Friday, April 24, 2015

Have a wonderful weekend

Woohoo, happy Friday, friends! Are you pumped for the weekend? I'm really excited to watch Bruce Jenner's interview with Diane Sawyer tonight -- will you be watching? Also, I really enjoyed writing about honesty in blogging yesterday! What other topics would you like to see as part of the Blogging Club series? Feel free to email me at mellow1422@aol.com -- I'd love to hear from you! I hope you all have a relaxing weekend, and here are my favorite finds from the wonderful Web...

Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner's reassuring life advice for artists.

Vintage brides.

Yes, I'll take a plate of these lemon bars, please!

How would you like to take your speakers to the beach?

The Full House reboot is officially happening!

Seven strategies for dealing with negative people.

Happy birthday, YouTube!

A cooking club that's 124 years old and counting!

Uh-oh! Experts say that IKEA will put your relationship to the ultimate test.

America's best supermarkets -- what's your fave?

Before We Met is the cutest thing EVER.

How tall can a mountain actually be?

You can use Peeps to calculate the speed of light -- how cool!

These out-of-office auto replies are hilarious!

Who's up for a trip across the pond to London?

Parisian photographer Stephane Domingues's beautiful photo series captures women from around the world as they turn thirty.

10 chic desk accessories to buy now.

This Batman vs. Superman recut trailer is awesome!

Totally in love with this 1940s fashion in New York?

And the World's Happiest Country is...

**Don't forget to enter the Grandma's Garden Flower Earrings Giveaway -- you've got until next week to enter!!

And as always, feel free to connect with me on Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube! See you there, friends! xoxo

[Photo via Muymolon]

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Blogging Club: On honest writing

For our first "club meeting," I thought we'd start at the very beginning.

Writing.

By now, you've probably figured out that I'm pretty big on this whole writing thing. I always have been. In fact, I don't remember a time when writing wasn't a fixture in my life. Front and center. It was always there -- faithful and at the ready, any time I needed it. Early on, it sort of paved the way for my life and really gave me a solid foundation under my feet. At times, like after my father died, it helped me express myself when speaking the words just never seemed to be enough!

So when I came across this quote on Twitter about writing, it practically jumped through the computer screen and screamed my name. It shown brightly like a lighthouse in a dark abyss, like a rainbow at the end of a fierce storm, like... well, I'll just let the words speak for themselves...

Great writing is not perfect; it's real. It bleeds and leaves a trace...

Over the last six years, that's exactly what I've tried to do. The truth is (no pun intended...), I've tried to view blogging like a mirror that I held up to myself. I've always wanted to be who I am and never have that be something I'm afraid of or something I feel like I have to hide. So I've practiced writing honestly, and now, I can't imagine writing any other way. It's gone from something I want to do to something I have to do. I don't know how to write any other way than with a heavy dose of honesty.

At the very least, I hope I've somewhat succeeded in my efforts.
Because when you strip it all away, all those layers and those facades and the people we think we are, you're left with those imperfect, bleeding words. We find ourselves. We find our identity. It's those imperfections that are so beautiful. There's a certain intangible beauty in being real and vulnerable and your authentic self. Don't cheat yourself of that experience. You can't put your finger on it, but you can definitely feel it. And maybe that is what makes all the difference in the world in the end.

With great power comes great responsibility. The same can be said of writing. I hope you'll always use your power and your words for good... xoxo

[Photos via We Heart It]

My Diaries (The Remix): Reading #66

What if you never aged?



Can you imagine a world in which you didn't age, didn't grow older and basically didn't change at all? That's the theme explored in The Age of Adaline, a time-bending romance starring Blake Lively. The movie chronicles the life of Adaline, a woman who ceases to age a day past 29 following a car accident.

Entertainment Weekly called the movie a "moody romance," saying...

"The premise opens up a thousand questions about what a life that spans more than a century of social upheaval and modern progress means ... Adaline is consistently gorgeous to look at—and a good reminder that love, even when it’s complicated or painful or doesn't last, is a whole lot better than immortality."

It certainly makes you think, doesn't it? The world around you would continue spinning and people would age and move on with their lives. And you'd remain virtually unchanged, at least physically, as history passed you by. Maybe time would become irrelevant -- a useless marker reserved for those around you and something that you'll be forever immune to. It's that sort of magic and mysticism that intrigues me and makes me want to spend a weekend afternoon getting lost in Adaline's world.
The film opens in theaters tomorrow. Are you excited, friends? Will you check it out?

P.S. I miss Blake's days on Gossip Girl...

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Grandma's Garden Flower Earrings Giveaway!




Today's giveaway is from Svetlana from Grandma's Garden! The Russia-based jewelry shop features gorgeous necklaces, earrings, bracelets, rings, brooches and hair accessories all inspired by one of spring's most glorious staples: Flowers! "I'm really in love with unusual things -- things which make an impression and break stereotypes," says Svetlana.

She's giving these gorgeous flower earrings to one lucky reader. The vintage-inspired jewelry evokes feelings of light, romantic nostalgia, Svetlana says, and makes us think of our grandmothers. "I think our grandmas or great-grandmothers were able to have accessories like this vintage-styled jewelry. The romantic, naive and playful jewelry design sends us in past times when our grandmothers were the young ladies," she says. The earrings are also made with real flowers and would go perfectly with a spring outfit, don't you think?

For your chance to win, simply visit Grandma's Garden, and leave a comment below, telling us what you'd pair your earrings with if you won. For additional entries, you can (please leave a separate comment for each entry)...

*Fan Grandma's Garden on Facebook
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*Follow Grandma's Garden on Pinterest
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*Fan So About What I Said on Facebook
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A winner will be chosen at random next Wednesday, April 29th, so you've got a whole week to enter! Good luck, friends! xoxo

Wow! A levitating light bulb!


Now here's something my father would have loved: FLYTE is a levitating light bulb that's perfect for your home or office desk. Simon Morris created the state-of-the-art invention by using magnetic levitation to allow the light bulb to hover in the air while being powered through wireless induction.
How awesome is that? It's like something straight out of Back To The Future! xoxo

[Via Poppytalk]

How I Feel (In 5 Photos) Wednesday.





"This is the story of a girl...Who cried a river and drowned the whole world...And while she looked so sad in photographs...I absolutely love her...When she smiles." --Nine Days

[Photos via My Summer Twist]

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Letters To My Future Husband: Letter #172.

Dear Mr. Melissa Blake:
Where do I begin? It's certainly been awhile, hasn't it? But don't worry. How could I ever forget you? That's crazy -- it would be like forgetting my DVR and we both know how much I love my TV time.

But I digress. Life was rather serendipitous for me last night. I was up late perusing through my old journals, as I like to do from time to time, and I came across a particular entry from 2006. I was 25, young, naive and still trying to find my way in the world. It was an interesting time in my life, to say the least. And then I had a dream. As I described it in my journal, I was engaged. I didn't know who my lucky fiancé was, what he looked liked or basically anything about him. I didn't even know if we even ended up getting married.

The only thing I did know?

His name.

His name was Benjamin.

That's it. That's all I knew. It's weird because I'd completely forgotten about this dream until I read my journal last night. What are the odds that I would find it now? You know I still wobble when it comes to the fate vs. logic debate, but wouldn't that be beyond spooky if that dream were actually true? Are you named Benjamin? Do you have a twin named Benjamin? Do you know anyone named Benjamin? As it stands right now, I don't know anyone by that name, so we'll have to see how things play out.

It's all sort of funny because I've never even thought of you as having a name. LOL. OK, I know you have a name, so maybe that's not exactly what I mean. I suppose I mean that your name had always been something that was secondary to everything else, but maybe that's not really fair to you. A name, after all, is a part of you. It helps define you and makes you who you are. It could be your parents' favorite name, a family name or a nickname from childhood that just seemed to stick. We can't discount the importance of that, can we?

Take me, for example: I used to hate my name. Growing up in the '80s, Melissas were a dime a dozen in school, and the name just sounded so plain to me. I wanted something unique, something that would make my teachers look twice at the attendance sheet as they tried to pronounce it on the first day of school. But, no such luck. As I got older, though, I grew into my name. It became a part of me, and now I can't imagine myself as anything other than a Melissa.
Does that make any sense at all? Names are a powerful thing, so this dream is making me all sorts of excited about your name. Maybe someday you'll go from a Mr. Melissa Blake to a Benjamin to...who knows! But I can't wait to find out, can you??? Until we meet... xoxo

[Photos via We Heart It]

Vintage wedding photos


I love flipping through my parents' wedding album. They got married in 1978, and all the photos from their special day is like a snapshot of life in the '70s.

Maybe that's why it was so easy for me to get caught up in these vintage wedding photos on flickr this morning. My inner historian and hopeless romantic always seem to win out, I suppose. Here are seven more of my favorites...






Don't you love these? It makes me wonder what people will think of today's wedding photos when they look at them 50 years from now... xoxo

[Via Miss Moss]

Monday, April 20, 2015

In The Pursuit of Happiness: Charlize Theron's advice to women

I first fell in love with Charlize Theron when she starred opposite Keanu Reeves in the thriller Devil's Advocate. That was wayyyy back in 1997, and since then, she's always had a special place in my heart. I've admired her authenticity, her strength, her sense of self. The actress graces the May cover of W magazine, and in true Theron form, she dispenses the kind of advice that makes me want to sit up straight and take meticulous notes...
"That's my encouragement to 20-year-olds who are terrified of getting older: Don't have a nervous breakdown and don't hit the Chardonnay too hard. Now that I'm older, I know I'm not missing out on anything," she says. "Now, I go home, and that feels really good. When I hit 30, I realized I didn't have to please everybody. I could actually enjoy life, which is not a bad thing at all."
So often, we find ourselves comparing our lives, our goals, even our hobbies to everyone around us. I've found myself doing that more times than I'd like to admit. We create this invisible standard that we feel like we MUST measure up to. It's totally unrealistic, sure, but that's not really the point. We think that if we measure up, then all our problems will be solved and our lives will suddenly be perfect. And then we're disappointed when we realize that it's not true -- that the standard we've been holding ourselves to is nothing but a lie.

Thank you, Charlize! Isn't her advice great and a breath of fresh air? What celebrity advice have you been loving lately? Do you have a favorite Charlize quote or movie? Let's chat, friends! xoxo

[Via PEOPLE]
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