Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Fall Feeling

Fall Feeling

It's the first day of fall, and while it's hot enough that I'm heading to the beach after work, I admit that I'm looking forward to pulling out some of the cozy fabrics, chic boots, and warm beverages (albeit no pumpkin spice anything for this gal - blech!) that are everything I want as the days get brisk and the vibrant colours of summer shift to the warm tones of fall.  

For me? Autumn is about ankle boots and oversized sweaters, giant cozy scarves and reading good books while sipping steaming mugs of tea,  earthy dark tones, plaids and tortoiseshell.  I've picked a few of the items on my wishlist that have the distinctive fall feeling. 

 - Tortoiseshell Cat-eye Frames 

- A pretty polka-dotted mug for the aforementioned tea

- Good books are always on my list, and I'm dying to read this one.

- This is the most gorgeous-looking oversized sweater I've seen in ages.

- Delicate bracelets? Always a yes, and I love this one.

- I'm really into navy at the moment, and these boots are calling my name.

- A cashmere tartan scarf is an obligatory fall item.

- Who could resist this adorable fox clutch? Not me.

What's on your fall wishlist?

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Monday, September 07, 2015

Music Monday - Carry On

I have basically the whole discography of Coeur de Pirate in my iTunes playlist and am a huge fan of BĂ©atrice Martin's music and singing. So it's no surprise that the first single - Carry On - from her latest album (Roses) is a current favourite. I'm not sure if I prefer the French (Oublie moi) or English versions - I really enjoy both.  Perhaps the French version sounds a little more romantic.  

What have you been listening to lately? 
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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

OPI Nail Envy

I am always thrilled to try new nail polishes out - as my ever-growing collection and overflowing storage area could very easily demonstrate.  I wear polish on my nails nearly every day and I have indeed noticed that they do need a break from time to time due to breakage and brittleness.  What intrigued me about the Nail Envy collection is that these polishes are formulated to encourage strengthening and growth.  
I tried four of these polishes: One slightly pink-tinted nail treatment - Pink to Envy, Two sheers - Bubble Bath and Samoan Sand, and One cream - Hawaiian Orchid

If you love sheer polishes and/or french manicures, I think that both Bubble Bath and Samoan Sand would be perfect for those types of look. Personally? I prefer a creamy, opaque finish on my nails but these are two beautiful sheer options, if that's your cup of tea.

The clear winner of this set, for me, is Hawaiian Orchid. It is a perfect soft pink that goes with everything, and is precisely the sort of colour and creamy, lustrous finish that I love. This is a polish I've already gone back to several times, and I know I will continue to do so - it's gorgeous. 

As for the treatment, Pink to Envy, and the overall strengthening quality of these polishes, I have to say that I think there is certainly some effect.  I wear polish on my nails easily 95% of the time, taking breaks when they seem to get brittle or break easily.  I wore a rotation of these colours (and a week of simply the clear (there really isn't much of a tint) treatment polish, and while my nails aren't unusually strong, neither have they become as brittle as they often tend to do.  So overall? I think on the strengthening promise, these polishes do deliver, if subtly. 

What polishes have you been loving lately?
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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Intentional Gratefulness v. 10

I read a lovely post recently by Rebecca of From Roses that called to mind feeling grateful, particularly finding joy in the small moments of the everyday.  Her words (and examples) really resonated with me.  Sometimes the smallest, most seemingly insignificant things can be beautiful bits to both enjoy and feel thankful for, and so with that in mind,  I'm sharing a few of the small yet joyful happenings that I've felt grateful for this past week. 

 - Sniffing the intoxicatingly delicious aroma of farm fresh strawberries at the local general store
  (I bought and subsquently ate them = yum)

- Driving home through sun-showers and spotting the absolutely glorious double rainbow that accompanied them

- Stopping to enjoy stunning sunsets (see above!) over the water - I never tire of these

- Picnic lunch(es) in the park with colleagues

- Watching my humble herb garden begin to flourish on my windowsill, and harvesting the spoils

- Homemade jam (Thanks Rosie!) on a bakery-fresh roll = scrumptious

- Feeling the wind on my face while running on the trails

- The smell of salt water

- Opening my curtains to a sunshiny morning when it's been rainy for ages. 

- Spotting a piece of seaglass during shoreline strolls to add to my growing collection

- Watching my youngest niece quite literally laugh until she fell over - cuteness plus!!!

What are you thankful for lately?
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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

GRTTWaK Charlottetown

Photo via GRTTWaK
I have been an avid listener of the Grown-ups Read Things They Wrote as Kids (GRTTWaK) podcast for quite a while. I often listen and chuckle along to the half-hour-ish episodes while getting ready for work in the morning, a practice which never fails to help me start the day off in a great mood.  The episodes are recorded at live events across the country, and I was dreaming of the day that a Charlottetown date would be announced.  
When such a date WAS finally announced, I made my way to my parents' basement, digging eagerly through boxes of childhood keepsakes when I stumbled upon the most hilarious, perfect story ever, that I knew would be a total hit at the event. 
I turned over the sheet of paper and saw, written in Mom's handwriting - "Rosalyn's Story, 1992". 
Needless to say, I was devastated. Nothing I'd found of my own, save a very visuals-heavy picture book I'd created at age five (that didn't lend itself to being read in front of a crowd) seemed right. So I was on a mission to encourage my reluctant sister to read her short fiction, "The Foal" that had my parents and I laughing so hard upon our initial reaidng of it as to have tears streaming down our faces.  
Being an absolutely wonderful sport, Rosie agreed to read the story, and so we submitted an application. I won't put the quote I used to describe the story here, as I feel it would be too much of a spoiler. All I will say, is that Rosalyn unknowingly created a whole new genre of children's fiction, which Dan alludes to following her performance.  She told me beforehand that I'd better act as her plant in the audience, and laugh at appropriate spots, in case no one else did, but she needn't have worried, because barely two lines in, the surprised and amused audience chimed right in, enjoying her story as much as I did.

If you'd like to have a listen to her piece, written when she was just ten years old, you can check out the podcast episode below (and you'll also get the treat of hearing several other readings that were among my favourites for the night).  Rosalyn is last, at around the 24-25 minute mark.
So much thanks to Dan and Jenna - a lovely fellow former Stylelist Canada (RIP) alum that I got to meet in person! - for coming up with this genius podcast and for organizing the most enjoyable, hilarious and touching event I've been to in ages.  Come back to PEI soon!! 
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