Sunday, December 28, 2014

Wish List: Free People

Is there a retail store that if it made up your entire wardrobe you'd be extremely happy? For me that is Free People. It is honestly one of the coolest and prettiest stores I've been to. I can recall the first time I stepped over the threshold into one and I gasped. My breath was taken away by the beauty of not only the decor of the store, but every product. Of course seconds later after eagerly perusing, my breath was also taken away by the price of everything... The products in Free People tend to be quite pricey, but because of the quality and uniqueness of each item purchasing anything seems worth it to me. (whatever makes you justify spending $100+ on a casual top, Moll. haha) For the average person, Free People is one of those places where you save up for specific pieces and, to quote Parks & Rec, "Treat yo self." I am one of those average people. That being said, I've created an outfit I'd like to purchase someday, or in the very least, individual bits I'd like to buy when I'm willing to fork over a @#&% ton of money...

This tunic is gorgeous, flowy, and flattering. I tried it on in the store. It's beautiful on its own, with opaque tights, and/or with an off white swing or babydoll dress layered underneath (especially one with ruffles on the hem!).

Free People tend to have statement pieces in their jewelry arsenal. This could be considered one. It's delicate, yet different, and would look great for any occasion.

(between the time I made the graphic and embedding links in this post, FP got rid of the harness I wanted [??], so a similar one is linked!)
For a lot of people, this trend isn't their cup of tea. I was once one of these people. However after my friend purchased one and seeing loads of boho chic outfits on tumblr with this "vest," I've decided that I really like what it adds to a look. It's definitely different, but in this case I think that's a great thing! 

Having tried the tunic on, I can confirm that it is very short. To balance out the cloth to skin ratio, a good pair of boots are needed. Why not go to the extreme and get above the knee ones? Much like the bracelet, they're a statement, and that's why I love 'em! Plus they look great with skirts, tights, leggings, and skinny jeans!

Despite me being obsessed with jewelry and necklaces, I don't have a large coin necklace. Since Free People's jewelry is diverse in size and stunning in general, I figured they'd have the coin necklace I'd been envisioning. They did not disappoint!

Though I haven't spent $603.90 on this outfit, over on my last post I have an outfit inspired by this list. Check it out and let me know what you think of either!

Have a lovely day and stay fabulous, freeps!!


Monday, December 15, 2014

Babydoll in Boston

If you are a regular reader of my blog, I'm sure you've gathered that I love nature and being outdoors. Despite that, I really enjoy the hustle and bustle of the city, too. I've visited New York City the most out of any destination place and it's probably my favourite city; however I do have a deep appreciation for Boston, as well. It is a place like no other. Wherever you step, you're walking through history. On many of the twisting and winding streets are internally modern shops, but they're externally stuck in time. And though it is a heavily populated area by people from all over the world, there is still a sense of a small town community. Unlike a large portion of people in New York City, Bostonians greet strangers with a smile and are "wicked" polite, too. Bottom line, Boston is cool.

Even so, when I feel the desire to take a day trip to a city, my mind generally goes straight to New York City. But not this weekend! On Saturday I met up with a couple of friends, hopped on the bus, and off we went for a fun day of shopping at the Pru and Newbury Street, and gawking at how beautiful the library is. 

We also planned on going to the Pru's observatory floor right as the sun set, but the whole thing was closed! I was so disappointed. Especially since the sky looked lovely Saturday. I managed to get a few photos of the sky and city, but honestly most aren't that great. I didn't go prepared with a camera or thinking I was going to take photos for a blog post... whoops! I do have plenty of stories to share, though, which I may include in the next few posts.  

When shopping, we went to Free People, Urban Outfitters, Brandy Melville, and other stores with similar styles. I'm obsessed with Free People. It would be great if that store made up my entire wardrobe. Though Free People has a distinct style, there is still such a variety in it. You have the basic items that go with everything to very unique statement pieces. At the moment, I've been loving how they do a lot of layering with shorter dresses and tunics. That is what inspired this outfit. Plus, a lot of people are very preppy, urban, or wear business attire in Boston, so I wanted to stand out a bit from the crowd with this boho chic look.

I took a long sleeve top and layered it with a babydoll dress. Tights were a must because it was a cool windy day, and high socks just added that extra warmth. Naturally I also had to sport my favourite necklace. Unfortunately I didn't get any photos of me in this outfit in the city, because again, I suck at planning haha Sorz!

Parka: Target
Top: Target
Babydoll Dress: Target
Bag: Target
Boots: Target
Tights: Target
Socks: Target
Necklace: Kohl's
 (Do you think I like Target? lol)

Have you ever been to Boston?


Sunday, November 30, 2014

Dust of Snow

Thanksgiving has come and gone this year. Arriving with it, hand in hand, were frosts and flurries. Seemingly, winter has made it's presences known, perhaps earlier than most had expected or wanted. However, it is a truth universally acknowledged that we have no control over Mother Nature.  

As blankets lay along the land, we must adapt to her long winter's nap. As we tip toe around sheets of ice, we must gracefully move in this world that has become still. As we trek through the snow, we walk along with rowdy foraging animals, but are otherwise surrounded by silence.


Winter is one of those things that you either love or hate. For me, I really enjoy it.
 Here are some of the reasons why I'm fond of winter:
❄bundling up & enjoying the indoors
❄sipping hot chocolate by the fire
❄wearing bulky sweaters
 ❄shopping for gifts
 ❄wrapping gifts
 ❄spending time with family
❄jamming out to holiday tunes
❄wearing pjs whenever possible
❄bundling up & enjoying the outdoors
(yer never too old for it!)
❄ice skating
❄power outages
(a weird one, yes,
but I find them fun
{so long as everyone is safe and warm!})
❄jumping into a pile of powder snow
❄all of the trees are "frosted"
❄glistening snow
❄deer tracks
❄frost patterns
❄the simplicity of nature
 ❄simplicity in general

For many, winter is a dreary time; a time to just get through. I understand that completely. With grey skies, inclement weather, and the feeling that it keeps dragging on and on can make for a somber soul. Because of those reasons, I dreaded winter days at one point. I was never a fan of that attitude, though. I'm the type of person who wants to enjoy every moment. What helped to change my views on this time of year was actually making a list, like the one above. It's funny how purposefully finding the positives in anything can make it a million times better. This phenomenon is beautifully described in one of my favourite poems.

 "Dust of Snow"
by Robert Frost

The way a crow 
Shook down on me 
The dust of snow 
From a hemlock tree 

Has given my heart 
A change of mood 
And saved some part 
Of a day I had rued

Little things can always affect the larger scale. Even if a day seems dull, there will always be a flame ready to be stoked. It's up to us to choose if we want the light to outshine the dark. That's why it's important to be open and appreciate the little things that happen to us because they could end up brightening an entire day. How you look at a situation can make all of the difference. 

The other day was the first proper snowfall, so the sky remained on the darker side all day and it was freezing. It appeared to be the making of a cruddy day. But rather than thinking that, I only let myself be excited. Falling from the sky were one-of-a-kind ice crystals! How cool is that?! Maybe that's a childish thing to say, but frankly sometimes you need that childlike exuberance- that unjustified happiness.

I ended up having a lovely day enjoying several of the points on my list shared above. Towards the beginning I spent it outside, and eventually curled up by the fire. As the weather took a turn for the better, I visited family. Nothing major happened, but that's pretty nice sometimes. Sometimes simplicity really is best. :) 

Parka: Target
Tunic: Kohl's
Leggings: Nike
Boots: Target
Bag: Target
 Ring: Kohl's

What are you looking forward to this winter?


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

DIY: Leaf Bowl

Here in the USA we celebrate a holiday called Thanksgiving. This day, filled with stuffing our faces with turkey, potatoes, cranberries, and more, and spending time with family, is smack-dab between Halloween and Christmas. For people is many other countries, they can begin the transition into the festive times, but here in America, we have to hold onto autumn a bit longer. Sure it is still autumn everywhere in the northern hemisphere until December 21st, but honestly I'd like to start getting ready for the holidays and welcoming the winter season. However, I must restrain that urge for one more week until after Thanksgiving.

Though getting ready for Thanksgiving is enjoyable, it just isn't the same as Christmas time. This is probably because I tend to not decorate for Thanksgiving nearly as much as I do for Christmas. This year I've made it my mission to (pumpkin) spice it up by garnishing everything with autumnal pieces! Rather than just toss store bought items around my house, I've taken the initiative to create a few bits even. That being said, I want to share one of the pieces I made over the weekend, and steps so you can make it yourself! And if you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, but live in the northern hemisphere, remember that it’s still autumn, so this craft is for you, too! :) 

Fake leaves
Matte Mod Podge
A balloon
Scissors and/or pliers
Foam brush
A bowl

1. If your leaves aren't already individual, cut them so they are, and then put them in a pile to the side. Use the pliers if there is metal within the plastic stems and scissors if not.
*Be sure to have plenty of leaves available. It's better to have extra than not enough! I gathered around 30 and used all but a few. My leaves were on the smaller size, too, so how many you use is dependent on that.
2. Blow up a balloon and place it in your bowl. The bowl acts as a place to keep the balloon stabilized as you're gluing the leaves together.
3. Begin gluing the leaves onto the balloon and to each other using the Mod Podge and foam brush. 
           *Note: I made the leaves appear ombred. I arranged them by having the darker ones at the bottom of the bowl and the lighter ones around the edge. Do as you please! 
4. If you end up being like me and use A LOT of Mod Podge, let the leaves dry for 2 days or until there is no white showing. (Unlike in the photo below :P)
5. Pop the balloon!
6. Trim the excess glue off with scissors and yer done!!
            *Here's a picture that shows the ombre effect better.

Hope you enjoyed this DIY! Let me know if you try it!

Have a lovely day and stay fabulous!!


Monday, November 10, 2014

Haul: Winter Athletic Wear//Motivational Monday

 As previously mentioned, I'm on a bit of a health kick. This year I plan to take skiing more seriously. In order to do so, I've been toning up. I also want to lead a healthier lifestyle. To be more dedicated to working out comes the need for proper garments. As the cooler days have become more frequent, I realized I was specifically in need of warmer athletic wear. Since last year around this time wasn't a big movement montage, I only had a few older pieces. In preparation of winter and the many ski trips I shall be taking, I needed to refresh my athletic wardrobe. Now I have a lot of quality items that should last a while and add a nice layer of warmth.

1. Under Armour ColdGear Fitted Crew//2. Printed my design at CustomInk//3. Nike Dri-Fit T-Shirt //4. Under Armour ColdGear Zip Top
Under Armour ColdGear Leggings//Nike Dri-Fit Leggings//Nike Pro Hyperwarm Tights
It's all well and good to talk about the fashion side of athletics, but that's a pretty minor part of it. The two main factors are mind and body. Our bodies are capable of a lot more than we think. Thanks to our minds, we tend to hold ourselves back. Honestly, exercising can definitely be one of those things that is difficult to muster motivation for when you're not in a routine, but to get going, you have to think of the end result. After any form of exercise, be it long or short, intense or gentle, it is always worth it. Though you may be short of breath after, the chemicals in our body make sure we feel great. If being out of breath, sore, or anything of that nature holds you back, push those thoughts aside. Think about that energizing feeling flowing through your body and sense of satisfaction after. Also, remember the larger goal as to why you want to exercise. Do you want firmer arms? A tighter core? Toned thighs? Or do you simply want to be healthier? Keeping your goals in mind will help you to succeed. 

Need more motivation? Read some of my favourite exercise related quotes below!

Since you may feel slightly motivated at this point, try some of the following workouts. The ones with *asterisks are what I do at least five days a week.

Gentle Exercises:
*Hula Hooping (10+ minutes)
Walking (10+ minutes)
Jogging in place (10+ minutes)

A routine I made:
Lunges {to the front & back} (x13)
Lunges Diagonally {to the front & back} (x13)
Lunges to the side {each side} (x13)
Stretch (30 seconds)
*Squat Jumps (30 seconds)
*High Knee Step Over (1 minute)
*Box Jumps {to the front} (x13)
*Box Jumps {side to side} (x13)
Stretch (30 seconds)
*Wall Sit (1+ minute(s))
Plank (30 seconds)
*Crunches (x30)
*Tricep Dips (x13)
Stretch (1 minute)
*Slalom Sprints (10 minutes)
Stretch (5 minutes)

For the routine above, adjust whatever you want. Add time, take away time. Add reps, take away reps. Repeat parts, take away parts. Make it work for you, so you'll actually do it!

One of my favourite workout videos:

Hopefully you're feeling motivated to be active now! I've presented you with quality clothes to wear, a bit of motivation, and at-home exercises. The ball is in your court now!

*Let me know if you enjoyed this fitness based post and would like more!*

Friday, October 31, 2014

Friday Fives: Music & Instagram Diary

Happy  Halloween!!

I hope everyone has had a wonderful day filled with candy and great times with friends and family! This will be a relatively brief post because I should be heading over to a party now, but ya know, I can be fashionably late. 

The majority of my posts this month were OOTDs. The titles of these post weren't in the style of what I typically do. These titles happen to be my favourite songs at the moment. For anyone who made the connections that they are songs, well done! *sends virtual candy as prize*

The posts
(I didn't actually get around to making this post :/)

The songs

October's Instagram Diary

Let me know what you think of the songs!

Have a lovely day and stay fabulous!!


Monday, October 27, 2014

A Maker Of My Time

Perhaps you've noticed this, perhaps you haven't, but I haven't been posting too frequently this month. My hope was to maintain the level of activity of last month, but alas, October is coming to a close and I have fallen short.

This did not occur for laziness or procrastination (despite having implied that in this post). As we all know, the academic year rolled around not too long ago, which has affected many of us bloggers and our schedules. School can be a lot of work; especially if you're a) pursuing a career in the medical field, b) considering it, or c) just trying to do the absolute best you can in any field of study. It can be very time consuming... and stressful.

On top of my studies, I've been on a health kick/intense pre-ski season workout regime. (More posts about that to come!) Unfortunately because of primarily these two reasons, blogging has gotten the short end of the stick. Now I really have to treat it as a hobby, or a "when I can scrounge up time" type of thing. *boo :(*

For a while, blogging was my preferred way to de-stress, so I'd make time for it. However, now that I've been exercising more, which requires me to be outside a lot, I've been favoring that as my way to relax. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy every minute of blogging, but there's just something about nature and being disconnected from technology and social media that's sooo refreshing. Experiencing it first hand by spending free time outside, I can say that nature is honestly the best therapy. 

"The mountains are calling and I must go."
~John Muir

My best friend has been feeling the same way as myself in the fact that we really needed a chance to take a step back from work and re-energize in order to keep moving forward. Spontaneously on a Friday afternoon, we decided that would be as good of time as any to pack up and go somewhat off the grid for the weekend. We went on a really long drive to get to her winter home and just chilled. We hiked, explored, unwound, and just enjoyed nature at its finest.

Typically my posts are fashion and beauty related; however, this one is completely lifestyle. No outfits. No makeup. Just pictures of Mother Nature. She's the focal point of this post. Plus, I only sported athletic gear and a bare face that weekend, so that's not necessarily a "must see" haha

Have a lovely day and relax!!