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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Review: September Ipsy Glam Bag

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september 2017 ipsy glam bag

Summer is over which apparently means that Glam Bag designs are getting better. I greatly prefer this month's simple, studded black bag to last month's bag-- which was basic in the bad way, if ya ask me. My bag's delivery was delayed a bit this month, keep reading to find out if it was worth the wait.

september 2017 ipsy glam bag

1. Elizabeth Mott Pop! Goes the Shadow in Gunmetal, $13-  If you're looking for glitter, you're in luck. This is very, very glittery. However, it's really lacking in pigment. The pigment is very, very sheer. It would be good to layering glitter on top of a matte shade, but I don't think this product will get much use from me.

elizabeth mott pop! goes the shadow gunmetal

2. SKINFOOD Black Sugar Mask Wash Off, $10-  By its brown color, I assumed this scrub would be a coffee scrub. It smells lemony, but kinda like a cleaning chemical. It's very hard and digging it out of the little container was a pain in the butt. It did leave my skin feeling very soft and hydrated, which is always a good thing. I love that it doesn't have evil little plastic microbeads in it, but it I'm not crazy about smell.

3. P.R.M.I.T. Beauty GELIulsion polish in September (Virgo), $11-  I'm not typically one for wearing blue on my nails but wore this for about a week anyway. I love that it's cruelty free and it dries quickly, but it didn't dry nearly as glossy as I thought it would. I also had problems with it chipping. I was fixing my nails every night for a week, and I don't have to do that with other polishes. I don't have time to re-do my nails every night so I would not purchase this.

P.R.M.I.T Beauty GELlusion in September (Virgo)4. ColourPop Cosmetics Ultra Glossy Lip in ipsy VIP, $6- I usually don't wear glosses, in fact I've been pretty anti-gloss for the past decade, but I recently tried ColourPop's Aquarius gloss and loved it so I was excited to give this a try. I've been wearing a little bit over bubblegum pink liquid lipstick to add a little shine, and most importantly, moisture. It feels weird to be wearing gloss again after so long but I'm really diggin' it.

5. Luxie Beauty Rose Gold Medium Angled Shading Eye Brush 207, $12-  This brush isn't as stiff as I thought it would be, it's pretty fluffy, and many of the bristles were a bit askew when I took it out of my bag. It's a perfectly fine brush but personally I'm not a fan of fluffy angled brushes, I like my angled brushes to to stiff. Besides that, this brush is really soft, as all Luxie brushes are!

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Overall, this bag was disappointing. Ipsy did a great job picking out products for me, I just didn't like most of them for whatever weird reason. No matter, I've seen a few products that Ipsy is sending out next month and I'm excited to see what I get!

Have you tried any of these items? Want to subscribe to Ipsy? 
Monday, September 25, 2017

Summer Vinyl Haul

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colored vinyl records

Hoo-boy, did I get a lot of new records in the past few months. My birthday was at the end of July so with that and me treating myself (possibly a little too much), I ended up with quite a few new additions to my collection. Many of these new additions were things that I had been coveting for a while, years in some cases, I'm so happy to finally have 'em!

my chemical romance vinyl, saves the day vinyl

-I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love by My Chemical Romance: An old favorite from my (especially) emo days. The version I got is a red/white vinyl, so pink basically, and is a Hot Topic exclusive release.

-Through Being Cool by Saves The Day: A classic album and I can't believe that this wasn't already in my collection. I have the 180 gram root beer vinyl, it's so pretty when held up to the light, but it appears to be out of stock now.

beyonce lemonade vinyl, kate nash vinyl

-Lemonade by BeyoncĂ©: This album made it on my favorite albums of 2016 list, so of course I had to have it. I pre-ordered this in April (?) and then it got lost in the mail for a bit when it finally shipped in late August, but it's here at last! This pressing is bright yellow, 180 grams, and 4 sides. 

-Girl Talk by Kate Nash: This album is one of my favorites and is so important to me. Shout out to my sister for getting it for me for my birthday! This edition is 2 LPs and on transparent red vinyl. 

say anything i don't think it is vinyl, say anything in defense of the genre vinyl

-I Don't Think It Is by Say Anything: Another album that made my 2016 favorites list. This edition is a Hot Topic exclusive and is on light blue vinyl-- it's a really pretty color, I love it.

-In Defense of the Genre by Say Anything: The most elusive of all the Say Anything albums, I found this one on eBay. It was a little more than I wanted to pay, but considering how much I love it and the near-mint condition that it's in, I don't regret it at all.

two tongues vinyl, perma vinyl

-Two Tongues Two by Two Tongues: Yet another one from my 2016 favorites. This pressing is 180 gram black vinyl and came with a lithograph signed by Max Bemis and Chris Conley.

-Two of a Crime by Perma: This one had been on my wishlist forever. This pressing is a mint green color.

-Christmas Party by She & Him: In case you're new around here, I freakin' love Christmas and I freakin' love Christmas music. This LP is red and the packaging, especially on the inside, is adorable.

-A Christmas Album by Bright Eyes: This is one of my all-time favorite Christmas albums. This LP is on white vinyl and the proceeds benefit the Nebraska AIDS Project.

-Whiteout Conditions by The New Pornographers: Man, I love The New Pornos so much and I've played this album so much since it was released in April.

-Kill the House Lights by Thursday: This LP includes live, demo, non-album, and rare tracks. It's on  white vinyl and is a Hot Topic exclusive. According to the description, it was supposed to come with a concert DVD but it didn't, so that's a bummer.

-Vibrate: The Best of Rufus Wainwright: I couldn't decide between all of Rufus' albums so I went with the compilation, but really you can't go wrong when it comes to him.

bright eyes studio albums vinyl box set

-The Studio Albums 2000-2011 by Bright Eyes: Finally. This box set includes 6 albums on beautiful colored vinyl, an essay by Nathaniel Krenkel, and 12 8x10 prints.

vinyl record collection

I'm so happy that my record collection has been growing so much and I have a few pre-orders coming that I am so excited to show you! What albums have you been loving lately? 
Saturday, September 23, 2017

Life Lately + Link Love #7

prospect harbor maine, maine drone photography

Life Lately: 

September was supposed to be a relaxing, not-so-busy month but it's been pretty darn busy and feels like it's going on forever. But let's talk about positive things! I finally visited Quoddy Head State Park in Lubec, near the Canadian border, and it was absolutely amazing. I love it there so, so much.

This month was awesome because I finally saw some roadside attractions that have been on my list for such a long time, and randomly came across a couple new ones, too. You can see some on my Instagram and in my post about Schoodic. More are coming, maybe in a blog post? We'll see.

I recently (finally) tried Nina June. Nina June made Bon Appetit's Best New Restaurants in America list for 2017 and I had been wanting to go for quite a while, but some Google reviews were deterring me. I'm so glad that I went, the service was great, the view from the patio of Rockport Harbor was beautiful, and the risotto was amazing. So was the chocolate torte that I had for dessert. I left Nina June feeling very full and kinda gross, but in a satisfied way.

Another outing I loved: hiking with these pups!

miniature dachshund maine

Australian shepherd puppy maine

Link Love:

  • Anne shared a great post that I totally relate to about being shy but still sharing her life online.
  • Obviously I love kitschy roadside attractions, and I've added this one to my list. Alexandra visited the world's largest cuckoo clock in Ohio and how cool is it?! This whole town looks awesome, really.
  • Rosie covered what you can do to reduce microplastics in your water because chances are, they're there. 
  • I loved this post from Amber about confidence and pixie cuts. 
  • This post from Kallie about using local hashtags on Instagram to your advantage is super helpful, especially since lately Instagram has been shadowbanning people for using those super-general aesthetic hashtags. 
  • Monika wrote a great post about being a supportive fan of someone, not a passive one.
  • Anna interviewed the owner of Lemon & Tulips, a new flower shop in Fryeburg, where I lived a couple years ago. This shop is seriously adorable and the arrangements are beautiful.

Has anything especially awesome been going on in your life lately? What posts have you loved recently? Tell me in the comments!
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Schoodic Peninsula

Schoodic Peninsula Acadia National Park

The past couple weeks have been crazy-busy around here so our plans for our first wedding anniversary were kinda scrapped, or at least put off for a later date. I'm not too bummed, stuff happens, so don't think I'm complaining. By the time our anniversary rolled around, all I wanted to do was hang out at home but I knew I'd regret that, so I got a late start on Sunday and headed to the Schoodic Peninsula, the less-frequently visited part of Acadia National Park.

Most of Acadia National Park is located on Mount Desert Island and that's where most people go. The Schoodic Peninsula is just a few miles across the bay and is south of the town of Winter Harbor, but it's roughly a 40 mile drive from the rest of Acadia. During certain months of the year a ferry goes between Bar Harbor and Winter Harbor for easier transport.

First we made our way to the Schoodic Woods Visitor Center & Campground to renew our annual National Park pass and the place was deserted. The visitor center itself was beautiful and looked brand-spankin' new, plus the bathrooms were sparkling clean-- which is a rare thing to find at parks in Maine. There were a handful of cars and RVs in the parking lot, but not a person in sight. As we walked up to the doors, I kept wondering aloud if they were even open. They were-- inside we found some chilly AC, an assortment of Acadia National Park merch, and a couple rangers.

Schoodic Woods Visitor Center and Campground

Like the portion of Acadia that is on Mount Desert Island, the scenic road around the Schoodic Peninsula is mostly a one-way. As I mentioned, we got a late start, so we didn't have much time for hiking so we mostly just stopped at the scenic pull-offs on the side of the road. It was a super foggy day so I could just barely make out the mountains on Mount Desert Island through the fog, but even with the clouded view it was absolutely beautiful.

schoodic east pond

schoodic peninsula east pond

We headed to Schoodic Point, which seemed to be the main attraction. That's where everyone was, but it still was hardly crowded at all compared to the Mount Desert Island part of Acadia. The rock formations were huge and seemed to go on forever. Unfortunately it was so foggy and the waves were so big, thus creating quite a bit of sea spray, I wasn't able to get decent photos at Schoodic Point.

acadia national park tidepools

acadia national park craggy coastline

Our last stop in the park was at a scenic overlook near Blueberry Hill. There was a little trail down to the rocks and the waves here weren't as rough as they were at Schoodic Point, so I felt safe to explore a bit. Again, even with all the fog, it was so beautiful here. I will definitely be back to the Schoodic Peninsula to explore more and hike some of the trails. It is far less crowded than Mount Desert Island, which is constantly facing traffic congestion issues (hint: take advantage of the free Island Explorer bus when exploring Acadia, especially Mount Desert Island). Plus, that visitor's center is niiiiice.

Bonus! On our way home I crossed a kitschy roadside attraction off of my list. This is Big Jim the Fisherman, located in Prospect Harbor. He's about 40 feet tall and has been there for over 30 years.
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Quoddy Head State Park

west quoddy head light, lubec maine

Last week I finally visited Quoddy Head State Park in Lubec and spoiler alert, it is quite possibly my favorite state park in Maine now. I may even love it more than Acadia National Park, which is saying a lot. Lubec is as far Downeast as Downeast goes in Maine, which is why I put off going for so long-- it was a 3 hour drive, though only 135 miles from my house. The long drive was certainly worth it!

I left the house around 5 am and arrived in Lubec around 8:00. The park's website says that they open at 9:00, but I'm not sure if that's correct because we and a handful of other people were there at 8 and the ranger didn't seem to take issue with that. Thankfully it was a beautiful day and there was no fog so the visibility was great. I could see the neighboring Canadian islands--  Grand Manan and Campobello. Sadly I wasn't able to visit Campobello, where Roosevelt Campobello International Park is, because I kinda forgot to apply for a passport. From what I've read, US citizens can go to the island without a passport but can't return without one, so that posed an issue for me. I was pretty grumpy about that the whole drive to Lubec but quickly got over it when I arrived at Quoddy Head. How could I be in a bad mood in such a beautiful place?

West Quoddy Head Light is by far my favorite lighthouse in Maine. I mean, it looks like a candy cane, it's adorable! The stripes aren't just there to be cute, they're there for better visibility in bad weather. The lighthouse is the main attraction at this park, but the rocky coastline is my favorite thing about the park. There's some stairs not too far from the lighthouse and parking lot where the beach can be accessed. We hung out on the beach for a bit and watched the waves, some boats go by, and a seal lookin' for a meal.

rock balancing, rock stacking, stone stacking, stone balancing

The further down the Coastal Trail we got, the more I kept saying "this is my favorite place." I was a broken record about it. The ocean was a beautiful blue-green, the craggy coastline was fun to explore, and all the pine trees, lichens, and berries made me feel like I was in a Scandinavian folktale.

Gulliver's Hole was one of my favorite things about the park. It's a narrow little cove surrounded by cliffs. There were some trails that some brave people had made down into the cove (which I think isn't actually permitted) but I was not one of those brave people. The trails didn't look very safe, so I got my thrills by standing on the edge of the cliffs and looking down into the crashing waves. I'm afraid of a lot of things, but not heights!

downeast maine cliffs
 The trails here are very easy and relaxing. I guess my only advice to other visitors would be to turn your phone on airplane mode before you get to the park. Verizon tried to slap us with some international data fees since we were so close to Canada. Though the drive was long, visiting Quoddy Head State Park was certainly worth it. I could have spent a lot more time there, sadly I don't feel like I got the whole Quoddy Head experience, but I'm already planning another trip.
Thursday, September 7, 2017

What to Know Before Moving to Maine

maine vibes mug
Mug is from E&H Creates 

As of today it's been two years since I moved to Maine from Florida. Life in the Pine Tree State has been treating me quite well, though I'm still adjusting. Some days I feel like a true Mainer and some days it's even more obvious to me that I'm "from away," but one feeling always remains the same-- I freakin' love living here. I've had quite a few people ask me what to know before moving to Maine, and of course it differs by area, but I'll try to break it down for ya.

Before I continue, I think it's important to mention where I was before Maine so maybe you can understand my perspective a little. I spent a good portion of my life living in Williamsburg, Virginia and also Vero Beach, Florida. Both towns have populations around 15,000 and are tourist destinations. In case you don't know where I am now, I'm currently in Maine's Midcoast region and I previously lived in the mountains of Western Maine. The population of my town is under 2,000. I have to drive for at least an hour and a half to get to the nearest airport, malls, concert venues, etc. I have never lived in one of Maine's bigger towns, I've always lived in rural towns, so that is the Maine lifestyle that I'm used to.

I hope that helped, now I'll get to it.

Acadia National Park autumn fall foliage

People might try to talk you out of moving here. They'll try to convince you that it's boring here, that you can't handle the winters, it's too far away, blah blah blah. If you really want to move here, don't let people pee on your parade! 

They'll also frequently invite themselves to visit. You better have a guest bed made up during the summer and fall-- company is coming.

There is more to Maine than Portland. Don't get me wrong, Portland is great. The Greater Portland area is where all the "stuff" is-- like shopping, entertainment, jobs, etc. That's where everyone flocks to when they move here. I considered moving there then I remembered that, simply put, city life isn't my thing. The point is, Maine is a big place with a lot to offer.

There's also more to Maine than the coast. I think I've made it pretty obvious that I love living on Maine's coast. I've always been an ocean girl and it feels weird to be away from it. But...have you seen inland Maine?! Although I hated being away from the ocean, I loved living in Western Maine and miss it so much, especially after my recent trip to Baxter State Park reignited my appreciation of inland Maine. The coast is great, but so is the rest of Maine-- don't overlook it, there's so much to see. 

Less is more. After growing up in places where there was a Starbucks on every corner and I could do a Target run whenever I wanted, living in rural Maine was hard for a long time. It's not that I miss shopping-- I miss the convenience, familiarity, and the ritual. Every day I get more and more used to being without all that stuff, not to mention, I'm saving a ton of money. I know what town I want to buy my first house in and it's nowhere close to a Target, but it has so many amazing things to offer that I don't care. I love this area of Midcoast Maine and truthfully it wouldn't be the same if big chain stores were here.

portland head light christmas

You have to prepare for winter. I don't just mean switching out your summer wardrobe for your winter wardrobe. I mean investing in warm, high quality winter clothes (flannel shirts from Forever 21 won't cut it), if you have a woodstove/fireplace you have to get cords of wood, stack them, and possibly split them. Invest in a good snow shovel or even a snowblower. If you live on a private road, the town/state might not salt or plow your road and they definitely won't plow your driveway, so get in touch with someone who provides those services well before winter, as sometimes they stop accepting new clients.

Winter really isn't a big deal if you're prepared. Maine is stuffed to the gills with tourists during the summer, so I try to embrace winter and the solitude it brings. I'm not saying the winters aren't harsh, but after you survive your first winter here, it will seem like nothin'. Just turn your house into a well-stocked little hygge-haven and you'll be fine. Get into winter sports or just shovel snow, it's great exercise! 

Let's talk about need one, even if you live in a city. I recommend one with 4-wheel drive and using snow tires, but many people say 4WD isn't necessary. It definitely depends on where you live, your car, your tires, your driving skills, etc. I think having 4WD provides a little more peace of mind. On a related note, if you're from a place where snow isn't a common thing, many towns and driving schools offer affordable winter driving courses. If you're lacking confidence about driving in the snow, that may be something to look into.

I've mentioned drive times already because that's a big thing in Maine. It takes a while to get pretty much anywhere, which I had a hard time adjusting to at first, but I don't mind it at all anymore. Ever heard the expression, "you can't get there from here"? Well, you can get there from here, but it will probably take half an hour.

You've probably heard that Maine has pretty awesome food and that is correct. Portland especially is known for the booming food scene, but incredible restaurants are all over the state, whether they're 5-star New American or a tiny roadside pizza place. The fresh produce will also blow your mind, and not just the blueberries. And yes, the lobster is apparently great, but I wouldn't know.

Speaking as a vegetarian, I was pleasantly surprised when I moved here. I'm able to find great vegetarian options or at the very least, one decent option, which I was afraid I wouldn't be able to since everything is so seafood-centric here. Restaurants seem to be pretty accommodating for plant-based folks. It also helps to use Foursquare to find vegetarian-friendly places.

We have some of the coolest festivals and fairs. I can't even list them all, but here's an idea: yoga festival, hot air balloon festival, beer festival, artisan bread festival, lobster festivals (of course), veg*n festival, blueberry festival, clam festival, tons of music festivals, whoopie pie festival... As for fairs, they're all over the place and no fall season is complete without going to at least one.

You will develop a love for L.L. Bean. I grew up shopping at L.L. Bean and worked there for a short time (it's a great company to work for, by the way) but my love for L.L. Bean grew immensely when I moved here. Their flagship store in Freeport is huge and wonderful and they have outlets scattered around the state, too. You can bet that I'm wearing at least one thing from them at all times. From flannel shirts to flannel sheets, from boots to luxurious beds for your will love it.

stephen king's house bangor maine

Lovers of creepiness, rejoice! You probably know that Stephen King lives here and has based many of his books in Maine. That's because Maine is kind of a creepy place. This article goes more into it, but with the all the old buildings, cemeteries, and general solitude, Maine can get pretty creepy sometimes. If you want to find a creepy old house to live in, we have tons of those here. Want to find some spooky things in Maine? Check out Atlas Obscura and Roadside America.

Real life still happens here. Maine is often portrayed as a quaint, magical fairy tale land where everyone is an organic farmer, a lobsterman, or an L.L. Bean model. While Maine certainly is magical in a sense, it's not any different than anywhere else. There is racism in Maine. There is crime (though the crime rates are pretty low). There is poverty. There are politicians sabotaging helpful initiatives for their own personal gain. We don't all own sailboats or alpaca farms. Just be aware that living in Maine won't always be like a week at camp or brunching in the Kennebunks.

Do I see myself ever moving out of Maine? Well, I certainly see the merits of spending winters in Florida, but at this point in time I can't see myself living anywhere else. I love the scenery, the towns, the food, the more relaxed way of life, and the small population, honestly. I could have moved anywhere and I chose to move here.

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