Right Now, Currently, This Month: June

Right Now, Currently, This Month is my monthly journal update that is greatly inspired by a page in my planner (The Happy Planner). It allows me to share my antics for the month and my plans for the following month, as well as some musical and culinary recommendations. Enjoy!


Hello! It’s been awhile since I posted a monthly journal and I know that this one is late- sorry! A lot has happened since my graduation: I completed my inpatient observation hours, I was able to switch to full-time at my PT Aide job this summer and I spent one week in Barcelona with my family! I’ve had a really productive month and the summer is just starting!

Anyway, here is my monthly musings of  what I am up to and what I am currently listening to…

Loving: everything about Barcelona

Eating: Tapas y Jamón

Drinking: Spanish sangria

Watching: World of Dance  (I’m Team Keone+Mari ftw!)

Going: went to Barcelona, Spain.

Reading: Eyewitness travel guide to Spain

Texting: my friends

Playing:   Working!!

Celebrating: LIFE

Listening: American Teen by Khalid

Buying: SAVING

Pinning: all pins travel related

Planning: my summer!

Visiting:  I anticipate many visits to Yosemite & San Francisco

That concludes my monthly musings! From what you can probably tell, my trip to Barcelona has had a huge impact on me. Barcelona is easily one of my favorite cities in the world and I’ve left feeling truly inspired! I have a lot of ideas on how I want to further this blog’s journey and can’t wait to see where it takes me. More blog posts are coming your way! 🙂

Peace, love & blessings,

Samantha 

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Barcelona Summer Packing List

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Photo courtesy of TravelFashionGirl.com

Hola amigos! I thought I’d share my packing list to Barcelona before I depart. One of my favorite pass times is to pin packing lists on Pinterest. Bonus points if the packing list takes on the minimalistic approach. Luckily, I was able to pack in under an hour! My packing list is greatly inspired by the pin above. Read on for the items I am bringing with me on my first trip to Europe!

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What’s in my carry-on backpack: 

  • 4 tops (2 short-sleeve, 2 sleeve-less)
  • 2 skirts
  • 2 dresses
  • 1 pair of dark wash jeggings
  • 1 black spandex shorts
  • sundress for sleeping
  • 1 swimsuit
  • 2 bras (1 regular, 1 strapless)
  • 6 panties
  • 1 scarf
  • Not pictured: 1 pair of Sseko sandals
  • Travel outfit: 1 pair of Skechers slip on sneakers, black tank top, black running capri leggings, 1 chambray long sleeve button up shirt

What’s in my purse:

  • Nikon coolpix point and shoot camera
  • Headphones
  • wordsearch
  • passport/phone case (with the items)
  • EOS lipbalm
  • phone charger

In makeup bag:

  • Foundation
  • Concealer
  • Buffing brush
  • Neutral lipstick
  • Hairties/bobby pin
  • Tweezers

*Not pictured: toiletry bag w/ liquids, toothbrush, comb, contacts, etc.

my belongings

That’s basically it! I was able to use my school backpack and still have room leftover to place my Nikon camera (with it’s case) inside the backpack. To make it more organized, I placed all my electronic cords in a mesh bag and stacked and rolled my clothes. Seriously, the classic stack and roll is the way to pack! Until next time!

Peace, love, & blessings,

Samantha

P.S: I won’t have time to blog while I’m abroad, but I’ll definitely share my experiences on Instagram!

 

 

Let’s Talk About Collaborations!

Hi everyone! I have some exciting news! Through blogging, I have been welcomed by such a positive community and am constantly connecting with new friends. In the past few months, I’ve connected with Jess from PTContender and one main thing we have in common is that we are both pursuing Physical Therapy! More specifically, Pre- physical therapy, since we’re both in the phase between post undergrad and pre-PT school. Jess reached out to me via Twitter and proposed that we should work together in creating a virtual Pre-PT club, Pre-DPT Society. I obviously agreed and now we’re here announcing our big collaboration! We both hope that our club will be a resource for other Pre-PT students to connect with each other and share ideas and advice on the crazy, intense, and sometime wild ride that we know Pre-PT to be! By following and joining our club, you’ll have access to interviews with licensed PTs and current PT students, article shares, interview/GRE advice, and much more!

So that’s my spiel on our virtual club! In order to get to know us better, Jess and I interviewed each other. Jess’s interview will be posted on this blog post and my interview will be up on Jess’s blog. Without further ado, here’s the club’s Founders Interview…

Samantha (Braidologie): How old are you? Where are you from?

Jess (PTContender): I’m 27, and grew up in Northwest Florida. I just moved to North Dakota last December and I’m having fun learning what ND life is like. 

S: Why do you choose to pursue Physical Therapy? What experience influenced your decision? 

J: My first time observing was an experiment. I wasn’t sure what to expect, and didn’t even know if I would continue observing if I didn’t like my first day. I chose PT because it’s challenging, it makes all the difference, and it’s all the things I’m interested in -health, wellness, exercise, nutrition, psychology, communication, how the body works — it’s so many things, and it just makes sense to me.

S: What did you major in for undergrad?

J: I majored in Exercise Science and loved it! Most people doing Exercise Science are trying to do PT, but I wasn’t. As soon as I graduated I wanted to go to work anywhere and start making money. So I took a job because it was a leadership position, and ended up getting bored, feeling unchallenged and started looking for other options. That’s when I began thinking about PT.

 S: What is the first thing you realized  when you started observation hours? 

J: When I shadowed a physical therapist for the first time, I watched a first time patient’s evaluation and realized a couple things: One- being a physical therapist is like solving a puzzle. Two- being a physical therapist is being a teacher. The PT did a number of movement and strength tests with the patient, then told the patient  what he thought was going on with his body and what their plan of care would be. After that eval, I’ve been all about pursuing PT, and haven’t looked back since!

S: In your opinion, what makes physical therapists stand out from other medical professions?

J: Physical therapists are the body’s movement experts! They heal people by teaching them how to correct bad habits we’ve all created over the years – like bad posture. Also, if someone has pain, they can help them figure out ways to eliminate or manage that pain by treating the cause and not just the symptom. They help the body heal itself through movement, exercise, and even nutrition.

S: What do you hope to accomplish in PT school? 

J: I hope to learn everything I can to help people heal through PT. I know I’ll have some side-goals, but that will be my main priority.

S: What is one misconception about Physical Therapy that you’d like to debunk?

J: I’d like people to know that it’s not just for injuries. A physical therapist can help with all phases of life, like before, during and after pregnancy!

S: Is there a certain specialty in the PT world that interests you the most? If so, do you plan on specializing?

J: I’m not sure if I plan on specializing yet. There are certain settings that I’ve preferred over others. During observation hours, for example, I liked pediatrics the least, and enjoyed outpatient clinic & the inpatient hospital the most.  

S: What is your main goal after PT school?

J: I know for sure I want to stay open-minded and help people heal. I also know that I’ll always crave creativity and a challenge. 

S: Any advice for those that also which to pursue Pre-PT?

J: Here are 3 things I keep in mind while pursuing my dream of being a PT:

  1. Don’t listen to negativity. We all know it’s competitive, and everyone tells us that it is. I just remember that thousands of others are PT’s, so why not me?
  2. Go all in. This is what I want, and I have to prioritize it over a lot of other things – I’m talking financial, social & leisure time.
  3. Get involved. I like to get involved on social media. There is a huge PT community on Twitter, Instagram and even Snapchat! I have learned a lot about the profession and met a lot of inspiring people just by getting involved on social. If you want to get involved on Twitter, just let me know and I will give you names of people you should definitely follow!

 And that sums up Jess from PTContender in a nutshell! My answers to these questions will be posted on Jess’s blog soon. Jess is a really cool person and I encourage you all to check out her blog! I also feel compelled to tell you that Jess and I haven’t met in person (yet) and our passion for PT is what led us to this exciting collaboration! It’s truly amazing what we can accomplish with technology these days.

We would love to get your feedback on Pre-DPT Society, since we’re pioneering in uncharted territory! For those interested in joining, what do you want us to cover in the Pre-PT world? Who should we interview? Let us know in the comments and feel free to reach out on our social media (links below)!

Peace, love, & blessings,

Samantha 

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Making Adventures in Memphis, Pt. 2

Hiyoo! Today on the blog, I conclude my recap of my recent research trip to Memphis. In this post, you will find out if Beale St. is really as fun as everyone makes it out to be and why the National Civil Rights Museum should be on your list of museums to visit. Read on, fellow readers/bloggers! 🙂

Day 3: Presenting @NCUR, Bar-B-Que & Night on Beale St.

Friday was our most eventful day since we presented our research at the conference and spent the night on the town after. Armed with our research poster and business casual clothing, we made our way to the University of Memphis to share our findings with everyone. Looking back now, I had a wonderful time explaining our experiment and findings to those that stopped by our poster. While a majority of people had heard of Kinesio Tape, many were surprised to learn that the tape does not affect muscle recruitment. Basically, what we found was that using KT Tape solely to enhance muscle performance is not effective because our results weren’t significant enough to prove that it does have an effect. I am really thankful that I had this opportunity to travel to Memphis and present my research because it made me realize that research is a passion of mine and I hope to build more on it in the future.

After we presented, we went back to the hotel to look for a place to eat dinner. We decided on going to Corky’s Bar-B-Que. Honestly, I have nothing but praise for this restaurant. The waitstaff was so welcoming, the food was delicious, and the prices weren’t expensive at all. I ordered a bar-b-que pulled pork  sandwich with a side of hush puppies and my bill was less than $10! The portion size was very generous, I could barely finish what I ordered. If you are in Memphis and are on the market for some good food at an awesome price, check out Corky’s!

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Later that day, my team and I decided to celebrate by hitting the night on the town. A common place to visit that was recommended by our Lyft drivers was to go to Beale St at night. To say that Beale St is lively on a Friday night is an understatement. Beale St on a Friday night is LIT, literally! The street is closed off, allowing visitors to walk around and bar hop, but at night, the lights illuminate the atmosphere. It kind of reminded me of a mini Vegas strip. The live music and street performers truly made Beale St feel like the Southern version of Las Vegas. Because of NCUR, a ton of students were there to celebrate, drink, and dance the night away. My girl friends and I went to two clubs and danced the night away. We went to Club 152 and Jerry Lee Lewis; both had live DJs and both played Top 40, Hip-Hop, and a little bit of EDM. I gotta say though, when we were at Jerry Lee Lewis, it was so crowded that whenever the beat dropped and people started to jump, I thought the floor was about to give out (and we were on the second floor!). I’ll be honest and admit that the Memphis music scene (hip-hop wise) doesn’t even compare to California’s, but I commend the DJs for trying.

Day 4: Final Day of NCUR, Visiting National Civil Rights Museum & Memphis Zoo

With NCUR coming to an end, we attended the last plenary speeches. The first speaker was Terri Lee Freeman, the president of the National Civil Rights Museum. In the beginning of her speech, she explained the role of the museum is not only to share the culture and lessons from America’s Civil Rights Movement, but to also serve as a starting point and inclusive center welcome for all people to peacefully protest the injustices occurring. Throughout her speech Ms. Freeman talked about the importance of civil rights and political awareness and how both are imperative in order to progress society. Ms. Freeman emphasized that understanding opposing viewpoints, instead of naively putting your own opinions as the only viewpoint, is important in creating social change. I thoroughly believe this because if you don’t know or understand why different people have various convictions, you’ll never truly know if your own convictions are true in your mind. I thought this was a nice prelude to the second speaker, Daphene R. McFerren. McFerren is the executive director of the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change. Not only did McFerren build on the points that Freeman made, but she even made calls to action to motivate and inspire us to be proactive in being socially and culturally aware. Freeman gave documentary recommendations, such as 13th by Ava DuVernay and encouraged us to talk with people that have different opinions.

I think it would be fair to say that we came out of the plenary inspired, because the next thing we did was visit the National Civil Rights Museum. I truly love visiting museums. Whether it be a science or art museum, there is something about witnessing art and learning about new concepts that I find cathartic. I am very glad we decided to go to the National Civil Rights Museum because I had never have I felt so angry, sad, yet motivated by the experience. Seeing the various exhibits and pictures illustrating the protests, violence, and struggle drew many parallels with what is going on today. If you don’t acknowledge the fact that history is repeating itself, then you need to check your privilege and change your perspective by taking yourself out of it and try to understand it from a different viewpoint. I really do believe that the National Civil Right Museum is a must see in Memphis because the experience is truly enlightening.

Later in the afternoon, a friend and I went to visit the Memphis Zoo. It was a pretty relaxed afternoon seeing the various animals. It was here where I realized how heavy the Southern accent can be. The majority of the visitors were (I would assume) locals and their families. During my visit there, I couldn’t help but think if my Californian accent sounds just as strong to them as their accent did to me. It’s common to think that we don’t have an accent because we’re used to hearing it, but in reality, we have much of an accent as other people from different regions.

Day 5: Returning Home

The trip back home included a layover in Dallas and then straight to Sacramento. It was pretty uneventful, but I got a taste of “Everything is bigger in Texas” when I was at the Dallas airport. During our layover, I got hungry and went to Dunkin Donuts to get breakfast. They have a combination special that includes two donuts, a small order of tater tots, and a small coffee (hot or iced) for just $4.99! The amount of food in this combo is pretty mind blowing but what really got me was the size of my iced coffee. My small iced coffee would be considered a large by California standards and definitely an extra large by Philippine standards (and I don’t think that exists there tbh).

So that concludes my Memphis trip! Although it took me about 1.5 months to get around to writing it, I finished! I enjoy writing trip recaps because it allows me to express my creative energy and look back at my adventures. Now that I have graduated from college, I have more time to devote to my blog by going on more adventures and develop my writing. Speaking of traveling more, I am visiting London and Rome with my family next Month! I AM SO EXCITED, can’t you tell?! 🙂

Peace, love, and blessings,

Samantha

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How to Get Free Products Using Social Media

Disclaimer: This blog post in NOT sponsored by Influenster in any way.

Yes, you got that right: you can get free products using your social media! I recently discovered the website, Influenster, and have been having a great experience. In essence, Influenster is a site that has honest product reviews from its users and utilizes social media analytics to measure its users social media influence. Once the user syncs his/her social media accounts on the site, an ‘Impact Score’ is made and is used as scale to qualify the user for a free box of sample products, also known as a VoxBox. Each VoxBox has a different theme and has a variety of products.

Looking back, I’d say that the time it took for me from signing up to actually receiving a box was about 3 weeks. I created my account on May 2nd and connected my social media, received an email about being on the shortlist for a VoxBox on May 8, and found out that I would receive one on May 10. The Glow VoxBox came in seven days later.

The shortlist is Influenster’s way of letting you know that your account is on a ‘shortlist’ of names to get a VoxBox. By completing different surveys on the site, you make your own profile of what products you like (and don’t like). This helps Influenster sort out which types of VoxBoxes you’d actually like to receive and essentially try out the products and review them.

Since I previously reviewed various beauty products, I was on the shortlist to receive the Glow VoxBox. The free products included:

  • Nail polish from the Sinful Colors Desert Divas Collection- Super Cooper ($1.99)
  • Not Your Mother’s Naturals Honey & Kalahari Desert Melon Repair+Protect Leave In Conditioner ($8.99)
  • Flash Tattoos: Child of Wild ($25) & Chloe, Dakota, Lena, Nikki, Zahra ($20)
  • SheaMoisture African Black Soap Clarifying Mud Mask ($14.99 for 6 oz.)
  • SheaMoisture African Black Soap Problem Skin Facial Wash & Scrub ($9.99 for 4 oz.)

*The total amount of the Glow VoxBox (retail size) checks out to be $80.96 (and I got this box for FREE :O)

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Overall, I am very happy with the free sample products I received and am excited to try them out! I don’t know about you, but the feeling of getting a package delivered to you is exciting, even moreso when you know that you got it for FREE. For those that are curious to see what Influenster is all about, I highly encourage that you visit the site and maybe even make an account. If you are curious about the products I reviewed prior to receiving the Glow VoxBox, click here. I will most likely write up my product reviews on my Influenster page and not on the blog because it is more convenient. Until next time!

Peace, love, and blessings,

Samantha 

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Brown People and Flying

So it has been a while since I added a chapter to my Brown Gal Chronicles. Now that I have graduated college, I have more time to devote to writing more content! As I reflect other the past few months, the question that always lingers through my mind was “What aspect of your Filipino American experience haven’t you written about yet?” To me, a big part of my Filipino American experience is dealing with racial generalizations. From other people asking me to help them with their math homework in school (Math is my weakest subject tbh) to people talking louder at me just because my skin is darker, I’ve had my share of unpleasant experiences. The most recent one happened back in April when I traveled to Memphis for NCUR. It occurred on the flight going from Sacramento to Houston.

Something really interesting happened on this flight. I was assigned to a middle seat and was the first to get to my row. As people more people were boarding the flight, a nice young black man sat next to me in the aisle seat. We introduced ourselves and patiently waited for the rest of the passengers to board. When the lady assigned to the window seat in my row came, me and the guy both got up so she could pass through. As this happened, an older white woman explained that she was supposed to sit in the aisle seat, the original seat the guy was previously in. As the guy was moving to another seat, the older white woman said to him, “I’ll happily sit in that seat if you want to sit next to your bride [referring to me]”. Both the guy and myself exchanged looks of shock and “I can’t believe she just said that!” I replied to her with, “Oh we’re not together!” and she replied “You’re not?!” Just the way she said it implied that the fact the young man and I aren’t romantically linked is crazy. The whole interaction was a little funny but also weird. What kept going through my mind at that moment was “Not all brown people who are sitting next to each other are actually together together!” So, as a person of color, the lesson learned is that other people will make incorrect assumptions about you and actually voice them, you just have to kindly correct them. What I hope you, the reader, take from this is to never make assumptions about the people around you and never voice them because it will make you look like an idiot, a racist one at that.

So yep, that was the most recent encounter I had dealing with racial generalization. I am aware that it could have been worse and my experience may be considered benign. To be honest, I actually wasn’t angered by what happened, just shocked. Maybe the lady didn’t grow up in a culturally diverse atmosphere and genuinely thought that all brown people exclusively date other brown people. But then again, I will never know.

Until the next chapter,

Samantha 

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Right Now, Currently, This Month: May

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The May cover on my planner 🙂

Hello lovely readers (mom and friends, I see you!) IT’S MAY! I cannot believe that it’s already May! This means that I am graduating from undergrad in just 9 days and I am feeling ALL OF THE FEELINGS (happy, excited, scared, terrified, etc). Since my last blog post, I’ve had some fun exciting experiences. I’ve been more consistent in getting back on the road and logging in some miles and also going to yoga class at m university’s gym. The most exciting experience though was going to Chance the Rapper’s concert for the first time! I went with my brother and I can honestly say that the concert was fantastically amazing! I would definitely go to another concert again because Chance is such an amazing and humble artist, he’s a great live performer, and his concerts are just SO LIT!

Anyways, here is my monthly musings of what I am up to and what I am currently listening to:

Loving: my family + friends

Eating: more vegetables

Drinking: coconut coffee (It’s finals week!)

Watching: Netflix series of Dear White People (discover your wokeness, peeps)

Going: TO GRADUATE

Reading: Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

Texting: friends

Playing: nothing? More like stu(dying)

Celebrating: Graduation

Listening: DAMN. (Kendrick Lamar)

Buying: SAVING

Pinning: graduation cap ideas

Planning: my summer

Visiting: Europe (hopefully! fingers crossed, prayers up)

That’s basically it! Now back to study mode I go. Have a great week! 🙂

May the Fourth be with you,

Samantha 

Making Adventures in Memphis, Pt. 1

For my senior year of undergrad, I joined my professional fraternity’s (Phi Epsilon Kappa) research team. We studied Kinesio Tape and its effect on force output. In layman’s terms we were curious if KT Tape had any effect on one’s sport performance. This whole process lasted all of fall semester and most of spring semester. In the fall, our main focus was working on our IRB and abstract. The IRB is basically a document that describes our hypothesis, our experimental design, and our participant group. The abstract is a more succinct version of the IRB and was required to submit in order to present at the National Conference of Undergraduate Research. Our IRB was approved during winter break and our abstract was accepted by NCUR the beginning of spring semester. Long story short, we tested a total of 24 participants (12 male, 12 female), in three conditions: 1) No KT tape, 2) KT applied for facilitation, and 3) KT applied for inhibition. With the help of our research advisor, we analyzed our data using statistical analyses and found that in terms of muscle recruitment, KT Tape has no effect on force output. We suspected this in the beginning since there isn’t really a lot of research on this topic. Now we can share our findings with our peers and colleagues in Memphis!

Our research trip to Memphis is 5 days long: two of those days will be designated for the actual research conference and the remaining three days will be for exploring. I was quite excited to prepare for this trip since I am slightly obsessed with traveling. Admittedly, I was just excited to finally follow one of the many packing lists I have pinned on my Pinterest board! ^_^ Since I did the Project333 minimalist fashion challenge, packing for this trip was actually quite simple.

Day 1: Traveling to Memphis, TN

We flew out of Sacramento to Houston, then got on a connecting flight to Memphis. We were basically traveling the whole day since we had to drive up to Sacrament from Stockton (45 minutes). The flight from Sacramento to Houston took around 3.5 hours, but with the time change to Central Time, the flight felt longer. Something really interesting (that might not be the most accurate word lol) happened on this flight. I won’t go into too much detail (as it will be a chapter of my Brown Gal Chronicles), but it does involve racial generalizations.

Flying from Houston to Memphis took an hour and ten minutes, so it was shorter. This flight had a lot of turbulence, apparently remnants of the storms that Atlanta experienced that day. Other than the turbulence, this flight was pretty uneventful- I was able to fill out my reimbursement forms and get a little bit of sleep.

Day 2: Settling In- NCUR & Midtown

Once we got our stuff settled into the hotel and got a little more sleep, we went to the University of Memphis for NCUR. We checked in and tried to find the place where we would be presenting at the next day. As we walked around the campus, there were two things I noticed. The first was how spread out the campus is. The buildings on UM’s and Memphis, are physically wider and more spaced out than the buildings in California. This did not bode well for my feet and the black flats I wore, but I digress.

After finding our presenting spot, my research team and I went to the campus’s art museum, where they housed mummies. This mini museum is probably one of the coolest museums I’ve visited because it had interactive exhibits about social/cultural normalcy, war propaganda, and an empty white wall adorned with the words “Who Run The World”. Of course this reminded us of Beyonce’s anthem and we had a mini photoshoot!

We decided explore off campus and go to Memphis’s Midtown and find a cafe where we could prep for our presentation. We used Lyft to get to Muddy’s Cafe & Bake Shop (on Young and Cooper) to study. Before deciding on Muddy’s, we also checked out the cafe, Otherlands Coffee Bar, which is a block away. Otherlands is the epitome of hipster cafe meets garden shop, meets bar. Their setup is both eclectic outdoors and indoors, with plants and couches inside and psychedelic murals on the exterior. Since this cafe was somewhat crowded, we decided on studying at Muddy’s. In contrast, Muddy’s is the ultimate charming Southern cafe because of the quaint interior design and rustic country exterior. I would go back for their Chai iced tea, but not to study because their wifi was spotty.

Once we felt ready and prepped for our presentation, we decided to walk South along Cooper St. to find a place to get dinner. As we walked on, I noticed that the locals don’t really get out and walk around, most drive. Due to the lack of cultural diversity and the fact that a group of young women with heavy backpacks, it felt like all eyes were on us as we walked. I could be wrong, we didn’t really see any Hispanic or Asian people apart from the students there for NCUR. For me, this lack of diversity it felt a bit strange because seeing and interacting with people of all different races was normal growing up.

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We decided to split ways for dinner: two decided to eat at an Italian restaurant and me and a friend ate dinner at the restaurant, The Beauty Shop. I would describe this restaurant as American cuisine, with a modern culinary twist, in a retro setting. The Beauty Shop is interiorly designed with vintage hair-dryer chairs and glass-brick booths. I ordered the Shrimp a la Plancha & Grilled Avocado and the Belgian Style Fries with the Truffle black pepper Parmesan. It was good, but not very filling since the shrimp was basically an appetizer. I was careful in choosing a dish that wasn’t pricey, but in hindsight, I should have chosen another dish because I would get reimbursed for it anyway.

I’ll pause the trip recap here, because if I go any further this post will probably be 2,000 words long.  From just my first two days in Memphis, I was pleasantly surprised by how nice the locals are. Every local I encountered was very welcoming, friendly, and approachable. You may be thinking “but Sam, you’re from California, aren’t Californians the nicest people?!” To that, I say we may be nice, but we’re not Memphis-nice…

Peace, love, & blessings,

Samantha

 

Project 333: Month 3 Update & Final Conclusions

I DID IT! I went 3 months with just 33 items in my closet! I can’t believe I’m already done with this challenge- it feels like I started it yesterday! To recap: #Project333 is a minimalistic fashion challenge created by Courtney Carver of the blog, Be More With Less. The basics of this challenge is to live with 33 items of items for 3 months, hence the 333. I started this challenge back in mid-January and just completed it on Easter Sunday.

If you missed my introductory post about #Project333, including the rules and whatnot, you can find it here.

During the beginning of my challenge, I had originally planned to do a weekly recap of my outfits, but then I realized the “Hey guys this week I wore..” post would be a little too repetitive. So instead, I did a monthly recap and added some things I learned about myself throughout that entire month.

The collages below include all my outfits for the third and final month of this challenge. I’d say some of my most worn products were the dark wash jeggings and purple converse. I was already in a groove by the time the last month came around and it was really nice because I looked out together most of the time. I learned that my go to outfit I went to when I was in a rush was a nice shirt/blouse with a scarf and pants. I might have already mentioned this, but I’ll reiterate that no one noticed that I was wearing the same pants or leggings consecutively. Most of my friends didn’t even know that I was doing this challenge unless I had previously told them.

I did come close to breaking my rule of not shopping for new clothes. My professional fraternity’s formal was recently and I almost went shopping for a new jumpsuit to wear to the event. Fortunately, I decided against it and wore the black dress that was already in my 33 items. Funny enough, this was the only time I wore the dress, in all of the 3 months. I wore the same dress to last year’s formal and got even more compliments this time because I rocked the dress. Black never goes out of style, it’s timeless!

Week 9

Week 10

Week 11

Week 12

Back to the bigger picture: in the 12 weeks of my Project 333 challenge, I created 84 outfits from just 33 items. I honestly believe that I could create more outfits with my 33 item capsule wardrobe. So here is my round up post of Project 333, here we go…

My biggest takeaway from the challenge..

In the beginning, I thought my biggest takeaway would be to gain greater creativity from creating different outfits from a limited wardrobe but I’d classify this as one of the best things of the challenge.

My biggest takeaway was realizing how much unnecessary stuff I have in my life and how I put value on material things.

When I chose my 33 items at the beginning of the challenge, I put the rest of my clothes in garbage bags and didn’t touch it. Most of the stuff in those boxes are old and ill fitting on me. The reason why I still have them is due to sentiment and an unhealthy motivation to ‘fit back into those clothes’. Ladies, you know what I’m talking about. We all have that one blouse or those pair of jeans that are just a little too tight but we still keep them to use as motivation to lose weight. Not only is this unhealthy and unattainable, it also makes us add unnecessary pressure on ourselves and value beauty on a physical level.

Through out this challenge, I learned to be more accepting of the changes my body has gone through. My body is no longer as thin as it was when I ran cross country in high school. My body is curvier and my legs are stronger because I added strength training to my exercise routine. With these changes, of course my old jeans won’t fit anymore. I stopped focusing so much on my weight and size and instead focused on how my body feels. When you feel healthy and are getting in enough exercise and eating enough whole foods, little things such as waist size shouldn’t hold a high standard in your mind.

Since I didn’t shop for clothes for 3 months, I had more time to read books I’ve been meaning to read. I also had more time to myself and write about my thoughts. I spent most of my downtime with family and friends, where we actually did things besides shopping. We place so much our time and value into material things, we should really putting that effort into having different experiences.

Did I get bored?

I rarely got bored with this challenge. Refer to best things about this challenge (below).

What were my most worn items?

Definitely my black leggings, dark was jeggings, chambray shirt and scarves. I also wore my dark brown boots quite a bit to get me through the rainy weather.

Was there anything I didn’t wear?

Hah, yes! I didn’t end up wearing my white blouse with black polka dots because I forgot about it (and it no longer fit me haha). So really, I did this challenge with 32 items 😉

Best thing about the challenge?

Having a uniform. Every morning, I spent maybe 5 minutes getting dressed because I already had an idea of what I wanted to wear. The best thing about this was knowing that I would look good with whatever I chose that day since most of the items meshed well together. This made my confidence soar, which positively translated to how I carried myself.

Hardest thing about the challenge?

Aside from almost breaking the no shopping rule, nothing was hard about this challenge. If anything, I was motivated to create a new outfit for each day of the challenge.

Will I keep it up?

I would like to! I need to replace some of the items in my capsule wardrobe like my black flats. After the Memphis trip, I retired my black flats and am currently looking for black flats and casual shoes that are comfortable, stylish, and stood in for long periods of time.

I love the idea of changing the wardrobe based on the seasons. I feel like this approach is better for me, only because my wardrobe isn’t very ‘interchangable’ (yet). If I do this challenge again, I’ll approximate the 33 since it is a good amount to strive to and keep less hangers in my closet.

Interested in taking on the Project 333 challenge?

YAS! You definitely should! For more information on how to get started and what the rules of this challenge are, check out Courtney Carver’s website Be More With Less. Her blog is a wonderful resource for minimalist living and decluttering your life, so definitely visit her blog. It will be worth your time! 🙂

Hope you have a  wonderful week!

Samantha

 

Minimalista’s Packing Guide to Memphis (Business Casual)

Hello! I’m back home now and am in the last few weeks of undergrad!! Anyway, I just wanted to share my packing list for my Memphis trip. I was able to write part of my blog post on the plane. Since welcoming the Project 333 challenge into my life, packing for this trip was definitely faster than normal, as I had a limited wardrobe to choose from. Luckily, I had chosen pieces that could be worn in a business casual setting! I was really excited to finally use one of the many packing list pins I found on Pinterest. My approach to packing for this trip is heavily based on the picture below:

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It is important to note that I fit all of these items in a carry on luggage (I was not about to pay for those crazy expensive check in bag fees!) Here’s what I brought with me for 5 days in Memphis:

In my carry on:

  1. Dark wash skinny jeans (1)
  2. Black & white striped skirt (1)
  3. Red slacks (1)
  4. Black dress (1)
  5. One piece swimsuit
  6. Chambray button up (1)
  7. Black blazer
  8. Black tank top
  9. Navy blue, sleeveless printed blouse
  10. Tan knit blouse
  11. Black long-sleeve blouse
  12. 1 pair of pajamas
  13. Running leggings (1)
  14. Running shorts (1)
  15. Running shirts (2)
  16. Black wedges (1 pair)
  17. Black flats (1 pair)
  18. Curling wand
  19. Toiletries bag
  20. Makeup bag
  21. Kipling hand wallet
  22. Kipling purse

 In my backpack (personal items bag):

  1. Laptop
  2. Camera (my small point and shoot, red Nikon Coolpix & not my blogging bridge camera)
  3. Bag for chargers
  4. Headphones
  5. Book (The Lore of Long Distance Running)
  6. Folder with envelope for receipts, exercise metabolism notebook, and scratch paper
  7. Wallet
  8. Hand sanitizer
  9. EOS lip balm

 Departure Outfit (Sacramento to Memphis)

  1. Black puff jacket (foldable from Costco, I believe the brand is 32º)
  2. Pashmina scarf
  3. Light blue running shirt
  4. Black running leggings (3/4 pant)
  5. Running shoes (Purple New Balance)

Homecoming Outfit (Memphis to Sacramento)

  1. Black puff jacket
  2. Purple multicolored running capris
  3. White running shirt
  4. Running shoes

I wore everything I packed except for the black dress, 1 running shirt and short, and my swimsuit. One item that was my favorite was the black puff jacket I brought. This jacket is so light in weight, but can also keep me warm in chilly weather. The best part is that I can fold it small enough to fit in my backpack- it even comes with a pouch!

If I could go back and change my packing list, I would have brought more comfortable black flats since the pair I ended up bringing had no arch support whatsoever and were already breaking down (the insole of the right flat was starting to come off). By the third day, the insole had detached completely. With the items I brought along, I honestly think that I could have create new outfits for an extra week. With that said, I am currently in the market for black flats that have good arch support, durable, stylish, and can be worn for long periods of time.

That’s basically it! I am currently working on my trip recap and it should be up soon 🙂 Other than that, I had a really positive experience in Memphis and am thankful for all the hard work that my team and I put in this school year!

Peace, love, & blessings,

Samantha