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Friday, September 22, 2017

Outfit of the Day: Feelin' Fall






Fall weather means Fall colors and patterns and that's why I'm obsessed with my kimono (the LuLaRoe Shirley).  It's sheer and has a gorgeous Fall floral theme on it.  The colors are perfect for Autumn.




This is a great look for cooler weather because if I get too hot I can just take the Shirley off. Underneath is just black leggings with a plain white tee.


What patterns do you wear in the Fall?



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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Target Deals Round Up

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Who doesn't love Target?! Seriously, I can't go in there for just one item. I always end up leaving with a whole cart full of stuff. 


Today I wanted to share a few deals with you so that you can take advantage of them and embrace your love of Target!




For the home...
If you shop online from 9/24 through 9/30 and spend $150 on furniture you will get a $40 gift card! The promo code is HOME.  Shop here for furniture.


Also if you spend $50 on furniture, bedding, home decor, and rugs and you use the promo code HOME you'll get a $10 gift card! Shop here for home goods.




For Halloween...


Get shopping for costumes now and from 9/24-9/30 get 20% off! Shop here for Halloween costumes.

For anything....
And of course you can get free shipping on orders of $35 or more.
So what are you waiting for. Shop today!










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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Outfit of the Day: Feathers and Denim






These leggings are so cute. They have feathers and dream catchers on them and I love the colors because they are perfect for Fall.





This shirt actually matches the one color in the feathers so it's a perfect outfit and I topped it off with a denim jacket.



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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

[Planning Our Wedding] Photo Props, Layout, + To Do List






 EEEEEK! You guys! It's less than a month away!

I have spent the past few weekends doing some finishing touches on everything for the wedding.

[PHOTO PROPS]
So we had some major rain for like 2 weeks straight so I took advantage of that time to use my remaining wedding budget on craft supplies to make photo props to use during our reception party. 


I love how they turned out! I can't show you what the prop signs say because I don't want to spoil it but of course since I got to use my sense of humor, I am telling you these are going to be great!   And the frame was super easy to make I just used a hot knife (the tool, not an actual hot knife, lol) to cut foam board and then painted it with the colors from my bouquet and then used tacky glue to put some embellishments on.  I can't wait to use it the day of the party!

[LAYOUT]
I have a chart drawn up for which tables and chairs will go where and what things go on which table.  This is going to save me some major time and energy the day of the party.  If someone asks me where something goes - I can just point to the chart.  But it also is great because it gave me some time to see how stuff is gonna look and if it will all fit on the same table, etc.  

[TO DO LIST]
So you know me, I'm a planner but I love to-do lists as well so I combined both of those.   There were so many random things floating around in my head like "Oh I should definitely remember to move these out of the garage a few days before so we can sweep in there." But by the time an event day comes around I always forget something.

So I wrote everything and I mean EVERYTHING that still needs done before the big day of the party.  Then I assigned a day/date to it.  Then I made a new list that goes by date, and on that day I'll just look at what's listed and do it.  I left NOTHING out, I assure you.  It gives me so much peace of mind.


THIS IS IT!!! The next update will be pictures and a summary of how it all goes.   And you'll be excited to know we stayed within our budget of $2,500. Of course I'll do a post probably in November on how to do a wedding JUST LIKE OURS and save money.




Monday, September 18, 2017

Finding The Garden Style That Is You



Canada has become quite a bit more diverse over the past couple of decades.  Always a patchwork arrangement, there are now architectural influences coming from everywhere.  Some of the newer subdivisions in Ontario are actually Californian in design, despite the fact that they are nowhere near Phil and his golden surfer voice.  At the same time, the notion that Canadians need to be any one way about design and their lifestyle is probably not that popular anymore.  Going forward, it is easy to imagine that whatever style or culture catches one's eye will be the theme that holds your home's interior or your garden's shape together.

Here are some styles that are making a difference for Canadians as they move forward:

Japanese:

There aren't many Toronto landscapers that have not come across a request by homeowners to create a Japanese style garden.  One of the nice things about Japanese gardens is that they are capable of creating a sense of nature and harmony in a really confined space.  So if you are short on space in a particular part of your yard, it is a style that might work.

At the same time, most people understand that the Japanese architectural aesthetic is to have a home with strong walls around the yard, an integrated yard, and then a house that has soft openings that slide back to reveal a situation where the home becomes part of the yard for those living inside it.  Juxtapose that with the traditional North American home, where the home is supposed to contain hard walls and there may or may not be external estate walls, and you can start to see how integrating a Japanese garden into your back yard can make a large difference in your lifestyle.

Chinese:

It is said that Chinese gardens all require a water feature in order for them to be complete.  In fact, if you visit China, you might notice that in addition to water features, the gates and the walls that are decorated form a large part of the styling that is not natural within a garden.  The rest of the garden is typically going to be a natural arrangement of stones, water, earth, and plants.   You can normally tell the difference in architectural style between North and South China.  Southern China has fewer plants integrated into a traditional garden.

Peruvian Incan:

Although it hasn't appeared too much in the Ontario area yet, the Inca penchant for creating water features that feed an entire yard full of carefully arranged plants is definitely something that Canadians will be interested in looking into.  One feature of a Peruvian Incan garden is a stone wall with incredibly detailed carving.  In addition to carving, Inca walls are also noted for being put together without mortar or fasteners.  The stones are cut so perfectly that they can just place pieces of the wall in where they need them.

Spanish:

Although there are several types of Spanish garden, one of the more classical examples that people remember is the Alhambra in Granada.  The key with Spanish garden emulation in Ontario is to match the plants that you would like to exhibit and make sure that they can conform to the Canadian climate.  Another consideration is the type of ceramic tile work that you find in Spain.  They are not normally built for Canadian climates- and so there have been many owners over the years who have pulled their tile installation when they found out it wasn't as sturdy when it was installed in their Canadian backyard.


Finding a garden landscaper in Toronto or Ontario that can put in almost any type of landscape for you is becoming easier and easier.  If you spend a small amount of time online looking, you will likely locate a landscaper whose work is guaranteed and conforms to the ideas that you have regarding what a perfect back yard should be made of.










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