Living Well

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Recently, I have been thinking about wellness and what it means to live well. There are so many websites dedicated to wellness and often the messages are mixed. What works for one person, may not work for another. 

Wellness is very personal as we all struggle with different things - but for me, I believe living well is having a good balance between everything and feeling good about it. Wellness to me encompasses physical, mental, financial and emotional health. Focusing on these things forces me to identify areas where I need to improve and find a solution to do so. 

So many of us are one some journey of self-improvement in one specific area of our lives, which makes sense because it's pretty difficult to think about a multitude of things at once - however I believe that simultaneously working on the different areas that we've identified as needing to improved yields better results. Why? Because the various areas of our lives are closely related and interact with one another. For example, when I'm feeling mentally healthy and strong - I perform better on my blog, at the gym and can handle issues better. On the flipside, when I'm not doing so well mentally, it's hard to be productive and I usually spend a lot of money on random things (which makes me stress out even more). 

When I make the conscious effort to live well in all areas of my life simultaneously, I have the best experience. It may seem overwhelming - but I like to think of it as building a home. When you build a strong foundation, the rest of the home is structurally sound. If you skimp on the foundation, the home's integrity is lost. 

Though it's a constant work in progress, it's well worth it. We need to be conscious of every moment we have and choose to make each one the best it can be!

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Easter Dresses for All!

Monday, March 26, 2018

Easter is just around the corner, which is the perfect opportunity to treat yourself to a new dress. A good Easter dress can be worn throughout Spring to weddings, graduations, communions and confirmations which all come with the season. 

I personally love pastel dresses for Easter, and today I am rounding up some of my favourite styles in a variety of styles, sizes and price points! 

One // Two // Three
Four // Five // Six

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Scientists Who Selfie

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

If you are a part of the science community in any way, you've probably seen the Science magazine op-ed that essentially shames the way which some scientists choose to do outreach.

I love science. It's a vast and amazing field that evolves rapidly every day. There are so many discoveries being made in a variety of areas that it's sometimes really hard to keep up! I love carrying out experiments, researching and learning new things about our surroundings. More than all of that, I absolutely love talking about science. I could talk about science all day long and never get bored or tired. 

When I think about science communication, I think of how important it is to share science with the general public. Oddly enough, a lot of people trust science less than ever before. It's so important to have the skill to communicate complex scientific concepts in a way that is relatable and easily understood. This is why I deeply appreciate science Instagram accounts and see the huge value in their work. Scrolling through the science Instagram accounts is exciting, and I have never thought research time was being wasted on outreach. In fact, I feel inspired to think of ways I can use my platform to increase my personal science outreach! 

Through this unfortunate article, prominent science Instagrammer Science Sam started the hashtag #scientistswhoselfie to push back against the unfair criticism from the op-ed. This movement resonated with me personally, because I go by The Preppy Scientist - but rarely share the science part of that on my blog or social media. This is definitely something I'll be revisiting this year!  

Science is really evolving - so the way we communicate it must also evolve. So many people consume information through social media - and in order to really reach the public, it only makes sense for science to be there. I hope that fewer people will find sharing science on social media shallow and instead see the immense value in it!

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Best Athleisure under $100

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Sweater // Leggings (similar) // Shoes

Athleisure is hands down my favourite trend ever. I schedule my workouts wherever I can, so it's important that I'm always ready to go. I keep my gym bag stocked with all the essentials and try to be half-dressed for a workout. It's really important that my leisure wear can take me from running errands directly to the gym without a thought. There are so many amazing brands who carry great athleisure pieces - and in the widget below I'm rounding up some of my favourites under $100. 

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Closet Refresh with Old Navy

Monday, March 5, 2018

Spring is definitely on its way, and while I'm more than ready - my closet is not. I have some great pieces from past seasons but I would definitely benefit from a refresh. I'm on a shopping hiatus until Easter (😒) but I can't help but look at all the beautiful new arrivals from my favourite brands, and hoard my favourite items in my shopping cart until the end of the month!

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Right now, Old Navy is absolutely killing it. I had to double check my browser bar to make sure I was on their website. The Spring New Arrivals are so classic with a fun twist and remind me of J. Crew. I love the pattern mixing on classic silhouettes and the use of embroidery on otherwise simple items. 

One thing I love about Old Navy is the range of sizes they carry in store and online. Generally, you can find an item in your size in all the categories. If you're unsure about sizing, I'd recommend ordering a couple of sizes because you can return whatever doesn't work out in store. The prices are also amazing if you are working with a budget. There is almost always an online offer plus free shipping with $50 orders. 

I picked out my favourite items and you can shop them using the widget below!
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