Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloweenie!

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Happy Halloweenie!!

Pumpkins grinning near
All Hallow's Eve has arrived
Skip and hop with glee
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Did you like my Halloween haiku?? I absolutely cannot wait to see all of the adorable trick-or-treaters out & about! Handing out candy to all of the little goblins, ghosts, and monsters is my favorite part of the holiday. I just love to see the wide array of costumes & hand out goodies with a generous smile. I've had my candy bought and ready to go for a few weeks. I also love the jack-o-lanters, the smell of cinnamon & spice, caramel apples, and the wonderful Halloween parties. 

Today is such a magical day. It's also Monday, a fresh start to a brand new week. The possibilities for adventures & shenanigans are limitless!

Wishing you magical Halloween, Lovely Friend!

Lots of pumpkin scented hugs!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

A Peek Into My Life: Tour of My Room!

One of my favorite places in the world is my very own room...I love to escape to my cozy little spot in the world after a long day. I've always been an extremely visual person, so I have incorporated that into the decor. Last weekend, my mom & I happened upon the cutest farmers market. We ended up purchasing some organic coffee beans, a loaf of homemade sourdough bread, organic pomegranate lemonade, and an orchid for my desk. I was given strict instructions to tend to my orchid sparingly and only water it every 10 days or so. It's been such a challenge not to fuss over it because it's such a beautiful plant. I put it on my desk shelf to inspire me. AND it has already been the subject of one of my newest poems.  

While organizing my desk, I had the idea to share a few snippets of where I live, breathe, write, and create on a daily basis. Most of friends & family tell me that I have a knack for making any space cute and cozy. Of course, I'm not an interior decorator by any means. I just have an artist's eye and know what appeals to my own specific taste. Here is a small peek into my world.
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 I just bought this desk last week. It's a wonderful place to create & study!
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Of course, my desk would be incomplete without my darling filofax. I'm pretty much lost without it these days. It helps me stay organized & sane during the stressful parts of my week.
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 All of my walls are covered in inspiring wall art, thrifted pictures, and many of my favorite framed posters.
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 All of my various bags. I switch out my bag almost everyday, so I have to have my favorite replacements ready to go on my closet door.
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 My window sill is completely covered in little things that make me smile. 
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 My dressing table is such a colorful & inspiring place for me.
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 The books I'm currently reading on my night table. I love to read right before bed every night. It's one of my old lady qualities, along with the worst hearing in the world. I'm usually working on several books at once, so I stack them up by my bed so I can reach for them before I go to sleep. I'm also reading several books on my iPad, but I usually read those at the gym or while I'm waiting around during the day.
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 I always display pictures & cards whenever I receive them in the mail. I have several pinboards just for pictures, letters, and cards. 
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 Another peek of my dressing table. These are my current perfumes & nail polishes.
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A view of my bed covered in a colorful quilt & matching decorative pillows. I adore quilts, although I've never tried quilting in all of my crafting endeavors. That may be something I should investigate further. A homemade quilt would be such an amazing accomplishment.
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A dear friend gave me this snow globe a few years ago. I keep it on my desk shelf to remind me to cherish the wacky & wonderful people in my life.
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Lots of love & positivity!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

20 Ways to Combat Stress!!

Oh, Lovelies...I've been struggling a little with my stress levels. Surprisingly, or not so, I'm not alone. I've received at least 5 emails in the past few days about stress. I'm not sure what is going on around the world, but something has really got all of us in a stressful funk. Talk about the pits. 

Happily, I feel very inspired to write about my stress-relief methods. After receiving so many emails regarding stress, I kind of feel like an anti-stress agent, too! I have several ways that I like to employ during my personal times of extreme stress. Of course, you may need to modify them ever so slightly to fit your own needs. 

I view stress as an ugly little monster who likes to run around ruining your day and raining on your positivity parade. The best way to get rid of an ugly little monster is kick him square in the face. In other words, tackle your stressors head on and don't be afraid of the occasional stress-monster.



20 Ways to Combat Stress

Channel your stress into a productive outlet. I often find myself diving head first into a challenging project when I'm feeling stressed. Start working on some research you may have put off, finally organize your closet, reply to emails that have piled up, etc. Finding something productive to occupy your time is a great way to channel your energy into something conducive and give your brain a chance to work out your problems subconsciously.

Get active. I love to hit the gym when I'm feeling particularly frustrated. Also, working up a sweat will release some much needed endorphines to perk up your mood.

Talk to someone who is encouraging & supportive. Sometimes I just need a long talk & a good cry with my best friend, mom, or sister. They all have their own way of helping me talk out my stress & work on ways to improve my situation. It's best to talk to the people in your life who are generally positive & encouraging. 

Indulge in something you enjoy. The best thing for stress is a small bit of chocolate. I like to stash Hershey Kisses in my desk drawer. They are perfect for a stressful day because eating chocolate also releases endorphines. Just be careful not to stress-eat.

Spend some time with a young child or a loving pet. It's impossible to feel bad about life after spending a short while with a happy child or a sweet pet. I always scoop up my cat or have a giggle fest with my younger cousins when I'm having a rotten day.

Go for a long walk. Put on your headphone and listen to your favorite band. Walk until you feel ready to face the world again before heading back. 

Take a hot bath or a long shower. If you are feeling as stressed as I do sometimes, you may not be giving yourself enough time just for you. Draw a hot bath, if possible, pour in some delicious bath salts, and relax. 

Clean your home. I'm an extreme stress-cleaner. Cleaning my home from top to bottom really helps me deal with my stress & frustrations. I find that I clean even more thoroughly when I'm stressed out. It's a great way to channel your stress into something positive. 

If someone is causing you unnecessary stress, sit down and talk it out. Some people can be extremely oblivious and may not even realize that they are causing your stress. Be honest and open with them about how they are affecting you but don't attack them or use cross words. 

Have a dance-a-thon to your favorite tunes. Dance until you collapse on your bed. You will feel ten times better than before your mini dance party. 


Get organized, make a to-do list for the week, and prioritize your tasks. The best way to avoid stress is to stay organized. Start using a planner, make a to-do list for the week, and prepare for your day the night before. Prioritize your to-do list with what needs to be done right away. The rest can wait until you are feeling less stressed.

Spend some time on your favorite hobby. I love to sketch and crochet when I'm feeling stressed. My best friend, Brittany, is an extreme stress-baker. That is stress relief and yumminess is one!

Create a stress journal. Create an escape when you can vent, rant, and rave. Scribble if you need to. Draw pictures of your stressors and scribble them out. 

Put on your comfiest clothes, snuggle up with a warm blanket, and have a movie marathon. I always want to watch Disney movies when I'm feeling really stressed. 

Listen to your favorite comedian, watch a funny video on Youtube, or just talk about inside jokes with your close friends. Laughter is the best medicine. Having a good laugh is the best way to combat some icky stress. 


Meditate or practice yoga. You can also do pilates or tai chi. Just find an activity that is calming & helps you focus your energy.


Eat well, sleep a little more, and take a good multi-vitamin. Don't forget to take care of yourself. The first person to suffer  during times of stress is normally yourself. Stress does some pretty nasty things to our bodies. You need to counter all of those stress side affects by taking care of yourself. Be a little selfish and put yourself first.


Work on a puzzle book, download a mahjong app on your phone, or print out some sudoku puzzles. I like to play DoodleJump on my iPhone or Super Mario Brothers on my Nintendo DS.


Ask for help and be willing to admit that you are overwhelmed. I think asking for help is the hardest thing to do when you're feeling down. But it's also the easiest way to seek help from those most willing to interviene on your behalf. 


Be patient with yourself. And show yourself a little love. You're an amazing person. You'll get through all of this if you just push through and stay strong.


Lots of love & positivity!

Friday, October 21, 2011

10 Things I'm Really Into Right Now!!

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10. Clouds
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9. Garden roses
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8. Starbucks Passion Tea Lemonade
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7. PINK by Victoria Secret's new totes
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6. French Manicures
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5. Tiramisu
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4. Vintage cameras
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3. Pink blazers
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2. Unique inspiration boards
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1. Disney movie marathons
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What are you really into right now??


images from pinterest

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Glinda the Good Witch Meets Librarian Chic: Fall Fashion for a Quirky Girl

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Oh, Lovelies!! I've been extremely busy experimenting with inspiration boards, scouring online boutiques, and shopping endlessly at every mall I come across. All of this has been in search of some wonderful new items to fit into my Fall wardrobe. Now, I'm definitely not a fashion guru, and I certainly don't consider myself an expert fashion blogger. I write about what inspires me and that just happens to include fashion. 

I love to put together outfits on polyvore, read inspiring books such as Nina Garcia's Look Book, shop with my best friends for that perfect pair of boots, and read my favorite fashion blogs. Does this make me a fashionista? Probably not. But it does make me a quirky girl who is very confident in my personal taste. 
I've receive a few adorable & lovely emails inquiring about "my look", and I thought it would be easier to put together a blog post all about my look for the Fall. 
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After digging through my closet, I came to realization that I own a great plethora of cardigans, full skirts, floral dresses, colorful crinolines, bow headbands, and leather boots. While working on some outfits on polyvore, I came up with the name of my look for the fall: Glinda the good witch meets librarian chic.  Basically, it's a magical & glittery blend of girly pinks, feminine dresses, leather boots, and librarian sweaters. 
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“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.”
--Coco Chanel
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The Essentials for My Closet: 

♥ Patterned tights
♥ Cardigans
♥ Mary Janes & motorcycle boots


♥ Crinoline petticoats
♥ Bows


♥ Cat eye glasses
♥ Glittery nail polish

♥ Teased & retro hairstyles
♥  Floral & lacey dresses

♥ Lots of smoky eyeshadows/cat eyeliner/long eyelashes

♥ Pearls, stars,skulls, and hearts
♥ Totes and satchels
♥ Cute planner and pencil pouch
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"A human being is a single being. Unique and unrepeatable."
--Eileen Caddy
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I decided to share three outfits which I think epitomize the Glinda meets Librarian look. I'm an avid polyvore user and usually waste away hours of the night building outfits. I thought it would be fun to share three of my creations.


Day look: Usually based around a librarian-esque sweater. I own about a million cardigans in various colors. I'm very modest about my shoulders, so I always throw a sweater over all of my dresses. I carry an oversized tote bag around during the day, which is usually crammed full. 


Night Look: One of my favorite things to do is dress up. I love to wear dresses, even when I'm trying to look more casual. So dressing up for me is more of a challenge. I always throw on a pair of false eyelashes to up the ante of my outfit. I also put on a killer pair of shoes and switch over to a clutch.

Weekend Look: I'm all about being cute yet comfortable during the weekend. I have several very basic dresses that I love to pair with a some flat boots and a comfortable sweater. I'm usually grocery shopping, running lots of errands, and sneaking off to the library on the weekend.
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I would love to hear about your look & closet-essentials!!


Lots of love & positivity!