When Will We Get There, My Lord?

The valley…

It’s been long and painful for myself and a good deal of people around me right now. People that I love dearly. Not to sound bleak or depressing, because there are glimpses of light here and there. And I know all of life’s seasons won’t be as trying as this one.

But, damn.

A few weeks ago, I wrote a poem during perhaps my biggest crisis of faith thus far. One day, I’ll be able (and allowed) to share so much more with whoever reads these things, but for now… for now, a glimpse into the desperate recesses of my heart.

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A thousand times and then some more, my soul gives out and You carry it across these deserts and through scorched valleys. 

When will we come to water, my Lord?

These glimpses feel like mirages dried up like the dust, and just as the dust forms spinning cones, so my head is a storm. And when the storm comes through, it levels my heart and all of it’s towers. I have more than one  tower of Babel, my Lord. But of course, you know it to be so. 

Sure, I’ve asked You to make it new, but never I imagined it to be such an occasion as this. What a devastation to the actual soul that sits in my bones somewhere between my spirit and my flesh. 

This is far too much to bare, and just like my towers, You know this to be true as well. Which is why You stand waiting for the candle’s flame to die out. For You scoop up the ashes, as black and lifeless as they are, and You carry them with your hands across the land of death and into a new place, a place I’ve not been before. 

When will we get there, my Lord?

My Everyday Face

Vintage Makeup Case // JATWSo, I have a decent amount of makeup. Now by “a decent amount”, I just mean that I have more than I typically use on any given day. I know there are plenty of ladies out there that have drawers full, and that’s cool too. I’m also pretty messy about my makeup. I asked for a vintage makeup case this past Christmas, thinking it would help me contain and organize it a little bit. It kinda of has… but I’ll always be cluttery. It’s in ma bones.

Messy Makeup // JATWThis wasn’t staged,  I promise. And yes, I set makeup in the sink because we never use the sink in our master bath anyway.

But anyways, I thought it would be fun to showcase my daily picks when it comes to makeup. Since a good portion of my week ends up being an adventure that I didn’t plan, I don’t put a ton of makeup on. I hate waking up any earlier than I have to, so I don’t have much time. But here’s what you’ll normally see on my face:

Magic Nude Liquid Powder from Loreal  // JATWLoreal’s Magic Nude Liquid Powder may be the best thing I’ve ever discovered. You don’t have to use a sponge or brush to put it on, it has sunblock in it but doesn’t smell like it, it blends in with my skin flawlessly, and somehow makes my face look like I don’t have foundation on, but I do at the same time. AAANNNDD… it’s $10.

F21 Bronzer // JATWThis Forever 21 Bronzer is my most recent daily addition, and I’m really diggin’ it. I use the top and bottom left to highlight my face, and the top and bottom right for shadowing and blush. I haven’t used a bronzer in years, because I’m just the pastiest compared to my past sun-kissed skin tone. But this one manages to blend in well and not make me look like a beach face with a winter body (if that makes any sense).

Eyes // JATWHard Candy is great. So far everything I’ve bought from them goes on like something I bought at Sephora, but only costs me a fraction of the price. Their Lite Bright Concealer is great under the eyes, and it seems to last forever. I’ve discovered that this Maybeline mini palette goes really well with my skin tone. I’m usually one to gravitate towards blues and greens, because they are my favorite colors, but I’ve started to branch out. The Flamed Out Mascara from Covergirl is whatever… nothing special. Honestly, every mascara I’ve ever bought has been pretty much the same ol’ thing.

Naked 2 Palette // JATWWho doesn’t love the Naked 2 palette, am I right? Every now and then, I’ll get around to using all of them, but I apply Foxy every day.

NYX HD Studio Powder // JATWThis NYX finishing powder, as far as I’ve heard and have now experienced on my own, is exactly the same thing as the Makeup Forever HD finishing powder, but you get a lot more for a lot less. And it does exactly what it implies: It finishes my daily makeup routine.

So what do you use on a regular basis? Anything unique about your daily makeup routine?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To Be Inspired.

I’m a very visual person, so I really enjoy inspiration that I can look at and that will stimulate me, even if it’s in a small way.

I’ve been adding to my daily visual inspirations here and there, as I’ve gotten little bits of spending cash. For those of you that know me, some of these additions have been thrifted. But I’ve also really gotten into smaller, artisan prints and creations lately, and have enjoyed supporting other’s talents. It’s nice to buy something and know exactly who’s hands made it.

I just cleaned off my walls this week, and I’m excited to start putting all of these pieces up.

Thrifted Pieces // JATW

I found these at a local thrift store, and both in such good condition. Usually pieces like these are stained or some of the thread has been pulled out. The top one is an especially encouraging inspiration.

The Bee and the Sea // JATW

I’ve been following Betty of deerlittlefawn for quite some time now, and finally decided to purchase some of her gorgeous prints. It was really hard to choose, because all of her stuff is so great. I’ll definitely be back for more. If you like what you see, go grab some prints at The Bee and The Sea .

Makers Gonna Make // JATW

When I was visiting Greenville, South Carolina a few weeks back, I was finally able to visit Knack Studios and see my spirit animal Angie Thompson. She was sweet enough to give me this print by Jude Landry from The Makers Summit she attended. Sidenote: if you are EVER in or around Greenville, please go enjoy Knack Studios. You will not be disappointed.

Jesiiii print // JATW

This print speaks for itself. It’s just the most adorable thing ever. Want one? Go get it at jesiiii’s etsy page! She has gnome pillows, hand painted rings, and all kinds of handmade pieces.

Flower Tapestry // JATW

I really, REALLY like this. So much. And I don’t know why. It was a dollar at the Hospice Attic in town and it’s not even finished… I don’t think? This tapestry is perfect just the way it is.

Vintage Bohemian Platter // JATW

I mean, just look at it.

Florida Panther // JATW

Ya’ll, this is so fun to me. The frame is huge, so I just took a closeup of the middle. I’m not NOT going to buy a giant embroidered Florida Panther. Gosh.

 

This is nothing new.

-MLW