February 2017 | Footnotes and Finds

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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Friday, 10 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. Adult colouring books have become the new rage in nouveau/pop-culture-self -therapy and for a good reason. Not only do you get to revisit one of the best activities related that plays on your childhood nostalgia but you get to be creative. It is the best way to relax and to exercise your brain in a different way. So here is a list of FREE colouring books offered by leading Libraries and Museums from around the world like the Met and Smithsonian!

2. Did you know that some Gladiators were not men? Cool right? Here are some other interesting facts about Gladiators that you probably didn't know and that Russel Crowe movie didn't teach you either!

3.  Love this, this and this hoodie!

4. The very brilliant Joni Mitchell talks about how different creative activities she partakes in come from different "wells" of creativity situation in her brain.

5. The latest beauty trend of blue-cat-eye-winged-eyeliner is to die for. Check out this great tutorial on how to get it right!


Wednesday, 8 February 2017

The 5 things I learned from studying abroad

 Spending full days at the library can drive anyone crazy, even if you love what you're studying

1. No matter how scary it seemed and still seems, I can do it

The first time I moved away from home and settled in the large and fast-moving city of London was at the age of 20. I'm not an emotional person but everything happened so fast that I didn't get the time to digest the fact that I was packing to move away to a place which was quite different than home and not really close in proximity either. A day before I was leaving, after visas, school requirements and forms and the nitty-gritty details of moving away were all settled I panicked--because it finally hit me. Any which way, I made it on the plane the next morning and arrived in London, overwhelmed, anxious and, a little excited. I didn't get time to un-pack properly and was thrown into the swing of the demanding program I was enrolled in. 

It wasn't until the second time that I moved away, again to the UK, that I realized the anxiety that comes with moving never really goes away. But what my first time had taught me was that I could do it and all of the anxieties I had about moving away once at my new home work themselves out. I will get wifi, I will buy groceries, I will be able to find my way around and I will be able to cope with differences. (Being an avid traveller helped me become flexible and adaptable as well!)

Having said that, studying abroad isn't for everyone. So it always might be better to do a smaller exercise in this first. for example, a summer school or a semester exchange to test out the water!

You may remember Kate from my Como + Milan post, we lived together in London way way back when and we are still the best of friends. So when I moved to England again, she came to meet me the weekend after I landed to help settle me in and I made sure to visit her in Italy, where she way working

2. We all have our own ways with dealing with homesickness and showing we miss people

I am human after all, I just have my very stoic way of showing and dealing with emotions. Living away, learning the ropes of a new environment and culture, constantly having to explain yourself to new friends and longing for the simple comforts of home did get to me. But my way of dealing with it was to correspond less frequently with my loved ones at home and focus more on the work at hand. I missed people, don't get me wrong but dwelling on not being home was an obstacle I didn't want to create for myself especially knowing that it would eat up mental capacity i needed to get through a highly demanding program. So I focused on the work at hand and the people around me. I skyped my family every other day and that felt nice. Sometimes I would leave video messages to my sister, updating her on my life and she would do the same...time difference between Vancouver and Oxford is quite the hurdle!

So find a pattern and routine that works for you and stick to it. Having a routine really helps beat homesickness and having a consistent amount of calls helps you adapt to living on your own but remaining in touch with loved ones. 

3. Making new friends is hard but is the most important thing you can do

Having a social network is the single most important thing to have for a happy and healthy mentality. Knowing you have people to depend on, who not only care about you but think of you is vital in feeling good about yourself and to create a positive imprint about the environment you live in. So it is doubly important when you live away to have that. The both times I lived away I was very lucky in that regard...especially since both times I went into it with not expectations of making life-long friendships. But here I am and some of my closest friends are still the ones I made almost 7 years ago even though we live in extremely opposite time zones. 

My master's program in particular would have been very difficult if I had not made the group of friends that I did. Because of the nature of the program we became confidantes, proof-readers, drinking buddies and therapists to one another really quickly. When our program wrapped up we took time to travel with one another, making sure we could be friends outside the bubble of academia.

We made sure to celebrate Canadian and American Thanks giving. Everyone was invited and we all cooked or contributed

I've definitely become much better at darts now. Pub nights and friendly games were something that we used to blow some steam off and enjoy each other's company

4. You have to adapt to living with many different types of people, it's a give and take

I was also lucky to have awesome flatmates--or instant friends-- this is key since your living environment can really affect your experience of living away. If you have unfriendly flatmates you can start to feel anxious about shared spaces. Some of my best friends till this date are people that I lived with and thats how I know we are in it for the long haul. But its all about first meetings and continued effort. Take time out for your flatmates, get to know them better and compromise, remember its their living environment too. Things you are used to doing at home you may not be able to do them in this new environment. We used to have flat dinners or cook for one another. It was a way to keep up to date with each other since we all had different schedules. 

Mostly, be respectful of people and the boundaries they set. Set boundaries, make rules and keep communication clear. We were 8 flatmates in London and we created a cleaning rota in the first week of moving in. We were able to keep the flat clean and avoid the awkwardness of having unclean flatmates. I know people shy away from confrontation but anything said kindly enough in a direct manner is faster in solving your problem and taking you out of your agony than resenting someone on the inside. Lastly, just be nice to each other. Studying away from home is hard so bad days are magnified and sick days are the worst thing ever. Be kind cook for each other, leave each other notes, share your groceries and wash-up for someone. Maybe even knock on the door and ask how they are doing once in a while. Little acts of kindness mean a lot.

This counts as one of the sweetest things anyone has ever done. My flatmate gifted us individually picked books that she felt we would enjoy (she was doing her Masters in Literature) as her parting gift

5. Remember what you moved all the way there for in the first place

It is easy to forget with all the exciting events and all the shiny new people why you are moved to begin with. I maintain that balance is the most important life skill you can have. But always keep yourself in check. Studying is meant to be a full time job. You are meant to attend the lectures and do your work outside of class and that is supposed to amount to the same hours of work as a full time job--believe me education providers have designed post-secondary education with this in mind. So treat it like one. Do your work, go to your classes and then with your free time have some fun. It is never a good thing to be so extreme one way or another because the university experience is so much more than just the books and book -education. I always made sure I spent some hours in the day just hanging out with friends, learning about the city, kicking back watching something or doing an activity I really loved. Living away has the added bonus of learning and experience a whole new culture and country. So make the best of that but don't forget to study!

I took time to travel during my breaks and we travelled together to Montenegro + Croatia and even road-tripped through the Lake district to Corbridge

I also took time out to go to fancy balls and garden parties as the Oxford experience demanded


Have you lived away from home for studies? What did you learn?

Sunday, 5 February 2017

On my reading list

Although, as an avid reader, my book list is continually growing--not only in list form, but also in terms of physical books on my shelf--I have always liked to use the beginning of the year to get excited about 12 fresh new months to fill up with books. Its not so rigidly planned. Its more of a pile of books that I keep at my bedside that I then shuffle around and add to. Sometimes I'll plan to read this book after that one but then end up reading that other book because I was more in that mood.

So here are some of the books I have sitting in that pile for this year:

1. The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy
2. Satanic Verses, Salman Rushdie
3. Song of Solomon, Toni Morrison
4. The Trial, Franz Kafka
5. Norwegian Wood, Haruki Murakami
6. SPQR, Mary Beard
7. Persuasion, Jane Austen
8. Mrs. Dalloway, Virginia Woolf
9. Penelopiad, Margaret Atwood
10. The Sound and the Fury, William Faulkner

What books are on your reading list?

My outfit is the result of my recent H&M visit during their boxing week sale:
Bomber// Top// Jeans: H&M
Shoes: Urban outfitters
Touque: Zara, similar
Lipstick: Huda, Spice Girl


Friday, 3 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. This ingenious idea of seamlessly superimposing figures from Classical art onto modern day scenes of life is one of the best things I have seen!

2. If you know me, you will know that I love trees. Now, scientists are able to show that the earth "breathes" or more so how carbon dioxide released by trees moves around in our atmosphere. This is not to be missed, it so mesmerizing!

3. Check out Afghanistan's first all-girl orchestra!

4. Love this, this and this dainty ring!

5. Margaret Atwood's The Hand Maid's Tale is absolutely one of my favourite books so when I found that it was being turned into a Tv Series I was elated. Now, the teaser is out and I am hyped!! Check it out for yourself.

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