How to Lighten a Heavy Heart + Playlist

June 26, 2017


The news is pretty depressing lately. No, not depressing, aggravating and sometimes -- or most times since these incidents are unfortunately more and more current -- soul-crushing. In the past few months, we've seen many bright lights, full of dreams, some still burgeoning into adulthood that were extinguished much too soon, leaving heartbreak in their wake.

It has been a tough time, at times much too tough, but they say that when the going gets tough, the tough get going. And it's clear that many of them have. And that in some places amidst the rubble new buildings are being erected and new bridges are being built. They're not always very big or very loud, but sometimes they are. And like a burbling brook that turns into a mighty river, they pick up speed and strength and clear a path towards something new and more exciting. *cough*  The Women's *cough* March *cough*.

Nevertheless, here are a few ways to lift a heavy heart and to put a little pep back in your step. :)


Stay informed

Read. Read. Read. Reeeeaaaddd, books, magazines, the back of the cereal box, newsletters like Clover Letter. And watch lots of stuff on any stuff you want. Netflix has tons of interesting documentaries on everything from Eagle Huntress(es) to Sneakerheadz and more. The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) and TVO also has plenty of cool docs and short stories too. It doesn't have to take very long or be very elaborate, but piano piano you'll find that you know a lot more than you did before.

Unplug 

Paint, jog, dance, play the flute, or just lay around and listen to music. Unplug from time to time and do something you really want to do, or have always wanted to learn.

Spread the love

You don't have to volunteer every weekend or do one of those wild social experiements where you hug everyone and wear a blindfold. You can just smile. Ah yes. The humble but mighty smile. Such a seemingly insignificant action can sometimes brighten someone else's day (and even your own). Rebekah from Goldfish Kiss put the sentiment perfectly in my opinion.

Take action (in your own way)


"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." - Eleanor Roosevelt

In other words, some people are talkers, others are listeners. Some are photographers and others are painters. Some sing while others dance. So, use your unique voice and set of skills and interests to say what you have to say.

Music

Of course.




#MsBookworm: Brooklyn Street Style: The No-Rules Guide to Fashion by Anya Sacharow and Shawn Dahl

June 19, 2017
#MsBookworm: Brooklyn Street Style: The No-Rules Guide to Fashion by Anya Sacharow and Shawn Dahl

I am consistently trying to define my style. Some people do lots of soul-searching, I do lots of (Teen) Vogue-searching. Some days I dress like I'm in a 90's sitcom -- think more The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and less Seinfeld -- and others like I've stepped off of a Tommy Hilfiger shoot. I have no consistency because I get bored quite easily. And from time to time I need inspiration that neither Polyvore, nor magazines, nor Instagram, nor Pinterest can provide. I need a book. And this is the one. I've read it once but I've looked at the photos over and over again, and each time I remain in awe at the creativity and the artistry that people take to dress in ways that express their inner selves and suit their unique lifestyles.

#MsBookworm: Brooklyn Street Style: The No-Rules Guide to Fashion by Anya Sacharow and Shawn Dahl

My favourite part of the book is that it has tons of suggestions, but only one rule: there are no rules -- which consequently makes it my favourite one. This laid-back approach to style makes it easier to adapt the advice and the looks I've seen in the book, and as a result, it always manages to shake me out of my funk. Within the pages, I get to tap into to a well of ideas, textures, and people that I failed to recognize before. From the pictures to the heartfelt advice, Brooklyn Street Style will have you bringing a little bit of Brooklyn wherever you go.

#MsBookworm: Brooklyn Street Style: The No-Rules Guide to Fashion by Anya Sacharow and Shawn Dahl

DIY Journal Decor

June 12, 2017

I've had this notebook sitting around for a while but I didn't quite know what to do with it.

Duh, Alex. Write!

I know, but it just wasn't inspiring enough.

I love stationary. Sometimes I just walk into Indigo and stare at all of the cleverly designed pieces of art that are notebook covers. As someone who enjoys "wordsmithing" and can appreciate a well-used quotation, my writing process is heavily influenced by what I'm writing in or on. Each cover projects a theme and shapes what the content of the journal is about.

Alex, you're crazy.

I know, but we all are (just a little bit).

And so if you are too, and are willing to put a little (or a lottle, depending on what design you choose) effort into pimpin' yo' notebook, then, by all means, read on.

Tools

  • Watercolor paint + Metallic acryclic paint
  • Brushes
  • Notebook with a blank cover (I used a Moleskine notebook)

    Options:

    1. You can essentially pick any pattern after Googling or Pinteresting a few patterns (typing in Watercolour Patterns into the search bar should give you a few interesting options), and then use your paint to copy it.
    2. Feel free to copy the ones above! 

      - Enjoy!


      français


      Ça fait longtemps que j'ai ce carnet. Je ne l'ai jamais utilisé parce que je ne savais pas du tout quoi faire.

      Mais, Alex. C'est un carnet, il est fait pour écrire.
      Je sais, mais laisse-moi expliquer.

      D'accord.
      Merci.

      Je ne pouvais pas le remplir, car ce n'était pas du tout motivant. J'adore la papeterie. Dès que j'entre chez Indigo, je me précipite vers la partie du magasin où tous les stylos et les carnets sont affichés. J'adore écrire, alors j'apprécie tout l'effort consacrez aux couvertures des carnets pour que les pages qui contiennent mes mots soient jolies. Alors, chaque style du carnet influence le thème de l'écriture qu'il contient.

      Alex, tu es folle.


      Je sais (mais nous le sommes tous).

      Alors, si vous ressentez aussi le besoin d'un carnet adorable, continué à lire.

      Outils

      • La peinture + la peinture acrylique metallique 
      • Des pinceaux
      • Un carnet avec une couverture vide (j'ai utilisé un de chez Moleskine)

      Option:

      1. Après avoir fait un peu de recherche sur Google ou Pinterest, tu peux choisir un motif à copier sur ton carnet.
      2. Sinon, tu peux toujours copier les miennes! :)
      - Amusez-vous bien!

      05/2017: Beats and Bites

      June 01, 2017

      If I were to post all of food that I take on Instagram, my feed would be 50% food I've either baked or eaten (and probably, 50% my shoes). So, instead of letting them sit on my phone's gallery, I decided to do a monthly round of the "bites" that I've made over the past 30 days, and the "beats" that helped me to get through them (I love making playlists). Stay tuned for potential recipes on the blog, and for June's round up!

      français

      Si je publiais toutes les photos de nourritures que j'ai, mon Instagram serait 50 % rempli de repas et de pâtisseries que j'ai faits (et probablement 50 % serait à propos de mes chaussures). Au lieu de laisser toutes ces photos sur l'archive dans mon cellulaire, je vais faire une compilation de toutes les "bites" que j'ai préparé et les "beats" (les chansons) qui m'ont accompagné au fil du mois. Alors, restez à l'écoute pour des nouvelles recettes et pour la prochaine anthologie.



      Recipe coming soon! 




      Recipe coming soon!

      @itsalamb