Having a Moment: Cobalt Blue

Monday, March 24, 2014

I've always loved blue (it's my favorite color), especially this deep, rich cobalt shade, but I cannot get enough of this color for spring/Texas winter right now. I'm still in love with my dark colors and have been drawn to cool, dark tones and alternating pales tones rather than anything bright and neon so far. 

The skirt above is so luxurious and elegant...perfect for an upscale evening. And I'm obsessed with the luxe dark blue fur coat, which puts Cookie Monster's to shame. I don't think I could pull it off with my height, but a girl can still dream, right?

Happy Monday, friends!

Rainy Days are for Soft Music + Being Sick

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Irony's a funny thing sometimes. No sooner did I publish my last post about being bold on Tuesday, then I began to feel sick. By evening I knew it wasn't just in my head. I made a doctor's appointment for the next day, and was told I had the flu.

Whomp, whooooomp. So much for my bold plans to tackle the day...I ended up being out for the rest of the week and had to stay home from classes to recover. A week to rest and sleep and retreat beneath pillows and blankets.

It's made me realize how much I treasure the little moments when I don't have something to do. The moments of beauty and peace. The moments of rest. The glimmer of sunshine in a smile. The concern of a friend. The warmth of a hug. The sweetness of get-well wishes.

And the overwhelming realization that we all need rest.

It's funny, the things you notice when you're tired and quiet.

When hours have stretched long, the day has demanded much, legs have walked far, and mind has worked furiously...

And then there's a brief moment of respite. An hour in between classes, a break, a catching of breath moment where you can sit and let all the weight fall. Where you can hear yourself breathe. - actually breathe - for the first time that day.

I hear my heart, quiet + beating. The gentle cadance of breath, rising and falling in almost a hint of a whisper, the heaviness of eyes that brings sweet relief from shutting the world out, and the sound of your body sighing as you allow yourself to completely let go.

Which is why rainy days are for resting, for eating tomato soup + crackers, for thinking and musing, and sleeping, and for rainy day music. 

I'll be back with the NYC recap as soon as I'm back to normal. Happy rainy Sunday, friends. 

Be Bold

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

On this Tuesday, I hope you drink in some sun, do your hair up, put on your 'take-on-the-world' song, and tackle the challenges of today.

I hope you be bold.

Jet-Lag, Unpacking + Weekend Links

Sunday, March 16, 2014

I'm back from New York, after 4 flights, a 5:30 am wake-up, and a four hour delay in Dallas...

My mom and sisters are still in New York taking care of my grandmother, so I flew by myself for the first time! It was a tad daunting since I had to change flights multiple times, but I soon got the hang of it. It was surprisingly nice, and very reassuring to know I can travel by myself and not freak out or miss a flight. I'm ready for Europe now! ;)

I'll have a recap of my trip soon - including all the good eats and plays. In the meantime, here's some of my favorite links from around the web for your weekend reading. 

If you've got that wanderlust itch too, this post about Traveling on a Budget gives you the downlow. 

Carin - who moved to Paris for four months and fell in love with the city - shares her moments of happiness

9 tips for better jumping photos! 

When we meet The One

5 ways to keep blog content fresh. 

Love these minimal make-up staples. 

Being secretly in love

Sighing over these pictures of London and waiting for the day when I can snap my own!

The ultimate carry-on essentials for airplanes - I agree, I usually include bring all of these when I fly. 

Love, love this post about why you should list 10 things you like about yourself. Powerful stuff. 

In a New York Second

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Hello from NY, friends! It's our first day here in the city - I'm here with my mom and two younger sisters - and New York is just as wonderful as I remember. 

We got in late last night, so today was the start of our NYC adventures. The forecast was 100% rain this afternoon, so we've had brightly colored umbrellas in tow and only now just had to pull them out. We traipsed through some museums and are heading to a Broadway show tonight (Wicked!!). 

I'm currently writing this blog post on my phone. I didn't bring my laptop as I didn't want to lug it with me everywhere, so I won't be blogging for the rest of the week, but you can follow along on Instagram (raewyn83) for all my New York shenanigans. 

Have a lovely week and I'll see you in a few days! 

Hello, Big Apple!

Monday, March 10, 2014

I'm  typing this out from home, amidst packing and planning, because I'm hopping on a plane tomorrow to New York! Some of you long term readers might remember that I went to NYC last spring and I'm so excited to visit the city again.

I'm looking forward to seeing snow, the beautiful architecture, and Central Park! And of course, eating all the amazing food. Can't forget about the food. If there are any readers there, drop a comment below - or if you've been to New York before, share your favorite sights and places to eat!

Fighting for Freedom (Body Image)

Friday, March 7, 2014

Part of blogging is a decision about how much you want to share, how much you want to open up. There is such a thing as too much information...it is all on the internet after all, not a private diary. That being said, I don't know about y'all, but I have always been so blessed when a blogger has chosen to share a story, a struggle, or a stirring in her heart that I too have experienced. It's nice to know we're not alone and that somewhere out there, someone's going through the exact same thing.

I've thought the above before, but I was reminded of it again when I read Jessi's beautiful and honest post about her struggle in feeling freedom with her body image.

Because y'all - she wrote the words and thoughts and feelings in my heart. I shared last summer about my weight gain during college and here we are almost two semesters later and not much has changed. I haven't dropped the weight like I'd hoped and planned. My exercise plans fell to naught once the semester started because when you're tired and have tests and papers, excuses are so easy to make.

 Like Jessi, I've felt freedom in so many other aspects of my life: freedom to pursue my passions and dreams, freedom with words and relationships as I pour out my heart through writing and try to love people as best I can. I've felt freedom in my fashion choices, freedom in changing my hair, wearing make-up, being in charge of my own schedule, freedom in managing my photography business and in creating art.

I've felt freedom in everything else except when it comes to my health and body. Because I don't like being in pictures any more, because I'm just a little too curvy (yes, there is such a thing), because I miss wearing certain clothes, because I walk around feeling trapped in a skin that doesn't feel like mine anymore. Because I miss feeling confident about how I look (and not just because of a stylish outfit or good hairstyle).

I've always said that things have to get to a certain point where you're so tired of them that you're willing to do what's necessary. For me, when I was in high school, I finally had enough - I was tired of being heavy and after a couple of years of my parents trying to encourage a healthier lifestyle, I made radical changes on my own. I started with baby steps, eating healthier and with smaller portions; I started walking everyday and built my endurance up to working out 6 days a week: running, step class, weights, yoga, Zumba. I became a Zumba instructor and a flexitarian (i.e. semi-vegetarian).

Part of me misses that Grace - the Grace who did what she had to, who had a passion for exercise and who stayed strong in order to become healthy. I haven't seen that Grace for a while...and that only contributes to current frustration. But I'm also a big believer that there's a season for everything. In high school I had the time and energy to work out so much  - I know I could probably do that now, but things are a little different. I used to run all the time. Now, I crave yoga and dancing. I used to eat peanut butter and drink smoothies every. day. Now, I usually have eggs and fruit in the morning.

We change. People change. So if I spend my time beating myself up and trying to become the girl I was in high school, I'll only make myself miserable.

I have to decide what works for me right now in this stage of my life. And for me, that's eating more grilled chicken and broccoli in the dining halls, downloading a yoga postcast, not having a cookie every day, drinking more water each day, not snacking as much in the dorm.

It means listening to my body.

Because I might not love how it looks right now, but it's still my body. It's doing the best it can, so I need to start doing the best I can to take care of it. I'm ready to feel freedom in that area of my life again - so it's time to take those steps.

March Madness

Thursday, March 6, 2014

(All pics from my Pinterest)

Because it's now March (how did this happen?).

Because I'm finally through with midterms and spring break begins tomorrow.

Because the sun is shining bright and wind is blowing strong.

Because friends + hugs make the world go round.

Because there's war in my blood and love in my lungs.

Because I feel happy.

Because there's spring in the air.

Some lovely randomness for your almost-here-weekend.

My current mood. Freeeeeeedom from tests. Can't wipe the smile off my face! 

Did anyone watch the Oscars last weekend? I caught glimpses of Ellen hosting, Idina singing "Let It Go," and of course what is now the most famous picture in the world. So much star power. 

So excited to travel for spring break...
hint, it is actually somewhere I've been before but I couldn't wait to go back as soon as I left!

Where it's the words to a song that can't escape you,
 the right hair color, 
your passion, 
or the perfect pair of pink heels. 

Happy March! What are your spring break plans? 

Also, for updates of the fashion, words + pink you see on here, you can follow along on Bloglovin'!

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