Love Yourself In 15 Different Ways!

Hello My Beauties!

On Valentine’s Day I made a video based off a post I read on 15 Ways To Love Yourself (click here to watch). Now, I didn’t finish all of the different activities, but the ones that I did do were kinda fun! Even though I didn’t really feel any significant change, I think the point of all of it was to just find creative ways to be alone and comfortable, which I always love doing!

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           Going for a long drive through a neighborhood I’ve never known about. I even saw a deer!

Being an only child I’ve grown accustomed to spending hours by myself, so when I’m constantly surrounded by others, I find myself desperately searching for some alone time. Being alone allows you to clear your head, to review your stance on something, to reflect or compose yourself after a fight, and be able to just enjoy your own company.

You can never go wrong with a relaxing bath.
                     You can never go wrong with a relaxing bath.

All-in-all I highly encourage you to spend at least 20 minutes doing something alone, whether that’s going for a hike, taking a drive, or listening to relaxing music on your yoga mat in the middle of your living room (me everyday).

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                       The pup and I having a relaxing night in!

It doesn’t matter what you do as long as you have fun doing it and you grow a little from the experience! If you want some inspiration, just search things to do by yourself or ways to love yourself. There are usually a lot of cool, sometimes pretty corny, ideas in those kinds of articles!

I also went on a hike in the freezing cold. I had a clear head and ten frozen toes by the end.
            I also went on a hike in the freezing cold. I had a clear head and ten frozen toes by the end.

Even binge watching your favorite movies/TV shows is SO MUCH FUN! Call in sick, actually become physically ill (me), or find an afternoon to watch 2 or 3 of your most-loved films.

My favorite movies consisted of ones I hadn't watched in a while: Anastasia, How To Steal A Million, and Hercules.
My favorite movies consisted of ones I hadn’t watched in a while: Anastasia, How To Steal A Million, and Hercules.

And no one can complain if you go and treat yo’ self! Except maybe your wallet…

A small Forever 21 splurge...
                                 A small Forever 21 splurge…

One thing that I’ve found really helps me is to go stargazing. Just the handful of visible stars in my neighborhood at night helps me feel grounded and all of the stress or nervousness of the day kinda melts away, leaving me feeling more connected with myself and the things around me.

I hope that you enjoyed this post and that you have taken something from it! I’m a firm believer of finding peace with your person. Not only does it feel amazing, it also comes in handy if you are in a bad place or if your having problems with others because you know your self-worth and that won’t change. At the end of the day all you have is yourself, so do things that make you happy and fulfilled.

Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks,

Marin XO

The Crazy Thing I Bought (And Shout Out!)

Hello My Beauties!

What I Bought

So I went shopping (like always), partially for the Love Yourself challenge I have taken up, but also because I like to buy things and I was bored. SO I made a ‘What I Bought/Shout Out’ video for your entertainment! Well, not just for you, for me too, but I’m sharing it with you because I love you!

Anyways, the shout out portion is to my close friend, Eleanor. We have this thing before and after Valentine’s day where we have Marin Day and Eleanor Day, and this year she gave me some really cool stuff! And to show my appreciation I made it public! Yaaaaayyyyy!

http://youtu.be/GCJ8jgCQuYM

I hope that you all enjoy and if you want to take up the Love Yourself challenge as well, join me! It’s fun, I promise.

Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks,

Marin XO

My Little Post-Christmas Haul!

Hello My Beauties!

I hope you all doing well? Yes? That’s awesome! I’m excited to be getting back into my schedule and posting again! Miss y’all 🙂

I uploaded a Youtube video of my “small” Post-Christmas haul, check it out here! But why would I keep all of the fun from you studious blog readers? That would just be mean! So I took some photos of the items that I bought and got really excited about writing this post. Let’s do this, shall we?

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STORES: Wet Seal, XXI Forever, Francesca’s, White Barn, and Aerie.

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White Barn

I’ve never been inside of this place, but I really wanted to by candles for my (growing) collection! I’ve been really into scented ones lately and I thought that it would be nice to get a couple more for my room. After rummaging around Bath and Body Works for a while, I decided that I might find something in White Barn, the store attached to B&BW. At first I thought it was going to be really boring, but then I found these two that I really liked and they were INCREDIBLY cheap because of the sales going on!

Aerie

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I always have to go to Aerie whenever I go to a mall that has the store! Since I have SO many of their bras I went for something different, like these party-penguin pajama bottoms! They are so soft and adorable, plus they have pockets! How could a girl refuse?!

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I also bought one bra (oops!). I’ve really been loving these non-paded bralettes. They’re really comfortable and can be worn under anything. Plus, if they peek out from the sides of a shirt, they look stylish, so there aren’t any worries in that department!

Francesca’s

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I never go into Francesca’s. I’m not sure why, their clothes are just slightly more than I would like to spend and I subconsciously avoid it so that I don’t waste all of my money. But on this shopping trip I broke down and went straight for the clearance section, where I found this little gem that used to be $45, then was marked down to $25, which was then marked down to $15! Now that’s what I call smart shopping… or a miracle. It is slightly large, but the way that it drapes makes the size not really matter.

Wet Seal

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I also rarely go into Wet Seal, but the one in this mall seemed very different than the one we have here so my friend and I decided to go. Even though I only bought one thing (I only found one thing that I liked), it was also on clearance and I got it for $10! It really fits my style and I can’t wait till I get to wear it!

XXI Forever

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Finally, we went to XXI Forever. I still don’t know the difference between Forever 21 and XXI Forever, so if you know COMMENT BELOW! Anyways, I bought two things, and reluctantly leaved behind five other items because of my lack of cash. In the end I chose a set of TWO rings (the middle pearl one slides out from the two bands) and I bought a more quirky cat pullover because who doesn’t want one of those?! It’s really soft and I think it will go with a lot of other things.

Well thank ya for reading, it’s been fun! Look out for my January Interview, I’m excited for it! Also give a big round of applause to my lovely model Lady who so graciously showed some of the tops for you since I was too lazy to do it myself!

Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks,

Marin XO

Video: Post-Christmas Haul!

Hello My Beauties!

How have you been? Good? I hope so, especially since it’s Monday. But if you need a break and you feel like taking to good ol’ Youtube, make sure that my latest haul is one of the many that you [deserve] to watch!

So now you can see the product of all of my hard-earned cash in HD!

Places and Products

Wet Seal~ shirt $10 (sale)

Aerie~ bra $19, PJs $20

Francesca’s~ Shawl $15 (sale)

White Barn~ Twisted Peppermint Candle $8, Cranberry Pear Bellini $10

XXI Forever~ Cat Hoodie $19.90, Pearl Rings $4.50

Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks,

Marin XO

Black Friday Haul!!!!

Hello My Beauties!

This year’s Black Friday shopping was unbelievable! The savings were amazing and I was able to buy a lot more than I thought I’d be able to be with the money I brought. SO here is my Black Friday Haul for all of you beautiful readers! Please comment with anything you liked as well as the stores you hit up that Friday! 

*I just want to say that I did not go shopping on Thanksgiving. I personally don’t support having stores open that early but that’s just one girl’s opinion*

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STORES: American Eagle, XXI Forever, Aldo  MONEY: $120

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American Eagle Outfitters

So I was able to get a huge discount at AE this year! Not only were they having a 40% off your entire purchase, but I was also able to get $20 off after using the gift card my friend got me for their stores, so thank you Gracie! As for what I bought, I got a really super duper soft striped tee that I just absolutely adore! I’ve never found a shirt with maroon and baby blue color combo and it immediately caught my eye! I also got a super cute flannel button up for this winter. It’s also extremely soft, and I got it in a large since a) they didn’t have my size and b) I liked the bigger fit of it.

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XXI Forever

I am so excited for all of the stuff I got at XXI Forever! Their deals weren’t super impressive, but I did have the incredible surprise of having the dress (shown below) be only $6 instead of $20. I bought this really adorable pack of four rings because I have been really needing some new finger candy! I also got this incredible pack of TEN earrings for only FIVE BUCKS! Honestly, if you are ever looking for a place to get great, inexpensive jewelry, Forever 21 is the place to go!

I also bought this super cute, very wintery dress that fits perfectly to accent what small curves I posses, an athletic tank top because I like to think that I am fit in some way, and finally this adorable velvet-black, flower-patterened crop top!

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Aldo

I didn’t actually mean to buy anything from Aldo, but once I say these shoes I couldn’t stop myself! The crazy shopping side of me reared its head and I purchased the shoes. It happens to the best of us. No, but seriously I fell into a deep and maddening love when I saw these bad boys! I have been looking for a pair of riding boots for ages but I could never find a pair that I liked, and then I found these and I died a little. They are perfectly accented with the laces and embellishments on the toe but they still keep that riding-boot aesthetic. But wait, there’s more. They were 50% off! So yeah I bought the shoes! Who would’t buy the shoes!? Voldemort probably, but we don’t talk of him or his lack of style…

Okie-dokie thank you all so much for reading and definitely look forward to seeing these items in future posts of mine! Here’s hoping that your holidays were amazing and that you all have a great time shopping for loved ones for this Christmas/ Hanukkah/ Kwanzaa/ Winter Solstice or whatever else you might celebrate!

Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks,

Marin XO