Autumn Notes

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Hello Everyone,

I wanted to take some time to jot down my favorite parts about Autumn, the parts that I have noticed the most this year.

-The way the leaves all change different colors together. The way their reds and yellows and oranges and browns paint the tips of the trees above my house. They produce the prettiest picture of the environment, and in the next minute, they might be blown away.

-The way decadent hot chocolate tastes the first time I have it in the season. The way the jumbo marshmallows start to melt before I can spoon them out greedily.

-The way the trees looks surrounding the bike trail that we ride on. They create a blanket of color as I fly by on my bike. The leaves start to stick to the ground, and my tire crunches over them. I can smell the way they are drying and curling in the grass. It smells like all the Autumns that I have ever remembered.

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-The way the first bite of pumpkin pie tastes. There is fresh whipped cream on top with a sprinkle of cinnamon and nutmeg. It tastes so much better than I remember, and yet, exactly as good as it’s always been.

-The way the woods around our house begins to change. Some birds are flying away in flocks. We see less bears stumbling around the forest. Instead, squirrels and chipmunks steal the seeds and nuts that fall from the trees. There is cold rain at night and dewy grass in the morning. All around us, the woods are alive with woodland chatter.

-Drinking a hot cup of chai tea and pairing it with my favorite cookies. The taste is spicy and sweet, if I add a little bit of vanilla. When I drink it outside in the morning, steam rolls off of the mug and disappears near the falling leaves.

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-The bustle at local coffeeshops as their fall flavors start being sold. Watching through the large window as people rush by with large knit scarves and heavier jackets.

-The haunting way the mist rolls in, making the orange leaves almost fluorescent in comparison, and giving me a chill down my spine.

-Lighting candles late in the night and reading classic books next to them. The warmth from the candle casts a flattering glow over everything, and the flicker creates dancing shadows that keep me turning the pages. The wax pools and drips, and the room smells of pumpkin and cinnamon. I pull my blanket around me and wait for the light to run out.

 

I would love to know your favorite parts of Autumn. This is my favorite time of year and I really felt that I needed to give it a little extra love on my blog. I might do this for winter too, because I had fun making these observations about the way the season changes! Let me know your thoughts.

Talk soon,

-Heather

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The Book Barn

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Hello Everyone,

I want to a very interesting place last week, a place many people have been telling me about for awhile. It is the Book Barn in Niantic, CT, a collection of little barns where hundreds of used books are housed and looking for new homes. Cats were roaming galore. There were goats sitting in a castle playscape. It was an adventure to travel through the summer heat from building to building to peer through the different worlds in each new groups of genres. It wasn’t the cleanest place, or the best organized place, but it was homey and strangely comfortable.

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One of my favorite sections (in theory) was the “paranormal romances” which was actually full of twilight-type books, which is cool if you’re into that. Besides the actual barns full of books, there were also tiny stands outside amongst tables and chairs and cats where new books were sorted, and plenty of people were sifting through them. Everyone had a secret little smile playing on their lips, a knowing nod to each other, a collective love of literature.

I was so happy to be a part of it.

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Have any of you been here before? I know there are other locations throughout Connecticut, and I’m eager to know what others think of them! I got three books while I was there: The Invention of Nature, The Cambridge Murders, and a collection of poetry by Charles Baudelaire.

“Books don’t change people;

Paragraphs do, sometimesΒ 

even sentences.”

-John Piper

 

Ravenclaw Inspired Lookbook βœ¨πŸ’•πŸ¦‰

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I put together a little lookbook of my most Ravenclaw-ish outfits!

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Does anyone else wish they were looking out Ravenclaw tower? That’s what I was thinking about in this photo. Also, maybe cake.

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Taking a break from studying potions to snuggle my pup. This notebook was the one I bought for my birthday, and it screams Ravenclaw. I thought so as soon as I saw it. It has little planets and things, which is featured in their common room!

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I’m convinced that if I were at Hogwarts, I would be a Ravenclaw who also loved plants. I would study botany and herbology, most likely. I’ve already collected books upon books about plants. I might do a post on my collection!

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Outfit 1:Β 

Dress – TJMaxx

Socks – Target

 

Outfit 2:

Sweater – Thrifted

Skirt – Thrifted

Notebook – Barnes & Noble

 

Outfit 3:

Blouse – TJMaxx

Skirt – H&M

Boots – Too old to remember!

Purse – TJMaxx

 

Let me know if you liked this, I might do more Harry Potter inspired looks!

Talk to you soon,

-Heather

A Glimpse of My Day | A Surprise Party |

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Yesterday, we had family and friends gathered at our house for a party to celebrate the long weekend, to celebrate Memorial Day, and to my surprise, to celebrate my birthday. Technically, my birthday is tomorrow, but that didn’t stop my mom from bringing out a platter of sugary tiny cupcakes and an adorable Happy Birthday banner.

But more than anything, it was lovely to be around loved ones and enjoy our new gazebo in the backyard.

I think it’s important to enjoy those moments, even if they don’t seem very important. Looking back, the day went by so quickly, and I’m shocked that everyone came and went so easily. But sharing a new space in your house with people to enjoy is so exciting, it’s the first time I’m really experiencing it.

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It was supposed to be a sunny day yesterday, but the clouds never seemed to break, though I didn’t mind. How did your weekends go?

If you want to see what else I’m up to, catch me on Instagram or Tumblr!

Talk to you soon,

-Heather

My Favorite Quotes

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Spring is here, and with it, an abundance of reading and beautiful quotations.

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Here are my favorites:

 

“Speak only if it improves upon the silence.” -Mahatma Gandhi

 

“I want to be around people that do things. I don’t want to be around people anymore that judge or talk about what people do. I want to be around people whoΒ dream, and support, and do things.” -Amy Poehler

 

“Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul.” -Emily Dickinson

 

“Read a thousand books and your words will flow like a river.” -Virginia Woolf

 

“Years of love have been forgot in the hatred of a minute.” -Edgar Allan Poe

 

“When trouble strikes, head to the library. You will either be able to solve the problem, or simple have something to read as the world crashes down around you.” -Lemony Snicket

 

Let me know what your favorite quotes are, as my list is ever-growing!

If you want toΒ catch up with me elsewhere, you can see me on Instagram and Tumblr.

-Heather

 

 

 

Sometimes the smallest light shines so bright | An unexpected book store

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I visited the Montague Bookmill in Montague, MA, and these were some of the treasures that I found.

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As someone who lives a pretty stagnant life (as in, I work and a library and write in my free time, staying away from parties and roller coasters) I enjoy a little adventure once in awhile. Coming upon this little book mill was completely unexpected and absolutely satisfactory. I was lucky enough to go on a rainy day (as I love the rain) and the cosiness of the environment was at an all-time high. There were creaky floorboards, old windows, and the sound of rushing water from the river behind us. Plants overtook surfaces and books were scattered in disarray. I secretly wondered how difficult the process of getting married here would be.

It was one of those places nestled in the middle of nowhere that is delightful and stays somewhere safe in the back of your mind. I am thinking back to it now, happy that the experience was full of inspiration, and nothing can touch it.

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And I did end up buying books (of course) and one of them was a book I already have a copy of (of course).

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Please leave any comments if you have been to this magical place or if you have suggestions for more magical places like this that I can explore!

 

“You see, bookshops are dreams built of wood and

paper. They are time travel and escape and knowledge

and power. They are, simple put, the best of places.”

-Jen Campbell

February Favorites

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Bee Button – I got this adorable pin while galavanting around Northampton with my friend Emily. She had a matching one, then I bought a bee blouse, and good time was had by all.

Milani Lipsticks (Matte) – Holy cow, these lipsticks are becoming my absolute favorite. They go on easily and aren’t a pain to take off (favorite shade is Matte Passion)

Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events – I am a Very Forceful and Dedicated admirer of Lemony Snicket, so this series was basically all I care about for about six months. I thought it was fantastic, and I binge watched it all and once and then rewatched it again. I’m mostly excited that they are putting so much effort into one of my favorite book series. The casting was impeccable and the acting is excellent. The only criticism I have is that I wish it had that dreary Victorian style that the movie exuded, as it gave off such a dismal mood. But I still loved everything they did with the sets and I am so incredibly ready for the next season.

X-Files – On a much different note, me and my mom have been binge watching X-Files at night. I’m not really sure how this started, but there are so many episodes, so I don’t see it stopping anytime soon. (I want to believe!)

What have you been into this month? I think we are al itching for the weather to warm up so we can go outside, so I’m curious to know what hobbies you’re interested in as well.

-Heather

 

Book Club: February 9th, 2017

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As you may have gathered from my previous post, I reread The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien. It was so magic and wonderful and a beautiful story to dive into during these cold winter days.

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This is one of my favorite books of all time, and I highly recommend that you read it if you haven’t already!

Best quote:

“Where there’s life there’s hope.”

I also think it’s one of those stories that you can return to every so often and be charmed over and over again. As for me, I’m nursing a cold and stuck inside due to the feet of snow that are piling up outside my windows. I’m thinking of something a little different for my next read. I love the snow outside, but The Hobbit got me in a spring-y mood. I’m itching for the days that it gets warm in the afternoons and we can maybe plant some new flowers.

(I’ll leave you with another quote from the book because they are all SO good.)

β€œIn a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.”

Book Club: December 4th, 2016

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I finally read The Bell Jar. I think I am totally behind on reading this, and I’m so happy I finally bought it and read it.

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How can I explain The Bell Jar?Β It was sometimes slow, sometimes fast, but most of all, it was sad. I read a lot about Sylvia before I read it, so I knew which parts she was taking from her own life. There were parts that actually made me cry.

There were also times that I felt that the plot fell a bit short, and that the central theme to the book is that the narrator is spiraling into madness, rather than any big events actually happening in her life. It was all very interesting just the same.

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In all, I would give this 3/5 stars.Β 

Favorite quote from the book:

β€œIf neurotic is wanting two mutually exclusive things at one and the same time, then I’m neurotic as hell. I’ll be flying back and forth between one mutually exclusive thing and another for the rest of my days.”

 

As for now, I’m giving my brain a break from novels. I speed-wrote one for NaNoWriMo, and I think my mind needs some rest. I’ll probably be dabbling in poetry for a bit.

If you want to see what else I’m up to, you can catch up with me on Instagram, Tumblr, and Pinterest!

Talk to you soon,

-Heather

Book Club | November 6th, 2016

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I have transitioned to poetry this month. Why I had never heard of Anna Akhmatova before is beyond me. She has all the right words that I needed to hear. Her poetry was stunning and I couldn’t put this book of selected works down. I’m so happy that my curiosity got the best of me when I took this out of the library. It was just what I needed.

To be honest with you, I needed a bit of a break from novels. This month I am participating in NaNoWriMo and all that novel writing leaves very little room for novel reading.

This is the Everyman’s Library Pocket Poets edition. These things are so cute. They have many other poets in these tiny little books with their selected works. If you can get your hands on some, I highly recommend reading.

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The categories of her work were split up from different periods and subjects she was writing about. Having this by my bed made sleepless nights much more bearable. I was in love with the poems that had imagery about the fall and autumn months.

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Because I read through this, I would really love to get a book about her life. I also had a lot of questions about the translation of the poems from Russian to English, and a lovely librarian answered all of them. There are some editions of her work that are split down the page and have the Russian text on one side with the exact translation on the other. I would be really interesting in reading that. I highly recommend this to anyone who loves poetry that is easy to read but has deep meanings behind them. It was a really beautiful collection of work and I’m overjoyed that I picked up this little book.

 

Favorite quote:

Β β€œFor this gloomy beast within my breast –
A heart. But the thing is,
We’ve all had to learn not to sleep for three years.
In the morning we shall find out
Who has died in the night.” 

Because some of the subjects and themes were dated and references historical events, I tried to look things up to follow along. There are tones of Stalinism and suppression in many of the poems. This woman is so creative and talented, and to see her struggle with the revolution in Russia was inspiring.

One last thing that I really liked about this, I didn’t have to think too hard. Some poetry that I’ve read from this era is a headache wrapped in ink. I struggle through some of the sentences and metaphors, but this one was straightforward. And that’s not to say that it doesn’t have depth or symbolism, because it does. But she doesn’t try too hard, she is honest and colorful in her descriptions, and thatΒ made it very relatable for me. Check out my Goodreads to see what else I’ve read/reviewed!

One more brilliant quote from this lovely genius:

“Wild honey smells of freedom

The dust – of sunlight

The mouth of a young girl, like a violet

But gold – smells of nothing.”Β 

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