“If You really put a small value upon yourself, rest assured that the world will not raise your price”
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I am not a fan of cold weather so I am dreading the upcoming winter. I was happy to get one last chance to soak up some sun in this Topshop Romper because layering season is here and it’s a bitter-sweet feeling because I will miss summer dearly but I am super excited for Fall Fashion. Emphasis on FASHION 🙂
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We should ALL live by the above quote btw. It’s crazy to expect others to value you if you don’t value YOURSELF first!!

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HAVE A LOVELY DAY G(ems)!!!

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Wearing: Topshop Jumper, Steve Madden Platform Heels, Aldo clutch

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Don’t over think yourself out of something special. Not everything needs to be controlled. You can’t get so busy looking for ‘more’ that you miss what you’re really supposed to see. If you find a man willing to be honest about his mistakes or a woman strong enough to be secure in her flaws, you have somebody special and somebody worth working for. Don’t get caught up in looking for perfect because that search will fail you every single time. You can’t be scared to let yourself be happy. You can’t be scared to step up and take a chance. 


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Stop worrying about things you can’t control, there’s no way to connect the dots going forward. It takes going through some serious things for us to really get what we need. Without the lies you wouldn’t appreciate truth. Without the games you wouldn’t appreciate genuine intentions. Without the test you wouldn’t know your strength. Stop justifying the reason you have a wall up and ask God for courage and discernment so your heart doesn’t have to hide. Heartbreak is apart of life, not the end of it. Stop using failed relationships as excuses to be cold, pessimistic, and selfish. Nothing about love is easy and you’re not the only person who’s ever been hurt before. There’s somebody out there wondering the same things you’re wondering, feeling those same emotions that you’re feeling, and they’re scared just like you are. So who’s going to step up?

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In reality, we all want the same things. We all want somebody who isn’t like everybody else, somebody who isn’t doing what everybody else does, and somebody who isn’t thinking like everybody else thinks. No woman wants a follower in a man. No man wants a groupie in a woman. We all want the same things but we’re all stuck playing the same games because nobody wants to step up. Somehow, we’ve all become content with losing emotionally, it’s like we’re so used to the pain that happiness has become a myth. It would be a beautiful day if being a free thinker, a genuine lover, and strong enough to handle hurt ever came in style; but it won’t because asking people to step up for love is asking too much, right?

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Wrong, regardless of what most think, love shouldn’t be exhausting. It shouldn’t leave you feeling stressed out, less than, and unappreciated. Love is supposed to be free, natural, and almost a complete release from the monotony and routines of life. Real love won’t leave you drained, it won’t leave you depressed, lost, or distraught. Love is a healer, love is a friend, and love is a protector. Loving isn’t easy, it’s a challenge, but when it’s good, it’s a treasure. Real love won’t break you, it will build you and it will bring out the best in you. Stop letting bitter people define love for you, be willing to experience it for yourself, be willing to step up!

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Now of course you don’t have to force things, if it’s not your time then it’s just not your time. Don’t put to much pressure on things just for the sake of having “something.” If the relationship isn’t fulfilling, incredibly passionate, and fun then it’s a waste of time. Sure good things come around, but “good” doesn’t always last. Be the person who wants a great thing that keeps getting better.

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 Expect the process of building something special to be a challenge, expect some hard days, but in the end, expect it all to be worth it. After all, the movies can’t be the only place where things go right, can they? Deep down, we all have our own love story to live and we can’t let life’s journey steal it from us. Sure it’s tough trying to open up, but be willing to risk your happiness before you ever settle for hiding behind your fears. You have to want more than “Damn y’all still together”; don’t stop giving until you hear, “Damn y’all inspire me to love harder.” So who’s going to step up?

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I came across this beautiful piece of prose written by Rob Hill who is an Author, Motivational Speaker and Life Coach. You can see more of his writings HERE. They are all great reads.

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Wearing: Topshop Deep V top, Topshop Jogger Trousers, Sam Edelman Wedge Sandal, Vintage Clutch.

HAVE A LOVELY WEEK G(ems)!!!

~Opal~

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Think that it’s fun, that you’re guided,
  and that all is well.


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Think that there’s time, that life is easy,
  and that the best is yet to come.

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Think that the reasons that elude you
  will one day catch up,

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that the lessons that have stumped you
  will one day bring joy,

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and that the sorrows that have crippled you
  will soon give you wings.

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Think that you’re important, that you cannot fail,
  and that happiness always returns.

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And think that you’re beautiful.

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Wearing: Top: Urban Outfitters, Shorts: Topshop, Heels: Sam Edelman, Clutch: ALDO

So FASHION’S NIGHT OUT is this thursday September 6, and I am super excited. There will definitely be a whole lot going on in NYC and although I haven’t yet made up my itinerary for the night, I am really looking forward to seeing all the amazing street style. Will you guys be in NYC FNO && what are your plans?!!

Have an amazing week G(ems)!!!

~Opal~

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Let go of your worries 

and be completely clear-hearted,


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like the face of a mirror 

that contains no images. 

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If you want a clear mirror, 

behold yourself 

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and see the shameless truth, 

which the mirror reflects. 

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If metal can be polished 

to a mirror-like finish, 

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what polishing might the mirror 

of the heart require? 

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Between the mirror and the heart 

is this single difference: 

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the heart conceals secrets, 

while the mirror does not. 
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Wearing: Top: H&M, Shorts: Topshop, Heels: Zara

When I first saw these floral shorts at Topshop, I had to have is. I’ve owned it since before the summer started and I thought this was the perfect time to wear it when I saw this top at H&M. I thought it would be perfect to pull the red out of the floral shorts and so I paired the outfit with these heels.

Hope You ALL have a Lovely week 🙂

~Opal~


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Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.

Life is beauty, admire it.

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Life is bliss, taste it.

Life is a dream, realize it.

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Life is a challenge, meet it.

Life is a duty, complete it.

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Life is a game, play it.

Life is a promise, fulfill it.

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Life is sorrow, overcome it.

Life is a song, sing it.

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Life is a struggle, accept it.

Life is a tragedy, confront it.

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Life is an adventure, dare it.

Life is luck, make it.

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Life is too precious, do not destroy it.

Life is life, fight for it.

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Wearing: Dress: H&M, Heels: Steve Madden, Clutch: Aldo, Sunnies: Tory Burch

The first thing that came to mind when I saw this dress at H&M was Victoria Bechkam, particularly because of the length and the form-fitting cut. I added a broach at one of the cutout sides for effect but I believe that adding two broaches, one at each side would make it look great and accentuate the waistline.

Have A Wonderful Day G(em)s!!!  

~Opal~

When things go wrong as they sometimes will, When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill, When funds are low and the debts are high, And you want to smile, but you have to sigh. 

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When care is pressing you down a bit. Rest, if you must, but don’t you quit. Life is queer with its twists and turns, As every one of us sometimes learns. 

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And many a failure turns about When he might have won had he stuck it out: Don’t give up though the pace seems slow – You may succeed with another blow. 

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Success is failure turned inside out – The silver tint of the clouds of doubt. And you never can tell how close you are. It may be near when it seems so far: So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit. It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.

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Wearing American Apparel Swimsuit, H&M cover-up

It has been a while since I’ve posted on here. We all have those moments in our lives where HUGE changes are made and over the past 3 months I have made some spur of the moment decisions. I’ve learned that sometimes we need to give up planning every moment of our lives and just go with the flow and allow things to fall into place. That’s what I’ve been doing and I couldn’t be happier. So I’ll be posting a lot more now 🙂

Have a Lovely Day G(em)s!!!

Love,

OPAL


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There are days when nothing seems right. When every shell you pick up on the winding shore is broken. When the silken treasure slips through your fingers too quickly. When comforts are empty. And the world is noise.
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On those jagged edged days, when the wind is screaming for a reason only she understands. And you find yourself all alone.Turn your face to the sun.
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There is goodness in the world, that even the river of tears cannot erase. There is love in the world, that the numbed armies of fear can not destroy.
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Sometimes that goodness is everywhere apparent. It pours from the heart of every moment. From the light of every smile. On those soft days, love hides in the eaves to drop like sweet honey on your forehead and sings her lilting lullabies in the arms of the winds.
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But on some days, Beloved. On days like today….We need to look, to see. So turn your face to the sun. Even when she is nowhere to be seen. Go inside yourself. Find a speck, a splinter of beauty to be grateful for. ‘Yes’, the day has worn you. And ‘Yes’ our mistakes have been so many.
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But say ‘Thank you’ anyway. Take account of all that is in your possession. A mind. A heart. A body. A life that breathes, even if for just one more day. Now count the eyes that have smiled at you on your wild journey, the hands that have held you tenderly, the ears that have listened, the prayers that have been made on your behalf.
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And whisper your ‘Thank you’ again. Count the sky that has watched you grow with His painted eyes, The heaving waves that find their echo in the tides of your breathing, The little birds that have sung you their songs, The stars which have been a lamp to your path, and are your rightful inheritance.
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Count unexpected laughter, Count undeserved grace, Count Passion and Love making and Dreams yet to be born, And bow your head and say ‘thank you’, Now count the lives who still need your light, The hungry, the sick, the helpless, Count the children who will die today and imagine if with the breath of your body you could help just one.
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Turn your face to the sun, And know yourself as a child of the light. You are the Goodness that cannot be extinguished, The love that burns through the darkest night.
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And perhaps, In turning You will see what I have seen, that this day where everything seemed wrong, was not your curse, It was your gift, Your chance…
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To find inside yourself a forgotten ‘thank you’, To smile in the face of the grim suppressors, To stand in the heart of the glowering darkness and turn your face to the sun.
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Wearing: UO Top, H&M Skirt, Sam Edelman Platforms, Tory Burch Sunnies, Aldo Clutch

I apologize for the lack of posts G(em)s. I found this beautiful poem and I had to share it. Inspiring words like these are what keep me on track when life takes a toll. When everything seems so wrong and all you  want is for your life to fall into place perfectly again. All you have to remember is that it Will, and keeping a positive attitude will get you to that place even faster.

Hope you all have a wonderful Day!!!

Love,

Opal <3333



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Women are often chided for wanting to be beautiful, but the truth of the matter is that beauty and fashion are just alternate forms of taking care of yourself. Beauty means that you are healthy, happy and in control, and these are the things that a prognosis of a serious illness like mesothelioma or uterine cancer tries to take away from you.    
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If you have been doing the grim round of doctors, or even if your treatment is over and you want to get back to your life, it can be hard to take care of yourself the way that you would like. When you are feeling a bit at a loss, see how beauty and fashion can affect the way that you live.

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For example, think about accessories. Accessories are small and manageable, and you’ll discover that it takes very few of them to dress up a common or plain outfit. If you want to start small with beauty, accessories are definitely the way for you to go. 
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Start with a scarf that you truly love. A good scarf is one that has a bit of color and detail, and which goes with many different things in your wardrobe. When you want a glam fifties look, tie it around your wrist. If you need a little bit of color on your person, wear it as a belt.    
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A scarf threaded through the belt loops on a pair of jeans looks wonderfully bohemian. Loop the scarf around your neck or even use it to tie back your hair. The possibilities for a simple rectangle cloth are immense.    
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Remember that you should start with a good foundation of garments. There are garments that are so wonderfully versatile that you can customize them to any effect that you want. While many designers suggest that you build off of the color black, others recommend that you start with a range of colors that you love.    
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For example, if you are someone who adores earth tones, make sure that you have a good selection of garments that are brown, warm gray or cream. 
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Similarly, if you prefer natural tones, choose your garments by selecting cool greens and blues. A small amount of planning before you head to the mall can help you create a very solid look. 

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Choose clothes that make you happy both when you wear them and when you look at them. Clothes let you add your imprint to the world, and if you choose carefully, you can make that imprint look very personal indeed. 
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Think about the colors that express who you are, and design an outfit that only you could wear. Emphasize your best traits by selecting things that are suited to your tastes and leave behind anything that isn’t perfect. Remember that if you don’t love it, you don’t need it!

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If you are ready to reclaim the person you are, or even to figure out who you want to be, consider your clothing. Fashion is a tool, and you are ready to use it!    
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wearing: Peplum Top: H&M, High Waisted Jeans: American Apparel, Platform Sandals: L.A.M.B, Clutch: ALDO, Watch: Michael Kors
I had the pleasure of being contacted by Jackie Clark, the author of this article, who does outreach for  the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance, a leading web resource for mesothelioma cancer. She has always had a passion for fashion-from shoes to makeup, nail polish to handbags, and everything in between! Coupled with that is her belief that all women need to feel beautiful, no matter what circumstances they may be facing. Women are powerful beings and WE need to realize it! Sadly, many women are hearing those devastating words ‘you have cancer.’ Despite a cancer diagnosis, women can still feel beautiful in their own skin. Jackie believes that Fashion is a wonderful way to feel strong and confident. I agree with her wholeheartedly. She is an inspiration to many women who lack the confidence they need. You can ALL check out her other inspiring writings HERE!!
HAVE A BEAUTIFUL SUNDAY!!!
~Opal-

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To believe is to know that every day is a new beginning.
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It is to trust that miracles happen, and dreams really do come true.
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To believe is to see angels dancing among the clouds, To know the wonder of a stardust sky and the wisdom of the man in the moon.

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To believe is to know the value of a nurturing heart, The innocence of a child’s eyes and the beauty of an aging hand,
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for it is through their teachings we learn to love. To believe is to find the strength and courage that lies within us.
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When it is time to pick up the pieces and begin again. To believe is to know we are not alone,
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That life is a gift and this is our time to cherish it. To believe is to know that wonderful surprises are just waiting to happen,
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And all our hopes and dreams are within reach. If only we believe.
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Wearing: Topshop Blouse, H&M Skirt, Steve Madden Pumps, Aldo Clutch, Oscar de la Renta Sunnies

I took complete advantage of a BEAUTIFUL summer like day in NYC. I Hope you are ALL having an Amazing week 🙂
NEVER STOP BELIEVING.
LOVE,
~OPAL~

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“Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… 

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the ones who see things differently — 

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they’re not fond of rules…

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You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them 

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because they change things…

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they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones,

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we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, 

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ARE THE ONES WHO DO.”

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This was a quote by Steve Jobs that I found very Inspiring 🙂
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Wearing: Mango Blazer, H&M Scarf & Blouse, Topshop Pants, Sam Edelman Heels, Aldo Clutch.


Have a Beautiful Day G(ems)!!!
LOVE Always,

~Opal~