Lavender Love

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At last! A lavender skirt! It looks pink, I know…but it isn’t! Okay, maybe it’s a pinkish-purple – whatev! I love it! I bought it off Amazon, and it comes in a variety of pretty colors. You can find the skirts by clicking here. Very inexpensive to boot!

It’s another day in paradise, and I wanted to get some outfit/makeup photos today. Really am digging my lavender-hued ensemble today and wanted to capture it on camera. 😉

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I look sad? I swear I’m not! Pensive, rather. 😉

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Eyeshadow & Lipliner is NYX! Eyeshadow – Dance the Tides, Eyeshadow Crease – Tantilizing, Lipliner – Nude Truffle. 

Eyeliner is Wet&Wild Waterproof Eyeliner in Black, it does not budge! Very inexpensive also!

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Blush: Too Faced – How Deep Is Your LoveThis is my favorite blush on earth!

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On a side note, apart from the outfit of the day and makeup, I just want to say how important it is to live each day to the fullest. I came across the most remarkable quote I found on my friend’s Instagram:

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This quote resonates with me so much. It is so true! How often are we preoccupied with what’s in store for us tomorrow, or next week, etc? I’m not saying to not have goals – goals are essential in motivating us to push ourselves, test our abilities, and ultimately, to thrive. However, the present is something we tend to overlook because we’re either looking behind us or ahead.

So smile, appreciate the present, stop and smell the roses, and so on. Don’t forget that all we have is now. 🙂

Motivation!

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After doing a line of Spring-themed rings for my Etsy shop, I started thinking about the importance of motivation. Just thinking back on how much has changed in the past year really made me feel good about where I am in life!

It took me a long time to finally decide to start an Etsy shop. I felt nervous, insecure, and the thought of doom hovering over my head was: “What if it doesn’t sell?”

Then, finally, in the great words of Shia LaBeouf himself, I told myself…

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All joking aside, I really did reach a point where I told myself: who cares if it doesn’t sell?  The point is to try and put yourself out there, and share your passion with others! 🙂

So think of whatever you truly are passionate about, whether it be music, art, craftsmanship…if you feel the need to share it with the world, just do it. There is no failure! To try is to succeed in itself.

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Believing in yourself is the hardest challenge, but it brings with it so many rewards. It’s good to stay motivated and create new dreams and goals, however small. You don’t need to make it big to be successful…success is measured by you, and you alone.

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So smile big, and smile often! Be happy and have a heart full of gratitude. Find your passion or whatever makes you happy and go for it. Happiness comes from within and can shine out of us like sun beams. 🙂

Cheetah Print Daze

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I can not believe it’s February already. I’m not a fan of February but I’m looking forward to March – upcoming spring time! Today there’s a chance of rain, so it’s a bit gloomy but it’s warm, which is nice. 🙂

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Today’s outfit, I went with one of my favorite sweaters – a cheetah print one, and a matching hair bow.

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Today I’m just enjoying the outdoors and sitting on the patio, and also having high hopes for a potential job offer as a marketing assistant! I really hope I end up getting it, but if not, there will be other options eventually. I’ve taken a long look at what will make me completely happy these last few days…and at this point, a new job definitely will! I have a supportive mom and sister, good hobbies, a few close friends and now I just need the job. Then I will truly feel happy.

Find what makes you happy and do it!!! That’s all I can really say. 🙂

 

Just Be You

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I was feeling adventurous yesterday and did a movie-inspired makeup look. I channeled my inner Christina Ricci as Layla from Buffalo ’66, and I must say, I really liked how it turned out!

That leads me into this topic: being ourselves! Being confident through self-expression and not being afraid to take risks (whether it be trying a bright eyeshadow or taking on a new job). Confidence is not something we can just tell ourselves we will have, and wake up the next day with it. It’s a loooong process and a journey…not exactly a destination, because we don’t just get there and stay there. There are peaks and valleys, as I like to call them. Things happen that can tear down our confidence, but your own strength is revealed when you can rise from it and regain the confidence built.

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This canvas hangs on my wall as an everyday reminder. Sometimes, we can be perfectly happy with ourselves, but someone else can kick a dent in our self-confidence. I used to be really bad at that – allowing the negative opinions of others to affect how I viewed myself. I learned though, that we have control over whether people have that kind of power over our confidence. It’s way easier said than done, yes, and it takes tons of practice, but it gets easier over time to control external influences from dampening our self-confidence. 🙂

Once you build your own solid foundation of confidence, life feels so much better. I know I still have much to learn along the way, but I’m happy with how far I’ve come just within the past year. There will always be tests, but it can make you stronger.

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Outfit post time! There’s a huge rain storm that has moved in, so I took advantage of it with a few outfit shots underneath an umbrella, haha. The bright pink created a really neat pink hue that I’m totally digging…

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So this is how my hair would look if I had a pink/brown ombre thing going on?!? 😀

Anyway, hopefully this post helps anyone out there who may struggle with self-confidence. Just know that you can rise above, and confidence is a journey. No one is perfect, but our perceived flaws and whatever shortcomings we may think we have are things that we can learn to appreciate because it makes us who we are, and we’re all beautiful. 🙂

Have an awesome day!