Saturday, January 24, 2015


The Hobbit: Battle of Five Armies

I don’t need to elaborate on this one because I already wrote a whole long blog post on it already! Yay! Click here to read it. :-)

TV Series
Empress Ki

Okay, so ya’ll know that I’m into Asian entertainment.  Old news.  As of late, however, it seems like this is no exception when it comes to TV shows.  I’ve recently taken a liking to Korean drama, and I’ve certainly had to dig through the dirt to find the gems, if you know what I mean.  There are some really great kdramas, and some really bad ones, too. Ha ha.
          Anyway, I’m rambling again.  EMPRESS KI.  What can I say.  Period dramas are my one weakness.  This series is a brilliant combination of drama, action, romance, and comedy.  All rolled up with lovely music, vibrant costumes, and fantastic visual effects into a perfect little package of perfection.  

Hard Candy Glamoflauge heavy duty concealer

A huge part of dealing with psoriasis, especially for a young woman, is being able to cope with the physical effects during the healing process.  I don’t think that any product I’ve ever talked about here on my blog has helped with my confidence more than this one.  I’ve used many, many different “heavy duty” concealers and none of have worked as well to cover up the psoriasis patches on my face and neck.
          I use the shade Medium Light, which is technically a shade too light for my skintone, but I like this shade because of its slightly green tinge.  Anyone who deals with redness knows that green cancels out red, so this is a huge plus here.  The consistency is quite thick but smooth and non-drying, and one layer usually takes care of all of my problems.  It also works great for under the eyes and as a eyeshadow/lipcolor base.  Apparently, with a few layers, this concealer is known for being able to even cover up tattoos.
          Each $6-7 tube comes with a free concealer pencil, too.

Etude House Happy Essential Foam Cleanser
Vitamin C version (yellow packaging)

I don’t need to say much about this facial cleanser except that it removes makeup effortlessly, doesn't irritate skin, smells like Fruit Loops (which is basically happiness), and has adorable packaging.  Oh, and it costs less than 5 bucks.  Mm-hmm.

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December, being the month of Christmas, never fails to have more than its fair share of remarkable moments.  And these are the moments that I find most difficult to put to words.  Perhaps I am just lazy, which we all know could very well be the case, but I think that it shall suffice to say that the blessings of Christmas are both beautiful and universal and, luckily for us, they’re also annual.  Family and friends; peace, joy, and love; good food; exchanging gifts; movies, music, and magic~ Every year, I look forward to seeing what miracles the Infant Jesus will bring to this world.  We are all very blessed.  Let us be grateful! 

Deo Gratias, again and again~!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

☆ 2014 >> 2015 ☆ Some Thoughts & Reflections

Happy New Year, dear friends!  May 2015 bring you, your family, and your friends many blessings and much happiness.

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas season and that the joy and blessings are continuing to linger on as this New Year spreads its wings.

That being said… Woo-hoo for my first post the year 2015!! *^_^* I like to think that my blog has had a pretty productive 2014.  I’m proud of myself for keeping up with it as often as I did… ya’ll know that I have the attention span of a Labrador retriever puppy and I get bored of things so easily and also that oftentimes, I’m just plain lazy.  What a miracle that I managed to mostly keep up with at least the Monthly Favorites posts.

Now that I’ve been able to find the time to look back and reflect on 2014, I can say that I have indeed had a very “good” year in general.  I’ve been going through diaries, photos, writings, and drawings that I did throughout the year.  So many beautiful memories made!  So many inspirations which sparked great ideas that very well may become future successes!  I could spend hours typing up thoughts on these experiences.

As far as resolutions go, I’m pleased to say that I did fairly well!  I’ve been attending Mass and other sacred ceremonies much more often, kept my blog updated, wrote more letters, started drawing realism and painting with watercolor, and if I may say so, I’ve nearly exhausted my supply of charity.  Ha ha!  In all seriousness, though, I was involved with countless projects for church and school, parish and beyond, family and friends.  I admit that, with work and uni, things got quite stressful at times, but Our Lord and His Blessed Mother have helped me every step of the way.  There is no doubt of that.

Helping others is always a rewarding experience, and this has certainly proved to be true in my experiences this past year.  Out of all of the resolutions that I set for 2014, exercising charity is my greatest victory and one that I know God is very pleased with.  I hope that I can continue to be of service to anyone in my community who needs me.

Among my best memories from this is past year are the Klamath Falls trip, counseling at the Girls’ Summer Camp in California, and of course, everything about December and Christmas.  I’ve made new friendships that I hope will stay with me until the end of my days, and the ones I already had are stronger than ever.  As I grow older and I’m finally starting to venture out a bit and test the waters, I’ve spent so much time with my friends, more than ever, and they’ve become family to me.

Speaking of family, my relationships with my parents and all of my siblings have been going strong, too.  They are at the crux of my heart and the foundation under my feet and I would be very lost without them.

My greatest difficulty, as many of you already know, has been my psoriasis.  This is the fourth and worst occurrence I’ve had of this miserable immune system disorder that unfortunately manifests itself in red, itchy plagues of death all over the skin.  I’ve learned how to deal with it, however.  I’ve found the skincare and makeup products that work for me, and I’m sticking to them until I can completely flush this out of my system.  From the inside out, instead of relying on topical prescriptions to only remove the visible signs of the disease.  Nope.  I’m going to root this problem out from the core.

Honestly, despite all difficulties, I’ve had a wonderful year.

…So, what about 2015?  What are my intentions for this New Year that is overflowing with hope and possibility?

My resolutions this year are rather broad and simplistic.

v  Spiritual betterment is always my first and primary resolution.  This year particularly in regards to more frequent prayer, “little” sacrifices, and spiritual reading.
v  I’m just going to throw this out there: I ate a lot of crap this past year.  Lots of sugar and chips.  LOL.  Let’s not repeat that, Ashley.  Also, I think at least 15 minutes of exercise per day would be very beneficial.  This will also help with the healing of my psoriasis.
v  Finish university strong.  I just began my last term with SLU, and I’m hoping for a 95 or higher in these courses, as all of them deal with subject matter that I enjoy and am comfortable with.
v  Focus more on creative hobbies.  I feel that despite small successes like self-teaching myself new art genres and being published in literary magazines, my art and writing really suffered this past year because I missed so many opportunities for no good reason.
v  This goes with the preceding resolution: publish a book.
v  Driver’s license.  I think I’ve put this one off for long enough!
v  Get a summer job.  I’ve been a teacher since I graduated from high school.  I think it would be good for me to try something different for a few months or so and see how it goes.

And there you have it.  My resolutions for the New Year 2015.  Feel free to share your ideas in the comments below, I’d love to hear from you.

That’s about it for this post… Again, there is so much that I could say.  That I want to say.  But there is a time for everything and my time for today is spent.  As stated by a wise character in one of my recently revived writing projects, “The difference between giving up and giving in is the difference between hate and love; stubbornness and patience.”

I would like to mention that ever since I spent New Year’s Eve doing a Holy Hour in the chapel, I’ve had this gut feeling that 2015 is going to be an absolutely beautiful year—the best year yet.  I’m not sure if this is just a consolation from God or something that my optimistic mind has conjured up all on its own, but I’m going to dare to believe it.

This is going to be the best year yet.

P.S. December Favorites post on the way!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Thank you for 10,000+ pageviews~!

I happened to take a peek at my blog this morning, and I realized that I’m now at 10,000+ pageviews! Wow! :D Maybe that’s not a big accomplishment, considering, but I’m proud of my progress and I’m very happy to know that others are visiting my site and reading my posts. I love sharing my thoughts, and knowing that there are people who like to read those thoughts certainly mollifies me as a blogger, artist, and writer.

So I just wanted to take a moment to say THANK YOU to all of my readers—new, old, and passersby! I will continue to write… in hopes that more and more people will read.