Only 2 more sleeps & it’s officially holiday party season! That means making a list & checking it twice, making sure all our most-cherished & celebrated loved ones receive a festive holiday invite in their mailbox. In our digitally-focused day in age, what’s more fun than snailmail?! So head over to minted.com & shop around for the perfit fit. Choose classic gold or festive red to ring in the new year! Afterall, entertaining starts with a good first impression – did I mention the best part? Not only are Minted’s (family-owned) designs top-notch & super cute, but they are printed on their signature thick & luxurious card stocks.
Sunday also marks the countdown to Christmas!! Why not beat the crowd & tackle the first thing on your Christmas to-do’s by sending friends & family picture-perfect Christmas cards created exclusively by Minted’s independent designers. All your holiday stationary needs in one place! Visit Minted’s Design blog, Julep here.
Hip Hip Hooray!! My favourite sisterly duo have released their collaboration of 6 limited edition PARTYSKIRTS with none other than Teen Vogue! These girls have proved time again, if you can dream it – you can do it! Congrats my dolls, we love you!! …and how can I not mention all the amazing PARTYSKIRTS prints now available for purchase on their website – I could seriously take one of each! The polkadots & the stripes have got to be my absolute favorite!! I just love them all. Click over to SKOT Apparel & see all the amazement for yourself! Follow the make-it-happeners + their incredible journey on IG: @misslva @marielarmstrong @partyskirts
First of all, to those of you who continue to read my little blog – THANK YOU! And to those of you who have sent me little notes to keep going – you are my inspiration! Many new + exciting changes are beginning to take place & I couldn’t be happier about ALL of it! With that in mind, it has affected the volume of posts I am able to publish each month (however, soon to change). A firm believer in dreams bigger than myself, I’ve put a lot on my plate recently – all good, but all energy + time consuming. Besides pacing bustling Ad Agency halls from 9-5, I’m in the works of a top-secret re-branding project which I will explain more about in the next few months (!!!)
In other news… we’ve finally become home-owners! After months & months of hunting, we’ve finally found the perfect home! Everything is finalized + now the planning begins! It’s been so much fun to start dreaming of colour palettes, fabrics + furnishings – oh my! I am SO excited.
Moral of ALL this news is this - in life, we make our own luck. Despite all the craziness & chaos that consumes our busy days, it’s important to never lose sight of your dreams & to fight to make them happen. Each day. Little by little. Progress is better than perfect! (Thank you Lara Casey for that one!)
A casual trip to Chapters, nbd…. Except when I go with the intentions of a good book + find myself perusing through their home collection section for an hour! Chapters – why do you do this to me? Just when I think, okay I’m safe – there’s nothing to buy here but books! I am sadly mistaken by beautiful prints by the oh so inspiring + talented Stephanie Sterjovski, cheerful tea cups or bright pretty stationery from my favorite Rifle Paper Co. .. geez you can’t even escape a good statement necklace! Whoever is doing the buying over at Chapters is doing their job because by the time Christmas rolls around I’m going to have quite the list for Santa.
With the closing of Summer comes the excitement of Fall + the endless possibilities our wardrobes have to offer. It has been years since I’ve had the urge to stop into Old Navy – however, this season is entirely different! This Fall Old Navy has released a wonderfully girlie collection of trendy meets cute womenswear; the perfect mix of working-girl + weekend layering. From printed + patterned denim, polka dots, stripes + comfy sweatshirts, Old Navy really thought about everything trending right now + delivered in a tastefully chic way. While sorting through the Fall 2013 lookbook, I quickly realize I had a real problem on my hands…. I want ALL of the pieces I’ve shared below – see for yourself!
If you’ve been following along from home, you may have caught Burberry’s Prorsum Spring/Summer 2014 Presentation at London Fashion Week – and I must say, they’ve stolen my heart this season! Hearts, animal prints + classic stripes stole the show at Monday’s Burberry runway lineup – everything from the perfect pencils skirt to chic office staples to my favorite Burberry trench. I was having a hard time deciding which were my favorite pieces!! Everything in this collection is pretty, sophisticated + functional – a well-rounded assortment for the modern-day working girl! Well done Burberry, you nailed it once again!
Well, this is the first September in a long long long time that I am NOT heading back to school. And i have to say…i’m kind of loving it! Except, my favorite part – back to school supplies. I wish there were as many stylish + colorful products on the market in grade school as there is now! How could one not be excited to get back to the grind when accessorizing your workspace with fun stationary + supplies that gets you motivated to give it your all. Some of my current favorites:
When it comes to my skin, I simply cannot skimp out! ..and when it comes to my daily skincare routine, SkinCeuticals is at the top of my list. All their products are focused around three fundamental elements: Prevention, Protection, and Correction.
Earlier this year, I was diagnosed with a fairly common skin discoloration disorder called Malasma – and while I am very lucky my case is minor in comparison to many others, I have to be extra cautious with sun exposure + take those extra steps to help maintain the healty state of my skin.
I would highly recommend making SkinCeuticals apart of your everyday routine! (No, I was not paid to say that) I’m just that passionate about this wonderful company. I’ve shared some of my favorite products below:
This week I turned 27 – how fast this year has flown!? While 26 was full of many struggles + home stretches it was also probably one of the most rewarding and bitter-sweet years of my life. I finally completed my Business Degree in Marketing + shortly after landed my dream 9-5 at a prominent Advertising Agency in the city. If that wasn’t enough, the love of my whole life + I are on the move to purchasing a home together. At last. The stars have aligned + I’m convinced that the universe is working in my favour.
Also this past weekend, my beautiful cousin got married to her soul mate. She held a gorgeous reception at my grandfather’s house complete with twinkle lights, a DIY Ceaser bar, complementary flip-flops & an ‘everything you might possibly need tonight’ station; from bottles of advil, hand sanitizer, gum to band aids and blankets to bug repellent. It. Was. Awesome.
The big day took place the night before my birthday + definitely had me reflecting on all I’ve accomplished this past year + the moves I want to make in this next blessed year.
If I’ve learned anything it’s to never stop dreaming and that there is possibility in everything!
1. Personalized Initialed Outdoor Bar
2. ‘Everything You Might Possibly Need Tonight’ Station; includes Fleece blankets, Advil, Off Bug Repellant, Tissues, Gum, Hand Sanitizer + Hand Wipes
3. ’Spice of Life’ DIY Ceasar Station
4. Delicious Mini Appetizers
5. Twinkle Lights lined the outdoor tent