As if enough isn't happening today... Shop update!

I added a few new things to the shop today too!  I've been working on those cute little turtles and finding ways to make each one unique!  I also added a couple new camera strap covers. I improved them a bit so they stay in place much much better... and as always, they are super comfortable because they are lined with minky fabric and chenille!  I also added in one strap that doesn't have ruffles, and would love to know if you think I should make more without them..?

Lastly, I am the "Crafty Superstar" over at Cut Out and Keep for the next little while, so head on over there to check me out! They'll be releasing a series of my tutorials that I've shared on here previously.

today is the day!

Can I start by saying how excited and nervous I am for today? I'm launching my eBook in a little bit, finally!  I'm nervous because I've never done this before and keep thinking to myself "what if it isn't good enough? What if I let these people down?"  I guess my nerves won't be calmed until it's out there and I get some feedback.

If you purchased a pre-order, I'll be sending out access to the content later today. From there, you'll be able to login to this special site and start reading!  Eek!

If you want to check it out, you can grab your own copy right here!

Also, I wanted to thank Ilene and Rebecca for hosting Self Portrait Saturday with me this weekend! It was awesome and I was glad to see people linking up and participating!

Now I'm off to put some final touches on this eBook. Any advice on calming my nerves in the meantime?


self portrait saturday... with a little help!

Finally, another Self Portrait Saturday!  I took a little break from doing these for a while but I have a special treat for you this time around. My lovely friend Ilene from Much Love, Illy and Rebecca from Manzanita are helping me host this little shindig this time!!! I'm soooo excited to have them on board! So you must must must go and check out their own Self Portraits they've posted today on their blogs! The linkup is on each of our blogs, so I hope you will join in the fun!

If you're a newer reader of this blog, Self Portrait Saturday is a linkup series I started doing to encourage women to become comfortable in front of the camera. It's all about being self aware and confident behind the lens and in our own bodies. If you're shy, this is the perfect time to come out of your shell and experiment a little bit. If you're not, it's time to let that confidence show so others can follow suit!

This weekend, I wanted to play with sunlight a little bit. It was around 6pm yesterday when I took these and I am soooo in love with the lighting. Photoshop didn't have a hand in that, my friends (a bit of a purple tint, yes, but that sunlight and flare is au natural!)! I was smiling the entire time I was looking through the shots after I uploaded them.

It was absolutely freezing outside but that sun just adds such a touch of warmth.  I used my remote for these... which, by the way, I totally lost and then had magically appear in front of me randomly. I swear there is a ghost playing tricks on me or something because I had looked where I found it a dozen times at least and it was definitely NOT there. The next day, there it was... right in plain sight, in that same spot. How creepy... I already ordered another one off of Ebay too. If you don't have a remote for your camera, you need to look on Ebay! I've never paid more than $5 for one and they work like a charm.

What I learned:
- Sometimes the photos I love most happen when I don't try so hard. I literally had no idea what to do for these photos so I just went outside and started snapping. The sunlight was a very nice touch thankfully.
- I had a lot of shots where the camera was situated too low, looking upwards at me. Double chin much? Bending down and/or getting in line with the lens is the best way to avoid such situations.

- Grab your camera and take some awesome self portraits!
- Create your blog post and insert the Self Portrait Saturday banner into it so others can join in
- Link up your post below!
*Enter your blog post URL not your actual blog URL.
Anyone linking up their actual blogs and not a Self Portrait Saturday post will be removed.*

- Visit the hosts blogs and say hi, and don't forget to visit the other participants!
Dana | Ilene | Rebecca



I'm pretty excited because these two lovely ladies will be joining me tomorrow in hosting Self Portrait Saturday! Ilene from Much Love, Illy, and Rebecca from Manzanita!  I'm hoping that you'll all grab your cameras and join our little virtual link party. If you're new here, you can read all about Self Portrait Saturday and view a bunch of my past posts here!  It's gonna be a blast!  Come back at around 9am EST and get your posts ready!  Will you be attending this party? ;)


Makeup Candyland

When Nicole contacted me from Radiant Cosmetics, I lit up with joy! She wanted me to try out her products and obviously, being a makeup junkie, I said "heck yes!"

The first thing I noticed while browsing her shop was how awesome the colour selection was... and how vibrant everything seemed! I'm like a kid in a candy store when it comes to vibrant coloured eye shadow. I knew I had to try some for myself.

A couple weeks later, I received a sweet little package with some of my top choice colours inside.  I was so eager to test these out!  There were five in total, so I spent the next three days creating different looks with each one:

For this first look, I used my Goldilocks and Penny Lane frost shadows.  I was very impressed with how pigmented they were and would have no trouble comparing them to more well-known brands like Urban Decay. 

The next day, I tried out Whimsy, a gorgeous sea blue, along with a matte shadow called Souffle. Souffle wanted to go on pretty dark so I used it sparingly. It is a dark chocolate brown that is essential in any girl's makeup bag.

Lastly I paired up Sorbet with Penny Lane for an orangey simple but striking combination. I love this combination as an every day look, especially for summer. It kind of gives a little twist to basic neutral palettes and would look great on any eye colour.

There is more to Radiant than just pretty makeup. They donate 20% of all sales to Free The Captives, an organization that is dedicated to stopping human trafficking.  You can read all about their partnership and human trafficking here.

My overall impression of Radiant Cosmetics? Definitely a great brand with great colour choices, and the quality is awesome. The website also has liners, mascaras and more if you want to take a peek!

What are your favourite makeup trends for spring/summer?


Colour Confident: How to wear coloured denim

Recently I've been a little bit obsessed with brightly coloured denim. I have a little collection happening in my closet and am kind of excited about this spring trend!  At the same time though, I've seen/heard some people shy away from those beautiful brights because they have no idea how to wear them. I had one girl tell me that she flat out couldn't wear them because she thought she was too large in the lower half.  Crazy, I say!

I believe that anybody can wear coloured jeans, you just have to know how to do it right and pair them with other colours or patterns that compliment each other. After all, we're not trying to attract so much attention to your uncomfortable areas.  The general idea is that you don't want to look like a highlighter. You need to balance that bright colour with a more calming colour so you're not a head-to-toe walking rainbow.

I thought that I would start posting pics of coloured jeans incorporated into outfits so you can get some new ideas on how to wear them, and what to pair them with. So over the next couple of weeks, I'll share a few different colours with you all! I'm calling this little series "Colour Confident" because I want you to be confident in those colours!

So let's get to it!

With this outfit, I paired my bright turquoise jeans with a beige knit tank and brown cardigan. I added some accessories that contained bits of turquoise as well to tie it all together.

This look is really very simple, but doesn't that pop of colour just take it to another level? Love!  Are you down with the coloured denim trend?

Jeans & halo: Forever 21
Tank: by Mink Pink from Shopbop
Necklace: Gifted


choosing not to be bitter

I'm sure that we've all had our own experiences with people in the past who have hurt us, people we have been angry with, or people we have looked at with daggers in our eyes. The very sight of them or mention of their name gets under our skin and can bring back those angry feelings.  We disassociate with people and even cut them out of our lives. We grow up and move on... or do we?

I made a decision a short while ago that I wasn't going to be bitter anymore. I wasn't going to dwell on the past and think of somebody as if what happened between us was only yesterday instead of forever ago.  I accepted that people can change and that I as a person have changed as well. I am not someone who can usually hold a grudge, and if I do it's usually because it's been provoked. So why was I creating so much useless negative energy towards somebody instead of turning it into positive thoughts?  I can't even remember why these angry feelings began in the first place and why they spiraled so out of control.

I decided that I wasn't going to be that girl anymore. Instead, I was willing to let go of those bad memories and rediscover the good ones... and let me tell you, it feels pretty great.

I decided that I was going to accept people for who they are, not who they were, because there is no use letting myself experience negative feelings and act as though I wasn't the one who put those feelings there in the first place.

Only I am responsible for how I feel, nobody else has that power... so why give it away?

What about you? Can you forgive and forget?


the weekend.

This weekend half sucked. Saturday I was confined to my couch all day long with a fever, knee socks, warm clothes, and not enough blankets to stop my chills. I know that having a fever is actually a good thing when you're sick, and I definitely think it helped get those bad viruses out of my body, but man... it just plain sucks.

Thankfully it was the weekend, which meant hours of reality tv marathons to help keep me up with the Kardashians. By the way, I really don't think the Kim/Kris wedding was a sham like so many people keep saying... they clearly did love each other in the beginning but it was definitely interesting watching them move too fast and see Kim start to drift away. I really don't think they were the best couple to begin with, but that's just what happens when you don't find the actual ONE and jump into something I guess. As you can see, I had a lot of time to seriously think about this, *sad face*.

Sunday was a little better for me. No more fever and my mom came for a little visit with some soup and other things. She and Dustin went out shopping for a little bit and they came home with a ride around lawn mower. Umm, kind of amazing. After she left I decided to help D start to put together our outdoor shed. I'm pretty excited about all of these new seasonal toys we have been getting lately! I can't wait for our deck and some new trees. If only the weather would cooperate and turn into summer already!!!

I am a week away from releasing that eBook I've been working on! I read through it again on Saturday and added a few new things. I am thinking of doing an FAQ chapter just to cover anything I might have missed, or any questions YOU guys have. So, if you have any questions you want me to tackle about blogging in general or anything that goes along with blogging, ask away!


Slacker Sunday: would you rather..

would you rather...

Be able to fly
Be able to breathe under water?


around these parts

{calendar from my shop}

I've been a little uninspired.
I've had no motivation to fold the laundry that's been sitting there for almost a week.
D decided to quit his job and is looking for another one.
I've cut out junk food from my diet and my daily meals consist of smoothies, vegetable sandwiches,  kamut cereal, and whatever we decide to have for dinner.
I've lost an inch of body fat thanks to this little lifestyle change and haven't been as hungry.
I'm dying for the warmer weather so we can resume our daily bike rides.
I've been creating a couple new camera strap covers for the shop for spring/summer.
My taxes are finally done and that stress has been lifted.
I've been feeling good and pushing myself into uncomfortable situations.
I'm excited for the future.

Your turn...


a good night.

Last night I did two things I haven't done in years. I went back to Toronto for the first time since we moved out of there, and I went to a concert.  Let me start by saying that I used to be a huge concert-goer. I have so many amazing memories that are irreplaceable and that I wouldn't trade for the world. Long roadtrips and shady hotel rooms, backstage shenanigans and late night tour bus hangouts with friends. We lived sort of a mini Almost Famous type life to put it into perspective.

Last night my friends the All-American Rejects were back in town, so when they offered Dustin and I some wristbands to the show I just had to go see them. It was years since we had seen each other last and being there was such a blast from the past... surreal almost. My old show-going friends were there and it felt like the early 2000's all over again. Nostalgia at it's finest. I was not happy at the fact that the security guy wouldn't let me bring my camera inside, so I was stuck making memories with my crappier cell phone...

We had planned to all go out after the show but things started to run a little late after they had to do an autograph signing, and let's face it, we were two hours away from home and are getting too old for this haha.

It's hard to believe that almost a decade has gone by since we first met these guys and started making awesome memories. The friendships that came out of our experiences have had their highs and lows over the years, but at the end of the day these memories we share cannot be touched by anyone, for only we understand them. Thank you for an awesome night, friends.

p.s. if you haven't heard their new album, check it out. It's on repeat as I work every day. It's amazing to see a band grow so much over the years and the new album is truly my fav.


dancing in the wind

Sometimes you just need to take a break and twirl around in a flowy skirt on the windiest day ever. I love this skirt. It makes me feel like I never gave up ballet class. You can get it here. I tried to be even more graceful in my super tall shoes (remember this post?), but it didn't work out so well. Especially on grass.  I think I've given up completely on wearing heels. Thankfully sandal season is coming up so I won't have to worry so much about rolling an ankle.

skirt c/o: romwe
cardigan: by cooperative from urban outfitters
tank & leggings: f21


my life, lately.

My life lately seems pretty busy. In fact I think I've become quite comfortable with being busy that I get fidgety and bored if I have nothing to work on. I found myself like that this weekend so I started cleaning everything.  My house, my unfinished basement, my clothes. My mom would be proud.

I try to stay off my computer until Sunday nights when I usually pack up weekend orders and stuff, so breaking my routine of heading for my office chair in the morning is strange sometimes. I'm pretty sure I almost always break my own rule though when I grab my iPad... yet somehow sitting in a different room with access to the internet seems less like I'm not working at all.

I've been working on a list full of blog designs... which has pretty much become my full time job and taken over my other design company projects, but I am happy about that because I love doing them.

Fawn & Flora just hit 100 individual orders since we launched on valentine's day, so I'm pretty stoked about that. I've been ordering stock, fulfilling orders, and getting out whenever I can to hunt for unique treasures. Oh and making some cute printables like these cupcake wrappers:

My eBook has been moving along nicely and I am excited to release it at the end of the month! The pre-orders have been better than expected so thank you so much to everyone who purchased one and cares what I have to say!!

Our backyard is undergoing some plans at the moment, which I guess is kind of adding to the bit of stress that's starting to happen. We're trying to get our deck extended, and have plans for a cute patio.

Don't you love my mockup? haha.

All of this being completed of course will be the deciding factor of having our wedding in the backyard or not. Which, by the way, is already starting to stress me out and we haven't even made any definite plans.

That's probably the problem... the date we wanted is only 3 months away and we need to let people know.  However, we can't let them know for sure until this backyard stuff is taken care of, and the home builders decide to come back and redo our lawn. Oh yes, that is another thing. They graded and seeded our lawn improperly 2 years ago and it needs to be redone. My backyard is pretty much nothing but dirt and weeds. The side of our house still isn't graded/seeded either and there has been a big pile of topsoil sitting there for ohhhh... a year? Don't let me get into it because it is the #1 thing that makes me angry to think about. If anybody has any advice on getting these stupid builders to get their butts in gear I'm all ears.

So the wedding? Not even sure if it will happen this year which makes me sad. Is it possible to plan something in 3 months? I think it can be done... as I said it would be nothing traditional or elaborate. I just wish I could fast forward and have everything prepared and ready for me to just walk out, kiss my new hubby, and be married. Wouldn't that be nice.

Can time just slow down a little bit?


colour me good

I think my new fav colour is apricot. It's the perfect mix of pink and orange pastel, and when paired with mint -- even better!  Doesn't it just remind you of summertime, smoothies, and sorbet? Mmm, delicious! I am soooo ready for backyard sun bathing sessions and picnic blankets, aren't you?

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