I don’t know how I survived winter without this. 

So in the winter, my skin gets super dry. Not cracked, but uncomfortably tight. And I hate how greasy lotion makes me feel if it doesn’t absorb right away.

And then I went to Nordstrom Rack with my mother, and found this massive tube of magic.

It is a super-sized tube of Bliss Lemon+Sage Body Butter Maximum Moisture Cream, and it is wonderful. It’s super thick but absorbs surprisingly fast, and the scent is very light. I think it’s a little too heavy for using on my face, especially since I break out easy, but for the rest of my body it’s great.

I don’t really like traditional “wintery” scents like  vanilla and other sugary stuff, and around this time of the year that’s all that’s in stores. However, I really like this candle that I got in Bath and Body Works a few years ago but never burned, called Snowed In.

I don’t know if they make the scent anymore, and if they don’t I kind of regret buying the tiniest one. It’s almost completely gone. It smells vaguely like men’s cologne, not like Axe but a very subtle masculine sort of smell. When I was in college, the girls living down the hall bought a spray bottle of Febreeze called Warm Winter Comfort or something, and after smelling it we promptly dubbed it Sexy Man Febreeze. This candle smells like a more subtle version of that. But it might just be more subtle because we’re not spraying it all over the place.

In addition to the lotion and the candle I am wrapped in a quilt, next to the space heater, wearing the cutest booties (more on those later) taking a study break and spending my snow day knitting a sweater (that’ll also be another post).

Stay warm! And remember, you can follow me on Twitter and Instagram at @vrishalimk, tumblr at gradschoolblahg.tumblr.com, and for collaborations and Go Through My Stuff submissions, email me at thisisnotaquickstory@gmail.com.


Go through Kat’s stuff

I’m starting a sort of series where basically I ask people to dump out their bags and write about what’s in them. This is from my friend Kat, who I met the first day of living in the dorms in college. She’s a sweetheart. We lived together my last year at OU, and once when I burned my arm on the oven while baking cupcakes, she walked a considerable distance across a field to bring me hydrogel patches because I was carless. Kat is one of the best friends I have, and when I’m freaking out about something in my life, is one of the first to remind me that it’s not as terrible as I think it is, and even if it is exactly that terrible, it’s not going to stay that way forever.


Hello :>

My name is Kat, and I’m Vrishali’s friend from college!
The items numbered in the photo above are the things I typically have in my bag, save for my laptop.
1. The first thing I’ve numbered is my iPad Mini. I do everything on this device – things ranging from paying the phone bill or rent to playing Clash of Clans. I’ve got my calendar and to-do list synced up to my iPad, iPhone 4s, and Macbook. (My phone is in the picture, but it’s camouflaged by the notebook!) I like to document every-day occurences on Instagram.
2. This is an overpriced notebook from Walmart. It was placed on a $2 tag, but it apparently cost #7 at the counter……… anyway, in it I practice writing in Arabic. I’m not very good at it.
3. This is my wallet. I don’t have much to say about it…I can’t even remember where I got it from.
4. This is a pair of RayBans regifted to me by my father. He got them from a patient who trades these things for medicine, I guess.
5. This is my fake-Lacoste coin purse from the Philippines. I love fake brand stuff.
6. Hair clips for my short hair – in terrible need of a haircut, always.
7. A copy of my favorite prayer by Sta. Teresa de Jesús. The text goes, in Spanish:
Nada te turbe, 

nada te espante,
todo se pasa,
Dios no se muda;
la paciencia
todo lo alcanza;
quien a Dios tiene
nada le falta:
Sólo Dios basta.

Now, in English:
Let nothing disturb you,
let nothing frighten you,
everything passes,
but God stays.
Patience reaches it all;
he who has God
nothing lacks:
God alone suffices.
8. A pair of my favorite Sony earphones, also in black!
9. I’ve got to have something to write with, you know.
Obviously I like things in black and white and gray – I’m into the minimal aesthetic because of its clean feel! I actually only took this picture in grayscale because of the weird lighting in the room. Anyway, there you have it! 🙂
You can follow Kat on Tumblr at rivailev.tumblr.com.
If you’d like to submit your own, email them to thisisnotaquickstory@gmail.com. Include a picture, labelled, and a description of what everything is and why you have it. 

My makeup bag.

I figured that since I mentioned my makeup bag without telling you what was in it, I would dump it out and show you.makeup bag

Look at that, another neatly numbered picture. I’m great, aren’t I?

1. This is just a mirror. One side is normal and the other is slightly magnified. I think I got it for a dollar or something at Forever 21 or something. Right where they pile all that stuff as you’re going to the register.

2. This is a Garnier eye roller, which is supposed to decrease puffy eyes. I haven’t noticed much.

3. Lip stain. I tend to use lip stain more than lipstick or lipgloss, because it doesn’t feel sticky to me.

4. This is the bag itself. You can sort of tell how big it is by the things next to it. It’s Estee Lauder, and my aunt gave it to me years ago with two larger ones that fit the same general color scheme.

5. Tweezers.

6. It’s a brow/eyelash brushie comby thing. What is it called? I don’t know. I always have to separate my eyelashes after I’ve put mascara on.

7. Eyebrow gel. I feel weird without it. Like my eyebrows are going all over the place.

8. Burt’s Bees pomegranate lip balm. It’s the best. I’ve been using it since I was in middle school.

9. Fresh’s Sugar lip treatment in Passion. I think it tastes and smells like lemon bars.

10. YSL Sheer Volupte Lip Candy in Pomegranate Passion, I believe. It’s a super sheer, lightly tinted lip balm/gloss. I like it a lot.

11. This is a mini of Smashbox’s Full Exposure mascara. I keep the full size one on my dressing table and a mini in my bag because I’m scatterbrained and sometimes I forget to put it on. I don’t like doing eyeliner and eyeshadow all the time, so usually I’ll just do eyebrow gel and mascara as I’m rushing out the door.

12. Hand sanitizer. I have a million of this floating around my bag, desk, bedroom, everywhere. Because germs.

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Go through my stuff

I used to have the issue of carrying way way too much stuff in my bags, whether it was a purse or a backpack. But now I’ve downsized a lot, realizing that half the shit I think I should have, I just don’t need. So here’s a recently updated overturning of my school bag.


Look at that, I’ve even numbered things so nice and neatly. I’m great.

1. The very first thing in my bag is my pen case. It’s a bright purple Steve Madden case meant to hold makeup brushes. I got it at a Nordstrom Rack while out with my mom. It holds a surprising amount of pens. I like keeping a pen case in my backpack, and a jar of pens on my desk, otherwise I forget to bring a pen to class. And I just feel so weird writing with someone else’s pen. Is that a normal thing? I just cannot write with anyone else’s writing implement.

2. My planner. Even though I get syllabi from all my professors that outline exactly what needs to be done and when, I like writing things down for myself, so I’ve got all my assignments in one place, plus to do lists of everything else I need to get done. If I’m not on campus, I keep my planner open to that day on my desk, where I spent the rest of my day,and that way I can just go through and get shit done.

3. My notebook. I still take notes by hand, otherwise I get bored and start daydreaming or fucking around on the internet. I still doodle, but at least with my hands moving I can pay attention a lot better. Once I’ve taken notes, when I get home I just type up my notes into outlines so I have study guides ready to go at exam time. Apparently I am insane for this. Huh.

4. My iPad mini. I got this for Christmas last year from my dad (thanks, dad). I don’t really keep many school related things on here, but I do have a lot of books and music and movies, which is great because half my life seems to be spent in airports.

5. My iPhone. This is my life. It’s ridiculous how much I am on my phone. I have this compulsive need to be in constant contact with my friends and family, and my family seems to have that same compulsion. Heaven forbid I miss one call from either of my parents.

6. Soap & Glory Hand Food. This lotion is AMAZING. It gets really dry in Texas sometimes. Some people claim that Texas winters are wet and rainy, but let’s be real, I grew up in Ohio. They invented wet and rainy up there. This is nothing. And since any other time everyone is blasting the AC or heater and the air is dry, I used this so much throughout the day. It keeps my hands from getting all cracked and scaly and painful.

7. A notepad. For writing things down.

8. My glasses. In theory, I need these to drive at night and to see distances when I’m tired. But the thing is, the prescription is either a little too strong or a little too weak, because I wear them for ten minutes and then get a horrific headache. They’re brand new and really cute too. My brother calls them hipster glasses but they are totally not.

9. This is my makeup bag. It’s a small bag I got in the habit of keeping with me when I was in high school, going between my parents’ houses every day. I’ll make a separate post of what’s in it, but it’s a very basic kit for quick makeup.

10. A coin purse. My wallet (not pictured. Great job, Vrishali. Forgetting the wallet.) is thin and gets lumpy and heavy with coins, so I keep coins separate.

11. Lens wipes. I use these on everything. Laptop, iPad, iPhone, and glasses. They keep things from getting smudgy, and more importantly, get oil off things that are going to touch my face. I have so many issues with my skin, last thing I need is more dirt and oil clogging things up.

That’s all that I haul around in my backpack, which is surprisingly not as heavy as you would think. The only things not pictured are my wallet and whichever textbooks I happen to need that week.

Show me what’s in your bag and I’ll put it on my blog! Email me a picture of what you’ve got in your bags, labelled as I’ve done mine, and a description of what everything is, along with a few sentences about yourself. We can make this a new feature. I think it’s actually super interesting to see all the different things everyone carries around. It varied based on lifestyles and the type of person.

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