Spring(ish) Lookbook 2017

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Hello Everyone,

I have been buying loads of clothing, left and right. The most logical thing to do was a little lookbook for spring!

Spring in Massachusetts seems to be as unpredictable as another other season. A few days ago, it was forty degrees, and just two days ago, it was in the 80’s. I find myself slipping in and out of layers. I open my windows before walking my dog to get a feel of what kind of shoes I should be wearing. And yet, none of my guesses are correct. I’m freezing or I’m shedding my sweaters.

But some of these new pieces I picked up truly made it feel like the warm weather will stay.

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There’s also a lot of beautiful detailed pieces everywhere I look. I bought the lace kimono from Target as soon as I saw it. It seems like the kind of thing to turn any outfit into something whimsical.

The different areas of the lace are breathtaking. Layering sheer things helps with a cool breeze, and it gives so much dimension to different looks. I’ve also been trying to style hats differently too. Hats are such an in-between accessory, aren’t they?

All of the colors I bought were quite muted, but that’s what I’ve been enjoying lately. The neutrality of them makes them easy to pair with things.

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Outfit 1: 

Dress – Target

 

Outfit 2:

Cami – Target

Skirt – Forever 21

Kimono – Target

 

Outfit 3: 

Shirt – TJMaxx

Hat – Target

 

Outfit 4:

Shirt – Victoria Beckham Collection for Target (!!!)

Jeans – Target

Shoes – Target

(THIS WAS NOT A SPONSORSHIP BY TARGET! I just love their products!)

 

I hope you enjoyed this little glimpse into my wardrobe. I was mostly happy to photograph some of these pieces so that I got an idea of nice ways to wear them!

“To plant

a garden is to

believe in tomorrow”

-Audrey Hepburn

On the Grounds of Edith Wharton

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Today the sun was finally shining on us strong enough to warm up the air, and we took advantage of it with a little day trip.

Lenox, MA is home to many talented individuals, famous and not, and being in the area is exciting. The appeal is apparent. The woods are lush but not too dense, and the rolling hills are beautiful, even without any leaves on the trees. I was itching to get to The Mount, which is the enormous estate that the talented Edith Wharton built and lived in. The house is closed up and won’t open again until it gets warmer, but the grounds were all ours to roam.

I had been here once before, but I didn’t know who lived here, and even if I had, I doubt I would have understood the significance. The walk to the mansion was beautiful and sunny, and I imagined if Edith strolled along those roads while she pondered her latest writings. I like to think so.

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The estate is impressive, but the gardens are what interest me. And even though nothing is in bloom right now, the skeletons of all the dormant plants are beautiful. The way the gardens are laid out give the feeling of some sort of labyrinth, and the mysterious vines hang eerily over the old stone. I tip-toed under the arches and pondered what a hot summer night must be like here. I’m guessing it must be some sort of heaven.

I can’t imagine living in a place like this, but I’m sure a well-off famous author could. You might get yourself turned around, thinking you are really in some scene from Harry Potter, but a glance up at the home will remind you that you’re in the heart of New England. I felt suddenly very lucky that I get to live in this great state.

One can only imagine what this place must look like in the fall. Both times I’ve come have been off season, but they were still extremely pleasing experiences.

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Something I’ve noticed from visiting great mansions like this is that the grandness of it sometimes leads you to miss the details of things. I tried to really take in the grounds, as the next time I come here will probably in the summer when we can do a home tour. Today, I took my time and roamed amongst the large shrubs and trees. I tried to hone in on those little details, the things that we sometimes look over. Some of these little buds were stretching off the vines and I couldn’t help but reach out and touch them with the very tips of my fingers.

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Let me know if any of you frequently go to Lenox, or if you’ve been to Edith Wharton’s home. I thought it was incredibly breathtaking. I truly did not want to leave.

 

“Set wide the window. 

Let me drink the day.”

-Edith Wharton

 

Highlighting

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Now that spring is here (haha) I have been trying to get a more glowy makeup look. This can be hard, since I usually use neutral colors, and highlighting can look a bit extreme. These are a few of the things that I use to get a natural effect. The first is the Anastasia Powder Contour Kit. This has colors for contouring and highlighting, and my favorite is the one in the upper right hand corner. I sweep this under my eyes and more heavily above my cheekbones.

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The other product I use is much more affordable. It’s the L’Oreal Powder Glow Illuminator. Since it’s a drugstore highlighter, it’s more chunky with it’s shimmer rather than the buttery texture of the contour kit shades. But it does a great job for noticeable shine. I find this is best for taking selfies, and I use my fingers to dab it above my cheekbones.

What are your favorite highlighting products?

If you want to see what else I’m up you, you can check out my Instagram, Tumblr, and Pinterest!

Talk to you soon,

-Heather

 

Spring Poetry

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It is the breath of fresh air

Like the first warm April breeze

 

It is the sweet perfume of newness

Like flowers that have pushed out of the dirt

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It is the anticipation an empty glass feels

Before it is finally filled

 

It is the itching a wick experiences

Waiting for its first burn of fire

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It is the comfort of knowing

There will always be a tomorrow to wake to

 

It is the thing I have been looking for in all my digging

A glimpse of hope

A clean slate.

Positivity

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Hello Everyone,

Something that has become very important to me over the years (and especially over the course of this month) has been positivity in the middle of everyday life. It can be hard to remember that being positive is possible, especially when we are faced with little challenges from the moment we wake up until we are falling asleep. Going through life and through the processes of our tasks can turn into being on auto-pilot, which maybe isn’t negative as much as it is neutral. But something woke me up recently, and I remembered that I am very much alive, not a robot, and I’d like to be fully awake for it. Part of that meant looking at things more positively.

Here’s the thing, when I am more present and aware of what is happening currently, it’s much easier for me to let go of the other stuff. That tends to be the stuff that clogs my brain and makes me second guess things. Being too much in my own head doesn’t allow me to appreciate the idea of anything, let alone appreciate things that are currently happening. Part of that is worrying. I think that if comparison is the thief of joy, than worrying is the thief of positivity. Worrying feels like it is getting so much accomplished, but it only feels that way because it’s hard work, and nothing positive ever comes of it.

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Here’s my small and humble tidbit of advice: Create your own positivity and allow it to help you see things for how they really are 

In other news, I have been binge watching The Great British Baking Show, so I have been lusting over cakes and biscuits and pastries. The result is late nights eating lots of key lime pie. I also just finally finished my bedroom, and I am so incredibly pleased with it. I’m hoping to take some more pictures in it now. Waking up to freshly painted walls and clean surfaces is just the thing I needed. Maybe it’s only natural that I am feeling more positive after a room remodel?

“When you start to feel like things should have been better this year, remember the mountains and valleys that got you here. They are not accidents. And those moments weren’t in vain. You are not the same, you are grown and you are growing. You are breathing, you are living. You are wrapped in endless boundless grace. And things will get better. There is more to you than yesterday.”

-Morgan Harper Nichols

Knits, Knits, Knits

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Putting clothes on in the morning has become a battle between wanting to look even somewhat stylish and not wanting to freeze to death. This means that I’ve been sheathing my limbs in layers before putting on sweaters and extra pairs of socks. All the sheer and lacy fabrics hanging in my closet are weeping when they get a glimpse of the multiple feet of snow that have taken over the front yard.

I know that nearly everyone wants spring to come, especially me. But before the afternoons warm up and we shed our scarves, we must brave the very last days of winter. I’ve been loving all of my knitted outerwear, as they are my armor against the briskness (and that’s putting it lightly). Each time I see the mounds of white that are painting the hills outside, I let out a deep sigh. Although winter is my favorite month, sometimes we have to part with the ones we love, as they can become a nuisance when you spend too much time together. The only thing keeping my head on are these wonderful scarves and gloves, and I know very soon they’ll be put away in a drawer for quite some time.

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Outfit Details:

Coat – Guess

Jeans – Urban Outfitters

Shoes – Keds

Scarf – Forever 21 (borrowed from my wonderful mom)

Gloves – Target

Socks – J. Crew

 

I’m truly hoping that the weather warms just slightly, as I have so many spring blog post ideas planned! I would also love to start my garden, and this snow is a complete disaster for that. Right now all my plants are staying warm inside, but I can tell that they need some variety in temperature that only spring weather can give them. Until then, I’ll be cozying up and grumbling about the cold. Lots of hot chocolate will be had. Hang in there guys!

“What good is the warmth of summer without the chill of winter?”

-John Steinbeck

Navigating a Personal Crisis

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Hello Everyone,

I haven’t undergone a major life crisis, but over the past few weeks, I’ve had many small personal ones. It’s funny, sometimes little situations or changes can make me feel icky and unsettled, like I need a new layer of skin to shield me from everyone else. These things came up for various areas of my life, and I had to learn how to persevere, the way we all do from one time to another.

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Here is some advice if you have felt abandoned or lonely or out-of-sorts: Life goes on as long as you are deciding that it does. Buy yourself some flowers, make yourself some coffee, put on your favorite records, light your candles at night, go to sleep early, go to sleep late, watch all your favorite shows, buy ice cream in the middle of winter, kiss your dog, hug your friend, draw something, write something, play the piano (poorly), buy a book you may never read, and be happy. There are things changing in my life and I don’t always have control over that, but I realized that while sadness may always come in life, so can happiness. Sometimes they exist at exactly the same time.

“I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an 

open heart, I usually make the right decision. I’ve learned that even when

I have pains, I don’t have to be one. I’ve learned that every day you should 

reach out and touch someone.”

-Maya Angelou