Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, from my heart to yours, I send you the warmest wishes and love.
Despite my lack of holiday spirit, I’m feeling extra thankful this Christmas for the incredible amount of support and feedback I get from you guys on each of my posts. Time has flown by since I’ve started this blog and I can’t thank all of you enough for the love that continues to keep this site alive. You guys are all my family!
Wishing you the best holiday season yet and more. Plenty more posts to come this week, I have some exciting new changes coming up for our home here on MODESTNOOK. Be on the look out!
It’s been a bit since I’ve caught up with you guys.
I am truly sorry for the huge delay in posts… From school work to family hardships, I’ve struggled to keep my balance in life overall. As I continue to find that balance in my life, I thought I’d throw out a weekly favorites post! Haven’t done one of these in a while so here it goes.
XO – EDEN
You Send Me – Sam Cooke
Foldin Clothes – J. Cole
Someone Like You – Cobrayama
Love in the Dark – Adele
Gemini – Anne-Marie
Die For You – The Weeknd
Oversized flannels! I am definitely part of the lazy girl club, so I don’t plan much when it comes to choosing outfits. Throwing on a nice flowy oversized flannel (or a stolen flannel from your boyfriend, brother, or dad) is what I call the perfect transitioning outfit. Depending on the shoes and layering, you can dress it up or down. Casual to date night. It’s also a plus that flannels hide your belly when you want to pig out. No one will know. Leave me a comment if you want to see how I style oversized flannels! I’d love to let you in on all my secrets to the lazy girl wardrobe.
Manna Grill (Riverside, CA) – Unfortunately, there is a lack of authentic, quality, homestyle Asian food in Riverside. I came across this little Korean family run kitchen just last month, not expecting much from the cheap prices, besides some dry kimbap and flavorless sides. Yet, I was proven totally wrong! For the low prices, the quality and amount of food remains pretty standard. You can just tell their rolls are made with lots of love and effort. For a cheeky little snack along with your meal, order a cup of dukbokki! These are rice cakes drenched in a yummy spicy sauce. I would drink the sauce if that didn’t mean I was psycho. Be sure to try it out if you’re in Riverside!
I always love hearing your favorites of the week and your feedback in general. Thank you all so much for your continuous support and love. Let’s all get in touch again, share some of your favorite songs in the comments! I’ll be sure to give them a listen.
The first week of August has already flown by and I’m not too sure how I feel about it. I guess ‘bittersweet’ is accurate, since summer is nearly halfway through.
I thought I would start off a new weekly post to share some of my favorites! From foodie places to poppin’ jams, leave in the comments your favorites from this week also! Let me know where I should head to next or what I should try. Reading all of your responses always makes my day.
With you – Drake
Put Your Records On – Corinne Bailey Rae
Surprise Yourself – Jack Garratt
Send My Love (To Your New Lover) – Adele
So Long (ft. Madi) – Slushii
Cruel – Snakehips
Don’t Need Your Love – Lucas Nord
Circles – MDWS
*Been obsessed with Jack Garratt lately! If you haven’t heard his music yet you need to check him out. Some of the remixes of his songs are pretty poppin’ too.
Rompers, rompers, rompers
Anything made of loose and breathable material for this dry California weather
Hooshik (Monterey Park, CA) – I was recently introduced to this little dessert/tea shop and considering that I don’t have to drive to Koreatown in LA for Korean Style shaved ice, I think it’s pretty worth it! Definitely a welcoming place to hang out at. Their decor and shaved ice are instagrammable too so that’s always a plus! I appreciate these stores that open late during the summer. Gotta cure the munchies!
Izakaya Honda-Ya (Rowland Heights, CA) – Another restaurant that opens late! This cozy Japanese place was truly a spontaneous find when my friends and I were craving Takoyaki at 12:30AM. Their prices were pretty reasonable and not too bad for authentic Japanese food. Get the black sesame ice cream if you’re craving something mildly sweet!
I have really been enjoying switching up my look lately and playing around with different vibes. Taking these photos and styling this outfit around ilymix.com accessories was so much fun for me! Definitely check out their website and pop in my code “rachaaelle20” for a sweet discount at checkout.
It’s pessimistic and quite strange to think that everything is temporary.
But lately I’ve realized it’s childish and close minded to rely on certain things or people for happiness. We look to these things for fulfillment– and for varying periods of times we do experience this satisfaction– but naturally and with time, these things fail to make us happy. Disheartening as it is, it’s natural as we grow and discover our likes and dislikes on this extensive journey through life. Everything is temporary. Whether it’s losing interest in certain hobbies or straying away from people you love, each period in your life is blessed with few moments that bring happiness to your life. Yet as we keep moving forward, we tend to leave these things behind. And there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s a nostalgic and pleasing warmth when you rediscover and return to something you once loved.
As nothing is forever and everything is temporary, this does not mean that there are no constants in life. Though sometimes inconsistent, we are blessed with close friends, loving family, and health. They will always be there for you– your source of happiness when all else fails. (That is, if you are surrounded with the right people and you care for your body… But that’s a whole other blog post)
I’m so sorry I have been on a little break from posting recently. Unexpected events regarding family arised and my school work just piled up. So I had to put aside the writing for a bit. No more excuses!! For now, here’s the deal…
In 2 days I’ll be graduating high school. As of now, it still has yet to hit me. My high school career has been one of the toughest experiences I have faced– from the constant judgement (from both friends and family) to the lack of motivation and repetitive routine. After 4 years, I still don’t have a place or purpose. I still have yet to find the friends that will stick by me through anything, but I have learned from each and every person I’ve interacted with through my high school experience. I feel as if these 4 years of my life shaped who I am and built the foundation of my morals and personal values. Lacking consistency in my life, but truly, when is life ever consistent?
Throughout these 4 years… I learned who and what is important to me, how to be myself and why it’s important to care for yourself. But where am I off to next?
Hating Mondays, and every other day besides the weekend, is probably the worst habit for the most of us. We spend so much time dreading those workdays rather than using that time to enjoy life the best we can, and making the most of the time we have. If we can take the energy hating 5 days out of 7, we definitely can use that energy to make something positive out of it. Go out on a weekday! Take a nap! Relax. Do that one thing you’ve always wanted to do. Don’t let the fact that it’s a weekday stop you from doing what makes you happy.
I do understand a lot of us have long hours from school to work, but I do believe there is either something new to learn each day, or a chance to make someone else’s day. Or if you’re feeling snazzy you could even try both. I know you can do it. Good luck with the rest of the week!
Never would I have imagined my dad suffering from 2 strokes and disability, my parents divorcing, or even the fact that I lasted through 18 years on this Earth. But I’m definitely not here to be pitied.
Throughout childhood, I would watch TV shows and films, with the protection of my parents of course, as they would shield my eyes from things like kisses to raunchy sex scenes. They weren’t fans of the classic fairy tales or rom-coms. They exposed me to the raw, real life events shown daily in the news. I was a fan of watching the news (KTLA was my preference) when I knew I wanted to zone out on issues other people had. Yet I realize now that watching the news served and continues to serve as a reminder to me that there is nothing too severly large, no issue or problem, that is too much to handle. And there is always someone out there who is going through something worse. So I am grateful for my life and those around me.
And now, as an adult (merely legally), I am without the protection of my parents. There is no one here to shield my eyes. I see life as it is, maybe thats why I am brutally honest with everyone. But we’ll talk about that in another post…
But for now, I continue to pick out the positives of every day and cherish them wholeheartedly. Positive things will always arise and are bound to happen.