Fashion Friday #2 — Dresses with Pockets

For this weeks blog about fashion, I’m going to talk about pockets. Specifically dresses with pockets.

I have been saying for YEARS how I hate that a lot of Women’s clothing doesn’t have any pockets, or if there are pockets they are too small to fit anything useful. For a long time now, I have wished and hoped that pockets for Women will become a little more normalized and always thought it’d be cool if dresses had pockets.

Well… that time has come! I think it was last year I started getting incredibly happy about new things releasing with pockets, and not fake pockets nor were they pitty small pockets. They were pockets large enough to put my hefty key ring in (I have A LOT of keychains 😂) or even my cell phone, which these days a lot of them are also quite large.

The pictures below are items from a Canadian company called She’s Got Leggz. They primarily sell leggings, but the other non-legging related items are honestly pretty amazing too! In case anyone was wondering I’m a consultant for SGL, so you may see more Fashion Friday posts based on that specific company!

POCKETSSSS! this dress is no longer available.

I was also never much of a girly girl growing up. More so these days I’ve really gotten myself into floral, brighter colours and other girly type fashion items. But seeing dresses with pockets are acceptable for both dressing them up and down.

These dresses are still available. They are a little see through, so I’d say they make a good cover up for when you go to the beach or sit by the pool. I own this one in black.

If you want to dress the outfits up a bit, simply do your hair nicely, put on some makeup, maybe wear heels or pair it with some nice jewellery.

This one kind of reminded me of Animal Crossing a little. Not so much of the pattern, but just the fact its a t-shirt dress. I also own this one and they are still available.

If you want to dress them down a little, you can wear more casual attire. Example simple flats, maybe you can even get away with casual sneaker type shoes, grey.. something not too out there.

This dress is not available anymore and I also own this one. Although out of the three posted in here that I do own, this one is my favourite. And because it’s much shorter you can wear black leggings or capris under it!

Do you own any dresses with pockets? If not…. What are you waiting for? If so.. how do you style your outfit? Would love to hear your fashion thoughts in the comments.

~*ATBW*~

TV Thursday #2 — Bridge to Terabithia Movie Review

MOVIE REVIEW ~ BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA

Release Date: February 15th 2007.
Duration: 1hr 36mins.
Genre: Fantasy Drama.
Rated: PG.

Bridge to Terabithia is a movie I have watched at the very least ten times. I unfortunately never had the chance to read the book, so I am unable to compare how similar or different they are from one another (it is on my to read list), the last time I seen this film was a few months ago when I was looking for a film that gave me some sort of comfort, and I remember exactly why this film gives me that sense of comfort and happiness. I love the idea of having a place to escape to from reality, between being bullied and having that horrible feeling that you don’t belong due to not having many friends, a great escape is exactly what is needed when reality gets crappy. Which that is exactly what this film had, that realism of young children in school and what they go through emotionally and physically, and how they made themselves feel happier and more themselves.

The connection between Jess Aarons (Josh Hutcherson) and Leslie Burke (Anna Sophia Robb) I found were the perfect duo for this cute family film. At first Jess thought that Leslie was possibly a little crazy, she was seeing and hearing things that he just was not quite understanding. Eventually he got into the idea of the Fantasy world and they became best of friends, they met up nearly every day after school just to go to Terabithia. The one day Jess was unable to meet up with Leslie was the day he went on a trip with his teacher Ms. Edmunds (Zooey Deschanel). When Jess got home, he found out about a tragic incident that had happened to his best friend Leslie (This is as far as I will go with the depth of the movie as I don’t want to spoil the movie, in case anyone has interests in watching it).

I can say there is a particular part in this movie that I always end up crying my eyes out, and it never fails to get to me. I know just when it is about to happen, and the water works just automatically take control over me.

Although I do highly recommend this movie for an evening at home with the family, I do not recommend to little kids. Between the giants and some parts of the movie being a little on the dark side it can either scare them or they might not understand everything that is going on in the film. I would probably suggest 10-11+ for the age group.

Leslie Burke is my favourite character, and my favourite quote from her is “Just close your eyes, but keep your mind wide open”.

Although the story itself was amazing, I kind of wish that things were a bit different for the characters, maybe it would’ve left an open opportunity for a second film. Would’ve loved to see what Leslie and Jess would’ve been like a bit older.

My ratings: *****

~*ATBW*~

Charmed Aroma Reveal #1

When I was a kid, I always loved getting Kinder Surprise Eggs, to me, it was the magic duo. Amazing chocolate plus a surprise toy inside.

Well, more or less, that is the way Charmed Aroma makes me feel. Kind of like a kid again, but more adult-like.

I’m personally OBSESSED with candles. Watching the flames flicker and taking in the different beautiful aroma’s. To me, it’s therapeutic plus a little gift on the side.. because I also love my jewellery.

Charmed Aroma I think would make an amazing gift for a girlfriend, fiance, wife, mother, sister, niece, friend and/or teachers. Almost anyone would appreciate it if they like both jewellery AND candles. Alternatively, just spoil yourself.. that’s what I do anyway.

For today’s reveal:

Inspired by the perfect summer day, sitting seaside looking out at turquoise waters and rolling waves.
Fragrance notes: A dazzling aquatic blend of sparkling bergamot, blue sage, and coastal amber.
Possible rings you can get. They are honestly all so very pretty.
What I ended up with 😍😍😍. Honestly got the one I was hoping for all along.

Cannot wait to see what I end up getting in my other candle reveals! 🥰

*~ATBW*~

Tea Talk Tuesday #2

Hello Everyone and happy Tuesday! Welcome to my Tea Talk.

Today I finished off my Apple on the Green tea, such a delicious tea. Description on the tea packaging “Warming, soothing and fruity with a hint of cinnamon. This dried apple tea has been layered with premium green tea and a hint of spice”.

I love my mugs.. this mug I got from the Toronto Zoo ❤️❤️❤️

For me, tea has become such a big part of my life, I have loved it for as long as I can remember and I have just grown an obsession for it. I had just recently organized my cupboard and pulled out all the tea’s that were either started or should be consumed first before I start any of my newer packages.

Tea’s that take a priority over all the others.
Other tea’s I have.
More tea I have.
Even more tea I have. I think I have a problem 😂

What do you look for in a tea? Are you the adventurous kind, or do you stick to your safe zone? For me, I honestly just like exploring new teas, at first I used to only like orange pekoe and regular green tea, and then eventually I got into the tea lattes, matcha, fruity and nutty flavours. I do really want to try steeping tea into alcohol, I think that will be my adventure for whenever I can get my hands on a bottle of wine. Maybe in the next few weeks.

I would think today has been pretty productive for me, I got to go for a walk, not as long as I wanted to, but it was a good start to my day, plus I got to do my second class for the Creative Writing course I am taking on Shaw Academy. My Guidance Councilor from the online learning had actually called me and told me about a promotion where I can pay for a 12 month subscription and can have unlimited access to the app without having to pay for the diploma’s, plus the subscription allows me to save so much money. It is probably both the most nervous and exciting thing to have happened, because I have been dying to pick up new skills, so definitely going to be taking advantage of this subscription, there are SOOOO MANY CLASSES I am interested in!!!!

ALSOOO today is National French Fry day! So in celebration of this amazing (not so healthy) food item, we purchased Buffalo Chicken Poutine from Harvey’s. I honestly love their Buffalo Chicken, it has a nice flavour to the point where you can enjoy it without crying from the spice. I asked for extra gravy. Terrible. I know… but so yummy.

Our delicious Buffalo Chicken Poutines 🤤

If I had to choose my favourite places to have French Fries from fast food joints, it would be McDonalds and then Burger King. I honestly love dipping my McDonalds fries in Oreo McFlurries. Where is your favourite place to get French Fries from? Do you eat them alone or do you have a favourite condiment to dip them with? Do you also turn them into a poutine or into something fancy?

P.S I’ve been listening to music most of the day, and when I first started writing this post, the below song came on, and I can honestly say it was one of my favourite songs. There is also the same song by Pentatonix and that version also sounds amazing . If you have never heard of it, you must listen to both versions.

~*ATBW*~

Motivational Monday #2

Happy Monday Fellow Readers and Bloggers. Just wanted to share some Monday inspiration to hopefully set the tone for a hopefully successful week ahead.

Lets be honest… I. HATE. MONDAYs. Why? Because my weekend never feels long enough and it is the start to a very long work week. But.. what if that is just in our heads? I mean.. Monday is just another day of the week. So what if all the Monday haters such as myself, just need something to be happy about or something more than “just another day working”.

Well… what is what I did.

This motivational quote speaks volumes to me. Today I woke up a little earlier than I normally do, and I took my first Creative Writing class. And as much as I felt miserable working… after work I did Bootcamp even though I was exhausted. So despite how work makes me feel, I am driven to have a pretty good or at least decent week.

No more just talking for me, now I need to get cracking and start making steps in the right direction and make my thoughts and hopes a reality.

~*ATBW*~

Self Care Sunday #1

Good Evening everyone. Today is Sunday and a very important thing to remember is… don’t forget to do something for yourself and that will make you happy.

I know I’m bad at it. Life tends to get too busy, work kind of just takes over my life and then before I know it I never did anything I personally wanted to do for myself in over a month, so it is very important to schedule in that “me time” where you can.

The most recent thing I made sure I did for myself was to go for an eye check up and ordered new glasses. My current glasses are now three years out dated and I’ve been getting frequent headaches, so it’s about time I decided to take care of myself. I also got new shoes, since my old ones keep giving me blisters… I needed a pair strictly just for walking/working out and another pair for every day (non-athletic purposes).

Here are some things you can do that will help promote self care:

1) Wash your hair, enjoy a nice bubble bath or an extended shower so you can focus on exfoliating your face/body or washing your hair.

2) Do a nose strip or wear a face mask. Honestly love doing face masks, I find them incredibly relaxing, and they are great for your skin.

3) If there is a particular book you’ve been wanting to read, then give yourself some time to read it. A specific game you want to play, a show you want to binge or a movie you have been meaning to watch. Just do it! Life can’t be all work and no play, you need to find time to reward yourself.

4) Aromatherapy. Is there a candle you really enjoy or if you prefer to use diffusers. Use them while you’re working or blogging. Or simply pick up a book or a magazine and read while enjoying the Aroma.

5) Exercise. Either you need to get up and stretch every 1-2 hours, go for a bike ride, play a sport you enjoy, go for a walk or run. Participate in a Bootcamp or Zumba class. Getting regular exercise in is proof to make you healthier both physically and mentally.

6) Is cooking or baking therapeutic to you? If so, go on Pinterest and find a new recipe you really want to try.

7) Find a hobby that makes you happy. There is so much you can do. Read, write, knit, sew, paint. Completely up to you and whatever makes YOU happy. The focus is you and the point is to unwind and relax.

8) Make yourself that cup of tea or coffee that you’ve been excited for OR go to a cafe you’ve been meaning to try out.

9) Do a diamond art, paint, do a jigsaw puzzle, some crafts, cross word or word search. Anything to help you enjoy some calm quality time with yours.

10) if there is something you’ve been meaning to do that you keep putting off.. just set some time time to that, call up that friend or family member. Sign up for that class you wanted to do to help with new skills or career calls.

FOCUS. ON. WHAT. MAKES. YOU. HAPPY.

~*ATBW*~

☀️Summer Reading List!📚

Was super excited that I finally got myself back into reading after an over a year reading slump… honestly felt overly ambitious for even thinking I can read this many books before end of Summer….
But then I went to Chapters for the first time in over a year.. and decided to add even more books to my reading list 😂.

1) Just as Long as We’re Together — Judy Blume ✅

2) Mixed Up Summer — Bianca Bradbury

3) On Folly Beach — Karen White

4) The Book of Summer — Michelle Gable

5) The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (Books 1-3) — Ann Brashares ✅

6) Sisters like Us — Susan Mallery

7) Love Your Life — Sophie Kinsella

8) The Eating Instinct — Virginia Sole-Smith

9) Summer at the Garden Cafe — Felicity Hayes-McCoy

10) Rosie’s Travelling Tea Shop — Rebecca Raisin ✅

Would love to hear from my fellow Book Worms to see what is currently sitting on your Summer Reading list. Tell me which books in the comments!

~*ATBW*~

Welcome to my New Blog

Hello Everyone,

Just wanted to check in on all of you that have been following me since 2013 (I believe that was when I originally created this account). I went through a lot of “This blog isn’t good enough and my life isn’t interesting enough”, and kept deleting all of my posts only to start new again in 2019… and then did it ALL OVER AGAIN.

Well, now I’m back, and hoping for good this time.

I’m incredibly excited for the future of this blog, I had just signed up for an annual subscription which means I have my own domain! YAYYYYYY! I have also finally figured out the magic of creating menus, which brings even more opportunities for this blog, because God knows I cannot just come up with one topic for my blog, so I feel as if I will be a lot more organized with this.

Lets start by getting to know each other again (or if you’re new to following/subscribing to my blog, would love to get to know you too). In the comments just let me know what your favourite thing to read in blogs are. And if you have a blog of your own and write somewhat frequent, what are your favourite things to write about?

If you have not yet seen the home page, do check it out to see what my focus will be on, is there something in particular you are most excited to see from my blog?

I hope you all enjoy your Friday and I hope you all have a lovely weekend.

~*ATBW*~