5 Essentials

Why You Should Give Designer Shoes a Shot

Okay, I know we’re not all daily cashing 1000$ cheques, and I’m sure some would roll their eyes at a title like this that seems to stretch every voice of reason telling you that purchases on shoes over 700$ are just not realistic. And I get it! I was there ONCE.

I’ll give you a little story on how my opinion of owning affordable trendsetting shoes changed. Mid-January, I was once again treating myself at Yorkdale mall. Now I will fully admit I own no Chanel. BUT, I would love to (who doesn’t). Now approximately 3 years ago in September, Karl Lagerfeld brought back a beloved design that Coco had made in 1957 which was simultaneously practical and flattering. Upon seeing this shoe I fell in love, read every article on it. Read reviews and was mildly obsessed, but I couldn’t bring myself to buy them. I assumed they were a fad and would be forgotten by next season, but a year came and went and I was still obsessed, then year two came and I felt the same. I had never tried them on as they were so popular they were difficult to find. Until a day in January when I walked into Chanel and asked if they had my size, the bad news is that they did.

And they were lovely. I couldn’t believe it, they were so soft, the perfect height, fit, colour, shape. I loved everything about them! But the price was devastatingly high. I politely declined after much thought but promptly went home to see if maybe there were some cheaper dupes. I found a pair by Ivanka Trump that seemed almost identical. But after putting them in my cart I got a bad taste in my mouth. This wasn’t quite right. I loved the legacy of the Chanel shoes, the story, the ingenuity behind them. The timelessness, and most of all the quality. And I knew more than anything that these knock-off IT ones would not satisfy me in the same way. So I opted to save instead, which got me thinking about shoes.

I have approximately 29 pairs of shoes total. That’s a lot of options. And as much as I love options, I could pick out 5 pairs that I could happily live with as my only pairs. I then realized that maybe, all of these sale shoe purchases from Zara were just a big waste of space and time. After all, the only shoe styles I still love seem to be the ones I’d need to save a little harder for. So I compiled for myself, and for anyone else who just feels like maybe a change of wardrobe, some minimalism and some splurging would do them good a list of five (YES FIVE) shoes that you can use for any part of your day.

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Naturally, these are my first option. They are the perfect style to go with virtually any outfit from boyfriend jeans to a dress for date night. ($800 USD)


Next up are these edgy, easy to wear Balenciaga boots. Now I know not everyone gets snow so this is a good in between boot. They’re an easy piece to put in an outfit. ($1815 USD)


Now, these Gucci loafers can be purchased with or without fur. Either are amazing and can be worn casually or in a more dressy setting like work. I also should tell you that they are SO comfortable. ($1190 USD)Alexander Mcqueen.jpg

The perfect casual shoe, to wear with leggings or jeans and still look MAJOR. These Alexander Mcqueen trainers are super comfortable and even easier to wear with multiple styles so you can have them just how you like. ($650 USD)


And of course, every woman needs her statement heel. These classic black heels from Christian Louboutin are the perfect minimalist heel for any occasion. ($890 USD)

I hope I’ve gathered your interest into at least exploring designer shoes, who knows, maybe you’ll find a pair that you won’t forget.

5 Essentials

5 Essentials to Your Handbag


There is a lot to be said about a woman’s purse and the contents kept inside of it. They explain her lifestyle, her habits, and her priorities. But how often are we digging through the abyss of our handbags to find that last dollar we SWORE we saw yesterday. Many a time, our bags get so cluttered with items, it’s hard to keep up! So that’s why I’m giving you your top 5 essentials to making full use out of the storage of your bag whilst not stuffing it to brim with items that you will only be rummaging around looking for other things.

  1. Wallet and Keys: now this is kinda a no-brainer, but I promise, all in good time you will have everything you need to function in a day! But I personally believe that your wallet should never leave your bag unless paying or switching it over to a different bag. This prevents it from being lost or misplaced and also allows you to keep organized so that you know exactly where your wallet and keys are at all times.
  2. Your favourite lip gloss: Raise your hand if you’ve ever been personally targeted by dry air. Yeah, that’s me. And at this time of year, it’s hard not to face the struggle of dry lips and hands. So get out there and purchase an easy coloured moisturizing lip gloss! I’m currently keeping Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm in Red Dahlia and it’s definitely a life-saver!
  3. Easy-to-Style Sunglasses: Something I often forget to do is style my outfit with a pair of sunnies, and I often regret it. So I keep a simple pair of Zaful in my bag to keep me shaded and looking great no matter what I’m wearing.
  4. A Notebook and pen: As you may or may not know, I’m a poet and a journalist of sorts so I am constantly jotting things down. But journals are great for other things as well such as addresses, phone numbers, ideas and names. It’s just always great to have a way to write with you.
  5. And the final, finishing piece to add to your now nicely organized bag is gum or some kind of mint as there is nothing worse than going anywhere with that tacky feeling in your mouth and wishing you had something fresh to chew on. I would highly recommend 5 gum or another brand that doesn’t come in the loud crinkly tin foil compartments as there may not always be the most ideal time to make that much noise (church, a movie etc.)

Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed some easy tips to keep your life a little more organized! All the best for the rest of this week!



First Holiday of Summer


So I’ve been trying to remain pretty consistent with my blog posts but it’s been hectic with work and my book so I thought I’d share my vacation photos up in Muskoka.

Rule one of cottaging up north is to bathe in bug spray at least once a day cause bugs up their are ridiculous!

This was a first for me to be cottaging so far up north and I will be honest that this is the Canada that most people envision, as in huge chunks of stone all over the place, incredible views and beautiful bodies of water. I couldn’t get enough of it!

Although the weather was sub-par on some days we did manage to get in gear and get on the water and it was so beautiful to soak in God’s creation!


We instantly wanted t try out the aesthetically pleasing kayaks which were too cute to pass up. We ended up kayaking all the way to the island in the distance and although it was exhausting it was totally worth it. The view was even better from there.

My cousin, my sister and I all made the effort to get up for a good sunrise and this was SO worth it. If you’re gonna do anything productive up north I’d highly recommend getting up for the sunrise. It was beautiful, and the water is actually warmer at this time!IMG_6450

We decided to take the also aesthetically pleasing paddle boards for our morning trip and I was a little nervous to take my phone along but it was so worth it.


So this trip was a family reunion and it was thoroughly enjoyed, however I did spend a day up with my friends camping in Kearney which I also highly recommend. I had an absolute blast even though the bugs were about 10X worse! IMG_6402I ended up going back up with my parents to spend some time with them and we took the boat out several times which I was happy about because Riley loves the boat and this is his last summer.IMG_6445He’s my bestfriend so when he’s happy then I am!

Anyway, if you haven’t already, I would highly recommend camping/cottaging in northern Canada, the views are unbelievable no matter where you go! Happy week everyone!



10 Easy Tips to Styling Your Barn

I have had my barn for approximately 4 years and in that time I’ve discovered several tips to making your barn look trendy and coordinated without spending too much or having too much clutter! These are my 10 tips to help you achieve a barn you love!


It’s hard NOT to be sad when you see all these lux barns with chandeliers and stalls with sheetrock walls because, who doesn’t want that!? The only con to barns like these is they take a lot of money in build and upkeep. So it’s always good to have an open mind. Don’t let things like full wood stalls or poor lighting dishearten you!


I am a huge lover of white walls. They do wonders for a space and horse barns are ideal because there’s so many areas to paint! I have an almost completely white barn interior and it makes the space look so bright! Don’t be worried of a little dirt, remember to embrace the shabby!



I have all wood stalls, other than the locks, everything is made completely from cedar planks. As well as this, my stalls are low set because of my minis so it didn’t take as long to set up as floor to ceiling stalls would have. But I cannot stress how much you will save by DIY-ing your own stalls as opposed to buying ones.


Nothing looks more put together than coordinating colours. As I’m sure you’ve guessed mine is pink. I use red for exterior things but my interior is almost all pink with pops of blue. This is a really easy technique to use because there are so many colour options for almost everything equestrian. If you find pink isn’t your colour I’d suggest rich colours like red, navy or a deep hunter green.



A few months ago I came across a really fun glittery hay bag from presidents choice and it totally fit the fun girly theme of my barn!



I’ve tried decorating with big flower pots and cute little horse sculptures in my window sills but I always regret it! Big bulky useless things get in the way and get broken. So now I work with equestrian items for styling such as saddle covers. But hanging pictures are also amazing. I found this canvas picture at HomeSense for $9.99 and it matched my style to a T!



For the BRIEF time Target was in Canada I found so many amazing pieces to put in my barn that were adorable, and they were all in the One Dollar section! But you can find cute dust pans and brooms, organizing boxes, twinkle lights and cleaning supplies for way cheaper than any farm supply store! Because let’s face it, theres gonna be at least one horse who gets out occasionally in no time, and they will be ruthless.


We all love our tack! So don’t hide it in trunks or big ugly bags! Leave it out to fit the aesthetic of your space!



I’m almost sure every barn has windows and we all know how much bugs like to congregate and die in the sills and leave cobwebs and fly poop all over the glass. (I’m resentful, can you tell?) But it’s easy to forget how much a clean window does to a space! They bring in the most amazing natural light and will make the entire barn look cleaner!


You may see my barn and love everything about it and then go on the hunt to find everything that I have. Please don’t do this! Find things that you love and you’ll find your style in the process. You’ll fall in love with the way you develop your own barn and I wish you the best of luck in the process!





Now I’m sure you’re wondering what kind of title I’ve come up with, and I’ll be honest, I only just thought of this now. But this word describes how my weekends work. I relax, but I make the most of it. I still keep busy, but still busy with things I enjoy.


And since it was such a beautiful Saturday I did some of my favourite things. Which include getting dressed up – makeup and hair included – because I believe every good day starts with a good you!


I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I have a horrible habit of getting dressed up and partaking in the dirtiest activities. So naturally I find any excuse to see my furries! They were super snugly today so we got some fantastic shots!


I know some of you may be shocked at the grace of these animals and that is honestly my favourite part of my horses. They are gentle and kind, but still, have all the power to do anything they want. Their actions are always done with love and care. I couldn’t have asked for a better duo!


I’m going to end this post with my favourite shot from today. This is my girl Riot, I’ve had her since she was 3 and she is my best friend. I think she is the most beautiful girl in the world and she is just so full of love!

I hope you all enjoyed your weekend and that my post inspires you to get out and enjoy this beautiful weather and make the most of this season!



Welcome to my first blog post,

I don’t particularly live a beautiful lifestyle, but I enjoy finding the beauty in things and helping others live beautifully as well. What I want to show to you all is my interests, and since I’m displaying many of them I hope that each and every one of you finds trinkets and treasures to collect from my own experiences.

The best way to lead a productive and healthy life is to be a go-getter. To do the jobs you need to do, and to see work as an opportunity for success. Because it’s better to enjoy the simplicity of your life rather than always wanting the next best thing, I am a strong believer in quality over quantity and you can apply this to every aspect of your life.

I hope I can help you to push your limits and be your best and most confident self!