Friday, February 26, 2016

Pocket Full of Posies

Floral prints aren't really my thing. It's not that I don't love flowers, I truly do, I just am not as drawn to floral prints as I am to other novelty prints. Oddly enough, I have rocked florals multiple days this week, most of which didn't make it to the blog. Must be springtime.

Today's outfit was rather important, I wore it to a job interview. I haven't been on an interview in several years and while I was very nervous I kept my cool and didn't allow myself overthink anything about it, including what to wear. I picked this ensemble out while drinking my morning coffee.
I don't think this dress has ever made it to the blog before, I wear it quite a lot but usually to events that I don't have time to get photos. This dress is way too big on me (it gaps about 6 inches on the waist) and I haven't gotten around to altering it so I normally wear it with a thick belt or a cardigan. It was a thrift find and I couldn't say no to a darling border print, especially because it reminded me of The Garden of Live Flowers in Through the Looking Glass. Can you tell coral and turquoise is one of my favorite color combos? 

Outfit details:

Necklace- Salvation Army
Coral Blouse- Gift from my mom
Dress- Thrifted
Tights- Sock Dreams
Shoes- Mel

I kept my make-up pretty low key (for me) with the Pulp Fiction Palette by Urban Decay on my eyes and Frida by Colourpop on the lips.

Colourpop's write up for  Frida:
“For the woman fueled by a substantial amount of coffee.”
This always makes me smile, it certainly is me.
It has pockets!

 Monday is Hubby and mine's wedding anniversary. Our love and trust in each other keeps our relationship strong. He is my best friend, we compliment each other well, and I couldn't imagine my life with out him.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Early Spring

The past few days have been in the mid to high 70s, it is already feeling like Spring. Saturday Hubby and I took advantage of the weather and started working on our back yard. Hubby cleared brush, carried branches to the road for oversize pickup, and pulled up bunches of oak saplings. I sorted our pots, weeded the garden plots, and gathered /stacked our plant cages. Today we got a load of mushroom compost which we will be tilling into the plots this evening and if this pleasant weather sticks around we will be able to plant our veggie garden next week.
Sunday I took advantage of the lovely weather and wore one of favorite dresses. I love Effie's Heart dresses because they are so comfy. I was lucky enough to grab this in their sale section for $20. They just added a two of my favorite styles to the sale section and I'm seriously eyeing them.
Outfit Details:

Hair Flower- eBay
Dress- Effie's Heart, sale
Cat Purse- Betsey Johnson, outlet
Shoes- Mel, outlet clearance  

Hair and Make-up:

Curl cream- Noodle Head, Kick Up Your Curls
Eye shadow- Social Eyes Palette. Coastal Scents
Eyeliner- Luxe Longwear Eye Liner Pen. Starlooks
Blush- Blush Palette in Light. ELF
Lips- 24 Hour Lip Stain in Sangria. Aurora

Recently I used some of both my Ipsy and Birchbox points to get some goodies. I got the eye palette with Birchbox points, they were out of the Formal Eyes colorway so I got Social Eyes. When I first opened Social Eyes I was a little surprised by how dark the shadows looked but when I put them on they looked just fine although they were a little sparkly for my tastes. Also they seem to not blend as well as my other Coastal Scents shadows. 

Shortly before I took an Ipsy hiatus I was able to snag a Starlooks eye liner pen. I adore this product, I am on my second one. 

Since starting back up on Ipsy I had some points sitting around so when I saw they had lip stains I immediately got 2 of the 3 colors. Above I'm wearing Sangria, a dark reddish shade. The lip stain really surprised me, it is just a marker for your lips but boy does it stay well. I only had to re-apply once all day and that was after a big, messy, home cooked meal.

Some Bunny Loves Ya!


Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Day Trip part 2 Lighthouse

When we got down to the lighthouse we sat for a few minutes and devoured our boiled peanuts. There was a small wedding group just finishing up photos, they were trying to get shots before the smoke rolled while while all the photographers were sitting there waiting for the smoke.
Our view from the bench as we ate
With the marsh water so low it was easy to walk out and get good points of view of the lighthouse (if you could dodge the other photographers, that is).

It felt like we were walking on plains, this area is normally under water.
 While sometimes I wish I lived somewhere else, North Florida is truly special. It is just under an hour drive to take in a view like this. The range of ecosystems and historic locations you can visit in a single day is impressive. The St Marks Light is the second oldest lighthouse in Florida.

Bird prints in the mud


 We walked one of the trails by the lighthouse, this white tree stood out against the smoke in the air.
This was one of the largest gators we spotted that day, it was a good 7 foot or so.
As the sun got lower in the sky and the smoke rolled in more we left the lighthouse and started home. 
On our way out we stopped by the butterfly garden to take some picturesque photos and watch the sun drop a little lower.

Hubby was right, he said this location looked like a postcard. 



Grackles
A group of ibises and herons wading

A view of the sunset from the car



Some Bunny Loves You!

Monday, February 15, 2016

Day Trip

Saturday I got a case wanderlust. We had already woken up late and we were playing some Twilight Princess but I suggested we take a mini trip down to the St Marks Lighthouse. While hubby found the last key in the dungeon I put on some make-up and got dressed then we headed out to the wildlife refuge. Along the way we stopped at a roadside stand and grabbed a couple of bags of Cajun spiced boiled peanuts. When we arrived at Lighthouse Rd we noticed quite a bit of smoke, it turns out the area was doing a prescribed burn. We were fearful that the refuge might be closed but a leader truck lead us down the long road.
 It was very cool driving with flames licking up along the side of the road. At points along the way there was only a few feet of visibility.

It reminded me of many years ago when my family was driving in the mountains outside Leavenworth, WA during a wild fire. We were on a narrow road crawling along watching the helicopters dump fire retardants on trees. The elevation of the roads were so high the helicopters were flying right next to the vehicles on the road. 

Luckily this was only prescribed, which helps lower the risk of an actual forest fire, along with promoting fresh growth. 
 Only the photos of the small flames came out, there were some as tall as our car.



Once we passed the burn area the smoke lessened but was still noticeable along the landscape.
Once we entered the park we pulled over to pay but the fee was waved for the day (I assume because of the burn).
 We stopped at the visitor center for a pit stop and for me to buy a few postcards. We hadn't visited since the park removed the light from the lighthouse so we took a few moments to admire it's beauty. The team that is restoring it also did another lighthouse we are very familiar with, Ponce Inlet.
 Outside the visitor center we spotted our first gator. Hubby saw him swim across the pond and when I came out to join him the gator had just crawled up on land to sun.

A White Tailed Deer track in the mud
 On our drive to the lighthouse we stopped at many of the pools along the way to take photos of the smoke from the burn and to spot gators. The water was way down, I don't think I've ever seen it so low. 



  



If I hadn't have taken this photo I would have guessed there was an oncoming storm rather than smoke.

A male cardinal
 
We saw so many beautiful birds while exploring, I even spotted a bald eagle and a kestrel. Once again I forgot to bring my telephoto, if I had remembered it I probably could have gotten even more beautiful bird photos although the ones I did get I rather like.
A female grackle
A male grackle
Can you spot the female grackle? She was rather shy and didn't like me taking her photo.


It was hard sorting though all the pictures I took that day, I think the total was about 250. While I trimmed the number to share down quite a bit I still am going to have to split this into at least two posts.

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