Camden MaineCamden, Maine

Maine‚ÄĒ just being here stirs up some things. I guess there are qualities about a place that never really go away. You love parts of it, people in it, m e m o r i e s associated with it‚Ķ but you can‚Äôt really bring yourself to admit you love all of it for¬†all the heartaches, drawbacks, and things it lacks. But you ignore those faults anyway and surround yourself with people you love and good energy. That‚Äôs what being home is. I think that‚Äôs what contentment is. It’s not just a love for, but it is also forgiveness of, a past you cannot change.

–December 19th, 2016

This post is something entirely new for me–¬†a concept, a photojournalistic experience of a place many of you will likely never get the chance to see¬†in December (I wouldn’t blame you, it’s absolutely frigid… and Maine sort of sucks in the winter). Despite all those things, it is a place I still fondly refer to as¬†‘home’ located in a little town called¬†Camden, smack dab in the middle of the coast of Maine.

After going¬†home for a solid¬†month, I thought I’d give¬†a little glimpse through¬†my own figurative and literal lens to the Maine experience. This post sort of details¬†all of the little things I found so beautiful where I once saw nothing as a teenager and a kid. It’s so odd to realize how times can change.¬†I won’t lie– I think¬†about my life and the life¬†that could have been there, all the time.

I hope you are able to feel the way I felt being homeРa dreamlike state of being neither here nor there. I also hope that same part of you falls in love with the very people, places, and things that I did.

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Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Palette Review

A welcome revival from summer’s past, Too Faced made the choice to re-release the Limited Edition Sweet Peach Palette just in time for the holiday season, complete with an entire accompanying collection of Sweet Peach¬†products to boot. It was why I couldn’t help but treat¬†myself to¬†the palette and accompanying bronzer just in time for the holidays. ‚ĚĄūüéĀ¬†Merry Christmas to me, right? ūüéÖūüéĄ

Before I launch into the gist of the review, can I just preface by saying how t h r i l l e d I was to see Too Faced expanding their line with an all-new collection beyond their already-popular Chocolate Bar products. In a way, the entire Sweet Peach collection felt like an unexpected yet welcome Christmas surprise due to the limited exposure of the palette before its release.

Also, despite the fact that I love Too Faced’s¬†Chocolate Bar line dearly,¬†I was ready for Too Faced to release anything¬†that deviated from the overly-sensationalized¬†all matte¬†trend that has dominated the pervasive beauty sphere of 2016. While I love an all-matte color scheme, there is only so much a girl can take before¬†she walks down the aisles of Sephora and comes out looking like she rolled in¬†hot chocolate mix.

What happened to the shimmer, the shine? The luster? The gloss? 

Maybe I’m just being greedy when I say that I want it all… I want to have my cake and eat it too. Don’t get me wrong– I love matte… probably more than the average person, but I also want the glossy, the shimmer, and the shine that makes me feel like a walking diamond.

Enter¬†Too Faced’s¬†Sweet Peach Collection.

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New Year, New Blog Redesign, Same Me

I know this¬†is undoubtedly the trillionth¬†New Years post you’ve read, but would it really be 2017 without one?

Every year, come the end of the year, I always have the same feeling of nostalgia and simultaneous relief by the time it’s over. I admit– I’m guilty of feeling everything too deeply, and when I think back on the things that both upset and overjoyed me, I can’t help but be¬†overcome¬†with a random assortment of strange emotions. In this case, 2016 was one of the best and worst years of my life (for a multitude of specifics¬†I won’t get into).

But all I can say is: Hello 2017. I’m ready for you, I’ve been waiting, I’m eager¬†to see what you have in store, and I’m pumped¬†for something new. I want all of it– the emotions and happiness and sadness and memories that have yet to be made. I want to see what the rest of my life holds, and taking it one year at a time sounds like a pretty good first step to me.

I figured in honor of the new year, instead of bullshitting everyone I know by saying that I’m ready to “…become a whole new me!”, I wanted to introduce a brand new blog design instead… minus the crappy resolutions and self-affirming mantras.

Check it out below!

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How I Edit My Instagram Photos( @stormywheather )

I often get asked how exactly I edit my Instagram photos… and while I do believe the magic lies within¬†the composition of each¬†photo unto itself,¬†edits¬†can and do help convey certain moods and vibes.¬†I made this post¬†to serve as a little overview of how I edit my own photos and hopefully inspire you¬†when it comes to editing your own!

So without further ado, let’s take a look into my tips to creating a unified and consistent Instagram feed¬†before I get into specific edits and filters. I also compiled¬†a list of what all¬†VSCO settings really do¬†and how you can use them¬†to maximize the potential of every photo you take without using a filter if you so choose!

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Dear Santa... all I want for Christmas is...

‚ĚĚ … Santa baby, slip a sable under the tree for me, I’ve been an awful good girl.
Santa baby, and hurry down the chimney tonight…‚Ěě

Okay so maybe I’m being a little inconsistent with my song choices (sue me), right after I said I wasn’t one to burst into spontaneous Christmas jingle, but I figured I should make at least one Blogmas post that didn’t absolutely bash the heck out of the holiday season. So here you have it– my hopes, dreams, and wishes (kidding, kidding) for Christmas morning.

Let me disclaim that this list is not solely comprised of only¬†materialistic goods nor do I think Christmas is entirely¬†about receiving gifts. What gives the holiday season¬†sentimental meaning¬†is because of¬†what it represents: togetherness, family, and love…¬†not gifts. However, here are some things I’d like for Christmas as well as some of my little¬†aspirations for the post-Holiday season that aren’t quite big enough to be considered resolutions.

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