à toi pour toujours

Valentine's Day, the official day of love. For some, it's the day you can be romantic without judgement; for others, it's a constant and painful reminder that you are lonely, and that only candy is there to cheer you up. Of course, let's not forget the business man approach: "How can I sell more and use Valentine's as an excuse?" People have been celebrating it for eeeever, and they get more and more creative about it...Sometimes "too creative." I have never really been fond of this holiday; I'm not cheesy romantic, nor lonely... (my NOT imaginary boyfriend is 700 miles away from me) and I have nothing to sell to you. This is why I've decided to do what I love, and make a quirky little post to share with you a tiny piece of advice I've learned recently.  

Love is one if the hardest feelings to describe. Almost every author has tried, but unless you have felt it, it won't mean a thing to you. There are many kinds of love: family love, teenage love, the love you feel for your pets, hobby love, and of course romantic love; but the one that you should work on all the time is self-love. After being in relationships for almost 8 years, I have learned a few things, but the one I keep having to remind myself is: No one will love you as much as you should love yourself, that's the relationship you need to work on. Own who you are, love that belly, or that messy hair you have, or that weird sense of fashion. Constantly remind yourself how awesome you can be. Set yourself goals, and go for them; because happiness and love hold hands. You can't pour from an empty cup. Stay away from people that make you feel like you are hard to love. Ignore them, move on. Dress up for yourself, and eat that delicious food. You will find out that when you are too focused on loving yourself, someone will notice and they will fall in love as well; and it will be perfect, because they will fall for who you truly are. So, if you aren't too busy finding that perfect gift, watching that cheesy movie that makes you cry every time, or getting ready for that big sale; take a moment to love yourself, because after all, you are "à toi pour toujours" (yours forever.)

 

-Blogs that inspire me-

"Blogging is not easy!" The best ones have a whole team behind scenes, and even then, it is a challenging job. This is why I have decided to learn from the best ones. Or at least to the ones I consider the best... :) The ones that are in trend, daily, and that aren't afraid to say what they think. I am sure there are many many more out there... But these are the TOP 3 I love and enjoy reading, because I can see the love and thought behind each post. Hopefully one day I can do this for a living. 

DESIGNLOVEFEST.COM

My love for this blog started with "Dress your Tech," I mean we all love free stuff don't we? And they have the best wallpapers! From quotes, to watercolor, to funky illustrations, this blog have the best selection. They have around 100 wallpapers for you to pick from, so great! They are based on LA and they were created in "2009 out of Bri Emery (art director) own obsession with type and images." "Bri, has been featured in publications such as Elle Décor, Apartment Therapy, HGTV, Lucky Magazine, Martha Stewart Weddings, The Los Angeles times and more, and travels the world teaching photoshop to bloggers with her BLOGSHOP brand, founded in 2011." How awesome is that? I recommend you to go and check her blog ASAP! You never know which post will talk to you! 


   OHJOY.COM

 

Omg! I love this blog/design studio/brand... The use of color, and the variety of topics is wideeeee. I came to know about this awesome URL by target. I bought the cutest oven mitts for Christmas, and i felt in love with their patterns, colors and most important, their tag. It was lime green with foiled letters, it said: Ohjoy! So I looked her up, and thanks to the amazing google, I found all about her in seconds. Oh Joy launched in 2005, and it is also located in LA. Its founder and creative director is Joy Cho, but she has an amazing team behind her. They have publish 2 books and the third one will be available, April 7th. It's called "Oh Joy! 60 Ways to Create and Give Joy," and it looks pretty cool! Besides from blogging, publishing and working with Target, they have worked with Urban Outfitters, Microsoft, Nod, and been featured by People StyleWatch, Better Homes, InStyle, LA Times, Washington Post, Anthropologie, HGTV, etc, etc... Argh! You must check her out. Period. 


ABEAUTIFULMESS.COM 

I didn't know about these crazy sisters until recently. I was researching and looking for cute layout examples for work and I came across this Southern hospitality. Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman own this company and their focus is to "create happiness every day through a homemade lifestyle." They share about home decor projects, recipes, crafts, as well as bits of their life in Missouri. I own a small apartment so these tips were great to add some color to my rental. Soon after i checked their post I found out about happy mail!!! Which is like a birch box but full of stationary samples. How freaking convenient that is?? Only $15 a month and you get $50 (retail value) of stationary at your doorstep... Super smart, considering most designers get stationary just to stare at! lol, so true. There is so much this blog has to offer, you just need to stop by and get lost between links.

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