If you are a follower of many blogs you may have heard of the August Break. It is a project meant to re-inspire bloggers to take photos and take a break from writing. Writing is not my favorite pastime, so I decided to try this out during the month of December. I will be posting a photo every single day until January 1st. I may include words and I may not, but I will continue to publish other types of posts sporadically throughout the month.
I am one day early, but I thought it would be easier to start right away. I will be starting off with a photo from my Thanksgiving dinner this past Friday. My dad was a firefighter when I was a little girl, so we would always go to the firehouse to eat dinner with my dad while he was working. The next day, when he was home, we would have our own family dinner and it has now become a tradition we continue to have our Thanksgiving dinner on Friday. It is also much easier to invite friends as well as family because most people don't have plans the day after Thanksgiving.
I ate my great-grandmother's recipe for turkey dumplings, turkey with orange sauce, sauteed green beans and onions, snap-pea salad with radishes, and homemade raspberry iced tea. I also baked a raspberry, blackberry, peach cobbler from scratch. Hopefully, I will get around to posting the recipe when I have some free time.
Silk Velvet Dress - $268 // MAKE: Custom Finish Effects - $27 // Tom Dixon Form Jug // Urbanears Platten - $60 // Heirloom Weekday Bag - $700 // Voluspa Japonica Mini Candle - $10 // Lonny Boot - $228 // Aesop Rejuvenate Intensive Body Balm Tube - $35
A few things I am admiring this November.
I have a new series coming up later this week. As well as a sneak peek at a new knitting project I am working on.
*P.S.I know for a fact I will be getting the Urbanears headphones for Christmas this year. Super excited! My current earphones are hanging on by threads.
This pretty collection caught my eye because of the lighter colors. Most autumn/winter collections are dark colored, but this one is unique. I love how each outfit could be worn almost all year. Check out the rest of the collection at Royal Caballito.
My second Glossy Box, filled with new beauty products to test out. Here is what I think so far...
Balance Me: Shine on Tinted Lip Salve (Super Soft Beige)
At first glance, this lip gloss doesn't seem very good quality. I decided to try it anyway because I have found many poorly packaged products worked great. I love the soft shimmer and slight tint of color. I did not like the texture, it was a bit rough and felt sandy. I wiped it off and the texture was improved. It also had fairly good lasting power.
Tarte: Lights, Camera, Flashes Statement Mascara
I was looking forward to this item after I read that it would be in the October box. Tarte is one of my favorite brands and it was a nice surprise to learn I would be able to add their latest creation to my beauty bag. The quality was quite amazing for a mascara. I have never been one of those people who could spend a ton of money on mascara when I could easily get it from my local drugstore for under ten dollars. I found this mascara to be one of the best all-in-ones I have ever tried. It lengthens my already long lashes to almost 2x their normal length. The packaging is a bit wonky, but overall one of the best I have received so far.
Fresh: Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream
Another surprisingly great product. The little container feels and looks much more expensive then it actually is. I am a bit young to start using youth preserving creams. I was blessed with very loose under eye skin that is prone to dark circles and wrinkles. I figured this cream would be a useful tool to moisturize the dry skin around my eyes, so far is has worked great.
BVLGARI: Eau Parfumée au thé vert
More perfume! If this continues, I will probably have enough perfume to last me for years. This one smells nice and it reminds me of stepping fresh out of a shower. Although, I don't think the scent fits with the fall season. However, I do think it would be great scent for spring or summer.
Sesha: Renu Exfoliating Gel
When faced with clogged pores, I usually turn to natural remedies, but I was pleasantly surprised by this little white tube. I found that this exfoliating gel does effectively clear away dead skin and open up pores. It doesn't clear pores per say, but it does open them up to help unclog them. I don't think this will become a regular beauty practice as I am still very attached to my natural remedies, but I may save it for occasional use.
*photo by me
I won't bore you with the typical apology about being a terrible blogger. Life has been very hectic lately, I have had lots to catch up on.
First off, I have started knitting again after a few months of eyeing my needles from across the room. Crossing my fingers I will be able to finally finish the cardigan I have been working on before the end of winter. I have also come upon the opportunity to acquire a sewing machine which I am very excited about. I am already imagining the many projects I will be able to do.
I started watching Game of Thrones and I am loving it so far. I am not a fan of all the violence, but the relationships and character dynamics are very intriguing. I am only on the second season and I have already picked out my favorite characters. My favorites include Arya Stark and Daenerys Targaryen. I am not too sure about Melisandre and Margaery Tyrell yet. I am a bit suspicious of them.
I have also recently discovered the joy of soy hot chocolate from Starbucks. In case you didn't know, I am lactose intolerant. I only recently discovered this and it has been a struggle giving up some of my favorite foods (cheese). I tried the soy hot chocolate at Starbucks and I know it will be added to my list of go to drinks. Sorry about the rambling post, I thought it would be a good idea to have a little catch-up on what I have been doing these past few weeks.
Have a great day!
A new fall autumn look book from Victory. I know the clothes are meant to be the focus, but the little doodles in the background caught my eye first. I also love the wool coat paired with the baseball cap. Check out all the other great items Victory has to offer.