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I didn't shave my legs for all of April - and the world didn't end.

The sun is shining, temperatures are steadily creeping past 50 degrees each day, and there are (finally) no more snowstorms in the foreseeable forecast - spring has arrived in Minnesota. For real this time.

And with spring comes a whole slew of lifestyle and beauty articles about how to get your legs ready for spring and summer dresses. From dry brushing, shower exfoliation, body oils, and even self-tanning recommendations, there's no shortage in advice on how to make sure your legs are gleaming like the sun.

I'm a contrarian(n.) - so naturally I've decided to shuck all of that advice. I didn't shave my legs for the entirety of April. Nope. Not once.

And the world did not, in fact, end.

From top to bottom:

Outfit #1 - leopard blouse, black jeans, ankle boots
Outfit #2 - cream moto jacket, tie-front t-shirt, striped cropped pant, cheetah flats
Outfit #3 - grey damask turtleneck, chambray dress, black leggings, velvet combat boots
Outfit #4 - mustard yellow sweater, blue…

Five Ways to Celebrate May Day

Daughter of Heaven and Earth, coy Spring, With sudden passion languishing, Maketh all things softly smile, Painteth pictures mile on mile, Holds a cup with cowslip-wreaths, Whence a smokeless incense breathes. Girls are peeling the sweet willow, Poplar white, and Gilead-tree, And troops of boys Shouting with whoop and hilloa, And hip, hip three times three. The air is full of whistlings bland; What was that I heard Out of the hazy land?

-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

May Day - also known as Beltane, Walpurgisnacht, and Floralia, later co-opted by early Christians to form the basis of Easter, May Day is undoubtedly a spring holiday. Full of frolicking in green grass and fresh flowers, making frenzied love in the woods, twirling colorful ribbons around a pole, and getting unabashedly drunk - this period is all about the love...

It's also pretty phallic in nature, too. May Poles. Think about it.

๐Ÿ’ฎ Five Ways to Celebrate May Day ๐Ÿ’ฎ
1 Flora is known as the goddess of flowers and blossoming plants i…

⛤ How I Fell In Love With Crystals ⛤

When I was eight years old, I accompanied my grandmother to Washington state to visit my uncle, who lived out there with his wife at the time. While there, we took a trip up to Mount Rainier - driving up the windy, fogged-covered roads in an old pick-up truck and stopping for herds of silently moving deer crossing the pavement. There were a couple of stops along the way to admire a small waterfall or nab a photo of the rushing creak water under a bridge. 
But it was up at the top, inside the gift shop, that I found something that spoke to me.
There was a large bin of gemstones, each of them available for about $0.25. I remember digging through pieces of jagged chunks of amethyst and quartz until my tiny child fingers wrapped around the perfect one.

Like pulling the sword from the stone, I was meant to have this particular piece of quartz. Rounded and cloudy at the end, with a sharp pyramid tip, it was exactly the kind of quartz crystal you'd expect to see at the end of a magic wand o…

So you want to teach yourself Japanese? Part One

I took a year of Japanese in university - and in that year of intense study and group projects I had mastered hiragana, katakana, and some Kanji. I was doing well. Then the class was over and I no longer had an opportunity to use what I had learned.

90% of my fluency went up in smoke.

One of my 2019 goals is to re-learn all that Japanese fluency that I lost. I'm pretty much starting from scratch, so if you're also interested in teaching yourself Japanese, I invite you to come along on this journey with me.


GENKI: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese, 2nd Edition
GENKI: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese, Workbook
JapanesePod101 and their Youtube Channel - Japanese
DuoLingo App - Japanese
Essential Japanese - but ONLY for the audio CD

I also have a variety of handouts, practice sheets, and some flash cards from my old university class. I will strive to provide links to those resources as I'm able to locate them! 

I found this fun graphi…

What I Wore: March Edition

It has, in fact, occurred to me that I have never done a proper "What I Wore" post on this blog. Lots of reasons for that - insecure about my own looks, poor quality camera, lack of decent lighting or location...
Look, we all have our excused for why we might be shy about sharing our photos on the internet, but I'm laying that to bed for myself! I'm not perfect - I rarely do my makeup, my hair is usually kind of frizzy, and I don't wear a lot of fancy brands.
99% of what you see here is THRIFTED!!! ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒŸ

The List: Army Green Lace-Up Boots | Black Leggings | Beige Tunic Sweater | Winter Coat

The List: Army Green Lace-Up Boots | Skinny Jeans | Snakeskin Print Turtleneck

The List: Black Blazer | Coca-Cola T-shirt | Black Leggings | Cheetah Print Loafers

The List: Snakeskin Buckle Boots | Black/Gold Floral Midi Skirt | Black Crop T-shirt | Oatmeal Cardigan | Layered Gold Necklace

The List: Army Green Lace-Up Boots | Navy Blue Work Dress | Brown Twill Blazer

The List:…