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OOTD: Simple and Chic

May is starting up to be a whirlwind of a month. Work has been crazy busy and my calendar has majorly filled up through mid-June. Though, it’s no surprise since this month involves Austin Fashion week from May 13th – 21st (more on that next week), my birthday, holidays and weddings, and planning for my first […]

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My Fave Coachella Looks

It’s that time of year again. Weekend one of Coachella just ended and I am just in awe at the fashion that reigned over Instagram.

Most of my fave looks involved either lots of sheer material, dazzling bralettes, patterns of sparkling stars, or just overall flattering styles that just make your jaw drop. And lots of black. What can I say? It’s a classic color to wear.

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Source: @evelina

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Source: @jamienkidd

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Source: @daitrang

 

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Like, honestly, how can you not be in love with all of the fashion at Coachella? All my favorite trends are on display – and so flawlessly put together! I’m honestly so excited about the amount of sheer pieces that I saw. They’re so chic and daring all at once.

Weekend two is just a few days away and I can’t wait to see what other looks there will be. What have been some of your favorite looks, dear readers? Feel free to share and comment below!

Love,

Brittany

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Trend Alert: Off the Shoulder

I am a huge fan of the off the shoulder trend – but I’m definitely still growing my confidence in wearing them.

That’s why you can see me sporting this lightweight cardigan with my super earthy outfit (most definitely Saphire Approved!).

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While it does a good job at hiding my back and shoulders, it still doesn’t take away from the overall effect of the outfit.

However, it’s a bit too big on me and tends to slightly fall off. Which I was fine with, because it let me get away with wearing the off the shoulder just enough to where I could it could grow on me.

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Let’s talk about the top itself! It’s actually a bodysuit that I got from Altar’d State (see link here). Super cute and I just love the ruffle – it’s definitely my style. Green is one of my favorite colors. Fortunately, it goes really well with my hair color, which is a good plus in this case.

The skirt is just absolutely FAB. It’s a patchwork of suede and leather, all in gorgeous earth tones.

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As I said, this outfit is definitely Saphire approved – this earth Guardian is in love with every piece of it (though, I definitely wouldn’t wear it to battle).

That being said, I’m definitely going to work on getting more into this off the shoulder trend and starting to pop the colors a bit more as we get into spring. It is definitely a great way to enjoy some nice, cool weather and look super chic when going out!

What are your thoughts on this fun trend, dear readers? Do you have a favorite outfit that you wear? Please share and comment below!

 

By the way, I went on an absolutely fantastic trip this past Friday to the San Antonio Zoo where I got to FEED A GIRAFFE. If you know me at all, you’ll know that I’m “mildly” obsessed with these beautiful creatures. Unfortunately, I can’t share the video on my post, but you can take a look at it here. It was the highlight of the entire week.

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Signs That You Need to Slow Down

While we can all aspire to be superwoman (or superman), there comes a time when we need to stop what we’re doing and take a breather. It’s not good for our bodies or our minds to be running a marathon all of the time.

So before it gets to the point where you’re having crazy philosophical dreams that are telling you to calm it down, learn to recognize the signs that you may be overdoing it.

  1. You are tired all of the time. It’s normal to feel a bit tired after a long day at work or after a rough night’s sleep. But when tiredness and exhaustion start to seep into your bones on a daily schedule, it might be time to give your body a chance to rest up.
  2. Your anxiety levels are through the roof. Sure, we tend to get butterflies when we have a big presentation coming up or we got assigned a big report at the last moment. However, it is very bad when your levels of stress cause worry to take over your thoughts and affect your work quality. Sometimes stress can be positive, but in this case it’s only going to bring you down. Learn to say no and take off some of the workload that is causing you to chew your fingernails down to the quick.
  3. Sleep is like something out of a movie. Not real. And it’s starting to look like a galaxy far, far away is something you could get to sooner than you can fall asleep. Your mind is always racing and you can’t calm down enough to enter dreamland. When I hit this point, chamomile tea always helps to calm me down. Maybe try some meditation or calm stretches before hitting the sack.
  4. Your memory is starting to be finicky. Did you turn off the curling iron before leaving to go to work? Wasn’t that report supposed to be due tomorrow and not today at 9:00 AM? Since you are always on the go, it’s no surprise that a hundred things are racing through your mind. However, when it’s hard to remember even things that you marked down, it’s probably time to take a step back.
  5. You get easily aggravated. Are you snapping at your boyfriend all the time? Did you accidentally yell at mom over the phone? When your stress levels are high, so are your emotions. It’s easy to get angry over something small and to break down at any mistake that might occur. Take a deep breathe and try not to take it out on people who may not have done anything wrong (unless maybe they did).
  6. Going out seems more like a chore than fun. Maybe you don’t like to go out – personally, ever since I started living on my own I feel that I have become a bit of a hermit. But it might be a bad sign if going out is something you usually do (and not just to the club, but maybe to dinner with a friend or out to the movies) and you’ve started saying no to every invitation you receive.

I will be the first one to say that overworking yourself is not good – been there, done that and nothing good came out of it. Your health is most important, so remember that it is so so important to take care of yourself. What you do today paves the way for who you will be in the future – and maybe your work is taking you to that great place in your life. But if you don’t rest up and give yourself a break, you may not quite make it to your dreams in the condition that you need to be in.

How do you give yourself a rest, dear readers? Any helpful tips on maintaining healthy stress levels and your sanity? Feel free to share and comment below.

Until next time,

Brittany

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“On Behalf of the Moon…”

“…I will right wrongs and triumph over evil, and that means you!”

Let the triumphing commence with this gorgeous new palette that I just discovered (courtesies of Popsugar Beauty).

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As you can see from their picture, this fun new makeup comes in a true blue Sailor Moon Prism Compact – and I am just dying to get my hands on it! The compact isn’t available until March, but what other way is there to take on the world than in magical girl makeup?

The answer is none.

This compact is being sold by Creer Beaute and they also have other fun pieces in a Sailor Moon theme – eye makeup, powers, blushes, etc.

I’m a little upset I didn’t know about this line (Miracle Romance) any sooner. Maybe I’ll be seeing this compact sometime soon in my future.

What are your thoughts, dear readers? Interested to try out this palette or maybe just have it for your collection?

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Black Friday and It’s Terror on Wallets

It continues. Another year passes and, once again, Black Friday has claimed millions of dollars. Our wallets lay flat and lifeless in our pockets, while we are weighed down by the many items we have purchased. Is that crack the sound of my back breaking?

Okay, but more seriously, I really am feeling the dent in my bank account from just last night’s adventures – and that was all before 9 PM on Thursday. This is my first year seriously doing Black Friday and I’m wondering the consequences of my decisions.

I won’t complain – despite the long lines, I got some pretty useful items for my kitchen, hair products that I’ve been meaning to get for many a month, and a five-foot teddy bear I’ve wanted for years that I have absolutely no regrets getting. He was only $20, guys. He was worth it.

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Isn’t he just adorable?! I’ve been wanting one since we had to put our Korean Jindo down a few years ago. His name was Beau, but we’d call him Beau Bear. Thus, began my search for the perfect bear to name Beau. He’ll watch over me along with my giant stuffed giraffe, Aerrow, named after my dog that we had to put down ahead of Beau. 

Today begins round two. My mother and I ventured out to Walmart, Ulta (dangerous and beautiful territory), and Target last night. Our target today? Definitely the mall.

I’m excited to see what other deals are going on – especially for some of the sports bras at Victoria’s Secrets – but I cringe at the thought of spending more money. I still have to do Christmas shopping for friends and family. Can I just win the lottery now?

Have you done any Black Friday shopping this year, readers? What are your favorite deals? Please share and comment below. We’d love to hear!

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A Tight Budget

I have been a little loose with my money in recent times. Thinking about my bank account now, I cringe in pain. While good decisions at the time, I didn’t think about the aftereffects of my actions.

Thus being said, I’m going to have to focus on not buying things.

*gasp*

The shock of it all.

Honestly, though, I really do not need to be spending any money. I am also going to get my part-time back and focus on earning money when any opportunity comes my way. With a potential European trip in the future, I need to be saving and not spending.

I swear, that is going to become my mantra starting tomorrow: saving, not spending.

 

 

Any tips, dear readers, on ways to save money or earn quick cash (legally)? Have you found yourself in the same boat as me recently?

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Goodbye, 2015

Bring it on, 2016.

While I can’t say that this was an absolutely terrible year, I am looking forward to starting fresh in 2016. A lot of things happened this year to help me progress in growing myself and becoming a “real” adult: got my own apartment, made it one year through my first full-time job out of college, dealt with bills and refinancing my stupid student loans, etc. I also got to go to Disney and went on a business trip in Florida. Got a second job.

On my list of New Year’s resolutions, I only maybe completed one – vacation and travel. And it was really only because of the business trip I went on. I really don’t want that to be the case next year. I don’t want to make resolutions that I forget about or give up on. So, in order to make next year more manageable, I’ve decided to take something from the goal planning assignments I had in college: make it measurable.

  • Write one chapter or 5,000 words a week (whichever is more manageable at the time)
  • Write one blog post each week (and more, if I can)
  • Learn to play one new song on my violin each month
  • Learn two new words each day (in other languages)
  • Have at least two Youtube videos to put up each month
  • Make 25 new contacts in Austin and elsewhere that I keep in touch with
  • Read at least three books a month
  • Spend an hour each week learning calligraphy

The list will grow, I’m sure. Of course, there are other things I want to do: travel again, learn to spend less money, get a job where I don’t have to work two jobs to pay all my bills, volunteer, be healthy, etc. Those are things that I really should be working on anyway and shouldn’t be a New Years resolution.

For some reason, I feel like 2016 is going to bring us some fantastic things. This will be our year.

So, dear readers, what about you? Feel free to share your resolutions (or methods to coming up with them) and hopes for the new year.

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I’m Sorry

I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry…

These words no longer seem to convey the very meaning that they were created for.  An apology is useless if you say it a million times a day, for seemingly meaningless reasons. I find myself a victim of this quite constantly.

I recently read an article on Huffington Post titled ‘I’m Sorry Is My Armor by Jennifer Malise and it really speaks to me.

I’m sorry has become an armor that can be worn at all times. It’s not bad to be kind and cautious in dealing with others, but sometimes the fear of hurting people or doing something wrong is greater than the actual problem.

Fear, as Jennifer states, is something that keeps you small. Keeps you down and withholds you from every single goal you’ve ever had.

My dear readers, we don’t need to be doing that. We don’t deserve to be afraid.

I can’t preach what I don’t practice, but this is something that I’ve been working on for a while. To stop worrying about what will go wrong and instead focusing on what will go right. To stop apologizing for meaningless things without losing my kindness and respect for those around me. To just live and enjoy every second of it.

Dear readers, let’s stop apologizing for things we don’t need to. Let’s empower ourselves to take that next step and rise up in this world together.

I’m not sorry to be strong and you shouldn’t be either.

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