Avocado Toast: 4 Ways

Hi lovelies! How are you all today? Sorry todays post went up a little (a lot) later than usual.  This past weekend was super busy for me! If you follow me on Snapchat, you know what exciting thing happened this weekend ;). And I spent Monday in Stockton visiting my sister so I didn’t get to editing until literally this evening. I hope everyone had a great 3-day weekend! And if you didn’t, I hope you get one soon. ♡

For today’s post, I have for you 4 different ways you can have avocado toast! If you know me at all, you’d know I love avocado toast. I can eat it for breakfast, lunch, or even dinner (if I’m too lazy to cook a full meal – which happens often). It’s super quick, filling, and you can never really get bored of how many different ways you can have it! Avocados are also a great source of nutrients. It has loads of vitamins and healthy fats that your body needs and loves. It’s also great for your hair and skin too (always a plus in my book). Honestly, I could eat it plain with a spoon, but for the sake of of this blog, I wanted to show you a few different ways you can have it on toast (by the way, the type of bread I used is black rye bread. It’s basically black, and no I did not burn it). Hope you enjoy!

1.) Top left – “The Classic” – Just mashed up avocado on toast with salt, pepper, and some lemon on black rye bread.

2.) Top right – All of the above, plus, some sliced radishes. The radishes give it a nice crisp kick!

3.) Bottom left – All of #1, plus, a sunny side up egg (my personal favorite). I normally add furikake (rice seasoning) and siracha or hot sauce to this one but I didn’t have any at home. 😦 If you like spicy food, I highly recommend trying this!

4.) Bottom right – All of #1, plus, smoked salmon. This one is one of my favorites too. I usually ditch the salt though because smoked salmon is already pretty salty.

What are some things you like to put on your avocado toast? 🙂

Denim Meets Athleisure

Hey lovelies! How are you all today? This past weekend, I visited my parents and oh my God, I forgot my iPad (that’s what I normally use to edit my photos) ☹, but I won’t let that stop me from posting this week! I’ve been super excited to post these photos since shooting them two weeks ago. I’m all for being comfortable in my clothes so I really enjoying the Athleisure trend right now. I like to pair either a leather or denim jacket to athleisure wear to give it more of an edge or carefree look (depending on what I’m feeling that day). For this look, I went with a casual/carefree denim jacket that I added pins to. My sister is still home for Winter break, so she’s been able to shoot my looks recently. On this day, it was pretty much pouring on/off the whole day that day. Actually, we’ve been getting a lot of rain lately in the Bay Area, which is nice because we need it. We were able to find coverage under a building at USF and shot the look there. I really liked the atmosphere there; I knew I wanted a plain, concrete background, so this worked out perfectly. I don’t know if any of you can relate, but I love the smell of wet cement after a good rain. It’s so fresh and nice, one of my favorite things about rain in the winter.

We also went out for drinks at our favorite boba place (Boba Guys), and got some our grub on at Dancing Bull, a korean food place in SF. Unfortunately, my camera died before I could get some good shots – but if you follow me on Instagram or Snapchat, I had it up there. 🙂

Anyway, hope you guys enjoy this look! Details listed at the bottom.Bracelets from Pura Vida. – They have a variety of different colors, styles, and charms, you have to check them out! Each bracelet purchase helps provides full-time jobs for artisans in Costa Rica!

♡ USE THE CODE: ‘LINDALIEU20’ FOR 20% OFF YOUR PURCHASE. ♡Yes, I wore my NMD’s in the pouring rain (sorry boyfriend)…and they survived.IMG_4723.JPGWhen the lighting is super poor, but your highlight is like 100 (please tell me you guys know what I mean)!

Details: Jacket: ASOS – Mens | Jeans: Forever 21 | Hat: Urban Outfitters – Mens | Shoes: Adidas NMD | Pins: Urban Outfitters, Just Peachyy | Bracelets: Pura Vida Remember to use the code: ‘LINDALIEU20’ if you want to get 20% off your Pura Vida purchase. 🙂

2017

IMG_4585.JPGHi lovelies! How was your New Years weekend?! Did you do anything fun or special? Growing up, my family never really celebrated New Years. We never did a count down, or had family parties. I guess it’s because we focused more on celebrating Chinese New Year, which is fine – I love that time of the year. But I remember being in school and having to learn the importance of this time and practicing how to reflect on the year that had just passed. Over the years, that has really stuck with me. The importance of acknowledging  how far you have come, where you are now, and what you would want to accomplish in the next year. Now, I’m not talking about making resolutions you can’t keep, but just generally reflecting on the ups and downs of the year in order to set some reachable goals for the next is important at this time. img_4586For me, 2016 was a year of ups and downs, and it helped me do a lot of growing. I had just finished my bachelors degree (a little before 2016 actually), I moved cities…twice, had to deal with a minor car accident, went to the ER, recovered from an illness, and was drowned in bills to pay. It was the first year I stepped foot into the adult world and did things on my own. The start of 2016 was very discouraged due to all the unfortunate events that continued to unfold before me. But about half way through the year, things started to come together. I met new people, I became more consistent in creating content for my blog, I got to work with a bunch of great brands (including Jord Wood Watches and Coach), and I started going to the gym again. Everything felt okay again.

Now the past couple of weeks has been a different story. All is still in my daily routine, every day it’s eat, sleep, work, gym. I have always been a creature of habit, but something has changed. I have changed. The past few weeks I have come to a realization that the lifestyle I have planted for myself doesn’t give me enough room to express or create (except for my blog). Because of that, my mind has been feeling so restricted and more cramped as each day passes. Even trying to collecting my thoughts for this post was hard. I’ve been sitting here for almost 3 hours trying to find the right words (so sorry if this post is about to turn directions). I find myself falling back into a difficult state of mind that I haven’t been able to get out of.  I think what I need to get me out of this limited mindset is change. So for the year of 2017, I want to focus on putting myself out there more, becoming more adaptable, and taking bigger steps towards the change I crave. As an introvert, being terrified is an understatement. But I know this is what must be done in order to make the most out of my 2017. I’ve bulleted some goals I set for myself based off of 2016. I’m sorry if you guys didn’t gain much out of this post, but I wanted to make it so that when 2018 comes around, I can look back at this. I would also love to hear what goals you have set for yourself too so feel free to let me know. 🙂

Happy New Year everyone!img_4433

– Drink more water (this is in every new years resolution of mine lol)

– Go to the gym 4x a week (I’ve been going 3x recently, and wanted to add one more day!)

– Do more outdoor activities (rock climbing, hiking, etc.)

– Go outside of my comfort zone more often

– Regain self control of my emotions

– Prioritize my mental health

 – Apply for Grad school

Skinfood: Premium Lettuce Cucumber Watery Toner

Hi lovelies! Hope you are all doing well and had a wonderful Christmas with your family and/or loved ones! I know I said I would get some Christmasy shots in for you over the weekend but the truth is, I didn’t do much other than spend it with family. We didn’t have a tree or anything but we did exchange gift and just simply enjoy each others company. That’s what the holidays should be all about anyway, right? – The good company part that is.

Anyway, this week, I have for you a long overdue review. I told you a while back that Skinfood gave me a box of goodies that I would slowly introduce into my skincare routine. I did a review on their Egg pore foam cleanser a while back, if you’d like to read it *click here*. So today, I have another one of their products to review for you guys. This is their Premium Lettuce Cucumber watery toner. I have been using it a few times a week for a couple of weeks now and it’s quite nice! There’s still so much product left because I only need a few drops – a little goes a long way for this product. To those of you are new to or are not familiar with Korean toners, they focus more on being hydrating and balancing for the skin, instead of being astringent or oil stripping, like American toners. I prefer Korean toners over American toners to be honest, because as an combination skin girl, I like using foam cleansers (which can be a bit oil stripping) and then go in with hydrating products after to balance everything out. I know a lot of people who neglect moisturizing because they think their skin doesn’t need it (not true at all). If there is one thing I have learned from experimenting with skin care products all through high school and till this day, it is that moisturizing is crucial for all skin types. If your skin is parched, it will react by over producing oils. So please do not restrict your skin from moisture. All skin types need it. You just have to find the right balance for your skin type. ~ Anyway, got a little side tracked there ~ This particular toner is great for all skin types because of how beneficial and gentle lettuce and cucumber extract is for the skin. It is refreshing, hydrating, cooling, and also calming for the skin. Those benefits make it a perfect addition to my winter skincare routine without making my skin greasy. I like to use this after I cleanse and before I go in with my essence. This is a great product for all skin types! I will list a breakdown of my thoughts at the bottom for anyone who is interested in trying this product! 🙂Claims: Skin has an optimal level of natural oils that keep it healthy, hydrated, and happy. When skin operates at its optimal moisture level, our complexion is firm and bright. Makeup goes on easy and stays on all day. Lettuce extracts have a naturally high water content, quickly cooling and refreshing sun-stressed skin. Lettuce also has high levels of minerals, as well as and vitamins A and E, which help hydrate, firm, and illuminate skin for a balanced complexion. Cucumber extracts help tone and moisturize skin. They provide soothing repair for sun-damaged skin. Cucumber is packed with vitamin C, which helps restore and stimulate collagen in skin for a firmer, healthier complexion. We use a technique of steam distillation on our cucumbers. Condensation of the steam is collected to create a fragrant cucumber water, without sacrificing the natural plant oils and essence. SKINFOOD’s Premium Lettuce & Cucumber Watery Toner is a water-based toner that cools and hydrates. It’s made up of 5% lettuce extract, 5% cucumber extract, and 20% cucumber water (hydrosol) – Source: Ulta

Consistency: 5/5 – A thick liquidy consistency that is a bit runny but sinks in quickly. Does not leave a residue so it is easy to use other products over it (which I love!). Very similar to an emulsion. (They also have an emulsion form of this)

Effectiveness: 4/5 – I really like how hydrating, soothing and calming this toner is. It is not stripping at all and feels really nice on the skin. My skin feels nice and supple after it is absorbed. I haven’t noticed any signs of fading where I have dark marks or sun spots, nor have I noticed firmness, but I will continue to use it to see if there are any benefits in long term use!

Packaging: 5/5 – Super cute, durable and travel friendly plastic packaging. It’s also hygienic because of the dropper style. (You just shake the bottle and product comes out of the tip)

Overall: 4/5 – I would definitely recommend this to all skin types. I think it will make a great addition to anyone’s skincare routine who is looking to feed their skin extra vitamins and nourishing oils. I will try and keep you posted on the sun damage benefits with long term use!

Note: If you are interested in trying out any Skin Food products but don’t know where to start, the brand is now sold at Ulta! I know there are a few individual Skin Food stores, if you are close to San Jose, there is one in the Valley Fair mall. Otherwise, Ulta probably more common 🙂 Hope you enjoyed this read! See you next week.

The Last of Fall

Hi lovelies! Hope you are all doing well. I still haven’t really gotten back to my normal self just yet, but that’s okay. I’m in no rush. I have been trying to keep busy so my mind doesn’t wonder too deep that I begin to drown (that sounds so sad, I know, but it’s the only way I can describe it). I have found that spending time with my sister and loved ones has been the best way for me to ignore it. I’m so happy she is back for Winter break. With that being said, can you believe next week is Christmas already? I feel like there’s still so much left I need to do, and it’s not even officially winter yet. Fall has really flown by. This year feels like it has flown by. 2016 is nearly over, that is seriously crazy.

The end of the year always has me thinking about where I am, where I was, and how far I have come since then. This time last year, I had just graduated, moved, started a new job, and had a completely different mindset. Everything was new. 2016 was really tough. I’ve talked about it throughout the year in my blog posts, but maybe I’ll make a post about this year collectively. And now that I’ve been on this routine for a whole year, I’m craving change. I’m not sure in which direction I want that to be in, but I hope with time I’ll know. Anyway, I think I’m beginning to rant (sorry).

Today, I have for you my last Fall-esque outfit for this year. The next time I post (next Tuesday) it’ll be after Christmas – so I’m hoping to get in some festive shots this weekend to post for you. Have a wonderful holiday everyone! Be sure to tell someone how much you care and appreciate them this weekend. ♡

*Outfit details listed at the bottom*img_0179My outfit wouldn’t be complete without a watch. Here, I’m wearing my favorite: Daniel Wellington. It goes with just about everything I own. – Not sponsored, but I wish.img_0178Details: Hat: Forever 21 | Dress: Forever 21 | Moto-Jacket: Zara | Thigh high-socks: Urban Outfitters | Boots: n/a | Accessories: Daniel Wellington, Etsy.

I’ve showed her on my blog before, but to those of you who are new or don’t know me personally, this is my photographer and sister, Yvonne. ♡

Winter Essentials

Hi lovelies! Hope you’re all doing well today. It rained a LOT in the Bay Area this past weekend, so I spent most of it in bed. Not that I am complaining at all, I love a good excuse to stay in bed all day. I think it’s because the Taurus in me just wants to lay around whenever I get the chance to. On days in, I usually spend it all bundled up while catching up on shows or blogs that I have missed during the busy week. I’ll pick up a book here and there, or I’ll plan for the week ahead so I don’t feel as cluttered or rushed into anything. The holidays are always hard to organize, but it always makes me feel better when I have a brief idea of how things will go.

In other news, I still can’t quite pin-point why I’ve been feeling so detached from my emotions lately (if you read last weeks post, this would make sense). I’ve been finding it hard to deeply immerse myself fully in things I do throughout the day. It has been a struggle to feel anything at all actually. Because of this, I’ve been trying my best to at least be comfortable. This weekend has helped give me a chance to do that as I spent most of my Saturday in a bed. My sister came to visit me Saturday night and stayed until Sunday which helped a lot too. For all I know, this could just be a case of December blues, or it could be something more. I just hope that with time, my mood will gradually go back to normal.

Anyway, I thought it would be a good idea to show you some of the things I’ve been enjoying since they’re rather cozy (at least I think so), and it’s only going to get colder as we move closer to winter. Let the cuddle sessions commence! I personally really enjoy these reads, so I hope you do as well. ♡img_0054❄️ Christmas tea + honey

❄️ Winter candles – this one is Marshmallow Fireside from Bath & Body Works

❄️ High socks – I always where them whenever I get the chance

❄️ Cookies – any kind, really

❄️ Sweaters/knits

❄️ Big scarfs What are some of your Winter essentials? ♡

Thank you so much for reading! I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season.

Christmas Bucket List

Hi lovelies! How are you today? I’ve been trying my best to soak in the Christmas mood lately so I thought this week would be a great opportunity to post a Christmas Bucket-list for you today. I literally wait all year just for this month. Everything just feels so much better during the holidays. There’s so many fun and festive things to do during the holidays, here’s just some of mine. What are some things you like to do? 🙂

❊ Get a real Christmas tree (for the first time) and decorate it.

❊ Make and decorate Christmas cookies. ♡

❊ Go ice skating!

❊ Watch the tree lighting in San Francisco, Union Square. (This was on 11/25 – and we did it!)

❊ Drink hot chocolate and listen to Christmas music as much as possible. ♡

❊ Finish all my Christmas shopping on time.

❊ Watch Christmas movies! (Home Alone, A Charlie Brown Christmas, The Holiday, etc.)

❊ Go on night walks when I visit my hometown. The crisp air in Petaluma always feels so nice. I love knowing winter is around the corner. ♡

❊ Have as many lazy days as possible and indulge in the Christmas mood. This has actually been a struggle for me recently. I know I say that I love Christmas, and I do, but I haven’t been feeling the best lately. There’s a lot on my mind and I’m trying my best to remember that I wait all year for this holiday, I want to be able to enjoy it while I can. So this is just a reminder to myself to embrace happiness. Just relax. And above all, be grateful.