Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year!!!

I hope everyone has enjoyed these last few days of 2017. 🙂

It’s been, overall, a year of growth for me! I definitely am most grateful for landing my dream job this year as a graphic designer. I honestly think about it each day and feel much gratitude to have been blessed with such a job, and with great co-workers. ❤

The best thing I did this year was believe in myself. I told myself I deserved a wonderful job where I could utilize my degree and flourish, and I took a chance. Good things take time!

My artistic endeavors have also grown, as I tried my hand this past year at greeting cards, an art mug, and doing abstract paintings, which I plan to carry over into the upcoming year! I explored with my jewelry and have been regularly creating new digital illustrations. I’m thinking of dabbling into international shipping on Etsy (something I’ve been nervous to do, but I hear it’s not that difficult).

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I’ve had this fuzzy tinsel sweater for YEARS! I only wear it once a year, and quite fittingly, I wear it on New Years Eve.

What do you think of the star headband? It came out nice, no? I love the glittery stars. Heck, I’m going to wear it again tomorrow for New Year’s Day.

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This sweater photographs kind of funny in the sense that in some pictures it looks black, and others it looks navy blue…

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I got my nails re-done! I’m so happy to be back to a sheer, neutral shade. I always end up missing natural-looking nails after I try a bolder color.

New Years Eve Night!

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To celebrate and ring in the new year, my mom and I made some healthy smoothies; these are berry smoothies that I topped with raspberries and blackberries. SO GOOD.  I totally gave them their own photoshoot, haha!

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I hope you all have a Happy New Year and it starts out amazing!!! Smile easily and stay true to yourself…those are my words of inspiration to you all!

See ya next time! ❤

 

Roses are Aqua, Violets are…Violet

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Not very poetic, but hey!

I’m super jazzed up because my rose cabochons arrived in the mail yesterday. I was all too excited to make some new headbands to add to my collection!

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I’m in love with the bright colors. They’re so vivid, and they sparkle when the light hits it. These take hardly any time to do, as all it takes is some glue and time to dry. Very minimal effort with an amazing outcome. 🙂

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Today I wore the violet one. I’ll show the blue one in another outfit post soon, I’m sure! I love pink and gold, so I think it all tied together nicely. My sister made me the ring awhile back and this is the first time I’ve worn it.

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Simple outfit with cute colors to make it pop!

Thought of the Day: What inspires you to blog?

I know I’m switching gears here, but I had an interesting conversation last night in which I brought up why I love blogging. I wanted to share my own thoughts on it, and if anyone wants to share theirs, I’d love to hear!

For me, it’s the ability to reach out beyond the limits of where I live and share my little world with others. I live in a moderately big city, but somehow it still feels small. I also sincerely enjoy reading what others blog about and seeing their interests and their part of the world (different cultures and countries fascinate me).

Also, I love fashion expression, and although it speaks for itself visually, I really love going into further detail through writing about it. That, and when I have inspiration to share, I hope to inspire others. ❤

What inspires you? ‘Til next time! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

Pretty Little Cupcakes

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This is another DIY headband post with an outfit of the day…I know, I know…I’ve been making a LOT of headbands lately!

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I’ve wanted a cupcake headband for a long time, just because I thought it’d be cute and I’m all about the cute things. ❤ I made this using buttons I bought at Joann’s for only $2.99! There are more cupcake buttons that came in the packet, and I turned them into a ring.

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Very fun accessories that are ultra sweet and add some quirkiness!

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Pink and purple just feels right to go along with the cupcake headband, don’t you think?

Well folks, I hope you’re doing great this mid-week! Apart from working, I’ve just been making stuff, brainstorming new creative ideas and enjoying life. 🙂

Until next time!

Have a Beautiful Day! ❤

 

Cupcake photo courtesy of LoveThisPic.

 

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And a new week begins! I hope everyone had an enjoyable weekend and you’re well-rested. ❤

I notice that many headbands have the metal base, and that will give me a headache within five minutes of putting it on. So, I have to pass on many cute headbands because I don’t want to wear something that’s going to hurt my head.

That’s why I’ve been on a roll making my own headbands that are pain-free! I make them on fabric headbands, which don’t hurt. These aren’t in my Etsy shop or anything; I just make them for myself to wear.

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Some days I just want to be a mermaid, honestly. Taking some seashell buttons I bought at Joann’s, and some little flower buttons, I glued them onto the headband.

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Et voilà! I can feel like an inland California mermaid whenever I feel like it. (I think Tracy’s blog post on The Tote Trove with mermaid-inspired fashion is what got me thinking about mermaids).

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Since the sunlight makes seeing the details on the ring difficult, here’s a picture of the seashell ring I made a few months ago! Probably my favorite statement ring I’ve ever made.

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This is off-topic, but this shirt!!! I have to explain what I did. Originally, it was a T-shirt shape. Saturday night I couldn’t sleep, so I was looking through my clothes and decided to try altering the shirt. I took scissors to it and thought, Let’s see how this goes, which is typically how I think when it comes to altering clothing, hahaaa! It was a success and I re-made it into a flirty, off-the-shoulder top. ❤

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For this headband, I used some unusual pieces! The small flowers were actually old rings that were wearing down (I removed the ring backs), and the large, colorful flowers are earrings my mom wore in the 80’s. I don’t wear earrings, so I included them on the headband to really make it pop.

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I really love how this headband turned out! I’m getting into bolder headbands, and this one is one of my favorites so far. Headbands can really perk up an outfit, very easily. 🙂

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This is what I used for the glue! It holds really well. Just make sure to let it dry overnight, and it doesn’t budge. I use this for making jewelry, as well. Good stuff!

I hope you enjoyed reading! I love to make my own stuff if I’m able to because it truly feels original and one-of-a-kind. Good luck and have fun making your own DIY projects! The sky’s the limit. 😉

Enjoy your Monday! ❤