October 2017 Favorites

 
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This is Beans!

He's only calm when he's in his wagon, and he works at Costco as a bringer of smiles.

 

It’s the first day of November and people are already busting out the Christmas decorations and blasting their holiday playlists – whatever puts them in the holiday spirit despite this 100-degree weather we’ve been having.

Weather and other small talk aside, since October – like most months later in the year – seemed to pass by at abnormally high speed, there’s not much to say about it. With the end of 2017 just around the corner, every aspect of my life just swerved into the fast lane. And while the month felt like a blur, I became more appreciative of small breathers and outings. Never underestimate good authentic tacos, board games, and discounted chocolates the day after Halloween.

Having said that, I’ll be taking a digital break (blogging, social media, the whole digital shebang) for the remainder of the year. During that period, I’ll focus on wrapping up end-of-the-year projects, weeding out the negative influences in my life and, most importantly, spending time with my family. And if the hectic holiday schedule permits, I’d to give the blog a heavy facelift – or at least plan for one.

OCTOBER FAVORITES

Deleter Tone Knife

 
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It’s like an X-acto knife – but better. A spontaneous buy with no regrets, the Deleter Tone Knife is ideal for super precise cutting work. It’s mostly used by manga artists to add screen tones and other effects to their works, but I find that it’s also great for cutting washi tape and other paper goods. It’s definitely pricier than a standard x-acto knife, but it comes with 25 spare blades, so that’s pretty neat.

Neogen Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling

So this has been tucked away in my bathroom cabinet for months before a friend’s recommendation reminded me that I already had it. There are some gimmicky skincare products out there, especially when it comes to trends like the 10 Step Korean skincare routine and essential oils. But this product does what it says and more.

It’s basically a gauze soaked in a toner-like solution that’ll help gently exfoliate your skin both chemically and physically. I won’t get into the differences (I’ll save that for another time), but they both work together to leave your skin absurdly soft. The gauze has a slightly rough side to do the exfoliating, and a soft side to pick up the debris and soothe your skin. The solution will vary as there are currently three types: lemon, red wine, and green tea.

 
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Unlike the lemon and red wine, the green tea does not contain AHAs or BHAs (again, I’ll save for another post). However, green tea is rich in antioxidants that’ll help soothe and improve the look of dull skin. Plus, it smells so refreshing!  

Ancient Magus’s Bride

One of the anime I was looking forward to the most this season was The Ancient Magus’s Bride. It was everywhere at Anime Expo this year, from obscenely large banners to chalk art. And I’m glad to report that it did not disappoint.

 
 

The story follows Chise whose ability to see dark and sometimes grotesque figures has led to nothing but loss and despair growing up. With no will to live, she sold herself to a mysterious skull-faced mage who plans to make her his apprentice and, eventually, his wife. While I’m still not over how creepy that sounds, it didn’t stop me from appreciating the mystical world and the animation that brought it to life. The series feels episodic since we’re introduced to different elements of fantasy every episode or so. But what ties them all together is how they each teach our protagonist more about herself and her new world. I’m still waiting on a hook in the plot line, but for now, I’ll continue to enjoy the stunning animation and music.

Trader Joe’s White Truffle Chips

 
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I love truffle oil, and I love potato chips. Therefore, I was a goner when I spotted this in the snack section. Trader Joe’s Truffle Chips are unique, flavorful, and dangerously addicting; I had to buy a third bag because we devoured the first two before I had a chance to take a photo. And even then, we clearly couldn’t wait until the photo was taken before opening the bag.

Lucille’s Brunch

 
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Maple Milk Punch!

Stronger than expected.

 
fried chicken eggs benedict
 

Oh look, another food-related favorite. I actually spent more money on food than anything else this month, but that’s beside the point. Lucille’s BBQ recently added a brunch menu in our area and it’s everything I want and more. Who doesn’t love a good eggs benedict? My favorite is their country fried chicken eggs benedict, which is exactly what you think it is.

With the holiday season fast approaching, maybe it’s appropriate to be eating all this food. Should probably squeeze in a few green smoothies in there to at least feel less guilty. By the end of the year, I’ll be rolling to my keyboard with plenty of fun and exciting updates for 2018! But until then, continue enjoying all the pumpkin-spiced everything and prepping for all the winter festivities!