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The best double duty furniture for small spaces

5 tips to getting started running

10 tips for perfecting your business emails

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Ikea wedding hacks that wills save you some serious money

The unwritten rules of texting

7 Saturday night movies to give you a feel good boost





Lust List – Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale

Why is it that every single time I put myself on an online shopping freeze so many awesome sales have to happen? Last week Jeff and I sat down and put ourselves on a budget. With our wedding fast approaching it was necessary. And this week Nordstrom is having their Half Yearly Sale, and I can hear my credit card calling my name from my purse across the room.

Even if I can’t buy anything (or do you think Jeff would notice a few tiny purchases?), that doesn’t mean I haven’t spent the weekend browsing the sales, and dreaming.

Here are a few of the things I’m lusting after…

Olivia Moon Knit Blazer – I’m a sucker for blazers. They’re such an easy way to make a tee and pair of jeans look put together. I love this one because its lightweight and has an easy & casual feel to it, yet it looks chic. It also comes in grey and navy.

Shift Dress – I’m all about filling my closet with versatile pieces. This dress could easily be worn on its own, or with a pair of leggings. It comes in a bunch of great colors. I’m loving it in white and blue grass.

Scalloped Top – In the Summer I love wearing sleeveless tops to work under my blazer or cardigan. Its a huge plus if I can take off a layer and still be dressed appropriately for the office. The scalloped hem dresses the top up a bit which I love. It would look great with jeans or shorts.

Tee – I’m always on the hunt for chic tees, but they’re so hard to find. I want to feel comfortable, yet put together, and this tee might just do the trick.

Sam Edelman Sandals – Jeff would tell me that I definitely do not need these. He’s not a big fan of my ever growing footwear collection, especially the number of sandals I own. I love that these are casual, yet can be dressed up a bit because they have a little sparkle. They run small, so order a size up.

Kate Spade Watch – I want all of the Kate Spade things. I love a good watch. This would look great day or night, office or weekend. I think it would do a great job dressing up a tee and jeans.

Kate Spade Bag – My collection of purses/bags is nearly as extensive as my collection of shoes. I love a bright colored bag for the summer. I have a Liz Claiborne purse in a very similar color, and its just the perfect pop for neutral outfits. 

Did you notice a trend? I love taking casual outfits and dressing them up a bit.
What pieces are you loving from the Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale?

Sunday Lately

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Updating
I’m working on updating my About Me page. It’s been needing a refresh for a while so its time to buckle down and get it done. Stay tuned for that.

Remembering
So many things that I need to get done at work this week. I’m also trying to make a list of all of the wedding things I need to tackle. It’s going to be such a busy week, I don’t even know if there will be time to eat.
Needing
To take body measurements. I’ve been eating much healthier, working out and drinking a lot more water lately. I also haven’t had any Pepsi in 29 days (this is huge!), but I haven’t seen any results on the scales. Measurements will help me stay motivated, and show progress, even when the scale doesn’t. The wedding is officially less than three months away and I neeeed to lose weight (or at least to slim down) to fit into that dress.
Wearing
Jeans and a sweater. It has not been tropical around these parts for the past few days.
Being
Stressed, yet motivated. I really really want to blog more, and to get my Etsy shop updated. It just always seems like there is never enough time in the day.

Weekend Reading


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– How to Get Featured by Bloglovin

– The 6 Minute Plank Routine I Want to Try

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Doing
Having out on the couch with Jeff relaxing and watching The Catch. The perfect way to wind down after a very full and wonderful weekend of bbqs, family suppers, and our first backyard fire of the season.
Appreciating
Being surrounded by great family and friends. I know what its like to live very far away from your family. And ever since I’ve moved home from Alberta, I know what its like to live very far away from your best friends. Its been nearly five years but I’m finally starting to settle in and have a group of people around me.
Designing
A lot of things lately. I’m working on some new products for my shop, putting together a plan for our backyard (it needs to look great when everyone is around at wedding time), and working on a design for my cousin’s new rental property. I’ll be sure to share all of the things when I’m done 🙂

Humming
I know its not new, and totally last year, but every time it comes on the radio it gets stuck in my head.
Expecting
This is going to be a very busy week at work, and outside of work. I’m working my butt off to get things ready for rowing season, aiming to launch the new products in my shop within the next few weeks, and hoping to post a little more regularly.


Life Lately

You guys these past few weeks have been sooo busy. I feel like I haven’t stopped.

A couple weeks ago flew to Labrador City to spend the weekend with Jeff and his family and to keep him company on the drive back. Lab City, its not an awesome spot, but I am so glad I went. I got to see a lot of the province that I hadn’t seen before, and I loved spending time with Jeff’s family. They’re a blast. We couldn’t have asked for more generous and gracious hosts. I wish they lived closer. 



The drive back was soooo long. Hours upon hours of nothing. A six hour long section of unpaved road. And zero cell service for a majority of the time. We left Lab City at 5am and got to our hotel in Forteau at 7pm. We showered, grabbed pizza for supper, and were asleep long before 10pm. The next day we got up at the crack of dawn, took the ferry to St. Barbe and hit the road for home. We finally pulled into our driveway around 2:30pm and I wanted to kiss the pavement in our driveway.



Last weekend Jeff and I had a fire with friends Friday night. Spent Saturday doing chores. Sunday was beautiful so we ate breakfast on the deck, hung out at the petting zoo in our back yard, and worked on a few wedding things (yay).

“These guys don’t know how close to death they really are.” – Jeff
Finally sandal weather

And this past weekend I went home to spend Mother’s Day with my Momma. Which was really really nice. And I stuffed my face with lobster and mussels for the first time this year! Sooo good.

PS. I haven’t had a can of Pepsi in 8 days. Which is huge for an addict like me. Here’s to hoping the pounds start falling off.
Have you been super busy lately too? How did you spend Mother’s Day weekend?


Flying High While Flying High

I’m a nervous flyer. 
I haven’t always been.
In fact, in the beginning, when I was a child and teenager I loved it. 
I’m not sure when exactly the change began to happen since its been kind of gradual.
I’m not sure why either.
I suppose I’ve been on some truly rough flights over the years. One of those being kind of traumatizing.
Or perhaps it’s because the older I get the more I think about mortality.
Death causes me great anxiety. 
The past year or so I’ve been having mini panic attacks about it, sometimes frequently. I attribute the beginning of those attacks to following the Brittany Maynard story. I believe in someone’s right to die with dignity, I just can’t imagine choosing it. 
Ever since she ended her life, and my anxiety about death began, my fear of flying has become significantly worst. Every time I get on a plane I’m struggling more and more to hold it together. 
The entire time I’m on a plane I’m evaluating the sounds of the engines, my fingers are griping the seat every time the plane moves. If it gains or loses altitude I panic and wonder what’s wrong. And if there is turbulence I’m a wreck. It’s basically a flight long panic attack. 
Last Tuesday Jeff decided to drive the 22 hours to Labrador City to spend a week with his family. A day later Jeffs family invited me to join them for the weekend. They booked me a flight for Friday after work (thanks Mark). I’d never been to Lab City before, and I love Jeffs family, so I was excited. But that nagging feeling in the pit of my stomach grew. Id have to get on a plane. Alone. With no one to distract me or hold my hand. 
I wasn’t sure how I would survive the two flights to get there. So, I acquired some Ativan, just in case I needed it.
I hadn’t planned to take a pill. Unless I got on the plan and the panic consumed me and I had no other alternative. But, work was super busy, I was stressed the entire day. I never left work on time, and was convinced I would miss my flight. By the time I made it through security (after being randomly selected for a wand scan and a trip through the full body scanner) I was just a little on edge. And no amount of breaths could make it go away.
So I stuck the little pill under my tongue and prayed it worked and that I wouldn’t have any terrible side effects.
I’m writing this from the plane. So the verdict is still out until my second flight lands. But so far so good. The thoughts about why the plane is bouncing around, or losing or gaining altitude are still there, but no feelings of my stomach in my throat.
In the past I would never have been able to sit here and concentrate on writing this. And I never would have been able to take a minute to enjoy watching as we flew over Cow Head and Shallow Bay. 

Look at those sandy beaches, too bad the water is never warm.
Update: Landing in Goose Bay was a piece of cake. Taking off out of there wasn’t too bad either. I had a few nervous moments, but they were mild compared to what they would have  been. I made it the entire way to Wabush without any real moments of anxiety and it was such a relief. 

Weekend Reading

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The most honest wedding RSVP card you’ll ever read

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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?