Delightful Directory – August

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So long, August! And welcome September!

Not only is it the end of August, but it’s also the end of summer vacation. Sidney and I both go back to school tomorrow morning. Luckily we’ve had an adventure-filled summer and we are both excited to get back into our student routines.

Here are some links I’ve come across over the past month that are definitely worth sharing. Enjoy!

I am in love with this home! It’s (almost) exactly what I have in mind for my own space.

Sarah shares some truly inspiring ways to show yourself some love every day.

I volunteered hours of my time ripping up sheets, cutting squares and sewing for this awesome community quilt called The Big Weave.\

Can I just say that I can’t believe I haven’t watched American Horror Story sooner? I am not literally obsessed with this show! So far season 2, Asylum, is my favourite season.

Nick and I picked up some Pyrex goodies for our vintage shop on Etsy. Anyone like black and white bowls? Or want a Pyrex teapot?

I really want these Halloween pin-back buttons by Bayleaf Buttons!

We’re going to buy Sidney this loft bed from Ikea and turn the underneath into a brilliant hangout spot with books and comfy beanbag chairs.

An indie horror flick is going to be filmed in my home town this winter called Secret Santa! How exciting!

Have you ever had a difficult time explaining to people what you do? Me too. Here’s a great, short, article on how to do it.

Here are three great reasons to keep taking selfies!

Come across anything interesting lately?


Goodbye Summer – A Playlist

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Well, it’s pretty much the end of summer.

The season of BBQs, outdoor parties, lounging in the pool and down by the lake is almost over. For us students the return to school after this last long weekend of summer has us scrambling to not only get our last bit of school supplies together but to also have that one last big outdoor party!

Some of us may be heading down to the family trailer while others (like myself) may be having a few friends over for a few drinks on the patio. No matter what your plans are, I have a pretty awesome playlist for those of you who like to rock out and chill out all in the same evening.

With a few classic rock songs, some dance music and some oldies, this playlist has a bit of everything to help you say goodbye to summer. I know I’ll be playing it later tonight!

I hope you have a great weekend!


Hot Summer Night by Cole Nemeth on Grooveshark

Inspired: Gee Artistry

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Photograph by Alissa Gee

For many people a career in make-up means bridal parties, prom and fashion shoots.

One may envision a career full of beautiful people, palettes of pinks and reds and a stream of women trying to look their best.

Not for Alissa Gee.

Although Alissa is trained in fashion make-up artistry, and does an excellent job at bringing out people’s best qualities, her skills lie in the designing of monsters and creatures so terrifying they could give you nightmares.

“Special effects and prosthetic would have to be my favourite (make-up style). I am a huge horror fan and a lot of special effects and prosthetic are used in the horror film industry,” said Alissa.

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Photograph by Alissa Gee

To be honest, Alissa is my cousin. I have known her my entire life and she has always had a deep infatuation with all things abnormal. Her childhood books all featured murders, crimes, monsters and the supernatural. Her favourite television shows are gory, suspenseful and terrifying. And her very own apartment looks more like a geek shop or a haunted house rather than that of a hard-working young woman.

But Alissa is in fact a very hard-working young woman. A career in make-up artistry is not for those who are unmotivated or unwilling to put the effort and time in.

“Ultimately I would like to get into a shop, but in the meantime I plan to keep practising and take on as many job opportunities as I can,” said Alissa.

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Photograph by Danielle Blancher

She has volunteered to do face paint, assisted a friend in a pin-up girl calendar photo shoot, completed make-up for a clothing line, frequently turns her friends and family into monsters just for fun and more.

“It’s a creative outlet for me… Each make-up comes with a different challenge and is never the same. It doesn’t get boring,” said Alissa.

Alissa received a makeup certificate from Voila Hair Institute in 2012, and recently graduated from Complections College of Makeup Art and Design in Toronto.

Moving to Toronto was a difficult decision for Alissa as her entire life is in her hometown, Cambridge, Ont. The anxiety of moving to a larger city, one not well-known to her, did not stop Alissa from following her dreams, though.

“It was my first time being on my own and Toronto is an entirely different beast compared to Cambridge,” said Alissa.

She and her boyfriend are currently residing in Toronto. Their plan to move back home after graduation was altered when he accepted a tattoo apprenticeship over a month ago. Although somewhat homesick this worked out well for both of them. Just last week Alissa was offered an internship at a shop in Scarborough, Ont.

“I enjoy making people feel good about themselves or assisting in bringing a character to life,” said Alissa.

Photograph by Cole Nemeth (me)

You can see more of Alissa Gee’s work on her Facebook page Gee Artistry, and on her Instragram missaliss31.



The Weekly #20

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Every week I set new goals and share a quick update on my life. You can read last week’s post here.

Hello lovelies! Another great week has passed and school is upon us! I am so friggin’ excited for school I can hardly contain my excitement! Check out this awesome back-to-school giveaway I’m co-hosting!

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What I’ve Been Up To:

  1. I went to my cousin’s house to help out with a photoshoot and to interview her. Look for it on the blog later this week!
  2. I met my friend’s one-month-old son for the first time.
  3. Volunteered a lot of my time sewing fabric squares together for a community quilt project through the library.
  4. Went to the A Day and A Night art festival with my aunt, uncle and cousin.

You May Have Missed:

Delicious and Versatile – Vegetable Bean Soup

Last Week’s Goals:

I was dead-set on completing my first rough draft for the ebook I’m writing. Well, I did it! Now I’m editing it and then I will be making it look pretty. I don’t know if I will complete it in time to launch September 1 like planned, but it is motivating me to work on it a lot.

Another goal completed! Last week I went to my cousin’s house and interviewed her and took a lot of pictures. I’ll be sharing an article about my cousin and her make-up adventures later this week for sure.

I completely forgot to write a back-to-school list. Maybe that’s why I’ve been so anxious?

This Week’s Goals:

Write that dang back-t0-school list!

Shop for a Macbook! I’ve been wanting one forever, and I decided to spend some of my school money on one. To be honest, I’m kind of scared to spend so much money at once. School money doesn’t last forever, especially when you make big purchases.

Finish organizing my apartment. I don’t want any clutter hanging around the place when I start school. I want a fresh, clean start! No distractions!

I also have another fun project on the go; opening a new Etsy shop! I will be selling photography art prints in various sizes! Right now I’m still in the process of putting everything together. I expect to open shop late September, in time for Christmas shopping.

And of course, finish editing my ebook!

What do you have planned for the upcoming week?



Delicious and Versatile – Vegetable Bean Soup

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There are just a few more weeks of summer left and I plan to soak up as much sun as I can! However, autumn is upon us and I can’t help but feel excited for all of the wonderful things that fall brings; Thanksgiving, Halloween, warm knitted sweaters, colourful landscapes and warm, hearty meals.

If you’re looking for a simple, versatile, vegetarian soup for fall this recipe is for you! The amount of ingredients are large so you can savour this meal over and over again before making up another batch. If you don’t need that much soup you can cut the ingredients in half.

Feel free to add other vegetables or spices of your choice!


  • 10 cups of water
  • 2 cans tomato soup
  • 2 vegetable bullion cubes
  • 2-3 cups of cooked beans of your choice
  • 3 cups diced potatoes
  • 1 cup sliced carrots
  • 1 cup sliced celery
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes or 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon of tumeric


  1. Bring water to a boil.
  2. Add tomato soup, bullion cubes, potatoes, carrots, celery, tomatoes, garlic cloves, onion and tumeric.
  3. Boil for 10-15 minutes.
  4. Lower temperature to medium heat and cook until potatoes and vegetables are soft, approximately 30 to 40 minutes.
  5. Add cooked or canned beans (rinsed well), simmer on low for an additional 15 minutes.

This soup is so delicious! I hope you enjoy!