Saturday, September 29, 2012

StoryTimeSaturday: Give your younger self a time-travel hug

A decade ago, my 19-year-old self was hopelessly lost. I'd dropped out of college twice; I was desperately bored and sad; and more than anything I just wanted to believe that I was a grown-up when I felt anything but.

Today, I feel grown up (most of the time); I'm happy and fulfilled. And sometimes (often lately, for some reason) I daydream about going back to late 2002 and explaining to then-Heidi that everything turns out A-OK, that if you follow your own dreams and idea of success, you'll get there.

I spent that time in my life questioning whether I was making the right decisions, even though many people around me didn't think I was. But I did what I felt like I needed to do. I was selfish, and I found my personal passions — even if that took trying four different colleges. I made lots of dumb mistakes (sorry, Mom) that took me to precarious places. I'm not exactly proud of everything I did, but I don't regret it either.

Those decisions put me on course to become who I am today. I want to give 19-year-old me a big hug, show her pictures of my wedding, my awesome group of friends, and my byline in the newspaper and say, "See, it all turns out."

But I also want to thank her for daring to go against what was expected of her to find what she really wanted — a creative job and life. I have very few regrets looking back, and that's because I've largely followed my internal compass, picking up external pieces of good advice from some very smart people. Surround yourself with those people, but if their guidance doesn't right true, it isn't what you should do. Listen to that almost-adult inside of you. She's smarter than you think.

So silly, lost, confused 19-year-old me, thank you. You're doing awesome.

Source: via Robin on Pinterest

Friday, September 28, 2012

FiveThingsFriday: Scarf envy

For anyone who knows me, I love a good scarf.


This month, I led an office scarf war for wearing my favorite accessory almost everyday.


And despite a closet full of dozens of different wraps in various colors and patterns, I still get a strong feeling of scarf envy on a fairly often basis.

Source: via Heidi on Pinterest

Source: via Heidi on Pinterest

Thursday, September 27, 2012

FridayFavorites: Plus-size finds

As a curvy girl, it gets old browsing clothes made for size 4 ladies and adapted to fit size 14. Two of my favorite curvy girl shopping is from two of my regular-size favorites: H&M and Asos.

Fashion is meant for everyone to enjoy.

Source: via Heidi on Pinterest

Source: via Heidi on Pinterest

Source: via Heidi on Pinterest

Source: via Heidi on Pinterest

Source: via Heidi on Pinterest

Source: via Heidi on Pinterest

Source: via Heidi on Pinterest

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

WhichOneWednesday: Hairy do or don'ts

Well, it's up to you again, my friends, to help me decide on something.

For the past year, I've been growing my hair out. It's reached my shoulders, and fits comfortably in a ponytail and even topknot (the motivation for my grow-out in the first place), but now I'm feeling like I'm maybe ready for change.

So help me decide:

Cut it into something more like this?
Source: via Heidi on Pinterest

Or keep growing it out in hopes of something like this?

Monday, September 24, 2012

TopTenTuesday: Emmy fashion


Zooey Deschanel:
Source: via Heidi on Pinterest

Christina Hendricks:
Source: via Heidi on Pinterest

Julie Bowen:
Source: via Ashley on Pinterest

Jena Malone:
Source: via Heidi on Pinterest

Claire Danes:
Source: via Dawn on Pinterest

Kat Dennings:
Source: via Tamara on Pinterest

Sarah Paulson:
Source: via Heidi on Pinterest

Tina Fey:

Kelly Osbourne:
Source: via Heidi on Pinterest

Jessica Pare:
Source: via Kaitlin on Pinterest

MakeupMonday: Berry red lips

This spring was all about persimmon red and fiery orange lips, but my fall makeup bag is full of wine-colored and berry-flavored hues.




1. CoverGirl Natureluxe gloss balm in Cabernet
2. Revlon ColorStay in Sheer Plum
3. Rimmel Lasting Finish lipstick in Bordeaux

Pieces of my weekend