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the lipstick that bohemian dreams are made

this bohemian’s dreams, at least. ¬†it’s called stardust. ¬†need i say more? ¬†MY PERFECT LIPSTICK IS CALLED STARDUST.bb kosas stardust5.jpgok moving on from how happy that makes me. ¬†i have been wanting to try a kosas cosmetics lipstick since they came onto the scene about two years ago. ¬†they are full of great ingredients and don’t use any of the bad ones, including parabens, pthalates, mineral oil, phenoxyethanol, fragrance, petrolatum, and more. ¬†all of kosas’ colors are natural-looking and understated, even the darker or brighter ones. ¬†they are not only beautiful but unique, and a true staple for anyone, makeup lover or not.

so back to the colors. ¬†i was pretty set on getting rosewater, which is described as a blushing rose, with a hydrating finish. ¬†and then kosas released more shades for s/s 2016, including stardust. ¬†and i was sold! ¬†how could i resist a name like that? ¬†stardust is described as a sheer neutral nude with pink and brown undertones, like a summer tan. ¬†ok, now how could i resist THAT?bb kosas stardust2.jpgbb kosas stardust1.jpgbut in all seriousness, stardust is exactly how kosas describes it. ¬†it is the perfect neutral brown pink, with not too much brown but not too much pink. ¬†it is truly my lips but better. ¬†it’s also the perfect level of color, so it doesn’t make it too obvious that i’m wearing lipstick. ¬†the finish is hydrating but not slippery, and extremely long lasting. ¬†honestly it really is like a summer tan – i just feel better with it on.

at $24, these lipsticks are expensive, but also in the exact price range of other natural and conventional lipsticks. ¬†they are packaged in a beautiful black tube with white writing – i did hope it would be metal packaging but it’s plastic. ¬†that was kind of disappointing but it also means that it is a lot lighter to carry around. ¬†this is the first lipstick that i have wanted to wear every day and that doesn’t make me feel overdone – it’s just the perfect amount of oomph for me.bb kosas stardust3.jpgmy only question is, why did it take me so long to bite the bullet? ¬†pun very much intended.stardust1.jpgbb kosas stardust4.jpg

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be the contradiction.

it is right to be a contradiction.  to have the loftiest of goals and the furthest of pipe dreams.  we are not made to live inside a pigeon hole, to only like certain things and never stray from our upbringing or what is expected of us.  it is ok to like white walls with mismatched rugs even though you were raised in a dark home with french antiques.  we are living, walking, breathing collections of everything we have ever seen, everyone we have ever known, every land we have ever traveled.

i will not be brought down by the expectations of others. ¬†i will not be flouted by what you think of me. ¬†i will continue to be me, and free, and happy, and¬†dreaming.¬† i will do what i want today and change my mind tomorrow. ¬†you will not take any part of me, because you don’t deserve it. ¬†and if you did, you wouldn’t judge or lie or challenge. ¬†you would support my soul in any shape it decides to fly.

so this is goodbye to you, and hello to me.

be the contradiction.

sacred jewels

bb jewelry 1.jpgbb jewelry shells.JPGchunky 3 stone ring :: this ring is extremely sacred to me. ¬†it was one of my first¬†etsy purchases, and vintage purchases, about 4 years ago. ¬†it features 2 amethyst stones of different tones and garnet, which is my birthstone and one of my favorites, on sterling silver. ¬†it was reiki blessed by the seller and gives me strong and positive vibes. ¬†it’s incredibly unique and though i don’t wear it as often as i should it is extremely precious to me and one of the most beautiful pieces i own.bb jewelry ring focus.JPGpink stone pendant :: unfortunately i don’t know anything about this piece. ¬†i bought it while living in boston at one of my favorite shops, flock. ¬†i wish that i knew what type of stone this is – if you know, please share!

sarah&chloe monogram pendant :: i’ve definitely talked about this before. ¬†i bought this formyself a few years ago when i was searching for a gold pendant that would rest slightly lower on my chest than my other dainty necklaces. ¬†this piece looks great worn every day with tee shirts or whatever – it’s very versatile. ¬†i love having my monogram on it and i’m glad i splurged to buy myself this special item.

madewell earrings :: these are actually a new purchase over the last few weeks but i am absolutely obsessed.  they are so unique and fun and me.  they feature a studded backing at the top so they are totally secure in my ears, even though they are slightly heavier than i would normally wear.  i love the worn-in brass of madewell jewelry and the great price point.  i definitely recommend.

mermaidbyhand turquoise moon tide pendant :: this stunning necklace features a huge sleeping beauty turquoise slab with a small brass moon gracing the top right corner. ¬†from the colors to the silver and brass elements, i am absolutely in awe of this piece. ¬†i love all of eliza’s jewels, but this is definitely a sacred piece in my collection. ¬†i love having it around, even if it is not on my body.¬†bb jewelry turquoise focus.JPGdrift/riot sunrise cuff bracelet :: this is actually called the sunday girl cuff, but it is a sunrise to me! ¬†made of brass this cuff is incredibly sturdy but dainty at the same time. ¬†it’s such an unexpected shape and style for me – i’m pretty simply when it comes to bracelets – and it reminds me of my love of sunrises and sunsets. ¬†it harnesses the power of the sun for me, and i feel that strength when i wear it.

misshapen evil eye necklace :: oooh i love a good evil eye!  i have had a couple evil eye necklaces in the past, but this one eclipsed them all when i found it.  i love the odd shape of the pendant and the extremely fine chain.  i got this at a boston store called baubles and lace for really cheap and i just love it so much.  it reminds me of living in boston, being with my sister, and all the hard times and the good times.

salt&summit royston turquoise ring :: this is an amazing turquoise ring, featuring a triangular royston turquoise cab. ¬†royston turquoise is my absolute favorite and the shape of this ring is so unique. ¬†i love the bright sterling of the setting and the etchings that surround the stone. ¬†i wasn’t able to wear this for a while because i had to get it sized, but now that i have it again i have had a hard time not wearing it! ¬†it is so unique and simply beautiful. ¬†bb jewelry turquoise rings.jpgroyston turquoise ring :: this ring is extremely special to me. ¬†i bought it quite a few years ago, and actually picked the stone out myself. ¬†however i really didn’t like the setting it was in, and it just didn’t do the stone justice. ¬†i got in touch with eliza of mermaidbyhand and we came up with a design that i was more happy with. ¬†i sent her the ring and she completely reworked it for me. ¬†i am so in love with what we came up with. ¬†it is simple and sturdy and lets you focus on the stone. ¬†i love the green elements in this stone, and the earthly feel it gives. ¬†this is definitely one of my power pieces.¬†bb jewelry 2.jpgso there you go! ¬†these are some of my favorite pieces of jewelry in my collection. ¬†jewelry is incredibly special to me, and i truly love finding and collecting different pieces. ¬†i truly don’t feel like myself if i’m not wearing any jewelry and it is something that makes me feel safe and secure. ¬†jewelry just speaks to me, and i think with these pieces it is clear why.

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sacred jewels