You Sexy Thing

Tell us all about your best confidence outfit. Don’t leave out the shoes or the perfect accessories.

Being a girly girl, you would think I’d feel my sexiest all dolled up to the nines. i.e. full makeup, lipstick, high heels, a new dress. Those do make me feel more confident and happy of myself, but I feel sexiest when I’m actually in my natural beauty.

Natural beauty is when you are home in your comfy clothes, yoga pants, hair up in a bun, no makeup but with a clean and fresh face. I think it’s because I feel 100% like myself, without any extra help of outside products. Speaking of outside, being out in nature and being out at the beach recently had me feeling the most sexiest! My husband and I went on a day trip to Siesta Key Beach in Sarasota, FL. It is deemed United States #1 beach! We had to try it out, since who doesn’t love judging things?

I bought my first bikini since high school from Target. My husband helped me pick it out because he has great taste(in more ways than one! wink*) And although I was nervous to don my 30 year-old, work in progress body in a bikini that afternoon, I was so happy that I did.

There’s something about being at the beach and unplugged from seeing pictures of photoshopped women/men everywhere you click on the internet. The beach gave me a vibe that it’s okay to be my happy with my natural self. So, I let my husband take a picture of me, in my bikini, on the beach and shared it on his Instagram. I was worried for a few minutes, but once the pic was taken, I went into the ocean and the waves just took my worries and insecurities away.

Just thinking about that day makes me happy. So happy that I’m comfortable enough to share the pic on my blog. I hope you find your sexy, and feel the most confident ever when you do!

I’ve been itching to go back to the beach, and I’m hoping we’ll go soon!

What makes YOU feel the most sexiest? I would love to know!!

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Cutie Cameras’ amazing giveaway!

Hi, all my beautiful girly girls (and handsome dudes!)

I hope you are having a wonderful start to this week so far. And if you’re not having a great one so far, here’s a way to make it better! Enter this amazing giveaway from my girl, Hilary over at Cutie Cameras!

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This giveaway is full of handmade, beautiful items such as a bracelet, a pair of vintage button earrings, and a pair of wood earrings, made by Hilary herself! She’s so talented!

And there is also a set of four coasters made lovingly by an artist named Amanda. You can check out her Etsy store, ARO Handmade with Love

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Isn’t everything so adorable and so neat?? I love shopping from Etsy stores, not only because you can find one of a kind pieces, but you get to meet talented artists as well! I like to think that WordPress is the Etsy of blogging. Our blogs are our “stores” and we craft our talent into writing.

I hope you can enter this giveaway and win it! Check out Cutie Cameras fun blog to make your day even better AND enter her giveaway, it’s a win-win!

How To Enter:

Entering is easy!

  • Follow Cutie Cameras, take a look around ARO and leave a comment on her giveaway post telling them about a product you enjoy! If you happen to have an Etsy account please also follow ARO on Etsy.

More Ways To Enter:

  • Follow Cutie Cameras and ARO on Facebook and leave a comment telling them about it.
  • Follow Cutie Cameras on Instagram and leave a comment on this post telling them about it.
  • Follow Cutie Cameras on Twitter and leave a comment on her giveaway post.
  • Pin an item from ARO on Pinterest and leave a comment with the url.

(Yes. You leave separate comments for each entry.)

This giveaway ends on April 30th and the winner will be contacted shortly after via email. Good luck everyone!!

I hope you enter this giveaway and that you’ll have a spectacular day!!

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Kirsten Dunst: Girly Girl I can relate to

Kirsten Dunst recently landed the glossy cover of Harper Bazaar’s United Kingdom May 2014 edition. She looks effortlessly feminine and ethereal with her porcelain skin and friendly eyes that make you wanna be her friend. I couldn’t help but LOVE this cover because it’s exactly how I think Kirsten wanted it to be: girly with a touch of flowers and a little boho-chic that she pulls off well.

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Not only is Kirsten Dunst 31 year old, she has been in many movies that had me laughing during times I was unsure of myself. For example, Bring It On was about her leading her high school’s cheerleading squad to victory after finding out her old captain was stealing other another school’s cheerleading secrets. Insane, right?! I know, I know, it’s not Oscar worthy but in my life, it is! I related to this movie so much because I was a cheerleader myself! Not in high school, but in peewee football and I loved it.

In this movie, she is absolutely strong-willed, smart, and beautiful in this movie. She made the right choices for her squad and was okay with coming in second place. AND her name was Torrence. Love.

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Then there was her as Mary Jane Watson in the Spiderman movies. She looked amazing as a red head and her and Tobey were so cute together.

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The last movie I saw her in was Bacheorette on Netflix. If you haven’t seen this movie yet, go watch it now. It’s the totally chick movie that kinda reminds me of The Hangover but for women. Is it just me or is she someone you’d want to be friends with in real life? I’m raising my hand up over here because I bet she’d be a perfect walking and shopping partner! Also, if I’m ever feeling insecure about someone or something, I’d love that she would tell me to not worry and to just,

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So, congrats to Kirsten for being one of my famous girly girls! She rightfully deserves it because she’s beautiful, fun, and not afraid to speak her mind. She helped me get through my awkward and insecure years (and still helping!) and since she basically could have gone to high school with me, which I like to think we could have been friends if she did.

What do you think of Kirsten? I’d love to know!

I hope you all have a wonderful day!

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Origami Owl Charm for all my Lady Bloggers out there

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Isn’t this the cutest charm ever????

Of course since I am a lady blogger, I need this to be in my Origami Owl living locket like, yesterday. I find it only fitting that creative, smart, and sassafras ladies have something that can let others know just how amazing we are, especially when we’re not in front of our laptops typing away at another blog-worthy post.

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Be on the lookout for a post with a picture of my locket with this sweet charm inside! <3 Until then, enjoy a picture of a cat for Cat Saturday, sporting an Origami Owl locket!

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You know you want an Origami Owl locket! Let me help you order yours today and you can get yours to wear for the Easter holiday!! =D

Shop at http://lifebeinggirly.origamiowl.com/ and let me know what you like!

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Basic Bitch=Girly Bitch (and I’m proud of it!)

Have you heard of the term ‘Basic Bitch?’

After reading this post about “The ‘Basic Bitch’: Who Is She?”  

I couldn’t help but feel well, a little bit basic. It seems like the video and post was aiming at girly girls. Did you get that vibe? I’d love to know! So, that begs the question, “Am I a ‘Basic Bitch?”

The post shared a helpful video to help you figure out if you are one, and I basically LOLed at the entire thing because I love ‘basic’ things such as:

  • Loved Sex and the City
  • Say Yes to the Dress marathons
  • Am currently scouring my nearby Home Goods store for a frame that says ‘Family’ on it
  • Anything from Starbucks…hot/iced/spiced/latte/just give me a drink so I can Instagram it!
  • Inspirational Quotes
  • Gets overly excited over anything and everything

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  • Shiny jewelry, any and all kinds: Tiffany & Co. Origami Owl
  • Yoga pants
  • Anything pink, and that includes Victoria Secret’s brand, Pink!

This basically lists all that is me!

I love basic things, basic tees, and mainstream music. And, who doesn’t love Sex and the City?

The Basic Bitch syndrome apparently makes fun of the girl who lacks self-awareness but “knows how to find pleasure in the little things.” I can’t help but find a flaw in labeling a girl a basic bitch like it’s a bad thing. Excuse me if I’m not on your level, I can still ‘turn down for what?!’ even though I’m over here wearing Pink! and sippin’ on my iced latte. To me, Basic Bitch is really Girly Bitch and something to not be ashamed of.

This post is dedicated to the all you Basic Bitches out there because you know what, I’m a ‘Girly Bitch’ and proud! Remember, it’s YOUR life, so live it for yourself and if you like finding pleasure in a simple, plain white tee to wear your new and amazing statement necklace with then, you go girl!

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What do you think of the ‘Basic Bitch syndrome?’ I’d love to know your opinion! Also, what does ‘Basic Bitch’ mean to you? Perhaps it means something entirely different but from what I gander, it’s basically (no pun intended) a boring girl.

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Sunshine & Possibilities

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Take it from another girly girl, Lilly Pulitzer. She knows what’s up. She believed in bountiful possibles with just a little sunshine and some pink. That’s exactly my fashion motto for this year (well, I’ve always loved pink but I’m going to make it a point to wear it everyday!) It’s really simple to do and is a huge mood booster. Here’s how to do it:

1. Take your favorite color, it can be any color but for me, it’s pink!

2. Wear the shit out of that color. Be confident. Be radiant. Wear it proud.

3. Enjoy the positivity as much as you want. It’s YOUR life. It’s okay to be greedy sometimes when it comes to positivity. Just make sure you share with others who aren’t feeling as hot as you are, k?

Here’s my example:

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I hope you all have a day full of sunshine, positive vibes, possibilities, and the ability to spread to those around you!

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Daily Prompt: Make Me Smile

If you’re feeling blah, what is the one thing you do that you can count on to put a smile on your face?

Whenever I’m feeling blah, I can always count on a few things to make me smile. They are as follows: Just looking at my husband’s face cause he’s so freakin’ cute.

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2. Calling my bestie, Alfreda and have a 3 hour long conversation about girl stuff. Image

 

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3. Turn on Netflix and watch a marathon of Bob’s Burgers. Love that show!

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And if none of those work because I’m having a really blah day (like that time of the month-blah) then I just take a nap in my cozy bed. Yes, napping puts a smile on my face, however, what really gives me a smile before I doze off is the fact that my kitty cat, Berkeley, who sleeps at the edge of my bed every night, will think it’s time for bed whenever I go to bed. It’s the cutest and sweetest thing ever! Either she knows it’s not bed time and just want to protect me while I nap, OR she can’t tell time and goes to her place on the bed whenever I’m in bed. Either way, it’s adorable and makes me smile.

What makes you smile when you’re feeling blah? I’d love to know!!

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How Disney’s movie Frozen can help promote Mental Health Awareness

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Disney’s newly beloved movie, Frozen is one of the best Disney movies I have seen. It’s right up there with the classics such as The Little Mermaid and The Beauty and The Beast. You all know the tale, as I’m assuming you’ve watched the movie already since it’s already won Best Song “Let It Go” and with the world knowing Kristen Bell has some serious vocal chords (total girl crush over here!) that can stand next to Idina Menzel (I mean, Adele Dazeem.)

Elsa Frozen

If not,  here’s the story. It is set around two sisters who grow up love playing with each other around their castle. The older sister, Elsa, has a super power of being able to shoot ice to make snowmen, a snowfall, and an ice-skating rink on command. It isn’t a threat until one time the girls were playing together that Elsa accidentally hits her with her powers, knocking her sister, Anna unconscious. Their parents are frightened and are told by magical rock trolls to help Elsa control her powers as one day it can be her own undoing. The parents react by isolating Elsa—separating the girls’ beds, keeping castle staff to a minimum, no visitors, and even gives Elsa gloves to “conceal, do not feel” her growing powers.

Sadly, and typical in a Disney movie, the girls’ parents die in a voyage at sea, and the girls are left to take care of one another. Unfortunately, Elsa is still ignoring any outside help, even from her own sister. She locks herself in bedroom, keeping Anna and everyone out, as she believes she is cursed by her powers and doesn’t want to harm anyone. Coronation day comes three years later, when Elsa has become of age and becomes queen. This involves the castle doors being opened and letting people come in to watch this event. It is nerve-wrecking for Elsa as it is exciting for Anna, as Elsa is worried to be around so many people and does not want to show her secret shame. Since Ela is suppressing her powers, it is no surprise that when Ana tells her that she is marrying a prince she had just met that day and insists on having him and his twelve brothers come live with them in the castle. Mind you, most people would freak out at this news, but for someone like Elsa who has been completely isolated, she gets upset because she just wants the coronation day to be over so that she can go back to living her life behind closed doors. She completely freaks out and her powers come out in front of everyone. Surprised by her sister’s powers (as is everyone) she still goes after Elsa when she runs away in embarrassment. When Kristoff asks Anna what she’s going to do when she sees Elsa, her response is simple, “I’m going to just talk to her.”

That line resonated with me because I believe in the power of counseling and talk therapy. “I’m just going to talk to her,” Anna declares. She just wanted to talk to Elsa despite shutting her out for so many years. She believes her sister is good and can help her reconsider leaving their kingdom. But even after speaking with Elsa, and accidentally getting ice in her heart, Anna still believes in her sister and saves her sister’s life in the end. It was an act of true love that Anna committed and was able to undo the ice from her heart.

Frozen Elsa and Ana

So, where does Mental Health Awareness come from, you ask? If you look at Elsa’s power as a mental health condition, say Depression, Anxiety, Bi-Polar, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, etc. you can see that her parents’ wanting her to “conceal, do not feel” her disorder improperly and therefore, feeding her condition/disorder. It also taught Elsa that something was wrong with her, when in reality, she was simply born that way and cannot change herself–only maintain her powers. There wasn’t any active counseling or work that showed to help Elsa deal with her secret power. If only she did seek help for her power(disorder) perhaps she wouldn’t have missed out on all those years with her sister. Perhaps she would have been able to control it and understand how it works. I’m guessing that if Elsa and her parents were upfront with Elsa’s powers, Anna would have a better understanding of her sister and be able to help her effectively when she needed any help. For example, if Anna knew about Elsa’s anxiety and apprehension on coronation day, Anna could have helped Elsa get through the ceremony with more enjoyment than a “let’s just get this over with” mentality.

I know if Elsa sought any type of therapy that this movie wouldn’t be the movie, Frozen. I just wanted to share my thoughts about perhaps using this popular and amazing movie to people as an example of what an ignored mental health condition could lead to:isolation, negativity, depression, loss of hope, no longer enjoying things that once enjoyed, etc. I think it’s important to bring awareness of mental health issues, at any age. The more we know about something, the more educated and smart we are to help on another. Why not tell our children about issues like these, to allow our children to understand the power of what empathy and tolerance can do.

Since I am in an accredited graduate school studying to be a Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) one day, I understand that there needs to be more knowledge and awareness. Let’s not be ashamed of our disorders, let’s allow people in and help them understand it.

 

Cat Saturday with Coco, Berkeley, & Origami Owl

It’s oddly foggy this morning, however, I was able to see a beautiful Cardinal up in my palm tree when I was returning from walking my dog. I love how the birds are so chirpy in the morning and it makes my cats go crazy. They keep their cheetah-like stare on them until they fly away, and my cat, Berkeley meows and scratches the glass to get out and check out the scene. Any cat owner probably knows this scene too well!

I wanted to wish you all, especially the cat lovers, a happy Cat Saturday! It was a happy week since I received my new Origami Owl take-out menus and some new jewelry I ordered for myself! (I couldn’t help it, I need to be a walking mannequin, right?! It’s all business-related expenses!) From the pictures below, you can see that my kitties loved the new stuff, too!

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If you look closely, you can see Berkley lying around in the background of my Selfie! Hehe! She’s so cute!

Cats+Origami Owl Jewelry=a very happy me!

What are some things that makes you happy?? I would love to know!

Also, if you would like some new jewelry for yourself or for wanna make someone smile, buy some from me!

Shop here! http://lifebeinggirly.origamiowl.com/

I wanna hear everything that makes you happy! Ready, GO!

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Perfect Timing

We all know the familiar saying, “Timing is everything.”

It’s easy to forget that in life, timing is everything, but that doesn’t mean if you missed the opportunity or if the timing wasn’t right at that moment that it won’t be come back to you…I promise it will come back, just at another time. So, why not enjoy the time in between with what’s given to you now. You never know that small hobby, side job, or project will ultimately become your true love in life. Your calling. It could just be the thing that you’ve been waiting for–your denominator for your happiness and your purpose besides family, friends, and true love.

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Just like having an open mind about ideas, we must remember to have an open mind for ourselves.

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