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July 16th, 2011 | Home Inspiration via Pintrest

Man I love decorating shows & looking at home decor. Looking at all this stuff really makes me want to move just so I can redesign a home. But for now, I’ll just have to settle with redesigning my Sim’s home ;). Here’s a little home inspiration for you via Pintrest. All images click through to the pin & source.


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July 15th, 2011 | Luxe Box June Review

Hey everyone! So the month is up, so its time for my review of my first Luxe Box from Loose Button!

I *love* the packaging. It’s so cute & it really made me happy to see them put time into packaging the items so nicely. It just warmed my little heart & made me fall inlove with the whole program! (Yup, that’s the design nerd poking out)

Please excuse my super chipped nail polish ;)

China Glaze Ink nail polish (retail $7), Laura Mercier eye shadow (retail $22), and Dermalogica daily microfoliant (retail $72).

Since it was their first one, we also received a really tasty chocolate (which I used to make a s’moore ;D). It’s not in the photo because well, it was in my belly.

China Glaze Nail Polish: I love this! I received it in black. It has a fine tip so its great for detailed work & designs. It makes doing designs SO much easier (no more toothpicks!) I’m totally going to be buying this in more colours.

Laura Mercier Eyeshadow: I also loved this product. I received it in a really pretty pale nude colour that has a bit of a shimmer too it. It feels really lightweight & nice when its on. It’s great as a highlighter, and it also layers nicely well also so you can get full coverage to be used as a shadow. I’m determined to find more products by them, I was really impressed with the quality.

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant: At first, I loved this product. It made my skin feel great after use. I could really feel it getting into the pores and cleaning them out. However, after a few days of use I started to break out  so I stopped using this product. I may test it out again, but I wasn’t too impressed. I have really sensitive skin so I feel like this product just might have not been for me. I’ll probably give it to a friend who has less sensitive skin.

So far I love the program, I received my July box today and am super excited about all the products in it. I am definitely going to be signing up again in September when my current subscription runs out. Its really fun & exciting to look forward to a package every month of exciting new products.

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May 27th, 2011 | The Sketchbook Project 2012

(photo via: http://katenyland.blogspot.com/)

So, last year I signed up for the 2011 project. I won’t lie, I didn’t finish my book in time and wasn’t happy with what I had done to send it in. It was still fun though, so I don’t consider it a waste of money.

This year, I thought I’d give it a second go. I was a little hesitant at first but the tour is coming to Canada this year and making a stop in Toronto. Last year all the locations for the tour were only in the states. I made a rule I’m going to actually schedule time once a week to sit down with my book and work on it.

If you’re unfamiliar with the Sketchbook Project, it’s basically a concert tour. But with sketchbooks. Anyone can sign up, (it costs 25$) and fill their sketchbook with your creative goodies. When it’s completed, you send it back (no later than January 31st) and it makes it’s way around the world with hundreds of other sketchbooks to museums & libraries!

However won’t ever get it back, it’s final resting place is the Brooklyn Library of Art. You can opt to pay an extra 20$ for your book to be digitally displayed in the online exhibit. (Or you could just, yknow scan it yourself..) The theme I picked this year was “Fill me with stories”. Wish me luck!

The sketchbook I never finished ;(

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March 26th, 2011 | Thank you, Mailman

It’s here, it’s here! My lovely new DSLR camera bag from Theit arrived earlier this week, just in time for some photo day trips  & events I have planned for next week It’s absolutely gorgeous in person! I was lucky enough to be able to order it in the original colour about a month ago.

The bossi bag, in original matte black

It’s amazing in person – the photos don’t to justice, and for any fashion conscious photographer like my self you won’t be feeling silly carrying this baby around like I did the very odd time I’d be caught using a normal camera bag. It was totally worth every penny, and I’m so happy I bought this lovely birthday present for myself. (Coming from a family of photographers, they’re quite happy as well. My dad hated the fact that whenever we went out shooting together I’d throw my stuff in my purse because I refused to carry an ugly camera bag around.)

Bag handles & details

I was really impressed with the structural quality of the bag – I was a little worried about the shoulder strap being sturdy enough, but all these fears were gone as soon as I had it in my hands. Both straps seem to be incredibly strong and easily support the weight of my gear.

Inside the bag

I also love the fact that while it isn’t too big (I’m quite petite at only 5’1 and just under  100lbs), it has TONS of storage space and isn’t heavy at all when packed. The detailing is impeccable as well. The bag now comes in two other colours, white and fawn. I love the fawn colour, but I’m hard on my items and go out into woods a lot to take photos so I thought black would be the best choice for me. I tend to carry only the basics in my bag, my camera, my two most used lenses, phone, wallet, mints, extra battery and memory cards, but will occasionally throw in another extra lens or two depending on what I’m shooting. Check them out in the gallery posted below.

Box it arrived in Packaging Chain & tassel details Zipper back detail Logo inside bag The Bossi bag in fawn, image courtesy of lovetheit.com The Bossi bag in white, image courtesy of lovetheit.com What I normally carry in my bag, the basics. I will throw in another lens or two if needed

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February 27th, 2011 | Don’t Judge A Book By It’s Cover

I’m a horrible person for this. Maybe it’s the designer & typography nerd inside of me, but I tend to pick books based on the cover. Now don’t get me wrong, after initially being drawn to the book by the cover design I do read the back and that does come into my judgement as well… but often unless I have a book recommendation or I read about the book in a magazine I won’t investigate it myself unless it has a cover that appeals to me. So, recommend some for me! What’s a good book you’ve read recently?

Here are some of my favourite cover designs of books I’ve read, or want to read. I’m currently finishing up Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver. Also feel free to add me as a friend on Good Reads!

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