It’s a tad frustrating to see that my last post here was mid May and we are getting on with June. I had unsuccessfully tried to begin half a dozen posts, but no luck. Rather than write a full post on any given topic or blog prompt, I thought going back to the bullet style update I do under this banner would help me get things rolling.
What have I been up to?
Summer’s on! It feels as though we skipped spring altogether and jumped head on into summer! Is that spring being short or summer coming early? It’s a little tricky deciding but our days are definitely hotter, and the preview of the heat coming our way is making me wish for fall. Lighter clothes, less layers — yes! But then I remember Summer’s past when I had to be creative with commuting to work– I literally had to don something else to brave the heat with and change to more appropriate work clothes when I got there! Hopefully not again…
There’s a lot of fun summer trends making a come back like off shoulder tops and flowing skirts. I’m excited because of my newfound sewing skills which I am trying to convert into something I can wear. I’ll delve into that in more detail in my craft blog, but yes, I’m going to fearlessly declare that I hope to make my own clothes!
Vacation plans brewing. I am getting ready for a trip the second half of June, but I’d rather write about that while it’s happening or maybe after. I’m excited for many reasons, but principally because this is the first vacation I’m planning for just myself. It’s doubly exciting because I’m meeting up with BFF Donna who will be there with her family.
One of my oldest friends from way back when, we only get to meet up when she brings her brood here to New York. This time, we’re heading closer to her Down Under to get some sun!
I have been putting together my gear the last couple of weeks and have started packing. Two weeks to go and I’m off! Blog post coming on what I’m packing and bringing with me.
And of course, I’m still trying to decide when I should actually fly to Manila. The trips are a little easier and more difficult to do these days now. Angelo is bigger and is actually a better travel companion, but then adjusting the vacation to his summer schedule can be a bit heavy on the pocket as it’s peak season on our side of the world. Still, we take into consideration his request to be able to stay in Manila longer so he can immerse himself in the culture, and more importantly, to get to spend time with family on both sides while there.
Make up happy. I’ve actually avoided writing about this because I hate posting pictures of myself here. But one thing I will always be is a make up junkie — something I have been since my teens. My dream as one is to actually be able to sit in Juan Sarte’s make up chair and see myself magically transformed. The story behind why Juan Sarte is actually rather long and personal, but his artistry should suffice as an explanation. I would love to be his apprentice if I had the opportunity or luxury but I’d probably have to fall in line behind hundreds of other aspirants.
I’ve been experimenting with lip paint and just found a drugstore brand that compares to the fancier and pricier ones. (Again, blog post coming.)
At 50 and as an Asian, I get so wowed by the fierce and bold reds and pinks I see in the streets of New York, but I am cautious about the colors I wear. It’s very tricky when you take into account that the colors you wear should agree with your skin tone, and now at 50, your age, so much so that you just have to be discriminating in what you pick.
But make up has always been a source of joy. You won’t believe how a quick run through the make up counters back home used to make me giddy happy. These days, it’s as simple as checking out what’s on sale, and patiently running between the samplers and the make up cleansers in ever busy Sephora.
Sew excited! Pun intended. So I wrapped up the 6-week beginner sewing class over at Mood Fabrics’ MoodUniversity. The next set of classes begin next weekend (June 13 for the Adult Advanced Sewing class), but I am going to have to postpone to the fall due to vacation plans. And yet I’m all gungho about attempting some sewing for me to wear (yes!) this summer and fall.
More on that on the craft blog!
Legal Eaglets in waiting. Happiness is completing a blog post here — finally! Goal for the week: two more posts. Let’s see where that goes. I owe two of my 39 readers a reply after I got some very touching feedback via email (pinaynewyorker at gmail dot com) and each one deserves its own post. Hoping.