Okay, okay, okay, I think we’ve all had enough of winter at this point. I try really hard to find the good in every season and appreciate them all for what they bring but I hate when seasons seem to drag on past their allotted time. My little hometown is really making the best of the situation though. They shutdown the main street and created a gigantic snow tubing slide! This area where we snapped these photos was right beside it so it really did give me an extra boost of winter cheer and helped to brave the cold weather. I still can’t believe how snowy it was when we were taking these! I left Toronto while the weather was warm and the sun was shinning. The next day I woke up only to be greeted by a crazy snow storm! Unfortunately I did not bring the best attire for the snow squalls so I was left shivering in my sneakers and fall jacket. Lesson learned. Never underestimate the power of winter. I think at one point I actually had to dust off snow from my head because I was completely covered! It was pretty crazy but we had a good laugh about it. Canadian blogging at its finest. ;)I’m wearing: Shirt: Modcloth / Jacket: Winners (similar)/ Headband: Handmade / Jeans: H&M (similar) / Shoes: Forever 21 / Earrings: Gift from Paige / Lipstick: NYC (flirty)Here’s to warmer days in our near future!
Yesterday Jordan and I decided to take a spontaneous trip to check out the frozen waterfalls! It is the first winter since 1911 where sections of the waterfall have actually frozen so we figured we had to check it out. It was a pretty amazing site! The Canadian side only had a few large ice chunks at the bottom but the American ones had large sections that were frozen top to bottom. I had never traveled to the falls during the winter so it was an awesome new experience. I must say, we were pretty shocked by how cold it was there! I think we only managed to stay out for about half an hour before our toes started to go numb. It was such a nice adventure though. We had a lot of fun chatting in the car, discussing out favourite albums of all time, and coming up with crazy plans for our future. Sometimes you just need a long car ride to really unwind and to purposely slow life down. It was insanely beautiful and totally worth braving the cold. If you ever have the opportunity to check it out, I recommend it. I think it was just enough winter beauty to allow me to enjoy the last few weeks of winter. I can’t say I’d be too upset if spring made an early appearance though. Please?
Ps. Excuse the poor quality photos. I forgot my DSLR and had to capture everything on my phone!
I’m a huge fan of the tote bag (anyone who knows me, knows whenever I travel I have a tote on hand). For this project, Alex and I decided to create personalized totes based on things we love.
Was there ever any doubt my tote would be a book bag? I tried to come up with a fun quote for the other side of my tote, but I wasn’t satisfied with any of my ideas. If anyone has an inspired idea for this tote, let me know! Regardless of the lack of writing, I love the pop of colour the books bring to the bag.
Alex was inspired by our new fitness kick and made a fun workout bag. We’ve actually become the biggest dorks and started working out over Skype together. It’s been a hilarious experience so far, but it’s also pushing us to work out more often! The words Alex picked for the back of the tote are inspired by Joel Plaskett lyrics, making the bag even more personal. The best thing about this project is that you get to make the tote as personalized to you and your style as you want!
The “DIY” part of this project is pretty self explanatory. Find an old tote, or buy one, (we got ours at Michael’s) and some fabric paint. We drew on our bags with pencil first, and then painted over them using small paint brushes. If you wanted to be more precise, stencils would work great with this idea! Obviously you can paint whatever you want, but we were inspired by framing our design around what was going to be inside the totes. We had so much fun making these totes. Once we had decided our designs, we really were just painting. This left lots of time for tea chats, music swapping, and cookie eating together (the best kind of hang out there is).
If you made a tote, what would you put on the front?
When we were contacted by BigStock Prints to be a part of their “We Art BigStock” campaign, I was really excited. I’ve been in a bit of a slump in the whole decorating front as I keep telling myself there is no need to get “cozy” when I’ll be moving soon. I can tell you now, this is a bad mentality! Changing up your home decor/wall art is an instant mood changer.
BigStock specializes in prints of all sizes and you can also order frames (like the white one in this picture) to match each print. I really liked this option because I’m one of those procrastinators who sometimes orders a print online and takes months to get it framed.
The flowers in the poster inspired me to buy some real flowers of my own. This was another instant perk-me-up! Seriously, getting yourself flowers is the best, especially when this winter has been so long and cold. It’s so awesome waking up to cheerful flowers by your bedside!
Honestly, I can’t get over the instant gratification of giving your living space a mini-makeover. I love the idea of re-arranging furniture and mixing up wall art because they are both easy fixes. If you like this poster (and want to mix up your own wall art) be sure to check out the many options available online at BigStock!
Have you been doing any new home decor stuff lately?
This weeks playlist brought me all kinds of nostalgia while I was creating it. These are all songs that I was really into during high school (and a few from elementary school as well). The used car Jordan and I purchased a few weeks ago now has a 6 CD changer which we always kind of laugh about. The previous owner (it’s a 2006 model) opted for an upgraded stereo that had a 6 CD changer instead of the base model which had a single CD slot and a spot for an auxiliary cord. At the time that probably seemed like the greatest feature ever although now it seems a little silly. Anyways, because of this feature, Jordan and I decided to break out our CD books and listen to old favourites. We had so much fun that I decided to make a playlist featuring some of these songs. Enjoy!