Must-Haves: Summer 2017 Top Beauty Picks

Must-Haves: Summer 2017 Top Beauty Picks

 

Summer 2017 is Almost Here and I’ve picked Some of my Favorite Beauty Products!

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I am always on the hunt for eco-friendly and cruelty-free beauty products. As the summer approaches, many of us want to minimize our prep time and get out to the beach! As we are making plans and booking our summer getaways, planning ahead and taking take of our skin is key to leaving the heavy foundations behind. Summer is my favorite time of the year! Not only because I’m a Leo (August 2) but because the summer means I get to take a break from school and work! And hopefully, hang out by the beach and sip on margaritas! The last thing I want to do this summer is spend hours in-front of the mirror doing my hair or makeup. Let’s keep it natural and celebrate our god-given beauty!

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Best New Cruelty-Free Make-up Must-Haves for Summer

Best New Cruelty-Free Make-up Must-Haves for Summer

Six New Cruelty-Free Makeup Must-Haves for this Summer… and it’s good for your skin

Summer is almost here and that means going easy on the contour. Show your skin some love without completely ditching your foundation. I’ve been on the hunt for lightweight products that won’t harm my skin. Also, the busier I get the less time I have to put on a full face of make-up every day. The following products are cruelty-free, some more ethical than others and all WAY BETTER than conventional makeup brands. I am not endorsed by any of these products. I simply want to share what products I’ve been loving and new products I’m giving a try! Continue reading “Best New Cruelty-Free Make-up Must-Haves for Summer”

Storytelling through Photography

Storytelling through Photography

Hey everyone!

Honestly, I was really hesitant to hit publish. Sharing my photography at such an early stage is scary, especially through social media. However, I built up the courage and I’m sharing anyway. I realized my vulnerability stems from a fear of being misjudged and/or laughed at. But who cares?!!! The point of living is to do what you are passionate about, and to share that passion with others. So here I AM!

As I mentioned in previous blog entries, one of my goals this year is to try new things, take risks, and explore my interests. I created this website 4 months ago, ran my first marathon, and most recently, I’ve stumbled upon photography. Although, I am a philosophy student attending Junior College in route to transfer next year, I thrive on creating. Perhaps you’re wondering why a philosophy student is studying Photography? Besides my desire to pursue a career in film post -graduation, photography and philosophy have a common denominator. Both fields invite us to think deeper, evaluate our beliefs, and attempt to better help us understand the world we inhabit. When I stare at a photograph that tells a story, it evokes in me a glimpse of understanding, a glimpse of humanity, and of other cultures around the world. Some photographs are simply pleasant to look at due to aesthetics like composition or color balance. Others however are so much more. They encapsulate raw emotions, and freeze a moment in time. Many photographers have documented the struggles of civilizations throughout time; it is in this I find the most inspiration.

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My 2017 Marathon Experience Round-up!

My 2017 Marathon Experience Round-up!

 

Running the 2017 Skechers Los Angeles Marathon….OMG!

Last Sunday, March 19, 2017 I ran my first Marathon! After training for four months, 26.2 miles anxiously awaited me. Mile after mile of road pounding, I finally made it to Santa Monica Beach with a time of 4 hours and 22 minutes. Marathon_r72_finishHonestly, this is the hardest thing I’ve ever done! If you’re thinking of running a marathon, go for it, but first gather as much information as you need to know the demands of running a marathon. Yes, you will miss out on birthdays, week-end brunches, and your family will think you’re crazy. But, if you want to challenge your body and mind to reach new heights, DO IT! Do it for yourself, and don’t allow anyone to place their fears upon you. So, let’s talk about what lessons I learned, set-backs, and my biggest takeaway from the amazing experience of running the Skechers Los Angeles Marathon 2017!
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When Was The First Marathon Ever?

When Was The First Marathon Ever?

When was the first Marathon?

In the summer of 490 BC, after learning about the Persian landing, the Greek commander Miltiades marched his 10,000 infantry from Athens to the city of Marathon to block his enemy in advance. Persian King Darius I sent a fleet of 600 trireme vessels, with an army of 25,000 men led his nephew Artaphernes, and by his experienced Median admiral Datis with the objective to subdue Athens. The Persian army was many times the size of the Greek army.

Datis landed his force on the plains of Marathon. Although Datis’ army arrived days before, they made no effort to secure the road. When the Greeks arrived the Persians had two choices:

  1. To face the Greek army.
  2. To turn around and enter from another location.

The Greeks were ready and waiting for whatever the Persians chose. Battle was inevitable. Although the Greek army was lacking is archers, they stepped off toward the Persians. Before the Persian archers could fix the range, the Greek army was upon them. The Persians had no choice but to response to the attack, this momentarily pressed the Greek center steadily back. However, their commanders ordered to a counterattack causing the Persians to break and flee back to the beach and re-embark on their ships.

So how does this play into history’s first Marathon?

At the end of the battle, the Persians left 6,400 dead men, while the Athenians lost only 192 men. In the wake of the Greek victory over the Persians, it is likely the Greek Army likely would have sent a messenger to Athens with the news of victory. The tale of the first “marathon” occurred when Miltiades dispatched a runner to Athens to report the great victory—a distance of 26.2 miles (from Marathon to Athens). Whether the runner was the Athenian distance runner Pheidippides is still disputed. The story ends with the Greek runner—dropping dead after delivering the news.

 

For a long time I thought this tale to be a true story, however, after taking an ancient Greek class, I learned that this was but a legend!

 

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Good luck to all the marathon runners today! Including myself! Stay hydrated and eat something so you don’t hit a wall and end up like Pheidippides!

Los Angeles Marathon Race-Week Preparations!

Los Angeles Marathon Race-Week Preparations!

 

Race Week Preparations!

Ok guys! After 4 months of training, race-day is finally here! I’m so excited and nervous at the same time! Every single run, workout, and recovery day will finally pay off! I picked up my bib today at the Health and Fitness Expo in Downtown LA! Here is a breakdown of what my week has been like (not amounting schoolwork, etc.): Continue reading “Los Angeles Marathon Race-Week Preparations!”

LA Marathon Training Scare!

LA Marathon Training Scare!

The LA Marathon is less than two weeks away!! Unfortunately, I had a small setback, thus, I had to take a week off from training. I strained my right foot due to overuse, and running on an imbalanced, rocky path. I’ve been training mostly on trails to give my knees a break. But, running on rocky paths means running on uneven grounds.

When training for a Marathon, every day counts! I thought about running through the pain, to avoid falling behind schedule, but I’d be risking NOT running the Marathon altogether. Perhaps, you’re wondering what happened… Continue reading “LA Marathon Training Scare!”