1.30.2012

True Beauty Files: Spread the Love.

Throwing a little twist into the month of love.....
Last year, two ladies with big hearts made a big effort to promote genuine acts of kindness in the blogosphere. It had really cool results. This year, they have asked me to join in on the mission, and I was pretty excited to take part in such a fine task;) So Megan of Mackey Madness, Michaela of Michaela Noelle Designs, and I are joining forces to continue the love spreading and kindness making....

{Shirt: Simply Vera Wang, Necklace: c/o LYLIF, Earrings: c/o Poshlocket, Pants: Gap (similar), Shoes: Francesca's, Coat: Thrifted, Lip color: Flame-Just Bitten}
The DEETS:
Think of a way (or several ways) that you can give a friend, neighbor, spouse, stranger, mother, brother, etc. an act of kindness with no explanation or expectation of praise. This my friends is a little way to pay it forward to the world around us, and continue to encourage what we all could use a little more of. Put up a post about how you spread the love, and NEXT MONDAY, Feb. 6th Megan will be hosting a link up party where we all celebrate and bloghop to see how everyone is paying it forward!

Some ideas to get you going:

-Write a handwritten letter to an old friend or new.
-By flowers for a co-worker.
-Call a family member to tell them you love them just because.
-Pay for the person's starbucks' behind you. (Everyone's dream)
-Pay for the person's car behind you at the toll booth (my husband loves to do this one).
-Start a conversation with that person you never talk to.
-Smile and make eye contact with people you walk by. (Its strangely rare these days)
-Check in your local hospice or elderly home and offer help or visit. (You would be surprised how many of them have no family visiting them!)
- Offer to do your husbands usual chores. (ie, if he always takes out the trash or irons his shirts, do it for him!)
-On the road, let those mergers in. (Cuz we all know it takes every act of the will to do so)

We can't wait to see what you come up with! Thanks in advance for taking part:)
P.S. Save your outfit posts, link up will be back soon!



The True Beauty Files:
A lookbook for the modern modeste.
"The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman is seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides. True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It's the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows & the beauty of a woman only grows with passing years." 
~ Audrey Hepburn


47 comments:

  1. Such a fun way to give back, so excited you are doing this!

    LOVE your necklace SO much!

    xoxo
    eileen

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  2. What a super great idea! The wheels are turning... :)

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  3. GREAT idea, Anna. I hope I can accomplish one of these things this week...

    Love the outfit, as usual. The top and necklace are lovely together.

    Cheers.

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  4. I looove this - it's such a great idea :)

    xxx
    Jenna

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  5. AWESOME idea!!!! Love all three of you!

    And I adore this outfit! Especially that blouse! <3

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  6. i love your necklace too! I really love this idea and am already brainstorming what I can do :) thanks for sharing.

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  7. oh Anna, this look is stunning! i think folks (both male and female) will be turning their heads to admire you. you carry such casual elegance - so beautiful!!!

    i can understand why this has happened for you with these other fine ladies. like minds and hearts are drawn to each other and when brought together for the greater good you just can't go wrong. excited about this idea, it'll create magical results, i know it!!! ripple effect's of goodness are something to soak up, so thanks for the reminder and suggestions. happy week! xo ♥

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  8. that pink lipstick is super cute on you!

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  9. Such a great list of kind things to do! I'm going to try to do something :)

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  10. This is such a wonderful idea Anna...perfect for this month too! :)

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  11. I'm so excited to be doing this with you girls. Can't wait to see what everyone comes up with! :)

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  12. You look beautiful and that is such a great idea!

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  13. Such a fun idea! Just read about it over on Michaela's blog and will definitely be joining in!:)

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  14. liking your outfit, especially the necklace!

    Great idea on paying it forward. Will have to think about what I can do, hmmm.

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  15. Love that shirt Anna, and you look great girl, as usual! Love the kindness-project too and will think about something!

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  16. you look so unbelievably comfortable! i love it!

    aforbeslife@blogspot.com

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  17. You look adorable and I love love love that necklace. You look so chic and most of all comfy!

    xoxo, Jjanga
    www.sayhelloandsmile.blogspot.com

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  18. How genuine and magnificent are you ladies for doing this!! I LOVE the idea and plan on putting good deeds into action!!

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  19. PS..LOVE that necklace! You look gorgeous as always ;)

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  20. You look gorgeous! And what a great idea!

    http://shannonhearts.blogspot.com/

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  21. you are just adorable! i love that necklace and just your whole outfit! so cute!

    drop by allister bee soon!

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  22. What a lovely idea Anna, I'll think up something to link up!
    xoxo
    www.natashafatah.blogspot.com

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  23. Such a great idea! Time to get crackin' on goodness planning. And speaking of goodness -- totally in love with that necklace!

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  24. I love the kindness collaboration. What the world needs now is love sweet love. I am in!

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  25. This is such a great idea! Love the outfit :)

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  26. This is wonderful...I will definitely link up!

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  27. this is such a wonderful idea! anna, you are such a beautiful person, inside and out!

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  28. These small acts of kindness make such a difference. I'm in!

    And I adore that necklace!!

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  29. Love this, what a fun idea.

    Tab
    my-cliffnotes.blogspot.com

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  30. I love your hair up and that jacket is darling!

    XO~JD

    www.jessiedmiller.com

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  31. You look gorgeous, I love that necklace and funky coat! And these are such wonderful ideas to do something nice for someone else, I need to get inspired and do one of these!

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  32. what a GREAT idea. i am so excited! and you look splendid. i love that coat; hooray for thrifting!

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  33. Anna this is lovely and so inspiring! I often think about visiting an elderly home with my daughter. I can't be with my granola in Hawaii and I think about others who may not have family close. Even a little something would brighten up their day!

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  34. oh, Anna, this is absolutely lovely! what a wonderful idea and how exciting that you are part of this positive message!
    beautiful outfit (as always!)

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  35. oh my gosh seriously? i miss this link up EVERY WEEK! grrrr. well you look amazing as always. really loving that necklace!

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  36. I am totally doing this on my blog! What a wonderful way to better your life and someone elses. We could all use a little more love. Thanks for posting.

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  37. Awww, we do need to work on kindness, great ideas. I'm ahead of the game...I always let people in the lane in traffic, mostly because it makes me grateful when people do it for me!

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  38. Anna I look forward to this great event. Your smile is beautiful. Dawn Suitcase Vignettes xo

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  39. This really is a genius project they have started...I love the idea of focusing on the best kind of love {Service} instead of just romantic (c: Speaking of romantic...how sweet is that blouse/necklace/up-do combo??? Love it!

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  40. this is an absolutely beautiful post! i plan to spread love through buying a coworker flowers (really great idea) and smile and make eye contact with people i walk by.

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  41. This is such an inspiring idea! We love how you styled our Pearls and Chains necklace, it looks great!! Thanks for including us in your post!

    Katy @LYLIF
    lylif.com

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    1. When I lived for a couple of months in Denmark I was astonished at first at how people looked each other in the eye when passing on the street. It felt uncomfortable but I quickly got used to it and realized how good it felt to notice a complete stranger. It made the world somehow a safer and better place.

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