Wednesday, September 24, 2014

This or That Tag! ♥

Hi! I thought it would be fun to do the This or That Tag, so you can all learn a little bit more about me. I found the original questions for this tag on YouTube, but I took out some of questions that don't apply to me. Basically these questions have two choices and I have to choose one ( a rule that I broke a couple of times:P). So let's just get started! I have bolded all my choices.

Makeup
Lipgloss or Lipstick          
Eyeliner or Mascara
          Mascara helps me look awake even if I went to sleep at 3 the night before.
Foundation or Concealer
          If I can wear as less makeup as possible, that is what I'll choose!

Nails          
Long or Short
          Short nails are more functional. Typing, writing, and texting with long nails definitely requires skill.:P
Acrylic or Natural
          Natural! Painting my nails is part of the fun of wearing nail polish. 
Brights or Darks
          Both. Depends on the season.
Flower or No Flower
          I would rather be doing other things than spending an hour painting designs on my nails:P, but I'm all about glitter and sparkles (especially on an accent nail)!

Fashion
Jeans or Sweat pants
          It depends on where I'm going, but if I'm just at home, of course I'm going to be in sweats.:)
Dresses or Skirts
          Dresses because they're so effortless and convenient. 
Stripes or Plaid
          
Scarves or Hats
Necklaces or Bracelets
          I don't normally wear jewelry, but I like wearing necklaces much more than bracelets. Because I'm always doing something with my hands (whether it be typing, writing, or playing the piano), jewelry on my hand gets in the way. Hence, why I don't wear rings either.
Heels or Flats
          Depends on the occasion. Love me a little bit of both. 
Saks 5th or Nordstrom          

Hair
Curly or Straight
          I like to not try and wear my hair natural most days. But sometimes when I want to look more formal, I like to curl.
Long or Short
          Always loved long hair. 
Up or Down
          Most of the time I have my hair up, but if I'm looking for some change, I keep my hair down.

Random
Rain or Shine
          Currently Cali is in a drought, so when it rains, it's like a miracle. I love the rain and the refreshing scent of nature afterwards, but I also love sunny, bright weather.
Chocolate or Vanilla
          I love chocolate, but not as a flavor of ice cream, cake, doughnut, etc. 
Cake or Pie          Nothing beats a rich, red velvet cake.
East coast or West coast
          Even though I live on the West coast, I've been to the East coast numerous times and loved it there.  I love new experiences, whether it is meeting new people, learning new languages, visiting new places, tasting new food, etc

That is all for this tag!(: That took much longer than I thought, but that was fun. I hope you enjoyed learning more about me.
~Catherine

Sunday, September 21, 2014

My Fictional Boyfriends Tag!

Hi everyone! I found this tag on YouTube and I thought that it was very creative, so I'm going to be doing this today.(: 
1. Augustus Waters from The Fault in Our Stars: If he isn't romantic, then who is? I want to go to Amsterdam...(:
2. Damon Salvatore from The Vampire Diaries: Obviously I would choose Damon for this.:P I love his character on the TV show and I love Ian Somerhalder.
3. Daemon Black from the Lux series: I have yet to finish this series, but I'm already in love with him. **update 12/22/14- I'm changing this to Aiden St. Delphi from the Covenant series because he deserves this spot more than any other paranormal male character haha**
4. I'm skipping this because I seriously have no clue.
5. Stefan Salvatore from The Vampire Diaries: Stefan is a wonderful person, but I wouldn't want to date him.
6. Warner Andersen from the Shatter Me trilogy: Oh. My. Gosh. Warner. That's really all I have to say.
7. I would elope with any of these boyfriends, duhh:)
8. Percy Jackson from the Percy Jackson and the Olympian series: Percy is so adventurous and I would definitely like to travel around the world with him on his missions.
9.  Peeta from Hunger Games: This guy has super survival skills. Perfect choice.
10. Four from the Divergent trilogy: I would've put Four for #6 (your soul mate), but I couldn't find any other character as bad-ass as him, so he's in this category now. Loooveeee him.

That was extremely fun haha. I hope you guys enjoyed reading this post. See you all later,
~Catherine

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Book Review: Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

Here's the synopsis:
      Taylor Edwards’ family might not be the closest-knit—everyone is a little too busy and overscheduled—but for the most part, they get along just fine. Then Taylor’s dad gets devastating news, and her parents decide that the family will spend one last summer all together at their old lake house in the Pocono Mountains.
      Crammed into a place much smaller and more rustic than they are used to, they begin to get to know each other again. And Taylor discovers that the people she thought she had left behind haven’t actually gone anywhere. Her former best friend is still around, as is her first boyfriend…and he’s much cuter at seventeen than he was at twelve.
      As the summer progresses and the Edwards become more of a family, they’re more aware than ever that they’re battling a ticking clock. Sometimes, though, there is just enough time to get a second chance—with family, with friends, and with love

           Wow.This book brought out many feels. After reading Since You've Been Gone in August, I've been looking forward to reading another book written by Morgan Matson. Second Chance Summer wasn't as good, but it was still very enjoyable. I really wish it were still summer.(: I loved all the family bonding. Reading about Taylor, the main character, and Taylor's dad's conversations were so meaningful and punny at the same time. Morgan Matson made me feel like I was with them when everything happened, which was very emotional. The last 100 pages were my favorite, heart-wrenching and beautiful at the same time. 
            All of the characters made this novel very unique. Taylor, Warren, Gesley, Taylor's mother, Lucy, Taylor's grandfather, etc. Taylor struggled and overcame a lot of situations throughout the story, which helped her become stronger. She learned how to face her fears regarding a variety of things, although maybe not as earlier on in the book as I wanted her to. But overall she was still a great person to read about, always willing to help others as much as possible and eventually realizing that it's okay to open up and lean on someone for support.
            I felt like the romance lacked in certain areas because I think that there should have been more to the relationship. However, I still really really liked Henry and of course, Taylor and Henry together. I would definitely recommend this book to people who like contemporary coming of age novels. 

My shortened book review on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/910265040

Monday, September 1, 2014

4 Tips for High Schoolers!

Hey everybody,
Since school has started/is starting/ will start for many people, I thought I'd share my thoughts on high school. I will be sharing 4 tips on how to make the most out of high school and I learned all of the following from experience! Let's get started:

1. People are extremely chill and easy going on everything. If you embarrass yourself, learn to laugh at yourself, pick yourself up, and move on! Four years of high school will be filled with embarrassing moments, but most of them will be forgotten. A presentation gone wrong or a clumsy trip over someone's shoe may seem totally embarrassing in the moment, but nobody will remember what happened the next day at school.

2. Study hard and stay organized. Learn to prioritize and manage your time, both things that I learned from experience. Everyone procrastinates, but try to limit the amount of time you procrastinate. Here is what you have to tell yourself: No matter what I'm going to have to finish this assignment by tomorrow. So I might as well finish this quickly now while I'm still fully awake, rather than wait till 10pm at night when I start to get sleepy. If you ever find yourself bored on the weekend, you could possibly try to get ahead in your classes ( a good idea especially for honors and AP classes). Weekdays are tiring, so if you can be very productive on weekends, you'll get a lot more sleep and time to do other things.

3. Be open! Make new friends and try things you've never tried before. If you've never volunteered  before, why not join a community service club and try? What can you lose?:) Don't take anything too seriously other than academics.

4. Don't be afraid to share your answers and ask questions in class, something that everyone can always improve on. It's scary to raise your hand because there's always the risk of answering a question wrong or other similar situations, but teachers and classmates will appreciate you for speaking out. Other people might be wondering the same things as you, and if you ask the teacher, you have answered their question as well. Teachers like questions because this is how they know you've been paying attention. I personally know when I'm giving a presentation and someone asks me a question, it makes me feel good that someone actually listened to what I was saying.

Those are four things that I think are important to keep in mind during high school. I definitely can improve on a lot of these things and writing this post has been good motivation for me. If you have any tips and advice of your own, please leave them in the comments or write your own blog post and link it, so I can read it!(:
~Catherine