Lovely Things: Fat Tuesday Food Porn Edition

I know I sound like every other person ever but I really cannot believe it is already March and that today is Fat Tuesday. Erin and I were raised Catholic, so when we were younger, this is the day we would binge on whatever junk food we were going to give up for the next forty days, usually candy, chocolate, pop, or bubblegum.

I am not going to give anything up for Lent this year, because frankly, I am as lapsed of a Catholic as you can be, and even if I weren’t, would Jesus REALLY care if I gave up Diet Coke for forty days? He’s all like, “Thanks, Mags, that totes what I died for.” No. BUT. I am going to add some positive things to my life, including some of these amazing desserts. I thought it would be fitting to show off some recipes I am itching to try, seeing as it is Fat Tuesday.

Anything with Nutella is good in my book. Nutella Sandwich Cookies from A Beautiful Mess.

Anything with Nutella is good in my book. Nutella Sandwich Cookies from A Beautiful Mess.

These are "healthy," so I'm all about it. Coco-Nutty Fudge Treat by Oh Joy!

These are “healthy,” so I’m all about it. Coco-Nutty Fudge Treat by Oh Joy!

Double Drizzle Pecan Cookies because DUH. From A Taste of Home.

Double Drizzle Pecan Cookies because DUH. From A Taste of Home.

Mint Macarons by Zoe Bakes. PERFECT FOR SAINT PATTY'S DAY Y'ALL.

Mint Macarons by Zoe Bakes. PERFECT FOR SAINT PATTY’S DAY Y’ALL.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Fudge by Buns in My Oven. Just drooling at my desk.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Fudge by Buns in My Oven. Just drooling at my desk.

If you have any amazing recipes that I need to try ASAP (I have an absurd amount of brown sugar at my house for some reason, so anything that involves that will be good,) please share them! Or just drool over these photos, whichever you prefer.

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Lovely Things: Beautiful Working Spaces

I am halfway through my 12-week creative program through The Artist’s Way, and I am really starting to feel it. Creative freedom doesn’t just hit you, it’s something that comes back to you in small doses; it’s building trust with yourself all over again, whom, even though it may not seem like it, can be one of the hardest people to trust. How many times have you shot down your own idea because you deemed it frivolous, already done, or too dreamy to be real? Yeah. Probably a lot.

Anyway. Week six is about recovering a sense of abundance and getting rid of that monkey on your back – money worries! No, it’s not a how-to guide on how to be financially secure, but rather suggests that you look at money in a different way, AKA not the limiting factor on what you can and cannot do. One of the exercises to help with this is collecting images of dream spaces, things you would get if you had the money, what you would allow yourself to do if money was no object, etc. I know that reads like it would be counterintuitive, but it works. A group of images you are supposed to collect are of an ideal “creative space,” so I hopped on tumblr and all of my favorite design blogs and started dreaming away. In my ideal life, I have a two bedroom place, one bedroom for sleep for me and my amazing-also-creative-lover-and-life-partner and the second bedroom is a sort of hang-out creative space, with instruments, a couple of desks or chairs for writing, a loom (you know I am going to learn how to weave tapestries), and other things. Here is what that space will look like.

If only I could live in the stunning Eames House! This would be the dream, really.

If only I could live in the stunning Eames House! This would be the dream, really.

A cute space for a designer couple in San Fran. I love all of the natural lighting. Image from Design*Sponge

A cute space for a designer couple in San Fran. I love all of the natural lighting. Image from Design*Sponge

Can't you just imagine curling up and reading a book here? This was at a BlogShop class for DesignLoveFest

Can’t you just imagine curling up and reading a book here? This was at a BlogShop class for DesignLoveFest

Emma and Trey's home office. Emma writes with her sister on one of my favorite blogs A Beautiful Mess. This may be my favorite image, too.

Emma and Trey’s home office. Emma writes with her sister on one of my favorite blogs A Beautiful Mess. This may be my favorite image, too.

I could post thousands of photos, but I will stop at four for today. What does your dream home office/creative space look like? I am always looking for more images to collect.

 

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New: Prayer Candles from éan candles

This weekend has been a bit hectic in the best way possible for me. I went to a Tails of the City Rescue adoption event and think I found the pup of my dreams (more on that later – still in the middle of the adoption process), got some writing done, and made a LOT of new candles for my etsy shop.

I live right next to a small family owned Mexican-Catholic candle and oil store. I go in there so often the dogs in there are excited to see me again and the woman that owns it gives me free incense every time I go. I have been purchasing Prayer Candles from her and quickly became fascinated with them. There are prayer candles to make a lover stay loyal, prayer candles to get money fast, and prayer candles to help open up roads and remove blocks. A lot of this fell into line with what I had been researching when I first started my candle line: hoodoo, oils, and herbs and their magical properties. I decided that since I am a bit of a lapsed Catholic and didn’t feel comfortable working with Saints (as many of the prayer candles at aforementioned shop did), I decided I needed to make my own, secular-based magical prayer candles.

And here they are! Carefully crated, handmade soy wax ritual candles. Each candle is prepared with intent, full of essential oils, and contains seven small and gorgeous pieces of Fluorite. Fluorite is an incredibly versatile crystal, able to help with intuition, protection, balance, enhancing creativity, and bringing about wisdom and power.

These candles are perfect for meditation, manifesting wishes, placing on your altar, or even to be lit strictly in times of need. With a burn time of 80 + hours, these beauties will charge your fluorite gemstones with intent. Once the candle is completely burned, carry the crystals with you in your pocket or as a piece of jewelry to keep the intent strong within you.

Each candle is topped with black soy wax, full of myrrh, melissa, oakmoss, and marjoram to get rid of any negative energy or obstacles preventing your intentions from manifesting. The bottom color corresponds with your intention.

So, if you feel like shopping this President’s Day, please look at the new section of my etsy shop! Each of these candles are made by hand (as evidenced by my kitchen counter top caked with wax in every color imaginable), use essential oils, and really are my baby in a way. I am really proud of what my little etsy shop has become and seeing it grow over the past several months has been very rewarding.

Black and Green Candle for Self Harmony and Actualization The pieces of fluorite are small, perfect for your pocket or to put somewhere safe. Feel like this will be a big seller - black and pink candle for lurrrve

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Lovely Things: Awkward Hair Solutions

I’m in desperate need of a haircut.  My once fine pixie cut has become a shaggy mess, and I either have to learn how to style it or cut it all off again.  But in a test of my patience, I want to try to grow it out, at least a little bit.  So what do I do with this mess until it becomes a proper bob?  Well, according to the infinite wisdom of the internet, I still need a haircut.  I, or anyone trying to grow their short hair out, need to keep the bottom of the pixie short and clean so the top layers of hair have time to grow out.  But that still means awkward lengths and shagginess that I am not prepared to deal with.  Enter accessories.  If you’re lazy like me, instead of learning to gel, mousse, and style your growing hair, just cover and alter it with hats, clips, and headbands.  Plus in the remaining Chicago winter months you can never have too many beanies.

I seriously want that Looney Tunes hat from Lazy Oaf so. dang. badly. Anyone know the US dollar equivalent of 25 pounds?

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Lovely Things: Must Be The Moon

Yesterday was (or today for those of you London and further East) the first full moon of 2014. Full moons are kind of awesome – it is said that during the full moon, all of your positive thoughts are amplified (so have a lot of them!), things are at their peak of growth, and as the moon starts to wane, you can use that time to get rid of negative things in your life. Just as the moon slowly fades away, so do these shitty habits/clutter/whatever it is you don’t need in your life. You can read more about the moon here on Mystic Mamma (thanks to Marissa for posting this link on Facebook – so awesome!) You could also fill your moon cravings with some of these lovely things.

must be the moon

1. Phases of the Moon Lunar Screenprint from Warpaintshop. I really, really need this. So lovely.

2. Crescent Moon Knuckel Ring from AWildViolet. I may have already bought this for myself.

3. Never Ending Muscle Tee from Wasteland. I feel like Zoey on American Horror Story would wear this while sporting one of her amazing hats.

4. Dark Side of the Moon nail polish by Deborah Lippman from Summerland. I have really fallen in love with Lippman’s nail polishes. This one looks dark and sultry and perfect for those full moon evenings.

5. Daughters of the Moon book series by Lynne Ewing. I read these in middle school and remember LOVING THEM. In retrospect, a few of the girls’ relationships with men were…problematic to say at the least. But this was like The Craft/Charmed/Buffy AND the girls’ sage leader/guide was named Maggie, so you know I was into it. If you ever want to read some YA books over a cold weekend or pitch this as a series to CW, well, you’re welcome.

Did you do anything awesome for the full moon yesterday? Dance naked under it? Meditate? Watch four hours of X-Files? Let us know in the comments section.

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