weekend.

When my head feels too full, and I need to put myself in a grown up time-out, the best thing I can do for myself is to get in my car, put on an audiobook or some good music, and drive. I don’t need a destination, I just feel like it’s the ultimate in alone time and space.
So last weekend I got in the car, put on some Halsey and drove out of the cell phone service area. I ended up in a small valley town about 45 minutes from where I live. It’s a sleepy town with buildings that obviously haven’t been renovated since the 1940’s (and I’m being generous here). It kind of has a horror movie feel to it – like if I stopped at the (out of service) gas station at the wrong time of night, I’d absolutely get murdered by a crazy guy in a hockey mask.
I was driving along the curving highways, thinking this was a lovely way to spend a sunny afternoon. It got even better when I pulled over into a teeny shale pit off of the highway. I parked my car, pulled out a book and sat on my truck reading for hours. I was fully submerged in my book, until a cricket jumped up on the page and scared the hell out of me. Before heading home and getting away from the damn cricket, I decided to document my peaceful weekend getaway.

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You don’t need to travel far to get away – sometimes, the best ways to clear your head are close by. Explore your own back yard.

Oh, and of course, here’s a BTS look at my super professional photography setup:
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autumn (almost).

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Tea, falling leaves, sweater weather, knit beanies, knit scarves, knitting in general, really… Booties, apples, cinnamon. Oh, and of course, pumpkin everything. Aside from being the main points in my favourite bit by my homegirl Iliza Shlesinger, these are the main staples of Autumn. While I have vehemently expressed my dislike of cold weather, I must admit that, like every other girl between the ages of 15 and 28, I f*cking love Autumn. I love dressing for Autumn – boots, layers, leather, earth tones, sweater so ugly they’re considered fashionable – I’m all about that. As the weather stands right now, it’s not quite cool enough to be in full Autumn mode yet, but I’m preparing. This outfit was a baby step, but I’m so ready to go full force. This black baby doll dress is the most perfect starting point for a million different outfits, and can be taken in so many directions. The long gray duster sweater has quickly become a staple in my wardrobe, and I have loved putting it over nearly every outfit I’ve worn in the last 2 weeks. And those boots – those boots have been with me for many years, as you can tell by the scuffed toes. I paired them with this outfit because they add a slightly grungy vibe, without being overpowering or feeling out of place.

When it comes to seasons in regards to makeup, Autumn reigns supreme. Smoky shadows, intense contour, and – my personal favourite – incredible lip colours. This one in particular is a combination of MAC’s Heroine and Beet lip liners, Revlon’s Black Cherry lipstick, and the new Maybelline Color Blur lip crayon in Berry Misbehaving. In all honesty, I think I could sit at my vanity and play with lip combinations all day.

Happy almost-Autumn, everyone. Sip on that hot apple cider, eat pumpkin pie to gain your winter insulation, and get cozy if it kills you, dammit!

Photo Diary | July 2015

It is insane how easy it is to not do something. To procrastinate and put it off until you almost don’t even want to do it anymore. Of course, I am talking about me and what a lousy blogger I am. I kept making excuses for not posting and blaming my sudden lack of creativity, or the fact that it’s summer and I’m too busy having bonfires and drinking beer to write a blog post.

So now that it’s almost mid-August, I thought it would be supremely appropriate to post a bunch of photos from the month of July… starting with one from June, obviously.

001 June 26 | My baby brother graduated high school
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002 July 1 | Happy Canada Day
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003 July 4 | Girls night ft. sushi
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004 July 4 | Girls night continued ft. Magic Mike + so much wine
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005 July 9 | Boardwalkin’
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006 July 14 | The prettiest sunset you ever did see #nofilter #forrealzies
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007 July 16 | Concert + rain
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008 July 18 | I drove and drove, but I couldn’t find the end
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009 July 24 | What does it mean when people compliment “my aesthetic”?
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010 July 28 | Even the worst storms gotta end
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I’m going to make a real effort to be back, and post regularly. I have lots of ideas, I’m just bad at follow-through sometimes.

See you soon, blog.

Photo Diary // 14032015

This weekend, we had our first taste of springtime in Canada. Winter is so depressing to me – everything is grey, cold, and dead. The novelty of pretty snow wears off pretty quickly once you start having to put on 20 layers of clothing every time you want to leave your house.

So when the snow started melting and the birds started singing, I was so happy to put away the parka, break out some sandals and spend time in the sunshine. I dragged my boyfriend to the nearest beach, thinking it would be sandy and clean, and we could go for a walk while sipping some smoothies. Unfortunately I was not greeted by the warm vision I was hoping for.

It was still pretty messy and frozen, so we were forced to stick to the boardwalk. That’s okay, we still has fun in the warmth of an early spring.

After the beach, we went to this cute little antique shop in town and explored. This place had all kinds of amazing nicknacks, from original publications of Archie comics to vintage luggage. We dug in and wandered through a little bit of history.

Not wanting to stay indoors just yet, we stopped by a park and hopped on the swings. And of course, I made my boyfriend pretend to be a photographer and take OOTD photos “for the blog.”


Shortly after this impromptu photo shoot, I realized that there were patches glued to the inside of my pants, underneath the distressing. I got really excited and ripped them off because my theory about distressed jeans is that you better go big or go home.

We finished off the day with an amazing (and kind of strange) dinner of pepperoni and mushroom pizza, and Brussels sprouts (I love them. I love Brussels sprouts. Sue me.). I wish I had thought to take a photo of that, because once we plated the pizza and veggies, it honestly looked like such a weird and unappetizing combination, but it was exactly what we were craving. We ate while watching Big Hero Six and Horrible Bosses 2 (another weird combination…), and we laughed a lot. Despite the muddy beach and the fact that this headcold of mine is a stage 5 clinger, it was a wonderful time spent with someone I truly love, and that’s all I need to have a perfect day.