Wednesday, October 24, 2012

1920s Uproar

Source: via Kayla on Pinterest

Hello everyone!  I'm not dressing up for Halloween this year.  However, this would be my costume if I was going to.  I've always wanted to dress up as a Flapper.  Maybe because of this Charmed episode.  There's something fun about dressing up as anything you want for a day and not worrying about being judged because it's the norm for Halloween.  Have fun and experiment! =)

Flapper Costume

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Tuesday morning pep talk

We all have negative thoughts about ourselves.  It is okay to question sometimes.  However, if you do not believe in yourself, no one else will believe in you.  I absolutely love the quote above.  Negative thoughts or self doubt is usually a compilation of thoughts from others who sneaked their way into your subconscious.  Just because you think something, doesn't always mean it is true.  It is up to us alone to stay focused on the goals we set for ourselves.  Surround yourself with positive people who encourage you to move forward and better your life.  Don't let others or more importantly yourself stand in the way of your success. Remember, you alone determine what success means in your life.      


Sunday, October 21, 2012

Under the Guise

I just want to share these adorable Halloween costumes I found for children on Pinterest.  I don't have children myself, but if you do I praise you.  Having kids, especially at this time, requires a lot of work.  Showing lots of love and support, financially and emotionally to teaching values and discipline are some of the responsibilities of a parent, from my perspective.  I am looking forward to that point in my life where I am ready to take on that role.  As for now, I am working on progressing myself.  Here are some ideas for your children, nieces and nephews, etc.

Source: via Kayla on Pinterest

Source: via Kayla on Pinterest

Source: via Kayla on Pinterest

Nail ideas for Halloween

October is my favorite month.  Not only because of my birthday, but Autumn happens to be my all time favorite season.  The weather is just right.  The fashion is exciting.  And it marks the start of the holiday season.  Halloween can be fun for all ages.  Trick or treating, planning an awesome costume, watching scary movies or going to a spooky bash are only some ways to enjoy the holiday.  My next few posts will consist of Halloween related things.  Enjoy!

Which is your favorite??

Friday, October 19, 2012

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Happy Friday Everyone!  I had a great date today thanks to my friend Ingrid.  We went to see The Perks of Being a Wallflower at the BAM theater.  This film was amaaazing. It truly resonated with me.  Anyone who has ever felt like they don't belong or don't feel "normal" can relate to this movie in one form or another.  The characters were charming.  The story-line is realistic and the underlying issues throughout the film engages the audience from beginning to the surprising end.  I'm not going to say anymore...go out and see it.   I warn you, it may spark Inspiration =)

P.S. Alive is my new favorite word. 

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Pinterest food for thought

Cooking is a form of art.  It gives you a chance to get creative in the kitchen.  If you're not a natural, you can turn to recipes and go from there.  If you do have a knack for cooking, improvise with what you have in the kitchen and see what happens. Check out my Pinterest board labeled Yummy in my tummy.  It has great recipes.  I have tried the following recipes with great success:

Shrimp Fried Rice:This was a hit among my friends

Fresh Strawberry Margaritas: Another hit!  

Summer Tortellini Salad: Honestly, this wasn't my fave.  Try it and let me know how it turns out.

Baked Garlic Parmesan Chicken: Picky eater (not myself) approved

What are some of your favorite recipes??

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Pretty Sparkly

Hola!  Just wanted to share some chandelier eye candy I found on Pinterest.  Chandeliers are my new obsession.  Enjoy!

Source: via Kayla on Pinterest
Source: via Kayla on Pinterest
Source: via Kayla on Pinterest

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Monday, October 15, 2012

Recipe for a Happy Morning

I'm a morning person.  There I said it.  People closest to me hate that I'm smiley and talkative so early in the a.m. (you know who you are).  I definitely have my grumpy morning days but I think it is so important to start the tone of the day with a positive outlook.  For me, how I start my morning usually determines what type of day I will have.  If I forget my keys, leave my umbrella home on a rainy day or run into mean people on the train, odds are I'm going to be frustrated.  So,  here are a few things I do to ensure a good morning:

  • Wake up at least 30 minutes earlier.  By waking up a little earlier, you eliminate the chance of rushing.  I don't know about you but I hate being rushed.  Use this extra time wisely.  To start the tone positively, do something that puts you in a good mood.  Drink coffee while reading a newspaper or magazine.  Meditate if it relaxes you.  Take a warm bath instead of rushing a shower.  Find what makes you happy and do it.
  • Breakfast! I can not stress how important breakfast is.  You want to kick start your metabolism so you don't over eat and feel sluggish by lunch.  Eat something balanced, not greasy.  Greasy food will only make you feel bloated and lazy.  Oatmeal is a good choice because it keeps you full longer.  I like drizzling honey on mine. If you're not into breakfast, at least grab a fruit.  The point is to have something in your tummy to jump start your body (and mind).   
  • Prepare. One thing I'm guilty of wasting time in the a.m. is looking for an outfit.  If your closet is disorganized, it's going to take double the time.  Try prepping your outfit the night before.  I struggle with this but I'm a work in progress.  I'm sure we all wish we had Cher's mechanical closet in Clueless but we have to make do with what we have.  Accessories are always part of an outfit so if you're anything like me and switch purses like underwear, it is key to prep your purse the night before as well.  If you do choose your outfit in the a.m., at least put the important stuff in a pile so you can dump the items in chosen purse.
  • Entertainment. Music is vital to a good morning for me.  I don't know about you but I like to use my morning commute to zone out and daydream.  That is usually when great ideas are born so keep a notebook handy.  Whether it's sudoku, a book or music like myself, find something that puts you in a great mood. 
What are some things you do to jump start your morning, or do you wing it?
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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Fall Essential for work

Sweater for work

Sweater for work by charismainbklyn featuring high heels

This sweater is great because you can wear it anywhere and look chic.  I love how grey goes well with every color.  Most of my wardrobe used to consist of grey and black mostly.  I guess it was because they go with everything.  It is now that I am incorporating more color into my closet.  Color is fun and a great way to experiment and create your own style.

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Purple and mustard

I am loving this color combo.  Wendy Nguyen has great style.  Her looks are always fresh and polished.  Purple is my favorite color so this is a combo I need to try soon.

Purple and mustard

J.Crew polka dot shirt / 3.1 Phillip Lim silk blouse, / SOLD Design Lab super skinny jeans / Purple handbag

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Monday, October 1, 2012

25 smiles all around

Today is my 25th birthday.  This year has been interesting.  I've learned a lot and I am looking forward to learning more.

25 things to do before I'm 26:
get my driver's license
Source: via Meg on Pinterest

Form a book club (any suggestions??)

Go on a road trip to somewhere I've never been

visit Europe or at least book my flight

Blog at least 3 times a week

decide on grad school
Source: via Sheri on Pinterest

change something about my look

Take more style risks

keep a photo journal

color coordinate my closet

Source: via Lee on Pinterest

Post a video blog post

Make all of my meals at home for one week

Dance in public like no one is watching

Meditate every morning

See a broadway show

Figure out what to do with the spare room

Write a letter to my future self


Get fit

Rent a cabin with friends

Make my own dumplings

Have more girls nights

Host game night

Learn the features on my new dslr

Get a new laptop
Source: via Connie on Pinterest

What do you think of my list?  What are some of your goals?

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