Monday Manicure – China Glaze Recycle

Yes it’s Tuesday, but what can you do?
This is two coats of China Glaze Recycle between Orly Bonder and Orly Won’t Chip.  China Glaze Recycle, Orly Bonder, Orly Won't Chip

I think I’m getting better at painting my nails (or maybe China Glaze is just easy to apply) because I slapped this on while soaking in the bath tub. It’s a little bit messy around the cuticles, but other than that it went on smoothly and evenly.
 China Glaze Recycle, Orly Bonder, Orly Won't Chip

Unfortunately it chipped within 18 hours. Bummer, because I really liked this medium-grey color. Maybe next time I will apply it carefully and thoughtfully. Or not, slapping it on while doing something else is the way I usually paint my nails.

 How’s your week going?

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Sunday Social – 5×5

Happy Easter! I hope you’re all having a nice weekend.
Sunday Social with A Complete Waste of Makeup BlogHere’s this week’s Sunday Social -

  1. 5 songs you’ll listen to the rest of your life:
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  2. 5 things on your bucket list:
    1. Visit Iceland
    2. Run a marathon
    3. Move to Mexico
    4. Do an unassisted pull-up
    5. Retire young!
  3. 5 celebs you’d love to hang out with for a day:
    brazil butt lift, P90X, Insanity, Body Beast, Body Beast for women, Shaun T, Leandro Carvalho, Tony HortonWell, who did you think I would say?!
    Let’s make it 5 people by adding
    Suze Orman
  4. 5 things you always carry in your purse:
    1. Lip balm
    2. Kleenex
    3. Kindle
    4. Rosary
    5. The usual stuff like ID, keys, phone
  5. 5 books on your reading list:pic monkey

What’s on your list?

 

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Friday Five: Five Fitness Goals

Linking up with Eat Pray Run DC (and thank goodness for this because I’ve completely run out of blog post ideas)

Friday Five Fitness Goals

  1. Be half marathon-ready at all times. I think I might be pretty close to this. After all, I didn’t train too much for the Hollywood Half, and I did Not Badly. If I can do at least one 6-mile run a week, I think I can continue to run half marathons Not Badly. How awesome would it be to decide to run a half just like that? But another goal is to
  2. Run a half marathon in 2-ish hours. I did the math and I’d have to run at a ~9 minute/mile pace. I’m not anywhere close to that. So I’ll have to keep training, and work on speed, too. It won’t happen this year, but it will happen.
  3. Hike from a trailhead in Montrose to one in Burbank. I think that’s ~13 miles. At the top of the Verdugos (only ~3 miles up), it’s a pretty flat access road, so this is completely doable. I just have to stop complaining about the heat and get to it.
  4. Hike to Mt. Wilson. This has been a goal for a while now, but I haven’t even been hiking in months. Too hot, boo hoo.
  5. Do an unassisted pull-up. Body Beast is getting me closer to this goal – I moved the pin to 54 lbs on the assisted pull-up machine this week. And then, I moved it to 48 lbs and did 5 more. Slowly but surely, I’m making progress. And losing bra fat. Win-win.

What are your goals?

 

 

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That Time I Papped KPop Idols

Humpday Confessions

It’s time for Humpday Confessions with Kathy from Vodka and Soda. Let’s dilly dally before I get to my shameful confession, shall we?

Last weekend, my friend Chau invited me to attend a KPop festival with her at the Coliseum. Now, I don’t know much about KPop, but Chau is a huge fan. I attended the Korean Music Festival with her a couple of years ago at the Hollywood Bowl and it was a lot of fun, so I was looking forward to this, too.

We had pretty awesome seats – here we are on the field.
LA KPop Festival, LA Memorial Coliseum, 2PM, CNBlue, ShiNee, Infinite JunK, Woo Young,  Kim Tae Woo, Sung Yeol, Taec Yeon, O Dae San Korean BBQ

I had to stop for the obligatory Trojan Family photo. Fight on!
LA KPop Festival, LA Memorial Coliseum, 2PM, CNBlue, ShiNee, Infinite JunK, Woo Young,  Kim Tae Woo, Sung Yeol, Taec Yeon, O Dae San Korean BBQ

The event was very exciting and Kind of a Big Deal. The President of Korean Broadcasting System gave a speech, so did a congressman and the Consular General of Los Angeles. Apparently this free festival is presented around the world and sponsored by KBS . My friend tells me that KPop is more popular in other countries than the US. I knew it was Big in Japan, but Turkey?
I was surprised by the diversity of the crowd – people of all ages and origins were in attendance. Sitting next to us was a quartet of white ladies my age singing along in Korean. Show offs. Not that I’m jealous or anything because after 1.5 years of Korean lessons I can’t even ask for the check at a restaurant.

LA KPop Festival, LA Memorial Coliseum, 2PM, CNBlue, ShiNee, Infinite JunK, Woo Young,  Kim Tae Woo, Sung Yeol, Taec Yeon, O Dae San Korean BBQ

After the concert, three of us went to Koreatown to eat. Our first choice was BCD Tofu House, but that seemed to be the choice of errryone that was at the Coliseum-the wait was an hour!

So we tried Hodori a few blocks away, but there was a line wrapping around the building.

Since we were close to an old favorite, O Dae San, we decided to go there. There was no wait! As we were led to our table, who should we have spotted but 2PM, one of the boy bands from the festival!

It seemed that all the performers from the KPop Festival were at the restaurant, eating in this separate room.
LA KPop Festival, LA Memorial Coliseum, 2PM, CNBlue, ShiNee, Infinite JunK, Woo Young,  Kim Tae Woo, Sung Yeol, Taec Yeon, O Dae San Korean BBQ

And that’s when I LOST MY MIND and turned into a stealthy photog. At first, I wasn’t surreptitious enough, since this heavy tried to prevent me from taking this photo of Min Hyuk from CNBlue…

LA KPop Festival, LA Memorial Coliseum, 2PM, CNBlue, ShiNee, Infinite JunK, Woo Young,  Kim Tae Woo, Sung Yeol, Taec Yeon, O Dae San Korean BBQ

but I wasn’t to be deterred; I just had to be more covert, but without bothering anyone. LA KPop Festival, LA Memorial Coliseum, 2PM, CNBlue, ShiNee, Infinite JunK, Woo Young,  Kim Tae Woo, Sung Yeol, Taec Yeon, O Dae San Korean BBQ
As you can see, the manager of the restaurant wasn’t too happy that I snapped Jun K from 2PM. Or maybe he’s just grumpy, because I was 3 or 4 tables away. LA KPop Festival, LA Memorial Coliseum, 2PM, CNBlue, ShiNee, Infinite JunK, Woo Young,  Kim Tae Woo, Sung Yeol, Taec Yeon, O Dae San Korean BBQ

Here’s Taec Yeon from 2PM headed to the men’s room. LA KPop Festival, LA Memorial Coliseum, 2PM, CNBlue, ShiNee, Infinite JunK, Woo Young,  Kim Tae Woo, Sung Yeol, Taec Yeon, O Dae San Korean BBQ
Jung Shi from CN Blue in the striped shirt and Min Hyuk not too far behind him, returning from the men’s room. Don’t think it didn’t occur to me to hang out there. LA KPop Festival, LA Memorial Coliseum, 2PM, CNBlue, ShiNee, Infinite JunK, Woo Young,  Kim Tae Woo, Sung Yeol, Taec Yeon, O Dae San Korean BBQ
Here are Woo Young and Jun K from 2PM chatting with Kim Tae Woo. I think Kim Tae Woo was my favorite act of the night. He’s got an impressive set of pipes. LA KPop Festival, LA Memorial Coliseum, 2PM, CNBlue, ShiNee, Infinite JunK, Woo Young,  Kim Tae Woo, Sung Yeol, Taec Yeon, O Dae San Korean BBQ
I think this is Sung Yeol from Infinite? I didn’t see his face. KPop fans will recognize him from the back, though. LA KPop Festival, LA Memorial Coliseum, 2PM, CNBlue, ShiNee, Infinite JunK, Woo Young,  Kim Tae Woo, Sung Yeol, Taec Yeon, O Dae San Korean BBQ
Yong Hwa from CNBlue.LA KPop Festival, LA Memorial Coliseum, 2PM, CNBlue, ShiNee, Infinite JunK, Woo Young,  Kim Tae Woo, Sung Yeol, Taec Yeon, O Dae San Korean BBQ
Here is Yong Hwa from CNBlue again, directing a sing-along on the bus that all the artists boarded at the end of the evening. YongHwa from CNBlue on the bus
I instagrammed and tweeted the heck out of the evening so no surprise that there was a small crowd outside the restaurant – maybe 30 people.
It made me kind of sad that the artists did not wave, smile, or acknowledge their fans in anyway, but I guess that’s how it works in Korea.
bye bye

Well, I had to do something during dinner to occupy myself – because of the “special party” the restaurant was only serving all-you-can-eat bbq meat. I had to argue with the waiter for him to bring me a bowl of rice. I asked for pajeon and was refused, but then one came out as an appetizer. I asked for one of my own and the waiter said no! So I took photos and instagrammed all evening to distract from my imminent starvation death.

Have you ever seen celebrities while out and about?

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Literary Junkies Link-up for April

I love this monthly link-up so very much. Every month I add new books to my to-read list. I have plenty of reading to keep me busy for the next few months.

Pink Heels Pink Truck

1. What are you reading right now? Tell us about it!
Bright Young Things trilogy
I’m halfway through the third book of the Bright Young Things trilogy. It’s about three young women in the roaring 20s. The books flip between the events of the friends’ lives. It’s entertaining but not can’t-put-it-down good.

2. Divergent, Hunger Games, or Twilight. Which do you prefer and why? (If you’ve never read them which do you think you’d prefer?)
I’ve read all three series. Here’s how they stack up:

  • Divergent – The tragic ending of the series left me unmoved because I really disliked the characters. I started this series because everyone was talking about it, and I finished it because I started…but I did not particularly enjoy it.
  • Twilight – Even though I despaired of the co-dependent heroine, I really liked this series. Probably because all but the last movie had been released and I could really visualize the characters.

Taylor Lautner shirtless

  • The Hunger Games - This was a great series until we got to Mockingjay. I loved that Katniss is a strong, independent heroine. But the last book really let down the series. I didn’t mind the ending because it made sense to me, but Katniss seemed so detached throughout most of the book.

3. TV Series Based on Books: they start out very close to the book to draw in the fans but then will start to separate themselves by changing things and adding characters. What are you thoughts on this?
The book is the book and the TV series/movie is the TV series/movie.
For example, I didn’t like the Swedish version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo because it didn’t add anything new to the story – it was pretty much the same as the book. And I’d just read the book so why watch the movie?

4. You’ve just been recruited to help a movie studio bring your favorite book to the big screen. What’s the movie and who are you choosing to play the main characters?
I’d love to see a movie or TV show based on Alexander McCall Smith’s 44 Scotland series. I’m not sure about the actors so I’ll let the studios cast that.
44 Scotland Street by Alexander Mccall Smith

5. Going back to the above question, do you keep it word for word the same or do you use this chance to change little things you thought would make the book better?
I’d definitely change it up a little bit – if it were exactly the same, I think it would be a bit boring.

6. After you finish a physical copy of a book do you keep it for a reread, put it on a shelf to collect dust, donate it to Goodwill, or do you just not purchase physical copies of books?
I’ve never been much of a book-buyer; I’ve usually depended on the library for my books. Sometimes I bought used books from Goodwill and those really piled up! When I got a tablet and a Kindle app last year, I donated most of my books back to Goodwill. My library has a great collection of e-books so I’m just about done with actual books.

What are you reading and do you have any suggestions for me?

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