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The Brunette Behind the Blog

I think it’s important to remind ourselves every once in awhile who we are and why we are doing what we are doing.  It’s easy to get lost.  In case you’re new here, I’m Amanda, the brunette behind this little blog.  I’ve been experimenting with my blog for a few years.  There were ups and downs, a name change, and some lulls in the writing, but I’m trying to get settled back into a blogging pattern.  Why?  Well, I really enjoy writing.  Specifically my interests lie within fashion (current and historic), interior design, and small businesses.  I love styling and I enjoy helping real women feel empowered through clothing.  I like to offer beauty tips, bits of advice, trend reports, and a snapshot into what running your own business and being a designer looks like.  Right now, it looks like me writing this blog post on my couch with an ice pack on my back.  Not so glamorous, right?

If you like to be inspired by fashion (without a slew of outfit posts), home decor, and a real life take on the world, then perhaps you’ll enjoy my blog.  Occasionally I include a recipe, a craft, a motivational quote, and a spotlight on an independent artist or designer.  I also try to throw some humor in where I can.  What’s life without laughter?

I really want to start showing you a behind-the-scenes approach when it comes to my design work.  Over the Summer, I redesigned a wedding dress for a friend.  It was a vintage piece that needed extensive lace repair and updating for a modern look.  I spent over 100 hours puzzling together pieces of vintage lace to give her the look that she wanted for her big day.  Never in my life have I tackled a project so focused on delicate handwork.  I’m incredibly proud and she looked exquisite!  Expect a post with pictures sometime soon.  (We’re waiting for the images from her photographer.)  There is also something else in the works.  I’m building a collection, but that’s all I can say for now as I sort it out.

My blog is intended to inspire and empower.  I challenge you to envision a combination of health, beauty, and style that creates the ultimate form of confidence!  So if you take away only one thing from this blog post today, think about who you are, who you want to be, and where you want to go.  It’s ok if you can’t quite see the path, you’ll manage to get where you’re going!

As I get back to blogging, I’ve been inspired by both The DC Ladies and Alex Beadon

Don’t wear the platform heels, and other pieces of advice I’d give to myself, if I had a time machine.

Don’t wear the platform heels!  Take them off immediately!  You are going to tumble down the stairwell of your high school with your notebook filled with papers flying through the air.  It’s going to hurt both your bottom and your ego.

If I could go back in time and have a conversation with a younger me, there’d be a few things on the list.  I’m not saying I live a life of regret, I’m just saying if the opportunity presented itself, we’d be having a long chat over coffee with non-dairy creamer.  Yes, don’t eat the yogurt and avoid the ice cream.  Speaking of food, when you go to study in Paris, avoid the fruit because you are going to get really sick, like hospital sick.

Here are a few other comments I’d have for myself.

Don’t fret over boys.  These fellows aren’t worth it.  Your prince charming is out there (in West Virginia), you just haven’t met him yet or considered that you might be going to college in West Virginia.

Work hard, but give yourself a break.  You’re always striving for the best, but it is important to relax.  Take a breath and kick off your heels once in awhile.

Stop stressing!  Everything happens for a reason and will play out as it may.  Do your best and try not to stress about the things out of your control.  Heck, stop stressing about things in your control.  You’re giving yourself wrinkles.  Oh, you don’t think so?  I disagree, there are a few wrinkles starting to show.  In fact, maybe start giving yourself a weekly facial.

Exercise, exercise, exercise!  You have back problems and you can’t avoid it.  Stay in shape!  Every day when your back isn’t hurting you should exercise.  Maybe it will prevent the problems in the future, because this girl is tired of sporting back brace friendly attire.  Hmm… I need to implement this now and take note for the future.

Do you have any advice for your younger self?  I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

This post was prompted by a lovely group of ladies, The DC Ladies, for their TDCLBlogtober14 event!

Fall Bucket List

Fall Bucket List

I was inspired by The DC Ladies #TDCLBlogtober14 challenge to create a bucket list of the things I’d like to accomplish this Fall.  With it being our first Autumn in the new house, I’m feeling extra seasonal.  I can’t wait to decorate our home, starting with a wreath for the front door.  Cooking follows, as the aroma of apples and cinnamon go hand in hand with Fall.  My mom makes the best homemade applesauce and I hope to help out this year making a batch for my own home.  Although the last item sounds like more of a chore, I can’t wait to scoop some Fall leaves from our yard!  This will probably be the only time it is ever on a bucket list!  Maybe our dog will run through them!

Do you have some plans for Fall?

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