These photos truly make everything inside of me light up. I thought I would share them with you on this Sunday evening.

 Hope you had a nice weekend, friends!



"...something to hope for."

I was with my dad in the car the other day, and we were talking about some old story from my childhood. When we were finished laughing and remembering, he said, "You were such a happy kid, Hannah." I didn't take this as "Geez, you used to be so happy, what happened??" I took it as "Your childhood years were so full of joy and so many priceless, jubilant memories are the result of them." 
I really was happy. Looking back, I remember myself as a carefree, curly-haired kid full of laughter and creativity.

I still am happy. I'll admit it, I'm not satisfied, but I'm happy. I just feel like there is so much I could be doing with my life, so many different paths to choose from, and certain things are holding me back. It's unsettling, knowing I could be living my life to the fullest when, at the moment, I'm living it...ordinarily. I never thought I'd be afraid of such a thing as living an ordinary life, but I am. I never even thought about it until this year, when I'm discovering limits I didn't know existed.

So I have a lot on my mind, a few big decisions to make, and positive attitude to maintain through it all. I just have to hope and pray that everything falls into place. And so I'll leave you with a new favorite quote:

"Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for."  -Joseph Addison 


everyday // a makeup tutorial

Despite the many tutorials I post on this blog, I really only use them for special occasions. I have not yet shown you my simple, everyday makeup. It's nothing special-as I said, it's pretty simple. But I think it will look nice on anyone and I'm excited to share it with you!

Products Used:
Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Cream Eyeshadow in Seashell Pink
M•A•C Eyeshadow single in All That Glitters
Wet n Wild Mega Liner Liquid Liner in Black
Wet n Wild Idol Eyes Creme Shadow in Pixie
Wet n Wild Mega Volume Mascara
Maybelline Mega Plush Mascara
L.A. Colors Auto Eyeliner Pencil in Black/Brown
Wet n Wild Cover All Liquid Concealer Wand in Fair
Maybelline Dream Mousse Blush in Soft Plum (discontinued)

Alrighty, start off with a clean face!

First, I use a cream eyeshadow to prime my lids. If I'm in a hurry, I just slap this on my eyes, throw on some mascara and go, but I'll show you the long version ;) I really like this shadow because it's a pale pink-y color (though it looks orange-y here) and really complements my green eyes.

Next, I'll set that cream shadow with All That Glitters.

Then, using either a liquid or gel liner, I line my top lid. Typically I'll wing it out so it adds a little definition to my eyes.
Highlighting comes next! I can just dab a little highlight into my inner tear duct area and it helps brighten up my sleepy morning-eyes ;)
I actually use two mascaras. I'll start out with the Maybelline one to give length, then I'll build up volume with the wet n wild one.
Next come my neglected-for-much-too-long eyebrows. I never used to do my brows, but I find it really helps finish the look, especially when I'm wearing pretty minimal makeup. I start by combing them out...
...then I'll use a pretty dark pencil to lightly fill them in. Then I'll comb over them again to shape them.

Gorgeous, right? ;)

I'll finish off my face with concealer and a cream blush.

Voila! I'm done and ready to go downstairs for a bowl of Special K (that's my favorite cereal, by the way. Just the plain kind. I don't even add milk. Okay, I drink a glass of milk with it, but who wants to spoil that wonderful crunch with milk? Not me. What's your favorite cereal?).

I hope this maybe gave you an idea for what your everyday look could be! I certainly love it!


popping in

Bloggy friends, I've come to the decision that I am possibly the most fickle person....ever. I can't settle on a design, I can't settle on a post, and I can't even decide on an afternoon snack (popcorn or an orange? Solution: both ;)).
Lately I've been feeling inspired. I've been enjoying sketching a bit, open windows, fresh-cut veggies, and a little time off from the internet (hence the two weeks without a post...oops!). But I wanted to pop in and give you a little update that I am alive and well and planning several more posts for the week.

Happy Tuesday loves!