Thursday, December 1, 2016

The one with the globe

And then, just like that, it's December and Christmas is around the corner.
Boxy sweater I knitted, pants from Target, Vans slip ons, Cambridge Satchel Company Fluoro classic satchel bag



Shopping is seewiyus beezness!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Memorable

A lof milestones this weekend, so I thought I'd skip my usual tattered jeans and shirt and wear something slightly more dressed up. Considering how much I love this blazer, I really should wear it more often.

Topshop blazer, JET by John Eshaya tunic, no-name legging, Vans slip ons



My daughter had her First Confession (we're Catholics) over the weekend, and also celebrated her 7th birthday, which is a pretty big deal in our culture. 7, guys! 7!!!! Where did the time go? Huhuhu....







Anyhoo, how was your weekend?

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Second round

Wearing the vest again from previous post, but with a different outfit to show how versatile it is. What can I say? The vest is just right for this winter, plus....I tend to wear stuff I like over and over until it gets tattered. Totally normal, right? Do you do the same?

worn with top from Urban Outfitters (I think), Habitual jeans, Ugg Australia boots
Anyhoo, Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Filling in the gap

The reason I knit and sew is to make things that are missing from my closet. For example, I've been wanting a layering piece for the upcoming cold months, and what better way to stay warm than a thick chunky vest, right?

I decided to knit this Cowichan-inspired vest because I've been really interested in the Coast Salish knitting tradition since attending Sylvia Olsen's class last year. I finished this vest just in time too, coz winter has arrived here...snow and all!

Vest pattern: Tokul by Andrea Rangel
(Don't worry. The little one and I were outside for only a really short minute.)
Tokul vest worn with an old dress I sewed using McCalls 6886, no-name leggings and Ugg Australia boots



What I love about this type of knitting is that the inside is as great as the outside (IMO).


This was a challenging knit, but I really love the finished vest and can see myself wearing this to death.


Is it sweater weather where you are?

Thursday, November 17, 2016

My Skincare Routine (The Battle Against Cystic Acne)

I've always suffered from acne since hitting puberty, and in fact, I actually took Accutane when I was young. Not gonna lie....despite all the side effects, Accutane really did save my skin. My acne never came back as bad as it did after taking it...well, not until recently.

Around the beginning of September, I developed cystic acne on the left side of my face. It was really awful and painful, guys! So bad I couldn't even touch it some days. I'm used to breaking out, but not to this extent:(

There were many factors involved: sudden change in diet (i.e..eating too much fried food and seafood), hormonal issues, trying new products that didn't work...they just all culminated into this one massive disaster. I tried so many things but everything was making my skin worse...even my usual skincare stuff that never broke me out! What to do?

I've decided to completely overhaul my skin care routine, and ended up getting a prescription topical treatment from my doctor. (I should point out that even though Accutane worked for me, I really don't want to use it again.)

And so, I present my Before and After, and what I've been using that has been working so far:

Before:
October 2/2016 (no makeup)
October 17/2016 (with RCMA foundation- the only foundation I'm using now)
 After (I still have a long way to go but it's getting better.):
Nov 14/2016 (with RCMA foundation)
Nov 15/2016 (no makeup)
My daily arsenal:

Overview of all the products

1) Cleansers
Shiseido Senka Perfect Whip (AM) and Perfect Oil (PM- for makeup removal)
I know the Perfect Whip gets such a bad rep for its high PH, but out of all the cleansers I've tried, this is the one that I found really worked for my skin. These two are now a permanent part of my routine.
PS I use it with a foaming net to get a great amount of foam.

2) Toner/Essence (AM/PM)
I've said on this post before how Son & Park Beauty Water and Missha First Treatment Essence are part of my basic skin care routine. I did end up not using them for a few days to see how my skin would react, and it made my acne so much worse when I did! Never again!
I use the Beauty Water first after cleansing, then follow it immediately with the Missha FTE.

3) Spot Treatment
My doctor prescribed a Clindamycin/Benzoyl Peroxide cream to use at night, and that helped really calm the acne. During the day, I use the Clean and Clear PersaGel.

4) Moisturizers
Because the treatments above are so drying to the skin, I have to use moisturizers along with the sunscreen. The Innisfree Green Tea Moisture Cream is just awesome and I use that on my forehead and eye area. The rest of my face gets the Neutrogena Oil-Free SPF15 moisturizer, and then the Biore sunscreen (during the day) on top of everything before makeup.

And of course, one must not forget sheet-masking! 

Currently no exfoliants. My skin is currently not liking the AHA/BHA ones I've tried, and am kinda ambivalent to try new products lately.

I also now change my pillow case more often, clean my cell phone all the time (as it touches my face), and I incorporated these into my diet:
Drinking more green tea, and taking the Probiotic pills once or twice a day
I am quite happy with this routine I now have. Unfortunately though, this means I now have a lot of barely used/new skin care products that are "on hold"...sigh....#firstworldproblems

I hope this post is somewhat informative and helpful to someone out there suffering from acne.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Nostalgic

My mom will be moving soon so I've been helping her pack. Aside from discovering many gems from our childhood that she's kept, she's also decided to give away some clothes. One of the items I asked for is this sweater.

This was an old sweater my father, who passed away in 2006, wore a lot.


And also....another thing I'd like to share, coz why not?
:)

Thursday, November 10, 2016

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