Wednesday, November 14, 2012

My Favourite Magazine

Magazines used to be one of my guiltiest impulse purchases: I just love flipping through the pages of pretty people, places, and things. My need for print magazines waned, though, when I discovered blogs - which also saved me a bunch of cash. However, my one real weakness remains Cottage Style. I look forward to buying it every spring & fall and the current issue just came out in Canada a couple of weeks ago.
It's filled with beautiful American cottage-y homes showcasing that shabby chic, worn-in decor style that I so adore. Previous issues have profiled some of my favourite interior designers, like Rachel Ashwell, as well as some of my favourite home decor blogs.
They're a staple of my growing collection of decor books & magazines.
I especially like how the spines of all these books coordinate too - they brighten up the display cabinet in our living room nicely.
Cottage Style is a little pricey for a magazine (retailing around $14) but it's only twice a year so I can justify the splurge. It inspires me and feeds my daydreams so I think it's well worth the cost. I can't wait to get my hands on the the Spring/Summer 2013 issue!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Happiness Project: What I Wore This Week

 Last weekend, as I folded laundry, I came to the very sad realization that my wardrobe mainly consists of sweatpants these days. This is sad to me because, while I love to be comfortable in my clothes, I am starting to look slobby and that I can't stand. I always feel so much better when I get dressed for the day, even if it's just something simple. I thought, "that's it!", my first "Happiness Project" resolution: get dressed for the day.

I needed to lay out some ground rules to ensure I would follow through with this plan. Getting dressed for the day, to me, means putting on something non-pyjama-related (ie: no sweats, no Lulus, no actual pyjamas). It also means I have to get dressed before 10 am and can't change back in to sweatpants until after dinner. Then I needed a way to hold myself accountable so that I wouldn't cheat. Inspired by all those OOTD posts on Instagram I decided to post pictures of my outfits on the blog each week. I could never realistically upload photos everyday so it's more of a OsOTW (Outfits of the Week).

{Monday} figured out how to wear a maxi skirt in winter
{Tuesday} geared-up for the election!
{Friday} knee-high socks & leggings
{Saturday} knitted headband
{Sunday} boyfriend jeans

 So you can see that I'm definitely a jeans & tee kind of girl. I also wear a lot of grey. You may also have noticed that there are two days missing in the middle of the week: I did get dressed both days as I had plans with real people from the outside world and needed to look decent but forgot to take pictures. I even got dressed up Friday night for a fancy dinner date but didn't take a picture of that either... Maybe that will be my next HP resolution but for now I need to focus on getting dressed and maybe cleaning up that front room.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Excuses For Not Blogging

When I started this little blog I had every intention of posting at least a couple times a week and have failed miserably to achieve that goal. I am constantly mentally blogging (I have so many good ideas!) but I either forget to take pictures, take pictures & forget to upload them, or get distracted. Wesley and I were both sick with colds in late October which meant that any and all free moments were spent sleeping and not on the computer. Happy to say that we are both healthy once again and with that comes a fresh wave of inspiration - time to put these thoughts to paper! (Figuratively speaking). In the meantime, here are a few random photos from the last month to tide you over.

See you again real soon!

 (thanksgiving, totem pole, blueberries, seven months, skinny jeans, halloween craftiness, cousins, skele-dog, leftovers)

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Happiness Project: Step 1 - Assess

Do you remember those little quizzes in the back of teen magazines? "Is he boyfriend material?", "What's your summer colour?"... God, I loved those quizzes. In Gretchen Rubin's book, The Happiness Project, she mentions a tool which highlights the fundamental dimensions of one's personality. Taking a test like this is supposed to help you gain some perspective when planning your Happiness Project resolutions. I recently took a similar test online and the results were spot on. Note: it recommends that you assess someone else at the same time to give you an 'x factor' to compare yourself to - I'm not going to disclose who that person is, but you can probably make a good assumption.

The same week I finished reading "The Happiness Project", the author, Gretchen Rubin, was featured on Katie Couric's talk show. I recorded it thinking it might be interesting (it wasn't) but Katie did offer a quiz of her own to rate your happiness. As I suspected, I am "very satisfied with my life".

So the goal is to become "extremely satisfied with my life" (Katie's words, not mine). According the The Big Five I need to:
  • Be more curious, open to new experiences, and creative.
  • Be more organized and less negligent.
  • Be more social, and
  • Be more agreeable.
This is all very consistent with the notes I marked down while reading "The Happiness Project" so I'm feeling pretty self-aware. Now to pound out some resolutions to work on. I'm getting more excited about this by the minute!

Has anyone else started a Happiness Project?