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Hey all!

As a reader I’m a huge fan of bookish gifts whether it’s mugs, totes or shirts!

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They are a new startup and make unique designs of classics, including works by Jane Austen, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Edgar Allan Poe, on shirts, totes and backpacks! They also ship internationally.

 

You can also use the promo code FARIHASSTUDIO20 which is good for 20% off anything in the store, no minimum, and can be used unlimited times.

 


This is not a sponsored post

🙂 FTK

 

Another Step to Sustainability

Starbucks announced on July 9th, that they will be eliminating plastic straws in all their stores globally by 2020, and replacing them by alternative-recyclable solutions. This commitment has gained widespread media headlines and comments.

Personally, when I shared this news within my circle, the first of many comments were “what? that green straw!” This statement was often followed by a ‘how’ and ‘why’. Once the bigger picture of ‘global sustainability’ was clear to them, everything else was on the line of ‘but it represents Starbucks’.

 

Re-Branding

Any Starbucks drink is known by it traditional green logo and a green straw. To remove the straw would not only mean to re-brand the image of a Starbucks drink but also to allow for customers to adjust (and possibly dislike) the new alternative options.

 

The Environment

Most of the articles that I read showed pessimism towards this huge step and wondered if this would actually have any affect to the global plastic problem. The actual effect is yet to be seen, but as estimated by Starbucks themselves, it would reduce 1 billion straws annually. Any reduction at this point is important to save the sea-life and the environment.

 

The Chain Effect

Once the general consumers get used to the alternative solutions, i.e: strawless lids, recyclable straws, it would indirectly push the major fast-food chains to rethink about their straws for cold drinks. The united effort to reduce plastic consumption may have a positive effect to the environment.

 

The Cost

On the Starbucks page, they said this commitment would cost them $10 Million. Clearly, the long term perceived long term benefit is much larger than this cost.

 

This is one of the first steps at a commercial scale to stop plastic waste and harm. It’s to be seen how far the benefits will go, or if the decision will backfire on the Starbucks Brand.

 

FTK 🙂

 

Photo Credits: VisualHunt.com

Sources:

  1. Starbucks News
  2. Forbes

 

My Top Series of All-Time

Hey guys!

Whenever someone asks me to recommend a book to them, I get so torn between which book to choose because it’s not necessary that what I’ve liked in a particular book work for all. While some books are good, some are great, but a few become memorable, and that last part is completely subjective on how and what you were feeling in real life while reading the story.

For me, the following series come to my mind whenever I’m discussing recommendations. All the series are fictional and are arranged by genres. They are in not in any particular rank and only the first book is linked.

ALSO PRIME DAY IS HERE, which means IT’S TIME FOR A BOOK HAUL!

 

AND let’s not forget that MY BOOK, Shards,  IS ON SALE (July 16-19th)!

 

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Genre: Children’s Books

The Famous Five Series

This was one of the very first books I’ve ever read and of course I hold it very dear.

 

Genre: Middle Grade

The Harry Potter Series

This one is obvious, need I explain it?

 

Genre: Young Adult

A Court of Thorns and Roses Series

This series has equal amounts of romance, action, and tragedy and you soon enough care and love all the characters.

 

Genre: New Adult

The Kingkiller Chronicles

This series is heavy. It has unparalleled world building, story telling and is character driven. It incorporates of aspects of a perfect fictional book that you never want to stop reading it.


Worthy Mentions

The Inheritance Cycle

This was the first book I read that made me fall in love with dragons.

 

The Ascendance Trilogy

This series was the first I read which included politics, threat of treason, and a witty-and-stupidly-brave main character. This was soon followed by The remnant The Remnant Chronicles Series and The Winner’s Trilogy.

 

The Loom Saga

It is steampunk. Of course I like it!

 


This list will be updated when (and if) I find books that I love more than these.

Meanwhile give them a read and let me know what you think!

Happy Reading!

🙂 FTK

 

My Five P’s of Managing Time

Every single person is given the same 24 hours, how do you make the most out of it?” – My dad.

I didn’t completely understand the depth of that line when my dad first said it. Now, however, I’m juggling a full-time job, developing my career-oriented hobbies, running a blog and occasionally getting back to my ‘writing’ desk.

Time is a resource that can’t be created, so ‘managing’ your time is the key to becoming more productive. But how does one actually manage their time.

Here’s what most people do: Procrastinate, Panic, Pray, Pay, and Pamper. But that’s usually not very effective for increasing your daily productivity.

Check out My Five P’s of Managing Time published on The Blogging Breakthrough Magazine by clicking here.

 

🙂 FTK

 

*Blogging Breakthrough Magazine is a third-party source. I was a contributor for Issue 21.

 

How Much is My Face Worth?

I’ve seen “How much is my face Worth?” tag repeatedly in my feed. So, I’m joining the bandwagon.

Here I’ll list the products I use for daily work. Of course, there are some changes in the products when I’m dressing up to go ‘out-out’. I estimate it to be around $30?

Note: This post contains Affiliate links.

 

 

Daily:

Sunscreen: Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen, Broad Spectrum Spf 100, 3 Fl. Oz.  ($8.09)

Foundation: Neutrogena Healthy Skin Enhancer Broad Spectrum Spf 20, Neutral To Tan 40, 1 Oz. ($9.74)

Concealer: Maybelline Fit Me Concealer, Deep, 0.23 fl. oz. ($5.09)

Eyeliner: Maybelline- Colossal Kajal Eyeliner Pencil Black ($5.08)

Lipliner: Prestige Waterproof Automatic Lipliner, Plum, 0.009 Ounce ($7.51)

Lipstick: Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid Matte Liquid Lipstick, Coffee Buzz, 0.26 fl. oz. ($4.99)

Lipgloss: Labello Strawberry Lip Balm ($6.49)

 

Alternatives:

Foundation: Neutrogena Skinclearing Makeup, 80 Medium Beige, 1 Fl. Oz. ($9.79)

Eyeliner: Maybelline New York New The Colossal Kajal - Super Black (2X Blacker) Waterproof 16Hours Intense. ($19.90)

Lipstick: Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid Matte Liquid Lipstick, Possessed Plum, 0.26 fl. oz. ($5.99)

Lipgloss: Estee Lauder Pure Color Gloss "PRALINE PARADISE : SHIMMER 25 " MINI SIZE 0.16 Oz. / 4.6ml ($4.50)

 

Total: $46.99 to $60.87

 

Well, wow! I underestimated it by almost half. I didn’t expect to spend so much when “I don’t even do makeup” kinda gal. But, oh well. A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous – Coco Chanel.

 

How much do you expect your face to be worth? Let me know on twitter!

 

🙂 FTK