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!
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.
Hocus Pocus, Practical Magic, The Craft, Halloweentown, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Harry Potter… things I loved when I was younger and still love this very day.
The theme of witchcraft in books and film has always been something that I have adored. While I do love all of the other films and television shows I aforementioned, Practical Magic was one that I was absolutely obsessed with. I remember feeling so emotional over all of the women joining hands and I’ve always loved how they portray witches in that film. I also remember reading the book Time Cat as a child and falling in love with the tale of when they were in Salem during the witch hunt. My all-time favourite is Harry Potter. It is a book and movie series that I can read and watch over and over again. It fills my heart up. That magical world, I’ve always been a little upset that I never received a Hogwarts letter (excuse me, hello! Little Witch here!) I’m fairly certain I’m not the only person that feels this way, either!
This year, I decided that I would put together some quick and cute outfits from my closet of different witches to celebrate my love of the occult. I went with a more simplistic approach this time around but I have got some big ideas for next year. Enjoy!
Dress: Modcloth/Collectif Old Hat: Joe Fresh
I adore pumpkin patches! Some of my most fond memories from childhood are of my family, friends and I going to the pumpkin patch. I don’t remember any specific details, just the overall feeling of excitement, seeing lots of pumpkins and running through the corn fields trying to get lost. Looking back on those times fills my heart up.
Nine years ago, one of my closest friends and I decided to start the annual tradition of going to the pumpkin patch together. It started out with just the two of us, sometimes another close friend would come along, and then the significant men in our lives started to participate and now she is a mother and her two children also join in on the fun. This tradition means so much to me. The fact that we have kept it going is so special and now that we get to share it with her children and experience it from a child’s perspective makes it even more magical.
Have I mentioned how much I love pumpkin patches? I try to make it out a few times every October to get a healthy dose of pumpkins and corn fields while sipping on some hot apple cider.
This year was full of sunshine and so much excitement. My favourite part remains to be picking out “the Great Pumpkin” (or pumpkins in my case!)
Do you go to the pumpkin patch during the festive season? What’s your favourite part?
I have been asked many times what my favourite season is and it has always been a bit of a headscratcher for me. How can I choose just one and why should I choose just one? I suppose this is a commonly asked question when you live in a part of the world that gets to experience all four seasons.
Spring is beautiful with nature’s blooming return and the return of all of the adorable animals. Summer is fabulous because it really does seem to be adventure time, there is so much to see and do because everything is alive and happy plus going swimming outdoors is such a treat. Autumn is gorgeous with the rich colours of yellow, orange and red, and it is harvest time and Halloween. Winter is pure magic with fresh snowfall, a blanket of sparkling white and pretty twinkle lights adding to the magical atmosphere. I also find people to be at their very best during the holiday season in Winter, which is pretty wonderful to see and I absolutely love Christmas.
When it comes down to it, I love all four seasons pretty equally but I think Autumn may be just a teeny tiny more than the rest. It has a certain magic that I can’t quite put my finger on. It’s bewitching, whimsical, magical, beautiful, enchanting, a little bit mysterious with a touch of sadness as it is the death of nature in its’ neverending cycle of life. And I can’t lie, the fashion and the costumes and the leaves and the apple cider and the pumpkin patches make it all that much sweeter.