making lists + organizing life by meg

happy friday everyone! so truth be told, i have been feeling a little slow lately. not sure if this winding down of summer is making me feel a little lag or whats up, but i knew i needed to kick it in high gear.

what i love most about being at work is my ability to get really focused and i am a die hard list maker. i live for my little black book and my calendar and i am completely giddy when my email inbox says zero. i lost a little bit of that 'business' side to me while i have been off with the babe and i am bringing it back with a vengeance. today, i sat down after camp drop off and starting making my to do lists. i carved out time to build a family calendar that will keep us on track for programs in the fall, work and personal commitments. it was such a positive experience that left me feeling a little more in check of our daily affairs. with our nanny starting on Monday, my little mind feels a little less over occupied with how to make the transition smoother- i think we are off to a good start. 

have a fantastic weekend everyone, there are only a couple left before summer officially comes to an end! eeeeeeek.

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creatives of instagram with @blushshop by meg

ladies, meet Michele- the talented and ultra stylish gal who owns the sweetest fashion shop just outside Toronto. Blush houses the perfect lines of carefully curated fashion and the shop itself is an interior delight. I was inspired the moment i found the blush shop instagram. Michele has a real talent for combining fashion, accessories and vignettes that tell a little story in each image she posts. There is this perfect element of showcasing all the things you may want adorning your closet with an artistic flare in every day musings. have a little read to learn more about michele and be sure to follow her here.  

Lets Talk Instagram

When did you snap your first instagram?

I stumbled across instagram a few years ago. I loved the idea of the app and being able to change the photo filters.. I really didn't know too much about it...except that it was fun. I think the first pic I posted was of my dog. 

What do you love most about the community?

 Instagram is constantly inspiring me.. so I love that about it. I have met some great people and connections through it and I love that everyone is so supportive with their comments! 

What inspires your images?

Usually my pics are inspired by cute outfits, fun props, pretty lighting and fresh flowers. Those few things just keep me going! 

How would you best describe your creative style?

My creative style..well.. I'm a virgo. I make lists..lots of lists.. and I like the details...all the details. I also have a side of me where I'm a little spontaneous.. and just run with an idea or decide one morning... I'm just going to do a window display or do a style shoot! I like to mix it up and have fun getting creative! 

Does Instagram act as a platform for your business or blog or is it just for fun?

Even though I started out using Instagram for fun.. it's definitely become a platform for my business. I am such a visual person.. so it's an excellent way to show Blush goodies & creating fun vignettes! 

Lets Talk About You.

Where do you live?

I live in Guelph.. an hour outside of Toronto with my husband, Sean and our fur babies. 

Favorite restaurant in your city?

I love to eat at the Delihi Bistro in Guelph. Such a quaint little spot with delicious food! 

Your favourite food?

My favourite food... probably Mexican.. I love good guacamole! 

What is your favourite sunday activity?

Sundays are my favourite day of the week. It's the one day I have away from the shop to do my own thing. I love when I am able to spend some time perusing the antique market! 

Your go to creative outlet?

I have so many favourite creative outlets ...but I would say my favourite and most addictive is Instagram! 

Favourite Trip?

South of France. 

Your biggest accomplishment?

I feel running my own business, Blush is definitely my biggest accomplishment. We've been in business almost 10 years! Whew! 

Morning or Night Person?

I can't sleep in! I am totally a morning person. I love to get up early and enjoy a full day ahead.

Your favourite music?

 I like all kinds of music. To be honest.. I do love a little Disco!  

Your go to fashion staple?

shoes.. I just can't pick one pair... I'm a shoe gal! I feel they can change up an outfit entirely! 

autumn on my mind by meg


so as much as i would love to desperately deny the fact that summer is winding down, so goes the changing of the seasons. the undeniable joy of entering fall is the fashion. I'm taking a little time to revamp my wardrobe next week before heading back to work and thought i would share a little bit of what i am coveting right now. 

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friday + fall in the air by meg

happy friday all! I'm not entirely sure how to feel about these chilly days that have completely taken over our summer. there is no doubt, i am a lover of fall and all its cozy glory but after the absurd winter we had, some good hot hot heat was what i think we were all craving. 

last weekend had us entertaining and out the entire weekend so we are looking forward to sticking close to home the next couple of days. we are almost finished repairing boards and painting our deck (two thumbs up for Jay and I doing this together with few disgruntled spousal moments). this along with a couple other projects around the house and hopefully we can go in to the last couple weeks of summer enjoying time with the girls. 

happy weekend everyone!!


creatives of instagram with @gabyburger by meg

here is a girl who truly has heaps of talent. meet gaby, a stylish young woman who has a knack for pulling together the sweetest outfits for a night on the town or a run along the lake. gaby has a beautiful instagram feed full of inspiring images that reach a wide spectrum from fresh food, healthy smoothies, challenging runs and the most creative and inspiring decor trends in her home. i am smitten by her diy projects and photography prints that she sells in her etsy shop. it is such a pleasure to share more of gaby with all of you. be sure to follow her here.

Lets talk Instagram

When did you snap your first instagram?

Oh I was a late adapter! But mostly because I lived for almost 2 years in a very remote location, think Lost meets Survivor ;) I think my first instagram photo was around October 2012.

What do you love most about the community?

Besides the visual aspect, how relationships with people are born through images and I also love getting these peeks of places I’ve never been to. I find that images can be so powerful, and to me, they are constantly inspiring me.  

What inspires your images?

I’m very visual, and I get easily inspired by natural lighting, beautiful scenery, patterns, nature, textures, colors…

How would you best describe your creative style?

I think that my creative style is defined by what I’m sharing in a particular photo. Sometimes is not the whole composition but a particular element of the photo what I’m try to get across (for example a quick recipe shot versus a beautiful landscape) Does that make sense? ? I think that it’s a true reflection of how I live my life and it’s definitely influenced by bright, natural lighting ;)

Does Instagram act as a platform for your business or blog or is it just for fun?

I would say both and definitely fun! Instagram is my favorite social media app and I truly have a lot of fun with it. I like to believe that my instagram feed is an extension of my blog, meaning a true reflection of my style, what I like and how I live my life.

Lets talk about you

Where do you live? 

I live in Toronto, Canada.

What is your favorite restaurant in your city?

I really don’t eat out very much but some favorites are Gusto 101, Terroni, Pizzeria Libretto (can you tell I like Italian food?!) and School for brunch.

What is your favorite food?

I’m a granola lover, I could eat it at any time of the day! Same as pizza, nothing like a wood-oven thin crust caprese pizza ;)What is your favorite Sunday activity? Running, brunching, visiting a farmer’s market, and just being outdoors exploring!

Your go to creative outlet ( ie, blog, newspaper, magazine): Instagram, magazines, catalogs.

Favorite place you have travelled?

Tough to narrow it down to just one, but New Zealand is seriously amazing. I was mesmerized at the beauty of every single place in that country! Australia is also beautiful! And Cambodia took my breath away!

What is your greatest accomplishment?

Hmmm, I don’t know if it’s the greatest but traveling alone with my then 2 year old son across the world (3 flights, 22 hours in the sky) without going insane is probably right there at the top ;)

Are you a morning or night person?

I like to wake up early and I feel that I’m more productive in the mornings, but sometimes I find myself being both a morning and night person because of all the things I like to squeeze in a day!

Favorite music?

I seriously can’t live without music, and I like most types except rap. My favorite band is The Killers, and I really enjoy some good chill-out mixes.  

your go to fashion staple?

Definitely denim! Both jeans and chambray shirts. I’m also pretty neutral when it comes to colors, so I’m usually in some sort black/white/denim combo with a hint of animal print ;)