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.)

“In 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? 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. 

Favorite quote from the book:

“If 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:

 “For 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 that 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.” 

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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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White Rabbit Halloween Costume // Alice in Wonderland

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This year for Halloween I decided to go with a classic, that is, a character from Alice in Wonderland. I wanted to do more of my take on in rather than a recreation of the character.

Most of my costume was found right in my closet. I think Halloween costumes look best when you’ve used vintage pieces and things that you already owned.

I was preparing for this for a few days and was planning on taking the photos for it today. As I drove home to take the pictures, flurries were surrounding me everywhere. By the time I was dressed it was full on snowing!

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It was more like Alice in Wonderland meets a winter wonderland. But it was amazing! What a strange month we’re having.

There is currently so much snow outside that some of our trees are bending from the weight of it on their leaves!

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Jacket- Vintage Dior

Blouse- TJMaxx

Skirt- H&M

Bunny ears, gloves, and tights- Spirit Halloween

(I don’t remember where I bought my shoes!)

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My makeup was pretty simple and fun to do. I used a nice champagne eyeshadow all over the lid and then did a thick winged liner. I used a pop of red lipstick for that playful Alice look. I also dotted some extra freckles on my face using a MAC 266 brush and whatever matte brown eyeshadow would do from my Lorac Pro Palette.

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And here is the little white rabbit from the book. I think it’s fun to do Halloween costumes that come from literature. If there was more time before Halloween I would try to do some more! I had plans for a Halloween party that ended up falling through, so I’m happy I got to dress up for a day, even if it was snowing. It was worth it for the pictures!

 

What are you dressing up for this Halloween? Let me know some other fun book characters that you’ve seen as costumes. I always think Daisy Buchanan is so fun.

“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, “Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.”

― Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

SOME STUFF I’M LOVING (Beauty, Book, Writing, etc.)

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I can’t believe it’s more than halfway through October. How is this all happening so quickly? I’m seeing the Christmas decorations in stores and I do not feel emotionally ready to take that on.

Our weather is unseasonably warm, so much so that we had the air conditioning on the other day. As I’m typing this my windows are wide open and there is no cold breeze in sight.

I’ve mentioned this before, but October has been good to me. I got even more amazing news about a really cool project that will be coming up next year and I’ve been working away on it. I feel like things are clicking into place, little by little, the way that they sometimes do. As I’ve watched the month fly by, I’ve also been enjoying a few things in it. They were small things that I’ve appreciated, so I thought I’d share.

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Before I get to it, I wanted to say that I have a lot of really fun ideas for holiday blog posts, but I’m just not sure when to start doing them! Maybe mid-November? Is anytime before that acceptable at all?

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Ok, back to the favorites:

Hempz Pomegranate Body Lotion

Even though the weather hasn’t turned freezing quite yet, it is so incredibly dry. We haven’t had rain in forever, at least not a long-lasting rain that really nourishes the ground. And as a result, my body is so dry. I use this after I shower and I try to put it on my legs and arms, focusing on the dry patches near my elbows and kneecaps and all that fun stuff. I never feel sticky or gross after using it, so it really absorbs into my skins nicely. Also, pomegranate scents are glorious.

Crabtree & Evelyn Body Wash in Rose (Not Pictured, Sorry!)

I got this a little while ago and I absolutely love the smell of it. I use it sometimes in the shower, but mostly I drip it into my bath as the water is filling to make beautiful-smelling bubbles. The formula is light and stays on your skin without giving you a headache (the way that some do) and I find it very relaxing. I was going to put it in these pictures but it was in the shower, and someone was using the shower, so…

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Emily Dickinson’s Selected Poems

I took a break with novels for a bit this month and shifted to poetry because I’m going to be writing a lot next month and I needed to give my brain a break. My dad got me this at Barnes and Noble and not only is the cover beautiful, but the poetry is timeless and elegant and perfect for the fall and winter.

NaNoWriMo Prep 

If I haven’t said this enough, I’m doing NaNoWriMo! I’ve been preparing so much every day to try and get ideas for my story so that when november 1st comes around, I’m ready.

I’ve been watching lots of Youtube videos of people prepping as well, and people doing vlogs from last year to see how the writing was going. It seems, in one word, stressful. But I am convinced that I’ve got this. There are great resources on the actual NaNoWriMo website that I highly recommend checking out. There are podcasts that I listened to and general writing guides and character analysis things. It’s all extremely exciting and I can’t wait to start.

 

So that’s what I’ve been really interested in so far this month. I am going to be doing some really cool things this weekend that I hope to share with you, and in general, I am hoping to end this month off good. There is a really cool supermoon coming up in November that I’m hoping to get a glimpse of. Hopefully it brings some positivity and balance into our lives. I hope everyone has a great weekend!

If you want to catch up with me on social media, you can check out my Instagram, Tumblr, and Pinterest!

Talk to you soon,

-Heather