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Unboxing + Review: Miss Blanco Joyful Box January 2017 – Femininity

Miss Blanco Joyful Box January 2017

 

I cannot believe that we are well into February already! A lot happened in January so that disappeared in a blink of the eye! January definitely flew by in a flash.

I still have some catch up to do when it comes to writing about my subscription boxes. I really wanted to write about this one sooner because it’s one of my fave subs but because January was too eventful (both good and bad) and my Macbook Pro died on me (I’m currently using the hubby’s ‘on loan’ or my desktop which isn’t quite set up for image editing as well as my Macbook was until I get a new laptop!), it had to wait.  But better late than never, right?

For those of you who ware not familiar with this subscription: Miss Blanco Joyful Box is a lifestyle box which contains five items that are a mix of deluxe or full sized beauty times,  hand-curated artisan items and lifestyle items.  It is priced at $38.00 CAD (or $28 USD) per month and comes 12 times a year.

 

Miss Blanco Joyful Box does offer a VIP member option in addition to the standard subscription. This is just an option – you are not required to opt into this – but for $30.00 CAD per year, you can opt into this program. Please note that you must already be a subscriber and that the cost is on top of your monthly subscription cost. BUT you get a full year of extra perks and surprises for $2.50 CAD per month.  If you do decide to join, please put my name in the field where it asks who referred you – Olivia from starpixel. I would very much appreciate it! πŸ™‚

 

Miss Blanco Joyful Box January 2017

 

Now let’s get into the good stuff! January’s theme is Femininity and everything in this box screams it. Can I also say that I love the teal box that it came in? Teal is one of my fave colours. πŸ˜‰ 

January’s box came with four beauty items, one artisan item and two lifestyle items… that’s more than the usual five items so you’re already ahead with this one! Because I am a VIP member, I also received a bonus item AND because I participated in the Ambassador Contest, I was gifted some extra goodies as a generous thank you! So there is definitely a lot to cover here, so let’s get started!

 

Miss Blanco Joyful Box January 2017 - Charmed Makeup

 

Let’s start with beauty. The first item in the beauty category is really two items! I received two makeup brushes from Charmed Makeup ($36.00 CAD). I have not heard of this brand before so this is a new one for me. The first brush is their Small All-Over Brush #58 from their Organic Collection. It is said to work with both creams and powders. The tapered head should make this a good under eye brush for concealer. They call in an “all-over” brush because you can use it your face or lips and even for applying eyeshadow. The other brush I received is their Contour Brush… though it is smaller than other contour brushes I own. This looks like it would make a great eyeshadow blending brush… and it’s so soft! Looking forward to trying both of these out.

 

Miss Blanco Joyful Box January 2017 - Maybelline Baby Lips

 

The next beauty item I received was a Green Tea Makeup Remover ($14.99 CAD, 75 ml). On the product card, it says it’s a White Label Product for Miss Blanco. I have tried this and it does a good job of removing my makeup. The way I have been using it is by applying it onto a round cotton pad and then wiping off my makeup but you can also spray it on your face before wiping it off. Applying it on a cotton round is just my preferred method. It is also a no-rinse formula so that makes it super convenient! I don’t find that it leaves a residue and I really like the light scent that it has.

The final beauty item was the Maybelline Baby Lips Dr. Rescue Medicated Lip Balm in Coral Crave ($4.99 CAD). I have tried the regular Baby Lips lip balm before and I just wasn’t a fan. I will have to try out this medicated one, though. Maybe I will like it more because it is minty and and I am a big fan of mint lip balms! The coral colour is also very nice. Assuming this version of Baby Lips works for me, I can see putting this in my purse for every day wear whenever you need it. It is quite handy for the dry winter months!

 

Miss Blanco Joyful Box January 2017

 

Moving onto the artisan item, this month I received a digital download of this cute Deer Head Art Print ($6.66 CAD). I have been on a huge deer kick as of late – you will see more of that in my next favourites post – so I thought this was great! Love the colours, as well! It will definitely give a dull room a pop of colour!

 

Miss Blanco Joyful Box January 2017

 

I received two lifestyle items. The first one is this gorgeous pair of Lace Boot Cuffs ($14.99 CAD). I’ve been wearing boot cuffs a lot this winter but all of mine are of the knit variety so this is a nice change. I love the flower and pearl detailing. This will be perfect for spring! 

The last item in the box was a Tassel Hair Accessory in dark royal blue ($7.00 CAD). I use hair ties a lot so this will come in very useful. The tassel adds a little something to your everyday ponytail and it also looks cute when you are wearing it on your wrist. Sometimes I also clip hair ties onto my purse so this one can also add a little decor to my bag!

 

Miss Blanco Joyful Box January 2017

 

That pretty much covers January’s box contents but because I am a VIP member, I received a bonus item. The bonus item I received is a Blush Pan in the shade Cheeky Luscious ($9.99 CAD). In the pan it looks super bright! Not really something I would choose for myself but perhaps I will give it a go. At 3.5 grams, it’s a good sized blush and it just comes as a pan so you can add it to your magnetic palettes.

The final value of my January box was $94.62 CAD. That’s a pretty good haul! Other than the blush, everything will be put to good use! But that is not all!

 

Miss Blanco Joyful Box January 2017

Miss Blanco Joyful Box January 2017

 

There’s still more to cover because I participated in the Ambassador Contest. When I saw my thank you goodies, I felt so, so spoiled! First, I received this lovely thank you card. That was so sweet of Yoanella! These extra goodies made me feel like I was doing a bonus unboxing because I received five additional items! Let’s take a peek.

 

Miss Blanco Joyful Box January 2017 - elf cosmetics

 

I received two items from elf cosmetics which is great because I have always wanted to try more from this brand. The first one is elf’s Shimmering Facial Whip in Pink Lemonade ($1.00 USD, 9 ml). This is a liquid highlighter that you can use, not only on your cheeks, but on your eyes or lips, as well. I love how this product is multi-purpose! I haven’t tried many liquid highlighters so I’m glad I got this. The other elf product I received was a 24 pack of elf’s Nail Polish Remover Pads (price unknown, 24 count). I am about to run out of the ones that I have so this was perfect timing! This has a citrus scent and I love nail polish remover pads cause they are super easy to use and having them in this little container will make it so handy and convenient. Great for travel, too! I hope they work well.

 

Miss Blanco Joyful Box January 2017 - darphin paris

 

Another item I received was a sample of the Darphin Paris Intral Redness Relief Soothing Serum ($17.50 CAD, 5 ml). I don’t get very much redness in my face.. just a little bit around my nose. Great high value sample, though!

I’m super happy about the next three because I have always wanted to try this brand out but haven’t had a chance to yet. I have heard many good things about Laneige so I was so happy to receive these! 

 

Miss Blanco Joyful Box January 2017 - Laneige

 

The first item is the Laneige Multi Cleanser Multi-Action Makeup Remover and Exfoliator ($4.83 CAD, 1 oz). I haven’t tried it yet because I have a couple of open cleansers right now but I smelled it and it smells so nice! Light and not overpowering. Reviews online show this as a cleanser that cleanses all your makeup easily and makes your skin softer and brighter. I cannot wait to try it! 

I also received the Laneige Good Night Kit ($8.00 CAD) that contains two deluxe samples: the Laneige Multiberry Yogurt Repairing Mask (20 ml) and the Laneige Water Sleeping Mask (15 ml). I’ve gotta say, the Multiberry Yogurt Repairing Mask smells just like Strawberry Pocky! No lie! I love that! This product says that it supports firmness so that’s prefect for me right now as I am looking for products to help with that. I’m excited to try the Water Sleeping Mask, too. I have never tried a sleeping mask before so this will be the first. Great for hydration so I’m all over it! My skin isn’t overly dry this winter but I like to keep my skin hydrated because it looks healthier. So excited to try these, as well!

And that, my friends, is it for January! I hope you had fun reading this as much as I did writing it! It was definitely much longer than my usual unboxings but there were just so many things to go through. I couldn’t help it! 

I hope you all had a great weekend and a fab week to come! 

ipsy august 2016

Disclaimer: I pay for this subscription with my own money.  All opinions are mine and mine alone. This post does not contain referral links.

 

Miss Blanco Joyful Box - january 2017

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Shop My Stash: January & February 2017

shop my stash january february 2017

 

A new year means a new blog series! 

Last year I tried a Project Pan and for the most part it was very successful! Except for when it came to the makeup products. I got very bored of using the same three products so eventually I just stopped using them. So to help curb that boredom, I am trying something new this year: a monthly Shop My Stash!

What is a Shop My Stash?

It’s exactly what it sounds like. Every month, I will be going into my makeup collection and – you guessed it – I will shop my stash. πŸ™‚ Just think of it as a haul post but instead of makeup I bought at Sephora or at Shoppers Drug Mart, it’s a haul straight from my own collection! And I’m hoping that by doing this monthly, I won’t get bored of the products I chose like I did in last year’s Project Pan.

Why Shop My Stash?

The reason why I wanted to start doing this is the following:

  1. My collection is too big and I need to start using more things up! More empties and more pans hit will be a glorious thing. I don’t know about you but I always feel accomplished when I hit pan or finish something. 
  2. Knowing what I own. I don’t know about you but there have been times where I have forgotten that I owned something! I would like to get to know my collection and avoid buying duplicates of things.
  3. Rediscovery. Related to number 2. I know I own many products that I once loved but forgotten about. I would like to make those rediscoveries of old faves!
  4. Helps with the “no buy” attempts. I am hoping that by going through my existing stash and rediscovering products I already own will help curb my urges to go shopping. I don’t really need anything at this point so I would like to avoid spending money when I don’t have to! 
  5. To save money. See point 4. Saving money is always a good thing!

How Shop My Stash Works

Every month I will take one or two of these types of products and put them in a basket.

  • Face primer
  • Color correction
  • Concealer
  • Foundation / BB Cream
  • Blush
  • Highlighter
  • Bronzer
  • Setting powder
  • Pore reducer
  • Eye primer
  • Eye shadow (palette or singles)
  • Eyeliner
  • Brow 
  • Brow setting gel
  • Mascara primer
  • Mascara
  • Setting Spray

If you haven’t noticed, I did not include any lip products (lipstick, lipgloss, etc.) to my list. This is because they are already in rotation in my purse. I change them around a lot so I didn’t think they needed special attention like the rest of these products!

At the end of each month I will have to make a few decisions: keep the product, continue using it (for those holy grail products I must always use) or get rid of it. I’m hoping that by doing this I can help identify my loves and get rid of what I don’t want anymore. I hope that I can get my collection under control.

Don’t get me wrong, though. I am not going to be limited to only using what’s in my basket. If there’s something I want to use then by all means, I will! The basket is just there to help give me something to focus on that month. 

Then at the end of the month, I will summarize my monthly basket (what I loved, what I didn’t love, etc.) and then I will pick out a new basket of products!

Shop My Stash for January & February 2017

So let’s get started! Here is the lineup for January and February. The reasoning behind having the same basket for two months is because I spent most of January just trying to figure out how I wanted this to work. By carrying it over into February, it gives me a chance to really try everything in my basket. After February, the baskets will be monthly. Here’s the lineup for the first installment!

 

shop my stash january february 2017

 

  • Face Primers: Too Faced Primed & Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer , Too Faced Primed & Poreless Pure Oil-Free Skin Smoothing Face Primer, MAKE Moonlight Primer
  • Pore Reducer: Maybelline Baby Skin

 

shop my stash january february 2017

 

  • Concealers: COVERGIRL Outlast All-Day Concealer in Light , Maybelline Superstay Better Skin Concealer in Light/Medium
  • Color Correction: Make Up Forever Step 1 Redness Correcting Primer

 

shop my stash january february 2017

 

  • Foundation/BB Cream: IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Color Correcting Full Coverage Cream + Anti-Aging Hydrating Serum + SPF50 in Tan, Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup SPF  20 in Fresh Beige, NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in St. Moritz

 

shop my stash january february 2017

 

  • Blush: Wet n Wild Color Icon Blusher in Pearlescent Pink, Mellow Face Blush in Bronze
  • Highlighter: City Color Highlight Trio, Benefit Watts Up! Softfocus Highlighter for Face
  • Setting Powder: Laura Mercier Invisible Loose Setting Powder

 

shop my stash january february 2017

 

  • Eye Primers: Too Faced Shadow Insurance Anti-Creas Eye Shadow Primer, Elizabeth Mott Thank Me Later Eye Shadow Primer

 

shop my stash january february 2017

 

  • Eyeliners: Ciate Fierce Flicks Liquid Eyeliner, IT Cosmetics No-Tug Waterproof Gel Eyeliner
  • Brows: IT Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil, Annabelle Brow-To-Go Brow Shaping Kit
  • Brow Setting Gel: MAC Cosmetics Brow Set in Translucent
  • Mascara Primer: Wet n Wild PhotoFocus Lash Primer
  • Mascaras: Elizabeth Arden Grand Entrance Mascara, Guerlain Maxi Lash Intense Volume Mascara

 

shop my stash january february 2017

 

shop my stash january february 2017

 

  • Eyeshadows: tarte Tartelette Palette, Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette, ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Alchemy

 

shop my stash january february 2017

 

  • Setting Spray: Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray

So there you go! The first installment of my Shop My Stash series for 2017! These products should be more than enough variety for this month…. well, to be perfectly honest, I have already been using this basket of goods for half of January and I’m pleased with how it’s going so far. I hope this will help me use up my products and I would be happy to come out with a couple of empties! Not quite a “Project Pan” per se but still an attempt to use up what I have!

Check back in a month to see how it went and to see a new basket of products. πŸ™‚

Have you tried shopping your stash before? What sorts of things did you redicsover? Thinking about doing the same? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Until next month! Stay true to your Shop My Stash basket. πŸ˜‰

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Unboxing + Review: ipsy January 2017 metropolis

ipsy january 2017

 

How did time fly by so quickly? It’s already February! Alright, it’s time for all my January unboxings! Let’s begin with ipsy. I’m still subscribing to ipsy so here’s to a new year of fab surprises from my glam bag subscription!

January’s glam bag theme was Metropolis. As they say, it is “everything you need to own the concrete jungle” and features a bag that represents this perfectly with greys and silvers! While this is not my fave bag I’ve seen from ipsy, it’s still nice and if you love silver, this is perfect for you! 

 

ipsy january 2017

 

The contents really made January’s glam bag great for me, though. Let’s take  a look at what I received!

 

ipsy january 2017

 

The first item I received was a sample of the IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination Anti-Aging Concealer in Medium ($4.50 USD, 1.5 ml). While I do find it really thick, the regular Bye Bye Under Eye does a fantastic job with my undereye circles so I was really looking forward to trying this one out. Similar to the original, this one is thick, in consistency, as well. You don’t need to apply very much of it in order to build up great coverage…. in fact, if you put on too much, I find that it really accentuates fine lines AND it takes forever to blend so be sure to only use a little bit. I did find it to brighten my under eye area, as well so I was pretty happy with this product. And since you don’t need very much each time, this tiny tube will still last me quite awhile! Very pleased with this.

So next we have the pur~lisse Blue Lotus Seed 5-in-1 Mud Mask + Exfoliant ($11.14 USD, 15 ml). I haven’t tried this one yet. I have a couple of deluxe sized masks that are open that I’d like to finish first before I open up a new one. This one is a 10 minute facial that is said to be a “miracle multi-tasker (that) instantly brightens, detoxifies, tightens and soothes skin while providing gentle exfoliation”. Those are all pretty great things to look for in a mask and since I personally love masks, I will definitely be trying this one out sooner than later. 

This next one was the big surprise winner in my bag – the Temptu Base Smooth and Matte Primer ($8.75 USD, 7.5 ml). I honestly didn’t think that I would be as impressed as I was with this primer! I have had very limited experience with this brand so I wasn’t sure what to expect when I received this plain Jane, white squeeze tube but I tried it and I’m very happy with it! It made my skin super smooth! The consistency is very light and it sets quickly. My makeup looks great overtop this. The only downside I could see was the size of the bottle – I wish it were bigger! And to think I almost overlooked this one because of it’s simplicity.

 

ipsy january 2017

 

Now on to a couple of colour products. I received the Trust Fund Beauty Lip Gloss in Method to the Madness ($22.00 USD, 4 ml). This lip gloss is a nude rose shade that is so great for every day wear. This looks pretty sheer on my lips. I can definitely see myself wearing this alone or on top of a lipstick to give it a bit of a shine. It feels moisturizing on my lips and I don’t find it stick at all. Overall, I really like this gloss!

Last but not least, I received the Paradise Pearlized Blush from Manna Kadar Beauty ($19.00 USD, 3 g). This shade is so beautiful and is described as a “vivid cherry blossom pink”. Looking at the Manna Kadar site, it looks like it was a blush from their Day Dream Palette that was released as an individual blush. It must have been pretty popular then! It’s very pigmented and a bit shimmery but I’m totally okay with that! I also love that this product is paraben free and it’s from a cruelty free brand. So much to love!

 

ipsy january 2017

 

So this brings me to the end of my unboxing. The value of the contents in January’s bag is $65.39 USD (which would make it  $85.18 CAD based on today’s exchange rate) so this is indeed a higher value bag. I will be using everything I received so I’m very happy with it!

BUT WAIT! There’s more!

I redeemed a lot of points last month! I received three products from ipsy points:

  • Farsali Rose Gold Elixir Radiating Moisturizer ($11.67 USD, 5 ml): I have heard many great things about this moisturizer! I haven’t had a chance to try it yet, though. Ideal for daytime use for all skin types, this moisturizer contains 24k gold flakes. Super intriguing! They even have a tip on their site as to how to use this with your foundation which I will try because I have been using the tarte Maracuja Oil this way and I have been loving it! I wonder how this one compares?
  • Luxie 227 Blending Brush ($15.70 USD): I love Luxie brushes and I can never get enough blending brushes, to be honest. I had to get this one too!
  • Lisa Hoffman Matte Gold Fragrance Necklace with Tuscan Fig Fragrance Beads ($100 – $200 USD, estimated): I don’t see this particular necklace on the Lisa Hoffman website but all her fragrance necklaces are upwards of $100.00 USD up to over a grand! I don’t know where this one stacks up but I’ve seen these necklaces before and always wondered about them so I wanted to try it out. I really like the scent of the Tuscan Fig beads and this necklace is so pretty! You can wear it with pretty much everything. I’m glad I took a chance on this one!

 

ipsy january 2017

ipsy january 2017

 

For those of you who would like to give this a try and would like to know more, it is $10.00 USD  a month in the US and $10.00 USD + $4.00 USD shipping for Canadians. You get a mix of skincare, makeup and haircare deluxe and full sized products. And you get a different style of bag each month. If you are interested in trying this subscription, please use my link. πŸ™‚

What did you love form January’s glam bag?

ipsy august 2016

Disclaimer: I pay for this subscription with my own money.  All opinions are mine and mine alone. This post contains referral links.

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Unboxing + Review: FabFitFun Winter 2016

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I always get excited when I receive a new FabFitFun box! It is so different than the other boxes I subscribe to. Not only do you get beauty items like skin care and makeup… you also get other goodies, as well.

For those of you who are not familiar with FabFitFun, it is a seasonal lifestyle subscription box based in the US. You will receive four boxes a year. The box costs $49.99 USD and it is an additional $8 USD to ship to Canada. It is a pricier subscription but it is seasonal and you only get four of them per year and each box has a value that is well over $200.00 USD so if you see that the spoilers are items you would like, it’s totally worth it! If you would like to try this subscription out, I would very much appreciate it if you use my referral link here.

The FabFitFun Winter 2016 Box contained seven items that will help you through the winter and will also get you ready to tackle the new year. 

 

fabfitfun winter 2016

fabfitfun winter 2016

 

Let’s take a look at the beauty items first.

The makeup item that was included in the Winter Box was the Butter London IconoClast Mega Volume Lacquer Mascara ($20.00 USD, 2.6 ml). If I didn’t already have a couple of mascaras opened right now, I would love to try this! They claim that this mascara increases the volume of your lashes by 300%! As someone with not that noticeable, straight lashes, I am very intrigued by this mascara! I also love the fact that this product is full sized. This one will be something to try out in the future.

 

fabfitfun winter 2016

 

Next up is skincare. I received the O.R.G. Skincare Mineral Peel Face ($44.00 USD, 59 ml). This face peel claims to give you “smoother, softer, more radiant” skin. Who wouldn’t want that? It seems easy enough to use – just spray it on your face, massage it off and done! This sounds like an awesome peel! I’m hoping it’s a gentle one.

 

fabfitfun winter 2016

 

The last of the beauty products is in the form of a body cream. There were two scents available and I received the Anderson Lilley Beach Butter Body Cream ($24.00 USD, 148 ml) in Sicilian Tangerine (the other scent was Manhattan Beach). I don’t know about you but my skin gets pretty parched during these dry Alberta winters. I always use a body lotion or body butter after I shower so this will certainly come in handy! Plus, it smells great, too. Love this!

 

fabfitfun winter 2016

 

Now that we covered all things beauty, how about we take a look at something that is pretty?

The Gorjana Taner Toggle Lariat Necklace in Gold ($75.00 USD) looks so delicate! I love this necklace. I’m glad that I received a gold necklace (the other option would have been the silver one) because I have been adding a lot more of this colour to my accessories as of late. I have worn this a lot since I received it. It is so versatile and goes with pretty much everything I own. Maybe not my active gear, but certainly what I wear to the office and my casual clothes, too. It’s pretty fantastic and so beautiful.

 

fabfitfun winter 2016

 

Now how about some home goods? FabFit Fub is so great at including items you can incorporate into your home and the Winter Box is no different! The D.L. Co Candle in Bergamot Woods ($45.00 USD)  is lovely and decorative. Bergamot Woods comes in silver (the other option was Blackberry Nectar which comes in a gold candle holder) and it is a gorgeous looking candle… though, it is smaller than I thought it would be when I saw the spoiler. In all honesty, I think I would have preferred the Blackberry Nectar one but I will still give this a try.

 

fabfitfun winter 2016

 

Can I just say that I love stationery? The Marie Mae Company Thank You Card Set ($24.00 USD, includes 10 cards and 10 envelopes) is so pretty! You never know when you need to send a thank you note so these are great to keep on hand for those moments. Written notes are so rare nowadays so it was great to see something like this included in the box.

 

fabfitfun winter 2016

fabfitfun winter 2016

 

The last item in my Winter Box was a 2017 Weekly Planner by Moleskin ($20.95 USD). This one looks to be made specifically for FabFitFun but Moleskin does make many different planners and notebooks. I love planners so I thought this was awesome! This will definitely keep me on track in 2017. And there are stickers! I love stickers. I received the forest green colour (I believe it also comes in a purple?) and it is the perfect size to fit in the bag I usually take with me to work. I know I can use my phone’s calendar to keep track of things – and to an extent, I do – but when it comes to formally using a planner, I’m still very much old school.

 

fabfitfun winter 2016

fabfitfun winter 2016

fabfitfun winter 2016

fabfitfun winter 2016

So there you have it! All the contents of my Winter 2016 FabFitFun box. 

The total retail value of everything was $253.95 USD which equates to $332.20 CAD in using today’s exchange rate. Not too shabby. I wish there were more products but I guess there were just more high value items this time around. Overall, this is still well worth it for a seasonal box!

What did you think of the Winter 2016 FabFitFun box? 

ipsy august 2016

Disclaimer: I purchased this subscription box with my own money. All thoughts and opinions are mine and mine alone. There are referral links in this post.

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fabfitfun winter 2016

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Blogging Spaces: Designing Your Dream Office

It’s a new year! I don’t know about you but it gets me thinking about what changes I can make in my life. Most of the time these changes involve a personal decision – the most common being of the “trying to be more active and eating healthier” type of goals – however sometimes it can involve other aspects of my life. Like changes when it comes to home decor.

We don’t redecorate very often… if at all, really. But something that has really been neglected in our home is our home office. It seems to have become a bit of a catch all. We don’t nearly spend as much time there as we used to when we played more video games. For a time, we didn’t really have a use for a home office but now that I’ve started blogging more, I wouldn’t mind a nicer space to do that. 

When wayfair.ca approached me about the idea of writing a post and sharing what my Blogging Battle Station looks like, I just wasn’t ready to share that. However, that being said, it gave me motivation to at least start thinking about what I would do to that space if I were to turn it into my “dream office”. Turning it into my dream office would not happen overnight. I knew that. But at least this gives me a bit of a nudge to start letting my creative juices flow and start gathering ideas about it. 

Wayfair.ca gives you a super easy way to keep track of your ideas with their concept of Idea Boards. Similar to how Pinterest works in that you would “pin” websites to your Pin Boards, users can create Idea Boards and add products to it while browsing the site. So if you see something that you might be interested in and would like to go back and take a closer look in the future, you can use this feature to make that easier. Plus, by seeing all the piece altogether on your Idea Board, it gives you an idea as to whether or not the different pieces go together. Perhaps that turquoise office chair clashes with the orange rug you fell in love with. You can see what works (or in this case, may not work) right away because you can see the products next to each other on your Idea Board. For example, here’s the one I started for my Dream Office.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s take a look at each item that’s on my Idea Board.

So when I first started browsing the site, I wanted to start with the focal pieces that would make up my dream office first. Like a desk. I found this Computer Desk by Monarch Specialties Inc. that was a simple yet modern design but had the functionality of drawers which are handy if you want to file some papers or keep some spare stationery in. I also really liked the grey-silver taupe colour of the desk. This would be perfect to just put my laptop on it and blog away! Plus it seems like a good size for our office space.

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Now that I have chosen a desk, naturally you would need an office chair. Seeing as the desk is a more neutral colour, I chose something that will add a pop of colour! This purple Alves Mid-Back Mesh Desk Chair fit the bill! Looks comfortable and ergonomic so it’s perfect! 

Customer Image Zoomed

 

Desk. Check. Chair. Check. What’s next? How about a few things that will add personality to your office space? There looks like there is plenty of real estate on the desk that you could add a few things to it. One things that caught my eye is this Simple Structure Pencil Cup in mint.  I have a huge love for stationery so I need a pencil cup, for sure. Maybe even two? This one is fun because it does double-duty – it looks good as decoration BUT it also provides function. This Kikkerland Grass Pen Stand is pretty awesome. It looks nice and decorative by itself but if you need a spot to put a pen or two, this works for that too.  Just put your pens in the grass.

 

Customer Image ZoomedKikkerland Grass Pen Stand

Lighting is also very important in a home office. You need to be able to have enough light to accomplish what you are working on. In my case, I really gravitated towards this Adesso Holbrook 26″ Table Lamp. The mid-century desing looks lovely and it has a swing arm so you can control where you want more light to shine on your workspace. And honestly, the rose gold accents just makes it look fantastic! It’s not just your boring black swing arm lamp, that’s for sure!

Adesso Holbrook 26" Table LampLark Manor 6.25" Mantel Clock

Do you ever lose track of time when you are work on something? Sometimes I get really focused and before I know it, time just flies! At least this Desktop Mantle Clock by Lark Manor might help. And I love how rustic it looks! It would give my workspace a lot of personality!

To really personalize my desk space, I’ve chosen a mug that screams “Olivia”! If you are not aware of my handle on Instagram, it’s pixelhearts so how in love was I when I saw this Morph Pixel Heart Mug from Kikkerland! I do like to enjoy coffee or tea while I am blogging so this was absolutely perfect! PERFECT! And how fun is it that the heart goes from empty to full when you fill the cup with a hot liquid? 

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Last but not least, I thought a nice area rug would pretty much pull everything together. How about this one? Mercury Row’s Psyche Sky Area Rug is cozy and inviting and the aqua matches a lot of what I have chosen and would look great with the grey taupe desk!  Plus, it’s a shag rug so it’ll feel comfy with bare feet. πŸ™‚

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I think I have a good start on planning a new dream office. I’m sure it will change a number of times but so far it is looking good! Perhaps one day, my dream will come true!

What does your workspace look like? What would you recommend I add to my “dream office”? Share your ideas in the comments below! πŸ™‚

ipsy august 2016

Disclaimer: There are no affiliate links on this post. Pictures are from wayfair.ca and are not my own. Only my dreams are mine. πŸ™‚