▫︎Don’t get me wrong. Having dreams is important, but I’m talking about the dreams you have when you’re asleep. The ones that shake you, rock you, and leave you wondering if they actually happened. 💭
For God does speak—now one way, now another— though no one perceives it. In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls on people as they slumber in their beds,
▫︎God is so good! Quite often He reveals Himself to us in dreams and last night was no exception for me. Historically speaking, so many of my night dreams come true. Call me an old man if you must.
In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.
▫︎In my dream I was by the river in Manitoba, Canada and a woman came up to me and said “Because of your hard work with your business lately I am giving you my car.” It was a Hyundai. I was so grateful and happy!
▫︎Not long after, she came up to me again and said “No, I changed my mind.” “I’m going to give you my new Mercedes Benz instead!” It looked quite like the one in the above photo. White, shiny, and new. Stunning.
Um, yes please! Thank You Lord!
▫︎So today I’m saying to you work hard at all you do. Show up. Try your best and do all you do unto the Lord! Listen—there’s upgrades and level-ups available when you do! Daydreaming is great but unless you put the hard work in, those types of dreams will stay just that. Dreams.
There’s upgrades and level-ups available!
▫︎God gives good gifts—the best of which was the free gift of salvation when He gave His only Son to die for us and our sins. He is still in the business of giving good gifts to His sons and daughters!
▫︎When I awoke from my dream, the word “favor” stood out to me audibly. So today I pray for favor, and also endurance, strategy, perseverance, and upgrades for you and me as we continue to work heartily in all of entrepreneurial and career endeavours today!
something done or granted out of goodwill, rather than from justice or for remuneration; a kind act
friendly or well-disposed regard; goodwill
the state of being approved or held in regard
excessive kindness or unfair partiality; preferential treatment
“Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands!” – Psalm 90:17
“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” – Colossians 3:23-24
“You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands; you shall be blessed, and it shall be well with you.” – Psalm 128:2
▫︎Are you an entrepreneur? Share your business and link below! May you have favor with God and man and success in your endeavours as you look to God for strategies and guidance in all you do! Blessings!👇🏻
Here it is. My Peachy faves for Valentine’s/Galentine’s! ♡
♡ I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite things as my 1st Annual ‘Peachy Gift Guide for Valentine’s Day! Everything on the list is under $120 CDN (and most way under that). I also seriously love each item and use each one, or I want to purchase one for myself!
♡ I hope we all know the drill right now. Try to shop small and local as much as possible because many small businesses are struggling right now.
Now let’s get some amazing finds for our loved ones—
♡ First of all, can I just say how legit EXCITED I am to be back writing about fun gifting favorites and sharing all the things I love with all of you? One of my most fulfilling things is to share things that I’ve found that I love and that support small business people. So let’s go, here’s just a few I found that I adore:
Lion of Judah Clothing Company – this Christian apparel brand is an online retailer based in the United States, whose mission is to bring high quality products to believers who want to rep the King in a stylish fashion. New in 2020, this small business aims to bring more Christ-centered business into the world. Their mission is to make and deliver quality products for those who want to rep the Lion of Judah, the King of Kings, and the Lord of Lords in their everyday apparel. They believe that any one of us can change the world, but it starts with trusting in Him. I absolutely love the mission and the vision of this small business and so I also brand rep them and can offer my followers 10% off any of their purchases with Code TIFF10. I love how this sweatshirt reminds us that He calls us to love not some, but all and is a gentle reminder that we are called to spread His love every day. Loose fit and comfortable. Spread your love to all with this awesome sweatshirt. $48 CDN. How to purchase – Lion of Judah Clothing Company
The North Sound – this music duo from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada is ever-changing with lyrics spanning across haunting metaphors and a sound balanced between today’s modern production and the era of Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris. Formed in 2014 by Forrest Eaglespeaker and supported by his partner Nevada Freistadt, The North Sound was created as a way to share stories in keeping true to Forrest’s Blackfoot identity and traditions from Treaty 7 Territory. The North Sound has had three singles reach number one on the Indigenous Music Countdown as well as Saskatchewan’s MBC Radio, and has received four nominations from the SCMA; two for Roots Artist of the Year and one for Emerging Artist of the Year, and they recently won “Indigenous Artist of the Year” for the Saskatchewan Music Awards. $15 CDN. How to purchase – The North Sound
Limelife by Alcone – this Build Your Own Lip Bundle is so beautiful and a great way to save some money on these professional, leaping bunny certified cosmetics! Send love all around with these custom lip bundles — pick any two vegan lip products from any of the Enduring Lip Colours (my fave), Enduring Lip Liners (self-sharpening!), Perfect Lipsticks, Perfect Lip Glosses (non-sticky), Perfect Lip Scrub (a winter must-have), Perfect Balm, or Perfect Balm SPF 30 – it’s the perfect chance to stock up or share with someone who deserves a treat! Build yours quickly because these bundles are only available for the month of February! I’m wearing the Enduring Lip Liner in Dark Nude, the Enduring Lip Colour in S’mores with a touch of Concealer 00 in the middle, and the Perfect Lip Gloss in Grace. Go support my small business with your purchase! An awesome idea for any woman in your life including yourself. $42 CDN. How to purchase: Limelife by Alcone – The Peachy Keen Diaries
Wildflower Colour & Clay – Jessica Rachelle produces pottery out of her studio in Winkler, Manitoba. As a former barista and waitress with a long interest in cooking and hosting, it is only natural that her ceramics would focus on these activities where people come together over food and drink. It’s her vision to see her mugs inspire people as they take a moment to breathe and dream, to see a collection of her plates amplify the beauty of a family enjoying a meal, and to see her tumblers add to the refreshment of friends sharing a drink. There is significance in these ordinary moments and Jessica wants her pottery to add to their depth and beauty. Love this vision and small woman-owned business! $38 CDN. How to purchase: Wildflower Colour & Clay
FLIKR Fire – A portable way to enjoy the cozy comfort of a fire in your home office or anywhere! Runs on clean-burning rubbing alcohol. I found this online and thought “I NEED this!” Perfect for creating a warm and cozy atmosphere anywhere in your home or outside. Provides around 50 minutes of burn time without any soot or smoke. The cement design is height-adjustable to suit your space. Made by a small couple-owned business in Cleveland. $120 CDN. How to purchase: FLIKR Fire
Trumpet + Tassel – this local, small and woman-owned Canadian business makes sustainable, vegan leather jewelry for big causes. And I own it! Made in small-town Manitoba, Canada and operating from Etsy online, this jewelry is both super pretty and totally affordable to purchase. PLUS 10% currently goes to help The Canadian Cancer Society, a cause we can all get behind (gifting that gives back is the way to go whenever possible). Currently available in 3 different colours: 1. Cool Cats + Kittens; 2. Little Black Dress; and 3. Oh Natural. Our newest colour just sold out and is called My Funny Valentine. Don’t worry, we have lots more coming soon! A beautiful and thoughtful gift for the friend that loves accessories, and for every woman in your life this Valentine’s. $22 CDN. How to purchase: Trumpet + Tassel
Note: All photos are credited to the individual business owners
♡ Which items are you going to get for a Valentine, Galentine, or yourself? Let me know in the comments! I’m looking forward to hearing from you! Happy shopping!
✩ I’m so excited to announce that my jewelry brand, ‘Trumpet + Tassel‘, is trial launching new Cork Vegan Leather Earrings and you can get them NOW! Sourced from a Canadian business, this Cork Vegan Leather is the bomb.com! It’s not only stylish, trendy, and beautiful, but cruelty-free, eco-friendly, and sustainable! That’s my jam right now friends, and it fits in so beautifully with my clean, vegan, and cruelty-free makeup and skin-care line, LimeLife by Alcone, that I’m making available to you as well!!
✩ This transition in my business comes after much thought. If you’ve been following along with my blog, I really did think I was going to toss in the towel awhile back. COVID-19 has definitely had an effect on small business, including mine, and truth be told, I was also beginning to lose some passion for what I was making.
Inspiration is everywhere you just have to look for it!
✩ But then I got inspired—inspired by other amazing business women I was seeing and meeting online; the ones that get up and make things happen, the ones that hype you on your bad days and have your back through it all. They probably don’t know it but my LimeLife girl tribe really motivated me to take another chance again—to make some things that I wanted to wear again and see other women wearing. When you have passion, it’s transferable, and you can take THAT to the bank all you inspiring entrepreneurs! A new season of reinventing myself and my business breaks forth with new vision, new life, and new projects!! Welcome 2021!!
When you have passion, it’s transferable, and you can take THAT to the bank all you inspiring entrepreneurs!
✩ Cork Vegan Leather is one of the best vegan and eco-friendly fabrics around. Unlike the heavy chemical processing of leather, cork leather production is chemical-free! This product is super soft, durable, won’t crack or crumble, and is extremely light. Like I mean so light that sometimes I have to check to make sure I’m still wearing my earrings! Cork Leather is also wear, tear, and water resistant. No animals are harmed in the process of making these beauties and that’s something I absolutely LOVE. Wear some with your new LimeLife makeup and you’re ready to rock in a healthy and natural cruel-free way!
✩ My January 2021 launch is a small trial with a very limited amount of earrings available. If women love them as much as I do, I will be selling more amounts in various styles as I recuperate from surgery. I won’t be selling tassel earrings right now (who knows what the future holds), but my brand name, Trumpet + Tassel, remains the same and still stands for quality, empowerment, and compassionate give-back to non-profits that make a difference in the world! For now, you can get the following 3 amazing styles in size large (2 3/8″ x 1 3/4″) with sterling silver hooks for only $22 CDN each with 10% of that going to The Canadian Cancer Society:
✩ What’s your favorite style from the 3 listed above? Which one are you going to buy first??
✩ What’s your favorite non-profit that we’ve trumpeted through our jewelry line? Which one would you like to see us give-back to in the future?
✩ We love you, we love fashion that looks good and does good, and we love this new product launch more than you know and hope you do as well!! Comment below or drop me a line to let me know your fave style and non-profit!
✩ Make sure to go to Trumpet + Tassel NOW and get your earrings for 2021 before they’re sold out! Spread the news and make a beautiful difference.
‣ How was yours? I spent mine with online Church, some rest, and finally starting to prep for my surgery in a couple weeks. I’m starting some lists at least.
Where’s my ‘Hyster Sisters’ at?!
‣ A rushed hysterectomy during COVID is not on my must-do bucket list for 2021 so I’m not feeling it friends. I’m just not. I really hope it will be like the 2020 situation for me. You know, the poopshow year that turns into a blessing of sorts when you look hard enough and keep your eyes on God. I’ll be writing new blog posts as I go which will hopefully help any of you on or about to be on the same journey as me! In keeping with my 2021 word “Authentic”, I’m going to be just that. It might get raw but it’s going to be nothing but real.
‣ As I’m sitting here with a million tabs open (literally on my computer and in my brain) I also wanted to post how much I dearly appreciate your support and business right now! I want to re-share my Colour Match Quiz link for anyone that wants a Perfect Foundation or Complete Concealer colour match and then my website for anyone needing any other professional, vegan, gluten free, and cruelty free skin care and makeup. I’m in a race to get active by the 15th plus meet some fast start goals this month all before I head to the city for surgery so if you need anything get on your girl’s links ASAP!
‣ I’ll be moving much, much slower after my hysterectomy and won’t be as with it to keep my social media posts rolling for awhile. Thanks for helping me reach my goals and keep my sights up and not down in the dumps right now! Remember, sharing is caring, so if you can’t purchase right now, please share my Facebook lives, posts, and support me and small biz at least that way. So needed! I was also going to have had my new accessories launched with Trumpet + Tassel by today, but I just couldn’t do it. Everything takes so much work and I’m not sure I will be able to launch until I’m on the road to recovery. I’ll keep you posted though. Thanks for understanding. *hearts*
So ya, this is where the mascara comes in. That’s how my brain is. Making leaps and bounds from one thought to the next. AND IT ALL MAKES SENSE!!! …Ah-hem. It does. Seriously.
‣ After a couple of tears today, (ok, maybe more than a couple), that led me to the thought that I put some of our Making Waves Waterproof Mascara on yesterday and it’s still on! Totally didn’t take it off last night (don’t do this at home friends) But like what? Where was this when I was a hot mess worship leader with racoon eyes every time I led? It also has Shea Butter and Vitamin E which I love for my barely-there, needing-all-the-nutrients lashes.
Making Waves Mascara:
gives max volume and hold
made with Vitamin E to nourish and keep lashes soft
Shea butter for glossy not flaky lashes
creates the appearance of longer, fuller lashes
contains lengthening fibers
smooth and creamy wax based formula
creates natural looking long lashes
‣ So that’s the deets on our crazy awesome mascaras! Our Perfect Mascara is lengthening and super popular. You can also get a choice of one of these fab mascara with an eyeliner in our Take Two Collection:
Take Two Collection:
double up on our best-selling eye makeup and save
select your choice of our Perfect Eyeliner Pen or Enduring Eyeliner Pencil with our Perfect Mascara in Black or Brown or Waterproof Mascara in Black
create eyes that will make you do a double take
‣ I hope you all have a great night and great sleep and a blessed day tomorrow! First day back at school and first day back at being a homeschool teacher for me since Christmas break. Could be interesting!
◉ You’ll normally find me rushing around December 24th, trying to wrap presents, throw something in the oven, and bake some sort of magical cookies to make my kid feel all Christmasy. Moms, you know the drill. But, with a new business comes new goals and I’m on the BALL this year girl! (only in some areas though—I confess my husband has been doing most of the wrapping and stupid ‘Elf on the Shelf’ shenanigan’s because I’ve had NOTHING left in me at the end of the day). 🤷🏼♀️
◉ This year, I’m even on top of Boxing Day sales before Christmas. I mean can I get a “WHOOT WHOOT” from the sisters in the back?! So hear me, hear me! I’ve found some awesome deals for you that are on now until December 28th so get on them!! I’m looking to get some for myself PLUS make my first business goal of ‘Star Beauty Guide’ this month so let’s go peeps!!
◉ One of the Holiday Collections that first drew me to LimeLife to begin with was the “Wizard of Eyes Collection.” My business mentor (who was just a random amaze gal I was following at the time because I loved her makeup videos) did this super awesome look with the green eyeliner and I was like, ok, what is this stuff?? I am digging this! I just found out this Collection is now on major sale!! You get 5 dual-ended liners in 10 sweet colours now for only $70 CDN (from it’s previous $100 CDN price – Limited Edition and available while supplies last!). You’re welcome.
I was like, ok, what is this stuff?? I am digging this!
Profound quote by Tiffany Butler
◉ Then we’ve got our “Buy One Get One Half Off” Lippy sale. If you need new lipstick, lip gloss, or lipliners, this is seriously the time to buy them for the New Year! Why pay more in a few days when you can get them on sale now?! If you can stand not to use them all, keep some on hand for your favourite gal pal or daughter’s upcoming birthday gifts!! They’re a serious steal at $36 CDN for the combo! I mean really.
◉ There’s so many more sales right now I can’t keep up. Plus I have to go try to make life magical for the human child here (that’s for another post!) so I’m going to drop them down below and trust you will check them all out on my LimeLife website! I can’t wait to wish you all a Merry Christmas in my next post…ok, I kinda already am…so I have to go write that too!
◉ So, you know how I always say drop me a line below? I’m saying it again but this time let me know if you ordered anything so I can give you a shout out AND if you need any help I will personally get in touch with you and help you shop online! Yup, that’s right. Personal service here!! Let me know if you have any questions or need my help friend!
♥ You too? Well, I’ve got you girl! I’ve found you a sweet sale you seriously can’t miss dropping December 23 – 28 that’s going to get you that perfect lip you’ve been looking for!
♥ Check out LimeLife’s new sale on lippies starting this week!: After you select your choice of one Enduring Lip Liner or Perfect Lip Gloss, you can then add one Perfect Lipstick or Enduring Lip Color for $28 USD/$36 CAD. It’s a savings of $12 USD/$16 CAD!
These lipliners are the bomb.com for real as is all of the professional LimeLife makeup and skin care. I. want. it. all. The automatically self-sharpening packaging sharpens the tip with every twist of the cap to create perfectly lined lips every time! Crazy! The semi-matte, high coverage formula lasts 6 hours or more without feathering or transferring and has a lightweight feel.
This liner works equally as a liner, as a chic, matte look on its own or as a long-lasting base for your favorite lipstick or gloss. Whether you’re creating a bright, bold lip or staying understated with neutrals, our 12 highly pigmented shades perfectly complement any lipstick or skin tone. They seriously look gorgeous on. Cruelty free, gluten free, tree nut free, and peanut free. Paraben Free. Leaping Bunny Certified. Vegan. Need!
Years ago, Alcone sold jeweled lip glosses similar to these as a holiday gift. They sold like hot cakes. So when we were looking for packaging for our glosses, we remembered those jeweled containers and how much women loved them. Sometimes, you just need a little sparkle to remind you that life can dazzle! This non-stick formula can be used on its own or on top of your favorite Perfect Lipstick or Enduring Lip Color to add shine and the appearance of healthier, more voluminous lips. These lip glosses are cruelty free, gluten free, tree nut free, peanut free, corn free, and soy free. Paraben Free. Leaping Bunny Certified. Vegan. Hello clean makeup! 17 Shades available! Ok, count me in, 17 times, how about you?!
Our lipsticks come in two professional formulas, opaque and sheer, so you can change how much color emphasis you want on your lips each day. The Power Pout formula is opaque and highly pigmented while Take A Hint applies sheer for a subtle hint of color that lasts. Apply on its own or after applying Enduring Lip Liner in a coordinating shade to create a longer lasting pout. The sheer, Take A Hint formula can be built in layers to achieve the perfect amount of coverage desired. 16 Shades available! Cruelty free, gluten free, tree nut free, peanut free, corn free, and most are soy free (contact me for list if needed). Paraben Free. Leaping Bunny Certified. Vegan. Yes please!!
OR Enduring Lip Color (or both if you can’t decide)!
Enduring Lip Color is a liquid lipstick that comes in 19 shades! This professional formula applies as a liquid and transforms to a matte, velvety finish with long-lasting, intense, opaque color. Use alone or in combination with other shades to create unique color combinations. This highly pigmented Enduring Lip Color creates the perfect matte lip. The unique formula keeps lips hydrated with a comfortable cushion of richly pigmented colour that applies as a liquid and transforms into a matte, velvety finish. The extreme longwear formula evenly applies intense colour that does not bleed, flake or feather. I love how these pair so well with the Perfect Lipsticks and Lipliners as well! Add a Perfect Lip Gloss on top for some shine!! The shades are to die for! Cruelty free and gluten free. Paraben Free. Leaping Bunny Certified. Vegan. I’ve got my eye on Birthday Cake!
♥ Are you going to take advantage of this amaze sale?! Go to my link at LimeLife by Alcone – thepeachykeendiaries to purchase! What are you going to pair up for the Holidays and New Year?? Comment below and tell me your combo!
⋆ You’ve been waiting for the news. Well here it is. I’m now sharing beauty products with other women like myself who also want professional and clean skin care and makeup in their lives. I’m now a LimeLife by Alcone Beauty Guide!
⋆ Ok, wait, why LimeLife, why makeup…wait, what’s going on?? I’m so glad you asked! I’ve been looking for a makeup and skin care line to partner with for a couple of months now that is industry-credible, professional, clean, and that also gives back. It had to line up with my mission and goals as a fashion and beauty blogger, and as an entrepreneur with Christian values. I want to give my followers the best products out there, and to be honest, this was not an easy check list to meet! For awhile, I was considering going with another company and then I saw many of the women I was following starting to leave it. I dug a bit deeper and found that some of that companies’ values didn’t seem to line up with mine. That led me back to the drawing board.
⋆ Then I found it! Thanks to a video from my now beauty and business mentor, I saw a company that was industry-respected because they just had great stuff! I had to know more before I decided. LimeLife wasn’t always available to every woman. This family-owned company was founded in 1952, selling stage makeup to starlets out of a small store in New York City. Their products were the pro-makeup used only by makeup artists — you had to be an industry professional to even get your hands on the stuff. Many celebrities have used it and spoken highly of it such as Kim Kardashian and so many others such as Sarah Jessica Parker, the Blue Man Group, Broadway musicals (The Lion King, and the list goes on and on!). It was also made famous to the masses by Oprah a few years ago when she choose the LimeLife by Alcone Riki Mirror as ‘One of Oprah’s Favorite Things’! (Just one of the many LimeLife things on my personal Christmas list this year!). Featured in:
⋆ LimeLife recently decided to make their products available to everyone just 5 years ago and since 2018 here in Canada. At the heart of their expansion was that makeup artists began to refer their clients to them to learn about their favorite products. LimeLife recognized that same drive, to help people get excellent quality makeup and pursue passions of their own, in so many others, hence LimeLife by Alcone was birthed. If you want to get your hands on this stuff you have to either go to one of their Beauty Guides (me, me, me!!) or go to their store in NYC with a pro makeup artist card.
⋆ So what’s so great about it? First, it not only looks amazing but it’s clean! All LimeLife skin care is Leaping Bunny-certified cruelty-free, organic and chemical-free! Ourprofessional makeup is Leaping Bunny-certified cruelty-free and as natural as possible without sacrificing its performance. I LOVE this. As I age, I’ve come to realize I don’t want to continue to put just any old garbage on my face. I also want to try and slow aging and make my face look as dewy and youthful as possible (the needs definitely change as you hit middle age girls)! I only wish I would have done this earlier, in my 20’s and 30’s, and helped prevent much of the skin damage and aging I’m now seeing in my skin.
⋆ Additionally, all LimeLife packaging can be refilled and when you do so, we make a donation to the ‘Brighter Together Foundation’ to help your good deed go even further. We’ve also partnered with TerraCycle® to offer a free recycling program for the rest of our skin care and makeup packaging. Everything from bottles and tubes to pumps and caps can be mailed in to become raw and reused material! What a bonus for those of us who care about what kind of planet we are living in and leaving to the next generation.
⋆ If you know me, or have been following my business journey over the past 3 years, you know how important it is for me to give back as an entrepreneur. It’s part of the vision and mission of all I do with Trumpet + Tassel and beyond. LimeLife is a ‘soul sister’ or ‘bosom friend’ to what I already do. When you purchase one of our Brighter Together Collections, you help provide entrepreneurial field training and support to women in the world’s most impoverished countries. Come on! Helping women in developing countries find empowering entrepreneurial opportunities so that they can become independent and thrive is definitely a dream of mine coming true!
“We pass 100% of our funding onto our charitable partner, Project Concern International’s (PCI) Women Empowered (WE) Initiative. WE members pool their savings and make loans to one another, and PCI gives the women guidance to start their own successful businesses. Together, we have already helped over 13,000 female entrepreneurs become leaders in their communities.”
⋆ So yes, I’m excited! I’m excited because these products are pro, natural, vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free, and Leaping Bunny certified. They give back and help women gain credible entrepreneurship. ☑☑☑☑☑☑☑
⋆ What makeup and skin care do you currently use? What’s important to you when making purchases? Do you care what quality of products you’re putting on your face? ➤ Let’s get you colour matched! Check out my LimeLife website link here and take my free, quick and easy colour match quiz here! Once you’re done, send it to me and I will personally get in touch with you! I’m here for any of questions and look forward to doing this together! Maybe you’re interested in entrepreneurship for yourself! Give me a shout girl!! Let’s get peachy keen beautiful!! ✨
❅ I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite things as my 1st Annual ‘Peachy Gift Guide for Women’! Everything on the list is definitely under $80 CDN (and most way under that). I also seriously love each item and use each one, or I’m about to purchase one for myself!
❅ I hope we all know the drill right now. Try to shop small and local as much as possible because most businesses are really struggling right now. If the company that makes the item seems to be larger, you can still support a local store that carries it.
Now let’s get some amazing finds for our friends—
Trumpet + Tassel – this local, small and woman-owned Canadian business makes handmade tassel jewelry for big causes. And I own it! Made in small-town Manitoba, Canada and operating from Etsy online, this jewelry is both super pretty and totally affordable to purchase. PLUS 10% currently goes to help The Canadian Cancer Society, a cause we can all get behind (gifting that gives back is the way to go whenever possible). There’s only 4 of these star and semi-circle tassel earrings available so snap them up quick! Buy all 4 for different outfits! A beautiful and thoughtful gift for the friend that loves accessories, and for every woman in your life this Christmas. $18.75 CDN. How to purchase: Trumpet + Tassel
Limelife by Alcon – this Perfect Lip Gloss. Based on the packaging alone, this makes an amazing gift for that peachy woman in your life. Seriously, how gorgeous is this? This non-stick formula can be used on its own or on top of your favorite Perfect Lipstick or Enduring Lip Color to add shine and the appearance of healthier, more voluminous lips. This one is in the colour ‘Peace’. Love it! I’ll be selling this stuff soon so you can buy from me then but in the meantime, go support my girl’s small business with your purchase.She’s a retired military veteran and a gem! This company also gives back (of course it does or would I even get involved?). An awesome stocking stuff idea for your daughters and mom friends. $24 CDN. How to purchase right now: Limelife by Alcon – Beauty is Fearless
Hosanna Revival – I found this small business on Instagram a few months ago and I adore their Bibles! This Provence theme caught my eye in their new ‘Winter 2020 Collection’. That lavender! Plus it has extra wide margins for journaling (which is something I want to get into) and it’s in my favourite ESV version. Small and woman-owned, the heart behind this business is so sweet. In 2015 while studying in Spain, the founder Katie had the idea to re-bind and paint her bilingual Bible. It was plain black — she wanted her Bible to be beautiful and personal, reflecting the way the words on the inside made her feel. As a business now, they’re convinced that a beautiful Bible can revive the heart of a believer gone astray by motivating them and reminding them of the truth beyond the cover. On my Christmas list! Put it on yours for your Christian bestie and that artistic Jesus lover! $79 CDN. How to purchase: Hosanna Revival
Carhartt -these toques are a must-have and this colour is so gorgeous! I have to find it for my toque collection! Look stylish and stay warm this winter with this on-trend brand. For every cold woman you know. $22 CDN. How to purchase: You can buy them at your local mall’s Boathouse store! This store has so many other great gift finds, I highly suggest it: Boathouse (they are also currently open for essential purchases in Brandon, MB at the Shoppers Mall so if you’re from the area, go support them!). If you don’t have a Boathouse, another Canadian store option: Western-Canadian-owned Peavey Mart.
Tiber River – I recently bought one of these candles in ‘Bourbon Pumpkin Smash’ and oh my gosh it’s to die for! This one smells amazing (it’s not one of those cheap and stinky smelling candles), and it has the crackling wood wick. Triple win! This company is Canadian and women-owned plus it’s based right here in Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada. They also have so much more than candles and everything is made from naturally derived ingredients! I’m supporting my good friend Barbara Shram from Warman, Saskatchewan with this one. Buy from her and you won’t regret it — she is one of the sweetest people I know. Great for that person that needs to relax. $34 CDN. How you can purchase: Tiber River – Barbara Shram
S’well – A Certified B Corp company. These water bottles are stainless steel and keep your water cold for so long! I love all of the designs! This one in particular is gorgeous and the wide traveler top is so handy as well. Many small and local shops carry their brand so you can choose one close to you and order away! I found a Coles store in our local mall that sells them and you can get curbside delivery right now. You can also order them online if need be. Perfect for your healthy workout friend! $45 CDN. How you can purchase: Canadian Coles/Indigo
❅ Which items are you going to get for a friend or yourself? Let me know in the comments! I’m looking forward to hearing from you! Happy Christmas shopping!
⋆ That’s what I’ve been trying to do. Rock the quarantine. Rock the depression. Rock the gray hair. Get up, show up, and level up. Ok, ok, some days I don’t want to get up and other days I don’t even get up but I tell you, nothing helps the doldrums more than a fresh face of makeup and some new clothes!
Get up, show up, and level up.
⋆ I should have showed you the ‘before’ photos. Yikes. Prior to this ministry break I was burnt out, tired, unhealthy, and on the verge of letting bitterness take root in my heart. Ladies (and men)— don’t let people, or yourself for that matter, tell you that self-care isn’t important or isn’t spiritual enough. It is. You can’t give people anything if you are completely worn out or worse yet, dead. You have a calling here? Take care of your spirit, but also your mind AND body too so you can fulfill it! I’m learning. Self-care is so important.
Now on to outfit deets!
⋆ As you know, I love a good basic tee. This one is from Ardene’s in an XL because I don’t love a cropped top on a 50 year old! I went a little bigger than usual so I would avoid biscuit-tummy hang-out and it also gives me some room for a cute front tuck. If you don’t like skin-tight shirts either then size up. I also love neutral colours, one of which is olive green. I honestly think this shirt was only $6 CDN. Score on this find.
I went a little bigger than usual so I would avoid biscuit-tummy hang-out.
⋆ I have to admit, the faux leather pants look is amazing! I had a pair a year or two ago, before it was cool I guess. They’re too small on me now so I got these ones at Ardene’s. Let me tell you, these leggings are so comfortable, not hot (my prior ones made me so sweaty), and they look fantastic dressed up or down! Don’t want your butt to show? Make sure your tee is longer in the back or pair it with a cardigan!
⋆ Obviously I love my accessories. I don’t think I would have spent the past 3 years handmaking custom jewelry for women if I didn’t. Accessories can really bring an outfit from drab to fab in seconds! I love layering necklaces and bracelets and really showcasing my mood and personality with the pieces I choose. You can too by going classic with a simple gold chain or by going more bold with bright colours or statement accessories. Tassels add that trendy boho look that, so far, doesn’t seem to be going out of style.
⋆ The things that you purchase can even help change the world. 10% of my brand’s income goes to world-wide non-profits that are making a difference in the world. Right now I’m trumpeting The Canadian Cancer Society, just one of the many non-profits that we have given to over the past few years. There are lots of amazing brands out there, jewelry included, that are socially conscious and kingdom-minded. Watch where you spend your money and, when you can, try to partner with businesses that align with your values.
⋆ Now let’s talk makeup. I’ve been wearing makeup since the 7th grade. For real. My sister is 4 years older than me so I had lots of beauty influence and help as a young girl growing up. Over the past few years, I haven’t really taken makeup and beauty stuff too seriously. My biggest requirement in a mascara was that it wouldn’t run when I led worship (come on where’s my church girls at?!) Most days I don’t wear any makeup, especially in the summer, but I LOVE to experiment and create with it! Honest post right here – I got completely addicted to watching YouTube makeup video’s during this quarantine. Yes, I said it. I love watching these amazing women transform themselves from pretty to gorgeous with colour, powder, and creams. It’s just so fascinating and satisfying! If you’re at all creative you probably enjoy it as much as I do or trust me, you will if you watch just one video.
For this look, I used—
Rimmel Insta Flawless Primer
Stila Hide & Chic Liquid Foundation in Light 3
Rimmel Stay Matte Concealer in Porcelain (not recommended)
Nars ‘Orgasm’ blush (sorry mom)
Maybelline Master Chrome in Molten Gold
Physicians Formula Bronze Booster bronzer
3 colours from the 35OM Morphe palette on the eyes with a lighter colour from the Marcelle Quintet quad
some sort of Rimmel brow liner in Hazel which I still have to change; since my hair is so ashy now it doesn’t work but it’s all I have
L’oreal Infallible Eyeliner in black, Rimmel Transparent Powder
and a combo of L’oreal 401 and Maybelline 540 on my lips
⋆ I really don’t own that much makeup right now so I’ve been just throwing together whatever I can dig out of my drawer. That being said, since I’ve been doing more fashion and beauty posts (and enjoying those makeup videos), I’m going to be aligning with a professional makeup brand! I haven’t started yet but I can’t wait to introduce y’all to it and to wear it in my upcoming beauty posts! I’ve been trying to find a brand that is professional, excellent quality, good for the skin, helps others, and looks amazing, and I have found it! Watch for upcoming posts to find out more and to see some looks. You’ll even be able to purchase what you like and what I wear as well from me! So exciting!
To me, the essence of truly modern makeup is the freedom to be yourself, to express who you are.
Style is something each of us already has, all we need to do is find it.
—Diane von Furstenberg
I love being super–tough, but if I need to put on a dress and do my hair and makeup, I can do that too.
⋆ ‘Free-spirited-creative-artsy-rocker-babe’. I didn’t really set out to accomplish that look but this outfit is definitely giving off that vibe! What’s your favorite part of this look and what would you give a try in your own wardrobe? Let me know, I’d love to hear from you! ♥