Monday, July 29

Urban Picnic

I swear, this place has been on my to-do list forever. I think I first heard about this when it opened a few years back, but it wasn't until the fall of 2012 when I realized I was driving past it daily on my way to work. 

Urban Picnic is located in downtown Mesa, a very small and humble downtown if you've ever seen one. Their whole gimmick is to provide the picnic experience in a more urban environment. They offer sandwiches and salads. It doesn't sound too special... but when I arrived with my friend on a weekday for lunch, the place had a line that went out the door. 

Since I was so excited, I really tried to get the full experience (that means ordering a lot). I got an Italian creme soda. If I remember correctly, this was pomegranate or something like that. Nothing too special, but pretty darn good. 

Then their sandwich... I got a Caprese Sandwich with a side of Mac and Cheese. The Mac and Cheese was good but their sandwich is what I really want to talk about! This was a perfect blend of tomato, warm cheese, and balsamic. 

Overall, the restaurant is a little out of the way for me in terms of location but  I would not hesitate to go again!

Thursday, July 25

Green Shirtdress

Look what else I finally got? My shirt dress. Finally. 

Dress: H&M (25.46)
Jacket: Saver's (Old)
Tights: Forever 21 (6.80)
Shoes: Gianni Bini (34.99)

Being super picky about the pieces I want is really working out for me. I think this dress is actually pretty flattering on me. The foldover waist really works... even though I thought that it wouldn't. The skirt of the dress is the kind where I just want to continuously twirl in. Do you ever twirl in dresses? And if you do, are you ever self conscious about it? I'm generally not, even when I'm in public and I probably should be. Plus, after a few seconds of twirling, I walk like a super drunk. 

Monday, July 8

Time for a hairstyle change? Professional Asian Work Hairstyle

The last time I posted about Asian hairstyles, it ended up being one of my most popular posts ever. That was in March of 2011. Now, in 2013, I'm thinking of getting a haircut change again. Just to be clear, this is a haircut change, I have gotten a few trims in the meantime. ;)

You can scroll through my recent pictures to see what my hair is like. I think it's pretty standard for Asian hair. Very long. Pretty boring. Nothing special. Now, I don't plan on changing it to anything special either, but I do want to change the look for work. 

Length: One thing I know is that I want it shorter. After trial and error, I've determined that long hair looks good on me. Long hair weighs enough so that I can roll out of bed and have straight hair without doing anything. At the same time, there's always that length of hair that really toes the line between long and nasty. Right now my hair is waist length and I am at that line. I want my hair chopped a few inches shorter. Perhaps four or so? I think the length in these two photos look really nice. 
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Layers: The second change I want to make is more layered. The layered hairstyles don't work for all those buns and top knots I like to make when I'm home, but I think it works wonderfully for a neater look. In addition, layered hair is better after curling. There's less of a "lion effect". I just have to make sure to not get it super duper layered. I really like how the layers in the photo to the left look (though I might make them a bit longer. I hope that my final effect after curling looks like the photo to the right (only shorter, of course). 
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General style: I've already mentioned that I like throwing my hair in messy buns when I'm at home but for work, I think I really like these hairstyles. On lazy days (ie 350/365 days of the year) I have my hair straight. If I can replicate anything remotely similar to the look on the left, I'd be a happy girl. The look on the right is that wavy haired look I like so much. I'm not quite sure if it's work appropriate, so I guess I'll have to see how messy it looks on me. 
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I've mentioned before that I'm a huge hair n00b, so do you guys have any advice for me in creating an easily maintained flattering haircut?

I'm also starting work this Wednesday. I know it's going to get real boring real fast, but I'm still a little excited. I'll to be out of town for a week and a half due to training, so no posts during that time! I'm sure I'll be tweeting up a storm though, so please follow me @seven_percent

Thursday, July 4

2013 Movie Reviews Part 1

I'm sure that if you've been reading my blog for any length of time, you know I love movies. I try to bring you guys some movie reviews every once in a while! The 2013 Part 1 list covers the end of 2012 as well has half of the blockbusters in 2013. 

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Les Miserables - I know that this movie got rave reviews all over the place, but I was NOT a fan. I disliked Hugh Jackman as Valjean, Russell Crowe as Javert and Amanda Seyfried as Cosette. Some of the music was good, but overall I did not really enjoy it. The movie made me frustrated in the same ways as reading the book did. I despise Marius and Cosette as characters. 

Warm Bodies - I love the idea of zombie parodies but at the theater  I saw so many young high schoolers that I was deeply worried this was going to be a teenybopper movie. However, the movie was excellent. It was romantic, engaging, and hilarious. It doesn't hurt that Nicholas Hoult is pretty darn attractive. 

Rise of the Guardians - This cartoon was a Christmas movie in 2012. Voice talents included Alec Baldwin, Chris Pine, Jude Law and Hugh Jackman. It wasn't a super amazing movie or cartoon, but it was cute. I'd say it's a good movie to watch anytime you want some warm fuzzies. 

GI Joe: Rise of the Cobra - What a ridiculous movie. The plot, concept, characters were all very extravagant and not realistic. I didn't expect much from it though, for a movie based on the GI Joe action figures. Watch this if you ever feel like watching a bad action movie. 

The Great Gatsby - Talk about a movie where everyone had an expectation! I liked the book and I do really like Baz Luhrmann's style of movie making. That being said, I liked all the party scenes in the movie... all the fast-paced, stylistic, beautiful  moments. I didn't like the actual plot or overall movie too much. 

Iron Man 3 - Summer blockbuster! Now this is what I'm talking about! Being the third movie in a franchise, this movie had a lot of pressure... and not a lot of expectations. I know those sentiments are contradictory  but let me explain. From really big fans, there was a ton of pressure for the movie to measure up to the Avengers and to continue the awesome. Others were getting sick of the franchise. But enough about what everyone else thought of it. I really liked it. I thought the villain was very awesome. I liked all the supporting characters and absolutely loved Pepper.  Compared with how Tony Stark was before, he was only a little less awesome in this one. Overall though, I thought it was a solid performance considering the plot, CGI explosions, and general pace of the movie. If you like a nice action movie, superheroes, or the Marvel Universe, I recommend it. 

Star Trek Into Darkness - Oh man. By now you guys probably know how much I adore Star Trek. Before I watched this movie in 2009, I had never seen Star Trek or Star Wars. I hated science fiction. Now, I can't get enough of it. Needless to day, Star Trek, (and specifically, NuTrek) has had a gigantic impact on my life. Now, about the actual movie. I think you'll enjoy it whether you know a little or a lot about the series. I thought it had great plot, characters, and battles. I've heard a lot of sexist accusations levied against the film, but ultimately, I wasn't offended in the least bit. There was a scene, where, taken out of context in the trailer, looked pretty bad... but it made sense in the movie. You'd definitely want to talk to your friends about this movie after you watch it. I found myself talking about my favorite action scenes, the motivations behind several character's actions and ALL the references that the film made to the old Star Trek series. Amazing film, highly recommend for all. 

Which was your favorite out of these? Any other recommendations for me? 

Monday, July 1

Slickables: Home of the 2 dollar ice cream sandwich

This is another one of those new shops on Mill Ave. There seriously is NO end to the "new development". Okay. Fine. This store's been here for about a year but this post was just lost in time. 

This shop is really really close to ASU and located almost on University Road. 

It has a sleek and modern design and I'm a pretty big fan of their font. 

The deal is 2 cookies + one scoop of ice cream for 2 dollars, tax included. It's definitely a sinful, once in a while treat. 

This is my boyfriend. His name is Justin and he eats these ice cream sandwiches properly. 

This is me. My name is Aki and I eat these sandwiches incorrectly. I use a spoon.

Overall, I really liked the place. It's dessert so it's not like I should/will go these everyday but if I'm on Mill and looking for dessert, I'll definitely come here.