Saturday, January 3, 2015

Happy 2015! :)

 Happy 2015!!!!   This year was full of challenges, experiences both exhilarating and trying.   All in all I learned so much about myself and would not trade it for anything; but I am ready for a new year and a fresh beginning!  Remembering back to my post for January 2014 I was ready for new challenges and adventures- and boy did they keep coming! Changing careers, getting back on a plane, being in two weddings, finally setting up my etsy shop, turning 27 and taking on not one or two but three jobs, 2014 was quite an adventure!  I have really gone through so many changes and experiences this year, and am so excited for the year to come.  I finally have time to focus on my art work, to work in entomology again, to teach kids and take advantage of a new path, and I feel so happy and blessed to have the opportunities set before me!!  It feels empowering to forge my own path by puzzling together all of my passions to make them my life.      

So resolutions...well, I like to call them goals.  I have a few goals for the new year, I will share a few of them here :)

1.  Keep up with my colorful life, creating art that is both inspiring and fulfilling, playful and unique.  Make TIME for my art work, take the reigns and run with it! Don't be afraid to put it out there, and absolutely make things that I love and feel inspired to make.

2.  Be good to myself, love myself and appreciate who I am, not just what I do.  Because I am a very "do" oriented person, I get down on myself when I don't achieve certain standards, loving yourself includes being kind even when you don't get everything done you want to, or take a day just to take care of yourself and have some down time. :)

3.  Spend time with the people I love and show them how much I care about them, in both my words and actions.  Spend quality time with friends, and make sure they feel valued.  Offer kindness freely without expectations, I feel happy when I can extend kindness to others and show how much I care!
So nowto the outfit, this dress and necklace were Christmas gifts, and can I just say I am totally in love?!  The necklace was a secret santa gift from a lady I work with (totally nailed it!)  and the dress is a beautiful crepe fabric dress with embroidered cupcakes from Nishe that is so fun and comfy, I have probably worn it four times already!  I am in LOVE with this dress.  The hubby got this one from ASOS and HOORAY!  It's on sale right now and you can find it here.  Nishe has amazing designs and every dress I own from them is great quality.  They are a novelty print haven and you can't help but smile wearing cute cupcakes, pink doughnuts or pretty red bows!
 The clutch is part of my self illustrated colorful moth collection on Etsy! You can take a look at this self designed fabric clutch here. :)  I am so in love with this clutch that I need to make my own soon before I take it down and keep it!  Over the holidays I got bad about restocking my etsy, but will be putting some new items up soon, including a new fabric design!  This clutch is great for adding that extra pop, and the print is so fun and lively it can complete a solid colored outfit or mix with a pattern for fun!
The cat tights are one of my favorite recent purchases.  I found them at Hot Topic while shopping for band t-shirts for Daniel, and I just could not pass them up!  I don't have my own cat right now, so I have to keep them in my life somehow!! ;)
And of course the blue dip dye, a fun little addition to welcome the new year!  I have to say I am a big fan of bright colors on my ends, and it's a past-time that I like to experiment with from time to time, I think I might like the blue more than the magenta I did last year!  

Thanks so much for reading my post and I hope you all have had a wonderful start to your year!  Here's a toast to all that is to come!  Lots of love and let's talk soon!

<3 Alyssa xoxo