December 18, 2014

Winterize your nails with Julep

As an aesthetician I always talk to my clients about how important it is to take care of your hands and nails during the dry winter months. It is really easy to neglect our nails, but with a few easy steps you can have the perfect manicure for the holidays.

I am happy to be working with Julep to bring you some great tips on how to take care of your nails, as well as a fun tutorial on how to get a design like mine. If you would like to learn more about Julep head on over here, and to get some great colour inspiration visit the colour page.

This holiday season I really wanted to try something different for my manicure. Instead of the usually red, I have decided to mix it up with a classic black and just a touch of sparkle. Below are a few colours that I am absolutely loving this winter.

For my winter manicure I decided to go with black for the main colour. For the feature nail I chose a light sparkly green. I also used this colour to add french tips.

Do you have a favourite nail colour at the moment?

December 17, 2014

Wanderlust Wednesday - Okanagan wine region

Okanagan wine region

When we moved to the Okanagan in October, we were so busy finding a place to live and I was looking for work it didn't leave a whole lot of time to explore. I am lucky enough to now live in a place where I am surrounded by vineyards. I can't wait to try each and every one in the new year.

December 16, 2014

Gift guide: for dad

For the dad who has everything, its always a struggle to find something he might need/like. This year I think I have finally found the perfect gift. How about you?

Gift guide: dad

December 11, 2014

Gift guide: for mom

I always want to give my mom something that she wouldn't think to buy for herself.
If you are still shopping for gifts as I am, you might find these ideas helpful.

Gifts for mom

December 8, 2014

Gift guide: for him

I have known what I wanted to get Jason for months now. I'm surprised I haven't cracked and told him what it is, thats how excited I am to watch him open his present on Christmas day.

If you're struggling to find the perfect present for that certain someone I have a few suggestions for you below.

Gifts for him

December 4, 2014

Gift guide: for the traveler

I love gift giving. Usually I start way back in September/October, slowly buying things and storing them away until I figure out who they will be perfect for. This year however I have seriously procrastinated, I'm not even close to being done.

As someone who loves to travel I have created a collection of a few things that I think would be perfect for the traveller in your life.

December 1, 2014

November roundup - Holiday season

Its officially December and the holiday decorating and celebrations begin. Work is picking up and I have yet to finish all my holiday shopping, so things have been busy. I can't wait to spend the holidays with my friends and family and bring in the new year.

  • If you're looking for some holiday decorating inspiration try this orange garland. I can't wait to try this myself.

  • This is one of my favourite books and I can't wait to watch the movie

Happy December everyone.

November 26, 2014

Wanderlust Wednesday - Sanctuary

How could you not sit down and stare in awe when you are surrounded by beauty.

November 19, 2014

Wanderlust Wednesday - Jedburgh Abbey, Scotland

Jedburgh Abbey, Scotland

Watching Outlander has me planning a trip to Scotland. Might not happen next year but sometime soon I would love to explore all it has to offer.

November 18, 2014

Favorite fall drinks

As the forecast starts calling for cooler weather we have winterized our home and prepared ourselves for the snow that is sure to come. Spending more time indoors, I have been searching for the perfect warm drink to keep me cozy and warm this winter.

Below are a few of my favourites, if you have a particular drink that you love please feel free to share in the comments below.

This pumpkin spice syrup is the perfect substitute for Starbucks. Make it at home yourself and have it all year round.

I love drinking mulled wine during the winter months, can't get enough of it. I have been playing around with a few different recipes and so far I really like this one.

Harry Potter fans rejoice, Starbucks can officially make you a butter beer recipe, there is also a butter beer frap. Or try making it at home with this recipe.

My favourite hot chocolate recipe this season.

November 13, 2014

A new place

Excitement is inevitable when you move to a new place. Exploring your neighbourhood and finding cool new stores. Searching for the perfect new place to live and competing for the perfect job. Life is filled with endless possibilities and everything is exciting.

Then Jason leaves for work and the realization that once again I have moved away from friends and family in search of a place that better suits me then the harsh winters of Calgary. A nagging feeling takes over that maybe, just maybe I have made the wrong decision this time.

I go through this process each and every time I move to a new place. Although I am use to it and everything always seems to work out and I always love the place I moved to, I wonder if I will ever stop feeling this way.

Have you ever moved to a new place and thought you had maybe made a mistake?

October 31, 2014

October roundup

Happy Halloween everyone. I hope you have a fun filled weekend ahead of you. I am excited to see all the kids dressed up in their costumes this year.

Here is some light reading for your weekend.

October 29, 2014

Wanderlust Wednesday - Dreaming

As the nights start to cool down and the days are cloudy, I can't stop dreaming about a sunny vacation somewhere.

Where would you go to get away from the winter weather?

October 27, 2014

We have moved


Let me first apologize for the unintentional lack of posting this month. I'm still in vacation mode and going over all my pictures from our UK trip makes it hard to focus on anything else. Secondly, we have packed up and moved to Penticton, British Columbia, a eight hour drive from Calgary.
Not only was I searching for a new place for us to call home but also job hunting and just trying to acquaint myself with my new surroundings.

I am excited to share our new home with you and explain why we decided to move to beautiful Penticton.

October 1, 2014

Wanderlust Wednesday - Santorini, Greece

Santorini, Greece

During my travels around Greece, I didn't make it to all the islands but I can't wait to go back.

September 30, 2014

September roundup

October is one of my favourite months. Filled with beautiful colours, cozy sweaters and hot comfort drinks. Although I know winter is not far behind, I still like to enjoy what October has to offer.

- If you're not doing yoga all ready here are a few reason why vinyasa yoga rocks.

- 22 of the coolest statues around the world.

- How to harvest your creativity and over come setbacks.

- Beauty hacks that every girl should know.

- Do you feel like your life is overly complicated, here are some tips to simplify your life.

- I just bought these boots and I am totally obsessed.

- Nine ways to overhaul your hair this fall.

- Can birth control make you choose the wrong man? An interesting read.

Happy October everyone.

September 29, 2014

Fall check list

Can you believe how fast the months are flying by these days, does that make me old saying that? I think I might have said something very similar last year, I think that does make me old.

September was a fantastic month and I have so many beautiful pictures to share with you guys from our trip to England. First I have to go through with them all and let me tell you its going to take a while.

I have a lot of things that I would love to do this fall, here are a few of my favourites.

- Make another batch of pumpkin spice syrup, loved my homemade version last year.

- Start knitting again. I have yarn for another scarf and a shawl.

- Carve a few pumpkins in time for halloween.

- Have one last bonfire to roast mash mellows before it gets to cold.

- Go hiking to capture the beautiful colours of fall.

- Discover some new recipes for comfort food. Anyone have any good ones?

- Shop for a few items that will make our living space super cozy.

- Roast some chestnuts, my favourite.

September 25, 2014


We are not rooted in the dirt, but with fidgeting feet and eager eyes.
In unfamiliar places I find comfort, the things I love, and myself, in disguise.
Where ever curiosity leads, I will follow, not much for lust but I fell in love
with the sight of the road.
                                             S. TY

September 24, 2014

September 23, 2014

Currently Craving: Green

As I browse all my favourite online shops looking for some fall fashion inspiration, I've started to notice that pretty much everything in my cart is green. It's the perfect fall colour and these pieces can be layer if it happens to be a chilly day.


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