8/29/14

Today I'd Like To...


Happy Friday, everybody! Did this week/month go by in a flash for anyone else?! I can't believe it's going to be September on Monday. Madness. I'm heading home for the weekend to get some R&R at my parent's house, and I really couldn't be more excited about it. I'm planning to lounge around the house, browse the aisles of Target, and maybe wrangle my dad into a DIY or two :)

Here's what else I'd like to get up to this weekend!

M a k e
The area above my bed is still in need of a little styling TLC as it's currently the home to everything lost and forgotten in the apartment. I'm thinking of filling it up with a few plants and pretty thrifted dishes.

U s e
This mug grabbed my heart as soon as I saw it, and I'm very interested in making it my own.

E a t
Ever since our Sweet Happenings brunch a couple weeks ago, I've been so aware of the way I eat my food. I always love dishes and pretty food arrangements, but I forget to make it a focus in my everyday. Trying to change that now.

W e a r
As we start creeping towards fall, I'm thinking it's time for an upgrade in the undergarment department. This grey lace-y number should do the trick.

What are your plans this weekend? I'd love to hear what you're up to!

8/21/14

Sweet Happenings Brunch!


Happy Thursday, lovelies!! I've been looking forward to this post for a looong time now, and I'm so thrilled that it's finally a reality. Angela and I decided a while ago that we wanted to collaborate and host a gathering of creative minds to eat good food, make new friends, and talk about what we love. The brunch turned out better than I could have anticipated. There isn't much better than a Saturday spent eating delicious food, sipping cocktails, and catching up with some of my favourite people.

We threw the brunch in a fun little outdoor space that Angela's building owns. It made for the perfect venue once we filled it with flowers and food. Angela planned the menu and whipped up some amazing dishes. Just looking at all this food is making me hungry again ;)  


We were fortunate enough to work with some awesome people for this event, including Olla Urban Flower Project. They supplied this stunning centrepiece, which really set the stage for the whole table. They also created two mini versions of this guy, which were so fun dispersed around the space.  


In addition to the centrepieces, we were also grateful to enjoy what are some of the best waffles I've ever had from GreenHorn Cafe here in the West End. Angela and I had tried them once before, and we knew they had to be on the menu for brunch. We topped them off with Nutella and berries and they were a hit!


We whipped up a couple pitchers of the gin + elderflower cocktails for the occasion. They were every bit as good as the first time we made them.


Doesn't Olla make the most unique and textured arrangements? They're definitely my #1 source when it comes to anything plant and flower related. Plus, the ladies in there couldn't be sweeter or more knowledgable.
 


I painted a couple of signs to scatter around the party, including this 'thanks a bunch' sign. It always feels special when you add a few handmade details for your friends. 


I loved seeing everyone enjoy their meals and get to know each other at the same time. Most of the ladies were new to each other at the beginning, but by the end, there were definitely some budding friendships.


For each lady, I put together a little bouquet to take home. Dahlias are in season here so I picked up as many as my arms could carry and went to town. I bought milk bottles from Michaels and painted name tags to tie around each bunch.


The dishes were sourced from a few different places. I collected all of the vintage ones from different thrift shops, and we picked out some of the others from Crate and Barrel. You can find those napkins at Ikea.


I hope you enjoyed seeing this brunch in full swing! It was such a joy to collaborate with Angela (and a couple of amazing shops) to host something like this. It may have been the first time, but it certainly won't be the last!

Photography: Jan Heuninck // Food: Angela from Angela Grayce and GreenHorn Cafe // Event Design: Kendra from Prenta and Angela // Florals: Olla Urban Flower Project // Styling: Prenta

8/18/14

Learning to Slow Down


You may have noticed that the blog has been pretty quiet lately. This isn't necessarily on purpose, but it's been happening for a while. Between starting my first full-time job out of university in the spring, and taking on more work with Prenta at the same time, things are busy full. It can be hard to balance everything that I want to get done in a day, and blogging keeps getting shoved back. But really, this is just a symptom of long days and a bit of burn-out. 

Yesterday was the first day in a while that I gave myself permission to rest a bit. I spent the morning catching up on cheesy tv shows and it was truly, deliciously peaceful. It can be easy to get whipped up into a frenzy with all of the things that can/should be done in a day, but as we've probably all learned once or twice (or 10 times), that GO GO GO attitude can really wear you down. And the ironic part of it all, is that once you reach that point, you need far more time to recover than if you'd just chilled out a little more along the way. 

In the name of slowing down a little, I've put together a list of what works for me. Hopefully it helps you out too!

1. Learn how to give yourself a break and just be. I say 'learn' because I think for lots of us, this really is something we need to be taught. Speaking from experience, I can get attached to the busyness and get used to moving quickly and producing a lot each day. Slowing down can be strangely anxiety inducing. When you're first trying to learn the skill of rest, it can help to carve out chunks of time that are dedicated to something you enjoy and that decompresses you. Whether it's an hour after work, or all of Saturday morning, find a time that you can set aside and not worry about your to-do list or other people's expectations. Those things will all be waiting for you in a couple of hours.

2. Find an outlet for the stress. Lots of us fill our schedules pretty full, and while we are (hopefully) excited about most of it, life can still feel overwhelming. Exercise is a miracle worker in this area. Find an activity that moves your body and makes you feel alive. For me, when the worries start to get overwhelming, life can feel like a dress rehearsal and you become a bit of a zombie, putting one foot in front of the other until you've pretty much checked out of your whole day. Taking yourself to a yoga class or out for a run can help you wake up from that feeling, and focus on the reasons why you're doing these awesome things in the first place.

3. Change the internal conversation. My brain can be a pretty busy place some days, and if I'm feeling anxious, those thoughts can be loud, chattery, and very fearful. Walking to work can be a big time for this while I try to anticipate the day. What I've find really helps is to instead run through a catalogue of what I'm grateful for at that moment. It's amazing how this can turn all of your thoughts (and the rest of your day) on its head. Rather than wondering how that big meeting will go, you focus on how grateful you are to have a job that challenges you and allows you to try new things. I've found that when you feel grateful for the different pieces of your life, you no longer feel so harried or overwhelmed, and instead feel blessed to have such a full life. It also gives you permission to chill out and rest, so that you have the energy to give to those things you love so much.

How do you slow down? Do you meditate? Cook a nice dinner? 

I'd love to hear your stories and experience!

Pretty picture from Paper & Stitch.
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