This is my Happiness Journal

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I firmly believe that every single being on this planet has a place where they feel so completely “right”, your soul’s home if you will.

My trip to Italy was an awakening of sorts. I was thrown out of my comfort zone, and my country, at a time when I didn’t think I could handle it. But it’s true to say that the things you want, and ultimately need, are just past your boundaries. This trip was scary at first, slightly frustrating as well, but in the end so needed.

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Florence had a special impact on me. Immediately I felt at home, I felt safe, I felt like I was one with the city. I could go on and on about the sites and the history, but that’s besides the point. The point is that even when I was lost, I wasn’t afraid. And I felt at home with myself there. I let my hair go natural in big curls and ringlets. I went out with minimal makeup and cared about being healthy in my skin. It was freeing to feel so accepted being my absolute self, and the positive reactions of total strangers reassured me.

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Leaving was difficult. After finally existing in a place where I felt so genuinely myself, it was hard to come back to the U.S. where school and social pressures awaited me. I was scared to lose this discovered part of me and the last thing I wanted was to just blend back in to the crowds. As a solution I created this journal and filled it with pictures, tickets, business cards, anything and everything of my time in Florence. With those physical pieces I’m going to write down the memories associated with them. This is my way of holding on to that piece of me and my time there. I still have a bit to go and a lot to write, but it feels more than worth it to relieve each moment spent there.

Personally, this idea has helped greatly. I don’t exactly journal… ever, so completing a daily list of the aspects of my life that make me happy is intimidating. Instead I just compile all of the memories, the quotes, the ideas that make me smile in one place at one time and then whenever I feel negative I can read through each moment. It’s easier, and a bit more sentimental/composed than my emotional tangents.

So please, tell me what your book would be about and why! You know I love to hear from you…

XOXO,  Marin

Avery: My Lush Review!

Hello beauties!

LUSH.

My first thoughts were “meh, seems kind of expensive”.

Then I kept coming back in due to the wonderful smell.

Then I decided it was the day.

Now that I am an employed cosmetic sales associate and a way too stressed out college student, I decided it was time to treat myself.

I purchased the Dragons Egg, a Yuzu&Cocoa Bubbleroon, a bath bomb, and what is called a “bubble bar”, which creates the most wonderful scented bubbly bath in the world. I tried them both within a week due to a messed up shower and rare free time.

Boy was I in for a treat.

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I tried the Dragons Egg first and it was delightfully scented with citrus and jasmine. The ‘shell’ of the egg dissolved to release silky soft rainbow rice paper circles. Then the yolk dissolved into the most epic orangey/yellow burst of biodegradable glitter the world has ever seen. I felt incredible afterwards. Soft, silky smooth, relaxed, and smelling fantastic. Not to mention my coating of glitter was splendid.

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The Yuzu&Cocoa bubbleroon I got to use twice since it can be broken in two. You are supposed to crumble it up and put it under the running tap. I really vigorously mixed my bathtub so it would bubble even more and it sure as heck did. I got some very cute selfies while I was at it. A lime green bath goes really well with a pink filter, by the way.

It smelled wonderful of course, I emerged soft and relaxed, and the bubbles were so fun and lasted until I got out.

Another perk were my 3 samples. Samples I used for about 2 weeks! I ended up returning to purchase my I Love Juicy shampoo, and I will probably return to purchase the Veganese conditioner.

Over all, I am super impressed by my first purchase with LUSH. I am really looking forward to exploring their brand.

My next wish? Being able to visit a LUSH spa.

I have missed writing for Marin’s blog.

Expect a lot more makeup/beauty reviews from me in the future. Now that I am a cosmetic retailer I think I’ve got this stuff down. 😉

Pies, Photos, and Polish Polka,

Avery

 

 

 

mika the beautiful

Hello Beauties!

If you follow me on Instagram (@marinscott10) then you will have known this by now but we have a new member of the family! We got her a couple months ago but I’m just now getting around to posting about it. That’s okay though, I’m only human.

This is Mika, which means God’s Child in Russian, but I mostly just liked the name. She’s a cute-faced, grey and silver Maine Coon, which is one of the most adorable cat breeds in my opinion. She’s going to be enormous for a domestic cat– up to 25 pounds! She’s definitely larger than our past cats right now and she’s only 4 1/2 months old.

Enjoy these photos of our little baby, I kinda went crazy with them and some are fuzzy because she kept moving around. I think she’s incredibly beautiful though and so well-tempered. We’re happy to have her in our lives!

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A Day at the D.I.A

Hello Beauties!

This weekend I went to the Detroit Institute of Art with an old friend, and I was so pleasantly surprised by how much it had. I haven’t been in years, so to go after having a little more understanding under my belt made it so much more enjoyable. I took some notes (because I’m nerdy about history), so here are some things that I learned, and my favorites of the whole day!

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The Gudea of Lagash from Mesopotamia, 2141/2122 B.C.E

 

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Stone Seals and Cylinder Seal, Mesopotamia

 

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European Cabinet, 1580-1610

 

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Lily Pond by Charles Harry Eaton

 

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Moonlit Landscape by Aert van der Neer

 

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Notre Dame Cathedral by Childe Hassam

 

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Flowers in a Glass Vase by Rachel Ruysch

 

We dove right into it with Byzantine and Mesopotamian art. A lot of it was metal carving and stone sculptures, but they were some of the most beautiful stone sculptures I’ve ever seen! The Gudea of Lagash really interested me– and guess what?! It might be a fraud. That’s right. There were different points about the type of stone being found in the region but not being used during that time, and the circles on the hat are normally aligned, whereas this one has diagonal circles. I also loved the stone scrolls and stamps in clay. Each intricate detail was carved into the stone, and the pictures they can make are so incredibly detailed.

As we were walking through the hallways I saw this really old and beautiful European cabinet. All of the intricate patterning was made from bone and metals, which is amazing. We also saw some incredible Greek pottery, some Medieval Art, and Egyptian sculptures and mummies. This was all before we got to the Dutch artists which I LOVE. Do you know how many paintings of clouds they have?! So many! For a cloud enthusiast it was a dream.  Lily Pond, Moonlit Landscape, and Notre Dame Cathedral were just some examples of the many, many paintings I will forever remember. Mostly because I took photos and saved them to my Cloud Folder. We finished the day off with Flowers in a Glass Vase. It’s beautiful and detailed. I loved it.

Tell me who your favorite artists/works of art/cloud painting are! I’d love to hear them!