Top Shelf Beauty Favourites

Since we're still pretty early on in our Beauty School Dropout journey, we thought we'd take this opportunity to start with some of current beauty favourites, product-wise. As we mentioned in our intro to the series, we're planning on covering a number of different topics under the beauty umbrella, but because one of the first things we tend to think of are the products themselves, we figured we'd dive into that first, which also give you a bit of a sense of what our skin journeys have been like and where we're at.

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Styling a Photoshoot? Why You Need a Visual Directive

I know for me, my creative processes are constantly evolving. I’m learning what works best for me, I’m learning new skills and knowledge that I may want to weave in, I’m receiving feedback from others, all of which pushes me to regularly step back and reevaluate.

This is how I came to add a new piece into my creative process recently — The Visual Directive.

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Beauty School Dropout

Over the past few months, Abby and I have been exploring a new topic and passion project of ours — beauty. And today’s the day we “officially” launch our new series into the world — Beauty School Dropout.

We chose the name Beauty School Dropout because of the slightly badass connotation and this idea that we admittedly don’t really know what we’re talking about — and I think in this case, that works to our advantage. Beauty is such a universal concept and touches us all in some way, but for so many of us, we’re navigating our relationship with beauty on our own terms and figuring it out as we go, learning what works for us, what our interpretation is.

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Lately Inspired By // Peach and Gold

It's usually safe to assume at any given time that I'd count a shade of pink amongst my favourite colours. The question, however, is exactly what shade of pink is my preference du jour. Not that I like to play favourites, exactly, but I tend to go through phases of what I'm inspired by and leaning towards, exploring the ways that colours interact with each other and what some creative applications might be.

It might be because we're finally into summer now, but I've been noticing myself drawn to peachier pinks and golden tones of yellow, a pairing reminiscent of shimmering sunsets,  glasses of chilled rosé and beachy locales. Basically, #summergoals. 

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Styling a Brand Lifestyle Shoot with Loom Curated

I've been waiting patiently to share more photos from Loom Curated after sharing a few sneak peeks of the two shoots I took part in directing and styling, and today is finally that day, as the brand shoot we worked on can be found on Once Wed. 

This experience has shifted my approach to my creative process, and though I'm still in the midst of making some changes to the business to reflect this new mindset and focus, sharing some of the content we created while at the workshop is the first step in that direction. 

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Beet Hummus

I've had a fascination with food and prop styling for awhile now, but haven't had much of a chance to play around it. I love to cook but I'm definitely a recipe follower, so creating food-related content has never really felt like a fit for me, and since this is new territory for me, it also comes with a little fear.

Until I decided to look at it a little differently — to focus more on the styling side of things and let the pros handle the recipes (for now).

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Love Notes // Vol. 28

01 // One of my favourite places to seek out typography and graphic design inspiration is on packaging, and the beauty industry has a lot to offer when it comes to beautifully designed print pieces. I came across this line on the Free People blog, and was instantly smitten with the pink pairing and the bold type on these boxes, which feel like they have a slight retro influence that I can totally get behind. 

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Life, Lately

You know when you let something go a little too long without attending to it — an email reply, returning a dress that looked way better in the window than on you, that sort of thing? At a certain point, it just becomes kind of awkward to deal with it and it feels like it might be better to leave it alone. Otherwise you find yourself making excuses and launching into longwinded explanations in an attempt to remedy the situation. But emails are left unreturned and dresses hang forgotten in the closet, tags still attached, after all — it happens.

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Celebrating a Love of Food with an Installation at Assembly Chef's Hall

Since shedding my title as boutique owner three years ago, I've gone through various phases of a mild identity crisis as I struggle to determine "what I do", or what my official title is. Though I still don't always have a simple answer to the question, and it likely depends on who's asking and what the circumstances are (or, if I'm being totally honest, what kind of mood I'm in), I have made pretty significant strides since those early days.

Part of that progress has to do with not boxing myself in too tightly, which is how we've ended up here, with the Studio Bicyclette team and I adding "installation artists" to our ever-growing resumé and list of skills. And I'm not mad about it one bit.

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Why do we tell stories?

There are a lot of buzz words when it comes to social media and branding, and because of the fast pace of all things digital these days, it can be difficult to keep up. Their lifespan becomes increasingly shorter until they become overused and start to lose their meaning altogether.

Storytelling is one of the more recent words that has followed this trend, but it also happens to be a concept that I’ve built my brand upon and consider an invaluable tool, whether undergoing a brand design, building a visual or social media strategy, or creating content. 

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Money Talk // The Resources That Helped Shift My Mindset and Create a Financial Plan

My relationship with money has been a long and winding journey, but in the final month of 2017, I invested in three resources that changed the course of this relationship for the better and left me feeling like I had finally taken a step in the right direction and gained a little more control in an area of my business that I always felt insecure in.

If we’ve had a conversation one-on-one recently, you’ve likely already listened to me talk about one (or all) of these, but for those of you who haven’t had the pleasure — I wanted to share. Not sponsored in any way, just three resources that I’ve discovered to be infinitely valuable in my own business.

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A Modern and Minimal Wreath DIY

It all started with an inspiration board and a little walk through my visual strategy process, and now here we are with my take on a modern, minimal wreath for the holidays. Perhaps a slightly different take on tackling holiday decor, but I've never claimed to do things the way that everyone else does, especially when it comes to exploring my creative process.

As you saw in that original post, I had seen a few themes start to emerge on the visual strategy canvas, and knew I wanted to create something that was modern and minimal, with gold and feathery details and a mix of sleek and natural textures. You can see a lot of the details from the original inspiration images I pulled start to show up in various ways in these wreaths, and I love this non-traditional take on such a classic holiday decor item. 

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DIY Tile Backdrop

I can hardly believe it, but here we are with the fifth and final instalment of the DIY backdrop series we've been working on for the past few weeks. If you're just popping in now, we started with a white wood backdrop in week one, following it with what might be my favourite DIY backdrop yet, a textured backdrop that we painted a dusty shade of pink and used for styling a floral flatlay for our second project. We then simplified things a little and turned to porcelain tiles for our marble backdrop, taking a break from the paintbrushes and drying time until the next one, where we took it back to my original DIY backdrop (and still a favourite go-to of mine), the solid coloured backdrop that's perfect for customizing with your shade of choice.

And that, my friends, brings us to today, as we wrap up this little styling series, with another more recent addition to my backdrop collection — the tile backdrop. 

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Minimal Holiday Decor Inspiration

With the holidays quickly sneaking up on us and it being December and all, it felt appropriate for this month's creative exploration to be focused on something, well — holiday focused, and since a tree is usually the extent of our decorating, I figured this would be a good chance to challenge myself to do a little something extra this year. At the same time, I've been craving simplicity in all facets of my life, from my wardrobe to my calendar to my home, so the idea of adding more stuff (read: tacky holiday decorations) kind of felt like the opposite of what I'm currently working towards. 

Thus, a challenge emerged — to add a little holiday flair to our apartment without acquiring more bits and baubles and while supporting my newfound craving for minimalism. Something simple that still feels special (and relatively festive), that would maybe even last beyond the holiday season without feeling like it passed an expiration date. 

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