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My Top 5 Favorite Ice Cream Shops!

Today’s topic for this blog post is all about ice cream. Yes! I can’t really have sweets anymore in the meantime. So I am in sweets widthrawal. I am not an ice cream aficionado, but now that I am refraining myself from sugar, I am realizing how much of a sweet tooth I actually am. There is a Museum of Ice Cream here in Los Angeles for those who do not know. I have not been there, but if I get a chance I will blog abut my experience. I also made an artwork painting of an ice cream, which I gifted to my cousin that you can view here. So anyway, here are my favorite ice cream shops. They are in a particular order:

1) Coldstone Creamery – I pretty much didn’t realize that Coldstone is my #1 favorite ice cream until I learned I can’t have sweets as I used to. I grew up having it and I prefer it than Baskin Robbins. I just love how you can get so many options and also that it is so creamy. Also, you can get Coldstone EVERYWHERE!

2) Ice Cream & Shop[pe] – My first time trying this cool ice cream shop when I went in a recent trip to Palm Springs! You have to try it. They have a selection of FREE toppings and I LOVE that they serve sugar free options and their sorbets are good!!!

3) Afters Ice Cream – With their unique flavors and creamy ice cream, this ice cream shop is definitely in my top 3! I want some right now.

4) Honeymee – This soft serve ice cream is wonderful because of it’s famous honey toppings and drizzle on milk ice cream. I would have this whether winter or summer!

5) Pinkberry – There are so many yogurt places, but Pinkberry for me remains as the original. It is also my Mom’s favorite!

I know I narrowed it down to just five places, as there are really many ice cream shops out there. A special mention to McDonald’s Mcflurry, because I am craving that so much too. Yum! Let’s not forget mochi ice creams, as well.

What’s your favorite ice cream? What flavor do you usually get?

Happy Friday and have a blessed weekend! xoxo

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Quote + Longchamp Le Pliage

Hello again! I want to share the quote that I found recently. Live simply. Walk humbly. Love generously. Sounds like a good thing to live by! I am writing this blog at 3AM and my back is aching… signs of aging, I tell ya. Anyhow…

I also want to share a review of the Longchamp Le Pliage Large Shoulder Tote, which I got recently. I have seriously been wanting one for myself. My mom got hers some years ago and since then I wanted to have one as well. Hers is actually the Neo, I believe in Medium size/Black. I would prefer the Medium, but when I went to Bloomingdales and looked at all the sizes on me, I thought a large one would be more practical for me. I already have a lot of totes and big bags, which is why the thought of owning yet another big bag makes me feel that I needed a Medium. After deliberation, I got the the Le Pliage in Large in color New Navy. I would have got it in Bilberry color, which was out of stock at the time. Could have I waited for an order for that color? Yes, probably. But I really wanted to start using it for the Palm Springs trip! It is great for travel. Now that I think about it, I prefer this color anyway. It’s versatile, classic and goes well with everything really. I have to say, I’m not a fan of soft material purses, so this might be an exception for me. I prefer handbags that are sturdy.

My iPhone broke tonight. I don’t know what happened, but I’m not looking into having it fixed. I don’t want to waste money by doing so. It’s expensive to get a new iPhone. I have a love and hate with iPhone. Lol. It’s like I’m so done with it, but really I like it’s features and functionality. Maybe it’s time to let go of this iPhone SE, which I just got only sometime last year. Not cool. I’m thinking of the iPhone 7.

What kind of phone do you have? Let me know! Have a great rest of the week! God bless. xoxo

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Beauty Products I’m Trying!

Hello lovelies! As you can see, I am trying some new products this month. In no particular order:

1) Burberry Weekend For Women Eau De Parfum 30ml – I love the scent of this! I’m not disappointed at all. I got it without even smelling this, but I’m glad it smells good!

2) Mario Badescu Facial Spray – It has Aloe, herbs and rose water! I have been wanting to try this one! I came across this on social media (Instagram), and what made me want it is the rose water. I like rose scents, so this is right up my alley!

3) Urban Decay High-color Lipgloss – I really was looking for lipstick and compact face powder. Instead, I came across this product and what caught my eye is the name. It’s called “Obsessed”. It’s a pinkish tone. I tried it this morning over another lip color and it looked great!

That’s it for now. Are you a beauty junkie? What have you tried lately? Share under the comments and let me know! xx God bless us all!

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Quote of the Day!

So, I’ve been blessed to be working on projects and freelancing. I’m really enjoying it, and I am SO SO SO grateful! Thank You Lord for entrusting me. My heart is full of thankfulness. Last night however, I felt like throwing in the towel. It happens. Strangely enough, I felt really hurt and I broke down. I won’t go into details. Maybe I needed it to seek His ways and to be honest, I don’t have any answers.

I like this quote. I totally can relate. It may not happen overnight, but I need to trust Jesus!

Lastly, here is my affirmation: I radiate joy. I seek His light!

So anyway, Happy Wednesday! Love you all. xoxo, Iris

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Spring Outfit Favorites!

Hello! I’m sharing with you some of my Spring outfit favorites! In no particular order, they are my: Michael Kors Activity Tracker, Striped Off Shoulder Top, White Off Shoulder Top, Distressed Jeans, Black Floppy Hat, Silver Mirror Sunglass, etc.

Okay, let’s change topics. So I know I mentioned that I want to take a calligraphy workshop. It’s coming up and I think it’ll be better if I have company. It will be much more fun that way! Let me know if you want to take the calligraphy workshop with me! I’m serious.

Alright, I’m off to watch Survivor since it’s Thursday! Also, let me know what you like about Spring! What are your favorites this season, favorite outfits, things to do, etc. Oh, and it’s already May! I’m very excited this month. Praying that everything goes well.

Thanks for reading! God bless. xx

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Life Update + Design / Art!

Hello! I just want to update my blog, which is why I’m writing. I have been working the past two weeks for Ted Baker US Wholesale division as they asked me to help them. I’m really thankful for the experience. I LOVE TED! Everything is sooooo pretty!

Speaking of things that I love, here’s my cutie little nephew toddler:

Other than that, I’m back on having time to study (Yes, I’m still on it. Ugh). It’s okay, learning is fun and you grow knowledge. I also have time to paint again! YAY. I’m excited about that. I also on plan on attending my first calligraphy workshop in May. That’s definitely one of the things on my bucket list! That’s all for now. I’ve been shopping, but trying to save at the same time.

Alright, hope you have a great day. God bless! xoxo

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Friday Five!

Hi there! I’m getting sleepy again, so I wanted to write something even for just a bit. Let’s do a random Friday Five!

FRIDAY FIVE:

1. How do you like your coffee?
I like my coffee black with half and half or with Nonfat milk.

2. How do you like your tea?
I like different types of teas, especially with floral notes.

3. What’s your favorite late night beverage?
Boba! As a matter of fact, any time… boba sounds good anytime.

4. If you could only drink one thing for the next week, what would it be?
Probably a shake or smoothie.

5. If you were on vacation, what would be the first thing you’d drink to celebrate?
Fresh coconut juice! Or anything pretty that’s tropical.

Alright. So, this is it! Happy Friday! I might spend the weekend resting. I have been coughing, and I need to get better. Thank you for reading my post and have a great weekend! Blessings! xoxo

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3 Ways To Love Yourself

Hi, my dears! Happy Tuesday and I just want to write something that may lift your spirits up! Thought about this topic, literally just moments ago. I decided to write and don’t want to lose the momentum. Hehe, alright. Let’s get started:

3 WAYS TO LOVE YOURSELF

1. Stand on God’s promises. – It varies from whatever season of life you are in, but we can trust the Lord that if we stand on His promises, He will give you His peace, love and joy.

2. Don’t just sit back. Have goals. – If you’re like me, I constantly think of goals. Whether it may be fitness, design, personal, etc. When you have goals, you have something to look forward to each day.

3. Do what is best for you. – This is something of course you do, as long as you are not hurting anybody. By all means, do what is best for you! Are you constantly thinking about what others might think? Make yourself a priority. Sometimes, we forget about ourselves. Pray about the situation and ALWAYS make sure that when you decide to do what’s best for you, it’s always for good.

Alright, that’s it. Are there some things you would add to this list? Let me know! I would love to hear your feedbacks and comments. Thanks for reading this post! God bless.

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10 Things I Would Tell My 16 Year-Old Self

Hi there! I am back to blogging today. I’m actually feeling really sleepy. So I figured why not blog to keep myself awake. Here’s a list of 10 things I would tell my 16 year-old self, if I could. So here it is:

1. Seize the day! Take every opportunity, not just with things that occupy your mind at the moment, but pertaining to your future as well.

2. Be yourself. It’s good to admire and to look up to other people, especially if they are older than you. But remember, you can make a choice to stand out and decide to be your own self.

3. Put God first! As a 16 year old, you have your future ahead of you. Make sure you put Him first and your plans will succeed.

4. Seek first the Kingdom of God. I believe this is important because it affects your life choices and the people you surround yourself with.

5. Follow and obey God. This is like a no-brainer. But when you realize that you’re a Christian, it’s your priority and you will make sure you do so in all areas and aspects of your life.

6. Listen to your parents. They know what is right and what is best for you. I’m blessed with godly parents, and they are an example to me.

7. Time is precious. Time flies! Whatever your goals are, the time is NOW! Don’t wait until you’re ready.

8. Not everyone will like you. Even if you think you’re a likable person, you don’t have to get other people’s approval.

9. Don’t give in to peer pressures. Whatever is going on around you, the latest trend or fashion. Be modest and be an example!

10. Learn to LET GO! It doesn’t apply to me when I was 16 years old, but it would be helpful if I learned how to do so later in life.

Thanks so much for reading this blog post! Hope you have a wonderful weekend! xoxo

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Lush Review + More Fitness Stuff!

Spring is around the corner and it’s flip-flops, sandals and wedges season! That’s why I went to LUSH, because I needed something to smooth my heels. I recently tried Pumice Power from LUSH, and I love it! IT WORKS! This isn’t my first time trying LUSH products, but from my experience before, it was so and so. That’s why I’m thrilled to say that finally, I found a LUSH product worth reviewing.

I also had to get a new fitness mat. I got a Marika Fitness Mat and I’m excited to try it and use it daily!!! (Yes, I said daily.) No more excuses. I’m running out of excuses to NOT work out! And I thought I would get a pink one, but ended up getting this instead.

Lastly, I needed a new track jacket, preferably in black. I got the Puma Archive Logo T7 Track Jacket in Black.

It’s been raining here lately. Anyway, if you have any questions or comments, leave them down below! I hope you have a great weekend!

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