I still can't believe that I've only had a smart phone for a year now! I'm completely addicted to it, especially Instagram. I was definitely tardy to that party, but I'm not ashamed. Over the summer, I shared 10 of my favorite IG-ers, and now I'm here to gift you with a few more. Each of them has something completely different, unique and beautiful to offer. Consider these pretty, interesting, fabulous and fun photos your early Christmas present. Okay? Here we go!
I randomly found @amandarosaia through hashtags and after seeing her gorgeous mixed family I had to follow. Interracial couples ftw!
Superblogger Amy Song (@songofstyle) gets to travel the world, hang out with Kendrick Lamar, and eat delicious food all while looking fit and fabulous. Dream life, for sure.
Just a warning, don't follow @bestfriendsforfrosting while on a diet. You'll quickly see why.
Mister @radiowar takes the coolest photos of buildings and outdoor beauty. I want to track down every spot he finds.
Miss @swopes is an iPhone genius. I don't know how she creates these gorgeous images, but it's insane. Mostly of Chicago, one of my all-time favorite cities.
This lovely lady (@wonderforest) helped me create the sexy blog design you're looking at right now. Her IG feed is equally lovely and full of vintage-looking goodness. Yum.
The talented @maxwanger has such a simple, quiet beauty to his photos. I want to cop his style, for sure.
Cute pups, fitness inspo, and one hilarious dad... I can't help but include my girl Christina, aka Xtina, aka @muhfukkntina on this list. One of my good 'in RL' friends. Love her!
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Sometimes, I feel like the world has become complacent about friendships. We're constantly reading articles about how to be a better mate or lover, and how to improve our romantic relationships -- but what about those between platonic, honest-to-goodness buds? Looking at my own girlfriends (and guys too) makes me realize how much more I could be doing that I'm not. Friends are just as important as anyone else in our lives, perhaps even moreso; after all, shouldn't your girlfriend or boyfriend, husband or wife, kids or parents also be your friends? I think so. Here are 10 little things you can do today to show you care.
ONE. Call a pal you haven't talked to in awhile. When I first moved from Michigan to California, I was really good about the phone. Fast-forward over four years later, and I rarely even text my faraway friends. I've become incredibly reliant on Instagram, this blog, and the hopes that they'll still love me when I come visit. I could blame it on the three-hour time difference, but calling and hearing someone's voice is so important. I'm definitely going to make this a new year's resolution and seriously schedule in phone dates with friends. Texting, tweeting, and e-mailing is no comparison to a phone call. Skyping is even better, but again, with the time difference and busy schedules it's hard to plan for us both to be in front of our laptops.
TWO. Take someone on a friend date. I'm absolutely filled with joy when a friend takes me to dinner, lunch, a movie or even just coffee! Getting taken out by your boyfriend is expected (at least I would hope so), but when a girlfriend takes you out, it's completely surprising and super special. Doing this with one of your guy friends might be awkward, but if it's someone you've known for awhile it shouldn't be. Just try it!
THREE. Send a card or write a letter. It doesn't have to be a special occasion, either. I have always made it a habit to keep a box full of blank cards and pretty stationery handy. That way, no matter what the reason is, I have something cute to write on. I've also put together a lovely box of cards and letters I've received myself, and it's so fun to look through! I truly cherish these little mementos from throughout the years. Using the post office may be old-fashioned, but it's still fun and in this day and age, it's unique!
FOUR. Give a compliment. They aren't just for strangers you're trying to woo. Each of my friends is completely different and wonderful in his or her own way, and I try to point that out whenever possible. Is she crazy funny, extremely sweet, refreshingly honest, incredibly creative? What do you absolutely adore about him or her? Everyone is in your life for a reason, and they will love being reminded of how important they are. Whether you've known them for five years or five days, don't assume that they already know how you feel. They will appreciate hearing it either way.
FIVE. Speak less, listen more. We all have our flaws, and I'll admit a few of mine: stubborn, selfish, impatient. Perhaps it's because I'm an Aries, the oldest child, or Italian. Whatever the reason, these three things add up to me being a pretty shitty listener. Over the years, I've gotten much better at the following: not interrupting, staying calm during arguments, speaking lower and slower and less often. My happiness has skyrocketed, and I'm pretty certain it has helped my friends' and family's too. During your conversations today, make it a point to listen to more words than the amount that you say. I guarantee you will learn more, remember more, connect more, love more.
*Photo source. You can also read my take on how to be happy, how to be single and how to find the one.
Monday, December 2, 2013
Jacket - Forever 21
Bra - Victoria's Secret
Lace top - Pinkzone (similar)
Lips - Joe Fresh (similar)
Nail polish - Urban Outfitters (similar)
Shorts - H&M
Tights, pumps, band ring, necklace - Ann Taylor
Bangles - RJ Graziano
Charm bracelet - Juicy Couture
Heart ring - gift from Liz
Camera ring - Modcloth
Flower ring - Kohl's
Actually, seeing as I'm still fighting a sinus infection, I don't feel like going out at all. But if I did, this is totally what I'd wear. I think it'd be great for a holiday party -- hello, sparkles! Speaking of which, I missed out on this past weekend's Thanksgiving festivities thanks to being both bedridden and, on the flip side, packing up my life so that I could move for the 6th time in 4 years. I totally feel like I'm in limbo, with everything stuffed into boxes and written out in lists, but I know this is all for the best. Despite current physical burdens, I'm happy, grateful and oh-so-excited. Besides, I don't eat turkey anyway.
*Photos by Mary Tap.
Sunday, December 1, 2013
So I hope you guys have already seen these, but just in case you've been living under a rock for the past week, here is Kanye's awful video with Kim K for Bound 2, and the spoof on it by my favorite Judd Apatow actors. I actually really like the song (whole album is good, honestly) but as for this situation I have two words: publicity stunt. Enjoy, and happy December!