This is the Life

Recently my hubby and I did a photo shoot with a friend of ours, the very lovely and talented Evita Sanchez.  If you would like to book her send me a message and I will get you in contact.  She did such a great job of capturing our essence. lol.  Sorry that is the best word I could think of.  But seriously she totally got our chemistry and I think it comes through in the photos.

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It’s 2012. What Are You Going To Do About It?

In keeping with the theme of talking about holidays a week after they’ve happened, I am now getting around to hitting the topic of the New Year, Resolutions, etc.  Every year most people have a long list of things they would like to do to improve themselves.  I just read that over 60% of people know that they will not really follow through with those intentions.  I’m going to warn you right now, this could turn into a bit of rambling because I have a tendency to write exactly what is going through my head, as it is going through my head.  Ok back to the topic.  So it’s a new year.  What does that mean to you?  Do you use this time to reflect on your life, or is it just another day? (Not judging, just curious).  Personally, I have a fire inside of me to be better.  I don’t always know how to achieve it, and def have times that I struggle, I’m not perfect, but I do want to grow in every aspect of my life.  Last year was the best year of my life.  I intend to say the same thing about 2012.  Like pretty much everyone else in the Universe, I resolve to get healthy and fit.  I would like to grow in my career and make more money.  I want to be a great wife.  My husband is better than me, he is so patient and he is great at picking his battles.  Me… well I’m a little more emotionally driven, so there are a lot of times where I end up thinking, Man I’m a Dick.  So I would like to learn to be more patient, thoughtful, considerate, and less irritable.  He deserves that in a wife.  I would like to be a better friend, sister and daughter.  Those are all things that I strive for every year and that are very important to me.  Along with these things, there is one other thing that I have challenged myself to do, and that is to be more selfless.  I really want to think of others more than myself and give of my time as much as possible.  My goal is to volunteer at least once a month, and donate 10% of my income to charity.  I have always donated periodically, when a disaster happens or when a friend is doing a charity walk, but that is not enough and I want to do more.  I’ve always planned on contributing to good causes when I could afford it, but then I read something that changed my perspective.

“The ancient Babylonians practiced a vital law that was the cause of their immense prosperity. They used the tithing law, which involves giving one-tenth of all money or riches that you receive. The tithing law says that you must give to receive, and the Babylonians knew that the practice of this law opens up the flow of abundance. If you are thinking, “I will give when I have enough money,” then the tithing law says you will never have enough money, because you have to give first. Many of the wealthiest people on the planet tithed their way to wealth, and they have never stopped tithing!” – Rhonda Byrne

Wow, I read that and thought she must be talking directly to me.  And how true is that!? I have wondered many times how I could donate money when I am struggling myself.  The answer – You just do.  And you survive on what is left over.  I’m realizing that there the world is bigger than me.  My life is so blessed.  The least I can do is give a little to help someone else.  I care about other people, I’m sure you do too.  But unfortunately, that’s not enough.  Gandhi said “You must be the change you wish to see in the world” and he was right.  I am going to be the change.  I am also asking you to be the change.  Give your time AND your money.  You can.  You have something to give.  If you’re not sure where to direct your energy, I would love if you would help me build a house in New Orleans through the Make It Right Foundation.  As I’m sure you know, Hurricane Katrina did damage all over the city of New Orleans.  Today, 6 years later, not even have of the repairs have been done.   This is a cause that is dear to my heart because one of my best friends is a NO native and her family lost their home in the hurricane. The Make It Right Foundation builds sustainable homes in the Lower 9th Ward and is helping people that were displaced by the hurricane come home to New Orleans and become home owners.     If you would like more details check out the website and look for my team under my name Margaux Bangs.

With that said, I hope you all have an amazing year.  It’s up to you to make it amazing.  Remember that.  xoxo


Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1 Premiere Recap

Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 1 is coming to theaters tonight at midnight and I highly recommend you go see it! I was lucky enough to go to the Red Carpet Premiere in Los Angeles on Monday and see all of the craziness of the Twi-Hards and I got to see the movie. IT IS SO GOOD!! This is easily the best movie so far in my opinion. Even if you aren’t a huge Twilight fan, this is just a good movie! Here is a little recap of my fun at the premiere!!

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Quarter-Life Crisis

I’ve coined this term “quarter-life crisis” (and maybe I’m not the first to say it lol) because I’ve experienced about 17 of them.  You always hear about people having a mid-life crisis, but you can’t tell me we don’t also have a quarter-life crisis.  I’m 27 years old, and I am constantly trying to figure out what the hell I’m doing with my life, what is my “calling”, what is the meaning of life, am I being the best person I can be, etc. etc. etc.  I sometimes wish I didn’t have  such high expectations for my life because I feel there is the possibility that I will never get over this feeling of not-knowing and of not being satisfied.  There are a lot of things that I love doing and being involved in, but am I good at any of them? I’m not so sure.  It’s funny how when one thing in your life is right, it seems that everything else is so wrong.  I have a husband that is all I could ever ask for.  I mean really he is an amazing guy and he makes me want to be better.  I feel that this part of my life is figured out.  The rest of my life… not so much.  This is where the quarter-life crisis comes in.  I feel like maybe I’m not doing something right, maybe I’m not on the right track.  It is really insane how much I think about this.  I believe in visualizing and positive thinking, and I do this as much as I can, but there are those times when I just get impatient.  I know a lot of people who are around the same age as me that have similar feelings, and unfortunately I don’t have any solution.  I’m really just ranting because, as you may have guessed, I’m in the middle of my 18th quarter-life crisis. 

Fashion’s Night Out – Melrose

Last night I went down to the city of angels to participate in Fashion’s Night Out. I went by Fred Segal, Vivienne Westwood, Madison, Marc Jacobs, Helmut Lang, Diane von Furstenberg and a ton of other places. This is the second year of FNO and my first time checking it out, so I had no idea what to expect really, but it was great! All the stores had DJ’s, drinks, some places were serving food, doing makeup and manis, every store did something unique. The only thing I would have changed, is my pocket-book, cause OMG I wanted everything! Max Azaria had a couple of dresses that were just so breathtaking, DVF had an amazing floor length wrap dress dripping in sequins, and don’t get me started on the cape at Marc Jacobs. I was like a kid in a really expensive candy shop. But I loved every minute of it! I can’t wait for next year, I’m definitely going to try to get to NYC to see how they do it!


Love is such a gift.  It is the best part of humanity.  And I’m not just speaking of the love you find in a partner, I’m talking about the love of your family, friends, the love a stranger may show you through kindness, but most of all, the love you have for yourself.  I feel very grateful that recent changes have caused my family to come together even tighter then we already were and discuss what we can all do to be better, more understanding, and helpful to not only each other but to ourselves.  I know I’m kind of rambling and these are just some thoughts that I wanted to get out and share with whomever is interested.  I can remember a time when I didn’t understand how important it was to love myself.  I always thought that if I loved myself more than other people, that meant that I was selfish.  I think it took being mistreated for a very long time in order for me to realize that before I could love someone else, I needed to love myself.  This realization LITERALLY changed my life.  It is so clear how powerful love is.  How much you can help someone and change their day and maybe even their life, with just a little kindness.  I have learned so much in the last few months about the human spirit and how much I have to be grateful for.  I believe in God fully, but I also believe that humans have to have power over their lives and the impact we have on others.  I am so moved by people that I have met, even just briefly, who have something nice to say.  For some reason we have a tendency to act like others don’t exist and just pass them by.  For those of you that take any amount of time to do something nice for another person, thank you, because you make me want to be better.  And on that note, the happiest, most love-filled day of my life was documented beautifully by Gonzo Lubel and Devon Collinge and here are some of my most special moments.

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Oh Land

One of my fave parts of going to concerts is that once in a while some awesome act will open up for the main act and waa la, you have discovered your next obsession. Well this is exactly what happened at the Katy Perry show. This awesome chick named Oh Land came out and just won my heart. Oh and she had some really awesome head pieces. Here is a little clip. Now go fall in love with her.