September 20, 2017

Les Femmes


Over the summer this year like any other I had a lot of time on my hands. They were no longer spent taking down notes, writing essays, and solving mathematical equations. My hands were getting idle and one night of inspiration as I was sitting on the computer desk, I put pen to paper and drew. It started off with the "Le Petite FĂ©ministe" piece. I fell in love with this style of drawing and the theme. I continued on and made a few pieces that I like to think represents females as both beautiful on the surface and at the heart too.

September 13, 2017

Tiny Poems From Once Before (Again)


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Sink or swim
so it seems
but for now,
I will keep my eyes
above the water

So it seems that I am still not ready to write about New York. I'm still struggling to put to paper how I felt about the trip. I may never find the right words to fully describe how that trip made me feel but I'll try to get as close to it as I can -- eventually. As for now, I've dug up some tiny poems from once before (again) to share with you all. 

September 6, 2017

Back to the Daily Grind

 By the end of every school year my soul always feels tired and worn out. The combination of a very hectic sleep schedule being balanced with homework and extracurricular activities is without contest the most probable cause. Summer has always been an oasis on the horizon so out of reach until it's there. Once it's there however, it disappears in a blink of an eye leaving us all wondering.

August 30, 2017

August 23, 2017

Breathing in Art

Being in New York for the first time has truly been such a blissful experience I am eternally grateful for. From the start, I knew I was most excited to peruse through the exhibits in various museums. I was right. Even though I'll be returning to Vancouver by the month's end, I will always treasure exploring the Guggenheim, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art will always hold a place in my heart. Despite my aching feet and a tired body after each trip, I must say, it was all worth it and it's something I hope to go back to in the future. The trip isn't even halfway finished, but I'm already beginning to miss certain parts. So I thought I would share some of the museums highlights that I will miss with all of you, as well as my opinions on the magnificent sights.

August 16, 2017

Me, You, and The Internet #3


I'm nothing if not consistent when it comes to scouring the internet for things that make me laugh, for things that warm my heart, and for things that inspire my existence. On this week's post, I give you all of the above and a little bit more.

Read below the jump to hear about a specific podcast episode that remains saved onto my phone despite my the limited memory space. Further down the list, you'll come across an Elvis cover, and even a royalty free tune I happen to be obsessed with. Let me sidetrack you from whatever you're supposed to be doing for a moment and let's pretend I'm sitting next to you (my dear old pal) as I hold out my phone for you to see some cool things on the interwebz.

August 9, 2017

Sunrises, a Chasm, and the Ocean


I wrote these short poems on separate occasions. Some of the times I don't quite remember what instigated me into writing to them or how I felt in that exact moment. Reading it now, I feel as if the connotation is different. I find that truly interesting about poetry. It evolves as a person grows and its meaning can change constantly. 

August 2, 2017

Boat rides, Best Pals, and Bowen Island

Being an early twenty-something year old is weird. You're not quite a full-fledged adult quite yet. You've got much to learn -- about taxes, mortgages, and life in general. Plus, you can get arrested and when you're convicted, you won't be placed in juvie. Instead, you'll be in actual adult prison, in all it's shiv and shank glory. I digress.

One of the perks of being a young adult however, is being at the prime age of travelling. Sure, you're probably spending thousands paying for rent for crap basements apartments, or selling your organs to fund your post-secondary education. 

July 19, 2017

Things To Do To Soothe Your Soul


For the first time in my life, I metaphorically have a whole lot of open-road in front of me. There's no giant timer breathing down my neck, counting down til the moment where my always seemingly brief respite comes to an end. Words cannot fully capture the eager anticipation that I have towards finally getting to experience autumn without the association of dreading back-to-school season. For the first time, I'm not spending summer anxious over the days going by.

Having said that, it really is quite the adjustment. I'm not used to not having anything on my to-do lists. At any given time, I normally have several lists ongoing. Now that homework, readings, essays, and exams are no longer my problems to fuss about, there's an empty void I quickly found the need to fill. Apparently, even post-graduation, I still have "zero-chill." So, here's a list of cost-free things to do this summer to soothe my soul.

July 12, 2017

Warm and Cool Weather Clothes


There are so many different ways you can style each article of clothing in your closet. Sometimes they can be made to fit different seasons and weather trend change after change. This is something that I have learned through a lot of experimentation. When the time of cleaning my closet comes around again it gives me the opportunity to see every top and pair  of pants. Sometimes there are clothes that I don't wear a lot, but I end up finding new ways to love them again.

July 5, 2017

Free Downloadables: Wallpapers #6


Hard to believe that the last time we put a post for free downloadables was December of last year. Time sure has flown by. How is it that we're already on the latter half of the 2017? Hopefully the year thus far has been kind to you. Ours admittedly had its fair share of ups and downs. Regardless, we're pushing through and praying for the good to outweigh the bad.

For all the things that have yet to come, we've picked some favorite reminders to create as new wallpapers for anyone to download as they please. Should you end up fancying these enough to download, capture a screenshot, send us a message, comment on our socials, or just let us know so we can post another batch without waiting another six months! 

June 28, 2017

8:30 AM Poetry

I thought these poems in the way that they are written reflect how much I've grown. There are so many misconceptions of time, but now that the vacation has begun, I have a lot of it. I hope to savour small moments where I am pursuing interests that I truly enjoy more often. Like when I wrote these, it was like a breath of fresh air.

June 21, 2017

These Little Things That Make Me Smile


Throughout this school year, I've been taking a leadership class at my school. The early mornings I spent in that classroom has been filled with interesting discussions. We've covered topics like social media identity, school society, and famous speakers. One day, our teacher introduced us to this book written by a Canadian author called "The Book of Awesome." It is a compilation of little, amazing things in life that is very well-written. That then sparked us to write our own awesomes and I thought it would be nice to share it with all of you. Despite it being an assignment, I really did enjoy writing these two which is an awesome in and of itself.

June 14, 2017

Advice From My Pals: On Travelling


So a couple years ago, amidst our increasing desire to travel more and more, I promised Anne that on we would someday go to New York together. The plan was to book the trip for August of 2017 because by then, I would have graduated from university, and Anne would be turning 16. For so long now, we have held onto this idea like a crutch. Whenever things would get too heavy, or whenever our hearts yearned to see the world, we would remind each other to set our sights on the light at the end of the tunnel. A couple of weeks ago, we finally booked our flights to the big apple, and our excitement has been exponentially increasing as each day passes by. 

This trip will be our first major adventure together so we're naturally filled with nerves. Not because we're scared, but because we want things to go as swimmingly as possible. With that in mind, I spread the word to my pals to get some advice on traveling from a young adult's perspective. Altogether, these peoples' travels span the length of the globe — France, Germany, Netherlands, Croatia, Belgium, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Thailand, Costa Rica, Uganda, and more. Someday, I'll ideally follow suit but for now, I've got New York in mind and their advice to share with you guys.

June 7, 2017

Day Wave and Blonder | Vancouver

Before heading to the show, I already knew the power of Jackson Phillips' music. The first time my ears were blessed by the musical genius that is Day Wave, I was at home, sitting in my pajamas while watching a Michalaks vlog -- as per my typical Sunday routine. I was wholly unprepared for the instant connection I'd feel to a song (Total Zombie) that was simply soundtracking the video. Since then, I have spent many a moment soundtracking my own life to the rest of his music. I've even gone so far as proclaiming how I'd pick Day Wave to create the score if for some highly unlikely chance that my life were ever to be made into a movie.

May 31, 2017

Eye on the Horizon


Like any other student, like most of you I've been counting down the weeks, the days, the number of projects, exams, and events I have to make it through until summer break is finally hear once more. I've had a pretty productive year and accomplished quite a few personal goals which has been a rewarding experience, but school remains as school. It is still really stressful and can be quite draining at times. The countless instances I've though about what I'll do this summer however has helped me power through. So I thought I'd share some of the activities I've come up with.

May 24, 2017

From the Camera Roll


The start of the summer season has always given me new life. It took a while for the rays of sunshine to hit Vancouver, but when it did, man did it come at full force. There's something about the days getting longer that sparks a desire for me to do new things, more things, great things. As such, since the semester came to a close and the seasons transitioned, I have been grasping at every opportunity to go out into the world (with camera in hand, of course).

I've always been pretty nosy when it comes to peoples' camera rolls. One of my most favorite things to do when catching up with friends is taking a peek at the pictures they've taken since I last saw them. I'm surrounded by people who do cool things, and since I can't always do those cool things with them, the best way to vicariously live through them is a technology enabled show and tell of sorts. With that being said, I thought I'd share some of the photos I've snapped in the past while to show you what I've been up to.

May 10, 2017

Favorite Things As of Late


Although it's been a while and a half since I've last done a favorites post, the length of time in no way reflects a lack of things to enjoy. In fact, in coming up with this list, I found it hard to narrow it down to a somewhat manageable few to feature. This is so much so that there is a high chance that a separate list will be coming your way within the next while. In the mean time, here's an adult version of show and tell, in the form of my current favorites. 

May 3, 2017

Black Coats + Silk Blouses

There are certain pieces in one's closet that are perfect for a variety of occasions. They can be dressed up or down and those types of clothes are my favourite. I'd like to share with you some of them in this blog post. I touch bases on repurposing clothes and my appreciation for a good pair of comfortable shoes. I have a feeling the clothes I mention will remain in my wardrobe for a long time.

April 26, 2017

Portraits and Skylines


Surprise! Rolling into our arsenal are some new commission types that you can now order.

April 19, 2017

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made


Over the years I have come across a number of bible verses that have resonated with me. Some I came across during events at church then wrote down in my journal and some from when my sister and I read the daily readings during Lent. I find when I am lost amidst earthly distractions, there is always a verse that corresponds and answers my questions. With Easter finally coming this week and I thought it would be nice to share a few with all of you. 

April 12, 2017

Kaleo and Judah & the Lion | Vancouver


Dear Orpheum theatre, it's been a while. You were my first concert venue in Vancouver, and man, were you a rush. Thinking about you gives me a sense of wonder and incites a nostalgically soundtracked montage in my head. You set the bar pretty high as far as venues go. And although these past several years, I have grown to love smaller more intimate places, I will never not want to keep walking back into your open doors and looking up at your opulently grandeur ceiling. Last week, on April 4th, 2017, I came back to you in a fit of excitement to see Kaleo and Judah & the Lion. I was a mix of giddy elation and nervous anticipation. 

April 5, 2017

The New Age

Upon waking up to start a new day, a lot of teenagers have quite similar morning routines. Other than pressing snooze on our dreaded alarms the rest consists of turning on our phones, checking social media, reading and replying to texts, and looking through missed calls. Already within the first few minutes of our day we have been subjected to three forms of communication; all of which are digital. 

March 22, 2017

Here's to Poetry


It seemed not just coincidental, the serendipity of my blog post falling on the week of World Poetry day, but instead the perfect opportunity. I thought I'd share with you a few poems I've written here and there over Spring Break. In spirit of yesterday, here's to the poets, the readers, and connoisseurs of the written word.

March 15, 2017

Winter Are You Still Here?


It seems as though the icy weather hasn't relented. Who would have thought there would be snow in the month of March, I certainly didn't. Normally, I would be unpacking all my spring clothes and transitioning my closet from winter, however these last few weeks haven't allowed me that opportunity. I've been running out of outfit combinations as I'm sure a lot of you can relate to. This is a situation that's never great when one is half asleep while trying to get ready in the morning. Sometimes I've just had to remind myself that the simplest pieces of clothing that I'm comfortable in can make the best outfits. Often, I've found myself over complicating my outfits, but I just have to keep reminding myself that, "Hallways are not runways" and, "Modest is the hottest" always.

March 8, 2017

Meet Ally

Photo by: Mon Millena

Meet Ally. An 18 year old figuring out her life through the fierce pursuit of creative outlets. To put it simply, Ally's an insanely talented dancer and a self-taught make-up artist behind Bejer Beauty. She produces works of art in every aspect of her artistic process and we were lucky enough to work with her for this week's post. This collaboration has been in the works for quite a long time now. It first started with us getting the privilege of her doing our make-up. In exchange, not only did we get a chance to interview her, but we also got a chance to create Flux + Folk piece for her. 

Keep on reading to see what an F+F x Bejer Beauty collaboration looks like! 

March 1, 2017

Valley | Vancouver


Few people get me the way that my Spotify Discover Weekly gets me. As I spoke with Karah after the show, we mutually discussed our initial hesitance with music streaming that have now long dissipated. After all, if it weren't for the magic that is the Spotify algorithm, I wouldn't have come across her band Valley, among other tons of artists that have come to claim permanent positions in my playlists.

February 22, 2017

Simple Words


“Hello, nice to meet you…goodbye and don’t forget your please and thank yous,” words such as these tumble out of our mouths without too much thought in countless moments of our lives. People might call it etiquette or the social norm, since each member entwined in society’s web has established this same routine from infancy. Social norms are what they are because it is deemed acceptable; however having been made social norms, some can say they have lost their original purpose.

February 15, 2017

The Moto-Jacket of My Dreams


It has been a while since Vancouver has been in the midst of snow storms and covered in white even through February. It's been pretty much a shock for a lot of us in B.C., considering the transit system and school districts have been having a difficult time dealing with snow days. It has been a struggle and a half to get to classes when my campus is all the way up in a mountain, the university refuses to close the campus down, and the buses have a meltdown trying to get up the hill. Honestly, I could go on forever about my frustrations about that. BUT, that's not what this post is about.

This post is all about the bright side of things. Though the snow and freezing temperatures have not been so kind to commuters, they have made it easier for me to justify spending money on new coats. One of which is the badass yet delightfully warm coat that has been keeping me cozy for the past couple months.

February 1, 2017

Round Three | 6 x 4 Prints


A special package arrived on our doorstep just in time for Valentine's Day! We can't wait to unleash these new prints into the world and into your hands (and hearts too, hopefully). It's been quite some time since we've done a round of 6 x 4's, and we've been getting loads of questions about them.

We've been busy working on these for the past while, sorting and curating a collection that we are immensely proud of. We can't wait for these to be in your homes, your offices, your lockers, your frames, on your desks, and everywhere else in between.

January 25, 2017

Shopping Trips That End With Aching Arms


On recent trip across the border, I definitely came back with more than I brought with me encased in a shopping bag. H&M has always been a staple in my closet. I don't know if it's just me but it felt like the store in the states had more inventory and larger sales. After combing through all the racks in the store you could barely see me since I had a mountain of clothes that I wanted to try on. Let's just say my arms were aching by the end of the trip.

January 18, 2017

Same Song, Different Covers


For as long as I can remember, I have always loved cover songs. This is because covers, to me, embody the idea of taking something that already exists as a certain way and reinventing it to breathe new life and give new meaning. Because of this, I have always been the type of person who listens to multiples variations of the same song. I actively search for covers on a regular basis. I look for acoustic renditions, punk alternatives, slowed down tempos, remixes, and whatever others I can stumble into.

When a song is good, sometimes, you just have to listen to multiple versions of a it. After all, the lyrics might be the same but the mood and meaning can be wholly altered through the adjustment of sound and singer. 

And so, in an effort to share with you some of my favorite covers, we've started a new segment called Same Song, Different Covers. This time around, we're starting off with covers of Drake, Cyndi Lauper, and even Elvis. 

January 11, 2017

Bringing Back the Ruffles


There's this new trend that's been going around like wildfire. Fashion designers have been hard at work constantly trying to come up with new styles for consumers like us. It always astounds me what they can come up with and how much so they influence me. A recent one that's made a comeback are the ruffles and frill designs that have popped up on clothes from countless brands. 

January 4, 2017

On Being Grateful

2016 was the year that I finally stuck to a resolution from the 1st of January all the way to the 31st of December. Because of this, for me, 2016 was also the year of gratefulness. For as long as I can remember, I have always been ever the pessimist, and so in an effort to contradict my inherent nature, on the 1st of January 2016, I decided to begin a year-long effort to change my ways.