Castles and Foundations

I love calendars. I’m not entirely sure why, but it’s something I’ve always loved. I see them in the store, I have to go look at them. (This includes planners and calendars I can use online…have I mentioned my Google calendar is synced to every device I own?!) Over winter break, my mom said something about a calendar. My first thought was “Yes!! I need a new one!” She handed it over. And it’s different than any other calendar I’ve ever had. Why?!? Because each month has a quote, and gives you, as an individual, something to think about. It gives you something to make your life better. Besides, who doesn’t love a good quote?!

I digress. Here’s the quote that was placed with January.

“If you have built castles in the the air, that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.” – Henry David Thoreau

These castles are dreams. Everyone has a dream or an end goal that they want to achieve in their life. The foundation is the building and working towards your dream. Let’s say you want to become a doctor, you have to go to school and learn the skills that are necessary for a doctor.

Never ever give up on your dream! Just because something isn’t going the way you want it to (in regards to your dream) doesn’t mean that you have to give up completely. Sometimes you just have to take a little detour, and make a repair to the foundation of your castle.

What’s your castle?

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You Are My Sunshine

I’ve always been one to read tons of blogs. There’s just something so satisfying about scrolling through a story, rant, etc. that displays someones point of view. Call me crazy, but I just love it. One of my favorite blogs to go through is Thought Catalog. This blog has tons of different writers about a ton of different topics. I’ve found quotes, videos, lists of different things, and even just prose articles. I’m not lying when I say that I sit in my living room opening tabs on tabs on tabs of tons of posts from Thought Catalog. Not only that, but I always have to go through Freshly Pressed. I’ve found some amazing posts that way too.

Anyways…the point of this is that about a half hour ago I was on Thought Catalog (surprise surprise) and I came across the cutest video in the whole world. It’s only 25 seconds long, but I swear I was smiling from the second it started to well past the ending point. This video proves that you can defy the odds. This little girl suffers from severe dwarfism. And doctors were not too optimistic about her future, including deafness and lung impairment. But watch that video, you never would guess that she is suffers from dwarfism from the sound of her voice.

She has defied the odds. She is an inspiration that no matter what terrible things are happening in your life you will get through them. There is something better out there for you. A long time ago I heard a quote, I couldn’t tell you who said it (and when I googled it, there weren’t any promising straight forward results), but it’s a quote that has stuck with me for some time. “It has to get worse before it gets better”. I firmly believe that in order for things to get better, you have to be broken down first to your most raw and emotional state. It makes the “getting better” so much sweeter and enjoyable.

The point is things get better. And if you are having a bad day, just listen to that 25 second video. It should brighten up your day.

When you’re having a bad day what do you do to cheer yourself up?!

“Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”

Happy MLK Day! 

MLK Day brings days off of school for students, while others go back into work. I know that I don’t have class today, and have spent the better part of my day sitting on the floor of my living room (much like I’m doing now) with textbooks, papers, writing implements, my laptop, iPad. You name it..it’s probably sitting on the table or floor next to me. I know I’ve only been back for a week, but all of my assignments happen at the exact same time (as in week), therefore I spend my evenings and days trying to accomplish tasks. I make lists, and cross things off. It’s such a great feeling of satisfaction. 

But what is MLK Day? This is such an amazing turning point in history. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke up because he wasn’t afraid. He had confidence in himself. He made a statement. Which is something I think everyone can learn from. In today’s society, so many people are not confident in who they are. MLK had a dream

I will never forget learning about MLK Jr. and what he did for civil rights. To me, it’s baffling that this speech was even needed. We look back and can’t believe that this is how people were treated. His speech is amazing. If you haven’t watched or listened to it, I strongly urged you to do so. 

Freedom is something that seems to have to be earned. However, we are a country that advertises itself as free.

What is freedom? Well I’ll leave that up to your own interpretation.

 

My Take on Fashion

I’m not even going to pretend that I’m a fashionista extraordinaire. Because I’m not. I like to think that I do have some sort of fashion sense, but even still, sometimes I steal the look of the mannequin. I’m a frequenter of Pinterest, and I love pinning a ton of different outfits and accessories. Including outfits that I may not even be able to pull off. I just love it.

Since 2012, I’ve been working on and off (meaning while I’m home and not at school) at New York and Company. I absolutely LOVE working there. The only problem is that staring at the merchandise makes me want to buy it…all of it. Working there has taught me more about fashion, and helped me develop my own style, that is complete with so many items from NY&C that it isn’t even funny.

Anyway, here’s my feeble attempt at what I think every woman should own and tips to developing your very own style.

10 items that I believe ever woman should own:

  1. a pair of black dress pants – I don’t think the cut really matters (straight leg, ankle, wide leg, boot-cut, etc.) but you never know when you’re going to need a to dress business professional, and need a pair of dress pants
  2. a white blouse – again, I think this one and the black pants are similar. A white blouse – that fits well – can turn any outfit into a little more professional. Pair it with dress pants and you’re business professional!
  3. a blazer – preferably black (but white would work too). The blazer should fit you well, and you should be able to fit a blouse under it (maybe for a job interview – for example).
  4. at least 1 pair of sensible heels – I have my favorite heels that I wear for so many special occasions that it isn’t even funny. But heels are an easy way to dress up an outfit (including denim!!!) Plus sometimes it’s fun to wear heels!
  5. a good pair of jeans – again I don’t think the cut matters. It should be a pair that you’re comfortable in. Denim pairs well with sooooo many different tops, jackets, shoes, and accessories that having a good pair is important.
  6. a fun pair of flats – these can be any color. Maybe you’ve always wanted a pair of cheetah print flats, or bright red. Flats pair really well with skinny jeans (of all colors!)
  7. a pair of boots – whether it be riding boots or ankle boots. Boots are a great winter shoe (if you live somewhere where it doesn’t get cold I would get a fun pair of sandals – not flip flops…sandals!). They can be paired with skinny jeans, leggings, tights and a dress. It’s up  to you, but they’re warm and cute!
  8. that one piece of jewelry that you love – whether this be a statement necklace, a ring, or that pair of earrings that you wear with every outfit. Jewelry can make a woman feel sexy and really pull an outfit together. So find that one piece!
  9. a little black dress – I wouldn’t make it so little that your booty is hanging out, but a classy LBD. It’s something that every woman needs. Find a black dress that makes you feel sexy. If you’re feeling bold finish off your look with some bright red lipstick!
  10. and finally….a simple white t-shirt – a white tee is an easy piece to find, but it’s also so necessary. Pair it with some denim for a casual look, or you can layer it with other colors to create dimension.

Obviously everyone’s list is a little bit different, but this is just what I’ve learned and think!

And finally, if you’re trying to develop your own style (as I have tried..and only possibly achieved….) I usually go for finding pieces that I not only LOVE, but that also look good on me. Wearing clothes should make you feel sexy, not frumpy. I’m personally in love with colored pants. I’m not even kidding, there’s about 6 different colored pants (not including regular denim and dress pants) in my closet. Colored pants are fun, and I buy a lot of tops that I can wear with a few different color pants. Ensuring that items can be paired together increases the likeliness of you wearing them. 

If you can’t picture yourself wearing a piece of clothing, pair of shoes, or an accessory…DON’T BUY IT! If you can’t picture yourself wearing it, odds are you won’t and it might turn into wasted money, and just taking up space in your closet.

 

I hope that what I have said is helpful for some people. Are you looking for fashion ideas?! Head on over to Pinterest! There’s an entire category entitled women’s fashion! Or check out this board that has TONS of pins of clothing on it http://www.pinterest.com/cutegirlclothes/gorgeous-womens-fashion/

 

Until next time my friends.