A Week Full of Thanks

In this week spent thinking of things to be thankful for, I have realized that there are some things that are really easy to be thankful for such as, pretty clothes, lovely people, and yummy food! Other things are not so easy to be grateful for. Today I’m writing about something very important that I often complain about, when really it is such a blessing: being busy!

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I often complain about having no down time between school, blogging, meet-ups, performances, college applications, work, and auditions, but these are all wonderful things. Everything that’s stressing me out right now is getting me one step closer to achieving my goals, and that is a wonderful thing! I am so grateful that everything I want to achieve in life requires hard work because in this world full of instant gratification, there is also little satisfaction, and I know that my hard work will all be worth it in the end.

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The perfect illustration of this would be the Princess Half Marathon.I had been dreaming about this race for years, even before I was old enough to actually register for it! Running it was a dream come true, but training was NOT. I had moments where I seriously thought I wouldn’t be able to finish the race, but once we got there, I ran the entire 10 k and only walked a couple of miles during the half! Even if you aren’t the most athletic person in the world, I suggest you do at least one race that really inspires you, because it will change you as a person.

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I am thankful for the many hours I’ve spent practicing, writing, taking pictures, studying, and working hard! I hope that you will take the time to stop and think about what a blessing it s to be able to work towards accomplishing your dreams, while some people can only work towards staying alive. With this in mind, continue working hard, and help those around you work hard as well!

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Sparkle and Shine Darling!

I am very happy to announce that one of the most wonderful stores to call Miami home is officially open to the public: Mrs. Adrienne Bosh’s Sparkle and Shine Darling Boutique!

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I was lucky enough to attend one of the fabulous pre-opening events this past Friday. I had heard a bit about the store before attending this event and knew that my precious pink seersucker dress would fit in perfectly! I paired it with my nude Vince Camuto pumps, and of course a sparkly headband to match the very name of the store.

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I often imagine places that I have not yet been to as being more spectacular than they really are, but this was NOT the case! As soon as I entered the boutique and saw fluffy tulle skirts on glittery hangers, I knew that I would be coming back frequently! The store is home to a variety of amazing brands and wonderful statement pieces for both your home and wardrobe.

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If you can drag yourself away from the merchandise, you’ll have a sweet surprise awaiting you. There is a darling little cafe where you can grab a few macrons to perk you up after a rambunctious shopping spree!

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Just when it seemed like this place couldn’t get any better, I stumbled upon the party room! Yes you read that correctly. I reverted into my five year old self when I walked into this amazing space. From the glittery pink walls to the Wonderlandesqu landscape, I was ecstatic. I seriously think I may need to throw my next birthday party here!

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If you are in Miami, I would highly recommend that you stop by! I know that I will definitely be going back to my favorite girly spot in the very near future!

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Be sure to let me know what you think about the store if you stop by!

Find out more about this fabulous store here!

Dress: Ann Taylor / Shoes: Vince Camuto / Watch: Michael Kors / Rings: Pandora

Once Upon a Dream

I’ve been fascinated by princesses for as long as I can remember! From The Little Mermaid, to The Princess Diaries, to Rapunzel, and everything in between. The Dresses and lifestyle seemed so thrilling and ideal.

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Recently, the parade scene from The Princess Diaries 2 has been on my mind. For those of you who aren’t as well acquainted with this movie as I am, in this scene Mia, the heir to the Genovian throne, tells a little girl that all girls are princesses. I always thought this was an adorable moment, but lately this idea has really been resonating with me. Being a princess goes way beyond the tiara, which is something I first realized when I began training for the Disney Princess Half Marathon, so I’ve decided to start a series all about what I believe being a princess means.

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This dress made me feel like a princess (the little boy who called me, “princessa,” while taking these pictures helped too!) and very Aurora-esqu, so today’s lesson will come from Sleeping Beauty, and no it will not be about getting enough sleep! The quality the makes Aurora a role model for any princess, is her ability to dream. In the context of the movie she sings about seeing her true love Phillipe, “once upon a dream,” but this can apply to so many important dreams! Having a goal, and striving to make it happen, is a very princess-like thing to do! Whether it be working towards attending your dream college, taking art lessons to hone your skills, or simply becoming a happier person, your goals are so important! So keep dreaming, and you too can say that you’ve seen your goals come true, “once upon a dream!”

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What dreams are you working towards making a reality?

Thankful Thursday #1

I wasn’t sure what to write tonight. I could go on and on about this pretty pink dress, and how it makes me feel beautiful and good about myself, but that wouldn’t be 100% true. No dress can validate your existence. Taking a million pictures till you get the right one does not make you any more or less beautiful. In this blogging journey, I’ve undergone some serious stress over things that just don’t matter. Every time I post a picture, all I can see are my flaws and the pictures that don’t look perfect. Although I am aware that perfection is an allusion, these feelings are still so hard to shake. Unfortunately, these feelings are not unique to me. I know girls who agonize over what to post on Instagram, and while I am all for posting great content, sometimes we need to remind ourselves that our worth isn’t based on how many likes or followers we have. So instead of focusing on my exterior and the clothes I wear, for the month of November I will be writing about the things that make me the person I am. The things I am thankful for.

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 This week I will start out by writing about the relationships I am thankful for, and I’m not just talking about romance. I of course need to start this off with the people I first forged a relationship with: my family. I am so blessed to be part of a loving, caring family. It is so rare to find someone whose family fully supports their dreams and aspirations, but I have just that! I cannot tell you how very grateful I am that I have never heard, “what’s your backup plan,” from my immediate family when my choice to be a music major comes up. They truly believe that I can succeed at anything if I work hard and set my mind on it.

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Now on to my lifelong friends. I have not always been the easiest person to be a friend to, but I have so many wonderful friends who have stuck with me through the ups and downs, and I am blessed enough to have two friends who I have loved for over a decade. In today’s society, this kind of deep lasting friendship is rare. So thank you two for living through our pimply preteen years, first crushes, awkward trends, SAT anxiety, and several moves.

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The fact that I have friends who I have known for as long as I can remember doesn’t diminish the friendships I’ve come to be a part of more recently. In the past year I have met so many wonderful and inspiring people that I am lucky enough to call my friends. They challenge me to be better, inspire me to pursue everything with zeal, and reassure me that everything is going to be ok when it feels like the world is falling apart. Thank you for making life more exciting, and for accepting me with open arms.

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Finally, I am so grateful for my wonderful boyfriend. He keeps me calm, and brings so much joy into my life. Thank you for helping me understand that despite what other boys have said, I am not crazy or unreasonable for showing my emotions,  for helping me see my beauty even on days when all I can see is the pimple on my face, and for knowing the difference between when I need to talk about something and when all I need is a hug.

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I hope that this will inspire you to think beyond the surface and to take time to give your blessings the recognition that they deserve.