The Tea Master

 

So…I recently bought a tea master. 🙂 I’d heard good things about them, I’d even seen one or two.  But wasn’t planning to buy one…until I saw they were 75% off. 😉 Anyways, it’s a super cool tea pot. 🙂 (I mean, the tea pours falls out the bottom! How cool is that?!)

I love loose leaf teas so I’m pretty excited about this and will definitely be putting it to good use, especially in the coming fall and winter months…(wow! I can’t believe I just wrote that! Fall and winter?!)

Yup, now I can make myself a tea latte anytime I want. (Yes, this is a good thing…I think 😉 )

Just thinking about tea makes me smile. 🙂

Always, Aims

Closet Shopping: Red, Denim, and Stripes

As I mentioned yesterday, this idea has been in the back of my mind for a while.  I just wasn’t sure when and how to introduce it. Actually, I’m still not sure haha… but the longer I wait “hoping to perfect it” the longer it simply stays an idea.

So I’m jumping right in…right now! 😀

Wednesday’s post reminded me (again!) that…I have a really full closet of clothing… and I’m sure many other women out there do too! It’s not that I shop a lot, I really don’t.  But my size hasn’t dramatically changed in the last few years… so my wardrobe has kind of “accumulated” over time. And the thing is… even with so much, I still shop, I still buy (even if it’s “on sale” or from the thrift store…I’ve still added to my closet!) And somehow…I don’t think I’m the only woman with this problem. 😉

Which brings me to why I’m posting today. I’m calling it “Closet Shopping” and it goes as follows:

The idea is to put together a “new” outfit of what I already own.

This means it must be a combination of clothing I’ve never combined before.

Take a picture and post my “new outfit”.

This will test my fashion sense as well as my creativity (and my memory haha.) I’m the kind of person, that when I put together an outfit, and like it…I keep wearing the same combination and (soon) get bored of it.  It’ll be fun to make myself change things up a little. Half the time when I say “I have nothing to wear” it’s just because I have nothing new to wear.  By doing this, I will have a “new” outfit in a sense… and we all know how nice we feel when we’re wearing a new outfit. I believe this will cut down on my shopping “need” as well. 😉

Today’s outfit: A combination of denim, red, and stripes. (I’ve lately been incorporating stripes into my wardrobe.)

I chose to add some red to this because there wasn’t really an other colour.  Kind of has a sailor feel to it.  The white flats and watch complete the outfit nicely I think.

 

I’m excited to go shopping in my own closet and to start sharing other “new” outfits with you! This is going to be an ongoing feature here on the blog so be sure and check back soon.

And…yes! It’s Friday! I always like Fridays… enjoy your weekend…maybe try some closet shopping of your own! 😉

Always, Aims

7 Logical Tips to Keep Your Wardrobe Organized

So…what girl doesn’t have a closet overflowing with cloths and accessories? Yeah, me too. :-S Sometimes it’s hard to find space for everything (especially when you have a hat collection as I do!) 😛 Well, I thought I’d share a few things I’ve learned recently and not so recently about staying on top of the organization issue.

1. Stacking

As you know by now, I have a hat collection. Well, when you don’t have a whole bunch of extra space, you have to get creative. I figured out that hats with similar styles and sizes fit together very nicely.

Now my entire hat collection fits on one shelf. 😉 This also leaves me enough room to store my winter mitts etc. on the same shelf…!

2. Think About Wrinkles

I’ve found that if I can mentally sort out things that wrinkle easily versus things that don’t wrinkle easily…it helps when putting them away.  If it doesn’t wrinkle much, fold it and put it on a shelf or in a drawer. If it does wrinkle a lot, hang it up.  Some of my skirts (that I’d usually automatically hang up) don’t wrinkle…so I’ve realized by folding them it leaves room to hang up other “less practical” articles of clothing.

3. Scarves

I saw this idea on Pinterest the other day (why didn’t I see this sooner?!) I really love scarves…a lot, it’s just hard to keep track of them. This is a fantastic way to keep track of them…and it’s SO simple! All you need is a hanger! How awesome is that?! Plus, they’re separated so you can see them all…rather than rummaging through a tangled pile (been there, done that!)

4. Hang it up!

You save a lot of drawer space by hanging up your clothes. (I only have 4 drawers so I need to be creative.)  I have these three “pegs” (pictured below).  I keep my cardigan type sweaters and other flowingish sweaters on them (this is so awesome because they don’t wrinkle when they hang!) I also have hooks hanging off the back of my door (SO handy!)

5. Thick Stuff

love big cozy sweaters…! When I wear one it’s almost like being hugged 24/7. Unfortunately, they take up a lot of space…they’re thick and don’t fold very well. 😦 Similar to the “peg” idea, I use the hooks on the back of my door for those… it saves SO much room…and besides, what else would you do with the back of your door?

If you’re tight for space somewhere… reorganize or move thick stuff first! You make more room for yourself that way as well! 😉

6. Make Accessories Accessible!

If it isn’t within easy reach or sight… you probably won’t use it (especially when you’re in a hurry!) Who likes digging through a pile of random accessories trying to find “that one”? I like wearing headbands etc.  I hang them on the towel rack on my vanity.  They’re always within plain sight and I don’t have to detangle anything! It’s something simple but saves time.

7.Double up!

Running out of space? One of the simplest ways to make more room is to double up when you’re hanging or stacking. Most skirt hangers are strong enough to hold two (or three!) skirts.  Hang blazers over blouses (just be careful to fold the blouse collar over the blazer so it doesn’t get wrinkled.) Small purses fit into bigger ones. The possibilities are (almost) endless when you put your mind to it!

I hope you enjoyed this little peek into organizing your wardrobe. Have you learned any “tricks of the trade”? I’m always open to new ideas when it comes to organizing, I’d love to hear what you do or have done in the past!

Happy organizing!

I’ve made a specific board on Pinterest for organizing by hanging… check it out HERE for more ideas!

Always, Aims

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Feature: E-nut turns 1!

Allow me to introduce to you, Little “E-nut”.

I quite agree…she’s pretty much adorable beyond description. 🙂

Being just barely one year old… E-nut is in that “discovery” stage.  All those new and exciting things around her!

E-nut is a naturally happy and giggly kid… we had no trouble getting this one to smile! 😀

This expression is just kind of hilarious…

She was just about walking but still needed the security of Mommy’s hand…however, since this shoot I’ve heard she’s started toddling around on her own (kid’s grow up SO fast, eh!)

She’s proud of her accomplishments!

I love it when little kids wave…just sayin’ 🙂

Little kids are just so much fun to take pictures of… they’re always so full of energy and their emotions are always in plain sight. They don’t try to hide what they’re feeling!

That’s all for today…I had piles of fun doing E-nut’s shoot! 🙂

One more before I go…

Till next time! 😀

Always, Aims

P.s. I try to give families and (especially) children some privacy by not using their real names on the blog.  If you do know them (her) please refrain from using her real name in the comments. Thanks! 😀

Street Photography: Portland, OR

Street photography intrigues me.  I mean, we’ve all seen those awesome moments that (often photo journalists) have caught. I think of that famous one, from the victory celebrations after WW2, of the sailor kissing the nurse.

Well, I’m not a photo journalist, and I’m a little shy when it comes to taking pictures of random strangers.  However, when I was in Portland last summer, I challenged myself a little, and got out of my comfort zone…and tried a little “street photography”.

I found myself wondering who these people were, what were (are) their stories? Why were they there? I didn’t have opportunity to talk with them but here are some of the “interesting” people from Portland, OR. (haha, keep Portland weird, right?)

The clash of the tattoo and the words on his t-shirt drew my attention to this man. I asked myself…does he know what his t-shirt asks those around him?

Maybe he told his wife I was going to exercise the dog.  Or maybe this is their daily routine.

I still wonder if there was actually coffee mate in the container. This was in the middle of a busy park…hence, the earphones?

Maybe I should have a caption contest for this picture. I really wonder how much he likes his job… or maybe it’s the “uniform”?

 

Lunch is always better in the park…out of a pot!

I find this guy a lot less creepy than those clowns who paint their faces and try get kids to like them. Clowns are kinda creepy…just sayin’. Balloon people are talented, eh!

 

When I saw this guy I stopped for a few minutes…various things came to mind.  Afterwards, I couldn’t get this scene out of my head.  He did this thing with these glass balls, allowing them to almost seamlessly slide around his hands and arms.  At the time my friends told me the name of this art form, but now for the life of me I can’t remember what it’s called (never fails, eh!)

What struck me first was the fact that he showed no emotion.  The entire time we stood there his facial expression never changed. Because of his sunglasses you never knew in which direction his eyes were focused. He had also painted his entire body silver, giving off the sense of coldness.  I thought of the Tin Man, from The Wizard of Oz, who has no heart and cannot feel. Why was this guy here? For the money? How does it feel to have people gawking at you for hours at a time? Or, did he simply view himself as a performer, an artist?

For a dollar, he would stoop and shake your hand. I couldn’t resist… I had to know he was still human. He was…his hand was warm…and so lifelike.

One more… literal street picture. 😉 I couldn’t resist… I laughed when I saw this etched in the pavement. (only in Portland, right?)

Yeah, I do wonder who these people were…who they are now, and where they might be.  But maybe that’s just another piece of street photography: knowing I’ll never know.

I had fun sharing a little piece of Portland with you all today 🙂

Always, Aims

Feature: Friendship

Remember Jannice and Astrid?

They’re best friends…

It was absolutely fantastic shoot them! 🙂

True friendship is one of life’s greatest gifts.

The best part about being best friends with someone is that you can “just be you”.

The best of friends are the one with whom you can laugh the hardest.

It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

The pictures say more than my words can today.  I had so much fun on the photoshoot, watching Jannice and Astrid interact with each other, seeing how comfortable they are with one another. That is the best part of having a best friend I think!

Since there is nothing so well worth having as friends, never lose a chance to make them. ~Francesco Guicciardini

The friend is the man who knows all about you, and still likes you. ~Elbert Hubbard

“… no man is useless
while he has a friend.”
– Robert Louis Stevenson

“Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after.” 
-Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Hope you enjoyed this little taste of friendship! True friendship really is priceless!

Till tomorrow!

Always, Aims

Feature: Rasco (Portrait Shoot)

Meet my sister, Rasco*.  I’m featuring her on my blog today for a few reasons!

 

First of all it’s her birthday today! So for her 11th birthday, I took her out for a little photoshoot.

 

Another reason was the dress…

 

Every little girl should have a dress as special as this, their very own “princess dress”.  I remember mine… My Grandma sewed me a flower girl dress for my uncle’s wedding.  It was black velvet with gold satin bows and I wore a crinoline with it so it would be “poofy” (especially when I twirled).  This is Rasco’s princess dress, and I wanted to have some pictures of her in it before she grows out of it.

 

 

 

 

The story… Rasco was in town a few weeks before Christmas with our Mom when a copper coloured dress caught her eye.  As it turns out the biggest size they had left was too small for her.  A trip to Fabricland and some of my older sister’s hard work later… this dress is the result (and it’s so much more beautiful than the one in the store!)  Rasco picked the colours of it to match her (gorgeous!!!) hair .

Our location today was a little road/pathway behind out house a ways. When I suggested the photoshoot to Rasco she specifically requested this spot.

 

 

I think we both thought it would be more green out there by now (other years the Saskatoon bushes are blooming already!) But it was still rather brown…so we made to with what we had. 🙂

 

We had fun on the shoot today (or, I did anyways 🙂 I hope she she did too haha!) She’s been a willing participant many times before… thanks for putting up with me again, Rasco.  I always love seeing this precious red head through my lens, she’ll be back 😉

 

P.s. Yes, I always wished I had red hair…just sayin’.

Always, Aims

*Rasco isn’t her real name…we’re not that weird ;-).  I’ve decided to use nicknames etc. for my siblings (especially my younger ones) on my blog to help keep their lives private. J (It’s not their fault I have a blog 😛 ) (It’s pronounced with a British accent sounding something like this: Rossco)

 

Why Green?!

I’ve hinted earlier at my favourite colour: green.

But, why? Well, here’s my “green” story. 😀

I didn’t grow up loving green, and calling it my favourite colour.  Actually, I can’t even remember what my favourite colour as a kid was…hum, weird.  Anyways, I didn’t wear green, all my accessories weren’t green etc.  So…Green came into my life with a “bang” or, quite literally a splash of paint.

Rewind my life back two and a half years:

It’s a few weeks before my birthday…and when Mom asked what I wanted, I suddenly had this brilliant idea. “For my birthday, I want a can of paint for my bedroom walls.”  I was somewhat ecstatic when she actually agreed.  The only stipulation was that we both had to agree on the colour.  I was just excited for the change… anything would be better than my currant bedroom wall colour (you know that babyish princess pink that every 6 year old LOVES? Hum yeah… let’s just say I haven’t been six for LONG time!)

Too make what could be a long story shorter… I’m sitting in my bedroom now, surrounded by “light” green walls and chocolate brown accents.  As one my friends stated when she had a sleepover, “I always wanted to sleep in a lime.” 🙂

Postcards I collected while in England...tacked up on my GREEN bedroom walls! 🙂

But you know what? I love it! Why? Because it’s SO different than the rest of our house, than the rest of my life, haha.  It’s so refreshing to come home…and to walk in and “be in another world” ;-).  It’s almost become a haven of sorts.

When I think of green, some of the first words that come to mind: Spring. Resurrection. Fresh. LIFE! England. Rain. Happy. Mint chocolate chip ice cream.  The list could go on and on… 😀

For myself, it has come to represent optimism, or rather the choice to be optimistic. I also heard somewhere that “green is the colour of hope”. Maybe it’s true.

When it’s muddy and yucky outside, it’s still bright and cheery in here. 🙂 However, even after that, green only stayed on my walls.  It’s only been in the last six or sevenish months that it’s made it into other parts of my life and in a few different shades…( I also adore Kelly green by the way.) Or maybe I’m just noticing it now.

So, here are a few of the “greens” that surround my every day life.

the flashlight on my keychain...
My iPod case and the case for my Kobo eReader
Curtains...
"my mouse" 🙂
my travel mug
I even had green butterflies put on my nails a couple weeks ago...
Yes, I am cool enough to use a green violin bow...just sayin'
My recent VV purchase. Airwalks in my size...and they're green! How cool is that, eh?

So that’s why I choose green to accent my blog, my facebook, twitter, and website. Green reminds me of life, and to choose to look on the bright side. And always to have hope!

Always, Aims