remember me?!

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).IMG_3377  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!IMG_3407 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.

// s t y l e //

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!bb feather // 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.IMG_3349bb dorm. . .

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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 – through 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 – and 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’s 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’s 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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leaving on a jet plane (or two)

yes that’s right, i’m on the road again!  this time for an actual vacation.  i’m heading out east to spend 2 whole weeks with my family and friends and i couldn’t be more excited.  it’s been a pretty great summer full of new life and new challenges, but man am i ready for a tan, a laugh, and a dip in the ocean.  anyways, you know i love a travel bag post, so here’s what i’m taking with me for a few weeks away…bb travel again1.jpgskincare // 

first aid beauty cleanser // glossier priming moisturizer

hylamide low molecular ha serum // indie lee squalane oil

mad hippie eye cream // weleda skin food

farmacy green screen // suntegrity 5-in-1 in light

aczone acne topical // feeling beautiful mint and lemon mask (in travel pot)bb travel again2.jpgbb travel again4.jpgmakeup //

nars creamy concealer in vanilla // rms living luminizer

hourglass bronzer in diffused bronze light // eminence chai berry illuminator blush

rms eye polish in myth // rms swift shadow in tt-73

jane iredale matte palette // bare minerals mascara

kosas lipstick in stardust // 100 percent pure lipstick in prickly pear

bite beauty lip gloss in rambutan // vaseline rosy lips

mac 239 // mac 217

surratt eyelash curlers // eye spoolie

it cosmetics ball powder brushbb travel again3.jpgbb travel again5.jpgthe extras //

le labo santal 33 perfume

herbivore botanicals sea mist salt spray (hair)

schmidt’s rose and vanilla deoderantbb travel again6.jpg

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british beauty

IMG_4346.jpgthanks to all my favorite british beauty bloggers and vloggers, including but not limited to anna of the anna edit (formerly vivianna does makeup), estee lalonde, amelia liana, and suzie of hello october, i have had a lengthy british cosmetics wish list for quite some time (read: years).  so when i was finally able to high-tail it to boots (thanks to my dad for understanding that he should leave alone for this event), i can ecstatically say that i found everything on my list.  and almost peed my pants with excitement every time i wandered into a new aisle.  so here’s what i got my little paws on…
IMG_4348 (1).jpgmaybelline color tattoo in creme de rose – credit to suzie on this one.  we can get these cream shadows in the states, but not in this color and i have had my eyes on this mac painterly dupe for quite some time.

maybelline color stay 7-day nail polish – credit to amelia.  she has spoken on these polishes many a time, and usually has them on, so i have wanted to grab a couple shades for probably a year now.  upon arriving home i immediately put on ___ and the application was excellent.  i’ll let you know about that whole 7-day thing.

l’oreal d’huile nail polish – credit again goes to amelia.  that girl knows her nail polish!

barry m nail polish – specifically the shade eat my dust.  credit to anna on this one.  she loves a good pastel light blue polish, so i definitely trust her opinion, and when she wore this one for the whole of summer 2015, it went on the list as well.  *also i am so glad i had plenty of room in my liquids bag for all these nail polish bottles!!

bourjois 123 cc cream – credit goes to estee for this guy.  a pale skin friend, estee loves a light, luminious base and has mentioned the bourjois foundations, and this product specifically for years.  i got the lightest shade, which has a nice neutral undertone.  i was pleased that it didn’t appear to much on the yellow side.  i have only tested a little of this, but it beautifully evens out my skin tone without being cakey or drying or too heavy.

soap and glory solar powder bronzer – this is the originally item that went on my wishlist, thanks to anna and lily pebbles.  i even got a back up of this because i was that excited.  this is a beautiful, light bronzer that has a light sheen and shimmer to it.  it appears to be similar to the physician’s formula butter bronzer, but obviously better because it has all that british hype!  we can get soap & glory in the states, including some of their powder products, but not this specific item.

l’oreal eye shadow – specifically shade 201.  big thanks to amelia, again.  we have these in the states now, but i think the shade range is different and honestly i wanted to get the original just because.  these are kind of like a pressed pigment but not as hard to work with, and just all around a really beautiful sheeny shadow.

maybelline color drama lip pencil – shade nude perfection.  for the little time that i was avidly following stephanie of cocochic, i knew that i had to have this.  it’s a matte lip pencil similar to the nars velvet mattes, and this is a really nice peachy sort of nude.

collection concealer – ok i can’t even credit this to one specific person.  maybe barbara of the persian babe in particular?  this is like the concealer of the uk, and obviously i had to have it.  i got the shade fair, and while this does oxodize a bit, i think it is going to be a firm favorite.  i’ll let you know! (not pictured because i’ve put this away until i finish my current concealer)

sleek face palette – i think it’s back to amelia on this one.  i got the bronzer, highlighter, and blush palette.  the bronzer reminds me of benefit’s hoola and the blush of nars orgasm.  plus its so sleek, if you’ll excuse the pun!!

ok that finishes up this ridiculously long list!  i needed absolutely 0% of these products, but after wanting them for so long, i couldn’t convince myself to not buy any of these.  british drugstores, boot’s in particular, just seem so cool and well done, and the products truly are amazing.  cvs, walgreen’s, and duane reade actually seem like crap in comparison, but i’m sure it’s just cause that’s what i know and go to.  yayyyyy!

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october picks

well that’s a little crazy to type out.  i have to say, i’m loving fall though.  i definitely miss summer when it fades away, but i’m almost always ready for cooler days, cozy clothes, and all the beauty of the fresh start of fall.

this list almost feels unnecessary, because the real favorite of october and november was/is my trip to london with my dad.  having just arrived back in the states, i can honestly say this was the most wonderful trip and week of my life.  a few months ago, when my dad informed me he was planning a trip to london to visit the morgan car factory in malvern link, i was somehow able to convince him to let me tag along.  my dad is a pretty guarded man when it comes to his past and his thoughts, and i am honored by all the conversation and lessons we learned from each other this week.  i feel that i was able to share more of myself with him than i have before, mainly that i am really confused and a bit lost when it comes to where i am right now in my life and was honestly able to express this to him, and he shared with me stories that i had never heard before and the confidence he has in me that he has never really expressed.  honestly my dad is the most intelligent, gentle, caring, thoughtful man and i have loved spending one-on-one time with him this week.  thank you dad, for all the wisdom, love, and memories that i have collected over this week, and my entire life.

i hope that october was kind and gentle to all of you, and that you are looking forward to november and the end of 2016.  this time of year is always a little bit scary (the end of one year and the beginning of another), but also wonderful and refreshing at the same time.  cheers to november and to making it all that we want it to be!
IMG_4351.jpgold faithfuls //

bare minerals original foundation in fairly medium – i go in and out with this powder foundation and we are fully back together right now.  it’s just such a beautiful, light weight powder that offers a hint of coverage and mattifying benefits, while still allowing your skin and oils and radiance show through.  i also have the pressed version for on the go.

nars radiant creamy concealer in creme brulee – my all-time favorite concealer in a brand new shade.  i wear vanilla when i’m at my most pale, but right now creme brulee is absolutely perfect.  so happy they released so many new shades!

physician’s formula butter bronzer in bronzer – i stopped using this during the summer because i had a tan and it was not dark enough to show up, but with my skin becoming pale again i’m reaching for it more and more.  it’s such a beautiful natural bronzer with a hint of sheen for a touch of life.  it’s a lot lighter than, say, nars laguna which is another favorite, but that is so easy to overdo.  this is nice and subtle.

nuxe reve de miel – every winter i come back to this baby.  it’s the absolute best.  i really layer it on at night and let it soak in, and then put on just the littlest bit during the day.  it’s matte, so it smooths out your lips just a little bit.  it has some small granuals so it works as both a very gentle scrub and an intense moisturizer – almost masking the lips.

dangly earrings – i really go in and out with earrings.  i always have really dainty, small hoops in my various piercings, with a small stud or nothing in my regular earlobe piercings.  but lately i’ve really been enjoying my collection of bigger earrings and the effect they have on an outfit.  i hate feeling too put together, which is usually how earrings make me feel, but right now i’m feeling a little bit more me with them on.

the lost art of keeping secrets by eva rice – my second all time favorite book.  ALL TIME.  i read it once every couple months, but with my upcoming trip to london it seemed like the perfect time for a refresh. this is a british book (i’m not sure if it was released in the states) so just a quick overview: penelope’s life is completely changed when she goes to tea with charlotte, soon to be her best friend and partner-in-crime.  the book is about the adventures and calamities that ensure.  it’s perfectly british and somehow totally modern even though it takes place in the 50s (which is so delicious!).  i can’t wait to get to london and have my favorite friends in mind throughout my days.  on my first trip to london when i was 14, i picked this book out in the airport for my sister, but she never read it and i quickly stole it.  i’m so glad i did!

jane austen – i am a huge, HUGE, jane austen fan.  i have read almost all of her major works, and love finding new short stories and unknown works that i haven’t read before.  as i was on my way to london at the end of october, i had to bring her along.  i brought the watson’s with me, which was a newer find and thus unread, and picked up the beautiful cassandra and lady susan while on a day trip to oxford (i couldn’t contain my excitement when i found these “penguin little black classics” priced between 1-3 pounds!  what a bargain!!).  i think jane has the reputation to be really hard to read and get through, but i find her language easy to understand and get sucked in to.  i recommend starting with northanger abbey if you haven’t read any jane austen before; it’s my favorite and the one that i started with!  i think it shows the range of her talents and makes you want to read more.  let me know what you think!

new favorites //

puma classic suede sneakers these are the. most. comfortable. sneakers.  i got these a couple weeks ago, and then brought them to new york with me last week.  for some reason i always think it’s a good idea to break in new shoes when i go to new york and am walking around nonstop.  however, this time it was!  these are incredibly comfortable and have a cushion for the back heels where blisters are pretty much inevitable.  i have had no blisters, no soreness, no break in time whatsoever.  plus they’re fucking cool if you ask me.  i much prefer them to the adidas campus’ which are what i really wanted over the summer.  i’m a true 8 but wear a 7.5 in supergas and converse, but i went with an 8 in these and they are perfect.

mac strobe cream – i got this as a little sample with a nordstrom purchase in the summer, and forgot about it really until this past month.  i haven’t gone a day without it!  i use a very very little amount all over the face before i put on my concealer and bare minerals, and it gives me the most beautiful glow.  not shimmering or pigmented, just a glow from within.  i am definitely going to purchase the travel size when this little guy runs out (though i don’t think that will be any time soon)!  except the smell is truly disgusting to me for the first few minutes until it dissipates!

j.crew lookout high rise cords – i’m always on the hunt for a good pair of high-waisted corduroy pants.  surprisingly, cords of the high waisted variety are rather hard to find, and can usually run really tight and small.  on a whim i ordered 2 pairs of these from j.crew (fatigue green and black) as they were having a 30% off fall items sale, and they are perfect.  seriously perfect.  i am a 26 or 27 in jeans, and went with a 27 in these.  i probably could have used the smaller size, but i like that the 27 is not super skin tight and i have extra room in the waist.  plus the price point is pretty impressive for j.crew, in my opinion.

ouai wave spray – i decided to stray away from my collection of salt sprays to try out the wave spray from jen atkin’s relatively new haircare line.  i got the travel size from sephora, and i wish i had just gotten the full size!  i absolutely love this and have used it almost every day since purchasing (almost every day i’ve washed my hair that is).  basically it does what a salt spray does, but without the crunch and without the actually drying out of the hair that sea salt causes.  i brought it with me on my trip and it actually undid the ill effects of hotel shampoo/conditioner/weird water.  is there a bigger feat in the world?  yes, but hotel hair is high up on the list.  i will definitely pick up the full size when i finish this guy.

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travel tips // the suitcase

IMG_4344.jpgIMG_4345.jpgfor the grand finale of my travel tips series, i bring you the suitcase.  first, check the weather.  second, do any necessary laundry.  third, roll, roll, roll!  but seriously, it really is best to roll your clothes.  they don’t get as creased, they take up less room, and it’s SO fun! anyways, on to the goods.  i’m going to london with my dad, so that means i have to be nicely put together and more conservative (less bohemian) than i might usually be.  also, yes, i realize the only piece of color here is my scarf and my green cords.  whatever!

here is literally what’s in my suitcase (i provided as many links as possible!):

bottoms // 

2 pairs of cords – j.crew high rise in black and olive green

2 pairs of black jeans – bdg high rise and paige high rise (really old)

1 pair dark jeans – citizens rocket in icon

madewell skirt with leather details – black (really old)

black tights

tops // 

zara batwing sweater – dark grey

zara crew neck – black and light grey (old)

random turtleneck – black

urban outfitters turtleneck – blue/green (old)

gap long sleeves shirts – white, grey, black

shoes //

black booties (old!)

brown lace up booties (old!)

outerwear // 

jcrew cocoon coat – black

neff beanie – i have a couple in various colors

anthropologie scarf – floral with maroon background (old)

i hope this little series was somewhat helpful for any new travelers/overpackers/people who just like to read this stuff.  i would like to think that i’m a pretty experienced traveler (i hope that doesn’t sound ridiculously conceited) and i’ve learned over the years how to pack just the right amount of stuff.  let me know what your travel essentials are and if you think i’m on the right track!

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travel tips // the carry-on

in this edition of travel tips, i’m talking all about the carry-on bag, aka the plane bag.  this is essential in travel preparation, cause if you have a shitty plane bag, gooooood luck.IMG_4341.jpgthe bag(s) //

vintage coach duffle purse // the baggu leather totes are also great for travel

sephora travel liquids bag // unnecessary buy but i can never find the right size ziploc!

small mac makeup bag – small jewelry bag

the basics // 

wallet – tickets – itinerary – guides

phone/music player – headphones

book – notebook – pen(s)

camera – necessary chargers

sunglasses – jewelry – valuables

candy – snacks – water

bag for liquids

small bag of essentials – lip balm – hand sanitizer – etc.

so tell me, what am i missing?

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travel tips // the makeup bag

when it comes to traveling, i find it’s always best to pack simply, whether it be your wardrobe, jewelry, makeup, etc.  it’s easy to say that “new city, new me” mantra and throw in those items that we own but never wear, but let’s face it, when we’re not at home we try to make ourselves feel as comfortable as possible.

my advice is to stick to what you know and love, and what works for you no matter the location or climate.  of course it’s fun to toss in the bits that we don’t use on a daily basis, but we really aren’t any more likely to wear something out of town than we are in our own city (no matter how much we try to convince ourselves of this).

in terms of cosmetics, a great tip is to bring a makeup item in each category, so you have options but are still pared back.  so here is my staples makeup bag – and staples don’t necessarily mean boring!IMG_4337.jpgface //

sample size mac strobe cream

nars radiant creamy concealer in creme brulee

bare minerals original foundation in fairly medium

physician’s formula butter bronzer in bronzer (the ultimate winter bronze)

nars blush in impassioned

eyes //

jane iredale eye shadow in cappucino

burberry eye shadow in pale barley

rms volumizing mascara

glossier boy brow in brown

lips //

nars velvet matte lip pencil in damned

nars velvet matte lip pencil in bahama

blistex medicated lip balm (you need this. period.)

tools //

mac 187 brush

sephora must have large powder brush

mac 217 brush

bobbi brown eyeliner brush

tarte eyelash curlers

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