Music Video Monday – Irresistible by Fall Out Boy ft. Demi Lovato

I absolutely loved boy bands growing up. To be honest, I still adore them now (you can usually find me singing along to a One Direction song), but they’re definitely not the same as the boy bands I grew up with. And was there really a bigger boy band than *NSYNC? (Let’s not get into the *NSYNC vs. Backstreet Boys argument now.)

So when I heard that the latest Fall Out Boy video was going to be based on *NSYNC’s “It’s Gonna Be Me” video, I knew I had to watch it. Plus, I actually like the song “Irresistible,” and I think Demi Lovato’s vocals add something fun to the song. And the video is kind of amazing. If you grew up in the boy band era like I did, you need to watch this.

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New Year’s Resolutions, 2016 Edition

It’s official – I make resolutions, and stick with them for a good few months… then my busy season hits and I forget about them… and repeat. So here are my 2016 resolutions:

  1. Get out of my comfort zone.
    If you know me, you know that I like sticking in my comfort zone. So I’ve decided – 2016 is going to be the year I take more risks and just get out of my comfort zone. Maybe I’ll even be spontaneous, which would be rather out of my comfort zone nowadays…
  2. Become a morning person.
    This was also a resolution of mine last year – it didn’t work out too well. But if I’m getting out of my comfort zone, then I’m also becoming a morning person. Or at least, just learning how to sleep earlier and wake up early enough to get to my morning exercise classes.
  3. Travel more.
    I always want to travel more, but I never really have the time to do so… but I also don’t ever travel on the weekends. I really should start doing that – and I’m also going to start planning trips in advance. I already have one trip planned and out and two other tentative ones. I should also probably change one of my credit cards to a travel rewards one to give me more incentive.
  4. Keep in better touch with friends.
    I’m a homebody. I’d much rather stay at home with a cup of tea and a movie than go out to get drinks. You can maybe convince me to go out and get dinner… but it’d have to be while I’m already out. Maybe I can convince more of my friends to come exercising with me… I’d much rather catch up over a smoothie or an açaí bowl after a fun exercise class than over drinks. I’ve also started making plans for annual trips with my friends that don’t live near me. I always look forward to my now annual Houston trip.
  5. Have rest days.
    I’ve started exercising 7-8 times a week… but I always forget to schedule a rest day. During my current rest days, I go to yoga instead of going to spin or doing both yoga and spin. So I definitely need to schedule rest days in 2016 where I don’t exercise at all (besides walking to and from work). I should also buy a foam roller to use on those days.
  6. Read more.
    I used to be a huge bookworm – but lately, all I want to do to relax is just laze in bed… or catch up with the ton of television shows that I watch. And I still have so many books on my bookshelf… and my laptop… and my kindle… and my phone… Basically I have a lot of books that I still need and want to read.
  7. Save more money.
    Changing the amount I automatically put inside my savings account definitely helped me save more money in 2015… but it didn’t help me from spending less. I need to be more aware of my purchases and stop impulsively buying things. I also should probably stop buying so much activewear.
  8. Either find someone to do yoga challenges with or stop doing them.
    Any time I do a yoga challenge, I tend to stop halfway through the challenge. It’s partially because I don’t like taking “yoga selfies” everyday, especially when I’m still working on the pose. But it’s also partially because I don’t have friends that do these challenges with me, and it’s not as fun doing challenges by yourself. Sure, there’s a whole community but it’s always more fun doing it with a friend… (especially when that friend can totally take pictures for you).
  9. Blog more consistently.
    I want to reignite my love for reading and writing – an what better way to do this than by blogging? Plus, this causes me to try and be more interesting by doing more things. (more…)

Obsessed: Fabletics (Review 22: Adra)

Note: This post contains referral links. Think of it this way: you get your first outfit for $25 (or 50% off), and I get the points for referring you. It’s a win-win situation! I also was not paid to write this blog post  and I paid for my outfits with my own money.

The second Fabletics outfit I bought in April was “Adra,” mainly because I wanted a jogger and that vest. It’s like the perfect summer cover up, and you can wear both pieces to work! (Again, I do love a double-duty piece.)

“Adra” consisted of the Temecula Vest in Inkwell, Ko Jogger in Inkwell and Doon Sports Bra in Turq. I always love a good plain sports bra, like the Doon. But the vest and the jogger were just really cool… and I’ve never had a pair of joggers before, so this was a must have outfit in my book.

The Adra outfit as seen on Fabletics + how I customized my order. (As in I didn't change anything.)

The Adra outfit as seen on Fabletics + how I customized my order. (As in I didn’t change anything.)

I don’t quite have the body confidence to wear just a sports bra under a vest, so I tend to wear a cute tank over my sports bra. But I really liked this outfit because it’s cute enough to wear out to brunch, and with booties or a cute pair of heels (and a proper top), you can totally wear the joggers to work!

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Tuesday’s Tea: Blue Lagoon from DavidsTea

DavidsTea is currently having its summer sale in stores and online, and one of the things I spotted in store was the “They’re Back” collection. This came out earlier this year, and the collection included “Blue Lagoon,” “Copabanana,” and “Honeydew Maté.” Since I only discovered DavidsTea in February, I decided that I needed these teas right away – especially since they were only available for a limited time.

Today, I’m reviewing “Blue Lagoon” from the collection. During the summer, I tend to only drink iced fruit infusions – mainly because they’re the easiest “teas” to make into iced tea. Plus, they’re normally fruitier (because they’re fruit infusions) and don’t normally need any extra added sugar.

Blue Lagoon: Part of the "They're Back" Collection. Ingredients: blueberry, cornflower petals, elderberry, lemongrass, pineapple | natural and artificial flavouring

Blue Lagoon: Part of the “They’re Back” Collection.
Ingredients: blueberry, cornflower petals, elderberry, lemongrass, pineapple | natural and artificial flavouring | contains sulfites

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Now Playing: Jess Glynne

I’ve been listening to a lot of Jess Glynne lately – and if you’ve never heard of her, you’ve probably heard her voice before. She was the featuring artist in Route 94’s “My Love,” and Clean Bandit’s “Rather Be.” She’s also the featuring singer in Tinie Tempah’s “Not Letting Go,” which I’ve had on repeat all summer. (It’s such a perfect summer tune!) She just has an amazing voice, and it’s definitely one I can listen to on repeat.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsDwItoNlLc]

I also got tickets to her NYC show next month, and I’m so excited because her debut album, “I Cry When I Laugh,” is releasing later this year as well! It’ll be out in the US on September 11 – just enough time for me to listen to her album on repeat so I can memorize the songs for the concert! She’s been slowly releasing songs on her YouTube channel, and each new song is just better and better. Each new release is also getting me more and more excited about her debut album… and her concert next month.

So here are my top three favorite songs that she’s released so far… and I’m really looking forward to the rest of her album (especially “Saddest Vanilla,” which features another favorite – Emeli Sandé!).

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