Friday, November 29, 2013

Monday, November 18, 2013

Spa Night

Sometimes, I'm so stressed that I need to just pamper myself, and tonight was one of those nights. I spent nearly eight hours studying for my statistics exam tomorrow, and was drained. Having my own mini spa night always makes me feel better, though!

Just before I take a shower, I either scrub my face with Julep Pomegranate Body Scrub, or cake on Ahava Dead Sea mud. The scrub is an amazing exfoliant that leaves my skin incredibly soft, while the mud gets rid of any impurities. In the shower, I use this Julep scrub mitt to get rid of excess skin cells. Yeah, I know it sounds disgusting, but it works! I was first introduced to this concept in Morocco, when my friends and I bathed in a local hammam, and we all wanted to buy a mitt to take home! (Unfortunately, we couldn't find any.)

Once I'm out of the shower, I use my Ahava Dead Sea mud lotion to moisturize, and Julep Mint Condition Pedi Creme for soft feet. What spa night is complete without nails, though? Right now, my go-to color is Essie's Vested Interest from the fall line, which I always finish with Seche Vite top coat. Once my nails are dry, I use CND SolarOil to moisturize my cuticles.

I'm so relaxed right now.

Spa night

Spa night by chloelogan featuring Seche

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Notebooks

First, I'd like to thank this article written by Maxie McCoy for The College Prepster and for inspiring everything about this post.

After years of looking at the beautiful displays in bookstores, I finally purchased a Moleskine notebook. I spent ten minutes carefully choosing which notebook to buy, and I settled on the large, black Classic Notebook with plain paper. Even though I cringed when handing over my credit card (I am a college student, after all), I'm so glad I bought it. I'm having some trouble filling it in, though.

So far, I only have two pages, and they're not even completely filled in. On the first page, I attached this photo, and on the second page, I've started doodling random thoughts in Arabic. In case I haven't already mentioned this, I began taking Arabic classes this year, and I'm completely in love. And sometimes, I just feel like writing in Arabic, just because the script is so fun.

I also have another notebook that I've been using, which is more of a "draft" book (I'm trying to keep my Moleskine neat and pretty--for now). I'm not sure what brand it is, but I received it as a free gift from a Her Campus x People StyleWatch event on campus. I use it to jot down questions to ask at career info sessions (and their answers), new Arabic words I learn at conversation hours, and other interesting notes. For example, I went to see Jill Dougherty speak at the University of Michigan's Freer Symposium: Arts of the Arab Spring. She talked about her time reporting in Libya and the connection between the graffiti and political dissent, and made many interesting points. There were also things she mentioned that I wanted to look up at a later time.

For now, between my two notebooks and this blog, I'm just trying to figure out where to put what, so bear with me!


 
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