Tuesday, March 4, 2014


Good Morning. I snapped these 3 photos today on March 5th just this morning (it is still March 4th over there) around 7.45 AM this morning, just to link up with AGI for her Unique "I am Beautiful Link Up" where she challenges us bloggers to post some up close photos of ourselves without any makeup on. So all you see is me after washing my face and my teeth this morning and after a soft brushing of my hair. I am even in my soft Purple Terrycloth Robe.

But truth me told, I don't always wear makeup whether it is in real life or in/for the blog. After all, the Outfits I show you here are my actual, Real-Life Outfits or what I style for Fashion Challenges. I was brave and showed you guys 3 photos, one of me smiling, one of me with a serious face and a profile one. I will tell you what though, I may look tired because I am. This is my 4th night on very little sleep where I wake up every 20-40 minutes because of Vivian. I don't know if it is because of teething or she sees nightmares or gets scared, but she wakes up very often crying, so I have to wake up as often as she does, comfort her and take care of her. 

Anyway, I have never viewed myself as Beautiful, most times not even as Pretty. I certainly do not think I am Ugly or a bad sight for the eye, but beautiful is too far. However my husband tells me I am beautiful all the time. When I am all dressed up, when I have on a great outfit, when I feel comfortable in my clothes, when I see my daughter laugh or smile, when I see her cuddle me and love on me, when my husband kisses me, when he compliments me and especially when I am happy, these are all times when I feel beautiful, really beautiful. Despite my big nose (which I used to be very self-conscious about) and the pretty-big birthmark one one side of my nose tip, despite some of my hair standing funky on top of my forehead, despite not having the longest eyelashes or the most plump lips. I am who I am and who I am meant to be. I am beautiful in my own way. =) And that is fine with me.
Agi shared this video with us when she announced her Link Up. It is basically an experiment done on 4 regular women, who are of different ages and social backgrounds, no models or actresses. It is a video about embracing who you are physically, flaws and qualities you may have. We are who God made us to be and what we are supposed to be: gray hair, freckles, crazy hair, chiseled chin, squinty eyes, thick eyebrows, small eyes, big eyes, hairy skin, birthmarks, black, white, yellow, whatever your "flaw" may be. Yes getting your hair and makeup done, doing facials and/or pampering yourself is good for your mind, your body & your soul as well as your physical well-being but no Photoshop in the world can take the place of your true self, or change the real face you expose to the world every single day. This video makes me embrace my flaws and think that I am beautiful on my own way and I want my daughter to grow up and take this positive message with her too. I want her to grow up to be a strong and positive woman and feel beautiful not because of how she looks on the outside, but because of how she feels on the inside. After all, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Because in this world of smoke and mirrors, the most beautiful thing of all should be your heart! 


I will leave you with that statement but promise to come back in the near future with a Beauty Post where I share all about My Makeup or lack thereof. Thank you so much for reading.

P.S. Also linking up with Nicole & the Ladies for Beauty Buzz.
And I will be back later tonight for an OOTD Post.

Stripes, Checks and Cords.

Happy Tuesday Loves!! 
It is cold, windy and rainy around here. I am definitely dressed in warm layers. The Outfit on the blog today, was from last weekend. I wanted to achieve a few things with it: 1) wear my Gorgeous Bordeaux Corduroy Skinny Pants that had been ignored for far too long (since Early April 2013 almost a year ago); 2) try to put together an Outfit for the Trend Spin Link Up today which is Stripes and Checks; 3) layer an Over-sized Button-down Shirt over a Light Sweater (my Husband's Checkered Shirt worked perfectly for this). So, I hit all of these things with this Outfit. And then, I learned that Trendy Tuesday with Danielle today, is Gingham and Cords. Lovely Danielle even styled her B+W Gingham Shirt with Burgundy Pants, like mine. Great minds think alike. (So, I hit the bull in its head with this Outfit.) Funny thing is I was going to wear a Small-Gingham Button-down with this, but I switched to these Checkered/Square Printed Button-down last second.

Let me just say, I love my first styling to my Beautiful Cords after almost a year off from wearing them (God knows why). Last time I also styled them with a Black+White Sweater, also from White House Black Market, just like the Striped Sweater today. Actually, my Jewelry, Pants & Sweater today come from WHBM- one of My Most Favorite Stores. If you have never stepped foot there, please do. You will get addicted to their Cardigans, Jeans/Skinny Pants (they fit awesome), Jewelry and Blazers. Everything in that store is Beautiful but I particularly love these items and no this is not a Sponsored post, I just love the brand very much. Anyway, my Matching Necklace & Dangly Earrings have semi-precious Royal Blue Stones, to play off the Light Blue Checks of the Shirt. As if the Cute Little Checks on my Shirt (check out the cuffs, they are a little bit different prints!) weren't enough, I added a Window-Pane, Geometric-Print Clutch which comes from The Limited - another one of my Favorite Stores. I wore my Trusted, Go-with-Everything, Patent Leather, Nude Pumps and wore this for some cocktails (it has been a super long time I had gone out for cocktails, since before I was pregnant- yep, true story!) How did I do? Do you like the Outfit? To me Gingham, Plaid, Square Print, Houndstooth, Tartan and Window-pane all classify as Checks, what about you? Am I right or what?! Have you mixed Checks with Stripes before?

Before I leave for today, I also wanted to let you know that I am Guest Posting for AMY of Amy's Fashion Blog, today, while she is in her Paris Vacation (Lucky Her!!). I am talking Spring and I am thinking Pink. See how I styled some Outfits for Spring; read here. Thank you. I hope to inspire you today to 1) wear some Burgundy Pants, 2) try remixing Checks/Plaid with Stripes & 3) wear some Pink since Spring is coming!

Silver, Pave Ring w/ tiny Silver Stones & big Square Ruby in the middle: A Local Boutique (New).
2-in-1 Silver Ring w/ 2 Silver Circle Stones & 1 Oval Cognac Stone: White House Black Market.
Silver, Woven, Thick, Chain Necklace (worn as Bracelet): Parfois.

Black & White Striped Sweater, w/ Peek-A-Boo Back: White House Black Market.
White+Baby Blue, Checkered Button-Down Shirt: American Eagle Men (My Husband's).
Burgundy Corduroy Skinny Pants: White House Black Market.
Cognac, Skinny, Braided Belt w/ Circle Loop Buckle: Thrifted (New).
Silver Tone, 2-Stranded Dainty Necklace w/ Semi Precious, tiny, Royal Blue Stones: White House Black Market.
Silver Tone, Long Dangly Earrings (Set with the Necklace) w/ Semi Precious, tiny, Royal Blue Stones: White House Black Market.
Black & White, Geometric-Print, Silky Clutch w/ Black Patent Leather Trim: The Limited.
Nude, Round-Toe, Patent Leather Pumps: Apartment 9 (Kohl's).

P.S. Also linking up with Leeann, Niki, Shanna, Sarah, Alison and Lindsey.