Tuesday, September 1, 2015

september days

By all these lovely tokens
September days are here, 
with summer's best of weather
and autumn's best of cheer.
- Helen Hunt Jackson
dress - thrifted // duster - DIY'd // flower crown - DIY'd // jewelry - thrifted

Thursday, August 27, 2015

casual bohemain bridal outfit inspiration

I had so much fun with my last boho bride outfit that I decided it would be fun to try another! This one is completely different - a bit more on the casual side. After comparing the two I don't know which is my favorite! I definitely like the shorter hem for a pretty little wedding in the woods! No hems dragging on the forest floor and getting caught on things.

This bridal ensemble was completely put together with second hand clothing and accessories, except for the crown, which I made myself. The most expensive part was the dress (worn under the peasant top), and that was $7 (the whole ensemble cost less than $20!). Since the outfit is more casual, I decided to go for a bit more of an undone updo instead of just leaving it down. I also decided on a pretty bold lip, keeping the rest of my face fairly natural.

I absolutely adore the farmer's market bouquet - so perfect for an end of summer wedding! Also, that tat is tooootally fake. I am kinda bummed about it, though. I picked out a really pretty light blue butterfly to use, but I guess when I peeled the plastic off of it, it only peeled off half? So I had only one wing transfer onto me. UGH. So I had to scrub that off and use this one, which I don't like as much for the occasion. Ah, well. Also, it's extremely hard to put temporary tattoos on your back by yourself.

Check out the other boho bridal ensemble I put together here and here! Which look is your favorite?
lucky brand peasant top - thrifted // dress - thrifted // flower crown - DIY'd // 
vintage concho belt - thrifted // coin necklace - thrifted // vintage rings - thrifted

Friday, August 21, 2015

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

wearing // overalls and a flower crown

Recently, my style has shifted to include a lot more comfortable items. I think this subtle change has a lot to do with the amount of road tripping I like to do. There's nothing worse for me than to embark on the leg of a journey with cute but uncomfortable clothing on. And it's definitely more fun to experiment with things other than leggings and big soft tees (but let's be real - that's my ultimate go-to driving outfit).

I stumbled upon these vintage Gap denim overalls at my local thrift store a few months back and tried them on. I usually wear a size small to medium, but even though these were extra small, I decided to try them anyways. I think that might be the trick to finding a pair that are more Demi Moore and less maternity/fishing waders. Find a nice vintage pair a size smaller than what you would usually wear! They fit like a dream (read: loose enough to remain uber comfortable, but not so loose as to appear sloppy).

My favorite thing to pair under my overalls are peasant blouses like this one, cropped tops, and fitted long sleeve shirts. I don't like feeling like I'm sloppy or too farmer-y in them, I try to keep them casual hippie artist chic.


vintage Gap denim overalls - thrifted // Lucky peasant blouse - thrifted //
 flower crown - DIY'd // Minnetonka Moccasins - Fish Creek Moccasin Works // vintage jewelry - thrifted

Monday, August 17, 2015

black cat, year three

Black Cat Appreciation Day was something blasted all over social media today, and even though I never really care too much about social media trends, this one piqued my interest. I have a black cat, and in a few days I will have had her for three years! My baby, Luna, is such a sassy little thing, but she is the perfect friend and familiar, and I will absolutely love her forever.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

DIY // easy natural clay face mask

This is one of my favorite all natural beauty secrets - a simple clay mask. This clay is a powerhouse pore cleanser, and it works wonders on pesky blackheads. This is the simplest form of the mask, but you can change up the recipe a bit to better suit your skin type.

//INGREDIENTS: 

100% natural cosmetic grade clay 
(For this mask I used this calcium bentonite clay. You can find it in most health food stores, or online for about $4 per pound. You basically can get a zillion facials out of this one container, so skip the expensive spa treatment and do it yourself! I also like using this moroccan red clay, and this french green clay, however these are a bit more expensive.)
distilled water
(However, you can switch this ingredient to suit your skin type. I like using rosewater - I buy mine at ethnic groceries for around $3 a bottle. You could also try diluted apple cider vinegar, tea, or milk.)
//DIRECTIONS:

Mix equal parts clay and liquid, adding the liquid slowly. I never measure exactly, I just eyeball, because it's really up to the maker how they want their mask to be. If you want a thicker mask (which will take longer to dry), add less liquid, and vice versa. I prefer a thicker mask (see photo below of my mixture).

Apply to face (you can also apply it to your neck and decolletage if you like) with hands or a brush. Do this standing over a sink or bathtub. I find that I really only need to use the mask on my T zone, where I am most prone to the occasional breakout. Sometimes I'll use it on my cheeks, too, but not always. 

Relax and let the mask work its magic. Try not to move your face while the mask is drying. Towards the end, you will start to feel your face pulsate. I like to leave my mask on until it looks and feels completely dry - around twenty to thirty minutes.

Wash the mask off using cool water. This will take a few minutes. I find that the clay also provides a nice exfoliating action when I'm rinsing off.

Apply an all natural moisturizer (I like using jojoba oil.)

//NOTE:
This clay mask will make your face (and any other areas you applied it) very red. I don't recommend this facial right before going out in public for that reason. The redness will subside in ten to thirty minutes.

//VARIATIONS:

Lots of things can be added to this mask to boost the impact, however I wanted to share the most basic form of the recipe because I hate seeing "simple DIY's" that need all these crazy expensive or hard to find ingredients!

Try adding your favorite (all natural, please) moisturizing oils, essential oils (lavender and tea tree are two of the best all natural acne fighters, plus they're fairly inexpensive), ground herbs, oatmeal, honey, or aloe vera. There are a ton of recipes out there for clay masks, so look around and have fun! 

If you'd like to read more about all natural skin care, I shared a foot scrub recipe here, and a simple sugar scrub here. All other related posts can be found under the tag "skin care."

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

the witch's promise

You won't find it easy now, it's only fair.
He was willing to give to you, you didn't care.
You're waiting for more but you've already had your share.
The witch's promise is turning,
so don't you wait for him, he's going to be late.
--Jethro Tull, The Witches Promise
long sleeved velvet dress - thrifted // black veil - thrifted // jewelry - thrifted // black hat - gifted

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

stranded

This insanely gorgeous beaded and fringed leather vest was part of a two piece ensemble my Godmother bought back in the 70's. She says it was the first thing she purchased with the first paycheck she ever received. Needless to say, it is one of my most treasured items of clothing, not only because it is beautiful, but because there's a sweet story attached to it.
top - thrifted // vintage leather vest - my Godmother's // American Eagle bell bottoms - thrifted //
 coin necklace - thrifted // wooden bangles - thrifted // rings - thrifted
vintage silver cuff - thrifted // moccassins - Fish Creek Moccasin Works
 wool fedora - H&M // American flag scarf - Trail's End Clothing, Fish Creek, WI

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

thrifty boho wedding inspiration // part two


This is the second set of photos from my fun little DIY boho wedding adventure. (To see the rest of the photos and get the details on the dress, jewelry, and makeup, here is part one!) Planning a wedding on a budget? This ensemble cost me less than $30!






dress - thrifted // long sleeved crop top - thrifted // veil - thrifted //
 flower crown - DIY'd // rings & cuff - thrifted // necklace - DIY'd
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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

van life // driver's seat

I know I'm starting to sound like a broken record, but I just cannot wait to take my van on the road again. I'm longing for deserts, oceans, and everything in between. And, just living in the van is fun! I could honestly travel living out of the van indefinitely if it wasn't for the fact that I'd miss my cats so much, haha.

I'm always looking to spruce up the interior decor, and I think before my next trips my goal is to try and hunt down a tapestry or two to hang on the ceiling/walls, I think that'll be a fairly easy way to take the interior from mostly drab to fab with only a few (big) staples. I also want to put some hooks up to hold things like spare keys, jewelry, and sunglasses, so they don't get lost all the time.

My van, Trixy, is actually the one thing in my life right now that is not a mess. And I'm proud of that. The fact that she's so clean, that is. I've tried so hard to keep her tidy since I deep cleaned her earlier this year, and it's been great! It's so nice to just be able to decide to take off for the night, or to take in a drive in movie and not have to worry about moving stuff in and out, or much cleaning. Little trips have been the best so far this year!
denim cutoffs - thrifted & DIY'd // long sleeved crop top - thrifted // vintage bandana - thrifted // 
sunglasses - thrifted // vintage Minnetonka hat - thrifted // Minnetonka moccasins - Fish Creek Moccasin Works
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