Friday, January 29, 2010

Movement

Its like a magnetic field. It resonates words, whispers, noises. We find it hard to ignore. It easily consumes us, our mind, our every thought. We try to over come it, it viciously bites us back. It lingers after it is silent in the room. When we are left alone, the presence of it creates a dark shadow over our eager body. It attacks.A fierce wind rips maroon petals off its stem. The strong green stem grows timid and weak. The stem croaches over in defeat, lowered to the ground. All of the petals are gone, and the stem is bare and naked. Revealed. The beauty of each petal and the unique fragrance is blown away to a distant muddy puddle. The petal floats in the water, lost without its structure. It is calm now. It tenderly blows upon the petals to create a small rotation. From a distance, blurry maroon petals stir in the water, round and round. Eventually it wins, and all of the sweet petals feel the weight of the water. Pulled back to the moist brown Earth.

 - Ally

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

The Secret to Happiness


Today was a great day. I just want to start off by saying, positivity is infectious and so is negativity. After watching the movie The Secret, It really opened my eyes to the way I was going about my day. So basically the secret is "The Law of Attraction". The phrase Law of Attraction refers to the idea that thoughts influence chance. ( I pasted the definition for you guys) The Law of Attraction argues that thoughts (both conscious and unconscious) can affect things outside the head, not just through motivation but by other means. Essentially, "if you really want something and truly believe it's possible, you'll get it", but putting a lot of attention and thought onto something you don't want means you'll get that too.For example, if we stub our toe in the morning and we think to ourselves, agh! I'm gonna have a terrible day, then you're going to start noticing every negative aspect of your day. We seem to give more weight to the negative and that's how we attract more negativity. However, if you don't think about those small annoying things that might happen, I know it happens, but just focusing on the positive will just make your day seem that much better! So our attitude really attracts what we bring into our lives. Here is two ways that I can tell my day:

Here is an example of me attracting negativity into my life .. (AVOID DOING THIS!!)

I woke up in the morning super groggy in the morning. I didn't feel like going to school because I had 2 tests, I dread tests. Then I got to school and almost fell asleep in class because the sound of reading english was boring me to death. The weather was crappy, foggy and rainy. I bought this survey thing that was a dollar and then I lost it in the hallway. What a waste of my money. The someone commented that my makeup looked darker on one side, and I felt self-conscious for the day. I was pretty mad because even though I wanted to just ask for another one, I knew that it wouldn't be fair or possible to get another one. I was just in a mad mood. Then my tea cup got knocked over and I was sad because I didn't have water that day. I was thirsty. I had another test in physics and I was confused, even though I felt like i had all of the answers. By the afternoon, I was starving but time was not on my side. I ran to the cafeteria and the microwave took foreverrr!! ( SO NEGATIVE!!!) haha okay i'm sure this is not the worst thing happening on the planet right now, with the chaos happening in Haiti. It was really easy for me to gear towards the negative and just dwell on the idea of, this day sucks!!

So here is what I could have focused on to have a more positive attitude: ( DO THIS MORE OFTEN!!)
Yay I woke up in the morning and I didn't have to ride the crowded bus! My mom made me breakfast and drove me to school. Since it was tuesday, I had didn't have to go swimming so I could do my makeup. I was really happy that I had that extra time to dress up and to sleep in since my mom was driving me. When I got to my first class, I was there early. I saved a lot of time because my mom dropped me off right in front of class. Cool huh, that's because my classroom is in a bungalow. I was lucky to have brought my umbrella because some people forgot theirs, so I just walked with a classmate. I bought a match maker, which is a relationship survey/pop poll that matches you with someone of the opposite gender in the school as the best matched person for you. I went to econ and noticed that I lost my match maker, its okay it was only a dollar. During econ my mug was knocked over, but I didn't really care because I was tired of drinking jasmine green tea every morning. I swear it was the cause of my yellow teeth ( HAHA jk :) well i am whiting my teeth now, so not drinking the tea can only make my teeth whiter. I should go back to water anyways.) During the physics test, i was happy to see problems that I had seen before, so I felt slightly prepared! haha even though I sorta wasn't. During psychology, I chatted with a neighbor and I feel like we might become good friends. I thought that it might be awkward because it was a change of people but I began to feel comfortable. I was so happy that my stomach didn't grumble because it would have sounded like a whale. Grub grub glloooooo. thats what i sound like when I'm hungry. In psych we were learning about homosexuals, and whether or not it is inborn in our genes or caused by our environment or a choice. I think it could be all three. Finally I got to eat my yummy rice and goose. DELICIOUS! lol i swear all I could think about was how great the food tasted. In swimming class we didn't have to swim because it was closed so we just sat in the computer lab and watched instructional swimming videos. They made it look so easy. I felt inspired and I saw the glimmering hope at the end of the tunnel. I think I might actually learn how to swim :)! On the bus I got to sit, which is pretty lucky because its always crowded. I got home really quickly too! Plus wearing heels didn't hurt my feet at all.

Can anyone relate to how I feel?

So can you see how different my day is when you read each perspective. Remember that if you're in a bad mood, its okay, just brush it off and think about the positive aspect of your situation. You're day can only get better. So smile at that person you felt awkward towards, hold the door for a stranger, give up your seat on the bus because those little things might brighten someones day. I just finished watching (click here to watch the video I'm talking about) meganheartsmakeup on youtube and she posted a very inspiration video about giving back and feeling good. I feel good to talk about this stuff because I don't like bottling things inside. Sometimes I want to express how I feel but I'm still insecure about what other people think of my opinion. Slowly, but surely I am conquering this fear. I just want you guys to know that you have the ability to change your life, I know as cliche as it all sounds, its true.

The Steps:
Ask
Know what you want and ask the universe for it.
This is where you need to get clear on what it is you want to create and visualize what you want as being as 'real' as possible.
Believe
Feel and behave as if the object of your desire is on its way.
Focus your thoughts and your language on what it is you want to attract. You want to feel the feeling of really 'knowing' that what you desire is on its way to you, even if you have to trick yourself into believing it – do it.


Receive
Be open to receiving it.
Pay attention to your intuitive messages, signs from the Universe to help you along the way as assurance you are on the 'right' path. As you align yourself with the Universe and open yourself up to receiving, the very thing you that want to happen will show up.



- Ally

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Vacationing in Thailand

Today is a new day, unlike any other day.
School just feels different, probably because of the schedule change, but it could also be the change in people. There are a lot more seniors in my classes, people that I used to just casually pass by in the hallways, unnoticed. Now I have them sitting near me, slightly unbearable but still there. Its all a new feeling. I'm eatting a costco chicken bake. I'll try not to digress too much, and to stick to the main point of this blog. My day feels so much longer now, going from physics being my first class and turning it into my afternoon class. Plus, now I have swimming to think about. I'm pretty excited about it just because I really want to learn. Let me share with you one of my near death/ vacation experiences.
Thailand - Pataya / Bangkok

So I was feeling ambitious as the medium sized motor boat parked in a shaded lagoon area. I saw the lush trees covering the grey mountains. I noticed the clear blue sky and the single bright spot up above burning away at my pale skin. I dip my feet in the water, unprepared for the cold sensation. I decided to head in without a life jacket and just snorkling goggles. I actually cannot swim, I don't know if it was my ego that told me that I could but, I just went for me. My whole family got into the water. We were traveling with a family friend and her daughter. She looked kind. We both headed in the water. After a mere one minute after being in the water, I began to panic when I took off my goggles. I couldn't tread and the girl next to me couldn't either. We both began to scream for help as I swallowed salty water. The girl panicked and grabbed my neck and leaned against my shoulders. She was trying to use my body to keep her afloat. Boy, was i in trouble.... I was soo mad at her because I kept bobbing up and down in the water. My dad finally pulled her away from me and yelled the crap out of me for not taking a life vest. Even he, as experienced as he is took a life vest. Yeah thats the thing about traveling in a foreign country, they don't exactly warn you about the dangers of petting a tiger, or jumping into a lagoon, or riding an elephant, rolling down a hill in a huge plastic ball, riding dirt bikes/ motorcycles without a license, parasailing, watching people play with crocodiles, eatting food that has been sitting out in the 90 degree heat, and riding in a tiny motor boat against strong ocean currents. IT WAS AMAZING THOUGHT!! hahaha I know I'm slightly crazy for doing all those things, but I felt so alive doing them. 

- Ally 

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Purple Rain

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This is my Do It yourself video on how to sew a sequin bow!



These thoughts crossed my mind when I couldn't sleep last night ....

At 5 AM,  I woke up to the sound of deafening thunder. I thought that someone broke a window or a earthquake was occuring. I popped out of bed and ran to my parents room. yes i'm like a little girl at heart, running to her parents. My dad calmly said, "hunnie, its just thunder, it'll go away." I was a little assured but I didn't fully believe him. So I ran to my sisters bed because my bed is right next to the window. I was literally in tears because I thought that the world was going to end! The rain was pounding hard on my clear glass windows and I could see the palm tree outside swaying from side to side. It look like someone was shaking the life of out that tree. I was wrapped around my blankets as if they could protect me from the dangerous world outside. I can't imagine what it would be like in Haiti right now. I know that I'm so lucky that I didn't experience that earthquake. Since I am a whole continent away from the disaster, I don't feel the weight of the disaster on my shoulders. It just made me feel worse. I woke up at around 7 and the rain had subsided. The wind was a little more calm and my heart was at a steady beat. I was glad to be alive.


Today was the first day of the 2nd semester. Driving to school was another experience. I heard the whipping rain and the pounding droplets against my car. I saw rushing cars down the freeway splashing through a couple feet of water without a care in the world. I just worried that my tires would hydroplane. At school I stole to another homeroom to take a sugared donut at 9 in the morning.  Now I wish I didn't throw half of it away because my stomach was grumbling by 12:30PM. Walking to class I thought about the disasters that could occur to me when I was going home. When I arrived to my econ class, I was surprised by the people that I saw, a lot of familar faces. I'm glad that in the sea of people I could recognize those few to make me feel more comforted. The teachers were kind, funny, and interesting, for the most part. I think this semester will be interesting since it will be my last before I heard off to the unknown territory - college. I decided to take a picture of my outfit that I put together before dawn, since my friend said she liked it. haha maybe you guys will too!


- Ally
(Like my socks? haha it was pouring and I walked through mud so I decided to leave those boots out of this picture! i'm sure i'll knock your socks off! )


** I don't believe that it will give me bad luck!!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Upcoming Youtube Videos/ My Dental Experience


(the tube top I want to do a tutorial on)


 ( I found this picture of Taylor Swift from People.Com and Wow I love her dress!! I want to wear this to prom, and I bet it would be one show stopper! )


( Here is the photo that I entered into the brickfish scholarship competition! I am currently 9th place, which is crazy! I entered a month after the people who are ahead of me! I know that I only made it so far because of my youtube subscribers! you guys don't know how much you have done for me. I am just greatful to know that so many people watch my videos and support me. Thank you for blessing me with such luck and fortune. Voting ends in 2 days so if you have the time, I would appreciate a vote or a review!


I'm watching Lady Gaga's interview on Oprah! Lady Gaga seems so genuine and her style is always so extreme. She is truly admiral for believing in what she does and recreating her fantasies!

So here is my line up for new videos!
- everyday eye makeup tutorial, what I wear to school everyday ( if i had the time :)
- purple/black bow sequin top
- how to sew a sequin bow (accessory)
- a foundation routine ft. everyday minerals (its for special occasions because I don't wear foundation everyday)
- Beverly Lane Haul
- Tulip Tube Top Tutorial
- Zipper accented T-shirt tutorial
- Ambush Makeover Show
- D.I.Y. Rose Zipper Headband/ Zipper Bow

WARNING RAMBLING AHEAD!
             Today I went to a new dentist in the sunset district. The first thing that i noticed about this office was the amazing body shop tangerine smell. The secretary sitting at the front desk was extremely friendly to me and my dad. She actually remembers his name and who he is, and he came a week ago. At my last dentist, they were not that friendly. Oh sometimes he would talk to me occasionally, but I always felt like they were cheating me of my insurance money. But at my new office, they made me feel very welcome. So the dentist greeted me and led me to my seat in a very nice area that was like a cubical. There was a really nice high tec computer to my right and the room was a beige and light green color. Suddenly the dental assistant without warning stuck a foam piece filled with fluoride into my mouth. I was so surprised because I had no clue what the heck she just stuck into my mouth. I sat there with this white thing in my mouth for 5 mins before someone came by to tell me what was going on. She explained to me that it would strengthen my teeth before the cleaning. And she offered me a magazine to read while I waited 20 mins or so. She ironically brought me the magazine i was reading in the waiting room and a Gentlemen's Quarterly magazine. haha so conflicting, but funny. When it came time to actually clean, he offered me lip balm for my chapped lips! WHICH IS AMAZING. they are actually ranked one of the top dental offices in my city. lol now i see why. The whole cleaning process was pretty painful and he recommended that i floss more often. That feeling of the needle like cleaner inbetween my gums and my teeth really hurt. He asked about where I go to school, and what I plan to be in the future. you know that kind of small talk adults like to ask teens. When i was done, he brushed on this purple gunk and told me to rinse it out. He left me a very darling clear package zip up with a mini tooth brush, floss, instructional card, and his business card. My teeth had that gross bloody feeling but my teeth felt super SMOOTH i might add. I just wish there was a mirror so I could see why all the people at the office were smiling at me.

        My dad and I left and went to safeway. At safeway we bought a ton of progresso chicken noodle soup because it was on sale for a dollar. yay i love that soup, i eat it for breakfast every single morning! We ventured out to a nearby dim sum place and selected from yummy dumplings. It was actually just okay compared to the ones from Chinatown! I got to drive and on the freeway which was super exciting! For Dinner we had steaks that were bloody good. Lol when I say bloody, i mean they were so bloody that I had to go and reheat it for a bit because I can't stand rare steaks. Then I ended the night by typing this blog. Wow this is the first time where I rambled on and on. Comment if you like these kind of entries, or if you prefer my usual picture blogs. Hope you guys had a fantastic day, thanks for reading..

- Ally

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Japanese Tea Garden


I could probably write about this photo and only this photo, but I have a lot more. I took this picture at the Japanese Tea Garden when I went with Oscar and Annie. Right after scheduling my classes, I had some free time. Oscar tricked me into thinking that he was someone else. I felt so dumb for believing that he was ivan! Well anyhoos, he said he had a surprise in store! It was going to be an adventure, and something only "geeks" like him would like. We arrived at the tea garden, and it was more beautiful that I imagined. There was a beautiful waterfall at the entrance where annie and I took a ton of photos. We found many intricate buildings and lots of stones to hop across. The garden was so peaceful and serene. It was definitely what I needed to escape from the busy finals coming up.


Annie and oscar got very adventurous when they climbed onto the fencing to take the picture. Haha i'm sure this is very illegal. At the coffee shop a little around this bend, we met a very flirty waiter. He was standing behind the booth and gave us a smirk. It was kind of awkward with the three other workers in the back staring at the three of us but we just ended up ordering a slice of green tea cheesecake. I felt super thirsty so oscar bought me a coke since I was probably about to faint from walking so much that day. I went back to the same waiter and he was like HOW CAN I HELP YOUUU :)haha there was no way I could keep a straight face. He gave me a total of three straws because he thought I should have a good one. I don't know what that was about but it was funny. Oscar wanted me to leave him my phone number but I didnt want to fool around that much. 






We found a very pretty fall scene at the botanical garden. I love the color of these leaves. Most of the tree trunks were bare naked by last dec.

Welcome to my swampy home? haha


Annie and I had a similar pose at a rail track but that picture got deleted. I guess we were practicing our gymnastics beam skills :)







After we left the natural world, we entered back into the eccentric neighborhoods of the city. We wandered around the Haight district and found a lot of cool and unique shops. We saw this adorable cut out and we had to take a picture with it. See i'm so yummy I just want to eat myself!

If you guys ever stop by the area, be sure to check out X-Generation! They had so many beautiful pieces that were super trendy and affordable! I fell in love with this soft demure pink tiered top. Ah i think I'm in love. I ended up not getting it because Ive been kind of broke lately. I saw a lot of military inspired clothes with huge buttons and zipper detailing. I also saw a few leather jackets and flowy big tops. We ended up back at my house and we made some pesto pasta with some spicy sausage in it. It was kind of sour, i'm not going to lie.
That concludes this blog. Hope you all had a wonderful day.
Love,
Ally