Monday, July 28, 2014

OOTD: Printed Tank with Hanna Marie Lei!

I'm so excited to be doing another OOTD (outfit of the day)! I haven't done one this month yet, and it's already almost over. Can you believe it, summer break is almost ending! I'm going to try to take advantage of nice summer weather and take some pictures outside. Sadly, it's going to rain all next week and it might even be too cold to wear summer outfits. But I'll try to get some after. Anyways- today, I'm collaborating with Hanna Marie Lei to bring you outfits centered around a printed tank. There are so many different patterns available, we thought we'd show you how we style it to suit our own aesthetics!

I paired my green patterned tank with white denim shorts, since the tank is a casual, cotton-y material. It's basically an amped up version of the typical t-shirt and jeans look, but I think this looks more put together. Plus, the crochet detailing on my shorts is so cute- I love little girly touches in my outfits!

I showed these sunglasses in one of my Photo Diaries and I'm still loving them! They give the outfit a more playful look, am I right?

I hope you enjoyed seeing how I style my printed tank and hopefully this inspires you to wear one too! Make sure to check out Hanna's outfit over on her blog!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Weekend Reading

I've been to the thrift shop recently (haul coming soon!) and there's so many great decor items! Flea Market Finds for under $15 is a great list of things to look out for when you're there.

I can't believe this wall art is completely made up of stickers! It's beautiful and so creative.

This Game of Thrones fan theory will completely blow your mind. This was an interesting read, not sure if I believe it completely though. I've always thought Lyanna was Jon Snow's mother, but this was a bit too much.

You know that quote "You have as many hours in a day as Beyoncé"? It's all over Pinterest! Here's a woman who explains why its not actually true. Unfortunately.

Making crepes with a blender? Count me in!

Uses and Benefits of Lemons from Free People. That exfloliant looks amazing and so luxurious. Who knew?

DIY beauty hacks explained- yes, there is proof that DIY masks really work!

Photos: cupcakes and cashmere, free people blog, thought catalog, honestly wtf

Friday, July 25, 2014

Friday Favourites!

I've been planning on taking some pictures outside this week, but the weather was just not cooperating! After we came back from the beach, it got cold. Luckily, today's a sunny day so I think I'm going to go outside and read for a while! I went to library yesterday and borrowed a ton of books- some from my summer reading list, some not. What can I say, I got a little distracted. As usual. I don't have a lot planned these days, so I'm excited to sit back and enjoy some reading time! And some more exciting news- I finally got Twitter! I've been having so much fun tweeting fellow bloggers and I can't believe I missed out on the opportunity for so long! You can follow me here and I'd love it if you tweet me :).

Have a super fantastic weekend!

Favourite Buy (Hand-painted vase from the thrift store!):
Favourite Nail Polish (Étude House's turqoise ice cream):
Favourite Flowers (Daisies from my backyard!):

Favourite video (Benji's sweet surprise for Judy! I cried during this, it's so beautiful!):

Favourite Hairstyle (Small side braid- So easy and I've been wearing it a lot):

What are your favourites from this week? I'd love to know! :)

Photo: pinterest

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Photo Diary: A Beautiful Day at the Beach! {21.07.14}

This is the first time I've been to the beach this summer, and I'm already excited to go back! Where I live it is a big deal to go to the beach, so when we go, it's a whole day trip. We chose to go on a sunny day, and the weather was seriously gorgeous. Not too hot, but not cold either. And I know most people go to the beach to go swimming, but this beach's water was so cold and it was filled with seaweed! And the waterbed was made up of rocks, not sand- it hurts when you walk in! But you know me, I wanted to go to get my tan on (spoiler: I didn't get much of one). So we basically lied on the sand for the whole afternoon. It was such a relaxing experience!
Of course I went with Genevive! And we both wore our sunglasses, so I didn't feel awkward posing in mine. I don't know why, I just feel antisocial when I'm wearing sunglasses in a photo and no one else is.
Another hair flip photo. Too bad I couldn't have one with me in the water!
The beach view. It looks like there's not a lot of people, but I'd say there was a decent amount. We did get a spot near the water though, so it definitely wasn't crowded.
The water was so pretty! I've mentioned it before, but I love looking at water waves, it's kind of mesmerizing.
These cute ducks came to visit.
Found the perfect spot to take some pictures!
Another plus- minimal amount of people around so I can do my posing. Just kidding!
Then we went back to the sand part of the beach and here's another jumping photo- I think these are becoming my tradition now! It's so much fun! It takes many tries (at least for me) but I'll spare you the weird-looking failed ones.
Snacks of the day- gummies and nuts, small things like this are perfect for munching on!
A walking out of the water photo. Because I've never had one before.
The sand at this particular beach was so soft, I wanted to walk in it forever. I kept playing with the sand, it just feels so good to let the sand run through your hands!
Officially my favourite beach as of now (not that we have many beaches where I live).
After chilling at the beach for most of the day, Genevive and I went down Queen St. East in Toronto looking for somewhere to eat. We found this place called "Lion on the Beach" which took us quite a while to realize it is a pun for "Lying on the Beach", since it was in the beach neighbourhood. Well, I think it was a pun...could it be that it's not?
There's even a lion painting beside the entrance!
How can I not stop by and admire these pretty flowers?

And that's the end of my beach day! I would have included food pictures of the restaurant, but to be honest it wasn't great so I don't think I should. Nonetheless, I can now officially check off one thing from my 2014 Summer Bucket List!

Do you like going to the beach? What's your favourite activity to do there?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

How To Achieve Starbucks Gold: The Healthier & Cheaper Version

Hello! I am very excited to be writing a guest post on Every Day In Grace!  My name is Marie, and I am from the blog Elle Charie! My blog is mainly about beauty, fashion, design and healthy living. If you are interested in these, please check my blog out and let's chat via my twitter! Anywho back to the blog post!

I recently achieved Starbucks Gold Status. I know what a lot of you are thinking – WTF is Gold Status? Basically it's a reward program where you receive free refills, free food/drink for every 12 stars, and free birthday drinks! So if you drink coffee to stay awake and Starbucks is your go-to, I def recommend becoming part of this program! So how do you become part of this program? Well, all you have to do is purchase 30 items on a registered Starbucks gift card! It’s super easy, and I am going to show some tricks to get that gold status faster, healthier and cheaper!

Oh also, did I mention you get a super cute specialized card with your name on it? Basically I am going to be sharing with you 5 drinks that are healthy & cost effective!

5 Health & Cost Effective Starbucks Drinks

1. Very Berry Hibiscus Starbucks Refresher

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So this drink is super delicious, contains hibiscus which is common in a lot of teas and known for its Vitamin C & Minerals. It is also a natural diuretic, so great if you're planning to go on a detox diet! Also it's only $2.75 in Canada! Maybe cheaper for the American counterparts! It only has 70 calories! 

2. Steamed Apple Cider

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Only 170 calories for a tall, and that includes whip cream! Plus, you get all the health benefits of apple juice which cleanses liver, promotes heart health, and boots the immune system! Also, its only $1.75. And well… The whip cream will be our secret! ;)

3. American Misto/ Café Misto

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So this one doesn’t really count as “healthy” unless you want to chirp the health benefits of coffee which may include reducing change for liver disease (I am not sourcing any scientific papers here). But if you still need that morning “freshener” but want to cut the calories, this is your drink! It has only 80 calories with skim milk and roughly around $2.50.

4. Soy Chai Tea Latte

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Only 180 calories- It's black tea so it will waken you up in the morning and a nice alternative to coffee. Get soy milk for the additional health benefits and lower cals. Black tea is full of antioxidants that can help prevent cardiovascular disease! Also, it contains ginger which aids digestion, boosts the immune system, and reduces inflammation! This is only $3.15 for a tall!

5. Green Tea Frapp

Okay, so this is my personal favourite! Although it may not be the cheapest or healthiest drink, it makes green tea taste good! Which is an amazing feat in itself for my taste buds. It is around 300 calories if you get a tall with non fat milk! Cut the whip cream for even less calories! It's around $4.00! Green tea is great if you are going on a diet because it actually gets rid of your hunger! Also, green tea has antioxidants that often can help prevent cancer, and its aids healthy cells in growth and development! So maybe it can prevent cancer too! 

Best of luck on your quest for Starbucks gold (if you feel it would be beneficial to you), and cheers to making cheaper and healthier drink decisions! If you liked this post check out my blog for more!


Monday, July 21, 2014

Things I just Cannot Do!

Recently, I came across this cute new tag created by Dali from DaliRae! It's a quick one, but very fun to make. It actually took me a while to think of things I just cannot do, because I wanted to write things I would never ever in a million lifetimes do. They might seem weird, but it's how I've always been ;)!

Things I just cannot do:

  • Go to sleep without writing in my journal
  • Eat any seafood other than fish and seaweed- I just can't bring myself to try it!
  • Go to sleep without washing my face first
  • Open my eyes on a scary roller coaster
  • Watch a movie and not finish it, even if it's really bad. It'll eventually get better, right?..
  • Go somewhere scenic and not take pictures
  • Stop being attracted to sparkly jewelry
  • Be completely done reading everything on my "To read list". It's never ending!
  • Resist homemade baked goods
  • Not wear a watch
  • Cut my hair so that's it's shorter than my shoulders. I look terrible with short hair!
  • Go out for the day without bringing a water bottle and sunscreen
  • Blow dry my hair- I always let it air dry completely!
  • Eat or drink anything remotely beet flavoured- I mentioned it before, but I'm scarred for life from a science experiment I was in
I hope you will continue this tag- I tag every single person reading this! It's a very fast post, and it's so interesting to see what other people would never do. You can write as little or as much as you want. We can get to know each other in a creative and fun way!

If you do this tag too, make sure to leave your link in the comments so I can see them! Or you can leave some examples of things you would never do.

PS. If you want to use my picture, email me and I can send you the picture without my Blog name! My email is in the "Contact" tab.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Weekend Reading

A Beautiful Mess always has amazing pictures, so I was so excited to see their new post on How to Create Bright and Sharp iPhone Photos. They give easy to follow editing steps and it's useful for Blog photos too!

This week, I've been really into watching chick flicks on my computer. I have a lot more free time now, so I can watch more movies! While searching some popular ones up, I came across Top 100 Chick Flicks. I'm not going to watch all of them of course, but it's a good start. I already watched a few super funny movies from there.

If you're bored, or want to know how many words you know, try Testing Your Vocabulary with a fun quiz!

I can always benefit from reading more Networking Tips, especially one written for introverts.

I haven't eaten ice cream for quite some time now, but this Easiest Ever Ice Cream Cake has got me drooling. Seriously, it looks amazing!

You're probably making these 5 mistakes at work- I'm not currently working, but this was interesting to read. There's some awesome and easy to follow tips in there too!

How gorgeous is Amber from Barefoot Blonde with her new baby and gorgeous floor length dress? And her braid is just absolutely stunning!

Photos: barefoot blonde, a beautiful mess, a beautiful mess, cupcakes and cashmere