Upgrading my Vision with Rossland Optical

Getting into my adulthood, I have started to learn how important it is to keep up with your health. Now, this may seem like a simple concept for most people, but transitioning from being a student to a full blown working adult is well, overwhelming (to say the least!). Vision care was always something that ranked low on my list of priorities. Especially when I was in school as there were no benefits to get me what I needed (and badly!).

As I’ve started getting older, I’ve noticed my vision getting worse. I have had glasses since I was fourteen and been through the bad lenses and the even worse lenses. Plus, style was never a major consideration because cost was always the top priority when getting a new pair of glasses.

It wasn’t until May of last year, where I felt completely comfortable and encouraged to get new glasses. New glasses that I loved style wise, but also did what glasses are supposed to do: improve your vision. After attending an event hosted by Inspired by Rossland Optical, and actually getting to try on their selection of beautiful frames, I couldn’t get it off my mind.

Of course, once it was confirmed that I not only had a full-time teaching position (that came with benefits that is), I started to consider getting a new pair of frames + lenses. Once I got that on my mind, it was like all of my vision issues came right to the forefront…I needed to make a change.

To put it in perspective, before sitting down for my consultation with Dana, I had been rocking the same glasses for 5+ years. In fact, it wasn’t until I finally got my new lenses in that I realized…I really wasn’t seeing anything clearly.

But let’s back up here because I didn’t just get new glasses. I got a personal, comfortable, and amazing experience selecting my stylish frames, and my road to finding my perfect pair was simple.

Gathering a selection of frames.

I had no idea what to expect when I arrived for my consultation. In fact, I was downright nervous. Honestly? Selecting something as personal and crucial to your look, like glasses, gives me a lot of anxiety. What would look good on me? Should I dare to try something new? What colour should I go for? All of these worries and questions evaporated as soon as we started the process.

When you sit down, right from the beginning, you go through how your glasses are apart of your life. What do you use them for? How will they be affected and used throughout your day-to-day activities. I am a kindergarten teacher. Naturally, I spend a lot of time bent over or on the floor (tying shoe laces, doing up zippers…). You need frames and glasses that will fit your needs…and Dana puts a lot of emphasis on that.

Once Dana knows what you need, the try-on session begins! Dana makes sure that the frames you select fit your facial shape, fit your style, and even throws in some daring options so you can take risks if you want to!

We tried a lot of frames, and ultimately, I went with a similar style that I was used to, but in a colour that completely matched the undertone of my skin. I must say, Dana knows what she is talking about and doesn’t hesitate to give you her opinion and tells you what looks best – something that I definitely need since I can be so indecisive.

Selecting my new glasses.

I tried on many pairs of frames, and when it came down to selecting a pair, it was difficult. Fortunately, Dana helped me narrow down my choices and highlighted the things that I had said were important to me. In fact, we did a process of elimination where I was faced with two similar pairs and I had to pick one. This was immensely helpful because without missing a beat, I was able to select between two pairs, instead of looking at an array of four or five and getting overwhelmed with the choice.

Once you select your frames, Dana does extensive measuring, making sure everything fits properly. She finished up, placed the order…and then we moved on to sunglasses.

Add on the sunnies.

I have never owned a pair of sunglasses I like. In fact, I have always opted for the cheapies from the mall that I wear either with no prescription (hello blind me!) or with contacts (which I don’t wear often). However, what better time than when getting a new pair of stylish frames, then to get a pair of sunnies that I will wear and can actually see out of?

Fortunately, I had already gotten a feel for the different styles, and what I actually ended up doing was selecting the frames I loved second best in my glasses, for my sunglasses! Win, win!

The Overall Experience

After it was all said and done, I was so pleased. Sitting down with Dana at Inspired by Rossland Optical is not only informative, but it’s a relaxing and pleasant experience.

Not only is the space beautiful, they also have an area to grab a coffee while waiting for your appointment!

I can’t tell you how comfortable I felt with Dana throughout the whole process. It definitely was eye opening (haha!) in that there are many different components to consider when upgrading your vision!

Styled Bookshelf Inspiration

When it comes to organization, I like to think of myself as being skilled. However, there is a difference between being efficient and stylish in your home organization. I lack the skills in making my home “stylish”. Whenever I look at a new space to redesign, I have a lot of difficulty forming that image in my head.

My go to tool to help me start brainstorming ideas (which I sometimes imitate exactly), is PinterestAs some of you may know, I am in the midst of redecorating my bedroom. It is definitely a slow process since I am on a budget, and don’t have a ton of time to dedicate to doing so.

This past weekend, I dedicated my time to thinking about my two book shelves. I have never been one to style a book shelf so that it is a decorative piece in the room. Well, this time around, things are about to change!

Today, I am rounding up some of my favourite book shelf looks from Pinterest. These photos are what will be inspiring me for this part of my redesign! Enjoy!

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white, pink and gold shelves / Not Your Standard Office


Read More at: blogshomes.blogspot.com


A must-see makeover! Check out the transformation of this gorgeous home office decorated with vintage finds and tons of farmhouse charm at LoveGrowsWild.com


7 Dreamy organized bookshelves where the love of book meets style



I really love a more neutral palette for a styled book shelf. However, I have a lot of colourful books, so I am planning on organizing the colours and making it work! Let me know which shot you like best in the comments below! Stay tuned for my styled book shelf look!


Beautiful Bedroom Inspiration

I am finding that as I approach the middle of my twenties, I am in a constant state of transition. Recently, I moved back into my parents’ house. So often I think twenty-somethings, like me, dream about this independent lifestyle (especially after university) and then realize, how expensive it actually is to be completely independent from your parents.

Unfortunately, I cannot call myself independent just yet. That is where I have been struggling with this weird student-to- adult transition. Moving home, I came back to a bedroom full of stuffed animals, old posters, and CLUTTER!!! To say the least, I have a lot of work ahead of me, so that has lead me to this.

Two words: BEDROOM. MAKEOVER. I have been talking about it for a while, but never seriously considered it. Why? Well, first of all, I was living in an entirely different place, so why make over something I am not spending time in? All the more reason to begin the process now!

In order to kick off my bedroom makeover, I am going to showcase a few different looks and styles I found on Pinterest. What’s a makeover without a little inspiration, right?

Viktoria Dahlberg (@viktoria.dahlberg) • Instagram photos and videos


Instagram @laura.e.sanz


My Chicago Bedroom // Parisian Chic, Blush Pink — bows & sequins


White, gold and pink bedroom - sophisticated, glam and girly bedroom - floral accent pillows


☾ pin @aeslife ig @antonia.ae



I have always been a major fan of pink! As I get older, I am transitioning into seeing pink as an accent colour rather than the main focus. Seems like the older I get, the lighter the shade of pink I like (weird, huh?). Above all, my colour scheme is looking like a mixture of grey hues, blush pinks and pops of gold!

I plan to keep you along for my bedroom makeover journey! It’s going to be a long haul, but I feel it will be TOTALLY worth it in the end…



Happy Wednesday everybody! Can you believe it is already the middle of the week…it seems crazy that we are nearing the end of September. Personally, I am really excited because fall is my favourite season and I am super ready for summer to come to a close. Since September is kind of my own January, being that it is the beginning of the new school year, I have been looking into personal goals to set for myself.

One of these goals is to branch out with my blogging, and tackle another niche that I love, and jump outside of my comfort zone. To do that, I am going to tap into my Pinterest and show you what I have been pinning lately.

Here is the catch, however…I’m stepping away from fashion and diving into design and decor (shocking, I know). It isn’t my typical niche, but I can spend hours online looking at pretty living rooms, dreamy bedrooms and inspiring kitchens. Real estate websites such as SPACE STATION are also a guilty pleasure of mine! I am just so fascinated by the different ways people decorate and furnish their properties. My favorite properties are typically loft apartments. Recently I have even started thinking about what kinds of changes might be needed in a house to bring more soft light in. This might be because a friend down in Texas recently found out about Graceland Windows and Doors and all the different window options they can have, but softer palettes suit soft natural light. This could work in any room in the house, but in an effort to keep this short and sweet, I am focusing on living rooms today.

Mood: Living Room Inspiration

If you were to walk into my current living room right now, you definitely would find nothing in there that reflects this interior style, except my beautiful wide chest of drawers! Partially because I am a student, and partially because I currently live with six other students. A girl can dream though, right?
I am all about light, pretty, feminine things. Accent decor, cute quotes, floral prints, following trends like how recently they’re developing texture in contemporary rugs… that is what I am all about (or what I dream to be…). Blush tones, rose gold, leaf patterns – all I would include in a perfect dream of a living room. Future living room: designed!
Here are some of my inspirations when it comes to feminine living rooms:
You can find more of my interior and fashion inspiration by heading over to my Pinterest.

This post was inspired by Arhaus Furniture. Head over to their living room page to get some inspiration and design techniques!

All images were found through Pinterest and are not owned by me.

Oshawa Centre Grand Opening!

There is nothing better than having your mall expand to include new stores, great fashion and a brand new food court. Newer stores means newer styles and an excuse for me to ditch the books and go on a full fledged shopping spree!

After months of renovation, the Oshawa Centre unveiled their brand new look and I have to say, I am loving it!

Congratulations OC XOXO 

(p.s. please excuse some iPhone quality photos – in a crowded mall, iPhone seemed like the more humble choice lol)

(p.p.s silly me also forgot to snap some photos of the new food court, so I may need to show you guys a little later!)

Oshawa Centre Grand Opening! - Pearls and Polkadots

Oshawa Centre Grand Opening! - Pearls and Polkadots

Oshawa Centre Grand Opening! - Pearls and Polkadots

Oshawa Centre Grand Opening! - Pearls and Polkadots

Oshawa Centre Grand Opening! - Pearls and Polkadots

Oshawa Centre Grand Opening! - Pearls and Polkadots

Oshawa Centre Grand Opening! - Pearls and Polkadots

Shoutout to the two awesome servers who ducked down behind the cart so I could get the perfect shot!

 Unfortunately, I had to miss the grand opening in the morning because I was in class! However, I did catch some happy hour cocktails, courtesy of David’s Tea and Kelsey’s (which were uh-mazing, by the way!!).

The tea vibes were beautiful. I loved all of the pinks and golds used and more importantly, the sweetness of the company was awesome too! What better way to celebrate an occasion than with a cute little cocktail? Plus, who doesn’t love the cutest tea and popcorn stand ever?

Of course, I want to highlight my look for the night (because I am pretty much obsessed with it). I paired a body suit, high waisted jeans and a long sleeveless cardi. I am obsessed with this cardi from H&M. It is the perfect third piece for any day time or night time look (stay tuned…you will be seeing it in a lot of upcoming posts).

A big thank you to the Oshawa Centre and David’s Tea for having me at the grand opening! It was so much fun and I am in love with the new wing! Congrats OC!