This video project just sparked a huge wave of nostalgia for traveling. Wanderlust heaven. How inspirational (and beautifully edited) are these videos? Of course, it doesn’t hurt that there’s a cute Aussie involved… heh.

Sunday evening is always a time of reflection for me – making plans for the upcoming week, thinking about what happened the prior week, cringing about the weekend’s excesses. The memories can be embarrassing, but beginning of the week reflection is also nice – because even though Monday morning kind of sucks, there’s always something to look forward to.

This week is looking especially good.

I’ll be working on some inspiration boards for my new apartment – I’m prepping by digging out old magazines that I loved, newspaper clippings, and developing photographs.

Starting my new position working in social media for a nonprofit. I bought this book to do a little bit of research. It’s going to be a busy week – I’ll be creating some media apps, pulling together blog content, sifting through old photos, and attending web seminars.

Taking a hike up in the wild woods of North Vancouver.

Checking out this cute little cafe with some friends. There’s nothing better than weekday brunch with a few of your closest friends.

Have a great week everyone!

 

Lately I’ve been drawn to acid-hued saturated shades of colour. There is something so fresh about adding that attention-grabbing pop of neon, whether it’s paired with neutral denim or as a standout piece on its own.

Here’s what I’ve been up to lately –

Edie!

1) Baking scones. I made cinnamon-flax scones today.

2) Sketching and painting. I ventured over to the new Michael’s store that opened in Vancouver and bought a new oil paint set and brushes. I’m in utter painting bliss.

3) Copious amounts of yoga. 2 week pass at YYoga anyone?

4) Discovering new lifestyle and design blogs. New favourites include Sacramento Street and Cheetah is the New Black.

5) Watching endless amounts of Mad Men. I’m now unhealthily obsessed with learning everything I can about the 60s…

6) …Which in turn means I’ve re-watched Factory Girl far too many times in the past two days.

September has always been my favourite month, namely for one reason – back to school. I am a huge nerd at heart and I’m not afraid to say that I’ve always loved school. Every August would be spent in anticipation for the upcoming school year – seeing my friends everyday, new classes, big plans and dreams. I would troll stationary shops stocking up on new school supplies – crisp new notebooks, packs of pens, stacks of binders – and start planning my back-to-school outfits.

This year has been different.

Suddenly, the upcoming school year has become something to dread. I have exactly 20 days left before I leave for Montreal and school, and every day that passes by feels like a slow death march. I think about getting back into the school routine – the endless lines at the Paragraphe bookstore, climbing the steps of the Arts building, the endless -40 degree winter – and my heart clenches with dread. I don’t want to go back to school.

There is so much coming up in the next month. I think about it all and become stressed out. New living situation, new roommates, harder classes, new job, new friends. In August alone I will be moving into a new home, buying and assembling furniture, finding a new job, and figuring out volunteering and internship positions. Not to mention, on top of all that, is the ever-pressing issues of navigating my social life, sticking to a healthy diet and exercise plan, and keeping up my grades (in much more difficult classes!). I’m having trouble sleeping at night thinking about everything I need to do.

Most of all, I love love love my life here in Vancouver. Sure, it’s not ideal. But I have great friends, an amazing city I know my way around, and my family. Why am I leaving again?

And when did I get so scared?

Ted Talks is always inspiring, but this talk by Brene Brown really struck a chord with me. Brown says that the beauty of human beings is that we are driven by our desire for connection. But when unraveled, human connection is all about our vulnerability, shame, and fear.

I remember my high school English Lit teacher once told me that the beauty of literature was that every human emotion, challenge, hope, sentiment was reflection somewhere  in the breadth of literature. I think it’s really beautiful to think that every single human being out there in the world is connected by the simplest of things – our feelings.

I feel a little odd writing about beauty products (I love them, but writing about them seems almost self-absorbed? Maybe it’s just me) – but I had to talk about this:

I received a tiny sample of Givenchy’s Very Irresistible perfume the other day while I was buying foundation, and I am fully obsessed. I rarely wear perfume, and when I do it’s always been Clinique’s Happy. Thick, cloying smells tend to give me a headache, so I’ve always gone for very light, citrus scents.
With the first spritz of Very Irresistible, though, I was hooked. A blend of rose scents, anise star, and verbena leaf, it’s light, it’s fresh, and smells impossibly sophisticated.
Givenchy’s description puts it best –

“An homage to Givenchy’s early days when fashion and cinema were intertwined, Very Irrésistible Givenchy, unites the elegant tradition of French style with the energy and pop-culture pizzazz of American film”