Snapshots of June

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Hello Everyone,

June really snuck up on me. May was my birthday month, and it goes by so quickly that it feels like summer is already here. Incredibly, the warm weather has me now dreaming of autumn, which of course makes no sense. I hate to rush the seasons, but I love the autumn colors so much that I decided to take some photos with warm browns to satisfy myself.

I must say that the one thing I love about the summer is the thunderstorms. We have had such angry rain and thunder lately, and I cozy up inside and scribble in my notebook. I’m cherishing these days that the wind is still a bit cool, because soon we will be sweltering and I’ll be scrambling for the shade.

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Some things I’ve been loving lately is looking at color palettes, especially ones inspired by the clouds. Here’s an example!  Color has always been important to me, and I love collecting palettes from paint stores and home stores to cut up and use. Maybe I’ll work on some sort of project with that soon.

I’ve been addicted to this beautiful tumblr account because the forest scenes are so dreamy. The story I’m writing right now has a large part to do with the forest, so the inspiration from this is amazing. Totally recommend checking it out!

I hope everyone has a beautiful June.

-Heather

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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

In the Depths of a Pine Forest

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This year, Christmas is involving a lot of family members. We have people coming from across the country to celebrate and join us. I wanted to put together a really beautiful setup that would reflect the whimsical nature of our decor with the woodland scenery where we live. We accomplished this with a fresh garland put down the center of the table and then adding lots of wood elements. The pines are my favorite type of tree, so we have lots of pinecones and little evergreen elements sprinkled around.

Last night, as I was Christmas shopping at the mall on December 23rd (like a crazy person) I was overwhelmed by the commotion and crowds and laughter and yelling. But there was a moment when I looked around at all of us there inside of the mall and realized that each person was individually part of Christmas, all of them taking part of Christmas shopping and existing there with the rest of us, but they were inside of their own world. That was what I wanted to portray this year, a separate world for each family celebrating, coexisting happily while they take part in traditions.

That was why we put a little pie dish cover (we didn’t have a bell jar) over a big slab of wood and filled it with a tiny winter world. We pulled out some fluff for snow and filled it with tiny trees and houses and lights. Even as we were enjoying our night, there was another little world on the table, reminding us that there can always be something separate and special about Christmas for each of us individually, another little place that we can go to where we can find joy amongst the chaos.

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I was very happy to be working with fresh greens again like we did for Thanksgiving. My mom always knows where to get the best plants and florals for decorating. Believe it or not, this is only one of our tables. We have two others that are filled with people as well. All of it seems very messy and unpredictable and maybe even stressful, but it is also part of existing. There is beauty in the fact that we are making memories with one another, and we can choose how we handle those memories.

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I wish anyone reading this a very Merry Christmas. I hope everyone’s holidays are filled with as much wrapping paper, with as much chaos, and just as much love.

The best thing to remember is that the whole rest of the world is taking time during this season to gather together for one reason or another. This is a special time, a time where our planet is glowing out into the atmosphere. We are lucky to be alive, and we are lucky to be connected with each other.

I think I’m also getting pretty lucky this year with a new record player.

Give someone you love a hug today, or tell them what they mean to you, or maybe even do the dishes. One of those things will get a good reaction. I’m looking forward to a few days off. Let’s enjoy them together.

“Sometimes you will never know

the value of a moment until it

becomes a memory.”

-Dr. Seuss

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Tea Time: December Q&A

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Hello Everyone,

The chill is in the air, and I thought it was time for another fun Q&A. I love doing these mainly because it reminds me about my favorite parts of the upcoming seasons. Feel free to use this tag on your own blog/youtube channel/tumblr.

Do you ever travel abroad/away from home for Christmas?

I have only traveled away for Christmas once, and it was to stay with my family in California. And honestly, it just wasn’t the same.

The truth is, New England is so beautiful in the fall and winter that I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. My family is here and it is such a classic Christmas and winter scene where I live. However, I am very curious about holiday seasons in Scandinvia, Iceland, and Canada. These places have landscapes that are so inspiring to me, and I would love to see them in winter. I also know they are quite harsh in the winter! But it’s quite cold here as well.

With the farmland, old buildings, and forests of New England, I feel very happy here for Christmas. It is picturesque and wonderful.

Favorite Starbucks holiday drink?

I love walking into a Starbucks in the winter and ordering a peppermint hot chocolate. I love all of the other wonderful drinks there, but having caffeine is out of the picture for me, and the others are very rich. A classic hot chocolate is warm and sweet and fresh.

To be honest though, having a Starbucks drink has been a treat for myself. Not only are they very expensive, but they are full of sugar, which makes them delicious, but also makes me kind of sluggish. Instead, we have been buying the K-cup versions and having them at home. It seems like a huge deal to me. Sometimes if we are really going for it, we put whipped cream and sprinkles on top. And that is how most of my crazy weekends start.

Favorite Christmas book?

A Christmas Carol is a classic, and we read it every year.

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Christmas Movie?

I will always love Elf. Zooey Deschanel is my favorite actress and this movie is a classic. We are planning when we want to watch it this year! You can’t go wrong with this movie.

Do you celebrate Thanksgiving?

Yes, we do.

Thanksgiving is mainly the time that our family comes together and has a grand meal together. We don’t have that many traditions (except my pie-making) but we have a great time. There are a lot of things surrounding this holiday that are quite controversial. But we choose to spend the time enjoying family, staying away from any political or religious topics, and eating delectable food. I like to pretend that I’m eating the feast at Hogwarts.

For me, Thanksgiving is the green light that I can go into full-on Christmas mode.

Favorite person to share the holidays with?

Is my dog a good answer for this? I will say my dog and my mom.

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Do you have turkey at your Christmas dinner?

Yes, but to be honest, I don’t really care about Christmas dinner. To me, it’s all about our Christmas Eve dinner. We have it at our house and we make multiple huge lasagnas and loads of pasta. This is where our Italian heritage really shines.

Worst gift you’ve ever given?

When I was younger I went through my mom’s jewelry box and then picked out a necklace and put it in a box and gave it to her. Needless to say, she knew it was hers, but hey, I was very little and I had no money!

Favorite Christmas treats?

I really love making sugar cookies and then frosting them in fun ways. Me and my brother have been making loads and loads of cookies every Christmas season. We absolutely love how they come out and they are so much fun to create. There are amazing frosting ideas online, but ours never turn out that beautiful.

I also enjoy making Italian Christmas cookies. We do this at my Nonnie’s house every year. I remember watching Charlie Brown movies while my mom decorated in the other room. Now, I am in charge of sprinkles.

 

I hope you enjoyed these questions! They are just a few fun things to get you excited for the holiday season. Mainly, I wanted to take some more wintery pictures. Feel free to reuse the questions.

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

Talk to you soon,

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Thankful and Blessed

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It’s that time of year again. Among the chaos of the day (cooking, baking, setting things up, cleaning) I was able to get these photos edited to put them up!

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We’re having a very low-key Thanksgiving this year. There are a lot of reasons, some of them being sick family members, some of them being that we are tired! But as always, we want to make it special.

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We did a woodland theme this year. I was so excited to fully decorate for the first time by myself! My mom helped with a lot of it and put together the beautiful flower arrangement. The elements we wanted to include were wood, foraged details (pinecones, evergreen sprigs, little pumpkins) and warmth from the candles. We are truly bringing the outdoors in this year! I’m very proud of our little set up and can’t wait until everyone comes to see it. It’s the little touches that make a difference, I think.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving. This year has been hard, but we can make the most of it. Even if you aren’t have a traditional Thanksgiving this year, take some time to reflect on the good that has happened. There is always a silver lining. Finding the good in the world is the most optimistic thing we can do right now.

-Heather

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Essentials to Having a Cozy Winter 🌨

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1) Scarves

I can tell it’s actually winter when I’m throwing on a scarf. There’s something wonderful about needing a huge blanket of fabric wrapped around your neck to keep you warm.

2) Socks

And I’m not talking just any old socks. I’m talking about cute socks. Go out and get yourself some cute, warm socks to wear with boots or around the house.

3) Winter Boots

I suppose this depends on where you live and what your winters are like, but I live in New England. Winter snow boots are literally an essential if you want to go anywhere after a snowstorm. I have a beautiful pair of Sorel boots that my parents got me for Christmas and they have held up so nicely. I’d say this is one of those items that you want to splurge on. Having a great quality boot for ice and snow is definitely worth it, and Sorel has adorable choices!

4) Sweatpants 

After a cold day outside, there is literally nothing cozier than changing into sweatpants. Especially if you have taken a nice hot bath and you want to be as relaxed as possible. I have a really nice pair from Target that are comfortable but also don’t make me look terribly disheveled. Then again, if disheveled sweatpants are the comfiest for you, I say go for it.

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5) Tea (morning or night, your choice)

Tea makes everything better, I truly believe that. Also, I believe that waking up early and having a hot cup of tea while the rest of the world is waking up is one of the most therapeutic practices one can do for themselves.

6) Candles

Light them all, light every candle you own and feel extremely cozy (and make sure nothing burns down).

7) Sweaters

Finding the perfect sweater is hard. I buy a lot of them because I want variety of style/color, that kind of thing. But sometimes you just have that one sweater, and it is the sweater of all sweaters and you will put it on any time you need to feel warm.

I recently went to Primark and got the coziest sweater ever (probably). I think it’s technically a cardigan, but it has the perfect “oatmeal” texture. You know what I’m talking about, right? It looks like a sweater your grandmother might wear. For some reason, it is ridiculously in style, and I’m guessing it’s because it is the comfiest thing in the world to wear.

8) Winter Movies

As soon as I admit that it’s Christmas time (so, November 1st) I start planning the movies I want to watch. I feel like it is very important to be watching wintery things to get as much inspiration as possible. The movies need to have snow, they need to have some sort of love story going on, and they need to have cute jackets. In all seriousness, my favorite winter movie to watch is The Holiday. I love all the actors in it and the story really is a classic. Also, the little cottage in Surrey is my all-time dream home, and it will be forever.

 

Those are all my essentials for not just surviving winter, but actually enjoying it. I think too often people grumble about the weather instead of enjoying the fact that the seasons are changing and it’s a beautiful thing and there are so many cute mittens to be worn.

-Heather

 

October Favorites

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1.) Adorable Striped Bee Pen

I got these packs of pens from Target awhile ago and they are simply adorable! They have gold and black details and little bees on the ends of them.

2.) Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hallow

This is a classic book. And all through Halloween I was coming back to this story. We are so connected to the tale of Ichabod Crane and his adventures with the Headless Horseman. My mom used to tell us the story every night in October.

I got this little book when I visited Salem a few weeks ago. We went to The House of the Seven Gables and it was in the gift shop with tons of other spooky stories. I don’t actually have a copy, and this one is adorable and festive.

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3.) Journal

I got this on sale at TJMaxx. You literally can not go wrong with that store. It is a basic gray leather journal that has simple embossed gold lettering on the front. Very minimal, perfect for my style. I’ve been writing every single thing that pops into my mind down in this journal.

4.) Yankee Candle’s Spiced Pumpkin Candle

It’s probably no surprise to anyone that this was the candle I burned the most this month. After this season, pumpkin basically goes away and we get into peppermint and balsam scents. This candle is the epitome of fall, and smells up the room with a spicy and autumnal scent.

To be honest, I’m quite sad that October is over. So many beautiful things happened this month, and I will remember them for a long time. But we are heading right into November with full force, and soon I’ll be hanging up holly.

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

Talk to you soon,

-Heather

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Hello, Sunny Day | A Trip to Lenox

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Hello Everyone,

Today I went to Lenox, MA to enjoy the beautiful weather. It was the perfect day for a ride and especially for walking around a historic town. The little shops and cafés were so charming!

I went last fall as well and bought a few things for my dorm. It’s amazing to me that here we are a year later and so much as changed. Because it’s a bit later in the season it was actually empty. There were a few people in the streets, but not nearly as many as there is in late summer/early fall. A lot of the trees still had their leaves and it was wonderful to admire everything without shivering to death. So many of the shops were enchanting, we had to eventually pick and choose which we went into because it was getting so late!

Look at these beautiful bath accessories. It made me wish for a nice hot bath so badly! I have been seeing a lot of white-on-white decor lately. I really enjoy it, very minimal and clean. This packaging is also beautiful.

The best part about Lenox is the shops are so unique, some of them being in historic brick buildings and some being overgrown with plants. I loved walking on the stone streets and enjoying the sights.

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Aren’t these little mouse matchboxes adorable?!

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We also went to one of the most beautiful libraries I’ve ever been to. It was very old and used to be a courthouse.

Here was one of the main rooms that you walked into from the front. The photo unfortunately does no justice. Everything was beautifully preserved and the rooms were gorgeous. If you’ve ever been inside a library like this, let me know where it was. I love discovering new ones.

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So many of the leaves this year are browns and yellows. I think they aren’t as saturated as usual because of our lack of rain this summer, but I love the golden colors. They covered the sidewalks and and decorated the streets, giving the best picture of a New England town in Autumn.

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This is the outside of the library. It was also huge in the back. How incredible! The brick work and architecture was jaw-dropping. We were speechless the whole time inside.

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This was one shot of the main room inside.

If I had a library to go to like this near me, I would be very happy!

I think there is something magic about libraries (did I mention I got a job in one?). Seeing the shelves and shelves of books is incredibly comforting. The world is getting a little crazy and a little scary. But going to a sanctuary like this is a beautiful thing, and we are so lucky that they exist. It was a lovely, lovely place.

 

Have you ever been to Lenox? Let me know your thoughts/suggestions!

-Heather

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3 Ways to Refresh for the New Season

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September is here, and as the solstice changes, so should we!

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Since I’m not going off to school, I have time to actually integrate myself into this season. I don’t have too many other distractions after our weddings next week that we are setting up, so I have been trying to clear my space and hit refresh. It’s a lot harder than I thought it’d be.

The main thing is, I have a lot of things I need to let go of.

Resetting yourself is sometimes really necessary, and in this case, I have to explore new things and forget some things. That seems to be the best way to move forward.

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I was thinking to myself, “Maybe if I made a list, then I would get it all done.” And so I made a list.

The thing with the list though is that I expected it to be very long. I thought I’d be writing for an hour trying to get down all the things that I expected to be done this season. Instead, I sat and tried to think critically about it.

I also tried to think rationally. I came to the conclusion that I really only needed to try and accomplish three little things in order to really refresh myself. So I jotted them down and thought about if they were easy. And they seemed easy enough. Some of them I have started trying to accomplish already. Some of them will need some work.

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So here it is, my list of 3 ways to refresh yourself for the fall. We are right in the beginning, so you have plenty of time. They are easy, simple, and many different positives can come of them. Here they are:

  1. Clean out your closet

Basically, this is what I’m putting off. But I know for a fact that once I just do it, I will feel good. The reason why we don’t just try and pull of this daunting task is because it takes so much time and effort. You can’t casually clean out a closet, you have to do it with gusto and honesty. That has been what keeps me away, only skipping in there to get my clothes, and then running in the opposite direction. My goal this week is to just clear it out.

2. Leave behind negativity

It’s easier said than done, and I think it’s self explanatory, so I won’t go into it anymore, just let it go. (James Bay is playing somewhere in the background)

3. Try something that you’ve never tried before

This is another difficult one because we hear it and we say, “Oh yeah, I can do that.” And then we never do it. For so long I’ve been wanting to make a picnic and bring it to the park while I write. It’s a cute concept in my head, and yet, I never get off my butt and try it. One new thing that I’m trying is I am joining a writing group, and our first meeting is this week!

 

And so, that is it. Three simple and easy things that could possibly help you feel refreshed and new this season.

You can check out what I’m doing on Instagram, Tumblr, or Pinterest if you’d like! I’ll talk to you soon.

-Heather