Never the Bridesmaid

At 26, I have yet to have many people I’m close to get married. In fact, I’ve really only had one friend, and two cousins get hitched. Which might seem kinda strange if you spend much time around the blog world, because so many bloggers seem to get married young, and by the time they’re my age, they’ve been married a few years, with a bunch of married friends.
Anyways, with my lack of married comrades it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that I’ve never been a bridesmaid before. And I super excited that I get to be one in two weddings in the next year. Its probably not the type of thing that should make someone giddy, but I can’t help it. Helping pick out dresses and shoes and bling. Seriously, what shopaholic/wanna be fashionista wouldn’t be excited?
The first wedding is happening in December, and since the date was only set last week, there’s a ton of stuff to figure out right away. So last night I made a trip to the mall, strictly for research purposes, of course. And it inspired the following…
Bridesmaid Edition

Therapy Thursday Bridesmaid Edition

The only instructions/information I’ve been given about the wedding so far is that the colors are red, black, and silver, and that I can pick my own dress but it has to be black.
one. I found this dress at Le Chateau. And I loved it. It fit me perfectly. Its form fitting, shows a little leg, but the top of the dress is still winter appropriate (I feel like a strapless dress just wouldn’t look right for that time of year). My only complaint, is that its a bit long (I’d like it to be just above the knee) and it doesn’t fit as tight around the bottom as it appears to in this picture. $190 is a lot to spend on a dress for someone else’s wedding, especially if you’ll never wear it again. So I’m hoping to convince the next wedding’s bride to go with this dress too. Then it won’t seem like such an expensive purchase.

two. I love the idea of adding a little color. And these deep red shoes would fit the bill perfectly. Sky high heels and pointy toes are my fav. They are the prettiest color, but the price is a bit steep, so if I get the go ahead for red, I’ll have to find a cheaper alternative.

three. If Debrah doesn’t love the idea of red shoes. I could settle for nice pair of black leather ones. These are platforms, which I like (and they’re Louboutins, which I love) but I love the style of red ones a bit better. But if they’re black, I’d rather the material of these instead of patent leather. If money was no option, I’d own a dozen Louboutins.

four. The dress screams for the hair to be up, and for there to be some blingy drop earrings. Either of these options would be good. (I could be convinced to go bigger though.)

five. Can’t leave my wrist out. It needs a little frosting too. And this pretty bracelet would do the job well.

Have you ever been a bridesmaid or are you in the same boat as me?

What would you splurge on for Therapy Thursday? Link up below.

Evening dress

Casadei platform pumps
545 CAD –

Christian Louboutin black pumps
855 CAD –

Ann Taylor earrings
47 CAD –

Dorothy Perkins bracelet
23 CAD –

Drop earrings
88 CAD –


I Believe…

 That 80’s movie marathons being the best way to spend a Sunday.
 In hockey and the Detroit Redwings.
 In Sidney Crosby.
That chick flicks are good for the soul.
In blogging whatever you want…as evidenced here.
When in doubt, overdress.

That your best friends are your soul mates.

In alcohol, specifically beer, tequila and peach bellinis.

That heels are the best way to make yourself look and feel better.

In being silly.

In spending too much time on Pinterest.

In never being too old to be students.

That mint chocolate chip ice cream makes every day better.

That the best way to drive is with the sunroof open and music up high.

That sometimes you just need to cry it out.

That snowboarding is heaven. Even when you fall down. Kind of.

And I believe in loving life, and living every minute of it.

Lazy Lazy

This was the first relaxing weekend I’ve had since my layoff. I spent it exactly the way I wanted to…flaked out on the couch watching tv. But I’m feeling pretty guilty because I was home visiting my parents and after all they’ve done for me, I should have been more helpful. My mom asked me to dust her furniture and sweep the floors, and I didn’t do it, for no other reason than when I am preoccupied with tv and being lazy, I forget about everything else. And that isn’t really fair, my parents work long hard days, and I should do as much as I can to help them out when I’m home.

But alas, as much as I am ashamed of my actions, or lack there of, I can’t change this past weekend, all I can do is make a conscious effort to do better in the future.

Alright, enough seriousness for this post. Lets move on.

one. I read the entire 50 Shades of Grey trilogy in one week. And I liked it. Honestly, I thought it was kinda hott.

two. In an extreme contrast to number one,  I watch ABC Family. Seriously, I PVR Pretty Little Liars, Switched at Birth, and Baby Daddy. And I was super bummed out when The Lying Game was cancelled.

three. There’s a One Direction song on my iPod.

four. I dance around the house belting Spice Girls songs into my hairbrush.

five. I don’t shave my legs unless I’m going to be wearing shorts…or dragging a boy home from the bar obvs.

six. I like Nickelback.

seven. I’m seriously considering buying a pair of comfy Dr. Scholls from Naturalizer for walking around Paris.

eight. I don’t really like Twitter. gasp.

nine. The only time I make my bed is when I change the sheets, or I have company coming.

ten. I don’t think that all babies are cute. Some are downright ugly.

bonus. I’m back to being employed for three weeks. And I’m not thrilled about it. Paycheques are great. Having my tv watching interrupted sucks.

Crafts & Anchors

I’m a tv junkie. The past two days I’ve been on having a Teen Wolf marathon. Truth be told, before yesterday afternoon, I had never seen a single episode, and now I’m halfway through the second season. I’m not sure if its because the show is legitimately good or because Tyler Hoechlin is so freakin’ hot.
Anyways, thats my excuse for not posting yesterday. I mean, spending the entire day eyeballin’ hotties on tv is a good reason right?
If it isn’t I guess you’ll have to settle for “I’m sorry.” And for me making it up to you by sharing with you some of the Pinterest inspired decor from my aunt and uncle’s anniversary shindig. 
Some people complain that Pinterest has put unrealistic expectations into people’s minds about what parties, weddings, etc. should look like. And to some extent I would agree. But I also think its a great way for people to share ideas, help get those creative juices flowing, and motivate people to put a little more time and thought into things.
If I’m being honest, Pinterest has motivated me to make more of an effort. I want to do things that impress people. That when they leave an event I was involved in, they walk away talking about the great time they had, and how awesome the decor was. I guess thats why I suggested that we pay attention to the small things for our Fogo Island shenanigans.
This not particular pin that I can give credit to for this one. I guess you can say that it was loosely Pinterest based. My aunt and uncle had a buffet style dinner, so I suggested they have signs in front of the food items, so that people would know what they were. Obviously this wasn’t at all an original idea. But, I wanted them to kick it up a notch. So we did, with chalkboard easels. They looked great, and are reusable, which in my books is always a plus.
I bought Rustoleum Chalkboard Paint from Walmart for $22 and I bought 10 easels (with canvases) at Dollarama for $2 each. I put two coats of paint on each canvas and it took up hardly any of the paint so I have lots left over for other projects. It was super easy, and didn’t take too much time. I’d definitely recommend the project for all you overachievers out there.

Now for the part of the post you’ve all be anxiously waiting for I’m sure…

Therapy Thursday

One. Lately I’ve been feeling like I need a nice desktop for doing my bloggy stuff. It would be much better than my laptop for Photoshop type things.

Two. 99.9% of the pictures on this blog were taken with my iPhone. The other 0.1% were taken by someone else. I feel like I won’t be a real grown up blogger until I have a proper camera. Plus, sometimes it would be nice to take pictures of things even without the purpose of putting them up here.

Three. I’ve been wanting a Silhouette Cameo since pretty much the first day I discovered Pinterest. There are just too many cool projects I could do with it. Especially now with all this free time on my hands.

Four. I like jewelry and I’d love to make my own. A metal stamping kit would come in handy.

Five.  It just wouldn’t be Therapy Thursday without at least one fashion related item. I’ve been swooning over this Journey bracelet from Ashley Bridget for a few weeks. I know a lot of the time anchors symbolize religion and God for some people. Like being anchored to Christ. But for me the bracelet is more about paying tribute to where I come from. My father works at sea. As do most of my family. The anchor symbolizes my connection to them. And well, who doesn’t love a good nautical piece.

What are you loving right now? Link up below.

With Love

Wow! There are a lot of crazy fanatic Bachelor/Bachelorette fans out there. I’ve never really gotten into the show. I don’t ever watch it unless I’m super bored and there’s nothing else on tv. And well, I don’t really need to with all the people out there blowing up my Twitter feed with updates during the 20 hour finale. Here’s looking at you Erin.

My family is awesome. I really couldn’t ask for a more supportive group of people to have in my corner. But every once in a while they say things that would make it seem otherwise. Which leads us to…

When helping me move into my apartment: “I’m willing to bet your ass doesn’t fit into 90% of the jeans in this closet anymore.”

When walking behind me at the mall: “You really should stick to wearing heels. When you wear flats, your ass looks to close to the floor.”

When my boss gave me a $150 Christmas bonus: “Wow. Do your knees hurt?”

When talking about the fact that I’m an emotional person and would probably cry at my future wedding: “Yeah, you’re not a pretty crier. You should probably not actually have a wedding.”

When I was getting ready to go for a walk: “Maybe you should go for a run instead. Those pants are looking a little tight.”

Does your family ever say less than awesome things to you? With love of course.

Why I Have Been MIA AKA Adventures on Fogo Island

First off, sorry for all of you who stopped by Thursday and Friday and found no new posts. I was out of town with limited internet access which I didn’t anticipate.

I had an amazing long weekend on Fogo Island. It is such a beautiful place. Full of history and incredibly preserved.

My mom and two of her sisters stayed at the Dwyer Premises. The house is more than 110 years old and has been restored and furnished with all period pieces by the Town of Tilting.

I have never wanted a new camera more in my life than this past weekend. It was impossible to capture the beauty of this island with my iPhone.

My Aunt and Uncle`s wedding anniversary was a huge success. We spent two days decorating the local fire hall (which was within stumbling distance thankfully). We had an amazing supper followed by some great local entertainment.

As much as my young cousins appreciated the traditional Newfoundland music. Haha. They were very excited to hear something a little more mainstream.

Friday after party clean up, Shelley took me for a quick tour of the Island since it was the first time I had been there in 15 years. I had no idea that a place could have so many hiking and walking trails. I really wish I had more time to explore.

The Fogo Island Inn which sadly I didn`t have the time to visit. But I definitely will next time. Its an awesome project by Zita Cobb designed to bring artists to the island and in turn increase tourism and boost the economy. I`m amazed by it as nearly every item in the inn was made right there on Fogo Island.

 One of five artist studios that are a part of the inn.

Inside the studio.

We stopped by Wind and Waves Artisan Guild to look at some of the local crafts for sale. My aunt works here making the decor for the Fogo Island Inn.
And we finished the excursion off with at trip to Growler`s Ice Cream Shop where I had some vanilla in a waffle cone. It was delicious and you absolutely have to stop there if you visit the island. They have great local inspired flavors such as marshberry, blueberry, bakeapple, and Jam Jams. 

Fogo Island truly is an amazing place to visit. And I would recommend it to everyone. The landscape and views are phenomenal. There are tons of walking and hiking trails. Whale sightings happen almost every day. And the people there are some of the friendliest I have ever had the pleasure of meeting.

Without a doubt one of the best weekends ever.

Sami's Shenanigans

Annnd I’m Super Late…

With this post…not other things…don’t panic.

Welcome to the world’s longest, randomest post ever. Kudos to those of you who can keep up.

First. Being busy really effs with my healthy eating. I spent yesterday running around getting things ready for my mini vacay to Fogo Island. Okay, not running obviously, but driving around in my little Honda Civic aka The Civ aka Lola. Yes, I named my car, all the cook kids are doing it. Anyways, thats not the point.

The point is that during my being super busy, I decided to make a convenient choice for lunch. The McDonald’s at Walmart. Two birds with one stone you see. Anyways, when I walked in I saw this sign…

And then I saw this sign….

So basically all they had available were fries. I wanted an Oreo McFlurry bitches.

Moving on…

I decided that instead of driving all the way to Fogo myself, I would carpool with my mom and aunt. Cause really why drive when I can nap, or sit in the back planning blog posts, right. We agreed to meet at a motel in Deer Lake (a 45 minute drive from my apartment) where I could leave my car and hop aboard with them. The plan was for me to go to rowing practice, then head straight from there to our meeting point, to meet them at 8. They didn’t arrive until 9. Which meant I spent an hour, in my car, in a motel parking lot, looking like a loser, being the subject of many questioning stares, and playing Angry Birds. Shit got old reeeal fast. And a happy camper I was not.

Speaking of campers, have you seen the Camp Gyno video? I kept seeing in pop up on twitter, and had zero clue what it was about until Kate wrote a post about it yesterday. Thanks Kate! Cause that shit is seriously funny. It was a bright moment in my rainy day.

But then, right after I watched that shizz we nearly hit a moose! My mom slammed on the brakes and let me tell you slippery material pants + leather seats = terrible combination. My ass nearly went sliding off the edge of the seat, even with my trusty seatbelt on. Scary stuff.

Thanks for sticking around to read all this mumble jumble…see you tomorrow for Therapy Thursday!