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Happy 1st birthday to AROCKCHICKLIFE.COM <3

On 20th of July was my blog's 1st birthday and I wanted to celebrate well. :) I reviewed all my blog posts, social media posts, reavaluated everything and made some plans for the future of my little space of Internet.

I also wanted to share my celebration with everyone around so I bought chocolates for my family, friends and colleagues, I dedicated a whole weekend to blog themed partying, I had a shopping spree (which I'll write a new blog post about very soon haha) and also wrote this article for you.

I'd love to mark my 1st year of blogging by sharing some facts about me and my life with you. And because the theme is 1 I will be sharing my 1 favorite thing in different categories.

 

1 favorite quote of mine: "Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?" - Mary Oliver. It's all up to us to do great things and to make our dreams come true. We should just be more focused and more brave. <3

1 favorite fashion decade of mine: the 50s. Have you seen Grease? Because if you have, you don't need no explaination :D Good Sandy, bad Sandy - both rocking amazing outifts. Everyone is stylish, everyone is following trends and you can mix chic with rock'n'roll which I love. 

1 favorite color of mine: Pink. I loved it as a kid, then I stopped, then started again in high school, then forgot about it again until millenial pink happened :D and now I'm in love with it again.

1 favorite fruit of mine: Apple. I think that's my all time favorite fruit since like forever, especially green apples.

1 favorite music album of mine: Definitely Maybe by Oasis. I love music, I listen to music all the time and I have looots of fave songs and albums. But this was the first time I learned a whole album by heart in like a day and the first time I was really influenced by an album creatively and it really is a big thing for me.

1 favorite song of mine: Heros by David Bowie. This tune is just amazing. You can play it on repeat for hours, for years and it won't get old. It's pure perfection.

1 favorite clothing item of mine: Dress. It's easy to style and could look both formal and super casual. I think this is the clothing item that gives you widest range of options for styling it and if you find the perfect black dress I swear coming up with outfits get's five times easier

1 favorite accessory of mine: A clutch. I'm not going anywhere without a pocket journal and lipstick so I value bags a lot. But let's be honest - the cutest bags of all are clutches, especially when in bright colors or cool prints.

1 favorite makeup product of mine: Lipstick. The most esential makeup product for me is lipstick. It gives you a great choice of colors and outlines the best feature of a person - their smile.

1 favorite fashion designer of mine: Ellie Saab. I have lot's of favorite designers and it was very hard for me to choose only one but her beautiful and almost magical collections are amongst the greatest things I've ever seen. Wearing a piece of art must be an incredible experience.

Tha's it for now guys! :) Hope you enjoyed this blog post, thank you for reading and supporting me throughout tis 1st year of blogging. See you ahead on this amazing journey and keep on chasing your dreams!

 

- Nicole

Why we should stop being "busy" ♥

Do you know what it is? This a sunrise you miss out while being too "busy"preparing for work, eating breakfast, scrolling through your social media.

Do you know what it is? It can be anything. That one thing you regret missing out. Come on, there's at least one that comes to mind immediately.

Think about all the things you are missing out because you're too busy doing something else which is pretty often more or less meaningless. We've all been kinda stuck in this Fight Club quote lately "We buy things we don't need with money we don't have to impress people we don't like."

We have started talking about being busy as if it's something great. We have started showing off with not having enough time for something. And we pride ourselves in this, which is the worst. We feel important and valuable, we feel needed here and there, we feel that our lives are full of things. And at the same time we're also kinda honestly sorry that we skip parties, don't call our friends as often as we want to and we don't have "me" time.

You, me, all of us. I'm glad to have finally saw it, and I'm decided to finally fix it.

Because why the hell do we do it? We do it. It's all on us. If there's someone who can change it, it's us. Stop filling up your to do list, tell your friends you miss them, meet them, now, skip a task to go out for a walk, leave your phone at home, wake up earler and have our cup of coffee while watching the sunrise, walk barefoot in the park, watch an oldtime movie. ♥

- Nicole

DIY inspo home decoration

Hello guys! <3 Today I'll tell you about some cute home decor ideas that I've been planning for quite a while (as you probably know from my Instagram haha - @arockchicklife) and I'm very happy to finally show you. Let's start with the fact that I really love inspirational and motivational quotes because they all tell a stories that we can learn a lot from. So everytime I stumble upon a cool new quote I usually save it on my computer or to a Pinterest board but I forget about these precious quotes soon enough and I don't reread them often. I wanted to change that and to make sure I don't forget about the lessons they taught me.

So I came up with the idea that I should try to use them as home decoration. The process included me trying to come up with a cool idea, choosing which fave fave inspo quotes I want to use and then printing them out.

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The option that worked best for me after trying out some ideas was to arrange the pictures on one of the doors of my wood closet. The contrast between the pictures and the wood is great and also my closet is kinda in the center of the room so I check the quotes out pretty often and stay inspired all the time.

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Necklaces: H&amp;M, Dollskill, Amazon  Printed Pictures: Tumblr &amp; Pinterest

Necklaces: H&M, Dollskill, Amazon

Printed Pictures: Tumblr & Pinterest

Then I realized that one idea was not enough for me :D There were so many other things I came up with and I ran out of quotes before I could try them out. So I printed out more pictures and tried more ideas.

Here are 2 of the best ones, hope you like them. :)

 

#1 Cool workspace deco

Your workspace at home is probably the best places for inspo quotes and cute pictures. You spend lots of time there and you really need inspiration when you're working on something. If you have a pinboard or a wall grid you could arrange some pictures together with your notes, to do lists etc. If you don't, just use the wall and glue or hang some beautiful pictures . You will stay inspired and also have a super Instagrammable workspace. ;)

Perfumes: Versace, Nine West  Watch: Marc Jacobs  Laptop: Dell  Rings: H&amp;M  Notebooks: Moleksine  Earring set: Tally Weijl  Nail polish: Golden Rose  Printed Pictures: Tumblr &amp; Pinterest

Perfumes: Versace, Nine West

Watch: Marc Jacobs

Laptop: Dell

Rings: H&M

Notebooks: Moleksine

Earring set: Tally Weijl

Nail polish: Golden Rose

Printed Pictures: Tumblr & Pinterest

#2 Your own wall deco

I have always been a fan of the idea of art wall pieces where you can create different shapes with photos. It's cute and makes the whole room light up. Plus that you can arrange them any way you want so you have lots of options and can get creative. For example you could pick a color theme and create some shape as I did here or try to create a color effect using photos in different shades of the same color or literally anything else you want.

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diy art heart photo collage wall deco decor decoration inspo inspiration arockchicklife
Printed Pictures: Tumblr &amp; Pinterest, all rights to their respective owners  Brands I see included are Starbucks, Cadillac, Valfre

Printed Pictures: Tumblr & Pinterest, all rights to their respective owners

Brands I see included are Starbucks, Cadillac, Valfre

Thank you guys for reading and make sure you tell me if you try out any of these ideas. They were pretty easy and lots of fun so I highly recommend them.

What home deco DIYs have YOU tried lately?

 

- Nicole

4 ways to style and wear a band t-shirt

Here are some fresh, trendy and easy to recreate looks. Hope I'm helping you style a great band tee outfit by providing you with some inspo. ❤

#1 Classic black jeans.

Guns n Roses t-shirt: Hottopic. Customized and cut by me :P  Black jeans: H&amp;M  Boots: Tally Weijl  Choker: Dollskill  Earrings: ASOS  Rings: H&amp;M, Forever21, Orsay  Watch: Marc Jacobs

Guns n Roses t-shirt: Hottopic. Customized and cut by me :P

Black jeans: H&M

Boots: Tally Weijl

Choker: Dollskill

Earrings: ASOS

Rings: H&M, Forever21, Orsay

Watch: Marc Jacobs

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#2 Denim and shorts.

Guns n Roses t-shirt: Hottopic. Customized and cut by me :P  Denim jacket: Calliope  Boots: Tally Weijl  Choker: Amazon Fashion  Vintage Backpack

Guns n Roses t-shirt: Hottopic. Customized and cut by me :P

Denim jacket: Calliope

Boots: Tally Weijl

Choker: Amazon Fashion

Vintage Backpack

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#3 Badass leather shorts.

Guns n Roses t-shirt: Hottopic. Customized and cut by me :P  Leather shorts: H&amp;M  Boots: Tally Weijl  Choker and Bracelets: Amazon Fashion  Rings: H&amp;M, Orsay

Guns n Roses t-shirt: Hottopic. Customized and cut by me :P

Leather shorts: H&M

Boots: Tally Weijl

Choker and Bracelets: Amazon Fashion

Rings: H&M, Orsay

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#4 Trendy skirt

Guns n Roses t-shirt: Hottopic. Customized and cut by me :P  Velvet skirt: H&amp;M  Boots: Tally Weijl  Necklace: H&amp;M  Earrings: ASOS  Rings: H&amp;M, Forever21, Orsay  Watch: Marc Jacobs

Guns n Roses t-shirt: Hottopic. Customized and cut by me :P

Velvet skirt: H&M

Boots: Tally Weijl

Necklace: H&M

Earrings: ASOS

Rings: H&M, Forever21, Orsay

Watch: Marc Jacobs

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I've been loving band tees long before it was cool and all over the internet. Now I walk around the street and there are so many teen girls casually wearing Nirvana or Arctic Monkeys tees and it's totally cool for everyone around. But let me tell you it was not that easy to pull off such a look like 10 years ago. After the 80s band craze and everybody rocking band tees all the time it gradually became less and less popular to wear them.

So there I was trying to come up with a cute band tee outfit idea in the 00s. The only people to wear band tees a lot were real metalheads, mostly men and teenboy squads, and it was not really common to see a girl wearing a band tee. Respect to all the few brave girls who proudly started this trend together with me! So yeah, it was a pretty hard task for me to rock a band tee without getting some surprised looks. Who cares tho. It was fun and I was often pairing the outfit with loud rock coming from my earplugs.

But now that it's popular and trendy to wear band tee outfits I gotta say I feel like a queen. AC/DC shirt and a leather skirt? Yes! Stones tee and high heels? Yes please! Every choice is a good choice and the braver the combo the better the outfit.

- Nicole

23 THINGS I LEARNED BEFORE 23

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Hello guys! So I recently celebrated my 23th birthday and I took some time to reflect on the past years. I happen to be a little bit of a thinker so I thought a lot about how I have changed throughout the years and how far I've come in terms of following my dreams and being happy to just be me.

And here are the 23 things I have learned in my life so far. Hope it will be interesting for you to read these and that they will inspire you or teach you something. Enjoy!

 

#1 Smile. Always smile. It makes everything better.

#2 This quote by Dr. Seuss — 'Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.' is just so true.

#3 Whenever you're sad or confused just look at this. This is happiness: http://imgur.com/gallery/I1TBl29

#4 'It is not happy people who are thankful. It is thankful people who are happy.' !

#5 Kindness is the best gift you can give to anyone. Spread it freely.

#6 Life is too short to not do what you want or not chase your dreams. Any minute you waste is a wasted chance to be happier.

#7 The best moments in your live will probably not be in photos because you'll be too busy having fun.

#8 If you're lucky enough to find a true friend, cherish that person/those people and never let them go, they're your treasure.

#9 The sooner you stop caring about pleasing people, the better.

#10 A good laugh and a hug can heal anything and instantly make you feel better.

#11 You are never too old for cartoons, jumping around when you're happy and openly talking about even the smallest things that excite you and you genuinely care about.

#12 You don't need to be perfect to be happy, look at all the people you love with all your heart and how their imprefections don't matter to you.

#13 It's totally fine if your brain is '99% quotes and lyrics'. You're probably a great and fun person to talk to.

#14 Things are not always what you expect them to be. So this is a list of only 14 things, not 23 although I said so. Life often surprises you and you should always expect the unexpected. Hopefully it'll be a good surprise.

So thank you for reading. :) I hope you found something you liked and will remember. Now I wanna hear your favorite quotes and inspiring statements in the comments below! :)

 

- Nicole