Thursday, October 30, 2014

Life After Divorce



Photos by: Rox B Photography

"One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful." -Sigmund Freud

Recently I have had the amazing opportunity to team up with James on a journey to document life after divorce. He has created a video series to share divorce stories and to bring hope to those going through similar situations. I could not be more grateful (also nervous) to share more of my story and to hopefully show someone that there is happiness after divorce and that there is a bright light at the end of all the tears and pain. 

video
( Watch full length episode HERE)

I haven't talked a lot about my story. It has totally and completely scared me in the past. Not because I am ashamed or embarrassed or worried about what others might think. But because of the person whom I divorced. I realized through talking with James and considering being a part of this project, that no matter how far I have come (if you're wondering is really really far) that I was still giving him power. I was still giving him the control that he never deserved to have in the first place. So I am telling my story. I'm telling it because I am so proud of who I am, I am so happy with where I am, I am so very happy with who I am married to now. I want other people out there who might be going through divorce now, or who might in the future, to watch this video and to know and see that you will be happy again.  If you are staying in an unsafe, unhealthy situation. If you are dealing with someone with far too many demons than you can possibly help them with. You can be strong. You can get out. You will know happiness and feel light again. You will not carry this burden with you forever. You will be ok. 

So go watch the video! Whether you have been there, are there, or even know someone who might need the extra strength and help. Watch the full video HERE. Learn more about divorce. It is out there, it is all around us. It doesn't need to be a mistake to hide, or a taboo topic.

Most importantly, I love you and if you have any questions or need help, you can come to me..anytime.

xoxo

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Last Minute Halloween Costume






tee:Everlane// Leggings: similar// Cloak: Party City


If you are still in need of a Halloween costume, don't fret! This costume is quick and easy to put together. Also, did I mention it's in expensive? Well…it totally is! All I had to buy is this red cap which you can find at any store selling Halloween gear I'm sure. The rest is just black everything!!! Also, if you don't own Aveda's redwood lipstick…you will need it anyways just for Fall/Winter, cause its bomb. So you may as well just invest in it for this costume. Add it to your lips and then a little to your cheeks to make them nice and rosy and there you go…you are little red riding hood! A basket also adds a nice touch! We happened to already have one from a white elephant present from last Christmas. Best white elephant present ever! But, you can find cute ones even at Walmart HERE.

Now, you all probably need a fun Halloween giveaway. AmIRight? I know I am. When I saw this compass necklace from Fifth and Mae, I knew I had to have it. It also just so happened to go perfectly with the theme of my costume. You all probably need one too! Along with some other goodies because we are giving away $25 for you to grab some lovely jewels of your choice!

Enter below and have a Happy Halloween!!


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Monday, October 27, 2014

Lover of Life








I am so excited to be one of My Sister's Tee newest brand rep! I love the concept behind the company My Sister's Tee. There is so much negative in this world that sometimes it's hard to feel positive, hopeful and happy. I find myself in that situation often and have to remind myself that there is so so much to be grateful for and happy about! I AM a lover of life. Yes, I do get upset and sad sometimes and that is normal. However, I want to love life and everything about. Embrace the bad days and love the good ones! So this tee is perfect. I also love the concept behind uplifting one another. Sometimes as women it can be hard to not feel jealous or compare ourselves to other women around us. Especially when it comes to social media of all kinds. It can make us feel negative towards people who seem to have more than us or those beautiful perfect lives. What we really need to do is encourage each other, uplift each other, be happy for one another and our accomplishments. 

So let's just love life and love each other. Doesn't that sound a lot happier anyways?! It sure does to me! I am making this one of my goals to work on! 

Happy Monday and stay tuned for the latest and greatest from My Sister's Tee because I will be sharing when they have sales and discounts for all you lovely readers!

xoxo

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Recent Life

Recently I have been plagued by this thing I like/hate to call the death cold. It's that cold that starts out with the sniffles and watery eyes and then before you know you are hacking up a lung and sound like a man who tries to be woman. You know what I'm talking about. I know you do.

Here are my other recent things happening/ loving in life:

Hair update- As you can see, I have gone over to the dark side. My hair is officially a mocha brunette. I am LOVING it. If you live in the Utah county area and you are in need of a new hair stylist, check out Kaity HERE. I am SO overly picky with who does my hair. This girl did not disappoint. I haven't been this happy with my hair in a looooong time. So currently and recently I fell back in love with my hair.

TV shows- I am actually a tvaholic. It's not a problem and I swear I can quit at any moment. Don't try to call my bluff on that. Anyways. I am straight up addicted to so many shows right now. So here is my list of recent must watch shows. 

1. Manhattan Love Story. You HAVE to watch this show. I get depressed after each episode when I realize I have to wait an entire week for the next. Good news for you is if you start watching now…you can binge watch like 5 episodes. Go NOW.

2. How to Get Away with Murder. I die. Every single episode. It is so good. Be prepared for some scandyness happenings. And yes that is a word. (it's not)

3. Utopia. You guys…just please do not judge me if you try to watch this. It's horrendous. It's a train wreck you just can't look away from. I'm over it after every episode and then bam next week I just go back for more.

4. Walking Dead. Husband and I stayed up until FOUR in the AM to binge watch season four before season five premiere. I need this show to be over so I can quit having nightmares and thinking people walking in the streets are zombies. It's no good for my health.

5. (yes I am STILL going) Nashville. Mostly I just want to listen to the music ALLLLLL day long. The Gunner guy is also pretty cute. I guess.

I could go on but aren't you guys bored? Ok….I am also re watching every single stinkin' episode of Gilmore Girls. It's a crack up. Every. Time.

New topic…

I am a recent faller in lover of THESE bad boys. I refuse to take them off my sick/weak/shivering sick body. If you don't own a pair…I am truly sorry.

Recently all I can listen to is the Acoustic Evening playlist on Spotify. It is the perfect balance of soothing and depressing. Because I'm sick…and I want to be soothed but I also want to feel bad for myself. So there's that.

A recent discovery on the sick front is that Halls Vitamin C taste like candy. Amazing candy. So I can't be mad about that. Also, Nyquil maximum strength is a horrible idea. 

There are happier recent things in the works over here but I can't focus on them because I am coughing every .25 seconds and also they are a secret. So wait for it!

Now… I am going to go eat cookie butter out of the jar and watch some tv, cause I can, and cause I want to. 

xoxo

Monday, October 20, 2014

Perfect Fall Bundle.







 Cargo Jacket: Pink Blush// Scarf: Shop Strands// Tee: Madewell

I am always in search of new basic staple pieces for each season. This jacket, scarf, and tee are just right! This scarf is the Zara look alike, but from what I've been told it's actually its superior. It's the perfect size and so cozy. I want to wear it with everything! It goes perfectly with this Navy cargo jacket! Also, if you are as much of a lover of a comfy tee like I am then you need this one and now its on sale! Bonus! 

As for life lately…I am currently trying to win the battle over a nasty cold. I have to say, I am NOT a good sick person. I am just so sad that my body would betray me and make me feel blah. So I'm basically just a sad sap all day long feeling bad for myself. Haha. So bring on the Netflix, Hulu, and tea. You will not win this war head cold. You will not.

xoxo

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Piece by Piece by Piece








Tee: Everlane// Leggings: Pink Blush// Watch: Feral Watches// Hat: Pacsun// 
Plaid Shirt: Hubby's closet 


*I am going to walk you through this outfit piece by piece because you deserve to know the amazingness that is each item.*


First off, these leggings. Leggings are a hard find. Good, quality leggings anyways. These ones are just the right amount of thickness and softness. Also, they have a zipper on the side legs that adds a nice touch to show off when you want! Get them. You'll live in them.

Secondly, this t-shirt. Have you ever tried something on and just knew you two were meant to be? That was me and this t-shirt. I plan to own it in every colour and I am already half way there. I also plan to own every item sold by Everlane at some point in my life. I adore them. Good quality, decent prices, and great basics. Adore.

Third, this watch. I have always wanted to be a watch person but I'm picky when it comes to accessories. This watch though. I can't get enough of it. That is all.

Fourth, the hat. It's grey, its awesome, I love it. Enough said. So let's move on the that plaid shirt. Can I tell you that being married has it's perks. Not your obvious perks I'm talking about either. It's that your own wardrobe seems to multiply because all the sudden men's wear isn't just for men. So yah. There's that. 

I love this outfit because every piece in it is brought together to really define my style. I love comfy, love casual, love classy, love chic, love grey, I love fashion! I love the way putting different items on can make me feel. I love that separately I adore each and every one of these pieces and for different reasons. I love that when I bring them all together in to one outfit, I simply feel like me.

What outfit or pieces make you, you?

Happy almost weekend. I honestly can't keep my days straight and had to look at what day it is. I'm tired…

xoxo



Monday, October 13, 2014

Being Canadian in the USA.



We celebrated Canadian Thanksgiving yesterday. It's been really hard for me to be away from my family lately. Especially when a holiday rolls around and they are all together...minus me. It stinks. However, sometimes you just have to make the best of things and convince your friends to celebrate another countries holiday. If you include good food, I mean, it doesn't take that much convincing. 

It was perfect. I made a ton of decorations, made yummy yummy food, invited our most favorite peeps, they also brought delicious food, and I took zero pictures. Which husband literally told me was "a blogger epic fail." Thanks hunny. But really, in my mind...the best parties, the happiest moments, they don't show up in pictures. Simply because you are too busy enjoying the food, enjoying the company, and too busy laughing to even think of picking that phone up and taking a picture. So, blogger epic fail? Yup. Totally. Good friend/hostess/ happy person being distracted from homesickness? Total. Complete. Epic. Pass with flying colours. 

I couldn't be a more lucky person. I am so blessed with family who facetimed with me to teach me how to make brussel sprouts, tell me I'm awesome, and remind me they miss me and love me. I am SO blessed with friends who are really my Utah family. Who help me when I am in need. Most times when I don't even need to ask for it. I am so so blessed with amazing opportunities in this life. I am blessed with an amazing husband who gives me highfives and tells me I throw amazing dinner parties, and who humours me with telling me my crafting obsessions look amazing. I am blessed and I am thankful. 

Cheers to all my Canadian loves. I haven't forgotten about you. And yes, a toque is still a toque...even if I call it a beanie.

smooches.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Get Thick Beautiful Lashes with Younique


I've always wanted to do the whole false lashes thing! Thick, long, beautiful lashes with NO effort. What girl doesn't want those! Seems to that its guys that always get those lashes naturally and how unfair is that. They don't even care! 

Anyways, after too many friends having all of their lashes fall out and look like creepy aliens until they grow back…I've been terrified of fake lashes. So regular mascara lashes it is. NOW, I do have some awesome mascara that I love. Full n' Soft is hands down the best drug store mascara you will ever spend seven dollars on. But if you can do better, you do better right? So when the opportunity came to try out Younique 3D Fiber Mascara I jumped on it.

Here is a how to step by step annnnd the results that give you the whole thick, long, beautiful lashes without the side effect of zero lashes alien face afterwards! Cheers to that!

Step 1: Do your makeup in a tree house…kidding..but it is fun...Curl Lashes. My favourite eyelash curler is just a simple one from Revlon. It is awesome.



Step 2: Cover lashes in your favourite regular mascara. Mine is Full n' Soft from Maybelline. Let mascara dry fully.



Step 3: Apply Transplanting Gel.


Step 4: Immediately after the gel you want to apply Younique Natural Fibers. 


Step 5: Enjoy your beautiful thick stand out lashes! Then contact Kamarie for your very own at kamo215(at)hotmail(dot)com 



Now happiest of weekends my lovelies.

xoxo

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Mid Week Giveaway!







"Lo, you are an outfit repeater." I'm guilty. Actually I took these pics at the same time as my last post soooo hush and just focus on the fact that this giveaway is awesome. You can check out Jennifer Ahern Art HERE. This is one of my most favourite pieces of art I own. It goes perfectly with my fashion/crafting/clothes room decor and also with my free spirit attitude. It's the best.
Jennifer loves to create watercolors & finer art painting of nature, animals and much more! She has everything from realistic pieces to beautiful imaginative abstracts. Her work is amazing and I know you'll love it just as much as I do! So make sure you visit her site and then enter below for a chance to choose your very own 9x12 piece for your home. 

Oh and happy middle of the week. You got this.

xoxo


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Friday, October 3, 2014

Beanie Season. Fist Bump.








Tee: Clad and Cloth// BFF necklace: Fifth & Mae // Beanie: Ariel(similar)

Truth? I'm really tired this week. I feel like the moments where I get to sit and just be have been few and far between. I relish the moments like right now where I am writing to you from my ever so cozy freshly washed bed sheets, while a delicious candle lights up the room, and acoustic tunes fill my ears and soul. It's been one of those weeks where my soul is aching and for no particular reason than I haven't paid it much attention. That soul of mine, it's just so darn needy sometimes. 

So I think I will wear a beanie all weekend and go roast something over an open flame. That sounds perfect to me. Thank heavens for beanie season and the most comfortable tee I have ever slipped myself into. For real this tee has been worn more days than not and I don't even care! It's cozy and comforting and well that's just what I've been needing. So if you are in that sort of need to…go grab this tee while you still can. Your entire being will thank you for it.

Oh. And hey, happy weekend.

xoxo