You are different from me. I am different from you. Our family members are all different from us, even though we share genetics.
Do you think we are all equal?
“We are all equal in the fact that we are all different. We are all the same in the fact that we will never be the same. We are united by the reality that all colours and all cultures are distinct & individual. We are harmonious in the reality that we are all held to this earth by the same gravity. We don't share blood, but we share the air that keeps us alive." ~ C. JoyBell C.
Everyone lives a different reality. No two people see colors the same, hear music the same, feel texture the same, etc., etc.
Embrace that you are a miracle. Embrace that you are different and have something special to give to this world, a contribution to society. Your contribution is important, special.
Love your differences.
If you are like me, you may be noticing that people gravitate to the same styles in clothing, hair style, shoes, accessories. They are afraid of being a trailblazer. They are afraid of making waves.
Who do you admire? Do they blend in with the crowd?
“There are people who are generic. They make generic responses and they expect generic answers. They live inside a box and they think people who don't fit into their box are weird. But I'll tell you what, generic people are the weird people. They are like genetically-manipulated plants growing inside a laboratory, like indistinguishable faces, like droids. Like ignorance.”
― C. JoyBell C.
No. Those that we admire do not blend in with the crowd. They make waves. They accept and display their differences. They choose to embrace their differences and strive to use them in their life for good, for their benefit and for the benefit of others.
Watch those who you admire. Make note of their differences. What makes them stand apart?
No matter what you have to do today, did you know that you have a choice? You can start your day grumpy OR you can start your day with a smile and an upbeat attitude. Guess which will make your day the way you want it to blossom?
So you think you hate your job?
Did you know that if you start your day with a smile, this simple act can transform the world around you? Yep.
Waking up to a crying baby and a sick toddler? Smile.
"The feel-good neurotransmitters — dopamine, endorphins and serotonin — are all released when a smile flashes across your face as well." Psychology Today
Did you know that a smile is actually contagious? Another yep.
We mimic other people's facial expressions. It's totally natural and it is an unconscious, automatic response. So, if you want your day to be a great one, start with a smile and keep that smile. It causes others to return the favor. Guess what that will do for you all day? Make you smile and have a fabulous day.
So turn that frown upside-down.
What makes you stand out, feel confident? What makes you walk taller, feel like you are more than enough? What talents and gifts do you have that you keep hidden from the rest of the world?
We all have something unique. A character trait. A part of us that is so beautiful that we really should share it with the world.
To some, self exploration seems selfish. However, the world would be a much happier place is we were all taught, from the time we came into this world, to explore our uniqueness and discover our true selves.
Each of us has something special to share with the world. Each of us has a contribution that is like no other person in the billions of people on this planet.
Just imagine how happy people would be if they were doing something that was uniquely them. Imagine how wonderful this world would be if each person's true calling were being utilized and shared. Can you just envision the bliss?!
Today, if you feel like you are not enough, put on a pair of fun shoes with a heel, go run some errands with your makeup done well, and your hair in tip top style. Check out how people treat you. Then, when you get home, spend 15 minutes brainstorming about what is uniquely you. We need more of you in this world.
Chambray often gets mistaken as denim and the other way around. So, how do you know which fabric you are wearing or are buying? Here's the info you need.
A chambray is a plain weave fabric woven with a colored yarn in the warp and a white yarn in the weft, according to Proper Cloth. So, now the question is...what is a warp and a weft? The answer lies in the picture below.
Now that we have that cleared up, according to my same source, like chambray, denim is made with a colored yarn in the warp and white in the weft, but is woven in a twill construction.
Another definition? Another construction?
Yes, but to make it easy to recognize, a Chambray fabric will looks about the same on the top side and the bottom side. Denim will look a little lighter on the underside of the fabric.
It's not easy to tell which fabric is chambray and which is denim when looking at these pictures. However, all three of the pictures above are chambray. All three of the pictures below are denim.
Chambray and denim can both be found in heavy and light styles, but you'll find denim (in general) is a heavier fabric than chambray.
Let's talk thread count. It doesn't just matter in sheets.
A higher thread count denim will be more dressy and upscale looking. A lower thread count denim will be more casual and inexpensive looking.
In chambray, if it's a tighter weave, it can look more dressy and upscale. If the weave is looser, it will appear more gauze-like and more casual.
Now you know the difference between chambray and denim.
Thanks for reading.
I've come across a really fun service that offers subscription services that provide jewelry to your door each month.
Not that you MUST purchase. However, that option does exist. Your monthly rental fee can go into purchasing any of the pieces you fall in love with.
You'll start your own profile with your likes, your style. Then, a selection from your likes and style are sent to your door.
Like these earrings. Aren't they so beautiful and happy?
They were part of my selection that was sent this month and they are perfect with this shirt.
Rocksbox also sent me a ring that is simply stunning. I will be posting pictures on Insta with the ring in the near future.
The fun about this box is that you are able to be part of the process. Rocksbox gets to know your style and sends you items you just might fall in love with.
Another item that was sent to me is a gorgeous cuff bracelet. It is a definite statement piece. I used to wear these in the '80s all of the time, but have not had one to wear in decades. This particular cuff is so glamorous.
You'll also see this cuff in future posts.
I am super excited to do this again next month. I'll show you what comes then as well.
Now, with my monthly fee, I can use it towards purchasing any item I receive in the box and fall in love with it.
Get your first month free with code simplybynatashaxoxo
LINK TO ROCKSBOX HERE: ROCKSBOX
Watch my opening of my Rocksbox in the video below.
I found some awesome videos that help to show you all kinds of amazing ways to tie your scarves. Who knew that there were so many beautiful and creative ways to use this accessory.
Give some of them a try. Enjoy.
Since I first saw the advertisement for FAB FIT FUN, (long, long ago), I dreamed of being a partner. However, at the time, I was still sick with Lyme disease and trying hard to get a grip on life and was not far enough along with social media to become an influencer, never mind chasing my other dreams.
Here's to #goals being #achievements or #dreamscometrue because I am now a Fab Fit Fun partner and am amazed and still a little stunned. I mean, I am no celebrity. I have a long way to go to become a mega influencer. However, here I am. So grateful. Feeling so blessed.
Mind you, I have two kidney stones that I am trying to pass. But, I am so excited about this box that I could not wait another minute.
So, whilst abstaining from pain meds for a moment or two, I recorded this glorious box and its contents for you to behold.
I have to tell you that this may seem like a simple goal, but it was something to reach for that seemed so far away at the time.
By the way, here is the link to FabFitFun. Use code SIMPLYBY10 to get $10 off of your first box. YAY!!!
It's amazing how much awesomeness is packed in this box. Here's the opening.
The secret to hitting the ever changing fashion trends on the target, without going broke? Check out places like Amazon for amazing prices on super trendy items.
The fashion sets I put together in this blog post are on point for Spring 2019 and you can get them all through Amazon. You can look like a million bucks without spending a pretty penny.
To look further into these looks, click on any of the pictures. They will take you directly to the product shown in the pictures...BUT remember to use EBATES first, so you can get some of your money back where it belongs...in your own wallet.
First off, snakeskin is super on point right now, so this outfit has a lot of it.
But, starting from the top down, we have a simple, curve hugging, feminine tee shirt. You will tuck this into the skirt so having a curve hugging tee will make it so that there is less bulk.
Next, a lovely snakeskin print midi skirt is certainly going to rock your spring and summer. Super comfy. Super on point. Super easy to mix and match with.
Next, a good Steve Madden snakeskin leather bootie goes amazing with this ensemble. Comfortable and can be used with many different styles of outfits, most seasons.
Of course, you must have a black snakeskin bag to tie in with the whole ensemble. This has ample room to carry everything you need throughout the day.
A bracelet/wrap is super in right now. This snakeskin wrap will really turn heads and will be a conversation starter. It's a lovely way to tie the black and the snake together.
Lastly, you need a jacket during spring, so you may as well wear one that really ties this outfit together. This black faux leather, snakeskin pattern jacket is light enough for spring, and bold enough to go with this amazing outfit.
This next outfit is Bohemian style, with lots of ruffles. Ruffles are a big deal this season! Oh, and this is basically an all neutral outfit, which is also quite a big deal this season.
First, you need lace and ruffles. This maxi skirt has that covered without adding extra bulk.
Next, I add a layering tee to go under the main tee. This will add just a splash of blush to the ensemble.
The top tee has flattering half sleeves, and will allow the blush pink to just barely peak through.
Next, a good sandal/flip-flop is on point. This one has great blush detail with ruffled flowers and a little bit of bling.
The final part of this ensemble is this gorgeous wrap bracelet with blush and gold.
There are the two outfits for today. Very different styles. Very excellent prices. Perfectly on point. Fashion on trend for Spring and Summer of this 2019.
More to come.
As in previous posts, this post includes two looks for Spring, Both looks are from ThredUp (never pay full price for what you want and save hundreds and thousands). Both are modest. There are 2 trends included in these looks. First, yellow. Second, Polka dots. Enjoy.
Short Sleeve Top
$30.39 with code WELCOME20
Retail is $225 and this price is approximately 84% off estimated retail
Talbots Dress Pants
$19.19 with code WELCOME20
Retail is $99 and this price is approximately 78% off estimated retail
L.K. Bennett Shoes
Size 38.5 (EU)Heels
$62.39 with code WELCOME20
Retail is $395 and this price is approximately 81% off the estimated retail
$75.99 with code WELCOME20
Retail is $595 and this price is approximately 84% off estimated retail
$11.99 with code WELCOME20
Retail is $40 and this price is approximately 70% off estimated retail
Short Sleeve Blouse
$34.39 with code WELCOME20
$285 retail value and this price is approximately 84% off that estimated retail
$43.99 with code WELCOME20
$69 is the estimated retail and this price is approximately 24% off the
One Size Bracelet
$7.99 with code WELCOME20
$25 is the estimated retail and this price is approximately 72% off the estimated retail
indigo by Clarks
Size 8 1/2
$24.79 with code WELCOME20
$119 is the approximate retail value and this price is approximately 76% off estimated retail
Kate Spade New York
$64.79 with code WELCOME20
$298 is the approximate retail value and this price is approximately 73% off the estimated retail