Tuesday, January 3, 2012

"These Are a Few of My Favorite Things"

While relaxing over Christmas break, I discovered some wonderful products during my shopping adventures!


1. Flowering Cherry stationary by Galison New York. My family has a thing for thank-you cards (I get calls if they don't receive them within two weeks of the event), and I found these at Barnes and Noble. They are adorable, not too frilly, and reasonably priced. There are 10 of them in the pack, just the perfect number for me!  And it comes in an adorable box matching the stationary that can be used for future decorating experiments. 

2. Tresor "In Love" perfume by Lancome. It's smells amazing! I am one of those people that likes to have a signature scent, and when they discontinued my original favorite, JMC by Jessica McClintock, I was lost for about a year in regards to my scent identity. But I found this and I love it more than my first love! It smells fresh and clean, with a hint of fruity. It smells girly, but not nauseatingly so. It's oil-based so it lasts all day, it and is never overwhelming unless you apply it like a prepubescent boy. It's very reasonably priced for a high-end perfume.

3. Bio-oil. I read about this gem in Marie Claire (my magazine/addiction of choice). It is "specialist skincare for scars, stretch marks, uneven skin tone, aging skin, and dehydrated skin." It is an oil, so make sure you rub it in well and don't use too much, but it's a light oil. So  as long as you give it about 30 seconds to dry it won't get on your clothes at all or make you feel oily. And it really does treat everything it says it does! It takes a couple weeks to work its magic, but when it works, it works well! I have almost every ailment on the list (scars from years of sports, uneven skin tone from life-guarding, etc.) and all have improved drastically! And make sure you apply it every day! The bottle says twice a day, but I think that's over kill.

Let me know if y'all want to know anything else about these products!

xo,
Allie

Constantly Consistent

I don't know about y'all, but I find change very hard. I am a very consistent person, in some ways that's great (it makes me responsible and reliable) and some ways that's bad (it makes be stubborn and sometimes boring).  I don't know what it is about change, but every time I have to move, or enroll in school, or class gets cancelled, or plans get changed, I feel my mind cringe and my body become tense with nervousness. Trust me, I deal with it way better than I used to but I still could manage some work.
So I realized I wasn't happy where I was in my life. But I didn't want to change anything about my life because change to me is far worse than being miserable. But when my roommate told me she could tell how unhappy I was even though I never really talked about it and tried to hide it, I realized something had to give. Then I ran across this quote: "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson. I didn't want to turn into a hobgoblin. So I decided it was time to make a change. I am terrified. I know everything will work out, but moving states, transferring, and  trying to figure everything out in less than 2 weeks-- it's overwhelming to say the least. (I hate change so much I procrastinated dealing with alot until the last minute, not one of my best life moments.) Also, I'm terrified to admit to everyone I'm a total failure! Okay, I'm not a failure, it's just change, but why does change seem like admitting defeat?
So as I sit here, deprived of sleep with knotted stomach and shoulder muscles, I have to force myself to recognize it's not in my control. God is in control and I need to lean on Him and trust His plans and rely on His merciful peace. He has blessed me beyond belief and has kept me alive and well for the last 20 years, so I think He'll do a pretty good job with however many days I have left. And change is what makes the world go round, and it'll keep changing whether I like it or not. And some consistency is good, such as in character, hygiene habits, etc. but everyone needs to allow some change in their life.
So I hope those of you that are struggling with changes or challenges find God's peace and lean on His plans for your future.

xo,
Allie