Weekend Reading

Mar 20, 2015

From Instagram this week...
It's officially the first day of spring!!! Oh to know that winter is coming to an end; it happens every year I know, but every year feels new when you've been buried by snow for far too long. I can't wait to see little buds on the trees, smell fresh cut grass, plant my herb garden & delight in those long summer days. Until then, some reading to keep us distracted while the snow melts :)

"What if we saw attention in the same way that we saw air or water, as a valuable resource that we hold in common? Perhaps, if we could envision an “attentional commons,” then we could figure out how to protect it." - The Cost of Paying Attention

"But where is the line between just the right amount of beauty and inspiration and what we deem as too much or too showy? ... what is “too” much? And who decides what’s “normal”? Here’s what I think: There is no normal and there is no perfect." - Negativity Online

"In art, this is very important. Art is where associations are made. Art is where we form the narratives of our identity." - Lighten Up

"After working through my utter shame over being a totally judgmental zit up in my head, I ran headlong into relationship with them and kept coming back, week after week." - What to Do When Women Seem Scary

"Because no one is providing me with a list of priorities, a number of hours, or a pay rate, I have to embark on that road of trial and error." - Resources for Freelancers

"...time is power. As trite as it sounds, but the way we live our days, what we do at 10 am, at 3 pm, how the evening flows, like habits, it really is the way we live our lives." - The Way We Live Our Days


Nailed It: Lucky Clover

Mar 17, 2015

I shared a little sneak peek of these on Instagram last week, and while my clovers looked a little more floral, I still loved the colour combo of these festive nails :)

I used Julep Briana & Kam, Sally Hansen Green with Envy, & Essie Rock at the Top. I also used the Julep Plie Wand & dotting tool to help with the dots!

For the clovers, I created 4 sets of 2 dots around an imaginary 'square' shape on my nails, and then put a little more polish in the middle of the dots to join them together. Hopefully the photo below will help illustrate a bit better!

And my not so clover-like clovers ;) haha

Hope you had a lucky day!


Buying & Curating Art

Mar 12, 2015

A few weeks ago, I posted the 'story' of my gallery wall. This wall has grown quite a bit since it started, and my philosophy is to always buy art that I love. If something doesn't 'speak' to me, it doesn't make the cut - otherwise I'd have enough art to fill this wall 10 times over ;)

I also love supporting creatives & small businesses, so that's where pretty much all of my art has come from. These shops are full of SO much talent - too much talent to keep hidden - so I'm sharing where all my art has come from over the years. Some pieces are no longer available, but maybe you'll find something you love even more!

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1. '31 Rue Chanel' - Leigh Viner
2. my own photo
Keys - Michael's
3. 'Be Brave' - Charm & Gumption
4. 'Dans Mon Reve de Paris' - Eye Poetry Photography
5. my own photo
6. 'The Royal Mile' - artquirk
7. 'Twilight Blue' - Leigh Viner
8. 'Weeping Cherry' - Sunny Lee Studio
10. my own painting
11. my own painting
12. 'Silence & Noise' - Leigh Viner
13. 'Paolo Roversi Series 1' - Leigh Viner
14. 'Rivoli' - Leigh Viner
15. 'I left my heart in Paris' - Eye Poetry Photography
Metal 'B' - Anthropologie
16. photo from an old calendar
17. my own photo
Mirror - vintage
18. my own painting
19. letter from a friend
20. 'Three Keys' - Renee Ann
21. 'It's All Messy' - Top Knot Weddings
22. 'God is Good' - SS Print Shop
23. my own photo
24. 'Paris Street Shop 1' - Minted

Most of these stores have really reasonable prices, but if you just don't have much to invest in art yet, I would suggest looking for a bulk discount (like BOGO) or waiting for a sale. Most shops will also offer some sort of first time purchase discount or a code when you sign up for their newsletter.

If you've never purchased on Etsy before, use this link to get $5 off your first purchase. I love & recommend all the shops listed above, but if you're in need of more inspiration: Pinegate Road, ohmydeer, The Paris Print Shop, Emily McDowell, & all the shops I've interviewed are great places to start your art search.

Minted is currently running a spring promo for 15% off sitewide (including all their artwork!) until the 16th. If you need some ideas: there's a few other Paris street scenes that are so sweet; I have this guy hanging on my other wall (see him here); waiting to find a frame for this one and this one too. And I always love a good floral! This watercolour one, this painted one, and this one of lily of the valley are all on my favourites list.

What are your favourite places to buy art? I'm always on the lookout for gorgeous new pieces to add :)


Winter Skincare Essentials

Mar 3, 2015

This winter has done terribly dry things to my normally oily skin. I posted a few months ago about some of my favourites, but I've added a few new things to my routine to help battle this winter dryness. 

clockwise from top left

This is everything from day to night, from my hands to my face. Fresh & Caudalie have pretty much taken over my skincare; my skin loves them & just feels better when I use them. I bought a 3 piece kit from First Aid Beauty, and while the cleanser was not for me, the moisturizer & radiance pads are both really great. Some people get weirded out by putting oil on their face, but I swear since I started using coconut oil to remove my makeup that my skin looks better. I've even used it as a moisturizer when nothing else is working!

What are your favourites for keeping your skin happy in the winter? Any hidden gems I need to know about?

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