Lust List

 



1. Wine Glasses – I’ve been swooning over these glasses for as along as I’ve been addicted to Scandal and dreaming of being Olivia Pope. Girl has serious style! I’m sure Jeff would have the stems smashed off in record time, but I’d be willing to take that risk.


2. Booties – I’m generally a heels kind of girl, but I’m having a bit of a love affair with cute booties these days. I’ve been having inflammation issues in my joints recently, and heels sometimes aggravate that. I’m trying to wear flat footwear from time to time, and sacrificing style for comfort is not something I’m a fan of so great looking options are super important. I bought this pair a few weeks ago, and I’ve had my eyes on these too.
3. Bracelet – I’d take this beauty in gold or silver. I love its simple style and the idea of being able to personalize it with a special date or name.
4. Lip Pencil – I’m kind of distraught that Bite changed their lipstick lines. I had collected a few mingles (smaller double ended sticks with a different color on each end) and planned to buy my favourite colors in full size. Now my fav shades no longer exist. But, these matte pencils seem to have a few shades similar to the ones I love. And I love Bite, so I’m not ready to give up on them yet.
5. Strappy Heels – I know that stilettos won’t be as popular a chunky heels this summer, but I love the look of these. I think they’d look great with a pair of ankle jeans. Plus I’m a sucker for a great pair of Steve Maddens.
6. Bed –  Sometimes I can’t help but be a copy cat. When I visited Megan and Garrett a few summers ago I fell in love with their cozy guest room. It was small, but packed with style. When we went to Ikea I picked up the duvet cover and sheets like she had, but sadly I couldn’t fly the bed frame back from Edmonton. I haven’t given up on owning it. If only Ikea’s shipping costs weren’t more than the price of the bed frame.
7. Flat – When I went to Paris a few years ago I fell in love with a pair of Michael Kors flats at Galeries Lafayette. They were a gorgeous shade of purple and weren’t cheap. Since I had spotted them on one of the first days of my trip I wasn’t ready to commit to buying them. I wanted to wait until later in the trip when I knew I’d have enough money for them. But when we returned they were gone. I’ve never found another pair in a color I like that much, but I’m really liking these. You can’t go wrong with a great pair of black shoes.
8. Necklace – I’ve been dreaming of this necklace for years. Patiently awaiting the day that it would be totally appropriate to own. I love that it makes a bit of statement yet isn’t obnoxious. Can I own it in silver and gold? Hint Hint Jeffrey.
Of course this isn’t a complete list of everything I’m loving, that list could go on forever, and I don’t want to bore you. And clearly I have a thing for shoes. What are you lusting for?

Wedding Wednesday | Our Wedding Registry

Sine Jeff and I have already have most of the things we need around the house we had no idea what to put on our wedding registry.

I googled and searched Pinterest, but most of the guides seemed to be geared towards people who had never owned a home or had their own apartment before. Jeff and I had a majority of the items on the lists.

But thanks to many chats with my Maid of Honour, Megan, and a super helpful registry consultant we were able to put together what we feel is a well rounded registry.

We’ve registered for a few items we don’t have and a few “upgrades”. There’s a wide range of prices, so there are options for different budgets.

So what did we register for?


Fine China 

I love the idea of having special wedding China. I like that we can have nice place settings to take out on special occasions, like our anniversary or even Christmas. I also like the idea of taking really good care of it, so that we can pass it on. I would love to have some of my grandmothers good China.

We (I) chose this China from Kate Spade. There were a bunch of beautiful options and as much as I love some of the bolder choices like this one, I wanted something a little more timeless looking. As much as I like what we registered for, ive been thinking about finding a similar pattern in a more classic brand. Something I know should hold value and always be classic. 


Everyday China

Jeff is always (not everyday but often enough) complaining that we don’t have enough matching plates for when we have family in for supper. So we (again I) decided to register for some everyday China as well.

Again, I chose Kate Spade. And again, I’m not 100% settled on what I’ve chosen. I’m not sure I wan’t to be committed to the blue coloured pattern. I may have to consider my options again.


Bar Ware

I’ve always wanted a decanter. Honestly, I wish I had the type of job where having one in my office would be appropriate. Albeit I’m not much of a hard liquor fan, but I’d find something to put in it.

I love how classy decanters look. And this one has such an elegant feel about it. It would look great on the bar cart Jeff bought me for my birthday last year. Of course we registered for the matching old fashioned and high ball glasses too. 

And because bloggers seem to love them, and because they’re kinda cute, I couldn’t resist adding some moscow mule mugs as well.


Casual Dining Ware

We registered for a not so fancy, every day pieces like this great chip and dip bowl for game nights, a gravy boat just because I hate dipping gravy out of a bowl or pot (gravy boats are classier in my mind), and a few other things like this, this and this.

Jeff and I already have a lot of kitchen type things, but Bed Bath and Beyond had a great selection of items that match a lot of our current stuff and that would fill a few of the holes in our “collection”. I registered us for this, this and this. Basically I’m a sucker for cute white bowls and platters. 

PS. I totally would have chosen this Kate spade gravy boat if Jeff would have let me and if it wasn’t so expensive.


Small Appliances

A food processor is pretty much the only small kitchen appliance that we don’t have right now. We chose this one because it’s not too big, yet not too small. We likely won’t use it often, so we didn’t want anything that would take up a lot of storage space, but we also wanted something that would be big enough to do decent size batches of things when we did use it.


For the Rest of the Home
Pretty much the only non-kitchen item we registered for was this clothing steamer

Its not something I came up with on my own. Megan has one and loves it, so we suggested we get one too. I think it will be great for getting wrinkles out of delicate clothes. And out of the clothes that sits in a pile on our guest bed for weeks. Right Jeff?


And thats pretty much it. What did you register for? 
Any suggestions for things we may have missed?


To Travel & Beyond

10 On Tuesday – A Completely Random List of Thoughts

awkwardphotoshoot
– I did my first ever “outfit” type post yesterday. And damn guys, taking pictures for that was facking awkward. Like I was nervous, sooo nervous. And I felt weird about getting my picture taken in public. So I opted for locations that were closed and didn’t have many people around.  It turned out okay I guess. I had higher hopes, but the weather was less than cooperative and Jeff and I had zero clue what we were doing. We just flew by the seat of our pants. Lets just say it was super stressful, but we didn’t kill each other, or fight, so I’m chalking it up to a win.

– Blogging is pretty great for pushing you outside your comfort zone. As mush as that can be super stressful, it may be my favorite part of the whole thing.

– Since when is Easter about more than Jesus and Chocolate? Seriously. When I was a kid we did the church thing, and we got a basket full of sugar. Maybe a trail of eggs around the house. And done. Yet it seems like now the day of all things holy and delicious is about toys and gifts? My Facebook feed is full of happy parents showing off the Christmas sized hauls their children got. When did the Easter Bunny become Santa Claus? And can it please all go back to normal before I have kids?

– Why did Bite Beauty have to change their lipstick line? I loved collecting the mingles, and had grand plans of restocking some of my favorite colors, like Tangerine and Violet. And now none of those shades exist anymore, and I kind of feel lost. I almost don’t want to use the ones I have left very often. Its like I must save them for special occasions. 

– My fiancé isn’t a fan of me calling him a man-child, but he likes his veggies steamed to basically mush, sooooo…

– The forecast says there’s a lot of rain in store for us today and I’m kinda unsure how I feel about it. On the one hand I’ve been super jealous of all the bloggers who’ve been able to stop wearing layers, and making outfit decisions based on what will fit under a parka. And who can do fabulous outfit posts (something I may give a go eventually.) But on the other hand, I’m not ready to see the snow go. I haven’t had enough rides on skidoo, or been to the cabin enough, and I never got to Ski Marble this year. Basically, I’m conflicted.

– I went to the gym today after work, well, after the nap I had after work.

– While I understand the reason for the policy, I really hate that my gym will only let you use the treadmills for 30 minutes. It totally sucks on the days when all I want to do is walk/run.

– I’m pretty sure discount Easter chocolate tastes even better than full price chocolate. Hellooooo Lindt bunny.

– I’m so not a fan of the nights Jeff has to work. Its kinda boring around the house when he isn’t here. Its going to get worst when all of my tv shows are on hiatus for the summer.


I’ve been wanting a DSLR or even an awesome point and shoot camera for like ever. The awkward photoshoot only made me want one more. Do any of you know of any deals?

Staying on the Fit Track

Pants: c/o Yoga Outlet / Shirt: Similar / Purse: Similar


At the beginning of the year I made a few resolutions, one of them was to exercise more regularly, the other was to lose 25 lbs this year. And I was off to a pretty good start in January. I ate healthy, I went to the gym, and I lost 5 lbs.

And thennn, I totally fell of the wagon…way off the wagon. The diet went out the window, I’ve been back to the gym like maybe one time, and I’ve packed most of those ellbees back on.

But enough is enough, its time to get back on track, and I have a game plan, one thats worked for me before. And just in case you’re in the same boat I am, I’m sharing it with you.

five tips for staying motivated



Meal Prep – For Jeff and I this has been vital. I typically am not a breakfast eater. Perhaps because I prefer an extra few minutes of sleep over having time to grab a bite. When lunch time rolls around, I’m much more likely to come home to eat if there’s something quick to get. If “there’s no food” at home, meaning I have to make something, I’m much more likely to opt for eating out.  We usually try to make a bunch of breakfast wraps Sunday evening to last us all week. When we cook dinner, we make enough to have left overs for lunch or dinner the next day. We also like to keep a bunch of cooked chicken breast on hand to go with salads. When you do the prep work, its a lot easier to make healthy choices.

FitBit – Jeff and I both have Fitbits. He’s had his for more than a year. I bought mine in January when I made my resolutions. What we both love about the wearable is that it helps give us an idea of how active we really are. My job is quite sedentary, but it wasn’t until I got my Fitbit Charge that I realized just how little I was moving during the day. We also love the little community we have because of them. We do weekly challenges with our friends, which brings out our competitive nature. On the days we’re feeling lazy, the desire to win gets us off the couch. We also find that the challenges keep us accountable to our friends, which is a pretty good motivator.

Goals – Setting goals and (reasonable) deadlines will help keep you on track. For me, its making sure my dress fits, and looking great on my wedding day. #sweatingforthewedding Five months is lots of time for me to meet the goals I have. Having a goal helps me have a definite purpose. And starting early means my goal is attainable and I’m not setting myself up for disappointment and frustration.

Its not All About the Scale – I used to think the number on the scale was the only way to track progress. I was wrong. In January I joined a Dietbet. I exercised and counted every calorie I ate. But the scale didn’t seem to change much at all the first few weeks. It was frustrating not to see the results I wanted on that little screen. But, my clothes were somehow fitting better. Even though the scale wasn’t telling me what I wanted, the measurements were. Don’t forget that while you’re burning fat you’re also building muscle. Your body is changing, but your weight may not. Its all about the non-scale gains. Measurements and pictures are the best way to keep track of progress.

Cute Workout Gear – Obviously this one is my favourite. I find it a lot easier to get my butt to the gym if I like what I’m wearing. I like my gear to be fashionable, functional and feminine. To be something I don’t mind being seen outside the gym in, so great pants are key. I own these and these, and I want these

Do you have any tips for staying motivated?


Why You Should Have A Wedding Registry

Jeff and I both moved out of our parents’ homes shortly after high school. That means that for the past 10ish years we’ve accumulated a lot of stuff. There isn’t really much we “need.” Yet, we’ve decided to have a wedding registry.

I hadn’t planned to have one, not a lot of people seem to do that sort of thing around here, but when Jeff’s stepmom asked for ideas for gifts for us, well it got us to thinking about why we should reconsider.

wedding registry


One.
Etiquette is important.

I’m a member of a few Facebook groups for wedding planning and a question that is regularly asked is “How do I word my invitations to let guests know that we would like money instead of gifts?”
 
My honest opinion, since you’ve asked, is to not include anything about gifts on the invite. Personally, I find it tacky. Second, it’s rude AF to ask someone for money. In some social circles (not all), not having a registry is seen as implying you want money.


Two.
People are going to give you gifts. 

I know, I know, most wedding guests give the bride and groom a monetary gift these days. But not everyone does. Registries are helpful for friends and family who want to give you an actual thing.

Not every gift giver will buy something from your list, but registries to help reduce the risk of you receiving something you don’t need or like.
 

Three. 
Upgrade.

Still have your cutlery from college? You could register for something nicer. Would you like new wine glasses? Or maybe a food processor that isn’t a hand me down from your mom? Since people out there are bound to give you gifts, now’s a good chance to upgrade a few of the things you have.


Four. 
Completion Deals

Many stores have registry completion programs. Basically, after your wedding you get the option to purchase any of the remaining items on your registry for a discounted price, usually 10-20% off. If you like sales, that’s too good of a deal to pass up.


Five.
Coworkers

Lots of times the people you work with will want to give you something to mark the occasion. Often they will pool their money together to buy one gift. Since these people  likely don’t know your likes and dislikes as well as your friends and family, so a registry can be a huge help to them.

Did you register for your wedding?



To Travel & Beyond

Things I Learned on a Sick Day

From me time to time my feet give me a bit of trouble. And I’ve had two major inflammation flare ups before, one during summer break in high school, and one in 2013. But overall I wouldn’t say that I typically have an inflammation problem. 

Today sucks. After taking an Aleve, I went to work, but I only lasted like 4 hours. It’s hard to be productive when your fingers and wrists hurt so bad that writing and typing is a challenge. And when your elbow hurt while resting on your chair’s padded arms, you may as well just pack it in for the day. 

But all is not lost, I’ve learned a few things during my quality time on the couch.

– Say Yes to the Dress Canada stinks. Give me some Kleinfelds or Bridal by Lori over this any day.

– There’s not much I want to watch on daytime tv.

– Sunshine makes me want to be productive. And not be taking it easy. Pain and sickness should be reserved for cloudy days.

– The sunshine is also making me feel a little okay with the snow melting and winter being over soon. Can we just skip Spring and get right to Summer?

– I liked soaps a lot better when I was a teenager, and my mom wouldn’t let me watch them.

– Sugar, carbs and alcohol, all of my favorite food groups can cause/aggravate inflammation.

– I can still nap pretty well during the day.

– Sick days are great days to give your skin a break from make up and maybe even to try a facial mask or new treatment.

– But if you decide to “try” to go to work, you will inevitably have an inner debate about make up. Should you give into the laziness/tiredness and go light on the make up and maybe still look sick? Should you wear enough to not look like death and risk coworkers not believing you’re actually feeling miserable? 

– The guilt you feel when taking a sick day off work is so real.

– Everything on that to do list sitting on your desk seems far more urgent than it would if you were in the office.

– There will almost certainly be something happening the night/evening of your sick day that you wanted to take part in, but can’t or at least shouldn’t. For me its the Battle of the Badges.

– Afternoon bubble baths are heavenly. And this Paris Amour bubble bath is worth every penny.

– Sick days are an absolutely good excuse to indulge in yummy treats and a large slice of Chocolate Chunk Buttercream Bar will make even the worst of day (except those with gastro) a lot better.


Have your sick days taught you anything?

Oh Hey, Friday! ….. I mean Saturday?

Well this post was supposed to go live yesterday. Apparently saving doesn’t publish, oops.

This week. This week has been ridiculously frustrating. And I’m basically brain dead, so lets just get down to it.


My Five

1. Thursday morning I had a piece of burning wood fall out of the stove, nearly locked myself out of the house and I slipped and fell on the ice in my driveway all while I was in a mad rush because I was running late to get to my dentist appointment. I made it just in time for my appointment, only to discover that the day was in fact Wednesday. I wasn’t on time for my appointment, I was 24 hours early. And a full day more away from Friday.

2.       Some days Jeff has to go to work before I do and leaves the house at least a half an hour before I even have to get up. Most days he will come back in the room, give me a quick kiss and be on his way. Its kind of adorable, I love it. Other days, like a few this week, he has come into the room to have a chat before he leaves. I love this less. Way less. Like, “please kiss me and go away now, I would like to finish snoozing. K, thanks.” I am not a morning person. Update: He did this again this morning.

3. Cross Border Pick Ups charged me $40 shipping, for a package valued at $40. Which is absolutely insane. More on that later.

4. A time sensitive package I was waiting on arrived at the UPS depot here in Corner Brook on Tuesday, but wasn’t delivered until Friday morning, because “adverse weather conditions may cause delays.” Apparently sunshine and zero precipitation for days makes parcel delivery tricky.

5. I forgot to water the beautiful flowers Jeff’s mom sent me for my birthday, and now they’re so dead.  (I had a better five when I sat down to write this post, but I forgot, because I’m pretty much losing my mind.)

Don’t get me wrong it hasn’t been an entirely terrible week.
But I hope yours has required less hair pulling than mine.

My Worst Nightmare



I’ve been wishing for a while that I could link my Instagram to my Facebook page, but I held off for a long time because I didn’t want to share my posts to my personal profile. My Instagram is 99% for blog purposes, and 1% personal, probably less. The only IRL people I share my Instagram with, are people I’ve told about my blog. So, very few.

Tuesday I got the great idea to “Google” and find out if I could link Insta to my page. Turns out you can. I was so excited and linked the accounts right away. Making sure to take all of the steps to have my posts not show up on my personal page. But I didn’t think it all of the way through. Turns out that when people logged into Instagram, it told them that their “friend” had joined and that they should add me.

Almost immediately people were adding me, liking my photos and leaving comments. And then I panicked and immediately unlinked my accounts.  And its still happening, the ads keep coming, even with the accounts unlinked. Thanks for that stupid apps.

If you follow me on Instagram, which you should, you know that it’s linked to this blog. And I wasn’t ready for IRL people to come here. At all. Like, I`ve been dreading this.

So, I shut this place down for a few hours, and deleted sooo many old posts. The ones where I over shared, the ones that were poorly written, the ones I didn’t want to share with people who know me. So yeah, a good 90% of past posts are gone. Oops.

If you find links that are broken, that’s why. 

I plan to revamp some of those posts. So they’ll be back…eventually.

And going forward, well, we’re still going forward. Perhaps with a few more readers.

A “Currently” Post

Yeah, another week of slacking on the blog. I’m the worst at writing posts in advance (I’m working on that, I swear) and this past week has been super busy, and mentally draining. My creative juices, they just weren’t flowing. So here I am, breaking the rules, and posting on a Saturday night. #SoSueMe

Eating – All of the chocolate. Seriously. All of it. Its ridiculous.

Drinking – Pepsi. Yeah, we’re having a healthy day around here.

Working on – So many things. But mostly. Designing invitations for a fellow bride. 

Trying to – Figure out how where to hang pictures around the house. JW has been kinda on my case to get things a little more decorated around here.

Listening to – My House – Flo Rida….I’m addicted to it, and it helps that JW likes it too.

Thinking – That I’m the only person in Bloglandia that didn’t watch the Oscars last weekend. Award shows are just really not my thing. I don’t watch the Bachelor/Bachelorette either. #sorrynotsorry

Watching – Saved by the Bell – the College Years. That’s right, not Fuller House. I plan to binge watch that though. Perhaps the next time JW works night shift.

Wanting – Make up. Make up. And more make up. I’ve discovered some new brands at a couple local drugstores and I’m dying to try some of them out. Also wanting to go shopping and spend all of the gift cards I got for my birthday this past Sunday. 

Considering – Buying Olaplex. Has anyone else tried it? Does it really work?

What are you currently?