Time for a little fluff! Or rather, a little more fluff. Here are a few things that I have been enjoying as the weather has grown warmer.
I get so many of my beauty tips from Katie (i.e. I copy her relentlessly — sorry, buddy), and I was intrigued when she suggested that I try Bb. Texture Hair (Un)Dressing Creme. It's meant to give hair a gritty and matte texture, and since every single summer I swear that I am going to embrace the fact that my hair is actually truly wavy and not straight (until I find myself flat-ironing my hair in 40 degrees Celsius temperatures), I thought it would be good to try as a styling agent. It's meant to be used on damp hair, and occasionally I remember to put it in, but sometimes I forget.
I decided to make a type of surf spray instead that I could use on dry hair; I can't remember where I first came across this idea, but it is not my own: I put water with a bit of sea salt (mine happened to be pink) in a spray bottle, and squeezed in some of the creme. A good shake, et voilà. I spray it on my hair when it's dry and finger curl and scrunch it, and I'm usually pretty happy with how it looks. Oh and I am still growing out my fringe and I am at that stage where I doubt this decision constantly.
I am so into this lipstick right now: NARS Schiap. It was recommended by both Katie and Diana. I think I'm going through a hot pink phase. Just racking up those Beauty Insider points! Oh dear.
As much as I'm loving hot pink, I still love pale pink. OPI Shootout at the OK Corral that I took from my mother since she wasn't using it, and Butter London in Teddy Girl (I bought this at Bicyclette here in Toronto when I dropped off some of our tote bags). This bracelet was a very thoughtful gift from Kate, and it makes me think of the beach.
I recently ordered these clogs from Lotta from Stockholm after hemmin' & hawin' about them for a few months. I managed to get them on sale, which made me pretty happy. They're lightweight, comfortable, the perfect natural leather colour, and apparently made "in the middle of the forests of Småland, in the little village Torpsbruk." The branding isn't quite as sexy as that of some of the other clog companies — after all, the word "orthopedic" is displayed in a few places on the box — but they're basically the same thing, only far more affordable. The only issue that I could see with them (these were considered seconds) is that there is a tiny nick in the leather on one of the ankle straps. I probably did worse to them on my first bike ride in them anyhow.
Rizie: Ha, thanks! Nothing too fancy! Good luck with your list and goals, I bet you have a ton of great ones.
Siobhan: Thanks! I'll take the credit for the two that I took!
Heba: Thank you!
Jane Flanagan: I like dreaming up goals but I usually don't fulfill them. Sooo lazy. I'm glad you like that picture because we're actually doing something with it soon...
neonfoxtongue: Those are great! So perfect.
curious constellation: I always feel terrible when I talk about summer knowing how many people are going through the opposite weather! Ugh, I feel your pain, winter is the worst.
Caitlin Rose: I used to hate July and August in Toronto but I've come to love those months, generally. And yes, there's always the ice cream cure...
Emerson Merrick: Oooh, sounds dreamy!
kenzie: I hope this will be the year that you can enjoy summer more!
leilani.e: Sorry about that. It seems a bit risky to take orders at the moment, since I don't want packages getting lost in transit. There will be totes again soon, and I'm glad you like them. Ooh, canoeing... I cannot be trusted with that. Very nearly tipped one over last summer!
angela: So glad you agree! I recently saw a post somewhere where someone alluded to how exciting and energetic summer is and all I could think of was hammocks!
m.bardeaux: I wish I could visittttttttt, wah!
in dreams: Oh yes, it's true, all that lovely light! I do the same, make lots of plans and rarely follow through, which is why this summer I am trying not to put too much pressure on myself. Good luck with your goals!
hila: Oh, it's plenty humid here too, although I imagine not as hot as Australia! The air gets downright soupy. I feel so sorry for my cats, who have been complaining so much. Thank you for your sweet words!
Rachel Anastasia: Do it, girl!
angie: That's one of Christie's. I love it!