Seasonal Transitions (and poll), Style File Friday

Hello all! I hope that you are having a wonderful week, and are about to head into an even more wonderful weekend. This is my crazy time at work, and I’m trying to remember to take the time to stop for a tiny break, but that is easier said than done, sadly. Still, something that does excited and relax me? Style! This is the time of the year where summer and autumn are battling for prominence, and while it’s still heavily weighted for summer, I can feel the changes.

How to Dress For Transitional Seasons

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The Beauty of the Aran Islands, Travel Thursday

The Aran Islands feel like the most remote place on earth. Quiet and isolated, it feels like the ocean is all around you and that it goes on infinitely. Made up of three islands, only 1300 or so people live there, adding to solitary feeling. We spent our day on Inishmore, the largest of the three islands- still incredibly small but certainly busy and big enough to fill a day of tours and wandering. It isn’t as metropolitan and modern as Dublin, but I think that everyone should make the journey out to the west coast, and the Aran Islands are about as western as it gets!

The Beauty of theAran Islands

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The Real Neat Blog Award

So, I was nominated for the Real Neat Blog Award by one of my favourite new blogs, The Loyal Brit Wit. I discovered it in the WordPress Community Pool about a month back, and I love her daily posts that give a glimpse into what a particular British slang word might look like when fleshed out into a story. I’m not going to lie, I’ve been caught laughing to myself after reading this by numerous people- totally worth it! My favourite recent posts? Programme and Whinge! So, shall we get on with this?

Real Neat Blog Award

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Rant: Podcast Pet Peeves

I try my hardest to stay positive on the blog and keep the rants to my head, or at the very least to a few choice people who I know will listen. However, this has been stewing in my brain for well over a month now and I can’t let it fester anymore. If you know what I mean or really just want to see me slightly unhinged for a few minutes of reading, buckle up: podcast rant is about to begin!

Rant- Podcast Pet Peeves

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Living That Tea Life

I think all of us have seen the million memes, instagram posts, and t-shirts with “But coffee first.” While I think we can appreciate the sentiment, there are a whole lot of us who don’t drink coffee. If my option is coffee or water, it’s always water. I’m a tea drinker, through and through from start to finish. The world is becoming more tea friendly as the years pass, but we’ve yet to get our tea shops where you can order any sort of tea concoction to go on our way to work. So, today I’m sharing my favourite teas and tea accessories to hopefully bring tea out into the mainstream!

Living That Tea Life

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Ordering From Etsy, Style File Friday

I think that a lot of us are familiar with Etsy in that we know that it is there and have a general idea of what it is. I’ve purchased scarves and a few other pre-made things that are ready to ship as soon as you’ve paid, but I avoided buying anything custom that would have to be made. I don’t know why, but it always made me slightly uneasy. However, that changes now! This post is my advice and experience with ordering from an Etsy shop, and hopefully it can help answer some questions!

Ordering From Etsy, Style File Friday

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Islendingadaguirinn OR The Gimli Icelandic Festival

Islendingadaguirinn sounds rather otherworldly, but in fact is very much of this world, or should I say, of the Interlake in Manitoba. I like to show off what Winnipeg and Manitoba have to offer, like Lower Fort Garry and Ballet in the Park– although we may not have the drama of the mountains or the ocean, we are beautiful in our own calm way and we know how to enjoy our time together! (Especially when the weather doesn’t call for eighteen layers of clothing…) Islendingadaguirinn is an annual tradition for us here in Manitoba, and this August long weekend marked the 126th anniversary of the festival. Time to channel your inner Viking!

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Blogger Recognition Award, Courtesy of The Lindsey Vibe

Lindsey of the fantastic The Lindsey Vibe has very kindly nominated me for the Blogger Recognition Award! Lindsey’s blog is bright and fun and will make you want to do more, no matter what it is you are doing. My favourite recent posts from Lindsey are the Jumbo Tassel Paper Clip, Freebie Friday (Sassy Edition), and Lilly Pulitzer Agendas! I’ll wait here while you go and read her blog… Now that you are back, we will get onto the meat of the post!

Blogger Recognition

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Why You Should Be Walking

Walking. It seems an oddly simple way to exercise, maybe even too simple depending on what your fitness goals are. However, there are far more benefits to walking than first appear to the eye. It’s an easy and free way to get some of your daily movement in, and there’s no excuse not to do it. (Rainboots, umbrellas, parkas, and snowboots all exist to counter all weather imaginable…) If you are the hunt for something to get you off of your couch and out of the house, start with walking- as they say, you have to walk before you can run! I’m sharing all of the benefits I’m seeing from walking today with you….

Why You Should Be Walking

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How to Be a Social Reader

Sometimes I think that I’m pretty up on what the cool kids are into- streets ahead, you might say-, and sometimes I am years behind and have literally no idea what’s going on. Reading has always been a pretty huge part of my life, so obviously I’ve been avidly using GoodReads to catalogue, research, and review all of the books that I read, listen to, and want to find. However, in the span of about three days I was introduced to not one but two new social networks for reading and I have no idea how I hadn’t heard of them before now! Here is a quick intro and review of LibraryThing and Litsy, to hopefully spur you on in your reading pursuits!

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