christmas gift guide 02

GiftGuide02-2014image found here | design by taravictoria

we went from blizzards near the end of november to pretty much spring weather in a matter of days. right now i am thoroughly enjoying the idea of a brown christmas. this is the time of the month that the last minute holiday shopping is starting to kick in. on most online shops there’s still time to get your orders just in time for christmas. in the holiday spirit, i thought i’d share some more of my favourite finds.

and a bonus: my lovely sponsor jessica of creative index is having a holiday sale from now until december 14th. you can enjoy $5 off everything and free shipping worldwide (free shipping excluding framed prints, canvases, and rugs). definitely swing by her shop, even if just for some christmas presents for yourself (i know i’ve got my eye on a few things)! just use this link to activate the discount code. happy shopping!

weekender bag  |  alarm dock  |  framed art print  |  cup  |  pillow  |  bowl


between lenses: reflection


so hard to believe this is the 12th between lenses photo challenge! looking back on this past year, trina and i couldn’t think of a more perfect way for our final between lenses of 2014 to be representing reflection. we are so excited to be continuing this monthly blog hop in 2015 and i cannot wait to see where it takes all of us : ) lookout on monday for an exciting between lenses giveaway that myself and trina are putting together!


when we decided on the theme reflection, i knew i wanted to be freely creative with this photo – do something totally different. i loved the idea of using the reflection of light to speak to the theme. the execution was the best part. i experimented with a few different techniques and tools, but ultimately landed on these simple things: candles, clear plexiglass and drops of water. crazy hey?

i am definitely someone who enjoys taking the time to be alone with my thoughts and reflecting always leaves me in a dream-like state. whether that be internally contemplating or visually seeing how reflections alter anything from scenery in nature or light dancing off water droplets.


i love how trina has captured this amazing one of a kind moment. what a beautiful way to show reflections! be sure to head over to trina’s blog to read all about how she snagged this incredible shot and how it represents reflection to her.


 this is a bloghop!

trina and i would love to see you join in and share your imagery! you can easily link up with us via the following steps:

1+  create your blog post and feel free to use the header image in which you can download here.
[please only use images for between lenses posts and be sure to attribute to trina or myself]
2+ copy your blog post’s url.
3+ notice where it says click here to enter – click that and follow the easy instructions. be sure to only link up with one of our blogs, not     both. no worries – since mine and trina’s blogs are interlinked, your blog post will show up on both!
4 + and for fun, you can share your photo on instagram using the #betweenlenses hastag.

our goal for this collaboration is to capture & reflect upon life, to cultivate inspiration among one another and to connect with other bloggers. and we hope that you’re one of them!


upcoming between lenses themes:

wednesday, january 14th // nostalgia
wednesday, february 11th // saturdays
wednesday, march 11th // simplicity


celebrating with holly marie designs & a giveaway!

HollyMarieDesigns-giveawayImage-Cover[all images provided by myself, tara victoria]

blogging anniversaries are definitely things that should be celebrated and what better way to include everyone in your celebration than a giveaway! this month marks 2 years for my good friend holly of holly marie designs! since we met (well internet met haha), holly has been a constant support and partner in collaboration.


i am thrilled to be part of her celebration among the 9 of us that teamed up to make this giveaway possible. we are giving away a one year subscription to one of my personal favourite magazines, kinfolkthis means one lucky reader will receive a total of 4 issues in 2015, kicking things off with issue 15. make sure you head over to holly’s blog to give her some blogiversary love and check out these amazing bloggers that made this possible.

Holly Marie Designs / Tara Victoria / Honee Bee blog / Clear the Way / Thou Swell / Irene Victoria / Safaris & Sunsets / Fashiony Fab / Kercia Jane

get the deets:
+ giveaway runs from 08|12|2014 until  22|12|2014
+ open to readers internationally!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

music mondays: 02


happy monday beauties! here is another edition of music mondays for y’all to enjoy, where i combine a short playlist that is currently getting me through my work week and a pin or image that has kicked off my monday with inspiration. this week with the holiday hustle, i needed a more upbeat but chill at the same time, playlist that could keep me focused. i hope this playlist helps inspire you guys this week! (ps. how amazing is that sufjan stevens song?!?)

dark star  | JAYMES YOUNG
02+  a little lost | SUFJAN STEVENS
04+  pretty thing | BROODS
05+  given the chance | THE KITE STRING TANGLE   
06+  bridges BROODS
07+  we fall down ASTR
08+  the way that i am | TOVE LO
09+  L.A.F | BROODS
10+  reflections | MISTERWIVES

listen on rdio or 8tracks.


launched: morrison motorsports

MorrisonMotorsportsBranding_01MorrisonMotorsportsBranding_04i am super stoked to finally get to share this project with you guys! remember this moodboard that i was so over-the-moon excited about?? well it’s been wrapped up for a bit and i’m finally getting around to sharing it on here. this project was for two really great friends of mine that race legend cars. they wanted me to put together a solid brand that could stay throughout any form of racing they might get into and would allow them to easily get sponsorships and promotion and keep them looking professional.


i put together a vintage inspired brand based on the personality of the driver and the racing brand. this was such a out-of-my-comfort-zone project, but it was so much fun to take on. i have always loved photographing cars and trucks, so when i got to do all the photography for the website i was pretty thrilled! you can check out the website and see more photos here. this was totally one of those projects where you have a clear vision of the brand before anything hits the paper, sometimes it doesn’t always end up the same, sometimes it does! this ended up being more than i had envisioned, and it was a blast to take on. even better was taking our trip to vegas to see him race in nationals!



you can catch me over on the village blog today, guest posting about the value in living authentically. take a read here.


christmas gift guide 01

GiftGuide-2014-01image found here | design by taravictoria

can you believe that it’s already december?! it seems like the second half of this year just flew by! with christmas fast approaching, i’ve been putting together some awesome things to help prepare to celebrate the holiday! from decorating ideas, to DIY’s – it’s all coming with the countdown to christmas.

in all the business of the holiday season, sometimes it’s nice to take the time to shop some of the amazing smaller businesses we have at our fingertips online. over the next 2 weeks, i’ll be sharing a few of my favourites for some holiday shopping ideas! this mix is for anyone from a new home owner to a decorating fanatic. and there may be something in there for yourself too! where are you shopping this holiday season?

throw  |  vase  |   kettle  |  wool gloves  |  trouvè volume 2  |  glass diamond


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