Spotlight: Fashion Truck Canada

When Emily of Vocado gave word of the launch of her latest venture, Fashion Truck Canada, I knew I had to pop by. I did a little shopping damage last weekend on this mobile boutique which was filled with so many boho-inspired looks most of which were well under the $100 mark. And the selection of $10 knuckle rings was just too much for me to handle (I left with 3).

Emily and her partner Ashley renovated this beast of a truck and installed hardwood flooring, skylights and super cute fixtures that reminded me of the look inside Emily’s Vocado Boutique.

For the mobile boutique whereabouts be sure to follow along with their social media!

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Inspiration 3.31.14

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I read an interesting article this past weekend about the effects social media has on our happiness and the way we compare our lives to others. It’s something I’ve thought about for a long time now and has been the topic of conversation more than once amongst my girlfriends and I.

We generally use social media to capture and share the happy parts of our lives. When we see only one aspect of someone’s life, it’s easy to become envious of all their celebrations and joyous moments. You start believing their lives are so much better than yours and I know many have fallen victim to this.

I’m here to tell you that although I am in a very happy place, love what I do and have an amazing and supportive family & group of girlfriends, there are many moments that are not perfect. That DIY project that failed (even with 3 attempts). The giant zit I woke up to on my chin. The pile of jeans I can’t zip up. The dessert recipe that didn’t turn out. The extended family members I no longer talk to. That deadline I barely made. The striving for a perfection that doesn’t exist. PMS, enough said. The broken hearts I’ve endured. That hangover – you know the one. The many moments of anxiety. Over-thinking. Self-doubt. The inability to bite my tongue when neccessary. And so many more.

I am not perfect. Far from it. Even though my life on social media portrays a level of perfection, I am here to tell you that what is captured is only a small portion of my life. Don’t compare the life you live with the others you see through social media. You really don’t know what is on the other side of that camera lens or computer screen.

Enjoy what you have, do the things you love, cherish those closest to you and don’t worry so much about what everyone else is doing. You can’t bloom if you’re fixated on someone else’s happiness and successes.

 

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Weekly Round-Up

diy succulent wreath{via A Fabulous Fete}

Rad DIY copper clothing rack via SF Girl by Bay.

So needed this self tanner review from A Beautiful Mess.

Super cool DIY rope + succulent wreath from A Fabulous Fete.

Delish looking curried cauliflower and chickpea dish from Camille Style.

Lusting after these gorge kitchens via Design Love Fest.

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Wedding: Crafty Boho Love

I’m big time lusting after this craft bohemian inspired wedding shoot. Everything from the colour story, the yarn details, the vintage pieces and the stunning flowers are absolute perfection. Head over to Green Wedding Shoes for more details and images.

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DIY: Gold Leaf Art

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I wanted to makes something fun and gold for my roomie so I came up with this DIY gold leaf art. She’s always telling Harper he’s a cheeky little bugger so I thought this was very fitting! Head over to HGTV to learn how I made it.

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Cool Shit: Warby Parker

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It’s no secret that I’m a fan of my oversized shades and glasses. I’ve had my eye on Warby Parker for years but admit I don’t own a pair. Yet.

Their spring 2014 collection recently dropped and there’s something for everyone in the 8 new shapes & 6 new colours – something for every face shape, every occasion and every mood. I may just need to add one of each of the new styles to my current eyeglasses collection or at least the Kimball, Lowry and Burke. Need. Want. Love!

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Big congrats to Chelsea for winning The Ten Spot prize!

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Happy Monday!

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Now this is my kind of office! Have a great week! xo

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Weekly Round-Up

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Homemade nutella recipe – enough said – via A Beautiful Mess.

Would love to plan a little surprise for someone using this DIY local adventure map by Momtastic.

Loving the idea of this ‘Send Happy Project’ via Handmade Charlotte.

Great street style photography tips from Carolines Mode.

Gorgeous DIY floral chandelier by The Sweetest Occasion.

So excited the weekend is here! I have lots of fun planned mixed with a little work and the oh so dreaded taxes. Have a good one!

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Recent Project: Shopgirls Event

Last week I put together a Shop Your Shape clinic with Shopgirls to promote their ‘Size Ain’t Nothing But a Number’ philosophy.  All the staff wore white lab coats with stethoscopes and offered the guests body shape assessments and clothing recommendations.

I put together a little sweets table to round out the event and pair that with prosecco and you have yourself a great party!

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DIY: Copper Pipe Candle Stick Holder

A few weeks ago my new team member Caleigh and I attended The Home Depot spring preview. Not only did I eat way too much candy but I drooled over all the barbecues and modern outdoor furniture. I soooo have my eye on the red charcoal BBQ – perfect for a small condo balcony!!

The Home Depot also sent us home with a DIY package on how to make this super rad copper pipe candle stick holder. Caleigh and I spent an afternoon last week DIYing some goodness and here’s our version of the candle stick holders.

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What you’ll need:
-3/4 inch copper pipe in a variety of lengths
-3/4 inch copper ‘T’ fittings
-3/4 inch copper elbow fittings
-super glue
-pipe cutter (or ask to have it cut)

1. Remove all the stickers from the copper pieces. I find it easiest to remove stickers if you boil a pot of water and hold each piece above the steam. Careful not to burn yourself!

2. Create the base and play around with the fittings and lengths.

3. Work upwards until you get a shape you are happy with. (I keep mine simple and Caleigh did a more complex version)

4. Take a picture of your candle holder because now you are going to take it a part and place glue on all the fittings before putting it back together again. Do one piece at a time.

5. Stick your candles in and you’re all set!

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