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So as some of you may know, I moved out of my home that I’ve lived in for the last 16 years to a 2 bedroom apartment.  Of course it hasn’t been easy, but I like to think that I’ve been resilient and focused in creating a comfortable home for myself, my kids and friends to enjoy.  As I explored in my last blog post I’ve been trying to incorporate more  hygge which is the art of creating a cozy and peaceful home.

My goal in decorating my new apartment was not to buy too many new pieces but instead refresh pieces I already had. I also wanted to focus on accessorizing my home with unique and thrifted finds.  Here are my favourite ideas and project from my new home:

1. Chalk painted furniture

To say I love chalk paint is an understatement, it’s literally transformed my home. I can’t believe how easy it is to use! I’m so proud of the results. The brand I chose was Rust Oleum which is a less expensive alternative to other  brands and I loved the results.

The first project I tried  was an old teak table and goodwill chairs and transformed them with country gray paint and matte clear finish

 

 

 

Chalk paint is so easy to work with it virtually needs no sanding or prep, low odor and easy to clean up with just water. A small can  goes a long way. I also painted a tv stand and blanket ladder for my living room.

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The next project I tackled was an antique desk. I used a darker charcoal grey colour.  I transformed this vintage Hepplewhite desk to such an elegant piece,  I love how it turned out. I sanded the edges to expose the original darker wood

Pinterest served as a huge inspiration for this project.

 

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2. Accessorize with unique and vintage pieces.  One of my favorite things to do is accessorize with unusual and vintage pieces. For example these antique tin ceiling tiles had chipped paint, rust and wear and added some interest over my couch when mounted in square picture frames.

 

3. Display things that you love

I’ve collected pottery for years I love incorporating them with faux and real flowers, soft lighting and candlelight.  I also love quotes and update my chalkboard with a new seasonal  message.

 

 

 

5. Invite friends over, make good food, light candles and enjoy the comforts of home. I had an amazing wine and cheese party last night and I can’t tell you the joy and happiness it brought to me to share good conversation, good food and wine and sharing my creative inspiration with others. To me, that to me is what makes a house a home. Thanks for reading!! ❤️

 

 

 

Declutter your home and declutter your mind

IMG_7110.PNGHappy New Year!✨🍾🥂  2018 is here! For the first time in my life I’m actually happy Christmas is over. It’s been a difficult year for many reasons but I’m optimistic for the future ❤️ I know that the clutter of my mind and my house has put me in a mood where I just want to purge.  It’s stealing my joy and it’s put me in a state where I feel overwhelmed and unable to move forward. Don’t get me wrong I do love decorating and I don’t intend to stop. However, I know in the future I’ll have to take care in only adding items that I truly love into my home.  As I’ve grown older I’ve started to see the connection of “clutter” in my house  has become a huge contributor to my procrastination and anxiety.  When I walk into someone’s house that is organized I automatically become suspicious asking myself “where is all their stuff?” 🤔 It’s not even that they don’t have stuff it just seems there is a place for everything and maybe that’s the key? I’m still trying to figure it all out! I’ll keep you posted when I do!  💡

As a self-proclaimed “clutterbug” I used to find comfort in “my stuff” but as I’ve gotten older I’ve realized that it’s held me back in so many ways.  I’m not even going to call this a New Year’s Resolution as this has become a necessity in my life and I’m looking forward to a fresh start. I know it will be hard to change my way of thinking about things but it’s something I have to do.

I recently came across a term called “hygee”, it’s  a Danish term which doesn’t directly translate to one English word.  My interpretation of its meaning is that it embodies comfort in simplicity and I’m definitely drawn to the concept, it’s calling out my name!

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This term has been associated with minimalism but I’m not sure if that’s quite it. I think it’s more about being present and your surroundings being comfortable so as a result there is an absence of things that cause stress, aka clutter and things that don’t bring joy. I have recently started reading a few books about organizing/simplifying your life by Marie Kondo.  This is a great series of books that have really helped with inspiration. Some of the ideas are a little out there but I think that there is some value to be taken from these books.

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I really  dread the decluttering process ahead of me but I know the reward will be having the lights dimmed, candles lit, social media turned off, blankets, warm drinks and books and a restored piece of mind. ❤️  In my part of Canada we have Winter nearly half the year so we spend a lot of time indoors as a result.

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I will likely be moving in the new year and in an effort to downsize  and I hope to incorporate these concepts into my new home. I’m going to try to challenge myself in the coming weeks!

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I will keep you posted in the next few months to my decluttering and incorporating more hygee in my life. In the meantime here is a little inspiration board I’m using to keep me motivated…✨💡❄️☕️🔥

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All the best in 2018✨❄️

Xo Lynda

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I was excited when I opened my Facebook this morning I was excited to see an “on this day” feature that it was today is the 3rd birthday of the blog! 💗🎉

When I decided to start a blog three years ago I have been merely interested in sharing insights and ideas.  I don’t sell anything I just like to share inspiration. That being said I’ve been delighted to beable to feature several local companies on the blog and I thank them all for the opportunity! 💗

My main passions are thrifting, cooking and home decor and I can’t even begin to tell you how satisfying it’s been to share my ideas. To this day I’m not entirely sure how many people actually read my blog but that’s ok 😂 I appreciate the opportunity to share and the creative process is what truly gives me joy which is the reason I started in the first place! Thanks to all of you who do read, I appreciate you all!

Here’s to another year! 💗🙌

 

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One thing I love about the online community such as Instagram and Facebook is the wonderful community of people who we can interact with and can share some pretty amazing things!!❤️

I was happy to be approached by a fellow Canadian Annie from Beautycounter to share information about these amazing products.   I had never heard of it and I was pleased to learn more about their mission.

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At Beautycounter, they are committed to a health and safety standard that goes well beyond what’s required by U.S. and Canadian law: They’ve  banned the use of more than 1,500 questionable or harmful chemicals through their Never List—all while ensuring their products perform and that they’re as indulgent as any luxe shampoo, lipstick, or oil in the market.

IMG_5964I encourage you to check this out, it’s quite an eye opener when you see what kind of toxic ingredients go into everyday products we use

https://www.beautycounter.com/en-ca/the-never-list/

I’ve never really paid much attention to what ingredients go into the products I use until I was diagnosed with celiac disease and so gluten is something I have to avoid for the rest of my life.   I also am aware that there are a lot of products we use everyday that use harmful products that are not as regulated as you would think.  I had the good fortune of trying some of Beautycounter products and I’m very impressed

1. Skintint Foundation

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Annie picked the perfect colour for me which is sand. Even my daughter commented that this colour looked more natural than my usual foundation. I have to say that it is really moisturizing and light. It doesn’t feel heavy or greasy at all which is one of my pet peeves. I took some pictures in daylight to show you

 

Color Intense Lipset

 

This beautiful set comes in a gorgeous navy blue and gold tin and comes with 5 lovely colours. The formula is smooth and pretty and it tastes with a hint of peppermint which I love. There is nothing worse than lipstick that tastes like crayons. Beautycounter liptints are free of parabens and harmful chemicals

Instant Eye Makeup Remover

IMG_5963I have ever been a fan of makeup removers as I hate how greasy they are but I have to say this one is not greasy or oily at all. I now know that it’s without mineral oil or silicones, it uses the power of coconut and macadamia oils to break down pigments and cornflower extract to soothe delicate skin. Safe for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers. It works well too, one swipe removes lipstick and makeup

I encourage you to check out Beautycounter as I think their products and  mission is amazing. Thank-you to Annie for sharing these lovely products with me ❤️

 

For more information check out the following links

http://instagram.com/anniesyryda

http://www.beautycounter.com/en-ca/anniesyryda

http://instagram.com/beautycounter

If dangerous ingredients in products concern you,  check this link out to see how you can help

https://act.environmentaldefence.ca/page/15837/action/1

Mad for plaid

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Unless you’re living under a rock you’ll know that plaid is everywhere this Fall, in fact probably for a few Fall seasons.  Forget the stiff, itchy  and stodgy wool pleated skirts but think soft and cozy blanket scarves, cardigans and shawls, cozy flannel button downs and who could forget cozy pyjama pants.  I don’t profess to be an expert, I don’t have an ounce of Scottish blood in me but I do know they are steeped in history and I find it quite intriguing to learn about their history. I also love the colours and cozy styles that I’m so drawn to.

1. Buffalo Plaid/check-there are various stories about its history including that those who wore it hunted buffalo, could be? I also found this more plausible story

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All I know is that I’ve become a little obsessed with buffalo plaid. Especially it’s flexibility in being mixed with other patterns such as leopard prints.

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I also love how buffalo plaid looks great with faux fur and can be dressed up with sparkly statement necklaces and high boots

2. Nova Check. This recognizable plaid is often associated with the luxury brand Burberry and is protected by copyright. I can’t say I own a lot of the “real deal” but I am drawn to its elegant sophistication. The tan colourway is my favourite but it does come in other colours

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3. Gingham I like to call to call this the “summer plaid” as it’s often associated with picnics and summer dresses.

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Gingham was huge this summer and I happily jumped on the bandwagon

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Check mate! 😂😂😂😂

 

High/Low Fashion-Fall & Winter edition

IMG_5344I have a passion for fashion but more than that I love doing it for a great price!  It’s almost a challenge for me. I truly believe anyone can look great and put together with a little patience and planning. So as many of you know, I’m a huge thrifter and fashion enthusiast.  My favorite magazines like InStyle and People Stylewatch often have a celebrity wearing an expensive outfit and then show a similar budget friendly version. This has always been one of my favourite features. I’ve adapted this concept on my Instagram page and I put a different spin on it and use either thrifted or discounted items I find online or outlet or discount stores to compare.

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Being a huge thrifter I like to do this as the price difference is significant.
There are two ways of doing this:
1. First way is to search for outfit inspiration on sites like Polyvore which houses fashion sets that followers have created. Even searching Polyvore on sites like Pinterest and it will yield lots of great results. The key is to take note of how basics like a simple chambray shirt, scarf, skinny jeans, gingham or plaid and how they are mixed and matched together in unique ways. Pattern and colour mixing is huge right now.  Once you know what you need, make yourself a list before you hit your fave thrift or second hand store and you’ll be ready!! This is a  great approach for those of you who get overwhelmed at the thought of digging through racks of clothing at a thrift or discount store. You also don’t walk out of the store with something that goes with nothing, you have a vision!!

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2. The backward way I do it!! Lol

I walk into a thrift store with no clue what I’m looking for, find some great pieces and then work backwards. I love putting outfits together. Once I find my treasures, I put together an outfit and then search online for comparable items and put it all together. I have to say that I do this for the benefit of my followers  that I revel in the fact that I can save money, still be stylish and then share with my followers!

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I do have to admit lately I do draw inspiration for more expensive items that are featured online or on my favourite instagrammers pages and I search for similar items online or in my local thrift store.
Whichever way you do it, you’ll be so proud!  It’s a huge creative outlet for me!

In my part of Canada we have huge temperature fluctuations in a matter of days. I’m not kidding when I say we might have summerlike weather one day and winter the next. Like for example once Halloween ended and November hit, bam snow ❄️❄️

In the Fall and winter I like to look for layering pieces so that includes sweater dresses, vests, scarves, ponchos and pair them with denim, leggings, booties, high boots, the possibilities are endless

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Here are a few High Low sets I’ve put together!  I hope you find the same creative inspiration and enjoy!

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http://www.instagram.com/lyndeestyles

Five Fall Essentials

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Now that Fall is in full swing I thought I’d share my 5 favourite Fall essentials.  In my part of Canada there is a very small window from Fall to Winter.  Even if you don’t live in a cooler climate these essentials can easily be adapted

1. My first pick is blanket scarves. I love them because of there vibrant patterns and colours. They can be worn in a variety of ways. As a shawl instead of a coat or cardigan or around your neck in a million different ways. I have a huge collection 😂

2. My second pick is distressed denim. Being almost 50 years I was worried I was too old to rock distressed denim.  I think the key to it is figuring out how much is too much. My teenagers have jeans that show more skin then jeans but for the ahem…mature set, light distressing can easily be suitable on a casual Friday especially paired with a nice blazer or cardigan.

3. My 3rd pick is vests. From fur to quilted nothing finishes a fall outfit like a vest. It’s also a great layering piece that you can cozy up over a sweater or flannel shirt and a cozy blanket scarf

4. Mad for plaid! The beauty of plaid is that it comes in so many colours! In addition plaid is everywhere in scarves, vests and skirts and incidentally looks amazing mixed with animal print and stripes.

5. My last Fall essential is booties! I love them because of their versatility.  Whether you like a low heel, high heel or wedges booties look great with jeans, leggings, dresses and skirts and if you live in warmer climates even shorts. I’ve found some cute designer ones  at a fraction of the retail cost.

I hope you enjoyed my top 5 picks and incorporate them into your your own Fall wardrobe 🍂🍁

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I don’t know what it is about Fall but I just love to get cozy and make yummy goodies. I recently came across a couple of simple recipes that I thought were perfect for Fall!! 🍂 🍁

The first is a simple Pumpkin Spice Latte Coffee Mix, here’s what you’ll need

2 cups instant coffee crystals

1/4 cup white sugar

4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground ginger
2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon allspice (optional)
1 cup non-dairy creamer(coffee whitener)

small jars and raffia

mix  together and put in little jars! They’d be a perfect hostess gift or if you’re making for yourself you can put into a large mason jar

Attach the directions:

Add 2 teaspoons of mix in a cup of boiling water, coffee or hot chocolate

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Here’s a link to print some labels

 

Click to access pumpkin%20spice%20labels.pdf

Reese’s pieces chocolate bark

2 cups of white and milk chocolate melting wafers(in bulk section)

1 bag of Reese’s pieces

In a microwave, double boiler, or chocolate melter, gently melt chocolate on the lowest possible heat setting. Stir regularly, removing from heat as needed. The goal here is to keep the temperature under 90 degrees, above which the chocolate will lose its temper. Be patient, keep stirring, and even with on and off low heat the chocolate will melt eventually
Pour melted chocolate onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Spread into an even layer (it will not cover the entire pan, just spread it until it’s as thick as you want your final bark to be). Sprinkle Reeses pieces on top of chocolate Place in fridge for 15 minutes to cool.  Break or cut into serving size pieces.

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Put them in small zipper bags and add a cute label.

Download labels here

Click to access fall-gift-tags-1.pdf

Hope you enjoy these Fall goodies 🍂🍁❤️

 

 

 

 

 

Thrifting For Fall

Processed with MOLDIVWell it’s September 1st so it’s time to get all geared up for Fall. Back to school seems to drive this home even more. Even if you aren’t a student or teacher, there’s always a certain excitement in reinventing your wardrobe with richer colours, cozy layers and rich textures and fabrics.  But how in the world can a person do this without breaking the bank? Thrifting of course!! 🙌

I for one love scouring the fashion magazines looking for inspiration and then I have a mission when I hit the thrift store.  Here’s what I look for!

1. Good quality booties and shoes

I can’t even begin to tell you how many gorgeous designer brand booties I’ve scooped up thrifting. Lucky Brand, Sam Edelmen, Marc Fisher, etc . Seriously who donates this stuff?

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2. Leather and Vegan Leather jackets

I’ve had great luck finding some great leather and faux leather jackets. Anything from moto jackets to trench coats in classic black and brown. My recent thrifting find was this awesome forest green from Dress Barn

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3. Rich Fall Pantone Colour

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If you’ve ever read any of my previous blog posts, you know I’m pretty much obsessed with Pantone colours.  I always find inspiration from the hot colours for each season and it seems to give me a great starting point on what I look for when I am thrifting .

4. Cozy sweaters, plaid shirts, scarves and great denim

Lets face it, Fall is all about cozy layers. I have found tons of cozy plaid shirts, sweaters and soft well worn jeans 👖 at the thrift store. I’ve even been known to wander into the men’s section looking for oversized pieces.

Thrifting can be much less intimidating if you go in with a bit of a plan as to what you’re looking for. I hope my post gives you some inspiration for your next Fall thrifting adventure! Have fun and thanks for reading!! 🍁🍂🐿

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I’ve never blogged about my vacation before but it occurred to me this morning that I should. I travel to the same lovely spot at least twice sometimes three times a year and so why not. This magical place is the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia, Canada.
Its Located in southern British Columbia, Canada – the Okanagan Valleyis one of the warmest regions in all of Canada.  The Okanagan includes the cities of Kelowna, Penticton, Vernon and Osoyoos.  During the summer months, visitors are offered countless sandy beaches, hot sun, and a variety of outdoor and water activities.  Okanagan Lake provides the valley not only with excellent swimming but is also a spectacular backdrop to the golf coursesand Okanagan wineries and popular ski resortslocated in the rolling hills of this wine valley.

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I’m not exaggerating when I say I’ve been coming here almost my whole life. I recall as a small toddler playing on the beaches of Penticton and Osooyos.

As an adult I’ve been fortunate to continue to travel here thanks in to my inlaws retiring to the area nearly 30 years ago. It’s been a favourite spot of mine and my husband’s for over 25 years.

There are so many things about this area that are amazing and here are my choices

1. The Beaches
Oh so many to choose from. From the aquamarine waters of Kalamalka Lake just outside of Vernon. Truly beautiful and the colour is almost surreal.

 

 

Kelowna has a big public beach that’s been a favourite in recent years.
Penticton by far in my opinion has the best beaches. There are two, on opposite sides of town, one on Okanagan Lake, the other on Skaha Lake. I like them each for different reasons.

Skaha beach is the beach you get your tan on!! Bordered by a nice green space it’s with shady trees perfect to picnic or seek shade. The beach plenty of soft sand and has always been my favourite. You can rent all kinds of water sport activities.

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Okanagan beach is a great walking beach, lined with restaurants and homes and a lovely rose garden and historic ship that you can visit. It also has an amazing dog off leash area for your pet to frolic in the waves.

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2. The Wineries
There are so many now, many I’ve visited but not all. Wine tasting is subjective so I can’t say what the best winery is but there are certain ones I like for different reasons.
For the views, they’re all lovely but my favourites are Hawthorne Estate Winery, Quail’s Gate, See Ya Later Ranch and Hillside Estates. I would highly recommend visiting in the fall and attending the many events for the Okanagan Wine Festival. Okanagan wines are world renowned and have won many international awards over the years.

 

 

 

3. The scenery
It’s truly breathtaking . I’ve been coming to the area for years but the view still takes my breath away every time. The crystal blue lakes, hills, wineries and orchards are amazing.

 

 

4. The orchards and fruit
Depending on what month you’re visiting you may catch cherry season, peach, apricot or apples, they are all delicious! You’ll also find yummy locally grown produce wherever you go. Fruit stands line the highways from Vernon to Osooyos. There are plenty of U-pic places as well.

 

5. Festivals and events
There is always lots going on here…Peach Festivals, the Okanagan Wine Festival and triathlon

6. Restaurants
There are soooo many good ones Terry’s or The Bench for breakfast in Penticton and for dinner The Hooded Merganser on Okanagan Beach has a lovely view.  Theo’s is an amazing family owned Greek restaurant downtown and  I just tried Burger55 , soooo good! And who could forget Tickleberries in OK Falls for the yummy ice cream.

 

7. Shopping
While not a big metropolis by any stretch I always find unique jewelry and clothing at the local shops and farmer’s markets and wineries. Unique and local artisans sell lovely original artwork, jewelry and pottery.
I also find the Winners in Penticton is awesome, not picked over at all. I love strolling downtown Penticton to explore the cute boutiques and stores.

8. Relaxing
I love the small town feel and it’s so easy just to relax and unwind. The weather is amazing in the summer and I always feel so refreshed when I’m there. ❤️

 

I hope that you get the opportunity to travel to this area. It’s amazing and I hope to retire there someday ❤️

Check out these links for more info:

http://www.okanagan.com

http://www.winebc.com

http://okanaganvisitor.ca

https://www.thewinefestivals.com/

http://route97.net/road-trips/okanagan-corridor/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIruvvhvqf1QIVU1gNCh0u_wzWEAAYASAAEgKaGvD_BwE