April Julep Box - Video Review!

Apr 17, 2014

Julep time is here again! I do have to say that getting these monthly boxes in the mail is quite fun :) And I really like that you get to pick which box you get (from 4-5 options) so it's something that you actually like!

I chose the Modern Beauty box this month, so I received their new Glow Pore-Minimizing Blush & Bronzer in Peach Bellini & Light Golden Bronze. Sadly the bronzer arrived broken, so I only have photos of the blush to share, but I'll update this post with photos when the new one comes in. Hopefully it's intact this time!

In addition to my box, I picked up the black & white duo of Jet & Brigitte, as I somehow don't have either white or black in my nail polish collection (shocking I know haha).

You'll have to check out the video above to see my thoughts on everything (can't give away all the spoilers!), but if you want to check out more from April's Vivid Collection, click here.

As always, if you've never tried Julep you can get your first box free with the code 'FREEBOX', which I think is awesome (and how I first tried Julep!). You do have to pay for shipping to Canada (not sure about the US?) but it's pretty low.

Did you pick up a Julep box this month? What did you think?



Apr 10, 2014

Someone has been loving the open window by my desk :)

Why hello :) Yep, still alive haha Thought it was time to pop in before you thought I disappeared for good.

Life lately has been good. The warmer weather (which is still quite cool, but so much warmer than this past winter!) has been such a treat. I've even managed to open a few windows for a bit most days. And apparently today's supposed to get close to 15 degrees??

I don't like the term 'busy'. I think it gets a bit overused & glorified. And in truth, I haven't been busy, I've just been focused on things other than this blog. (You've all seen the new BlogPodium site, oui??) And some days I just can't be bothered sitting at a computer for any longer than I have too, you know?

But I have a small stack of books, a few lovely artists, some beauty items & a few other things that I've been wanting to post about, so hopefully they'll all be up before the end of the month :)

Hope you're all doing well and enjoying some warmer weather & sunshine!


Artist Love: Judith of The Smitten Collection

Apr 3, 2014

Today I am so excited to be featuring Judith, creator & owner of The Smitten Collection. Her shop is filled with lovely & inspiring prints. Keep reading to find out what her current favourites are & how she creates her prints!

Hustle, Darling
What inspired you to open your shop? What is your goal or motivation behind it?
My sister was my main inspiration and drive. She motivated me to share my prints. What continues to motivate me is family. They are always so interested in what I do, and support me. My husband, step-daughter, Mom, and Mother-in-law are always asking questions about the latest print, new orders, and make me feel so supported. It’s nice when people you care about love and care about what you are designing as an artist.

The Cat's Meow
What is the process of creation like?
Most of my inspiration I get at late hours while I am unwinding or in my home studio. Listening to music or reading are always a good place to start to get my creative juices flowing. I always keep a pen and notebook by my bedside; in case inspiration strikes I am sure to have what I need to jot or sketch. I usually show my designs to my sister or husband, and get feedback. They are always there to offer great constructive criticism. When I create a new design I usually don’t go back to it until a week or two later. Sometimes between that time a new layout comes to me, and I’ll sketch it and come back to it. It’s always nice to see how designs change, although some never go through those stages.

Have Courage Little Sparrow
Is there a cool back-story behind one of your prints?
Oh, totally! I recently shared the story behind the Chicago Love print on my blog, but “Have Courage Little Sparrow” has an equally sentimental story behind it. I gave my niece, who is now 7 years old, the nickname “Little Sparrow” when she was a wee little thing, and it stuck. This print was inspired by her. If it’s one thing I want to pass on to her it is to have courage.

What is your favourite item in your store?
I was recently asked this question, and answered it by choosing the Gold Flamingo print. It’s so tough to pick just one. One day I am crushing hard on the “Hustle Darling” print and the other “Jet Set”. I see them all as my little children. Today my favorite is the “Besos” print.


Thankyou so much Judith :) I love reading the story behind your 'Sparrow' print, and I'm loving your 'Hustle Darling' print too!

AND, until April 10th, you can get 20% off with the code 'YAY20'!

Be sure to check out The Smitten Collection on Etsy & Brika, as well as Judith's blog and Facebook.


A New Look

Mar 28, 2014

Why hello!

Gallery No. Eight looks a little different today, non? :)

I loved my last design, but I was just itching for a refresh. I've had the same layout since November 2012ish? So I'm almost surprised this didn't happen sooner haha

click the images above to view full size 

You can see the two designs side-by-side above. I so wish I had a screencap from my first blog design - I secretly still love that one too (anyone remember it? Had it for my first almost two years of blogging).

Functionally, nothing's changed too much. You can still access all my tabs above, the sidebar is roughly the same - new social links to match the new site, cleaned up a few widgets I wasn't using - and the posts are in a slightly bigger font.

My design site has a facelift coming soon too. New fonts, new design, new blog packages (!!) - it's been a busy week over here!

So tell me, what do you think?

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