August Favs & Reviews


August was such a mix of emotions. I started the month off at my church’s youth camp and spent the week hanging out with a group of girls that I love and served alongside the best co-counselor I could have asked for. Something I’ve come to realize lately is that we often forget to invest in the relationships we have with the people that we serve with, but these friendships can be so meaningful too :’) 

Coming from a rather difficult month of life events, this month was pretty emotionally confusing for me. In the midst of a lot of mourning and sadness, it was also my birthday this month and I got to celebrate another year of life with my nearest and dearest friends. I was talking to one of my best friends about 22 being such a good year. She said it was kind of sweet and a little funny that I look at life in time frames that are marked by age rather than the calendar year. I suppose I’m just always looking for excuses to be reflective. 

22 was quite monumental for me! In the last year, I became a working young adult - first at a coffee shop, then at a church, and now at a hospital. I dove head first into youth ministry and the young adult community at church. I learned how to do my taxes and started chipping away at those daunting student loans. I discovered great joy in small things like playlists and podcasts, heavily invested in friendship and community, and stopped being so afraid of how people viewed me. At 22, I loved, learned, and grew more than I ever have. I’m hopeful for 23 and I’m excited to love more, learn more, and grow more. Endings are always bittersweet, but what follows is presumably exciting because as we keep moving forward, we walk towards uncharted discoveries that unveils itself as some of the best joys we've ever known — or so we hope. So here's to another year in the pursuit of joy, creativity, music, friendship, and so much more. 

With that said, let's get into the favorites of this month!



This was truly the summer of good music!! There have been so many new releases lately, ranging from the 1975, Matt Corby, Death Cab for Cutie (FINALLY), LANY, etc. I made three playlists this month!! One being my favorite new releases in August, two- a playlist I’ve been listening to in the morning while getting ready or during my commute, and third, a relaxed coffee shop playlist. Check them out!! Also check out the new Death Cab album- it’s super solid and about time that they finally dropped something new! 


Crazy Rich Asians- I'm sure you've heard the buzz from everyone and their mother about this movie, but this was so so so good. I’ve never felt so simultaneously understood and entertained. I loved the subtle pieces of symbolism alongside the lack of explanation. It was refreshing because it felt like we didn’t need justify our culture, and it further emphasized that you don't have to understand to accept or empathize. I think this movie was such an accurate and beautiful representation of a culture that is so often ridiculed or forgotten about. 10/10 on every scale- especially the male actors!!!

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before- The lead role in this movie was written for an Asian American female!! This was such a cute rendition of a cheesy tween high school rom com. It excites me that younger asian girls can now see someone who looks like them on screen. Now, please tell me where we can all find ourselves a Peter to look at us the way he looks at Lara Jean. Insert crying emoji here!!



Honest Cleanser- Picked this up on a whim and ended up really liking it. I usually don't get  super attached to too many skin care items so I'm always up for trying something new. This cleanser is really gentle and doesn't strip away too much moisture from your skin, but still leaves you feeling nice and clean. 

Bare Minerals Foundation- Ulta was having a 20% off sale so I decided to give this a try. I don't wear face makeup on a daily basis, because I don't really like the way it makes my face feel- and let's be real, I'm just lazy. I like this foundation because a little goes a long way, it's super easy to work with, and the coverage is buildable. I also picked up the brush that goes along with it, and it's super soft and so worth it! I've only used this foundation a handful of times, but I really like it so far. 

That's all for this month, thanks for reading!







Catherine Li