Silver Delights

Jan 31, 2013

Hello hello!

Since discovering my forgotten Christmas present 'B', I've been on the hunt for lovely silver details to add to my room. And since my 'B' comes from Anthropologie, I thought that was the perfect place to start :)

I know gold is super popular lately, but I still like a bit of silver :) What's your favourite??

xo,
B

Nailed It: January Edition

Jan 28, 2013

I had so much fun sharing my nails with you last month, that I thought I would make it a monthly feature! Nail polish is my favourite accessory :) I tend to paint my nails every 4-5 days, but if they still look good, I'll leave it on for a extra few days. This tends to happen more with glitters than with cremes - glitters tend to have more staying power (which if you've ever tried to remove one, you'll know! haha)

All manicures were done with Essie All In One basecoat & Sally Hansen Insta-Dri topcoat. The glitters have a layer or two of Gelous (you can get it at Sally Beauty Stores) over the polish to keep them nice & shiny!


When I first saw swatches of this polish, I thought it was nice but not for me. But I am SO glad I finally decided to pick it up! This is Deborah Lippmann Mermaid's Dream, and it is such a gorgeous polish! It needs 2-3 coats to be opaque and definitely several coats of Gelous (a glitter polish's best friend). I love all the different kinds of glitter; there's the soft turquoise foil-y bits, with the larger blue glitter and then there's tiny golden flecks - so pretty!! And even though it looks a little bumpy, it wasn't at all.




Have you ever seen gold Minx nails? Well I think OPI's Goldeneye is the closest nail polish will ever get to replicating that effect. It was seriously gold & seriously reflective. I'm usually not a huge fan of gold tones as they don't suit my skintone, but this was just SO fun! It definitely changed depending on the lighting, so I tried to capture the different 'tones' it gave off in the photos above. This polish is probably not for the shy haha



I love this colour, but I will admit I bought it for the name, Hello Gorgeous! (No really, that's its name!) It's by China Glaze and was released as part of their United in Purpose Collection for Breast Cancer Awareness. Love the cause, love the colour, LOVE the name. It's a dusty rose gold pink glitter with TONS of holographic glitter thrown in. I tried to capture some of the awesome glitter in the second photo - so sparkly!


The only creme of the bunch! This is an oldy-but goody :) It's Lapis of Luxury by Essie and it originally came out several summers ago for a short time, but they've released it as part of their drugstore collection, which is where I picked it up. I love a good glitter, but sometimes it's so nice to just have plain glossy creme nails :) This is 4 coats of polish, which I know is a pain, but it gives it this glassy/squishy effect that opaque-er polishes just don't have. And please excuse my super dry cuticles in this photo (and my wonky pointer finger nail - it has a split right where the nail grows above the skin, so I've been using tea bags to 'wrap' it until it grows out), the joys of winter!

What's on your nails lately??

xo,
B

Cozy Up

Jan 25, 2013

So, we've been having a bit of a cold spell here lately, and all I want to wear is big cozy sweaters! I've rounded up some gorgeous ones, for little budgets & big budgets there should be something for everyone :) And who doesn't love a navy & coral combo??

Hope you all stay cozy this weekend!!

xo,
B

Many Thanks

Jan 24, 2013

I've been trying to write this post for a few days now, but I just didn't know what to do with it. So, it is going to be a post full of thankyou's. They are oh so necessary and I definitely don't say thankyou enough.
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First of all, thank YOU for stopping by & reading, wouldn't be the same without you here :)

Thankyou to those who comment, your words brighten my days :)

Thankyou to those who inspire me, because my creative juices would be so low without you and your wonderfulness.
Thankyou mama, for loving me & being supportive and putting up with my weirdness haha :)

Thankyou Brenna, for introducing me to Emily Freeman & the (in)courage community.

Thankyou Holley, for creating this God-sized Dreams group, can not wait to read the book!!

And Ashley, Melissa, Sarah & Amber, thankyou all for being my God-sized Dream Team buddies :)

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We were not created to be islands, we need others to encourage & inspire us and to celebrate with us and help keep us going even when the going gets rough. We need community; we were built for community. So thankyou, to all of you who inhabit my little community :)

Go thank someone special in your life today :)

xo,
B

Linking up with the lovely ladies of the God-sized Dream Team. Click here to see all my Dream Team posts.

Life Lately, Vol. 2

Jan 21, 2013

Hello hello!

How was your weekend?? Mine was fairly uneventful (although I did manage to start & finish a book, think I might post a review sometime this week!), but I thought I'd share a few snippets :)


I took some photos on my old Minolta XG back in September, but I only finished the roll of film & had them developed a few weeks ago! We'd had a picnic for a dear friend who was leaving on an 11 month mission trip and it was so fun & the food was so good, we'd wondered why we'd never done this before! I instagramed some of the photos, including my favourite one of the dripping candle :) These have me dreaming of warm weather again! How many more months to go?.....


Now, this photo has a funny story. I was rearranging my gallery wall since I'd bought some new prints, and I decided to include a paper template of my favourite Anthropologie 'B' so it would have a spot when I finally went & bought it. My mom came in, saw the template and said "Oh, is that for your B you got for Christmas?" to which I replied, "I didn't get a 'B' for Christmas." We then debated back & forth for a minute on whether or not I had in fact received a 'B' - she remembered buying it, but I didn't remember getting it. So off to her closet we went and low & behold, an Anthropologie 'B'!! I immediately took down the template & hung my pretty 'B' :D I've been wanting one of these for so long now, so strange to think it's been sitting in my house for the past few weeks!


The snow was so fluffy on Sunday, and I had my blinds raised so Winnie (our cat) could see out the window, I thought it was such a lovely photo :) I'm not the biggest fan of the snow (can't wear cute boots in the snow), but it can be so pretty sometimes!


Can you spot the difference? It's so sparkly now! (I won't tell you how long it had been since it was last cleaned.....)


I installed Jen's new blog design this weekend as well :) Isn't it gorgeous?? She designed it and I installed it for her - just love how it turned out! The little tabbed widget there on the right is one of my favourite features :)

I think we're going to be painting our family room next weekend (Sangria from Benjamin Moore!!) so that will be exciting! I'll share a photo next week if we do indeed manage to paint it :)

How was your weekend?

xo,
B

On My Bookshelf: Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

Jan 18, 2013

Good morning!

A few months ago in my Fall Reading List, I shared that I had found this cool new book that I was really excited to read, Mr Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan. Well, it was under the Christmas tree and I had it read in a few days!

I thought it would be fun to do a little review of it as a follow up to featuring it on my reading list, so here goes!
Amazon, Chapters Indigo, Good Reads
From the publisher,
        The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco Web-design drone—and serendipity, sheer curiosity, and the ability to climb a ladder like a monkey has landed him a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days on the job, Clay begins to realize that this store is even more curious than the name suggests. There are only a few customers, but they come in repeatedly and never seem to actually buy anything, instead “checking out” impossibly obscure volumes from strange corners of the store, all according to some elaborate, long-standing arrangement with the gnomic Mr. Penumbra. The store must be a front for something larger, Clay concludes, and soon he’s embarked on a complex analysis of the customers’ behavior and roped his friends into helping to figure out just what’s going on. But once they bring their findings to Mr. Penumbra, it turns out the secrets extend far outside the walls of the bookstore.
        With irresistible brio and dazzling intelligence, Robin Sloan has crafted a literary adventure story for the twenty-first century, evoking both the fairy-tale charm of Haruki Murakami and the enthusiastic novel-of-ideas wizardry of Neal Stephenson or a young Umberto Eco, but with a unique and feisty sensibility that’s rare to the world of literary fiction. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore is exactly what it sounds like: an establishment you have to enter and will never want to leave, a modern-day cabinet of wonders ready to give a jolt of energy to every curious reader, no matter the time of day.

I'm not going to reveal any of the big secrets, but just in case, my thoughts are after the jump!

Dream Big

Jan 15, 2013

Good morning!

I have a little story to share today :)

My mom got a set of 4 mugs for Christmas. They all have the same pretty writing around the outside, but they each have a different message on the inside. 'Live Well', 'Laugh Often', 'Celebrate Life', and 'Dream Big'.

The first few times we used them, I kept getting the same mug. When I'd pull one out of the cupboard, or when someone else was making the tea, it was the same mug. Clearly, someone was trying to tell me something.

Last week I was dead set on buying my first DSLR camera. I'd saved up my birthday & Christmas money, I knew the one I wanted and I found (what I thought was) a great deal. Turns out my deal wasn't as much of a deal as I thought, and I was going to have to pay $100+ more than what I was planning.

So I walked away.

And I won't lie, I was fairly disappointed. I had big plans for this new camera. But the reality is, I didn't really need it. I sort of needed it, but not really. I also sort of need a new computer. And to upgrade my Photoshop (still using CS3). And probably a few other things I haven't thought of that this little business of mine needs.

Maybe buying a camera wasn't my first step to sort of building my little business. Maybe I needed to not buy that camera so I could come home, and make a plan to really build this business. Not just sort of build this business.

Clearly God knew this all along, whispering 'dream big' to me as I drank my tea.

No more sortof's, or maybe's, or if/when's, I want to do this and do it right.
Even if I have to wait to buy that pretty camera :)

xo,
B

Linking up with the lovely ladies of the God-sized Dream Team. Click here to see all my Dream Team posts.

Smoothie Love

Jan 14, 2013

Hello!

If you know me in real life, you'll probably know I'm a fairly picky eater. Me + vegetables are not the best of friends. So when I discovered this trend of smoothies with veggies in them, I was sold. Because if you do it right, you can't even taste them :D A picky eater's dream hahaha

I've rounded up some of my smoothie Instagram's and some of my rough recipes if you, like me, would rather drink your veggies :)

These are all from the last few months. I don't follow a strict recipe, I just use what's in the fridge & freezer at the time. I do tend to really like spinach in smoothies because you honestly can't taste it. But if you are going to be drinking these everyday, it's good to switch up your greens. Here are my rough recipes for the pictures above (left to right, top to bottom):

1. 1 cup frozen raspberries, some spinach, frozen mango or peaches, probably a banana, warm water (helps the blender with the frozen fruit)
2. 1-2 bananas, 1-2 cups of pineapple juice, 1 yoghurt, or 1/2 to 1 cup (I've used plain vanilla, or even greek yoghurt) This one is reaally yummy :)
3. lots of spinach (1-2 cups?), frozen berries (the mixed bag), frozen blueberries, a banana, warm water
4. lots of berries, 1 banana, some greens, water

Now, if you want to get a little crazier, you can add some powders to your smoothies. I currently have a vegan protein powder and Sprouted Chia Seed Powder & Chlorella from Organic Tradtions. I bought mine from a local health store, but I've also seen a lot from this brand in Winners/Home Sense. (They also make these suuuuper delicious dark chocolate chili hazelnuts!) I really want to try Slippery Elm next. Mostly so I can weird my brother out haha, but it's also supposed to be really good for you.

For a really green, healthy smoothie, this is my rough recipe:
1-2 cups of kale (cut out the middle 'stalk' bit if you don't have a fancy blender)
1-2 cups of spinach
1-2 cups of vanilla almond milk (or water, or a bit of both)
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1 heaping tablespoon sprouted chia seed powder
1 teaspoon chlorella
1 lemon, peeled (& de-seeded if you don't think your blender can handle seeds)

I once tried celery, but you need a really good blender for that haha And you'd be amazed how much the lemon does! Sweetens that nasty kale right up. The vanilla protein powder also helps with the flavour a lot. I have the Harmonized Vegan Protein Powder from Progressive, but I have to be careful how much I use because I'm (very mildly) allergic to Stevia. One scoop every so often doesn't bother me, but I couldn't have it every day. Reminder to read labels ingredients before you buy even at health stores haha

So that's me & my smoothies :) I tend to have a few a week, usually for lunch because I find them to be a bit much for the mornings (especially the super green one), but I do sometimes have one for dinner. I tend to drink 750mL to 1L, just depends on how much I put in. I have a few big glasses (& mason jars) that I use for smoothies so I can pour it all into one glass at once and wash the blender out right after.

What do you think of super healthy green smoothies? Do you make them (whats your favourite recipe??) or would you try them? Or is it just not for you?

xo,
B

Friday Favourites, Gorgeous Edition

Jan 11, 2013

Good morning!

Thankyou so much to those of you who read Tuesday's post. It was not easy to write but I am so glad I did. And thankyou to all who left sweet comments, you are all so wonderful!

There has been so much gorgeousness going around the interwebs this week that I just have to share :)
I love this little collection of lovelies on Michaela's desk! And I'm really hoping that when Target opens here, they'll have that sweet little journal!!


Steph just launched her spring print collection! You can see her whole shop at SS Print Shop, but I love what she's designed for spring - there's even an ampersand :D


Confession, I hadn't read Shay's blog before I discovered her office makeover, but oh my goodness! So much pretty over there! And it's no wonder when her new office looks like this!!!


Since talking about my fears on Tuesday, I've noticed several other things all about fear. Which is just how the universe works, isn't it? :) Lara Casey is talking today about naming your fears in order to push past them (and there's a whole bunch of other goodness over there too!) And today's daily devotion from Rick Warren was about replacing your fears with faith. Mom made sure to forward this one to me :)

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

xo,
B

On Fear & Failure

Jan 8, 2013

Having finished writing this post, I don't know how I feel about it. Mostly confused, but also maybe a bit determined? To not let this fear define me. But I'm still scared stupid. Anyone else out there ever feel like this? I know I can't be the only one. And now I'm avoiding hitting publish. So! onto the post:


I had planned on celebrating my 2 year blog-a-versary last week, but I managed to catch some nasty bug (probably the flu) and spent most of my week on the couch surrounded by kleenexes and cough drops. Glamourous, I know. (I really hope you're all staying healthy and had a wonderful holiday time!)

I didn't really want this to be my first post of 2013. Well, really I didn't want to write this post. I've written and rewritten the intro for it so many times in my head and debated posting it at all. But I think I need to get it written down and out of my head. Then it can live here and not clutter my thoughts.

So here it goes.

I am terrified of failure.

There. It doesn't seem like such a big thing written there in that small sentence, but when it invades almost every aspect of your life, it certainly doesn't seem small.

We all have fears. Most are little, but some are big. Failure is my big one.

I don't know how it started, or when it got so bad, but I think its been there most of my life. I remember in grade 7, we had a science fair. We had to come up with an idea and run experiments to test our hypothesis. I remember one girl tested mood rings, and someone else tested different detergents, but me? I tested water evaporation. And I didn't even write my hypothesis until after I'd done the experiment. Seriously. Apparently I was scared of failure even at 11 or 12.

In highschool I remember not wanting to answer questions in class in case I got the answer wrong. But I remember one time in math class I was feeling somewhat confident, so I put my hand up to volunteer an answer from the day before's homework. Out of the whole page of questions I finished the night before, the one I volunteered to answer was the one I got wrong. I think that was in grade 9. And I still remember that exact moment.

My favourite subjects were always math and science. Partly because I was good at them, and partly because there were definitive right-or-wrong answers. So I could be sure to not get the answers wrong. History to some extent is like that too, but english and philosophy and all those other classes (that I can't think of because I never took them)? Too iffy. Too many opinions, not enough absolute facts.

I guess along with failure, I was afraid of disappointment. I was always the 'good child'. The one who did well in school, who followed the rules, who dreaded getting in trouble, who stayed inside the box. Because inside the box was safe.

But I'm feeling a need to get out of the box where I've spent so much of my life. And what lies outside the box? On one side, excellence. But on the other side, failure. And that fear of failure has been what's kept me inside the box for so long. I've never excelled at anything I've done because to strive for excellence is also to risk failure. And I just don't know what I would do if failure happened.

I mean, obviously, the world would not end. I would carry on and learn and grow I'm sure. But it's one thing to say that and it's another to truly believe it deep down. I can say it and believe it on some level, but I don't believe it deep down.

So what do I believe deep down? That I would be a disappointment. I would no longer be 'the good girl' who does what she's told and follows instructions and stays in line. I would have screwed up.

And it's not even about perfection. Because I'm not a perfectionist. It's like I'm a 'good-enough-er'. When something is 'good enough' I stop. Because to push it farther, closer to perfection, is also to risk screwing it up. And see? We're back to fearing failure.

I don't think I could have put the words to this fear as a kid, but I think it's always been there. I don't know why or how. I don't remember a defining moment that shaped the fear or some huge trauma that  brought it on. But I would really rather it be gone.

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This has been a rambly post. And way more personal than the stuff I normally post. But I want 2013 to be the year when I'm not afraid. I want to follow a few dreams that have been lurking around for a while. I've even joined a team to help me follow these dreams (here's the linkup to my fellow dreamers).

But I'm still afraid of failure. Probably always will be. So I guess my challenge is to figure out how to make it not matter as much. How to make this fear smaller. And they say to overcome a fear you have to face it head-on. So maybe this will be a year of failures as well as dreams? Goodness, this should be fun.

I'm going to be writing about following my dreams this year. I'm doing this with the intention of keeping myself accountable as well as documenting it for my future self.

I don't know how it will go, but this is week one.
And this is what I'm feeling.
Afraid.

I don't want to hit publish on this. Or even read it through again. But I guess every journey needs a first step. This is mine? Or maybe this is the step before the first step? I don't even know.
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