don’t think, just do.

thoughts after a long break from writing.

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Writing has always been an outlet for me. No matter the situation, I could always go to my journal to vent and create.

Over the past year, I have had some of the most inspiring and beautiful moments of my life, but have become more and more distant from quality time with my pen and paper.

My love for writing began to fade when I should have been the most inspired. I was told to write a different way, so I did. My voice was lost when I expected to tell some of the best stories and lessons I had experienced yet.

As time went on, I conformed to what I thought was best for my writing. But in the end, I lost my passion and desire to put my words down on paper. In the past, I would write for hours at a time. But it got to the point where I would just stare at the blank screen, disconnected from my emotions and unable to put my thoughts into words. It wasn’t natural or fun anymore, and that scared me more than anything.

Big life moments have happened lately, and I’ve been too timid to sit down, write and share about them. In a time that I needed this outlet the most, it was missing from my life. I knew there was so much to write about, but fear of creating it the wrong way kept me from my journal.

I could feel God telling me to write more by the way moments began to pull at my heartstrings, just like they used to. He knows I need this. All it takes is a little effort and a lot of courage. It will all eventually come full circle, despite the setbacks.

As I sit here and reflect for the first time in awhile, I realize there will always be obstacles, opinions and people you simply cannot please. No matter what your passion is, don’t let the outside world get in your way. When you are told it’s not good enough, just keep going.

Write when you want to write, paint when you want to paint and sing when you want to sing. There is no one who can do your passion better than you. We are all unique and have the ability to create beautiful things in our own way.


Do your thing.

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My real writing is officially back.

best,

della

 

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spilling my makeup secrets.

hello, highlighter.

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I don’t consider myself a makeup guru, but I can easily say I am in love with the products in my bag. As a makeup lover, I have tried many different products to experiment on my sensitive skin. Since high school, I have taught myself about makeup and accumulated my favorite products into what I would say is a pretty solid lineup.

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Many ladies on Instagram have asked questions about how I do my makeup or what products I use, so I figured I could dump out my makeup bag and spill the details.


my face flow.

Like many women, I have had issues with blotchy and irritated skin dating back to middle school. Since then, I have tried everything (literally, everything) to make my skin look flawless by the time I walk out of the door without 1. spending a lot of time and 2. looking like my face is painted on. Being natural is key for me, so if you’re on the hunt for contouring tips I’m just as confused as you are.

my everyday:

for a little more fun:


for the baby blues.

With lighter eyes, I tend to stay close to neutrals when it comes to eye shadow. It is a daily routine to start with a lighter shade and then darken my corners depending on my mood. When I am not feeling the brown shades, I tend to reach for golden tones to brighten up my eyes without overpowering my lids. For days when you’re tired, which is me every day before I drink my coffee, I throw on highlighter (linked above) in the corner of my eyes to make me look even more awake.

For a look that isn’t as subtle, I get deeper into my makeup palettes and play with color. As much as I love eyeliner, I really don’t wear it often on my average day. I have recently been lining my lower lash line with a darker shade of eye shadow to add a smokey effect without being raccoon friendly.

my everyday:

for a little more fun:


lip smackers.

I’m a lady who feels naked without a little color on my lips. Each day, I get excited to plan out my outfit and throw on my lip color for the day. I tend to stay away from glossy textures because I always manage to get my hair stuck to it. Because of this pet peeve, I have fell in love with matte lipsticks and colorful lip tints. Here are a few of my favorite shades.

my everyday:

for a little more fun:


Now as I said, I am not a makeup expert but I do love what I put on my face each morning. For more tips or questions on these products, feel free to comment below or message me on Instagram!

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And don’t forget, your makeup isn’t complete without a smile. 🙂

always,
della

 

my interview with erika veurink.

if you don’t, you should get to know Erika.


Do you ever meet a person and know you’ll be friends right away? Well for me, that was Erika.

She is smart, charming, the ultimate cool girl and one of the best writers I’ve learned to know. But out of all the amazing characteristics she has, my favorite is how she sees others. Erika is one of the most supportive women I know and finds beauty in people and moments like many others can’t. Simply put, she’s amazing.

With that being said, Erika has a series of interviews on women in her life on her website, erikaveurink.com. I was honored to be interviewed by Erika. Out of all of the people in this world, she thought I was interesting enough to make the list – so of course, I was all for it! After a few prompted questions and a much-needed coffee date, she composed a piece on me, and I can’t wait for you all to check it out.

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Read the interview here.

I also highly suggest following her Instagram, @erikaveurink, to see the adventures of her daily life all around the country. She truly knows how to capture moments behind the lens in a beautiful way.

Happy reading and make sure to follow along on her website, you won’t regret it!

always,
della

 

my healthy tea.

tea time tastes better than ever.

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Recently, I set a goal to run a half marathon in Denver. Never in my life did I think I would be putting my mind to this challenge, but it is all for a good cause (more to come on that later).

Because of my change in physical goals, I knew I needed to do more than run. I had to take care of my body. Whether it be changing my lifestyle to meticulously planning my meals or sprinting up hills, I knew I could keep one thing consistent: my Varieteas.

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My addiction began at the beginning of this year with their delicious February Box. Since then, Varieteas has been my cup tea. Every time.

Varieteas is different than any other teas I’ve sipped on. Not only does it conveniently come right to my mailbox, but it also gives me energy and boosts my focus. As a girl who isn’t a fan of pop or energy drinks, Varieteas comes to the rescue with a variety of flavors that put me in a good mood and will satisfy my tastebuds.

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With Varieteas, I can wake up and go to sleep drinking it. Each blend comes with different caffeine levels so I can enjoy it at all times of the day. I even started making a cup before my workouts to get some energy.

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This month, I’m steeping three different blends: Passionfruit, Chamomile and Hello Spring.

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My personal favorite has been Passionfruit. This blend has the highest caffeine levels, so I love to drink it every morning as I catch up on my emails. You can even have it hot or cold!

Thank you, Varieteas, for keeping me on track to run my half marathon! You make staying healthy easy.


Get your March Box before it’s too late and make sure to use ‘dellacollective’ for 15% off your order.

always,
della

dreaming of cinque terre.

the five cities you must see.

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My time in Portovenere, Italy was short. But I made it a must to see the five cities nearby – also known as Cinque Terre. In one day, I saw views that many people wait a lifetime to check off of their bucket list.

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Cinque Terre includes the cities of Monterrosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. This beautiful area and popular landmark of Italy translates to ‘five lands,’ and I promise they are all uniquely and colorfully beautiful.

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My wonderful hotel, Royal Sporting, recommended I take a boat before the hike in order to see all of the colorful towns. This was one of my favorite parts of the trip, which is easy to understand when you see my view from the water.

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Although I would have loved to hike all five cities, I was short on time and still wanted to get back to explore Portovenere before dark. I hiked part of the Blue Trail between Monterrosso and Vernazza. If you’re more willing to climb than me, you can hike the whole trail that runs 12 kilometers long. Even though I only hiked 1/5 of that, I saw views that will last a lifetime.

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Vernazza was in my sight after a couple of hours. The stairs and sweat was worth it when I saw the view of the colorful buildings just a few flights below. Let’s just say I was ready for more than one cone of gelato.

The streets of Vernazza led me right to a little cove where I could relax and dip my toes into the Mediterranean.

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Not only did I have a good workout, I had an unforgettable view that I can’t wait to get back to someday.


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See you again, Cinque Terre!

always,
della