5 Ways to Create a More Beautiful Life

 

“To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not, rich; to listen to stars and birds, babes and sages, with open heart; to study hard; to think quietly, act frankly, talk gently, await occasions, hurry never; in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common. this is my symphony.” – William Channing

 

 

1. Let meditation become the beautiful bookends to each day. Practice 10-15 minutes when you wake up and each evening before dinner. You can try YouTube meditations at first if it is too difficult to sit in silence at first. Binaural beats with headphones are great for putting your brainwaves to exact emotional experiences you want. Search binaural beats for: joy, beauty, love, etc.

2. Read and work in elevated spaces. If you want to read for pleasure, or if you have to work on something that you dread, find somewhere inspiring to do so. It could be a luxurious hotel’s cafe, a museum cafe, a university, a garden, or a little park. Make it fun for you, and make it beautiful for you. We subconsciously absorb our environments, so let it be beautiful.

3. If you are not feeling openhearted it is difficult to create and allow beauty into your life. One of the best ways to open up again is through animals. Take a trip to your local zoo, or spend extra time with your pet. Like being in nature, being around such elevated and open animals is very healing and inspiring.

4. Create a personal uniform for days when you aren’t inspired. Mine is black jeans, a white shirt, black boots, and a leather jacket. When I don’t feel great I know I can put this easy set on and become more confident and focus on my day.

5. Collect inspiration everywhere. You can buy magazines and cut the things you love and keep them in a journal. When you flip through you will have an instant wave of inspiration of who you are and what you want. Blogs and Pinterest have a lot to be inspired by, but it’s important to write what inspires you and create and observe tactile images so your brain processes them and manifests them even more.

I wish you beautiful days.

Top by Zara.

Chanel Frame of Mind

Everything I am wearing fits my spring mood board and I found all of it at vintage shops! Don’t underestimate your local vintage stores. The earrings are such a lovely inclusion to my gold jewelry collection. They remind me of little horse stirrups. The top is my favorite because it represents everything I love: femininity, romance, and a little bit of a nod to a past era.

To top it off, I have my Chanel lipstick. I have many glosses and lipsticks from Chanel and there is something so glamorous about having the gorgeous tubes in your bag.

Fashion is fun! Beauty is creation! Be your own muse. Isn’t that what Coco Chanel did?

Have a good week darlings!

Butterfly Effect

“When I suddenly see myself in the depths of the mirror, I take fright. I can scarcely believe that I have limits, that I am outlined and defined. I feel myself to be dispersed in the atmosphere, thinking inside other creatures, living inside things beyond myself. When I suddenly see myself in the mirror, I am not startled because I find myself ugly or beautiful. I discover, in fact, that I possess another quality. When I haven’t looked at myself for some time, I almost forget that I am human, I tend to forget my past, and I find myself with the same deliverance from purpose and conscience as something that is barely alive. I am also surprised to find as I gaze into the pale mirror with open eyes that there is so much in me beyond what is known, so much that remains ever silent.”

Clarice Lispector

I found this completely intact butterfly while walking on my way to class. I also found myself appreciating this beautiful cycle of life and death and beauty we all share.

Classical Inspired Interior

I have been collecting lovely items from antiques stores for two years now. I am always inspired by the 1500s-1800s in particular. All things gold fill my home. I am growing a collection of gold earrings and original oil paintings in gold frames. I have items from Russia, France, South Korea, and here in the United States so far.

All things magical affect me. This small reading candle makes me think of a young girl wandering her castle at night. I truly believe the items you surround yourself with affect you, both consciously and subconsciously. My home is a safe haven of beautiful thoughts for my mind.

Things don't have to be too perfect,or too neat. I like the naturalness of a lived in home. I prefer ease to overly staged photos, art, and interiors. Sometimes it appears to let the soul of the subjects to speak out.

Small Things – Great Love

My mom was talking with her doctor today. He said he preferred working with animals, rather than humans.

“Why? Animals can be cruel too,” she said.

“No, they only are cruel when they are hurt and scared,” he said.

“It’s the same with us.”

Isn’t it the same with us? How many times have we judged others as wrong or bad without pausing with a moment of compassion for what they are going through.

The same day I waited in line to check out from a store for almost twenty minutes. I wondered why the cashier was taking so long. As we got closer, she revealed a swollen left arm and the fact she is going through chemotherapy at the moment. She looked to be in her early 60s. I can’t imagine what that must be like at this age and state of health to work such a job, and yet she still managed to be kind and attentive to me.

Everyone truly has a story we know nothing about, and each is a story worth getting to know.

March Muse: Young Marie Antoinette

Who isn't inspired by a young Marie Antoinette? Incorporating more pieces into the wardrobe that are feminine, yet playful and cheeky, is a way to incarnate her spirit. The idea of bringing back the beauty of previous eras and refreshing them with the air of modern civility (and all the pleasures that brings) is the inspiration for this look.

For the bags Loewe and Miu Miu have playful silhouettes and a refreshed look of the straw bag.

Also by Miu Miu are the fun pineapple necklace, pink sock shoes, and straw inspired sandals.

Maje has a stunning and deep blue jacket that can be worn on colder spring days.

For the dress, Simone Rocha S/S 2017 has perfected the light femininity of a cotton dress look while maintaining the richness of quality fabrics.

The Chloe top is a cheerful shade of yellow with small print that look as if the modern day Marie could wear it to the Petite Trianon today.

Rustic pastel nail polish and adding pastel and gold details to the home can more fully incorporate this look.