february picks // better late than never

bb feb picks 3.jpggood hair //

i feel like it is quite rare that i have some actual hair favorites! ¬†this topic and one of these products will be familiar to you if you read this post, but there are some different products too. if you didn’t read that post (which you should. now.), i am pretty lame with my hair and usually just wash with head&shoulders or something comparable, maybe put in some salt spray, and air dry. ¬†but this month i’ve been shaking it up.

step 1: brush. ¬†now i have never been a hairbrusher. ¬†i know that sounds absolutely crazy, but when i brush my hair it gets…big. but lately, i’ve taken to brushing my hair before the shower to get rid of that dreaded rats nest from scarves and coat collars with this brush that i got from urban ($6). ¬†i think it is definitely the combination of pre-shower brushing and this brush that have completely changed how i wash my hair. ¬†my hair feels thicker, stronger, and shinier, and i have much less fallout than i used to. ¬†for winter hair, i’d say those results are pretty amazing.

step 2: wash. ¬†r+co cactus shampoo¬†($24) has been a full on love this month and will be for a while. ¬†this is the product you will recognize from that previous post. ¬†i don’t use this every time i wash my hair because it is pretty pricey, but i wish i could. ¬†i’ve been popping a little bit of conditioner on the ends of my hair and then lathering up with the cactus, and the results are beachy, summery, untamed, and perfect.

step 3: hair oil. ¬†i have never ever used a hair oil. ¬†that being said, i had my worries about not using full conditioner with the cactus shampoo, so i figured i would pick one up and try it out. ¬†i grabbed the verb ghost oil ($14) the last time i was at sephora because it has great reviews online and is the cheapest they have (of course i didn’t need to get a hair product at sephora, but you know, product junkie). ¬†i was tempted to get the ouai hair oil but it’s a smaller bottle¬†and double the price. anyways, this oil is beautiful. ¬†it is lightweight and not sticky at all, plus smells and feels amazing. ¬†i just put a little drop on my fingers and rub it together, then put the most on my ends and flip my hair over and finger comb with the excess. ¬†i don’t have a lot to base it on, but this oil is amazing!bb feb picks 4.jpggood reads //¬†when i was a kid i used to read 2 or 3 books at a time, and i have found myself doing that again this month.

introducing the honorable phryne fisher¬†& the miss fisher series¬†by kerry greenwood // you all know that i loooooove miss fisher’s murder mysteries the show and now i’m loving the books as well! ¬†i got this one on amazon and it contains the first three miss fisher stories, two of which were turned into episodes. ¬†i do prefer the show version – the characters and storylines are more established – but maybe it’s just because i’m so dedicated to it. ¬†all in all, they are super fun and easy to read and i will probably get them all! ¬†i love having a series to complete. ¬†i¬†have made my way through 6 of the books in the series and am starting number 7.

an extraordinary theory of objects by stephanie lacava // i think¬†i got this book while traveling in paris a few years ago, but it has been gathering dust on my shelf since then (honestly i can’t remember the exact details of where this came from). ¬†i decided to bring it with me on my most recent travels and it was such a lovely companion. ¬†this memoir is the beautiful and very striking story of the author as a young girl, discovering and dealing with her depression when her family is uprooted and moved to france. ¬†it was tragic but hopeful and a very special read.

lolly willowes by sylvia townsend warner // i signed up for a book of the month subscription, and this was offered as an add-on for my first box. ¬†it’s actually the first ever book of the month book, from 1926! ¬†right up my alley, very jane austen-esque. ¬†it is about a middle-aged woman who, after a life of being taken care of by her family and not being able to go her own way, leaves it all behind¬†to follow her heart. ¬†i highly recommend, and i recommend book of the month as well! ¬†i just chose my book for march¬†today and i think it will arrive shortly.

old magazine favorites // i love rereading and getting reinspired from my collection of magazines. ¬†some of my favorites that i looked at over and over this month were some old editions of frankie, suitcase, surfista, and howl. ¬†there’s nothing quite as beautiful to me as an independently-produced magazine.

good brands //

w3ll people // i have picked up three w3ll people products this month and am using all of them daily. ¬†i have previously tried their mascara and concealer and while i didn’t love either one, i do love the ethos of the brand. ¬†the first product i got was the bio brightening powder ($21.99) which is a beautiful slightly mattifying but glow inducing setting powder. ¬†i had been on a search for the perfect setting powder and i think i found it! ¬†at the same time i also picked up the bio bronzer loose powder ($21.99) as i’ve been a little bored with my bronzing options and this guy has great reviews. ¬†it’s a really nice universal shade that gives a very realistic hint of bronze to my skin. ¬†slightly more recently i purchased the narcissist foundation stick (shade 0, pale ivory)¬†($28.99)¬†which is a gorgeous cream foundation stick with extremely light, dewy coverage. ¬†i’ve been using it to even out some redness on my cheeks and nose. ¬†it sinks into the skin undetectably, but evens out the skin and can be built up effectively where necessary. ¬†i truly don’t feel like i’m wearing anything when i have this on – it feels even lighter than the glossier skin tint. ¬†i purchased all of my products at whole foods.bb feb picks 2.jpggood nails //¬†

it’s official. ¬†i’ve fallen into the smith&cult…well, cult. ¬†i own 2 shades: tenderoni and doe my dear. ¬†both are anna instigated products and obviously bitter buddhist (a stunning muted green grey) is next on my list. ¬†i kind of hate the bottles since they are so ridiculously bulky and they have those stupid caps you take off to reveal an extremely small applicator, but i will end my rant here. ¬†the formula is aaaamazing, especially on tenderoni. ¬†it’s basically opi you don’t know jacques, one of my classic polishes, but dare i say better? ¬†less purple undertones and great application. ¬†but if you don’t want to shell out the cash for the high price ($18 vs $10), the opi is a spot on dupe. ¬†doe my dear is my ideal light greige that applies pretty well given the nature of the color. ¬†smith&cult is 5-free.

nails inc. 45 second kensington caviar top coat // when my previous bottle of this guy got old and gloopy at some point last summer, i decided to venture into other top coats and try some things out. ¬†i tried the infamous seche vite which i liked for a little while but then became meh and the sally hansen quick dry top coat which is also meh. ¬†i was previously dedicated to essie good to go, but essie doesn’t always last very long on me so i haven’t gone back to that one. ¬†finally mid-february i decided to get the nails inc. again. ¬†i don’t know what took me so long honestly. ¬†it keeps my nails fresh like no other top coat does, dries literally in 45 seconds, and i have come to the realization that i can’t be without this! ¬†plus, all nails inc. products are at least 5-free, with their nailpure range is 6-free and vegan.

good lips //

sephora coconut balm // sephora came out with some new balms this month and i grabbed the coconut one while in the checkout line one day. ¬†a really solid lip balm with a great coconut scent – real coconut, not chemical coconut. ¬†solid balm at a good price point ($6). ¬†my mom tried mine and loved it so that’s impressive¬†(she is picky about balms and has this clinique one that she claims glues her lips together. ¬†watching her mimic this action is truly hilarious)! ¬†don’t worry, i picked one up for her immediately!

smith’s rosebud salve tube¬†//¬†($6) i¬†have the pot version of the rosebud salve and almost always have one lying around somewhere, which is great, but the tube version is much better in my opinion. ¬†definitely more user and on-the-go friendly. ¬†love the glossy finish without being sticky, the rose scent, the moisturizing properties, etc. etc. ¬†plus you don’t have to worry about it melting and oozing all over your car! ¬†(it happens…a lot.)bb feb picks 5.jpggood finds //¬†

cleansing balms // i started washing my face differently this month and it has completely changed the dryness in my skin.  at the end of january i got the pixi x caroline hirons double cleanse and it completely turned me on to cleansing balms.  this one is two fold Рyou get an oil based cleansing balm and a cream based cleanse and use them one after the other, wiping them off with a damp washcloth.  i fell in love with this process as my nighttime cleanse and wanted to pick up something slightly more eco and with more benefits, so i got the trilogy makeup be gone cleansing balm at my local whole foods.  this is a gorgeous product that is extremely hydrating thanks to mango butter, rosehip oil, and coconut oil as well as other plant oils.  i remove it with a warm bamboo baby washcloths that are extremely soft and gentle Рand by that i mean basically the softest things ever.  the result is smooth and supple skin that requires few moisturizing products afterwards.  i am in love with both of these products and love interchanging them.

l’amour et la musique¬†youtube // i fell in love with mercedes of l’amour et la musique this month. ¬†i found her while on a search for youtube reviews of eco beauty products. ¬†and she is the mecca! ¬†she reviews mostly eco skincare and cosmetics with a touch of conventional ones as well, and is so intelligent and well spoken. ¬†i actually feel that i am gaining knowledge when i watch her videos and i love having a reference for my eco interests besides medical websites. ¬†i love her!! ¬†i highly recommend her videos, especially if you want something a little more intelligent than the usual makeup dribble.

alli cherry¬†youtube // i’ve been watching alli on and off for quite some time. ¬†honestly i used to find her a little boring, but i have completely changed my opinion over the last month. ¬†her content is extremely unique and well constructed, and she makes videos on her minimalist, low-waste, sustainable lifestyle. ¬†very refreshing and very empowering.

spearmint tea // sorry if this is tmi, but i severely suffer from lactose-intolerance and extreme stomach sensitivity, almost on a daily basis. ¬†i’m always researching any natural remedies that will help me feel better and take away some of my symptoms. ¬†i have come across spearmint tea quite frequently and after thoroughly trialling it, i must sing its praises. ¬†spearmint tea is known for many health benefits, but especially for its aid in digestion and management of a variety of stomach symptoms, including those related to ibs. ¬†i actually just love the sweet, refreshing way spearmint tea tastes (i drink it as is, no sugar, no milk, no honey) so i enjoy drinking it even when i’m not struggling with my stomach. ¬†but when i am struggling, i find it soothes my symptoms and eases my pain very quickly, and for that i extremely grateful. ¬†other benefits include fresh breath, hormonal balance, stress relief, and chronic disease prevention. ¬†it is also a great aid to dieters when paired with healthy diet and exercise. ¬†it is important to note that these benefits are from spearmint tea, i’m not sure if mint or peppermint tea apply. ¬†i find mine at whole foods.

kevita sparkling probiotic drinks // in the same vein as the beverage above, i started drinking kevita this month. ¬†in the past 2 weeks i don’t know if a day has gone by that i haven’t had at least half a bottle of one. ¬†it’s quite an expensive habit, but i actually think it is helping my tummy troubles. ¬†basically it’s a sparkling juice drink that is filled with good bacteria for your stomach and digestion. ¬†it’s a little kombucha-tasting (at least the flavors i have tried) but not too much and is really quite refreshing. ¬†not too sweet, organic, and all natural. ¬†i’ve been buying in bulk at whole foods. ¬†my favorite flavors are strawberry acai coconut and hibiscus berry.bb feb picks 1.jpggood living //

i haven’t mentioned it yet here, mostly because it is a topic that is extremely difficult for me to talk about, but in just a few weeks my parents are moving out of my childhood home. ¬†since i currently live in said home, i have been completely part of the moving process. ¬†and even though i hate that we are doing it, i am learning a lot about myself through this move. ¬†i’m reevaluating what i have and getting rid of what i don’t need – both physically and emotionally. ¬†i’m centering myself around the person that i truly want to be and am becoming/almost am, and i’m keeping what i feel benefits that person. ¬†even right down to the skincare and makeup and crap that i keep in my bathroom. ¬†i’m letting go and i’m creating a new space that is organic and natural and equal to me. ¬†through this, i’m¬†especially reevaluating the material items that aren’t benefitting me in a health manner, and i’m turning over a new eco leaf. ¬†it’s something i have delved into in the past, but it stressed me out and¬†at times felt like too much to conquer. ¬†but now i’m paying attention. ¬†i’m using up and then getting rid of the scary chemicals and nasty ingredients and the shit that i just don’t use or need or even want. ¬†but more on that later…

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february picks // better late than never

the best of 2016

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  Р 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  Р maison louis marie no.4 bois de balincourt

levi’s 501s ¬†– ¬†american apparel grey tees ¬†– ¬†turtlenecks

baby bohemianbaby bohemian 2016 discoveries books

what i read //

amor towles a gentleman in moscow & rules of civility

emma cline the girls  Р cheryl strayed wild

patti smith just kids & m train

violet grey  Р the file

beauty by kelsey  Р cindyhyue

tendances de mode

what i watched //

pretty little liars (every. single. episode.)

violette_fr youtube

chrissstttiiine youtube

jules von hep youtube (what a gem he is!)

etc. // 

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

patti smith just kids baby bohemian

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the best of 2016

september picks

september has been a month of growth and decision making. ¬†i’m working on making some changes in my life and paying attention to what i need and want for myself. ¬†i have¬†gone back to some old product and fashion loves; the things that i know will work and work well. ¬†i’m taking comfort in the familiar and the safe, while still¬†allowing myself¬†move forward in a new and scary direction.¬†IMG_4282.jpgwearing >>

elf angled blush brush // to blend out cream bronzer

rms eye polish in myth // perfect sheeny taupe-ness

rms living luminizer

curled lashes with no mascara

opi i sao paulo over there // the best taupe nail polish

dior creme de rose // the best lip balm

white supergas // my white sneaker of choice

drift/riot gold signet ring

reading >> 

the girls by emma cline // read my review here

making space by thich nhat hanh

the file // into the gloss but so much better

following >>

fashion weeks and street style catch ups via collage vintage

a few new instagram loves // @joellehyman, @summer.dawn, @iamnoella

watching >> 

instagram stories // soooooo much better than snapchat

jessie of¬†sunbeamsjess‘¬†old vlogtober and vlogmas videos¬†//¬†here’s to fall!

september picks

august picks

IMG_4237.jpganother month, done and dusted.  i am definitely looking forward to changing leaves and cooler weather, but am also sad to see summer go.  here were my favorite items for the last month of summer:

my glowy skin routine // i went into some depth on these products here so i won’t bore you anymore

combination of tata harper very charming and nars impassioned // these two blushes are a beautiful combination.  the tata harper is a bolder pink, while the nars is a neutral blush pink, but they work together beautifully.  i also like that i am in a way setting my cream blush, so i know my flush will stay for the whole day.

mac 187 brush // i feel like i change up my makeup brushes pretty frequently, so recently i’ve gone back to this old favorite. ¬†i love how softly it applies powder products, setting and bronzing my face very subtly. ¬†it does shed slightly, but nothing too bothersome as some people have said.

real techniques expert face brush // i’ve been using this to blend out my cream face products and it is perfect. ¬†it’s dense but not too dense, so it blends out the products well but doesn’t apply them in a too concentrated way. ¬†does anyone have the mac 170 brush? ¬†it looks similar to this and the sigma f80 but i really want to try it!

weleda buckthorn hand lotion // weleda is definitely one of my favorite skincare brands. ¬†i use their lip balm, skin food, and now this hand lotion. ¬†it sinks in almost immediately, smells like vacation, and has been making a difference in my hands’ hydration. ¬†love!

tamira jarrel // an old favorite youtuber that i have fallen back in love with.  i love how calm and real she is, and this extends to her approach to makeup.  she also has a great blog, visit it here.

slaughterhouse-five // i picked this up at my local free book drop off, and though it’s not really a “beach read,” i loved this all the same. ¬†it took me only a few days to read, which is saying something as i haven’t been this into a book in months. ¬†i really enjoyed it, both the mystical elements and the very very real ones. ¬†i definitely recommend this, especially if you haven’t read kurt vonnegut before.

komono renee sunglasses // i got these sunglasses last summer, and while i liked them then, i love them now.  they are the only sunglasses i have been wearing the past month, probably because i can put them on my head and not get all my hair stuck in them the way i do with my aviators.  i also love the brown lenses and the tint they give to my world!  a great staple pair of sunglasses.

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august picks

june picks

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new discoveries

nars long hot summer palette // i’m not one to really buy into limited edition releases in the beauty world, but when i saw this little palette i could not resist! ¬†the shades are subtle but special and i love every single one (when does that happen with a palette?!). ¬†you do NOT want to miss out on this one.

weleda skinfood // i picked this up at my local health food shop because i love multi-use products and i love the weleda brand (i’m addicted to their lip balm). ¬†i’ve been using this primarily on my eyelids when they feel dry and under my eyes when they’re a little baggy. ¬†it’s a beautiful product and i love the smell – beware, it is a bit medicinal. ¬†after buying, i happened upon this into the gloss article while researching it’s many uses, so that’s pretty cool too.

captain blankenship mermaid salt spray // i picked this up about a month ago after wanting it for so long. ¬†it was definitely worth the wait. ¬†it’s one of the better salt sprays i’ve used – adding a little bit of texture and body and that just-swam-in-the-ocean look. ¬†plus i love the smell – super peppery and fresh. ¬†plus it makes me feel like a mermaid (basically my goal in life). ¬†i’m not sure if i like this better than my plantfolk apothecary messy hair, but they are definitely tied.

a little life by hanya yanagihara // this book is absolutely stunning – stunning in it’s tragedy. ¬†i can’t really synopsize it, at the risk of oversimplifying the plot. ¬†please check it out.

the summer wind by madeleine peyroux // the summer wind (frank sinatra) has always been a favorite song of mine – probably because it is my parents’ song from when they were dating. ¬†madeleine peyroux’s version came on one day while i was at work and i just can’t get enough. ¬†i love how one of my favorite artists¬†reimagined¬†such a classic song that i didn’t think could get any better. ¬†also it came out in 2006 so how have i never heard this before now?!

the messy heads // i recently stumbled upon this blog – i was in some sort of internet time warp so i have no idea how i got to it – and it’s pretty much my favorite blog of the moment. ¬†california cool girls posting about life, love, music, magic…what could be better? ¬†they also have a print edition, so i’m dying to get my hands on that as well. ¬†and the name?? ¬†THE NAME!

rediscoveries

nars laguna bronzer // every summer when i get a little bit tanner, i bring out nars laguna. ¬†i don’t know why but it is the absolute best summer bronzer. ¬†it enhances your tan while adding a little bit of shimmer and glow, but never looks over the top. ¬†i swear by it!

mac pinch o’ peach // i’ve had this blush for a little while, but didn’t full appreciate it until i, again, got a little bit of tan. ¬†now it is my daily go to. ¬†it’s just the perfect hint of summery flush and it lasts all day.

glossier priming moisturizer // when i first bought the glossier phase 1 kit (probably almost 2 years ago), i wasn’t too thrilled with the priming moisturizer. ¬†it was good, don’t get my wrong, but it wasn’t as good as my go to cetaphil. ¬†when my sister gave me her tube, however, i realized how great a product this is. ¬†i’ve been using it more as a primer after i put on my cetaphil, but also as a moisture refresher if it’s later in the day when i’m putting makeup on. ¬†i like the extra boost it gives and maybe it’s a placebo effect, but i think i look a little juicier with it on!

decor blogs // these are definitely not new reads for me, but this month i’ve been giving them a lot more love than usual. ¬†you have probably seen these credits in my decor dreams posts, so i thought i would give them a shout out here too. ¬†my favorites at the moment are remodelista, lobster & swan, sf girl by bay, and jersey ice cream co (a company often featured on remodelista).

that’s chic youtube // i’ve followed rachel on youtube for quite a while, but her most recent content has gotten me hooked again. ¬†her videos are so dreamy and calming, and i’m totally inspired by her aesthetic and vibe. ¬†some of my favorites are her carmel vlog,¬†her recent q&a, and her apartment tour.

high ponytails // ok this is a weird one. ¬†but for some reason, when my hair is not super long, i hate how it looks in high ponytails – it just looks short. ¬†but now that my hair is pretty long again, i’m loving it tossed up high, but still hanging down quite a bit. ¬†does that even make sense?

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june picks

january picks

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bare minerals marvelous moxie lipgloss // rebel

buxom lip polish // dolly

nuxe reve de miel //

revlon x marchesa mirror // i think this is my first “purse mirror” and i feel very mature

claire marshall //

chrissstttiiine //

uniqlo down military coat // black

mint clothing co harem jogger // grey

free people phoenix tees // black, navy, white <side note: got these on sale for $23 like what is that stroke of brilliant luck>

my old lace-up booties // brown suede, purchased in spain <how fancy do i sound?!>

ugg x pendleton slippers // best christmas present ever

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january picks