Monday, September 29, 2014

Thrift Shops and Grandma's Closet.

Hello my dearies, can I just talk about how second hand clothing is sometimes the best? Well, I'm going to anyways... There is nothing more satisfying than wearing an outfit that is completely second hand and probably cheaper than a dress from your local target. Okay, so yes there are things in this world that are more satisfying than that and I adore Target, but hey I like to be a tad dramatic. This outfit was put together on a very lazy day, I wanted to remain comfortable while still having a sense of vintage fashion thrown in.

You like that nice ombre tan I've got going on? That's what you get when you forget to put sunscreen on your chest....

Top: Thrift Shop 
Belt: Forever21(Okay, so this isn't second hand but it was cheap!)
Skirt: Thrift Shop
Shoes: Payless (These aren't second hand either but I've had them for YEARS so I feel like these were worth the buy in eighth grade, especially sense they have lasted so long.)
Hat: Antique Shop in the High Desert
Bracelets: Great Grandma's Hand-me-downs

I was going for a simple, 1950's esque, beatnik kind of look... whether or not I achieved it, well I guess that depends. As for my confidence that day was very high and that is what I think is most important, to be confident.

Remember it's not the clothes that wear you, it's you that wears the clothes (I know, deep right?) But seriously! I can't tell you how many times I get told that people love my style and wish they could wear what I wear yet "they themselves could never pull it off". In my opinion you can wear anything as long as you hold your head up high, believe that you can wear anything, and make sure that you are the one that people are staring at, not just your clothes.

Be confident. Be beautiful. Be YOU. You'll go far with that attitude. 

Till next time my darlings,

Paige Virginia

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Confessions of a perfectionist.


  1.                          a person who refuses to accept any standard short of perfection.

Any perfectionists out there? You know, those people who beat themselves up over not getting something right the first time? Or the ones who believe that they are the only ones who aren't absolutely brilliant at everything they do and hate themselves for it? Well, that's the perfect definition of who I am, as a dancer, a friend, a daughter, a sister, and as a human being. 

I can not tell you when perfectionism first appeared in my life, in fact I remember being the complete opposite as a child. I was fairly laid back as a kid, if I didn't get that pirouette right away I wouldn't beat myself up, I would practice everyday until I got it right. Or if something that I was working on creatively/ artistically didn't turn out exactly as planned I would still hang it proudly on my wall because I knew that that was the very definition of art. I was not a child who cried over spilled milk, but broken dishes were another story... My point is, when did I make a complete 180 and become the perfectionist that I am today?

While looking back on my life I noticed this change in myself as soon as I became serious about my walk with God, my dancing, and my overall future. Once I started dancing with who I consider my current dance mentor, Michele, I had a major confidence boost in who I was as a dancer. She consistently made sure that I knew I was a good dancer and had major potential and corrected me as much as she could to help me grow. She stood up for me when others attacked me, she made me a stronger more confident dancer. With all of that positive energy came some bad with that too, I thought if I truly was as good as she says then I need to be better than I currently am and get myself the career that I have always dreamed about. I think thats how most dancers get once their beloved art-form becomes a potential career, one that you will always love but one that loses it's creative edge. You begin to lose the heart of dance for the technique of dance. You focus on how can I change myself to better fit the profile of whatever that certain casting director wants instead of putting who you are as a an artist out for the world to see and embrace. Why? Why do we do this?

Or lets talk about the little things in life, like a new job for instance. As some of you know I am one of the newest partners at Starbucks. I always looked at this job as one that would be fairly stressful but still fun and exciting, now that I am in my second week of working there I have other feelings about it. Don't get me wrong, I still think it's an amazing company to work for and look forward to the future it holds for me, but at the moment I can't help but beat myself up over the fact that I can't seem to grasp every little detail this occupation holds. For instance, not being as quick to helping people with their orders, marking cups, making drinks, or even literally spilling milk. All of these things have gotten me so stressed out to the point where people can notice, and all the other partners tell me to stop stressing and that I'll learn in due timing, but I can't help it. The great thing is that while I am punishing myself for not getting everything right as soon as I learn it, the other partners are so supportive and patient and helpful with me.

Let's talk about one of the biggest offenders of this perfectionist lifestyle, walking with God. Now let me start off by saying that when I first accepted Jesus as my savior and wanted to live my life to the fullest for God I was fully aware that I will never be perfect and that I am loved no mater what mistake I make. I would get right back up after falling down and making a little mistake or even a huge mistake. I knew and still know that I cannot change God's mind on who I am and how much he loves me, but I think all christians hit a time in their life where they try to meet the standards of "what a true christian is". We try our hardest to not show our imperfections, or our humanity, we try so hard to be like Jesus that we tend to forget that we are not him. Yes we are a representation of who he is and what he stands for and we should always try to follow in his footsteps but we should never completely break down when we take two steps back after taking one step forward. Instead of trying to be perfect and hiding our imperfections we should try to embrace them and learn from them. Not only that but others will see that we are able to get back up after falling far far behind and maybe that will inspire them to believe that they are worthy of a second, third, or infinite amounts of chances because we are loved even at our lowest points in life.

I don't understand how I got so far off track by trying to be perfect that I lost my ability to see the beauty and artistry in mistakes. This is something that I am constantly trying to remind myself of, I am not perfect, and will never be. I am not going to be instantly great at everything I do. I am not going to have perfect looks, poise, and actions in the life I live. I am going to say stupid things that I don't mean, I am going to lose friendships over uncontrollable events, and I am certainly going to make stupid decisions in my life. What is so great about all of this is that although we are so imperfect and full of disgusting habits, actions, and flabbergastingly stupid decision making skills, we still have an amazingly perfect father, creator, friend, mentor, and love that will forever desire our shallow attention and our imperfect love because he can see the beauty in his art, humanity. The point is I'm human. You're human. We're all human and we will never be perfect, therefor we can never be a true perfectionist.

Here's to embracing a life that consists of ups and downs, imperfect turns in the road, and what God see's in us no matter how much we may mess up.

Now I am going to finish watch The Notebook so I can fantasize about having an imperfect relationship with a gorgeous man that only exists in my dreams.... So I'll leave you with this,

Romans 8:37-39 - No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Till Next Time My Darlings,

Paige Virginia

Sunday, September 14, 2014

1950's Inspired Cotton Candy Princess Dress

Have you ever just seen a dress and thought to yourself, "That dress is so beautiful that it can make me feel like a Disney princess" ? Well this happens to be one that just happens to hang in my closet...

I just love how classic of a cut this dress has. I added a soft pink petticoat to add some volume to the bottom and paired it with light blue pumps, the coolest 1950s clutch, and adorable see through gloves given to me from my grandma.

Also, the colors remind me of cotton candy, you can't go wrong with that.

Not to mention I love how it is able to show off my curves in a very tasteful way.

Best of all this dress was a gift from one of my lovely bosses in the nursery, Christina. She is such a sweetheart and someone I am glad I got to know even more. Thank you again Christina! 

Dress: Gift from Christina
Petticoat: Elsewhere Vintage (Can't remember Price) 
Shoes: H&M $7.00
Bag: Thrift Store $5.00
Gloves: Great Grandma's closet

Photo Credit: My beautiful momma! She says that she can't take photos... but I thought she did a pretty fantastic job, not a single one of these have gone through editing.

A dream of mine has always been to be a princess, whether it's a Disney princess or an actual princess, and this dress allows me to feel like one straight out of the 1950's, that my friends is something a pair of jeans cannot do for you. Ladies, don't EVER allow anyone to make you feel any less than a princess! You are more beautiful and valuable than you will ever know and there is only one man worth giving everything to and he will never take advantage or forsake you. "He has made everything beautiful in it's time." Ecclesiastes 3:11 

Till Next Time My Darlings,

Paige Virginia

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

A Desert Playground and Sunday Best.

So I really need to stop promising that I'll be better about blogging. I'm sorry about being gone for so long, it's just been pretty hectic for me lately. So far my family and I are moving, I got a job at Starbucks, and I have gotten much more involved at my church. I am slowly but surely getting back into the swing of things so don't get too upset, I'll be coming back as much as I possibly can! 

I am so stoked for all that God has put in my life and it's all because of him that I am getting to experience these new opportunities and I couldn't be more thankful! We are currently in the middle of trying to sell our home because we bought a beautiful desert lot and let me tell you, I can't wait to move to this area because basically our back yard is a rock climbing playgound! It's stunning!

As you can see the rocks are HUGE and you can really only get the full effect if you are there in person to see just how big they really are! And you see those two huge rocks? We've named them Mick and Keith, like the Rolling Stones? Get it? We thought it was funny.... Anywho! This lot has gorgeous views all around accompanied by gorgeous sunsets and shrubs that smell like rain ALL THE TIME. That's pretty amazing considering we live in the  desert in sunny all the darn time but wish we got just a little more rain once in awhile SoCal. So it's like we get the best of both worlds! The Starbucks that I will be working at is also close to our new home which is also extremely exciting, so all in all it's a win win situation. Starting today I will be leading a Jr. High bible study group along with my normal nursery routine, which it's amazing that Starbucks was willing to work with my crazy schedule that is centered around God and what he wants from me. I am so ready to make coffee, love on babies, and be apart of Jr. Higher's lives and be able to walk with them while they discover who they are not only in this big, scary world but who they are in Christ. I hope that I will still have time to dance and I'm sure that God will give me opportunities to still do what I truly love, it's just a matter of time and money for classes. Life is good. 

Oh! And here's a little outfit of the day for you all. I went for a very simple and classic 1940's look for church the other day and ended up loving it more than I thought I would.

Top: Free from a clothing swap at church
Belt: Target, I believe that I spent a good $10-$15 for this unfortunately. I really needed a good skinny belt, so I splurged...
 Skirt: Thrift Store, $3.00
Mary Jane Heels: Christmas Gift, I think they were from Target
Liz Claiborne Bag: Thrift Store, $5.00 tops

The gold flowy top and mary jane heels added a sense of elegance to such a simple and casual burgundy skirt, it's not too over the top but just enough to make me transport myself to a whole new world. 
I love getting all dolled up, it's so much fun and it's how I pamper myself. Vintage inspired fashion to me is just so fun, unique, classic, and artistic in a way. I love playing my vinyl (or pandora depending on if I am in a hurry or not) and transporting myself in a whole different era through fashion. It's great fun and you should try it. 

Till Next Time My Darlings,

Paige Virginia