Lighthouse Park Hike

Lighthouse Park Hike, West Vancouver

It feels like spring is in the air now, perfect weather to be getting out and exploring beautiful British Columbia. This time we headed to Lighthouse Park

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Of course, it wouldn’t be one of our adventures if there wasn’t a little bit of silliness!  We had way too much fun jumping in silly poses and trying to capture that mid air moment. How do you like my levitating sprint?!

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Welcome Year of the Sheep/Goat

Vancouver, BC Chinese New Year Parade 2015

I find it odd that there doesn’t seem to be a definitive answer to what animal this year belongs too. Some say sheep, some say goat and some say ram. So I think the most fitting animal would be the Goats we saw on a road trip through the rockies, which turned out to be sheep. Sheep that look suspiciously like goats… there problem solved.

Apart from my confusion about which animal I should be celebrating the parade was a great (and very long) success. Like seriously long… we left our spot and went for a wonder through the Chinese garden, then walked all over chinatown looking for food, ended up back at our original spot, then walked the entire parade route and it was still going.

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Vancouver, BC Chinese New Year Parade 2015
Vancouver, BC Chinese New Year Parade 2015Vancouver, BC Chinese New Year Parade 2015
Vancouver, BC Chinese New Year Parade 2015
Vancouver, BC Chinese New Year Parade 2015
Vancouver, BC Chinese New Year Parade 2015Vancouver, BC Chinese New Year Parade 2015
Vancouver, BC Chinese New Year Parade 2015Vancouver, BC Chinese New Year Parade 2015
Vancouver, BC Chinese New Year Parade 2015Vancouver, BC Chinese New Year Parade 2015Vancouver, BC Chinese New Year Parade 2015
Vancouver, BC Chinese New Year Parade 2015Vancouver, BC Chinese New Year Parade 2015
Vancouver, BC Chinese New Year Parade 2015Vancouver, BC Chinese New Year Parade 2015
Vancouver, BC Chinese New Year Parade 2015

 

The Windy Seaside | Outfit of the Day

Steveston | Outfit: J Crew Cap, sweater, navy pencil skirt, houndstooth slippers

The weather has been very mild lately, but I assure you there was a frosty chill coming of the ocean that had us scurrying back to our heated car seats pretty quickly. 
We were killing time while our car was in the workshop, which meant we were driving around in a brand new Mini Paceman. Even though this car was brand new (complete with new car smell) I would still pick my older cute little Mini Cooper S over the one we were given for the day. 

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Steveston | Outfit: J Crew Cap, sweater, navy pencil skirt, houndstooth slippers

Steveston | Outfit: J Crew Cap, sweater, navy pencil skirt, houndstooth slippers

Outfit Details: It wasn’t until I went to write this that I realised everything is from J Crew.

Little Life Box February

little life box february unboxing and review

So excited… I picked up my first ever Little Life box from the post office… It was SO heavy! I couldn’t wait to see what was inside. 

little life box february unboxing and review

How adorable is the tissue paper wrapping? The presentation of something immediately sets the mood of the moment for me, and this wrapping makes the treats inside feel extra special, so thank you whoever packed this box at Little Life Box, your efforts are appreciated. 

Now for whats inside…

little life box february unboxing and review

You bet I broke into the chocolate immediately. Its so creamy and delicious and I make no promises not to eat the whole block within the hour.

Microwaveable Indian… I love Indian, but I don’t think I have ever in my life bought a microwave meal. At first I thought it was a weird thing to be in the box, but when you think about it so many people eat really awful food that I guess giving them this is a step in the right direction. It has no preservatives, no MSG and I know what every ingredient listed is. little life box february unboxing and review
I’m not down with replacing a meal with a shake… but I am very much down with having a shake for mid morning or afternoon snack, post gym workout. Looking forwards to trying this one.

Shampoo and conditioner… I think I’ll pop these in my swim bag, always handy to have little samples. Am I the only one who’s hair seems to get used to a certain shampoo or conditioner? I find switching up my hair products regularly gets me the best results.

little life box february unboxing and review

These Coconut chips are seriously addictive, kind of sweet and savoury at the same time. I would love to try making my own, anyone have a recipe?

little life box february unboxing and review

This granola is a hit, almost dessert worthy its so good. I had it with berries yesterday and with yogurt today. Those cookies though… a tad on the dry side for my liking, but good with a cup of tea. We all know I LOVE lip balms, and I kind of want to eat this one! It smells like a white hot chocolate.little life box february unboxing and review
I don’t see how just 2 tablet are of any use at all, so I thought I mind as well just see how they taste… yucky… like powdered pineapple. Another supplement… at least this one is 14 days worth. Again, not the best tasting thing in the world but thats ok. The sunscreen has a smell, I can’t quite place my finger on… it reminds me of my mum  (don’t worry, not n a bad way mum). I love how its not greasy, but it does take a while to rub in. Its the perfect size to pop in the glovebox of the car for those unexpected picnic in the sun days.

I really love this box (it is a christmas present from my family). So many Wins… you get a surprise parcel in the mail, you get tasty treats (I never really buy pre made treats, so this is extra exciting for me), you get value for money and you get to try out new brands and products.

Here is a quick breakdown of what I got:
Aphrodisiac Granola by Fourmi Bionique $5.20
Symbiotics Colostrum Plus Chewables – Pineapple $0.45
Spatone Liquid Iron Food Supplement $7.99
Fortifying Shampoo and Conditioner by Néolia $0.40
NATURADE Total Soy – Chocolate $1.07
Channa Masala by Tasty Bite $2.99
Natural Sunscreen SPF30 $4.50
Lip Balm by Wood’s Body Goods $4.50
GoGo Quinoa Chocolate Chip Cookies $1
Raw Chocolate Coconut Chips $3.70
Hazelnut Milk Chocolate Bar by Camino $4.29

Total Value = $36.09

Heart Braid Hairstyle Tutorial

Today I have a cute little heart braid hairstyle tutorial for you. It’s simple, easy and a fun outfit completer for all things Valentines day.

heart braid hairstyle tutorial perfect for valentines day

1. Section the top half of your hair, from about the tops of the ears. Secure this with a small clear elastic.

2. Make a small hole in the hair just above the elastic, carefully reach through, grabbing the sectioned hair and pulling it up through the hair. You may need to gently retighten the elastic after doing this.

3. Section the top half of hair into two even pieces, secure on of the pieces out of the way. Now divide the second half into another two pieces, this time there should be one larger section and one smaller. Secure the smaller section out of the way.

4. Braid the hair all the way to the end, pulling at the braid as you go to make it fuller. Secure with a small elastic.

5. With the smaller section twist it to create a rope style braid. To do this twist the two sections in the opposite direction that you are twisting them together. Secure with a small elastic. Repeat steps 4 and 5 on the other side.

6. Secure the 2 rope braids out of your way. Pin the two braids to make the top of the heart.

7. Pull all the loose hair and the two braids together into a ponytail. You know have your heart shape.

8. Position the rope braids around the outside of the heart, securing with hair pins as you go. Secure together into the ponytail with another elastic.

9. Finish it off by wrapping the elastics with some hair. Done

 I hope everyone has a lovely Valentines day. And if you try out any of my hairstyles please let me know, I love to see pics.

Purple Sparkly Heart Nails

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I am really happy and excited for two reason. One: I finally had my nails turn out how I intended them too. I see so many gorgeous nails on instagram and pinterest and I think to myself ‘hey why don’t I give that a try’ and what happens next is some sort of horrible disaster. I know you know what I mean! Well finally I am happy with this mani, even if it is a little shaky in spots. Two: My photos of said nails actually turned out pretty neat as well. Wowzers have I even taken enough photos of my nails only to hit the delete button instantly. Hands are weird, fingers are weird and taking a flattering, well lit photo of your nails is no easy task. Am I the only one who has spent hours scrolling pinterest thinking ‘how do they have perfect photos every damn time’.
purple sparkly heart nails

Now that I have given myself a little pat on the back and a hi-5, what do you think of my nails? Are nail tutorials possibly on the horizon for Design Every Day?

purple sparkly heart nails

Recipes perfect for Valentines Day

 I love themed foods, from Christmas to Easter and everything in between, Valentines day comes fairly high on that list of Favourite holidays… maybe its all the red, pink and hearts or maybe because its just another excuse to eat chocolate and candies.Valentines day breakfast recipes

Egg in a heart | Red Velvet Crepes | Heart Bacon

Who does’t love waking up to a homemade breakfast, bonus points if it’s heart shaped!

perfect valentines dinners

Pink Pasta | Heart Beet Salad | Heart Tarts

A little bit of extra love in your dinner? You can turn almost anything into a heart shape, but here are a few favourites.

valentines day cake recipes

Pink Ombre Heart Cake | Decadent Chocolate Truffle Cake | Red Velvet Cake

These cakes are works of art, deserving of the most special people.

Valentines Day Drinks

Perfectly Pink Hot Chocolate | Moscato Float | The Perfectly Romantic Cocktail

Pink love potions, perfect for valentines day.

Lace Rose half-up Hair Tutorial

lace braid half-up hair tutorial

This style is actually fairly simple but looks impressive and would be perfect for Valentines day, or any occasion really. You will find it easier if you have second day hair rather than freshly washed hair, as freshly washed hair can be quite slippery to work with. Another option is to just add some texturizing spray to give you some grip to work with if you hair is squeaky clean.

1. Back-comb the hair on the crown of your head. The more you backcomb the more volume you will end up with on top. Add hairspray as you back-comb to help hold the volume.

2. Smooth back the section you just backcombed and secure the two hair pins, if you want more volume simply push the hair up into more of a bump. No need to be too fussy about the hair pins as they will be taken out later.

3. Section off the hair just above your ear, if you don’t have a fringe (bangs) you will have a larger section. Start braiding this section.

4. As you braid towards the back of your head add hair only from the top to create a lace braid. As you get closer to the back you will need to release the hair pin so you can incorporate all the hair from the top half of your head.

5. Once you reach the back of your head stop adding hair and braid down to the end of the hair, secure with a small elastic.

6. Repeat the lace braid on the other side.

7. stretch out the hair down the outside side of the braid. it is import ants to only do it to one side as this is what will create the petals of the rose. Work your way up and down the braids until you are happy. I also pulled the part of the braid that runs along my head to create more volume. I pushed up the teased hair again and e added the pins for extra volume (I don’t have much hair at all, so anything to create the illusion of hair is a good thing).

8. To create the rose take your first braid and wrap it into a spiral, making sure the “pulled” side of your braid is on the outside. pin in as many places as you need to make it secure.

9. Take the second braid and wrap it around the outside, securing it hair pins as you go.

10. Take a few moments to adjust and stray hairs and make sure everything is secure then finish with a strong hold hairspray.

If you try this hairstyle I would love to see your photos, you can tag your instgram pics with @designeveryday or if your not the instragrammer type you can email me from the contacts tab. 

Happy Braiding xx

lace braid half-up hair tutorial

Making More Space in a Small Wardrobe

how to create more space in a small wardrobe

Living in small rental apartments means small wardrobes, so here are some easy tips and tricks that don’t require any remodelling to make more space for your shoes and clothes. 

This is a double sided wardrobe, the other half is my boyfriends clothes and I will share that side with you on a later date. You can also check out how I dealt with his rather large denim collection in our last place here.

make the most out of a small wardrobe

All I have done is make some very simple removable shoe shelves at the bottom, and added some plastic tubs from dollarama. I keep things like scarves, belts and hats in the tubs. All up it cost me about $35, which makes it nice and affordable.

You will need: Some wood for the shelves, make sure you take your measurements first (I got mine at home depot). Something to hold the wood together, I used screws. As many plastic tubs as will fit along the top shelf, these I found at Dollarama, Target sells similar ones too but at a much higher price.

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1. Take the dimensions for your shoe shelves (Don’t forget to subtract the skirting/baseboards). I chose to leave space at the end with no shelving so that my floor length dresses had space to hang. Make note of how high you you would like each shelf, my bottom shelf is higher than the second one. I good height to go by is the height of your tallest heel. Lastly you need your max depth, however don’t get to caught up on this number as the shelving wood only comes in 2 – 3 widths so you want to work with whats on offer. My bottom shelf is deeper than the top one. If your shelves are long you will also need an extra support in the middle to stop them bending under weight.

2. Now that you have your dimensions dead to the hardware store, pick your wood and have them make the cuts there (trust me, you don’t want to be cutting laminate shelving with a hand saw!)

3. Assembly time. Please don’t judge my craftsman ship here! Remember that I made these shelves knowing that the joins would never really be seen and therefore simply screwed everything together in the quickest and simplest way possible.

4. Place storage tubs on top shelf and ta-da, your hard work has paid off. Now for the fun part of working out which order your shoes should be placed in!

DIY shoe shelves, creating more storage space