Monday, December 31, 2012



May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you're wonderful, and don't forget to make some art -- write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.

-Neil Gaiman 

Happy New Year, friends-- I hope you send 2012 out with gratefulness & cheer, and welcome 2013 with a whole heart :)

Saturday, December 29, 2012

daily outfit (+ video!): red dress

A few weeks ago, it was crazy warm for winter in WI (read: 40 degrees. WHAT!) so Sara &  I ventured out for a little outfit of the day video goodness. If it's not abundantly clear by the ridiculous vlogs we make together, Sara is a youtuber and crazy talented at making videos... so of course, as her friend, I have to take advantage of her skills as often as possible :) We had a great time romping around the wilderness and getting crazy looks from fellow park-goers... never a dull moment when we are together, clearly. Thanks to Sara for filming + editing-- click on her name above to see the video I shot for her! 

Yet again, my hair doesn't look like this anymore because it grows like a weed... 
perhaps someday I'll post things in a timely fashion so you actually know what I currently look like? 

outfit details: jacket: consigned; dress: fred mke; leggings: kohls; boots: target

Friday, December 21, 2012

review: I might be a hipster (and free glasses for all of you!)

Last year, my eye doctor told me I had to go from being a contacts-everyday-no-matter-what wearer to glasses everyday, indefinitely. Suddenly, my cute & quirky glasses went from being a fun accessory to an absolutely necessity, and I realized how important it was to really feel comfortable & like me in whatever I was wearing on mah face. My glasses, like my curly hair and affinity for stupid puns, had suddenly become something I identified with, not only in my appearance but my personality as well. Since then, I've been searching for inexpensive ways to add to my arsenal of eyewear as an accessory. When contacted me to try a pair of glasses for free, I jumped at the chance-- and I love them! Read on for my experience (and how you-- ahem, all of you-- can get a pair for free for yourself!) 

Firmoo had tons of options, which I loved. All of their glasses are inexpensive to begin with, they have tons of styles, a virtual try-on program (so that you can see how you'd look in your glasses), & great selection of prescription & non-prescription glasses & sunglasses. By far, my favorite part of picking these glasses was that because they were inexpensively priced to begin with, I could go out a bit on a limb style-wise (hello, I now am walking a fine line between here & hipster-land) and not feel like I'd made a huge commitment to fancy glasses that I had to wear forever & ever. I chose these, and within a week they were delivered to my apartment, with all of the lovely goodies you see above! The good news? I adore them. 

They're super cute, excellent quality, a great way to change things up on the daily, and I get loads of compliments every time I wear them, which, hello, is always nice. I've always been the type of girl to have one go-to accessory (one purse, one great pair of boots, one stellar pair of glasses) and wear it til it's worn out, but I've quickly learned that having a few pairs of glasses in your arsenal makes accessorizing so much more fun. I will absolutely be spending some of my own money on a few more pairs of glasses from firmoo just to have around for when I feel like changing things up! 

The best part, though, is that firmoo offers a first-pair-free promotion to all new customers-- all you pay are shipping costs. Check it out here-- and promise me you'll report back with your cutie patootie pictures when you get your new glasses! 

(Per usual: I was given these glasses at no cost to me in return for my honest opinion & review, which this is!)

Friday, December 14, 2012

zero to crunchy: lavender oil is good for everything, literally.


Alright, friends, let's talk essential oils. Now, I'm certainly no expert, but I've done a little research and know a bit or two about a thing or two. I've been using peppermint oil for headaches for about two years now (AMAZING, by the way), and tea tree oil is always, always, always included in my homemade deodorant recipe. But lavender oil? Is new to me. I've always been drawn to lavender, first because it smells like little drops of heaven and second because purple is my favorite color, but that's neither here nor there. I recently picked up a bottle just to have on hand to add to deodorant and other natural beauty recipes, but I've been astounded and so excited to discover its many, many uses that I just had to share them with you!

the best best best acne spot treatment in the universe
I've mentioned before that apple cider vinegar had previously been my favorite spot-treatment cure for my occasional hormonal acne, but thus, no longer-- lavender oil has knocked it clear out of first place. All it takes is a drop or two of lavender oil, neat on your toughest spots and they'll dry up in a day or two like nobody's business. Lavender oil is much gentler than other essential oils (which should never be applied directly to the skin without researching first if they'll react with your skin! PSA over.), so it can be applied to your face and skin without irritation. Test on a small patch first just to make sure that you're not sensitive, but generally a few drops will take care of redness and acne bumps. If you'd like to use it on a regular basis, try adding a few drops to your oil cleansing oil of choice (or to your clean/natural moisturizer) and watch things clear up practically overnight!

make a pillow spray
Lavender oil is known for its calming effect, and seriously-- I can attest to it. I have this lovely little habit of letting my mind race before bed and keeping myself awake for hours at a time, unintentionally. Even on a normal night, it takes me a while longer than I'd like to fall asleep, so I've been putting a few drops of lavender oil in a spray bottle along with some witch hazel or distilled water to spritz on my pillow. I would never lie to you-- it is amazing, and the last few weeks I've been making that my nightly ritual have been some of my quickest-to-sleep ever! I'm sold. 

use to calm burns or cool off
Take that same bottle of lavender/water (or witch hazel) by your bedspread and spray it on burns to help soothe them or just to cool yourself off in the summer heat. 

clear up that cold
When I got sick living abroad & didn't want to take conventional cold medicines, the pharmacist recommended rubbing some vapor rub on the inside of the bowl, filling it with hot water and inhaling the steam to clear up my sinuses. I still use that remedy to this day, but now I switch it up from time to time and just drop a few drops into the hot water and let the steam do its thing. Also great for headaches & sinus issues: soak a washcloth with hot water, put a few drops of lavender oil & use as a warm compress for your head. 

as a perfume
Did we not already establish how deliciously yummy lavender oil smells? Yes? Great. When I was younger & baking with my grandmother, I got some vanilla on my fingers & she taught me to always dab that leftover vanilla on your neck as a perfume. (FYI: it makes you smell like cookies, and similar to your milkshake, will probably bring all the boys/etc to the yard. I promise.) The same goes for lavender-- because it's such a mild oil with an incredible scent, dab a dot or two on your neck behind your ears and just watch & smile as everyone goes nuts over how incredible you smell. 

There are countless more, I know I've barely scratched the surface! What do you use lavender oil for? If you give any of these a try, I'd love to hear about it!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

daily outfit: ramblings of a finals week.

So much to say! So little time! Let's start at the very beginning, shall we? 

tunic: F21, consigned; belt: jcp; leggings: kohls (get 10% off until 12/23 with code tenblog); boots: DSW

My very favorite roommate in the entire world moved out to pursue her fancy career goals in other states, and my other very favorite roommate in the entire world has moved in. (Small backstory: she was my first roommate ever ever, freshman year of college. Our room was covered in twinkle lights 24/7 and once we hung a piƱata from our ceiling with dental floss... which should give you a good idea of how well matched we were.) Our apartment a) looks nothing like it does in these photos anymore b) is currently so christmas-ed out you'd think we were straight up living in the north pole and c) has no less than seven hundred and thirty two candles burning at any given time. Truth. (mostly.) 

My hair is no longer this long. I uploaded these pictures, took a second to mourn the loss of my cute braid crown, then remembered it only takes ten minutes to blow dry my hair now, and got over it. 

In case you're like me and were the last human on the planet to hear this song, listen to it. Sing it every single time you're thrifting. Annoy the beejeebus out of your fellow shoppers. You're welcome. (Also, NSFW. Just a warning :)) Also obsessed with this song. Just listen. Repeat. Amen. 

Lastly, it's finals week. Scratch that, the next two weeks are finals weeks. I am not pleased. My brain is broken. Hopefully once that has passed, I'll be back with more coherent ramblings :) 

In the meantime: fill me in! What have you been up to lately?