Things That Made Me Chuckle in 2018

I’m sure many of you have heard the quote “laughter is the best medicine”. Whether or not you believe that it cures all, it definitely helped me through the rough patches of 2018. My old roommates and I would initiate a “5 things that made me chuckle” circle at the end of each week (maybe the end of the day? I forget), and it was a great tool for reflection and positivity. Here are some things that made me chuckle this year.

  1. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off- I watched this movie for the first time this year…Ferris’s personality and childish antics killed me.
  2. Noah Centineo’s tweets (@noahcent)- Unfortunately, the beautiful Peter Kavinsky of To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, does not have beautiful tweets. They’re more sad boi/ I’m trying to not “lose my soul” in Hollywood tweets. A couple of my favorites: “If you can get me out of my feels then you’ll have me in my feels forever” and ‘”Can I sit here? No sorry, I’m in Love” -Sarah Bahbah’. Incredible.
  3. A Simple Favor– Described as a “black comedy”, a mommy blogger named Stephanie (Anna Kendrick) is enthralled by glamorous Emily (Blake Lively) and they hang out for like a day and become BFFs. Then Emily goes missing and the plot gets crazier and the dialogue gets funnier and you are left shocked and appalled that this script succeeded through the pitching phase.
  4. The Yee Haw meme- 🤠🤠🤠 Enough said.
  5. Elon Musk- Started dating emo singer Grimes. Smoked a blunt live. What more does it take to chuckle at a tech billionaire?
  6. The Show Ponies- Okay so, long story short, my friends and I went to a Mowgli’s concert and The Show Ponies were their opening act. We didn’t know what we were in for- and chuckled at the folksy-bluegrass (🤠) music. Also, it was their last show which was kind of sad. (No hate to The Show Ponies + fans, just not my thing)
  7. Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony- Obviously, selling data is horrible and all, but the questions that Congress asked were ridiculous, i.e. asking how Facebook made money, bringing up floppy disks, “is Twitter the same as what you do?”, etc. Comedy gold for us, and gold for Mark as he realized most of Congress doesn’t understand how the Internet works and he can still get away with a lot.
  8. Riverdale- Every small town has big secrets, and this goes for Riverdale as well. Add in a groovy diner, characters named Jughead who say things like “I’m a weirdo. I don’t fit in, and I don’t want to fit in…” and weird parent-child dynamics, and this show is a perfect recipe for guffaws.
  9. @OverheardLA- This Instagram/Twitter account will make me laugh any year, but 2018 especially since I was away from LA most of the year for school. Overheard conversations about veganism, crystals, oat milk, and the new coffee shop in Silverlake with $8 matcha lattes in the best city in the world garnered both laughter and homesickness.
  10. Realizing a lot of people still listen to One Direction- Mostly from looking at people’s Spotifys’. And also realizing you still remember most of the lyrics to their songs too. #NeverForget

As you can see, many of these are pop culture/ media based but I can assure you my family and friends are comedic as well. I hope some of these made you look back at 2018’s absurdities and chuckle as much as I did!

XO,
F

 

January Favs!

As January comes to an end, here are a couple of my favorites from this weird and hectic (for me, anyway) month!

Food: 

My first try of Paradise Bowls acai in Manhattan Beach! Really refreshing and pseudo-healthy but quite $$. Will def try the other flavors in the future.

Jams: 

Finals week = chillaxing music to study to, aka John Mayer. I listened to probably all his albums which had me reminiscing, but Room for Squares definitely caught my attention. Specifically,

No Such Thing – John Mayer

Why Georgia – John Mayer

83 – John Mayer

Neon – John Mayer

Style:

Copped these new periwinkle blue Converse in like November but decided to finally try them out for the new semester. A nice dash of spring during these chilly winter months.

Places:

I went by the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles for the Japanese new year. It’s such an informative and interesting; it digs deep into the Japanese internment camps on the West coast and the dark side of American history. It also has some super cool Japanese art!

 A total must if you’re in the area.

Reads:

See How They Run, the sequel of All Fall Down by Ally Carter came out recently! It’s about a teenage girl named Grace who lives in an American embassy in a small coastal European country filled with scandalous secrets, which is also the place where her mother was targeted and killed. I read some of it at the bookstore but forgot my money but I’m definitely going back to buy it! It was so gripping and had incredible imagery; I can’t wait to finish it.

Miscellaneous:

We got new moon jellies at the aquarium and they look absolutely incredible when the lights are off that I had to share!! Visit your local aquarium if you’re bored one weekend.

Another thing I’ve started in January was a social media cleanse. I deleted my Instagram and Twitter apps from my phone last week. It’s been kind of lonely and you have a crazy amount of time to think, but I think it has helped me focus on me more than what some people did over the weekend. I encourage you all to test it out even for a day.

Hope you enjoyed all my favorites for January and try them out in February!

Always,
Firda

5 Things to do on a Sunday @ Home

1) Bake. Nothing is more aesthetically pleasing than baking something delectable that you can devour afterward. I find baking to be relaxing and stress-relieving. I can be having the most chaotic week, but when I put on that apron, I forget everything and drift into a world of sugary dreams.

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I made my favorite crispy chocolate chip cookies ( I have a blogpost on the recipe) along with a lovely darjeeling chai.

2) Read or Watch a Good Movie
Most of us have busy schedules and our fridays and saturdays are packed with parties and fun. We often don’t have time to do things as simple as watch a movie or catch up on reading. I believe that Sundays were made to do the things you love and most of all relax. Curl up with a good book or put on an old hollywood movie on netflix and have fun!

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This is an excerpt from one of the cutest books on style by Nina Garcia, “The Little Black Book of Style”. This is one of my favorite quotes❤️.

3) Go for a long walk
Long walks are always fun. I love going on a walk and taking pictures of the beauty of nature and perhaps doing a mini-photoshoot while I am walking… It depends on my outfit / mood. But it is honestly so fun and adveturous.

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Here are some flowers , I picked up from my front yard after the walk. I love fresh flowers. It looks so rustic and crisp. Placing flowers in a mason jar or cute bottle makes your floral arrangement look vintage and unique.

4) Take a bubble bath
A hot bath with some good music, “spa water” or tea , and a fizzing bath bomb or bubble solution is all you need for a pleasant bath. Baths are calming to the body and often require alot of time. That is why I prefer to take long bubble baths on Sundays. I love addig some essential oils to my bath for a calming aroma and some bath salts.

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This is my all time favorite bubble solution. I have been using it ever since I was a little kid and still love it! You can find in the baby section of Target. It smells like berries and last forever. I also love using this lemon sugar scrub. Its exfoliating and has a lovely citrus scent that lingers on your skin throughout the day. I am not exactly sure where its from, but bath & body works sells great scrubs. A combination of these two make for a luxurious and relaxing bath.

5) Exercise
This means do anything athletic. It can be anything from yoga to playing dance games on the x-box or just going for a run. My definition of a workout is jumping on the trampoline. It is a great workout for the lymphatic system. I also love doing yoga. It relaxes me. I think sunday’s are a perfect day to do fun workouts if you get lazy during the week! Make sure your playing some of your favorite music while doing so. Music radiates energy and motivating vibes during workouts.

Xoxo,
Shiza

“Flower” by Cody Simpson

Hey guys! I’ve always loved Cody Simpson, and today he jut came out with a new song called “Flower” which literally gave me chills. Cody is known for his pop music, but now at 18 he wants to change what he’s known for and make music that he wants. He certainly went with that decision, and even dropped his label. “Flower” with artwork by Miley Cyrus, has a whole different feel, even genre, than his past music. It has a nice, Jack Johnson-y vibe mixed with a little Bob Marley. I love the acoustics. Also, it has a catchy and relaxing tune which is perfect at any time. Rolling Stones even wrote an article about it, my favorite Australian singer is getting bigger. A definite listen if you’ve never been into his music. I hope this song spruces up your week! Tell me what you think!
Xx
-Firda

Listen to it on Soundcloud here: https://m.soundcloud.com/codysimpson/cody-simpson-flower/s-fQ3Er

*Download it for free on iTunes!*
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Hey Everyone

We wanted to have the first blog post explain a little bit about who we are and why we started this .

Hello everyone! I am Shiza. I am 15 years old and I love all things beauty, fashion, and food. I have a passion for traveling and experiencing culture through food. Also , I love baking and cooking and I am often asked by friends on what I make, so through this blog I will share my favorite recipes. In addition, I am absoulutely obsessed with fashion and may or may not be a bit of a shopholic. I currently have a kimono fashion line and I aspire to have a major clothing brand when I am older. In my opinion, fashion is an art, the first glimpse of your personality, and as Miuccia Prada said,”Fashion is an instant language”. I will share ootd , wardrobe essentials , styling tips and tricks, and other miscellaneous fashion things on this blog. Hope you enjoy! XOXO

-S

Hey guys, I am Zaina. Currently 15 years old. Fashion, Music, and trying new restraunts and cafes are among the things i love most. Also i am a bit of a coffee bean addict, all my money ends up being spent there Ooops.. My mother thinks i need coffee rehab. One of my weekend habits are going to the hidden restaurants in LA, the obscure places most wouldn’t think of. Music is also a big part of my daily life, my bose speakers are literally on blast everyday 24/7. I have been obsessed with fashion since i can remember, even as a toddler my parents always dressed me in baby couture. I can literally spend all day at the mall, being a shopaholic is genetic. Through this blog i will express my unnique style and share with you guys how i style my outfits, talk about cute DIYs, and all about my food obsession! XOXO

-Z

Hey humans (or not ;)), I’m Firdausi, but you can call me Firda. Currently 15 (16 on Feb 10), and blessed to live in a small beach town in Los Angeles. I am so in love with nature, especially the beach (so California), finding new music, reading books (the library is my 2nd home) and going on adventures around LA, whether it’s an art museum or a hiking trail. I also enjoy taking pictures, painting, and writing really bad poetry in my journal. Also I have a small obsession with space. My main goals in life are to create world peace and stop global warming. I also want to travel, like, everywhere. In sum, I’m just in love with the world. Can’t wait to share my adventures and lifestyle with you all, it’s going to be a blast.
Xx, F