Currently Coveting: Music Edition

Music is such a huge part of my life, I’m shocked that I’ve never really spoken about it on this blog! I couldn’t imagine my life without music. There isn’t a moment when a track or rhythm isn’t playing in my head. I listen to pretty much everything (except country) and the more I learn about music theory, the more I love music. I thought I would share a few artists/albums, both new and old, that I’ve been really adoring lately.

amAM by The Arctic Monkeys  — this album was released a few days ago and I can’t get enough of it. Seriously, just go check it out. I’ve linked a youtube video of the entire album.

the wild youthAll of Daughter‘s music – amazing vibes. She’s been around for a while but I recently came across her music and I absolutely adore it. A lot of it is mellow and sad, but it’s truly chilling and beautifully orchestrated. Her lyrics are incredibly honest and raw.

explosions in the sky

Explosions In The Sky – I absolutely adore instrumentals, and this band has six whole albums of them. Their songs and quite long and the music is written in a narrative style, without lyrics. I think I could listen to them forever. My current favorite song of theirs is Your Hand In Mine.

I love being introduced to new music, so tell me your favorite song or artist and I’ll give it a listen!

 

Blog Love

I used to follow a heck of a lot of blogs. As much as I loved them, it always seemed like I was drowning in unread posts, half of which on topics I didn’t feel like reading about. Hundreds of DIYs that I would never do and fashion inspiration I would never emulate piled up on my reading list until I finally pulled the plug and stopped reading blogs altogether. I was sick of DIYs, sick of recipes, sick of fashion, sick of feeling tied to my computer scrolling through a long list of blogs that all seemed to be run by the same kind of person. Since then, I’ve began to build up a list of blogs I always enjoy reading — and don’t feel obligated to check on a daily basis. I thought I’d share a few with you!

My Happy Place // Coconut Peach Muffins with Oat Crumb

My Happy Place // Coconut Peach Muffins with Oat Crumb

I’ve recently discovered a blog called My Happy Place. It is a happy place–full of beautifully lit photography and a great mix of healthy and indulgent recipes. I was surprised to find that it’s run by a home-schooled 15-year-old from South Africa! Her quirky personality and realistic approach to a balanced lifestyle is refreshing, and it’s inspiring to see someone even younger than me receiving so much attention.

Into Mind // how to dissect your mood board

Into Mind // how to dissect your mood board

Another great (recent) find of mine is Into Mind, a blog centered on a minimalist’s approach to beauty. I mentioned it in my post on minimalism a while back, and it’s proved to be a useful resource since then! Anuschka’s posts on capsule wardrobes and closet detoxes are timeless, and I’ve been reading over them often lately in the hopes of revamping my own style.

A Beautiful Mess // Gold Leaf Honey Bear Vase

A Beautiful Mess // Gold Leaf Honey Bear Vase

Of course, I can’t go without mentioning A Beautiful Mess, the blog that made me want to blog in the first place! Emma and Elsie are multi-talented, hardworking and incredibly inspirational–if you’re even remotely into fashion, photography, blogging, DIY, food, vintage, design, or beauty and you haven’t heard of them, you probably live under a rock. They churn out amazing content every day, and it’s always fun to check up on the blog and get inspired to make my home and life a little more beautiful. They clearly make the most of life, and even though their lives are very different from mine, their happiness and determination consistently drives me to follow my own dreams.

I read a wide variety of blogs, from food blogs to fashion blogs to general lifestyle blogs, but some that really stand out to me are run by people my own age, such as Sam Loves Makeup and Happy Little Somethings. I highly suggest giving any and all of the blogs I’ve mentioned a look!

Currently Coveting

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Sometimes, you just have to satisfy the materialist within you. Whether that be by treating yourself to something new or simply window shopping, it’s always fun to hunt for those odds-and-ends to put on your next wishlist. You’ve probably seen these types of posts on many a fashion and design blog before, and I’ve decided to hop on the bandwagon and create my own coveting collage. Because, well, they’re so cute to look at, no? I have boards and boards of inspiration on my Pinterest, which I am slightly addicted to.

  1. Vintage style light refraction pull-down chart via Etsy
  2. The Great Gatsby original book cover sweatshirt via Modcloth
  3. Cape via Hatch Collection (no longer available–inspiration)
  4. Smiling succulent or cacti planter via Etsy (currently sold out)

Favorites: beauty products

P1100901With opening night of the musical this coming weekend, I really don’t have much time for blogging, so I’ve set up some posts in advance! I thought I might share a few of my favorite beauty/self-care products and why I love them so much.

The first would be my Pond’s cold cream. I’m fairly certain that I stole this from my mom a while ago because she never uses it and I do. I have combination dry and oily skin, and this cold cream moisturizes and cleans without leaving me feeling greasy. It’s wonderful! Once a week or so I wash my face, pat it dry, and rub globs of cold cream into my skin. I look pretty terrifying for a minute or so, and then I wipe it off with tissues and run a cool damp washcloth over my face. It makes my skin feel so soft and clean.

The next would be that little bottle of gold-ish liquid, which is Orofluido hair oil. I don’t even know what this stuff is, but I have a million little sample-sized bottles like that because it smells like heaven. Seriously. The bottle reads: “silkiness, lightness and shine. Beauty elixir for your hair.” It definitely does make hair shiny and soft when applied in even very small quantities, but mostly I put it on the tips of my hair so I can smell it all day. Is that weird? Okay.

P1100895The next few products have to do with eye makeup, which is, in my opinion, probably the most important aspect of most looks.

My mark. shimmer cream cubes are my go-to on lazy makeup days and for subtle but sparkling highlights all over my face. They are very well pigmented, portable, and easy to apply with a fingertip. The varied shades make it possible to create a whole look from one palette. I use the lightest pink as a brow-bone highlight almost every day, and the shades of gold, bronze and rose gold are wonderful lid colors alone or combined. The mirror and small size makes it perfect for travel, too.

For a long time, I struggled with imprecise liquid and gel liners with brushes that always seemed too thick or flimsy. Finally, my friend introduced me to Maybelline’s range of marker liners, and I never turned back. The master precise ink liner allows me to create anything from subtle lines to thick, bold cat eyes to intricate designs. It’s very easy to control, and I’ve never needed to use any other liner since I’ve bought this one!

And of course, I can’t go without mentioning my Urban Decay eye primer, which came with my beloved NAKED palette. As mentioned in my previous post about the palette, this primer allows me to go all day without my makeup fading or creasing. That stuff absolutely stays put until you take it off with makeup remover. I have a lot of shadows which aren’t as good quality and tend to go on thinly, resulting in a faded version of the true color. With this primer, the shadow clings to my lid and looks just like it does in the compact. I highly recommend it!

In addition to these specific products, one of my staples is red lipstick. Red is not only my favorite color, but the color that looks best with my skin and hair. When you walk into a room wearing red lipstick, people notice you. It’s so timeless and glamorous, and it goes with almost every look. What’s not to love?