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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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Friday Favorites // 047 ::

  1. Story time! I lived in an O ring choker during my high school years which, in retrospect, was probably wildly inappropriate. I am certain the website I bought it from did, in fact, call it a bondage collar. I’m not sure why that slipped under the radar at school. Then again, I guess if you’re the quiet “artsy” girl in AP classes who has followed all the rules since you were six, you can get away with just about anything. And not to be morbid, but I’m sure the “dead mom” card came into play on occasion. Further proof: my friends and I once ran a late 80s/early 90s themed lunch time radio show that we named “Tight Alice.” We also performed a musical puppet show version of The Crucible in which we yelled/sang the word “whore,” loudly, for no reason, and with no repercussions. So. Anyway. This choker by Blackhorne makes me feel nostalgic.
  2. This shortie romper is the cutest. Floral on black means springtime!
  3. This distressed leather travel wallet from Free People is perfect.
  4. Whiskey River Soap Company is currently on my radar. Soap for Plain Old Depressed People (which smells like peppermint schnapps) is my favorite, but there are some really funny ones.
  5. I’ve been hearing good good things about Black Moon Cosmetics. Libra is a flattering mauve-y nude shade, and I’m into it. These lipsticks are vegan, cruelty-free and free of parabens.
  6. This is the coolest lip balm container I’ve ever seen.
  7. I want every single one of these blind box figures. The newest series by Nathan Jurevicius and Kid Robot  is called Nightriders.


  • $5 spring polishes at Julep until Sunday! Pastels are not my thing, but there’s a great matte metallic silver (“Jo”) on sale, too! Stock up on these shades while you can. Julep polishes are 5-free and vegan-friendly!
  • Tj and I recently started watching The Detectorists and I’m really into it. It’s a much sweeter show than I expected it to be.
  • This collaboration between Darby Lahger (Old Hag) and Naomi Nowak (of Raintower) is called Soothsayer and it’s absolutely magical. The design is available in a few different styles, all handmade in Sweden from recycled textiles. These two woman are beautiful human beings, inside and out. I will never be so beautiful, but that’s okay. Because there is proof that beautiful, intelligent, talented people exist in the world, and I’m happy about that.

Happy Friday! I’m spending my weekend finishing up some schoolwork and working on a potential project proposal before we head down to DC on Monday. Tj’s on vacation! Expect photos! Or maybe not. I’m really inconsistent, lately. Like I mentioned in my previous post, I’ve got a lot on back burners. I’m hoping the rest of the words come soon. Do you ever think about how some stories from your life might not really be your stories to tell?

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It’s March, and of course that means that I already have swim style on my mind. These are some of my favorites from ModCloth. And surprise, not all of these are black, but most can be paired with black pieces! One of my goals for this summer is to get myself to the beach more often. We live so close to the coast, and I think I might love the ocean more than I dislike the seasonal crowds.

I promise, dear internet friends, that I have posts in draft with more depth to them. The problem is that writing that way takes serious time and care, and far more attention than I can give in the midst of serious assignments. For now, swim suits. Because.

Swimsuit Edition: Favorites from ModCloth

  1. Need I Say Shore one-piece in Deco
  2. Free Heart Robe (Free People)

I love the softness of the Deco suit. It’s got just enough black detailing that I think it would work really well with a sheer or lace black cover up, like this one from Free People.

Swimsuit Edition: Favorites from ModCloth

  1. Crisscrossed my Mind one-piece
  2. When and Flair one-piece

These two black basics each have great unique twists! One-piece suits don’t have to be boring. I am a huge fan of cut outs.

Swimsuit Edition: Favorites from ModCloth

  1. Par for the Shore one-piece
  2. Yoga Triangle sandal (Sanuk)

This little peachy suit might be my favorite of the whole bunch!  And while we’re talking about summer style, I want to take a moment to recommend Sanuk Yoga sandals to anyone who has gotten blisters from cheap rubber flip flops, summer after summer (after summer). I bought a pair a few years ago and will never go back. The Yoga line comes in a few different styles (the “mat” and “triangle” styles are my favorites), all of them with squishy squashy comfy rubber foot beds and soft straps. I got two summers of hard and non-stop wear out of my first pair, zero blisters.

Swimsuit Edition: Favorites from ModCloth

  1. Bathing Beauty two-piece in black
  2. Set the Serene top and bottom in Pineapples
  3. Sync or Swim top and bottom
  4. Hip, Hip, Soleil! top and bottom

Two-pieces! Okay so I am totally obsessed with that pineapple suit. Pair any of these, though, with the Esther Willams Bathing Beauty in black, and you have a winning combination (and four different suits!) Mix and match is the name of the game.

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Friday Favorites // 046 ::

  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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Enamel lapel pins are so hot right now. Am I using that right? Do people actually say that? I’ve added some great pieces to my own mostly vintage pin collection (which I should definitely write an updated post about), but there are so many awesome pins available right now. Here are twenty of my personal favorites, with links. I’ve tried to limit pop culture (movie/tv/video game) derivative works, but there are some I couldn’t resist. #pingame

It’s a little Monday afternoon snow storm window shopping. Enjoy.

Lapel Pin Envy ::

  1. Urn from Inner Decay
  2. Decline & Fall from Inner Decay
  3. Slower Black Wheat from Explorer’s Press
  4. Poppy from Explorer’s Press
  5. Witch Hat from Sara Lyons
  6. Sad Ghost from Sara Lyons
  7. Hung to Dry from Rambling Hands
  8. Momento Mori set from Cat Coven
  9. I Believe from Last Craft
  10. All Hope is Not Lost from Frolik Studio
  11. Black Lodge Coop from Bunny Miele
  12. Coffin from Yesterdays
  13. Sailor Moon Crisis Heart from Creepy Gals
  14. Cry Baby from Penelope Gazin
  15. Dovahkiin from Jess Hrycyk
  16. Ugh from Night Cheese Lifestyle
  17. D20 from These are Things
  18. Trust No One from Cry Wolf
  19. Retro Record Player by Abby Galloway from Valley Cruise Press
  20. Ouija Board from Punky Pins
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