california style

southern california is one of the greatest loves of my life.  i’ve mentioned it before but lately it’s all that has been on my mind.  my father is from california, my parents met and fell in love in california, my grandparents lived almost their entire lives in california.  some of my favorite, happiest memories are in/of california.  and i’ve set my sights on california.

i’ve threatened it for years – packing my bags and heading to the west, never to return.  amid cries from my parents that it is too far away, that i won’t be happy, that it is too shallow, that it isn’t what it used to be, i have put my dreams on the back burner.  but now i’m at the precipice of change in my life.  i’m at the edge of the rest of my life.  i’m ready to make a decision and really let myself be free, doing and seeing what i want, being who i want.  not that i’m not already but you know what i mean…

so i’ve made a decision.  at this time next year, i will be there.  maybe it’s la, san diego, laguna, the side of the road, i’m not sure.  but i will be there.  and for now, here’s what’s inspiring me to keep working towards my dreams.

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couldn’t resist throwing in a little stevie 😉

images from pinterest (check me out @babybohemian) and free people

california style

exploring milk makeup

IMG_4382.jpgIMG_4377.jpgi cannot resist milk makeup.  i just think it’s so cool and innovative, and i love their message of makeup for all people of all styles, not just girly girls or whatever.  i have gotten all of these products from urban outfitters online (not all at once!) but they also are available at sephora and birchbox.  i like ordering from urban because it’s so fast and they have some pretty cool collaboration products as well.

for lips, i love the lip pigment swear by peachy nude and lip color in c.r.e.a.m. rosey nude, which i’ve discussed over here, so i won’t go on and on.  they are the perfect matte lip products and the textures of each are different but great.  the lip salve rosé is an urban outfitters exclusive product and it is awesome!  it’s a lip balm but offers a bit of a holographic sheen, so i love wearing this during the day and at night.  it’s moisturizing and all that, but with a little something that your every day lip balm doesn’t have.

for the face, i have only tried the matte bronzer baked but it’s a gorgeous cream bronzer.  again, i mentioned this over here, so i won’t go too in depth, but it’s the perfect bronzer shade, kinda warm but not too much.  it is a cream to powder formula and features milk melt technology, meaning it melts into your skin immediately on contact.  i especially love this bronzer in the summer time, but i know i’ll still be able to use it in the winter, which is impressive cause i get pretty pale.

for skincare, the urban defense mask is my newest purchase.  it’s another urban outfitters exclusive, and it’s a gel mask that washes away into a lotion.  it’s both moisturizing and skin clearing, and is extremely gentle.  you leave it on for 3-5 minutes and then mix with water, rubbing it in sort of as a lotion and washing off the rest.  it comes in a huge tub and you don’t need much at all, so this $36 is going to go a looong way!

do you have any other milk makeup recommendations for me?

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exploring milk makeup

in the moment

IMG_6706.JPGfor a few minutes this morning, i sat outside.  i made my coffee, and when i went to let the dogs out for the eighth time, i went with them.  i felt the cold salt air perking up my senses, i watched a lone seagull make figure eights in the grey sky, and i listened to the icy waves crashing half a mile away.  i took a single picture of the sky.

i tried not to think about work or my bank account or moving.  and i succeeded, for the most part.  i didn’t check instagram or emails or youtube.  i just sat.  i sipped my coffee, i cuddled the dogs, and i just sat there, in the moment, for a little while.

good morning, everyone.

in the moment