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  1. Being a PrAna Influencer means I get a sneaky peek at new styles. Lucky me! The new Cascade top in Gray Indigo is on my fall wishlist. I have a feeling I’m going to own the whole leggings and sweater thing this year. I’m getting older, and I just want to be comfy all the time. PrAna has an incredible selection of recycled and sustainable materials. I absolutely adore this company.
  2. I may have treated myself to both color ways of the new lotus pin from Inner Decay. That was a good mail day.
  3. Vena’s Fizz House is one of my favorite Portland spots, primarily because it’s one of the few adult places I’ve seen with an extensive (and beautiful) non-alcoholic drink menu. On our last visit, I got an orange shrub with house-made chocolate syrup. It was amazing. They have a great cocktail selection, too! Check out their infusion kits.
  4. The new fall collection from SpaRitual, Feminine, is out, with a few good neutrals. Spontanenous is probably my favorite.
  5. I’m a sucker for a classic hoop earring. I like a good mix of silver and gold when it comes to jewelry.
  6. I love these limited edition Chandra slip ons. These shoes are a collaborative effort between Bucketfeet and Piece & Co., a company that provides the fashion industry beautiful hand-crafted fabric ethically made by female artisans around the world.
  7. This underwear set from Thief and Bandit is the cutest. It looks super comfy, too.

Happy Friday, friendos! Have a great weekend!

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Friday Favorites // 054 :: girldust.com

  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.

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  • 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.

North Berwick is home to a nicely maintained (by volunteers) series of trails along the Neoutaquet River. It’s a peaceful spot, open to the public year round. It’s a short walk from the house, so I ventured out this last weekend.

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Into the Woods :: girldust.com

Into the Woods :: girldust.com

Into the Woods :: girldust.com

I think this bee was molting, so I left it to do its thing.

Into the Woods :: girldust.com

Into the Woods :: girldust.com

Into the Woods :: girldust.com

Into the Woods :: girldust.com

I’m still slowly discovering this area’s treasures, of which I suspect there are many. Despite having lived just over the state line in New Hampshire for four years, I never really thought much of Dover as a permanent home. It’s a fine little city, but I never really grew attached to it, or felt invested in the community. I feel a little different here, a little more firmly rooted.

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On Wednesday we took a drive to Booth Bay Harbor to visit the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens with Tj’s parents. It was a beautiful day, sunny and seventy, with an occasional (much appreciated) coastal breeze. I don’t think we could have asked for a better day. We took a few photos, and I came back with a fairly impressive plant wishlist, and only a very small sunburn.

Some of these shots are Tj’s.

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Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens :: girldust.com

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens :: girldust.com

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Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens :: girldust.com

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens :: girldust.com

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens :: girldust.com

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens :: girldust.com

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens :: girldust.com

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens :: girldust.com

I fell in love with these “Amethyst Mist” Coral Bells.

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I am still on the fence when it comes to the title of this feature. And the layout. And the everything. Providing a weekly carousel (to use a term coined by the effervescent blog goddess Gala Darling) requires a lot of time and effort, and a lot of …keeping one’s finger on the pulse of current happenings. Or something.

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I am very rarely passionate about political candidates. Actually, that’s something of an understatement, because I have never been passionate about any political candidate, ever. But Bernie Sanders makes my Vermont heart swell with pride. No matter what, good things will happen because of this.

The Poison Garden at England’s Alnwick Garden is beautiful—and filled with plants that can kill you.

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Honestly, just give me something that actually fits my body, and I’ll be happy. It totally doesn’t need to fit in a matchbox.

This list includes my hometown distillery, Caledonia Spirits.

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  • The Maine Brew Bus is new to me, but they’ve been around for a few years.

I think we might book a tour, sometime this summer. We tend to skip out on a lot of things because planning can be so overwhelming. We’re both pretty introverted. I like that these tours take the stress out of that. All we have to do is get to Portland.

I was lucky enough to view a Hokusai exhibit in DC at the Freer/Sackler, but having another opportunity to see these prints so close to home gives me goosebumps. Ah!

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In personal news, I am on the job hunt. My last day with Goodwill Industries of Northern New England will be May 28th. After four and half years, it’s time for a change. I have nothing lined up. I’m currently looking into editing and/or social media related jobs, at least while I’m in school. For now, I’m focusing on finishing up this semester in brilliant standing, writing here, and doing some audio transcribing work on the side. Keep your fingers crossed. I also need to get my driver’s license (I know, I know) and move in with Timothy. So. Lots to do, lots to worry about, but it’s all good.

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