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!

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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!

Dear You

Dear You,

I still remember our first date. You took me to a local arcade and mini golf center. You let me beat you in pool. You tried to teach me how to strike a golf ball, and laughed silently in the background as I stubbornly tried over and over again, getting worse and worse every hit.

We went to get sushi afterwards. You talked a lot, because I was too nervous. But thats how I liked it. I liked that you wanted to talk. That you wanted me to know about your life. It felt good.

You kissed me before you opened the car door. It was fresh and new, but at the same time, it felt wonderful, and somewhat like home. I went to sleep that night and was excited to see you the next day, and hopefully, you would want to see me again.

You did.

You wanted to see me. You liked me. And I liked you.

I knew that when we left each other after that first date, that you would make a huge impact on my life.

We aren’t perfect. Nobody is. But I wouldn’t have it any other way. Because that is passion.

Yeah, we get mad at each other, and sometimes we want to strangle one another, but its because we are so passionate about each other, and the many other things in our life. We cover all parts of the spectrum, all parts of what makes up life.

I do love you. All of you. Your imperfections, your spontaneity, your passion for life, and your stubbornness. You make me very happy, and I thank you for that.

We sure are a mess, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. So, thank you. For being you.

Sincerely,

Me.

Winter 2015 Hairstyles

I am always a huge fan of changing things up a bit when the seasons shift and the temperatures change. Whenever spring and summer roll around I tend to brighten my hair a bit, and when winter and fall are here, I like to keep my natural color on top, fading into a lighter ombre. I always love to pay attention to the new hairstyles of movie stars, and they inspire me to change my hair. I just recently cut off 6 inches from my hair, and I am loving it, but here I am, getting bored again. Maybe some of these hairstyles will inspire you to change things!

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I Love this new hairstyle for Lucy Hale. She has always been known for her long beautiful hair on Pretty Little Liars, but I cant say that I wasn’t happy when she chopped it all off. This haircut is perfect for an older more mature look, especially for Hale trying to reach an older fan base. Her ombre is so well done and I love how it highlights and brightens her face. Overall, really good cut and color!

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I am such a fan of Emma Stones blonde hair, especially when she cut her bangs. She has such a different look as it is, and I love that she played up her features by having her hair so light. This look is amazing to brighten up the cold winter, and it really brings out her beautiful blue eyes!

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This is by far my favorite hair style for this winter and once I grow my hair back out I really want to try it out. I love the long layers with the warm ombre while cutting bangs to keep the edgy style. Regardless of whether she wears her hair straight or curly, her hair will always look spot on and I cannot wait to try it out!

What are your favorite winter 2015 Hairstyles? Are any of these sparking some interest for you?

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ADVENTURE DRIVEN

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In the short 21 years of my life, I have been lucky enough to do some pretty wonderful things. I studied abroad in London, England; I played against semi pro soccer teams all throughout Italy, and I traveled to Italy two other times to sing in various churches with the most wonderful group.

Nobody ever told me that I couldn’t do the things that I did, so I did exactly that. I packed my bags, boarded a plane, and made some amazing memories. Traveling was not only a good time for me; it helped me to grow up, in a very short amount of time. If you are in a place where you don’t understand the language, you don’t know where you are, and you are pretty sure you don’t know which bathroom to walk in, you are forced to learn. You have to stay aware of your surroundings, remain open minded, and always, always, always, keep your purse as close as possible. You need to grow some thick skin, and always stay positive, because things may not turn out completely how you expected it to be.

Along with that, traveling allows you to make memories with new people. You meet so many different people throughout your travels, and most of the time, these are people that you would have never crossed paths with before. I remember when I was in Italy and a coupe of my friends and I decided to go to a café to enjoy us some amazing gelato. We would always listen for American accents because that was what we were familiar with. We would meet so many people, and share so many stories, and it was really nice to have that moment of pure comfort in such an exhilarating situation.

But lastly, and most importantly to me, traveling helped me to learn a lot about my self. A lot of things that I was never aware of, until I made it to Europe. I found out that I actually do a lot better, and perform a lot better in stressful situations. There were times when my group was lost in, god knows where, and I wasn’t stressed at all. I pulled out my map, checked where we were, and safely got us back to our hotel, and warm beds. Everyone was shocked that I did it so easily, but I really learned that situations like that are when I step up and out of my shell. I also learned about the aspirations I have for myself. I was able to truly appreciate the many different cities we were in; so much so that I knew that in the future I would consistently come back to them.

The world is so much greater than you. Than just you, and what you are doing at this moment. Its a beautiful place filled with so many beautiful people. I consider myself so lucky to have traveled as much as I have. But for the future, I know exactly what it holds. It holds an unlimited amount of new experiences in an unlimited amount of different places, and I cannot wait.

Fashion in the Workplace

As much as I hate to say it, appearance does matter, especially in the workplace. If you want peopleto notice you for your work, you need to promote yourself in a professional behavior. I have always loved dressing up in professional attire. Whenever I have to give a speech at school, or attend a workshop, the first thing that pops up into my head is “What am I going to wear?” I always love to show my personality no matter what function I am at.

Whether it be at the mall, or the workplace, I love to spice up my outfit a bit.

At this point in my life, aswell as other twenty somethings, trying to figure out what the hell they want to do with their life, I am used to sweatpants, skinny jeans, yogas, and the usual college contort clothing. But once you reach the professional world of having a real life job, yes, a real life job, you need to switch things up a bit and show a bit of your mature side. I am not saying completely hide your personality. That is the exact opposite from what I want you to do, but there is always a way to show your personality while still staying appropriate to the conditions in the workplace.

In order to stay true to your specific style, you must mesh the two together, and it may seem hard at first, but with practice you will find the specific style you are looking for in the workplace environment.

For myself, I like the professional look of clean lines in a blazer mixed with the bold color blocking of hot new trends this 2015.

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This fellow fashionista manages to stay true to her own personal style while still managing to stay sophisticated for the work environment. This would be a great outfit for a meetingandyou are trying to show that you are independent, ready to work, but still can have a sense of fun in your personality. I am in absolutely love with this adorable outfit, and love how she put it all together.

Another style that I love, and may be more on the wild side, is when you incorporate different textures and prints to your professional style. Of course, this might be a more laidback workplace, but it really creates a more open and creative environment.

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This girl looks adorable in her metallic cheetah print tailored pants paired with a long blazer and silk white top. She tones down the pants with the basic colors on the top half. I love this outfit for a night out for drinks with your coworkers!

I think that today, when fashion has created a freedom of expression, we need to shy away from the boring black slacks and button up rut because we all look the same.

Hopefully I see you all showing off your  professional yet sophisticated style this 2015!

You Deserve This

0079cda9c0b99c18c44841921c0185f3Being back at school for my spring and final semester definitely has me feeling a lot of mixed emotions. I am sad one minute, happy the other, stressed another, I cannot keep it together.

So many things go into this final semester. The job search begins, which is my top priority at the moment. But above all, its the ending of one chapter, and the beginning of another. This is the moment where I truly need to figure out who I want to be and where I want to end up. What the hell do I know? I am just a twenty something college student who likes to watch cat videos on youtube in her spare time.

I am so torn between staying young forever or truly figuring out who I am by growing up. Your college memories will probably be the best times of your life, and I am not sure I truly want to leave. I mean, I know I have to. But the thought of leaving my friends and not having a set specific schedule anymore is really tough for me. These girls have been there for me since freshman year when we came in so terrified, and we have gone through it all together.

Heartbreaks

Failed tests

Family problems

Bad decisions

We have all been there for each other, no matter what stupid decision or drama that has tried to stop us. So why leave? I am not sure I want this chapter to end. Or this next chapter to begin.

Who do I want to be?

Will I like my job?

Will I even have a job?

These thoughts are all running through my head, as I am sure they are running through every other seniors head as well.

I take my walk to class every day, and I just think to myself. “I am really lucky to be here. At this school. Surrounded by these people.”

I am lucky.

But its not luck.

I got myself to this point, obviously with some help along the way, but I wanted this.

What I am saying is, although it may be hard to leave, I deserve to succeed. I deserve to finish this chapter, and begin writing the next.

And above all, I deserve to be happy, no matter where I am, or who I am with. And I will continue to remember that no matter where I end up.

Saying Goodbye

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A year ago yesterday my Uncle passed away.

Let me rephrase that. A year ago yesterday my Uncle was unexpectedly taken from us. Before the blink of an eye, he was gone. He wasn’t physically there, and to be quite honest, it isn’t fair. It wasn’t then, and it isn’t now. But thats how it happens. People are taken from their loved ones every single day, and they have to cope with it.

For a while there, I didn’t really think it was real. That a week before he was joking around with me over text about my “recent new boyfriend” and how no boy could ever be good for his niece. A week before, he was fine. He was there. He was happy.

We were happy.

How could something like this happen. We didn’t deserve it. Nobody ever deserves that kind of sadness.

Death is an inevitable part of everybody’s life, and there really is no way around it. Having said that, nobody should ever have to be ready for death, and nobody should ever be ready to say goodbye to somebody that they love so much.

The day that I learned that my Uncle was rushed to the ER, I thought that everything would turn out okay. Like my Uncles usual antics, he probably fell off a ladder, or accidentally shot himself on his foot.

I didn’t think that I wouldn’t have a chance to say goodbye. I didn’t know that I had to prepare myself to see him, because he was in such bad shape.  He was hooked up to so many tubes. It wasn’t my Uncle that was laying in that bed.

My Uncle was already gone.

For some of you that may know my Uncle, he was a little on the wild side. Of basically everything. He had a ponytail down most of his back, fake teeth, and a rainbow colored house. He loved playing jokes on people, and he hated being the center of attention.

He never took care of himself. Never.

My Uncle was alone, for three days before he was found in his house. I cannot even imagine what was going through his mind. I still play it all back in my mind, and it makes me so sad.

Like I said, my Uncle was known for his jokes he played on people. But boy, did people love him. Those couple days where he was in the hospital, people came and people went, but every person that entered that room had a story to tell.

Each person carried a memory of my Uncle with them, and for that, I am so thankful. That a man as wacky as him made an impression.

I sit here writing this post, tears in my eyes, and I laugh. My Uncle would hate to see me cry. So much so that he would probably bonk me upside the head and tell me to “Cool it”.

My Uncle was an amazing human being and he will always be remembered for that. Saying goodbye is not an easy thing, never will be. But I am glad that my Uncles spirit remains the topic of so many conversations that remain.

Random Act of Kindness

In my previous post, I had asked each of you to do something for another person that could make their day a little brighter. I had a little doubt because it is the new year and so many people are busy enough with their daily schedules to even stop and think for a moment, but I was surprised to see on Facebook the other day that my nephew took part in a very giving act of kindness.

My sister and her boyfriend Tony have three beautiful kids together. Seeing that yesterday they had off of school because of snow, they had the boys go outside and sled in the neighborhood. Right across the street, there is this awesome hill that all the kids accumulate at for a fun filled day in the snow. Nicole stayed back at the house to make some hot chocolate for the boys, but still was able to keep her eyes on them. Gage (my nephew) and Austin and Noah were out minding their own business, when a kid in his late teens, maybe early 20’s came out to see what they were up to. He had a snowboard with him and asked if the boys wanted to make a ramp with him, so that they could have some more fun. They each did their part in making this extravagent jump on the hill, and they all went flying off of it. Only a couple minutes went by, but the kids had so much fun with this older kid. He ended up having to leave for a busy night of work right down the road, but before he left, he pulled Gage to the side for a quick second. I guess he could notice Gage eyeing his snow board, so he asked him if he liked to board and if he was “regular of goofy-footed”. Gage told him what foot he led with and the kid ran inside for a quick second. When he came out he was holding this snowboard with stickers all over it. It looked pretty worn out, but it was such a cool board, with such an awesome personality. The kid came right over to Gage and said, “It’s yours now, bud!”

Gage has been begging my sister for a board for the longest time now, but they never go enough. Plus, snowboards aren’t so cheap. Needless to say, this was such a wonderful act of kindness, and Gage has been carrying the board around with him every day since then. He makes frequent trips up to his room to check if it actually happened and the board is still there.

The kid never told my sister or Gage his name, but what a great guy he was.

Gage will always remember how a random stranger gave him his first snowboard!