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  1. Alex and Ani’s Deep Sea collection is stunning. I love the Marina Deep Sea wrap bracelet.
  2. I appreciate that this incense holder from Free People is suitable for both stick and cone incense.
  3. This muted mint shade, called Lush, from LVX is summertime perfection. LVX polishes are 7-free, cruelty-free, and vegan.
  4. I ran out of notecards recently, and it was a sad day. Check out these sea life cards!
  5. Tj dragged me into LUSH a couple weeks ago (because I kept insisting I didn’t need anything), and they had this new(ish) soap, Outback Mate, at the register. It smells SO GOOD. Eucalyptus, peppermint, and lemongrass.
  6. This journal is on my wishlist.
  7. I love Loyal Citizen Clothing out of Portland, and this Maine state flag tee. #VerMainer

There’s an Ingress event coming up at the end of August in Portland (the one in Maine), so I’m currently a little bit obsessed with accessorizing. I play on Enlightened, which is represented by the color green. Thus, that nail polish and tee. Team spirit, friends!

While we’re kind of on the subject, I want to take a quick moment to speak in defense of games like Ingress and its baby sibling Pokemon Go. Games that get people, especially painfully introverted people like me, out of the house and socializing are great. Nerdstuff has often kept me inside and away from people, but instead I’ve climbed mountains. I’ve been to the edge of the world in the middle of the night. I’ve explored local cemeteries under a dusting of snow. I’ve run like a mad-person around Brooklyn, getting sunburned and blistered and giving people high fives. And I’ve gotten to do most of it with my best friend. I’ve also met some genuinely great human beings I would never have otherwise met! Maybe don’t be so quick to judge people on what they choose to do for fun. That says more about you than anyone else, and the world is already a pretty terrible place. Why make it worse? You might not get it. Well, I don’t get Game of Thrones (or any other popular television show TBH), but I don’t expect you to explain or defend your evening leisure activities to me. I’m cool with you watching TV.

* If you’re an Ingress player who plans on traveling to these parts at the end of August, stay tuned. I’m going to round up some friends and put together a girldust approved places to eat and drink list. Or you know, if you’d like to meet up and say hullo that weekend, I am so down.


  • This Playing for Change “Hawai’i Aloha” video from April is a new favorite.
  • Local folks: The Woodman Museum in Dover is teaming up with the UNH Marine Docents for a day of learning. The event is free, and a $5 discounted admission cost per person is available to visit the Woodman Museum. Thursday, July 28, 2016, 10 am – 3 pm. More information here.
  • My obsession with hooping has returned, full force. I haven’t had much luck tracking down a local hoop maker, but Hoop Mamas has a great online selection. Saving my pennies.
  • The traditional Hawaiian voyaging canoe Hōkūle‘a will be stopping in Mount Desert Island Maine, as part of her leg through the New England area. This sail is part of a historic worldwide voyage covering more than 60,000 nautical miles, 100 ports, and 27 nations. Read more about the schedule of events at the Abbe Museum blog, here.

Just how many millennia has it been since I posted a manicure of the week or a polish review? This one is exciting!

Digits: Trust Fund Beauty Hot in the Hamptons

This bright pink shade from Trust Fund Beauty is going to be on my fingers all summer long. Hot in the Hamptons is a hot, hot pink with a touch of shimmer. Even though I’m normally a neutral polish kind of girl, this is a dose of happiness every time I look down at my hands. I can’t get enough. It’s nice to have a bright color in my polish arsenal. I’m a little out of my comfort zone, in a good way. Pink is secretly (sometimes) one of my favorite colors. Don’t tell. I’m complicated.

Trust Fund Beauty is home to 100% vegan, cruelty-free and toxin-free nail polishes, made in the US and EU. The names are cheeky, and the polishes are bright, long-lasting perfection. Each bottle costs $15, and it’s money well spent.  The manicure you see in the photo is a touch up on four days of wear with very little chipping. Two coats, no topcoat (plus just the single touch up coat). This polish blows my mind. Trust Fund Beauty is definitely an indy cosmetics company worth supporting. These three polishes on my wish list:

Digits: Trust Fund Beauty Hot in the Hamptons

London Snog, Why U Mad Tho?, Bye Felicia

Non-toxic and cruelty-free beauty is incredibly important to me. I have a strict set of standards when it comes to my infrequent (but enjoyable and necessary) cosmetics and body care purchases, and with so many options available, in all price ranges, there’s no reason not to be picky. I’m so happy to have discovered this company. While there are now quite a few toxin-free nail polishes on the market, Trust Fund is now officially in my top three (along with LVX and SpaRitual).

What polish colors are you wearing this summer?

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This is a downright summery Friday Favorites! Have a good weekend, friends! I hope you’re able to spend some time outside. ♥

  1. The June Julep Maven collection was revealed, today. We’re still in pastel and brights territory, which is why I skipped May’s box, but I like Alaina (driftwood taupe creme) from this collection. I’ve been keeping my nails short due to some damage, so I’m into neutral polishes, lately.
  2. The Tribeca top from Mata Traders is so, so cute. It’s available in a red print, as well.
  3. I might have to do a full second post on enamel pins, but for now can we please at least appreciate the Moustache P.I.N. by Full Sweatpants? My mom was a big fan of detective and mystery shows when I was growing up (which is definitely why I’m still kind of obsessed), and Magnum PI was one of our favorites to watch together.
  4. I’ve fallen hard for this sterling silver whale wrap ring from Alex and Ani.
  5. I think you know how much I love PrAna. It’s not like it’s some big secret. The Amelie dress (show here in Green Lace, because it’s adorable) is made of a 45% recycled blend. PrAna offers a number of Fair Trade, organic, and recycled options. Read more about their sustainability practices here. In the recent kerfuffle over labor practices of the “luxury” activewear industry, this is a company worth supporting.
  6. New shades from Rituel de Fille. Check out the Cultus collection! I’d love to get my hands on Whitethorn. These lipsticks are 100% worth the splurge, by the way. I purchased Rue a few months ago, and I’ve never looked back. All Rituel de Fille products are cruelty-free, 99% natural, and handcrafted without parabens, phthalates, synthetic dyes or synthetic fragrances.
  7. We’re pretty candle obsessed in this house. Paddywax makes some of my favorites. This verbena and patchouli blend is new to me, and seems like it would smell amazing.

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  1. Even now, I’m still secretly a sucker for graphic tees (and a good moon print). I like this tank from ModCloth. #summergoth!
  2. The Rogue and the Wolf has a killer collection, but this ring (“the rule”) is my current favorite.
  3. The Jacinta Skirt from PrAna is 100% organic cotton, Fair Trade certified, and officially on my summer wish list. I love PrAna.
  4. I need these raspberry hibiscus marshmallows in my face. ASAP.
  5. I have big dreams for our outdoor space, this summer. Dreams that involve a lot of color. Does an outdoor space require coasters? Probably not. But I like these.
  6. This violet creme polish from SpaRitual is so, so gorgeous.
  7. This keyring from With Care. Good.
  8. New album from Sam Beam & Jesca Hoop, Love Letter for Fire! Preview here via NPR’s First Listen.


  • MAC is releasing a Star Trek collection! At first glance, that seems pretty cool, but I am a little disappointed. The collection reportedly draws inspiration specifically from Deanna Troi, Uhura, Seven of Nine and Vina. “‘Star Trek is an iconic pop culture phenomenon whose storylines pushed gender and racial boundaries,’ MAC creative director James Gager said in a statement. ‘For its 50th anniversary, we celebrate each of Star Trek’s powerful women in a transcending, transformational makeup collection.’ Okay. I support that. But …Vina? Not particularly “powerful.” What about Captain Janeway? What about Major Kira? Lt. Dax? Dr. Crusher? Tasha Yar? Perrin? I understand that Star Trek fans may not actually be the target audience, here, but there’s a huge missed opportunity to represent the whole Trek universe. Additional note: MAC is not a cruelty-free company. Its parent company, Estee Lauder, tests on animals where required by law, and is currently available for sale in China (where animal testing is required).
  • If you’re local to the Dover New Hampshire area, be sure to stop by 7th Settlement on Tuesday, April 12 to celebrate the unveiling of the Woodman IPA to help support The Woodman Museum. 6-10pm. Trivia! Food! Fun! I’ll probably be there!
  • I am so excited for the newest Love Goodly box! The April/May box celebrates Earth Day in collaboration with Alicia Silverstone, and will benefit Farm Sanctuary. Preview the box here.


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  1. Cute boots! When it comes to boots, I usually prefer leather for the longevity, but these are a nice vegan option.
  2. New wraps from Jamberry! I wasn’t head-over-heels in love with this catalog release, but there are a few designs that work for me. I like Brooklyn Bridge and Sculpted.
  3. This ring is so pretty.
  4. This cool fuchsia shade from Tarte is called Surfer Girl. I need. I am kind of obsessed with purple pinks, right now.
  5. LUSH’s springtime selection has arrived! The Ultraviolet bubble bar will let you ring in the season with violet, ylang ylang, and jasmine scented foam. Yes, please.
  6. Teakwood and cardamom!? Wood wicks? Burke and Hare Candle Company can clearly do no wrong. Loving the blue glass, too.
  7. I love everything about this long black cardigan from ModCloth.

I’m writing to you from Philadelphia, this week! We’re here until Thursday. I’m looking forward to discovering a few more bits and pieces of this city. I’ll be taking Tj to the Mütter tomorrow, and Franklin Fountain is obviously on our repeat list. We have friends showing us some restaurants, as well. It will be nice to visit some of their favorite places before they move home to Maine (♥), where we’ll show them more of ours.

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