Autumnal Palouse Adventure: Moscow Mountain

What a wonderful weekend! My loving mother came up to visit me after many months apart. We chatted until our voices broke, drank coffee all cozy with blankets and early  morning sun. We bought giant onions, balsamic vinegar and gluten free crepes from the local Saturday market on Main St. We ate good food and went on a autumnal picnic to Moscow Mountain were we collected some natures for future projects and became one with the earth. Happy October my friends! Here’s some shots of cool found things and the amazing views up here on the Palouse.
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Look at this cool mushroom clump, I have no idea what type these are (or if they are edible) but I do know that there are many Morel hunting grounds around the area. I have yet to find them….sigh.DSCN1801

The ample amount of deadwood made the perfect mushroom growing environment up and around Moscow Mountain.DSCN1803 DSCN1804 DSCN1805

Mullien babies. I used to make tea out of the flowers long ago when I was at YMCA Camp in south eastern Idaho. Don’t they look like fuzzy floral cabbages?
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More mushroom shots. This is an upturned tree and these are growing on the roots and underneath on the other side.DSCN1818 DSCN1819 DSCN1821 DSCN1822

What beautifully shockingly green moss.DSCN1823 DSCN1824

A clump of frilly lichen which looks as if it belongs underwater not in the Pacific Northwest.DSCN1825

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And lastly, after spotting 2 adult deer and a faun scampering after its mother we caught the most majestic lone wild turkey, wandering around the edge of a wheat field.

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Neutral Bohemian Bedroom

Well hello friends. Let me show you around my cozy bedroom. I finally got it set up how I like it. I really love the bohemian vibe, but just not the crazy colors and it’s pretty hard to find neutral bohemian things but with an obsessive desire for a space that reflects me, I have curated a neural bohemian bedroom that eases me into a lovely zen space that none of the crap life has to throw can touch. Namaste, bunnies, namaste.
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Where Things are from:

Canopy: Amazon

Tapestry: Amazon

Copper Ball String Lights: Urban Outfitters

Hanging Lantern: World Market (link for a similar one, I got mine a few years ago)

Bedside Lamp: Mix and Match from World Market + White & Grey Tassels  I got at Michael’s Crafts for $2

Bedspread & Accent Pillows: Talula Comforter Set from Bed Bath and Beyond

White Faux Fur Throw: Bed Bath and Beyond

Most of the other pillows I sewed pillowcases for myself. On my bedside stand I have an abolone shell with some fake pearls and a gold painted elephant from a past DIY project, a frame from World Market that was a gift, a copper candle holder and a nice deep green plant (which I don’t know the genus or species of) I also have my air purifier for clean air and background noise. The box underneath labeled ‘things’ is also from Michaels crafts.
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Whew, time for a nap!

April Favorites: Succulents, Skin Care, Aromatherapy and More!

Wee it’s MAY! Not only is it my birthday month (which by default makes it the best month) but the semester is wrapping up and the lure of wedding season, fresh produce and sun to come starts becoming tangible. So before this wonderful month gets too far in swing, let me share with you my favorite items and products from the past month.

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April was the month of succulents….well all plants in general. I have discovered my green thumb and am most enthusiastically potting, re-potting and plant perusing as much as my college student budget and tiny shaded apartment will allow. I can’t help but love succulents with their cool shapes and juicy leaves. The fact that they need hardly any water makes them so low maintenance I find myself deliberately trying to ignore them, least I over-water and drown them. I have no clue what they’re called, except the Jade with it’s teardrop shaped vibrant green leaves (which is simply thriving.) Not to mention my love of bunnies drove me near to distraction when I found this cute ceramic bunbun at Target. It was originally a candy dish but when I saw it, I knew it needed succulents.

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After a recent road trip down to Lewiston and a jaunt to Cost-Co I picked up this Himalayan Salt Grinder. If I were to choose any salt I’d rather go with this due to the supposed boost in health benefits and extra mineral content. Plus the grinder gives very fine flakes, so you get more flavor for less sodium.

Here are my two lone makeup items for the month. Like I’ve said in a previous post, I’ve hardly worn makeup this month and am opting for natural, skin focused, easy makeup when I finally get around to applying it. For that I’ve been loving Josie Maran’s liquid illuminator. I’ve been wearing it almost as a primer all over the face after my skincare routine. It leaves such a lovely healthy glow that shines though the lightweight foundation I put on afterwards. The other natural looking product I’ve been using is Revlon’s Lip Butter in Creme Brulee. I’ve had this before and love it. Now I’ve rediscovered how much I enjoy how easy, moisturizing and quick this is to throw on the lips.

Being as prone to allergies as I am I prefer natural ways to enjoy scents and get health benefits from them. I also live in a tiny space so my little egg shaped aromatherapy diffuser works perfectly for me. It was around $13.00 at my local Co’op and I am in love. It’s battery and USB operated with an LED light display. I’ve been using a peppermint and chamomile mix of essential oils to cool down my bedroom. The only downside is the scents last just a few days to fill the whole room.

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Lastly, I have some bath and skincare favorites. The first is Alba Botanica’s Good & Clean Scrub. I’ve been consciously shifting everything to natural products with purpose and integrity. After randomly reading the label on my previous scrub, I  noticed in tiny print at the bottom a warning about ingredients in that scrub being known to the state of California to be carcinogenic. I promptly threw it in the bin and filled with rage stomped out in search of quality ingredients in a facial scrub. So I found it! I could go on, but a scrub is a scrub and this does the job nicely with a fruity scent and no questionable ingredients.

Having dry, fine, long hair I need thick conditioners to help hold in moisture and this Jamaican Black Castor Oil leave in mask from Shea Moisture is amazing. Castor oil being known as an intense humecant is what drew me to this but the smell….omg….it is so DELICIOUS! It smells like anise seed cookies. Straight up shortbread cookies. Yum. Again, it does it’s job well without crap ingredients.

I have discovered Everyday Coconut products and I am in love. I started out with the body lotion and moved to the face lotion because this is one brand that is so holistic in it’s mission I will happily purchase from now on. The product quality alone is enough but they are fair traded, no synthetic fragrance, parabens, animal testing, soy or gluten and they are vegan. The Alaffia brand also has a strong environmental and humanitarian mission which you can read more on their website. The formula is lightweight and sinks in quick. Lovely, light smell and a good price. The face lotion apart from having SPF 15 (which is great for the coming summer) it was less that $10 for 12 fl oz. That is a TON of product for a day cream compared to the $20 and up prices for tiny pots of daycream.

I hope you enjoyed my favorites! Let me know which natural skincare product you’ve been loving for the month of April.

 

Thrift Haul + Home Decor

Welcome back to Where the Kale Grows!

Recently I went thrifting at the Moscow Hope Center and Salvation Army. I found many treasures  I thought I would share with you and how I incorporated them into my home. Everything I found was around $1 and fit perfectly into my modern rustic bohemian home decor.DSCN1714

I picked up:

  • 1 Map Printed Duffle Bag
  • 1 Wooden & Natural Fiber Frame
  • 1 Tiny Copper Pot
  • 1 Woven Grass Decorative Ball
  • 1 White Glazed Terra Cotta Pot
  • 1 Gigantic Fruit Themed Mug
  • 2 Galvanized Silver Buckets
  • 3 Shallow Wooden Dishes

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This duffle bag was in nearly new condition with a working zipper, I couldn’t believe it. I love the print and how warm the color is. It’s also a perfect size for  weekend bag, not too big but not too small.

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Since I’ve recently been obsessed with succulents, neutral naturals, copper and white on white I couldn’t help but pick up some containers. I have intentions of filling these two pots with succulents if I can get mine to propagate successfully. Fingers crossed. It’s still a bit cold in Northern Idaho for succulents to thrive, even though April is almost over.  I’m also in love with copper and have a matching copper teapot so when I found the little mini one I had to have it. Same with the natural fiber ball. I was debating buying a rope one from JoAnns’ just the other day but couldn’t justify the price. Happily now I have some nice texture to add to my coffee table.

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In the same vein of loving natural materials, I have been collecting wooden dishware here and there. These bowls immediately caught my eye and practically jumped into my basket. Here they hold my ring and favored everyday jewelry.

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The largest of the galvanized buckets is currently holding my wash cloths on my linen shelving in my bathroom.  I wish they were all one color, like white, but what’s a college student to do?

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Here I have a previous thrifting find. Can you believe these display squares were only 99 cents? My lovely boyfriend got them for me whilst he picked up some $5 roller blades in pretty good condition. I put that tiny copper pot on there for some color. There are many crystals, which are another thing I love and my newly root propagated philodendron.

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Here’s my coffee table decor, now complete with the grass ball, a hunk of crystal, a sea shell and my golden eared Target bunny with succulents. I had broken the charger plate that was on my coffee table, much to my chagrin so I picked up this coppery colored plastic one from Micheal’s to replace the broken one. Stay tuned to a mosaic smashed plate project soon, since I can’t bare to throw the old plate out.

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Some roobios tea you could drown in perhaps? Oh sure. A little baking soda/dish soap paste and elbow grease and I was able to make this mug look brand new. I love the motif it reminds me of similar mugs I grew up with and as a nutrition enthusiast I love anything to do with healthy food.

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Lastly, I painted the frame white and added a photo of my boyfriend and I. I really should get real prints, not just paper prints from my black and white printer….put it on the list….

 

Blog-O-Ween Seven Deadly Sins: Sloth

Can you tell how much fun I’m having with liquid latex? I must say, it’s not super fun to take off though. I found gently rubbing it into a ball is the least painful or aggravating way to remove it. Anyway, here is Sloth, or Laziness if you will. I wanted to look like I was rotting and moth eaten in an attic all dusty and dry like I hadn’t moved in years. Hope you enjoy!DSCN1567Here’s what I used:

  • Tarte Away Oui Go Palette (Deep Taupe and Light Grey)
  • NYX Jumbo Pencil in Cottage Cheese (Ugh that name)
  • NYX Macaroon Lippie in Black Seasame
  • e.l.f. Blending Brush
  • e.l.f. Powder Brush
  • Real Techniques Sponge
  • White Halloween Makeup
  • Liquid Latex 
  • Tweezers (to pull up the latex to make holes and creepy skin)
  • Brow Gel (to run through my lashes so the powder sticks and makes them look dusty)
  • Copious, copious amounts of Coty Airspun Powder
  • Dry Shampoo
  • White Screen Contacts from Brilliant Contacts

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Fall Face: Golden Eyes + Deep Plum

Here’s another Fall Face Edition. I wanted something without crazy lashes (although I’m still wearing half lashes that are super natrual) and a nice pairing with golden hues and dark lips. Enjoy!DSCN1382 Products Used:

  • NYX Nude on Nude Palette: The 2 gold shades and the copper one 3rd from the end bottom row
  • NYX Ultra Pearl Mania in Nude
  • Jordana 12 hour Liquid Eyeliner  in black
  • Jane Liner in Gold
  • Maybelline Big Eyes
  • NYX Simply Vamp Lip Cream in Enamored
  • Wet N’ Wild Lipstick in Vamp It Up

DSCN1383 DSCN1384 I’ve got to say, after using the Lorac Pro Palette the gold shades in the nude on nude just don’t cut it. As you can see, it hardly looks like I’ve got much of anything on my lids. They were super shimmery and creamy feeling but even after doing a wet application for intensity they faded. So if you wanted to amp up the gold for this look, I’d use the Lorac Pro palette gold shade instead. DSCN1385 DSCN1386 DSCN1387 DSCN1388

September Favorites

I have but a few favorites to share with you guys for the month of September. It’s been a busy month, what with classes and all so lets get into it.

Book Favorites:

Book of Life by Deborah Harkness 

I LOVE this series and the last installment did not disappoint. These have become my comfort series to read much like Harry Potter and makes me want to curl up with some tea on a rainy day and submerge myself into it. If you haven’t read these, I highly recommend if you enjoy fantasy. My favorite aspects are the scholarly ones and how she ties together research with magic. Lovely.

Sexy By Nature by Stefani Ruper

This is a great female centered book aimed specifically toward female health and wellness, empowerment and feeling sexy in your own skin. Covers many topics that women have issues with like fertility, losing weight and feeling sexy. It’s a great insight to how intricate, yet delicate female systems are and how we ought to treat them.

 

Candle:

Warm Caramel Cider from Bath and Body Works is my favorite scent this season. It smells just like the name implies and makes me feel so calm, cozy and ready for cooler weather.DSCN1246 Beatuy:

NYX Simply Vamp Lip Cream in Enamored, check out my Beauty Review for these here. Tis the season for the Vampy lip and September was not excluded. This one is a much darker brown metallic vampy lip.

I’ve been loving the combo (when I’m not rocking dark lips) of this NYX Slim Liner Pencil in Nude Beige topped with NYX Matte Lipstick in Spirit.

I’ve also been loving this Wild Madagascar Vanilla Perfume from Bath and Body Works, it’s very warm and cozy.DSCN1247 Here’s the lip swatches starting with Enamored, Nude Beige and Spirit.DSCN1248