November 23, 2015


I guess I never mentioned it on this blog, but I had gone to Africa almost a year ago now and I want
to share some of the highlights of the trip. This is a small photo diary of the time I got to spend with some very special people in Tanzania as part of my final year in school.

We stayed at the TEMBO Guest House. Project TEMBO is a non profit organization we worked alongside with which supports micro businesses and education for female members of the Londigo District. Many girls miss out on education and this organization brings light to a lot of important issues that are faced by women in Tanzania. You can learn more about their mission here.
Their Guest House is super unique and built to have an enclosed community feeling (see sunset photo above), the staff are extremely kind and friendly, couldn't of asked for a better group of women to make me feel at home in a place so far away!

As a foreigner beware of some foods, my main diet there consisted of a lot of rice, beans, local vegetables and some fresh fruit. Definitely a different fare to what we are use to back in Canada, none the less it was all delicious and kept me fueled through long grueling days in the African sun. Do drink a lot of water!!!

We stayed primarily in the Longido Village, visiting other nearby towns but this is definitely not your luxury vacation.Towards the end of the trip we were fortunate enough to participate in two safari's which were such a contrast to the bucket showers we were having earlier in the week. We did the Tarangire Park and Ngorogoro Crater and never ever in my life have I seen anything more spectacular and magnificent than the animals in those sanctuaries. Our guides were fantastic and put up with a bunch of eager crazy students so shout-out to you guys!

You would think the Safari was the highlight of the whole trip but to be honest it was those day trips to surrounding villages, learning the stories of the people living there. The Maasai are a colourful and inspiring group which I barely got to know Their history is so rich, overcoming so much and surviving like they did hundreds of years ago, they have an extremely ingrained culture which is fascinating to hear about. If you get a chance, alongside Project TEMBO, please visit one of these bomas and just take it all in. To see more of the trip and a bit about the project you can watch the video diary below!

November 19, 2015

REVIEW | FujiFilm Instax Mini 8 - Capturing THAT Moment

One of the things I regret most is not having a tangible reflection of an amazing memory... A trip to Japan last year I picked up the FujiFilm Intax mini 8. Love the quick and easy instant pictures and they're always a hit with friends and family.

I got it at a discount price and while the camera unit itself isn't very expensive, it's the constant need for more film that makes this little guy an investment. But other than that I can't complain because every time I bring this to an event or party it has been a hit. I loved every minute of the duck faced pouts, the silly photo dives and impromptu giggles it caused.

Any advice on how to show off them polaroids? I'm not a huge fan of having them kept in a book but maybe strung on wall? Comment down below some suggestions! Perfect for a Christmas Gift the to photographer of the family, or a treat for yourself you can find the FujiFilm Intax Mini 8 here.

"Uh!Here we go know...
Shake it, shake, shake it, shake it (oh oh)
Shake it, shake it, shake, shake it, shake it, shake it (oh oh)
Shake it, shake it like a Polaroid Picture, shake it, shake it
Shh you got to, shake it, shh shake it, shake it, got to shake it
(Shake it sugar) shake it like a Polaroid Picture"

- Hey-Ya by the Outcast

November 17, 2015


The fun part of living somewhere new is the ability to decorate it and having complete creative freedom (dependant on your landlord) to make your own living space yours. I'm still in the midst of making my tiny apartment home and found these tassel wall art to be particularly fun and enticing.

Images from Pinterest

November 16, 2015

DIY | Cat Nap

After every Halloween everyone's determined to get a cooler, better, more extreme costume than the next person but come the day before Halloween or Halloween day we're all going "oh shit!" I don't have a costume! Too much time spent deliberating on the perfect costume and getting caught up in life, Halloween has snuck up on us!

As a last minute Halloween costume for work I made the "basic" girl costume, a cat. 

Super simple and costs next to nothing, you don't have an excuse not to dress up! 

What you'll need: 
  • 2 bobby pins
  •  Card stock in black (or any other colour plus a black sharpie)
  •  Tape & scissors 
  •  All black clothing + makeup (optional) 


  1. Follow the template provided and cut out two "ears"
  2. Fold on the dotted lines 
  3. Glue the top corners together, or tape
  4. Pin to your hair with a bobby pin going through the bottom of the ear
  5. Wear all black and any extra makeup. 

For a bit of a more vampy look, I went with ombré lips! Super easy and sexy as hell, all you need is red lipstick and black eyeliner.
Take your black eyeliner and line your lips as you would with normal lip liner. After fill in your lips with a red lipstick, blend in the black and red together creating a gradation. 

Now, that all took less than 15 minutes.... Don't give the excuse you didn't have time to get a costume. Happy Halloween everyone!!! 

If you want a more complicated version of cat ears you can visit this older post for a DIY cat ear rhinestone headband! 

July 10, 2015


A fresh update on the simple pearl earrings? I'm personally not a pearl earring kind of gal but I think with an update like this I'd be rocking them everyday! Some people can pull off the simple feminine pearl earring look but for me personally, I just find it ages me 50 years (super unflattering)! Nektar de Stagni's approach gives back a young fun flair to the plain pearl. Could be a fun DIY, shall keep you all posted!

Who doesn't like a smiley face? :)

July 6, 2015

INSPIRATION | Geology of Shoes

“from effects of erosive processes in nature as well as from traditional shoe making techniques. Special construction method has been developed and used across the collection. Multiple layersof leather scrap pieces are added on the last and subsequently sanded down to achieve the final shape and unique colour pattern of the shoe. Colour scheme is influenced by old geologicalmaps.” – Barbora

A truly riveting and inspiring collection influenced by the sediments of the earth, Barbora Vesela delivers it in the prettiest delicate forms from leather scraps. A beautifully produced video shows the unique process of which the sediment type shapes are formed onto the shoes as well as the labour intensive process of creating made to order. If you're one to want unique shoes that no one else has these should definitely be on the top of your wish list! No two pairs are the same, even each foot with its own differences these will for sure be a prized item in the closet. 

Get your made to order pair by emailing 

Most interesting part is seeing the whole process, click here to view it:

May 21, 2015

WANDER | Montreal Guide #1

Mont Royal Lookout Point

Having moved to Montreal recently for a footwear design internship, its been quite the change from comfortable and homey Ottawa. I secured a place downtown, right off of St. Catherine-Ouest and the ever bustling city is filled with chatter and car noises.

Over the past few weeks the sound of french has become comforting and is bringing back the many hours spent in french immersion during high school, which I still firmly believe I did not learn anything in regards to being bilingual (though I have a certificate that says otherwise). Everything is so new, not knowing anyone in the city but thankfully I have some amazing friends who visit me from Ottawa and over the long weekend we got up to a lot of shenanigans exploring the city together. Never have I walked so much, biked until the pain of the potholes still linger and eat such delicious food.

Kazu: Eggplant appetizer shrimp cakes, chicken meat balls and salmon/tuna salad bowls

Some things to check out for sure next time you're in Montreal:
  1. Kazu: rated a high 91% on Urbanspoon with over 3000 likes, you know this place HAS to be good. Granted the line up can be off-putting, you can always opt for take out. Kazu is a Japanese Restaurant serving an Izakaya style of food, don't go in expecting sushi, you won't be getting any but their Salmon and Tuna Salad Bowl with crispy noodles is quite delicious (definitely recommend!). Homemade ice cream with special toppings also available and definitely worth trying something outside the box, unusual but yummy flavors such as ginger and black tea were equally delicious and has me wondering what plum would taste like. Reasonably priced and delicious, I'd definitely go back...but maybe for takeout, lines are just not my thing. (4.5/5)
  2. Mont Royal Park: The mountain as its called, located about a 20min walk north of downtown is your escape to nature. Tonnes of pathways and trails to hike and explore, also a fantastic look out point, quite the hike but hey, fitness is good for you! Tamtams is also something that happens every Sunday in the park where drums fill the air with a constant rolling beat and people chill. It seems overwhelming and weird at first but after walking around, you notice unique activities people partake in and it makes you want to return and join in on the massive chill-fest. (5/5)
  3. Bixi: Montreal is a fairly small city and with the amount of traffic and aggression on the road, I'd say leave the car at home. If walking isn't your thing definitely grab a Bixi to explore the city, with its many bike lanes and trails its actually faster to travel around the city by bike than any other means. $5 for 24hr use, you can't beat that price! Just remember to dock the bike every 30mins and everything will be just dandy! Bixi also has a handy app which allows you to find the nearest docking stations and where bikes are available. Happy biking :) (4/5)
  4. Nos Thes: Okay don't kill me, but.....their bubble tea might be better than my favourite Chatime. A great atmosphere to catch a quick drink with friends, supposedly good food as well; I'll have to get back to you on that one. Bubble Tea is a guilty pleasure of mine, its those damn tapioca pearls, love the chewy texture and sweetness. It's my go to for dessert if I'm in the mood for something refreshing yet sweet. My usual is a Black Milk Tea BBT with tapicoa pearls and aloe. Really been digging the aloe recently... use to be grass jelly (both are good!) (5/5)
  5. Seoul Chako: Korean BBQ, all you can eat, get ready for a massive food coma! Delicious KBBQ but I gotta say the real star of the show was their sushi. Weird right? But definitely worth it. Top picks from their menu: A mango/smoked salmon roll, marinated lamb special, clams, pork belly and kamikaze roll. (3.5/5)
UPCOMING: SIDIM - May 21 to 23, Free museum day - May 24, Picnik Electronique - May 17 till September

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