Yuletide Greetings From Yosemite

This post is going up a little late, but I hope everyone had a lovely winter holiday! I didn't do very much with my vacation time, but getting the opportunity to decompress and catch up on some sleep was extremely welcome.

Alex and I took a drive down to Yosemite National Park the day before Christmas Eve. It started snowing pretty heavily the minute we got there and I haven't seen snow fall in person in years, so that was a huge treat. The park was also incredibly devoid of people, so it almost felt like we had the place to ourselves.

The snow wasn't coming down consistently enough throughout the park for me to have many opportunities to photograph it, which was a shame. But it was cold enough that by the end of the day my feet were freezing and I was eager to get home and dive under the covers with a warm mug of glögg.

I love the cold weather, even if it does make it next to impossible to get out of my warm bed in the morning. If you get to see snow at home during winter, I'm extremely jealous!

Aromatherapy - Photo Box

It's a long weekend and I decided to take a day to treat myself. I made it out of the house to see X-Men: Apocalypse at Alamo Drafthouse, which was a fun distraction, but it's not exactly poised to become my favorite X-Men movie.

having a reason to dress up was also nice

On the plus side, they often create themed cocktails for showings and the drinks they created for Apocalypse were named after different mutations. I got the Super Strength Shake, which was great. I wanted to try Flight and Immortality, but I'm not a big drinker, so I didn't have room for them.

On the way home I stopped at Paxton Gate and I found a few little things to pick up. 

Sydney Hale Co. makes hand poured soy wax candles and 10% of all profits are donated to dog rescue, which is pretty cool.

The candle I picked up seems to be older stock, from prior to the rebranding they seem to have done recently. I'm hoping their new labels have a protective finish, because I'm sure I'll be picking up more of these in the future and that was the only thing I felt needed to be improved upon.

Applewood & Birch is fresh and lightly sweet. This would make a terrific Fall scent, a nice alternative to the more intense, cloyingly sweet, pumpkin spice candles that are ubiquitous during the season. I'm used to apple-y scents being paired with spice, but this is a different and very pleasant offering. This morning, with the cool breeze flowing through my windows and this fragrance in the air, it almost felt like October.

I also picked up Lavender Eau de Parum by elizabethW. It smells absolutely divine and it actually reminds me of the (now, sadly discontinued) For Strange Women scent, London Fog. However, like London Fog, it has some of the least staying power I've ever experienced with a perfume. I'm not sure if it's this particular scent or my body chemistry or what, but the scent lingers for about an hour before fading completely. I practically doused myself in it and it was almost undetectable in less than two hours. I'm not sure if this is one I'll purchase again even though I'm in love with the smell. What I may do is pick up the hand cream or body oil for this scent and see if the staying power for those products is any better.

It's been a stressful few weeks and I haven't been posting much, but you'll be hearing from me more frequently soon. At any rate, all these nice smells are putting me in a much better mood.

Hope you're all having a pleasant Memorial Day weekend!

Cemetery Drive

draped midi skirt in black nuit | snake harness in oxblood zana bayne | heattech shirt uniqlo | the medium lily dale spiritualism necklace bloodmilk | combat boots volatile

This is a very brief outfit and photo box post because I've been absent for a few weeks! I went graveyard haunting at the Mountain View Cemetery last weekend and I'm extremely glad that I wore comfortable shoes. The cemetery itself is absolutely enormous, and I only really got to explore a small portion of it. The most well known person interred here is probably Elizabeth Short (aka The Black Dahlia) and after a decent amount of searching we did manage to find her grave and pay our respects.

This was my first chance to wear my Nuit draped skirt and it was every bit as comfy as I had hoped. Hiking around in this outfit was a lot easier than I thought it would be. You can't really go wrong wearing mostly jersey and heattech.

I didn't take that many pictures because I was a little allergic-y and tired, but it was a lot of fun all the same. I'm looking forward to making it out there again because the cemetery is beautiful and I'd love to spend more time in it.

Also a huge thanks to Camden Hartley Tayler for taking all of the photos of me, saving me the trouble and embarrassment of fiddling with my tripod and remote shutter in front of a bunch of strangers!