A little help from my friends: Casee Marie

by byanika on 17/11/2011 · 11 comments

in A little help from my friends,Casee of The Girl Who Stole The Eiffel Tower

Hi, sweethearts!

I’m Casee Marie, the editor behind The Girl Who Stole the Eiffel Tower, and I’m adopting Anika’s ever-memorable two-word introduction here in my guest post for a few reasons: because it encompasses the warmth we all anticipate with a ByAnika blog post, it’s familiar, but also because it reminds me of the positive ways Anika has influenced me and my life ever since I first landed on her blog so long ago.

It was called Sweetfaced Style then, but the blog – like its creator – has gone through changes over time. (And she’s still as sweet-faced as ever, I needn’t tell you that.) As life grows around us and as we grow within ourselves everything changes; it’s not always welcome, especially when we were comfortable and happy as we were, but without change how do we find those new, uncharted areas of our personalities to embrace?

I’ve changed a lot and I’ve observed, over time, the pieces of brilliance that together make up the art of living. I think it looks different to each of us, and that’s the whole point, but sometimes we live and grow and change so, so fast that we don’t always take the time to notice it. And there’s a void in your life when you haven’t yet understood your own special art of living; when you haven’t fully come to understand yourself. George Bernard Shaw said, “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” and when you’ve done that, when you’ve finally starting putting together the pieces of your own beautiful little puzzle (it’s never too late, by the way) I think there begins to be a sense of illumination from deep down inside you.

That’s what I call joie de vivre. The joy of living.

I’ll express it to the world sometimes through what I wear – through fashion, sometimes through beauty, behavior, always with kindness – and most often through writing. There’s no wrong way to live when you’re living in true honesty with yourself and there’s no wrong road to take when you’re following your heart. When you combine those two ideals to your life you often find that you radiate empowerment as a result, and someone else is bound to pick up on it and follow your influence. It’s a wonderful process and I’m always motivated – particularly by Anika’s example – to be a part of it.

I met Anika for the first time a few months ago and I still smile when I remember her amazing energy.
Anika’s taught me a lot about that joy of living, and I’m sure as readers of her boundlessly inspiring writing you’ve all felt that as well. So tell me…how do you express your joie de vivre?

While I am getting back on my feet I have reached out to some of my dear friends for help. I am honoured to feature Casee Marie and her post, the first guest writer on my blog ever. Thank you so much my darling Casee Marie for your friendship and for gracing By Anika with your post! I love you.



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1 Casee MarieNo Gravatar November 17, 2011 at 10:34 pm

Thank you for the honor, Anika (and to all your amazing readers for entertaining my rambles)! My world would be so much less colorful, so much less full of chutzpah without the influence of your fabulous self. Missing you always and sending you lots of love!


2 Juju at Tales of Whimsy...No Gravatar November 17, 2011 at 10:35 pm

That was awesome. And I love that picture of you! So chic!


3 Bella QNo Gravatar
November 17, 2011 at 10:55 pm

You both are such powerful and warm presences in the bloggersphere.


4 Bere ParraNo Gravatar
November 17, 2011 at 10:57 pm

This is too precious! Two of my dearest friends and inspirations collaborating, wow!
Casee, you are SO wise. Indeed, the joy of living is all about change, embracing it and making the best of it. It is a lifelong journey and not everybody is fortunate enough to comprehend the lengths one must go to achieve true joy.
Expressing my joy is difficult sometimes, because I tend to be a bit pessimistic. I try my best not to be a ‘dark cloud’ over other people’s days though, and I think this is a very positive change I’ve undergone during the last few years. When I feel ecstatic and happy, I sing out loud – even on the streets, ha! -, dance and smile as hard and as much as possible, I try to make others feel better about things or about their own selves. The most valuable thing we can do is to spread the joy.

Thanks for spreading joy with this wonderful post, Casee & Anika!! <3<3<3


5 Laura SNo Gravatar
November 18, 2011 at 5:00 am

This is AMAZING, I completely agree with all of it, and you write really beautifully! I’m going through a LOT of changes in my life right now and in the next few months, so I really appreciate this :) .
- Laura S


6 KendraNo Gravatar
November 18, 2011 at 11:59 am

That was lovely! Change in life is never very easy, but inspiring words like this really help to keep a positive outlook and focus. Thanks, Casee and Anika!


7 SACRAMENTONo Gravatar November 18, 2011 at 1:09 pm

Wonderful inspiration both of you.
All my love.


8 Collette OsunaNo Gravatar November 19, 2011 at 4:41 am

What a wonderful post lady…..words of inspiration for sure:) and I miss you….did I mention that?
Hugs & Kisses friend!!

A Funky Little Fashion Blog


byanika 9 byanikaNo Gravatar
November 28, 2011 at 10:35 pm

Miss you too, friend. Bare with me, will check back in soon! Love you!


November 24, 2011 at 4:42 pm

Wow, that first photo of you is breathtaking! You are so beautiful, Casee, inside and out. I can say the same of our dear friend Anika! Thank you for such an inspiring post. I truly believe that we are kindred spirits. :) I’m happy that I’ve found another blogger with a passion for writing.


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