Crowned

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Lace Dress – Blonde / Red Heels – Kensie / Lipstick – Nicki Minaj via MAC

To all my hippy/peace & love people out there, this post is for you! How fun is a flower crown? I swear every girl needs one in her life for those free-spirited kind of days. I love how it makes me feel like I’m living in a fairytale.

 I have seen so many different flower crowns being posted all over the blog world, and I have been wanting to make one for myself for a while. Jill and I had the pleasure of making this crown together when we were together in Vancouver last. She will tell you how we made it in her next post, but the memories of our time crafting this are so special to me. Her friendship is a gift and I just love her to bits! Hope the look makes you feel as “totally radical” as it did me.

Rebecca Janelle

xo

Knob you didn’t

Life has been crazy.  Like craaaaayzay crazy.  I am in the middle of my teaching practicum that keeps me busy all day and all night and these days, all weekend long.  My hubby is in the middle of his busiest rotation for Medical School, and we just plop our heads on our pillows at night and dream of the good ‘ol carefree days…and anticipate the next break we get.  Which isn’t until Easter.  If he gets the time off.

I didn’t want to miss a week on ze blog, and found this DIY that I did last summer, but didn’t have a chance to share.  It’s easy, fun, and affordable!  My sister-in-law made one that she uses at her front door to hang their coats, I use it for jewellery storage…but just think, store your scarves, purses, belts – the options are endless!

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So here is what you will need:

  • Piece of wood (I found mine in the garbage pile of a construction site = free.99)
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint of your choice
  • Dresser knobs (I found 4 of mine at thrift stores, approx $0.25 each!!!)
  • Screws

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 First I sanded down the wood, then painted it with two coats of white paint.  After the paint was dry I used my sandpaper again to give it a distressed look.

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I then measured out my knob placement and screwed the screws in from the back of the wood, making sure they stuck up just enough to screw the knob on.

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I really wanted a crystal knob as the final one, and looked high and low at every thrift store I entered, with no luck.  I was thrilled with the four that I had found, and excited that they tallied up to only just over a dollar.  I spruced two of them up with some nail polish and loved the result.

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And then I bit the bullet and went to RONA where I found the perfect crystal add.  It was worth the splurge of $4.99, and I feel really completed the look.

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And there ya have it folks, I know what you are thinking – knob you didn’t Jillian…a rack of knobs for under $10.00.  And yes I did.

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Amongst the craziness of life, I am thankful for the opportunity that both my hubby and I have to pursue our dreams.  And when I am feeling stressed and overwhelmed I get a little kick from the tiny prince or princess that is growing inside of me, and all my worries fade away.

xo

Jillian Marie

Oh Deer It’s Valentine’s

I know it’s practically the day of love and I’m wearing a deer sweater in these pictures, but life’s been flying by these past weeks, so it’s all I got! I thought I’d bust out the last set of photos I took while I was in Vancouver. This was my favorite knit sweater that I ordered from Romwe (here). I wore it for much of the holidays. Romwe has so many wonderful things, I wanted to order everything!

Well, top of the mornin’ to my fellow Canadians, and sweet dreams to my Aussie people! Time for me to get my beauty sleep for tomorrow. Happy Valentine’s Day!!

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Sweater – Romwe / Red Dress – Kensie / Pink Jewel Necklace – H&M / Purse – Urban Outfitters / Lipstick – Cyber from MAC / Leopard Pumps – Kensie

Rebecca Janelle

xo

Channelling my inner Trump

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This week I decided to venture into the world of gold leafing.  I’ll be honest, it was time consuming and not the most affordable craft I have embarked on, but the end result was just too cute to be true.  

Here is what you will need:

  •   Balloons
  •   Newspaper
  •   Mod Podge
  •   Foam paint brush for painting the white paint, and normal paint brush for the   adhesive.

Step one:  Mod Podge strips of newspaper onto a blown up balloon.  Depending  on the size you want your bowls is the size you should make your balloon.  Let this dry over night.

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In the morning, when the Mod Podge is good and dry, pop the balloons and peel the bowl away from it.  You will end up with some rough edges, so cut your bowl down to size like you see in the picture below:

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Next I painted the whole bowl white, which is not pictured, but you can picture it.

Then came the tricky part.  With a small paint brush spread metal leaf adhesive onto the inside of your bowl.  Take a piece of Gold Leaf and place it inside.  Your Gold Leaf with overlap, perhaps rip, but it is ok!  Just work with it and stick it in the bald places as you go.  Each bowl took about 4 pieces of Gold Leaf.

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After your bowl is leafed to your liking, let it dry and finally add the Metal Leaf sealer to secure it in place.  And ta da !

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I absolutely love these little gold gems, and am dreaming of other things I can stick this beautiful Gold Leaf to!  The next time you walk into my home and you think you have stepped into Donald Trumps penthouse suite you will know why.  Gold everywhere.  Pretty everywhere.  Just how the Donald and I like it. 

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xo 

Jillian Marie

Faux et Snow

Sorry that my beautiful Jillian is not in these pictures. I know that she makes my pictures so much more fun with her gorgeousness, but you’re gonna be stuck with boring old me again for another year! Yes, back to the grind. I have my first shift back at work today, and although I’m excited to get back into the swing of things, I can’t help to be a little disappointed that Jord and I’s holiday (which we anticipated and obsessed over so much) is already over. It went by so quickly – sigh. We had so much fun these past weeks in Vancouver, visiting with our beloved family and friends. Honestly, our time there was packed full trying to get quality time in with everyone, but we enjoyed it every waking moment! I feel truly blessed to have been given that time and I wouldn’t have changed the craziness of it all for anything.

Today I am posting some pictures of my favorite winter cape from Zara. I love texture, all the colors, and how it goes with absolutely everything in my closet. I took these pictures beside the Okanagan Lake in Kelowna. I’m dreaming that I’m back in them in real life. I’d kill to run around in the cold snow again. It’s 8:00 am in Cairns, and it’s already 30 degrees / 78% humidity! I’m already close to perspiring (EWWW), and to top it off our air conditioner has decided to just not work anymore. It’s definitely summer time here!!!

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Black Felt Hat – Sportsgirl / Rose gold Watch – Michael Kors / Fringe Boots – Kensie / Knitted Cape – Zara / Faux Fur aka:”The Animal” as I like to call it – H&M / Lipstick color – “Adora” by Kat Von D via Sephora

Rebecca Janelle

xo

Together Alas

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This Holiday season it has been so great reuniting and catching up with one another after an entire year. We had so much fun finally being able to work together on our blog and being able to shoot these pictures as a team, thanks to our faithful photographers (our husbands). We have some great posts that we’ve been working on yet to come!

For my outfit, I (Rebecca) was really looking forward to sharing my thrift store find. My gold metallic blouse was found at “Love Lucy” in Cairns. It’s was the perfect top for the Christmas/Holiday season. I bought it a few sizes too big, so I took it in a bit in the arms and voila! It was a perfect fit. I was so happy with it and I got my wear out of it. As for my leather pant/legging, these were purchased online at Esther Boutique. I was also in need of a new pair of glasses this year, and I found this sweet pair by Dolce & Gabbana’s at Lenscrafters. I fell in love with the hipster, cat-eye look.

One of my (Jillian) favorite things is when Rebecca goes through my closet and dresses me.  This is exactly what happened for this photo shoot and I was so thrilled with what she picked out.  It is amazing what a different set of eyes can pull out of your closet and made me wish we were roommates so I could get this treatment every morning.  ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

Dress – Forever21 / Blazer – Charlotte Russe / Necklace – Charlotte Russe / Shoes – Zara

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Blouse – Vintage via Love Lucy / Faux Leather Pants – Esther Boutique / Shoes – Zara / Lipstick – Nicki Minaj  via MAC / Specs – Dolce & Gabbana via Lenscrafters

xo

Rebecca Janelle and Jillian Marie

New Year ~ New News

…I know it is a little late, but wanted to share our Christmas card with you all…

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We are so excited to share with the world that we will be welcoming a little bambino (or naval orange if you go by the current size on my iphone app) in July!  I hit the 14 week mark on Wednesday and am SO happy to be cruising into my second trimester.

We chose to wait until Christmas to break the news to our families, and had so much fun thinking up creative ways of telling them.  Every night before we went to bed we had a routine of looking up video’s of the week we were in, talking about names and planning out how our big reveal would go.  The timing was great to tell our families at Christmas as it was the 12 week mark and they were free to tell their friends and talk about it openly.  It was important for us to tell them face to face as well, and living in Vancouver meant the first time we would see everyone in person was Christmas…and it was so special!

So, if you are looking for ideas, i’ll share ours with you!

For Matt’s family, as it is their first grandchild, we wanted to do something personal with their new names like Auntie Becki.  We printed off a 12 week ultrasound (unfortunately it wasn’t our baby, but we had had our dating ultrasound at 6 weeks so there wasn’t much to see), and added little personal speech bubbles from the baby to the family member.  Here are a few examples.

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We got these printed, put them in frames, and then had them open the gifts on Christmas Eve.  This blog actually worked as a great cover and helped with our surprise, as we told them I had been working on a craft for the family.  My mother-in-law was sure I had crocheted her a scarf, so it was amazing to see their faces when they opened the gifts and saw it was a grandchild!

For my family, we took a little bit of a different approach.  My brother and sister-in-law have two handsome little boys so this was the third baby announcement to happen for the Doells.  Matt found a really creative way of telling them, that incorporated a riddle for them to figure out in order to find out.  We added our own twist and this is how it went.

Before we drove to Kelowna for Christmas we hit up the grocery store and bought these items:

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We wrapped them individually and placed their names on the outside.  So, my brothers got Uncle Ben’s rice, my dad got Papa Johns Pizza (which couldn’t have worked out better – my nephew calls him Papa and his name is John), I got Prego etc, and we had Matt’s brother anonymously drop them off at my parents house and ring the doorbell.  My mom got the box, and with no sign of Jordan brought the gifts inside with a little smile on her face.  She was intrigued and trying to think of who might do this random act of kindness, all the while Matt and I trying to keep straight faces.  We had a typed up note in the box to the Doell family, from Santa and the elves, and instructions to open the gifts all together.  At this point my sister-in-law was on to us!  Her motherly instincts kicked in and she knew something was up, I could see her face out of the corner of my eye.  We opened the gifts all together, and watched as everyone tried to figure it out.   My younger brother mentioned how rice is a pretty stupid gift, and my mom was trying to match the pasta sauce and the pizza box together because they are both Italian food.  They were confused, but Rachel knew.  Finally, after Rachel had opened her Aunt Jemima, and she had seen that I opened Prego, her suspicions were confirmed.  She gave the family a good minute to work through the random gifts and then declared to the family, “Does nobody understand?! Jill’s pregnant!!!!!!!”  It was the perfect timing and such a fun way of sharing our news!!  I’ll never forget the looks of confusion turn to tears of joy and excitement!!

The Christmas card was sent to extended family and given to our friends as a way of breaking our news to them.  I had so much fun planning the surprise and so happy with how it all turned out.

So here I am at 14 weeks, can’t wait to keep you updated !

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xo

Jillian Marie

2013

Happy New Year Friends!

Well, I’ve been a busy little bee trying to make every moment with friends and my family special. It’s been so good to be home.

2012 was quite the year to say the least, and I can’t believe that it’s over. When I reflect on this past year it makes me feel excited that our first year on our 5 journey is already over. We moved to Australia with basically the clothes on our back, and now we have a home, new friends, a new job, and lots to be thankful for. I can’t wait to see what 2013 has in store for us!

Typically for New Years Eve we have a Party at Jill and I’s in-laws house with all our friends and siblings, however, this year we decided to switch things up a little. We decided to be city-slickers and ring in the New Year downtown Vancouver. We ended up at a cozy little restaurant called Establishment. What a night it was!! My feet are still throbbing from dancing the night away. How was your New Year’s Eve? Would love to hear how you rang in the New Year.

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Velvet Bow-Diva / Earrings-Aldo Accessories / Peplum Top-H&M / Ivory ruffled skirt Dress-H&M Kids / Heels-Steve Madden / Bracelet-Forever 21 / Lipstick – Creme D’Nude MAC

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Rebecca Janelle

xo

Deck The Halls

Merry Christmas Everyone!!

I hope that the holidays are treating you well. As for moi, my Christmas has been blissful. Heaps of fun filled extravaganza’s, including the Vancouver Christmas train, the German Christmas Market, and of course a Christmas play. Tonight we celebrate Christmas Eve – my absolute FAVORITE day of the entire year! I come from a German family, so our tradition is that we celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve. I know it’s not how most of the world does it, but to me, it’s extra special. Everything is lit up so magically at night and the lights on the tree just glow!

We have been staying with my darling sister Brittany, at her and her hubby’s new home. Brittany is so talented at not only decorating herself (as she always looks gorgeous), but her home too. This Christmas I asked if I could feature her and her home and I’m incredibly glad she said yes. I’m excited to be sharing this with you all. She has such an amazing way of making her home feel so warm and it seriously gets you in the spirit of the season. Her traditional, vintage style has won me over. I love her sweet hints of silver and gold metallic among the crispness of vintage white. She loves to shop for her decor at Restoration Hardware, The Little White House, Pottery Barn, and Home Sense. Hope you like it as much as I do!

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Dress-Zara / Necklace-BCBG / Watch-Michael Kors / Shoes-Zara / Bracelet-Urban Outfitters / Lipstick-Musky Amethyst

Happy Holidays friends!

Rebecca Janelle

xo