Giggle Water — Makeup Inspired by Queen Goldstein♠️


I had the hankering to do a wearable makeup look that was inspired by Queenie from Fantastic Beasts with a little bit more spunk (basically the berry lip). I didn’t want to create anything over-the-top, just something a little fancier than my normal makeup that would still look natural going to work or going out with friends. This was extra sparkly on the eyes, and the lip certainly is bold, so it works well for a nighttime look too. Onto the products!


For the most part, I used my Urban Decay Naked Palette (throwback) because it has a great array of matte and glitter shadows. I tried to keep the tone glittery while still having warmth. I did my whole face makeup first and then went on to the next steps.

Step 1: Fill in brows (I used a brown crayon to get fine lines

Step 2: Apply light shimmery shadow all over lids and in corners of eyes

Step 3: Apply a beige matte color to entire lid (pictured below)


Step 4:  Apply light matte brown to the entire lid (the previous colors lighten and even out the eyelid for a base)

Step 5: Apply a glittery shadow to the center of lid, inside corners, and under the eye towards the inner corners. Any neutral glitter shade will do, but I used Sidecar in the Naked Palette (my favorite shade)

Step 6: Apple a matte warm brown shadow to your crease (pictured below) and use a thin liner brush to apply it under the eye in the outer corners. Blend everything with a clean brush


Step 7: Apply liquid liner in a modest wing

Step 8: Apply mascara to top AND bottom lashes

Step 9: Apply fake freckles across nose and cheeks (pictured below) by using any light brown color. I used my eyebrow crayon which is very thin


Step 10: Add lipstick of your choice. This depends on where you’ll be wearing your look, but I thought this pop of color was nice against the otherwise nude and shimmery eye makeup

Step 11: The last thing I did was press just a little bit of gold glitter onto the center of my lid to add some warmth, but I didn’t add too much so that the gold was very pigmented and obvious


Here is the finished look! Nothing too special, but it was inspired by the idea of witches and wizards in the 1920’s. I had a lot of fun putting this together!

Moodboard for inspiration:

pumpkin juice moodboard

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A Woodland European Christmas


Winter has crept into our homes, and while there was not much snow on the ground where we live this year, we had our own wonderland inside the home. When I awoke, soft and delicate flakes were falling to the ground, just enough to be magical. That was the first real moment that I felt extreme excitement for this Christmas season. I’m sharing today some of our decor that we set up, which had a lot of woodland themes, but was still kept simple and classic. This is the perfect setup for you if you love Scandinavian-inspired minimalism, but still want those charming touches of the forest.


My parents lived in Europe for years before they had my brother and I, so there are many fun touches that are nods to their time there. We had these adorable crackers that had decorations for The Twelve Days of Christmas, and inside were novelty items, jokes, and paper crowns for us to wear.


Everything that we put candles in were glass to streamline the look, but also to give the evening a more elegant touch.


The entire table was kept white to emulate the snow outside that we wished that we had. We used silver and gold together easily as there wasn’t much color anywhere to clash with anything. A garland of fresh evergreen was placed in the center of the table with eucalyptus, which made the room smell absolutely wonderful.


All of our holiday themes start with inspiration. All throughout the season, we loved the simple theme of different shades of white layered with woodland accents like little animals and fresh greens. Once we started putting things together for the table settings and overall home decor, we couldn’t stop putting these things together!

I hope everyone enjoyed their holidays this year 🙂

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In the Night Wood by Dale Bailey {Book Review}


“It was haunted, of course, Hollow House.

But they were all haunted — Erin and Charles, Cillian Harris, Mrs. Ramsden, too. And though Mrs. Ramsden’s sins and failures and regrets, like those of Ann Marrow or Dr. Colbeck, have but glancing significance in this story, they were each of them protagonists in other tales, with their own dramas, their flights of joy, and their plunges into sorrow. Once upon a time: no life too humble, no event too insignificant. 

Every story is a ghost story.”


Failed father, failed husband, and failed scholar, Charles hopes to put his life back together with a biography of Caedmon Hollow, the long-dead author of a legendary Victorian children’s book, In the Night Wood. But soon after settling into Hollow’s remote Yorkshire home, Charles learns that the past isn’t dead.

(Summary from Goodreads)

Highly, highly recommend this read. It sucked me up and spit me out. It is every book I have ever wanted to write. Recently published, I would actually suggest buying this book if you enjoy these kinds of dark folk tales.

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Simply Charming {Thanksgiving 2018}


This year, we styled our Thanksgiving table with gorgeous galvanized tins and eucalyptus greens. With lots of candles on rustic wood slices and natural elements, it made for a simple but charming display.


My mom cut out a label shape and I traced it onto scrapbooking paper and then stamped “give thanks” onto each one with silver paint and my alphabet letter stamps, adding a little leaf to the bottom of each label.


To make this still feel like fall, we bought fake pumpkins in neutral tones to stay autumnal, but to keep with this clean theme. I live nestled in the woods, and with this comfy table set up, it felt like we were gathered in our warm and glowing little world while the forest outside got darker and darker. The last of the brilliant orange leaves whipped down from the trees all day long while we enjoyed our feast. On the table, we used three different kinds of eucalyptus so that when we all gathered in the room, it smelled absolutely heavenly.


This simple design feels Scandinavian in nature, which was amplified by the glass water servers that I bought at IKEA,  looking very modern on the table.


My mom put together the flower arrangement for the kitchen, which featured long eucalyptus stems and lisianthus, all inside a galvanized tin to match the rest of our decor.  With such spectacular warmth coming from the colors outside in the woods surrounding our house, it was refreshing to use fresh greens, silver colors, and white linens for a clean look. As the day went on, the grey clouds rolled in and the temperature dropped, but we were stuffed with delicious food and cider, so we hardly minded.

I hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving, and that you enjoyed the decor that I came up with this year. The decor that I used is from Ladyslipper Affairs & Events, located in Simsbury, CT. You can rent all of this decor for any unique event that you might want! Here is their instagram.

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The Labyrinth of the Spirits {Book Review}


Looking for a gothic, spellbinding read topped with beautiful atmosphere? Look no further than The Labyrinth of the Spirits by Carlos Ruiz Zafón! Warning: This book is long and heavy, but that totally adds to the gothic feel.


5/5 stars – If you love gothic haunted stories, you’ll love this read! It is the last book in the enchanting series, The Cemetery of Forgotten Books.

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Sadie by Courtney Summers {Book Review}


Sadie by Courtney Summers: 5/5


“It was a terrible thing, sure, but we live in a world that has no shortage of terrible things. You can’t stop for all of them.”


Told though alternating voices, Sadie tells that story of a girl who is going after the killer of her younger sister after she had been found dead near a burning old schoolhouse. A radio show host, who specializes in forgotten towns in America, hears Sadie’s story after she has gone missing and devotes a podcast to document trying to trace her down.


Courtney Summers has written a few other books, but this was my first time reading one, and I was stuck with this story. Because of the shifting points of view, learning new bits of information came at a great pace, so it’s extremely hard to put down! The main reason I liked Sadie was because all of the characters felt very real, and even the incredibly flawed ones were relatable. Sadie is such a formidable character that you are triumphantly rooting for the entire time. There is a lot of character development here, and a very honest look at family and betrayal.

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Toil & Trouble {15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft}


I’ve been reading a lot of short stories collections lately, so when I saw this brand-new release, I could not stop myself from going to the store and buying it! These stories are perfect for this time of year, and with such a wide variety of witches from all different backgrounds. I’m obsessed with all of these authors now and the vibe that it gives me in this spooky month, and especially that cover.


4.5/5 stars! Head on over to my Goodreads to see what else I’m reading.

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