Break and Blog Move

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Hey, it’s been a while. I took a break. A long break, but now I’m back. Well sort of. I’m back on my blog, but it’s officially on it’s own now and has a new design! Still working on some design issues (ie. web banner, images, footer info, etc.), but it’s mostly done!

Please check it out here: www.islesofjane.com & let me know what ya think!

Upgrading The Blog

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So I’ve been doing so major update to the blog which you’ll probably won’t see here since this is my wordpress.com account. I’ve finally made the switch out of their server and took islesofjane.com off onto a new server. You can check it out, but it’s still really basic in design and has the same posts that are currently located here.

The process is taking a bit longer than I imagined, especially since I’m a little picky about the layout. I currently have an eye on one that I really like and I’ve been sitting on it for the past two weeks. So I might as well as bit the bullet and make that purchase.

While I’m been researching layouts and add-ons, I’ve also been thinking about how I’m posting. Right now, things are a bit random. Which is fine, but I really would like to have a set schedule for certain categories. It will also be a great way for me not to feel super rushed about writing some sort of post. I’m still tweaking thing around but here is what I’m thinking;

Monday: Weekend Events Posts or Photo Collage
Wednesday: Fitness Related Post
Friday: Beauty or Skin Care Related Posts
Optional Saturday: My Week Photo Summary

Hopefully this works and keeps me motivated throughout the week to make content. Also, the way it’s spread out, I can easily put in a other posts that randomly through out the week. I was hoping to get fashion into there, but I didn’t want to have another day. Or maybe I can make Friday a Beauty, Skin Care or Fashion post day… Always thinking.

So I’m will probably start this Wednesday, so look forward towards a fitness related post!

March Favorites

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I’ve got a couple of March favorites. I had to think hard about these, but yeah, I’ve been going back to these guys a lot in March. Since I work out first thing in the morning, I’ve been needing some sort of pre-workout meal / snack and I think I saw either a blog post or video from viviannadoesmakeup about ‘Peanut Butter-stuffed Date’ as a good workout snack. I was having oatmeal, but I found it a bit heavy and I don’t think I was quickly digesting it before I head out. I really don’t have a favorite brand of date, but this is my favorite brand of peanut butter: Fred Meyer Brand Natural Creamy. It’s just peanuts and oil, and I have to keep it in the fridge. I’m really loving this quick meal with coffee on my drive to the gym.

Since the weather lately has been a bit bipolar here, my hair has bit too much volume for my taste. And since I use a flat iron on most days, I’ve been giving it beating. So after I wash my hair, I’ve been applying L’Oréal Sleek It Frizz Vanishing Cream before letting it air dry. Then when my roots are almost dry, I’ve been applying Gariner Sleek & Shine Anti-Frizz Serum to the body and ends of the hair. This combo is working great with my hair, plus using the Wen Cleansing Conditioner instead of soap and keeping washing my hair to only two-three times a week. It works for my hair!

My next fave is the Sephora Instant Nail and Cuticle Care. I didn’t think I was going to be using this very much, but since I’ve been doing my nails every week (and constantly washing them since there are people in the office passing colds around again), it has been a lifesaver of keeping my nail area from drying and cracking. I totally recommended it to a friend who cuticles were getting a bit out of control!

I’ve also been reaching for my Forever21 Blush and I’ve been using it so much that I no longer know the shade since it has rubbed off. So it’s a favorite along with my epicurean lip balm. I started reaching for that one again when the weather started getting cold again and I had to turn on the heater. Cracked lips are never good.

And for my fashion favorites, of course my new Wayfarer-dupe sunglasses from Amazon, but i also got a couple of tops from Old Navy that I’ve worn every week. I got a really soft grey sweater on clearance and a new white tank. The tank is a little different from all my other ones as it is a bit more relax and slouchy. Loving it!

And with that, I’m going leave you with my song that was on repeat, and still it, Pharrell Williams’ Happy. I just don’t know why, but it makes me want to dance. Maybe it’s the weather…

Vlogger Love

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I don’t actually have traditional TV content provider. When I moved into my current place I forgo the cable or satellite and was watching anything on my computer with the cord hookup. Then Amazon came out with the it’s Fire TV Box and I no longer was tied to my computer. The best thing about it is that I can watch all my YouTube subscriptions and search for more without leaving my couch. Sometimes you gotta be a little lazy.

I have a lot of channels on my YouTube account that I try to keep up with. Though occasionally I do like doing a full YouTube marathon on the weekends or when I’m sick in bed. Here are my top 5 channels:

1. EatYouKimchi

I’m not sure when I started or how I found them, but I believe they are the first channel I subscribe to when I found out about subscribing to channels. I pretty much love all their different video from FAP!FAP! (eating/food videos) to their live chats. Simon and Martina of EYK are hilarious and quite informative about Korea and life there. I’m sure at least 98% of K-pop fans are also Nasties (EYK Fanclub Members… I’m a Red Nasty!).

2. annaleeandjesse

Anna Lee is a hairstyliest (and Filipino!!) and Jesse is a photographer in LA. They do regular videos like hauls and turtorials, but I personally love their everyday vlogs as they go about their lives in LA. Plus they have super cute dogs! OMG!

3. FungBrosComedy

These guy are 1) from the Seattle & PNW area & 2) make some awesome videos about Asian life & food in America. And as a halfie (Half-Filipino, Half-Black), a lot of their videos hit home in a hilarious way and super informative about other Asian cultures.

4. AJ Odudu

For those as obsessed with fitness & fashion, AJ Odudu is a vlogger based in London. She has some really great advice on eating healthy, cool workouts to try, and fashion style. During the January she filmed a “What I ate” every week. It gave me such good ideas for meals and snacks.

5. lily pebbles

I feel like I was pretty late when I discovered her videos. I only recentley started watching Lily Pebbles videos last Decemeber and have been a follow ever since. I change what brand of foundation I use because of her. And I had been using the same one for years until recently. Let me tell you she is right. I’m pretty sure most beauty bloggers watcher and if you don’t I highly recommend you do. You will have some over the seas envy to some of the products they have and we don’t.

So those are my top five channels. I do watch other things, like documentaries and Game of Thrones… But I should really branch out. What are you all watching? Anything good that I should check out?

Feburary Favorites

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To be honest I don’t really have a lot of favorites this month as I spent a lot of the month working overtime and then trying to recuperate from all that. One of the things that I’ve been doing during this stressful month was giving myself a home spa treatment. I love lying back on my bed after a nice hot shower and wearing the karuna Anti-Oxidant+ Face Mask. The smell is quite nice, not too overpowering, and it leaves my skin feeling moist and soft. I was using a creamy clay mask before, but this one doesn’t require washing it off. Just slip it on and wait 10-15 minutes and your done. This one is my last one, so I need to order more from Sephora.

Before slipping on the face mask on, I would light this candle from Alchemy Candles. I got it at Christmas from my sister’s in-laws when we went over there for dinner. I’m really picky about my candle’s scents so I was quite happy to find that I love this one: Satsuma Mandarin. It’s going to be sad when it’s gone, but I’ve got another candle I need to try from a co-worker.

My next favorite is a hair product. I’m really loving L’Oreal Sleek It Frizz Vanisher Cream. It’s really helping with keeping my hair frizz under control. The weather up here has been bipolar lately and my hair couldn’t seem to handle it well.

If you follow me on instagram, you might have notice my current obsession with acai bowls. So I am loving Sambazon Acai Smoothie Pack. For the longest time I could only find it at Haggen’s, but on Sunday I found it hidden in the vegetarian frozen aisle at Freddies. Super happy about that since its a bit cheaper there. I’ve been trying out different toppings to go with also. It’s so good!

And my last favorite is YouTubers: Anna Lee & Jesse, specifically their vlogs. I don’t know, I just love watching their daily/weekly vlogs.

That was basically it. I’m hoping for a much more relax month this time especially since it’s my birth month! I was planning on traveling for my birthday but if I want to go overseas in the winter then I have to set aside traveling stateside for a bit. I’m also working on a surprise.