my women motivators

March 31, 2016

I think one of the most important things growing up as a little girl, especially in this day, is to have a steady role model. Being able to see your goals and dreams manifested in someone else, or someone overcoming and becoming successful and making change is empowering. Seeing them lets you know, for sure, that these dreams are real and attainable and you, that little girl, can get to them too. It helps to see a women in these positions in my eyes also. You could be anywhere in the world  and see men’s accomplishments and accolades praised left, right and center, but what about women? Why can’t women be presidents, or scientists, engineers doctors.

They can!

Being able to see that role model can serve as a beacon of hope to push through that tough day at school, or that paper that you were positive would break you. Which makes all the difference in staying motivated through the ups and downs in life.

In honor of Women’s History Month coming to its closure these are some of my favorite contemporary female role models. These brilliant women push past barriers to do what they do, and work to educate others in the process and inspire me to be the brilliant woman I want to be one day.

{Karlie Kloss}

Karlie Kloss is an amazing and hardworking model, (and victoria's secret angel too!) but her modeling isn't the main thing I look to her for. She has a bright and airy personality and many other hobbies and pursuits such as a love for coding and baking which add to her depth. Her work and fascination in education of coding to young girls goes toward creating astounding, and intelligent women. AND, she does all of this while attending my dream school, NYU.

Ever since her Destiny’s Child days, Beyonce has been one of my biggest role models. I practically grew up with Beyonce as my imaginary fabulous aunt accomplishing greatness. Her professionalism, humbleness, and poise has always been remarkable, not to mention her incredible talent. Her outspoken feminism and support of movements like BlackLivesMatter in the public eye brings to attention important although underspoken and “uncomfortable” topics.

{Emma Watson}

Emma Watson is another person I grew up loving. As an avid Harry potter fan and established bookworm, her character in the Harry Potter series inevitably resonated with me growing up showing it’s okay to be smart as a girl and my talents will come to help. I also admire her love for school and decision to continue on to college when there were so many options thrown her way. Her outspokenness about femisnist issues on a large scale with a large audience with grace and poise of  such a young women inspires me to do that myself.

Thank you for reading!! xx Mary  


Golden Roses: DIY

March 23, 2016

The brainchild for this project came from  a really sappy night, and a Valentine’s project for my friends. The really sappy night was actually my birthday and I was just thinking about all the love I received that day. If I had ever had any doubts on whether I was loved and that I loved my life they were squished into nonexistence that day. So from that day I was trying to think of ways to show my loved ones that I cared. Generally, I’m pretty good with expressing my feelings with my loved ones, but I really wanted something to express to them how much they meant to me, although it may not be a thing I say everyday. So, that’s where the idea for the roses came from for Valentine’s day. I made little roses for all of my loved ones and explained to them while handing it to them their significance to me and how much I appreciate them on a daily basis.

So back to this project. White roses have always been such a universally gorgeous, elegant and primly timeless figure of beauty to me and the i love the idea of and marrying them with another love of mine, a gold or rose-gold accent. Hanging them on my wall seemed like such a nice way to display them in my room to go along with the white roses of my head board, but they can be displayed in so many different ways to be a simplistic accent to any room.


Paper - colors and types can be to your choice
Mod podge spray
Hot glue gun

To start this DIY  any type of paper or color will work and it needs to be cut it into squares. The size of the squares dictate how big your roses will be. For this project I used white printer paper but any type or color would work. For the valentines project I used graphing paper that my sister and I water colored.


For the second step, draw a spiral and this doesn't have to be perfect, but these are the layers of your rose petals.


Now you have to cut along the line of your spiral, making sure you still have a small circle in the center. It’s important that you have this base because this is what the rest of the rose will rest on.
(like so)

From there you will need to take a hold of the loose end and roll it until it's a tight spiral.

Once everything is wound up you can play around with this coil to loosen it up and create how the rose will lay. Once this is figured out you can use hot glue to secure it to the base.

Finally to give them the touch of gold I was craving for my room I sprayed them with a bit of mod podge spray and sprinkled the glitter on.

Here is the final project and how I placed them in my room:

Thanks for reading! - Mary

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