Now that I’m spending most of my time in my room or in the library, I’ve been relying on music to keep me sane. I know some people need absolute silence to study, but I’m one of those people that needs background music to be able to focus. Here’s a few of the tunes that have been working well for me this month!
Most of the time I need to study to instrumental songs; words can be distracting if you’re a lyric oriented person. There are quite a few soundtrack songs on this playlist as a result!What kind of music do you like to study to? If you’re not the kind of person that likes to study to music, what helps you stay focused?
I have a bit of a confession to make. I know that as a blogger, it’s almost mandatory to have a crazy obsession with fall… but I just don’t. I don’t dislike it, it’s just not my favourite season. In fact, it has been given the rank of “third”. Maybe it’s the fact that I know winter is right around the corner or that I can’t really get into pumpkin spice anything but I just don’t get it. Spring is where it’s at, everyone.
That being said, there are things about fall that I really do love! We’re heading to an apple orchard tomorrow with some friends and I’m really looking forward to that. The cooler temperatures are pretty nice as well, especially for those like me that like it to be freezing cold while you sleep. Fall definitely has it’s perks!
I’ve never been a fan of most rain boots because I have really small feet and they always make me feel like I’m wearing clown shoes. I found these guys while we were in Europe out of necessity and I really, really like them! I’m sorry I don’t have a direct link to the same pair. I bought them at a random shoe store, threw out the box and there is no label on them. I’m sure a quick search will find you something similar if you’re interested. :)
I’m wearing: Dress: (similar) / Purse: Target (similar) / Tights: Target / Boots: Unknown
Have a great weekend!
As I was saying on my wishlist post earlier this month, I’ve been slowly piecing together my new place! It hasn’t been easy to balance the tastes of two housemates, a limited budget, and the typical constraints of a landlord (I have to tape everything to the walls!). The more I add to the place; however, the more it feels like home.
One of the biggest challenges I’ve had is trying to balance making a very small space feel homey, without making it look too busy. It’s so tempting to put every cozy, colourful piece of art I have, up on my wall. My room is small and I actually had to put a lot of my stuff in our apartment’s storage room. It took a fair amount of strategy just to fit my bed and desk into the room! Due to the restrictive nature of my room, I’ve become more aware of the balancing act of making a room personal and keeping it cohesive.
Since I’ve been spending a lot of time at my desk, and in my wee little room, I want to make it as happy as it can be. I’m not allowed to paint my walls, so adding colour wherever I can has been really important!
I made a collection of framed of art through a simple assortment of dollar-store frames. I’m really happy with the result because they are light enough to tape up to the wall (essential with my landlord’s restrictions), and were cost effective. I painted a few of the pieces, mainly out of my student budget restrictions, but am planning to replace them as I gather new prints. I’ve been slowly adding to my print collection, and really love my new pieces. Special thanks to the beautiful print from “The Black Apple” !
Above all else, I’ve found that small remembrances of loved ones are what make any place feel like home. Pictures, gifts, and homemade decorations are ultimately what make my room my own!
Things are starting to cool down around here so I’m really starting to look for good layering pieces to add to my wardrobe. I always struggle to say no to only wearing comfy sweaters and jeans all fall and winter so warm, comfy dresses are a good alternative for me.
I’m also still in the market for some good artwork/prints to put up around our apartment. If you know of any good etsy sellers, send me a link!
This is officially the last of my travel photos! We stayed in Otterlo, Holland for the longest period of time while overseas because it is where Jordan’s entire extended family meets up to visit with their relatives from Holland. Both of Jordan’s grandparents on that side of his family moved to Canada when they were younger so they still have siblings and cousins who reside in The Netherlands. Otterlo is almost as close to the centre of Holland as you can be so that has always been the meeting point. From there we take lots of day trips to sightsee landmarks and the places Jordan’s grandparents grew up.
This first trip we made was to this adorable fishing village. It was pretty neat to see a traditional village like this and we also got some amazing seafood for lunch. Win-win.
The photo above is actually where Jordan’s grandpa grew up. If you look closely you can see their family name on the plaque beside the door. I always love going here and hearing stories about his childhood. It was here that he saw the Canadian soldiers marching down the road during the war and where he took care of his very own puppy.
We also got to visit the Holland dikes while we were there. It is something that I’ve always been interested in seeing but didn’t have time to do during our last trip to Holland. They have three dikes called “The Watcher”, “The Sleeper” and “The Dreamer”. It’s amazing to see how much land they were able to acquire by building these.
As much as I love to do all of the sightseeing, I really enjoy our days in Otterlo as well. We stay at a campsite that also rents out cottages so you’re able to rent bikes, scooters, play pingpong and all of those fun campsite activities. Jordan and I always rent a tandem bike for a couple of days to tour around the side streets but this year we also decided to get a scooter for the day. It was so much fun! We spent the whole day scootin’ around searching for all of the beautiful heather fields and cafes. We liked to pretend we were badass bikers the whole time too. Maybe we’ve just been watching way too much SOA lately.
Have a great Monday!