Monday, April 20, 2015

Over the Weekend: Chicks and Flowers

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(No respect for plants. No respect!)
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It feels as if it's been forever since I last recapped my weekend. Life is busy, the city is in full bloom.

When warm weather hits, there are few things greater than that first drink consumed outdoors, on the first evening of the season warm enough to allow such things. I let myself be coaxed out of my original plan to go running on Friday night in favor of after work drinks at Johnny Brenda’s with a couple of friends. I regret nothing.

On Saturday morning I finally took care of what we’ve come to refer to as the “Murder Hallway” and/or “Secret Shame”… the hallway leading from the front half of our shotgun-style apartment to the bedroom in the back. We’re still dealing with downsizing and figuring out storage in our new (smaller) living quarters, so over the past few months the hallway had become a dumping ground for things that had no home. It was bad. Really messy and hard to walk through while holding the cat – a common occurrence. I cleaned the FK out of it on Saturday and while there’s still stuff in there, it looks 150% better.

Saturday also happened to be the most gorgeous day of the year so far here in Philly, and I instantly regretted falling down the rabbit hole of cleaning. As soon as I finished I headed out with my camera into the South Philly sunshine. The flowers and trees are in full bloom here and I didn’t want to miss it. I wish Chris and I could have aligned our schedules so we could have gone to see the cherry blossoms in DC or even just to the parks here in town. But a solo venture is just as nice at times, plus it gave me a chance to pop into a few vintage stores along the way.

I’m doing a gardening project for work, which required plants and pots and soil. Rather than go to Home Depot, I made the trek up to Greensgrow, in Kensington to pick up my supplies – and I’m so glad I did because baby chicks. My brother just got chickens at his place out in Oregon, and is planning for bees soon too, and I’ve been feeling especially jealous of his situation. So gifs of baby chicks is the next best thing, right? 

I really need a vacation. This is related to nothing but the fact that I think I really need a vacation.

The tacos and drinks at Loco Pez are my favorite. Also my favorite is the fact that three people can have multiple drinks, chips, guacamole, salsa, and three tacos each for under $50 total. Loco Pez is the best. Especially on a warm Saturday night.

Sunday was far quieter – I’ve been spending most Sundays shooting and getting caught up on projects. Grabbed some stuff at the office to shoot at home, reluctant Home Depot run, planted my plants, spent 45 minutes trying to figure out where to put the plants, spent too much time on the internet. Drank too much coffee. Eggs again for dinner.

What have you been working on lately?

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Here & There: 4.19

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Happy Sunday - how are you spending the last few hours of your weekend? The past couple of days in Philly were pretty much perfect: beers with friends -- outside! -- after work on Friday, 80 degrees and sunny on Saturday (with some late-night tacos), and an afternoon spent planting my potted garden today. I'm feeling super accomplished and am now set to spend the rest of my Sunday relaxing with the cat. Here are a few links that caught my eye this week:

How cute is this little crochet mini dress?

The perfect boots for festival season (and every season)

Love these vintage western-inspired earrings

Tattooers drop trou - love these stories

This Earth Day tee is pretty much the cutest

Anne Lamott shares all that she knows

Save an extra 30% off sale items at Urban Outfitters! Love these baskets, this quilt, and this cute lamp.

DIY anti-anxiety oil - because the only stress-relieving essential oils I could find were pre-made mixtures... annoying

Serious shoe love: these sandals, these loafers, these classic espadrilles.

Yum - these look amazing

J.Crew sale is on sale! Save up to 75% off - love this sweater.

Awesome beauty hacks

This little moon necklace is so sweet!

Loves this article - the moral bucket list

Asos is having a huge sale too - love these pretty spring sandals

It's official - gifs are awesome

Gorgeous swimsuits

Fascinating (and famous) death records

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

One and Done

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I could count on one hand the number of times I wore a dress or skirt with tights this winter. A far cry from the past few years when I nearly lived in them. Now that the air is finally warming up and spring seems to have finally arrived, I'm spending slightly less time in jeans, but I won't be retiring my denim completely anytime soon. My favorite combination will always be the softest tee, black boots, and dark jeans. Five minutes and you're dressed, another five to throw messy hair into braids. 

Done and done and out the door.

Get the look: Vintage army jacket (similar vintage) // Vintage tee (similar) // J.Brand jeans // Madewell boots // Vintage bracelet (similar vintage) and antique necklace (similar) // UO ring (similar) // Vintage hat (similar)

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

9 Cruelty-Free Beauty Essentials I Can't Live Without

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Save for a brief period towards the end of college, I've never been a huge make-up person. I didn't wear it at all in high school (except for a few overly made-up and somewhat tragic homecomings and proms), and even now, I tend to stick with the same look from day to day: fresh skin, some neutral shadow, cat-eye liner, mascara. I have my routine, but within that I love to try out different products, always in search of the perfect one. 

I've mentioned my preference for cruelty-free products before, and today I'm sharing a few of my favorite essentials that I've been using lately. I'm still working to transition my beauty cabinet to be entirely cruelty-free (it takes me forever to use up a product, and I'm unwilling to throw away perfectly usable things), but any new purchases must fill that criteria whenever possible. If you're working towards the same, this site has been incredibly helpful in providing information. Read on and let me know your recommendations in the comments!
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S.W. Basics 3 Ingredient Cream: I became obsessed with this "cream" (really more like a solid-to-liquid oil) after receiving a sample at TXSC. I'm always hesitant to stray from my tried and true jojoba oil, which I use as a facial moisturizer, but after a nasty cold at the end of March, my poor, chapped nose needed some serious healing and hydration.This stuff did the trick in record time! I now use this primarily at night on my face for an extra boost of hydration, but it's also great to rub into lips and hands for extra healing.

VERB Ghost Oil: Another sample received in Texas, this weightless oil does amazing things to my hair. I apply this to the ends of my air-dried hair in the morning before giving it a quick blast with the hairdrier. It smooths, shines, and conditions, and most importantly, de-frizzes. It also smells incredible.
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Josie Maran Argan Oil Creamy Concealer Crayon: I'd been looking for a new concealer after finally using up the tube of my old stuff when I was introduced to this product. What I wanted was a creamy formula that went on smooth and stayed that way - no chalky consistency left beneath my eyes - and this easy to apply stick fit the bill. It goes on smooth, blends easily, and has the added benefit of argan oil. This also works perfectly when worn alone, blending into bare skin beautifully.

Urban Decay Naked Skin BB Cream: I've been using this BB cream for a couple of years now, and it remains my favorite. The 'medium' tone works very well for me, and I love how weightless this is.

To be clear, Urban Decay was recently acquired by L'Oreal, which is unfortunate because L'Oreal is a company that does test. BUT, Urban Decay remains cruelty-free, and as long as they stay that way, I will give them my business.

Pacifica Alight Multi-Mineral BB Cream: After running out of my last tube of UD, I picked this up at Target to take it's place. This formula offers slightly more coverage and has a pearlescent quality to it, so now that I've re-upped on Naked Skin, I mainly use this in place of foundation for when I'm dressing up or desire a little more coverage.

e.l.f. Small Stipple Brush: I love this little brush! I use it to apply BB cream before adding concealer, it blends easily and ensures none of the pigment is lost on my hands.
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Kat Von D Tattoo Liner: If you want a super sharp cat-eye, this liner is for you. It applies like a sharpie, comes out super dark, and the ultra pointy felt-tip means that you can get as dramatic as you'd like. Most of all, I love that this liner doesn't flake off.

Pacifica Stellar Gaze Mascara: I've been using this mascara since the fall and I swear, my eyelashes have never been healthier or longer. I've had issues in the past with formulas flaking off and even making my lashes brittle enough to break, but this stays put and conditions. I think you can tell by the state of the vial that this is well-loved!

Smashbox Photo Op Shadow Trio in Focal Point: I received this in a Lucky FABB gift bag a year or so ago and fell in love with the combination of neutral hues. I rarely wear any other colors of eyeshadow, because these just work so well from day to day.

It should be noted that, while listed as cruelty-free by PETA, Smashbox does state on their website that they do not test on animals except when required by law. They don't currently sell in China, so this language is slightly misleading and up to interpretation.
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+ Do you have a favorite cruelty-free brand?

Friday, April 10, 2015

Here & There 4.11

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Happy (almost) Saturday! What are your plans this weekend? I'm trying desperately to ignore the siren song of another URBN sample sale, so today we're headed out early, before I can be seduced by DEALS, for a hike... or to Adamstown, haven't yet decided. It's supposed to be gorgeous and I have my fingers crossed that the forecast holds true, I am ready for some spring weather. How was your week? Mine was so incredibly uneventful, it's almost embarrassing. Like, nothing really happened. The weather kept us inside, so both Chris and myself have been working on projects around the house. I've been toying with the idea of featuring some decor projects on here, our apartment  is something I've never really delved into, but I think it could be fun. We'll see. Rambling. On to the links.

The perfect little festival dress - pair it with some boots and you're golden. Love this crochet top too!

Have you checked out My Vintage Spirit yet? They're Pennsylvania-based, which is awesome, and they carry an incredible collection of vintage jewelry. So obsessed with this vintage malachite pendent.

Jess Amity, always killing it in the dress department, how absolutely incredible is this 1970's boho dress?

Have you seen American Apparel's latest model? Hint: She's a cutie! Love these recycled yarn boot socks.

Favorite thing on the internet this week? Definitely these photos. Like a sunnier, happier Sally Mann.

I regret nothing.

Love these cute pajamas.

This made me laugh - Yelp reviews of babies.

Obsessed with these sandals.

So awesome to see Rye featured on the ModCloth blog.

A cute sweatshirt for your weekend.

Watermelon coconut ice cream - yum!

Take an extra 50% off spring sale styles from J.Crew! How pretty is this?

Loved this cute post of Megan's

Take an extra 25% off sale styles at Gap! Love this cute little jacket.

How inspiring is Koya Webb? Loved this interview and her yoga story.

Pretty pieces for spring.

Love this little tee dress - perfect with a cute pair of sneakers.

Terrifying (but funny)

I would be perfectly happy to live here.

Gorgeous photos of Frida Kahlo

Why are we waiting so long to not GAF?

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

The Earth Awakened

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The lightest and airiest slipdress for a gorgeous and windy Sunday brunch. We met up with a few of our friends at Honey's in Fishtown (second only to Morning Glory on my list of top Philly breakfast spots) early this past Sunday -- while everyone else was at church? -- for a communal breakfast (let's be real, I think 9:30 is too early to call it brunch). This weekend finally felt like spring; the trees finally grew their buds, the park across the street was filled with families and babies dressed as Easter bunnies (the best), and the air felt warm. The earth is finally waking up and it is glorious.

I'm not usually one to get fancy for breakfast -- especially when it's a roll-out-of-bed-and-go sort of deal -- but after spending most of the winter in a perpetual uniform of jeans, sweaters and boots or Converse, it felt incredible to shed some layers and wear a dress, especially this one. Technically it's a slip, but easily transforms into day-wear with the addition of a half-slip beneath (snag one for super cheap at the thrift store and never worry again if your shabby underwear is visible through your dress). I've been very thoughtfully selecting a few items to add to my wardrobe this season, and I accidentally wore all of them on this day: A classic leather biker jacket -- a dream super sale find, this lovely dress, and a pair of heeled Chelsea boots. The latter, a Madewell classic, I found for a song on sale from ShopBop last week and snatched them up. A good boot is hard to find, especially for under $100, which is why I haunt sale sections obsessively. These fit the bill perfectly: they're sleek, with a walkable heel, and they'll work for three out of our seasons. I'm all about getting as much wear as possible out of what I own (the boots and jacket have barely left my body since coming in to my care).

If you've been haunting the sale sections too, now is the time to update your closet for the season -- starting today (at 7 AM EST), ShopBop is having their friends and family event, with 25% off merchandise. If you've been eyeing a few special pieces for spring or summer, head on over to grab the discount code and snag them up. I've got my eye on a pair of Frye booties, a Mara Hoffman swimsuit (love this one), and a go-with-everything pair of Madewell jeans. Check out my hearts for more inspiration! The sale runs ends this Friday, April 10th at 4AM EST. Happy shopping!

Get the look: Free People slip dress // Schott jacket (similar on sale) // Madewell boots (similar) // Urban Outfitters ring // self-made crystal necklace // Free People bra

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Here & There 4.5

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Happy Sunday! Are you celebrating Easter today? We're meeting up with friends for brunch at Honey's and celebrating the birth of spring (with some Cadbury mini eggs and mimosas thrown in, naturally). I was sick for most of last week, so I'm also just celebrating not feeling like death anymore. Cheers to Sunday.

How cute are these vintage-inspired swimsuits from Unique Vintage? Love this zig zag bikini.

Loving this vintage Southwest necklace from My Vintage Spirit

Oh hi, hello, hey there perfect fringe festival cape

Save 20% off at AA - love this cute crop top

How to feel more confident

The dreamiest lace spring dress

How incredible are these vintage wedding photos?

Are we friends on Tagspire yet?

In celebration of LiveJournal - I wish I could find mine (sort of)!

Obsessed with maxi dresses for spring- love this one and this one

The cutest cat cartoons (that I don't understand)

So much good stuff on sale at Asos! Obsessed with these pretty sunglasses.

Cute girls, cute video

Pretty festival-ready pieces - love this pretty dress

A gorgeous dress for a summer wedding (and one for the bride)

The secrets of the Mad Men wardrobe - are you watching the new episode tonight?

The cutest Easter DIY

Love these awesome yoga mats!

Did you know Daily Dishonesty has a line of paper goods? So cute!