“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~