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The Best Advice on How to Deal With (Sexual) Temptation

Sunday, December 27, 2015

"What do you want for yourself?"
How you deal with sexual temptation has a lot more to do with what you want for yourself than it is about remaining faithful to your monogamous relationship, societies standards or your oath to celibacy... 

Normally I don't like to get deep on here and post about these kinds of things, but lately I feel very inspired to share the jewels that I've stumbled upon because I think, in this time of deep self reflection, these thought processes might be useful to some of you, helping you shape your plans for 2016 in more positive and self-satisfying way... 

Onward, ho! 

I thought this man's response on how to handle sexual temptation was brilliant and I have to say that I agree with him... it's all about what you want and how the situations that you are in will benefit or take away from your goal of becoming your greatest version (whatever that may be)... 





What do ya'll think about this? 

Hope you're all enjoying the holiday season &
 gearing up for a great New Year ahead! 

Another post soon!~ ;)
Shanis

Blogmas Day 11: My Christmas Traditions

Monday, December 21, 2015

Some things never change...
And other things do...
But that's what great about tradition, while it usually conjures up this image of stagnant beliefs, tradition, like the cultures it sometimes derives from, is a breathing, living thing that can change and adapt whenever necessary. Some traditions last a lifetime and others are here today and gone in 5 years...

So, what does the typical Christmas look like for me?

When I was 11, my parents split up (no, I didn't have two Christmases, my father sort of checked out), but I brought that up to make a point of explaining that Christmas Eve pre-catastrophe and post apocalypse (in other words, before and after the divorce) was very different. Before my parents split up, tradition was to spend Christmas Eve exchanging gifts with my father's Jewish best friend and his family... (I still remember that one year I tried explaining who Jesus was to the kids, and my mom yelled at me, lol). After the split, however, things livened up a bit and Christmas Eve became this amazing (and, at first, intimdating) Dominican fieston*

*a huge fiesta



Now, I spend it with my mom and younger sister at my Italian stepfather's family home eating all kinds of traditional Italian dishes, stuffing my face with rainbow cookies, and drinking wine till my heart's content!~ 

Wait, so what exactly is the tradition here? Every Christmas Eve I spend time surrounded by people I love and appreciate - always with good food and ALWAYS with libations (that's VERY important!). 

And, what about Christmas Morning...?

It really hasn't changed much... Now that I'm 27, I only longer race on over to the tree to see what goodies Santa brought me, but my immediate family and I still get together to exchange gifts on Christmas morning, always in my PJs (if I can help it). This year, I'll be rocking my panda onsie (and if ya'll haven't already seen it, go stalk the 'Gram...). 


The first Christmas after my parents split up, my sister and I discovered the wonder of the Yule Log and every year we make it a point to have it on in the background while we open gifts, or we just sit and watch it while we wait for our parents to wake up. I always wanted a fireplace as a kid, so it's our way of using our imaginations without hurting our heads, lol. 



Oh and every year A Charlie Brown Christmas, The Grinch and The Nightmare Before Christmas are a must-see! (duh!)

So... what about you? What're your Christmas traditions?
New and/or old, it don't matta! :)

Fellow NY'ers, hope ya'll are celebrating the colder temperatures with cute outerwear & some bomb a*s hot chocolate!~

More #blogmas posts coming your way!
Stay tuned

xx,
Shanis


Blogmas Day 7: 7 Reasons I'm Excited For 2016!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

On the 7th day of Blogmas...
I realized how awesome 2016 is going to be!
I'm such a forward thinker, lol



So, here's why next year's going to kick a*s...

#1 KING's Debut Album
Do I really need to say more? I've blogged about these beauties several times over the course of the years and twice since Thanksgiving! If you couldn't already tell... (and how could you not), I'm over the moon ecstatic! February can't come soon enough! 

#2 Donuts Are Forever - 10th Anniversary Show
That fateful (cold as brick) day back in February 2013, I came across a J Dilla tribute show titled "Donuts Are Forever," had the night of my life and since then I make it my mission to go EVERY year! (At this point, it's just tradition). Good beer, great music and a room full of amazing people who are vibing on the same frequency... who wouldn't want that? 

And this year, they're making the Dilla celebration a weekend long event - das right! A two-day event! Mark yo' calendars! I can't wait....as soon as those tickets go on sale, I'm there! (And seriously, you should make it your mission to cop yourself a pair too!)


#3 X-Files Is Back! 
In 2014, I watched the last episode of the X-Files and wrongfully assumed I had seen the last of Mulder and Scully until earlier this year when it was announced that they'd be back on the screen for a 6 episode run in January 2016! *cue fangirl scream*

I was sure I wouldn't care much for the shod when I first watched it, but now...
Let's just say when I couldn't get into the X-Files panel at NYCC this year, I had a toddler type (internal) tantrum.



#4 And so is Steven Universe!
In case you missed my Steven Universe dedicated love post, here it is...I Love Steven Universe

Connie's got good taste ;3

Steven Universe is one of my favorite cartoon shows and after a hiatus, that might as well been an eternity, Cartoon Network is dropping a "Steven Bomb" on the week of January 4th - Hallelujah!


For more info on the "Steven Bomb" (episode names, synopsis, etc) check out the io9 article

#5 I'm Going to Portland! Woo-hoo!
I'm finally planning on making that big trip out West to visit the grand ol' city of Portland. And just to keep my a*s motivated to secure flight tickets and lodging arrangements, a few months ago I bought a ticket to see Gary Clark Jr. in Portland on April 14th, so one way or another, I need to make sure I'm out there that week!

I'm open to any awesome suggestions on the best spots to go to while in Portland... so please flood my comments! :D

#6 #MotorcycleGoals
I plan on adding "M Class" to my driver's license by the end of next year (but more specifically, before the summer!) My boyfriend assured me that once I found the bike I wanted, I'd hustle my behind to the DMV to get the ball rolling (in other words, I'll sit my butt down for that permit test and make sure I pass!)

He was right... I found this beauty, fell in love and now I'm more determined than ever to make sure I get that Motorcycle permit next month!



#7 My First... Tattoo!
Last, but not least, next year I finally plan on getting some ink! I'm a risk taker at heart, but with something so permanent, I don't mind taking it slow and starting off small, so while it's not going to be anything crazy intricate, it'll still have plenty of meaning to me.

Look for it at the end of January; I'll definitely post a photo of it on IG!

So, tell me... What are you most looking forward to in 2016? 

Hooray for another satisfying #Blogmas post!

I'm really enjoying the challenge of writing these.
I hope ya'll are enjoying reading them just as much :) 

xx
Shanis


Blogmas Day 6: Love With Food, Beauty Con BFF & Doki Doki Crate!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Give the gift that keeps on coming...
subscription boxes!

But seriously... why didn't I ever think of that? 
A subscription box subscription would make the perfect present!

And so it begins...
the blog post that is... 

Love With Food
LoveWithFood will always have a special place in my heart... It was my first subscription box service and I have to say, I've really enjoyed being a subscriber! Not only do I get a box full of amazing (and healthy) snacks every month, but the customer service is off the chain! When my August box was lost in the USPS twilight zone, they were extremely quick to send another one (no hesitation!). 

The boxes have different themes month-to-month and usually offer tons of coupons to purchase more of the snacks that're offered. For $10/month - I'm totally getting my money's worth AND for every box that you purchase, they donate a meal to a hungry child - how freakin' awesome is that?!

But don't take my word for it, check it out for yourself!

December 2015 Love With Food - Chocolate themed box

Beauty Con BFF
I heard about beautycon earlier this year, but unfortunately a bit too late (tickets were already sold out /sadface), so I'm thinking, next year I'd like to go check it out - because while I'm not a beauty guru or even a daily glam girl, I still do really enjoy learning about and trying out new beauty products.

Lucky for me, I was able to snag a Beauty Con BFF box subscription during Black Friday weekend for half the price it normally goes for! (A $100+ value for $15!!) A few days ago my Fall 2015 box arrived, and I loved almost everything I got (except for the necklace, but that's mostly because me and fantasy jewelry don't get along as well as I'd like). While most products were full size, I was really digging the travel size hand cream, Benefit mascara and hair brush that are perfect for when I want to freshen up on the go!

My winter 2015 box is already on it's way, and I can't wait for all the goodies! Check out Mirella Belle's unboxing video below:



Doki Doki Crate
I've been a bit hesitant about subscribing to Japan Crate (mostly because I can't justify getting another snack box, even if they are super cute, weird and delicious snacks from Nippon!~) BUT there is a kawaii-shaped void in my heart that I have a feeling the Doki Doki crate might be able to satisfy. The subscription is VERY new and their first box ships out in January 2016... I'm thinking it's a great way to start the new year and a good way to begin spoiling myself in my birthday month ;) 

What do you guys think? Does it seem worth the $30?


Feel free to make a subscription box recommendation or to share your subscription box experience with me! :) 

Stay toasty, my friends!~
Shanis




Blogmas Day 4: Let Go & Dive Deep!

Monday, December 14, 2015

HAPPY MONDAY!
Here's a little inspiration to kick start your week...
...and a great way for me to celebrate Blogmas day 4! 

Infinite Waters...
I've been subscribed to him for a few months now and his videos have really inspired me to approach certain aspects of my life in new and healthier ways. 

I know this isn't for everybody and some of you might watch this and run the other way ("What is this boring spiritual crap?!"), but it's only right to share the information that's helped me along my journey because it might help someone else along theirs. 

So... with that said...


Check out Ralph's YouTube channel Infinite Waters (Diving Deep) for more videos!


Now, go forth and become your greatest version! :) 

Stay tuned for more blogmas posts ;3

much love,
Shanis

Blogmas Day 3: Keep the Internet Weird!

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Weird recognize weird.
;)

I appreciate the internet. (Obviously I'm against the hate trolling and unnecessary bullsh*t comments, BUT...) I love the freedom people have to express their unique brand of "weird" and share it with the world, even if it draws more "WTF?!" comments than it does applause...

Here are two young ladies who definitely contribute to keeping the internet a weird place :)

Bread SMASH! 
The instagram account BreadFaceBlog houses videos of a young NY-er who literally smashes her face into pieces of bread while bumping hits like Brandy's "Sittin' Up In My Room" or Drake's "Hotline Bling". I'm not sure why it's so addicting to watch, but I theorize it has something to do with the "But why...?" factor.

What do you guys think?

(via mashable)

Under the Sea...
I had to watch this three times before I could wrap my head about what I had just seen... I'm guessing this is Syori's take on The Little Mermaid's "Under the Sea"... (I wonder what Alice's Wonderland looks like in her imagination)

Unlike the "bread smasher", I didn't feel compelled to watch more of her videos... (they kinda creeped me out a bit, honestly), but if you feel like checking out some more, click here to watch her seductive fruit dance.




Sincerest apologies about missing out on Blogmas yesterday...
Expect a makeup post this coming week! ;3


Feel free to share your favorite weird videos below!
I could always use more for my Youtube playlist...

xoxo
Shanis


Blogmas: Day 1 - Holiday Music, Ol' Burger Beats & More!

Friday, December 11, 2015

Welcome to Blogmas!
For the next 14 days I'm going to be blogging EVERYDAY
(ya'll already know, this is going to be one heck of a challenge...)


And, what better way to kick things off than with a little music? 

To Get Into the Holiday Spirit...
bump JaBig's 3+ hour holiday instrumental mix. I personally like to have this one in the background while I'm cooking, napping or lounging about reading. Instrumentals are always great for when you want to create ambiance without causing distraction. 



Keep it Hip Hop...
This is for those who like instrumentals with a little 90's boom bap jazz flava...

The boyfriend actually put me on to this one; I just did a little further research into Ol' Burger. Check out his soundcloud for more of his production.

Listen to the lyrical version here...

A Video For 'The Greatest'...
Who want to run with the number one? 

I know I raved my butt off about how happy I was that KING finally released an update for when their debut LP is dropping (Feb 2016), but I've gotta spread the love whenever the opportunity arises and a few days ago the soulful trio dropped their 8-bit music video for their latest single "The Greatest."  (get the album pre-order)

I think it's fitting with the song and fun, quirky and unique, just like Amber, Paris and Anita.
True blerds. 



If you've got any favorite holiday jams, post a link below!
(but really, feel free to share any music. I love it all!) 

May your holiday shopping be stress-free.
And if you don't exchange gifts this time of year, LUCKY YOU, lol

See ya'll here again tomorrow! ;)

xx,
Shanis


The Heavy Rotation // Vol 5. - The Return of KING, a Fusion of Love and a Little Tortured Soul

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

KING has finally returned...
with new music for the masses!

Feburary 2, 2016 is...
...the official release date for KING's debut LP that I've been patiently waiting on for almost 4 years! The pre-order goes live on December 3rd - so make sure to keep this link on hand. 

Took them long enough to "master the art", but hey... who's complaining? I'll finally have new KING music to add to my heavy rotation. Right now, I play the EP at least once a week. "Hey" still has the most plays on my iTunes (well over 500 by now I'm sure...). 

Check out the trailer for the album below: 


So... promo tour... yes?
Banking on the law of attraction that we get a show in NYC shortly after the album drops.



Stronger Than You...
If it wasn't apparent by now, I'm head-over-heels about Steven Universe, and I'm a huge sucker for just about every -ship on the show including Garnet's (of course!). 

The reveal of Ruby and Sapphire is definitely in my top 5 SU moments, right up there with the introduction of Lion and the creation of Stevonnie :D

Anyways, Ruby and Sapphire's reveal came with an awesome song, which my boyfriend was nice enough to download for me (along with the rest of the Steven Universe soundtrack - background music gold!). I've been playing this "Stronger Than You" Remix NON-STOP for a week and a half!~ Just when I think I've had enough I play it one time and - BAM! - 'on' goes the infinite repeat button. 

Estelle is so f*cking cool...




"Always In Heaven When I'm With You"
Love feels like that, doesn't it? <3

Whether you're in love, daydreaming about reaching that new height with a special someone or just plain ol' loving yo' damn self - here's a great song that'll make you feel all those great feels while grooving.

I personally like to put this one on at the end of a long day. It's a feel good track without being overwhelming "HAPPY HAPPY JOY JOY".

Enjoy! And if you want more House Music... check out these mixes....


Happy December!
May this month be filled with great music ;)

Till next time,

xx,
Shanis

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