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Friday, February 28, 2014

High Five For Friday: Pinterest edition

Am I the only one who can't believe that tomorrow is March?? Time needs to slooow down. But also it doesn't because summer.

I'm a complex person.

Anyway, this week I'm bringing you some of the pins I've been diggin' lately.

1// Pretty flowers.

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2// There is nothing more beautiful.

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3// Watermelons. Lemonade. Summer. It's all perfect.

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4// Yoga is kind of great.

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5// Emma.

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

It's never too soon for floral

I don't know about you, but I am so ready for spring. Sadly, it's not here quite yet. But while we're waiting, might as well bring out the spring flowers, right?

It's never too soon.

What I love about floral is you can take it and make it work for the weather. If it's still on the cool side, tights and a little sweater are your best friend. Fun leather vest optional.





Outfit stats:
Sweater// Target
+ Vest// Papaya
+ Skirt// LC Lauren Conrad
+ Tights// Kohl's
+ Booties// Shoe Dept.


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Monday, February 24, 2014

Manicure Monday: pink + silver




Pink// Sinful Colors in Soul Mate
Silver// Pure Ice in Silver Mercedes 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Pencil skirts + neon lights

Monday night I saw Demi Lovato with my cousin.

It was so good. 

Obviously it was very important that I chose just the right outfit. Because a concert is the best time to wear a pencil skirt, right? Yes. yes it is.

Yes I now realize it looks like I'm missing an arm. It's just in my pocket.



I adore Fifth Harmony, and they're super good live.








A memento.


It was such a good night. Demi really is something else.

Outfit Stats:

Shirt// Dots
Skirt// Forever 21
Cardigan// Papaya
Purse// Gift
Flats// Payless


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Monday, February 17, 2014

A different kind of beautiful


I was at Target Saturday night, (aka the happiest place on earth) and I was drawn to the newest issue of Glamour magazine. If any other person had been on the cover, I would've just passed by it. But this wasn't just any person.

It was Taylor Swift.

If you don't already know this about me, you should know that I never pass by anything Taylor related without some sort of proper acknowledgement. Don't judge me.

So in this case, I thought the proper acknowledgement would be to buy the magazine. I picked it up and threw it in the cart. After a few minutes of admiring the cover, though, I realized something. 

There's a reason why I never buy that magazine. Aside from being filled up with ads- many of which are way inappropriate and or have nothing to do with the product being advertised- it hardly ever promotes healthy self esteem. I wanted to support my girl, but why should I subject myself to needless topics in the process? 
I decided not to. 
Most women's magazines fall into the category of being more harmful than helpful, and the majority of articles are about losing weight or 
looking hot or 
making him fall for you. 
Is this really what we're teaching young women to want?

In Troian Bellisario's issue of Seventeen, she bravely talks about her past struggles with an eating disorder. She makes it clear that they are a serious thing and that's the way they should be treated. Yet, on the cover of that very same issue, the magazine proudly tells you that you can "get an insane body. It's hard, but you'll look hot." As if that's what we should strive for. Magazines tend to contradict themselves that way. And honestly, I'm sick of it.

I'm sick of the lies that we are fed every single day. The lies that tell us we are not good enough. The lies that tell us we need to change the way we look and act. The lies that tell us we are worthless. 

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There is too much focus on how we look on the outside, and not enough on how we look on the inside. But the inside is the part that really matters. Don't buy into the lies. Believe the truth instead.
You are good enough.
You are beautiful.
You are of great worth in God's sight.

There's nothing wrong with wanting to look pretty or be healthy, of course. But it needs to stop becoming the focus of our lives. That's when things can get complicated and messy. When you look in the mirror, look beyond the hair and the eyeliner and the lipstick. Find your spirit. Make sure it's gentle and quiet. I bet it is already. And that's all you need. All you need to be beautiful.

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Friday, February 14, 2014

Unconditionally.

In case you haven't noticed, today is Valentine's Day, and people everywhere are celebrating with their significant other.


Or, if they're like me, hiding under their covers with chocolate and sappy movies.

Bitter. (Okay maybe that part is just me)

When you are in a season of singleness, Valentine's Day can be annoying. More than that, it can be a reminder of the fact that there is no one to share the day with. And it can hurt, am I right? Especially when you get to the age where it seems like everytime you look someone else is in a relationship or getting engaged. It can sometimes feel as if you're going to be forever waiting for something that will never even come.

But it will come. Promise.

In the mean time, have peace knowing that there is someone who loves you absolutely and unconditionally. The kind of love that is
"reach for the stars, over the fence World Series kinda stuff." (Points for anyone who knows what movie that line is from) But really, His love is that strong.

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He is writing your story. It won't be a simple story. It won't always go the way you want it to. But it is all your own, shaped just for you.
Because you are loved unconditionally. And my dear, you are worth so much more than you think.

Unconditionally by Katy Perry on Grooveshark

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Broken and healed.


Yesterday's Staying Strong passage was much needed. So much of the time I try to deal with things that are bigger than me, and I don't know where to start. But I think you have to start within yourself. 

Emotions can break you. 
They can beat you down and take every bit of your energy. 
But they can also heal you. God gives us the strength inside of us to make ourselves whole again. You can use the same emotions that caused you pain and turn them around. Make them heal you.

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All of your wounds can be fixed. With the guidance of Him and people that love you, it's amazing what you can accomplish. And what you can heal.
Be patient.
Be strong.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

You are

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You are so very beautiful.
You are so very valuable.
You are so very loved.
You are going to be okay.

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Skate through it

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The Winter Olympics are officially under way, (go USA!) and my favorite winter game has always been figure skating.

Something about it is so fascinating to me. The strength it takes a skater to move their body in the ways they do is incredible. And the movements are beautiful.

Sometimes a routine can be nearly perfect, never missing a beat. But things happen. Landings are missed. Falls are taken. What's amazing to me is that even when a skater messes up, they hardly ever let it phase them. At least not on the outside. I'm sure they have to be freaking out, but they don't show it. No, they get right back up and continue the routine, as if nothing happened. 

I think life is like that sometimes. We can do everything right. Life can be going great.

But life also gets messy, sometimes without warning. Everything can change in an instant. 

And sometimes, we take falls and miss landings too. Maybe not literally, but it sure feels that way. Life is not always perfectly peachy. In fact, it's hardly ever that! With age has come the realization that things are not like a '50s sitcom. As much as we would love for every problem to be solved in a matter of 23 minutes, that's just not the way it works.

It can take a really long time for things to be fixed, and some things never quite can be. But you know what? It's okay.

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God doesn't do things just because. Every single thing that happens in your life is significant. Important. All the heartbreaking and seemingly unbearable things come with a chance to make you stronger, as do the amazing things. Take advantage of it. Don't give up.

We will stumble and we will fall. And I don't know about you, but I hope to eventually become like those amazing figure skaters, able to get back up when they do take that fall.

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Friday, February 7, 2014

High Five For Friday: Pinterest edition

It's Fridaaaay! The first week of February is officially over. Say what?

I'm rounding up some of my favorite pins from this week. Enjoy my loves!

1// This is my life.
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2// This is not okay. Thanks John Green.
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3// Delight yourself.
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4// One of my favorite fictional characters like, ever.
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5// Summer. I'm ready for you.
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Have a wonderful weekend! And stay warm.

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

My favorite... books


I don't know about you, but one of my favorite things in the world is a good book. 

And I love talking about those books. 

So, I've decided to share a few of my favorites.

1// The Fault In Our Stars. I just recently read this book after hearing about it for the longest time and seeing the trailer for the movie. And I fell in love. It also broke my heart. But mostly, I fell in love.

DISCLAIMER: If you choose to read this gem, I am not responsible for any emotional trauma that will occur. 

2// The Truth About Forever. This is one of those books that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. I think it's a Sarah Dessen side effect.

3// Someday, Someday, Maybe. I reviewed this one. It's sweet and funny and light. I like that.

4// The Future of Us. Super cute and unexpected. And kind of genius.

5// The Great Gatsby. I read this for the first time in English my senior year of high school. I thought I wasn't gonna like it, but I was wrooong.

Really, I have like a thousand other books that I could talk about. But these are the ones I just have to. What books are on your list?

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