Admired, Inspired 9.25.13

This week I’ve seem to lean towards healthy living. Then again, I should always do this, huh?

    • The Kickstarter Project, “Set Chopin Free,” aims to free Chopin’s music from the chains of copyrights. Music for all! (Re: the unofficial theme, I hope I don’t have to tell anyone how important music is for one’s health. ♥)
    • Isabel will be running “Coast-to-Coast” next year! I’m no runner, so I’m always awe-struck by people who can do marathons.
    • Yoga is more my style and if you’re in the market for a new mat, Magic Carpet Yoga Mats is the way to go. I’m in love with these colorways:



  • If you’re looking to start or stop a habit, HabitList seems to be the perfect app, as it utilizes streaks as a visual motivator to reinforce healthy habits as well as discourage unhealthy ones. It costs $1.99 and I’ve yet to try it out, but I’ve found streaks to be really encouraging. Also, it doesn’t hurt that the UI is aesthetically appealing.
  • This DIY herb garden from Fancy Frugal Life is beautiful and surprisingly simple to make!


  • Every now and then I go through phases where I feel the urge to buy a bike, and these past few weeks has been one of those times. I generally avoid looking for higher priced gear unless I’m seriously considering it, but I could not resist temptation and browsed away. Lo and behold, PUBLIC Bikes is having a September sale! We’ll see if I cave by the end of the month.

    Favorite color combination in a step-through style? Yes please!

    Favorite color combination in a step-through style? Yes please!


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  • Reply Isabel September 26, 2013 at 2:27 AM

    D’awww… You’re too much :D

    That Deco mat… Oh my gosh I’m smitten.

    I’d love to have my own parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme garden… Do you have the song stuck in your head now? I do. (That’s what I get for trying to be clever.) I’m serious though, especially with rosemary. And mint!

    That is a gorgeous bike! I actually learned how to ride a bike just a few years ago! I never felt completely comfortable with right turns.

    • Reply Maria September 30, 2013 at 12:36 AM

      You are the gif-finding queen! TOO CUTE.

      Those mats are so gorgeous, I’m like, I know I don’t need all of them, but… maybe they can double as floor runners? Somehow suspend them as art on a wall? (Completely ignoring the cost of course, lol)

      I most definitely have that song stuck in my head now! =P The best/worst part is how ethereal that song is, so it just stays with you.

      That bike really is a beauty, right? That’s so cool that you recently learned; did you just decide that it was time or did you confess to someone that you hadn’t and they crazy made sure to remedy that? Also shh- I actually haven’t ridden a bike since I was like… seven? (¬‿¬) True story, my most visible scar is one that I have on my hand from failing to steer away from a sharp corner of a metal mail box. Why must I be lured back into such a violent activity?

      • Reply Isabel September 30, 2013 at 3:01 PM

        It’s my one super-power :D The justice league will be recruiting me next, I’m sure.

        Maybe if I had a pretty mat, I’d do yoga more often? (Ha…) Floor runners and wall art can be expensive, you’d be saving a bit for something with both form and function. (What? Me? Enable?)

        I learned because it was something to do, haha. I had two friends taking turns teaching me because both of them kept losing patience! But we did it, and I have not ridden a bike since Summer 2010, lol. But biking is a violent a dangerous activity, indeed… That’s how people grab you (I lied, I have two super-powers, the second one is quoting “Modern Family”).

        • Reply Maria October 2, 2013 at 1:46 AM

          Ummm, it’s like you have an eidetic memory (which is something Batgirl has! #NerdyKnowledge). Paired with your quoting powers– let’s not forget your Disney compendium– you could definitely be the go-to research girl.

          ENABLE ME, I welcome it. BTW How’s the dog-print fashion collection coming hmm???)

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