Thirteen Things I Learned This Year

December 31st, 2013 § 1 comment § permalink

This Will Be My Year

I once had someone say to me, “this is gonna be your year”. I thought that was crazy at the time, but as everyone is looking back at 2013, yah, I think it was the start of “my year”. I learned a lot about myself, about the world, and how complicated life and business really is. With everything that I experienced, it will only help 2014 be an even better year. So, to prep and remind myself, here are the top 13 things I learned this year.

I'd Rather Be Honest Than Impressive

1. I’d rather be honest than impressive. I think my #1 pet peeve is someone not telling me the truth, so I always tell the truth. Even though it doesn’t always benefit me, I look back and always find that I’m much happier with telling the truth than inflating it and looking like a big shot.

Work hard and be nice to people @ttrujillo2. Don’t let work be your life. Work, so that you can live that life that you want to.  This came late this year, but I realized that it doesn’t really pay to put work before your family, friends, or yourself. There will always be more work to do, it will never be complete, and sometimes hard work doesn’t pay off. Work hard, but remember that you work so that you can live the life that you want to live. So remember to live it up.

Forget Those Who Forget You3. Forget those who forget you. I found myself caring a lot about people who never really cared that much about me. It doesn’t do you any good, so its time to move on and give time and energy to those who do value you.

Know Who You Are And Know It's Enough4. Know who you are and know that it’s enough. Indeed-y. Stick to your values, what you believe in, and never apologize for who you are, even when others are trying to bring you down.  Believe in yourself. Even when no one else does.

Never stop doing your best  just because someone doesn't give you credit.5. Never stop doing your best  just because someone doesn’t give you credit. This is something that I’ve never stopped doing, but as I’ve been a part of some big projects I realized that it’s more important now than ever. No one is going to give you a pat on the back every time in front of thousands of people, or give you that virtual high five. Just because it doesn’t have your name on it, it doesn’t mean that you stop doing superb work or putting your best foot forward. Sometimes the stuff you do when no one is watching matters more.

You Can't Always Get What You Want #quote6. You can’t always get what you want. Truth. Even if you work your butt off, sometimes it just doesn’t work out like you planned. And so what? Life is too short and too wonderful to miss out on. Something else will come along that you want and that you will get.

Take Time For Yourself7. Take time for yourself. This is a big one. I’ve been so caught up with work and pouring 60-70+ hour work weeks that I didn’t take care of myself this year. I bought 40 Yoga classes, and realized its been almost an entire year that I haven’t used them. Needless to say, right now I’m scrambling and going to yoga every day to make sure I don’t waste a dime. Take care of yourself. No one will take care of you for you, you need to make sure that you’re doing what you need to do what’s best for you. Your health and well-being is invaluable.

Shit Could Be Worse #quote8. Shit could be worse. When you think that you have the worst day E-V-E-R, stop and remember that it’s really not that bad and there are so many other circumstances you could be in that are much worse. Be grateful, even for those bad days as they help make you who you are and can only make you a better person.

I work because I love this shit9. Do what you really love. I work because I love this shit. Find what you love and never let go. Your job, hobby, or practice it doesn’t just appear out of no where and it doesn’t come in a linear fashion. Sometimes the path to your “dream” is a zigzag or a bumpy one, but that’s ok.

Surround yourself with people who are only going to lift you higher10. Surround yourself with people who are only going to lift you higher. I think this makes all the difference. The people that make us better, push us farther, and make us laugh make life, well, a wonderful life. Hang out with peeps that are only going to make you a better person.

Always keep your eyes open. Grace Coddington Quote11. Keep an open mind. Nothing stays the same, inspiration can come from anywhere and anybody. Don’t shutout anyone or anything just because it isn’t the status quo. Walt Disney practiced this a lot. He didn’t care where the ideas came from or what your job title was, he just wanted the best ideas and sometimes that’s when the best ideas come from – where and when you least expect it.

What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight; Create anyway.12. What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight; Create anywayEnough said.

Challenge Yourself. Push Yourself. Best Yourself #quote

13. Best Yourself. Always try to make yourself better. You can always improve. You can’t control the circumstances around you, you can only control you. You’re the only one that can make yourself happy and you have the opportunity to change and make your life what you want it to be.

So, I’m looking forward to the next year, I think no matter what happens it will be my year.

Controlled Mess

December 29th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Messy Hair Top Bun

Messy Top Knot Hair Messy Bun Hair Low Hair Bun Messy Hair Ombre Bun Blonde and Brunette Messy Bun Messy Side Knot Hair Blonde Messy Hair Knot Top Knot With Back Braid Messy Bun Low Bun Purple Hair Top Knot Top Knot Bun Messy Hair Updo Messy Side Knot Bun Blond Messy Hair Red Hair Messy Bun Side Knot Messy Hair

Bad hair day? No prob bob. I’m so thankful that we’ve let go of the “perfect” hair days and are embracing the top knot, messy bun, and messy updo. I remember the days when I used to fret about every single hair on my head. Especially, back in the early 90’s when I had to have my bangs curled and hair-sprayed straight back like DJ Tanner. Whoa, those were some days and a lot of Suave spritzer going on.

Im not sure where it came from, but I was super self-conscious about my hair being out of place and even wearing my hair off my face. But alas one messy top knot and I’ve been hooked. I’m so glad that as I’ve gotten older I’ve been able to let go and not care so much of what others might think and really move forward with how I feel and how what I wear makes me feel. So, messy hair you’ve just been controlled.

All That Glitters

December 27th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Sequin Eye Makeup via Pinterest Beauty That Beast

Sequin Lips via Pinterest Beauty

Glitter and Sequin Boho Makeup

Green Sequin Eye Shadow Cara Delevingne

Glitter Eye Makeup

Glitter Eye Makeup With Smokey Eye Shadow

Silver Glitter Eye Liner

Glitter Lipstick

Gold Glitter Nail Polish

Silver Glitter Eye Liner

Gold Glitter Body Paint

Gold Glitter Eye Makeup

Sequin And Glitter Eye Makeup

Smokey Glitter Eye Shadow

Sequin Studded Eye Makeup Gold glitter dust

Turquoise Glitter Nail Polish

Glitter Shimmer

Purple Glitter Eye Shadow

OysterMag - glitter eye shadow

Wanted. Plans for New Year’s Eve, just so I can wear glitter and sequins. I remember the good ole days when you could snag some glitter gel at your local Claire’s. And believe me, I wore it EVERY DAY in high school because I thought it was the bee’s knees. I loved it, for some ungodly reason, but hey, I guess I was just ahead of my time and prepping myself for the Chanel Fall 2013 runway. 😉  Now, I can’t get enough of it and need an excuse to wear it out. Don’t you? In honor of the glittery goodness, below of my fave glitter eye tutorials:

1. The Cut: How To Create A Holiday Glitter Eye

2. Vogue: Video – Applying Glitter Makeup

3. Into The Gloss: Sequin Eye Lids

4. Nasty Gal: Glitter Eyes

I’ll Stop Wearing Black When…

December 26th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

I'll Stop Wearing Black When #fashionquote

(Via Tumblr)

…they invent a darker color.

I can’t get enough of all black outfits and neither should you. #newyorkdresscode

Power To The Pink

December 19th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Alexis Maybille Spring 2013 Pink Monochrome Runway Outfit

Pink & Red Colorblock Strip

All Pink Outfit Look - Kate by Anna Palma in ‘Feeling Feminine’ for Fashion Gone Rogue

Cara Delevingne Pink Polka Dot Fashion Editorial

Pink Cotton Candy

Monochrome Pink Outfit

Chloe Norgaard Pink Room

Peppermint Pink Eggnog Milkshake

Salmon Pink Coat via Hanneli

Pink and Red Colored Chalk

Pink Sweater via WhoWhatWear

All Pink Fashion Editorial - Bette Franke by Jeff Bark for Dazed & Confused as 'Animal Attraction'

Pink Pony Horse

Pink Polka Dot Coat - Anniek Kortleve shot by Daniel Jackson for Vogue China, August 2012

Pink Fur Coat via Le Fashion

All this holiday red business hurts my eyes right now. What about some winter pink anyone? I’m not an advocate to wear pink head to toe, but I will most definitely accessorize with it in some nail art or jewelry. Just anything to get that blazin’ Santa red outta sight for two minutes. Thank you & happy holidays. xo

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