25 Things I Love

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25 things I love

Well, it’s official. I’m 25 years old today.

On this day in 1992, “I’m Too Sexy” by Right Said Fred was the most popular song, and of course that describes me to a T (or should I say tee? ;))

25 Things I Love

Being more positive and thankful are two of my goals this year so let’s talk about 25 things I love, and tell me some things you love too.

25 things I love

25 things I love

My fam + friends + fur babies

Of course I had to give a shoutout to my fam and friends. My family and I aren’t the super closest, and we still butt heads a lot, but they’re family; they always have your back, and you should have theirs too. And, I love my friends who help keep me sane, and just get me. Now that we’ve all graduated college, work, and don’t live super close, it makes things hard. But, I love those friendships where you don’t have to talk all the time, months can go by without speaking, but you always pick up right where you left off, and things are never awkward.

Fur babies are the best! I love any and all furry animals. I especially love watching videos of cute baby animals being their adorable selves. Have you see the baby donkey swinging in a hammock? Literally what I aspire to be..

I have 3 dogs, and I love them all to pieces. You know when you love someone/something so much that you just want to eat them? That’s basically me with my dogs. If you don’t ever feel that way… well… I promise, I’m not totally weird.  My youngest baby, who is also the largest, has the goofiest and peppiest personality ever. She’s always jolly, and she loves staring out the window. If she was a person, Rear Window would have been her life.

Dog picture

I caught her looking out of the window again

Leonardo Dicaprio

Of course I had to give a shout out to the first man I ever had feelings for– Jack Dawson. My parents took me to see Titanic in theaters (I think on opening night) when I was 5 years old because they couldn’t find a babysitter. And boy am I glad they did. I still remember that the movie was p a c k e d. Literally everyone came to see this movie, which is probably why they couldn’t find a sitter.

The sound of rain at night

The sound of rain, especially at night, make me so happy. It reminds me of being a kid in Seattle. If you hadn’t heard, it rains a lot there, and I loved laying in bed at night and listening to the soft drizzle. When it rains it Dallas, it usually pours, and we have pretty intense thunderstorms. They can get a little crazy with golf ball sized hail at times, but I still love a good thunderstorm too, minus the hail.

Waking up really early and watching YouTube videos

When I got back from my London and Paris trip a few years ago, I would always fall asleep around 8 PM and then wake up around 4 because of the jet lag. Instead of waking up and being productive, I would usually grab my iPad and watch YouTube videos in bed. I still occasionally love waking up super early so I can watch some videos in bed. It’s always so calm and serene really early in the morning.

Going for a walk on cloudy cool days

You’re probably eye rolling away because here I am, talking about how much I love cool, cloudy weather again. But, seriously. Going for a walk when it’s cool and cloudy is the best. That cool, brisk breeze.. what’s not to love?

Sleeping on the bed diagonally

Yes, diagonally. No, not Diagon Alley (please tell me you get this reference?) I don’t have a S.O. plus I live at home so I can’t really have a guy spending the night, which means I get the whole damn bed to myself, and I love it. I actually really hate sleeping next to people, and prefer sleeping alone (sorry, Drake). When I’m feeling adventurous, I like to sleep diagonally with my head toward the foot of the bed. Weird, but very comfortable.

Harry Potter

Speaking of Harry Potter.. I’m currently listening to a Harry Potter audiobook as I write this. I don’t care how old I get or how lame it might seem to others, but I will always love Harry Potter. Give it to me as a book, give it to me as a movie, and even give it to me as an audiobook. I love it. Harry Potter movie marathon weekends are my favorite kind of weekends.

The Obamas

Political viewpoints aside, you have to admit The Obamas are some awesome people. Barack seems like such a cool guy, and Michelle is so fierce and empowering. I love their relationship, and have you seen those pics of Barack meeting little kids? It’s the cutest thing ever. 

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Finishing a book

I was that kid begging my mom for money when the yearly book fair at school came around. I was always snooping through the different books and buying way too many because I’ve always loved reading. I don’t have that much time to read anymore so finishing a book feels euphoric. The goal is to start reading more so I can finish at least one book a month.

Visiting new places

I love to travel, but I really don’t do it as often as I’d like. My favorite places I’ve traveled to are Istanbul, Paris, Dubai, and London. I desperately want to go back to each city. It’s especially been a long time since I’ve been to Dubai. I went there as a kid a few times, but that was when it was more desert than city.

Taking care of my skin

I’ve really fallen in love with skincare within the past year, but I’ve always tried to take care of my skin since I was a teen. There were several times in college when my friends would crash at my apartment after a night out. We would come home late, and they’d pass out real quick, but there I was, 3 or 4 am, sitting in my bathroom (usually on the floor) making sure to brush my teeth, remove my makeup, tone, apply eye cream, and moisturize. The feeling of clean skin after a long day is so amazing.

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Late night drives without traffic

I’ve had to make a one hour drive home at 3 or 4 AM on several occasions, and let me tell you, long drives when no one else is really on the road is kind of a blast. You can just turn up the music and drive; it’s so relaxing.

Putting on my pjs

After a long day, there’s really nothing better than taking off your clothes and putting on some cozy pajamas. Is there?

The 1990s aka the greatest decade of them all

I will always love all things 90s. Probably because that’s when I grew up, and everything is better when you’re a little kid. But, I love 90s movies, shows, music, and even the fashion and makeup (sometimes) . I like to think that back in the day, when I didn’t know how to properly put on eyeliner, my makeup was more heroin chic instead of raccoon eyes. But, I’m pretty sure it was just raccoon eyes.

The smell of cold air

Breathing in the cool, brisk air is such a good feeling. I love the way it just instantly relaxes and calms my mind.

Fuzzy socks (especially when it’s cold out)

My sock drawer is 80% fuzzy socks and 20% regular socks. Because why wear regular socks when you can wear fuzzy/cozy ones?

Finding new holy grail beauty products

I love testing out new products, but I especially love it when I find something that just works– something that I constantly need in my collection. It makes your makeup and skincare routine just a little more fun once you’ve found “the one.” [See some of my holy grails here]

New technology

I’m not a super tech junkie. Well, I would be if I had a lot more money, but new technology makes me so happy. Technology changes at such a rapid pace that it’s hard to keep up, but I love upgrading to newer products, and the hoarder in me loves keeping my old tech items too. My first ever cell phone, a Motorola flip phone that my dad got me in 8th grade, is still lounging around in a drawer next to my Sidekick and Blackberry Curve. Yup. Never letting go, Jack. 

Reorganizing my makeup stash

As unorganized as I am, I do love to organize things and make sure they have a home. Now, getting them back to their designated space after I’ve used them is another story, but my favorite thing to organize is my makeup collection. It’s always nice to have your makeup all in one place so you can grab and go. Plus, it’s so pretty to look at when it’s nice and neat.

Boy scented candles

There is a brand called Boyfriend Candles that I’m dying to try because I love the smell of boys. I know that sounds weird and creepy, but I love that manly cologne scent. There was a candle from Bath and Body Works that I was obsessed with in college. I think it’s Mahogany Teakwood, but it smells so good. I also really want to try the Boy Smells candles. Okay, I’ll stop..

Making new blog friends

I never really knew what would come from blogging, and I’ll be honest that I didn’t really know what I was doing a couple years ago when I started. I like to think I’ve come a long way, learned a lot, and that I’ve made some genuine friends. It’s always nice to meet new people, and I’m happy to say that I’ve met some amazing girls through blogging that I would definitely want to hang out with IRL.

The color black

… need I really say more?

Working on my photography

Seriously though, I had no idea what I was doing when I first started blogging, and photography was one of my main frustrations. I bought a DSLR like everyone on the internet advised me to, but my photos did not magically become better. Now, I’m always trying to better my pictures because I love taking product photos. I never thought I’d one day be content with my photos, and actually like them. In fact, I used to shed tears all the time because they were just plain old ugly, and not what I wanted. But, I’ve finally found my aesthetic and what I like, which makes things easier. Plus. it’s always nice to see how far you’ve come.

TV show binges marathons

My last TV show marathon was A Series of Unfortunate Events on Netflix. I finished it in two days (hey, it’s only 8 episodes), and it reminded me how much I miss being able to turn off all my electronics, and just watch a good show without any distractions.

Nasty women

The most positive thing that has come out of this whole Trump becoming President debacle (aka the real American horror story) is the “nasty women” movement. I love seeing girls supporting girls, and guys supporting girls. I think we need more of it. I love that so many women (and men) are speaking up, and fighting against all the patriarchal bullshit we have to endure. It’s so important. I could honestly go on and on about this, but just know, I’m a nasty woman too.

Tell me some things you love! Let me know in the comments below!

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  • I couldn’t agree more with finding holy grail products and the sounds of rain at night but uh huh about Titanic. I hated the show and find it to be so cringe worthy. LOL! It took me 3-4 times to finish the show and even then I think I zoned out after the first 20 minutes.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    • I didn’t know there was a Titanic show! I probably won’t watch it if it’s so boring lmao!!

  • this is legit one of the best blog posts i’ve ever read, absoultey in love with this!

    Courtney | Lashes and Luxe

  • Happy birthday Nida! I loved reading this post – so many things I can relate to! Your fur baby is adorableeeee! My family adopted a pupper last year and she is my whooole world. I love her so much that yes, I want to eat her :P I’m the same re my skincare routine! I am ridiculously diligent haha. Even when I’m a bit drunk and sooo tired I still do e v e r y step hahaha. Yas girl I’m loving your photography! I’ve loved seeing it evolve! Also who doesn’t love a good tv binge?! ASOUE was awesome! I’m currently watching The OA which is weird but I’m really liking! I think I’m going to binge Santa Clarita Diet after which looks like a bit of fun haha :P

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

    • I want to watch The OA and Santa Clarita Diet!! I’m glad I’m not the only one who wants to eat their dog hahah! Xx

  • I love this post! And I love so many of your loves, I don’t even know where to start. Leo was my first crush as well and I am never letting go. I still speak in Titanic quotes with my sister and cousin lol. I haven’t finished a book in a couple of years, but I’m itching to reread the HPs. I use the excuse of being too busy to read, but I honestly need to just turn off my phone and I’d have a chance. I guess I miss when I could read an entire book in one sitting!
    I’m very happy to have met a “nasty woman” like you through blogging, and I hope you have the happiest of birthdays!

    Jenn – http://www.beautybyjellybean.com

    • Leo is the best! I’m so happy to have met you babe!! I’m with you on the reading thing. I’d have more time if I stopped watching Netflix lol

  • Oh I absolutely love watching YouTube videos really early in the morning, it’s the best time! And the finding new holy grail beauty products, however mine is more with skin care, doing my skin care routine is now my new favourite thing in the world. This was such an easy, relatable read, thank you! X

    Georgina – https://georginadenby.blogspot.co.uk

  • Happy bday Nida! Hope you have fun tonight! I’m one of those skincare freaks too! My gf used to tease me so much cause we would have sleepovers after going out and I would sit there removing my makeup with makeup wipes and they would fall a sleep with their makeup on. Never in my life I would do that :))) And this was before I knew anything about skincare and makeup.

    • Thanks Beti :). Haha I feel you! My friends would always pass out in their makeup, but hell no for me. I used to sleep in my makeup sometimes when I was 14/15 because I didn’t know better, but luckily I barely wore anything so hopefully those mistakes don’t harm my skin too much.

  • Happy Birthday!! Aw this is such a lovely post. I too love the Obamas and the sound of rain at night! It’s the best thing.

    Beckie xo // The Pale Tails

  • Happy birthday, Nida! I love your post and agree with most of them. Your doggie is such a cutie. What breed if I could ask?

    Michelle Morchella

  • Couldn’t agree more about the 90’s ( from Tv, music to the relaxed, casual fashion), skincare and pyjamas! Happy Birthday, I really hope you had a great day!


  • Aw this was a cute post! Happy 25th birthday! Really cool that you visited a bunch of places. The only countries I’ve visited are Philippines & the US; I’d love to be able to travel a lot more and visit Europe especially! You have such a cute pup :)

    Nicole | The Glam Surge

  • diagonally? haha! I love waking up early too!
    Dora xx

  • Shelise Saddul

    Happy birthday for yesterday! Sleeping across the bed diagonally is by far my favourite and fuzzy socks I just bought a new cute grey and pink pair today ha


    • Hahah I’m glad I’m not the only one who loves sleeping diagonally!

  • Absolutely love this post! I was captivated by every single word. Love your writing style Nida!

    PS: You’re photography is always on point :P

    Imogen | http://www.faux-silk.com

    • Aww thank you, my love! I’m always self conscious about my writing so that means a lot to me <3

  • Driving with no traffic is such a simple thing but here in my country, it’s a luxury. I just feel like crying whenever I don’t have to step on a brake every 5 mins or something. The smell of cold, crispy air, too!

    Selene Addicted

  • This is such a great post and I think it’s so important to find little things in your day to day life that you can enjoy. I too love the sound of rain and also having a shower and putting on my PJs as soon as I get back from work! I hope to get better at photography for my blog as I am no where near where I want to be but your photos always look amazing! x

    • Aww thanks babe! That means a lot! It’s definitely important to find the little things you love and focus on them. I’m glad you love those things too :)

  • This was such an inspiring read! Loved your post and nearly everything mentioned here (high five Harry Potter, PJs & Netflix :D) Thank you so much for sharing xx


  • Aww happy bday hun! This list is so lovely…so great getting to know more about you. I love the sound of rain too…its so soothing. I like to imagine I’m somewhere tropical when I’m actually in London hahaha! Fuzzy socks for life!!! xxx
    Sal | UmmBaby Beauty

  • You’ve listed so many great things to love and to find happiness in, it’s nice to read such a positive post. :) I’m definitely one of those people that will always wash my face no matter how late I get home because it makes such a big difference the next morning and it’s 100% worth the effort. Also those boy scented candles sound amazing and like exactly what I’m into! I’m going to have to check them out.


    • I’m glad you liked it babe :). Positivity is always great, and finding the little things you love are a great way to stay happy :).

  • Your fur baby is adorable. Hope you had a lovely birthday

    19 by Chance | 1415

  • I love this post! I have never heard of boy scented candles before but it truly sounds like something I would enjoy as I do typically like more masculine scents over girly floral vibes – not that there is anything wrong with that. Fellow HP fan right here too, have you heard of Storybook Cosmetics? They have makeup brushes shaped like wands and magic themed palettes, it is pretty cool, thanks for sharing xxx

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

    • I love masculine scents too :). I have heard of them! Their brushes look amazing!!

  • Amazing post, really enjoyed reading it! xx
    Lots of love,
    Marina Rosie xx

  • Judy

    Unfortunately, we had to put down our dog at the beginning of the year and it was one of the hardest yet easiest decision of our lives because she was suffering (she had an accident that affected her movement real bad.) My dog loved looking out the window too and she’d peak through every chance she could. So it was lovely to see that yours does the same too! xx


    • Oh my gosh, I am so sorry babe. It’s so hard losing a fur baby because their love is so unconditional. I hope you’re okay <3. I lost my first dog almost 4 years ago now and it's still not easy. I miss her all the time, but I always think that it's better to have loved and lost than to never have known her at all. Sending positive thoughts your way, love <3

  • Samileen

    Ey, belated happy birthday love!!! I love reading such posts. They are so happy and positive. I have never heard of boy candles, but I have to agree with you I do enjoy masculine scents.

    Saman || Beautydetour