Reasons to Have Best Friends

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  1. Shoulder to cry on

-They let me vent, but they tell me when I am obsessing over something and “seriously need to chill”. By doing so, they let me work things through in a much healthier way, and I end up much better off. They always help me to see that the glass is always half full, and there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

  1. To drink a little too much with (of course, if you’re 21) and dance on the tables in public..yes in public.

– My friends are always the first on the dance floor, and the last to leave. We do not care what anybody thinks, and of course we love to make a fool of ourselves.

  1. To try on an insane amount of outfits with before you pick the absolutely perfect one for a night out on the town!

-I have this problem where I NEED to try on every piece of clothing in my closet, but each of my friends will be there, saying yes, no or maybe, to each and every one, until I feel ready for a night out.

4. Talk about boys with/ cry over boys/ scream over boys

-Every single one of us has been through a terrible heartbreak, but no matter what, we have always been there to pick up the pieces. We love each other that much.

  1. Watch TV series/ netflix for days

Breaking Bad. Gossip Girl. OC. One Tree Hill. You name it, we watched it.

  1. To sleep in the same bed, cuddle, and not think anything of it

-Even though I snore a lot and I hog the blankets, they still let me cuddle when I am feeling lonely and just want some company. Thats love right there.

  1. Facebook and Instagram “stalk” crushes

-We know every one of our passwords and we all go on the same page and stalk the same people. I am not sure if it is a good idea that I am putting this on here for all of you to see, but don’t deny it, we all do it. We go full blown hacker when we want to find something out.

  1. To be honest no matter what

-Even though the truth may hurt, we all tell each and every one of each other the truth, and we aren’t scared to hear it. We know that at the end of the day, thats all that really matters, and we care enough about one another to coach each other through the struggles that we call “everyday life”

  1. “Okay don’t judge me but…” They never will

– We know everything about each other, and we have never once judged each other for it. We never hesitate to speak out and let the others know what happened, because we know that each and every one of us will take it to our graves.

  1. “SOS” There before you finish the text

-Whether it is something totally serious like getting out of an awkward or scary encounter, or something silly like picking out a “first date outfit”, my best friends will always jump to help, and be by my side before I know it.

  1. Talk in accents with

-Seriously, all we do is talk in an accent. British, southern, you name it. We know it. Sometimes in public we like to see how far we can go until someone notices that we are very American, and have zero accent.

Simple Thinking

This past year has definitely been a roller coaster of events for myself along with my loved ones. We have experienced great loss, and in the most unexpected and worst possible way. But there are so many things that I learned throughout the whole process.

1. Stop Blaming Everyone Around You

Sometimes, things are meant to happen. As awful as that sounds and as much as I hate to admit it, everything happens for a reason. Bad things happen to good people, and although I cant possibly wrap my head around the concept, I have to believe that there are better places out there. Having said that, this past year I learned that I cant blame the bad events that happen on the people who are closest to me. I find that I am always trying to find the shortcut out of things instead of dealing with it head on. Nobody can ever tell the future. So I need to be there for them, like they have always been there for me.

2. Love Myself

Yeah, I have made my fair share of mistakes. But this past year has helped me to realize that I need to forgive myself, and move on. I may not have to forget about what happened, but I should always stay true to myself and love myself for all that I am. Now that I can truly love myself, I can fully let others into my life, the way it should be. It seems like such a simple concept, if you think about it. But really think about it. How many of you are harder on yourselves than any of the others around you? How many times have you made a mistake and not been able to shake it off? I know I have. This sounds like a big fat cliche’, but in order to love someone else, you need to love yourself first.

3. Change is Good

This is definitely one of the hardest things I have had to find the truth in. I know that, without a doubt, nobody should make you change who you are, and you should never try to change someone else, but we are all a work in progress. By allowing yourself to make mistakes and to grow from them, you will be able to be the best version of yourself. Not anybody else, but yourself. You are going to have bad days, and you are going to have great days, and there will always be people there to go through it with you.

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Summer Days

With this weather really putting a damper on my state of mind lately, all I have been thinking about is the summer and what I want to be doing. Obviously, with graduation around the corner, I am thinking about taking two-three weeks off to do some traveling. I certainly do not have the money to be doing anything crazy, like oversea’s traveling, but I never realized how many beautiful places are in the United States that go unnoticed. So, chances are, this is where I’ll be!

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This beautiful sight to see is called Antelope Canyon and it is located near Page, Arizona. It is known as the “Instagrammers Dream” because of its unique and natural colors. In the middle, where the two sides come together, there is a beam of light that comes up from above. It is known as “The Crack” or the “Corkscrew”!

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I may or may not want to be proposed to in this tulip field which was sent from heaven. Who wouldn’t want to be? This looks like it was made out of a dream that nobody wants to wake up from. It is known as the Skagit Valley Tulip Fields which is located in Washington State. I cannot believe I have never heard of this wonderful place until now, but I am glad I did.

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My grandmother was born and raised in Arkansas, a place that I have always been interested in traveling to. But now that I have seen this beautiful amazing wonderful spot, I am without a doubt heading there, and hopefully soon. Although I am fairly scared of heights, I cannot pass up a place as adventurous and beautiful like Whitaker Point, Arkansas. enhanced-buzz-wide-8797-1394335143-6This place would be awesome to go with a bunch of friends who are looking for some adventure. It is called Hamilton Pool, and is located in Texas. It is especially popular in the summer when people are looking to take a quick dip in one of nature’s amazing creations. Story goes that thousands of years ago this pool was created when the dome of an underground river collapsed due to massive erosion. And just somehow, this masterpiece took its place. enhanced-buzz-wide-23846-1394335889-8This is called Lake Tahoe, which borders Nevada and California and is known as the largest freshwater lake in North America! What better place to spend some time with the family and relax for a while.

enhanced-buzz-wide-12379-1394226157-19One of my favorites, and the last on my list, is called Thor’s Well, which is located in Oregon. The best time to see this powerful sight is an hour before high tide to and hour after low tide. Although the sight does draw you in without a doubt, it is exceptionally dangerous and sight seers are asked to proceed with caution. Knowing me, myself, and I, chances are I would get too close and fall right in, but at least the last thing I would see is this amazing place.

WATCH this…

I have never been much of a fan of wearing bulky things on my wrists, but lately I have been obsessing over watches, especially when I get to layer them with bracelets. Now, I know that watches can range in prices, and usually the ones that last longer are the ones that are more expensive, but why not indulge in something that you will take care of for a very long time? I have a variety of watches that are different in so many ways, ranging in price, style, and size. I love each of them for so many different reasons, but mostly because you can wear them with just about anything!

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This first watch, which is gold in color is perfect to wear with any style outfit, no matter what event you are on your way too. I love the thickness of the band, and the clear style of the watch head itself. It is great to layer with bracelets because of how slick and low key it is. You can wear this watch on the job as well as out on a date. You can play it up, or wear it by itself! This watch is a Marc Jacobs original, and although it might be on the pricier side of things, it will last you a lifetime and you will look fabulous!

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This next watch is definitely cost appropriate if you are looking for something fun and unique. I have been obsessing over leather bands lately, and the face of the watch definitely plays it up a bit, making for a fun, down to earth outfit. You can find this watch at Francesca’s, which has an abundance of cool accessories for any fashionista out there.

73bd12331695fd5b1409ae3426f6d47dKate Spade is one of my favorite brands out there. I absolutely love their purses, but my heart belongs to all of their watches. Each watch is different in so many ways, but you can always tell that they are a Kate Spade original. I love layering their watches with their bracelets, which can definitely play up an outfit. Kate Spade is a little on the pricier side of the spectrum, but if you are looking for a great watch that will last you a long time, this is the place to look!

Healthy Me

One of my New Years Resolutions was to get myself back into tip top shape for this upcoming summer. I have been going to the gym and focusing on things the make myself stronger. I noticed that my body is always hurting when I do not take care of myself, so being in and out of the gym almost every day has been the best possible thing for me. I can slowly feel myself getting stronger, and it is the absolute best possible feeling, especially during this cold winter. Now that I have been consistently stretching and keeping my muscles warm, I have felt so great. I am not as tired, and I always am ready to run around and have some fun. Last year I napped way too much because my body was always tired, and my head was not in it. Now, things are getting a lot easier for me. A lot of the stuff I have been doing do not require extra weights or going to the gym, so you dont need a gym membership or spend money.

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Consistency is key when you are doing small workouts like these. I know when I first started doing them, the next day I would be terribly sore and would not want to do it again. But now that I am passed the soreness, I just want to get better and better. Once you get into the rhythm of things, it will only feel natural for you to work yourself out.

I always had soccer to fall back on when I didn’t feel like working out. I always knew that I would get a good workout from running down the field, so I never worked out outside of it. I always relied on it. Now that I am done playing soccer, I need to keep myself healthy. This has been a great start to the beginning of a new me! A new and healthy me!!!!

Be Mine?

With Valentines Day coming soon, what better way to show someone you love them with some beautiful pieces from yours truly! Today we have compiled for you a bunch of our favorite jewelry, which by the way, is very hard because we love them all so very much!

::Handmade L o v e Collection::

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Dainty hand-wired letter initial pendants and hardwired heart pendants. Listing details are as follows from listing picture 1:
Heart (1), Love Necklace, Heart (2), I do

For both heart necklaces choose with or without handmade letter initial. You will find this in the listing details.

Handmade pendants and letter pendants are made with 20 gage beaded wire in 14K GF or Sterling Silver.

Both Hearts pendants are made with both 14K gold fill and sterling silver. They come in mixed metal.

If you prefer them made in all of one metal please note this at CHECKOUT at ETSY!

These necklaces are perfect as a gift on Valentines Day, or a gift for your bridesmaids on your big day! I absolutely love all of them, and they all look great paired with other jewelry. Like we said in a recent post, our jewelry ranges from gold to silver, but we love to pair the two together. We stand by effortless beauty, so we try to make our jewelry as effortless as possible. This necklaces, like their design, are worn close to the heart, and are always meant to be a reminder of the love you share with the people around you. These are great gifts for loved ones, but even better gifts for yourself if you are looking for something nice.

Remember, if you are interested in something, and want it custom designed, let us know exactly what you want so that we can make it as special and unique as you are!

Spread the love:)

MY 3 FAVORITE INDOOR PLANTS

Bringing the outdoors into my home is something that I truly believe breathes life into my space. Here are three of my favorite indoor plants…

Succulents…

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I love everything about succulents. The variations of color and textures. They are also very hard to kill. You can plant these in anything…

Fresh herbs…

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Fresh herbs not only look great when you plant them in little pots, but they also taste great in any of your recipes! YUM! Cilantro is my favorite…

Golden Pothos…

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The Golden Pothos is a plant that will never die! I love the Golden Pothos for its beautiful long green vines with marbled leaves. Golden Pothos are also known from improving air quality!

Enjoy!

Xo,

Jessica Calkins

POSITIVE VIBES

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Does anyone have anything positive to share anymore? Lately, scrolling through my Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram is a collection of miserably destructive stories and negative statuses. Letting go of negative tension and exuding positivity is something every human being can work on, including myself. Being mad at the world, at your friends and family, at your job or boss, or at your significant other just leads to vibes that don’t allow you to move forward in life. You might feel like the world is coming down on you and the pressure you feel on your back is almost unbearable, but if you just LET GO of those things and CHOOSE to be positive, good things will come to you.

There was one day where Matt and I had just moved into our new house and stress levels were, what had felt like, BEYOND what I could handle. If you have moved out, you know the kind of stress I am talking about. There is mess everywhere, you don’t know where anything is, and you feel like you have so much to do. Let’s back up a little bit…When we were moving out of our apartment and packing up our truck, I was packing the boxes, and Matt and his best friend Casey were carrying the boxes and packing them in the truck. That was my first mistake, letting these guys pack the truck. For me, packing a truck was like a game of Tetris. Matt and Casey assured me that everything was going to be fine. We pull up to the house and park the truck. We decided that we wanted to unpack the next day. Matt goes to work and I wanted to get a head start on unpacking. So I go to open the back of the truck and the door is STUCK! Boxes and furniture must have been wedged against the door, due to Matt and Casey’s lovely packing job. I think Matt and I had already gotten into a fight that morning, so I just freak out. I can’t get anything out of this damn truck! I call my dad out for some help, and after many attempts of safely trying to pry the door open, I just decide to start rocking the door back and forth. I get the door open, but in the process, I damaged my favorite full length mirror that I had bought from World Market. PISSED. I start screaming and cursing Matt’s name. I was so mad!! Once I start pulling out boxes, I see my new desk (also from World Market) had collapsed. The legs had snapped off, and the table top was bowing in the middle. Maybe it was because Matt had packed 300 pounds of boxes on top of the table without any support. Again, furious. (Just writing about this story is making my heart race.)

Matt wasn’t coming home for a couple of hours and I had convinced myself that I was going rip him a new one when he got home. I cried and told my dad how upset I was and how I was going to react. He says to me, “What is that going to do?” What good was it going to do for Matt getting an ear full of high pitch screaming? It was just going to go in one ear and out the other anyway!? After having a couple hours to calm down, Matt pulls up. He walks inside and I give him a kiss for coming home and say “Hey baby, how was your day?” I told him that I had a surprise for him and I wanted to show him something. I walk him out to the truck and I say, “It makes me sad that my mirror and my desk are completely broken, but I am not going to let this ruin our day. Could you please just do a better job and come up with a plan before you throw everything into the truck?” He gave me a kiss and apologized. I felt better instantly. I wasn’t mad anymore. A little bummed. But not mad.

We had a couple things to do so we ran out to do some errands for the day together. After talking with Matt, I had positive vibes exuding from my body and felt great! We go to mattress discounters because we needed a mattress for our new king size bed. We walk in to the empty showroom and meet the sales rep. I give him a big smile and a firm handshake and let him know why we are there! Matt and I were having fun trying out all the different mattresses and finally settled on one. It was pretty pricey but I was feeling great so I told the guy that we wanted it cheaper. I told him I was a designer and asked if they had any sale promotions for designers. Long story short, we got the mattress $800 less than asking price. That was a great start to our errand trip. Then I decided I wanted to go to World Market to see if they had any desks that would replace mine. We walked around the store and see the same desk, except this one was perfectly straight and upright! I asked the manager what I could do about my desk, and he said if you just bring in the parts of the desk, we will replace it! I couldn’t believe it! I could have my desk back…We left and drove back home to get the fragmented desk and quickly exchanged it. I was so impressed with myself and how lucky I was that day. Matt and I were feeling so lucky that we bought a scratch off and won $10. I know it’s not much but it made us laugh…

Throughout the rest of the day, I was so mesmerized with the fact that I had such a great day just because I chose to. I chose to have a positive attitude and look how my day turned out.

Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.
-Willie Nelson

Xo,
Jessica Calkins

Statement Pieces

Here at Bare and Me, we like to pride ourselves on our dainty jewelry that can be paired and layered with anything, but every once and a while, we like to surprise you with some beautiful statement pieces. Whether it is for a wedding or a night out on the town with your girls, our jewelry will make you the center of attention!

If you are looking for something that will grab the attention of everyone around you, you definitely have to take a look at this statement piece we have been selling a lot of lately. Everyone is looking for something to brighten up their wardrobe, and this should be on the top of your list.

:::Turquoise & Natural Wood Beaded Necklace in Gold:::

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*Turquoise Blue Swarovski round 12mm pearls
*Natural light wood (12mm) round
*Gold plate chain & findings

-Measures 19 inches but this necklace can be adjusted to be shorter

This necklace is even prettier in person! It hangs so beautifully and looks good with any colors! I love wearing this necklace with a plain white T shirt and some jeans and booties. It always plays up a normal outfit into something fun and unique. The beads are actually made of wood so they can either be dressed up or down to make the perfect outfit for a perfect night out.

:::Chalcedony & Natural Wood Beaded Necklace:::

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*Natural Chalcedony
*Natural light wood (10mm) round
*Gold plate chain & findings

-Measures 15.5 inches in length to 18 inches

This style is also another great statement piece if you are looking to tone things down a bit. Much like our three row beaded necklace above, this necklace is great for a night out, but is a bit more muted. It would look beautiful with an all black outfit and used as a pop of color! I adore this piece of jewelry and think it would be beautiful for Spring of 2015.

As you all know, Valentines Day is around the corner and this would be a wonderful gift for a loved one! So check us out on Etsy and put in some orders because we are selling fast! Hurry Hurry Hurry!

Love is in the air!

Bare and Me Valentine’s Day Give-A-Way…

Last day… Give-a-way ends at 6 pm eastern standard time…

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WE love to give away our jewelry and especially to our best’s…

Join the fun.

Here is how it will work.

Our first give-a-away will be for our Heart and Arrow Locket.

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What to do to win this beautiful necklace for you or a loved one…

1. Comment about what you love about this necklace.

2. Join us on INSTAGRAM @bare_and_me  (follow us) and comment on the heart and arrow picture that is the same as above. Facebook Bare and Me. All links our on our side board of the blog.

That is it. We will choose a winner on January 22 2015 at 6pm eastern standard time.

WE would love if you could share us with your friends on all of our social media sites.

Good Luck,

Laurie

designer and creator of bare and me.

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