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November and Halloween.

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I can’t believe it’s already November again!  It’s finally acceptable to be decorating for christmas, Red cups are back, and it’s the final stretch before the new year! November is my favourite month of the year, and it has been for a few years now.  Every year it brings something completely different to my life, and I’m looking forward to see how this year goes!

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The Fall Tag

I’m sitting here after my first class of the day (and my first exam of the day, hsci is going to kill me this semester), catching up on some blogs abd sitting and staring out at this terrible weather.  So of course, when I came across the Fall Tag, I felt like it was the perfect thing to do on this rainy, cold, and tired tuesday morning.

1. Ok we’re talking coffee’s – what’s your favourite seasonal drink from Starbucks/Costa/Cafe Nero etc?
I am a total coffee person, but this past year I’ve found a new love for mochas.  Mochas? Kill me now they’re so delicious.  Dark chocolate mochas, specifically.  Dark chocolate peppermint mochas?  Even better!  At my cafe, we make a really really good one.  If only it wasn’t a million calories, I could probably live off of them!  From Starbucks I’ve also been loving the PSL, of course.  But McDonalds also did a really good, and reasonably priced, pumpkin spiced latte too, and I kind of almost think it’s better than the Starbucks ones!   In addition to the PSL from Starbucks, I tried the salted caramel mocha for the first time the other week and OH. MY GOD. I don’t know when I let my sweet tooth take over my life, but I love it!

 

2.  Accessories – what do you opt for, scarf, boots, gloves?
Scarves? Check. Boots? Check.  Gloves? Check.
I did a post yesterday about wearing scarves, so duh, I love them!  And not just thin ones either. I have a few of the really huge chunky knit ones, and I live in them in the winter.  As for boots, I have two and a half pairs of riding boots (my last pair is about to bite the dust), and I’m looking at investing in a pair of hunters.  (For those of you who remember when I considered the red ones, I’ve decided on the blacks.  And if I really love them, and wear them all the time, I may consider getting a shorter pair of the reds next year!)  And gloves? yes. I need them.  I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again: I go to school on a mountain and it’s friggen cold. I bought a pair of tech gloves from Old Navy last year and they’re amazing.  Being able to text, or change my spotify playlist without my fingers freezing off is wonderful!
3.  Music – what’s your favourite music to listen to during Autumn?
The only time my music taste really changes according to season is in spring.  In spring I always listen to a lot of Noah and the Whale and The Mountain Goats.  As for right now, I’m listening to a lot of Death Cab for Cutie (Total throwback! I have no clue where this came from!), a lot of top 40, like Ariana Grande and Ed Sheeran, and of course our girl Taylor!
4.  Perfume – what’s your favourite scent for this time of year?
Since I don’t have a sense of smell, I tend to avoid perfumes, and just stick with cheap body sprays, and I usually just spritz them on once I’m done at the gym.  I get the travel sizes at Bath and body works and throw them in my bag!
5.  Candles – what scents will you be burning this season?
Okay, even though I don’t have a sense of smell, I still love the ambiance of candles!  I actually just finished off two yesterday, a sweet cinnamon pumpkin and a coffee scented one.  Yup.  Coffee candles.  Can things get any  better?? (Well maybe they could, if I could smell.)
 
6.  What do you love most about Autumn?
I love that I can start layering more!  I can wear jeans and sweaters, and lounge around the house in slippers and flannels!  Also lighting candles and turning my fire place on is such a nice way to end the day!  And of course, don’t forget warm drinks.  Coffee and mochas and hot chocolate? Love it. Bring it on!
7.  Favourite makeup look?
I pretty much wear the same look all year long, but I just do more or less.  In the fall/winter, I wear a heavier foundation (just like the rest of the world!), right now I’m loving the Estee Lauder Double wear. I also contour, bronze and apply blush, which I don’t do in the summer months.  And Recently I’ve been putting more effort into my eye looks! I’ve started wearing eyeshadow again, and doing more than just my usual winged liner!  And of course I pair it with my signature dusty rose lip colour, or a bold dark colour!
8.  What are you looking forward to most in Autumn?
That’s actually a really good question!  Before today I think I would say the weather, but the rain has totally turned me off of wanting it to get any colder up here.  For now,  I’m really looking forward to my Whistler trip with my friends. Every summer we go away to the interior for our summer vacation, and this year we decided to go up to whistler for a winter vacation!  I love spending time with my friends, it’s probably the highlight of any season, no matter what.
If you read this, I totally tag you to do this tag!  Comment below when you’ve done it so I can check it out!
Kayla

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Transitionals.

As I’ve said, I want to start doing more OOTD posts, and now that I have a camera that takes picture that are worthy to look at, here’s my first one!
I’ve officially fallen head over heels in love with vests.  It all started with the J.Crew vest that everyone is in love with, and now I’m all about the old navy vests.  They’re such a good deal, and seriously so comfortable.  I have two, and love them both!

I threw on a baseball inspired shirt, with 3/4 sleeves underneath my vest for a pop of colour and love it!  I picked it up in Seattle at Etiquette and love it!   Paired with a pair of dark wash jeans and my new favorite boots!

This was just a picture i took while waiting for one of my classes.  I’m going to get a tripod so I can take better pictures on my own, and try to work out a system.

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Vest / Watch / Jeans / Boots

 

xoxo

Kayla

 

 

 

Monday Morning

I have a love hate relationship with Mondays. On one hand, they signify the end of a weekend, but on the other hand the promise of a new week  is just too good to pass up.  That doesn’t mean I still loathe waking up, but it does mean that I’ve implemented some things into my morning routine that gets me ready for the rest of the day, and the rest of the week. IMG_0311

Waking up itself can be really challenging, but the best way I found to motivate myself to get out of bed is to think of how much time I could spend doing things, rather than lying in bed.  I bribe myself with more time to be productive.

When I finally get out of bed, I make myself change out of my pyjamas into something else.  I know I work best when I’m dressed up, so that’s what I do.  I don’t put my shoes of jewelry on or anything though, I just shuffle around my house in my half ready outfit with slippers and potential a sweater thrown on overtop.

Then of course comes breakfast.  I’m a firm believer in starting my day with some sort of food.  My go to tends to frequently change, but right now I’m loving avocado on toast topped with an egg.  It’s simple, but the perfect breakfast.  But more importantly than food there’s coffee/tea.  I have to  treat myself to a mug of something hot in the morning for it to be a good day.  Today I chose to make myself a (delicious) Oprah Chai Latte, and I’m still sipping on it and enjoying.  (Recipe coming soon!) IMG_6262

Then I do my hair and makeup.  I sit down at my desk in front of my mirror with my hot cup of something yummy and prep my face for the day!  Then after that, I pack my bags and head out, if I have somewhere to be, or I spread out my textbooks and get down to business.  IMG_6280I have a pretty simple morning routine, but there are things that I incorporate that set myself up for success for the day.  The way I see it is that your morning is the prequel to your day, and what you do in your first hour or so determines the mood for the rest of the day.

When I don’t spend the time to pamper myself in the morning, I definitely notice it.

xoxo
Kayla

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