A Review of the Masks I Panic-Purchased for Pandemic

Masks are the new norm. At first, brands were almost being scolded for pivoting to making masks and potentially taking advantage of our current pandemic in order to turn a profit.  However, I really appreciate these companies doing this because not only are regular masks hard to find, cute masks are hard to come by. And if I have to wear these things out and about for the foreseeable future, I need some that make me excited to wear them out.



Vogue and GQ and The Strategist all released listicles with designers that were putting out masks. I scrolled through each several times before deciding which masks were the best for me to buy, in terms of price, functionality, designer, and look.  Below is a review of the masks I have ordered to date:

Alice and Olivia- Stace Face Mask
Price: $10.00
Order date: April 7, 2020
Delivery date: STILL HAS NOT BEEN DELIVERED
Thoughts: A&O was one of the first brands I saw putting out masks at the beginning of quarantine, so naturally I ordered one at the beginning of quarantine. Little did I know that I would still not have this mask over a month later. I'm still looking forward to receiving this mask, because I have a clear idea of how I want to style it, and because it looks like we will still have to wear masks out for the foreseeable future.

   


Apolis - Customizable Face Masks
Price: $19.00 (price goes down with quantity)
Order date: April 21, 2020
Delivery date: April 28, 2020
Thoughts: As I've mentioned before, I saw the masks on @JaceyDuprie or Damsel in Dior and knew I needed to have it. I love customized things and I have always loved Apolis bags.  I wasn't exactly sure how the fit would be based on their photos online, but I still ordered 3.  The "I'm Smiling" mask was one of their pre-made masks on the site.  Overall, the mask is just a flat piece of cotton t-shirt fabric that has straps to go around your ears.  There is no shape to it, so it doesn't contour around your nose or chin.  Even though this may not look like all the other masks, I find the lack of contour (for lack of a better word) actually makes this mask more breathable (since the air is coming in around my nose).  The writing shows up a little bit off center though so it's not that easy to get flattering photos with this (which might not be your priority).
Look: Unlimited possibilities for sayings, can create multiple vibes with these.
Comfort: Not the most flattering fit but definitely comfortable because it isn't tight or constricting.
Breathability: Best out of all the masks I've tried due to the lack of shaping.



What I Bought Today - May 18, 2020

This weekend was actually relaxing in that I did not really go crazy in purchasing things. I instead relaxed and spent a lot of time relandscaping my island on Animal Crossing while watching Summer House.



Monday, a work day, is a different story.  When I am forced to sit at my computer all day, I inevitably start browsing and find things to buy.  Here are the items I purchased today:



Selfie Ring Light - $14.99
I bought this because real/mounted ring lights are way expensive right now and our apartment lighting for group zooms in the living room is BLEAK. I saw a blogger (#influencedby @goldwilldigger) attached one of these clip ring lights around her laptop camera and I thought that was an amazing idea! We will see how well it actually works once it arrives.


Defending Jacob - $12.78
I had been hearing a lot about this new show on Apple TV featuring Chris Evans. I think it's a legal thriller and I heard that the book is better than the show.  Naturally, I immediately needed to have the book.  I checked my local bookstores and they didn't have it in stock, so I had to buy it on Amazon.  Excited to read this, I heard the twists and turns are crazy!

WHAT I GOT TODAY 

Eugenia Kim Face Masks - $60.00


Pleated Face Mask - $20.00
This is the same one I got. It can cover your nose and mouth but won't cover your chin. TBD on how useful this mask will actually be when worn out. It looks sleeker than the diaper ones that fit over your nose and chin though. I will link my full review post on all masks I've ordered here once I write it.


Sequin Face Mask (similar) - $20.00
The mask I actually got is fully blinged out in silver sequins. I tried it on and it's too big so far, but I might be able to tighten it. Another TBD.


Pink Satin Face Mask (similar) - $20.00
The third mask I got is actually a plain satin hot pink, but this was the closest thing left on the website.  Fits like I imagine the sequin mask was supposed to fit, as in it fits my face.  This one covers your nose and chin but also then has the effect of looking like a diaper.


Dorinda Medley "Not Well Bitch" Sweatshirt - $49.00
What other sweatshirt encapsulates my Quarantine vibe better? Not the CHILLING Officially sweatshirt by Tom Schwartz. No. I am not officially CHILLING. I wish I was!  Instead, I have to work and worry about how much I'm working all day long.  So I'll tell you how I'm doing. NOt well bitch!!!!

What I Bought Today - May 14, 2020

A return to my normal impulse-buying filled quarantine day.  I've realized that one of the main reasons that I read blogs at all is to see if the bloggers I follow have purchased anything recently that I might be interested in.  Thus leading to these #influencedbuys and sharing everything I'm finding on my own.



We need new hand soap in our bathroom. We had the le labo hand soap from Nordstrom, but it's sold out.  I then considered getting Aesop handsoap, because I just want something to make me feel bougie.  It wasn't in stock at Nordstrom, my go-to department store, so I just googled it and saw it was in stock at Revolve.  Of course, I couldn't just buy something on Revolve without perusing the loungewear and sale sections.


Aesop Resurrection Hand Soap - $39
I don't know what this is going to smell like, except for bougie, I'm assuming.  I'm interested in a bougie hand soap considering how often we have to wash our hands, it's like a treat. Hopefully! No one influenced me to buy this, just my own brainwashed self.




Kendall & Kylie Cargo Jumpsuit - $56
It's a CONVERTIBLE ZIP-OFF JUMPSUIT!!!!! How could I say no? They also had this jumpsuit in an olive green and navy blue, which would have obviously been preferable, but they only had XXS left in those sizes. I obviously didn't sent out knowing that I needed this, but now I know that I couldn't need anything more.  I was just browsing jumpsuits and this was one of the first things that popped up.  Thanks Revolve.  It's the perfect item for this weather that we are dealing with in the Bay Area, where one week it's bordering on 80 degrees and the next week it's raining and in the 50s. I can't wait to try this on. My only concern is that the light lavender color will end up being see-through, but let's hope not!



Baby Blue Crane Wallpaper - $24.49/roll
I'm obsessed with finding new ways to improve this apartment that I have already lived in for two years, and I'm still finding them! My new idea is to improve the bedroom. It is a drab little cave. I want to wallpaper the walls that you see when you walk in, behind the bed and around the small closet. The room has a weird slope towards the bed so I'm not sure if I will try to wallpaper the incline as well, but I just got one roll to see how the paper looks, how it sticks, and the residue it leaves when it comes off. I love this pattern though, it looks way chic and expensive, and it reminds me of Gucci's pink swan wallpaper.  This wallpaper also comes in pink, which looks even more like the Gucci paper, but our bedroom art on opposite walls is already a tonal blue so this is likely the best option.


WHAT I GOT TODAY


Ceramic Hobnail Planters - $27.99
The smaller one fits my little ivy plant that didn't have a home. Now I don't really know what to do with the other one. They came very well-packaged so that they wouldn't be damaged on their journey. I also love the hobnail pattern. They look way more expensive than they actually were, which is my favorite compliment that I can give anything that I own. 




Who Gives a Crap Premium Bamboo Toilet Paper - $52/48 rolls
I thought we were really short on toilet paper and I went on the Who Gives a Crap website and ordered more because they finally had them back in stock.  They ONLY sell 48 at a time, which is very difficult to store in a 500 sq foot apartment. I thought we were down to 6 or so, but apparently we still had around 20. So I was only able to store about 28 of the rolls. Now I'm trying to give the rest of them away! We really can't store them here and now they are sold out on the WGAC website again, so hopefully my friends will take them. If you're reading this and want some, let me know!

What I Bought Today - May 13, 2020

I almost made it a full day without buying anything, but then realized I still needed to get some stuff for Andrew's business school graduation next week.  So, I had to buy stuff.

Andrew, if somehow you are reading this, even though I didn't even tell you I was writing on here again. DON'T click "READ MORE."  THANKS!


I will first, however, go over the things that I received today in the mail.

WHAT I GOT TODAY


You. Me. Us. - $10.99
My dear friend Randolph Rivo (known affectionately as Rivo) wrote a book! I love to support my friends in all of their endeavors so of course I immediately bought it once it was available in paperback.  The cover art alone would have made me buy it! I am so excited to read the story and decorate my apartment with the book's aesthetics!



Small Projector - $109.99
I wrote about this already. It's already here! The fire stick isn't coming for another 2 weeks because it's back ordered, so I haven't set the projector up yet.  We shall see.



Gingham Dress - $22.98
I saw one of the local Rockridge boutiques was selling masks for $8 and I wanted to get a gingham one. I wanted a gingham one so I could match it with a gingham dress that I didn't yet have.  Accordingly, I bought a gingham dress from Amazon.  One thing about buying clothes from Amazon is that it is STILL fast fashion.  It's like buying clothes from Romwe or Shein or any old instagram ad.  I know this, but for some reason I find it hard to stop myself from buying things like this.  I haven't actually tried the dress on yet, but I thought it was going to be cotton and it might not be.  Only time will tell. I don't even have the matching mask yet, so maybe this look will never even come to fruition.  Again, only time will tell.

Again, read on, if you want to see what I bought today, if your name is not Andrew. Thanks!

An Analysis of My Quarantine Instagrams To Date


My Instagram content during Quarantine has been on point, if I do say so myself.  I'm taking advantage of every corner of my apartment and every walk for exercise or takeout! Why NOT? What else do I have going on? Anyone who thinks otherwise, anyone who thinks I have no life, is a hater. No one has a life right now, and it's not my fault that you aren't creative enough to come up with new and different instagram photos during quarantine.

IG #1: St. Patrick's Day 



Backstory: One of the first days in Quarantine, on a walk, before we had to wear masks outside.  I rented a green dress from RTR to wear to work, but it made me look like an elf and I wasn't going in to the office anyway.  I decided to wear my green OV pants and my favorite green Madewell puffer, especially because it was freezing outside. I forced Andrew to take this photo of me on our walk to pick up our weekly pizza at Sliver.  I was not wearing any makeup and I had a huge pimple on my chin after a stressful MSJ reply-brief-writing session. This photo was forced, okay!

Like Analysis: 37 likes? That is a poor showing for me. But - I get it. This is not an inspired post.  The caption sucked!  I just felt stifled, not being able to go anywhere cool, I was supposed to be in Hawaii at this point, and I just needed attention on ig and posted it. Whatever! I don't regret it!



IG #2: Zoomin to Hawaii 



Backstory: I had initially come to an agreement with Andrew that he would take pictures of me in all the clothes I got for Hawaii in exchange for cancelling our Hawaii trip.  In hindsight, it's obviously good that we did not go because we would have been stranded there.  This Farm Rio shirt was a RTR pick for Hawaii, and I loved it. This was one of the first few days that we were on zoom every day, and the backgrounds were still a novel thing.  Everyone knew I was supposed to be in Hawaii so I was dressing in Hawaii-themed things every day, wearing a hibiscus flower in my hair most days and swapping it out for a rainbow cowrie shell necklace.

Like Analysis: 58 likes is more than I was expecting for this photo, especially given the showing that my St. Patty's day post had gotten.  It gives me hope that I don't have to feel like I need to post full body outfit pics clearly taken by Andrew in order to get a significant amount (for me) of likes.  I think it's because it was relatable and funny! I still think it's funny when I look at it now.


IG #3: Hawaiian Take-Out Vibes



Backstory: Here's the hibiscus flower I was talking about.  Andrew and I went to get Hawaiian food because that's what we were supposed to be eating all week!!! I considered wearing a full on tropical dress to this restaurant, but I stopped myself because Andrew obviously would have been embarrassed and it was probably under 50 degrees out that day.  Regrets! I asked him to take some photos, but again, I was against wearing makeup at this point in Quarantine, and they turned out bad. I decided to take a risk and post a selfie, something I don't typically do on my ig for fear of looking more narcissistic than I already do. [side note: it's as if I think people believe Andrew just takes pictures of me looking chic because he thinks I look chic, not because I beg and force him to take them]

Like Analysis: 50 likes. Again, I'm just not expecting much from people these days, so I'm happy with this amount. I actually think that 50 is the number I strive to with every post as I currently still have less than 500 followers.  I'm happy that this selfie didn't totally fail and that people were responding to my pretend-Hawaii content!


IG #4: Big Cat Energy



Backstory: I had been waiting on my RTR items to all get processed (via mail, since the stores were all closed) just so I could get this leopard Adam Lippes outfit. I finally did it! I put it on just to walk outside and force Andrew to take photos of me outside our neighborhood liquor store. Clearly this is also when mask time was starting.  This also was around the time that Tiger King was at its peak, and is also probably the last time I will be wearing leopard for a while.

Like Analysis: 77 likes! Hell yeah. I am glad that people appreciate that this is a sick outfit photo.  Of course, the photos taken by others always do better than selfies or photos without me in them. I also got a lot of comments on this photo, which honestly feels better than getting likes. Comments mean engagement! People care enough about the photo to comment!


What I Bought Today - May 12, 2020

Have I made it a full day of not buying anything? Only time will tell. At the time of writing this, there are still almost 8 hours left in the day and you never know what will happen.



My turban is turning out to be an amazing purchase, although the look with my hair inside it is NOT what I had expected. It looks way more like I have "news" to share with IG if you know what I mean.




NYMag Subscription: $5/month
I think the only thing I bought today was a monthly subscription to The Cut/NY Mag.  I really love reading articles on both The Cut and The Strategist, and I'm happy to support these platforms. I might even start reading NYMag. Anyway, I got cut off reading The Cut's take on the Editor/Scheana issue on VPR and I needed to read it.  So now I'm paying $5 a month for it.

WHAT I GOT TODAY



Staud Cruise Jersey Biker Shorts ($70 on Poshmark)
I bought these because I watch Insecure and saw Condola's Thanksgiving set. I knew I needed it.  It's sold out on the Staud website, although there are several other iterations of the Ponte sets in similar colorblocked styles, but nothing with the mock neck and long shorts.


I saw a set on The Real Real, but it was tan with navy cuffs, which was not really the vibe and I was worried would blend in too much with my skin.  Since it's sold out on Staud, I then looked to Poshmark. There was one pair of shorts in a small! No sign of the top but I will continue to be on the lookout.  The shorts were listed for $100, and through negotiation I ended up getting them for $70. And they came with tags! In perfect condition! I'm thrilled and the shorts look good even just with white tops, but I'm still looking for the mockneck matching tank.

Today was a good day for me! I know a lot of my packages are coming on Wednesday, so I'm just mentally preparing myself for the next post.

What I Bought Today - May 11, 2020

I didn't order anything today! What a concept! Seeing my total from yesterday made me realize that I don't need to be buying things willy nilly. Plus I really am running out of space, and I haven't been purging. That's next.

[EDITOR'S NOTE: I REMEMBERED TODAY (THE NEXT DAY, MAY 12) THAT I DID IN FACT BUY SOMETHING YESTERDAY. This is how you know you have a problem.]


I wrote a full post just about what I got, but just edited this to include this purchase, which I feel definitely deserves to be included. I can't wait to give an update once it arrives!



Custom College Campus Needlepoint Belt Canvas (with thread): $167.38
Andrew's business school graduation is coming up, on May 22.  In my quest to become a needlepointer, I found this Etsy store that had several college campuses pixelated on belts.  Unfortunately, there was no UC Berkeley option.  FORTUNATELY, however, there was a custom college option.  The example is the Notre Dame campus.  I have been planning to order a UC Berkeley needlepoint belt kit, but there were a a couple of barriers to entry: 1) I had to measure one of Andrew's belts for sizing, and 2) I had to list buildings or landmarks from campus to include on the belt design.  I had figured out number 2 a few weeks ago, but for some reason I could not get myself to measure a belt.  I finally decided to do so last night, while Andrew was out on a run.  I should get a rendered design in 3 days, and it should ship 3-5 days after that! I won't finish before May 22, but it will provide more entertainment for myself (and maybe Andrew) throughout this quarantine.

What I Got Today

In any event, I still continue to receive packages every day.  Today, I received three!
Two out of the three were from RTR. Apparently, the last time I returned my black garment bag, I forgot to switch out the shipping label and the garment bag came back to me. Eyeroll.


The other item was the Mansur Gavriel Biscotto Lambskin Cloud Clutch.  I rented this just to see if it would be a good/nice dupe for the Bottega clutch, and to see how much the discount would be from RTR.  Negative on both fronts. The discount to buy from renting is 30% from $595 retail, so $416.50 to buy. Too much for me.  The clutch is a bit awkward but I might have thought harder about keeping it if it was under $200.  Back to RTR it goes!

   

Missoni Turban ($55.99, similar here)
Missoni Headband ($47.99, similar here)
Influenced By: @teggyfrench

The other #influencedbuy package was from SaksOff5th and made specifically because I saw Teggy French post them on her IG stories.  She is the queen of turbans, and I love how it looks for elegant leisure while at home. I had to have one! Most of her glitter/sequin turbans are v expensive, so I thought I would try out some of the Missoni sale items she linked.  I'm loving them~ although mostly they fit like light beanies to me. It might have to do with how big my head is, too.  I look bald when putting my hair up but we will see if I can make it work with some earrings.

Hopefully they make it into my next posts, so I know they are worth it to keep!

What I Bought Today - May 10, 2020

The quarantine days are passing me by and I'm losing track of what I've ordered every time new packages come for me at my doorstep. I decided I should probably somehow keep track of what I'm buying, how much money I'm spending daily, and my rationale behind buying these things.  Why not also make it public, and help #influence in my own micro capacity?



Did I leave the house at all today? Just to go outside and pick up Amazon packages. Does that mean I ordered more stuff than usual? Probably.



Small Projector - $109.99
Why did I buy this? Because I'm tired of staying up late to watch TV in the living room, when I could just do so from bed.  I asked Andrew what he thought about getting a small TV to mount in the bedroom, and he said he would prefer a projector.  So I did some research this morning about projectors connecting to phones, and it appears that this projector will work with an Amazon Fire Stick and not require connection to a phone or laptop, which leads to the next purchase.


Amazon Fire Stick - $39.99
As stated above, I don't want to have to connect the projector to a phone or laptop.  Letting the Fire Stick live in the projector seems like the best solution.



La Ligne x Cesta Lunch Pail Straw Handbag - $79.00
When I started to write this post, I forgot that I ordered this until I started going through my email to see what I forgot about. Classic.  I miss being able to go to Nordstrom Rack and treasure hunt, so I find myself on the website quite often even though tis far from the same.  The brand Cesta Collective showed up on my instagram feed today (sponsored content and not even from an influencer) and it reminded me that this bag had previously caught my attention on the NR site.  I decided this would be a good quarantine/summer bucket bag, especially since I ended up returning the Loewe bag that I bought at the beginning of quarantine.


Ceramic Hobnail Planters - $27.99
How did I end up on Amazon again? I bought a bunch of plants yesterday and didn't have enough pots to put them in. One plant is just sitting on our refrigerator in its bare plastic pot with several holes in the bottom! I made the choice to essentially blindly order these, based almost exclusively on the review photos.

Total spent (not including tax or shipping): $256.97
...I have a problem. Seeing this number hopefully will stop me from spending even more this week.  However, with my RTR on pause, who knows.

Special shout out: What I Received in the Mail Today (since I only started these What I Bought Today posts ... today)



Over-the-Door Purse Hanger Organizer - $20.58
I have too many bags, and being at home every day and with how much stuff I keep buying, I need more storage options. My bags for sure do not look like the above photo, but the product essentially provides more hooks on a door.  So far, it's working for me.  Andrew hasn't seen it yet, so his approval remains to be seen.  I like that the bags are inside the closet now and not just on the floor or on every empty chair.

BEST #INFLUENCED QUARANTINE BUYS

I have always been easily influenced and am always checking out listicles put out by bloggers as to what they are buying.  I want to share what I have actually purchased based on those things that everyone is putting out, as someone without unaffiliated links or sponsorships.

Now that I have put my Rent the Runway subscription on pause (following the HuffPo expose calling out their treatment of the workers in their distribution centers) I am itching to keep buying stuff to fill the void left by those black garment bags.  But also, who am I kidding. I have been buying stuff nonstop.  These are my Top 5 #InfluencedBuys purchased during quarantine, including who they were #influencedby, and unaffiliated links to purchase (again, not a real influencer):



1. Ugg Fluff Yeah Slippers
Influenced by: @LissyRoddyy on IG

My feet were getting too hot in my closed-toe Ugg slippers, and they were dirty and not cute in my quarantine mirror selfies. I saw LissyRoddy post these in the light pink, and immediately needed to find them.  They were sold out in that light pink color at Nordstrom, but I decided that these hot pink ones spoke to me and most of my loungewear more. Plus light pink would get dirtier more easily than these.  I posted them all over my IG and got the most responses than I ever have on any other item! I felt like a real influencer. Everyone wanted to know how they fit and if I liked them! I do like them, I wear them every day, I ordered a size 7 even though I usually get a 7.5-8 in regular shoes, and I don't regret getting this color.



2. Eva Howard Needlepoint Kit
Influenced by: @Carly on IG / carlytheprepster.com, purchased directly from EvaHowardDesigns.com

I wanted to start needlepointing during the Q, and had no idea that canvas kits were so expensive. Since they were definitely going to cost me upwards of $50, I decided that I might as well go with a canvas design that I actually really liked.  Enter this canvas, with perfect colors, and my favorite quote to come out of Laura Dern's character Renata on Big Little Lies.

QUARANTINE AMAZON BUYS

I waver every day on how I feel about Amazon.  On one hand, I do not like what it has done to small businesses.  On the other hand, I don't know where else to get a lot of the products featured.  I have resolved to only buy books from independent bookstores in my neighborhood.  However, when I need specialty items in two (or more at this point) days, I don't know where else to turn except Amazon.



I have been going crazy in buying stuff in the past few months.  Quarantine has curbed it a little bit, considering Amazon's stock and delivery windows for nonessential items are all over the place.

Animal Crossing New Horizons - never an AC player before, I bought into the hype and blindly pre-ordered the game. I had always heard I would like it due to the decorating aspect of it, but I couldn't understand what the point of the game was.  I still don't.  I tell people that the point of the game is to complete tasks to make money in order to buy things to make your character, house, and island the best possible.  My real life in a video game.




Luigi's Mansion 3 - still reeling from Super Mario Odyssey ending, and unable to even make it to Zora's Grotto in BOTW, I needed something that I could actually play.  While the world isn't as expensive as Mario's in Odyssey, and it isn't as cute because you are dealing with ghosts and a haunted hotel, it's a good substitute in the meantime while Nintendo comes up with another good Mario game.

Sunglasses Drawers - Andrew and I have Too Many Sunglasses.  I have approximately 75% more than he does, but I was tired of seeing his sunglasses on all of the tables and my previous sunglasses storage was overflowing.  I have always wanted to use one of those clear nail polish racks as storage for sunglasses, but we don't have the wall space for it in our tiny apartment.  Believe me, I ordered one and had to return it.  The next best solution - drawers. Each little section fits one pair of sunglasses, for a total of 12 pairs.  Andrew has 3 pairs and my sunglasses take up the other 9 spots. I also am still using my Anthropologie glass case for 5 other pairs of sunglasses. I have a problem!!!!

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Rainbow Cowrie Shell Necklace and Bracelet Set - I was feeling bad for myself and my Hawaii trip getting cancelled so I bought this. That's it. I wore it every day for a week during the beginning of Quarantine, when I was supposed to be in Hawaii. Still like it.

Barrel Crimper - I was clearly influenced to get this. It is very large and hard to use. I have only tried to use it once, and will one day try again. I burned my hand that first time, so I'm not racing to get back to it.  Plus I'm not even going anywhere during this quarantine.  One day.

Popcorners Variety Pack - Influenced by Whitney Simmons. I bought these for the office before Quarantine and ordered another pack for home. They are sold out now, like most other good foods on Amazon. Really wishing for them to come back in stock.

Yeti Mug - I usually use a tall Yeti at work for my coffee, since I often get distracted working and I'm not just chugging coffee.  My coffee was getting cold really fast using regular mugs at home, so I ordered this, missing my work Yeti.  I like the handle, but it needs a straw or else you will likely burn your mouth and/or spill all over yourself.  I use it every day.

Embroidery Scissors - I needlepoint now and I can't use peasant scissors to cut my yarn! I need extra sharp scissors so that I can thread the threat through the needle eye! 100% worth it. Plus I can keep these little scissors in my needlepoint bag. Not that I have an actual needlepoint bag yet. It's the ziploc bag that my canvas came in.

Ice Roller - 100% influenced, but I got it in pink/red instead of that blue/green. I use it when my face is puffy, when I have a headache, or when I need to wake up fast for a morning zoom. It's great for all 3! I'm sure it will also come in handy when I'm stuck in my non-air conditioned apartment this summer.

Tie Dye Kit - #Influenced. Have used this around 3 times already, so pretty worth it. Sold out though.

White Long Sleeve Tees - I needed stuff to tie dye, and got one for Andrew too.  Great deals!

White Thermal Long Underwear Set - Turned into a really cute tie dye pajama set! I was trying to think of other white things that I could buy other than a sweatshirt and sweatpants set, also considering most were sold out. I also considered buying this white maxi dress, but eventually decided against it.

Acrylic Paint Set - Bought this so I could paint a rainbow to go in my window, after watching Kacey Musgraves' performance of Rainbow during that stay at home concert. Also thought I would paint my own needlepoint canvases.  Still haven't opened it yet.

Flat Power Strip - needed something to organize all the plugs now being used in my desk area, since I'm here every day with multiple devices.

iPad Composition Book Case - I've been using my iPad a lot again, for keeping my daily to-do lists and watching TV or using the timer while I workout in my tiny apartment corner. This case looks cute, has a spot for my Apple Pencil, and can also act as a stand. Everything I want in a case! It also isn't too thick and still fits in my Leatherology zip case.

At the time of writing this, I am also currently waiting on these two things:

You. Me. Us. - The only book I'm compromising on in terms of ordering on Amazon.  The first self-published book from a dear college friend. The cover art is chic and will look great in my apartment (and in another book instagram that I'm planning) and I'm really excited to read it!

Eyebrow Scissors - My eyebrows are out of control without being able to get them professionally done, and I'm hoping a little trim will help. Anything will help at this point!


That's all for now. I'm considering whether or not I should start an Amazon storefront but I should see if I can keep this up regularly to even have a need for one. 

WELCOME BACK

This website/blog has gone through several different iterations. You may have known that I previously had a pizza blog called Girl Meets Pizza through 2016. In 2017, I started Best, Isabella for a quick stint, just writing about things I thought about.  A few months later, I rebranded it to "halika dito" as a pointed reference to my ethnic background and jumping off point for my Poshmark store. 



Clearly, since I haven't worked on writing anything for this blog since March 2019, well over a year from today, writing/blogging isn't easy -- especially as a lawyer, working long hours and already spending so much time typing at a computer.

Being back in quarantine has inspired me to start writing posting again, mostly to fully realize my influencer self, but also because I spend a lot of my time looking for blogs to read.  As always, I want to put out the content that I'm looking for and not seeing.  However, although it sounds very glamorous (and I'm obviously still far from it), I'm not sure being an influencer is really the right profession for me. Not only do you have to really put yourself out there at all times, and take all the criticism and judgment that comes with it, but you are basically insisting that people copy you, and I don't know if I can really handle that just yet.  But maybe that's part of my growth.  Currently, I'm fine with people copying me, as long as I feel like I get some sort of acknowledgment.  I don't have to be tagged or anything but I just like to know that I actually "influenced" someone to get something.

For example, I have been posting on and on about my Ugg Fluff Yeah slippers. I have never gotten so many responses about a product before! People have been asking me how I like them, what the sizing is like, etc.  I am thrilled that so many people are liking them and getting them too!  This is the kind of influencing I could get used to.

However, I also recently posted that I ordered some customized masks from Apolis.  I was excited to bring awareness to the brand, who is also donating diapers to Baby2Baby with every mask order, but also pioneering the custom-mask market, which I think will be big in the quarantine days to come.  No one really responded to this instagram story, but I couldn't help but feel that people were still going to check out Apolis and maybe buy some on their own.  I'm sure most influencers would not care.  I, on the other hand, not being an actual influencer and just a regular person, couldn't help but feel like I didn't want people to see what I had posted and get it for themselves without any credit to me.  Clearly I'm selfish and just want attention! I am thinking now that this is something I have to get over, as well as the fear of judgment, in order to fully realize my potential.

I like to think that I have good taste and could make it as an actual influencer, even if for now it's just my small circle of friends.  Only time will tell if this will actually happen.  For now, I just have my instagram left on public and I'm back to writing here.  For influence!