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eBay Fashion Finds Week Eight

Plaid Sheer Pleated Skirt $19.98
Crescent Moon Velvet Choker $2.99
Black and White Plaid Coat $17.54
Lightning Bolt Necklace $10.95
Oversized Studded Tote $31.47
Remember that Summer that I pretty much put blogging on pause? My bad. I guess I've had a LOT going on. I have so many posts pretty much ready to go with unedited pictures just patiently waiting for my attention. Hopefully Fall will have different things in store for me. Speaking of Fall - we are getting so. close. I can't wait. I hope Summer doesn't hang around too long this year. Last year it seemed like it stretched all the way into October and had to drag myself around every day in tank tops and loose clothing just praying that the heat would end soon.

These are a few of the items I've been watching on eBay lately and I'm thinking I'm really going to need that skirt and the moon choker here once colder months roll around. Speaking of buying things on eBay, I've recently discovered that I, what I am dubbing, "sleep shop". I started randomly receiving packages and being like 'wtf I did NOT order this, however I like it so I'll keep it'. Then I was looking at my eBay purchase history the other day and I saw that I have been waking up in the middle of the night and buying shit on eBay and not remembering ANY of it. WTF. That's probably my brains payback for not letting myself really spend money on myself. A notion that seems to have completely gone out the window these past few weeks.

I hope you all are enjoying the end of your Summer. It seems like we're creeping up on that back to school rush that I really love. I don't know what it is but this is about that time of year when the light in the afternoon is really golden and everything starts to smell a little different. Like cranberries and cinnamon and gingerbread. I know. I have a problem.

Summer Holiday Wishlist

Floral Swing Dres Olver Bonas / Flamingo Watch Overstock / Fringed Floral Crop Top New Look
Love Story Shades Nasty Gal / Nude Embellished Dress Miss Selfridge / Square Green Studs Kate Spade

Yesterday marked the first "cool" day we have had in a long time. It was about 65 and breezy yesterday, and gray all day with intermittent mist. It was the first night I could sleep without a fan blasting and it was glorious. But that being said, I'm not quite ready for Summer to be up just yet. I'm gearing up for a family trip to Eastern Washington in a few weeks (more like a month, but when I round down it makes it easier to wait for) and I've been picking up little vacation items here and there. When I saw these sunglasses on Nasty Gal I knew I had to have them, so those little babies are on there way to me right now. And that Miss Selfridge dress!?! It's beautiful. I'm telling myself if I work extra overtime and run three miles this week (I'm very hard to motivate) that I can buy this for myself.

I hope you all had an eventful weekend. I spent Saturday night at the cabaret in downtown Seattle and it was di-vine. The dancers were amazing and the food was equally impressive. I managed to get far too drunk and spent Sunday curled up on my bed, nursing a ginger-ale (or three). Do any of you have staple pieces you find yourself reaching for on a hot sunny day?

What I Read: June

Obviously, June was quite the month for me in terms of reading. It seemed like as soon as I set one book down, I picked up another and it was fantastic. Books are such a great way to escape, especially in times where you hate your job and are just working around the clock to try and save as much money as possible for backpacking Europe in a year. So here's a brief little review/synopsis of the books I read in June and if you have any recommendations for July, I would LOVE to hear them. I'm currently reading Palisades Park but it's been slow going because I've been so busy lately. Hope you all had a great fourth and have a happy humpday.

Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen - I discovered this author when I read her book Garden Spells which I LOVED, so now I've been picking up some of her other books. I believe this one is the newest from her and I really enjoyed it. Her writing style is very whimsical and almost prose like, which is what appeals to me. This book is about a woman, recovering from the death of her husband, and her young daughter and how her live suddenly becomes intertwined with a distant relative and how they over time, save each other. If you love a book about love and magic and whimsy - this is for you. It's a nice short read, perfect for the beach!

The One & Only by Emily Griffin - I received this book on my monthly Popsugar Must Have box and although it's not a book I would normally pick out for myself, I wasn't able to put it down. The main character is a small town football obsessed girl, her best friend, and her best friend's parents who have taken her in over the last decade. An unexpected tragedy changes the whole community and each of the characters stumbles on an unexpected path where we find out unsettling truths and how much loyalty can be tested. The ending of this book still kind of had me like... "really...?" but I guess it still surprised me so that's a bonus.

Tigers in Red Weather by Liza Klaussmann - Whatever you think this book is going to be about, you're wrong. Every time I thought I was getting a grasp on the main idea of the book it changed DRASTICALLY. You have to read this. This book is set in the 60's, which is what originally sold me on reading it, and is about two cousins who grow up in a world of tennis whites, midnight gin parties, and the tight knit community on Martha's Vineyard. Just after WWII has ended, the girls are just about to start their 'real lives' and are going to be truly separated for the first time. As their lives change into things they weren't expecting, their children stumble upon something truly awful and the history of these families begin to unravel. Each character has secrets and some of them seriously have you wondering what really goes on behind the closed doors of your neighbor's homes.

His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman - This book is actually the Golden Compass trilogy all bundled up into one massive book. And I mean massive. But again, I couldn't put this down. This book includes the Golden Compass, the Subtle Knife and the Amber Spyglass. This trilogy unlocks parallel worlds, mysterious entities, angels and daemons. If you love sci-fi or fantasy then you have to give this book a read, I seriously fell in love with the characters and laughed, cried and was just as shocked as some of the characters. Magic, adventure and love? This book has every element I look for.

The Girl in the Garden by Kamala Nair - This is one of those books I picked based purely on the cover art and I am glad I did. I love when a book keeps me thinking about it for days after I've read it. This book is based out of the perspective of a young woman, who is revisiting her memories of one haunting childhood summer when her mother took her away from her father, over to India. To a village untouched by time, where she discovers the jungle, long lost family secrets, a beautiful garden and herself. If you have read this PLEASE comment below because I have a question about this book that I just cannot figure out. I tried rereading the last two chapters over and over again and I just want to know if someone else thinks the same things that I do.

So, have you guys read any great books lately? Or any of these? Would love to hear your suggestions or opinions!

Summer Beauty Essentials

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The official first day of Summer was what? Like a week ago? Well, over her in the PNW (surprisingly) Summer is in full throttle and it's been in the high 70's to low 90's for the past week and let me just tell you - I am dying. I love the sunshine but holy hell do I hate the heat. Summer means two things for me, the first being less clothing. Nice breezy, lightweight, free flowing clothing. The second thing that Summer means is a whoooooole different makeup and skincare regime. Come Summertime I always go for far less coverage and makeup that I can apply quickly and easily (also, waterproof everything if I can swing it). I guess really in the summer I try to go for more natural beauty looks. So, today I'd like to share with you a little project that I partnered with #WalgreensBeauty on about my Summer Beauty Essentials. For those of you who are international, I know that a lot of people aren't familiar with Walgreens but from what I understand they actually have now merged with Boots (correct me if I'm wrong) so it's kind of like a one stop shop for high street products (beauty, skincare, haircare, body, grocery, everything really). If you'd like to hear more about my Summer Beauty Essentials then keep reading and enjoy!

L'Oreal Paris Absolute Platinum Lightening System - Obviously this isn't something that's going to be on everyone's Summer Essentials list but for those of you with blonde or ombre hair, this is a MUST. I use this after the long Winter/Spring (our Winter and Spring kind of merge together up here. We really only have three seasons) to banish those awful brassy tones that seem to creep up on you and bring my ombre back to it's original color. After lightening my locks I find that I don't really have the need for a toning shampoo or treatment during the Summer because generally the natural light of the sun keeps them pretty light.

Moroccan Sea Salt Spray - A leave in sea salt spray that adds volume and moisture to your hair. I can rarely be bothered to do my hair in the colder months so when the warmer months roll around the last thing I want to be doing is my hair, blasting it with heat products and so on. So, I use this spray in the morning when my hair is mostly dry and just scrunch and tousle my hair until it kind of has that beach wave look. Just enough product to make it look like I really tried.

Rimmel Scandaleyes Mascara and NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Yogurt - These are really nice simple go to's if you're looking for a more natural look. I discovered this mascara a few months ago when doing a Spring Makeup Look post and fell in love. Now it's the mascara I always have in my makeup bag, purse, etc. It adds fullness and length without clumping. They also make a waterproof version that would be great for Summer. The NYX pencil in Yogurt is a really subtle shimmery nude (the right hand swatch above) that I just line my upper and lower lash line with, blend slightly to sheer it out a little and voila. It's super simple but still something I could wear out.

Essie In The Cab-Ana - Anyone else pick nail polishes based primarily on what they're named? I can't be alone in this. I love this bright teal color, for some reason it just reminds me of all of the eclectic doors that I saw when I was in Sayulita, Mexico a few years ago. It's one of those polishes that I constantly find myself staring at my nails and admiring it... Am I alone in that too? It's also great because it's a one coat polish and dries super quick, which is ideal since odds are 90% of the time I'm going to smear my nail polish within 20 minutes of doing them.

And lastly the Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stains - This is a new laugh from Revlon that I purchased on the first day it was available because I just love the color options. I'm not normally one for anything that resembles a lip gloss, but the word "stain" kind of pulled me in. And I'm glad it did. I picked the shades Milan Moment and Cannes Crush and I am extremely happy with both of them. Milan Moment is a more orange toned stain that I'm wearing on the left hand picture above (bottom swatch) and Cannes Crush is a very almost watermelon pink that I'm wearing in the (very awkward) right hand photo above (top swatch). I love how smoothly this apply and the applicator is curved in a way that makes it super easy to apply without whipping out my makeup brushes. It's not sticky and even after you blot it out it lasts nearly the entire day without needing a touch up. If you're a lip product girl - you HAVE to try these.

That about sums up my Summer Beauty Essentials. Are there any must haves that you find yourself reaching for when the warmer months come around? If you would like to give any of these items a go, Walgreens is having an awesome sale right now (if you can't tell from the above photo) and from now until August 30th are offering a coupon to get a free travel sized makeup brush set when you spend $20 or more on beauty and personal care items (not including baby care). Happy Humpday and I hope you all have a great 4th of July weekend!

In A Net Of Wonder

One great thing about having a full time job is more moolah for my year of traveling next year. One bad thing is, zero time for writing. I've been trying to make time lately but it's so difficult! But I'm still trying to be better so... Send some positive vibes my way. So, today is Friday the 13th AND a full moon - which MEANS that strange things will happen. Another monumental moment today, it started raining again! I can't even remember the last time it rained and I'm ecstatic. It's inevitable. Sure the sun has been fantastic and I've been donning dresses and sun hats whenever I can, as you can see from the picture above, but I love the rain and I missed it. It's Father's Day this weekend, so don't forget to shower your dad or father figure in your life with love on Sunday! And every other day! Anyone doing anything extra special this weekend?

Would you do this for perfect eyebrows?

The newish One Direction music video reaffirmed my love for them.

Can you believe this is a drawing?

A beautifully written article about racial profiling.

Every one of these films from the Tribeca Film Festival looks awesome.

Also, how do you not love the Olsen twins.

And speaking of the Olsen twins, I can't wait to see this film with their younger sister Elizabeth.

90's show cartoon characters as adults.

A sweet sweet video.

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