Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Gettin' My Groove Back

Testing...testing...
Anyone out there? 
Maybe? 

It's sure been a while since I've popped my head back into blog world, but hey, it is what it is, right? Life happens, we get busy, priorities change. 
That was me for a few months. I needed to step away from blogging, focus on my life, get some studying done and really, more than anything, I just needed to get my groove back.

Blogging had changed from something I really enjoyed doing to something I felt like I had to do...and let's be honest, that just wasn't fun anymore. 

So I walked away. And it was great. 

But now, I want to come back. Not all the time, ya know? Just here and there when I feel like it. When I have funny (or even not so funny) things to share. Or if I want to tell you about all the stupid and ridiculous things I've done recently. 

SO, after all that being said...
Hello :)



Now, let me tell y'all about one of the stupidest things I've done recently. Beware, you're probably going to cover your mouth, gasp and immediately ask yourself the same question I've been asking myself, "WHAT THE HECK WAS SHE THINKING?!"

I.Deleted.(Almost).All.The.Pics.From.My.Picasa.Account.
Which, of course, is linked to my blog. 
UHHHH. 
Biggest derp moment of mah life, y'all. 

If you scroll through my blog, you'll see all those beautiful grey & white boxes showing no pictures where pictures should be, but alas, they are not. Uggghhh. I'm such a genius. 

Any ideas on how to fix this mess? Anyone?! I'll love you forever and eat pumpkin bread in your honor if you help me! 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Because...Wednesday.


Vodka and Soda
I just will never get bored with looking at his face. Ever.


+ I confess: I have this really amazing, gushy BFF named Joey. Y'all might know her as the author of the blog Hodges Podges. Ring a bell? Well...said friend is now not only an author in blog land, but A PUBLISHED AUTHOR ON AMAZON!!!! 

Yep, that's right! My fabulous & extremely talented friend has released her debut novel, Yeah, Maybe, on Kindle & the Kindle App.

Ugh, I'm dead over the cuteness of this cover.

Jo, I am so beyond proud of you, friendly! You are a rockstar. Love you! 

Now, to the rest of you. Go get your copies...hurry, hurry, hurry! 

+ I confess: I've been kinda sickly the last couple days. It stinks and I'm over it. 


+ I confess: I'm re-watching Gossip Girl. I really want to see if I can place how GG turned out to be who it was throughout the seasons. Yes, I am such a nice person that even though the show ended over a year ago, I'm not going to ruin anyone's life by telling you who GG is. You're welcome.

Oh, hello Chuck Bass.

+ I confess: Amir & I are headed back to Houston in a couple of weeks and I'm pretty excited about it. We haven't done the long trip back home together since last August!! Every time one of us has gone home, the other comes separately due to scheduling. So, needless to say, I'm excited to have my travel buddy with me. 

+ I confess: I have nothing else to say, so Happy Wednesday, folks. Here's a picture of a dog. 


Monday, July 21, 2014

A Day in My Life [via GIFs]

It's Monday. And rainy. And I'm sleepy. And food/water deprived. Which leads me to have a mushy brain. And so, today  I will show you how my day (during Ramadan) goes via GIFs. You're welcome.


+ 3:30 AM: Breakfast time. Remember, it's Ramadan. We eat before sunrise. 

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+ 4:18 AM: Realizing I forgot to eat my last bite of food/drink my water before I had to stop eating.


+ 7:30 AM: Waking back up & taking Kobi out for his morning walk. (Also See: I'm crazy because I could still be sleeping)


+ 7:45 AM - Noon: Repeating mantras to make it true -- No, I am not hungry. I don't need food right now. Cookies? Who needs those?


+ Noon: NAP-TIME. You know, all that mental discussion takes a lot of work.


+ 1 PM - 5 PM: Starbucks run! Haha, just kidding. That's just asking for unnecessary pain & sadness. Instead, time for a book. Or a Netflix marathon. Or maybe I'll cook. Maybe. Decisions, decisions.


+ 5 PM: Debate with myself on going to the gym. Usually the gym wins because it takes up time and brings me one step closer to dinnnneerrrr time. 


+ 6:30 PM: DINNNNNEERRRRR TIMEEEEEE. EAT ALL THE FOODS.



And then after dinner everything else is a blur. We wash up, say our prayers and like grandparents are in bed no later than 9:30 - 10 pm. Maybe I'll be more productive after Ramadan is over. Only about a week left!

And now, I will take my mushy brain and go read myself into oblivion. Bye, friends! 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

#ChopTheMop2014

Remember how a couple months ago I went completely nuts and was all "Hey guys, I want to chop off all of my hair into a teeny tiny bob"? Yeah, well my crazy won out and I did it.

 


At the end of the cut, I had chopped off 9 inches (I could've gone an inch or so shorter, but I didn't at the time) and sent that donation over to Children With Hair Loss. If you're considering chopping your mop, I would highly suggest this organization. They allow color treated hair and you only need a minimum of 8 inches to donate! They also provide hair pieces to children at ZERO cost, which is what completely sold me on giving my donation to them.

Now, because of my short hair, I obviously need trims more often. And if you follow my Pinterest, you're probably aware that I am still hyperactively pinning all the super fun and cute short hairstyles on the daily.  So today, I thought I'd share my top favorite short hairstyles.

[WARNING: If you were debating on cutting your hair already, be warned...these pictures may have you running to your nearest hairstylist before you're even done reading this post!]

I've noticed that I definitely tend to gravitate towards a shoulder length cut that has long layers in the back to break up the monotony. Back in 2011(ish) I had the cut where the back was extremely stacked and although I really liked that look, I enjoy the fullness of this bob more. It's also so much easier to get that tousled // "I woke up like this" look we all love so much! Lol.


Agh, I love all the styles. I know they don't look a whole lot different, but I loveeee the short hairs. At least it's on point with this years trend, right?!

Next up: Adding in some bangs and then I think I'll be quite content...haha, who am I kidding?! 

Are you a short hair or long hair gal?! How do you feel about the new "bob" trend?! 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Confesh Sesh

Okay, stepping away from the blog world was fine & all that, but I totally missed one of my favorite link-ups EVER.

So today, I'm back to linking up with the ever fabulous, Kat, for Humpday Confessions. Y'all ready for this? [cue NBA music here...]

 
Vodka and Soda 
[Oh haiiii, Ian Somerhalder ;)]

+ I confess: Typhoon Glenda made touchdown today in Manila and I sat around in my room watching all the crazy unfold. I love the rain, but man did the wind do some serious damage to the landscaping of our apartment complex. Be sure to send prayers for all those who are living in the provinces and who might still be battling this insane weather.

+ I confess: Ramadan is so much harder to handle when you're home and don't have a job to go to. I MEAN WHAT AM I SUPPOSED TO DOOOOOOO ALL DAY?! Can't eat nothing, can't drink nothing...I guess I'll just continue staring at the ceilings.


+ I confess: I bought a new workout program from Amanda Adams. I am so super pumped about getting into it. It's been hard with Ramadan, so once things are back on a normal schedule, my gym-ratness shall continue.

+ I confess: I have been on a book reading frenzy lately. If you need a recommendation, just go look at my Goodreads list. (P.S. you can follow me on GR via the buttons on the right!)


What confessions do y'all have today?! Be sure to go link-up!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Friday Funny: That Time I Got Stranded in Honolulu

You know how sometimes things happen and there's nothing you can do but to just roll with it? Well, my flight from Houston to Manila was exactly one of those. [Bear with me during this post, I promise it's ridiculous and semi-humorous]

Here I was on this fine Saturday morning (by fine, I mean I was up at the crack of dawn to take a shower and stop looking like a zombie), hanging out with my parents, driving to the airport. We got there with plenty of time to spare & I was internally fist-pumping at the thought that I would get to hang out in the lounge for a little while before boarding.

So I walk my happy little self up to the counter and proceed to go through all the computer screens:
Yes, my name is Myra Aslam.
Yes, I am traveling to Manila, Philippines.
No, I do not want to purchase extra miles on this trip.
Etc, etc.
Now, all that went as planned and my boarding passes were about to print...except...

"ERROR. ERROR. ERROR. 2 out of 3 boarding passes have printed. Please see an agent." 

Oh, okay. Awesome. So then I asked the agent what the deal was and here was her wonderfully sweet response: "Ma'am, I don't know what's going on but you don't have a boarding pass for your flight from Guam to Manila. I can't seem to find you on this flight and I don't know what to do. You'll have to talk with someone further when you get into the United lounge." 

Well alrighty then. [This is pretty much where I should've started realizing my trip was going to be a nutty one.] So I went through security, got to the lounge and talked to the magical man who somehow made a boarding pass appear for me to make it all the way back to Manila. In my bubble of happiness, I sat down, had myself a little bagel and some coffee and then made my way over to the gate for boarding.

Boarding was a breeze. Everyone got on the plane quickly and then...we just sat there. For about 25 minutes. Because of a 'mechanical error in the cockpit'. WHAT. So we all sighed a little, hunkered down in our seats and finally we got the all clear and off we went. A little while later, I was wrapping up with my lunch and settling in for some sleep [since I had stayed up way too late the night before] when the PA went off: 'Ladies & gentlemen, if we have a medical staff member on board, a Dr, could you please turn on your attendant light? If there is a Dr on board, please turn on your attendant light.'

I mean it was almost comical. Every single person swiveled their head left & right to try and figure out what was going on. When I looked over to the left, I saw this man get up and quietly make his way over to the flight attendants. They immediately took him towards the back of the plane and that was all we knew. So again, I settle back in - suddenly awake from this little announcement - and decide I'll just read my book for a little while.

About an hour or so later, the flight attendants made another round with drinks & little snacks. The lady next to me was in the middle of ordering her *ahem* fourth glass of red wine when...'Ladies & gentlemen, we are going to be making a necessary stop for a medical emergency. We have already crossed the Phoenix airport, however, since that is the closest airport to our location, we will be making a right hand turn and heading back. Please buckle up, put your seats in the upright position and prepare for a quick landing.'

YOU GUYS. Everyone was so confused. It went from everything's fine to omg, hurry sit down, we are landing right now, right now, right now. When we finally landed in Phoenix, we thought it would be a quick turnaround. We were told that the paramedics were on site to help the lady off the plane and that soon after her departure we would take off. What we didn't realize was that she had 3 other people flying with her who also got off the plane, the plane had to be re-fueled and reinspected due to FAA laws, the ladies who got off all had to have their luggage removed from the plane, etc etc etc. And let me tell you - everyone on our flight was in a tizzy. People were catching flights from Honolulu to other islands, many of us were on our way to Guam, and basically it was a cluster.

After about an hour or so had passed, the pilot finally came back and told us we'd be on our way. Needless to say when we finally ended up in Honolulu about 8 hours later, most everyone had missed all their connections. I saw grown women crying because they weren't going to be making it on the next plane and would have to wait until the next day, I saw some people going absolutely bonkers on the poor airline reps and all I could do was stand there and laugh at my luck.

So United put me on another flight for the next day and put me up in a nice hotel on Waikiki Beach and you know what? It was all good. Honolulu was definitely not the worst place to be stranded for a night! I didn't get to do any sightseeing since I didn't get to my hotel til the evening and was off back to the airport in the morning, but I did get to check out the stunning beach and watch both the sunset and the sunrise!

One day, Honolulu, I'll be back for you. And not just for one night!!







*All pictures were taken via my iPhone. Please ask prior to using. Thanks!


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Current Loves: Hair & Makeup Edition

Wanna know what's fun about going home? Ok, other than absolutely everything? Getting to buy all the fun stuff you've been staring at online and unwilling to buy and ship to Manila because of psychotic duties and taxes! Oh, you don't know what I'm talking about? Well. International shipping is something of a pain in the behind - especially to a third world country where not all the mail even gets delivered to you!

So, let me introduce you to all the current things I'm loving!

 
Let me preface by saying that I am not a makeup loving, super junkie at all. I'm a fan of very natural looks and I don't like to have a lot of stuff on my face. Especially living in Manila! I mean, think about it: Super humid & hot weather + lots of makeup = makeup sweating off // clogged pores // ew.

While I was home, I was still on the search for some lightweight items that would give me decent coverage without being too much. Insert all the lovely items found below and that "flawless face" we are all trying to achieve...boom, nailed it.

[Philosophy Hope in a Jar BB Cream || AMAZING. This stuff is light weight and goes on super smooth. I like to set it with a little bit of the ELF HD Powder so it lasts. I've worn it with and without the powder foundation and both ways, I'm a fan]

[Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation || I am in l.o.v.e. I use a really light hand with this stuff and it gives such good coverage. It's a buildable foundation, so if you need more, just swipe on a little extra and there you have it. It also has great lasting power & I never had to touch it up during the day!]

[Kat Von D Tattoo Eyeliner || One of my really good friends always has the most perfect eyeliner done. When I saw her this time, I asked her for her secret and this baby was it. It's a little on the pricey side, but ohmygah. The eyeliner glides on and is so easy to apply. It's another item that never wore off whether I was dancing my face off or just running errands all day.]

[Cover Girl Lip Perfection Lipstick || I know a lot of people who are hard core lipstick junkies. But seeing as how I refuse to drop $20 or $30 on a lipstick, these little babies worked wonderfully for me. There is a huge selection of color and I walked away with 2 really fun, bright colors and 2 sparkly/neutral day time colors. Overall, I'm a fan and I'll definitely repurchase!]

 

 
One of my favorite memories of being home was chopping all my hair off. I know, I'm crazy, whatever. With the humidity that comes with being in Houston, even if I wanted to leave my hair to air dry, I knew I would need a few products to help tame the beast. And so...

[Not Your Mother's Smooth Moves Frizz Control Cream || I love this stuff! It smells like coconuts and you only need a small drop to cover your hair. I let my hair dry a little, put this stuff on and comb through. My anti-frizzed hair appreciates it for sure.]

[Turbie Twist || I must be the only idiot who's about 5 years late to the awesomeness of the Turbie Twist. I bought it on a whim while at WalMart and I don't know how I survived without it for so long. It pulls all the extra water from my hair while I do my make up, which makes drying my hair 10x's easier. Love it!]

[Not Your Mother's Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray || With short hair comes natural beachy waves and this spray is the perfect way to help tame those crazy waves. I spritz a little bit of this through my hair after I pull it down from the towel and scrunch my hair with my fingers. When my hair is all dried out, I just wrap random pieces around my straight iron or my curling wand and bada bing, all done!]



I know there are probably so many more things I got while home, but these are some of the few that I use on a daily basis! Looks like I'll have to stock up on all these babies while I'm home in August so it can last me until my next trip back!

Have y'all tried any of these out? Any other items you LOVEEE that I should put on my to-buy list when I'm visiting home?!

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