March 19, 2017

feels like home

Oh hello there! Happy Sunday + I swear I'm still here despite my lack of posts lately! Between the new job, and an abnormally busy February & March, there hasn't been much time for blogging.

Buuuut, here I am! I wanted to share a little "sneak peak" of some pictures of our new house! We've been here for about two & a half months now and things are just lovely. It's truly feeling like "home" which is so great. Pete and I are both ready for the warmer weather so we can fix up our patio and be able to spend time outside!

Pete and I were pretty quick to gets things set up and get settled in. Sure, there are a few things here and there that we'd like to do but for the most part we're nestled in just right. No more boxes or things without a home, things are really coming together.

Since it's almost Spring (omg, finalllllly!) I feel like I will definitely be in the mood for another big clean out and purge. I already started a bag filled with clothes to donate and I am so ready for a nice, fresh Spring cleaning sesh! Also, can we just talk about how excited we are about longer days, sunshine and fresh flowers? YES please!

So, more coming soon for sure - but for now here are a few snaps from our new home. All from our main floor for now! More to come soon, and some more blog posts too - I promise! ♥

March 6, 2017

let's make it happen!

///      m a k e   t h i n g s   h a p p e n
Oh hello and Happy Sunday y'all.  As I mentioned in my last few months, things have been extra great lately! With that being said, I am definitely all about the whole "make things happen" kinda lifestyle. Even more so lately has it been a way in which I look at the things in my life.

I am not going to preach to you guys and say you can do literally anything and everything you set your mind to -- but dammit, you can try! And with that being said, here are a few little tips to help you make things happen (however big or small those things may be!) ♥
  • Write it down! // This is my advice on pretty much everything really (haha) but for real. We live in a world in which we are constantly thinking, moving, exploring and experiencing things on the day to day. I've got a notebook for pretty much everything (because any reason to get a cute notebook..) and I fill these with ideas and dreams and things to look forward to.
  • Ask for help! // I will admit that I am not always the best at this, and should start taking my own advice. This is a big one though and I feel like often times asking for help can help you achieve your goals and also get some clarity. Sometimes all it takes is an outsiders perspective and advice to put you in the right direction.
  • Make new friends & connections! // The internet is so cool because it helps bring people with the same interests and aspirations together. I've been so inspired by people I've met through social media and have realized how special these relationships can be. I'm always on board to make some new friends from new places and open up new doors. One of my goals for the year is to meet some of my internet friends IRL.
  • Keep learning! // I don't always have the time, money and energy to take courses, go to conferences and spend the time to learn a new skill. However, I will always make time to read books, blogs, and surround myself by inspiring people. I am trying to actively make time in my week to learn and read and always take new things in!

  • Set aside time for the things you love! // Even when it comes to this blog, people have always asked me how I have time to keep up with it. And the truth is, I don't always have time, but I definitely do my best to make time, because it's something I really love to do. The same thing goes with so many other things in my life. Sometimes we just need to actively make sure we are setting aside time for the things we really love!

March 2, 2017

Hello March + Goals!

H E L L O     M A R C H ♥

I know I'm a day late, but such is life! Oh what a week it has been. Such a really, really great week. I am feeling so happy and excited about so much right now. (I know generally I always am, but even more so lately)

As I mentioned, it's been a busy couple weeks/months lately with lots of exciting things happening. I am almost three weeks in to my new job and I could not be more thrilled about how it's going! On top of that we've had our housewarming and have been celebrating lots of birthday's and awesome times with family and friends. Also, last weekend I got to play model for the day with some seriously amazing and inspiring women for some new Spring clothes for Smithery Style

It's been a while since I've posted my monthly goals so I thought this is as good as a time as any to get back into it! :) Here are some goals for March, can't wait for Spring!

+ Take my DSLR camera out on some adventures and take some photo's
+ Sign up for a new gym membership (and actually go to the gym)
+  Read a book (or even two!)
+ Work on some hand lettering prints
+ Finish and post my 2017 goals (lol @ the fact that I haven't done this yet)
+ Take time to read through my pile of magazines
+ Try a new brunch spot in Toronto
+ Have a "spa day/night" at home
+ Visit a new coffee shop
+ Spend some time filling up my Day Dreamer book from Thimblepress

February 22, 2017

Wedding Whishes Feature - Abby + Jeremy // Brooklyn, New York

A  B  B  Y    &   J  E  R  E  M  Y
Hello loves! Happy Tuesday and I hope you enjoyed your long weekend. We had an amazing one here in Toronto (it was really feeling like Spring around here!)

So, as I mentioned a few weeks ago - a new feature I am introducing on Hey Jules is all about real, amazing, creative, fun weddings! I had so much fun planning our wedding and continue to love weddings in general.

I want to share some of my favourite weddings from friends of mine, whether I know them personally and attended the wedding, or they are internet besties of mine.

First up on my new Wedding Whishes feature is Abby & Jeremy! Let me talk about Abby for a second. We've been following each other on Instagram for a few years now and instantly hit it off. Abby has impeccable style, is so creative, beautiful and full of good vibes. Not only that, but we got married the same weekend last May ♥ Her and Jeremy had an insanely cool wedding and I just adore every last detail. I want to go to NYC again soon so Pete and I can become pals with these two!

Here are some wedding related questions I asked Abby! Head over to her instagram and give her a follow if you're not already! She's so cool. Get lurkin':
instagram - @clothesandpizza
twitter - @clothesandpizza

1) Tell me a bit about yourself and your hubby! How did you meet? Give us a bit of your love story! Jeremy and I met in a shitty dive bar in the Lower East Side in 2009. He says he hit on me, and I say I hit on him, but neither of us can really remember the details through the booze fog. Our relationship didn't really take off for a few years (he moved out of state, then he moved back. Then I moved out of state). When I moved back to NYC in 2013, the timing was finally right.
2) How did you choose your wedding day readings and first dance songs? We wanted to keep the ceremony short and sweet, so we didn't include any readings. But we wrote our own vows to keep things super personal. We spent a lot of time thinking about the music for our wedding. In fact, the only big argument we got in during wedding planning was about the music! We walked down the aisle to Intro by The XX, which is a pretty dramatic and kinda sexxxy song. Our first dance was to Down By The Water by The Drums. It's totally cheesy and emo in the best way. 
3) What was your favourite way to plan and brainstorm your big day? Magazines, Blogs, Pinterest, Wedding Shows etc? I spent an unhealthy amount of time on Pinterest, and read a lot of wedding blogs. I even wrote a blog while we planned the wedding which you can read here.
4) How did you choose your wedding month + date? Venues in NYC book up realllllly far in advance (like years), so when we found the venue we loved (a raw industrial loft in Brooklyn), we didn't have a ton of flexibility on the date. We ended up getting married the Friday of Memorial Day weekend because there were no Saturdays left for the entire year!
5) Do you have any tips or tricks on finding the perfect wedding dress? Try on a lot of dresses! Try on everything! Every silhouette and style you can get your hands on. You will be surprised by what looks good on you. I found both of my dresses (the crochet dress for the ceremony and the sequin one for the reception) on Etsy. I wear a lot of vintage in my everyday life, so finding vintage dresses was a huge plus for me. Plus, it saved us a bunch of money!
6) Were you the type of bride to use a paper notebook/planner or spreadsheets? What did you find most useful and why? I used Google sheets like it was my job! I had probably 10 different spreadsheets going at any given time. I found them really useful because they are collaborative (I could edit them in real time with my mom and fiancĂ©). I also had a a few manila folders with contracts, floor plans, menus, and other papers to help keep us organized. I had a bunch of shared Pinterest boards going as well. 
7) What things were most important to you and your fiance when planning your day? We were really focused on throwing a good party, while not spending a ton of money! We didn't have a huge budget to work with, so we had to be pretty creative/flexible. I'm a graphic designer and Jeremy has a background in custom fabrication, so we were kind of the accidental wedding planning dream team. We DIY-ed almost everything (the invitations, decor, centerpieces, wedding favors, tablecloths, teepee, signage!) Planning our wedding turned into a project we got to do together, which was awesome. 
8) How would you describe your overall vibe and theme of your wedding day? We wanted to the vibe to very laid back, relaxed, and unpretentious—kind of like us. I had a really hard time nailing down a theme for the wedding, so we just made things we liked and hoped that it all came together! We're not religious or very traditional, so we made up our own structure for the day. We did some traditional things like the first dance, but we didn't have a wedding party, bouquet toss, or even a cake.
9) What are some of your favourite wedding blogs/instagrams for inspiration? You! I got so much inspiration and support from you along the way. Since our weddings were only a day apart, it was really awesome to have someone in my life who was going through the exact same thing. I read your blog and it really helped me keep our planning on track. (ok - *EDIT* Abby, you're SOOO cute. thank you! you're just the raddest) I also read A Practical WeddingRuffledGreen Wedding Shoes, and Offbeat Bride.
10) Do you have any advice to share for future brides and grooms?! Oh geez. Try to keep everything in perspective—your wedding is about you two, not your guests, and not your parents. Don't overspend (no one will notice the little details that you're stressing about). If you can afford it, splurge for a videographer. Receiving our wedding video 6 months after our wedding was the BEST thing ever. Of all the things we spent money on, our video was by far the most special. The day will go by SO fast (everyone tells you this, but it really does), and being able to relive the day through the video was priceless. 

Ceremony Dress: Etsy
Reception Dress: Etsy
Flowers: Wyld
Videographer: Max & Molly Films
Doughnuts: Dough
Invitations/Signage/Swag: Abby Mills (bride) 
Getting Ready Venue: The Wythe Hotel

February 19, 2017

life, lately!

Oh hello there + Happy Sunday!
I realized I haven't blogged in nine days, and it feels even longer. I thought it'd be nice to give a little life update with some fun snaps from the last little while.

I've got to say, life has been really really great! It's a long week here in Canada (Family Day!) which has been so lovely so far. We're relaxing right now and then later today we'll be going to celebrate my Grandpa's 95th birthday! ♥
H O M E ; We've been in our new house for about a month and a half now! And although we're not 100% where we want to be, we are definitely getting there. It's starting to feel a lot more like home and we're pretty much all unpacked. Now, it's just putting the final touches on everything and hanging some prints and photo's as well as coming up with some sweet gallery walls. We're having a little housewarming next weekend.
W O R K ; It's been a challenging few months for me. I left my job in November that I was at for five and a half years to pursue a new opportunity. Long story short it ended up not being the best fit for me, but was a learning experience and helped me discover what I am looking for. I'm so excited to say I started this past week at an amazing Tech company as their Culture Specialist, In a nut shell, it's my job to make sure people are happy, excited and engaged (best...job...ever!)
E V E R Y T H I N G    E L S E ;  Been keeping busy hanging with lots of friends and family, going out and about in Toronto, and finally spending time at home again + making delicious dinners. I hosted a fun giveaway recently on my Instagram and have another one coming up soon!, got the most amazing surprise package from thimblepress filled with the best goodies, recently got tickets to see three concerts this Summer (!!!) Jack Johnson, Kings of Leon & Chance the Rapper. To top everything off, next weekend I get to be a model with some other fellow creatives in Toronto for the Spring photoshoot for Smithery Style

The moral of the story is - all is wonderful and I hope everyone is doing amazinggggg! More updates coming soon, promise.