Tuesday, January 27, 2015

#StormChips and Netflix: 5 Fun Ways to Weather a Snow Day

It's a blustery, blowing blizzard outside, with tweets coming in from all over the Island that it's a day to stay inside, to keep warm, and hole up in wintry hibernation. Last night at the local grocer, the Maritime phenomenon of gathering #StormChips was in full force, and I was no exception! Honestly, the only thing I'm missing? This genius sweatshirt from Olivia Mew's Stay Home Club.
 
In any case, with emergency preparedness out of the way, and power still blessedly on, I thought I'd take a moment some of my favourite activities for quite literally "storm-stayed" days (when the winds and blowing snow don't allow for a simple, joyful trip to the backyard for snowmen or snow-angels).
 
Crack Open a Good Book (or several)!
I have a giant stack of to-be-read books stashed all over my humble apartment.  I've been picking away at them over the last several weeks but I plan to power through at least one or two with a steaming hot mug of tea in hand as the wind whistles past.
 
Get Fit, Have Fun!
There are so many at-home workouts that are perfect for snowdays (or really any winter day when frigid climes make outdoor workouts intolerable).  I've got a pinboard of easy fitness routines, but I aso follow several fitness channels on youtube that offer fantastic workouts FO FREE. Yeah, it's awesome. My recommendations? Sarah Fit and Yoga With Adriene. The. Best.
 
Enjoy Guilt-free TV! 
I admit, I do have a lot of screen-time (but living in a village where everything shuts down at 6pm, can you blame me?), although on normal days I try to squeeze in a fair bit of productivity to even the score.  This guilt goes out the window on snow days, however, and I will definitely take advantage of the chance to binge-watch some great tv and/or movies.  My Netflix picks for today: Twin Peaks,  Broadchurch,  Brooklyn 99 and The Bletchley Circle.  Pro Tip: This would be the time to crack open the storm chips!
 
Take Time to DIY!
I don't know about you, but I have so many crafty ideas and recipes that I've been wanting to try and simply have not gotten around to. Today's the day for trying this new tasty-looking recipe for tomato and bean casserole and attempting to make homemade beauty products (keep an eye out for the results in an upcoming Stylelist post).  If there's a DIY you want to try, there are no excuses not to do it on a snow day!
 
Play Some Tunes! 
Although I don't have my beloved piano in my current teeny, tiny place, practicing a musical instrument is one of my favourite ways to while away the quiet hours.  Currently I'm picking away at the much more portable long-abandoned ukulele, dragged from the depths of a closet where it had lain, long-forgotten until now.  My project for the day is to at least come up with a passable rendition of this tune from Misty Miller.  And if music's not your bag, perhaps take the time to devote some practice or time to your own favourite hobby!
 
What are your favourite snow-day activities? I'd love to know!
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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Reading in Style v. 14


Sarah of 204 Park
Brighton of Brighton the Day
Cee of Coco and Vera
Kassandra of Kastles
Rikke of Paperback Castles
It's hard to believe that there have already been fourteen "Reading in Style" posts here on the blog (and I hope many more!).  I'd love to make it a monthly post, so if you have bookish style posts to share, feel free to email me!

These are a few stylish ladies whose blogs I follow, some of whom have appeared in these posts before (looking at you Cee and Kassandra!).  Every single one has a blog worth a look, and I encourage you to check them out!

First - Sarah of 204 Park (one of a trio of stylish Canadian bloggers) sporting some seriously stylish frames as well as reading a book on my to-read list - "The ELLEments of Personal Style."

Brighton, of Brighton the Day has such fantastic style, and her sparkly personality just bubbles throughout every post. She's so upbeat and lovely, and shares my enjoyment of Kate Spade, as seen in her book of choice.

Next, one of my very favourite bloggers, Cee, of Coco and Vera, in a Paris-themed post. If you click through to check out her post, you'll see her whole sophisticated ensemble.

How adorable is Kassandra? What I love most about her post is that it also features her husband and an adorable, romantic little bookshop date. Too cute!

Rikke of Paperback Castles is a fairly recent discovery of mine, and a blogger whose posts I can only understand with the help of Google Translate. Even in electronically-translated broken English, her writing is obviously beautiful. I think the amount of effort put into reading her posts illustrates how great her blog really is. I sort of feel she'd be a real "Kindred Spirit" to put it in the words of the famous Island author whose work we both seem to share a love for - and whose book she's reading here.

Would you like to be featured in my next Reading in Style post? If you've got a bookishly stylish look/post to share, feel free to send it my way! rebecca (at) lotsixtyfive (dot) com!
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Monday, January 05, 2015

Music Monday: From Afar


  
I'd wanted the Vance Joy album ever since I first heard Riptide playing on CBC Radio 2 Drive on the way home from work one day. My lovely friend Alli got it for me for Christmas (Thanks love!) and in the driving I've been doing over the last few days I've had the album on repeat, and this song in particular. It is sweet and sad and true and basically just tugs on my heart. Hope you'll enjoy it as much as I do.
  
What are you listening to lately?
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Thursday, January 01, 2015

Hello 2015!


What a year! I can't believe that 2014 is already at an end, and we've launched into 2015.  I'm looking forward to starting fresh. I've got a new job, a new place, in a new town. I've accomplished a lot over the last year and though it had the usual ups and downs, I ended it feeling hopeful.  
 
I looked back at my "resolution"-filled post from last year (see it here), and I am proud to say that I accomplished many of the things on that list. I ran a 10k and further. I didn't quite make 100 books read, but got close with about 75! I travelled to Switzerland and made beautiful memories with people that I love dearly. I volunteered. I went down two sizes. I wrote. I climbed a mountain (see photo above^)!!!!
  
Looking back, there have been difficult moments, but there have been beautiful moments too and I am grateful for the growth that both have provided. 

As I said in this post, I like to make a habit of posting my goals here to help keep myself accountable. And as always, I certainly have a few things I want to accomplish over the next year.

In 2015, I hope to:

- Actually make it to 100 books read!
- Complete a Half-Marathon
- Learn a new instrument (preferably one more portable than my beloved piano)
- Spend less time dreaming, more time doing
- Go back to school, even if only part-time: Learn!
- Travel somewhere new
- Sew a puff (or quilt) for a loved one's forthcoming 2015 baby
- Successfully maintain an indoor herb garden (in spite of my black thumb)
- Keep growing!


What are some of the goals you hope to work towards in the coming year? 
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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Style & Beauty 2015

Sharing my goals for the new year is something I always love to do here, as it helps remind and keep me motivated to pursue them over the course of the year - a sense of accountability, perhaps.

I'm starting off with some fairly simple (and admittedly a bit superficial) ones - those pertaining to beauty and style!
In the beauty department...
 
Experiment with Eyes:

I always turn to the same shades, styles and products when it comes to my eye makeup. While I do like having some tried and true favourites in my beauty arsenal, I have also been gaining more and more of an interest in playing up what is actually my favourite feature. On the list? Expanding my colour range beyond neutral browns and beiges. Watch out!
 
Find my Perfect Red:

I'm hoping that Ruby Woo will be the right red, but as a redheaded gal, sometimes finding a red that works is more than a bit challenging. I have a few discards in my make-up bag right now that just don't fit the bill, but I'm hoping to change that in 2015.
 
Master Winged Eyeliner:
 
This is a look that I love whenever I see it (like in Estée's latest tutorial here), but I've never been brave enough to attempt let alone achieve it. Maybe this will be my year.
 
As for style...
 
Quality over Quantity:

As I've been transitioning through weight loss, I've been relying heavily on fast fashion, secondhand items and clearance rack specials to get me through. Once I reach my goal (keep an eye out for a more lifestyle-oriented goals list coming soon!), I plan to reduce, and simplify. Buying things I truly love and going for long-lasting, quality pieces.
 
Invest in the Classics:

This aligns, I admit, with my first style-related goal, but is perhaps a bit more specific. From black and nude pumps to trenches to jeans to blazers, I've reached a stage where I need to replace just about everything - which I plan to pick away at over time, certainly.  But when I do - I want each key, classic piece to be the best quality investment that I can manage, that I can care for, wear and love long term.
 
Sparkle Every Day:

As much as this could apply to simply living life, I mean it a bit more visually. I love everything pretty, bright, sparkly and glittery - I'm a bit of a magpie in that regard. I don't plan to wear all sequins all the time, but I do plan to inject at least a bit of "sparkle" into each day. That might mean a bright, happy colour, a simple sparkling earring, necklace or ring, or a full on sequin-encrusted tee. Every day is better with a bit of sparkle, am I right?
 
What are your style and beauty goals for 2015?
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