Is anyone still reading? Please comment if you are. Sorry I haven't been posting regularly. My muse seems to have disappeared and now I'm a little bit lost. I'll hopefully have more content coming soon because... I bought the Olympus Pen E-PL8 in white as this year's Christmas present to myself! I am SO the perfect person to buy me a present. I'll do a post about it before this year ends.

I have only been playing with it for two nights, but the photo above was taken the night I received it. I was so excited, I couldn't sleep the night before. At first, I thought I was losing my mind because the picture is yellow in my room. Turned out I just really had bad lighting. I cannot wait to start vlogging again! 

Anyway, I'm so vain that I made the picture above my laptop wallpaper. I'm just so proud of it! I can't wait to see what else this camera can do. I also bought the M.Zuiko Digital 45mm f1.8 lens. I'm not sure yet when I would use it since I'm not a fashion blogger, but I'm sure I can figure it out. Or if you have other ideas, please let me know.

Here's another photo I took of a different ornament :)

As for the holiday spirit, I'm really getting into it. I have bought the main presents already for the people I care about. I went through years without enjoying the holidays, and this year, I finally get to have fun. I have also been learning different wrapping techniques. It's been so much fun!

So, let me know in the comments what you have been up to so far in December and have you started Christmas shopping yet?

x Ayre

Photos in this post are unedited :)

Happy Thanksgiving my American readers! :)

I hope you're all getting ready to stuff your face, but not too much. Today, I wanted to talk about a few things I'm thankful for this year. Enjoy!

I love my day job and my freelance job.

During the day, I'm a medical biller and the people I work with are like family for the most part. We might have disagreements sometimes, but we always move past it. We also love to eat, so that just adds to the great environment.

At night, I edit books on the side. It keeps me busy and I love reading amazing stories before anyone else can read them. I'm so proud of all the authors I've worked with this year and glad I met new ones to work with as well.

Somehow, my coworkers encouraged me to go hiking and I'm very thankful they did.

At the moment, as the days are shorter, I only hike with one coworker. I'm so thankful that we're about the same fitness level and we can both rely on each other when it comes to hiking after work. I find hiking better than going to the gym because I literally have no choice but to keep going because I have to get to my car to get home. :)

I have four authors I want to highlight because they've made quite an impression this year.

Lisa Kessler - What a woman! She lights up a room and inspires everyone around her. Also, getting to work on her manuscripts is so satisfying, which makes me love my freelance job even more.

Laura Kaye - I have enjoyed every single book from her ever since I started reading her Hard Ink series. What a legend. 

Stacey Kennedy - If BDSM is your kind of story, she is your go-to author. Seriously, she makes BDSM romantic and so enticing. Her books are so well-written unlike other more popular books.

Sidney Halston - She's a new author to me this year and I'm so glad I am reading her books now. She has a talent for capturing her audience and I can't wait to read more of her books in the future.

I love my room. It's huge, it's peaceful, and I have lovely roommates. Not to mention, the house and neighborhood are fairly quiet. What a dream come true!

You may or may not know, but for the past few years, I hated the holidays; last year was the worst. But this year, I decided to decorate and enjoy the holidays in whatever small way that I can. In a slight turn of events, it turns out that I actually would be able to spend Thanksgiving with my mom. You have no idea how excited I am. I bought four slices of cake from my new favorite bakery and I can't wait to devour them. 

Let me know in the comments what you're thankful for. Also, let me know what you ate. I hope you have a great holiday!

x Ayre

I feel like I've been gone for a while. What am I supposed to write in here? Hmm, maybe I should use an artsy photo and just start typing. Hey, how about I just tell you what I've been up to lately? I've never done a life update before.

I'd been busy training someone at work. I was quite thankful to work with someone so laid back and competent. I also felt quite humbled the way management trusted me enough to be the new employee's trainer, even though I'm still a temp myself.

During the second week of November, my friend's mother celebrated her 75th birthday and we partied hard from Wednesday until Saturday. I'd never been so busy in my life. Who would have thought I would be partying at all? (insert lol here)

As for my YouTube channel, I've been trying to really put more effort and quality into them. I think, so far I have been achieving that, but I definitely could improve some more. I really want to film outdoors, but ideas still evade me at the moment.

Fitness-wise, I had been hiking with a coworker at least twice a week after the workday. I had been having so much fun and feeling healthier. I'd definitely love to continue doing it and hopefully get in better shape before this year ends.

Let me know in the comments what you've been up to and I hope you have a happy Thanksgiving.

x Ayre

I never really understood the purpose of an eye cream until I started using the Lanocreme Collagen Formula Vitalizing Eye Cream. Just like all their other products, this cream was rich and luxurious. My under eyes never felt so hydrated until now.

This eye cream not only had intense moisturizing abilities, but it also softened my under eyes. I was blown away. If you were looking to prevent wrinkles early on, I would highly recommend this product. It would improve the elasticity of the skin and leave you with baby soft under eye skin (lol).

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I got this eye cream from Marshall's for the price of $6.99. What a bargain! It showed $25 retail price on the Lanocreme website in New Zealand. I think we really need more New Zealand skincare here in America. 

What's your favorite eye cream?
x Ayre

My friend JD and I went on another photography adventure earlier in the month. For some reason, when we arrived at the park, I had an urge to take photos for the purpose of editing them and making them look gothic. Since Halloween is right around the corner, I hoped that this would be a great post. Obviously all of the photos here were edited to have a creepier vibe.

The first photo above was of a bench. We tried to take a lot of creepy bench photos. JD even said he would be a nature and bench kind of photographer. I'd say that was a great start!

Photography credit: JD
The next photo was a shot of a tree branch. JD was definitely quite excited and proud to have taken this photo. Have I mentioned he was a natural at this?!

Photography credit: JD
Next we have a slightly gothic shot, again, courtesy of JD. I remembered him being so happy with this shot, so I thought it definitely deserved recognition. I really enjoyed editing this photo. I wanted a red leaf, but as I only used PicMonkey to edit these photos, I had to settle for adjusting the saturation and temperature to achieve the effect you see here.

Some people already started their countdown for Halloween even before October started, which was yet another reason I wanted to do this post. Also, did you notice her staring at you? If not, look again. I totally added a ghost in the photo. 

Last but not least, I wanted to take a creepy house photo. I went with an old school look for this one. You know, the kind of photo that had been around for centuries and was recently rediscovered? Yep, that's the one.

I hope you enjoyed this post. Let me know which photo was your favorite in the comment!

x Ayre