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[image created by the lovely cocorrina]

 
lately there have been a whole lot of celebrations happening and i am so excited to be able to take part in them! this week, thou swell turns one! created by kevin o’gara, thou swell is a lifestyle blog sharing interior inspiration, design and bits of kevin’s life. when i first came across his blog a few months ago, i was so blown away to see how young he is. so so much talent, so well spoken and such a remarkable knack for curating such a beautiful space. i truly am honoured to be a part of his celebration and i cannot wait to see where the next year takes him!

 

kevin has brought together 16 other bloggers (including myself) to giveaway an ipad mini and a 3 month subscription to nextissue! i got my ipad mini last year for my birthday and it’s been so wonderful for those cozy days – sitting on the couch passing through inspiration, or even better the client meetings when a heavy laptop is no longer necessary. what a wonderful gift one lucky winner will receive! a big thank you to all the bloggers who participated, it’s been wonderful teaming up with you all and a online glass *clink* to kevin for one amazing year! what would you use your new ipad mini for if you won?

 
 

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Buckets & Spades | Helarious | Of Trees & Hues | Cocorrina | Ex Vitae | Safaris & Sunsets | Lucky Number Seven | Pen & Peplum | Zoso Lights | Tara Victoria | Clear the Way | Nuance & Bubbles | Eavan Elizabeth | Oh I Design | Catalina Creative | Hello Lidy

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get the deets:
+ giveaway runs from 10|28|2014 until 11|11|2014
+ open to readers worldwide!
 
 
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in all the crazy projects, quick deadlines, interesting and fun branding projects, sometimes things can feel a little overwhelming (to say the least). don’t get me wrong, i am without a doubt, positively grateful to be able to work towards living my dream and feeling closer and closer to that with each passing day. just sometimes when things get so crazy, i’m working 12-14 hour days, leaving my office for a snack here and there, and then catching up on work with the blog, it can feel a little hectic. but i wouldn’t trade it for anything else. that being said, instagram has always been one of my great escapes. like pinterest, i find so much inspiration from it and it’s user’s never ending ability to push the limits and amaze me time and time again. when i need a break from work, i find it so inviting to scroll through my feed and feel inspired all over again. lately with all the traveling i’ve been doing (considering i’m not usually a big traveller – not a fan of planes) these grammers have got me coming down with a serious case of wanderlust. all the adventures we’ve been on this summer, have got me wanting to see and do more. here’s to hoping we can make that happen and here is some beautiful inspiration to start your monday morning off right.

 

one | @elainery | vancouver based blogger.

two | @madisonbosworth | blogger from nashville.

three | @corinaesquivel | surf, skate & snow inspired blogger! i can’t get enough of these beach shots!!

four | @happyaugust | (woop another canadian!) vacouver based photographer.

five | @milenamallory | los angelas photographer and designer (also works with a fav of mine: darling magazine). be sure to stop by her site for more insane inspiration!

six | @hannaidek | blown away by this young girls talent – 15 year old south african student. be sure to check her blog out!



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i absolutely love seeing bloggers come together for a little online celebration of their birthdays and instead of getting a present, they’re teaming up to giveaway something for their special day! when this giveaway opportunity came into my inbox, i had to join in because kate spade is one of my favourite shops out there – especially for their stationary and home goods (look at those animal home goods!!). today i’m teaming up with 7 other amazing bloggers to celebrate sam bell’s birthday! we are giving away a $150 gift card to kate spade! you may have seen sam on the blog here as a sponsor a few months back and she was such a joy to work with. sam runs a blog over at sambellcreative.com and she does amazing watercolour illustrations! such a talent! she put together this giveaway to celebrate her birthday so make sure you head over to her blog and give her some birthday love! below are the lovely ladies that made this giveaway possible. good luck y’all! what would you buy if you won??

 

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Fashiony Fab | Honestly B | Emma-Lou Designs | My LifeBox
Sam Bell Creative | Jessica Says | Tara Victoria | Safaris and Sunsets

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get the deets:
+ giveaway runs from 10|23|2014 until 11|06|2014
+ open to readers worldwide!
+ prize is not transferable to cash
 
 
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woo has it been a whirlwind of a few weeks, sorry for the radio silence over here! i just got back from my trip to vegas and i’ve been playing catch up like a mad woman. i always find it stressful going on trips with everything that has to get done before you go and then everything that has to get caught up when you get back – but it’s oh so worth it isn’t it! my trip was a total blast! you can see some snippets on my instagram and a *hint* it had something to do with this moodboard, which i cannot wait to share with you guys real soon! i’m excited to be back (though i’m missing the desert heat like crazy), i’m excited for new things to come. now that all of the trips we had planned have come to an end : ( i’ve got lots of great things planned for this blog and some upcoming projects!

 

in the meantime, i wanted to share with you guys a company that is very near and dear to my heart. i’ve talked about serial box presents on the blog before, many many moons ago, but their new season is out and a new amazing kickstarter that i’m pretty excited about. serial box is a one take, live performance in front of cameras and the talents of these artists astounds me every time. one thing that me and troy are a little obsessed with, is finding artists that can really sing – like really sing. you know you get the crusty youtube videos, shot in someone’s basement with a crappy camera, just the singer and their guitar, and yet despite the not-so-clear sound quality, you’re speechless with goosebumps. that is what serial box is like. those artist can sing. i’ve found some of my favourite musicians from season one (i’m sure a few more will come out of season 2 when i get through all the videos). there’s so much passion behind these voices and instrumentals. i really encourage you to check out these videos and tracks and i’m sure you’ll be as blown away as i am every time!

 

so their new kickstarter campaign is for serial box tv! serial box tv is a 60 minute show that’s a documentary style look into different artists. i remember i used to watch much music artist documentaries for hours when i was a kid, and that style of an inside look into your favourite artists, seems to have faded away a bit since then. i absolutely love this idea of bringing back that intimacy and showing viewers a different, raw side of their favourite musicians. this is a kickstarter i must back!! take a look at the video for more info, i hope all of you will get involved!!

 

 
[*note* this is not a sponsored post, i just really believe in this company]



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i’m excited today to be teaming up with 21 fabulous bloggers to celebrate one talented lady’s 5 year blogiversary! what a huge accomplishment – i can only imaging how much growth and learning can happen in 5 years time! ciera of cieradesign.com has organized a little celebration to show her gratitude and celebrate 5 years. together, we’re giving away a $400 pre-paid mastercard. that’s right $400 buckeroos for you to spend anywhere in the world that accepts mastercard. so scroll down to enter for your chance to win and while you’re at it, take a moment to visit these awesome talents that made this possible and be sure to drop by ciera’s blog to congratulate her!

 

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Ciera DesignKory WoodardYellow Heart ArtRebecca Lately
Patti Murphy Designs | Anna DeloresCocorrinaRachel The HatFashiony Fab
Sugar and Type | Squirrelly MindsHigh WallsThe Nectar Collective
The Proper PinwheelEx VitaeFry Sauce & GritsA Ruffled Life
Pinegate RoadBuckets & SpadesA Girl Named PJSarah HeartsTara Victoria

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get the deets:
+ giveaway will run until october 27th 2014
+ open to international readers!
+ remember the more entries you complete, the better your chance of winning!

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i really do say this every month, but i cannot believe it’s october. it’s hard for me to believe this marks our 10th between lenses photo challenge. it still feels like yesterday we were talking about our new years resolutions and this idea came about. this month, the idea of mornings seemed perfectly timed. since i’ve been trying to practice being more intentional more and more each day, mornings have been a serious topic continuously running through my head. i absolutely love these images trina and i have cooked up this month, and i’m looking forward to all of you joining our bloghop!

 

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mornings. i awake, sleepy and half conscious. most mornings the first thing i see when i open my eyes is the sunlight peeking through the curtains telling me that it’s time to start the day. my favourite way to spend the wee hours of the day are to take a little time to myself, embrace the silence and prepare for the day ahead. i love waking up to the sunlight surrounded by bright white sheets (that for some reason i find so comforting) and slowly head downstairs to make that first cup of coffee. on the days where i have a little more AM time, i like to take my coffee back up to bed and read through a magazine or a book or catch up on my instagram feed.

 

i always feel the way we begin our day is the way we will spend the rest of it. if i start the day rushing and in a panic, the rest of my day will follow like a total whirlwind and i’ll feel panicky and rushed. if i start my day slow and calm, most of the time the day will follow with ease. though i do love to stay up late working, i do love the idea of mornings and i have always pushed to start them in less of a rush. this image is a reminder of those calm, serene mornings that fill my day with warmth and peacefulness.

 

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this image by trina is absolutely breathtaking! the colours, the details, the focus in all the right places. i am completely blown away. what i find even more captivating is her description behind it. her beautiful words make you feel like you were actually there, seeing what she saw in that mesmerizing moment. blown away. hop on over to of trees and hues and i promise you will be too!

 
 

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 this is a bloghop!

trina and i would love to see you join in and share how you capture your mornings! 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!

 



 

mark your calendars with the next date for between lenses theme:

wednesday, november 12th // urban



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