Wednesday, September 28, 2011

12 Before 2012 update!

Hey y'all! I just thought I'd drop in today to share a quick update with my 12 Before 2012 progress!  

Oh yes, I was madly in love with Ben Afleck (think Pearl Harbour)! This is part of the reason why I love re-visiting things from my childhood!
  • I made 2 bracelets two weekends ago, but never got around to sharing them with you. Here they be: 

Beads, wire and a clasp.  
Braided yarn with a clasp.
  • I've lost 5 more pounds since my last weigh-in, which brings me to 65 total pounds lost! Only 10 more to my goal weight! I think I can manage that before the dawn of the new year!
That's all I wanted to share today. I'm so glad that I'm slowly ticking things off of my "to do" wish for this year- it makes me feel as though I'm accomplishing something! 

{top image via/text edit by pinkazaleaparadise}

Monday, September 26, 2011

(royal) weekend recap

Well loves, it's Monday again. This past weekend I took a jaunt to my parent's for some TLC (television, laundry, cooking- haha!). We went to Aberfoyle's Special Antique Show, and it was quite the sight. There were hundreds of vendors and tons of people milling around. I saw quite a few oddities and beautiful things. I didn't purchase anything, but I got a ton of ideas for my future dwelling (and it was also something I wanted to do on my 12 Before 2012 list). Later that afternoon, we went to the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington. I can't put into words how gorgeous and relaxing it is there, so I will let my pictures do the talking:

 I will be channeling the inner peace I found there during this hectic week. I highly recommend going there if you ever get the chance!

Thursday, September 22, 2011


Thinking about the future...
picture via/text edit by pinkazaleas

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

red + emerald

Almost a week since I last posted? Shameful. I'm here today to share a colour combination that has been inspiring me for the last few weeks. There's nothing more dramatic and elegant than vibrant, red hair contrasted with a deep emerald or teal. Since I've been known to have red hair (albeit not as deep or rich as these ladies), I've been taking cues from them and wearing deep jewel tones more often to really contrast my hair. It makes a bold statement, and screams confidence- just take a look at them!
Emma Stone takes it a notch further with deliriously sexy red lipstick. 
Drew Barrymore in an Emilio Pucci gown. Fabulous. 
Jayma Mays looks classy and cute with a sparkly scoop neck. 
Russian model Ulayna Sergeenko looks vintage-y sleek in her fall 2011-12 lookbook. 
Blake Lively always looks stunning, and her new red hair is no exception. 

Pantone's fall Fashion colour report for fall 2011 has also been providing me with some guidance for the "it" colours of the season. It's no surprise that deep teal is red hot this fall. I'm also loving "phlox" and "cedar" which I think would look equally gorgeous on these red-headed celebs. 

Which Pantone fall colours speak to you? Do you think red hair and emerald is passé, or ingenious? I'd love to hear what you think! Have a colourful day, loves!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

12 Before 2012 update!

Settling back into routine at school has kind of put my 12 Before 2012 list on the back burner, but I have managed to accomplish some small feats. One of my goals is to re-read the entire Harry Potter series. Last night I finished reading the first book in the Harry Potter series (Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone for those of you who don't know). I plan on starting the second one tonight. It's a great way to relax and unwind after a busy day because it's an interesting and easy read. I can't believe there are so many details I'd forgotten over the years! 

Another thing that I've been working on from my list is my weight loss. As of a few days ago, I had lost another 5 pounds, which puts my total weight loss at 60 pounds! It's surreal that I've accomplished this, but I intend to keep going. I don't own a scale here, because I found it far too easy to become a slave to the scale. I've started a combined workout regime of walking and pilates, and I keep eating healthy food choices, so hopefully the pounds continue to come off. Even if they don't come off as quickly as I would like them to, I feel great because I'm taking care of myself, and I feel accomplished, proud, and confident. 

Now you're all caught up on my progress so far... 3 and a half months left of 2011 (that feels almost unbelievable as I type that... because that means I'm only in class for that much longer- eek!). 

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Fall Porch Decor

Fall is just around the corner, and I am slightly obsessed with seasonal porch decorating. There's something so home-y and inviting about a wonderfully bright and textured entry to your home. The vibrant colours of fall make me want to snuggle up with a good book and a tea. 

Here's what my friend and I did at my parent's house last year:
After browsing through the interwebs, however, I have an itch to try something new! Maybe something like this:

Or something artistic like this:
Or something rustic and country like this:
I'm feeling super inspired with all of these lovely photos. There are so many different ways to decorate your porch for fall, but they all leave me with warm and fuzzy feelings!

Monday, September 12, 2011

hittin' the books

Today is my first day of Teachers College! I'll be hitting the books and learning about what I love the most (besides fashion, beauty and interior design). If only I could look as glamourous as this lady does while doing it. I love new beginnings- they're a chance to prove to yourself that you have grown as an individual, and this new beginning is one of the most exciting ones I've ever encountered! 

Until later lovelies, 

Friday, September 9, 2011

Detox for your Senses

My best friends (holla M!) know about my obsession with all things white. A pure white colour palate in a space is not only timeless, but is also so refreshing. Not only does it clear your mind from all the hustle and bustle in our daily lives, but it just feels so serene and peaceful. Add to the white backdrop small pops of colour, inject freshness with cut flowers, and warm up the space with different textures and patterns, and you have the perfect recipe for utter bliss




I'm all moved in to my new place- not sure how I like it yet. Hopefully time will tell... in the meantime, have a good weekend, lovelies! 

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

welcome, fall

With yesterday's nippy air and the kids returning to school, I'm ready to embrace fall, even unofficially. Sunny days, chilly nights, rich tones, layers, and warm, delicious drinks...

welcome fall

Packing and moving for my final in-class semester tomorrow! Talk to you all on Friday!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

weekend tidbits

One ounce of the final weekend of summer was not wasted. Playing outside in the sun, new sandals for $19, a kitchsy candle holder, magnolia scented candle and racing at Delaware Speedway... what more could a girl ask for?

Good luck to all of my friends who start placement today, and happy first day of school to my friends and family! xo

Monday, September 5, 2011

fallish footwear

My interest in menswear-inspired lace-up oxford "shooties" (that's shoe and bootie) has finally been quenched. I've been eyeing this trend for a few years, but I finally took the plunge after I found a pair that fit perfectly and were on sale! I bought them for $29.99, and got an additional 10% off with my student price card, for a grand total of $30.50 taxes included. Here are my new babies:

And then I took a silly picture.
I'm deeply in love with them and can't wait for the weather to cool down so I can wear them! If you're interested in more info, click here for their product description.