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Welcome to my blog!

Thank you so much for visiting. I’m Graceful Hipster and this is my blog all about beauty, lifestyle, and everything in between. This is the page I hope you can read when you’re looking for a little escape from the craziness of your day, whether it’s with a cup of tea or a fuzzy blanket. I’ll be posting content on here fairly regularly and I hope you find articles helpful, enjoyable, maybe even insightful; all of that good stuff 🙂 With this blog I hope to bring together a community of positive, kind, passionate individuals  who love the things that bring me so much joy each day. I’ve been dreaming about creating a blog for a long time and I’m so jazzed it’s finally happening! Look out for posts with my current favorites, unique fashion ideas, rocking makeup and skin care products, and quick and delicious recipes! I’m also a huge bookworm so I’d love to write some book reviews, as well. I hope everyone is having a great week and enjoying the autumnal vibes that are in full swing. Feel free to comment below and say hey!

 

 

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Taking Time Out with a Timeout

This time of year can be completely cluttered and overwhelmed with series of never-ending to-do lists. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good to-do list; I’m a big fan of nicely organized lists for every occasion, but they can become beyond daunting when for every item you check off two more pop up in its place. Today I was reflecting on the importance and honestly, for me personally, vitalness, of taking mini timeouts during my day. I wanted to share these, as they’re so helpful for me, so maybe they can help some of you, too 🙂

These timeouts don’t have to be anything big or time-consuming. Many can be completed in the small gaps of time during the day you may normally fill with swiping through your phone or stressing about whatever’s coming next. The purpose of these isn’t to set them up in any structured manner, but to simply take them as needed in order to promote awareness and reassurance that you are in control. We often get so caught up in what’s next that we forget about what’s right now, the present moment, and the value of each moment as we’re experiencing it.

Some of my favorite timeouts are simple breathing exercises, breathing in and out slowly, and if you feel comfortable, with your eyes closed, and really focusing on the effect that conscious breathing can have on calming your entire body. It’s a beautiful and rewarding sensation to identify the tense parts of your body, and then in turn willing them to relax and stretch. There are many amazing breathing exercises and tips online that you can find if you feel most comfortable with a step-by-step guide.

Another great option is popping in headphones or sneaking to a secluded spot to blast a power jam. Whatever gets you up on your feet and grooving, humming, singing, shaking, or at least tapping your foot. This is prime timeout territory for me, and it’s always so fun!

Another way to calm your nerves is a quick read of your favorite blog, watching a little video that makes you laugh, or skimming a section of a beloved book that brings you comfort, whatever takes you to a place of serenity and positivity! An awesome companion for your chill out takes the form of a steaming cup of coffee or tea, or if you can grab one ahead of time, a tasty snack that puts a smile on your face. Sometimes, you just have to treat yourself to something sweet 🙂

A productive and peaceful timeout for many can also be slipping in front of a mirror to splash some water on your face, take a deep breath, look yourself in the eye and say “you’ve got this!” . . .  or whatever motivation saying brings you reassurance and confidence!

Finally, you also have the opportunity to bring others joy with your timeouts, beyond being a happier and more refreshed version of yourself. Shoot your BFF, significant other, loved one, whomever you think of first really, a little pep talk in the form of a text, or just let them know your thinking about them randomly with an uplifting message. It will put a smile on their face at the very least, and may be just what they need to keep taking on the day with a positive attitude. It’s also likely their response will make you feel equally loved and comforted, a nice bonus.

These are just a few ideas of what you can do to take time out for a timeout during your day, and I hope you’ve found them helpful or even inspiring for the days ahead. Let me know in the comments if there are any timeouts you love in particular so we can all learn some new tricks for easing stress and worries.

With love and positivity,

Graceful Hipster

October Favorites

What a month! I’m totally in love with the month of October. Autumn hits full force in the most beautiful way with shades of red, brown, and orange. I love the cozy vibes this time of year brings along with the stunning makeup and fashion. I’ve already broken out several of my favorite fall candles and flannels (dare I say this dynamic duo is unmatched this time of year?) and my beloved autumnal makeup products to match the shades of the leaves falling.  I have tried a few new products, as well, which I’ve been pleasantly surprised to find I love!

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October Favorites by Graceful Hipster at Sunset

Starting off with a classic favorite, my Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara! I wear this year round and feel it’s unbeatable in it’s long-lasting, lengthening, and thickening qualities, without it ever clumping up my lashes. I changed my shade for autumn to Brownish Black for a softer touch and I’m so pleased with the look! It brings out any warmer shades in my makeup look and gives my eyes a more delicate and natural appearance. I will for sure continue to use this into the winter months.

For eyeshadow, I’ve been sticking with my trusty Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics eyeshadow palette and shifting my shades a bit to meet the hues of autumn. My favorites right now are Extra Bitter, Instinct, and Blow, which I also love using as a highlighter. I apply it with the Real Techniques by Sam and Nic Fan Brush from the Sculpting Set very softly on my cheek and brow bones and love the subtle and glistening result. This palette’s versatility is amazing and perfect to pop in a bag for the day or a bit of travel; it shifts looks from day-to-night seamlessly.

 

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Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Eyeshadow Palette

 

Awh, candles . . .  they honestly have the most positive and uplifting effect on my mood. I’ve been lighting one morning and night since the beginning of September, although it’s never to early for autumnal candles in my book 🙂 My favorites at the moment are Autumn by Bath and Body Works for morning and Pumpkin Apple by Bath and Body Works for the evening. Autumn has this lovely fresh kick with apple and eucalyptus notes, while still igniting the fall crave with fir balsam and fig (is anyone else obsessed with the scent of figs?!). Pumpkin Apple everything you want in a warm, cozy autumn candle, with apple and pumpkin combining to smell like your favorite pies. Lighting this legitimately makes me hungry . . .

I’ve been adoring the band The Head and The Heart, which have this comforting, indie folk sound that’s so unique and uplifting. Some of my favorite tracks at the moment are Lost in My Mind, Rivers and Roads, and False Alarm. I recommend turning this on when cooking up dinner, catching up on readings or emails, or enjoying a cup of tea while chatting with a pal. I’ll definitely be exploring their music more over the next month.

Flannels, flannels, and more flannels! Whether it be a flannel tossed on over a cute t-shirt, an oversized flannel buttoned up with leggings and booties, or a flannel tied around the waist of your most styling fall dress; I think any outfit this time of year can only be elevated by the addition of a flannel. Some of my favorite places to hunt for new additions to my collection are Target, Zara, and H&M; be sure to peak through both the men’s and women’s sections because they all have a fairly wide range of styles and sizes and I love the oversized fit of all the men’s flannels I own. Flannel’s can upgrade the jeans and a T-shirt to a trendier look or give a simple dress a funkier feel.

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Candles and Flannels ❤

This favorites wouldn’t be complete without including my recent hair styling find, Herbal Essence Bio-Renew Curl-Defining Mousse. I picked this up on a whim one day on a drugstore run and honestly had little faith. This comes from years of dealing with my unruly wavy-frizzy-moody hair and finding little luck in mousses, learning that they either a. made my hair frizzier, b. made my hair feel sticky or crusty (gross gross gross), or c. did absolutely nothing. To my complete and utter joy this product is absolutely amazing! It glides through my hair and with a few scrunches with a towel I’m good to go! I almost always let my hair air-dry (the hair dryer takes the frizz to a whole new level) and I find this helps define my loose curls without any of the negatives I’ve been left with in the past. This product also has no parabens, colorants, or gluten, which is an added bonus!

Well everyone, that will conclude my favorites for October. I hope you’re having a lovely October so far and let me know in the comments down below if you’ve been loving any of these things, too!

With love and positivity,

Graceful Hipster