V: The Self Love Tag

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Hey Pretty Lovelies!

I figured I would carry forwards T’s great Self Love Tag post from Sunday and do it myself!

Here are the rules:
Answer all of the below questions in a blog post.
Then nominate at least 5 other bloggers.

1. What does Self-love mean to you?
Self love to me means putting yourself before anyone else. It means being able to step back when needed and to do what you need and is best for yourself. It is something that I work on every day, and still have ways to go. 

2. What is your favourite way to pamper yourself?
My favourite evenings at home are when I’m listening to my favourite tunes du jour, having some much needed wine and getting into a good book.

3. What are your three favourite hobbies/ pass times that make your soul feel on fire?
Reading, drinking coffee/wine, having great conversations with the ones I love.

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4. What movie always puts you in a good mood when you’re not in the greatest mood?
Tori and I are too similar…I’m going to just leave her answer here!!!! Probably The Wedding Date, I’m a sucker for Romantic Comedies.
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5. Who do you trust SO MUCH that you would easily believe in anything and everything they said?
My sister. I grew up believing all of the silly things she used to say…and still do! And the legitimate ones too.

6. What quote totally motivates you?
To be honest I don’t really have a favourite quote…but given stress in my life recently, ‘one day at a time’ seems relevant.

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7. When was the last time you took yourself on a date? What did you do?
I have a date with myself every Friday night :).

8. What make-up or beauty product makes you feel like a million bucks?
All of my skincare products. Taking care of my skin every morning and night is the best thing that I do for myself and absolutely love it.

9. What is the last thing you did for someone else that made you feel amazing?
I can’t say I remember the last thing exactly that I did for someone else, but I know that just as my friends are there for me on a daily basis, I am there for them. But I absolutely need to be more self aware of these things.

10. Do you feel comfortable with and without make-up on? Why?
Yes. I don’t wear makeup probably 3 days a week. I guess one thing that I was given a break is with my skin. I don’t have perfect skin – but good enough that I don’t mind not wearing make up. I love letting my skin breathe, but don’t take it the wrong way! Make up is one of my biggest loves!

11. What piece of advice would you give a child about to grow up with the pressures of today’s media and its crushing expectations?
Take pride in who you are and what you really want to do with your life, and do all that is possible to get there – because one day all of those people who ever made you second guess anything will be a distant memory and you will be surrounding by like minded, respectful and wonderful individuals.

12. What song puts you in a good mood every time?
I don’t think I could narrow this down to one song – but maybe one day I’ll post my current favourite playlist ūüôā

13. What is the best advice someone gave you or you realized about life?
Just breathe.

14. Who makes you giggle like a giggle monster?
Again – I think all of my friends. We all have our different abilities to make eachother laugh for different reasons, and it’s wonderful.

15. What is something about society that bugs you that you wish didn’t?
Ignorance of our generation. I get very bothered and upset when I hear that friends or peers of mine couldn’t care less to be aware of what is going on in the world. I disgusts me that we who are so.damn.fortunate are more than happy to live in a ladeeda world and turn a blind eye. Great things, great change doesn’t happen that way. Loving ourselves is important, but it won’t help to change the worlds problems. I want to make a difference with my life, and I think it’s an absolute tragedy that all most young people (especially females) care about is how many calories they burned at the gym today. Open your eyes, be aware of the world – and truly humble yourself in the process.

16. What is one of your favourite things to do on the weekends?
Sleep. Legitimately my favourite thing about the weekends. I don’t have to think about stress from work, nonsense from anything else. I like to sleep in until my body decides to wake up (within reason) and catch up on news, reading…whatever I truly feel like doing that day. Sleep is one of the best things possible, and I attribute my overall attitude, happiness, ability to deal with stress, and even my skin to my sleep. Yep.

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17. What is something you’re really proud of that you’ve done?
When I stopped listening to everyone else, and when I stopped bothering reading Perez or other gossip sites. Stopped buying magazines and going on insane Facebook creeps on people who I was ‘jealous’ of. I stopped all of that self-destructive behaviour and I came out on top.¬†

18. What is one of your favourite memories with one of your friends?
All of them.

19. What advice would you give someone who needs a boost in confidence?
Unplug from the world. Start for a little while, turn your cell phone on silent (other than important calls) when you come home from work or school. Don’t log into Facebook for an entire evening. Start small. There are now weeks that I will go without logging in or reading up on gossip. These are the things that will destroy your self confidence bit by bit. Learn to love yourself and love to be alone. I¬†love spending time alone. I love those days or weekends where I won’t even open my laptop, or look at my phone for an entire day. Start trying to be comfortable spending time with yourself, I promise you that the confidence will come quickly.

 

20. Lastly, how do you plan on investing in self-love?
Putting my goals and aspirations before anyone else. Do they wanna go out to eat at an expensive restaurant? Maybe it isn’t in my budget, so I will allow myself to say no.¬†If I really feel like drinking on a Saturday night because I really, really wanted to be productive and have a great Sunday, then¬†I will allow myself to say no.

I tag YOU, the reader to go and do your version of this tag. Even if you don’t have a blog, answer the questions to yourself or your friends.

Thanks again to my best blogger queen in crime T for writing this amazing post and for letting me be a part of this entire experience with her.

xo

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Self-Love Sunday: The Self-Love Tag

The selflovetag
Hey Pretty Lovelies!

I noticed a few posts back when I did The Life in Letters Tag people responded pretty well. So I figured if people like tags, and I like self-love, why not create a self-love tag!

Here are the rules:
Answer all of the below questions in a blog post.
Then nominate at least 5 other bloggers. (Feel free to do more, promoting self-love is awesome, I just didn’t want to create a huge daunting number)
Contact those bloggers and you are good to go!

1. What does Self-love mean to you?
For me it means investing in a relationship with yourself. Treating yourself like you would treat the love of your life, because in my opinion, YOU should be the love of your life.

2. What is your favourite way to pamper yourself?
I like lighting yummy smelling candles and soaking in the bath! That or getting my nails done ALWAYS feels great… there is just something about that classic cliche.
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3. What are your three favourite hobbies/ pass times that make your soul feel on fire?
Having something I call ¬†Deep and Meaningful conversations. I LOVE having those talks that just make me feel like my soul is swelling up!¬†Acting, I’ve always loved it and always will… must have come from my massive imaginations as a child and always wanting to play pretend.¬†Writing totally feeds me soul, whether I’m writing here on Pretty Lovely Girls or writing a fictional story, I love it.

4. What movie always puts you in a good mood when you’re not in the greatest mood?
Probably The Wedding Date, I’m a sucker for Romantic Comedies.
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5. Who do you trust SO MUCH that you would easily believe in anything and everything they said?
Hands down my brother Dax. He is seriously a huge part of who I am today because he taught me to be open minded and kind and to explore my inner workings.

6. What quote totally motivates you?
This John Lennon quote, for sure! It made me realize that sometimes other people wont understand your desire to just be happy and kind. And that is ok, it doesn’t mean you have to stop wanting to be happy and kind — especially to yourself.
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7. When was the last time you took yourself on a date? What did you do?
I’ll say shopping… just me, the mall and my Starbucks Vanilla Chai Latte. Yes please! That was maybe two weeks ago.

8. What make-up or beauty product makes you feel like a million bucks?
My nighttime skincare routine ALWAYS makes me feel so lovely in the evening. I actually look forward to it all day. I am SUPER excited to do a post on it.
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9. What is the last thing you did for someone else that made you feel amazing?
Probably getting all of Josh’s (my boyfriend) birthday gifts and showering him with multiple presents haha. But the best one was getting one of the only photos he has of him, his mom and his dad enlarged and framed.

10. Do you feel comfortable with and without make-up on? Why?
Honestly, it depends on the day. Sometimes I feel so flawless without make-up and other days I’m like… yikes, cover THAT up. I’d say I mostly wear make-up because its fun but there are totally days when I’m worried about what other think of how I look, which is definitely something I’m working on. I think I actually feel like I look the best at the end of the day after my night time skincare routine!

11. What piece of advice would you give a child about to grow up with the pressures of today’s media and its crushing expectations?
Its so hard to pick one thing. I think teaching kids to be confident in who they are no matter how they look, etc is so important. And I think it starts with US feeling confident and showing them that.

12. What song puts you in a good mood every time?
Love is On The Radio by McFly FOR SURE. It’s just so feel good.
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13. What is the best advice someone gave you or you realized about life?
At the end of the day, no matter what happens, you are NEVER alone. You ALWAYS have yourself. Seriously the one person you will always have is you, so why not invest in yourself so your life partner (again YOU) feels happy and fulfilled?

14. Who makes you giggle like a giggle monster?
Without a doubt one of my best friends Ally. She can literally say ONE WORD and I’m on the ground laughing my butt off. We have this weird affect on each other. Sometimes we don’t even say a word and suddenly we are both stuck in a fit of giggles. Man, its the best feeling in the world.
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15. What is something about society that bugs you that you wish didn’t?
For me, I think gender roles and stereotypes. Miss Representation, the documentary really gets my blood boiling because it hurts me to see how much woman suffer in todays society. But also how boys and men suffer. I can’t wait to see The Mask You Live In. Gender roles and stereotypes seriously have to be changed, it has to be opened up and expanded and redefined for sure. So that girls can feel comfortable being leaders and dressing how they like and so boys can feel comfortable being emotional the expressive.

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16. What is one of your favourite things to do on the weekends?
Definitely waking up to a fresh cup of tea and sitting at my lap top catching up on Beauty Blogger stuff and relaxing.

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17. What is something you’re really proud of that you’ve done?
Probably putting my foot down and saying, its my life, I’ll do what I want, even if that means people will grill me for leaving school without graduating. If I know it wont fulfill me, I’ll change it. I’m proud of the courage I have to change things.¬†

18. What is one of your favourite memories with one of your friends?
With Ally, dancing like an idiot around my room around this time last year with a feather boa to Carly Rae Jepsen, up that happened. 

19. What advice would you give someone who needs a boost in confidence?
Don’t try to gain confidence for others, gain it for yourself. Basically work on you, what makes you happy? What makes you feel alive and proud? The more you invest in that, the more happy you feel, the more that will shine out and to me thats confidence.¬†

20. Lastly, how do you plan on investing in self-love?
I want to really listen to myself and be aware of my needs and spend my time doing things that make me genuinely happy and surround myself with people who are happy and supportive.

And there it is — The Self-Love Tag! I hope you enjoyed it!

I tag ANYONE and EVERYONE that wants to take part, comment with a link to your post.

I also tag the following wonderful blogs!

Kayla from Microscope Beauty & Microscope Life
Hollie from Good Golly Miss Hollie
Ellis from Ellis Tuesday
Alexandra from Cats and Vodka
Kirstie from A Yellow Brick Blog
Charlotte from Charlotte Rose

Stay Lovely!
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The Tori of it All

Hello everyone!

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Hiya, it’s me!

I’m Tori, half of the team behind Pretty Lovely Girls. I wanted to start off by introducing myself and giving you a quick blurb as to what you can expect from me on Pretty Lovely Girls. (Every time I type that name I get all excited and giggly! Feel free to poke fun.)

Lets dig in, shall we? I am a twenty-five, soon to be twenty-six year old girl living in one of my favourite cities — Toronto, Canada (apparently there is a Toronto in California). I have a cat named Bear and no one will every understand why I love him so much and why I constantly post photos and silly videos of him, unless they are also a cat lover/owner, in which case, you’re welcome because you WILL see him whether it be on here, our Twitter or our Instagram.

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This is Bear, he is a gentleman.

So why am I here if I have an awesome cat to hang out with all the time? Because I also love make-up, beauty and positive vibes. And if I didn’t have an outlet I’d probably accidentally dye his fur and make him wear nailpolish. I’m totally kidding…

Basically I want to share my insight as a normal beauty consumer, share beauty hacks I’ve come up with, talk about self-esteem and positivity and overall create an awesome space where girls and woman feel like they’re chatting with their best friends! I started this with one of my best friends Victoria and we figure if we love it all so much, why not share the love?

Make-up in photo:
Lips: Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Yu
Cheeks: Illamasqua Cream Blush in Dixie
Lashes: Benefit They’re Real Mascara
Skin: Bourjois Healthy mix serum in Vanilla

Stay lovely,
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