2017 | Footnotes and Finds

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

chocolate cupcakes with pink icing and pearls

chocolate cupcakes with pink icing and pearls

okay I have a confession to make, up until 2 years ago I had had only 2 cupcakes in my life. Cupcakes were really not my thing, nor were regular cakes actually. I'm more of a cookies person. But recently, I have come to like cupcakes here and there and really like some cakes - this is definitely a new development!

chocolate cupcakes with pink icing and pearls

Do you remember this recipe that we posted on our blog way back when, well it was actually a recipe for cupcakes!

So there you have it, 1 recipe - and you can make a chocolate cake or chocolate cupcakes! When baked to perfection - the cake is sponge like - the perfect texture, and the perfect moistness.  These cupcakes were gone in a day!

chocolate cupcakes with pink icing and pearls

The Best Chocolate Cake Ever 

the recipe

Friday, 31 March 2017

Friday Finds

Friday Finds is a series that Footnotes and Finds runs every friday where we share interesting, informative and fun finds/links from around the web.  Follow along!

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  1. World Water Day was last week, having done my Masters in International Development and Gender - this is one is really close to my heart and thus I had to share: 60 Powerful Photos from around the world that will make you think twice about leaving the tap running

  2. Is your wardrobe ready for summer? here are some finds we would love to add for the summer: this top, this high rise corduroy skirt , these all black birkenstocks and this stripped dress looks super comfy!

  3. Learn what the true meanings of the emojis we use everyday are!

  4. For all you bollywood fans, check out these illustrations of "if bollywood celebrities worked in the same office" 

    This week on footnotes and finds:

    Obsessed with blush

    From the archives:

         Coffee Dates with Old Friends
       blueberry oatmeal breakfast cake

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Monday, 27 March 2017

obsessed with blush

It's no secret that I'm into blush tones, pinks, corals, and peaches. The latest influx of blush tones everywhere - from clothes to home decor - is really feeing into my blush tones obsession.  We have curated some blush tone products that we are loving and lusting over. Enjoy!

What is some of your favourite colours to wear? Let us know in the comments! 

Friday, 24 March 2017

Friday Finds

Friday Finds is a series that Footnotes and Finds runs every friday where we share interesting, informative and fun finds/links from around the web.  Follow along!

  1. Have you seen this? The Big Bend - Architects have proposed this building design for a New York Building. It would be the longest building. A U-Shaped Skyscraper in New York.

  2. How Scary is this? free falling, at fast speed, on a swing , down a canyon!

  3. Do you have a gender bias? Watch!

  4. Spring is here! Time to add some colour in your life - change it up with adding these to your kitchen and these too! and how fun is this water bottle?

    This week on footnotes and finds:
    The Courage to Try New Things
    My Favourite Historical & Time Period TV Series
        From the archives:
                5 tips to make travelling easier on long flights
        Montenegro & Croatia Travel Roundup

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Wednesday, 22 March 2017

My Favourite Historical and Time period TV series

Historical Fiction based loosely on history:

White Queen

Historical Fiction:
Downton Abbey
The Last Kingdom
War and Peace

Time period
Pride & Prejudice (BBC 1995)
North & South
Death Comes to Pemberley
Sense & Sensibility (BBC 2008)
Dr. Thorne
Persuasion (BBC TV Film, 2007)
Northanger Abbey (ITV TV Film 2007)
Emma (BBC 2009)

Skip (I wouldn't recommend watching):
Spartacus: Blood and Sand & Vengeance
Pillars of the Earth

Planning on watching:
Marco Polo
Davinci's Devils
Hallow Crown
Black sails
Boardwalk empire
Magnificent Century Kosem
White Princess
Wolf Hall
The Scandalous Lady W
Peaky Blinders
Anne of Green Gables (CBC 2017)
Dancing on the Edge
The Beginning of Everything

What are yours?

Sunday, 19 March 2017

The courage to try new things

I have found a new sense of adventure the more and more I am mindfully walking through my late-twenties. I think it arises from a new sense of confidence and just being in an overall good place in life. But I have been there before, so what has changed this time? I'm not really sure to be honest. Maybe its just a part of growing up and gaining the sense of value of not only time but of your time on this planet for however long you are privileged to have. Maybe its realizing that I wont ever be this young and carefree forever no matter how much I will hold those values close to my heart as I age.

So here are somethings that I was courageous enough to try. Now, disclaimer, don't be judgemental. While some of these things may not seem like a big deal to you, they are for me--so be kind!

1. I cut my hair short...like really short
Some of you that follow the blog you will know that I have talked about this before. It was a big deal for me to go short and by short I mean to my collarbones. This time I went even shorter: grazing the shoulders. Long hair was for a very long time really a part of my identity. I found comfort in my long, dark hair that sometimes tickled my belly and got caught in the most unfortunate, painful or awkward ways. But I knew it was time for a change. And so far, so good!

2. I started wearing different coloured nailpolishes
If you know me you will know that I will almost always some version of black, plum or wine. This year I decided to change things up and painted my nail lilac and even grey. This has actually been quite fun and I realised...why was I not doing this to begin with?

3. I am all packed to travel on my own
I love travelling but I am a firm believer that you are meant to share the experience. So i've always either travelled with my sisters, family or my friends. This time around, a conservation project that I have signed myself up for is taking me on a trip alone to Macedonia. This is an experience that is long overdue and I will definitely be blogging about it!

4. I started taking naps
I have always been against napping. I think it was mostly because I've been anemic my whole life and that instilled the mentality that if I stopped for a second my day would be over so I reserved sleeping for the night. But this last year when my health got really bad I was recommended daily naps. My doctor told me: if your body is telling you to sleep it doesn't matter what time of the day it is, you should sleep that 15 or 40 minutes will make a huge difference. And it has. I feel energetic, less sluggish and better rested!...so why wasn't I always napping?

shop the look:

Duster coat: H&M / similar
Sweater: Zara / similar
Jeans: H&M / similar
Shoes: Zara / similar

Friday, 17 March 2017

Friday Finds

Friday Finds is a series that Footnotes and Finds runs every friday where we share interesting, informative and fun finds/links from around the web.  Follow along!

  1. This is a MUST WATCH, Women in Power, "From Medusa to Merkel, Mary Beard considers the extent to which the exclusion of women from power is culturally embedded, and how idioms from ancient Greece are still used to normalised gendered violence. The lecture was delivered at the British Museum on 3 March 2017 as part of the LRB’s Winter Lecture series."
  2. Since I have heard about this project I have been awe of such a beautiful concept! They say it really well with their own words: 
    Her Story, Our Story is a magazine written by women-identified writers whose playground is the genres memoir, personal essay or person-centred narrative. We digitally publish thought-provoking and artistic, culturally significant pieces. We want to tell women's stories. 
    We are champions of the art of storytelling, and advocates for the transformation of our world through story activism; the reclamation of the voice and master narrative in order to re-write the future of our world. It is time to tell new stories about femininity, womanhood and the lived experiences of half the world’s population, too often and for too long silenced."
  3. keeping my fingers crossed, that we can continue with our wanderlust adventures, any which way I have my eye on this & this to accompany me and they just happen to be in one of my favourite colours!
  4. meet this insanely talented 13 year old. He is a 13 year old kid with many guessing that his paintings were done by a 40 year old. His paintings are OUTSTANDING! 

  5. take a peak through writer Oliver Sack's creative process.



Wednesday, 15 March 2017

The most beautiful beach I have been to - Lanikai Beach

On a recent family vacation to Hawaii, we came across what I would call the most beautiful beach I have been to, Lanikai Beach.

We decided to vacation in Oahu for our first trip to Hawaii, staying in Waikiki, Honolulu.  The best part is that we rented a car and were able to drive around the island.

Although we did end up fitting quite a lot in our week long trip: parasailing, luau, visiting turtle beach, dole pineapple factory, driving around the entire island etc.

My favourite day during the entire vacation would have to be the entire day we dedicated to spending time at Lanikai Beach.

This is a "best kept" secret destination on the island of Oahu. Located in the small community of Lanikai in the town of Kailua, it's the less visited beach than it's popular tourist sister beach which is adjacent to it: Kailua beach.

Lanikai means "heavenly sea", and let me tell you it really lives up to it's name!  It is consistently ranked as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, and for me personally it has been the most beautiful beach I have visited!

It's great because it's a small beach, in a quiet location, nice and secluded and not overrun with tourists.

We spent an entire day there. Relaxing on the beach on the beautiful sand. And then venturing out into the water, where we ended up spending most of our time on our little floaties (floatation devices).  It was such a fun carefree day. The sand was soft, so fine and almost white. The water was a turquoise blue, clear and nice and warm.  The sky was a nice blue. We left with our souls nourished, burnt skin, and lots of fun memories.

The photos below, really don't do it justice, but it is a definite bucket list addition for those that haven't been.


the most beautiful beach I have been to, Lanikai Beach.

the most beautiful beach I have been to, Lanikai Beach.

Lanikai Beach, Hawaii

Lanikai Beach, Hawaii
Lanikai Beach, Hawaii


Friday, 10 March 2017

Friday Finds

Friday Finds is a series that Footnotes and Finds runs every friday where we share interesting, informative and fun finds/links from around the web.  Follow along!

  1. Check out this Video: Asian women talk about dumbass stereotypes they deal with while dating
  2. We live such stressful lives nowadays and we fail to understand what kind of impact that stress can have on our overall health. Here is a video by TedEd - How Stress Affects Your Body
  3. I'm thinking about changing up some things in our little workspace by adding some fun items: like this light or this light and a pouf for additional seating and some colour! What are your thoughts?
  4. Saying Thank You when you get off the Bus is an automatic thing for me. I have spent A LOT of time on public transportation and majority of the passengers take the time to say thank you to the bus drivers. What I didn't realize was that this might just be a very Vancouver thing! Where you come from, is it a common thing to say thank you to the bus driver?
  5. Check out this: Iraqi Kurdish fashionistas make splash


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Wednesday, 8 March 2017

change up your space by adding wallpaper

It is amazing how much adding wallpaper to a room can give it an entire new look and add some character to a neutral room.

When we were renovating we made a conscious effort to include wallpaper in our plans.  We added a blue-gold seagrass textured wallpaper in our washroom and a gold vintage map wallpaper in our study.

We put up the wallpapers ourselves. Although at first it seemed like the task was daunting it turned out to be fine! The wallpapers are also easily removable.

Even if you are not going through a massive renovation like we did and just want to change something about a room, try adding some wallpaper!

Which ones do you like? Do you have wallpaper up in your house? 


Monday, 6 March 2017

Making your home decor colourful in time for Holi

March is always an exciting time in our household. It always feels like a new beginning of a sort. With daylight savings giving us that extra hour in the day back, the sun staying out longer, the cherry blossoms beginning to open up and summer around the corner, March's spring cleaning has always coincided with Holi, the festival of colour.
*note this blog post has been sponsored by  Tea India - which means we receive a monetary payment for this post, but the opinions expressed are our own 

Holi celebrates the triumph of good over bad and has been celebrated for a very long time. Nowadays, you'll see its popularity has grown with University campuses holding Holi events where everyone throws colours on each other similar to some customs in India. Holi is celebrated differently in the various regions and populations of India.

Our family has always cleaned the house and added colour to our decor. It was a way to make our daily life colourful while celebrating Holi and to represent the changing of the season in our decor and #makeitcolorful It would be a good change to our living space and interior decoration for hosting our extended family over for tea and Indian snacks as both my parents are the eldest on their respective sides in Canada. The gathering of our family was important since Holi represents the renewal of relationships. It is always a good opportunity to get back in touch with family we normally wouldn't see. 

For this Holi we decided to serve Chai Moments tea with traditional Indian snacks, and we changed up our decor with subtle hints of colour as we always have done! The great thing about Chai Moments tea is that there is a flavour for everyone from Cardamom to Ginger and even a Chai tea latte mix. It's also super easy to make--all you have to do is add hot water and mix--and that made it a hit with our family this Holi!

The thing about changing your decor for holi/spring is not in splurging. Honestly simple touches of colour found in household items or simple flowers are an easy way to change up your home decor #makeitcolorful and not breaking the bank!

change up your bedroom and #makeitcolourful by adding some colourful pillows and a colourful throw (we added a phulkari dupatta)

#makeitcolourful in your kitchen by adding some colour in your kitchen corner - we added some oranges in a glass bowl and hey those wonderful chai moments boxes sure do add some nice colour as well!
Since we are a family of avid readers we all own many books, so we switch out the books on our shelf and mantle in our family room and add some colour by choosing spines within the same colour palette

continuing with our family room we switched out the bonsai tree on the window sill and decided to #makeitcolorful with some colourful book spines, pink tulips and an addition of another colour throw pillow

Masala, ginger, cardamom, and milk tea - are such great authentic Indian flavours to choose from.  We currently cannot get enough of the ginger flavour. Why not give Chai Moments by Tea India Usa a try this spring and Holi season and #makeitcolorful 

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Monday, 27 February 2017

Trend Alert: Embroidery

Trend Alert!

This trend is a version of something I would have worn in high school.  Embroidered flowers on denim, shirts and crewnecks is the trend that has slowly creeped in if you have noticed. In particular embroidered florals are all the rave.  So just in time for Spring, it's a good time to invest in a piece or two of some embroidered wear.


Friday, 24 February 2017

Friday Finds

Friday Finds is a series that Footnotes and Finds runs every friday where we share interesting, informative and fun finds/links from around the web.  Follow along!

1. "You are always an Immigrant When you are on Stolen Land" this is such a powerful line from poet Lishai, an award - winning poet, poem. It is relevant to all that is happening lately here in North America and a great reminder to those that sometimes forget, that this land, here on North America, isn't ours.  Click here to watch

2. For everyone that suffers of tight hips, check out this video on "how to get into pigeon pose with tight hips" 

3.  We recently attended the Pixi by Petra Launch party, they are now available in Canada! Im so excited to try their Glow tonic, their Pixi Large Mascara, and the Vitamin Wakeup Mist

4. If you haven't already, you need to be following This Instagram account! Mari Andrew is an illustrator that really showcases life in it's honesty in her drawings!

5. Somebody really needs to help me with my mug obsession, but I'm in love with this one!

This week on footnotes and finds:
3 keys to our blogging success

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Wednesday, 22 February 2017

3 keys to our blogging success

"As a blogger, over the time you have been blogging, what is one thing you would say has been most helpful in bringing you success as a blogger?" 

This is a question we get a lot. And although we can answer this in various different ways, such as scheduling our social media or staying on brand. We wanted to get into the heart of it instead of the technical side. Below we have shared our 3 Keys to Blogging Success for footnotes and finds. And YOU, the reader, is definitely a huge part of that success, so THANK YOU!


1. dedication to good quality content

It all starts with dedication to good quality content, thus being organized and having some sort of consistency and calendar, therefore providing value through content. When you have put in foresight and thought into your content before hand it really shows and adds value to your blog.  You are taking the time to understand your readers and then providing them with content that they enjoy reading and you enjoy producing.  That is why, for footnotes and finds, it has always been the quality of content we are posting and not the quantity of blog posts.  We have a editorial calendar which we use to plan out our content in advance. 

takeaway: a key to blogging success is having dedication to putting out good quality content

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2. it's about community 

Then it's about community - interacting with and making connections with our readers and fellow bloggers - this can be through social media, through our content or in person. Being accessible whether it's to brands, readers or fellow bloggers. We love to hear from our readers and have footnotes and finds be more of a conversation with them. It is a great way to prompt dialogue and learn from one another. That is why we have continued our series Friday Finds where we share interesting facts, causes, and random things from all over the world and internet.

takeaway: creating a sense of community and developing relationships with our readers definitely contributes to the success of our blog 

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3. having fun & being true to yourself

And most importantly having fun and being true to yourself is the key to our blog- we have had blogs previously where we weren't really being true ourselves and the content felt forced - thus we weren't having fun. But with our current blog we are true to ourselves and we really enjoy blogging because we are discussing and writing things we would like to! Being authentic to our interests and keeping our voice genuine means we enjoy blogging more personally and we are connecting with readers that enjoy the topics we are blogging about.  

takeaway: have fun with your blog otherwise it will feel like a chore and your readers will be able to tell!

What would your answer be to this question? What has led you to Blogging Success? Share in the comments below!

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

6 elements to a beautiful workspace

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Working from home means, making sure my workspace is a place I am willing to be in for long hours.  It is also important for me to make it my own space, thus making sure I can separate it from the rest of the house. A clean, organized and fun workspace is key to working from home for me.  My work environment really effects my motivation levels and the amount of work I get done.  Some days I venture out to coffee shops or other places in the home just to change it up.  We have curated some awesome ways you can make your workspace beautiful. From fun organization accessories to plants and artwork.  Just that little touch in your workspace is all that is needed! 

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