August 31, 2017

The Day Our Worlds Changed & Coping With Loss

Coping with Loss-- Joe's Jeans light denim, Forever 21 beige ribbed crop top, Rebecca Minkoff  white bucket bag, Old Navy gold sandals

I contemplated posting these photos for a long time. The memories associated with this day are bittersweet. My mom and I had a planned staycation at a hotel in the city a few months ago. It started off fabulous. A day of shopping around town, lunching at Early Bird, then we checked into the hotel where we settled in for some drinks by the pool. The night was off to a great start, dinner at Gusto 101 and ice cream and cookies to go. Then we got the call in the middle of the night. Someone very dear to us had passed. It was like the world came to a stop. We quickly packed up our things and bolted out of there.  The past week and half have been a whirlwind. There are no words to describe loss.


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August 29, 2017

(If I was going) Back to School Essentials

Back to school essentials- Thursday Plantation peppermint oil, Benefit Punch Pop, smashbox, Always X Always weekly note pad, Hobbry, Waterever Forever, Indigo, Saje, Bando

So the whole "back to school" thing may not be a reality for me this year, but that doesn't mean I still don't have fun looking at all the back to school flyers and get excited about all the new stationery and notebook releases! I always loved back to school shopping. I would sift through flyers for hours on end and plan out exactly what I would need. Then I would set up my pencil case, backpack, and even my closet. Ah, the memories! I still get all giddy when I talk to my little cousins about back to school. It's always bittersweet because summer is coming to an end, but I love how it totally gives you a sense of revival. This year, I'm still prepping for back to school, just in a different way! I'm doing a huge purge-- I've already started with my closet and I'm giving my office supplies a refresh. There are a few things that I'd definitely be packing in my school bags this year so let's get to it...


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August 15, 2017

Denim Days

American Eagle distressed denim, white scoop neck jumpsuit, nude vest, snakeskin flats

What do you think your man would pull out of your closet if you asked him to put together your outfit? Last weekend, half jokingly, I asked B to pick out my outfit, and he took the task seriously. He went into my closet and pulled out the most classic yet simple outfit. The weather was dreary and chilly and it turns out this was the most perfect outfit for the occasion-- a matinee movie and a day date of errand running. After he pulled out a white tee and distressed denim I amped up the outfit with a long vest and a punchy lip. I can't deny that he nailed the task! Sometimes the most simple outfits are the best. He then proceeded to pull out his own pair of Levi's denim and a white tee. I thought it was the cutest. Matchy matchy on a Monday anyone? 

Do you have a go-to simple, yet classic outfit? 

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American Eagle distressed denim, white scoop neck jumpsuit, nude vest, snakeskin flats
American Eagle distressed denim, white scoop neck jumpsuit, nude vest, snakeskin flats 

American Eagle distressed denim, white scoop neck jumpsuit, nude vest, snakeskin flatsAmerican Eagle distressed denim, white scoop neck jumpsuit, nude vest, snakeskin flats

American Eagle distressed denim, white scoop neck jumpsuit, nude vest, snakeskin flats



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August 08, 2017

How To Stop Selling Yourself Short

Terre Bleu Lavender Farm, How to stop selling yourself short, summer style

Yesterday someone asked me if I was a designer. Immediately I responded no, referring to my 9-5 conference planning job. After chatting with this person and talking a bit about what I love and my blog, I came to the realization that I am a designer. It may not be what I went to school for or my so called career, but I design all the time. Whether it's in my home, with my outfits, or a makeup look, I am designing. This person then went on about how she is never wrong with her intuition and that she knew I had a knack for the creative/design world. She also went on to say how special this gift is and when something comes more natural to you that we often forget it is not like that for everyone. Just like I cannot perform acupuncture, some people can not fathom putting outfits together. Sometimes we think that we all have the same innate knowledge, but we do not.  No one on this planet has the same eye as you do. You see things differently than everyone else and your perceptions are what makes you unique.

I really took this to heart and started reflecting on our conversation more and more. I realized that you don't need to have a degree in something to be something. You don't need to go to school to become a master at something and you are so much more than a piece of paper or what you do for a living. We cannot sell ourselves short. Do you love to bake? You're a baker! Do you love to bicycle? Then you're a cyclist! It's so important to not put these limitations on ourselves as they will just end up impeding on our dreams.

Terre Bleu Lavender Farm, How to stop selling yourself short, summer style

So how do we stop selling ourselves short?

Acknowledge your successes. Do not brush things off and do not play down your accomplishments. When someone says you put together a fabulous outfit do not just brush it off and say "oh, this old thing!". Say thank you and really appreciate that yes you did put together a fabulous outfit. Accept the praise in all walks of life.

Forgot the word "just". We all do it. I "just" write a blog, or I am "just" working here. Um, hello! Do you know how much goes into "just" writing a blog? The workload is insane. And you're not "just" working here. You are gaining valuable experience every day to take you where you need to go.

Do something every day to get you closer to your dreams. Take the little steps to get you where you want to be. Don't say no to opportunities. Take something out of the suckiest of situations and put yourself out there.

Accept that you are so much more. You do not need to compare yourself to your own expectations or someone else's experience. We all need to stop selling ourselves short and focus on our current achievements and future successes.

W H A T  I ' M  W E A R I N G:
Shop LangSURA top (similar, similar), Tobi maxi skirt (similar), Old Navy sandals (similar), DIY straw bag


P.S. The lavender fields at Terre Bleu are a dream come true! Also, did you know I made this bag? Check out the DIY here.

Terre Bleu Lavender Farm, How to stop selling yourself short, summer style


Terre Bleu Lavender Farm, How to stop selling yourself short, summer style


Terre Bleu Lavender Farm, How to stop selling yourself short, summer style


Terre Bleu Lavender Farm, How to stop selling yourself short, summer style



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August 03, 2017

Getting The Most Out Of A Grocery Store Bouquet


So you mean I can't have a weekly delivery of fresh florals from my favourite florist? Or a weekly bouquet of fresh, lush, pink peonies? Fine...

How to get the most out of a grocery store bouquet. Turn 1 bouquet into 10 mini arrangements.
{before bouquet}

I think we all know spending loads on fresh cut flowers is sometimes out of the question. It would be lovely. Extremely lovely, but totally impractical when there are groceries, gas and a house to pay for. Sometimes all you have to work with is grocery store bouquets-- guests bring them, you've hit up the grocery store right before closing and that's all that's left, or it's just the most affordable option. They can be less than lovely, a random assortment of colours and flowers, but the gesture is lovely! But perhaps they are just not your favourite colours or styles. Hells no am I being unappreciative. I'll take ALL of the fleurs!  Sometimes you just need to get creative.
How to get the most out of a grocery store bouquet. Turn 1 bouquet into 10 mini arrangements.

This weeks experiment was making one bouquet stretch throughout the whole home, and in a way that I loved. I mean the arrangement I received was incredibly thoughtful, and I felt complete warmth and gratitude from it's senders. But part of me wanted to play around with it! And there is nothing wrong with that. Especially when it makes you happy.

How to get the most out of a grocery store bouquet. Turn 1 bouquet into 10 mini arrangements.

So, how did I take one bouquet and make 10 plus mini arrangements from it? Here's how:

1. First, you want to take apart the bouquet. Separate the flowers by colour and type. I grouped all the greenery together, then sorted the flowers out by colour (see the first photo).

2. Pull out all your mini jars. I knew all those juice jars I've been saving would come in handy! Get them all out and fill them with fresh water. You can get creative here-- cans, old candles, jars, bottles, anything works!
How to get the most out of a grocery store bouquet. Turn 1 bouquet into 10 mini arrangements.

3. Decide on your theme. Do you want to stick to one colour pallet per bouquet? Or mix various colours together? I opted for a bit of both.

How to get the most out of a grocery store bouquet. Turn 1 bouquet into 10 mini arrangements.

4. Play with the arrangements. Start by grabbing one large leaf or piece of greenery as the backdrop. Then pull together two or three flowers to place in front of the large greenery, just slightly lower than the top of the green. I then cut the stems and placed them in the vase. I'll add smaller flowers, little buds or alternate greens as needed around the focal flowers.

How to get the most out of a grocery store bouquet. Turn 1 bouquet into 10 mini arrangements.

5. Keep going until all your flowers are used and vases are full! Place them in various places around your home.


How to get the most out of a grocery store bouquet. Turn 1 bouquet into 10 mini arrangements.


There you have it! It's that simple to take one bouquet and make it into multiple beautiful arrangements. These are perfect accent pieces to place around the home, especially when you are having a get-together or guests over. They really add a touch of comfort, nature and beauty to any space. I also love to use a grouping of them together to make the perfect centre pieces!

How to get the most out of a grocery store bouquet. Turn 1 bouquet into 10 mini arrangements.

Try it out! I want to see your photos!

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