Beautifully Bold

There’s always something to learn from what you capture…

Unknowingly it was a full moon on this day and I couldn’t help but admire in awe. I also especially realised how long it’s been since I took a moment to look up and just appreciate… what’s being given.

The moon was a perfect round and a burnt golden yellow.

And in that moment, I could see its full beauty without a trace of timidness yet it still carried itself with complete modesty.

And that’s when I learned, being all that you can offer…. and that being bold is a beautiful thing.

Hope you guys enjoyed my little sharing. Stay bold & beautiful!

Xoxo,

Oddinary girl

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LET LOSE

We are our very own biggest critic, judge and competitor. We critic our own decision-makings, thoughts and actions, we judge ourselves of who we are and who we can never achieve to be. Hell yeah, we even do the judging of ourselves for others, putting ourselves in their shoes and looking at ourselves from their eyes, making assumptions as if we knew better of what they think about us. We then try to please and live up to our expectations of their expectations. As if all that isn’t enough, we further punish ourselves by competing against ourselves each and every moment. Maybe if I say this, do that, wear this, buy that, have this… I can be more/ I can be less __________________.

But why is it that we are constantly in a battle with ourselves? Is there even a finish line?For how long are we a work-in-progress? How do we come to see that we are well-cultivated? Are we so self-centered, that all we could care about is ourselves?

I know that many of us go through this from time to time, questioning the universe of our potentials and goals. And it isn’t a sin to want to be better and an improved self. And it is okay to want to be good to others and to create an image that you desire for yourself to the world.  These things are what average people would do.

Still, wouldn’t it be much nicer if we could give ourselves a little more credit than doubts, to fill ourselves with positivity than sweating on the unnecessary little things? Perhaps a pat on the back on our mind reminding how far we’ve come? Wouldn’t it be much nicer if we could do more of this than fiddling with the voices in our heads?

A Choice

Hey my lovelies!

Logged back in after ages… and what a coincidence! It’s my blog’s 3rd Anniversary!

Ever since I was little, my personal diary meant the most to me. I’ve always enjoyed writing and I always kept a journal, writing about my days, special moments, the goods and the bads. Like most, it was a way to express myself. Rather than sharing my feelings with people, I found more calming to write them down. Even today, I feel that I can express myself better in writing than doing it verbally.

Before this blog, I had other blogs as well, such as xanga, blogspot and so on, however, 3 years ago, I decided to make this one an official one so that all my thoughts and experiences could be saved in one place. Besides that, I also wanted to put myself out there in the big cyber world. I wanted to share myself, meet other bloggers and hopefully gain something from them!

Today, I am admitting that I have not achieved what I decided to achieve 3 years ago. I definitely don’t have a big following, I occasionally post and I hardly keep in touch with people I’ve met in here! And what I realized is that, it was not because I could not achieve it or was not lucky enough, but it was the CHOICE I made. All this time, my time was shifted somewhere else in my life, graduating with honours, moving house and starting a new job! I can say that all these things occupied my time and so I did not have the time for this blog, but I’d be lying because truth is, we can always make time for things we really want and this blog is something that I want to work for.

From today, I am making another CHOICE, which I should have done long ago. I am going to put my full effort in this blog and stay consistent with it. If you have been reading til here, some wise words of motivation would help me to keep going. Or if you see yourself in me, be sure to share your thoughts! I would appreciate any type of feedback.

Love,

Oddinary Girl

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Lights & Stars


Living in the city that’s become hard to spot stars, how I wish I was somewhere where I could look up & count the stars to sleep. But instead this is what I see, a birds-view of city lights. Seeing this, I feel even more blessed. And I remember, serenity is not what’s on the outside but what we feel in the inside.

Throwing a little throwback to the start of my deadline weeks (the end of semester many of us in universities/college can relate!).

Hope everyone else is having good days!
Xoxo,

Oddinary Girl

Life: Update

A (public) note to myself; #facts of life

Expect nobody and no one but YOURSELF wherever and whatever point in your life you’re in.

This is not about dissing others, self-pity or having too much expectation of others. This is also not just a pessimistic view of people, in fact, it is innate in everyone and myself included, whether done intentionally or non- intentionally. Either way, damage is still done and like the saying, it is hard to fix a broken mirror and sometimes not even easily fixable. This year I’ve been going through quite a transition, experiencing horrific things after things and the people I keep close to are too transitioning. This is however, just natural, another fact of life; people change.

From all this, a lesson I have taken is that no matter what, it will only be you for yourself at the end of the road. Promises of always being there and whatnot will be broken promises, so never expect anyone to always be there because they will eventually change just as you will too and you have no one but yourself in the end.  And that’s what’s special about life; the facts of life just like the saying: You are born alone and you will eventually die alone too.

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So enjoy yourself, be you and always put yourself first!

 

xoxo,

Oddinary Girl

It’s that time of the year…Gift Shopping!

Hey Lovelies,

It’s that time of the year again, personally my favourite time of the year! It’s getting extremely cooler each day in HK and tomorrow is expected to be the coldest of this year, so I’m pretty bundled up for that already!

Besides staying warm in the cold & cuddling up, I really enjoy shopping at this time of the year for my loved ones, friends & family & of course treats to myself. So, I thought I would share a little gift guide or more like a head start on finding the perfect gift for yourselves and our close girlfriends!

  1. Accessories// Make-up // other Cutesy Stuff!

We girls definitely love accessories & makeup all year round, so why not give a classic or a totally funky piece as gift to add to her collection.  She will thank you when styling with her basics!

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2. A pretty//handy Wallet

Does not have to be designer but something chic for her to carry around or carry as a clutch on its own!

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3. A book novel// journal// scratch book

The year photo book is such a cool concept! How fun would it be to look back on all those memories! Any novel or journal that inspires, motivates & encourages will be a perfect fit!

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4. Flats// Shoes

For this one you would obviously need to know their shoe size, but how nice would it be to receive a nice pair of flats, heels or any shoe? I especially love these Tory Burch flats, so elegant but effortless that goes with any outfit!

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5. Camera// Polaroid// photo-related

I’m the kind of girl who’s into photography, new camera accessories & gadgets and I’m sure I’m not the only girl! This camera has been in my wish-list for so long…. I’m always debating whether I need a new camera or not… Still debating. If you know someone who’s into photo-taking, videography, then a handy camera or camera accessories would be amazing as a gift!

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Which gift would you like to receive this holiday? Share with me your holiday wish list! Have fun shopping & have a very warm & sweet holiday!

Xoxo,

Oddinary Girl

**All PICTURES retrieved from PINTEREST** I do not own these images**

Beach Essentials <3

Now that Summer is officially here and will be staying in for a good month or so, hitting the beach is a must to enjoy what Summer has to offer! The warm sunny days at the beach, the hot wind blowing your hair, the sound of the waves crashing and the smell of the ocean can be a very therapeutic experience!

Today, I’ll be sharing my beauty beach essentials that is a must!

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Beach essentials ❤

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What I really want to share is this amazing foundation by Estee Lauder. For those who want to look extra flawless even at the beach, though completely make-up free is not a problem, this is the go-to foundation, not just for the beach but for any warm/hot days!

It has SPF 10 that is suitable for the day time and like it says, it literally stays on place without smudging. I was sweating non-stop and when using a face wipe (dry), there were no stains at all of the foundation! I can’t believe it stayed in place despite the sweat! The formula is oil-free, so it is very suitable for people with oily skin. This is a pro-long foundation that also claims to stay 15 hours and it is almost true because it stayed on all day for me!

I am so glad I chose to try out this foundation on my beach day since it was a new purchase and now it has become my trusty-old foundation that I know will not fail me. If you have tried this foundation, how did it work for you?

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A big floppy hat is always good to have at the beach as it provides shade for you and keeps your head cool. Also, it’s just fun to wear it at the beach!

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As you can tell now, I was trying to color-coordinate my bikini and hat! It was just a lot of fun shopping and planning for the beach day with my girlfriends!

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Like a boss.

By the way, that pineapple (out of nowhere) was totally chilling like a boss!

 

Better days :)

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Had a long day? Well, I guess when you see such a sky at the end of the day while driving home, it becomes all worth it and you start to appreciate what nature has to offer! In that sense, after a long day, the mesmerising sky is only telling you that tomorrow might be a better day! 🙂

Spring or Summer? & Scarfs

If you are based in Hong Kong, you probably figure that there is in deed no Spring, but just straight Summer! Or maybe… it kind of alternates between the two.

It’s been a couple days and it already feels like Summer with the sun heating up in the afternoon. I guess the main issue is that it is just too humid! Then, again, Hong Kong is full of surprises as it was a little cooler today that it would be best to wear at least a little cardigan. Because of this bipolar weather condition, it can get tricky on which clothing piece to pack away and which to hang up for display.

Personally, I am the kind of girl who loves bundling up, layering and just staying cozy, so it is a little depressing for me since Winter is over. But going through my closet, I found the perfect piece that would still allow me to cling onto the cozier days yet it’s functional and stylish for HK’s Spring and even Summer! Of course, if you haven’t guessed it, Scarfs! Colorful, floral or crazy patterned bright scarfs are just the right piece that will give you a pop for any outfit! … & still keep you cozy for cooler evenings!

Check out some of these outfits inspiration! Totally loving the bright patterned, colorful scarfs!

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So ladies, if you are kind of lost and totally brain farted on how to give some life to your typical greys, blacks and whites like me, let me just remind you of that crazy, bright, patterned scarf that you probably already have in your closet!

Xoxo,

OddinaryGirl

*All pictures retrieved from pinterest.

Donut worry, be happy :)

Hello everyone!

How is March going on so far for you? Mine will be for sure hectic in the coming days, balancing work & assignments… & maybe social life, if I continue procrastinating! Basically for the next 2 months, I will be dodging assignment deadlines like bullets & hopefully I will have the willpower to focus & conquer them.

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So anyway, one of the way I procrastinate is by going through my photo gallery in my phone and believe me, I could spend hours in there since I never delete my photos even if I have transferred them on my Macbook. So you can probably imagine the thousands of photos saved and my phone’s storage is an everyday struggle. But, today instead of just flicking the photos on my phone, I really wanted to share these photos taken last year at Bondi Beach, Australia. If you are by chance, anywhere near Sydney… GO to Bondi if you haven’t! You will love it!

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I had a lovely time just watching the sun set with my friends and enjoying my coffee & my cookies n’ cream donut from Kripsy Kream (sucks we donut have one in HK 😓)! & at that time, it was pretty much vacation for us and we did nut have any worries, watsoever!

OK, now to the point, all I wanna say it

Donut worry! Be happy!

That is…while you can. 🙂

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