Sunday Sparkle

Have you guys seen La La Land? I wouldn’t exactly call it my favorite movie (I prefer happy endings), but the story’s so good that I can’t stop thinking about it! Disclaimer: If you don’t want spoilers, stop reading!

 
The whole Sebastian/Ryan Gosling and Mia/Emma Stone romance is what keeps the story nice and juicy, but if you look deeper, I’d say the plot is really more about the triumphs and failures that come with following your passion. What I found interesting is how the lead characters approached what they’re passionate about. Sebastian had the confidence and ego of a “serious” musician—and he refused to compromise without a fight. Why? Probably because he knows his art, he’s excellent at what he does, and he knows it. As for Mia, she flounders. She visibly struggles with the highs, lows, and insecurities that come with being an aspiring actress.

 
So the big question I want to ask you is this: Which character do you find more admirable? Is it the guy who’s unapologetically great at what he does and doesn’t compromise his art? Or the girl who chooses to lay her heart on the line with each audition? For me, it’s Mia’s continuous vulnerability that impressed me. I may not be an aspiring actress, but I know what it feels like to keep putting yourself out there over and over again. Like her, I’ve been hurt, rejected, and have wondered if I’m good enough. Like her, there were times when I would have to give up on something (or someone). And like her, despite the many heartbreaks, I still continue to hope. In myself. In someone else. In just winning at life. Continue reading

Sunday Sparkle

I went on a Sun-date with myself today <3

Popped in for lunch + tea at one of my favorite hideaways in my side of town.

After a much-needed facial, I popped in for lunch + tea at one of my favorite hideaways in my side of town.

I’ve been dying to read Hector And The Search For Happiness for almost a year now, but I didn’t buy the book because I didn’t fancy the movie cover (it was the only version being sold at local bookstores at the time). So when I spotted this cover a few days ago, I swooped it out of the shelf right away and headed straight to the counter.

Spoiler alert: These are all the lessons Hector learned as he journeyed around the world trying to understand what made me people feel happy.

Spoiler alert: These are all the lessons Hector learned as he journeyed around the world trying to understand what made me people feel happy.

There’s a lot of truth to this list, and if you read the book, you’ll understand them even better through the people that Hector interact with and the experiences that they share. It’s an interesting book and it’s also a very easy read considering the complexity of the topic. And although it saddens me to say that I didn’t completely fall in love with the book or the character, I’d still say that it’s a worthy read. Give it a chance because there are a few gems in there that’ll make you examine and challenge your own views on happiness. Or you can just cheat and watch the movie (I have a feeling it might actually be better than the book and it’s partly because I adore Simon Pegg).

This was one of the questions that Hector asked the people he encountered.

This was one of the questions that Hector asked the people he encountered.

Reading this question over and over again throughout the book really made me stop and want to ask myself this question, too. Was I happy? Like really happy? Find out my answer after the jump! Continue reading

Sunday Sparkle

A friend and I were talking about how we used to be braver (or maybe, crazier) during our more youthful days. Back in my teens and early twenties, I used to be a lot more fearless. Roller coasters would thrill me, drinking a bottle of wine on my own wouldn’t faze me, and just saying “yes!” to an unknown adventure would bring out the #girlboss in me. But now? It seems like I tend to err on the side of caution more.

 
I think that’s why I like the movie, Yes Man. Sometimes, I feel like I have to say “yes!” more and just not think about what the outcome or consequence would be. Seriously, I kinda want to experiment and just do what Jim Carrey’s character did and say yes to every opportunity that pops up—no matter how crazy or silly it is. It seems like so much fun can come out of it!

What about you? Do you say “yes!” to new adventures without having to think? Leave a comment and share your thoughts with me! ♥

Get Lippie Tuesday

This is probably the most epic (and glamorous!) lipstick everrrr!!!

So chic! So fancy! So...drooling! Haha ;)

So chic! So fancy! So…drooling! Haha ;)

Christian Louboutin is launching 38 shades in September and you’ll have three textures to choose from—sheer voile, velvet matte, and silky satin. Sheesh, as if it’s not hard enough already!

They come in gold, too. Sigh, it's so beauty-ful!

They come in gold, too. Sigh, it’s so beauty-ful!

It’s really no ordinary lipstick, is it? Based on the packaging, I’m not surprised that it’s going to cost $90 a tube. Need help rationalizing why you should buy it? Well…you can actually turn this lipstick into a pendant. Find out how after the jump! Continue reading