Sunday, May 19, 2013

Clean Body Care

You guys all know Carly, right? (If you don't you should, go check out her blog!) She's been posting a lot about clean body care and clean living in general and I must say I've been thinking the same thing lately. I've made a lot of changes in how I eat and I'd like to bring that over into more aspects of my life - it just makes sense, to live as naturally as possible.

I'm looking into handmade, 100% natural beauty/body care products and I want to know your input - I have a few etsy shops that I've been browsing through but I want to know if you guys have any experience with Etsy shops that you love!
Here are the ones I've been looking at:

1. On A Branch Soaps - I met the shop owner, Tara, at the Christmas Bazaar I participated in! I bought several of her soaps for some Christmas presents at the show and everyone I gave them to loved them. She's also a super sweet person and I really loved her scents and everything! I only tried the soaps though, and I really want to look into lip balms, moisturizing creams, etc.

2. Southern Twisted Soaps - Carly recommended these guys on her blog, and their scents look AMAZING. Paprika Pineapple? Who would have thought of that, but it sounds super great! The one thing I'm wary of is that they are not 100% natural and include fragrances and some chemicals. Don't know if I want to splurge

3. Epically Epic Soap - I found these guys on Etsy and I really like their scent combinations and the fact that they are entirely vegan, totally 100% natural! I'm really leaning towards some of their playful lip balms and scents!

So yea! If anyone has any ideas or suggestions or has any experience with these Etsy stores please do let me know!

Hope you're all enjoying the long weekend - I am! Even though I'm working through it, only two more weeks of working all 7 days!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Where's Waldo?

More like, Where's Katia?

I've been all over the place. Mentally, physically, in all ways really. I've just started a brand new full-time job and I am absolutely loving it - even though I'm working in a cubicle, which I imagined to be stuffy. And I am working within the corporate part of health care, which I imagined to be way too much for me to take - especially anything either business related or health/science related. But I'm finding it really fascinating and am throwing myself willingly head first into it! Because I am doing visual communication type things, I am in and out of the office meeting people, going to different hospitals, and even working from home if I can!

On top of this job though, I am finishing up this month at the French pastry store I've been working at on weekends, AND I am taking a summer course that happens every Tuesday & Thursday evenings. Needless to say, my schedule is fully booked. But fun! So I may be tired but I am learning a lot and enjoying it!

Oh, I was also part of a live art show a few weekends ago - it was amazing! Lots of friends and my parents came out to see, to hang out, and to hang out after. It resulted in an absolutely heart warming, memorable night!

My final result after 4hrs of painting!

My dad and I!  Everyone else came too, I just don't have pictures with them, oops!
Most of the gang who showed up, love them all! Many thanks and hugs and love to everyone who wasn't in this photo too of course, you all rawk my socks.

So that's been me lately. I've been quite the busy bee, and I must buzz off to the book store now. I finished reading the Great Gatsby (have any of you seen the movie yet!?) and it's time to move on to another literary masterpiece!


Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Lit Chic 02 // Fall On Your Knees

Fall On Your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald

 My step mom lent me this book when I asked for my copy  of the Great Gatsby and she couldn't find it, and I must say I'm quite glad she misplaced it for two reasons. One, it is an amazing book. Two, I ended up buying a really adorable copy of the Great Gatsby to replace the other one. 

Where do I begin with this book...
Fall on Your Knees follows the lives of the Piper family in the early 1900's. The story starts with James Piper and Materia who marry against Materia's family's wishes. They elope, and things just get rotten for them from there on out. They have daughters each of whom have their own stories going through to the end of the book. I risk spoiling the entire thing for you all if I try to explain the plot any further, so I'll simply say that there are some pretty dirty secrets thrown into the mix and it makes for quite an intense, disturbing story. 

The way it's written is beautiful, often jumping from perspectives and POVs within the same paragraph and switching from real life to dreams and thoughts and imagined things without explicitly saying so. It doesn't get confusing though, which is what makes it such a good read. I love it when a book, a movie, any story really, isn't too linear and jumps back and forth and has plenty of plot twists! There is a lot of historical context, a lot of religious content, but not in an overly biased way. The characters are beautifully flawed, you can hate them to bits even though you love them in the end.
This outfit is based on my favourite character, Frances. I'm not sure if she's written to be your favourite or if I just naturally favour her. She's a wild child but within her own boundaries, she doesn't spin 'out of control' so to speak. She knows what she wants and she finds a way to get it and sets her own limits - she doesn't follow the limits set on her by others.

So basically, I totally 100% recommend this book and definitely think it's worth a read!