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LOVE YOURSELF

February 22, 2018



I'm currently listening to Justin Bieber's Love Yourself as I type this, thanks for the inspiration JB. I was asked to share my thoughts on self-love after sharing my post on mental health. I think self-love is something we all struggle with. We're our worst critic and there's always a flaw we can pick about ourselves which I believe leads to unhappiness. But when you find at least one thing each day knowing you are blessed, you slowly find yourself becoming positive and less upset about the little things that don't matter. I think it's one of the reasons why I love traveling. Traveling has always been an escape for me, but also a reminder to be grateful for the opportunity to even take time and explore other parts of the world. I love learning about other cultures and traveling has really opened my eyes and perspective on how lucky I am to even have access to clean water.

For the past four to five years since I've started posting on social media, I found myself slowly losing myself. I was already very insecure, but social media magnified my insecurities. I always told myself if only I lost a x amount of weight I would be happy. I didn't love myself and it showed through my demeanor, I was miserable and constantly obsessing over my appearance. Obviously, looking a certain way doesn't equate happiness if you're rotting on the inside. I would constantly compare myself to everyone and wonder why my life wasn't like how I planned it out to be. One thing I learned was to stop being so hard on myself, we all have different timelines. I needed to learn patience and know that sometimes God redirects our plans and future. It took me about six and a half years to finish college and I didn't have any goals in life. I felt like a failure. I wish someone had told me to stop focusing on what I don't have but on what I already have. I had trouble seeing how wonderful my life was and always found something in my life to complain about. Once I prioritized my life and rebuilt my relationship with God, family, and less on what I owned I discovered happiness. Of course I still have my bad days but I learned to focus on the good. Yes, my life may look amazing on Instagram but there's so much more to my feed that I don't share or post.

I would also like to emphasize how important it is to have encouraging, positive people in your life. I was in a toxic, emotionally abusive relationship for years that left me hating myself. Know your self worth! Surround yourself with people that genuinely want the best for you and love you for you. Don't give up on yourself and hope you take time to find gratitude in the little things.

What are your thoughts on self-love? P.S. these lovely self love notes are from Jasmine Dowling's shop.

a flower does not think of competing to the flower next to it. it just blooms




Love, Sharon

DAY TWO IN BRITISH SCHOOL WITH JO MALONE LONDON

February 9, 2018 London, UK

Room service is always a good idea, yes? I ordered room service so I could sleep in before heading to second day of class. I recharged with a carrot juice, coconut chia pudding, and a traditional english breakfast before starting my day. I applied Jo Malone London’s Nectarine Blossom & Honey on my body with a spritz of Red Roses Cologne before heading downstairs.

Day two started back at the Jo Malone London Townhouse and I felt like I was back in highschool, so fun! Each locker had a different heartthrob pinned inside. My locker had Harry Styles photo inside - swoon. I wasn’t sure what the second day of school would bring but I was pumped for day two.


First class was about learning the art of gifting. I love to give presents just because and this class was probably one of my favorite classes! I learned how to tie a ribbon on a box, which is actually not as easy as it looks. The Jo Malone London team had prepared our new layering combination scents from the day before at the boutique and gifted it to us! Our job was to learn the art of gifting, each gift box needs just the right amount of tissue paper to hug the product into place. I got into my creative mode and spruced up my gift box with peony stickers and topped it off with plaid and tartan patterned ribbons. Lastly, I placed a pin of my sister’s and my initials on the box, ta-da! I gifted my sister with a candle and soap, a scent that matches her sweet and thoughtful personality.


School is back in session! We walked into our second class and inside were desks lined up and I loved each and every detail put into that classroom. I learned to appreciate Jo Malone London even more so after discovering that each candle was handmade. Although Jo Malone London is a household name, each candle goes through 16 pairs of artisans’ hands before finally going on the shelf. They take their candles seriously and it’s a meticulous process that involves measuring and inspecting each candle one by one. No two candles are the same and I was given the opportunity to be part of the process of candle making. I trimmed the candle wick and put the label on the candle, a technique that takes time and patience. Placing the bow on the candle was a bit tricky, but my skills from gifting class came in handy to put the final touches of tying a bow on my box. Embossed on the lids of the candles were our instagram handles which made the candle special and personal, thank you to the JML team for this sweet gesture.


Sign me up for any class that involves flowers! Our final class was creating a flower crown with pretty blooms and we were given a chance to smell the brand’s new English Fields collection. The classroom was surrounded by english fields and poppies, a jaw-dropping scenery. I got a sneak peek into the inspiration behind their new collection that will launch next month, so exciting! Ranunculus are one of my favorite blooms so I decorated my headpiece with colorful ranunculus and pink carnations. It was a one of a kind experience and I love the vision behind each collection. The moodboard was so dreamy and it was incredible to see the collection come to life.



Sadly, the end was near and the last stop of British School was graduation day. We all arrived at a pub and the evening was hosted by Poppy Delevingne. Major girl crush. She is the it girl and I can see why Jo Malone London picked her as a face of the brand. She’s gorgeous, classy, and someone who I aspire to be. After greeting familiar faces and connecting with the JML team, we were seated for dinner and the pub quiz had begun. Again, the table setting was impressive and the food was heavenly. Our team consisted of influencers from USA, Italy, and France and let’s just say we’re very competitive. It was down to Team Roses and Peonies, but in the end we won! What an incredible finale to a magical couple of days in London with the Jo Malone London team. A big thank you to the Jo Malone London team for an unforgettable trip and what a privilege to be part of such a wonderful brand that truly puts in one hundred and ten percent into each product and collection.










Love, Sharon

BRITISH SCHOOL TRIP WITH JO MALONE LONDON

February 8, 2018 London, UK


So excited to be able to share my incredible trip to London, a big thank you to the Jo Malone London team who made me feel right at home! It was my first visit to London so I didn’t know what to expect but I was blown away by how beautiful London was even on a gloomy, rainy day. I was first welcomed into London’s it hotel, Claridge’s, with beautiful hydrangeas and pampered with Jo Malone London goodies in my hotel room, a lovely surprise to start my day! I settled down and started my first day in London wandering the city with my sister and my friend Rebekah before preparing myself for the first day of school.

On the first day of school, Jo Malone London had arranged adorable private cabs that dropped us off on the doorsteps of their posh townhouse. Stunning is an understatement. The townhouse was designed beautifully and adorned with blooms - exactly how I would picture my future home, classy and elegant. I met the team and everyone was so sweet and personable, I could go on about how amazing the team was! I wish I grew up in Britain so I could have their accent, I love it!

We headed upstairs for a wonderful breakfast that was awaiting us; I wish I could wake up to that table setting everyday. Not to mention, the food was amazing and we were served by gorgeous models. Don’t think any breakfast can beat this. There were about 25 influencers from all around the globe that came together for Jo Malone London’s British School, and to celebrate the launch of their new cologne collection inspired by english fields. I was ecstatic to learn about Jo Malone London’s heritage and the story behind the scents of the iconic brand. After being introduced to our groups (go Team Peonies!), we headed to our next location!


I was so excited that our first stop was the Just Because Arcade because once we entered I knew this room was made for me. The Jo Malone London team went over and beyond and dressed up the room with balloons and entertaining games that brought me back to my childhood. I tried my best to win some prizes in the arcade, but it was a lot harder than I thought. It took awhile but I managed to win two prizes from the claw machine, yay! I wanted to gift the prizes to my sister who took time out to support me and just because she’s my best friend and someone I can always count on.


Our second stop was at the Jo Malone London Boutique which was a treat because I was able to find a new layering combination curated just for me. Chris and I discussed what my favorite scents were and he was able to customize a new combination for me, Peony & Blush Suede with Orange Blossom. Peony and Blush Suede alone didn’t blend well with my body chemistry, but by layering Orange Blossom on top transformed it into a lovely aroma. Another layering combo I adore is a spritz of Nectarine Blossom & Honey with Red Roses, a playful and floral scent that I love. One of the million reasons why I love Jo Malone London is because I admire how thoughtful each scent is and it always brings you back to a cherished memory. A hint of French Lime Blossom always reminds me of my first trip to Paris, Orange Blossom brings me back to my childhood memories with my family in the summer, and Red Roses makes my heart flutter because of its romantic aura. Layering colognes is a game changer and you’re able to tailor scents that speaks volumes about you, a bespoke luxury from Jo Malone London.



I personally don’t drink, maybe once a year or so but when you’re in London - it’s a different experience. Our third stop was at a pub called The Grenadier and Rebekah and I ordered a Virgin Mary, a drink I tried for the first time. What can I say, I like my drinks sweet and tangy. The pub was illuminated with Jo Malone London’s Basil & Neroli candles, which by the way smells incredible. Everyone needs one in their kitchen or living room (or both), a scent that makes you feel as if you’re in a botanical garden - fresh and vibrant. After having a little background on the history about the pub it was time to learn how to pull the perfect pint. With the help of the sweet bartenders I was able to pull a pint, an experience I’ll never forget!

Rumor has it that a soldier was caught cheating in a game of cards and he died from his beatings, and since then it has been haunted. If you look up at the ceiling you can see bills from different countries, and we each took turns stapling money to help pay off the soldier’s debt. It’s a hidden gem tucked away off the beaten path, but I highly recommend visiting if you’re ever in London!

When in London, drink tea! I’m an avid tea drinker and drink tea almost everyday so it was a lovely way to end the first day of school with a tea party! The room felt warm and cozy with Jo Malone London’s Sweet Almond & Macaroon candles glowing in the room. It’s the perfect scent for a tea party, enticing and sweet - a magical combination for an enchanting setting. We had bites of sandwiches, pastries, and sweets while sipping on tea and I felt so lucky to have experienced my first trip to London with Jo Malone London. I didn’t want to leave this dreamy space, I wish everyday included a tea party!

Dinner was truly a one of a kind experience because our supper was accompanied by live music! I was able to meet people from across the globe I never imagined I would have the privilege to meet and it was a lovely night filled with laughter and good company. Thank you Jo Malone London for an unforgettable first day at school!

Visual Design & Photography by Rebekah Cheng & I

Stay tuned for day two!







Love, Sharon

JANUARY FAVORITES

January 30, 2018






Few things I'm loving in January:

One. My recent visit to London - will have a blog post soon about my unforgettable trip!
Two. Magazines and flowers - obviously no need to explain. I've been feeling inspired by flipping through magazines, my current favorites are British magazines. After what seemed like a couple of mundane months I think I got my mojo back. Also, ranunculus may be my new favorite flower (sorry peonies)! 
Three. Good sneakers are hard to come by, but I always go back to Sezane's Jack Sneakers. I just got my second pair of the ecru color, but the first one still holds a special place in my heart. My first Sezane sneakers went everywhere with me and is always the first thing I pack when traveling. 
Four. So many beauty favorites this month! 
-Bioderma is the best during the winter months and I've been lathering this lotion everyday, it's cheap and easy to find at a drugstore.
-I didn't think I needed a body oil until I came across Fresh's rice dry oil. Smells amazing and I love to apply it right after I get out of the shower, leaves my skin smooth and soft. 
-Bobbi Brown's lip tint is AHmazing, perfect amount of color for those that don't want a bold color. My friend Sarah always raves about how great it is, and I must say it's worth the hype.
-I first got introduced to Neogen a couple of years ago and love that it's now available at Sephora! This is my go-to sunscreen and I won't be switching to anything else, it doesn't irritate my super sensitive skin. It's lightweight and doesn't feel heavy on my skin - love it! I lost track on how many times I've repurchased this.
-Glossier. Hm, ok I will admit the packaging first caught my eye which is why I first bought it. But I will say I apply this every night or so, or Fresh's advanced lip therapy. It keeps my lip from cracking and who can say no to pink packaging?
-Nudestix eyeliner caught my eye because of their unique applicator. I've been using it everyday now and have no complains so far. Their metallic nude eye pencils are pretty amazing too, favorite shades are nudity and smoke.
-Laura Mercier's matte lipstick in the shade "ruthless" is the perfect shade of pink.
Five. Toby's two-toned nose! I'm not sure when it started to change colors but it's adorable. I always have him to look forward to when traveling - home sweet home.
Six. Notes from friends and dainty gold rings. Few favorites places to shop for jewelry are Mejuri, Stone and Strand, Etsy, Catbird, and Madewell.

Any January favorites you've been loving? Also, I can't believe the first month of 2018 is already over!





Love, Sharon



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