artwall

i forgot to mention that besides eating ice cream two weeks ago, i was also able to hang my artwork on the walls. my living room is pretty perfect now, i just need to find a great piece for over my dining room table and i’d say i’m finished decorating.

sister shared all of her favourite places to eat in calgary over on chrissy’s blog yesterday. i only helped her with two places to go for lunch, and she did the rest. it makes me feel like i’m a really great host to my visitors and show them all the good spots to chow down. humble brag.

xfest was everything i could have imagined and more. my third time seeing arkells this year did not disappoint, besides the fact the set was far too short. it did include a max butt wiggle, though. i have a new crush on vance joy – my lord he’s a great looking, artistic man – and an incredible appreciation for how talented the Lumineers are. plus, i had the greatest company. just four gals in the sunshine with great music and palm bays on an empty stomach. remember the guy who was ghosting me that i ran into at the coffee shop? i also ran into him in the vip section at xfest. hooray. i looked super cute, so i win.

i’m on puppy patrol this weekend, which just means i get to feed and walk billy occasionally. but it’s a highlight in my life because it involves a dog who is already used to me taking too many photos and hugging it all the time. texting with andrea last night, she said something that rings so true for me right now:

having a temporary dog is amazing. fostering dogs really helped me get though a lot! just the ability to hug them or cry it out with them. such a great stress reliever.

i’ve been doing everything in my power to not let my anxiety get to me lately: gratitude, meditation, journaling, positive self talk. it’s exhausting work to try and better yourself. the truth is, i’m just feeling overwhelmed. my two new pills have my hormones and body on a rollercoaster, i’m emotional, have lost my appetite, and at my whit’s end. i didn’t try to stop yesterday’s attack; instead i was aware of what was going on and got myself home as soon as possible. i changed into my comfiest sweats, put on my most uplifting diffuser scents, and canceled my plans for the evening to lay on the couch and have the world’s hottest bath.


what are you up to this weekend?

not to be confused with the british boyband; even though i did own, and often listen to, their debut self-titled album.

calgary

instead, today marks five years since i moved to calgary.

hooray!

if you asked me back then, i wouldn’t have stayed three months, but had forced myself to stay six and reevaluate after that. six months planted me firmly in one of the coldest and snowiest march’s i’ve ever witnessed, and there was no part of me that was driving back across the country in that kind of weather. i stayed put and decided to give myself six more months – that’s when my lease was up, anyway. i got to my one year anniversary with a broken leg, new internal hardware, a cast, and a shiny new set of crutches. i guess sometimes life decides to keep you in one place in funny ways.

my urge to move back to toronto has gone from hourly to about weekly, over the last five years, but it hasn’t disappeared. liking your family will do that to a person. thankfully, sister comes to visit at least once a year, and i’ve convinced dad and mom to come out twice each. now just to get my grandma out! she loves jasper and lake lousie, and i’d love to be able to experience both places with her.

i thank calgary for saving me. i left toronto in a real horrible place, as an emotionally abused, depressed, anxious 25 year old. flying solo in cowtown has given me the opportunity to work on restoring the lively and fun laura i once knew. with the help of a wide range of professionals, new friends, and a lot of fight (and tears, duh) i see her more and more often. she really likes the mountains.

i can’t place the first time i met julie. probably at a client event or the likes. all i remember is being completely taken away by how much i genuinely adored her: she’s possibly the nicest person i’ve ever met, an incredibly talented fashion stylist, and (hot damn) so pretty. she also loves gold things and bunnies, so instant connection!

your first step: go follow this majestic mermaid on instagram. your personal style will improve by just scrolling through her feed.

the day i realized i dressed like a librarian was the last time i met julie for coffee. she said i looked cute, and my entire being sighed with relief. librarian for life aka i really need to go shopping with julie and have her overhaul my entire life.

because she’s the greatest, she agreed to spill her purse for s&s with no hesitation. she just had one question, “first of all, which purse?”

 

pandpjulie

eye drops

because i need to be able to see where the sales are! if you are also a contact-wearer, you too know how dry your eye balls can get in this city. my optometrist recommended these drops because they are sans preservatives and provide immediate relief. photoshoots are never quick so it’s important for me to be able to see, and see every detail in the wardrobe.

lip balm

i don’t think i’ve ever left the house without lip balm and if i did, i probably complained profusely about it. i used to pucker my pout with a pretty standard, non-beneficial chap but lately i’ve been super obsessed with xx lip balm. it’s local, natural and is great as a base underneath lipstick if i’m feeling bold.

sunglasses

even if i’m wearing my glasses, my sunglasses never leave my purse. and no, they are not prescription. they are suuuper adorable, exceptionally trendy and always come in handy if i decide to do an impromptu photoshoot.

hand lotion

i feel as though this is pretty self-explanatory as i mentioned above, this city is certainly dry. i use tokyo milk’s gin & rosewater no. 12 bon bon shea butter lotion because it smells delish and doesn’t leave that greasy feeling. (disclaimer – i really don’t like having lotion on the palm of my hands because i feel like i’m leaving fingerprints everywhere. this lotion does not give me that oily feeling and i can palm it all i want.)

adhesive tape

they say pain is beauty, but it doesn’t have to be! we’ve all felt the searing sting of a raw blister and i just literally can’t even. that’s why i carry nexcare adhesive tape to prevent my shoes from rubbing or provide relief if i’m already experiencing the agony from a shoe wound. i never want any of my shoes to feel left out and that unfortunately happens after the shoe has gnawed my heel. so by carrying this tape, i’m keeping everyone happy.

bunny keychain

it’s off-the-chain! actually, it’s quite morbid looking, however; i feel it represents me quite well! i heart bunnies and most things that sparkle. it’s an adorable accessory to my keys and the only thing that could make it better is if it was gold.


what are your purse essentials?