Monday, January 12, 2015

HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT: SHOP VICTORIA

Happy Monday, ladies! 

I have been hard at work lately with something new and exciting! For those of you who follow me on Instagram (@victoriafarnsworth), you've already seen my announcement, but I wanted to post it on my blog as well. 

Remember this lace shift dress that I made??

And this one too?? 
Wellll.... I wanted to share the love with all of you, so I am now making & selling them! I have opened up shop here on my blog + on Instagram, and I couldn't be happier. After searching the web countless times to try to find a dress exactly like this, but that wouldn't break the bank, I always came up empty handed and frustrated. After seeing THIS tutorial, I decided to make one for myself. And after some trial and error, and finding exactly what worked for me, I ended up perfecting the dress. And then I made a few more in different colors. There was a lot of buzz about these on social media after I posted pictures, so I decided that I wanted all of you to be a part of this! These dresses are modest, yet classy and beautiful. They are also affordable, which is so important, since I know what it's like to be on a tight budget. What I love most about these dresses is that they will make you feel so beautiful. The design of the dress is nice, because besides being so timeless, it hides any imperfections, so you don't have to walk around trying to hold it all in. Plus, every time I wear one of these dresses, H literally can't keep his eyes (and hands) off of me. He says it's his favorite! Win, win... Right? ;) I know that it can really be hard to find quality pieces for a great price, but this dress does just that! 

Currently, everything is handmade with love by Yours Truly. :) The available colors are Blush Pink, Cream, Champagne, and Black. The price? ONLY $45!! Ladies, that includes shipping!! So be sure to jump on the bandwagon now, because these dresses will only be sold for a limited time! To purchase, you can leave your PayPal email on my Instagram photo, or simply click the "Buy Now" button that you can find over on the newly updated SHOP page. It is also posted on the Side Bar. ------------------>>

I am so excited to share this with all of you, because this has been my dream + goal on this for quite some time. I appreciate all of the support you have already given me. I couldn't ask for anything more...

Here's to 2015 being the best year!
xoxo,

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Spring Fever


Top // Floral Skirt [Obsessed with THIS one!] // Color Blocked Heels // Necklace // MK Watch

Have a great day...





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Monday, January 5, 2015

Sequins + Bows




First of all, I just wanted to say a quick 'Thank You' to all of you who commented on last week's post + Instagram photo, or emailed me with your kind words and advice. I loved sharing my thoughts on this blog, and that's something that I haven't done too much of. One of my New Year's Resolutions for the blog is to write more meaningful content, so I decided that every Thursday, I will be sharing some of my random musings -- 'Thursday Thoughts'. 

Anyway, I truly appreciate each and every one of you who follows along with me on this journey. I have quite a few projects planned for this year that I am so excited to share with all of you! I hope you had a Happy New Year, and here is to a great 2015... <3 




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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Thursday Thoughts // On Being Ready...

I mentioned in my last post, this idea of "Being Ready" for something. For marriage, for a baby, for life in general...

Life is an interesting thing. Because here you are, making your way through life, trying to navigate through this crazy world, and life just kind of throws things at you, doesn't it?

I was 19 years old and trying to figure myself out when I met H, and all of a sudden I was in love. And was I ready for that? Absolutely not-- I had never traveled the world like I had planned; I had never been in a serious relationship before, I wasn't completely sure who I was or what I wanted out of life... but there he was, and I knew that I was supposed to marry him. So 3 weeks into being 20 years old, that's exactly what I did. And here I am at 22 years old, 2 years into marriage, trying to decide if I'm "ready" to bring a child into this world. But does it really matter if I decide that I'm ready? Because what if God decides that I'm not ready?

I read a friend's blog post the other day. She is newly pregnant with twins, after struggling with infertility for 4 years. She wrote about how for the past 3 years, she was so ready to be pregnant. But maybe she really wasn't ready... If you can ever really be ready... Because maybe there was a reason that it didn't work out during those 4 years. Maybe God knew what He was doing. Maybe for some reason that she didn't know, the timing just wasn't right and she really wasn't "ready." I may never know what her struggle felt like, and my heart hurts for all of the women out there who struggle in that way. I use her scenario as an example... to say that we all have something that we are struggling with. And there are many times where we've said "Okay God, I'm ready for this." And most of the time it doesn't happen right away... sometimes it doesn't ever happen... But there is a reason for it, whether or not we know. But God knows, and that gives me comfort.

I have a lot of friends -- real life and Instagram -- that I see traveling the world, and having fabulous experiences, and living the "perfect lives." At times I forget all that I have to be grateful for, and wish that I had what they have. It's so easy to get caught up in being jealous of others and to wonder why life didn't hand you the cards that they handed that perfect-girl-with-the-perfect-hair-and-the-perfect-clothes-and-the-perfect-baby... Because, honestly... I could be really good at that! I could be really good at being the girl with the perfect everything who never has to worry about anything. I promise, life, I'm ready for that! 

In all honesty... If I could change a lot of things about myself and my life, I would. (I mean, shoot... I'd love to be able to afford to live in New York, and I'd love it if I looked perfect all the time and if I could get my future children to look perfect all the time. Heck, I'd settle for just being able to get the perfect Instagram photo! The struggle is real, ladies!) But maybe those things just aren't for me. Maybe that's not how God wants my life to turn out, even if He wants that for someone else. Maybe I wouldn't be able to handle those things, even though I daydream about how "ready" I am for them. Because maybe, just maybe, along with all of those wonderful things, there would come some other trial or struggle. And maybe it's one that I'm not supposed to experience; maybe it's one I wouldn't be able to handle.

I guess the point of all of my ranting is this: When I really think about it... Every single one of those moments when I "wasn't quite ready" in life? Those are the ones that I wouldn't change for anything. Those are the ones that ended up being the greatest blessings in my life.

Like when I "wasn't ready" to stop going to Utah State, but came home after 2 semesters? (That's when I met H, and really figured out what I wanted out of life.) Or when I "wasn't ready" to fall in love and settle down? (Best decision of my life.) Or when I "wasn't ready" to move back to Arizona this year? (Found the best job and moved into the best apartment in the best location.) I think God really knows what he's doing, even when you don't. Especially when you don't. And the things that God and life push you into? There are reasons for it. And one day, we'll know the reasons why.


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Although this post wasn't entirely about pregnancy, that is something that has been consuming my thoughts lately, so I guess I'll end with this:

It's not that I don't want kids or that I worry I won't be a good mother. It's more that I wonder if I've experienced life enough. Because really, I'm only 22 years old. And I haven't ever traveled-- and my bucket list (along with countless articles/posts out there) says that I'm supposed to. Plus, H and I enjoy going out to eat and going on dates whenever we want to. We like having our freedom... Not ever having to worry about if the baby is sleeping when we want to go out, or scrambling to find a sitter. We like only having to be responsible for ourselves. Is that selfish? We like being selfish.

In a conversation with my sister-in-law last week, she said something that really spoke to my heart. After expressing some of my concerns about all of the changes that a baby would bring, and asking if she missed anything about pre-baby life, she said: "Is life about traveling and luxuries? No. And can you travel and have luxuries when you have kids? Yes... Being spontaneous is harder, I guess. And sleeping in, I miss that. But then I bring her in the bed and she's talking to herself so cute and she looks in my eyes and I feel God's love so strongly. And I don't care anymore. I think having children is what you make it. You can make it a limiting experience of 'We never go out anymore' and 'Our life is boring', or you just adapt and make the baby part of your old life."

And while I'm sure there will be times down the road when I look back and miss the simplicity of life before having children, and a house to put those children in, and wiping sticky fingerprints off of every surface in said house...maybe that's okay. Because even today, as I write this post, very happily married to the love of my life... sometimes I miss the simplicity of life before marriage. Sometimes I envy my single friends who don't have anything to tie them down or to hold them back. They have so much freedom still. I never got the chance to experience what being single in my 20s is. And that was a choice that I very happily made, because I knew without a doubt that I was supposed to marry H. And while I wouldn't trade him or our marriage for anything, I still sometimes think about what it would like if I was single. And isn't that okay? I imagine it's the same for many of you... and it will be the same once children are in the picture as well. While you wouldn't trade those precious babes for anything, I'm sure there will be times when you think about -- and maybe even miss -- your life before they came along. And maybe you even envy your friends who don't have kids yet, because of the freedom they still have, and maybe that's okay. Because even while you are daydreaming about what it might be like, you still know that you wouldn't trade those precious children for anything in the world, and that you are happier than you ever have been before.

So yes. Having a baby scares me. Life scares me. The unknown scares me. 

And while I don't think I'll ever be ready for anything that life throws my way, I know that I will be a better person because of the experiences that I go through. All I can do for now is prepare myself. While I may never be "ready" to have a baby and to be a parent, I do know that I can prepare to be the best version of myself that I want my future children to know. And I suppose that goes for everything that we go through. Don't try to be ready... Simply try to prepare yourself.


xoxo,
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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Oversized Sweater // The Pregnancy Issue




Okay, Shoe Dazzle has been killing it for me lately in the shoe department! They have some of the cutest shoes and they are also so affordable. These fuchsia heels are my favorite... of the moment. ;]




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In other news, H and I have been toying with the idea of me getting pregnant. [Too personal, say whaaaat?] I wrote THIS post a year and a half ago, where I talked about how every month I was convinced that I was pregnant! Lol, I'm sure you have all been there... But last month, I kid you not, I was POSITIVE that I was pregnant. We hadn't been trying, per say... But we weren't really not trying either, you catch my drift?  Anyway, after Googling everything about early signs of pregnancy, ovulation, the earliest possible time to detect pregnancy, etc, I bought a 3 pack box of pregnancy tests. Guys, I took the first one a few weeks ago, and after being bummed that it was negative, I chalked it up to just being a little too early to tell. So a couple of days later, I took another one-- this time in the morning, because Google told me that morning is the best time to detect HCG levels. It was negative again. Then my period came, but it was lighter and shorter than normal, so after more Googling, I decided it must be implantation bleeding. Anyway, a few days later, still convinced that I was pregnant, I took the 3rd test. Alas, it was also negative. [H was annoyed that I wasted $15 in pregnancy tests in one week, haha!] Anyway, so I downloaded this app that tracks your period, ovulation, tells you when you're most fertile, etc. Oh, and I've been reading everrrrything that I learn from Google to H; I'm sure he's thrilled about it. [Haha seriously, at least once a day, I'm like "Did you know this?" And he's like, "Oh... Cool, babe."]

I'm not even sure yet if we are for sure "ready" to start trying. I go back and forth on it all the time. One day I want a baby and I'm ready for it, and the next day I'm not. But honestly... Are you ever really "ready" for a baby? I feel like you can never really prepare yourself to be a parent and to have a baby. What do you experienced mamas think?? Were you "ready" or is that just a myth?? Haha! I'd love any and all advice that you guys have for ladies in my situation. 

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