• Beauty,  DIY

    DIY: All Natural Teeth Whitening

    After being enticed into a health food store by a sample of healthy Mango ice cream, a delicious mixture of grass fed butter, mangos and ice, I decided to explore the latest health crazes. I had recently hoped on the bullet proof coffee fad, and actively charcoal was the most recent trend I had heard of. Early in the day I watched a video on ice cream made using active charcoal, and coincidentally the gentleman at the store mentioned that he was adding charcoal ice cream to his regular rotation. My experience with charcoal is pretty limited. I have tried a clay/charcoal face cleanser which did nothing but make a mess…

  • Beauty,  Style

    My Go-To Products for Clear Skin

    I have gone through stages with my skin, it goes from really oily to combination to dry in the winter. Skin is tricky because what works for one person may not work for another person. I have tried quite a few different products, in different combinations, but with so many variables, diet, exercise, weather, etc., it is hard to to formulate the best routine. My number one tip for anyone else that struggles with their skin, is to try products for yourself and see what works for you. When trying a new product see if you can purchase sample sizes or read reviews. There is nothing worse then being stuck…

  • Beauty,  Style

    My Top Picks for Matte Lip Colour

    Matte lipstick was a confusing beauty trend for me, do I have Kylie Jenner lips or do my lips just look chapped. When I finally gave in, I couldn’t see myself going back to my regular go-to gloss. I put together a list of the brands and shades that I like to use, to get the matte look.   ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in Clueless I ordered two colours originally, Shimmy and Clueless, but Clueless is by far my favourite. Quite a few blogs mention that the Kylie Jenner Lip Kit formula is similar to ColourPop’s formula, however ColourPop is very affordable.  NYX Lingerie in Lace Detail This one is perfect…

  • Home Decor,  Style

    Designing the Perfect Patio Space

    The minute the sun came out, I knew it was time to set up my outdoor space. Like most people living in Vancouver, instead of having luscious green space, most of us have to settle for a small balcony. Since moving from my condo to a townhouse we were fortunate enough to also upgrade to a larger outdoor footprint. I have never been more excited, all I need is for the rain to stop so I can enjoy it.  Limited space means a carefully thought-out layout and intention for the space. I knew these four things were important to me, lighting, privacy, comfort and of course space to BBQ! Check out…

  • Home Decor,  Style

    Feeling at Home in a New Place

      “Home is where ever I am with you” It has taken a couple months to feel settled into my new place. After countless stressful days at work and then late nights organizing this unfamiliar space, I was feeling mentally and physically exhausted. At the end of a long evening, all I could think about was how I wanted to go back home, which was no longer an option. Now that we have fully moved in and for the most part unpacked all our boxes my new place feels less like a stranger’s home and more like my own home. These are a few things that I found helped me make…

  • Home Decor,  Style

    My Favourite Things in My New Home

      Must haves for a new home by jaemiesures featuring colorful wall art My credit card has recently experienced some intense abuse over the last few months. It took a while for my new place to feel like home, so I made nesting a top priority. It is really the small details that make your space feel like a home. Sorry about the overwhelming amount of home decor posts, but this is my latest obsession.  Rug From Urban Outfitters I had been looking for a rug for quite some time. I wanted a pop of colour and colouring that would tie in all elements of the room. When I came…

  • DIY,  Home Decor

    All Moved In: What I Did Right & Wrong

    I have been itching to talk about this, because this is what I have been working on day and night for quite some time. It has been a terrible couple of months, but I am finally starting to get used to my new home. I shouldn’t be complaining, because I am so fortunate, but stress did get the best of me. I wanted to wait to post pictures until we were fully settled, but here is a little preview before the big reveal.  Renovating is tough, there are so many working parts and organization involved. If I could do it all over again, I would use my vacation time and…

  • DIY,  Fashion,  Style

    Letting Go of Fast Fashion

    I have really been trying to stay goal oriented for the new year. I went to a spin class today, had a salad for dinner yesterday and I accidentally ordered a new jacket over lunch….oops…in my defence it was on sale! Anyhow, it is very tempting to sink back into the old habits and feel the societal pressure to ‘keep up with the Jones’.  Fast Fashion is something that I want to avoid for the new year. Fast fashion items are mass produced clothing that are cheaply made using cheap materials. They do not last and their production not only contributes to polluting the environment, but it also has a short…

  • Home Decor,  Style

    Splurge vs. Save: Home Decor Edition

    It has been a long couple of months. My boyfriend and I have been actively trying to avoid nearly murdering each other while trying to navigate through looking at places, packing, moving, unpacking and now finally working on the finishing touches.  I have learnt a lot of important lessons about home renovations and moving. I know that if I were to do this a second time, there is a multitude of things I would do differently, but I’ll save all that information for another blog post. I sold majority of my furniture so I wouldn’t have to move it, and because most of it I inherited in my University years,…

  • DIY,  Home Decor

    Where to Cut Costs on Home Renovations

    For the last few months every spare moment was allocated to finding a home, now that the search is over, I now devote all my time to home renovations. The clock is ticking to moving day, my time is divided between de-cluttering, packing and of course shopping for all the items for my new home.  To be honest, as much as I like the idea of having my home look exactly how I want it to look, acting as project manager to my own dream home is a daunting and time consuming task. My evenings are now spent scouring the edges of the internet to find good deals. I am…