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hello dear friends! those of you who had a long weekend this past weekend, i hope it was a fantastic one! i had a great trip to BC, though it’s sad it’s the last long weekend of summer. i feel refreshed after a nice little break. the season is definitely changing here (which i’m not entirely ready for), but with each season i do have a few favourite things to look forward to. to kick off fall on this start of september, i’ve got another fabulous giveaway for y’all! janee of yellow bird + yellow beard has organized this great group of 26 bloggers, including myself, to giveaway a $450 gift card to the shop of your choice! (provided they offer gift cards). that’s right, we’re helping you get geared up for fall and i can’t wait to see what the winner buys!


big thanks to these lovelies for making this happen:


Rarely Taken Seriously | Team Wiking | Rebecca Lately | Of Trees and Hues | The Freckled Fox
Rachel The Hat | RIO the Dreamcatcher | Wearable. | A Fine Line | Anna Delores Photography
The Red Closet DiarymyLifeboxCreative Theory | More Pieces of Me | Cocorrina
Cloistered Away | Wwillthebeast | Sea, Field & Tribe | LublyouCoco & Mingo
Live Colorful | Tara Victoria | Kiss Me Darling | Ex Vitae | Yeobo

Yellow Bird + Yellow Beard



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+ giveaway starts on 09|01|2014 and ends on  09|15|2014
+ open to readers internationally!



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this weekend is a long weekend here in canada and i am sooo looking forward to a little time away! troy and i are headed up to see his family in BC for some fun in the sun and some good times on their boat!! the weather is cooling down significantly now, i’m so not ready to let go of summer. so while i’ll wear my flip flops until they get pried from my hands when the minus 40 weather hits, sometimes you just need those staple comfy lightweight sweaters and scarves when the sun goes down. and of course my new favourite baseball cap! i hope you guys have a wonderful weekend where ever it takes you! here’s to hoping for some good weather : )


bracelet  |  sweater  |  sunglasses  |  hat  |  tank  |  shorts  |  chucks  |  weekender bag  |  scarf



i’m so excited to be teaming up with 17 amazing bloggers to celebrate maru from fashiony fab’s birthday! not only is she turning 25, but fashiony fab is one year old! i feel so blessed to get the opportunity to meet all these amazing bloggers online and even more to be able to be part of their celebrations. today we are giving away a $270 gift certificate to either etsy, amazon or sephora (winners choice). below is a list of the talented bloggers that made this possible so please do check out their blogs, you will not be disappointed! and definitely head over to fashiony fab and give maru some birthday love!



Fashiony Fab | Fierce in The City | Of Trees and Hues | Kyla is Inspired | Live Colorful |By Regina | Coco and Mingo | Mamages | Tana Gandhi | Honestly B | Rio The Dreamcatcher | Rolala Loves | Star-Crossed Smile | Tara Victoria | The Quarter Life Closet | Safaris and Sunsets | My Lifebox | Minck Co


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+ giveaway starts on 08|25|2014 and ends on 09|07|2014.
+ open to readers world wide!
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hey lovely readers! as promised, myself and miranti of pen & peplum want to announce the date of the meet and greet for our exciting collaboration! this will be somewhat of a trial run for using google hangouts with all of you and a way for everyone to introduce themselves and for y’all to get to know us a little bit!


we will be hosting the meet & greet on september 9th, 2014 at 6 PM MDT (september 10th if you’re in australia).  if you need to check out what time this is in your area, use this world meeting clock to get your time zone and see if you’re free that day/time. if this sounds up your alley, please fill out this short survey to RSVP and be part of the hangout! you have until august 31st to RSVP. we can’t wait to meet all of you : )


PS. if you’re not available for this meet & greet, shoot one of us an email and we might schedule another one if there’s enough of you that couldn’t make it!




i’ve been wanting to start a new column for a while now where i can give some updates and some insight into what living my dream has turned into. when i announce the launch of hatch & harbour, i had mentioned another new opportunity that had suddenly come into the picture. somehow the most amazing opportunity ever got passed my way by a great friend of mine and i feel insanely lucky to have gotten it. i ended up getting a job working for a company doing mostly branding and print design! the absolute best part about this company is their business structure, everything is remote! so that means i get to work from home : ) i could not be more happy at this new job – and if you’ve known my struggle for the last 2 years, you’ll know that means a heck of a lot to me! it feels good to be doing what i love and i am truly so grateful that my days are filled with creativity, inspiration and challenges.
all that being said, working from home has been a new adjustment entirely. i absolutely love it – i’ve loved being able to take my office space and make into something i want to work in every day that inspires me to create, but it took some getting used to not to have to do my commute into downtown calgary each morning and be in an office setting, i felt like i was just on vacation for the first 2 weeks. i’m definitely learning a lot about balance and not becoming a complete hermit that never leaves the house. there’s one big struggle i’m having (a not so negative one). i’m sure that people that work from home or are stay at home moms can relate to this, but i barely want to wear real pants anymore. sweatpants, shorts, yoga capris, leggings and lululemons, we’ve become a lot closer in the last few weeks. they’re my good friends, my comfy friends. me and my used-to-be treasured jeans…we’ve grown apart. the thought of loosely flowing, not so tight, no belt pants is just too good to pass up each morning. the struggle of having to wear real pants when i go out to meetings, friend’s houses or dinners is real people. can i get an amen?
all pants-joking aside, i feel truly blessed to have gotten this opportunity and what i’ve learned from being unhappy to now is that if you feel you’re in the wrong place, wrong time do everything in your power to try and work towards changing it. it’s so not worth being unhappy. everyone deserves a chance at doing what they love as their job and i really wish that each and every one of you get that chance real soon.

[image from my instagram]


today i’m super excited to be teaming up with valia of laliou jewelry to bring you guys a giveaway! i was thrilled when an email from valia landed in my inbox and she introduced me to her amazing sea inspired jewelry line, laliou all the way from greece! laliou grew out of her love of taking underwater photographs (which y’all have to take a peek at) and making things with her hands. everything in her shop is handcrafted and totally sea inspired. have a look at all the items, you will not be disappointed!



since it’s kind of a rule for myself running this blog that i have to try a product before i promote it on my blog so that i can give it an honest review as well as style the shoots so it’s all my original photography, valia sent over the two beautiful rings above. she sent over the pebble ring and the sea urchin ring. i was so excited when they arrived and found just how great her handmade products really are. you can really see the quality and the time that goes into each item, and they are a comfortable fit.

so today we’re giving away this lovely sea urchin ring to one lucky reader! i seriously can’t wait for one of you to win, i truly adore these handmade gems!


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+ giveaway starts on 08|18|2014 and ends on 09|02|2014 12:00 AM MST.
+ open to readers internationally!
+ the more entries you complete, the better your chance of winning!
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