"The trail is the thing, not the end of the trail. Travel too fast and you miss all you are traveling for." ~ Louis L’Amour

Thursday, January 26, 2012
I am so excited for the summer! Dianna Argon looks beautiful here. I will be posting some academic tips in the near future. I hope you're all doing well my lovelies.
Here are a few links to emulate this look...
Flowy Maxi Skirts- WildFox, Tibi, Torn by Ronny Kobo, Rachel Pally*, BB Dakota* [* have my faves]
Clutches that actually fit stuff: Rebecca Minkoff (Mini Mac), Foley + Corinna (Quilty), Alexander Wang

And because I don't have motivational points today, I leave you with Karl Lagerfeld's brilliant video.
It encapsulates all the greatest advice by all the greatest minds in history. This will light a fire in your behind and get you moving. Uncle Karl, you are brilliant and inspirational.

"A failure is a man who has blundered, but is not able to cash in on the experience." - Elbert Hubbard

Thursday, January 19, 2012
Images, words, and sounds that have made me feel el primo.

Grecian-inspired dresses by Carl Kapp -
Everything he makes is so light & flowy, in wonderful rich shades.

Have a fantastic amazing brilliant happy day!

"Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment. Most people are even incapable of forming such opinions." - Albert Einstein

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Hola hola holaaa,

I decided to talk about dreams, motivation, and hard-work today. From all the articles I've read lately, I managed to break down enough information to make sense of it all.

1. Positive thinking allows you to dream bigger, and instill in you the belief that you can achieve your goals.
2. Visualization allows you to see your future-self with more clarity.
3. This creates a deep desire to become the future-self you imagined.
4. You then work harder to have your dreams come to fruition. [Life as a Conscious Practice]
5. This speeds up life plans considerably. You are a productivity-machine, full of creative ideas!
6. Failures don't get you down and depressed for long periods of time, allowing one to have more hours/minutes/days to formulate innovate, original paths & plans to achieve success. [I'd like everyone to remember the trials and tribulations of Steve Jobs: He was fired from his position as Director of Apple, and within a few years he produced another multi-million dollar company called Pixar. Boom. He did not wallow around in self-pity, he pushed through and believed he would succeed again. If a flesh & bone human can do it, so can you. Don't be afraid of your failures, or let them define you.]
7. It's scientifically proven that happiness + positive-thinking have health benefits by decreasing stress hormones, which wreck havoc on your body. Genetics will be the limiting factor, but you're in control of the other 50%. Make it good. [Mayo Clinic. New Scientist.]
9. Positive people = happier people = network more efficiently by leaving a great impression = people remember you more = better & faster business deals.

I decided to load up on productivity links to get you on your way. Just thinking positively isn't going to magically get you where or what you want. Everyone must take action. Don't be all talk; let your results speak for themselves, and inspire others. So get crackin'! Hard work and efficiency, to the max! And start an inspiration board, or book, to push you through those intense nights before important events - although fear usually does that for me. I haven't kicked my anxiety, but I've curbed it to appear the day before tests/interviews/presentations. Hence, that gives me a lot of free time to be happy within 365 days of the year. And remember, for the days you're not freaking out over something important, write down everything that you're grateful for. It'll keep you content, and motivated.

 (I have it and love it. No matter what I do *delete app/reboot laptop/remove files* it will not let me log onto 
facebook, tumblr, bloglovin, youtube etc until my designated time is up.)
:zenhabits (been a fan for years)
Productivity and Business posts by Jen Dziura
(I don't agree with all her ideas, because it'd kick my anxiety into overload and put me in a coma by 25, 
but her scheduling and task management tips are great!)
LifeHack --amazing bananas!

My Tip: Buy a Moleskine and a small Whiteboard. The whiteboard has my daily to-do list, and the Moleskine tracks my weekly goals, and fun stuff I enjoyed throughout the day. I don't really keep journals, so my agenda is like a baby diary of events. You should remember that stuff too! Oh, and when to do your next clay mask. 

You know what you want, now go get'em tiger!

imagesource: fashionista

P.S. I just logged onto my old Polyvore account (last visit > 2 years ago) and discovered I had 478 followers! It totally made my day; I swear I had 60 people when I left. I also flipped through my posts and realized my style remains the same. I have a "Chantelle Formula" that's going to stick around forever. 

My first Alexander Wang - The Millie Satchel

Friday, January 13, 2012
When this baby came in the mail, it was in a cardboard box the size of my torso. I nearly knocked down 3 people walking up the stairs to my apartment. Chivalry is morte. IMG_1492 IMG_1493 IMG_1496 IMG_1498
c/o ShopBop 
Just to gauge size: the iPad 2 can fit perfectly in the front compartment. The two main compartments are larger. 
This one also came with a removable strap - not all include one.
It's big, heavy, and I love it. I also can't find it on ShopBop anymore; I think I took the last one. This style is being discontinued, so if you want to get your hands on it, get cracking on Google. The Millie Satchel should be on sale, so you won't need to pay the ridiculous $1000 price tag [Although I've seen several high-end department stores keep it at the SRP]. I have more photos on my flickr (all the photos link back to my account) if you want to see small details before committing to a purchase. I had such a hard time finding information and reviews on this bag- the Rocco just takes over- so I did my best to share a 360˚online.

Have a great weekend! I'll be posting about dreams, motivation, and hard-work. Can't wait!

“Your imagination is your preview of life’s coming attractions.” – Albert Einstein

Thursday, January 12, 2012
I've been getting into some mind exercises lately involving visualization. It's so powerful that I feel great about myself after every session. Sometimes I psych myself out so much that I'm too excited and energized to get to sleep. I should probably start doing these sessions in the morning. -_- Haha! Anywho, I wanted to share some great articles about this technique to help you improve your everyday life. Remember, you CAN DO IT! And if you ever start getting upset, or sad, or anxious, and you consciously realize it, start repeating an affirmative phrase over and over in your head. It may take a while, sometimes 20 times, sometimes 700 times plus 40 mins of meditation and visualization. Make your life a little easier and a lot more fun!

Also, if you need an extra boost, just play this in your head/car/ipod/laptop. I find Bruce Almighty to be incredibly appropriate for this theme...also, I just laughed my rear-end off. Hee hee ^-^

Some links to help you on your way:

"Thoughts, if powerful enough, are accepted by our subconscious mind, which then changes our mindset accordingly, as well as our habits and actions, and this brings us into contact with new people, situations and circumstances."
 Creative Visualization

How to Visualize Your Success - Tim Brownson
[I liked his piece, and the last 2 paragraphs were solid.]

4 Stories of Successful Visualization - Marelisa

How to Increase and Sustain Positive Emotions: The Effects of Expressing Gratitude
and Visualizing Best Possible Selves
[.pdf link to Sonya & Kennon's study in The Journal of Positive Psychology]

There are a ton more articles out there, you just have to pop in the right keywords into Google!
Have a marvellous day!

image source: googleimages

"Whether you think you can, or you can't, you're right." - Henry Ford

Monday, January 09, 2012
Hola world!

So I've been reading a lot about positivity, and the "scientific" methods and research behind it & how to attain it. In addition, I've read about the "spiritual" ways of manifesting your own optimistic, wonderful life. There is a lot of overlap in methods, except the latter lacks evidence. As a student in biomed, lack of evidence makes me cringe, yet I find inner spirituality and self-discovery a wonderful thing that can't be studied or quantified. Even though your brain's electrical activity can be recorded, the print-outs can't tell you/your physician/your operator what exact thought was running through your mind at a given moment. Only you are in control of your mind, and that's why I meditation and spirituality (believing in God/The Universe/Yourself/Star Wars, etc) are so fascinating! There has to be within you an undeniable conviction & belief that good is going to happen. With science, the statistics can sometimes get you down in the dumps, and you may relegate yourself to the "other 20%" that were unsuccessful in Study XYZ. That's why spirituality helps so many; there are no numbers and success rates to compare yourself to. It's just you. And in the end, the way you feel at a certain moment in time (even right now while you're reading this entry) is a product of your thinking. Some people may find their extra positivity boost through religion, while others will find peace and optimism within themselves. Do what's more in alignment with your way of life. But it all boils down to one thing, your thoughts must match your aspirations and desires in order for you to achieve them - negativity will fester doubt, and that'll pull you farther from success. Why? Because doubt means you've lost faith in your own abilities, and that's not acceptable! CONFIDENCE, MY FRIENDS!

 As Henry Ford said, "Whether you think you can, or you can't, you're right."

Kick some ass this year, LADIES!

image source: Vogue Paris May 2009 ft Daria Werbowy

New Year's Resolution: Get Out of Your Own Way.

Tuesday, January 03, 2012
Hey everyone!

I'm back in Chicago for the last 5 month stretch of my Master's program. I already miss the family and friends back home; I had such a great time going out with my home unit. They're the shiznit. Anywho, now that I'm settled and unpacked in my apartment, I gotta get to posting on positivity and leading the awesome life that you create/have envision for yourself. Every article, video, book I've read on positivity and success mentions the same thing: the ability to filter and control your thoughts will get you where you want, but it takes immense amount of practice for the rest of your life - and you should also have some form of media that will  keep you inspired everyday. I found that reading and watching short videos works best for me. If I'm feeling down and uber-negative, I go back to my favourites and I talk to someone I trust just to vent a little. Then I let it go, and focus on myself & what makes me a happy baboon.

Moving on from your problems helps push the boundaries you've mentally set for yourself. You can't succeed, if you spend hours ruminating over an issue that was in the past. It's done. Don't waste time festering in negativity, it doesn't solve anything. That's the truth. These are precious minutes, hours, days you could have spent reading up on metaphysics, having tea at a new place with an old friend, learning how to make a perfect wingtip with your eyeliner, and the list is endless!

I hope all your New Year's Resolutions involve becoming a better version of yourself, closer to the woman/man you picture in the future. The only person stopping this progress, is you.
Get out of your own way. 

My cousin and I before heading to a bar in Toronto. We ended up meeting a bunch of Brazilians (their way of life and manner of being always makes me content), and a fellow Torontonian who is also studying in the USA.