I’m a Baker, but I Never Want to Own a Bakery

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I enjoy telling people that I am a baker. Invariably the response is very animated and excited; people find it to be fascinating. I think with TV and Netflix being awash with cooking shows glamorizing food service careers, people tend to have a rosy view of my profession. Without fail, if I get into a lengthier conversation with someone about my job, eventually they will ask, “So, do you want to have your own bakery one day?” When I answer in the negative, there is always confusion. “But why?”Read More »

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Bioré UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence Review

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Hello friends! I’m back with a review for an amazing summertime product that I recently discovered: Bioré UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF 50+ PA++++!Read More »

Tosowoong Powder Cleanser Review

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The time has come: I’m finally letting out my inner skincare nerd and writing up a review! I thought I might start with something fairly simple, so this wonderful cleanser from Tosowoong is going to be my introductory review. I was gifted a small amount of this by a friend to try out, and after I did I had to buy myself a bottle! So without further ado, let’s get into what makes this cleanser fantastic!

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Experiments in Portraiture

In my last visit to the Nelson Atkins Museum, my cousin and I went to see a Chinese jade burial suit that was on display in a temporary exhibition. I took the opportunity to practice some photography using my favorite sculptures as subjects, and it was a fun challenge to circle the sculptures and find angles that spoke to me. Increasingly, I find myself falling in love with the process of taking photos and editing each one afterwards. I feel that in this process I get a continual satisfaction with having made a piece of art that expresses something substantive.2018-03-24 00.13.26Read More »

Making Macarons the Hard Way

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I’ve been making macarons professionally for 5 years now, and I feel accomplished to have made it through such a sustained period of macaron production with my mental health (mostly) intact. That’s not to say that it hasn’t been shredded to bits during times of extreme frustration, because there have been tears shed and many shells thrown away.Read More »

For the Love of Crafts and Environmental Awareness

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At one time, I was a hardcore crafter. You name it, I did it: painting, crochet, scrapbooking, ceramics, quilling, leather work, Ukrainian eggs, basket weaving, calligraphy, and more. But I also had significantly more free time on my hands than I do now! I miss those days sometimes, when I sat on the floor in my room and scrapbooked for hours on end. Currently, after going through a full day of work and then running errands afterward, I just want to sit and do nothing when I get home. It’s sad, but entirely true. To my credit, I do make things all day at the bakery!Read More »

My Favorite Photo of 2017

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I took this photo in January of 2017, so it is getting close to being a year old! My boyfriend had gotten me my first DSLR camera in October of the year previous, so I was just beginning my photography journey using this new tool. I had driven past this office building many times before, and I had always wanted to stop and take photos of it, especially at this time of the day when the sun is setting. Read More »