Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Search for the Perfect Jeans is Over! {+ a Giveaway!}

Yoga Jeans

I'm the kind of girl that comes home from work, or a night out friends and immediately puts on yoga pants. It's honestly what I fantasize about...coming home, putting on something comfy and settling in to watch Netflix. I love to dress up and put outfits together, but we all have to admit the cutest looking outfits often tend to be the least comfortable.

Jeans are a staple in my wardrobe, especially skinny jeans. I dress them up for casual Fridays at the office, dress them down for weekend errands and walking the dog, and piece together something cute for a girls' night or date night with my husband.

Finding the perfect pair of jeans is a constant struggle for me and when I find a pair I like, I wear them until the seams literally split. Being tall, it's always hard to find jeans that are long enough for me and then to find a pair of skinny jeans that are actually comfy and don't lose their shape and stretch out is a whole other challenge.

When I heard about Yoga Jeans by Second Clothing Co., I had to get my hands on a pair. The jeans were created after studying women's curves and movements and are made with enough stretch to actually be able to do yoga in them. On top of that, all the jeans are hand made right here in Canada in the province of Quebec.

The nice thing about Yoga Jeans is that there are so many different styles and colours to choose from. I opted for the high rise skinnies, but almost went for a pair in a burgundy colour, which would have been perfect for Fall.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Laura of Life with Lolo

Today, I'm sharing another one of the fabulous bloggers hanging out in my sidebar this month. Laura or Lolo as she is sometimes called lives in Idaho. Before following Laura's blog Life with Lolo, the only thing that made me think of Idaho were potatoes (which Lauren insists she does not grow!) and Ralph Wiggum’s awful Idaho costume on the Simpsons (“I’m Idaho”).

You may remember Laura when she shared her post, Fishing...Throwing Some Back and Reeling One In for my Adventures in Dating Series. I asked Laura some questions so that you guys could see just how awesome she is. Read her answers below and then make sure to go leave some love on her blog:

1.    How long have you been blogging and what prompted you to start your blog?

I have been blogging a little over a year now (crazy!). I started this blog for a few reasons. First, I was bored at my past job and needed something to re-energize myself and to keep me busy. Second, some of my sorority sisters had blogs that really inspired me and made me ask myself “if they can do it, why can’t I?” Lastly I wanted a way to document my life and express myself. I had high hopes that it would motivate me to do more in my life (adventures, cooking, DIY) so I would have more to document. Mostly it was to create an outlet for  myself – a way to empty all that has been pent up in my head for so long. I never imagined what it would turn into after just a year!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Ultimate $1,000 CASH Giveaway!

I'm excited to be a part of this huge giveaway for $1,000 of PayPal cash. This is the biggest collaborative giveaway I've ever been a part of. With Fall here and Christmas not too far away, we could all use some extra money, am I right? Read on below for all the details on how to enter!

Ultimate Cash Giveaway.jpg

Organized by: Oh My Gosh Beck!

One lucky winner will win a $1000 cash prize (via Paypal) and it just might be you!

Rules: Use the Rafflecopter form to enter daily. Besides the mandatory blog comment entry, all other entries are optional. Giveaway ends 10/22 and is open worldwide.

Bookmark this page and come back every day to enter and earn bonus entries by sharing the giveaway with your friends on social media. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway
 photo tracesignature_zps325e2c10.png

Adventures in Dating: It Turns Out Joel the Interior Designer Wasn’t An Interior Designer OR Named Joel

The last Thursday of every month Adventures in Dating features a guest blogger to share their dating mishaps, triumphs, tips and tales. This month we are honoured to have Jen  from Jen and Men.
Jen has been on more bad dates than she has fingers and toes to count on – and she's only in her early twenties! She laughs when she watches Sex & the City, because she has had so many dysfunctional relationships that they might as well have made her their 5th friend. Even so, Jen used to love going on dates with different guys, eating great food, and talking on the phone until 3AM. She never did get over the idea that a guy should treat a girl like a princess – even if she encountered one too many frogs.
You can follow Jen on Twitter and see all her post updates on her Facebook page

Let’s take a moment to discuss pathological liars. You’ve already read the two-part blog post about my ex-boyfriend Joey making up an entire vacation so that he didn’t have to hang out with me. And now you’ll find out about Joel…And, by the way, I feel okay using that name — because it’s technically not his name and I don’t think you can get angry at someone for using your real fake name.
Joel, a very fashionable, good looking guy whom I met in a bar,  introduced himself as an Interior Designer.  I was impressed with that (never having met an interior designer before). We spoke for a few minutes near the coat check, and exchanged numbers.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Under $10, Under 10 Minutes - DIY Lucite Trays

DIY Lucite Trays

I've been coveting lucite trays for a while now after spotting these stunners on Etsy. They are such a cute way to contain a bunch of loose items. They're perfect for by the front door to store keys and sunglasses, for your desk to hold pencil cups and a stapler or just to perch on a shelf holding some flowers and frames. Really, the possibilities are endless with these trays. So while I was in love with the idea of using lucite trays to organize my workspace and jazz up my house, I wasn't thrilled with the $30+ price tag.

Let me preface this DIY tutorial by saying I am not a crafter. I have no patience,  no skills and no artistic ability. I'm surprised I was even able to complete the DIY bridesmaid boxes I made last year. Anyways, I went to trusty Google for an answer on how I could make my own lucite tray without breaking the bank and losing my sanity. I'm not one of those people that is going to pawn off an amazing idea as my own. I found this tutorial from another blogger named Jenna, and recreated it for you guys today.

Not only did this tutorial take under ten minutes, it cost me under $10 to do. You might even be able to create it for under $5, if you are a mega bargain hunter. All you need to do is head to your local Michael's craft store and pick up an acrylic frame. The Michael's I went to had a number of different ones in different sizes and all of them were under $10. If you go on the Michael's website you can even download that week's 40% off coupon, making it even cheaper!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

My Sephora Wish List

best sephora products

For my birthday this year, I was gifted a lovely and generous Sephora gift card from my in laws. Sephora is a place I could spend an entire afternoon in and a place where I always leave with something. Now that I have a mortgage, however, those Sephora shopping sprees are pretty much non-existent, so when this gift card came along, I decided to do some research before running into the store and going buck wild. Here's what's on my Sephora Wish List:

Alterra Oil Mist

Alterna Bamboo Smooth Oil: Ever since I came back from my Jamaican honeymoon, my hair has been super dry. Nothing I have tried has been able to restore the moisture and shine to my hair. I also heat style my hair nearly every day, so I need something that is going to protect and nourish my sad strands. This product has over 600 reviews on Sephora's website and the majority of those reviews rave about this spray.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Cat's Adventures in Dating: Worse Than the Friend Zone

There are lots of zones in life that we must avoid; the tow-away zone, the no fly zone, the Sea World Splash Zone, just to name a few. But out of all the zones we shouldn’t be in, I am here to tell you what the worst one is. This is a zone that from which escape is highly unlikely, and it is no fun at all. I am talking about the horrible, dreaded friend zone.

Typically, the friend zone has been seen as one where a girl treats a guy like just a friend. She loves hanging out with him, they do everything together, but she always reminds him what a great friend he is and when will she ever find a guy like him. A brief Google image search of the term Friend Zone delivers nothing but memes about girls doing it to guys. But sometimes, more often than we all want to admit, the tables turn and a guy throws a girl into the friend zone where she will probably stay forever.  As someone who is currently in this horrible place, I would like to share my experience, my feelings, and hopefully find a way to dig myself out of it.