Hello there! I hope you’re all having a splendid March so far. I’m currently on my spring break and thought today would be a good time to release February’s monthly recap post. (Also, I know I keep making empty blogging promises but I DEFINITELY will have book (and manga!) reviews coming this month-I guarantee these will happen because I’ve actually already have them scheduled to publish on their own.)
I didn’t read all that much in February. However, I did participate in my first readathon (on Instagram)! The #ForeverReading 24 hour reading challenge (hosted by Cherry @_forevermint and Lissa @rabidreadings) was interesting since I was documenting my progress in the form of Insta stories. (I’ve always thought that if I’d ever join these reading marathons it would be via the blogosphere, so this was unexpected, haha.) I had a really good time though, and it was a positive experience since the rules were flexible. In total, I was able to read nearly 400 pages of A Court of Wings and Ruin despite still getting a full night’s rest, working part time, and meeting with my friends from out of town for a long brunch. In my stories (which is still up as part of my Instagram Highlights by the way, if you do want to check those videos out. I believe you can only see view them if you’re using the app on your phone though) I talked about my thoughts on ACoWaR, the book itself. ACoWaR‘s a kind of meh read and I didn’t find myself enjoying it as I did its predecessor, A Court of Mist and Fury. As of where I left off (which is about halfway), I’d say it would get 2 out of 5 stars from me. For now, I don’t have interest in picking it up so I’ve put it on hold until further notice.
– February Blog Posts –
- Summing It Up: January 2018 [Wrap Up/Favorites]
– Favorites –
Two faves in one with this! Of all the ways to share unboxings, Instagram story might be my favorite these days. I have grown more comfortable talking in them more (although I can never stand watching them once they’re uploaded because ugh who doesn’t CRINGE when they listen to themselves?) but I much prefer creating these music in the background kind of videos-and a lot of my Instagram friends/followers seem to have been expressing that they like them, too. So today, on the blog, I wanted to share my story from when I did the Simply Gilded January subscription box because I’m really proud of how it turned out if I do say so myself. :’) (This is my first time uploading a video on Youtube but I wanted you guys to hear the bgm in case you wanted to. I still feel weird about it and I’ve kept it unlisted for privacy reasons though.) And, sorry it’s in vertical format and such bad quality… but this will have to work for now until I figure out how to embed original videos on WordPress. (I don’t think I can with the free version of WP, sadly.)
I also shared my very first true “Study with Summer” video after people requested one on Instagram. It was also through my story and I thought it would be fun. So here’s the video for that as well.
I also ordered some really nice art in February. The first is a custom chibi portrait by Teresa @birduyen and the second item is Siobhan @siobhanchiffon’s sketchbook! I adore the chibi sketch so much because it looks like I’m in a kimono with a big bow-like obi in the back. The washi Teresa used for the “fabric” is also too pretty. As for Siobhan’s sketchbook, I’ve done several flip throughs and it’s so worth the money since it showcases a lot of her art in 2017. Her #crewofcuties are so adorable. As you probably know by now, I love supporting artists when I can and I had to get these when they became available. (Plus, Teresa doesn’t always have commissions open so this was a rare chance for me to get a custom art print.)
Perhaps, a permanent monthly favorite of mine from now on will be my planner spreads. I try to keep them simple because, to be honest, I don’t have time and can’t make time to go crazy with it like I know how other people do. XD Although not fancy, I really like how February’s turned out!
– Video Favorites –
I fangirled over this comeback probably an annoying amount on Instagram but I could not help myself. As much as I like K-pop and have been part of the genre’s fandom for a long time the only artist that I consider myself a true stan (or fan) of is Exo. There was no doubt, since the beginning from their debut (and even pre-debut) that I was an Exo-L but their hoobaes, NCT, have me smitten. I think the Boss era has officially converted me into a NCTzen because, oh my, why are all the members so handsome and talented?? My bias (or favorite) has kind of always been Ten… but Taeyong is a bias wrecker since he’s one of the few members in this band that is older me. Two new members were added to this unit this promotion round and they are ADORABLE. Lucas is so 4D and Jinwoo is precious (not to mention his vocals are pure honey, gah). And, needless to say (since this is NCT we’re talking about), I love the choreo so much. T_T
MY FAVES. Soon after “Boss” teasers for “Baby Don’t Stop” came out and I was pretty much done. These two, as mentioned earlier, are my absolute favorites in NCT. I’m also so pleased and proud of baby Ten’s vocals. :’) And I don’t know why but TY whispering/saying randomly nice sounding words together is shockingly so sensual, LOL. (Don’t ask. This NCT comebacks have me so dead.)
“Fly With Me” gave me my Korean R&B and hip hop fix for the month; I was listening to it so much.
You might be sensing a theme in February but Korean hip hop was what I was most into that month. This song is so groovy and I love it.
I don’t think I’ve ever shared a beauty/fashion video on this blog before but I like to watch them occasionally. Jenn Im is one of my favorite Youtubers and I loved how this video was filmed/edited. The bgm is so chill and perf for the concept as well. (Other fashion/outfit videos I’ve liked in the past are: Sophia Chang’s Desert lookbook and Evelina’s Summer Night lookbook)
– What I’ve Been Watching –Gah, this one is just so stinking cute. It’s mainly about a guy that has mysophobia that meets a girl that literally survives through the touch of other humans (she’s a vamp-more on that later). I might be slightly partial to the male lead after seeing him in Princess Agents and then in The Eternal Love, but I think Xing Zhao Lin’s a promising young actor. I’ve also seen a few of Zhang Yu Xi’s works and she’s wonderful at portraying the haughty, misunderstood characters; she once again fits this role to the tee. When I first picked it up I had no idea it was going to be about vampires though, LOL. That strange twist works well with the modern storyline without being cringey though. I certainly have plans of watching season 2 when I get the chance.
Trailer (which probably explains my one-line synopsis way better):
Trailer (because you guys have to see all the pretty in this!):
So yeah! That’s it for February. It was a fast month so I don’t think this post was way too long? Anyway, have a awesome March, friends! Until next time (which I hope shall come sooner than later). XD