Thursday, October 24, 2013

What's in my Car?

As some of you may know, I recently purchased my first car (with the help of my parents for the down payment). In order to fully equip it, I have loads of stuff organized in my car that I may ever need. Here are the items I have in my car and I hope it gives you ideas of what you can put in yours. You never know when you'll need any of these items! 

Glove Compartment
  • New car paperwork
  • Registration
  • FasTrak
  • Tissues - I have a small pile of tissues but if it fits, I suggest a small tissue box like those found in hotels like this one.
  • Phone car stand
Center Console
  • Sunglasses - 2 pairs just in case I take one with me and forget to put one back.
  • Microfiber towel - To wipe my side mirrors in the morning if there's condensation.
  • Hair ties
  • Mints
  • Gum
  • Phone car charger
  • Mini sample of perfume - In case I feel like smelling really good.
  • Quarters - For metered parking, of course :(
Door Compartments
  • Hair clips
  • Hand sanitizer - People (including myself) will eat in the car. To clean the hands!
  • Handwipes - When hand sanitizer just won't cut it.
  • Lint roller - For fabric seats to control the hair that sheds all over the place. Or for unexpected linty clothes when going somewhere important.
  • Napkins - Can never have too many of these!! 
  • Car box -  This box stays in the trunk all the time and is filled with more miscellaneous items. (See photo below.)
    • Throw blanket - For spontaneous picnics, bonfires, drive-in dates, or just when you're hanging out in the car cold.
    • Single use hand wipe/floss/mouthwash - I received this; didn't buy it for myself but felt like the car would be a great place to have it!
    • Deodorant - Unexpected sports or activities?
    • Vaseline - For those days I forget chapstick; remember to stand it up; it can leak!
    • Plastic bags - For grocery shopping when you forget to bring a bag.
    • Pair of socks - Specifically for if I go shopping for shoes when I'm wearing flip flops or go bowling in flip flops or sandals and need a pair of socks.
    • First aid kit - Mostly for the bandaids.
    • Tissues - Can never have too many of these!
    • Tampons (or any other feminine products for the ladies) - Never know when you'll need them.
    • Sweatshirt/hoodie - For days I underdress or nights I didn't plan on being out (not pictured).
    • Water bottles - Super important. I always find myself thirsty or have passengers who want water (not pictured).

  • Squeegee - To wipe off that morning condensation.

Additional Suggestions
  • Garbage bag - This is the one I have that I line with a small plastic bag and it works really well.
  • Body lotion - When I leave the house and forget to put lotion on my legs.
  • $20 in cash - For unexpected toll fees (if you don't have a FasTrak) or any other miscellaneous things, like if you forget your wallet at home.
If you have any other items in your car that I didn't list, feel free to comment and share! :)

Friday, October 18, 2013

Aug/Sept: Handmade Cards

These past few months I've been putting patterned cardstock and my Xacto knife to good use. I'm really loving the patterned cardstock; I use it almost on every card. It'll be sad when I run out. I'm still getting used to the Xacto knife and sometimes it does exactly what I want, sometimes it doesn't. The cards with cut outs could definitely look better but I'm trying my best!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Shopping Tips!

Gathered from years of experience. Shared with hope that you won't make the same mistakes I've made.

Haha okay let's get down to business. But seriously though, learn from my mistakes!! Which is why I'm typing this post in the first place. These are shopping tips I've learned to live by in the shopping world (and are in no particular order).

1. Double check the fabric blend. If I want to buy something that I will only wear if it shrinks, I'd check the fabric blend to make sure it's a fabric that will shrink (100% cotton will shrink easily, 50% cotton/50% polyester will shrink a little). Also, if it fits perfectly on you now and it's cotton or a cotton blend, I recommend that you don't put it in the dryer!

2. Pay attention to the washing instructions. Washing directions are really important because you have to make sure you're okay with "hand wash", "line dry", and "dry flat" if the directions recommend it. At least those are the care instructions I dread seeing and doing and unfortunately, all the cute clothes nowadays tend to say hand wash or line dry/dry flat -_- If you're lazy like me though, when it says hand wash, sometimes I'll stick it in the washer with my clothes and put it on the Delicate setting. However, I pretty much avoid using the dryer when it says line dry/dry flat. I try not to cheat in that situation.

3. Don't accept discomfort. If you try on something, it's uncomfortable in the fitting room, and you don't think you can accept the discomfort, don't buy it!!! I made this mistake when I recently bought this sweater that was on sale at H&M for $7. It was a little itchy in the dressing room but I was like "Eh, it's only $7, I just have to get it." But when I wore it to work, I was miserable, scratching here and there because it itched so badly. (But then was only $7!!!! Just kidding, don't listen to me. Learn from my mistake.) This same tip applies to shoes. If they're already uncomfortable in the store, they may not get any better.

4. Limit your purchase of blue tops. This applies if you wear jeans most of the time. I recommend this because wearing a blue top and blue jeans is hard to pull off. I went through a phase where I really liked navy tops but most of my jeans are dark blue so I either didn't get to wear them that often or when I did, it would look awkward. Even if it's cute, just think of how many different pants/bottoms you can wear with that top without it looking weird.

5. There is such thing as too tight. Yes, I'm talking about jeans, pants, shorts, etc. In my opinion, there's tight, and then there's too tight. If you're a girl, you may know what I'm talking about. If you're like me, you have those jeans that are tight and those jeans that you've tried on (or may even own) that are too tight. Don't settle for too tight!! They're just uncomfortable and if you're going to work or school, sitting down for at least a couple hours at a time, too tight is not the business. There are a few pairs of jeans I've purchased in the past that have been kinda tight when I first tried them on and I kept them---wore them dramatically less than my normal pairs, therefore wasting money. If you try on a pair of pants, sit down in your fitting room, and it's uncomfortable or hurts, don't get them. Even if they make your legs look amazing or your butt look bigger. Admire yourself in the mirror for a bit, and then let them go. It's not meant to be. Don't let your waist suffer! It deserves the best.

That's all for now. This was a quick tips post. If I think of a few more, maybe I'll eventually post a part two but as of now, these are some of the major ones!

Thanks so much for reading :) Also, if you have any tips on better/easier ways to "line dry" or "dry flat", leave a comment below! Those are the care instructions I dread doing!!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Diary of a Petite Girl

Shopping is hard.

If you're petite or small, you probably know what I mean. You may not be as petite as me, but you may still be able to relate. If not, I won't be offended if you don't want to read this post. I'm jealous that it's probably easier for you to find great clothes/shoes than it is for me!! But anyway, this is more of a little vent. Just filling you in on my shopping difficulties...

1. Shoes. This has to be my most troublesome category. I used to be able to wear a size 5-5.5 in high school, which was hard to begin with. Other girls were able to buy lots of cheap shoes from F21 and I couldn't even find a pair that would fit from there. To make things worse, my feet shrunk. I'm now a 4 in heels, 4.5 in normal shoes, and a 5 in boots (all in Women US sizes). So I'm basically stuck trying to find shoes at Nordstrom or Nordstrom Rack. Yup, quite pricey. So I've been trying to stick to finding deals at the Rack as much as I can.

2. Pants. Jeans and most other pants always seem way too long for me. I think they're usually 30-32" inseam and I usually have to fold them inward at the bottom because I'm too lazy to get them hemmed. They're a little less classy looking without the hem showing on the bottom so I'll try to get them hemmed...eventually. Pants are also most of the time too wide for me on the leg. If you've seen my legs, I know. They're sticks. Twigs. Spaghetti. Whatever you want to call them. In other words, I have like nothing but bone in them. So finding pants, especially jeans, that hug my legs is quite the task. I got lucky when stores started releasing jeggings. They're like jeans but tend to be tighter on the leg, stretchy, and more comfortable. Oh yes.

3. Dresses. There are so so many cute dresses online!! But I've made the mistake of buying dresses online that have been too long. Tip: If buying online, look at the length of the dress in the details section. Most are around 30" (give or take a couple inches). Take a ruler/measuring tape and measure that length along your body and see where it ends up (keep in mind some lengths are taken from the shoulder). If it's longer than you'd like, by no means should you buy it unless you are willing to pay the money to get it hemmed or can hem it yourself. I'm about 5'0'' and I realized that dresses should be around a 23"-25" length for me to like it. You can also look at the model wearing the dress and try to picture how it would fall on you. Sometimes, like on F21's website, it'll tell you details about the model, like her height. Key in her height and compare it to your own and visualize what the dress might look like on you. If it's kinda short on the model and she's like 9 inches taller than you, it's most likely going to look much longer on you.

4. Tops. A lot of tops nowadays are longer. Like blouses and sheer tops. I don't even know why they're made so long now but I just swim in them sometimes. They might as well be dresses.... If you don't try on a top in the store and it looks pretty long, put it up against your body and see if you like the length. If it's too long, don't get it--don't force it. You may not be able to pull it off as a tiny woman. On the other hand, if the top is long and you can see yourself wearing it with leggings or a belt and making it a dress, go right ahead! But yeah, it's so frustrating when I see a cute top but it's just too big for me.

Well that's the end of my ranting. I know I started giving advice near the end so if you found that helpful, look out for my future post on clothing shopping tips. I plan to type it out soon! Feel free to comment below if you want to hear about anything specific or if you have the same issues I do when shopping. Thanks for reading!! :)