Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Fall Beauty

'Tis the season for coziness and lord knows my introverted ass embraces all opportunities to stay at home wrapped in a blanket, surrounded by candles and plenty of pumpkin-flavored treats. But on the odd occasion that I do leave my house, I have a few special treats that I use to keep me feeling festive and I'd like to share them with you!

First, let's start with a couple things that are exclusively for at-home use:

1) Apple Cider Candle ($12) I light candles every single evening in the autumn and this one is sooo delish that it has been given permanent residence in my bedroom (a very high honor for a candle)

2) Lush Rose Jam body wash ($12) Lush brings this out every holiday season but this is the first time I've tried it and I'm hooked. It's a nice floral alternative to traditional holiday scents (note: it's VERY sweet when you smell it out of the bottle but doesn't smell that way when you use it, it lightens up and is extra lovely)

And to put a little pep in my step, I'm loving these bad boys:

3) Diptyque 'Eau Duelle' perfume ($130) This scent is NOT for everyone (my mother absolutely hates when I wear this around her) but I think it is divine. The top notes are not my favorite but it dies down into a beautiful spiced vanilla fragrance that I think is perfect for this time of year. I especially love spraying it on my coats and scarves before I head out because it lingers ALL day and makes everything smell cozy.

4) L'Oreal x Balmain lipstick in 'Liberation' ($15) Truth be told this formula is not the best (drugstore lipsticks don't do it for me, even if they are a designer collab) but this color is EVERYTHING. It's a great alternative to red/wine colored lips for the Fall.

5) Sally Hanson Miracle Gel in 'Tidal Wave' ($10) Best nail polish formula at the drug store, hands down (yes, even better than Essie and OPI) because it's crazy shiny and lasts SO long! I think this partcular color is a great autumn/winter alternative to reds/oranges/burgundy.

6) Lush 'Lustre' body shimmer ($10) "One is never too old to wear body shimmer, especially gold shimmer that smells like jasmine" - Jesus, creator of Christmas

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

New Hampshire Foliage

Long time, no blog. 

I have no excuse really, besides feeling completely uninspired lately. It happens every once in a while! Truth be told I don't think I've been completely cured of it but alas, I figured I was overdue a blog post, especially since I've done a bit of traveling! 

A couple weeks ago I flew to Boston to see some of my favorite people. We took a road trip on a lazy Saturday into New Hampshire to see the White Mountains - and by "to see the White Mountains" I really mean - FOLIAGE. New England in the Autumn has been high on my bucket list forever, and oh my sweet baby Jesus it did not disappoint me. I was completely floored, driving along Kancamagus Highway with my mouth open like a derp the whole time because I actually could not cope with the colors. Spectacular. 

Monday, September 18, 2017

London Favorites & a To-Do list

(Neal's Yard, London)

I've been to London upwards of 10 times now, all within the last 5 years - crazy! At this point, I've become familiar enough with it that it feels comfortable to me. There's something refreshing about going to a city that I've never lived in and knowing my way around, having favorite spots I like to visit, and not feeling at all like a tourist (even though I DEFINITELY am, especially when I lug around my massive camera!)

Here's a short list of my favorite things to do in London. No matter how many times I visit, these are staples I always go back to!

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Autumn To-Do List

Ireland seems to be holding on tight to the last few moments of summer, but my body is FULLY prepared for autumn. Chilly weather, colorful foliage, scarves, boots, hot coffee, holidays & cozy nights - makes my heart flutter just thinking about it! I'm a Spring baby but for some reason I feel like I thrive the most in the autumn, despite the lack of daylight (which I am NOT looking forward to!)

This summer was unfortunately not great. Being unemployed made for plentiful free time with zero disposable income to do all the things on my summer to-do list, which was a massive failure. I did a grand total of TWO things off of my list - so depressing. First world problems to the max. Hopefully I have better luck in the Fall and can check off my FULL to-do list this time around!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The National Botanic Gardens of Ireland

This sprawling beauty is one of my favorite places in the entirety of Dublin. Being amongst lush greenery, the smell of blooming flowers and the overall atmosphere of a traditional glasshouse is so relaxing to me. It makes me feel introspective and inspired. That being said, I am a plant lover in general - I may look like I'm in my 20s but I love a garden center just as much as my 80-year-old grandma. My boyfriend on the other hand...not so much. But he was kind enough to drive me up to the gardens last weekend for a wander and I managed to capture some snaps that I wanted to share with you all!