Birthday Beauty Haul

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For my 24th birthday this year, I let myself indulge in some beauty shopping. I don’t go shopping that much for this kind of stuff, so it was certainly a treat.

Most of this is skincare and body products, but there is a little bit of makeup too! I was so pleased with what I picked up for these lovely summer months.

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I picked up some things that aren’t usually in my beauty routine, just to try something different. This included some cooling mist and face masks from brands that I hadn’t tried yet.

I have yet to actually use the beauty things because the past few days have been so crazy, but I know that soon, my skin will be thanking me. A few things that I was using had been irritating my skin, so working with new products might be the best bet for me right now. I noticed a lot of breakouts, and I’m looking forward to using new beauty items that are full of natural materials. It made me feel so good to do this for myself, as it had been a long time since I’d splurged. I can’t wait to get started with them!

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  • Little Barn Apothecary Coconut + Pear Refreshing Mineral Mist 
  • TonyMoly Strawberry Nose Pack
    • This is one of the things that I’m most excited for. The face masks that I’m used to are ones that I buy and use little by little from a tube. These kind are so fun, and I had been eyeing the TonyMoly ones for so long! The packaging is adorable, and it makes me incredibly excited for summer. Just look at those colors! It’s been awhile since I used a face mask that focused on blackheads, so we will see how it goes.

 

Well, that was a very successful haul, I must say! It took me a few days to get this going because there was so much going on in life lately. My birthday was a fantastic one, with tea and picnics and cupcakes and gifts. I feel so lucky for everyone in my life that I didn’t need a single thing, but I still appreciated everything so much. These beauty items were truly just the icing on the cake.

To see what else I’m up to, check out my Instagram, Tumblr, and Pinterest!

Here’s a quote I’ve been thinking about lately as inspiration:

 

“I’m going to make everything around me

beautiful – that will be my life.”

-Elsie de Wolfe

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Soft, Strange Ways

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It can feel like spring is taunting us by pushing up the flowers from the earth and then blasting us with a snow storm.

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I am in fear of wishing it will warm up any more, for I was too excited the last few times, and the cool air nipped at me each morning afterwards. I suppose this is always how it is in New England. It seems that spring won’t come fast enough, but then before we know it, it is summer and we are sweltering. What I am enjoying, though, is the rain. We have had lovely rainy days that many people have been grumbling about, but I find energy in their atmospheric drizzle.

I’ll be back soon,

-Heather

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

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

“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

 

BoxLunch Haul

BoxLunch Haul

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I am not one to buy ostentatious purses, and one look into my wardrobe will show a plethora of plain black and brown. No detailing, not fancy straps, just plain old purses that do the job.

Not anymore! I made my first purchase from BoxLunch and I’m so happy that I have an exciting new bag to add to my closet that is adorable and celebrating one of my favorite fandoms, Harry Potter.

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Here are the links for the items I purchased:

Harry Potter Unforgivable Curses Mini Satchel

Harry Potter Expecto Patronum Sleep Pants

 

I’d love to know anyone else’s experience with BoxLunch. The products got here relatively quickly and were packaged very nicely. I am in love with the graphics and details on both products, but the bag has completely stolen my heart. I immediately moved my things inside it and started using it, and while it is wonderful for any Harry Potter fan, the color allows for it to match with most outfits! I will definitely be ordering from them again in the future.

And now a quote from our favorite headmaster, Albus Dumbledore:

 

“Happiness can be 

found in even the darkest

of times if one only remembers

to turn on the light.”

 

All I Want Is Slow Mornings

All I Want Is Slow Mornings

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Hello Everyone,

I felt the impending winter air and decided I’d better get some photos out with the beautiful fallen leaves before we have snow. That’s right, snow. It seems that we’ve completely skipped Autumn weather this year and went straight to 30 degrees.

I’ve been wearing berets all over the place, but the classic black one is my favorite. I bought one at Primark, but then I found one that was given to me as a gift from Paris! It really gives a finishing touch to my fall-into-winter outfits.

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After getting a second job, I’m finding that when I can have a slow morning, I take all the time I can get. This time of year is when things get bustling, and it’s wonderful to wake up slowly and enjoy a nice breakfast with coffee or hot chocolate before my day really gets started.

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Jacket – Guess

Dress – Thrifted

Tights – Target

Boots – Bon Ton

Beret – Gifted

Scarf – Stolen from my mother 😉

Gloves – Target

I also just had my hair recolored and it is a much deeper and more vivid red. Everyone has been saying it matched the leaves outside! I’m delighted to have a photo that displays this. The forest this time of year is blazing and bright and giving us a beautiful display before winter.

If you want to see what else I’m up to, check out my Instagram & Tumblr! 🙂

-Heather

 

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