Friday, September 19, 2014

When You Feel Mad At ALL Of Your Friends


I can't lie, there are times (just like this) when I feel mad at almost every single person I know.  Do you have those circumstances?  But while this is true, I sit here listening to Coldplay on the iHeart Radio Music Festival and I CANNOT stop thinking about them.  Maybe I'm exaggerating when I say 'every person I know.'  As a matter of fact, I am.  I know I'm only thinking about a handful of people because its almost impossible to feel this heartbroken right now about 'every single person you know.'

It's ACTUALLY amazing to think that this performance of 'A Sky Full of Stars' has brought me to the point where I feel like I can write about this.  I almost feel in tears because my life feels empty to not be able to speak to people I speak to on a daily basis multiple times.  I guess the point of this super simple post is just that if you are missing people in your life and you think about them so deeply, reach out to them.  If you're feeling angry, listen to an emotional song and reach out to them.

Chances are you haven't been talking to them because of something stupid anyway.  You never know what tomorrow will bring and it's important that you tell people that mean that much to you every single day.  Trust me, there is nothing more true.  I'll go on my way now.  Thanks for reading.  -Brit. 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

OOTD: 9/18/14


Hi everyone!  It has really started to get amazingly seasonal around here.  I always tend to get so 'full of life' in the fall time because it gets me excited.  After all it IS my second favorite season of the year right after summer.  Being that the weather is chilling down a bit, I wanted to share a more 'fall-themed' outfit with you all!  I hope that you enjoy the video.

Dress: H&M

Long Cardigan/Kimono: Marshalls 

Shoes: Target

Watch: Michael Kors

Jewelry: Brandy Melville, Old Navy

Thanks for watching!  Tune in tomorrow for a fun makeup themed post that I think you'll like!  Let me know what you've been wearing for the transitional days.  Send me a tweet or leave a comment!   

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Think of it Thursday - 9/11



I haven't done one of these in so long!  I don't know why because in the interim there have been a couple things I have been thinking about purchasing, but I just didn't get around to it.  I hope you guys enjoy this one though and that it gets you inspired to purchase some cool things for the fall.

 Herschel Backpack in Polka Dots and Houndstooth
I wrote about this backpack on the blog not too long ago and said that I was going to order it (or something like that).  I haven't done it yet and I don't know why because obviously I can't get it out of my head.  I just think it is so cute.  Obviously it is not going to be able to match with everything you wear but I really don't seem to care, haha.  Have you guys tried a Herschel backpack?  Let me know!

 Maybelline The Nudes
I have heard mixed things about this palette on the blogging community and also on YouTube.  Some people are saying that it's an awesome buy and there are great color payoffs on some of the shades, and some are saying that it's not worth the money.  I am pretty sure the price is no more than $15 so in my opinion I think it's worth it to try if I'm out picking up other things I need.  Have you tried it?

H&M Denim Shirt With Rhinetones
I can't even begin to tell you how much I am obsessed with denim shirts.  I have three different ones and I probably don't need another one in the wardrobe.  From where I see it though, you really don't need to put a limit on how many denim shits that you own.  I mean, I really don't think you should set a limit on anything that you own.  Right?  Look at these rhinestones though.  They are definitely guaranteed to make you a little happier as the weather starts to get depressingly cold.  Agreed?  Yes.

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer
I have been thinking about trying this concealer for a while because I have heard some great things about it.  I tried another concealer from Nars in the past and I absolutely loved it, but I haven't repurchased it.  I'm actually happy I didn't repurchase it though because now I can get this one!

Aldo Deloro
These shoes make me so happy.  Obviously you can tell they are going to be so comfortable and they make me feel like I'm in space or something.  At least they make me want to be in space.  I feel like they can probably brighten a mood and they're black.  Does that make sense?  I don't know.

Olive Garden Breadsticks
I have been craving them lately.  Someone take me.  No judgements.

Thanks for reading.  What have you guys been wishing for lately?  Let me know by sending me a tweet or leaving a comment below.  I'm looking forward to the weekend so that I can maybe shoot some outfits or a fun day at the farmers market.  Talk to you all soon!  -Brit.  

PS


Sunny or cloudy, it will always be one of my favorite places in the world.  

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The Purple Haze



 I had to beat a dead horse with these damn terrariums when I first made them, so you will happy to know that this post is about my nails.  NOT the terrariums.  Of course though, I had to at least include them into some of these photos.  Just sit back, relax and enjoy the purple amazement that is this color.


I thought the color was so underrated in my nail polish collection and I wanted to bring it back.  A friend of mine's favorite color is purple and I was NEVER into it that much.  He always used to tell me that he was obsessed with the color because it was different and most guys don't like it.  I thought it was an interesting explanation for his hue obsession but after he said that, I still didn't like the color.  All of a sudden for the past year or two though, I have been able to find a place in my *hEaRt* for the color.  I'm so weird, but sometimes you surprise yourself with things.


With a color that has a name like 'Funky Dunkey' you can't really be afraid of making a statement.  By no means is this a color for a serious business environment, I would say.  Something about it just pops on the nails.  I think even with lighter skin tones this looks awesome.  Normally coming off of summer my color would be a little darker so I would have another tone to report on but not this year.  I think the brilliance in the color of this formula is what makes it look great on any nail.


For some reason I just love the shade.  The application is great, I normally really like the brush on OPI polishes.  Do you?  I always do about three coats of any polish but this was only two.  I also find that OPI always dries lickety split.  I absolutely love the formula for that reason because as much as I have a passion for doing nails, I can't stand waiting for them to dry.  Send me a tweet and let me know if you love OPI.  This is quite a Halloween-y color, can you sense my excitement?  -Brit.


Saturday, September 6, 2014

Terrariums Rock!


OH MY GOODNESS EVERYONE.  Stop the presses.  I cannot tell a lie, I have been dying to make a terrarium for the longest time now.  And I didn't want to make it based off of anyone else's tutorial, I wanted to make my own.  The only thing I googled in my pursuit of making these was just to see if there was anything that I HAD TO include (for the health, growth and development of the plants).  

This post is going to be definitely picture heavy because I want to inspire you guys to make your own, not tell you how to make it.  I'll offer some pointers but there really isn't one way to make these and thats the beauty of it all!  My original intention was to make my own and I want it to be the same for you.  


Here are some of the plants that I bought form my local Lowe's store.  I decided to go there because I know they have a HUGE garden center so I figured they would have at least a small section of succulents and definitely some other things that I could include and that I was going to need.  



These cacti are gorgeous.  The colors are so wonderful and vibrant.  I wasn't thinking seasonally about the hues at all but these are gorgeous for the bright aspects of summer but also warm to bring in fall.  


Here are the succulents, a random palm plant and two others that I am not sure the names of.  I wish I had saved the containers that they came in, sadly I threw them away.  Next time I head back to pick up some more I will make sure to tell you all!  I am definitely planning on going back to get things to make another one for my best friend.  She recently got her first place thats her very own and I figured this would be a PERFECT housewarming present for her!  Plus, she knows how obsessed I am, she's been listening to me talk about terrariums for the past month, so she's probably expecting one at this point.  


Sorry for the blur of this photo but I just wanted to show you that I picked some stones from my backyard to put in this terrarium.  I think its absolutely ridiculous to think that I would have to buy stones from the store.  Even if you don't have stones in your backyard, walk a little bit down the road and I would almost guarantee that you'll find some.  That's the beauty of this, you can find materials anywhere as you will see with the sand I also included in one of the terrariums I made.


I was basically in awe when I found this Miracle Grow potting mix that was specifically for cactus, palm and citrus.  Although I obviously wont be putting any citrus in my terrarium, I can feel free to experiment planting some if I wanted to.  On the other side of things, I have exactly what I need for the cactus and palm to last as along as possible!


As I referenced above, you can go out into the natural habitat and get the resources that you need to make it your own!  I am super lucky enough to live on the water and I am thankful for that.  We have a mini private beach below and I got some of the sand from there to include in the bottom of my terrarium.  When I was thinking out and planning how I wanted it to look, sand was a necessity.  


Here are the sand and the potting soil mixed together for the first layer.  


Here's the finish product from a birds eye view of the first terrarium I made!  What do you think?


How gorgeous is this palm plant?  When I saw it on the shelf I knew it was a bit too big and probably going to be a challenge, but I wanted to get my hands on it anyway.  I actually was so proud when I found a way to make it work.  When I was shopping around for my second jar to use, this one was perfect to house the palm plant.  



I really hope you guys got inspired by my terrariums!  I seriously think this is the most calm, cathartic project to do!  I did it over the Labor Day weekend and it was just so fun.  You are totally open to do whatever you want with it and make it your own.  I absolutely love how both of them came out.  Just for some takeaways: I would definitely like to make one of a different shape next time, especially dealing with a bigger plant like the palm plant so it doesn't look so much like it's pushing that red cactus plant.  I still love the way it looks, but that's just the way I would approach it next time.  Also, I LOVE how the soil looks piled a little bit higher in the second terrarium with the red cactus.  Next time I think I'll use some sand and maybe layer it differently to get a similar look.

Let me know what you think!  Have you guys done this before?  Send me some photos on Twitter or leave a comment below.  Also, if you live in the South/Central New Jersey are and know where to get some awesome succulents, let me know!  I have Googled a little and found some places to check out but I want to know if my fellow Jerseyans have any suggestions.  Thanks for reading!  -Brit.