My Small Business Adventure

My Small Business Adventure

Starting something new can be a little scary. You don’t know what will happen, you don’t know if you will be successful. But you will never know the answers if you don’t try. You don’t know what a major success you could possibly be. These are the same thoughts that I recently had. For a while now I have been wanting to create my own small business; and this past weekend, I finally buckled down and began it.

I started my Etsy shop called The Bibliophile’s Emporium. I wanted to take my love for literature and great stories, and turn it into something tangible. For my first round of products, I decided to make candles inspired by The Lord of the Rings. This is one of my all time favorite series, and I was really excited to make these. I decided to start off with four different scents inspired from different locations in the story: Fangorn Forest, Grey Havens, Rivendell, and Lothlorien.

All of my candles are made from 100% soy wax, a hemp wick, essential and fragrance oils, and candle dye chips. Each candle is hand stirred and hand poured, so the color may be slightly off than what is pictured.

I chose the scents for each of these candles based off of what I imagine these places are like. For Fangorn Forest I chose the scents forest pine, fresh cut grass, patchouli, and sandalwood. For Grey Havens I chose the scents ocean breeze, vanilla, and sandalwood. For Rivendell I chose lavender, jasmine, and sandalwood. For Lothlorien I chose plumeria, magnolia, and forest pine.

I didn’t realize just how much FUN candle making could be! I can’t wait to expand this collection onto more great stories 🙂

What are your favorite stories that you would love to see turn to candles?

 

XO~Sarah

 

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Nighttime Routine

Nighttime Routine

Consistency is one of the things in life that we all crave, in one way or another. Whether it be something as simple as having your two cups of coffee in the morning, or something as complex as needing to do the same exact activities each and every day. Something that I have recently started is having a nighttime routine. I struggle with anxiety and depression, and I’ve come to realize that having this nightly routine, this consistency, has actually helped me out a bit with those struggles. I decided to share what my routine is in hopes of providing inspiration for those with the same struggles as me.

I didn’t want my routine to take up too much time, because I wanted to make sure that it was something that I would be able to do each and every night. Here is my routine:

  1. Make myself a mug of herbal tea. Or, if I’ve had a really stressful day, it’ll be a glass of red wine.
  2. Wash my face and do a facial mask. The mask I will do every couple of days.
  3. Take at least 30 minutes to do something for yourself. For me, this is usually reading or journaling.
  4. Stretching. I do this right before I get into bed and I make sure to stretch my legs, arms, back, and neck.

It’s nice to have these few things to look forward to every night. I hope that this can be helpful to some of you looking to start your own nighttime routine, or if you’re looking to revamp the routine you currently have. If you do already have a routine, I would love to hear what yours is!

XO,

Sarah

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Book Review: “Three Dark Crowns”

Book Review: “Three Dark Crowns”

It’s time for another book review! I received Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake in my December OwlCrate box. If you don’t already know, OwlCrate is a monthly Young Adult book box that not only sends you a book each month, but also a few literary inspired items as well! To sign up, go here!

The main premise of the book is that each generation there are a set of triplet queens born. After they turn sixteen, only one of them can be the queen of the island, so it comes to a sort of fight to the death between the sisters. Each of the sisters have their own powers: one is a poisoner (ability to survive poison), one is a naturalist (has control over nature), and the third is an elemental (control over the elements).

I thought there was great character development with the three sisters throughout the whole story. I felt that I really got a sense of each of them and how they really felt about the process of ascending to queen.

There was slight hints of romances within the story, but the did not overpower the storyline. I think this is great, especially because the story is focused on three female leads. There are so many stories that have female leads that are focused around their love lives. It is refreshing to see a story that does not have such a focus on that.

The story definitely leaves on a HUGE cliffhanger! Luckily, book two will be coming out later this year! If you are interested in royal ascensions, sister relationships, and a taste of magic, then I recommend this book for sure!

If you have recently read a new book, let me know which one so I can try it out too! 🙂

 

XO,

Sarah

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Harry Potter MakeUp Brushes

Harry Potter MakeUp Brushes

Two of my loves have finally come together: Harry Potter and Makeup! When Storybook Cosmetics announced that they were going to be releasing these Potter inspired brushes, I could not contain my excitement. For so long, people have looked at fans of these series  as weird or geeky. Bringing the fandom into the beauty industry is such an amazing movement. This shows that you don’t have to fit into the stereotypical idea of what you should be like just based off of what you enjoy.

I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of these brushes. I did not expect them to be made from metal, and have a heavy feel to them. They feel extremely sturdy and durable, and I am not worried about them coming apart. And the bristles on the brushes are extremely soft! I love that even though there are only five brushes, the diversity of the types of brushes is perfect. I will admit, I have not actually used the brushes yet, due to the fact that I am not sure if I want to use them, or keep them as collectibles. Either way, I am extremely happy to have purchased  these while I could.

Storybook  Cosmetics has so many amazing products that will be coming out this year! While they will not be doing another release of these specific designs, they do have five brand new wand designs that are coming out! Following their Instagram page is the best way to keep track on their updates. You can follow them here!

Let me know of any cool Harry Potter or makeup items you come across as well! 🙂

XO,

Sarah

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My Journey To Optimism

My Journey To Optimism

Positivity. Optimism.

These are two words that are easy to say, but difficult to actually live by. Unfortunately, in our society today there is so much negativity that bombards us every which way that we turn. There are uncalled for murders, too much hate towards targeted groups of people, terrorist attacks, and many more things that are very scary happening in our lives. Because of all of these things, it is so easy to fall into the negative and pessimistic mindset. Yes, this may the easier thing to do, but it most definitely is not the best. I feel that the reason we see so many people fall into this way of thinking is because of that fact that it’s the lazy way to go. Now, I don’t mean to sound harsh here, but it is the truth. We have turned into an extremely lazy society, and falling into the negativity is the lazier way of thinking. Being positive and optimistic is NOT easy, but once you can teach yourself to be that way, I promise you your life will be better.

When I was younger I used to be a very negative person. I would always  talk about the bad things and immediately jump to the negative aspects of a situations. I want to talk to you guys about my own personal journey from being a negative person, to becoming the most optimistic and positive person that I could possibly be.

Like I previously mentioned, I used to be very negative. I cannot think of any good reason as to why I was that way, except for the basic fact that it was easy to be that way. It was easier to focus on the negative than it was to make that positive spin on things and get my hopes up for something. Because I was like this, my family would talk to me a lot about my attitude and how if I didn’t change it, I would grow up into the adult that barely had any friends and that no one wanted to be around. Of course, when your young you don’t necessarily believe everything you’re told. This was the case for me initially. However, once I realized that what they were saying was right, I decided that it was time for me to make a change.

I am not going to lie and say that this was an easy change; it was very hard and took a lot of focus and determination. I don’t think people just how hard it is to completely change the way that you look at the world. How you change that is different for everyone. For me, it was just holding on to the knowledge that I would not only be more likely to keep my friends and family wanting to be around me, but it was the fact that I knew I would be happier as a person. Whenever I started to have negative thoughts and a pessimistic attitude, I just reminded myself of the person that I wanted to be, and tried really hard to find at least one positive thing about the situation instead. After a little while of doing this, I found that it became much easier.

It has now been a couple of years of this way of thinking for me. I cannot even begin to describe to you how much better I feel as a person. I feel lighter, happier, and more eager to take on any day that is thrown my way. One of the most rewarding parts of this for me is hearing from others how positive I am. I just recently moved to a new state and started  a new job. From so many of my coworkers and members of management I have had compliments on the fact that I am always so happy and positive and that it is so nice to be around me. Hearing these things from people who never knew me when I was at my most negative is such an amazing feeling. It shows me that I have been successful in my attempt to change the way that I live my life.

I encourage all of you to make a change and live your life as optimistically and positively as you can. It is amazing how it can make you feel! 🙂

If you have any stories of your own journeys, please tell me about them in the comments below! I would love to hear about them 🙂

XO,

Sarah

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My Summer Trends

My Summer Trends

Styles come and go all of the time, that’s why they’re called trends, of course! There are some trends this summer that I have been absolutely loving! My big thing this summer is fashionable comfort. There’s no reason why women can’t look fashionable and still be comfortable in what they’re wearing.

The one item that I know will be my go to outfit this summer is most definitely dresses! It is so nice to just be able to throw on one item and be completely dressed! Maxi dresses are the most comfortable for me, and for most women I would imagine. My three favorite dresses so far are pictured above, and they are all strapless. I have a couple of tattoos on my back, and these are the perfect dresses to show them off! Not only are these dresses super comfy and adorable, they are also nice and cool to wear during the summer.

Blue and White Striped (Also in black&white) | Blue Floral | Multi-Colored Striped
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I have been in love with this denim jacket from The Limited. I used to despise denim jackets, but then I thought I would give them one more try and ordered this one. Let me tell you, best decision!! This is one of the most comfortable jackets ever. This particular denim is lightweight and the material is stretchy, making it a one of a kind. I love pairing this jacket with one of my maxi dresses if I will be in a cool place. This jacket also looks fantastic with a pair of white shorts!

Denim Jacket 

 

Let’s talk about the shoe trend that has taken this season by storm! Block heels are one of the best types of heels, in my opinion. The thick heel makes it so much easier to walk in, making it a great heel for even those women are less experienced with heels. I love these two heels in particular because of their color and designs. The first pair shown is by Steve Madden. I absolutely love how this covers most of the top of the foot. This is a great pair if you do not want to draw too much attention to the shoes, but still want a fashionable heel. The second pair is from the brand Merona. I love the design of the multiple straps going across. I think that these are the perfect heels to wear with a cute summer dress, or even with shorts. The design gives it a more casual feel, to me.

Steve Madden | Merona

Now let’s talk about two makeup trends that I am  totally feeling this summer. Highlighting and lip glosses! Every page I go to online, it seems as if everyone is talking about what products they are using to create their summer glow. I have never seen such a desire for such a shinning highlight as I have seen lately. But I am absolutely loving it! There are two highlighting palettes that I have been using religiously. The top one shown is the Jaclyn Hill X Becca collaboration called Champagne Glow. The top three colors of the palette are different shades of blush, and the bottom two colors are the two highlighters: Champagne Pop and Prosecco Pop.  Champagne Pop is, as you could imagine, a shimmery champagne color, where as Prosecco Pop is a shimmery gold color. These are wonderfully creamy, and apply so smoothly. The palette will be back in stock at Sephora on the 16th!  I love mixing these two, and adding some of the Sleek highlight (shown on the bottom of the image) as well. I have never seen  a highlight that is so bright and shiny. If you want an extreme highlight, this is the one for you!  The other makeup trend that I am loving is colorful lip glosses. When I want a super creamy, very pigmented gloss, I go for one of my Anastasia Beverly Hill glosses (pictured left). When I want a super glossy, cool and refreshing gloss, I go for my Buxom Lip Cream. This gloss has hints of menthol in it and is so refreshing!

Champagne Glow | Sleek Highlighting Palette | Anastasia Lip Gloss | Buxom Lip Cream

Leave me a comment as to what your favorite summer trends are!

XO,

Sarah

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From Page to Screen: Me Before You

From Page to Screen: Me Before You

There are so many movies that are coming out, or have come out recently that have been adapted from books. The most recent one to come out is Me Before You based on the novel by JoJo Moyes. Back in February of this year when I went to go see How To Be Single in theaters, I saw the preview for Me Before You. As soon as I saw it, I immediately went online and ordered the book. Once I started reading it, I could not put it down!! It is a heartbreakingly, beautiful story of an unlikely romance. Like any film adaptation of a book, though, I was hesitant of how the process of page to screen would actually work out.

I am pleased to say that this was a wonderful adaptation. Every important scene from the book was portrayed in the film. That is not to say that there was not items omitted, because there definitely was. However, the writers were very tactful and successful in choosing which items to omit. There were some scenes and items that were shortened for the film, but they were done so in such a way that you still knew what exactly was going on. There was also a slight change in the ending, in an *attempt* to make it less emotional, I would imagine. (I say attempt because it was definitely still immensely emotional for me). I don’t want to give too much away about the ending incase anyone has not read the book yet, but I thought it was the perfect way to portray the ending on the screen.

I’d like to take a little time to talk about the main actors, Emilia  Clarke and Sam Claflin. Louisa Clark is a one-of-a-kind, free-spirited girl with the biggest loving heart, and Clarke embodied that perfectly. She did an amazing job of showing both the dorkiness and the sincerely caring personality that is Louisa. It was hard to imagine her in the role knowing her as such a strong character in Game of Thrones, but she was amazing. Will Traynor is a former adrenaline junkie/successful business man, who suffers an unfortunate accident and becomes a quadriplegic. He’s a very stubborn man who only Louisa can get to even crack a smile. Claflin does a wonderful job of portraying a very depressed man who finds companionship in a most unlikely time in his life.

Now, I have recently read some articles and posts of people saying that they are boycotting the film, and encouraging others to boycott as well. Because of this fact, and the sensitive and controversial topic, I do feel the need to speak about this. Both the book and the film deal with the topic of medically assisted suicide. If this is something that you adamantly disagree with, then you might want to consider not seeing this film. However, if this is not something that you have previously given much thought to, I urge you to watch this and form your own opinion on the topic.

I really enjoyed the film and thought that it was a beautiful adaptation of the book. I definitely recommend the film, but definitely advise to bring a box of tissues with you! Such a beautiful story.

XO,

Sarah

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