Saturday, 24 September 2016

Links of the Week

Where did the week go? Don't answer that. I know it disappeared into the school and Fall madness. I don't really need to be reminded. I just still can't believe it. This week was a busy one as I had a course scheduling kerfuffle that needed to be sorted, trip planning, applications, and... what else? I don't even know. Maybe my week actually wasn't all that busy. It's just the anticipation of the next few months that occupies my time. 

Last week I volunteered at the Atlantic Film Festival. My dream is to go to the Toronto International Film Festival one year, but the AFF was quite sufficient in the mean time. One of the theatres hosting screenings is a wonderful older theatre that takes you back to the early days of cinema (Oxford Cinemas on Quinpool, if you're interested). A true classic. 

Here are some of my favourite reads of the week! Hope you have a great weekend all :)

Classic Style I loved this simple little look on Liz and her words about style. And not just because I'm obsessed with her bag...

Career Tips from Smart Women Full of great quotes from some of your favourite ladies. 

Waiting for Girl on the Train? Here are some books to fill up your space in the mean-time. 

50 Most Influential Bloomberg's annual list of their 50 most influential people in the finance market across the globe was released. Anyone you're surprised is on the list? 

Gwyneth and the Lenny Girls I subscribe to the Lenny Letter emails, and though they're sometimes not always my cup of tea, I really enjoy seeing what they've got each week. This was a fun little interview with Miss GOOP herself. 

Fall Fashion Musts, according to your sign I tried this with some of my friends and found some of their tastes match up, though definitely not all. I know mine did! Very in love with my Virgo slide.

The Royals Coming to Canada Never have I wanted to be in Vancouver more than right now. I caught a quick glimpse of the Royal family during the Queen's birthday celebrations outside Buckingham Palace, but it would be so neat to see the little family on their first trip here. 

York Avenue Etsy Shop I've loved Jackie's blog for a while so it was exciting to see that she's opening up a print shop on Etsy! Her photography is beautiful and certainly doesn't help my pipe Manhattan dream.

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Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Backless Loafers

Loafers, mules, slippers, slides, or whatever it is that they're referred to as. When I first saw the Gucci Princetown Slipper last fall, I didn't really understand the trend. Sure, it's Gucci. But with all the fur and the totally lazy look, I was confused.

I bought a pair of quite comfortable loafers over the winter and though I love them, they sometimes rub my heel the wrong way. They are my go-to shoe in during cooler days when sandals just don't cut it anymore - but, ugh, blisters. Alas, I started searching for open flats and began to fall in love with those backless Gucci beauties. My question though: how long will this trend last?

I've been searching for a more reasonably priced style for options. If the consensus is that the trend is here to say, these are some great choices.

Asos // Nine West // Kristin Cavallari // Urban Outfitters

Have you found any other loafers or fall shoes to try?

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Sunday, 21 August 2016

Links of the Week

Well, summer is almost over. HOW DID THAT HAPPEN? Granted, I've only been home for two months and I've kept myself decently busy. I'll be heading out on Saturday to return to school (with a little detour in Scotland...) so it's time to pack up and get ready. It's hard to believe that this time next year I may not be in this position. Hope your summer ends nicely! 

Truly Madly Guilty So I just started Big Little Lies (more down below) and could not be more excited for the tv series. But what's even more exciting is that Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman bought the rights to Liane Moriarty's most recent novel, Truly Madly Guilty.

Hollywood Ruining Method Acting I saw Suicide Squad the Saturday it came out and was a little disappointed. It was a great film but could have been SO MUCH better. Jared Leto's performance has obviously garnered a lot of criticism and analysis - Leto is the main example in this article. I completely agree with everything the article states. 

Mixing up the Jumpsuit I'm so tempted to try and recreate this outfit but then I'm reminded that (a) I don't live in New York, and, (b) I'm not Blair Eadie.

The Best Button-Up Shirt This is the loveliest shirt. I picked it up during a back-to-school trip (maybe my last? at least second last) to Madewell and though I haven't worn it yet due to the scorching heat, it will get some great use during the other three seasons. 

Julia's Favourite Makeup Products I know next to nothing about make-up so I love comparing other people's must-have's. I was rather excited when I saw that I use the same Fresh Sugar as her!

Dogs and Real Estate This made me laugh a little but then realize that I will probably be the subject of a follow-up article in a few years time... The things we do for our dogs!

Most Liveable Cities Does your city make the list? Does it make you want to explore some of the top 10? It's making my unplanned trip down under more inevitable. 

Currently ReadingBig Little Lies by Liane Moriarty.
Another one I've had on my Goodread's "Want to Read" section for a while (well, since Reese Witherspoon recommended it...) and I love it. I have a few heavier reads that I should've started instead as I've had them for longer, but BLL seemed like a nice, lighter book. Reese is tooootally Madeline and I just love reading Celeste with Nicole Kidman's voice. Though I kind of wish that I hadn't known the actors before starting the novel, it makes me pretty confident in the adaptation. Excited to see who the victim is! I'm nearly 100 pages in.

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Monday, 15 August 2016

Links of the Week

Ocean's Remake I've been eagerly waiting to see who will headline the new Ocean's film as I'm a huge fan of the Clooney/Soderbergh trilogy. This cast seems pretty unbeatable! Very excited to see all of these ladies and their (hopefully) quirky characters. 

Nicole Warne Style My obsession with the Gary Pepper Girl began a few years ago when I started following her on Instagram. It's easy for anyone to fall in love with her page because of her incredibly enviable style sense and constant state of wander. I never really noticed patterns in her wardrobe (probably because I was too busy drooling and reminding myself that her taste in probably unattainable for me...) so I thought C&C's breakdown of her outfits was interesting.

Most Adorable Shirt The second I laid eyes on this blouse at Madewell, I knew it would be mine. I've been looking for a great button-up that didn't look too stiff or preppy for a while and this is certainly it. The top fits great and has a nice feminine flair. 100 percent recommended! 

Cinnamon Rolls These rolls are my favourite treat for breakfast. They are so darn easy too! I made them this past week and they didn't last long. I've tried this recipe a few times but I think I'll venture to Sally's Maple Cinnamon Rolls next time!

Penny Oleksiak Well, if you don't know her name by now you must be living under a rock. Penny has been the champion for Canadians during the first week of the Olympics! It's hard to believe that she still hasn't even graduated high school yet she has four medals. Her reaction and her family's to the gold medal is a reminder of why the Olympics is so great. Way to go, Penny!

The 5-Hour Rule I didn't know what the 5-hour rule was before reading this article but it seems like a great practice. If Bill Gates, Elon Musk, and Oprah are dedicated to this learning then it can't be too bad. 

Make Your Bed I laughed a little at this article because the writer just nails it! Sure, Pinterest may fool you into thinking that a messy bed is the new black, but you will still be living in a mess. Make your bed, you'll feel better. 

Currently Reading: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kailing.
I've had this book for over a year but I only started reading it recently. It was at the top of my list but I just never set aside the time! I definitely plan on reading Why Not Me? after. She writes like she's talking to her best friend aka. you, the reader. I've laughed out loud a few too many times in public since I've started it, too. It's a book that I find I can put down and pick up whenever. I'm almost done and I'm honestly quite sad that it has to end. If you love The Mindy Project (or just funny and honest writing), pick up her book. 

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Monday, 23 May 2016

Kitchen Conundrums

It's not hard to get stuck on a YouTube binge. The suggested videos on the side lead you down a path of almost no return. Whether it's late night talk shows, Ellen, movie trailers, BuzzFeed food, Grey's Anatomy clips, or epic fails, we all have our weaknesses.

I don't know how I've only recently discovered this channel, but Everyday Food's series 'Kitchen Conundrums' is my new favourite binge-worthy playlist. The channel is from Martha Stewart so I'm sure the recipes are up to par. All of their videos are pretty great, but this series especially so because the host talks a little about the science behind the recipes. It also doesn't hurt that he's pretty cute to look at ;)

Here are some of my favourite videos gearing up for summertime. 

Cold Brew Coffee

Cold brew is so nice when the weather starts to turn!

Seeding a Pomegranate

I don't think I've ever seeded a pomegranate without creating a bloodbath. 

Grilling Steak (without a barbecue)

I love steak with a capital L but tend not to make it for myself because I've never been able to cook it the way I like (medium rare). I will definitely be trying out this technique! 

Fixing "Broken" Buttercream

This has happened to me too many times to count and I hate having to try to frost a cake or cupcakes with gross buttercream. Glad to see that there is actually a way to save it!

Making No Churn Ice Cream

An ice-cream maker is nothing that I've ever considered a necessity and this tutorial validates my hesitance. This recipe seems so simple! 

Don't all of these seem so easy now? I am dying to try out the ice cream. 

Monday, 9 May 2016

Statement Couch

Over the past few years, it seems that 'statement' couches have become increasingly popular. I admire the woman who can organize a fuchsia velvet couch into her living room - it takes serious guts to invest in furniture like that. A bold piece certainly becomes a focal pint and sets the tone for the rest of the house. I mean, if you're looking to add some feminine flare, that is one sure way to do so. I used to think that something like said fuchsia velvet couch would stick out like a sore thumb, but finding these designs on Pinterest has changed my mind.