Great Finds: This week's picks

Here are this week's picks! And if you're looking for some savings, Shopbop is having an extra 25% on selected sale items (ends today), and J.Crew is offering extra 40% sale items, (looove these) just saying ;)

1. Talula Koyko T-shirt: Always love a positive graphic tee ;)
2. Clare Vivier Supreme Haircalf Mini Sac: What's not love about a leopard mini bag?! ;)
3. Maison Martin Margiela Cutout Python Booties: So in love with these that are on super sale!
4, 5 and 6: Jennifer Ament Underwater Plantlife #9, Underwater plantlife #6 and Underwater plantlife #10: Super obsessed with these black and white prints, perfectly framed in brass.
7. Think & Ink Studio Mouse pads: These mouse pads from this Vancouver based studio I just came across with are totally rad, don't you think? And at $18 they are not bad at all!
8. Gold & Gray Knotted Aquamarine Shark tooth: An edgy pendant with a delicate strand. Did you know that they are symbol of strength and power? I just found that out!
9. Anthropologie Safari Saunter Pillow: Love this super fun cushion!
10. BaubleBar Metallic 360 Studs: Black and gold, minimal and modern.
11. Charlotte Stone Luke Haircalf Cross Strap Sandals: I'm officially obsessed with this brand's sandals.
12. Kate Spade New York 15 month agenda: Never too early to start planning, and this beauty runs from August 2014 to December 2015 ;)
13. J.Crew looks: Have you seen J.Crew's August style guide? it's good good good ;)
14. BaubleBar Sharktooth Pendant: I definitely see a fixation! Love the simple and clean design of this necklace.
15. Charlotte Stone Alice Haircalf Double Band Sandals: I fell in love with these the second I saw them, the peachy-pink color is beautiful!
16. Leif Shimmer stripe napkin set and frayed edge napkin set: It's never a bad idea to bring in a pop of color and the shimmering stripes of the pink set is such a good detail.
17. Alexander Wang Kerry Slingback Sandals: Another amazing pair of heels on sale!
18. Danielle Kroll Ladies at the Beach Print: A seriously fun print I spotted on Chassity's instagram ;)

DIY File: Spots Wall

Remember weeks ago when I shared on Instagram my spotted wall? Here are the details about the whole diy in case you want to give this a try. It really is easier than what you'd think, and it's all about patience to be honest, though if you enjoy painting and good tunes, you're set :)

For weeks I was hunting for the spots wallpaper for my entryway and even though I found some really great ones like this onethis one, and this one, I thought there was nothing to loose with giving it a try with some leftover paint I had. Worst case scenario I would just paint over it or just order the wallpaper and cover it ;)

I started with making my own stencil for some sort of guidance, but since spots are such an irregular pattern, I was totally ok with freehand painting here and there. You know, filling gaps and painting on narrow spaces in between doors.

* A tip for making a stencil: find an image of a pattern you like online, place a sheet of paper on top of your computer screen and trace it. That easy ;)

For the first coat I used a bigger brush because I was basically filling in the spaces of the stencil, but for the second coat, which I did freehand, I used a smaller brush (above) for more "precision". Also, some people have asked me about the paint, I used Benjamin Moore Twilight (leftovers from the powder room and bedroom wall I painted).

The whole entryway, which is just as long as my 2.5'x7' runner, took me approximately 8 hours to complete. Of course I didn't paint for 8 hours straight, I took breaks and I did it in two days ;) What do you think? I seriously love it, and I'm glad I saved some bucks!

My life file: Snippets from last week

Happy Monday! Hope you all had a great weekend! I had a low-key Saturday (the weather wasn't exactly the nicest) and a lovely Sunday morning Bluegrass brunch with my friends followed by a great (rainy) run by the lake. My place is filled with peonies from Thursday's photoshoot with Anna (!!!!! for both peonies and photoshoot ;) ) so of course, what else could I do but snap a million photos of them, right?! Wishing you all a great week! :)

Wish I could have these all year-round! 

Sunday brunch attire: J.Crew Lightweight merino scalloped sweater (on sale for $30!) / Zara Faux Leather Shorts / Tory Burch Robinson Satchel (square version here) / Steve Madden Ecentric Pony Hair Flat

Excited to try this all natural skin care from California Naturel, anyone a fan? Will let you know how it goes, but so far, I love the packaging and smell ;)

On repeat: these scalloped beauties! :)

Enjoying these babes while they last!
On my re-vamped Ikea bedside table: Target vase / West Elm Small Pillar Lamp (on sale!) / Izola Jasmine Candle / Jonathan Adler Zebra dish / Anthropologie Knob

A couple of pieces I wore on Thursday's photoshoot :)
Topshop Fluffy Fringe Slip Dress / Zara Lace-up sandals (similar) / Forever 21 Eyelet Skirt (sold out, similar) / Marais USA Leopard Pumps (similar) / Madewell Perfect Sunday Chambray Shirt / Bauble Bar for Nordstrom Crystal Mesopotamia Necklace / Bauble Bar for Nordstrom Crystal Mesopotamia Earrings / Bauble Bar Maharaja necklace (sold out, similar)

Bluegrass Brunch at Dakota Tavern, seriously so much fun, I highly recommend it ;)

White peonies ;)

In this post:

Happy Weekend

Yesterday I wrapped a photoshoot with the super talented and lovely Anna from Anna with Love, so stay tuned, because I'm opening the doors of my home to all of you soon ;)

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend, hope you enjoy it to the max! :) Here are some links if you'd like to check out:

. The Right Way To Organize Your Refrigerator 
Tips on crushing an early and pre-work workout
. They say that you should have these 10 home items before 30
. What binge watching TV does to your brain
. 12 ways to use coconut oil in the kitchen
. Extra 30% off Madewell Summer Favorites, well I like the sound of that ;)
. Amazing deals from Sole Society (up to 70% off). This for $25 is a steal, love these (just $35),  and and I didn't know they had such cool rings?! More favorites below ;)

Featured Files: Bits & pieces on Lark & Linen

Today you can find me on Lark & Linen sharing some bits and pieces of me ;) I feel super honoured that Jacquelyn asked me to participate in her blog series, so hop on over to learn a bit about me and to check out her amazing blog ;)

*Graphic by Lark & Linen

Great Finds File: This week's finds

Here are a couple of things that caught my attention this week ;)

Oh! I should share that if you're looking for a good deal in shoes Club Monaco has extra 30% off sale items, and there are some good Loeffler Randall shoes priced down. Same as Steve Madden, lots of sandals on sale with extra 30% off (love these!) Just saying ;)

1. West Elm Market Tote Bag: Loving the whole series of these market totes from West Elm, and for just $9.99?! Perfect for farmer's markets!
2. Pastel Herringbone mini planter: How cool? love love love!
3. S&S for BaubleBar Crystal Mason Ring: This ring looks amazing on! It's right at the op of my wish list ;)
4. and 5. Sonix Mulberry Case and Cotton Candy Case: As much as I love a good print, I love the simplicity and the color combos of these two.
6. Mini Vase in metallic: You can never have too many metallic vases, am I right? ;)
7. Joie A La Plage Sable Two Band Sandals: These!! Swooning!
8. Tropical Alocasia Poster: This color combo is so fresh!!
9. Calabasas Pendant: Oh this pendant, isn't it fabulous?! Let's forget how expensive it is and just admire it ;)
10. Steven Nadene Nubuck Ankle Pumps: I'm always on the hunt for a classic d'Orsay pump that's not too high, and this one looks great!
11. West Elm Marble Cleat Boxes: Well this combo is right up my alley ;)
12. Furbish Arrow Totem Print: A perfect pop of color to a gallery wall.
13. Madewell morningside shiftdress in leopard sketch: a relaxed silhouette with a modern print.
14. Steve Madden Biblical Sandals: I tried these on at the store last week, and ever since, can't stop thinking about them!
15. Hansa Hand: This would be great as a ring/bracelet holder!
16. Loeffler Randall Lock Clutch: A great statement bag!
17. Furbish Black and White Spotted Pillow: Because spots are never a bad idea ;)
18. Madewell Universal Tee: Madewell tees are among my favorites and these are their latest addition, I'm sure they fit perfectly ;)

Outfits File: Lace and leopard

During the Summer, I like to wear flowy tops that are light and breezy, so no wonder this top from Aritzia has become one of my very favorites. Love that is delicate and boho, so a little leopard print gives it a little bit of an edge. I like it so much that I also got it in the black version with flowers (on sale right now). Another favorite this Summer are flat espadrilles. They have really become my go-to style of shoes mainly because they are incredibly comfortable and easy-going, perfect for running errands around the city, weekend strolls, playground afternoons...quite versatile if I say so myself ;)

Wearing: Aritzia Beaudry Blouse / J.Crew Factory Denim Shorts / Tory Burch Robinson Printed Crossbody / Soludos Dali Espadrilles / Ray-Ban Original Aviators / Sweet & Spark Earrings (similar)

My life file: Flower arrangement workshop

Happy Monday! Hope you had a lovely weekend! I had a great time running on Saturday, so fun being back at trail running! Because I did a Marathon relay, it was a loooooong day (the race was up north almost 2 hours from the city), and I ended up being the last one to run (out of 4 of us) at 3pm or so. Then right after I finished, one of my dear friends hosted a bbq at her place in Oakville, so it was a day packed with activities!

I want to start the week with this re-cap from a flower arrangement workshop organized by Pink the Town and Sweet Woodruff I did a couple of weeks ago with Jenny. You guys know that I'm in for anything that has to do with flowers, so obviously when Jenny told me about it I immediately signed up for it. It was held at a local shop here in Toronto called Bicyclette, which I have never been to before, and wow, let me tell you, I've been totally missing out because they have some pretty amazing pieces. Between the flowers and the clothing I was in complete awe, talk about a girly night ;)

We created our own arrangements with peonies and mini roses and got to take them home (vase included!) I also learned a few things on how to extend the life of your flowers and I compiled them at the end ;) Hope you enjoy the post!

The secret to perfectly placed flowers: making a tic-tac-toe with tape ;)

I enjoyed my creation for almost a week!

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