thoughts on: appreciating the past

i knew i wanted to write something today, but wasn’t feeling inspired by anything.¬† as luck would have it, the text chain with my mom and sisters provided something for me to muse on.bb thoughts on the pastmy mom was sending us baby pictures to see how my niece compares to us, when she sent us one from my sister’s 8th grade graduation.¬† she had dyed hair (boy was she in trouble) but otherwise looks adorably adorable.¬† her reaction?¬† the expected “yikes.”¬† my response?¬† enjoy and appreciate the past.

easier said than done, for sure.¬† but why?¬† why is it so hard to appreciate all the mistakes we made, all the cringe-y moments that we hate to think back on?¬† we all have those.¬† if you don’t, you aren’t a person.¬† and i truly mean that.¬† of course we look back and have second hand embarrassment for how we looked or what we said.¬† we have regrets, maybe small ones if you’re lucky, but regrets all the same.

without the trials and tribulations of life, we wouldn’t be where we are today.¬† i very firmly believe that.¬† and i don’t mean that we have to have had the fight of our lives.¬† the everyday mistakes that we make change us for the better.¬† we learn and we grow from everything we do, good and bad.¬† everything we experience, witness, hear, understand, empathize with, sympathize with.¬† we are ever-evolving organisms that can adapt to any sort of adversity.¬† especially the adversity within ourselves.

i guess my point here is not to shun the past.  not to be ashamed of silly outfits, weird hair-dos (i use to wear an insanely big bun smack dab on the top of my head Рmuch to the enjoyment of my less than kind peers), stupid comments, tears shed in public places.  all of these factors result in the magical souls that we are today.  the past is there for a reason, to remind us of where we come from and why we are who we are.  and that, i think, is worth cherishing.

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feeling spring when it’s still winter

bb spring but winter5.jpgyou know the drill, it’s the first week of april and you keep waking up to snow on your window and ice in your veins.¬† maybe i’m overreacting, but that’s been my week so far – see above!¬† after going to california a couple weeks ago, i have been all about keeping my sunkissed glow and embracing that spring and summer should be on their way.¬† below are the products that i’ve been using to achieve this vibe, with plenty of options as always!bb spring but winter1// glowy blush and bronzer //

a realistic sunkissed tan with rms buriti bronzer (perfect for the eyes as well), rms lip2cheek in vogue rose, & eminence chai berry bronzer/blush

& other stories cream cheek & lip tint in dimple peach (very similar to the color of the rms if you can’t get your hands on that limited edition shade or want something that is more cream to powder in texture)

lightly stained lips with the body shop lip & cheek stains in dusty rose & pink hibiscus (spot on dupe for benefit benetint, but dare i say better?!)

glowy & sheer lips & cheeks with olio e osso balm in 02 french melonbb spring but winter3// dewy extras //

glossier perfecting skin tint

the perfect, realistic glow with no shimmer, just shine via the make dew pot

pacifica coconut essence hydro mist hydrating spray

mac coconut fix+bb spring but winter2// pale, pastel nails //

barry m eat my dust

smith&cult bitter buddhist

opi you’re such a budapest

pacifica desert princessbb spring but winter4

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feeling spring when it’s still winter

march picks

bb march picks3.jpg// makeup & skincare //

pacifica coconut essence hydro mist // soooo hydrating and leaves the skin insanely dewy.¬† like more than tatcha dewy skin mist.¬† the skin just feels and looks ridiculously healthy.¬† did i mention it’s $10? plus it’s pacifica, so the ingredients are reliable and pretty darn good.bb march picks5.jpgw3ll people mascara // i mentioned this mascara in my first picks of the year, but at that time i was still using a small sample size.¬† sometimes i find that full size products differ from their miniature counterparts, but in this case the full size is just as good if not better.¬† length and volume in a beautifully natural way.

glossier perfecting skin tint in medium // this is always a product i have somewhere and go back to time and again.¬† even when my skin is at its worst, i love this product.¬† it evens the skin out just the tiniest touch while looking like glowy nothingness.¬† i’m using the shade medium since i got the tiniest tan while in california, but i use light or a mix of light and medium in the winter.bb march picks2.jpgmychelle sun shield liquid tint in nude // finally a lightweight, non-white mineral sunscreen.¬† this shade is a little dark for me now, so it will be perfect over the summer when i get more color.¬† for now, i love mixing it with my bare minerals complexion rescue in opal if i want more coverage than the glossier skin tint and since my skin is a little sunkissed from california.¬† they are a perfect mix with a great dewy, hydrated finish.¬† i think they just realized an untinted version as well.bb march picks1.jpgneutrogena grapefruit body clear // since going off birth control i’ve had some pretty big breakouts on my chest and back.¬† and the best product for clearing up the body is hands-down this neutrogena body wash.¬† i’ve been using this since high school and it never fails.¬† this did have microbeads in it forever and it still has some sort of bead, but i think it’s safer for the environment now…not 100% sure on this.bb march picks4.jpg// etc //

slouching towards bethlehem, joan didion // i am finally delving into joan didion’s works (honestly where have i been?) and am absolutely in love with her.¬† surprise, surprise!¬† more to come, but slouching towards bethlehem is a collection of her short stories, most revolving around california during the 60s and 70s.¬† delicious, truly.bb march picks6.jpglove season 3 // i really enjoyed seasons 1 & 2 of love, but at the same time wasn’t 100% sure.¬† but when season 3 came around, my love (hehe) for the show really solidified.¬† they did such an incredible job with the final season – it was truly the perfect wrap up.¬† and the last episode?¬† are you kidding?¬† all the heart eye emojis.

eye buy direct ethereal glasses // my sister told me about eye buy direct, and how affordable and cool their sunglasses are.¬† i tried to not buy these, but ultimately couldn’t resist.¬† i originally got polarized lenses but they bothered by eyes, so the company kindly switched the lenses to normal ones, for just the $6 shipping cost (plus a refund for the special lenses).¬† pretty great customer service and i love knowing these were made especially for me.¬† mine are the ethereal glasses in champagne with green lenses.bb march picks8.jpgbb march picks7.jpg

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a sunday story

// on my agenda today //bb sunday story.jpegcoffee for hours in bed, while:

// binging on one of my favorite blogs, waiting for saturday.¬† they haven’t posted in over a year, but i haven’t browsed in a while, so even the old posts feel new.¬† still waiting for a return, however.

// watching matilda’s videos, for the 500th time each.

// listening to anna burch’s newish album, quit the curse.¬† she brings the spring and summer vibe, even when there’s fresh snow on the ground.

// not thinking about all the work and cleaning i need to do today.

and then later…

// doing all the work and cleaning i need to do today.

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postcards from california

picture souvenirs from my recent trip to california…
bb cal1.PNG// brass tack, laguna beach //bb cal2.PNG// laguna beach //bb cal4.JPG// laguna beach //¬†bb cal3.JPG// bb’s first playground adventure, corona del mar //¬†bb cal9.PNG// hobie surf shop, laguna beach //bb cal8.jpg// newport beach //bb cal10.png// rasta taco, laguna beach //bb cal6.PNG// rasta taco, laguna beach //bb cal11.png// dana point //bb cal7.PNG// newport beach //bb cal12.png// newport beach //bb cal5.PNG// laguna beach //

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daily creativity with traveler’s notebook

as you may or may not know, i used to manage a small stationery and custom invitation store.  stationery and school supplies have always been a huge passion of mine, but i never before realized that there is an entire community that exists and thrives with these passions at the center of it.  when i took that job, it was more for management and marketing experience, but it transformed into a greater appreciation for stationery items and paper goods, and the art, dedication, and flair behind them.  though i no longer work at this store, the world of paper will always be very near and dear to my heart and i greatly enjoy finding new brands and interesting products. 

i recently got it into my head that i would like to purchase a traveler’s notebook.  these notebooks are essentially leather covers that you can completely customize inside.  you can have a number of notebooks, agendas, and/or folders inside at one time, and use the notebook for whatever purpose feels right.  the size of the notebook is unique in that it is relatively skinny and long, but this makes it perfect for writing and keeping organized.  i finally purchased my own a few weeks ago, and decided on the dark brown leather cover.  from my research, this looks the best suited to aging and wear and tear.bb tn1.PNG i did a ton of research on these notebooks before i decided to make the investment.  one of the best things that came out of my research was the discovery of an online (and brick and mortar if you live in california) shop called baum-kuchen, and the owner, wakako.  i have become absolutely entranced with this shop and the accompanying blog.  wakako is such a beautifully creative person that shares her love of the analogue life everyday through her shop, blog, and instagram.  i love following her and getting inspiration for my own creative, analogue journey.  she often reminds me that nothing has to be perfect; life is about creating color and connections, and exhibiting your happiness in whatever way you can.  for me, it is definitely on paper Рthrough words, lists, ideas, and inspirations.  i do that here with my blog, but i also do it in my real life.  i take pictures, save things, buy things that feel special and important to me Рand now i have a place to keep all of these artifacts in my traveler’s notebook.

i have especially enjoyed learning more about japanese culture through my research into traveler‚Äôs notebooks. ¬†paper products are very important and treasured there, and there are a plethora of companies coming out of japan that have caught my eye, including traveler‚Äôs company (formerly midori) and¬†the superior labor.bb tn2.PNG i absolutely adored using my traveler’s notebook for the first time on my trip to california.¬† i always collect so many artifacts while traveling – receipts, business cards, stickers, postcards, etc. – and now i have a place to store and expand on these little items.¬† i also kept daily logs of what i did and where i went, the best parts of the day, silly quotes and reminders of things that were discussed and experienced, etc… i cannot wait for more adventures with my traveler’s notebook, and to expand on what exactly my style will be.

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