on creativity

I always have ideas running through my head that I can't seem to ever go through with. Usually, it's because I don't have time or can't think of a way to fulfill my creative desires. For a blogger who's blog name is "Excuse Denied" I sure do have a lot of excuses, right? (Ha, this is not my first time saying this on this website.)

Since I turned 20, I realized that I need to get a move on some things. I posted on my instagram today that I feel like I'm in a creative rut. I even made up a little graphic to accompany my creative rut recognition post. The quote is by Mark Twain and it says "the secret of getting ahead is getting started." This is so true. I feel like I put things off just because I don't think I'll be able to do them. But why? I can do anything that I set my mind to and putting things off is just not going to cut it anymore. My creative ideas are constantly being chained down with doubts. Seriously guys, when I get inspired I get excited, I get giddy and I can't sleep. I have so many amazing ideas bottled up and I hardly ever fulfill them and see them in action. Some ideas do find their ways out, however, and those projects I'm so proud of. Like when I made these super rad initial postcards. I just love how they came out and others loved it too. The reward of putting a project into action is so, so, so fulfilling.

gift guide | little luxuries

Hey, girl, hey and welcome to the last post of my gift guide series! I thought it was perfect to do only three gift guides so that no one would be too overwhelmed (ha, but really). Too many gift guides, in my opinion, create too many options and a lot of headache. I thought that I'd stick to smaller gifts for the ladies in your life, or yourself. Things that you might not think to get someone, but are indeed cool products to give. This one I have called "little luxuries" because I think these products are more on the pricey side of things for what they are. They are by no means expensive, but c'mon, how often do you buy a $14 nail polish? For me, it's never but I would love to receive one for Christmas, so I deem it more of a luxury. Some things I just threw in because they looked luxurious, like that gold metal box. How perfect would that be sitting on someone's vanity? And y'all, ear jackets are a thing now and I'm all over them.


Poppin monogramed notebook, Troi Ollivierre Lipstick from J.Crew, Nailsinc nail kale, Giorgio Armani Sí rollerball from Sephora, H&M Gold Metal Box with lid (comes in silver too!), Cairo Ear Jackets from Bauble Bar

The non-bolded text is how to get to the link of the product. I hope this 2014 Excuse Denied gift guide was helpful! Let me know if you purchased anything for your loved ones. I'd love to know which item on the gift guide you gave away. Happy Holidays from Excuse Denied!