Picture source by Pixabay A little motivational Monday never hurt anyone, ammirite? How have you, beauties, been? I would love to hear from you in the comment section! As you may well know, I have… More
Okay, I know. Shocking title. You are probably thinking ” Pfft! What is she talking about? We love our clothes. We are not going to downsize!”. Let me say really quick, this is not that kind of a post. Difficult times call for a more up – front approach; So, today, we are speaking truths, kicking our insecurities to the curb and showering ourselves with a freeing happiness. In a way, we are throwing away the clothes or layers, for a better word, and getting deeper in the concept of acceptance and the psychological need of belongingness. (Right in the feels, much?)
Someone reminded me today that no matter who we think we are, there is more to it than what the eye can see. Maybe, even more than we realize. But, we can only reach our full potential, if we embrace the person we have become. On my last post Own your body, I shared with you a small exercise that you could do in front of your mirror and would be able to help with seeing yourself as the majestic being you are. Yes, you are! Stop arguing! I am overwhelmed and so grateful for all the response I have gotten. This is the true testament of the reason I am writing and why I chose this particular subject. It is a great journey so far and I cannot wait to see where it is headed. Most importantly, I am at my happy place, because it has even the slightest (good) impact in your lives. It’s always baby steps, but look at how grant you feel!
Some might be wondering, what difference does it make? It’s just a post. Who is going to pay attention to it and why? Surprise! Like everything else we have to start from somewhere. It is a work in progress and these things take, unfortunately, time. There is a certain mindset that has hurt the way we perceive our images. Take social media, for instance. Even though it is a place where your voice could be heard in the variety of virtual walls, it has sculpted our opinions into thinking if we are unique, we have to be some sort of an outcast. Why? What is the psychological need for such purpose? We have created those “stands” and labels and decided to place ourselves in them. Embrace yourself. Psychological approach is coming! No, not winter; it’s finally spring thank God, but fellow nerd, thank you for laughing.
It is normal to feel the need to psychologically categorize yourself. The craving for belonging and acceptance by somebody you can relate to, is very common, as well. Abraham Maslow, actually, has the hierarchy of needs (in a pyramid) and it specifically names it as part of the human motivation. Love and the need to be a part of something (a group, a team etc) fall under the category of social needs. Since, humans are sociable beings, you could easily understand its importance. The following picture of the pyramid is from this link, that will take to an article, if you desire to extend your knowledge on the matter. A little Maslow never hurt anyone.
But, what happens when you fall out of place? Let alone when you are getting hurt by the “clique” you thought you belonged to? What happens to the girl that got acne and now her friends are making comments behind her back? Or maybe to the boy that got a few extra pounds and doesn’t feel like himself anymore? Why is it scary to feel that your peers are not going to accept who you are or have become?
It all starts with accepting yourself. Realizing that you are gorgeous inside and out, no matter what. The goal is self actualization. Reaching the point, where you are not just content on how you look or feel, but you are proud. That is when no one’s opinion will cause you grief. Because being yourself is fantastic. Aspire to be free of such closed minds and expand your understanding. You have a purpose in life. Follow it. Wear your scars gracefully, your body and soul fashionably and throw away the clothes. Throw your layers of pain and sadness away. Destroy your fear of looking at yourself in the mirror. Know that you are wrong, if you believe no one sees your beauty; inner and outside. Last, but not least; Change your attitude. Be happy with your image and find what makes you truly peaceful. It might be a long walk, full of rocky roads; but when you get to the top of the mountain you will see the sunshine over the horizon, darling.
I can only hope to become an advocate for a positive body image lifestyle and fashion, in life. Maybe, this is my purpose. Through everything that has happened to me, I see it as a way of accepting me, myself and I. Who else better to love you, if not your own being?!
Body image. You can toy with it, look at yourself in the mirror and start nitpicking. We all are different and to be honest, thank God! Can you imagine how uncomfortable it would be, if we were all the same copy? Boring!! Oh, here is the 20871523452416.09.05 version of the prototype. Yes, I am grateful this world doesn’t exist.
One of the first big problems, when you do not feel comfortable with your own skin, is the subject of the clothes. What to buy, where to buy it from and how to wear it. And even when you finally decide to indulge in some shopping, you hesitate to wear your new skirt, since you do not believe it looks good on you. Well, stop. No, really. Look at me. Take a deep breath and go in front your full bodied mirror. We are in this together, honey. Look at yourself. What do you see? Is it big thighs? Or maybe too long of a torso? Are you seeing big tummy, bad skin or very broad shoulders? If that is the case, you are one of the millions of fabulous humans out there that do not understand their worth. You see, we are not only skin, bones and hair. We are so much more. You have an amazing sum of memories, beautiful body and mind, gorgeous soul and mistakes. Everything you have encountered has given you all the tools, that are unique to you. You should be so proud of how you look, because it is all a matter of a subjective point of view. What you see as a flaw, someone else wishes it was theirs. Own it. Own your body and smile. Today we embrace all the bodies out there and it feels so good. No matter what is bothering you, you are stunning. Inside and out. Struggling with what you see is natural, but that should not be the case. Whoever said that you have to be of a specific size or height to be considered beautiful is wrong. As I said, we are meant to be different. We all have our baggage and parts of ourselves we do not particularly enjoy, but loving yourself takes time. When you get to that final stage of acceptance, though, it is so worth it. The feeling of freedom and happiness is overwhelming and you know you can conquer the world. It will be a rocky road and every day even the smallest win is magnificent. You don’t need anyone to tell you how you feel or bully you on how to perceive how you look. Rely on yourself and take that first step. So, today we are going to try something new. Look in that scary-looking mirror, that has the tendency of making your knees weak, and say :” I AM A WONDERFUL AND BEAUTIFUL PERSON. NO FLAWS ARE ENOUGH TO BRING ME DOWN, BECAUSE THEY SIMPLY DON’T EXIST. I OWN MY BODY AND SOUL AND I AM HAPPY WITH WHAT I SEE”. It will take less than a minute, trust me. Don’t be afraid. I had to talk myself up for years and I finally got to the point where no camera or mirror scares me. I told you, it will get personal, darlings.
I could keep going, but today I will finish with a picture of myself. In the past, I could start pin pointing everything wrong with it. But now, I am happy in my own skin and I even pose for the camera. A little slaying never hurt anyone, am I right?! I decided to wear long black leggings, with cut on the calf boots, big printed shirt with a white cardigan. See, this is where somebody could have said “Kallia, leggings and a bold print? Maybe you should opt for something different”. Well, being the person I am I would smile and politely ask them to use their opinion for something useful. Like educating themselves! I believe you can be anyone you want and wear anything you wish for that matter and still look radiant and absolutely fashionable. Today’s lifestyle has objectified everything and I think it’s time for a change. So, next time you like something, but feel like it wouldn’t match your body figure, think again.
Stay fashionable (and happy with yourself),
How many times have you asked that question? How many times you simply had no answer? Or if you did, was it one you would not want to reply? Did somebody encourage you to lose weight, because you look a little “chunky” lately? Have you heard the phrase “Uh, eat something, you look like a stick”! If that is the case, you have stopped at the right place.
Hello, everybody! It’s been a little while. All this time I have been trying to change specific aspects of this blog and I hope you will adore them! As you know, the category I fall under is lifestyle. It gives me the appropriate freedom to talk about all my favorite subjects, such as fashion and make up! Yes, it is an addiction. At least I am admitting it; Isn’t that the first step? Okay, focus! I love my blog and enjoy writing. I want to start taking gorgeous photos and show you my world. But, that’s just not enough for me.
As a woman with curves, it is very easy to get judged. Now, that does not mean that I let ignorance control my life, but it is just not pleasant. I have heard everything and even though it does not phase me anymore, I am sure, at least once in your life, you have been in a situation that felt you were being judged for who you are, how you look or how you feel. I am here to tell you that you should never apologize. Your true self is radiant and you are beautiful. No matter what people say, do not let them bully you. You are a beautiful and majestic animal and you can have the world wrapped around your finger!
So, the question popped in my head. Why not take a stand? I decided that I will focus on positive body image fashion and lifestyle. There is a great amount of negativity out there and I want to bring some sunshine, darlings! At times, it will be personal. But, I would love to hear your stories. I want to see your side of the stories. Because the only person that can define who you are, is you! Stay tuned, the journey has begun!!
Photo Credit: Pixabay by besobrooks.
Spring is coming. I repeat… Spring is coming!
The day you leave the house with sunglasses and no binies, gloves and scarves (unless it is a necessary accessory), you have a sudden realization. Everything you went through your winter daily routine; Chapped lips, dry skin, red cheeks and the horrible feeling of turning into an onion, just to go get groceries, is about to be over! Happy dance! Windows are open, heat is off and my favorite part of this season is about to begin. Flowers everywhere! Full bloom and greenery and as always it comes at a cost, for the least fortunate, like myself. Allergy season, darlings! Despite all, I want to motivate you, to go out there and get some pretty flowers for you, your significant other or your mom! See how I put a motivation Monday post, here? Babies, everything can change overnight and nothing is for granted. Positive thinking and a couple smiles never hurt anyone. Here is some inspiration to brighten your day, night and week!
All we can do in life, is to take a deep breath and keep going. Why not do it with some beautiful blossoms in our arms and sunshine in our minds? So, where is your flower, sweetie?
Favorite Scent Reviews.
I love perfumes. I adore everything that will awaken my senses and make me feel like I could conquer the world. I, strongly, believe you could make such a statement with your scent. You walk in a room and without talking, you have established where you stand and who you are. It’s inevitable that you can like more than one. I like diversity and of course, I am in the “more perfumes, the better” club! We meet every Sunday, behind Sephora, at 4 pm EST. These are some of my favorites for this time of the year. As you can see, they have been put in a lot of use and they are always with me, close to my heart and behind my ear. No, not all at once!
1. Marc Jacobs, Decadence:
My new obsession, plain and simple! Royal and glamorous, I feel so empowered while wearing this fragrance! Firstly, let’s talk about the appearance. The deep green glass bottle, that resembles gorgeous purses with the black tassel and the gold chain, is enough to hold an honorary place on my vanity! The smell is truly intriguing! Classy paired with jasmine, rose and papyrus woods is a statement for sure!
2. Estee Lauder, Sensuous
Feminine and sweet, Sensuous has a dear place in my heart! Sandalwood, pepper and amber are some of the aromas that have made this miracle! The strong and sweet smell of honey brings out all kinds of cuteness! Definitely date appropriate and seductive!
3. Christian Dior, J’adore.
I do not remember of a time that J’adore was not a part of me. I believe it is a fresh, clean smell and it brings out my happy side! Flowers are the basis for this and it stays on forever! Great for everyday wear! Perfect for a woman, who respects herself and loves to be in control!
4. Roberto Cavalli, Body Cream and Soap.
For the days I am looking for a more subtle smell, I use this amazing combination. It was a gift and I am in love with it. Pepper and smoky undertones are the secret ingredients to this successful duo!
5. Victoria’s Secret, Scandalous
Scandalous, for sure! Fascinating fragrance with fruity and floral undertones. A sexy perfume, that will make your nights interesting! It is perfect for winter and I love its depth. Praline, sweet raspberry and peony are the main ingredients to this wonderful scent! Carved glass, in purple and black, it is gorgeous to say the least! The satin bow and the atomizer bring out memories of a past time. I, personally, have the candle for it and it is placed on my desk!
What is your favorite perfume or scent? Do you have any of the above and if yes, how do you feel about it?
Yes, ladies and gentlemen I was nominated for two Liebster Awards and I am so excited. Liebster Awards are important for small blogs and focus on them. The amazing people who nominated me for this, were Celina Tolbert on Quirking it Out and Starr Elizabeth on starrelizabeth. Make sure you stop by their blogs! Both are fabulous and worth reading! Sending love and a Shoutout to both of you!! So, while I am doing my happy dance I will answer their questions and if I nominate you, you should to. It is an amazing opportunity and I feel very honored! Thank you ladies!
The rules are very simple:
- You have to nominate 11 new bloggers.
- You answer the 11 questions that have been asked from your nominator and then you ask your nominees 11 questions, of your choice!
- On your new post, make sure to give the credit to your nominator. This is how we all get connected!
- Have fun and enjoy! We are all new, after all!
Now, because I was nominated twice, I will nominate 22 bloggers, answer 22 questions, but ask you only 11 questions. I thought it might be a little less confusing that way. Here we go.
Questions by Quirking it Out:
- What inspires you?
My dogs, fashion and my goal to put sunshine in everyone’s life.
- If you could visit me in Paris, what is one thing we’d have to do?
Go for coffee and shop till we drop!!
- What is your biggest goal with your blog?
I would love to do it professionally! There so many possibilities out there!
- What is your biggest fear?
Snakes. Cliché, I know!
- Poor and travelling all the way. Because are you really wealthy, if your mind is not expanded and you are both mentally and physically stuck?!
- Donuts or coffee? Tough one! Do I really have to choose? Well, I guess coffee. It is a necessity to jump start my day.
- Most embarrassing moment? Too many. I would have to say the day I realized I was saying “thank you” the wrong way in italian. Funny thing is I have friends who live there! Yep.
- How do you start your day? Step 1. Actually wake up. Step 2. Do my 15 min working out routine. Step 3. Drink water and coffee. Step 4. Read and browse. Step 5. Get ready!
- What do you do when you don’t feel like writing? Making jewlery, playing with my dogs, drink coffee.
- What’s the absolute best thing to watch on Netflix?
Gossip Girl, Arrow and Flash!
- Which of your dreams/goals scares you?
It scared me to come for studies in the States and I did it. In a way, everything is welcomed and now I know no matter how much it scared me I can do this!!
Questions by starrelizabeth:
- Whats the one song that’s been stuck on repeat in your head lately?
Rude by MAGIC! An oldie, but still love it!
- Why did you start your blog?
I believed it was time to make a change.
- What’s the best TV show or movie you’ve seen recently?
Arrow and Gossip Girl. Netflix binge watched them, would be the perfect description!
- Who’s your biggest inspiration? My mom. I want to make her proud. She has done everything for me, she deserves it!
- Where’s one place you want to travel to before you die?
- What’s your dream job?
Behavioral Analyst and Lifestyle Blogger at one of the big magazines!
- If you could do anything for the next 24 hours, what would you do?
See my family, have a pedi and go to a romantic dinner with my husband.
- What’s the goal for your blog?
I want, whoever stops to by get a little more happy and wants to come back for more!
- If you were a cartoon character, what would be your signature outfit?
Leggings, heels and scarves, like every day a new one. That would be my thing! “Miss Supreme Scarf”!
- Do you have any pets? What are their names? When did you get them?
Yes, I do. Two lovely puppies, they go by the names of Sophie and Jasper. My husband had them, before I met him and now I am their dog mommy! Also, a cat that goes by the name “Princess”. Cause, she is one! She is a rescue, that was abused in the past and she is spoiled rotten now! As I always say, it’s not home, without cold,wet noses and hair left on your clothes!
- How has your week been?
Like every other day, life happens. Both ups and downs, but I will make sure nothing brings me down!!
My nominations (Remember, I have to nominate 22, you only have to nominate 11):
- Confident Beauty
- Mr. Suttons
- Lost In Fashion
- Christina Bihari
- Hippie Goth
- Travelling Fashionista
- Delia Stetco
- Born to Blend
- Bonus Soulfood
- Fancier World
- So Far, So Sabine
- Vlad Vaida
- Cappuccino Connected
- Gracie’s World
- Am I here or what?
- Kah Choon’s Blog
- Musings of an Insomniac
- Pack your Bags
- Miss Moore Style
- The Artful Attempt
- We are not exclusive
My questions for you:
- What is your fashion/ style icon?
- What is your biggest regret?
- If you could change one aspect of your life, what would it be?
- What is your thought process when you write a blog post?
- Where is your favorite destination?
- The three things, that are a necessity for your daily routines.
- What is your favorite movie?
- Chocolate cake or Fruit Pie/ Cake?
- What is your favorite perfume/ cologne?
- What would you say to your younger self, if you could?
- What is your favorite memory?
Hey darlings! It’s Valentine’s day today! I hope all of you have so much fun, no matter where you end up or with whom. Make sure to dress sharp and feel gorgeous! Even if you are planning to stay in with your dog! The educational moment for this day has a loving atmosphere, can help you up your dating game and no more awkward moments of silence! Learning new languages are always entertaining! Here is the phrase, that we all long to hear in 20 languages, because why not?!
- English: I love you
- Greek: “Σε αγαπώ”, phonetically ~~Se agapo~~
- German: Ich liebe dich
- Chinese: 我爱你
- Arabic: أحبك
- French: Je t’aime
- Danish: Jeg elsker dig
- Swedish: Jag älskar dig
- Italian: Ti amo
- Spanish: Te amo
- Ukrainian: я тебе люблю
- Urdu: میں تم سے محبت کرتا ہوں
- Filippino: Mahal kita
- Hebrew: אני אוהב אותך
- Russian: “я люблю тебя “, it sounds like~~ ya lyublyu tebya~~
- Japanese: ” わたしは、あなたを愛しています”, it sounds like~~Watashi wa, anata o aishiteimasu~~
- Irish: Is breá liom tú
- Estonian: Ma armastan sind
- Swahili: Nakupenda
- Doggy language: Woof woof and puppy eyes!
So get out there and say it in a different language. There is a chance he has no idea what you just said. Sip on that champagne and see what happens!
Excuses. Excuses. Excuses. All around us. We decide to use them constantly. For every little thing. We feed the need to validate the reasons on why we chose the “later” instead of the “now”. The lack of motivation is a very unpleasant place to be. I understand, there are days that there is a certain melancholy in the air and nothing seems entertaining. We all have them, just make sure you don’t stay in that stasis. The more you postpone whatever is important for you, the more you put off life. “Later” gradually becomes “never” and you are at a state of panic. Where has my life been? Where is it going? What do I have to show for? Well, it has gone somewhere between your behind-the-desk job and the boyfriend that is no good for you. It has left the building when you said “no” to your dreams and never took that trip to Australia, because it’s easier to stay immobile. It’s because you said “I will start dieting and gym on Monday”. It’s because you have the “later” mentality. STOP! Move forward and while always having your mind in the game, flourish. Make mistakes. Learn. Trip, but get back up. Life is now and it’s waiting for you. Love. Beyond and above. Put on the red, leather jacket you want (no matter how much it pains me to say so) and put a big smile on your face. Dance in the rain and kiss like there is no tomorrow. Take the job you always wanted. Paint and show your artistic side. Say what you believe. Don’t be afraid. Find your center and happy place. Follow your heart. Remember your soul should never grow old. Stay a child at a heart, but grow up as a personality. Evolve. Learn. No matter what, do it now. No more excuses, kiddo. The only loser is you, in the end. Inspire others with your attitude. Seize this gorgeous life and do it fast! It is waiting for you and it so fashionably fabulous!
Ladies, we all have questioned this, at least one. These babies are so comfortable and have a special place in our hearts. They can be worn for lounging around your place, while eating pizza, or even at your next meeting! But, if you don’t wear them in the proper way, they could result in tacky outfits. Trust me, you do not want that. They are not offensive and worn in the appropriate way, they appear to lengthen your legs and give you the sleek look! So, how do you help yourself on that matter? Sometimes, the celebs are showing you the way! There are some easy tips you could follow and darling, you will look as classy as easy is it to wear the skin tight pants!
Long, especially, are your best bet. Chunky ones are amazing for cold winter days!
Buttoned up shirt.
That is how you can get away with wearing it as your bussiness attire, but also, for getting that beer afterwards with your buddies! Three favorite options, for sure!
Cardigans and Blazers.
In my opinion, blazers and cardigans put together an outfit. It is that piece, that even if you pair it with a total neutral outfit, you will shine! In love with how a la mode this missoni cardigan is!
Source: Zimbio website
Get the most out of your pair of leggings and pair it with some of your favorite accessories! I adore all these options. In the summer, you might not want to wear your sleek leg prisons with a binie. Perhaps a hat for the hot sun would be great! Stylish and covering up a bad hair day! Win!!
You are commited on hitting that gym. Why not look fabulous, while running on that treadmill?!
Boots, flats or heels.
You need the necessary shoes for your favorite leggings! Here are some suggestions, that are super cute and stylish!
Featured picture by Express website.
Let me know what you guys thought and if you have a favorite!
Valentine’s Day. Some love it, some loathe its existence. No matter which side you are on, I think drinks play a big part of the day. Now, you might be drowning your sorrows while watching Notebook, crying and petting your cat, but why not do it in style? Yes, we all know that you are independent and don’t need anybody to tell you otherwise! Good for you! But, fancy drinks will brighten your day. In fact, you can always throw an “Awesome Drinks” themed party! Any reason to put together a gathering including alcohol and good company, is good enought for me! Here are some of my absolute favorite recipes! You can use one for everyone or if you like variety, mix it up!
1) Peach Pink Lemonade
I want it now! Pink and fabulous and the ingredients you will need are:
- 1 oz citrus vodka
- ½ oz peach schnapps
- Crystal Light Pink Lemonade
- Crushed Ice
- Rocks glass
2. Blue Hawaii Cocktail
Ok, almost anything blue has a great taste! Yummy! Imagine holding this at your party! Everybody is going to be impressed! I give it a 10/ 10, especially if you like:
- 1 oz rum
- 1 oz vodka
- 1 oz blue curacao
- 3 ozs pineapple juice
- ½ oz sweet and sour
- Fresh pineapple cubes and maraschino cherries for garnish
3. Strawberry & Mango Margarita
Strawberries and mango are combined for this gorgeous alcoholic beverage. You could make it if you have:
- 1 1/2 cups frozen mango chunks
- 1 1/2 cups frozen strawberries
- 1/3 cup sugar (more if needed)
- 1 1/4 cups tequila
- 1 cup triple sec
- 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
- 1 1/2 cups ice (more if needed)
4. Kahlua Mudslides
Ok, I know it has alcohol, but this cocktail reminds me of childhood’s milkshakes! The ingredients that you need:
- 1 part Kahlúa
- 1 part vodka
- ½ part Irish cream liqueur
- 1 part ice cream
- ice (crushed is best)
- chocolate syrup and whipped cream for serving (optional)
5. Fireball Cider Bomb Cocktail
You don’t need to cuddle to warm up on this Valentine’s day! All you need is this beautiful fireball cocktail, that will turn heads for sure! Needed for this one:
- Ice Cubes (approximately 4 or 5 ice cubes)
- 2 ounces Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey
- 3 ounces apple cider
- Apple slices
6. Sex on the Driveway
I mean, the name sells itself! Insert inappropriate joke here. Absolute favorite and it reminds me of beach, sand and sunshine!
If you have no plans with your other half, you can always have fun trying them out and get a nice date out of it. If nothing else works out, get some bubbly and call it a day, dear! Maybe call a friend, have a spa day at home and laugh out loud! Your dog is always a great choice for some awesome time! He will never let you down, or spill the beans on how much you’ve had!