A Snowy Spring Day | March 2018

A Snowy Spring Day | March 2018

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Hello,

This past week we had a “snow storm” which ended up being virtually no snow at all. I was bundled up inside, awaiting the storm that was supposed to be hurled at us, and watching the window which showed a serious lack of snow fall. I had plans on this particular day to go somewhere that was outside, and the forecast had made me reschedule. On the news, New York and Washington D.C. were getting slammed with the storm, and I waited in my blanket for something that never came. If we had gotten the storm at the magnitude that they predicted, it would have been a major case of déjà vu. If you’ve been keeping track, New England has gotten four nor’easters in just three weeks.

It didn’t matter much to me though, because I spent a lovely day inside appreciating the little joys that exist around my home.

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Sometimes I look online and see very minimal spaces, and I admire those greatly. Minimalism and mindfulness go hand-in-hand, and I want to practice those things to the best of my ability. But to be honest, I collect a lot of things. They are things that make me happy and add character to my space. I don’t think there’s any use in hiding these things, even if you want a good picture, because they are more interesting than plain, blank space sometimes.

It’s been hard to embrace one style. This is the problem I’ve had my whole life. I loved everything so much, I wanted to wear/decorate/be all of it. I can say though that it is very comforting to really decide what sorts of things I enjoy style-wise and then focus on those to create a comfortable and still eclectic space. That usually means a combination of books, vintage and antique details, rustic pieces like wood, and lots of plants.

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After enjoying these little parts of my space, I thought it would be nice to put them up on my blog. It’s wonderful to spend a day inside, being grateful for the things that I already have.

And now, what I imagine is also a snippet about what to do when bored (perhaps on a not-so-snowy snow day), a quote from a classic:

 

“Walk, talk, pull the dead petals from a rose, or fall asleep.”

Virginia Woolf, from The Complete Works, “How to Read a Book,”

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Inspired by Clouds

Inspired by Clouds

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Hello,

For fun, I thought I would try a writing exercise on here where I come up with personality types for different kinds of things. And what kinds of things, you ask? I was thinking different kinds of clouds.

If I had assign types of people that match different kinds of clouds, this is what I’d say.

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Stratus- Will fight for you no matter what. They gain strength by knowing they are natural warriors. Most likely to endure and survive life’s biggest hardships. 

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Cumulus- Particular about doing things a certain way. Has to stop and look at everything because they are in love with the world around them. Wears their heart on their sleeve to an extent, but hides more suffering beneath the surface that others will never find. 

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Cirrocumulus- A true romantic at heart, and isn’t afraid to be passionate. Doesn’t believe in caging themselves in with material items, and wants to be free more than anything else. Has the beauty and stature of a natural hunter. 

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Altrostatus- Is full of pure love and feels it strongly every day. Never holds back when telling others how much they mean to them. Loves to create stories and tell them to anyone who will listen. 

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I got the idea to use clouds when me and my friend were recently at a science museum and were playing around with an exhibit about different clouds. They all have such personalities, even though they are just particles of water.

Thank you for reading, I’ll be back soon.

-Heather

The Quiet between Winter & Spring

The Quiet between Winter & Spring

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Here are the things that I think about when I close my eyes and imagine myself embracing the new season of spring after a long winter. Floral dresses tossed on my fluffy duvet, along with fresh flowers that I’ve picked from a walk outside. Wearing lace dresses and holding pink, beautiful roses in my hands. Opening a book for identifying wildflowers when I’ve found the most beautiful and peculiar bloom. Kneeling to admire the snowdrops that pop up from the otherwise barren forest floor. My dog’s tail wagging  at me while I pin up paintings of plants over my bookshelf, bright light pouring into my room.

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I truly believe that embracing these quiet moments is essential for welcoming the new season. It seems like every year, I get too excited too quickly, and I peel off my winter layers and plunge straight forward into the upcoming warmth. But this year, I’ll do my best to ease into it. To notice the small changes, like the way the light lingers in the afternoons into the evenings before dinner. The lightness of fabrics that I can wear when the bitter cold isn’t all around me in the morning. Each day that draws closer to spring, I will keep my eyes open, acknowledging the happiness in this simplicity.

I’ll be back soon,

-Heather

I Drifted Off for a Moment

I Drifted Off for a Moment

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On this day, I woke up to almost five inches of snow. I took a few pictures outside, but I was truly shocked at the change in weather. How did that come so quickly? The day warmed up though, and a lot of that snow melted. It was amazing to see the fresh, fluffy white melting and dripping off of the house. I had to bundle up to go outside, but inside, I was able to wear a thin, long-sleeved shirt. This plaid skirt is perfect for windy days when you need to keep warm.

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Shirt: Gifted

Beret: Gifted

Skirt: Modcloth

Coat: Guess

Lately I have been incredibly inspired with my writing, and I’ve been making actual progress. This makes me so happy beyond belief. What I’ve noticed, though, is that thinking about my stories ends in me daydreaming and scribbling things into a notebook to save for later. I feel slightly part of this world, but also belonging to another one. I think this is good, for now, because I am allowing myself to be as creative as I can with what I write. At least I am getting some words onto the page.

Here is a quote that reminds me of how I feel:

“In a place far away from anyone or anywhere, I drifted off for a moment.”

-Haruki Murakami

A Vintage Explorer Lookbook

A Vintage Explorer Lookbook

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Hat: Forever 21

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Sweater: TJMaxx

Skirt: H&M

Hair Ribbon: Forever 21

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Pants: Primark

Boots: Bonton

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Sweater: StitchFix

Jeans: Target

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Inspired by my favorite adventurers/naturalists: John Muir, Henry David Thoreau, Beatrix Potter, Alexander Von Humbolt, etc. I wish I could dress like this all the time and travel around the world to see the most beautiful national parks.

Here is one of my favorite exploring quotes by my favorite travel writer, Bill Bryson:

 

“I can’t think of anything that excites a greater

sense of childlike wonder than to be in a country

where you are ignorant of almost everything.

Suddenly you are five years old again. You can’t

read anything. You have only the most rudimentary

sense of how things work. You can’t even reliably

cross the street without endangering your life. Your

whole existence becomes a series of interesting

guesses.”

 

 

 

Coffee & Caramel Brownies

Coffee & Caramel Brownies

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Hello Everyone,

Yesterday I made a delicious brownie recipe, something that is perfect for these last cold months of winter. Filled with chocolate, coffee, and caramel bits, they are scrumptious when first coming out of the oven, and perfect for a late night treat with a warm drink. You could make this by taking a box mix and adding the coffee, chips, and caramel, but I really wanted to try and make some from scratch. I was so happy that I did!

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Ingredients:

  • 3 ounces of baking chocolate
  • 2 sticks of butter
  • 1 1/4 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1/2 Tablespoon of vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup of flour
  • 1/2 cup of cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons of instant coffee
  • Handful of caramel bits (I used Werther’s soft caramels and cut them in half)
  • Baking chocolate chips (I bought the chunky kind)

 

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8×8 inch glass baking dish (or something close to those measurements.
  2. In microwave safe bowl, melt chopped baking chocolate. Once melted, put aside and melt your butter in another bowl. Add them both together in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Whisk the sugar, vanilla, flour, cocoa powder, and salt into the butter and chocolate mixture. Whisk in the eggs and instant coffee and mix for about a minute until it is smooth (and it is a bit thick at this stage)
  4. Stir in your caramel bits and chocolate chips. I added chunks of sea salt as well and mixed everything together.
  5. Pour the batter into your baking dish and put it in the oven. It should bake between 30 – 35 minutes (mine baked for 32)
  6. Let cool before you serve. The caramels do tend to sink to the bottle, which wasn’t a problem for me, but you want to wait at least 10 minutes before you cut them up, or the caramel will still be liquid and it will make a mess! They are delicious hot, but also serve well when they are cold and you have a nice drink!

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If you make these, let me know what you think! They have a mocha flavor to them, the coffee isn’t super strong, so they go well with a nice cup of coffee still. I think this is the perfect end-of-winter treat to warm me up!

I’ve been working on a lot of fun projects lately, which has been making me feel very creative. I came across this quote which I love, and thought I would share:

 

“The ability to take what is most painful in the human condition and then redeem it in a work of beauty has always been seen as the sacred task of artists.”

— Roger Scruton 

“Scrapbook Ending” Bag from Modcloth

“Scrapbook Ending” Bag from Modcloth

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Product Description:

Your day of memory making with this cognac crossbody bag concludes with plans to continue tomorrow! The brassy accents edging the corners of this faux-leather purse – paired with a cool press-lock closure – are like photo corners that frame a fun afternoon each time you’re out and about.

https://www.modcloth.com/shop/accessories/scrapbook-ending-bag-in-brown/155910.html

I need a warm, light-colored brown bag for spring, and I found the most beautiful one on Modcloth (of course) and I needed to have it. The look that I was going for here is spring naturalist looking for plants to stuff into her trunk-shaped bag. I think it is absolutely adorable, and while it is smaller than some of my other bags, everything essential does fit inside. The detailing on the corners are perfect for giving a vintage feel to the bag, as well as the details on the bottom corners of each side of the bag, which make it look like an old trunk.

I bought this about a week and a half ago, and the first bag sent to me had some broken pieces but I was quickly sent a new one. This bag now feels like my soulmate. That might sound like an exaggeration! But I swear that I’ve worn it out once and I can’t imagine not having it. I don’t believe that the leather is real but it feels beautiful, and after only wearing it once I got so many compliments on the style. I love it because of the old antique-trunk style of it. I have a leather wallet, and iPhone 8 Plus, and many tiny notebooks, and everything fits inside! The only thing that had to be minimized was my ridiculous amount of lip products that I carry around with me (but I didn’t mind that).

Since this is giving me beautiful, springy vibes, I will conclude with an inspiring quote to hopefully give whoever is reading this a little pep in their step:

 

“The best thing that you could do is master the chaos in you.

You are not thrown into the fire, you are the fire.

-Mama Indigo