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Monday, October 31, 2016

Music Monday #29


Happy Halloween! I originally set out to make a Halloween themed playlist for today but, as you can tell, didn't because I couldn't get these songs out of my head this week. But! I added a little bonus for you, not on the Spotify playlist.



I mean, I don't consider this a "Halloween song" but some people do, plus this cover is the bomb. 

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Review: October Birchbox

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My September Birchbox was unfortunately kind of a dud, so I didn't know what to expect for October. This box only had 5 items instead of 7, and 2 of the items were mascara samples. Nonetheless, I was still excited to receive my box. Birchbox days are always good days! Now let's get to it.



  1. Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo, $44- Since I recently went blue I've been shampooing my hair less in order to help prevent my color from fading, so I was happy to receive this sample. Usually I use my trusty cherry-scented Batiste dry shampoo. The reviews I read about this product were great but besides the smell, I wasn't too excited by this product. On days when I used this instead of my Batiste dry shampoo my hair was noticeably more greasy-looking and flat. 
  2. Prescriptives False Eyelashes Plush Mascara, $23- I'm always searching for new mascaras to help out my nearly-white, tiny lashes but this mascara is not it. This mascara felt very dry and it took me quite a while to fully coat all my lashes. Maybe I got a dud? An old tube? Who knows, but I've found much better drugstore mascaras than this.
  3. Mally Beauty Volumizing Mascara, $20- After being disappointed by the Prescriptives mascara, I was really excited to try this one. I just had a feeling it would be great. Maybe that feeling was fueled by the cute packaging. But that feeling was wrong. This mascara made my little lashes look even shorter somehow and clumpy. However, it worked somewhat well on my bottom lashes, so it wasn't completely awful. 
  4. dr. brandt Microdermabrasion skin exfoliant, $79- I've said it before and I'll say it again, apricot scrub will always be my #1 when it comes to exfoliants. However, this wasn't bad and if the price wasn't so high (yeesh!) I would probably purchase this. It claims to reduce the appearance of fine lines, acne scars, and discolorations over time and those are all things I'm concerned about, I would be interested to see if continued use would make a big difference. Besides the price, the only thing I didn't like was the smell. It was sort of bathroom-cleaner citrus-y. It's not a pleasant smell but it's certainly not the worst smell. 
  5. Air Repair Super-Hydrating Eye Cream, $23- When I first put this on, my skin immediately started tingling. I don't know if I'm allergic/sensitive to something in it or if it's supposed to have that tingling sensation, but either way I was a little freaked by it. The sensation stopped right as I was preparing to rinse it off my face, so I left it on. I've continued to use this and the same keeps happening. Maybe that's not the smartest move on my part, but oh well, I appear to be fine. It's supposed to be used on puffy eyes, which I never really have an issue with, so unfortunately I haven't really been getting any results. I just use eye cream now so that maybe when I'm 60 I'll still look 30. Ha. 


Have you tried any of these products? Do you want to sign up for Birchbox? 
Saturday, October 22, 2016

A Visit From an Elusive Sky-Mermaid

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You've heard about my best friend Sarah, but now I'd like to introduce you to my other soul sister, Mary, AKA the aforementioned elusive sky-mermaid. Mary lives in Florida and has been working her butt off for the past few years to become an instrument-rated commercial pilot (which she recently became!) so unfortunately she wasn't able to make it to my wedding. But! She made it to Maine for a couple days this week to visit me and then went off to Chicago to visit Sarah, and I was so glad to see her!


Since Mary was here for such a limited time, I tried to squeeze in as much Maine-y stuff as possible. We spent her first day here exploring Rockport Harbor, downtown Camden, and I took her to Mount Battie, where Spencer and I got married.


We spent her second day here at Acadia National Park, because no trip to Maine is complete without visiting Acadia! Since we had limited time we drove around Park Loop Road and stopped at the popular spots-- Jordan Pond, Sand Beach, Schooner Head, Thunder Hole, of course, Cadillac Mountain.








It was such a beautiful day and we picked a great time to go, the leaves were all so beautiful. Mary, being the flatlander she is, was blown away by the scenery. She also noted, while we were standing on the edge of a cliff staring out at the ocean, how small and insignificant she felt. She said it was a great reminder that there is more to the world than her small town in Florida, there is more to life than working, and there is so much more going on in the world than the current presidential election. I don't know about you, but the election has been the source of a lot of anxiety for me lately, so when she said that I took a deep breath and made more of a conscious effort to relax and focus on the present for the rest of the day.



Outfit details: Plaid hooded shirt, Glacier NP shirt (similar here), Old Navy Rockstar jeans, Hunter floral garden boots, hair color is Arctic Fox. 


I'm so happy that I got to see Mary, even for such a short time. It's always so much fun showing people around my beautiful state.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Review: Arctic Fox Hair Color

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arctic fox hair color

The first time I dyed my hair a "fantasy color" I used Kool-Aid. Oh, boy that was a bad idea. I'm not saying it's a bad idea for everyone, but I had no idea what I was doing. My mom wouldn't let me dye my hair blue and I was 14 and jobless, therefore I had no money of my own to sneakily buy hair dye with. I read a how-to article online, found some Kool-Aid mix in my pantry, and 8 hours later my hair was blue-ish. At the time I thought it looked amazing, but since I did that over my blonde hair I guess I would describe the color as..."dishwater blonde." It eventually faded to a silvery color, which I hated, but I suppose nowadays it would have been on trend.

Here I am 10 years later and my desire to have colorful hair hasn't gone away. Last year I had my hair dyed blue for a while but I decided to go back to blonde and not dye my hair again till after my wedding. But man, I was itchin' to do this. My old half-used bottles of blue dye were calling my name, taunting me!

In the past I've used Manic Panic's Amplified formula, Special Effects, and Splat but I decided to try out Arctic Fox since I've been seeing it everywhere for quite a while. I love that Arctic Fox dyes are vegan, cruelty free, and non-GMO, plus they donate 15% of their profits to help prevent animal abuse.

arctic fox hair color, hot topic

 I didn't buy it directly from their site, I bought my dye from Hot Topic because I'm all about racking up points for their rewards program. Unfortunately Hot Topic currently only sells the 4oz bottles, except the Arctic Mist diluter, which they sell in the 8oz bottle, and the dye is more expensive than if you were to purchase it directly from Arctic Fox. But I was at the store and wanted to dye my hair ASAP, so why not? I purchased the colors Poseidon and Phantom Green.

arctic fox hair color
A quick swatch on a paper towel-- Poseidon and Phantom Green.

In the store, when standing next to the shelf with all the dye, all I could smell was grape. A similar scent to grape Kool Aid, funny enough. I thought maybe the bottles didn't have quality seals, but they do. This dye is just very fragrant!  I'm not in love with grape scent, but it could definitely be worse and I don't mind it.

I chose to dye over my unbleached hair because, to put it plainly, bleaching sucks. Also, my hair was already very light and I wasn't planning on diluting the dark colors I chose. When rinsing it out, I noticed it didn't stain nearly as much as some other dyes I have used in the past. My hands weren't stained at all (except my nails) but the back of my neck was stained. That's nothing compared to the staining I've dealt with in the past!

However, I didn't actually shampoo my hair for 5 days after I dyed it. I just rinsed it with cold water and conditioned it a couple times. Because of that, I noticed my hair would still stain a little. If I ran my fingers through my hair a lot, my finger-crotches would be stained. My clear phone case also became stained blue around the edges. I also noticed that when I flat-ironed my hair (I know, it's bad) then ran my fingers through my hair. the color would be on my hands. That isn't unusual, but I didn't have that problem with other dyes.

arctic fox hair color
via my Instagram 

Since I didn't dilute the dye at all, I went through the entire 4oz bottle of Poseidon in one go with nothing left over for touch ups. My hair is very fine and is about bra-strap length, so I wasn't expecting to have to use as much dye as I did. But now I know to purchase more for next time.

arctic fox hair color
Fading 2 weeks in
I noticed that the parts of my hair that I had lightened in the past were the first parts to fade, and I had heard a couple people who used this dye say the same thing. But the color was still pretty as it faded, unlike other dyes I had used that turned my hair a grayish-green color.

arctic fox hair color

Overall, I'm very happy with this product and I think it's going to by my new go-to hair color. The price is reasonable, it's vegan and cruelty-free, it's available from numerous retailers, the colors are beautiful, and it fades well.

Psst...check out my review of goodDYEyoung hair color! (Spoiler alert: I like it better than Arctic Fox)

*Disclaimer: I am not a hairstylist nor have I ever had any professional training. I'm just a girl who likes to mess with her hair. Remember that everyone's hair is different and you may not have the same experiences that I did with this dye.*
Monday, October 17, 2016

Music Monday #28

Here's some mostly new music to get you through the week! Don't forget you can find my past Music Monday playlists here, including my big 'ol wedding playlist
What's your favorite track? What are you listening to right now? 
Saturday, October 15, 2016

Favorites: IKEA holiday 2016

Source: IKEA
I know it's not even Halloween yet, but I'm already planning for my favorite holiday, Christmas. One of my favorite things about the holiday season is seeing what new things IKEA has in their holiday collection. This year I noticed a theme of traditional Swedish-inspired items, along with a more modern black, gray, and white theme. As the big IKEA-obsessed dork that I am, I love both. Here's my top 10 favorite items from their holiday collection.




1. VINTER 2016 containers, set of 3, $8.99


2. STRÅLA Table decoration, tree-shaped, $19.99


3. VINTER 2016 dala horse decoration, $14.99

4. VINTER 2016 mushroom ornaments, set of 6, $6.99


5. VINTER 2016 tablecloth, gray & white, $29.99











Have you checked out IKEA's holiday collection yet? What's your favorite item? 
Thursday, October 13, 2016

Review: September Birchbox

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I'm a little behind with this review because of my wedding and also the fact that I wasn't crazy about any particular item in this box. But here ya go! This pretty little box arrived in my PO box a few days before the wedding and I finally got a chance to try them all out. Since these were all small items, here are my first impressions of these products.


  1. Milk Makeup Highlighter, $24- Although I love that this is a stick, and therefore easy to apply, it just isn't enough of a highlight for me personally. If you like a more subtle highlight that's easy to apply, this is for you. I'm also not a fan of the texture, it leaves a sort of sticky feeling and I'm more of a powder highlight kinda girl.
  2. Kiehl's Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution, $49.50- This is a pretty decent sized sample, I've been using it a lot and I haven't run out yet, but I don't think I've gotten any results yet. I have tons of acne scars, so I don't think a little sample size can do much. If this product wasn't so pricey, I would probably purchase it and continue to use it just to see if prolonged use helps. 
  3. Dr. Brandt Pores No More Cleanser, $36- Sadly I only got 2 uses out of this sample and didn't notice any difference in my skin. 
  4. COOLA Mineral Face SPF 30 Unscented Matte Tint, $36- I was afraid this was going to be a little too dark or orange-y for my skin tone, but when I blended it into my skin, it was fine. It was very sheer and I couldn't even tell I had put it on. So sheer that I wondered what the point of tinting it was. I'm not a fan of the texture. It makes me feel chalky yet oily at the same time.
  5. Davines Naturaltech Replumping Hair Filler Superactive for all hair types, $40- I don't normally reach for hair products that claim to thicken or plump, since they usually leave a weird-feeling texture in my hair, but this one did not! However, I saw no positive difference in my hair texture either. But it smelled really good and the packaging is pretty.
  6. Davines Naturaltech Replumping Shampoo Elasticizing and  Hydrating for all hair types, $26.50- Again, this product smelled good but I didn't notice any difference in my hair texture.
  7. Davines Naturaltech Replumping Conditioner Elasticizing and  Hydrating for all hair types, $26.50- The conditioner didn't smell as good as the other two products and I didn't notice any difference. 
Overall this box was disappointing. Besides item #2, I probably wouldn't try any of these products again. Hopefully my October box will be better suited to me!

Want to sign up for Birchbox?
Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Review: Minted Invitations


I came to terms with the fact that I wouldn't be able to DIY my wedding invitations a little late in the game. I was set on a watercolor-theme, but the thing about that is...I suck at watercolor painting. Every attempt was sloppy and I was growing more frustrated as I approached the "send by" deadline I had set. I was panicking because I didn't have time to order custom invitations from an independent artist, and I wasn't impressed with invitations I saw from other sites.


Since I spent an unhealthy amount of time scouring wedding planning websites, I came across advertisements for Minted quite a bit and in a moment of desperation, finally decided to check it out. I was skeptical, so I ordered their free samples to get a feel for the look and quality. I was pretty impressed with their basic paper, so I decided to go for it. I searched "watercolor" and found these beautiful Horizon invitations within minutes.

I ordered 25 invitations, 25 save the dates, and 25 RSVP cards that I further customized and turned into information cards (but whoops, I forgot to mention on those cards to RSVP via my wedding website! Oh well, people figured it out). Minted also offers free envelope addressing, which was a sigh of relief to me and my atrocious handwriting. Those items, plus the basic shipping for $7.95 came out to $222. I got $44.40 off using a coupon and another $10 off by selecting their "express service," so I paid only $175.55. It was definitely a little more than I wanted to spend on invitations, considering I probably only needed 10 invitations, but 25 is the smallest quantity they offer.

The invitations arrived significantly earlier than estimated and were so well-packaged. It was obvious that lots of care went into packing that box. The invitations were wrapped in ribbon and protected by bubble wrap on all sides. The invitations themselves were beautiful, of course, as were the pre-addressed envelopes. All I had to do was stuff, stamp, and send.


I was so pleasantly surprised with Minted and I would definitely recommend using them for wedding invitations. The process was quick and easy and our invitations were lovely. Plus, they also offer other items like place cards, menus, table numbers, and more. If you're having a smaller wedding, like I did, maybe look at other options. I spent more money than I needed to and now I have a bunch of invitations that I have no purpose for. I'm trying to think of ideas besides fire kindling! But I can tell you that our Christmas cards will definitely be from Minted this year!
Saturday, October 8, 2016

Our Wedding Style

photo by Wylde Photography
Here's a secret: I bought my wedding dress two months before Spencer (officially) proposed. I had been eyeing it for quite some time and I wanted to get it in case it sold out. I mean, I knew Spencer was going to propose soon so I didn't jump the gun that much! I was being proactive, that's all.
photo by Wylde Photography
Here's another secret: instead of wearing a slip under my dress, I wore some $3 white bike shorts from Forever 21. It wasn't very sexy, but it was cheap and nobody saw my butt. That's all that matters! To go along with my wedding dress and bike short ensemble, I wore some teal-ish shoes from Chelsea Crew via ModCloth. I forgot accessories, like a sash/belt and jewelry. In hindsight, I wish I had remembered those things to finish my look, but I still loved my outfit.
photo by Wylde Photography
I'm voting for Spencer for "best dressed" at our wedding, though. He picked out a great plaid oxford shirt from L.L. Bean's Signature line and I convinced him to do some power clashing and pair it with a ditsy floral print tie from J. Crew Factory. He managed to find some great khaki Levi's at T.J. Maxx for only $17 (#Maxxinista), wore some awesome socks from Stance and the cutest boutonniere I've ever seen. I think the crown jewel of his outfit was his waxed canvas Bean Boots. They were sold out *forever* and we couldn't find them at our local outlet or the Freeport outlet. After a month of checking the site every day to see if they were back in stock, Spencer was finally able to pre-order them and they arrived 2 months later.

Shop our wedding style (exact items and similar) below: