Words That Inspire

I love quotes because they remind me of what is important. Quotes that inspire me are almost like mantras, they help to focus and change my attitude and mindset. Although the #blogeverydayinmay challenge is to talk about just one quote that inspires, that proved to be too hard, so I’m sharing a lot more than one.

“Don’t be humble. You’re not that great.” –Golda Meir, former prime minister of Israel

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True Love.

“I’ve learned this long ago, what other people think of me is none of my business” – RuPaul

To me, RuPaul is the Oprah of drag queens. Coco Chanel said something similar…

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To go beyond is just as wrong as falling short –Confucius

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WOW! This is sometimes true of the news media today…

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tumblr_m72belCGMq1r2x6lwo1_500We ALL bring some type of energy in the room or into a situation, OWN IT.

44872c86157c910380c239ec43a38ca0I can not be afraid to fail. What Would a Queen Do?

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When the going gets tough…

afa6cb35cc2ceac848cea80bbdb453d2Check out my Pinterest board for more inspirational quotes.

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Style Me Friday – The White T

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Haha! I’m such a dork, but when I check my blogroll at the end of the day on Monday, I’m always excited to find out the #StyleMeFriday pick. I have participated in the link-up for five week in a row now, so I guess your aware that I’m a fan (thanks Eboni!). This week is all about the white T and who doesn’t have a white T? I am a bit of a mess sometimes and constantly spilling thing all over myself, so a white T is a cherished essential that I have washed with care and bought many times over. Fashionista Next Door picked out some inspirational white T looks that had me searching for my own inspirational looks on Pinterest.

DSC_0008Vest, Urban Outfitters. White T & Skirt (both on sale), Stylemint. Watch, MK. Boots & bracelet, Shoedazzle. Bag, Coach.

I hope you can tell that I was inspired by both the floral skirt/white T combo and the army vest/white T combo. When I saw these looks on Pinterest, it was like a light went off in my head. A friend convinced me to buy this vest last month, and I’m glad he did. I have nothing like this in my closet and the quality is so spot on, I feel like it will last forever.

DSC_0009On another note, my new blogging business cards arrived yesterday. I am so happy with the way turned out, I can’t wait to hand them out and watch people’s reaction. What do you think?

IMG_0469Sunday is Cinco De Mayo and I am planning to make some Suaza-ritas and snack on chips and salsa to celebrate. How are you spending your weekend?

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How to Make a Mean Grilled Cheese

Day 2 of the #blogeverydayinmay challenge is to educate readers on something you I know alot about or are good at.

IMG_0189I told y’all before I make a mean grilled cheese; so let me tell you how (though I am sure you already know).

Things you will need:

Pan

Spatula

Bread

[I love sourdough, but you can use whatever you like; wheat, French, Italian, rye and cinnamon-raisin are some good choices. The bread is an important part of the sandwich, so make it good.]

Butter

[Make sure to use (unsalted) butter (it just tastes the best) at room temperature. If you keep your butter in the fridge like I do, heat up a small amount in the microwave for 10-15 seconds.]

Cheese

[Provolone, cheddar, mozzarella, brie, pepper jack, whatever. But if your slicing the cheese yourself from a block, make sure the slices are thin]

Any additional filling – I used turkey and avocado

[Ham, chicken breast, sprouts, roasted peppers, apples, pears, get creative but don’t over do it.]

Ok, so now the cooking….

  1. Heat your pan to medium heat.
  2. Butter both sides of one piece of bread. If I want to get fancy, I will spread mustard or jam on the inside of the sandwich and butter on the outside. Yum!
  3. Place a slice or slices of cheese on your bread.
  4. On top of the cheese, layer your fillings. I used deli turkey breast and thinly sliced avocado (about ¼ of an avocado).
  5. Top your fillings with another slice or slices of cheese.
  6. Butter both sides of your last piece of bread and place on the top of the sandwich.
  7. Use your spatula to move the sandwich to the pan and cook for 5-7 minutes. Be sure to watch the food so it doesn’t burn.
  8. Flip your sandwich and cook for another 5 minutes (I like to use the spatula to smash the sandwich down a bit).

That’s it! So easy. So delicious.

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The Haiku of My Life

Yesterday I stumbled upon a new blogging challenge and I was immediately intrigued. Jenni from Story of My Life, created Blog Every Day in May after being inspired by one of her favorite bloggers. It is such an interesting challenge because it focuses on writing about yourself. and not being caught up in being perfect. This seems like a tough challenge, but I am up for it. As a student, I’m CONSTANTLY writing and checking my grammar. But I have learned through my studies, that writing is a practiced skill, so I am hoping this challenge will keep the creative juices flowing. I obviously jumped on the bandwagon a day late, but I am hoping to make up for it.

The May 1st challenge was to write the story of your life in 250 words. Now that may seem like a lot for some people, BUT FOR A LIFE STORY, it’s nothing. Mine came out more like a haiku and I hit the 250 word mark exactly. Here it goes:

The Haiku of My Life

The doctor broke my arm as I was being born; the only time in my life I broke a bone. I was a happy child. As an only child, I always wanted a brother. I was part of a modern dance company and played the violin when I was young. I LOVED dancing and still do.

IMG_0471Pic of me in my leotard for a dance company photo shoot.

My parents separated when I was six. I saw the pain that divorce brought to my mom, but time heals all wounds. But not for my dad, I can still see the pain and anger he has about his failed marriage.

I went to the same school from 4th grade until I graduated. I was a social butterfly. I loved history class. School became a community, like a small town where everyone knows your business.

My mother’s death after my first semester of college shook me up and changed my life forever. I still miss her. Studying abroad in Vietnam shook me out of my depressive funk. I learned so much about my strength and loved the new experience.

After graduating college, I hit ground running. But I wasn’t happy at work. I was laid off twice until I went to school. Now I’m dedicated to public relations. I’m optimistic about a successful career change.

This year, I will be 29 years old. I appreciate the wisdom that age brings a person. I accept my maturity and look forward to the future.

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30 x 30 Remix Recap – Lessons Learned

30 x 30 Remix Challenge

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I am sure we all have a tendency to to buy things that we are convinced are NEEDED but they end up in the closet or in the draw to never be seen again. This is exactly one of the reasons why I wanted to do a remix challenge. I am so happy that I followed through and FINISHED the challenge because I ended up learning a lot.

Here are some of my takeaways after my first 30 x 30 remix challenge:

1. There are pieces of clothing in the challenge that I’m not entirely comfortable with. Specifically, the long sleeve white T from Stylemint.

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Although the fabric is very nice, I don’t think it’s very flattering on me and I only like it when it was layered underneath something. So I think this might go in the donation pile.

2. Pieces that have been neglected, I ended up loving! Particularly, the white blazer and the gray midi skirt became favorites of mine.

3. Accessories are an important part of this challenge. This is especially true if the clothing is basic.

4. Beware! I did this challenge during a seasonal transition, from winter to spring. The weather is funny in DC and somedays were really warm and some were really cold. But by the end of the challenge, there was no need for heavy sweaters, like the ombre one…

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or the gray, sleeveless cowl neck one (I can’t believe how warm this sweater is)…

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or knee high boots.

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5. Next time, I will not include black and white T’s. They are just TOO basic and obviously go with anything.

As I have said before, I think that I will do this challenge again this summer because I think it will be a beneficial aid for helping me pack. I’m planning to take a 2 week trip abroad in August, and finding out what I can remix, I hope, will make me a ligher packer.

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