6 Gorgeous Mani/Pedi Combos

Jul 23, 2014

August is only a week or so away, so soak up all the summer that you can!! These 6 combos are my favourite for summertime (I'm wearing the first two on my hands & feet right now!!) and I had to share!

I will wear anything on my fingernails, but on my toes I tend to prefer something a bit brighter/darker (no pastels please!), so I would wear everything on the left for my hands and everything on the right for my toes, but they could go either way :)

Chanel Frenzy (greige) + (bright pink) GOSH Flamingo
Nars Trouville (soft coral) + (intense turquoise) Nails Inc Warwick Way
Julep Paulette (shimmery mauve) + (navy) Marc Jacobs New Wave

I threw in some more bold combos (mint & magenta! sky blue & red!) and some more conservative/traditional (greige & pink or cream & burgundy) as everyone has different tastes/workplace requirements.

And a few little tips if you've read this far :)
1 // Sally Hansen Earl Grey is an almost identical polish to Chanel Frenzy. (which is not as green as the photo above appears. It's definitely a soft greige)
2 // Scotch Naturals is wearing so well on my toes!! Usually polish does last longer on toes than on hands, but I still get the occasional chip. I've had Stiletto on my toes for 2+ weeks and it looks just the same as the day I painted my toes! I know they use very different ingredients (they're water based) so that must explain it. But I'm seriously impressed!!
3 // If you love turquoise polish & have never seen Nails Inc Warwick Way in person, RUN to your nearest Sephora! It is absolutely gorgeous, and photos never do it justice. (Same with Marc Jacobs New Wave - it is definitely navy in person!)

What are your favourite combos for summer??

xo,
B

On My Bookshelf: The Interestings

Jul 22, 2014

Last month when I posted my Spring (more like summer) reading list, I had only read a few chapters of The Interestings. Now I'm back with my full review & thoughts! 

Amazon.ca, Chapters Indigo, Good Reads, Amazon.com

From the publisher:
    The summer that Nixon resigns, six teenagers at a summer camp for the arts become inseparable. Decades later the bond remains powerful, but so much else has changed. In The Interestings, Wolitzer follows these characters from the height of youth through middle age, as their talents, fortunes, and degrees of satisfaction diverge.
    Wide in scope, ambitious, and populated by complex characters who come together and apart in a changing New York City, The Interestings explores the meaning of talent; the nature of envy; the roles of class, art, money, and power; and how all of it can shift and tilt precipitously over the course of a friendship and a life.

It was...interesting? In full disclosure, I didn't buy this book. My book blogger friend Brenna won it for me on Twitter (#penguinexpress) and I was genuinely interested to read it after I read the description. Having gone to university for the arts, I definitely have a fascination with what happens as artists of all skills get older & how that transition works. Who makes it, who gives up, who surges later in life - that aspect of this book I did enjoy.

The trajectory of each character was very different, and was in ways fascinating to watch. And that's maybe where my enjoyment of the book ended. (I did enjoy seeing NYC through the years - that was definitely neat.)

Without spoiling anything, the characters all go through a lot of crappy stuff. Things that I didn't really enjoy reading about. I finished the book to see what happened to them all, but I was left feeling a little 'blah' about the whole thing.

I know this hasn't been the most positive of reviews, but sometimes that happens. There are definitely people that will really enjoy this book, it just wasn't for me in the end.


You should pick it up if:
1 // You have any interest in the arts/the careers of artists. It is fascinating from that standpoint.

2 // You love the backdrop of New York City. I need to visit!!!

3 // If you liked The Goldfinch. They are definitely very different books, but I feel like people that enjoyed the one would enjoy the other.



Have you read The Interestings? Does it seem like a book you'd pick up?

xo,
B

ps, what are you reading right now? Always need some good recommendations :)

Woodland Tea Party

Jul 21, 2014

peonies, tea, moose, invitation suite
A few of things I've found on Etsy recently that I've fallen head over heels for. Dark florals, tea o'clock, a minty moose, and the most beautiful invitation suite (in my opinion anyways!) If I was making an Etsy Treasury around these 4 things, that's what I would call it - a woodland tea party. Doesn't that sound lovely??

I'm hoping to get my artist features series back up & running again - know anyone I should feature? Or do you have an Etsy shop? Let me know!!

xo,
B

Picnic Field

Jul 18, 2014


There's this field I know - off a local trail, down a rocky hill, past a forest lined track, the trees open up to reveal this beautiful big expanse of grassy field. There are probably 'nicer' picnic spots, where the ground is more even and the grass isn't so long, but there's something special about this place.



We were even joined by some forest friends :) Can you spot them in the photo above?



Good friends, good food, good memories, and the perfect picnic field :)

xo,
B
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