you’ve got to be kitten me right meow

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shoes: forever21 // studded chambray: target // sweater: forever21 // clutch: thrifted //

happy weekend!  me and my sister ran out to our favorite bookstore today, 2nd and charles. if you haven’t been there you need to. {http://2ndandcharles.com/} they have mostly used books, but they also have new books, music, records, dvds, and instruments. ALSO AWESOME, you can sell your old books there to make room for new ones.

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the art of living

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lately, i’ve been reading the diary of anne frank. it’s one of those books that i keep starting, but always put it down at the same spot. this time, however, i am determined to finish it. it’s one of those books that we’ve all heard of so many times, and we already know the ending so we feel like we’ve already read it so why bother. it is so inspiring though. while reading it, it’s easy to forget what kind of world she was living through. she makes it seem like the “secret annexe” is so normal that you almost forget what kind of conditions she is forced to survive in.

in her diary, anne mentions what her mother calls “the art of living.”

“i needn’t get annoyed about other people’s opinions. i don’t think my opinions are stupid and the other do; so it is better to keep them to myself. i do just the same if i have to eat something that i simply can’t stand. i put my plate in front of me, pretend that it is something delicious, look at it as little as possible, and before i know where i am, it is gone. when i get up in the morning, also a very unpleasant process, i jump out of bed thinking to myself ‘you’ll be back in a second,’ go to the window, take down the blackout, sniff at the crack of the window, until i feel a bit of fresh air, and i’m awake. the bed is turned down as quickly as possible and then the temptation is removed.” (the diary of anne frank)

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the art of living is hard and complex. the art of living is not to just make your life look aesthetically pleasing from the outside. this art is in the details. in eating the food that you have with grace, even though you hate it. in getting up in the morning even though there is nothing you want more than to stay in the warm covers. it’s in all things you don’t want to do, but do with a good attitude anyways. art is a lengthy process. you don’t just sit down and imagine something beautiful. you have to create it from scratch. the art of living is just the same. the little things you do each day are what create your ultimate masterpiece.

the happy heart banner

so you know all of those old magazines you have lying around? well here is the perfect project for them! BONUS: it’s arguably the world’s easiest diy ever.

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supplies needed:

old magazine

heart shaped hole punch

thread and sewing machine

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step one: punch out your hearts.

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step two: sew ’em all up!

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and that’s all there is. i wasn’t kidding when i said easiest diy ever. there’s only two steps.

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hang them up everywhere and anywhere! i hung mine horizontal, but you can also hang them in a vertical sheet.

this diy can be done in about 40 min or less, and it’s great to do with kids as they can do the punching, and you can do the sewing.

p.s. send someone some love. make this banner, stick it an envelope, and mail to someone who needs some love.