1. I freaking love this quote:
“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.” —Gabourey Sidibe
2. For the past two weeks, I've had 10 stitches in the middle of my back from a pre-cancerous mole that had to be excised. It sucks, and reminds me every day how important it is to have your skin checked by a dermatologist. I have to go twice yearly thanks to my medical history, and if I hadn't been doing so since I was 12, my current situation may have been much worse since the mole in question is one I've had for about 10 years. Please, don't put off making an appointment for a baseline skin check, and keep an eye out for problems. If you have ever used tanning beds, you should be googling the doctor's phone number right now. You have officially been warned.
P.S. Also, pale is beautiful too! If it's good enough for the Emmas, it's good enough for us.
3. Since I had exactly one well-fitting sports bra and about 5 that were either too big or small, I bit the bullet this week and bought this bra. Let me just tell you, it is most amazing feat of engineering you'll ever put on your body. There is no pinching, no bulges, and you feel less sweaty. If you've got a large chest, I encourage you to try it out. However, I still find it terribly unfair that we must pay so much more than our smaller friends.
5. There's something I find really striking about this lamp, the shade (a DIY project via Pomp and Circumstance) and the wall color in this photo. I just love it, and although I'm not sure where I could copy it, I will keep thinking and perhaps try my hand at my own balsa wood shade!