- Month: November 2016 -

Travel

Hiking VS Earthing

I love to hike, and I'm very fortunate that my friends do too. We live in Northern Ontario, so the hiking trails are seemingly endless as you drive up the shoreline of Lake Superior. We hike during all four seasons because every view changes with the temperature. My favorite trek in the area so far has been The Nokomis Trail, overlooking Old Woman Bay. Nokomis Trail, ON View from one of the lookouts - Nokomis Trail, ON King Mountain, Stokley Creek A New Way to Hike Have you heard of earthing? Some people also call it "grounding"- both refer to walking barefoot on an all natural surface (think sand, grass, soil etc.). The concept of earthing was once reserved for the type of hippies you'd see at Woodstock, but not anymore. Science has conducted studies that…

Lifestyle, Travel

Film Can Help You Stay Present

Lately, I've noticed how addicted I am to my phone. And it's not just my phone- I'm addicted to my computer and to Netflix. I'm addicted to being connected and mindlessly entertained, for hours on end. I can't remember when it started, but it's really evident now! Before summer began, I made a mid-year resolution- to put down my phone. The idea was to enjoy the present moment more. As a photographer, the idea was easier said than done, but I found an alternative that didn't require any form of rechargeable technology- film. I went to my local Walmart and bought 6 disposable Fujifilm cameras with pre-loaded film. I brought these little cameras with me everywhere I went all summer. Music festivals, camp parties, out for dinner with girlfriends, to my brother's graduation- these things captured…

DIY, Fashion, Lifestyle

DIY Floating Closet + Inspiration

I recently moved to Ottawa, and I live in a 4 bedroom townhouse with three other people and our 2 dogs. My room is 9X10, which is a little small, but I lucked out with an east facing window! (I'll explain more about the importance of that in another post.) The closet can hold exactly 15 hangers and has two shelves- not nearly enough for all my treasures! I had to think creatively if I was going to be able to keep everything in order. So I wandered over to Home Depot and picked up a copper tube (in the plumbing aisle), some copper wire, and some ceiling hooks. The bill came to about $15, and with an Urban Outfitters aesthetic in mind, I set out to make a floating closet. I borrowed my roommate's drill!…

Beauty

The Foundation – Josie Maran

My skin is indecisive. Some days it's extremely dry, other days it's combination. It's weather and stress level dependent, and it sometimes gives me a lot of unnecessary anxiety. I've been wearing makeup for a long time now, and once I started working part-time, I wasn't afraid to spend a little bit on the most important makeup I was wearing- my foundation. I'd tried every drugstore brand I could get my teenage hands on, making the same mistakes more often than not: foundation that was too dark, too light, too dry, too much coverage, not enough coverage. Foundation that melted off my face and foundation that went on perfectly and proceeded to end the day with orange streaks all over my jawline. Talk about a nightmare. But through trial and error, I have found…

Lifestyle

Float Spa – My Experience

My boyfriend and I are in a long-distance relationship, so when we get a chance to reunite, we like to fill our time with fun, exciting activities. I had heard about "floating," or floatation therapy, through a friend. It's a similar experience to floating in the Dead Sea. 1,200 pounds of Epsom salts dissolved in 1,000 liters of water will make anyone extremely buoyant. Epsom sales have been shown to help with muscle aches, body detoxification, and to reduce swelling. It's essentially a sensory deprivation tank- there is no light, no sound, and you feel like you're floating on a cloud. It's supposed to calm and soothe our ever busy minds by providing no distractions. I found a spa close to me, ISO SPA in Ottawa, Ontario. It had great reviews, and the photos made it look really clean and…

Food, Lifestyle

Why You Should Switch To A French Press

Coffee was discovered in Ethiopia around 800 A.D.; can you imagine ever having to wake up without your warm, comforting boost of energy? The world drinks over 500 billion cups of coffee per year, so it comes as no surprise to hear that it's the second most traded commodity on Earth, right after crude oil. When I think about coffee I think of chic Italians drinking espresso by the canal. I think of the morning commuters in New York at their favorite local cafe. I think of catching up with friends over Sunday brunch. Coffee itself is a culture, one that is spread out all over the world. (source: Vogue) But coffee has changed. Gone are the days of the percolator and traditional espresso makers, replaced by the ever-evolving Nespresso and Keurig single-serve systems. Not only are they easy to…

Lifestyle

Be Brave With Your Life

Let's talk about the comfort zone, and why it's in your best interest to get the hell out of it. What is the comfort zone? The comfort zone: (noun) a mental boundary that is a reflection of our conditioning. A wall that has been put up to keep us safe, content and at ease. This wall is made up of routines and patterns that minimize stress and risk. It could be in the form of a job, relationship, or an entire lifestyle. The comfort zone is a security blanket, but it's also a road block. It's All In Your Head How do we grow as people? We put ourselves in new, unfamiliar situations. Regardless of the outcome, we learn from these experiences. You learn, and then you grow. In relation to the topic, "The…