Tuesday, October 30, 2012

I'm Currently Reading...Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (Part Four)

Part Three:  A lot of random stuff happens in this part, which I had completely forgotten.  Scarlett does desperate things in an attempt to pay the taxes on Tara, and becomes even more and more unpopular with her friends.

   Will informs Scarlett that she must find some way to pay the taxes on Tara.  Scarlett has a talk with Ashley, and a lot of things are said that shouldn't have been.  Scarlett goes to Atlanta to find Rhett, knowing that she will do absolutely anything to get the money from him  When she finds Rhett, he is in jail, and he refuses to give her the money.  Scarlett meets Frank Kennedy on her way home, and Scarlett devises a way to marry him for his money regardless of her sister Suellen's feelings for him.  Distracted by Scarlett's feminine charms, Frank does indeed marry her.  Frank becomes sick with a cold, and Scarlett begins to check over the account of the shop he owns.  She sees that many customers have not paid their money,  so she takes over his business.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Battle of the Boots Part One: Ankle Boots

  It's time for Battle of the Boots!  In this first part we're going to start with ankle boots.  I don't really like this style with shorts - I like it with pants or leggings.  Above you can see the gorgeous Ms. Halle Berry sporting them just the way I like.  Below are some more cool pairs. :)

Saturday, October 27, 2012

What do YOU guys want to see?

So apparently, my poll has decided not to work or show me any more results now.
Boo hiss.
Therefore I would LOVE if you guys could comment below with what you'd like to see most on my blog.  Would you like to see...

- Makeup
- Fashion
- Literature
- Music
- Photography
- Discussion about issues
- My life
- Reviews (on products, music, etc.)
- Tutorials (makeup, fashion, photography, etc.)
- Religion
- Other (let me know what you'd like!)

You can definitely choose more than one! Thank you guys so much for keeping up with the blog and following.  :)

Comment below with what you'd like to see on the blog!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Thoughts: Let's not hate on other girls.

   It's amazing what happens in people's lives to make them who they are.

   Recently, I saw an interview with Rihanna and Oprah (which you probably have all seen), and Rihanna says she is still in love with Chris Brown.  She says she felt so bad because she had lost a best friend, and that he would need her because everyone felt like he was the villain and nobody else would help him.  We all have to remember that Chris Brown beat Rihanna up a while back, and no matter what she did or didn't do, she did not (and nobody) deserves that treatment.

  I had never liked Rihanna.  I felt her music perpetuated dangerous sexual scenarios, was vulgar and degrading to women (not freeing), encouraged girls to act like an object men could use the way they want, and told girls that abusive relationships and hooking up were things that didn't need much thought after all.  I thought she talked, dressed, and danced inappropriately.  To be honest, I still feel this way. But I didn't even feel that sorry for her because I thought it was all just a show and a way to make money at the expense of young girls.

  In that Oprah interview, though, I saw someone different.  I didn't see this hardcore "I can do anything a boy can do" sexualized Rihanna.  I saw a hurt, used, sad, confused little girl.  I saw someone who is broken like everyone else.  She didn't turn into the girl in her music videos overnight.  Ribanna went through whatever she did as a child and young adult to become the person who didn't see her value, didn't see her real God-given beauty, didn't see the type of man she should be with and almost got killed because of it.

  I think as girls, we need to stop being such haters.  Girls are the way the are because of the experiences that happened to them.  The person you see on the outside is probably very different from the person on the inside.  It doesn't mean you have to like what they do or even the person them self, but don't be mean to them.  Don't say things in anger and jealousy.  Just smile at them, pray for them, and ask yourself, "I wonder what she went through?"

Have you ever had an eye-opening experience about someone?

P.S. Are the results for the poll on the left showing up for you guys?  I know that they had been working yesterday when I checked so it may just be a fluke.

Picture from Pinterest.com 

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Ask Me Anything! - Answers

  For what it's worth, that ^ is supposed to be from a Never Shout Never song, but the lyrics are actually "looking for some answers, in a world that answers none of them at all".  Derp.  BUT I am back to answer the questions people asked me in this post that I actually posted like...at the beginning of October.  Anyway, here we go!

Aidyl Ewoh asked, "What is your favorite month of the year? Why? What is your favorite season? Why?"
  My favorite month of the year is probably May because it is starting to get warm, it's really pretty, and school usually lets out for me at that time.  My favorite season, though, is fall because it's cool and comfortable, and it's the season my birthday is in.

Marian asked, "Favorite place to shop? Favorite Owl City song? :)"

  Those are hard ones!  My favorite place to shop, specifically for clothes, would probably have to be Forever 21 or Kohls.  You can get a lot of relatively inexpensive items (especially pieces to layer) that are pretty good quality.  My favorite Owl City song is REALLY hard to answer.  It use to be "Fireflies", but since I got The Midsummer Station there are a lot of songs I like on it.  I think "Dementia" is probably my favorite one now. :)

Monday, October 22, 2012

Everyday Eyeshadow

  Eyeshadow seems really complicated, and sometimes is only worn on special occassions because not everyone knows how to wear it so that it doesn't look to fancy for school or work.  The eyeshadow in the above picture is a very simple look for your eyes that you can wear everyday.  Combining neutral colored eyeshadows, this quick and easy look adds just the right amount of togetherness and practicality.  Read below to see how to do it. :)

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Progress on the blog!

~ Hey guys!   I'm so happy for autumn to be here, seriously. ♥
~ As you can see, Eternal Simplicity has a new layout.  I hope you guys like it!  I wanted to keep it simple, but give it a little more flare.  I'm thinking about changing a few things (like the headers for "Labels" and "Popular This Week"), but otherwise it is pretty much done.
~ I added a poll, too, in the left sidebar that I would SO like you guys to vote on.  That would be awesome.
~ I wanted to thank all of the followers I've gotten the last few months.  The blog is growing quickly, and I have only my fans to thank. :)

Friday, October 19, 2012

College fashion...for guys!

  The other day I was checking my statistics, and I saw where someone had searched "college fashion for guys" and somehow ended up on my page.  I got to thinking that I often discuss girls' fashion, but what about all those boys out there that aren't sure how they should dress?  Especially for school?  Well I want to give some tips to all you college fellows out there (and probably some high school guys, too) in case you aren't sure what the best thing to where is.  The picture above shows casual on the left, and more formal on the right.  These are two REALLY good images that you can draw inspiration from.  You guys need to be comfortable first, fashionable second.  Comfy (IRONED) t-shirts, jeans, jackets, hats like beanies or fedoras, and sneakers or work boots are probably your best options.  Avoid sweatpants, as these can look a little too casual on guys.  Make sure everything is washed, ironed, free of stains and smelling nice as these are really the most important things for guys.  You don't have to worry about makeup, so all of the above and making sure you and your clothes are clean is really key.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

I'm Currently Reading...Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (Part Three)

Part Three: In this part of the story, Scarlett has to take on much more responsibility because of the war.  Her headstrong ways and committed spirit have made everyone look up to her and, though glimpses of the old Scarlett shine through, this new no-nonsense version dominates.

Part Three shows the effects that the war is having on Atlanta, where Scarlett is staying alone with a pregnant Melanie after Pittypat flees the area.  Scarlett is relieved that Prissy, her slave, has knowledge of "birthing babies" since Melanie tells them she is sure the baby will be coming any day now.  But, when the baby is due and Melanie is struggling to stay alive, Prissy reveals that she really knows nothing about it, and Scarlett rushes to find Dr. Meade.  Dr. Meade, however, is busy with   tons of wounded soldiers and sends her away.  Scarlett herself, with the unhelpful aid of Prissy, delivers Melanie's baby.  Rhett helps the women, the baby, and Wade escape a burning Atlanta to Tara, where Scarlett's mother and sister's are sick and there is no telling whether or not the Yankees have burned the house at Tara to the ground.  Rhett leaves Scarlett on her own awhile into the trip because he is going to join the military, and, through many dangers and terror, Scarlett arrives safely at Tara to find her mother has died, her father is going crazy, and the whole place is in shambles though their house has survived everything.

  Scarlett learns how to overcome pride, learns how to make money, murders a Yankee soldier and hides him with the help of Melanie, and also meets a new friend named Will Benteen, a wounded soldier who stays with them and helps on the plantation while falling in love with Scarlett's sister Careen.  At the end of Part Three, Will is sitting on the ground holding onto Scarlett's skirt, keeping her from running to Ashley when Ashley arrives home from the war.  He says "After all, he's her husband, ain't he?", and Scarlett knows that he has figured out everything about her feelings for Melanie's husband through his quiet, soft spoken ways.

  This was a really interesting part, I thought.  Scarlett seems to grow a lot, and actually has to take responsibility for others as much as herself.  I love Will - I think he's a great character, though I'm sorry to say I'd forgotten about him since the first time I read it.  I've already started on Part Four, but I think Part Three was a lot better.

Picture from Google Images.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Ready or Not || Guest post by Brooklyn

  I don’t like talking in front of people. I don’t get where I am going to vomit when I get in front of people, but I still don’t like it. My voice gets really shaky when I read aloud a long bible verse. I often times go completely blank in the middle of a prayer. But what I have come to realize is the more you try, the better it gets. It becomes easier. Last summer I went to church camp for a week. When we got back our youth leaders asked us to get up and tell about our experience. They said we didn’t have too, but I felt like I needed too. I then for a solid week straight sat in my room and practiced what I was going to say. When the Sunday night came we all walked up on stage and sat where the choir would normally sit. A few people went and then it was my turn. With butterflies in my stomach I got up, grabbed the microphone and started. And then all of a sudden, I went completely blank.  So I repeated my last sentence thinking surely it would come to me. But again blank. I froze, looked down at my paper that I had written and found my spot. I finished very quickly from there and walked back to my seat. And guess what I did? I cried. I couldn’t hold back the tears. 

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Martin and James || Guest post by Vanessa

Hey guys,

today I'm going to blog about my favourite band.

This is the way I would say hi to my readers. But you probably wonder who I am - I am a guest blogger on this wonderful blog. 

My name is Vanessa, my blog is called house in the sand. And it's my baby. I started this blog about 8 months ago and I am really happy about how it turned out to be. My house in the sand got it's name from a song - my favourite song from my favourite band, the band I am going to tell you about.

This band is called Martin and James - and you can probably tell by the name that it involves two guys - Martin and James. Martin Kelly and James O'Neill to be exact. 

They are from Glasgow, Scottland but are currently living in Berlin, Germany.

Two guys - that you be a band?! That's probably what you're thinking right now - isn't it a duo then? No, Martin and James are a band. They play guitar, piano, drums, harmonica and percussions. Alright, maybe tons of people know how to play lots of instruments, right? But Martin and James sometimes even play 3 instruments at one time. 

Monday, October 8, 2012

September Favorites 2012 ♥

Welllll since my birthday was in September, a LOT of my favorite items that I received in September were from that day.  So you saw a lot of those in my Birthday Haul post.  However, there IS one item that you didn't see, so I'll list that one first and then go on to describe the presents I got for my birthday. :)

Jason's Aloe Vera Oil
For like, no apparent reason my hair gets super dry (especially at the ends) and tends to react like blond hair, even though it's brown.  I usually have to do an oil treatment...gosh...nearly every time I wash my hair.  My hair is even so dry that I don't have to wash it everyday.  This aloe vera oil has been working super well for me lately.  It's very thick, but I put it on before I go to bed the night before I take my shower and it totally moisturizes my hair and leaves it feeling smooth.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Who Would Like to Guest Post for Me? ♥

Hi guys!  I'm going to be like, SUPER busy next week and I was wondering if some of you would be willing to guest post for me?  I need at least SEVEN people to help me. 

Topics you can choose from:
- Fashion
- Makeup
- Inspirational
- Photography (you could post your photos)
- Literature
- Reviews
- Music
- Tutorial
- Other

So please leave a comment below with your email or email me (at aidylvice@yahoo.com) if you're interested. Let me know what topic you'd like to write about, too, and I can give you an idea on what I'm looking for!  If you have no particular topic you'd like to write about, that's okay, too.  I can assign you one.  Have a great weekend! :)

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Thoughts: Beauty posts should build confidence.

  I've been doing a lot of beauty/fashion posts lately, and there was something I thought I better clear up.  When I talk about makeup, hairstyles, accessories, shoes, or the latest "in" top, I want you guys to realize I'm not saying buying this is "necessary" or will make you pretty. I don't ever want to make anybody on my blog feel bad - I want to help build confidence. 
  If I've gotten an expensive bag or ring for my birthday, it's not a way of bragging and saying "Look what I have that you'll never have".  You don't have to wear "exactly" what I wear. You don't even have to really like fashion!  You might just like the photos I post.  Whatever you like, the posts I make about what I wear or what I've bought are supposed to give you ideas - whether you can buy a thousand of the items I have, or never will be able to afford that exact piece.  It's supposed to inspire you in your own style and in the places you shop.  

  I'm also thinking about doing makeup posts later on.  However, please don't feel like you're less than if you don't like to wear makeup.  Makeup is supposed to accentuate what you have.  It's not supposed to create a "Lydia-like" mask.  I like wearing makeup because it makes me feel more girly and put together.  But  that's not to say that I'm suggesting you will only look pretty if you wear it or you will only attract boys if you wear a specific lipstick.  I'm not suggesting you "sexualize" yourself so others will like you.  You're beautiful with and without makeup.  If you like yourself better without it, please by all means never wear it! 

   Makeup and fashion, for me, is fun.  It's a creative outlet.  It's a way of piecing different items together to create a pretty outfit, or using different eye shadows in pretty colors because it's fun.  I know I have readers from all over the world with all sorts of socio-economic backgrounds and esteem issues.  Please realize my beauty posts are for fun, and something you should use to make yourself feel confident - not to make you feel bad about yourself.  Please remember that life on this earth is not all about material things or about being the hottest person around.  You're a wonderful, perfect human being no matter what you are wearing or what your face looks like.

Why do you like/post about makeup and fashion?

Monday, October 1, 2012

Ask me anything! ♥

Hey guys!  Since you all seemed pretty open to the idea of asking me questions, and since I've reached 102 followers, I thought I'd do a special post.  It's time for you to learn a little more about me. ;)  (^^That's me up there. Eyes.  Feet.  Mouth.  Hand. Yep lol.)

Here are the rules for asking me questions:
1. Post a comment below asking me your questions.  You can ask more than one!
2. You can literally ask me anything.  Ask me about fashion, beauty, photography, music, literature, my thoughts on a subject, my eye color, whatever you want!  :)
3. I'm going to leave this up for a few days at least.  I may do some posts in between, but you can ask me questions (on this post) up until I actually do the post answering them.  I'll try to answer all of them! 

Ask your questions about me in the comments section below!