3.31.2015

Every Truth Has Two Sides + Introducing New Post Layout

"Every truth has two sides;
it is as well to look at both, 
before we commit ourselves to either."

-Aesop

As most of you know by now, I write not only about fashion and beauty, but also about thinking positively and one of my main goals is to help boost self-esteem and fight depression.  To make my blog posts a little easier to follow I will be splitting each post into two: beauty on the inside and beauty on the outside; both will tie in with the theme of the post.  Hopefully this will make my my blog easy and more enjoyable for you to read!  Comment and let me know if this new post style is helpful!  (Continue reading below for today's beauty on the inside and beauty on the outside...)








| Biker Vest: c/o Fevrie | Dress: H&M | Booties: GoJane (sold out-similar, similar) | Purse: B.P. Nordstrom (sold out-almost exact, similar) | Sunglasses: B.P. Nordstrom | Hat: H&M
| Shoe Pain Relief Serum: c/o Sole Serum |

BEAUTY ON THE INSIDE: 
Consider both sides before judging
In this life we often pass judgements and get judged by others.  It is a part of human nature that we are constantly battling.  I've had many conversations about religion lately with various friends and I had a discussion today with one of them how people are often judged for possessing specific beliefs by those who do not share the same beliefs; at the same time, we are also judged by those holding the same beliefs for either upholding the belief too strongly or not vigorously enough.  Often these extreme judgements can come from the same people.  All of us have made the mistake of judging someone unfairly, and I am no exception.  Constant judging and comparing of others is addicting and becomes a constant dark spot in your mind.  It is important that when looking at the beliefs of others, whether they be cultural, political, religious, etc. to consider both sides.  It is imperative to see the opposing side before casting judgements on others.  This helps to clear away the dark assumptions and allows us to make educated decisions for ourselves, as well as helping us understand other points of view.  I often play out opposing arguments in my mind so I can more accurately understand others and make more informed decisions for myself.  So my challenge to you for this post is when you find yourself making a judgement, take the time to study out the issue to see both sides and take time to understand and evaluate instead of judging.  

BEAUTY ON THE OUTSIDE:
Consider mixing two clothing genres for more interesting outfits
Usually when I am putting together an outfit, I am aiming for a specific theme...boho, girly, preppy, etc.  However, sometimes I find it fun to mix it up a bit and combine two clothing genres in one outfit, I find it makes some of my favorite clothing pieces more versatile. 
In this post I combined:
Leather + Floral
Usually I style leather jackets and vests with jeans, slacks, dark colors and other accessories that fit more with the typically feel of a leather vest.  Today I wanted to do something different, so I decided that to get more use out of one of my favorite leather items, I would pair it with a floral dress!  I loved how the floral pattern and flow of the dress softened the look of the leather vest (this favorite of mine is from Fevrie, I love the quality of their items).  It makes the vest more versatile so you can wear it in a casual setting, as well as to a more formal event.  
*My last little beauty tip of the day is a new product I found that I LOVE!  It is called Sole Serum.  I get asked all the time when I am out at stores how I can walk in the heels and boots I do.  Honestly, I don't have a ton of feeling in my feet anymore which makes it possible to wear a ton of shoes most find uncomfortable, however, even I have those pairs of shoes I love that my feet just can't handle.  Sole Serum is seriously amazing, you can put it on your feet and BAM...you can wear your favorite shoes without flinching.  Totally worth it!  

Thanks for reading, I hope you liked the new post layout!

3.26.2015

One Year Wiser + Birthday Giveaway

"Today you are you! 
That is truer than true! 
There is no one alive who is you-er than you!"

-Dr. Seuss

Yes, another year has come and I am one year older and wiser!  TODAY IS MY BIRTHDAY so I will keep my words short.  As each year comes and you are faced with choices that shape you, just remember to be true to you!  (Don't forget to read below for an amazing giveaway...)









| Booties: c/o Jane.com | Print: c/o The Kindness Box | Duster: Nordstrom (old-more here, here) | Jeans: H&M (almost exact here) | Tee: Nordstrom Rack | Sunglasses: Nordstrom | Necklace: Nordstrom Rack (almost exact) | Cookie: The Sweet Tooth Fairy |

Outfit Details
I love finding outfits that are dressy and casual at the same time!  This duster paired with distressed denim and a relaxed fit tee is just the ticket for a fun, ready for anything birthday outfit.  I'm usually a dress up for occasion type of girl, but my husband has a surprise birthday activity for me today and I need to be ready for anything in case I need to be more mobile than a dress or skirt will allow!  One of my favorite things about my outfit are these booties!  I am obsessed with fringe right now and this color of shoe pairs perfectly with light color jeans (not to mention they were under $30 on Jane.com).  I love finding good deals on that site!  My other favorite detail are these sunnies, the tortoise brown pattern has just enough flair without being over the top, and are a great, updated alternative to your classic black pair of sunglasses.  Also, don't forget to check out The Kindness Box, a super cute new company with great monthly boxes that will uplift and inspire you (that's where I got my fun print from)!

The Giveaway
As you know, my birthday is March 26th...  However, Kristin's birthday (Wild One Forever) is the 27th, so to celebrate her special day I am teaming up with her and other wonderful bloggers to bring you an amazing giveaway!  There will be eight prizes for eight lucky winners!

3.22.2015

3 Ways to Kick Depression When It's Down

"I don't know what I was thinking
You were no good but you could do some fancy talking
I'm not your Trixie Delight or a gumball machine
You can keep your quarter man
'Cause you won't get nothing sweet out of me...
I'm quitting you"

-The Band Perry

Wouldn't it be be nice if you could quit depression once and for all?  While for most of us there is no one time remedy, there are some things you can do to help kick depression when you are feeling down.  (Continue reading for three things to help kick depression when you are at a low...)


3.16.2015

Be Still + $450 Giveaway

"Be still, my soul: Thy God doth undertake
To guide the future as he has the past.
Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake;
All now mysterious shall be bright at last.
Be still, my soul: The waves and winds still know
His voice who ruled them while he dwelt below."

-Katharina von Schlegel, Be Still My Soul

"Be Still My Soul" is one of my favorite songs for when I need to feel a little peace in my life.  These lyrics have seen me through the passing of loved ones, stressful tests, frustrating circumstances, as well as many other tough times.  Often my mind is so cluttered with thoughts that in order to feel peace and gain perspective I need to take the time to "Be Still".  These two words instantly bring me a sense of peace and help me gain the composure I need to take on anything.  (Continued below as well as a giveaway and a discount code...)


3.10.2015

One Day At A Time

"The best thing about the future
is that it comes one day at a time."

-Abraham Lincoln

Yesterday I met a woman who works as a counselor and a therapist.  I told her a big about my blog and we briefly discussed depression.  I wanted to share with you a couple things I talked about with her and one of the main things that helps me if I'm experiencing a low period.  (Continued below...)



3.04.2015

Actively Make Choices

"There is no time for ease and comfort.
It is the time to dare and endure."

-Winston Churchill

Life was never meant to be easy.  It was never meant for us to twiddle away and watch it pass by as we sit and stare in laziness.  It was meant for growing, learning, enduring and serving.  I've found that it is important to be happy with the stage in life that you are in, but it is still essential to keep yourself motivated to be better and do better.  (Continued below...)

2.23.2015

Getting Rid of Unnecessary Negative Thoughts

"We are shaped by our thoughts; 
we become what we think.
When the mind is pure,
joy follows like a shadow that never leaves."

-Buddha

Have you ever put very much thought into your thoughts?  What we think can truly affect our actions, lifestyles and future choices.  Often our thoughts get clouded with negativity, focusing on unfortunate circumstances or other troubling things.  The real issue with negative thinking is something called negative scripting...(continued below)