• MEMEBOX review •

• MEMEBOX •

//packaged with bright pink shredded paper + three free sample items//

//packaged with bright pink shredded paper + three free sample items//

[pronounced me-me-box]

…is a frabjous online store for Korean beauty products. One of the most adorable places on the internet with an entire series dedicated to products that tell you what they are. You’ll see what I mean.

It’s essentially a hug in a box that will bring you incredible amounts of happiness when you open it.

• eyeliner •

I purchased a brown eyeliner from the I’m Series.

It glides on very smoothly and contains a lasting power not of this world. Or country. Whichever. I wore it from work to my church’s annual fall festival and it didn’t budge from 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.!

• MEMEBOX review •

One end is the eyeliner and the other is a little angled brush to help you wing it out but I find that that doesn’t really work. But, honestly, if you’re looking for a no-smudge, all-day eyeliner, this is it. And it works for what I need, so I’m really pleased! Also there is a built in sharpener + that’s simply the bomb diggity.

 

• face masks •

• MEMEBOX review •

I bought…

this adorable sheep mask

this soothing dragon mask

this precious panda mask

this moisturizing otter mask.

My mom, sister, and I found these incredibly refreshing and soothing. The next day, I noticed that my skin looked dewy and very healthy after using the sheep mask. It was a subtle change, but appreciated and perfect for an inexpensive pamper!

• get 10% off your first order •

Click HERE and pamper yourself! The most expensive part is the shipping, but if you spend a certain amount, you’ll get that free and I promise you’ll enjoy what you purchase. MEMEBOX is perfect for Christmas, birthday, and just-because gifts!

For best results, enjoy with your mom, little sister, homemade apple pie, whipped cream, + the first viewing of ELF for the season.

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Love always,

Rana || xoxo

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• the creative vibe •

Ehh, what’s up, Doc?

[Written while sipping her mocha + caramel coffee from Dunkin’ Donuts.]

Labor Day Weekend •

I know it’s a bit late, but I really felt that I needed to add to the gender rights debate (although I feel that calling it a debate is putting it kindly as most rely on emotions to spur them on). So with that out of the way, I think we can move on to happier, less controversial topics.

Like cupcakes + photo shoots!

My favorite fellow ginger came to stay with us over Labor Day weekend and we had a blast. We decorated for autumn, blasted K-Pop over the speakers, made cupcakes (I say we – I mean I made cupcakes), and stepped outside for pictures.

Cupcakes

I have a little story for you here.

Mom cleaned our baking cupboard a few weeks ago and I discovered that we were in possession of a cake decorating set. The feeling I had upon this discovery can be likened to that of finding out that you have a long lost twin and they were living in the basement you didn’t know you had.

Essentially, a m a z i n g.

For the cupcake recipe, click here.

For the frosting recipe, click here.

• the creative vibe •

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Photo Shoot

So it’s not officially autumn, but it is autumn in my heart. I feel that it is now appropriate to dress the part.

*cue the purple eye shadow, plaid, black, + combat boots*

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• Beyond Labor Day •

Since then, school has been metaphorically kicking my butt, but I am overcoming it. Or maybe not. I’m not sure anymore. Last night, I got bored, so I did algebra.

I’m not sure who’s winning.

I’m not even sure whose side I’m on anymore.

However, I did speak with my high school teacher yesterday and we struck a deal. Cookies for an A. She’s really quite the bomb diggity. This is the teacher that gave me all the points for a smart alec answer to a math question.

On the even brighter side, I made pumpkin bread + crumble topping.

For the recipe, click here.

• the creative vibe •

(It’s absolutely delicious with cream cheese!)

I also made a paleo pumpkin syrup for coffee! I find it’s best if you heat up the milk + syrup at the same time. That way, the spices dissolve a bit. Here’s the recipe for that.

• the muse •

My art class is entirely too long (3.5 hours every Wednesday) but it’s gotten me to do a little more than I normally would.

For homework, I had to draw some interior. I chose my side of the room my sister and I share. Hopefully, I’ll get that up sometime, but it’s on my USB which is currently not plugged in to my computer and I’m far too lazy to fish it out of my bag.

do have a non-homework sketch though!

Meet Luhan, ex-member of EXO (a pretty kicking K-Pop boy band).

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I need to fix his eye and mouth (mouths have always been a trouble spot for me artistically speaking and not so artistically speaking), but I’m pretty happy with how he turned out anyway!

His hair was fun. I really like drawing hair.

It might be because I have an affinity for my own head of the stuff, but h a i r, man.

Speaking of which, check out this video.

I nominate Stephen Colbert for president.

#Colbert2016

And now, I’d like to close by quoting a mischievous bunny: The-uh-the-uh-the-uh-That’s all folks!

Have a lovely rest of the week! You’re going to be swell!

Love,

Rana

{season: autumn}

She glanced to the left and then to the right. Her voice came through as a low, excited whisper. “It’s not official.” Her fingers tangled themselves in a plaid scarf, draped around her neck. “But guys… It’s autumn!”

That time for over-sized sweaters, long pj pants (if we’re blessed enough to get a cold front), boots, mugs of hot chocolate wrapped up in chilled fingers, thoughts of Halloween costumes, pies, red and orange leaves, and pumpkin-scented candles.

I’ve made apple cheddar biscuits (well, we didn’t have enough cheddar, so a more accurate description would be apple cheddar-and-Parmesan biscuits), a failed spice cake (through no fault of my own other than the fact that I used some out-of-date ingredient), and a chocolate velvet cake with butter-cream frosting (that I ended up half messing up because I’m an impatient cook/baker and I forgot to think when I decided to frost the cake before allowing it to cool completely…).

We decorated the house yesterday and pulled out the pumpkin-scented candles.

Here in Florida, we don’t get the seasons. But we like to pretend. 😉

What season is it in your house?

God bless!

Rana

Autumn

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.

Albert Camus

I don’t know who that guy is, but I agree with him.

Autumn is a beautiful season where the weather is not too hot, not too cold, and allows you to pull out those comfy, fuzzy sweaters you’ve been missing all year as well as that pair of cute boots you’ve stored away since it became too hot to wear them comfortably.

Because Autumn is a gorgeous time of year, Mom’s decided it’s time to decorate the house!

I took pictures. Because taking pictures are fun.

Without further ado, here they are, my lovely readers!

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This is the mess we started out with.

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And then we did the coffee table. Did I mention we had a pet bunny? Yeah, it’s sort of like a pet rock…

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This is part of the living room.

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Can you tell my mom is a candle person?

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I’m not really sure what this is… but it’s pretty, isn’t it?

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Not only are we candle people, but we’re also HEALTHY candle people! Notice the bottle of vitamins on the unused marble cutting board we got as a Christmas gift one year. Oh yeah! We’re also tea people. Well, I am anyway. 😛 My favs are vanilla, vanilla chai, and pumpkin spice! We also have some herb tea stuff but it’s nothing you can buy at the store. 😉

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A gorgeous shot of of a window! 😛

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The table is all ready for fall!

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Ah, don’t do you just love fake plants? No watering, no tilling of the soil… they just… look nice.

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This is something my dad made (he’s very talented, as you can see). Yes, we were listening to Proof of Your Love by For KING and COUNTRY. Yes, we have Roku. And yes, we love books. And candles.

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The grandfather clock. (Wow, I thought “the Godfather clock” and was like, “Wait! That can’t be right.” You just read that in an Yzma voice, didn’t you?)

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Next, I headed outside to get some nature shots. ^_^

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Roses are beautiful. Even dying ones. There’s just something about them… They age with dignity, I guess.

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And it’s not like they’re jealous of the young roses either…

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I love the lighting in this picture… and the raindrops on the petals…

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Daisies are beautiful too!

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We’ve got quite a few oak trees around our place!

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This is a side shot of the house. Our lanai has glass windows all around. Isn’t that just dreamy?!

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Le driveway.

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Ma petite chat. (Sorry! Don’t know what’s up with the French!)

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Poinsettias are pretty flowers!

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I don’t know what these are, but they were purple and pretty, so I shot them (with a camera, of course!).

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Oh, look! Another purple thing! Except I know what this is! It’s a flower! Not sure what kind though. 😛

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And here’s a yellow one!

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This is a bird thing that I didn’t know was here until I started taking pictures of the flowers!

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The barn is on the left there behind the house. But this is mainly a shot of overgrown foliage that’s blocking the walkway around the oak tree in front of our kitchen window. 😛

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Gorgeous shot of a barbed wire fence, don’t you think? 😉

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Another shot of the driveway. I know, I know. We have a gorgeous driveway. *cries tears brought by the overwhelming sense of beauty*

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Some bushes.

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The other side of the driveway. It’s like a U-turn one.

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Alrighty! I hope you all enjoyed that because it took me forever to upload the pictures and stuff. 😛

God bless!

Rana