Gratitude Wednesday

Oct 15, 2014

Here's my new page, are you doing your own art jounaling -gratitude page every week? If you are please leave a comment or tweet me your link so I can check it out :)
 Have a rad day!

For this page, I used vintage images from The Old Design Shop

What can a rocker babe wear to an office job?

Oct 14, 2014

If you're a rocker babe, have tattoos and/or you loooove wearing dark colors, and have no idea what to wear, that still feels very you, to your office job this post will give you some ideas.

I had jobs that allowed me to wear anything I wanted, show off my tattoos and piercings and wear converse, but when I had a job that required wearing collar shirts, covering up my tattoos, removing my piercings...wearing heels! I had a bit of a crisis. I couldn't figure out what to wear.

I bought a few pieces here and there, tried my best to put cute outfits together, but it felt like I was wearing a costume, it made me feel very weird. I then had an aha! moment.  

I finally realized that if I had to wear long sleeves (to cover the tattoos), collar shirts (cause that was mandatory) and black or dark blue pants, I was going to make them work for ME, I was determined to find collar shirts that looked like ME but were also appropriate for the office.

I bet you feel the same way, and it's not because you don't know how to dress, it's because self expression is important to you, whatever your style is, you know it's not just fashion, is something that you wear because it says something about you. 

Having somebody saying what you can and can't wear can be hard, because you feel restricted, you fear you may be perceived as a different person, you think the real you won't shine if you wear that dang plain white collar shirt!

This may sound dramatic for some, but not for those who understand how important self expression is, you're not being dramatic and you are not overreacting, you just need to find a new way to express yourself within the "restrictions" and office can have.

So yeah, you don't have to stop being a badass rocker babe, you just have to find the pieces that will create rad outfits you love that are OK for your job, here are some suggestions.

If you have neck or arm tattoos you can cover them by:

A)  wearing a fitted long sleeve, with a bit of a high neck (without being a turtleneck) shirt, under a short sleeve shirt/blouse 
B)  wearing cardigans
C)  wearing a button-up long sleeve shirt/blouse with a nice pattern
D)  wearing a sweater that's not too big for your, you don't wanna look frumpy

Some jobs require that you wear collar shirts, but you are allowed to pick any color and pattern you want, so this is were you can shine!
If you are not being forced to wear collar shirts that's even better, you have more options.

If wearing color is not an issue for you, that's great but I know a lot of rocker babes are somewhat scared of doing it, so instead of going for all the black shirts, try to go for white ones that have black patterns, and then try to pick muted colors, then add some patterns, etc.

Before I start showing you actual pieces, here are some basic silhouettes that can help you put outfits together.

Now let's see some real pieces so you can really get inspired... maybe start a Pinterest board with the ones you like, so you can then put together outfit ideas, instead of buying many pieces and then not knowing how to make them work.

1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8    -Modcloth

1  2  3  4  5  6   -OASAP

If you wanna go for a bold pattern or bight color but you are still not sure if you will feel comfortable, you can wear a cream, black or gray cardigan, that will tone it down a bit, it'll be like your safety blanket. At some point during the day, if you feel more confident you can always take the cardigan off.

1  2  3  4  5   -H&M

It doesn't matter if you're a size 2 or 12, try not to buy a sweater that's too big on you, that will only make you look frumpy

1  2  3   -H&M

1  2  3  4  5   -H&M

What if you're on a budget?
Don't you worry, you can print out the pieces you like on 1 or 2 sheets and take them with you when you go shopping, go to second hand shops, check out some discount shops and try to find pieces that have a similar cut/shape to the ones you like. 

1  2  3  4   -Loly in the sky

1  2  3  4  5  6   -ASOS

Shoes can be expensive so if you're on a budget you can buy 2 or 3 pairs, these styles go with almost anything!
If you are being told to wear heels and you have no idea how to walk in them, don't panic just buy wedges, you won't have any troubles with them ;)

Don't forget!
Think of the skirt/pants as the uniform, and be creative with your shirts and shoes, think comfort and self expression, but obviously keep it "acceptable" whatever that may be for your job.

This is not a sponsored post, these are not affiliate links either, these are just things I think you might like. Let me know if you wanna know what to wear for a specific body shape, or if you are restricted to wear only certain colors and I'll do my best to give you some ideas.

Have a rad day!

Inspired by color: getting crafty

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Love yourself! -10 things you can do right now

Oct 13, 2014

We are too busy all the time, right? There's just no "me time"
If we have an extra hour we use it to reply emails, to do work stuff, to be there for somebody else... to worry because we are not living up to the crazy expectations we set for ourselves.

Well, that's just BS and you know it. If you go to sleep one hour later that you normally do, just so you can finish that work project, than you might as well use that same hour the next day to do something for you, to nourish your body and mind.

I have a list here for you, with things you can do to show yourself some much needed love
1. Go for a walk by yourself

It can be at any time time of the day, 20 minutes, an hour, during your lunch time at work, whatever you can fit in your day.
Just go, wear something comfy, grab your headphones and walk your troubles away.

Walking alone is great, it can help you clear your mind and put things in perspective.

You could also grab your camera, just in case you get inspired, even if you're walking by the same place you walk every single day, you'll see that when 
you're present, when you are living in the moment you start seeing things differently, maybe your just noticed that beautiful tree with those really big pink flowers!

2. Clean one space/room

Your closet, your desk, the kitchen, etc. Just one.

We all do it, we all have that one space, or maybe more, that become catch-all places, and yes there's that empty box of juice, those 3 glasses you used the 

past 3 days, you have a pile of dirty laundry... 
All those things can really bring us down and we know it. We claim to be too busy, we think oh well I'll do the dishes tomorrow, and the next day you say the same, and so on,  then you wanna pour yourself a glass of water and realize that all the dishes are dirty, and you feel guilty, and all kinds of negative thoughts start crossing your mind...why do we do that? Maybe today is the day we stop.

Lighting up some candles, having your fave music in the background, opening up the windows and let the fresh air in can make cleaning-tery relaxing.

3. Have a pamper evening

If you don't have a pamper routine this is the perfect time to create one, here are some things you can do:

do a face and hair mask

take a bath with extra bubbles, light up some candles, play some music or an audiobook
do your nails
make a delicious hot cup of chocolate... or have a glass of wine

4. Cook yourself a fancy fancy meal

It's time to put those pretty cook books you've been buying to use, browse around your fave foodie blog, pick a recipe that looks yummy and treat yourself!

5. Write on your journal

Write or doodle about how you feel at this very moment, good and bad emotions are valid.
write about how you want to feel tomorrow and the next days. You may want to start writing a to-do list but stop right there!
write about how YOU really wanna FEEL, instead of thinking you need to finish X or Y, try to think how doing that would make you feel, focus on that and 
write about it. It can be very descriptive or very abstract, but it would definitely make you feel like you're listening to your soul and you're taking care of it.

6. Read a book

If you are one of those people thinking "how in hell is X reading 30 books a year?" I'm with ya, sometimes you really wanna read a book, you buy it, get all 
excited and happy, read a couple of pages and... the book starts collecting dust because you always have a deadline to meet and reading is jut not a 
If you are honest with yourself you know you waste time doing other things, so yeah you do have time to read, maybe you won't read 20 pages today, 
maybe you will read 5, but that's fine, 5 pages a day is better than no pages at all.

7. Buy yourself something pretty

It can be a $2 nail polish in your fave color, it could be a $50 face cream

8. Make a "20 things I love about me" list

This might be harder than it seems, and if it is, this means you NEED to do it, show yourself some love!

9. Make a donation

You can make a donation to your fave charity, to support a creative project you believe in, to your local animal shelter.
If you can't donate money, you can always donate time... or blood.
This is something you would do for somebody else, and even if it doesn't look like it, this is actually another way of loving yourself too. You are doing this with an open heart, you may not know the person who will benefit from it, but you are putting out there good and positive vibes, love and time which always comes back to you!

10. schedule up some more of this!

You see how easy it is, just to let go and dedicate time for yourself?
I think all these things on the list are simple, don't require expensive things and they make a huge difference in our mood, and overall health.
So now it;s time to schedule, how much do you need, 20 minutes, 1 hour, a whole day? Go grab a calendar, or your phone, go I'll wait it? ok, schedule it, this simple thing will make it happen.

Let me know if you like posts like this, I really hope you find here something that helps you realize you need to dedicate time for YOU!

Have a rad day!