Thursday, November 26, 2015

Modern Jane's Favourite Things.

Remember when Oprah used to do her favourite things show? I didn't follow her show religiously but I never missed that episode. So much fun and excitement! I decided there is no reason why I can't do my own favourite things list. I'm calling it Modern Jane's favourite things. Clever, right?

It wasn't as easy as I thought it would be. I sat down and made a list of the some of the things that have recently made life a little bit sweeter. I can sometimes be a bit of a salesperson when I find something I love. I think that everyone I know should have it too. I don't mean to be pushy about it, I just want to spread the joy!

I narrowed it down to seven things. I apologize ahead of time for my descriptions below being long winded but I feel like I have to explain why I like these  particular things so much.. and convince you why you should love them too :)

Clockwise, from top left.

Initial Pendant
I wear this necklace all the time. It was a gift from my girlfriends on my wedding day. The initial is an S so that I always have Stephane close to my heart. It's quite special to me.

Shellac Manicure
I always promise to do this more for myself and never follow through, There is nothing better than a fresh shellac manicure from Mint Spa. They last almost two weeks! I seriously love them. My favourite colour is a combination of Cake Pop and Romantique by CND Shellac. It's the perfect neutral.

Mindy Kaling's books
There were some mixed reviews about these books but I really liked the first one and loved the second. She cracks me up. I tend to choose heavier subjects and these were refreshing breaks in the last couple of months. I especially loved the chapter in her second book aimed at young girls.

I've talked about these before on the blog and for good reason. I swear they are more comfortable each time I wear them.. which is all the time. Steph has them too and it took him some time to warm up to them but now I feel like they may have become part of him. Speaking of which.. I often get comments from women who say: "I love your boots! My husband has the same ones!" I then walk away cursing them for making me question if perhaps they are maybe boys boots. Until I see other (cool) women wearing them and we agree.. Blundstones for life.

Sage Peel Gel
This is a new discovery for me. I used the same face wash for years and recently decided to try something new (manly because I learned that the micro beads in the product were killing all the fishies!). I always falsely believed that unless my skin felt squeaky clean, it wasn't. Moving to a new milk cleanser was a challenge. I really liked it but I felt like I needed something to slough off all the dead skin. I tried the Sage Gel Peel and was hooked after the first try. I use it once a week and it makes my skin feel incredible.

Foxhound Collection Candles
I wasn't always a candle burner. I'm actually very fussy about them. I don't particularly like things that smell like baking or candy. These candles have such a natural smell and best of all great packaging. I'm such a sucker for good packaging. I'll need more of them before long.

Everyone needs a Nespresso! Ok, maybe not but it's just so awesome. Steph and I like to call it the greatest purchase of 2014. We both prefer cappuccinos and the machine and frother make a perfect cup. I actually look forward to getting up in the morning because I get to have coffee. For real. It's not a perfect set up since you have to order your pods online, not to mention the waste, but we love it.

There you have it! I little list of some of my favourite things. I've been busy with my report cards this week and anxious to finish up so I can start decorating. I hope to share some photos of our home decorated for the holidays next week, as well as a couple of gift guides for Christmas shopping.

What are some of your favourite things? Have you started to decorate?

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Our Kitchen.

This kitchen.. a labour of love, that's for sure! Upon moving into this house, I wanted the kitchen refinished immediately - I made it a priority. It felt dark and dated and I wanted fresh and bright. The funny thing is that when I look back on it, I sort of the like the mid-century vibe it had going on back then. It's funny how our tastes change so much or time. Regardless, it had seen better days and needed a major update.

Back then, my brother, a cabinetmaker by trade, happened to be between jobs and offered to build my cabinets. I had to be his gopher for the couple of weeks and had to paint them myself but it was well worth it. I was absolutely thrilled with how they turned out.

At the time, I couldn't afford a solid surface countertop (still can't!) and wanted something other than laminate. My brother used some pine stair treads, pieced them together and I stained and varnished them. They are definitely unique and have held up incredibly well.

The floor was several layers of linoleum over tiles that had been stuck to the floor with tar. Stephane and I spent hours lifting those tiles with little scrapers. Then, my dad and I punched the hundreds of holes from the sub floor into the wood floor in hopes that they could be refinished. It was hours of work but worth it after the refinisher came in and made them look new again. They are soft wood and have gotten marked up over the years by many dropped kitchen items and Beaufie's nails but I think it just gives it all character.

There have been many changes since it was renovated the first time. Originally, I had painted all the cabinets white but opted to update the look by painting the base cabinets grey. It totally changed the space. Also, the "crystal" chandeliers that were once hung in the kitchen moved to the bedroom. Instead, I chose a couple of simple pendants from Ikea.

We had Prestige Kitchens make us a peninsula for a bit more storage. We chose high gloss flat panel drawers so that it would be a complete contrast from the cabinets, rather than try to find something that looked similar. It has a butcher block countertop.

photos by Stephen Harris Photography
I have to say I still love our kitchen. I wish it was a little bit more open to the rest of the house and had more natural light but for an old house, I'd say it serves us well and we've made the most of it.

Cabinetry: Marc Gallant
Cabinet paint: Uppers - Natural White, Dulux / Base - Whale Grey, Benjamin Moore
Peninsula: Prestige Kitchens
Pendant Lights: Ikea
Shelving: Ikea
Bar Stools: Home Sense
Love Food Print: Kim Roach Design

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Capsule Wardrobe Update.

I had a great response from my post about my capsule wardrobe. I'm glad I inspired some of you to do their own capsule, to clean out their closets, to make some money selling their clothes or simply to look at the way they are shopping a little more closely.

As I said in that post, I came to realize that I actually needed to do some shopping to complete my wardrobe to ensure it really worked for me. Cleaning out my closet showed me what pieces were missing and I took the time to find the right ones.

I ended up buying four pieces since that day. Normally, I would have bought that and more in that period of time but now I more conscious about what I buy. I wait for sales, read reviews and have no problem returning if it's not quite right.

Arizona T-Shirt - soft, versatile and long enough to cover my bum in tights.
Cober Dress - Similar to the Lorelei tunic that I had on repeat all summer but in long sleeve. Yes, please.
Tribe Shorty Boots - I got these during a 25% off sale. Any leather goods I've ever owned from Roots have lasted forever. Plus, they are super soft and comfortable.
PEI Home Apparel T-shirt - Shop local! This T-shirt is a perfectly soft weekend T. I'm a proud Island girl.

Everything in my wardrobe is on high rotation and I'm still loving my capsule. It's pretty casual though so I think I may need a cute blouse or two to get me through the holiday season. I'm on the hunt.

In case you missed that post, you can check it out here.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Indigo Faves.

Happy Monday to you all. It was a busy but awesome weekend with our first Holiday Pop-up Shop. I'm humbled by the support we received and that people actually bought my creations! Thank you so much! I didn't have much left to pack up at the end of the day. I guess I can call that a success.

Today I thought I'd share some of my favourite holiday items from Indigo. It always surprises me that so many people still think that Indigo only sells books. It is so so much more. In fact, last year I did almost all my Christmas shopping on the website and I buy things for myself there all year long. I was not compensated for this posting this, I simply love Indigo and wanted to share all my awesome finds!

Clockwise from top left:

Isn't it fun getting your home holiday ready? I generally try to use what a have from year to year but it's always fun to buy a few new things. Those glasses are on sale right now and I may need to order a  set and my frasier fir candle , which is seriously Christmas in a jar, is almost gone so I think I'll need another one! And that pillow? It needs to be mine.. pretty much my motto these days. I love love love cozy nights in.

Are you and Indigo fan? Anything catching your eye?