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.

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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!


The Weekly #19

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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.

It’s been really cool outside lately. The end of summer is finally dawning on me, but truth be told I am loving bundling up in my big sweaters and wearing my Converse shoes!

In all honesty, I feel like I haven’t done anything this week. Time seemed to slip right past me and I don’t have much to show for it. I hate when that happens.

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What I’ve Been Up To:

  1. My friend Sarah came over and we had a dance party in my living room.
  2. I did some writing for my internship, and for myself. Soon I will be writing the Food Bank’s newsletter, too.
  3. Sidney and I watched lots of movies this past week.
  4. I also started going for more walks around my neighbourhood while Sid rides her bike.

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New Items In The Shop

Last Week’s Goals:

I still haven’t added my new items in our Etsy shop. They have been photographed, weighed and measured but now Nick is saying he’d like to try something new. He wants to retake all of the photographs in a more “creative” style which I am all for!

Still haven’t applied for that on-campus job. I’m starting to doubt myself and am unsure if I should. I know it’s just me being afraid, but there’s still time.

My e-book is coming along really well! I’ve written 3/4 of it so far. I’m hoping to have the rough draft done in the next couple of days so I can begin editing it.

This Week’s Goals:

Finish the rough draft of my e-book. Like I said, almost done writing the first draft and if I continue the way I have been it should be finished really soon. And I’m hoping that after the rough draft is done I can add pictures and start designing the layout.

I have an interview and photo shoot booked for tomorrow at noon, which I am really excited for!

Write a back-to-school to do list. Just accomplishing this small step will make me feel less anxious about the return to school for both Sidney and I. I still have two weeks left, that’s lots of time, right? Yikes!

How was your week? What do you have planned?



Six Tips To Enjoy Your Hometown Even When You Want To Run Away

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No matter which friend of mine I talk to they all say the same thing, “I want to leave Cambridge.”

Some want to head to a big city, others to a small town, but the desperation to leave their hometown is the same. And I can’t lie, I want to leave, too.

But I’ve seen it too many times: people rush out of here as soon as they can, with big hopes and dreams of never coming back. Except they do come back. More like crawl back, with their tail between their legs and those hopes and dreams crushed and disintegrated.

I don’t want that to be me.

So I’m waiting. I’m waiting until I’m done school and I have my debts paid-off and a bit of money saved up. However, I realize that eventually I will have to stop planning and just go for it whether I’m ready or not because face it, I may never truly feel ready. Eventually I just have to take that huge leap of faith.

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In the meantime, I do my best to find the good in my hometown.

I could complain (a lot) but what’s the point in that?

Instead, I’ve decided that this is my home and it has no expiration date. I’ve already learned that putting an expiration date on where you live just ruins any chance of actually enjoying it.

So here are some tips for enjoying your hometown when all you really want to do is run away but can’t for whatever reason:

1. Do some research.

Chances are there are festivals, events and places you’ve never heard of. Just last year I learned that we have outdoor movie nights every Thursday in August downtown and it’s free to attend!

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2. Don’t be afraid to try new things.

This used to be really difficult for me because of my anxiety but it’s been one of the most rewarding lessons I’ve had to learn over the years. I’ve tried new foods, ate at new restaurants, participated in new activities, met new people, learned new skills and more.

3. Make friends.

Life is just more enjoyable when you have like-minded individuals to do things with. I’m at an age when so many friends have moved for school, jobs or are those lucky few who have taken that leap of faith and moved for themselves, so I had to make new friends. My new friends are fun, we enjoy doing things together and it makes my hometown much more enjoyable.
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4. Spend some time wandering around town.

I have discovered so many cool shops and restaurants just by wandering around town and stopping in places I never would have noticed before. Who knew the little Mexican restaurant on the corner was one of the best in town? Or that the thrift shop up the road had the best deals? You never know until you go exploring!

5. Lower your expectations.

Sometimes the local beach may not be as great as the one you’d rather go to, but it’s close by and can be quite enjoyable if you just allow it to be. Same goes for outdoor music festivals, carnivals, galleries and parks. It’s better to enjoy what’s available to you than to ruin it with all of your negativity and ungratefulness.


6. Sometimes you just have to escape.

Whether it’s a day trip to a nearby city or a week-long vacation, time away from home may be just what you need to recharge yourself and appreciate your home.

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