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


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


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?

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


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


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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. I even started thinking about what kinds of changes may be needed in a house to bring more soft light in – maybe 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!

SAM Fashion Show Recap: Part Two

Last Thursday night, the biggest charity fashion event at McMaster took place and I had a front row seat! The clothes were trendy and fabulous, the models were on point and the music was bumping…making for a pretty awesome night! If you’re inspired by fashion, trends and even creating your own clothing brands, websites such as can be really helpful in making items of clothing look professional and high quality. If you’re not a designer yourself but still love fashion, read on and enjoy!

SAM Fashion Show Recap: Part Two - Pearls and Polkadots

On Monday, I gave you the full run down of the madness that was backstage prior to the show and at intermission, but today I want to give you a recap on runway walks, the designers, the musical guests and the awesome charity that made #SamAirlines take off!

Ronald McDonald House Charities

This year, Style at Mac chose Ronald McDonald House Charities to raise money and awareness for. This program was designed to assist families who have had the misfortune of their child being ill and hospitalized. Often, children’s hospitals are located a distance away from a family’s home, so with the help of Ronald McDonald House Charities, they are able to stay at a house in order to stay connected with their children while they undergo treatment or a stay in the hospital.

SAM Fashion Show Recap: Part Two - Pearls and Polkadots

“Helping families stay close to their child through a network of local chapters” – Ronald McDonald House Charities Mission Statement

The Hamilton House

The McMaster Children’s Hospital is steps away from the Hamilton House run by Ronald McDonald House Charities Hamilton. The Hamilton House was built in 1933 and houses 40 families. Not always being such a large house, the Hamilton house underwent a major renovation and reopened in the Spring of 2012, serving more families who were in need, than ever before. Ronald McDonald House Charities Hamilton aims to provide a “home away from home” for these families in need.

For more information about Ronald McDonald House Charities, please click here.

#SamAirlines Takes Off

I was pretty excited sitting in my seat while I waited for the night to take off. The lights were dimmed, the music was beginning and everyone was anxiously waiting to visit the first location.As you can probably assume, I am not the most skilled runway photographer, and probably could have got up to position myself a little better, but nevertheless, I will tell you all about it. #SamAirlines took us to several locations including Paris, Japan and Miami (to name a few), the fashion showcased for each location was marvelous.

SAM Fashion Show Recap: Part Two - Pearls and Polkadots

Pre-show Runway

The Runway

We went everywhere on Thursday night – Miami, Brooklyn…even the Hamptons! It was perfect. The models were coordinated, the fashion was on point and the vibe in the room was great! I think my favourite part about fashion overall is the fact that you want wear and be whoever you want. Everyone has their own style, so no matter how you decide to put an outfit together, no one can judge you for it. Your style may not be everyone’s taste, but that shouldn’t be a problem, especially not for you anyway. Whether you buy your accessories from a company such as Jacobs the jeweller or from Primark, this shouldn’t make a difference as to how you decide to pull it off.

Check out some of the photos below:

SAM Fashion Show Recap: Part Two - Pearls and Polkadots

Left: The Gap / Right: Mendocino

SAM Fashion Show Recap: Part Two - Pearls and Polkadots


SAM Fashion Show Recap: Part Two - Pearls and Polkadots

Left: Designs by Mallory / Right: The Eye of Faith

SAM Fashion Show Recap: Part Two - Pearls and Polkadots

Designs by Mallory

The Designers

I wish I could have captured every single piece that walked down that runway, but fortunately, I can tell you all about it! Every designer at Sam En Route showcased their trendy style and the crowd was loving every bit of it!! Fierce. That’s all I have to say.

The Gap

Getting on the plane, models showcased several looks styled by the Gap. Clothing was kept cool and casual and totally in style this season, complete with a lot of jeans, cardigans and cute totes.

Shop Josette

Our first stop with #SamAirlines was in Miami – the land of the sun. Models showcased cute swimsuits and beautiful beach accessories styled by Shop Josette. Shop Josette is a unique line based in Hamilton, Ontario. Each item is hand made and custom to fit your style needs. Coming up to summer, I was really loving the cute bikinis and one pieces that SAM styled.

Parlez de Nous

Next stop – Brooklyn! PDN brings cool, trendy and unique into one clothing line easily. Based in Hamilton, the line serves for the fashion forward individuals. I loved seeing the male models strut the runway in this line – chic, risk taking and trendy.


The Hamptons brought white two pieces, flirty dresses and fun styles by Mendocino. Mendocino is a Toronto-based boutique that exercises the full right to “6” style. Looks at the fashion show were airy, light and totally chic. My favourite was a two piece white set that was modeled. The line was definitely wearable fashion that anyone could pick out and look great in!

SAM Fashion Show Recap: Part Two - Pearls and Polkadots

Designs by Mallory

One of the student designers supplied the fashion for our next stop on #SamAirlines to Versailles. This designer’s name is Mallory and she did not disappoint. The line that was modeled on the runway was a mashup of great patterns, fabrics, textures and which overall, came quite nicely. My favourite piece in the show that I wish I had captured properly was a beautiful lilac textured dress with dragon flies on it.

Johnston & Murphy

It was off to Washington DC and who better to dress the men than Johnston & Murphy. All I can say is this is the most classic style that I personally love on men. The male models were certainly dressed to impress, and looked great.

SAM Fashion Show Recap: Part Two - Pearls and Polkadots

White Elephant

In keeping with the timeless, classic theme, we headed to Paris to view some of White Elephant’s best pieces. White Elephant is a boutique located in Hamilton, run by two ladies – Jane & Holly. Complete with colourful clothing, summery pieces and beautiful prints, we felt right in Paris with these gorgeous styles!


Time to head to Japan! In an instant climate change, we saw drastic lines, shapes and angles in the styles sported down the runway by Angelou. Although the initial reaction to the styles were outlandish, I found that as more pieces came down the runway, I found myself taking a stronger liking to the trendy styles that were showcased.

The Eye of Faith

Last stop on aboard #SamAirlines was Milan. Vintage style and chic trends by The Eye of Faith were brought down the runway in Milan and was everyone loving it? Yes! I was certainly loving all the unique looks and definitely could see myself strutting down a runway in one of the looks myself. I personally loved all the texture and fabrics that were used in this line. Definitely was feeling the cool vibe of Milan here.

The Entertainment

There were so many great acts at Sam En Route this year, and I was fortunate enough to hang backstage with the starting act, The Juicy Boys. Michael, Zack, Erik and Brian are all second year engineering students at McMaster. With similar interests in jazz funk style, the boys bonded over their love for the music and formed a band just two months ago.

SAM Fashion Show Recap: Part Two - Pearls and Polkadots

The Juicy Boys prepping pre-show

SAM Fashion Show Recap: Part Two - Pearls and Polkadots

The Juicy Boys: Zack, Erik, Michael and Brian

“How we got our name is my last name is Jobity, so we called [our band] ‘Jobity and the…’ and then we wondered what adjective starts with J. So we went on the internet and we saw ‘juicy’ and we just kind of went with it…” – Michael, The Juicy Boys

SAM Fashion Show Recap: Part Two - Pearls and Polkadots

“We’ve been juicy ever since…” – Brian, The Juicy Boys

On stage, the boys killed it, keeping the vibe fun and jazzy to start off the night. Definitely a great start to the amazing entertainment that accompanied us en route.

I could go on and on about the entertainment that we saw last Thursday night – it was enjoyable, entertaining and kept the night so upbeat! It was truly a night to remember. We raised some great money for the Ronald McDonald House Charities and saw some excellent fashion forward pieces. More importantly, we traveled around the globe in two hours flat!

A big thank you to Style at Mac, the Juicy Boys, and all the lovely people who put up with me scrambling around interviewing and photographing backstage all night! It was truly an amazing evening!