Cozy Weekend//Productive Work

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I’ve been seriously relaxing all weekend! At school, the project and midterms have been crazy and I was so happy to come home and chill out. I’ve used a lot of Lush and read a lot of books. I’ve also had my fair share of peppermint hot chocolate. I think recharging on the weekends is a great way to get a pep in your step for the week ahead. Not only is my magazine launching, but I have projects for class and Thanksgiving!

I got this amazing tea from the Yankee Candle Factory store in Deerfield and it’s my favorite tea EVER. It’s got chocolate and peppermint, and I added a bit of creamer that was flavored of Crème Brûlée. It was amazing.

I’m sorry about the quality of the pictures for my outfit. I left my tripod at school and had to set me camera on a shelf. The lighting was not ideal. But you get the idea! I liked the chambray-on denim- on paisley. It seemed like a cool combination with a cozy winter coat on top.

Shirt- Thrift Store

Jeans-Levis

Shoes- Converse

Scarf- Urban Outfitters

Sunglasses- Kate Spade

How has your weekend been? Let me know!

-Heather

 

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Grey Days

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I am so freaking excited to finally get this post up! I’m aware of the fact that it’s just a boring outfit post like usual, but I’ve been trying to upload this for about a week.

To be fair, I’ve been very busy and had other posts that had to go up more than this one, and then yesterday and had literally no time to edit these pictures. But as I sat down this morning to edit them, I was overcome by melancholy at the beautiful grey images in front of me. Right now it’s a gorgeous sunny day, no rain or clouds in sight. But when I took these last week, we were having a rainy spell, and the pictures really reflect that in their tone. Admittedly, I enjoy rainy and overcast days to sunny days, in real life and in photographs. This brought me back to a few days ago when I was living in my raincoat and piling on the blankets.

My raincoat is a hand-me-down via my best friend from J.crew.

The striped shirt is from American Eagle (so soft!!!).

My jeans are my trusted grey jeans from Target. Honestly, the best jeans ever.

Not pictured, but I wore white converse with this.

I also wore this grey hat from Target (my new favorite) and it kept the cold, wet air from swirling into my hair and creating a mess.

I’ll be posting soon, hopefully on time and with holiday themes!

-Heather

Deadline For Digital Magazine Submissions

  
Hello everyone!
I wanted to let you know that the deadline for submissions to my digital magazine will be a week from today on Friday, November 20th. 

Submissions can be artwork, photography, writing pieces, poetry, or even recipes and DIY’s. 

I’m hoping to get the magazine ready before Thanksgiving. I hope you enjoy it! 

To send me things for the magazine, email me at heathmmurray@gmail.com

I can’t wait to make the magazine!

-Heather

Indian Summer

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As usual, I’m posting an “outfit” blogpost without seeing a full length shot of me.

I can never get a good angle from the spot in my room! Once I do outfit shots out and about or when I have things going on I’ll be able to get full shots. For now, here are some details of my outfit. It’s been so warm this week that I didn’t even need a jacket with this dress!

I wore my new hat from TJMaxx and I loved the vibe it gave off with the chambray dress. My hair also looks really dark in this, I’m not sure why but when I straightened it, it seemed a lot darker!

How have your weeks been? Has the weather warmed up a bit where you are as well?

-Heather

Makeup I’ve Been Wearing in October

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Something about wearing neutrals on your eyelids with a bit of glitter just screams “October!” to me. This month I’ve been trying to wear a natural eye look because my schedule is crazy and I honestly don’t have time for anything else. I found that with some earthy browns and minimal liner, you can get a nice fall style without going all out. I also have been pairing my simple eye with this cream blush that gives a rosy, natural tint to my cheeks.

Now that the weather is officially cold, I have fallen in love with my Lorac Pro palette again to give me that earthy vibe.

Lorac Pro Palette- If you still haven’t bought one of these, what are you doing?! The colors are glittery and extremely pigmented if you want an extra shine for a special night. But for everyday, my favorites have been taupe and black, which give a dark and rustic vibe. I also love the red tones in this palette, they remind me of the turning trees.

Natural & Organic Cream Blush- I never thought I’d be using this product as much as I have. I’m always skeptical with cream blushes because I doubt my ability to blend. But I actually feel like this formula gives you a lot of control and is very buildable. I generally think brushes are a good idea to blend cream blush, but since this is so small, I have to use my fingers. I warm the product up first and then dot it on my cheekbones before blending lights with my fingers. I usually build it up to a nice rosy flush, so I apply it twice.

What have you been wearing during October? PS! Sorry for picture quality. I left my camera at home.

-Heather

A Day at the Granville Harvest Fair

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Hello everyone, NOTICE :: Do you live in New England?

If you do, you know that the fall foliage this weekend was at its peak!!

I went to a Harvest Fair this weekend in Granville, which is a very small town right behind the town I live in. I wore my brown riding boots and got many compliments on my outfit, which was so lovely! This weekend was Columbus Day weekend, and the weather and trees were ideal for going to a fair. I couldn’t believe how beautiful the leaves were, even the ones settled on the ground. It was warm enough to wear a dress without tights, but not too hot that I was uncomfortable. A light sweater was perfect for the day.

I included a few shots of amazing landscapes and houses that looked so interesting to me as I walked around.

As well as some very unhealthy fried dough (which I ate a lot of) there were small craft stands and small businesses in tents that you could walk around and look at. I love craft fairs and this mixed my love of fall, crafts, and festival food all together at once. I had such a nice time looking at homemade soaps, alpaca-knitted scarves, and other miscellaneous items. I ended up buying a very overpriced door stop that was literally a brick wrapped in a nice print of corduroy (which I tweeted about with much buyer’s regret). It was mostly nice to talk to people and see what they were selling, even if you didn’t buy anything.

Last year when we went to the same fair, there was a beautiful mitten stand and I begged for a pair of them for Christmas. I was overjoyed to see them in the same spot, and spent a lot of time poking around and picking some that I wanted. Look at the amazing designs and colors! This made me so excited for winter that I had to stop myself and say, “Hey! It’s only October!”

I had my heart set on picking apples, but apparently a lot of the trees in New England are passed by and have been picked. But we still went to a popular apple farm and got some mulled cider. Cider is one of my favorite things in the world, and having it on a  beautiful Autumn day with my family was just as good as picking apples. This particular farm is amazing and always makes the best cider. We actually watched them demonstrate how they make it. The smell was delicious and I didn’t want to leave!

Inside the barn, there were paintings that we took a look at, even though we look at them every year.

The apple farm and the surrounding area was really beautiful. It is a hike up from the craft portion of the fair, which is far down a hill. But the top of the hill was open and gorgeous to look at. The air was so crisp and reminded me of being little and exploring.

The trees were so beautiful surrounding us. I never wanted them to stop turning colors! I hope they still stay on the trees for a bit longer as this is my favorite time of year. You can see the beautiful colors on the mountains all the way back in the last picture.

Do you have any harvest fairs where you live? What are they like?

-Heather

H&M Essentials|October 5th, 2015

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Oh H&M, while I would love to buy every single item in your store, I had to stick to the essentials this time. I went shopping yesterday and I knew I had to get just a couple items to complete my Autumn/Winter wardrobe. And in my defense, I never ever spend full price at any store, so this was a fun trip to let go and just buy a few beautiful items at my favorite store.

H&M is my favorite store for get-the-trendy-things-cheaper items. I know I only bought two items, but they excited me so much I just had to show them!

First, look at these adorable patent loafers. I have always wanted to wear these and never thought I could, but I put them on and immediately decided they were worth $35, so here they are on my feet.

The second thing I got was the coziest and most beautiful cable-knit sweater I’ve ever seen. I often see beautiful pictures on tumblr or in books of this gorgeous grey/white color that reminds me of snow. I know that’s so corny and cliche but I saw it and immediately thought about winter and how bad I needed this cozy sweater. There were two colors, another was a soft lilac that was also beautiful, but since they were also $35, I would only buy one. I love how this looks, and I showed the picture of my arm in the sweater because the colors are so accurate to real life and I wanted you to see how lush and comfy it really is.

Have you splurged on anything lately? I won’t judge! Let me know.

ALSO. Quick update. My computer might have to be shipped somewhere today in order to be repaired. If that’s the case, I will attempt to get as many blogposts up as possible via my phone or the computers at school. If it’s slow, stay with me, I’m attempting to fix my laptop as soon as I can. Thanks guys!

-Heather

Makeup I’ve Been Wearing In September

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Hello everyone! Happy Saturday.

I did a little post on the makeup that I wore all throughout September. For me, it’s been about neutral eyes, a creamy blush, and a neutral lip. This allows you to play around with eyeliner or even some sparkly shadows to go with the neutral colors.

I used all Ipsy products in this today. The eyeshadow palette by Nyx is amazing!!! I’ve mainly been using that light sparkly color all the way to the left. It gives a nice base without packing on a huge amount of color.

I also have been using the cream blush. I’ve been getting better at blending it and making the apples of my cheeks just rosy enough without being too much. This color is perfect for fall!

Lastly, I’ve been smudging this lip crayon onto my lips. It’s a little strong when you put it on heavily because it’s matte and very pale. But for an everyday look, I just use my finger to blend it out, and it looks very natural.

What makeup have you been wearing this past month?

-Heather

October Changes

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Just a little FYI that it’s officially October.

I still can’t really believe it! I love this time of year and the first day of October for me was very chilly. It was so nice to wake up on a new month and be able to wear jackets again!

I shot a few things that have changed in my life now that the spooky month has begun. One of them is that amazing calendar, I love the colors and the quote!

If you are looking to be inspired for fall by some makeup palettes, I would go take a look at the classic Naked Palette by Urban Decay. I wanted something Autumnal for October 1st, and I was so excited to use the colors in this. Just look at those warm browns, golds, and pinks. You can’t go wrong with this one. The sparkly colors are to die for.

I used three colors on my eyelid: Sidecar all over the lid, Toasted in my crease, and Sin in my inner corners and on the center of the lid. The colors together gave a rosy, shimmery feel.

I also put up my Halloween lights! I got these pumpkin ones last year, but I found the orange LED’s at Walmart for $5.

Another change was one of my favorite wardrobe shifts. I was actually able to wear shorts with tights yesterday!

At my dorm, someone put these adorable fall stickers on our windows and I had to take a picture.

What are some changes in your life now that October has rolled around?

-Heather

A Cozy Autumn Treat

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More than ever, I’ve been looking for more ambitious recipes to try.

When I first looked this up, I thought, “Wow this looks delicious.” When I read how to make it, I put my phone right down. Yeah right! There were so many steps and I was not about to take a day making a cake. About an hour later, I looked at it again.

If you have a good solid amount of time and want to tackle a fun Autumn dessert, I firmly urge you to create this, because it was hands down the best thing I’ve ever baked, ever. I got the original recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction. 

Ingredients:

Cheesecake Portion:

-16 ounces cream cheese, softened
-3/4 cup sugar
-1/4 cup plain yogurt or sour cream
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract
-1 Tablespoon flour (The small amount lets the cheesecake rise)
-3 large eggs

Pumpkin Cake Portion:

-3/4 cup vegetable oil
-1 cup packed light or dark brown sugar
-2 large eggs
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract (You can add a bit more for a more intense flavor in the pumpkin part of the cake)
-1 and 1/3 cups pumpkin puree (canned or fresh)
-1 cup flour
-1 teaspoon baking soda
-1 and 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
-1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (Again, add more if you want it more flavorful)
-1/4 teaspoon salt

Frosting:

-4 ounces cream cheese, softened
-2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
-2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract (Add more for more flavor)
-1/8 teaspoon salt
-1-2 Tablespoons normal milk
-chopped pecans, optional

Directions:

1. Adjust oven rack to the lower third position and preheat the oven to 350F degrees. Spray your Cheesecake Springform pan with a non-stick spray. Wrap aluminum foil on the bottom and tightly around the outside walls of the springform pan. Set it aside to be ready for the Cheesecake and Pumpkin Cake batters.

2. Make the cheesecake first: Using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese and granulated sugar together on medium speed in a large bowl – about 3 full minutes until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Add the sour cream, vanilla, and flour and beat it on a low level working up to a medium speed. On low speed, add the eggs one at a time, beating after each addition until just blended. Do not overmix the filling after you have added the eggs. Set aside.

3. Make the pumpkin cake:Before adding your ingredients, take your pumpkin and measure it out not a paper towel, and then blot it dry with another paper towel. In a medium bowl, whisk the oil, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla, and blotted-dry pumpkin together until mixed and there are no bumps in the texture. In a large bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and salt together. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix it until it’s smooth. Avoid overmixing the pumpkin cake batter.

4. Spread 1 and 1/2 cups of the pumpkin cake batter over bottom of prepared pan. On top of the pumpkin batter, drop large spoonfuls of the cheesecake batter. (I did this until it almost covered the pumpkin layer.) Add the rest of your remaining Pumpkin Cake batter. Repeat with remaining cream cheese batter. Mine actually covered the pumpkin batter almost completely, as seen in the picture. Do not swirl with a knife. See photo above of what my cake looked like before going into the oven.

5.Find a roasting pan and put your springform pan inside. You’re basically going to have a cheesecake bath and the foil around the springform pan prevents the water from leaking from the bottom. Fill with about 1 inch of hot water. This allows the cake consistency to remain spongy and moist instead of baking like a normal cake.

6. Bake for 65-75 minutes or until the center is almost set. If you find the edges are browning, loosely place aluminum foil on top of the cake as it bakes. Do not open the oven while it bakes, or the cheesecake will crack! When the timer goes off, lift the oven door a crack. Let the cheesecake sit in the oven for 1 hour. After, take it out and let it sit until it’s cooled completely. Refrigerate for at least 6 hours or overnight (preferred). Loosen the cheesecake from the rim of the pan and remove the rim.

7. Make the cream cheese frosting (this can be made up to 2 day sin advance – cover and store in the refrigerator until ready to use.) Make sure your cream cheese is room temperature before starting, it makes a difference. Use a handheld mixer to mix the cream cheese and butter together on a low speed, working your way up to a medium one until the texture is creamy. Add the confectioners sugar, vanilla, and salt. Beat on a lower speed for about 30 seconds, then turn up to high speed and beat until it’s a creamy texture. Beat in 1-2 Tablespoons of milk, depending how thick or thin you want the frosting. Spread onto chilled cheesecake. Top with pecans, if desired.

8. Cut into slices and serve cheesecake chilled. This made a lot of very dense, rich cake, so you most likely will have leftovers unless it’s for a party. You can cut the cake into slices and refrigerate them for up to 4 days.

I know this was more complicated than a pumpkin latte, but it was so rewarding and it’s a perfect Thanksgiving dessert idea! Side note- I actually made this on the day of the lunar eclipse, and my mom and I drank some cleansed moon water with our cheesecake the next day!

If you try out the recipe, let me know what you think of it. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

-Heather