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Wednesday, January 22

#beautyis and the winner!

Hello ladies! [and gentlemen, of course.]

Todays post is going to be relatively random, as I have a few things on my mind that won't make a whole post, but together they make a pretty long one!

First, and most importantly, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE know that I'm not ignoring your comments! If you're a no-reply blogger, I normally still end up sending an email back to you without realizing it and only notice later that there's no way you could've gotten it. Comments are basically my favorite thing ever and I do my best to reply to all of them, so not being able to say something back to you wonderful people makes me sad. So if you have the time, do me a favor and go fix it! :)

Second - the giveaway has a winner!
And it was Olivia from LivLoveLaugh!
I'll be sending the headband out within the next few days!

Third - 
I made an Instagram to sell some items! The link is HERE!
I'm not selling a ton, but I do have a Michael Kors purse, a couple of pairs of shoes, a jacket, and a shirt! Oh, and a few records. I'd love for you to check it out!

Fourth -
I saw earlier today about the campaign Dove is doing this year about beauty. They began with a video that was debuted at Sundance yesterday, and it's an 8 minute short that I personally think everyone should watch. This is not a sponsored post in any way, and I doubt Dove will ever even see it, but what they are doing to help the self esteem and self worth of women around the world is a beautiful thing in itself.

This is the 3 minute version, but if you have time, head on over to the 8 minute version.

From one interview:

At the backbone of Selfie is research conducted by Dove which revealed 63% of women believe social media is influencing today’s definition of beauty more than print media, film and music. The film, directed by documentary filmmaker Cynthia Wade and produced by Sharon Liese, aims to empower women to redefine the traditional perception of beauty found in glossy magazines and movies.
“The way women are defining beauty today is changing dramatically, and social media has much to do with the change,” Wade said. “Now, we have the ability to photograph the beauty we see in our friends and ourselves. When we share these diverse images on our social networks, we are taking personal ownership and truly redefining beauty.”
Overall, the film encourages women to pick up their mobile devices, capture who they are and influence the conversation around natural beauty. That's right: Dove wants you to embrace the selfie.
So I did.
I love Instagram. When I wake up in the morning, I make myself stay awake [after pressing snooze two or three times] by checking my Twitter and Instagram feeds. I'm all about trying to create beautiful photos for my timeline, and though I'm not super girly and glam in everyday life, I'm definitely not one to take a photo of myself without some kind of hair straightening, makeup, filter, or other endless amounts of products. Unless it's a snapchat. In that case, all of the rules are out the window. I've sent out quite a few awkward, ugly snapchats. It's good to be my friend, I'm told.
But I wanted to support all of the women out there showing their natural beauty, so I sucked it up and posted my own photo.

If you want to see the full photo, my IG is here!

If you post one yourself, tag me in your comment on Instagram or just post a link on here!


  1. I never understood the whole no-reply thing. Can you not reply directly on your blog? I use Wordpress, so I just reply to everyone on there! I'm not sure if they get an email or not though.

    That video is so great!! I saw your photo on instagram last night (so cute, btw!), but I was too tired to investigate further even though I was curious! I'm glad you're participating. I think I'm going to post a selfie too. I just took one and after looking at it, I realized maybe I don't need to wear makeup all the time! It's weird that just something as simple as that can bring such a powerful realization. It's going to be hard not to edit it, though. I love editing photos with pretty lights and words!

    Thanks so much for sharing this campaign!! :)

    xo Megan, Lush to Blush

  2. thanks for running the contest, i'm so excited to win! :) and good for you for doing #beautyis!

  3. I'm totally checking out your IG sale & I'm totally going to do a #beautyis pic on IG :)

  4. Love the Dove campaign! I think they've done something similar before, and it's super interesting and eye opening, so its really cool so see that here!


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