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All That Glitters Friday: How To Add More Sparkle In Your Life

I’m constantly finding ways to keep me inspired and active for 2012 by finding the beauty & joys in even the simple things in my life. This urge to find beauty & knowledge helps put my life in perspective in which I am striving for improvement, & a way to start off is by adding a hint of sparkle to brighten my life. Never take life for granted. The list below are from the Glitter Guide site to give some ideas to find sparkle in your life.

 

Don’t save your favorite jewels for ‘a special occasion.’ Life is the special occasion! Treat every day like a party, and wear a tangle of your favorite necklaces, a cluster of your grandmother’s brooches, or your treasured rings each day.

 

Be kind to your body. Get enough sleep and sunshine, eat well, drink gallons of water, and move about. You’ll not only be overflowing with energy, but you’ll also look gorgeous and radiant.

 

Practise random acts of kindness. Tell a stranger in the street how great they look, leave a little note with a tip at your local cafe about how much you adore the cake, volunteer for a worthy local cause. It doesn’t really matter what it is, but doing lovely, selfless things often will make you smile on the inside.

 

Always buy yourself a bunch of flowers. They needn’t be expensive! (In spring, I love nothing more than $2 bunches of daffodils and white narcissi on my windowsill.) The loveliness that they add to your home will belie their cost.

 

If you’re in a wardrobe rut, make an effort to do your hair and put on your cutest heels for no particular reason at all. You’ll spend the day feeling that little bit lovelier.

 

Don’t let grey skies get you down! Treat them as an excuse to wear a poppy pink lipstick, an adorable umbrella, and perhaps a shot of pastel or fuschia in your outfit (the same optimistic rules apply to bad days).

 

Tweak your everyday routines to make the rituals extra special. Can’t function without your morning tea or coffee? Have it in your prettiest china! You’ll feel as though you’re having a tea party every single morning!

 

One day every week (without fail), go on a date with someone you love. It doesn’t need to be grand or over-the-top. Why not go somewhere fabulous for a cocktail with your best friend on payday each month? Or get dressed up to see a musical you’ve been wanting to see for ages all by yourself? Or take a bike ride at sunset with your loved one? Whatever it is, make time for special moments with the people you love.

 

Add some sparkle to your home (literally!). I’m all about these glittery letters (via Twisted Twig on Etsy) to put on a bookshelf or against a wall. Or, brush up on your DIY skills and make a garland of glittery bunting to string across your wall. You’ll smile every time you look at it!

If you’re feeling uninspired, broaden your horizons. Make plans to take a trip to a city you’ve always wanted to explore, visit a new museum in your area, or go to your favourite bookstore for something wonderful to read this week. Instant inspiration!

(The Glitter Guide)

 

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Instead Of Setting Goals, Change Your Daily Habits

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For the new year, I want to make it the best year for myself as possible. I’ll admit, 2011 was not favorite year, & just glad to give myself a new start in life. You know, something to get me motivated to get through the craziness of daily life. I found this article from the Zenhabits website on how it’s best to change your daily habits, rather than setting goals for yourself. I recommend you guys read this article for some positive reinforcement. I think I’ll start making positive changes in myself by changing the four daily habits listed below, (the habits the author used are actually the same four daily habits I’ve been wanting to change in myself for sometime now, or maybe it’s just a coincidence). Here’s an excerpt below from the article of what daily habits to changes to start practicing on. Consistency is key…

“Instead of Goals

There is an alternative to setting goals that will bring you closer to the life you want. Focus on a few practices you can enjoy doing on a regular basis. The trick here is consistency. These four helped me:

  • Get up early. When the world wakes up, distractions abound. If you are going to focus on creating a new life for yourself, you’ll need to find the time. The best way to do this is to work while others are sleeping. At first, I didn’t like waking up before the sun, but eventually my body adjusted and I began looking forward to the solitude.
  • Over-commit. The adage “under-promise and over-deliver” is a farce. It only propagates the status quo. Real difference-makers push boundaries. They test, prod, and poke until something gives. You can do this, too, by saying “yes” to more things than you’re comfortable with. Learn to stretch yourself. You might be surprised by what you’re actually capable of. Your confidence will grow, too.
  • Talk to strangers. Relationships are what make the world go round. This is true for your career, personal well-being, and inner life. When you meet new people, you make connections that can lead to all kinds of future breakthroughs. Even when it’s uncomfortable, reach out and introduce yourself to new people. The worst they can say is “no.” Fortunately, many won’t.
  • Practice generosity. Give away your time, money, services, and ideas. When you do this, you will get a lot more than you give. People will learn to trust you, and if you really help them, they will tell others about you. This will build your reputation, and you will have more friends than you know what to do with. And as the saying goes, what goes around really does come around.

After a year of doing these things, I ended up with a life I couldn’t have imagined or planned for. And I had a blast doing it. So I’m going to do it all over again, without setting a single goal.

The best year of your life is within reach — if you are willing to give up on the craziness of plans and instead focus on creating new habits. The first step is to begin.

(Zenhabits)

Shit Girls Say Episode Three

“YOU ARE THE BEST.” Juliette Lewis is such a doll! I hope you guys enjoy the third video of Shit Girls Say.

Storm Thorgerson

Storm Thorgerson is undoubtedly the man who made album covers a veritable artistic force. Working with bands like Pink Floyd (who gave him his start),Biffy Clyro, The Mars Volta, Muse, & so many more, Thorgerson himself is as legendary as the musicians whose work he visually interprets—and for good reason. A master of his craft, he continues to leave both bands’ and fans’ mouths aghast with his visually arresting pictorials, which creatively toe the line between fantasy and reality.

(Cool Hunting)

Blue Hour Photographs From Around the World

One of the best times to photograph outside is during the golden hour, or when we get the first and last hours of sunlight. If you’d like to capture more stunning and magical photos, however, try and catch the blue hour (or twilight), the window of time in the morning that begins minutes before sunrise or the period in the evening after the sun has set (and before complete darkness). Click the image above or the link below to see more blue hour photos.

(My Modern Met)

Oakland Mural By Thomas Christopher Haag

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Artist Thomas Christopher Haag creates his newest mural in Oakland. Using fine-line detailing and colorful symmetrical squares to fill and surround the animals, he gives this block-long artwork an unusual feel. His artwork looks pixelated & I love the how the colors just go together.

(CA Home + Design)

Shit Girls Say Episode One

Sounds familiar right? I’ll admit I’m guilty on some account, hehe. Named one of the funniest Twitter account, is now available in video form. Enjoy!

(YouTube)

‘Cubes For Alber & LeWitt’ By Jessica Eaton

Highly technical photographic method adds “multiple exposure and colored light” on plain, monochromatic cubes create complex & beautiful geometric colors.

(Cool Hunting)

What You Should Be Reading: Article On “The Hipsterification Of America”

Hipsters are everywhere! The article The Hipsterification of America was something I found while I was on Twitter, & I just had to post it on my blog since hipster culture is prominent in fashion, music, & lifestyle. According to the Urban Dictionary, hipsters are “a subculture of men & women typically in their 20’s & 30’s who value independent thinking, counterculture, progressive politics, an appreciation of art & indie music, creativity, intelligence, & witty banter.” I couldn’t help but giggle a bit & be enlightened at the same time as I was reading about hipsters while being surrounded by hipsters on a daily basis. What caught my attention was learning about the current production of a documentary-style Web series American Hipster that’s airing on YouTube in April 2012. I hope you guys read this interesting article on hipster culture. What are your thoughts & does this culture affect your lifestyle in any way?

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