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Getting Your Basics, Without Being Basic

Debora Manusama

Wouldn't it be nice to wear one-of-a-kind everyday essentials like tank tops, dresses, scarves, and pillows?! With Redbubble you get to do so while supporting indie artists from all over the world. 

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An Unbasic Summer - The Essentials

Debora Manusama

Double-dutch braids, chokers, unicorn floats - they're all trending but why look like everybody else when you can stay comfy and be stylish in your own terms? Here are some of my summer essentials for an unbasic summer. 

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My Texas Winter Essentials

Debora Manusama

Why did I have to put "Texas" in title instead of just winter? Because winter in Texas is like...Well...Winter in Texas!

It's like nothing I've ever experienced before. You could be wearing a t-shirt in the middle of January, because it's 80 degrees outside. But then soon after, the temperature drops to the 40s and you have to put on your coat. 

So I don't have that many thick and heavy duty coats in my closet. I have one very good one in black. I have a windbreaker that is waterproof, in burgundy. I have a tan leather jacket with a detachable hoody on it. And, I have my new favorite : this light trench coat in blush pink! 

It's light, it's flowy, and the color is just gorgeous!

Now that we got the coat, we need a little piece of elegance that is simple, practical, but stylish at the same time. Like this Coach Saddle Bag I'm wearing in Old Brass/Dark Denim. 

First introduced in 1972, this simply elegant and timeless Coach Saddle Bag has been updated in a refined glovetanned leather with soft leather lining and pop-color contrast stitching. What I also like about it is that you can wear it 3 ways : short, long on the shoulder, or crossbody style :) 

Love the simplicity of the design, the color, and the versatility this Coach Saddle Bag. It looks good on me when I'm on my Converse, it looks good on me when I'm wearing heels ;) Plus, J is completely potty-trained so I don't have to carry diapers and all of those shenanigans anymore! Woot woot!

I was so excited that we got snow last week here in North Texas. But then it was followed by a few days of Spring weather with the highest temperatures being in the 80s. Oh well, just another day in Texas. 

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Photography by Tosha Chaney. Pray and Slay tumbler is available on my Etsy shop here

The One Who Transforms Others Through Jewelries

Debora Manusama-Sinaga

She's a military wife who started making jewelries at home in England, where her hubby was stationed a few years ago. Read how the Loren Hope brand is slaying the industry now, what she's learned, and tips to start your own business.

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On The End of The World, Cheesy Instagram Captions, & Pampering Myself

Debora Manusama-Sinaga

Ever since my blog kinda took off commercially about a year ago, I have developed this strict posting schedule for my blog and social media accounts. I love it, I think it has helped me to maintain my quality, and it has proven to work because I have been getting a lot of opportunities because of my consistency. But as much as I love doing this, I felt so overwhelmed last Friday. I know I said I love to hustle , but with the blog and the store and everything else in between including parenting and marriage, I have been stressed out without even knowing it.

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I still do work here and there, but I have not been blogging and posting anything on social media for a few days, just because I kinda felt I needed a break from it all. I felt sick of cheesy instagram captions, promoting stuff, and writing stuff I sometimes don't mean. And I realized that....

Sometimes you need a break from doing what you love. 

So I'm so grateful that I was given some really good resources by my family at Gateway Stewardship last week. Especially the Present Over Perfect book on the left in the photo above.

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Since last week, I've been taking some time off from blogging, social media posting (except for work), so that I could just be. I used to feel as if the world will end if I do not post something in a day, because I'm going to miss these great opportunities for not having a social media presence that day. Like my blogging career is going to fall apart and I'm going to miss out.

But you know what I've learned?

Life goes on. The world keeps spinning, and we just gotta keep on livin'. 

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And just when I decided to have some rest and take a break, I received a Pamper Pack from one of my favorite brands, Patchology. I didn't want to just take photos of it and post about it. I waited, I made the most of it, and put meaning to it.

I felt so spoiled, though. Got a journal that says 'Live it Up', a love note from the Patchology team, and that pretty sleep mask with lashes and everything :)

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This Flashpatch Eye Gel is to be put right under our eyes at 5 minutes before you put our make up on. It plumps and smoothes our fine lines while soothing, and brightening our under-eye area. I put it in the fridge the night before to give it an extra cooling sensation.

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Didn't have anywhere to go yesterday but that's okay. Just gonna pamper myself and chill.

Next, I gave myself a little massage with this EOS Berry Blossom body lotion which proceeds will be donated to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center throughout this month since October is the National Breast Cancer Awareness month.

It's 100% natural with ingredients like shea butter and avocado oil. It's not sticky/greasy, and it smells so good! Elegant, feminine, but not too complex and overpowering. Most importantly, it's for a good cause. Imagine how many lives we can touch just by pampering ourselves with it :)

Next, of course I sat down, enjoyed my cup of Teh Tarik (Malaysian tea latte), and read my new book by Shauna Niequist.

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And you know what I found? It's okay to leave behind a frantic way of living. It's okay to not follow your tight schedules and step back a little. It's okay to live simply and not always to be on top of everything at all times.

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Here's a little quote featured in the book from a poem by Mary Oliver called Wild Geese:

"You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on you knees for a hundred miles through the desert repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine. Meanwhile the world goes on."

Simply beautiful. I'm not there yet, but I know that my journey to a more intentional, soulful, and simple living has just started.

I hope you will get on board with me too :)

 

Playing Audrey with The Black and The Pearls

Debora Manusama-Sinaga

Although I am not a girly girl, everything 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' never fails to woo me. The black Givenchy dress that Audrey Hepburn wore in that movie, the pearls, the hair, everything! So when I got the opportunity to order my own custom-made dress from Eshakti, I wanted something classy, elegant, and not too princess-y. img_9914img_9923img_9928img_9944img_9945img_9959

I couldn't do an updo that morning, because I had to drive J to school and run errands (hello #momlife). But I think my bob hair looked just fine with the dress and those pearl necklace my mom gave me, and those earrings from Rocksbox!

If you have a special occasion coming up, I would highly recommend ordering a custom-made dress from E-shakti. You can do everything online, from seelcting the type of neckline you want, the material, the color, the sleeves, the length, and you can even add pockets! Most of them are only around $50!!

Use my code mozdeb to get 10% off, you can use it multiple times from September 26 to October 26!!! 

And for the earrings with the ear jackets, sign up at rocksbox.com use my code mozdebxoxo to get your 1st month FREE :)

Custom-made dress by : Eshakti | Earjackets by Rocksbox | Photography  Tosha Chaney 

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Debora Manusama-Sinaga

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A few months ago I thought to myself, "Instead of just piling up the money I was making (however little it was) and spending it on lashes, emergency chick-fil-a runs, and whatnots, why not cultivate it and make more money from it with what I love and am passionate about?"

And then this idea of opening up an online store came to mind. I only have 8 products so far, but it's a start. Gonna start adding up more soon and I ship worldwide. Click here to shop :)

Finally Taking Care of My First Line of Defense : My Skin

Debora Manusama-Sinaga

Even though I like playing dress up and putting on make up on special occasions, I haven't been really good with this one thing that women my age usually start to care about : Skincare. I don't know why but since becoming a mom, I have just kind of been overlooking the fact that I need to put a little more attention on my skin beyond my usual so-called regimen with just a facial wash and a moisturizer. But then the dry, hot, and humid weather of Texas got my skin cracking. And before I knew it, I was suffering from a severely dry skin in July.

So I was so excited when I got invited to an Amore Pacific event last month at Neiman Marcus at North Park Center, Dallas. Why? Because the brand is originated in Korea and you know when it comes to beauty, Koreans know what they're talking about!

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We were welcomed by friendly beauty experts & brand representatives, a glass of champagne and some hors d'oeuvres.

The first thing that I tried on my skin was the Age Correcting Foundation Cushion SPF 25 which key ingredients include Green Tea and their patented Green Miracle T. I was like, "Anti-oxidant and sunscreen, yess give it to me!"

Little did I know that the Green Miracle T actually generates more collagen and boost density within the skin. Just what I needed! And the best part : the coverage stays even throughout the hottest and most humid condition (=Texas weather year-round lol).

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Now I'm no beauty expert but what I noticed rightaway was its natural-looking finish and the fact that it didn't get cakey at all. It actually made my skin glow naturally without making me look like a had heavy foundation on. Because I didn't! Once you put this on, you don't even have to add any powder. Perfect for busy moms yes? It's available in 5 shades, the one I have is No. 208.

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Amore Pacific is knows for their skincare products, like the Time Response and Future Response lines. But what really stood out for me was their Moisture Bound skincare line. Why? Because it is deeply hydrating and it is perfect for those who are just starting a daily skincare regimen.

My favorite is the Moisture Bound Rejuvenating Serum.

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Wiht key ingredients such as Bamboo Sap instead of water (unlike most skincare producs), this serum actually stimulates our skin's own ability to produce antioxidants! It also restores our internal moisture and collagen levels. Too good to be true? Try it for yourself!

Amore Pacific products are available at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, and Sephora :) And of course on their website here. 

Let's show our skin some love, protect it the way it is protecting us every day, and don't wait until it's too late!

How to Avoid Snaccidents (the healthy way)

Debora Manusama-Sinaga

Snaccidents??  What does it mean? 

You might not use the term, but I am pretty sure that just like me, you have been guilty of committing it too.

You know, those weak moments when you just fail to maintain a healthy diet, because your hunger got the best of you, and you settle for an unplanned and unhealthy snack?   Yeah, those greasy and salty drive-thru french fries, that sugar filled candy bar from the the waiting room vending machine -- oh, how we often fall for them!  Not necessarily because we want to, but because we didn't have a healthier option within reach! Especially us moms with running toddlers!

But here's how I handle it these days >> When I'm on the go, I keep some healthy chewy bars handy in my purse!

 

Not just any healthy chewy bar,  but my favorite Caramel Nut bar from Fiber One that I got at Walmart! Now, you might think it's located in the protein bar aisle by the pharmacy section. But it's actually located in the cereal aisle. At the Walmart I go to, it's aisle 18!

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No make up, no worries. I love my chill Walmart trips with J.

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Of course he had to have a box of cereal opened for him to snack on while waiting for me to make up my mind :p

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Oats & Chocolate it is! Only 140 calories per bar, whaat!? ;)

Whenever I have time to prepare a more 'elaborate' snack to avoid a snaccident, I would pair a Fiber One Oats & Chocolate chewy bar with some Greek yoghurt, my favorite berries, and honey! Seriously yummy, you guys have to try it yourself! Check out the full recipe below (and don't forget to subscribe !:)

https://youtu.be/jMz8Zq6SlM4

 

If you think about it, keeping these guilt-free snacks within reach on daily basis  actually saves our time and money without costing us our health (unlike those, fast junk food)! And that's surely a music to my ears (and frankly, my husband's ears) :)

How about you? How do you handle your snaccidents? If you happen to like Fiber One bars like I do, take pictures with it using the hashtag #FiberOneFlavor and tag me! I'd like to see them!