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Inspire Me, Won’t You | Prints

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Pretty Prints | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com

Pretty Prints | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com

Pretty Prints | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com

Pretty Prints | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com

Pretty Prints | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com

Remember when I shared my first print by Emma Block? Well, since then I’ve slowly gotten three more. I have two more headed my way to complete my dream of a little collage wall above my desk. These prints will be my daily inspiration and reminders. They re by some of my favorite artists. You can find the True Beauty print over at Lindsey Letters, the Pretty Gals over at Emma Block’s Etsy shop and the Hostess Print by Natalie Swarz at Darling Magazine. The Béni print I made myself. They are all framed in the gorgeous $10 RIBBA frames from IKEA. It’s always nice to surround your home with inspiring things. Each of these pieces have a lot of thought behind them and I chose them with special care. I’m so excited to finally have four out of the six and I now I just can’t wait to get them on the wall!

I still have to remind myself that making a home takes time and making a home, “home” doesn’t mean filling it with new things. But having a home that’s put together is important to me and I’m practicing patience as it comes together. There are still so many things on my list to purchase, but I’m learning to be happy and satisfied with my “four out of six”.

With my birthday coming up, my parents decided to surprise me with a canvas photograph I’ve had my eye on. I’ll be sharing as soon as it’s up! I’m always looking for talented illustrators and creatives, who are your favorites?

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Inspire Me, Won’t You? | Emma Block

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Emma Block | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com

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Emma Block | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com

Emma Block | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com

Emma Block | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com

Yesterday, I came home late from class. I checked the mail and waiting for me was a package I’ve been just dying to receive! Today, I’d like to introduce you to the very talented Emma Block. I first found her beautiful illustrations in Darling Magazine. She illustrated each persona and I knew I’d just love to frame them! I couldn’t bring myself to take apart the lovely magazine and I really wanted to contact the illustrator directly. I did a little research and found Emma Block’s Etsy Shop. I connected with her and after visiting her site and seeing an illustration that wasn’t even in the Darling Magazine, I knew I just had to have them! She offered to do a print with both of the beautiful Darling Gals on them. I was floored, jumping up and down with excitement! Emma Block’s incredible talent, whimsical and eye-catching illustrations inspire me. Now whenever I sit at my desk to work, I can look up and see this illustration. It will be a daily inspiration of beauty and talent. Thank you so much, Emma Block for working with me and I look forward to ordering more and more prints in the future!

Happy Thursday, Friends!

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Choosing Joy

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Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.  -Helen Keller

Sometimes things don’t go as planned. Sometimes we have surprises, good and well, not so good. Whether in heartache or disappointment, we have a choice. We have a choice to choose joy. Through it all, no matter what comes our way we can make that choice. No, not a “fake” happiness, but joy. Joy is something that comes from the soul, because the heart and mind may not be feeling it. In every situation we face, choosing to be joyful is not always easy, but it gives a feeling of hope. Knowing there is always something to be thankful for because you’re alive and breathing this morning, it makes it a bit easier to find that joy. So, in every situation you face, choose joy. It’s good for the soul.

Happy Wednesday, Friends.

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How do I get there?

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Do you find that as you turn to find out what your next step is, that there isn’t a clear stairway to climb? There’s always something happening in life. Always something to focus on. But when there’s no path you can find to get you there, a leap of faith is your only option. You have to give up your controls and jump into the unknown. You know you’ll find your way eventually, but until then you have to wait. Waiting, that’s something I’m horrible at. Lines, counting down days, phone calls.. not my favorite thing in the world. But, sometimes I have to wait. I have to be patient and wait to find out what my next step is… or I have to leap into the emptiness hoping something catches me and tell me how to get to my next destination. Today is a vague post, but I hope it still speaks to you. Maybe it’ll speak to a situation you’re dealing with right now. You know where you want to be, but you’re still trying to figure out how to get there. Let’s take a leap of faith together. Tell me how it goes and I’ll share more when I find out!

 

Happy Thursday, Friends!

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Love Yourself Link Up: A New Friend

Friend Quote | A. Design | Aubrey Hubbell | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com

Today I am writing as part of the Love Yourself Linkup – an ongoing blog series that focuses on topics like self image and body image. A community of women post their thoughts on these topics and tell stories of personal experiences. We’ll share what inspired us, challenged us and more! Learn more about the Love Yourself Linkup at Anne the Adventurer. If you have a story to share too, join the conversation by writing and clicking to enter below!

A couple of months ago, I stepped out of my comfort zone and reached out to a sweet gal/blogger/amazing “Instagrammer”\DIY extraordinaire and asked if she wanted to grab coffee sometime. She replied and said she would! After finding out we had several connections through mutual friends and places we’d lived, we set a date and met. Today was the day.

I got up, got dressed all while the excited butterflies in my stomach fluttered. Meeting someone new makes me a little nervous, but then I couldn’t stop smiling because I knew this lovely lady was going to be special. I sat in my car, plugged in the directions and followed “Map’s” directions to the Bicycle Cafe. As I parked, I said a quick prayer that He’d bless this meet up and in the cafe I went. I got a tweet saying she was almost there. I stood out front, waiting and looking at every movement until I saw her. There she was! This new friend I was just dying to meet.

We hugged, feeling as if we’d already met and in we went. She ordered coffee, I ordered a chai tea. I knew the adrenaline would fill me with energy soon enough. Then it happend. We connected. We talked and talked and talked. When you’ve never met someone, you have a lot to catch up on, twenty-something years it happened to be. We talked about love, life, family, creativity, the future, our blogs, the good, the bad, everything. It was so much fun. This was just what I needed. She encouraged me, inspired me and made really great points that made me think.

This meeting today reminded me how much a new friendship can work wonders for my heart. I felt uplifted and encouraged. I was proud of myself for going out of my comfort zone and reaching out to someone I didn’t know and I’m so glad I did because I now have a genuinely sweet and thoughtful person I can now call my new friend.

Today, I want to encourage you to break out of the norm and reach out to someone you’ve admired from afar, maybe a new coworker or neighbor and make an effort to chat. You never know, a true friendship could blossom from that little coffee date and new friend is so good for the soul.

Happy Tuesday, Friends!

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My Pinspiration

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If you know me. You know I’m a huge fan of Pinterest. I’m a planner, an organizer and very visual. I’m pretty sure Pinterest was created just for me to make my life easier. Today, I’d like to share with you TEN of my Pinners that inspire me, help me plan my trips and organize my life. Enjoy!

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Rachel Nathe‘s “Home Sweet Home” board is great for interior inspiration. Photo Source.

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Skyler Villarreal‘s diy+crafts board is the best for diy inspiration and how to’s. I’ve repinned so many of her diys. Photo Source.

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The Proper Pinwheel/Lexy Ward not only has a blog [The Proper Pinwheel Blog] full of inspiration, her Pinterest boards are exploding with inspiration for event planning as well every other aspect of life needing a bit of pinspiration. Photo Source.

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Haley Sheffield is an incredible photographer and friend. I was lucky to meet her and have her photograph my bridal portraits a few years ago before she exploded into this amazing brand she is today. Her pin boards are full of her anthro-esque and vintage quality. She even pins some of her own work, seen above. Photo Source.

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Tonya Bilbrey is a sweet friend of mine. Her pin boards have the best titles. Everything is title THE OUTSTANDING OUTFITS, THE ULTIMATE ACCESSORIES and THE PERFECT POSES. I love it! She has such good taste in everything, but when it comes to fashion… you’ll be inspired for sure. Photo Source.

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Anne Taylor writes an incredible blog [Anne the Adventurer Blog]. It’s filled with inspiring, real and purposeful posts. Her Pinterest boards are no different. Photo Source.

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Hannah Purmont is a local designer here in Denver. Her work is incredible, minimal and loud. You can find it here. Her inspiring Pinterest boards, well they reflect her work. Black and white cover everything in such a powerful and purposeful way. Photo Source.

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Heather Adame is an absolute dear friend of mine and her eye for color and interiors is amazing. You’ll pin everything she does. Photo Source.

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The Perfect Palette is a blog focused on weddings and event planning. As a lover of weddings and event planning, she inspires me with her color boards and event plans. Photo Source.

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Mrs. French is the writer of Bliss Blog. Her boards and pins are vintage, filled with love, country, blissful. They are art. You’ll enjoy just scrolling the beautiful things she finds around the internet. Photo Source.

Happy Monday, Friends!

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Love Yourself Link Up: Purpose

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Today I am writing as part of the Love Yourself Linkup – an ongoing blog series that focuses on topics like self image and body image. A community of women post their thoughts on these topics and tell stories of personal experiences. We’ll share what inspired us, challenged us and more! Learn more about the Love Yourself Linkup at Anne the Adventurer. If you have a story to share too, join the conversation by writing and clicking to enter below!

What is my purpose in life? What keeps me going every day? What gets me excited? Who do I want to reach in this life? What do I want to be known for after this life passes away? These questions are good to reflect on every now and again. So, today I’m going to reflect in the hope of encouraging you to do the same.

What is my purpose in life? I may not know for sure yet, but I know I was suppose to be here. My beginning is a crazy one. There are some things that are too personal to share, but one of those obstacles before I was born was surviving. My Mama found out at four months pregnant she was having twins. Twins! She was a twin, now SHE was having twins too! But then God saw a different plan and at five months pregnant there was no second heart beat to be found. I was the only one left. Then two months later, at seven months pregnant, my Mama went into early labor and I was delivered at 28 weeks along with the baby that didn’t make it. At 2 pounds 12 ounces, I made it. When I think about that and how many obstacles that were put in front of me before I was barely in existence, I know there must be a purpose for my being. God always has a purpose and knowing He made a way for me to end up in this world let’s me know there is a reason, a purpose I’m here. Think about it! What obstacles did you have to overcome just to end up in this world or what obstacles have you had to overcome to stay? If you’re here, you have a purpose. You may not know yet, but maybe focusing on the next few questions will help bring that purpose into perspective.

What keeps me going every day? Everyday I wake up, shower, get dressed and start my day. I usually spend the day working from home on freelance during the summer or going to class during the fall and spring. Each day is filled with small goals that will eventually get me to my focused, larger goals. I work and do freelance so I can learn, gain experience in a field I love. I also work to save money for my dream of doing two summers of Europe trips before we have babies. I go to classes each semester in hopes that in 2015 I will be the first college graduate in my Mom’s family. I want that certificate to show my future children that they can do it too. It’s not easy, but it’s a huge accomplishment. I also wake up everyday and try to be the best wife I can be. I’m not the best at it, even after three years of marriage, but I keep going and trying. Finally, I’m spending all of this time working on my small goals and trying to master the art of being a wife, so that in a few years, I’ll be able to make my lifelong dream of becoming a Mom, a reality.

What gets me excited? You know, that giddy excitement?! I’d say the time I get the most giddy is bringing my friends into Anthropologie. It’s really goofy, but being surrounded by pretty things, creative projects, books that I could just sit with and read all day and everything in the world I could imagine that can help make being a girl, wife, mother and creative complete. All of the tools are right there, at your fingertips. Being in this store gives me the inspiration for my designs, cooking, being a better friend, a more ladylike lady and so many other things. It truly reflects who I’d like to be. Isn’t that funny? A whole store does that much for me. It’s just one of those places, like a museum that gives you that feeling of unlimited enjoyment and endless inspiration. What gets you excited to conquer and pursue every aspect of your life?

Who do I want to reach in this life? In this life of mine, I hope to reach out to little girls who need to smile a little more, woman who need a boost of confidence and young couples who need encouragement in their marriage. All of these things embody who I am. I’m a little girl at heart that likes to play dress up and sing like no one is listening. I’m a woman who always needs that boost of confidence, whether through a compliment or a gift from a friend making me feel remembered and important. Being encouraged by other young couples showing me that what we go through is the same thing they do. Whether it’s the towels on the floor or the need to have everything perfect before having another couple over, our couple friends go through the same thing! I’d like to relay my stories, so other’s know they’re not alone. Who do you want to reach that encourages you too?

What do I want to be known for after this life passes away? This always feels like such a morbid topic to think about, but it really is something I like to keep on my mind daily. When I meet new people or hang out with old friends, how do I want to be remembered. My goal is to always to be a good friend. A friend who goes the extra mile to make their friends feel confident, important and encouraged. I want to be the girl that does her best to be honest, trustworthy and dependable. I want to be known as a good wife. A good hostess. Someone who was able to experience the world, but never lose site of what’s important. There are so many things I want to leave behind, so I try everyday to do what I can to be a good friend, wife, daughter and eventually I want to be the best mom I can be. What do you want to be known for?

I hope you enjoyed these reflective questions and that they encourage you to find your purpose.

Happy Tuesday, Friends!

 

 

 

 

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