The Importance Of Spending Time Outdoors

The Importance Of Spending Time Outdoors

"All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking."
- Friedrich Nietzsche

     The seasons have changed; Spring is finally here! You may not have gone outside much during the cold, grey days of winter, preferring instead to stay bundled up indoors avoiding the snow. I don't blame you. However, there's no more reason to stay shut in; It's time to get back out there.

Rainy Days and Blush Jumpers

Rainy Days and Blush Jumpers Outfit 1

     It's official! Spring is finally here. In my mind, the words conjure up images of fresh blooms and plenty of rainy days that keep me bundled up and leave dew all over. Of course, in Canada, the emphasis is on the word rain.

Nevertheless, after all these months of sticking to my white winter wardrobe, I like to take my inspiration from the season and dress in shades of rose and blush. Today, I am pairing my favorite pink sweater with jeans and waterproof boots, and braving the weather for a rainy day walk outdoors.

How To Practice Hygge

How To Practice Hygge

     You may have seen the word hygge popping up on blogs and bookstore shelves lately, and wondered what it meant. However, hygge is nothing new; the Danish art of living well has actually been around since the 1800's. Pronounced "hoo-gah", the Norwegian term means "cozyness" and "togetherness". To embrace hygge is to indulge in life's simple pleasures and be mindful doing it. It's not just a trend; it's a way of life.

I've been unknowingly practicing hygge for years, fashioning my home into a sanctuary of comfort and relaxation. Now that I've learned about hygge, I feel like I've finally found a lifestyle philosophy I can get behind: just fill up with comfort and contentedness and enjoy.

Interested in trying it out? Here is how you can practice hygge:

Fancy In Fur

Fancy In Fur Outfit 1

     It's been such a dreary grey week, and although I wish I could move on to my Spring wardrobe, it's simply too chilly. On this day, I felt like playing dress up with my favorite fur coat (faux, of course!). 

The Market By Spruce Collective

Spruce Collective Market 1

     I previously did a post on Spruce Collective, a charming brick and mortar store run by four creative women in my hometown. Unfortunately, that post was lost, and I will have to rewrite it once I've had to opportunity to visit again. On the bright side, I recently stopped by The Market by Spruce Collective, these ladies' newest venture, which is located directly across the street from Spruce.

The Market carries a curated collection of vintage and antique furniture and decor, some from local vendors. Exploring this shop is like exploring your grandmother's attic; I had a lot of fun poking into every corner and examining all the unique pieces this store has to offer.

Winter in March

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     This morning, I met an unexpected sight when I peeked through my bedroom curtains. Outside is a winter wonderland again! Just as I was beginning to think Spring was near, my town is blanketed in fresh snow. We've never had so much snow in all the time I've been alive!

Book Club: Wildwood

Wildwood Book Cover Art

     I'm so excited to share this week's Book Club, so I can tell you all about my new favorite. I've just finished reading Wildwood by Colin Meloy, and I cannot put into words how much I love this book. For those of you who don't know, Colin Meloy is the incredibly talented singer and songwriter of The Decemberists, and author of the Wildwood trilogy.

I was drawn to this book by the beautiful illustrations and old-fashioned deckle edged pages. Carson Ellis is the Illustrator, and her folksy, whimsical pictures are the perfect match to Colin Meloy's vivid and imaginative story. The book is quite thick and heavy, over five hundred pages, and I was a little weary of the daunting task ahead. Once I started reading though, I completely lost myself in Wildwood's rich fantasy world, and time flew by.

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