My Haircut

My Haircut

It’s been a month and a week ever since my stylist cut off eight inches of my hair, and I still get questions about it, so I thought why not do a blog post all about my haircut…

and here we are.

One of my sisters usually trims my hair for me because for the life of me, I cannot trim or cut my hair myself. She’s been so occupied with school that trimming my hair became a task she pushed aside. I was frustrated my hair was growing longer than I wanted it to and I knew no one other than my sister who could trim my hair for me right away. My only option was Supercuts near university. I talked to my other sister, Ashley, who goes to the same university as I go to, and found out she wanted to cut her hair, so I was like let’s go to Supercuts together! During the weekend before we decided to go, trimming my long hair turned into a desire to cut my long hair! I mean, I absolutely loved having my hair long, but something inside of me encouraged a change when it came to my hair. I played it safe and not too risky, already planning what length I wanted it cut which was for it not to be short short, knowing for sure that I didn’t want it to be shoulder length short. The fact that summer was coming up played no role in my wanting to cut my hair short *just a note*

In the afternoon of April 5, it happened. I walked in to Supercuts confident in my choice to let my long hair go. I told my stylist what length I wanted my hair to be and she was totally supportive of my decision. She said she was excited for me! Then she goes, “You know… Your hair is beautiful. You can donate it if you’d like.” Hesitant, I asked how many inches she would have to take off if I agreed to have it donated. She said at least ten inches, but at the time I was scared to cut that much off even though it was just going to be two inches more. If you would like to know details about donating your hair to financially disadvantaged children under the age of twenty-one suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis, feel free to ask me about it in person, comment below, or shoot me a message. I’ve donated my hair two times before. Anyways, my long hair was like a security blanket to me, so like I said before, I didn’t want my hair to be cut in what I pictured to be “too short.” But then a few weeks passed and I started to watch Netflix’s hit show “13 Reasons Why.” The episode where Hannah gets a haircut really got me thinking that I should’ve donated my hair. Hannah looked absolutely beautiful with short hair. I was pretty disappointed in myself after watching that episode because I thought maybe, just maybe I could’ve rocked that length of hair as well, and on the 5th of April, I turned down the opportunity to have my hair donated. I ended up getting over my disappointment in myself by accepting that the past is the past and I can’t go back and change it. There will be another chance for me to do it in the future. I told myself it’s okay that I chose not to donate my hair at the time.

While working on my hair, there was a time when my stylist asked me what I wanted her to do when it came to bangs. I told her I didn’t want bangs, just something to frame my face. She also asked me if I wanted her to shampoo and condition my hair, which I ended up not having her do.

When my stylist finished doing my hair, she turned my chair around for me to look at the myself. Wow. I instantly fell in love with the change. Eight inches of my hair- GONE. She took her time on my hair, which I really appreciate, and she did a brilliant job. Cheers!

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It was weird when I walked out of Supercuts because I kept on touching my hair but of course it was not the same as running my fingers through my long hair, so it was pretty much feeling less hair and grasping more air haha if you know what I mean. This situation leads me to start talking about the pros and cons I’ve found in having short hair.

PROS 

  1.  It takes less time to straighten
  2.  It takes less time to air-dry after shampooing and conditioning 
  3. It doesn’t get tangled as much
  4. It’s easier to comb, especially combing it with my Wet Brush after a shower
  5. A ponytail is better-looking on me with my short hair rather than my long hair

CONS

  1. It takes getting used to when curling it. I use a wand to curl my hair and after I got a haircut I found it difficult to work with shorter chunks of hair. I remember the first time I curled my hair with it being short, it felt like it took forever to curl everything. With longer hair, it took me approximately 8-10 minutes to curl everything. I still have problems sometimes but not as much
  2. It isn’t as fun tying my hair into a bun as it was when I had long hair
  3. Looking back at old pictures kinda made me miss my long hair at first 

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As far as questions go, I only got two questions on social media and way more questions asked of me in person. Each and every compliment I received filled me with joy. The only person who gave me a hard time when it came to my haircut was mom haha. When I had long hair, she loved it, but was also envious. Mom got her hair cut a long time ago and her hair literally NEVER GREW after that, so that is why she was like why would you cut your hair, Tina. I mean, she isn’t angry with me. She thinks my short hair is k i n d a cute haha kinda, but she thinks I look way better with long hair. 

One night I was eating dinner at The Den *a dining place at my school* when I ran into one of my friends who saw me with my short hair for the first time in person. She asked me how I liked it, told me how a lot of people are saying she should get her hair cut because they think she’d look super cute with short hair, and wanted to know what I thought because she was very unsure of whether or not to do it. I pretty much told her to definitely go for it. 

I haven’t said this out loud yet, and I can’t believe I’m putting this on the blog, but…

I LIKE THE LENGTH OF HAIR I HAVE NOW BETTER THAN THE LONG HAIR I HAD BEFORE!

My hair grows pretty fast. I’m excited to keep track of how many years it takes for my hair to grow in to the same length it was before I got it cut. 

I would end this post here but I had a last-minute thought of adding in what my favorite hairstyle is when having short hair, which is the half up half down hairdo! Whenever I do it, my hair has to be curled. I won’t do it when my hair is straight because it looks way better on me with curly hair

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I hope this post answered all of your questions considering my haircut. If my post inspired you to get your hair cut, please please please let me know!

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T I N A

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Calling All Matcha Lovers

Calling All Matcha Lovers

On Sunday, I went to my favorite mall- the Westfield Santa Anita Mall. Their new EAT court was up and running! The only thing I tried from there was Matcha Matcha, and boy was that place special

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Matcha Matcha’s address: 

Westfield Santa Anita, 400 S Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007

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I apologize for the blurry menu picture. Basically, everything they sell is matcha flavored. They have soft serve + toppings, drinks, cookies, rice krispies, and “donuts.” The hardest part to make out in the menu picture I took is the topping section, so I will tell you some of the toppings they have: matcha crumble, white mochi, sweet red beans, fresh strawberries, condensed milk, granola, rice krispies, corn flakes, cocoa pebbles, and more. 

I did have to wait in a pretty long line, but it only took a while mainly because customers do not know what additional flavors there are (other than matcha) until they reach the cash register, and then that is when the cashier lets them know what the flavors are for that certain day. 

As you’re waiting for your treats to arrive, there’s a vibrant wall next to Matcha Matcha that makes a rad background for pictures

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Once my order was ready, I took it and sat at one of the tables in front of Monkey Bar (a lovely looking place next to Matcha Matcha and is a part of the EAT court as well) to eat and take pictures

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I got the soft serve *matcha and Thai tea swirl* with kinako

One of my sisters got their matcha horchata and one of their strawberry matcha “donuts.” I put quotation marks around donuts because it looks like a donut, but I don’t think it really is. I tried some and it tastes like matcha cake with strawberry glaze on top, but looks like a donut. It was tasty and definitely something different for me. 

My cousin got a matcha hokkaido milk tea. What’s awesome about it is she could adjust its sweetness level! I tried her drink. The aftertaste was interesting. 

I don’t think Matcha Matcha has something I do not like. I definitely recommend it!

X O ,

T I N A

My Outfit

  • Forever 21 dress
  • Liz Authentic denim jacket
  • Payless Lower East Side oxfords 

Waiting upon the Lord

Waiting upon the Lord

Since Valentine’s Day is today, I thought this will the perfect day to share with you what it has been like for me, as a twenty-one-year-old who is single and as a person who never had a boyfriend before. If you don’t have a Valentine, it’s okay. You and I are already a part of the greatest love story ever.

Elementary school came with a lot of “passing notes days.” In third grade, I had a best friend called Lauren. Lauren and I had a crush on the same boy who was in our class. We each wrote our separate notes, gave it to him, and ran away at the same time. From a distance, I kept on looking over at him in anticipation. Was he reading my note first? What does he think of it? Does he like me, too? After he read quickly through our notes, I watched as he walked over to the trash can to throw one of them away. He then walks over to Lauren, says or whispers something to her (I don’t remember what), but it sure did leave a smile on L’s face. I felt the sting of rejection. My note was the one that was thrown away. My crush chose my best friend over me. Looking back at it now, I’m glad that God closed that door because for one out of some of the reasons I have in my head, third grade is way too young to be having a boyfriend haha.

It seemed as if most boys at my junior high school were immature and I came across some boys who were jerks. I didn’t have an interest in dating. Period.

There were some boys that I liked at high school during my time there. None of those boys were interested in me, though. I was never asked to go out on a date and I was never asked to go to a school dance by any of them. As a matter of fact, I went to prom with a bunch of my girl friends (nothing wrong with that… I had SO much fun) but I did wish that I had a guy date. Note that in the summer going into my junior year of high school was when I became a Christian, so what I was looking for in a guy had changed. 

Come university and this is when singleness hits me the hardest. When I transferred to APU, I came in thinking that I was going to finally find a good Christian boyfriend by the end of my first year there. My roommate told me that it was going to be “my year”, but it wasn’t. I’m currently in my fourth semester at APU and God hasn’t brought me “the one” yet. I see that most of my friends are in a relationship and two of my girl friends actually started dating this spring semester. Heck, I even scrolled through my Instagram feed today and almost every picture was of couples. I am genuinely joyous for them and I think the stuff that they post with their significant other are so cute, but I can’t help but ask God, “Why do they have their significant other and you still have me waiting?”

A single godly man has never asked me to be his girlfriend before. Because of that, I sometimes go to a dark place where I wonder if there’s something wrong with me, both on the inside and outside. I would look in the mirror and pinpoint things that could possibly be the problem. I would tear myself apart by saying (in my mind) stuff I don’t like about myself such as my nose is big, my top gums show most of the time when I smile, I’m not that talented, I can be awkward at times, I won’t be a fun person to be around with, etc. Or I think if I was more like so and so or if I was pretty like so and so, then my crush will like me. Basically, I’m not good enough for anyone.

One of the nights, a few weeks ago, I was by myself and I felt lonely, but lonely as in “I wish I had a boyfriend” kind of lonely. I cried out to God about my feelings and I prayed for my future husband. It was a battling night for me until I let everything out and gave them to Jesus. I took time to examine myself and realized that my longing to be in a romantic relationship was taking over my personal relationship with my first love… Jesus. This is a perfect intro to what I’m about to share with you next about having a major crush on someone. 

All the times I’ve had a crush on a guy in my lifetime, he’s pretty much always on my mind. I kid you not, I would look into all of his social media accounts on most days, investing so much time in doing just that. If I see him on campus or anywhere, really, I would freak out inside. Keep in mind that most of my crushes were on guys that I have not met in person yet or probably will never meet, which is kinda sad if I say so myself. Anyways, I would idolize this person to the point where it is a part of what affects me not putting God first, me skipping reading the Bible and my devotionals, and me pushing aside quiet alone time with God. I confess that I am still working on being disciplined.

I believe that it is okay for me to have a crush on someone, but it becomes a problem when me wanting to have a relationship with that person dominates what I have with Christ. I think God hasn’t revealed “the one” to me because He knows that I am not ready for a boyfriend yet and He wants me to draw closer to Him. Also, He’s still shaping me into the woman He wants me to be for my future significant other.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 says there is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace. 

One of my favorite quotes from C.S. Lewis is from his book Mere Christianity,“I do not know why there is this difference, but I am sure that God keeps no one waiting unless He sees that it is good for him to wait. When you do enter your room, you will find that the long wait has done you some kind of good which you would not have had otherwise. But you must regard it as waiting, not as camping. You must keep on praying for light: and of course, even in the hall, you must begin trying to obey the rules which are common to the whole house. And above all you must be asking which door is the true one; not which pleases you best by its paint and paneling.” When you’re waiting upon the Lord for your future boyfriend or girlfriend, you don’t just sit around and do pretty much nothing, because he or she isn’t going to all of a sudden appear at your front door. Waiting upon the Lord is taking action spiritually by going to God for guidance, and physically by stepping outside to socialize with others.

My prayer for someone that I like or in other words, someone who I think is the one God has for me, is that if he is indeed the man God has for me, then praise the Lord! If the person that I like all of a sudden gets a girlfriend or I find out in another way that he isn’t who God has for me, I know for sure that I’ll be sad and confused. I’m scared that I will stray from God for a while and not praise Him if things don’t go how I wanted them to. I’m scared that I will have to force myself to be happy for the man of my dreams. When I pray for God to give me a sign as to if my crush is “the one” for me or not, I get impatient whenever He doesn’t show me a sign right away. But then it is also when I can decide to go back to the truth that His timing is perfect. It’s not my will, but His will to be done. Matthew 7:7 says, “Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” The thing is we must be walking with the Lord.

Yes, I’ve had moments when I think nobody I like (if I were to tell the person or hint to him that I like him) will ever be interested in dating me. Basically, a fear of a future rejection. In those same moments, I lose all hope and think that God will never give me a husband and kids. This morning in psychology class, some of my classmates did an eye-opening presentation on the topic of fear. One of them concluded by talking about Valentine’s Day and how if you really like someone, you should ask him or her out. Pretty much to not be afraid  to make that move and just go for it. He made it sound simple, and I would say that even though it isn’t, yes, take the risk. Like Coldplay said in their song “Fix You,” if you never try, you’ll never know. But I can’t deny that there will be a fear of rejection in most, if not all of us; and questions such as, “How will we recover?” Don’t go in with high hopes, but rather think positively and have a good amount of confidence. If he or she doesn’t respond in the way you wanted him or her to, then probably God is protecting you and saving you for someone better. I know this may be difficult to grasp.

I know there’s a gift of singleness, and yes I typed that correctly- a GIFT of singleness, but I don’t think that I have that because if I did, I don’t think that I’d have this desire to be in a romantic relationship. People have asked me questions such as, “Tina, how are you still single?” or “Why don’t you have a boyfriend?” or “Why haven’t you dated anyone before?” I always replied with, “I don’t know” because I never felt comfortable talking about it.

I take having a boyfriend very seriously. Like, I wouldn’t date somebody that I don’t see myself marrying and overall having a future with. I’ve seen loved ones who didn’t wait upon the Lord, so they settled. They settled for less than what they deserved because for two out of many reasons, they were tired of being single or/and they felt as if they weren’t themselves unless they had a significant other. How did they end up? Some of them were left torn, divorced, fighting with their boyfriend or girlfriend, cheated on, etc. It’s so tragic and that is why it is so important to pray without ceasing and wait upon the Lord because who and what He has for you is always going to be way better than all you ever had in mind for yourself. You may have to wait upon the Lord for a significant other in what seems like forever, like I have been doing, but trust me, dear- it will be SO worth it. 

Last year, a celebrity’s brother sent me a direct message on Instagram. Some of the things he said to me were that there’s not many Christian girls on Instagram, he thinks I look down at myself too much, he told me that I seem pretty cool, and he asked me if I would meet up with him unless I am seeing someone. I thought solely the fact that he was talking to me was too good to be true; furthermore, leading me to think there was a hacker on his account. I found out later on that it was really him, not a hacker. I guess he didn’t like the fact that I messaged his brother (the celebrity) about it on Twitter, so ever since then it doesn’t seem like he’s into me anymore, based on where our conversation last picked up. I didn’t really care, but I confess that I do miss talking to him now. One reason why I shared this story is because the first thing he sent to me was, “You seem like a nice girl. That girl and I aren’t anything (he’s talking about a picture of him and a girl that he posted and I liked on Instagram). It’s so hard to find Christian girls.” I then proceeded to tell him that in 1 John, it says that no one has ever seen God, but they can see Him through the way we love… that is why it’s important for me to try my best to be kind to people. What I am most glad about is how he could tell that I was a Christian. He saw that I was because he could see God’s love through me! That meant everything to me.

 A few years ago, there was a football player who thought I was cute so he asked one of my friends what my name was. That night, he sent me a friend request on Facebook and I accepted. The next day in class, he told my friend that he’s not interested in me anymore because I was “too Christian.” Forget him. I don’t want to be in a relationship that will draw me away from Jesus. When I’m in a relationship, Jesus has to be at the center of it all. Ecclesiastes 4:12 says, “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” My motto for when I have a significant other will always be, “I am His before I am yours.” I have to make sure that that is my significant other’s promise as well and that he wants Christ to be the head of our relationship. It is not until then that we will be able to live our lives together in a way that is pleasing to the Lord. If we both are obedient to His commandments and heed His direction, there is no doubt that our relationship will be blessed, and when storms come our way, we’ll be able to get through them together. Basically, my main goal is to have a relationship that glorifies the Lord. The first thing I look for in a man is someone who loves the Lord more than he loves me. I know my future significant other won’t be perfect… I’m not expecting perfection. I, myself, am striving to be the woman God calls me to be for a man. 

Lastly, I want to cover how basing your happiness on if you have a boyfriend or girlfriend, or not, will destroy you. The straight out truth is that having a boyfriend or girlfriend isn’t going to be the be-all-end-all. A relationship with Jesus is the only relationship where you will always be satisfied. Always. Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever. That is amazing, friends! He offers us so much more than what a significant other can. In the song, “Holy Spirit” by Kari Jobe, there’s a part that says, “I’ve tasted and seen of the sweetest of loves where my heart becomes free and my shame is undone. Your presence, Lord.” I don’t know any sweeter love than the love Jesus has for me and you. God sent His one and only Son into this dark world to show us what light is and how to be that light. His Son died for us! We’re filthy sinners and yet He suffered and died for us so that we could be with Him in paradise! When we mess up and come to Him asking for forgiveness, He covers us with grace. We don’t deserve it, but He gives us grace upon grace. There’s nothing we can do that will make Him stop loving us. Longing to have a boyfriend shouldn’t be what’s most important to me. If God is all I have, God is all I need. This changes everything to my viewpoint on being single. The joy of the Lord is my strength. One day He’s going to come for His bride! It blows my mind that I get to be with my Savior in heaven. It blows my mind that the Creator chooses me. He delights in me. He is in the waiting. In every season, He is with me. I am never alone.

Often times we lose sight of who God is and forget He knows exactly what He is doing. He is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine! Remember that God gives His best to those who leave the choice with Him. As children of God, He will not withhold His best from us. He gives us a hope and a future. God’s best is yet to come! 

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A

P.S: Who else watches wedding videos from time to time? I can watch a lot in one sitting haha. I don’t know why I do it to myself.

 

 

 

 

 

Sweet Potato, Broccoli, Chicken Bake

Sweet Potato, Broccoli, Chicken Bake

At my school, in the first chapel of 2017, our president was speaking about hospitality. After chapel, I went back to my apartment and cooked a meal that I originally planned to make for only me and my roommate to eat. But then I thought why not invite my sister over to have a meal with me too. It was so delicious that she asked me if she could come back for seconds and as much as I wanted the leftovers all to myself, I decided not to be selfish and to open up my apartment for her to come back. It felt great to give, to serve… to take care of people and to expect nothing back in return. 

Also in chapel, we sang “Build My Life” by Housefires and the part in the lyrics that stood out to me the most was

“Show me who You are and fill me with Your heart and lead me in Your love to those around me.” 

Jesus’ life is a perfect example of what it is to be hospitable

I want to share the sweet potato, broccoli, chicken bake recipe with you all. I found it on Lauren Kay Sims’s  blog. She got the recipe from therealfoodrds.com.

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I purchased all of the ingredients from Trader Joe’s, except for the Italian seasoning- I bought it from Sprouts. 

> SWEET POTATO, BROCCOLI, CHICKEN BAKE <<

Servings: 4-5

What you will need:

  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast or thighs, cubed
  • 3 cups packed broccoli stems and florets, chopped
  • 1 large sweet potato or yam, ¼ inch small cubes–small cutes are key (~1½ cups cubed)
  • ½ cup red onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 Tbsp.raisins
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped walnuts or nuts of choice (I used candied pecans from Trader Joe’s!)
  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • 1 ½ tsp. Italian seasoning, dried
  • ¼ tsp. sea salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  • ¼ cup soft goat or feta cheese, crumbles (optional. i used feta cheese!)

Instructions:

– Preheat oven to 375 °F.
– Grease a large casserole dish with olive oil.
– Place cubed chicken on the bottom of casserole dish. Lightly season with salt and pepper.
– In a bowl combine broccoli, sweet potatoes, red onion, garlic, raisins, chopped walnuts, olive oil and herbs. Toss to coat.
– Top chicken with herb and vegetable mixture.
– Cover with foil and bake for 35 minutes. Remove foil and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink and sweet potatoes are soft.
– Top with optional cheese just before serving.

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Let me know what you think after you have tried this dish! Enjoy!

X O , 

T I N A

BITE Matte Crème Lip Crayon VoxBox

BITE Matte Crème Lip Crayon VoxBox

A HUGE THANK YOU to Influenster and Bite Beauty for sending me three gorgeous and well-formulated matte crème lip crayons complimentary for testing purposes! With all honesty, here is my take on these products

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The design of the voxbox and the packaging inside was neat!

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I wish that the pointy tip could last forever because it is super helpful for precision during application, but in reality it will go dull, similar to how the one on the right appears

Talking about application, let’s see what each shade looks like on my lips! Note that I always put lip balm on as a base before I start

I think this dusty mauve shade called “Glacé” is perfect to wear as an everyday lipstick

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For that red lip classic thing that you like, I present to you  the shade “Red Velvet”

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I love rockin’ a red lip, especially around the holidays

I saved the best for last! “Cava” is a lilac beige and is my favorite out of the three

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Pros on Bite Beauty’s Matte Crème Lip Crayons 

  • All or mostly made out of natural ingredients! This is good good news concerning how much lipstick I consume whilst eating
  • Matte, but still hydrating on the lips
  • Great pigmentation 
  • Unique scent
  • Formulated without parabens, sulfates, and phthalates 
  • Contains orange peel wax which naturally guards and locks in moisture while providing a waterproof layer on the surface of lips
  • Contains organic fruit butters, jojoba, and castor oil which causes lips to remain soft and hydrated
  • Sleek packaging

Con on Bite Beauty’s Matte Crème Lip Crayons

  • It is difficult to remove the cap

Wow I found wayyy more pros than cons. I definitely recommend these products.

X O , 

T I N A

Free People in Old Pasadena

Free People in Old Pasadena

My roommates (Elyssa and Kimberly) and I spent Saturday, November 12, 2016 in Old Pasadena. I am stoked to share that special day with you!

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Kim and I rode the metro for the first time! It was nice but the metro did go faster than I expected. 

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We arrived in Old Pasadena and this was the first location that caught my eye.

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Free People mirror selfie! We went inside different stores and looked around but didn’t buy anything. Our money went to food and drinks haha

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Sugarfina

20 Hugus Alley  
Pasadena, CA   91105

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I purchased golden truffle eggs from Sugarfina. A golden truffle egg is a creamy milk chocolate truffle infused with hazelnut and vanilla, then dipped in a shimmery golden shell. They have no artificial flavors, are non gmo, are vegetarian, and are kosher. They were imported from Italy. 

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I call them little dinosaur eggs haha

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Around the same area Sugarfina was located, we found a reindeer… The reindeer’s legs though haha

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We all decided to have Thai food for lunch. 

City Thai

48 S Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105

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I had their pad see ew. Unfortunately I will not be ordering it from them again. I was disappointed at how salty they made it. 

Our next stop after lunch did not let me down though…

Home Brewed Bar

39 N Arroyo Pkwy, Pasadena, CA 91103

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One of life’s greatest joys for me is visiting new coffee shops. I really like this one! The atmosphere is spot on and I dig the decor. When customers enter, the baristas greet every customer by saying, “Welcome home!” When a customer exits, they bid farewell by saying, “Come back home soon!” I think they also say something like, “Hurry back home,” but I could be wrong on that one haha.

The baristas who were there were very friendly and fun to talk to. They genuinely want to know you and are super helpful if you are having a difficult time deciding on what drink to order, for their choices are broad. One of their baristas goes to school at APU! His name is Malachi (the back of his head is pictured above haha). He was excited once he found out Kim and I are students at APU as well. It was so nice to meet him. He made my pistachio toddy latte *pictured below*

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Remember that lovely area where Sugarfina and our reindeer friend was? Well, we went back there to escape the hustle and bustle.

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Sunset

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Night

I don’t know what this statue was all about but I wan’t to.

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I spy the moon

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Aww we look like sisters

We wrapped up our time in Old Pasadena by making a stop at Pressed Juicery because I wanted to take a juice to go. I bought their Greens 3 which contained kale, spinach, romaine, parsley, cucumber, celery, apple, lemon, and ginger. 

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Back to APU we went! When we exited the metro, a young little girl looked up at us and said, “Whoa, you guys look sooo pretty!” Haha she was such a cutie pie. I am thankful for the time I spent with my roommates. It was much-needed. I encourage you to set aside a day for exploring with good company. Be free! Talking about free, the following portion of this blog post will be centered around the Free People romper I wore on Saturday.

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My Outfit

Janpath romper: Free People *I can’t find it online

Martinez western ankle boots: Payless. Find it here! I am wearing them in the color tan suede, but they also sell them in the color black suede. 

Jewelry: Forever 21 *I can’t find them online

Nails: Essie’s nail polish in the shade called “merino cool.” Find it here!

BIG THANKS to Elyssa and Kim for helping me with pictures. My roomies are a blessing.

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Jesus Is the Only One Who Can Satisfy | 2016 US Election

Jesus Is the Only One Who Can Satisfy | 2016 US Election

Division and divided are the words I have heard a lot of throughout this week. I hate seeing friendships being broken apart. I hate seeing family members turning against one another. I hate seeing the violence on social media. To love God and love your neighbors is God’s greatest commandment, but sadly, I am not seeing much of it. I believe that it is important to listen to each other’s opinions with humility and respect whether we agree with each other or not. I know it can be difficult to love someone who we disagree with. I know it takes all that is in us to love our enemies, but it is possible through Christ if we let Him in. Being obedient to God’s Word is worth it. Donald Trump is made is God’s image. Hillary Clinton is made in God’s image. We are made in God’s image. We are God’s people and we should be loving one another. 

The kingdom of God is God’s reign and how it is experienced. There has been so much focus on Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, that most of us have forgetten to be still and know. Donald Trump is the president-elect, but God is in control and on the throne. He is in heaven, but He is also here on earth in the heart of every believer… believers who are His hands and feet. Did you know that there is so much more to the meaning of the parable of the good Samaritan found in Luke 10:25-37? 

A man who is assumed to be a Jew, was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. The priest and the Levite did not help the man because of their devotion to purity laws. If they went near him or touched him, they would be considered unclean and therefore not able to enter the temple. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’ What the Samaritan did for the man was a true act of love and mercy. Samaritans and Jews had bitter tension on both sides. Samaritans were on bad terms with Jews, and Jews were on bad terms with Samaritans. So how this parable shows a Samaritan choosing to care for a Jew despite… wow. The kingdom of God. It was not one of the man’s own, a fellow Jew, who came to his rescue, but instead it was someone who the man was in conflict with, a Samaritan, who came to his rescue!

I have seen the words division and divided a lot, but I have also been seeing the Bible verse 2 Chronicles 7:14 a lot as well… maybe a little too much but it is a really great one. In 2 Chronicles 7:14, God says, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” Oh do we need Christ in America! Imagine what it will look like if we all come together in prayer? Imagine what it will look like if we choose to forgive?  If we choose to forgive, Christ will forgive us. We would be set free! What will it look like if we fix our eyes on Jesus? 

Prayer is the most powerful tool we have. There is power in the name of Jesus! Will you join me in praying for our nation and its leaders? Donald Trump and Mike Pence can not lead America without the Lord’s provision and guidance. Pence is a God fearing man, but as for Trump, I believe the same God who worked in King Nebuchanezzar, Belshazzar, Darius, and Cyrus’s life, can also influence Trump’s heart if we keep on praying for him. I recommend if you have not already, to look into Daniel, chapters 4-6, too see how God transformed the hearts of those rulers. 

My hope is not in man, but in Christ alone. Campus pastor of Azusa Pacific University, Woody, said in chapel on the morning after election day, “Don’t let politicians do the work the Church is supposed to do. Regardless of your political stance, don’t put your hope in any of the candidates–they are not the Savior. Only God can change this nation.” I could not have said it better. Be the change! 

To those who are hurting and are in fear, I pray that you will feel God’s presence and find rest in His arms. I encourage you all to put your hope in Him and I assure you that He will give you a peace that surpasses all understanding. God has a plan. God will never forsake His own. Most importantly, know that He loves you. I love you too. You matter.

If you are reading this, please join me in praying hard for this nation and its leaders. When we say we are going to pray, we must not just say it but put it into action as well. Pray, pray, pray! May God give president-elect Donald Trump wisdom and may Trump have ears to listen to godly counsel. 

Three worship songs to listen to:

1.) “We Will Not Be Shaken” by Bethel Music

2.) “God I Look To You” by Bethel Music 

3.) “Give Us Clean Hands”  by MercyMe 

Bible verses that really stood out to me especially on the week of the election:

  • Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand.” – Matthew 12:25
  • “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” – Matthew 5:43-48
  • Do not fret because of those who are evil
        or be envious of those who do wrong;
    for like the grass they will soon wither,
        like green plants they will soon die away.

    Trust in the Lord and do good;
        dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
    Take delight in the Lord,
        and he will give you the desires of your heart.

    Commit your way to the Lord;
        trust in him and he will do this:
    He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,
        your vindication like the noonday sun.

    Be still before the Lord
        and wait patiently for him;
    do not fret when people succeed in their ways,
        when they carry out their wicked schemes.

    Refrain from anger and turn from wrath;
        do not fret—it leads only to evil.
    For those who are evil will be destroyed,
        but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land.

    A little while, and the wicked will be no more;
        though you look for them, they will not be found.
    But the meek will inherit the land
        and enjoy peace and prosperity.

    The wicked plot against the righteous
        and gnash their teeth at them;
    but the Lord laughs at the wicked,
        for he knows their day is coming.

    The wicked draw the sword
        and bend the bow
    to bring down the poor and needy,
        to slay those whose ways are upright.
     But their swords will pierce their own hearts,
        and their bows will be broken.

    Better the little that the righteous have
        than the wealth of many wicked;
    for the power of the wicked will be broken,
        but the Lord upholds the righteous.

     The blameless spend their days under the Lord’s care,
        and their inheritance will endure forever.
    In times of disaster they will not wither;
        in days of famine they will enjoy plenty.

    But the wicked will perish:
        Though the Lord’s enemies are like the flowers of the field,
        they will be consumed, they will go up in smoke.

    The wicked borrow and do not repay,
        but the righteous give generously;
    those the Lord blesses will inherit the land,
        but those he curses will be destroyed.

    The Lord makes firm the steps
        of the one who delights in him;
    though he may stumble, he will not fall,
        for the Lord upholds him with his hand.

    I was young and now I am old,
        yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken
        or their children begging bread.
    They are always generous and lend freely;
        their children will be a blessing.

    Turn from evil and do good;
        then you will dwell in the land forever.
    For the Lord loves the just
        and will not forsake his faithful ones.

    Wrongdoers will be completely destroyed;
        the offspring of the wicked will perish.
    The righteous will inherit the land
        and dwell in it forever.

    The mouths of the righteous utter wisdom,
        and their tongues speak what is just.
    The law of their God is in their hearts;
        their feet do not slip.

    The wicked lie in wait for the righteous,
        intent on putting them to death;
    but the Lord will not leave them in the power of the wicked
        or let them be condemned when brought to trial.

    Hope in the Lord
        and keep his way.
    He will exalt you to inherit the land;
        when the wicked are destroyed, you will see it.

    I have seen a wicked and ruthless man
        flourishing like a luxuriant native tree,
    but he soon passed away and was no more;
        though I looked for him, he could not be found.

    Consider the blameless, observe the upright;
        a future awaits those who seek peace.
    But all sinners will be destroyed;
        there will be no future for the wicked.

    The salvation of the righteous comes from the Lord;
        he is their stronghold in time of trouble.
    The Lord helps them and delivers them;
        he delivers them from the wicked and saves them,
        because they take refuge in him.

    – Psalm 37 // A Psalm of David

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