happy weekend

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happy weekend! wanted to stop by and say hey-ya! my weekend is full of… you guessed it: wedding planning. my broken record keeps spinning.

whatever you’re up to, take some time out to enjoy! i’ll see you next week, and then i’m away from the blog for our wedding. ahhh!

  

weekend sparkles

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i had a few breakthroughs this week. i’ve honestly been a little down in the dumps lately, mostly because i’ve been overwhelmed with the wedding, and life. what’s really helped is a bit of a more relaxing schedule thanks to summer, which has allowed me to get up and out of the house first thing for a walk with ava in the cool morning sun; it shifts my mood for the whole day!

other things that have made my week much better:

+ totally random, but i’m obsessed with my blackout sleeping mask that actually has a bit of a raised dome around the eyes so you don’t crush those precious lashes. it’s totally helped me to sleep much better, and not get up with the 5am sun.

+ speaking of obsessed, who doesn’t like a little beyoncé ode? want, although i’m sure my fiancé wouldn’t be into it!

+ this has been my go to quick and lazy hot weather meal more than once this week.

+ i made these cookies for the first time in a long time, and they were pretty popular, not to brag or anything.

+ wedding planning is in full tilt with only a month to go, and picking out my wedding flowers and seeing my bouquet mock up was a total thrill!

have a wonderful weekend! i’m hitting up high tea at the fairmont with jen (sweet bridal gift from her!) and then spending sunday at the shangri la chi spa for a couples day of relaxation which we reallllly need. it should help us get ready for this next wedding push. next week, i’m giving away something pretty exciting as part of that spa trip, so keep your peepers peeled!

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the sparkle earrings

i just wanted to pop in and say happy weekend! my mom is flying in today and i’m in the process of cooking a big ol’ lasagna and have the wine ready. i only see her once every 6 months, so this is a pretty big deal around here!

next weekend, i’m celebrating my wedding shower (what?!) – i’ll aim to do a blog post for you next week, but if you don’t hear from me, click over to instagram!

p.s: always choose the most sparkly pair xo

taking a little break

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so, i’ve realized i cannot do it all… well. i could go into the old “i’m a perfectionist” thing, but in all reality, i don’t have time to focus on being perfect… for me, it’s about being happy. (trust me, if i was worried about ‘perfect’, i wouldn’t have piles of clothes everywhere and depend on my guy to be understanding if i can’t ensure we are fed each night!).

if someone described me, i’m quite certain they would see me as “very career focused”. i came to the realization yesterday that it’s easy to look at me and see this because i’m ambitious, but really, i’m focused on simply being happy. working hard, challenging myself, achieving goals, and making connections with others make me happy. i’ve made a conscious decision to design my life the way i want it to be and create my own opportunities authentically.

unknowingly, the process started with the blog, which allowed me to make amazing connections with brands i believe in, like minded women, my community, and eventually, my career really started, working with a tightly curated client list i truly love working with each day. it’s important to me to create a business i’m proud of and life i simply love living. in order to give this a real go, it requires patience, persistence and resilience, and of course, dedication… this is what i will focus on putting into practice.

for this blog, i am going to have to put things on hold for a teeny weeny bit. maybe longer. i just can’t give you (lovely readers) what you deserve content wise, while serving my clients to the best of my ability. i’m also planning a wedding (former brides understand this is a PT job in and of itself), contributing to various websites, and between everything, literally have no time to make eye contact with my finacé at least once a day.

that being said, i WILL be posting here and there and i’m sure with wedding updates, and fun features, just not regularly, so hopefully you will be here when i get back on the not-so-regular. i’ll be all over social media so we can keep up with each other there…

especially instagram!

see you there! xo

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sparkles from my week

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looking back at my fave moments of last week, it seems like i was really busy! it didn’t really feel like that was so, i guess because it was full of things i loved doing like working with amazing people, and spending time nurturing friendships. these kinds of weeks are definitely my faves (not pictured, the mountains of time spent in front of a computer working, but that wouldn’t be fun to see, would it? i’ll spare you the all of the details, but we’re talking top knots, and pj’s until 3pm). i hope you have a wonderful monday, and take a moment to enjoy your own sparkles this week – see you wednesday! x

p.s: you can also follow my sparkles directly on instagram if we haven’t already connected there!

(above, saturday morning at our place means fresh banana muffins?! not usually, but my fiancé surprised me with these in bed, and it was such a lovely treat!)

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so, sunday, i worked all. day. long. you know what the awesome part is? it didn’t feel like work at all. those are the best days – if you love what you do, you don’t work a day in your life. i was on set for a styled shoot with a PR client and it was one of my fave days of 2014 thus far.

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rainy saturday afternoons were made for leisurely coffee dates and great chats.

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styled shoot shoe gawking – those gold spiked loubs were beyond.

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i always love popping in to the cross for gifts – this setup defo gets you in the spirit of spring!

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in love with these dangling statement earrings… and the price point, so good! (already planning my wedding week wardrobe, and these will defo be making an appearance).

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ava wanted some afternoon cuddles – how could i resist those eyes?

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a little wedding warm up with alicia – super cute and whimsical bevvies at a wedding showcase we attended.