Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Blog: Mt. Wood Overlook Group Photo Shoot Part 3


This is the last post from this shoot! These are some of the photos taken of me by the other photographers there. I had to wait until I received more of their photos before posting this, so sorry for the super lateness!




And here are some from my camera that Jenny and Ashley took of me!


Monday, September 26, 2016

Review: Lush in Ross Park Mall

So I think this is the nearest Lush to me unless there's another one in Pittsburgh, but this is the one we ended up at during our Pittsburgh adventures! The only other time I went to the Ross Park Mall was my freshman year when I was briefly a fashion major, we took a trip here. This was actually the first Lush store I ever saw, but I knew nothing about it at that time.


The main reason I wanted to go to Lush was because of the Rosy Cheeks mask I've been wanting to try! I LOVE rose anything, and the other Lush masks I've tried before were awesome. But, the masks can only be bought in store because they need to be kept refrigerated

Then of course I wanted more stuff from Lush because I can't get only one thing...so bath bomb! Takeru said he wanted to see a really sparkly one, since I'd been going for the really colorful ones, or ones I'd already tried and wanted to show him. My first thought was Dragon's Egg, since I used that one before and it was an explosion of gold sparkles, and a citrusy scent I thought he might like, but they were out. So I asked the (awesome) lady (with pink hair, lavender lips, who recognized that my phone case was from Liz Lisa and asked about where I got it XD) what she recommended as far as glittery bath bombs go. First she said Twilight, which I still have waiting for me at home in my bathroom, and then Frozen which I'm reading about online now, and it also has rose oil in it! It doesn't right away smell very rosy, but maybe it will in the water. It does smell a little bit floral though

Then he also got me the Milky Bath bubble bar! It smells sort of like citrusy laundry detergent, but I mean that in the best way possible. Like really refreshing and clean smelling. The tip of it has silver glitter. Unfortunatly, it got a little banged up on the journey back

I might start to try to do separate posts with pictures of Lush products in use, if I can remember at the time I use them XD


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Blog: Pittsburgh Double Date

Still trying to catch up, so many things...and this is my 200th post! Yay XD

These are just some fun pictures we took of each other during our adventure with pretty places of Pittsburgh as our backdrops.


Starting at the botanical garden!

And the Mt. Washington Overlook

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Blog: Pittsburgh Double Date: Food

Sorry, I've been so behind and I have so much to post! With school going on, I'm doing more fun bloggable things, but I'm also busy with school and work DX


First we ate ramen! Pretty much every time I go to Pittsburgh, this is always a stop on my list. The Ramen Bar! It's not really Japanese ramen, but it's still really good

And I'd been having an extreme craving for macarons for a while and couldn't find any in Morgantown (which I now have found at Naticakes!) so we found some at a bakery called Gaby et Jules right down the street from the Ramen Bar

Flavors are: strawberry, rose, and poppy!


Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Blog: Pittsburgh Double Date Shopping and Places

Later, we went to the Ross Park Mall, because I wanted to go to Lush! I'll post more details about the Lush stuff and my experience there separately =]

After that, we wandered a bit around the mall

*Edit* I almost forgot to post about the Avalon Exchange! It's a super cool secondhand store with lots of designer and non designer stuff for good prices! I've even found Japanese, Chinese and Korean brands there. It's right next to one of the food places I always go in Pittsburgh, the Ramen Bar.

And then Karaoke!! As far as I know, this is the nearest and only Asian style karaoke place here. They had a lot of Japanese songs, though not as many as I wanted XD Not bad for so nearby though! Oh, I just found the website with a list of songs! I wish I had found this before to prepare, but I'll totally use this next time [Kbox website] We're planning another karaoke trip soon =3

Then we went to this place where you can see an amazing view of the city!

Next is all of the food places and food porn!

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Blog: Pittsburgh Double Date Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden

I have been wanting to go to Pittsburgh to try a lot of things for a while now, so when Arianna asked if I wanted to go with her and her boyfriend to the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden, I was super excited and told her about my list of things I'd been wanting to do (which all happen to be things she thought would be fun too). I'm also so excited that we can play together again!


I really love Pittsburgh. Like, if I were planning to live somewhere in America, out of all the cities I've seen here so far, Pittsburgh might be my favorite. Then again, I might be a bit biased because it's so close by that I've had many chances to see what it has to offer (but they're totally opening a cat cafe there soon! (link to info on what/when/how).


Anyway, after a Sheetz breakfast, first we went to the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden early in the morning right after it opened.

They had a few of these really cool water-powered sculptures. I took some videos, and I might try to make them into something nice to share with you later...

Then there was a butterfly garden!! I was hoping there would be butterflies. Also the girl working that area was really sweet and complemented just how well dressed, put together, and cute our group was <3 

 There was one dead one though =( I asked her what they do with the dead ones, and they don't use them for anything. I wish I could have kept it for some kind of project

She even let me get up close and personal with a few butterflies as she let them out of their little chamber where they change from caterpillars. I was able to get some up close photos of some that just changed with their wings not even ready to fly yet

This little guy wasn't supposed to be flying yet, but he flew onto her shirt anyway!

She told us that the white spots on the bottoms of the wings means it's a male

This type of butterfly was always fluttering around in small groups, and apparently they all sleep in little groups too!

This one was actually just out in the wild, but it posed for me anyway

Then there was an orchid garden! Here are a few of my favorite ones

Sweet, but not really...

and a Japanese garden

And then a few other cool/pretty plants I liked and wanna include here!


Chocolate blossoms

Obviously I couldn't show you everything there, just some of my favorites, so you have to come see it yourself to see the rest! =D


This was actually from like 3 weeks ago, but school has been keeping me so busy! I've been doing so many fun things that I need to blog about, and this is probably one of my only completely free days because of the 3 day weekend, so I'll try to get as much done as possible!