a brief note & insta roundup

my bohemians!  i’m sorry i have been so absent on the blog and instagram.  a brief explanation…i’m back in summer school after only 3 days off, i moved out of my apartment and am living with my sister, brother-in-law, and their dog baby, my long distance lover is back in town, and i can’t find a good set up for taking pictures.  alllllll of that being said, i will be back in action asap and better than ever (let’s hope)!

big love to you all & happy sunday!  and in the mean time, here are some recent instagram snaps if you need a little catch-up. bb insta1.pngbb insta2.pngbb insta3.pngbb insta6.pngbb insta5.pngbb insta4.pngbb insta7.pngbb insta8.pngbb insta9.png. . .

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current lovelies

bb current lovelies 1.jpgbb current lovelies 2.jpgmy thich nhat hanh books // i am just a bundle of anxiety these days, resulting from months of living at home with my parents (love them and they are my best friends but oooooooh myyyyyyy), going back to school soon (my stomach just did a somersault), and moving into my own apartment!  don’t get me wrong, everything is good, but little old me is definitely prone to anxiety.  my thich nhat hanh books, the miracle of mindfulness and making space, are helping me focus and come back down to earth.  actually reading in general is helping me accomplish this, i can’t stop at the moment!  my dad and i were having a really nice conversation yesterday morning about being clean and living in a positive environment and i brought up a buddhist concept and he looked at me and was like oh heavens.  oh dear dad, i’m sorry your wife and children are all bohemian-inclined!!

loose jeans // be it spring time or laziness, but skinny jeans are just not my steez these days.  i’m living in my comfy denim and i cannot say i’m sorry about it.  my favorites are my 501s (fitted through hips and booty, then straight down) and citizens of humanity liya distressed jeans (boyfriend fit, not sure what exact color i have as i got them randomly on sale), and loft straight crops. plus paired with a fitted long sleeve tee, i feel pretty sexy if i do say so myself.

chain bracelets // i haven’t been much of a jewelry wearer lately, but the other day i threw on some of my dainty chain bracelets and they have been living on my wrist every since.  the arrow one is from madewell a while ago and the little horseshoe i got at a street market in new york.

newish blog reads // anyone else always on the hunt for interesting blogs?  yeah, me too!  some new-to-me favorites i’ve added to my bookmarks include troves and roses and thirteen thoughts.  i’m also back in love with some old favorites, including the anna edit and beauty by kelsey.  i don’t only read beauty blogs, but i’m pretty loyal to my fashion and lifestyle favorites – i don’t stray as often.

spring! // now i am not going to complain because chicago’s winter this year was easy as pie.  i never consider myself much of spring person, i’m usually like let’s just get on to summer please, but with the occassional 60-70 degree days we’ve been getting, baby animals floating about, and trees full of buds and blooms, i am happy as a clam.  of course it’s raining and 40 while i’m writing this, but i’m living for those quick days of bliss that have been popping up more and more frequently.  actually, after surviving that winter from hell that we had in boston a few years ago, springtime is especially sacred to me.  before that winter i never cared about flowers, but now i can’t get enough.  after experiencing that much misery, i am all about the rebirth we get in the spring.  also, happy belated Easter to those that celebrated!

harry styles for rolling stone // ok i don’t know what it is about harry styles but i am seriously in love with him.  oh dear, please don’t leave my blog yet!  i am not one to have celebrity crushes or really keep up with new music, but ever since i went to that one direction concert for my summer internship years ago (yeah i know, how cool is that?!) i have been seriously in love with that kid.  his recent interview with rolling stone was, in a word, refreshing.  i can honestly say that he has a beautiful mind and i was very impressed reading that article and listening to his new music.  i urge you to read, but if you fall in love, i’ve got dibs.

tell me, what’s been keeping you sane lately?

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current nail polish picks

i go through phases with nail polish – sometimes i hate wearing any, sometimes i only wear red.  but lately i’ve been into some funkier colors and unique brands.bb nail polish picks 1.jpgj. hannah ghost ranch // the j. hannah polishes are exactly what you would expect them to be if you are familiar with the minimalist jewelry designer – understated, unique, and extremely wearable.  made up of mostly nudes with a few pops of color, the collection is definitely one to check out.  the one i have is ghost ranch, which is the perfect rust shade that i didn’t even know i wanted – described by the brand as a rich, southwestern red.  i think it’s a touch more on the orange side, but overall that’s an accurate description.  it’s one of those colors that just looks gooood.  the formula is amazing and the best part is that these polishes are 7-free.  they are pricey at $19, but i definitely want to pick up more shades.

lauren b. beauty vintage on vine // this is my first lauren b. polish, but they are all the rage in the eco beauty world and for very good reason.  this color is so me – the perfect purple taupe that i want to wear every day forever.  the brand describes this as a true mauve with a chameleon effect which is i think is true.  great formula and great brand!  again pricey at $18 but worth it for a special treat, in my opinion.

opi don’t bossa nova me around // i’ve had this polish for 2 years or something, but i never really liked it until recently.  it’s a beautiful light pinky-beige with a hint of grayness.  it looks different depending on the light, but this is my new favorite nude.  it’s completely opaque in 2 coats which is rare for a color of this type, but it has that classically amazing opi formula.  a new staple for me.

rms diabolique // the formula on this polish isn’t the best ever but this is the perfect deep plum color i’ve been looking for.  it seems like most vampy polishes are that deep wine shade that i just don’t always love, so i’m always looking for a cool-toned version if that makes sense.  three thin coats were needed for opacity, but i didn’t find it made it puffy or more chip-able.

smith&cult bitter buddhist // i finally bit the bullet.  i’ve been wanting this polish for a while, i mentioned it here, and i finally got it!  it’s a stunning pale, dusty turquoise that is just perfect.  i love pastel polishes but sometimes want them to be slightly more neutral, and i feel that bitter buddhist accomplishes that.  as with all smith&cult polishes i’ve tried, this formula is excellent and pretty long lasting.

nails inc. nailkale superfood base coat // you all know i’m in love with the nails inc. kensington caviar top coat.  so lately when i was in need of a new base coat, i had no doubts that i needed to try to the coordinating base coat.  though i love my opi nail envy matte, i’ve just been feeling like it isn’t working as well lately.  admittedly i haven’t tried this base coat yet, but i know i’m going to love it. bb nail polish picks 2.jpg

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