So… It’s been a few weeks since I last posted here. The longer I wait to write, the harder it seems to get. I want to come on and say something, but I just genuinely don’t know what to say. For a few weeks the idea of coming here and posting about products seemed odd and Now is as good of a time as any to let you know what’s going on and to get back to chatting to you here.

At the beginning of this year, I made a commitment to myself that I would take blogging more seriously. I want to create more content, and focus a lot of my creative energy to this platform. The year started out pretty good. I was posting consistently on both my blog and instagram, trying lots of new products and exploring. But these past few weeks I’ve let that go by the wayside.

If you follow me on instagram, you may have seen that I had surgery last Thursday. It was a minor surgery, but as it was approaching I focused all my energy on thinking about that. I spent my time preparing to take time off work, go for walks and enjoy the weather while I could. I worried a lot about what I would eat and how I would do everyday things during recovery. Being an over-thinker, I guess that makes sense. But I didn’t take the time to do the little things that make me happy – trying new makeup looks, exploring with colour, photography. Now that I’m in recovery and on the way uphill, I want to put my energy back to these things. I get so much joy and fulfillment out of these creative things.

Over the past few days, I have had a lot of time to think. I’m off work for a little while and am honestly doing so much better than I ever expected I would be this soon after surgery. I have lots of fresh ideas and I am feeling reenergized. I’m excited to be back to my blog!

Since today is Earth Day, I thought I would share with you some of my green beauty essentials. I’ve been purchasing more natural products a lot over the last few years, especially when it comes to skin, body and haircare. This is a topic that is very dear to me, so I’m surprised I have not yet shared these products yet.

I’ve been leaning toward purchasing fewer, but better quality products when it comes to personal care. I know, I could definitely do the same in regards to makeup, but I just can’t… yet. As I said, I’ve been paying so much more attention to ingredients, ethics and sources of the products I’ve been using. There are so many great brands on the market that offer these clean solutions, and I have found them to be extremely accessible. My favourite sources for natural beauty are National Nutrition (which I visit in Orillia, Ontario) and well.ca (which is based in Toronto & Guelph Ontario) so hurrah for supporting local businesses too! Let’s jump in and go over all the great natural and green goodies I’ve been using, loving and hope you get inspired by!

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Yes, this blog is 4 years old! I’ve never celebrated a blogiversary before, but this is a pretty big milestone. It’s amazing and yet totally crazy to think that I’ve been posting snippets of my life and beauty obsessions on this platform for such a long time.

This is a long post, I apologize! But there’s a lot to say!

I think I’ve changed and learned a lot over the past 4 years. And yet, this blog is the one consistent thing that has remained. It’s my creative outlet, journal and fun. When I started this blog, I was in a totally different place in my life. I really was a different person. My voice, my aesthetic, my confidence have grown in these 4 years, and I think my blog has definitely benefited from my personal growth. When I started this journey, honestly, I was feeling pretty confused. I felt alone, I was lost. I was constantly letting myself down, I felt like I kept making mistakes and wanted to create somewhere where only happy things lived and somewhere I could meet people with similar interests.

When this all began, blogging wasn’t what it is now. I didn’t know people made careers out of blogging, I didn’t know I could get sent products for free to review or asked to attend events. I just knew I had to give myself somewhere to talk about anything at all. It really did start that way, as an outlet. And that’s exactly how it remains today. It’s never been about numbers, followers, stuff or money. It still isn’t. I’m sure a lot of you think that’s absurd, because blogging takes so much time and effort, but I do it because I genuinely love the process. From discovering products to talking to new people and product photography, I love every moment of blogging.

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Patrick & I moved into our apartment a year and a half ago. Back then, it was so fresh and new and exciting, so of course, I wrote a post showing it off! I loved the way it looked back then, but we knew there were some changes to make. We’ve slowly made it feel how we want, with more elements of our style and some DIY projects to get it here. If you want to see what the space looked like before, there’s a post here from September 2015. My oh my, how it’s changed since then!

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You may know that I like to share my current favourites from time to time! However, I realized I hadn’t posted a Loving Lately round up for over a year… So I figured it’s time to let you guys know what I’m currently loving. There’s a mix of makeup and lifestyle items that I can’t get enough of at the moment, so let’s just jump on in!

My current faves

For my first “Loving Lately” post in over a year, this round up may seem quite boring. I’ve been wearing very tonal, easy makeup most days and relaxing as much as I possibly can in downtime.  I haven’t been feeling well, and so I’ve been working from home a lot, so haven’t been wearing much makeup. But I have been really loving these items I’ve found myself reaching for the most.

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