FADING BEAUTY

Fading artwork by Ismaël Moumin

We all have our flaws. Something we don't like on us and wanna change. 
Nobody is perfect - and that's what makes us human.

The aspiration for perfection runs in the blood otherwise the human beeing would not exist.
 Every day anew he go into battle, to satisfy his desire for perfection. 
But besides all the fighting we shouldn't forget: 

"It' s only with the heart that one can see rightly. What's essential is invisible to the eye."  

Becoming 31 this fall feels like I'm ageing day by day even more.
Maybe it's the wisdom which kicked me or maybe it's my responsible life as an adult 
and mother but for the first time je ne sai quoi about getting old.
While struggeling with life as a teenager and questioning myself without finding the 
right answers I'm more than pleased to be in the prime of life now. I know, ageing 
is hard, especially for us ladies, and especially since we belong to a Photoshop 
generation.But for all that, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and we're the 
beholders with the eye! 
As soon as we accept it all, we're perfect. 

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57 comments:

  1. Agree! It's super important to accept ourselves and our age with dignity. I'm not saying that Photoshop or even plastic surgeries are the devil, if that's what makes some people happy it's fine as long as there's a balance and limits. :) I must admit I'd have never guess you're turning 31 this Fall 'cause you do look younger! Just remember real beauty doesn't fade <3
    xx


    PS, I loved the powerful images shared in this post!


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  2. Beautiful post! We're all getting older, with flaws and imperfections, and beautiful too! The images are so striking!

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  3. So very interesting. I use to go to art galleries all the time. Thanks so much for sharing.


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  4. Great art! I love those images. And yes we've got to learn to embrace us as we mature. Good looks may open doors but beauty runs deeper. If you have a good spirit then you have it all. I love this post darling. And by the way you don't look anything near 31, :))).

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  5. I agree completely! Beauty is definitely in the eye of the beholder! Great photos<3
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  6. 31 is not bad :) more exsperience, more thinks yoi learned ! xx also you look younger as I know you by the photos.

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  7. lifestyletalks.wordpress.com8/15/2015 11:45 AM

    Well, you look great! And love the way you put it: Beauty is in the eye of...

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  8. Shaira Manalo8/15/2015 1:33 PM

    I've always want to be perfect but my failures made me realize that no one is and no one will ever be. Being 31 means being more mature and responsible. Good Luck and wake up everyday with a brave heart :)

    IG: @shairangelique

    Have a nice day! :)

    xoxo,
    SHAIRA
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  9. I cannot begin to express the immense beauty of these artworks; the symbolism and textures are amazing. I've said this before, but I LOVE the art that you share!

    I'm not at that stage yet, but I think ageing is a beautiful thing, but it's something so hard to embrace because of societal influences. Experience wise, growing a year older means you're richer metaphorically, but being in a world where physicalities come first above everything else, it's kind of hard, isn't it? I think you're taking turning 31 so gracefully, and, while you may not be able to make your mind about it now, I think you'll rock at being the age. Do let me know when your birthday is because I do want to wish you one on the day! For now, happy advanced, and have a lovely weekend. <3

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  10. My dear, beautiful art!! and very wise words I turned 34 this summer!! I am happy to say that I do not feel the pressure of aging, I have enjoyed every second of these years! the older I get the more I love myself and my love ones!! I wish I could sent you a happy birthday card!! Have an amazing weekend.xx

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  11. Olivia Aimes8/16/2015 4:41 AM

    wow! this is amazing. I tend to get nervous when my birthday nears, ageing is a scary thing but I try to be positive about it. Focusing on the "getting wiser" part haha

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  12. Flaws are flaws but it doesn't mean that we should not be proud of it.

    That is what makes us unique individuals.

    Learn to love our self and soon enough we will be more happier than ever

    Love this inspo post :)

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  13. The more I grow up, the more I realize that life is really unpredictable. SO, I try to live life to the fullest while appreciate everything I have achieved :)

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  14. La Travelera8/16/2015 1:41 PM

    Happy birthday!!
    I try to celebrate it treating myself to wonderful things, travelling, nice clothes and I do not feel any older, its just a special day with gifts, treats and I never work on my day, not even in all the week! ;)
    Cool art by the way! xxx
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  15. I was so ready to get out of my twenties when I turned 30. This is your prime for sure! Happy Sunday :)


    Miranda


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  16. You look way younger than 30, I had no idea. I am really loving your philosophical/inspiration/art posts, btw.



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  17. Important thinking here my dear. I think ageing is hard when you ha e something to regret for, otherwise is simply another moment in life. Anyway you arte still very young. Sharon stone had just made a great editoriAl for harper bazaar at 57.
    xxx
    Mari
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  18. Chelsea Finn8/16/2015 7:13 PM

    I love love love this, "we are the beholders of the eye". This speaks volumes!

    xx Chelsea
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  19. I love your philosophy about aging, I definitely agree with it! For me, it's almost the opposite, I'm trying to slow down and not be in such a rush to live my life. And of course, your photos go so well with the text, as always!

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  20. Love the last part of your post especially! We are all perfect in our own ways, and perfect in our imperfections! :)

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  21. These pictures are so cool. Thanks for sharing!
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  22. Aging can indeed be hard to accept but it a natural progression of life that we just have to accept. I like the way you think Ira. And the wisdom we achieve with age definitely makes it easier and we are all perfect in our own way. Happy Sunday my friend!

    Rowena @ rolala loves

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  23. woah!! that's incredible! :D
    Totally love that last line you mentioned! i agree! :D

    Have a great week!

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  24. Beauty Follower8/17/2015 8:27 AM

    Cool art!

    Have a great start of the week :)
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  25. Hi my dear! Thank you, love! Unfortunately it's not my birthday. ;) But agree with you, we should treat ourselves each day like it's our birthday! Appreciate your gorge comment, guapa. Thanks a lot for following me on Instagram!! Happy Monday!


    xoxo

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  26. Thank you!
    The same for you. Happy Monday!

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  27. Ivana Džidić8/19/2015 12:21 PM

    Aging doesn't concern me, perhaps because I don't examine myself closely in the mirrow. :) I know I must have aged, I've turned 30 recently but I don't really notice any changes (again probably because I don't pay attention to it, I'm sure there are changes but I don't notice them). Many women take anti-aging battle seriously and I'm not against it, I mean there are many treatments today that really work but I'm really too lazy for all that and preoccupied with other things. So, basically I think it is important to rememeber that what is most important is invisible to the eye, as you said....and as for looking good, most people care about it so I don't think it is bad they invest their time and energy into it (as long as they don't get too preoccupied with it).


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  28. Happy to, ladies! Thank you so much for lovely comment!


    xxx

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  29. Happy about it, Amanda! Thank you so much! <3


    xoxo

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  30. Awww, thank you, Aisha! I blame it on the gene cocktail of my mother... Haha! ;DD

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  31. Thanks a lot for reading, Bieke! Appreciate the nice comment, lady!


    xoxo

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  32. AMEN, amen, amen! I can totally identify with your comment and your latest post, Gail! Thanks a lot for sharing both, my dear! <3


    xoxo

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  33. Haha, me too! Thank you, Miranda! Happy Thursday, lovely!


    xoxo

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  34. Aww, thank you so much, Audrey! That's really rewarding to read, my dear! I blame the asian genes of my mother for the younger looking face... Haha!


    xoxo

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  35. Thank you for reading, Chelsea! Happy about your feedback, sweetheart!


    xoxo

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  36. Thanks a lot for reading, Mica! That's so true!!


    xoxo

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  37. Ira,


    Such a lovely post. Yes, I feel with the advent of social media these days, we all "struggle" in some ways to try and "maintain" that "picture-perfect" made believe life that may not be true at all, to the point that we are obsessed. I have to agree I am one of them. I am, for one, "obsessed" with beauty, not necessarily beautiful, but somewhat trying to look at things in a beautiful manner or perspective, ever always searching for that beauty in life - no matter big or small, in a simple object or a crazy pile of chaos. Like Ivana, aging doesn't really bothers me that much, the deterioration of health does, in some ways. I am quite similar to Ivana here, for I don't really "examine" myself closely enough in the mirror. I am already over 40 but so what? We all age anyway. Beauty fades.


    The sooner we come to terms with the reality, the better we are and feel happier, day by day.


    Yes, what is truly more beautiful, most of the time, are invisible to our naked eyes, really. You have made a great point here.


    Hope you are having a great weekend and wish you have a fruitful week ahead, my friend.


    Cheers,
    Jeann | LUMINNEJ
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  38. Dear Jeann! I couldn't agree more with your point of view!!! I believe that the social media gonna rise even more in the future. People are kinda fed up with the ugliness of the world, their homes and lives. That's why they're really attached to those "eye pleasures" on Insta & Co. It would be selfish to say that I'm not attaced to that too, especially since I'm a proud Libra! ;) but ageing makes me wiser day by day and opens my eyes for another perspective to see beauty in life. For example my post about Paris... we saw its beauty on every blog but does somebody shows its "ugliness"? I don't think so! Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder. It really depends on the understanding and sense of style. And although beauty fades we can do at least something for our bodies and souls so our health and happiness can shine trough - that's what makes us beautiful after all!


    I'm really happy about your smart and thought provoking feedback, Jeann! Thank you so much for taking the time to comment over here! I deeply appreciate your effort and the lovely "discussion", darling!! Have a fabulous week too, my friend. <3


    xoxo Ira

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  39. Dear Deborah! Thank you, I just wish I knew it at my younger age. :) We get older and wiser, that's the life cycle! The earlier we accept the reality, the faster we can life and its pleasures. Yeah, I often hear that from other people! I blame my youth on the genes of my mother... :) And I'm young at heart of course, especially after the arrival of my son.


    Appreciate the love, Deborah! <3


    xoxo

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  40. Dear Shaira! Thank you so much for your wonderful words. That's so true: Nobody is perfect! I have to learn that through all the years too! Appreciate your feedback, my dear! Have a fantastic week, Shaira!! <3


    xoxo Ira

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  41. Dear May! There so many stumbling blocks on the way to adulthood... I've popped into many of them! And after all, it makes me kinda stronger and open minded to many other things. Somehow I'm happy about the experiences I've made and somehow not... nevertheless those make us stronger for the rest of our lives. Thank you so much for sharing your point of view on that, my friend!! <3 You're the greatest!!
    My bday is on the 14th October. ;) Have a wonderful week, May!


    xoxo Ira

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  42. Dear Arely! You look so much younger than 34!! And you have two gorgeous kids... WOW!!! Me either, I think ageing is overrated, especially at the US and its media... We keep definitely in touch, my darling!!! <3 Thank you so much for dropping by! Have a lovely evening, Are!


    xoxo Ira

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  43. Haha! Great idea, Olivia! ;) You have no idea how "nervous" I was about my 30. birthday! But since then I kinda accept myself even more. Thank you for the lovely feedback, beauty!


    xoxo Ira

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  44. Dear Zarrah! So true and I wish more people would unterstand that nowadays... but I guess we're on the right track! ;) Happy about your smart feedback, my dear! Thank you!


    xoxo

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  45. Agree with your point of view, Mari! And I love your intersting perspective of thinking, it depends on a certain stage of life for sure as well! I do look young for my age, that's true! Maybe it's the fact which makes me care less about ageing... who knows! ;) Sometimes it's a blessing and a curse! I've read about Sharon's editorial, such a powerful icon and I love her attitude! Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Mari!


    xoxo Ira

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  46. Thank you so much for all your comments and kind feedback, Angelina! You're an adorable young woman, please take your time! Happy you like my worrk, dear!


    xoxo

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  47. That's the life cycle - agree with you, dear Rowena! Happy we share the same opinion on that! Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts. Have a wonderful week!


    xoxo

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  48. Thank you for reading, Sybil! Hope you're doing well?!
    Have a great week too!


    xoxo

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  49. Dear Ivana, I didn't notice any changes either when turning 30 but one day I realized that I'm not 20 anymore. I've had to change my priorities and view on life completely, though I still tend to feel like 20 sometimes... :D Beauty fades but there're still so many opportunities to deal with it and there's nothing wrong with that. Either caring for the inner or the outer beauty - both are great attitute to life! Thank you for sharing your opinion on this controversial topic! Very much appreciated, my dear!


    xoxo Ira

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  50. Dear Idu! You're too kind and lovely, lady! You have it definitely all since you're beautiful from inside and outside. I love your thoughts on ageing, so happy you like this art work. I blame my younger look on the genes of my mother! ;-)) Thank you so much for sharing your opion on this little place of mine, my dear!


    xoxo Ira

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  51. Aaaahh, shame on me, May! When is your birthday, dear?


    xoxo

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