lauraephemera

After mulling about it for months, I finally made the plunge. I'm not one to start new things just because it's the New Year, but when I couldn't figure out how to renew my domain for this site, I pretty much took it as a push to reevaluate. 

And reevaluate (quickly) I did. 

I started this blog 4 years ago as a creative outlet while I was researching and writing my thesis. It later on expanded to showcase and promote my shop. I've changed layouts more times than I can remember, and I've written a myriad of weekly series in an attempt to create some sort of structure. But, even after that, I feel like I've outgrown the name and the original idea. Blogging is still an important part of me, but in a very different way compared to 1, 2, 3, 4 years ago. 

I've moved to Wordpress, which is something I have wanted to do for a very long time. Everything feels all sticky and weird, and I am stumbling over coding and permissions and all that jazz. It's all very invigorating. 

Oh I'll still talk about what I'm wearing, what I'm eating, and whatever mini adventures I find myself in. I'm just attempting a whole new look, a whole new feel, and something a bit more me now. 

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Technical difficulties

cardigan: Juicy Couture
dress, worn as skirt: H&M
tights: Express
shoes: Forever 21

So. Figuring out how to renew my domain name has been eating up too much of my free time, that I decided to just go ahead and disable it for the time being. Ugh. I ain't got no time for that right now, especially when I have a seductively huge stack of books calling out to be read. 

For 2015, B and I are attempting to read 2 works by contemporary authors each month (we alternate choosing a writer each month) in the hopes of getting more acquainted with what's "in" these days as well as learning more about each other since we have such disparate tastes in books to begin with. B picked Cormac McCarthy for January, and I can't think of a more perfect author to start the year and our project with. Over the weekend, I finished All the Pretty Horses and No Country for Old Men, and I cannot wait to sink my teeth into Outer Dark, which will be the third (!) book of his we'll be reading this month. McCarthy's prose is terse but rich and hauntingly beautiful. It grabbed me as soon as I started reading, and I can't stop thinking about it. 

It's finally so cold that I have to resort to taking photos indoors. Forgive the yellow lighting and my sleepy mug-- the cold makes it harder for me to perk up in the mornings. So I try to liven things up by wearing happy prints and colors!

New winter skin products


Over the holiday season is when I usually start a new/different skin care regimen. At that time, the temperatures have drastically changed and my skin starts drying up and breaking out. It's an opportune time for me because that's when Sephora comes out with plenty of skincare kits, and I kid you not-- I spend hours browsing online and trying/sniffing products in store. 

Last month, I picked up the Unwrap Your Radiance collection since I really wanted to try something novel. It turned out, their formulation is just way too harsh for my skin (lots of burns, redness, and uber dryness) So I exchanged the set for a starter kit of the Shiseido Ibuki line, which is supposed to help with stress and moisture. I've been using it for a couple weeks now, and I absolutely love it. It's gentle, very moisturizing, and smells so relaxing. I alternate the cleanser with the Pureness deep cleansing foam, and I opt for the White Lucent Softener in the evenings. 

I also picked up a new makeup remover! I have sworn by Lush's Ultrabland for a couple years now, but! I think I am liking Boscia's Makeup Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil a lot more. I small pump takes off all my makeup and makes my skin feel smooth and supple! No oily residue, and it's a lot easier to work with than Ultrabland. Plus, cute packaging. 

Lastly, I tried out Lancome's Teint Miracle, since I needed a new foundation. (My summer/fall foundation was Shiseido Sheer and Perfect, and I only ever use one foundation at a time, so I wait until I am totally out before buying more.) I prefer a sheer/light coverage, and this was perfect! I recently discovered for myself the wizardry that is the Beauty Blender, and the combination of both foundation and blender makes my skin feel and look pretty!