March 7, 2018

Monthly Favourites- February 2018

Hello everyone, I hope you are well! Welcome to another monthly favourites post. It’s hard to believe I’ve officially been posting these for two years! I’m sharing some of my favourite things from the month of February, from entertainment, to beauty, clothing, and some miscellaneous things. Okay, let’s get started!

monthly favourites february 2018

 

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Entertainment

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware– I got this book for Christmas and flew through it! It was so good, and I would definitely recommend it! I don’t want to give anything away, so here’s the description (that I trimmed down a bit) from Chapters.ca:

Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins.

At first, Lo’s stay is nothing but pleasant, but as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the desk, gray skies fall, and Lo witnesses what she can only describe as a dark and terrifying nightmare: a woman being thrown overboard. The problem? All passengers remain accounted for—and so, the ship sails on as if nothing has happened, despite Lo’s desperate attempts to convey that something (or someone) has gone terribly, terribly wrong…

With surprising twists, spine-tingling turns, and a setting that proves as uncomfortably claustrophobic as it is eerily beautiful, Ruth Ware offers up another taut and intense read in The Woman in Cabin 10—one that will leave even the most sure-footed reader restlessly uneasy long after the last page is turned.

monthly favourites february 2018

American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace – I’m a few episodes behind, but I’ve been loving the show! It’s so interesting seeing Darren Criss in such a dark and twisted role, and I definitely have to watch a few minutes of something happy before going to bed after watching! I didn’t watch the first season, but I’m hoping to watch it eventually!

Monthly favourites February 2018

Serial Podcast– I binged the first season of this podcast in under a week and loved it! I don’t know why but I’ve taken such an interest in true crime stories. If you likes Dirty John or Making a Murderer, you’ll love this podcast!

monthly favourites february 2018

Britt Hanlon– Her videos popped up in my feed on the Youtube app, and I’ve caught up on her pregnancy updates! I don’t know why I find them interesting, but I do! I’m all caught up on those videos and have been watching her recent ones too. She seems really nice, and I like her content!

monthly favourites february 2018

 

Beauty

Clinique Acne Solutions BB cream– I picked this up during the Sephora Fall Sale, and I’ve been loving it! It feels lighter on my skin than a foundation, and has really nice coverage! My skin is very red and I sometimes worry about being able to cover it up, but this BB cream does a great job! I use a silicone blender to apply it, which helps me only use a few drops.

monthly favourites february 2018

Ludwig liquid lipstick by Kat Von D– I got this in a set for Christmas (that was picked up during the Sephora Fall Sale as well), and I’ve been gravitating to it a lot! It’s a nice neutral, and is comfortable on my lips. I’d most likely purchase the full size when I finish the smaller size I have now.

monthly favourites February 2018

Clothing

Hue Pajamas– I had a cold in February, so this set of pajamas made the list! They are fleece so I worried about them being too warm, but I was fine and actually needed more blankets haha. The ones I got aren’t available anymore, but I’ve linked the closest set I could find.

Misc

Notes app (iPhone version)- I figured I would mention this because I use it ALL THE TIME! I have different notes for grocery lists, blog to do’s, things I need to add to my planner, wedding things and more. If I’m out I can just add things when I think of it!

Handlettering 101– I picked up this with some money I got for Christmas, and I’ve had a lot of fun working on hand lettering! I’d like to be able to make some wedding signs and things like that, so I’m trying to work on it when I’m just sitting watching tv. There are a lot of hand lettering books out there, but I’m liking this one so far!

monthly favourites february 2018

If you’d like to hear about my February favourites, check out the video below!

What’s something that you enjoyed in the month of February? Let me know in the comments!

 

Thank you so much for joining me today!

Kelsey
February 21, 2018

Wedding Planning Update: Months 9-15

Hello friends! Welcome back to another wedding planning update! Today I am sharing everything we’ve done wedding planning wise since July of 2017, going up to the end of January 2018. It feels like we haven’t done a lot, but as I started piecing together this post, we’ve definitely done a lot! I explain a bit more about everything we’ve done in the video below, but I’ll also talk a little bit about each of the items below the video.

Wedding planning update

If you missed the first post in this wedding series, check that out here! I plan on doing one more in August before the wedding (which is in September), and after that I will share all of the details of our big day! I’m not giving out exact details before then for privacy reasons, but I will share everything after the fact! Okay, let’s get started!

The things we’ve done!

  • Bought my wedding dress! Check out this weekend vlog if you’d like to see some of the other ones I tried on!
  • booked section at hotel- our venue has accomodations, so we’ve booked a few rooms for guests who don’t want to stay on site
  • had engagement pictures taken! I love our pictures, and we’ve already printed and hung some in our bedroom. I’ve scattered some of my favourites through the post 🙂

  •  hired a dj- one thing that was nice to cross off the list!
  • hired an officiant- another nice thing to check off! We still have to put together our ceremony, but we still have plenty of time!
  • looked at bridesmaid dresses- I’m pretty sure we’ve found the ones, and this happened when I went back to purchase my dress! What can I say, I’m efficient!

Monthly Favourites September 2017

  • sent save the dates- which makes it real!
  • hired a florist- I didn’t think I’d be super excited about flowers, but I love the look we are going for, and working with the florist to put together a proposal was really fun!
  • talked to shuttle company- we haven’t officially booked this yet, but we don’t need to book super far in advance. It’s a school bus that will pick guests up from the hotel, and loop back and forth later in the night.

Wedding planning update

  • booked rental items- our venue is a DIY venue, so we have to bring everything in. This meant figuring out how many table settings, tablecloths ect. we needed! We finalized the numbers (we over-estimated so we could guarantee availability), and can make any changes up to 2 weeks before the big day.
  • got ethan’s suit started- we went to Moore’s and purchased a custom suit, and I really like how it will look!
  • I purchased my hairpiece and veil from this shop on Etsy, and saved a lot of money from what the bridal salon would have charged! The veil is almost exactly the same as the one I tried on, so I’m happy! I just have to purchase the belt for my dress and figure out jewelry and shoes.

Wedding Planning Update

  • we worked on our registries! It’s a lot more work than I thought, so make sure to think of that before you start! Our situation might be a little different because we need everything, but it’s still be pretty time consuming!
  • We started brainstrorming ideas for decor, and have a bit of an idea of how we want everything to look. Now we just have to actually get the things!
  • we have the dates we want to go on our honeymoon, and we know where! I’ll share this later 🙂
  • and at the very end of January we booked hair!
  • hired a videographer! I completely forgot to mention this in the video, but we hired a videographer. It was something Ethan and I went back and forth on, but I ultimately decided I really wanted to have a video of our day!

 

Wedding Planning Update

 

I can definitely say that we’ve done a lot and gotten a lot of the bigger things out of the way. The only vendor I have left to book is makuep! other than that, we will be focusing on decor and the smaller things. I know we want to make some things ourselves, and maybe I’ll even do a DIY post after the wedding! Because some people who will be attending read here and I don’t want to spoil it! But I can say that I’m really starting to see the day come together, and I’m getting excited! I used to just feel stress/anxiety when thinking about it, so it’s nice to feel something different!

Thank you so much for joining me in today’s wedding planning update! Have any questions or advice? Leave them in the comments below!

 

Kelsey
February 7, 2018

Monthly Favourites- January 2018

Hello everyone and Happy February! I don’t know about you but it fees like New Years was a while ago, when it’s only been just over a month. Today I am sharing some of my favourite things from the month of January, from entertainment, to beauty, clothing and some recipes! It’s hard to believe that as of next month’s favourites video I have been doing these for TWO YEARS! That seems crazy to me. Thank you for following along! Okay, I’ll quit blabbing, let’s get started!

Monthly Favourites January 2018

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Entertainment

9-1-1- This is one of the first new shows I’ve watched in a while! I’ll probably mention the other one next month. It has Final Destination vibes, but I lover Peter Krause and Connie Britton, so I’m enjoying this show! It’s actually already been renewed for a second season!

monthly favourites January 2018

Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty– I read my one book for the month! If you missed my goals for 2018, I’m trying to read 13 books this year (which might not be a lot but with wedding planning I wanted to set a somewhat easy goal). It was set up a little differently than Big Little Lies, but I still enjoyed it! I checked and it looks like Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon have bought the right to make this a movie or tv show. I look forward to it!

Monthly Favourites January 2018

Dr. Horrible’s Sing-along Blog– I forgot how much I loved this short. I watched it for the first time in high school (in class actually) and became obsessed. Ethan even bought me a Dr Horrible shirt for my birthday one year! If you’ve never seen it, watch it! Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Fillion and Felicia Day in a Joss Whedon creation. Doesn’t get better than that. Oh wait, there’s singing. Yes it does!

Monthly Favourites January 2018

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle- I went to see this a few weeks ago and really liked it! I wasn’t sure how it would hold up to the original, and I found it different but really good! Plus Nick Jonas is in it. But the jokes were funny and I was definitely laughing out loud. I would recommend it!

Monthly Favourites January 2018

Beauty

Cherry Scrub– I’ve talked before about how I have bumps on my arms, and I use an exfoliating scrub in the shower to help get rid of them or keep them under control. I ran out of the last one that I was using, so I’m now using the body scrub from The Body Shop! I have a massive stockpile and this scent has been discontinued, but I love this product! It does an even better job than the last one I used. I’ve linked the Grapefruit one that is currently available!

Monthly Favourites January 2018

Clarisonic Mia 2– I bought myself this during the Sephora Fall Sale, and I’ve been loving using it! Because my skin is pretty sensitive I use it every other day, but it’s so nice at the end of the day! It’s like a face massage!

Monthly Favourites January 2018

Aussie Mega Hairspray– I’ve been curling my hair a lot lately instead of straightening it, so I’ve been going through more hairspray! I love this one from Aussie, and it still gives me the flexible hold I want! Plus it smells amazing!

Monthly Favourites January 2018

Clothing

Old Navy Performance Pullover– I’m happy to say I’m finally getting back into my morning workout routine! Since I workout in the basement I’ve been putting this long sleeve shirt on, and it’s comfy without being too warm, and I can still move around without being limited. I also have the matching leggings that I’m pretty sure I mentioned in my first ever monthly favourites! So I’m still loving those as well!

Monthly Favourites January 2018

Food & Drink

Slimming Soup– this recipe is actually from the Tone It Up 5 Day Detox that I did at the beginning of January. I could actually see making this again because it was good! And very filling! I’ve linked the sign up page, you just have to enter your email to get the recipes!

West African Peanut Soup– This is definitely one of Ethan’s favourite dinners, and it’s becoming one of mine as well! We use the recipe that’s in the Cookie + Kate cookbook, but the recipe on her blog is very similar. It’s delicious!

Monthly Favourites January 2018

If you’d like to hear more about my January favourites, check out the video below!

What did you enjoy during the month of January? Let me know in the comments below!

 

Thank you so much for joining me today!

Kelsey