Archive for June 2013

Scandinavian Thursday: Living Rooms

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Another bit of inspiration for your Thursday morning coffee break. Hope you enjoy these Scandinavian living rooms as much as I do.

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Travel Bag: Inspirational Travel Outfits

Friday, June 21, 2013

The outfit you travel in can be just as important as the outfits you wear on your trip. Consider all the factors of your trip; how long is the flight, is it overnight, so you have long layovers? 
Try to pack as many essentials into your carry-on in case you are left stranded without your luggage for a few days. These ladies have the perfect combination of comfort and style for travelling, something we all want!

Happy Travels, and Happy Friday!
Michelle Williams

 Elle MacPherson

Emma Roberts

Olivia Palermo

Diane Kruger


Scandinavian Thursday: Pops of Colour

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Welcome to another Scandinavian Thursday.
Today, I'm sharing some beautiful rooms that have that perfect pop of colour! Such a fun way to kick of the FIRST DAY OF SUMMER! 



What interiors are inspiring you for summer?

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Celebrity Crush: Georgia May Jagger

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Georgia May Jagger: Model
Georgia May Jagger is the youngest daughter of Rolling Stones rocker Mick Jagger and supermodel Jerry Hall. At the tender age of 16 she signed with Independent Models, following her mum and elder sister Lizzie into the fashion industry thanks to her famously full lips, wavy blonde locks and standout gap-toothed style. That year she made her catwalk debut for Vivienne Westwood - and hasn't looked back since. Still in the fledgling days of her career, she already has campaigns for Rimmel, Versace, Chanel and Hudson jeans (with whom she has a £1 million deal that includes a design element) under her belt and she was named Model Of The Year at the 2009 British Fashion Awards.


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Outfit: L.O.V.E.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

It was a beautiful weekend with sunny skies and a warm summer breeze. It's finally beginning to feel like summer, so Danielle and I headed out to explore the Exhibition grounds in Toronto. Sometimes it's nice to have unofficial plans and just be able to head outside and enjoy the day.
Hope you had a great sunniful weekend as well!

Sunnies: Joe Fresh | Necklace & Tee: Borrowed from Danielle | Shorts: N/A | Shoes: Thrifted

{Photos by Danielle Simmen}


Part II

Friday, June 7, 2013

I wanted to come back to a subject that is a big part of my life, but is never really talked about. My depression. Almost exactly a year after writing this post, a lot has changed. I have read a lot of blogs, articles, research etc. about depression to try and get as educated as I can, so I can help others who struggle with this as well.

Starting a new marriage, a new life, pursuing dreams was not easy when I had no motivation or energy to even get out of bed in the morning. I didn't want to start my marriage off feeling helpless and putting all responsibilities onto my husband. With the support of my family and constant love and care from my husband, I decided I needed to do something about it.

Making the decision to take medication was very difficult, but after trying to do things the 'natural' way for over a year, it was the best option for me. I'm sharing this because there are many people who are struggling right now, but are too afraid to take medication because of the negative stigma that is attached. I spoke with my doctor about different options and did a lot of research before making this decision. I would highly suggest doing the same if you are looking into different treatments so that you feel comfortable with your choice. Some questions I've gotten are: "Does it make you feel weird?" The answer is NO! It makes me feel normal again. I loved this quote from a blog I found discussing Cipralex, "It won't make you do things you don't want to do, it will just help you do the things you do want to do." {source}

There are not really words to describe the transition that I've gone through over these past months, but I am so happy to say that they have been the best 5 months of my life! Not to say that is was easy experiencing every side effect possible for the first month, but it was so worth it. I kept a journal during that time to keep track of my progress and to be able to see how far I had come, and looking back on it now, I wish I had done it sooner. Being able to experience pure joy is something that many people take for granted, but it's something that I longed to feel. That sense of peace and contentment makes each day so much more enjoyable and not a battle against my own will. I am able to be fully present and connect with people on a whole new level because my mind is settled and able to concentrate again. I have what you would categorize as "Mild Clinical Depression". This means that there is a chemical imbalance in the brain, which inhibits the release of serotonin (chemical your body produces that's needed for your nerve cells and brain to function). I won't get into the medical side of this, but let me just tell you that is does not only affect your mood, it affects every aspect of your life.

In some ways, I feel like a whole new me, and in others,  I am just back to the old me. I wanted to share this with you because I feel like I have won some sort of victory. Life was a constant battle and now it is just an amazing journey that I can begin to experience.
Thank you to those who have supported me through the good, the bad and the very difficult times, I know I would not be at this place in my life without you.

{photo by Leydon Photography}

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