Friday, May 28, 2021

I’m not the greatest at snapping these outfit photos (dogs were confused about what I was doing), but felt inspired to chat about the pants I have been wearing on repeat a lot lately. These photos don’t really do them justice! (It’s always that way with black objects.) If you want to see them close up, they are the “Felicity Pant” from @shopwonderland. I usually buy one piece from Allison each season. Her clothes are so stylish and designed for life. They are also made right here in Canada! ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ❤️๐Ÿฅฐ

My wardrobe plan includes a pair of black pants, no matter the season. These are perfect right now because they are so comfortable, yet allow me to feel pulled together around the house. We are currently still in full lockdown in Nova Scotia, and I’m using this opportunity to finish writing my latest book. That means I’m spending a ton of time at my computer desk, which makes the elastic waist on these pants really comfortable. I’m also walking the dogs a few times a day, and these look cute with my white Veja sneakers. Since the weather is getting a bit warmer (finally!), it’s nice to wear something a little cooler and more free-flowing than jeans. I’ve actually designated these as my airplane pants for the day when we actually get to travel again.

Is a pair of black pants a “no brainer” in your seasonal wardrobe too? Do you tend to wear jeans on your down days at home, or are you reaching for something different lately?

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Spring is such a great season to hit the reset button. It gets me in the mood to upgrade and freshen up all areas of my life- from my home, to my beauty routines to my wardrobe. ๐Ÿ‘—๐Ÿงน๐Ÿ’„

It’s the perfect time of year to dive into a personal style journey! If this is something you have been pondering for a while, but don’t know where to start, I think you would really enjoy my book, Elevate Your Personal Style: Inspiration for the Everyday Woman As the title states, it’s written from the perspective of an average everyday woman (me), which I think makes it feel relatable and realistic. It’s not so much a “how to manual”, but rather a source of inspiration and motivation.

If you have read my book, what was your favorite chapter? What have you implemented that had the most impact?

Saturday, May 22, 2021

I just finished reading a great book – “"Wabi Sabi: Japanese Wisdom for a Perfectly Imperfect Life" by @bethkempton . My favorite chapter is called “Reframing Failure”, where she specifically addresses the fear of creative failure. Her words touched me because this past year has really been about pushing myself outside of my comfort zone while simultaneously pursuing a dream. Writing and self-publishing my two books left me feeling so vulnerable and exposed, but yet I still felt compelled to create and share. 

Here is my favorite line of Beth’s, “The true beauty is not in the achievement of some kind of perfection, but rather in the sharing of the creation itself.”

I will admit, it’s scary to share your thoughts with others. I would be lying if negative reviews of my work didn’t sting and leave me feeling a bit wounded. The truth is, we are all different. Some people will connect with my words and some people will not. The idea is not to create a perfect end result that will please everyone. The goal is to express myself authentically. In doing so, I have connected with some really wonderful people. Thank you to everyone who has reached out to me over the last year with kind words. I really do appreciate it!

Beth’s words have really helped me get moving on tying up the loose ends of my new book that will be coming out over the next month or two. I have a couple of chapters left to write and then I’ll be off editing (hubby enlisted to help again!). I even have my cover design complete, which is very motivating to admire while I write. I have it set up as the background image on my desktop. This was a tip I got from @fionaferrisnz ๐Ÿ™

So, if you are looking for a cozy and inspiring read, Wabi Sabi should be added to your reading list. Hopefully it inspires you to jump in on some of your own creative pursuits ❤️๐Ÿ’•

Thursday, May 20, 2021

After taking a break from my writing desk for several months, I’m back at the keyboard today. This time I’ve got Junior here to inspire me. Big brother Coco is fast asleep on the floor, but Junior wants to be where the action is ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ˜œ. We are back in full lock down here with the kids learning from home for the remainder on the year. I’ve been in a bit of a slump, but just connecting with a friend the other day got me inspired and motivated. She is writing a book as well and I’m so excited for her and proud of her. ❤️ Interesting that for both us the lockdown is once again creating opportunities. Anyone else taking on a new project that feels rejuvenating?