Thursday, December 2, 2010

pancakeLEFTOVERS: November

I know what you are thinking...this is NOT my usual serving of pancakeLEFTOVERS.  If you are a follower of my blog, you know that I typically begin the start of a month with a series of my favorite outtakes from the previous month. So, you are probably perplexed as you stare at this post and see nothing but new pictures on your screen. The truth is, as I was trying to decide which leftover photos to include in my post, I was lacking a lot of inspiration. As I skimmed through my November posts, I realized that each one was already filled with photos that were uniquely and perfectly chosen to convey my feelings for that day. I didn't want to share a post with photos that just didn't do it for me, because if they don't do it for me, they surely won't do it for you. So, I hope you will all forgive me for my unconventional pancakeLEFTOVERS and enjoy this fresh stack I've cooked up for you.
Sweater, Dress, and Necklace: Forever 21; Boots: Chinese Laundry; Socks: Random; Photos of me by: DJ Lan

Nonetheless, I do want to take a moment to reflect back onto the month of November, so let's hop to it! After a series of events that forced me to get downright pensive about life, I pledged to take some time to work on myself and my happiness. Some of you might remember that this involved something I called "Natural November." For those of you who need a little reminder, Natural November was my way of shedding myself of the falsifications of life, so that I could truly embrace and appreciate everything around me. Overall, I am very happy with what I was able to accomplish in just 30 days. I joined a gym and found a new-found love for Zumba, after faltering twice in my attempts to shed myself of my beloved Chi hair straightener, I found the most amazing curly hair styling products ever created and haven't touched my Chi since, I shed myself of unnecessary negativity and cut myself loose of "dead weight," I kept myself busy by surrounding myself with people whom I absolutely enjoy working with and being around day to day, I worked harder to pursue my goals for the future, and now, everyday, I am one step closer to achieving what I know is waiting for me. In sum, November was a month that taught me never, ever, ever to settle for less than what I know I deserve.  So with that, here is a toast to an even dreamier December.


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35 Comments:

Anonymous Lourdes said...

Wow! This is a great post! And look how much you accomplished in just one month! Similar to you, I learned that I can choose to have who I want in my life. Simple lesson, but it took a while to learn. I hope you have a great December and a great 2011! Love your outfit, btw. That dress looks terrific on you and those boots are killer---and you have a beautiful smile to match! (Sheesh! Do I win for longest comment ever? LOL)

December 2, 2010 at 1:00 AM  
Anonymous Lourdes said...

Wow! This is a great post! And look how much you accomplished in just one month! Similar to you, I learned that I can choose to have who I want in my life. Simple lesson, but it took a while to learn. I hope you have a great December and a great 2011! Love your outfit, btw. That dress looks terrific on you and those boots are killer---and you have a beautiful smile to match! (Sheesh! Do I win for longest comment ever? LOL)

December 2, 2010 at 1:02 AM  
Anonymous Kim said...

That's a very pretty dress! Definitely something I would buy for myself (and hooray, f21 is finally coming to Belgium next year). Thanks for your sweet comment and I will definitely keep on stopping by here :)

brunetteblogging.com

December 2, 2010 at 2:05 AM  
Blogger Sienna said...

cute pics dear, you are really pretty:)
xoxo Sienna

http://fashion-sienna.blogspot.com/

December 2, 2010 at 3:18 AM  
Blogger Jasmira Flower said...

Hello Dear!
You look sensational in these photos, you have a wonderful smile and beautiful you are!
P.S. My blog did get lonely! Can you help?

December 2, 2010 at 3:29 AM  
Blogger aka Procne said...

i loved how you worked your eyeshadow to match your boots! The lacy dress is so sexy but was toned down with the brown overcoat! I cannot picture myself wearing those though with boots as the weather here is scorching hot!

What happened to cold December nights, eh?

December 2, 2010 at 3:55 AM  
Blogger ching said...

that dress is so dreamy to wear. you look so good. i like how reflective you are in your posts. thanks for sharing.

December 2, 2010 at 4:10 AM  
Blogger 2Anchor said...

Good for you!!! Everybody should do a Natural November! Love the dress, I wish I could still wear that. But I'm stuck in scares, jackets, and basically anything to keep me warm : ) Have a great day!

http://2anchor.blogspot.com

December 2, 2010 at 5:14 AM  
Blogger Allergic to Vanilla said...

inspiring post! sometimes I feel like I could be doing something more meaningful with my life, but that I'm not actively pursuing it. Here's to acheiving the sucess and happiness we deserve!

BTW I LOVE zumba, isn't it amazzing?! And I didn't know you had curly hair, if only I had the patience to straighten my hair daily- I would, but I don't so a unruley mess it will remain ;)

xo Carlina
AllergicToVanilla.com

December 2, 2010 at 7:31 AM  
Blogger CC said...

Love the dress!
I've always been curious, does the Zumba thing really work?
Xx

Re: I agree, as much I ADORED that tulle dress I could never wake up so early and get in line just to buy it. I'm alright with silently envying people do have the patience to do that and get what they want. :P

December 2, 2010 at 8:35 AM  
Blogger Sarah Bianchi said...

you've done well! post what makes you feel good :)
and this outfit is beautiful! you look so charming!
kisses

http://chicneverland.blogspot.com/

December 2, 2010 at 8:57 AM  
Blogger Bella said...

Great outfit! You look so good.
I love your boots and dress!! :)

December 2, 2010 at 10:00 AM  
Blogger Closet Hound said...

I love your sweet dress - it looks so ephemeral and angelic. And I'm really glad that your Natural November turned out so well for you - it sounds like an incredibly enlightening and uplifting experience.

- Sharon

December 2, 2010 at 4:35 PM  
Blogger VALENTINA said...

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December 3, 2010 at 3:02 AM  
Blogger Deva said...

what a pretty dress!

www.oldsoulyoungpspirits.com

December 3, 2010 at 7:20 AM  
Blogger Flashes of Style said...

Those boots are just so cute, dear! <3

December 3, 2010 at 7:59 AM  
Anonymous fashion junkie said...

OMG I want your boots. I have been looking for a pair of nice brown boots, and I think I just found them. Where did you get them? Was it from online? or at the Chinese Laundry store?

xoxo,
MelRod

December 3, 2010 at 8:42 AM  
OpenID cravingworthy.com said...

I love the boots, but because I'm petite, I can never find boots that work for my calves (the ankle to calf transition isn't made for petite girls). Any advice? Anyhoo, love the "leftovers"!

Cheers,

Stephanie
http://cravingworthy.com

December 3, 2010 at 11:45 AM  
Blogger Isabel said...

i love this pics, u look fab!

December 3, 2010 at 2:32 PM  
Blogger Glocal Girl said...

Some of us could take a lesson or two in shedding negativity... thanks for the inspiration. Keep shining!

Happy weekend from Holland,
www.GlocalGirl.com

December 3, 2010 at 3:04 PM  
Blogger Chelsea Lane said...

this is such a gorgeous outfit! I love every piece of it <3

xoxo

December 3, 2010 at 9:41 PM  
Blogger Emilie said...

wow this is amazing :) looooove the pictures and your dress is fabulous, as always :p

xxxx


lifeisroyalty.blogspot.com

December 4, 2010 at 12:20 PM  
OpenID Chelsea Rae said...

Oh, hello chunky knit cardi, if I was desperately trying to avoid spending all my money at F21, you would be mine.

I'm glad November was good for you. I love the month of November, but mostly because it always starts with my birthday.

December 4, 2010 at 1:59 PM  
Blogger Zarna said...

it sounds like november was a great month for you! when i cut off all my hair it felt like such a relief to put away my chi straightener. there's something so empowering about learning to love and embrace your natural features!

loving this look too - perfect for the fall!

December 4, 2010 at 2:36 PM  
Blogger Rose said...

Beautifully said! I love your ponderings on life, and that sweater looks super cozy. :)

December 4, 2010 at 10:35 PM  
Blogger Samantha said...

Cute dress!

-Samantha

http://thisfashionista.blogspot.com

December 5, 2010 at 3:15 AM  
Blogger the gorgeous said...

that dress is so beautiful.. love white dresses.
and the scenery is fab!
xx

December 5, 2010 at 4:06 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

"In sum, November was a month that taught me never, ever, ever to settle for less than what I know I deserve." I learned the same lesson last month! Hear hear! I love these fresh leftovers, you look stunning! I'll be emailing you about your interview soon, have another question for you!

Burn the Blonde

December 5, 2010 at 1:57 PM  
Blogger Isabelle said...

love the dress and sweater xx

December 5, 2010 at 3:53 PM  
Blogger Sarah @ Pandora's Box said...

Love that! We all have to remind ourselves to never settle for less.

December 5, 2010 at 4:36 PM  
Anonymous Sarah Helfgott said...

You look beautiful and I especially love the dress and big sweater combo. I'm always looking for inspiration for new ways to wear my dresses, so I'm taking note of this look!

Sarah
www.theconfessionsofaproductjunkie.com

December 6, 2010 at 9:45 AM  
Blogger Martina said...

oh, november was a pretty busy month for you! i personally love busy months ;) your boots are great - love them! ..xox..

December 6, 2010 at 8:44 PM  
Blogger Carly said...

Sounds like you had a profound November....Congratulations on some self discovery...that is what your 20's are all about....and it continues into your 30's lol!
Glad you discovered ZUMBA...it is one of the few things I can stand at the gym.
Love this sweet little dress with the rugged boots. Great post!
PS I have a giveaway you should enter...I am picking the winner around noon through random.org today. enter this mornign if you can!
C

December 7, 2010 at 4:59 AM  
Blogger 3ate4 said...

Loving the top, looks nice and warm!

December 8, 2010 at 9:56 AM  
Blogger Lisa Lisa Lisa said...

Your boots are killer!!!
And November was a lively month for you!!! Wow!! I'm taking notes now =)

December 10, 2010 at 9:54 AM  

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