Monday, December 4, 2017

What I'm Reading December 2017

It's the last month of 2017! How crazy is that? My goal this year was to read 17 books (here's the list of books that I wanted to complete), but as of the end of November, my book count is 14/17. Here's what I'm reading this month and mini reviews of the books I read in November. 

This Month's Books:

Siddhartha - Hermann Hesse 
I've read this book before and really liked it. It's very spiritual and deep, yet easy to read. I don't remember much of the plot, so it'll be nice to gain a refresher. 

The 4 Hour Workweek - Tim Ferriss
I adore Tim Ferriss and listen to his podcast and read a lot of articles that he writes, but I haven't taken the time to read his books. I thought I'd start with this one because it's what he's best known for, but I also want to read the 4 Hour Body and Tools of Titans because I've heard wonderful things about both books. 

Last Month's Books:

The Old Man and the Sea - Ernest Hemingway
This is the book that won Hemingway his Pulitzer and came highly recommended to me from many people. Until reading this book, I was only familiar with his early work during the '20s and '30s (such as The Sun Also Rises and Hills Like White Elephants). This book is on the shorter side, but is about a Cuban fishing village and an Old Man's attempt to catch a fish. It's full of motifs and examines the relationship between nature and humans and destiny, dignity, and demise. It is an easy read, but a beautiful one, and if you're into any of the Jazz Age authors, this would be a good book to read. 

Think and Grow Rich - Napoleon Hill
This book is way different from what I imagined. If you've ever seen the movie The Secret or heard about the law of attraction, this book is that concept applied to wealth. This is not a book with physical steps that you can take to achieve wealth, but is a book with mental steps that you can take to put yourself in a mindset to achieve wealth. It has a lot to do with visualization and goal setting, and I think that it's useful for people in all sorts of situations. It is a little pseudo-sciencey (although let me point out that the power of visualization is scientifically backed, especially in athletics) but worth a quick skim through nonetheless. I want to go back through the book and pick out the goal setting exercises and actually do them now, because the first time I was reading for content and not actively applying the principles to my life. 

Driven - Robert Herjavec
I've read this book before, and I really like it. It is a business/self help book that doesn't sound too formal. It's full of lists and do's and dont's and is such an easy book to read. It's definitely not my favorite book like this, I prefer Fredrik Eklund's "The Sell" much more, but it's not a bad read either. 

Let me know in the comments what books you've read lately and your thoughts on them! I really hope to get through three more books so I can make my 17 in 2017, but 14 non school related books during a year is probably a new best! Make sure you're following on Bloglovin to get updates when new posts go up!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Holiday 2017 Gift Guide: Books

It's mid-november, which means that it's time for gift guides to start! We're starting out my gift guide series with books. Books are such a timeless, beautiful gift because physical books are something most people don't like to spend money on. 

Monday, November 6, 2017

What I'm Reading Novermber 2017

I really need to get back into reading more. I am really far from my 17 books that I wanted to complete this year, so I'm giving it a final push these next two months. Here are the books I'm reading this month as well as the ones I read last month. 

This Month's Books: 

Big Sur - Jack Kerouac
I've been working on this book for a while, but it has been a difficult book for me to read. Kerouac's prose is rough and doesn't follow the normal syntax. I'd like to finish this book because it's somewhat a continuation of On the Road, which is a book that I really enjoy reading. 

The Old Man and the Sea - Ernest Hemingway
I haven't read this book yet, but I wanted to read another classic and this seemed like a good one to read. It's a shorter book, but I'm expecting it to be difficult with lots of symbolism and motifs. 

Last Month's Books: 

The Sun Also Rises - Ernest Hemingway
This book has and always will be one of my favorites. I am not the biggest Hemingway fan (I'm more of a Fitzgerald person, myself), but this book is a classic. It's about disillusionment, love, and relationships in such an honest and relevant way despite being written decades ago. 

If I have time, I'm going to try read more this month so I can get back on track to finish 17 books this year (my current count is 11/17), but at this point if I read 14 or 15 books this year I'll be happy. Let me know in the comments what you're reading this month and if you have any book recommendations! 

Saturday, October 14, 2017

What I'm Watching: Fall 2017

Hi guys!
It's fall, and new shows are back! I've been doing these What I'm Watching posts the past few seasons to share some of my favorite shows with you (and also to get recommendations on what to watch). There is a lot of really good tv out right now, and these are the shows I'm watching. 

I really like this show. It's a remake of the old Dynasty (same characters, just revamped a little), but it feels new and relevant. I'm only one episode into the season, so it's hard for me to say whether it's a must watch or not, but if you were into any of the old CW shows like 90210, Gossip Girl, or Melrose Place, this is going to be right up your alley. It's campy, it's dramatic, and the fashion is to die for. 

Wow I love Riverdale. I've binge watched the first season on Netflix so many times over the summer and I'm obsessed. For the uninitiated, it's the characters from Archie comics in a darker universe. It's so good and I would highly recommend watching the first season if you're at all interested in it. 

Modern Family/The Middle/Brooklyn Nine-Nine
These are shows that are currently airing. I don't watch any of them religiously anymore, but if I'm cleaning or cooking and want something on in the background, these are the shows that I'll watch. 

Keeping Up with the Kardashians
Another "background" show to keep on when I'm eating or have friends over. It's not something I'm super into, but I watch it enough that I felt it should be on this list. 

I've watched every episode of Scandal from the beginning. I haven't started the new season yet (I think it's two episodes in), but I'm definitely going to watch this season to see how they end the series. I haven't loved Scandal as much in the more recent years, but I've invested so much time that I really want to watch it until the end. 

To end this post, I thought I'd list a few shows that I may or may not end up watching this season. This includes shows that I'll watch only when I'm bored (Bob's Burgers, and Shark Tank) and shows that I'm really far behind on, but might try to catch up on (Lucifer, Designated Survivor, This is Us). 

Let me know in the comments what you're watching this season and if there are any new shows that I should start!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

What I'm Reading: October 2017

This post is going up a bit later than usual, but I've had some personal issues to deal with the past couple weeks and didn't get around to writing it until now. If you haven't read my blog before, I do monthly posts recapping and reviewing the books I've read the previous month and sharing what I'm reading currently. Last month's What I'm Reading is linked here, and if you're curious, these are the 17 books I wanted to read in 2017. 
Last Month's Books:

Into the Wild - John Krakauer
I probably took longer with this book than I should have considering how easy of a read it was, but after a couple months reading off and on, I'm done! I really liked this book and I really like the movie adaptation of the story. I've found that throughout my life the stories I'm drawn to most are those of disillusionment and dreamers (i.e. The Motorcycle Diaries, On the Road...) and at its core, that is what this story is. If you're interested in unsolved mysteries, this would be a great book (what exactly killed Chris?) or if you want more insight on the story, this is a great read. It is thorough, well written, and extremely fascinating. 

Breakfast at Tiffany's - Truman Capote
I love this book and think that it is possibly one of the best books I've ever read. First off, if you've only seen the movie (like I had), this book is SHORT! It is probably only fifty pages, but is really well written, and just incredible. This book does differ from the movie a long (first off, the narrator plays a less involved role in the story), but both are amazing in their own right. I would highly recommend reading this if you want something short (I read this in two days) and interesting. 

This Month's Books: 

Big Sur - Jack Kerouac
I started this book last month, but it is a difficult book for me to read, so I haven't gotten through much of it yet. If you haven't read a Kerouac piece before, his style of prose is poetic and spontaneous and different from most other authors. So far, I like this book as I liked On the Road (it really seems like a continuation it), but it's too early for me to say much else. 

The Sun Also Rises - Ernest Hemingway
I adore this book. I've read it once during high school, so this is the second time reading it, and I have fallen in love again. I'm only about a quarter of the way through, but this book is a classic for good reason. It's about disillusionment, adventure, and love in a very deep, resonant way. 

Let me know what you've been reading lately and if you have any book recommendations in the comments! I'll try to get back to my usual posting schedule soon, so make sure you're following this blog on Bloglovin so you don't miss out on any new content!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Maple Holistics Tea Tree Shampoo Review

Another day, another review! If you missed it, my last post was a three step skincare system review, and today I am reviewing a tea tree shampoo. I am not a huge haircare person. I typically use whatever shampoo is the cheapest (usually something Garnier or Herbal Essences) and don't care much about what shampoo or conditioner I use. Maple Holistics reached out to me and offered to send me a shampoo to try and review for you, so I got to try something a little higher-end and different from what I typically use. 

First, let's talk about what the shampoo claims to do. Tea tree is supposed to clear dead skin cells from hair follicles and combat dandruff, rosemary is supposed to stimulate cell renewal, and lavender acts as an antiseptic and prevents blemishes on the scalp. This formula is sulfate free and contains over 98 all natural compounds. The scent of this is different from what I expected. I like tea tree, but this shampoo is slightly metallic smelling. It's not a bad scent at all, and fades quickly after the shampoo is rinsed out, but something worth mentioning. 

When I use this shampoo, I double cleanse (so wash, rinse, and repeat once more), which is actually what they suggest doing on the bottle. And let me just start by saying WOW! My hair responded so good to this shampoo! I usually go two days between washes, but after using this shampoo the first time, I waited to see how long I could wait before washing and I got to four days! I did find that my hair was silkier and smoother than with my other shampoo, to the point where I don't really need to use a conditioner when I use this product. If you like a lot of volume or have oilier hair, this might not be the best shampoo for you because you're getting those conditioning elements so close to your scalp. 

Overall, I don't have any negatives with this shampoo! I absolutely adore it and love the way my hair looks and feels when I use it. I could see myself repurchasing this in a heartbeat as well. If you are interested in this product, I'll link it here! It's actually on sale on their website, so definitely give it a look if you're interested! Maple Holistics also has a free-sample program that you can check out here. 


Sunday, September 24, 2017

Bloom Skincare Review

It's been way too long since my last product review post, but I have a couple coming within the next few weeks so make sure you follow my blog so you don't miss them! Today's post is on a couple products from Bloom Skin Care. I hadn't heard of this brand before, but they reached out and offered to send me a couple products to try. That being said, these are my honest thoughts!

Balancing Facial Toner
I am not usually a toner person. In my typical skincare routine I use a face wash, moisturizer, and sometimes a serum or eye cream. This toner is alcohol-free and is supposed to be non-drying, good for all skin types, and pH balancing. I've used this product for about a week and haven't noticed a huge difference in the way that my skin looks or feels. This toner has a really heavy citrus scent that doesn't bother me, but is something to keep in mind if you're sensitive to scents. Overall, I feel pretty neutral about this product as a toner, but really like it as a hydrating spray for a little refreshment or as a setting spray of sorts. 

Hand and Body Lotion
This is a thinner moisturizer than I am used to. It says that it is a hand and body lotion, but I've also tried it on my face. This moisturizer comes in four scents, and I have the green tea one. In hindsight, I would probably prefer the unscented one because the green tea one is quite sweet and has a pastry/white chocolate scent to it that I'm not particularly fond of. The consistency of this is quite thin. If you've ever used a cleansing milk, it has the same sort of texture. I don't mind it, and I think that it is really nice because it absorbs easily, but I'm not sure how hydrating this would be in the cooler months when my skin gets really dry. Overall, I'm quite ambivalent about this product. Sure, I'll use it up, but I don't see myself repurchasing it anytime soon. 

Facial Cleansing Mousse 
I usually use my Foreo to apply cleanser, so I used that in conjunction with this face wash. First off, let's start with scent. I really love the scent of tea tree, which made me adore this face wash. But if you don't enjoy tea tree quite as much as me, the scent goes away once you rinse it off and doesn't linger at all. I've been using two pumps to cover my entire face and that seems to be enough. It cleanses without making my skin dry, flaky, or tight feeling. However, this face wash is really gentle and doesn't remove my eye makeup, so I've been using the Clinique Makeup Remover for that. Overall, of the three products this is by far my favorite and is something that I would repurchase in a heartbeat. 

UPDATE: It's been about a week since using this and I've been breaking out way more than usual. I think that it is due to hormonal and dietary things, but I thought I'd mention it anyways. I'll keep using these products and let you know if I keep breaking out or if it goes away (like it should if it is hormonal). 

So that's it for this review! Let me know if you've tried any Bloom skincare products or what your favorite skincare items of the moment are in the comments below! I'll try to get back to posting more frequently, so make sure you follow this blog on Bloglovin and there will be another review (shampoo!) in a couple days!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

How to Get Better Grades This Semester

It's the start of a new semester, which means another chance to improve your GPA. My personal school motto is "start the semester strong" that way if your grades slip as the content becomes more difficult, you'll still have a good grade in the end. With that being said, here are a few tips that I use to maintain good grades (even in really difficult classes). 

1) Take Notes in Class
Sounds like a no-brainer, but I have a lot of friends that don't take notes in class and then have to re-read all the slides from class before a test. Taking notes in class will save you time when you're studying for tests and it'll make sure that you remember important things your professor said that might not be in their slides. The way you take notes is also important. Science has shown that taking notes by hand is better, but do whatever feels best for you. 

Monday, September 4, 2017

What I'm Reading: September 2017

I can't believe it's already September! This year has seriously flown by! This is the ninth What I'm Reading post of the year, so if you've missed any of the previous ones, click here! I've currently read 8 books (and have two books unfinished), so I'm not quite keeping up with my goal of 17 books this year, but there's still time for me to catch up! Here are the books I read last month (with a mini review) as well as the two books I'm planning on reading this month! 
Last Month's Books:

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up - Marie Kondo
This is an interesting book. I don't know that it is life-changing or even anything new, but it was an easy read with tips that could be implemented into anyone's life. Some of her tips were a little crazy (like thanking and speaking to each object), but at the heart of it, the idea of keeping only things that bring you joy and removing the rest is really important. Not a must-read in my opinion (especially if you've read articles about her method before), but if you are really interested in the KonMari method, it's worth skimming. 

Modern Romance - Aziz Ansari and Eric Klinenberg
This book got tons of press when it was released last year, but I didn't get around to reading it now. This book is funny, but isn't an actual comedy book. It looks at online dating and finding love in the modern age from a sociological viewpoint, which was really interesting. This book covers different cultures, and condenses sociological studies in a way that is still easy to read and understand. I don't think that it's a "must read" book in any way, but it was an easy and fascinating read. 

This Month's Books:

Into the Wild - John Krakauer
I still haven't finished this book, but reading it is my number one priority this month! It's been super interesting, but I just haven't gotten around to finishing it yet. 

Big Sur - Jack Kerouac 
I found a PDF version of this book online, so I wanted to read it! You may remember that a few months ago I tried reading On the Road, but didn't get very far because I didn't enjoy it as much the first time. I'm hoping that this book is similar, but because it's something I haven't read before, I'm more invested in the storyline. 

Let me know in the comments if you've read Big Sur or if you have any book recommendations for me! Also, make sure that you follow this blog on Bloglovin so you don't miss out on any new posts!

Friday, August 25, 2017

What I'm Watching: Late Summer 2017

A couple months ago I wrote a blog post on the shows I watched at the beginning of summer. I decided to write another one because the shows I've been watching have changed, and I wanted to share it! I'm behind on a lot of these series, so I thought I'd list the shows in bullet points rather than by which day they air. 

  • Game of Thrones - I always thought that I was too far behind the series to catch up, but my roommate wanted to start the series, so we've been watching from the beginning together. I'm currently at the end of season 2 (so no spoilers, please!)
  • Younger - This was another show that was so hyped, but I never got around to watching until now. It's so smart and witty and is a not-so-guilty pleasure. 
  • Bachelor in Paradise - This is an actual guilty pleasure of mine! It's way more exciting for me this season because I watched both Nick's and Rachel's seasons so I actually know of the people on the show. 
  • Masterchef - I missed a handful of episodes in the middle, and am definitely not as invested this season as I was previously, but I watch it often enough to be put on the list. This is one of those shows that I usually keep on in the background while I cook or clean. 
  • Odd Mom Out - I've loved this show for a long time because it is a comedy without being cheesy or sitcom-like. It is one of those shows that is better if you watch every episode, but if you ever see it on, you should totally watch it!
  • Rick and Morty - So. Funny. If you haven't seen an episode, I highly suggest you watch one (you can find it on Hulu). It's an animated show that is twisted, disturbing, and violent, yet probably one of the best shows on air (Elon Musk watches it, so you should too). 
Those are the end-of-summer shows that I've been watching lately! Let me know what your favorites are in the comments below! Also, make sure to follow this blog on bloglovin to stay up to date on all the new content coming out in the fall!

Friday, August 4, 2017

What I'm Reading: August 2017

New month, new books! I've diverged from my list of 17 books I wanted to read in 2017, but I'm still planning on reading the majority of the books from that list by the end of the year. 

Last Month's Books: 

Into the Wild - John Krakauer
Haven't gotten super far into the book yet, but it is really good. I adore the movie version of the story, and the book is just as good (if not better). 

Mindset The New Psychology of Success - Carol Dweck
This book is so interesting and is a really easy read. It talks about fixed vs growth mindset and how we can use a growth mindset to learn more and set ourselves up for success. I just found it laying around the kitchen, but it has quickly become my beach read.

This Month's Books:

I'm still finishing the books from July, but I also really want to read the Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up because my mom has a hard copy of the book and I'm only home for a couple more weeks. 

Let me know in the comments what you're reading this month and if you have any book recommendations for me! 

Friday, July 28, 2017

What I'm Loving: July 2017

Remember when people used to do favorites videos on youtube, sharing what they enjoyed most during the past month? This is going to be the blog version of that! After you read through this, leave a comment below letting me know what you think and I might make this a monthly (or seasonal) column.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017


Did you know I have a second blog? I haven't been posting on Sisi Travels for a while (I think the last post was in March), but that's all changing now! If you're a newer reader, let me share a little bit about my travel blog with you. 

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Summer Skincare Routine

I'm very low maintenance when it comes to my skincare, especially in the summer. It's been a while since I did a skincare post, so I thought that I'd share my daily skincare routine as well as special products I use!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Cheap, Chic, Student Planner for the New School Year

I love the start of a new school year. I love shopping for new stationary, starting new classes, and breaking in a new planner. Last year I bought a planner from Target, and while it was pretty, it didn't work all that well for me. This year, I ordered one from an Etsy store and it is beautiful! 

Sunday, July 16, 2017

The Best Starbucks Summer Drinks

I am a huge Starbucks lover and have tried a lot of different drinks through the years. Today, I wanted to share a few of my favorite summer starbucks drinks in case you want to try something new!

Friday, July 7, 2017

5 Ways to Increase Productivity

If you've been following my blog for a while, you're probably well acquainted with my obsession with business/self-help books and articles. Today, I thought I'd share a few of my favorite tips that I've pulled from my readings. These are all things that I try to incorporate into my daily life and that have actually increased my productivity. In no particular order...

  1. Set Everything Up the Night Before - This refers to any small, unimportant decision that you may need to make in the morning. Decision fatigue is real (read up on it, it's super interesting) so you're going to want to make all your tiny decisions the night before, so you're not doing it in the morning. Set out your clothes, already decide on what you're eating for the next day, and set yourself up for success. 

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Summer Beach Bag Essentials

We're in the midst of one of the hottest summers ever, which means that many of us are spending our days poolside or at the beach. Nothing is worse than getting there and realizing that you forgot sunscreen, a towel, or sunglasses! Fret not, here are all of my summer beach bag essentials. 

Friday, June 30, 2017

What I'm Reading: July 2017

Hi everyone!
Sorry I haven't been posting as frequently recently, but I've been busy with summer school and working. If you're new here, "What I'm Reading" is a monthly series I do on the blog, where I share the books I'm planning on reading that month and recap the ones I finished the previous month. You can read them all here! 

Last Month's Books:

How to Win Friends and Influence People - Dale Carnegie
I finally finished this book! I've been working through it little by little over the past two months. It is a really interesting book and has a lot of actionable advice. This book is mostly common sense, but it's still a great read for anyone looking to improve interactions with others. 

The Sell - Fredrik Eklund
I have this book on Audible, which I highly  recommend because Fredrik is hilarious and he reads it himself! This book isn't just for people in sales, but for anyone looking to move up the ladder, establish themselves, or improve their life. I have listened to this book multiple times all the way through and is one of my all time favorites. 

This Month's Books:

Into the Wild - John Krakauer
Loved the move, haven't had the pleasure to read the book yet. I've only ever heard great things about this book and it seems like a nice change of pace from the self-improvement books that I've been reading the past couple months. 

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up - Marie Kondo
I want to read this book this month because my mom has a hard copy of it and I'm home until mid-August. This is a different sort of self-help book and tidiness is something that I struggle with, so I am super interested in learning the KonMari method. 

Let me know in the comments what books you're reading this month! I am always on the lookout for new reading material and would love to hear what you're into. 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

What I'm Reading: Magazines

Every month I do a What I'm Reading post full of the books that I'm reading that month as well as a recap on the books I've read the previous month. I've realized that those posts don't give a well-rounded view of my reading material because I do a lot of reading outside of those books. The other day I did a post about the websites I read and today I thought I'd share with you the magazines that I read. 

I have a lot of magazine subscriptions. Most of them are from T-mobile tuesdays or other free offers. Although I am subscribed to probably near 10 magazines at any given time, I only read a few of them religiously. They are...

1) Honolulu Magazine
I love this magazine. It is bright, colorful, fun, and keeps me updated on all the new happenings in Hawaii while I'm away in Reno for college. This is one of the few magazines that my family actually pays for and it is totally worth it. 

2) Fast Company
I have the e-version of the magazine so I can read it wherever I am, but my family gets the print version and it is beautiful. The cover is matte and gorgeous and the content is amazing. The content is pretty typical for a business magazine (I feel like all business magazines are similar), but I like how they emphasize creativity and innovation. 

3) Glamour
This is like a beach read or pool read for me. It's not something I read for content, but it's not a bad way to pass the time. 

4) GQ 
It might seem weird that I, a young female, am reading a book geared towards men, but I really love GQ. The way that everything is written is so smart, witty, and just plain interesting. They also have a great mix of fashion, entertainment, interviews, and hard hitting journalism that isn't seen in many other magazines. I don't really know that there is a female equivalent of GQ. Maybe Vogue or Marie Claire, but whenever I read those magazines I can't help but feel like it was written for someone older or richer than me. 

Those are the four that I usually read each month. There are other magazine that I read semi-regularly (aka whenever I have the time). Those magazines include Inc, Money, Hawaii Business, Seventeen, and Marie Claire. Let me know what magazines are your favorite in the comments below! 

Saturday, June 17, 2017

What I'm Reading: Online Websites

Every month I've been doing a What I'm Reading post sharing the books that I'm tackling that month and recapping what I read the previous month. This post is an extension of that series, but will cover the things that I read every month. I love reading online blogs and articles daily and thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite websites with you. 

Refinery29: Money Diaries
I don't really like Refinery29's usual articles because I feel like they are "clickbaity" and not at all informative. The one exception to this is the money diaries. It shares the expenses of a woman during a week in her life and is a nice way to see how people budget on different budgets. 

Well and Good
This is one of two wellness sites that I read religiously. I usually check the main page a couple times a week and read whatever seems interesting to me. This site covers diet, health, exercise, spirituality, and everything wellness based. The articles are well written and they have amazing visual content as well. 

Mind Body Green
This is the second wellness site that I read. It is a little less polished than Well and Good, but covers a wider range of topics. I really like how they have guest posters that talk about their specialties. For example, there are a few posts done on acupressure that are absolutely fascinating. 

Random Twitter Stuff 
Twitter or the News app on my iPhone are where I get the majority of my news. On both apps I follow a lot of the typical news sites (CNN, Huffington Post, WSJ, NY Times...) as well as some local news sites (Hawaii News Now, Reno-Gazette Journal...). I don't have one site that I'm loyal to and end up reading a couple articles from each throughout the week. 
I also follow a lot of business magazines on twitter (Inc, Fast Company, Money, Entrepreneur...) and I read the articles that look interesting to me on my feed. 

That's about it for my reading! Let me know what you like to read online in the comments below! I'm always looking for new, interesting sites to read. I have another What I'm Reading post coming in the next couple days about the magazines that I read monthly! Make sure you're following this blog on Bloglovin so you don't miss it!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

5 Ways To Get Better Summer Skin

Summer means skin! Whether you're in a bikini, tank top, or short summer dress, everyone wants smoother, softer, skin. Here are five foolproof ways to get your best skin ever this summer. 

1) Hydrate
You probably already know this, but it's worth repeating. Hydration is the number one way to get better skin. In the summer it is hotter outside and we are sweating more, so it is important to replenish your fluids. Try to aim for half your body weight (in pounds) in ounces of water per day. For example, I'm 116 pounds so I shoot for at least 58 ounces of water per day. You also want to make sure you're applying a body oil or lotion and hydrating from the outside in! The sun can be extremely drying as can salt and chlorine, so make sure you're still giving your skin the hydration it deserves!

2) Exfoliate
The benefits of exfoliation are two-fold. First, it removes your dead skin, giving you soft skin and a killer glow. Second, it makes it easier for you to get a closer shave! There are plenty of great products on the market (Lush's Ocean Salt is a great one), but if you want to DIY it, I have an entire post dedicated to it! 

3) Eat Well
What you put into your body is reflected in the way that you look. Make sure you're eating tons of plant foods and lean proteins and not too much refined sugar or processed foods. A lot of people say to cut down of fat because it can clog pores and lead to breakouts, but if you're eating good plant fats (think avocado, olive or coconut oil...) it's not going to be a problem. You actually need some good fats for your cell membranes! If you're sensitive to gluten or dairy, you might want to cut that out too, but follow the diet that works best for yourself. 

4) Protect
SUNSCREEN! That is the best way to prevent skin cancer and keep you from getting wrinkly prematurely. Add a hat and sunglasses if you're outside, and make sure you're reapplying your sunscreen often! Also, do a quick double check of all the medicines and prescriptions you have because some make you more sensitive to UV rays. For example, Retin-A causes increased sun sensitivity. 

5) Sweat
Sweat is awesome for your skin. It helps clear your pores and increases blood flow throughout your body. Go on a hike, bike ride, or walk along the beach! Whatever you choose to do, make sure that you're sweating with makeup-free skin. You don't want any products blocking your pores while you're trying to get your sweat on!

Let me know what your summer skin tips are in the comments below! Also, make sure to follow this blog on Bloglovin! I'll be doing a giveaway for you guys once I hit 500 followers!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

What I'm Watching: Summer 2017

It's a new season, which means I'm watching different shows! Here are the shows that I'm watching this summer. 


  • Silicon Valley:  I love this show! This show is so well written, smart, and hilarious and this season is no exception. 
  • The Kardashians: Don't watch this all the time, but if it's on and I'm bored, I'll watch an episode or two. 
  • The Bachelorette: This is my guilty pleasure, but I always TiVo it so I can fast forward through the commercials (it cuts the two hour show to slightly over an hour). Wasn't thrilled about Rachel as the bachelorette, but I really like her on the show so far!
  • Nothing
  • Masterchef: This (along with Top Chef) are my top cooking competition shows. This season is also really awesome because a girl that I know (not super well, she dated one of my high school classmates) made it onto the show. 
  • Real Housewives of NY: Don't love this city as much as Beverly Hills, but I've been keeping up with it pretty regularly this season. This isn't something I pay a ton of attention to, but I like to have it on while writing, cleaning, or cooking. 
  • Million Dollar Listings NY: This is by far the best city for MDL and has the best cast! It is over the top and definitely dramatic, but also still maintains a level of "realness" lost in most reality tv. 
  • Nothing
  • Nothing
I don't really watch a ton of television in the summer because I'm usually busy and out and about. I have been watching a lot of movies and Netflix this summer in my free time (I'm rewatching 90210 again). Let me know in the comments what shows you're keeping up with this summer and if there's anything I should start watching!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Summer Bucket List

I'm spending my summer in Hawaii this year and I wanted to share a bucket list of activities I want to accomplish this year. Like the past few years, I'm working and taking summer classes online, but this year I want to make sure I'm taking advantage of everything the island has to offer (especially because I have a car this summer!) Here are a few things I'd like to do...

  • Fireworks! Every Friday, there are fireworks in Waikiki. I never make the time to drive there, but now that I'm working in the area, I want to make time to see them! 
  • Go to the beach once a week. This is a bit more of an ambitious goal, but there are some summers where I only head to the beach once or twice, which is a tragedy. 
  • Hike more! Hiking is one of the few types of exercise that I actually enjoy and there are so many hikes that I haven't tried before that I want to do this summer. 
  • Hangout with my friends! This year, all of my friends have jobs, which will make it a lot harder to spend time together this summer. If I can get everyone together a couple times this summer, that would be amazing! 
  • Read more. This is one of my New Year Resolutions, but I haven't been keeping up with it as much as I would like to. If I can catch up on my reading list over the summer, I'd be so happy. 
  • Try new restaurants. So many new restaurants have opened within the past couple years and I haven't had the chance to try them yet! I would love to go to a couple new eateries a month. 
Let me know what's on your summer bucket list in the comments below! It is absolutely crazy to me that this is my second to last summer vacation before graduating college and I want to make the most of it! Also, follow me on instagram @miss_sienna to see all my summer pics!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

What I'm Reading June 2017

I've been major slacking on the reading these past few months! But now, I'm back in Hawaii for the next couple months and am vowing to catch up on my reading! Here's what I read last month and what I'm going to read this month (hopefully). 

Last Month's Book:

#Girlboss - Sophia Amoruso
I absolutely loved this book. It was witty, easy to read, and made great points. Compared to other self help books out there, it's a little light on the actual self help, but the autobiographical content is beautiful and hilarious. This is definitely a book catered towards a younger audience, but I loved reading it and highly recommend it. 

This Month's Book(s): 

How to Win Friends and Influence People - Dale Carnegie
I started this book months ago and am yet to finish it. It is an interesting read and I have already started implementing tips from the book into my everyday life. There is seriously only twenty or so more pages for me to read, so this is the first book I plan on tackling this month. 

Into the Wild - John Krakauer
Loved the movie, never read the book. I meant to start this book last month, but just didn't have the time. I anticipate that it is one of the easier reads on my list (if you haven't seen the list of books I want to read this year, it's here) and I need a little break before heading back into the more difficult reads (like Hemingway and Kerouac). 

The Sell - Fredrik Eklund
I have this book as an audible on my phone and now that I'm working and driving everyday I thought it might be nice to keep this on in place of music during some of my rides. I love this book, but I think I need a slight refresher and I'm working in sales this summer, so it seems fitting. 

If I have time, I might pick another book from the list, but I anticipate only finishing these three books this month. Let me know in the comments how you're progressing on your New Year Resolutions and what books you're currently reading (and loving)! Make sure you also follow this blog on bloglovin so you don't miss new content!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Chocolate Filled Funfetti Cupcakes

My roommate's birthday was a couple weeks ago and I did a lot of baking. Her actual birthday was on a Sunday when most of our friends were out of town, so I baked a smores brookie for her, but when we celebrated the following week, I made these cupcakes. Funfetti is one of my favorite cake flavors because it's so pretty and is so festive for a birthday! The base of this recipe is boxed cake mix, but doesn't taste like boxed cake because of some substitutions I made! This recipe will make around 18 cupcakes. 

Friday, May 12, 2017

What I'm Reading May 2017

Last month was so busy for me with school work, so I didn't have a chance to read as much as I would have liked to. This month I have school and finals during the first couple weeks of the month, but am home for summer vacation during the last week of May. If you haven't seen the list of 17 books I want to read in 2017, you can read it here. For the most part these are the books I've been pulling from with a few exceptions. If you've missed any previous month's what I'm reading post, you can click here to see them all! 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

How To: Use Social Media Mindfully

Mindfulness has been so trendy lately and for a good reason. It helps focus your life by helping you decide what is truly important and how you want to spend your time. With that being said, social media might seem like the antithesis of mindfulness because it takes you out of the present moment. Here are a few tips to help you use social media mindfully.