Thank you…

…for your kind words regarding the earthquake.

My family is fine and it seems that they aren’t in any immediate danger.  Thanks to everyone who sent me kind words during these past few days.

A few of my friends have told me that there is no real damage in the Tokyo area.  Supplies are short and electricity is a major concern.  However, as a friend of mine in Tokyo said, “it’s selfish to worry about ourselves compared to areas that were hit by the tsunamis. We just need to stay calm and prepare ourselves”. Thank you so much to people like @Yumeko55 for sharing accurate information to those who can’t read/write Japanese.

I have been overwhelmed with the amount of kind tweets, emails, whatsapp messages, everything that I have received from blogger friends to make sure that my family is OK. Thank you for all of the blog posts praying for Japan.  There has been a lot of misinformation and selfish comments as well, but I am just so happy that the majority of the world has been so kind.  Thank you again.

My parents told me that their nearby supermarkets have been pretty bare of bread and other foods that do not require cooking, as they have been diverted to the areas that are most affected. It is a minor inconvenience, but nothing compared to the needs of the people in the hard hit areas.  If you would like to donate, please donate to a group which will really use their funds for Japan, not some celebrity who has “pledged to donate for every RT”.  Thank you, Médecins Sans Frontières, for already getting to Miyagi.

I have also been getting limited internet for the past week or so.  Please look up the news if you are unclear on why this is happening.  No, it is not related to the earthquake.

I’d like to focus on getting well.  I have been seriously sick for the past week. I haven’t been sick for more than one day in a very long time.  I haven’t been eating junk food, but I certainly have not been eating well.  Hopefully, I will get better and get back on my fitness regiment soon.

Thank you again!!

xoxo, K

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The Writing’s on the Wall… of my Blog… (Meme)

Have I mentioned how much I enjoy Wardrobe Oxygen?  I love Allie’s sense of style, I love her advice on fashion staples, and I love how her looks are so timeless.  I have also mentioned before how Allie has inspired me to lose weight and get back in shape.

I picked up a meme on handwriting from Allie’s blog.  Blogging has connected me with so many people around the world, but it is hard to know what other bloggers’ voice sounds like or what their handwriting looks like.  I thought this meme was a unique way to know more about other bloggers.
I’ve struggled a lot with my handwriting.  My cursive writing is very hard to read, and I also went through a phase when I added a lot of loops and curves to my print handwriting.  Over the years, I developed a few quirks.
  • I use fountain pens in 95% of my writing. You can write with much less pressure using a fountain pen than with a ball point pen, meaning my hands get less tired.  I always carry two of them with me with different colored ink (wanna see?).  Lamy Safari is a great line of inexpensive fountain pens with great quality. Note to all fountain pen lovers: the nib sizes run large, so go one size down from what you normally use.
  • I fill my pens with bottled ink. Yes, I refill my pens regularly.  Bottled inks are so much more interesting to me than cartridges. (YES, if you make fountain pens or inks, I would love to review them!!!)
  • I don’t dot my “i”s or “j”s
  • There are different quirks in English handwriting, depending on where you learned to write.  I can usually recognize Japanese people’s handwriting if they learned to write in Japan.  
  • This also means that it may be much harder to read people’s handwriting if they are from different countries.  For example, it is very hard for me to read German people’s English handwriting. It is also difficult for me to read many American people’s cursive.

Here is the meme.  Get a piece of paper and write the following things down:

  1. What’s your name/your blogger name?
  2. What’s your blog’s name/URL?
  3. Write “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.” 
  4. Favorite quote?
  5. Your Favorite song?
  6. Your favorite band/singers?
  7. Anything else you want to say?
  8. Tag three to five other people.
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I tag Mona, Diana/Diana, KatChristine, Sheila, and anyone else who wants to do this meme!  I would love to know more about you!

xoxo, K

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Your questions answered!

Here are some questions I’ve been asked recently!

Which state quarters are you missing?
Hahaha, I don’t have that many!  Remember, I can only collect them when I’m vacationing in the US!
US coins come in two mints, the Denver mint (look for a D on the head side) and the Philadelphia mint (look for a P).  I’m missing both mints of the following states:

New Jersey, South Carolina, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, Indiana, Alabama, Maine, Missouri, Michigan, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota, Montana, Washington, Washington, Wyoming, Utah, Hawaii

I have some states in the D mint, some states in the P mint, but let’s say I’m still looking for 90% of the states!

How do you like your MAC 130 brush?

It’s FABULOUS for applying highlighter!  My original problem was that I applied my highlighter in too broad an area, so this small brush is great to control that.  I know some girls use it to apply foundation, but I guess it would take too much time for me!

Where did you get your mascara primer?

Promise to keep a secret???  It’s actually from the 100 yen store!
I’ve used mascara primers from several different brands, including Kate and Shiseido, but this 100 yen store one is just as good as the others!!  Plus, I don’t feel bad about replacing it every 3 months!

Hope that helped!

xoxo, K

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Pieces of me… in March 2010!

First off, THANK YOU TO EVERYONE for their sweet birthday wishes!  
My birthday was Mar 7, this past Sunday!! Your love means so much to me!!!!

I jumped on this tag bandwagon hosted by Notes from the Toothfairy!

I like: one month until I’m going to NYC!!!!  The best part?  Meet up with blogger girls!!

I don’t like: the incredible, incredible stress I’ve been under.  I need to destress!

I want you to know: that as long as I can plan my actions, I’ll be OK even under stress

I’ve planned: to have MAJOR fun during my NYC trip!

I want to say to someone special: Thank you to all the well wishes I’ve received when I started complaining about this stress!  It really means a lot to me!

xoxo, K

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Winner – 1 year blogversary giveaway!

Wow, next time I’m going to pick an easier topic for a giveaway!
It was REALLY difficult to pick a winner!!

The majority of answers were along the lines of “I found Mona/Fuz ‘s blog and I realized other girls liked makeup like I did, and so I wanted to join the community!”

Yes, many girls mentioned Mona and Fuz by name!!!

SOOOO here is the winner!!!

Congratulations to Lulu!

I’ve sent you an email!

Here is part of Lulu’s comment, which is really how I feel right now!

“I am so glad I’ve joined blogging now, because I’ve made so many wonderful friends who share the same interests as me, and even though none of us had known each other before, but it always felt like we’ve known each other for a long time already every time we start talking, it’s such a great feeling. And it’s such a comforting place to be after a sucky day, to go home and read beauty blogs and chat up with blogger ladies on Twitter, because everyone’s so nice, helpful, and encouraging!”

I’ve been going through a rough patch lately, so I am REALLY thankful for the love and support from blogger girls!

Thanks again to everyone who joined my giveaway and took the time to write a comment!
And thank you for being part of this loving, supporting community!!!

xoxo, K

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