Saturday, June 27, 2015

Summer Scrapbook Saturday #7

I'm exhausted. That's all I have to see. I've taken pictures of some specific things, but this week has really been all about work. I've been working and training and running all over the place. I'm the kind of person who really likes to sleep in once a week. The absence is noticeable in my life. Other than that, I took some selfies.


(left to right)

1. My sister graduated on Thursday! Brianne and I made a deal that we never have to go to each other's graduations. But Wednesday night, my parents took her out for a fancy dinner downtown. So we got all dolled up and went out! The food was to die for.

2. I have two weddings to attend this summer, and my mom and I went out to look for a dress. I found the most adorable dress. It's very 50s housewife, but I absolutely love it. I promise to post pictures.

3. This picture makes no sense without explanation. Monday night, there was a huge storm. I ended up sleeping on my sister's floor that night because she's afraid of storms and needed her big sister for comfort.

4. Sunday was father's day! We had a fantastic meal outside, and we gave our dad the gifts. It was a lovely evening for the best man I know.

5. Brianne just finished exams this week, and I had helped her study on Saturday night. We wanted to spend some time together, so I kept her focused and helped her study!

6. Emma is a good friend of mine from work. Friday night, we had an interview for a possible second job. We have made a habit out of going for ice cream and catching up after we do things together. We always have a great time together, and I am so glad we met this year.

7. Promo team finished up on Tuesday. It was a great year, and I had the greatest time. Tuesday night, we celebrated. This is a result of the night. That and face planting into pizza.

Work officially starts this coming Monday, and I am anxious to see what all my hours work out to be. I do not know how busy I am going to be for the next little while.

-Daniella

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

I Am #AERIEREAL

Here’s a shocker for everyone reading this: I am not skinny. Summer is here, and I know this can be a vulnerable for those who don’t have “bikini bodies.” And I get it, I really do. There are times when I have wanted to cover up or stay wrapped in a towel. But that’s no way to have fun in the summer. My weight and body is something I have come to accept. I love myself just as it is. This is not easy, especially when there are so many images that invite me to think otherwise. A rare case of a brand offering support for girls who are not perfect is Aerie’s No Touchup Campaign. I can’t remember when it was launched, but I was extremely happy to see models just as they are in their ads.


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This is a good step in the right direction when it comes to positive body image. Girls can come to accept freckles, body rolls, and tattoos. Aerie primarily sells bras, underwear, and swimwear. Let’s face it, even the best of us don’t always feel comfortable mostly naked. By seeing models embracing their bodies the way they are, more of us can actually picture ourselves in the same getup and smiling the same way. However, this campaign has raised one issue in my mind. These models are still perfect versions of themselves. I want to see me up there in an ad. I want to see someone whose thighs clap for them when they run up the stairs. I want to see stretch marks from girls who prefer going out for ice cream as opposed to going for a run. I want to see someone who is not skinny because I strongly believe that ads can persuade the world to see beauty in every woman.

Body image is a difficult subject to write about. I want to leave you on one note. Healthy does not mean skinny. Not every skinny person is healthy and not every not-so-skinny person is unhealthy. Healthy means in good physical or mental condition. To me, "healthy" has more to do with being happy. So I'm healthy and I'm beautiful. If media’s not going to appreciate your body, it may be time for you to start.

-Daniella

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Summer Scrapbook Saturday #6

I can honestly say at this point that all my weeks are blurring together. I took all my pictures this week, but I am having the worst time figuring out what I actually. Which was apparently not a lot. The weekend was fun though!


(left to right)

1. Last Saturday was my sister's birthday! We had celebrated the previous week with the family, but her boyfriend came over to hang out with us. I'm really good friends with him, so we all had great fun. Brianne had a great night as well.

2. Sunday was a staff outing to Canada's Wonderland! I have never had a good time a theme park. My mom is having of heights, my dad gets nauseous after a few rides, and my sister is terrified of roller coasters. I went with high school friends on a band trip once, but they ended up leaving me and took all my stuff. This picture I took was to send a friend to show him how wet it was. The good thing about going to theme parks on a rainy day is that no one else is there. So the wet hair was worth it.

3. I'm still visiting schools for promo team, and we had our first library presentation, and it brought back so many memories from elementary school. It wasn't the best time of my life, but I loved reading, so the library was a good place for me to be.

4. Friday night, I edited my friend's roommate's paper. That may not seem like a big deal to anyone else, but it's something I actually enjoy doing. I'm not getting an English major for nothing!

5. Wednesday night, my friend Emma wanted to catch me up on some drama in her life. So of course, McFlurrys were necessary.

6. Thursday, I was tired, but I wanted some me time. I ate some Teddy Grahams, made myself a Bailey's hot chocolate, and watched YouTube videos.

I forgot to take a picture, but I went to see San Andreas on Tuesday with a couple friends. It was a great movie, and I strongly suggest it.

I don't have any significant plans for this upcoming week, but we'll see how things turn out!

-Daniella

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Why is Popularity Important?

There are certain things in life that we all come across. I’ve previously written about my experience with pretty, and I have since thought about something else we all experience. Popularity. According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the definition of popular is “of or relating to the general public; suitable to the majority; frequently encountered or widely accepted.” To be honest, I don’t see how that ties into what makes people popular. It is my personal belief that popularity should not be a thing. It is interconnected with being cool, and I just don’t see why that holds such a strong value in society. If we’re looking at school settings in particular, we see distinct groups that are placed above others. Again, I’m going to question why that is. Why must there be a social ladder that dictates how social interactions are meant to be carried out, especially when the definition of popular changes as you grow up.

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I have never been popular. I’ve seen what it takes to be popular, and I was just never it. In elementary school, the popular people got permission slips from their parents to be able to go out for lunch. The popular people went to Mini Mart after school. The popular people had the coolest snack (Dunkaroos anyone?). My elementary school experience can be summed up with the final grade 8 trip: no one wanted to room with me, and the teachers called all the girls into a room to convince the rest of the girls to give up one night of the trip with their friends so I had someone to stay with. In high school, the popular people slept around. The popular people drank every weekend. The popular people could not be missed because everyone knew what they had done the previous weekend. As for me, I didn’t start drinking until university. In university, I’m seeing a role reversal. The popular people are widely known and well liked. The popular people are good people. As a soph, I got my first glimpse of popularity. I will admit that a soph complex does exist, and popularity is exploited in some ways. But for the most part, popularity in university has more to do with being respected as a person.
So with all this in mind, where does that leave me? Confused, to start. If the parameters of popularity are under constant change, than what is it really? How does it apply to people? We’re obsessed with the social ladder, but why does it have to exist at all? What is the point of popularity? Does it hold merit that can be cashed in for a prize in the end? I don’t think so. The truth is, I have no answers. I have questions, and concerns, and nowhere to go. What is your stance on popularity? Were you popular growing up?
-Daniella
P.S. One of my posts is going to be featured on The Blogger Collective tomorrow (June 19), so go check it out!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Summer Scrapbook Saturday #5

Yeah, everything's been late this past week. I have been the worst at planning all week. It happens. All in all, it's been a good week. All my activities have been all over the place. A couple of the days were just taken over by sleeping after work. I had a full week, and it was exhausting.

(left to right)

1. On Thursday night, the promotions team decided to have a few (or more) drinks. We went to the classic patio bar downtown, and let me tell you, they have great nachos. That's kind of it. We all learned a lot about each other, and it was a fun time.

2. Whoever didn't like the High School Musical franchise (even if it was just for Zac Efron) has something wrong with them. Marlee and I decided to watch all three movies this summer, and we made it to the second movie! It was obviously amazing. And fun fact: a co-worker was driving me home yesterday, and he totally played the slow song that Zac and Gabriella sang when they broke up.

3. My sister's birthday was this past Saturday, but my dad was out of town, so we had her birthday dinner on Sunday night. Cake is a great thing in the world, but my mom made carrot cake with raisins. I don't like raisins.

4. My promo team made a Starbucks run on Friday, and I genuinely don't know how the guy decided my name was spelled. I wanted to put this in because Friday was HORRIBLE for promo team. Our morning school was perfection. We refer back to it all the time when discussion perfection. As for the afternoon, it can be summed up by one event: we asked a question and as a response, a kid farted. Enough said.

5. Saturday night, my sister and I played a riveting game of Spit while we Skyped a friend of mine. It was hilarious.

6. Thursday afternoon, promo team went to the beach. It was supposed to be sunny, but it was all overcast and kind of chilly. Nevertheless, we had a blast. It's all about the company you keep.

As I said, Tuesday and Wednesday were sleepy days. I also spent some time writing Tuesday's blog post. I'd like to think I'm getting better at taking pictures, but I'm definitely not.

-Daniella

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Product Review - Essentially Soft

I have once again received something to review from BzzAgent. The last product I reviewed was deodorant, and going along with the beauty theme, I have received shampoo, conditioner, and oil elixir from Herbal Essence’s Wild Naturals Rejuvenation Collection. The way BzzAgent works is that they have a series of activities to complete. Last time, a blog post was required. It isn’t this time, but I figured I would give you all the full review anyway!

This collection is meant to restore hair back to its natural state. It strengthens and nourishes your hair. Using all the products together is meant to give your hair extra protection against breakage and give your hair extra shine! My hair was generally healthy before I started using the products, so I don’t know if I got the whole she-bang. The scent is Turkish fig and cassia flower. I have no idea what either of those are supposed to smell like, but I liked the scent of the shampoo and conditioner. Just so you know, I have thin hair. Thin hair tends to become greasy quicker than other hair types. This affected my experience with the product.
 
Overall, the products did what they said they would. My hair was so soft with the use of all three. I did not particularly like the shampoo. I found that it did not lather very well. I also had to wash my hair more often than I like. I am not convinced that it does a good job of cleaning my hair and stripping it from the harsh chemicals of the pool. The conditioner was my favourite product of all three. I could feel it working as soon as I lathered it into my hair. My hair was noticeably softer even when it was wet. Once I added the oil, I was golden! I know it works because when I didn’t use it, there was a difference in the softness of my hair. I did experiment with it a little more. I tried adding it to my whole head, but it did not work out with my thin hair. With thin hair, using it on only the ends of your hair will do. I also suggest using it only when you wash your hair with the shampoo and conditioner. You won’t get the full effect if you use it by itself.
I would not buy this product for myself. I keep mentioning my thin hair, and that’s important because that was the cause of the biggest issue. Putting oil in my hair is just that – putting oil in my hair. I would not use oil elixirs of any kind in the future. I went without it some days, and I still had to increase the amount of times I wash my hair. For me, limited washes is important when it comes to hair treatments, so this collection did not cut it. I love the scent, and I know the stuff works, so I have suggested it to my friends, and I would suggest it to anyone with thicker hair. I just didn’t have a great experience for myself.
-Daniella
*I received the product free through BzzAgent, but all opinions expressed are my own*

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Pinterest Challenge- Chocolate Chip Cookie in a Mug

We all have those days where we just NEED a cookie. For me, those days come more often than I'd like to admit. I've had this recipe from No. 2 Pencil saved for quite some time now on Pinterest, and I finally decided to go for it.

Ingredients

- 1 tbsp. butter
- 1 tbsp. sugar
- 1 tbsp. brown sugar
- 3 drops of vanilla extract
- small pinch of Kosher salt
- 1 egg yolk
- slightly less than 1/4 cup of flour
- 1 1/2 tbsp. of chocolate chips

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1. Melt the tablespoon of butter. I melted it for about 20 seconds.
2. Add the brown sugar.
3. Add the white sugar.
4. Add the vanilla.
5. Add the kosher salt.
6. Stir until all the ingredients are mixed.
7. Add the egg yolk.
8. Stir until all the ingredients are mixed.
9. Add the flour.
10. Stir until all the ingredients are mixed.
11. Add the chocolate chips and mix.
12. Microwave for 40-60 seconds. I cooked mine for 50 seconds.

My rationalization is that cookies are healthy because you always drink it with a glass of milk. To be honest, I was not a big fan of this recipe. It was rich, but the cookie itself was underwhelming. And I feel like it was too much work. It wasn't like my well used brownie in a mug. Good for a quick fix, but I'd rather make myself a whole batch!

-Daniella

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Summer Scrapbook Saturday #4

I didn't think I did a lot of things this week, but looking back, I actually did! I've just been busier with work things rather than social things. I do want to get back on the social events because it makes these posts (and my life in general) more interesting.


(moving left to right, top to bottom)

1. On Saturday, I went to a party with Marlee and her boyfriend. I've known this group of people since I was in first year. They are all graduating and moving away, so this was the last kick altogether. It was a great night. This picture is a label was from a guy who remembers the first time I ever drank at a party. That still makes me laugh!

2. On Wednesday night, Sarah came over, and we played Scattergories and ate popcorn. Scattergories is my favourite game to play, so it was a fantastic night. Any night I spend with Sarah is a great night. We really only started talking in September, and we had a spat that lost us three months of friendship, but we came out on top as best friends. She makes my heart happy.

3. The work team I'm on right now is obsessed with Subway. At least one of us goes every day. We should be sponsored by them. This was our Thursday trip, which was also our first presentation. I don't know if I ever explained this, but I'm on promotions team for my job. We put together skits for water safety, sun safety, and first aid. Then, we go to elementary schools and perform them. It's an amazing job, and it is so much fun.

4. Sunday was the first day of summer training for lifeguarding. But it was not all boring stuff. Promo team wrote a parody of "Shut Up and Dance With Me" to perform, and our boss loved it so much that she asked us to perform it at training. Probably one of the most fun things I have had to do for my job.

5. I have a friend I've been Skyping with for a month or so. He asked me to play chess when we first started, and I was horrible. But now, the tables have turned. On Monday night, I beat him for the first time, and the proof is in this picture. Since then, he has not beat me. There was a tie though. We also played Tuesday night. I did meet up with an old co-worker for coffee on Tuesday, but I forgot to take a picture.

6. My sister and I are goofballs. Not much to say about that. I was overheated from my first full day of promo team, so I jumped in the pool with my sister when I got back. We made up a game a couple years ago, and we played it for an hour before I got cold. I ended up spending the night with her, and that was long overdue.

One word to describe this week: tiring. I am now doing full days of acting and singing and dancing around. And staying up late to Skype tends to wear you down. But all in all, I had a good week. A beach day may happen at some point this week with the promo team, and I have a few more plans to work out, so hopefully I will have some good stuff next week!

-Daniella

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Copycat the Cool Way #29

I knew I wanted to continue these posts at the end of the summer months, but I had no idea how odd this outfits would end up looking all together! The weather this month has gone right from winter to summer and back to colder temperatures! So there is a wide variety of outfits for your viewing pleasure. I have also completely made up the days of the week just so it fits with the regular style of these posts. Anyway...

Monday- This outfit was for my final exam. I decided to take the inspiration from Polyvore and dress up a little to celebrate my second year finale. Who doesn't love a good blazer? Especially if it's red!

Blazer- Smart Set
Shirt- Reitmans
Jeans- Old Navy
























Tuesday- These pictures are out of order, but we're fine with it. I needed a cozy outfit that still looked good for an evening of studying at school. Enter statement necklace and shirt from a Nordstrom ad (original picture found here). This shirt is so pretty (it has some lace design that is not seen in the picture), but it is one of the softest shirts I have ever worn. I would wear it to bed if that was acceptable. And we know I love a good statement necklace!

Shirt- Reitmans
Jeans- Old Navy
Boots- Sears
Necklace- Old Navy





































Wednesday- I wore this outfit to a barbeque. I actually had to look something up, because my outfit board on Pinterest is geared towards the cooler school months. This NudeVotion ad is perfect a festival look if that's what you're into. I clearly went a different way with it.

Kimono- Suzy Shier
Shirt- Aerie
Shorts- Old Navy
























Thursday- I think I reversed the colour scheme from Hello Fashion. I loved the idea of the stripes, and I had not worn this shirt in a long time. I wore this to go out for late night appetizers with some friends, and I added my heeled booties to it. It was a perfect casual weekend outfit.

Scarf- Garage
Shirt- Target
Jeans- Old Navy
























Friday- This is one of those outfits where I just took the idea from Sprinkles of Style and made it my own. This shirt has been a great one when I put it on. It works really well with my body type, and it's so cute! This would also work with white pants. I have shied away from anything white, but now I'm finally starting to be less afraid. But seriously, it's one of the most stressful outfits when white is involved.

Shirt- Reitmans
Shorts- Old Navy

















Saturday- I nailed this outfit. I don't do crop tops like the inspiration from Beauty Undefined, but I did it to the best of my ability. I adore this cardigan so much as well. I definitely had a similar outfit in a previous post, but I wore my beloved Oxfords with this one. I think I bought these jeans at the beginning of the year, and they have been a fantastic purchase!





















I know this was a little longer than usual, but these were pretty much all the outfits I wore! I'm realizing now that I missed a couple, but I fully intend to take pictures of them to post in June's outfits! I don't know if I'll have a significant amount of outfits over the next few months because work really kicks up, but I'm still planning to get out and do as much as possible. Giving you guys some actual content is good incentive!

-Daniella

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Monthly Favourites- May 2015

May was an interesting month where I did a whole lot of nothing. However, a few things have been getting me through the events of the month. Getting this list together is amusing to me because I can tell exactly what I've been doing. I keep a list going on my white board of all my favourites, so a few of these items become irrelevant by the time I sit down to write this. But this is like a reminiscing thing I can do every month. I love these posts!

1. Straws




















I want to add jars to this too. My sister and I found large mason jars and have since been drinking out of them. I am also a firm believer that everything tastes better when drinking through a straw. I don't know why that is, but I know that when I have my own place, straws will be a staple. This picture is from a smoothie I made, but I am all about water recently. As a side note, I've been trying to drink more water to try to be healthy.

2. Cheerleader by OMI (Felix Jaehn edit)

















Oh my God this song is my jam! My sister and I found this one hour loop and I'm not lying when I say we've been through it more than once. My friend originally showed me the song, and it is the greatest for a pump up for going out. I want to add that the Felix Jaehn edit is really important because Brianne and I heard the original and it was just NOT the same! We love this edit because it is so well done that you can't tell when the song switches over. Brilliant.

3. Roots Purse

 




















I got this purse about a year ago, and I have been loving it this month. I think I have morphed into that mom with the bottomless purse. I currently have a microphone, chocolate chips, and Catchphrase in it. I know, it's weird.  But it has been way too easy to just throw everything into it and pick it up when I've been out and about. It is a fantastic size, and I love anything Roots!

4. HeyUsa













If you need a good laugh, check out this webseries. If you've been reading for a while, you'll know that I love Grace Helbig on YouTube. Last year, her and best friend Mamrie Hart filmed a travelling show. This summer, Mamrie went with other YouTubers because Grace was so busy, but Grace chose the locations. My particular favorite was Mamrie and Tyler Oakley in Las Vegas. Check it out.

5. Kenra Platinum Dry Texture Spray




















Sorry about the quality of this picture. I had some issues with the good camera. Since I cut my hair last month, I have been putting a lot of effort into doing my hair. I have loved curling my hair, and this product is amazing for it. It is primarily a texturizing spray, but it also works as a dry shampoo and hairspray as well. My hair is thin and does not hold curls well, but this spray has been amazing. I believe you can only get it at hair Salons, and you can locate the nearest store on their website.


There was my month! June will be full of work. I have no significant plans thus far. We'll see what favourites come out of this month.

-Daniella