Ideas & Plans

Feb 19, 2013


I don't think there's enough time in the day to complete all the things my brain dreams up. Truly.

An idea here, an idea there. Nothing really formed, just snippets of possibilities.

To turn even one of those possibilities into a reality would be so incredibly fun, but the starting point is often as vague as the idea itself.

And all these ideas are making me sad. Because I know the possibilities. I know the ideas. But I don't know how to get from idea to reality. I'm not a visionary.

I'm a problem solver, but these ideas aren't even formed enough to have problems yet.

And the not knowing what to do? It makes me sad. I see all these chances flying by and I keep missing them.
lettered by the very talented Kelly Cummings

I think of this quote a lot. And there have been things I've started and I am so glad I did.

But this is now. And I'm struggling. With turning these ideas into plans and those plans into realities.

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

Go & Do Those Things

Feb 15, 2013

Well this week hasn't turned out quite like I thought it would. Not in a bad way, just a confusing way.

So while I attempt to sort out what my life will look like in the next month, I will leave you with the gorgeousness that is Lara Casey's new shop. Gold foil & handwriting all in one? Sold.


You can find the above print, along with so many other gorgeous prints & original paintings right here.
And ps, you should be reading her blog if you aren't already...

Have a lovely weekend!

xo,
B

On My Bookshelf: The House at Riverton

Feb 14, 2013


Time for another edition of what's on my bookshelf! I've been planning to write this post since before I started the book. But after I finished it, I knew I had to write this post!

The House at Riverton is written by Kate Morton (who has also written The Distant Hours, The Forgotten Garden, & The Secret Keeper) and was published in 2007. Morton's books (of which I've now read 2) all seem to have an element of people searching in the past for secrets/answers that are buried deep.

This book really surprised me. I've read another of Kate Morton's book, The Forgotten Garden, and I liked it, but it didn't have me desperate for more. But what I loved about The House at Riverton was the very Downton Abbey-esque feel. Seriously, I actually checked to see when it had been written because I found it so similar to Downton.
Good Reads / Amazon / Chapters Indigo
From the publisher,
          Grace Bradley went to work at Riverton House as a servant when she was just a girl, before the First World War. For years her life was inextricably tied up with the Hartford family, most particularly the two daughters, Hannah and Emmeline. In the summer of 1924, at a glittering society party held at the house, a young poet shot himself. The only witnesses were Hannah and Emmeline and only they -- and Grace -- know the truth.
          In 1999, when Grace is ninety-eight years old and living out her last days in a nursing home, she is visited by a young director who is making a film about the events of that summer. She takes Grace back to Riverton House and reawakens her memories. Told in flashback, this is the story of Grace's youth during the last days of Edwardian aristocratic privilege shattered by war, of the vibrant twenties and the changes she witnessed as an entire way of life vanished forever.
          The novel is full of secrets -- some revealed, others hidden forever, reminiscent of the romantic suspense of Daphne du Maurier. It is also a meditation on memory, the devastation of war and a beautifully rendered window into a fascinating time in history.
More of my thoughts after the jump...

Nailed It: Glitter Tips

Feb 13, 2013

Hello!

I've been on a bit of a glitter kick lately and I think this mani is just gorgeous. It's perfect for Valentine's Day (although really, it's fabulous anytime of the year!). Soft pastels, glitter tips, what more could you want?? :)

I love the lavender with silver tips (reminds me of falling snow!) and can you imagine this in pink with gold tips? Might have to try that out next!







It's really not hard, promise! The hardest part is trying to not get loose glitter everywhere haha I used Essie All in One basecoat & Sally Hansen Insta-Dri topcoat. I used loose nail glitter from Gosh cosmetics, but there's lots out there. To keep glitter shiny, use a coat of Gelous over glitter but before topcoat.

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one
Paint nails with base colour and let dry.
I used Zoya Wednesday for the turquoise & Essie Lilacism for the lavender.

two
 Dab glitter polish at tips and dab/spread/smudge with finger.
I used China Glaze 5 Golden Rings for the gold & China Glaze Tinsel for the silver.

three
Immediately dip or brush loose glitter onto tips.
Any nail or craft glitter will work - but don't let it near your face or eyes.

four
Blur edge by dabbing more glitter polish & brushing a little loose glitter on.
Make sure to spread it towards the base of the nail to make it look 'softer'.

five
Layer glitter polish & loose glitter until you're satisfied!
2-3 layers should do it.

six
Protect glitter & keep it shiny with a coat of Gelous and your favourite top coat.

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What do you think? What's on your nails this week?

xo,
B

Saying 'No' & 'Yes'

Feb 12, 2013


This week I was challenged to write about saying "no". What things I need to say "no" to be able to say "yes" to even better things. And I think learning to say "no" to some opportunities can be beneficial.

But I don't think not saying "no" is my problem. I think my problem is that I say "no" too much.

I've always been very aware of what I like & what I don't like, as well as what I can and what I can't do. But always knowing what you can't do is sometimes a total pain. Because it means I turn down opportunities and projects based on what I currently know. But what I currently know is constantly changing. I'm learning new things every day.

I don't like 'not knowing' things when I'm working on a project. I've said yes in the past and then realized I was in way over my head. But I always managed to figure it out and learn a ton and finish the project well. And those projects usually turn out to be some of my favourites :)


So I've decided to stop that bad habit. Of course there will still be projects I turn down, but I don't want to turn them down if it's a skill I can learn or a project I can learn from.

I've said yes to a fairly big opportunity recently.
I don't really know what I'll learn or where it'll take me, but I'm kind of excited :)
And don't worry, I'll let you know more soon!

xo,
B

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

Get the Look: Floral Pants

Feb 11, 2013

Hello!

Hope you had a lovely weekend :) Mine was full of family times & lots of food, yum!

My spring/summer style is always full of lots of floral prints, but I've never worn (or even tried on) floral pants! And I kind of really want some...
I tried out image-mapping this post, so all you need to do is click on the pants to go to the page!!
(if it doesn't work for you, let me know and I'll post the links!)
Image Map
I think I love the 'skinny pink floral' ones and the 'high-rise floral' ones the most, although the first two 'tame' ones I can see myself wearing too.

Are you feeling the floral pant trend? Do you own any or would you never wear this style?

xo,
B

Friday Favourites, Photo & Font Edition

Feb 8, 2013

Happy Friday!!!

I've had a busy week, but I'm glad it's the weekend!! My brother came home yesterday afternoon  to avoid the crazy snow today and that was a good decision since we've had over a foot of snow and it's still falling. Craziness! I'm kind of looking forward to a snowed-in weekend with the fam :)

But before that starts, I wanted to share a few of my favourite things from this week:

I know most of you have probably heard of the Cinemagraph, but do you know its creators Jamie Beck & Kevin Burg? If you love beautiful photography (and I mean seriously gorgeous stuff) you need to check out their blog, Ann Street Studio. They posted a behind-the-scenes time lapse this week and it is fascinating to see the process of these two inspiring creatives.
photo by Kevin Burg for Ann Street Studio

Oh this bag! This bag has been taunting me for months now. I fell in love back in Nov/Dec before it was officially released and have been stalking ONA and this bag online ever since. I've entered several contests to win it (one just ended today) but no luck yet. Just have to save up my pennies for this one!

ONA - The Chelsea in Cognac

I've been spending a lot of time on MyFonts (and font websites in general) lately, and this beauty is one of my favourite finds. Insolente is by the foundry La Goupil, who have also designed another one of my faves, Paris Serif. I'm thinking both of these need to find their way into my fonts file pretty soon.


What have you been loving this week?

xo,
B

Colourful Doors

Feb 6, 2013

I love a beautiful front door, and some of the best come in fun colours. Mint, blue, yellow, red - I'd take any of these! They especially brighten up a dull winter day - can't wait for warmer weather!



And it's double the fun when the garage door matches the front door! We don't have a garage, but the one below is gorgeous - my favourite colour :)






I totally want a colourful front door when I have my own house, what about you?

xo,
B

Winter Weekend Up North

Feb 4, 2013

You know those weekends that are so awesome it kind of hurts to see Monday roll around? Well I had one of those weekends. (And before you get too jealous, most of my weekends are spent chilling at home, this is not a regular occurrence!)

Me and mom were invited up to a family friend's cottage for a mother/daughter spa weekend :) Well, only the mothers got to go to the spa haha but we all got to spend time in their beautiful cottage up north. The decor and finishes were beautiful. (major difference to my family's old cottage that was more 'log-cabin-in-the-woods' than 'restoration-hardware-meets-muskoka' haha)

We woke up on Saturday morning to a foot and a half of freshly fallen snow and it kept snowing most of the day! We do not get that kind of snow here so it was really fun and so gorgeous. Me and the girls went out for a wilderness walk while the mothers were 'spa-ing' and it was so peaceful. Not another creature in sight!


I shared a room with one of my best friends that had two twin beds (one of my favourite cottage elements!) and this was our bathroom counter. We pack a little differently hahaha Yes, that's my side on the right. (that's her toothbrush & tiny facewash behind the soap dispenser on the left.)


And of course, my winter weekend nails :) Lavender with silver tips - perfect for a snowy vacation! I think I might do a tutorial for this mani, it turned out just how I imagined (which doesn't always happen!) and was really easy.


Hope you had a wonderful weekend, whether it was full of snow or not :)

xo,
B

Font Love: Slab Serifs

Feb 1, 2013


It's February!! January went by so quickly, but February means it's almost March which means it's almost April which means it's almost spring!! Yay! :)

I was playing around in Photoshop yesterday with some new fonts, and I thought to myself, "Hey! That would make a cool blog post!" So, I have for you today some of my favourite slab fonts :)

Slab fonts are basically a mix of serif & sans-serif. They're usually chunky and bold, and the 'serifs' are thick and straight. They're great for headlines or for when you want something a little 'more' than just a plain sans-serif. They place nicely with a huge variety of fonts, from script/handwritten to sans-serif. There is a slab font for every need :)

All of these fonts are free (Conqueror & Sketch for personal use only), and Trend is a paid font. BUT! It is currently on sale for $19 (down from $159!!!) for the whole font family. I'm not getting anything from mentioning this, I just think it is a totally awesome font.

If you need any convincing to go buy Trend, I was playing around with it and made some gifs :)

Aren't those so fun?? Everything in the gifs is from the Trend family. You get so many pretty ornaments as well as an awesome slab (and sans!!) font.

Are you down with the slab fonts? Which is your favourite?

xo,
B
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