Happy Friday everyone!!! I wanted to share a very happy moment with all of you:) You may remember me briefly talking about National Geographic asking to publish a photo of mine in their “Abroad at Home” book – Well, it’s now available at your local bookstore!!

Growing up I remember my Nana + Bompa bringing piles of old National Geographic magazines to the house. I’d spend hours reading + completely in awe of the gorgeous photographs. If only I could traverse the Sahara Desert and indulge in the most satisfying croissants overlooking the Eiffel Tower. I’d then chop the magazine up and create what would be my dream life. So you can imagine how eager + excited I was to say yes when this publication reached out to me;)

This has definitely inspired me to share more around here  – I absolutely love finding, creating, and sharing the beauty I find in the everyday, so expect to see more from this gal in the upcoming months.

Ps: find the time to do what you love. I know it’s such an annoying cliché to constantly hear, but if you truly love doing something, do it! It’s so underrated. Find your passion, success will follow. Truly believe it.

With that, I’m out for the weekend! Only some spring cleaning + a photoshoot before I’m off to the East Coast next week!! Have the most wonderful weekend!!

xx

 

 

 

 

 

happy friday, everyone! i’m pushing myself out of a major funk this week and I figured sorting through + sharing a few of my favourite snippets over the last month would bring some positivity around:)

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+ working with and overseeing a great group of designers –  i feel incredibly lucky to work with people who push me to be my best self
+ reading (and completely agreeing) that as designers we’re responsible for the impact our work has on society
+ morning runs becoming routine again
+ eats with some of the best people. including a truly special guy;)

*not pictured: my sister purchasing her ticket to come visit !!! major plus!!

have a lovely weekend!

xx

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This may be the first year, in my entire life, that I don’t get to experience snow! Cue weeping. While the Midwest was hit with a blizzard, I was over here dreaming of what I’d be doing if we were hit with a storm of our own… my day would look a little something like this:

wake up and throw on the cosiest sweater + socks (after a quick play in the snow, of course!)
concoct a hot teddy, grab the warmest blanket, and pop in one of the classics.
make + indulge in a delicious breakfast with extra bacon
after spending the entire afternoon snuggled up, finish the lazy day in with a luxurious bubble bath complete with the loveliest of candles:)

happy (pretend) snow days!

xx

via  01. Jil Sander + socks  02. hot toddy recipe 03. breakie 04. ferris bueller’s 05. aesop + woodlot

Happy new year! I hope you were able to take a real break from the noise + spend time doing whatever it is that makes your heart happy during the holidays. Last December I put together a twenty nine before twenty nine list and I wanted to reflect on what it meant to me over the last year in this post.

Let’s be real, anyone that knows me knows I’m a list-maker. Always have been, probably always will be. There’s something extra satisfying about crossing off things. While I put together that list, I didn’t put much thought into how hard + unattainable each item could potentially be.

I was more than determined to cross off every item on that list! As a matter of fact, I reprinted it in March and September to pump myself up. At the end of the summer I was feeling pretty confident as I crossed two of the most challenging goals off. But as my birthday approached (dec 7th), I became anxious with all I had yet to do. It wasn’t until I was discussing the list with my best friend B that I realized how silly it was to reflect on the last year based on how many items I crossed off. The thing is, there were so many amazing moments + memories made that I didn’t expect coming. So I made the conscious decision to throw my list in the air + shift my focus on my successes and the really good times 2014 brought about.

2014 began with some rough patches. My life was dedicated to training for the London Marathon while juggling various career opportunities. I was so obsessed on what I thought had to be that I forgot to enjoy the process. After London, life-altering decisions took place. I came back with a fresh head and let go of all the expectations while promising myself to live for the present. (i understand how cheesy that may sound, but honestly it was the best decision i made in 2014) I quit caring where society expected me to be. Less planning, a lot more doing. I quit caring how my life came across online – no more comparing. (why do we do this, anyway!?!!?) I felt alive again.

While crossing off these goals felt good, they just didn’t measure up to some of the best moments of 2014…. crossing the London Marathon finish line, wandering Stockholm with a dear friend, early morning phone calls to Germany to discuss passion projects, learning about new friends, 2 am walks home with my best friend, sweet kisses, working + managing a wonderful team that constantly pushed me to grow, allowing myself to love again in ways I never thought possible, flying home for Christmas with the fullest + happiest heart.

2014 was truly the year of love. All sorts – Building new friendships,  strengthening old friendships, learning to love myself better. I am promising to extend the decision I made with myself back in April through 2015.

While I think it’s important to follow your dreams passionately + make your mark in this world all while reflecting on the good and hard times, It’s also just as important to throw the lists in the air + enjoy the delightful times we often take for granted. Turning twenty nine once seemed daunting, but I couldn’t be happier and more excited about what’s in store for two thousand fifteen. How are you approaching the new year?!

Off now to begin preparing for the next two weeks of work with a wonderful, German friend who flies into Vancouver tonight!!

All my love for a magical new year, guys!

xx

 

I’m proud to report that I did not make a mess of the turkey! The dinner went off without a hitch + it was as cosy and delicious as I had envisioned. While perusing the internet for a unique side dish, I found this beautiful photo series, recipes by Art director, Nora Luther + photographer, Pavel Becker. I love that they’re presenting the recipes in a non-traditional way – who needs a final image of the dish when the ingredients look that incredible + mouthwatering?!

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The description of the series, “the raw ingredients rest in weightlessnes. they are properly proportioned falling into the vessel where they are further processed. the image serves a foretaste not only of the dish but also of its preparation. the look of the ready cooked dish is left to your own imagination.”

xx

Angela

 

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Happy hump day! And Thanksgiving eve, one of my favourite holidays! Delicious food, family, friends, warm fuzzy feelings – what’s not to love!?! Canada celebrates theirs in October. And with my family a couple thousand miles away, I decided to host round two, American style, tomorrow night:) A guest list of sixteen people and a teeny, tiny apartment – it’s going to be a fun one! I’m excited to kick back + hang with my wonderful bunch but only after preparing a turkey first (wish me luck!! – it may get messy…;)

Before I head off, Kendra  + I finished up the Vancouver guide we’ve been promising all of you and it’s ready for download! click here to check it out!!!! Enjoy!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving tomorrow!!! Cheers!

xx

Angela

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