Inspirations, Lifestyle

Beauty in the eye of the beholder?

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The concept of beauty is one that has been thrown around, mixed up and twisted into something everyone seems to want, because for some odd reason it has been engrained in us that only some people posses it. That it is selective. I could come up with all kinds of unnecessary and undeserving words that are used nowadays in place of this one worded compliment.

Instead, I have come up with things and moments that I personally consider beautiful,

  1. Witnessing someone laugh so hard that their stomach hurts because just for a second, you were able to make them forget about everything going on in their life.
  2. The feeling when the seed you planted grows into an actual plant, and you feel a certain responsibility to the little living thing
  3. When a mother first sees and holds her baby, a bond that can never be reciprocated.
  4. The sound of a child’s laugh, a reminder that there’s still good in this world.
  5. When young love is still present in an old couple.
  6. The smell before and after it rains.
  7. When a stranger smiles and says hi to you on the street
  8. Going for a night drive with your friends and singing along to the blasting music
  9. The first time being in a new country and realizing how much more of the world you need to see
  10. Running into an old friend in the most random and unexpected places.
  11. Looking at old photos and nostalgia hitting you, because you didn’t realize how much time changes things
  12. Waking up before the sunrise and feeling like you’re the only one awake lucky enough to witness it’s magnificence.

Obviously those are just but a few of the beauty in things or moments that happen in everyday life. The word beautiful is so vast and infinite that we cannot shrink it to the common ideals of today’s “perfect”standards. Do we really want to live in a world where,  only some people fit this “perfection” while the rest of us are always going to be longing or trying to reach this high set and unrealistic standard? I know I don’t.

The phrase beauty is in the eye of the beholder, can be interpreted in many ways, but how I see it, is that what someone considers beautiful is their view and only their view. This has nothing to do with the person or thing necessarily being “viewed”. One of my favourite quotes on this topic is from a well known blogger and inspiration, “If someone suggests that you aren’t beautiful, you can consider how sad it is that they have such a limited view of beauty. You can consider how unfortunate it is that they have such an exaggerated sense of self importance that they think you should care about what they think. You can also choose to realize that it has nothing to do with your beauty and everything to do with their limitations”- Ragen Chastain

To close off this already long post for today, I want to encourage all of us to first manifest and work on noticing the beauty within ourselves, instead of solely depending on other people’s compliments and words of flattery. An amazing sense of wholeness will emerge out of this, and only then are we able to share our beauty with others.

Until next time!

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Inspirations, Lookbook

Style Series: Part 3

Hello lovelies! If you’re not familiar with my Style series, it’s when different people, each with their individual style are featured on this blog every month. It gives a really unique perspective on how each person views and showcases their style. For this month’s style series we have one a good friend of mine whom I met this year and whose style I’ve always been lowkey jealous of (I know she’ll probably read this but whatever). Her style can be described as loose, light and minimalistic. Don’t let the smile fool you, the sun was literally melting our faces when we took these.

Name: Tamara Alissa

Program and year of study: Kinesiology (First Year)

Hometown: Toronto

Where do you get your inspiration from? No one specific, but I like to feel fluid in the places I hang around the most like Kensington market. There’s this communal dress code around there that I unknowingly fall into which I’m totally cool with because it compliments my daily life and it’s comfortable and cheap

Favourite Clothing Store? Black market or H&M. I generally like the rustic feel so I love second hand clothes.

Any Fashion pet peeves? Overly tight clothing!! It’s hard to rock an outfit that’s got a tight top and a tight bottom, in my opinion it’s nice to contrast tops or bottoms with something free and loose. But if you can rock leather leggings and a tight tank top then that’s awesome too!

Any advice for the readers? Take the time to wear things that tell a story, that reflect what you would wear during your hobbies. For example when I’m painting I always wear loose jeans. When I’m wearing them outside, I feel like I’m myself/at home and it’s mentally comforting if that makes sense.

Check out Tamara’s instagram here

Shirt: Zara  Pants: H&M  Bag: Black market

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