Hi everyone,

I hope you’re all doing well! I’m back with the very first favorite of the year. Here are 5 things I had and have been loving in the January 2017.

  1. My new blog’s design: My fashion and lifestyle blog, StyleAndSenses, is one year old and has just got a make-ever!!! Did you notice that? I hope you like it just as much as I do. On the front page, you’ll get a glimpse of what my blog is focused: Fashion and Lifestyle. “Outfit Pairings” and “Brand Focus” are categorized underneath FASHION. LIFESTYLE includes “Travel Diary,” “Monthly Favorites,” “Senses and More,” and “Beauty Tips.” Also, I’ve added a new feature, called “SHOP MY LOOKS,” so that you can browse and potentially purchase similar items to get my look online, all recommended and suggested by me! So hopefully you’ll learn about more brands and fashion tips along the way. I’m so excited to create a lot more awesome contents here on the blog in the year of 2017.·2. Instagram’s new “saved” feature: If you’re one of those visual people like me who likes to browse Tumblr, Pinterest, or Instagram pictures for inspiration, try this new Instagram’s new feature. While you’re on Instagram, you can tap on the flag icon located at the bottom right corner of a picture to save it. Then you’d want to go back to your profile page, all of your saved pictures are right under that same flag icon on the menu bar. I love that I can have them all in one place. Sometimes I un-save and save certain pictures to get the right arrangement. Below is my current MOOD BOARD, curated from various sources by me.

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3. The Alchemist: If you’re in need of a good philosophical and motivational read, get this book! Well, I didn’t really “read” the book. I listened to the audio version of the book on Audible, hope it counts!? Audible is an app, owned by Amazon, that offers fantastic audio books and podcasts. To download the first free book, you’d want to sign in your Amazon account online. If you don’t have one, you should sign up for it! Then you’d want to purchase the Audible/audio version of the book of your choice on the Amazon website or app. Then you should download the Audible app and sign in with the same Amazon account. The purchased book will automatically appear in “My Library” section of the app, and all you have to do is start listening. At work, we’re allowed to have headphones on when performing certain repetitive tasks, so music, podcasts, and audio books are my best friends.

Here is the summary of The Alchemist from Goodreads.com:

“Paulo Coelho’s enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its powerful simplicity and inspiring wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of a treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest. No one knows what the treasure is, or if Santiago will be able to surmount the obstacles along the way. But what starts out as a journey to find worldly goods turns into a discovery of the treasure found within. Lush, evocative, and deeply humane, the story of Santiago is an eternal testament to the transforming power of our dreams and the importance of listening to our hearts.”

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4. The OA- Netflix original series | season 1: If you’re a fan of Stranger Things, the hit series debuted in the summer of 2016, you’ll for sure love this. “The OA” was released on Netflix in December of 2016. I can’t help but draw comparisons to Stranger Things because of a similar science fiction drama type with added mystery and fantasy elements. OA, aka Nina or Prairie Johnson, returns home after having gone missing for 7 years with a restored eyesight and weird scars on her back. The OA refuses to tell the FBI agent and her adoptive parents where she has been. Instead, she quickly assembles a group of locals whose she hopes to get the help to rescue the rest of the missing people. I finished the entire show in 3 nights, finding myself drowned in the fascinating OA world. Give it a watch since the season has only 8 quick episodes, and thank me later! 🙂
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5. The Women’s March- Jan 21st, 2017: Well, I can’t help but feel the need to express some politics’ talks this month. I remembered when me and my coworkers tuning in to watch Trump’s inauguration on Friday the 20th. The event got no one talking! Well, I meant no one as of compared to the Women’s March the day after that. I remembered driving through downtown St. Paul- MN and witnessed the crowd the huge crowd. I follow a ton of feminist individuals on social media, so my feeds were overwhelmingly emotional to watch. I feel lucky to have lived in such a free country where we’re free to express and fight for what we believe is humane and right. I am a feminist, and I believe women are just as powerful and talented as men. Women used not be able to vote nor work. We fought. We protested. Nowadays, we still fight and protest for equal pays and equal rights, especially rights to do whatever we want to our body. Certain political leaders, especially Trump and the current U.S government, are bringing the U.S backward to 2 decades in the past. We can still fight and will fight! It’s sad to see all the political leader figures are men. However, the march with millions of participations around the world has served as an important mark to inspire and motivate the future generations to keep fighting for equality for all. Stay informed!
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Thank you so much for reading!