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Friday Favorites // 044 ::

  1. Hello, new dream dress.
  2. Rituel de Fille tugs my heart strings in a big way. Have a I found a new signature lip color in Rue? That feels like a big step into adulthood, for me. I’ve discovered that I am definitely more of a pinky-purple girl than a red girl. I know how everyone is apparently supposed to have their “perfect” red, but I have yet to find mine. I am also feeling so very tempted by their Ash & Ember Eye Soot in Sigil (no. 7).
  3. I love this tropical bathing suit. It’s colorful, but makes use of black detailing so it’s a good compromise. I could easily tone it down by pairing it with black solids. These are things I think about. The  top and bottom are sold separately, yay!
  4. Many years ago, at the suggestion of a stylist, I bought a wooden comb. It was the nicest thing I ever did for my hair. Now that I am more or less committed to length, I’d like to once again add one to my beauty arsenal. Wood cuts back on static and breakage, and helps redistribute oils down the follicle.
  5. I’ve had my eye on this his simplistic moon phase calendar for a while.
  6. Rosewater shea butter soap sounds divine. I love Formulary 55’s package design!

Winter is back with a vengeance, fellow northeastern friends. Stay cozy this weekend! Maybe that’s why this Friday Favorites has a somewhat soft, warm weather vibe? Could be. I’m so cold.


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February Goals ::

February is a tough month, right? It’s still winter, but I have already become anxious for spring. The fluctuating weather is not helping, but I realize I shouldn’t complain about temperatures in the 50s. I’m trying hard to live in the now, or whatever, but you know. I want sunshine and bike rides and the ocean. I do have a more steady schedule than just a month ago; the semester started last week, and I just began a internship of sorts at a local museum. Being busy helps a lot. Here are my goals for the month:

Eat somewhere new. There are a few places in Portland that are on our list. It would be a nice treat, for sure, and something fun to look forward to.

Finish two books. I’ve got one on hold that I’m looking forward to picking up again. I also have a lot of reading to do for class, but I’ll make it happen. It’s a matter of using my time a little better (like, not binge watching shows I’ve already seen three times).

Purchase some professional (ish) clothing. Not much of what’s in my closet right now fits appropriately. That being said, I’m not actually willing to get rid of anything because 1. it’s all really nice, and 2. I literally just need to lose like eight pounds and I’ll be comfortable (and feel more like myself) again. I need pieces I can wear to work at the museum in the interim.  There’s not really a dress code, especially because the site is closed for the season, but I feel like something beyond jeans and a cardigan would be appropriate come spring. Professional attire has always sort of alluded me, because I’ve never really had to develop this part of my wardrobe. When I try to shop for these things, I either can’t find anything that fits properly (dress pants are not made for short girls with butts), or I end up looking like a completely different person. Not cool. I’m not sure what the solution is, here. Skirts and dresses, I suppose.

Make time for friends. I haven’t seen my lady friends since before Christmas. Thankfully, we have some stuff coming up this month. I’m also thankful that they understand how terrible I am at socializing. I’d like to be better, though. I’d like to be able to go out for coffee like a normal person without it being an event. I will get there.

Get my hair cut. It’s time. I’ve waited far too long and I am a mess. Just …ugh. This needs to happen ASAP.

I think that’s probably it. Keeping it simple and (hopefully) attainable. How about you?

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Happy New Year, friends! I hope you have fulfilling NYE plans. Personally, I’m looking forward to some time alone with books and a bottle of wine. Tj won’t be home this year, but I’m making the best of it. We were lucky all through the month of December, and managed to celebrate the holidays with both our families.

I thought it might be nice to take a look back at my favorite posts from 2015. Perhaps this will serve as the motivation I so desperately need in the coming year.


In January, I posted this sugar lip scrub DIY. I don’t know how many project/recipe posts will happen in 2016. We’ll see. Does the internet really need more DIY?


The month of February featured my best Stitch Fix yet! McCoy still doesn’t know how he feels about being a model. I’m right there with him. Also, my hair grew lots! I need to get a trim soon.

still snow ::

In March, I shared some snowy snapshots. I also wrote a post on how to care for your black clothing, which got a surprising number of hits. I guess I’m I was doing it right. Having adopted more of a minimalist attitude when it comes to buying clothes (combined with the fact I no longer work in a thrift store), I’ve learned that I need to take care of what I have.


April was retail-therapy heavy, but I like this post featuring vegan friendly and 5-free gray nail polishes. I still think spring and summer shades are the worst. I’m happy to be in winter mode, right now. Layer up!


In May, I shared some travel tips for the antisocial, which was maybe just a bit cheeky, but still important.

Shelburne Museum ::

DIY Black Tea & Rose Petal Body Scrub ::

June saw a consistent run of posts, for which I am proud. I shared an ongoing list of my favorite museums, as well as a DIY for a black tea and rose petal body scrub that still remains a favorite.

Into the Woods ::

In July I was feeling more settled into my new town, and I took a walk along North Berwick’s Neoutaquet River trails. I also shared a little bit about my depression, which was kind of a scary thing to do. I hope it helped some people. These are the kinds of posts I’d like to share more of.


In September, I posted some panorama shots that Tj took from our trip to Quoddy Head.


We went to Maui in October! I shared a few photos. It was big.

Thanksgiving ::

I was feeling incredibly thankful  in November.

And I still feel that way. It’s been a challenging year, but certainly a good one. I pushed myself beyond my comfort zone, and it was worth it. Here’s to 2016. ♥

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I am apparently “hard to shop for,” but I totally disagree. Sure, I have …eclectic taste, but I’m also really easy to please. Warm socks, lip balm, dark chocolate, maybe something sparkly. Done and done.

Here we are, though, some quality stocking stuffer ideas for your favorite everyday “strange and unusual” girl. 💀 👻

Friday Favorites // 041 Stocking Stuffer Edition ::

  1. This dagger pendant by Mod Evil & Poison Apple Printshop is amazing. The design is available in bronze and sterling silver.
  2. The Yule 2015 collection from Black Phoenix Alchemy Labs is a stunner. There’s something for everybody. My personal picks? Frau Holle and The Season of Ghosts.
  3. You can’t go wrong with a nice pair of socks, especially here in New England. I like this organic cotton over-the-knee pair in gray. My toes are forever cold.
  4. This Woodwitch body butter from Cottage Wicks (available at Gypsy Warrior) blends cedarwood, frankincense, patchouli, blood orange, and fir oils. Yum.
  5. Lip balm is always a good choice. I want this deep violet tinted balm from Naked Eye Beauty/Sisters of the Black Moon.
  6. Check out these bronze and copper lapel pins. The coffin is my favorite.
  7. How about a nice scarf? This one from ModCloth is simple and cozy.
  8. I love this charcoal sandalwood soap (another Naked Eye Beauty creation). Charcoal is great for sensitive skin. Also, it’s black soap, so that’s fun!
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December Goals ::

I’m a little late on this one. I’ve been experiencing a serious lack of motivation, here, struggling against a head cold. I’ve also been busy with my final project for the semester, but next week is our last class! It flew by.

I hope this month is treating you well. Do you have snow, yet? There’s none here in southern Maine, but I’m hoping for a white holiday. Even just a flurry would put me in the right spirit.

Finish holiday shopping. This one is obvious. I’m mostly done. I also need to mail out our cards!

Wrap up all my lose strings from moving. I’m embarrassed about this, but I still have maybe a handful of chores left from moving over the state line. Yes, it’s been months. Finalizing health insurance (that’s actually a new task), finding new doctors and switching over my license. All that good stuff. Let’s get that done.

Take time to read. This one astounds me, when I think about it. Most of the reading I’ve been doing lately has been for school. I haven’t really curled up with a good book for myself in weeks. Rather than zoning out to Netflix marathons, I’m going to dedicate those hours instead to the shelves of books I have waiting to be read.

Get back into a fitness routine. I was really good about walking every day over the summer, but I’ve let it slide with the onset of cold weather. Tj’s mum has offered me a guest pass to her gym (she also walks every single morning), so I think I might take her up on that offer. I really just want to dedicate a few hours every week to cardio. I’ve been a bit of a potato. Well, a lot of a potato.

Try a new recipe or two. It’s the time of year that I try to stretch myself when it comes to baking. I’ve got a couple old favorites, but I’d like to add something new to the dessert rotation.

The rest of this month is so full of socializing and THINGS TO DO that I am planning on spending the first week of January inside with the doors locked. #introvertsunite Here’s to not letting winter get me down. And you. Do you have any December goals? Share in the comments!

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