Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Monthy Favourites- March 2015

Summary of this month in one word: mono. I swear this will be the last time I mention I'm sick, but it has completely dominated this entire month. I've been sick since the 13th! I was sick on my birthday! So naturally, a couple of my favourites have been based on the fact that I was cooped up in my house for two weeks. Real talk: I have grown to really hate bras because I did not wear one for that entire fortnight. Can that be noted as a monthly non-favourite?

Favourite App:

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 As I mentioned in last week's outfit post, there was a mishap with my laptop, so Songza has fallen out of my life in the past week. However, I was using it so much up until that point. Songza is a music playing app that has curated playlists designed for certain moods or events. My sister used it to play some classy music for a party on the weekend. I don't have access to it at the moment so I can't tell you my favourite playlists, but there was one very calming one I liked when I was getting ready for bed. I'm also a person that likes a little bit of background noise when I work, and there's a recording of a coffee shop that makes me productive. I can't wait to get more into it when I get my own laptop back.

Favourite Accessory:

















My hair dresser told me to stop using elastics in my hair when I come home and want to throw my hair up. Enter scrunchies. I got this one from Ardene, but you can find them all over the place. I don't know about you, but when I'm spending my days in bed due to sickness, I'm not so attentive on brushing my hair. The easiest way to combat some major bedhead (seriously) is scrunchies. Do I have a scrunchy in my hair right now? Yeah. Maybe.

Favourite Drink:

















This is an interesting one for me because I actually hate apple juice. However, apple juice is the sick juice in my family. I just need to water it down. Please don't judge me. I have been drinking this stuff like crazy. We've been buying Rougemont brand in a four pack of 2L bottles. I finished one pack in about a week. I want to flush this thing out of my system! So there's a major love/hate thing going on here.

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As you know, my birthday was on the 22nd. I was not able to eat solid food on my birthday (typical - I have the worst luck with birthdays), but my best chummy Marlee and I planned a real adult wine and cheese night for our closest friends this past weekend. She wrote an entire post about our inspiration on her blog, so check out that link! The night was a huge success, and it was amazing to relax with some friends after not being around anyone for two weeks. I'm also not a fan of birthdays or birthday attention, so it was amazing to be able to share it with my bestest friend. And who is lucky enough to have a birthday 6 days apart from your best friend?

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All of my bios state that I could eat cheese for the rest of my life. It's true. Now that I'm back to solid foods, I am ever so lucky that I have all this amazing fancy cheese left over. I have been eating so much of it every day. I have had cheese and crackers for a meal at least twice a day for the past three days. It's bliss. I'm in heaven. My friend told me that she considered buying me a wheel of cheese for my birthday. I would not oppose to that. At all. For the record, my favourite cheese is Asiago. Just saying.

So there's my month! It's been an interesting one. Full of ups and downs. So far, being 20 is weird. I had a couple blasts from my recent past that shocked me to my core. I meet the most interesting people when I go out. Other than that, I have officially handed in my last paper of second year today, and now comes exam time. Wish me luck.

-Daniella

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Copycat the Cool Way #24

Once again, I would like to add a little disclaimer and mention that I may not have much to say about this outfits since I am digging them out of my camera roll. I also started this post when I did last week's, and thank goodness I did, because due to an unfortunate mishap with my laptop, I no longer have immediate access to my pictures and files. I went back to school this week, but this pictures are still old. I'm still adjusting to being back to real life. And the long awaited wine and cheese birthday party was last night! It was a very successful night, and now I have a ton of fancy cheese leftover. I'm in heaven.

Tuesday- I had duo-inspiration on this outfit. The first came from Make it Last (how gorgeous is this woman?). I loved the idea of leather over the knit sweater. But as necklaces have become a thing of mine recently, I added the statement necklace, courtesy of J's Everyday Fashion. I added both pictures, just so you could see where I'm coming from.

Sweater- Old Navy
Jacket- Smart Set
Jeans- Old Navy
Necklace- Aldo













































Wednesday- I just looked at the picture from What I Wore up close, and I realized she wore a denim jacket on top of a denim vest. I would get so warm so quick. I did enjoy the simplicity of the polka dot shirt with the jacket and leggings on my part. I definitely wore brown boots with this outfit.

Jacket- Old Navy
Blouse- Forever21
Leggings- Garage




















Thursday- Another outfit inspired by J's Everyday Fashion. I loved the salmon blazer idea, but I made do with my red one. I think I got the same effect. I wanted to use my graphic t-shirt underneath it as well to dress it down. I'm rethinking this hairstyle though.

Blazer- Smart Set
T shirt- Old Navy
Jeans- Old Navy



























Friday- I loved this outfit, and I genuinely think I nailed it. Minus the hat. The picture is from Style Estate off a slide called "60 Trendy New Winter Fashion Styles." This person is not from Canada if they call all those outfits winter-worthy. Does no one wear boots? P.S. Recognize those earrings from my February favourites?

Cardigan- Garage
T shirt- Garage
Leggings- Garage
Necklace- Old Navy




Nails of the Week- A co-worker and friend I have not seen for a while came over this week to catch up. She's currently in beauty school and offered to do my nails as a birthday treat! I needed a neutral colour to go with the red and gold party theme tonight, but she added the cool gold accent nail. The neutral is Don't Boss Nova Me Around by OPI, and the gold is Golden Rule by Sally Hansen.


Hopefully I'll be able to get my outfit posts back on track for next week. My laptop situation is deterring me a bit as well. Fingers crossed everything works out!

-Daniella

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Book Review- Memoirs of An Imaginary Friend by Matthew Dicks

I cannot believe I have not done a book review since January! This book, as well as another, has been finished for quite some time now. I have been excited to write about this book. If you know anything about me and my reading habits, you know that my favourite books are classified as having an interesting narration. It is told from the perspective of an imaginary friend named Budo, and this book had me hooked from the start. I had been eying for it a while, but I thought it was my mom’s. She swears I bought it myself, so the origin of this book to my collection is completely unknown.  Skip to the end if you want my overall impression.

1.       It’s strange how teachers can go off to college for all those years to learn to become teachers, but some of them never learn the easy stuff. Like making kids laugh. And making sure you know they love them (9).
This quote spoke to me because it is something I completely agree with. Teaching is what I want to do with my life. But the really special teachers are the ones that make the biggest impressions through being who they are. In grade 6, Mrs. Arrowsmith gave me her passion for words and the English language. In grade 9, Ms. Coumans inspired me to go to England. In grade 11, Mrs. Goddard pointed out that something was wrong with me before I realized it myself. In grade 12, I was able to work beside Ms. Morgan as an inspiration for who I want to be as a teacher. All these teachers made an impact on my school career, and I intend to be a teacher like the best out there.

2.       Monsters are bad things, but monsters that do not walk and talk like monsters are the worst (152).
How scary is this thought? Unfortunately, this is true. As a child, the monsters under your bed are the scariest part of your world. As an adult, you realize the monsters become the faces you see every day. It’s the people you’ve known for years. It’s the girl you sit beside in class. The novel deals with this type of monster in a profound and heart-wrenching way, but this is how it applies to my life.

3.       My voice does not echo because the world cannot hear my voice. Only Max can hear my voice. But if the world could hear my voice, it would repeat now. It would echo again and again. That is how loud I yell Max’s name (169).
This quote does not make sense out of context, but it is so full of love and desperation Budo is expressing for his Max. It is part of the whole need to know why he exists in the world beyond Max. I cannot explain anything else without giving things away.

4.       I don’t know how much of Max I am allowed to lose to save myself (187).
This is similar to the last quote in that it holds so much passion and meaning in context. However, as a deeper meaning, I can see the threads of a co-dependent relationship starting to wear down. There is a fine line between figuring out who you are outside of a relationship and maintaining the relationship itself.  I think this quote emulates this sensation.

5.       Because existing is so important. It’s the most important thing (197).
This is one of the main themes in the book. Existing is one thing in the world, but how does one go about figuring out how to exist? Or why they exist? Major questions are developed here.

6.       She is driving like she has a place to go instead of a place to find (204).
I am purposely taking this quote way out of context, because I like the essential meaning of the phrase itself. One of the best qualities I find in people is direction. I love listening to people when they talk about their future plans. I certainly do have a lot of people in my life that aren’t sure where their future will take them, and there is no problem with that. I just love direction because it doesn’t necessarily mean you have a destination in mind, but you know you want to get there.

7.       Every imaginary friend can touch the world, I think (213).
I loved this quote. Kids are so stinking creative with what they come up with. There was a girl at work in the summer that would spend hours playing with her imaginary friends and be perfectly content for hours.  I’m always going to remember her. And imagine how cool it would be to be an imaginary friend who can reach out to a world completely unlike their own.

8.       “Maybe we are all somebody’s devil” (258).
I have recently come into contact with an adult bully (because yes, they exist). In the moment, it is so easy to feel diminished and victimized. However, with context, and perspective, I have changed my mindset slightly. We all need to keep in mind that at some point, we have all been the source of someone’s pain, unintentional or not. You may not even realize it. A friend once asked me if I had “beef” with anyone. I could not think of anything, but that does not mean I have not affected people in a negative way. Think about those people once in a while.

9.       “I’d rather have one good adventure than stay at that hospital forever” (263).
Again, this does not make a lot of sense, but I promise it’s not sad! It’s an incredible sense of empowerment and sheer carpe diem. It’s the moment of realization for a character named Oswald. He had to step out of the only place he knew to take part in a scary destination, but he did it because he wanted a life to be proud of.  Try it. Get out of that box.

This book has a magic quality to it. Budo’s narration is fresh and innocent and simple in ways maturity cannot express. This book touched on issues of existence and love and childhood and autism in ways I have never experienced before. Overall, my favourite part was the ways it sparked conversation about imaginary friends. Apparently, I had an imaginary bear named Boomba and a green cat with three legs named Elsie Merium named after my grandma.  I give this book 5/5 stars! It is now placed on my list of favourite books. 100% suggested.


-Daniella

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Copycat the Cool Way #23

So this week is going to be a little different. I mentioned on Tuesday's post that I was sick, and that has not changed. I am medically unable to be at school for both this week and next week. I had some outfits from a while ago saved on my computer, and I'm going to post some now, and some next week. It's almost like something in the universe planned this for me! On second thought, that would not be nice because I am rather sick. I assure you all that I am on the way to a good recovery. Despite the fact that this will be the fourth time I have been sick on my birthday (which is tomorrow), I am keeping in good spirits! And nothing will stand in the way of next week's party! I am determined!

Side note: I don't know if I'll have much to say about these outfits. Chances are, the specific days on them are wrong too. But you get the gist.

Wednesday- I think J's Everyday Fashion is one of my top copied blogs. I love her style, and she essentially does the same thing as me; except she is a lot more professional. I pinned this outfit before I got the cardigan for Christmas, and once I got it, I knew I had the perfect addition! I'm not a fan of all neutral or black, so I'm glad mine added the pop of colour I love.

Cardigan- Old Navy
Pants- Old Navy
T-shirt- Target
Necklace- Old Navy 
























Thursday- This outfit from a Gap ad was a great excuse to be comfy this day! I did not use a sweater over a button up but a loose shirt, and who could go wrong with a flannel button up? I should have put this necklace on my monthly favourites because it appears I wore it quite a lot!

Shirt- Roots
Plaid Button up- Old Navy
Jeans- Old Navy
Necklace- Old Navy




















Friday- This was definitely one of the days I had to wake up early so I slept at a friend's house because I could wake up later to get to school. I can tell because I am wearing a hat. This inspiration from Sydney Poulton on Flickr had been on my radar for a while, and I knew it would be perfect for a messy-cool kind of day.

Button up- Old Navy
Jeans- Old Navy
Leather Jacket- Smart Set
Hat- Western Book Store




















Nails of the Week- This is the only thing that is not a lie. I actually did my nails. I did not, however, take a picture of my own nails. The colour is German-icure by OPI. The colour came out a lot lighter than I thought it was going to, and this picture is pretty darn close to what it looks like on my nails. I used only two coats.


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I already have next week's outfit post lined up and ready to go for editing because apparently, being sick is making me a planner. My week was not the greatest, but at least I can say I'm on the mend! Have a great upcoming week and take it from me: STAY HEALTHY!
 
-Daniella

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Pinterest Challenge- One Bowl Brownies

It's been a while since I've done one of these! The last time I did the Pinterest Challenge was January, but the last time I baked something for it was Brownie in a Mug. I clearly love my brownies. Let me tell you, I have used this recipe from Life Tastes Good many times. I have a friend who has some kind of potluck every few months, and I brought these the first time. The only reason her dad knows my name is because I was the one who brought the brownies. I've brought them for other occasions, and they have always been a hit. And once, I made these when I was bored and my sister's boyfriend and I sat at the kitchen table and ate half the pan while watching YouTube videos. Just a couple notes before we dabble into this: I was worried about the thickness of the batter and the addition of kosher salt, but trust me, I would not be giving this to you if it was a sub-par recipe. And second, the timing always seems to be different whenever I do it, so make sure you really check with a toothpick.

Ingredients:

- 1.5 cups sugar
- 3/4 cup all purpose flour
- 3/4 cup cocoa
- 3 eggs
- 3/4 cups butter
- 3/4 cups kosher salt
- 1/2 cup semi- sweet chocolate chips




















1. Pre heat oven to 325 F.
2. Line 13x9 inch pan with parchment paper. I suggest buttering the pan so the paper sticks. Otherwise, spreading the batter become unnecessarily difficult.



















1. Add the sugar.
2. Add the flour.
3. Add the cocoa.
4. Add the eggs (note that I actually cracked an egg with one hand here).
5. Add the butter. The original recipe calls for melted butter, but I used non-melted because I was using a hand mixer.
6. Add the salt and mix everything together.
7. Mix in the chocolate chips by hand.
8. Spread the batter in the pan. The batter is thick, so spread it as best you can.



















1. Place in oven for 30-40 minutes. Once an inserted toothpick comes out clean, let cool for 10 minutes before taking the brownies out using the parchment paper.
2. Let cool completely before cutting and enjoy!

I love this recipe. I've used it so many times before that I'm excited to finally share it with you. That's what the best part of the Pinterest Challenge is! Plus, it's one bowl, so it hardly takes any time at all!

-Daniella

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Copycat the Cool Way #22

First thing you will notice is that there is no Friday outfit. I am sick. It started with three lumps in my neck, and now I have symptoms ranging from a fever to tonsils so swollen that it sounds like I'm choking when I talk. Sorry if that grosses you out. So I stayed home from school on Friday, and we'll see how this week goes. I'm still sick in bed today, and I have blood test results coming in tomorrow, so hopefully this all works out for the better! Good news is that I took the time to paint my nails this week! I even did it again yesterday. Hopefully this is a thing that will stick in my routine. I've missed it.

Tuesday- This was one of those outfits that I changed to fit what I have in my closet. I took the idea from Scribd and used the pattern and colour to create my own look. Although, I 've said it before and I'll say it again, I need more cardigans! I have two blue cardigans like this, but I would love some more colour options.
 

Cardigan- Old Navy
T-Shirt- Old Navy
Jeans- Jessica Simpson





















Wednesday- New addition to my Instagram follows with @karlareed. I love her outfits, and this one was definitely right up my alley. She used a sweater for the gold texture, but I used a gold, sparkly tank top. It may not look it, but this was pretty comfortable. The plaid shirt was great, and I ended up sleeping in it that night because I slept at my friend's and forgot my pyjamas. Not suggested. I would have loved to wear this with my Oxfords, but it is still not quite warm enough here.
 
Plaid button up- Old Navy
Tank Top- Wal-Mart
Blazer- Target
Jeans- Old Navy

 
 
Thursday- This is minimal for me. But I've mentioned previously that I spend about 4 hours in a room that is either extremely hot or extremely cold, and it was hot this week. I recently bought this shirt, and the picture from Etsy gave me the idea to pair it with a floral scarf. Speaking of, I also need more floral scarves. I feel like it's a staple item, and I have only the one. Which is only partially true because it's my sister's. I feel like I'm coming up with  a wish list here!
 
 
Shirt- Old Navy
Scarf- ??
Jeans- Old Navy

 
Nails of the Week- I noticed that all my outfits included the colour blue this week. Maybe it was due to my nail colour. I chose Unfor-greta-bly Blue by OPI. As I said, I missed painting my nails.
 
Other than my sudden sickness, I had a good week. I finished my first of three papers, and I have one to do this week. I'm not sure how much school I will be able to attend this week, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I can kick this thing in the butt! Wish me luck!
 
-Daniella


Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Monthly Favourites- February 2015

I know this is coming to you late, but February went by so fast that it took me longer to figure out what my favourites were! I typically keep a list going, but this one was tricky. February was a good month though. I got spend a few days on a ski trip with my dad while I was on reading week, and I had some good nights out with friends. I also got really into party planning with Marlee, so things were really exciting! I also got some very exciting news (see #2) this month. For me February was more about keeping my eyes on the future.

1. Favourite App

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It was back in my October favourites that I mentioned how much I love Instagram. That is even more true nowadays, and that is all thanks to VSCO Cam. At the moment, I have 16 edited pictures all ready for future Instagram use. And I swear not all of them are selfies! This app makes me feel like I have a hint of talent for photography because the editing tools really do work to enhance my pictures in a great way. My sister had suggested it to me after many tests of other apps. I trust her because she has high standards, and I have not been disappointed.

2. Favourite Moment

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I had a teacher in grade 9 that spoke about England and schools in England with such passion that it became a dream of mine to go there to study myself. When I applied for universities, I looked for good exchange programs, and that's one of the reasons I chose where I am. In November, I handed in my application, anxiously awaiting for February for the news. And so, as of about two weeks ago, I got my official acceptance into the exchange program. Come this September, I will be going to Leeds Beckett University in Leeds, UK for the entire school year! Words cannot describe how ecstatic I am. I want to leave right now, but I will be patient for my new journey.

3. Favourite Movie

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Do you have the one friend you always go to the movies with? My friend and I always choose the most random movies to go to. Some we hate (The Grand Budapest Hotel), some we surprisingly enjoy (Her), and some we laugh our pants off at. The Wedding Ringer fits into the latter category. And if you were a fan of Lost when it was on TV, then you will enjoy the last joke. And Kevin Hart is becoming a new kind of favourite for me!

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I'm awful about wearing earrings, but I have managed to put these on quite a bit since my mom got them for me for Valentine's Day. These Halo CZ Stud Earrings from Avon are stunning, and they are currently on sale! I found that they opened my entire face up. And when it comes to jewellery, who doesn't love an extra bit of sparkle?

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Apparently, this past February was the coldest February where I live. Not hard to believe at all. The thing is, I do not like wearing socks. I never have. So I have been wearing these Nuk Nuk slippers from Costco to combat the cold floors. They are comfortable and warm and I'm wearing them right now. Enough said.

That's my February! This coming March, I have a lot to do. I have essays due like crazy. I'm finishing this post up as a break from my work. However, the end of the month brings cause for celebration as it is both my birthday, and Marlee's! We are doing one fancy schmancy wine and cheese party like adults, and I could not be more excited for it! I just need to get through the next three weeks...

-Daniella

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Copycat the Cool Way #21

Yes. It has been a while since I have done this. I have started my spiral into the last month of school. As a good friend (whom I appreciate more and more every day) pointed out to me, I tend to put schoolwork off and then I get so behind that I start to stress myself out and lose sight of all that is important. Which includes posting things. Good news is, I have at least a week of extra outfits saved on my laptop for when school is over and it become hermit time for me. I'll keep you posted on what will be happening come April/May.
It's Saturday night, but this week seems so far away for me. I don't know what's going on, but I overslept my alarm every day for at least half an hour. You can tell by Thursday and Friday because the state of my hair just declines. Hopefully I can get my energy back next week!

Tuesday- Real live quote from a friend: "Of course you have a sweater with a zebra on it." Apparently, this sweater is a complete reflection of who I am. I love it though. Probably the softest thing I have ever worn. Plus, it makes me happy. Who could be sad with a zebra sweater? Or a camel sweater like Seersucker & Saddles.

Sweater- The Bay
Denim Button Up- Old Navy
Jeans- Old Navy




















Wednesday- Did I wear the denim shirt two days in a row? Yeah. Maybe. I honestly have weeks where I want to wear the same thing all week because I just love the look. This week was denim button up week apparently. My sister told me I loved like a French girl with the scarf (which was stolen from her by the way). I do not own a scarf like the one from Pinterest Told Me To. I'm following that blog now, by the way. I love it when Pinterest leads me to new blogs!

Scarf- "borrowed"
Cardigan- Garage
Button Up- Old Navy
Leggings- Garage
























Thursday- This was so simple. I had not worn these adorable polka-dot pants in a while (although they do not come across in the picture), and the outfit from Pop Miss called for them! Things work out sometimes. I would have preferred to use a sweater more like the inspiration photo has, but I had to make do with what I had.

Shirt- Roots
Necklace- American Eagle
Pants- Old Navy




















Friday- I relied heavily on the red lipstick to get me through this day. Even that wasn't original because the post on Bonjour Blue has the same thing! It was a rough day. However, my three hour lecture was the most interesting and completely reflective of my life at this point. I wore a red-lipped smirk the whole time. Side note: remember when I talked about my issue with the length of jeans in my October favourites? This is a prime example of jeans being way too long for me. That is one thick cuff.

Blazer- Target
T-shirt- Old Navy
Jeans- Old Navy
























I can honestly say I survived this week because of lipstick. What do I have in store for the coming week? Writing papers. Lots of extra time spent at school. Late nights. Coffee. And probably more lipstick to overcompensate for my lack of together-ness in every other aspect of my life. Cool.

-Daniella

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The Terrible Teens

Welcome to March people (February monthly favourites are coming, I promise!)! March is my birthday month, and this year, I will turning 20. And to be honest with you, I cannot wait to be 20. I know this is going to be a huge year based on a multitude of things, but for the most part, I am looking forward to leaving teen years in the past. Although 19 has been a fantastic year based on the past 6 months alone, I am ready to start the adult phase in my life. Why? Because I have been judged by my age too many times. I purposely keep my age withheld when I meet people because I them to know me for my personality. Allow me to explain.
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In first year of university, my best friend brought me to a few parties. She is a year older than me and her friends are two years older. I met people, had a good time, and made a few friends. Then came the question “hey Daniella, do you want to come to so-and-so bar this weekend” to which I replied with a very squeaky “I’m underage.” Not a big deal, but a few of those people started to treat me differently. They talked down to me. And this is not the only time it has happened. Without giving details, I’ll mention that I met a guy in December who was 5 years older. I believe he was worried about the age difference and that played a role in his decision to break it off. Which makes sense. All perceptions of my personality and maturity die in the dust once age comes into play.

Why is age a thing? It really is just a number. I know other 19 year olds that act like 8 year olds. I also know 8 year olds with the maturity of a 30 year old. I question this all the time. I’ve always been mature for my age, and that has set me apart in some crazy ways. At what point are relationships acceptable with an age gap? I mean, my parents are 6 years apart! And at what age do people start taking you seriously. I’m tired of being seen as “one of those 19 year olds” because I am not like other 19 year olds! My idea (and possibly fantasy) has been that turning 20 will change that. I’ll keep you posted.

This post was not profound, but I really wanted to express it. After all, as the picture says, age only matters if you're cheese....or wine!

-Daniella