Look Human Mini Haul

Look Human Mini Haul

Hello and happy Tuesday. We know it’s December when I do random hauls like this, right? When I started my career as a teacher, I worked at a place where you could wear t-shirts and jeans everyday, so I developed a love for graphic Tees, that though diminished is still alive. And yes, every once in a while I like to indulge and spend money on funny clothes from Look Human, which I’m probably going to wear one time and forget in my closet, but before I do, I make sure to share with you. Let’s get started with the haul, shall we?

 

This tank top says Pretending to be polite is so exhausting, and I love it, but I feel like I’m too old to wear “real clothes” with this print, you know? It’s been a while since I was an angry/angsty teenager. I bought a tank top because this was my preferred item of clothing when I used to work out regularly, and even though I don’t any more, I like to keep the illusion alive. The thin material is also ideal for warmer weathers, which is ultimately what I wear this for. This is usually $23.99 but I got it for $17.99.

 

 

 

 

I used to have more teacher t-shirts but given that I couldn’t show them off at work, I thought it was kind of ridiculous to have them just sit in my closet collecting dust. I am now trying to get the collection going again, and obviously this tee that says I will not scream in class, I will not knock things off my desk, I will not throw a fit, I will behave because I am a teacher is an absolutely fantastic addition. Like the tank top, this is usually $23.99, but I got it for $17.99.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lastly, we have a baseball tee that says Don’t ask me about my tattoos. I have worn it once, and as I’m typing, I’m pretty sure I have only seen it that one time, which means I should probably rescue it from my sister’s closet. This is definitely a weekend piece to wear with jeans and Converse, just like the picture shows. I got this for full price, so $23.99.

Which of these three items would you get for yourself and why? Let me know in the comments.

Happy Tuesday!

Love, Miss Camila

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blue Inverted Smokey Eye

Blue Inverted Smokey Eye

Hello and happy Monday. Today I bring you the rare two-looks-in-one post because, as much as I loved my blue eyeshadow, I know some people might want something more conservative. Either way, below are the steps I followed to achieve today’s looks. Keep in mind that what I mean by “inverted” smokey eye is a smokey eye that starts with a dark color in the inner corner and ends with a light color in the outer corner. It is inverted since these colors are usually applied in the opposite order.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Primer
  2. Foundation
  3. Concealer
  4. Eyebrows
  5. Powder
  6. Matte brown (crease)
  7. Dark blue (inner corner)
  8. Blue (center of the lid)
  9. Light blue (outer corner)
  10. Contour
  11. Blush
  12. Highlighter
  13. Lipgloss
  14. Dewy setting spray

Out of today’s looks, which do you like better and why? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy Monday!

Love, Miss Camila

DIY Book Crates

DIY Book Crates

Hello and happy Sunday. A few months ago, I was watching Real Rap with Reynolds on Youtube, and I saw that he had these book crates on his wall and I had an idea. I’ve always thought that teachers in the States pay too much money for things that teachers in Colombia (and I’m sure many other countries) do themselves for a fraction of the cost, and these book crates are no exception.

 

I thought that even if Mr. Reynolds’ crates look cute, I wanted something that my students could have access to, so I thought about making book crates that I’d have on the floor. Spoiler alert: they ended up serving a different purpose in the classroom, but it was so easy to make them that I’m still going to share the steps with you. I used a cardboard box, glue, masking tape, paint, and a piece of paper.

 

 

 

 

I took  regular boxes and removed the top. Then, I proceeded to painting, which is what probably took me the longest because I first went in with white and then I added a deep, vibrant purple to one box and a nice orange to the other one. Then, as you see in the picture, I secured the bottom of the boxes from the inside. I glued a piece of paper to the cardboard, and then put tape on the edges so the paper would stay in place.

 

 

 

 

And look how cute my book crate turned out! Like I said, it is now serving another purpose, but at least it’s doing something in the classroom, right? I think that there are many items in our house that we consider trash and that can be reused to make our lives a little easier without having to spend a lot of money on stuff that, to be honest, will just harm the environment even more.

What would you store in these crates? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy teaching!

Love, Miss Camila

Teacher Essentials

Teacher Essentials

 

Hello and happy Saturday. I know that as teachers start working and gaining experience, and as the school year progresses, we start getting more and more supplies that we deem as essentials. This can seem overwhelming for a new teacher, but in reality, I think that if this is you’re first year, you’ll be fine if you have four things. The rest is clearly optional.

1. Blue, black, red, and green board markers

These are the most basic colors, and this is why I listed them first. If you have a whiteboard, you’ll need board markers, and there’s nothing better than to have your own. I like the four pack because I just can’t write with only one color. I feel that’s sad and also I’m a huge fan of color-coding in class.

2. Colorful board markers

I think these are essentials, especially if you teach younger students and you draw a lot. I also love using different colors because I feel that they make everything happier. Make sure to label yours so that they don’t get mysteriously lost. Also, remember that if you lend one it might as well be gone forever.

3. Thin markers/pens/whatever you like to write with

I love thin markers to use for grading, writing notes on agendas or filling out my grade book. Pens are sometimes too thin for me, so markers do a better job at being more noticeable. I have flare pens, but I’m kind of over them. Maybe I’ll change my mind at some point of the year, but for now I’ll do with my thin markers. And like I said before, label all your supplies.

4. Highlighters

Bright shiny pens aren’t enough. Sometimes you need highlighters. I use them to cross out items from my to-do list or lessons I have yet to execute. I also use them to draw big happy faces in my students’ works, and I think because they’re brighter, they have a greater impact. If you’re teaching students how to write, highlighters are also great for you to either trace the line where they have to write, or write something and have them go over it with a pencil.

Which essential you think is missing in this list? Let me know in the comments.

Happy teaching!

Love, Miss Camila

 

YESvember Thankful Thursday Week 4

YESvember Thankful Thursday Week 4

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Hello and happy Thursday. Yesterday I got a phone call I totally wasn’t expected and it improved my mood by 1000%, which makes me even more excited to share this week’s happy thoughts. Let’s get started, shall we?

November 16th, 2017

#1714: Getting new stuff.

I am obsessed with online shopping, and sometimes I buy something and totally forget about it until it arrives and it’s double the joy. I don’t know what it was that I got because, again, I don’t really keep track of my purchases, but at least it made me happy, right?

November 17th, 2017

#1718: Flying by myself.

Here I’m talking about a trip I took to Cartagena with my sister, only the day I flew there she had class and couldn’t make it to the airport. That meant I was traveling alone and she would get there the following day. I had only traveled by plane completely by myself twice before and it was just like magic, really.

November 18th, 2017

#1723: Having lunch at La Brioche.

Listen up: if you go to Cartagena and have a sudden urge to eat a burger for lunch, go to La Brioche at Bocagrande. It is an absolutely fantastic place that I totally recommend and would visit again in a heartbeat.

November 19th, 2017

#1730: Zumba en la Plaza. 

Okay, this post is starting to look like a guide to Cartagena or something, but one of the things you MUST experience there is Zumba en la Plaza. I’m not sure if that is still happening, but it used to be almost like a tradition. Basically, every Sunday at 7pm in the Getsemani town square there is/was a Zumba class. I missed it the time I went to Cartagena with my friends from university, but I was sure going to be there when I went with my sister. And I did. And it was awesome. 

November 20th, 2017

#1733: Making plans for our next trip. 

Between 2017 and 2018 I was able to take my sister on some nice trips to touristic cities in Colombia, and it was a very cool experience. We spent three days in Cartagena at that time, which obviously meant that there were some things we could not do or see. So, obviously, as we made a list of what we’d missed, I was already thinking about going home and buying tickets for another time. I guess you’ll have to wait and see if there’s a second part of our Sisterventures in Cartagena.

What city or town makes you happy and why? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy Thursday!

Love, Miss Camila

Ten Must-Reads

Ten Must-Reads

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Hello and happy Wednesday. Back when I had my old blog, you know, the one only one of my best friends read (bless her heart), I had this entire page called “must-reads. Instead of posting a review, I would add the book to that page, so that my (nonexistent) readers would have a list they could consult. I’ve tried to keep this idea in this blog by using the “must read” tag, but I cannot say that I’ve been really consistent on that one. This is why, inspired by the video by Hailey in Bookland called Ten Books You Need to Read, I bring you my own list of ten must-reads. Let’s get started, shall we?

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green 

I read this book at twenty-five and I honestly wish I’d read it when I was eighteen. This coming of age novel is a reminder to loosen up, to relax and understand that not everything in life can be controlled, measured or anticipated, especially when it comes to love. It is also one of the few novels in this list that will make you laugh, so if you prefer something that is not so serious in style but that will make you think about deeper topics, you should check out this novel.

Every Exquisite Thing by Matthew Quick

This novel came to me at a moment in my life when I needed some tough love, and I’ve come to understand that books find us when we need them most and tell us things nobody else would. It is a book that I read at twenty-five, but that would have taught me a few lessons had I read it while at school. It is basically about the importance of finding and understanding ourselves before going into crazy quests in search of the unknown. Matthew Quick is featured twice in this list, and for good reason.

The Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling 

There’s this family friend who owns a bookstore, and she’s a total snob when it comes to reading. Once, when I was working there, she made a comment about how she didn’t understand why the Harry Potter books were so successful if they weren’t really “literature.” I had only recently started reading them, and she didn’t know this because I was almost certain that she expected me to agree with her. I asked if she’d actually read the books and if she’d paid attention to the writing style. I told her those books were very special, and they’d had the power to do what other books hadn’t: to encourage people who weren’t readers to read. I was as surprised as she was at my reply, but to me, the Harry Potter series is an absolute must. It is a ticket to a magical world, an escape from real life but also a different perspective on it.

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman 

Maybe this is too personal because I love my grandmother and she is truly the love of my life, but maybe yours isn’t. I just feel that this book is so magic and powerful that everyone should read it. We all have that one person in our lives who will do anything for us and for whom we’ll do anything, that person who is stronger and braver than anybody else. This book is a testament to that. It is a love book, a love letter, just not the romantic kind of love we’re used to reading about. If you watched Big Fish and it made your heart do funny things, then this novel is for you.

The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley by Shaun David Hutchinson 

I think this book was a game changer for me in the sense that it opened my eyes to a whole world of YA I didn’t know existed because I was hiding behind fluffy contemporary romance. This is a book about trying to help fix someone’s life when ours is broken and we don’t want the world to see, and I can relate to that. I don’t know if this is an easy read for everyone, but it was a necessary one for me and one that you should pick up at some point in your life.

My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga

This book is about two people who meet because they want to help each other commit suicide. I had to say that before saying anything else because I know this is not a topic everyone will be comfortable reading about, especially when the whole plot of the novel revolves around it. But for me, it was such a necessary read and one that I did not expect at all since I go into books blindly. It is one of those books that I feel were underhyped and only a few people know about. Now you know about it, though. Use that knowledge wisely.

Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer 

Sometimes when explaining why my family does or doesn’t do certain things, I say “it’s a Jewish thing, you wouldn’t get it.” Well, this book probably won’t be as important to some people as it is to me since it alternates between the past when people lived in a shtetl, and the present when a man called Jonathan Safran Foer goes to where said shtetl was to find out about his ancestors. Like My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, this is a love letter to one’s family and one’s roots. It is a way of saying “I am who I am because you were who you were,” and that message is incredibly powerful.

The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick

This was another game-changer for me because it made me super aware of how neurotypical all the characters in books usually are. This is a novel that honestly should be adapted to movie format, or maybe it already was adapted and I don’t know. Even by reading the synopsis I couldn’t gather the right ideas to tell you what this book is about, other than a quest to find the truth when really a bunch of little truths are discovered along the way.

Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S King 

Like The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley, this novel gave me a completely different look into what YA books can be. It is not a happy book and it certainly does not deal with the common topics of YA. This is a book about a girl whose best friend dies under weird circumstances and it is about how she deals with this and her dysfunctional life.

Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley

This book is about many things, really, but one of those is the disappearance of our main character’s younger brother. Look, I have a younger sister who is my baby even though she’s only two years younger than me, and this book just made me think about her in such a way that I bawled my eyes out. I bought her the physical version of the book even though she’s not much of a fiction reader, and now I’m telling you, this was the first book I read that I truly considered a “must,” and I think you should pick it up.

Have you read any of these books? Do you agree with me? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

10-Minute Makeup

10-Minute Makeup

Hello and happy Saturday. You know when things start to get busy for me because I post almost exclusively “quick and easy” makeup looks. The truth is, when I’m in a hurry, I try to find options that take me little time but that still show that I put something on my face, you know? Even if I’m only wearing one shade of eyeshadow and a lippie, I want these to be noticeable. I think that’s pretty clear in today’s look, which I accomplished by following these steps:

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Primer
  2. Foundation
  3. Concealer
  4. Powder
  5. Eyebrows
  6. Matte brown (crease)
  7. Black eyeshadow (top lash line)
  8. Mascara
  9. Contour
  10. Blush
  11. Red lipliner
  12. Red liquid lipstick

I love the effect of black eyeshadow as eyeliner. I think it looks smokey but at the same time, it’s defined and easier to apply than liquid liner. What do you prefer? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy Monday!

Love, Miss Camila