Tomorrow is International Women’s Day and the theme is Inspiring Change. Are you a woman and are you planning on doing something tomorrow to inspire change? I know for me anyway, sometimes these events can be a bit overwhelming. You get those thoughts “I’m just one woman, what can I really do?”. This blog isn’t really a political platform so I won’t get too heavy but overall, I think we’re pretty lucky as women in Canada. There’s definitely still injustices, inequality in the workplace and women who are being mistreated and struggling but as far as basic human rights and needs I think we’re doing well compared to some other countries around the world.
Sometimes it’s the smallest things that can make the biggest difference. And I’m sure women know how to shop! Maybe it’s unrealistic for you to shop fair trade all the time or know exactly where everything you buy comes from and who’s making it but organizations like Global Girlfriend have made it easier to make more conscious choices.
Global Girlfriends is a fair-trade boutique that offers, women-made, eco-friendly, fair-trade products including stylish apparel, accessories and gifts with one purpose — helping women in need help themselves. Who knew that your shopping habits could help women around the globe? All the profits go directly to helping women in various different ways. You can read exactly where your money is going here.
So it’s a little thing but you can inspire change tomorrow simply by buying something for yourself. You will be giving a new meaning to the term power shop. Here’s a few of my favourites:
If you’re feeling inspired to do more and contribute in a more impactful way, you can also visit Global Girlfriend’s Gifts that Give More section. There you can donate directly towards specific life changing events for these women. Here’s a few examples.
Maybe you decide to act more locally and inspire change in your own city or neighbourhood or maybe you just celebrate with your girlfriends. Either way it’s great to have a day to remember how wonderful it is to be a woman.
When I found out that the theme of Chatelaine’s cooking club challenge this month was lemons, I had to participate because I love lemons. I seriously can eat them like oranges. I guess my palette, like my heart is bitter. (joking!) I haven’t met a lemon desert I don’t love. The way it works is that they give you three lemon recipes to choose from and you have to pick on, give it a shot and share your results. I decided to go with the classic lemon tart. Continue reading to see the recipe and ‘how to’ steps.
Aren’t these pieces by Jesse Breakwell so quirky and charming? Many of them would be great in a nursery or child’s room but I also think that if you have the right style and like to be playful with art that these would be great in a grown-up space too. I’m particularly fond of featured friends which is why I’m so drawn to the flamingos and owls but what’s not to love about that curvaceous nude red head? I also love the mix of painting techniques – the contrast of soft watercolour mixed with carefully placed brush strokes and the bright and bold neon colours mixed with more earthy and natural tones. They all just make me smile.
Spring is a great time to refresh your look. It’s practically begging you to do something new & fresh. There’s always lots of different beauty trends floating around each season, but a big one without question for Spring 2014 is the orange lip. Like fashion, some beauty trends are more wearable than others but this is one that pretty much anyone can pull off if you find the right shade. There’s no shortage of inspiration out there to show you how you can rock this look. I think for the every day gal pairing the bold orange lip with a neutral brown shadow is the way to go.
This is where Murale by Shoppers Drug Mart comes in. Murale carries a wide variety of prestige cosmetics brands. For the true beauty lovers they even have hard to find and exclusive brands like Eve Lom, Rodial, Darphin, Juice Beauty, Skyn Iceland, Monteil. Check out Murale to get your orange lip look.
Lucky for you Murale happens to have their awesome Fab & Free promo on right now. This means while you’re busy shopping online for your new look you’ll also get a free cosmetics bag filled with $385 worth of deluxe skin and cosmetics. You have to spend a minimum of $100 but that’s not hard when you’re refreshing and restocking your beauty kit. I’m always such a sucker for samples because I travel a lot and they’re great space savers but mostly, who are we kidding beauty products can get pricey and it’s always nice to try a little something before committing to a big something
(*offer valid on the purchase total of eligible products after discounts and redemptions and before taxes. Gift value approximately $385. Available while quantities last. No Rainchecks)
ANDDDD.……..as if that wasn’t Fab & Free enough, the cosmetic bag also includes a 20,000 Shoppers Optimum Points offer available in stores only from March 8 -April 4 (when you spend $125) if you fall in love with one of the samples and want to buy the full size version.
Not surprisingly this Fab & Free promo almost always sells out so get your shop on ladies! The promo is happening until March 7th in store (locations here), or March 12thonline. If you’re lucky to have a Murale store in your city, I highly recommend checking it out in person, they really are beautiful. You’ll feel like you went to a high end European beauty boutique but you can still swipe your Optimum card. Bonus!
Disclosure: Although this post has been generously sponsored by Shoppers Drug Mart, the opinions and language are all my own, and in no way do they reflect Shoppers Drug Mart.
In case you missed it, I posted my own little Drop Dead Gorgeous photo series last week. I was inspired by these stunning dead flowers that I had hanging around from Valentines day. I have to say, I’ve kinda fallen in love with the photos. So much so that I created some wallpapers for y’all to make your tech all pretty this month. We all could use a little colour and floral goodness during this cold & miserable month, don’t you agree?
Download the Drop Dead Gorgeous floral desktop wallpaper here.
Download the Drop Dead Gorgeous floral desktop iPad wallpaper here.
Download the Drop Dead Gorgeous floral iPhone wallpaper here.
I really loved these photos so much that I also added them to my Society6 shop. Here’s a few pieces to dress up your tech. First there’s this pretty iPad case.
This is the ultimate sweet & salty recipe and extra bonus if you’re a chocolate lover. I love it all so these tarts put me over the top. This was the first time I ever made caramel and I had no idea it was so easy! Which is dangerous because I’ve made this recipe 4 times since. Like all my baking experiments I always find some way to cheat. In this case it’s the tart shells. I opted to buy them already made rather than make them myself but let’s be honest, the tart shells are NOT the star of this show. They are simply a buttery vessel to hold the salted caramel dark chocolate treasure.
Keep reading to find out how to make these taste explosions. They aren’t as tricky as you think, promise!
I have a major crush. But it’s not a secret, I’ll tell anyone who wants to listen. I’m in love with velvet. Big time. I feel like I’ve been searching for my perfect sofa for oh…my whole life. I know dramatic. I’ve also changed my mind about a million times which is probably part of the problem. If you recall I had the good fortune to have this lovely pink velvet beauty arrive in my life a short time ago. I’m still trying to figure out how it will work in my space. I turned to the interweb to guide me.
Keep reading to see all the beautiful velvet sofa inspiration I found.
It’s not often that I write a completely personal post but I have something that’s important to me to say and I happen to have a forum to say it on. My intention isn’t just to rant but more of an open letter and maybe make people think. If they want to disagree or dismiss my opinion, that’s ok.
Something’s been happening in my life for sometime now that’s really bothers me. I’ve tried to not let it bother me but then I realized that I wouldn’t be human if it didn’t and it SHOULD bother me. It should bother anyone. The world (well in mine anyway) has seemed to lost respect for the RSVP or just honouring commitments in general. My problem is with the bailers of the world. I think the evolving world of digital communication has something to do with it but that’s really just a screen to mask our human behaviour.
I’m a social person, I like to keep myself busy and I work hard at building new relationships and keeping the old ones strong. Yes I’m single and I don’t have a family so friends play a large role in my life but I don’t think that’s particularly relevant when it comes to respect and relationships.
For me, something is wrong when at least 50% of the plans I make with people are cancelled, usually at the last moment. Now I’m not some kind of selfish ego maniac that believes the world revolves around me and my social calendar. OF COURSE I understand that things come up, people get sick, kids are a handful, it was a long day etc, etc. but those should be the exception – not what’s become the norm. And no, sending a text message with “sorry..but have a great time! :) “ doesn’t make it ok. Even with a smiley face.
I’ve realized that I’ve started to get anxiety about the weekends and social events. Will this person(s) actually come through or will I be left hanging? Which happens often. I’ve started to do many things on my own which is both a little sad but also liberating. I’m also sad to say that my sympathy barometer has taken a big dip, which I hate as someone who considers themselves a good person but it’s true.
What has been most hurtful is the times that I’ve hosted events, large or small and watch my text/email inbox fill with excuses on the day of the event, sometimes just an hour or two before. And if you’ve ever come over to casa Melissa, even just for dinner, you know that there is no shortage of time & effort that goes into it. As a host it takes time, work and money to plan something and if you never know who is actually going to show up it makes it very stressful. I’ve been left with a feast for myself and a big grocery bill on more than one occasion because my guest list of 10 went down to 2 at the last moment.
When it comes down to it I guess the objective of this post is more about friendship and respect for each other than silly social events. Friendships, new or old are indeed relationships that need to be nourished and don’t work if they’re one-sided. Are you a bailer? Maybe you never really stopped to think about it. That’s ok, it happens to all of us. Sometimes we can be totally unaware of our behaviour and how it’s effecting those around us. No one’s saying that you have to be super friend or a Social Butterfly that agrees to everything but if you do agree, then have respect for your friend and the commitment and think twice before sending that text to cancel. Because having good friends is one of the best things about life, even though the craziness of life makes us forget it every once and awhile.