Camo Contrast: Because Sometimes It’s Fun To Break The Rules

Monday, April 25th, 2016

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//Dress// Dress Option 2 // Ebay Option // Adidas Superstars // Marc Jacobs Satchel (Similar) //

//Lipstick (Lady Danger) // Bellami Extensions // Brow Pencil (Strawberry Blonde) //

// Maybelline (The Blushed Nudes) // Necklace // Watch // Alex & Ani //

Hey guys! I hope you’ve had a wonderful week. So it’s FINALLY t-shirt dress weather again, and I’m not sure if I can convey to you guys how happy that makes me. Sunshine and warmth sure does wonders doesn’t it!? I snagged this comfy camo t-shirt dress from Lulus and as of right now it’s out of stock, but you can sign up to have them email you when they have it back. I also linked an extremely similar dress at Dress Option 2, and I have even decided to sell this exact dress through my eBay account so I listed that link above as well! I can’t begin to tell you guys how much use I’ve gotten out of my Adidas Superstar Up wedged sneakers. Not only are they extremely comfy, but you can create so many different ensembles with these shoes, versatility is KEY! I added some contrast to this look by pairing it with my bright red Marc Jacobs bag (I linked the cutest little heart shaped bag for you guys!) and my “Lady Danger” red matte lipstick by MAC. I accessorized this look with some gold jewelry including my Alex and Ani bangles and my pearl backed Kate Spade Watch. I also accessorized with my simple Kate Spade square diamond studs and my latest jewelry splurge, a crystal necklace from J Crew. Beauty products for this look include my Bellami Bambina 2o inch hair extensions, “The Blushed Nudes” Maybelline eye shadow palette, and the Veluxe brow liner by MAC.

One of my favorite books Girl Boss by Nasty Gal creator Sophia Amoruso has an Instagram page where they post motivating quotes and photos of inspirational women. The other day I was scrolling through my feed and stumbled upon a quote by Jenn Hyman that stated, “When someone tells you no, you should be listening to why they are telling you no, and you should be asking a lot more questions.” This quote really got me thinking about how many times I have taken no for an answer and just accepted it because I thought there were no other options after “NO.” Sometimes a great idea could be blooming in your head but the person who has said authority over your ideas doesn’t see it the way you do and completely shuts it down. First off, your ideas are YOUR ideas. If you want to pursue them, trust your instinct and do it because in the end it feels much better to know you tried and that it worked out than to question whether or not it would have.  This doesn’t just apply to another person telling you no, but also yourself. How many times has an opportunity come up that is out of your comfort zone and immediately you tell yourself no? “No I could never compete with the other applicants for that internship,” “No I could never speak in front of that many people,” “No I could never get through a half marathon.” There are so many reasons to say no to something that seems out of reach, but then again there are so many reasons to go for it and make it happen. Don’t ever underestimate yourself and your abilities to accomplish things that lie out of your comfort zone. You can do anything you put you mind to and hard work and persistence will get you much further than just accepting no for an answer. If you have a great idea, have confidence in yourself and go for it and don’t let anyone or anything stand in your way.

Thank you guys so much for checking out my page if you have any questions or comments please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below or email me at delightfullydujour@gmail.com. Have a great night guys, stay delightful!

XX,

Kelly

Girly Grunge: A Delightful Spring Edition

Saturday, April 9th, 2016

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// Dress (Similar) // Dress Option 2  //Dress Option 3 // Combat Boots // Kate Spade Bag //
Choker Necklace // Extensions //// Lipstick “Heroine” // Kate Spade Ring (Similar) // Ring Set (Similar)//
//Alex and Ani // Mantraband // Sunglasses (Only $16!) // Watch // Eye Palette // Brown Liner //
// Silver Gallery Instagram//
Hey guys! I hope you’ve had a great week. So on the day I took these pictures I was almost fooled that spring had arrived, but I guess that isn’t the case considering it’s snowing here in my little mountain town! On the bright side of things I can utilize my winter wardrobe just a little bit longer. So for this look I decided to try out one of the trends I have been seeing so much in magazines lately. A mix between pieces that bring out your inner princess versus pieces that bring out your inner punk rocker. From the looks of it floral is once again another popular spring trend, which I don’t mind at all because I’m kind of a girly girl and I’m definitely drawn to vibrant floral patterns such as the one in this pretty little sundress (Silver Gallery Greensboro). For those of you who aren’t really into dressing super girly but love certain feminine pieces the “Girly Grunge” route is always a fun, trendy, and safe way to go. If you don’t feel like a piece exactly fits your own personal style you can always mix and match and make something that is out of your comfort zone look totally YOU! Don’t get me wrong, I definitely have the destroyed jeans and converse side to my style as well, but it’s always fun to get dressed up and feel like a barbie every once in a while, right!? To tie the girly aspects of this look together I branched off from the colors in the sundress using my blush Kate Spade Tote and one of my favorite lipstick colors “Heroine” by MAC. To tie to together the “grungy” side of this look I used my Steve Madden combat boots and choker necklace from Lulus. I completed this look with some neutral gold accessories including my pearl backed Kate Spade watch, Mantraband and Alex and Ani bracelets, Kate Spade Cocktail ring, and Gorjana ring set (only available with a Rocksbox subscription but posted a similar link above). For my hair I used Bellami Bambina 20 inch extensions styled with a 1 inch curling wand, for my eyes I used Maybelline’s  “The Blushed Nudes” palette (available at your local drugstore), and for my brows I used MAC’s Veluxe Brow Liner in Strawberry Blonde.

When shooting the other day I found this pretty brick wall to use as my background and I think it will really surprise you that what sits behind this wall is a dumpster. Don’t get me wrong, this dumpster-hiding wall doesn’t go unappreciated because it definitely worked as a great background to snap some shots, but this wall is just one of many examples of a time where things aren’t always how they seem. Nowadays it is so easy to create this picture perfect image of life with social medias, filters, and the “perfect” selfie shot. I can’t say I haven’t tried to create picture perfect persona, but it was through this exact experience that I realized I wasn’t creating a perfect life for myself, heck I wasn’t even good at making it look like I had one. All I was doing was letting the stress and overwhelming feeling of comparing my life and myself to other’s lives on their social media accounts take away my peace, joy, and happiness. Let’s get one thing straight, nobody has the perfect life. Even the girls who travel from island to island taking amazing bikini shots one moment, killing it in the gym the next moment, and then jumping out of a helicopter the next moment have their struggles. Social media does a great job of hiding the bad parts of life and publicizing the good parts leaving everyone to believe that a picture perfect life is obtainable. I’m sorry to break it to you guys but it’s just not, and that isn’t a bad thing!

On the night of my 21st birthday I wore a black dress that I had ordered from Lulus, tassel choker necklace, black heels, and of course, red lips. Before the night began I was so focused on getting pictures I even told my sister and all of my friends to wear black so we could get a “blackout” picture. Once the party began I was so busy having a good time that I completely forgot about my phone for the entire night. I woke up the next morning and realized that I didn’t have a single picture. Sure I was a little disappointed about this at first thinking, “IF I DIDN’T GET  A PICTURE IT DIDN’T HAPPEN.” But then as the day went on I thought about it more and more and realized that the reason I didn’t get a perfect 21st birthday photo was because I was enjoying the company friends, living in the moment, laughing, drinking wine, eating sushi, soaking in my perfectly imperfect life (Probably with a little red lipstick on my teeth haha!). Plus, I got something that is pretty much equal if not better than a photo in my birthday dress, and that’s a picture of my adorable cat Magoo having a blast in the box that it came in! The point of this story is that you can either use your time trying to get the perfect picture or instead you can experience these moments when they are happening and cherish the memories forever. What I’ve found is that life isn’t always going to be picture perfect and that comparison is only going to take away from your own happiness. Be kind to yourself and focus on your goals, your happiness, and what drives you to succeed realizing that the imperfection of life is what makes it real and intriguing. I know that in my life I would much rather feel the joy of making memories with the people I love than the satisfaction of posting a good picture and getting a few likes. Life is a roller coaster of astonishing, breathtaking moments and also a few negative dull moments, and that is okay. Soak in every moment and enjoy the ride!

Thank you guys so much for checking out my page, if you have any comments or questions you can comment below or email me at delightfullydujour@gmail.com. Thanks again for stopping by, stay delightful!

XX,

Kelly

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