ON AGING, AT 34

I started writing this post on my 34th birthday, and it’s taken me two months to complete my thoughts on turning 34 and what it means to me. Last year I posted about beating the Birthday Blues on my 33rd by infusing self-love into your special day. The year before that, a fun little outfit post about my short skirt, smiling wide at 32. This year, I’m posting about ‘getting older’ because in the last year, my relationship with age has completely changed – suddenly I was ‘aging’. AGING. I’ve felt so many different emotions towards it, had so many different experiences with it, and sought out so many different ‘solutions’ for it this year – as if it’s a force to be reckoned with that I must control, deny and accept, all at the same time.

TRAVEL DIARY: LAS VEGAS, PETRIFIED FOREST, GRAND …

My bestie Dina and I take a trip together every few years. Last time was Montreal, the time before that, a road trip from NY to GA. This one to Vegas and the Grand Canyon had been one in the making for about four years, and it was definitely one of those bucket-list-item-checking types of trips. In five days, we hit The Strip, saw Britney Spears, drove to Arizona, walked through The Petrified Forest, hiked in The Grand Canyon, and toured the Hoover Dam. It was a blast, and definitely an adventure I’d recommend to others!

LIFE LATELY – SEPTEMBER

It’s here! The second of my monthly Life Lately series where I’ll share what’s been top of mind in the realms of Style, Music, Books, Beauty, Atlanta, Travel and anything else inspiring to me this September. In my recent reader survey (Thank you to those who took it! Lip gloss winner to be announced soon!), people asked for more personal posts about what’s going on in my life. This Life Lately series is a good starting point for that, so read on for this month’s thoughts!

TELL ME WHAT YOU WANT TO READ!

Dear Readers, I need your help! In my never-ending quest to make Belle Meets World better (I’ve been writing for over two years now, can you believe it?!), I am looking to you to tell me what you do and don’t want to read about, what content I already create that you do and don’t like, what you want to see more or less of, why you read this blog, etc. Please take 1 minute to complete this reader survey – either via the link provided or embedded below in the post – and I will love you forever. PLUS – when you take this survey, you’ll be entered to win a FREE YSL Vinyl Cream lipgloss in the color of your choice – options are below (even if Sephora page says your color is sold out, you’ll be able to choose the color anyway if you win).

EASY MOSCOW MULES: A SUMMER-TO-FALL COCKTAIl I …

If there is one cocktail that I will transition with the changing seasons, it’s the Moscow Mule. They are light and refreshing in warm weather but have the zingy spice of ginger for fall. I’ve been experimenting with all different kinds over the last month – some with fruit and other spices – but my favorite version is the simplest of them all. It’s just vodka, ginger beer and lime. In fact, I’m drinking one right now as I write this to get in the zone…

MY BLOGGING ROLE MODELS

You made it!! All the way, dear Reader, to the fourth of this Rebranding My Blog series – and this is the best post of all (well, the second best – introducing the new look was the best, and if you haven’t read those posts – STOP and go back to Part 1, then Part 2 and Part 3). Today I share with you all my most favorite bloggers who inspire me every day with their content, their photos, their style, their advice, their blogs, their writing and their photography. I aspire to be like all of these ladies in one way or another – and at the very least, I just like looking at them! They are beautiful and stylish – who wouldn’t want to visit their websites every day just to get a little glimpse into their lives, am I right?! But in all seriousness, to reach the level of success they have reached, one has to work SO hard. I respect each of their visions, their dedication and their brands. And maybe one day I’ll make it onto someone else’s blogging role models list myself!