Thursday, May 29, 2014

Book Nook: Divergent Trilogy

Hello Lovelies!

I have another Book Nook for you guys!  So, I finally completed the very famous, very disputed Divergent Trilogy.  These books are known not only for their movie but also for their resemblance to the also famous trilogy The Hunger Games.  Some people have their preferences, personally I never read The Hunger Games and can only tell you that the movies were entertaining, but very unrealistic and similar to other things I have seen before.

At first I thought that this was going to be just like other books and that it would be boring, over hyped, and just another fad.  But I really enjoyed these books.  I know that these Book Nooks have all been focused on very popular reads, but I wouldn't recommend them if I didn't enjoy them.

So, I read the first two books last summer during my trip to Puerto Rico.  From the beginning these books are great, unlike many others where the beginning is an uninteresting back story, nothing happens, and it is just another book with another uninteresting nobody character.  Divergent, the first book, was probably the only book that seemed relatively similar to other novels I have read.  Considering nothing happens the first several chapters, it was still interesting because the details given are actually worthy of being noted and the setting as well as the situation is believable.

Insurgent.  I think this has been my favorite because it gets right to the action {as you can tell I prefer to read the climax}  there is no mush, Veronica Roth simply gets to all the good, juicy parts.  I read this book in a matter of days.  The romance is evident but not overpowering, it has several surprises and turns, the whole book was just gripping and exciting, and.... Just amazing.

Lastly, Allegiant, don't worry no spoilers in this post.  The ending was... let's just say odd, surprising, different, unique?  It was not expected, but that's what makes it such a good read.  At first it is disappointing and I wish there could have been more details and more "spark" I guess, but it goes to show how well Roth thought out her characters.

The Divergent Trilogy is a definite page-turner and a fun, easy read.  Since this is a teen series the voabulary is understandable and great for laying in the bath and indulging into.  I really enjoyed these books and am excited for the next movies to come out.

Let me know any books that you recommend!

xoxo, Ana

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

New Beginnings

Hey Lovelies!

If you have been reading my blog you would know that I have been fairly busy these past couple of weeks.  Now that summer is almost here I have some exciting projects planned for this blog, as I stated before.  I don't want to reveal everything yet but I want to let you in on this secret!

I have been working hard to get different platforms of social media running for this blog.  Recently I changed everything related to this blog, Fun-Sized Fashion to separate account and even made an extra Google+ page for it.  Because I originally handled this through my personal e-mail everything was getting mixed and I prefer having this as a medium for all of my personal and social accounts pertaining to this blog.  I don't expect to be popular, I don't even expect an audience but this new project is something I have wanted for a LONG, LONG, LONG time.

Thank you for anyone supporting me and I hope you are excited for what is to come!

God Bless,

P.S. These changes are going to come quick, so get ready to see a new ME!  {I have been working very hard to prepare this before I finally let you all see!}  Love you all, hope you have an amazing day. :D

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Staying Fabulous: Organization Series

Hey Lovelies!

As this school year comes to end (or already ended for some of you) I have been stressing to get myself organized and motivated to push through these last two weeks of school and my final exams.  Whilst I took on this challenge, I noticed how important being organized is in everyday life.  Since organization is something that is important to me, I thought I would share some of my tips and tricks with you.

The thing is, my obsession with organization could form a blog of its own.  Not to mention if I actually had money to buy organization tools, you guys would never hear the end of it.  I decided to make this like a "series" I guess or just part of my typical blog posts.  It is named Staying Fabulous and will be under the Organization tab in my home page.

This post is just going to be kind of like What is organization to me? type of post.  I want to explain how my love for organizing came about and maybe share some of my favorite things to do in terms of organizing time, things, myself, and juggling a hectic life.

This story shall begin when I was in elementary school.  I loved the idea of being an adult and growing up, that is all I ever wanted in life {no matter how many people told me growing up is full of stress and responsibility}.  Honestly, I loved the idea of running around, always being busy, writing in a huge agenda, and getting a cup of hot coco in the cafe, I loved the movie-style way of grown up life.  I can remember watching The Wedding Planner thinking, she has the best life ever!  As a young girl I played secretary all the time with my sisters and I asked for toy makeup and I would take my father's old office supplies when he didn't need them anymore.  I truly wanted the life of someone who had a busy schedule.

Middle school is when I started really writing in my agenda, color coding, looking up videos about organization, and really trying to "grow up".  Eighth grade I realized ~ maybe growing up takes a lot of steps before I can be the person I aspire to become.  This is one of the reasons I always tell people I have a plan when I really don't (sorry Dad), but I will explain later.  So I decided this life was the life of a lawyer.  I said, I'm gonna be a lawyer because those are the people that run around and file papers and organize things, and they have pretty planners and etc. etc.

As I am getting older, things are actually not what I hoped they would be like.  Honestly, high school is a snooze, I so focused on school I have had no room to grow as a person and develop myself.  There is no super busy schedule where I am running around, there is no close group of friends, there are no obstacles in my way.  It seems too.... EASY. Now, I have decided to start a blog, join the Cross Country Team, join a club, start sewing again, and also focus on school.

Basically, I emphasize so much of my time and energy on organizing because it is something that I love to do and something that has helped me grow as a person.  Some people don't find organization to be important, but I do.

I don't know what I want to be in the future, a lawyer, an engineer, a doctor, a scientist, a housewife.  I cannot expect my life to be perfect, but I can try and manage my time and myself so that I am happy and I accomplish all that things I wish to get done.

I hope that you all will continue to read for some awesome organizational posts and will share with me what (if anything) you like about organization and stuff like that.

xoxo, Ana

P.S. - I just want to clarify that this blog is NOT a fashion/beauty blog.  This is a blog I a made for myself to track my progress and share things that interest me with the rest of the internet.

P.P.S. - Summer is only two weeks away!!! I have a surprise coming for all you that follow me.  I am so excited and have been working hard to plan things for the future of this blog and hopefully can announce some exciting projects soon.

Monday, May 5, 2014

AP Exams, EOC, and School: How to Handle with Stress!

Hello Lovelies!

Recently, my life has been turned upside down, shaken up, then dropped from an incredible height.  Besically, I am very stressed and have not had time to even think for myself.  Honestly, how tired I feel cannot be described with words.

So, a lot of college bloggers have been writing about finals and papers and organization for college students. But I was thinking, what about the high school students that have AP exams and EOC and Finals to do?  Not to mention that we also have daily lives, possible work, and maybe even sports/exercise.  It's a lot to handle and, this being my first year of high school, it has not been going as smoothly as I hoped.

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Part of the problem is the people I surround myself with, they are not very motivated and constantly send out "negative energy", if you will.  So Tip #1 Surround yourself with people who have similar goals.  If you don't want to be that person cramming an hour before the exam, don't surround yourself with people who do.  I find that their laziness and lack of interest has been rubbing off on me, rather than my motivation has been rubbing off on them.

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Make a list and actually complete it!  I have a big problem with this.  I enjoy the planning, but I don't enjoy the doing.  Such as right now.  I could be working on the three projects I have to do, or studying for the AP test next week, or even cleaning the mess that surrounds me.  The hardest part is beginning.  Once you start your body gets accustomed to work and will do what it needs.

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Start early, don't wait until the last second.  Things won't just go away if you waste more time.  Spend the time necessary to really complete your work, or study and to get the end result you want.  Work hard and DON'T procrastinate.

I know these aren't specific tips about organization and schoolwork, but honestly, they work.  Even with your fitness goals and diet goals, I find this is what works.  Hopefully later I will make a post about that, but for now, get to working and don't let anything get in your way.

xoxo,  Ana