my style…or something like that…

First of all, before I get into all things style-related, even though I already said this to them, I need to say thank you so, so much to the people that left such sweet comments on my post last night. I am so blessed to have connected with such wonderful people through blogging – people that are real, and understand, and are so quick to encourage and lift up. It is a truly wonderful feeling to know that you are surrounded by a marvelous support system, whether it is in real life, or over the internet. Although last night was sort of just one of those nights, what I wrote about, as vague as I was, is still a reality for me, and writing about it helped to alleviate some of that pressure that builds inside me over time. But I promise that overall I’m okay! Pinky swear! Again, I am so overwhelmingly appreciative of the response to that post last night, and I’m sendign lots and lots of love to those people that reached out to me! Thank you again! 

Whew! Okay, back to the lighter side of the world! 

The prompt for today for “Blog Every Day in February” is “Describe your style,” so I’m just gonna go ahead and jump right in! 

My style is pretty much all over the place. Umm, it’s kind of a problem. I went through a phase at the end of last summer when I tried to turn my style vibe into something unique and slightly edgy. Yeah, some sort of life crisis happened there…I cut my hair super-short (like, above shoulder-length), and asymmetrical (which sounds like a bad idea, but there was a vision behind it, I promise, and it actually turned out pretty sweet), and the edgy vibe seemed to naturally show itself. I shopped for tops in blacks, and grays, and army-green colors, and I’m actually pretty proud of myself and my ability to stick to a look and a purpose during that stage of wardrobe re-vamp-ment. It wasn’t really a punk look, but more of an urban-sophisticated look…or at least that’s what I was going for, whether it turned out or not. 

Since then, my hair has grown out somewhat, although the asymmetrical-ness is still there, and my style has slowly migrated back into normality. I miss my long hair, and messy buns, and french braids, and classy curls, so I’m currently working on growing these short tresses out. I am in need of a trim, but I can’t quite bring myself to cut off more of it, after coming even this far, although I know you’re supposed to cut your hair every so often. 

So with all of this hair-talk, I guess you could say my hair is a huge part of my style. I’ve figured out that even a simple t-shirt and jeans can look put-together if the hair looks good. I like to think that I put some effort into my outfits on a regular basis, but in reality, I’m usually more on the casual side. I do love dressing up, though, so maybe if I could afford all of Old Navy and J. Crew, I’d do the dressing up-thing more often…

I’d describe my style (or my attempt at style) as relaxed-classy. If that even works, ha. I’m not always dressed to the nines, but I do enjoy looking nice and at least slightly put-together. 

I do have a couple signature components of my outfits that show up on those days when I try a little harder, as well as on those days where I don’t try at all. So I suppose that describing my style involves describing those as well!

-FLATS. Every. single. day. I wear ’em with grungy t-shirts and jeans, or with dressier outfits. When I’m feeling really lazy and my feet are cold, it’s socks with flats all the way. Even better if the socks are neon-colored. Flats rule. 

-RINGS. My hands feel naked if there isn’t some kind of a ring on at least one finger. I definitely wear pretty rings on lazy days, too. There’s something so elegant about a ring, whether it’s a simple band, or a huge statement ring.

-SCARVES. So versatile. So comfy. So cute. One of my few complaints about summer is that it’s too hot to wear scarves, so it’s a sad party over here when the scarves slowly migrate to the back of my closet when the thermometer climbs. 

-MAXI SKIRTS/DRESSES. These are amazing, if for no other reason than the fact that you don’t need to worry about shaving your legs to wear them. They also fulfill my little-girl desire to feel like a princess, so it’s a win-win. 

And to finish it off with a vision that’s a little bit more legit and consistent than mine, if I could look perfect and ultra-put-together every day of my life, here’s some Pinterest inspiration that I {think} reflects my style…or at least what I’d like my style to resemble someday…

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WHAT IS YOUR STYLE? Leave a comment and tell me about it! I love hearing from you! 

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my favorite things // 02-17-2014

I didn’t do my usual “favorite things” post on Saturday, since I’m in the middle of this whole “blog every day in February” thing with set prompts and such, and I kinda missed it! This past week was quite solid, and chock full of little moments of goodness, but I’ll narrow it down.

1. BLOGGING. Holy cow I have spent so much time on it lately. With writing a post every day, plus tweaking with the overall design of this here blog, it’s been a lot. I’m not sure if I should call it wasting time, or being productive. It makes me feel better to think I’m accomplishing something, so we’re going to go with the productivity description. Plus, there’s some serious enjoyment going on over here with all of this, so it’s a win-win in my eyes. I talked about my future blogging hopes in this post, and I seriously wish that work and an education didn’t have to happen all the time, because I totally have the capacity sit at my laptop for hours doing blog-related things. I’d say finally buying my own domain (lifeandloveliness.com) was one of the highlights of my week, mainly because now I feel super-legit (although whether I really am legit or not is quite debatable).

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2. THE OLYMPICS. Yes, I know I already mentioned this in another favorites post, but guys, it just keeps getting better! I’m about ready to become a figure skater over here. And if that doesn’t work out, then Plan B is the ski jump. The thrill-seeking side of me is making its appearance, and flying through the air, without anything holding you up, or holding you back, just looks like some serious fun. (image source)

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3. THROWIN’ IT BACK. I watched “Camp Rock” on Saturday morning, and “High School Musical 2” last weekend, because, well, they were on Netflix, and why not. I was in the mood for some nostalgia and a throwback to the days when Disney Channel original movies were my favorite movies ever. Since this was back before the popularity of Facebook and Twitter and all of that, my best friend and I sent each other emails full of lots of colored font, all-caps sentences, and numerous exclamations of excitement for weeks before High School Musical 2 was about to come out. Let’s just say that watching those movies this time around was a bit more amusing than it was when I was in middle school… (image source)

4. UNEXPECTED COMPLIMENTS. They’re just the nicest, you know?

5. BLUE SKIES AFTER RAIN. I’ve actually really enjoyed the torrential rain the past few days here, and it has made for some epic running adventures, but today the sky is a medium-soft blue and I love it. The world is beginning to hint just a tiny bit at spring, and it’s wonderful.

What are your favorite things lately?

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a big dream

This whole writing-pretty-words-on-a-blog thing has sneaked up on me. It kind of appeared out of nowhere. I started this blog on a complete whim, having just discovered some wonderful blogs, written by beautiful writers, and feeling the urge to write something myself. I was in an eloquent mood that night, I remember, just itching to get some sort of something out through my fingertips, itching to type up some words of possible merit for the world to read.

And guess what I’ve figured out?

I love this. I really, really love this, this writing-a-pretty-word-blog-thing – all aspects of it – writing, designing, connecting with people around the internet – all of it, no matter how much of a novice I may be at it. It’s all a learning process, and a hard one at that, but I’m enjoying this journey.

So lately, I’ve had this dream that has been tapping me on the shoulder for the past month or so, making me peek open my eyes just a tad to have a look at it.

I’m at a point in my life where the future is wiiiide open. I have so many options just sitting in front of me, both staring me down and enticing me at the same time. This dream that I’ve had lately is one that is particularly far off in the distance, but it’s gradually becoming one of the most enticing options out of the group.

So what is this dream? I have this crazy, far-off, daunting dream of getting to the point where blogging is my job, of being a full-time blogger. I want to be read, to be heard, to maybe, just maybe inspire someone or make someone’s day brighter.

Yes, I know that this takes so. much. work. I feel like a lot of it is just the luck of the draw, but I also feel like it is an attainable goal, if you put enough work in.

So yes…it’s a terribly daunting thought. And I’m not expecting to achieve this goal anytime in the near future. But I at least want to try.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about “my perfect day.” This vision of my perfect day that has gradually formed over the past few months makes me excited, but nervous at the same time that there’s no possible way that any single aspect of it could be realized. Not that I’m expecting it all to come to exact fruition (it’s a perfect day, in an imperfect world, after all), but I still have this hope that maybe, just maybe something amazingly similar could happen.

My perfect day would just be a normal day, but would involve a few specific, lovely details: my own New York City apartment, some hot chocolate, the perfect shade of lipstick on my lips, and spending my days writing beautiful, rhythmic, eloquent words for this lovely blog. It sounds so simple, and so easy, and it sounds like I just want to be lazy all my life, and that I’m just looking at the future through rose-tinted glasses, but I’m not expecting it to be a piece of cake.

The bottom line is that I know that I can’t count on this blog taking off and being wildly successful, but I can at least put hard work, and passion, and reality into it, and these words. And I know that every “How to be the best blogger ever” post mentions something about being yourself, and keeping your blogging less profit-driven, so believe me, that’s not at the forefront of my mind. I just love writing, and doing the blogging thing, and it’s something I can genuinely see myself doing for something closer to a career, and less as a hobby.

But don’t worry, the words and the work will come first. I am determined to not let myself get lost in the goals, and the means to the goals.

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The words will always come first, I promise.

WHAT IS YOUR BIG DREAM? Leave a comment and tell me about it – I love hearing from you! 

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romantic things…

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I’m not gonna lie, I do miss the days of elementary school where you decorated your own Valentine’s box with red and pink construction paper and bought cute, slightly cheesy valentines to give to your classmates. I remember over-thinking it way too much and trying to make sure the boys in my class received valentines that were the most un-romantic possible. I also went through all of the valentines I received from the boys and reading waaay too far into each of the messages printed on the store-bought valentines, trying to figure out which ones had a secret crush on me. Ah the simpler days…

Personally, I love a holiday dedicated to romance (even though it has become increasingly more commercial), even though I don’t necessarily have any significant other to spend the holiday with. It’ll all happen in it’s own due time, ya know? Some people can get a tad cynical about Valentine’s Day, but I figure that good intentions and happy, lovely things are at the root of this holiday, so I’ll take it!

If you haven’t guessed already, I have an obsession with all things romance-related, and I get some strange sense of happiness by searching for romantic pictures on Pinterest. I think city-romance pictures are my favorite. So to celebrate love, and romantic cuteness, here are some of my favorite pictures that I’ve pinned on my “Romantic things…” Pinterest board. Also, to read some beautiful words about love, read this post that I discovered today! Enjoy, and I sincerely hope you have a beautiful day, whether it is spent with someone or not!

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quote // always thankful

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I’ve seen this hanging out around Pinterest a lot, and it’s a phrase that has stuck with me ever since the first time I saw it. Just a little reminder to live with a thankful heart!

What’s your favorite quote?

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