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Hi Lovely!

Happy Monday! Today I am taking it easy, spending my day hanging out at home with my puppy, Lily. I have the day off and I’ve been pretty busy so I thought a restful day would be nice. While the outfit I’m sharing may not look as loung-y, at least it’s adorable!!! You are going to enjoy this one. Trust me.

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♥ Dress | ModCloth ♥ Shoes | B.a.i.t. ♥ Purse | ASOS ♥

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Inspired by Being Uninspired

Hi Lovely,

It is Sunday, the day after Saturday, and I’ve been sitting at my laptop for two hours trying to decide what to write about for today’s Sunday inspirational post. I wasn’t really sure what to write about. First I thought it would be interesting to chat about getting out of your comfort zone, then I thought maybe I’d talk about finding new friends, but ultimately I wasn’t really feeling inspired by those topics. So, instead, I thought I’d talk about the fact that I feel uninspired, how inspiring, right?

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Here is the thing, I have a weekly blogging schedule that I do my best to stick to. I have my Sunday inspirational post on Sundays, Mondays I share an outfit, and usually Wednesday I write something else. Whatever comes to me. Over the last months I’ve given myself more freedom to not always meet the deadlines I set for myself. You may notice that I am posting randomly throughout the day instead of first thing in the morning. That is because I am letting myself not stress over it anymore. I adore blogging. This is one of the only hobbies I’ve consistently done for a long period of time and I plan on continuing to do. Getting to know so many lovely, caring, kind, thoughtful people has opened my eyes to new possibilities.

After college life was hard. Most of my friends moved away and I had no idea how to meet new people. So, I started a blog. I wrote about film cameras hoping I would find like minded people. What sprung from that was a personal project that became a central focus of my then blog, Cutie Cameras. I would take a photo every single day of something that I found beauty and/or joy in. I was feeling down and lonely and I didn’t like where I was emotionally. I thought by forcing myself to seek out the positive it would allow me to see beyond the stupid qualms of everyday life and see the world in a new way. I took a photo every day for an entire year and I’ll be honest, it helped. I felt happier, more appreciative.

After what I called my 365 project I expanded my blog into more of a lifestyle theme. What you see now is the adaptation of my original blog. I’ve met people from all over the world who I now call my friends. People that care for me and enjoy my weird, silly, cutesie personality. Where am I going?

Well, I guess what I’m saying is that blogging has become such a huge source of my identity and yet, I always strive to be more. It wasn’t until after my Mom’s passing that I felt like maybe I shouldn’t put so much pressure on myself. I can blog as little or as much as I want/can and be alright with that. I don’t want to miss out on experiences and moments with Fletch or with friends. I always have a screen in front of my face and by relieving some of the pressure I put on myself for SO long I feel like I can put down the phone, iPad, laptop and just focus on the moment.

So now, with the rest of the night, I plan on having a scrumptious dinner with Fletch and maybe watching a movie. The last few weeks have been a bit harder (I’ve been pretty emotional) and I felt like I really needed a day to just rest. Tonight I shall give myself some time to do whatever the heck I want and I will be back tomorrow with another super-cute outfit post. Now for the semi-inspiring piece. Don’t do what I did. Don’t pressure yourself or make yourself feel bad because you didn’t meet a deadline or get something done. You have time to do it later. Just enjoy the now. Hug your loved ones a little longer and take that hour to go for a walk with your friends. Life can be over in the blink of an eye and you don’t want to look back wishing you had spent more quality time living.

Love you all!!!

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Thoughts about positive body image and of course a cute outfit!

Hi Lovely!

The weather is warming up (depending on the day) so I thought I’d style my adorable smock dress from Mod Dolly! I adore this dress but the fabric is a bit heavy so I can’t see myself wearing it too much once it warms up for summer. So, why not wear the crap out of it now?!

When I first got this dress I tried it on and immediately felt like a flowery potato sack. It was cute but it definitely didn’t look cute on me like it did on the models styling it on the website. After checking their return policy I decided it wasn’t worth returning. So, I took it to a seamstress to see what they could do for me. I asked them to bring it in so it wouldn’t look so potato sack-like and to accentuate the waist. They suggested just gathering the fabric around the waist line to give it a more defined look. I trusted them to make the dress cute and they definitely delivered!

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♥ Dress: Mod Dolly ♥ Purse: Modcloth ♥ Shoes: Aldo (similar) ♥

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Finding Balance

Hi Lovely!

Recently I’ve been trying to figure out how to balance all of the stuff I have going on in my life. How do I balance work, friends, blogging, my Etsy shop, and time for Fletch? I mean, that is a lot! Work has been a bit more hectic but I feel as though I am handling it pretty well. I think where my difficulty lies is with balancing all of my personal stuff.

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15 Super-Cute Online Kawaii Stores

Hi Lovely!

You may know by now that I am a bit of an online shopper. I love searching around the internet for cute finds and getting a good deal. The positive thing about this is that I now know about a ton of really cute online stores that I can share with you! Do you like cute stuff? Never know where to find it? Not a problem! Here is a list of a few of my favorite online kawaii-themed stores. Let’s get to it!

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