Customized Blog Giveaway!


Check out this AMAZING giveaway from Diana’s Adventures and enter it! =)

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a Rafflecopter giveaway

It’s almost my birthday, so I wanted to celebrate my birthday & by finally reaching 200 subbies with having a giveaway! I am also celebrating my grand opening of my custom blog shop! Stay tuned for specials.I’ve been getting a lot of compliments on my blog header along with my sidebar so I wanted to spread the love! I know how expensive custom designs can be (about 80 dollars) because I’ve looked. Although, I have just a basic knowledge of designing using Java and CSS+ I made my blog using mostly graphics. 


 Click the picture to see my Prices & Shop :)

Also, click the photo to check at what else you will be getting with this giveaway! I promise to deliver the same things listed under “What you get with each purchase.” !!!! 

This is a very BASIC customization. You will need…

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Girly Road Trip Essentials

Road trip Essentials

Being Girly on a Road Trip is pretty simple, as shown above. I basically pack all my girly stuff, aka the smell good products, products I cannot live without(even if it’s 2 days!) all into a pink Hello Kitty weekender bag.

let me get my girly shit

This includes:

  • My Fekkai Glossing Cream
  • A Happy book
  • Lots of moisturizer…for eyes, face, body by Nivea (the BEST all over lotion) Beautiful Day for smelling fresh after a car ride
  • Cleansing Wipes by Yes to Cucumbers
  • My Fluffy Unicorn…he’s so fluffy!!!!!
  • Hair ties
  • Hello Kitty stationery to jot down ideas and write back my pen pals
  • Tarte BB cream
  • Starbucks reusable tumbler
  •  Cat-eye sunnies

All of this packed into my beautiful Hello Kitty Weekender Bag with matching cosmetic bag that my mother in-law made for me. It’s beautiful and i’m super excited to use it!

My husband and I will be driving up to North Carolina to visit family up there. It’s about a 10 hour road trip from Tampa, and I know Ronnie will love it because he loves to drive. I suspect he will also be channeling the guys from Top Gear, especially James May (apparently he drives slow just like my husband does.)

So, I’m leaving my laptop at home (gasps!) and sticking purely to my smart phone for internet. I know you guys can hold down WordPress till I get back.

Till this weekend! Take care till then!

When was the last time you went sans laptop/computer? Would it be easy or would it be the worst? I’d love to know!




Lifebeinggirly’s Day at the Beach


Lifebeinggirly at the beach

Well, I can check one item off my Goals of Summer list. I made it to the beach yesterday! Fort De Soto Park and Beach to be exact. This park is located just outside of St. Petersburg in the Tampa Bay area, about an hour away from where I live. My best friend who lives out-of-state visited this weekend and this is one of our go-to places.

The park is less bustling compared to the other Bay Area beaches and that’s what this park is all about. Quiet, relaxation, and not too many people or traffic to deal with. Also, you get to see the sky-high Sunshine Skyway Bridge just across the water.

Sunshine Skyway Bridge FL

Isn’t the sky so pretty?! You can see that the tide was low, and we got to see all these little crabs running around on the sand.

And, what’s a trip to the beach without some ice cream??!! Since it was such a long trip there, the first thing we did when we got there was get an ice cream cone! lol. Here is a picture of my ice cream cone in between my sisters’ cones.

Summer Ice cream cones

“I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!”

I hope you all had a Sunny Sunday!

What did you do this past weekend? Any trips to the beach?? What/where do you go when your friend comes to visit?? I’d love to know!



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Lovely Lady Bloggers

My lovely blogging and pen pal friend, Hilary at Cutie Cameras thought about starting a support and networking group on Facebook. I love that I have met such amazing, smart, and inspiring ladies all around the world, and I hope that the page will continue to promote these wonderful lady bloggers!

I think it’s important for young women to have positive role models and support from other ladies. I mean, who didn’t start writing because of Carrie Bradshaw?? I know I did.

Carrie Bradshaw laptop

If not, I’m sure the idea cultivated by someone who inspired you. There are so many fabulous and funny ladies who write for a living, i.e. Mindy Kaling, Tina Fey, Jenji Kohan to name a few. Women are so inspiring in that most of us aspire to have it all, and get the most out of life. We won’t settle for anything less. We take charge of our lives and pursue what is important to us. I admire these power ladies and want to surround myself with the likes of them.

You know the saying, “Surround yourself with positive people.” I believe this is so true. Oprah says it best.

Oprah Quote


The idea for this Lovely Lady Bloggers group sparked by my sadness of my application to be a part of a regional blogging community denial because I didn’t fit into their standards. But why should I box me and my blog into one single theme? I want to talk about and explore everything to being girly. Since lifebeinggirly isn’t a complete fashion blog, I believe that is why I they denied me. Boo. Who says ‘no’ when someone wants to join your community? Isn’t community mostly what blogging is about?? I was hurt but it helped inspire a friend and myself to start our own blogging network group on Facebook.

Are you looking for support and encouragement for your writing? Are you a lady blogger? Then if so, I invite you to join us*!

Lovely Lady Bloggers

*Only positive, open-minded women bloggers who are willing to inspire and be inspired need to apply!

Thank you for stopping by and reading! I hope you have a fantastic Friday!!


Just Think Positive

No negative self talk

My dad has always been full of life and of many words. So many words that you would get annoyed with him because he sounded like a broken record. Those times weren’t the best, especially if you were in trouble.

“I knowwwww, Dad. You don’t have to tell me for the millionth time.” I would say. I bet some of you can relate!

Growing up in America with foreign parents was embarrassing, but made me prouder of my heritage as I got older. My dad is more lax compared to other Asian dads, in that he wasn’t the authoritative parent who pushed me to do things. Perhaps that stereotype is for Asian mothers only since that was my mom’s doing. He may not have been pushy, but he still compared me with my friends, asking me why can’t I be like so and so. He repeated things whenever I did something wrong. That’s how deep our conversations were. Fast forward to present day, he has learned how to text message, and has no problem telling me what to do, even though he’s living across the country.

Beep! *text message notification*

“Get your shits together, Tina!!” the text from my dad would lovingly say.

“Stop wasting time! Time waits for no one!” on other days.

My dad texts me this reminder everyday as he knows I am still in grad school and not working at an internship yet.

In my last post, I wrote about my insecurities about finding a job/internship site. I was sad that day and text my dad before he could send me his daily reminder text. That was the last thing I needed to hear.

“Dad, I don’t think I can work. I have too much anxiety. I think I will end up being a bum.” I wrote. His response, “Okay, be a bum! At least you’re in Florida!” Whatever that means.

That evening, I spoke to him on the phone. My older brother just flew in to San Francisco to visit with my dad and my other older brother, whom my dad is living with at the moment. They were eating out at The Sizzler when I called to say hi. My dad and I talked for a while, and thinking he wouldn’t bring up my text message from earlier, he told me something that I desperately needed to hear.

“Tina, just think positive. be excited to be alive. I wake up every morning with excitement even though I go to dialysis. I’m excited to go to dialysis. You must always think positive. Don’t dwell on yesterday because every morning you wake up, you get a brand new day. Remember that.” he said matter-of-factly.

I didn’t know what to say. All I could think of was, “Okay, Dad. Thank you. I will remember that.”

Maybe it was the steak and potatoes that The Sizzler prompted him to be nice and coherent. Maybe it was that my brother made it out there safely. Whatever it was, it made me happy and I know it will be a conversation I will remember for as long as I live.

The next day, I went to the internship meeting with the woman who said she needed a more experienced worker. Even though the place didn’t work out, I at least made it there and did my best. I was excited for the new opportunity and not scared of it.

So, as we start this new week, I wanted to share my dad’s advice with you. Think positive and be excited for every morning. Be excited for the new opportunities your day may bring. Life is too short to be apprehensive and to sell your amazing self short.

The next day after my dad’s heartfelt talk, I get a message from my dad saying, “Get your shits together, Tina!” I told you he was like a broken record.



Sweet Saturday

I hope you all are having a wonderful weekend so far! I spent today visiting with my grad school friends at the trendiest mall in Tampa, International Plaza. One of my friends just had her last day of grad school this morning, and we wanted to have a celebratory drink with her. We ended up having just that, and after drinks we found ourselves at this cute pastry shop called Le Macaron. Look at how delicious these are!

Le Macaroon

We chose Pistachio, German Chocolate, Coffee,Gingerbread, Vanilla, and Basil.

All of them were delicious EXCEPT the Basil flavored one. I split it with my sister when I got home, and we both agreed it was the worst! We didn’t spit it out because they are so expensive! (6 pieces for $14! It was definitely a treat.) My friend loved the Basil one so I thought I’d try it out. I’m going to have a talk with her about this!

Do you like macaroons? Do you think you’d like a Basil-flavored one? They also had a Lavender one as well, that one may tasted better. In conclusion, I would stick to the fruit and chocolate flavored ones!

I hope you continue to have a fabulous weekend! I know Kristin will! (the girly standing next to me.) She’s officially done with her Master’s degree!! Lucky girl!!

Grad school friends

Disney tee shirt

My husband trying out his gingerbread macaroon. Apparently the coffee one was the best!


My Wild Friday Night

Happy Friday night, everyone!

If you’re reading this now, you’re probably at home like myself. Don’t feel bad for me, though.  I went to meet with the director of a possible internship site and I am happy that I showed up and did my best. Unfortunately, (after waiting over an hour to meet with the director) it did not seem likely that they will take me due to not having experience in their setting (Hello, I’m an Intern!) but I didn’t argue. I left feeling frustrated and overwhelmed, but decided to not fret over this until Monday. I will start my search again on Monday, just like working a typical job. My mind’s business hours are M-F 10-6. Blog hours differ, though! I love my blog, and I hope you like it, too!


Did you know that ABC Family is showing ALL 8 Harry Potter movies this weekend??!! It’s like the extreme Harry Potter weekend on TV. So, not only am I happily entertained, but I am also really comfy. I found this meme on my “Girly Things” Pinterest board and this is SO me!


Funny meme girly


What are your plans for tonight and this weekend? Can you relate to this photo? I’d love to know!

Cheers to the fun people having a wild Friday night like me!!


Come Join Our Blogger Facebook Group!


To all my lovely lady bloggers! Please join this amazing group for blogging support! =)

Originally posted on Cutie Cameras:

Hello Lovelies,

One of my favorite parts about blogging is connecting with fellow bloggers and with readers. I’ve learned so much from my fellow bloggers which is why I thought it would be a good idea to start a blogger group on Facebook. I asked my fellow blogger, Christina of Lifebeinggirly, and she thought it was a great idea! So, here we are!

Facebook Group

The idea being that it would be a platform for fellow bloggers to ask questions, get advice, team up for giveaways and guest posts, and in general just help each other be the best we can be!

If this seems like something you would like to be a part of then you should join our group! Click HERE to be directed to the group. If you have questions please feel free to comment here or email me at cutiecameras[at]

I look forward to chatting with you…

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You’re Ready, Girly Girl

Don’t you wish there was a timer or thermometer for humans to help decide their readiness to make it in the real world? I wish there was!

The other day I was stressing over my Internship. Stressing over the idea of having to be somewhere, like a job, and not in my comfort zone. It was to the point where I exhausted myself thinking about it. I don’t know about you, but when I’m overly frustrated over something, I shut down.

I decided to take a break, take some deep breaths, and text message my best friend, Alfreda. I told her that I was feeling like crap and worried about being a bum the rest of my life. “If I don’t succeed at my Internship, I won’t graduate, and then I’ll die from drowning in my debt because I won’t have a job to pay back student loans, and then I’ll be embarrassed for the rest of my life!” (I tend to have an “all or nothing” thought process. It’s a cognitive distortion and I’m working on it.) That whole thought train was quite dramatic, but when you’re in that moment feeling crappy, your mind wonders a lot. (Deep Breath)

“You’re just not ready to start your Internship,” she said. It’s okay.”

I believed that to be true. I felt slightly better until I thought about being ready.

“Well, what if I’m never ready to start my Internship?!? What do I do then? Remain at this standstill?” I questioned. Sheesh. No wonder I have anxiety! I can’t stop thinking myself into a horrible fate, and always thinking the worse case scenario. I need to start thinking more positive.

Now this goes back to my original idea for a symbol to know when you’re ready. Don’t you just wish there was a color you turned to let know that you’re ready for something? Like your body would shimmer all over with confidence or something. Oh, wait. If I shimmer all over, that means I’m a vampire, like in Twilight.  Scratch that idea.

What about looking up to another girly idol to help me feel more confident? Take Elle Woods. She went for it and was successful. She knew nothing about being a lawyer, but worked her confidence and believed in herself. That’s what I need to do. Since there isn’t a magic wand to make you ready, and there isn’t a special color you turn to let you know that it’s time, surrounding yourself with positive influences will help.

I believe you either just know or you just do it.

So that’s what I’m going to do.

Remember you to use the resources you have in your support system (best friends in real-life and/or characters from a movie) to help you feel ready for anything.

Take deep breaths, have faith in myself, and think positive thoughts.

Elle Woods


What are some things you wished you knew you were ready for?

What are some things you do to get yourself ready? I’d love to know!