April 2016 ~ { Boho Vanity }

April 29, 2016

1. Push yourself to get up before the rest of the world - start with 7 a.m., then 6 a.m., then 5:30 a.m. Go to the nearest hill with a big coat and a scarf and watch the sun rise.

2. Push yourself to fall asleep earlier - start with 11 p.m., then 10 p.m., then 9 p.m. Wake up in the morning feeling re-energized and comfortable.

3. Erase processed food from your diet. Start with no lollies, chips, biscuits, then erase pasta, rice, cereal, then bread. Use the rule that if a child couldn't identify what was in it, you don't eat it.

4. Get into the habit of cooking yourself a beautiful breakfast. Fry tomatoes and mushrooms in real butter and garlic, fry an egg, slice up a fresh avocado and squirt way too much lemon on it. Sit and eat it and do nothing else.

5. Stretch. Start by reaching for the sky as hard as you can, then trying to touch your toes. Roll your head. Stretch your fingers. Stretch everything.

6. Buy a one-liter water bottle. Start with pushing yourself to drink the whole thing in a day, then try drinking it twice.

7. Buy a beautiful diary and a beautiful black pen. Write down everything you do, including dinner dates, appointments, assignments, coffees, what you need to do that day. No detail is too small.

8. Strip your bed of your sheets and empty your underwear drawer into the washing machine. Put a massive scoop of scented fabric softener in there and wash. Make your bed in full.

9. Organize your room. Fold all your clothes (and bag what you don't want), clean your mirror, your laptop, vacuum the floor. Light a beautiful candle.

10. Have a luxurious shower with your favorite music playing. Wash your hair, scrub your body, brush your teeth, lather your whole body in moisturizer, get familiar with the part between your toes, your inner thighs, the back of your neck.

11. Push yourself to go for a walk. Take your headphones, go to the beach and walk. Smile at strangers walking the other way and be surprised how many smile back. Bring your dog and observe the dog's behavior. Realize you can learn from your dog.

12. Message old friends with personal jokes. Reminisce. Suggest a catch up soon, even if you don't follow through. Push yourself to follow through.

13. Think long and hard about what interests you. Crime? Sex? Boarding school? Long-forgotten romance etiquette? Find a book about it and read it. There is a book about literally everything.

14. Become the person you would ideally fall in love with. Let cars merge into your lane when driving. Pay double for parking tickets and leave a second one in the machine. Stick your tongue out at babies. 

15. Compliment people on their cute clothes. Challenge yourself to not ridicule anyone for a whole day. Then two. Then a week. Walk with a straight posture. Look people in the eye. Ask people about their story. Talk to acquaintances so they become friends.

16. Lie in the sunshine. Daydream about the life you would lead if failure wasn't a thing. Open your eyes. Take small steps to make it happen for you.

 Emma Elsworthy

April 22, 2016

When I think of spring makeup, visions of bright peaches, baby pinks, and lots of pastel hues come to mind. I find that even as the weather begins to finally warm up I am still in love with either a simple moisturized lip or the trendy ruddy rose color that I wore all winter long.

For that effortless deep nude lip, I love the somewhat new Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor which has a silky texture that dries down to a pillowy velvet matte type of finish. It doesn't feel drying and lasts a good while before beginning to fade and needing a quick touch up.

For a slightly different mood, Flower Beauty's Bare-ly There is similar in color but more saturated with a warm tan undertone. Although it is technically a lip butter, it feels more like a hydrating lipstick as the color is so opaque and smooth. It wears well, and even though it is considered a drugstore lip product I would say it is quite comparable to MAC in terms of its quality and buttery texture.

As for plain lip products, the Soft & Lush by Blistex is a creamy lip balm that instantly moisturizes, conditions, and, my favorite part, smells just like a French vanilla cake. This tube came with me on my trip to the Caribbean since it has a comfortable SPF 15, and lately it has been my absolute favorite chapstick to keep on hand.

Lastly, Blossom's Coconut roll-on gloss is more of a cute, nostalgic decor piece I keep on my vanity, but nonetheless an overall good, basic shiny gloss that smells like summer. It reminds me of the cheap scented glosses that I would collect when I was young, which is another reason why I enjoy keeping it on display.

April 08, 2016

To think in flowers
Until honey seeps
From my pores. I am finding
I have become
My own sweetness.
— Jamie Oliveira

I like canceled plans. And empty bookstores. I like rainy days and thunderstorms. And quiet coffee shops. I like messy beds and over-worn pajamas. Most of all, I like the small joys that a simple life brings.
— Unknown

When a flower doesn't bloom you fix the environment in which it grows, not the flower.
— ociz

It's always so meaningful when someone interprets you accurately, or says a spark of a phrase, a half-a-sentence, that resonates with you so intimately that it feels like they've dipped a finger in a lake of you and made a ripple that goes on and on and on.
— commovente

It doesn't matter if it's a relationship, a lifestyle, or a job. If it doesn't make you happy let it go.
— William Chapman

April 01, 2016

As a part of their Enrich Not Exploit campaign, The Body Shop is offering limited edition, artist curated packaging on their classic Hemp Hand Protector that includes automatic free shipping with your total order. For every one purchased, the company will be donating $2.20 to the top voted humane cause of your choice: the planet, people and animals, or the ocean.

This hand cream has been so useful lately as bouts of heavy duty spring cleaning have left my hands super dried out and cracking. The texture is very thick and creamy, and it melts well into the skin without an unpleasant oily residue. I found that the natural hemp and other ingredients fulfilled their claims as my hands were not only left looking completely hydrated, but also feeling baby soft. In terms of moisturization, it definitely beats any feminine fragranced lotion I slather on to try and condition my skin back to normal. It does have a mild earthy scent that lingers, which I like, but I'm not sure it would appeal to everyone. I also love how the tube is such a generous size that will last a very long while even with constant use.

If you're interested in trying out the hand cream and supporting the campaign, you can purchase it here and receive free shipping on your total order.

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