October 18, 2018

cosy bedroom vibes with parabo press

Ohhh baby, fall is finally here. Not sure about where you live, but here in Toronto September-October is this kinda awkward time where none of us know if it's going to be hot af or starting to get chilly. We had some really random hot days in October that served no purpose other than to truly confuse the heck out of all of us!

But, it seems as though fall is finally here, in fact the last few days have really been quite chilly. I'm talkin' time to wear slippers inside and put extra blankets on the bed kinda chilly.

We're getting our home ready for hygge season and that means little new additions and ways to switch it up and make sure we're even cosier than ever before.

Pete and I were trying to decide what to put above our bed. We knew we needed some sort of print or photo but couldn't decide. After looking through some photos of last years trip to Joshua Tree we realized that was the *exact* print that would be perfect for our above our bed (so we can dream about Joshua Tree every night, obviiiiii)

As soon as we decided on the photo to get printed, I hit up my favourite place to print beautiful photos - Parabo Press! What a dream. And since I am such a visual, crafty, kitschy kind of gal I still absolutely love to get actual prints made. Nowadays it's so tough to even find a place that prints photos, and this is a way to not only do that, but do it from your own home (while in your jammies!)

I'm always beyond excited to receive my prints from Parabo and this was no different. The packaging is beautiful and so unique and the quality of the photos are top notch. This print turned out perfectly and it was just what our room needed. 

If you've been saying forever that you want to get some prints done, then let's make it happen! You can use my code HEYXO for 25% off your prints // offer valid until October 31st!

HAPPY PRINTING, BABES!

October 15, 2018

we're goin' back to cali + travelling back to a place you love

Hi all, Jules here! It's been a hot minute but I'm still here with a whole lotta love to give to you. Life is good, and I am so incredibly happy that fall is finally here. Looking forward to cosy, chill nights and home and for life to slow down a bit.

I am soooooo beyond excited to say that Pete and I booked our next trip! Omg. I've been totally dreaming of our next adventure since it's been close to a year since we went on a big trip. Pete and I really loved going away after Christmas last year. It was actually our first time going away during that time and it was actually perfect.

I get the week + a bit between Christmas and new years off of work, and it seemed like the perfect reason to get away for a while! I especially really loved it because, well I am not too sure if you knew this but - I really really really love Christmas (lol). And well, I kinda get really sad after it's all over. Having our Cali trip to look forward to really brightened my spirits and gave me something to look forward to once Christmas was over.

We la la la loved California (like, so much!) and had an incredible trip. We went to Venice Beach, San Diego, Joshua Tree + Silver Lake (L.A) - when chatting about where we'd go this year, we talked about how much we loved Cali, so much that we'd be down to go back and re-visit the places we really loved! And you know what is super underrated? Travelling back to a place you LOVE! Sooo, we did it! We booked our flights and our next adventure starts December 28th!

We're adding Palm Springs + probably a few other places to the list this time around. I am so so excited and thought it would be fun to share some of my favourite photos I took the last time we were in California.

Have you ever loved a place so much that you've decided to go back?

October 3, 2018

my happiness podcast - confetti culture


Oh hey there, it's been a while! This seems to be the case pretty often these days, but hey that's life and I am totally okay with it.

I thought I'd do a little update about my podcast since this is a new thing happening in my life that I am la la la loving. Although I have only recorded five episodes so far, I am so proud of myself for even doing that. I wasn't sure if I'd ever actually do it even though it was something I really wanted to do.

Between my full time job (which I am still loving by the way!), spending time with the hubs, family + friends, podcasting, exploring Toronto etc it hasn't left much time for blogging unfortunately. But, as the seasons change and Fall and Winter are approaching I am definitely planning for my down time, especially time at home -- and usually these are the months I get back into my blogging groove!

My podcast is called Confetti Culture and I am honestly learning as I go. I am getting more comfortable with recording (and listening to the sound of my own voice) more and more and have a lot of fun ideas for episodes to come.  I think I am most excited to start having some guests on my podcast (especiallyyyyy Pete!)

Here's a bit about what my episodes have been based on so far:

Episode One // An intro ep! - In my first episode, I am basically just getting used to talking and not hating every second of it. I list all of (ok a lot of) the things that I love and just kinda introduce myself to the podcast world!

Episode Two // Finding a job you love! - People ask me about my job really often, and since it's such a unique role and one that is so special to me, I thought it would be fun to talk about the different roles I had and how I got where I am + tips on doing what you love.

Episode Three // Why Toronto makes me happy! -
I love living in the city so much and I love suggesting places to people and telling them all the reasons this city makes me so happy. I talk about some of my favourite places and why Pete and I chose to stay downtown and not move to the burbs.

Episode Four // Finding happiness on the internet! -
The internet can be a very weird place. There are things that make us question our lives, inspire us, upset us and most of all make us happy. On this episode I talk all about how to find happiness online and how so many great people are out there to inspire you.

Episode Five // Jules shares some happiness hacks! -
I love keeping track of all my favourite little happiness hacks that I have learned over the years and in this episode I talk about some small, simple things we can all do to live a life filled with happiness and positivity.

September 4, 2018

hello september + some goals

September is here, yes please!

I've always loved September. Something about that back to school feeling (even when you're not going back to school) feels so lovely. This Summer was really awesome, and flew by in a hot minute that's for sure. But as you can imagine, this girl is ready for fall - my favourite season.

Since we were up at the cabin last weekend, the first few days of September kinda slipped through the cracks. I am looking forward to some more down time in the next few weeks, especially this weekend because I plan to putter around the house, stay cosy and chill.

It's still Summer, and hot damn does it feel like it in Toronto. I am very very much looking forward to things winding down, the chilly sweater weather gracing us, and more cosy, snuggly days in our home with my babe and a coffee + a candle.

It's been a while since I've done my monthly goals and I thought it'd be fun to bring them back for a limited time only (lol)

SEPTEMBER:
+ record two more episodes on my podcast
+ read two books!
+ schedule time to do nothing
+ clean out my closet (and donate at least one bag of clothes)
+ start planning out our schedule & fun for christmas time (never too early obvi)
+ start some christmas shopping
+ order some new prints online
+ start planning our next trip!
+ bake something delicious

August 26, 2018

tell me something good!

//   h a p p y   s u n d a y 
I thought it hadn't been that long since I last posted and then realized it had been almost three weeks! Oopsssss. But, here we are! And I thought it'd be a good time to give y'all a little life update because so much has been happening and life is so so good!

I really love doing these little life updates as a wrap up of what has been happening, so here we go!

+ Podcassst life! The first two episodes of Confetti Culture are now live! Omgggg, I can't believe it. I actually just recorded episode three today and am really excited to get up this week.

+ THE SINNER! Soooo, this weekend was one of our only weekends this Summer with "no plans" and yesterday we started watching The Sinner on Neflix because we had both really wanted to see it and it just got added to Canadian Netflix.

+ Leo Love Just celebrated my birthday (10 days ago) and it was so special. I'm not gonna lie, I was kind of dreading it this year but I felt so much love and kindness from everyone that my heart was honestly going to explode.

+ #LoveWhereYouWork and while I am on the topic of my birthday and feeling the love. My coworkers did the cutest stuff in the world for me. They covered my entire desk in confetti, glitter, balloons and rosé. They all signed multiple cards for me with the kindest words, they made me balloon fairy wings (lol) and showered me with so much love. They are literally the best.

+ Florence & the Machine! Pete got me tickets to see Florence in October and I am honestly so excited I could cry, lol. I have been listening to her (even more than usual) non stop for the past few weeks and she makes me happy.

+ FALL ♥ // ok so don't get me wrong I love Summer, but I am so so ready for cooler, cosier weather to arrive. I love fall and all the things that come with it. I am ready for Hygge to be here in full force and for things to get a bit quieter and more chill.

Hoping to find the time and energy to post a bit more for you all very soon. Thanks for your patience!