Inspiration ~ The ABC’s to Genuine Happiness

GOOD MORNING!!!

I believe that this holds so much truth. Please take a moment to read it. I hope that you are inspired to adopt some of these attributes and see the positive impact that it can have on your life.

Everyone deserves to be genuinely happy, loved and appreciated.

Sincerely yours.

-Robin

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Reflection ~ Silence is Golden

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Silence is a source of great strength ~ Leo Tolstoy
Silence is a true friend who never betrays ~ Confucius
Silence is one of the great arts of conversation ~ Cicero

I treasure moments of silence and solitude ~ doing absolutely nothing, thinking nothing, resisting nothing, expressing self to self. Through these moments we can experience varying degrees of enlightenment; also known as self-realization. It has no boundaries of religion, culture, race, age or gender. It is for every individual soul to achieve for themselves.

“Enlightenment is the normal, natural state of health for the body and mind. It results from the full development of consciousness and depends upon the perfect and harmonious functioning of every part of the body and nervous system. When one is using the full potential of the mind and body in this way, every thought and action is spontaneously correct and life-supporting. This is life free from suffering, life lived in its full stature and significance.” ~ Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

During my career as a mental health counselor, I typically had my clients engagement in meditation and self-reflection. This was done in complete silence with no input from me. This allowed the client an opportunity to come up with meaningful solutions to their own problems. The end results were always better, more effective because it reached because it is tailored to the individual.

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My journey towards greater enlightenment is at its infancy stages. I have a lot of questions and research to do. I am at peace with that fact. I am encouraged knowing that I can obtain greater awareness by simply allowing myself to detach from everything that surrounds me ~ work, family, friends.  To just simply sit and focus on absolutely nothing. Through my silence I am able to recognize where I am creating situations of stress and discomfort.

By no means is this an easy process. There are times where I cannot achieve the level of silence and solitude that is needed to see what I need to see. I am just beginning but I do understand the necessity of being able to release from everyday life.

I want to experience that inner calmness, that quiet state of least excitation, even when I am extremely busy.

Bliss consciousness…

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Sincerely yours.

-Robin

DIY Project ~ Fringed T-shirt

Hi Guys,

Here’s a quick and easy DIY Project!

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Fringed t-shirts are easy and chic pieces to pair with jean shorts, leggings or skinny jeans. I love how they remind me of those retro, fringed tops worn by old school roller skaters, rockers and hippies from back in the day. Well, I decided to take on a Do-It-Yourself challenge and make my very own chic, fringed t-shirt. It was soo easy and virtually fool-proof. Below are 10 EASY steps to help you create your own fabulous fringed t-shirt. Just take your time and have fun!

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DIY Project ~ Studded & Distressed Denim Shorts

Hello Folks!

I just completed my very first DIY fashion trend – Studded Distress Denim Shorts! It was such a fun and easy project. I have listed instructions on how you can make your very own pair. Photos are provided to give you an idea of the before and after turnout!

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Look Book ~ Vol. 2

Howdy Folks!

Presenting Look Book ~ Vol. 2 featuring a cute wrap dress that would be great for a night out with the girls or that special someone. Enjoy!

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Look Details ~ Black Blazer (h&m), Red Wrap Dress (ASOS), Animal Print Pumps (INC/Macy’s), Accessories (Jewelmint), Clutch/Handbag (Urban Outfitters)

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Guest Blogger Review ~ Pro Airbrush FX Hydrating Primer (Victoria’s Secret)

Hello Everyone,

Today we have a Guest Blog Review on the  Pro Airbrush FX Hydrating Primer from Victoria’s Secret.

Thank you Ebony for sharing your thoughts on this beauty product!

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I decided to take a chance in trying out a new product. It seemed after touching and feeling panties for 30 minutes, I was in a “Vicky Secret” euphoric bliss.

I opted to purchase the hydrating primer due to having sensitive, dry skin with an occasional pimple “pop-up and show out” attitude. I tried the product for a week to prime my face before adding my concealer and foundation (base).

I found this to be a basic primer that makes foundation and face products last all day. This primer didn’t reduce the appearance of fine lines or wrinkles ( which to be honest, I don’t have so oh well) or make pores appear smaller. But it did give a read good base for my makeup application. There was an airbrush look,  kinds sorta, which gave a slight smooth and airbrush appeal. It made my skin soft and smooth, not oily, which I did like. Greet base, providing a great foundation for coverage. It was lightweight but my skin left very hydrated. I noticed that after applying makeup at 7 am, around 4pm it was still lasting.  It think the biggest thing for me was it did exactly what the package said it would so, my skin was hydrated.

I would say it is worth the $18 so go ahead and get it and add four pairs of panties for $24 to your bill!

~Ebony C. S.

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Beauty Review ~ Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids Lipstick

Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids Lipstick

Color Sensational Vivids is a collection of ten fabulous, highly pigmented and super bright lipsticks.

These lipsticks are currently available at your local drug store and retail for approximately 5.50 each. Packaging consists of a neon reddish-orange plastic cover with a silver base and tube. The lipsticks are definitely vivid, with a mositurizing application and opaque coverage. If you are looking for a really bright, shocking lip color then you should definitely checkout the Vivids collection.

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Shoe Review ~ Zara High Heel Sandal

HIGH HEEL SANDAL by ZARA

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Review
The High Heel Sandal by Zara is great! It is so feminine and girlie.  The heel is approximately 4 inches, with no platform, suede material and leather detailing. The heel and material definitely makes this a comfortable sandal that has a great deal of flexibility. It has a slight vintage look and the colors are neutral enough to pair with a variety of looks. The High Heel Sandal looks really great on the foot and allows your spring pedicures to pop on through. The High Heel Sandal is the perfect addition for the spring/summer seasons.

Grade/Recommendation
A
Fabulous sandal with lots of styling potential and options.

Style Points
The High Heel Sandal would look great paired with a “fitted” pencil skirt, body conscious dresses, skinny jeans and trouser shorts.

Price & Availability
49.90
Click here to purchase.

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Shoe Review ~ Shoemint Sarah

SARAH by SHOEMINT

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Review
The Sarah by Shoemint is a really cool sandal. With its wooden, stacked platform heel and intricately woven raffia detailing these sandals exude a laid-back sexiness.  The 1 inch platform and 5 inch heel creates a stable foundation and absolute comfort. The raffia material, which adds just the right amount of interest, does not scratch or rub the skin. The Sarah had no comfort issues, lots of stability and overall support and design.

I am definitely happy about adding the Sarah to my summer shoe collection.  I think they are sexy, feminine and ultra chic. I think that this will be my “go to” sandal of the spring/summer seasons.

Grade/Recommendation
A
A must have for your spring/summer casual attire. The Sarah feels good and looks great. I plan to get plenty of wear out of these with warmer weather right around the corner.

Style Points
The Sarah would look great paired with a variety of casual spring/summer items: denim jeans, chambray shirt dresses, shorts and sundresses

Price/Availability
39.99 (79.99)
Click here to purchase

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NEW ~ Milani Color Statement Lipstick Review

Colorstatement Lipstick Pencils

Milani Color Statement Lipstick

About ~
Provides one stroke, full coverage application
Ultimate color, texture and finish
Lightweight creamy formula
Contains Vitamins A, C, & E to moisturize/nourish lips
Paraben-free

Available in Vinyl, Metallic, Cream, Shimmer, Pearl & Matte finishes

Review ~
Great lipsticks, great colors, great value!!! I am really digging the reformulated Milani Statement Lipstick. The variety of colors is phenomenal and is certain to compliment a variety of skin tones and complexions. The collection is massive but  I only selected the three shades because they grabbed my attention the most.

The lipsticks are housed in a plastic, gold tube. The packaging is perhaps the only disappointing feature of these lipsticks. They felt cheap and the gold plastic does a great job of picking up and keeping finger prints and smudges. The packaging is definitely has no impact on the performance and quality of this lipstick.

You can purchase these lipsticks from the Milani Cosmetics website ($5.49) or at your local CVS, Target, Walgreens drugstores.

NOTE: Milani Lipsticks are sealed to prevent tapering and testing 🙂

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