The Collective

The Collective Vol. 3: July + August

July & August Collective

Hi friends! Its been a while since I’ve done one of these, but I’m super glad to be doing them again. I have so many things that I want to chronicle and share from both July and August, and so here they are!

Blog Spotlight

Since I haven’t been watching anything new lately, I thought that instead of sharing my fave shows, I’ll share some of the blogs that have caught my eye as of late.

Another Sunday by Alex Elle – Her perspective on life is so refreshing. I want to read more of her posts when I get the chance, but from what she’s posted on social media, my spirit has been more uplifted and encouraged. She’s great.

Bohemian Candor: I love her style. It’s effortless and cool, and her writing is amazing too.  I just love visiting this site.

By My Bedside: This blog has the most beautiful writing. Its like each word is a brush stroke that come together to form a beautiful, breathtaking, perspective-shifting, mind-opening, question-raising, and reflection-inducing piece of art. Madison’s writing is just that good. If she ever publishes a book (which she totally should), I will be the first one to by it. Check out her latest post. Only she can turn a simple daily routine into something more.

Chuche’s Mind: Her overall look and style is so bold, carefree and effortless, and really inspires me. You can tell that she dances to the beat of her own drum, and I love her bold style. Her blog inspires me to color outside of the lines every once in a while.

My Sweet Jesus: I love reading the things God places on other people’s hearts. It reminds me that God shows Himself in a myriad of ways, if we just open our eyes to Him. It also reminds me that every one can be used by Him for His kingdom. No one is omitted from that. I love her blog. Its full of beautiful words that encourages the spirit. Please, please read it.

Listening

These are the songs that have been my absolute faves these past two months. They’re amazing!

No Promises by Cheat Codes ft. Demi Lovato

It Ain’t Me by Kygo ft. Selena Gomez

Fourth of July by Fall Out Boy (Champions is also one of my faves from them)

Know No Better by Major Lazor ft. Quavo  (I am in love with the video. It’s so cute yet it’s totally me.)

There For You by Martin Garrix ft. Troye Sivan

Donating

Hurricane Harvey Relief: It is so heartbreaking to hear of the devastation and turmoil that’s happening in parts of Texas and Louisiana. People have lost their homes, their security blankets, and some even a loved one. If you want to help using credible, local charities, I would suggest you read this lovely post to find ways to donate and help.

Wanting + Loving

Puristry Seaberry Moisturizer: I don’t have the best relationships with moisturizers, mostly because they feel super heavy on my skin and make me feel so uncomfortable. I just don’t like that feeling (which is also why I don’t wear any makeup.  #LivingShameFree ). But this little number looks promising. It’s organic, which I love, and looks like it would be something that I wouldn’t mind putting on my skin. When I get rich I’ll totally try it lol (this is $39 for a super tiny size), but it looks like it might be worth it.

Rose Gold Wire Baskets: I stumbled upon these baskets when I went to Walmart the other day, and oh my stars. I’m obsessed! They are so cute and simple and really get the job done. I’m really surprised Walmart had something so cute! It might look a little weird on the website but in person they are stunning.

Reading

This is my monthly article dumping ground. I hope you enjoy!

Why Laughing at Yourself Can Boost Your Health: This article presents tons of amazing tips and advice for laughing at yourself, which I personally learned how to do and have been loving it since. I had to learn to not take myself (or my failures/MAJORLY embarrassing moments) too seriously. I’ve been a little happier since.

Paola Mathé: The Haitian Entrepreneur Turning Head Wraps Into a Movement: Paola Mathé is awesome. Beyond awesome. She is inspiration to the masses, and I’m so glad that Brit + Co chose her to feature for this beautiful series. Plus, the design of the whole article?! Food for my imaginative musings I tell ya. I’m just so happy that one of my beautiful Haitian people is making waves and doing big, bold, beautiful things. A couple of lovely quotes from her to leave you with:

You can’t get what you want if you’re hiding from the world. 

Paola Mathé

What makes me a happier and more colorful person is that I’ve survived those dark moments and I’m able to see the brighter picture.

Paola Mathé

What the Beach Does to Your Brain: Sigh. I love the beach. The cool waters, the salty breeze, the bright sun glinting off of the ocean, causing the whole sea to sparkle. It’s magic. This article talks about all of the good a day at the beach does for you.

4 Classic Fashion Rules You Should Never Break: I am the least fashionable person in the world. I am a slob both in and out of my house (once again, #LivingShameFree). These rules are ones I want to keep in mind whenever I go shopping so I can be less frog and more royalty (the princess and the frog, anyone?).

How to Train Your Brain to Be More Optimistic: The forever negative Nancy (no offense to any Nancy’s out there. You’re awesome!) that I am can really use the advice offered here. I want to not only be more optimistic, but I want an offshoot of that to be showing more gratitude for what I have, instead of complaining for what I don’t.

For women of color, beauty standards are literally toxic: This article talks about all of the crud women of color endure to be socially accepted and desired. It’s heart breaking to think that we torture ourselves and hurt our bodies all to conform to some incredibly narrow definitions of beauty. Everyone is beautiful. I would hope that all women would someday look in the mirror, forgetting the images we’ve been brainwashed to believe is the only definition of beautiful, and look at our faces, our bodies, along with all of its faults and “flaws”, as though they were beautiful flowers that have finally bloomed. And even if we’ve wilted a little, are missing a couple of petals, or don’t stand as tall as the other flowers, we are still beautiful. The reasons presented in this article are also why I’ve decided to switch over to natural beauty products.

Still Beautiful
Photo by Alex Elle

As Workouts Intensify, a Harmful Side Effect Grows More Common: I don’t want to freak anyone out, but this article spoke of how one woman got really sick after doing an intense workout class. This completely inspired me to be gentle with my body and go slow if I have to when it comes to working out. It may not be the most effective for gaining muscle and such, but my goal is to move more, and so that’s what I’ll do (even if it’s at a turtle’s pace).

11 bad money habits to break before 30: I can really use more tips and advice in how to be better financially. I love this article because it highlights all that I’m doing wrong, but guides me into ways of correcting and doing things right.

Pom-Pom Backpacks, Letterboards, and More Back-to-School DIYs: These DIYs are the cutiest of the cute. I can’t wait to dig into some of them!

5 Apps That Can Make Your Financial Life Easier Today: Some apps to help you in your financial journey.

These Are Pinterest’s Top 10 Natural Hair Styles: These are some super cute hair styles for my natural girls.

That’s all for this month. I hope September treats you well.

With love,

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Published by Sabrina

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