Weekly Reading | April 4, 2019


Career

For those of you in the job or internship market, I found a post about not being too quick to accept a job offer. I also found a couple posts about best practices for after you accept and start a job or internship.


Blogging

For my fellow bloggers, I found a post about why you need an email list as well as a post about how you can build one. I also found a post about why it's ok to say no.

"5 Reasons Every Blogger Needs an Email List" via Just a Girl and Her Blog
"It's OK to Say No in Blogging" via It Starts with Coffee

Wellness

Finally, I found some wellness posts, one about how to stop sabotaging yourself, one with a self-care challenge, and one about how to take ten minutes out of your day for yourself.

"10 Ways You're Sabotaging Yourself and How to Stop" via eyeliner wings & pretty things

For college, fashion, and lifestyle posts, check out the previous Weekly Reading.
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Weekly Reading | March 28, 2019


Fashion

It's spring cleaning time, so here's a post about maximizing your closet space. Then, since you have way more closet space now, here's a shopping guide for wearing ruffles and a roundup of some European fashion bloggers to inspire you! πŸ˜‰

"Ruffles Shopping Guide" via Keep Calm and Chiffon

Lifestyle

Last week, I found a couple of posts about how you can treat yo'self to feel more in love with your life. The first post talks about cheap and easy ways to pamper yourself (including a DIY spa night), and the second post talks about small steps you can take to live a life you love. One of the steps Kiara mentions is unplugging, and I found a post about ways to do that.


Blogging

My fellow bloggers might not want to unplug too much, though, but we can consider fresh ideas for our brands, one of which is podcasting, which seems to be taking the interwebs by storm lately. The first post talks about why podcasting is becoming such a trend, the second post talks about how we can go about starting a podcast, and the third post talks about podcasts for bloggers and other creatives.


For more fashion and lifestyle posts as well as college posts, check out the previous Weekly Reading!

What spring cleaning plans do you have?
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Weekly Reading | March 21, 2019


College

With the end of another academic year looming large on the horizon, you're probably in the midst of applying for internships or jobs, so last week, I found a couple of posts with tips that'll help you land the perfect internship or job. For those of you who are graduating, first of all, congratulations! I also found a post about what to expect after college.


Fashion

Also for graduating seniors, I found a post about how to update your wardrobe. For everyone else, here are a couple of spring fashion posts.

"Post-Grad Wardrobe Guide: What to Buy & What to Toss" via Eyeliner Wings & Pretty Things

Lifestyle

I also found posts about spring cleaning and streamlining your life.

"Spring Cleaning Your Life" via Sophisticaition

For more fashion posts as well as blogging and food posts, check out the previous Weekly Reading.
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Weekly Reading | February 14, 2019


Lifestyle
Let's get something out of the way first. Yes, it's Valentine's Day. No, I don't celebrate, but I know some of you love celebrating love, so I don't scoff at the day; it's just not for me. I did, however, include a Valentine's Day post in this week's Weekly Reading for those of you who love Love Day but want to explore less clichΓ© ways to celebrate.

Moving on, it's already mid-February (crazy!), which is usually the time we start falling out of love (😏) with our New Year's resolutions, so here are some pretty helpful tips from the team over at Inspirations & Celebrations, tips that I'm using myself because I'm starting to feel myself slacking. I also found a beginner's guide to investing because that's something I'm looking to start doing now that I'm more late-20s than mid-20s. πŸ˜‚

"10 Ways to Make Your New Year's Resolutions Stick" via Inspirations & Celebrations

Career
Another aspect of your life to take a look at is your career because that can be the greatest source of negativity, something you really don't want to start the year off with so much of. Take a look at this post from The Motivated Millennial's Hannah about identifying and coping with a toxic workplace. The start of the year can also be a time when layoffs happen. The Champagne Edit's Dana shares ways to handle getting laid off. Finally, to end this section off on a (slightly) happier note, I found a post about writing the perfect email.

"4 Tips for Toxic Workplace Survival" via The Motivated Millennial
"How to Handle Getting Laid Off" via The Champagne Edit
"How to Write the Perfect Email" by Devon Delfino


Blogging
If your New Year's resolutions include starting a blog but you're in college full-time and finding that there's too much going on and shit's hitting the fan, fret no more because here's a post by Kristen about how she manages her blog while in college without losing her mind. I also found some posts about photos for your blog and corresponding social media: one has tips for mobile photography (which is great for bloggers who are just starting out or for bloggers who prefer taking photos on their phones) and one has tips for editing those photos before exporting them to social media, specifically Instagram.


For more blogging posts as well as fashion and food posts, check out the previous Weekly Reading!
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Weekly Reading | December 27, 2018


Fashion

"How to Care For Denim" via Cuddlepill

Blogging


Food

"Healthy Low-Carb Chicken Pad Thai" via Healthy Helper
"The Best Red Sangria You've Ever Had" via Lights Camera Catwalk

For more fashion posts as well as college and lifestyle posts, check out the previous Weekly Reading.
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Weekly Reading | December 13, 2018


Career
I say this so much, but I can't stop saying it because I really am very fortunate, and I feel very grateful (and relieved, almost) that I love my job and that I'm in a career that I'm actually passionate about. If you're in the same boat, then you probably know where I'm coming from, but loving your job doesn't immediately mean that you love your current place of work. While I'm not currently in that position, I do still like keeping abreast of career-related topics because ya gotta keep innovating, ya know?

Anyway, I found a post about what turns hiring managers off of your LinkedIn profile. Lo and behold, I get to #2, and I'm like, "Oh, it me." #2 on the list is "Your headline sucks," and that hit close to home because I don't even have a headline on LinkedIn. πŸ˜‚ I think I can get away with it, though, because I'm currently working in Asia, and LinkedIn isn't as big of a deal as JobStreet, which is actually where I was headhunted from for my current job. My point is, though, that if you're on the market for jobs, you never know who's looking at your profiles, and even if no one's returning your application emails, you might just be the right person for a job you never even applied for, and your rΓ©sumΓ© might just get forwarded on to someone who actually ends up offering you a job. Yes, this is me speaking from personal experience. πŸ˜‚



Food
Let's move away from stressful things and instead talk about destressers like food and travel. πŸ™ŒπŸ» Okay, so, Imma sound like a h8r when I say I hate pumpkin spice, but I do, and I don't know why. I've actually tried #PSLs before (saying this as though I've tried it more than once πŸ˜‚), and it was honestly nasty, so I fell off the bandwagon while trying to clamber on. Anyway, I say this because this entire season is pumpkin spice flavored, so obviously, when you think of fall vegetables, you think of pumpkins, but Daily Cup of JoJo's Jordan wants y'all aboard the gourd train (ooh, that rhymed), and I'm all for that.

I also found a crock pot recipes post, and all I accomplished while reading that was feel sad that I had to leave my crock pot behind in the U.S., and I can't even buy a new one because crock pots are apparently not a thing in China! Sure, I could buy a slow cooker, but those things cost an arm, a leg, and a firstborn child here, so there goes that dream. Finally, of course, I can't have a food posts roundup without a post from one of my favorite food bloggers, Strength and Sunshine's Rebecca.

"6 Cheap Crock Pot Recipes" by Monica Carpenter


Travel
As for travel, why not treat yo'self this holiday season and use all that money you've saved up this year on an overseas trip? You can even do one better and make it a family/friends trip and blow everyone else out of the water in the competition for best holiday gift. πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‚

"36-Hour Guide to Milan" via What the Clique
"Scandinavia on a Budget" via Strikeapose

If this post was too lax for you, you're too high strung check out the previous Weekly Reading, where I rounded up posts about some serious-ass issues related to blogging, college, and relationships.

What are your travel plans this holiday season?
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Holiday Gift Guide for Treatin' Yo'self

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I'm one of those people who stress about getting the perfect gift for family and friends, not just for the holidays but also for occasions like birthdays and parents' days. I know that you can show appreciation in other, non-material ways, but I've always used gifts as like a grand gesture to supplement the little things.

One person I always miss out on, though, is myself. I can't even think of the last time I bought something nice for myself. I'm a major Scrooge McScroogeface when it comes to spending money on myself because I get hella anxious about buying things I don't absolutely need, mostly because I worry about things like, "What if I need this money for something lifesaving in like three days from now?"

This year, because I have that sweet, sweet raise from switching jobs, I've decided I'm gonna treat myself with something nice, so I compiled this list, mostly for myself but also for you as a reminder that every now and then, you should pat yourself on the back. Note, though, that when I say "gifts to treat yo'self," I don't just mean throw ten grand down and take yourself on a trip to Europe. Sure, that's one way to do it, but this list is more so treatin' yo'self in the sense of managing your wellness.

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1. Lauren Ralph Lauren Further Lane Woven His Shirt in Navy Dot
2. Gap Hooded Sherpa Union Suit
3. Charter Club Cotton Printed Flannel Pajama Set in Candy Red Dot

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7. Pier 1 Imports Patchouli Collection Filled 3-Wick Candle
8. Target Galvanized Container Sugared Birch Candle
9. Spice Decor 3-Piece Wine Bottle Candle Set

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13. Dermal Korea Collagen Essence Full Face Mask Sheet
14. Manefit Natural Gift Green Tea Pore Care Sheet Mask
15. Peach & Lily Original Glow Sheet Mask Set

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16. Borghese Restorative Eye Mask
17. Skin Republic Gold Hydrogel Under Eye Mask
18. La Pure 24k Gold Eye Treatment Mask

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22. Fizz & Bubble 9 Pack Spa Bath Truffles
23. My Spa Life Everyday Indulgences Bath Bomb Advent Calendar
24. Latika Bath Bomb Gift Box

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28. The Big One Supersoft Plush Throw in Donuts
29. North Pole Trading Co Velvet Plush Fringe Throw in Lazy Diamond
30. Pottery Barn Cozy Pom Pom Throw in Light Khaki

How are you treatin' yo'self this holiday season?
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Weekly Reading | December 6, 2018


College

Last week, I found some posts for those of you in college riding out the rest of the Spring semester. I found a post about the dos and don'ts for the night before an exam. I also found a post for how you can make the most out of your Winter Break once you get through those exams. Then, for those of you graduating this semester, I also found a post about what to expect in terms of your post-college expenses.


Lifestyle

Speaking of post-college expenses, here's a post about money principles to keep in mind. Then, for those of you moving to a new city, here are a couple of posts about what to do.

"Money Principles You Should Know by 25" via The Carly Collective
"How to Make Friends in a New City" via Written with Love

Blogging

With Winter Break coming up, you might be considering using the time to start a YouTube channel. Here's a post about questions to ask yourself before making the plunge. Along the same line, just because you have more free time, it doesn't mean you should take up every opportunity that comes your way. Here's a post about when to say no to blog opportunities and a post with scripts for saying no.


For more college and lifestyle posts as well as fashion posts, check out the previous Weekly Reading.
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Weekly Reading | November 22, 2018


Blogging

I have a list of blog post ideas that I turn to whenever I'm stuck on what to write about, but there are still those times when I'm super uninspired and nothing sounds fun to write, and I'm strictly of the belief that if you're not feeling what you're writing, you need to write about something else because boredom and apathy show very glaringly in writing, so last week, I read a post about wtf to write about when you're just blah about the topics at hand.

I also used to take hella pictures whenever I had the time to so that I'd have a cache of pics to use for blog posts, so I also read a post on how to edit images easily and quickly but still get amazing results. Nowadays, I mostly rely on royalty-free stock photos from sites like Pexels and Pixabay, but here's a post about how to make the best use of stock photos.

"Photoshop 101: How I Edit My Images" via Atlantic-Pacific
"Complete Guide to Stock Photos" via She Bold Stock

College

Moving on, I also read college-related posts. I'm not in college anymore (Class of '14 for my B.A. and '17 for my M.A.), but I still enjoy reading and sharing these posts because I've learned and grown so much throughout college that a lot of those skills are still relevant to this day for me. No joke, I've considered rebranding ExtraExtravagant as a college blog, but I'm not as in the know-how as I am with fashion, beauty, and lifestyle topics, so I've never been brave enough to take that leap. Maybe when I start more seriously considering a Ph.D... πŸ˜›



Relationships

Another pretty dominant part of college (apart from stress eating) is relationships. Of course, not everyone wants to or has the time to (or any other myriad reasons) pursue romantic relationships in college, but many do, so here are some posts on red flags to look out for. There's also a post on how to tell your partner (romantic or just casually sexual) when you find out you have an STI. Plus, a post on tips for meeting your significant other's family, just in time for the holiday season! πŸ˜‰

"5 Deal-Breaker Personality Traits & 4 to Give a Second Chance" by Margeaux BichΓ©
"How to Tell Your Partner You Have a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI)" by Jen Bell
"10 Tips for Meeting Your Boyfriend's Family" via Eyeliner Wings & Pretty Things

For more blogging posts as well as beauty and fashion posts, check out the previous Weekly Reading!

What are some relationship red flags that are deal breakers for you?
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5 (Seemingly Innocuous) Reasons You're Breaking Out


In my younger years, even throughout high school, I had beautiful, clear skin. Then, one day, that all changed dramatically. I don't remember if there was anything going on in my life at the time that could've contributed to the decline in my skin health, but I started breaking out like crazy. My skin became dry in some areas. It developed redness and blotchiness. Everything about it was terrible.

To this day, I never fully recovered, not even when I was on hormonal birth control, which clears up some women's skin. My skin is still red and blotchy and dry, and I break out frequently, especially in the week or so after my period. Of course, that's hormone-affected breaking out, but throughout the years, I've read and heard about and even seen and experienced for myself seemingly innocuous habits that can cause your skin to break out: everyday objects, picking and popping, skin (over)care, skin (under)care, unhealthy foods, unhealthy drinks, and a lack of post-workout skin care.

In this post, we'll take a look at these bad habits and talk about how you can break the cycle.

Everyday Objects
Think about the things that come into contact with your face on a daily basis: your cell phone, pillow, and hair, for example. Imagine how much bacteria is on your cell phone from all that use, then imagine all of that being put on your face when you talk on the phone, and if you're like, "I don't even talk on the phone. My phone comes nowhere near my face," then another culprit to beware of is your hair. If your hair is like mine and gets greasy quickly throughout the day, then it's best to keep it out of your face, i.e., avoid having bangs, because greasy hair on face equals greasy face equals breakouts. Basic math, right? πŸ˜› Along the same lines, change your pillowcases frequently because it's not just greasy hair that dirties pillowcases, and bacteria-ridden pillowcases plus face also equals breakouts.


Picking and Popping
This is something I am definitely, abso-fucking-lutely guilty as shit of. I know it's terrible for me, but I still do it, and I can't help it! I wonder if there's like a support group for face pickers or something. πŸ˜‚ Anyway, picking at your face and popping zits is a sure way to leave scars. That's why if you've ever seen me sans face makeup, you'll feel inclined to hand me a flyer for Face Pickers Anonymous. Most advice I've seen just say don't do it, but us face pickers, we know not to do it; we just can't help ourselves, so what I've been trying to do is to stop myself whenever I catch myself doing it.

Skin (Over)Care
Overzealous skincare might actually be one of the reasons my face ended up betraying me. Around the time when I started this blog, I started exploring more beauty brands and trying more skincare products, and that was unfortunately the same period of time when alcohol in skincare products was super in vogue, so what I suspect happened was that using too much alcohol-based products stripped away the important oils in my skin and seriously dried it out, causing irreparable damage that I'm still suffering to this day. Of course, that's just a theory, but experts do suggest staying away from alcohol-based products and use, for example, witch hazel instead.

Skin (Under)Care
I feel like this is something people more so do out of laziness. At least, that's why I do it. You get home late, especially after a night out, hear your comfy bed calling your name, and just think, "Fuck it." For me, I always feel like one night won't hurt, but it actually does. Makeup and your skin's natural sebum can clog pores, and clogged pores tend to turn into breakouts, especially when left to their own devices overnight, so think twice before going straight to bed without washing your face. Similarly, don't skip washing your face in the morning either because your skin still produces sebum while you sleep, even after you wash it before bed. An easy alternative to days and nights when you just can't is to leave a pack of face cleansing wipes next to your bed. It's not a recommended long-term solution, but it's at least something.


Post-Workout Skin
I used to do this all the time until I found out that it's really, really bad for your skin, not just your face but the entire rest of your body as well. It's along the same lines as not washing your face before and after bed—your body's own secretions can stab you in the back. Stab you in the face? Excess oils and sweat from working out can settle in your skin and clog your pores, and as we've learned before, that's not a fun time for your pores, so once again, it's cleansing wipes to the rescue! I always have a pack of them in my gym bag so that I can kind of clean my face after toweling off the sweat. That removes the excess oils and sweat and dirt temporarily until I hop in the shower or wash my face for realsies.

What other reasons do you know of for breaking out?
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