Witchcraft Hysteria

Happy Sunday, everyone!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and got to enjoy yourselves. Tad and I started our Saturday by looking for some seafood around us, which resulted in a car ride of about three hours of sightseeing. Living on the East Coast of Massachusetts can get tiresome and old, until you get to remembering how beautiful it actually is.

We got out of the usual weekend crowd in Salem for a few hours and drove up through Beverly, Gloucester, and eventually landed in Rockport. The weather was perfect and it was a peaceful, yet adventurous afternoon. Eventually we landed back in Marblehead and grabbed two lobster rolls at The Fish Market (which were absolutely amazing and I highly recommend). After our lobster rolls we wanted to head to some historical sites around us.

One of my favorite parts of living in Salem is the history, of course. For those of you who are not familiar, Danvers, MA was originally known as “Salem Village” in the 1600s, where the witchcraft hysteria actually began. I brought Tad to one of my personal favorite historical spots located near us to show him the very spot where Tituba told stories of the occult and magics.

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Located behind 67 Centre Street in Danvers, you can find this hidden gem nestled at the end of a path. It appears as if you are walking into someone’s yard, but this site is open to the public to view the foundation of Reverend Parris’ home. Tituba, a slave of the Parris family, would tell the women of the house and surrounding area stories of witchcraft here. After several girls fell ill and were believed to be “bewitched”, the witchcraft hysteria began and eventually led to the trials that resulted in the hangings and deaths of 20 people.

For anyone who is interested in the history of Salem, MA and the Witch Trials, this is one historical spot you should not miss. Although this location is small and sparse, there is something eerily intriguing about standing on the grounds where the hysteria all began. Besides walking past the surrounding yards and rooster coop in a neighbor’s yard, the grounds are peaceful and secluded. You can read some of the informational plaques about the surrounding area and see the area that was excavated in 1970.

If you are planning on traveling to Salem to see historical sights and learn more about the history of Massachusetts, don’t miss this location. Get a taste of Salem history, without the crowds.

Did you know that Salem used to cover a much larger area of Massachusetts than it does today? Salem once covered several different towns such as Danvers, Topsfield, Middleton, and more. Most of the Witch Trials actually took place in Salem AND Danvers!

Are you planning on making any trips to Salem, MA in the future? Let me know in the comments!

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Haunted Overload

Hey everyone!

How has everyone’s week been? It’s finally Friday and time for the weekend! Can you believe we’re almost in August? The good thing about time going by so quickly is that my favorite time of year is getting closer. Fall is three months away! I’ve been having some serious fall withdrawals lately as we’ve been toughing it through this Summer heat. Hopefully this post can cool you guys down and give you a nice Fall/Halloween refresher.

 

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A Beauty Nightmare

Hey there beauties!

So today I’m going to take a weird turn with my posts and give you a beauty nightmare story that I’m currently going through. I really hope you’re ready for this, but if you’re squeamish I don’t suggest reading any further. Especially when it comes to nail injuries. Well, here it goes…

So, after a long time of not getting my nails done I finally decided to get some fake nails back in December. For months I hopped around to different nail techs, trying to find my favorite place. I went through the whole fill process several times and had a set removed and replaced, yada yada yada ya.

I’m not sure what happened, but after Tad proposed I got REAL lazy and stopped getting my nails filled. They grew way too long and I hate removing acrylics on my own, so I just left them on. Some nails started lifting, others remained solidly in tact with my natural nails. Until one day…

Out of aggravation with lord knows what, I angrily grabbed my car door and instantly felt some of the worst pain in my thumb. BAM! Blood started dripping and my nail looked like it had detached from my nail bed.

After a few days of cautiously cleaning, removing dried blood, and bandaging up my thumb, it seemed like things were starting to get better. (Seemed is the key word, but we’ll get back to that later). I was too afraid to do anything, so I left my acrylic on my natural nail and slowly it felt secure and no longer loose.

Fast forward to a week later, Tad and I are getting into bed and somehow we managed to move at the same time and his knee flies into the same hand that just recovered. When I tell you I thought I broke my finger from the snapping noise that emerged, I am not being over dramatic. My pinky was now gushing blood. Worse than my thumb was. I could physically start lifting my acrylic and natural nail in well… unnatural ways.

It finally got to the point where I needed to remove my acrylic nails. I cut them down as short as I could (fake nail still attached) and tried to jimmy the fakes off of my nail beds. My pinky had healed quickly and my nail, thankfully, was still in tact with the nail bed.

My nails are embarrassing to even look at at this point, so right when I decide I should go get my nails done again, I notice that my thumb nail looks as though it is separated from the nail bed on the edge of my nail. Some of you may not even understand what I’m trying to say, but for those of you who have gone through anything similar, I praise you. I started wearing a band aid again, thinking holding the nail in place will avoid any further damages and hopefully the nail will stay attached, as it previously had.

I’m not sure why weeks after this injury this happened, but a simple movement caused another snap in my nail. My thumb nail is now broken where my cuticle is and is barely hanging on. I am PETRIFIED to touch it and have kept a band aid on it at all times. I DON’T WANT TO SEE WHAT IT LOOKS OR FEELS LIKE! But I don’t know what to do at this point!

They say pain is beauty and holy shit were they right. I can’t say I didn’t warn you, but I apologize if just reading this made you queasy!

If you’ve ever had similar problems with your nails and your whole nail actually came off, please let me know in the comments. I’m thinking I may have to deal with my nails being short from now on after this nightmare!

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@siosmakeup Double Feature!

 

Happy Friday, beauties!

As you know, I like to change things up a bit in the weekly Look Book, so when I came across this week’s feature I thought I’d do another double feature! I stumbled across Siobhan on Instagram recently, and fell in love with her collection of looks. She’s posting 100 days of makeup on her page right now and you won’t want to miss them! If you love these looks, please follow Siobhan on Instagram for more photos of her work! (@siosmakeup)

If you’re interested in being featured on a future Look Book post, please visit Look Book Rules for more information.

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Fun with makeup & a new camera

Happy Wednesday!

How has everyone’s week been so far? Only a few more days until the weekend and we’re almost halfway through July already! It’s crazy how fast 2018 has been moving.

As I mentioned a few posts ago, my fiancé recently bought me a camera bundle. I’ve been wanting a good camera for years and to upgrade to something better than just my iPhone photos with the creation of this blog and it finally happened (thank you, Tad)! It’s been a few years since I’ve been able to work with a DSLR, so we’re both learning a lot. He grabbed a Canon Rebel T6 bundle and I’m loving it so far – does anyone have experience with this camera? Let me know what you think about it and if you have suggestions for us to advance our knowledge and skills behind the camera. Take a look at some of these photos I bothered him to take of this simple look I did over the weekend:

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