Daily Discovery: Makeup YouTube Channel

Hi, everyone!

Today’s Daily Discovery is all about… makeup. 🙂

I recently discovered Cassandra Bankson’s YouTube Channel, Diamondsandheels14 ,about a week ago and I love her videos. The reason why it’s an ingredient to my life’s recipe? I can’t help but smile when I’m watching her videos and seeing how happy and passionate it she is about what she does to help others.

Her videos are inspiring, positive, and worth watching.

In fact, it’s helped re-inspire me to get creative with my makeup. I’ve always loved makeup and I love to play around with it and play up my features. (I love my eyes- they’re my favorite feature.)

Anyway, if you love makeup, and as she says “if you like being happy,” check out her channel. I also love HelloGiggles’ Nails of the Day posts (especially the adorable tuxedo nails inspired by Zooey Deschanel).

Have a wonderful Wednesday night!

Ash

Beautiful You: Underreacting to Problems (Stress Tip)

Hi everyone! Tonight I wanted to share a stress tip I read last week over at Vitamin G, Glamour magazine’s health and fitness blog.

In the post, happiness expert Gretchen Rubin shares this tip (you can read the entire post here):

“I adopted one of my favorite happiness boosters from a resolution suggested by a reader who wrote from a research ship in Antarctica,” Rubin writes. “Her team leader, she reported, had urged them to ‘Underreact to problems’: not to ignore or minimize problems, but just to underreact to them. By underreacting to problems, and acting in a serene and unflappable way, I’d help myself cultivate a calm attitude. I also found that underreacting to little household incidents made them less irritating, because after all, they were only as annoying as I allowed them to be.”

I love this idea. When you underreact, you give yourself the freedom to relax and see the problem with clarity. I have tried this since I read it, and it has helped. Do you think you’d benefit from trying to underreact to problems?

Have a great evening! I hope you’ve had a wonderful start to the fall season. 🙂

Ashley

Daily Discovery: My Playlist

Hi everyone! It’s been awhile since my last post, and while it’s not really a Daily Discovery, I thought I’d share a few songs that have been on my playlist. I work from home, so I go through quite a bit of music during the day. (I’m always looking for new music. If you have any ideas, share in the comments below.)

Here’s what I can’t get enough of:

This Kiss, Carly Rae Jepsen
Hurt So Good, Carly Rae Jepsen
Parking Lot, Nelly Furtado
From This Valley, The Civil Wars
Ready or Not, Bridget Mendler
Song Away, Hockey
Some Nights, Fun
Are You Satisfied?, Marina and the Diamonds
One Thing, One Direction
We Are Never Getting Back Together, Taylor Swift
She Wolf, Shakira

When I’m working, I love music with a happy and upbeat feel to it to keep my mood up. It also keeps me feeling energized. I’ve also noticed that in the summer, I’m in the mood for music with a catchy beat and lighter lyrics, if that makes sense. Carefree and energizing, happy and (though I’m not a huge fan of the heat and the sun) would be perfect for a day at the beach.

Here are a few albums I’m excited for:

Christmas in the Sun, Colbie Caillat
Babel, Mumford and Sons
Red, Taylor Swift
ARTPOP, Lady Gaga
Anything by The Civil Wars

Christmas in the Sun was just announced, and I love Colbie’s idea behind the album: what about people who, around the holidays, don’t get snow? I completely understood when I read this, because I where I grew up, I remember it snowing maybe twice while I lived there before moving north for college. And only once was the snow actually falling on Christmas day (and it didn’t stick around). I love this idea for a holiday album and I cannot wait.

I fell in love with Mumford and Sons sometime last year. I can’t remember. But I love their music, and I love how their songs are inspired by literature.

I’ve never been Taylor’s biggest fan but I do enjoy her music. But with the release of We Are Never Getting Back Together I’m interested in her pop sound, and looking forward to seeing if she continues it or if the rest of her music will still have a little country in it.

I’ve been a fan of Lady Gaga since The Fame Monster, and am highly anticipating what she’ll do with her upcoming album.

And last but not least, I could go on for days about how much I love The Civil Wars, but then this post will be even longer than it already is. But if you haven’t listened to their album or any of their music yet, please add them to your playlist. I will say though that their album, Barton Hollow, is perfect. Completely perfect. And that’s all I’m going to say. 😉

What music has been on repeat for you lately?

Poetry Challenge: Days 16 through 19

#16
The diamonds across the street are blinding me
I cannot see the other side of the lake and I know you are there
waiting and watching and wanting me to find a way
to the other side but I can’t and you know I can’t
Yet they keep shining, hitting the sun and their fragments
keep blinding my eyes and I cannot see yours
green and dark like pines at midnight.

#17

Passion lies in the dark waiting to be whisked off its feet
waiting for the skeletons to create color on empty canvases
rough, uneven, waiting to be dripping with paint

in the folds of curtains, plum and velvet
ghosts dance and wait, patient,
wanting to return to the light when they could dance
freely without anyone judging them or
telling them to go to the white light

Angels, don’t dance in the dark
don’t hide the feathers that make you whole
skeletons weren’t made to be
without breath, without love.

#18

Alice never thought of leaving,
she never thought of leaving the dinner table
and walking away, down the street
tonight the rain is pouring and
she knows the rain won’t stop
her whole life can fit in one tiny
neon pink backpack and her teddy bear
from when she was five
hangs out the side
looking for love in the place she knows best
on the tracks, in the snow, rain turning to ice.

#19

Rain pours, thunder rolls and the stone comes alive
Without blinking, without touching I try to run by,
past the angel of stone, reaching, moving
without me knowing
growing closer and out of fear
I switch eyes, twitching, wanting to feel the
refreshing clearness blinking can provide and
I remember a science show I watched once that
had these same creatures and I remember him, that
mysterious Doctor, telling me not to blink
and to run.

Pasta with Arugula, Tomatoes, and Parmesan Cheese

“Julia Child wasn’t always Julia Child.” — from the movie, “Julie and Julia.”

When I first started to cook, I followed recipes completely, for fear that if I didn’t the final product would fall apart.

When I started creating recipes, I was still afraid to show them off, for lack of confidence.

A few nights ago, I had a vague idea of what I wanted. I knew I wanted pasta, and I knew I wanted breadsticks made from scratch.

Here’s what the boyfriend and I came up with:

(I don’t think the picture does the dish justice but I thought I’d at least show you what it ended up looking like.)

Here’s the recipe:

Pasta with Arugula, Tomatoes, and Parmesan cheese

Prep: about 15 minutes
Cooking: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

Spaghetti
4 garlic cloves
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 to 3 cups arugula
20 cherry tomatoes (we used yellow and red)
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
red pepper flakes
salt
pepper

1. Cook pasta according to package directions. (Or, if you’re like Mario Batali, one minute less than the box says.)
2. In a medium or large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic and cook until garlic just begins to brown (about 1 to two minutes).
3. Add arugula to garlic and olive oil. Mix and let wilt.
4. Add tomatoes to arugula, garlic, and olive oil mix. Cook until heated through.
5. Toss pasta and Parmesan cheese with arugula mix. Season with black pepper, salt, and red pepper flakes.
6. Serve immediately.

And remember, it’s never too late to become passionate about something. I never thought I’d love to cook, or share recipes.

Enjoy!

Ashley

1 year ago on August 5…

One year ago today, I began Writing.Love.Magic. It’s amazing to celebrate one year! Thank you to all who have stopped by, read my posts, commented, and followed. I look forward to continue sharing with you.

When I began Writing.Love.Magic., I wanted to focus on creating a positive space for others and myself. I wanted to share my interests in food, books, poetry, and inspirational writing with others.

I was stumped on a name.

Eventually, I landed on Writing.Love.Magic. Why?

When you mix all the ingredients from a recipe, something magical happens.

That’s what I wanted with my blog. All the things I loved, each a different ingredient in the recipe. Combined, they make something magical.

I want to share the magic with you. I want you to create it yourself.

Thank you again for everything!

~Ashley

Days 5 and 6 of Poetry Challenge

Hi everyone! I’m taking a moment to catch up and share today and yesterday’s poems for the poetry challenge.

#5
If I lived in the forest I’d be scared of twilight
because when that moon rises, I can barely see it
and it’s so dark, so dark, that I feel suffocated
isolated, a deer– the target–and
though he sleeps in the bed beside me,
it is quiet, too quiet, and I’m
afraid of hearing your voice
dancing through the trees
my cottage isn’t built for three
But walls mean nothing to you.

#6

Time was not kind before he knew it– it had gone
and fighting to get it back
he realized
no time machines exist here
time only continues to move
forward,
one direction,
only memories living in the past
in the pages of a book
in photographs on smartphones
but time keeps moving on
and the fight keeps going on
we keep moving on.

You can check out my other poems here.
And make sure to stop by and read all the other poetry that’s flowing over on Francesca’s blog here.

Day 4 of Poetry Challenge

Crumbs

Tear-stained, crumbled paper
on the ground surrounded by
torn in half pictures
and broken frames
china dolls
and Barbie dolls
broken
broken

Poetry flutters around the room
papers burning as they hit the floor
a sweet breeze blows in from the west
all she can smell is
fresh-baked cake
from her mother’s kitchen

blowing out the candle
tossing broken things into trash bags
she runs downstairs,
to grab a slice of childhood.

An Untitled Poem for Day 3

Happy Monday everyone!

Today for the poetry challenge, I found my inspiration in the picture Francesca provided with her own poem.

Here’s my number 3 poem:

Untitled

If wishing on stars actually worked I’d have millions of books
and long flowing hair
I’d live in the forest, surrounded by magic and
love without fear
but I sorely reminded
that in the morning
the wolf is still in my room waiting for me
to try and start my day
locked inside its belly
unable to escape

but one evening, those stars began to fall
and I wished on the very first I saw
and woke the next morning
alone–
the sun shining.

The poetry is flowing on Francesca’s blog. Here’s day three: http://loveinthetimeofglobalwarming.blogspot.com/.