as heard on television


Ever find a good song on YouTube to see the comments section filled with 'I came here from *insert television show*'. Well I always keep track of the music I hear in a show, so I have compiled a list of some of my recent favourites:


+Quantico // First Cold War Kids
+You're the Worst // Hold The Line Jack + Eliza
+Gilmore Girls // There She Goes The La's
+Skins UK // Time to Pretend MGMT
+Reign // Crystals Of Monsters And Men
+Younger // Happy With Me HOLYCHLD
+Mistresses // Starstruck Santigold
+Underemployed // Youngblood 3OH!3
+Transparent // Operator Glitterish (Jim Croce)
+The Mindy Project // Midnight City M83
+Awkward // Jungle Emma Louise

september links




Alexa Chung on the future of fashion design

i've got this marble wall paper on my desktop

Fall season premiere of your favourite TV show 

is the skinny scarf the new fall it style?

some profound words by Charly Cox

 what does privilege look like?








who is twenty?


So I turned twenty today! Huzzah! I remember being sad at the age of 10 because it was two digits long. haha! Everyone told me that being an adult was all about being responsible, making good decisions, and writing emails. Well I am here to tell you that they lied. Except for the last part, the email writing struggle is real. As it turns out being and adult means you can eat cotton candy for breakfast, binge watch your favourite TV shows, and buy as many fruit smoothies and shoes as my credit limit allows. So take that responsibility.

a summers come, a summers gone


today marks the first day of second year uni. ugh.



two museums, one day

I woke up on a Saturday morning with an idea: visit two museums in the span of six hours.Thrown into a whirlwind of an adventure in the 6ix with my sister, there is excitement and a hunger for learning ( in fact, we even forgot to eat lunch!) After arriving to a street I have walked past many times on my way to university, we snapchat the "shoe box" design building and we purchased our tickets. 
#BSM20 #ShoeSelfie
Heels!








The room is filled with a sophisticated footwear, from crisp white shoes to patterned moccasins that were displayed beautifully along the glass display staircase. Much like myself, the Bata Shoe Museum also celebrates their 20th birthday!



Polly Pocket Shoes


Lenny Kravitz's  Heeled Boot (4 inches!)
Kinky Boots

The afternoon beats on and we make our way to Royal Ontario Museum. Since I have visited this museum, I decided to just be present and refrain from looking at the artifacts through the lens. Both of these exhibitions are relevant to the cultural identity of various cultures, and religions that speaks of the multicultural mosaic that is Canada. Both the museums are definitely worth a visit.

Playlist // Proud Canadian

Photo Courtesy of Unsplash: Luke Chesser

Earned it// The Weeknd
Bungalow // Scott Helman
Up We Go // Lights
Ironic // Alanis Morisette
Highway Of Heroes // The Trews
Haven't Met You Yet // Michael Buble
Adieu // Cœur de Pirate
Know Yourself // Drake
Big Blue Wave // Hey Ocean!
Mushaboom // Feist
Waving Flag // K'NAAN
Strobe // deadmau5
Closer // Tegan And Sara
Gimme Sympathy // Metric
Innocent // Our Lady Peace
Perfect // Hedley
The Hockey Song // Stompin' Tom Connors
Complicated // Avril Lavigne
Lucky // Said The Whale

Instagram Feature: @groehrs

Gretchen Roehrs Instagram illustration of Fruits and Vegetables into fashion
Source: Gretchen Roehrs // Instagram
How cool is this Instagram? Her illustrations makes food look fashionable! It took me less than 10 seconds to hit that follow button. Check out Gretchen's Instagram account here.

Splish Splash Playlist


The poolside, lake side and dockside are calling for you this summer. I decided to put together a compilation of my favourite swimming songs with some swimming stuff I'm loving.



Links // May





10 tricks  to appear smarter in meetings 
 
5 things happy people have in their homes
 
 
love watching "Bob's Burgers" the TV show and this “Bob Burger”  media sculpture
 
because food is always on my mind.
 
easy on the salad
 
i'm afraid the emoji police is after me

DIY: Home edition // 2

awesome do it yourself project to try. DIY ladder shelf, Triangle mirror and Memo Board


 
triangle mirror // almost makes perfect
 
ladder shoe shelf  // a pair and a spare
 
 memo board// the merrythought

Happy Mother's Day

 
 
 
A little mother's day love for your desktop.
 
 
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Links // April


 
 
 
here are a few things that were on my radar, that I thought I'd put on yours!
  
got the case of wanderlust?

I never have time to do anything anymore... so this should help me!

I read this book! & you should too!



living alone? (goals!)


Time to study // free courses

new emojis are here

Also take some to help those in Nepal

Morning Inspiration // 1


another week, another monday

DIY: home edition


DIY home edition mug ispydiy  tissue paper watercolour mug, pink blue copper mugs stuff pinterest


wall hanging

One of my favourite ways to procrastinate is to find DIY projects on Pinterest or blogs and attempt to make it. I love finding new and creative ways to up-cycle things. 
I thought I'd share a list of some of my favourite home-ware DIY projects that I've discovered. These are all fairly quick and easy- so give them a try.
xoxo
Jill

Product Review // Clarisonic Mia 2

 

I've used lots of facial cleansing brushes in the past few years but I find that they are usually a little too harsh on my skin, especially for every day.  

 I recently started using the Clarisonic Mia 2 which unlike other brushes I have come across. Since then I have incorporated it into my night time routine, and what a difference it has made! I was a little worried about breaking out as I did in the past from other brushes but since I started I only experienced a couple of spots. Immediately after the initial use my skin has been feeling soft, clean and refreshed. I found that it works best with a gel or foam cleanser. After cleansing with the Mia 2 I apply my CLINIQUE Repair Laser Focus Serum and Lancôme Renergie Lift Action cream which absorbs almost instantaneously. 

The company claims that the Mia 2 cleanses 6x better than manual cleaning with your hands or a washcloth. The brush has a minute timer which vibrates every 20 seconds to ensure you are dividing the time equally over your face. I learned that the secret behind this product is the technology! It has a patented sonic frequency that oscillates at 300 movements per second while cleansing and remove impurities in a minute. Now although that may sound super powerful, it is still quite gentle enough to use twice a day. And since its waterproof you can use it in the shower (YES!).

The Mia 2 is also travel friendly as it is small and easy to pack, plus it comes with its own a travel case and mini cleanser and an interchangeable head brush. Just (gently) throw it in your bag and head to Paris! But don't forget the charger as this device is rechargeable! Clarisonic recommends that you replace your brush head every 3 months for optimal use and results.  I purchased mine from Sephora for $30.

The Clarisonic Mia 2 is well worth the investment, in fact your skin will thank you! In addition to the Mia 2 they also have the aria. Will you join the #sonicrevolution?

The Clarisonic Mia 2 is available at Hudson’s Bay Company, Sephora, Shoppers Drug Mart and online at Clarisonic.ca. Valued at– $180 CDA 


*This is not a sponsored post

March // April

Dress / Babylips / Pillow / Watch

Here's a double month playlist for you. It's eclectic and weird but hey so am I.
 

1.

Little Talks

Of Monsters And Men ~ Into The Woods
 
2.

Trojans

Atlas Genius~ Trojans
 
3.

Octahate

Ryn Weaver~ Octahate
 
4.

Long Way Down

Robert DeLong~ Long Way Down
5.

I Will Be There

Odessa
 
6.

Fall Harder

Skylar Spence~ Fiona Coyne/ Fall Harder
 
7.

Skinny Love

Birdy
 
8.

A Little Lost

Sufjan Stevens~ A Little Lost
9.

Left Hand Lost

alt- J~ This Is all Yours 
 
10.

Happy With Me

Holy Child 
 
11.

Digital Witness

St. Vincent~ Digital Witness
 
12.

Reflections

Mister Wives

March links






Does your business need a hipster name?


If you have some spare time check out  Google Feud

This is what happens when you put away your phone for a week

Ever wonder what Tim Gunn's Sunday routine looks like? Find out here!

Shut up and dance with me (the coolest thing you'll probably see today!)

Design your tech

 

Hello everyone!
 
Today I'm letting you in on a little secret! I figured I might as well share this because I'm so in love with every single background download this blogger has featured. I was on Pinterest trying to find a cute background for my desktop, when I stumbled upon DesignLoveFest. She features so many designs that are SOOOO cute and she has tons of free downloads on her site, especially under the section "Dress Your Tech!". Her site is my go-to to jazz up all my devices, and I wanted to spread the love. 

DesignLoveFest.com has both iPhone and Desktop backgrounds, she posts quite regularly so I'm always checking back and saving them.  I even think a few would look amazing as prints, if you go to staples and print them on nice paper and frame them, they'd be a great addition to a gallery wall (I'm totally doing this!). 
 


Hot heads



Ready for a brand new style? It's time for a dramatic cut!

After many years when long hair ruled, a fresh crop of stylized locks is taking over. Which is good news for me, because I can never grow my hair! Lobs (long bobs), short blunt  and pixie cuts are gaining popularity, especially among celebrities. It seems that short hair is edgier, easier to maintain and can be worn dishevelled and tousled #wokeuplikethis (flawless!) or prim and proper.

Redbubble Shop



Calling all online shoppers,

I’ve been working all week on a collection of graphic designs that I feel confident enough in to sell on my Redbubble shop. I posted a couple of different designs; all are available on iPhone/Samsung Galaxy/iPad/laptop cases & skins, various types of t-shirts, mugs, stickers, pillows, tote bags, and posters or prints of any kind. I also designed a few patterns, valentines day cards and illustrations. I’m not gonna beg people to buy anything, but I can’t express how much it would seriously help me out if you all could take a look and pass the link around to anyone you know who’d be interested. 

 Thank you!

P.S. Suggestions, ideas, or requests for more designs are 100% WELCOME, so drop by the comments if you have any!



 

Instagram Love


                          
Oh the joys of instagram! It's no secret that I am addicted to Instagram. Not just addicted to posting, but I am seriously addicted to mindlessly scrolling through my feed. I'm always interested in seeing who other people follow on Instagram, so I thought I would share with you guys what my 6 favorite accounts are! You need to go follow them now!
1. @carly

 

Also check out: The prettiest Instagrams in existence


If you don't already follow me on instagram, you can do so at @bravadolove  Show me you love me, by giving me a follow! 

What are your favorite instagram accounts?

P.S. Is it just me or did my week unplugged seem like forever? I'm so happy to be back on the blog and I am feeling re-energized and re-inspired! Hope you're as excited as I am.
 

January Favourites


Photo courtesy of Death to Stock photos

Places:

My computer.... no but really (too many assignments to complete). Ugh.
Home sweet home!~


Reading:

Lazy On Winter Vacation on ManRepeller


Take Me Home Photo Essay (literally the best thing ever... love western Canada).



Watching:

F.R.I.E.N.D.S. on Netflix


DIY:




Looking forward to:

Posting more frequently on this blog. Look out for my 'Spotify playlist post'

Job hunting






Life // Updates

 



Photo courtesy of Death to Stock photos

Drinking //
tea, tea, tea! I've got some assignments to complete, some readings to do, some movies to watch, some places to be and no time at all!

Listening to // One direction, they keep me productive!

Planning // my future.....(aka my university plans and beyond)

Watching // latest movies

Missing // my high school friends. But summer is fast approaching, so some meetups will ensue.

Loving // my summer plans!

Making me happy // weather. I can smell the sunshine, sunscreen, and watermelons!~


Baking // 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies



Okay so I'll admit: I suck at cooking and baking. There are many things in life I took interest in like origami, fixing garage doors, locks, putting together ikea furniture. But put me in the kitchen and the most you could get me to do is make a pb+j sandwich and maybe a decent bowl of ramen noodles. Maybe. But this recipe for is completely 'Jill Proof'


What you need:



Make It:

  • Heat oven to 325°F.

  • Mix all ingredients with large spoon until well blended.

  • Roll into 24 balls; place, 4 inches apart, on baking sheets. Flatten with fork.

  • Bake 20 min. or until lightly browned. (Do not overbake.) Cool 5 min. on baking sheets; transfer to wire racks. Cool completely.
*Recipe from Kraft Canada

Music unleashed // Spotify

 
Photo Courtesy of Death to Stock photos




 Woo hoo! Its the weekend, let’s all be super saturday-y and not take our headphones off all day. Here's the Spotify I list I listen to everyday! This playlist is called "I'm so hip" so expectedly it contains many indie, alternative tracks and electronic mixes.

 



 

 

New Year Resolutions

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Okay, so this post is 15 days too late. But there is no rule that says resolutions have to be made on the first day of the year. Trust me, I checked! But in all seriousness I really do believe that every once in a while we should take time to make appropriate changes in life. Like many of you, I too try to set goals and changes to 'be better'. Call it a "Life Detox" if you will. Although I'm not a fan of change and I do embrace routine, I look for opportunities to venture into the 'unknown'. Try as I might to uncover extra hours in the day, there never seems to be enough time to get it all done!


Blog more. I don’t know if I can commit to a post a day, so I’m going to go ahead and say 'multiple' posts a week. On Mondays I update my "Music Monday" playlist, so check frequently. I really enjoy making designs for this blog, so I"ll post more of those as well.

Work out 3 times a week, not including power walks. Normally my I try for five times a week, but since I'm doing a lot more that I was before, I don't want to clutter my schedule too much. Also I join the  gym with a friend so that I'm held accountable for being lazy. But those three times will be actual workouts, not just little walks in the mall (snacking on something unhealthy).

 Engage with people on their special occasions like their birthdays. I have to remind myself that other people care about their birthdays and its something that is important to them. I’ve already added them to my calendar for most of my friends and family. If I don't call at least a text, or tweet should suffice.


Well, there you have it – my 2015 resolutions. So, what are your resolutions? Do you have any that are the same or any tips to help me accomplish these?

Here is a lovely "New Years Resolutions Pledge" poster created by The House That Lars Built



Happy New Year!