Tuesday, June 29, 2021


When it comes to nail polish, I’m a classics girl. I stick with red on the toes and nude/soft pink on my hands year-round. This is my full collection of colors!⁣

I do my own manicures at home, but during the summer months I always treat myself to pedicures. They do such an incredible job at the spa, and this time I opted for a gel finish. I have found that regular polish just doesn’t hold up to the wear and tear of sandy beach walks. It’s worth the extra money for me as a gel pedicure lasts an incredibly long time. You also get to walk out completely dry, which is a bonus when you have dogs at home. Coco likes to trample me as soon as you walk in the door, and last year he ruined a fresh pedicure within 2 seconds. ⁣

Are you a classics girl like me, or do you explore the rainbow with your nails? ๐Ÿ’…⁣

Monday, June 28, 2021

I always revisit my makeup and skincare routines with the change of the season. I’m pretty simple when it comes this area, and my collection of products is quite minimal.⁣

Summer means it’s time to pull out the bronzer and switch out my lip color to something more pink than red. I also usually need to switch my foundation to something a little more “golden”. This photo is pretty much my entire makeup collection. I have two other eyeshadow palettes and some darker lip color stored away. It seems to be all I need to pull together a look that makes me feel good about myself, but is also really quick and easy.⁣

My skin was feeling terrible lately, so I booked myself in for a facial with my aesthetician. It’s been about a year and a half since I’ve had one, and it was DIVINE. Even my husband noticed that I have a healthier glow now. I rely on her advice when choosing products, as I have zero ability to pick them out myself. She knows my skin so well! Thank you @lenamartell_ !!⁣

Does your skin have a favorite season? (Mine is definitely summer!) How do you switch up your beauty routines with the change in seasons? ๐Ÿ’„⁣

Sunday, June 27, 2021

My newest book, “๐˜Œ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ ๐˜ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ” was just released recently. Health, wellness and nutrition are areas of life that I am passionate about. I’m always seeking out fun and inspiring ways to keep myself on track with my health goals.⁣

Having a collection of activewear that feels good to wear is one tiny way I motivate myself to stay on track with my fitness goals. My seasonal wardrobe “inventory count” always includes my fitness apparel. If your exercise clothes are trashed, maybe it’s time to replace a few items and inspire yourself to use them for their intended purpose!⁣

My sportswear collection was actually in really good shape heading into this summer. I had to replace two bras (my dog destroyed one!) and my pair of running shoes, and that’s it. Summer and early fall are really the only times of the year I can cycle, so I’ve been focusing on fitting this activity in whenever I can.⁣

What’s your favorite form of exercise this summer? Are you dressing for the part?

Saturday, June 26, 2021

“๐˜ž๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฏ’๐˜ต ๐˜ฅ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ฎ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ฃ๐˜ถ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ข ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ต ๐˜ข ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ. ๐˜ž๐˜ฉ๐˜บ ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ฑ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฉ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ถ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ข ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฅ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ? ๐˜—๐˜ถ๐˜ต๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ง๐˜ถ๐˜ญ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜จ๐˜ฉ๐˜ต ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜จ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ด ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ง๐˜ง๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ต ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ต๐˜ง๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ด, ๐˜ฃ๐˜ถ๐˜ต ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ, ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ๐˜บ ๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜จ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ง๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜บ.” – Chapter 13, Elevate Your Personal Style. ⁣

Your “intimates” are definitely an important part of your wardrobe, so don’t forget to consider them when planning your personal style this summer! They might be more “private” in nature, but the truth is, you are dressing for yourself first and foremost. Would your movie star self be caught dead in stretched out, tattered and threadbare underwear and loungewear? It’s always a good season to clean out your lingerie drawer and upgrade your intimates! ⁣

The temperatures are warming up, so I’ve switched to wearing more summery sleepwear. I placed my winter pj’s in storage so that the only items on display are the ones I’m currently wearing. I like wearing short sets in the summer because I feel comfortable wearing them around my teen boys (nighties, not so much). I love silk pajamas, but they can be really expensive! I’ve had amazing success buying them on eBay (new with tags) at crazy discounted prices. I picked up this sweet bumblebee set this year as a new addition to my sleepwear. Yes, it’s blue! I take my personal style to bed with me!⁣

Do you also extend your personal style to the more “personal” items in your wardrobe?

Friday, June 25, 2021

Although I’m a minimalist in most areas of life, I’m not going to pretend this applies to my shoe collection. I thoroughly enjoy wearing all my shoes! I think I rely on footwear to elevate my style because I dress in very neutral colors and simple styles.⁣

If you read my book, you know I've have a thing for gold shoes ever since reading the children’s book "The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes" by DuBose Hayward. Those Des Petits Hauts shoes I mentioned the other day are definitely my favorites. I think all the shoes here tie in nicely with my summer vacation-style vibe. The Veja sneakers are great for walking the dogs as they are reasonably comfortable and go with everything. They are definitely not for real exercise! The clogs are Swedish Hasbeens and are 5-6 years old. They are super comfortable and fun…especially the red pair. ⁣

What are you dressing your feet in these days? Do you share in my love of shoes, or do you take a simpler approach?⁣

“๐˜ˆ๐˜ค๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜จ๐˜ถ๐˜ข๐˜ฃ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ต ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ด ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ข ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ’๐˜ด ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜บ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ฌ๐˜ช๐˜ต. ๐˜๐˜ง ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ข ๐˜ด๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ข๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ข๐˜ณ, ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜บ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ข๐˜ถ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ, ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฑ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ค๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ฎ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ด๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฌ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด (๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ณ๐˜บ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ). ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜บ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜บ๐˜ถ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฎ๐˜บ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฑ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜บ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ต๐˜ง๐˜ช๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜จ๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ต ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ง๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ง๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ณ. ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ช๐˜ณ ๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ด๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ต๐˜ง๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ด.” – Chapter 11, Elevate Your Personal Style⁣

Accessorizing in the cooler months feels more natural. There’s nothing I love more than wrapping myself up in a warm, cozy scarf! That being said, summer really does offer the opportunity to add a special touch to your outfits each day. ⁣

Here in Nova Scotia, we get a lot of cool and foggy days along the coast, so a light summer scarf gives me the extra warmth I sometimes need. I love this collection of scarves bundled up together! Are you surprised to see that every single one of them is blue!!? Three of them were purchased on vacations, so actually making use of a travel souvenir is extra fun.⁣

I tend to opt for skinny belts in the summer as I think they add a lighter touch to shorts and dresses. The middle one is my favourite. I’ve had it for over a decade, and it gets better and better each year!⁣

I never leave home without my oversized sunglasses. I think my eyes are actually addicted to them!⁣

Last but not least, he may not be an accessory, but Coco is definitely the cherry on top here!⁣

What’s your favorite summer accessory?

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Do you have clothes hanging in your closet that you never wear? Maybe you love them, but it’s just easy and comfortable to pull on the same old shorts and t-shirt day in and day out.⁣

Chapter 10 is all about inspiring yourself to actually wear your nice clothes and enjoy the process! I live a very casual lifestyle in a rural setting, but I still enjoy dressing in a way that makes me feel pulled together. In the summer, this means pairing my white t-shirt with a cute skirt and a pair of cheerful red sandals. It means I choose to wear my “vacation hat" daily, even when walking my dog on the gravel shoulder and scooping poop (no sidewalks here!) It means choosing to wear a white shirt dress, even if I’ll have to remove a few stains later.⁣

What part are you dressing for this summer? 

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

What if walking into your own closet had the same appeal as visiting your favourite chic boutique? Why not merchandise your own “inventory” the same way a shop would – in an enticing and attractive manner?⁣

I took this approach with not only my clothes, but my jewelry as well. Lining the drawers of this antique dresser with adhesive velvet gives a bit of a “jewelry store display” vibe. The texture of the velvet also keeps all my chains in place and helps prevent tangling. I mentioned in my book that I only wear hoop earrings, which might sound kind of boring. I think my simple and small collection looks anything but boring. I enjoy pulling out this little drawer each day and choosing my hoops to complete my look.⁣

What tricks are you using in your own personal boutique?⁣

Monday, June 21, 2021

Adopting a window-shopping mindset allows us to admire something beautiful...without physically needing to bring it into our lives! This, of course, helps keep us on track with our financial goals, but it also helps keep our wardrobes streamlined and consistent with our personal style. ⁣

This is a photo of me on vacation in Aix-en-Provence a couple of years ago. @despetitshauts is my favourite brand and visiting one of their boutiques was a dream come true. (They don’t have stores in Canada). I sent my family off for gelato so I could enjoy leisurely time to myself in this special little shop. Honestly, it was such a whimsical and magical place, I could have spent the entire day in there. I could have also purchased three suitcase loads of clothing! I did pick up a couple of special items to take home, but I also just enjoyed the experience of admiring pretty things. The items I purchased (shoes, a t-shirt and a sweater) all matched my color palette and fit into my wardrobe nicely. I left a lot of ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜๐˜๐˜† ๐˜๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด๐˜€ on the rack that day, and left feeling happy and satisfied with my intentional purchases. ⁣

It’s easy to get carried away when surrounded by beauty! Have you had success with the window-shopping mindset? What’s your trick for resisting temptation? ⁣

Sunday, June 20, 2021

Chapter 7 discusses several savvy shopping strategies, including one of my favourite techniques for elevating my personal style. I’m a huge second-hand shopper!⁣

I think it is human nature to be drawn to “pretty things”, and I am no exception. Unfortunately, hefty price tags often accompany these pretty things. Finding them on the second-hand market (most often in brand new condition) allows me to elevate my personal style with unique and special items well below the retail price.⁣

Every item in this photo was purchased second-hand (or rather purchased brand new on the second-hand market). These gold shoes are probably my favourite pair of summer footwear and they are not something I would be able to buy in Canada. They are from the French brand @despetitshauts, and I found them on @videdressing in mint condition. They are special and unique and definitely elevate my outfits! The handbag is also by Des Petits Hauts, and the dress is by Sรฉzane. I got my Ray-Ban sunglasses on eBay. It might take a big longer to find the specific items you want second hand, but I like to view it as treasure hunting. It’s worth the reward!⁣

Do you shop second hand? What’s the best treasure you ever found?⁣

I mentioned yesterday that I am an accountant, so a chapter on budgeting was pretty much a given in my book! There is nothing “elevating” about overspending! No matter how well-dressed you are, financial woes are going to stress you out and drag you down.⁣

We are all in different seasons of life and all have different financial situations. No matter how big or small your budget is, I think the key is to have one and stick to it as best you can. My husband and I both have a clothing budget for the year that we set and agree on when we devise the family budget each January. (We are BOTH accountants!) From there, I’m sure to track my expenses as the year rolls along, so I know exactly where I stand and what I have to work with. (This means that often the wish list items don’t get fulfilled.)⁣

Budgeting sounds boring, but I actually think that a budget is a key tool in elevating your wardrobe. Having discipline and restraint helps you think your purchases through carefully, therefore only adding items that you truly love and fit your personal style (and budget of course!) ⁣

Have you tapped into your inner accountant this season?⁣

Do you shop with a plan, or do you buy things on a whim? I have found that the more time I take to plan ahead, the less buyer’s remorse I experience! I also feel like creating a “master plan” has allowed me to curate a wardrobe that feels cohesive and consistent with my personal style.⁣

I try to plan most purchases these days (although that’s not to say I’m 100% on track with this all the time). I usually have a little wish list that I record in a style journal, as well as an app called WishList on my phone (which also serves as a budgeting tool). My wish list is certainly not set in stone, but it gives me a solid guide. Sometimes I tick things off the list, other times I end up realizing I no longer want them!⁣

This summer I decided to experiment with the wide leg pant trend. I’m pretty short at 5’3”, so this can be a tricky look to pull off. Navy and/or black pants were included on my wish list. I also decided to add a polished, beachy vibe to my wardrobe with casual pearls.⁣

Are you a planner like me? What’s on your wish list?⁣

Friday, June 18, 2021

Some of you may not know this, but I’m actually an accountant by trade. I’m certainly not a style expert or fashionista! That’s one of the reasons I decided to share my story and ideas. Hopefully, as an “everyday woman”, I offer a viewpoint that feels realistic and relatable.⁣

Being an accountant, I LOVE the idea of taking inventory. It’s such an important step! You need to go through what you own with an honest eye before you consider adding new pieces. I did the “big purge” years ago, but I still go through my items each season. I store my off-season clothes in a storage bin in our hall closet. The first step each season is to haul out that bin and assess my inventory. I actually did this “inventory count” in the early spring so I had lots of time to plan ahead for the summer. I ended up identifying a few things that just didn’t work for me, so I sent them off to the consignment shop. ⁣

Laying everything out and taking stock of what I had made me realize that I clearly didn’t NEED anything. That being said, I did want to add a few pieces to have a bit of fun and try a few new silhouettes. Taking inventory early on definitely keeps me on track.⁣

Did you do an inventory count this season? Was it helpful? What did you learn? ⁣

(My book Elevate Your Personal Style is available on Amazon – link in bio) ๐Ÿ˜˜

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Elevating your personal style is not just about discovering what you like, but also figuring out what looks good on you. Everyone is unique, and it’s worth exploring what cuts, colors and styles best suit your body and coloring. ⁣

Last fall I did something super fun that has definitely helped me shop with a more discerning eye. I had my colors done (virtually) by @uniquetoyoucolour . I wasn’t surprised to find out I am a true winter, as these are the colors I’m naturally drawn to anyway. My color swatches were helpful in planning this summer’s wardrobe. “True white” is the shade of white that best suits my complexion, so I’m trying to stay away from the creamier shades. I think it’s working for me! I’m using my swatches to stay on track with my blue/white/pop of red theme and also choose colors that complement my skin. I didn’t pull the black swatch – that’s just a given, and even in the summer, black still makes up a large portion of my wardrobe. ⁣

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Chapter 2 of my book discusses a few ideas on how to explore and truly define your personal style. This was something I really struggled with on my own personal style journey. Copycat mode doesn’t cut it if you want to really connect with your true self. ⁣

This summer my surroundings are inspiring my wardrobe. I live by the ocean, so I think I am naturally drawn to the color blue. Just glancing around my house, it was pretty easy to spot evidence of my personal style in my dรฉcor – from my coffee table book, to my shell collection on display. So, this summer I’m going for an easy, breezy coastal feel with lots of white and blue (and a splash of red for fun). I’m looking to carry a vacation vibe with me, no matter what my day entails. ⁣

What vibe do you have going on this summer?⁣

I just received a shipment of paperback copies of my latest book, Elevate Your Health: Inspiration and Motivation to Embrace and Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle . To celebrate, I thought it would be fun to do a giveaway! It finally feels like some of the heaviness is lifting around the world, so what better time to inspire yourself to embrace your health goals? ⁣

I will be giving away ๐˜๐˜„๐—ผ signed copies of “๐˜Œ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ ๐˜ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ” ๐Ÿ’•⁣

To enter please:⁣
1 – follow me over on Instagram  @the.elevated.everyday
2 – in the Instagram comments, tag a friend and let me know what healthy habit has had the most elevating effect on your life!⁣

The winners will be drawn at random on Friday, March 18th, 9:00AM AST. (Open to all countries. One entry per person.)⁣

Good luck!๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ’–⁣

Monday, June 14, 2021

Here is a little excerpt cut straight from chapter 1… “If your life were a movie, you would be the leading lady! In fact, you are the leading lady of your life, the heroine, the star of the show. Adopting this point of view can have a huge impact on elevating your mindset and the approach you take to daily life. If you could write the script, how would the main character act, behave, think, dress and carry herself? I’ll let you in on a secret. You are writing the script! In fact, that’s your job in life.” In this photo, my movie star self is basking in the French Provencal sunshine while sipping tea and people watching. Later on that day she meandered the cobblestone streets of a medieval village, tucking into shops and boutiques at her leisure. She was mostly just browsing, but she did pick up a particularly beautiful silk scarf to take home and remind her of this dreamy vacation. What is the movie star version of yourself doing in this very moment? TODAY my movie star self is spending the day at home. Her lineup includes grocery shopping, helping her son prep for his final Math exam and tackling some household cleaning. It doesn’t sound glamorous, but it doesn’t mean I can’t tap into the movie-start mindset. I can still take the time to add a few special touches to my appearance. Today I’ve pulled out that silk scarf I bought in France several years ago. I may be heading to the giant Superstore, but I can pretend I’m off to the patisserie instead (and dress for the occasion!) What is your movie-star-self up to today and how is she dressing for the part?

(My book Elevate Your Personal Style: Inspiration for the Everyday Woman is available on Amazon ๐Ÿ˜˜)

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Last summer I wrote my book Elevate Your Personal Style: Inspiration for the Everyday Woman As the weather finally warms up here in Nova Scotia, I’ve got summer style on the brain. I thought it would be fun to do a little series on elevating your personal style, with a hint of a summer slant to it. For the next while I’m going to walk through each of the chapters in my book, and share a few thoughts and images on how I personally approach things as an “everyday woman”. Do you want to join along with me? If so, please use the hashtag #elevateyourpersonal on Instagram so I can check in on what you are up to! If you live in the Southern hemisphere, I’d love to see your cooler weather inspo! I’ll be needing it sooner than I’d like to admit!⁣


Now that I have all the loose ends tied up on my new book, “Elevate Your Health”, I feel like it’s time for me to slip back into the role of reader for a bit. I just received my copy of “Joy in the Little Things” by @kerriehessillustration . This book is yummy! I think it’s best enjoyed in little delicious bites. I have it on the coffee table and I pick it up each time I have a cup of tea. The illustrations are dreamy, as is the message. ⁣

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Monday, June 7, 2021

 I get a lot of compliments on my book covers. I love my covers! Seeing each one come together has been one of my favorite aspects of the whole book writing process.

Of course, what makes them magical is the beautiful illustrations. I was so lucky to discover Elka Silenkova ( @flourishellis ). I originally found her on Shutterstock and then contacted her directly. She custom painted the illustrations for both Elevate Your Health and my previous book, Elevate Your Personal Style.

Isn’t her work beautiful?! I love the whimsical vibe of the sneakers in particular. I’m dreaming up ideas for my next book and I know I’ll be looking to Elka to bring things to life for me.

If you have a project that needs a special touch, please be sure to check her out. I’ve had fun creating my own personal journals and stationery with these images. So fun! ๐Ÿ’•๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŽจ

Sunday, June 6, 2021


Every now and then we are lucky enough to encounter people who really take the time to add a special touch to their work. These tiny and thoughtful touches always “Elevate my Everyday” when I come across them. This is certainly the case each time I take my pups to the groomer. Their groomer exudes so much love and enthusiasm for what she does. She snapped this adorable photo of Junior’s first haircut. What a treat to have a portrait included in the groom! She even made special bowties and flowers for all her clients. I swear, she is “The Cute Fairy” in disguise and sprinkles them with magic dust each time they visit! ๐Ÿงš‍♀️๐Ÿช„๐Ÿ’•

When was the last time someone “Elevated Your Everyday” with a special touch? It makes me want to put in a little more effort on my end!
Photo credit @darlingdogsgrooming

Saturday, June 5, 2021

I’m really excited to announce the release of my new book, “Elevate Your Health: Inspiration and Motivation to Embrace and Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle”.  It’s currently available on Amazon in Kindle version, and the paperback edition is coming out shortly.


This past year has been a tough one for many of us, and it finally feels like there is a light at the end of the tunnel. What better time to hit the reset button on your health and wellbeing?  It feels like the perfect opportunity to seek out inspiration to get fired up with enthusiasm. That’s really what “Elevate Your Health” is all about!  It’s not about what healthy habits and behaviours to adopt, but rather how to inspire and motivate yourself to act in your own best interest. Here is a list of the chapters to give you a taste of its flavour!


  1. Visualize Your Version of Elevated Health
  2. Drop the Monday Mindset
  3. Get Educated
  4. Pencil Yourself In
  5. Ditch the All-or-Nothing Attitude
  6. Inspire Yourself in the Kitchen
  7. Tread Lightly With Treats
  8. Think Active, Not Athletic
  9. Discover What Makes You Tick
  10. Capitalize on the Season and Circumstances
  11. Dress for Success
  12. Listen to Your Body
  13. Be a Boss of Bedtime
  14. Navigate Holidays with Confidence
  15. Get in Touch With the Intangible

Friday, June 4, 2021

 I have a new book coming out soon! It’s called “Elevate Your Health: Inspiration and Motivation to Embrace and Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle. I’m in the final editing stage and am I’m hoping to have it available next week. ๐Ÿฅณ

This book focuses on the concept of setting yourself up for success. It’s about inspiring yourself to adopt strategies, activities and behaviours that will keep you on track with your health goals.

I thought I’d give a little preview of a paragraph that describes my mindset around physical activity, and how I view my running as a faithful friend, instead of just another chore on my to do list!

“Make New Friends:

I actually view my running as a friend. It’s been a constant and faithful companion of mine for over twenty years. It’s always there when I need it; reliable and quietly non-judgemental. It has seen me through some of the darkest periods of my life. It dragged me out of bed and got me moving on days when I didn’t see the point. It never leaves my side. It has accompanied me through the familiar streets of my own neighbourhood, as well as on meandering jaunts through picturesque foreign villages. It has lifted my spirits, and given me confidence and strength (from the inside out). It has listened to my anger and allowed me to vent unapologetically. It is patient with me when I’m feeling a little tired and sore, always willing to slow the pace if necessary. It knows when I need a push, and challenges me to reach new heights. Running (and exercise in general) is a true friend, that elevates my life on so many levels.” ❤️๐Ÿƒ‍♀️

Wishing you a happy, healthy weekend! ๐Ÿ’•