Wednesday, 12 April 2017

A Big Change.

I am not a risk taker. I much prefer to play it safe and blend in to a crowd. A few weeks back my friends and I got our nails done and it felt like a big deal for me to choose purple instead of pink! 

I only told a couple people I was doing this because I was sure I'd chicken out. But when my friend Micayla reassured me to trust her, I let go and trusted the process. Check out Micayla's Instagram and give her the love she deserves! She's so talented. 
The inspiration was Zoella. I think her hair is stunning. However, I was nervous about going SO blonde. Because Mic knows me, she assured me that it wouldn't be a big change. When I looked in the mirror I was stunned. It's a HUGE change! But I do love it.
After the bleach I was quite concerned. To see only this picture was quite jarring! I was throwing up a lot of prayers at this point.
Once the toner was on I felt a lot more at ease. It was already quite toned down from the brassy mess it was after bleach.
I LOVE IT! I can't get over how different I look still. Every time I catch a glimpse of myself I don't recognize it as me. But I really do like this change.
Be brave ladies & show your true colours.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

March Madness.

March has (already) come and gone and it was another great month. I find reflecting at the end of each month to be a very enlightening experience. It's easy to be bogged down by the negative happenings of each day- school, little arguments, bad weather etc.- but I find looking back at the photos I've taken on my phone allows me to realize how truly blessed I am. As always these photos have been primarily taken with Snapchat, so do forgive the poor quality. Without further adieu, here are my favourite photos from the madness that was March.

I found this quote on Pinterest near the beginning of March and it was crucial in my happiness this month. As I already mentioned the daily grind of life can wear on our souls, having this little reminder every day allowed me to remain positive. Tomorrow will always be kinder. 
My friend Michelle and her lovely puppy Sasha invited me for a walk downtown. It was little bit rainy but the grey sky against the melting snow provided a beautiful landscape shot. Sasha was an absolute blast to watch as she ran ahead chasing squirrels. 
I got to spend a few days this month with my cousin and her little guy, Caleb. He's such a blessing to be around. He's always happy, smiling, and babbling away. He's a cuddle bug which is just fine by me! I'm excited to be able to spend more time with him and my cousin as she and her family are moving to our end of town!
As always Oakley and Duke have to make their appearance. Life is nothing without dogs (in my opinion anyways haha). Oakley is my boyfriend's family dog, and Duke is my family's dog. They are both such kind souls and they are always great walk partners and cuddle buddies. 
My mom's birthday was toward the end of the month; on March 28th. Her party was a blast, it's always nice to get all the family together for a celebration.
Josh started a new full-time and forever job at the steel plant here. He spent most of the month working 6pm to 6am, which only left about 3 days for us to have dates. Despite him being so busy and exhausted, he made sure that even if he wasn't up to going out, we still got to see each other as much as we could. Our 3 date nights were all great, but this one was my favourite. Despite how awful I am at it, I love playing pool with him! We went out this night with another couple and had an absolute blast. Let's just take a moment to appreciate how sexy he looks!!
With Josh working so much, I've had a lot more free time on my hands. Although I do miss him, I'm grateful to have more time to spend with my girlfriends. If I put pictures with all of them this would be an exceptionally long post, so I chose these two. The first picture is with Jess who I reconnected with this month. We were quite close in primary school and high school but fell apart when our lives went in different directions. The second photo is with Brianna who is a new friend. She's dating Josh's best friend so naturally we've spent quite a bit of time together. I'm so thankful that she's such a cool girl!

March was a busy, quick, and amazing month. I can't wait to see what April has in store.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

What's In my Kate Spade Handbag?

"I think playing dress up begins at age five and never truly ends." -Kate Spade
I bought this Kate Spade bag from Winners about a month ago now. It was an absolute bargain at only $129.00! I couldn't resist. 
Now that I've been using this bag a month, it's gotten to the point where it needs a bit of a clear out. I thought while I did this I may as well share what I keep in my handbag!
As you can see, my handbag was in sure need of a clean out. I tend to shove receipts and papers into my bag and forget about them until they're piled up so much I can't seem to ever find what I'm looking for. The bag is a great size. It holds everything I need it to without being a tight squeeze or having tonnes of extra space.
To start: the trash. I've got a couple receipts and an old shopping list. Along side this I have the wrapping from my new Sears points card, last weeks church bulletin and the ticket stubs from the last three shows I went to (Rogue One, Logan, and Beauty and the Beast).
I would consider these items my necessities. I think every girl carries spare tampons in her handbag, if not for herself but to save a friend in need! My EpiPen is obviously a must with my plethora of food allergies. Lastly I always carry hand lotion as my hands tend to get so dry they crack if I'm not quite liberal with the lotion. I usually also have a pen and chapstick but I'm not sure where they've run off to.
I'd consider these items to be miscellaneous. I mean, you never truly know when you'll be in need of a USB stick so I carry one with me at all times. When I get change back from a cash transaction, I typically throw it in the bottom of my purse... whoops!
These items are not exactly necessary but I don't go anywhere without them. Wrigley's Doublemint is my all time favourite gum! I like to carry the Polaroid camera Josh bought me because I never know when I'm going to want to take a photo with it. I'd rather have it with me and not use it than wish I had brought it along. Finally, my sunglasses are a must. I have quite sun-sensitive eyes and I like to have my sunglasses for driving and spontaneous walks.
Lastly I, of course, carry my keys and wallet. I keep my keychain minimal with just my fob, car keys, and house key. Josh bought me this Matt & Nat wallet for my birthday and I'm obsessed with it! It holds everything I need and is absolutely stunning.

I hope you enjoyed seeing what's in my Kate Spade bag. Are there any other handbag necessities you have that I don't? Please do let me know!

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Canadian Fashion Brands I Love.

"I wish retail therapy was covered by my health insurance."As a proud Canadian and a lover of all things clothes, I love when I can sport some homeland fashion.
I feel like every Canadian loves Roots. There is no other store than compares when it comes to comfort. My personal favourite in the Roots line-up are their sweatpants. My goto comfy pants for lounging at home are my Roots slouchy sweatpants. I also love their transition clothes for early summer. They're a breathable light cotton that still give you that warm and cozy feeling.
It seems that everywhere I go around town I see Herschel products. The brand is best known for their backpacks. I'm sad to say mine somehow got lost in my move back home from Ottawa. The backpacks are amazing quality and great size for fitting textbooks, snacks, and a laptop.
I personally love everything I've purchased from Lululemon. I feel like every girl has at least one Lulu headband, but what I love them for is hoodies. They make warm and breathable athletic-wear sweaters that are great for running, walking, and generally being outside during sweater weather. I love the way the sweaters look as well. They have an amazingly slimming effect that gives the illusion of an hourglass figure. 
If you're an Estée fan on YouTube then you've probably heard of this store before. Aritzia may just be my favourite place to shop! They have their own named brand and also carry other high-end brands in their store. One of my favourites that Aritizia carries is TNA. From the leggings to the sweaters to the cute dresses and bar shirts, TNA has it all. It's a tad bit expensive (comparable to Lulu) but the quality is undeniable. It's a winner of a brand!
Matt & Nat is a brand I wasn't familiar with before. However my boyfriend got me this wallet as part of my birthday present and I've fallen in love! It's made from 100% recycled water bottles but has that genuine leather look and feel. It's amazing quality and I love it so much (not just cause my bf got it for me either haha). 

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

RealTechniques Sponge First Impression.

"Foundation should unify tone, but it shouldn't take away from the individuality of the skin." -François Nars
I've been wanting to try the beauty blender for ages now but can't bring myself to spend $20+ shipping and handling and taxes just for a sponge! Our local drugstore finally got the Real Techniques miracle complexion sponge in stock and I snatched one up!
Upon first glance the sponge was nothing special what so ever. I was so afraid that I had wasted $10.99! Once I wet the sponge it became really soft and bouncy. It felt like a cloud when I was using it to pat my foundation into my skin.
I love the finish of the foundation on my skin from using the sponge! It left a natural look to my skin without any streaks or cakiness. 

Upon first impression I would highly rate this sponge! It blended my foundation beautifully, left a natural finish and provided great coverage. I would recommend this sponge to everyone and anyone!

Thursday, 9 March 2017

International Women's Day.

"The empowered woman is powerful beyond measure and beautiful beyond description." - Steve Maraboli 
I've never celebrated International Women's Day per se. I like to think that as a feminist I celebrate being a woman every day and so have never seen the point of straying from my daily schedule to celebrate the day. 
This year was different. A couple of my friends and I are volunteering with our local women's shelter for a school project by collecting donations of clothes, toiletries, etc. They mentioned they were holding an event at the Delta hotel in celebration of International Women's day and asked if we would be interested in volunteering at the event to run a table where women were able to fill a bag with free items. 
The items included shampoo and conditioner, perfume samples, pads and tampons, hair dyes, and hats and mittens. We were honoured to be asked and when we found it didn't interfere terribly with our class schedule we said yes. 

It was such a fun experience to see the women so happy. I realized how much I take simple things like tampons for granted. It doesn't ever cross my mind that there are women who can't afford them.
There were performs and guest speakers there to help celebrate the day. My favourite performance was a group of four native women from the reserve just outside of town who sang and played their hide drums. The song they chose was The Women's Gathering Song, very fitting for the day.

The guest speaker, inspector Monique Rollins is the city's first woman inspector. She gave an inspiring speech about women empowering other women in leadership roles. I walked away from her speech feeling strong, confident, and encouraged.
It was an amazing way to spend the day. Celebrating being a woman with other women made me so proud of my gender.

 Women are so powerful.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Photographs of February.

"Why, what's the matter that you have such a February face, so full of frost, of storm and cloudiness?" -William Shakespeare

He laughed so hard when this printed from my Polaroid.
This quote turned my month around.
The photo Josh posted on his Instagram of my birthday.
Duke has started touching noses.
Girls night at Sex Toy Bingo hosted by Spenny. Of course I won haha.
The jacket Josh and I picked for Oakley.
My handsome man.
Valentine's Day dinner date.
Cuddles with Oakley.

February was an amazing month for me (sorry to brag if it wasn't as good for you! Get 'em next month). I think you'll notice in my 10 favourite photos taken in February that it was a month of time spent with Josh and our dogs. There were some bumps in the road, of course, but I feel really at peace with where my life is right now. Excuse the low quality as the majority of these photos were all taken with snapchat and the rest with my Polaroid camera, but I hope you can see the joy in them that I got to feel this month. May March bring you all the best.