WCW: JK Rowling

We’re going to go with a Wordless Wednesday on this WCW, except to say:

We love you like Dobby loves socks. 

Thank you JKR. 


Goodbye Summer… Hello Fall

Welcome to our Take 3 Tuesday.  Today’s topic: Fall Fashion Must Haves!


Up first is S.

New season, new clothes!  I love it.

I have been searching for the perfect boot for fall and Spring for what feels like years.  A few years ago I got close with this half riding boot/half cowboy boot style:


And while they worked well for about one season, the colour started to peel away.  Disappointment.

This May, I hit it big at the Great Glebe Garage Sale when I found these beautiful boots for $12.00!

I can’t wait to wear them when the weather gets a bit cooler.

Still, I need a bit more of a classic look for work and for when I’m wanting a more neutral look.  I have my eye on these:

I just need a few cool days to give me the push I need to pull the trigger.

What are your fall must haves?





I love everything about it, the smell, the temperature, the cuddles, the food and definitely the fashion.

One of my must haves are woolly socks.

You look super cute and you keep warm and that is so key in Ottawa, Canada! My favourite woolly socks are the multi-coloured  Irish made socks that you can purchase from Irish eyes. You can get them in 2 different sizes, knee high and combat height and in many different colours.


Woolly Irish Fair Isle socks purchase them in Canada at Irish Eyes

I like to pair my socks with these Steve Madden ‘ Troopa’ combat boots so that theyre just poking out the top. I love how they have a wee heel so that I don’t have to be flat footed and sound like I’m shuffling around but not big enough that if the ground is wet I feel like I could slip. I love the leather and that I can wear them with jeans, leggings and even dresses!


Finally, my must have and go to fall soft matte lip cream is from NYX.  It’s amazing. It stays on all day even while eating and drinking ( and lets be honest who can pass up baked goods and a warm apple cider in the fall?!). This is tried, tested and true! It doesn’t dry out my lips and the colour goes with everything fall! Copenhagen has a bit of purple, pink, and red so that it really blends with most skin tones and outfits!


Copenhagen from NYX-

Fall is my favourite time of year and I can’t wait to share it with you!

Ais xo


Niamho’s time

My fall looks includes  all things knit and cozy- really my go to fall style is hygge inspired!

Give me knit socks, sweater, and dresses or furry legwarmers or jackets- man I love fall!

Pretty much this outfit is fall to me!

This year though I am really feeling more wrap sweaters like this beauty!


wrap around

Girls Night

This weekend was so much fun! I had a lot of different things on the go but I need to tell you about Friday! It was one of my gal pals birthday and shes a mommy of twins who definitely deserved a girls night in!

The evening started off with a delish charcuterie board that paired ever so nicely with moscato.  Having moscato in the cans made it perfect to have for going out on their beautiful patio.

We attempted to do our own at home “ Paint Nite”. We picked out  a painting we all liked, taped it to a wall and stared.  We had no idea where to begin…so after another glass of wine we all jumped in  and attempted  the painting adding our own flare.


I am so talented right!?

Jk not mine. aha

All of our paintings came out very different but  I still love them all!IMG_2535

I had so much fun chatting with my girls, singing along to some oldies and painting. When I thought the night had reached its peak out of the oven comes the most amazing desert of all time.



Oreo  cookie base,  chocolate chip cookie dough  and brownie mix baked and topped with peanut butter icing.  If you’re thinking life couldn’t get any better you are right.


IT WAS SO GOOD, you need to try it ASAP


You’re Welcome,

Ais xo

Friday Favourites: Back to School Must Haves

Today we are linking up with the lovely Momfessionals

Ok, I’ll admit it. It has been nice going back to work and getting into a routine again. Though I miss summer already and the alarm at 6am kills me, even though I press snooze 7 or 8 times, it is nice getting into a rhythm.

And like any teacher, long-term student or summer abider will tell  one of the best things about going back to work is all the pretty new things you have to buy! Though I am mid-twenties I still feel like Jenna Rink in 13 going on 30 when picking out new school outfit.

13 goin on13goingon302                         (Also check out the first two Six Chicks the right…recognize them?)

So I believe there are a few things that make Back to School possible, cooler, calmer and more fun. Here are the esstentials for back to school

  1. A cool outfit…sorry a slammin outfitfecff73d452e68f2c0d2a35a0c9f3c1d

This dress is ideal for work. I love the mix of designs this dress offer. The v neck, long sleeves and rouching waste play with the lines of dressy/casual all the while extremely elegant and professional. dress2.  Shoes
Getting comfortable, fashionable heels for work = The Dream
And I hear that Bernie Mev shoes deliver- def. on my wish list!


3. A fresh haircut and style! 
Actually I need to do this so if anyone has any suggestions for looks or places to get it done.


4. Agenda/ Journal
Personally, I am working through my Happiness Journal and loving it.


Once you have the dress, the shoes the hair and a good plan all that is left is…

5. Positive Attitude
For me the top back to school must have is a positive attitude 🙂

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This girl can literally do it all, dance, act, direct, she even learned how to do taekwondo  and archery for a role! She is awesome!

She can pull off blue and green!  That’s right! I’m talking about Zoe Saldana

This down to earth woman is a mother of 3 and her husband deserves a shout out because he took her last name!! How badass is that?!  Girl power!


I first fell in love with Zoe when I saw Center Stage where she played the role of Eva. She is so graceful and gentle you can’t take your eyes off her when she dances.

danceAvatar, Star Trek, Guardians of the Galaxy, Crossroads, Pirates of the Caribbean, her resume just gets better and better and is still growing! She has signed on to movies all the way up until 2025! Talk about being in demand!

Anyone who has worked with her is always raving about how kind she is and how hard working she is. She stays focused and trains as hard as she can to be able to do the role justice. She even met with the original Uhura, Nichelle Nichols. She is all about promoting women in the industry and around the world!

We will be seeing so much more of this rad chick and I am ready for it!zs

Take 3 Tuesday: Back to Reality


Goodbye to summer days and hello to work, schedules and food prep.

I could lament about loss of summer vacation for hours. I feel as though I do vacation just right, I sleep in, stay up late, go for long walks, watch entire tv show seasons, learn new hobbies and more!

Though I will miss long stress free vacation getting back to reality can be exciting as well. I know for some people they make New Year’s Resolutions in January but I actually make my new year resolutions the beginning of September.

For me, September is always such a fresh start, the perfect tabula rasa. I like to set up new goals and my mantras to help support me in  achieving my goals.

This year, with the help of the Happiness Planner and my bi-weekly Badass Women support, encouragement and accountability team (more on this to come) I feel prepared to take on the fall.


Now I am not going to share all my goals with you, but here are a few:

  1. Make my bed every morning (succesfull 4 days)
  2. Make time for hobbies
  3. Get outside and be active

And my Mantra

positive lifw


As for me, S, September isn’t as much a time of new beginnings as it once was, but I do enjoy the change in season.

My goal this Autumn is to embrace the Hygge of the season. 

It’ll be warm drinks, roaring fires, walks in the leaves and pumpkin spice for me. I plan to enjoy the quieter side of life this Fall.

Boardgames with the family are an awesome start and we did some of that this weekend.

Our dad won as usual. Niamho took second place and I finished a respectable (disappointed) third.

I hope to spend some time at the library. I’ve been reading through the Gamache mystery series and can’t wait to get the next one. 

And of course, Fall is a great time for Farmers Markets. I’m looking forward to the cider and pumpkin pies. 

Hope you’ll hygge with me.



Labour Day weekend is always an annual bitter sweet weekend. You know summer has now come to an end and it’s time to say goodbye to boat rides, picnics, outdoor concerts and patio drinks.  While Septembers have always been a time for new beginnings and new goals. Sometimes new outfits from Penneys and  many first day of school photos just like this one of Niamho and I.


However this year it’s a little different.

For the first time in 27 years I will not be at a school for the first day of school.  After I graduated from high school I was in post secondary education for many years before I ended up in a career in Education. I have always loved the frenzy and buzz of the first day of school!  Everyone tries to find where their class is and who they will be sitting next to.

I recently made a career shift and won’t be at a school this year, and to be totally honest,  I am panicking a little. I don’t know what to expect with my month now since I am heading down a new path but my gut is telling me that I will be okay.



I am so excited to start seeing the changing colours and have the shift in weather so I can bring out my autumn clothes! Layers and scarves galore!

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower”.  – Albert Camus

Ais xo

Friday Favourites

Today we link up with Erika for Friday Favourites.  Overall, I’d say this has been one of my favourite weeks so far.

Favourite Purchase (or prospective purchase): I’m looking for a good Agenda/planner.

This one looks nice.

Favourite Photo: (This one is always a favourite subject – I could do a photobook ode to my dog)


Favourite Intrigue: The road washed away at the cottage.  Everyone took a view.


Even Cuineas needed to check it out.IMG_1447

Favourite Food:

I enjoyed an Indian lunch with my mum at Perfection Sayisfaction. 

But Vietnamese is my favourite and I had a working dinner at the office this week and got to use UberEats for my favourite food.

and Finally, my Fall Favourites:

Flannel Sheets

And Wood Fires in the Fireplace

What are you Favourites this week?