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 

 

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Sunshine and a Hint of Silver

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Hello everyone!

I went to a little antique shop in my town (it claims to be the oldest in town as well) and took a few pictures. I haven’t browsed in a shop like this for a long time and it was wonderful to see all of the old treasures. Sometimes these places really inspire, showing you a glimpse of another era. Everything there tells a story. The pieces exude character and personality.

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Look at this amazing unicycle. Before now, I’m not sure I’ve ever even seen one in person!

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What are your favorite places to shop for antiques? Let me know your favorite things to buy there as well. I find wonderful old books in antique shops. Right now, I’m on the lookout for vintage postcards.

Talk to you soon,

-Heather

Victorian

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Most of the books I’ve been reading lately have been Victorian era or inspired. I love this time period.

Something about the Victorian era though, everyone had long hair. The girls did, anyway. I  just cut my hair pretty short. I was trying to find ways to have that romantic Victorian style with a shorter hair cut. I’ve been pulling my hair into a tiny ponytail and then parting it in the center and looping the tail part through. It gives it a bit of a twist and looks pretty elegant.

I have these greens and flowers that I dried and I think they dried quite nicely! I was inspired by the gardens in the Victorian style and put a few in my hair. Obviously you wouldn’t walk around with them in your hair (unless, of course, you really wanted to). But I enjoyed the way it looked for inspiration purposes.

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I also have these hair pins that my friend got me last year for my birthday. They are gorgeous and still very simple. I like the look of gold against greenery. They held some of the tiny leaves in place. This can also be done with bobby pins or something like that. As long as the branches stay in your hair.

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Here are the many styling products used to create a smooth head of hair. Obviously not all of them are hair products. I’ve been using a hair milk after I shower to smooth the frizz that inevitably occurs. My hair is wild, even when it’s short.

I hope you enjoyed this little bit of inspiration. If you have any other short hairstyles that I can try out, leave them below! Also, any more Victorian book recommendations/movies would be wonderful. I’m on a bit of a kick with them. I just re-watched Crimson Peak and was blown away by the costumes. I’ve been dreaming of them every since!

I’ll talk to you soon,

-Heather

Golden Glow | 1940’s Makeup Look

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Since I’ve been playing around with my new contour kit, I decided to try out a vintage-inspired makeup look today. I used gold and brown eyeshadows, and I complimented those by using a matte contour and a gold shimmery blush. To top it off, I added a matte red lip, because you can’t have a 40’s look without that!

Face Makeup Used:

-Benefit Porefessional Primer

-Maybelline Fit Me  Foundation (110 Porcelain) 

-Rimmel London Skin Tone Adapting Concealer

-Benefit Face Powder

-Anastasia Contour Kit (Light To Medium)

-MAC Blush (Trace Gold)

Eyes:

-Urban Decay Primer Potion

-Banila Co. Lumiere Palette

-Maybelline Gel Pencil

-Covergirl The Super Sizer Mascara

Lips: 

-Milani Lipstick (66 Matte Passion)

 

I also got this cute headband so long ago from Forever 21 and it was perfect for this look! Bandanas are super on trend right now, so that would also look amazing with makeup like this. If you try this out, send a picture or let me know how it goes! I love vintage fashion and beauty, so this was a lot of fun.

“Between every two

pines

is a doorway

to a

new world”

-John Muir

 

Elephant’s Trunk | A Flea Market Adventure

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Yesterday I went to Elephant’s Trunk, which is a flea market in New Milford, CT. If you’ve ever been to the Brimfield Fair (which we frequent at well) it’s almost like that, but much more calm and casual.

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Apparently the doors open at 4 a.m. for venders, and it officially opens at 7 a.m. every single Sunday. We got there rather late, so a few people were packing up in the middle of our visit, but it was amazing to see the variety of items there.

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I think flea markets are exciting scavenger hunts, and although we were actually looking for something specific, you just have no idea what you’ll find. There were an alarming number of chandeliers (making me wonder if there had been some sort of electrical uprising recently?) and rustic windows. I myself got some vintage buttons from the man that sold my mom a box of old milk bottles.

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I’ve noticed something else about flea markets, the best booths are the ones where there is a bunch of unrelated junk. These people tend to not even know what they’re selling, and if you poke around you can find some serious treasures.

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I also ended up getting a succulent, which was a lot of fun because a few of mine died recently (I’ve been busy!). The fun of being around a discombobulated array of stuff is just exciting. I loved eating from the food trucks, peering into old trunks and fishing through vintage jewelry. The area that this flea market was in was a pretty cool town with beautiful surroundings. You can see below that they venders were literally set up in a field surrounded by trees. The weather was beautiful and the best part was, we didn’t feel rushed, so it was a relaxing day.

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The funny part was, in the morning we were sure rain clouds were coming. As we drove closer and closer to the flea market, the sky opened up to rays of sunshine. We smiled happily as we got a very bad parking spot way at the end of the space, and we didn’t even mind. We got what we came for, and a little bit more.

There are actually a lot of flea markets around me, so I’m quite lucky, but I would say if you could get over to Elephant’s Trunk, you need to do it! But going to any flea market (or even a tag sale) near you can be inspiring. Antique shops are another fun exploration, though they can sometimes be more pricey. If you want a weekend activity that feels more like an adventure, look for some of these amazing places.

-Heather

3/6/2016 Quirky Vintage

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One of my favorite looks is when an outfit looks like it was created from items found at flea markets our thrift stores. They don’t have to be, in fact, none of this was! But there is a vintage quality that you can look for in new clothing as well.

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Dress: H&M

Sweater: Forever 21

Belt: Urban Outfitters

Bag: DKNY

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More details from the day:

-DKNY Bag

-Leon Max Glasses

-Rifle Paper & Co. Phone Case (iPhone 6)

-Luxie Contour & Blush Brush

-L’Occitane Body Wash

-Cotton Pads

-Conair Curler

-Noabay Moisturizer 

-Tangle Teezer

-Galaxy Makeup Bag

 

Have a great day!

-Heather