OOTD - Satin Wide Leg Pants

Monday, January 22, 2018

 Brenda, one of my colleagues is always on a hunt of not boring work pants - which is what she calls these satin wide leg pants. I have worn them here, and get a lot of use out of them because they are comfortable and I love the fit. This outfit is totally a real life #OOTD as this is one of the outfits you can see me in at work.  Yes, it was very windy in #YEG again... its getting very hard to shoot outfits outside. its either freezing or super windy, and some days both.

pants: Dynamite
sweater: H&M
purse: Chanel
sunglasses: Bamboo Ballroom
shoes: Call it Spring

4 Ways to Improve Your Life-Work Balance Today

Friday, January 19, 2018

Most of us have to work, well because money. Many of us have two jobs, and finding a life work balance is hard. Yes, I call it a life work balance - because life should come first. I have a full time job where I spend a lot of time; but its not just the 37.5 hours I have to be at work at, its the client meetings, trying to develop new business and volunteering for work on top of regular work hours that take time. Most days, I come home from my 9-5 and have things for the blog, or have one of other-duties-as-assigned-work thing I have to do. So how do you create a balance?

Have a set schedule and stick to it.
My daily job is fairly structured, so once I started blogging I knew I needed to do the same. Set a time to work on the blog,  respond to e-mails etc. At the beginning I would use all my free time to work on blog things, respond to social media etc. but it was too much. It felt like I was leaving work, to go home and work some more. Now days, I work on posts on Monday and Wednesday evenings, shoot photos on Sundays, and respond to e-mails through the day but don't check my e-mail after 5:30PM.
Set Boundaries.
Since we don't live in a perfect world, most of us will never achieve a perfect separation between work life and personal life. Your goal should be a balance between two, not completely different worlds. Working overtime doesn't always mean you are getting more done - studies show that people who put a lot of overtime are more prone to burnout and making mistakes. You can never expect yourself (or employees) to be on call 24 hours a day - so set limits of when and what work looks like; what does your free time look like etc.
My phone beeps, my e-mail dings and I drop everything to check it. Its one of those awful habits I picked up  early in my career that my life revolves around responding to e-mails/text/calls/social media as soon as it happens. In sales roles, your business (and income) sometimes depend on being timely, but everything might appear urgent, not everything is important. Pick you battles. Put your phone on silent (or shut it off, I know the horror!), close your laptop for an hour here and there. All those things will be there once you are back.
Take "me" time.
Do something just for you at least once a week. Take time do nothing, read a book, got for a walk, hot yoga - whatever makes you happy. Work is important, but you enter life should not revolve around it. Blogging is my creative outlet and one of my favorite things to do, but its a passion of mine that sometimes is a lot like work. Find something that you can do that has nothing to do with your work, even if your job is your passion. Its nice not to have to work, at least once in a while.
People who manage to have a strong life work balance are usually more productive, happier and make better employees.

8 Underrated European Beaches You Should Add To Your List

Thursday, January 18, 2018

 My perfect vacation can be summed up in two worlds: Sea side! As long as I am close to the water, sunshine and stunning surroundings I am one happy girl. This past summer I got to make my way across Balkans, along the Adriatic sea and experience some of the most beautiful beaches, where along the way I uncovered some hidden gems that in my opinion are a must see. This got me thinking about other beaches that might not be the "it" place to be but so beautiful that everyone should add them to their list.
Lapud Island - Croatia
Beautiful sandy beaches, quiet and serene backdrop and home to some of the best gelato I have ever tried. A lot of other beaches in Dubrovnik are rocky or pebble beaches but this little island (30 minute boat ride out of Dubrovnik) is a wonderful place to visit. The island offer tow beaches one on each side of the island, beautiful cathedrals and a park to visit as well.
Sa Boadella beach - Costa Brava
Scenic views, beautiful clear waters, relaxed vibes - and yes its adjusted to a nudist beach but believe me its worth it... and you can keep your clothes on.
Sreser beach - Croatia
(photo by Sabiha Ramic)
If you are looking for tranquility this is where you need to be. Beautiful, quant and serene beaches, with no hassle and bustle you would find at other
Przno -  Montenegro
Short, and somewhat confusing drive from Kotor but so worth it when you get there. This serene and quiet is locate on bottom of one of the villages. Its clean, well kept and perfect place for a picnic or day of relaxing. Some of the best sunset watching beaches  and its definitely is something you shouldn't miss.
Portonovo - Italy
From picture perfect surroundings, a crystal clear blue sea, and a stunning beaches in the "green bay" make the bay the ideal destination for a relaxing and unforgettable holiday plus its away from busy roads and crowds,
Drymades Beach, Albania
Surrounded by picturesque mountains and sparkly crystal clear water this beach makes for a perfect way to spend a few days relaxing.

 Porto de Mós Beach - Lagos
Lagos has so many beautiful beaches, Porto de Mos is my favorite because it is furthest from town center and it offers perfect balance of tranquility and surfing options.
Neum - Bosnia and Herzogivina
(photos by Samila Spiodic)
Bosnia only has fifteen miles of coastline and the jewel in that little crown is Neum. You can just enjoy the sunshine or rent water sports equipment, and eat one of the amazing restaurants. 
What are some of your favorite beaches ?


OOTD - Wrap Skirt

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Last week I wore this outfit to a work lunch and my colleague made a comment "Oh I love the fact that wrap skirts and turtle necks are back in style." I am not sure if that was meant as a compliment but that is how I took it. I love a good tweet wrap skirt. They are comfortable and great for winter as they are warm.

skirt: Reitmans
shirt: Banana Republic
coat: Urban Outfitters
boots: Aldo
purse: Marshalls

Must See TV

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

2018 has started off great with a lot of really good TV shows. There are so many new and exciting things to watch, I love variety so I have chosen every genre, I do favour comedies but dramas have made the list as well. Margaret Atwood is killing it this year first Handmaid's Tale which will have a second season and now Alias Grace another Margaret Atwood book turned into an mini series. With so many new shows it was hard to pick but here are my top 5 picks.

Alias Grace-Based on the award-winning novel by Margaret Atwood and inspired by true events, in 19th-century Canada, a psychiatrist weighs whether a murderess should be pardoned due to insanity.
Grown-ish- From the creators of Black-ish comes Grown-ish Zoey Johnson goes to college and deals with issues learning how to live outside the nest. We see her struggles as she deals with drugs, sex, and relationships.

The Resident- Logan from Gilmore Girls is in this, I don't even care what its about I will watch it anyway. I LOVE HIM! okay but if you really want to know its about an idealistic young doctor who begins his first day under the supervision of a tough, brilliant senior resident who pulls the curtain back on all of the good and evil in modern day medicine. 
LA to Vegas- It's a show about a flight that you guessed it goes from LA to Vegas and back again. It's a comedy and the preview looks pretty funny, so have a look and decide for yourself.

The Chi- I love to broaden people horizons and suggest shows some people wouldn't consider or even know about. This show looks really good its about A fateful turn of events sends shockwaves through a community on the Southside of Chicago and connects the lives of Emmett, Brandon, Ronnie and Kevin in unexpected ways. Watch the trailer and decide for yourself.

What are you watching? What do you think should have made the list?

OOTD - Casual Fridays

Monday, January 15, 2018

Causal Fridays are my favorite. I don’t love dress pants, but could easily wear jeans every day. A blazer and bright colored sweaters and jeans has been my workwear uniform of late and certainly makes for a perfect casual Friday #OOTD.  This outfit is perfect for transitioning to evening from your work day. So when the workday is over (you can ditch the blush blazer) and head to happy hour with a perfectly chic look.

jeans: Floc Boutique
sweater: H&M
boots: Hudson's Bay
purse: Rebecca Minkoff

Spicy Chicken Dip

Friday, January 12, 2018

My sister and my parents love entertaining (and I mean LOVE) so I get to try out new recipes all the time (while hiding in the kitchen eating so I don't have to socialize). My mom was having people come over and did her famous stand and stare at the fridge till an idea come to you things. She has an uncanny ability to take items in the fridge and pantry and just make stuff. I need 3 recipe books, a detailed shopping list and a day of preparation to come up with something delicious.  She made a spicy chicken dip with things she has in the fridge, or staples as she calls them, and it was delicious.
Here is what you need:
two chicken breast
1/2 cup of Ranch
1/2 a package of cream cheese
1/2 Hot Sauce (mom recommend Franks Hot Sauce)
1/2 cheddar cheese
1 thing of green onions (chopped)
Here is how you make it:
Heat oven to 350
Bake chicken, season to taste. Once cooked, shred the chicken.
In a bowl mix chicken, cheese, ranch, hot sauce until well blended.
Pour mixture into an oven safe dish
Bake for 15 minutes (until the mixture is heated through aka cheese has melted)
Serve with tortilla chips or crackers.