New Room Tour!

So for those who didn’t know, I recently moved from Ottawa to Toronto in order to attend college in Toronto. The college is very close to my mother’s home, so it made a lot of sense for me to move in with her, which I did. Now, I’ve heard many mixed thoughts on this topic, ranging from people who think it’s perfectly fine to people who think it’s a horror to live with your mother for any period of time in your twenties. All I can say is, maybe it isn’t the right choice for everybody, but it works for me. I still am able to fully function as an adult while living with my family. There is also the fact that my childhood home was sold years ago, and my parents divorced since then, leaving a vastly different family dynamic than existed when I was growing up.

That being said, I don’t have a home tour to give all of you, as I didn’t decorate most of the home. My mother has beautiful decorating taste though, and I might do a home tour at some point in the future anyway. For now though, I thought I would show you the room I am living in, since I did decorate that. I have spent the last month and a half working very hard on this room, and I am so excited that it’s finally ready for me to show you!

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All of the artwork in my current room is either from my childhood room, or my old apartment (mostly my old apartment). I actually managed to stop myself from buying a single new piece of art! (mostly because there was no more room on my walls).

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One of the most challenging aspects of this room was that I had to incorporate the items and decorations from my childhood room with my current taste and newer items. This lingerie chest is from my childhood bedroom, so I decided to put some items from my childhood on top of it. The vase is filled with (fake) flowers from my great-grandparents funerals. The framed pictures are from deceased pets in my extended family (I was a sentimental child). The bowl is made by artists in Africa, and was given to me as a gift from my parents when I was little. More recently, the elephant is from Barbados, and the picture is a piece of artwork from my old apartment. The flashlight is there for practical reasons!

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This was a very tiny room, so space was a problem for me for a while. I considered getting a twin bed, but that would only give me slightly more floor space. I was starting school, and nowhere in this entire house was there room for a desk (besides in one room in the small, dark, depressing basement)! The loft bed was a bit of an investment, but I’m so glad I decided to get it. Now I get to have a nice big comfy bed as well as a fantastic study area! It also gives me a lot more storage, which is always nice.

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This desk chair is actually a dining room chair that was on sale from pier one! It ended up being much cheaper than an actual desk chair.

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All of the above pictures are of my working desktop space. I won’t talk about too much here, as a lot of it I’m going over in a stationary haul post that is going up next week. Basically, I tried to make this a functional working space, but also pretty and cosy (it is still my bedroom!). The jewelry holders are new, and I got them from storage solutions. The candle is from bath and body works and makes my entire room smell like autumn! My favourite feature of my desk is actually my lamp, which I got from pottery barn kids. I just love elephants!!


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I needed somewhere to store my dozens of pieces of memorabilia from my childhood. I love these shelves so so much, and I love that it means I can see all of this from my bed! These items are from when I was a child, and most of them came from trips I took with my family around the world! Each one has a story, and I could spend an hour with you just telling you about each and every one. The artwork below came from my old apartment.

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And lastly my bed! This may be the coziest bed I have ever slept in. It did take a few nights to get used to sleeping near the ceiling, but now I love it! Also, the awkwardness of the ladder means that I just don’t take technology up to my bed, which has changed my sleep so so much for the better. The artwork suits the space perfectly and is all from my old apartment (and yes, the Uptown/Downtown sign points in the right directions!!). The bedding took forever to find. I couldn’t make up my mind about what bedding I wanted! I even wasted money and ordered bedding I ended up hating before I got this! It’s all from pottery barn, and I’m so happy with my final choice. I do keep a few items on my bed: my water bottle (I get thirsty at night). a book, and my doggy friend (for cuddling reasons).

So that is my new room tour! If you have any questions about where I got anything, or how I decorated, feel free to ask! If you enjoyed the post, please like and subscribe! If you would like to see more of me, feel free to check out my Facebook, Instagram, and/or Twitter! I also run a YouTube channel where I vlog everyday as part of the seven year challenge. xoxo ❤

Home Decorating Inspiration – House Plants

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I am currently obsessed with putting plants everywhere in a home. Yes they require a bit of work, but if you get the right ones, that work can be reduced by quite a bit. I’m not even talking about putting flowers everywhere…although I do love flowers. Flowers are great, but they last shorter periods of time than other plants, and require more attention. I’m talking about ferns and cacti and little trees. Anything to add that natural greenness to your space. I used to be skeptical about bringing all that life into a house, but now I really just love it…calming effect, cleans the air, adds more oxygen, and looks amazing!

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Also, some of these plants have uses. There are a few herbs you can grow indoors (I would personally go for ones that don’t scent the air though…as great as it smells, you may not always want your place to smell like dill or rosemary). There’s also aloe vera, which is a type of cactus that doesn’t look very cactusy. More like a fat fern. I actually grew up with one in my childhood home, and it was great. It’s sap has a huge natural healing ability, so whenever I had a sunburn, I would just cut off a leaf and spread the sap over the burn.

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I’m not going to make tons of recommendations over which plants to get…I will be the first to admit that I am a terrible gardener. Right now, I’ve just been buying plants that look nice to me, and then it’s trial and error to see if they survive easily or not. If you are more outgoing than I tend to be, you can also talk to the people who work at garden stores…they do know their stuff and should have some great recommendations.

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Favourite Toronto Townhouse!

Alright, so in contrast to my last real-estate posting, this time I’m writing about a condo-sized townhouse in Leslieville at a starter home price. It’s 400 000, 2+1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, and it’s so bright and airy…I love it!!! It also has a parking space (underground!!!) and a large backyard patio. Maintenance fees are 500 monthly….kind of pricey, but hey, there is worse out there for sure.

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What I love: I love how light and airy it is. It feels big, despite not being that big. I love unusual living spaces….I mean, for this price in Toronto, you’re usually looking a very generic condo, which would make me feel listless and trapped after a while. This is so much nicer than that. I also love the little outdoor space and the underground parking! It’s also in one of my favourite neighborhoods.

What I don’t love: Maintenance fees. Ugh.

Link to the original listing: http://www.realtor.ca/propertyDetails.aspx?PropertyId=15551048

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Favourite Toronto Family Home Listing

I browse real estate all the time…it’s an obsession of mine. Over the past few days, I’ve been really enjoying browsing homes I would ideally want if I had a family (not that I’m planning on starting a family for a very long time). In Toronto, my favourite family homes in my favourite family neighborhoods are usually between 1 and 2 million, so this is more on the pricey end. This particular home I found in the Eglington-Avenue Road neighborhood, which is one of my favourite family neighborhoods in all of Toronto….it’s not too neighborhood-y, you can walk to so many great restaurants and stores and have great access to transit, there’s some great schools around, and the attitude is both family and pet friendly:) This home recently went up for sale in that area, and I really love this listing!! It’s 1.6 mill, 3+1 bedroom, 4 bathroom.

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What I love: This house is built around letting as much light in as possible. I love light….I need it in my home. I can picture filling this house to the brim with flowers and house plants. I also love that it’s super modern without being cold or unfriendly. And I love the little backyard that is just perfect to let dogs use the washroom and explore and maybe have a little playground for kids. (But this house is also within walking distance of tons of great parks and a rec center that all the local kids sports teams play at).

Things I don’t love: I do like a little bit less modern looking, just because I love older styles of architecture, and I would prefer a bigger backyard if I could have one (although in Toronto, this size backyard is more than generous). I HATE that the stairs are open at the back…..around small children and dogs, it just makes me tense up so much. And that’s not an incredibly easy fix either.

Link to the original listing: http://www.realtor.ca/propertyDetails.aspx?PropertyId=15305380

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What to Expect in the Near Future

So for the last little while, you may have noticed my posting has been a little disorganized. I’ve noticed it to…and don’t worry, it’s not because I’m losing interest in blogging. This is still early months for the existence of this blog and I’ve been putting a lot of thought into where I want this to go. I feel that the amount of different topics I talk about on here might be confusing to some readers, and that some of you might be interested in some of my content, but not all. I really want to be a lot more organized and have a clear voice, and not confuse you with all sorts of clutter. This has caused me to really look at the organization of blogs I like reading, and see what it is they do that I like. One blog I really love the organization of is Anna Saccone’s blog. Her layout really appeals to me, so I’ve decided to copy it somewhat….I just think with the amount of topics I want to write about, this layout will let me do that without being confusing to my readers.

So this means that I am going to have 7 categories….one for everyday of the week. This doesn’t mean I will be blogging everyday…my goal is 2 times per week. But each and every one of my posts will fit under one of these categories. The categories are:

Study Sunday – I am a student, and will continue to be a student for the foreseeable future. I have a lot to say about stress management, study methods, how to still have a life while you are in school…and I want to talk about all of these things

Makeup Monday – I love makeup, I am pretty good with makeup, and I try a lot of different products…honestly, with beauty being in this blog’s name, I’m kind of ashamed I haven’t talked more about this in the past.

Trendy Tuesday – This will be a bit more of an open category. I will talk about products or items that I have bought lately and loved…skin care, maybe a food processor, maybe just a new tablecloth….whatever really. Anyone who’s been reading me for a while understands how much I love doing haul posts;)

What I ate Wednesday – I am fully admitting to copying Anna on this category (sorry!!). In this one, I might talk about what I ate in a day, show you a recipe, or talk about healthy eating in general.

Throwaway Thursday – This is a throwaway category…as in, I can talk about anything that doesn’t fit into any other category. This might be positive thinking, reflecting on the past, updating you on what’s going on…anything really. The floor is open.

Fashion Friday – This is where I will put outfit of the day, or anything related to what I am wearing.

Home-Style Saturday – This is where I will talk about decorating, home decor, put apartment listings that I love….all sorts.

So those are the categories that you will see in the menu bar very soon! I also intend to up my social media presence….I’ve been pretty good with Instagram, but I have been getting increasingly lazy about Facebook and Twitter. I really want to get more involved with all of you and really get a feel for what you like and want to hear from me.

Many exciting things in the future! If you enjoyed this post, please give it a like, subscribe to me, and go follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram cause things are about to get crazy all up in my social media! Also please let me know in the comments what you want to see more of, especially if you’ve been following me for a little while now. I am here to please! xoxo 😉

Favorite Toronto Condo Listing

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Although I won’t be in a place to buy a home for years, I do love browsing real estate. There are so many interesting and unique listings…and you don’t need to be looking at million dollar homes to afford interesting. So I wanted to share one of my two favorite listings on the market today (I will share my other favorite at a later date).

This condo is at 2104-71 Simcoe St in Toronto, Ontario. It’s just by St. Andrew station. I find it’s location perfect…nestled just in between the financial and entertainment districts. The maintenance fees for the building are under 1000 dollars, the place comes with parking, and you get an oversize storage locker.

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I love how bright and full of life this apartment is, and while it has a definite layout and character, it leaves you so much room to decorate and personalize. Also, while it’s already gorgeous, there still are a number of little renovations you could potentially do to increase value. I love the breakfast nook, and there is a study as well (although not photographed). The only potential deal breaker for me is that it’s not a pet friendly building….I need my animals. But it will be someone else’s dream home!

Here’s the link to the original listing:

http://www.realtor.ca/propertyDetails.aspx?PropertyId=15313503

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Christmas Decorating

Hey guys! So it’s been longer than usual since my last post, and for that I want to say sorry. Really, from the bottom of my heart. I love running this blog, and I promise I am not losing interest. This has just been a crazy time for me, but I fully intend to commit to posting here twice a week from here on in!

Anyway, I wanted to talk a bit about my Christmas decorating. I had absolutely no money left this year for Christmas decorations. I love Christmas, and I desperately wanted to decorate, so I ended up asking my mum to send out some old decorations from home. She did, and she even went out and bought a few things just for me, because as I have said in a few posts before, she is the actual best. Anyway, what this means is that none of my decorations have any sort of flow about them, and I wasn’t able to go with a colour theme, but I think I’ve managed to make a very happy, Christmasy apartment anyway!

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So I can’t really tell you where I got a lot of this stuff, as it’s either from years ago or my mum got it for me. All of my favourite Christmas scented candles have been from Chapters this year, and if I had the money, all of my Christmas throw pillows, throw blankets, treats, etc would be from there too. If you are on a limited budget like me, try talking to family members to see if they have any decorations they don’t use anymore….after 40 years of Christmases, a lot of people have piles of unused decorations they would be glad to get rid of. Otherwise, have a look around for some DIY decoration ideas. I might try one or two of those myself, if I find time around exams! I will be baking Christmas cookies soon (note my unused Christmas platters), so look forward to that post coming soon!

I’d love to hear some of your tips on decorating on a budget. Any favourite DIY christmas decorations? If you liked this post, go ahead and give it a like, then head over to my facebook, twitter, and instagram for more fun updates and posts!