Friday Fives

Hello everyone!

Sorry that I’ve been MIA these past couple of weeks, but Z and I found a beautiful little apartment and have been busy bees trying to get all we need for it. We have also been making lots of plans that have needed some serious sit-down time, scheduling and financial talk. But more about that in another post.

Today I was looking at what to post about and I realized that I’ve been trying a couple of new things, and loving lots of old ones. So I thought I would put it together in a little “Friday Favourites” or as I’m going to call it “Friday Fives” post. I’m going to try and keep this series up (unlike past ones :S Oops… Sorry!), also because I truly have been trying to get out of my comfort zone and read new things, try new make up and even shop for clothes more regularly…

So with no further ado, here are this week’s Friday favourites:

Emily Ley’s Office Boxes

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The cutest office boxes out there

These boxes are seriously adorable. The color and the size are perfect for any table or book shelf you have in your home office, living room or bedroom. Z and I are definitely beach people so these colors fit right in with our “theme” (Z doesn’t even know we have a theme for our home’s colors, but that’s OK…). I love keeping every room in the house organized and looking as neat as possible (I’m not OCD at all…) so these boxes are great to have all our books, magazines, important papers and files in one spot.

Walmart White Sneaker Shoes

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Yes, I know what you’re thinking (“Seriously…? Walmart shoes…?) But Yes!! These sneakers are super comfy, cost you only $6 and look super cute in a T-shirt dress, jeans or shorts. There are so versatile and comfortable, I’ve been wearing them non-stop. I have the black ones that I use weekly to run errands and take Shelby on our morning and afternoon walk, and the white ones for dressier days. Like this past 4th of July when I wore them with super cute H&M navy high-waisted shorts and a white shirt.

Huhuhero Sipa Pens

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These pens have not left my purse ever since I got them from Amazon. They’re less than $10 (about $6 I think.. win!). They write extremely nicely, so smooth and with incredibly vibrant colours which is sometimes hard to find. My favourite part is that they don’t smear when you write with them. They just make your notebooks and agendas look incredibly neat, colourful and girly. Thanks to Emily Ley for testing them out!!

Plums

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Plums have been on our permanent shopping list for the past two weeks. They’re in season, they’re yummy and they make the perfect summer snack while at the pool (especially if you keep them in the fridge and they’re nice and cool…). They’re benefits are also amazing: eating them will help you maintain a healthy digestion, help iron absorption, they’re rich in antioxidants, help protect your eyes and they have anti-aging properties… In a nutshell: you should eat them! (P.S.: no, I’m not a nutritionist and I just got this information from my doctor. If you don’t like them, don’t eat them!)

Vanilla Mochi

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Next to plums, these are the second item that is on our permanent shopping list (if you have questions about this list I keep talking about, just let me know in the comments below and I will write a post in it 🙂 ). Small, yummy, cool… It’s just the perfect summer desert next to fruit. I’m not a big ice cream person, but these small treats sure do get addictive. Z likes the red bean flavour, so we keep one of each in the freezer. We get ours at the Asian market, but I’m sure you can also find it at your regular grocery store.

And that’s it for my Friday Fives of this week. Let me know in the comments below if there is something you have been loving this week 🙂 Until next time!

Lots of love, Yara

 

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May Favourites

Hello loves and happy Friday! 

It’s the second day of June and I thought I would give you a quick round-up of my May favourites. I know many bloggers and Youtubers do this, but I do like seeing what people love, have been using constantly and what works for them. 

So with no further ado, here are my May Favourites: 

  1. “Grace Not Perfection” by Emily Ley – I’ve devoured this book in less than 7 days, reading on the train, in the bathtub and late into the night. I believe every woman, whether you’re a mom or just starting your career or university, should read this. It’s not just a book about someone’s experience, but Emily has a way of bringing God and his message closer to you and opening up a whole new way of life. MUST-READ !! 

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    You can find the book HERE
  2. Earl Grey” Tea by Twinings– as mentioned previously on the blog, Z and I love love love tea. It really has become our little morning and evening tradition. And this one from Twinings has definitely been the top contender. It’s smooth and strong, but won’t keep you up at night so it’s perfect to enjoy with a couple of biscuits. Z likes to add a little milk sometimes to soften the flavour. 

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    Perfect morning and afternoon tea. Get it at Kroger or Target
  3. “Mimosa & Cardamom Cologne” by Jo Malone – if you know me, you’ll know I’m an all-time Wood Sage and Sea Salt lover (it’s never missing in my house), but the other day I stopped by the Jo Malone section in Nordstrom and fell in love with THIS scent. It’s perfect for the summer. I only took home a tester, but I’m going back this weekend to get the full sized bottle. 

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    Even the bottles and packaging are elegant at Jo Malone.
  4. “Naked Skin” by Urban Decay – this concealer has been my best friend these last couple of weeks and I had totally forgotten how good it was. Keeping up with two jobs and a crazy puppy, you can imagine how sleep hasn’t been my best friend lately. It completely covers my under-eye circles and helps make me look fresh and awake, even when my brain can’t say the same. 

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    I usually get mine HERE or at an Ulta store
  5. Last but not least, the first and only lipstick that has made me want to get a lipstick collection: Slow Burn 246 by Marc Jacobs. It gives my lips just the tiniest bit of extra color making them look plump and healthy. It has such a creamy and soft texture that I sometimes forget I’m even wearing it. I truly am not a lipstick girl in general, but I have been wearing this non-stop lately. 

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    Get yours at Sephora or on the Marc Jacobs website

Let me know what some of your May favourites were. Anything I din’t mention that you guys can’t live without? Comment in the section below! 

Lots of love, Yara ❤️ 

I’m Not Wonder-Woman

It feels weird starting this post. Even more to be thinking about things this way. But it’s true. 

I’m not Wonder-Woman. And that’s OK. 

Today I was looking over my agenda and my notebook (post about these coming soon), all the things I had to do, the things I wanted to do, prioritizing and all while staying sane. I’m going to be very honest that even though I love writing and keeping this blog, sometimes I just don’t have the energy to write. 

Worse thing is that I know there are plenty women out there, that do it and do it well. Emily Ley, Jillian Harris, Emily Ann Gemma, Alexandrea Garza, Courtney Shields Albright… These are just some of the few that inspire me and are constantly on my browser when I need inspiration, advice or maybe just something good to read or watch. These women inspire and encourage me every day, in an indirect and genuine way, to become a better version of myself. 

And so in this post I wanted to share with you a couple of things that have been going on in my life, how I’m trying to overcome them and what has helped me so far. 

My daily dose of inspiration 

Almost every day, during lunch or when I’m on the train heading home from work or right before going to bed, I go onto one of these ladies’ websites/ blogs/ YouTube channels and take a look at what they’re writing about, what they’re doing or things they’re reviewing. A lot of times I love just browsing their websites just to find small or big things that have helped them get through tough or new situations. And I LOVE IT. I love watching how they get through these new life events and figure it out just like I’m doing now with my life. 

To give you a little background on what has been going on in my life, let me tell you how my last year has been: 

I graduated at the end of last August from university. One of the best feelings I have ever had and yet, one of the worst transitions onto what now? Since then I have had an internship, two jobs and a confrontation with a company that was less than legitimate. It has been a true roller-coaster. Now I have two jobs, one full-time during the week and another one part-time on nights and weekends, to keep me going until I figure out how long I will be at this full-time job. Yes, it’s madness. And no, I don’t know how I do it. Sometimes I cannot tell apart if it is the weekend or the week, if I’m supposed to be up or sleeping or if it is one of those rare days I have “off”. What I tell myself to keep going and stay positive is that we all go through tough and unknown moments in our lives. Just because they’re difficult, it doesn’t mean they’re impossible. And I am lucky enough to have the love and support of my boyfriend on every decision I make. 

With all of that being said, and as I’ve mentioned, I have been looking at ways to improve my life schedule, routine and balance of those. That’s how I found my new and currently favourite blogger, business owner and mom-goal: Emily Ley (also current fave: Simplicity and Grace! Thanks Emily!!). She really has influenced and shaped the way I think about life, simplifying everything and being happy. So I am very happy because I have just ordered my first Simple Planner and cannot wait to get started. She also sends the sweetest weekly emails with advice, tips and tricks on how to simplify your life, home, work schedule, etc. I love reading her emails on the train on my way to work. It truly is relieving when you see that someone else went through these struggles and had to figure it out. But now, they’re there to help you resolve those. 

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Mine is on it’s way, but this is the Simple Planner I got from http://bit.ly/2rHHy58

Trying to keep things Simple and give yourself Grace 

Whether you’re religious or not, Grace Not Perfection is a book I will from now on recommend to every woman I know to read! It is incredibly eye-opening and gives you a sense of relief and love for things like I haven’t felt in a long time. 

Just as I said at the beginning of this blog, I thought I had to do it all, and do it perfectly. Post on the blog several days a week, excel at my work and be a good girlfriend to Zach. As much as I continue to attempt to do as best I can in all of that, I truly am not perfect. And sometimes, it’s OK to give in and pat yourself on the back for what you have accomplished. The other night Zach and I had pizza for dinner on the couch at 22 o’clock (10 p.m.). It was so much fun and so relaxing. Sometimes I forget how understanding, loving and non-judgmental he is, how he is fine with eating pizza late at night and doesn’t need a fancy dish to be ready before 19 o’clock (7 p.m.). 

That day I had also been at both my jobs and had worked solo the last couple hours at my second one. Everything that needed to be done was accomplished and I smiled at how proud I was for that and how I deserved those slices of pizza. 

I don’t want to spoil the book for anybody, but I truly encourage you to read it and reflect on the small, precious and beautiful things in your life that deserve more your attention than being perfect and busy. You’ll thank me later 😉 

Team Work makes the Dream Work 

I am beyond blessed and lucky to have Zach by my side. He is such an incredible, hard-working, smart and understanding man, and sometimes I cannot believe I forget. But being with his has been the biggest blessing of my life. 

He is always supportive, encourages me to go further and reach my goals but holds me back when it’s enough. After reading Grace Not Perfection, I also realized that he was always there to take part of the load from me and helps so much to keep me sane. 

We have now purchased a dry-erase board and match our schedules and responsibilities there, taking such a huge load from having to remember every single little thing that needs to be done and therefore having more time to spend and enjoy with each other. I really cannot complain since he most definitely cooks better than me and isn’t scared to venture and try new recipes none of us has done. But the fact that I know he is there to do things with me, is the reason I can keep going. 

I cannot wait to spend the rest of my life with him and make memories, traditions and grow old together. 

P.S.: If you couldn’t guess, he’s not very amused by the filters. But I love him for that!


Having Grace

Last but not least, is having grace with yourself and your loved ones. This is going to be a quote I live by now. This misconception that us women have to do everything and excel at everything and keep everything together is never going to stop following us until we decide to cut it off. And that’s exactly what I am doing. 

I have the greatest partner God could have send me and I know I don’t need to be perfect. I just need to do the best I can with the means I have. And that is all OK. Forgive yourself and understand that life and things and tough situations happen. You can let them take over your life or you can take control and not let them overwhelm you. There is so much beauty in this world and so many small things that make it worth shutting off the TV. Like when we let Shelby (our puppy) out of her kennel in the morning and she just runs like a maniac and wants to kiss and jump onto everybody. We have now started waking up 15 minutes earlier just so we can all lay in bed and enjoy some time together while sipping on some morning tea and coffee. 

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It’s small things like those that I now want to cherish and remember. So from now on, I’ll let the chaos and crazy jumping and playing take control, so that I can smile with Zach and enjoy the fact that she’s still a puppy and full of energy and love. 

I know this hasn’t been the regular type of post, but I hope that whoever reads this gets some inspiration and encouragement from this. You are not alone, you are loved and you have one life to enjoy to it’s limit. Take advantage of it !! 

Lots of love, Yara