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15 Random Milestones to be proud of:

15 Random Milestones to be proud of:

With everyone getting married, having kids, moving forward with their life sometimes it’s hard not to feel set back. I honestly believe everyone moves at their own pace. Everyone wants different things in life and I literally LOVE THAT. Also, can we just take a moment to realize that literally is totally the new “like” No two people are alike and how AMAZING is that? I’m truly content with my life and my choices and I thought I would share some fun milestones.

So let’s take a HOT MINUTE to go over 15 random Milestones to be proud of: (in general, OBVY there is much more)

Failing and or/ Hitting rock bottom.. okay this sounds kind of aggressive but….. If you are able to be resilient and turn the negativity in your life into motivation and do better YOU are on the road to moving forward. If I didn’t hit rock bottom in my life I wouldn’t be where I am today.

Moving away from home or moving out of your parent’s house. I moved to BC when I was 19 and I was wowed. I mean a small town GAL hanging out in Vancouver. I was never the same after that. How do you know what you want and love if you haven’t stepped out of your comfort zone? I remember being 23 in university, I got a bursary to do a French program in Montreal and live there for the summer and I was like “omg I feel old everyone there will be like 18, I went back to school late” little did I know there were people 10 years older than me. It was an experience I will never forget. The experience wasn’t forgotten but the french…..?? ahh bonjour means hello right? Just playing. 

You’ve traveled.. whether it’s in Canada or if you’ve lived in Europe, the US etc. Travel changes you period.

Making a major decision in your life without asking anyone because let’s face it you’re a bad ass betch who is capable of ANYTHANG.

Owning your first pet, because ahhmm I mean I have 3 and I’m responsible for living breathing things. && a lot of love and work goes into keeping my babies happy! So if your a fur mama or papa be proud.

TRYING NEW FOOD, okay if I’m completely honest, I use to be a chicken fingers and fries kinda girl.. my palette was pretty boring. I drank coolers and ate bland food. It wasn’t until I moved to Vancouver I started to dip into some “mysterious foods” I remember I was doing data entry at a law firm and everyone would go out for “sushi” and I was like okay ew do they have fries and gravy or…. it literally got to a point where I felt left out.. haha and I just started trying new things. Fast forward to 2017 8 years later give me anything I promise I will love it. There was a time I only ate California rolls LOL Vietnamese? Japanese? I’ve eaten octopus, escargot and my favorite food is literally Poke (raw fish) who am I? I’ve come a long way from a chicken finger kinda gal.

Paying off DEBT. Because I mean who hasn’t spent a little more than they should have. Travelling and avocado toast really adds up am I right? #extra

Never apologizing for yourself, but embracing YOU and all the flaws you have without apology. You never have to be sorry for being you. EVER! I mean unless your Donald Trump, than be sorry maybe…(no political debate PLZ haha) Want to wear jeggings for the rest of your life? Do you girlfriend. #alphafemale

Having a passion and following through with it. Go you! Let’s face it nobody wants to be vanilla. Finding your passion is the best feeling in the world! You are never too old to do you.

When you know how much you can and cannot drink.. okay so this is a little hilarious but….
Who hasn’t experienced this night maybe once or maybe a dozen times? A bottle of Malbec, vodka shots I’m okay.. 3/4 shots of tequila  =  table dancing and not so much… haha regardless. What is the limit to how much I can drink? THE LIMIT DOES NOT EXIST. Okay, I totally quoted mean girls in my last blog post. So…your not 20 anymore and you know your limits. Black out drunk isn’t so cute anymore. Plus I can’t be the only 20 something who gets horrendous hangovers. Applause to you-you bad ass betch 👏🏼

When you’ve learned to take care of your MENTAL HEALTH… Okay it’s 2017 mental health is important. If you want to be a functioning twenty-something you need to look after your physical and mental health. I totally need at least one day a week where I can be a total piece of shit or I’m a pretty grumpy bear. Netflix + cat and dog snuggles + junk food.

Learning to not sweat the small stuff. So I’m sure you’ve heard this bazillion times but its so important. The feeling of overcoming this is amazing!

Appreciating the beauty of life and adventure without posting it on social media. Have you ever had a moment so raw and beautiful taking your phone out would completely destroy the moment? So DONT. Okay, I know this is hard. Especially for myself, I love sharing bits of my life on social media. I’m totally that girl with the flash on as bright as the SUNNN on snap chat. I’m very fortunate for the opportunities I’ve had through social media but sometimes you just need a break. Honestly, try to go a day without your phone it feels good. But don’t go to the dog park without your phone because if you’re like me you might start to picture some criminal minds episode gone wrong as the sun slips away.. because the only flashlight I’ve ever purchased is on my iPhone.

Falling in love, being completely content alone, getting married, having kids, not having kids, whatever your heart desires these are such important milestones in life.

& last but not least (pretty hilarious)  actually getting gas in your vehicle before the gas light comes on. IM SO BAD FOR THIS! I cant be the only 28-year old that is guilty of this. I gassed up this week before my gas light came on and I felt like a bad ass betch. #adulting #organized ha ha!

So there you have it 15 random AF milestones! Some may be silly and arbitrary but some may resonate with you! Do you have any random milestones to be proud of?
I’d love to hear about it!

Contact me here!

Happy Saturday beautiful Humans!

Ps if you haven’t checked out my hair transformation from Bombshell Hair Extensions you can do so HERE.
xo, Shay

Bombshell Hair Extensions

Bombshell Hair Extensions + Q & A

So I’m pretty excited to share my hair extension story.  I recently collaborated with Bombshell Hair Extension in Edmonton, Alberta. They opened up a new location on 124th street and it’s BEAUTIFUL. I’m sure by now you’ve probably noticed my hair going from just below shoulder length to RAPUNZEL. BRB just hanging my hair out the window. I’ve had a ton of random people ask me if my hair was real so I mean that’s a good sign. YOU GUYS ROCK! I mean did she not kill the blending game? Let’s get real… I’m not a natural blonde so I could never grow 22 inches of hair and If I did I’m sure it would look like a fried frizzy mullet. Blondes ya feel me? If only we lived in a world where hair could grow 5 inches overnight.

So as you may have noticed, I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THEM! I was a little nervous because I wash my hair most days and I rock the “wet bun look” more often than not. So with having extensions put in, you can’t exactly do that. I was worried they would be pretty high maintenance and it turns out they are not. Obviously, blow drying my hair takes a little longer than usual but it’s totally worth it. I wake up and my hair is literally styled. I put a few loose curls in and it’s good to go. It is so easy to maintain. The first couple of nights my head hurt a little adjusting to the new weft but now I can barely feel it. I got 200 grams of 22-inch hair so I GOT A LOT. Plus nothing can feel worse than clip-ins. I wore those for years. Don’t even get me started with falling asleep with your clip-ins in. OUCH. This micro weft is a walk in the park. The hair I got is from their Bombshell line (shades of pink) and it is the best quality.

Here are some tips from having my new HURR:

#longhairdontcare

 

 

 

 

 

Braid your hair at night to avoid friction and moving around. Actually when in doubt just braid your hair. It’s all fun and games until you wake up in the middle of the night and your CAT thinks your hair is a toy.

Make sure you budget for a good quality shampoo and conditioner, one that works well with the extensions. Having extensions is an investment so you want to take good care of them.

Use a good leave-in conditioner and heat protector. I personally use Davines products and they are incredible. They recommended I use Davines Ol Oil which I already use which worked out great. Ps, the hairspray smells like heaven and the Nou Nou hair mask is my favorite.

 

 

I’ve had an overwhelming response of positive messages about my hair and also lots of questions. I’ve only ever had clip ins so this was a new experience for me as well. So I’m just taking the questions I received on Instagram and Facebook and giving my honest opinion.

Is the hair real? What kind of hair is it?

“SHADES OF PINK™ Hair extension Co. is ethically sourced, 100% Human hair that is never bleached or lightened without the use of any harsh chemicals. Our organic lightening technology allows the hairs natural cuticle to remain fully intact, giving our tangle-free extensions a silky smooth feeling. Our premium SHADES OF PINK™ hair extension line is designed to last a minimum of 12 months with full-time use.”

How much were your extensions?

I got 200 grams (two packs of 22-inch hair) That is a whole wack of hair. I believe the two packs of 22 inch hair runs around $1250. (Bombshell line)
So depending on what quality of hair you want and how much, the price varies per person. They do consultations and the prices are listed on the website. They also have other lines such as their Shades collection.

https://www.bombshellextensionstudio.com/pricing

Do they hurt?

They were a little uncomfortable the first couple of nights but now they just feel like my real hair.

Can you see the micro weft? How long did the installation take?

It is seamless so you can only see it if you literally lift up my hair and look for them. You can’t notice it. When I was at bombshell I got my hair foiled as well so I was there longer but the installation itself only took about 1.5 hours.

What maintenance is required?

The micro weft requires a tightening every 3-4 weeks. Your first two are free and after that, they are $30. This prevents the extensions from matting and causing any damage to the natural hair.

So there you have it! I’m really happy with my hair transformation and the girls at Bombshell were amazing! THANK YOU!

Color: @genna_hair

Extension Install: @hairbyjordii

Location: @bombshellyeg

(click on links for IG accounts)

Below are my before and after photos.

For more photos of my hair check out my FALL PICNIC SHOOT

Bombshell Hair extensions were also kind enough to provide me with a discount code. Use SHAYLENE10 for 10% off.

Thank you for reading!

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask 🙂

xo, Shay

 

Fall Picnic Shoot Edmonton

Fall Picnic Shoot Edmonton

Another fun-filled day with two amazing creatives! We planned a shoot in St. Albert. We had such a cute little setup and I’m excited to share these photos! Thank you, Sara & Chelsea.

The theme was obviously FALL because fall is THE BEST SEASON EVAA.

-Sweaters (effortless wardrobe HELLO)
-Pumpkin everything
-Cat and dog snuggles
-Apple picking
-Halloween
-Hot Chocolate by the fire
-Candles….I burn through candles like its nobodies business, the ones in this post are Sydney Hale Co.

Check out our last shoot together here!

Photography: Sara Jewell

Makeup: Allure by Chelsea

Flowers:  Maven & Grace  (Maven & Grace is an Edmonton-based vintage and antique shop that also carries florals, home goods, and stationery)

Pants: Laura Siegel “The team at Laura Siegel employs artisans from rural villages all over the world to sustain traditional cultures and crafts. Along with ensuring ethical working conditions and living wages are provided to the skilled artisans, we collaborate with organizations to ensure they receive mentorship and workshops to learn how to maintain practicing their craft, provide for their families, education on wealth management, business practices and more. ”

New Hair is Bombshell Hair Extensions located in Edmonton, Alberta. Blog post coming soon! I can’t wait to share my experience with my GLORIOUS new locks. Super easy to maintain.

 

Thanks for reading,

xo, Shay

 

 

Fall Picnic Shoot Edmonton

 

Nova Scotia Trip Home

Nova Scotia Trip Home :

So ahhhhh my Nova Scotia trip home! Edmonton friends if you haven’t seen Eastern Canada it is a must. I mean even though it’s like a bazillion dollars to fly across Canada? I could literally fly Edmonton to Honolulu and back! WHATS UP WITH THAT? Anyway, we will save my rant for flying across the country for another day. J feeeeel..  Speaking of which I should book my flight home for Christmas before it’s like $1300 or MAYBE HONOLULU INSTEAD! JK I need to see my FAMJAM. Ok moving along…

So my recent trip to Nova Scotia was a blast. I was home for two weeks and I soaked up every minute of it. My family is in Cape Breton, so I spent the majority of my time there. Cape Breton definitely moves at a slower pace. I’ve always been a city girl and I do love Halifax, but Cape Breton will always be near and dear to my heart. For those of you that don’t know, Cape Breton is a beautiful island in Nova Scotia with SWEEPING ocean views. Ugh, the ocean makes my skin oh so hydrated. Now that I’m back in Alberta my skin will now turn into a wrinkly boot. Don’t get me wrong I love Edmonton but who doesn’t love HYDRATED SKIN from the ocean?

During my time home, my family took a trip to the Cabot Trail. It was the perfect day. My dad passed away 5 years ago and there isn’t a second where I don’t think of his witty humor. I miss him dearly. We talked about Dad a lot that day and all of the wonderful memories we’ve had in the past. It really felt like he was there. It was truly a beautiful day and I will cherish it forever. If you wondering what the limit is to my mother playing Luke Bryan songs, THE LIMIT DOES NOT EXIST. Also, I remember changing my brother’s diapers and now they are basically MEN. Oh did I mention my brother Devon has his FULL LICENCE and a CAR? Ok, I’m ancient. Oh and now that Aaron is 15, Mom finally let him take his training wheels off his bike. #proudsister Maybe 16 is the year she will teach you how to cut the crust off your Bologna sandwich (ha he will get me back for this) Don’t worry we all have my fathers twisted humor. Besides spending the majority of my trip eating seafood, I really went home to stand in my Best Friends Wedding.  I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER FOR YOU.

“The moment I wake up

Before I put on my makeup

I say a little pray for you

While combing my hair now

And wondering what dress to wear now

I say a little prayer for you” 

Belting out excessively over here……..ANYONE? Ok, moving along. So I listened to The Rankins (Cape Breton celebrities) watched my beautiful friend say I do, danced, drank OH BOY DID WE DRINK and created wonderful memories! During my time in Halifax, I spent a few days with my friend Carmen. FYI: Mussels at the Bicycle Thief in Halifax are the bomb.com. If you haven’t tried them, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? ok, I need to chill on the caps in this blog post ha ha. I swear I’m not yelling aggressively. Bicycle Thief in Halifax is probably my favorite restaurant.  Ever. Even though we were hungover pieces of crap the next day we still made it to Peggys Cove. Stillwell Beer garden really sneaks up on you when you end up at the dome on a Monday night. Also, I broke my two year “No Dome Streak” #domeishome  (Carmen’s idea obviously) So that is basically it! I wish I took more photos of this beautiful province but I was truly too busy enjoying my time home. Whoever I didn’t have time to see I apologize, I will be back soon. It’s really nice to put your phone down once in awhile and hear the waves crashing on the rocks. If you have any questions on Nova Scotia, feel free to reach out to me.

Thanks for taking the time to read my post. I have quite a few blog posts coming in the upcoming weeks so don’t forget to check back! Ps: Have you seen my Blog post with Allure by Chelsea and Sara Jewell Photography? Check it out here! We just recently did another shoot so I’ll add those photos when I have more time.

Much love,

xo, Shay

 

 

 

Sara Jewell Photography and Allure by Chelsea

Collaboration with Sara Jewell Photography and Allure by Chelsea

Late night blog post coming your way! I’ve been slacking these past few weeks because I was visiting my friends and family in Nova Scotia. I’ve been dying to add these photos!

(Sara Jewell Photography and Allure by Chelsea)

We had such a fun day shooting! Nothing makes me more inspired than getting to know talented, local women! I had the pleasure of collaborating with these two absolute gems. These girls radiate positive energy and I was lucky to spend the afternoon with them. Chelsea is a skilled makeup artist and Sara is a talented photographer, both located in Edmonton, Alberta. (If you click on Chelsea and Sara it will bring you to their Instagram accounts)  We also just so happened to shoot at one of my favorite cafes in Edmonton… LITTLE BRICK (check out my little brick blog post here) Oh, and did I mention Sara is actually from Nova Scotia…. small world!!!

Looking forward to our picnic shoot next month gals xo

 

Sara Jewell Photography and Allure by Chelsea collaboration With Shaylene Marie.

Body suit – Aritzia
Skirt- Forever 21
Hat – Roxy
Shoes – Zara