Why I Love Shopping

Why I Love Shopping

Shopping is my happy place.

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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Tattoos with meaning you can't deny.

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 where you can't go wrong. Here are 20 small tattoos with big meanings. (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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April Favorites For This Month

Items and products I've tried and loved. These are perfect for spring!

I have recently found some new products and items that I have really liked and do recommend. Here they are!

1. Keds sneaker socks

I know this might be silly to put socks on here, but these ones are great! They are made for the slip-on sneaker type shoes where you can't really where normal ankle socks. Most sneaker liner socks slip off your feet and don't stay on, however, these do! They are cut differently than most sneakers socks. They are great.

2. Stila Glitter and Glow liquid eyeshadow

I saw these at Ulta and I tested one and wow they are so pigmented! They come in a variety of shades and colors. I chose a neutral gold shimmery one in the shade called "Kitten". They glide right on, stay on for hours and don't crease. I love them!

3. Garnier Micellar Foaming Gel Cleanser

I have used the normal micellar makeup remover from Garnier and I loved it. It got all my makeup off! I saw this at the store recently and bought it and it's a great product. It works the same as the makeup remover in a sense that it removes all makeup! I use it in the shower and my face feels very clean.

4. Tease Eau De Parfum By Victoria's Secret rollerball

I love this scent! It smells great but not too strong. I like the rollerball size because I can throw it in my bag and have it on me at all times. It's my go-to perfume!

5. Oligo Blue Shampoo Blacklight

This is a blue-violet shampoo. I know it sounds weird! It's used to counteract yellow, orange and brassy undertones in your hair. My hairdresser recommended this to me and I like it a lot. It helps keep my hair the color I want. It also makes my hair very soft afterward!

6. Face Exfoliating Gel From European Wax Center- Reveal Me

This is a great product. I would only use it once to two times a week. You rub some on your face and it lifts the dead skin off. It smells good and you can really feel it working! It leaves your face clean and refreshed.

Those are my favorite products and items from April! Hope you try some of them out.

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