Thursday, July 31, 2014

Concert Clothing Inspiration

Summer is the season for outdoor concerts, and aside from the amazing music your eyes get a glittering vision of some gorgeous fashions. From the dreamy, bohemian fairies to the hard city rock n' roll look, I picked some of my favorite concert clothing inspiration.

Everything from the flower crown around the fedora, to the floral cardigan over a t-shirt and cut-off jean shorts, and an oversized bag = boho magic music dream. 
{Courtesy of the amazing site Spell and the Gypsy Collective!}

Going to a harder rock concert, maybe something indoors? Or just want something edgy? I love these black cut out stretchy pants paired with black boots, black bag and No Sleep Graphic tank. all from Forever21

Trade in the sandals for cowboy boots, and this outfit would be a bright and cute ensemble for a country concert. Love the bright aztec print tops with the cut off shorts!
{Courtesy of Uoionline }

This bright oversized cardigan changes a simple outfit of a white tee and shorts to perfect, comfy attire for a concert with a bohemian edge.

Great collection from the wonderful Blonder Ambitions that covers all bases. (My personal favorites: That gorgeous Kate Moss t-shirt, and Number 10 pants!)

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

North East Bloggers: Blog of the Week

I'm on cloud nine that this tiny little blog got some recognition from the Northeast Bloggers! It was blog of the week and you can see the interview here: Blog of the Week: The Heart of a Flower. NE Bloggers has connected me with so many amazing blogs that are truly inspiring and wonderful read.

 A Mermaid's Rambles is a delightful blog run by a sweetheart! She always has such positive comments and I love reading her day to day adventures through words and photographs.

A Rose in the City - a life style blog based in Philadelphia! I never been but seeing her world through her blog, I want to take a train over there and have adventures through there! Also, I love her recipes and food pics - yum!

Crumbs and Curls - a sassy, classy lifestyle blog that I live vicariously through her adventures around the world! Plus, her style is amazing!

There are so many, many more blogs from NE Bloggers that are on my blog roll that I find amazing but I have limited time here! Please check them out.

I also have a tumblr, juliet's sky and Facebook group I set up over a year ago for the express purpose of bettering the community - all around the world. You can find fundraisers, charities, and worthy causes in your area and also post about your own fundraiser, Fundraisers and Volunteering Center. I've been blessed with messages from people all over wanting me to post everything from Suicide Awareness to a little girl's battle with Leukemia. In this day and age where social media is everything, that's my spot to try and make the world a better place.

What are your favorite blogs/websites?

Life in Instagram

Being in the Northeast Bloggers community has helped me find some incredible blogs, and today's post is inspired from one of them, Crumbs and Curls and their blog post Instagram Lately. I haven't done the 100 happy days challenge, mainly because my camera phone is awful! I purchased a VERY cheap digital camera that just doesn't want to work. But I do love photography and having instagram as an outlet. Here's my life in instagram pictures as of recent: 

{You can find/follow me on instagram:  courtney_graceb}

This was an amazing sky I met with while leaving work. Meriden, CT.
Shameless selfie of my braids at work!
I work near a cemetary and the sunset was so amazing that evening, the scarlets and the lavenders were breathtaking.
A Summer Staple: Lace Dresses and Summer Shandy's
Nica's Market in New Haven, CT. Great market with fresh food and deli with great prices. I love having breakfast there and sitting on their patio.
A friend's backyard in Orange, CT on a private lake. Absolutely dreamy. You can't see: the human ball in her pool people were rolling around in the day before!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A little about me...

I like my coffee hot even in the summer,

 my music turned up a little too loud

my night skies full of stars. 

I'll always prefer a sun shower over rainstorm; 

a blanket to keep me warm over a heater. I like my heart and home to be full of love

 and my mind at ease.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Sunday Afternoon at East Rock

Sunday afternoon, with a lace maxi dress and cork wedges, my friend and I drove up to East Rock Park. East Rock, according to Wikipedia is in Hamden and New Haven and operated by New Haven. You can see New Haven and the Long Island Sound. It's very relaxing and they have a trail called Giant Steps which ascends to the bottom. 

It was pretty smoggy yesterday so pictures didn't come out the best. There were a lot of people milling about, looking at the view and others were enjoying the empty fields to throw graduation parties and BBQS.

The Soldiers and Sailors Monument

On top of the world! Or at least New Haven! 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Slow Down Summer

{Me in a tree!  © Copyright Mark L. Johnson -photographyselect

Slow down Summer, there's still so many excursions to private beaches and gardens I have yet to go, I still have maxi dresses and flower crowns to wear, boats to ride under the flamingo pink and bruised tangerine sunsets in the sound, there's still rooftop bars in the electric city I need to go to, there's vineyards I haven't been to drink wine and laugh under the sunlight, fields of overgrown sunflowers and butterflies I haven't ran though, pool parties on lakes I haven't gone too enough. I still want to see the lights and the beaches of Block Island and escape to Cape Cod. There's only so many sunsets, perfect shade, azaleas that you have, so I'll ask you kindly to just go slow so I can try and experience as much as I can.

Nominated for Liebster Blog Award!

First and foremost, thank you to the lovely and talented Velysia from A Mermaid's Rambles for nominating me. The Liebster Blog Award is being passed around the blogging community to bloggers who have 200 or less followers as a way to get to know each other. Nominated bloggers are to list 11 facts about themselves, answer the 11 questions asked by the nominator, then they are to nominate 5 other bloggers and list 11 questions for them to answer. It's a fun way to get to know other bloggers. 

11 facts about me:
1. I was born in New Haven, CT.
2.  I lived down south (Biloxi, MS to be exact) for a year and half 
3. My favorite sport to watch is Basketball. I love UCONN Huskies for college and Knicks for NBA.
4. Outside the US I've been to Ireland, Canada and St.Thomas (although that one doesn't count) 
5.  I've never been to Cape Cod or Block Island - two places it seems everyone from CT has gone too! 
6. I worked at Sanrio and had to dress up like Hello Kitty! 

7.  I love swimming!
8.  I love photography but hate my camera phone. I need to get a new phone or a new camera! My favorite things to take pictures of is nature, specifically - flowers, trees, the beach.
9. I love the summer time because I spent more time outdoors. I absolutely love nature and find serenity outdoors. 
10. I've always live by the coast.
11. I'd LOVE to live in NYC

Here are Velysia's 11 Questions and my answers....
1. What are the 2 words that you would use to best describe yourself?
Creative! I love having creative outlets, whether it be through this blog, writing stories, photography. Aware is another one. I'm always aware of my surroundings (especially since I have anxiety),  aware of my emotions and other people's. Aware that everyone has things they go through, aware that being judgmental and two-faced will get you nowhere in life and to be as open-minded and loving as possible.

2. When and why did you started blogging?
4 years ago if not longer. My first blog was more about fashion. It was fun I did sweepstakes but I didn't get to write like I wanted to. I wish I kept it up and had this one, a more personal one but I'm trying to combine the two. 

3. What's the meaning behind your blog title?
I took a picture of a beautiful flower about a year ago that was near out town library. It was so close you can see inside the flower, and I labeled it "the heart of the flower" The heart of a flower - the inside, the beauty, the pain, the life, everything inside that makes it flourish and also wilt away. The darkness and the light and all the shades in between.

4. Has your blogging experience turned out to be what you expected?
Ever since I turned it into a more writing-based blog and joined blogging communities, I really have been happy to find great blogs, follow them and have some followers. I hope I continue finding more blogs to follow and followers on my blog. It's great feeling part of a community. 

5. What's your favorite post that you've written?
My blog post "Poppy". It's very sad, and is about my grandfather's death. It's something I can always look back on. It was written so much sadness and pain and I'd like to do a follow up that celebrates his life. 

6. What are the 2 things about yourself that you're most proud of?
Buying my first car all by myself and when I got an apartment all by myself and had it for a year all by myself. It was a rewarding feeling.

7. What is the one thing that you like and dislike the most?
About myself? I like that I'm sweet, I see the good in people, don't judge and hate talking negative and perpetuating rumours. I dislike the fact I like confidence and I'm easily scared. 

8. What's one piece of advice that you'd like to share? Life advice, blogging advice.. anything!
When I was 19 and started having severe anxiety attacks a nurse told me, in this tiny hospital office, "It takes time, faith and patience". You can use that toward anything in life.

9. What do you hope to achieve 5 years from now?
I'd like to have my stories published, a family, and a nice house :)

10. What is your favorite quote?
"Make decisions based on love, cooperation, and prosperity instead of neediness, trepidation, and anger." 

11. Who are your top 2 blogging influencers?

All my followers either have already been nominated or don't have blogs, but if you'd like to participate here are 11 questions:

1. How would you describe your blog?
2. What is your current favorite song?
3. What's your favorite place you ever vacationed?
4.) What are some places you'd like to visit?
5) What are your summer fashion essentials?
6) What's your favorite blog post?
7) What are your favorite books?
8.) How would you describe your aesthetic?
9.) What are your favorite names?
10.) If you could raid anyone's closet who would it be?
11.)  Your makeup must haves.