Sunday, May 17, 2015

Imperfections


I have always been a perfectionist. Ever since I can remember, everything that I've done has had to better than just "good enough" which has always pushed me to try my hardest. Because I had to do everything perfectly, I've often held myself to those very same standards and have found it difficult to accept imperfections.
Imperfections are very tricky things; we all have them, yet try our hardest to deny them. Society today makes it seem as though you have to be perfect in order to be successful, and the person with the least amount of imperfections is automatically thought of as the best. We reject these parts of ourselves because we believe they make us weak and not good enough, when often times they are the very things that set us apart and make all of us unique. If we were all perfect human beings, the world would be an extremely boring place because everyone you meet would be the same.
I have many imperfections - I'm extremely stubborn, indecisive, self-conscious and I worry way too much. It's hard sometimes to accept these things because I hate to feel weak, but they're also the things that make up who I am. As humans we're of course way more than our imperfections, but they are fundamental to who we are. The people who love us have to accept our imperfections, and even come to love those too. I think it's really important to accept them ourselves as well. When you love every part of yourself, life gets a lot easier to handle. And when you accept every part of yourself, it's a lot easier to be comfortable with yourself in every situation.
I was tagged on YouTube for the Imperfections tag, and I'm so glad I was! It was so cool to think about my own imperfections and how they make us all so human. I think it's a really good idea to think about our imperfections and accept that they are a part of us. It helps so much to accept them because once you accept the "worst" things about yourself, the good things are so much easier to notice! One of my New Years "resolutions" was to start loving myself, so this was such a cool thing to think about. So let's spread around some much needed self love!



What are your imperfections?

Thank you so much for reading, you are all beautiful, and have a wonderful day! :)

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Weekend Recap: We Got a Puppy!

This past week has been absolutely crazy. Because it was Mother's Day weekend, I was planning on going home for the weekend on Friday, but ended up getting sick Wednesday and going home Thursday night so I could be sick at home. Once I got home, my parents told me we were getting a puppy from California, and that that they would be going to get her on Monday night! I was super excited because one of our dogs passed away a couple of months ago, and ever since then our other two dogs have been really sad and mopey. We all thought a puppy would be a great way to cheer them up, and who doesn't want a puppy?!
My parents asked if I wanted to go with them on Monday, but I wouldn't be able to because those are my busiest days with classes, and I didn't want to miss that much school with midterms coming up. Because of that, we decided to leave Friday night to get her! It took us 12 hours to drive to California from our house, and then another 12 hours to drive back. Needless to say, 30 hours later (we had to stop a lot to let our dogs out of the car to stretch their legs, bathroom and food breaks, etc., which added up to an extra 4 hours) we were all very ready to get home and out of the car.

And this is Willow! The 30 hour road trip was so worth it to get her. She is such a sweetheart and fits right in with our family, which consists of two other dogs and four cats. It took our other two dogs, TJ and Miki, a day or so to get used to her, but they are playing like best friends now.

Here are some photos from the trip:


She was kind of nervous at first in the car.


This is TJ, my dog.
She became more brave and started trying to cuddle with him!
And then TJ didn't really like that so he came up and sat on my lap. Not even kidding.
Typical puppy chewing on everything.


We stopped at Lake Shasta real quick which was really pretty!
After 30 hours in the car, home didn't even seem real, and we all slept for a good 12 hours. 
TJ was so happy to be home and able to run around.
This is Miki, and she was super happy to be home as well.
Miki was really unsure of Willow at first, but she warmed up to her. She loves to "mother" her!
Willow just adores Miki - and TJ - and loves to do everything that they do. 

Overall, the trip was actually fun and definitely worth it to get a puppy! I didn't end up doing hardly any homework which I'm paying for now, but again, so worth it! Willow is the perfect little addition to our family and I will definitely cherish these memories. It's hard being away at college sometimes when you miss your family, so this weekend was really exactly what I needed! And summer is only a couple of weeks away, so I'll be able to spend lots of time with all of my puppies.

What did you do this weekend?

Thank you so much for reading, and have a wonderful day! :)

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Cinderella Inspired Prom Makeup!

I went and saw the Cinderella movie about a month ago and it was so amazing! Dare I say it's even better than the original animated one?! All of the costumes, hair, makeup, and everything else was so gorgeous! I seriously fell in love within the first five minutes. I also love the message of "have courage and be kind" that they drive to the audience throughout the whole movie.
Since I loved the movie so much, I did a makeup look for prom inspired by it! I had so much fun doing this, and what girl doesn't want to look like Cinderella for prom?!


 I used the colors in my Naked 1 and 3 palette for this look since they both have really pretty soft pinks! I wanted this whole look to be really glowy and soft since Cinderella really doesn't wear a lot of harsh makeup in the movie, even during the ball.

I also used the "skintuitive" lipgloss from Tarte for this look, and it changes into a different color for each person! It was so cool watching the color change.

Here is my YouTube video where you can watch how I got this look! :)

Well I just wanted to do a quick post showing this look! I'm a freshman in college so I of course am not going to prom, but I thought this might be helpful for those of you going to prom! I know I always had the hardest time deciding what makeup to wear for prom.

Have you seen the new Cinderella?

Thank you so much for reading, and have a wonderful day! :)

Sunday, May 3, 2015

How to Deal With Rejection


One of the things that undeniably, and to put quite simply, sucks about the human experience is rejection. Everyone can relate to it and has been through it; be it through a job you didn't get, a dream role given to someone else, or in your love life. Rejection cuts right to the core and makes you question exactly who you are, and more often than not your self-esteem takes a huge blow. While it does indeed suck, what sucks even more is letting it keep you down and doubt what kind of a person you are. I'm someone who has always struggled with rejection - my self-esteem has never been the greatest, and I often let other's opinions of myself bother me way more than they should. It has taken me a long time to realize that the only opinion about me that matters is my own. It really doesn't matter how others see you - it matters how you see you.
Since I've faced a lot of rejection in my life (who hasn't?) I thought I would share with you guys some tips on how I get over rejection.

1. Give yourself time to simply cry it out.
Crying is such a great therapy sometimes. I actually hate crying in front of others (I was a huge crybaby when I was younger), but it can actually be very therapeutic. I think it's important to accept your hurt feelings after rejection, and simply give yourself time to say "You know what, this isn't what I was hoping for, and I'm really sad about it." The important thing, however, is to not get stuck in this stage. Just give yourself a couple of hours to do this, a day if you need it, and move on.

2. Do not let the rejection define you - it does not have anything to do with who you are.
It took me a long time to realize this. My first instinct after rejection is to start questioning and blaming myself. I was rejected because I'm not pretty enough, smart enough, strong enough. Those thoughts pass through my mind over and over and I have to literally tell myself that it has nothing to do with the person I am. The way you deal with rejection defines who you are. If you let it knock you down and stay there, you are only doing more harm to yourself.

3. Don't be afraid to reach out to friends.
If you're having a hard time with the rejection, don't hesitate to reach out to friends for advice, or simply just a shoulder to cry on. There is no shame in asking for help, and your friends will be more than happy to do so. Talking and having someone listen can be really helpful and make you feel less alone. You'll probably be feeling really insecure after rejection, so having someone there for you can help you feel a lot more secure about yourself.

4. Get your mind off of it.
Go out and take a walk, read a good book, or watch a movie. There are literally hundreds of things you could be doing instead of dwelling on the rejection. It's not at all healthy to sit at home and think about the hurt all day because you'll never get over it. Getting your mind off of it helps you realize there are other important things in your life, and that you eventually will get over it.

5. Don't let it make you afraid.
Sometimes when we face rejection, it's easy to say "Well I'm never trying that again!" It's important, though, to get right back on the horse. Don't let one rejection - or twenty - make you afraid to try your hardest at something, or be too afraid to try it again. So what you didn't get that one job? You'll find another one! That guy doesn't like you back? You will find someone even better. Rejection isn't the end of the world, but something to learn from and apply the lesson next time. 

It's so important to learn how to deal with rejection, because you'll probably face it a lot in your life. A bleak point, I know, but if you realize it doesn't make you a bad person, you'll be able to handle it a lot better. It's a part of life, and something that everyone has to go through before they get a simple "yes." You will hear "no" more, but once you get that "yes," it'll all be worth it.

How do you deal with rejection?

Thank you so much for reading, and have a wonderful day :)

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

OOTD: Flowers and Fountains

It's no secret how excited I have been for spring and warmer weather, and I have definitely been taking advantage of that by wearing all of my spring dresses! Here is (yet another) outfit I wore the other day when it was a little cloudy out, but still nice!

I haven't told you guys, but I'm a secret duck whisperer.





Dress: Urban Outfitters
Cardigan: Aeropostal
Booties: Nordstrom

I really love wearing this long cardigan with dresses on days where it's not quite warm enough to only wear a dress! It's also a great neutral that goes with pretty much everything! The crochet is so pretty, too, and I love the pattern of it.

You might also notice that I got a whole new look for my blog! I'm so happy with it, and it was definitely time for a change! I have gotten really serious about my blog this past year, so I wanted a template that was more clean and simple, but still had some nice color to it. Let me know what you think! I am in love with it :)

Thank you so much for reading, and have a wonderful day!

Friday, April 24, 2015

A Word About Stress


I can't explain how stressful this week has been. I have had multiple midterms and a mountain of homework to conquer - I guess I didn't fully realize just how stressful college can get, since I haven't been this overwhelmed yet. On Wednesday, I had to just sit down and force myself to take a break from homework and studying because I was driving myself insane. I know that I push myself too hard sometimes, and it's so difficult for me to take a moment and realize that it's okay if I need to take a break in order to continue doing my best. I am a perfectionist to the core, so doing something with only half of my effort is never an option. While that isn't necessarily a bad thing, it can be unhealthy when I literally force myself to power through homework and studying to the point where I am in tears.
I have never dealt with anxiety and stress well, and being at college, it is only intensified. I worry about the littlest things, and when I'm stressed I am just a ball of nerves that gets worse and worse until I inevitably break down. I envy people who don't have anxiety; to go a day without worrying about every little thing would be a dream. Sometimes it's difficult for my friends to understand how I fixate on little things and have trouble making decisions because I worry about every single outcome possible. What if I make the wrong decision? Or what if this happens, or that, or even something I didn't even account for? I think about it all, and it makes me so angry with myself because I wish I could just easily make a decision and just be done with it.
All my life, my dad has always told me "It ain't nothin' but a thing" when I'm really worried about something, which helps put everything into perspective. Like the quote above, the way you deal with stress and anxiety is more important than the actual thing that is stressful. I know that I don't deal with stress and anxiety in the best way; I just try and focus on other people and never talk about my own stress with others because I don't want to be a bother to anyone. I love helping people and listening to their problems, but I just don't like to draw attention to myself since I'm a very shy person. I've slowly been realizing, though, that it's really important to talk about your troubles. Loved ones are the people you should be able to talk about anything with, and for me, that is my parents most of the time. It helps me when I get other opinions and advice, and to also put things into perspective. A big thing to me could be something small to others, which helps me realize that my worry just might be magnified in my eyes, or that I'm making something way bigger than it needs to be
I don't want this post to be just totally depressing, haha. Writing this is just a sort of therapy for myself after the week I've had. My blog is a creative outlet in which I can write about anything, and that sometimes includes things that are troubling me, or struggling with. I want the majority of my blog to be about all of the things that make me happy, but sometimes I need to talk about the hard things in life. I don't think it would be fair to myself or anyone else if I didn't share my own struggles, because we all have them and need to talk about them sometimes. So while I had a brutal week, I also know that it's finally the weekend and I can do nothing and just wind down from all of this stress!

How was your week?

Thank you so much for reading, and as always have a wonderful day :)

Saturday, April 18, 2015

DIY tumblr Inspired Spring Decor!

I love changing up my room for the different seasons, and since spring is probably my favorite (I feel like I say that about all seasons once they come around...), I was super excited to do some DIY projects to spruce up my dorm room for spring!

 All of these projects were so fun to make, and pretty easy and inexpensive! I had a lot of the items lying around the house and you probably will too!

Distressed Mason Jars
 What You Will Need:
-Mason Jars
-Acrylic Craft Paint
-Paint Brush
-Rubbing Alcohol
-Cotton Rounds
-Sand Paper (not pictured)

1. Start off by cleaning the Mason Jars with Rubbing alcohol to make sure all of the oils are off of the glass and the paint will stick.
2. Begin painting the Mason Jars with a thin first coat. Let the first coat dry completely before you put on a second!!
3. Paint on a second coat once the first is completely dry.
4. If using a lighter color, paint on a third coat once the second coat is completely dry. I had to do this with the pink since it was so pale.
5. Let all of the coats dry over night. This is very important!
6. Once they have all dried completely over night, you can start to sand them to create a distressed look. I had a 120 grit sandpaper, which I found to work great! Just go around and sand wherever you want the paint to look old and distressed, and make sure to especially sand the words so they stand out.
 The finished products!

I used them as vases when my friend got me flowers!
This project isn't difficult, you just have to make sure to wipe the jars down with rubbing alcohol or else the paint won't stick well, and you have to let the coats dry really well! 

Sea Glass Jars
 What You Will Need:
-Cheap plastic cup
-Milk bottles (I got mine from Michael's)
-Elmer's glue
-Dawn Dish Soap (any dish soap will work just fine)
-Blue and green food coloring
-Paint brush

1. Add 2 tablespoons of Elmer's glue to the cup, and 1 tablespoon of water (it's a 2:1 ratio if you want to change up the amount). Mix until water is incorporated.
2. Add 3 drops of blue food coloring and 1 drop of green, as well as 1 drop of Dawn dish soap. Mix until the "paint" is a nice sea-foam green color.
3. Begin painting one, thin layer onto each milk bottle.
4. Once each milk bottle has a thin layer, you are done! Just let them dry overnight and they will look like the picture below! Don't worry if they look streaky while drying, they will dry to be a nice opaque color! I was skeptical while I was watching mine dry but they turned out just fine.

The finished bottles! I put some fake peonies in them because I thought it looked so adorable.
This project seems like it would be difficult, but it was actually really easy! I love how they turned out, and I'm so excited to change up the flowers in them!

Mini Flower Wreath
 What You Will Need:
-Small grapevine wreath
-Little fake flowers on a "vine"

1. This project is really simple and self-explanatory; just take the "vines" of flowers and weave them through the wreath! Keep doing this until you are satisfied with how the wreath looks, at which point you are done.
I think it turned out so cute, and it's the perfect way to add some color to your room!

Alright, well those are all of the projects! I basically went on a DIY frenzy over spring break which was so much fun. I think I'm going to do a lot over the summer when I have more time! So expect a lot more hehe. You can also check out the video I did on all of these projects to see a more in-depth explanation for each one!


Thank you so much for reading, and have a wonderful day! :)