Stop Saying Sorry

Since seeing this Pantene Pro V Commercial (warning – it’s quite cheesy), I have been hyperaware of every time I say “sorry”. I think I say it most when someone bumps into me or when I’m caught in stressful grocery-cart-situations. You know the ones. Grocery carts = major anxiety.

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It’s also really easy to say sorry when you’re confronting someone. In my experience, it is more comfortable to say, “Hey roomie, so sorry but can you do the rest of the dishes?” You’re taking on the blame, making it your fault, and not having to deal with any sassy backlash. Makes sense. It’s super convenient. But it’s heavy, man! Taking the responsibility for somebody’s grocery cart running into you is one small thing, but if you do it all the time you might start feeling a little down and perhaps less confident and empowered.

I have never had to confront anyone in the blogosphere (knock on wood) but I can just imagine myself saying, “Sorry, but I noticed that my blog post is replicated on your page.”

This “Stop Saying Sorry” campaign is directed primarily towards women. The theory behind it is that when women apologize for things that aren’t their fault, they are taking on a weaker role. However, I believe this sorry business is relevant to any gender. Women may be more prone to apologizing, but I think everybody in general could gain a lot of self-confidence and happiness by cutting out the word “sorry”. You know, unless we have actually done something wrong. ;)

There are so many words to say in place of sorry. “Pardon me.” “Excuse me.” “Whoa!” (Used that one at a convenience store the other day when someone ran into me. This person didn’t look up or say anything, so I was glad I hadn’t impulsively said sorry. Small joys!) A simple smile is also an alternative to “sorry”. I’ve been doing this a lot lately. It shows the grocery cart speed racer, or whoever, that you forgive them.

What do you think about all of this? Is “sorry” one of your go-to words in awkward situations?



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Playing Favorites

Pinterest has been a sad, sad place for me lately. This week I decided to give up dairy as an experiment to see how my skin reacts. I’ve heard amazing things from people who stop eating dairy so I thought, “why not give it a try?” It’s not like I eat a lot of dairy anyway. Um, except for PIZZA. Looking through my Pinterest boards this morning, I realized that 50% of what I pin is cheese-related. I’ve spent an embarrassing amount of time in Whole Foods this week in front of cheese products, just frowning. I’m committed to my experiment though. See ya later, pizza.

Anyway, here are some of my rare non-dairy-related pins this week:

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I’d love to have a cocktail by the pool just once this season. I feel like swimming isn’t a thing here in Portland…maybe I just don’t know the right people. / This blueberry print by Sophie Brabbins is the epitome of summer.

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James Garner and Audrey Hepburn being adorable. / Bright open shelving and copper cookware.

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Rachel Denbow is doing a weaving series on ABM and I’m so excited to try it! I believe my grandma is the most talented weaver in the world, so I’m hoping weaving is in my blood. Also, the necklace on the right is so beautiful. Picked it up from Anthro yesterday.

What are you guys up to this weekend? Dairy-free peeps, feel free to leave me some advice! :)



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Color Wheel Wednesday | Primary Colors

I have a strong tendency to blog about things that I originally didn’t like but now almost love. In yesterday’s Ugly Betty post, you might have noticed a lot of primary colors. I have never liked primary colors, ever. Not even when I was a little kid. “Ketchup and mustard,” I’d say. Not cute. Not even with a little blue thrown in to balance things out. However, I should know by now that I can’t trust myself to make strong opinions about anything design-related because a different perspective can easily change everything. Thanks to a little interior trend called Primary Modernism, I am rethinking the way I feel about these colors.

Everybody, meet my new friends – Red, Yellow, and Blue:

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1. Gigi Sharp and George Gilpin’s East Village Loft
2. Peekaboo Clear Nesting Tables – CB2
3. Arne Korsmo & Grete Prytz Kittelsen’s Mid-Century Home
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4. Small Retro Apartment in Copenhagen
5. Klara Bothen’s Home in Sweden
6. Staple&Co Brand at Project82
7. Weekend Home of Fab.com Creator, Bradford Shellhammer
8. by David Cleveland
9. by Damian Russell

My favorite photo from this list is #6 probably because the mix of primary colors is so subtle. Do you enjoy mixing primary colors together, or do you have a love-hate thing going on like I do?



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Fictional Style | Betty Suarez

Today’s lady of the day is Betty Suarez – unlikely fashionista and ultimate fictional bestie. I jumped on the Ugly Betty bandwagon many years after the show was tragically cancelled in 2010, but I’m so glad I did! Betty Suarez is, in a word, my hero. She sees the best in everyone even when they’re the worst (talking to you, Wilhelmina). I feel like if we were friends we would throw the most colorful, happy fiestas together. And I just love how she embraces her crazy, mismatch style and never compromises who she is for anyone. On the show her style is deemed ugly, but in real life we all know she would be featured on style blogs left and right.

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1. Flirt Clear Red Frame Glasses – Asos (out of stock)
2. Yellow Bowknot Wool Blend Coat - SheInside $33.06
3. Butterfly Enclosure Wedge in Grey – ModCloth $109.99
4. Zoom Bisou Top in Miami – ModCloth $39.99
5. Tights for Every Occasion in Cobalt - ModCloth $14.99
6. Ponte Pencil Skirt – Mango $39.99

I would wear any of these items separately but I know my girl Betty would happily wear them all together, looking and feeling fabulous. Don’t you just wish she could come out of the TV and be a BFF to all of us? I certainly do.

photo of Betty via Google Images

 



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Resources for Bloggers

I’m always pleasantly surprised by the effect that a thoughtful blog post can have on my whole week. I love when bloggers get real. It might be one of my favorite things ever. Hope you’ll love these inspiring articles just as much as I do.

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1. Talk to Your Readers - I love this post by Breanna Rose about connecting with readers through comments. I’ll be the first to say that I’m terrible at replying to comments (sorry!). Whenever a blog post receives a new comment, I smile and get all warm and fuzzy and then I forget to write back. Whoops. Commenting in general is becoming a lost art, I believe, because it’s easy to feel like one tiny human in a sea of other readers. Also, it’s easy to get distracted when scrolling through a never ending blog feed. I’m trying to get better at commenting on blog posts I think are amazing.

2. I Blog vs I am a Blogger – Upon reading this title on Allyssa Barnes’s blog, I thought the post was going to be about something completely different. It’s all about the way we identify ourselves in the blogging community. Are we bloggers or are we creatives/designers/crafters/pretty-picture-appreciaters who blog? I don’t think it’s entirely necessary to choose either statement, but it sure is interesting to think about!

3. How to Talk About Your Blog in Real Life - Erika’s description of what it’s like to talk about your blog in real life is spot on. Bringing up blogging requires answering a ton of crazy questions like, “Oh blogging, you mean like Tumblr?” and “How will that ever make you money?”. Ahhh. It’s rough!

4. What’s in a Name? - In her post On Creatives and Titles, Amber writes about the confidence it requires to describe oneself as a “creative” or any other similar title. Even if everyone knows you as a photographer, designer, blogger, etc., it can still be difficult to call yourself one.

Do any of these topics particularly resonate with you?

Thanks to the ladies above for inspiring me this week with your genuine thoughts on blogging.



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