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McCoy has been adjusting to his new surroundings ever-so-slowly (which I suppose is how he accomplishes most things). We’ve been trying to take him outside a few times a week, since he was never able to venture out too much at my apartment in Dover. He sits very still in the grass for quite a long while, but once his confidence surfaces, he’s off like a shot. I’ve read about people tying balloons to their pet torts so they can more easily keep track of them outside, and I can understand why. Once he’s finally in motion, he’s a speed demon. I think once the landscape of the backyard become permanent memory, his initial wait time will lessen and he will be less hesitant to venture out.

Tortoise in the Grass :: girldust.com

Tortoise in the Grass :: girldust.com

Tortoise in the Grass :: girldust.com

Tortoise in the Grass :: girldust.com

Tortoise in the Grass :: girldust.com

Tortoise in the Grass :: girldust.com

Tortoises and other reptiles aren’t for everyone, and require a lot of very specific care. That being said, torts do make great pets. Each animal has its own distinct personality, and despite not being particularly cuddly (he does like pats), McCoy is actually really great company. Tj has had McCoy for most of his life, and we believe that he’s probably in his late twenties. Tortoises can very easily outlive their owners! Russian tortoises like McCoy can grow to be around 8 to 10 inches long, but some captive tortoise species grow to be much larger. Please feel free to leave a comment if you have any questions!

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DIY Black Tea & Rose Petal Body Scrub :: girldust.com

The scent of black tea is one of my favorites just on its own, but it pairs really well with both citrus and some floral elements. Not to mention that tea leaves make for a nice addition to your all natural exfoliation arsenal. I decided to combine the tea with sugar and coconut oil to make a dreamy all over body scrub. I threw in a handful or so of fallen rose petals (because straight up picking what I assume are my neighbor’s roses would probably be rude), and here we are! Homemade body scrubs are so, so easy to put together, and can be ultra luxurious depending on what ingredients you use. Experiment! No need to bead.

To make this scrub, you will need the following:

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • (+/-) 1/2 cup solid coconut oil
  • 1+ tablespoon black tea (preferably loose leaf)
  • handful of fresh rose petals

Measurements are approximate and can be changed based on personal preference.

Check rose petals for any insect friends, then rinse and gently pat dry. Remove any stems or other dirt and debris. Also remove any overly wilted petals, or any that have lost their scent completely. Coarsely chop the petals, and combine with sugar in a bowl. Mix thoroughly with a spoon, using the sugar to further break the petals down. You’re using the sugar as a mechanism to extract the oils from your rose petals, which in turn makes the sugar mixture (and your scrub!) smell delicious. Coarse raw sugar would do the best job, but I used ordinary table sugar in this batch. Stir in black tea. Add the coconut oil (you may not need to use all of it!), and stir to combine. If you have rose essential oil on hand, feel free to add one or two drops. Rose geranium is nice here, as well, and is a less expensive alternative.

Store in an airtight container. The coconut oil will melt at warmer temperatures, but you can bring it back to solid form by storing it in a cool place. If you don’t like coconut oil (the smell can be strong), try a substitute. Sweet almond would be wonderful, here, just be aware that your scrub will be liquid and will require stirring before use.

DIY Black Tea & Rose Petal Body Scrub :: girldust.com

Tortoise Tidbit: Tortoises may sometimes enjoy rose petals (pesticide free, please) as a treat. McCoy wants absolutely nothing to do with them. TIL.

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Life in These Parts :: girldust.com

Life in These Parts :: girldust.com

Life in These Parts :: girldust.com

Life in These Parts :: girldust.com

Life in These Parts :: girldust.com

This was pre-bath McCoy (so dusty!). I think he knew something was up. Post-bath McCoy is not talking to me, despite being provided with top notch organic lettuce.

The first plant (a Nephthytis, aka Arrowhead Plant) was rescued when somebody donated it at work a couple months ago. Yes, somebody donated a plant to a thrift store. Don’t do that. I wasn’t sure how to go about saving it. Normally a good soak and some time in the sun does wonders, but this particular friend is of the low light, medium water variety. I waited and fretted and watered gently, and then waited some more. Its twin is not recovering quite as quickly, unfortunately, but I have my fingers crossed.

My succulents are looking leggy, I know. I’m waiting until I move to do something about that. I’ve been researching propagating a bit. I’m hoping to give it a go.

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My most recent Fix (my seventh!) has definitely been the best, yet. They just keep getting better! I was reading back through my previous reviews, and it’s apparent my taste has changed in the last couple years! I was going through a phase. It involved buying white floral shorts. I don’t know. I’m over it.

I left a note with my stylist, explaining my closet’s color scheme (blacks, grays, darker shades, and cool jewel tones), and also pointed her in the direction of my Pinterest style board.  I told her that I needed a few pieces that would be office and Graduate presentation appropriate, but also dress-downable. She used these details and images to create a perfect Fix for me! I ended up with two pieces that I know I’m going to be happy with for a long time.

A couple things before I continue:

  1. When will winter end? I am dry, soft, and blotchy.
  2. Growing out a pixie cut is kind of terrible. Somebody please end my misery.

In this box:

  1. Jessie basket weave detail jersey maxi dress by Gilli $74 (made in the US) kept
  2. Gazele mosaic print blouse by Amour Vert $78 (made in the US)
  3. Kayella lace sweater by Mystree $68 kept
  4. Gilligan cocoon style cardi by RD Style $58
  5. Uruguay pintuck detail top by Skies are Blue $48

The dress is an investment piece, for sure, but will be perfect in the summer and for our vacation. The lace sweater, which I fell instantly, heads-over-heels in love with, replaces a less-loved black sweater that was much too small and boxy.

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Kayella lace sweater by Mystree (pet tortoise accessory not available in Fix)

I did like both the blouses, especially the mosaic print, but I already have two similar graphic print tops in my closet as it is (one LL Bean Signature and one Tart, from a previous fix). Both shirts provided no stretch, so a size small was slightly out of my normal comfort level. The oatmeal-colored cocoon cardigan (not pictured) was a non-option. It was cozy and warm, but light colors are asking for trouble. I’m a mess maker.

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Gazele mosaic print blouse by Amour Vert / Uruguay pintuck detail top by Skies are Blue

I spoiled myself with this Fix. This girl is officially on a shopping break, especially with next semester’s tuition on the horizon. I’m at a pretty amazing place right now, though, where I am, after purging and replacing, a stable 90% happy with my wardrobe.

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Jessie basket weave detail jersey maxi dress by Gilli detail / necklace from the Rock & Art Shop, Bar Habor ME

Use this link to sign up for Stitch Fix! All you need to do is fill out a quick style survey and provide a few details. Remember, the more information about yourself and your style you provide, the better your Fix will be. Give your stylist something to work with, and you’ll be happy.

Thanks to this Fix’s stylist, Heather!

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Today is a peaceful day.

Yesterday, I woke up with a sore throat and allover body aches. I spent most of the day in bed. Once a month, my immune system jumps ship, along with the contents of my uterus. Too much information, perhaps, I am not sorry. I ended up skipping my class at Harvard; the commute is long, and I usually don’t get home until well after 11pm. While I’m not taking the class for credit, it has been really refreshing to be actively learning, again; I was sad to miss out. I’ll be starting work on my graduate degree come August, at which point I will not be able to afford any missed classes!

I’m feeling marginally better, but am still taking it easy. The snow that was predicted for today is currently not much more than icy drizzle. Everything is grey and gloomy, so it’s a nice day to stay inside with the tortoise. For once, I am feeling at ease about accomplishing little. I have no errands to run, bills to pay, or anything that really requires  my immediate attention. I washed a few dishes, worked on a poem, and took a long shower. The hot water eased a bit of my soreness, and I treated myself to LUSH’s Turkish Delight (which, if you must know, is divine).

Russian tort

cactus

The rest of my evening remains unplanned. Tj flew out to the west coast, today. I am alone. I am thankful for days to myself in the middle of the week. The weekend at work is always long, and days like these are exactly what I need sometimes to mentally prepare myself to be able to be energetic and kind. I have a difficult time imagining how I would ever cope with a Monday-Friday/9-5 kind of job, but even if and when I do end up working in my field, I don’t think I’ll have to worry about that.

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