10 Things You Don’t Know About Me

Happy labor day weekend! I hope you all are enjoying this last long weekend of the summer. For today’s post, I thought it would be fun to do a “10 things you don’t know about me” post. I’ve been reading a lot of others posts like this and it’s been so fun to learn little things about other bloggers that they wouldn’t normally talk about. I hope you like it and enjoy the rest of your weekend! xx

1. I always have to have my nails done. 

I don’t know why this is, but I don’t think I’ve gone more than half a day without my nails and toes painted in the last 10 years. I have this weird naked feeling when their not done and always feel so much better and put together when their freshly painted. My favorite colors are bright pinks and yellows, anything pastel and white (and obviously anything glittery).

2. Country music is basically all I listen to. 

This really surprises a lot of people, but I am OBSESSED with country music. I have absolutely no idea how it started, but for the past 6 years it’s been pretty much all I listen to. I love more modern artists like Luke Bryan, Thomas Rhett, Dierks Bentley, Blake Shelton, etc. but I also love more classic country singers like George Strait, George Jones and Loretta Lynn.

3. I’m obsessed with anything coconut. 

If something smells or tastes like coconut, you can be sure that I will love it. Coconuts just always remind me of being on vacation at the beach somewhere and that makes me SO happy. So whether I’m drinking fresh coconut juice, eating coconut cookies or using coconut oil in my hair, I’m always in a happy place. Sidenote: I always use coconut shampoo and conditioner and my favorite is the hydrating one from Herbal Essence.

4. I’ve never broken a bone… but have had some stupid injuries. 

I can be super clumsy sometimes, so I don’t know how I’ve never broken a bone but I’ve had my fair share of stupid injuries. I’ve split my shin open twice in the exact same place while doing box jumps, I’ve dropped a 120 pound bar on my face after slipping off a step box and I’ve sprained and fractured my thumb after hitting it on the lane line while swimming butterfly at practice.

5. Horror/thriller movies TERRIFY me. 

I’ve never really liked watches mystery shows, or even drama shows/movies, but I absolutely cannot handle horror or thriller movies. I don’t care what time of day it is or who I’m with, I will refuse to. I just get scared way too easily and don’t understand the point of voluntarily scaring yourself. But that’s just me, haha:)

6. The Bachelor/Bachelorette/Bachelor in Paradise are my guilty pleasures. 

I always thought the Bachelor franchise shows were so stupid, but the second I started I was hooked. The first season I watched was Ben Higgin’s season and it’s my favorite thing to exist on this earth. I didn’t think I was going to turn into a reality TV junkie, but sorry I have! It’s honestly just so funny and romantic and the best way to chill after a long day or week at school. I also rewatch episodes all the time, and I never get bored.

7. My dream is to own a VW Bus/Van one day. 

I’m not sure how my obsession with VW buses started, but I am making it my life mission to own one some day. I have pictures of them and little statues of them all over my room, I have shirts with them on it and every time my friends or family see one they always send me a video or a photo. I just think they’re so cute and funky, I just really want one.

8. I would choose the beach over mountains any day.

This might be pretty obvious from my Instagram, but I’m putting it in here anyway. I love being outdoors and doing anything active, but if it came down to the mountains or the beach, I would always always always pick the beach. There’s honestly nothing I love more than lying on the sand and looking out deep into the beautiful blue ocean. It’s by far the most relaxed I could ever be (unless I’m in a spa overlooking the ocean, because I’m good with that too).

9. I’ve watched either Friends or Full House every single night for the past 8 years. 

Every single night since sixth grade, I’ve watched a little bit of either Friends or Full House to fall asleep. I am not much of a reader, but I do love watching YouTube or Netflix every night. Most nights I do watch some other things, but when I’m ready to go to sleep I’ll put on Friends or Full House. I usually only end up watching a few minutes of it but it puts me in such a good mood going to sleep. I honestly think I sleep so well and wake up in a good mood (usually!!) because I go to sleep happy. It might sound weird but it works for me!

10. I don’t really have eyebrows, I draw them in. 

This is one of the things I tell people as an icebreaker because it’s so ridiculous, but 4 years ago my eyebrows completely burnt off because the pool I was training in was so heavily chlorinated. And when I say burnt off I mean like GONE. They eventually started to grow back a tiny bit, but I have to draw them in everyday so I don’t look ridiculous. Maybe one day if I feel like it I’ll share a picture with ya’ll, but you’ll have to wait for that:) Also, my favorite products to help with my lack of eyebrow situation is the Drawing Eyebrow Pencil from Etude House and the 3D Browtones from Benefit.

 

Life Through A Lens #25- SUMMER 2018

Prosciutto Wrapped Grilled Figs- Recipe

This recipe is one of my favorites to make during the summer. It’s everything you want in a few bites. Salty, sweet, bitter, sour. All you need are some good figs, honey, prosciutto, balsamic vinegar and pepper. Read more down below to find out how to make this super easy yet delicious summer dish. Enjoy!

  1. Wash your figs lightly and then cut them in half, longways.
  2. Brush the inside of the halves with a little bit of honey, just enough to cover it all.
  3. Put the figs in a pan with a little bit of butter and cook on medium for about 8 minutes, or until the honey begins to caramelize.
  4. Once the figs are cooked, let them cool for about 10 minutes then wrap each half in one piece of prosciutto.
  5. Right before serving, drizzle a tad of balsamic and crack a bit of pepper over the top and your summer appetizer is all good to go.

Summer Style Lookbook- 2018

Cotton On

Victoria’s Secret

H&M

Forever 21

Summer and Rose

Dainty Hooligan

Kate Spade

Roxy

Food Adventures #10- Tokyo Eats

Summer Pamper Routine

One of my favorite things to do on a chill summer evening is to get a little pampering done. After spending the whole day out in the sun or in the water, it’s nice to have a little “me time” to relax and unwind. I have a bunch of new products that I have been absolutely loving lately, so I’m really excited to share them with you!

I always start a good pamper sesh by getting nice and clean in the shower. I like using the Hello Hydration Herbal Essence shampoo and conditioner which is filled with creamy coconut. Not only does it leave my hair feeling healthy and silky, it’s also the epitome of summer smells. I then go in with my Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! deep conditioning hair mask. I first got this product in my FabFitFun box and instantly fell in love with it. While I leave the mask in my hair, I’ll use the Eos Shea Butter Shaving Cream to get my legs all nice and smooth. Another products I got in my FabFitFun box that I love is the Kate Somerville ExfoliKate cleanser, so I’ll use that on my face. Once I’m done with all that, I’ll either sit in the bath with a Lush bath bomb for a little bit (if it’s a cooler day), or get out and get dry. If I do take a bath, I’ll either listen to a podcast or watch some YouTube. At the moment my favorite podcasts are Almost Famous with Ben Higgins and Ashley Iaconetti, and Jonathan Van Ness’ Getting Curious. My favorites to watch on YouTube are Zoella and her vlogs, Kelly Strack and Jess and Gabriel vlogs.

Once I’m out and in some comfy clothes, I like to run the Garnier Fructis sleek and shine leave-in conditioner and the Marc Anthony Coconut Oil and Shea Butter Oil through my hair to give it some extra shine. If it’s really dry, I’ll add the Marrakesh Argan Oil to that routine. I then use either the Jergens Ultra Healing Moisturizer or the Bath and Body Works Japanese Cherry Blossom lotion all over my arms and legs. After that, I’ll put on a face mask of some sort. If I want to clean out my pores, I’ll use some Indian Healing Clay mixed with apple cider vinegar, and if I want to hydrate I’ll use the Neutrogena Hydro Boost sheet mask. To moisturize my face, I use my Celavive Vilatizing Serum and the Tarte Maracuja Oil.

One of my favorite things to do anytime of the year is to give myself a nice little mani-pedi. I usually have my nails done already, so I start by taking off the polish and cleaning/cutting my nails to get them prepped. During summer months I love doing pastel yellows and blues, bright pinks and whites on my nails (I almost always use OPI). If I’m going to go the extra mile, I’ll head out and treat myself to a real mani-pedi from a nail salon.

Another way I feel super pampered is by eating and drinking really clean. If I’m going to detox my outside, I also want to give my insides a little detox. In the summer I love drinking super icy water with lemon; it helps me feel fresh and clean. I also love Mugicha, which is a Japanese barley tea (not caffeinated) which is really refreshing. Another must have for the summer months is a lot of fresh fruit. I eat an endless amount of watermelon, peaches, cherries and lots of berries which always makes me feel like I’m cleaning out my insides. Salads are another favorite for a light dinner.

I hope ya’ll enjoyed this post and are soaking in the last little bit of summer. Please don’t forget to follow this blog and also check me out on Instagram: @swimeatlove.

Talk to you soon!! xx

Indian Healing Clay mask is on!
Think Pink bath bomb from Lush. A new discovery, but ended up being my new favorite one.

TOTM Skincare Routine *GIRLY CONTENT AHEAD!!*

Ladies, this post is going to be all about how to deal with your hormonal skin/breakouts during that time of the month. If you don’t get gross skin as a side-effect of your period, consider yourself lucky! I am definitely not one of those people, so I’ve spent a lot of time looking for and trying out different products to make me look a little less crazy. When I’m on my period, I usually get really dry and dull skin and break out a ton. I love products that adds some bounce and glow back to my skin while still drying out my spots. I’ve found my “holy grail” TOTM products and hope they can help you out too. Comment down below what some of your go-to products are during that crazy time of the month!

Kate Somerville ExfoliKate –

Thanks to the FabFitFun box, this products is now one of my staples. This scrub is super fine so it doesn’t irritate sensitive skin, but does wonders for dry skin. After a minute of massaging it all over my face, all of the dead skin is gone and my face is prepped for everything else. This has papaya, pineapple and pumpkin enzymes, as well as aloe vera, honey and salicylic acid which are all the things you need when your skin is not at its best.

Celavive Toner-

I found this products after starting as a Beach Bum Lifestyle Program ambassador, and I immediately fell in love with it. It’s perfect for everyday use, but amazing on your skin when it needs a little boost. I dab it all over my face using a cotton round after washing my face and it helps to create a good foundation for my moisturizer. *Use code aime10 for a discount*

Tarte Maracuja Oil-

This was a product I had heard tons about and wanted to try for a long time. When I was finally able to try it, it surpassed my high expectations. It’s super moisturizing and adds a nice shine to my face without being too oily. I’ve always been hesitant to use oils on my face since I have naturally oily skin, but it does not make my face too oily at all. All I need is four drops on my face (my left cheek, right cheek, forehead and nose) and it does the trick.

Lavender Oil-

After years of my mom bugging me to use lavender oil on my zits, I finally gave in and have been a believer in it ever since. I just put a drop on my finger and dab it onto my zit. For this, a tiny bit goes a long way. I let it sit over night (it absorbs pretty quickly and isn’t oily) and in the morning it’s either gone or barely there. This is my savior during those insane breakout times.

Indian Healing Clay Face Mask-

This is my all time favorite mask, and I don’t think I can emphasize that enough. I found it on amazon one day for only $9.99, and I had to try it out. It comes in a huge, one pound jar which will last you forever. It is 100% natural calcium bentonite clay which will super deep clean all the gunk out of your pores. You can either mix a little bit of the clay with water or apple cider vinegar (I prefer using vinegar), and paint it all over your face and leave it to dry for about 15 minutes. It leaves your face slightly tingly and red for a little bit, but you can see the difference in your skin immediately. If you try nothing else from this post, TRY THIS!

Photo from: memeroid

In-Flight Essentials

Here I am, once again, getting ready for another trip. This one is a little different since my family is leaving Singapore after over two decades to start a new adventure in Tokyo. As I’ve been preparing for this trip, I’ve been trying to think of what I want to have with me to make the trip as comfortable as possible. Usually I love flying, but this time I’m prepared to be overwhelmed with emotion as we are saying goodbye to the only home my sister and I have ever known. With that, I decided to put together a little “must-haves” for the flight. These are some of the things that make me feel safe and luxurious on a flight. I’ve done a lot of other travel posts before, so be sure to check those out by typing “travel” in the search bar. Hope you enjoy this post and comment some of your favorite in-flight essentials down below!

1. Phone Charger- Starting off pretty basic, but I always carry around a phone charger with me. Whether I plug it in while waiting to board my flight or charge my phone while actually on the plane, having a fully charged phone always makes me feel more comfortable knowing that I can reach somebody at any time. And plus, with all that free time there is lots of game playing, social media scrolling and other things that are eating up all your battery.

2. Water- I always have a water bottle with me on the plane whether it’s a plastic one or one that I’ve brought with me. When you fly, you get extremely dehydrated so it’s very important to drink more water than normal. Don’t be afraid to ask the airline staff to fill it up for you or to bring you some water. I always say I’d rather have to go to the bathroom multiple times during a flight than get off the plane with a massive headache.

3. Face Masks- Along with your body getting dehydrated on flights, so does your skin. The cabin re-circulates oxygen through the air making your skin breakout prone. One way to avoid walking off the plane with a new friend on your face is to use the time on the flight to do a face mask. I know it may sound crazy to be sitting there with stuff all over your face, but your skin will thank you at the end of the long journey.

4. Lavender Oil- This is actually something I always carry with me, but especially so on the plane. My mom got into essential oils a while back and I’ve finally caught on as well. I’ve been constantly amazed at the power of Lavender. It does everything from prevent bruising to stopping a bad bleed or even clearing up a zit. I also like to add a drop or too to my moisturizer if I need a little extra hydration. This is one thing I always find myself reaching for when I’m on a flight and I’m always glad that I have it.

5. iPad & Netflix- I think that downloads on Netflix is arguably one of the best things to ever happen. I have always carried around my iPad while I’m traveling so that I could watch a movie I’d purchased or read a book, but now I always download as many TV shows and movies as I can before getting on a flight. I love watching documentaries comedies on flights because they’re light, funny and entertaining, as opposed to watching a thriller or a horror (I could never do that). Some of my favorites for a plane ride are Mean Girls, Bridesmaids, CrossFit Games documentaries Full (and Fuller) House, Friends, and Queer Eye.

5. Wet Wipes- This is something I’ve more recently started doing, but I always have wet wipes when I travel so that I can wipe down my seat, the TV screen, the remote, the tray table and the arm rests. I can’t believe I haven’t always done this, but if you really stop and think about all the people who’ve touched those things and the germs that are on there, it’s pretty gross. So I always make sure to wipe things down the second I get to my seat. And with me being a bit of a klutz, I always find myself in need of a wet wipe.

6. Neck Pillow & Eye Mask- My parents got me a neck pillow and eye mask set from Victoria’s Secret about 5 years ago and I’ve had it with me on almost every flight since. I always find that using a neck pillow is a lot more comfortable than leaning your head all the way back on the seat or leaning it to the side. You don’t want to wake up after sleeping on a flight without being able to move your neck. As for the eye mask, it’s the best thing ever. You don’t have control over the lighting on the plane, so it does wonders when you want to take a quick nap while all the lights are still on.

7. Toothbrush and Mouthwash- I always always always have to have a toothbrush and mouthwash (and tons of gum) with me on flights, especially if it’s a longer flight or one with a layover. First of all, I’m super big on oral hygiene, and I always feel like having that minty flavor in your mouth just helps me feel a lot more fresh and put together overall. And if you’re on an overnight flight you still need to stick to your routine and brush your teeth and do all that jazz before dozing off.

8. Makeup Basics- I’m not one to wear a full face of makeup on a flight (or any at all), but I do love having a little bit of the basics to smack on right before I get off the flight. It helps me feel alive and human after being a zombie on a flight. And if I have friends or family picking me up at the airport, I feel like having a little bit of makeup on makes me look more presentable and like I made an effort for them. The basics I like to keep with me are eyebrow products, concealer, mascara and a tinted lip balm.

9. Dry Shampoo- One of my biggest pet peeves when it comes to beauty is oily hair, I absolutely cannot stand it. And for some reason every time I get on a flight, whether it’s short or long, I always walk off with oily roots. So to combat that I always carry around a mini sized Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak dry shampoo just to spritz in my hair right before getting off the plane. I love it and the smell is also amazing.

10. Snacks!!- If there’s one thing I will always have with me no matter what, it’s a ton of snacks. After getting sick from airplane food five years ago, I’ve had a really bad aversion to it and almost never eat it. So I have to make sure I’m stocked with snacks of all kinds to keep me going. I love having healthy snacks with me like pretzels and hummus, dried fruit, protein bars, and trail mix, but I also let myself splurge a little bit when I’m on the flight with a bag of chips or some chocolate or candy, just to feel like I’m treating myself a little bit.

I hope you all enjoyed this post and found it helpful. Happy traveling!!

Phuket Travel Diary

Living in Singapore, long weekends would typically consist of a quick trip to paradise, Phuket. Going about once a year for a while, it’s become one of our home away from homes. After our last trip, I decided it was finally time to sit down and share all the things I love about Phuket with all of you. I will leave all the links down below and hope you venture out to this little gem of an island in South East Asia!

Hotel:

After staying at a bunch of different hotels and resorts, we finally found our favorite and go-to place to stay: Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort. While it is about an hour drive from the airport, the resort sits only ten minutes away from the downtown area (Patong and Karon) making it super easy to get around. The resort is sprawled out over a huge piece of property with it’s own private beach, tennis courts, an amazing spa, two tropical pool, multiple eateries/bars and stunning, comfortable rooms. While the rooms may be a little older than others, they’ve been kept really well and feel modern with a vintage twist. The private beach is only a few steps away from the pool area and are lined with lounge chairs and bean bags, while crystal blue water and really clean sand. They offer a range of water activities from jet skiing to kayaking and surfing. In the middle of the day when you’re looking for a quick bite, you can just head over to Ton Son out by the pool to order anything from Thai to Italian and American. You can also head over there for before-dinner drinks where they offer classic cocktails as well as tropical/Thai cocktails. One of my favorite things at the hotel was the energizing shots they had at breakfast. Every morning they had a couple different kinds to really get your body working and wake you up. My favorite was the watermelon-chili shot which was just to die for. And what’s a trip to the beach without some relaxing time at the spa? Le Spa offers different treatments from massages to scrubs and facials, all beach and tropical themed. Our time at Le Meridien is always made even better by the super friendly and helpful staff. We absolutely LOVE staying at Le Meridien and cannot wait to spend more nights there.

Food:

Like I mentioned above, the food at the hotel is not like any others. It’s very different and authentic, but still really good. However, I love spending time around Patong and Karon exploring other places to have meals. One of our all time favorites is Eat. Bar & Grill in Karon. Priding themselves on incredible service and hearty, rustic food, the little bar/restaurant serves burgers, steaks and other unique dishes. After going there four times over our past two trips, I’ve had some of my favorite dishes there. Some that I would recommend are the burger and fries, the chateaubriand (steak), the beef tartare, the lobster cappuccino, and most importantly the mojito bucket (5 servings of a mojito in one big bucket, photo below). This year we also went to Baan Rim Pa, which is one of the only “fine dining” restaurants in Phuket serving authentic Thai food. We had the chicken and crab Thai dumplings, grilled eggplant salad, minced pork with noodle crackers, green curry with chicken and stir-fried morning glory, and a really good passion fruit mojito. The food was all really good and some of the best Thai food I’d ever had (and I’ve had a lot of Thai food). Other than those two places, we also love going to different seafood restaurants along the water front and trying different dishes. As most of you know, my family LOVES food and one reason we love going back to Phuket so often is because of the huge variety of amazing restaurants to chose from.

Getting Around:

While you can have your hotel arrange a car/transport for you, one way I love to get around is by taking a tuk-tuk. A tuk-tuk is motorcycle powered vehicle with seating for passengers attached to it. They’re commonly found around South East Asia and are open air. I love driving back to our hotel at night after dinner with the wind blowing through my hair and the sound of the waves crashing on the shore in the background. Depending on where you flag one down, a 10-15 minute drive can be anywhere from 10-12 SGD, which may seem a bit pricy but is normally much less than having your hotel arrange transport for you. If you are around Patong or Kata beach, it’s really easy to walk around. Whether you’re beach hopping or looking around the market, I always say that walking around is one of the best ways to explore a new destination. And the excitement of Phuket nightlife makes the evening a lot more fun and interesting.

What I Wore:

When I go to the beach, my absolute must-have is a ton of bikinis. I love mixing solids with solids and solids with prints from different brands. Some of my favorites for bikinis are Cotton On, Victoria’s Secret (now Pink), She In and Hollister (and Jolyn for suits that won’t budge). I don’t like wearing the same suit more than once a trip (I know, I’m a snob), so I love having variety in my suitcase. In addition to suits, I wear all different kinds of cover-ups and summery rompers and dresses that work at both the beach and a casual meal out. For sunglasses, I personally don’t love wearing nice/high-end glasses at the beach because I love spending time in the water and body surfing waves so I’m always paranoid that I’m going to lose a nice pair. I typically have a couple cheap pairs of Cotton On sunglasses that are perfect for the setting and look bomb in all those insta photos. For a more in-depth look, check out my summer beauty post (linked below)!

I always love a good beach getaway, and Phuket is the perfect destination for a stress-free and relaxing weekend away. Have you been to Phuket? If so, what’s your favorite thing to do there? If you haven’t what’s your favorite beach getaway destination? Comment down below!

I hope you all enjoyed this post, and I will talk to you soon!

Hotel:

Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort

Restaurants:

Eat. Bar & Grill

Baan Rim Pa

Airline:

Scoot

Other:

My Summer Beauty Post