Monday Motivation – #GOALS

Through every stage of life, it is important to set goals – both big and small. Dreaming and achieving are two very different things, however. So how do we reach these marks we set for ourselves?

  1. Make your goals realistic
  2. Map out what steps you need to take to succeed
  3. Manage your time wisely
  4. Understand that you may need to adjust

“Be stubborn in your goals and flexible in your methods”

For me, my life is a never ending series of lists and goals and to-dos. It’s the way I propel myself forward and stay on task. Otherwise, there’s a good chance I would spend 24 hours a day napping and watching documentaries. Oh, and all the snacking… *sigh* Usually I can organize and motivate myself well enough to succeed with ease. But there are some instances in which the task at hand gets, well, out of hand. Take this blog, for example. This year I laid out the perfect posting schedule and content. I decided on a new direction and bought new stationary (a must for any venture). What I didn’t properly take into consideration was the amount of time I would need to set aside in addition to full time schooling and work and studying and volunteering and maintaining my relationships. You get the picture. And so I fall behind. But that isn’t a reason to throw my hands up and quit. It’s time for reassessment.

So I hope you take this quote to heart, in closing.

“It’s only failure if you stop trying.”

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Bloom by Estee Lalonde

Let me preface this review by saying that Estee Lalonde is one of my favourite people ever. I’ve been watching her channel from Day 1 and completely adore her. Alright, so here comes the praise!

Bloom is the book we all wish we had at 16-20 years old. Estee imparts on the reader a wellspring of advice and compassion. In that way, Bloom is not just a book, but a companion. A life raft. I myself am 24, and lucky enough to be past the most difficult stages of self-discovery. But like the excerpt states, “Bloom is also for women who might recognize their younger selves in parts of my journey.” (9).  I truly believe women of all ages can benefit from this read.

Estee writes with candour no matter what section of the vibrantly coloured pages you flip to. From beauty, travel, and home decor, to depression, anxiety, and living your most happy and fulfilling life – the narrative is impassioned and provides a voice of understanding.

A must read, must own, for everyone.

Fashion: For It or Faux Pas

So far, the trend forecast for 2017 is one big NOPE for me. Mules? Nope. Giant baggy silk pants that look like you’re hiding Yoko Ono in there? O NO thanks. And Elle.com can try to rip on classic sneaks, “It’s now about sneakers that are embellished or have something like emojis or logos on them.”, but they’re not fooling me. Dear god if I see anyone in a platform sneaker with a tongue sticking out emoji on them I will burn your outfit while you’re still wearing it.

So what am I here for this week?

Ripped denim even in the winter, paired with fluffy scarves and black ankle boots.

Soft nude coats that Audrey and Grace would be proud of.

and…

 

CONFIDENCE.

Don’t let your New Year’s Resolutions dictate your fashion. You want to lose 10 lbs? That’s great, I’ll see you at the gym. But don’t you dare let it stop you from loving your body and buying that dress. There will always be a reason to put it off – but never a good one. Live your life now, because if you wait until they’re burying you to wear that beautiful dress, well… wouldn’t that be a waste.

Tooth and Eye LookBook – Demure Sea Witch

Paired with a cardigan, whether tied or loose, makes the Arctic Sea Witch Dress just a little more demure while still keeping it fun and stylish.                                                                                                                                IMG_6738

Product Focus: Sally Hanson big matte top coat

Recently I have been LOVING this matte top coat. The obsession started when I needed a top coat for the new Essie cashmere matte collection polishes, but certainly didn’t stop there. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll already have noticed the abundance of matte manicures. Switching from shiny to matte is a great way to shake up your spring/summer nails. Have fun! xox

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Natural Make-Up

Natural, dewy, bronzed make-up is perfect for summer, and I’ve finally found a routine that works perfectly.

Foundation: L’Oreal TruBlend Lumi (though I actually much prefer the Tarte Amazonian Clay but I’m out at the moment) applied using a Beauty Blender

Concealer: CoverGirl ReadySetGorgeous in Creamy Natural applied using a Beauty Blender

Powder: CoverGirl oil-free compact in Creamy Natural

Bronzer/Contouring: The Balm Betty Lou-minzer

Blush: The Body Shop pressed blush in Apricot

Brows: Annabelle skinny brow pencil in Medium Brown

Eyes: MAC pressed shadow in Vanilla

Tarte Lights Camera Splashes mascara, curled and applied in one coat

Lips: lined with NYX retractable lip liner in Nude, outer portion of lips filled in with NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Rikugien, centre of lips filled with NYC Cityproof twistable lip crayon in Park Slope Peach

Very Vintage – Tooth and Eye Lookbook

Pair the Gold Astro Draco Leggings with a black lace dress for an eerily vintage effect. Great for a night out at an art show or museum. Red lips add a great finishing touch to bring the whole look together.

Shop this look: http://www.etsy,com/shop/ToothAndEye

Photo by Vin Lord

Ballet-Inspired Manicure

I’m going to go ahead and say you guys already know I use the Essie base and top coat. One coat below, two above. So… Yeah… Moving on!

I also used Essie Sugar Daddy for the main colour (3 coats) and followed that up with the Sally Hansen Triple Shine glitter polish in Twinkled Pink.

I’ve been feeling especially nostalgic for my dance days and my wardrobe and makeup and nails have very much been reflecting that. So pretty!