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Back in my teenage years and my early twenties I used to OBSESS about my weight constantly. I thought about every teensy thing I ate, I worked out for hours a day and I hated my body. I thought about myself and my body and my eating so much that it really began to take over my life and make me so miserable.  I realized what a selfish and useless thing I was doing with a perfectly good life. I realized that even though a few extra pounds had the power to make me feel so useless and unworthy, no one else I cared about cared a smidgen if I was super skinny or not. I had to change the way I thought but the change was so drastic I didn’t know where to begin. One of the biggest things that helped me change is when I started getting those obsessive thoughts I would immediately hop up and go do something nice for someone. It was really hard to stay in that rut when I was thinking about someone else. When I was done I felt accomplished and worthwhile. It was a small thing but it made a huge difference and overtime I really gained a much healthier relationship with my body (although I still struggle from time to time). I loved stumbling on this quote because I need to be reminded that I can use that strategy with anything that is bad and it will help turn it around.

I’m really picky with candle smells these days and I’m always searching for a yummy summer scent (fall scents are SO easy) so when I found this guy on sale I was pretty stoked. It just arrived today and ‘m not the least bit disappointed.

If you think you loved Emma Stone before, you will love her twice as much after you see this.

I need this dress. It is perfect for just about any occasion.

How do I get these nails!?

I love this  makeup look and I’m thinking it might have to be my next tutorial, takers?

Have an amazing weekend!


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    Krista Dial
    July 25, 2014 at 5:03 am

    Such a great quote, Cara. 🙂 And so true. When we stop for a moment and take a look at the world around us, we realize there’s much to be thankful for.

    And I LOVE those nails too! Chic, sassy and elegant at the same time. Thanks for all of the fun things you share! Happy Friday!

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    July 25, 2014 at 5:47 am

    Loved the quite and your story. The clip on Emma Stone was a hoot.

    The look for possible tutorial is too made up. Something classy, but simple would be nice.

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    July 25, 2014 at 5:47 am

    Please do a tutorial on this look. Love it!!

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    July 25, 2014 at 5:49 am

    Sorry that should read “love the quote and your story.” (Too early in morning!)

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    July 25, 2014 at 5:53 am

    That first section you wrote is beautiful, I relate to it so much and I never thought of that strategy for dealing with it. This is really making me think. Thank you so much Cara.

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    July 25, 2014 at 6:12 am

    I’ll be a taker for your next tutorial!! I LOVE that makeup look!! 🙂 🙂

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    Gail Travers
    July 25, 2014 at 6:18 am

    Cara! I know you moved recently…are you sti in Vegas? Ill be in Vegas next week and would love to come play!

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    Victoria | the Maypop
    July 25, 2014 at 6:31 am

    After a rough day yesterday, this quote was just what I needed. And, I have had the EXACT same candle dilemma lately! Thanks for sharing.

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    July 25, 2014 at 6:47 am

    Cara, for the dress, you’ve got to check out my besties boutique here in FL/Online. It’s called Bleue Boutique…. and look for them on FB as well. You’ll love the wearability of their clothing!

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    July 25, 2014 at 7:06 am

    You should definelty do that make up tutorial!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    July 25, 2014 at 7:09 am

    If you do the makeup tutorial, you should do the hair too!!!

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    July 25, 2014 at 7:36 am

    If you’re picky about candle scents, you should check out Capri Blue’s Volcano candle. It’s sold at Anthropologie and on Amazon (but certain sizes are pretty reasonably priced). The scent is described as “sugared citrus,” and it’s pretty amazing and very summery. 🙂 The pineapple candle looks really yummy, too!

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    July 25, 2014 at 7:59 am

    Love the look! Tutorial please!

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    July 25, 2014 at 8:13 am

    Oh my gosh that video of emma stone and jimmy fallon was hysterical! The highlight of my morning so far, well besides getting an email that my Maskcara foundation is on its way! I took advantage of the Brickyard Buffalo offer and Im so excited to give it a try.

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    Mylene D
    July 25, 2014 at 8:15 am

    We can’t stop listening to that Emma Stone’s lip sync here. Kids are so happy too when they hear Fancy on the radio ! lol

    Thanks for the quote, I’ll try that !

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    July 25, 2014 at 8:16 am

    would LOVE a tutorial on that dark eye makeup!

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    Lauren @ She Tries It
    July 25, 2014 at 8:18 am

    Cara, you are such an inspiration. You’re positive attitude is such a breath of fresh air. Keep it up!

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    July 25, 2014 at 9:01 am

    I think that makeup look is so pretty! Can’t wait to see it on you with your dark hair…I’m a brunette and sometimes I feel like a look like this is too much dark going on….can’t wait to see your take on it.

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    July 25, 2014 at 9:14 am

    Yes do a tutorial!!!

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    Laura Markle
    July 25, 2014 at 9:21 am

    I need that dress in my life

    She Likes to Shop

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    July 25, 2014 at 10:17 am

    For sure do that tutorial (makeup and hair! ) I love the ring she is wearing with those nails 🙂

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    July 25, 2014 at 10:27 am

    Hey Cara!

    Thanks for the quote. I struggled / still struggle with the same issues with weight and obsessiveness that overflows into daily life. It’s always refreshing to be reminded that others struggle with the same issues. Thank you so much for sharing.

    Also pleaseee do a tutorial on that makeup look! I love it, but I wouldn’t know where to begin to recreate it on myself! I feel like I would end up looking like I had black raccoon eyes rather than a beautiful edgy makeup look! haha

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    Liz Tea Bee (@LizzTeaBee)
    July 25, 2014 at 10:36 am

    Ooh, I’d love to see a tutorial on that look. It’s been ages since you did a more substantial eye look.

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    Arica M.
    July 25, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Cara, I’m on my knees begging! Can you puh-lease do a tutorial on HACing your decoulatage/collar bone area?! I’m getting married this winter and my dress is low cut. I’d love some advice on how to take it up a notch for a super special occasion! Maybe there’s something in your archives you could point me to?

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    July 25, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    I have recently come to the conclusion that I am going to be the weight im going to be and that that is OK. It is interesting, however, how we as women can look at other women and think “I wish I were that thin” while someone may be looking at us thinking the same thought! We are our toughest critic.
    Great inspiration and im enjoying your blog! Thanks for taking the time to do the work 🙂

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      July 25, 2014 at 12:49 pm

      That’s totally true. You really need to be confident with yourself because if you don’t who will do it for you?

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    July 25, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    This blog post is amazing, I think it can help a lot of people. Also I find it great to see that someone is fighting her problem of self-esteem by the same way as me. I feel often useless because of my really low self-esteem and helping people is the only way to make me feel better, it makes me really really happy.
    Inspiring post!

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    July 25, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    I hope you don’t mind my asking but I would love to know how you made your signature image. I’d love to do something similar on my blog. It makes it feel so much more personal.
    I’d also like to say how much I love your blog and how helpful it is to me. I spent the last 15 years in a debilitating depression, so I never really learned about how to do my makeup and hair and other things like that. Your blog has been a huge help! Thank you for that!

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    July 25, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    I love that quote and I loved how you shared your story. My favorite thing to do is to give money or food to the homeless people I see around restaurants. It makes me feel so much better inside, even if I’m having a tough day. Thanks for sharing! Can’t wait for the next Eyeshadow school lesson! xo – Jessika

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    July 25, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    i saw emma’s epic lipsync first last week, and have been playing it over every other morning, and it never fails to start my day with a smile.

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    Neeltje | Thoughts in Style
    July 26, 2014 at 2:24 am

    Wow that’s a lovely quote, and it’s true. x

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    July 26, 2014 at 3:53 am

    Would love a tutorial like that!

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    Emily Schiesl
    July 26, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    Next tutorial- 3D fiber lashes! I want to you know your opinion… are they worth all the hype?

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    Rachel @ Blonde with a Chanse
    July 26, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    I needed to read this quote today 🙂

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    Shannon Beck
    July 26, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    Would love to see a tutorial on that look. 🙂

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    July 26, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    Would LOVE a tutorial on that look! Sort of reminds me of Caroline Stanbury’s (Bravo’s “Ladies of London” makeup look, which I love–would be a great tutorial. Thanks, Cara!!

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    Bell Santiago
    July 27, 2014 at 3:23 am

    OMG I love everything about this post, its inspirational and so true! Also the video of Emma Stone totally made my day – I’ve already shown it to half of my friends 😀

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    July 27, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    I love this quite, really reminds me to put things into perspective!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

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    July 28, 2014 at 12:40 am

    Thank you so much Cara for this wonderful post!! I’m sorry that you had a tough time with body issues growing up. I had acne issue as a teen and it was really really hard, growing up can be really hard sometimes. I’m happy though that you learned how to feel joy and create joy for others too through it all. That is a great lesson that you can teach your children as they grow up, and other children as well. You are still creating joy with your amazing beauty blog for a lot of women! Because of you and your blog a lot of ladies are finding reasons to feel extra happiness in their lives, and that happiness you create in them spreads to others inadvertently. You lift a lot of spirits up and so in turn other people get to benefit from it also. It’s like a domino effect, the happiness spreads throughout. Like delicious creamy happy peanut butter and jelly. The whole loaf gets to benefit, not just one slice. Or scrumptious old fashioned homemade pink frosting on a bunny shaped birthday cake with rainbow sprinkles! The happiness knows no bounds. 🙂 I don’t think you even realize the magnitude of how much joy you bring to your readers. It’s not just about the makeup or the fabulous tutorials you so graciously bring. It’s about sharing these great things that you find that you love and sharing things that you have learned. It’s about sharing your hopes, sharing your excitement over the coolest nail design or the awesomest waffle you have ever tasted, sharing your ideas and your amazing successes with us. It’s about sharing your sorrows from your past and your triumphs in love with your new husband. It’s about sharing the beauty and miracle of your son Christian and your newest little precious love due this fall. It’s about sharing parts of your life with all of us and about sharing your love with everyone who is lucky enough to cross paths with you in person or through this great avenue of your beauty blog. You make everything so fun and so real. You don’t have to be perfect, but you are perfect for us and for all those that you love and who love you back. Thank you for this beauty blog and for reaching out to all of us. You are so much like our friend and our sister, you keep it all real and genuine just by being Cara. That’s all you ever need to do, trust me, it’s more than enough. As you go through life and do what it is that you do you likely didn’t realize that anyone was paying attention. But we are! I was paying attention. You’re a beautiful talented lady who has so much to offer the world. Thank you for all that you do. You make it seem so effortless! I could never do it all, so thank goodness for you! 🙂 And I LOVE that dress you posted, by the way!! Will it come back in stock do you think? I’ve never ordered from them before. I hope it comes back!! Otherwise I will have to take the picture and have someone make one for me!! 🙂 🙂 Thank you again for this post and for all of your posts! And remember, happiness is peanut butter & jelly! (AKA your blog, your readers, & YOU!!) 🙂 Have a great week everyone! Hugs and love. And peanut butter. And jelly. Ooh and chocolate! Hehehe 🙂

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    July 28, 2014 at 11:42 am

    Love the make up tutorial proposal! If you’re in need of a face, we’ll be in the Vegas are Aug 24-29… Just sayin’. 🙂 Jovana

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    July 28, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    Hi Cara,

    Have you ever considered doing your makeup looks with all natural/mineral/organic makeup lines?

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    July 29, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Yes to the tutorial! You can never go wrong with a lovely smokey eye and nude lip!

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    July 30, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    Yes, tutorial please!

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    Morgan Miller
    August 3, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    I hate the taste of coconut but I love the smell of it…particularly in a pina colada:) yum. But a very inexpensive summery candle I found that smells divine is the Better Homes & Gardens brand at Walmart, the scent is Creamy Tahitian Coconut. It’s a huge Yankee-sized jar for under $5.

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