Monday, 23 March 2009

Wear Sunscreen

I just wanted to share the text I love with all of you who haven't read it yet ... I hope you'll enjoy it:* It's quite inspirational...

Mary Schmich's "Wear Sunscreen Speech"

Wear Sunscreen.

If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long-term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists, whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience. I will dispense this advice now.

Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth. Oh, never mind. You will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they've faded. But trust me, in 20 years, you'll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can't grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked. You are not as fat as you imagine.

Don't worry about the future. Or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubble gum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind, the kind that blindside you at 4 pm on some idel Tuesday. Do one thing every day that scares you.


Don't be reckless with other people's hearts. Don't put up with people who are reckless with yours.


Don't waste your time on jealousy. Sometimes you're ahead, sometimes you're behind. The race is long and, in the end, it's only with yourself. Remember compliments you receive. Forget the insults. If you succeed in doing this, tell me how. Keep your old love letters. Throw away your old bank statements.


Don't feel guilty if you don't know what you want to do with your life. The most interesting people I know didn't know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives. Some of the most interesting 40-year- olds I know still don't. Get plenty of calcium. Be kind to your knees. You'll miss them when they're gone. Mayber you'll marry, maybe you won't. Maybe you'll have children, maybe you won't. Maybe you'll divorce at 40, maybe you'll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary. Whatever you do, don't congratulate yourself too much, or berate yourself either. Your choices are half chance. So are everybody's else's.

Enjoy your body. Use it every way you can. Dont' be afraid of it or of what other people think of it. It's the greatest instrument you'll ever own.

Dance, even if you have nowhere to do it but your living room.

Read the directions, even if you don't follow them.

Do not read beauty magazines. They will only make you feel ugly.

Get to know your parents. You never know when they'll be gone for good. Be nice to your siblings. They're your best link to your past and the people most likely to stick with you in the future.

Understand that friends come and go, but with a precious few you should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle, because the older you get, the more you need the people who knew you when you were young.

Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard. Live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft. Travel.

Accept certain inalienable truths. Prices will rise. Politicians will philander. You, too will get old. And when you do, you'll fantasize that when you were young, prices were reasonable, politicians were noble, and children respected their elders.

Respect your elders.

Don't expect anyone else to support you. Maybe you have a trust fund. Maybe you'll have a wealthy spouse. But you never know when either one might run out.

Don't mess too much with your hair or by the time you're 40 it will Look 85. Be careful whose advice you buy, but be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia. Dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it's worth.

But trust me on the sunscreen.

And a couple of leftovers from my photoshoots, taken by Monika


  1. Your outfit is so cute. I remember having those quotes on a CD somewhere.

  2. I like the "don't mess with your hair" part, ha!

  3. Uwielbiam styl Blair z Gossip Girl. Bardzo podoba mi się twój żakiet w połączeniu ze spódnicą i koszulą ;))

  4. beautiful outfits and photos !! :)

  5. wyglądasz w tym bezbłędnie, blezerek jest po prostu rewelacyjny! (ja też taki chcę... ;p) No i sunscreen rządzi:))) świetny tekst!

  6. wyglądasz bezbłędnie, ten blezerek jest rewelacyjny i ja też taki chcę!! no a tekst o sunscreenie świetny:))

  7. You look amazing and I love this post:)

  8. I love your blog!
    And those outfits are soo pretty!

  9. wow
    that piece of writing was so inpirational, it really made my day. I saved it to my computer to read whenever i'm feeling down.

    and your outfits are always so amazing and your photos are always so beautiful!

    and you deffinently deserve the awards! :-)

  10. you're welcome!

    that text is so inspirational! i copied and saved it on my computer, so i can read it whenever i feel the need to.

    you look so cute in that outfit, kinda reminded me of the Gossip Girl girls, which i love.

  11. P.S. the rope is a great aesthetic touch.

  12. darling you're so lucky to have a photographer friend! you got the best shots! lucky!
    and congrats on your awards!

  13. excellent advice and I LOVE that outfit especially the Blazer!

  14. Oh I love your white skirt so much! I need one like this. And congrats on the awards :)

  15. oh the bow on the back of your jacket is so CUTE!!! i love it; that and your hair. it's wonderful.

    Love it!

  16. "Do not read beauty magazines. They will only make you feel ugly."
    GG inspired, I love it (L) That skirt is perfect.

  17. that speech was legit so beautiful! i always hear from people that they feel better about themselves when they are 40 then when they were 20 with a better body because they can really appreciate it. i really try hard to remember that. and i hate to say it (being from nyc) but maybe it does make people a little hard :(

  18. oh my gosh i read every word and I LOVE THIS! only a couple i don't live by! and i have just in the past few months become a follower of sunscreen itself! yay. you look lovely - i love the rope shots!!

    hope all is well :)

    xx LM

  19. I just came across your blog! I love it! The wear sunscreen thing was great! Also I love the outfit inspired by Gossip Girl! I'm really into pieces with crests on them!

    Check out my blog, The Hot Spot, if you have anytime...I'm gonna add you to my links on my page and become a follower!

    Have a wonderful day!

  20. The text is so cute! Loved the gossip girl outfit, nice! :)

  21. You look amazing! And thanks for sharing that article-it's a gem :D

  22. I've heard parts of that before, but I never read the full thing until now. And I'm so glad I did, thank you for posting it :)

    Your outift is really nice, really inspired and so cool.

    The photos at the bottom are quite nice as well.

    Have a nice day!

  23. loveeee the gossip girl look. x

  24. your pictures are beautiful!

    the sunscreen song is one of my favorite things ever.

    i love love love your blog.

  25. haha yea, no.. the snow is aweful haha.. i'm glad i'm in cali now ! :D

  26. The text is so nice and i like your plaids outfit dear

    dont forget to collect your awards dear
    it's the second post from above :D please scroll
    or you can try this link

  27. gratuluje nagród. wcale się nie dziwie, że je dostałas.
    co do stroju to świetna ta i wiesz, co ja tam Ci będę słodzić...

  28. I just discovered your blog and I love it, I am adding you to my blogroll.

    And I am in love with your bangs/hair!

  29. Love this post! Fabulous advice, gorgeous outfit, impressive photos... perfection! And congrats on your very well-deserved awards :)


  30. That was so inspirational. I definitely want to live by that. Love your outfit xx

  31. wow, i love the 'get to know your parents' because it is true you just never know!

  32. I like the schoolgirl outfit, very nice girl!=) And the text was nice but some parts of it was a little depressing!=P Nice of you to share it with us!=)

  33. I loved reading that and your gossip girl outfit is cuuuuut. xoxo (haha)

  34. o ile się nie mylę mieszkasz teraz w Edynburgu? ostatnio miałam okazje być tam na kilka dni i szczerze zazdroszczę Ci! cudowne miasto:) a stylizacja inspirowana gossip girl - świetna.

  35. great photos again taken by your good photographer.
    very nice outfit.
    the checkered shoes looks good on you.
    btw, i saw you on lookbook while i was browsing the site.
    how did you join there? someone sent you an invitation? thanks.

  36. love the gosssip girl look, the blazer is so perfect!! :)

  37. Congratulations on the awards :) I absolutely adore your Gossip Girl inspired outfit! And thank you so much for the excerpt, that advice is all so wonderful.

  38. i will definitely wear sunscreen. love the blazer as well!

  39. congratulations for the award! you deserve it!

  40. That photograph of you on the rope is so pretty! The rope looks soooo big! Very cool :) lala so pretty you are ♥

  41. Ah, I used to love that 'wear sunscreen' song/speech but I'd completely forgotten about it! Thank you for reminding me. I will download it now!

    I love that gossip girl style outfit! Where did you get such a wonderful blouse?!

  42. lovely outfits, I adore the white tulle skirt!!

  43. Love the school girl look, so adorable!

    And that photo shoot is amazing. So classy in black and white. Love your hair!

  44. You are already on "LOOK 10", if you are interested, please check and do some comment.
    Remember that you can ask for a change of look, even sending a photo with the look you think it’s better, but please make sure that the picture has an acceptable resolution.
    And if you want you can post a comment on your entry:
    making some indications about the look presented.

    You can also ask to be removed from LOOK 10.
    Pick your prize, saying NOMINATED, placed on the left on Look 10, if you want. It’s for your blog.

  45. I Love your Alice themed blog! !

    -Fashion on Edge

  46. hello, i found your charming blog through lookbook. i love all your looks. in this post especially, i love any looks inspired by the gossip girl school girl type look. can't wait to go wander about those other girl's blogs you wrote about :)

  47. loooove that photo of you on the big rope! and i just read that sunscreen thing.. such wise words :)

  48. the black && white photos are darling, love the rope! fabulous fabulous.

  49. I def need to start wearing sunscreen :/

  50. I love that whole passage so much
    definitely advice I want to follow, if only I was better at following advice.
    ps. love that you were inspired by gossip girl

  51. Agreed - wear sunscreen. The best thing you own is your skin.

  52. I love it! Very creative!That's actually really cool.