August 31, 2015

Gone to Chicago

Today I'm flying to Chicago for my first ever trip! I'll be joined by my sister so I'm super excited to have this sister getaway with her. It's been a very long time since I've traveled besides visiting family in California and Chicago has been on my bucket list for awhile now. Hopefully I'll be meeting up with some bloggers I know there. I return Thursday so try not to miss me too much.

Be sure to follow me on Instagram to keep up with my adventures!

August 28, 2015

My August Beauty Product Favorites (And Not So Favorite)

Another month, another list of favorites! Some of these you may already have seen me raving about on Instagram but others I've forgotten to share. Here's a round-up of the products I've enjoyed and not so much enjoyed using this month:

August 27, 2015

Book Review: Aziz Ansari's "Modern Romance"

Yey Kim finally finished a book! There were many reasons I wanted to read Aziz Ansari's "Modern Romance" but mostly because it touches on topics I discussed in Dating Girl. He also collaborated with Eric Klinenberg, the author of "Going Solo", which I quite enjoyed so it is a very well researched book. He starts off by interviewing senior citizens and hearing about their love stories. It was so crazy to hear how most people met the person they'd be with for 50+ years because he was a boy who lived across the street or they lived in the same building. Proximity was definitely key.

August 25, 2015

What to Visit in Chicago?

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Next week I'm headed to Chicago with my sister for our first trip EVER. So excited! We have some things on the agenda such as a Cubs game but would love your opinions on what is a must see especially for our first time there. I'd also love to hear some recommendations for vegan restaurants (if you have them).

What's a must see in Chicago?

August 24, 2015

#ManiMonday: Back-to-School

Now that I'm done with grad school... no more back to school shopping for me. Womp womp. I truly love back to school shopping - the smell of fresh paper, new pens, post-its!

August 22, 2015

What to Pack for a Picnic

When you think of summer you think of many things - sunshine, putting your toes in the sand and picnics. Although summer is wrapping up the weather is still very warm on the East Coast. It's still the perfect time to pack your lunch and eat outside with your own little picnic. I'm all about going outside during your lunch break just to take a break from the office and recharge your mind.  Here's what I like to pack:

August 21, 2015

Movie Reviews: Straight Outta Compton & Sneakerheadz

Straight Outta Compton - I was pretty damn excited to see this movie. You may have seen my own "Straight Outta Somewhere" poster on Instagram. I'm an East Coast girl who grew up with West Coast hip hop because when I was 12 my family moved from New Jersey to California. So I could not wait to see this!

August 19, 2015

Birthday Sephora Haul + Reviews

I pretty much asked everyone for a Sephora gift card for my birthday and thankfully ended up with THREE! I had a long list growing and took full advantage. I've been going through a breakout so it's been taking me awhile to review all the products I purchased. Wanted to try them a few times before posting a review. Let's run through these, shall we?

August 17, 2015

Weekend Recap: Egyptian Tombs, Pirates, Oh My!

Another eventful weekend in the books ladies and gentlemen. My former roommate from LA, Jen, was in town. She now lives in the Philippines so it's nice when I do get to see her. She came in Friday morning and then we headed out to the MET. We checked out the costume exhibit "China: Through the Looking Glass" which was beautiful. I highly recommend it as it has been extended into September. Although be warned of the crowds. The MET is just also great to wander, we kept getting lost but finding new exhibits.

August 14, 2015

August TV Reviews

I'm back another month with another round up of what I've been watching. From last month, I still need to binge True Detective because there have been so many thought pieces on the show. I'm also still watching all the other shows with the except for FX's "Sex, Drugs & Rock 'n Roll." I think I'm just not the target audience for the show. Here's what I'm watching this month:

August 13, 2015

My Breakout Checklist

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I'm currently going through a bad breakout. Wearing more makeup than I usually do + late nights + not washing my face as thoroughly as I should + menstrual hormones = a bad combination! Here's the checklist I run through when dealing with a bad breakout:

August 12, 2015

#KimTurns30 Box

Because I love my boxes so much, Nicole made my very own box for my birthday. TOO CUTE! Definitely recommend this idea for the subscription box lover in your life. I enjoyed it! I thought I'd review it like I would any other box lol. So let's see what was inside, shall we?

August 11, 2015

Birthday Weekend Recap: Pt 2

Last weekend I went to California to celebrate my birthday along with my nephews' with the family. This weekend was all about celebrating in the city I love with my friends. Irel flew in from California for a jam packed weekend. Friday night we saw my boo Taye Diggs in 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch' on broadway. He was great! Such an amazing show. A lot of fun but also a great moral. I definitely recommend it!

August 10, 2015

Birchbox x Nicole Richie

In honor of Nicole Richie's show "Candidly Nicole" returning to VH1, Birchbox had a special guest editor box featuring Nicole herself. I couldn't pass up a box from Nicole Richie! Love her. (Although the regular Birchbox box was SUPER cute too #tempting). Her show is hilarious so of course the card included some fun words from Nicole herself. Here's what was inside:

August 7, 2015


Last night was Jon Stewart's last show hosting "The Daily Show." 16 years he's been at the helm. I've literally grown up with him. He is my generation's Walter Cronkite. When news channels were all about scare tactics and flashy graphics, Jon Stewart was a refreshing voice who could take complex issues happening in our world and break it down for us.

August 6, 2015

My August Julep Maven Box

This month's Julep Maven theme was Montreal Muse. It was really hard to customize this box since I didn't really want the cheek blush. I don't typically wear blush and I wasn't really a fan of the colors. Here's what I ended up picking out:

August 3, 2015


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Today is my birthday and I'm officially in my 30s. It is going to be a month long celebration so be sure to follow me on Instagram for #KimTurns30 adventures. This weekend I went to California to celebrate Liam's 1st birthday as well as mine & Jacob's birthdays. Here's a quick recap of my weekend:
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