Snow. Wind. Chill.

Snow. Wind. Chill.

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If winter wasn’t here before, I’m certain it is now. It has been freezing the past few days and I’ve had to make actual use out of my heavy jackets. It’s been fun trying to figure out how to layer and make it all work together. I’ve also been wearing boots every single day. It’s the only thing you can wear in this weather!

Today was a pretty casual day as I was getting ready to go back to school. Leggings and sweatshirts can apparently look great when you throw on a nice winter jacket.

Jacket- Volcom

Sweatshirt- Calvin Klein (Thrifted)

Leggings- target

Boots- Steve Madden

Necklaces- Both thrifted

-The Very Cold Heather

Rays Of Sunshine

Rays Of Sunshine

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After a strangely warm winter, I’m kind of looking forward to spring. I know that a brutal winter might still be coming, but part of me is buying into the floral prints and warm, inviting colors. I wanted to do a nail look that incorporates the happiness of spring with some bold shapes. I went to TJMaxx to get some cheap polishes (Deborah Lippmann for $4!!!!) and went to work!

This is honestly a very easy thing to recreate. I just painted two coats of the blue polish and waited until that dried completely. Then, I angled the yellow and swiped it on either side of the nail to make an inside-out-triangle shape.

If you try this with different colors, send me the pictures and let me know how they look! The great part about this design is that you can really use it with any bold colors.

-Heather

Winter Body Scrub

Winter Body Scrub

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I couldn’t resist. I had so much extra cinnamon and sugar that I was itching to make a body scrub. I picked up this adorable jar at Target, and here we are!

It’s winter, and let’s be honest, we are all dry and need a good scrub to get that dead skin off (ew).

I actually got a beautiful scrub and body butter set for Christmas and I loved the scrub. The scent was very fresh and I loved it, but I also wanted a sweeter scented one that I could use as well. I found this super easy to make! Hopefully you have everything in your kitchens to create this as well.

(You need a jar)

2 Cups brown sugar

3/8 cup of honey

1/4 cup of coconut oil

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon cinnamon

You basically just mix all these together in a bowl, and use your hands to mash up the oil and everything together. I added slightly more vanilla to give it a cinnamon-vanilla scent. The coconut scent just barely comes through, so it smells great and it feels amazing.

 

If you try this out, let me know how it goes!

-Heather

 

Spontaneous Snow Day Baking

Spontaneous Snow Day Baking

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Yesterday was the winter day I had been waiting for.

I’ve waited literally all season for snow, like real, accumulated snow.

As I saw the snow falling I decided to do an impromptu recipe. I’m not here to share the recipe or review these cupcakes. I’m simple sharing the joy of finding a recipe that you have all the ingredients to inside your warm house while the first snow fall of the season is happening.

I wore a big wool skirt from mod cloth and a nice comfy sweater and a frilly apron. And I got to baking. And you know what? I didn’t do anything else yesterday. And it was so fun.

Let this be your invitation to take a day to make up a recipe and have fun with it, no matter how messy it might get. Or redo your room. Or paint a picture. Do something spontaneous this week that takes up your day, that makes you forget about the usual distractions in life. If you do, let me know how it went.

-The Very Spontaneous Heather

Winter Blues Haul

Winter Blues Haul

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I’m sure you’ve heard people talk about how fast Christmas came and went, so  much so that everyone is sounding like a broken record. But can I just say it? Wow, that was fast! As you know if you read my last post, I took a well-needed break from the internet and social media (and this blog, consequently) so once the holidays were over, I wanted to get excited for this coming year.

I don’t think many people would say winter is their favorite season. It’s cold and in a lot of places, there is a lot of snow. Some like the winter for the holidays, and once they are over, so is their love for the season. I’m here to rescue you from that.

I recently bought a lot of things with money from Christmas that I intentionally got to get excited for the rest of the season. I actually love winter. I love the cold. I love the snow. I love it all. But there are times that I get a little sad when the days get dark so easily and I feel like hibernating as if I were a bear.

Here were the things I got! I hope you enjoy, they are all very random, but are guaranteed to make you feel better about the rest of the winter season.

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Milani Lipstick in No. 66 “Matte Passion”

What’s better to make you feel good than buying some new makeup? I decided I would go for a lipstick to get me excited for winter outfits. Because most of my winter lip colors are dark reds or bright, Christmasy reds, I decided on this one because of it’s orange tint. I think it’s appropriate to liven up your dark outfits, and it’ll be an easy transition for spring. I’m currently also in denial about how many red lipsticks I have, and justify it by telling myself they are technically different hues.

 

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Forever 21 Pajama Flannel

I love flannel for winter (who doesn’t) and I also love it for sleepwear. I got beautiful pairs of pajamas for Christmas that I adore, but I was looking for something I could lounge around in without getting hot. I found this tunic-type of flannel and it’s almost like a night gown, but more of a long night-shirt. It keeps me warm and I can layer it with leggings or long socks, but at night, it’s cool enough to sleep in. I always get hot at night (especially my legs) and I love having this on for the right about of comfort. Also, it makes me look cute and wintry, so I can make excuses for why I’m in pajamas all day.

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SkinnyDip Phone Case

So, I know I got a new phone case in May and it’s by my favorite stationary makers ever, Rifle Paper & Co. And I know I don’t really need a new phone case. But this was the coolest thing I had ever seen. The glittery and stars inside of the case move around because there is a layer of water, so it’s like a glittery lava lamp for your phone. Yes, that’s right, a glittery lava lamp for your phone. I think I’m going to switch between the two cases because they are both awesome. But this one just really fuels my nerd obsession with space and looks lovely.

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Chalk and Cork Board Wall Set (From Target)

I think we all wait until spring until we clean because after the holidays we are in this weird Christmas hangover where we are depressed and mostly lazy. I let most of my stuff accumulate and it gets really really stressful until I finally get the courage to clean it all. While organizing, I decided to get something for my wall that could be decorative but also keep me in line with cleaning and projects, so I got this from Target!

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Animal Crossing City Folk

I really needed to get a new game to get me through this vacation, and since I love Animal Crossing New Leaf, I decided to try out City Folk. I use this on my WiiU and it’s actually very relaxing after a long hard day of eating chocolate and sleeping to create an imaginary digital town (nerd alert).

 

What have all of you bought since Christmas? Hopefully these suggestions will help you get through the rest of winter!

-Heather

 

 

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MANGO blue cape
$105 – johnlewis.com

ViX button front shirt
$79 – brandoutlet.com

Dolce Gabbana snap wallet
$875 – net-a-porter.com

Etro gold plated jewelry
$605 – net-a-porter.com

Oscar de la Renta navy belt
oscardelarenta.com

Bobbi brown cosmetic
lordandtaylor.com

Mac cosmetic
maccosmetics.com

Every so often, I’m convinced I won’t be able to find the joy in life. That sounds heavy, but it’s true.
You’ve probably noticed I hadn’t blogged for awhile. I was dealing with many different things, like school, finals, finding a job, holidays, family, etc. These things weighed on me, and I was brought to a not-so-happy place around the holidays. I wasn’t only absent on my blog, but on most social platforms. I had taken a step away from the internet as much as possible during finals so that I could focus and end the semester proudly. That period of time led to me just not wanting to come back.
I also suffered from a lot of anxiety and spent a lot of my nights holed up in the house. This was not particularly a bad thing, it was just a time to take a step back and take a breath. I think 2015 was a difficult year for me (and many others!) and I was happy to recuperate.
Around New Years, I got some inspiration again. I started seeing a bright future, I had ideas for my blog and for paintings and writings galore. What I mean by telling you this is that sometimes, it’s ok to have time away from your life, even if it was longer than you ever expected you’d be gone. I feel refreshed and new. I have so many ideas, they’re practically leaking out of me. It is certainly a good time.
I’ve created a Polyvore to share with you. It’s just a simple Outfit Of The Day, but you can count it as my return.
See you all soon! Happy New Year.
-Heather
Baking Haul | All Discounted!

Baking Haul | All Discounted!

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Hello there loves!

I did some shopping over the holiday weekend because there were amazing sales everywhere and I need some new baking supplies.

Old Fashioned Timer from Anthropologie, $7

As soon as I saw this in the sale section, I dove for it. I always see these at Anthro and never want to pay full price for them. I think they’re handy if you have a ton of things you’re baking at once and you need another timer. In all honesty, it was also just cute!

Gingerbread Cookie Mold, $10

I got this at TJMaxx and I can’t wait to try it out! I think you can also use this for sugar cookies or other types of cookies beside gingerbread. The company is French so you have to do some reading to see what it can be used for, but I thought it was so adorable! Silicone is generally super easy to bake with and I can’t believe I found one this cheap. I can’t wait to decorate little gingerbread cookies.

Holiday Sprinkles, $4

I got these at TJMaxx too, and all I can say is that they are adorable!

Holiday Baking Cups, $3

I found these at TJMaxx as well, and these are perfect in every way. We always make so many treats for Christmas time and now we are prepared to be even more festive. I’m already looking for cupcake recipes to use these bad boys. The best part about them is you don’t have to put them in a muffin tin! They can stand straight up on a cookie sheet and have batter poured into them. Very convenient and easy to use.

Copper Cookie Cutters, $8

Last year, my family went through a cookie cutter crisis. We had no idea what to do because we had lost all but two of our cookie cutters. We vowed to get more, and never did. When I saw these at TJMaxx, I had to get them. Firstly, because they are copper and wonderfully on trend. Second, the shapes are lovely and wintery, I can’t wait to use them.

Paper Straws, $2

I actually have some red and white striped straws like these, but these are soooo cute. I love the striped green and the red polka dots. I think these will be good for drinking eggnog or other festive drinks for a party. Also from TJMaxx, I was surprised at how many were in here for the price, and I’ve started thinking up ideas for what cute things we can use them for.

 

Now that I have all these new baking goodies, I’ve got to get baking!

-Heather