Friday Feature: Lyrik

My name is Lyrik Fryer, I’m 19 years old and I am the founder and blogger of Lush + Luxe at www.lushandluxeblog.com

Why do you think women judge each other so harshly?

I think it’s because our society sets it up to be that way and we take that in from a young age. The media is constantly feeding us the notion that us as women have to be in competition with each other and I think that has a huge impact on our gender as a whole. 

What do you think young women need to hear more often?

Young women definitely need to hear that they can do anything they set their mind to. 

What do you think is your best quality?

I think my best quality is my vision and work ethic. I’m always planning on what I’m going to do next with Lush + Luxe and how I’m going to do it. 

What inspired you to become the person that you are?

Traveling the world has had a huge impact on me. I’ve travelled to 16+ different countries and it’s taught me all about culture and has given me a new perspective on the world. It’s influences everything I do. 

What accomplishment are you most proud of?

I’m most proud of my blog, Lush + Luxe, because I’ve put so much of myself into it and to see everyone that I’ve reached with it, is so rewarding. 

What advice would you give your younger self?

I would say to not care about what anyone thinks about you and do what you ultimately want to do. Everyone gets so caught up in trying to fit in and it’s just a waste of time. 

How do you find ways to be happy?

Taking time for myself is essential for me. Getting away and clearing my head always levels me out again. 

Is there anything else you would like to add?

I would just like to say thank you for this wonderful interview. It’s so important for us as women to stick together because we’re all working to achieve our dreams. 

Ranting and Raving

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It’s funny how each lover has a different effect. Each lover has a song. A different melody that was sung for new love.

This song reminds me of you, makes me miss you.

But you’ll never know.

I remember where we had our first date. I remember how wonderfully special you made me feel that night.

But you’ll never know.

I remember how you said you liked my eyes, not just their beauty but the soul that was behind them.

But I won’t tell you that.

I can still remember how it felt the first time we kissed. The butterflies, my heart pounding, my palms sweating. Your soft lips electrifying me. Your thumb gracing my cheek, your arm pulling me in close.

But I won’t let you know my vulnerability.

I remember perfectly how completely open, vulnerable and weak I was for you, completely helpless.

I’ll never tell you, so I guess you’ll never know. But now I guess you do, because you think this is all about you.

Silly boy.

Tuesday Books

the outsiders

I totally thought that I was back on schedule with my blog posts, but obviously I’m a day behind. How does this happen? I’m too young for this to be starting right?

Anyways, this Tuesday Books is dedicated to The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. I have always absolutely loved the fifties and everything pertaining to that time era. Greasers are the shit to me. So when I read this book, I fell in love with everything about this story and it’s characters. This novel defied all stereotypes that we usually have. The fact that looks can be deceiving. The fact that even the strongest of people have weaknesses. And most importantly, the fact that this book was written by a woman, but she used a pen name so that her book would be taken seriously.

This book has remained a favorite because of the wholehearted adventure that it takes it’s readers on. It has love, loss, friendship, and a great story of morals.

Until next time,

-Chloe

 

 

 

Etsy Sunday

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Yay, It’s Etsy Sunday!

I’m so sorry guys that I haven’t been posting the last few days, but as you have probably seen I’m in the middle of moving. I’m halfway through my move as of right now, and I will successfully in my new place around this time tomorrow night. So I’m sorry if there’s a delay or I’m not on as much!

In the spare time I have had, I’ve been writing new ideas for this blog, as well as creating new designs of bracelets for my etsy shop, featured above. I’m really excited about these new designs because I wanted to add more detail to these bracelets and make them even more unique and one of a kind then they already are. I can’t wait for you to check them out or leave me some feedback!

You can check out all these new bracelets by clicking this link here.

And continue to follow me on instagram, @iamfashioncoco to keep up with my move!

Thank you everyone for your patience!

-Chloe

 

Inner Beauty 


I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about inner beauty lately. If you take a step back, you’ll notice that everyone focuses on outer beauty, as if what’s inside is obsolete. Fashion corporations, social media, society; no one cares if you have a heart of gold. As long as you look a certain way, their mind is already made up about you.

I remember in my psychology class, we studied about the effect that good looking people have on other people. It seems ridiculous but it was really very interesting. As humans, we find people with perfectly symmetrical faces attractive. And because we’re attractive, we expect more out of them. We expect them to be smarter, more capable, have a better job, etc. We want to believe that their life and their soul is as beautiful as we think they are. Alfred Hitcock perfectly depicts this in his 1960 film Psycho. In the original novel, the character that Norman Bates was a stout, balding perverted man. But when Hitchcock wanted to make the movie, he decided to cast the handsome Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates instead. Because of this simple change, people saw the relationship between Norman and Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) differently. Subconsciously, the audience wanted them to be together, they wanted to root for Norman and just believe he was troubled because of the small reason that he was attractive. Of course, I think the entire idea of Team Norman fades in final scene, where he slowly looks up at the camera with his mothers voice narrating that she wouldn’t even harm a fly. That creepy shit ought to have changed your mind real quick.

Another example would be cheating on your significant other. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been together or how many times they say they are sorry. Once that trust is broken, it will never be repaired. Through all the apologies, sweet gestures and attempts to prove their love for you, they’re a different person now. Somehow they’ve become a stranger. They look differently, they laugh differently. It’s all upside down. And who knows, they could have been the most attractive person in the world but now that they have done such an ugly thing to you, it makes them ugly.

Looks are only going to get you so far in life. This is why personality matters. Physical beauty is obviously what first attracts you to one another, but the chemistry and connection is what is going to make the relationship work. And I don’t mean this to be entirely revolved around being in a relationship, it’s just an example. But if you want to be surrounded by good people then you yourself have to be a good person. Don’t focus on all the little shallow physical things. Just make yourself feel and look confident. Everything else will fall into place.

Until next time,

Chloe

Tuesday Books


Memories Are Made of This by Deana Martin

As many of you know, or are about to know, I love Dean Martin. Absolutely such a huge fan of his. Not only do I love his music and voice, but ultimately his charm and presence that captivated the world. 

A little while ago, I read this memoir written by Dean’s daughter, Deana. I had sung a tribute to him two years ago and posted on June 7th, his birthday. I sent the video to Deana, and I later saw that she had left me a voicemail about how much she loved it. I was blown away and my head was up in the clouds. 

When I had found this book at a hole in the wall book shop for $3 I knew I had to read it as I felt like I had this legitimate connection now. I understand this may seemed biased since I am such a huge fan, but honestly this book is incredibly well written. Being able to see one of the greatest entertainers of all time through none other then his daughters eyes was incredible. There was love, loss, heartbreak and unbelievable celebrity stories. Just imagine what it would be like if Marilyn Monroe was your babysitter, if you let Elvis Presley, or if you almost had a fling with Robert Mitchum. I’m telling you, this memoir is filled with amazing stories you won’t want to miss.

Chloe

Music Monday

It’s Music Monday!

Hallelujah, this is one of my favorite days. Today’s song choice is I Wanna Know by Alesso. I kept hearing this song at the store I work at and wanted to know who it was. It took a couple days, but eventually I found it and thank god I did. It’s not just the catchy beat and lyrics that keep this song on repeat, but it’s also Alesso’s soothing voice. Alesso has this incredibly sultry voice that is so refreshing in today’s music.

 I hope you guys like it as I much as I do, I’m pretty obsessed. You can listen to the song here

Until next time,

Chloe 

Etsy Sunday 


Hooray for our creative day! 

I’ve been making so many bracelets for Memorial Day weekend, it’s been awesome! Air Force, Marines, Army, you name it. I wanted to make bracelets that are beautiful little masterpieces that show support for any special soldier in your life. 

Like I said in an earlier blog post, I’m in the progress of moving so I was having a garage sale to make some extra cash for the move. I had my bracelets on display, in hopes of selling some. A family saw them and were so impressed! They placed an order for their entire family to have matching bracelets, including one for their one year old daughter! I have been toying with the idea of selling my bracelets in person, and I think I might have to start because I love interacting with my customers so they can see the face behind the bracelet. 

I’m also really excited for my etsy shop because I’m moving to a bigger city, I think there’s going to be much better opportunity.

Can’t wait to share more news about my move with you all! 

Chloe

Saturday Chat


Hello everyone! 

I was thinking really hard about what I wanted today’s chat to be about and I think I’ve come up with a good topic: opportunity. 

My life has been changing in so many ways in the course of 3 weeks. It’s been a hell of a ride, with some very low downs, but very right ups. And now, I’m happy to say that I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to move to one of my favorite cities. I can’t begin to say how excited am to see what the future holds for me, a whole new chapter, a whole new life is about to begin. I’m going to meet new friends, suitors, coworkers, and I can’t wait. 

My main point is this: if you live a life where you are presented with chances that don’t scare you enough then you’re not living right. This move is terrifying to me because it’s new, but I’m thinking of all the good things that lie ahead of me and you should too! What have you been lingering for? What’s something you have always wanted to try? Do it! Nothing is holding you back. You are young, and beautiful and confident and strong. Go live a life full of adventures so you won’t find yourself looking back thinking of all these things that you didn’t do.

Long story short, change is scary. But I guarantee you, a majority of the time it’s the better option. You are responsible for your own happiness, so make it happen.

Until next time,

Chloe 

Photo Diary 3: Chihuly Garden & Glass 


Aquariums/Museums/Ehibits are some of my favorite things in the world. I could probably spend hours in these places just taking in all the beauty.

My most recent trip to Seattle, I had gone to the Chihuly Glass Garden, as it was recommended to me by a coworker. Although the tickets were slightly overpriced, (70$ for 3 people), it was breathtaking. Some displays were so abstract, while others made you feel like you were walking around Willy Wonka’s factory. There were only a handful of rooms that had displays, then a brief outside portion. There was no wait time and we were able to by tickets instantly. Obviously you can take pictures, just no flash photography. 

If you can’t visit, take a virtual tour here.

Until next time, 

Chloe