Feeling cute for Valentine’s Day! What’s your favourite look?
Massachusetts and Vermont, how do I even begin to describe this magical trip? Both places completely surpassed any expectation that I had before we left. It also provided some much-needed distraction and joy since this was a week after our beloved furbaby, Alice Juniper, passed away, and things were and are still very raw and tough for the both of us.
We started our trip by driving to the Berkshires in Massachusetts. It was perfect. Winding roads that were full of rich and warm autumn colours as far as the eye could see, it was an autumn lovers dream! The little towns were all so friendly, cosy and beautiful. We didn’t get to spend as much time as we would have liked to have spent in the Berkshires since most of the trip was focused on exploring Salem, but the little bit we did get to experience, we adored!
Speaking of Salem, it was full of Halloween spirit, and it was only the beginning of October! Everything about this town completely spoke to us since we are both big Halloween lovers! We dressed up in costume, took photos with some of our favourite movie psychopaths, explored a spooky and downright amazing wax museum, learned about owls, enjoyed the jack-o-lanterns and scary stories at Pioneer Village and had such an amazing time exploring the town and learning more about its history. And of course, we made sure to visit the Hocus Pocus filming locations, as well! Amuck, amuck, amuck!
After our time in Salem, we headed to Vermont, and we were blown away by its beauty and charm. The mountains there were gorgeous and full of colour, the entire drive was truly breathtaking. We spent a day in Woodstock, which is the most beautiful little town I have ever seen and I fell in love with it. I swear, everywhere looked like the most idyllic scenes from a Hollywood movie. This part of the USA is another autumn lovers dream, and I’m from Ontario, Canada, where the autumns are epic! What we saw of this state was more than I could have ever hoped and I look forward to returning and seeing more of its beauty.
We came home with complete joy from the experience and if I’m to be completely honest, it has been incredibly tough going about day-to-day life without having our little fluffy best friend with us, but I do believe that the trip was the best thing we could do for ourselves. Danny and I are already discussing returning in the future, during the autumn season again, and extending our trip so that we can explore and enjoy more of it. Needless to say, we loved what we did get to experience and would highly recommend taking the journey!
Welcome to the very first post regarding a topic that is quite close to my heart: sustainable fashion!
I have been passionate about animal life and the environment for as long as I can remember. Every year I seem to become less ignorant and more informed about what is going on in the world around me, and in some ways feel quite sad and helpless about it. I know that I am not alone in feeling this way. I am here, however, to tell you that I am not helpless and neither are you!
There are so many things that we can all be doing every single day to be helping out the creatures and the planet around us:
Reduce your waste.
Reuse what waste that you can.
Wash the items that you are recycling.
Eat less meat, dairy and fish.
Ride your bicycle or walk instead of driving the car.
Plant your own vegetable garden.
Have bee-friendly plants.
Stop using pesticides or insecticides.
Pick up litter when you see it.
For feminine hygiene: consider investing in less wasteful period products and do not flush tampons.
Do not toss that cigarette butt, dispose of it properly.
Leave your dandelions for the bees, it is their first food.
Support your local farmers market.
Donate to organizations that are doing the more difficult work.
Hang your clothes to dry.
Deter from products using palm oil (read all the labels.)
Do not support tourist attractions that include things such as elephant rides.
Respect and be kind to your animal/insect neighbours, they play very important roles (example: bats = fewer mosquitos, opossums = fewer ticks, bees = pollinate our food.)
Do not support brands whose ethics you do not agree with, money talks.
Support brands that you do believe in.
Consider powering your house with solar panels.
Invest in an electric car.
Purchase clothing from a sustainable brand or buy vintage.
Plus, so many other things that it’s impossible for me to narrow them all down in a post that is actually about a sustainable fashion brand!
I am here to tell you that I am NOT perfect with my sustainable practice. I wish that I was 100% in every single way but I accept that at this moment I am not, I am not even close to it and I am working toward improving all of the time. If every person tried every day to do better and to be more mindful, that would be so beneficial and helpful and I truly do believe that. We live in a world of convenience and I fall into it a lot myself. It takes just making a decision and sticking with it. Understand that sometimes it will only be baby steps that you are able to do and other times it will be big steps depending on your own personal situation. It is not a one-size-fits-all kind of world so please, do not be hard on yourself or feel so guilty, just try your best. We all deserve happy, healthy, balanced and intentional lives. But so does the planet and the rest of its residents so let us all work together and be the change. Onto the first sustainable brand item that I will be talking about on my blog!
Reformation is a fashion brand that is known for its sustainable ethics. From the packaging to the clothing itself, they are quite transparent and very environmental. I needed a new pair of jeans since my mermaid-thighs destroyed my old, favourite pair, so I figured it was high time that I tried out this brand that I had heard so much about. On the goodonyou app, an app and website that rates ethical fashion which includes people, planet and animals, they are rated really well with only a few things to improve upon. After purchasing the jeans, I received an e-mail outlining what I saved by purchasing with them compared to other popular clothing lines: 22.0 pounds of carbon dioxide, 711.0 gallons of water and 1.7 pounds of waste. Holy moly! It really does get you thinking, doesn’t it? I was already aware that denim is a huge polluter but seeing the numbers was an eye-opener.
This is a brand that I am definitely falling more in love with, not only for their ethics but for their clothing as well! They are seriously stocked with some of the cutest fashion pieces I have ever seen and I definitely have my eye on a few items.
I am so in love with my pair of jeans, by the way! They fit me just right and are comfortable, stretchy and well-made. Honestly, I’ll probably never buy jeans from another shop again. I’ve been happily converted!
Spring is such a sweet season. It is as if the whole world around us has life breathed back into it and all of a sudden colours of every kind surround us.
Recently, Danny and I took a little day trip out to Niagara Botanical Gardens to see the cherry blossoms and magnolias. The world was coloured in pink, white and yellow blooms! They were so breathtakingly beautiful and brought me such joy!
On this particular trip, the weather was a little on the frigid side but that has never stopped us from going out to enjoy the different seasons, together. I am so grateful to have a partner who is as adventurous and playful as I am. I even convinced him to get a few photos with me, and the one that proved to be the most challenging taking ourselves turned out to be one of my personal favourites. It was a perfect day.
Much like Autumn, cherry blossoms and magnolias are fleeting. It always leaves me feeling a little sad that they come and go so soon but perhaps that is what makes both seasons so beautiful and magical.
Did you get to enjoy these beautiful blooms this season?
xox Katt xx
Hello again, my friend. It’s been a while since I’ve posted here and to be completely honest, with how icy of a Winter it was, I was really lacking any motivation or finding little inspiration in my surroundings. I love snow but we didn’t really have so much of that as we did ice, sadly.
Now that Spring is truly here, I have got a fire in my belly and ideas whirling around in my mind. I am giddy with excitement for all of my creatives and projects!
Nothing is in full bloom yet except for the beautiful Snowdrops. The trees around our home are starting to bud and soon enough Mother Earth will breathe life back into all of our surrounding nature. With how dreary of a Winter it was and really craving to see some greenery, Danny and I decided that a trip to our local Butterfly Conservatory was necessary!
The Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory is MAGICAL. Butterflies, moths, snails, stick bugs, birds and nature surround you. Everyone working there is well educated on the species and being able to see them coming out of their cocoons is quite an incredible sight. I wore the most lovely yellow dress that was gifted to me from Chicwish and twirled around anywhere and everywhere that I could. It was the most lovely day!
As I sit here typing on my laptop, drinking my mulled wine and reflecting on the past year, I can’t help but marvel at all of the growth and self-awareness I have gained in 2018. I need not go over every single detail but suffice to say that where I was last year to where I am today, I am grateful and proud of myself. I set out intentions last year and made them my reality. I opened myself up to new and unexpected opportunities. My health has probably been the best it has ever been this past year, I didn’t even get sick in December which is a first! My business has bloomed in more ways than I could have ever guessed. And that’s just to name a few. My own personal self-awareness and growth have quite literally made me shake my head in amazement and have given me a whole lot of ‘aha’ moments.
Now, I am a firm believer in resolutions for myself but respectfully resolutions are not a one size fits all sort of thing. I personally love them but instead of calling them resolutions, I will call them intentions because I like the sound of that better! I set out with maybe three big ones and some little ones usually detailing around career, self-care and relationships. For 2018, my list was huge (I’m pretty certain that I had about 40 – I was overly ambitious haha) but I did cover about half of them so I think that’s a good reason as any to cheers myself with my mug of wine.
Here are my intentions for 2019…
My big intention for self-care in BALANCE. I love being busy with life and work and social obligations but I found that I was really missing having downtime these past few months so balance is my big goal for 2019.
Other intentions include more meditation, more self-help books, more workout challenges, more self-awareness and growth, more balanced diet, more laughter and joy, more amazingly good health, more travel and adventures, more being in the moment and more self-love.
My big intention for my career is a little complicated and the reason for this is that there are multiple things that I do. I’m an entrepreneur, self-starter and I have my toes dipped in a variety of ponds. Essentially, I want to bloom in all areas of my work to points I have only daydreamed of and have financial freedom with them all. This includes my online shop/blog/social media presence/social media work/photography/and writing (I told you I do a lot of different things haha.) I intend on succeeding but also allowing new opportunities to come my way.
Other intentions include being a part of all of the local Etsy shows again, organizing my office and computer files, adding ethical clothing my shop, a ‘be the change’ section to my shop where a portion of the proceeds for certain items go toward causes and organizations that I believe in that are making a difference, learn more watercolour and hand-lettering plus to continue evolving in my art, to evolve my blog and have more opportunities open up with it for work, work on the stories I have in my head and put them onto paper, learn more about photography and have more paid opportunities with it (and at some point upgrade my camera so that my current camera is an everyday camera) and finally to grow my social media following on all accounts that I look after.
My big intention for this is to let go of relationships that do not serve me well and for the few that I can’t necessarily disconnect from, my intention is to learn how to be me and not allow their toxicity to affect me in any way. This one is exceptionally tough, especially when you feel parts of who you are cut to pieces around these people but I’ve had some tips from loved ones on how to deal.
Other intentions are to be less judgemental, more open to discussing my opinions in a safe and kind way instead of shying away or crying as I have always done, spend more time with my closest loved ones, more snuggle time with my best friend (furbaby) Alice and more adventures with Danny.
I love this list and I am 100% all for working toward them. It excites me when I look at lists and it thrills me, even more, when they are goal oriented – I know, I am such a nerd!
Do you like resolutions or intentions? If so, do you have any that you are particularly psyched for the new year?
Happy new years, kittens! May it be abundant and filled with dreams come true and lots of love and joy.
Last year, Danny and I started a new tradition that I fell in love with immediately; going to the Christmas Market in Toronto.
We live in a city that is about an hour long drive from Toronto, Ontario, which is pretty sweet in my opinion because we have the opportunity to check out so many of the awesome events and things that Toronto has to offer. After going for the first time last year, we decided it should be an annual thing (no word of a lie, I’d like to go again before Christmas haha!)
This time around, we first stopped by Casa Loma for their Nutcracker event before heading to the market. It was magical. The whole day. From start to finish.
The Nutcracker has been one of my biggest loves since childhood and I’m sure you can imagine that I was over the moon that Casa Loma made it their Christmas theme this year. Even the tunnels were decorated (and truth be told, it may have been my favourite part – the music and lights and decorations, AMAZING!)
After spending some time at Casa Loma, we headed to the Distillery District and enjoyed mulled wine and hot cocoa at the Christmas Market. We spent the evening walking around, listening to Christmas music, taking in the lights and atmosphere and basically seeing just a whole lot of happy people doing the same thing.
I grew up with a handful of traditions with my mom that I love and continue to do: Christmas eve PJs, picking out our real Christmas trees and decorating them, baking cookies and watching Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade (even though we are Canadian.)
When Danny came into my life, I decided we should have some of our own traditions as well. The Toronto Christmas Market has quickly become one of those traditions but we have a few others that I’m particularly fond of. I decorate the inside of the house while he takes care of the outdoor lights, I snap photos of us with Alice tangled up in lights by the fireplace in the basement, we go out to our favourite sushi joint and have a before or after Christmas date night there, and we watch a few Christmas movies together.
Every year that passes, the more these traditions mean to me and I count myself lucky to have them.
I struck gold on my very first date with Danny. Not only did I find a supporter, cheerleader, confidant, best friend, lover or partner in crime, but I also found a fellow nerd in him. Within the first few months of dating, Danny and I bonded over a lot of things that we both love. One of those things being Halloween. That was over six years ago.
Every year since we have decked the house up full of spoopy Halloween decorations and helped one another with our costumes. We usually end up checking out the local Halloween shops at least three times – some years we have ended up having multiple Halloween costumes because we are that enthused for it. We carve or paint our pumpkins, play festive music, watch several Halloween films, drink hot apple cider and Pumpkin Spice Lattes and we visit the local pumpkin patches multiple times.
I love that he wants to do all of these things with me and that he is equally excited for them! When I told him I wanted to do a post for couples costumes, he didn’t even bat an eye and immediately agreed to join in on my cheesy idea, as long as he got to choose a costume too.
Most of the items we used we actually had in our closets prior to planning this out.
Happy Halloween, cuties! Stay spooky and enjoy!
Gryffindor Wizard and Hufflepuff Witch. This was my idea since I’m the big Harry Potter nerd in this relationship. I’m so happy with how these turned out! You better believe it that when we go to the Wizarding World, these scarves are coming with us!
Friday the 13th. I’m more of the horror film fan and will watch them alone at night and in the dark. He’s not as big of a fan but he’ll still watch them. He does have a big love for monsters so it wasn’t a complete shock when he said he wanted us to do a Friday the 13th look. In regards to his love of monsters, I think we’ve already decided on our costumes for next year!
The final reveal! Jimmy Jr and Tina Belcher from Bob’s Burgers. These are our actual Halloween costumes this year. We originally had planned on Wreck it Ralph and Vanellope Von Schweetz but with our schedules, it just didn’t happen. I’m not too disappointed though because I LOVE TINA BELCHER and I’ve been wanting to dress up as her for some time. All of what we’re wearing we pieced together from our closets. Easy peasy!
We obviously had to bring in our little Louise Belcher for a photo 😉