Leather Bound

Do you love the smell of old leather? I’m talking the old dusty leather tomes you’d find in a library, the scent of a well-worn leather jacket or luxe leather bag. This candle I found at @Target (of all places, ha) is all that and more. The wood wick is a neat feature, it crackles as it burns.

It’s appropriately called, ‘Leather Bound’ and it’s a perfect scent for this overcast Fall-like day in California. I’m SO not the cinnamon pumpkin blah blah type of fragrance consumer. I want my home to smell clean, classic and cozy. Bonus points if the scent (whether candle or perfume) is androgynous.

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Quickies : 018

1. I may have found the perfect journal/notebook! Archer & Olive notebooks have 160gsm paper (!!), two bookmarks, dot grid white paper. I pre-ordered the black Moon notebook last night and now I can’t wait to get it set up for next year.

2. I’ve been writing a shit ton lately. Mostly poetry and prose. Words seem to tumble out of my head and onto the Notes app on my phone late at night when I’m waiting for the boys to fall asleep. It feels good to get it out. The New Moon always triggers my creative/dark side.

3. Also? How many selfies is too many? Asking for a friend.

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Quickies : 017

1. I recently participated in the “Sensual Selfie Challenge” created by Ev’yan Whitney (IG: @evyan.whitney). The goal was to post five themed selfies a day in order to tap into your inner sensual goddess.

It was nerve racking to say the least BUT, I’m so glad I decided to commit to it. I am no stranger to taking selfies (PG or otherwise!) but, this challenge really made me step out of my little bubble.

What’s more, the other participants were so brave, so pure and inspiring. It really made me proud to be among them.

2. I’ve been taking a few hours to myself every week and it has helped tremendously with my sanity. I’m always wracked with ‘Mom guilt’ whenever I attempt to do something for myself but, not anymore. I deserve a break and some peace and quiet.

3. Sometimes ‘peace and quiet’ means getting in my Jeep, rolling down the windows (or taking the top off!) and blasting music as I drive with no particular destination.

I used to do it all the time before kids. THE. BEST. FEELING.

4. It’s almost autumn, my favorite time of year. I can literally feel my creative side re-awakening from the Summer doldrums. Fall and Winter is the time I’m much more in tune with my true self.

5. So, I started watching the series GRIMM (yes, I’m always late to the party!). I went in only knowing the general premise of the show and not much else. Well, what I found out is, each season (except for the last one) has 22 episodes! TWENTY TWO! I’m barely in the middle of season two. This show going to take a while for me to binge watch. I’m hooked on it though and I didn’t think I’d like it. Of course it doesn’t hurt that Nick Burkhardt (David Guintoli) is easy on the eyes, ha.

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Phlur – Olmstead & Vaux

Scent of the day : OLMSTED & VAUX by Phlur

This scent is truly a standout but, not in the way where it is loud or attention seeking. It has more of a casual vibe, an easy confidence, a sexy minimalism. It’s the kind of fragrance you’d have to be close enough (if you’re lucky, that is) to really experience.

It’s woodsy, green and soft (thankfully, not powder-y!), citrusy, clean and cozy. I imagine an early morning stroll at Central Park (which inspired this scent) or a cedar forest. Or simply sitting in your garden, coffee in hand, listening to the birds sing.

While #Phlur’s O&V doesn’t have the projection or longevity of most fragrances, I feel it is worth re-applying mid-day.

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Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hydrating Gloss Stick

I fully admit, sometimes I buy stuff just for the pretty packaging. The Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hydrating Gloss Sticks caught my eye due to the sleek tube and pretty shades.

PROS :
moisturizing
minty flavor/scent
easy to apply
wearable shades
sheer
not sticky
not thick/goopy on lips

CONS :
cannot retract product back into tube
a bit expensive
not long lasting

OVERALL :
Unfortunately, two of the three shades I wanted weren’t in stock at my local Sephora so, I was only able to get ‘Sweet Escape’ which is described as a pink lemonade. This is a fun color for Spring/Summer. It’s a bright pink but, not too bright where it looks clown-ish.

This actually reminds me of the old school CoverGirl LipSlicks which I was a big fan of way back in high school. It’s essentially the same concept, sheer lipgloss in tube form.

At $28 a pop, it’s a bit expensive for what it is BUT, it all depends on what you’re looking for. If you’re like me and don’t have much time to re-do your lipstick/gloss perfectly multiple times a day (because you have to with some products), then this is for you. I appreciate the easy, no fuss application and would definitely reach for this as opposed to my wand-style glosses.

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Thinking & Planning Out Loud

I’m kind of obsessing about starting a (separate) perpetual art journal for 2019.

This nagging thought was/is inspired by Lara Gastinger’s (IG : @LaraGastinger) botanical drawings on her own perpetual journal. Her art is so intricate and detailed and just stunning.

So, I’m here like… Should I even attempt to start one of my own? Maybe I can combine my art/doodles with ‘one line a day’ type of entry? Maybe, finally, put my watercolors and paints to good use…?

I’m still stewing about it. Part of me thinks that maybe when I find the “perfect” sketchbook, that will be the push I need to do it. I just don’t want to have too many creative projects to do next year.

This year I was way too ambitious.

I began 2018 with a traditional planner + bullet journal, attempted the Leuchtturm1917 ‘Some Lines A Day’ book (which I hated because the paper quality SUCKED so I stopped), began another #Tarot365 and was also in the middle of O’s Project365.

In short, I was trying to do too much with very little time.

Fortunately, I was able to complete O’s first year photo a day project (yay!). That made it easy to keep up with my daily tarot readings. I still journal when I get the urge (or time) to write. And I fill out my bullet journal/planner when I can.

I need to have LESS creative projects for 2019.

I definitely will not do Tarot365 for next year. Perhaps monthly readings, recorded and dissected in my bujo, will suffice? And of course any other draws for sabbats and esbats will be done as well.

One witchy planner/bujo and a perpetual art journal for 2019 sounds like a good, actionable, plan – yes?

Now to find the perfect notebook and sketchbook… That’s half the battle right there.

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