Fashion changes, but style endures.

Hi Lovely!

This weekend I spent quality time with Fletch, which was wonderful. While out with Fletch I visited a cafe I haven’t been to in months. I used to frequent the establishment when I worked at my last job and haven’t been back since I left. While there the owner asked why I was so dressed up. I replied with, “this is how I dress”. This little interaction got me thinking about style. I don’t dress like a lot of my friends in my immediate vicinity. That’s not a bad thing. I love the way I dress. My cute dresses make me happy. My pins lighten my spirit. My adorable accessories bring me joy. So who cares if I don’t dress like everyone else?

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Another adorable pastel outfit plus a review of my new BB and B necklace!

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I’m super excited about today’s outfit!! Recently BB and B asked bloggers to apply to review an item from their shop. Well, I put in an application and was thrilled to find out that I was accepted (yay!). As soon as I received the adorable necklace I picked out I started planning out an outfit to pair it with. I settled on my adorable pink dress from Bonne Chance Collections. I thought the colors would compliment the necklace well.

♥ Dress | Bonne Chance Collections ♥ Sweater | Doll Me Up ♥ Shoes | H & M ♥ Necklace | BB and B ♥

My first introduction to BB and B was at Sakuracon in Seattle last year. I saw their adorable booth and immediately fell in love. Their items are cute, whimsical, and scrumptious (but not edible). I’ve been following them on Instagram for a while now and I’ve loved seeing photos of their products. I chose this adorable necklace because I personally love macarons (so that was a bonus) and I liked the cute little raspberries in the center.

Overall I’d say this is a really nice necklace. The retail cost for this cutie is $32. It’s a little expensive but, considering I wouldn’t be able to make it myself, seems to be worth the price. I’m really excited to see what other outfits I can wear it with.

I hope you enjoyed my outfit and my styling of this adorable BB and B necklace! How would you style it?

Also, if you want one for yourself use code hellothecutielife to receive a discount!

Growing old is mandatory. Growing up is optional.

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This weekend one of my favorite Disney movies was released as a live-action film. As you probably know I’m talking about Beauty and the Beast. Belle was one of the first Disney princesses whom I connected with. She was intelligent, focused on more than just finding her one true love. She was different and I liked that.

Of course I then began thinking about enjoying things made for kids. You probably know this by now but I’m a firm believer in holding onto that kid inside of you. I love toys, animated movies, and most other things that are made for children. I learned from my mom the importance of always holding onto your child-like wonder with the world. Enjoy toys and games. Laugh as often as you can. Be kind and help others. I don’t know what it is about growing up but I feel like as we age we’re taught to only look out for ourselves. We ask how something or someone will help us. How will our lives be improved? While kids just want to have fun and be happy.

So yeah. I’m holding onto that little kid inside that used to wear a handmade cowboy hat. I’m holding onto the Littlest-Pet-Shop-collecting, jelly-shoe-wearing kid that used to love playing in the mud and matching color with color.

How about you?

Live in the present

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I really struggled with what to write for this post. I stared at my computer screen, trying to find the words to say whatever it was I needed to say. Ultimately nothing came out and I went to bed.

Lately I’ve found myself in a slump, you could say. The past month has just been kind of rough. I find myself having more off days than good and having a harder time finding joy in the little things. I think it’s a combination of things. Last month was my birthday, it was the one year anniversary of my mom passing away (she passed away days after my birthday in 2016), now it’s my Mom’s birthday. I know it’s alright to be sad, it’s natural, but I know that my mom wouldn’t want me to be a gloomy mess all the time.

Right now I feel like I’m only dwelling on the past instead of enjoying the present. While I of course want to and will continue to remember all of the wonderful times I shared with my mom, I don’t want to be sad when I reflect on those moments. I want to look back with happiness in my heart and then enjoy what’s going on currently.

As I said, it’s been a rough month but that’s alright. I’m going to put more effort into recognizing the little moments of beauty everyday. I want to show my friends and family that I care. Being sad is normal but I don’t want it to be the only thing I am.

That’s where I am right now. Life is business as usual and I’m doing all I can to stay positive and happy. What’s new with you?

Bantam Business | Daily Gems

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I haven’t done a Bantam Business post for a while but I’m going to  try to get back into them. If you have a small business and would like to be featured let me know!!
Alright, today’s post isn’t about that. Today I’m introducing you to the amazing creator behind Daily Gems, Laura! I first met Laura on Instagram. I immediately fell in love with her style and loved seeing all of her adorable posts. Laura and I started commenting back and forth and about a year ago and I made a little trip to Portland to meet her and test out Lolita. Laura is seriously an awesome person. Not only does she have killer style, as you’ll see from her photos, but she’s a super talented designer. I’m so thankful I can call her a friend and be able to share her work with you. So, without further ado, let’s meet Laura!
Q: Tell me a little bit about yourself.
I’m a UX Designer living in Portland, OR. I like to design pins and do a bit of fashion Instagramming/blogging in my spare time. I grew up in Michigan and moved out to Portland in 2008 after graduating with a BFA at the University of Michigan.
Q: I know you wear lolita. When did you first start and how has your style changed over the years?
I first started wearing lolita in 2008, officially. I wanted to get into it sooner but it was difficult to buy back then and also I was a poor college student. My first pieces were from Bodyline and mostly sweet. I used to make more of my clothing when I first got into it because I had more time and less money. I most wear Angelic Pretty now and I think my style has changed in the sense that I’m better at figuring out what’s flattering on me. I also put more of an emphasis on buying pieces that are more versatile rather than impulse buys. I try to incorporate my lolita pieces into my daily wardrobe more often.
Q: Does your lolita style influence your small business? If so, how?
A: Yes, definitely. I got started making pins because I wanted to make lolita inspired pins. My first one was a kawaii illuminati all-seeing-eye and my friend Katie came up with the term “Frilluminati”. Lolita fashion has evolved into a unique culture in America and other English speaking countries and it’s fun to poke fun at ourselves.
Q: What is your favorite part of owning your own business?
A: My favorite part is that it’s an outlet to do design just for myself and actually have a finished tangible product in the end. I design interfaces all day work and so I don’t often get a chance to work on things that will live outside of a computer screen.
Q: When not wearing cute clothes or making adorable items for your Etsy shop, how do you spend your free time?
A: In the past year I’ve gotten really into yoga. I like to take “me time” and go to class at least 3-5x a week. I also love watching anime and TV shows in general.
Q: What is your favorite anime?
A: This is a really hard question! I’ve been watching anime since I was 9 years old and I have so many favorites. Currently I’m obsessed with Steins;Gate. I really love the time travel and conspiracy theory parts of the plot. I actually binge watched it all over a weekend last fall when I was home sick. Recently I got sucked back in when I started playing the visual novel and discovered parts of the plot are based on real events!
Q: Where do you find inspiration?
A: I find inspiration in artwork, fashion, tv shows/movies, music, anime, Instagram, and so many other places. I’ve tried to make my apartment a shrine to the things I love and things that inspire me. One of my favorite pieces is the “Feels good to get some stuff done” print (by my friend Mary Kate McDevitt) hanging on my wall. I’ve hung it up in every workspace I’ve had since I bought it!
Q:  What is one thing that most people don’t know about you?
A: Another one of my hobbies is video editing and I really enjoy making anime music videos. My resolution last year was to win an AMV contest and I ended up winning my first one (which was a live editing contest) in October at Kumoricon!
Q: What is your favorite dessert?
I thought about this question for way too long. I really like desserts! I go out of my way to order vegan macarons from a bakery in NYC when I want to treat myself. Portland also has some bakeries that make incredible cupcakes. But if I’m being real and basing it on what I eat most often, it’s probably raw cookie dough!
 Isn’t Laura just amazing?! Be sure to check out her Etsy shop and follower her on all of her social sites!