rms x3 x2

bb rms trios4.jpgover the holidays – yes way back them – rms came out with two trios.¬† there was an eye trio available exclusively at¬†anthropologie and a lip and cheek trio available exclusively at¬†free people.¬† anthropologie’s trio was of plummy and gold eye polishes, which are probably my favorite product from rms.¬† the palette featured the shades reflect, solar, and magnetic, none of which i have tried previously.¬† free people’s trio was of red and pink lip2cheeks and lip shines in kissable, modest, and illusive, and also came with the rms blush brush, a makeup bag, and 2 rms makeup removers.¬†bb rms trios1.jpgbb rms trios2.jpg my sis got me the anthropologie eye trio for christmas and i purchased the free people set for $16.¬† YES you read that right – i was able to get a full size blush brush and three lip and cheek shades for $16.¬† i can’t find these products online, but i’m sure they will pop up on ebay or poshmark soon!¬† i’m so pleased that i was able to grab these partly for their adorableness, partly to try new things, and partly because i was really wanting that blush brush.¬† love when things work out!¬†bb rms trios3.jpgbb rms trios5.jpg

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rms x3 x2

january 2, 2018

sometimes only coming home has the power to heal all our wounds.

when i left my apartment on december 14, 2017, my heart was raw and my eyes swollen from the previous night’s tears.¬† ending relationships is always hard, but ending one that you weren’t even able to fully begin is harder.

through three weeks with my two sisters, two parents, two brothers-in-law, and one baby niece, my empty heart has healed.  not completely, but enough.  i have laughed until i cried, danced around the kitchen, and escaped to my air mattress for naps and brief moments of peace.  i have come back to life.  i have moved from feeling my emotions so palpably to pushing them to the back of my mind for later contemplation.  they are still there, but more silenced than i was capable of achieving on my own.

coming home for the holidays is never easy once you’ve grown up and moved away, but there are so many reasons to return: being near the people that continue to raise and teach you, silly but timeless traditions, and spending time in your jammies sitting on the living room floor.

i hope your holidays provided you with peace, comfort, and wisdom, in whatever way you needed.

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january 2, 2018

the bohemian-approved gift guide

i’ve seen a lot of holiday gift guides circling the internet, but most of them include extremely high end items. ¬†when it comes to gifting, i find that something small but thoughtful is always more effective than something expensive but random. ¬†so here’s my gift guide for any fellow financially challenged bohemians… ūüėČ
IMG_0002.jpgfor the plant parent //
is anything cuter¬†than a tiny succulent in an equally tiny¬†pot? ¬†this is kind of the same theme as the jewelry dishes, but it’s super easy to find cute, small pots that would fit a small succulent or cactus. ¬†i have found mine in various places, mainly garden shops and anthropologie, but thrift shops are also beacons for little ceramic items. ¬†this little pink one¬†($12) from anthropologie would be gorgeous with a small cactus. ¬†you can get really small succulents at any home and garden shop; i got my first ever cactus at home depot for $3!

for the jewelry lover // i am a huge collector of little dishes and bowls in which i can store jewelry. ¬†cute dishes can be found anywhere – anthropologie, urban outfitters, thrift shops – and are usually in the $5-$15 range. ¬†try to think about what your giftee might put in these dishes: if he/she wears a lot of rings, maybe go for something larger. ¬†if they wear teeny earrings, something small like this muji one¬†($4.50) is super cute and can be chosen in their favorite color. ¬†i’m also loving¬†this one¬†($14) from anthro (it’s actually a soap dish but i love it for jewels!) and this one¬†($15) from etsy.

for the¬†card carrier // i pretty much always use a small pouch instead of a regular wallet. ¬†they are amazing for switching into a small purse, having only the basics, and keeping yourself organized. ¬†when i have my big wallet it is filled with receipts and crap that i never look at and do not need. ¬†so why not gift a fun little pouch or cardcase to your friend that has it all and then some? ¬†my all time favorite pouch wallet is from a company called falconwright¬†that sadly went out of business. ¬†i try not to use it so much anymore since it’s getting pretty worn out and i love it so dearly. ¬†i got my little green pouch¬†($38 but used to be $25 unfortunately) from baggu last winter and it has been my constant companion – despite that fact that it makes things a little bit hard to find (my friend andrew used to always yell at me when i could never find my debit card hehe! ¬†but the pouch remains a firm favorite). ¬†my oldest sister swears by this pouch¬†($29.50) from madewell and i love it because it has card pockets inside for more organization. ¬†and if you really wanted to treat a loved one, i think it would be awesome to fill the pouch with one or a couple gift cards to their favorite places!

for the beauty junkie // it seems like most of the items i buy at sephora are miniature from their checkout/travel beauty section. ¬†they have some great hidden gems tucked in that aisle that i think get sadly ignored, esepcially when it comes to gift giving. ¬†while cosmetics can be tricky to buy for someone else unless mentioned specifically, i think it’s fun to get a couple cute treats¬†that everyone would love. ¬†some of my favorites at sephora right now are the too cool for school dinoplatz lip balm in various colors (i have spilled wine, $15), tarte tartelette tease palette ($21), clinique take the day off¬†makeup remover ($9.50), and sephora daily brush cleaner ($8.50). ¬†these are all minis that i have either given or received, and i think they would make great gifts for anyone, regardless of their makeup style or collection. ¬†you also can’t go wrong with some fun hair masks or hand lotions.

for the routine reader // with so many amazing coffee table books out there, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and not buy any for yourself. ¬†i personally love the fashion and decor books we have been seeing on the market lately and think they make a great, personalized gift. ¬†know a parisian fashion fan? ¬†how to be parisian wherever you are¬†($14) and paris street style¬†($17) are no brainers. ¬†a design junkie? ¬†try design bloggers at home¬†($23) or home style by city¬†($20). ¬†a hardcore new yorker? ¬†tomboy style¬†($25) and brooklyn street style¬†($20)¬†are top notch. ¬†some books on my lust list are the new garconne: how to be a modern gentlewoman¬†($21) and urban jungle: living and styling with plants ($35), hint hint!

i hope you found this little gift guide helpful.  the holidays can be tough when you are on a budget but want to give meaningful and luxurious gifts to your loved ones, friends, and coworkers.  i think these smaller items are not only thoughtful, but precious, and can be tailored to the people you know best.  if you have a little more wiggle room, you could also combine a few of these categories for an incredible treat basket with a particular focus.  i would DIE over a potted succulent with a gift card to home depot and a plant book all together in one bundle.  happy gifting!

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the bohemian-approved gift guide