New Beginnings

It’s finally here! The new version of my blog that I’ve been thinking about creating for ages is finally up and ready to go. I’m still not 100% happy with everything, mainly the design, but I thought that it was time to start it up anyways.

New Beginnings

So, what’s with the new name?

I was a more than a little tired of the old name, Little Moon Dragon, and thought that it was high time for a change. The new name, A Habit Of Solitude, is a quote from the book Tom’s Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce: “A habit of solitude in early childhood is not easily broken. Indeed, it may prove lifelong.” That book was really important to me when I was little, and I like feeling of the new name!

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Some Gentle, Cruelty-Free, Skin and Body Care Picks

It’s finally warm and sunny here! It felt like spring would never come to Canada. This spring, I’m trying to be more gentle on my skin and take a step back from harsh products. I’m trying to take a bit of a “less-is-more” tactic! I’ve been loving a lot of my skin and body care lately, so I thought that it might be nice to share some of it.
All of these are quite gentle and light, and nothing really show-stopping, but I still am really liking them! I’ve been enjoying this skincare and bodycare routine with more plain products a lot lately.

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May’s Ask The Blogger: Elizabeth from Ice Cream Whispers Clara

This month’s blogger is Elizabeth from Ice Cream Whisper’s Clara! She has the most wonderful whimsical blog filled with pastel tones. If you don’t know what Ask The Blogger is, it’s a monthly series where you guys send in questions for a blogger and I compile them all into one big post. Anyways, lets jump right into the interview!


1. Hi Elizabeth! Could you tell us a little about yourself and your blog?
“Ice Cream” whispers Clara is a romantic lifestyle blog set in the Lake District. It’s a place for everything sweet and darling, with a special focus on nature, natural beauty, vintage flair and our adventures with a baby. When I was younger I craved 19th century style fashions and even made my own dresses to wear wherever I went, imagining what life might have been like in a different era. Today my blog is my outlet for old fashioned flair in a modern world – and I hope to inspire living like Jane Austen characters in our own story.
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The Bookish Get to Know Me

(Also known as the Bookish Tag)
 

I haven’t done a tag for such a long time ( thank you SW for tagging me)! They’re usually not a type of post that I like to write, but I thought that this one would be fun and it made me feel a little nostalgic.

1. Which Book Has Been On Your Shelf The Longest?
Either the Little Prince or Pride and Prejudice… I always want to read classics but never get around to them!

 2. What is your current read, your last read, and the book you’ll read next?
I’m currently reading both The Whisper by Aaron Starmer(The Riverman Trilogy #2) and the Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.  by my previous read is The Riverman by Aaron Starmer (The Riverman Trilogy #1), and the book that I’ll read next will either be The Storyteller by Aaron Starmer (The Riverman Trilogy #3), Hunted by Meagan Spooner, or The Inexplicable Logic of my Life by Benjamin Alire Saenz. Obviously I’ve been really enjoying the Riverman Trilogy Lately!

3. What book did everyone like but you hated?
I didn’t hate it, but everyone seemed to love I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson, and I didn’t enjoy it. I tried to like it because other people seemed too, but it just didn’t work for me.

4.  What book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read but you probably won’t?
 

Every book that I own. I always read library books first!

5. What books are you saving for retirement? 

None! Retirement is too long away for me to think about saving books for.

6.  Last page: Read it first or wait until the end? 

Definitely wait until the end! I only check the page number on the last page, and always avoid looking at the words. I would never read the ending first.

 7. Acknowledgments: waste of paper and ink, or interesting aside? 

I usually don’t read them, but I certainly don’t have anything against them. A waste of paper is the books that have 5 random blank pages at the end!
8. Which book character would you switch places with?
No one! I wouldn’t want to give up my real life. 

9. Do you have a book that reminds of you something specific in your life? (Place, time, person) 
The Moffats by Eleanor Estes reminds me of being sick in bed when I was little. But not in a bad way at all! It was one of my favourite books when I was little, and I loved having it read aloud to me.
10. Name an interesting book that you acquired in an interesting way. 
My Mom got the box set of Narnia books for me when I was just a baby, and I grew up with them being read to me. They’ll always have a special place in my heart.

11. Have you ever given a book away for a special reason to a special person? 
I don’t think so, I never give books away.

12. Which book has been with you most places? 
Probably The Great Gatsby, because I’ve been keeping it in my backpack, and I take my backpack everywhere.

13. Any required reading in High School that wasn’t so bad two years later? 
I’m very lucky and even though I haven’t loved all of my required reading, I haven’t hated any of it! With the exception, of course, of Romeo and Juliet. I think that the story sucks (why couldn’t we have read a Shakespeare with a better plot?), and my teacher hated it as well.

14. Used or brand new? 
I love them both, but I have a soft spot for vintage books. 

15. Have you ever read a Dan Brown book? 
No, I’ve never even heard of them.
16. Have you ever seen a movie you liked more then the book? 
I don’t think so, no. I find that so much of a book is lost when it’s translated into a movie.
17. Have you ever read a book that made you hungry (cook books included)? 
I’m sure that I’ve read some delicious looking cookbooks, but no specific ones come to mind.
18. Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take? 
My parents. Seeing as they’re both librarians and they’ve read a million books each, I trust their judgment. 
19. Is there a book out of your comfort zone (e.g outside your usual reading genre) that you ended up loving? 
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline isn’t a book that I’d pick up on my own, as I’m not too interested in video games, but I ended up loving it and being absolutely engrossed in it! 
I Tag: NabilaEllieNoor, and Lexie ♥ (The rules are 1: You must be honest 2:You must answer all the questions and 3: You must tag at least 4 people)

 
Can you relate to any of these? What are some of your reading habits?

The Dusty Rose Edit

This spring, I’ve been absolutely obsessed with anything dusty rose coloured. I think that my obsession may have started with the most gorgeous long pleated skirt that I found at a thrift store a few months ago, and I’ve been hooked ever since. In my opinion, it’s the perfect shade for spring without being too overpowering and bright, and adds a little bit of class to any look. So, I thought that I’d share some of my favourite dusty rose beauty finds!

Elf Need It Nude Eyeshadow Palette
Not all of the shades in this palette are a dusty rose shade, but they can all work together to create a very pretty dusty rose eye look. I love the formula and pigmentation of these shades, and I think that they all look gorgeous! I love the slight shimmer that they all have, and they are all quite effective both together and by themselves.

Pure Anada Natural Lip Gloss in Icy Pink
This is the perfect dusty rose shade, and I love it’s slight shimmer! I usually don’t wear lip glosses, but I thought that it would be nice to try a new one for spring. I love the way that it looks on my lips, but I have to make sure that my lips are quite moisturized before I use this, or else it will cling weirdly and make my lips look ever drier.
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Visual Inspiration: Spring Has Sprung

Last time I made one of these posts, you guys seemed to really enjoy it, and I had a lot of fun making it, so I thought that I’d put together another one! After having months and months of winter, it’s finally starting to feel like spring here, so my picks are pretty heavily influenced by the season. I tried to keep them light, with lots of pastel colours. I hope you enjoy!

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April’s Ask The Blogger: Olivia from What Olivia Did

It seems like I haven’t been on this blog for forever! I had lots of posts planned, but they all had to be put on hold for a little while because I got sick. I’m back today, though, with another  Ask The Blogger post!
This month’s blogger is Olivia from What Olivia DidIf you don’t know what Ask The Blogger is, it’s a monthly series where you guys send in questions for a blogger and I compile them all into one big post. Anyways, lets jump right into the interview!

1. Hi Olivia! Could you tell us a little about yourself and your blog?
Hello! I’m Olivia- I’m 23 years old, I live in South East London and I’ve been blogging for 7 years this year- which is slightly crazy (and makes me feel like one of the elders of the internet)! I started my blog whilst studying in sixth form (as Blogger was one of the only websites you could access on school computers)

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