Monday, August 6, 2012
You know what's hard, and I mean REALLY hard?
(that's what she said)
Self discipline is really hard. Especially with the media and the constant reminders that as a woman you should have perfect skin, a perfectly bleached smile, as well as a perfect body.
Woah now, hang on a minute.
Each and every woman is unique yet most of us tend to think alike. For example, imagine yourself watching the Olympics and are hypothetically eating your favorite potato chips. On screen there are these tone and slim 19 year old girls who stick their dismount without a jiggle to their thighs. You look down at that open bag of evil snack food and suddenly there is an overwhelming need to toss those potato chips halfway across the room just so you can look as good as that!
You keep up with a personal goal to eat healthy and keep active. Discipline!
Or maybe you take more drastic measures and want to fit into those size 0 jeans by Friday by eating nothing and drinking only water. Not likely at all and certainly NOT healthy.
Or perhaps you are still eating those darn potato chips because you know that you will never look like that. Right?
Wrong wrong wrong! Come now people.
If you want to be healthy, then you have to pace yourself. You have to incorporate fruits and veggies back into your diet. Make it fun! Create a whole bunch of healthy smoothies that you can enjoy! Not only are you giving your body more of the vitamins it needs to survive, but also you are cleansing your body of those salty demons tucked away in the bag you (might have) threw halfway across the room.
Be active. You not only need to eat well but you also need to exercise well. Those two things are key to being a much healthier version of yourself. Not a "sexier" version, not a "hot" version, not a "beautiful" version, but a healthy one.
Take control of your soda intake, the excess salts sugars and fats that you just don't need from processed foods, and discipline yourself!
It's difficult I know, it's not fun. But just like any great regimen for yourself, you get used to it and it becomes second nature.
So what say you? Ready to get healthy?
The best part is, being healthier has no down-side, you get to not only feel better abut the food choices you're making, but also about the "healthier" you overall.
Rock it out girl!
P.S. Also, really guys? "Juicy"? Yoga pants really need to kick it up a notch.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
(Brownie points if you know what film the image above was taken from!)
My summer hiatus has ended, and with that comes more inspiration!
On my little adventures I searched for several reasons as to how you can enjoy your summer in a very "green" way. I think I was more than successful.
Summer is the time for exercise, new recipes, putting together a good book reading list, impromptu picnics with a loved one, as well as cool drinks by the pool. So being environmentally friendly whilst pursuing all of these activities is just the thing for a summer happy boost!
1. Being green in your actions should also reflect from within. Start by treating yourself to some green. Incorporate organic foods into your life, start a small garden, drink more water and green tea, and definitely invent your own creative fruit and veggie smoothies to start your day off with a BANG! I like raspberry, peach, mango and baby spinach smoothies myself. You can't taste the spinach, I promise. It's like a sneaky sidekick!
2. Do you collect books that just tend to hang around for a second or a third reading, but exhaust their shelf life beyond that? Donate your books to a local bookstore, library, and or school. If you are not afraid of grabbing a pair of scissors and giving your book a snip-snip treatment (le gasp!), create a DIY collage project that involves book pages and covers.
3. Picnics are like butterfly kisses on the chart of love. They are simple, intimate, and speak volumes about your creativity. Hone those skills to make something new, like a different salad combination, a new kind of lemonade, or perhaps something dipped in chocolate? Let's make it happen! But let us also keep this green. Bring utensils that are reusable such as forks, plates, napkins, cups, etc. Now you're talking!
4. Pool time also means sunscreen time. Sunscreen is great for us pale vampires that don't get out much. But beware the oils and extra ingredients that are hard to pronounce. They can often mess with the chemical makeup of the pool and ruin the water! In order to keep you safe from peeling and burning, as well as gallons of water from being soiled, purchase a sunscreen that has as few ingredients as possible and contains no oils. Organic sunscreen is awesome my friends, and doesn't have that sunscreen "smell" either! Bonus!
Enjoy your summer lovelies! I know I am!
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
They always say that "patience is a virtue".
I believe in this. Strongly. Because not only does patience happen to be one of my top qualities, but it has also proven itself worthy in times where I needed it most.
In today's world we live in a fast-paced society where people are constantly going every which way with a purpose. Trying to fall into step with LIFE as it's doing the charleston and you can only waltz.
A good dose of patience is excellent in situations such as these:
1. Waiting for dough to rise. Do not rush this part. It is crucial to the flavor and the texture of the bread/rolls that you are making!
2. Being a good significant other. Take time to listen, learn, and experience all the things that your partner is doing. Understand each other and engage in mutual generosity. (Being patient might also mean a ring ladies!) So don't push it and just let it ride.
3. Getting something published. There will be a thousand rejection letters, but there will eventually be that one 'yes' that you have been yearning for. It is totally worth the wait.
4. Working/dealing with someone who bugs the living daylights out of you. Holy asparagus they are annoying! But if you keep that cucumber calm demeanor, you will surely get things taken care of and handled properly rather than steering right into a messy confrontation. A lot of vegetable references in this one....
5. Less stress. Don't we all want less stress in our lives? Well, exercising the art of good patience will not only calm your nerves and twitches and anxieties with time and practice, but it will also lessen the amount of stress in your life. Meditation and yoga are excellent ways to accomplish this! Love my yoga.
Of course there are multiple scenarios where patience can come in handy, so exercise it and use it as often as you can so that you can better it as a worthy weapon of power.
Guuurrrrllll you got this.
Send me stories and experiences of how you use patience!
Friday, June 15, 2012
The "What is in my purse" tag that has been all the rage around Youtube inspired me to write a little something-somethin' about what I am super grateful for in three specific places in my life:
First step, choose three places you find significant to you and your lifestyle:
1. My bedroom
2. My bathroom
3. My desk
Second step, name a couple materialistic things that are relevant to those places and why you are grateful for their existence and how they play a vital role in your life. Ready? Go!
Bedroom: My cellphone, my vast collection of fictional books, as well as my pillow. There is nothing quite like a good pillow, you know? They can act as a temporary shoulder to cry on, a perfect snuggle buddy when you need to be held at that exact moment, as well as what helps you get to sleep at night. I like my pillows to be fluffy and soft, filled with feathers and laughter. "Shaken, not stirred."
Bathoom: I am SUPER grateful for Q-tips, the mirror, my concealer and lipstick which are equal life-savors in terms of phenomenal cosmetic powers. Whether it is date-night or a simple night out on the town with your friends, definitely invest in a bright lipstick that complements your features but also amps them up, as well as a concealer for when you need to hide some unwanted guests on your complexion. Together they are 10 hours of sleep and instant glam in a bottle/tube.
Desk: My laptop is one of my most prized possessions-it holds everything I have written and I could not imagine my life without it, significant pictures of precious moments in my life hang on the walls, blurbs of story-lines and monologues from random characters that remain unfinished, as well as my beloved calendar. Personally, I believe that being tidy and organized is one of the keys to success and I like having everything written out so that it will help me to never forget anything important. I have a pretty awesome memory as it is, but it's also nice to have some backup when you need it.
Now it is YOUR turn. What places represent who you are? What are the things in them that shout and scream important and why?
Who knows, maybe there is something secret or forgotten, like an old friend that is just itching to be rediscovered and fondly remembered.
Start lookin' and have fun with it, and don't forget to share anything inspirational. :)
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
One of the most terrifying things for a woman to think about, and even worse, experience.
I am what you would call a "makeup enthusiast", I absolutely LOVE playing with makeup. Creating looks, trying new products and brands, doing my friends' makeup, as well as learning the tips and tricks to a perfect application.
One of the things that I am secretly passionate about is the endurance of makeup, trying to make it last when you really need it to! I don't know about you, but I am not a fan of my mascara smearing, concealer caking, and lipstick fading.
Thankfully I have learned some sneaky ways of how to improve the lasting power of your makeup, especially during the summer.
Tip #1: Wear less. Your pores need some lovin', they need to breathe, and by putting on a full face of makeup every day is not summer-proof. Only dab the concealer/foundation where you need it. I personally use a tiny brush and stipple the problem area and then blend it into the skin so that it looks airbrushed. You want to give the illusion that you have perfect skin, not a fully matte complexion.
Tip #2: If you are going somewhere important and or are getting married and you want your makeup to last, invest in a finishing spray. These beauties will be your savior. Promise. It acts as a barrier between your face and the atmosphere around you, preventing your makeup from budging or going anywhere. I highly recommend Urban Decay's "All Nighter", or if you have very oily skin then you might want to get Urban Decay's "De Slick".
Tip #3: Baby your skin. Use a gentle cleanser rather than a harsh one, because you don't want to constantly strip your face of the natural oils that it produces that keeps it healthy. Apply masks that will help keep it moisturized, especially DIY ones that contain oatmeal and plain yogurt. Apply moisturizer afterwards. Your skin will love you for this.
Tip #4: I don't know about you but my face breaks out more in the summer than in the winter. I have pretty good skin but the occasional pimple is never a fun time, and I have found that if you use organic sea salt mixed with warm water on the area, the pimple will dry up faster than if you use a treatment. It's like that time you went to the ocean and went swimming, and later that day your skin looks amazing? Yeah, exactly like that! Boil down the salt into some water, dip a cloth into the mixture once it's warm and safe enough for your skin, and apply it over your face. It's a holy grail. DO NOT USE TABLE SALT, THAT HAS UNWANTED CHEMICALS IN IT THAT YOU DO NOT WANT TO PUT ON YOUR FACE! USE ONLY ORGANIC SEA SALT!!!
Tip #5: Was your brushes more often, I can't stress this enough. Just do it. Your face will thank you for it and you will get less break outs!
Less is more my beauties. Keep it simple, keep it natural, keep is chic. And for goodness sake keep people guessing, it's much more fun that way!
Saturday, May 26, 2012
Folks, it's time we had that heart to heart, tete a tete, mano a mano.
I have been present on this planet for twenty one years and there are a few things I have learned that I not only practice, but also preach.
Being in your twenties means you are caught in that bizarre in-between stage of not yet ready to be an adult and also having to constantly think about the "whats" "ifs" "ands" or "buts" of your future, as well as yourself.
A couple tid-bits and odds and ends that I have learned:
Be your harshest critic, to an extent. It's okay to challenge yourself and try to become the best version of yourself, but sometimes we all get carried away and feel that nothing is good enough. Breathe. Take a step back. Then remind yourself that progress sometimes comes in baby steps. We live in a fast paced world, and sometimes we need to slow down and then catch up again.
Drink lots of tea. The stats about corn syrup and soda consumption leading to diseases and obesity are scaring me. So in order to get my caffeine fix with more health benefits, I have converted to being a tea enthusiast. Sometimes we just need to be a little more British, ya know? Pinkies up my friend!
Eat lots of pasta. I don't think I have to explain this one. Just twirl and slurp.
Learn how to keep your own secrets. I know this is a hard one, but people can't keep secrets. They just don't. Unless you want your friends to know everything about your private life and your business, produce a key and lock it. Keep it safe.
Take long walks when you're frustrated. Exercise will be one of your biggest stress relievers and will actually help you sort things out in your head, as though you are creating imaginary organized folders for the annoying thoughts inside your brain. Talk to yourself if necessary. Only you know your heart and head the best. It's okay to consult with yourself, even if it's out loud.
Stay positive. Compliment a stranger every day. Do something rewarding. Buy ice cream.
If it's too good to be true, it probably is.
Put on some red lipstick (or any bright color of your choice) and wear your sunglasses for days you are lazy, not wanting to wear makeup, or taking a quick trip to the grocery store. It's say's "classy" yet "gloriously mysterious" and "simple".
Boys are not Disney princes. They are creatures that have to be understood and respected and loved. Find one that does the same for you. If he does like to watch Disney movies, have a party!
Know your limits.
Be patient. Good things come to those who wait, right? While waiting you can bake some cookies, and they will be amazing.
There will always be good, great, awkward, and on occasion dark parts to your life. Your twenties are definitely something to be explored. Cherish it. Love it. And savor it. When there are clouds, look for that silver lining. You are learning day by day just as I am.
Go for it.
Don't think twice.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Today I decided that I would put the world under a microscope and analyze "what" exactly makes me smile. A lot of them are things that I don't consciously know will prompt a grin or a hearty chuckle, nevertheless, it was fun to make these discoveries, and perhaps they will inspire you to look closely at the simplest things that make you happy:
1. Looking out your window and seeing that glorious golden orb that emits light and heat, especially after it hasn't shown its face in a while. It was definitely one of those Thumbelina moments, "once there was the sun...."
2. Putting on lipstick. It's such a simple and therapeutic thing. Voila! Instant confidence booster! Seriously, makeup does wonders on the soul, even if it's just gliding on a touch of lipstick. Seriously ladies, if there's one thing you need in your makeup bag, it's a good solid romantic red shade that will stop a man in his tracks.
3. Toast with peanut butter and honey. Don't wrinkle your nose like that. It's seriously a wonderful snack for when you are craving something sweet and gooey and heart warming. It's like drinking a warm cup of tea or receiving a hug, warm and inviting.
4. Making random and odd noises to accompany whatever task you are trying to accomplish. I don't know about you, but I am a big fan of making funny squeaks and squeals and snorts. I am also a big fan of wiggling. I could be doing homework and I would be wiggling and making purring noises just to appease the silence on my room.
5. That moment you realize that you have one last KitKat bar hiding at the bottom of your chocolate stash. Yeah.
6. Filling out your calendar. Being organized is my thing. I hate not being able to see what is happening next week, because I might forget something or miss something completely. Plus, doodling all over the calendar with the dry-erase marker is half the fun.
7. Looking through your jewelry box. It's like reacquainting yourself with old friends. Especially when you open all the lockets, trying to remember if it holds sweet secrets or not.
8. Walking past someone who is wearing a very subtle cologne and or perfume. It's always fun trying to guess what brand it might be, and or what that particular scent reminds you of.
Smile today my gentle readers! And discover why! :)
Thursday, April 19, 2012
You know what's sad?
Walking down the street and seeing everyone around you with ear buds in listening to the music on their fancy-schmancy iPods and iPhones, while texting frivolously as though it is a matter of life and death, or having a conversation on the phone while exclaiming OMG and LULZ, or even sitting outside with their laptops skyping people from far-away places and don't blink for a few solid hours.
I know that we are technologically advancing faster than we can blink, and the gadgets are all new and exciting, and our materialistic society condemns us if we do not possess these things and integrate them into everything we do in our daily lives. But come now!
I dare you, yes YOU, to unplug yourself today. Challenge yourself. Detach yourself from your television, laptop, cellphone, music player, ipad, ANYTHING that requires your undivided attention and causes your brain to melt out of your ears. Just push it all away for an hour.
That's right, and hour. Think you can handle it?
I super duper double dog dare you.
"But Piper, whatever shall I do with my life?!" Well inquisitive and desperate reader, let me tell you all the wonderful things that you can do, and what people HAVE done before all of this technology butted in.
Take a leisurely walk, pick up a book (A book? What's that?), actually meet up with a friend and talk to them face to face (le gasp!), have an in-depth conversation over a cup of coffee, go on a spontaneous date with your loved one, play with your pet(s), be a cool parent and play hide-and-seek with your kids, something.
Encourage others to do so too! I promise that the hour will pay off, and will actually be beneficial for you. Slowly ween yourself off of the ideological notion that the people living inside your cell phone need to talk to you all the time. They can wait. Life can wait. So sit back, relax, and simply enjoy the silence of no annoyingly humming computer of keyboard clicking.
Take some photographs, paint a picture, do a workout, bake some celebratory cookies.
Go for it! Especially the cookies, everybody loves cookies.
I'll be unplugging for an hour as well today, I think my dusty "Pride & Prejudice" needs a little lovin'.
Be strong, you can do this, and remember, no peeking! Not for an hour.
Good luck! :)
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Death is one of the scariest concepts we can ponder, witness, and eventually experience.
It is a big part of the human condition to fear what we naturally do not understand and cannot control or prevent. We forget that we do not live forever despite our best intentions to be healthy and invest in anti-aging products. What we forget is that it is also natural.
Dieing is a part of life. The greatest paradox known to mankind.
Just this week alone I have lost two fantastic beings, one being a pet (my betta fish Castle) as well as a parent of a very close friend. I can't say I ever met them, but I do know that they were a huge part of my friend's life, someone to look up to, someone to love, someone who was a really great father.
It's strange how much we come to appreciate life when it is lost. If anything, it's moments like these where we become more human, more aware of how precious and transient life is.
I only hope that you, whoever you are, take a moment to really appreciate everything you have. Every breath. Every heartbeat. Every muscle movement. Every feeling. And every smile.
I know...pretty deep. But I thought it would be a good way of getting my jumbled thoughts out to people who would read and listen and absorb.
Absorb away my little sponges of wisdom!
Sunday, March 25, 2012
That's right folks, today we are going to discuss the pros to being short. Because when you are walking down the street and it seems that you are living in a world of tall, skinny, Victoria's Secret models, your confidence can easily be deflated.
Never fear! For I have a couple contagious ideas that you can think to yourself as you pass those long-legged beauties on the sidewalk. I am 5"2 and 110lbs on a good day, so I feel your pain about being short and being the butt of countless height jokes.
Here are my ever-so-clever thoughts on the matter:
1.) You can wear heels and not tower over your significant other. Believe you me, guys do not (usually) like having women being taller than them. So if that doesn't give your debit card a reason to be ridiculously happy while walking through the shoe isle, I don't know what is.
2.) Should the opportunity present itself, you are the most difficult person to find in a game of "hide and go seek". You are small, compact, and will surprise your friends with the spaces you squeeze into. Trust me, you will own this game. Which can then become a great bragging right at a party that you can tell your friends, "did you know that in a game of hide and go seek I fit into the drawer of my dresser? Can you do that? No? Shame."
3.) You receive the best piggy back rides. Some guys have the upper body strength to carry you around on their backs as though you weighed nothing but a feather. Others, not so much. Guys get tired after a while. But if you are a tiny person, they will give you a piggy back ride lasting for quite some time. Seriously, go out and try this.
4.) Think of yourself as a Hobbit. That's right. A middle-earth mystical being that carried the ring into the very depths of Mordor to rid of the most evil inanimate object known to man. Plus, you can eat as much lembas bread as you want! Take that!
5.) Ever heard of the saying, "less is more"? Well, apply that to your stature and make it a clever retort to anyone who is poking fun at you. Works like a charm.
Aside from the fact that stature really doesn't matter and that you are beautiful no matter your height, it can sometimes get to you if you are having one of those "iffy" days where you just want to eat chocolate and keep people away from you. It happens. And when it does, think about the list above and maybe you'll crack a smile, give a giggle, and impress your friends.
Remember ladies, if you can properly walk in heels, apply lipstick like a pro, and bake something absolutely delicious, you are already off-the-charts beautiful.
Be your beautiful self and occasionally impress someone with those snazzy heels you have hiding in your closet. If not, rock the flats, because being short is awesome! Go get 'em tiger!