Sunday, March 22, 2015

Coldstone Creamery Over Melting Snow

Dressing up for yourself is important. It's important to do things for yourself. It's important to find the fun in everyday life. It's important to do what you can to help you begin loving yourself. It's important to do something that you want to and be content with that.
And it's important to remember to do it the way you want to. Meaning if you want to cake on the makeup because that's how you feel confident, go for it (but trust me: you do not need it). But if you feel confident bare faced, that's more than okay, too.
Because the fact that on social media and/or throughout real life wearing makeup is becoming more and more normal doesn't mean you're abnormal to choose not to. It's healthy for your skin and your mind. Take care of yourself; once in a while, let your skin breathe. The people who find you beautiful with makeup will more often than not find you beautiful without.
Jeans: JCP // Top: GAP // Vest: TJMaxx // Shoes: Call It Spring // Rings: Call It Spring & Aldo // Hijab: Saudi Arabia 

Some moments are big, some small, but they're all important. 
Recently, there was an incident where I caught a lucky break. I mean, an easy mathematics test? I could hardly believe my luck. Only the day of the test I butchered a few problems that I was, like, one hundred, trillion percent confident I got wrong. Because I know myself well, and almost always call my shots reasonably (if I say I suck at something, I probably do). 

So here I was, just having ruined my (most likely) only chance of getting an A on a math test this semester. All because of a few mistakes I'd made, and realized only after I exited the room. (Why don't these things hit you when you're checking your work?) I really can't explain to you the frustration I felt at myself. I know, I know. It was just a normal math test. But the thick feeling of regret, of knowing my potential and worth is more than it seems and should have been shown here because I am more intelligent than I absolutely knew I'd look with my low grade (keep in mind I was freaking out without having even received my results yet) mixed with the sense of my being so, so close to achieving something great but not close enough really got me. I knew I could've done better. Why didn't I? 

Two days later, I received my exam results. An A! An A in math is unheard of, let alone an A on an easy test I was sourly confident I'd butchered! Truthfully, I couldn't speak when I got it. All I could think, over and over again, was life is spontaneously splendid. And it is. Even people like me, the ones who think they really know themselves, don't. Never give up before you've even seen the end results. You will always, always, always be surprised because as humans we greatly underestimate ourselves. There will be times in your life when you are so beyond confident that you know what your results are going to be that you absolutely refuse to think of it as something else. Don't count your chickens before they hatch, eh? 'Cause you're way cooler than ya think.

Life truly is spontaneously splendid. Stop. Take a deep breath. The only thing you need to quit is quitting on yourself too early. Push yourself to your maximum potential and you can accomplish loads. Best of luck. Love always,

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

Book: Tuesday's with Morrie by Mitch Albom
Length: 224 Pages (it's a small book, as pictured above) 
Genre(s): sociology/philosophy, memoir 

Not only is it shocking that this book is based off the author's life and a teacher he actually had (I mean, how lucky can you be to get a college professor as insightful, caring, and kind as Morrie? I had thought for sure that he was made up), it's one of those kinds of books where everyone walks away with something. In short, it's life changing. 

Although it was written and published years ago, it's completely relevant to today. Every chapter teaches, inspires, opens your mind or gives you a solution to a problem you've been thinking of. And Mitch Albom does a splendid job of describing his path back to his favorite professor and the exchanges they have in the time they get together while Morrie battles amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Lou Gehrig's disease, a deadly illness of the neurological system that slowly works its way to rendering Morrie more and more vulnerable with each visit. 

"What is the purpose of life?" When you finish this book, you'll know. Several topics about our generation, our society, and our world as a whole are brought up in here such as money, death, feeling sorry for yourself, forgivenesses, and more, all of which are presented in the contents section. The advice Morrie hands to his old student is always centered around doing the right thing, reminding us that hope is never lost. For anyone looking for reassurance, wanting to have their mind broadened, or looking for a touching novel about the impact a wise teacher or elderly can have on a student, pick this book up as soon as possible. 

What are some books you want to read? Thoughts on this one? My heart is going to burst with such pure happiness at the sight of all this sunshine and warmish weather (53F is basically summer, right?) Have an amazing, amazing weekend. Life is spontaneously splendid.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

DIY Paint Template Poster

Aren't grandma hobbies just divine? This craft is quick, inexpensive, and super fun to make out of upcycled/seemingly useless items. It can be used for any holiday, special event, or momentous occasion you choose. As you can see, the first time I made this craft was a little under a year and a half ago. Wow. Keep scrolling for the full instructions!(-: 

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Black Hot Dogs OOTD

Dress plus sneakers. Ultimate casual/cute combination, isn't it? Now that I think about it, I don't think I've ever really worn this combination before. Way back then, for my fifth grade graduation, this girl wore a black dress with the original Chuck Taylors and I thought it was the most beautiful outfit I'd ever seen. Oh, those were the days, back when comfort overruled beauty. Though I think this outfit made a good effort to combine them both ;) 

Dress + Hijab: Unknown // Pants: Kohls // Undershirt: Kohls // Shoes: Keds // Bag: Charming Charlie // Rings: Aldo

Hoping alls swell with everyone. You can follow my instagram to stay updated on my current read/ for some extra love/ tips on fashion and life in general! Had to return Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor to the library before finishing it because it was dragging a tiny bit and I just really, really wanted a book that made me feel alive. Luckily I found some good books so I'm getting back in the groove which makes me intensely happy as my craving for a good read has been satisfied! Woohoo! 

This outfit speaks condiments to me, so I figured I was a black hot dog covered in ketchup and mustard for the day. What do you guys prefer, ketchup or mustard? I'd love to know, comment below :) I'm not even aware of what mustard tastes like anymore because it's been so long since I last tried it. I do think that ketchup with fries is like life with friends; a million times better with than without, though I can't say the same for sandwiches. Phew. Where'd all this talk of food come from? When I ramble, I really ramble. If you're still reading, you rock my socks and I'm beyond grateful for people like you (the ones who never tire of reading what I have to write).

Hoping your March is as beautiful as life itself. I'll have to squeeze in my "wow, life really is spontaneously splendid!" moments sometime soon, either on here or on instagram. Trust me when I say never give up.
Life is spontaneously splendid. X
Aiman Ghani