About two years ago, I worked on my college’s organic farm for the summer and fall. I spent hours and hours in the sunshine with my hands in the dirt, pulling weeds, planting seeds, and watching their slow, mesmerizing growth. Alongside the three other “garden girls” (or so we called ourselves), I lay on the grass and ate fresh-off-the-vine watermelon. We smothered homemade bread with our very own honey (thank you honeybees!). And everything was simple and easy.
After that, it was kind of hard to stop growing things. Now I’m not saying I’ve got a green thumb. In fact, I’m pretty awful at keeping plants alive. But that doesn’t stop me from trying.
Especially now that things are less easy -work can be stressful, living at home can be confusing- I want more plants around me. I want green in every nook and cranny of my room. Because, let’s be honest, plants make everything a little brighter and sweeter.
Last Sunday, I found out my boyfriend’s apartment is a 20-minute walk away from a nursery. So off we went. Overalls on. Boots on. Money in hand.
And there I was. The strong, capable farmer –
ready to stick her hands in the dirt, again.
New little green friends.
And small, shiny opportunities for growth.
All my love,
‘Tis the season for deep red and subtle nude nail polishes! Ha. Who are we kidding. That’s pretty much what I wear on my nails all year round (I’m very boring with my nail polish color choices). That being said, I recently found these three shades from Essie and they are game changers. I mean, I don’t think I’ve found colors that suit my skin tone this well… perhaps… ever? Geez.
And I know what you might be thinking. Katie… these are three of Essie’s bestsellers. Yes, I know. But somehow I’ve been completely oblivious and only just learned of their existence a few days ago. So, in my excitement, I thought I’d write a blog post and share with you lot the glory that are these nail polishes incase they’ve somehow slipped under your radar, too.
This is a gorgeous cool-toned, light beige color with some gray undertones. The formula isn’t extremely thick, so it requires two coats. But it applies evenly and smoothly and lasts a good amount of time.
Yes. We’ve found it, folks. The perfect shade of autumnal red. Not as bright and flirty as Essie’s A-list, and not as dark as Essie’s Wicked – this one teeters somewhere beautifully in the middle. It’s a rich red wine color, which practically screams “classic”. The formula itself is lovely and self-leveling. This, I can already tell, is a color I will be coming back to year after year.
Topless & Barefoot:
Another nude, but this one is a barely-there, light beige pink. Gorgeous in every light and for every occasion, it is magic in a bottle. Fun fact! This shade was apparently dubbed “the most popular nail polish color on Pinterest” according to Allure magazine. I definitely can’t say I’m surprised.
Have you tried any of these shades? What are your favorite autumnal nail polishes?
(Ps. I’m in no way sponsered by Essie, I just happen to love their nail polishes!)
Growing up, I have always been an apple lover. Ask anyone who knows me – I have at least an apple a day. Usually two. So when my lovely boyfriend asked me to go apple picking with him this past weekend, I was psyched.
To celebrate the start of autumn, I threw on a pair of jeans, a collared shirt, and Chelsea boots. Unfortunately, the weather decided to misbehave and ended up being a scorching 80 or so degrees. Note that these pictures were taken before my face started to look like a tomato. They were also taken before I smashed myself in the face with my camera and gave myself a black eye. (Yup… a literal black eye). Feeling great about my hand eye coordination skills at the moment. But – at least I have 20 lbs of apples to distract myself with!
Hope you all are having a wonderful, fruit-filled September! Lots of love from me.