October 4, 2015

Favorites · September 2015

BEAUTY · Young Living essential oils. My first package of Young Living essential oils arrived in the mail in early September. I am very pleased with their quality and aroma.

MUSIC · This month I finally signed up for a Spotify account and it has been my number one source for listening to music on my iPhone. I have been listening to many old favorites, among these are Lana Del Rey, Sara Bareilles, James Horner, and Harry Potter soundtracks.

BOOKS · Tat Woods and Dorothy Ail's World History in Minutes: 200 Key Concepts Explained in an Instant.

DRINK · Although I am an avid Yogi tea drinker, in September I found myself reaching for the Yogi's Women's Health tea quite over and over. I dress it with a bit of stevia to bring out its flavors.

FOOD · Ella's Kitchen fruit + veggie pouches. They are healthy, portable, and tasty.

MOVIE · Dracula Untold.

TELEVISION · I enjoyed two separate marathons on Netflix in September. I watched two of my semi-old favorites: Hart of Dixie and Once Upon a Time.

DISCOVERY · My favorite discovery of September would have to be the bookshops of Etsy which sell classic and vintage books. I don't know why it took me so long to learn that Etsy sold books. Shame on me.


September 28, 2015

Mood Board · A Rainy Autumn Day

I have decided to begin creating mood boards. A mood board is defined as an arrangement of images, materials, pieces of texts, etc., intended to evoke or project a particular style or concept. This is a brand new creative outlet for me. I think gathering photographers can put a great deal into perspective: ideas, feelings, passions, goals. I look forward to creating more. My first one here reflects an ideal rainy day in autumn.

Reading old books and writing letters in a cabin near the woods while enjoying my liberty and tea. 

The photographs in the entry are not my own, the sources are below.
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September 18, 2015

18 Brilliant Society6 iPhone Cases

The iPhone 6S is set to be released one week from today, but I plan to keep my iPhone 6 Plus for as long as possible. Regardless, I thought it would be a good time to share some of my favorite iPhone cases from Society6. No, I do not own any of these cases and I do not plan to purchase every single one. I will buy one, two tops, but I have yet to decide which one(s). I adore these cases because they reflect my interests, personality, and artistic tastes. I've owned my iPhone 6 Plus for five months and the only case it's ever had is a clear one. It's time to spice things up.

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August 24, 2015

Sometimes I Need to Get Away

Yesterday I took a trip to St. Petersburg to explore, eat, drink local coffee, and visit Haslam's Book Store Inc. It's one of my top favorite bookshops in the Tampa Bay Area. I ate at Pom Pom's Teahouse & Sandwicheria. Funny story: I used the restroom there and upon entering I realized that guests are encouraged to write on the chalkboard walls with the provided chalks. I was greeted with "Bernie Sanders 2016" behind the door, but don't worry I fixed it. I erased it and wrote "Rand Paul 2016" in its place. Other then what's been mentioned, I roamed the Grand Central District and visited a few of its shops.

I am still learning how to use my new Panasonic LX100, whom I've named him Darcy. My cat is great model and he has been helpful. I've also been practicing my bokeh technique during the night traffic whenever I'm seated in the passenger seat. I will master it eventually. What I really need to do is sit down in front of the computer to read and/or watch tutorials on how to use this camera.

The one thing I am looking forward to at the moment is autumn and I am ready for everything the season brings.


July 24, 2015

Mandatory GMO Labeling is Anti-Liberty

Recently the U.S. House passed an act that would ban state laws that force food companies to label their products that contain genetically modified organisms. I can't be the only who is baffled by the many small government advocates who are in support of mandatory GMO labeling in food products. So now we're suddenly in favor of government force? Here's the deal, while I personally believe that it would be wise for companies to provide such labels, especially since an increasing number of consumers demand it, I do not believe they should be forced into it by government.

We do have choices and we do have the right to not buy certain foods with our hard earned money if we feel they do not meet our health standards. It should be noted that there are websites dedicated to providing non-GMO brands to the public, such as livingnongmo.org which lists 30,000+ GMO-free products. Supply and demand, folks. I say we let the free markets take care of it. Yes, people are demanding for their food products to have labels. There voices are being heard. Why not just let companies decide on their own term if or when to provide such labels? Companies generally do what is best, not only for themselves, but also for the consumers if they wish to stay in business.

Perhaps many companies will be chased out of the market if they don't provide labeling via boycotts led by the health conscious. Then again, many may stay in business to supply the consumers who aren't worried about genetically modified foods. This is the beauty of the free market. Thousands of brands have already taken the liberty of labeling their products without government intervention and force. We really should stop transferring our power over to the government. Don't they have enough power already?