Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Spring Playlist

Spring is here! It's crazy to think that I only have a little over 5 weeks left before summer break, but my schedule can definitely tell--it's one of the busiest times of year at work by far. I've been spending a lot more time out in buildings, and less time at my desk, but I've still managed to find time to pick out some favorite new songs for this season. Here are a few of my favorites:

Thursday, March 23, 2017

5 Faves: Commodity Goods Recipes

I've never been super into beauty products; I don't tend to wear a ton of makeup, and my routine is pretty basic and inexpensive. Even though I think it's fun to branch out and try something new every once in a while, for the most part I stick with my tried-and-true favorites. (I'll also never be able to master winged eyeliner, but that's another issue entirely.) The one exception to that, however, is scents. I may look like I rolled out of bed 30 seconds ago, but at the very least, I will smell good. Lotions, body sprays, and perfumes take up more space than all of my other beauty products combined, and they really always have. So late last year, when I won a giveaway from Commodity Goods, I was f.r.e.a.k.i.n.g. o.u.t. I have been obsessed with CG since my very first cocktail kit, and had prioritized which scents I was going to buy first, when I got an email from them telling me I would be receiving one of everything they make--just for filling out a survey (!). 

What I love most about CG is that, not only are literally all of their perfumes amazing, but they also are formulated to compliment each other, and you can create combinations to make your own scent. I thought it would be fun to post about some of my favorite perfume "recipes" that I wear regularly,  now that I've had time to try them all out. I tend to combine one of their black collection (which are a bit heavier) with a scent from their white collection (which are lighter), but the possibilities are endless. The cocktail kit is a good place to start if you want to experiment and find which combo is your favorite. Here are mine: 

The Brit (Wool + Rain):  Warm and cozy, yet fresh and even a little bit sweet, this is one of the coziest combos, and maybe even my very favorite of all. 

Monday, March 20, 2017

Book Review: Roanoke Girls

Note: post may contain spoilers

I'll say this for The Roanoke Girls: it had me hooked. The day it arrived in the mail, I sat down to read it and didn't put it down again until I turned the last page a few hours later. That was a few days ago, and I'm still trying to sort out exactly how I felt about it.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Importance of Taking Time

It's been quiet around here for the past few weeks. I've been really struggling with finding balance lately--particularly the balance between being informed about the things happening in our country and letting it consume my every waking moment. I was having a hard time turning off the television and putting my phone down--it felt almost irresponsible, and everything seemed so important. It was hard to look away from, as St. Vincent put it, the "daily litany of horrifying things." You know when something crazy happens and it just throws you completely off kilter for a few days? It was like that every single day. And this space--everything that I could write seemed so pointless. Who cares about British television and my favorite LUSH bath bombs when the world is going to hell around us?

Monday, January 16, 2017

2017 Word of the Year: Focus

I've always been a New Year's Resolution kinda gal. I know that's not really cool anymore, but old habits die hard, I guess. I will admit that a lot of my past goals have fallen into the stereotypical lose weight/get healthy/save money/generic personal growth category, and so last year I set out to change that with A Year of Creative Habits. Essentially I tried a new creative hobby every month and then (most months) interviewed someone I knew who was particularly talented at that type of creative expression. (You can look back through the interview archives here.)

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