you are enough

you are enough.

you are not too much.

you put your whole heart into everything you do. you are invested. you are passionate. you are exceptional. 

exceptional.

why can't you see that?

please love yourself.

please love yourself.

please love yourself.

please love yourself.

you deserve love.

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hello again

it’s time for a confession.

this blog has kind of become like a guilty secret of mine. I wanted to create a fun, inspiring space for millennial girls to explore minimalism, sexuality, and makeup. I wanted to write content that made people excited. I got started, wrote a few posts I was proud of, and felt… tired.

suddenly, I felt like I had no voice, nothing interesting to say, and no story to tell. for 2017, I focused on the word ‘be,’ but I felt lost in searching for my identity. I started telling myself I was way too busy to blog or post to instagram, but in reality I was avoiding it. unable to figure out who I was and overwhelmed by the persistently negative world around me, I found myself escaping to tv and to any distraction I could find. 

I don’t know that I’ve gotten a lot further than this, but I know that I want to write. I don’t have a vision for what this space will be, but I know that writing helps me process and that creating content brings me joy. I’m hoping to work on my photography skills for the same reason. I’m still working out who I am, and maybe some of that will happen here. 

towards greater things.

  photo credit: cole madell

photo credit: cole madell

how using facial serums changed my lazy skincare life

I’ve always admired women with advanced skincare routines. I think skincare is a really special way to show love to yourself - taking care of your skin can be relaxing and rejuvenating. despite my admiration, I am incredibly lazy. I consistently forget all of the steps of successful skincare and I'm embarrassed to admit that I’m the queen of the makeup wipe strategy. 

as I’ve gotten older my skin has certainly gotten duller, and as I’ve said before I have insanely dry skin. I’d done some research on strategies for brightening and moisturizing your face (without making it oily), so was thrilled when Eden Semilla offered to let me try their facial serums. 

serums are a skincare product used between cleanser and moisturizer. there are many types of serums out there but they all push strong, effective ingredients directly into your skin. there are serums for aging, serums for acne, serums for dry skin, serums for brightening... knowing which serum is right for your skin can feel like a puzzle, but the serums that Eden’s Semilla sent me seemed to have exactly the right ingredients for all of my skincare needs. here are my main takeaways:

eden semilla’s serums are akin to superfood for the skin. being a dry-skinned, lazy, skincare-curious woman, these serums were incredibly easy to add into my skincare routine (which consisted literally of cleanser and moisturizer). just using their hyaluronic serum in the morning and their vitamin c serum in the evening gave me all of the benefits I wanted with minimal effort. they really pack a punch, but they’re also organic! I have really sensitive skin, so it was comforting to know these products are paraben-free, natural, and vegan.

hyaluronic acid is fantastically useful for helping skin retain moisture. I didn’t realize how much these serums were doing for my face until I stopped using them for about 5 days. by the time late morning or mid-afternoon struck on each of those days, my skin was left feeling dry and tight, craving the moisture rich-results the hyaluronic acid delivered. hyaluronic acid is clincally shown to help the skin retain moisture, so without it my moisturizer essentially formed a barrier on top of my skin; these serums improved the effectiveness of my moisturizer, allowing moisture to permeate deeply beyond my skin's outer layer.

vitamin c is essential for anti-aging effects. it’s no secret that skin loses its elasticity as time goes on, and beauty gurus everywhere say that by your mid-twenties you should be protecting your skin as it begins to lose its shape and strength. vitamin c is required for collagen production; using the vitamin c serum at night on my bare face allows the serum to work its super-hydrating and cellular-repairing magic. these powerful ingredients are delivered right to the skin, and the result is brighter, firmer and healthier looking skin. I don’t feel like I have a lot of wrinkles, but I want to keep it that way!

both of these serums have become must-use for me in just a matter of weeks. after taking a brief break from using them, I could visibly see and legitimately feel the difference… plus, when using one additional product provides so many benefits, it fits right into my lazy-girl skincare routine! these have easily become a part of my permanent skincare routine.

what is your skincare superfood? do you use serums?

3 tips to combat dry skin this winter

I secretly love winter. I love hot coffee, giant blanket scarves, and big, fluffy snowflakes. in Alberta winter is 6 months long, so it’s best to embrace the season - I learned to love it. after spending years in this province I’d hoped my skin would have learned to embrace winter too, but it still craves the humid, coastal British Columbian air that I grew up on. 

since winter is more of a lifestyle than a season in Alberta, I’ve had to come up with strategies to deal with my excessively dry, itchy, eczema-prone skin. today I’ll be sharing a few of my most effective tips to avoid cracked, sore, dry skin this winter. 

use oils / I like heavenly-scented moisturizers as much as the next girl, but moisturizers don’t effectively permeate every layer of your skin. when I learned about this I began researching alternatives to the typical lotions I'd been using. Eden’s Semilla was kind enough to send me a few of their oils in exchange for a review - and it has been an absolute game changer for my eczema. after I shower or spend a long period of time outside, I use Vitamin E Oil on the driest areas (for some reason, I get terrible eczema breakouts on my shins), and it has done me wonders! it’s keeping my breakouts at bay, leaving my skin soft and even healing some of my eczema scars! I actually don't think I'll ever go back to regular lotions after using it. on my face and hands, I’ve been using Organic Jojoba Oil. I was initially nervous about using an oil on my face (I was afraid of acne!), but jojoba oil is incredibly similar to the sebum our skin naturally produces. my face has been radiant, acne-free, and so soft since I started using this. 

get a humidifier / I’ve had a cold water humidifier for about two years now, and it makes a surprisingly big difference in my skin. I run it every night though the winter, and adding moisture into the air has made my skin as happy as it makes my plants. according to the internet, humidifiers can also keep colds at bay! I recommend getting a cold humidifier; the warm ones are more likely to encourage the growth of bacteria and need to be cleaned more often.

drink water / we know that drinking water is the best thing you can do for your entire body, but we often forget that water directly impacts the appearance and quality of the skin. while the water we drink is distributed to all of our organs and cells (our skin doesn’t perk up as soon as we drink a glass of water!), ensuring you’re always effectively hydrating your body will help your skin to appear more radiant and to feel less itchy. 

hopefully these tips will be helpful to you! please share in the comments below - what are your secrets for dealing with dry skin?

“Tutu

resolutions for 2017

happy new year! as cliche as it is, this time of year tends to be a time for personal reflection about the past year and goal setting for the year ahead. as an introspective lover of new beginnings, this is one of my favourite times of year. 

globally, 2016 was not one of the best years in history: we lost many incredible people, witnessed countless tragedies, and watched the world change in new and terrifying ways. on a personal level, however, 2016 was an incredible year. I grew tremendously as a person, got promoted at work, became comfortable facing my fears, and exercised bravery at every opportunity. I went on several transformative camping and hiking trips, took vacations with so many people I love, saw a few of my favourite artists in concert (including queen bey), and learned more about who I am and who I want to be. 

as I reflected on the growth I had in 2016, I had a really hard time setting resolutions for 2017. while I would normally set resolutions challenging myself to grow as a person, I just want to keep growing the way I have been. I want to keep facing my fears, keep confronting the parts of myself that need work, keep trying new things. I want to keep learning about who I am, and challenging myself to be better - every day. with that in mind, I didn't set personal growth goals for 2017… but I do have a few things I want to make happen!

read more. I love to read, but I never make time to do it and it’s often easier to switch on netflix than it is to pick up a book and use my brain. I set a challenge on goodreads to read 30 books this year! once I have new glasses this will be even easier.

learn to ski. when I was 13 I broke my kneecap in a stupidly embarrassing snowboarding accident. I’ve been terrified of snow sports since then, but I really want to get over that fear and learn to ski! I'm planning to take a few lessons at the local bunny hill (literally called rabbit hill!) and get in at least one day of skiing before the year is over.

go on a multi-day hike. since falling in love with hiking last summer, I’ve been thinking about pushing myself to do a multi-day backpacking back country trip. I already have one 10km in-and-out hike planned, and if it goes well I’ll be doing skyline trail in jasper late in the summer. 

finish my 101 list. my 101 list is set to wrap up in August of this year. although I temporarily forgot about this list altogether, I think I can still get the majority of the items crossed off before the finish line.

brush up on my french. I’m going to montreal, ottawa and quebec city in a few months and I want to feel a little more comfortable with conversational french. I’ve started using duolingo, and after taking the placement test I can see that I have my work cut out for me!

drink more water. I started using the app waterminder to track my water consumption and I’ve found that drinking adequate water has really helped with my weight-loss journey. right now I only seem to properly hydrate myself 50% of the time, so I need to improve in this area.

those are my very action-oriented new years resolutions for 2017! though I normally choose one word to meditate on throughout the year (2016’s word was brave), I haven’t selected one yet this year. I have a few ideas in mind, but I need more time to reflect on what I want as my theme for 2017. I’ll hopefully have a post about my word for 2017 in the coming weeks once I settle on one!

how was your 2016? what are your resolutions for 2017? do you believe in setting resolutions?