Why I Love Shopping

Why I Love Shopping

Shopping is my happy place.
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Rachel Zoe, once said, "Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak." In other words, an individual can make a statement every day with what they wear, without saying a word. Fashion speaks for itself and that's what makes it so special. It gives people an added sense of confidence without even trying.

In that respect, I think that's why people love shopping so much because it is not only a way of life but there's just something about getting something new that makes them feel good and confident. Some may find it silly that clothes or materialistic things may be the key to happiness; however, it does make life more enjoyable. Without fashion, life would be boring and the world would be a sea of black and white hues with no color and no inspiration. The world of fashion and shopping allows people to have a sense of expression and establishes individuality. That's what is so great about fashion, it's bold and never the same, it's always keeping up with the times. Each person has their own personal style and that's what is so cool about fashion, a new day starts and new fashion statements are made.

This leads to one of my favorite quotes from the movie Confessions of a Shopaholic: "When I shop the world gets better, the world is better. And then it's not anymore. And I just have to do it again." Although shopping is comforting, not everything is about buying new things. Sometimes, getting sucked into this shopping cycle creates more problems for yourself and you realize that happiness equals a new pair of shoes or a new handbag. However, there is so much more to life than shopping, for example, meaningful relationships, work, family, and success. Therefore, not everything revolves around fashion and shopping.

Even though, shopping does create problems for people like getting in debt and missing out on the importance of life, it does help to stimulate the economy. Every time a person shops at a store, their sales increase and the customer in return gets a product they so desperately crave. That's how this lucrative industry works, people spend and companies need more inventory. On the contrary, in the world today people like nice things that are shiny, new, and rich-looking and as result people shop more.

In conclusion, shopping may be a great thing but there is also a bigger picture that is so much more important. In the words, of Michael Kors: "Clothes are like a good meal, a good movie, great pieces of music." Fashion allows us to dream and makes out goals that much more in reach, however, we need to remember that there is so much to the world than shopping and buying new things.

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20 Small Tattoos With Big Meanings

Tattoos with meaning you can't deny.
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It's tough to find perfect tattoos with meaning.

You probably want something permanent on your body to mean something deeply, but how do you choose a tattoo that will still be significant in 5, 10, 15, or 50 years? Over time, tattoos have lost much of their stigma and many people consider them a form of art, but it's still possible to get a tattoo you regret.

So here are 20 tattoos you can't go wrong with. Each tattoo has its own unique meaning, but don't blame me if you still have to deal with questions that everyone with a tattoo is tired of hearing!

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1. A semi-colon indicates a pause in a sentence but does not end. Sometimes it seems like you may have stopped, but you choose to continue on.


2. "A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor."


3. Top symbol: unclosed delta symbol which represents open to change. Bottom symbol: strategy.


4. "There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls."


5. Viking symbol meaning "create your own reality."


6.Greek symbol of Inguz: where there's a will, there's a way.

7. Psalm 18:33 "He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights."


8. 'Ohm' tattoo that represents 4 different states of consciousness and a world of illusion: waking (jagrat), dreaming (swapna), deep sleep (sushupti), transcendental state (turiya) and world of illusion (maya)


9. Alchemy: symbolizes copper, means love, balance, feminine beauty and artistic creativity.


10. The Greek word “Meraki" means to do something with soul, passion, love and creativity or to put yourself in to whatever you do.


11. Malin (Skövde, Sweden) – you have to face setbacks to be able to go forward.

12. Symbol meaning "thief" from the Hobbit. It was the rune Gandalf etched into Bilbo's door so the dwarves could find his house.


13. “Lux in tenebris" means “light in darkness."

14. Anchor Tattoo: symbolizing strength & stability, something (or someone) who holds you in place, and provides you the strength to hold on no matter how rough things get.

15."Ad Maiora" is translated literally as “Towards greater things." It is a formula of greeting used to wish more success in life, career or love.


16. A glyphs means “explore." It was meant as a reminder for me to never stop exploring.

17. "Aut inveniam viam aut faciam," meaning roughly, "Either I shall find a way, or I will make one."


18. Lotus Flower. It grows in muddy water, and it is this environment that gives forth the flower's first and most literal meaning: rising and blooming above the murk to achieve enlightenment.

19. The zen (or ensō) circle to me represents enlightenment, the universe & the strength we all have inside of us.

20. Two meanings. The moon affirms life. It looks as if it is constantly changing. Can reminds us of the inconsistency of life. It is also symbolizes the continuous circular nature of time and even karma.


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5 Fall Fashion Staples That Are Must-Haves

Fall is by far the most exciting season for fashion. There are so many combinations of cute outfits to put together for every occasion. Wherever you may be going, here are some staple clothing items you need this fall...

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It's about that time to put the bathing suit away (at least if you're from the north) and take out all your favorite fall clothes from the back of your closet. If you find a need to upgrade your wardrobe this year, I've rounded up the best staple pieces for your fall outfits.

1. Ankle Booties 

I swear these are the ONLY type of shoes I reach for during this time of year. They pair great with jeans, leggings, AND skirts. They can be casual enough for class or you can dress them up for a nice dinner or a night out. I always keep a pair of tan booties and a pair of black ones to go with whatever outfit I'm in that day.

These will become staple shoes that you'll wear for years.

2. Ripped Jeans 

As we learned from The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (yes, I'm dating myself), a good pair of jeans can take you a long way. Autumn is the perfect weather for ripped jeans, not to mention how fashionable they are in today's fashion. They also look amazing with the booties I previously mentioned.

I suggest keeping a light pair and a dark pair in your wardrobe for endless stylish outfits.

3. Sweaters

This one may seem obvious, as it's the sole reason we all look forward to cold weather. Sweaters can be paired with anything in your closet...and they are also a signature staple piece that you can dress up or down. I recommend having an oversized sweater, a fitted, fancier sweater, and casual everyday sweater.

4. Corduroy Skirt

Corduroy Skirts are so ... this holiday season. Pair them with cute ankle booties with calf-high socks and a nice sweater to get a perfect look for any fall weekend and even Thanksgiving!

5. Scarves

Last, but certainly not least, is our favorite fall/winter accessory. You can throw on a scarf with any outfit whatsoever. Leggings and a denim jacket? Add a scarf. Skirt and a sweater? Add a scarf. Sweatshirt and sweatpants? Add a scarf. See what I mean? I love to pair plaid scarves with jackets and plain comfy scarves with sweatshirts and sweaters.

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