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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!

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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

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

 

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

 

Them Blooms and Tracey Jazmin Photography

Them Blooms and Tracey Jazmin Photography

Hey, friends, So it’s been almost a month since my last blog post. I’ve been excited to do this blog post for the last couple of weeks but I couldn’t find the time. Watching Netflix and playing my cats 47 times a day can get exhausting Yano. So I’m cutting myself a little slack. I absolutely love how many people I’ve met through Instagram this past year! THANKS, INSTAGRAM! Social media has opened up so many cool doors for me and I’m forever thankful for that.

I recently collaborated with a Flower company in Calgary called Them Blooms and a photographer in Edmonton, Tracey Jazmin. When Them Blooms asked the two of us to get in touch we were basically already BFFS from our 15 cafe dates before. Little did they know… WE GO WAY BACK! Okay not really but like a few months? So we’re basically soul-sisters. This blog didn’t make itself eh Tracey? Ha ha! So getting to work with Tracey I was pretty darn excited! I mean we love finding new cafes and chatting with each other for hours so a little photo fun with some gorgeous blooms makes things that much more exciting.

Little background info:

Them Blooms- “made with love, shipped with care.” The flowers at Them Blooms are absolutely stunning. They are a Calgary based company that delivers flowers to most of Alberta, and they also have Canada wide shipping options. YAY CANADA! Happy 150th birthday Canada, stay young! The flowers are fresh and they come in all different shapes and sizes. They are wrapped in gorgeous burlap and tied to perfection!

Tracey Jazmin.. Where do I even begin… Not only is this gal incredibly talented, she is creative, hard working and driven. She puts her heart and soul into everything she does and it shows in her work. We also might be friends now so that is pretty COOL. Hey if your reading this can you come back to Alberta so we can take the dogs to the park, gossip and drink not 1 but 2 lattes each. That would be great…THANKS!

I whole-heartedly recommend Tracey to anyone looking for photography or mentoring! She’s all that and a bag of chips!

Links: Them Blooms & Tracey Jazmin Photography

We may have suffered from countless mosquito bites but it was totally worth it! Those blood sucking demons!

Mosquito joke of the day:
What’s the difference between a Mosquito and a Fly?

***DRUMROLL***

Try sewing a button on a mosquito.
Did I just post a Dad joke on my blog? Okay, it’s time for bed.. ha ha!

Big thanks to Them Blooms for the beautiful flowers and to Tracey Jazmin for the lovely photos.

PS: if you make it to the bottom you deserve a cookie because there are LOTS of photos.

Have a good week!

xo, Shay

 

This is a little mini shoot Tracey & I did one day before our cafe date!     Don’t forget to check out my blog post on Callia Flowers

Thank you,

Them Blooms and Tracey Jazmin Photography.