My First Time: Moving Abroad

Now that I’ve mentioned that I used to live in Taiwan a couple of times since starting this blog, I feel like it’s time to give you some sort of explanation… Hi, my name is Hillory and I lived in Taiwan for a year after I graduated from university. I wasn’t running away, fleeing the…

My First Time: Cleaning My Makeup Brushes Naturally

Here’s a dirty little secret about me; I don’t really ever clean my makeup brushes. I know, I know — the horror, the shock! That alarming fact I just told you is pretty disturbing. If it’s not disturbing to you, then you must be one of the girls that are mentally living in outer space…

My First Time: Reading All The Light We Cannot See

If you’ve been reading my blog for a little bit, then you know that my friend Sabrina and I started a book club this year. Yesterday, our book club met up for the first time to chat about last month’s read, All the Light We Cannot See. One of our members, Steven, chose this book…

My First Time: Testing Happiness Hacks

One late night last week, I was browsing the web (as any normal person does at some obscene hour in the middle of the night) and I came across an article on Psychology Today. The article centrally revolved around 10 methods you can use to make yourself happier. The best part about these 10 proven happiness hacks is…

My First Time: Learning to Love Myself

When I was younger, I was pretty fortunate that I was never super self-conscious about what I looked like. I was often too busy with my nose in a book, studying for classes or hanging out with close friends. I was kind of in my own untouchable bubble when it came to that sort of…

My First Time: Making a DIY Avocado Hair Mask

With the drastic change in weather that’s happening right now in Toronto (seriously, last week it was 16° and over the past weekend it was -20 °), my hair was in rough shape. On a separate, but related note, I’m clearly I’m having some sort of DIY life crisis — because I’m in the mood to…

My First Time: Eating at Luckee

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that I love trying out new restaurants. Whenever I see a new Mexican restaurant opening in Toronto, I’m stalking the website to see when I can call to book a reservation. If there’s a Thai place with a 2-hour wait, I would happily and patiently await an…

My First Time: Making Pressed Flower Wall Art

Whenever I get bored, I always get a DIY scratch that I need to itch. I seriously have no idea why I love doing DIY projects so much, but there’s just something exciting about building a project with your own two hands. I hadn’t changed my wall art since I moved home a year and…

My First Time: Eating (Mostly) Vegan for a Month

If you’ve had a meal with me over the past month, then you would know that I have totally failed at veganism. However, I have in fact kept up with my monthly goal of eating healthier in February. I may not have eaten 100% vegan, but hey – at least I tried. The truth is, I…

My First Time: Creating an Inspiration Grid

About a month ago (when I gave my bedroom office space some redecorating love) I made a makeshift vision board . Even though I called it my “inspiration grid”, many of the images I used were just pretty pictures from magazines that were easy to find and cut out. After staring at it for four weeks now,…