Mood Board

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Hi beauties!  Today is just a quick, little GGS entry, because I want to share my love for Instagram’s new (sort of new) archive feature!  I glean so much inspiration and motivation from the people I follow on Instagram, so I find it really convenient to be able to save my favorite pictures there like I would on Pinterest.  Above is a screenshot of some posts I have saved recently, and the cohesive colors create a mood board of sorts, like the ones I create in my sketchbook and the vision boards I have around my bedroom.

I hope all of you are having a lovely week!!

Carly xx

Bee Pollen, One Of My New Favorite Superfoods

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Bee pollen has quickly become one of my new favorite superfoods.  I love all things wellness, and while the newest issue of Marie Claire points out that wellness tips and tricks can be trendy, I believe that when something is good for you or makes you feel better, then it is here to stay.  And, as a side note, I love this new editorial with Chrissy Teigen!  She is real, makes food that actually tastes good, and most recently, I love how honest she has been about mental health and her struggle with depression.

Here are just a few of my favorite benefits to eating bee pollen (as strange as it may sound at first!):

❤ it contains almost all of the nutrients we need

❤ it is rich in protein (40% in fact!), free amino acids, and vitamins like B-complex and folic acid

❤ helps with weight control (especially weight loss, because it can speed up our metabolism)

❤ eliminates cravings (when we eat foods such as bee pollen that are so full of nutrients, our bodies naturally want to eat less)

❤ can help with common skin issues such as dullness, aging of the skin, and acne

Of course, I am not an expert so please do research for yourself to see if bee pollen is right for you!  We have so much information available us through books and the internet, but please be sure that your sources are reliable if you are using the internet.  Also, even if you are not allergic to honey, you could be allergic to bee pollen, so it is important to test out one granule first or talk to your doctor.  I love including bee pollen in my smoothies, cereal, or on top of toast with coconut oil, nut butter, berries, and honey (I actually made that this morning!  I love coming up with crazy toast concoctions.).

Thank you so much for reading, and please let me know in the comment section what you think or if you have any questions!

Carly xx

“Is this really you?”

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For my final project in Fashion Technology this past Spring quarter, I was to construct a jacket.  Each student was given the same patterns, but we were aloud to pick out our own unique fabric and buttons.  I fell in love with this super soft, white velvet fabric from my favorite local fabric shop in Savannah.  While I was there, I also found buttons that were black and had gold trim with a gold skull and crossbones in the middle.  I went ahead and purchased the fabric, but decided to wait to purchase the buttons since they were so different from my usual style.  Here is the thing: I could not stop thinking about those buttons, so much so that I ended up purchasing them the next day!  I was more excited about this garment than any other one that I constructed that quarter (and this is including the bow and polka dot print skirt I made).  Fast forward to the last class of the quarter, where I was putting the final touches on the jacket that included sewing the buttons on.  The sewing tech in my class walked over to me, picked up one of the buttons, looked me in the eye and said, “Is this really you?”  I could tell that she didn’t like the buttons, and while I didn’t mind whether she liked them or not, her question took me aback.

I began to think about the way I am often openly told about the preconceptions people tend to have of me.  Yes, I own an exceptional amount of clothing in the color blush, my voice is higher than the average gal, and I have a rather soft demeanor.  However, when people get to really know me, they are often surprised by how different I actually am.  And with that, here is my answer to the sewing tech:

I don’t know.  I don’t know if those buttons are really me just like I don’t know if the ballerina skirt I am wearing right now is really me.  Why can’t they both me?  In my style post last week, I mentioned how much I have changed this past year.  We change as we grow and that is an important part of the beautiful process of life.  I think that it is limiting to feel as if we can only dress or be a certain way.  Maybe the next time I wear my tulle ballerina skirt, I will tuck my Grateful Dead tee into it.

One of my favorite bloggers compares her blog to an onion, in saying that it has a lot of layers.  I think that this is a great metaphor for people, too.  There are layers to each of us that the world doesn’t get to see right away, and this is why I think it is important to really try to get to know each other before passing judgement.  And people do surprise me everyday, in the most beautiful, kind ways.  I like to look at this in the way that when we do something that seems outside the realm of our style, it is simply just another layer to our personality, or an indicator of personal growth.

It’s okay to not know exactly who we are yet.  I used to not allow myself to do things because I was afraid to find out that it wasn’t who I was and I didn’t want to look silly.  In college, I’ve really let that go.  I have most definitely embarrassed myself a few times, but I’ve also made memories and discovered things that I will cherish forever.

I want to leave this post with one of my favorite affirmations from Empower Yourself, “I celebrate my uniqueness and individuality.  I am happy to be.”  I love saying this to myself because it reminds me to love all of the quirky aspects of my personality, and I am learning to not be afraid of exploring all of those weird quicks.  We are all beautiful and weird and doing the best that we possibility can.  We may not always know what the right thing to do is, but we can choose to live lovingly and courageously, and sometimes that means feeling a little silly here and there.  The more loving and accepting we are of ourselves, the more free we will feel to be ourselves.

I hope that you were able to relate to this, if even just a little.  If you have a story to share, feel free to leave it in the comment section!  And of course, thank you so much for reading.

Much love,

Carly xx

A Little La Mer, A Lot of Kora

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Two posts in one day?  Like Regina George said, “What is happening to the world?”

While I had planned to watch Netflix for the rest of the afternoon after coming home from work, I decided to do a face mask instead and then felt inspired to create content for GGS.  There is something about beauty products that really inspires me, whether it be the packaging or the scent of all of the good-for-you organic ingredients, I absolutely love them.  Especially with Kora Organics, where there is a positive word on the back of each product and all of the products are filtered through rose quartz crystal.  According to the Kora Organics website, “Rose quartz is pink-coloured crystal gemstone that is believed to carry a very gentle, soothing energy to encourage self-love, self-esteem and forgiveness. It is also said to have vibrations that can help heal and protect the heart. By incorporating rose quartz as an ingredient, we hope to infuse a vibration of self-love into all our products.”

This Summer, I am planning on shopping around to find healing and meditative crystals that I can keep on my bathroom counter, bedside table, and in my purse.  I really believe in their healing properties and their ability to shift energy.  Do any of you use crystals?

I am also sharing a peak onto my bathroom counter today, with a few mini samples of La Mer and a lot of Kora Organics products.  Last night, I finally finished unpacking all of my beauty products (since moving out of my dorm last week, I had been living out of travel cosmetic bags).  In the picture, I have applied their Hydrating Mask, which you can read my full review of here.

Thank you for stopping by!

Carly xx