#HELLOSCARBLOGGERPROJECT Featuring Shirley Ramirez!

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Hi my name is Shirley and  I’m 32 yrs old, I live in New York City with my husband and three kiddies (12, 8, 3).  I studied education and child psychology but my passion is home decor and fashion. I love simplicity and elegance. Obsessed with the color white and peonies. Love to travel and being on the open road. I consider myself a simple girl with big dreams, and with the support of my family and friends I feel unstoppable. 

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1. How do you stay positive?

Staying positive is something that takes work. The way I stay positive is by writing down my thoughts and honestly counting my blessings.

2. What makes you angry?

I’m a very easy going person, but one thing that truly gets my angry is unkind people. People that go out their way to be mean, negative, or insulting to one another. We never know what someone is going through you need to be kind as much as possible.

3. How do you deal with stress?

Last year I learned the hard way on how not to deal with stress. After holding in all my feelings about a situation I was dealing with for a long time I had a minor nervous attack. I had a rapid heartbeat, my arm went numb, and I was on the verge of fainting. I was rushed to the hospital where I was treated as a “ stroke patient.” After many tests and a cat scan it was determined that a stroke had not happened but it was actually a nerves breakdown. My body shut down and it gave up. It was time for me to release all pain, hurt, sadness and resentment. Now I deal with the stress by training my mind to not go their, that place of pain. I started writing down my feelings in the moment as it happens and also sharing my story with fellow bloggers talking about things has helped me tremendously.

4. Have you ever shared a personal struggle? 

Yes. going to back to question 3, I went through a bad year and after suffering a nerves attack I started sharing my story my struggle with friends and strangers. I want to turn the struggle into triumph.

5. Do you believe in the saying “Good things come to those who wait?”

I do believe in the saying” good things come to those who wait”. You just can’t wait to long too long, you have to take some things into your own hands.

6. What is your all time favorite song?

My all time favorite song is “A Woman’s Worth” by Alicia Keys.

7. What is your favorite part about blogging?

My favorite part about blogging is the connections I have made with other bloggers.

8. What do you most enjoy writing about?

I enjoy writing about fashion, I truly enjoy the art of dressing up and playing around with different colors and patterns.

9. Which is your favorite season? why?

My favorite season is Spring. The temperature is just right, flowers are blooming, its just a pretty season. 

10. What is your favorite holiday?

My favorite holiday is Christmas, there’s nothing like spending time with family, eating amazing food, telling stories, laughing, Christmas décor and seeing the children’s faces as they open up their gifts.

11. What are your favorite online shopping stores?

I don’t shop much online. But I do love Modcloth. 

12. Describe your blog in one sentence.

My blog is a simple approach to style, décor and lifestyle.

13. Are there any regrets you have from your past? anything you’d change?

I have no regrets, I just wished I wouldn’t have stayed quiet about certain situations, I should have spoken my mind more.

14. Where do you see yourself/your blog in 10 years?

I see my blog as a staple blog for everyone to check for simple minimal décor and style.

15. Do you want to become a professional blogger and do it as a living?

I would love to become a professional blogger and definitely do it for a living!

16. Do you believe in sponsorship’s for your blog?

I do believe in sponsorship and actually just started looking into it.

17. What do you like/dislike about social media?

I like the fact that you can connect with people all over the world with the same interests and likes as you; great bonds could be made. One thing I don’t like is that it’s easy for people to hide who they truly are behind a computer. We have to be aware.

18. Are you a trend-setter or trend-follower?

I would like to think that I’m a trend-setter. I’ve always had my own style and stick to it. No matter what. 

19. Are the photos you use on your blog originals or from other sources?

I use my own photos as well as photos I come across on Pinterest for inspiration.

20. Have you’ve ever collaborated with another blogger?

I have never collaborated with another blogger but would love to soon.

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Shirley and I met through the world of Blogosphere and Social Media, We instantly connected and became good friends. She’s actually the first blogger I met on here when I began my journey as a Lifestyle Blogger a year ago. She’s one of the few people that have inspired me to work harder and be nicer, Thanks Shirley! I am beyond blessed to have this blogging beauty in my life, she has been a source of encouragement and love… I am forever grateful for her life.

This concludes the Interviews, next Friday, October 31st, 2014 I will be hosting a GIVEAWAY! 

You don’t want to miss out on this Giveaway! 

love ya, mean it.

xo,

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Hello Mac!

Hello Amigos!

“All good things come to those who wait…”

I’ve waited years for this and I’m finally so happy to share it because I am now typing from it, I ordered my Mac book Pro 15″ last week and I received it today! I’m so happy. The ASUS computer I had I gave it to my 18 year old niece because she was starting college courses her senior year in high school and I knew she needed an upgrade. My husband and I decided to give her my pc laptop because it is in great condition and now I’m glad I did because she has been using it for school non-stop. So, obviously, I’ve been having to use my husband’s laptop to write out all my posts, check my emails, and do research…. I’m also thankful for my iPhone 6 that has made a lot of this process much easier. This is actually my very early Christmas gift. YAY.

So, here meet my girl, Bella. Yes, I named her because this is something I’ve been wanting for a long time. Anyone know where I can get accessories for her? I’m thinking a cute cover for the laptop and keyboard. Check out the pics of Bella below:

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You can imagine my EXCITEMENT as I received this in a huge box last week! I’m really happy with my purchase, I no longer have to use my TV! Those who follow me on snapchat know exactly what I mean… haha!

love ya, mean it.

xo,

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#HELLOSCARBLOGGERPROJECT Featuring Juli Williams

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Hi my name is Juli. I’m 24 years old and I currently live in the beautiful city of Miami with my husband. I am passionate about life and creativity and in my blog is where I get to share that with you.
A little more about me; I’m a tea drinker and a french fry lover. My favorite movies are always set in the 1800’s: from Pride & Prejudice to The Young Victoria. My favorite places to be in the world always include water. I dream of one day traveling to Paris. And I’m constantly inspired by European art and culture. I speak, read and write fluent spanish. And I’m madly in love with my husband.
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1. Where is one place in the world that you would love to visit?
Paris. I want to go with an endless supply of money and stay at the best hotels and eat at the best restaurants. A girl can dream right?
2. What’s your favorite dessert?
Pastelitos! Ok, so I have to admit that I’m not a big sweets person, I don’t like chocolate and most sweets make me nauseous but when I tried these amazing Cuban Pastries I died and went heaven.
3. Who are your fav’s on social media?
I love following these girls on IG @ali_happer @sambam & @taylormadu
4. Are there any celebrity fashion icons that you follow?
Not really. I like different looks from different celebrities.
5. What is your favorite quote? or quote you live by?
Fake it ‘till you make it.
6. What’s the best thing you love about where you live?
I’m close to the sea. 
7. What is your favorite beauty product?
Maybelline Liquid Eyeliner Pen
8. Who is your favorite #beautyblogger #lifestyleblogger and #fashionblogger? {pick one of each} 
Lifestyle Blogger: Kelli Murray & Chalk White Arrow Fashion Blogger: Sincerely Jules  Beauty Blogger: Irrelephant
9. Do you have any YouTube favorites?
I like Refinery29TV & Stillababe09
10. What is your highly liked nail polish brand?
Square Hue
11. What is your most liked post by your readers?
Apparently it’s been my post about who my favorite Bloggers are.
12. If you could write a small paragraph thanking your readers, What would you say?
Thank you for keeping up with my process. I’ve loved getting to know you and I cannot wait to keep going and sharing my life with all of you! 
13. Do you believe in God? explain. 
Absolutely. The reason I live, I love and I exist. He is, has been, and will be my everything.
14. Do you believe “what goes around, comes around?”
I believe in, what you sow you will reap.
15. What have you’ve struggled with in your blog?
Keeping up with great content. As well as keeping up with all social media outlet. It’s a lot of work.
16. Who is your top favorite singer?
Too many to fit. 
17. What has been the biggest transition of your life? 
Probably, getting married.
18. What other creative things do you love to do besides blogging?
Singing, crafting, “dancing”… in the privacy of my own house lol.
19. What have been your favorite summer reads?
#GIRLBOSS such a great book.
20. Has it ever been difficult for you to apologize?
Yes. Especially when I know I’ve done or said something on purpose. But we always must.
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I’ve personally been following Juli William’s blog for quite some time now, actually since she began blogging, I don’t think she knows this but I used to attend the same church that she serves and sings at today. I love her easy, breezy and effortless style and the sweet person she is. I’ve gotten opportunities to speak to her face to face and she’s the kindest person you will ever meet. THANK YOU Juli for being a part of our Blogger Project! Cheers to a bright future ahead, hope to work with you again! God bless!

What to wear in the city that never sleeps…

Hello Amigos!

One of my friends asked me to put together some outfits for her because she will be traveling to NYC this Thursday, I already know what style my friend likes, colors, etc.. let’s say she has in me a personal stylist. I’ve never been to NYC myself but one thing I do know for sure, people do lots of walking! and when it comes to making a fashion statement, it’s really all about what makes you feel confident as a Woman or Man.

Let’s begin…

{there is a consistency of a jean jacket that is her statement piece for this trip} 

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NYC LOOK #1

Asymmetric Half-Sleeved Striped Shirt

Mid-Rised Distressed Loosed Cropped Jeans {Similar}

Python Effect Slip-On Flat Shoes {Similar}

ASOS Duffle Backpack with Front Zip {Similar}

Only Denim Jacket {Similar}

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NYC LOOK #2

Vila Floral Strap Dress {Similar}

Denim Jacket {look at link on first photo}

ModCloth Urban Barley Wine and Dine Bootie

ASOS Vintage Style Punchout Satchel Bag

MAC Viva Glam 

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NYC LOOK #3

Denim Jacket {look at first picture for link}

TNA Tola Tank Aritzia 

Casual Mid-Rise Solid-Tone Shorts

ASOS Famous Last Words Leather Flat Sandals

Fringe Peta Bag

Round-Frame Plastic Mirrored Glasses  {Similar}

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NYC LOOK #4

Denim Jacket {link in first photo}

PIECES Turtle Neck Sleevless Blouse {Similar}

Zip Leggings

Black T-Bar Cut Out Boots

Pieces Tighten Bag {Similar}

Designer Blue Panelled Graduated Necklace 

Rustic Spic & Span Hat

And this completes all 4 NYC looks for this upcoming trip for my friend. My favorite look from all is the last look for obvious reasons I love the color black…. :) All these looks were created through Polyvore.

Tell me which is your favorite look in the comments below!

love ya, mean it.

xo,

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#HelloScarBloggerProject Featuring Jasmine Eclipse

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I’m Jasmine Eclipse and I’m the blogger behind the lifestyle blog, Kuuleilani: Flux & Flow! I just graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in journalism, and I’m currently working as a social media director, but my dream is to be a writer… one day, friends, one day… I live on Maui in Hawaii and I love surfing, tanning and exploring! I’m also a strong advocate for incurable diseases of all sorts (that I’m also plagued with), lupus, autoimmune diseases, etc.! I believe in empowering people through words and photos and spreading love and light.

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1. Why did you start blogging?
I started blogging to keep track of my summer (in 2012!). I was headed home to Hawaii for the summer and had a lot of plans, and I wanted a place to keep all my thoughts and photos.

2. Who has been your biggest motivator?
My readers! While I initially started my blog for myself, it’s my readers and their comments, insight and company that motivate me. You guys are awesome, for lack of a better word.

3. What has been one of your biggest fears as a blogger?
That I’ll receive “hate” for one of my posts. And I have. I wrote a post on suicide about a year ago and while it received a lot of positive comments, it got a lot of negative comments as well. This was the only post where I had to actually monitor the comments, and even contemplated taking it down.
4. If you could give any advice to a new and upcoming blogger, What would it be?
Be yourself and have a distinct reason for starting a blog. Don’t start a blog with the hopes of becoming the next Aimee Song (Song of Style blogger). You have to have a passion for either writing, taking photos, etc. Be passionate and real, and you’ll be successful.

5. What is your long-term goals as a blogger?
To continue touching lives and inspiring others through my writing and experiences. Ultimately, I would love to be able to travel and share my experiences that way (it would be an absolute dream to be able to get paid but…), but we’ll see.

6.Which post {on your blog} could you relate to the most?
All of my inspirational posts come straight from the heart because they all stem from personal experiences.

7. If you could have one super power, What would it be?
I would love to be able to travel in time/space, because it would help me get things done faster and I’d love to go back in time and wear those Renaissance dresses! (Okay, I’d also like to convince Brad Pitt to marry me before Angelina, but that’s beside the point…)

8. Do you involve your friends/family in your blog?
Yes and no. I do include them in my weekly photo posts, but I keep personal family stuff offline. I do share a lot of my own personal life on my blog though, but that’s only because I’m so close to all my readers.
9. Have you ever thought of quitting?
Yes. After receiving hate mail, quitting crossed my mind, but then I remembered why I started blogging in the first place and why I love it so much. The positives always outweigh the negatives.
10. Have other bloggers been supportive of you and your work?
Every single one of my readers support me every day to be a better person, not only online but in my day-to-day life as well. 
11. What has blogging taught you?
Blogging has taught me that you need to be there for yourself above all else. You need to believe in yourself, do things to make yourself happy and stop caring so much about what others think. Because at the end of the day it’s just you. So you might as well work on your own personal happiness and success before worrying about what others will think. 
Blogging also taught me that I’m capable of teaching myself things that I never thought I’d ever learn, like Photoshop, HTML and marketing! This has also helped me in my profession as a social media director, so it’s a win-win!
12. If you could change one thing in the blogosphere community, What would it be?
I would love for blog designs to be free and easily accessible for everyone. I know this isn’t very practical for the designer, but some bloggers have real talent but no access to great designs and I think that blog design is vital to a blogger’s success.
13. Do you mind breaking the rules when it comes to writing?
This is hard because I have a strong background in editorial editing and writing, so I hate breaking the rules. But I will admit that I have lightened up on the strict AP style rules I placed on my blog in the very beginning. I think over the years, I’ve gained a stronger “blogger” voice.
14. Do you consider yourself to be creative?
Yes, and I’m proud! Creativity is so important not only to blogging, but to life in general because it helps to brighten spirits and bring the best out of people. 
15. If you could describe yourself in one word, What would it be?
Busy. I’m constantly busy, doing something, planning ahead. But I wouldn’t have it any other way. Keeping a schedule and always knowing what happens next keeps me sane. 
16. Have you’ve ever been creatively blocked? if so, How did you unblock your creativity?
All the time! Writer’s block will be the death of me. Whenever I’m stuck, I take a walk on the beach or do some yoga. It really helps clear my head and make room for new thoughts to come in.
17. Do you have any other hobbies?
Traveling and learning. I love visiting new places and I love learning new things. 
18. What do you do for a living?
I’m currently a social media director for a company here on Maui, where I curate social media posts, blogs, and marketing campaigns! 
19.What is your favorite color?
Blues. Living in Hawaii, I’m surrounded by the most beautiful hues of blue and it inspires me.
20. What’s the best thing that has happened to you thus far?
Everything. The good and the bad. I’m thankful for everything in my life.
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Hello Amigos! 
I met Jasmine here in this world of blogosphere and she has been such an amazing friend, supporter, cheerleader I just had to feature her and her blog here for the #HelloScarBloggerProject for the month of October, as you all know we turned 1 year on Tuesday and the “blogger project” is all about featuring other bloggers (on Fridays) for the month of October! It’s all about them and not about me. So, enough with the chit chat, THANK YOU JASMINE for being part of our 1 year celebration! 
love ya, mean it.
xo,
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