Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Wearing Colours That Suit Your Skin

As we know, it's summer! There are so many clothes in so many colours a girl can’t stop shopping, but before you hurry off on your shopping spree always have an idea what exactly you want to buy and what colours suit you.
It’s important to know what colours make your skin tone pop but to make the right choice we need to know what skin tone we have.
Skin tones are normally grouped like seasons: cool – winter/spring or warm - summer/autumn.
To find out your skin tone check underneath your arms, if the veins running down your forearm appear bluish you are in the ‘cool’ complexion category and if the veins at your forearm appear greenish then you fall under the ‘warm’ complexion category.
If you fall under the cool skin tone category it means you're pale or dark skinned with blue or pink under tones. So you should stick to bright colours that show off these undertones. Colours like pink, blue, and yellow work for you.
For those who fall under the warm skin tone category, your skin type has undertones of gold and yellow. So dark colours like black and colours with earthly undertones such as brown, red and orange suit you. Avoid bright colours and think of autumn related colours.
Grouping skin tones into seasons is a bit complicated, so we will also group them into fair/pale skin, olive/medium skin and dark skin.
Fair /Pale Skin
Most ladies with fair/pale skin are always conscious of not looking too pale - to look bright and healthy dark colours do the trick. They create a contrast to your skin; stick to colours like navy blue, emerald green, and primary colours. You can wear a bold bright colour like pink but pick a shade that flatters your skin tone.
When you wear black integrate it with a bright colour like red to highlight your rosy undertones. If your rosy undertone is so red that makes it seem like you are constantly blushing, tone it down with a cool colour like primary blue.
Avoid colours with earthly undertones like beige, orange, cream, terracotta and tan they can make you look washed out.
Avoid pastels but if you want a more subtle look than the bright primaries, go with teal or turquoise.
Olive/Medium Skin
If you have a tanned skin it means you have yellow and green undertones. People with olive skin tones have to avoid wearing green and yellow because they bring out your undertones and you will look almost like a Simpson!.
Go for colours like beige, cream, light blue, black and grey. By wearing earthly tones like beige and perhaps sands you bring out your olive tone, but in order not to overdo it, mix with key monotone pieces. Combine black bottoms with lighter tops to create a great mix of contrast and compliment your skin tone.
Dark Skin
For people with dark skin all colours suit them. However make sure you avoid white or black or too light or too dark colours, you can wear white or black but mix with other colours. Keep it bright, fresh and bold, avoid brown and navy’s and stick with pastels to complement blue and pink undertones.
If you find these complicated or you still don’t know where you fall, simply experiment - place colours beside your skin tone and see if it gives you a healthy glow, you can also take a picture with you wearing the colour, the camera will adjust the colours and make you look great or terrible in the colour, so from the picture you can see if it makes you look good.
Have fun with colours this summer!

Friday, August 2, 2013

Don't want to live a 'doughnut life' by Elizabeth O.

Today I'm so inspired and just so thankful - for life, my family and most of all my salvation; that to me is the greatest gift I could ever have. I love God so much and I want to serve Him till the day I die. My life doesn't mean anything without God! I wonder how people survive - getting up everyday and living life not knowing the beauty in the death and resurrection of my Lord and saviour Jesus Christ; it's really sad to see that a lot of people don't embrace this.
God is more than a figure of authority in my life, He's a friend, a helper, a comforter and my EVERYTHING, I mean EVERYTHING. My life has no essence without God in it. Sometimes, when I don't read my bible and think about God I feel empty and not just that, but also guilt and loneliness overpower me till I meditate on His word and then suddenly I become stronger.
I'm not the perfect Christian, I don't think there's such a thing as a perfect Christian; the beauty of God is that he loves you irrespective of who you are and what you've done. God is not like those parents who pat you on the back for doing good on Monday and slap you on the face for doing something wrong on Friday. With Him it's always words of encouragement and wisdom - that's what you get by spending time in His presence. He gives you an opportunity to grow, and the best part? He's patient with you! God allows you to crawl, walk and then run. He waits for you, smiling and rejoicing as you reach each milestone. 

I really just needed to share the beauty of God with you. I know what being lonely and miserable is like, trust me almost everyone has felt that at some point in their lives. One thing I'm sure of is that if you open up yourself to God, He will NEVER reject you. It's okay to find solace in friendships and relationships with family but the truth is that there's NO love like God's love. It is and has always been the GREATEST love!

"If life without Jesus is like a doughnut in the middle of your heart, then I don't want to live a doughnut life!" ;) xx

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Beauty Secrets from BeYOUtiful.

 1. True picture behind picture perfect
Many girls wish they looked like celebrities on TV but the reality is that even those celebrities don’t look like that, a lot of make-up, lighting, editing come together to  create the faces we see on TV and Magazines. TV isn’t real. The writer of BeYoutiful-an ex-beauty pageant winner- writes out a list of all she was expected to do to look good; just to appear in a magazine, even if she wasn’t the cover girl!

     2.   Let your inner beauty shine from inside out
Every girl should know she is made up of her body, mind, choices, character, and values.
No matter what happens in life always remember that treating your body badly affects how you see yourself, it affects your mind set. Also your bad character affects your choices, but nothing can change your value. We are always like diamonds no matter what we have gone through or what we have experienced. If a diamond is being trampled on and thrown into the waste bin, it will always remain a diamond. So no matter what we have been through we just need to dust ourselves up to shine!. We are always priceless and should never feel or think less of ourselves.
Also remember that when you appreciate the beauty in others your beauty comes out!

     3.   Give yourself a confidence make-over with your ABC.
Always Be Confident! Think, feel then act confident even when you do not think so, act confident and you will begin to feel and think confidently!

     4.   Model a fashionable sense of self respect!
 Dress how you will like to be addressed. When you are confident about yourself you do not need to over dress. Some outfits either say ‘just an object’, ‘respect me’ or ‘I am beautiful’. Always keep the three B’s to yourself, keep your Victoria’s secret secret!

      5.   Accessorize your self esteem
 Get high heels to crush haters, or shades to block them off, something you feel good in!

      6.   Apply your ‘true- to- you foundation’
 Do not ever change for anyone except your changing to be better!

      7.   Remember that real models are role models!
 Do you really want to be looked up to, or looked at? It is always better to make a positive impact in your environment!

Source: BeYOUtiful, Julie Marie Carrier

Thursday, March 7, 2013

I'm That Girl - That Girl That Got Pregnant

We came across an amazing real life story on a blog called Focus, and we knew we had to share it with you. Enjoy and be inspired!

So…I’m pregnant. I’m 21, single, a senior in college, and yes, I’m that girl. It happened on my 21st birthday. Most people get to enjoy a few too many drinks, and possibly a bad headache the next day for their 21st birthday. My experience was a little different. I was that girl that got way too drunk, that girl that was insecure, that girl that had a random hookup, that girl that couldn’t say no, that girl that got pregnant.

It should be understood that one drunken hook-up did not change my life. The devil had been working through the details for years leading up to this. He had been working the day I had my first illegal drink of alcohol. He was there when I lost my virginity to a guy I hardly knew. He was there when I lost all self-respect and repeatedly got drunk and acted promiscuously. He was there when I searched for guy after guy for security. The devil was there the day after all those miserable hookups, feeding the thoughts of unworthiness and self-hate into my head. The devil was working the whole time. It’s no surprise that on my 21st birthday, I got drunk “justifiably” because it was my birthday, and had sex with some guy. It was no surprise at all; in fact the devil had this in the works for many years.
Fortunately, God was working this whole time too.

The day I saw those two lines indicating a positive result, my whole world completely turned upside down. I was living every young girl’s worst nightmare I was pregnant. At the time I found out I was pregnant, I was single, alone, and afraid. I literally felt I had no one to turn to. The weight of my own embarrassment, shame, self-hatred, and loss of self-worth was too much to bear and I never told a single soul I was pregnant and scheduled an abortion even though I knew to my very core it was wrong. The devil works when we are alone, and that’s exactly what I was - alone. Inside I was desperately screaming “Who could possibly love me?” There was no way I could tell anyone.I was afraid. I was afraid no one would love me if they knew that I had gotten pregnant. Being raised Catholic all of my life I was well versed in Church teaching on abortion. I knew that every aspect of it was wrong; it was emotionally, scientifically, theologically, spiritually, and fundamentally wrong – yet I was still going to do it.

However, God loved me too much to let me off the hook. The days leading up to my abortion, I would attend mass. I would sit in the very back, by myself, head down the entire time. I would shamefully watch other people receive the Eucharist as I sat there, unworthy of it. The weekend right before my scheduled abortion God pierced my soul with His unconditional, perfect love. It was as if all the readings and the homily were directed specifically at me. That day at mass I learned about God’s infinite mercy and forgiveness. I had obviously known intellectually about forgiveness and mercy, but that day was different. That day, God gave me the grace to feel His presence and his mercy and forgiveness in my heart. For the first time I knew with every ounce of my being that God DID love me as much as he loved the little life inside of me. For the first time in over a month of depression and turmoil and shame, I felt loved – in the midst of my brokenness. I realized that God gifted me not only with my life, but also entrusted to me the life growing inside me. In that moment I felt overwhelming peace and the courage to offer my life back to God as a gift and do His will, no matter how scared I was. By the grace of God alone, I cancelled my abortion.

That day changed me forever. I know His love is real; He has confirmed it to me time and time again.  God confirmed His love for me when I finally built up the courage to tell my parents I was pregnant; my parents never condemned me, but instead embraced me and loved me and supported me.  God confirmed His love for me when I finally went to confession and the priest praised me for my choice of life and gave me the grace to forgive myself.  God confirmed His love for me when I told my friends and they not once judged me, but loved me and affirmed me of my worth.  God confirmed His love for me when my doctor never questioned my age or why I didn’t have a husband and instead rejoiced in the development of the baby inside me.  God confirmed His love for me every day at mass when I witness His sacrifice for me, so that I, a broken girl, could be forgiven and come to know Him. 

I am now proud to say I am 39 weeks pregnant with a beautiful little girl.  Any day I will get to hold this beautiful gift of life.  I am proud to say that I have given my life back to God as a witness to life as I am one of the few, if not only pregnant girl attending a secular university.  I also have a new found passion for helping the broken women found in an unplanned pregnancy as a volunteer advisor at our local Pregnancy Resource Center.  Finally, I share my story with anyone and everyone, with just the small hope that another broken person can feel loved and know his/her life is truly a gift and that they are valued as a child of God.  Life truly is a precious gift, and I’m so blessed that God gave me the grace to understand that, even in the midst of brokenness.

Source: http://www.focus.org/blog/posts/im-that-girl-that-got-pregnant.html

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

What to give your best girl on Valentine's day...

She’s always there to listen to your rants, share your secrets, hold your hand through the heartbreaks or breakups.... she makes you laugh and gets your sign language – that’s your best girl A.K.A your ‘BFF’. 

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and it’s only right to appreciate the girl(s) in your life that mean so much. We think that friendship bracelets are a good gift to show your love and strengthen the girly bond.

Order one for you and your BFF or better yet play DIY with a few embroidery threads, and create a ‘wrist candy’ to symbolize how great a friend she is to you!

Happy Valentine’s Day in advance...

We love you guys!