Thursday, October 31, 2013

HAPPY HALLOWEEN - Videos + Quoting Thursday!

Hey guys! It's HALLOWEEN time! To be honest, I'm not much of a Halloween person, never been trick-o-treating before. I remember my childhood Halloweens as spending time with my parents with all the lights off and hiding beneath blankets telling stories, pretending we weren't home because we didn't have any candy. So I have a couple of Halloween costume tutorials that I really liked this season as well as some other "Halloween" themed videos! Have fun watching and if you're going treating tonight, BE CAREFUL!










And now some Halloween themed videos!


GUYS I LOVE GREEN TEA KIT KATS!


So that was my list of Halloween inspiring videos. And the haunting quote of the week comes from Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunter series featuring Ariana:

You should be worried when I'm smiling. And I smile a lot.


Whooo~~ SCARY It's the Other Mother!! That movie fightened the heck out of me but I liked it anyway. The comic book version tho! OMGAWD it's scary, I think books are scarier cause you can imagine what happens and my imagination tends to get a bit outta hand...but yeah. 

So that's it, again Happy Halloween guys!

Foreverly Obsessed,
Riv

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Beating Last Year!

Hey guys! So last year, this blog published a total of 103 posts only due to the fact that I went on a crazy Tumblr picture posting spree on the blog with one picture per post. This year, we actually reached 103 "actual" posts with reviews and other goodies. To celebrate, all the authors are going to answer the SUBMIT HERE Tag! Hope you guys enjoy!

(This is the main reason why the blog was so dead last week, we had to finish this post before we could do anything...yeah)


Color Code:

Jenn: Pink
Claudz: Purple
SoulsticeX3: Green

DREAM TAG

Do you dream?
All the time, about the horrors of high school. This usually happens if I fall asleep reading notes. Daydreams on the other hand are full of adventure and fun!
yes, because everyone dreams….
Yes...but I don’t remember
What did you dream about last night?
Um...Madame Defarge cutting the guard’s head off at the Storming of the Bastille? (No...I wasn’t doing any homework before bed.. *cough cough*)
uh…. my friend and her brother came to my house from Virginia (hehe Riv knows who I’m talking about ;) ) and yea…. XD Gurl you bet I do!
I don’t know
How many dreams do you usually remember?
School related...if not obvious enough...I’m such a nerd...Oh sometimes if I’m like dying over a book I’ll dream about it…
Not many…
usually only nightmares I remember
Do you have a dream journal?
Nope...I should tho…
Nope cuz I usually forget them right when I wake up
No cuz I don’t have enough to fill one
How often do you have nightmares?
All my dreams are nightmares...jk, but maybe once a week? No clue…
Not that often I think….
Haven’t had them in a long time
Do you lucid dream?
Not really…
Nope
What does lucid mean?
Do you dream in color?
Erm...I can’t tell...most of my dreams are terms and facts that I have to memorize for a test the next day...but sometimes again if it’s about a book…
Yup, lots and lots of color
Not really usually black and white
Do you dream in first person?
Rarely, I’m usually the person looking on from the sidelines
Sometimes
Sometimes
Do you have recurring dreams?
Yes
Yes
Yes
Have you ever had déjà vu?
Um...I guess sometimes, but I’m not sure when…
SO MANY TIMES IT’S NOT FUNNY
Sometimes like when I’m writing things I’m pretty sure I said to myself in my dreams...or when I talk myself to sleep

THIS OR THAT
MAKEUP:
blush or bronzer
Bronzer, already have a natural blush

Blush cause I'm waaay too tan!
Blush cause it's pink!
lip gloss or lipstick
Lipstick
Lipstick Lipstick
eyeliner or mascara
Neither, scared I'm gonna poke my eyes out Mascara Mascara cause I don't want to poke my eye out
foundation or concealer
Concealer Concealer Concealer
neutral or color eye shadow
Neutral Neutral Neutral pressed or loose eye shadows
IDK
Pressed
Is there a difference?
brushes or sponges
IDK
Brushes
Brushes - never used sponges before unless you count foundation sponges
NAILS:
OPI or china glaze
OPI
OPI
OPI
Long or short
Short, I play piano
Long, but not too long
Short, cause I'll get yelled at by my teacher
Acrylic or natural
Natural
Natural
Natural
Brights or darks
Darks
Brights
No preference
Flower or no flower
Simple's good
No Flower
Flower
BODY:
perfume or body splash
Body splash
Body splash
Body splash
lotion or body butter
Love both
Lotion
Body butter
body wash or soap
Soap, it's easier
Soap
Body wash
Lush or other bath company
Been using Bath&Body Works since I was little...so I'm a bit biased
No preference
Lush
HAIR:
curly or straight
Straight
Curly
Straight
bun or ponytail
Ponytail
Bun
Depends on my mood, but usually bun
bobby pins or butterfly clips
Butterfly Clips
Bobby pins
Butterfly clips
hair spray or gel
Neither
Hairspray
Hairspray
long or short
Long
Long
Long
light or dark
Dark - Asian and proud!
Light on some people, but DARK on me
Dark
side sweep bangs or full bangs
Side sweep bangs - we teens have waaay too oily skin... at least I do...
Side sweep bangs
Side sweep bangs
up or down
Both
Both
Down
FASHION:
jeans or sweat pants
Jeans
Jeans
Jeans
Normal denim or colored
Both
Colored
Normal
long sleeve or short
Depends on the weather
Long sleeves in the winter, short sleeves in the summer
Both
dresses or skirts
Neither...but if I had to choose - Dresses
BOTH - I can't choose!
Dresses
stripes or plaid
Plaid
Both!
Plaid
flip flops or sandals
Flip Flops
Flip flops
Sandals
scarves or hats
Scarves
Scarves, I don't do hats
Scarves
studs or dangly earrings
Dangly
Dangly
Both
necklaces or bracelets
Necklaces
Necklaces
Bracelets
gold or silver?
Whatever matches
Silver!
Boths
heels or flats
Flats!!!
Heels!!!
Flats
cowboy boots or riding boots
Ridding Boots
Riding boots
Riding boots
jacket or hoodie
Love both to death
Jacket
Jackets
forever 21 or charlotte russe
Forever 21
Forever 21
Forever 21 - don't know charlotte russe
RANDOM:
Rain or shine
Rain - Shine's good too
Shine
Shine
Summer or winter
Winter - Winter baby!
SUMMER
Summer
Fall or spring
Both!
Spring cause it's warmer
Spring
Chocolate or vanilla
Chocolate
Chocolate
STRAWBEHWEE
East coast or west coast
Imma East Coast girl!
West Coast baby!
East
Book vs. Movies
Books all the way!
BOTH - don't make me choose!
Books
Piano or Guitar
Piano
Guitar- even though I don't know how to play
Piano
Yellow or Pink Highlighter
Yellow
Pink
Pink
Coke or Pepsi
Don't like fizzy drinks
Coke
Don't like fizzy drinks
Egg White or Egg Yolk
Egg Yolk
Egg White
Egg White
Contacts or glasses
Glasses
Contacts
Don't care
Kleenex or Puffs
Kleenex
Puffs
Never had Puffs - Kleenex
Facebook or Tumblr?
TUMBLR
TUMBLR
Don't have a Tumblr but Tumblr
Pens or pencils?
Pens
Pens
Pens
Soy sauce or salt?
Dude, I'm Asian - SOY SACE
Soy sauce!
Is that even a question? Soy sauce!
YES OR NO:
Nightlight?
Yes
Yes
Yes
Candles?
Yes
Sure
Yes
Vampire Boyfriend
Debatable
No
No
PDA?
Very very VERY limited
Limited
Prefer not...but that's just my opinion
Ramen?
YES
Sometimes
Yes
Sushi?
YES
Yes, but only my mom's
Yes
Homework
NO
HELL NO!
No
Dressing up for Halloween?
Not really...depends on my mood
YES
I have no choice but if I did...No



Okay so sorry if this confused a lot of people, it was a pain in the butt to format cause when I moved it from Google Drive to here everything got messed up and I had to play with formats to make it work. If there's anything you don't get, let us know in the comments below and we'll answer it! Other questions relating to tags, comment below!

Foreverly Obsessed,

Jenn, Claudz, and Riv

Monday, October 21, 2013

Music Monday: Letting Go

Hey guys! Lately, I've been on an Alyssa Reid music craze. I absolutely love her voice and her songs are so catchy! This is one of my definite favorites out of all that I've heard. It's super duper short, only a little more than a minute, but it's just so pretty! So, on top of my Sam Tsui music reviews, expect a lot from her too! Last thing, since it's so short, I'm gonna spoil it a bit and write a bit after each verse, sorry. 

I can tell that he wants you
I can see in his eyesBut he's trying play his games on youAnd you don't see through his lies
Okay, so first off, how many of y'all have ever lied to get something you want. Come on, put those hands up. We've all done that. Now lying to get someone's attention is a big no no. It happens all the time, but it's really bad. So if this dude's playing his games and making up stuff, girl you better end it quick. 


But I know he really needs youAnd I know you can tellCause he's with his boys right nowActing all bigSo you know he's putting you through hell

Another big thing when trying to get the attention of someone, you act like you're all up there. This especially hurts the other person if you guys are going through an argument and you're trying to show them that you're fine, even when you're not.  


So tell him to goIf he's too good for youLet him knowIf he thinks he's too coolMove onCause it won't be longTil his game is doneThe crowd is gone

So if this guy or girl thinks he's all up there and some big-shot  leave him. He obviously thinks he's better (when we all know you're just as up there as he is) so leave. It's that simple. If everyone sees that you're gone, if he or she sees that you're gone, there are no more players in the game. Simple and game over.

I know you're thinking it's a quarter to tenAnd you wonder why you did it againRemember what you're fighting forAs you're walking out that door

To be honest, this verse gets me a bit confused. But I think she's saying be sure of what you want before you walk out that door. Not too sure, any ideas?

It took a minute but I'm starting to tellThat you're ever gonna figure it outI won't be the last to know
You took a chanceNow I'm letting go


This is where I'm really confused. Is she talking about letting go of the guy or letting go of the situation? Because the first couple of verses talk about letting go of a person you used to care about, but this section talks about letting go as if she was a bystander trying to influence the person. But now that I think of it, the song can go both ways. You took a chance could be talking to the guy or it could be someone else talking to the girl. Either way, the person's letting go~

So those are my thoughts on the song. What are yours? Also, the next few weeks will be a bit hectic so I'm sorry if I don't upload as much. I'll try, but they might be short posts. I'll make it up to you when everything settles down. Speaking of that time, a couple friends and I are thinking of writing like a second verse and bridge to the song. Ideas?

5 out of 5 stars

Foreverly Obsessed,
Riv

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Quoting Thursday: Smile

Hello!  Ignore the puckered lips and read it.  So anyone who knows me well enough, know that I like to smile...a lot.  And sometimes I get asked "Why are you so happy?"  Well, why not?  I'm alive, I'm for the most part healthy, I have a loyal and loving God and family, and a family of friends.  Why do I have any reason to be unhappy?  But sometimes I do feel down, either because I'm stressed out about school and/or life but I try anyways.  Why?  Because I'm braver for doing so.  So think about it when you have everything crashing down on you.  You are STRONG...you have embarked on this huge and risky adventure, don't give up!

~Jenn
Source Credit @ radcupcake.com

The Gift

The Gift by Julie Garwood
ISBN: 0-671-70250-5
Pages: 373
Appearance:

Summary:
A child bride, Sara Winchester had grown into a winsome beauty, joyfully anticipating the day when her husband Nathan, Marquess of St. James, would return to claim her heart at last. Charmingly innocent, she dismissed the ancient feud that divided Nathan's family from her own...and she was totally unaware of his past exploits as the notorious pirate, Pagan. The man who now stood before her was perplexing, arrogant and powerfully handsome...a warrior-gentleman whose gentle touch aroused her to the wildest, deepest pleasures of love. 
Nathan had never bared his soul to any woman, but he was soon utterly beguiled and exasperated by Sara's sweet, defiant ways. Aboard his ship,The Seahawk, she was brave, imperious and determined to win his heart completely -- yet upon their return to England, her love would be sorely tested as a vile conspiracy tried to tear them apart. With their future at stake, they would discover the true destiny of their passion...for all time!


Hey guys! Today I'm reviewing a book by one of my favorite authors of all time: Julie Garwood! I am absolutely IN LOVE with her historical romances, they are always so cute and fun to read. 

While I was Goodreads, I realized that there were a lot of people who thought Sara was a weak figure and a horrible female heroine. Quoting one, "Amazingly stupid, astoundingly aggravating, or unbelievably naive are more apt terms." To be honest, I don't agree with that. Yes, I will admit that Sara is a considerably weak figure compared to the earlier heroines of the Crown Spy series, but she has her own type of strength. 

It is no surprise, ever since the beginning, that Sara's family is not a pleasant one. Her father is undoubtedly a bastard and huge suck up to the king. He sucks to be very blunt. Further along the book, you find the horrors and crimes that he has committed against Sara's mom literally, "Winston (Sara's father) had been responsible for breaking her spirit." She also has this abusive uncle who gets what he deserves at the end. What I'm saying is, she has the right to be timid and scared and what makes her even more amazing is that she still has the ability to love.

Nathan is this, how do we characterize him, very temperamental King Kong in human form. He likes to yell, he loses his temper very easily, has trust issues, and calls Sara by the ever so lovely endearment of, "Damn it Sara." So just by that, you can see he's an interesting character to be dealing with. He was fourteen when he was married to Sara, who was only four. To be honest, who would want to be hitched to a child? Have to give him props for actually coming back to find her instead of pretending that he was too young when the event happened.

One of the biggest changes in him, was he learned not to take love for granted and to love back. Sara due to her very rocky familial experiences, has always painted Nathan in her head as her knight in shining armor. Nothing he does can ever be wrong and it is with that idea that really pushes him to the edge about love. Is he willing to accept and take the challenges that come with love or will he just take it for granted, because we all know, love isn't and can't be a one way street.

On top of the characters, the plot was very interesting, but I personally liked the second book in the series (which I hope to review soon) just because this had a little less to do with England and its laws and more to do with personal family and emotions. Due to the different focuses between the books, it's really hard to compare them. So in the family/emotion based category for stories, I think this is a great book to really learn the lesson of love. 

Last things, the order for these books is: Lion's Lady, Guardian Angel, and THEN The Gift. Don't make the same mistake I did and read everything backwards. EmojiEmoji


Sara really was a hopeless romantic. She was ridiculously tenderhearted. She was outrageously innocent. She was...perfect.

She was always given to fantasy. You were her knight in shining armor.
He is getting more tarnished by the minute.

The love words aren't necessary, Nathan, if you just tell her what's in your heart.

Do you know I refused to learn how to swim? I thought I shouldn't have to know how, you see, because it was Nathan's duty to make certain I didn't drown. I've been perfectly willing to take care of everyone but myself. Now you suggest I let Nathan fight my battles. It's wrong Caine. I've been wrong. I don't want to ever cling to anyone. I should have enough strength to stand on my own. I want to be strong, damn it.

Love can be destroyed. It's fragile and...
You aren't fragile, and your love can't be destroyed. It's what I've come to value most, Sara.

Damn it Sara, I went through hell!
You went through hell? You're the one who refused to have any faith in me. You're the one who would never tell me what was in your heart. I told you all this time Nathan.
No, Sara, not all the time. You told me once a day. Some days you waited until after dinner. I'd find myself getting nervous. 

3.5 out of 5 stars
Emoji

Foreverly Obsessed,
Riv






Quoting Thursday: Butterflies



Quote of the Day:


How does one become a butterfly?" she asked.

"You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar."

Hey guys, so this is a BIG turn from my Horror theme. Just as a heads up, I reserved some murder/suspense novels I read ages ago for a reread and a review! 

Back to the quote, have you guys ever heard of the butterfly quote about seeing how beautiful one is? If not, that's gonna be my next week's quote. Anyway, I think this quote is a great symbolic/literal way to show that in order to be the beautiful butterfly, you have to be willing to fly. To fly means to step out of your comfort zone and let the wind take you wherever it blows. That takes a lot of courage, but it's definitely worth it.

Thoughts?

Foreverly Obsessed,
Riv