Friday, September 25, 2015

Feeling bored? Write

When I'm bored, my options are usually between Netflix, reading or writing. The only problem is, every time I find myself reading, I become so inspired and drop the book I'm reading right then and start writing. 

This is what happened last night. It's just a random story I began. Take a read and comment if you'd like to see more!






Tuesday, September 15, 2015

20 Things to Love About Fall


There is just something about fall that makes me well, fall, in love with it. Yes, it's sad that summer is over, but I can't deny my excitement towards the crisp leaves on the ground, the start of a new yeara fresh startand, of course, the return of pumpkin spice lattes. 

Without further ado, here's 20 things to love about fall:

1) Pumpkin Spice lattes tops the list, duh. 
2) The smell in the air
3) Holidays: Thanksgiving and Halloween
4) Going Apple-picking
5) Eating lots of pie
6) Getting cozy with a warm blanket and a cup of tea
7) Not having the heat sweat your makeup off
8) Two words: fall fashion.
9) Wearing lots of cozy, warm layers
10) Cooking in your crock pot
11) Visiting a farmer's market for local produce
12) leaves crunching under your feet
13) Wearing cute scarves
14) Enjoying a cup of hot apple cider
15) Hearty soups
16) Candles flickering
17) Fall decorations like pumpkins, leaves, wreathes, etc
18) Not dying in the heat
19) New TV shows and the return of favourite ones
20) The beginning of hibernation with lots of cozy blankets, snacks and Netflix

What other things do you love about fall?

Monday, September 14, 2015

You Now Have to Pay to Keep Up With the Kardashians


As if we couldn't keep up with the Kardashian's anymore than we can (and want to), Kylie, Khloe and Kim have just released their online websites and accompanying apps - but there's a catch. That's right, we have to shovel out even more money to this family through the "unlocking" feature that allows users to watch beauty and fitness tutorials, behind-the-scene photographs and more - and all for $2.99 a month. 

I did a read through Kim's Facebook post, where she announced her site was live and misspelled the word 'creating' for 'curating' LOL. Many people felt the same way I did, which included responses like, "who the hell would pay for this?"

Though we all know that people sadly will. People like them are the reason why we can't have nice things. 

What are you thoughts on it?

Monday, August 24, 2015

10 Most Fashionable Boots For Fall



While I am sad over the thought of summer soon being over, I can't help but start getting excited over all the chic fall fashion trends I can take part in. There's fedora hats, scarves upon scarves, layers, knit sweaters and of course, not having to worry about your hair becoming frizzy or your makeup practically sweating off. 

With that being said, fall fashion also extends to cute boots of all kindsheeled, over-the-knee, cute booties... the options are endless, but here, find 10 of the most fashionable boots that you will most definitely see strutting around the streets come September. 

1) Heeled Booties


2) Leather heeled boots


3) Platform boots


4) Over-the-knee low-heel boots



5) Fringed booties


6) Wedged boots


7) Over-the-knee high heeled boots


8) All-black heeled boots


9) Ankle boots



10) Flat boots







Saturday, August 22, 2015

30 Romantic Things Only Gentlemen Do



Let's face it: romance has slipped throughout the years after the invention of cellphones. People rarely chat during dates, relationships are being ended through "ghosting," and gone were the days where a woman waited anxiously for the guy she likes to finally call. 

Well, to be fair, romance isn't entirely dead (yay!). There are still plenty of gentlemen who will keep it old school for you. Here's 30 of the most romantic and aww-inducing things only this special breed of men does. 

1) Holds your hand while driving
2) Kisses your nose and forehead
3) Holds doors open for you
4) Plans special dates out of the blue
5) Surprises you with flowers 'just cause'
6) Calls you "beautiful" instead of just "sexy" or "hot"
7) Defends you no matter what
8) Stands up to the guy who won't leave you alone
9) Brings a bottle of wine to dinner with your parents
10) Spoils you endlessly on your birthday
11) Comes to your door carrying a giant teddy bear or balloon
12) Kisses you in the rain
13) Sings to you, even though he's shy
14) Tells you he loves you all the time
15) Let's you pick the movie, even if its a chick-flick
16) Actually wants to do Netflix & Chill 
17) Tries to get to know your friends
18) Takes you dancing
19) Writes you love letters
20) Makes you a mixtape
21) Doesn't check out other girls
22) Texts you cute "good morning, beautiful" texts
23) Let's you control the radio in his car
24) Laughs when he thinks you're being adorable
25) Listens to you when you vent 
26) Cuddles you when you cry
27) Travels far just to see you again
28) Makes you dinner
29) Brings you chocolate just because
30) Is undeniably and unforgivingly in love with you


Decor Tips for an Inspired Home

Photo via stylizimoblog.com

While your home serves as a place of relaxation and comfort for preparing for another day's work, it should also serve as a creative space where you can become inspired enough to kick butt in every area of your life. Here, take a look at four different ways to add some serious inspiration into your decor palette. 

Use pops of colours


Photo via noordinaryhome.com



Flowers



Inspirational signs



An organized space

Photo via diy.allwomenstalk.com



How to Silence Negative Thinking (Once And For All)



It's sad to admit, but negative thinking has long been a part of my life. I never thought I was pretty enough or skinny enough and this, sadly, went beyond just superficial teenage angst insecurities. I would belittle myself during conversations with others, automatically left to worry endlessly over what I said, how I said it, how I looked while saying it, and so on... Through this negative thinking, which can develop into an addiction (that's right, an addiction), I have psyched myself out to anticipate the worst possible outcomes, had my peace taken away from me in exchange for an anxious mind, and doubted my abilities. 

But, believe it or not, there is a plus side to negative thinking. For one, it has opened me up to be aware and realize the parts of myself that could use some gentle changing. I've sought advice from therapists in the past and have formulated a few of the techniques I try to implement on a daily basis to finally... finally, silence these negative thoughts. 

Read on for them and let me know in the comments of any ones you use, or if the ones I shared helped!

Don't resist

This is so importantprobably the most important piece of advice I could ever give to someone. Resisting is the number one reason why your negative thinking and anxiety lingers. It is our very resistance that keeps our mind having bad thoughts. For example, say I were to tell you not to think of a pink elephant; you're going to think of a pink elephant, right? By resisting, you're creating patterns of thinking in your mind to believe that your thoughts are things to be afraid and shy away from. They're not. All you need to do is learn to not be affected by the ones that would normally bother you. 

I recommend the book, At Last a Life by Paul Davidit's the best book I have ever read on anxiety and there is an app available for it too. 

Use meditation

I've said it before and I'll say it again: meditation is hands-down the most amazing thing I have ever done. I used to put it off, saying that I wasn't some sort of hippie freak to like that sort of thing, but once my anxiety got really bad to the point where I was having panic attacks, I got the Headspace app and began with the free 10 minute 10-day sessions. I, like any other normal person, spent the first few days sitting there, thinking about everything else besides my breath. I thought of school, of my anxieties, of what I was having for dinner that night. You name it. But slowly, I began to find myself tuning in my breath and finding my mind feeling so clear, just like a bright blue sky that Andy, the creator, often talks about. 

Now, I meditate 20 minutes per day and find that I have become more patient, more grateful, less anxious, and most of all, have learned not to judge and take every thought at face-value. 

Exercise and eat well

This has been a hard one for me as I am a notorious yo-yo dieter and have always suffered from low self-esteem. Eating well and exercising often, however, has helped silence these negative thoughts and perceptions. I find that it's as if my mind knows that I am treasuring myself and, as the result, negative thoughts don't stick as much. 

Try it out by beginning a light practice like yoga or something more intense and incorporate healthy eating as much as possible. Your mind and body will thank you for it. 

Imagine a stop sign

I know I said to resist the negative thoughts, but trust me, this won't affect it. This a thought-stopping technique. The next time you have a negative thought, instantly imagine a red stop sign in your mind, then instantly replace that thought with something positive. This will begin the process of getting your mind into the habit of automatically stopping negative thoughts until they become fewer and fewer.

Use affirmations/positive thinking

I am a big believer in affirmations. They are short statements that can instantly make you feel better. Tape a few next to your mirror, saying kind things like "I love myself," or "I deserve happiness." Then, repeat them a few times a day. 

Another thing you can do is write down your negative thoughts and, through the advice from the novel Feeling Good by David Burns, replace it with a positive, more rational statement. The book will also teach you to accompany both of these with the dysfunction in your thinking, such as mind-reading, which is when you think you know what people are thinking. For example, if you see people whispering and automatically assume they are talking bad about you. 

Know of any other tips?

Friday, August 21, 2015

3 Reasons to Carve Out Some "You Time" This Weekend


Sure, the weekend is a good time to kick back with friends or family by meeting them for drinks or a dinner out. But what about "you time?" The time spent fully and selfishly all about you, baby. 

You may run errands, hit a early morning yoga class, or simply cuddle up in bed with your warmest blankets and a movie that makes you smile. 

Whichever you choose, "you time" is pivotal in getting a much-needed relaxing and rejuvenating reboot. Here are three reasons why you should carve out some time alone this weekend.  

It makes the most out of your weekend

Sure, hanging with others is a great way to spend time, but it may also mean sacrificing what you really want to do. Maybe it's going for a hike, while your bestie wants to hit up a mall. If you invest in "you time," you'll ensure that your weekend was spent entirely up to your own personal desires. After all, the weekend is short. Spend it doing what you really like. 

Gives you peace and quiet

Throughout the week, we may find ourselves feeling rather resentful towards people, especially after fighting against them for a seat on the subway or agreeing bitterly to yet another unfair assignment at work. Because of this, having some time alone will give you peace and quiet, making it easier to embrace many faces come Monday. 

It's good for your health

Several research studies have been done on the subject, and the verdict is in: alone time could be the key to happiness. It's a chance to reconnect to yourself. You may get creative, which science has shown can lead to your best brainstorming, or you may just kick back with a favourite movie and meal. Whatever the case, bask in your alone time and the fact that not only are you the only one to please and call the shots, but you're improving your health too. 

What are you up to this weekend?






Monday, August 17, 2015

Mood Board: Cozy Vibes

This is what I do when I procrastinate... use InDesign and create mood boards. Back to studying I go... Oh well, it was fun while it lasted and this mood board represents the cozy and relaxing vacation I plan to take once I finish my last week of university!

Enjoy :)



Sunday, August 16, 2015

Six Decor Tips for a Cozy Home



I am a lover of all things warm, fuzzy and cozy. I own a massive collection of calming and exotic teas, I live for soft blankets and bubble baths, and I believe that no home should be without a scented candle in almost every room. 

Because of this, I fancy myself some sort of expert in this department. Just consider this: I would much rather have a small cozy home than a huge one. Now that says something. And  the beauty of coziness in decor is that it can be done in so many different ways.

This post will include my top six decor tips that I use now and others which I plan to use once I have a home to decorate to my liking. So sit back, wrap yourself in a warm blanket, grab a cup of tea, and relax. The hard work has been done for you. 

Candles




It goes without saying that candles are one of the easiest ways to add coziness and ambience in any room. For extra isolated effect, light a few while you're in a bubble bath and relaxing. 

Cute tea cups or mugs




Mugs aren't just for drinking tea or coffee—instead, you can style them up at your office by placing pens in them, having it nearby your computer for a modern look, or simply keep your collection of them on-hand as part of your overall decor. Bonus if it has an epic phrase like the one above. 

Bubble bath supplies



Bubble baths in itself are ah-mazing. To make it even more so and to spruce up your decor, you can add a few extra goodies like flower petals, candles, or cute trays alongside it. 

Warm blankets





Warm blankets are good for, yes, keeping you warm, but they also serve a stylish purpose of dressing up furniture, like the one in the photo above. If you live in Canada, Chapters the bookstore always has super soft and chic looking ones. 

Nook




Even the word nook sounds cozy, so why not use it to create a safe haven spot for yourself? When I get my first home, I plan to install one in my office by the window, where I can sit and read while the sunlight streams in. It's a cozy spot to have and curl up with a good book.  

Picture frames of those you love/inspirational messages




What's more cozy than the ones you love staring you back in the face? That's right, photo frames or favourite quotes will keep you feeling loved and inspired every time you walk by them. Go DIY with the frames you use and get creative when designing your layouts. 

Saturday, August 15, 2015

My Top 5 Summer Memories




Ah, summer. I swear it was here one second, then I blinked, and bam, we're only two weeks away from the dreaded September. 

What I find helps keep these fall-blues at bay is to rack my summer up with tons of amazing memories that I can think about in the cold, dreary days of fall. 

Here's a gander at the five memories that have made Summer 2015 another one to never forget. 

Finishing a book in two months

I wrote about this in my latest post, but I somehow managed to write a 70,000 book in two months. Crazy, I know. But this process was one that I thoroughly enjoyed. I was able to set a goal, work on my passion, and actually follow through with it. 

Camping

Now, I'm used to camping from my days in cadets, but that was a longggg time ago. And it showed when I went camping for three days in early August. I went with my boyfriend to the KOA campground and since it was a holiday weekend, it was packed. We managed to make the most of it by going on wine tour, dancing along to the live band at the campground, drinking, and keeping it old school with campfires and roasted marshmallows and hot dogs. 

Went on a wine tour

For my birthday, I bought tickets from Groupon for a six-hour wine tour that included a stop at a chocolate factory (yum!). It was awesome, the wine was amazing, although I couldn't help but wish they gave larger samples and less red and white - clearly, I am a rose drinker. But I was content with how it went and being able to check it off my bucket list. 

Hitting the pool

My boyfriend has probably heard me say "I want to swim" like a thousand times this summer (sorry, Mike). I finally got my chance once sunny afternoon and, of course, I was busy. Despite my mother's attempts to get me to go to the pool, I turned it down. Like any girl, I had a million excuses not to go. I'm not bikini ready. I don't have a cute bathing suit. It's too hot. So my mom left and I went back to work. Fifteen minutes later, she came back and said she forgot something: me. It was so sweet and the time lazing it out under the hot sun turned out to be one of my favourite memories this summer. Yes, I had to put up with annoying kids who probably - let's be honest, definitely - peed in the pool and I got a killer sunburn, but it was all worth it to soak up the sun while we still have it. 

Beginning a yoga practice

I have now meditated for over a year, yet for some reason, I've always rejected yoga. I mean, I've tried it before, just never really took it seriously. Maybe it was because I was thinking it meant I had to be some sort of hippie who preached about world peace. Whatever it was, I can look back and laugh now as yoga has completely become a new love in my life. I hit a class at least once a week with my mom as well as do online vids here and there. The greatest benefit I've found it how I can enter a class completely stressed, anxious - practically a walking zombie - and leave feeling so refreshed; like a whole new person. 

That's it for my summer, along with the other small memories that stick in my mind. Feel free to share some of yours in the comments!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

14 Reasons to Fall in Love With Wine (With GIFs!)



As a self-confessed complete and total wino, I was surprised to learn that I never knew just how many reasons there were to love wine until I created this article. 

I say let the GIFs speak for themselves, so without further ado, here's just a few reasons as to why wine will forever be a girl's favourite drink. Cheers to that. 

It helps us through emotional problems




No seriously. It's like our therapist at times



It helps us dance like we're Beyonce (or at least we think we are)




Girl nights are nothing without it




It's, like, the epitome of class





It's practically a hobby




It's the perfect drink to celebrate just about anything, including a shitty week being over




It costs next to nothing 



We get to feel like the all-powerful Olivia Pope



Bubble baths are nothing without it




Guys never object to fetching you more



Thanks to the small, personal size, we never feel obligated to share



Because at some point, we've all wanted to do this




Above all, even when we're 80, it will still be our favourite drink



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