We did it! Please excuse the sweaty, flushed face assortment of photos in this post but we just had to share our most recent accomplishment with you all. I must say, it was a tiring and sweaty way to start my birthday but I don’t think I could have possibly given myself a better gift this year. I can honestly say that I am shocked at how much I actually enjoyed the run. So much so that I’ve been looking into doing the Scotiabank Run for Kids this September and attempting the 25km distance! I always thought that running a half marathon would be one of those goals that I would complete once and then be done with it but it has actually been the exact opposite. I think I’ve caught the long distance bug. ;)(Special thanks to our little cheering squad for coming to support us!)(So strong… :S Maybe my next goal will be to increase my upper body strength. ha!)Thank you to everyone who encouraged us along the way! I hope this can be a little bit of inspiration to the rest of you. If we can go from being non runners to running a half marathon in 4 months, anyone can. :)
I bought this dress when I was thirteen years old with money from my first real job. I still remember the excitement of buying something with my own hard earned money. I think because of the sentimental factor of the dress, I never got rid of it during my yearly trip to Goodwill. That being said, it’s not a dress that frequents my everyday attire. Do you ever forget about how nice something is just because you’ve had it forever? I’ve recently made a vow to myself to wear everything in my closet for at least a full day. If I don’t like it by the end of the day, chances are I won’t wear it again. Someone else could use the clothes, and I don’t have room for anything I don’t need! As someone who hasn’t grown at all since elementary school, I have a crazy assortment of styles that I can’t seem to let go of. The fun part of this challenge has been coming up with creative ways to wear old pieces. It’s great when you can step back and look at something in a new light!I love the pop of colour this dress has! It makes me feel like I’m ready to go to a carnival, eat cotton candy, and ride a ferris wheel. I’m wearing: Dress-Similar , Wedges-Similar, Nail polish- Revlon, Lipstick-Mac. I know I’ve been talking a lot about how much happier I am lately, but it really has made a world of difference. Changing your attitude towards the little things really makes the bigger picture brighter. Making old things new can be hard when you attach sentimental baggage to material items. Last year I went through a pretty emotional break up, and for a while, a lot of things brought back sad or negative memories. It’s really great when you find you are able to look at things from a fresh perspective and remember how awesome they are. Here’s to new perspectives and revamping old things!
I don’t know about you guys, but I have a natural tendency towards things that are clearly casual/fun daytime wear. I have a lot of clothes, and I can’t complain about that, but I seem to have a lot of the same kind of clothes. I love bright patterns, cotton t-shirt dresses, and summer hats. This is perfect for out and about daytime wear, but when it comes to getting dressed up and going out at night, I’m completely hopeless! This is a wish list attempting to find things that are appropriate for going out in, but still feel “me”.
It’s a tricky balance when getting dressed up. You don’t want to be the weirdo at the bar who looks like they are trying too hard, but you also don’t want to blend in so much that you look like everyone else! A black dress, for example, is always a safe bet, but I always try and find a way to make it a bit more unique. Clearly, I have an affinity for black and white!
Do you have any tips for getting dressed up but staying true to your style?
When Mima from InfinEight Organic/Geometric Jewelry contacted us about featuring some of her line on the blog we were really excited. Her line is awesome and it was a hard to decide what items we liked best from her Etsy shop. She has a wide selection of fun and creative jewelry that still has a classic feel to it, which is perfect for two gals who usually have hard to match outfits on.
Alex and I both picked simple pieces that I swear we’ve worn almost every day since receiving them in the mail. Alex’s necklace is a yellow Koinobori that she picked because of the great, above the shirt line, length.
I chose a version of InfinEight’s Convex necklace. I love the geometric styling of this necklace and I honestly wear it all the time. It goes with everything! InfinEight has styles in brass and silver, but I love the way the brass looks.
We really love both of our InfinEight necklaces! We definitely recommend heading over to her shop and checking out her beautiful work. Also, be sure to check back soon for an InfinEight giveaway for your chance to win one of the items in this shop’s line!
I can’t even begin to describe how busy I have been lately. It has all been fun and necessary but I’m beginning to feel like I’m sinking in commitments and goals lately. For example, I don’t think I have been home before 10pm every single night this week! I leave for work around 7am and then immediately after I head from work to go run errands, meet with friends or do our 1/2 marathon training. I really can’t complain though because it’s all been fun and although it can be tiring, I can truly say that I’m getting out there and really soaking up summertime. That being said, I find it interesting to see what my true priorities are when it comes to my free time. I don’t have much of it these days so when it actually comes around I only have time to do my absolute favourite things. Since I can clearly pinpoint all of my obsessions at the moment I thought I’d share them with you!
1. Sewing – I have become addicted. There is something so awesome about taking a piece of fabric and creating something from it. Much like any DIY project, it feels really rewarding and I love seeing my creations come to be. I have been mixing it up from home decor items like our curtain door to our kitchen, following patterns and creating my own. I find all of it super fun and relaxing. It’s the ultimate way for me to unwind after a long work week while still coming away from it feeling like I accomplished something.
2. Derek – If you haven’t seen this Netflix show yet you need to do it ASAP. It is quite honestly the most beautiful show I have ever seen. I cry in every single episode. Sometimes its because something sad happened but most of the time it’s just because it gives you such a wonderful perspective on life. Here is one of my favourite quotes from the season 1 finale: “Cos’ I’ve met people who don’t believe in God, what are nice and what are horrible and I’ve met people who do believe in God, what are nice and what are horrible. So just be nice.” I love the simplicity but beauty of how Derek thinks and how it just encourages everyone to put your differences aside and be kind to one another. Amen to that.
3. Indoor Gardening – I have always loved having a little bit of greenery in all of the places I’ve lived in throughout the years but this is the year that I’ve gotten a little bit more serious about the hobby. I have been doing a lot more research on basic houseplants but I have also been really diving in to growing indoor cacti. I have quite the collection going and I really want to see them thrive! I have been playing around with soil combinations, watering techniques and other little tips and tricks to see what works best for each type of cacti that I own.
4. Walks around the city – I know this seems like a super boring obsession to have but I have been loving taking the time to get outdoors and experience new places during these warmer months. People in the city seem to go into hibernation mode between the months of November-March so it’s been kind of a treat to wander around with a bigger crowd and see people really enjoying the parks and shops.
5. Taking Wilco to the Beach – He’s learning to swim you guys! He’s still pretty hesitant and most of the time he tries to trick you into thinking he’s swimming by walking on his back legs and paddling his arms but there have been a few times where he has actually floated and did the doggy paddle a couple of times. It’s so cute watching him experience new things and I’m so excited to take him to the cottage this year in August!
6. Organizing – Wow, I feel super lame even writing this one down but I would be lying if I left it off the list. We are currently doing a big purge of a lot of our unnecessary nicknacks around our apartment. We’ll try selling some of it at a garage sale on the weekend and everything else will be donated. Living in a small space we need to keep this kind of activity up or you can feel like you’re swimming in clutter extremely quickly. By getting rid of all of this stuff, it has also encouraged me to find more effective ways to store a lot of our stuff. So, in short I don’t necessarily like the act of organizing but more so the end results of having a clutter-free space where everything has a place that is easily accessible. I’ll try to share more of this progress as we go with some of our bigger organizational projects!
I’m wearing: Tank: H&M / Shorts: UO / Shoes: ASOS / Scarf: Modcloth / Bag: Target / Necklace: InfinEight
What are your summer obsessions??