I can’t believe I am 26 years old. Time flies by so fast. I have gotten better at actually going out and doing things on the weekends rather than just ALWAYS sitting at home. But as I am getting older, I have realized that there are so many things I still want to do. I am hoping by creating a 30 before 30 list it will help me stay motivated and accountable.
1. Go skydiving
2. Start an Etsy store
3. Move to New York City
4. Visit San Francisco
5. Travel to Italy
6. Travel to England
7. Travel to Paris
8. Pay off my credit cards, and not keep a revolving balance
9. Read all 93 banned books on this list: http://www.buzzfeed.com/ariannarebolini/how-scandalous-is-your-reading-history
10. Save a 9-10 month emergency fund
11. Go to New York City during Christmas
12. Write a book
13. Make exercising 4-5 times a week a routine
14. Learn a new language (probably Italian)
15. Work for Harper’s Bazaar
16. Learn to play an instrument
17. Run a marathon
18. Learn to snowboard
19. Create a custom WordPress theme to sell
20. Attend my 10 year high school reunion
21. Complete a 365 day photography project
22. Get over my fear and perform karaoke
23. Learn how to apply eye liner
24. Attend a MB NYFW show
25. Ride in a hot air balloon
26. Bungee jump
27. Travel to Australia or New Zealand
28. Pay off at least HALF my student loans
29. Buy a new car
30. Become a published journalist
Do you have a 30 before 30 list? Be sure to leave a link in the comments below.
I am so excited that my Patchwork Denim, You Need It Now post was picked for Independent Fashion Bloggers Links a la Mode.
How do you dress for success? Do you dress for the job you want or the job you have? Are your shoes made for walking or climbing the ladder of success? Well, you know upward mobility is always on the mind of an avid blogger. This week we take the plunge into Spring and Summer trends, but not in the way of dressing down but more buttoning up. Does that mean we have work on the mind? Maybe. You’ll just have to see for yourself.
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Were you ever told as a child “Sticks and stone can break my bones, but words can never hurt me?” Well I have to fully disagree with that statement. I believe words have the ability to hurt and to heal. They can make your day or ruin it in the matter of seconds. Sometimes words can inspire us and have such a large impact that they change the way we think, they can change our lives. Here are 10 quotes that can help change the way you look at life.
“The most dangerous risk of all – The risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later.”
- Randy Komisar
Photo Credit: chattygd | Added quote to image
I think this one is very important as I am getting older. It is tough to look back and realize I lived for so long not doing things that made me happy or what I wanted. While I can’t turn back time, I can remember this for future decisions.
“Some people die at age 25 and aren’t buried until they are 75.”
- Benjamin Franklin
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This quote goes hand in hand with the one above. When you aren’t living the life you want and aren’t happy you aren’t truly living.
“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.”
- Helen Keller
Photo Credit: Jussarian | Added quote to image
Don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone. Do things that are exciting and get your heart racing. I think I am going to go sky diving soon! I saw some friends do it for a 30th birthday and after I regret not joining!
“Be yourself, everyone else is already taken.”
- Oscar Wilde
Photo Credit: Symphony of Love
Great to remember to stop comparing yourself to others, stop trying to be like others. Be authentic, be vulnerable, admit, own and share your thoughts, feelings, desires, insecurities, and dreams. Being yourself will help find others who love you for you.
“If you don’t build your dreams, someone will hire you to build theirs.”
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This is always one I am struggling with. It is hard when you have a dream but still need to make a living. I am at the part right now in my life. I guess it is time to buckle down, work long hours, and live in a way many won’t so I can get the life I want.
“I do not exist to impress the world. I exist to live my life in a way that will make me happy.”
- Richard Bach
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This is a very smart quote, but a hard one for me to completely live out. I have this internal need to be seen as a success. I still care too much what others think of me, even complete strangers. It is something I need to work on.
“You just have to do your own thing, no matter what anyone says. It’s your life.”
- Ethan Embry
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I think this quote is similar to the one above. When you worry about what others think and say then you are wasting precious time of your day. It’s your life, live it how you want.
“Giving up is the only sure way to fail.”
- Gena Showalter
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Dream big and don’t give up. You will never get anywhere without trying.
“The person that you will spend the most time with in your life is yourself, so better try to make yourself as interesting as possible.”
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Great thing to remember! Be able to be happy and have fun by yourself. Some may find this weird but I actually enjoy time by myself, I guess that is a step in the right direction.
“You learn more from failure than from success; don’t let it stop you. Failure builds character.”
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Don’t be afraid of failure. Not everything is a success on the first try. Failure teaches us just as many things as success does.
I think all of these quotes are very powerful and are great ones to remember.
Which one is your favorite?
This season designers are making denim anything but ordinary. Fringe, lace and patchwork are being incorporated to create this seasons hottest looks. Denim is no longer considered just for weekend wear. It can be dressed down for casual or up for a sexy night out. Browse through the looks below for some inspiration on how you can incorporate patchwork denim into your look.
1. Junya Watanabe Patchwork Denim Jeans from Far Fetch *
2. BlankNYC Patchwork Skinny from Revolve Clothing *
3. Fade to Blue Tri-Color Patchwork Slim-Fit Jeans, Medium Blue from Neiman Marcus Last Call *
4. Patchwork Skinny Jean from American Eagle *
5. Tripp NYC The Ripped and Confused Jean from Karmaloop *
6. Alexander McQueen Patchwork Denim Pant from Far Fetch *
7. Current/Elliott Stiletto Patchwork Jeans, Blue from Neiman Marcus Last Call *
8. Victoria Beckham Denim Super Skinny Patchwork Jeans from My Theresa
9. Patchwork Roll-Up Skinny Jean from Charlotte Russe *
How do you feel about the patchwork denim trend? I own one pair, and I plan on wearing them a lot this season and buying a few more pairs!