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

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

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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

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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

 

 

Preparing For Winter Haul | Ulta & H&M

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Sweaters are my go-to’s almost every day, so this time of year is wonderful when I can snuggle up in them.

The only issue was, I really wanted a Christmas sweater. I know that Christmas is very far away and I need to get it together. But I predict that when all the Christmas sweaters come out, they’ll be overpriced and snatched off the shelf. I wanted to get a head start on finding my perfect holiday sweater, but that led to me going and buying a few more things! Before I knew it, I had collected a little haul for myself.

All of these really do have a winter theme because they all remind me of Christmas or winter beauty care. I stopped at Ulta to treat myself to a few new things to help my dry skin and I bought some basics at H&M. I’m also aware that I already bought a sweater at H&M this month, but I don’t even care. Both of them are my all time favorites, I might have to just wait a little to wear this new one.

Christmas Deer Sweater- As I was looking around H&M, my eyes fell on this and I picked it up right away. I imagined myself near Thanksgiving time or in mid december wearing it while drinking hot chocolate. I decided right then and there to buy it! I don’t have any other sweater like this and I’m proud to own my first “Christmas sweater,” eve if it was $35. It feels slightly scratchy, but it honestly kept me so warm that I had to take it off because I was roasting, so it’s great for freezing cold winter days.

Wine and White Basic Tees- You might say, “Heather, this is a winter haul, why did you buy t-sirts!” Well, because winter is about layering and honestly, you might need a good old basic t-shirt. They were having a 2-For-$10 deal which is insane. The quality of the shirts is great and you can’t go wrong with a staple plain shirt to go with your outfits.

Sally Hansen Miracle Cure- The fall and winter makes my nails flake like crazy (which is really gross) so I bought this to combat it, and so far it works great!

Simple Cleansing Micellar Water- I watch so many Youtubers who use this cleanser or something similar, and they rave about the results. I think it’s because it’s very light and still washes away bacteria and extra makeup. I use this after already cleansing because I feel like it gets everything else off for good. Also, It’s so cheap! This is my first time using Simple products and I’m very happy with it. I think it’s worth repurchasing!

Maybelline Color Sensational Matte in “Siren in Scarlet”- Ok, this color is very bright. I put it on and thought, wow, that is pretty red. However, I don’t have a great pigmented red that packs a punch like this one. I think this will be perfect to wear around the holidays with my Christmas outfits and such. The matte is very useful because it stays in place all day, but it really doesn’t crumble or seem too dry. I think this is their new collection out, so go check them out because the formulation is wonderful!

Let me know what you’re planning to buy to get ready for these colder winter months! I know it’s early, I’m just being enticed with the coziness of November.

-Heather

My February Favorites

February Favorites

I can’t believe it’s already March! I haven’t done a favorites in a few months because with the New Year and the holidays it was a bit crazy. This is a bit late, but these are some things I’ve been loving in February!

Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lip Crème “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang”

I want to say to Marc Jacobs Beauty, Thank you thank you thank you! I love this so much. I’m obsessed. (There will be a thorough review of this next week!)

Wen Re Moist Intensive Hair Treatment

I use this for damaged hair but it also works well in protecting from heat. I needed a product like this because I just want to deal with one product in my hair at a time and this does it all. Also, it smells delicious!

IBC Root Beer

I like finding sodas that aren’t terribly bad for you. This is my favorite soda flavor! Right now, sodas in a bottle are my favorite drink. This is just a normal root beer flavor, but I love it. They’re so good! They also aren’t that expensive. I think it’s worth it to buy sodas in bulk like this because they make fun movie night drinks.

My iPhone

I’m not sure this counts as a February favorite because I’ve has it since Christmas. But I’m in love with it, and I’ve finally started using my phone for good photos for the first time in a long time!

Aha Shake Heartbreak

Everyone loves this Kings of Leon album and I don’t know why I haven’t listened to the whole thing sooner. This is a great album to listen to in the car because it gives me great vibes for a longer drive.

What have you liked in the month of February?

-Heather

Mid-Winter Playlist

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Here’s what I’m listening to currently!

Ellie Goulding-Your Song// Death Cab For Cutie- Trasatlanticism// Daughter- Tomorrow// Plain White T’s- 1,2,3,4// Paramore– Still Into You// Adele- Make You Feel My Love// All Time Low- If These Sheets Were States// Bill Withers- Ain’t No Sunshine// Ed Sheeran- Wake Me Up// City and Colour- Hello I’m In Delaware// Iron & Wine- Flightless Bird American Mouth (Wedding Version)// Glen Hansard- Falling Slowly// Damien Rice- Delicate// Joe Purdy- Wash Away (Reprise)// David Gray- Fugitive// John Mayer- Gravity// Jack Johnson- Breakdown// Jason Mraz- You & I Both// Sara Bareilles- I Choose You// Lenka- The Show// Ingrid Michelson- You and I// The Tiny- Closer// Michael Buble- That’s Life// Maroon 5- Sunday Morning// blink-182- I Miss You// Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes- Home// The Killers- All These Things That I’ve Done// Snow Patrol- Open Your Eyes// Coldplay- Fix You// Mumford & Sons- I Will Wait// Foo Fighters- Everlong// Ron Pope- A Drop In The Ocean// Ed Sheeran- All Of The Stars// Secondhand Serenade– Fall For You// Snow Patrol- Chasing Cars// Coldplay- The Scientist// OneRepublic- Come Home// Rihanna- California King Bed// Elliot Yamin- Wait For You// Jim Sturgess- Something// Jim Sturgess- All My Loving// Conor Oberst- You Are Your Mother’s Child// Elliot Smith- Between The Bars// Bright Eyes- First Day Of My Life// Owl City- Vanilla Twilight// The xx- Crystalised// Florence + The Machine- I’m Not Calling You A Liar// Birdy- Skinny Love// Ed Sheeran- Thinking Out Loud//

Snow Day Inspiration 2015

I thought now that I’ve had another start of my week off, I could do a little inspiration post. From staying inside most of the time from the snow, I’ve been browsing around Tumblr and found amazing inspiration there. I wanted to share it with you!

As always, these pictures do not belong to me. I found all of them on wonderful Tumblrs and compiled a little inspiration piece. I don’t have the sources, but I’ve linked the picture to where I got it. If you click the picture, you’ll find the Tumblr I found it on. A lot of times with Tumblr, the sources aren’t really the sources.

Has everyone been staying safe with all this snow? I hope so!

I might need some advice from you guys on things to do when you have cabin fever. I really want to get out of the house and start doing things! I ended up finishing most of my homework for the rest of the week (totally cabin fever).

I also recently did a post on my friend Colie who just started a blog and she recently did a blog post on snowday essentials. You guys should check that out too! My dog has been extremely bored with us and is also over the whole snow thing. I think I’ll stick to Netflix and Youtube videos for the rest of the day. After tomorrow my busy week is starting up again. I hope everyone is staying nice and warm!

-Heather

Picks of the Week

Picks of the Week
I picked out my favorite items from this week that I had seen around stores and put them together in a post for you! I really enjoy layers right now, seeing as it’s absolutely freezing out. I really love the pop of color from the scarf that you can throw on over a sweater. I’m also crazy about different kinds of flats lately, since they can make an outfit casual while remaining chic. I added the touches of perfume and accessories from what I saw in Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus lately. Also, who doesn’t love a cute coffee cup?!
-Heather