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Thoughtful lifestyle blog addressing such serious topics as new shoes, being human, and releasing creativity in a distracted world. 

Can We Talk About CÉLINE's Branding?

There are few things as refreshing as that moment when I'm sifting through ad after ad of Gigi and Kendall and then BAM! 

A Céline ad.

They manage to capture their subjects in a unique Awkward-Meets-Extravagent vibe. There's attitude, but no fuss. Each model gives off a sort of "get that camera out of my face" feel. I love it.

And then there's their logo. I applaud that logo and will forever hail it as one of the best. The name Céline itself is all kinds of perfect. 

So all hail Céline, the royalty of the fashion branding world.


In other news of them doing it right: Here's why they don't do E-Commerce. (great read)



"Are You Happy With Your Life?"

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Let's all take a moment to acknowledge that life is weird. 

Now let's take another to acknowledge that no one really has it all figured out.

Ok now a show of hands for everyone who is happy every day. 

Put your lying hands down, you lying liars. 

My life is the encompassment of the first two statements right now. 6 months ago I had a detailed plan and thought life would never be this weird. LOL.

 LOL.

And it's cool! No really, it is cool. I have no strings attached, no roots down, no contracts or obligations. I feel a lot like Gonzo in this scene, except where the heck are my space fish?!

I envy you, Gonzo. You lucky, lost alien, you.

  Recently I was asked by a well-intentioned friend, "Are you happy with your life?" 

Am I Happy with my life???

I replied, in my calm-cool-collected style, "Uhm..life is weird right now, but it's ok. It's gonna be ok." Convincing, right? (Spoiler Alert: Best Performance by an Actress in a Major Motion Picture is going to me. In the film "Coping with Transition".) 

Meanwhile my eyes were like: 

{ Side note observation: I've noticed a theme amongst the many blogs about simplicity and intentional living. That is, if you are not in the career path you were destined for, and only interact with people that pour support into you (and consequently poop rainbows I'm pretty sure I read in one of the articles.), then you're doing it wrong. It = life.

Repeat after me: there's nothing wrong with you if you don't love everything about your life. }

  How do you explain to someone that you're "In a Gonzo in Space phase right now."?  Just floating around waiting for my space fish to show up and tell me to mow a message in my yard. Last year I went through the monochrome wardrobe phase; this year it's floating Gonzo--Millennials, right?! 

You know what I am happy about right now?

Who I am.

My capabilities.

Life's possibilities.

The insanely bright horizons. 

So this is just me reaching out into the oblivion of social media to raise my tiny voice and say: You're not alone, life is just weird. 

Ya feel?

 

7 Hours in Dublin: The Unprepared Tourist Way

A week ago I was invited by a fellow American to go down to Dublin for a day. Somehow there was a missed communication and no one mapped out the day or really planned it at all. So getting off the bus, we all looked at each other like "what do we do?" and the next 7 hours were spent wandering. As the saying goes "Not all who wander are lost." I knew how to get back to the bus station so we weren't lost, but neither were the Israelites in the wilderness, sooo...  We still managed to stumble into some  of the landmarks and attractions. And we also stumbled into some tourists. Literally. 

Here are the pictures. 

 

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Arnotts was amazing. Like nothing I'd seen before. I took out extra cash in preparation for this store. I spent most of my time with an awed look on my face petting silk tops and leather jackets and wool coats by designers I'd only ever seen online. I walked out empty-handed. Not because I didn't find anything I wanted or would buy, but because I was quite overwhelmed. I regret that, cause they were having a massive sale. Life goes on.   

 

 

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Trinity College was stunning. Getting turned around on the campus was not as stunning. Thank God for a confusing tourist map.  

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Further down the river, you can see the cool parts of town I never got to. Wave hello! 

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By pure chance, we found the most amazing Italian place. Noelle, who's Italian, had recommended it before we went but couldn't remember the name. But when we saw it, we knew it was what she was talking about. Right before we turned onto the street it was on, I'd announced to my companions, "This next block has the good food, I can feel it." By that point, most anything would've been considered "good food" to our growling-haven't eaten since 6am-it's 2:30pm-bodies. 

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This is the outside of the old Library at Trinity College. When we actually came back to go inside of it, there was a line the length of the building outside. We made wise timing decisions... My bad.  

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Aside from being beautiful and old and straight out of a fairy tale, it also is home to the Book of Kells. So I got to see half of that by squeezing my head between some tourists. 

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Fun story: while walking around this place and taking it in, I thought my friends had left without me. Couldn't see them anywhere. So I left. They weren't outside. So I waited by the entrance- nearly trampled by the big group tours- for about 20 minutes. Turns out they'd sat down to take it in. Classic. 

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So if you ever are planning to go to Dublin, or any new city for that matter, please plan. I'm definitely going back before I go back to the states. I feel like I've only scratched the surface of a really amazing city. 

I've been in the Belfast area the past few days. And I am digging it. 

Happy Tuesday, friends.  

Dream Homes From My Travels

I have been in many cities now in Northern Ireland and the Republic. Not surprisingly, I've had many moments of looking at a perfect place, in a perfect location, and imagining myself living there. Sipping coffee on a mountain, drinking ice cream on my porch overlooking the river, etc. etc. These are just a few of them. There have been loads more, but I am a lazy documenter. I've ordered them in order of seeing them, not preference. (The first one is my least favorite though.) More like a conveniant vacation home;)

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THIS ONE. And wait to see where it's located. 

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ON A MOUNTAN BY THE BEACH. I know.

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This one I saw very quickly driving by. That's a lake and a mountain range behind it. It is straight out of a book.  

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Drumroll please.... 

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Donegal Castle!!! Someone lived here. Lots of people have lived here.  

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This was a major selling point for me. Exactly what I would've paired with it. Ultra modern black with ultra old stone castle. I can't agree more.  

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This part was built in the 1470's. lol right? 

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Slots of beams, connected fireplaces and chimney's fully intact. I don't know why someone doesn't just buy it and restore it. I guess they can't because "historical preservation, yada yada".  

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This one would do as well. It wouldn't take as much work, ya know. ;) 

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AND THIS ONE, OH MY GOSH. 

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Picture this: glass roof. Don't put in a second floor, just leave it tall and open.  

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Keep the trees as much as possible. You know, a few might have to be trimmed for putting in the roof and all.  

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Definitely keep the mossy stairs. Safety hazards and all.  

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I have more pictures, of course from everything else I've done. I'm slooowwwlllyy sifting through them. And seriously wishing I had a normal computer-blog-camera relationship. My computer, ipad, flickr, camera, blog setup is getting a little exhausting.  

Happy Thursday, friends. 

xo, 

Courtney

New Territory: Organic Hair Dye

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I haven't dyed my hair for about two years. In that time I've significantly chopped off my hair twice. The end goal was to see the natural color that I hadn't seen since I was 13 and to restore it to its natural health. Well, my hair is starting to get longer again and now I know what my natural color looks like. 

 Turns out I don't like my natural color. It's a medium brown, with a sun-enhanced brass tint. I tried to stick with it, for the sake of easier upkeep and fewer chemicals on my scalp. I tried coco washes that are supposed to enhance brown and reduce brass, I tried some natural boxed thing that is supposed to wash out the brass. None of it worked. 

Then once upon a Pinterest, a "recommended for you" pin came up and it was It's Pure Organic Hair Dye in Dark Brown. It wasn't the first organic dye I'd heard of. I'd considered giving Lush's version, but was deterred by the 50-50% reviews. But It's Pure had around 300 soaring reviews on one site and it seemed quite simple to mix up and reasonably priced. I could even read all of the ingrediants! (indigo and henna are the two largest portions).  

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Once I got a couple of hours alone, I gave it a go. You simply add water to the pack of green powder. In hindesight, I would've added more water. It was a total of around or a little over 2 cups of paste. I left it on for an hour, cleaned the bathroom, and then washed it out. It did take about 3 shampoos before it felt clean. 

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I am quite happy with the results. I only let it sit for about half of the recommended time in the instructions. It could've gotten much darker, but I really just wanted a natural brown without my lame brass. And I got it!  It even looks and feels healthier, which is something I'd also read in the reviews before buying it. It's not a drastic difference, but it's exactly what I was going for. 

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I would recommend It's Pure to those who can't stand their natural color. I've always enjoyed dying my hair a shade similar to my natural one so it can fade and blend subtly. I'm interested to see how it stands up to sunlight, although luckily there isn't an excess of that here in Derry.

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xo,

Courtney Chilton