above the clouds.

it feels like forever that i have sat down and wrote what i’m thinking. do you even remember me? haha!

so, hi! hello! my name is charlotte and i consistently start things and then take breaks from them - so, at least i am consistent with something, right? :)

for realsies though, i have been busy! being back at my regular job working at night has my brain all discombobulated - i am not a night owl. for the entirety of last week, i felt like i was hungover but i cannot tell you the last time i had alcohol - probably november, so not a crazy long time but it wasn’t last week, hah! but i had this constant headache which caused a lot of “brain fog” and loss of all motivation for everyday life. i felt like i was on autopilot - just going through the motions and not enjoying much.

this week, i am getting back to finding my thoughts and myself. i’ve made myself a priority and given my body and mind what it needs to clear up and prepare for the remainder of this crazy month (i love december though - it’s seriously the best!).

i wanted to give you a little glimpse into my “priori-me” list (just made that up… yes, it’s lame but i kind of love it):

roll out your mat. rolling out my mat is like building my own little temporary space for me, myself and i. even if i roll it out and just lay on it for 10 minutes with my eyes closed, i have accomplished what i had set to do.

get yourself to the gym. what is the hardest part about going to the gym? going to the gym, haha! it’s so easy to say that i will go to the gym and get dressed for it but getting myself there is a whole other story. i’ve learned to not overdo it, do it for me, and to just go! once i am there, the hardest part is over and i instantly feel more pumped and happy to get strong!

sudoku. yes, i am an old lady. i have a secret obsession with sudoku. i have a book of sudoku puzzles and i do at least 3 a day (#cantstopwontstop) and i also do the one in the free newsletters that you can get at tim hortons and other spots. they are a great way to get away from technology and give my mind a little workout!

read a chapter of current book. i recently finished a book by iain reid (a canadian author) called foe and it was excellent! i normally prefer non-fiction book but this book was fantastic and i never wanted to put it down - highly highly recommend it!

get outside. fresh air makes everyone happy.

play ukelele. this is a new thing that has been added to this list. if you didn’t know, i recently got a ukelele as an early christmas gift from my wonderful husband, and now i am obsessed! i am not good but learning a new instrument (i played clarinet and saxophone in middle school and high school) has been a blast!

write. this is something that i have slacked on but i think is one of the most crucial priorities for me. writing with a pen on paper is my preferred way to write but even just blogging or writing a caption on instagram sometimes does the trick. whenever my brain feels jumbled, getting my thoughts out in front of me helps to understand what the heck is going on inside my head.

listen to a podcast or blast music and dance. one of my favourites on this list! i am a huge fan of podcasts and will more than likely choose a podcast over music nowadays - unless i want to sing, then music will obviously win. my favourite podcasts to listen to are anything crime related - more specifically canadian crime. my most recent favourite podcasts are canadian true crime, thunder bay podcast , and dark poutine. give them a listen if you are into that kind of stuff!

and there you have it! that is a little taste of how i take care of me when i am feeling overwhelmed, unproductive, and just lost!

what are some things that you like to do to get the brain-juices flowing? (sorry if that sounded gross, haha!)

Who, what, where, when, why, and how?

I have many thoughts - most are not important or deep but I always wonder if anyone else thinks them. I cannot be the only one, right?

If you have thought of any of these or you have some weird/ funny thoughts/questions, let me know! I would love to know what other people are thinking.

Why do pimples exist? Other than to annoy the living heck out of me and make me insecure!

What arm rest is mine at the movies? And why do they make theatre rooms where the seats are so close to the screen? They could definitely add those two rows to the back of the farthest rows.

Adding to the movie thing: why don’t they have an option where you can watch an hour of previews?

Do I have to get a new driver’s license every time I change my hair colour?

Why does my pinky-toe look so weird?

Who made up words/ language? Also, why wouldn’t they just pick different words for “their”, “there” and “they’re”? And who made up apostrophes, commas, semicolons, etc.?

Why do buildings exclude the 13th floor? If you go from 12 to 14, isn’t 14 the new 13? (a question from a recent wedding where there was no table 13 which I also did not know was a thing).

Why are hockey nets so small but soccer nets so big?

Why does my cat stare at me for so long?

Why is it 7-years of bad luck if you break a mirror? Who makes these superstitions up?

Why did Geri (Ginger Spice) leave the Spice Girls? Did she really think she could do better on her own? Tsk tsk..

How is a 17 year old supposed to know what they want to do as a career/ choose colleges or universities to apply to when they can’t even vote or do a lot of things without the consent of their parent’s?

I saw this question once and it kind of made sense to me (it’s a weird one): why is 11 not pronounced “onety one”?

Why are there silent letters?

Why do I make a wish on an eyelash but not an eyebrow hair? Why do I make a wish on an eyelash…? Haha! I wish they wouldn’t fall out!

Why do older people tell me to smile? Like, who do they know that walks around smiling all the time? My face needs a rest or else I am going to look like a major creep!

I think I will stop here but I may do this again once I have more thoughts written down and if you like it! If not, I may do it anyway, haha!

seeing double.

There are currently 5 days of April remaining but I never want it to end! I have loved this month SO much! But, before it leaves us for another year, I wanted to share the rest of the photos and the other two outfits from mine and Elexis's "friendship shoot"!

Still, this is my favourite thing that happened this entire month and I am looking forward to doing more (maybe even some for other people?!? - Hi, I take photos!). It was such a fun and hilarious experience - and a pretty exhausting one to photograph myself (but totally worth it!). I felt like I was back in middle school with one of my best friends, acting goofy and trying to match. Those were the days!

Shoot me a message if you are wanting a friendship shoot of your own -  I am looking at you 2018 grads!

Tank tops and Mom jeans: American Eagle.

Floral Jumpsuit: American Eagle (are you noticing a trend?)

frink center - belleville, ontario.

Earth Day is one of my favourite days because, I mean, I love this Earth! Who doesn't?! 

This Earth Day was a spectacular one with loads of sun, a bit of heat, and one of my best gals and fellow blogger, Jenn (writer and creator of Posted Discoveries - you NEED to check it out!)! She got me out to a spot that is quite close to me but one that I have not yet been to, the Frink Center. The ground is still muddy, and the ice is slowly melting causing for some messy trekking, but it made for a great adventure.

This spot is perfect for the avid bird watcher - or maybe you are like me and you find birds to be quite entertaining. It's also a beautiful spot for photos, to relax, and spend a sunny afternoon with friends (human and furry)!

I am so lucky to have adventurous friends who get out more than me, haha! Make sure to check out Jenn's blog to learn more about other local destinations and the many cool spots that she has been all over! 

mornings downtown.

I didn't think that I could love downtown Belleville more than I already did, but I was proven wrong. 

I have spent a lot of time down there lately - and loving every minute of it. The other morning, I woke up at 6:15am (not by choice), and saw that the sun was making an appearance - finally! - so, for some reason, my head told me to head downtown. And I am so happy that I did!

I saw a whole new side of downtown. Probably a side that not many have experienced. The streets were quiet, the birds were chirping, and the sun laid this blanket of warmth along brick walls that line the street. It was a site that residents and visitors need to see! 

So, if you are in the area - or even in your own town - and you find yourself up at the buttcrack of dawn, then head downtown and take in the piece and quiet of a spot that is normally filled with the hustle and bustle of people on a mission.

the summer of love.

Here's a random story about me. 

Buckle up, folks.

The summer of 2010 to me was like the summer of '69 to Bryan Adams - it is the one that I will never forget and will most likely write a song about someday. Not only was I 19 - drinking age in (most of) Canada - but I was a 19 year old who had never really gone to parties or underage drank like the "cool kids". This meant that there was a little firecracker in me ready to explode. And boy, did it ever! My very best friend in the whole entire world, Annie ("Hi Mildred!!!"), and I became somewhat of "bar-stars" (I'm not bragging, but like, we were so cool *sarcasm*). We were hitting up Dooly's (an Atlantic - East Coast pool bar that is not actually a cool spot to go out to) every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday AND Saturday night. Yes, we were those girls. And I have to admit, I miss it some days - but sort of not really. I really like waking up without a headache or feeling sick!).

Anyway, the summer of 2010 was not only awesome because I spent almost every single day with my favourite girl on the planet, and not because I broke out of my timid shell. It was awesome because I met my husband! Yes, I met my husband, drunk (he was way more drunk than I was) at Dooly's. Honestly, what is more romantic than that, right? (at some point, I will stop letting you know when I am being sarcastic. For now, I will let you know. I am being sarcastic). 

It may not have been most girl's ideal way of meeting "the one", but I am freakin' over-the-moon grateful that drunk Mark came up to me and showed off his sweet dance moves (he is actually not a bad dancer and he knows it, haha)!

The summer of 2010 was the beginning of my love story. It was when I became more comfortable with who I am - a very strange, socially awkward woman who is actually super social on the inside but can only come out when she's a tiny bit tipsy. And it is the summer that Marjorie and Mildred came into being - a story for another time. :)

Do you guys like "storytimes"? Or no? I know that mine can be a little odd and probably difficult to read (I literally right what I think but I am thinking about things in a weird voice... I am the strangest person. I am sorry).

 

little bluff with little fluffs.

I love my friends. 

I have always been somewhat of a hermit. Or someone who only likes to spend time with one friend. People can be a little overwhelming for me.

Moving to Ontario has been a huge change both geographically and socially for me. It is scary to break out of your shell and it's not always an easy task. I used to get extremely anxious doing anything with a group of people. But we have been so fortunate to meet some of the most generous, funny, and caring people ever! The old Charlotte would probably have passed on a "girl's day" because she liked to use her husband as a security blanket and would never want to do anything without him. But a girl's day is just what I needed! 

I have so much love and respect for the women. They are amazing beings with a great sense of humour and are always up for an adventure. 

And the fact that they all love dogs and (will very soon) all own dogs makes them even more amazing! :D

queenston.

See what I did there? No? Okay.

These photos were taken in the BEAUTIFUL city of Kingston (now do you get the title? no? okay.)! 

Mark and I had a day off together on a weekday and thought that it would be the perfect time to hit up Kingston - and it was! The sun was shining, the streets were quiet (for a city) and I was feelin' fancy in my jumpsuit from American Eagle and my $25 coat from H&M. And to top off the outfit, we found the coolest phone booth ever! I have never seen one of these in real life before and never would I have thought there would be one in downtown Kingston. It is such a fun and unique thing to have. You would be surprised at how many people love this type of phone booth - we should really bring them back, even if there is no phone in them, haha! #allabouttheinsta

On a serious note, this outfit rocks! I have never felt more beautiful AND strong in an outfit before. It's just a simple jumpsuit but does it ever compliment the body. I felt like I could run the world - okay, maybe a little overdramatic, but you get it. I felt awesome! And the first thing that Mark said to me was "Wow! You look so tall!". Now, that may sound like something silly to get excited about, but for a 26 year old woman who is pushing 5'1, being told that you look tall is a huge compliment (sidenote: I was wearing booties with a slight heal, and obviously clothes don't make you grow, haha!). 

Jumpsuits are the greatest clothing invention ever! They look amazing on every body type and are an entire outfit in just one piece. They are the "easy peasy lemon squeezy" of the fashion world. And you need one (or 10) in your life! I personally plan on living in them this Spring and Summer and I know just where to get them! 

*Hint: American Eagle ;) 

 

Roses are Red.

Valentine's is over, but that doesn't mean we need to stop with the pink and floral outfits!

I personally love the "Valentine's style" hence why I got this shirt from H&M (and it was only $20 in-store! Apparently it is $35 online.. hmm..). I normally do not gravitate toward 'bold prints' (is this even that bold?) but something just would not let me leave the store without it - it's called my "oh that's cute" rating system. 

My "oh, that's cute" rating system is when I go around a store and touch pretty much every article of clothing - texture fits into this - and I either say (literally out loud) "oh, that's cute" - or "ouu, that's cuuuute" if I really like something (the "ouu" really changes everything *she said sarcastically but not really because it does*). If I don't like something, I call it "funky", a word that I used a lot growing up to describe my Mother's clothing sense (side note: she is much better at shopping now!). 

Now you know my super lame (and pointless in sharing) way of shopping. Haha! 

In all seriousness though, this shirt is the bomb! My husband actually complimented it which is a very rare thing for him to do, so it's a keeper for sure. I love the bold floral print, the soft pink colour, and the structure/ fit of the shirt. I think this shirt will look good on every body! 

I would love to know what you think of it! And how do you shop? Do you know what you want before you go in? Do you go in blind like me and "feel" around (haha, that sounds weird..)? Are you a try-er or just a buyer?