my-favorite-things

My Favorite Things is a monthly blog linkup for all the things you love, hosted by Eirene and yours truly. We open every first Tuesday of the month and run for one week. Do join us and share your favorite things! :D

June felt like an eternity to me. The first half of the month was a chaos of moving, packing and unpacking, buying and assembling furniture, very little sleep, blah blah… you’ve all heard it before. I wasn’t online very much that time, but that didn’t mean I wasn’t enjoying a few things while getting our new place together. I’m just glad July is here. It’s my birthday month, y’all! #TREATYOSELF2015

Enough rambling, here are my faves for the past month!

Orange is the New Black Season 3

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Orange is the New Black Season 3 was released during moving week, and I was so happy! It kept me sane while unpacking. RUBY ROSE, PLEASE MARRY ME. She’s so hot huhuhu.

I really enjoyed this season. It’s relatively looser than the last plot-wise, much more episodic. I enjoyed Big Boo and Doggett’s friendship (I hope they band together next season to stop that thing from happening again! :( ), Chang remains superior, and Pornstache continues to slay me. I hope he makes an appearance next season. I can’t believe what a glorious loser he’s become. It’s wonderful. XD

Linus Tech Tips

I follow tech channels on Youtube, and I’ve watched a few videos of Linus Tech Tips before, but I didn’t subscribe until recently. Linus has a snarky but hilarious personality that makes his videos fun to watch. He mostly does PC reviews.

His build videos are educational for me who doesn’t know much about computer hardware. For one, I had no idea water cooling computers is a thing. The video above has him water cooling the latest Macbook for fun. I also enjoy his Scrapyard Wars segment with Lucas. His channel is tons of fun for people who love tech. :D

Breathe In. Breath Out. by Hilary Duff

MY QUEEN IS BACK. <3 I love Hilary Duff's new album, Breathe In. Breathe Out. The first half are all bops. The rest were growers, but I love the whole thing at this point. My favorites are “My Kind” (next single please!), “One in a Million,” and “Lies.”

Fallout 4 Announcement

FALLOUT 4 COMETH. I pre-ordered it as soon as it was available, and then the Pip-Boy edition came out and I pre-ordered that too. Yes, I now own two copies of a game that isn’t released yet, SO WHAT. Bethesda can take my money. I’m giving my second copy to Michael. XD

I was pretty quiet about E3 because of the move, but rest assured I was freaking out on Twitter. I’m also looking forward to knowing more about Mass Effect: Andromeda. The trailer is serving me some Fallout: New Vegas realness. Hehe good. I hope the story is well-written. Please don’t hurt me again, Bioware.

Fallout 3k Theme

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[ FALLOUT INTENSIFIES ]

To celebrate Fallout 4’s announcement, I installed the Fallout Nuclear Launcher Theme on my phone! You need Go Launcher and its accessory apps to get the full theme up and running. I got the Pip-boy lockscreen and weather widget too! The icons are all Pip-boy themed as well. So awesome.

Go Launcher is a bit of a memory hog though, so I only had this theme for a couple of weeks. It was fun while it lasted though! I got some cool screenshots, and I can always put it back on anytime.

Chromecast

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Now that we have a living room to ourselves, I purchased a 65″ TV! I got a Best Buy 10% off coupon for our new address, plus free delivery. I picked out a TV on sale too, so all-in-all I got a good deal.

We still don’t have cable, but we’ve had Netflix for a long time now and there’s always Youtube and Hulu too. I ordered a Chromecast so we can enjoy streaming on TV. I love this little dongle! I can now binge-watch my shows on the couch, on our super soft rug. Feels good after a long day at work. <3

Pinterest

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I used Pinterest on and off before for hair inspiration, but I started using it more when I needed furniture ideas for our new place. I got obsessed for a minute, so now I have more than a handful of boards for things relevant to my interests as well as some blog tip boards! Let me know if you have a Pinterest account so I can follow you! I’m sweetraiscake.

That’s it for my favorites this month! I actually had way more than this on my initial list, but it was starting to look overwhelming so I just picked out the ones that I really liked. :) Now it’s your turn! Check out the rules (more like guildelines) below and let us know what your favorite things are!

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  1. I’ve debated using Pinterest, but I’m wary. I’m not sure how it works so I’ve actively avoided it like the plague till now :P

    Ahhhh, congrats on the new place! I hope I can have that with my boyfriend one day, in spite of my parents’ overly traditional beliefs…
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    1. I’ve been told Pinterest is like a more organized Tumblr, and I agree. I pretty much treat it like a Tumblr but it’s so much easier to sift through.

      I hope you can get your own place too someday! Traditional parents can be really hard to deal with. :(

  2. I’m glad things are settling down with you guys after that move. Moving is always hectic!

    I really like how you customise your phone and have the patience to do so! I’m lacking that patience, so I’m happy just seeing how you customise things because you really have a good eye for design and aesthetic! :)

    Also, woot on the Hilary Duff song! I can see why you like it so much! I’m not big on that kind of music, but I can appreciate it nonetheless.

    And oh, man. Pinterest. I was so obsessed with that a couple of years ago. Dunno if I want to go back to it, but it is a very good site if you’re looking for resources — albeit some of the resources are not quite reliable LOL. But it is a good place to get ideas and whatnot!
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    1. I really love phone customization which is why I can’t leave Android. XD I was thinking of going back to iPhone for my next phone, but I’m too accustomed to Android now. Plus, I bought so many apps already. :’D

      I’m a little picky with what I pin. I always read the page to make sure it’s actually helpful. There’s a lot of fluff out there for sure!

    1. Yay! The linkup’s open until next Monday, so you have until then. :D

      I also love Tattoo and Lies! I had a hard time picking just one song to post. XD

  3. Yaay! Happy Birthday month :) You don’t by any chance watch Parks and Rec, do you? #TREATYOSELF2015 http://media.giphy.com/media/13jJIY0llDdip2/giphy.gif

    ERMERGERD, I just included Ruby Rose in my blog post, as well. She’s so fine, it’s ridiculous. I absolutely loved season 3, and was surprised people were complaining about it. I guess they wanted more action, but I quite liked all the backstories. Love learning more about all of the characters. Chang is so badass.

    Hilary Duff is indeed queen <3

    I've been delving into Pinterest for the company I work for, and it's really fun! I love discovering all the DIY tips you can do for your home. I'm going to check yours out!
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    1. Yes, I love Parks and Rec! I’m quite behind though. I think I stopped at the end of Season 5. I need to catch up! I want to be Donna Meagle when I grow up.

      Forever weeping at Ruby Rose’s beauty. :’D

  4. I’d like to check out Orange is the New Black some time :) I know a lot of people who like it!

    I couldn’t really get into Fallout 3, but I feel like Fallout 4 might be different. The more I see on it, the more I’m interested in it. Though with my backlog, I think it’s more realistic for me to wait for a Steam sale on it later on, haha.

    I’ve had a Chromecast for a while now, and it’s very handy! I still prefer streaming through a gaming console, but the Chromecast is so convenient with its small size and being able to connect with your phone. Crunchyroll works on it too!
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    1. OITNB is a really good show. :D Lots of focus on other characters and they touch on WOC issues really well.

      If you didn’t like Fallout 3, you can try Fallout: New Vegas. :D Vastly different approaches to the story and factions. They both have the same open-world concept, but the fandom is pretty split on which one they like more. So maybe FNV will be more up your alley. Fallout goes on sale a lot too, so you can always wait on it.

      I’ve been thinking of getting a Crunchyroll subscription! :D Glad to know it works with Chromecast.

  5. Congrats on your move! I hope it isn’t too stressful right now. I’m going to check out some of your favorite things this month. I love your Pinterest boards by the way! I’m going to setup mine this week as part of rebranding my blog, and yours is one of the first ones I’m going to take inspiration from. <3
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    1. Let me know when you get your Pinterest boards up! I’ll follow you. :D I’m a little picky with what I pin. I make sure the content is actually helpful and that graphic looks pretty, haha.

  6. there are moments where i get sidetracked by pinterest at work and just get lost in it! it’s a dangerous place to be in tbh. *sobs*

  7. I hope you enjoy the rest of your birthday month! ^^ Thanks for mentioning Linus Tech Tips. I watch a few tech-ish channels on YouTube, but not as much as I used to. These days, I’m only subscribed to MKBHD.

    One of the things I like the most about Android is its ability for customization. I like the apps on the iOS system better, though, so while I love my new phone — I haven’t put my iPhone to rest yet and don’t know if I’ll completely migrate away or do as I typically do with things (with one foot in one system and one in the other ^^;).

    And a 65″ TV. Wow! XD
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    1. I love MKBHD! Just finished watching his latest video. I also love Michael Fisher from Pocketnow. I fully admit that their opinions weigh in heavily when I’m picking out a phone.

      I’m also non-committal about gadgets. I have an iPod Touch just so I can still use iOS. There’s a lot of iPhone-only apps out there that I really want, so I install them on my iPod.

  8. I’ve told myself that I should try revisiting Pinterest again (since I signed up during the time it wasn’t as big as it is now) but I keep forgetting or maybe I just don’t know where to start. I almost can’t believe that I’m simply too busy with work these days that I don’t have much time for anything else during the weekdays.

    I haven’t listened to Hilary Duff’s new music yet but hopefully I can get around to it this weekend. I was such a huge Lizze McGuire fan back in the day which makes me feel so old now that I think about it. :-/ Haha!
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    1. I also signed up for Pinterest when it was new. I wasn’t sure what it was for at the time, coming from Tumblr. I really like how you can organize boards on it!

      Lizzie McGuire was my idol when I was a teen haha! I’m still pressed that Miranda disappeared to Mexico in the last few eps. :(

  9. Not only did they announce Fallout 4, but Fallout Funko Pops, which I ordered the Brotherhood of Steel one from Hot Topic. I hope they get more in, because I’ve seen their new line and I can’t wait to have them all ;P

    I love Hilary Duff’s old album.
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    1. The Funko Pops are so cute! I’m trying to hold off on extra purchases right now, but I might pick one up too in the future. :D

      I loved Hilary’s previous album too, Dignity. Lots of great songs on there!

  10. Waaaiitt… Hilary Duff has a new album? Oh wow! I really didn’t know she was still active in music. *suddenly gets a childhood flashback*

    I see that more and more people are using Pinterest. I have an account as well but have not been really active. I’m starting to get convinced that I should check it out more. :)
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    1. She does! She took a long break, but now she’s back with a new album and a new show! :D

      Pinterest is great for furniture, fashion, and beauty inspiration! :D There’s also a lot of pins for blogging and design tips.

  11. I had no idea that Hillary Duff came out with a new album! I will have to look it up later and give some of those songs! I loved her when I was younger!

    Pinterest is kind of a lifesaver for me. It has helped me so much to plan my wedding with really nifty and unique idea, but also how to save money as well. I’ve also found some really great recipes on there as well as cute gift ideas. It has everything man. I don’t have it bookmarked because I could waste hours on there haha. I followed you :)
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    1. I hope you like her new album. It’s super catchy!

      Yay, I followed you back. :D I’m glad Pinterest helped you so much with wedding planning! It was definitely an inspiration for me when I was looking for interior ideas.

  12. I’m a true Google hater, but I LOVE the Chromecast. It’s such a clever invention! I use it a lot to see documentaries on You Tube, and whatever.
    I’ve never understood what the point is with Pinterest. However, some time ago, I started using it to collect hair ideas, just like you. It’s a good thing to make collections that are easy to access and browse through. That’s the only thing I use it for though – to collect things for myself. I’ve never understood why it’s called social media, because it’s not social at all in my opinion.

    1. Pinterest is known for its ability to bring in heavy traffic to your blog if you utilize it well (I don’t know how though :’D). It’s not necessarily a social platform, but it’s definitely a powerful marketing tool.

  13. I’m glad to hear that things are finally settling down and that you’ll be able to stream movies and the such on the television. It’s awesome. I have a High Definition chord that I sometimes plug into my computer and watch HD movies with. Right now, I have plugged it into my television and we watch mostly everything in high definition. So much crisper and clearer.
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    1. Yes, we used to hook up our computers to the TV and watch that way too! Having Chromecast is just nice to have because it’s much more convenient and we don’t have to move anything around. :D

  14. Ah, so many things to be happy about. :D

    I’ve been hearing a lot of rave for OITNB but still haven’t found the time to watch it. Although I’ve read the book (if that counts as the story line is way different, from what I heard). Followed you on Pinterest! :D
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  15. I really loved this season of OITNB and can’t wait for the next one, especially to see what is going to happen. Ruby Rose is so awesome. I have known about her for a while and think it’s great she finally had a good role. :D Pornstache does add an element to the show that is really interesting. xD

    The Linus Tech Tips was such a good video. I thought something was going to go wrong hahah.

    That is great Hilary Duff has a new album. I might have a listen when I have a free moment. :D

    Whoa, Fallout 4 looks so epic. I want to play that, eee.

    That’s great you can stream them on your TV! :D

    I have a random relationship with Pinterest. Sometimes I use it, then I don’t. I have used it for ideas for my bedroom which has been really handy. Hair inspiration is really good too. :D
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    1. I can’t believe I went from hating Pornstache to absolutely loving his lovelorn self. I’m just floored at his character’s 180 degree turn. XD

  16. Ooooh are you going to do a birthday haul? Linus Tech Tips is such a great person to watch when you’re debating building a computer because he explains things really well! I love his Hackintosh build!

    That Fallout Go Launcher theme tho bb, Hopefully someone ports that to Nova Launcher lol?
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    1. Gurl, I might! I spent so much huhu, hold me bb.

      My secret dream is to have a Hackintosh, but I’m gonna need a bigger desk lol

  17. Wow a 65in tv! So huge! I hope you’re having fun with it :)

    I don’t mind Linus’ videos but his voice has a tendency to get a bit whiny. I forget which video it was, maybe the Nexus 6 and he was pretty passionate and angry about it and his voice was high pitched and annoying :P

    The videos are useful though if you’re looking into new tech.
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    1. We looked up a site for the optimum TV screen relative to distance, and that’s the size we got for our living room. I’m sure we could’ve gone smaller but it was a good deal!

      I need to watch Linus’ Nexus 6 review! I honestly love when he gets whiny. I think it’s funny.

  18. Oh man, Hillary Duff. We all loved watching her in Disney, didn’t we? Haha I remember replaying that one song of hers…hm, the one entitled “to the beat of my heart” or something along that line. Her Dignity album used to be my jam HAHA oh man, all the nostalgia. I did listen to her newest single though but I forgot which one. It wasn’t bad but it’s not my cup of tea either. then again, my music taste has changed; I’m into bands and edm tracks now so not really on pop-ish songs though pop-punk-rock bands are okay.
    I don’t really know mainstream songs too anymore, wow. Like… I don’t even know if that song playing across me belongs to ariana grande, nope I have no idea.

    Dang it, I need updates on Mass Effect. I need to know if the one in the teaser’s related to N7 or not. I need to know about the crew, OUR crew. I need to know about how vast the setting’s gonna be; will it be like Inquisition or bigger? Ugh, space space space everywhere!
    I still can’t believe you preordered fallout 4 pipboy edition lmao. you’re so dedicated! I’m tempted to preorder the division but you know ubisoft… I’d like to try their beta first before regretting purchasing their stuff. I like ubisoft despite all the controversies and bugs but yeah, letting my cash flow out for a game full of bugs… I still love my cash more.
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    1. I love Dignity!! XD I’ve been playing it at work. I’m out of the current music loop coz I’ve been selecting songs on Spotify. I do love mainstream music though. I know people can get very passionate about music tastes, but I’ll honestly listen to anything.

      I can’t believe I spent so much on Fallout 4 already hahaha. It’s not easy being a die-hard fan.

  19. Happy birthday month :D!

    My coworker got me into watching Orange is the New Black. At first, I wasn’t too fond of it but I’m getting used to it. I feel bad that the main character has to go to prison after many years later XD. But the show is pretty interesting!

    I haven’t heard of Hilary Duff in forever! I’m glad to hear she’s still going strong ;). I remembered your Tumblr theme for Fallout too, that was awesome ;). Chromecast is awesome because you can control the TV from even your phone!

    Pinterest is great too because you can keep your thoughts (pins) organized on boards ;D.

    1. Fallout for all the things!! XD

      The main character of OITNB isn’t as endearing as the supporting characters. They really steal the show!

  20. I have such a crush on Ruby Rose! Like, holy cow! <3

    Oh god, you got sucked into Pinterest… You're doomed :P That site is so addictive, I can get lost in there for hours on end! But it's a lot of fun too, and a great resource for inspiration. What is it they say? "Time you enjoy wasting isn't wasted time", right?

    Happy birthday month too! :D
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  21. Aww yay! Someone talking about Hilary Duff’s new album. I have not seen any positive reviews about it (except ONTD comments) and it saddens me quite a bit. My favorite is Rebel Hearts! I think that’s not even a standard track, but a bonus track? Sparks is my least favorite, especially after seeing that MV. Whenever I hear it now, I am reminded of that cringe-inducing choreography hahaha.
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