Apr 30, 2012

Sustainable and Versatile - The Haiku Ceiling Fan

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Haiku Fans for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

I always enjoy viewing new decor elements that can be incorporated into a space, and I think the Haiku ceiling fan is a earthy and innovative fan that I would implement into my interior in a heart beat. Made out of bamboo and other materials, this balanced fan looks unique and extremely stylish with its design. Plus it's versatile and can go in many different interiors - think of how it would look in a bedroom, living room, restaurant, and more!

What makes this fan so cool?

There are several features that caught my attention:

  • Made with a sleek profile, this clever design has a cool-running motot that's integrated with an inverter drive. This inverter drive delivers an 80% improvement in energy efficiency!! Compared to conventional ceiling fans, I'd say this is amazing.
  • The Haiku fan was built from scratch and is very impressive with its minimalist beauty. I can just picture this fan in a minimalist room with a leather sofa and a single landscape painting. The entire interior design look would definitely come together and be stunning.
  • It's efficient and has excellent performance, which brings me back to its energy efficiency. Plus - I must reiterate that I love that it's made out of bamboo.

When BK and I have our own home I would love to place a ceiling fan like the Haiku fan in my interior. I think the design is extremely chic and very trendy. I can't say enough good things about it, but maybe that is just because I'm an interior design nut who loves checking out new design elements.

What do you think about the Haiku ceiling fan?

What space would you incorporate this fan into?


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Look Royal and Edgy Wearing Harem Royal Jewelry!

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Looking for impressive jewelry that's edgy and unique? Harem Royal Jewelry offers a beautiful assortment of jewelry that's handmade and versatile. I've always loved jewelry that makes a statement, and Harem Royal Screwpulous Jewelry definitely does just that.
If you're a fan of Glam Goth adornments and Neo Victorian Steampunk finery, Harem Royal captures this time period and style perfectly.
I love how they use antiqued copper filigree and more to make each piece unique and bold.
My favorite pieces are the Blade Wing and the Peris Blade wing. It's fun imagining myself playing the part that Kate Beckingsdale played in a film like Underworld or Van Helsing. She would totally wear a piece of jewelry like this and so would I!
Many of these pieces also remind me of something that Cleopatra would wear. Can't you just imagine her spending time with her love Marc Anthony while wearing a stunning piece of jewelry like this? I can.
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Apr 29, 2012

Campus Book Rentals - shop and save on textbooks & they donate to Operation Smile!

{Yay - two posts in one day!}


I admit, I'm glad I'm not a student anymore
even though I enjoyed being in school and getting
a college education. I've thought about getting
my Master's degree but honestly I'm enjoying
what I'm doing with my business Paige One
so much that I don't have time to go back and
get my Masters. However, my BK is in school
getting yet another degree 
(he loves school believe or not),
 and I know he would love
a site called: Campus Book Rentals.

I used to really dislike buying books for my classes.
They were uber expensive and let's be honest...
have you looked at your text books since you
went to school? Nope, I definitely haven't.

Hence why Campus Book Rentals is ideal.
I wish they would have been around when I 
was in school back in 2007!
But for those of you who are still in school
or are considering going back to school, you
should definitely check out this site!
For example, on Campus Book Rentals you can rent the book 
Essentials of Marketing for only $50.73 for the summer.
 Find and buy this book on Amazon and it's $150.73. Yikes!
So I would definitely recommend for you all to
check Campus Book Rentals out. You'll also
save lots of time hunting on other sites (i.e. Craigslist)
 for a good deal on a text book.
You'll also save a good amount of money as opposed to
buying a new textbook, that's for sure.

Some perks of Campus Book Rentals:

-save 40-90% off of bookstore prices
-free shipping both ways
-can highlight in the textbooks
-flexible renting periods
-we donate to Operation Smile with each textbook rented
-etc...(you can find more perks on their website :)

Another thing I love about Campus Book Rentals?
With every book that is rented they donate a portion
of the proceeds to Operation Smile (which my parents
donate to and I'd like to as well).
I love this organization and definitely love that
the proceeds from Campus Book Rentals
 go to a great cause!

Lash Genuis review


Wow - has it really been almost a week since I last blogged?! 
Sorry Ocean Dreamers, I've been swamped with work lately
 (which is a good thing), even though my blog has suffered from it. 
But I'm back, and this time with a review.

Anastasia of Beverly Hills
(which supports my cruelty free beauty stance by the way),
was kind enough to contact me and ask me to review
their Lash Genius. As well as the clever packaging,
I really like this product.

More specifically what did I think of the
Lash Genius Clear Waterproof Topcoat?
I've never used a topcoat before on top
of my mascara, when I'm going
swimming or taking a dip in the ocean and I don't want
my mascara to run, this will be ideal. I've worn it thus far
but I haven't worn it in the water yet. But I have cried
with it on and that definitely counts. :)
Don't worry - my day that day got better.

Also on that day, my mascara did not run and when I applied it,
I liked how smoothly it went on. It also did a great job
at drying quickly and keeping my mascara fresh all day.
So I highly recommend this product and especially
love that Anastasia is cruelty free as well.
Check out Peta's confirmation of this.

So I put together an fun inspiration board
of the Lash Genius since I also received a
lovely advertising book about the mascara as well.
They have great graphic designers by the way -
love the spread!!
Check it out - love this waterproof topcoat 
mascara and I definitely
recommend for you all to try it out!

Apr 22, 2012

do you believe in destiny?

I haven't been blogging because I needed a bit of a break. I never like to write if I'm not in the mood (unless it's work related of course), so I thought I would take a break and soak up some sun in AZ and it was nice. I also got lots of puppy time with Tikko. But now I'm writing again and making my way back to Utah as well! But - I'm also going to be back in AZ again soon as well as CA. What can I say...I love to travel! ;)

Last night I watched the film The Lucky One, after spending a few hours yesterday finishing up the book. I wanted to go to the film knowing that I had read the book and I'm really glad I did! Both the book and the movie were really good, but a few things were left out in the movie that I wish could have been written into the movie's plot line.

This isn't a spoiler, but the film left out the relationship aspect because Zeus (the dog) and Ben, Beth's son. I realize that there might have been too many character aspects to cover so that part had to be dropped, but I missed it. I felt like a huge part of the story is the bond with the dogs and they left that part out. There are a few scenes but not enough to get that message across. However, the love story was amazing. Overall the film was still really good and oh my goodness does Zac Effron have amazing chemistry with the actress in the film!! Steamy!!

This book and movie brought up a lot of good things to think about and one main element I especially thought about was the topic of destiny. For such a long time I've been back and forth about this word destiny. Do I believe in it? Do I not?

Since I'm a Christian I've always believed that God has an ultimate plan for each of us and that He knows the plan before it unfolds. But when it comes to destiny...does that take away our free will? Or does it simply mean that we are "destined" to be with someone or have something happen? It's just something to think about and something I think about sometimes.

The hopeless romantic in me tells me that I was indeed destined to meet BK and fall in love. After all, the timing was perfect. I was wounded, in pain, and was in need of my prince charming. I fell for him when I least expected it and we are the perfect fit. Of course I know God had a hand in it but a part of me also wonders if that is what you define as destiny. Was I destined to meet BK? What would have happened if I would have met him in a different time and place?
BK says if I would have met him when he was in his 20s (well if we were the same age, lol) he might have not been interested in me because he wasn't the person that he is now. That makes sense and I didn't get offended by that remark because I of all people know what it means to change. If you meet the person that you spend the rest of your life with when it's not the right timing you might not end up with them. So in that sense I do believe that destiny does indeed exist. It has to be the right timing and it almost always is and if it isn't sometimes things don't go as planned.

However, back to freedom of choice - we choose who we end up with. We also need to be proactive and not let love and life pass us by. And we should also understand that our choices determine our future. However, even if we didn't choose that person, do they choose us too? Yes, they do. It's a two way street in love...but that doesn't take away my burning question - does destiny exist?

I think it does in a sense but we still have a freedom of choice. But perhaps destiny is just a grand term for God's plan for our lives and what He has in store for us. At least that is how I like to define it. I happen to like how God has slowly revealed His plan to me and personally I can't wait to find out more. I feel like life is just beginning and becoming ever greater and that there is so much more in store for me. Beyond falling in love there's learning more about yourself and discovering your destiny as a person too. I think that's pretty amazing too.

Destiny of self and destiny in love. 

Do you believe in destiny?

Apr 18, 2012

summer holiday in Crete, Greece - guest post by Tessa

Isn't it nice to think about going on vacation during the summer? I think so, hence why I'm enjoying my time in Arizona! While I'm soaking up some sun, enjoy another guest post, this time by Tessa!


Greece, southern Europe, is the destination for summer holidays this year. With clear turquoise waters, white sand beaches, lively tavernas, some of Europe’s oldest sites, and delicious food, who could possibly resist? The only real question is where in Greece you choose!

For me; Crete wins hands down. It manages to combine the perfect combination of the best aspects of Greece holidays, all on one island. Here are four things not to be missed on the fascinating island:

  1. Landscape and Scenery
Whether you arrive on the island of Crete by water or by air you will be struck by the dramatically diverse landscapes of this Mediterranean gem. A long, elongated island, Crete’s landscape ranges from palm forested beach to high mountain ranges, with gorges and rivers in between. Narrow cobbled streets in traditional fishing villages along the shoreline make a delightful stroll in the daytime or evening.

  1. Activities for All
Holidaying in Crete is a fantastic way to get active thanks to the plethora of things to do both on land and on the water. Hiking, cycling, and adrenaline sports are found all over the hilly inland areas. The crystal clear waters make snorkelling and diving a real treat, with beginner to advanced lessons widely available. Swimming and sailing are also popular, as are the somewhat less strenuous cruises and spa treatments.

  1. History and Culture
As the centre of the Minoan civilisation, Crete has ancient history in abundance. The ruins of an ancient city at Knossos, and the Archaeological Museum of Iraklio, are both fascinating insights to the roots of Western civilisation and not to be missed. Crete also has cultures unique even from the rest of Greece; traditional poetry and music are distinct to the island, and can be enjoyed at local tavernas.

  1. Cretan Tavernas
The fresh produce and simple Greek cooking is world famous. Being an island, fish and sea food are common, served with mouth-watering salads, cheeses and breads. Traditional Cretan Tavernas are the best places to eat; the produce is fresh and local, seating often outdoors, the atmosphere is lively, and generally dining is accompanied by local live music. The Tavernas and bars stay open long in to the night, with festivities often spilling out on to the warm streets and terraces. Be sure to try the locally produced drink of Ouzo – but not in too larger quantities!
 via Stalida.eu

Apr 16, 2012

expressing yourself with a stylish ring - guest post by Rebecca

While I'm off enjoying Arizona, playing with my fur baby Tikko, and working away...please enjoy a guest post by Rebecca! ;)


As every woman will know, accessories are incredibly important in achieving that final look we all crave for. There is a wide array of accessories to choose from when it comes to picking something to complement our outfits. Today I will focus on how we can make our hands look stylish and pretty.

The main accessory for jazzing up our hands is the versatile ring. In the past, the only rings women were seen wearing were engagement or wedding rings but nowadays you will see all sorts of crazy designs to accentuate the beauty of your hands.

Rings are very versatile in the sense that they come in many shapes and sizes, and are created from a range of different materials. The available choice is quite incredible. Due to the range of substances used in creating these rings, they can vary massively in price. This is why it is important when purchasing accessories such as rings that we spend within our means and shop around for the best deals. There will be rings that are out of our price range and you must either find an alternative or get saving those pennies!
When shopping for rings, you should always try a ring on before purchasing it. The design might be perfect for you but unless it fits, it will just be a waste. We all have different sized fingers and therefore it’s important as with any piece of clothing that we make sure it fits. A loose ring will make you constantly worry about it falling off and a tight one could cut off your blood circulation making your finger fall off!
Also, when trying it on, get a feel for the weight of the ring. Is it too heavy and is it comfortable are two of the most important questions that should go through your mind. The number of rings you choose to wear is entirely up to you but be careful not to overdo it. Many women choose to wear somewhere between 1 and 3 on each hand. With so much choice, rings provide an excellent opportunity to express your own style and personality.

Rebecca is a fashion and design student currently working for Samara James and she is passionate about all things to do with fashion and style. For more information on beautiful rings visit http://www.samarajames.com.

Apr 13, 2012

on the road again

Hi Ocean Dreamers,
Sorry I've been MIA!
I'm on my way to Arizona where I'll be dog sitting
 my adopted fur baby Tikko.
I'll catch up with you all there.

P.S. Thanks for all of your sports injury
 advice, I've decided to go to
the Doctor when I get back from my travels.

Have a great weekend!
 via cool chic style fashion

Apr 10, 2012

Fred Perry and Adidas Originals

Many UK high street retailers prosper in the UK, but never venture outside it. Fred Perry, however, is the latest fashion house to open a brand new shop in the East. And it has chosen a rather unlikely destination – Jakarta, Indonesia – compared to Ted Baker, who have recently expanded to Tokyo.

The Fred Perry Authentic Store opened on March 15, and is the first of the brand’s stores in Indonesia. Indonesian television presenter, Rahmah Umayya, was asked what she thought of Perry’s venture into Indonesia, to which she answered: “I love its classic, elegant style. While other brands are becoming louder and flashier, Fred Perry remains true to its heritage.” The brand, similarly to adidas Originals, has stayed true to its original vision and designs, creating a timeless legacy and effortless style for wearers to enjoy. 
Established in 1940, the brand was born after Austrian footballer, Tibby Wegner, teamed up with Fred Perry, Wimbledon tennis champion, to create a brand focused solely on sportswear and accessories. However, it wasn’t until 1952 that Fred Perry launched its most iconic garment – the slim-fit polo shirt, embroidered with its trademark laurel wreath logo. Well-known photographer, Yongki Hermawan, was invited to the shop’s gala opening, and is another big Fred Perry fan. He added: “That’s exactly why I love the brand. The laurel wreath symbolises victory. I hope the brand will also bring me victory in everything I do.”

Nicholas Schaefer, co-owner of Shakehand Stores Indonesia, was also present: “The response has been fantastic, more than what we’d expected. Fred Perry is iconic. It’s something that I grew up with in London. I’ve had fond memories with the brand, so, to bring it here to Jakarta, over halfway across the world, makes me very happy.”

Fred Perry has become synonymous with street style, and has always walked hand in hand with a range of musical subcultures. For the first time, however, it is now crossing an entirely different set of cultural and geographical lines. The best part, for both Yongki and Rahmah, is that they don’t have to travel to get their Fred Perry fix any longer. “Now we don’t need to go to Singapore anymore,” Rahmah added. “We can easily get Fred Perry here in Jakarta. The shop has updated collections at similar prices, minus the traveling costs and all the hassles.”

Apr 9, 2012

sports injury - need advice please!

Hi Ocean Dreamers, I hope you had a lovely Easter weekend! I did, but I pretty much have a sugar hangover between all of the cupcakes I made (and ate) and not to mention the yummy Easter meals I've been eating too, ha ha. I definitely need to eat healthier again starting tomorrow. ;)

I haven't talked about this is great detail on my blog but I thought I might as well get some advice from my bloggy friends...

A few years ago I ran what would be my last half marathon. Well - unless by some miracle I can run long distance again. But anyway, at that point in time I was running somewhere between 20-25 miles per week. Running was my thing. I loved it and I still do.

If you're new to my blog and don't know the running side of me catch up on my Surf City Half Marathon here and my Disneyland Half Marathon (1 of them), here. I did a total of 3 half marathons two years ago that were of course all spread out over a span of a few years.

But anyway...here's what happened. In February of 2010 I was training for my Surf City Half Marathon and of course that requires a lot of running. As I mentioned I was used to running 20-25 miles per week. Sometimes I would run even more miles depending on my mood. I would get up and run 3-5 miles each morning because that's what I loved to do, and not to mention it was a great way to enjoy the great outdoors and burn off steam when needed.

But - I remember one day in particular my leg started hurting. My right leg to be precise. I thought it was nothing because back then I was not aware that sports injuries could really be bad and set you back if you're not careful. So what did I do? I ignored it and kept on running. BAD idea. I had a race to train for (Surf City) and nothing was going to hold me back. I remember icing it and stretching, but the pain didn't go away. That's because I didn't allow it to heal!! Soon the pain started becoming more frequent - I felt this twinge behind my right knee that was also felt in my upper calf and my lower thigh, all around the area of my knee. That is the exact pain I still feel on and off today.

Of course in 2010 I decided to run on an injured leg in my Surf City Half Marathon. I kept training and thought I would be fine. Looking back I can't believe I did that. I was in pain - why didn't I stop and rest and not run 13 miles on top of an injury? I obviously wasn't thinking and today I regret it.

After that half marathon I obviously didn't run. I had to stop because my leg was hurting and I think that it never completely healed. Then when I had a job transition and a temporary illness struck a few years back - I forgot about my leg temporarily. But now it's bugging me more than ever, especially since I've been picking up the exercise and I'd like to run again.

So here is where I need your advice.

Over these past few years the pain in my leg has consistently bothered me. It flares up when I try to go running or do any exercises that are not low impact. I've noticed that if I walk (or especially run) more than 2-3 miles my tendon (or whatever is injured) flares up and bothers me either for that day or the next couple of days.

It's been that way the last couple of days. I *tried* running about a week ago and I went on a 3 mile run. What felt fine at the time now hurts again. So I haven't been able to exercise the past 4 days because my leg hurts too much and I don't want to aggravate it further.
  {Running I miss you}

So I have a few options. My brother (who is a trainer), said I should try stretching it on a consistent basis and ice it after working out (if I can work out), and see if that helps. BK thinks I should go to the doctor and get a cortisone shot. BUT - if I go the doctor route I might have to get an MRI (which could be expensive), and I would preferably like to go to a specialist, which would also be expensive. Everything is super annoying but I need to do what will help my leg get better.

So do you think I should try consistently stretching first and icing it or go straight to a doctor? 

I probably should have gotten this treated at least a year ago, but so much has been going on! I'm frustrated because running and working out is something I love to do and when I can't do it I get anxious and feel cooped up. I miss running half marathons. I was even planning running a marathon at one point.

Now I'm not sure if I'll ever be able to run again. :( I've heard and read horror stories that runners can't get over an injury - I'm hoping this isn't me. If I do have tendonitis I hope there is a way to heal from it. I love to run and there was a time when I NEVER would have said that. Running is something you learn to love. Trust me, you will love it if you train yourself to run.

Anyway, even if you are not a runner or athletic person I would appreciate your advice. I miss working out and want my leg to feel better. :( How's a girl supposed to look good in her bathing suit this summer anyways? Ha ha.

I know that is not what it is all about (looking good in a bathing suit), but working out for me is a hobby, lifestyle, and makes me feel like a healthier person. I'd very much like to be athletic me on going without an on going injury.

Thanks for your advice in advance.

 P.S. On the bright side I won a Free People giveaway hosted by Little Rus on her blog Fashioned by Love. Thanks again Little Rus!! I'm beyond ecstatic about winning this giveway, especially with my obsession with this clothing company. 

Apr 8, 2012

no greater love

There's no love that's wiser, that's stronger,
that lasts longer, that's more willing or thrilling.
There's no love more beautiful, more bountiful,
more bold, more basic and unbiased.
There's no love more gracious, more giving,
more living, more sacred, more selfless,
more soul-satisfying, more pure and undying.
There's no love more verifiable, more valuable,
more validating, more victorious, more glorious.
There's no love more precious, more costly, more kingly.
There's no love that's greater-that's more wonderful,
more wild, more passionate, more powerful - than the love of Jesus.
- via Dayspring

Apr 6, 2012

4 Great Ways to Reduce Anxiety Today - guest post by Stephen

 Hi Ocean Dreamers! 

Did you know that May is Mental Awareness month
As we gear up for May here is an April post for you!
Even though mental health is a touchy subject, I definitely
think it should be discussed more often so people can become
more aware that they can get through it. I don't mind telling you
that I have suffered from anxiety for most of my entire life.
What could have been a paralyzing illness for me has become 
something that I've learned to manage. Ive also learned to not be ashamed
that I suffer from anxiety because everyone has some sort of struggle
in life. If you are a on-going anxiety sufferer or have occasional anxiety,
this a great guest post with a lot of wonderful tips on how to reduce
your anxiety before it gets a grip on you!


4 Great Ways to Reduce Anxiety Today

What do Barbra Streisand, Cher, Oprah Winfrey and Roseanne Barr all have
in common? Apart from being fabulously rich and famous that is. The answer
is, they have all suffered from an anxiety disorder at one stage or
another in their lives. It’s hard to imagine these successful and
seemingly confident women being afflicted with intense fears and panic
attacks, right?

They are far from alone. It’s been estimated that around 18% of the
American adult population suffers from anxiety. That’s 40 million people
and it’s no wonder that anxiety disorders have been deemed the most common mental illness in the US. Thankfully, many of these people have a “mild” form of anxiety which of course can be thoroughly unpleasant but doesn’t usually affect day-to-day activities such as going to work and visiting

Are you an anxiety sufferer? Do you wish you could find a little more
peace and relaxation in your life? Are you tired and frustrated over the
fear, dread and sweating that can occur in your mind and body, at the drop
of a hat, over the most silly and nonsensical things? If so, try out the
following 4 suggestions over the next couple of weeks and see if you
notice a difference.

1. Exercise

You’ve probably had this advice given to you many times before and read it
in relaxation books you might have browsed on bookshop shelves. That’s
because exercise really does help in alleviating anxiety. So, if you’re a
couch potato with a tendency to fear the worst, then it’s time to go
jogging or head to the gym. Find an exercise regime that will compliment
your level of fitness and keep to it. You can even find smartphone apps to
measure your progress.

Believe it or not but recent scientific studies by various American
universities and researchers have found that regular exercise actually
alters cells, pathways and structures in the brain, making the human brain
more resistant to stress. It’s also good for reducing the symptoms of
depression too.

2. Drink Less Coffee

“Noooo!” I can hear you all scream. “Anything but that!”

Unfortunately, if you genuinely want to reduce your anxiety levels, then a
reduction in the amount of caffeine you consume on a daily basis must be
taken. Coffee is a $60 billion global industry and whichever city you
visit there is going to be a coffee shop within walking distance. No
wonder the rates of anxiety are so high!

Caffeine, as we all know, is a stimulant and interferes with a
tranquilizing neurotransmitter chemical in the brain called adenosine.
This is the chemical which turns down our anxiety levels and is widely
referred to as our body's version of a tranquiliser. As well as this,
caffeine also leads to the secretion of added stress hormones like
adrenaline which exacerbate anxiety, stress, worry, depression and

Try to gradually reduce the number of times you reach for the coffee cup
each day. Have one less cup of coffee, per day, each week until you notice
a difference in your general mind-set. Remember too that soft drinks such
as Coca-Cola and Red Bull are caffeinated.

3. Laugh More
It’s free, it can be done in your own home, it doesn’t need special
equipment, and best of all, it is a major health benefit. Laughter can
change moods instantly and can quickly transform the ambiance of a room
from one which is nervous or sad to one full of happiness, joy, confidence
and relaxation. It is impossible to overstate how much laughter can help
someone with an anxiety disorder.

That’s because laughter triggers the release of endorphins which are the
body’s natural ‘happy pill’ chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense
of well-being in the brain. Laughter also relieves the symptoms of
physical anxiety such as tense muscles and leaves them relaxed up to a
period of 45 minutes after the laughter has stopped. It’s even been said
that one minute of laughter is the equivalent to ten minutes of gentle
exercise. How cool is that!

Seek out comedians or comedies on television that you have in the past
enjoyed. Alternatively, look up comedy clips on Youtube and let yourself
laugh out loud at the jokes and funny scenarios. Arrange your daily
schedule so you have at least half an hour a day, or an hour, in which you
watch nothing else but comedies. Laugh, laugh, smile, and then laugh some

4. Correct Breathing

It’s amazing how many people do not breathe properly. Something we take
for granted might actually be having a negative influence on the health of
our mind and body. Our entire nervous system and internal organs are all
driven by our breathing patterns and so it is important to make sure you
are breathing well.

With a simple change to our breathing patterns, we can influence millions
of biochemical reactions in our body and thereby produce more relaxing
natural chemicals such as endorphins and fewer anxiety-producing ones like
adrenaline and higher blood acidity.

Find a highly recommended book or course on breathing and follow the
guidelines set out within. You’ll be pleasantly surprised how a simple
change in breath length or depth will transform your emotional state of
being. Businesses have even taken advantage of this fact by opening Oxygen
Cafes where customers can order a canister of scented oxygen to inhale.

Beat Anxiety

Anxiety doesn’t have to be a life sentence. We all assume that genetics
and life events have coordinated together to render our lives a permanent
daily struggle of fear, dread and panic, and this might well be true.
However, it’s perfectly possible with the right strategies and techniques,
such as the 4 mentioned above, to significantly reduce the symptoms and
even in time to relegate the anxiety to a mere memory.

The key is to never give up.

Stephen Joseph is the owner of Outsmart Anxiety, a website
focusing on various anxiety disorders and the multitude of ways to
overcome them.

Apr 4, 2012

hot or not - kawaii Japanese fashion

Ever since I went to Japan in 2003 and again in 2005 I've loved Japanese fashion. There's something so electric and free-spirited about their style. They honestly have no fear in regards to color and accessories and I love it. I love learning about different cultures and so to understand in particular where the trends came from in Japan, I went hunting for an explanation. I came across a website called Electric Alice, which has a great explanation of many different styles so I thought I would paste a description of one style below:
{Here I am with one of my Japanese friends back in 2003.}

Himé Gyaru or "Princess Gal" 

{via Electric Alice}

The look:

"Himé Gyaru, or "Princess Gal," is an offshoot of Gyaru style, which uses heavy eye make-up, tanned skin and huge curly bouffant blonde hair to imitate American California girls. Himé Gyaru takes this aesthetic and gives it a royal edge. Clothing is almost always white or pink, often with lace, flower and heart motifs. Accessories such as miniature crowns, long silk or lace gloves and pearls are popular, and shoes are usually strappy heels or open-toed heels with large rose decorations." - via Electric Alice
Of course there are several other styles other than "princess gal" which I just mentioned above, such as Fairy Kei, Lolita, Gothic Lolita, and Mori girl, which is also known as "forest girls." Read up on Electric Alice's style guide and see if you can identify what each style is below without looking at my answer below the picture.  :)

 Here are a few other styles that I adore and 
I think are so fascinating to study and look at:
{Fairy Kei}
{Fairy Kei}
{Gothic Lolita}
{Gothic Lolita}
{Gyaru aka princess gal}
{sweet Lolita}

So know that you've gotten a taste of Japanese fashion,
what do you think? 

Is it too eccentric for you or is it fun and full of flavor?

I loooove Japanese fashion and definitely think it's hot.
 Now I want to go back to Japan right this minute.
Oh man the sushi is good there.

P.S. Find more Japanese fashion photos on my new board on Pinterest.