Sephora Haul- 01

Hi, my name is Megan and I am a Sephora addict. Hi Megan.

It’s one of the greatest pleasures in my life, browsing through the Sephora website and reading reviews and finding the things that take my breath away. Then getting the package in the mail and opening it up and going through it. Oh, it just makes me so happy. Opening a Sephora package is almost orgasmic.

Anyway, I order from Sephora…a lot. Like…a lot, a lot. It’s my hobby. Skin care, beauty, makeup…it’s what makes me happy and I know that I have at least some talent in that field.

So this is the first of what I’m sure will be many hauls. I didn’t get a lot this time around, basically all skincare and mostly Sephora brand skincare.

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01. Sephora Collection Clay Mask: Grey. These adorable little packages are supposed to have 4 uses in each one. I’ve seen a few reviews from people saying that they lasted for 9 or 10 uses. The grey mask is supposed to be for ‘skin balancing and mattifying’. I am super excited to use this.

02. Sephora Collection Clay Mask: Blue. This one is supposed to be for ‘detoxifying and oxygenating’. It also says that this one is an exfoliant mask. I’m excited to use this one too and I can’t wait to buy more if they work well.

03. Sephora Collection Sleeping Mask: Algae. My best friend has gotten some of these sleeping masks before and she loves them so I knew that I had to try it, too. The blue algae mask is supposed to be for ‘purifying and detoxifying’ which sounds great for a hot summer season.

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04. Sephora Collection Sleeping Mask: Ginseng. I’m looking forward to trying this one. It’s supposed to be for ‘toning and firming’. I know that I’m still young but I am 25 and when it comes to anti-aging products, we all know that it is better to prevent than try to reverse and I think it might start being time to work on keeping my youthful skin. Toning is a good step.

05. Karuna Skin Clarifying Duo. Summer is a stressful time for me and I get stress related acne which means that I now have far too many pimples on my chin that hurt and leave red marks. It’s terrible. This is a cool product. It’s a two step process that begins with little spot treatment that you put on a pimple and a sheet mask that you ut on over top of it.

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06. Origins Flower Fusion Sheet Mask: Raspberry Refreshing. Origins is one of my favourite skin care brands. My skin just reacts well to it and everything that I have tried has been amazing. They’ve recently put out sheet masks and I’m super excited to use these. The raspberry mask is supposed to be very refreshing and revitalizing.

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07. Origins Flower Fusion Sheet Mask: Orange Radiance. I can’t wait to try this one, too. The orange is supposed to add radiance for a healthy glow. This should be good to use to really wake my skin up.

08. Boscia Luminizing Black Mask (deluxe sample). I’ve been looking at this mask for a long time but I’ve never bought it. When I saw it in the options for a free sample, I couldn’t help myself. It’s a lot bigger than I thought it was going to be and I can’t wait to use it.

09. Tatcha The Water Cream (deluxe sample). I’ve been hearing incredible things about this brand but it’s very expensive so I was excited to see it in the point rewards section. I’m looking forward to using this to see if it’s worth the money.

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10. CoverFX Custom Enhancer Drops (deluxe sample): Moonlight. This is another product that I’ve been looking at for a while but it’s got a pretty big price tag and I didn’t want to buy it without trying it first.

11. Perfume Samples: Clean, Viktor & Rolf, Balenciaga. I love perfume samples. Perfume is something that makes me so happy. I love trying out as many as I can.

I’ll let you know how I feel about these things once I give them a try. You never know, they might just end up in my August Favourites post!

All my love,
Megan xoxo

Astrological Questionnaire

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything on this blog so I thought I would do a little something to get to know me better. I found this online and decided to fill it out. Hope you like it!

aries: what are you passionate about? I’m passionate about writing and being creative and expressing myself in whatever way that might be…blogging, creative writing, make up, painting, photography, crafts…whatever. 

taurus: name 3 of your favourite books. How on earth am I supposed to pick?! The Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. The Crucible by Arthur Miller.

gemini: what was the last text you sent? I’m sure that it was something to my mother, probably saying that I was on my way or complaining about something. 

cancer: if you could choose your child’s zodiac sign, what would it be? Probably cancer, pisces, libra, or scorpio

leo: name something you love about yourself. These types of questions are harder than I wish they would be. I think that I’m a really caring and loving person and I think that’s one thing I really like about myself. 

virgo: what’s your #1 pet peeve? I really don’t like people who disagree with you just to disagree. I’ve known some people who just want to turn everything you say into a debate or a fight and it’s just a negative energy that I don’t need in my life. 

libra: describe your dream partner. Someone who is caring and strong and passionate. I like someone who can have fun but also knows when it’s time to be serious. Someone just…down to earth and real. 

scorpio: do you trust easily? I think that in some ways I do and in some ways, I don’t. 

sagittarius: if you could travel to any place in the world, where would it be? I’d really like to travel around Africa and Europe is high on my list, too. 

capricorn: what’s your dream job? Writer. Blogger. Creator. 

aquarius: do you believe in aliens? Yeah, I guess. I mean…the universe is so big and vast and we know so little about it. It seems very egotistical to think that humans are the only intelligent life.

pisces: what is your Myers-Briggs type? I am always an INFJ whenever I take the quiz. 

sun: describe yourself in 3 words. Compassionate. Emotional. Smart.

moon: what’s your favourite song? My favourite song changes. There are so many different songs that I love for so many different reasons and moods. Wild Horses by The Rolling Stones is a big one. Bon Iver’s entire album, For Emma, Forever Ago, is incredible and it gives me goosebumps every time. It all depends! And of course, The Killers have inspired the name of this blog with their song, Shot at the Night

rising/asc: how would you describe your style? I wish that I had the money and the ability to wear my style. I like all black everything. I like pieces that are a little bit sexy, a little bit mysterious, a little bit grunge. Minimal, simple, with statement pieces. 

mars: are you easily angered? No, not really. I might get annoyed and frustrated and I’ll bitch about whatever it is but I never get really angry and I never really lash out. 

venus: what’s your aesthetic? I like black and white. I like minimalist and simple. I like cozy. I enjoy things that might be a little darker and there are pieces of me that are still stuck in my rocker teen years but I like to think it’s a little more sophisticated. What’s the new thing I’ve seen on Buzzfeed? Post-Hipster? New Hipster? Yeah..something like that. 

mercury: what color do you talk in? A friend of mine once told me that she sees me as a light blue.

jupiter: what moral do you live by? Be kind. The world needs kindness. Be kind, be loving, be gentle, be you. 

saturn: what’s your biggest fear? On a surface level…bees and wasps, holy shit. On a deeper level…I guess I would say that I’m afraid of being alone, of not being enough. 

uranus: are you rebellious? I think that in someways, everyone can be a little rebellious.

neptune: share one of your dreams. I had a very strange dream once that all of my loved ones were in a circle, facing me. They didn’t have arms or legs and I had a box full of arms and legs to give out but I was one pair of limbs short and it was up to me to decide who would go without. 

pluto: what’s the biggest thing you’ve learned by far in your life? Trust yourself and trust your gut. If your body and soul is telling you something, just do it. 

lilith: do you have any guilty pleasures? I think the thing that makes me feel most guilty is when I indulge in certain foods. I’m an emotional eater so I’ll have a bad day and make myself feel better by eating a box of Kraft Dinner or something like that. 

chiron: have you ever broken a bone? Yes. I fell off my bike and I broke my foot. Lesson learned: don’t bike when there is ice on the ground. 

ceres: are you a momfriend? I’m totally the mom. 

pallas: do you have a good relationship with your parents? I do, actually. My mom is one of my best friends and I’m blessed enough to have a fantastic step-dad and a wonderful dad. 

juno: do you believe in soul mates? I do, yeah. I’ve met people who are like my friend-soul mates. Sometimes you meet someone and you just feel like you’ve known them forever and it’s like they understand your spirit, your soul. I’ve experienced that with friends so why shouldn’t I be able to experience that in a romantic partner?

1st house: are you confident? Sometimes, I can be confident but for the most part, I struggle with having any sort of confidence. 

2nd house: if you could only keep one of your personal items, what would you choose? This is really hard. I’d like to think that I would keep sentimental things like pictures but then I also would want to keep something like my bed because that’s my happy place. I think, however, I would keep something like my computer. It has everything that I need on it and it has all of those sentimental pictures, too. 

3rd house: do you like to read? I LOVE to read! I don’t read like I used to and I miss that but I still adore reading. 

4th house: what does your bedroom look like? Cozy! I like soft fabrics and I like having little knick knack around that make me happy, like my beauty products and my crystals and my candles. Honestly, though, it’s not up to what I want it to be but I’m getting there. I want to really invest my time and money in my room. I like white and minimalistic. I like the…Scandinavian/Ikea look, to be honest. 

5th house: name your favourite movie or show. My favourite TV show is One Tree Hill. I think that’s it’s a beautifully written show, it’s entertaining and fun. It’s also really shaped me as a person and taught me a lot about life. My favourite movie is RENT for the exact same reasons. It touched me and moved me and changed my life.

6th house: do you participate in community service? I wish I could say that I do but I really don’t. At this point in my life, I don’t have the time or the energy to really give my all. 

7th house: if you could choose, what zodiac sign would you like your dream partner to be? Scorpio! I am a Pisces and I’ve been told that Scorpio is my ideal partner. I’ve read what Scorpio/Pisces pairings are supposed to be like and it sounds awesome. Emotional and passionate and loving. Apparently. 

8th house: do you believe in reincarnation? I don’t have a full answer to this question. I think that in someways, I do. My mom always joked and said that if you had a recurring dream or something, it was probably something in a past life. I think that fundamentally, I do believe in reincarnation.

9th house: what’s your favourite quote? I have so many different quotes that I love but one that I keep going back to is: “Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists.. it is real.. it is possible.. it’s yours.”

10th house: are you good at public speaking? NOT AT ALL! I’m awful! It’s one of the worst things that I ever have to be put through. I can hardly tell a story to a group of friends at a bar with more than 5 people.

11th house: what sign(s) is your best friend/squad? I have noticed that I am surrounded by Libras. Libra, Gemini, Cancer, Leo.

12th house: do you like to be alone? I love my alone time. I need to get my social fix in every once in a while but being alone is my happy place. Being a Pisces, I tend to really take on energy from everyone around me and I need to spend time alone to rest and recharge and just be with myself. 

2017 Favourites – April

Is it just me or has April gone by in the blink of an eye? I don’t know where this month went, I really don’t. The weather has been getting me down lately, to be honest with you. I haven’t been in the best headspace and I think it had to do with the fact that it’s so cold and rainy and gross out. I just want spring! So here are a few of the things that have made me happy during this grey month. 

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01. Bento Box. I’ve wanted to get one of these pretty little bento boxes that I kept seeing on Instagram and Pinterest. I try to make sure that I am bringing food with me to work so that I am eating well and saving money. I finally got myself one of these boxes and have been loving it. It makes it fun to pack a lunch the night before and it’s just so pretty!

02. Converse Sneakers. Wearing these sneakers make me feel like myself. Like many people my age, I had a strong emo phase as a teenager and Converse sneakers were part of my uniform. I’ve wanted to get a new pair of these shoes for a long time and I finally got them. I’ve been wearing them almost every single day and every time that I look down at them, they make me so very happy.

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03. Gypsy 05 Roundie. This month, I got my first FabFitFun box and in this one, it came with this blanket. I adore mine. I think it’s so very pretty and while the weather has been crap, I’m really looking forward to taking this blanket down to the park in the summer with a good book. It just makes me feel good. It’s making me look forward to the summer.

04. Dr. Brandt Exfoliator. Skin care is something that I’ve really gotten invested in when I turned 25. I really want to protect my skin and make sure that it’s looking it’s best. I got this exfoliator in my FabFitFun box and have included it into my skin care routine. So far, it’s been really nice. I like the way it makes my skin feel and it smells really clean.

05. Deborah Lipman Nail Polish. Again, another little pick from my FabFitFun box. I am a lover of nail polish and this set has been adorable for spring. This blue just makes me so happy.

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06. Haute Mess Pouch. This pouch is just adorable and it’s a great size. I’ve been using it as a catch all in my daily bag but it was great as a purse when I went out once and I think it’s going to be fantastic for travelling.

07. Karuna Sheet Masks. I adore sheet masks and just masks in general. I love how relaxing they are and these particular masks are so calming and moisturizing. I am really liking them and I’m looking into trying other products from this line.

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08. Striped Cold Shoulder Top. My wardrobe is lacking. I have a hard time buying clothes for myself. I always have reasons to not buy things I like. However, I decided to just go for it and get this top from Forever21. I love it. I love the way it makes me feel and I got a ton of compliments when I last wore it. I love how good it makes me feel.

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09. L’Oreal True Match Lumi Highlighter. As far as makeup goes, I am trying to dip my toes into the world of highlighters. There are many higher end products that I want to try but until I get there, this drug store highlighter is fantastic.

10. Whispers of Love Oracle Cards. These cards were a gift to me from my best friend a while ago. I played with them a lot when I first got them but then I stopped playing with them and I’ve recently picked them up again. They’re wonderful cards, full of love.

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11. Bubbles. I am so happy!!! Bubbles were a lovely easter gift from my best friend’s mom and they make me so happy. Bubbles are just the best, guys.

12. Origins Original Skin Essence Lotion. Back to skincare, I am loving this lotion. It has a rather watery consistency and I really like it. It’s not heavy like a lotion but it’s moisturizing like a lotion. It’s some kind of magical skin potion and I am loving it.

Books and Coffee: Book Club 01

Hello!

I don’t know about you, but I love to read. I’ve always loved reading. It was a sort of escape for me. I could travel the world, see creatures that don’t exist, fall in love, and save the human race; all without leaving my bedroom.

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I’ve also stopped reading like I used to. When I was a young adult, I would go through a book a week. It took me almost nothing to get wrapped into a book and it would become my life. I didn’t waste my nights watching TV or Youtube videos. I came home from school, dropped everything, and picked up a book. I want to read like I used to. I want to get wrapped up in a book and love every single minute of it again.

So I’ve decided to start a book club of sorts (thanks for the inspiration, Oprah!). I’m going to pick a new book and read through it and then let you know what I think about it. I will then announce what the next book is going to be and we’ll start again! My hope is that you enjoy the reading as much as I do and decide to join me. I hope that you at least enjoy reading these posts and maybe I can help inspire you to read.

The first book that I will be reading is Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan. It’s a book that I’ve had sitting on my shelf for a little while but I’m finally going to pick it up!

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In about a month, I hope to have another post out telling you what I think about it.

Happy reading, my friends!

2017 Favourites – March

It’s that time of the month again! I am really enjoying making these posts. It’s just positive vibes. The stuff that I am loving in the past month. It just makes me feel good to think back on all the things that have brought me joy. So without further ado…my favourites from March!

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01. Wardley Betta Fish Pellets. Let’s star off with some of Sirius’ favourite things…I got this new food for him while I was at Walmart and he loves it. If you’re in the market for some fish food, this is great. Pellets are a hell of a lot easier to clean out too, by the way.

02. Lavender Sleep Spray. As I’ve said before and I will say again, sleep is something that seems to elude me. My whole family seems to have issues with sleep as we all get together and talk about what we’re doing to help us sleep. Lavender scents have always helped me relax and so I found this spray from a local shop in town and it’s been wonderful. You just spray it on your pillows and sheets before you go to bed and it just relaxes you so much.

03. Nature’s Bounty: Hair, Skin, and Nails Gummies. I adore these gummy vitamins. They taste good and they seem to really be helping! It’s always good to tae vitamins to help your body and I quite like these.

04. Adult Essentials Multivitamin Gummies. These are some other gummy vitamins that I have been enjoying. They taste good and they seem to help. I’ve always had a hard time remembering to take my vitamins but for some reason, I am finding it really easy to remember to eat these gummy vitamins. Maybe it’s just because they taste so good!

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05. Sephora Cleansing Wipes, Micellar Milk, and Cream Face Wash. I spoke about these in my last post about rose. They’re good quality and I love that they’re all in a rose scent. There’s just something about good skin care that makes me so happy.

06. Food, Health, and Happiness by Oprah Winfrey. So Oprah is my hero and my best friend, Erin, is my hero for getting me this book for my birthday. I just adore everything Oprah and this book is no exception. She provides us with the most amazing recipes and funny stories and it’s just been a fantastic read.

07. Bumble and Bumble Don’t Blow It. This is a cream that you run through your hair out of the shower and it helps to enhance your natural texture while keeping your hair healthy and soft. My hair has been loving it and it really is soft after using it.

08. Canada Dry Blackberry Ginger Ale. So ginger ale is my favourite. It’s just one of the best drinks ever in my opinion and over the holidays, they had a cranberry flavoured ginger ale that I LOVED. When they took it off the shelves, I was crushed. But then I discovered this new blackberry ginger ale and it is SO GOOD. If you’re a ginger ale lover, give it a try.

09. Origins Original Skin Face Mask. As I have said, I adore good skin care and this mask is GOOD. My skin is so soft and bright and alive after using it and because it’s a mud mask, it is really amazing for clearing acne, too. It’s just fantastic. It has this exfoliating texture that you sort of scrub in after it’s dried on your face and it changes everything for the better.

10. Pencil Case. I needed a new pencil case and I was looking around the Chapters sight and I finally found this one. I love white and I love minimal designs and this pencil case is exactly what I was looking for. Besides, it feels so much more grown up to use this instead of something hot pink that you get in the school supplies section of Walmart.

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11. Spring Mug. Another find from Walmart, thanks to Erin. This mug has made me so very happy. I got a pretty bowl to go with it. It just makes having my morning coffee or my evening tea feel so happy. It looks like spring! God, I can’t wait for flowers and sunshine and bike rides again.

12. L’Oreal Colorista Semi-Permanent Hair Dye. I gave this a try and fell in love! My hair is a little too dark for it but I do have white hairs that picked up the colour really well. It’s basically a hair dye that is supposed to last for only 4 to 8 shampoos and it comes in quite a few colours. I grabbed pink and I loved it. It’s just fun to have some colour in my hair again.

13. Post It Notes. Pretty stationary makes me happy. These post it notes and from the Colours of the World collection and these colours are inspired by Bali. I adore that they’re not neon colours and the size is perfect for writing lists.

12. Tarte Blush in Paaarty. This was part of the birthday present from Sephora and it’s brilliant. It’s such a universally flattering shade and the quality of Tarte blushes are just to die for!

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13. Australian Outback Messenger Bag. This is a rediscovery for me. I’ve had this bag for a long time but I have picked it up again and have been using it as my regular bag for the past month. I love the way it looks and it’s fantastic quality. It’s just a great bag.

14. Fish Tank Accessories. Near the beginning of the month, I got a new fish tank for my fish and just in the past week, I was able to get a few more things for it. I’ve been loving decorating it and playing with it. It’s fun and it’s been nothing but enjoyable.

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15. Divide by Ed Sheeran. Let me just start off by saying that I have been in love with Ed Sheeran for a very, very long time. I always feel really hipster when it comes to Ed. He got really famous on his second album and especially with his song Thinking Out Loud. I have been listening to his music since his first album came out and every time there is a new Ed Sheeran album, I listen to it to death. This is pretty well the only album that I’ve been listening to and it’s AMAZING. I still love every moment of it.

What are the things that you have been loving?

Self Care: It’s All Coming Up Roses

Self care is a big thing in my life and it’s something that I try to focus on as much as possible. It helps me function through the week. There are a variety of different things I use to help myself relax and come back down to earth and settle down a little bit. I’ll be writing posts about those in the future. This post is about rose.

I love rose. I think it goes back to being a kid. I remember my mom always have a rose body wash and a rose body cream. I remember going on walks with her and she would literally stop everything to smell the roses (I grew up in a province that is known for its wild roses). They say that certain smells are the things that can trigger memories and for me, when I smell roses, it takes me back to the comfort of my mother. There’s just something so comforting about it for me.

So while rose has a lot of sentimental value to me, I’ve also been learning about the benefits of rose. It’s really good for you!

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They say that drinking rose tea can help with…
01. Menstrual pains
02. Boosting your immune system
03.Improving your digestion 
04. Helping reduce stress and anxiety
05. Weight loss

And then as far as cosmetics go, rose is FULL of vitamin C and they say that is promotes essential collagen production (which keeps your hair and skin healthy). I’ve been told that rose will help improve acne, it’s incredibly brightening, and also naturally moisturizing (so it doesn’t leave you feeling oily and gross)

As the years have gone on, I have really developed a collection of rose items and I don’t even have everything that I want yet. These are a few of the things that I really enjoy.

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01. Naked 3 from Urban Decay
02. Rose Bombshell Bath Bomb from Lush
03. Rosewater Balancing Mist from Jurlique 
04. Creme de Rose Lip Balm from Dior
05. Original Skin Retexturizing Mask with Rose Clay from Origins 
06. Rose Micellar Cleansing Milk from Sephora
07. Revved Up Nail Polish from Formula X
08. Rose Gold Watch from Michael Kors
09. Rosewater Hand and Body Cream from Crabtree and Evelyn 
10. Paaarty Blush from Tarte
11. Piece of Cake Juicy Shaker from Lancome
12. R0se Quartz
13. Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks from Kat Von D
14. Rose Cleansing Cream from Sephora
15. Serenity Now Tea from David’s Tea
16. Rose Cleansing Wipes from Sephora

Rose feels like a power colour for me. It feels like something I need in my life. They say that rose quartz is the stone of ‘unconditional love and infinite peace’ and that it ‘draws off negative energy and replaces it with loving vibes’.

In all, it just makes me feel really friggin good. I think that finding just one thing, one simple thing, like roses, will help be the first step in learning to take care of yourself.

2017 Favourites – February

It’s that time of the month! Favourites time! I don’t have a ton of favourites for this month, it seemed to really fly by and I ended up just using a lot of the same favourites from last month. I do have a few things, however, that I wanted to talk about. 

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01. Addition Elle Bra. I think that every woman should have a bra and underwear set that makes them feel sexy. Doesn’t matter if there is someone who is seeing it or not. You walk through the world differently when you feel sexy. As a plus size woman who has always struggled with my weight, being able to feel good is HUGE. Since teaming up with Ashley Graham, Addition Elle has come up with some incredibly beautiful pieces that fit and feel sexy.

02. Love Crunch Granola in Aloha Blend (Pineapple, Coconut, and White Chocolate). I spoke about my favourite breakfast in my last post and this granola is to blame for that. I’ve really been loving the flavours and it’s a good quality granola. I can’t wait to buy more!

03. Lokai Bracelet. I’m sure that you know about this bracelet. It contains mud from the Dead Sea and water from Mount Everest, reminding us to stay humble in times of success and have hope in times of struggle. It’s a bracelet that I have wanted for a very long time and I finally decided to get it this month. I have been loving it. They recently put out a bracelet that is an orange colour with a portion of the proceeds going to support a mental health charity and boy, do I want that bracelet!

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04. Welcome to Paradise, Now go to Hell by Chas Smith. This is a book that I have read before. I adored it. I truly loved this book. I needed a book to read one day and I just grabbed this one and I have fallen back into it. It’s a memoir by Chas Smith about his time on the North Shore of Oahu and the surf culture there. It’s about the locals and their fierce protection of their waves and the way that these local manipulate the surf brands that hold their competitions at Pipeline. If you’re into surfing, I recommend this book, it’s a fascinating read.

05. Dr. Jart+ Pore Minimalist Sheet Mask. Skin care is one of my favourite things in the world and I love sheet masks. I decided to try out this one. It’s the first product I’ve ever had from Dr. Jart+ but I love it and I plan on buying more of the sheet masks to try them all out!

06. Sally Hansen Therapy Nail Polish in Re-Nude. It’s been a while since I’ve gotten a nail polish from the drug store but the colours in this line had been calling my name. I will say that it’s hard to get this to look opaque on the nails. I have to do quite a few thin coats of the stuff to get it to how I want it to be. That being said, this colour is worth it. It’s the perfect nude for me and I am in love. I love a good nude.

07. Tombow Dual Brush Pens Portrait Set. I have mentioned these pens in a previous favourites and will likely talk about them more in a future post about my bullet journal. I recently got myself this set that I’ve wanted for a very long time that has all of these dusty pinks and muted nudes and I adore it.

08. Hard Candy Tea. This is another rediscovery this month. I adore this tea from the David’s Tea summer collection and lately, I’ve been craving fruity teas. I picked this one back up and I am loving it. It’s a refreshing blend of apple, sour cherries, cranberry, coconut, kiwi, and more. It’s so bright and fruity and it’s really been picking up my spirits.

09. Tapestry. I got this piece above my bed as a gift and it’s my new favourite piece in my room. My mom and I put twinkle lights up behind it and it’s given my room such a cozy vibe. I love it. It makes me happy every single time that I see it.

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10. Riverdale. This is a show that I never thought I would like. I wasn’t sure about it when I saw the promo and then I really wasn’t sure when I first started watching it. However, I am totally sucked in. I am obsessed. It’s an awesome, awesome show. It reminds me of all the things I liked from the first seasons of Pretty Little Liars and Vampire Diaries. It’s smart and funny and thrilling and sexy and I can’t wait to see what they do next.

11. Sirius. I love having pets. I truly believe that a pet will bring so much love into your life. I, unfortunately, can’t have cats or dogs in my apartment. I would love nothing more than getting a cat but we’re not allowed. So I decided that I wanted a fish. It was still a living thing that I could love and look after and care for but I wasn’t breaking any rules. So when my best friend was going to the next town over (where the nearest pet store is) and she asked me if I wanted her to pick me up a fish, I said YES! I’ve named him Sirius and he’s the highlight of my day. I’m getting him a new tank to live in soon and I can’t wait to spoil him. He’s my baby 🙂

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12. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. I have loved John Oliver for a while and I’ve always liked this show but I recently really got into it instead of casual viewing and I’ve been obsessed. I feel like I’ve learnt something after watching one of his clips.

Midnight Wondering – 22.01.17

“Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world…would do this, it would change the earth.”  ― William Faulkner

I am so inspired right now.

After seeing all of the tweets and Instagram posts and articles and photos of the marches that took place all over the world yesterday, I am feeling so inspired.

There is a lot of injustice in this world and there is a lot of injustice in our own society. I think that we try and see the world through rose coloured glasses but those are glasses that need to come off. I’m not saying that you can’t have hope. You should have hope. But those glasses, that make you see life as if nothing is wrong, need to go. They don’t look good with your outfit.

I hate using this word because it’s started to come along with such a negative connotation, but that being said, I think that everyone needs to acknowledge their own privilege. One of the first things you need to learn is whether or not you have a step us and that having a step up in one area of your life does not make you a bad person. Do not let people think that because you’ve had some sort of privilege, you’re an awful human being. Facing it in the mirror is step one, though. I cannot pretend that because I am a white Canadian, I haven’t had it easier. I’ve never had to worry about how someone was going to look at me or judge me based on the colour of my skin. I have never felt a fear in the pit of my stomach when I see a police officer and I have never had to fight against a society that has been against my brothers and sisters for centuries.

I am a woman and I know the struggle that we have had to face. I know the inequality and double standards that we fight against every single day, at home and across the globe. There are so many women and girls who do not have access to proper health care, who do not have the same dreams and goals as the boys in their class because they’re not being told that it’s a choice for them.

I think that step two is taking a moment to pause and listen and learn. I am still learning exactly how I can help and how I can make a difference. I have been watching some really wonderful movies and reading some lovely articles that have put things into perspective. I highly recommend that everyone watch the film 13th about race in the US criminal justice system. I’ve also adored the film Miss Representation about how women are represented in our society and the effects it has.

I don’t know. I’m only barely scratching the surface of this topic but seeing the protests and what not in the wake of Trump being sworn in as president is just so inspiring to me and that’s what’s been on my mind all week. Seeing people stand up for what they believe in, make signs and go out to fight for what they believe is right, is so, so inspiring to me. I’ve had this rush of pride in my fellow women and I have this feeling in my heart that I can do anything and I’m worthy of it all.

Peaceful protests have brought change. That can’t be argued, it’s just a fact of history. Peaceful protests and marches have give women the right to vote, it brought civil rights to African Americans…it’s brought change, and I am so inspired and proud to be part of a generation that is fighting again. I hope that you’re feeling inspired too and I hope that when you get the chance to stand up and fight or sit back and wait, you decide to stand.

And you can tell me that it’s pointless, you can call me whatever name you want, you won’t change my mind. I am a nasty woman and I am fighting for other nasty, beautiful, strong, powerful women all over the world.

Top Three
01. Death of a Bachelor by Panic! At the Disco
02. Glitter and Gold tea from David’s Tea
03. Actors on Actors videos from Variety

Photo cred: Aaron P. Bernstein / Getty Images

Midnight Wonderings – 15.01.17

This is a new series that I’m going to be starting where once a week, I’ll be posting a few thoughts and images from the week and sharing what’s been on my mind along with the top three things that I’ve been loving this week.

Tired.

If I was to sum this week up in one word, that word would be tired. I’ve been having really strange sleeps lately and I guess I probably have a lot on my mind, I usually do. This is nothing new. Thanks to good old mother nature too, I’m tired and worn out. Work is also feeling terribly long this week. I’m just sort of trucking through the days, getting from point A to point B.

Creativity and passions have been on my mind a lot this week. I’m trying to figure out what I really want to do with my life and it’s difficult, it really is. I keep sort of coming up with an idea of something that makes my heart race in the best way but then I let myself get reminded of reasons why it wouldn’t work.

I am forever being my own worst enemy. I’m constantly telling myself that I won’t be able to achieve things based on some really silly reason. I’m kind of sick of doing that. It just makes me miserable and it stresses me out and it makes me feel useless. There are things that I want to do, things that make me happy, and I’m sick of letting myself get talked out of them because I’m scared.

One of my goals for this year is to do things that make me happy, to follow my dreams and turn them into a reality, no matter what anyone says.

So with all of that being said, does anyone have any recommendations for good online writing courses? I forgot how much I love to write and it’s about time that I pick it up again. Shake off this writers block that I’ve had for far too many years.

I hope that you’ve all had a good week and I’m looking forward to the week ahead. I just need to get through work, no matter how much it puts me on edge. My days off will come soon enough and maybe I’ll get some writing done!

Top Three:
01. Earl Grey Tea
02. Jane the Virgin
03. Ouai Hair Oil

The Year Past and The Year to Come

I’ve been sitting on this post all night.

I always like writing something up at the end of the old year, looking forward into the new year. I write about the things I’ve learnt, the times that mattered most, and the people that changed it all for the better, full of hope and excitement for the next year.

I’m not feeling that excitement this year.

2016 has been full of ups and downs. It’s been an emotional year for me for many different reasons. And I wish that I was ending 2016 with a bang, feeling on top of the world and ready to take on whatever life throws at me.

Right now, I’m feeling stuck and a little lost. I feel like the world is rushing around me and I’m not going anywhere. The last few months of 2016 have been hard for me and right now, I really don’t know how I feel about going into 2017.

All of that being said, however, I am trying so hard to wish for the best. 2017 is either going to be an incredible year or a terrible year. I have goals and resolutions and dreams for the upcoming year and as shitty as I feel, as stuck and as lost as I might feel right now, I’m hopeful.

I’m hoping for the best in 2017. I’m hoping for joy and love and happiness. I’m hoping that I will be grateful for the good moments and the bad moments, because they’re all important.

In 2017, my focus is on myself. I’m sure that you’ve heard this a million times (new year, new me!) from everyone in your life but whatever, this is my new years post and imma do what I want!

I hope to eat better. I hope to take care of my body because I’m sick of feeling tired and lethargic and sluggish. I hope to move forward in my life and be in a place where I don’t dread waking up every morning because I’m really sick of the dread and the anxiety when my alarm goes off at 5:30 every morning.

Something that I’ve been trying to do and something I hope to do more of in 2017, is bring back the things that make me happy. I remember being a young teenager and having hobbies and interests in my life that I was so passionate about but maybe out of fear or something else, I’ve let them fall to the side.

I adored fashion and art and history and poetry and creative writing and photography and painting. I loved it all so much and I had dreams of being a writer and a designer and a artist but then I was always told that I needed a back up plan because you have to be really talented to succeed in these creative fields. I think that my anxiety ridden and insecure brain interpreted that as you’re not good enough, give up now and get a normal job.

I want this passion back in my life, no fear. I want to follow my heart, my gut. I don’t want to fear what could go wrong.

So here’s to 2017. Please be kind to me.