March 2015 ~ { Boho Vanity }

March 18, 2015

Wheat Field with Cypresses by Vincent Van Gogh

Do not tell everyone your story. You will only end up feeling more rejected. People cannot give you what you long for in your heart. The more you expect from people's response to your experience of abandonment, the more you will feel exposed to ridicule.

If ever someone tries to convince you that there is only one path to success, just remind yourself that Miuccia Prada earned a PhD in political science, then became a mime, then a member of the Italian communist party, then a women's rights activist, then became one of the world's most iconic designers, then opened an art gallery, and is now the ninth richest woman in the world.

Isn't it cool that one day you're going to have little people running around your house that will be half you and have the person you love?

Maybe it's brave to quit your job to go paint in Peru for a year, but it's also brace to work two jobs to help pay for your mom's medical bills. It's smart to stay at the law firm until your loans are paid off. It's OK to only tolerate your job but love your hobbies, because as soon as your passions are turned into careers, you risk turning love into work.
So you don't love your job-who gives a shit?
Are you happy with yourself? Are you happy with the way you treat people? Are you happy with your life?

Vincent Van Gogh used to eat yellow paint because he thought it would get the happiness inside him. Many people thought he was mad and stupid for doing so because the paint was toxic, never mind that it was obvious that eating paint couldn't possibly have any direct correlation to one's happiness, but I never saw that. If you were so unhappy that even the maddest ideas could possibly work, like painting the walls of your internal organs yellow, then you are going to do it. It's really no different than falling in love or taking drugs. There is a greater risk of getting your heart broken or overdosing, but people still do it everyday because there was always that chance it could make things better. Everyone has their yellow paint.

March 12, 2015

Dr.Jart+ Skincare Products Overview & Reviews

A few months back I was approached by leading Korean skincare brand Dr. Jart+ to try out a few products of my choice. Not knowing much about this company, I browsed through their full collection on the Sephora website and was immediately attracted to their simplistic aesthetic, medicinal background, and the unique range of botanical ingredients they use. Overall, all of the products that I tested were wonderful, effective, and of great quality for reasonable prices. I plan to repurchase a few of them as well as dive into more of their dermatology inspired collections when I'm in the market for new skincare.

March 05, 2015

Top Tips on Shopping for Denim

Find your fit

The most important part of selecting a perfect pair of jeans is to be aware of your body shape and what suits it best. Some resources online such as fit guides and size charts are helpful, however the most effective way to know what looks good on your body is to be measured or to try on various types (bootcut, flares, low rise, etc.) in a store. If you have an idea of the right style you should be looking for, what could be a frustrating experience made that much easier, especially when shopping online.

Quality over quantity

Investing in designer or high quality jeans is a smart way to make your money go further. It may seem overwhelming at first to spend so much cash on one pair of pants, however they will typically last longer and be more durable, thus having to be replaced less often. One of the top brands for denim jeans for women is True Religion which offers a wide variety of super trendy collections as well as classics fits for the modern fashionista.

Mix and match

There are so many styles when it comes to this staple that the outfit options are endless. There's your typical distressed or ripped jeans for that edgy look, dyed or printed ones for a splash of personality, or even patchwork and acid-washed for a pop culture throwback. It's also a nice idea to fill your closet with some everyday essentials like solid black or white straight leg jeans which can be matched with almost any top, including blue denim, for a chic look.

When in doubt, go simple

If you are in the market for some new denim and don't know which option to go with, you can truly never go wrong with a dark wash skinny jean. It looks great on every single body shape and can be styled in countless ways from formal to casual for ultimate versatility. Right now the super tight, legging style is on trend and fortunately figure flattering for all sizes and comfortable as well.

What type of denim do you wear?

March 03, 2015

Last month I ordered this fragrance on a whim as a part of a sale at Ulta and have been delightfully misting myself with it everyday since. Made with pure moringa extract and fair trade essence from sugarcane, The Body Shop's values and ethical practices are present with this product. Described as having a delicate, white floral scent that is light and fresh, Moringa is the ultimate spring/summer daytime fragrance with a unique profile different than your typical flowery body mist. When I waft it under my nose, I first catch the full floral notes and the sweet femininity it has which then transitions into an almost dated, 'what a 90's teen would wear' vibe. The scent doesn't last but a couple of hours on the skin, however layering it with lotion or spritzing directly on fabric to wear or sleep in extends the potency. If you like the appeal of a frilly, sugary, yet refreshing scent to toss in your handbag as a pick-me-up then give this bottle a try.

I find a sentimental value to the Moringa fragrance as it is similar to a candle I once made in my Aunt's beauty laboratory that we dyed pastel pink, labeled with butterflies, and called Melissa. It takes me back to those almost spiritual summer days in my hometown listening to 70's classics and sipping on Gevalia coffee while enjoying her warm company.

What is your favorite floral fragrance?

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