Wednesday, January 22, 2014

It's been a while. Am I back?

Oh my goodness, loves! It's been entirely too long and without any kind of warning or even a note, I just up and disappeared from the face of the earth. It's been a crazy 7 months. A lot has happened and changed in my life and I'd love to share a little bit with you guys.

Now, let me think back for a moment. June was the last time I posted anything on this blog. What was I doing back then? Well... you might remember that I mentioned something about beginning to date actively... WELL, hahah. I am more then happy to say that I have been dating my significant other for 6 months now and I couldn't be happier. We've been through a lot together already, but it's only made us stronger. We went on an awesome weekend getaway at the end of November to Montreal, QC. He met my father at Christmas, which was more than a little interesting, haha. It went very well though, he was just a little nervous.

During that time I went from working one part-time job, to working two, back to working one and now working none, haha. Most recently I was working at Starbucks which was an awesome experience, but wasn't filling the piggy bank if you know what I mean. "How could I be unemployed then?" you ask? That's the big thing. I am going on a 6 month detour. I'm moving to Alberta for a little while to find a great paying job and save up for school. My dad has been there for over a year now, so I'll be with him for a while.

My plans for the new year? It's really simple: listening to my gut. I'm following my gut by going out West. It's a complete leap of faith for both my boyfriend and I, but he's behind me 100%. We don't kid ourselves, it won't be easy, but we're committed to making it work. As for the blog... I love this blog. I love all of the design work that I've done on it, I love everything it stands for, and I loved working on it and communicating with readers. So, I would love to start writing here again or starting a whole new venture, I'm just not sure yet. I have some ideas that I think people would respond really well to and that I'd be really excited to get behind.

So, that's it! That's the jist of what I've been up to. It's not much really, but I really just missed this place so I thought I'd write a little post :) So, I'm not back yet, but hopefully I will be once I get some things worked out.

Hope you're all doing well!

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Lately..

Hey, everyone! I know it's been a while and I thought I would update you as to what I've been doing lately (and to let you know I'm still alive, haha).

1. I've been working a ton! I've been getting lots of shifts at work which is good and bad, haha. Great for the pocket, not so much for the body and blog. I like my new job though. It's incredibly flexible which is perfect for when I get back into school AND it's generally a cool place to work. Plus, I'm doing what I'm best at which is Cashiering and Customer Service. There's also some amazing opportunities to move up!

2. Dating, or trying to anyway. Always interesting.

3. Busy, busy. There's just the most randomly urgent things that come up lately. As you know I'm trying to go back to school either in the Fall or Winter, so I have to get everything in order again for my transcripts and deciding what I actually want to take. So many things have changed, it's a little overwhelming at times.

4. Renovating my bike! That's my next project. I'm painting it, adding a basket, maybe even a bell, haha. I'll be sure to record it for you guys even if it's just a simple post on instagram or something.

5. Still working on my infamous garden. We built the bed, but it's in desperate need of some more soil. I did pre-plant a few things that look amazing. Hopefully, this weekend I'll be able to, but I'm working so I'm not sure yet. Stay tuned.

6. I'm contacting all the Parcel Swap participants today to make sure they're still interested in participating AND that they know all the rules. Exciting! I can't wait!

That's pretty much all I've been up to lately. There's a gym right beside my work place so I'm thinking that I may get a membership or something, so I can just hop in there every once in a while. I hope you all are doing well and thank you so much for understanding.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Rock It Challenge: Black Lace Dress

Black lace wedding dress


Rare London sweet heart dress, 16 CAD / H&M , 47 CAD / VILA glitter blazer, 27 CAD / H&M , 23 CAD / Flat shoes, 34 CAD / Madden Girl wedge, 51 CAD / Havaianas flip flop sandals, 33 CAD / Vintage handbag, 31 CAD / Dorothy Perkins , 22 CAD / Rare London fringe handbag, 22 CAD / Stretchy belt, 7.78 CAD / Therapy waist belt, 9.36 CAD / ASOS , 26 CAD

So I mentioned in my last post that I am challenging you guys to challenge me a little by either making a request for the Rock It series, provide me with a link to an item that you want styled, or mentioning an item you already own, but would like some suggestions on how you can style it. Today’s post is for the lovely Chelsea of Life Unpublished that wanted some ideas on how to style a black lace dress for a wedding! So, that’s exactly what I did. I style a black lace dress (that’s actually a little cheaper than the one she linked me to) three similar, but different ways. I know she wanted flat shoes, but I thought wedges were a good comfortable alternative to high heels for her if she wanted to bump up her look. I love all three looks for different reasons. I love the black and gold chain belt, very classy, but my favourite has to be the turquoise wedges. That pop of colour is just fun and great for summer. I wasn’t able to get her dress of choice up on polyvore, so if anyone knows how to do that please let me know.

As always, I hope you all are having a stellar weekend. Let me know in the comments below which look is your favourite  and if you guys have a piece that you have no idea how to style or even a trend that you want to try, but are not sure how, and I’ll do my best to show you how I would style it!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Rock It: Lace Dress and Denim Vest

Lace Dress and Denim Vest


Mela Loves London belted lace dress, 44 CAD / Mossimo denim vest, 26 CAD / Sole Society shoes, 62 CAD / Foldover boots, 32 CAD / Love 21 vegan handbag, 16 CAD / Satchel bag, 16 CAD / Tan fedora, 13 CAD / Uniqlo paper hat, 20 CAD / Metal sunglasses, 5.14 CAD / Lazerwood , 21 CAD / Tech accessory, 20 CAD / Wayfarer eyeglass, 10 CAD

I’ve been seeing a lot of lace detailing lately from home decor to apparel (even cellphone accessories) and feeling the inspiration bug nipping at me, I thought I would brainstorm at how I would style this lace skater dress. You must know by know how much I love skater dresses and the a-line anything, haha. I have to say I’m loving the affordability of these pieces as well. How annoying is it to see something really cute and amazing, only to find out it’ll cost your left arm and and a foot to pay for it? Those combat boots are calling my name. I’m coming for you baby! As soon as momma can, haha. Anyway, I tried something new for this set. I used one basic outfits and styled it two ways: Grungy and Girly. I must say I really love it, it’s so different!

Let me know in the comments which side you like! And I’d love you guys to challenge me! Leave a link to an article of clothing from any online store and I’ll show you how I would style it. Want an even bigger challenge?? Let me know a piece of clothing that you own that you have no clue what to wear with it and I’ll style it!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Project 24: Bucket List

Alright so don’t judge me, but I’ve been trying to think of a list of things that I want to do for this Project 24 I have going on this year and… it would seem that I can’t put a list together to save my life right now. Why? I want to do too many things, but they are like all over the place and they need to be blog worthy, no? Or what’s the point? Haha. But I need a jumping off point so, I here’s what I’ve come up with so far (as ‘Wifey’ by Next starts playing on my playlist. Means nothing):

  1. Travel to another province
  2. Take the train!
  3. Go camping!
  4. Go on a road trip
  5. Rebuild my wardrobe
  6. Learn to walk in heels
  7. Renovate my vintage bicycle
  8. Go rock climbing!
  9. Go rowing/canoeing/kayaking!
  10. Go horseback riding!
  11. School
  12. Get my passport (stop procrastinating!)
  13. Get a stamp in my passport
  14. Save for a nice vacation
  15. Pay down debt
  16. Make new girlfriends!
  17. Actually try dating!
  18. Get driver’s license
  19. Make some jewellery!
  20. Try some DIY’s
  21. Make more YouTube videos
  22. Work towards getting my own apartment!
  23. Write more stories like before!
  24. Go to a concert
  25. Go on all the rides at an amusement park
  26. Set up an event for my cousins!
  27. Throw a community event for charity
  28. Be a leader at work
  29. Plant a vegetable garden and harvest from it
  30. Explore my city
  31. Try a day of gymnastics
  32. Explore the different hoods’ of Toronto
  33. Fall in love (might be a stretch)
  34. Give blood
  35. Get scholarships
  36. Get a car!
  37. Make eye contact more
  38. Read more
  39. Go on scavenger hunts!
  40. Have a workout routine
  41. Try going vegan till 6pm!
  42. Start juicing!
  43. Plan a trip/event for my siblings
  44. Open an online clothing/accessories/housewares/etc. store
  45. Go out more (damnit)
  46. Read a Cosmo magazine
  47. Own and wear a bikini (first time ever)
  48. Feel free
  49. Take opportunities
  50. Try to stop overthinking things and, wait for it… go with the flow (-_-)

Phew! Long list. However, I shall tackle it to the best of my abilities. Stay tuned folks!

Do you have a bucket list of things you’d like to do this year? Any tips for me? Haha!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Think About It: The Blogging Effect

thinkaboutit blogeffect
Have you ever thought about the effect that blogging has and is having on our lives and the course of… like everything? It’s a thought that kind of randomly came to me one day (while watching YouTube nonetheless). I love YouTube, blogging, and social media. It has literally changed the way I live my life. So dramatic, haha, but if you think about it, it really has. I watch the YouTube videos of my favourite bloggers and vloggers literally everyday. It’s a part of my daily routine. I wake up, check my emails, then check YouTube. All before I’ve even gotten out of bed in most cases! I just find it amazing how much these things influence my life. If I’m looking to by something new, I search YouTube a good week straight looking for reviews on the product before I even officially decide to get it. Now, this may be just me, but I think a lot of people can relate to this.

Have you stopped to consider how YOU play a role in this too? That’s what really blew me away. When I consider that I, as a blogger, also have a role in the way people lead their lives it was like… a huge ‘Aha’ moment. How do I want to affect people? What effect do I want my blog to have on people? On the future of blogging? What do I want people to ultimately walk away it?

We all know social media is like the huge indestructible giant. Look at the Arab Springs crisis for crying out loud. That in and of itself is proof enough of the effect and affect of blogging on the world stage. Revolutions are now fought and won on the internet. Is that not insane to think about? Damn. The 80’s and 90’s kids are running things on social media, haha. Who would have thought? Big companies and governments (Exhibit A: China) are all using social media to try and influence this media generation (I have no idea what our generation is called, Generation Y? No idea) really has on the world and… it’s amazing.

I don’t know I thought I would share my thoughts on this with you guys and get a discussion going about it. That’s what this series is all about. Thinking about things and hashing out all of our opinions, arguing, making up, and going for a virtual ice cream afterwards. I know the majority of readers on this site are bloggers, so: As a blogger what effect do you want your blog to have on the way people lead their lives? At what point do you walk away from it? Is it something you’re conscious about?

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Monday, May 20, 2013

This Week[End]…

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1+2// My beautiful grandmother and grandfather spent the day with us! 3-7// Me and my mom shopping for some flowers for our garden. That place was addicting, everything was gorgeous! 8// Slushie break! 9-11// Our mountain drive home. That’s my city! Pretty no? 12// Little beauty haul. 13// Wine! Me and my mom worked hard this weekend, so we treated ourselves… we didn’t like the wine though, so into our Bolognese it goes! 14// That’s our local uni in the distance… it’s huge! I didn’t realize, haha. 15// One of the waterfalls we found, but couldn’t get to (poorly dressed for the hike down there). 16// Booster Juice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Amazeballs.

Yep, that was my weekend. We also put my little garden together (the lumber was laying around in our backyard all cut and everything for, I want to say 2 weeks)! I started the seeds in egg cartons because the weather is unpredictable at the moment (freezing then hot), so I’ll just wait till it evens out, plus we need a few more bags of soil to fill the bed. I love it so far, I can just look out and watch over them. My mom and I are wanting to try out some wines, any suggestions? We like sweet wines, but not like candy, like juice with alcohol, haha. The one we got didn’t strike us very well, the taste was so flat. Anyway, if you have any suggestions on what we should try leave them in the comments for me!

Sharing is caring! How was your weekend? Did you do anything fun?

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