Holiday Season Bucket List 2017 –

Perhaps one of the best parts of the Holiday Season is the chance to take extra opportunity to spend time with your loved ones. With busy schedules, traveling, and a tight budget, I want to take time to plan out what I really want to do this year with my friends and family. This is something that I have been doing for a long time so I don’t miss out on any of the holiday cheer. I wanted to share my bucket list and also encourage you to write your own. What are some of your must-do items this year? Share in a comment below!

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Blush Pink Gift Guide 2017

My best friend and I used to have a saying: “if there’s ever a choice in life, the answer is always pink”. So if you are asking yourself what you should get your sister, BFF, or your office secret Santa this year, then you now know your answer: PINK.

Blush pink (aka millennial) pink is quite possibly one of the most recognizable trends of 2017. It’s popular, lovable, stylish — Who wouldn’t want a little pink gift under the tree? From make-up to decor, this gift guide has got you covered.

Here’s where to get started on buying the perfect blush pink gifts (click the link under the picture to shop!) :

Perfume

Palette

Blanket

Mug

Bracelet

Zodiac Print

Scarf

Sperry Shoes

Kate Spade Passport Holder

Fall Must Haves and Must Do’s

Is there anyone who can resist the warm and cozy calling of the Autumnal season? The world becomes a sea of burnt orange and crimson hues, over run with pumpkin spice, and covered in flannel.

I love fall because it always makes me feel extra productive. I start school, I do a lot of cleaning, I go on fall themed excursions, and I always have a great “changing of the wardrobe” (when I switch my closet over to a more winter based system).

This post is acting like a fall shopping list, bucket list, and also fall favorites that I personally never shut up about between September and November. Let’s go.

1. Mules

 

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These are the fall version of your favorite summer slides. There are so many styles to choose from and also a variety of price range for these trendy shoes – however, since they are a trend I like to find the best bang for my buck. I found a few different styles of mules for under $30 at Urban Planet. I can’t wait to style the black leather pair with some denim and a classy top. Find them here.

2. Davids Tea

David’s has one of the best tea selections for seasonal blends. Their fall selection is slowly being released and I was so excited to see an old favorite: Blueberry Muffin. Don’t knock it til you try it, and keep your eyes peeled for their pumpkin teas because they are equally delicious. My tea trick: mix and match blends!

3. Dad hats

While I love a good wide brimmed hat for fall and winter, I love the dad hats of summer. Why can’t they be a fall item too? Some of my favourite hat shops are on Etsy, and they have some many quirky and fun designs that I just can’t say no to. I currently have my eye on this little number from 999spyglass:

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I also love the patch trend that’s happening right now and I found some patched hats that are super cute from WildFlower and Co on Etsy. Look at how many options there are!

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4. Pumpkin Pancakes

One of the best parts of fall is trying new recipes. I’ve been scouring pinterest for yummy breakfast ideas and I came across this masterpiece: APPLE PIE PANCAKES WITH VANILLA SYRUP 

Averie Cooks is the genius behind these, and I have a feeling I’ll be thanking her for blessing me with this glorious combination of flavours.

I can’t wait for the first crisp morning of fall and to treat myself with these delicious looking pancakes.

5. Fall Wreath

Is there anything more welcoming than a wreath with a pumpkin on it? I think not. I’ve never made a wreath before, but I’m looking forward to trying it out and personalizing it to my own taste. Here are my inspiration pieces so far.

 

6. Vegan Stew (the perfect fall recipe)

Last year I discovered the “Oh She Glows” blog and cookbook. While I am not vegan nor vegetarian, I love trying new recipes and adding more vegetables into my diet. My husband and I fell HARD for this Stew the first time we tried it. First off, it incorporates sweet potatoes and squash (the perfect fall ingredients); then it is combined with a  cozy blend of spices; and finally it is topped off with red lentils to make you feel nice and full. We eat this recipe without the rice and we add a little bit of lime to it for a punch of citrus.

All of Angela’s (the woman behind the blog) recipes are easy to work with, even if you are not vegan. I often sub the vegan oils for ones that I already have and tweak wherever is necessary so I can use what I already have on hand. In any case, I have never tried a recipe from Oh She Glows with the result of disappointment. So far they have all been tasty and delicious!

7. Dark Lips

They day is coming when the dark lip can be an every day lip. I’m mainly looking forward to wearing a plummy lipstick because of Veronica Lodge from Riverdale. If you haven’t watched Riverdale, you are missing out. It’s a cool blend of Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars with a little dash of Cole Sprouse.

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Anyways, Veronica’s bold lip is simply inspirational. Since the show is sponsored by Covergirl, it was very easy for viewers to guess Veronica’s go-to colour: Marroon Meow by Katy Perry for Covergirl. Once I found the shade, I bought it within 24 hours. Now, I can’t wait to channel my inner River Vixen.

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8. Apple picking

Something that I have NEVER done in the fall is go to a legit orchard. While I like apples, it has always been more of a tradition for me to go to a pumpkin patch. Then I saw Carly’s post from last fall and I have made a solemn vow to forget the pumpkins and finally make my way to the orchard for a fun fall day.

Where To Find Rose Gold Minnie Ears – Small Shop Edition

I am sure you have all seen or at least heard of the sparkly “Rose Gold Minnie Ears” that broke the internet last week. If you are a Disney newbie or a die hard fan, you probably experienced a teensy bit of FOMO (fear of missing out) as you scrolled across the photo taken by @styledbymagic, one of the Disney community’s favorite grammers.

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Chelsea, the account’s owner, posted the pic and it went viral. Teen Vogue, Cosmo, and other media outlets reposted the picture, the ears sold out, and then they were being sold on eBay for triple the asking price within 48 hours. This is how the world works… and the world wept thinking that the chance at rose-gold-ear-instant-satisfaction had been lost.

But alas! The rose gold ear trend has been a subtle market in the Disney small shop community for quite some time now. For those of you who are not attached to your phones and diving into the corners of the internet,  there are several small shops that directly market themselves to Disney-goers. The Small shops usually have their own stores on Etsy or they create their own website to sell their merchandise – rose gold ears included.

This post is mainly to highlight a few of my favorite ear shops and also shops that have been recommended to me for their rose gold ears. So if you felt like you missed out on the trend – look no further. These shops have you covered! All of their Instagram handles will be available as well as links to their online shops. Enjoy!

  1. @Castle_Cuties – Rose Gold Ears (Sequin or Satin Bow) $25.00

Lauralee is the genius behind Castle Cuties. She did the Disney College Program at WDW and also a professional internship with Disney costuming that fine tuned her skills with the sewing machine. Her ear shop is relatively new and gaining popularity by the minute. As a customer myself, I can speak to the quality and comfort of her ears. Each pair is sturdy with a little bit of flexibility so you don’t get headaches OR easily damage your ears. Her rose gold ears come with a satin bow or a sequin bow! The choice is yours!

2. @Alycattycreations Rosé Gold Ears $33.00

If you’re a girl who loves rose gold and Rosé (which you know you are), look no further. Aly’s “Rosé Gold Ears” are the perfect blend of blush and petal pink. So they are definitely a part of the “Rose Gold”  family, but they do stand out because of the unique and gorgeous hue of the sequins. Her shop is special because all of her items are hand stitched and can be easily styled with items from other small shops for the ultimate Disney outfit. Aly also is great at creating custom orders – so if you love the rose gold trend but have your own ideas (a different color bow, extra flowers, or bling), Aly is the girl to do it for you!

3. @Vivalamouse Rose Gold Ears $28.00

Claudia’s ears are BEYOND PERFECTION. I don’t know how she does it, but her work looks like craftsmanship. Her take on the rose gold ears includes a blush sequin with an even lighter blush bow. The make of the ears are flat – so if you don’t want your ears very poofy, this is a good option for you. Claudia’s ears are known for being super comfortable too – so if you are prone to headaches from head bands, her ears may be the best option for you. Not only that, but they have the sweetest little details. Claudia wraps the headband with a white satin ribbon and she also adds extra sparkles to the sides of the ears (see second photo of yours truly). You really can’t go wrong with any pair from her shop – especially the rose gold ones. Her other most popular pair are her Tinker Bell confetti ears (which are totally on my wishlist).

4. @Pixidustbowtique

Sam is the doll behind the @pixiedustbowtique and her shop has some of the best ratings and reviews around. Her customers recommended her shop to me for this blog post and I was honestly blown away by her ear designs. The rose gold sequin ears are among many other colours of sequin pairs that she makes, so you have lots of options to choose from if you are on the fence about the rose gold trend. Due to the popularity of her shop, make sure you follow her on Instagram to know when she opens and has sales. You don’t wanna miss out!

5. @Seasquaredboutique

Ashley’s shop is another that was recommended by a happy customer. After scrolling through her feed on Instagram, I had fallen in love with every single pair that she makes. Her very first pair of hand made ears were out of an old Lilly Pulitzer dress… how cool is that?! Her Rose Gold ears are slightly poofy, which is a happy medium if you are not into the flat ears or the super poofy ones. Her rose gold ears are a new addition to her shop, but also in high demand.

So if you had any fears of missing out on being a Minnie Mouse replica decked out in rose gold, then you are set. I do not see this trend passing quickly, so why not invest in a good pair from one of these shops right now? If you do end up placing an order, make sure you that you leave a review! Etsy shops love reviews!

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Disclaimer: I am not sponsored by any of these shops and I was not payed by any 3rd party to write this post. I believe in supporting small shops and also their incredibly well made products. There are tons more shops that have their own take on the Rose Gold ears, and the one’s that I have chosen are endorsed by personal experience of wearing their ears or from satisfied customers that recommended the shop to me.

The Perfect New Planner (that won’t break the bank!)

I’m the type of person who has way to many tabs open on my web browser and in my head. Often times I find that I make simple mistakes whenever I am not consciously trying to keep everything organized. It is easy to forget a date, time, or place, (cough cough showing up to the wrong restaurant for lunch 15 minutes late) and then not be able to make up for lost time. The same goes for school work or managing my business – if I don’t write the details of an assignment or project down it will possibly get fudged up without easy ways to repair the damages.

All of this being said – I take choosing a planner quite seriously. I NEED a tool to stay organized and I work best with pen and paper (I’ve tried the iPhone calendar and it just doesn’t seem to work for me).

I have had the cheap school planners that schools will give to students for free; and I have also tried designer planners from Kate Spade and Lilly Pulitzer. I have found that it is not the brand that matters, but the durability and how the planner fits with your lifestyle. For me, I am always on the go and moving. I need a planner that will hold up for an entire year and also one that won’t look too dirty (I avoid white like the plague). I also don’t like paying an arm and a leg for a glorified notebook.

Here are my criteria for choosing a planner:

  • Hard cover (durable – not simply cardboard or laminate)
  • Avoid spirals (I bend the spirals out of place every time)
  • No light colours
  • Under 35 dollars

After scanning the isles at bookstores, Target, and Staples, I finally made my choice. My most recent planner is from ban.do. Their selection can be found at Indigo bookstores and other shops in the US.

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This is the chosen planner for 2017-2018. I love the lively print and the sleek, hard cover. I can already tell that this planner can take a beating. The inside is also very organized – with whole month overviews and then individual slots for planning each day.

What really sold me on trying this planner is that it comes with stickers. I don’t go overboard with planning and I never plan on buying planner specific stickers, but it made me a little giddy to see a cute variety of sassy stickers that are included with this one. Screen Shot 2017-08-17 at 12.18.16 PM

There are such a good selection of these planners from ban.do to choose from on Indigo’s site. Since I already have my inset preferences (no spirals, hard cover, no light colors), it was pretty easy to choose the perfect planner for me. Here’s to being organized!

https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/paper/agendas-planners/500022-cat.html#facetIds=500022%7C4294961662

White Rabbit Prints: My New Store!

So… I’ve started a new project — White Rabbit CA. This is my new Etsy shop with all things Disney.I wanted to go with pretty, feminine, delicate designs withe powerful words from influential Disney female characters

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I’ve branched out to include some of my favorite quotes that bring me joy, but I still try to keeip following the same floral and “pretty” aesthetic. Here’s my absolute favorite:

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But…this blog is not entirely about the shop, but why I started it.

I’ve been juggling a lot of things lately. Every thing that came my way I tried to handle the best I could, but often times it was without a smile. I like to think that I am generally a positive “zip-a-dee-doo-da” person and I felt myself slipping into a bad place — where I felt like I did not deserve to be happy. Without going into too much detail, I came to the point where I knew that it was time to find something new to do with  my mind, my hands, and my heart that would give me an outlet to remind myself what I am capable of.

The same thing happened the first winter in Canada. I got Oliver (the cutest orphan puppy ever who is now an 80 pound fuzz ball of love).

The second winter I started my Youtube channel. It went okay, and I liked making videos… but I no longer have the technology or the time to commit to my perfectionistic ways. It was taking me hours to import and export videos. That is not counting the time it took to film and edit. It makes me sad that I can’t keep up the schedule to maintain the channel of my dreams, but I had to accept that this outlet was less feasible as time went on.

This winter… I started my Etsy shop: White Rabbit CA. When I was younger, I was always on the look out for white rabbits — they are the guides to Wonderland! Even when I didn’t see any white rabbits, I was hopeful and would look for little rabbit prints  to hopefully guide me to where they were hiding. As a kid I knew that you had to try hard to find what you believed in, even if you couldn’t see it. The white rabbit is my symbol for belief, hope, and wonder.

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I create designs based on some of my favorite Disney quotes and characters, upload them to Etsy, and then if anyone orders them I send them to the printers and the printers sends them to the customer. It actually took a lot of research to find the avenues to open a shop with very little financial risk, but I did it. So now I’m selling my little pieces of happiness hoping to bring a little bit of happiness too.

This list of things that I start during the winter months may seem like I find something for the moment and quit. Perhaps that’s the case. But I feel like a hobby is the one area where you are allowed to move on whenever it is not serving you any more. That is what I struggled with as I started my new store. Was I giving up and quitting something that others had supported me on? Would they be disappointed? What would I say when people asked me about YT? What about my YT community who I subscribed to and who subscribed to me? These are questions I’ll have to continue to answer, but for right now, I’m happy doing something new and that’s okay.

If you are interested in learning more about starting a small shop, feel free to DM me on Instagram! White Rabbit Prints OR Forrest_Dear

Happy International Women’s Day!

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The picture above contains a few items that remind me of the inspiring women in my life. Since it is international women’s day, I wanted to make a post about these women and give them the recognition that I think they deserve. Do I know all of these women in person? No. One is even fictional. But nonetheless, as I have grown up I have learned how to be a better woman and person from these figures.

Audrey Hepburn

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Audrey’s life is so inspirational. When I think of who I want to be as a woman, I think of Audrey’s characteristics. She had style, grace, a sense of humour, and she was also a hardworking, humble, lady. I love watching her films, and I continually eye her cookbook at my local bookshop. I’m also obsessed with Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Holly Golightly’s character (more so in the film) is one that I relate so much to. I think everyone feels a little lost and like you need somewhere that makes sense… like Tiffany’s. I also think everyone needs to give themselves a chance at love. Even if it scares you.

 

 

 

maxresdefault.jpgJaclyn Hill:

Jaclyn’s youtube channel is my holy grail. She continues to teach me new makeup tricks, but even more importantly, she teaches women and girls everywhere to believe in themselves. Even if you struggle with depression or anxiety, Jaclyn shows women that it is okay to show emotions, to stick up for yourself, or even take a day off.  Her Champagne Pop palette is my ride or die. I bought it for myself as a present for getting my first teaching job and it never disappoints!

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I designed the t-shirt above on a whim. I used a t-shirt transfer and an online graphic design template from canva (my new favorite website). When I first watched Zootopia I was in the middle of my first year as a PhD student in Toronto. I related so much to Judy’s desire to succeed, her ambition, and her fear concerning failure or lack of acceptance because she was different. Zootopia is a great movie for ANYONE who has felt any of these things and  Judy is possibly the Disney character I feel like I have the most in common with (I wish it were a princess, but I’m not mad its a bunny). I have an Etsy shop that I literally JUST opened and it has a few inspiring quotes from Disney favorites.

The Women in my family: The pearls and perfume are gifts from my grandmother (Darst) and sister, respectively. I love all the women in my family so much, and they have all taught me something about what it means to be patient and to listen. I think the lesson that I have most enjoyed learning from my younger sister is that you can never have too much fun. As she has grown up, she has worked hard to save for all sorts of different travel experiences and I am supremely jealous and proud of the way she truly lives her life.