the reason for some radio silence over here

12/5/16

a screen shot i took while watch the office this week

it's been rather quiet on this blog the last month or so... life has been very busy. but things have settled down for the moment and i am excited to document a bit of what my life has been like lately.

i have just finished my last project for this semester (yay!!), and have decided to treat my self to a trip to my favourite cafe, dvlb, for a london fog and 'kitchen sink' cookie. i think i mentioned on here before, but dvlb is hands down my go to spot in waterloo. it has a way of feeling like home... which is kind of a weird way to describe a coffee shop, but it's so true. i love everything about the place - the food, the drinks, the aesthetic, the music... it's all great. so naturally it is where i decided to go between classes after finishing a (very stressful) presentation.

i am so excited to close to the end of this semester. it has been crazy, busy, hectic, and challenging and i cannot wait for christmas break to come. finishing this last project today feels like a huge weight lifted off my shoulder and i feel like i can finally breathe again.

aside from school being busy, the rest of my life has been put on the back burner and therefore has been pretty quiet. i am looking forward to a trip up to lindsay later this week and spending some time with family. i have been spending most of my free time on pinterest or tumblr, getting excited for christmas decorations and winter. we are decorating our house this weekend and i can't wait!

i have updated my sidebar and added in my 'winter bucket list' and can't wait to start checking things off! i love doing these bucket lists every season and i feel like it honestly encourages me to do things i always plan to do, but often slip my mind.

i hope things have been going well for all of my readers this past month. 💞

it's beginning to look a lot like christmas

11/13/16


this year the transition between fall and winter decor seemed to happen pretty quickly. i know it's still ridiculously early, but i couldn't help it. christmas is my favourite holiday of the year and if i can squeeze in a couple more weeks of christmas decor, songs, and holiday drinks i'm all for it! 🎄

halloween porch decorations

11/4/16


not the best picture to show off all our decorations, but i think you can get the idea. i had a lot of fun decorating our porch for the trick or treaters, and it was funny to hear all the little kids talk about the decorations while asking for candy. 

also, very impressed with our pumpkins this year. my mom carved a sea turtle (my favourite animal!) and my sister carved out 'party!'. 

at the pumpkin patch

11/4/16


short post today to document that we did in fact go to a farm and pick out pumpkins to carve for halloween last weekend. i can't believe that it's november already.... time is flying by. but that's okay, because it means we are closer to christmas!! :) 

lets be honest

10/25/16

this past weekend wasn't the fun relaxing weekend i was looking forward. in fact, it was quite the opposite. and the days to follow haven't been too great either. it's felt like a rollercoaster. there have been moments when i can pull myself together and begin to feel like my normal self, only to be followed by moments of immense emptiness and sadness. moments of frustration and anger, followed by feelings of happiness and contentment. moments when i have felt like taking time off to regroup, followed by moments of feeling like i need to accomplish everything i normally do, if not more. the whole process has been exhausting.

and i know logically that this is just a 'thing' that will pass. but man, the process of waiting can sometimes feel never ending.

and these are my honest thoughts and feelings about this week. hoping and knowing that things will get better and back to 'normal'. hoping that comes sooner rather than later.

over the worst of it

10/20/16


this week was all about survival. i had midterms every day plus tons of stuff going on outside of school. it felt like each day i was just checking through my to do list and never had a chance to take a break and relax. but i have finally checked off the last midterm i had to complete and 2/3 of my classes tomorrow got cancelled (yay!), so i am over the worst part of it. 

the next couple of days are going to be all about self care. pushing myself to get to the gym. cooking for myself. and relaxing. lots of pinterest and netflix, as well as hanging out with friends. just taking time for myself to refuel. 

the fact that it is finally feeling like fall with chilly rainy weather and bright leaves everywhere also makes it the perfect time to cozy up in pyjamas and lounge in bed. 

an update on my fall bucket list

10/15/16


the other day i finally tried the salted caramel mocha frap, which was the third and final drink i needed to order before i could check off number eight on my fall bucket list. every year/season i love to try all of the new starbucks drinks. it's the little things that count right?

finding the perfect balance

10/12/16

of enjoying my week off, but also getting work done. it's really hard.

also trying to avoid getting stuck, although right now i'm in the awkward in between of waking up and feeling super sick, but by about one o'clock it seems to fade. only to return again the next morning. at least it's not getting worse though (although after typing that out i know i totally jinxed it at will probably come down with something serious in the next couple of days.

also you guys, i need friends! local friends who like to do fun things, because without school this week which normally takes up most of my time i have realized that i have no good hobbies or people to hang out with and pinterest can only keep a person entertained for so long.

these are my wednesday thoughts.

a thanksgiving recap

10/11/16

thought i would write down a few things i did this weekend for posterity's sake. 

started off the weekend with what i like to call 'oktoberfeast'. a combination of oktoberfest and friendsgiving. hosted at the most beautiful apartment i've ever been at. and the festing was so much fun! glad i was able to go this year (its been forever!) 

saturday was our family thanksgiving. it was a feast. with lots of new side dishes. i was reminded how much i love family get togethers and also how much i love thanksgiving dinner. my favourite part this year was the oatmeal stuffing we had and a new green bean recipe i made... it's weird because it's not the best tasting thing, but i weirdly crave it? i know that doesn't really make sense. 

on sunday i had morning hockey practice and basically lounged the rest of the day. spent the evening studying/hanging out with friends and went on our traditional thanksgiving campus pizza run. 

monday was kind of bittersweet. my family and i had our hockey draft after lunch (and i'm pretty happy with my roster). after that it was hot chocolate and pumpkin trifle (also a thanksgiving tradition) al fresco in the park with my friends. we chatted, and laughed a lot (one of the many reasons i love hanging out with them), and then said our goodbyes for a couple of weeks. as sad as i am that they've gone back to their respective schools, i am happy that they will be back in town in a couple of weeks!! 

and that about sums it up. i have to say as a side note, the weather couldn't have been any better this weekend! it was clear and crisp, my favourite. i now have the rest of the week off for reading week, and it feels like all i'm going to be doing is studying, but i really want to do something fun as well.

favourite 'fall' song right now

10/6/16


lately i've had this song on repeat and it reminds me so much of fall for some reason. it's my go to song when the weather is cold and rainy. does anyone else have 'seasonal' favourite songs?

a long long day

10/5/16


today was one of those days you know is going to be rough even before you get up. wednesdays are one of my busiest days on campus and when you throw in 7am pilates and group meetings to attend in between classes it was hectic to say the least. the day seemed to drag on, but at the same time i wish there were more hours to get things done. make sense?

anyways it's now 7pm and i am laying in bed totally exhausted. i keep reminding myself that i made it through the hardest part of the week. just a couple more days and one midterm to go and i can enjoy my reading week!

photo source here

i got baptized!

10/4/16


last weekend i got baptized! i can't believe i totally forgot to blog about it. i was so nervous before the service started, but i'm so glad it went way better than i thought it would {although some tears were shed toward the end of my testimony.... note to self: do not look up and into the faces of the congregation as you are thanking them for their support.... cue the tears ;)}. 

after the service i stayed and chatted with people at our church and then had lunch at home with extended family. i was so thankful that so many people were able attend, even those who had to travel, it meant so much to me! excited for this new 'phase' in life! 

this past weekend i officially became a member of our church which was also really exciting. :) it's been a crazy couple of weeks, but the best kind of crazy. 

my first plowing match

10/3/16


some pictures from the plowing match i went to last month. had no idea what to expect going into it, but safe to say i'm glad my aunt and i checked it out. love trying new things with her!

a goal for october

10/2/16


so i checked in with my blog... i know it's been a while, and i was shocked to see i only had three posts in september... THREE. i feel like september flew by! so this month i want to be more consistent with my blog posts and post on a regular schedule. which i'm thinking is going to be a blog post every day monday - thursday. let's see if i can stick with it! wish me luck.

ps. i feel like my biggest struggle with blog posts are taking pictures to go along with them. any tips?

self care

9/21/16


today i woke up feeling off. i don't know if i'm starting to get sick, or just feeling worn down by the last couple of weeks which have been crazy, but i was not myself. and i haven't been feeling 100% the last couple of days.

so after my morning pilates session i made the decision to take the day off. no responsibilities. no to do list. i committed to resting and recharging. and i think sometimes people brush over how important days like these are. sometimes i feel guilty about not moving forward or getting everything that i "need" to get done on a given day. but then i try to remind myself that it's okay to be selfish and take some time for yourself. and sometimes by doing that, you are better able to serve yourself and others in the days to come. make sense?

so i just wanted to make a quick post and remind everyone (and myself) that it's okay to take some time for yourself. be kind to yourself. listen to what you need. and continue to accomplish great things! :)

"rest and self-care are so important. when you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve others from the overflow. you cannot serve from an empty vessel." - eleanor brown 

we're only 12 days into september... | #20

9/12/16


and i've already completed almost a quarter of my fall bucket list. i mean fall hasn't even officially started, what is this!?! i may need to expand the list, or maybe this year i will actually get EVERYTHING checked off (yay!).

but this post is specifically about the sunflowers i picked up last week the night before my classes started. because what better way to start the new school year than with bright happy sunflowers? and even better, it's been a few days and they still look perfect (i hate it when flowers die super early).

on a sidenote: my apologies that the last three posts have been exclusively about fall, i just love this season so much and get a little over excited when summer starts turning into fall.

fresh start for fall

9/6/16


today after what felt like the longest day everrrrr as i was laying in my bed trying not to fall asleep (and only barely succeeding) i started to think about how much the tuesday after labour day feels like new years day. a fresh start. clean slate. i don't know why, but it totally does for me. bring on the new school year, the new traditions, the pumpkin spice lattes. i am ready for it ALL!

embracing new curves

8/28/16


these last couple of months i have been trying really hard to accept myself where i am at right now, and stop being so critical. it is so easy to pick yourself apart (i would do it subconsciously almost all day long at one point!), and way harder to be kind to yourself and build yourself up. i’ll admit, it was (and still is) a really hard habit to break, but worth it. i found that the constant self critique, dieting, and being unhappy with myself became exhausting - i just couldn’t do it anymore! so for awhile i kind of just gave up and didn’t really think of myself at all, for better or for worse. that helped me stop the negative self-talk, but i also forgot to take care of myself. i started eating whatever i wanted, not focusing on any sort of nutritional value. i stopped “forcing” myself to exercise. i was in an awkward in-between of caring way too much, and not caring at all. 

once i had a break from the years of self induced negativity i began to really explore concepts of self-care, positive affirmations, and looked for role models who were body positive. i say really, because i had tried these things before but it all went over my head. this time around though, a lot of it stuck with me and i was determined not to get back to where i was. i always remind myself of how exhausting the whole process of worrying about what i looked like and being mean to myself was like and it encourages me to keep moving forward.

so now instead of telling myself i look awful in everything i wear, i try to look at things i like, and ignore the things i’m not as happy with. i’m learning that where i’m at right now is great, and i shouldn’t be ashamed of that. i’m learning that it’s okay to shop at plus size clothing stores, and that it doesn’t make me any less of a person. i’m learning that there’s a difference between dieting and making healthy food choices to take care of your body. i’m learning that exercise does not need to be torturous. 

it’s all a work in progress, and there is so much that i am learning. this is very much the beginning of a long process, and i am by no means an expert when it comes to this. but i think it is so, so important to learn to except yourself and stop comparing yourself to a vision of what you have to be like, or to others and i really don’t think enough people are talking about it. so this is the beginning of a series. i hope you guys can find it helpful :)

xo, liz

* photo taken by kimberly

fall inspiration | fashion friday

8/26/16


i cannot wait until it's cool enough to layer up and rock bold lipstick! i've been searching pinterest for some fall beauty and outfit inspiration and wanted to share some of my favourites here :)

2016 fall bucket list

8/22/16


for me, fall "starts" september 1st.... which is only a couple of weeks away! i've put together a list of things i want to do this year :)

this fall i want to: 

01. decorate for fall 
02. bake pumpkin muffins 
03. celebrate thanksgiving with friends 
04. visit a pumpkin farm 
05. take pictures of the changing leaves 
06. go for an evening walk 
07. cheer on our football team 
08. try all of the starbucks seasonal drinks 
09. bake cookies 
10. burn fall candles 
11. carve pumpkins 
12. try a new pumpkin recipe 
13. go to a haunted house 
14. wear hunters 
15. visit the farmer’s market
16. get baptized 
17. go on a date 
18. drink pumpkin ale 
19. make stew 
20. buy sunflowers 

new headboard

8/19/16


i have been dreaming of having a headboard like this for years and my dreams finally came true when i bit the bullet and ordered this one. i love how it goes with my room and i am slowly adding some colour into my life with these pillows i got from ikea and a purple blanket. can't wait to share the rest of my room makeover here :) 

new eyeshadow palette!

8/17/16



i've already started my back to school shopping (i know, so early!) and one of the things i was looking for was a new eye shadow palette. i wanted to try out some bronzy/cranberry coloured colours and after searching through sephora's website i finally decided on the tarte tartelette palette in bloom. 

i have to admit, i was pleasantly surprised by how much i love it! i went into it with low expectations, almost planning on returning it. but after using it for about a week now i'm OBSESSED! i normally use my urban decay naked 2 palette exclusively, but i've been using this new one almost everyday. it has great pigmentation and lasts all day! and i think all the shades are perfect for fall. 

have you guys started shopping (or planning) for fall yet? hopefully i'm not the only one who's over excited for the season to change.

the best way to clean makeup brushes | pinterest win

8/15/16


i have a confession to make... i am the worst at cleaning my makeup brushes. gross, right? it just seems to be one of those things that always gets pushed to the bottom of my to do list, and whenever i do get around to it it takes FOREVER to get them looking kind of clean. i've tried using the mac makeup brush cleaner before with some success, but it took me so long to get the brushes totally clean. 

but i found a new hack that totally works (i swear) on pinterest and takes seconds to clean your brushes from all the build up product. i was so impressed with it (i was skeptical going in) that i thought i would share it here in case some of you have the same problem as me. 

so here it is: 

1 cup of warm water 

1 tbsp of dish soap 

2 tbsp of vinegar 

mix it all together in a bowl and then swirl the makeup brushes around in it. then rinse them off with some fresh water. and that's it. bonus: it uses household products so it's super affordable and i promise you it works!! i used it on my brushes and makeup sponge and it worked well on both :) 

hope this works for you guys! happy monday :)

original post can be found on byannagrace's blog here

is dating dead?

8/12/16


the dating subject is on my mind right now. i'm trying to get back in the "dating game" as they call it, and it seems to be harder than ever to actually date someone these days. i've waited patiently for months to just run into someone who might be worth grabbing a coffee with. but in world where more people pay more attention to their facebook updates than what's actually going on around them (myself included) that seems to be virtually impossible.

so then i joined tinder... again. i was so against it, but it kind of felt like the last resort. i've had a tinder account on and off for the last couple of years. and while i have met guys on there, it's never resulted in anything significant. this time around i told myself it was just innocent. i was just doing it to pass time, because i was bored. and who knows, maybe this time it would work out.

but i quickly found myself back in the same game i've played before. lot's of matches, but everyone wants "something casual". i want something more. an actual relationship. (shocking right?!). i think i kind of started out this whole thing naively hoping it would be like high school where people actually talked to the people they liked and went on dates. but today it seems like dates have been replaced with "netflix and chill".

so i'm just curious, is "netflix and chill" the next new 'dating'? do people get into relationships after doing the casual thing for a while. or are relationships just not a thing anymore? or are you just suppose to patiently wait it out for the elusive "one", however long that may take.

it just gets so frustrating when you know what you want, and you don't want to compromise yourself. but a part of you tries to be realistic and takes a look at what the dating world is really like right now and find yourself totally confused on what to do next.

those are my honest thoughts on dating right now. it's confusing. it sucks. i wish it was like 10 years ago, because i feel like it was probably SO much easier back then. then again, maybe it wasn't and maybe dating just sucks regardless of what generation you're from.... who knows.

is it too early to be ready for fall?

8/10/16


so it's no secret that fall is my favourite season. i have been patiently waiting for this summer to pass, but lately i have been so ready for fall to arrive! i have started shopping for back to school/fall clothing (side note: am i too old to be "back to school shopping"?) and it has made me even more eager for cooler weather so i can start wearing some of my new sweaters. i'm also ready for pumpkin everything and for the leaves to change colour. i know realistically we still have a couple more months of summer... but i would be 100% ok if it came early.

recreating evenings i love

8/8/16

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i have been lucky enough to have the house to myself the last week and a half and i have been loving it so, so much! (sorry fam). it has reminded me so much of my time at my own apartment. quiet mornings, drinking tea and going through emails on the sofa. everything stays relatively clean (except for the dishes, which are always my downfall). evenings spend lounging on the sofa, candles lit, music playing in the background.

time spent alone like this is so good for my soul. i always feel most recharged and calm after a few days by myself. feeling very thankful right now.

xo, liz

finding new coffee shops

8/5/16


i was so excited to finally get a chance to check out this new coffee shop in town the other week! it's run by the same people who opened my all time favourite coffee shop and this place is just a bigger and brighter version of that! now if only i could figure out how to recreate their london fog at home...

fishtail milkmaid braids

8/3/16

i dare you to say that five times fast! the other week i wanted to do something different with my hair and decided to give the old milkmaid braid a try. for some reason i always find this hairstyle super hard to pull off. it almost feels childish to me.... i don't know why. but i decided to commit to it for the day and i ended up really liking it. tutorial that i followed found here.

new hair: bardot vibes

8/1/16


so the other day i somehow got in my mind that i needed to look up bangs on pinterest. two hours later after looking through almost every picture available i then decided that i needed bangs. asap. i thought about cutting them myself, but quickly talked myself out of that idea (thank goodness). so the next day i called and booked the next available appointment at my hair salon (which happened to be an hour late). and now i have bangs. at first i hated them. now they’re growing on me. this is yet another example of my every changing (almost always impulsive) hair decisions. 

reminiscing about charming english kitchens

7/8/16


and quiet mornings with lots of tea. i've been craving some travel, specifically back here.

reaching a new level of cool

7/5/16


i spent some time this past weekend working on getting my room organized after having it totally empty for about a week while new paint and flooring went in. and in the midst of organizing everything i decided to bring up a record player that was stored in our basement... which lead to me buying 4 new records from our local record store and taking a look at my mom's old collection. it's safe to say that i feel like i've reached a new level of cool. like don't mind me i'll just be listening to my vinyls. SO cool right?! ;). 

in other news i wanted to update you guys on something i am very excited about. this upcoming fall i am going to be baptized! religion isn't really something that i have talked a lot about on the blog so far, but i'm hoping that will change. but yeah, just thought i would let you guys know :). 

hope everyone's week is going well so far. i am excited to finish up a diy bench i've been working on, getting ahead with some school work and prepping for a weekend trip to lindsay! 

saying goodbye to my first apartment

6/29/16


tonight was kind of a tough night. i emailed my landlord to let him know that i wouldn't be resigning my lease come september. i am so sad to let that apartment go - i really enjoyed living there... being less than five minutes from campus was such a blessing. but i keep reminding myself that i'm making the "right" choice, and saving money will be worth it the long haul. at least i hope.

change.

6/28/16


do you sometimes feel like your life is about to change (hopefully for the better)? i feel like i am standing on that corner right now, and i cannot wait to see what comes my way. after years of feeling like i've been at a standstill change would definitely be welcomed right now.

quick update on how last week went

6/27/16

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my apologies for not continuing to update you guys on my progress with the small goals i set last week. to sum it up shortly each day seemed to get easier. and although i was not perfect, i think i made a really strong effort to be healthier all around - snacking less and being encouraged to move more. i can only hope that this momentum continues. i am reminded of one of my favourite quotes (and one that has been on this side bar for a while) "it does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop" - confucius.

keeping on track | tuesday update

6/21/16


i am happy to say that i have been pretty good at sticking to my goals today. i didn't grab any takeout (even though i was so tempted to stop at starbucks on the way home from pilates this morning). i cut back a lot on junk food and just had some ice cream after dinner (and maybe 2 muffins.... it's a work in progress). i know it wasn't great, but i feel like it was an improvement from what i've been eating recently. 

the step goal has been the most challenging part of today. i ended up falling asleep after pilates (thanks allergy medicine) and didn't wake up until mid afternoon. i spent most of the remaining day just lounging and doing small chores around the house, so it was really hard to get up to 5,000 steps. but i ended up taking duke (pictured above) out for a small walk which helped. it also checked off walking my dog at least once this week so that is progress in and of itself! 

an update on monday

6/20/16

ok, so monday didn't go exactly as planned, but i still think i made a step in the right direction. i think consciously trying to avoid take out and junk food made me realize just how much i crave it and give in. i kind of failed at this one today.... i was doing pretty well in the morning. but after a tough meeting at school i headed straight to starbucks and grabbed an iced passion tea lemonade and cheese danish. i tried to justify it as a reward for getting through the meeting, and getting some studying done. it also just felt like a good way to kill time. i was kind of annoyed at myself for giving in so early, but looking back at it now i guess it was good to learn that i use food as a reward quite often. later in the day i ended up grabbing a sandwich from a local cafe for dinner (today was tough for takeout) and although it was a healthier choice it still broke my "rules" for the week.

my strong point for today though was exercise! i set my goal as 5,000 steps for day and i hit 10,000!! that hasn't happened since God knows when so that was pretty exciting.

overall, i am pretty confident with the way things started. i know the diet wasn't 100%, but at least the effort and mindfulness was there right? ;). tomorrow will be better, i promise!

ps. did anyone else watch the bachelor tonight? i feel like so much stuff happened. can't wait for next week. i am seriously obsessed with this show!

goals for the week

6/20/16

this week i want to focus on my diet (and a little bit of exercise too). my diet lately has been horrible. a combination of way too much fast food and chips and sugar has left me feeling kind of horrible. so this week i want to focus on the following:

+ no more fast food

+ cut out chips and other "junk food"

+ eat 3 meals per day

+ go to the gym once

+ walk the dog once

+ get 5,000 steps per  day

they're small goals, but i think they would be a good start to try to live a healthier lifestyle.

i'm also going to challenge myself to blog everyday so i can check in and stay somewhat accountable. wish me luck!

18

6/12/16


happy birthday