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Life

Last weekend I went to the wedding reception of a long-time friend of mine, Kelli. We’ve been friends for a really long time – since middle school when we both were attending Sugarloaf. When I last saw her it was on my honeymoon in Florida. She and her hubby (at the the time boyfriend) had breakfast with us on our last morning before we flew back home to California.

Kelli & I - 5 years ago and 5 years later

Five years later they tied the knot! They had their official wedding back in February and did a reception out here for the family and friends in California. Had a lot of fun and it was great catching up!

A couple other noteworthy things: I saw Jurassic World (good film, even if it did feel a little too much like the first), and I’ve also been sick with a cold.

Work

Because of it being the week leading up to 4th of July I ended up doing a couple Independence Day related tasks.

I designed some graphics for Mikuni Sushi:

Happy Independence Day!

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And I designed the graphics and eBlast for our company. We sent this out letting our clients know we would be closed Friday.

Tuesday night we all went to a River Cats game! My boss likes to do end-of-the-quarter team events, so this time we went to a ball-game. Even though it was hot and I was on my first day of my cold, I had a really great hanging out with everyone and getting to know them a bit more. I’m really happy to be working with such an awesome and nice group of people.

Blog

Since I had Friday off from work, I got a chance to work on the design for The Lovely Geek. I decided on my two main typefaces, got my moodboard about 95% done, and the homepage design started. Finally making some progress!

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My June 2015 Beauty Bag

1. Bare Escentuals Correcting Concealer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 – By far one of my favorite concealers. I use this along with e.l.f. Studion Flawless Concealer Brush, and it gives great coverage to blemishes and acne scars. Plus it has SPF in it, so you really can’t go wrong. I love the texture of it too.

2. Bare Escentuals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel – I’m really glad I decided to try this when I did because it started getting really hot out and this made the perfect addition to my skincare routine on my no-makeup days. I’ve tried a lot of different tinted moisturizers and BB creams, but this is the best one I’ve tried so far. At first when it came out I didn’t think it would be for me, but once I saw Megan use it to help cover up her acne I thought I would give it a try. It gives just the right amount of coverage, but it feels light and hydrating on the skin. I really like that because you can layer it on to get the right coverage you need without feeling like you’re overloading your skin with product.

3. Skin Inc. Custom-Blended Serum Set – I really wanted to like this stuff, especially after reading Gal Meets Glam’s review. I customized my kit based on my skin care needs and was given these three serums to use: Vitamin C Serum, Vitamin A Serum, and Hyaluronic Acid Serum. It all looked good in theory, but I honestly felt like it didn’t do much for my skin. If anything I feel like my breakouts got a tad worse. At $90.00 for the kit, it felt like money wasted.

4. Bye Bye Under Eye Anti-Aging Concealer – I first heard about this concealer on The Beauty Snoop and decided to give it a try. Its consistency reminds me of MAC’s Pro Longwear Concealer where a little bit goes a LONG way, and I’m talking very little. Just a teeny tiny dab is all you need and it gives excellent coverage. It also brightens the under eye area too, so it really helps with dark circles.

5. Olay Total Effects Revitalizing Foaming Cleanser – After reading a review on Total Beauty I thought maybe this is something I should try (this was also before my PCOS diagnose was confirmed) because I thought I might have combination skin. It wasn’t a bad cleanser, but it also didn’t do anything for my skin either. Since it was a drugstore product I didn’t feel like I wasted money on it.

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June
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Since I last talked about fitness trackers a lot has happened! I stopped using the Weight Watchers ActiveLink, Weight Watchers finally allowed other fitness trackers to track Activity Points, and I got an Apple Watch which has replaced my FitBit.

Apple Watch vs FitBit

FitBit Flex

FitBit or ActiveLink?

Pros

  • It’s cheaper in price compared to the Apple Watch. The Flex is $99.95, and even their most expensive model the Surge is $249.95. You also might be able to get it cheaper if you buy it at Weight Watchers. My mom got hers there for $39.95.
  • Doesn’t rely on an iPhone to work.
  • Tracks all your activity and sleep.
  • Battery lasts for about five days

Cons

  • Doesn’t tell time. The Surge model is the only one that does. The Charge and Surge ones are the only ones that do. (thanks Angela for clarifying)
  • Doesn’t make the best fashion accessory. While I’ve started to see other color options for the bands, they’re still not what I would call cute. They look like a weird bracelet. The only band that I’ve been impressed with has been those from the Tory Burch line.
  • Seems to easily wear down over time. My black band broke after a couple of months.
  • It can be kind of difficult to snap the clasp on the band. I think this is why my mom has been reluctant to wear her Flex because putting the band on is kind of a pain.
  • Has issues consistently syncing. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to either restart my phone or restart the FitBit itself to get it to sync. Sometimes it would go for days without syncing. It was starting to have this issue daily right before I got my Apple Watch.

Apple Watch

This just happened! #applewatch #applewatch38mmpink

Pros

  • Tells time (it’s a watch afterall). This was my big bummer about the Flex.
  • Lots of options to accessorize, and I imagine it will keep growing.
  • Reminds you to move! As someone whose job is sitting at a desk all day, it’s nice to have those reminders to move, even if it’s just standing for a minute. I’ve been getting in the habit of everytime my Apple Watch tells me to stand, I either go refill my waterbottle or take a quick walk around the building.
  • It does all the things! Works with other apps, lets you recieve notifications for text messages, lets you make phone calls, the features list goes on.

Cons

  • They’re pricey. They range from $349 (Sport) to $17,000 (Edition) depending upon which model, band, and size you get.
  • Doesn’t track sleep – at least not yet from what I’ve read. That might change in the future.
  • Battery lasts for 18 hours. You have to charge it daily.
  • It’s dependent on your iPhone

The Verdict?

Ultimately I chose the Apple Watch over the FitBit because of the fact it tells time plus a whole lot more. I’m not big on wearing a ton of things on my wrists, so an all-in-one device that looks good is the best fit for me. And once I found out it could track my Weight Watcher points it sealed the deal for me.

I did like the challenges with my friends on FitBit, plus I still use the Aria scale, so I found a way to sync my HealthKit info with FitBit: Sync Solver.

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Life

Last week I became the owner of an WATCH.

This just happened! #applewatch #applewatch38mmpink

I had been debating whether or not to get one for some time, and the one thing that sealed the deal for me was it being able to track my activity and convert it to Weight Watchers Activity Points. Once I found out it did, I wanted to get one.

Joshua made a deal with me saying if I could get a new job then I could order my watch (and being on Dave Ramsey’s program we could fit it into the budget). After my first week at Three29 I discovered you could now buy the watches in store (before it was online only), so we headed up to the Apple Store, and I became the proud owner of a 38mm Stainless Steel Case with Soft Pink Modern Buckle.

I’m loving it so far, and I plan on blogging more about it soon.

Work

I wrapped up my second full week at Three29, and boy did it go fast! I have quite a few projects on my plate already. While I haven’t done any full-blown designing of web sites yet (I’m only two weeks in), I am getting into something that I’ve wanted to for awhile now and that is mobile app design. Here’s a peek at what I began working on…

swansons cleaners app

It got approved on Wednesday, so I’m in the process of designing the other interfaces.

I also went to a really cool mixer Wednesday night with a couple of my coworkers. It was at the Coin-Op Game Room in Sacramento, and it’s basically an arcade with a fancy bar in the middle. In other words an arcade for adults. I really want to go back there with some friends! The mixer itself was pretty cool. I ran into a couple people I knew, entered a raffle, and ate some yummy pizza. I’m really happy to be working for a company that likes to go to these type of networking events. Looking forward to many more!

Blog

I continued migrating content over to The Lovely Geek. With this current blog, I worked on a couple posts having to do with my Apple Watch which I plan on posting in the coming week along with another Beauty Bag post for June.

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June
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Mid-June Review

A lot has happened in the last couple of weeks since I last blogged here plus apparently I have quite the audience now, so welcome! Here’s the latest and greatest avec moi!

Work

May 29th was my last day at Digital Gear. I won’t get into details on what happened, but I will say that I left on good terms. I am, however, very happy to have moved on as I had been going back and forth about leaving for quite some time for a variety of reasons. It just wasn’t the same place it used to be, and honestly I deserved better.

If you have every done me wrong just know my mom knows and she doesn't like you.

I spent that last weekend in May working on my resume, and after having lunch with one of my former teachers I was able to put the finishing touches on it and apply for a job that I had been eyeing for awhile. A couple days later they reached out to me to schedule a phone interview.

After my phone interview I came in for a face-to-face where I was interviewed by both management and the whole team. I had a great interview (at least I thought I did, haha), and my next step was to take the DiSC profile (my style is “iS” if you’re wondering) and send back my results with my thoughts.

It was a really interesting report and quite spot-on! Not only did it tell me how I work, but it talked about how I work with others who have different styles. I wish I would have taken this sooner because it probably would have helped me better understand and work with my previous colleagues. It almost worked like an employee review.

started-working-at-three29

A few days later I was offered (and accepted) the job, and yesterday I wrapped up my very first week as a UI/UX Designer at Three29! It’s been great so far, and I really enjoy working with everyone – they are all so nice! I’m excited to do great things with them!

Life

From the time I left DG till I started at Three29 I’ve had a nice little two-week vacation. I’ve caught up with quite a few people. I visited with my relatives from back east up at their Tahoe house. I had lunch with my former teacher from Art Institute, and I had breakfast with one of my previous clients.

I hung out with my good friend Ely a couple times (he’s an awesome videographer if you ever need someone for film-related services), which has been nice because we hadn’t seen each other a whole lot since he moved to LA last year. Now he’s back up here, so it’s great to have a friend to hang out with on a semi-regular basis.

The last two weekends I spent in Santa Cruz. The first SC weekend was to help Dani move some of her stuff up, but we also got to visit with our Aunt Gigi whom we haven’t seen in 11 years! She was visiting from Massachusetts, so she got to meet Joshua for the first time as well as Dani (Dani was a baby when she was last in town), and in turn we got to meet her husband Paul.

Had brunch with my Aunti Gigi and Uncle Paul in Santa Cruz! Haven't seen her in 11 years! #familyreunion

The second weekend in Santa Cruz was Dani’s graduation! We came down Friday night so we could be there bright and early for her graduation at 9am.

Parents, Josh, Me and Dani

On Sunday we packed the rest of her stuff up and moved her home (AKA my house). She’s got a couple weeks to herself before she starts her new job.

Blog

As you can imagine with everything happening at the beginning of this month the new site has been put on pause. Now that I’ve got a new job I can get back into a routine and make some time for it again.