Thursday, July 31, 2014

Seaside Serenity

I can't help but think how serene these pictures seem when looking at
them. It's all a facade, believe me. If you had the ability to go inside my
head right now like some sort of Ms. Frizzle all you would hear is a loud
scream. It's a scream that stems from both fear and excitement of course.
My newspaper column is to start next week! I am still in a state of shock
and disbelief. I may or may not have plans to frame the first article and
hang it proudly on my wall....And since my column is about me exploring
my new island I thought I'd start to take more photos of what's around me.
It's coastal living here so anything I snap a shot of will go splendidly with
the nautical theme I seem to be obsessed with as of late. I will forewarn
you though: there will be endless pictures of trees and water 'cause that's
pretty much all that's around me! (And I wouldn't have it any other way)
Shirt // Thrifted
Necklaces // DIY
Dress // Thrifted 
Flats // Thrifted 
Watch // My Nanny's

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Call me Caper

See this enthusiastic jump? See this bright smile? Last week was all about
stress and tears of desperation, but thankfully my luck has changed for the
better! As you may or may not know, I have always dreamed of being a
writer. Yes, nothing makes me more elated than to picture a life of sitting at
a mahogany wood desk in front of a blazing hot fire scribbling notes in my 
leather-bound book or allowing my imagination to get the best of me while
sitting on the beach listening to the ceaseless crashing of the waves. How
many people actually have faith that their dreams will come true though? 
I wasn't holding my breath, I'll tell you that much. 
Now, for over a week I was paralyzed with fear and simply kept the 
advertisement looking for a weekly columnist paper-clipped to my agenda.
It wasn't until I got so fed up with myself and my lack of confidence in my
own abilities that I picked up that phone and gave the listed number a ring.
And am I ever happy that I finally mustered up the courage, because ladies,
you're looking at a newly appointed weekly columnist! What's even more
exciting is that the column will revolve around a newcomer's experience
to Cape Breton (the island I live on). I get to explore my new home, which
I'm already doing, and write about it. And since that day seemed to be my
day when I passed a souvenir shop that I know sells local handmade jewelry
I decided to stop in and really test my luck. Guess what! I bring in my things
tomorrow for them to view. If they like my little creations will be sold in an
actual store. So to sum everything up. Life is a roller coaster.  A stomach
churning, tear inducing, scream laden roller coaster. We can't allow our
fears to stop us from going after what we want. After all, no one is going
to give you what you want. It's your life and you only have one chance
to make live it the way you want. No second chances in this game of life.
And since I feel as if my steps are lighter and I'm on cloud nine I wanted
to wear something whimsical and fun. Suspenders and a dog that looks
like my pup on my shirt? Yes, that puts a smile on my face
T-Shirt // Thrifted 
Suspenders // Thrifted 
Skirt // Thrifted
Bracelets // DIY
Fringe Sandals // Aldo

Monday, July 21, 2014

Sunshine and Daisies

Street Vendor (Ottawa) // Headband
My Backyard // Daisy
Garage Sale (originally Billabong) // Dress
Garage Sale (originally the Gap) // Bag
Aldo // Sandals

Am I ever happy it's Monday and it's a new week! Last week was
probably one of the most stressful weeks I've had in a while - that's
saying something too considering I moved across my country less than
two months ago...So how does one combat stress? Go to the beach!
I pretty much lived at the beach this weekend. Saturday was my town's
beach day and, well, Sunday is just a perfect day for the beach, isn't it?
If only life could always be sunshine, happiness, and flowers in my hair!
I'm really trying to come to terms with the fact that life can't always be
sunshine and daisies. I had a fairly sad and difficult life growing up and
I used to think that all the sadness would come to screeching halt once I
grew up and could control my own life. So not true. Life contains all the
emotions. Life contains sadness and anger and desperation and elated
happiness. All one can do is be the best person they can be and learn
to not sweat the small things.  That and put a flower in your hair! 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

DIY: Planter

Well, since we all know my affinity for garbage and unwanted things you
can bet I'm a sucker for this DIY! I actually try to steer clear of canned
goods, so it did take me quite a while to acquire these. I'm really happy
with the result though, which means someone might have to go rummaging
through the neighbour's recycling soon! I can see my future clearly now:
the village bag lady. 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Summer Simplicity

Dress // Thrifted
Necklace // DIY 
Belt // Thrifted
Bracelets // DIY
Flower Studs // Street 
Jewelry Vendor
Spring // Flats

I'm sitting in front of the fireplace (for the nights are wonderfully chilly here),
watching some good ol' X-Files, and although I've been thoroughly enjoying
my summer I find myself quite at a lost of what to say. Perhaps there's just so
much happening I don't even know where to begin! The fact that I've been
rather busy with work doesn't do my blogging any favours either - the last
thing I want to do after typing is spend more time indoors on an electronic
device! So as a result, these pictures are from several days ago. I spent
this extremely sunny day taking breaks swimming in my mom's pool
pool and getting my hands dirty in my garden. I wasn't going to take
any photos that day, but as Paul and I were driving my younger brother
into the city and we passed the most inviting overgrown road you ever
did see, I knew it would be the perfect backdrop to my simple plaid
 dress. I was wearing a quintessential summer straw hat to complete my
rural look earlier, but I must admit, that was more to keep the pesky
black flies from getting at my head rather than a fashion item! Oh, we're
not in Kansas anymore....

Monday, July 07, 2014

Ocean Child

Sweater // Thrifted
Necklace // Re-purposed Earrings into a Pendant
Belt // Thrifted
Dress // Thrifted 
Moccasins // Soft Moc (Maybe...these are old)
Satchel // Garage Sale 
Bracelets // DIY

Another summer weekend is now behind us. If only I could live in a world
with perpetual summers. Or if a Groundhog Day type of scenario happened -
I would have no complaints if it occurred on a beautiful summer's day! This
weekend my family and I took a drive to the quaint Margaree Harbour to visit
my great uncle. I've been coming to this very small community since I was a little
girl. Located on the west side of Cape Breton Island, Margaree is blessed with
warm weather and a beach with water you can actually swim in. Side note: albeit
I am at the beach almost every day, where I live the water is unbelievably cold.
So no swimming, but the beach walks are enjoyable all the same! There's a 
reason the real estate is so cheap where we're at. In Margaree...not so cheap.

Friday, July 04, 2014

Blue my Mind

Floppy Hat // Thrifted
Tank Top // Aritzia 
Skirt // Thrifted 
Belt // Thrifted
Shell Ring // Souvenir Shop
Bracelet // Garage Sale
Shoes // Thrifted
Wicker Picnic Basket // Garage Sale

Where is all the time going?! As much as I love summer, it flies by too
fast. I want it to go nice and slow so that I can fully enjoy each moment and
cherish the memories. Between making new friends, garage sales, Canada
Day celebrations, family dinners, work, gardening, and adventures in the
great outdoors at the end of the day I'm pooped! It's unfortunate that we
only get a few months of summer and therefore as Canadians we jam
pack our schedule full with every possible warm weather activity we can
imagine. By the end of September we're all exhausted and welcome the
cold season so that we can hibernate and get our energy back for next
summer. It's a catch-22, endless cycle kind of thing. But then again, I
can't truly complain about picnics on the beach, now can I?
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