Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Ban.do 2015-2016 Planner Review


Hello! Today I am doing a brief overview of the new Ban.do 2016 agendas. I fell in love with the aesthetic of this agenda last year! With it's beautiful and quirky design I lusted over the small personal sized planner longing for it to be released in Canada (Ban.do offers shipping online but unfortunately it is quite expensive to Canada). My wishes were answered when Chapters/Indigo started carrying some of their products including the 'I am very busy' planner. This year when I saw that Ban.do had released a larger size I had to order both - perhaps one for everyday and one for work. Below is the light pink/rose gold personal size and the florabunda large size. 

Please note the inside of both of these planners are horizontal layouts. They are very similar on the inside. 


above: light pink personal size planner


above: one of my favourite monthly designs


above: weekly layout


above: florabunda large planner


above: gorgeous sticker sheet (found in both sizes)


above: beautiful month cover


above: typical month layout

I did a brief pros and cons list, please keep in mind these are simply my opinions. Also I am used to using the Erin Condren planner (with a vertical layout) which I also adore. 

Pros:
-beautiful design
-color palette
-two size options
-cost
-stickers

Cons:
-thin to medium paper weight
-coil came bent in large size
-horizontal layout (personal preference)

All in all, I definitely recommend this, it is a great option for the price! Good for an experienced planner user and a first time user. 

Take care!

-B



Friday, June 26, 2015

Fanjoy - Hilary Duff - Breathe in. Breathe out. Unboxing


Hello everyone! Today I am doing my Fanjoy unboxing! I am so excited to share this with you. Fanjoy is a service that offers celebrity curated boxes. This box was centred around Hilary Duff and her new album Breathe in. Breathe out. 


The box came packaged in a larger brown box. It was packaged very well and nothing was extremely damaged. 


Inside the package was the themed box. It was very nicely styled and appeared to be very sturdy.


When I opened up this box this is what I saw. What I noticed right away was the autographed CD. Hilary was kind enough to sign 1000 copies of her CD. Those went to the first 1000 people who placed their order. I was lucky enough to receive one!









Here is an overview of the box. It included: a Breathe in. Breathe out. t-shirt, 4 exclusive Fanjoy tracks, a handmade bracelet, an EOS lip balm, temporary tattoos that mirror Hilary's own, Photo Booth style prints of Hilary and of course, her new album! For the price and the merchandise I think that it was a great deal and service. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the next artist. On the website it appears to be one of my favourite artists - Christina Perri! 

Take care!

-B

Thursday, November 20, 2014

home decor diy.

I have a few quick diy home decor items. Some supplies you will have lying around the house and others you can find at places such as the dollar store.


Painted pots:
This is such an easy diy, especially since the supplies are relatively cheap! What you will need is:
-clay pots (dollar store $1)
-paint (dollar store $3)
-paint brushes (dollar store $1)
-small plants (ikea $3/each)
-washi tape (target $1)


Clip board photo frame:
This speaks for itself. I got a bunch of prints from Winners for $6 (for 10) and chose one print. I then got a clip board at the...you guessed it! Dollar store! It was $1.25. Put them together and there you have an easy and modern looking frame. 



Calendar Print:
The last diy is an easy idea especially as the new year starts (in a little over a month?!). I went to my local craft store and hit up the clearance frames. I got this one for $9. I went for a larger frame so it appears to be more extravagant (my own view). I then was looking for a picture when I decided to use an old calendar! I went through my Audrey Hepburn calendar and found a photo I liked. Cut it out to fit in the frame and gave it a new life. Easy and chic!

-B

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Disneyland + Photoshoot.


So there is no secret that I love Disneyland. I am 24 and have (now) been 3 times. The last time I visited I was 14 years old and was excited to return 10 years later, alongside another HUGE Disney fan; my dad. It was an amazing trip for the two of us, we enjoyed every minute! Between the food, rides, scenery and shops, we were never bored.

We went to the park for 8 days in a row! Although a costly amount, when you have travelled that far, it was worth it! While I was there I really wanted to get a few great photos in the park. With my past in modelling, photoshoots are something I enjoy and photos are a cheap way to remember the amazing trip.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
-B

*I want to put a quick blurb about the theme of the photos. I was lucky enough to stumble upon The Girls with Glasses very own Disneyland shoot before I left. I gathered inspiration from their photos (who can pass up the adorable crocheted Mickey Mouse?!).
http://thegirlswithglasses.com/index.php/our-disneyland-shoot-is-out/

Friday, May 30, 2014

the small things.

awesome. There are a few things that I want to share:
as of recently I have lost two immediate family members. It has been a long and difficult journey but I just remember that in amongst the lowest of lows, there are still things that are just awesome. Neil Pasricha, who wrote The Book of Awesome, was my inspiration when it came to this post. I want to share some things, no matter how small, that make me happy and grateful.

Here are the first 10 I wrote:


1. when you don’t have a headache anymore. You appreciate feeling normal compared to a dreaded, consuming headache.

2. when you chip your nail polish and then pick all of the rest off. You know the stubborn half a nail that will not budge, which makes a clean nail so much more satisfactory.

3. when you finish a really good book. There is such a satisfaction when you finish a book that leaves you extremely happy.

4. when you start a really good book. When you get to the second or third chapter and already know you have fallen in love.

5. not wanting a really good book to end. There is a bittersweet joy when you love a book enough to never want it to end. Or you are jealous of those who haven’t read it, as they can read it for the first time.

6. rainy days.  So fresh and melancholy. Once in a while you need a rainy day so you can hang out at home, bake, clean and watch movies in bed.

7. rainy days on a Sunday. When you actually get to take full advantage of a rainy day, when it’s on a Sunday. You don’t have any Saturday errands and you can actually take advantage of the rainy day taking place on Sunday.

8. finishing a beauty product. Beauty products generally take so long to use. Unless it’s your Holy Grail product, there is definitely satisfaction in finally finishing a tube of lip gloss or hitting pan on a blush or powder.

9. having a smoothie blend completely on the first time. When you add the perfect amount of liquid and solids.

10. surprise discount at the checkout. When something is on sale and when the teller rings it up it is even cheaper!
 
-B

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

diy: polka dot denim vest.



 So I was watching a Youtube video the other day and the girl in it (Katy, from Hellokatyxo) was wearing the cutest denim vest! She had mentioned that she got it from Forever 21. So I went online and found it! I began thinking, because the vest was $32 CAN (although this is not expensive), that since I had two denim vests already I didn't need another. I did figure however, that one of the vests I own could use a makeover! So I went to Michaels and got some white fabric paint and a medium circular sized sponge dauber (if that is what it's called, its the middle picture below).  I had gotten the vest at the GAP last year on clearance, I paid around $5-6 for it, so I with the paint and other materials the total cost was around $9. Much cheaper than the Forever 21 vest..


 I first gathered the needed materials:
-White fabric paint
-Circle sponge dauber
-Denim vest
-Newspaper
-Small disposable cup (for paint)
-Pencil

Right: I used newspaper to make sure I didn't stamp the whole circle on the vest, I wanted the seams to all look different.

I started on the back as a) it seemed easier to start with (less details ie, pockets) and b) if I messed up it was on the back, I figured it was better than the front!

I started stamping in a somewhat randomly organized pattern. I would do one row evenly spaced, then the next row would be in between the row above, if that makes sense.. The pattern is somewhat shown in the left picture above. From a distance it may look disorganized, but there was a system!

Another note is I didn't do the whole vest in one pattern. I looked at the vest on Forever 21 and each piece of fabric that was sown together had its own pattern. Basically the seams didn't line up and I feel that gives it an appearance of not being perfect. As well I just liked the look of this better than the alternative.


Under the collar I decided to use the eraser of a pencil to make the dots smaller and make the collar look a little more unique. When or if I ever had the collar flipped up it would look a little cuter! 


I did the back and the front in two days. I didn't want to rush the drying process so I did one side, let it dry and then did the other side the next day.


Here is the final product! I really like it! The dots on the Forever 21 vest are a little smaller, but I was unable to find a smaller sponge, so I went with this and I love how it turned out!

-B

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

diy: nail polish storage.



The other day (yesterday) I was looking at the masses of nail polish I have accumulated. So in the hopes of finding some sort of organizational system I looked to my friend Pinterest for inspiration - of course. I saw an idea that Lauren Conrad's The Beauty Department had done and decided to try it out! The majority of the time things I see on Pinterest are not as easy as they appear. Somewhat like a rearview mirror, 'objects in mirror are closer than they appear' - is this just me or are 95% of DIY projects extremely tricky. This DIY of course looked relatively simple and with my overage of nail polish I wanted to re-create it. So here is my process!


So I believe on The Beauty Department they used a plain old box and covered it with paper, although this is an idea, I went to Micheal's craft store and purchased a photo box for $2. They have cute floral designs (or plain if you wanted to modge podge, etc). I found this fit in better with my room and looked way more polished.  



Another difference is, they used plain paper and used a circular hole punch. This is a good idea because you get to see the true colors. However for the convenience (and because I couldn't find my circle hole punch) I used these little colored dots. I used the corresponding colors to the best of my ability. For the most part it worked well, with sheer colors and glittery colors I did use a white sticky paper and used a heart punch I had (not pictured). 


 *Just to make sure, I covered two dots with each color, just in case I ruined one..



Although this was the final picture, this was approximately 1/8th of my nail polish collection. So after two boxes I was ready to go. I also liked these boxes as you can throw some clippers and a nail file in there as well. The other feature of a photo box I like is that you can add your little tag to the front!

IT WORKED! I was very happy with the result!

-B