Graduation, and Other things

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It honestly feels like it was just a week ago when I started this blog up, talking about kpop music video styling and throwing shade at Karl Lagerfeld’s more ridiculous designs, when in actuality, it’s been about two years since then.

Quite a bit has transpired since. I’ve started to write poetry,  I got rejected from my top choice school, I survived the IB diploma programme, I graduated, and I finished my final year of the Youth Leadership Program. I’m going to college in the fall, and will try to avoid facing crippling debt. I’ve also been applying to jobs like crazy, with next to no positive results. I have a lot to look forward to, but also a lot to worry about. One thing is for sure though, it happens one day at a time.

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Happy New Year + Shopping Haul

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My Haul from the mall on Saturday. Clockwise from top left: Tote Bag, The Body Shop. Orange tote bag, Urban Outfitters. Gray Ribbon shirt, J. Crew. Bralettes, Hot Topic. Socks, Gold heeled shoes, Acetate Heel boots, Urban Outfitters.

First of all, Happy New Year to all of you! Thank you so much for following me, I really hope that y’all had a great 2013! Here’s to an even better 2014!

A couple of days after Christmas, I went out with my mom and ended up getting a ton of stuff. I was really excited about what I got, so I thought that I’d share it with all of you! One of the first stops we hit was Urban Outfitters, one of my favorite places to shop, especially during sale season 😉 I got over-the-knee socks, which I’m super excited about, because socks are literally one of my favorite things >3< as well as some shoes, which were super lucky finds on the sale rack. They fit surprisingly well, considering I have small, wide feet. I was uber psyched about the acetate heel boots in particular, since they really reminded me of a pair of these Chanel boots I was pretty obsessed with…

Chanel boots. Image via tumblr.

You can expect to see my boots in a few looks soon!

Apart from Urban Outfitters, I also got a super adorable top from J. Crew, which I’ll probably be wearing soon, and some bralettes from hot topic, which were buy one get one free. At $5, I couldn’t say no!

Did you guys hit the shops after Christmas? Do tell!

Christmas Eve OOTD + Christmas Day Presents

Christmas Eve OOTD

Top, skirt, accessories: Forever 21
Shoes: Marshall’s

Clockwise from top left: Stella by Stella McCartney Perfume, Brother Sewing Machine, Leather Jacket, Sweater

First off, a very merry Christmas to all of my followers!

I had actually meant to post my OOTD yesterday, when I wore it, but I got back home really late and I still had to finish my prescribed title draft x_x. I had a lot of fun coordinating this outfit because that cat crop top is literally my favorite crop top and the shoes are actually the cutest things in the world. *squee* The accessories are actually a secret Santa gift from one of my really close friends (◡‿◡✿).  Those of you who follow me on instagram (if you don’t, by the way, you probably should ;))  are probably aware of my little Sephora shopping spree where I bought Marc Jacobs blush and NARS foundation, which I’ve been using just about everyday since I got it. I’m even using it in that picture! My lips are a combo of Milani Lipstick in Black Cherry (11) and Maybelline Color Whisper in Petal Rebel (60). My eyes are basically Tarte eyeshadow, Marc Jacobs eyeliner, and Clinique high impact mascara.

Onto Christmas Day!

Oh man, this year was pretty hard on my family this year, so I wasn’t really expecting much for Christmas considering my college tuition is going to be about 50k/year, my mom went to the Philippines this year, and she got married. I was really surprised that I actually got anything this year, actually. I really loved all of the gifts, but my favorite one by far is my brand-new Brother SC9500 Computerized Sewing machine *________* I had really needed a sewing machine to do the portfolio portion of my FIT application, so this was literally the best thing ever for me. Other things I got were an OCC Lip Tar set including Anime, NSFW, Black Dahlia, and Memento, Stella by Stella McCartney perfume (one of my faves!), as well as a leather jacket and a sweater.

Anyways, I hope that you guys are having a great Christmas (if you do celebrate Christmas)~ Did you get any good presents? Give any great ones? What was your favorite?

One Year Later…..

Wow, it’s already been a year since I first put up this blog. Crazy, eh? I know I don’t update super regularly, it’s just that I’ve been in a sort of blogging rut for a while. Combine that with moving houses, school, and extra-curricular activities, well, it just turns into a big jumbled up mess. Especially if you’re like me, a procrastination queen and only relatively organized. Continue reading

I’m a IB kid!

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It’s official! I am a ‘IB kid,’ as they say in my school. I’m shooting for an IB diploma, so that means that I have to take IB English, Math, a world language (French in my case), history, chemistry or bio (I went for Chem),  Theory of Knowledge, and Visual Arts/ ITGS (a computer software class thing, I went for visual arts.)

Apparently, with IB, you have to do community service, which isn’t exactly my thing, but I’m sure I can handle it.

So, why did I choose to do IB?

I chose IB because in my school, there’s no such thing as honors classes for 11th and 12th grade. From the beginning of freshman year, students, such as myself, have to decide if they want to take AP/IB courses, opt for college prep classes in the junior/senior year.

Not to be stereotypical or anything, but, I’m Asian, and my mom raised me to only go for the best, and from what I’ve heard from my Asian friends, it seems like their parents raised them like that too. So I decided to do IB.

Committing to IB from freshman year is hard. As a freshman, students have to double up in science if they’re committed to getting the diploma, and if they want to take Higher Level math, they have to double up on math classes too.  Or you can be silly like me and take it easy freshman year, then double up in math AND science sophomore year (no, it was not that fun). Also, there’s no flexibility whatsoever in when you can take IB classes because there’s such a small group of people who do it, let alone go for the full diploma.

AP is a bit easier, but you still have to double up in those classes if you want to take AP courses relevant to those subjects. There’s a lot more flexibility in the courses because there’s a larger number of people who take AP courses.

But with Both IB and AP, you can get college credits for the courses you take, granted that the college you plan on going to will accept them, and that you score well enough in those exams.

So what’s the difference? With IB, it’s more open-ended, whereas with AP, its multiple choice. So, depending on which you’re more comfortable with, you take the one which suits you better.

Did I mention that  doing IB is like survival of the fittest? From what I’ve heard from other people, it will make you cry, especially if you procrastinate. A lot of people in my school do drop out from the program, which does go to show.

But through all the blood sweat and tears, the IB kids (what’s left of them) cleaned house at the award ceremonies. Our Poet Laureate, Erika Mayer, basically got all the awards + a Yale book award. Two IB kids even got $10,000 scholarships to the New College in Florida, should they choose to go there.

I think that the questions that remain for me now are, will I survive IB?, will I pass the IB exams? and Will I score well enough to get college credits?

Only time will tell…