I’ll be the first to admit that on busy weeks (or lazy weeks, or distracted weeks, or inspired weeks), my apartment can get into quite a state of disarray. I don’t know about you, but sometimes it can feel hard to keep up with the stuff that piles up on the kitchen table, and the clothes on the desk chair.
I think we all have different levels of comfort when it comes to how tidy we like our spaces to be. I’ve learned that having a tidy home is key to feeling calm throughout my day. I also enjoy having pretty dishes on shelves and books on the coffee table. This tendency away from minimalism means that if my space isn’t tidy, and if everything doesn’t have its place, it can go from cozy to cluttered pretty quick.
The number one thing that I’ve found that helps all of this? Having less stuff. It seems like a no-brainer, but it took me a while to catch on. I’ve been reading this book (along with everyone else) and it’s been a game changer. It’s easy to forget day-to-day, but if there’s something in your home that doesn’t leave you feeling joyful, then maybe it shouldn’t be there. Plus, I know that my mind is so much calmer when I can hang out in a tidy living room. But that’s me! I know lots of people who aren’t the least bit fussed by a few piles around.
So I’m curious to hear, how tidy do you like to keep your home? Is it something you want to change? Or are you happy with how your space is now?
Well, I can’t quite believe it, but today I turn 25. It’s been an exciting year, and but I’m really looking forward to a new one. This time of year is always filled with reflection for me, between the holidays and then my birthday, I try to take the time to examine where I’m at and where I want to go. Here are some of the important bits of the past year.
01. We settled into our apartment and it really started to feel like home. Quiet days here are some of my favourites.
02. I’ve started to become more and more sure of what I really want in life, and I’m getting more comfortable making the decisions that will help cultivate the life that I want.
03. I rebranded the studio and brought the blog under the same name. It’s been a good exercise to really look at the type of work I want to do, and what impact I want to have, and to integrate that into my business in every way.
04. I took some really memorable trips, including Tulum and LA (one day I will blog about those!) and they were both inspiring in their own way.
05. We lost my grandma in the Spring and it was incredibly difficult. But it also reminded me to be grateful for the time we have with people and to make an effort to be less trapped in cycles of worry, stress, and obligation. So I’ve tried my best to make decisions that will fill my life with ease and joy, and remove things that don’t contribute to that.
06. In my day job, I moved into a new role that’s been super satisfying. I work on a lot of brand and content strategy, as well as photoshoots, ads, and our Instagram. Lots of good stuff, and the best people.
My main intentions for next year are to simplify and to go on more adventures. I want to have just what I need and love, without so much clutter and excess, both in my surroundings and in my mind. I have a lot of ideas for how I’ll do this, and I’m excited to continue on with it.
I loved the trips that I went on last year, and I remember sitting at an intersection in LA (it was really nothing special) and just thinking about how there’s such an endless amount of things we can experience in this world. I’d like to make the effort to see a bit more of it this year.
This year has been a great one, and I’m grateful for everything it brought. Now I’m excited for the next one! To celebrate, I plan to drink some tea in bed, hang out with some of my favourite people, and get out in my city a little bit. Cheers to that!
I don’t know about you, but this holiday season has felt hectic. With two trips in December (LA + the prairies), and a full workload, Christmas has sort of snuck up on me. Thankfully, I’ve found some pieces to fill my loved ones stockings that are pretty and useful.
I’m not really a huge makeup person. Once I find what I like, I tend to stick with it. Every once and a while, when I’m hanging out with my sister, or when the mood strikes, I’ll try a new lipstick or a cat eye, but generally, I like products that do their job, make my morning easier, and make me feel pretty and put together. And as I’ve gotten older, I’ve focused less on makeup and more on skin products. I love Glossier’s slogan – skin first, makeup second, smile always (once they start shipping to Canada I’m definitely ordering this).
For the most part, I try to use natural, organic products that are free of harsh chemicals. I rarely if ever buy anything with fragrance or perfume in it.
Some of my trusty products are super popular and cult favourites, while others are a little less so. But here’s a look at them all!
One Love Organics Easy Does It Cleanser
I’ve been using this for a few months and it’s working great. Simple cleansers are best for my skin. I’ve found that lots of water, adequate sleep, and good food do much more than any cleanser I’ve tried. So I use this easy one in the morning and at night. Also, my sister just started using this Cleansing Oil and she says it is amazing.
Everything from Eminence Organics
My mom got me into Eminence back in University, and I’ve used something from their line ever since. The products are some of the best I’ve came across, and they’re all natural. Right now I’m using the Calm Skin moisturizer, and the Bright Skin serum. But if you buy it in a spa (where it’s often sold), just ask for a little consult. I also use the Sun Defense Minerals everyday (it has SPF 30).
Caudalie Beauty Elixir
I picked this up in the summer after reading lots of great reviews. It’s lovely when your’e feeling a little overwhelmed or just need a little pick-me-up before you run back out of the house again. And I find my skin a bit glowier when I use it frequently.
Burt’s Bees Herbal Blemish Stick
This guy works wonders, and you can feel it sting, which always feels encouraging when you’re really trying to get rid of a big ol’ pimple.
Nars Blush in Orgasm
I know, everyone knows about this one, but it’s a cult classic for a reason.
Hourglass Hidden Corrective Concealer
This is the best natural concealer I’ve tried. I use it under my eyes, and on anything red like blemishes and around my nose. I use the mini Beauty Blender to apply concealer.
Benefit Brow Zings in Medium
This brow shaping kit comes with a powder and a wax. It’s great for shaping and filling in those sparser spots.
Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara
I tried this mascara for the first time a couple months ago and it definitely works – long lashes, and it conditions your lashes. Sidenote, when I don’t feel like spending $40 on mascara, my go-to is Loreal Voluminous Original. It doesn’t last as long, but it also does the trick.
HAIR + BODY
The Honest Company Shampoo + Conditioner
These guys leave my hair feeling nice and soft, plus they don’t irritate my skin when I rinse them out (like every fragrance-filled product I tried before). I also use the shampoo as a body wash.
The Honest Company Body Lotion
Same deal with the lotion. Soft skin, no sensitive skin problems. Win-win. Sometimes I mix it with a dollop of their body oil for extra moisture.
A Dry Brush
I use one before I hop in the shower. They exfoliate so well and feel great – nice and energizing.
J.Crew No. 57 Perfume
Musky enough but still feminine – I’m obsessed with this scent.
What are your favourite products? When I do try something new, it’s generally because I’ve heard rave reviews and/or my sister uses it. :) So let me know what products you love!
Hello! And how was your weekend? Did you get up to anything fun? I spent Saturday with my sister and Angela eating muffins from Whole Foods (so good) and working in cafes. Sunday was basically a Netflix day (here’s to being caught up on Grey’s).
I also wanted to let you all know about the next Sweet Happenings event that’s coming up at the end of November. We’ve ran two of these gatherings so far, and we’re working to make them a seasonal thing. It’s always such a highlight to meet cool, smart, sweet women (and men!) who are doing things that they’re passionate about.
If you’re in Vancouver and would like to join us, check out the new Sweet Happenings site and grab yourself a ticket. We’ve got an early bird price at the moment, so check it out if you’re interested. :) I’d love to see you there.
I’ve been on the move a lot this summer, but it’s always nice to have a weekend at home relaxing. I spent Saturday morning lounging around, drinking tea and watching Gilmore Girls. Always a great way to spend a little time (or a lot!). I also starting picking up some of the pieces for this space that I’m decorating. It’s so fun to watch a room go from something I’m picturing in my mind, to the real thing.