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oh hi! remember me?!?! i mentioned a little bit about my current wifi situation on instagram, but let me go into a little more detail. i am currently finishing my master’s degree by teaching on the navajo reservation in arizona. so far it’s going really really well, and the only hiccup is that i don’t have wifi in my room (i’m living in the dorm attached to the high school with other students). i’ve been able to pick up wifi here and there, and a kind teacher told me i can pop by his place whenever i need to use the internet, so hopefully i will be able to start posting again. i did start another blog to record my journey, mostly for family and school purposes, but feel free to follow me over there as well if you’re interested: leahgoeswest.wordpress.com (though again, it’s been difficult for me to post). truly this experience has already been pretty incredible, and though not everything has been smooth, nor will it be in its entirety, i’m so excited to be on this adventure that i’ve been planning for a long time. if anyone has any suggestions of things i need to see/places i need to go while i’m in the southwest, please let me know!! i want to go any and everywhere. i’m currently spending labor day weekend in durango, colorado and don’t ever want to leave this state so that’s a new development! i have a very limited selection of “things” with me – makeup, skincare, clothes, accessories – so i thought it might be fun to look at the things that i’m missing the most. nothing like being separated from your belongings for 4 months to show you what you really love.
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coach duffle bag // i have mentioned this bag before on the blog, but this is my favorite purse of any that i own. it’s a vintage (i think 70s) black leather coach duffle, which is one of their most iconic shapes. it’s essentially a big bucket bag with an adjustable strap – so i either wear it close to my underarm or even crossbody if it’s extra heavy. it’s such a classic shape and style and fits my everyday life. i miss you bb! i’m sorry i couldn’t bring you!
baggy levi’s 501s // i have a bunch of levi’s but i only brought my 501 skinnies. my baggy ones are perfectly soft, worn in, and ripped, and i love that they’re slightly cropped (i cut them myself naturally) and slightly too big. i love them for every season, with sneakers, with birks, with army boots. i actually thought that i packed them, but apparently not! i have no clue what wash i have, but i linked a similar looking pair.
black skinny strap rainbows // i absolutely live in my black rainbows all summer long (and every pair of rainbows i’ve ever had since 7th grade). i didn’t bring them in favor of my birks, but i wish i had these just for simplicity’s sake. i do find myself wearing socks with birkenstocks quite a bit these days, which is probably not a habit i should get into!!!!
cape cod bracelets // i love my two little silver bangles with silver or gold screw balls. is anyone else familiar with these? i usually wear them during the summer and then phase them out come fall, but i didn’t do that this year and i don’t have them with me. i go through phases of wearing a lot of necklaces or a lot of bracelets, and right now i’m forgoing both to be simple and under-the-radar. no fun! // b e a u t y //
igk 1995 shampoo // i’m in love with this texturing shampoo. it just wasn’t feasible for me to bring something so particular and that i don’t use every time i wash my hair, but this is my favorite texturing shampoo of the few i’ve tried. the r+co cactus shampoo is my second in command, but the 1995 is just a little grittier.
dedcool fragrance 02 // i don’t wear perfume enough to justify bringing it (i just brought my usual sandalwood fragrance oil), but i really miss this scent. it’s one of those that just melts into your skin and seems like what you actually smell like, a little bit woodsy and masculine, a little bit clean, a little bit warm. sandalwood is my favorite scent of all time, and that is the base of 02 with something extra.. . .
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my 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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the people, places, and things that i found and fell in love with in 2016
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what i wore //
mac strobe cream – nars radiant tinted moisturizer
mac paint pots in groundwork (warm brown) & painterly (cool nude)
rms eye polish in myth (glossy taupe)
pacifica stellar gaze mascara in stardust (brown)
glossier (have been using since 2015, but really became obsessed in 2016)
blush! the color & the makeup item
milk makeup – hourglass ambient lighting bronzer (luminous bronze light)
byredo gypsy water – maison louis marie no.4 bois de balincourt
levi’s 501s – american apparel grey tees – turtlenecks
what i read //
amor towles a gentleman in moscow & rules of civility
emma cline the girls – cheryl strayed wild
patti smith just kids & m train
violet grey – the file
beauty by kelsey – cindyhyue
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what i watched //
pretty little liars (every. single. episode.)
jules von hep youtube (what a gem he is!)
pf candle co.
shu eumera eyelash curlers
evan healy lavender hydrosoul
glossier milky jelly cleanser
a dedicated skincare routine
moving towards a more natural lifestyle
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