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Holy cow, my thirty-third (is that even right?) birthday is in less than a month. It’s been kind of a whirlwind of a summer. I’m not really ready for it to be over, yet. I’m in denial that it’s a week into September, already. Have I mentioned that I’m finally employed? And that my job is actually really cool? And that my office is on top of a mountain? What is even happening?

Anyway. More on that another time, possibly. I’ll keep this short and sweet, I think. This year’s “wishlist” may seem rather boring. I’m fortunate in that I have everything I need, and I’ve also gotten much better at being thoughtful and intentional about the things I do want. I’m getting old, I guess; boring seems alright with me. I’m thankful that I have the luxury to be this variety of boring.

  1. There are always a couple pieces in the PrAna Fall collection that call my name. This year, the Paradiso Cocoon top in Olive is one of them. This will probably be my present to myself.
  2. The new Primer Drops and Facial Powders (in the shade “Light”) from Cocokind are kind of right up my alley. You may recall my “Makeup Newbie” post from April. I have a full update on that drafted and ready to go, but I’m not sure I’ll bother sharing it. I had a lot of fun experimenting over the summer, but when it comes to cosmetics, the more natural and skincare-based a line is, the more I am willing to actually make it a regular part of my routine.
  3. It’s likely I’m going to need a new pair of hiking boots/shoes sooner, rather than later. I really love the Terradora from Keen.
  4. These days, I pretty much only rotate through three or four different pairs of earrings. It’s probably time to sort through my collection again. The Bossi Bloom earrings from Daya would serve in replacing at least two pairs I don’t wear very often.
  5. I would very, very much like to read this book.
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Sometimes I feel a little sorry for those of you in warmer climes, even with snow on the horizon. One of my favorite things about living in New England is getting to experience all four seasons fully. Each month here breathes differently. Fall, in particular, brings with its sights and scents the strongest sense of nostalgia for me. I will visit so many places in my lifetime, but this will always be home. I am thankful that Maine is like Vermont in so many of the best ways.

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  1. This gorgeous vintage-inspired dress will be available for purchase in November from ModCloth. Totally swoony.
  2. These hand painted amethyst runes are lovely.
  3. I think this sweet rose vine crown would be a nice addition to any headpiece collection.
  4. Julep’s November Maven collection is perfect. Matte metallics! I chose “Cheyenne” (auburn) and “Sonia” (steel blue), which will both see me through the winter. I can’t wait to combine them with some of my Jamberry nail wraps. If you’ve been on the fence about becoming a Maven, it’s a great time to join. New Mavens can receive a four piece metallics welcome box for free (+ $2.99 shipping) when they sign up using this link. A fully customizable Maven subscription is $24.99 a month, and it’s easy to skip out on the collections you don’t like. Mavens also earn points with every purchase, which can be used on future boxes.
  5. I love this delicate US-made opal ring.
  6. I’d like to try to make barmbrack. It’s a good time of year to start using the oven again. I’m not normally a fruited cake kind of person, but this recipe makes it look alright. I’d probably just use a combination of dried cherries and cranberries, and omit the raisins altogether.
  7. This wool-blend skirt from PrAna is a serious wardrobe essential.


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  1. I am head over heels in love with this beautiful burgundy bra from True & Co.
  2. I am going to attempt this Halloween craft via Martha Stewart. Are you doing any Halloween decor projects? I would love to hear your ideas. It’s been hard to find crafts for adults that aren’t either too goofy or too gory. We’re going for a sort of mystical haunted woodland cemetery look, I think. I’m still kind of unsure.
  3. New cute and spooky limited edition Dunny figures are out at Magic Pony. These are blind box, as usual, but I love “The Grisly Phantom” best.
  4. I love the black beeswax candles from For Real Surreal Club. Their black candles are all scented with cedarwood, but they have totally natural options, too, if that’s more your style.
  5. I will always say yes to crochet detailing, especially in soft gray.
  6. Check out these beautiful handmade wooden spoons by UK-based carver Giles Newman. His instagram is full of gorgeous one-of-a-kind pieces, and his etsy shop is here.
  7. I don’t think I could ever really pull it off, but this cool-toned lavender shade (named “Cipher”) from Rituel de Fille is just beautiful.

I was going to totally use my death cold as an excuse not to write this post, but I decided not to be so dramatic. I actually do enjoy putting these posts together every week. Have a great weekend!

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Well hello there! It’s been a while, right? We got home from vacation a few days ago, but those 20+ hour travel days take a lot of a girl. I’ve been fighting a nasty cold since our last day in Maui, and trying to get caught up on schoolwork. Because… well… museum finances aren’t nearly as interesting as splashing around in the Pacific Ocean and summiting volcanoes. Back to the real world, I suppose. I hope you are well. ♥

It’s nice to be home. The trees welcomed us back in a blaze of fiery glory, and the air is crackling.

Here are a few photos from our trip. We’re already thinking about going back. How could we not?

You can click on the panorama shots to see them full-sized.







 Haleakalā crater from 10,000 feet




We stayed at the Grand Wailea resort, which was a totally new experience (for me, anyway), but a fun one. Off season is definitely the time to go if you don’t really like crowds, and don’t mind construction noise and a few minor inconveniences here and there (our resort fee was waived). We’ve already decided that our next trip will be a little more low key, and will involve some beach camping and less expensive hotels. We discovered that there were so many more things we wanted to do; five days just wasn’t enough time to take everything in.

A couple places of note:

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It’s officially my favorite month of the year! Happy October!

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  1. I love everything about this embroidered cardigan.
  2. What are you reading lately? I’m reading The Stand for the first time ever, and I love it. I’m not sure why it took me so long.
  3. Last year when I read about Death Salon at the Mütter, I made tentative plans in my head that I would return to Philadelphia again for my birthday. This was, of course, long before our Hawaii plans actually came into fruition. I’ve been following The Order of the Good Death and its co-founder, mortician Caitlin Doughty (her current project: Undertaking LA) fairly closely over the last handful of years, in the hopes to help deal with my own crippling anxieties about the inevitable.
  4. This Harvest Greetings card from Poison Apple Printshop is a beauty. I usually send a few fall greeting cards every year. My dad always gets a special Halloween one. It’s our thing. ♥
  5. These apple caramels from Lake Champlain Chocolates are made using Citizen Cider. If you have never in your life tried Lake Champlain Chocolates, I highly recommend that you do. And not just because they’re from my homeland.
  6. My next big jewelry purchase (one I’ll need to save for) will most definitely be a piece from Bloodmilk. Maybe I’ll start with the Petite Planchette ring.
  7. I’ve been really into facial masks and treatments, lately. I’d love to try this pineapple brightening mask from Herbivore Botanicals. My skin gets pretty dull looking, especially when winter rolls along, and I have yet to figure out how to work any magic using makeup.



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