Thursday, December 5, 2013
Hello all! I hope that your week is going by quickly and pleasantly!
I just wanted to take a second to announce that I've opened up an Etsy shop to sell some of the artwork I produce. I currently have listed my Woodland Girls set of drawings (shown above, and below. Obviously the watermark is only temporary and will not appear on the print). For the time being they are being sold as 8x10" prints. I'm hoping to add more once I'm on my Christmas break and have more free time, but for now please do me a favour and check out the little shop, and maybe favourite it, if you feel so inclined! There will be a link in the sidebar here on the blog so it will be easy to find in the future. In the meantime, click here to go take a look.
I'll be hosting a giveaway in the near future for someone to win a print of their choosing, so stay tuned!
Have a wonderful night!
Saturday, November 30, 2013
This week has been a bit of good and bad.. well not "bad", just hectic. Brad and I are nearing the end of the college semester so it seems like I am swimming in homework. We did have some breaks here and there, like to watch Brad's niece decorate their Christmas tree on Thursday, and then we had my office Christmas party last night. I'm loving school again this year, but I will still be relieved to have a break in a couple weeks.
|coat- Kenneth Cole / scarf- Aldo / socks- Ardene / dress- H&M|
On an unrelated note, I had a funny thought the other day. A classmate mentioned that he had checked out my blog and I immediately got embarrassed and made up excuses for it. Blogging is a funny thing.. especially when it's a personal blog. You are basically writing out your day to day, and expecting to entertain people with your life and photos of yourself. It can come off as very narcissistic, but I find it therapeutic. I like the feeling of connecting with other bloggers, even if you never meet them and it's good to have an outlet for all of your thoughts, even the most mundane. Now that I have a shared backyard (as opposed to the private one when I lived with my parents) I have had MANY awkward encounters with people strolling by, wondering what the crazy girl taking pictures of herself is doing. My immediate response is a nervous "UH.. school project!!", but one guy didn't believe me and said that I was probably taking photos for a dating website. It was mortifying. So anyways, my funny thought was this: I am no longer going to be embarrassed about my blog. When people ask me where I came up with the name, I will smile and say "I was drunk and eating spaghetti alone when the two words came into my head and made me laugh," with pride. I won't shy away when someone tries to give me a face-to-face compliment about the photos I take. Granted, I will probably never get over the embarrassment of getting caught taking photos, but hey no one is perfect. Above all things, I like seeing how my style and self have changed since I began this blog in 2009, and I take it as a point of pride knowing that while I've taken brief hiatuses, I have kept this thing going for 4 years.
End of ramble.
Sunday, November 24, 2013
After sleeping in, I like to drive over to my parent's house to visit them and my puppy. I go through withdrawals if I don't get to see my little puppy, Maggie, for a few days, so I try my best to go over there whenever I get a chance. I apologize in advance for the spam post of my baby, but she's too cute to not show some photos.
Sometimes in the evening, my mom will make a big dinner and I'll go over with Brad, but that's more of a treat than a regular occurrence. Then Brad and I will come home, and curl up on the couch and end the night casually by watching TV together. We're really the type of couple that finds a night in with takeout more romantic than a fancy dinner at a restaurant, and I love that.
I hope everyone else is having a relaxing Sunday!
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
However... with winter comes some exciting stuff! (When I'm not driving in it) I absolutely love snow! Not to mention the awesome feeling you get for actually wanting to snuggle in bed again after months of too-hot nights in the summer. Yummy comfort foods like stew make the season one of my favourites as well.
|jacket- Stitches / shoes- Union Bay / dress- H&M / sweater- H&M|
Saturday, November 9, 2013
Yes, yes... I understand that it is only the beginning of November, I just can't help but get excited for the Christmas season to begin. While this will technically be mine and Brad's second Christmas living together, this is the first time we're going to be doing Christmas the real way (tree, decorations, cinnamon and spice air fresheners hehe, etc). We moved in to the apartment on December 1st of last year, and with all of that excitement it was really difficult to find time to focus on the holidays, plus we didn't have room for a Christmas tree. But now that it's just the two of us living here, we have tons of room and I have tons of holiday spirit.
Obviously, since it's only November I'm starting off very slowly with the decorating, but after seeing this photo on Pinterest, I fell in love with this simple and modern wall idea. (Pardon the colours of the photos, I decided to do this at night)
I have a hard time even calling this "DIY" because it was so easy to do, but hey it needs to fall under a category. I just measured out some twine, threw on "Happy Endings" on Netflix, and started cutting a million little Christmas trees out of black construction paper. Then I just figured out how I wanted to organize them on the strings, and taped them. See, super easy. I love that this wall stands out now, because it was getting pretty boring being plain but I couldn't think of a way to spruce it up. I actually like this vertical arrangement though, so I might do something similar after the holidays are over to leave up year-round!
I also gave my chalkboard wall in the kitchen a little count-down to Christmas so I can kill myself with anticipation. It does tend to get vandalized by our friends when they come over (for instance "(penis drawing) Gays 'til Xmas) but that was to be expected.
I hope I'm not the only crazy lady getting too excited about Christmas a month and a half in advance, and that some of you are starting little holiday traditions.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Life lately has been great. I celebrated my birthday and Thanksgiving all in the same weekend, so there were lots of visits with both mine and Brad's families. Les Miserables was fantastic (although, it was my third time seeing the performance so I had no doubts). Brad, my mom, and I spent the day wandering through Toronto and had lunch downtown.
School was a bit stressful, only because it seemed like I had just gone back when it was already time for all my mid-term projects to be handed in. But, that is over now and I'm over the halfway point to Christmas (YAY!).
|dress- Numph dress, courtesy of Surfdome / tights- Ardene / shoes- Forever21 / headband- Forever21|
This dress from Surfdome is quickly becoming one of my new favourites. When I picked it, I was taking a bit of a leap because I almost never wear anything form-fitting. However, unlike other body con dresses I've tried on in the past, this one is flattering to almost any body shape. It's made of a heavier, but breathable, cotton and has a nice v-neck and cinched waist. I am lacking in the curves department, so the fact that this dress gives the illusion that I have more of a feminine body is a huge plus. Numph makes a bunch of other adorable dresses, so be sure to check them out. Surfdome is awesome, because they have over 900 brands like Burton, and Volcom, but then they also have a huge selection of dressier clothing labels like French Connection. Plus they're having a gigantic 50% off sale!
I hope you all are having a fantastic week!
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
I could have titled this something involving that Taylor Swift song... but I'm not really feeling 22. To be honest if I could have stopped aging at 21 I would have. But that is just unrealistic. The silver lining to my aging is that today is my second favourite day of the year (Christmas being the first)! I'm a big old brat and love nothing more than people singing the birthday song to me, and the 12049 facebook notifications of people writing birthday wishes on my wall... Whatever, it's my day!
This year is a little different. My family tradition for birthdays is pretty standard, in that the birthday person gets to have special dinner or go out, followed by cake and presents. While I lived with my boyfriend's awesome family during my birthday last year, this is the first year that Brad and I live on our own together so getting together with my family is a bit of a challenge. They live really close (like a 15 minute walk) but we all have conflicting schedules, especially now that my brother is in teacher's college at Niagara University. So, I opted to hold off on birthday celebrations with my family until Thursday because it is better for everyone. Originally, Brad was going to have to work, so I had visions of me sitting with my cat Cuddles, alone and watching Angel reruns until he came home. Luckily he ended up getting the night off, so now the plan is to go grab beer at our favourite local microbrewery.
As far as gifts go this year, things will also be different. My parents got me tickets to see Les Miserables in Toronto this coming Saturday, but gave them to me months ago, and Brad had to give me my gift last night since I accidentally found it in the closet while putting away laundry (oops!). So on my actual day I don't think I'll be unwrapping anything, but I'm ok with that! Brad is the absolute best at gift giving. He always manages to get me something thoughtful but practical. For instance, this year he knew how much I've always hated our kitchen faucet so he bought me a fancy new one (K, I know how it sounds, but I almost cried with happiness) and then he also got a big piece of Lora Zombie's work for in our living room that he said reminded him so much of me.
|dress- Forever 21 / scarf- Aldo Accessories / flats-H&M|
My awful head-cold from August has returned to wreak havoc on my sinuses... Needless to say, scarves are becoming a necessity.
Now just for fun, here's a cute picture of my puppy Maggie !
On another note, Helen over at Fragile Bird has featured me on her blog! Be sure to go take a peek!
Hope everyone has a great week!