All I can really say is that April flew on by. Like what the hell? It’s the middle of May and I still can’t process that April is over. I really hope that summer doesn’t go at this accelerated pace.
April was a crazy month. We started to settle into East Coast life. And the place did start to look like a house over the past month. It’s still not 100% there but we do have a bed, desk, dining table and other things that make it look less like a crack den. And I know where it’s at so when a cabbie asks me, I can say my address with the utmost of confidence.
In April, I spent a week in Seattle with an awesome friend. This added to some of the chaotic “will I adjust” feelings. That trip was absolutely wonderful but it’s odd to realize that I no longer live there. I’m flying out after being there a week and realize that it’s no longer my mossy lair. That’s not my home. So, I came back and tried my best to make Jersey my home.
I came home and explored. I’ve enjoyed wandering around NYC, especially in the beauty of spring. It was like overnight that the blossoms appeared and the trees are now filled with leaves. It’s actually really pretty. Who knew?
In other updates – We still don’t have the dogs. They’re with their bubbe but we’ll get them in May. THEN my NJ home will officially be home.
Here are my favorites from April 2015:
Wearing (fragrance) – Good news, I unpacked my perfumes and there were no causalities. Can you believe it? Being that I went without perfume, my cravings were all over the place in April. I was so pleased to see them that I left them sitting on the floor after being unboxed just so I could look at them. Don’t worry. I didn’t just look at them, I wore them too.
Summary – I’ve been reminded that I should probably wear what I have and not worry about buying anything else. How many times have we all said that???
Wearing (cosmetics, etc.) – I had a craving for eyeshadow. I wanted to wear too much shimmery eye makeup in plum and bronze shades. I blame Pixiwoo tutorials. Last month, my favorite products were Maybelline Color Tattoo as a base paired with shades from Ulta Rose Gold Eyeshadow Palette (used this much more than I ever thought I would) and MAC Eyeshadow in Sumptous Olive. I want to have metal lids, apparently.
Summary – I’m having fun with eyeshadow again. And I remember how much I adore cream eyeshadows.
Wearing (clothes) – April was insane. It started cool and warmed up. I mean when I moved here, it was snowing and now it’s like 85°. I wore my usual boring outfit of jeans with a t-shirt and leather jacket. When I went back to Seattle, I picked up a few spring pieces at Totokaelo.
Summary – I really need to figure out my summer wardrobe because I don’t have anything for this sort of heat. I’m going to die.
Using (skincare) – My skin still hates me. I continued to use CeraVe. I used more sheet masks in April to help with dry/dehydrated skin. Also, I’ve found the Korean skinstores in NYC and I’m so happy! They aren’t as expansive as those in Hong Kong but they’re pretty darn good and couldn’t be any closer.
Summary – One of these days my skin will love me again.
Eating/Drinking – When you move from one region to another, so much changes even your grocery purchases and meals. You try to find what is available and what’s cheaper. In Jersey, it’s Italian. I can get freshly made mozzarella and amazing cured meats for nothing. Jersey has this awesome thing going on where it’s all like Grandma restaurants. And I love grandmas. And I love grandma foods. I’m also seeing brands that I grew up with that weren’t in the PNW. I’m adjusting and it’s fun to rethink my usual food vocab, trying to remember what it is that I used to cook so much before moving to Seattle. I mean, there’s okra. I’ve fried so much okra.
Summary – My house just smells like fried okra and nag champa. So yeah, it smells like home. When will it look like home? 😉
Listening – House records are so easy to get here. It’s awesome. This has been awesome. I mean so many dang Diva House and Chicago House records in the record shops. It’s like everyone in Jersey City is an old fart like me. Here’s proof.
Summary – Someone in the neighborhood every Saturday, I swear, has a House DJ spinning but I can’t find them and it makes me sad that I’m never invited. But, I like their jamz.
Watching – I binged watched The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. It’s such a well written comedy.
Summary – Females are strong as hell.
Reading – Still reading what I was reading last month.
Summary – I want to read something else.
Wanting – My dogs.
Summary – I furniture and everything is coming together. But, I miss my frugs. They’re having a good time, so I’m told but this home doesn’t feel like home without them.
What were your favorites from April? Did you do anything inspiring? Go anywhere inspiring? Eat anything inspiring?
*Eyeshadow palette photo is from Ulta. Fried okra pic from The Food Network. Titus from Tumblr somewheres. Book image from managingcontentmarketing.com. All other images are mine.