11.21.2017

Q&A


I recently posted on Instagram stories that I would be doing a Q&A and asked for any A's that I could Q. I wasn't sure that I was interesting enough for a Q&A and let's be fair, I'm probably not, but since a few of you sent me some questions I'm excited to answer them!



Q: When did you start your blog? What's been the most rewarding part about having your blog?

A: I started my blog in 2006 as an online diary that only a few friends read. In 2010 I joined in on one of Kendi's 30 for 30 challenges along with my cousin Alicia and at that point the blog started to have more of a style focus. I loved being a part of a community of women who supported and inspired each other. We weren't worried about likes or algorithms. Those were the days ;) The most rewarding part of having my blog has been the friendships I've made. I love that I've been able to connect with so many people I wouldn't have had the opportunity to otherwise.
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Q: Where did you get married?

A: Palm Springs! It's a favourite vacation spot for me and Kevin so it seemed like a great fit to get married there. We rented an estate and had a backyard wedding in the desert with a Taco cart for dinner and donuts and cheesecake for dessert. I posted photos from our ceremony and first look here, and photos from our reception and our wedding video here. I wouldn't change a thing about our wedding but thinking back, the morning of was rather crazy. There was a desert storm the night before so the day of the wedding we had to get up at 5am and set everything up. I told myself I could start being a bride at 10am. Haha. If you'd like me to post a more detailed post on our wedding day let me know. I love reading about weddings so I'd be happy to tell you a little more about ours.
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Q: What are your favourite online stores to shop from?

A: I'd love to say Zara but I'm honestly so confused by the styling on the site now. I love that they have an app and shipping is quick but it's hard to find pieces I love on the site right now because it's hard to look past the styling. Old Navy/Gap. They always have great sales so I will often find pieces for Thomas from there. I love ASOS but I'm not a fan of the duty charges. I also haven't figured out the UK sizing. 
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Q: What does fashion and style look like for you now that you're a mom?

A: Right now I would define my style as practical and comfortable. Not the two most exciting words in the english language but it's true. I like classic pieces like cardigans, blazers and loafers. So yes, to answer your question, it's stressful being a style icon but someone has to do it.
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Q: What is one make up item you couldn't live without?

A: Concealer. All the concealer. I'm really loving Tarte's Shape Tape right now but it's a little drying so I like applying it on top of a creamy colour corrector. It gives the best coverage I've ever found. I also have blonde eye lashes so I feel like I look super tired if I don't have at least one swipe of mascara on my lashes.




11.17.2017

Holiday Gift Idea Number TWO from the London Drugs PhotoLab


My husband and I have a little tradition where our only gifts for each other are meaningful, within a budget we set and must fit in our stockings. I love opening my stocking each year and some of my favourite memories as a kid was Santa placing my stocking at the foot of my bed for me to find when I woke up. As for buying stocking sized gifts for my husband… it’s a challenge. He’s very practical and doesn’t really like chocolate (we are very different haha).


While looking at the different creative projects on the London Drugs Photolab App I noticed the Book-It Mini Books. The price easily fit within our set budget and they are small enough to fit in a stocking. Kevin and I have created so many memories with our son this past year that it was so easy to put together a little book of some of our favourites. While I didn’t need the quick timeline, I was really impressed these book-it mini books can be made in 24 hours!


The Book-It Mini Book I made is adorable. I chose the black hard cover, pearl finish paper and a single image on each page. I also chose the centered square image option which I love because it reminds me of a little book of Instagram photos.  It’s going to make a great stocking stuffer but if you’re looking for smaller gifts that are still meaningful the Express Books and Book-It Mini Books are a great option. They are quick, easy to make and budget friendly, so they are perfect for co-workers, your child’s teachers or anyone you’ve traveled with.


I love getting photos developed and putting them into photo albums (with each photo dated, of course) but I could see myself using the Book-It Mini Books as little keepsakes after notable events where we take quite a few photos. Family trips, birthdays or even holidays. I have so many photos from Thomas’ first Christmas that would be so sweet to compile in a book-it. I know Kevin is going to love finding this little book of memories in his stocking this year!
 
*I use the IOS version of the Photolab App  but it has recently launched for Android as well!! The Android version doesn't have the Book-It Mini Books just yet so if you're interested in making one this holiday season, you can still do so easily from your computer.

This post was sponsored by London Drugs but all opinions and ideas are my own. I'm always excited to work with brands I already use and love. I appreciate you supporting the brands that support my blog!

11.16.2017

Holiday Gift Idea from the London Drugs PhotoLab


 I recently shared my process for developing all of my photos quickly and directly from my phone
using the London Drugs Photolab App! After hearing how much I love their app, the lovely team from London Drugs asked if I’d like to talk about some of the creative products their Photolab has to offer. The first thought that popped into my mind was trying some of them out by tackling a few names on my Christmas list and I quickly agreed.


One person on my list that I have a really tough time buying for is my Dad. His Christmas list every year is black socks and golf balls. I wish I was kidding. While I don’t mind working from a Christmas list I can’t say I’m eager to buy him black socks every year. Besides, isn’t the best part of Christmas shopping finding thoughtful gifts that have meaning behind them? One of my favourite gifts to get for my dad is a framed photo. Two years ago it was a photo from my wedding and last Christmas it was a photo of him and my son.




After scrolling through all of the creative products I could make in the London Drugs Photolab App (how fun would it be to make a recipe book or a book of Instagram photos for a gift?), I settled on a Coffeetable Photo Book. I loved the traditional look of the Photographic Albums as well. It didn’t take me long to create a quality book full of our favourite memories from this past year all from photos on my phone. I really liked that I could choose a layout for each page and while I had the option of including text, for this book I wanted more of a picture book feel. I chose a 10x8 muslin cloth book with a window for this project, but on my next one I think I’ll get a custom photo cover because those look really impressive


If you have a photographer, or just someone in your life who is sentimental like I am, these photo books are both fantastic gift options.


My Coffeetable Photo Book was ready in 5 days and I’m so happy with how it turned out! The quality of the pages didn’t disappoint, and I know my Dad is going to love flipping through all of the memories our family has created this year.



This post was sponsored by London Drugs but all opinions and ideas are my own. I'm always excited to work with brands I already use and love. I appreciate you supporting the brands that support my blog!