Rococo Puffs

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I made my own cuff sleeves. NICE, NO??? They are detachable, which is even better! They paired well with this lace white top. It’s an easy way to add a retro look to a shirt!

The white flower puffs in my hair kind of look like snowballs from a distance. Puffy snowballs? It works. YEEEEEEEAH

Overall, I think the outfit turned out really cute! The top has KIND OF a rococo era feel – albeit a very casual version of it. WHICH IS A FAVORITE FASHION ERA OF MINE, SO, SUCCESS. 💜 Why am I yelling?

I love the pastels, the frills, the jewelry, even the furniture from that time period!

My lace top and added sleeves remind me of this dress from Marie Antoinette, featuring Kirsten Dunst. ❤️ And while we’re at it, let’s admire some more rococo style (and let’s please stop and drool over these shoes!!!!!!!!!!)

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On a last note, check out my latest statement necklace I made! 💕

See ya next time!!! 💜

Art Overload!

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Exciting news!!!

My dream came true, and I was given the opportunity to display my jewelry in a store! It’s being displayed at a patio furniture store called The Patio Place here in my city. I feel super fortunate to have been given the chance to do this!

It was a fun new experience for me, because I had to come up with my own consignment agreement (which I had no clue what that was), and after lots of research, I came up with my own, and myself and the owner signed off on it.

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And here it is in the store! Words can’t express how exciting this is to me…I’ve always wanted my jewelry displayed somewhere! ❤ It really goes to show that if you believe in yourself and work hard, it pays off sometimes unexpectedly!

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As you can see, I had to mark the occasion with one big, cheesy smile and a thumbs up! Hahaha! 😀

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Moving along to other artsy things, I came across sheets of wood in my garage. I found a square one, which I plan to paint either a beach or mountain scene on it, but this sliver of a wood piece I drew a silhouette of the Taj Mahal on. Not bad for my first try at painting on wood, I think! I just need better brushes.

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Another piece of art I did recently was this. I feel most comfortable using Prisma color pencils, and they’re my favorite medium. I love blending and layering color upon color. This is “Sunset Over Madera County.” It appears as a pretty scenic view of a sunset, but for me it’s a personal piece with a lot of symbolism, meant as my own expression of inner closure towards someone very dear to me. Heartbreak, basically. 😛 That’s the beauty of art, isn’t it? It can appear so simple to an onlooker, yet have a deeper meaning to the artist. ❤ I tend to struggle to express my emotions at times, but art allows me to.

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I love this quote and wanted to share it! 

I hope everyone is having a fantastic week! ❤ I always feel great when I create a lot of artwork. I can’t imagine my life without it. Whatever your passion in life is – go for it! It makes a huge difference in our well being, I can promise you that. Have a great Wednesday!

 

 

Learning From Failure

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I’ll try to convey this post as silver-lining-inspiration. Yeah, that’s what I’ll call it! 😉

We’ve all been there: trying to do everything correctly, keeping everything smooth sailing, and then we trip and fall flat on our face. Whether it be an external issue beyond our control or whatever doubt-whispering demons we may have in our head that derail our peace of mind, we fall down.

It can be heartbreaking, and perspective-shifting.

No matter how hard we try to be perfect, we can’t be. There will always come a time when our vulnerabilities take over and we slip. Mistakes are made, things are said. The damage may be repairable–then again, sometimes it isn’t.

Where do we go from here? I think by default, we try our best not to feel the pain we are going through. However, sometimes it is best to allow ourselves to feel it, to understand it, and to tell ourselves it’s okay to feel it. The human experience is a fragile one with many trials and errors, and sometimes there is no understanding it.

With every failure comes the opportunity to learn something new about ourselves–to improve in some way and move forward with a newfound self-understanding. ❤

Keep Smiling! 🙂

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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. 🙂