1. balance

1. balance

My best friends and wonderful guy elevate me and keep me grounded.  They challenge me and make me feel at ease.  I really believe that balance is something you can achieve on your own, but it is so much better when you have the constant support of people you love and admire.

2. thursday girls-night with my mom and family day on sundays

2. thursday girls-night with my mom and family day on sundays

When I was in architecture school there were a couple semesters where I saw my mom and dad maybe once.  Fact: the older you get, the busier you become.  After I graduated, I made a promise to myself to spend more time with them.  If I didn’t schedule it in as a weekly constant I know I would regret not hanging out with two of the people I admire most.

3. falsie-glasses

3. falsie-glasses

OK, the secret’s out.  I had laser eye surgery in 2011 and have better than 20/20 vision.  BUT, having worn glasses since grade three till the correction, I still love throwing frames on especially when I’m feeling tired, having a bad face-day, or just want to get my lean-back-on.  Also, since I’m not a jewellery type of girl, I feel as though this is my signature accessory.

4. consignment shopping (kensington)

4. consignment shopping (kensington)

Peacock Boutique is where I’ve found at least 70% of my wardrobe.  I like knowing how clothes will look after they’re washed, and having a variety of styles all in one place.  It also is in my blood to be a “reduce, re-use and recycler”.  Trend Fashions, also in Kensington, is also a gooder.

5. piano

5. piano

I’ve played piano since I was two and a half.  Thank you mom for making me practice for hours on end; my work ethic, introspection, confidence and success in other endeavors ultimately came from my growings, understandings and achievements in music.

6. eclecticism

6. eclecticism

I’m not even sure if this is a word, but if I had to describe my “design aesthetic” this is what it would be.  No one falls 100% into a stereotype and nobody can be defined by one adjective – I think this translates into design, fashion art… anything.  I love spaces where there is a clash of colours, style, eras, textures… and yet it all somehow works.

7. spin classes at YYC and One Cycle

7. spin classes at YYC and One Cycle

Adam Onulov (a fellow UofC graduate and collegue at MB) introduced me to spin class back when I was first starting at the firm.  I did it once and was hooked right away.  How could you not love it? It’s essentially summed up by getting your dance-on while strapped to a bike listening to great tunes.  If you can trick yourself into loving a workout, it’s always a win.

8. the rockies

8. the rockies

One of the greatest gifts I have ever received is when my best friend took me treeplanting in second year university.  I know now how important it is to be connected with our natural world and I love to hike and explore; we are so lucky to have beautiful, wondrous nature so accessible.

9. cbc radio

9. cbc radio

I grew up on this stuff.  Quirks and Quarks, Stewart Mclean, WireTap, DNTO... we have so few things that span and connect our expansive nation.  Being Canadian is sometimes hard to define, but I think this radio station does a great job.

10. travel

10. travel

I’m very lucky to have parents that have always had the passion to travel;  they took me away with them on all their trips when I was young, and now in my adulthood I have continued to explore on my own.  From Alaska to the French Polynesian Islands, all my experiences travelling have been fundamental in shaping me, keeping me open minded, passionate, and adventurous.  High on my current travel wishlist are Canada’s East Coast, the Galapagos Islands and Nepal.