Happy Halloween, Pumpkins!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

love, Peter Pan and Tiger Lily

old school

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Sometimes it's fun to put down my digital camera and grab a disposable.
Not sure why they ever went out of style. I love the grainy feel and
perfectly imperfect look of these. Here are a few from my birthday week:


(other disposable camera pics here

a little food for thought

Saturday, October 27, 2012

I was rummaging through my blog archives the other day, curious as to what my life looks like on the outside. You see someone who looks happy 100 percent of the time, always put together, smiling and loving life. The truth is, when I post a picture of me it is because I actually took the time to throw on some makeup and look "presentable". The other 99 percent of the time I'm hanging around the house in my work out clothes, makeup free, with a messy bun. No, not the cute kind of messy bun you see people effortlessly rocking, but the kind that makes me look in the mirror and laugh at myself. Actually chuckle, because who in their right mind goes out in public without brushing their hair? Well...me. I do. It's not because I think the "I didn't put any effort into this" look is actually a good look for me. It's because I'm tired. Tired of always trying to put on a happy face and pretend my life is perfect. In all honesty, I am happy...most of the time. But the other times I just can't shake the feeling of loneliness. I'm surrounded by people who love me, so why on earth do feel lonely sometimes. 

It's no secret I have battled with my fair share of depression, but I haven't felt debilitatingly sad in a couple years. I'm nowhere near as sad or lonely as I have ever been, but I'm tired of trying to not be sad ever. People get sad. People cry for no reason, or lots of reasons. No ones life is perfect. Mine sure as hell isn't, and may never be. But it's ok. And I'm ok. I will always have the love and support of my family to help me feel better and my best. I will always have my close friends to pick me up when I'm feeling down and need a little support.

I guess this is just my way to tell you, whoever is reading this post, that it's ok to feel sad sometimes. Just know that it will pass! You were made to be you, and you do it better than anyone else can. Don't rely solely on what people think of you. I used to let others dictate my moods. I would let their opinions shape my feelings about myself, but not anymore. 

Now, I'm living for me and it's the best decision I could have ever made. 

blog design : The Marvelous Flight of Cara

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

When I say Cara is one of the most genuine people I've been lucky enough to meet, I
am not exaggerating! She contacted me wanted a completely fresh blog makeover.
Something simple, yet colorful. We played around with the design, together every
step of the way, until we found something that was uniquely her. I'm loving the
friendship we made throughout the process.

She lives right by where I used to go to school! For two years we may have bumped into one 
another at a social gathering or grocery store, multiple times. Her story is one that resonates with 
every fiber inside me. We were made to be friends, and I plan on being just that, for a long time. 
I adore you Cara, and can't wait to grab that coffee and chat one day soon!

Go check out her design and show her some lovin'.

you are my SUNSHINE.

Monday, October 22, 2012

She really is a little beam of light in this dreary weather.
Love her to pieces!!!
Happy Monday! Stay dry and check out my newest blog design, that
I plan on writing about tomorrow, here! I can't saw enough great 
fabulous amazing things about Cara. She may just be my long lost bff...

Currently:

Friday, October 19, 2012

Up to my eye balls in homework and fun blog designs!
Here's a list of my fall favs to help you transition 
smoothly into the weekend (like that's ever an issue).
- A slightly cool breeze.
- A weekend t.v. marathon.
- A cup of hot green tea.
- Tights and scarves.
- Carving pumpkins.
- Raisin oatmeal cookies.
-Cuddling by a fire.

Ok I'm aware these things are all fun to do year round, but Fall just puts me in an awesome mood and makes me want to do them even more. If only I wasn't so busy... I now feel like I need to plan my naps to get the most done throughout my day. Who have I become? Those bad boys used to be sporadic and fun, but now instead of feeling rested after waking up, I feel guilty about wasting time. Hey, If that's all I have to complain about right now I think I'll survive! (and count my lucky stars just in case.)

Congrats to Chelsea T for winning my giveway! And thank you
to everyone that entered! I sure did feel the love :)

these boots are made for rockin'

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

It's safe to say these new boots are my favorite pair of shoes.
I'm willing to bet they may be seen around these parts for a long while...
boots: Frye//sweater: Nasty Gal//shorts: Foreign Exchange//purse: Marc Jacobs
A little update:

School is majorly time consuming and challenging, but in
the most amazing way! I never thought I'd have so much fun
doing homework each and every day (for hours on end mind you).
I'm learning new things each and every class, and soon I can't wait to
show you what I've been working on :) I finally feel like I'm exactly 
where I'm supposed, and that feels beyond amazing!  

(Enter my giveaway here! Add your weekly digs here!)

Weekly Digs (Link Up)

Monday, October 15, 2012

Still overwhelmed with the love I felt on my birthday!
And the amazing gifts I received from some of my loved ones!!
(Enter my birthday giveaway here)

1//2//3//4
Eye Candy
Here we are week two! I'm starting a new feature here on the blog with Allie from beauty and the feast! We have joined forces to combine our previous features ("Eye Candy of the Week" and "Things I Dig") into one giant link up! We will be teaming up each Monday to show you what we're digging this week, and we would love for you to do the same! Make a collage or simply provide some links for your readers to follow. That way we can get to know more about you and what makes you happy (your wallet...not so much).

Hosts:
           
Here are the rules:
Follow the two hosts.  
Grab the button and put it up on your blog.
Link up your weekly digs!

(YOU HAVE AN ENTIRE WEEK TO LINK UP! WE WILL BE SHARING OUR WEEKLY DIGS EVERY MONDAY, SO COME BACK FOR MORE EACH WEEK :) IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO SHARE AND LINK UP!)




birthday wear.

Friday, October 12, 2012

I had school all day yesterday, but because it was my birthday I thought I'd try
something new! I've seen tights and shorts all around the internet lately, and I thought
I'd try my hand at the trend. Loved how it turned out! Of course yesterday was the first rain
this season, but I love dressing warm so it ended up being a blessing in disguise :)
I ended my night with a family dinner to sushi. Just what the doctor ordered!!
This weekend I''ll be out and about celebrating the big two-one, but make sure to check back
in on Monday for Weekly Digs (you still have till Sunday to join this weeks link up)! 
Go enter my birthday giveaway here too!

scarf & shorts: urban outfitters
sweater: free people
tights: forever 21
boots: steve madden

p.s. thank you for the happy birthdays! especially from this lady
who sent me a personal heart felt email! I adore you Kyna!

A Birthday Giveaway!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

So technically it's my birthday today, but why shouldn't you be allowed to win
some fun goodies from yours truly? These are all some of my absolute favorite 
things! This is just a huge thank you for supporting me and this exciting time in my life :)
Here's what you could win:


I'm 21 today! Woohoo. I can't wait to make this the most successful year to date!

To My Mommy

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Just a short list of some of my favorite things about you:

1. You make we want to be the best version of myself, 
just to make you proud.
2. You are my best friend. I can tell you things
 I could never tell another soul.
3. You are the most selfless human on the planet.
4. You are the hardest working mom person I know.  
5. You are truly an inspiration to me.

Some people say they can't wait to grow up and be nothing like their parents, 
but if I get to be half the women she is, I think I'll be just fine.


Today is your day mom!! 143 

Weekly Digs (Link Up)

one/two/three/four/five
Eye Candy
I'm starting a new feature here on the blog with Allie from beauty and the feast ! We have joined forces to combine our previous features ("Eye Candy of the Week" and "Things I Dig") into one giant link up! We will be teaming up each Monday to show you what we're digging this week, and we would love for you to do the same! Make a collage or simply provide some links for your readers to follow. That way we can get to know more about you and what makes you happy (your wallet...not so much).

Hosts:
           
Here are the rules:
Follow the two hosts.  
Grab the button and put it up on your blog.
Link up your weekly digs!

(YOU HAVE AN ENIRE WEEK TO LINK UP! WE WILL BE SHARING OUR WEEKLY DIGS EVERY MONDAY, SO COME BACK FOR MORE EACH WEEK :) IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO SHARE AND LINK UP!)





twenty-one

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Looking back just one short year ago my life was totally different!
I was living away from my family and had no idea what I wanted to do
with the rest of my life. I struggled, up until recently, with what made me
happy. With what would make me most proud to say I would do upon 
graduating. I'm 110 percent content ecstatic with the way my life is turning
out and with the company I am beyond lucky to keep. I was looking back at
a post I wrote almost one year ago to the day where I wrote down some of 
my hopes for my twentieth year...
.
"It seems so weird to be this young and so completely happy with where my life is headed. 20, I am so excited to see where we end up.

I will strive to:

-Be a better person
-Spend more time with my friends and family
-Enjoy life more
-Help others
& -Learn something new "

Looks like I had the right idea back then. Come the 11th I'll be twenty-one and
I'll have a whole new year full of new opportunities I can't wait to take full advantage of :)  

Happy Friday

Friday, October 5, 2012


enjoy this little goodie! go ahead and grab it
if you'd like :) just make sure to link back to me.
make sure you check back on Monday for a fun little 
project I've been working on! happy weekend everyone...

thank you thank you for all the well wishes on my first day of school yesterday! I already LOVE it and can't wait to go back on Monday (who says that?) I'm just so happy with where I am right now... including the great friends I've made here :)

FIDM

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

With school starting tomorrow, I have been axiously looking at these pictures
over and over again trying imagine myself somewhere in them, roaming around 
campus. This is such a fun experience, however I am more nervous than I have been
in a long time. I have no friends in my classes, and trying to open up and be social (so
unlike me) is going to be hard, but I'm up for the challenge! Hey, it's only 18 months
of my life right? Everyone I've met tells me it will be the most challenging, fun, and 
exciting two years. I'm counting on them being right!


(I also added some goodies to my side bar! A much easier way 
to navigate through certain posts, don't you think?)

new beginnings!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

I love me a good summer vacation just like the next person, but 4 whole months?
Let's be real! I'm ready to start school! And I get to do just that on Thursday. I'm 
ready to be busy again. Like really truly busy! I had orientation yesterday and it was 
such a magical day. Everyone there wants to help you succeed! Such a breath of fresh
air! I got all sorts of goodies and my brain is filled to its brim with information.
<< I think this is the start of a beautiful friendship adventure >>
 

Happy October! I have an amazing project in the works! Get excited ;)
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