• Travel,  Vancouver

    Fun Date Ideas in Vancouver

    Last night I did a search for date ideas in Vancouver and I was fairly disappointed, all the lists consists of the usual suspects, the Aquarium, going for a walk around the seawall or going to a comedy club, not exactly an incredibly localized list, so I decided to compile some of my favourite spots and date ideas.    Eating Out A dinner date doesn’t have to be boring, I usually like to go ethnic with my meal choices for a unique dining experience.  Afghan Horseman Sit on the floor, order a platter and enjoy belly dancing on Friday nights at Afghan Horseman. Just be sure to wear some cute…

  • 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…

  • Live

    Resolutions for 2017

    I looked back on the blog post I did last year with my goals for 2016 and it was cringeworthy. The goals I want to set for 2017 are very similar to the goals I obviously set and did not achieve for 2016…Oops, there goes another year. I did have some surprising changes in 2016. It felt like a rough year and judging by all the internet memes I am the only one that feels this way. It was definitely a transitional year for me. I  have a new role at my new job, my boyfriend and I stopped doing long distance and we officially moved in together, as well as the…

  • 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…

  • Live

    Waiting on that ‘Adult’ Feeling

    I keep waiting for that moment where I truly believe I have become an adult. When I was a child “When I Grow Up” was a phrase I used all the time. I would tell my parents when I grow up, I could stay up as late as I want or refuse to eat mushrooms. I used it more as a threat, which my mother would always simply respond with, “Sure”, in a nonchalant tone. Now I can hardly wait until bedtime, and napping is a luxury reserved for the weekend in most cases, if at all. I also thought ‘growing up’ would teach me overcome my weaknesses. I would be…

  • Beauty,  health

    Beware of these Beauty Fads

    Beauty trends come and go, I remember when I was obsessed the using Sun-In to lighten my hair and being the first to get my hands on crackle nail polish. As I have grown older, I tend to do more research into the long term effects and the ingredients that are in the products that I love and use on a regular basis. My mom is always sure to let me in on the latest ‘bad for your trend’ that Dr. Oz has decided to uncovered. Here are the top beauty sins that I really wanted to try until I did the proper research.  Eyelash Extensions The idea of waking up…