Mini Rugs & Sprinkle Mugs

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“I do not know the weight of time or the texture of happiness. But even still I am grateful because this year I have learned that loving is brave, and being loved is even braver.” – Natalie Wise

Top Left: Did the rest of the world know that this is what Disneyland looks like at night? I’ve been so drawn to magicality (like reality, but where magical things exist) lately. As a kid my interest in going to Disneyland wasn’t too serious but now, as a 22 year old, I find myself itching to stand in front of the castle with mouse ears on my head.

Top Right: It’s no secret that Instagram is my favourite little space (aside from this one, of course;) and I’m constantly screen shotting bits of inspiration from different accounts I find. The other night while on a late night inspo-hunt I came across this: miniature bear rugs! Ah, how I love novelty collections.

Bottom Left: I want to tell you that the significance of this little picture is simply that I now use eggnog in my coffee instead of milk because I am oozing Christmas spirit (true). But I have a teeny confession. I took this picture last Monday. I rimmed a coffee cup in sprinkles the day before I was anticipating great news. This picture was going to be used to announce said good news. I pre-celebrated. The news I was anticipating didn’t come. #tragic

Bottom Right: I love this artist’s scandalous work on the shopping bags for Kara Ross NY!

PS: a cover I had no idea existed (and love!),
the truth about love and a list of mountainous
excitement happening this winter if you happen to
live near the Canadian rockies like me. :)
Happy Thursday! xo

Pinky Swear

“A fish & a bird can fall in love, but where do they make a home?” – Dolly Parton

goldenpopcornLeft: Something about this crazy little collar appeals to me, it seems like it belongs on the neck of a sophisticated french girl. Which reminds me, I have started my quest in teaching myself to speak french! First Update: I learned that the phrase toodaloo! ACTUALLY spawns from the french saying, “A tout à l’heure !” (See you later!) which is to be pronounced Ah-toot -ah-luhr. Great, right?

Middle: Ceramic popcorn with golden innards. I need a bucket full, ASAP.

Right: Soft pinks and copper have both been catching my eye lately, and they look especially lovely together. For Tim‘s upcoming Christmas party I picked up a pink backless dress that I plan on pairing with bright pink lipstick and a belly full of champagne. Fa la la la la, la la la laaaa!

PS:
State & Occupation is entered in the 2014 Made in Blog awards!
Vote HERE for Canada’s best Lifestyle blog and I’ll repay you e-hugs,
e-kisses and e-sharing my snacks.
– This barefoot blonde has the sweetest baby and most gorgeous
braids. I’m totally obsessed and have been recreating them all week!
These shades made me giggle.
– My current favourite song and a teary music video to accompany it.
xo, Happy Wednesday!

We Found Wonderland

wonderlandFotor01026203955My snowy grey day was in need of a little magic, so I rounded up 10 magical links:

  1. Cookie Monster stars as Furry Potter in Sesame Streets rendition of Harry Potter (Seeing that guy in a maroon and gold scarf is SO worth the five minute lesson on how to listen carefully).
  2. A hotel that looks straight out of a fairytale in the Chilean Patagonian Rainforest. I’ll take a one-way ticket to Chile, please!
  3. A couples costume that I actually really, really like.
  4. Refreshingly orignal fairytale themed engagement shoots!
  5. This cat cruisin’ around on a roomba dressed as Princess Jasmine (hahaha).
  6. Whimsical tights featuring a sneaky little dude climbing your leg.
  7. Make your own “magic shell” using coconut oil for homemade dipped ice-cream cones!
  8. Glow in the dark ghost nails for halloween on Friday.
  9. An article on magical thinking, and how it just might lurk in us all.
  10. Perhaps my most enchanting find of the day- wine in a can.

PS! There’s something truly magical about the release of a new Taylor Swift album isn’t there?!
1989 has a serious Lana del Rey-meets-Lorde vibe to it, dontcha think? Back to endlessly listening I go, go, go.

xo, Happy Monday!

(all photos from my Instagram)

 

Copper Cruisin’ Onwards

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Top Left: This photo reminds me so much of one that’s stuck up on our fridge at home. It’s of me when I was 5, in orange pants and a colourful sweater holding our black cat like Rafiki held Simba over pride rock. I’ve been feeling nostalgic lately. Nostalgic for the good, but oddly enough, nostalgic for the bad. Not that I’m sentimentally remembering feelings of misery, but my brain has been living in the past a little- from childhood memories that make my heart ache to reliving the happy times in friendships that have imploded. As always when I touch on negativity here, I feel the urge to apologize for it, minimize it and top it with colourful sprinkles of ‘but here’s the good news!’  But aren’t some of the greatest bits of writing a little bit miserable? I’m intentionally reading The Fault in our Stars knowing it’s going to rip out my heart by the last page. Negativity shouldn’t always be muted. As my boy Ernest Hemingway said, “Write hard and clear about what hurts.” Okay Ernest, I will. But only sometimes.

Top Right: I’m imagining presenting a bouquet of these pom-pom branches for the host of the party at every occasion. Blue and pink for a baby shower, multicoloured for a birthday, black and orange for halloween- the possibilities are endless! (10 more pom-pom crafts, here!)

Bottom Left: Can you imagine cruisin’ around on this beautiful shiny thing!? It’s almost too pretty to ride. Almost.

Bottom Right: This photo was titled Weirdo Wonderland. I like that. There is no better feeling than meeting someone who totally matches your level of weird. The frilly-pink-floral-ness of the Weirdos contrasting against the cold concrete is so pleasing for my eyeballs.

PS- What an October. This month I will be published four times,
twice for the first time in new publications! I’m proud and tired and nervous and excited.
Last night I realized I was featured on Ban.do‘s blog and nearly had a hot
flash over it (I’m obsessed with Jen Gotch- the founder).
A weekend giggle for ya here, and a really really great reminder here.

Happy Saturday! xo

To Be Wonderful.

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“You are a tree that grew from a seed I never planted. I never bothered asking where you came from, I just started loving the smell of your branches, and falling asleep in your shade.” – Tyler Knott Gregson

Left: My brain has been in non-stop obsession mode over moving out and having my own little house. Decorating it and filling it with groceries, a cat and offices made out of closets. Growing up my dad always talked about a moment in his young life when a switch flicked and he could no longer stand living at home. That switch flicked for me. A year ago.

Middle: Okay, I am a little interested in money. There are serious ups and serious downs about trying to make it as a freelance writer. The ups this week have included doing an interview wrapped in a blanket on the floor, drinking wine at 2pm and landing a cool new job. The downside includes a big question mark when it comes to what my monthly income will look like. But more than consistency, a room full of money or a crowd of adoring fans, I really really do just want to be wonderful. I think that’s what keeps me going. As the saying goes, “Introduce yourself until you don’t have to introduce yourself anymore”.

Right:  I think about this morning all the time. A morning in the summer when I woke up in Kelowna, BC in the comfiest bed. It was my first time ever sleeping under the stars in the box of a truck. I woke up once during the night because it was lightly raining and hitting my face, but I just snuggled deeper under the blankets. By 8am it was already a gorgeous day, and a few minutes after this photo was taken, I rolled out of bed, grabbed a coffee to-go and hopped in the boat to go wake surfing.

PS: State & Occupation now has a Facebook page! Yay!

PPS: something to help you pick out a costume,
something to help you waste time
and a new method of payment that would surely
leave me broke. :) Happy Saturday! xo

Uno October

octobeFotor093020503“There are moments I know I will long for even as I live them.” -Judith Katzir

Happy October! We are officially in the month of costume planning. I’ve got yellow body paint and a blue wig on my shopping list.. any guesses which costume I’m dreaming up?!

Top Left: Tim took me to the local pumpkin patch here in Saskatoon on Saturday and we had the best time picking out juuust the right pumpkins while drinking Baileys and coffee. He chose a very cute little orange one, while I went for this lumpy peach coloured one- isn’t it cool? Tim said it reminded him of THIS… hahaha 8O.

Top Right: If by nothing else, I hope your Hump Day is brightened by these Grumpy Cat nippies.

Bottom Left: As mentioned, I’m in Saskatoon visiting Tim. I took the bus here rather than driving, which allowed me to devote six solid hours to knitting. I nearly screamed with excitement when I finished my very first scarf! Up next: another scarf in forest green and a big grey reading blanket. “Knitting is a cool hobby,” I said earlier this week. I almost believe myself.

Bottom Right: Ban.do is on my Top Five Most Fun Places To Work list. One of their coworkers got engaged, so naturally they celebrated with donuts and googley eyes. If you need me, I’ll be obsessively forwarding over 36 copies of my resume.

Hoping my 22nd October is my greatest October, and yours too. xo!

The Girl In The Red Dress

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Can you believe today marks three months until Christmas? Where did 2014 go? Usually I leave all my festive feelings bottled up until the snow falls but this year I am ahead of the ball. I’ve already purchased 2 gifts as well as drawn up my own wish list!
Falalalalalalala laaa!
I have been giddy all week waiting to share this post with you. About two months ago a custom dress company called eShakti contacted me asking if I’d be interested in having them send me a free dress in exchange for my honest opinions here on State & Occupation. I backflipped across the room and immediately accepted!

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They directed me to a selection of dresses to choose from. I decided on a festive coloured one, with the idea of being able to wear it to holiday parties this year!

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eShakti allows you to customize the neckline, sleeves, length of the dress and if you want pockets or not (of course I did!) which was super fun. Because I am incredibly impulsive and wanted to order my dress right-that-instant, I went with an XS size rather than typing in my own measurements. Had I have done that, the dress would have fit a tad more snug so I definitely recommend taking advantage of that feature.

BallsInFaceIMG_3062This whimsical Christmas themed shoot is totally fitting because eShakti is giving readers the gift of 10% off with the discount code “STATEANDOCCUPATION” at checkout. Valid until 10/23/14. If you like, check out Eshakti on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Happy shopping! xox

Today Is Wild & It Is Yours

instag3f173652d6b9b660700347dd7c926dfe I’ve spent the last few days writing, and I have some exciting things to tell y’all in the coming weeks. But for now- here is my Instagram roundup of perfectly styled inspiration. Happy Monday and happiest LAST day of summer!

Top Left: I love this quote. The gorgeous Australian based magazine Renegade Collective has a following of super creative readers who are always snapping pictures as they read. In my dreams, you guys take pretty photos of yourselves reading State & Occupation and my heart sings with each #regram …hehe.

Top Right: This comes from a shoot for Target so of course it’s colourful and fun- but what really got me was the painted tips of the logs in the fireplace. WAY too sweet. My desire to buy a house and recreate that look is sky high right now.

Bottom Left: What’s cuter than 14 teeny pies? That messily painted neon cutting board.

Bottom Right: A Barbie mirror inspired iPhone case at Milan Fashion Week, captured by The Blonde Salad- a fashion blogger I oogle over daily. The pictures of Milan filling my newsfeed over the last week are making me seriously nostalgic for my own Italy adventure a few years back!

City of Stitches

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I have great news! I have learned how to knit!
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My great friend and human of many talents Greg taught me last night, and I am now on my way to creating a giant, cozy, mustard-yellow infinity scarf. It was after 10:30pm by the time I had packed up my 3 hours of work (you’d be shocked at how little it looks like I accomplished), and we got to chatting about art and the people behind it. “I met a writer who refuses to read, watch TV and hardly leaves the house,” Greg said. “She doesn’t want her ideas to be tainted.”

We agreed that in order to gain any inspiration, you have to live, experience, learn, love, fail and fall. The four walls surrounding me in my house and the vault of memories in my brain are good places to start, but I find myself needing to be freshly inspired every day. Perfectly sculpted circular shrubs in the front yard of a house in BC, a green velvet skirt paired with an old black printed t-shirt, a yellow leaf the size of my face, a mirrored box full of prematurely bought Christmas gifts, walking across the city’s highest bridge just as it lights up in gold, imagining all of the little lives happening under one roof in an apartment building, a baby’s teeny toes and the creepy Alf doll sticking out of a box in the basement have all been sources of inspiration for me recently. Maybe the outfit is one I’ll copy and the Alf doll just might have inspired me to stage a little photoshoot with my cat. Because he eats cats. Remember?

You’ve got to check all the nooks and crannies; because that’s where inspiration lives, and that’s a lesson I am definitely learning. In order to create, write, draw, and inspire- you have to go out and live, on purpose.

Happiest hump day! Two things to remember here, and here. xo!

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The Light Will Come

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“When your number-one priority is getting a boyfriend, you’re more inclined to see a beautiful girl and think, ‘Oh, she’s gonna get that hot guy I wish I was dating,'” she says. “But when you’re not boyfriend-shopping, you’re able to step back and see other girls who are killing it and think, ‘God, I want to be around her.'” – an excerpt from The Rolling Stones Taylor Swift cover story.

I really liked the whole vibe of that interview when I read it through snoozy eyes a few nights ago. I was waiting for Tim to come to bed while he ran around doing last minute activities after we used up all the productive hours of our evening to finish the Lord of The Rings trilogy (I’m obsessed). While I am not “boyfriend-shopping”, I am guilty of feeling threatened by the girls who are “killing it” as T-Swift says, whether that be in their schooling, career, looks or travels.  I can recognize that some of my thoughts, feelings or traits have been dealt to me through life experiences and the actions of other people, but I also recognize that I am the only one who can widdle them down until they don’t exist anymore. Jealousy isn’t something that occupies much of my day to day life, but when it comes to my relationship, it oozes out of me so effortlessly. Since Fall has always felt like a time to start again and embrace inevitable change, I’m using this season to hold myself accountable to making my own change- pursuing happier, healthier thoughts. After all, how horrifically ironic would it be to push away the love of your life due to fear of losing him?

In other news, it’s been an eventful few weeks! Since my last post I’ve stood beside my sister as she became a wife, took a week long holiday of surfing, drinking, relaxing, and snacking to Kelowna, BC, and the following two weeks in Saskatoon, SK where Tim and I spent our weekdays trying not to distract each other and our weekends hanging with friends and exploring the nude beach. My creative wheels have been endlessly turning all the while and I’m excited for the line up of posts I have coming for you! Enjoy the last half of your weekend. xo!

PS: My new favourite quote, The Simpsons font and the Christmas card I’ll be giving everyone this year. Happy Saturday!