Life seems to pass in a blur, there’s always so much keeping you occupied that you are left with no time to do things that are of real importance to you, like spending more time with your friends and family, like writing that blog you’ve put off for months, like updating that resume to inch towards your dream job, and like getting to that book you’ve always wanted to read. But the catch is – there’s always time, the trick is knowing where to look.
Maybe practicality comes with age. Working in financial services have me hording neutral basics and professional attire constantly. It hasn’t always been this way though, I never had much fashion dilemma and used to get my hands on anything that caught my eye (while still trying to be frugal, somehow). There was something great about owning unique and inspiring pieces despite not having the occasions for them. For instance, this dress right here was purchased long time back, the moment I spotted it I knew it belonged with me. But it wasn’t a justifiable purchase by any means since 1) I couldn’t pull it off as casual wear 2) there were no fancy occasions coming up and 3) it was winter time. Nevertheless, the optimist in me always felt confident that it’d eventually come in handy. As part of my Euro trip, I thought it was the absolute perfect opportunity to pack the dress. Wearing a head turning dress and looking fabulous while carelessly roaming the romantic streets of Paris? Sign me up.
Flowers that never die? Sounds plenty incredible and a little crazy. This is a gift from a friend who got it in France, and it actually doesn’t die. It isn’t magical or anything, it’s named “preserved flowers”. 🙂 Preserved flowers were invented by Vermont Co. located in France in 1991. Since then, this growing industry has dramatically expanded, spreading worldwide to countries throughout Europe and Asia. Once the flowers start to bloom, they are picked and immersed in a non-toxic, drying compound that draws out the moisture and then dyed with various colors. This unique preservation process gives flowers long-lasting, sustainable life. Isn’t this just amazing? What do you think lovelies? Love, Val ❤
Happy Sunday everyone! This isn’t a fashion post, because I wanted to share with you my thoughts inspired by this picture below: don’t let perfect be the enemy of good. I tend to be an over achiever in whatever I do, because well, I like to impress. Plus who doesn’t like to accomplish? Being this way allows me to succeed in many things, but there are down sides – I always feel like I could be better and so, I would overlook my accomplishments thinking they are trivial. This slowly made me forget how to be happy over my feats. I slowly realized that being able to take joy in successes is extremely important, may it be big or small. It’s good to aim high and set standards, but it’s also important to know that there will always be someone better, and you are never going to be perfect because no one is. So ladies, know your strengths, feel confident, celebrate your accomplishments! Being content with your accomplishment doesn’t mean you’ll stop there. It’s a reward for your efforts, it builds …