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lavender farm

4.9.18









Happy Tuesday! I hope you all had a fantastic long weekend. Now that Labour Day is behind us, it feels like it's time to really take charge of things that have just been overlooked or put at the bottom of that to-do list. For me, summertime was made to be lazy and break routines a bit. I'm not one for complete structure, but I definitely need to get my ass into gear. I started making to-do lists on my phone and now I'm addicted to crossing things off. That's normal right? In any case, September is sort of my back to school time too! Only, it's back to content creating regularly! I just want to be my best self and make time for things that bring me joy; blogging brings me joy. Why wait for new year's resolutions when now's a good time as any?

I never thought I'd be one of those people bringing my DSLR to a lavender farm, but here I am, friends. This is not something I would think to do with Julien, but a friend recommended it after going with her two year old. I'm so glad she did because it came at a perfect time for us. Julien had a rough day the day before - he chipped his front tooth (poor baby!). We just needed something fun and different to do. Terre Bleu Lavender Farm was perfect. The kid ran up and down the lavender fields, he 'talked' to the horses and the sheep at the farm (no really, he said hello, babble babble babble, neigh, baa and then bye), and had the world's most delicious lavender ice cream. This pretty much goes without saying, but we'll be going again next year, only maybe in the beginning of August as opposed to the end of it; there wasn't too much lavender left. You guys know I love fall - it's my favourite season. But I do want to soak up every last bit of what's left of summer!

Isn't sad how much toddlers want no part of picture taking? My kid only cares about selfie cam so he can see himself moving in and out of the frame. If you have a toddler who likes posing with you, let me know your secrets! 

PS: I know I've shared some of these pictures on Instagram, but my favourite real life, unedited moment is when Julien had his snack in the middle of the field. He saw strawberries in the bag and had to have them right then and there. #toddlerlife right!? 

an online shopping experience

7.8.18

 



Have you ever bought something from a store and had horrible customer service, but still you love that item so you struggle when you get a compliment on it? That's what I'm struggling with right now. Let me give you the back story. One evening, as I'm casually strolling Instagram, an ad for  Venidress.com pops up and I'm like 'ooouuhh, pretty, and super affordable'. So right then and there, I order four dresses. A few days go by and I didn't get an update on whether it's been shipped or not, but still, I think nothing of it. A week goes by, so I send an email and get no response. Now I'm getting a little annoyed. I direct message them on Instagram and immediately get a shipping notification. It's at this point that I actually start looking at their Instagram feed. All the pictures say there are like 20 comments, but when you click on the comment icon, there are no comments to be found! Which means they were deleted! I put their name into Google and started reading all the bad reviews. I was horrified. Some people never even got their orders!

Then, there was a glimmer of hope! I got my box and there were four items. One by one I take them out of the packaging. The first two were great! Looked exactly like the pictures and bonus, they fit well. The third item was not exactly the colour I ordered (different shades of yellow), but the style was still very nice. And then with the fourth piece, disappointment and a little bit of panic set in. I had ordered a white button front dress and received a white cut-out petal top - just not my style. I left comments and basically harassed the brand until they BLOCKED me on Instagram! Isn't that wild!? I was shocked. I started getting messages from other ladies who had been screwed by Veniidress. Most of them said the company suggested selling whatever you didn't like yourself to get your money back and then offered a 10-15% discount. So to be clear, no refunds, get rid of it yourseld and a discount for future orders. Who the hell would buy from then twice, I have no idea.

But you know what they say, persistence is key right? In the end, they ended up giving me a $20 refund (I still lost money because I'm pretty sure the dress was $29). So you get my dilemma right? I hate this company, but I do like three of the four pieces. I've made the decision that I'll link to similar styles when I wear it on on the blog or on Instagram. But please ladies, never shop at Venidress.com! Some tips that go without saying: If you've never heard of the company before, do some thorough investigating. Google, creep their account, look everywhere! My main lesson I got from this is when it comes to trendy, inexpensive things, I'll just stick to Forever 21 and H&M or the sales section of other stores I love. This headache was not worth saving a few bucks!

         

       

floral and foliage bodysuit

12.7.18



Hi friends! It's been months since I posted here so I figured there's no better time than the present to actually get shit done. So here I am! How has your summer been going!? Mine has been really great so far. The weather has been amazing - very hot, but amazing nonetheless. Julien is almost 19 months now and we basically spend all of our time outside on walks, at parks and splash pads! I really do mean always outside. I mean, did my foot tan give it away!? How ridiculous is that. But seriously, note to self, don't wear the same sandals day in and day out while you're in the baking sun; it could make for a pretty aggressive foot tan. So be careful out there! And don't worry, Julien is well cared for in the sun protection department!

On another note, I turned 30 a couple of weeks ago. I always saw myself having a big bash for my 30th birthday, but when time came, I just wanted to keep it super low-key. We went to a movie and had dinner. Just typing that out was embarrassing! So boring, I know, but I'm my happiest being boring these days. Maybe one day that 'let's go out and get shit faced' girl will rear her ugly little head - I highly, highly doubt it, but never say never, right? It's so cliché, but having a toddler may have turned me into a homebody. I now get excited for daytime adventures so that we can curl up on the couch with takeout and watch a show for a couple of hours after Julien has gone down. That is literally my perfect evening! I don't think you need to be a mom to relate to that. I know I'm not alone in this right?

Floral prints are so pretty to me right now. I couldn't help getting this little tube top bodysuit just for the print. I don't usually do tube tops because I have DD's and like to wear straps, but this was the exception. The worry of a tube top falling down will always be there, but this particular top earned some points for being a bodysuit. This one fits pretty well which made me comfortable. Never wear things that you're not comfortable in. There's nothing worse than tugging and pulling on your clothes constantly because things don't fit or feel awkward. Even if it's a nice outfit. A confident, comfortable look is always a win!
         

     
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