BREWING MINDFULNESS

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There’s nothing quite like cozying up at a cabin in the woods, enjoying a hot cup of coffee in your favorite camp mug. A few friends and I ventured out to Lake Arrowhead, California for a few days in the mountains. On our first morning at the cabin, we woke up to the sunrise and made paleo banana pancakes for breakfast, along with organic Peet’s Coffee! We brought Yosemite Dos Sierras, a blend with chocolatey and nutty flavor notes. This Peet’s Organic blend is also Rainforest-Alliance certified. Peet’s has ethical initiatives to support communities and the environment where their coffees are grown. This particular blend comes from Finca La Cabaña, which is a sustainable estate on the southwestern slopes of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta Mountains in Colombia. This place is renowned for its biodiversity and natural coffee production.

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Peet’s has direct relationships with many coffee farmers, to better understand the social, environmental, and economic conditions on farms. As an advocate of the planet, I think it’s so important to understand where the things we consume come from: whether that’s clothing, food, products, or coffee -- so that we may know better the impact we leave through the things that we purchase. Making mindful decisions about what I consume brings me so much joy, especially when brands like Peet’s go an extra step in providing consumers with important sustainability, environmental, and ethical information to consult when considering their coffees!

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Be sure to take Peet’s Organic Coffee on your next adventure or incorporate it into your brewing options at home. Click here to see where you can purchase it for yourself.

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I’m so excited to be partnering with Peet’s Organic Coffee on this post, and as always, all opinions are my own. P.S. this coffee is truly delicious!

MOUNTAIN MORNINGS

 

Celebrating National Coffee Day by reminiscing of mornings spent in the mountains. Last time we were up in Yosemite, we got to call a little airstream our home for a few days while we explored the National Park. Our mornings were spent waking up with the sun pouring through our windows, and coffee pouring into our camp mugs.

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It was so easy to bring along our Mr. Coffee At-Home Pour Over for brewing up some morning goodness -- so we were fueled up and ready to head out and explore for the day.

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The Mr. Coffee At-Home Pourover has a little screen, which walks you through a step by step guide of the pour over process! This makes sure you get the right temperature and ratio and of water and coffee, thanks to the integrated auto measure scale. It also comes with a temperature controlled gooseneck kettle, which allows water to flow evenly through the coffee grounds to create the boldest flavor. The guide also makes sure to let you know when to pause for blooming!

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This post is brought to you by Mr. Coffee, but as always, all opinions are my own!

 

RISE + GRIND

 
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I often find that early mornings are when I feel most inspired and invigorated for the day ahead. There's something about getting a good night of sleep, waking up with the sun, making a cup of coffee, and beginning my work day from my little sunshine-filled home workspace. 

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The newest addition to our kitchen is our Mr. Coffee At-Home Pour Over for brewing up some morning goodness. I love how this setup has a little screen which walks you through a step by step guide of the pour over process! It’s been such a therapeutic and relaxing part of my morning routine as we’re getting closer to fall — staying cozy these September days with a dark roast in my hands and warm sunlight pouring in the windows.

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This post is brought to you by Mr. Coffee, but as always, all opinions are my own!

 

WAKING UP OUT WEST

 
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Sam and I are currently on a road trip from California to Colorado. On our first night of camping, we drove into the night to our camp spot in Sedona, Arizona. We arrived late that night, made some grilled cheese, and fell asleep under the stars in the back of Sam’s old Land Cruiser: cozying up with our new Blue Plaid Fleece Blanket by Ozark Trail. We woke up to a desert sunrise, with golden rays peeking through our windows. We pulled our little camp stove out, made some breakfast tacos, and of course, some pour over coffee. Sam has been teaching me how to measure out the perfect ratio of water and coffee beans, in a therapeutic process to craft the perfect morning cup of joe. We sat on the back of the tailgate and enjoyed the sunshine while sipping from our Ozark Trail Tumblers, before setting out for another day of exploring.

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Thanks to Walmart for partnering with me on my summertime travels. As always, these opinions are all my own. You can pick up all your summer camping goods by clicking HERE.

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SUMMER MANE

 
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In the summer months, I think that messy hair is often a sign of a good day: those windows-rolled-down, driving by the coast sort of days. I love creating a tousled, salty-hair inspired wavy style for my everyday look lately. Taming my summer mane just got so much easier with my amazing new Bed Head Blow Out FreakOne-Step volume booster dryer. It also has Ego Boost Mixed Pattern Bristles for volume, definition and texture :) It’s so great to be able to create those voluminous beachy waves in a matter of minutes, so I can get back to exploring outside. 

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This amazing dryer is available on: Amazon, Ulta, and Target!

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This post is sponsored by Bed Head and Her Campus Media. As always, all opinions are my own :)

 

HONEST TO GOODNESS: CLEAN SKINCARE

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Hey babes! So happy to be sharing a few polaroids from last week, celebrating the kickoff Her Conference with Honest Beauty — one of my favorite lines of clean skincare & makeup products. I honestly love so many of their products, especially their volumizing mascara and sparkly eyeshadows. I also brought home a few new products to try out: including the Gentle Gel Cleanser (which I found to be so refreshing!) and also the Organic Beauty Facial Oil (which uses avocado and apricot oils to make your skin super luminous and glowy).

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It was incredible to actually be able to chat one on one with some amazing people from the Honest Beauty team about how they are redefining what people think of when it comes to clean beauty with their Honest Free Guarantee. This means that Honest Beauty promises that all their products are free of harsh ingredients like Parabens, Silicones, Petrolatum, Mineral Oil, Synthetic Fragrances, Dyes and many more! In an effort to always be more mindful about the products I use on my skin & face everyday, I love knowing that my Honest Beauty essentials are made with clean, safe ingredients and actually work.

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To check out all my favorite clean-beauty favorites from Honest Beauty, you can click HERE.

This post is sponsored by Honest Beauty and the InfluenceHer Collective. As always, all opinions are my own.

MINDFUL SLEEP

 

As I've been getting settled into my new apartment, I've been trying to create mindful habits to cultivate rest. I've been getting in a routine of making a cup of tea with honey, putting on my essential oil diffuser, lighting a few candles, and reading some of my favorite books. 

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Self-care is so important, and purposefully setting time aside to care for yourself is an act of self-love.

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When I was in college, I took a class about sleep and the importance of rest, and it really inspired me to be more mindful about creating healthy sleep patterns. It’s so easy to just throw on a movie or scroll through your phone when you get into bed at night, or reach for your phone right away in the morning. I can honestly say that on the nights I am not on my phone for about 30 minutes before I go to bed that I get a better night of sleep. Blue light from computer or phone screens makes your brain think that it’s day time, time to be alert, which can definitely disrupt your sleep schedule. Also I have found that when I wake up, turn off my alarm, and I don’t directly check social media but instead light a candle or journal for a few minutes, I always have a more positive day. 

Right before I go to bed, I also have been taking 2 Beauty Sleep gummies by Olly Nutrition. They are even a certified B Corp! These gummies have honestly helped me get a better night of sleep, and I wake up feeling refreshed and ready for more days spent creating. Their melatonin gummies are made with L-Theanine and botanicals like chamomile and lemon balm. These gummies are an important part of my night time routine — as they also encourage a calm feeling, and support a healthy sleep cycle.

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This post is sponsored by Olly Nutrition, but as always, all opinions are my own.

 

HERE COMES THE SUN

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Sunlight for the skin is like poetry for the soul — both arise in you a warm glow. Every afternoon, golden sunshine pours into my windows, always making me think about what light does to everything it touches. In a physical sense, light provides depth and contrast, brilliant highlights and shadow play. Metaphorically, when someone is full of light, you can feel their warmth, their kindness, their presence so vibrantly.

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I just moved into my new apartment, and I’m still arranging and re-arranging the furniture around. All I knew is that my bed absolutely needed to be facing the windows so that I could bask in the light every time the sun comes around. Last night, in what feels like the first time in a long time, I sat down with my journal and a couple of my favorite books, and cozied up in my new favorite organic cotton sheets by Under the Canopy

The cotton used to make their soft & breathable sheets and pillowcases was grown and sourced responsibly, and contain no GMOs or pesticides. These practices respect both the Earth and the health of the farmers. Organic cotton also saves water, energy, & reduces your carbon footprint. All their paper packing is also Forest Stewardship Council certified! And best of all, because of the high-quality fibers in organic cotton, the sheets actually soften with each wash. So i’ll be spending these springtime evenings watching the sunset over the mountains from my bedroom window, surrounded by poetry and books and quiet time to reflect. These earth-friendly sheets will be available at Bed Bath & Beyond this fall.

This post is sponsored by Under the Canopy and the InfluenceHer Collective. All opinions are my own.

WAKE UP WAVY

 
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A little over a month ago, I decided it was time to change up my look and finally get the fringe bangs I’d always dreamed of. It’s so incredible how something as simple as a haircut can bring so many more possibilities to a look. Your look can be a work of art, and I love getting creative with my hair. I’ve always been inspired by 70’s style and retro haircuts. My new cut has inspired me so much, and it’s been so fun finding different ways to style it. I’ve especially been loving the Bed Head® Morning After™ Hair Smoother & Hair Straightener!

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The Bed Head® Morning After™ Hair Smoother is perfect for refreshing second day hair by detangling and smoothing out last night’s creases to create volume. I cannot even begin to count how many times I have accidentally burned myself using my curling iron! This amazing smoothing brush protects your hands and scalp from excess heat, and is as easy to use as brushing your hair.

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The Bed Head® Morning After™ Hair Straightener is amazing, especially for my bangs, to create flexible waves. On this tool, there’s even LED Heat Settings and Tourmaline Ceramic Technology that offers three unique settings to use for days when you wash your hair, for the second day after washing, or even third day hair. I love how you can get a smooth, straight look from using this tool, or fresh gentle waves.

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Both tools bring so much life and shine back to my hair when I wake up the morning, and I’m excited to style flowy beach waves all summer long. I love recreating looks that remind me of sunny days by the sea.

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This post is sponsored by Bed Head and Her Campus Media. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make The Wanderlogue possible! Wishing you all a lovely May.

 

Out by the Western Coast

This blog post is sponsored by  Blurb .

This blog post is sponsored by Blurb.

"Out by the Western Coast --

a recently graduated 20-something, a one-way ticket, dad's old film camera, and the life-giving joy of falling in love with wonder."

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This holiday season, Blurb helped me to bring my vision to life of creating a photo book of some of my favorite film photographs I have taken while living in California. This place has grown to mean so much to me since moving here in May -- love, passion, and creativity brought me to pack up all my things and move from a tiny town in the midwest to a place where I set out to follow my dreams. If you’d like to purchase my book or see a preview of the inside of my creation, check it out by clicking here!

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It definitely hasn't been an easy road, but one day I know I will look back on this part of my life and feel an overwhelming sense of nostalgia for the people and places who helped me along the way to my aspirations: because I imagine that when I look back at this time of my life, I'll be thankful for all the little things that have made up these every-days: and I wanted a book to capture that.

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If you’d like to create your own photo book this holiday season, click here to check out all of Blurb’s amazing options for customizing your own work of art. Blurb is an independent, creative book-making and self-publishing platform. They make it so easy for anyone to create photo books and magazines in print and digital formats. For those of you who are well-versed in design, you can also use Blurb’s Adobe® InDesign® plug-in or Lightroom® integration for even more creative control over your book. My Imagewrap Hardcover, large square 12×12 in book was created with Blurb's plug-in for Adobe® InDesign®. I also absolutely loved the amazing paper quality of the Premium Matte, which was the perfect choice to compliment my film photos. As soon as I received my book, I was in awe of the incredible quality, and loved flipping through the pages. I cannot wait to order another one.

Happy holidays dreamers!

Thank you to Blurb for sponsoring this post.

CHAI SOMETHING NEW

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While traveling, one of my favorite things to do is to check out the local coffee spots — even when I’m home, my days usually start with a daily chai latte. Cash App has a new feature called the Coffee Shop Boost, where you can get $1 off every purchase made at coffee shops in the US, just by paying with your Cash Card, which you can set up for free through the app! You can even customize your card with a personalized signature, to make it your own.

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Saving more means more coffee dates and more yummy mornings going out for brunch. Click here to find out more about other new boosts now offered within Cash App! https://cash.app/ Try it out using my code RDSQXMQ and we’ll each get $5! Happy Holidays dreamers!

ALMOST HEAVEN

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“Life is old there,

older than the trees,

younger than the mountains,

blowing like a breeze”

West Virginia was a place unlike any other I have visited before. The magic, mystery and historic nostalgia seemed to fill up the hearts of all who have stepped foot here — along the winding rivers and trailheads that scatter the wide and endless landscape. We discovered so many little gems on our expedition: from rainy mountainside hikes, to visiting an organic farm, to hearing the stories of the people who have grown up here.

HARPERS FERRY

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Harpers Ferry is a quaint little town within a National Park, sitting among the rolling hills along where the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers meet. We had the chance to stop by the cutest little candy store, True Treats Historic Candy, to try molasses sweets and peppermint Gibralters. We cozied up for a yummy lunch at the Potomac Grill, where we sipped hot tea, surrounded by old National Park signage.

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BLACKWATER FALLS STATE PARK

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Nestled among red spruce trees in a magical forest, Blackwater Falls rushes with an amber tint, cascading gracefully within the Allegheny Mountains. We stumbled upon this beautiful location on an early hike through the drizzling October rain. Some of the leaves were beginning to turn a bright gold, and they shone like honey on the trails in the mid-morning storm.

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LOST RIVER

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We had so much fun exploring and eating at an amazing farm in West Virginia called Wardensville Garden Market. We had fresh tomatoes, peppers, homemade breads and locally made jams! We also had some sweet apple pie for a little taste of something sweet. The owners also have an amazing trading post called Lost River, where they sell incredible American-made goods by talented artisans from all over.

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SENECA ROCKS

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Way out in the wilderness in the Monongahela National Forest, we hiked up Seneca Rocks through the steep wooded mountainside in the drizzling rain. As soon as we got to the top, the clouds slightly parted and out poured a magnificent golden sunlight into the entire valley — glowing out into the and hills & the North Fork River way down below.

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POTOMAC EAGLE SCENIC RAILROAD

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On the last day of our week exploring the peaceful and nostalgic regions of West Virginia, we took the Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad over the river and through the woods on a crisp autumn day. You could see the Blue Ridge Mountains peeking out in the distance, as we winded and twisted through the highlands of this incredible state.

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West Virginia is a place that I will truly never forget, and was honored to be able to tell the stories of the nostalgic counties of this state. Thank you so much to West Virginia Tourism for inviting me on this incredible expedition.

Onwards,

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SEASHELL TWILIGHT

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It’s strange and exciting to think that the new things that happen to us everyday, we’ll someday be nostalgic for. Days like these -- soaking up sunshine, tangled salty knots in our hair, capturing each passing moment in the back of our minds wishing it wouldn't end. The slow and beautiful collapse of summer always brings out the most nostalgic side in me -- craving memories themselves. 

I love the dreamy and whimsical nostalgia of these Victoria Emerson bracelets. This Varadero one totally makes me feel like a mermaid with all the seashell-twilight colored beads and charms: crystals, turquoise, and howlite gems. Throughout the coming autumn and winter, this bracelet will always remind me of the nostalgia of those late-summer nights on the California Coast.

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#BUS2EVERYWHERE | Study Abroad

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This past semester, I studied abroad in Florence, Italy and had the amazing opportunity to travel around Europe with Bus2alps! Truly had the most magical adventures thanks to their incredible student travel program. They took me to visit 6 new countries and over 10 different cities! Here's a little recap of my trips with them last semester.

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My first trip with Bus2alps was to Budapest, Hungary back in March. We enjoyed warm apple fritters and fresh coffee in the cutest coffee shops like Konyha, and spent the day soaking up the sun on the Széchenyi Chain Bridge, and exploring Fisherman's Bastion, which overlooks the whole city.

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Next, we took the scenic route through the mountains and drove from Budapest to Salzburg, Austria. We had a tour of where they filmed the Sound of Music, and explored St. Blaise's Church: the dreamiest little steeple at the end of a small village street.

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Our last stop of the weekend was VIenna, Austria! In the morning we had a tour of the city, and enjoyed tasty pastries from DEMEL. At night we checked out the Prater Amusement Park and took a ride on the ferris wheel to catch a dreamy nighttime view.

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Checking country #3 off the list, our next weekend trip was to Croatia! We stayed in Split, right on the coast. We even made it to Bosnia and Herzegovina on one of the days! From going zip-lining in the mountains of Croatia, to visiting coastal islands like Brač, and watching a rainbow light up a sunset sky, this place was full of wonder and adventure.

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Next, we headed for the French Riviera. We stayed in Nice, and explored the nearby towns of Eze, Antibes, and Monaco. From stopping to smell the flower markets and perfumeries, to visiting the Matisse museum, and watching the sunset by the coast, this place was pure magic.

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My last weekend trip with Bus2Alps was back in Italy, on the Amalfi Coast. Our stops included day trips to Capri and Positano, complete with plenty of lemon granitas, boat tours, and Mediterranean swims.

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The last, and quite possibly my favorite, trip of my semester with Bus2alps was to Cinque Terre: an incredible stretch of colorful cities on the Italian coast. This trip was just 1 day, but we had the chance to swim, explore, and try fish cones at Manarola, Vernazza, and Monterosso!

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Thanks so much for following along on my European adventures this semester! If you are planning on studying abroad, be sure to check out Bus2alps for an array of amazing trips throughout your semester abroad. Go out, go everywhere

For more info on trips and itineraries, click this link!

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SUMMER SOULSTICE | ATHLETA

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In collaboration with Athleta, last week we ventured out into the desert for a little getaway -- to celebrate the coming of the season of warm days and wild adventures. Our dreamy cabin in Joshua Tree had the perfect view to watch the sunrise, and to take a morning dip in our outdoor cooling cowboy tub. Of course, I was so excited to wear my Athleta suit to kick off a day of exploring JT.  This suit is amazing because you can wear it with the coordinating bikini top underneath, or opt to go without for another fun summer look. Hoping to soak up every bit of all that is summer in this sweet suit! :) 

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Happy summer dreamers!

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STAR GAZERS, DREAM CHASERS

A few weeks ago, my brother and I took a road trip from Bologna to Bolzano to catch a glimpse of the magnificent Dolomites. There's something about mountain drives that fill your heart -- I think being surrounded by such awe-inspiring nature will always move something in my soul. 

I usually find myself endlessly aware of the light -- especially when golden hour comes to roll around in the hills. I've decided that I want to spend my days endlessly chasing the sunset. So, you can find me with the wild souls whose hearts beat twice as fast when the sun breaks and sweet warm rays dance among rocky ranges. 

I'm running for the hills with the star-gazers & dream chasers, in my favorite Inkkas Tan Suede Camping Boot. These cool kicks are so comfortable + perfect for days spent adventuring, inspired by patterns from all around the world! So whether you're hiking among the trees in your backyard, exploring rocky seaside cliffs, or setting out on a spontaneous road trip, pick up some of these rad boots with my code Allegra20 to receive 20% off your order! Also, Inkkas plants 1 tree for every purchase, so let's keep the Earth glowing and growing!

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"in the lavender morning -

gazing into the subtlety of the sunrays

as her gentle glow warms the morning sky,

as with us —

starry eyed and sleepless,

trying to fathom the

magnificence 

of a Creator 

with the ability

to move mountains in my 

s o u l,

for just a moment,

as we round the sky

sailing into the sunrise."

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Happy springtime dreamers,

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BLOOMING INSPIRATION

Inspiration is blooming all around with L’Occitane and Rifle Paper Co.

Finding creativity everywhere this February - - cozying up in the studio with some fresh paints & some sweet shea butter lotion. 

I am thrilled to be sharing this stunning collaboration between one of my favorite artists and skincare line! Whimsical flowers & leaves dance across the packaging. The Rifle Paper Co. Manicure Set comes with a tiny shea hand cream, hand scrub, and cuticle oil, perfect for staying happy and hydrated on cold winter days!

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There’s also a free gift with any L’Occitane purchase using code RIFLEPAPER18

http://bit.ly/LocciRiflePaper

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DAYS SPENT DREAMING

we were born for the light -- 

born of the sunset, 

breathing her rays, 

inhaling beams, 

exhaling dreams. 

kin of the dawn, we’re reborn every day: 

chasing an infinite hour of gold, 

wishing this young, 

we would forever stay.

 

On these cold winter days, I love sitting in my studio in the sunlight, lighting a few birch candles, and spending hours painting and drifting off in my own world. It’s so enchanting to find the magic in staying cozy on January days, staying in pajamas & my favorite b tempt'd lingerie all day: reading, drawing, and soaking up the winter sun. Some of my favorite pieces include this dreamy royal blue set:

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https://btemptd.wacoal-america.com/b-wow-d-by-b-tempt-d-push-up-bra-btemptd-958287-p.html?ddkey=https%3AProductSearch

Check out their site to treat yourself to some winter loungewear ☾

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GLIMMER + BEAM | 2018

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The most magical time of year is upon us: a time to reflect, rejuvenate & celebrate. Whether cozying up in the woods in turtlenecks & corduroy, or dressing up for a night in the city in velvet + glitter, Urban Outfitters has made it delightful to dress for any occasion this winter. I've been absolutely loving all the sherpa jackets, tie-front tops, & glittering accessories! Wishing all you beautiful dreamers a sparkly & joyful holiday season. 

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Shot by : Muriel Knudson