What is Beauty + A Giveaway {Closed}

Tomorrow, I will be celebrating my birthday... which I think officially makes me over the hill now. But it's ok, because I told my husband that it's my 3rd 29th birthday. That works right?  I'm off for the rest of the week, but have a great treat for you all today. I want you all to meet one of my blog friends, Rick from Ricademus - Waiting for Wisdom... take it away Rick!

Hi there, my name is Rick. Always Maylee is a great blog and it’s an honor to be a part of it today. Ironically, I barely have anything to say on my own blog, but we found a topic that works better here anyway—what makes someone beautiful. 

As I considered the question, I realized much of what I have to say is cliche. No one wants to hear that. I decided to try and see if there’s a common theme among women I've found beautiful. I consider my girlfriends beautiful. But they were all different, with different hair, skin, build, and personalities, so I couldn't conclude anything from them.

I reviewed a few "most beautiful" lists for help, but completely disagreed with their choices. Who creates those lists anyway? The most beautiful women I've seen are not celebrities or models. The lists weren't helpful at all! I decided there is no common theme among beautiful girls. They have different career paths and different marital statuses. Some have kids, some are pregnant, and some don't. They're shy or outgoing, they're homebodies or socialites, they're clumsy or athletic. They are not arrogant, selfish, or mean. They're kind and their smiles light up rooms.

They are you! If you don’t see yourself as beautiful, please look again. Beauty comes in all shapes, sizes, and colors, and from all corners of the world. The cliches are right. As long as you’re healthy, happy, and care about the people in your life, then you radiate beauty.

As a reward to readers who made it through to this point, my friend Jo the owner of Fleurfaerieis giving away a $50 gift card to her shop. Fleurfaerie is an international online retailer of fashionable ladies' wear & accessories based in Singapore. They believe in beauty inside and out and love adorning individuals with beautiful clothes and accessories to complement a beautiful heart.

This giveaway is open internationally.


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Thanks Rick! What a great way for us to end the week. Good luck everyone and I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

70 comments:

Melissa said...

Definatley personality is what makes someone beautiful.

mariafelicia magno said...

lovely rings
kisses

Melody said...

awe that was so nice. I definitely agree.. happy, healthy, and caring equals beauty. Hope you have a great birthday Yi-Chia!!

Ricademus said...

Thank you, Yi-chia! You've been a great blog friend. I hope your birthday week is awesome!

PS - I'm not allowed to say what version of her 29th my wife is up to. :)

Alissa said...

Happy early birthday!!!!!!!!!

Happiness at Mid Life said...

Enjoy your time off and have a great 3rd 29th birthday!!!

Alice
www.happinessatmidlife.com

Jane said...

happy early birthday! have a wonderful time with loved ones!

Ann Bates said...
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Ann Bates said...

Have a wonderful birthday tomorrow! I think beauty is radiated most by those that genuinely love and care about others.

Anouka K said...

The jewellery is beautiful!

Sofia Donatelli said...

Great giveaway.

Sofia

stylishlyinlove.blogspot.com

Sean C said...

What makes a person beautiful is being kind to others. Happy Birthday!

Alina Conn said...

Happy Birthday! Beautiful is when a person is grateful for what they have even if it's not much.

lisacng @ expandng.com said...

Happy early birthday, Yi-chia! You are beautiful inside and out! What makes someone beautiful is their compassion for others.

Anngelik Martinez said...

Happy early birthday! I hope you have a wonderful time! I am loving this giveaway.

-Vogue&Heels
www.vogueandheels.com

Emmylou said...

Aaaaaw...great post by Rick:)
And happy happy birthday, Yi-chia. Wishing you much happiness and peace:)

Jessica said...

Happy birthday I hope you have an amazing time celebrating.

Tracy @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

Cece said...

A confident positive attitude is always beautiful!!

Mihaela Pojogu said...

Happy birthday!!
wonderful post <3
xo
About women and not only Blog

Rebeca Muñoz López said...

For me beauty is superficial if not accompanied by a big heart, is incomplete or faulty lol you have a great weekend Yi-Chia!

www.urbanikamoda.blogspot.com

Mara Yager said...

A big heart and kind soul!!

TY for the giveaway :)

Cara Howard said...

I think it's SO beautiful when people are giving of themselves, their time, and their money for the good of others. SO gorgeous. xo

Christy said...

Happy Birthday YiChia! Your ultimate birthday present will be a little late, but is with you everyday :) I think what also makes someone beautiful is how much they show love and selflessness despite their limitations

Thanks for this giveaway! Have a great week

Christy
Sunny with a side of...

April Crisafulli said...

It's the personality that makes one beautiful! The outside just enhances it :)

April C.
acrisafu@nycap.rr.com

Fabulous Petite said...

Beauty on the inside matters the most for me. This is a great giveaway and thanks for sharing.

xo
Sam
http://fabulouspetite.blogspot.com

Shira said...

I think kindness and compassion mke someone beautiful.

Thanks for the giveaway:)

Plum Pretty Sugar said...

Oh my, such a lovely post! Thank you for sharing all this prettiness!

xo

www.PlumPrettySugar.blogspot.com

Melanie said...

Sounds like a great guy and a fabulous giveaway!!!

xo Mel
turquoise blonde

Jenesse said...

confidence!

Kim Alston said...

Happy Birthday Yi-Chia! Have a wonderful Birthday! You deserve it!

Excellent post Ric! I've seen you around the blogosphere. I love Jo! She's an angel. I just entered. I think beauty starts within. Your attitude, how you treat others, how you treat yourself. When you're genuine, it shines for everyone to see. Outer beauty fades. I believe it's what is in you that matters.

http://www.averysweetblog.com/

Annie L said...

Someone who is always smiling is definitely beautiful. It's contagious!
xo Annie
New England Romance

Elle said...

Look like a good company, will check it out!
And I love your "new math"!
Happy birthday!
XX, Elle
http://mydailycostume.com/2013/11/beige-cashmere-and-came-in-layers/

Hannahlimpy said...

inner beauty will always outshine outer beauty.. happy birthday! :))

Melaney R said...

sense of humor!

Jen said...

Happy almost birthday pretty lady! I hope you enjoy having the rest of the week off!

xo jen
Pearls & Lace

prettyanddelectable.com said...

Happy birthday!!! Enjoy your weekend and may the celebrations be merry. :) Those flowers are so pretty!

Lulu said...

Kindness makes a person beautiful!

Adeola Naomi Aderemi said...

Beautiful post and positive attitude to life!

Maiken said...

that was a beautiful story to read and I must say I agree with those opinions and statements. beauty is different for everyone. and people should be happier with themselves. that's what I've learnt during last few years :)

ps. happy birthday, dear Yi-chia!

Maiken,
Maikeni blogi - part of me

Pooja said...

Happiness makes people beautiful!

Setarra said...

Happy Birthday Ya-Chia! Regardless of how old you are, I think you look much younger which is a good thing :) Hope you have an awesome b-day!!!

Love and Ace said...

Happy Birthday!!! You are definitely NOT over the hill :) Hope you have a great bday weekend! xx Kat


Love and Ace

Gina said...

happy birthday, darling! I hope you celebrate to the fullest:)

YOu are such a sweetheart, and the thought of another little you in the world is just fabulous!!

big hugs!
Gina

Everythings Always Sunny said...

oh so so cute! Great giveaway love!

http://everythingsalwayssunny.com
Kristin xx

Charline . said...

Happy birthday sweetie :)
Don't worry about the age, that's in your head that all happens!

See you xx

Kacie Ellis said...

I think your personality and how you treat others makes you beautiful!

Happy Birthday!

http://kacieskloset.blogspot.com/

Karolina Antosik said...

nice rings :-)

Georgina Castellucci said...

Yi-chia I love everything Rick had to say about beauty - BEST end of week giveaway ever :)
And that shop has such pretty things! Have a great weekend beautiful lady (yes, you are most definitely beautiful xo)

Nicole K. said...

Hi! :) I'm a new reader of your blog and just want to say Happy Birthday!!! :) :D Haha, 3rd 29th birthday! ;) I'm also excited you're having a child! I love little kids- they're so fun! My baby sister who's 3 years old is adorable! I remember when she just came to the world I was so happy. In a blink of an eye (as cliche as it sounds), you'll see your child growing up! It's just amazing! :)

Anyway, I love this post regarding beauty. I believe beautiful is not just the outsides. Everyone is beautiful in their own ways. People should be themselves. Life is too short to be worrying about others- just be you! :) I love Fleurfaerie's belief of beautiful! :) I'd love to own one of their clothes! xx

-Nikkie
ChicNikkie
Bloglovin' | Facebook

Alyssa said...

Happy birthday to you! Enjoy your weekend! xx

Manhattan Image and Style said...

What a beautiful message! I love the rings! <3

I have a new video up on my blog now, I hope you like it! ;)
Diana
www.ManhattanImageandStyle.com
New Video: 7 Ways to Layer Your Clothes Like A New Yorker

Vivian Luo said...

believing in oneself and trusting in others .. .

xoxo hobovogue.com ღ

Jo said...

Happy 3rd 29th birthday! From the way you write, I wonder of we might just be the same age. hehehe...

Rick is such a great person. He has really very interesting perspective and always had a good word for everyone. It's always very refreshing to read his comments which often come with humor punched in as well.

Beauty to me, shines from within. And I would always love this page from Roald Dahl's The Twits.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151589539052784&set=a.10150300402377784.389771.741817783&type=3&theater

Stacey said...

Generosity

Michaela said...

Happy Birthday!

Ellen said...

Having compassion makes a person beautiful!

Julie, from prosecco to plaid said...

Happy Birthday to you!! xo, Julie

Kelly {Sparkles and Shoes} said...

I hope you had an amazing birthday and thanks for such a great giveaway!

xx
Kelly
Sparkles and Shoes

Harija said...

Great giveaway
and thank you so much for the birthday wishes!!
My Lyfe ; My Story
@MyLyfeMyStory ♥ ♥

Kelly Jaspers said...

congrats!
http://www.we-heart-fashion.com

Alyson said...

a simple smile

s said...

personality is key- just like yours you are one of the sweetest hearts that I know. Happy birthday hope it was amazing. miss you!

www.thehautecookie.com

Perla Sanchez said...

Great post! I love all the outfits and rings :)

xoxo

http://perlasancheza.blogspot.com/

Am2Pm Chic said...

Lovely rings.
xoxo
Christy

http://www.am2pmchic.com/

Hi Tea Style said...

Love the rings! Happy Birthday!

http://www.hiteastyle.com

Miss Top Ten Image said...

Thanks for introducing us to this lovely lady!!
Hope you have an excellent birthday!! ;-)
xoxo
Patricia

http://misstoptenimage.blogspot.com

Gintare said...

a smile makes everybody beautiful

two birds said...

happy belated birthday! you are a truly beautiful mama to be!

Rebecca and Lori said...

I think a person who is kind and genuinely cares about others is beautiful.
Lori

Elegance and Mommyhood said...

I really enjoyed your friend's answers. She couldn't be more right. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder after all and it comes in different shapes, forms, nationalities, languages, builds, etc. etc. Speaking of Beautiful, those Rings I am dying over here. I would love an Owl Ring like this minute. =)

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