I started The Other Side of Paradise while with R. It pretty much documented our every move. After our relationship ended, I decided to change my blog's name to XO |EESH because I was starting a new chapter in my life. I was once again trying to find myself (how many times have y'all heard that?). I wanted to take away the focus from that; from my personal life. I tried to cover up with posts about recipes, fitness and fashion and even drop a "this week" or "lately" post every now and again. To be honest, right now all I want is a bit of seclusion. I don't know where I am in life at the moment. I've thought hard about how to proceed and decided to put blogging on hold for a while. Maybe indefinitely. I don't know yet. While I love blogging, I need to work on loving myself just as much. Call me selfish but it's time I devout as much time to myself as I did to my relationship and my blog.
With that being said, I'll still be lurking in the shadows, stalking my favorite blog dolls. Mwuahahahahaha!
Until next time...
Today I'm quickly sharing with you a few of my go-to skincare products, mainly facial. I get asked a lot what products I use because I rarely have outbreaks so I'm just listing the ones that are atop my list. But please keep in mind that I drink a shit load of water and water helps a lot with clear, youthful skin. You can either see the video here or you can watch below.
Have a beautiful weekend!
Back in January, I made a declaration to read 100 books in 2015. What the heck was I thinking? According to Goodreads, I'm about 7 books behind. So to make myself somewhat accountable, I'll be doing a monthly roundup of the books that resonated with me that month.
A soul grabbing story of love and survival.
This book to me is a little more personal so my review will not be professional at all.
You may have remembered my previous reviews on the first two installments of Shannon A. Thompson's, The Timely Death Trilogy (#TTDT) that included the books, Minutes Before Sunset and Seconds to Sunrise. Death Before Daylight is the final installment in this compelling trilogy and I have to say that it lived up to my every expectation. I'm a bit sad that it has come to an end because of how attached I've grown to the characters but superlative about finding out who Darthon really is which basically confirmed my suspicions.
To be honest, this book filled me with so many emotions that I cannot even begin to describe. Despite being meta humans, Thompson's characters are totally relatable leaving us to feel what they feel: their hurt, their struggles, their joys and even sympathize with them when they made hard decisions. I laughed, I cried (more than once), I got angry and yelled at the book and shed happy tears. The characters are all like your closest friends, just with some form of super power; you love them, you're agitated or annoyed with them and then you go back to loving them.
Death Before Daylight has a lot of plot twists and many "OMG" moments. All in all, this book should top your list of books to read.
I hope my review didn't sound as if I was rambling on but I just didn't want to give anything away and I wanted you guys to know the emotional effect that it had on me.
Oh and if you want to know if Eric & Jessica lived happily ever after, you've got to read the book!
Annabelle is a troubled teen who hears voices in her head; naming the voices Anna and Belle, which is kind of genious if you ask me. Upon running away from home, she turned to lots of morbid things just to survive the streets of Australia. From hitchhiking and sleeping with truckers to prostituting. But what Annabelle doesn't know, is that she has a secret admirer who stalks her from the moment he first saw her until the very end. This book left me in tears.
Write About Me is based on a true story.
I was so behind the eight ball on this one but now I can say that I'm in the loop. Rich Dad, Poor Dad is not your average "how to become rich" book. Robert does a great job of storytelling balanced with how tos and lessons that won't lead you to a snooze fest. It all began with him as a kid growing up in Hawaii. After not being invited to a classmate's beach house because he was considered poor, Robert decided that he wanted to be rich. He and his friend, literally started making nickels only to be told my his dad that it was illegal, thus, having to find other means of becoming rich. This is where the other dad comes in. Rich Dad, Poor Dad was a great read filled with real advice and valuable lessons.
An exciting, unique and interesting story with so many plot twists.
Ben is a young man living in New York after the death of his wife. Tormented and troubled by her death, he tries to drown his sorrows by over indulging in alcohol and odd jobs such as tending a bar and participating in experimental drug experiments. After his long time "employer" and friend, Dr. Wright informs him of his plans to retire, he mentions an offer that Ben just can't refuse from another doctor wanting to experiment on him after the results he produced in multiple sleep tests.
Ben is wined and dined and flown around the world while being paid to study famous art. He then control his dreams to recreate that art using groundbreaking technology called Lucy. Like all things that are just too good to be true, things start to go wrong leaving Ben confused and hallucinatory.
All I could say when I was done reading was Whoa!! I mean, this book tripped me out. Another great one to put on your list.
I hope you dolls are having a fabulous weekend~ Talk to you soon!
Anyone who knows me, knows that I am totally obsessed with leopard print. I just can't seem to get enough!
|Leopard Flats: Ross (Similar here)|
Blazer: Casual Plus
Trousers: Forever 21+
Tee: Forever 21
I was going through my closet the other day when I came across a striped blazer that I haven't worn in forever. I figured I'd pair it with my leopard print D'Orsay flats and write a post about how much I love, love, love leopard. Fortunately for you guys, I was convinced to write a post about mixing prints instead.
I've always wanted to mix patterns but was too afraid that I'd never be able to pull it off. The trick is to have one minimal print and one dominant. In this case, the stripes are dominant but the flats still hold their own. I'm loving the contrast and the fact that the combination is easy on the eyes.
I made a short video explaining what I love about these leopard flats because let's be honest, they do need their own little shout out. If you dolls have some time, be sure to check it out here and subscribe to my YouTube channel if you haven't already ;-)
Which mixture of prints are you obsessed with?
Until next time...
Is still the same. Unemployed but somehow, I manage to survive. Single but I caused that on myself so hey, why complain. Right?
Omg! I have not worked out in eons. I've got to do something about that. I've been trying to come up with an excuses but yeahhh I've got nothing. I'm just lazy. Le sigh.
I've discovered that I can do super cool crafty stuff like get glitter on everything including myself but I won't get into that just yet.
I'm working on my second book! Yaaay! Writer's block has already found me. Booooo!
I sold (my camera) Ashley :'( it was a bittersweet moment but I want to purchase a DSLR that records video. Yeah, I'm doing it for the vine, err, blog. Any suggestions? Must be in the Canon family. Sorry Nikonians!
And overall, I'm grateful and content. Weird to say but I feel a bit more happier everyday. ...and happiness is the goal.
What's been happening in your life lately?
P.S The photo has absolutely nothing to do with anything I've written about here. I just really like it. :)