Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Monday, December 7, 2015
Monday, November 30, 2015
I'm back! This semester has just beaten me over the head and blogging has fallen to the wayside - especially because I don't think you lot want to hear my bitter ramblings about the ridiculous GenEds that I have to take. Nevertheless, IT'S CHRISTMAS TIME! So without further ado, here are
all most of the things I've been lusting after all year long.
Thursday, October 15, 2015
It's been forever since I've blogged, especially a more talky lifestyle kind of post like this one is going to be, but I'm so ready to be back at it. Recently, I've had a lot going on, both personally and school wise, and I just haven't really felt like I've had much to say. I got a baby bunny named HRH Prince Oliver, I took the LSAT, and I started my senior year of college, so it's been quite a busy few months.
I get so tangled up in this mindset of "I have to make everything work" and "failure is the absolute worst thing that could ever happen," but, excuse my french, but that's bullshit. Letting people in and things not working out isn't failing. That's what you're supposed to do in life. And sometimes things just don't work. I know that's a revelation to you if you're like me, but because I need to hear it too, I just thought I'd throw it in there. Not everything works out. Sometimes people suck. IT'S REALLY ALRIGHT and not in any way shape or form the worst thing that can happen.
I saw this quote the other day and I knew I wanted to include it in this blog post because it's exactly how I feel. It's so hard to love people. It's so much easier to be defensive, and cold, and never really let people in, but that never gets you anywhere. It makes you bitter, and cynical, and nothing ever comes from that. But taking chances on people, even when it goes absolutely terribly, is the only thing that ever amounts to something.
So, I say, even when you're scared, even when it's uncomfortable, take a chance on people, and be proud of yourself whether it works out like you planned or not. Because the worst that can happen is you'll be sad blogging about it from your bed on a Thursday night and hopefully over it by Sunday.
I've included Brené Brown's Ted Talk on vulnerability too, because she says so much better what I'm trying to get at. It's complicated, and it's messy, and sometimes things don't go the way you planned and it sucks, but it's really REALLY important. And I think all the good things in life come from it. So watch, and learn.
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
I got an iPhone 6 in July, thank heavens, and because I had absolutely no space left, I got the 64 gig. I know that's a bit much, but because they don't sell the 16 gig anymore it was my only option. I really hope I never fill it up enough to need anymore space than that (#hoarder), but for now I'm enjoying having so much extra room for a few not-totally-necessary-but-I-want-them-anyway apps. Here are the 5 I'm currently loving.
Monday, August 10, 2015
*insert heart eyed emojis here*
Can we just talk about how precious this sofa is?! I love navy as a neutral and an alternative to black, because black is just too harsh for me, and those polka dots make it so cute! I feel like it's fun, but still classic and simple.
I'm obsessed with white. I know, how boring and vanilla, but I really am. In my room at home my furniture is white, my sheets are white, and my comforter is white. Even a good majority of my wall is painted white. I just love how simple and clean it looks and how easily it goes with anything extra you bring in to the room. This mirror is my definition of perfect, because A. It's white and B. I love putting quotes and pictures around my mirror already, and it's so nice to put candles or other things in some of the cubby holes too. #swoon
These pillows are precious. I've wanted the monogrammed comforter from PB forever, but I think these will have to hold me over until I actually have a real degree making real money at a real job. I love that their main color is white, making them look very bright and fresh, but then they're very colorful as well, without looking too childish. I'd monogram my forehead if it was socially acceptable, so these were love at first sight.
When I saw this vanity, I'm pretty sure I had a mild stroke. It's white. It's perfectly built for an OCD organization junkie. And it looks like something a princess would have in her room to get ready in front of. I really can't say anything else about it except that I'm going to beg my parents for it from now until Christmas.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
I know it's an extreme cult classic and very cliche to say, but my favorite beach bag is the LL Bean Boat and Tote. It's got room for everything, has little pockets for the smaller things that can't get lost/smashed in the bottom, and can be personalized o it doesn't get mixed up with anyone else's! However, any canvas or plastic bag that can be easily cleaned to get rid of the sand will do!
I think the flag towel in the graphic above is adorable, but obviously beach towels are sold everywhere and any one will do. I love the Vera Bradley ones if you want something cutesy, but Southern Proper, Lauren James, and Marley Lilly also have cute ones as well!
I am obsessed with sunglasses. When I was younger I never wore them, mostly because I couldn't find any to suit my chubby cheeks, but now that I've gotten older, I've grown to love them. I've got lighter eyes which are even more sensitive to the sun than my pale skin and so they've become a necessity, especially on the beach. The ones above are Ray Bans (#swoon). but again, you can find sunglasses anywhere. I recommend polarized ones so that they dim the glare a bit, but as long as you're protecting your eyes, you're good to go! Target has a great, affordable selection, as does Forever 21, if you're looking to pick up a new pair!
Can we just admire that seersucker Southern Proper hat for a minute?! I love wearing baseball caps in general, but especially in the sunny, windy, generally not good for my hair beach climate. My favorite is an old, well worn in cap that was given to me years ago, but no matter where it's from, as long as it protects your face from those evil sun rays, its a good'un.
This has become a "Sarah's favorite brands" post, but I bring my Camelbak with me absolutely everywhere. I've decorated it with tons of stickers that actually made me look sporty and outdoorsy, but it still serves it's purpose to keep me hydrated all day when I'm sweating it out in the sun, so I love it. The straw makes it easy to drink from any angle, which is good cause I'm lazy, and all around it just makes me want to drink more water instead of constant Coca Cola.
GUYS. I cannot preach this enough. I know everyone wants to be a tan goddess (count me in), but skin cancer down the road isn't worth it. I love Sun Bum brand (smells d-lish-ous), but as long as you've got 30 SPF or above, you're good to go. I use face lotion, body spray, chapstick, and after sun, and I'll never go back to my "red as a lobster" days.
I'm all for reading a book on the beach, but after a while, I just want to chill out/nap for a bit. I love having a good beach playlist ready and just jamming out. Portable speakers, especially waterproof ones, are great all year around, but especially when you're lounging outside.
Pretty much the same as portable speakers, except no one can listen to your playlists but you. This saves the awkward looks from strangers about your weird music taste or the looks from your mom about your potty mouth rap playlist. Either way, you've got music to occupy you all day.
Is there anything more classic than tearing through a good book at the beach? I think not. My current favorites are Daring Greatly by Brené Brown, Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin (I'm SO OBSESSED), and Animal Farm by George Orwell. They're all very different, clearly, but all good, easy reads to get lost in while at the beach.
This one's my favorite cause I'm constantly hangry. I like to pack a few crackers, grapes or strawberries, and water to bring with me. When you're hot and sweaty, the last thing you want is a sugary snack that'll only make you more tired/hungry, so cold fruit and ice cold water are the best things. Don't get me wrong, my body runs on Coke, but even I have to rehydrate every once in a while.
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
I've gotten scarily off track with this 'blog everyday in May' thing. I think I've hit about 4? But we'll disregard that and pick up where we left off. Today's prompt is "Link up your favorite posts you've written", so I'm going to sort of summarize them and link them below. Because it's been almost 2 years since I started Sarah Smile, I've amassed quite the little collection of posts, on everything from 50 Shades of Grey to What to Pack for College, but I've narrowed it down quite well I think. My favorites are the posts I was scared to publish but felt very proud of. Posts where I stood up for something I believe in, even when it was awkward or not so mainstream, so without further adieu, here's a little catch-up!
Monday, May 25, 2015
Oh, TFIOS. I finally caved (and actually had time to read) and I was not disappointed. For me, TFIOS did not reveal some existential life truth or totally change my views on life, love, death, etc., but it did teach me a lesson or two and I was really impressed with John Green's truthful, realistic yet not cynical, way of writing.
In my life, I have witnessed a sort of tragic love story very similar to Gus and Hazel's relationship. And no, living it and being on the sideline are not the same thing, but watching people you love love someone who is sick, loving someone who is sick, and then all together with the people that you love having to watch them die is a terrible, awful thing. I could understand Hazel's view of not wanting to hurt those around her and wanting to minimize the damage but I could also "to my core" understand Gus, knowing it was worth anything to be able to experience all the goodness.
I was worried to read it because I hate books that are overly cynical about death and dying and especially patients with terminal illnesses because I absolutely do not believe that they are always depressed and angry and hopeless. I know that they're not and I hate when they're painted that way, however, I also hate when they're painted as warriors who are so much stronger and more courageous than the average human being, because they're not. They are normal people who are dealing with it the only way they know how (albeit very bravely most times), and painting them in either light puts too much pressure on them to be a certain way when they have so much else to worry about. I would agree that dealing with death in any way, shape, or form is horrible, but there are lessons to be learned from it. There is something strangely beautiful about the way people change when they know their days are numbered, more so than yours or mine, I guess.
I loved the idea of infinities being different sizes for different people and situations. In my life, my sister Mal met a guy named Aaron less than a year before she died and even though they didn't even get a full year together, that time changed both of them so much. For him, he'll be different for the rest of his life, and if that's not an infinity, an infinite experience, than I don't know what is. For me, I got 17 years with her and her creative, confident, strong, and hopeful presence and that changed me forever, and isn't that infinite? So the idea really clicked for me, and I think it's a much more hopeful, positive way of looking at sucky situations.
I also loved the way that Gus stuck with Hazel, and Hazel with Gus, in the face of such scary, hard to deal with things. To me, that is so admirable in a person, the commitment no matter what, and I think that that has fallen away some in modern times. I will never forget Aaron telling Mal how proud he was of her in the last few moments and that moment, that gesture, is something I will always equate as the measure of really loving someone, sticking by them even when it doesn't necessarily benefit you or when it gets hard, staying even when you could walk away, and I really respected that in both their characters.
Lastly, Hazel's view on everyone being obsessed with leaving their mark on the world, even if that mark is a scar, was really amazing to me. So often we do become fixated on making our lives mean something, anything, that all too often we forget to make sure that our mark is a good, albeit smaller one, rather than a large, ugly scar. That is a lesson I learned from Mal without even knowing I was learning it. She affected so many peoples' lives and taught people so many important things about life, and love, and being courageous in the face of adversity, and she did it so humbly and without fanfare, and I really respect that and am proud of that. There will be no monuments in their honor or biographies about her life and death, but the people who knew her were changed and made better by the sheer act of knowing her, and the people who witnessed her and Aaron got to see something really special, got to see what really loving someone looks like and how much it can change a person, and I think that is quite enough. More than most can hope for but something everyone should strive for, I should think.
So thank you, John Green, for making things clear that I already knew and writing something so complicated and tricky so, so wonderfully.
Have you read The Fault in Our Stars? What'd you think?
Sunday, May 17, 2015
Remember that time I said I'd blog every day in May and then completely neglected it for 2 weeks? Yeah, me neither. Today's prompt is : Ten things that make you really happy. So let's get on with it! In no particular order...
Sunday, May 3, 2015
Saturday, May 2, 2015
So Day 2's prompt is "Educate us on something you know a lot about or are good at." I'm going tot take this day as a time to tell you that KATE MIDDLETON HAD A GIRL THIS MORNING!
Friday, May 1, 2015
Thursday, April 23, 2015
Okay, I know that I have been silent here for the past week, and I know that my last post was quite similar to this one, but this topic has been on my heart for a while now, and I just really wanted to discuss it some more.
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