Easter Sunday Style

Easter Sunday is one of my favourite days of the year and it’s an occasion that I always dress up for. My Sunday consists of Church in the morning with my family, followed by a buffet style brunch, Easter basket hunting and then dinner! It’s quite a formal day for my family so this year I picked up a gorgeous long white blazer to wear. Here’s how I styled it…

I paired the dress with a pale blue chiffon scarf, white (faux) snakeskin heels and a Black Caviar Chanel wallet purse.

Blazer: Zara (Shop It Here)

Heels: Payless Shoe Source

Scarf: from my Mom’s closet (literally!)

I hope you’re all enjoying your long Easter weekend! Feel free to share your thoughts about my Sunday fit in the comments section below ☺️

Xoxo,

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Florals – OOTD Feature

Yesterday Vancouver was blessed with an incredibly warm and sunny day so of course I had to bring out the floral prints.

This past weekend I picked up this super cute dusty purple floral blouse from American Eagle. The best part was that it was on clearance! I got this top for under $10CAD can you believe it?!

I decided to go all out with this look and match my top to my shoes with these purple-y grey sock boots from Zara. I didn’t think it was time to pull out the sandals just yet 😉

I styled these two pieces with my light wash Mom jeans from TopShop and my white Gucci bag to top it off.

It’s safe to say that I felt super Spring-y in this fit! Hopefully we’ll start getting these warmer sunny days more often!

xoxo,

The Best Fashion Coffee Table Books

I’m a huge fan of room decor especially in the book department so I’ve created a list of my favourite coffee table books for you! I particularly love fashion and design coffee table books because they look good on display AND they can be used for flatlays 😉

However they can get pricey so if possible, search for used books in good condition or wait for them to go on sale in store. The Chanel book that I own is used but looks almost as good as new! I got it at a used book store for $15 cheaper than the retail price .

Chanel: Collections and Creations

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YVES SAINT LAURENT

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Tom Ford: Ten Years

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The Fashion Book

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IN VOGUE: AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF THE WORLD’S MOST FAMOUS FASHION MAGAZINE

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LOUIS VUITTON: A PASSION FOR CREATION

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CHANEL AND HER WORLD: FRIENDS, FASHION, AND FAME

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DIOR: THE COLLECTIONS, 1947-2017

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All of these books can be purchased from Indigo-Chapters and Amazon.  If you have other fashion coffee table book suggestions please share them below!

xoxo,

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6 Valentine’s Day Date Ideas

As a result of the poll I posted on Instagram stories, the majority of you voted for V-Day Date Ideas rather than your classic gift guide, so here it is!

Valentine’s Day is not loved by all but you have to admit that there’s always a special feeling in the air on the day of, at least I think so. Today I’ll be doing a bit of the work for you and sharing some of my favourite date ideas. These can count as BFF dates too!

  1. Home Cooked Meal – Not everyone enjoys going out to restaurants all the time so this idea is perfect if you really want to wow your partner. Personally I’d take a home cooked meal from my boyfriend over a restaurant dish any time!
  2. Champagne and a View Point – Take him or her out to one of the best views in the city and bring along two glasses, a bottle of champagne and maybe a sweet treat like chocolate covered strawberries! Try going for the sunrise or sunset!
  3. Movie Night – It’s not an extraordinary date but it’s a great option if you’re on a budget. Don’t leave out the popcorn though!
  4. Art Class – Got time during the day or maybe in the evening? Take a one-time art class with your partner and see if you can sneak in a couple glasses of wine! Not only can it be romantic, it’s also fun!
  5. Indoor Picnic – Similar to a home cooked meal but different in the sense that you’ll literally be setting up a picnic on your living room floor. I think it’s a great idea if you’re looking to do something different and have some fun with it.
  6. Breakfast in Bed – If your significant other has work on Valentine’s Day you can express your love by surprising them with breakfast before they head out the door!

Got any other ideas? Share them below in the comments!

xoxo,

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How to Free Up Your Weekends

I don’t know about you, but I love to have freedom on my weekends, AKA, I like not having to worry about finishing assignments or getting work done for deadlines. I’d say 90% of my weekends are laid back, and my secret is… I work my a** off during the week! I’ve broken down my habits during the week so that hopefully you can free up your weekends as well.

The key to weekend freedom is simply this, DO NOT WASTE PRECIOUS WEEKDAY TIME. As much as I’d love to spend my evenings catching up on Netflix shows and scrolling through my social media, I don’t. I’ve developed the habit of getting done what’s important before sitting down to relax.


SCHOOL

  • Complete assignments in between classes.
  • Complete assignments ahead of time.
  • If you write class notes, write them in the evenings from Monday-Thursday.
  • If you’re taking an online course, read your chapters in the evenings and complete discussions or weekly activities in between your classes.
  • Pay attention in class so that you don’t have to take time outside of class to catchup and re-read what you’ve just been taught.

Asides from exam time, I really do try hard to keep my weekends free because that’s my time to refresh my brain for the upcoming week. When it’s exam time I follow these guidelines but do a lot of my studying on the weekends.

WORK

  • Accept that if deadlines aren’t met it is NOT the end of the world. If you’re stressing out about not meeting a project deadline or something similar then take a step back and re-evaluate. Stressing yourself out will likely cause you to take double the amount of time to finish the task.
  • Stay OFF of your phone. If you work in an office like me and sit at your desk for 7/8 of the day then you know how tempting it can be to check your phone every so often. I’ve learned to keep my phone either in my desk or bag so that I don’t waste time doing useless things on it when I should be working!
  • Do not bring work home with you. What’s done is done and if you’ve managed your time correctly then your deadlines should be completely feasible! Don’t bring work home on the weekends because it will prevent you from getting the proper relaxation that your mind needs and will carry stress over into the next week.

GENERAL GOOD HABITS

  • Put your phone down. So obvious right? Trust me, it saves a TON of time.
  • Exercise regularly and eat right! This might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think time saver but it certainly is. Exercising and feeding your body the right types of energy will boost your productivity.
  • Use a planner or agenda. Documenting your to-do lists ahead of time will save you stress, protect you from forgetting things, and keep you on track.

How do you free up your weekends babes?

xoxo,

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My Bedroom Decor

I’ve received so many requests for this post so here it FINALLY is! A room tour to show you all of my decor, where it’s from, and why I’ve chosen to decorate the way I did! I wasn’t exactly sure how I would write this post so it’ll mainly be photos of my bedroom followed with links of similar decor items.

My bedroom walls are a very pale shade of grey with white trimming and all of my furniture is white so naturally I knew I would be decorating it with colours and pieces that pop.

PS. I grew up with the aspiration of one day becoming an interior designer but since that isn’t happening I just decorate my own spaces as if I actually am a complete PRO. I visit Pinterest, Tumblr, Instagram and every other site you can imagine to find inspo and then I MAKE IT HAPPEN for myself! It really is the best way to get exactly what you want out of a room.

While I am still a student and I have a certain budget, all of the pieces in my room, from furniture to decoration, are affordable. I’ll caption each photo with the stores that I purchased my decor from, but I can’t guarantee you’ll find the exact pieces.

My bedroom has a gold, black, and white fashion theme and it’s very simplistic. With that being said, let’s get into the goods!

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White furniture makes a small room look much bigger than it is in reality. My bed and cubicle shelving unit are both from IKEA.

Kallax Shelf Unity – High Gloss White

Brimnes Daybed

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Instead of inserting boxes into each shelving unit I’ve used three of them for decoration/storage. I like to keep the colours very similar so that there’s a nice overall look and feel in the room. For example, each item in the “decoration” boxes has black and/or white and gold.

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Each decorative piece on top of this unit is from Marshalls or Winners. It’s not hard to find great pieces that match and they’re very affordable too. This glass piece on the right was on clearance because one piece of glass is missing, but I’ve angled it so you can’t see! I use this one to store some of my silk scarves because they’re too pretty to tuck away.

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This jewelry box is from Marshalls, the Chanel book is from a used-books store, and the Vogue magazine is just an everyday purchase from the drugstore. I’d like to purchase a few more designer books to make this stack higher too! If you visit my Instagram page and screenshot this exact post, you can find similar books on Like to Know It.

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Although these pieces don’t have much meaning, they really add something to the room. The abstract shape is from Marshalls and the hourglass is from IKEA. It can be found here.

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I’m always on the go AND I love looking at handbags so I recently installed these floating shelves from IKEA to display all of mine! They’re already starting to overflow…but that’s an issue for another time. I really try to make use of the things I have to decorate my room.

Lack Wall Shelf

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My fragrances are some of my most prized possessions so they deserve their very own shelf! This gold mirrored plate is from Marshalls and the white mini vase is from the dollar store.

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There’s not too much in this picture and that’s the point. Since there’s already so much going on in my open-closet I felt it was necessary to keep my storage bins to a minimum and use the same colour throughout. The white makes the shelves look more spacious and less cluttered.

Kuggis Box with Lid

Kvarnvik Box Set of 3

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This wall was a DIY project that I did recently and I printed out my own posters then purchased cheap frames from the dollar store. I filmed this DIY project so you can find it here. Once again I’ve used my theme colours black, white, and gold to match the rest of the room. Here are a few similar frames from IKEA.

Silverhojden Frame -Gold

Marietorp Frame – Black

My work space is always tidy and I keep it that way by minimizing what I have on my desk. There’s gold accents here and there with my Kate Spade calendar and IKEA lamp and the magazine rack serves as a point of contrast in the room. Unfortunately the white board from IKEA is discontinued so I’ve tagged a similar one.

Kvissle Wall Magazine Rack

Arstid Table Lamp

Kate Spade Desk Calendar

Vemund WhiteBoard

Lack Wall Shelf

A few places that you can look for room decor similar to mine is Pottery Barn, Chapters-Indigo, and Etsy! Let me know in the comments if you have any questions.

xoxo,

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How to Create a Well-Organized Workspace

When it comes to the spaces that we work in, what surrounds you will define the way that you work. If your desk is cluttered and has no organization whatsoever, then you most likely work messily and often can’t find or remember things. However, if your workspace is well-organized and thought out then you probably work much more efficiently!

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I’ve been a minimalist since day one and I like things to be perfectly in place and matching, therefore my workspace has always been this way. It could be the other way around in which my study habits defined the way I’ve created my workspace, but for the sake of this post let’s switch it and assume that your workspace defines your work habits.

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I’m a planner and an organized individual, so everything has a place and it’s taken time to finalize a workspace that I love working in.

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I’ll be honest in saying that my workspace is tiny, and it’s because it’s located in my also tiny bedroom. I chose to place my desk in-front of the window to let natural light in and create a spacious feel. #1 create your space, whether it be an entire room or a corner like mine, have a space devoted to getting work done.

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All of the pieces shown in this photo except for the stool are from IKEA (budget friendly). Choose furniture pieces that pair well together. My all white design is the perfect example, because it gets me feeling organized and motivated instantly.

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Simple details matter and they make your space inspirational. The decorations I’ve chosen are aesthetic AND they have a purpose. They’re also all white, black, or gold; colours that get my creative juices flowing. The magazine rack is a great place to store folders and important documents and it doubles as “artwork” too!

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Another thing that I always like to have on my desk is fresh blooms. Preferably white or lighter hues of flowers because they calm and act as a de-stressor. Oh and duh they look pretty!

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In summary of my tips: create a devoted space, choose matching and comfortable furniture, remember that details matter, choose details that inspire you, make sure you have enough storage, and try to keep some sort of plant or flower on your desk at all times.


What are your workspace organization tips?

xoxo,

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5 Ways to Sleep Better

A good night’s sleep is important for your overall health but a lot of us, actually the majority of us, get distracted by little things making it harder to get proper shut-eye.

The countless distractions of phone screens, Netflix, food, drinks, and more certainly do not help our sleeping patterns. So here’s 5 ways that will help you to sleep better.


CUT THE CAFFEINE

 

Caffeine keeps you up, period. Skip that extra drink or late night latte to prevent the jitters in bed. If you’re really craving something then try Camomile tea, a non-caffeinated and extremely soothing treat before sleep.

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WASH YOUR FACE

 

Cleansing your face before bed will help to prevent the irritation of day-time oils and dirt that have gathered on your face. Not to mention, going to sleep on the same pillow every night should force you to want to put your head down spit-spot clean!

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KEEP IT COOL

 

Although snuggling into a warm and cozy bed sounds amazing, it’s not always that great when trying to get to sleep. Getting into an already warming bed spread will heat your body up more overnight and cause you to have difficulty trying to sleep. Set the thermostat to 20-22°C during the day so that your room is cool enough for a good night’s sleep and don’t use a thick comforter if the weather is warmer.

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CURB YOUR CRAVINGS

 

Eating less than three hours before you sleep will surely give you trouble when your head hits the pillow. Your body will naturally keep digesting the food you’ve eaten, even if you’re laying in bed with your eyes closed. Have a cup of tea and distract yourself with a book or magazine instead.

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LOWER YOUR DEVICE

 

The blue screens from our devices automatically tells our brain to stay awake and keep searching. Sounds crazy, but it’s true. Want to be asleep by 11? Put your phone down by 10:30. Read instead!

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How do you get a good nights rest? Share your ideas with me in a comment below!

xoxo,

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Why You Should Use a Day-Planner

In the age of technology and smartphones you might ask yourself why a paper and pen day-planner is even necessary. However I believe there are points that back up the idea of a traditional hand-written planner over an app.

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With constant dings, buzzes, and notifications going off on our phones what’s another app to add to the madness right? Effective planning is difficult if an app is the only thing you use because once again, it’s just another app. Another click, swipe, and ignore. Trust me I’ve tried it and it didn’t work out too well.

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A paper and pen planning method enables you to create a system that works for you and be in control of the way you plan out your day and tasks. Take a look below for some of the reasons why a day planner is a good idea.

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It relieves some of your stress.

Even if your schedule is packed and you don’t have even a minute to sit down during the day, seeing it written down on paper will make you feel like you have a handle on things.

It creates self-discipline.

You’ll get into the habit of writing things down so that you always remember when your next appointment, class, or shift is.

It can help you get more done.

Looking at your day or week written out on paper will help you see when there’s extra time hanging around to get other things done.

It can help you set goals.

For example, I schedule, plan, and have ready about a month worth of blog posts and videos at all times and it’s because of my planner. I set goals to have a certain amount written, shot, filmed, and edited each week. I know that if I screw up one week’s schedule then it’ll give me difficulty in the next. I’m a goal digger!


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Here are a few of my favourite planners from Chapters – Indigo right now! Their links are in the caption.

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Hadron Epoch Undated Hardcover Spiral Planner
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Ban.do Large Spiral Agenda
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17 Month Kate Spade New York Medium Planner
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 Pierre Belvedere Academic Planner – Rose Gold
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17 Month Kate Spade New York Medium Planner

 

Do you prefer an app or a traditional day-planner? Let me know in the comments!

xoxo,

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