Be-You-Ti-Ful Mondays!

As a society we're constantly bombarded with images and media that tell us we need to look better, dress better, but there isn't enough telling us to love better, feel better, give better. They tell us, if you look like this small twig over here, you'll feel better than this bigger twig over there. If you wear this trend here, you'll be so cool compared to if you wear last years trend. What we need more of is, you'll feel great if you wear what you love and take care of your body in a healthy way because it's the only one your getting and it deserves your love & care! And why are there so many people - women especially falling for this mess!?! We need women to stand together, instead of tearing each other apart & take on the world. We weren't put on this Earth to live up to anyone's standards, but our own. We all deserve love no matter who we are, where we come from or what we may have done in our lives. As we women,  we need to empower ourselves from the inside out, because you won't find it in a piece of clothing - that only enhances & expresses what's on the inside. And for those that go around thinking that designer dress or shoes they wear makes you great, it doesn't. Take all that away & what are you left with!?! A hollow casing, with nothing else to give because you didn't take the time to fill yourself with the things that matter most. We all deserve to walk out of the door and feel absolutely amazing and not give two thoughts about what someone else might say...build our armour of self assurance because we know we're worth more than our outsides, we're strong minded, intelligent beings who can make a difference in the world!! I hope you take the time to love yourself today...just the way you are!!

Have a great Monday!
Love loves
xoxoxo



“Being tender and open is beautiful. As a woman, I feel continually shhh’ed. Too sensitive. Too mushy. Too wishy washy. Blah blah. Don’t let someone steal your tenderness. Don’t allow the coldness and fear of others to tarnish your perfectly vulnerable beating heart. Nothing is more powerful than allowing yourself to truly be affected by things. Whether it’s a song, a stranger, a mountain, a rain drop, a tea kettle, an article, a sentence, a footstep, feel it all – look around you. All of this is for you. Take it and have gratitude. Give it and feel love.” -Zooey Deschanel












You can be the most beautiful person in the world and everybody sees light and rainbows when they look at you, but if you yourself don’t know it, all of that doesn’t even matter. Every second that you spend on doubting your worth, every moment that you use to criticize yourself; is a second of your life wasted, is a moment of your life thrown away. It’s not like you have forever, so don’t waste any of your seconds, don’t throw even one of your moments away.” C. JoyBell C. 

















People always ask me, ‘You have so much confidence. Where did that come from?’ It came from me. One day I decided that I was beautiful, and so I carried out my life as if I was a beautiful girl … It doesn't have anything to do with how the world perceives you. What matters is what you see. Your body is your temple, it’s your home, and you must decorate it. We need more of this and less “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels”’

Gabourey Sidibe (The actress who played Precious)


78 comments

  1. It's tough when we're getting bombarded on a daily basis with images of how we're supposed to look etc. and trying to not be influenced is near-on impossible. Strangely enough, this is one where men can't be blamed as - in my experience - women are far more judgemental and bitchy about other women than men are... Anyway, it's a lovely and very positive post for a Monday morning and we should all (me included) remember these things more often. Have a lovely week ahead xo

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  2. Hello:
    If you are at one with yourself, and have inner contentment which brings with it a peace of mind, then the rest matters not at all. Or so we believe. And how we are certainly has nothing to do with riches or designer clothes, or anything else come to that.

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  3. Hi there doll, I just love these inspirational words, Especially the quote from Zooey Deschanel and Marilyn. Don't hide your beauty or your voice, that's what I learnt growing up. Beauty comes from within. Wishing you a wonderful week. xx/Madison

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  4. Great post !!

    I always love your Illustrations :)
    They are beautiful and always inspiring :)

    Thank you for brightening up my Monday

    XXX

    Janice

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  5. I love this post - you said it all in one post that I have been trying to make clear during years :). If *all* women (and men) got this, the world would be much better!
    x, Lara
    http://rockteraptor.blogspot.fi/

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  6. That was a beautiful, beautiful post...It made my day! You are so right in every word you said, and I loved the quotes too...

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  7. is a beautiful and important message .. compliments nice post :)
    have nice day!


    Pieces of Me

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  8. If we don't love ourselves we can't love other people! This is a great post dear!
    Fabiola

    wildflowergirl

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  9. Great post!!! nothing better, to value ourselves as we are ....
    I added you by g+! I'm very happy if you do the same.
    Have a good week! and my g+ for you...

    Besos, desde España, Marcela♥

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  10. have a great monday!

    New Post!
    Anthea

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  11. lovely empowering post. i really love the quote from zooey too. being a good person is of course what is post important. but i do think fashion is fun and i think dressing how u want and feeling great in it is the best feeling - when you are able to dress for yourself and be who you want - if it happens to be designer it should not matter. and you are right at the end of the day we should be empowering ourselves and women should not be fighting amongst themselves. beauty comes in all shapes and sizes :)

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    xx rae

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  12. Yes! You're spot on again. Thanks for the boost!

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  13. i like the image where the bathroom mirror has been removed and replaced with the words "you look fine." thanks for the encouraging words...what a great way to start a monday! enjoy your day;)

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  14. Perfect post! your words are sweet and beautiful! Kisssssss from Madrid dear!

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  15. you are deffo right sweets, our attitudes matters a lot, hummmm.. that's so true wearing designers does not make u look pretty outside and inside lol, its takes a person with great knowledge and sense of style to manage fashion or else you will shop till you drop,maybe this is why i adore vintage and lurv to mix, cause i still got loads of old clothing in my wardrobe which i find same styles in stores :) they tell us what to wear and trends cause they wanna make money out of our pockets and we end up buying junks that's just the simple truth.
    happy monday sweets.

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    1. I agree with you completely doll. You have a great Monday too doll xo

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  16. Absolutely love your blog and this post is awesome. Congratulations and thank you for your sublime work!!! :D


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  17. so motivational start of week!!!!
    xoxo

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  18. Thank you for the kind reminder dear. We all need to remember to love ourselves and put ourselves first!

    xoxo,
    Chic 'n Cheap Living

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  19. Awwww your inspiring quotes always make me SMILE....and thanks for doing that on a Monday!!!

    REBECCA
    www.redtagchiclosangeles.com

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  20. Such a great inspiring post.
    Have a great happy week, darling!
    Beijo
    Niña.

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  21. i love these quotes! they are great motivation! :D

    Letters To Juliet

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  22. Beautiful post! I agree so much with it! I loved the compilation of pictures you used and I personally find Zooey Deschanel to be a very inspirational person. Also, thank you for the sweet comment on my blog, it really made my day!
    Have a nice week!

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  23. This is so true Kizzy and you are so right:) what worries me though are my 2 little girls .They start earlier and earlier to care about appearance , and it scares me the pressure they put on themselves:) MORE of these words from you to all of the girls out there, small or large - little or big :)
    Happy Monday doll, makes me happy visiting here as always,
    Axx

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  24. Ooohhh Kizzy!! Your Mondays are so TRULY inspiring!!!
    Thank you!!
    xoxo
    Patricia

    http://misstoptenimage.blogspot.com

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  25. love your truly inspirational Mondays full of great introspection!
    have a lovely, powerful week dear

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  26. This is the shot in the arm that I've needed today Doll, my favourite out of all of these is the one of the old grandma seeing herself as a dancer, so beautiful and spine tinglingly beautiful, this post has truly warmed my heart today.

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  27. It can be easy to give into to all the negativity from the media but you're so right that it all starts with self love. Thanks for all the inspiration and affirmation! We are all beautiful in own way!

    Have a beautiful week Kizzy!
    Rowena @ rolala loves

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  28. I love the cartoon of the old lady in the wheelchair. Definitely don't want to be a hollow casing. Great post!

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  29. A great message my dear. The quote I love the most is : "You are enough just as you are", because we don't have to live by ANY standard, not even ours. We just have to be who we really are and let go of any self-judging impulse. Or at least let's try! Thank you for this! Lots of love and have a great week my love!

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  30. I loved all the quotes, we should really love ourselves a little bit more :)
    x

    www.be-your-own-hero-now.blogspot.pt

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  31. What a beautiful message! And so true! Thank you for this :)

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  32. I love all these quotes! I completely agree, women need to accept who they are and love themselves! Who cares if someone doesn't like what you look like or why you wear certain things. I try to tell my daughter this everytime she tells me how girls make fun of her because she is more energetic and outgoing. We need to be confident in everyway not just outside but inside! Good post! xoxox happy Monday to you!

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  33. I'm currently reading "One Good Deed a Day" (it's more like a journal) but I checked off "Be good to yourself" yesterday. It's so easy to criticize and get down in the dumps over petty things. It's best to celebrate who you are with what you have and move on!

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  34. Wonderful quaotes !
    xoxo

    www.descontraidas.com

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  35. Wonderful post. I have spent 26 years working in the medical field ~ as a Nutritionist, Birthing Instructor, and now Dermatology .. Women ARE SO hard on themselves and they set unrealistic goals and objectives when it comes to their bodies. We are also (as a whole) afraid of aging. I am over 50 and I hope to help women realize that you can be beautiful at any age and with the body shape you are born with. Media has made it difficult for women .. and that's unfortunate.

    xxL

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  36. thanks for the doses of inspiration! they are all very motivational. I love the one with the text replacing the mirror above the sink. it really makes the point that self-confidence is all in the head.

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  37. So many wonderful quotes. My favorite is "Don't forget to fall in love with yourself first." I sometimes struggle with now thinking I am good enough at one thing or another and need to reminded to love myself.

    Tracy @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights
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    1. I think we all struggle with that one at some point in life because we try to live up to too many expectations, including our own, instead of just accepting ourselves as we are. We're all deserving of love & happiness :) xx

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  38. I love Zooey. This is wonderful. :) You always make me smile.

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  39. What a great post Kizzy. I wish I caught this post earlier in the day as I wasn't having the best day....argh! Glad it is OVER.

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    1. Ahh..sorry your day wasn't so great, I hope the rest of your week will be better :) xx

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  40. I seriously, seriously love this post. I love what you wrote, I love what it stands for, and I love the quotes you chose. Thanks for this - it's so important to remember!
    Isn’t That Charming.

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    1. Thanks so much, am happy you enjoyed it!! xx

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  41. Great advice Kizzy! I love that quote by Zooey... and I've always loved the idea of putting 'You look fine' in place of a mirror. xo

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    1. Yes, that's a favourite and makes so much sense :) xo

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  42. I love this inspirational Monday posts. Makes me walk with my head held high starting Monday morning. Keep 'em coming, darling!

    Have a great week!

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  43. So many uplifting sayings - too many pearls of wisdom to pick just one favourite!
    x
    Melissah

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  44. hi dear...really great words...
    kiss and happy day
    vendy

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  45. This is all so true! But why is it so difficult? In Sweden we have a thing called the "Jante Law". It's just a hypothetic "law", but it describes Swedes very well...According to it you're not allowed to think you're better or more beautiful than anyone else, or be richer or more successful than anyone else etc...Since we grow up believing this, it's difficult to change. And if you're brave enough to brake this law, there will be haters... ;) One who REALLY has broken this law is Mrs. Murphy - whom I did a blog post about last week. Everything in her life went really bad for awhile, and she felt so bad she ended up in a bathtub, crying, and cutting her arms. But at that moment she "woke up", thinking what the f am I doing? Now she has the words "I'm fabulous" tattooed over the scars on her arm, and even if Mrs. Murphy is just a made up persona she uses as a brand, Malin (as her real name is) really lives as Mrs. Murphy! She always looks like a million bucks, has a chandelier hanging from a tree in her garden (during summer) and uses empty champagne bottles as toilet paper holders in her bathroom! Haha! When I feel grey and boring I think of her, and then I pain my lips red! :) xxx

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  46. Hey Kizzy! Another fantastic post - lots to think about here. I don't know why we beat ourselves up but I do try to be kinder to myself ... doesn't always work though! I love the Zooey Deschanel quote! xo

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  47. That's very true Kizzy! At the end of the day, all you have is YOU. And you must love yourself both inside and out. Without the clothes! Without the makeup! Etc! STUFF will not make you a happy or good person. More need to realize that.
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  48. Fab post and inspirations!

    oxoxo from San Francisco
    Amy
    http://bridechic.blogspot.com

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  49. What an awe inspiring post, Kizzy and there is loads of truth in what you say. I learned a long time ago that you must first learn to love yourself before you can love anyone else and while it might seem easy nothing could be farther from the truth. It takes a lot of courage to love yourself enough to sometimes be the butt of jokes and lose friends and in the end it can sometime cost you more than you can imagine. Is it worth it, indeed it is! Because in the end you're all you have. Be the best that you can be and love yourself for it.

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  50. I want to print this whole post out and hang it up!

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  51. Lovely post <3 Those things are so true!

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  52. Another AMAZING post Kizzy!!!!!
    How has your week been?
    These are such wonderful life lessons....
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  53. Your blog is so inspirational and beautiful!!

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  54. Such and empowering post... Love it!

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  55. I love Zooey Deschanel! Such inspiring words....I think as humans, we inherently want to progress and be "better"...Plus while we want to love ourselves the way we are, we fuel this obsession with being "perfect" and beautiful... But you are, nevertheless, right, and we should strive for loving ourselves just the way we are.... Also models, singers, actresses have a lot of help looking their best, whether natural or unnatural....So maybe our sense of perfection is nonexistent anyways....and that is why we'll never live up to it...Point is, you are so right. ;) -Jessica L

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  56. I've always struggled with body image issues, in that I thought that having a big Latino butt made me look fat. lol But then one day I decided to accept my figure and I've done so much better since. I stopped insecurities stop me from wearing cute clothes I always wanted to wear. Like colored skinny jeans. lol :) And lo and behold, the love of my life happens to love my butt just as is. So really, I was being silly after all I guess. :)

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