Tea Time | Gardening, Writing Groups, & Poetry Blogs

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Hello Everyone,

I am writing this as I sit outside on our back patio. It isn’t necessarily warm, but it’s not cold out either.

I started thinking about how it’s almost been a year since I graduated from college. That is a strange feeling, as I wish that I had done a little bit more or had a more accomplished job by now. It started feeling like things were exactly the same as they were a year ago.

But, I got a new job, I’ve been published twice, and I’ve given my first official talk at a bookstore, so I am feeling slightly productive at this current moment in time.

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Some of my ventures for the summer to keep me moving forward are:

  1. Start and maintain a successful garden
  2. Go to more writing groups in my area
  3. Start my own poetry blog

Let me know what your summer resolutions are, and I will be back here soon!

-Heather

Today I Felt Anxious, So I Took Photos of Donuts

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Photography can be an ailment. With lots of things going on like allergies, taxes, and bloating (oh my!) I needed an outlet. So I took some pictures of this delicious chocolate glazed donut.

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Did this magical donut take away any of your anxiety? Well, I hope so. If anything, maybe you feel more hungry.

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

-Heather

We Are Okay

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Hello Everyone,

I had the pleasure of reading one of the most beautiful books this past week. I’d been in a reading rut, and I couldn’t seem myself getting out of it. I kept seeing stellar reviews of this book by Nina Lacour, and I finally went off to the bookstore to buy it. I read it in two days (and I was trying to pace myself).

Here’s what I have to say about this book: I could not put it down. It was tragic and excruciatingly beautiful. There is a quote on the back that says something along the lines of “This book is so beautiful I could barely breathe.” That is 100% how I felt about it, and I would pick it up and read it again right now. If you are needing an emotional read about friendship, love, and loss, I suggest getting emerged into this book.

My one warning is that this is very sad, possibly the saddest thing that I’ve read in the last six months. But it was really relatable from an anxiety-ridden person’s standpoint, and the journeys that the characters go through in a matter of 3 days is astonishing. These characters, themes, and symbolism was hands-down perfect.

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Book Description:

You go through life thinking there’s so much you need…

Until you leave with only your phone, your wallet, and a picture of your mother.

Marin hasn’t spoken to anyone from her old life since the day she left everything behind. No one knows the truth about those final weeks. Not even her best friend, Mabel. But even thousands of miles away from the California coast, at college in New York, Marin still feels the pull of the life and tragedy she’s tried to outrun. Now, months later, alone in an emptied dorm for winter break, Marin waits. Mabel is coming to visit, and Marin will be forced to face everything that’s been left unsaid and finally confront the loneliness that has made a home in her heart.

Obviously, this is a teen book, so it’s easy and pretty simple. But that does not mean it lacks any substance, and I truly mean it when I say I cried my way through the end.

Talk to you very soon!

-Heather

Lighter Layers

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I’ve broken out the lighter jackets. And I am finding that I am totally in love with leather. I loved taking photos of the details in this jacket that I can finally enjoy.

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Details:

Shirt: TJMaxx

Jeans: Target

Shoes: Keds

Jacket: Guess

 

Are you finally getting some sunshine where you live? Let me know what your usual outfit has been this spring. The days vary so much that my closet is living in limbo. At least it keeps things exciting. 🙂

“Everything has changed and yet, 
I am more me than I have ever been.”

-Iain Thomas 

On the Grounds of Edith Wharton

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Today the sun was finally shining on us strong enough to warm up the air, and we took advantage of it with a little day trip.

Lenox, MA is home to many talented individuals, famous and not, and being in the area is exciting. The appeal is apparent. The woods are lush but not too dense, and the rolling hills are beautiful, even without any leaves on the trees. I was itching to get to The Mount, which is the enormous estate that the talented Edith Wharton built and lived in. The house is closed up and won’t open again until it gets warmer, but the grounds were all ours to roam.

I had been here once before, but I didn’t know who lived here, and even if I had, I doubt I would have understood the significance. The walk to the mansion was beautiful and sunny, and I imagined if Edith strolled along those roads while she pondered her latest writings. I like to think so.

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The estate is impressive, but the gardens are what interest me. And even though nothing is in bloom right now, the skeletons of all the dormant plants are beautiful. The way the gardens are laid out give the feeling of some sort of labyrinth, and the mysterious vines hang eerily over the old stone. I tip-toed under the arches and pondered what a hot summer night must be like here. I’m guessing it must be some sort of heaven.

I can’t imagine living in a place like this, but I’m sure a well-off famous author could. You might get yourself turned around, thinking you are really in some scene from Harry Potter, but a glance up at the home will remind you that you’re in the heart of New England. I felt suddenly very lucky that I get to live in this great state.

One can only imagine what this place must look like in the fall. Both times I’ve come have been off season, but they were still extremely pleasing experiences.

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Something I’ve noticed from visiting great mansions like this is that the grandness of it sometimes leads you to miss the details of things. I tried to really take in the grounds, as the next time I come here will probably in the summer when we can do a home tour. Today, I took my time and roamed amongst the large shrubs and trees. I tried to hone in on those little details, the things that we sometimes look over. Some of these little buds were stretching off the vines and I couldn’t help but reach out and touch them with the very tips of my fingers.

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Let me know if any of you frequently go to Lenox, or if you’ve been to Edith Wharton’s home. I thought it was incredibly breathtaking. I truly did not want to leave.

 

“Set wide the window. 

Let me drink the day.”

-Edith Wharton

 

Highlighting

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Now that spring is here (haha) I have been trying to get a more glowy makeup look. This can be hard, since I usually use neutral colors, and highlighting can look a bit extreme. These are a few of the things that I use to get a natural effect. The first is the Anastasia Powder Contour Kit. This has colors for contouring and highlighting, and my favorite is the one in the upper right hand corner. I sweep this under my eyes and more heavily above my cheekbones.

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The other product I use is much more affordable. It’s the L’Oreal Powder Glow Illuminator. Since it’s a drugstore highlighter, it’s more chunky with it’s shimmer rather than the buttery texture of the contour kit shades. But it does a great job for noticeable shine. I find this is best for taking selfies, and I use my fingers to dab it above my cheekbones.

What are your favorite highlighting products?

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

Talk to you soon,

-Heather

 

Spring Poetry

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It is the breath of fresh air

Like the first warm April breeze

 

It is the sweet perfume of newness

Like flowers that have pushed out of the dirt

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It is the anticipation an empty glass feels

Before it is finally filled

 

It is the itching a wick experiences

Waiting for its first burn of fire

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It is the comfort of knowing

There will always be a tomorrow to wake to

 

It is the thing I have been looking for in all my digging

A glimpse of hope

A clean slate.