Knits, Knits, Knits

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Putting clothes on in the morning has become a battle between wanting to look even somewhat stylish and not wanting to freeze to death. This means that I’ve been sheathing my limbs in layers before putting on sweaters and extra pairs of socks. All the sheer and lacy fabrics hanging in my closet are weeping when they get a glimpse of the multiple feet of snow that have taken over the front yard.

I know that nearly everyone wants spring to come, especially me. But before the afternoons warm up and we shed our scarves, we must brave the very last days of winter. I’ve been loving all of my knitted outerwear, as they are my armor against the briskness (and that’s putting it lightly). Each time I see the mounds of white that are painting the hills outside, I let out a deep sigh. Although winter is my favorite month, sometimes we have to part with the ones we love, as they can become a nuisance when you spend too much time together. The only thing keeping my head on are these wonderful scarves and gloves, and I know very soon they’ll be put away in a drawer for quite some time.

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Outfit Details:

Coat – Guess

Jeans – Urban Outfitters

Shoes – Keds

Scarf – Forever 21 (borrowed from my wonderful mom)

Gloves – Target

Socks – J. Crew

 

I’m truly hoping that the weather warms just slightly, as I have so many spring blog post ideas planned! I would also love to start my garden, and this snow is a complete disaster for that. Right now all my plants are staying warm inside, but I can tell that they need some variety in temperature that only spring weather can give them. Until then, I’ll be cozying up and grumbling about the cold. Lots of hot chocolate will be had. Hang in there guys!

“What good is the warmth of summer without the chill of winter?”

-John Steinbeck

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My Week of Outfits

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There are many ostentatious fashion blogs out there with such immaculate outfits that they make me look down at my own clothes in disgust. The truth is, I work every week at a library, and when I’m not doing that I’m usually writing. This doesn’t call for the most fantastic outfits, but it makes for some honest ones.

Some of these outfits I wore to work, some were worn around the house, and some were just what were nearest to me when I crawled from my slumber.

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I noticed the hardest thing for me was trying to take photos of my clothes without sprucing them up with extra accessories or a bright lipstick, but I was trying to be honest.

What I really wanted was a true representation of what I wear in a week. I didn’t record my weekend outfits because I was with a dear friend and was having way too much fun to take full photos of what I was wearing. (How’s that for honest?)

The truth is I enjoy getting dressed in the morning. But it has become more important to me to be comfortable now rather than looking perfect fashion-wise. I know that I actually studied fashion, but I have admired cozy knits and billowing dresses more than anything skin tight. What we choose to put on our bodies reveals a lot about us. It tells other people what we wish they thought of us, and it tells them what we think of ourselves.

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I really enjoyed doing this, although it was a bit difficult to unwrap myself from blankets and get out my tripod to capture a moment of my day. It was also sometimes boring to take a photo of my Star Wars t-shirt or pair of leggings that I was wearing. But if we don’t celebrate these clothes, even our comfiest of clothes, we don’t see the value in them. I am happy I saw these things in a new way. In my article in Artful Blogging, I talk about how you can change the way you seem an object once you take a photo of it, and that’s how I feel about these items that I wear every week.

I’ll be honest, I was a bit bitter that I could’t wear more spring-styled outfits. Winter is my favorite season, but spring has been teasing me. We got a taste of it, and now I am scowling at the freezing wind outside my door. But I suppose this is what nature has in store for us, so these comfy clothes will be needed a little longer.

After this week of photographing my outfits, I decided I needed to clean out my closet. I tore a lot of things out that just weren’t being worn anymore, and I put some new things in their places. Some beloved pieces are still hanging or sitting folded on my shelves and in my drawers. Clothing is intimate, which is an obvious statement, but probably something we don’t think about enough. It covers us, warms us, and helps us express ourselves. Now that my closet is cleaned, I walk into it every morning and feel as though I’m greeting lots of old friends, and that is always a comfort.

 

Let me know what you think about my week of outfits! This might be something I try again once it warms up, although I may be spending all my time outside instead. πŸ™‚

 

“To me, clothing is a form of self-

expression — there are hints about

who you are in what you wear.”

-Marc Jacobs

 

“Stop and feel the nothing you now stand in..”

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Hello Everyone!

Here’s an official full outfit with my new hair. I’m quite happy with it! It’s brightened up my winter days, and for that, I am grateful. I’ve been experimenting wearing reds and oranges to see how they mesh together.

Today is Valentine’s Day, and I am without a Valentine. However, I spent my morning doing my hair and makeup, which can feel very therapeutic. I also spent a lot of time with friends and doing lots of writing, which is always a good thing.

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Our days tend to be so filled and busy and full of bustling that we forget about our own stillness. Sometimes the best treat to ourselves is to give ourselves some space and time to suspend and just be. There is so much chaos that is going on that we forget about the importance of internal balance. This is something that I am constantly looking for, since my anxiety tends to kick in during busy times. It’s important to step back, look at things objectively, and then remain still.

I hope I can continue this act for the rest of winter. It seems we are all a little tightly-wound during the colder months, and it makes sense. But there is also a calling for warmth and kindness, and I am always personally more kind when I’ve been good to myself.

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Shirt- TJMaxx

Skirts- H&M

Tights-Anthropologie

Booties- Old Navy

Jacket- Guess

Scarf- H&M

How are you treating yourself this winter? Hopefully there is less snow in our future. I am anxious to start spring gardening, and there is literally 2 feet of snow in my back yard!

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

Talk to you very soon,

-Heather

Mini Winter Lookbook

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Outfit 1: Knitted Winter

Pattern dress (boutique), sheer cardigan (gifted), knit hat (target).Β 

Outfit 2: Cozy Winter

Long pattern dress (boutique), oatmeal sweater (Primark), lace scarf (gifted), black beret (gifted).Β 

Outfit 3: Dreamy Winter

Grey wool winter coat (Guess), printed scarf (gifted), embellished beret (Charming Charlie’s).Β 


 

Let me know what you think!

Talk to you soon,

-Heather

“Magic is believing in yourself”

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I got this beautiful book yesterday for Christmas and I cannot put it down! Lang Leav is one of my favorite modern poets, and this book is beautiful. It has even inspired me to try my hand at poetry. I’m not sure how good that is yet. Maybe some will be shared on here eventually.

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I have been thinking a lot about inspiration lately. Creativity seems to shrink for me when there is a lot of outside distractions. The holidays obviously pose a threat.

But there is the hope of the future that keeps me going. Winter is my favorite season, and even though the holidays have passed and our lives need to continue without gifts and lights, we can continue to enjoy the rest of this season. There is so much beauty and quiet in the environment around me now that the snow has settled and the trees are bare.

I am very much loving this in-between time, this lull that exists in the middle of Christmas and the new year. It feels insulating, like we still have a little bit of life to live this year before we start new. I love that feeling, and I am so happy to wrap myself up in it like a blanket.

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Outfit details:

Shirt- American Eagle

Jeans- Target

Sweater- Primark

Boots- Old Navy

 

A little side note, I have a lot of plans for the new year! I am starting a story very soon and I am overjoyed to finally be rewriting it. I’ll also be starting a nature journal. I’d like to post some of that on here. I might fool around with some video content as well which might show me gathering some things for the journal. Let me know if you have any good ideas in regards to that!

-Heather

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Winter Night-Time Routine

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-Turn off electronics

Just do it!

-Warm up

I use a hot water bottle or a heated blanket.Β This completely relaxes me on a cold winter night.

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-Turn on Christmas lights

This is the season of light. I truly believe that. When the sun won’t stay up in the sky as long, it’s great to get into the routine of turning on your (hundreds and hundreds of) Christmas lights.

There is something beautiful about lighting up an interior with little twinkles everywhere. I have lights up year-round, but there’s obviously way more right now.

I got these beautiful LED’s that look wonderful around minimal holiday decor.

-Catch up on TV shows

The nights are cold and the energy gets focused inside of the home. Because of this, sharing stories with families and friends by watching movies and TV shows is comforting and exciting. Some of my favorites right now are The Crown, Parks and Rec, and The Office. The warmth of being by the fire and drinking wine and hot chocolate with people you love is irreplaceable. It’s one of my favorite parts of the season.

I also MIGHT keep watching Pretty Little Liars since I have to recap before the last season.

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-Scroll on Tumblr/Pinterest

This is where I break the electronics rule.

-Spend time in front of the fire

I suggest cuddling with a pet.

-Get ready for bed

This involves taking off my makeup and brushing my teeth, cleansing, moisturizing, etc. This can sometimes be the hardest time of the night for me. I often get so tired that I don’t feel like doing anything of these things and would rather just crawl to the bed.

Lately I have been using my Clarisonic to buff off any lasting makeup before bed. I think this is really effective at getting rid of dead skin as well, and I have an abundance of that with the chilly weather. The cleanser I’ve been using is so silky and smooth that my skin feels so fresh after. I follow up with a night cream.

I end all my nights snuggled up with extra blankets. There is a beautiful thing about staying warm in the middle of a freezing night. I just moved my bed next to my window, and I love waking up to beautiful snow on the ground. That tends to motivate me to get some sleep. The wintry morning awaits.

 

What is your night-time routine?

-Heather

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Winter Playlist

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Hello Everyone,

Since it’s snowed three times already (and then drearily melted away) I put together a winter playlist to get me into the spirits. Maybe playing this will make the snow fall, and maybe it will just make me look up images of snow on Pinterest. Either way, I had a lovely time putting it together, and shockingly enough, it’s not ALL Bon Iver!

I was going for a very icy melancholic winter theme here. This is why my pictures are edited in such a way. I love using the natural light from my bedroom, and since the walls Β were painted grey and it’s very overcast out, it gave the perfect kind of light. You can gather some hot chocolate and settle in with these beautiful tracks.

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The xx // Angels

Florence + The Machine // Cosmic Love

Mariah Carey // All I Want For Christmas Is You

jennylee // long lonely winter

Frank Sinatra // Fly Me To The Moon

Elliot Smith // Between the Bars

She & Him // Baby, It’s Cold Outside

Bon Iver // Holocene

Daughter // Tomorrow

Bon Iver // For Emma

 

I hope you enjoyed some of these songs! I wanted to put the entire For Emma, Forever Ago album on here, but sometimes, you need variety. I also threw in some Christmas songs because, hey, I’m trying to be festive here.

 

“What good is the warmth

of summer, without the cold

of winter to give it

sweetness.”

-John Steinbeck

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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 sweetΒ 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,

-Heatherfooter

 

A Painter’s Process // Fall to Winter

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I sat down and painted not too long ago, and then I watched Simply_Kenna’s Youtube video entitled, “A Painter’s Process,” and I wanted to showcase my thoughts about painting the colors of fall into winter.Β I realized that the two seasons, while very different in many ways, have beautiful corresponding colors. Maybe it is the way that one season bleeds into the next, and the hues that we appreciate start to bleed together too.

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What I love about fall is that there is a warmth to it. There is a happy, cozy, beautiful shade of brown that represents fall the best. This was the first time that I realized that my favorite pictures to take were those of warm browns and orange colors. They make up the pinecones, the acorns, the furry squirrels that run by, and they especially make up the fiery fierceness of the maple trees.

But as the days lull on, the leaves fall, and they die, and the world seems stark. But there is color to be found. I can see it when the sun falls on the countryside, illuminating the hills and highlighting the best of New England.

And then, there are those beautiful colors, my favorite colors, and they are the cool greys and blues.

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The way that these things naturally come together is inevitable. It is the organic cycle of things. I watch the way the brown leaves kiss the grey skies and I can feel that winter is coming. Sometimes we rush from one thing to another, trying to gather the most of each thing, compartmentalizing those things. But sometimes, those things belong together for a little while, sometimes they compliment each other. I am enchanted by that theory.

What does your environment look like to you right now? When you look outside, what colors do you see?

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

Talk to you soon,

-Heather

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