Tuesday, January 03, 2017

NEW BLOG | a little update

hi hello!
I hope you're having a lovely day! I'm creating this little update post to let any of you who check this blog or may have stumbled upon it that I have switched over to architaxb.wordpress.com

The content is similar to the content I created on here (lifestyle & diy-esque) but I find it to be a much easier setup. 

I've left all of my "reasons to live" blog posts on this site, as well as my original "procrastination" post that started it all. I'd love for you to follow my blogging journey! 

Please feel free to contact me with any questions!


Posted while listening to Think of You by Chris Young and Cassadee Pope

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Saturday, September 03, 2016

Reasons To Live: #226-237 | lifestyle

hello friends! I have since switched to blogging on wordpress (architaxb.wordpress.com), producing about the same lifestyle + diy-esque content that used to be on here! I've left all 'reasons to live' posts, as well as my original first post that began it all. -Jan 3. 2016

hi hello!
I hope that you are having a bestest day that is not sucky, and if it is, I hope you watch funny and or cute videos to make it better! Here's a cute quote that I really like! I know my life has been super busy, (read my last post for more details!) but it's also been SO amazing and wonderful and all sorts of awesome.

In this spirit of lovely things happening to me, I wanted to reflect on all of the great things and make a reasons to live! It's been AGES since I did one (I think I mention this in every single RTL) but loads of cool things have happened and I want to share!

Also!! I know that these posts are a lighthearted and really nice way (for me) to reflect on the good things happening, but if you are ever having scary/bad/not good thoughts, please, please, please do not hesitate to call The National Suicide Prevention Hotline [1-800-273-TALK(8255)] or the Trevor Project Lifeline [1-866-488-7386]. Someone will be available on both 24 hours a day. Please remember that every single one of you is a wonderful, incredible, talented individual who deserves good things. 

226: High School Graduation I know that this is super cliche, but I am so incredibly
happy to be done with high school. Not really academically, but I'm really proud of myself for getting through it, emotionally, and I'm working to get through all the emotional (and physical) damage that I did to myself in the last four years.

227: Moving Houses! For the last four years, my family and I have rented out our home to another family so that my sister and I could go to a specific high school! However, now that we're done with high school, we got to move back into our home! I was super excited about this, because I have so many wonderful memories in this home.

228: "A" My bestest friend in the world, (for my birthday) took an A (for Archita) and collaged all of these lovely words and quotes that she thought represented me or were things that I should strive to be. It's one of the nicest things anyone's done for me, and I'm a huge sucker for sappy things like that.

229: Morphe 350 Palette I know this is a bit (or a lot) superficial, but (if you couldn't tell) makeup is a huge part of my life. I love playing around with colors and creating fun looks and practicing my skills. For my birthday, my sister got me the Morphe 350 palette, and I genuinely started crying. She's heard me talk about it a bunch, but I never bought it because it seemed expensive, and I am so in love. I use it every single day and it's just the best.

230. Dancing with the lights off At my going away/graduation party, we moved some tables around and turned off the lights, and played some really great dancing music, and danced! It's a weird kind of feeling to explain, but I felt so lovely and loved and incredibly, gorgeously happy.

231. Little kids who want to hold your hand Typing that out makes me sound a little creepy, but I absolutely love little kids, and at my birthday party, one of the girls (she's 4 years old) was so sweet and she wanted to draw with me and when we were dancing, she held my hands and I felt so enamored. Having the trust and love of a child is one of the best, beautiful sacred things in the world.

232. Good Friendship There's this post that I liked on tumblr, and I liked it about a month ago, when I only had three other friends, who are all amazing and wonderful people, but I didn't really have a big group of people who I hung out with 24/7. And, now!! I have a group of like 6 friends and we're so close and we eat lunch and dinner together, and I feel so incredibly loved and it's just a great feeling.

233. My Roommate!! She's so sweet and lovely and her name is Simmy and she's the best! We both are really into makeup and fashion (her more in fashion, and me in makeup) so we take the same amount of time to get ready, but spread out in different ways. We're super different people, but in our core beliefs we're super similar so we get on very well.

234. Birthday Cake! It was my roommate's birthday a few days ago, and my
roommate's parents' (being the cutest people ever) ordered a birthday cake all the way from San Diego and had it shipped to our dorm!! It makes my heart so happy!!

235. SLFL Mountain View It's happening today, and I really wanted to (irrationally) go home and be there just for the concert, but I'm watching all the videos on twitter and instagram, and I'm just really proud of 5SOS and how far they've come since ROWYSO Mountain View!

236. Going Makeup Free In the past week, I haven't worn makeup for a few days, and it's been a very interesting feeling? I usually feel super uncomfortable when I don't wear makeup, because it bring out all of my insecurities, but I think a) because I have early morning classes, and am pretty lazy, and also b) have a really great group of friends who I'm so comfortable around, I don't feel a big pressure to wear makeup which is pretty cool and big step in self love for me!

237. LGBT+ Student Alliance A few friends and I went to the "call out" meeting, which is basically a meeting where you get an intro to the club, and it was one of the coolest things ever! We got these little name tags, and we wrote our name and also our gender pronouns, which makes me so happy! It was an incredible loving environment, and I felt so great!

Thank you so much for reading this post, and for reading about me! In
the comments below, please tell one amazing thing that's happened to you lately!


Posted while listening to Fall by The Jonas Brothers

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Packing for College! | back to school

hi hello!
I hope you're all having a lovely day! I am super excited to start my back to school series for this year! If you didn't know, I am heading off to my first year of University in the fall, which I am super nervous and also excited for. As I go across the country, I've compiled a massive list of everything I need, from dorm supplies to toiletries.

I've listed some of the "main" items below, but here is the full document, that (if you'd like) you can copy and print! A lot of these things will depend on where you're going to college and what your school is already providing for you! For example, I get a trash can, desk with lamp, dresser, mattress, bed, smoke detector, and internet outlets.

Big Stuff/Furniture
The standard residence mattress size is 36” x 78”
  • Trash can + recycling bin // Desk lamp // Book holder (put notebooks + folders) // Cups to put pens, pencils in

  • Fairy lights // Chalkboard sign (bunting) to write name of college on // Cork tiles // Push pins // umbrella //

  • Mattress pad topper // Sheets (2) // Pillow covers (2) // Duvet cover // Comforter // shoe rack // storage shelves (check when you get there) // Ottoman (storage + use to get up onto bed) // bed riser (if don’t loft bed) //

  • Towels (2)  + Face Towels (2) // Make up organization // hangers // Shower caddy // bathrobe //
  • Microwave // fridge // hand vacuum //

One thing that I would strongly recommend you do (especially if you are flying or driving far for college is the Bed Bath & Beyond Pack & Ship program thing. A friend of my mom's actually told my family about this, and I'll quickly explain how it works. You go the Bed Bath & Beyond that's in your store and you go around and basically create a registry for all the things that you want. When you're done, you select a store that's close to your college and all the items that you selected will be there for you to pick up when you are ready to move in! It's pretty great because you can ship a lot of the big stuff (comforter, pillows, lamp, mattress pad) and so you have more room for clothes!

Small Stuff

  • Command strips (will need a TON) // surge protector (!!!)
  • iPod speaker (tbd) // flashlight // batteries //
  • cough drops // cold medicine // Painkillers // Benadryl // Band aids // gauze // boroline //

School Supplies

  • Tape + refills // Stapler + refills // Mechanical pencils // Regular pencils // Erasers // Sticky notes // Scissors // Notebooks // Paper clips + binders

Make sure you remember to pack medicine/band aids/general first aid stuff because you're no longer living with your parents and you need to have that in case of accidents! Also, school supplies. I don't think I'll need things like colored pencils but I will need pencils and binders and sticky notes.

Also, I feel like a lot of everyday/hygiene things, it's best to buy it from a store once you get there, because again, saving space for clothes!

I hope you found this post helpful! If you have any tips for college or moving
in general, please leave them in the comments below!


Posted while listening to Wherever You Will Go (Cover) by Andi & Alex and Chance Peña

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Reasons to Live: #211-225 | lifestyle

hello friends! 
I have since switched to blogging on wordpress (architaxb.wordpress.com), producing about the same lifestyle + diy-esque content that used to be on here! I've left all 'reasons to live' posts, as well as my original first post that began it all. 
-Jan 3. 2016

hi hello!
I hope you're all having a lovely day! 

Before we get into the post, I just want to say: each and every one of you is a lovely and wonderful person, and I hope that only good things happen to you. If you are ever having scary thoughts, please, please, don't hesitate to call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) if you are in the United States. Someone will be available to talk to you 24/7. 

211. Mermaids I love mermaids and lately, I've been super obsessed with them. I really want to dye my hair multi colored, but my mum is major against that!

212. Spontaneous Hair Cuts I do this. a lot. and not even professionally, just me and my kitchen scissors. I know, it makes your hair super uneven, but I'm just way too impatient to schedule an appointment. 

214. Matte Nail Polish I want matte polish sooo bad! it looks so cool and chic, and a really lovely combination of badass and classy. 

215. Formal/Prom I finally bought my ticket! I was super confused about the price, so I had to pay $15 more than the original price, but I'm so excited! Mine is on May 20th, and I'll share my pictures and makeup shortly. Until then, read: 10 Things to Know BEFORE prom!

216. Cute Couples My friend Lauren and her boyfriend are so adorable. I don't know her boyfriend very well, but she's always talking about him and all the lovely, sweet things they do together. 

217. Childhood Homes I'm moving back into mine! I'm currently a senior in high school, and when I was in the 8th grade, my family and I moved house, renting an apartment so i could go to a specific high school. At the end of May we are moving back into it (after all of my finals are over) and I extremely excited. 

218. Redecorating My parents bought the house when my sister and I were going into first grade, from people who owned the house for about ten years, and the people who rented it after also had younger kids, so the house received plenty of wear. My parents have decided to remodel the kitchen and remove the carpet, and they're letting me help with the process.

219. Granite Recently, as part of the remodel, I've been coming along with my parents to chose exactly what the house should look like. I've always loved decorating and fixing up areas, so these trips have been pretty fun for me. We just chose the granite for the kitchen countertops, and I'll be posting more about the remodel in a separate post!

220. Cruelty Free Kitty I am currently in the process of transitioning my makeup so that it is all cruelty free! I feel like such a doofus for not having done this sooner, but I naiively thought that most companies did not test on animals. I'm still on the hunt to find a cruelty free drugstore foundation, but this blog has been extremely helpful in teaching about being cruelty free and where to find products.

221. Leggings Lately I have been wearing leggings so much! I usually don't wear them, because I personally don't find jeans to be uncomfortable, and I really like the put together look wearing jeans gives you! However, in the past month, I have been reaching for leggings and yoga pants so much. (second semester senior life)

222. Minimalistic Living I am currently doing a minimalism challenge, created by Rachel Aust! It's only been about a week of the process, but so far it's been okay. Obviously, partaking in this challenge doesn't make me a minimalistic person (as that would require a much bigger life change), but I thought it would be nice to explore!

223. My Baree Mami (Aunt) A little while back, in January, I visited India to go to a wedding and spend some time with family! I was only there for two weeks, and I spent a fair amount of time in Gurgaon, with my mom's side. My eldest Aunt on my mom's side is one of the nicest, sweetest people that I know, and lately I have been missing her so much.

224. My Grandma's Use of WhatsApp If you didn't know WhatsApp is a messaging app that connects to your phone, and allows you to individuallly and group message people all around the world. It's something that I use a ton, especially to communicate with my family in India! Recently, my Nani (mom's mom) got a smartphone, and she's been so active on it. She'll send jokes and audio messages to me, and I love how she'll forward all sorts of messages in our family group.

225. False Eyelashes I'm actually super intimidated by these, by I really need to practice my skills, because I want to wear falsies for prom! I just love how beautiful and dramatic they look, and they make any look appear way more special.

Thank you for reading this post! In the comments below, tell me one thing that you're grateful for! 

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Posted while listening to Speakers by Sam Hunt

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Spring Window Sill | room decor diy

hi hello!
I hope you're all having a lovely day! As you might be able to tell, I'm super happy that it's finally Spring, looking at my recent posts (Things I Love about Spring + Spring Bucket List). I feel like everything in Spring just gets better. I'm not sure how to explain it.

I've been decorating little nooks and crooks in my room, and I wanted to share it all, in case you were looking for some inspiration, or just like to see how other people decorate.

First, I measured out the width of the  shelf thing. Then, I used pretty scrapbooking paper and cut it into the same width. I cut seven pieces, and left them all the length that they came in (11 inches). That way, when they are laid down, they slightly overlap. I glued them down, and then added pretty flower stickers for decoration. 
I used these coasters that I made (tutorial here) and put candles and lotion on top of them. I love lighting candles, and bath and body works' candles are really great because you don't have to leave them burning for long to get the scent. 
In these old candle jars that I cleaned + washed out, I put rings and other little things. The shot glass has some spare change. Lastly, I got these little doves from Michael's (only $1 each), and used some fake flowers that I had lying around. 
I think this looks so pretty and delicate, and it didn't require a lot of effort. I love looking at it, especially when I leave the window open and the breeze flows into my room.
Let me know if you guys liked this post, and tell me how you decorate for Spring!


Posted while listening to I Don't Dance by Lee Brice

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Friday, April 01, 2016

10 Things to Know Before Prom! | lifestyle

hi hello!
I wasn't planning on putting this post up so early, as I thought there was still a bit of time until prom season officially kicked in, but since my school has already created the prom group & tickets are being sold for junior prom, I figured I'd get this post out there for anyone who has formal/prom coming soon! Also, all of these tips are things that I didn't know before prom, even though I watched/read countless videos & blog posts about prom.

1. Find your dress early. You don't have to have it 6 months in advance, but for me, finding it about 3 months before prom was nice, because I didn't have to stress about it.  

2. Figure out your bra/underwear/jewelry/accessories/everything situation before hand. It is not fun to be panicking right before pictures start because you can't figure out the right necklace to match your dress. I would recommend doing your makeup full on, once before the big day, just so you know everything looks good. Also, if you're like and don't wear false lashes, practice them beforehand!

3. Pack some extra shoes. I wore 4inch heels to prom, that made me 5'9"! I wore them for most of the night, and took them off when there was about an hour left. (I'm not a very big/expressive/using a lot of energy dancer though). The extra shoes that I packed were wedges, so they still made me taller, but were much gentler on my feet. OR, wear simple shoes. I promise you, no one looks at your feet. 

4. If you do chose to wear heels, make sure you practice walking in them. Remember, you're going to be wearing them for upwards of 5-6 hours. Heels will hurt you feet, but if you practice wearing them, then you won't be wobbling. You don't have to wear them all the time, but I strongly recommend walking in them a bit, just to get a feel for what it's going to be like.

5. Make sure that you love your dress. You may or may not be wearing it again, but you will be looking back on this night. Make sure that you feel happy and confident and wonderful and like a princess (or not, if that's not your thing). Just make sure that whatever you wear, you feel amazing in. On that note, please don't stress if someone is wearing the same dress as you! Chances are, if they're not in your main group of friends, you won't even notice. 

6. Take pictures at prom. Not just before, you know the pictures with the sun in the background and everything's lovely and picturesque. Those are great, do loads of those too! But also, take some blurry/fuzzy selfies with you and your friends after you've been dancing and running around. One of my biggest regrets of my prom was that I didn't take enough pictures. Also, if you're like me and don't really like to be in front of a camera (ironic isn't it), I still urge you to get some quality solo pictures of yourself. 

7. Smile. Make sure that the person who is taking your photos (especially if it's a solo shot), or the people around you are making you laugh. It make a huge difference in how the picture turns out, and looking at the photos will bring back happy memories and not uncomfortable ones. 

8. Don't be afraid to do your hair + makeup by yourself. Yes, you can totally pay for someone else to do it for you, but if you're trying to keep a low budget, or just don't want the stress of driving somewhere else, I strongly recommend doing it yourself. If you're not doing a fancy updo with your hair I think you could totally do it on your own. 

9. You don't need to bring an entire makeup bag to the prom itself. I brought a ton of stuff (blush, bronzer, liquid liner, eyeshadow, - literally everything) and the only things I ended up using were lip balm, lip gloss, and mascara. The lights are pretty low, except in the photo taking area, and you aren't really focusing on other people's faces. I promise you as long as you set your makeup with powder & a setting spray, you'll be fine. 

10. It probably won't live up to your expectations. Mine didn't. I think it has something to do with all the cheesy rom coms I watch about this girl who is finally noticed by the cute boy or whatever. That (obviously) doesn't really happen in real life. But please don't let that discourage you. My biggest tip is to try not to create unrealistic expectations about what's going to be happening, and just try and have fun with your friends. 

I hope you found this post helpful! In the comments below, tell me something you wish you knew before your formal!


Posted while listening to Raised on It by Sam Hunt

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Monday, March 14, 2016

Reasons to Live: #187-210 | lifestyle

hello friends! 
I have since switched to blogging on wordpress (architaxb.wordpress.com), producing about the same lifestyle + diy-esque content that used to be on here! I've left all 'reasons to live' posts, as well as my original first post that began it all. 
-Jan 3. 2016

hi hello!
I hope you've been having a lovely day! It's been absolute ages since I did one of these, but I love writing these sorts of posts. I find that they really allow me to happily reflect on the things that have been good in my life recently. Because I came back from India (about a month ago), I am still missing it like crazy. Thus, a lot of this post is India/family/wedding centered!

187. Mehndi. AKA Hena. It’s beautiful, it’s lovely, and it smells amazing.
188. Shaadi's. Shaadi is the Hindi word for wedding, fyi. I love everything about weddings, and the only one’s I’ve gone to are Indian ones, while I was visiting India.
189. a Barat. In case you didn’t know, Indian weddings tend to last for a few days (at least). On the day of the actual wedding, the groom (and everyone else onthe groom’s side of the family) dances over to the bride’s side. It’s about a half a mile walk, and it’s so much fun!
190. The milk that I had in Gurgaon. I went to dinner with my mom’s side of the family, and one of the shops had this delicious milk. It’s warm and sweet, and there’s some nuts sprinkled on top. It was amazing.
191. Harish Bakery. Where we went out to dinner 99% of the time while I was with my mom’s side of the family. We’ve been going there for ages now, and it just reminds me of family.
192. Protective Aunts & Uncles. This is basically everyone on my dad’s side of the family. As you all probably know, I live in the United States, but moved here when I was 18 months old. Whenever I go back to India, everyone is so nice and kind to me and I just get a million warm fuzzies
193. Spontaneous plans. A summation of my entire India trip.
194. School Uniforms. This is coming from someone who never had to wear a school uniform. Not sure, I just think there’s a lot of simplicity to them.
195. Leo getting an Oscar. I’m very proud
196. Beautiful marriages. I don’t think this requires elaboration.
197. Strong roots. My dad is so proud of his background and his family and whenever we go back to Kasganj, he’s just so happy and it’s lovely.
198. Joint families. Again, this is coming from an outsider’s perspective. There’s something so beautiful about staying connected to your family and being close.
199. Son Papdi. My most favoritest Indian sweet.
200. Panjeeri. My most favoritest Indian sweet that you can make at home.
201. Nose rings. I want one so bad. They’re so fun and pretty and yeah.
202. Kasganj. The city my dad grew up in, and where the wedding was. It’s amazing.
203. Tash (cards). We played cards so much in India and they’re just fun?
204. Bluff. This is basically the Indian version of BS.
205. Drones. My dad brought drones for some of my younger cousins (as presents for when we went to India), and they loved it! I must admit, they are pretty cool.
206. Maggie. This is basically Indian ramen? It’s delicious and amazing.
207. Centerfresh/centerfruit. Centerfresh is a gum that they have in India and you can literally go to the shop and just buy one or a hundred. They come individually packaged and they’re the best.
208. Bagged milk. Okay, I don’t know if it was the milk itself in India, or if it was the fact that it was bagged, but the milk in India was so good. The best. I loved it. Also, I just really love the idea that the milk comes in a bag and not a carton?
209. Rupee Candies. Basically, in India, you can go to the shop and get little candies for just 1 rupee (centerfresh is one of these). I love this, because I am a huge chocolate/candy/toffee lover so I got so many.
210. Sparkly eyeshadows. MY FAVORITE KIND.

Thank you so much for reading this post! In the comments below, tell me one thing you love about traveling!

Please remember that you are beautifully and wonderfully made and that you deserve all the most lovely things in the world. If you are ever having scary thoughts, please don't hesitate to call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) (USA number). Someone will be able to talk 24/7. 


Posted while listening to Downtown by Lady Antebellum

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Reasons To Live: #176 - 186 | lifestyle

hello friends! 
I have since switched to blogging on wordpress (architaxb.wordpress.com), producing about the same lifestyle + diy-esque content that used to be on here! I've left all 'reasons to live' posts, as well as my original first post that began it all. 
-Jan 3. 2016
hi hello!
I hope you're all having a lovely day!

176. Right at the top of the list, Demi Lovato. You may be wondering, why? Why now? Is this a sudden interest that you've taken in everyone's favorite Camp Rock star? Actually, no. I've been a fan of Demi's since, well, probably when Camp Rock came out. I remember watching the movie, and relating immensely to a shy girl who wrote song lyrics and wanted to sing them out loud (this was when I was ten
years old, and still thought I had a good voice, btw). Recently, I actually had the wonderful opportunity to MEET HER! The experience was lovely, and I only remember weird snippets of it, but omigosh it was amazing. I posted the picture on my instagram, and there it is to the right. (Very low quality, I know, but I had to include it!).

177. On that note, Camp Rock. I know, I'm so childish. I actually am, though? Just the other day I was watching Lemonade Mouth (another Disney movie, that's on Netflix) and texting my best friend, Natalie about it. I kind of rambled a ton about Camp Rock, when I was talking about Demi, but let me say it again, I absolutely adored (and still adore) it.

178. I have a feeling I'm going to be referencing loads of famous people in this one. The 1989 Tour has to be of the best tours (I'm actually just saying that, as I don't know how to chose a favorite concert, they've all been magical) I've been to. I made a whole blog post on that, linked here, but I will say, that the post is a bit sub par, and I was trying to be "professional" so I didn't really write a lot about the tour. I don't care much about that, anymore. 1989 was a beautiful tour. I went with my twin sister and one of our best friends, and it was a beautiful night. Taylor Swift, one of my idols, does an amazing job of connecting with the crowd and making everyone feel special. I truly felt like a princess that night.

179. How could I talk about 1989, without talking about the woman behind it all, Taylor Swift. For those of you who aren't totally obsessed with her, Ms. Taylor Alison Swift just turned 26, this past Sunday. I will save you all from that rambling, which if you're interested you can see on my tumblr, but let me just say, that Taylor is an absolute sunshine and I am so grateful for her and I am so proud of everything that she's accomplished.

me and my sister @ otra santa clara
180. Crazy things happened last Sunday. One Direction had their last every performance before they take a break! Eeek, I am so very nervous. I know that they deserve a break, as they've been touring like crazy for the past few years, but it is still a bit sad. Their last performance was on the X Factor UK, and was extremely emotional. I might have cried!

181. I'm sure this is very predictable + typical, but Holiday Break! I'm so excited because my break starts in just a few hours (as I'm writing this during my second period final -- no worries, I've already finished) once I take my 4th period Java final! I'm super excited because I've literally been counting down since, well probably November! December is one of my most favoritest times of the year, because I love decorating, and present giving, and all kinds of lovely thing.

182. Another really important person, who I'm so grateful for is my best friend, Natalie. She's been on this blog a couple of times in outfit of the day posts! We met in the sixth grade, and so we're approaching our six year friendaversery soon! Natalie is sweet and lovely and she's always helping me out, whether it be to explain Calculus to me, or by letting me practice her make up skills! Her birthday is this Saturday (19th Dec) and she will be 18, so I am very excited.

183. Speaking of the holidays, Christmas! I'm not a Christian, but I have always loved Christmas ever since I was a young girl, decorating my tree and leaving out milk and cookies for Santa! Now, for me, Christmas is a wonderful way to give presents to my family friends, and all the people who I love around me.

184. This is kinda unrelated, but also very exciting, Vidcon. If you didn't know, Vidcon is a conference type thing where YouTubers can go and meet with fans and other creators! It's a pretty amazing thing, and I am going in 2016 with a few friends + my sister! I'm super duper excited, who wouldn't be, as I've been wanting to go since I first started watching YouTube!

185. Unrelated to the rest of this list, but relating to Vidcon, Disneyland. Vidcon lasts until Saturday, and my friends and I have made plans to go to Disneyland on that Sunday. I'm very excited, as I am a massive fan of Disneyland, and I love meeting all the princesses and fairies and characters!

186. Going back to my holiday theme, Baking. I think baking is super fun and lovely all the time, but during the holiday's, it holds a more special place in my heart. I love making cookies and brownies and all sorts of sweet goods, and giving them to my friends and family.

In the comments below, I'd love for you to tell me one thing that you 
are thankful for this holiday season!
lots of love,

Posted while listening to You Are In Love by Taylor Swift

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Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Sleeping Playlist | lifestyle

hi hello!
I hope you're having a wonderful day! Today, I wanted to share my sleeping playlist. I know that some people don't need music or anything to sleep, but I prefer to have some kind of background music while I sleep. I'm trying to wean myself off of it, so I generally only use the music when I'm having a hard time sleeping or need to relax. 

My list is 20 songs long, and they're all songs that I find relaxing/calming, if that makes sense.

There's a lot of Taylor Swift on here, because I associate a lot of older music with gentleness, and being young, because I was about thirteen when Red came out, and even younger when Fearless came out. I put "Ronan" on here, because it is a beautiful song, and I love it, but I always keep it at the bottom of playlist, because it is a very sad story, and if I've been upset earlier in the day, I'll start crying when it plays. 

There's also a fair amount of Ed Sheeran, who generally, makes softer, lighter songs. I also really like "Small Bump" but it's super sad and I sometimes cry when it plays. 

Do you guys have sleeping playlists/need music to listen to? What songs are on it?


Posted while listening to Parody Song from Hum Sath Sath Hain

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Reasons to Live: #166-175 | lifestyle

hello friends! 
I have since switched to blogging on wordpress (architaxb.wordpress.com), producing about the same lifestyle + diy-esque content that used to be on here! I've left all 'reasons to live' posts, as well as my original first post that began it all. 
-Jan 3. 2016
hi hello!
Here’s another installation in my Reasons to Live series, aka things that make me really happy! 

166. The way the leaves smell on a summer night. This is my goodbye to summer.

167. Birthday Parties. Mine was on Saturday (the 8th of August) and I had such a wonderful time! I’ll be posting pictures soon!

168. Girls Who Code. This is a repeat reason (I think), but I was part of the Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program, and I had such an intense, educational, and fun time! I’m thinking of doing a post on my experience… Thoughts?

169. Tech Shop. As a part of Girls Who Code, my class got to take a trip to the Tech Shop in San Jose. It was such a cool experience, and the people there were so kind!

170. Spontaneous Haircuts. I do these. A lot. My hair was pretty damaged, and I had washed it, and then I just took some scissors and cut it off… It’s way shorter than I would prefer, but it’s not bad!

171. Girls Who Code Graduation. Again, talking about my life. My graduation was on Wednesday, and it was so much fun! I was really stressed out about it, but it was so exciting and super cool!

172. Being able to create a web app. Something that I never thought that I would ever say. For our final project, my team and I created a web application! It took a lot of work, but it was so rewarding!

173. Skindex. AKA the web app that we created. Essentially, skindex is an app that allows you to find the best foundations, moisturizers, toners, etc., based on your skin type.

174. Coding. It’s so cool and fun, because whenever you succeed and the program that you’re writing works, you get this immense sense of joy! Also, it’s really interesting.

175. Penguin. This is a mention to this thing we did at my GWC class. Every day, we nominated someone who we thought had done something cool, or taken initiative, the day before, and for the rest of the day, the nominated person carried the penguin around. It was such a great way to recognize and acknowledge the wonderful things about each person.

That’s all for now. I want each and every person who’s reading this to know that they are beautiful, and wonderful, and deserve all the happiness that the world can offer them. If you ever have suicidal thoughts, do not hesitate to call 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Someone will be available to talk 24/7.

I love you all so much.
Until next time,

Posted while listening to What I’m Thinking About by The Swon Brothers

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Reasons To Live: #152-165 | lifestyle

hello friends! 
I have since switched to blogging on wordpress (architaxb.wordpress.com), producing about the same lifestyle + diy-esque content that used to be on here! I've left all 'reasons to live' posts, as well as my original first post that began it all. 
-Jan 3. 2016

hi hello!
I hope that you're having such a wonderful day! Today I will be sharing things that make me very happy and smile and laugh and feel good! 

152. Junior Prom. I really wasn't sure if was going to go or not, and I did, and it was wonderful and I loved it so, so, so much! I would really recommend going, because I had such a fun time with my friends and made beautiful memories.

153. Tapestries. This is something that we did in my Contemporary Lit. class, where we reflected on our lives, and presented them to our class. I learned so much about my class mates, and it was a beautiful, bonding experience.

154. Apricots. I'm including this, because right now, apricots are in season, and my sister is OBSESSED with them, and they make her smile a lot.

155. Watermelon. My favorite FRUIT!

156. Graduation. Most people (in the class of 2016) have graduated, and if not they're graduating soon! I think it's so amazing and wonderful to see where people are going, and how their lives are changing.

157. Cupcakes. They're wonderful.

158. Cookies. Specifically, the homemade ones that are pretty much fresh out of the oven. (I might be hinting at an upcoming blog post)

159. When your hands and toes are painted. I feel like when this happens, I have got my life together. Also, it's just fun.

160. Matt Nathanson. I had the pleasure of hearing him live a few days ago, and it was truly a top ten moment. He's incredible at interacting with a crowd, and he's so cheerful and happy. Also, his voice is AMAZING.

161. Christina Perri. I listened to her at the same concert as the one I saw Matt Nathanson, and again, I cannot say enough nice things about her. She's so cute, and energetic, and it's so clearly visible, when you watch her perform that she's in love with what she does. I think that kind of passion is beautiful, and I think she's so amazing.

162. Beautifully colored scrapbooking paper. I recently bought a GIANT pack of scrapbooking paper, and the sheets are so beautiful and colorful with all sorts of prints, and that makes me happy.

163. People who compliment other people, just cause. This is me thanking the cute little old lady at work last week who called me pretty and then said "I must get that a lot" because it MADE MY DAY. (ps. no I don't get that a lot)

164. Lasting friendships. My dad's friend (they went to high school together) came and visited the US, from India with his family. Both families had dinner together, and I found it really cool that they went to high school together!

165. Big dreams. Relating to the above reason- They both came from really small towns and had this dream to come to the states. To me, it's really cool to think of how far they've come.

That's all for now. I want each and everyone of you to know that you're a wonderful and beautifully made person, and that I hope life brings some magic your way. If you're ever having some scary thoughts and want someone to talk to, please don't hesitate to call 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Someone will be available to talk 24/7. 💕💜💙


Posted while listening to Safe by Miranda Lambert

Monday, March 30, 2015

Reasons To Live: #141-151 | lifestyle

hello friends! I have since switched to blogging on wordpress (architaxb.wordpress.com), producing about the same lifestyle + diy-esque content that used to be on here! I've left all 'reasons to live' posts, as well as my original first post that began it all. 
-Jan 3. 2016

hi hello!
I hope that you’re all having a wonderful day/night/afternoon/whatever time it is right now. I’m so excited to share this post with you, because I feel like it’s been ages since I’ve posted a ReasonsToLive!

141. Love with Food: This is probably one of my most favoritest snack boxes ever.

142. Elephants: Let’s just take a second to appreciate them. Because they’re adorable and cute and fabulous and just amazing creatures.
143. Smelling like Sugar; NO JOKE. Someone a few days ago told me that I smelled like sugar and I don’t know, that’s just such a huge compliment to me.

144. Pretty, pretty Shoes: aka my junior prom shoes! I am so, so in love with these. THey’re beautiful and sparkly and stunning and so HIGH.

145. Spring: SPRING! SPRING! SPRING! The weather is pretty and sunny and beautiful and I am in love.I think this is possibly my most favorite season ever and I am so, so, excited.

146. Graze: I really liked the little snack boxes, because they’re so varied! Again the haul on this will be up soon!

147. Compliments: People who give compliments, people who get compliments, just compliments and nice things.

148. Braids: Recently, I’ve just really loved wearing my hair in two braids. I don’t know why. I don’t typically “do” my hair at the morning like that, but just during class when I’m bored.

149. Christmas videos: I love, love, love, them. My most favorite one is Louise and Zoe’s gift giving videos. ALL OF THEM. They’re so kind and sweet and loving and ADORABLE.

150. Junior Prom: I think this was on my last list too, but I prom was on Friday and it was wonderful! The music wasn’t the best but I had such an amazing time.

151. Beautiful Friends: Talking about Natalie and Anchita! If they let me, I’ll post a few pictures from prom below because they both looked absolutely stunning!

Thank you for reading this post! Please, please remember that you are important and kind and wonderful you absolutely deserve life. If you are ever feeling upset/suicidal/need someone to talk to, do not hesitate to call 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Someone will be available to talk 24/7.

i love you all loads.


Posted while listening to Just One Yesterday by Fall Out Boy ft. Foxes