Guest Post // Back to School Fashion by Hannah Graff

Guest Post by Hannah Shop/Blog/Art

Hello all!

My name is Hannah, some of you may know me from my tumblr and blog MoonandTrees. I am here to talk about fall and the autumnal fashions that come with it. I was so excited when Cristina asked me to do a guest post on her lovely blog especially since I am obsessed with fall and the wonderful fashion trends that start to appear when the leaves fall. I have created an array of some cooler weather looks to get you in the mood for that crisp air and the return of school time. I am also a fan of vintage clothing. I think autumn goes hand in hand with that sort of nostalgic dreamy feeling that a vintage piece has. I found some great looks for decent prices as well as some nice fall accessories to help add to the fun of going back to school. All of these items were found on Etsy. You can check out my entire fall wish list and favorite items on etsy here! And I am obsessed with these fall/ halloween photos from Foxtail and Fern blog

Lace Top– I chose this top for its darker fantasy quality. I think it would be a fun piece to pair with a thick sweater and scarf. The black will also match with anything of course.
Brown Suede Shoes– I love these cute little booties. I have not seen this style before and thought they had a nice woodsy feeling to them. I pictured them being surrounded by the fall colored leaves and fell in love!

Wool Felt Hat– I used to not wear hats but recently I just realized what a fun and edgy accessory they can be. I thought this wool hat was very simple and would bring a nice touch to a fall outfit, and keep your ears warm!

Aztec Sweater– This sweater looks so comfortable and fun. I am huge fan of these neat patterns that appear on many things lately.

Scalloped Skirt – I love this skirt. I have always had a fondness for a simple skirt but this one has the scalloped edges that I think bring some fun to it. Pair this skirt with some jewel toned tights and Bask in the fall air!

Inkit Pencils– These pencils are so pretty. I love how they have the bark still on them and remind me of birch trees. A fun alternative to the normal yellow pencil!

Bella Donna Solid Perfume– Cristina told me about this magical shop on etsy that sells products based off the film, Practical Magic. If you are as big of a Practical Magic fan as myself and Cristina, then you will love these products.

Taper Pendant Earnings– I thought these were so pretty and simple. I think you could wear them in any season really. I thought the Bronze colors were very appropriate for the fall season though.

Day Book– I am so in love with this planner. I can’t get over the design of it. I love the longer format and the green color. This will be a super unique thing to add to your back to school things.

Bath Ritual // Rejuvenating

Whether you abide by one in the daylight or nighttime, bath rituals are very beneficial for physical and mental well being. Everyone should take the time to discover something that will heal/nurture them. Even if you can only treat yourself once a month or on a daily basis I wanted to a share a few recent & tried & true products that made their way into my own bath rituals. Unlike a shower, bath rituals are not limited for cleansing & detoxifying: bring a book, play a tape of calming music or even a glass of wine if you have the chance.

Whatever you desire as long as it n o u r i s h e s you.

bath ritual

This bath ritual is center around uplifting, movement & stimulating. By all means build your own tools for any mood you wish to channel. All of the products I featured are either organic and/or nontoxic. Enjoy & indulge.

bath ritual

Body Brush: The art of dry skin brushing has been around for a long time in Ayurvedic culture. Prior to your bath, use a bristle body brush in circulate motion to stimulate the lymph glands (part of our immune system) and is made of white blood cells called lymphocytes and the interstitial fluid that bathe our cells, bringing them nutrients and removing their waste. All detoxification occurs first and foremost through the lymph – (via) Its recommended you start from the ankles working your way up, especially the neck & collar bone region. This act also helps exfoliate dead skin cells and boost circulation.

Little Flower Soap Co. Handmade Soap in ‘Woodsman’: Cedar, camphor, and spruce make up this soap’s body. Regardless of the title, I wanted to bring in the scent of the forest in my bath. The added bonus of clays in this soap helps remove impurities.

Elysium Apothecary Candle in “Petite Fleurs*”:  I normally lean toward vanilla & decadent scents but this scent is made with honeysuckle, strong black tea, lemon, blood orange & white sugar so I was completely sold, and did not regret it at all. Its citrus but in a way I have never encountered. Candles are relaxing form of aromatherapy, this shop uses botanical and primarily essential oil based blends which is comforting to know. Light candles with your scent of choice to uplift or improve your mood. The tea lights are a lovely vanilla scent though.

Josie Maran Cleansing Oil: This oil has multi uses as a  cleansing oil, makeup remover and anti-aging treatment. Focusing on the bath ritual use a cleansing oil to clean your face of any impurities, soothe and moisturize. Relax and enjoy. Another notable option is Marble & Milkweed’s Nourishing Body Oil

Aromalife Cinnamon Leaf Oil: My cinnamon leaf oil was kindly gifted to me by a friend but any organic cinnamon leaf oil will do. Cinnamon is a well known spice, stimulates circulation but be sure to dilute a few drops into a lotion, or use in a oil diffuser. Please avoid cinnamon if you a pregnant/lactating and do not consume internally. Another option is a fragrant beauty tea like R.L. Linden & Co. Ms. Tilly Rosalie’s Beauty Tea for  facial steaming, an eye compress or aromatic plant bath.

One Willow Apothecaries ‘Bright & Early’ tea blend:  featuring tulsi, lemongrass and sage are a few of the herbs in this lovely blend. Sage is wonderful for reducing inflammation thanks to its rosmarinic acid, Tulsi is also known as holy basil and as an adaptogen it helps the body to resist stress. Lemongrass contains citral – an anti-microbial and anti-fungal agent. This tea is uplifting, rejuvenating.

A Fine Frenzy’s Pines

I’ve been listening to A Fine Frenzy’s album Pines almost on repeat on Rdio. Although Pines came out several months ago I’m barely discovering this gem of an album. Incidentally perfect because it induces me into a state of Autumn (soon, soon…) this interview is equally inspiring. 

“The trees are so tall, its almost like being in a cathedral, you feel so small and connected at the same time with the planet the history.” | The video below illustrate and document the making of the album, and the beauty and need to preserve nature

Sixteen Small Steps to Happiness

I am completely unaware of the source but I found this here and agree so much.

Everyone should adapt these into their lifestyles and experience a refreshed lifestyle
*I know theres really only 15, I do not/could not find 13! Make 13 up for yourself 🙂

1. push yourself to get up before the rest of the world – start with 7am, then 6am, then 5:30am. go to the nearest hill with a big coat and a scarf and watch the sun rise.

2. push yourself to fall asleep earlier – start with 11pm, then 10pm, then 9pm. wake up in the morning feeling re-energized and comfortable.

3. erase processed food from your diet. start with no lollies, chips, biscuits, then erase pasta, rice, cereal, then bread. use the rule that if a child couldn’t identify what was in it, you don’t eat it.

4. get into the habit of cooking yourself a beautiful breakfast. fry tomatoes and mushrooms in real butter and garlic, fry an egg, slice up a fresh avocado and squirt way too much lemon on it. sit and eat it and do nothing else.

5. stretch. start by reaching for the sky as hard as you can, then trying to touch your toes. roll your head. stretch your fingers. stretch everything.

6. buy a 1L water bottle. start with pushing yourself to drink the whole thing in a day, then try drinking it twice.

7. buy a beautiful diary and a beautiful black pen. write down everything you do, including dinner dates, appointments, assignments, coffees, what you need to do that day. no detail is too small.

8. strip your bed of your sheets and empty your underwear draw into the washing machine. put a massive scoop of scented fabric softener in there and wash. make your bed in full.

9. organise your room. fold all your clothes (and bag what you don’t want), clean your mirror, your laptop, vacuum the floor. light a beautiful candle.

10. have a luxurious shower with your favourite music playing. wash your hair, scrub your body, brush your teeth. lather your whole body in moisturiser, get familiar with the part between your toes, your inner thighs, the back of your neck.

11. push yourself to go for a walk. take your headphones, go to the beach and walk. smile at strangers walking the other way and be surprised how many smile back. bring your dog and observe the dog’s behaviour. realise you can learn from your dog.

12. message old friends with personal jokes. reminisce. suggest a catch up soon, even if you don’t follow through. push yourself to follow through.

14. think long and hard about what interests you. crime? sex? boarding school? long-forgotten romance etiquette? find a book about it and read it. there is a book about literally everything.

15. become the person you would ideally fall in love with. let cars merge into your lane when driving. pay double for parking tickets and leave a second one in the machine. stick your tongue out at babies. compliment people on their cute clothes. challenge yourself to not ridicule anyone for a whole day. then two. then a week. walk with a straight posture. look people in the eye. ask people about their story. talk to acquaintances so they become friends.

16. lie in the sunshine. daydream about the life you would lead if failure wasn’t a thing. open your eyes. take small steps to make it happen for you.