October Blogging Challenge! Day 20: Transformation Tuesday

I’m the kind of person who really prefers to look forward towards happy bright colourful days, and not backwards~ because we can’t go back to yesterday and change anything! But I’m going to step out of my comfort zone and show you a person I don’t recognize at all anymore!

Meet me, almost 10 years ago! She still loved a twirly dress, but always wore dark colours as she really didn’t want to stand out at ALL.

I used to daydream of living in a colourful house and looking and feeling like a happy walking rainbow, but I never thought that would be possible for me.

Then in 2015, I started tossing out anything black and decided to stop hiding and live my dream life instead!

These days, I don’t feel comfortable without a big puffy colourful dress and accessories and I feel like me on the inside AND outside (although I still am very shy! :))

It is amazing how much fashion affects how you feel about yourself!! If you’ve ever daydreamed about dressing a particular way, I say GO FOR IT!

Do it to make YOU happy, and no one else. Life is too short to just daydream and not act; become that rainbow! xoxo

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October Blogging Challenge! Day 19: Books I’m Reading

One of the things still on my pandemic to-do list is still to READ MORE! I’m a person who is ALWAYS doing 20 things at a time, so doing something simple like sitting down to relax and read is a bit tough for me because it’s so focused on ONLY one thing! But once I do get in the reading zone, I LOVE being able to drift off to dreamy worlds or be inspired by creative ideas!

I have a number of books on the go right now. Lately I’ve been unwinding with crafty books and old friends… let’s take a look!

Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon by Naoko Takeuchi ~ I grew up on the Sailor Moon 90s anime (and absolutely inhaled the fanfiction!), and surprisingly never picked up the Manga until very recently (despite knowing most of the plot variations and gawking over the pretty art!) I was shocked at how much I fell in love with it myself and am loving escaping into a positive girl power monster fighting world!

Love at First Stitch by Tilly and the Buttons ~ I’m in the process of learning machine sewing with an ultimate goal of sewing my own dresses (a lot of work to go haha!) but this book came highly recommended. I love Tilly’s blog and the book is just as beautifully written and filled with amazing dress-making patterns and tips for the beginner like me to pro seamstresses!

More Felt Friends from Japan by Naomi Tabatha ~ This book is glossy and stuffed with patterns for ultra colourful kawaii felties and other projects that look like they pop out of my dreams! This is a sequel (hence the more of course!) to “Felt Friends from Japan” which I am very eager to pick up!

Knitting Mochimochi by Anna Hrachovec ~ These are the cutest itty-bitty knit(tys!) I came across the Mochimochiland website and it was another GET OUT OF MY BRAIN moment! They’re amazing projects which are all knit in the round, which I don’t have a ton of experience with, but practice makes perfect and I’m so excited to accomplish all of these.

It’s endless craft books over here! I’ll never have a proper Instagram worthy house because there is always an EXPLOSION of unfinished projects… what did I say? I start projects and then finish them 6 months down the line!

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Strawberry Cupcake Hats Forever!

It is minus 14 celsius with windchill right now, and snow is in the forecast for this afternoon! Winter is on definitely on its way~ but I’m not sour about it. In fact… I’m excited because I can top my outfits office with cute warm accessories!! To celebrate (I might be the only one!), I knitted myself a cute new toque. Cupcake themed, because what else could make you smile in the middle of a blizzard!?

This was a super quick knit that I worked on during my downtime at work yesterday. I opted for Super Bulky yarn which makes it really thick and toasty for Canadian winters. The toque is in three parts, which I did freestyle, or without a pattern: the liner, the frosting, and the strawberry, and then sewn up at the end.

The yellow cupcake liner is ribbed in Lion Brands’ Hometown Glory (Super Bulky) in Pittsburgh Yellow. I ended up knitting it short side down – so it ended up looking like a long skinny scarf just so I could get the exact length for my head.

The pink is Lion Brands’ Neon Pink. I think the colours are so delicious together! It’s then topped off with a bright red strawberry.

It may be chilly outside, but that shouldn’t stop you from dressing super sweet!

My Ravelry is here if you’re looking for any knitting buddies. 🙂

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October Blogging Challenge! Day 18: Top Places to Travel

Let’s take a vacation!! You don’t even have to get up from your chair or spend a dime~ a dream come true!

Travel is probably far from anyone’s mind right now as we’re still in the middle of this pandemic. But we all need some way to “get away”, even if it is just in our imaginations. Today is all about top places to travel!

It’s probably really obvious from my blog that I’m thoroughly a homebody. Crowds, getting lost, and time constraints – which is basically most of travel – give me HUGE anxiety. So I’m not very far-travelled, and would much prefer a staycation in my own comfy place.

Doesn’t mean I don’t dream about a whirlwind adventure! And I sure do ~ I love taking a trip through Google Maps and being transported into magical little places, with no airport stresses, no packing, and being back for lunch. Let’s get comfy in our computer chairs (infinitely more leg room than those plane seats!), grab some maps and GO!

Tokyo, Japan

My dream vacation would be to spend a few weeks travelling through Japan! I love the idea of spending days shopping and exploring Tokyo with stops at the Pokemon Center, Sailor Moon Store, and Hello Kitty Store! My eyes are exploding with colourful adorable happiness (and my wallet feels a bit lighter)!

I would love to see the inspiring fashions and art of Harajuku, enjoy the restaurants, and experience the art and architecture that have made the city one of the highlights of the world!

Sweets Go Round at Kawaii Monster Cafe in Harajuku! It’s like the inside of my mind come to life!
Photo found here on Tripadvisor, and posted by “management”
Alice’s Fantasy Restaurant in Shinjuku!
Photo from Alice’s Restaurant’s Twitter here!

However, I would soon need to get away from the hustle and bustle and find some quieter places to unwind. Nara is a UNESCO world heritage site full of history and has beautiful deer roaming the streets!

This beautiful picture of the deer in Nara was uploaded by radowanhabib on Reddit here!

I am also fascinated by Ao Island ~ the cat island where cats outnumber people (you can even see them on the Google Maps pictures!) I can’t imagine a more perfect place for me!

Photo from Onegai-Kaeru

Gimli, Manitoba

Now lets travel a little bit closer to home! Gimli (pronounced with a hard g – like the Lord of the Rings character!) is a tiny Manitoba beach town about an hour from where in live in Winnipeg, Canada. If your view of Canada is the stereotype that we all walk through 6 feet of blowing snow, in minus 40, eating maple syrup… you’d be partially right (that’s an average winter day!) However, Gimli in the summer rivals any tropical beach spot~ okay there aren’t bright blue oceans with dolphins, but Manitoba summers are hot and beautiful and unique on their own! I spent a number of summers working near Gimli a few years ago so the town holds a special place in my heart.

These sandy beaches are packed all summer with travellers who want to escape big city stresses and enter a magical peaceful place. There are numerous lake side restaurants and unique shops, and a friendly small town vibe! The town is also host to a fun festival called Islendingadagurinn (Icelandic Fest ~ because the town has the highest Icelandic population outside of Iceland itself!) in August with a parade, sandcastle contests, runs, and viking village roleplays! If you’re ever near Winnipeg, Gimli is close by and it will be in your mind forever!

Parrsboro, Nova Scotia

Parrsboro Harbour which overlooks like lighthouse. There is a restaurant here which is incredible.

I definitely have a theme ~ little peaceful beachside towns! Parrsboro, Nova Scotia is the town where my Dad’s family comes from and holds some of the best childhood memories for me!

Little downtown Parrsboro! Yes, there are dinosaurs!! The town has a Geological Museum and a big emphasis on dinosaurs and minerals.

Parrsboro is a tiny town (only about 1200 people) on the Bay of Fundy, but it can brag about having the highest/lowest tides in the world and they really are something to see and hear. There are tons of unique shops and places like the Amethyst Boutique, Ship’s Theatre Company, and lots of museums for a tiny little town. There are also thick forests dotted with waterfalls, blueberry fields, massive limestone cliffs, and seemingly infinite amounts of untouched peaceful nature. It’s an introverts dream come true!

The Canadian maritimes are relatively small, so if you are ever near Halifax, Parrsboro and the Bay of Fundy should be a definite day trip for you!

Other places that I would LOVE to see one day are Newfoundland Canada (the only province I haven’t been to and it’s home to those stunning rainbow buildings ~ which are called the Jellybean Row Houses of all things!), Stuttgart Germany (where my family is from and has one of the most beautiful Christmas markets in the world), and New Zealand!

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October Blogging Challenge! Day 17: Outfit of the Day!

Slightly late with my post, as usual! :’) Yesterday’s October Blogging Challenge prompt was Outfit of the Day! Perfect timing too, as it happened to coincide with the Sweetest Day of the Year ~ well according to the internet! Apparently Sweetest Day is all about giving candies to loves and friends, and I thought that was cute. We definitely need more LOVE and sweets in October!

So I used Sweetest Day as my outfit inspo! The dress was my very first ever Lolita dress from Bodyline which I thought would fit perfectly! Can never pass up an opportunity for frills and sweets!

Dress: Bodyline

Tights: Ardene

Jumper: Thrifted

Shoes: Thrifted

Bag: I believe off of Wish a couple of years ago. Was a nice surprise to find a bunch of sweets I had stashed in there! Apparently I haven’t used it in a while!

Accessories: The cake slice headband and donut brooch were made by me, and then various other trinkets, and of course the Ring Pop!

And just for fun, a surprise Sugar vs. sugar attack!!

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