Seven Big Lessons I Learned in 2020

Well, here we are. My last blog post of this wild, horrible, beautiful year. Like many of us in 2020, I spent a lot of time reflecting, learning and observing, which has often lead me here; documenting it all in some shape or form on the blog. In a way, my blog posts of 2020 …

Cranberry Orange Loaf

What better way to wrap up 2020 than with a loaf recipe. Loaves of all kinds (special shoutout to banana) have been the people's choice of homemade baked goods of 2020. In fact, statistically speaking, my Earl Grey Yogurt Cake recipe was a huge hit when I published it in March 2020. As we enter …

On The Last Month of 2020

This morning, I flipped the last page of my 2020 calendar. I vividly remember buying this desk calendar last December. It was a little errand I managed to squeeze in between the Holiday shopping, the planning and the socializing ahead. I couldn’t wait to use this 2020 calendar - to flip over each month, revealing …

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! 👋 ), 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 …

Take The Summer Off

I have to say, 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 …

How to Preserve Your Wedding Flowers

Flowers designed by Dawn Dust Florals | Photography by Daring Wanderer 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 …

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

Photography by Daring Wanderer Wearing flowers in my hair on my wedding day was pretty much an absolute guarantee. As I'm sure you've picked up by now, I am a petal-happy flower child. Once I Said Yes to the Dress, accessorizing my bridal look with a floral headpiece was the next step. But when I …

Something Borrowed: My Mom’s Wedding Dress

Photography by Daring Wanderer Where do I even begin with this post? A Bride's wedding dress is the most prized and celebrated garment during her wedding experience. And for someone like me who loves fashion and who loves dresses, a very high level of excitement was reserved for my wedding dress. However, my wedding dress …

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" …

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 …