I’d Like To Re-Introduce Myself

Hey friends, Happy Autumn Equinox! I hope everyone is doing well and keeping healthy. I'd like to take this time to officially welcome my new followers (hey there! πŸ‘‹ ), and to thank my Day One followers and readers. It means a lot that you are part of this intimate little blog space. As you can …

How to Preserve Your Wedding Flowers

One hard truth about wedding expenses is that flowers add up more than you think they would. I learned that years ago when I worked in the wedding industry, and I was certainly reminded of that when planning our own mini wedding. I consider myself a Budget Bride (have you seen my DIY flower veil?) …

Take The Summer Off

I'm not gonna lie, this summer is one for the books. Truly one of the best. Certainly, the highlight of this summer was getting married and the enjoyment of planning our mini wedding. A "fun project", as my Mom put it. And it's true. I'll always look back at planning our wedding as being a …

Get Ready with Me: Bridal Edition

Part of the whole Bridal experience is the "getting ready" part. The pampering, the beautifying, the excitement and the butterflies. Since I wasn't having the typical wedding with bridesmaids, make-up artists or the coming and going of people, my getting-ready experience was thankfully quiet and relaxed. It was just me and my Mom getting beautified, …

Something New: My Flower Veil

It was an absolute guarantee that I would be a bride with a floral headpiece for my wedding. In fact, I knew that even before I got engaged because, in case you haven't noticed by now, I'm a flower child. So when the time came to plan our mini backyard wedding and I already knew …

Something Borrowed: My Mom’s Wedding Dress

It's been a week since we got married, and my feet have yet to touch the ground. It was only two months ago that we decided we would make our wedding happen this year. And it happened. Our wedding day came and it went, and I'm still dreaming. A few days before our wedding, I …

Our Unofficial Engagement Shoot

When we were finally able to see, hug and squeeze our families after not seeing them for months, we did all of the things. We caught up on life, we BBQ'ed every day, we sat under the moon in the backyard, we shared thoughts, ideas and plans, and during all this, an unplanned "engagement shoot" …

Beirut πŸ–€

It's been a heavy week. No matter how much I tried to distract myself, my heart kept being pulled back to my wounded, aching Lebanon. The morning after the explosion in Beirut, I went for a run to clear my mind, and when I reached the lake, I looked at the blue waves and I …

How I Meal Prep

I have most definitely gained some of that "Quarantine Fifteen". Stress eating, the sudden abundance of homemade bread, and more drastically in my case, not being as active as I used to be, all contributed to the formation of a rounder abdominal pouch that I was not happy to welcome back. Many of you will …

Something Old: My Vintage Engagement Ring

Like many around the world, we've made the decision to postpone our wedding celebration to next year. We began 2020 with excitement, visiting cool venues where we'd envision our intimate wedding while enjoying complimentary champagne and delicious cake samples. In February, we secured a deposit for our venue and photographer, we announced the date to …

Outdoor Therapy

In yesterday's post, I highlighted the beauty found indoors while nestled at home. Today I'm highlighting the soul-soothing benefits of the outdoors even (or, especially) during a pandemic, social unrest or straight up uncertainty about the future. Our condo does not have a balcony since we chose extra closet space and a kitchen pantry instead. …

Quarantine Life in Photos

This past weekend marked exactly three months since quarantine began. As restrictions slowly start to loosen up in our city, I thought I'd document these last months in photos. My goal was to highlight beauty that was present during a period when time seemed uncertain and when time truly stood still. Let's talk about time …

Beauty Rises From Ashes: My Hopes for The Black Lives Matter Movement

It’s June, friends. 2020 is halfway done. The start of a new month generally feels refreshing and inspiring to me but lately it feels like we’re stuck in a time capsule of a dark past. Hateful words and behaviour have resurfaced more publicly, and antiquated ideas are bouncing around in what’s supposed to be a …

Creamy Lemon Squares

In this post, I'm gonna pretend that there's no pandemic. This isn't a pantry hack or a "what can you bake with 3 ingredients" quarantine edition. This is simply a fun, easy, summery dessert recipe. The long weekend being the official kick-off of summer inspired me to bake something bright, fresh and light. To me, …