OOTD: Starbucks/Book Run and Book Haul

Happy late New Year’s everyone! As a New Year’s resolution intention, I’m hoping to get back to blogging, book reading, and beauty things. Since I’m going to be a SECOND SEMESTER SENIOR, I’m looking forward to having more free time. Unfortunately, only time will tell. BUT! Because I have 3 more days of freedom until I have to return to the hell that is school, I going to try to crank out some new posts- starting with an OOTD.

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Bear with me and my mirror selfies. Hopefully one day this will change :/

What I’m Wearing:

  • Shirt- American Eagle
  • Jeans- Super Stretch Skinny American Eagle
  • Jacket- Abercrombie
  • Scarf- American Eagle
  • Flats- Lucky Brand from Off 5th: Saks Fifth Avenue

In case you can’t tell, I’ve recently fallen in love with AEO. When the store first opened up, I wasn’t to crazy about it, but now, it seems to be the only place I want to shop.

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On My Face:

  • Face: E.L.F Tinted Moisturizer / Em Michelle Phan Shade Play Concealer Palette / Pixi Summertime Bronzer
  • Brows: Chella Brow Pencil and Gel
  • Eyes: Be a Bombshell Onyx Liner / DiorShow Lash Primer / Fairydrops Scandal Queen Mascara / Em Michelle Phan Ro’s Gold Waterliner
  • Cheeks: Nars Orgasm Blush
  • Lips: Em Michelle Phan Creamy Color Lipstick in Misty Mauve

Book Haul

I’ve been reading a lot during my winter break, and it’s made me SO happy. I haven’t been able to read for pleasure in what feels like ages. Though, I don’t have many more free days, I still went a little crazy and have a bunch of books to sitting on my table. These books include:

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  1. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
  2. Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
  3. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
  4. The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater*
  5. Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare*
  6. Pivot Point by Kasie West
  7. Just One Day by Gayle Forman

On top of those books, I also have quite a few e-books to read:

  1. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell*
  2. Legend by Marie Lu
  3. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness*
  4. Rebel Heart by Moira Young

*Denotes the books I’ve started. I have two, TWO chapters left of Clockwork Prince but I refuse to finish it because I can’t handle what I think is going to happen. 

If you’ve read any of these books, please feel free to share your thoughts and give suggestions! I’m always looking for new stuff to read even though there’s so many books and so little time.

I apologize for not updating for so long, but I am working on making up for it! If you’re on a break/vacation, I hope you’re enjoying the time off! What are your New Year’s intentions? Post them below!

♡ Melissa

The Twilight Saga Ellipse: A Guide to Conics

Lol! I thought I was really clever in coming up with that title. I’m so lame and wish I could be ashamed, but I’m not.

When I wrote my school organization post, I said that I might create a post to help people with the conics section on Stuff You Must Know Cold, or SYMKC. I’m not sure if this is something everyone has or if it’s just at my school. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, SYMKC is just a list of things from Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2, and Precal that you’re expected to know of the top of your head. It consists of powers, formulas, and equations. Because there is so much stuff to remember, I often have to create acronyms or stories to help me out.

When I was in Algebra 2, and we started conics, I created a little story to help me remember the formulas for ellipsis. I’ve told some of my friends and they don’t think it’s helpful at all. They either think it’s stupid or that it’s confusing, but I like it. So, if you need help with remembering your conics and you’re a twilight fan, hopefully this helps.

So these are the formulas for both ellipsis:

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To help me remember the difference between the two, I always start with V and in my head, it stands for Vampire. Then I think, as a vampire, Edward, puts Bella before everything else, so that makes b^2 the first value. Obviously, that means that a^2 is the second value that goes under (y-k)^2.

Then for horizontal, I just think that H stands for Human, and that Edward didn’t know Bella yet, and that she was in the second part of this life, making b^2 the second value.

Once you have that story memorized, you can also memorize the equations for hyperbolas.

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So, the way I remember these formulas, I just remember that the horizontal ellipse equation and the horizontal hyperbola equation are the same except that for the hyperbola, there is a sign. Then, since for ellipsis, the bottoms/denominators can switch depending on the which type of ellipse it is, I just remember that for hyperbolas, the tops/numerators can switch. Since you know this, you could remember that the vertical equation is exactly as the horizontal one except that (y-k)^2 is the numerator for a^2 and that (x-h)^2 is the numerator for b^2.

I hope that is actually helpful to you guys that are still in school and that you don’t find it too silly. I know that this has nothing to do with beauty/fashion, but I thought it would be helpful for those that math just doesn’t come naturally to. I know that I wish there were websites or posts, that kinda take all the logic out of the math and just make it easy to memorize. I know that math should be thought about logically and that it’s better to understand something than to just memorize it, but sometimes it’s just easier this way.

Did you find this helpful? Do you have any tricks that make it easier for you to memorize things in school? If you do, leave them in the comments, I would love to read them!

~Melissa

Books, Books, and More Books

If you’ve read my about page, you would know that I love to read. On that page, I said that I would probably post about things other than beauty. Well besides my Just Organize It post, I haven’t done that. I know that these things shouldn’t really be included because I’ve deemed this a “beauty blog”, but I know that people aren’t just one dimensional. People are interested in things other than beauty and fashion, so I guess this post of for those them.

The day I went to the movies, I also went to the library. Whenever I go there, I tend to go a little crazy. I always leave with a pile of books that I don’t end up reading. Not because they aren’t good, but because I bite off more than I can chew. I often only read 2-3 of the books I get and end up returning the rest for another time. This week, I was thinking that since I’m spring break, I could read all the ones that I got. My brother says that I can’t, so I’ve accepted the challenge just to prove him wrong. Unfortunately, I’m not making too much progress. I’ve had the books for 2.5 days, and I’ve only read one. So now, I have 2.5 school free days to read as much as I can.

Check out the books I picked up:

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  1. Love and Leftovers by Sarah Tregay
  2. The List by Siobhan Vivian
  3. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake                                                          
  4. A Million Suns by Beth Revis
  5. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

The only book I’ve read so far was Love and Leftovers. I had seen this book on Goodreads (add me!), and I was looking for it for the longest time. Every time I went to the library though, they didn’t have it. When I went this time, I was surprised when I saw it sitting on the shelf. I decided to read this first because I had been anticipating this one the most. When I opened the book, I was surprised. I thought it was going to be a chapter book, but instead, it was written in verse. In general, I liked this book, even though Marcie is a little aggravating, but I didn’t love it. I think my expectations were too high. The next one I’m reading is The List, another book that I’ve been after for months.

If you’ve read any of these books, let me know what you thought! Also, if you have any suggestions based on the books that I’ve chosen, let me know in the comments; I would love to hear your guy’s’ recommendations!

~Melissa

Just Organize It: School Work

Today, I’m coming to you guys with a non beauty/shopping post. I’ve had this post in mind for a while, and hoped I could post it just before I started school again, but that didn’t happen. This post is going to be about organizing your things for school. (Sorry for the cheesy title, I was trying to be clever >.<) I’ll be the first to admit that I often throw papers together and spend precious time looking for them instead of doing something productive. This year, instead of doing that, I’m trying to stay more organized. Before, I would carry 3 binders, 2-3 notebooks, and a folder to school. All of that, on top of my lunch, makes for a very heavy backpack.

 

The things I used to carry to school almost everyday.

The things I used to carry to school almost everyday.

This semester, I normally only carry a binder, a folder, and 1-2 notebooks. This has obviously lightened by load tremendously.

The things I now carry to school everyday.

The things I now carry to school everyday.

The reason I am able to carry so much less is because of this baby:

The lifesaver that changed it all. My friend said she got this from Office Depot, but I can't find it online.

The lifesaver that changed it all. My friend said she got this from Office Depot, but I can’t find it online.

I first came across something similar to this in my AP English class. My friend had a folder that had 4 pockets instead of the standard two. I’m a huge school supplies buff, so when I saw that, I thought it was the coolest thing ever. I literally talked about it for 5 minutes. After jokingly saying that I wanted one for Christmas, I ended up getting one, but mine was even better, which I didn’t think was possible.

My folder has 8 pockets, so I would have space for each class plus an extra, but since I have a free period, I actually have 2 pockets left over. I’ve organized my folder like so:

  1. Loose leaf paper/important papers (ie. report cards and calendars)
  2. 1st Period
  3. 2nd Period
  4. 3rd Period
  5. 4th Period
  6. 5th Period
  7. 7th Periods
  8. Random papers/Sticky notes

The reason I keep sticky notes is because instead of lugging around a notebook/agenda, I just place a sticky note on the 2nd pocket and write all my assignments on there. I find that this is easier because if I do my homework everyday, I’ll be forced to see the sticky notes each day, which ensures that I see all the things that I have due. Before, I wouldn’t really care about my agenda, and I wouldn’t check it everyday, so it was kinda worthless. This way, I see it everyday, and it’s one less thing I have to carry.

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Pocket 1: Calendars and Important Papers
Pocket 2: 1st Period papers w/ Agenda

My agenda!

My agenda!

When the front is filled, I just fold the sticky note over and write on the back.

When the front is filled, I just fold the sticky note over and write on the back.

The last pocket, which is where I keep a formula chart from Geometry and my sticky notes of various sizes.

The last pocket, which is where I keep a formula chart from Geometry and my sticky notes of various sizes.

 

Even though I have  this bad ass folder to help keep things more organized, I still often put papers in the wrong folder if I’m in a rush, or if I still have things out when the bell rings. Because of this, I try to make sure I go through my folder each night. I try to remove graded papers and put them in the binders that I previously carried to school. I also make sure that I focus on some of the pockets with more papers, so that I can prevent breaking along the bottom.

So that’s it for my first organizational post! I hope you enjoyed it and that you found my “tips” helpful. If you want more posts like this, comment below. If ya’ll find this useful, my next post will be another school related one. It will (hopefully) help with certain math formulas/ things on SYKMC (I’m not sure if everyone has this, but it stands for Stuff You Must Know Cold, which is just a list of things that you are expected to know on the spot).

~ Melissa