Monday Musings: Loves & Latest

monday musings

Loves

Reads

Zero Waste Home by Bea Johnson

Part of reducing my consumption and learning to live simply is my desire to live a more sustainable, eco-friendly lifestyle. I have a long way to go, but this book provides practical, tested advice from one of the top advocates of the Zero Waste Movement.

Beauty (aka. on my face)

Nothing new, but I am appreciating a nude pink lip now that the season is changing. Current rotation: MAC Mehr and Patisserie (obvs. not cruelty free or eco, but I’m not a purist), and Kosas Undone.


Latest

Media

Between writing and life, I shoved recording to the side, so no videos for the moment. Instead, I give you the latest installment of The Bluestocking Circle Podcast — lady nerds on popular culture.

I got to play host for Episode 7: Howl’s Moving Castle, so if you love Howl as much as I do, give it a listen. Follow us on twitter and instagram for updates and plenty of fangirling.

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Monday Musings: Loves & Latest

monday musings

Loves

Reads

Howl’s Moving Castle

In preparation for the next episode of the Bluestocking Circle Podcast, I re-read and re-watched Howl’s Moving Castle and fell in love anew. It’s been some years since I consumed (hehe, Howl joke) either of these works and I adore them still.

Beauty

Ilia tinted lip conditioner in Pink Moon (Sephora)

I had some Sephora credit and decided to give this a try… it was well worth the impulse. The color is just the right amount of bright berry lip and it’s not too heavy or dramatic for a daytime/work look.


Latest

Podcast

The Bluestocking Circle Podcast Episode 6: Pushing Daisies

In which we discuss the right balance between fantasy and realism in romance, the rise and fall of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl, and the legal and ethical ramifications of drugged pies. All this and more as the Bluestockings discuss the TV series Pushing Daisies.

You can also listen and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, and Podomatic. Or follow us everywhere @bluesoxcircle

Videos

(so I like making weird faces…)

Moodboards

I made a board for the podcast and it is a thing of beauty 🙂

writing: Pinspiration and visual storytelling

The most important part of writing is writing (followed by rewriting), but there are some days when I just need a visual to get the wheels turning… having only recently (!!!) discovered how to share my pins on WordPress, I think it’s high time I give you all a glimpse into the world I’ve been imagining for the last 4 years (yes, it’s really been that long). Anúna (or, as I have finally started calling it, Crown of Ice, Crown of Air) is a fantasy set in this world and the Other. It is a story of elemental magick, rivalry, and war, but it is also a story of love and finding something worth fighting for. I’ve been thinking about this world for a long time and I hope to one day share it with others (#writergoals).

Pin it, do it challenge complete

Finally completed the pin it, do it challenge for October 🙂 . My last project was a crate seat cover. I had to make plenty of adjustments to this one, mostly because the instructions were to make 8 matching crates, whereas I only needed to cover 1 crate. I also had some mishaps with wood and staples… Had to beg my dad for a scrap piece of wood because I learned that lumber is darn expensive unless you have a major project that you want to complete. Also, my dad’s staple gun didn’t work, so I had to make do with a glue gun. It works. Nothing fancy, but now my tbr pile is nicely covered.

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Go here for my original pin it, do it challenge post. Or go here to learn more about the Pinterest Challenge.

Pin it, do it challenge update

I never did get around to checking in when I made the leaf silhouette, so here are the results from the first pin it challenge.

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I bought two shades of blue green for the first layer of paint and a spray paint called “Sweet Cream” to offset the silhouettes. Then I raided the boy’s neighborhood for some large leaves. The result looks a bit like giant raindrops, which wasn’t quite what I was going for, but was nice for a first try. Next time, I’ll search for non-tropical plants.

For today’s challenge, I decided to make the Healthy Pumpkin Muffins from No Sugar Sweet Life. It’s a low fat, low sugar recipe that involves lots of whole ingredients. It was very easy to prepare the mix, almost like a banana bread. I did, however, have to go a ways away to find some of the ingredients that are not readily available at my local grocery store, but I always do enjoy a trip to Whole Foods :).

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Go here for my original pin it, do it challenge post. Or go here to learn more about the Pinterest Challenge.

pin it, do it challenge

will do this. A Pinterest challenge for October from Love, Laughter, and a Touch of Insanity. I will do at least 1-3 things that I have pinned on Pinterest.

My goals are these three pins (I’m starting at the timid pinner level):