Sunday, March 24, 2013

Restaurant Week Lunch

My friend was home for spring break, so we met up for lunch (along with two others.) Originally we were going somewhere else, but things didn't really work out so we decided to take part in Restaurant Week. We went to a restaurant called Eastern Standard and I opted for the three-course meal.
Appetizer: Braised pork shoulder
 Entree: Red curry shrimp
Dessert: S'mores
The portions were okay, a bit on the smaller side, but I enjoyed the food, especially the entree. It seemed like something you'd except from a Thai restaurant though, but I liked how it was pretty spicy. I probably could've skipped the dessert and saved a few bucks because it wasn't really that special and I was kinda full at that point, but oh well. 

After eating, we decided to go watch a movie. Since there was still a lot of time before the next showing, we went to play pool for about an hour then headed over to the theater. We watched Oz the Great and Powerful, which is basically a prequel to The Wizard of Oz. I've only watched the latter as a play once when I was little, so I don't really know the story line all too well. I was pretty tired at that point, so admittedly, I fell asleep for a bit in the beginning of the movie. I liked the movie though, it was pretty funny sometimes too. Kinda makes me want to watch the original. When it was over, we went to grab a bite to eat and then headed our separate ways.

So lately, there hasn't really been much going on. I have two midterms coming up on Wednesday, for statistics and my management course. I need to study lots because I haven't been doing that well this semester :\ 

So, until next time! :)

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Spring Break '13

Last week was my spring break. I didn't get to go anywhere like a vacation, but it was still nice to relax and not worry that much about going to school and I got to sleep in, so it was nice. Just a small note.."friend" probably refers to a different person every time. 

Here's a recap of my week :)
March -Friday
Saw this view of the sunset.
I still had classes on Friday, but afterwards I just spent it with different friends throughout the day. 

March 9-Saturday
In the morning I had to get everything and leave my dorm before noon. I left around 11:30AM and went to volunteer. I started a month ago, helping people prepare taxes. 
Spicy Calamari with rice from Misono Wok
We went to get food afterwards and then I had to pick up something for work the next day before heading home. I went to bed at like 9:30PM that day..after taking a two hour nap too. I guess I was really tired.

March 10-Sunday
I had work from 9:00AM-5:00PM, but I had some complications in the morning. Afterwards, I had dinner with my friend and her family (+her brother's friend). There was sooo much meat that kept coming for some reason. 

March 11-Monday
In the morning, I did all my financial aid for school. Afterwards I went to the doctors because I've been coughing for two weeks and it didn't seem to be getting better. My doctor said it was bronchitis and she prescribed me an inhaler and antibiotics. First time I ever got bronchitis..and first time taking antibiotics. After picking up the medication at the pharmacy, I went to my friend's house for a small gathering.
My friend's dad ordered us so much food :O There was only the five of us..and we were snacking throughout the afternoon too so we barely finished half of the food. The rest of the time we just watched 200  Pound Beauty and chatted about random things. 

March 12-Tuesday
I slept in until 3:00PM and just relaxed for a bit at home. Then I went to pick up some food and went to visit  my friend's college. I got there pretty late, but basically just hung out with different people and chatted. 

March 13-Wednesday
I stayed over the night before, so I was still there lol. I was supposed to have lunch at noon with a friend but I didn't really wake up for that.. and at 1:00PM my friend brought back noodles.
Stir fried udon
It was okay :O It wasn't even udon rofl..the noodles were flat. At 3:00PM, another friend came, so we went to pick her up and got gelato and coffee on the way back.. 
At 5:00PM we went to get sushi for dinner. It was so overpriced.. it was like $75 for those six rolls. 
After dinner, I left to go to my friend's house.
There, I experienced another first: homemade pho. Looks exactly like what you'd see at a restaurant :O Basically just chatted and relaxed for a while. It got late so my friend's dad gave me a ride home :)

March 14-Thursday
I was supposed to dye my hair today, but my friend ditched, so I just stayed home and read manga.

March 15-Friday
I had dimsum with friends at noon and we then went to the Apple Store because one of them needed to buy a new Macbook. After that we went to Sephora and I picked up a Hello Kitty roller perfume because it was cute and on sale :x Afterwards, some of us separated so my friend and I went to the library for a bit and then I went to CVS and picked up some new polishes. We then went to Nordstrom Rack, which just opened the previous day and I had so many things I tried on, but left with three items, which you can see in [this] post.

We tried the new hazelnut macchiato from Starbucks. It's quite similar to their caramel macchiato. After that,
I went back to my friend's campus with her because I promised someone else I'd visit and I also stayed over that night. The other friend and I just chatted and walked around campus; it was quite relaxing and entertaining.

March 16-Saturday
I had volunteer again in the morning with the tax prep. After that I went home and waited for my mom to get back so we could go shopping. We went to Macy's and she took forever trying on clothes...and only ended up buying one of them xD You can see what I got in [this] post (same as the one I posted on the previous day). I think this will be the last time I can shop in a while :(

March 17-Sunday
Last day of break.. I slept in until 5:15PM.. :x My friend came over for a bit with gifts :O He got me a Hello Kitty plush from a crane machine and nail polish that was on my wishlist..thanks!! We then went out to California Pizza Kitchen for his birthday (which is on Monday.) It was ironic how I was the one receiving gifts though.
Shrimp scampi zucchini fettuccine 
It was my first time at CPK and I've heard their pastas were quite good, so I went with that. My dish was okay though.. I wasn't a fan of how the fettuccine was dry/hard ish. I tried some of my friend's kung pao spaghetti and I thought it was really yummy. After that I went back to campus.

Sooo that just about sums up my spring break for those who care to know how it went ;P Overall it was enjoyable. Now I'm back in school...blehh.

Anyways, until next time!


Just like the title of the post suggests, I've been shopping again. Mainly for clothes and nail polish.. I ordered most of the nail polish, so I'll do a quick haul post when I get them. 

Friday I went to Nordstrom Rack for the first time because a new one just opened up on Thursday. It's basically just like a TJ Maxx or Marshalls to me. There was a lot of clothes that I liked, but I narrowed it down to three items:
Soprano floral peplum top
Daisy and Clover flutter top
I wasn't sure whether or not to get it, but bought it anyways because I wanted to expand my closet. 
Happening in the Present floral peplum skirt

Two randoms that I tried on but didn't get:
 It was either this or the black floral one..I really liked the color but my friend said it didn't go well with my skin tone :(
Oversized gradient sweater
It was a bit too oversized for my taste..and this was an XS or S too. 

The next day, I went shopping with my mom. She's been nagging me about going shopping for a while now, so we finally went. We took a long time at Macy's, so we didn't get to go anywhere else.
 Green with Envy Jacket
I wasn't too sure about this one either because of the detail on the top near the collarbone area. It was also pricey, especially considering it wasn't that warm of a jacket. So my deciding factor was if it rang up cheaper than the tag then I'd purchase it...and it did! 
American Rag pleather jacket
For some reason I really like this jacket. The only thing I didn't like was that the arms were a bit stiff and the jacket is a tad shorter than I would like.
Material Girl floral lace dress
I think this was the first item I picked up and I fell in loveee and so happy it was in my size.
American Rag lace dress
This was probably my favorite item from this post. It's a simple black dress but can be dressed up (to some extent) or down. The downside is that I hate having to pay full price for clothing and this one wasn't on sale.

I feel like half of the clothes are for more dressy occasions.. but that's okay I guess. Just hope I'd have the chance to wear them. Now, I'm so broke x__x

Anyways, until next time!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Shopping & My First Illamasqua Polishes

Last Thursday I went shopping with my friend and her cousin. It was really last minute, so I didn't expect to buy anything, but ended up spending a bit, whoops.
I got two shirts, earrings, nail polish, Tokidoki figurine, and a new wallet. Even though I did spend a bit, I got a pretty good deal for all of it. 
Top: Urban Outfitters: Mystic | Smoke
Bottom: Illamasqua: Lament | Bacterium | Jo'mina | Poke | Purity | Viridian | Muse

JCPenney Sephora had select Illasmasqua shades on clearance for $7 each (compared to $14) so I sorta went all out and picked up the ones I wanted because I probably wouldn't get them otherwise. I liked Purity, but I gave it away as a present. 

I haven't been painting my nails that much lately because they keep breaking :( But once they get longer again, I'll post swatches again. I haven't even been painting it much lately either, but got back to it again last week.

Here's some food spam to end the post.
Eggs & shrimp
String beans & beef
House special fried pork chop
Xiao long bao
My first time trying them! Everyone at the restaurant had it at their table, so it made me want to try it too. It was good, but I'm not a huge fan yet. 

Anyways, until next time!

Monday, March 4, 2013

Valentine's Day 2013

Happy (belated) Valentine's Day!! I've drafted this weeks ago, but never got the chance to publish it. So here it is!

The night before I made chocolate-dipped strawberries with my friend. We had trouble melting the chocolate at first, but it worked out in the end.

I had to wake up early in the morning to help my friend get roses for his girlfriend. Then I headed to work and had class afterwards. I only had one class yesterday, so I hung out with a friend for about an hour or so and then finally had time to take a nap.

Meanwhile my roommate came back from class and her friend came over and everything while I was asleep and I didn't even wake up to that.. >_< Then she woke me up because she made me ramen lol. I appreciate the effort, but I wish I got to sleep more because I wasn't ready to wake up.

Funny story of the day is that my friend received a bear and rose outside her door this morning and she was soooo convinced that I was the one who left it there even though I kept denying it.

Later on, I met up with my friend to get froyo because this place was offering rose flavored froyo in celebration of Valentine's Day. Sadly when we got there, the place was closed -__- So we grabbed dinner instead.

Got spoiled by everyone <3

I'll try my best to update more frequently.. there hasn't been much to post about ;__; I already have something else drafted so hopefully that doesn't take weeks to come out either.

Anyways, until next time!