that’s done, move on. Make lists and reminders if you need to. Just like organizing your clothes, figure out what you need and don’t need. Keep a pile for trash and recycle if needed.  Oh, and don’t forget to clean out your refrigerator. That sour cream expired last year.

What are your spring cleaning must-dos?

Feel free to share your tips with me as well!

xoxo,

Adele

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OOTD: Rompers & Denim 10.13.16

Hi all!

Since Fall started, I’ve been trying to dress a lot warmer with warmer colors. But like I mentioned before, Fall barely exists in SoCal. The weather’s slightly cooler than it was during the summer, but it’s still too hot for my taste.


When it’s hot, I like to wear rompers or shorts on my days off work. So for today’s OOTD post, I chose to wear my favorite summer romper from Target, which I actually bought last year on clearance, and paired it with my new denim vest.

I’ve been looking at denim jackets and they run pretty expensive, you know? What bugged me, was when I’d see a distressed denim jacket go for $50+. If I wanted a denim jacket with holes, I wouldn’t have thrown away the, what I thought was damaged, denim jacket I had. But that’s fashion.

Anyways, I’ve been eyeing this denim vest by Ava & Viv for months at Target. It came out on the floor for summer fashion and then went on clearance as the summer ended. You better believe I kept watching the clearance racks every time I stepped into Target. I told myself that if it’s still on the rack by the time it goes 75% off then it’s meant to be. What can I say? I’m here for the bargains.

Denim isn’t only for the summer, so this was a steal! Not only could I pair this vest with my romper, but I could pair it with an all black outfit with leggings and booties and boom! It can be a fall outfit!

Do you also like looking at sales for last seasons styles? If so, what good finds have you come across?

xoxo,

Adele

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OOTD: First day of Fall

San Diego doesn’t really do seasons. But even though it’s a warm sunny Friday, it’s officially the first day of Fall! It’s the time for pumpkin spice everything (basic) and busting out those fall booties you’ve been dying to take off the shoe rack. It’s time to ditch the light and bright clothing of the summer and fall (pun intended) into the warmer and darker clothing combinations.

Red is my favorite color, so naturally tints and shades of red are my favorite. Which is why I chose to go with burgundy and blush pink today.

I’m covered in Forever 21 from head to toe.  I bought the jacket at the beginning of the year and haven’t had much of a chance to wear it, so I decided why not pair it with these wine colored leggings. And of course I had to put on my favorite pair of booties! The reason I love Forever 21 is because they have a plus size section that’s stylish and affordable, especially for basics like leggings.

What’s your first day of Fall outfit?

xoxo,

Adele

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Now Playing: New Music Friday 9.8.17

Hello!

Here’s yet another edition of me pretending I know how to review music. To be honest, I really just want to showcase my feels when I hear songs for the first time, especially from artists that I love.

Here are a few songs that stood out to me on this week’s New Music Friday playlist :

“You Don’t Do It For Me Anymore” by Demi Lovato

https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/3JBUv4SVXFAbZVlnchORpU

At 10 p.m. PST last night, I saw that this song was released. I was about 1 hour late, but you better believe I went straight to Spotify and streamed it. I will always love Demi Lovato’s voice. It’s so strong and soulful and there’s just so many feels when she belts out those high notes. Her ballads are always my favorite.

This is the 3rd track from her upcoming album and from what I’m hearing I could tell that I’m going to enjoy it. I feel like she’s gotten some inspiration over the years and just like Sam Smith’s new song, I feel some heartbreak.

Her 6th studio album, “Tell Me You Love Me”, will be released on 9/29/17.

“Too Good At Goodbyes” by Sam Smith

https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/7oAraczbemGSNWqnbkU87R

It’s been two years, so people have definitely been waiting to hear from Grammy Award winner, Sam Smith. With records like “Stay With Me”, “Lay Me Down”, and my personal favorite “Not In That Way”, expectations are high. And being deemed the male version of Adele, emotions are high as well.

In “Too Good At Goodbyes”, Sam gives such a soulful performance. He is basically singing about not giving a f**k when the relationship in question ends. But even though he’s trying to mask it, you can hear the heartbreak.

“Let Me Go” by Hailee Steinfeld with Alesso feat. Florida Georgia Line & watt

https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/5Gu0PDLN4YJeW75PpBSg9p

I love Hailee. For some reason, I feel like she’s been in the music industry for a while and then I remember she’s only 20 years old. While her sound is very pop, I feel like she stands out as an artist. When I listen to her sing, I don’t see Hailee Steinfeld, the actress trying to merge into the music business. I see her as the solo music artist, if that makes sense. I think she does a really good job at keeping the two careers separate. I’m hoping a studio album is coming out soon.

Anyways, this song has a very familiar sound to it. It’s definitely clear that Alesso is on the track. But I think the cool part of this song is how Florida Georgia Line is featured. When country meets pop, it’s always a good time.

“Love So Soft” by Kelly Clarkson

https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/0o7glLPfZgns8ZF14Wlpf7

It’s so hard to believe that it’s been 15 years since Kelly Clarkson was deemed the 1st American Idol. Makes me feel old AF. But Kelly Clarkson, along with Carrie Underwood, is undeniably one of the most successful American Idols.

With this song, I feel like Kelly stayed true to herself, but added a little more flavor to go along with what we’re currently hearing on the radio now. It’s a song to sing along to and it gets you up and moving.

“Leave Right Now” by Thomas Rhett

https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/0wyja8xD9cNhDtfuY0dVMP

I don’t listen to country often. I don’t hate it, but it’s just not something you’ll see on my playlists. I’ve never listened to Thomas Rhett, but like most country songs, this song sounded super sweet. I like that it starts off sweet with an acoustic guitar and then later on there’s some electronic music infused as if a DJ came and remixed the song.

From what I can tell, Thomas Rhett is kind of straddling the line between country and pop and it sounds great. If I didn’t know that Thomas was a country singer, I probably wouldn’t have thought this was country.

“Dark Side of the Gym” by The National

https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/1OdpIb0nzhDcqwkiYp0O1u

I have no idea who The National is, but apparently they’re an indie rock band that’s been around since 1999 (maybe even longer). I usually like alternative rock, but just like country, it’s not on my typical playlists (at least currently).

This song is pretty chill and mellow, but there’s a music break towards the end that makes me think of those cheesy teen movies from the 80s. I even get a 50s vibe. All I picture is a young couple slow dancing in a gym at their school dance.

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/1YuIEfhp8umr6QSal4FTK4

https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/4nGW06TRJOIrVRfjnuK4se

A few of these songs will be on repeat for the next few days and I’m extremely excited to hear what’s coming up for the artists.

Do you have any favorite new music that’s out?

xoxo,

Adele

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31 days. A recap

Hello friends and readers that have been following my random rambles this past month. I’m really proud of myself.

I used to always love blogging when I was younger. I had my Xanga and would write about everything that happened in my life. I was even on LiveJournal for a little. But even before online blogging, I loved writing in journals and diaries. I didn’t have very much content, but I liked to write. Sometimes I find old journals from when I was in elementary school and I giggle as I read the random things. But I guess it was my way of keeping memories, whether if it was just a sentence or a long paragraph.

I guess I just like writing about myself. Maybe it’s the Leo in me. But I definitely think I communicate a lot better when I write. In person, words don’t come out of my mouth very well. I stumble and get shy. I’ve always wished I were an eloquent speaker.

I must say, however, that it was hard trying to write about something different everyday, especially when I started this thing without any real motivation or inspiration. I took prompts from Googling “lifestyle blog topics”. I picked and chose topics that seemed easy to write about and I even repeated topics.

There were even days I almost didn’t want to write anything, just because I didn’t know what to write and I didn’t want to make people think they were wasting time. But every time I thought that, I told myself that this is a challenge for myself, not for anyone else. So even if I BSed my way through some days, I at least wrote something.

The top 3 things I felt comfortable writing about were probably OOTDs, food, and of course…entertainment. The whole reason I started this wordpress a few years ago was because of my love for tv shows. But as you can see, I’m trying to expand my horizons.

Even though this is the last day of the challenge, I still plan on blogging more. Not everyday, but at least twice a week. Hopefully because I’m giving myself more time, I’ll put a lot more effort into putting out better content that both you and I can enjoy.

Ultimately, I hope one day I can be a positive influence in someone else’s life.

If you want to check out all my blogs this past month, check it out here.

xoxo,

Adele
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Favorite Way to Spend Time Alone & Unwind

I love my alone time. It allows me to gather myself and rejuvenate. Extroverts get their energy from being around people, while introverts are known to get drained from being with others. If you can’t tell, i’m an introvert.

When I come home from work, I usually drop everything on the couch and go straight to my bed and lay down. I used to think I was a morning person, but it’s clear lately that is not the case. 

If I go out one weekend, the next I want to stay in and re-energize.

But what exactly do I like to do?

If i’m not scrolling through my IG or Facebook feed, I’m making lists. No, i’m not like Arya Stark making THAT type of list. I’m making lists of things I want to check off. I make lists of things I need to do and things I want to do. Whether I do check off the things in the future, is a different story.

I read. There are so many books I want to read. I want to read books that inspire movie adaptations. I want to read autobiographies of my favorite celebs. I read fanfiction. And most of all I want to read books that will allow me to better myself and that will inspire me. Like I said in a previous post, I always want to learn.

I watch things. There are over 50 shows & movies on my Netflix list. I never realized that, but I guess I love my tv. My life is pretty uneventful, so I love to emerge myself into the lives of fictional characters.

I play video games. My favorite video game to play is Grand Theft Auto. I know it’s shocking, but it’s fun to drive around and do stuff that I would never do in real life. Too bad my PS3 is broken.

I sleep. Sleep is essential. If I don’t get enough sleep, I’m not a nice person. But i’ll still smile at you.
xoxo,

Adele

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My Favorite Asian Snacks

I love snacking and sometimes I have weird cravings when I wake up in the middle of the night. One time I woke up around 1 a.m. & started to crave salt and vinegar Lays chips.

But lately I’ve been craving lots of snacks from the Asian market. When I’m shopping for produce and meat at the asian supermarket, I make sure I grab some of the following snacks each visit. And I’m visiting at least twice a week, so it’s always snack time! I know, I know, I should eat healthier…

Shrimp Snacks (Original flavor)

These are my absolute favorite snack that I pretty much buy every time I’m at an Asian supermarket. They are basically these light and crispy chips supposedly made from real shrimp. I’m not sure if I taste the shrimp, but it is salty goodness that I need in my life. The bag says to grab your favorite dip, but I love them plain and original. The chips just melt in your mouth and lately I’ve been super addicted.

Sweet Corn

These are addicting as well! If you’ve ever eaten cheese balls, these are basically corn balls. They are yellow colored balls with the same sort of texture as cheese balls and they taste like sweet corn. I’m captain obvious today. They’re a perfect combo of sweet and salty, but mostly sweet. It’s kind of like popcorn in a different form.

Prepared Shredded Squid

This is obviously not for everybody since it’s seafood. But if you’re down to try it, it’s dried squid with seasoning and a hint sweetness. I usually go for the original flavor, but it comes in spicy if you like hot stuff.

Boy Bawang

Bawang is tagalog for garlic. Boy Bawang is like the Filipino version of Corn Nuts. And it’s highly addicting. The most common flavor is garlic, but there are so many other flavors like hot and spicy, barbecue, and adobo flavored. Again, I’m basic and opt for the garlic flavor.

Hi-Chew

I believe this year was the first time I had a Hi-Chew. They are basically a chewy candy, kind of like taffy. There are many different fruity flavors, but of the ones I’ve tried, my favorite flavors are mango and melon.

Pocky or Pepero

I always love Pocky or Pepero! They are dipped biscuit sticks. My favorite Pocky flavors are Strawberry and Green Tea. The strawberry ones can get a little too sweet sometimes, but it doesn’t hurt to have some once in a while. As for Pepero, I absolutely love the White Cookie Chocolate Covered Cookie Stick. I just discovered this flavor a few months ago, & it was heaven.


Dragon fruit

Here’s to a healthy snack. When I first saw a dragon fruit, I was mesmerized by its colorful, bright skin and it’s odd shape. It’s a cactus fruit with a bunch of health benefits. I read somewhere that it helps control blood sugar levels, so as a person having diabetes, it’s good to have. I usually buy a pre-cut cup of dragon fruit as opposed to the whole fruit. It’s much easier in my opinion.

What things are you snacking on at the moment?

xoxo,

Adele

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