2.09.2016

My Current Favorite Products

I am one of those people who hardly swap their products to something new. If a product seems to be working well for me, I won't change it. Well, not until I stumble upon something too good to ignore. This habit seems to make me a basic and I don't mind. Hopping from one product to another really tires me. Yikes!

Today, I am sharing 3 of my current favorite products. I have been using them for a while now and totally going to stock up again when necessary.
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Azzaro Duo Women Perfume
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Trust me, I could have bought it solely because of the stealing looks of the bottle. Wink.

I fell in love with this perfume for so many reasons. The bottle is of stunning gold color which is too reflective that it (sometimes) annoys me. It has a strong and fierce fragrance that just fits well for my persona. It's one of my favorite high-end perfumes.

Azzaro perfumes are something like a family favorite, so it seemed quite natural to settle on it. My aunt used to have Azzaro Twin for Women that has a similar shape like this one. Now that she is away, all the memories of her are still vivid for me with the familiar scent. Some products come with memories. It's definitely the case with this perfume.

2.04.2016

Book Review: #GirlBoss

Recently, I went to a little internet hiatus in the last week of January. Mainly because my internet was acting up, but there were a few other things that kept my hands full like finishing up final documentations for college that's going to end in few months (yikes!!!) and catching up on Commercial Geography and Banking assignments.
Between these practical shenanigans, I kept up with my reading list wholeheartedly. #GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso was a book I had been wanting to read for quite a long time. I started reading it and finished within two days. I am so excited to review it on the blog today.
Book review: #GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso

The founder of Nasty Gal offers a sassy and irreverent manifesto for ambitious young women.
At seventeen, Sophia Amoruso decided to forgo continuing education to pursue a life of hitchhiking, dumpster diving, and petty thievery. Now, at twenty-nine, she is the Founder, CEO, and Creative Director of Nasty Gal, a $100+ million e-tailer that draws A-list publicity and rabid fans for its leading-edge fashion and provocative online persona. Her story is extraordinary—and only part of the appeal of #GIRLBOSS.

It's probably the most hyped book I have seen and read so far. Really, every young and ambitious female of this millennia might have put it on her to-read list, once. You are going to hear a mix of good and bad reviews about this book. Mine is going to be the positive one. Thumbs up.

#GirlBoss is an autobiography of Sophia Amoruso though it covers additional topics like feminism, self-help, and inspiration at the same time. The best thing about this book is the writing style - humorous.
It basically documents the journey of Sophia how she established her online business of selling vintage clothing on eBay to growing it in a famous fashion clothing line Nasty Gal worth $100+ million.

What I Think:

It was such an empowering book. The author started her business from scratch (literally!) and used her own methods to build her empire without a degree from a fancy institution. Some reviews I have read online, people seem to be complaining how she didn't go to an elite business school and often didn't understand the terms a professional would know. I loved this part. If someone isn't privileged enough to attend a business school, it doesn't mean they can't build their empire. Your hard work and faith in your plans can take you to places.

I firmly believe in faith & hard work. Things just don't happen to anyone. If you think some people just got lucky in their business ventures, think again. Your theory might be totally wrong. If you don't work hard and get your way out through the tunnels of failure, you're not going to succeed anyway. This book was all about it.

I loved the straight-up, no bullshit tone of this book. The author seemed to be telling her story over a cup of coffee that made it real fun to read. I will probably get an audio version for this book.
It was written for aspiring entrepreneurs in mind so it hit home, easily. I'm so into self-help and leadership books. This book makes the best fit in these genres. I would recommend it to anyone who's looking for a fresh start in their business or even for other plans in life, this book could easily be your starter pack.

Favorite Quotes From This Book:
#GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso quotes

“Abandon anything about your life and habits that might be holding you back. Learn to create your own opportunities. Know that there is no finish line; fortune favors action. Race balls-out toward the extraordinary life that you’ve always dreamed of, or still haven’t had time to dream up. And prepare to have a hell of a lot of fun along the way.”

“There are secret opportunities hidden inside every failure.”

“Forcing me to figure out how to provide for myself was probably one of the best things my parents ever did for me.”

“The #GIRLBOSS who is willing to do a job that is below her—and above—is the one who stands out. Above, you ask? Yes. Sometimes you’ll find an opportunity to step in when your boss is out, or just swamped, and show your worth. You’re as smart as she is, anyway, so figure it out as you go and make it look like child’s play. It’s that attitude, and behavior, that will get you ahead.”

“In whatever you do, you’re not going to stand out unless you think big and have ideas that are truly original. That comes from tapping into your own creativity, not obsessing over what everyone else is doing.”

Final ratings:

I would give it 5/5. Some of the quotes from this book are going to my art journal and inspiration wall. It's been a while since I had my hands on an actual inspiring yet easy book, after Manuscript Found In Accra, of course!

PS: If you're doing 2016 reading challenge on Goodreads, then let's be friends over there!

What's your recent read? Have you read #GirlBoss? 
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1.25.2016

5 Inspiring Quotes That Changed The Way I Look At Life

I love to read random quotes and write them down for inspiration. If I were to say that most of my life decisions were inspired by different quotes, please don't be surprised. I am a quote junkie by heart!
I have already done a Quotes from my favorite books post & today I have 5 other quotes to share that have inspired me in so many ways.
5 inspiring quotes that changed the way I look at life

1. “I learned...that inspiration does not come like a bolt, nor is it kinetic, energetic striving, but it comes into us slowly and quietly and all the time, though we must regularly and every day give it a little chance to start flowing, prime it with a little solitude and idleness.” 
― Brenda Ueland

Whenever I feel irritated by the lack of inspiration, I can rely on the good vibes of this quote. It's impossible to force inspiration, it must come from within.

2. “The greatest thing about dreams is they don’t expire. They can lay dormant for years and when you pull them out and dust them off, they shine like new.” 
― Casi McLean

Dreams never expire, but it also depends on one's will to keep them alive somewhere. Somewhere in your thoughts, somewhere in your ambitions. Once you get back to them, they'll get back to you, too. The only distance is your will to achieve them for real.

3. “You need to learn how to select your thoughts just the same way you select your clothes every day. This is a power you can cultivate. If you want to control things in your life so bad, work on the mind. That's the only thing you should be trying to control.” 
― Elizabeth Gilbert 

The peace of mind is such an important thing.  A disturbed mind can never work well. I'm still working on this, but in the meanwhile, this quote is everything to look up to. Heart emoji.

4. “It's only after we've lost everything that we're free to do anything.”
― Chuck Palahniuk

This is my life mantra these days. Some losses are inevitable and their burden is just too much, but when you're over them, it becomes easy to go on in life. It's exactly when there's nothing left to worry about 'cause there's nothing left at all. This feeling itself helps a lot.

5. Holstee Manifesto. You can see it above in the photo. It's an easy, relatable, and an inspiring piece. I discovered it a few years ago when a friend suggested it to me, knowing my obsession with good quotes. It has stayed with me until now.

I consider the collecting of quotes as a very cool hobby. Whether it's from a book or a random excerpt, it really doesn't matter. Sometimes, all we need is just the comfort of words, regardless of the source of where they're coming from. It's hard to narrow this post down to only 5 quotes (from my mind-library of 28645345 quotes), but they are all that has inspired/influenced me lately.

What are some of your favorite quotes that inspire you every day?
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