self care things || end of summer

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Summer is almost over, and these goodies are helping me transition from bright, hot days to cooler, cloudy ones.

That in-between layer. You know what I’m talking about. At this time of year, it’s good to have a little something on hand in case the air conditioning is a little chilly or you are out and about when the sun goes down along with the temperature, but isn’t heavy or bulky. I found this lovely linen scarf/towel from Fog Linen Work at a local sidewalk sale in the beginning of August, and I’ve been using it pretty much daily ever since. It’s the perfect thing to cover up with in this season. I took it on a rafting/camping trip a few weeks ago and it was PERFECT. I used it as a shawl when cozied up around the campfire with friends and after the inevitable swim while the raft floated us downstream. And I’m sure it’ll be a good layer come autumn, too.

Angels On Bare Skin. This Lush scrub is called that for a reason. Lavender-y and full of ground almonds that gently exfoliate everything from the face to the feet, it leaves my body feeling heavenly (pun totally intended).

Everything’s coming up roses. This rosehip oil makes my skin feel like a metaphorical flower field. I find summer to be too hot to use traditional lotion, and this oil is juuuust rich enough to give my skin moisture and light enough to sink in fast (a.k.a. I’m not sweating in it). My skin has been loving this stuff; I even rub a few drops into the ends of my wet hair after a shower. It’s kept split ends and dry skin at bay– yay!

Avoiding the lobster look. The summer sun can be mean to pale folks like me, which means spraying myself down with Solar Recover. This spray does the job of those ‘sunburns relief’ gels, but in a spray that’s all natural and cruelty free (bonus! it smells like lavender goodness).

Ruby Red. I got this tin of lip tint from Fat & The Moon for my birthday in late July, and it’s been my go-to lip product since then. It gives a bit of burgundy colour along with moisture, so I kill two birds with one stone. And the scent! Gosh! It’s a clove+cinnamon+orange dream.

What self care things are you carrying with you into the fall season?

self care things || late spring

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Yes, I know that it is practically summer, but better late than never, eh?

Lip love. I dug this Honey Lips lip balm out from the bottom of my lip care dish in early April, and have been using it every day since. I think I scored this marvelously scented stick at a maker’s market a while back, from this local brand. As a gal with perpetually dry lips, this stuff has kept them hydrated and happy.

The balm dot com. It’s not quite the trendy stuff that comes in a tube, but Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream is the next best thing. The formula is creamy enough to moisturize thoroughly, but it feels light and sinks in promptly (you know what that means– no sticky feeling skin! woo-hoo!). It smells subtly like lemonade, so it’s perfect for these warmer days. I confess, I refuse to use this cream exclusively for my cuticles; it’s nice for elbows and heels and everything in between.

Skin care. After a couple of rough months testing out various products and methods, I finally found a skin care routine that works for my me. Hallelujah! After washing my face in the morning, I rub in some DIY lavender-frankcinscense serum I keep in an amber dropper bottle. This serum is sooooo good; the lavender helps to keep blemishes and other inflammations (like eczema and rosacea) at a minimum thanks to its antibacterial properties, and frankincense has been known to help heal  damage from blemishes and  the sun due to the cicatrisant and cytophylactic properties it contains. Come evening, I apply a bit of Young Living’s Rose Ointment. This salve is a life-saver, especially after I had an allergic reaction to another moisturizer a few weeks back. The scent of this emollient reminds me of an elderly hippie because of the essential oils of rose and patchouli, and I love it.

Good scents. I dream of being one of those super-chic ladies with a classy signature scent in a pretty little bottle, who gives herself a spritz on the way out the door as a effortless almost-afterthought. Until then, there’s the Stress Away essential oil blend from Young Living. The aroma is fresh and delicately sweet and bordering on unisex with its woody tone. This roll-on is convenient and useful as a tool to calm frayed nerves, and gosh does it smell good.

list of contentment || 03

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twinkle lights. that warm and fuzzy holiday feeling. honeyed lemon and ginger tea. these guys’ music— it is the epitomal sound of cold-weather feelings. film cameras. the familiar click-clack of knitting needles at work. sweater socks. squash roasted with butter and maple syrup made in my home state. turkey leftovers. digital chats with my bestie as she travels the country.  the blanket the color of an evergreen tree knitted for me by my dear grandmother. 

a few favourites || 01

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photo from my senior session with Sarah Amber Photography

These mittens, and everything else Leney makes. I am saving up like a mad woman to get them by the time snow starts to fall.

This song. On repeat, all the time. And this version is so dreamy.

Reasons To Be Less Hard On Yourself, parts one and two.

The Instax Mini 8. I got one as a birthday present last month, and I’ve quickly taken to bringing it with me when I go on adventures, capturing memories and gifting the library card sized results with loved ones. It is such a stellar way to make memories tangible and sharable.

 This tee.

This hair style. And this one, and this one, and this one too. I am so indecisive on what to do with this mane of mine.