Goodbye

Hey guys, it’s caseycow101. I’ll get straight to the point.

I have changed my name to angelakzhou, so no more caseycow101. I’ve decided to quit my fashion blog SoCal Spirit and my old Fantage blog and created a new blog: justyouraveragezhou.wordpress.com. On this blog, I am basically blogging about my life and whatever I feel like. Please give me a follow, because this will be the only blog I will be updating from now on. I have created this new blog because I feel like my old blogs are too constricting, subject-wise. I also do not want to quit blogging as it has helped my writing skills tremendously. If you would like to still see me blog, just follow my new blog. I thank you all very much for your support and companionship on this blog and as followers. I am honored to have served you guys for over 2 years, but my time has come to move on. You guys have been super supportive and the best friends I could ever have. Thank you for everything 🙂

Your friend always,

Angela

Busy Busy

Hey guys! I know I haven’t posted in forever, so I am finally here to confirm my school schedule.

I am officially a junior in high school. Many people may classify this year as “the worst year of your high school life” or “the year that determines the rest of your life”. So far, that’s what it feels like. I have been extremely busy with my classes, homework, learning to drive, fitness, and SAT prep classes on Saturdays and homework. I honestly don’t think I’ll be able to run this blog during the school year. So unfortunately, I will be taking a break for the time being.

On another note, I have decided to do weekly (or monthly) vlogs so that I can still be interacting with my fans and followers. Vlogs are super easy and short for me to do, and it takes much less time than blogging. I still want to run this blog in the future, so I’m hoping that these vlogs will make you want to stay connected with me ❤

Once I set up a Youtube account for that, I will let you all know so you can subscribe to me. After that, I will not be on this blog until maybe…the next school break or even next summer. Unfortunately, I will also probably be pausing my other Youtube channel, Twins Entertainment, for the time being. I’m sorry to disappoint you all, but I really need to focus on school this year so I can get the grades that I truly want and be successful.

~Angela

I Got My Ears Pierced!

No one ever noticed this before, but I don’t have pierced ears. That means I can’t style my outfits with super cute, matching earrings! But yesterday, August 2nd, 2014, I finally got my ears pierced! 😀 Being the crazy, stupid idiot that I am, I didn’t just get regular lobe piercings, I got 6 piercings, hurray! I got 2 lobe piercings, a cartilage piercing on my right ear, and a navel (belly button) piercing.

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navel pierced

Let me just tell you, it was quite the experience. As mentioned before, I am a very stupid and crazy person. So I got my piercings at a sketchy house near Qualcomm Stadium (home of the San Diego Chargers). She charged $50 for all 6 piercings, which is really cheap, and it came with the jewelry. Also, I didn’t have to get parental consent for the navel piercing, so that’s quite nice too. Of course, you should really get parental consent if you want a navel piercing. You should also get it done professionally, but not at Claire’s. Claire’s uses a gun, which can shatter your cartilage and/or cause an infection. Although a gun hurts less, it’s not worth the after effects!

To be honest, the navel piercing didn’t hurt much at all. The clamp they used actually hurt more than the actual piercing. And the actual needle-poking-into-skin part only hurt for like literally…2 seconds. The cartilage did not hurt as much as I thought it would, but the 2nd pair of lobe piercings kind of hurt, probably because I was expecting more pain in the same areas of my ears.

Yesterday night I was cleaning my navel piercing with a 1-tablespoon-of-salt, 2-tablespoons-of-water solution. You can tell I am an amateur because I barely used any water. My friend who came with me to get a navel piercing used a 1-tablespoon-of-salt, 1-bottle-of-water cleaning solution, which is much smarter. Anyway, I accidentally got a little bit of that cleaning solution into my navel piercing, and it seeped into the piercing. And obviously it burned like HELL for about 5 minutes straight. I was literally just standing there grabbing my stomach in pain. Then it started bleeding again. Great. All in all, do not use so much salt, and do not let it seep into your piercing.

Right now I am SO scared for my navel piercing. I am so afraid it will caught on my shirt or my bedsheets or literally anything. It kind of hurts to bend over since it stretches the skin a little, but I’m sure the pain will subside as the piercing heals. I literally try to do everything with a straight back to avoid moving waist a lot, even getting out of bed, and it so funny yet so scary at the same time.

Also, I have to wait at least a month until I can take the piercing out and change it, so I’ll have this weird clear thing on my belly button for like 6 weeks, oops. At least I didn’t get a black navel ring with a weed leaf on it like my friend who came with me. When I get hair caught on my ear piercings, it hurts like a mother. Probably a bad idea to get so many piercings at once, but YOLO right?

Well the point of this post was to share with you future navel rings/earrings that I wanted to try out that would be SUPER CUTE. I just love these cute little accessories. Here is a list of ones that I would absolutely love:

Belly Rings

Dream Catcher Belly Ring

Diamond Belly Ring

Anchor Belly Ring

Heart Belly Ring

Feather Belly Ring

THIS?! (jk)

Earrings

Diamond Stud Earrings ❤

This is cute, but how would I pull this off?

Connected Earrings

Infinity Cartilage Earring

Rose Earrings

THIS!

I’ve always wanted to try hoop earrings

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One of my biggest worries abut piercings is that people will start thinking of me as a juvenile delinquent or something. I want to break that stereotype, I want to prove that well-rounded, intelligent, smart, and hardworking individuals can have just as much creativity and freedom as those slightly fanatical people with no brains and an excess of piercings and tattoos. I just really love jewelry and fashion, and I love expressing myself.

I also don’t want people to think of me as just another one of those people who cares SO MUCH about how they look. But honestly if you met me, you know all I wear when I’m lazy are a t-shirt and shorts, and I just keep my hair in a messed up bun. I seriously do not really care (anymore) about how I look in public, I just want to feel good about myself. Self improvement is my motivation 🙂

Thanks for reading my post! I hope you enjoyed it! Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram @socalspiritblog and subscribe to my Youtube at http://youtube.com/TwinsEntertainmentUS

~Angela

My Realization

I’ve always wondered what the point of fashion is. People have different reasons for being interested in beauty, clothes, makeup, etc. I’ve always been interested in fashion because I thought that if others think I look beautiful, then I am beautiful. I thought that it doesn’t really matter what I think of myself, as long as I get others’ approval. I always loved dressing up and doing my hair and makeup, it made me feel so beautiful. I thought that I could always be happy as long as others loved the way I looked. 

Clearly I was wrong. Right now, I don’t even care anymore what people think of me. As long as I feel beautiful, I am beautiful. If people don’t like the way I dress, then I really don’t care. I used to think that it was the clothes that made you beautiful, but it really is the person that makes the clothes beautiful. If you know you are a beautiful person, it shows, it really does. When I don’t feel confident, I will change the way I dress or look so that I do feel confident. It’s that simple. People might be saying that it’s bad for me to change or that I changed for the worse, but the only reason I changed is so I could be confident in my own body. 

This brings me to the idea of fitness and image. Why am I so intrigued with fitness? It takes up so much of my time, and results are so slow. It’s because I want to change the way I live and the way I look. I want to look and be healthy, it’s not that I am afraid of being judged by other people. I just absolutely detest it when people accuse me of changing for other people. NO! That’s definitely not it! I just want to change so I can feel good about myself. It’s called self-motivation, and I am determined to achieve my goals.

Now that all that fluff is done, I wanted to elaborate on my perception of fashion now. I have changed so much over the last year since I opened this blog, and my ambitions are quite different. I am here to teach people different techniques in beauty and fashion. I want to help you feel good about yourself, and motivate you to become healthy. I do not want people following my blog to think that I am so lowly as to perceive “beautiful” as dressing well and having a good body. I just want to give people tips and advice on what I love about fashion. I want everyone to know that beauty really does come from the inside. You can be “pretty”, but being a bitch really won’t make you a satisfied, healthy, and happy person will it? Being lively, outgoing, unique, charismatic, and considerate will make you a happier person.

That’s pretty much all I want to say. I kind of feel like I got off topic at some point about what I wanted to say and I just lost it. Well, that’s it. Stay beautiful and thanks for following me!

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~Angela

Fitness Diaries: Day 3

Call me stupid, but I just realized that this fitness regime is 12 weeks long, not 8 weeks. That means it’s going to even farther into the school year than I thought. Well, crap. Anyways, if you read my last Fitness Diaries, you know that I made a calender and record all the workouts I do. Well I think it is working out pretty well, even if I accidentally skipped a few days. Also, I only made it for weeks 3-8 because I thought it was 8 weeks long so now I have to make another one for weeks 9-12.

Also, I just began starting a healthy eating plan. Usually, I eat frozen food everyday for lunch because I am too lazy, but now I bought salad and ingredients to make quesidillas because frozen food is extremely unhealthy. I also bought some ingredients to make chicken fajitas, so I’ll let you guys know how that turns out 🙂

I am currently starting week 4 of the fitness regime, and I lost my phone for like 4 days this week already so I’ll get that back soon to show you guys progress pictures! I’m not exactly sure if I made any progress, but I do feel a little healthier. It really inspires me to see the transformations that people make from this fitness program on Kayla Itsines’ Instagram account. It makes me want to work much harder. Here are some of the amazing transformations people made, but none of them are me.

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I may be impatient, but I just really hoped that these results would show more progressively. These images are so inspiring to me, so I really hope I can get a nice body soon and feel good about myself. That’s pretty much all I have to say about my fitness regime this week, so keep checking for updates, and see you guys next time!

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Youtube: youtube.com/TwinsEntertainmentUS

~Angela Z.

Fitness Diaries: Day 2

So it has been 2 weeks since the beginning of my 8-week workout regime. I feel like I have gone absolutely NO WHERE. I still do not watch my diet or eat the right foods, and I lost no weight. My stomach is still about as fat as when I started the regime. It is definitely not the book’s fault, it is my fault. I have been feeling so unmotivated lately, and obviously that much can be seen in my progress. Which is nada. So starting from the beginning of week 3, I will get my head into the game and REALLY start trying.

I think it has been especially hard because I have a lot of homework and studying to do because I am also in week 5 of this 8-week SAT study program, which is every week day 8 am-1 pm. So tonight I will probably go food shopping, and I will buy all the foods I need for this nutritional plan. Also, I will make a giant poster and hang it up on my closet door for the next 6 weeks of this workout program. Every day, I will record my weight, how many calories I inhaled, and how I felt. I really hope that I can get back on track with this workout program 😦

I feel like another reason I am super unmotivated for this program is because this is my 2nd workout program of the summer, so I have already been doing this for quite a while. I have been so frustrated lately because I have seen no progress, yet I am too lazy to put my head into these workouts. It just sucks because I still feel the same as I did in the beginning of the summer, and I just hate my body at the moment… I seriously think I was more fit 2 weeks ago than I am now.

But let’s think of the glass as half full. I WILL get my head back in the game and I will focus on achieving my goals. Even though I may not look any different now, I will in the future if I just keep working hard. I will do this program and I will succeed! As much as I love boba, I WILL stop indulging on it so often 😥 This means I also definitely have to manage my time better, can’t be up till 11 pm studying every night!

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No progress 😦 I looked better before the workout program even started

weekly calender

It’s so messy! I accidentally started the week with “Monday” so I had to color over the days with a black crayon and paint them back on starting with “Sunday”. And I just painted the week numbers for fun 🙂

That’s all for this week! Remember:

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~Angela Z.

Bikini Bound: Choosing the Best Swimsuit For Your Body

Can one really go through the whole summer without buying and flaunting an ADORABLE and affordable swimsuit? Truth is, no way! But there are just SO many choices out there, but it’s okay, because I am here to help anyone choose the right bikini for their body! Let us start by how an individual classifies her body type? Truth is I am not exactly sure of my body type. Remember, any body is a beautiful body, and eating healthy and living a good lifestyle is the first step to flaunting a beautiful bikini! Here is how you classify your body shape:

body types

Athletic

So, athletic people basically have the nicest bodies out there. Broad shoulders, narrow hips, muscular legs, nice butt, proportional body. You can get an athletic body with a lot of hard work and the right workout program. If you have an athletic body type, you should focus on feminine cuts and details. Since people with athletic body types have really nice legs, they would look really good with embellishments or even solid color bottoms and a printed top. Athletic body types tend to have broad shoulders, so a suit with prints along the side will help even it out. Generally stay away from bandeaus, boy-cut briefs, and shapeless one piece swimsuits.

If you have short legs, wearing high-cut swimsuits will make your legs appear longer, kind of like Miley Cyrus’s jumpsuits 🙂

If you have a short torso, do NOT wear high waisted bikini bottoms. Wear low-hip bikinis and high-bustline tops.

Straight

If you have a straight body type, you have no curves. You’ll have to fake it till you make it. Bikinis with padding, ruffles, and prints will make you look curvier. Underwires also add support, and bustier bikinis look good too.

Avoid bandeau tops and sporty bottoms! These DO NOT complement your body type.

Pear

I know that everyone should respect their body, but I am pear-shaped and I absolutely would love an athletic type body. Being 5’1 and a figure skater, I have HUGE thighs, short legs, and a short torso. It’s hard to find a flattering bikini and I hate being extremely short. But anyways, if you have a pear shaped body like me, then bottoms with skirts can add for coverage. Briefs and boyshorts will also even out your thighs a bit. Try not to wear prints on your bottoms and wear halter straps and underwired bikinis that flatter your upper body more.

Curvy/Hourglass

If you have an hourglass figure, you will want to wear a swimsuit that complements your curves, but still holds everything firmly in place. If you want your waist to look skinnier, wear a high waisted bikini, I actually love those. You should also wear solid colors or simply prints so it keeps everything in control. Avoid thin-stringed bikinis.

Hope you find the perfect bikini for you! Remember, no matter what body shape you have, you are beautiful! Now rock that swimsuit, and don’t worry about what others think 🙂

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~Angela Z.