May 23, 2016

NOTHING IS WORTH IT IF YOU AREN'T HAPPY



Have you ever felt like the days were going by without any real meaning or purpose being fulfilled? I think it's something we all experience and while it doesn't feel good, it's completely normal. I really believe there's so much more to life than working and paying bills yet that's the majority of what I see. There's nothing wrong with working, but I see so many people going to jobs they hate only to come home and complain then do the same thing tomorrow. While the desire to make a change is there, so is the fear of losing security that many jobs bring.

If you want to see a change in your life, you have to do things differently. I'm not saying drop everything and start over (I would actually advise against this) but even making small changes will push you much closer to your dream life.  So where do you even begin? How do you start to make a change?

First thing, write out a goal statement and place it where you'll see it every single day. Some study somewhere (I know helpful right!) said one is more likely to accomplish something if he/she writes it down. Be specific about what you want, but I wouldn't stress the amount of time it takes. Just try to be reasonable.

Second, talk about it. Call up people you trust and let them know you're up to something amazing. You'll need a strong support system through this journey. Please be careful about who you share your heart and dreams with. I can't stress this enough. Making a change can leave one feeling vulnerable and the last thing you need around are Debbie Downers.

Third, make a plan. You know what you want and now it's time to really map put how you're going to get there. Keep in mind life is unpredictable so this "plan" is more so a tentative outline. Whether you're going back to school, starting a business or moving away, a plan is a must.

Lastly, go for it!  It will not be easy and there will be periods where you'll regret even trying. Do not give up when this happens. These are "growing pains". Cry, take a break, go on a vacation, but please don't quit. This is also the time where your support system should be really helpful.

Now it's time for you to apply these tips to your own life!

Share your own stories and dreams below!

Have a wonderful day!

May 18, 2016

LOOKBOOK- SUMMER DREAMING





I really should take the time to appreciate each season, but when summer is this close I can't help but to get excited! I love long summer nights that are warm enough to wear shorts and cool enough to wear a light sweater. Bonfires, sunsets, fireworks and barbecues are worthing waiting for through each of the seasons. When creating this lookbook I went with a color scheme that varied with orange, red and yellow hues.

Flowy dresses are my favorite to wear because they're effortless and can make anyone look amazing. Any piece that is comfortable and cute wins in my book. Some days can be really hot especially in the west coast so comfort is key. These items are a bit more mature, at least for me, but I wanted to step outside my usual "bohemian floral obsessed" style. Trust me I could make post everyday featuring that look.

One of my favorite memories as child in the summertime is going is the fair with my family. We didn't have a care in the world except how to spend our tokens and what ride we should get on next. I really think those are the best days of our lives. The times when we didn't care about anything and lived in the now. I wasn't trying to rush into being a teenager and thinking about college and a career. I was happy with life just the way it was...imperfections and all. I was so unaware of how hard things had gotten. Ignorance truly was bliss.

I completely went off topic, but somehow it all works...right! For future posts let me know what you would like to see more of!

Charlotte Long Sleeve Shirt

Calvin Klein Sleeveless Floral-Print Sheath Dress

ECI Striped Romper

Gigi Silk Shirt Dress

Tama Drawstring Pants

Floral Print Pleated Shorts

On the Fringe Sweater


Have a Wonderful Day!

May 16, 2016

Lovely Bohemian Decor


Hello lovelies! It's hard to believe the weekend is already over and I must say it has me feeling exhausted. It was wonderful being with my grandparents and I took a big step that could impact my future greatly (more details coming soon).  I was going through some of my previous posts and was inspired to continue with my love of all things bohemian. These pieces are sure to create a magical home wherever you are!










Have a Wonderful Day!

May 11, 2016

LIFE LESSONS I'M LEARNING AT 23


Nearly two months ago I turned 23 years old and while I'm still young I can safely say that I have learned so much about myself and life in general. I had many expectations as to how I thought life would be and I've been completely wrong about everything. Funny how life works huh! Graduating was such a huge accomplishment and yet I felt as though I accomplished nothing at all. I'm sure some of you can relate. When you don't reap the benefits from what you've sown into for 4 years it all seems like a waste of time. Now I'm starting to think that what I'm going after isn't what I need/want. I felt like I was constantly hitting roadblocks, but maybe they're redirecting me to pursue what my heart really wants to do.

Many times I go after things simply because they seem more attainable and they're practical. This thought process has only enabled me to push my dreams aside for a "safer" path and one that is more conventional. Not only are my dreams being put on the back burner, but my happiness has been compromised as well. If there's one thing I want in life more than anything it would be happiness. 

I've been spending a lot of time by myself to find myself. It admittedly feels selfish, but I know it's what's best for me. I just keep reminding myself that I'm allowed to put me first for once. I'm allowed to say no, change my mind, speak my mind and make myself a priority. Not everything needs an explanation and I don't owe anyone an explanation when it comes to things happening in my personal life. 

So to sum things up, at 23 I'm learning what it means to know my worth. Whether it's sticking to my values, pursuing my dreams or asserting myself. None of this has been easy or an overnight realization. More so life has kicked me multiple times to the point where there is no other choice. These growing pains hurt but I'm excited to see the progress that comes after!



Have a wonderful day!

May 9, 2016

BEHIND THE BLOG FEATURING MONIKA


After a week long hiatus I'm happy to be back and sharing an interview with another amazing and creative blogger!  Monika is the author behind Violet Roots and is an artist living in NYC. I have a 
deep appreciation for art and music due to my family so I really enjoyed reading about Monika's blog and her journey. Check out her interview below!

1. Can you tell the readers about yourself and your blog?

Hi my name is Monika and I’m the artist and blogger behind violetroots.com. I live in the NYC area with my other half, I’m an avid concertgoer and I have a penchant for all things purple. My blog, Violet Roots, is a lifestyle blog with a focus on music, style and creativity.

2. How did you first get into blogging?

I’ve always read and followed along with blogs. I wanted to start a blog for years but didn’t get around to it until February of last year.

3. How do you manage time to run your blog efficiently?

I think it’s a constant struggle. Some weeks I’m ahead of the game and I have several scheduled posts, my social media is all planned out and I’m free to focus on other blog related projects. Then there are other weeks where I end up doing everything last minute. 

I’ve become really good at scheduling certain social media channels and I have a good handle on my editorial calendar and outreach for my blog. Whenever I can have things planned out ahead of time things run a lot smoother.

4. What are you hoping to improve with your blog this year?

This year, I would like to develop systems to make daily tasks easier and take less time. I would also like to improve my art section of the blog and expand my abstract art shop and commissions pages.

5. In your opinion, what is the biggest misconception about blogging? 

I think the biggest misconception is that it’s simple and overly self-involved. Blogging is a lot of things but it’s definitely not easy. So much goes into it and although some bloggers may be superficial it is far from the norm.

6. Where would you like to see your blog 5 years from now? 

I would like to see my blog become a destination for those who want to live fulfilling creative lives. I would also like to be able to go full time with my blog and my art shop. It’d be a great bonus if I were able to also regularly meet and connect with like-minded creatives in real life. 

7. What has been your biggest accomplishment and failure as a blogger? 

Hmm . . . I’m not sure if this is my greatest accomplishment but I was able to attend events during NYFW that were pretty amazing. My biggest failure would probably be not pitching myself enough or not purchasing a professional design sooner. 

8. Lastly, what is your biggest piece of advice for anyone starting a blog?

My biggest advice is to just have fun and always experiment. Violet Roots today is very different from the blog I started off with. All the changes to my blog have resulted from trying new things and discovering what works best for my audience and my interests. It hasn’t always gone over smoothly but I’m happy with the way things are developing and I can’t wait to see what happens next.

Please be sure to go to her blog and check out her other links! There's something there for everyone whether you're an artist, new blogger or a fashionista!