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I thought I’d write a quick update about mangoes. I know it’s a little out of the ordinary for me to post something like this but I had to share with you! A couple weeks ago I bought a bottle of mango body-wash from The Body Shop (smells delicious!) but I noticed that it contained so many chemical ingredients. On the bottle it said that women from India have been rubbing the kernels from the mangoes onto their skin to keep it soft so while I was scrubbing away I had a eureka moment and thought “what if I did the same thing?”

The next day I bought some mangoes and tried it out! I ate most of the mango but kept the skins with the leftover mango on it and the pit in the middle as well and used those to rub into my body. Gordon thought  was crazy and at first it did seem a little weird but it actually worked! My skin felt so smooth afterwards and now I don’t feel so bad when I spend money on mangoes because they provide me with food and moisturizer!

**On another note I’ve been working hard to develop my very own website! It should be up and running within the next few weeks (maybe longer if I get stuck on some things) but I’ve been so happy trying to learn html/css/how to make websites/get my own domain etc…so stay tuned for that announcement!


Spring Colour

I’ve been so crazy about colour lately! I know it’s because of Spring and all but I just can’t help myself. Colour has been making me so happy. In fact, I’ve been going on a colour rampage by painting all of my picture frames bright, vibrant colours. I also made an easy, colourful “painting” for my new home:

This DIY is so simple. I remember reading about it online a few weeks ago but I cannot for the life of me remember where I read it. UPDATE: found it at A Beautiful Mess! Anyway, all I did was hop over to Canadian Tire and picked out some paint swatches that look nice together. Then I took a trip to Salvation Army and found an inexpensive frame. I took out the old, outdated picture and glued these onto the existing foam board already in the frame. If you want to get really fancy you could cut the swatches so they didn’t have the names or numbers of the paint on them but I preferred to keep everything in tact.

In addition to this, I’ve been wearing coral like there’s no tomorrow. Here are my ‘go to’ makeup items at the moment:

Revlon nailpolish: Coral Me Wild & Revlon lipstick: creme 750 Kiss Me Coral

And to finish this post off, here are some places in my new apartment where I found some colour!

I feel like the past two days have been so random! Maybe it’s on account of school ending forever, or maybe it’s because I’ve been getting too much sun on my head or spring fever is hitting me hard but I’ve been feeling silly, restless and ambitious! Gordon and I are officially moved into the new place and I LOVE it so much! Seriously, ya’ll should come visit me and I’ll serve you tea and we can perch upon my new futon and then we’ll comment on how lovely the light looks in the room and then we’ll eat muffins that my boyfriend made. It will be marvelous.

Anywho, today my lover and I did a bit of roaming around the city. We stopped by the Sally-Ann to find a coffee-table but had no luck. Then we strolled on over to the library where I picked up three novels (now that I’m pretty much done school all I want to do is read–imagine that). After the library we took a ride on the ferry over to Dartmouth and then back again just because we felt like it. Then I grabbed some sushi at Superstore and after dinner we went to Darrells for milkshakes! yum. I saw these three dogs when we were out today and had to ask the ladies pushing this baby carriage full of dogs, if I could take a picture. I couldn’t help myself. I pretty much died inside when I saw this spectacle.

Last night Gordon and I went to the symphony again…for the second time this month which is a little pricey but I try to justify it by telling myself that I’ll be more cultured…right? haha oh well. It’s fun.

This was my favorite piece last night from composer Jules Massenet (1842-1912) Le Cid: Ballet Music

and just so you don’t think I’m a stuck up snob who only listens to classical music–here is what I’ve really been listening to everyday:

So yesterday I marched my way to the local photo-developers to get my disposable camera developed. I’ve had it with me for about a year or so and kept it in my bag so I could use it when the inspiration struck me. A lot of my pictures didn’t turn out but I’m pleased with the ones that have. These photos are like little snippets of memories from the past year and when I look at them I get this warm tingly feeling at having experienced life and at having captured it in this way.

My goal is to start taking more pictures of everyday life so I can print a book at the end of the year in September and have actual physical copies. Remember when everyone used to make photo albums? My parents have a million of those big books filled with printed photos. The other week I looked through hundreds of pictures at my poppy’s house. I want something ‘real’ for my children and grandchilden to look through one day. Don’t you?

I’m feeling nostalgic today because the Britannica Encylcopedia is stopping the printing of books and instead focusing on their online publications after 244 years. I don’t know why that makes me so sad? I think I may just be a real romantic at heart. Today I went to the public library and saw that they were having a sale where you could fill a bag with books and buy them for $1 so I picked up some beautiful children’s stories and a hardcover Edmund Burke book for Gordon. The other day Gordon headed down to the Art Gallery where they were selling art books for $1 as well. I guess I shouldn’t complain–at least I’m getting some beautiful books for a dollar.

I’ll leave you with this lovely song:

Oh don’t mind me–just showing off my new haircut which isn’t really new because I got it a few weeks ago but I enjoy the length that my stylist cut it at. I went to AliciaMelansonSalon on Barrington St. in Halifax and I highly recommend it! I’ve tried a few places around Halifax and I must say that this salon has been my favorite thus far. I lucked out by getting a great stylist named Katie Newall who was very attentive to what I wanted. She also shared some of her own personal tricks for creating volume in my hair and I’ve been using them ever since.

Anyway, I thought I’d share some of my favorite things this week.

Films: Last night Gordon and I indulged ourselves and paid for two tickets to ‘The Iron Lady’. In the two years that we’ve been together it was our first movie that we’ve watched together at an actual movie theatre. At first I was hopping to drag him to a cheesy chick-flick ‘The Vow’ but after the first 5 minutes of ‘The Iron Lady’ I knew that we’d made the right choice. I’ve been very emotional lately and something about the film just struck me as intensely sad, beautiful, inspiring and powerful and so I cried the entire time. I’m not kidding.

Musicians:  I know I’ve posted about these guys before but I cannot get enough of how good they are! In the interest of full disclosure I should mention that I might be slightly bias as one of the band members is Gordon’s good friend, Keenan.

The videography and editing for this video is really good too. Also, if you’d be so kind to visit their facebook page and click ‘like’ I’m sure they’d be ever grateful!

Activity:  This past week my roomates and I were given the opportunity to cat-sit a beautiful little-rascal of a cat named Taters. I ended up capturing some cute moments and my heart exploded.

Appreciation:  I’ve been feeling overwhelmed for a few weeks now and sometimes it seems as if everything is set against me but I’ve been trying to find the good energy and positive outcomes in every situation. There will be a lot exciting changes coming up within the next few months (Gordon and I found our very own beautiful apartment) and I will be graduating university with a degree! For now I’ll leave you with this picture of a soft snowfall outside my window.

Have a fabulous day and leave a link in the comments with some of your favorite things lately!

I had the pleasure of testing out the Nikon 50 mm lens on my camera and I must say, I absolutely loved it. Last night was a quiet Sunday evening and we had a few friends over for some board games and non-alcoholic drinks. We also met Taters(!!!) who will be living with us for a week!  I am so excited to have this creature running around the apartment and creating some chaos. I’m sure there will be many more pictures of Taters on this blog within the next month (kittens are so fun to photograph!)

Cheers everyone and much love.

After this past week, my soul has been aching to go back to BC for the holidays. To me, British Columbia symbolizes the nourishing of my soul, the place where I can be one with nature and calm myself. It is my retreat. I feel as if my life is split into two pieces; on one side I want to build a treehouse at the edge of a forest with the ocean expanding wide out of my window. I want to live in harmony with the world around me and find inner bliss (which has always been my goal). On the other hand there is a strong part of me that wants to be active and live in a bustling city with lights and sounds and a concrete, gritty jungle to explore.  I suppose the logical conclusion would be to merge the two pieces together to create a life that I feel authentically represents me. Does anyone else ever feel this way?

Anyway, since I’m talking about BC, I thought I’d share my list of plans for the month of December:

  • Go on as many outdoor bikerides, hikes and walks as I can. I miss being among the trees.
  • Learn three new recipes that are easy and nutritious to make.
  • Read at least 2/3 books of my choosing.
  • Learn a little bit of HTML/CSS so I can work on my blog layout.
  • Start working on my Wardrobe re-haul and find good quality/classic clothing.
  • Complete my own special ‘giving back’ project.

My friend Katie sent me a list of song suggestions after hearing ‘A Song for Sienna’ that I posted a little while ago. Actually, I should just mention that my friends Adam and Katie have started a business called: Lunar Harvest Medicinals. They grow and make natural healing substances.