From Emileigh: This week I'm on vacation in Florida! You better believe I'm soaking up the sun and taking a million photos of the outfits I've been sewing for the occasion! Meanwhile, I've got some lovely blogger pals that have agreed to guest post for me over the next few days, starting with the Boyer Sisters!
Hello there! We are the Boyer Sisters: Jessica, Brigid, and Charlotte; and we blog over at Boyer Family Singers Blog! Over there we post all about vintage fashion, living a creative lifestyle, and the occasional singing adventure (we sing 1940s Andrews Sisters music, which you can check out more on here).
It's a given that we all have days that just don't turn out sunny-side up... But that doesn't mean we can't try and flip them over! In following along with Emileigh's theme this month of "April Showers bring May Flowers", we girls have collected up our favorite ways to pick up a day that is down in the dumps.
After a long morning of clicking on my keyboard, doing household chores, or an afternoon spent working at our local Greenhouse, a good walk always sets me up for the late hours of the day until bedtime. I can’t explain why it is that a walk makes me feel so good, except that it has been a daily practice of mine for the past 6 years. After one has been doing something for 6 years, one does not readily drop the habit. So, I have found that when I can’t go on a walk, and the end of the day comes around, I always get the feeling that something is missing–my body doesn’t feel thoroughly done-in. My mind becomes slightly restless.
Walks for me are the time when I can use up that extra bit of energy in exercise; a time to lift up my heart and soul to the Lord, and overall just let my thoughts wander, peacefully. I always have a furry friend with me, whose company I enjoy greatly. I like to look down and see the four little legs trotting in quick time with my longer strides. Along with all of this I keep my ears alert for bird calls. I have been an avid bird watcher since my childhood, and going on a walk always means an opportunity to see new activity from the pretty dwellers of the sky. I can name each and every bird just from the diverse sounds of their voices, and I love to play the game of hearing them and trying to spot them in the trees before they fly!
Ah me. There is nothing like a good walk!
Any time that I am feeling down in the dumps, as I examine the reasons why I may not be feeling very happy, typically I will realize that I haven’t made anything that day. I am such a hands-on, creative person, it really messes with me if I can’t create or work with my hands. Of course there are days where I don’t feel inspired to do or make anything, but just doing the smallest creative activity can lift your mood. Whether it be adding a row to my current knitting project, or sewing a seam on a dress, or even cleaning up my workspace so I can get started on a project the next day, the little things really do lift my spirit. If you ever find yourself in a slump, examine the reasons why, and if one of them is “I haven’t done something I love today” then do something; knit, sew, bake, cook, clean, even if you think it’s too small to help your mood! It will help!
Charlotte's Tip: Wear Makeup
I am a makeup fanatic of sorts, so I guess in that reality, it's no surprise that my tip relates to that subject ;) When I'm having a rough day, my appearance is definitely affected. A tired face, messy hair, and overall blah-ness really doesn't do much to boost one's morale and mood. I like to counter this by freshening up my face a bit with some basic makeup essentials: foundation (just here and there, where I need it), blush (it does wonders to liven up a droopy complexion), filling-in of the eyebrows (the most basic way to define your features without going too over the top. They do frame your eyes after all!), mascara (duh!), and my signature lipstick (Revlon Super Lustrous in Siren). It doesn't have to be much, keeping things simple on an off day is probably best too, since messing with layers upon layers of makeup can be very time consuming and tedious, which is the last thing you need! Do whatever works best to lift your face and give you a fresh, pristine look. It's always nice to be able to look in the mirror and see a face that has been looked after and manicured.
That's all for today, folks! Be sure to check out & follow our blog for more uplifting & inspiring blog posts all about fashion, creativity, and lifestyle!
How do you like to pick up your day?
-The B. Girls