Instagram Round-up 

Here is my mid September Instagram round-up, it’s been a busy one. 

Captions are from left to right, top to bottom. 

Sleepovers with my sun and stars|name art for a little man| lots of cupcakes for a little man| early morning baking |work life| glitter cookies| cheers| down by the water| long hair don’t care, last of the birthday celebrations| 25 with bae| besties for 25 years| birthday dinner number one 


Good hair days| summer reads| pizza on the barby | kitty snuggles| corn roasts| summer dinner| popcorn and toonies|rouge|pretending it’s fall


His and hers| feeling like fall| plaid on plaid stag and doe| shameless selfie| mani| new favourite lip colour| healthy eats| tea quotes| beavertails 


Pup pics| on point outfit| fall mushroom soup | glitter card holder| sleepy kitty| pumpkin candle time of year| dark hair dark lip and sweater| brunette|business cards. 

Reviving your Brow Wiz 

What’s this, a blog post, let’s just pretend I was here the whole time. 

I recently dyed my hair a bit darker than normal. I normally do lowlights and this time I did a full head dye. So my light blonde eyebrows really disappear this time around. Lately I’ve been using the Sephora brow builder or my elf eye brow palette in light. And while I love both those products they are a bit to light/orangey for my new hair coulor. 

So I pulled out my Anastasia brow wiz which I have stopped using because it’s was VERY dried out. I had a thought that. What if I added some castor oil which is known to help hair growth and will also listen up the dried out product. 

Keep reading to see how it turned out. 

What you will need. 

A sad paint pot. 

A brush to stir (I needed up using another one to actually mix because it got really messy)

Castor oil (you can find this at the drug store near the diaretics or the rubbing alcohol) 


Step one: I dipped my brush into the castor oil and dripped a bit of oil into the pot.


Step two: mix that shit up, until it turns its to a creamy/mousey texture. 


Step three: clean up the sides and pack the product back in. 

Looks better than new! 


I almost forgot what it was like to have Anastasia brows 😍. 

***my brows are never perfectly even because one of my brow bones always raises… first world problems 

Ahoy baby! 

A friend of mine recently welcomed a little baby nephew. This weekend I got to meet the little guy and decided to paint something for him. His room theme is ocean so I figured an anchor was fitting (they also happen to be one of my favourite things to draw). I wanted to share with you a bit of the process.

The first thing I did was find a picture of an anchor on google that I liked using my iPad. Once I found one I quickly traced it out. Then I take the time to fix it up until I like the over all shape. 

Then with my iPad I use a light box app to trace the anchor using my brush pen markers. 

Once that was done I used my aquash water pen to fill in the banner where i would be putting his name. 

Once the water colour was dry I picked a font for his name and wrote it in with a brush pen. 

Eh voila! A little anchor for a little man.  

  

 

Mid-August Instagram Round Up

Sorry I’ve been a bit MIA (what’s new, thanks for sticking around). I have a few post on the way, one is a video post I’m having trouble loading so stay tuned for that. And one I will post tomorrow! 

So to keep you all entertained in the mean time I thought I would do another Instagram round up!

  
In the words of Drake “started from the bottom now we’re here!” 

Bottom row (left to right) 

Counting days till trailer views| vegan zucchini chocolate shake at the farmers market|wicked stormy nights 

Second row from the bottom 

A for Australia and Ashley (gift for a friend) | ladies night belini | oat and mill toast and jam (and wow butter) ice cream 

Third row 

Me and Other enjoying vacation | camp fires | trailer bound 

Top row 

Modern Renaissance Beauty| it’s here!| boat times 

Instagram Round Up 

Since my Instagram account is private (I’m a teacher and don’t want students creepin) I decided I should do an Instagram round up every once and a while to show you what I’m snappin pics of.

Here are me 12 most recent posts! 

  
Top row: homeade basil pesto and garlic chicken| my friends kitty I almost took home| our new faster internet that allows me to watch Mindy and Other to play video games 

Second row: long hair don’t care with my extensions | my gel polish at home refresher| a cute pj inspired outfit 

Third row:  vegan wow butter milkshake (so good)| vegan ice cream and brownie| delicious “blt” from pure kitchen

Last row: eats and exploration| reading | Ice coffee and mornings off 

Shh, they are Extensions….

Once upon a time, I was 7 years old and had hair down to my bum… then I started grade 2 and I don’t know if it was my choice or my mom’s, but we chopped it all of. Then a few years pasted (like 10) and the newest look was a bob, and being the trendy person I was I went for it. Since that day I promised I would never cut my hair short again and have been trying to grow it out since then (it’s been 8 years). I have to say that my hair dresser and I have tried really hard to get my hair to where I want it. I do like my hair, and it is long, however, it is thin (thanks MOM!), and kinda just bleh. I curl it most days, either with my wand or curling iron. But it is just not what I want (obviously not Cass, you want mermaid hair).

 My hair after my most recent trim.

Oh one other thing… I’m cheap, so fancy extensions are not really in my budget right now… but one thing I have been wanting to try are… wait for it… Secret Extensions.

The commercial for this is so lame and they look like they aren’t going to work, but I watched some reviews online and it didn’t seem to be the worst thing to spend 40 dollars on. The website claims to “give you thick, natural-looking volume and length in seconds!” Most reviews said the same thing, easy to put on, blended pretty well, not the best quality but not horribly noticeable. I have long hair so they blend well, and people say that if you have short hair they work well but I can’t say anything on that.

  
 The other thing they mentioned in a few reviews was that they didn’t curl well, and I have a few things to say about that. If you take out your curling iron and expect to twist it thought and have beautiful curls you wont…. But if you do it like they tell you to do it ( curl with large barrel iron, clip curl and let cool) then it works. It’s not the most beautiful curl but it will blend with your hair enough to give you a curly look. I am still in the process of figuring out if there is a way to create beachy waves with the extensions and I will keep you posted on that.(** I found a way that works really well, tutorial to come soon)

Overall, I think they are kind worth it. I got mine at Walmart for 40$, the colour match is pretty perfect for my hair colour and they are SUPER easy to put in. They are obviously not as good as the 300$ real hair ones but if you are looking for something cheap to give you a long hair look I would recommend them.

 

Eats and Exploration

Last weekend I met a friend from work who I hadn’t seen in a few months. We had a lot to catch up on and we’ve been talking about going down to the “hip” part of town. She lives downtown and I live in the country so we met it the middle and she showed me some of her favourite places. 

We partially became good friends because we both have a slew of allergies. So she took me to a couple vegan/gluten free bakeries and then went out for lunch at one of our favourite vegan restaurants. 

Neither of us our true vegans but we are both dairy free. I still eat meat (can’t live without bacon!) but I gravitate to vegan food because it is certified to not have dairy and therefore not make me sick. 

Our first stop was a little bakery that offers vegan, gluten free and nut free treats. I had looked up their website and was excited to try their cheese cake but they didn’t have any that day. So instead I opted for a brownie which was AMAZING, and a Queen Anne cake which is basically  similar to a coffee cake with syrup and coconuts on it (I found it a bit dry). 

 Our next stop was a little vegan coffee shop. I was familiar with this shop because one of the local dairy free ice creams I’ve been wanting to try is offered there. So we went in and chatted with the owner and then decided to come back later and get some ice cream (I wanted a pint obviously). 

The ice cream is called oat and mill and it’s a dairy and gluten free ice cream derived from locally grown oats. It’s super delicious and a little healthier then the alternative, even if your not dairy free. They deliver ice cream right to your door! (If in the Ottawa or Montreal area!) 

Next,we started to walk down to the little vegan restaurant we both love, we realized we were about ten blocks away and decided to go and get my car.  

A true representation of our similarity and friendship is that we both got the exact same thing to eat, with the exception of a gluten free collards wrap for her.

We enjoyed pineapple mimosas, “blt” with tempeh bacon and avocados and kale caesar salad (don’t get me started on how delicious this is, I’m obsessed).  

   
Then we went back to the coffee shop for ice cream! We got a scoop to share of chocolate and salted caramel! It was so delicious! And I bought a pint of the salted caramel! I enjoyed some of it the next day with the brownie from the bakery.  

   
Overall, it was a great day and I want to go back and get a bunch more treats. It’s so exciting to explore new areas in the city you live in. So many gems that I never knew existed. 

*If you are from Ottawa or in the Ottawa area and want to know more about any of these amazing spots let me know and I’ll give you the deets. 

It starts with a capital and ends with a period.

Calligraphy, word art, pressing brush to paper and creating a beautiful piece of art. Something I have always loved, something I have always been told I was good at but something I always wanted to be better at. If you read the blog fairly consistently you know that I started my calligraphy journey a few months ago and I like to think that I have come a long way. I spend a lot of my free time watching youtube and instagram videos about techniques. and I wanted to share some of my work with you.

I have also decided to start a small business, nothing big or profitable but something I enjoy doing and something I want to share with people.

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If you are interested in purchasing any work please visit Love & Letters on Facebook. 

Hi(atus)

Hi Friends! I’m BACK! and before I posted this I made sure to have some full drafts set up in my queue as to not lie like the past three time I said I was back. If you’ve noticed I’ve been away. On a self-inflicted, non-intentional hiatus I would like to say.

Sometimes life gets busy and the smaller things tend to get put on the back burner. I can’t lie I haven’t been that busy, and it’s not that I don’t love blogging but sometimes I see it as work. Especially if you want to make your blog worth following, you have to take pictures, edit posts, network etc. And it’s great, I love doing it but my mental health is my priority and sometimes I just don’t want to think about it, I just want to do and be.

I want to read a book.

I want to paint a picture.

I want to stay in bed all day and watch Masters of Flip.

I want to lay in the sun.

And that’s what I’ve been doing. At least of the past week, I’ve been more of less on vacation from work and I’ve been working from home here and there but mostly trying to enjoy my summer as much as I can before it is gone. And so I want to say I’m back for good and that I will work on being consistent but as you may have noticed in the past that’s a skill I need to work on. If I do take a hiatus is the future I will try and give you a heads up… we will see how this works. It is a journey after all.