January 15, 2017

my favourite posts from 2016!

Oh hello there! Happy Sunday + I'm finally getting around to posting about 2016 and all it's greatness. Yup, it was a damn good year.

Lots of really crappy things happened around the world, and I really hope 2017 is a better year. But, I've gotta say - a lot of really seriously amazing things happened for us in 2016 ♥

I had some amazing adventures and good times in Toronto,  had the most fun ever planning our dream wedding, was spoiled by my friends and family with two beautiful wedding showers, got to go to LAS VEGAS with my BEST friends in the whole world for my Bachelorette, got MARRIED to the love of my life Pete on May 28th, went on the most dreamy/special trip ever for our honeymoon to Spain and England, went on an awesome road trip to Pittsburgh, celebrated five weddings!, got to be a bridesmaid for the 8th time!, got to MC a wedding for the third time!, had lots of amazing cottage weekends, got a new job, bought a HOUSE in Toronto, and so much more! ♥

My heart is so full, and I am feeling so damn grateful. Here are some of my favourite posts from the past year. Obviously a lot of wedding related ones since that was a pretty big part of the year ;)

January 8, 2017

2017 Digital Cleanse!

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Well, as soon as the new year start my mind gets filled with new, creative, fun ideas as well as things I'd love to improve or change. I don't like to call them resolutions, but more so GOALS.

A new year is a perfect time for a fresh start, and I truly love a fresh start. These aren't my 2017 goals, but are some things I've been thinking about doing for myself, and thought it would be good and useful to share with you all as well.

I really want to get organized for the year, and my 2017 goals will be up here soon I promise. Some of which will include social media related goals, but also spending time away from it more often.

For now, here are some of my 2017 digital cleanse ideas for y'all to start the year off right!

Finally accept that iPhone update, giiiiirl!
Ok, it's time. I've been ignoring this message for MONTHS and now I need to step up and just accept it. I really hate change (in some ways) and I tend to avoid iPhone updates as I fear things are going to change so much and I won't like the new changes. But, the fact of the matter is, it needs to happen eventually annnnnd more often than not it takes like one day to get used to it. So, there you have it, you heard it here first - I am going to do the update for my phone.

Delete photo's from your iPhone!
if you're anything like me you take anywhere from 10-30 photo's of the same thing before getting that perfect instagram worthy shot! This fills up your phone with photo's at a rapid rate. I am taking my own advice because I currently have 10,351 photo's on my phone. YES, that's TEN THOUSAND (lol, i've got lots of work to do!) And while you're at it, back up the phones on to a usb or your computer! I do not do this enough and if something happened to my phone I would be devastated. Ok, I am going to do this too, I swear.

Clear out that email inbox (or those if you've got more than one!)
This feels so good and is so necessary. Go through and archive, delete or file your emails to clean out dat inbox! Sadly, I have a few unanswered emails here and there on my accounts. Mostly stuff that came in over the holidays that I didn't get around to. It's always nice to go in to each account, and just clear our your inbox to start the year off fresh and on the right foot!

Unsubscribe from newsletters/brands you don't care about!
I do this every year and it's so wonderful. I feel like after a while every time I check my email(s) I am constantly deleting and archiving emails I simply do not care about. It just clogs up my inbox and
I am just opening up to an inbox filled with spammy newsletters and sales. I just sticking to the ones I really love and actually enjoy reading.

Find new blogs, websites, + instagram accounts that inspire you!
This is something I really want to take some extra time to do this year! I honestly love finding new, creative, wonderful, inspiring people to connect with on the internet. In some ways the digital world can be really overwhelming and overpowering, but it's also so damn great. I have made so many positive connections with people online and it's just so cool. I want to continue to connect with really great people, who inspire me and keep me a creative gal who wants to continue to learn and be better.

January 3, 2017

Happy New Year + Hello 2017!

Oh hello there and Happy 2017 to all you beautiful humans.

I can't believe 2017 is finally here. I'm not gonna lie,. 2016 was a really really great year for me, and I almost feel guilty. A lot of things happened in 2016 that were not great, some things absolutely horrible..but lots of good things happened too!

And you guys know me, I'm not one to dwell on the things that sucked or were horrible, but more so focus on the really lovely, happy, wonderful things that happened instead.

I plan on doing a full wrap up of 2016 post soon, and also my favourite posts from the year! But for now I will do a quick glimpse in to the awesomeness that happened this year ♥
  • My besties surprised me with my ticket to Vegas!
  • Was treated to the most magical wedding shower(s)!
  • Went to Vegas for 5 days for my bachelorette with my bestest friends!
  • Did SOOOO many (sparkly) DIY's!
  • Went on the most amazing Honeymoon to Spain & England!
  • Celebrated Toronto PRIDE as always!
  • Experienced so many amazing cottage weekends!
  • Went to a bunch of really awesome events in Toronto!
  • Bought lots of fresh flowers at the Toronto Flower Market!
  • Drank lots of cider at Toronto Beerfest!
  • Spent lots of happy sunny time hanging out in Bellwoods!
  • Went on a (reallyyyy) fun road trip to Pittsburgh with Pete, my bro Dave & Mikey!
  • Went to a total of five weddings! 
  • Got to be a bridesmaid for the 7th time!
  • Got to MC a wedding for the 3rd time!
  • Got a new job!
  • Started getting reaaaaally in to #hygge!
  • Had such a lovely, magical, special Christmas!
As I write this I am cosy on our couch with my hubby, watching Top Chef. I still can't believe we have our own house, and I cannot wait to share photo's soon. We'll be spending a lot of time in the next few months getting settled in to our home and I could not be happier to just spend time with Pete, and really relax and recharge.
2016 wrap up and 2017 goals coming soon!

December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas!

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I can't believe my favourite day of the year is already here! Oh Christmas, I love you so. This year has probably been the most special one of my life. I got to marry the love of my life, and celebrate our love with the people we love most! ♥ Not only that but we bought our first ever house and will soon be calling it home.

I am excited to do some posts reflecting on an amazing year. I know 2016 was not good for a lot of people, for all kinds of reasons - but I gotta say...for me, 2016 was the shit.

This is my first Christmas as a Whish and I could not be happier about that. It's been really hectic this year with new jobs and moving on the 28th, but regardless it's been festive and magical as always. Feeling beyond blessed to be surrounded by so many special people who we love so much. I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas, and wishing you love, adventure & happiness in 2017.

December 22, 2016

Gift Guide - Amazing Experiences!

Well, Christmas is only three days away (I'm already sad that it's almost over) but I wanted to mention a few of my favourite ideas for experience gifts to give this holiday season. These are also great ideas to keep friends, family, colleagues inspired in the new year.

I personally love working on my goals for the year and also learning new things, and making a list of things I'd like to learn, or new things I'd like to experience.

The experiences I chose below are ones near and dear to my heart because I have a connection to all the people/brands listed here.
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Floral Classes & Workshops // Bloom School 

Becky is the flower goddess behind Blush & Bloom, I'm sure you've noticed me mention here on here and on my Instagram. You can see me gush about the legit perfect flowers she created for our wedding day here. Becky just keeps crushing it, her next adventure is Bloom School - a place to teach and train creatives to follow their flower dreams. I 100% want to take a Bloom School class in the new year and am such a huge fan of Becky and her team. An inspiring crew who will most definitely inspire you, too!

 Photoshoot // Shutterbug

Shutterbug is an amazing platform that connects you to incredible, professional photographers. You can book photoshoots by the hour and give a gift card for a photoshoot too! I love the idea of giving a gift card to someone who could use some incredible photo's. It could be for a birthday party, an engagement, a proposal, updated family photo's, literally anything! Shutterbug will come to where ever your shoot is taking place and capture every special little detail. Not only that, but you'll photos will be ready and edited in 24 hours! My favourite shoots are the ones where the photographers come in to your home to capture every day life with family, friends, husbands etc

Brand it beautiful // Studio Bicyclette

I've been following along and swooning over Paige from Studio Bicyclette's adventures for years. This year I had the pleasure of meeting her and she's just as wonderful as I imagined. I also had the opportunity to attend one of Paige & Alyssa's social workshops. I learned so much about brand strategy and social media and was left feeling more inspired than ever. Paige's Instagram and website are a magical whimsical dream. She offers an amazing course called "Brand it beautiful" - she'll help you style your brand and share your story.

Jewellery Making Workshop // Anice

Britt is the mastermind behind Anice, a jewellery brand that's motto is "old treasures, new love" - she has created some of my favourite pieces and is always coming up with new and exciting ways to make new jewellery, and re-create vintage pieces. Britt turned my Dad's gold band wedding ring in to a heart pendant for me and it's one of the most special things I own. For our wedding I used my Grandmother's pearls to make a custom modern necklace for my Mom and I. Britt does workshops in her studio(s) where babes can get together to create custom pieces (oh and drink wine and have snacks!) I am planning on taking my bridesbabes in for one in the new year!