YOU ARE A WARRIOR OF THE LIGHT

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You are a warrior of the light. Heal yourself. Heal others. Fight for love. Save the Earth

Never in my 25 years of life have I felt so comfortable in my own skin, so content with just being, here. I have never felt so certain of what I was meant to do, which is help others. I am so grateful for all the beauty that I am surrounded with. It is so truthful that the more good vibes you put out, the more you receive. Everyday I meet someone new that is supposed to be in my life, which genuinely fills me with so much happiness. This year has been so influential on my spiritual journey and I am so happy to be able to share it with you all. Hoping you all have an amazing memorial day weekend.

Isn’t the tree I am lounging in so lovely. I just love and respect all the trees in my neighborhood so much. I was really sad that they had to remove the tree in front of the bungalow next door but I made sure to send it off with lots of love the days prior.

{{Ahhmazing 2 piece daisy fit is from Revolve Ybor (where you can find me working). If you are in the Tampa area, come shop! For all of you other lovely beings, be sure to check the etsy shop here!}}

<3Namaste<3

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NOTHING REAL CAN BE THREATENED. NOTHING UNREAL EXIST: ACIM CAMPING GETAWAY<3

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“This is a course in miracles. It is a required course. Only the time you take it is voluntary. Free will does not mean that you can establish the curriculum. It means only that you can elect what you want to take at a given time. The course does not aim at teaching the meaning of love, for that is beyond what can be taught. It does aim, however, at removing the blocks to the awareness of love’s presence, which is your natural inheritance. The opposite of love is fear, but what is all-encompassing can have no opposite.

This course can therefore be summed up very simply in this way:

Nothing real can be threatened.
Nothing unreal exists.
Herein lies the peace of God.”

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Every Tuesday I meet up with a group of beautifully light-minded people and study/learn A Course in Miracles. For those of you unfamiliar  with this, ACIM is a Non-denominational self-study curriculum, which aims to assist in achieving spiritual transformation. The metaphysical, spiritual and psychological concepts presented in A Course in Miracles are universal. I find it more enjoyable to do in a group as you get different perspectives and I also love surrounding myself with light-minded people.  ”A Course in Miracles asks you to accept nothing on faith, only to try its ideas with an open mind, so that you can experience for yourself the peace of mind that comes of letting go of illusions. There is nothing to lose, for only illusions can fall away.Distinguishing what is real from our fears, fancies and misperceptions is what the Course is about.”

The past weekend I stepped out of my comfort zone and went camping with some of my fellow ACIM-ers. We spent the night and following day in Lake Rodgers National Park. Florida never ceases to amaze me as it blows my mind that this piece of paradise was only 30 minutes away from where I live. Prior to this, the extent of my camping experience included a night in my friends front yard when in high school, so needles to say I was I really excited to connect with nature on a new level. Besides for  how amazing it all was, this experience was so much more for me in a sense of conquering fears and proving to myself, HEY I CAN DO IT!  And what a beautiful experience it was.We basically did everything you would probably stereotype hippies doing in the woods: camp fire, guitar playing, DEEP mediations, hiking, and tree hugging! All joking aside, if you have never hugged a tree, YOU ARE TOTALLY MISSING OUT. I can’t even begin to explain how magikal this weekend was. On our hike we found fresh blackberries that were so delicious we could have sat there for hours eating them. Mother nature and everything encompassed, (the trees -- the air -- the bugs- the birds & more) held such powerful energy that just amplified the energy we created just by being there. This made our ACIM studying and mediations even more influential. Alan, our course facilitator, showed me and JayJay the ways of camping which included organic veggies, popcorn, and vegan smores’, cooked FRESH on the fire. I literally want to dig a fire pit in our yard so I can cook all our meals that way for now on. If there is a cure to everything, it is most definitely spending time in nature. Waking up at sunrise, unzipping your tent, and catching the moon still out above the endless water and tress, provoked such a feeling of inner peace I cannot wait to do it again!

I know this is my first post in a while and I want you all to know not a day goes by that I don’t send you all love, light, and positive vibes. I have undergone some big changes and I am excited to share them with you when the time is right. As always, please feel free to reach out to me with any questions you may have <3 If you are in the Tampa area and would like to join us on Tuesdays, we meet at 6:30 @ 12000 N. Dale Mabry #222 Tampa, Florida 33618 <3

Check out these links for more info on ACIM:

http://www.miraclecenter.org/wp/about/a-course-in-miracles/

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/higherrealm/2014/03/02/more-on-a-course-in-miracles-with-alan-kowaleski

http://www.unlearningschool.com/p/about-course-in-miracles.html

http://acimexplained.com/a-summary-of-a-course-in-miracles/

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YOU ARE ALL THAT EVER WAS, IS, AND SHALL BE. YOU ARE ETERNAL

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“The spring equinox is the time in the earth’s annual cycle around the sun in which day and night are equal in length, before the days finally start to get longer after the dominance of darkness during winter, and life springs forth from death.” -- Mysticmamma.com

We made it! This Thursday, March 20th makes it officially Spring; the time of new beginnings. Balance your mind. Hold steady. Let the light flow within you. Be in the present moment. As mother earth awakens she shines light on all that has remained in the darkness., it is the time of rebirth. Use the energy of the equinox to harmonize your light and shadow self. Become one. You are all that ever was, is, and shall be. You are eternal.

You can read all about the spiritual meaning of the spring equinox here.  I encourage you to celebrate and honor this beautiful day of balance with gratitude. Here are some ritual and ceremony ideas to get you started. If anything just spend some time outside connecting with the earth and nature, giving thanks to all that is provided to us. I had such a blast taking these photos with Jorge. This amazing dress makes me feel like a true forest fairy. I am so blessed to live in the sunshine state so close to nature and water, my own little paradise. I hope you all have a beautiful Spring equinox. SO many blessings <3

[dress- Revolve Ybor]
[shoes - JC x nastygal Riot Boot - my review here]
[flower anklet - YUPPYSCUM or email me]

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A BLESSED UNREST THAT KEEPS US MARCHING

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“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. … No artist is pleased. [There is] no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others” ― Martha Graham

<<We are all born beautiful and unique and our dreams are too. In the age where society creates drone replicas it forever baffles my mind how people can be so completely okay with being unoriginal. It’s as if they have no desire to be themselves, instead they create an illusion and mimic it, blocking out their authentic self, and further delaying their path to happiness, and that to me is very sad. Why be anyone different from who you are meant to be? Why block what you’re supposed to bring to this world? This is unfair to yourself and us as well because we are all missing out. Don’t let the voices of others defer you on your path. Be yourself and follow your dreams.>>

I will basically be living in printed woven shorts all summer. Lightweight, comfortable, and a million ways to style; these are a must have for all. Although the sun was shining, the wind was a bit chilly, so I threw on a chunky knit sweater to stay warm. The necklace I am wearing was my grandmothers, pretty cool right? I love digging through the containers of costume jewlz my mom has in the attack whenever I’m home. Layered statement necklaces are also on my most coveted list. I hope you all have a beautiful weekend. As always, sending you so much light&love <3

[shorts - forever21]
[sweater - urbanoutfitters]
[shoes- JC's from solestruck - my review here]
[sunnies - revolve ybor]

 

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I AM ME

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I AM ME, I’M WHO I’M MEANT TO BE. I AM MY PAST, MY PRESENT AND WHO I WANT TO BE. I’M NOT ANYONE, I AM ALL THREE. I AM A WORK IN PROGRESS, A DESTINY. I AM WHO I CHOOSE TO BE, I AM ME.

I cannot find who wrote this poem, but I think it’s just beautiful. So often we try to define ourselves as something permanent, when really we are always in a state a flux. We are our past, present, and future. We cannot be one without the other. As we are continuously learning and evolving, it doesn’t mean we lose our old self, we mold into who we want to be. At 25 years old I finally feel comfortable in my own skin. I am nowhere near perfect, but I have learned to accept myself. I do not try to hide the person I once was, just as I do not hide the person I am now, I am always striving to become the person I want to be. <3

[SHOES - HELLRAISERS - UNIF ]
[PANTS - JAC VANEK X ELEMENT EDEN]

 

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R.I.P JAKE <3

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Last week I lost my best friend. Although his physical form would be described as a dog, Jake was so much more than that. As an avid animal lover, I will openly admit all dogs are awesome, but Jake, he was something special. If you met him, you remembered him. A healer, he had the ability to lift your spirit and fix what was broken. Sensitive and sweet, he just wanted to be around those he loved, and that was many. Jake was able to understand what was spoken to him. I don’t know how to explain it, but he truly understood human emotions and feelings. He taught me many things In the four short years I had to pleasure of knowing him. One of the most important lessons was fear. I was always scared to be home alone while Jorge traveled for work. Now having a 65 lb pit bull would make most people feel safe, but not me, my trouble went deeper than that. On nights I wanted to let my mind keep me up into the daylight, he would lay his big head on my lap, sigh, and say with his beautiful human-esk eyes, “every thing will be okay. I’m here, your safe, so it’s time to get some sleep now.” I would feel him in my heart and know that he was right. Jake was fearless. He made me realize that fear was just an object of our thoughts. Fear does not exist, it is created.

My life feels very empty without him. When he left this physical world, a part of me was taken with him. I’m no stranger to death. I respect it in its form of being natural. But there was nothing natural about this, he was only seven and healthy as can be. In less than one week my baby went from running, jumping, and pulling Jorge on a skateboard to not being able to walk, eat, or pee on his own. The doctors first told us it was epilepsy, than later decided it could be a tumor. We knew they were wrong about both. An animal communicator relayed the message from Jake that it was an infection of some sort, from a toxin, parasite, or amoeba. He kept showing her a trip to the dog beach. My gut told me it had something to do with the water. By the time the animal hospital finally gave us the antibiotics we asked for on the first visit, it was too late, he was already gone.

Unfortunately we will never really know what happened, we will never have the answers for which we seek.

On monday, I attended the weekly lightworkers class in the hopes of lifting my spirit. After a deep meditation/chakra clearing I received a message from my newest spirit guide, Jake. It became clear that I needed to let all the anger and guilt go. Once I did this, all the heaviness in my heart lifted. It was so easy to want to blame the animal hospital, or my self for not seeing the signs sooner. I realized to move on and heal, I needed to let it go. That’s what Jake would want, I know because he told me so. He’s in a happier place now, he’s able to watch over all his loved ones at once. Jake changed so the lives of so many people in his time on earth. He will never be forgotten. I am extremely blessed to of had the opportunity to meet and love someone like him. Always in my heart, forever in my mind, I know we will meet again buddy, another place, another time. <3 <3 <3 <3

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FACADE OF INTENTIONS

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I stand before you
Wearing nothing but truth,
Who I am today
Is not always how I feel tomorrow.
I long for stillness
To cease the chatter, for
I cannot bear anymore noise
From the world
That’s around me,
Spinning so beautifully,
Concealing the tragic disaster
that we hoped would fade.
Fade like memories, hiding our secrets.
Our secrets we buried.
But hope is a lie,
A facade of intentions.
So I embrace the monsters,
The monsters holding us back,
Back from the light
The light that always tinkers.
Tinkers like my faith
Before I met you.
Enticing us closer,
Growing stronger with each Heartbeat I count,
With a burning desire to
Follow the path,
The path leading to the light,
The light that’s encircled by The truth,
The truth that I wear
As I stand before you.
<3
 Photos shot in film by the very talented Dylan Barnes. Check out the rest of the set along with his other amazing work here.

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GASPERILLA: DAY TO NIGHT LOOKS

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It seemed like it had been forever since we visited out old stomping grounds of Ybor city. Our night out just so happened to fall on the Sant’Yago Knight Parade in Ybor City. Now, for those of you who aren’t from Tampa, the Gasparilla Pirate festival is basically our version of Mardi Gras. It celebrates the legend of José Gaspar, a mythical Spanish pirate captain who supposedly operated in Southwest Florida. There are a bunch of parades that take place within a month. The most notable one is the day parade on Bayshore. I am not exaggerating when I say everyone and their moms attends. Continue reading

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MERCURY IN RETROGRADE <3

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YUP! Mercury is in retrograde again my loves, and it stays this way until the 28th. It’s so easy to focus on the negative aspects of this cosmic occasion. Yes, there’s going to be miscommunications, difficulty with electronics, and flying can be a total bitch. But trust me, becoming more aware of it will make for a smoother time period. Be conscious of your energy and surrounding fields. Use your heightened self-awareness in this time period to discover more about yourself and grow, grow, grow! Reorganize and reflect! Look at things with a different perspective, you never know what you may discover. Meditation and journal work is will be more effective now. When things start to feel overwhelming just stop, take a couple deep breaths, and re-focus. Now is a good time slow down and recharge. Take care of your mind and body! Continue reading

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DOWN BY THE RIVER

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*No fishies or livers were harmed during the making of this post ;)

[Shorts + Top - YUPPYSCUM - contact me for purchase]
[Shoes - Y.R.U QOZMO (check out how I wear them here)]

 

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LAYERS ON LAYERS, THE ONLY WAY TO SURVIVE

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The air, it freezes you down to your very bones.
Vintage leather? I think yes.
Add a flannel: layers on layers, the only way to survive.

Last week it was really cold for Florida. Growing up in NJ, I am well aware what freezing feels like. Believe me I’m not complaining, but at the same time I moved down here for a reason. I truly feel for all the northerners and the gnar winter they’ve been having. Single digit weather is not okay with me. I’ve been busy moving but here’s an #ootd I threw together one night when I couldn’t seem to get warm enough. I’ve been obsessed with wearing my hair tucked in to items such as my coat, sweater, or scarf. This trend really benefits us big haired folk. Hope y’all had a happy weekend. I have some cool stuff coming your way, stay tuned <3love&light<3

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TRAVELERS ON A COSMIC JOURNEY

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We are travelers on a cosmic journey, stardust, swirling and dancing in the eddies and whirlpools of infinity. Life is eternal. We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share. This is a precious moment. It is a little parenthesis in eternity.

-Paulo Coelho

If you have never read ‘the alchemist’ I highly suggest adding it to your list. That is where the above quote is from. Lately I’ve been feeling endless. Feeling infinite. During meditation, when I leave the limits of my physical body, I have moments, sometimes hours, after where I  experience a vibrational high that’s hard to describe to those confined to what they think is the truth. Love radiates my entire being as I expand my consciousness into the unknown. You feel like you could just float away into nothing, but be perfectly okay with it. ((This is why grounding yourself is so important)) I question how anybody could not want to experience that kind of “out of body” journey. Thanks to Mondays angels talk meet-up group I have reach a new plane, or frequency. Mary Jo said something that stuck with me, “you can only go forward, never back.” I think this could be applied to all aspects of life. You have to keep moving forward, always. When you backtrack you make room for regret. Reflecting on the past is fine, take what you have learned and apply it to the future. But don’t dwell. Each present moment is precious. You must be in the now or you will miss all the love that is around you.

PS. Pictured above is my pendulum I was given from a dear friend for Christmas. I am absolutely obsessed. It is so beautiful and has smokey quartz. I’ve been using  it to answer questions and check/balance my chakras. I would like to start practicing some of the healing techniques I’ve been learning on others. I know with each healing I will gain more confidence with my abilities.

<3light&love<3

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FAREWELL 2013

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The vintage sequin jacket I am wearing was a HUGE come up when thrifting at the flea market. I’ve been waiting for the right amount of silver neck candy for the look. We shot in my backyard in Medford, NJ, and YES I am freezing my ass off!

 

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MELLOW MOOD

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Tea tonics and an extended embrace.
Promise me you’ll stay forever.
Breathing you into my deep shallow lungs
the essence of you burns
as your every being warms my soul.
Hold me
Closer,
Don’t let go…
Let’s just float away
from here, and the subtle hints
of winters wonders.

[Boots - Jeffrey Campbell x NASTYGAL]
[Sweater - Forever21]
[Tights - ROWME]
[Contact me for a custom flower crown]

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Every time I close my eyes, it’s like a dark paradise

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There was a tree lighting in downtown Tampa on friday and I knew we were following it up with a night out in ybor. Occasions like this call for a look that can be easily interchangeable. I decided on a highwaisted skirt and crop top, both from Nordstroms. I covered up with a vintage kimono that could easily be taken off for a sexier feel. The outfit was completed with some neck candy and my Jeffrey Campbell BIG LITAS. Although solestruck doesn’t sell these anymore they are restocking in the BIG LITA 2. Personally, I would opt for the UNIF Salem boot though!

This weekended was a lot of fun but quite exhausting for a preferred homebody like me. I don’t really drink much anymore, my body literally rejects it these days, but just staying out with my partying PORPE has me feeling a little off today. I had started a juice detox last week which was somewhat compromised but I will be moving forward with it and sharing my recipes here and on Instagram! Stay tuned!

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LIVE HEAVY TRAVEL LIGHT

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Like most gals I love “borrowing” my boyfriends T-shirts. I’ve heavily indulged in this since we first met. Unfortunately for him back then I was in my “off the shoulder” phase and many of his gems found themselves as permeant residents of my closet ;)
This Volume 4 Planetary Caravan tee was my favorite amongst the goods he received from Baker Boys Distribution. One perk about doing his laundry, when I accidentally shrink stuff my wardrobe seems to grow…

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WINTER IS COMING

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Winter is coming
When nothing is left to die
All we have is us

Open me up love
Drink my insides. Drain me slow
My scars cannot hide
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[[These raw unedited photos were taken by the ever so talented Jorge Angel]]

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ONE MUST HAVE SUNSHINE, FREEDOM, AND A LITTLE FLOWER

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“Just living is not enough… one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.” - Hans Christian Andersen

“A human being is a part of the whole called by us the universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” — Albert Einstein

Warning I’m about to go on a tiny rant: I worry about many things in regards to the environment, the human race, and our future. I’m reading news articles about the western black rhino officially being extinct and dead sperm whales washing up on beaches with stomaches full of plastic! Call me a hippie, call me a treehugger, call me whatever you want, but this down right SICKENS me. We are fucking up people, we really are. Looking around, it is quite clear that mother nature is not happy with us. We have been taking, using, and abusing for far to long. What happened to the golden rule, ” LEAVE IT BETTER THAN YOU FOUND IT!” It blows my mind when I see people throw their cigarettes out the car window like it ain’t no thing, or how about the lovely person who threw a McDonalds bag in my front yard. If you wanna kill yourself go right a head, but why can’t you leave Mother Earth out of it!

Okay, okay, I’m done with my bitching. I just can’t help but feel more emotional about it than usual. I’ve had this feeling building up over the week that something bad is going to happen soon and I’m not sure what it even means. I’m going to try mediating on it and see what my spirit guides can tell me.

Back to being positive >> Change is contagious and a lot of little things can add up to be something quite huge. I know those of you reading this care, I just know you do, and if we all make an effort to do something good to benefit the planet, benefit the creatures, benefit each other, than together we can make a difference.

Below are a couple easy things you can do to help. I am in no way preaching, just figured I would share some ideas to get you going. Continue reading

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HALLOWED MOMENTS

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We’re on our way
to the haunted season,
the hallowed moments
and the witching hours.
We’re on our way
to the horror of the branches finding themselves bare
once more,
the joy
of the leaves flying
again.

-Tyler Knott Gregson

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AFFIRM CHANGE

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Whatever the reason, people tend to dwell in their misery. Instead of doing something to alter their circumstances they would rather complain day after day. They say, ” it’s too hard,”or “I don’t have the time”, but maybe they just know that if they make a change they might actually have a chance at being happy and that in itself frightens them.

My path has been filled with ups and downs. Every now and then I go through what I call grey periods, when everything just feels empty. I have since learned that this is what happens when I don’t listen to what the universe is telling me. This specific time was pre YUPPYSCUM. Before I found a way to release my creativity outside of work, leaving me unfulfilled and down on myself. At this point I had been working long enough that the excitement of starting a new job was long gone. I was lacking passion which had always come so easy to me, and I was starting to become very hateful.

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*~MYSTERIOUS AS THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON~*

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Kept it simple with the UNIF ‘take me to your dealer shirt’ and Wildfox Couture Gypsy Baby Lennon Sweater. Made it all pop with pink UNIF Hellbounds which unintentionally matched my pink hair ;) And of course, no outfit would be complete without a flower crown. The shoe garters are also YUPPYSCUM, and like all items feel free to email me custom request. Hope y’alls weekend was magical. <3Much Love<3

 

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THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS

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When I left my secure job as an instruction designer at a company who valued me, most people thought I was crazy or stupid or both. I heard things like “In this economy? Your leaving a paycheck for nothing? That’s just not sensible.. ” etc etc, you get the picture. If I let the opinions of others effect me I would still be working my 9-5 job, miserable and passionless. To me it came down to one important factor; my happiness, and as they say, money really can’t buy it. “I’m only I’m 25,” I reminded myself, “I don’t have any kids, I don’t have a mortgage, if I don’t have the courage to do this now, I never will.” The faith inside me bellowed, “if not now, when!?” So I told my common sense to take a hike, trusted my instinct, and I made the decision to free fall. I let go of the outcome, which is something I am still conditioning myself to do more of.

In the past couple months I’ve been happier than I have in a really long time. I’ve had time to do me and rediscover what I’m passionate about. Things are enjoyable again, everything doesn’t feel like a chore on a list of never ending things I have to do. I have time to stop and enjoy the moment I am in, and to me that is priceless. Don’t get me wrong, there are definitely things I miss about having a steady paycheck, but we’ve been making it work and it has actually really helped me to learn the difference between NEEDS and WANTS. I remind my self daily how fortunate I am to have a partner like Jorge who supports me and my decision.

Now, I totally get that not everyone can just quit there day job and I’m sure as hell not telling you to do just that. What I am telling you though is to not let the opinion of others affect any choice or decision you make, no matter how small or big it is. What’s important is how YOU feel about yourself and your life. So you can’t quit your job, but you can make some time for you. Go on that trip you have been wanting to take, cross off an item on your bucket list, mediate at lunch, learn that new language, start a blog, take a class, make time for YOU and YOUR dreams. Find your passion and follow it! Again, I’ll reiterate this, if not now, when?! Life is meant to be enjoyed. If you’re sitting around hating every moment, then you are doing something wrong.

By default of being human, every now and then the doubt attempts to trickle in and scare me into thinking WHAT THE HELL AM I DOING. When this happens, I simply remind myself of why I made the decision I did. I do not let the fear own me anymore. So what, my parents can’t brag about my promotion at thanksgiving dinner, but they can brag about the fact that I’m happy. Honestly, in today’s world, how many people can say that.

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PAINT WITH ALL THE COLORS OF THE WIND

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You think you own whatever land you land on
The Earth is just a dead thing you can claim
But I know every rock and tree and creature
Has a life, has a spirit, has a name

You think the only people who are people
Are the people who look and think like you
But if you walk the footsteps of a stranger
You’ll learn things you never knew you never knew…

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Seriously, the lyrics to this beautiful song bring tears to my eyes every damn time I listen to it, which is quite often. Disney has my highest respect with the movie Pocahontas.

That being said, today’s OOTD is inspired by mother earth herself. The skirt is from Nordstroms and the lace crop top is Free people. I layered on a bunch of my mom’s vintage jewelry along with the quartz crystal necklace I acquired in Amsterdam. You can purchase the flower crown I’m wearing on my etsy shop. I added in a shot of Jorge, my amazing boyfriend/photographer, who is ever so patient with me and my shoots. Hope you all are having a good week <3 Light&Love

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GYPSY HARVEST

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>>I am the light of my soul. I am beautiful. I am bountiful. I am bliss<<

I’ve been into Kundalini Yoga as of the late and while searching for some at home videos I stumbled upon the YogaVision channel on youtube. They have a meditation on there you have to check out.  That is where I learned the wonderful mantra above. To get the full effect I would definitely recommend doing one of the warm-ups prior.

I’ve been working on a lot of new goodies for the shop including some flower crowns for fall. The one I am wearing in this look will be available for purchase. You can also always hit me up at devin@yuppyscum.com with any custom request.

The fringe boots are stevemadden a couple of years back and the top is vintage. I always channel Florence whenever I wear it.

PS. as I mentioned on instagram, I decided to dye my hair back to pink in honor or breast cancer awareness month. #SUPPORTTHECAUSE

 

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Happy Fearless Friday

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These are all so true! If you let fear in, and allow it to own you, it will. Fear wants you to doubt yourself, fear wants you to think your being silly, fear doesn’t want you to succeed. But fear is only as deep as your mind allows it to be. Face your fears, allow them to come, allow them to go. If you get rid of your fears you will make more room for dreams!! Hope you all have an amazing Fearless Friday!

PS: I made the last photo but the rest I found on tumblr. If you know the artist, please let me know so I can give them the credit they deserve. Thanks!

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Nasty Gal x Jeffrey Campbell Riot Platform Boot REVIEW

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Ah so I’ve had these for a hot minute and I could of sworn I posted a review. I realize now I was going to do it as my first video blog, or “vlog” as they call it, but I was never happy with how the sound came out. So somehow it fell through the cracks. Sorry guys :(

At the time of purchase I had been waiting for what seemed years for nastygal to restock on this collab. In my opinion a black (platform) boot should be a staple in ever gal and guys closet. They are super comfortable, I wear them for hours upon hours without any pain. I have no problem walking in them either, but then again I’m no rookie to height. What I love most about them is their ability to really go with anything, perks of being a staple. But for real, browse through my post, I wear them with every and anything; pants, leggings, dresses, skirts, and shorts. I think platforms are more causal then heals so I don’t feel redic stomping around in them either. These boots have seen the world with me. Yes, I rocked them on my Euro vacay, and on the beach of Huntington during the US Open. My only complaint would be after a couple months of wearing them the soles started to flap in back. In JC&NG’s defense I do wear the hell out of them, but at the same time for what I’m spending on them I would expect them to have top quality. Either way it was no big deal, oI just fixed them with some handy dandy ShoeGoo.

Oh yeah also they came with more of a distressed look than shown in the picture on NG.

<<THE BASICS>>
• Genuine Leather (I know I’m a horrible vegan)
• Height: 9.75″
• Heel Height: 3.5″
• Platform Height: 3.5″
• Price: $175
• They run true to size. I ordered my normal size 7 and no complaints here
Get them at NASTYGAL!

Now almost 8 months later there are many more platform boot options. Vans and converse even hopped on to trend and added some practical height to their classic shoes. In terms of HIGH platform Boots though, UNIF is the only other company that has me drooling with the Oi Platform Boot ($150) and the GAMMARAY ($155) You can always count on UNIF for eyecatching shoes. Although I love rad patterns like plaid and anything metallic, I’m still happy with my RIOT platform boot simply because black goes with everything!

Do you own any of these or are you thinking of purchasing? Let me know what you think!?

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SHE’S ON FIRE

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I am really digging these red plaid leggings! It has been a minute since I’ve done an OOTD and figured I would share them with you. I haven’t been feeling very grungy these days but the pants really put me in the mood to rock out. I bought them when I was up north at forever21. Surprisingly enough they are decent quality and didn’t get transparent when stretched, which is always the first test I do when purchasing leggings. I paired them with a vintage shirt I “YUPPYSCUM-ified” a while back, and of course my Jeffrey Campbell & NASTYGAL Riot Girl boots. Hope y’all are having a great week, Friday is closer than it appears!

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There will always be good in the world if you decide to do right

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“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today’s inspiration of the day was inspired by a movie I saw last night, The Butler, which if you haven’t seen I highly recommend. Continue reading

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RADIATE LOVE

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“LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE.
BE A SOURCE OF STRENGTH AND COURAGE.
SHARE YOUR WISDOM.
RADIATE LOVE”
– Wilferd Peterson

Practicing these four simple steps has dramatically changed my life. Each one is important on its own, yet they coincide to ultimately create the best version of you. Keep reading to find out how!

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SHE WAS A DAY….. TRIPPER

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Well, actually she wasn’t the day tripper more like the day trippers’ babysitter. Which leads me to tell our last Amsterdam adventure. We headed to the skatepark by ferry to catch the Amsterdam Am finals. The contest was pretty cool, took a photo with the winner, Nassim Guammaz. But it was after the contest when things got really interesting as Porpe decided this would be a good time to indulge in some truffles. This what some would refer to as a “when in Rome,” or “YOLO” moment. If you want a good laugh check out his vines and YouTube channel. Anyways, we walked around Amsterdam taking in its magical wonders and of course stopping for photo shoot opportunities. All went pretty smooth until we lost Pat, don’t worry we found him. While waiting to link back up we stopped at the hotel room where Jorge was inspired to capture me as a mystical princess. We ended the night at a hole in the wall bar until I couldn’t bear anymore cig smoke. We strolled through the red light district before calling it a night, Jorge wouldn’t let me leave without doing it once.

The next morning we had a couple hours (and joints) to kill before we caught our flight to Copenhagen. We made our last coffee shop stop at the grey area, a chill spot with super dank strands. We got ourselves together enough to check out the ROOR shop. I felt like a kid in a candy shop, so much beautiful glass on glass on glass! We found out that you can actually rent bongs and such, so that’s something to think about for future visits.

Overall, I’d say Amsterdam is definitely one of those places you have to visit at least once in your life. If you don’t like to freeze to death, the summer would be the most obvious times to visit. I found the weather to be perfect, similar to the northern fall months I yearn for while living in Florida. Besides for the 420 activities there is A LOT of history to see as well as tons of shopping. We went to the flea market one day and I was in chachki heaven, I also almost got stampeded at the Brandy Melville store, those Euros just can’t get enough of that Cali style. The top tourist things we did there that I would recommend would be the Von Gogh museum, Anne Frank house (get there an hour before closing to ditch the long waiting line) tandem bike riding through Vondelpark, and just walking around taking in the different culture and beautiful buildings (Jordaan and the 9 streets are great for this.) Grabbing a glass a vino and people watching is also necessary. Vegan eating was not entirely difficult, but I did eat more bread than I have all year.

Favorite coffee shops: Barney’s, grey area, the dolphin, and bestfriends. We were lucky to have a friend that moved out there so she gave us some great recommendations, thanks again Kinza!

If you ever are headed to Amsterdam and would like some other YUPPYSCUM tips or advice feel free to email me :)

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