{Lifestyle} Body Confidence

Saturday, July 25, 2015

"One day I had to sit down with myself and decide that I loved myself no matter what my body looked like and what other people thought about my body." - Gabourey Sidibe

This is going to be a more difficult post to write because I do still struggle with this every single day. But, I have the most supporting and loving boyfriend, who is constantly sending me sweet messages, encouraging me to love myself. And shoutout to him because it is our 4 months today, small milestone but it's been so wonderful.

1. Change your inner voice

Replace negative thoughts with positive ones. Shift your focus from what your body looks like to what it does, and what it can do. Tell yourself how proud you are of what your body can do, positive thoughts will outshine the negative ones. 

2. Surround yourself with positive people

Positivity spreads like wildfire. Having negative people in your life will reflect within you, someone else's body hate will influence you, and how you think about your body without even really realizing it. Also, stop "fat talk" among friends, support each other on not-so-confident days. 

3. Look good, feel good

Feeling good internally can boost your self esteem and confidence. Take care of yourself in ways hat make you feel good, if you don't like going to the gym alone, try taking a zumba class and it gives you a new chance to make new friends. Identify parts of your body that you love, and focus on those parts on days that you don't feel confident. 

4. Dress to impress

Wearing your favorite clothing pieces, and dressing true to your own personal style and this will give you confidence. Personally, heels are something that definitely give me confidence, they help me to be more conscious of my posture, and hold my head high. Another tip that works for me is to wear matching bra and pantie sets. I'm not sure why,  but knowing that they match brings me confidence.

5. Accepting compliments

This is something that I find really hard. Especially on days where I don't feel pretty and I get a compliment my first thought is "yeah, right" but I need to remember that someone is complimenting me and that they do think I'm pretty and I should accept it gracefully. And they can definitely boost your confidence. 

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{Fashion} Small Haul

Saturday, July 18, 2015

HELLO BEAUTIES- I've been sick for the past week so apologies for not posting anything. Today I have a small haul from last weekend for you. If some of you have been following me for a while you might remember a post I did about a Boutique in Carlise, PA. Link to post HERE. We once again went to the same boutique and then ended up at another one as well and so I wanted to show you my purchases.

These two items are from The Clothes Vine. Super gorgeous and I can't wait to wear them. I've been wearing the ring when I am not working, but the headband I haven't worn yet. I actually want to wear it with the scarf that I bought at a different store. The headband was $5 and the ring was $9

This is the scarf I want to wear the headband with. It is a circle scarf and it seems like high quality. It was originally $22 but it was on sale for $5. I got it at the Time Bomb, it is a boutique that sells vintage clothing, accessories, and some home decor items. It was my first time being in there and it was really pretty cool! I can't wait till I can go back. 

The other Item I purchased was this blazer also from The Time Bomb, it was on sale for $2 so that was a steal. And when I tried it on my sister really liked it on me so I thought that I would get it. I think that this would be perfect to wear for a client presentation with black dress pants. 

So that is all I purchased. Small haul, but I am looking forward to putting these items in my closet, and I love each piece. Hope you all are having a fabulous day! 



{Fashion} 4th of July Weekend Haul

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

HELLO LOVELY READERS- Today I have a haul for you from this past weekend. I flew, with my Sister and her boyfriend, to visit my boyfriend. And of course, we did LOTS of shopping so here we go.... 

I LOVE statement necklaces, seriously they are my favorite staple. And So the first two necklaces (left to right) are part of the 2 for $10 deal from Charlotte Russe, and the necklace on the far right is from Forever 21 and ended up being like $0.83

Silver necklaces are what looks best with my skin tone, but I have a ton of gold ones anyway and all three sets are layered ones so I'm guessing that will be a huge trend for fall. So the two necklaces on the outside were part of Charlotte Russe's 2 for $10 and the middle necklace was from Forever 21 for $5.50 I believe. 

Can you tell I love Charlotte Russe? I found these shoes on sale for $5.00 Such a steal. I wore them on the plane ride home and they are SO comfortable. And super cute.

So what is a haul without Target Dollar spot stuff? Everything was a dollar except I believe the stamp set was $3

A Forever 21 find for $6.50. I thought this was SUPER ADORABLE and I had to get it. It reminds me of Kate Spade. 

A couple hair accessories from Hot Topic, part of the buy one get one half off. The headband was $8.50 and the bows, $6.50 half off. 

Back to Charlotte Russe again, they had a ton of scarves on sale for $1.99 a piece. Who can beat that?! The pink, white and red scarves were all this price. 

Another Forever 21 Purchase, this is going to be the purse I take along to Ireland in 2016. It was $22.50

Forever 21 was having a buy one get one free sale and I took advantage of it getting this black vest and the next 3 items. 

Ed Sheeran tee was a total splurge at Hot Topic, but I LOVE Ed Sheeran and I hope to see him in concert in September so I had to have this. 

So that is about everything, I forgot to add what I got from Bath & Body works, and a book I bought but I'm sure you will see them in a post soon. 

Hope you have a wonderful day! 



{Lifestyle} Goals V. Realistic Goals

Monday, July 6, 2015

HELLO LOVELIE PEOPLE OF THE INTERNET- I have not disappeared, no no. I have been busy with working, and the past holiday weekend I flew to see my boyfriend, and it was amazing and was crazy busy and I bought lots of clothes and do-dads (post on what I bought within the next 2-3 days), and I had such a lovely time.

Today's post is about setting goals. I read a quote from Shape Magazine when they interviewed Hilary Duff for the May cover, and she talked about "Keeping it {workout goals, etc} simple, and realistic". And that got to me. I'm sure all of us do this, we set goals on December 31, ready to be a new person the following day on that fresh start of a new year... and how many of us fail those goals? Our fitness, financial, romantic, etc etc etc goals. Or we do it for a month, but don't see results and we quit. I do that with various fitness routines. I often find myself quitting after only a couple weeks because "i didn't see the results I wanted." And when I read that quote it hit me that maybe I am going about setting my goals the wrong way. For example; I want to loose weight, and I would like to loose around 30 pounds. But if I say in 6 months I will have lost those thirty pounds, but in reality at the six month mark I only lost 20, I would be disappointed. So instead of saying 6 months, 30 lbs down, If I go. I will try to loose 5 lbs a month for 6 months. Saying it like that is more motivating, realistic, and you reach the goal date, probably more successful. Breaking a big goal, into smaller more achievable goals is what will help you be successful, and not just in fitness. (* The idea of breaking down larger goals into smaller goals was from Lara Casey's "Make it happen" book, but I didn't really put two and two together, and have it really click until I read the article on Hilary Duff.)

1. Write down CRAZY dreams/ goals- ones that you think are super unattainable, irrational, totally "out of this world" I wrote down a bunch of goals that I thought were crazy and totally out of my league. Ideas that I could almost only dream of doing.

2. Take those crazy goals and come up with similar more realistic goals For example say a dream goal for someone might be having a super fancy big house. And then realistic goal might be to have a comfortable decent sized home. Or to have lots of money, but a realistic goal would be to have  a comfortable amount in the bank to feel secure.

3. Make steps toward realistic goals Write down the goal and list a few steps you can take to reach that goal. So you can use the example from above of setting smaller month to month goals for loosing weight before hitting a 6 month mark, or if you want to start a blog you would break down steps like 1)research what type of blog to create 2) research content ideas for said blog 3) research platforms 4) choose name for blog 5) decide on how to design, pay for it vs. DIY vs. pre-done free etc 6) choose platform, pay for domain name if desired 7) register and create blog ... Etc  Breaking the goal down into easier steps helps get "the ball rolling" so to speak, and you will feel great checking off each step as you do them!

I hope this post was interesting to you all, and I HIGHLY recommend Lara Casey's book, link HERE for it on Amazon. Please let me know what you thought! I appreciate the comments!



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