Aug 28, 2009

Contentment

Charlie140588 @ DeviantART

Hi Ocean Dreamers, happy Friday! I don't know if it is really hot near you, but it is over 97% here and I am soooo hot! I wish it was autumn, like my recent post. I honestly think ever since I posted about wishing for autumn it has gotten hotter and hotter.

I was attempting to go on a long jog after work...but it didn't happen because everywhere I went I felt like I was in a sauna. By the time I decided to just jog outside it was already dark. I don't know about you but this girl doesn't feel comfortable jogging in the dark, so I just thought forget it! Better luck tomorrow. I am getting a little nervous. My race {1/2 Disneyland Marathon} is a week away and I don't feel like I have trained enough. The most I have run is about 7 miles, and I am going to be running 13 in less than 3 hours or I have to take the Disney loser train. Yikes and that is funny at the same time! So tomorrow I am bound and determined to get in at least 7-10 miles at the gym or around my neighborhood. Wish me luck.

So speaking of feeling nervous today, I came across this quote that pretty much summarizes my life goal lately. Here, let me share it with you:

If you look to others for fulfillment, you will never truly be fulfilled. If your happiness depends on money, you will never be happy with yourself. Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.
~Lao Tzu


Knowing by TikiLlanes @ DevinatART

This quote really spoke to me because often I think I get caught up on depending on things I shouldn't to make me happy. Contentment for me has always been a struggle. I have always yearned to do new things, make new things, form new hobbies, have a new friend, and the list goes on and on. I think all of these goals and focuses are great, however, they should never define you.

I think that happiness and contentment, for me comes from the following ideas and beliefs ~
1. virtue and character
2. a settled tone
3. internal state, from within
4. fixed and stable
5. empowering
6. integrated with one's identity, fulfilled self
7. self identity in Jesus and one's faith

{I got these from an article and had written it down in my journal, but didn't write down what specific article, oops!}

I admit, lately I have found myself being caught up in spending, spending, spending. I looove buying new clothing. I think I could spend more on clothing than food to live on, which is horrible. I don't mind admitting this to you either to get my point across. I think that my generation is very restless. I am often restless and dissatisfied and I don't want to be this way. Are you? Well, whenever I start feeling this way I reevaluate why I am feeling this way. Is my job not challenging me enough? Am I putting my identity in a human being? Do I feel like I can never have enough money? Did I get laid off? Is my family member sick? Is someone treating me wrong? Am I obsessed with blogger and feel like I am going to be friendless if I don't comment constantly? Am I a shopaholic? Do I worry and feel discontent all of the time? Am I being insecure in who I am? These are extreme, I know, but they might be at the heart of the issue at hand. Sometimes these issues are at the heart of me once in a while. Might any of these be the reason why you aren't content?

Requiem For A Dream by xBluepearlx @ DeviantART

All I ask of you Ocean Dreamers, is to reevaluate your heart. Spend your time wisely, love more, focus on your self development, and be happy. Be truly happy and content in your life. If you aren't...well, then you are in the same pickle that I often find myself in.

Let's work together to get to root of the discontentment in our society. For me, I lean on God and my faith. I know He will get me through. I also depend on my boyfriend and close friends; I am very thankful for them! I know that the new Betsey Johnson dress that I saw today won't get me through even though it is gorgeous and I want it! Ha! Sure, I would love to wear it right now, but it will only make me happy temporarily. I need something to last me for a life time and beyond. I need love. I need to be content. I need to know that even though some things won't be resolved right away, that everything will be okay if I only trust and have faith.

Fresh by xxkiriku @ DeviantART

Let's start being content today. Let's be ocean dreamers full of faith, love, and hope.

babie lato by ultramaryna @ DevinatART

I know when I don't feel content these are some of the things I do to remedy it:
*pray
*rationalize if it is worth it to worry about something I can't control
*talk to a good friend
*go on a nature walk/hike
*read a good book
*journal my thoughts
*learn to be content in me

What do you do when you feel discontent?


Just some thoughts that have been on my mind, thanks for reading. I hope you all have a lovely lovely weekend!

les jumelles III by moijoie @ DeviantART

P.S. This is the project I am going to try to conquer this weekend, as well as run 10 miles. Ready. Set. Go!


Aug 27, 2009

Artful Sketches of Me

Today I opened my e-mail to discover that my lovely Sydney friend had sketched a picture of me! I was super excited and thank you so much Joelyne! If you have not been to this talented dreamer's blog, you can visit it here:
The Sydney Girl

Isn't she amazing? I think so. She has many other fashion sketches at her blog, you must check it out. I heart her, MWA Joelyne!


A few years back, when my hair was shorter I had my picture drawn at Universal Studios. I loved how this one turned out, I was a cartoon mermaid! I have always wanted to be a cartoon, I think life would be so much easier living as a cartoon, don't you agree?!


If you could be sketched as some sort of fantasy character, what would you be sketched as? I of course would choose a mermaid, hence the cartoon sketch of me. I wish I had this much talent to draw faces, fashion, and whatever my heart desires. If I did I would be sketching all of the time! I guess a girl can attempt to sketch, right?


I am happy to say that I taught myself another way to crochet tonight while watching Sex and the City, I was very proud of myself. My scarf is coming along beautifully, I will show you all a picture when I am done.

Happy Thursday Ocean Dreamers, hope your week is going well! XO!

Aug 24, 2009

Vintage Giveaway Winner and Colbie Caillat


Hi Ocean Dreamers I wanted to do a quick post to let you know that the vintage giveaway winner is ~ {Laura} She is a beautiful and talented artist! Go check out her blog and I hope you enjoy your vintage goodies love!

Go and visit Laura's blog here!

Also, today I was featured at Delectable Swank's blog as the Delectable Blog of the week, thanks so much Miss Delectable, I think your blog is amazing!

You can hop over and visit my blog feature here!

One more thing...
My absolute favorite artist, the lovely Miss Colbie Caillat is coming out with a new album tomorrow, titled Breakthrough. I can't wait! I am heading over to Target right after work to get it. ;)
What style do you prefer? Comfy or dressy?

Here are the songs that are on the CD:

1. I Won't
2. Begin Again
3. You Got Me
4. Fallin' For You
5. Rainbow
6. Droplets
7. I Never Told You
8. Fearless
9. Runnin' Around
10. It Stops Today
11. Break Through
12. Breakin' At The Cracks

Also, here are some pictures of this lovely lady, I love her voice and cute casual style! Colbie grew up in California, specifically in Malibu so that is probably another reason why I love her music so much, it makes me want to head to the beach and just relax!

Today I was actually thinking about whether I was more of the type of girl who likes to dress up or dress down, and I decided that I most definitely am most comfortable in a cute pair of jeans with a tee-shirt and flip flips. Even though I love heels and a cute top or dress, I always end up changing into something more comfortable like Colbie is wearing in these photos.

Oh, and check out her leather jacket. I just bought one and I am dieing to wear it, would it just get cold already?!











Hope you have a lovely Tuesday darlings, remember to kick back and relax where ever you are! The sky is the limit!



P.S. while I was working on this post I randomly thought to check and see if Colbie was going to perform in Cali, and sure enough she is going to be at the House of Blues in September. Well...let's just say I just bought two tickets! I just need to find one of my girls to go with me. Talk about random and seizing the moment, should be so much fun even though I only bought the general admission tickets to save some $!!! Yaaaaay!

Aug 23, 2009

Hooked on Crocheting & Blush Lingerie

Happy Sunday Ocean Dreamers, how is your weekend going? Mine has been very relaxing and right now I am listening to my favorite singer Colbie Caillat and enjoying the feeling of just doing nothing.

That is until I go to My Sister's Keeper in a few hours with my girls! I finished the book last week and have been dieing to see the movie, even though I am little bitter because it doesn't feature one of my favorite side characters, Julia. Oh well, I still want to see it and had no idea that Cameron Diaz was the mom?! What the...? I totally thought she was Kate until I did a little research, I guess my visualization of the characters in the book were a little wrong. Or the producers did what they wanted to do, as usual. I should have known that Hollywood would go for a very attractive actress for Sarah, makes sense I suppose. Nothing against Cameron Diaz, I just didn't put two and two together for Sarah in my book. Anyway, I will let you know what I think. Books are always very different than movies, this much I know to be true!

On Friday I got a little hooked, hooked on crocheting that is. If you need a new relaxing hobby, then I would give crocheting a try. I picked it up in about 10 minutes and spent Friday night from 7PM to about 1:30 AM crocheting the night away while watching chick flicks, respectively with my girls. Ha! My friend Laura showed me how, meanwhile she was crocheting this remarkable and pretty blanket with velvet purple, gold, and other outstanding colors. I want to get to that level some day!

So since I was in my rainy mood on Friday, of course I had to buy some Ocean Dreamer yarn and I found this at Walmart.

Laura suggested I try making a scarf first, so this is what I decided to try and conquer. So far I know how to single crochet and it is so addicting and relaxing! I couldn't stop.

Basically I came up with the length for my scarf and did the first row. Here is how it looked at that stage:

When I did the chain it up and turned the corner, this is how it currently looks, on my second layer.

Slowly and surely it will get thicker and thicker, I can't wait!!! I eventually want to learn how to make a pretty blanket, flowers and more. The only problem? Time. I need to actually make time to sit, relax, crochet, and get my scarf done! This may prove difficult with my upcoming Fashion and Interior Design classes after work on Monday and Tuesday. I will try my hardest though to balance my time and make time to visit your blogs too! ;) Plus, I still need to get my tee-shirt quilt done. I guess I have plenty of activities to keep me busy, this is for sure! ;)

Have any of your learned how to crochet? Any tips? I would love to hear!

Changing the topic, yesterday I made a little time to shop. Okay, I didn't have to make time. I wanted to shop at Nordstrom Rack, my best friend that is. Well, I was very excited because I encountered this little beauty ~

Yes, I fell in love with this vintage bra!!! You can purchase this bra here if you would like. It is by Blush Lingerie, I went to their site and was in awe of such a beautiful lingerie line!

P.S. click here to go to Blush's official site.

Love all of the flower details, so very vintage and delicate!

Here are some pictures of some of the future pieces I would love to own:






Here is a picture of the one I own on the model. ;)

I also wanted to feature some photos of the model for Blush Lingerie, because I think she is absolutely gorgeous. These are all photos of Zoe Duchesne, doesn't she make you blush? This Montreal muse is French Canadian and fluently speaks french, I wish I could speak french fluidly! I took french, but, uh, if I could speak french fluently I think I would dare to live in France!! Heading to Paris right now!




Yep...these photos are still her as well. Doesn't she look different? Crazy that models can pull off so many different looks!



Hope you enjoyed the display of Blush lingerie, just like I am hooked on crocheting, I am now hooked on Blush!!! What's a girl supposed to do?

Be sure to come back tomorrow night to see who is the winner of my vintage giveaway, you have until tonight at 10PM to enter!!

Have a lovely and vintage evening lovelies.

Aug 21, 2009

Wishing for Rain


Happy Friday Ocean Dreamers! Today is sort of cloudy, but it won't rain! The change of weather is nice {its been quite sunny} but I would prefer for it to rain! I love the sunshine but after being in Sunny CA for so long I like to switch it up occasionally.

So I thought I would bring the rain to you & me via pictures, enjoy! Any exciting adventures this weekend? I am learning to crochet tonight {my co-worker is going to teach me} and I am also going to work on my tee shirt quilt, yay!

I am also spending time with friends and the BF, hope you have a lovely weekend! Have you ever kissed in the rain? It looks really nice.

What kind of emotions does the rain evoke in you?

This is what it {evokes} in me ~

*memories
*happiness
*time to watch movies
*snuggle up in bed
*eat cookies and hot chocolate
*put snugly socks on
*find an old teddy bear and hold it tight
*sadness
*peacefulness
*playfulness
*time to relax
*time to read
*time to cry
*reflection on past and future
*pray


By the way, thanks for your prayers and good wishes for my dad. They are much appreciated! He is feeling better and is up walking, but still has a least a month of recovery before we find out if his surgery was successful. I surely hope it was!

Happy weekend Ocean Dreamers! XOXO



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After the Rain by grace-note @ deviantART


P.S. My vintage giveaway ends this Sunday, please go and click on my giveaway photo under my banner header to enter into it if you haven't already!!! Good luck!