Category Archives: inspiration of the week

Graduating+

Hey Folks,

My cat Virgil with Flounder the fish
My cat Virgil with Flounder the fish

So I am so proud of the week that I’ve had. It’s taken a lot of hard work and dedication to finally post this official Armor+Adorn website and finally set forth on my freelancing journey.

It's my cat in a box
It’s my cat in a box

Just a little seed in my head for years, the concept for A+A was always to have a fantastic and visually stimulating website so that people knew what they would be up against when working with me.

Continue reading Graduating+

Update+

Hey guys!

Sorry this week has been so dull, it’s been a rather busy week. I had an interview with a company that I’ve wanted to get into for quite some time now, so my brain has been caught up in that mess.  I owe you guys a Wedding Wednesday post, so that will be doubled up next week so you can count on seeing TWO designers featured.
Join me after the cut for some inspiration!

As inspiration for this week [I am apparently late on discovering things] but I discovered this lovely twelve-year-old little girl Talia Joy, who’s a brilliant little makeup artist-in-training who is battling cancer.  Here is her YouTube Channel and here is her personal website.
Miss Talia Joy
Her personality is absolutely infectious and she is massively talented. Grown up make up artists should really take a cue from her because she is truly an inspiration to us all.  Now before everyone comes down my throat for her being too young to wear makeup, I find her case to be a bit unique because she uses makeup to feel beautiful over wearing a wig (i.e. “makeup is my wig”).  I completely encourage this way of therapy because it is a way for her to be creative and feel that she is making a difference to the world around her regardless of her hardships.  
Update on her condition:
If you were like me and had not yet heard of her, please go check out her videos on YouTube and go read or listen to her story as well! To the brilliant Talia Joy, all my thoughts and prayers are with you, keep doing what you’re doing because you’re making a difference!
Here’s the first video of hers I saw:
Also, before I forget to mention it, her dream is to be a guest on Ellen, so I’d love to support that by encouraging everyone to write in to the show!
I’m currently working on a Fashion Friday post featuring my lovely September issues which I just got TODAY!!!! yeaaaaah!
Talk to you all soon!
P.S. Does anybody have a good site for collage making? PicMonkey is great in theory but Flash always crashes when I go to save my collage.  If anyone knows how to remedy this, please let me know! 🙂 

Words of Inspiration+


As a prelude to what will eventually be Tuesday Tips, I wanted to give you all a life tip:

Listen to words that make a difference in your life. Like, really listen.  

I’m always most inspired by words that encourage you to seek what you want in life, and of course your classic case of of “never give up” positivity. Many people sort of look at you like, “are you for real?” when you find yourself attracted to these types of personal sayings. Society has brought it to our attention that some of these mantras are rather idyllic and considered cliche because of that, but, why should that make them any less important? We spend so much time trying to overcome the obstacles and hardships in our lives so then why is it so bad when we find words that have the power for change.


I’d like to show you something that inspired me the other day.  While I was working for BCBG for a short but sweet time in my life, I met an awesome girl.  She touched me with her story of how she had lost her mother a few years back. She was so strong and really making the best of her life, putting a smile on the faces of those around her, and really truly putting her heart into things that she was doing.  Now she’s seeking the world and kicking some serious tail. 


She recently discovered this poem written in her mother’s journal:

Don’t Quit…

When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all up hill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow–
You may succeed with another blow,
Success is failure turned inside out–
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far;
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit–
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.


So to my dear -, thank you for sharing these beautiful words and being able to inspire me with your story.

Whatever your words may be, find those words that make a difference in your life.  It doesn’t matter whether the words are inspired by a loved one, like the ones above, or whether they’re an age old proverb or biblical passage, don’t be embarrassed to find a mantra that is solace to you.


I found mine years ago when I was at a very low point in my life: Dum Spiro, Spero. It means While I breathe, I hope in Latin. For me it was a matter of never stopping to believe that things will get better.  When you’re in a negative mindset, it’s hard to find that one little sliver of light that keeps you going.  It was important to think: as long as I live, I will hope, and as long as I hope, I will live.  Hope isn’t just a naive sense of being, it exists because it contributes to the wellness of people’s lives. Sometimes it’s all you need.


“By words we learn thoughts, and by thoughts we learn life.”

– Jean Baptiste Girard 


Share your words, share your life.

Inspiration of the Week+

Hey Y’all! 
(I don’t know how I adopted a southern accent there, it is completely arbitrary)
For this week’s random awesomeness I’d like to present you with a man I encountered via YouTube a few years back.  I’m not sure if it’s the music, the joy behind the dances, the group camaraderie, the epic nature of the destinations (dude dances with crabs! on a beach! full of crabs!), or whether it’s just an amalgamation of all that greatness. 
Here is just ONE of his awesome videos:
Where the Hell is Matt? (2008)
See more of his videos after the cut!

I don’t know if I’m biased to that first one because he dances with children, dances in Poland, AND dances in Canada but his others are also amazing:
Where the Hell is Matt? (2006)

If you liked the first one, you will love this one too (among the cool things: massive turtles, a kangaroo, monks, elephants, seals, and yes PYRAMIDS too Mikayla :p). First and every time I watch it I legitimately get chills. For some reason I missed it, but in one of the videos he is dancing in the ocean near a MASSIVE whale.  The sight is truly astonishing and awe-inspiring. 

Dude has seriously had some amazing experiences making these videos and I commend him for taking the literal “trip around the world” that many of us only dream about. 

Here’s his original video (pre-Stride sponsorship):

Where the Hell is Matt? (2005)

So…
I mean, Matt Harding?
Check out his site here: http://www.wherethehellismatt.com/
Although he’s gotten a bit commercial since he first began, he’s still pretty awesome in my books!
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go first?
P.S. Don’t be afraid to dream big.

Inspiration of the Week+

Many moons ago, I discovered the incredible work of photographer Nick Brandt who takes incredibly moving and beautiful shots of wildlife.  
I wanted to take advantage of this blogging opportunity to give him a much deserved shout out. He’s one of many artists who will be featured as Inspiration of the Week!
See more of his work:

I would love to hear recommendations on anyone or anything that should be featured as Inspiration of the Week!