Things that Make my Life a Little Softer

how to be softer in harsh world

how to be softer

Is it just me, or does perfume, lace, and roses make everything just a little bit better? I know I just wrote a post about how to be soft, but it’s still on my mind, fresh as the morning dew. I’m taking it to heart this year, this being soft thing. I am making a point to left everything feel a little lighter, starting with the things I mentioned on Monday, but also with a softer color palette.

It all started with a trip to Urban Outfitters, a place of luxury for me, but I did have some Christmas money, which made me feel a little bit better about being there. Plus, it was not as cold as it could have been and I fancied a walk downtown. Anyway, here are some things I recently purchased that make me feel a little softer, a little bit more human.

A faded pink bra, on sale for $20. I usually only do neutrals, but pink has been calling my name, especially light, almost white shades. I feel oddly feminine in colors such as this.

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Adorn EDP Rose Quartz Love Fragrance. Cruelty free, fresh clean scent. Plus, the bottle is beautiful in its simplicity. As you well know, I have an infatuation with crystals and raw gems, so it’s really lovely to watch the quartz dance around inside this bottle.

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Petal Perfume Oil. Luxurious feeling and enriched with Vitamin E. Beautiful to sit on your dresser and heavenly to put on after a shower. It’s a rollerball, which I like, because I don’t feel like I ever waste any oil. Plus, it’s lovely to see those dried flowers soaking.

This little glass tray that the oil and other perfume samples sit upon. I usually thrift things like this, but I’ve been spying these for months and decided to take the plunge.

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Not from UO, but this thrifted lilac cashmere sweater. I’m a little scared of the color because it is quite far outside my comfort zone, but I’m diving into this whole softer color palette thing, so for $5 I’ll try it. It’s very warm, and no one has mentioned my looking ill yet, so perhaps it works?

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette. The perfect palette for a woman looking for soft, everyday eyeshadow colors. I love to do a good halo eye with Love Letter and Vermeer, but really, anything you do with this palette with provide a well blended, softened haze to your makeup routine that is just heavenly.

Bonus: this slip from Free People, which is not new, and you may, in fact, be sick of it. However, it’s my favorite thing currently. Par for the course, really.

Anyway, with spring just around the corner, I am happy to be transitioning into this softer lifestyle. A life full of good scents, soft fabrics, and delicate shades is a wonderful distraction from the harsh realities of the world. Try it and see if it works for you.

What are your favorite soft colors? How do you make your life a little softer?

  • I’ve been wanting a more “adult” smelling fragrance since I’ve been using Taylor Swift’s Wunderstruck for years. I love the subtle and sweet scent, but that Adorn one looks amazing!
    ~Sara

    • Elizabeth Hisle

      Adorn is wonderful, of course, but I also highly recommend any of the Tocca fragrances! They have a nice range of scents and aren’t too terribly expensive, compared to other things. My local Anthropologie has some of their scents in the clearance room, so you might want to check yours! I bought two rollerballs this weekend. πŸ™‚

  • Wish I had that palette!
    Great post!

    Vanessa x | http://www.springlilies.com

    • Elizabeth Hisle

      You NEED it!

  • This is beautiful, and I feel inspired all over again! You’ve got me daydreaming of faded pink bras and lilac sweaters now. I need to go shopping.

    I love pale shades and a lot of white. That’s my favorite clothing color palate right now. I’ve been making life seem a little softer by embracing soft (for lack of a better word) sunlight and quiet evenings. The wardrobe thing is a little difficult to alter, but I’m working on it.

    Again, such a lovely post.

    Amber – amberelb.com

    • Elizabeth Hisle

      Thank you! I’m really trying to wear white more often. Good luck with your shopping. πŸ™‚

  • Sophie Sierra

    This beautiful post is drenched in dreaminess and has me longing for spring even more so. I couldn’t agree more that perfume, lace and roses always seem to make everything that little bit better and I’m adoring your gorgeous soft colour inspiration πŸ™‚ The petal perfume oil looks seriously stunning and so blissful and calming. And don’t even get me started on the prettiest palette I ever did see – so many sweet shades. At the moment I’m loving sugary pinks, a tint of tangerine, mints and mellow yellows. Spring is definitely calling! <3

    Sophie | soinspo xo

    • Elizabeth Hisle

      Yesss, spring sisters right here! I definitely recommend the palette. It’s my favorite makeup purchase since my Naked Palette 5 years ago!

  • I usually only do neutrals, but pink has been calling my name, especially light, almost white shades – this! pink was never my favorite color (i grew up loving blue and nothing but blue) but lately, when it comes to clothes and other items in general, i find myself liking rosy tones / soft pinks especially when they’re close to white. for undergarments, i usually go with neutral colors too just because they’re easier to wear but yes, soft pinks!

    the ABH renaissance palette is definitely without a doubt my dream palette. i loooove the reddish pinkish warm tones and ugh, everybody raves about that palette so much! red ocre, venetian red, primavera and love letter are so pretty!

    • Elizabeth Hisle

      Oh my gosh, girl, you NEED that palette. It’s a total game changer.