Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Monthly Favourites- September 2014

Here we are again! I am back to my monthly favourites! As un-grammatical as the title is, I love this post. I love sharing the things that I used or did frequently throughout the month. But let me tell you, it was not easy to come up with a fifth one. It wasn't until a week ago where I got addicted. So therefore, it counts.

This month was a ton of fun. It was certainly an odd feeling to be back at school after four months of not having a schedule! So far, only one of my classes is not the best and I'll be done with that in December! I kept saying that I have a good feeling about this year, and if the rest of it goes the way September did, then my feelings will prove me right for sure!

1. Favourite School Tool



Is this not the most adorable planner you have ever seen? It is the Kate Spade "Bella Bookshelf" Agenda Before school, I was at Chapters with a friend, and she told me that she had one of these for the last school year. It was a little pricey, but  I do NOT regret buying it at all. I have never had a planner that actually fit my personality. On the cover of the book, it has an illustration of a bookshelf with all the classic novels included. The sheer look of it wants to make me use it. And it has been working so far! As a side note, Kate Spade stuff is amazing. Just check out the stationary section of the website!
2. Favourite Accessory
This month, I have actually been wearing rings. I am not huge on Jewelry. I hate bracelets, and necklaces are a pain. But this summer, a sale on rings at some store inspired me to start making them a part of my life. And it has been working out swimmingly. I have been buying them whenever I see them on sale, and I am open to any colour, any type, or any style. Cute right?
3. Favourite App

Something happened. I got Twitter. I don't even know why I did. But it has been fun so far. It's another form of social media to browse when I get bored. Which may have been the real reason I got it. . . I already put a bar with my Tweets on the right hand side of this page, but you can also check it out here:https://twitter.com/daniellaelyse

4. Favourite Makeup

I wanted to buy a lip stain for soph formal (check out the full look on this post), and NYC's Smooch Proof 16hr Lip Stain in Champagne Stain worked really well for me! It was bolder than I usually go with my colours, but I loved it! The colour worked really well with my dress, and it actually did stay on! I will most definitely use it again when I go out in the near future.

5. Favourite YouTube Channel


Like I said, I just got into this channel a week ago. I saw a bunch of people on Twitter talking about the Sam Pepper scandal, and that brought me to Laci Green's video explaining the situation. Her passion and drive was evident so I started to watch her other videos. And then I went through a vast majority of them in about two days. She is a feminist, and I love her videos where she shares her opinions. I can appreciate the open discussions about sexuality, because I think more people need to talk about it in a realistic type of way.

That was my month! In October, we have Thanksgiving and Halloween and all the leaves will start to change colour even more, so I am beyond excited for it!

What was your most watched video of September?


Saturday, September 27, 2014

Copycat the Cool Way #8

I think I have a new Saturday routine. Wake up, go to work, go to bed (because napping for 5-6 hours isn't actually a nap anymore), and then wake up and write blog posts. As I write this right now, I  have realized that I have misplaced my list for my monthly favourite post. I know I scribbled it on notes I was taking for a class, but I can't remember which class it was. Whoops. It was also one of those weeks where I forgot to take pictures the day of. So it all happened about half an hour ago. The thing I don't like about it is that you can't see the jewelry I was wearing or for this week, the shoes I was wearing. So I am sorry, and I will try to get better!

Tuesday- I was pretty excited to check the weather and see that it was kind of warm! Unfortunately, in transitional seasons, it is usually cold in the morning and HOT later. So you either get to freeze in the morning, or sweat later in the day. And of course, you have to take classroom temperatures which tend to be the opposite of what you want them to be. This outfit worked really well because I was able to take the cardigan off. I found this outfit through Pinterest, but it originally came from Campus Sartorialist, which is really awesome if you like Street Style posts.

Dress- H&M

Wednesday- This outfit it NOT what I planned. I did something really dumb and I basically poured coffee on myself. Thank God I had already had most of it, but I still ended up liking this outfit a lot. I got the inspiration from Seventeen Magazine. The plaid shirt I used for this outfit was my Grandpa's shirt, and as he has recently passed away, I felt close to him. I decided to wear my Grandma's ring this day too, so I had good feelings all day!

Floral Shirt- Forever 21
Jeans- Old Navy

Thursday- I loved this outfit. I LOVED this outfit. I. Loved. This. Outfit. It made me feel pretty, and confident, and I actually put my contacts in and makeup on. It was inspired by Seersucker and Saddles which is a blog that will certainly make more appearances here. Her style is fantastic. Some actually told me that my outfits are "always on point," so that felt pretty amazing!

Friday- I originally got this skirt for my an Edwardian themed bridal shower. It has a slit in the side, but it's not uncomfortably sexy. I wasn't sure if I would wear it again because I wasn't sure how to style it. Then I found this outfit on Putting Me Together. It was the answer to my doubts! I liked the simplicity.


I have a tip of the week for you: NEVER HAVE A SLEEPOVER ON A SCHOOL NIGHT. During O-week, I stayed at my friend Nicole's house. She happens to live with all boys. They are amazing, but a girl needs her girls! Sarah and I were around, so we had some lovely girl time. We were talking last week, and we were in some desperate need of more girl time. So Tuesday night happened. And it was amazing. But the pure exhaustion lasted all week. So no more school night sleepovers!


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Letting People Go

For those of you who have started a new phase in their life- like your first year of university- then you may have already found out something important; it is completely different. You have to learn how to transition from one phase to another and come out of it as a better person. You are expected to grow and learn and try new things and find yourself.  Maybe that’s easier said than done. I, personally, have had two major transitions in my life, and both involve moving from different stages of the school system. Only last year, I was moving into university for the first time and I was so ready. Unfortunately, high school was just not my place to shine. I thought things were okay, but looking back now, I have realized why I am a better person than I was in high school. 

Don’t get me wrong, high school had its merits, but the worst part about it for me was getting wrapped up in the changing values. Or in my particular case, NOT getting wrapped in it. I watched my friends contradict their words with their actions, and make silly decisions because they were not of sound mind. I got caught up in the burdens of others, and it affected me in a way I never realized until recently. The truth was, I cared about my friends more than they cared about themselves. I made myself literally sick over the thought of their well-being while they were out having their fun. It was exhausting because I felt like I was always the one to help, and I never got anything in return. I wore myself out, and it started to affect my grades, and the few good friendships I had.

For some reason at the end of high school, something clicked. An incident happened with a friend that I thought I was close with, and I realized that all source of drama in my life revolved around her. I examined the relationships around me and realized how many of them weren’t relationships at all. It was just me worrying about people who didn’t want to be worried about. That’s not to say that you shouldn’t address concerns with friends. These particular “friends” just didn’t happen to be friends at all. At the end of high school, I was feeling a little lonely, but that summer, I made the decision to change things around. I knew that I was about to start University, and I would meet so many people that have the same values as me. I also knew that since I was going to a school in the same city I live in, that many people from high school would be at my school. With those in mind, I made the decisions to let everyone from the past go. I would not go out of my way to say hi to them, but I wouldn’t be rude if they talked to me. That decision was the most important decision I have made regarding my personal life.

One year later, I am happier than I have ever been. The people I am friends with now are the best friends I could ever ask for. On page 74 of Glamour magazine’s December 2013 issue, Lake Bell says “Having a history is not always enough. The first lesson I’ve learned with age is that all I need is a small team of comrades who inspire me, not to judge me, and remind me when I’m judging myself.” The truth to this statement is powerful. All I had to do was let go of the toxic people in my life to become a happier version of myself. I have only two friends from high school. One I met on orientation day before school had started. And the other I met during a particularly sweaty audition for Happy Days, the school musical. I am so thankful and blessed to have these two in my life right now. We have the history of a strong relationship, so I know they were meant to remain in my life for a very long time.

So what did I learn from all of this? Number one: let people go. It is in your best interest to let go of the relationships that are hindering you from living a full life. I’m watching a friend go through this stage right now, and it is not easy, but she knows that in the end, the drama was stop, and she will be happier for it. Number two: sometimes, you have to let your friends dig their own hole and only help them when they realize they forgot the ladder to get back up. It certainly is important to help your friends, but if they won’t accept your help, then back off. Stick around, and wait for them to realize you’re right. It may happen, it may not. All I know is that worrying about it when they won’t is troubling and it could lead you down a bad emotional path. Number three: surrounding yourself with the best people you can find makes you happy. And I am proof of that!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Copycat the Cool Way #7

Some days, you don't realize how tired you are until you have a nap and you just don't wake up for six hours. It has been a long week. I have a lot of catching up to do, and although, today was intended to do half of my work, that did not exactly happen. But I feel like I needed that nice long sleep. In other news, I finally had a chance to watch Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 with my dad. I've already seen it (more than a lot), but I've been itching to get him to watch it. This week was a good one though. I had a wonderful formal night with the soph team, so you get a picture of that!

Tuesday- I just so happened to get this shirt on a major sale, and it is so comfortable! I never really understood the whole wrapping another shirt around your waist thing, but it makes sense-it makes it totally acceptable to wear otherwise not so great looking clothes! I also wore my favourite ever Oxfords again! I got my inspiration from Je M'Appelle Stephani.

 Baseball Shirt- Bootlegger
Plaid Shirt- American Eagle
Leggings- Garage

Wednesday- I think from this week on, I need to dress comfier on Wednesdays. I have a six hour break in between classes, and if I go home or stay at school, I want to be comfortable. I changed into pjs when I got home, then changed again to go back to school. Not so practical is it? I got this outfit idea off of the Smart Set Spring 2014 lookbook.

Blazer- Smart Set
T-Shirt- Roots
Jeans- Old Navy


Thursday- A rushed morning means I rushed this outfit. Therefore, I am not loving it. I quickly attempted my own version of Penny Pincher Fashion's outfit, but it didn't quite get there did it? I plan to do a closer replication a little later on in the year, and I promise I will make it better! I like the idea of wearing the comfy zip up sweaters. I usually wear them only around the house. This sweater I dyed myself for a school trip. It was a white sweater originally, and I made it all my own! I'm glad I got a chance to wear it in public.

Tank top and Jean Jacket- Old Navy
Skirt- H&M

Friday- I just wanted to be comfy. I had thrown this ensemble together just to hang out for a big earlier in the week and my family loved it, so I went with it! My inspiration is from Seventeen Magazine.

Sweater- Bootlegger
Shorts- Joe Fresh

Bonus- I have not dressed up in a long time, so it felt amazing to wear a dress and be with all my good-looking friends. I really truly felt so beautiful, and I got many compliments. One happened to be one of the most attractive boys on the team who happened to say I looked "phenomenal." I'm still smiling!

Dress- Bootlegger

Highlight of my week? Formal night! When was the last time you got to dress up and where were you going?


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Book Review- A Treatise On Shelling Beans by Wieslaw Mysliwski

So this book took me way too long to read. I read before bed to shut my brain off, but I was so exhausted all summer that I was asleep as soon as I got into bed. It has been a long time, but I finally finished it! I took a good handful of quotes that sparked my thinking, so brace yourself! And if you’re interested in the tradition summer, you can find it here.

1.       When people can be divided by something they always will be (9).

Just think-the only thing that really divides us as people are differences. If we see someone who is a fraction of a fraction different than us, our minds consider it division. Why is that? Why must we let things get in the way of relationships?


2.       All the more because if you ask me, these days the soul is a commodity like anything else. You can buy it and sell it, and the prices aren’t high (28)

A popular book genre of the modern era is “self-help.” Lumped with that topic is soul-searching and finding yourself. However, we live in a society where your soul is no longer important. No one pays attention to their soul anymore. No one nurtures it. And then it gets lost in the technology and fast-paced world and we all end up as empty shells because hey, we sold our souls to keep up with society.


3.       But can you ever tell what a person’s staring at? You think they’re staring at one thing or another, but they might be staring inside themselves. People have things to look at inside themselves, that’s for sure (30).

This is such an interesting idea. When people appear to zone out, what if they are just doing some inner searching? I don’t think enough people spend enough time watching their own insides. We tend to get stuck on figuring other people out, but we don’t stop and look inside to figure out who we are yet. What would you find if you looked inside yourself?


4.       After all, there are words like that that don’t have any fixed meaning. Words that can adapt to any of our desires, our dreams, our desires, our longings, our thoughts (63).

There are so many words in every language. So how is it that we can attribute words to our every move? Words are so powerful. They can mean so many things to one person, and the complete opposite to the person sitting beside you. And this is why I love studying English.


5.       In my view it’s not just music but life itself that’s governed by rhythm. When someone loses their rhythm, they lose hope. What are tears, what is despair, if not an absence of rhythm? What is memory if not rhythm (96).

This is such a poetic way to think about the way we live. We all live in a relatively steady pattern of life. When we face a loss or a death or a struggle, then our lives are disrupted, and we simply cannot continue on the same rhythm. We may need a complete key change in order to get our lives back in order.


6.       Because I was thinking that if we found some people we knew in common, maybe we’d find ourselves too, the two of us, at some time or other, some place or other (147).

This quote is not quite about what I took from it, but the same thing still applies. Some relationships fall apart at one point or another. Sometimes, it is irreparable. Sometimes, the pair needs to find themselves again. They need to be reminded of why they are in the relationship, whether it be romantic or a friendship, and how they came together in the first place. I find that once people have a strong hold on their roots, they are able to grow stronger than before.

7.       You can fit an awful lot into one sentence. Maybe everything. Maybe a whole lifetime. A sentence is the measure of the world, a philosopher once said (149).

Once again, this is all about the power of words. I, personally, have had a few moments in my life where one sentence made me stop and think because it affected me so deeply. Can you remember the last time it happened to you?


8.        If you sat down and thought about it, how many unspoken words like that must have disappeared forever? And they may have been more important than all the ones that were spoken (230).

I swear this book isn’t all about words! Think about the things you didn’t say. The things like “I love you” or “I appreciate you” or “I’m sorry” or “Thank you” are all so important, but what about the time you saw that person with the great smile on the bus? What if you could have changed someone’s life by saying “I like your smile?” It is the small words that could mean the most to people.


9.       It’s true that our whole life we have to pretend in order to live. There isn’t a moment when we’re not pretending. We even pretend to ourselves. In the end, though, there comes a moment when we don’t feel like pretending anymore. We grow tired of ourselves. Not of the world, not of other people, but of ourselves (335).

I choose not to live in a world where I have fabricated a completely different version of myself to show off, but I can still relate to this. Sometimes, I push my feelings to the side. I don’t allow myself to be sad, or grieve, or relax. I keep on pretending that I am okay, and eventually, all my feelings catch up to me. We all need to take a second, look at ourselves, and get to the real stuff underneath the masks.


10.   Of course-silence is a voice. And it’s words. Though words have lost faith in themselves, you might say (339).

Silence can be so powerful. I remember watching a TV show where a man said the secret to a good marriage is silence. Most people find silence awkward and fill it with gibberish (which usually makes it even more awkward). I think more of us should take pleasure in silence. Between certain people, words CAN say a lot.

 \Don’t think that the book was bad because it took me so long to read it. It is full of philosophical ideas, and the plot is full of interesting twists and turns. The best part is the narration. I have come to realize that the books that end up on my top reads list are books with interesting narration. This book is first-person narration, but it is posed as a conversation. The reader is a man, stranger to the story teller, and the book is a collection of stories and memories from the story-teller. The stranger never speaks, but the story-teller addresses him. I give this book 5/5 stars. It’s my first one, I know! I really, truly loved this book.

I’m going a different direction with my next choice, but I am excited to start it! Have you ever read a book with interesting narration? Why did it draw you in?


Sunday, September 14, 2014

Copycat the Cool Way #6

One week into school and I’m already not posting when I say I’m going to be posting! In my defence, I was home for approximately two hours tops. It was a long long day of work and training. Also, I forgot to take pictures during the week, so I took them all this morning. But hey, I’m learning (and not just in school)! My outfit posts will be a little shorter this year, but because I have only four days of classes. Unless you want to see my weekly pyjama choice, then I’ll leave my Mondays out!

This week was so odd to me. It was the weirdest feeling to be at school for a full week and NOT for O-Week purposes! But I managed! All my classes are really interesting so far, and I have had a good feeling about this year from the beginning. I have a lot of good outfits planned too! So here is my first week of outfits:

Tuesday- The weirdest thing about this day is that it was half cold and half warm. Or I can just be a normal person and call it humid. My skin was cold, but I was sweating because I had to walk to main campus. The shorts really were a good idea. I took the idea of mixing prints from J's Everyday Fashion. Mixing prints was something I was never all that brave to try out, but I took the shorts out and the blog post came to mind.

Shirt- Forever 21
Shorts- Old Navy
Flats- Payless

Wednesday- One small fact about me: if it were to rain cats and dogs one day and someone were to get caught in the rain- it would be me. I am always getting caught in the rain and Wednesday was no exception. But hey, I love this outfit. I got the idea from Smart Set’s Spring 2014 Lookbook. I was planning to wear different shoes, but I checked the weather and wore rainboots in anticipation.

Shirt- Smart Set
Tank Top- Smart Set
Pants- Old Navy
Boots- Sorel

Thursday- Remember these pants from my second outfit post? I still love them, and I still find them tricky to style. Lucky for me, Seersucker + Saddles gave me the idea to simply pair the pants with a white button up. So simple, and so classy! I was going to wear my purple Converse shoes, but then I remembered the picture of Oxford shoes from Glamour magazine (photo to the right) that I had pinned up on my outfit board in my room. I love my Oxford shoes, but Canadian seasons aren’t the most reliable, so I find myself scared to wear them and get them ruined. But they are too cute to be in my closet! I put them on, and I am in love! I will most definitely be incorporating them into other outfits.


Friday- The weather was once again getting chilly. My intention with this outfit was to wear it with shorts, but it was too cold! So I used a pair of my favourite jeans. I bought a few kimonos just because they seemed like a good idea, and when I saw the look on Hello Fashion, I knew I had to use it! I am loving kimonos. They dress up a simple jeans and t-shirt look which is exactly what I’m trying to avoid!


This coming week, I have a formal night with the soph team, so I will add a picture of my dress in there (which was only 7.50 by the way!). I will also be doing my nails at some point. I’m already behind in school work, so I have not had time to take some personal time. Hopefully, I’ll be able to get things in check tonight, and I’ll have plenty of time to do my own thing tomorrow. I need it!

My favourite outfit of the week was Friday’s because of the kimono. Has a kimono changed an entire outfit for you before?


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Pinterest Challenge- Zax Sauce

Today has involved a lot of sleep, a long line, and working with no voice. This is that aftermath of O-week. I regret nothing. It was the most incredible week of my life, and I leave it feeling so fulfilled. However, my life is so disorganized right now. I'm surprised that I remembered to write a blog post (pay no mind to the fact that it is really down to the wire).

I took these pictures knowing that I would want something easy to do when I got back from the week away. Excuse me for the awful editing on the number 8. I tried to fix it, but my brain is simply too tired and I ended up messing it all up. So you will just have to deal with this.


  1. 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  2. 1/4 cup ketchup
  3. 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  4. 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  5. Black pepper


1. Add 1/2 cup of mayonnaise.
2. Add 1/4 cup of ketchup.
3. Add 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder.
4. Stir all together.
5. Add 1/4 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce.
6. Coat the mix with black pepper (I did it twice, but it depends on how peppery you want it to taste).
7. Stir all ingredients together.
8. Refrigerate for at least two hours before dipping.

This was the most random idea, but it was certainly worth it! The recipe is from Domestic Superhero, and they totally nailed this copycat recipe. I loved dipping those fries in there! Although word of advice- don't mix it with pizza crust! Don't forget to check out my food board on Pinterest, as well as my completed challenges board.

What is your favourite dip to eat with fries (other than ketchup)?