Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Classic Icons

Today's post is all about my personal favorite classic icons! I certainly wasn't around when these ladies were in their prime, but from what I know and have seen of them in films, they are all incredible women with a distinct individuality that has helped garner them the title of "classic icon". 

In this day and age, I can't think of too many female figures in the public eye that I can see being revered as "iconic" in the years to come. Okay, so maybe there are a few current entertainers who might come to be considered "icons" in the years to come, but not necessarily for their achievements or talent. Instead, it seems that many of the most famous entertainers these days are measured by how outrageous or shameless they can be. 

A large part of what I admire about the women I consider to be "classic icons" is that they were feminine, refined, and graceful, yet also bold and unconventional. They were unique and self-assured. Something many women (including myself) sometimes struggle with.

Grace Kelly


American film actress who married Prince Rainier III of Monaco, and became a real-life princess.

Select films: Rear Window, To Catch a Thief, Dial M for Murder.

Brigitte Bardot

1934- present

French film actress, singer, and fashion model, as well as animal rights activist.

Select films: Contempt, Viva Maria.

Audrey Hepburn


British film actress and humanitarian who was also a renown fashion icon.

Select films: My Fair Lady, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Roman Holiday. 

Sophia Loren

1934- present

Italian film actress and beauty icon.

Select films: Houseboat, That Kind of Woman, It Started in Naples.

Monday, September 21, 2015


So I know I've been absent from posting lately, but there has certainly been a lot going on these past few weeks, and it doesn't show any signs of letting up for awhile! It's been the good kind of busy though, with lots of exciting new changes and things to celebrate (wedding shower)! If you've been reading my blog regularly, you'll know that Ryan and I will be moving at the end of September, so we've been pretty preoccupied with that lately. We've been in three different apartments in the past two years, so we are definitely ready to settle in to our new apartment for at least a couple of years! 

Ryan also started his fall term of school recently, so his schedule changed from what we were used to all summer. Luckily, his school schedule isn't too crazy, so the transition hasn't been too overwhelming (yet)! I recently got a second job at JCrew so I'm really excited about that! I've been a big fan of JCrew since long before it came to Canada so I'm really looking forward to building a career with the brand! 

And finally, on Friday, September 18th, we did something that I honestly hadn't planned on doing for at least another year...


His name is Rocky and he's amazing! I am already so in love, and Ryan can certainly testify that I've turned into a bit of a mamma bear when it comes to our new doggy! 

He's a German Shepard / Siberian Husky mix and he's a very handsome fellow! We got him from the Ottawa Humane Society and couldn't be happier! He's about 3 years old and has a great temperament from what we've noticed so far. We saw his ad posted on Thursday and when he quickly was marked as 'adoption pending', I was very upset and worried. Luckily, we got a call from the Humane Society on Friday, saying the first person who had him on hold hadn't picked him up, so that afternoon, Ryan went to get him! 

We've been on quite a few long walks these past few days and it's been wonderful! We're really looking forward to being able to take him to the dog park and for long walks along the canal once we move downtown! 

Welcome to the family Rocky! 

Monday, September 14, 2015

Wedding Weekend Activities

Good morning! I hope everyone had a nice weekend! Despite the rain here in Ottawa, I had an amazing weekend, which centered around wedding related activities on both Saturday and Sunday. The weekend kicked off with my wedding shower, followed by the Wedding Palace Bridal Show in Ottawa on Sunday, where Ryan and I picked up lots of goody bags and signed up for plenty of contests!
The spread! Beautiful and delicious!
After moving some furniture in preparation for our move at the end of the month, I headed to Kingston with my mother-in-law, her sister, and their mum to attend my wedding shower. Even though driving conditions weren't ideal, it was a really fun car ride, both to and from Kingston!

My mum planned the event for weeks and put so much love and attention into every little detail! We arrived right on time and headed into my parents house to join the party. The spread was fantastic and the house was perfectly decorated for the shower. I had such a wonderful time chatting and catching up with everyone in attendance. There were plenty of fun wedding shower games and prizes to be won, and everyone had a really great time! 
Cutting the cake!
The party was such a whirl of excitement that it felt like it all went by so quickly! The cake was beautiful but with everything else going on, I barely had the chance to have more than two bites of it! 

Beautiful women: My mum, aunt Rebecca, and aunt Linda
I tried to spend a bit of time with each guest, and it was so lovely to be able to see so many wonderful people. I am so appreciative of everyone's love and support! It's so easy for life to get in the way and make it difficult to spend time with family and friends, so being able to see so many people, some of whom I hadn't seen in years, was a really special treat!  
Oldest and dearest friends! Me and Jen!
Thank you to everyone who came to the wedding shower, and also to those who were unable to make it but still sent their love! I am so grateful to have such incredible family and friends and I love you all dearly! I will cherish these memories (and your insightful wedding advice!) for many years to come!