Jessica, graphic designer and blogger of Coco/Mingo, was so sweet to have interviewed me and my thoughts on her blog yesterday! She is one of those kind of internet friends that I just clicked with right from the get go. Head on over her blog because you’re in for a treat, everything is a feast to the eyes!
Random thought, whenever I think of her blog it reminds me of this one scene from Mean Girls, "You go Glen Coco!"
Pick my brain here!
Catch me off guard once again! I feel like I just finished writing last month’s snippets. Last time this year I had just moved to Cardiff, it’s been my home for a year already.
Here’s what I’ve been up to for the month of November!
1. I’ve been busy wedding planning as our special day is only 6 months away!
2. Got sent a box of pens in just the perfect color!
3. A little scrap booking fun.
4. It’s that time of the year to reach into the back of your closet, and get those winter cozy socks on!
5. There’s just something so appealing about the lines of the rails on these stairway and those baby blue walls.
6. Clearing my head with heart to heart dog walks.
Follow me on instagram @belindalovelee to get a closer look at my day to day!
I had the lovely privilege of working with the oh so talented Mara Measor on her christmas album Turn Me Up! If you haven’t heard of her yet, you should really get on it, and youtube her asap. Her voice is one of the jazz-ist, most mellow and soothing voices ever.
Actually before last year I was bit of a christmas grinch (but I’ve been working on my heart) so understandably I’m not normally much of a christmas tunes kind of person. But while listening to Mara’s rendition of the christmas songs, I surprisingly find myself singing along to it and I’m not just saying it for the plug, I seriously mean it! Her voice makes me enjoy the songs for what they really are.
Have a quick sample listen here and make sure to pick up you own physical copy on marameasor.com - digital sales start today! Not to mention she’s also super sweet and has one of the kindest hearts, for every album sold $1 will be donated to help ‘Land Is Life’ to bring typhoon relief to families in urgent need.
It makes for the perfect christmas present! Tis the beginning of the christmas season!
Oh my days has life never been busier. Honestly September just so seamlessly blended into October I don’t even know where 2 months of my life went. I say that every month- but this time I mean it, like I do every time I say it. lol
So as most of you have heard already- I got engaged in October! Planning for a wedding is like having a second job. I feel like I barely have time to do my blogging or Instagramming on top of all this work. 7 months to go till the big day, so it’s a bit of a hustle, but you know, it ain’t no thing, err’day I’m hustlin!
For daily inspiration and updates follow me on instagram @belindalovelee to get a little stalker-ish on my life.
1. Just the prettiest tea set ever. Honestly I’ve never been to a country that drinks as much tea as the Brits do. You should see some of the detailing on the tea set, they are so inspiring.
2. My collection of autumn treasures.
3. Tools for my everyday!
4. Treated myself to some awesome washi tape in just the perfect ‘grlue’ color.
5. I’ve been working alongside my awesome friend Hannah Slade, who’s starting up her own hand made pottery. Her work is amazing and so beautifully compliments my designs. Can’t wait to reveal it to you all!
6. Joe (My now fiancé, still getting use to saying it!) and I made a trip to London for a custom motorbike show, along the way I also made a quick visit to the wonderful Muji Store.
7. Yet another little delicate treasure found.
8. This is one of the cutest creamers I’ve ever seen! I just had to document it to share it with the world.
Life is moving way too fast!
SO, the most random opportunity came up earlier this year and I got casted and am going to be on TV TONIGHT! UK based peeps turn on your ‘telly’, as the Brits call it, to the TLC channel tonight at 8pm to catch me on episode 4 of ‘Shopaholic Showdown’. It’s all about your individual dress sense in competition with other ladies of completely different sort!
Check out this clip to see me in a snippet of the show tonight on Shopaholic Showdown: Clash of Styles (Teehee it’s always weird seeing yourself on screen, I’m so excited yet nervous at the same time) Also here’s a couple of photos of us on set to keep your curiosity going.
I mean it really defines our generation this reality TV thing and to say I’ve been on one it quite the experience! It’s my 15 seconds of fame I’d say!
International friends and family sadly I haven’t managed to find a link of the show online- when I do though I’ll let you know!
Oh so exciting! Hype!
See you tonight, Oct 24, 2013, 8PM on TLC (Channel 125 on Sky)
If you haven’t heard yet, I just GOT ENGAGED last week! Yes yes y’all!
Thank you all for being so encouraging and excited for us! The responses we’ve gotten is absolutely overwhelming-it’s been non stop messages, facetimes, and celebration meals. Since we have so many friends, internet friends, and family, far and wide, who can’t be in the physical to celebrate with us, we thought it’d be best to update you all in one go!
What started off as a very mundane day became the most exciting, tear filled day of my life. Joe caught me completely off guard and disguising it with a ‘dog walk’. I was in such complete utter shock, that I started crying (I’m not normally much of a crier) the ring was on my finger, and I was still asking him if it was ‘for reals?’ lol. Took my mind a couple of minutes to come around to understanding everything that just happened!
AND let me tell you, the ring is absolutely gorgeous, perfect really. It’s so dainty that the photos really don’t do it justice. I wish I could show you all in person! Did I mention that Joe designed it himself?
We then attempted to take photos of ourselves using the 10 sec timer, and that why we’ve surprisingly managed to somehow capture the whole event and stringed it together in a little stop motion. Also thanks to my Instagram photo taken habits, I unknowingly documented the whole thing!
OH-MA-GAH I can still barely believe it.
I am the most blessed to be spending the rest of my life with my best friend, boyfriend, and now fiancé. For reals!
x. soon to be Mrs. Stratford!
I never thought this day would come where people would look up to me and ask me about my creative life! It’s amazing how far you can come when you consciously pursue your dreams.
I had my very first online interview with Liz Mosley. She is an amazing London based graphic designer, who is a friend of a friend’s- but despite not having met in person, we get on incredibly well and I like her already because of how much we have in common. Thank you Liz for featuring me, I feel so very privileged!
Get inside my brain and read the interview here.
Can’t wait for this online class to start with Molly Jacques! If you haven’t heard of her already, I’m pretty sure you’ve at least seen her work. Molly is a one of a kind artist, I really look up to the work she does. She is the very definition of the modern day calligrapher, taking her beautiful handwriting pieces and making them into fonts and such. For ages, I’ve been wanting to take her workshops but they’ve always based in the US, so when I heard she was finally having an online class I jumped on it!
Get enrolled and learn with me! If you sign up through here you’ll get a $10 discount on your first Skillshare class. What I love about skillshare is that you can take the classes at your own pace and when you find spare time. There is no expiry date to it, so you have the resources forever. The class starts the coming Wednesday on Sept 25, 2013. Get enrolling!
Of the 21 countries I’ve travelled to, Toronto is one of my favorite cities. It’s known to be of the one most multicultural cities in the world, anyone and everyone fits in. It’s the perfect city size, not too big and impersonal, but not too small that everyone knows who you are. It has an endless amount of boutiques, districts, cafes to explore and especially in the summer, the patio sessions leave a lasting impression on your heart. It’s often said that “it’s the people that make a city” and Toronto just attracts all the right kinds.
Previous to my vacation during the summer, I lived in Toronto for 6 years, so I’ve learnt the hidden gems, nooks and crannies. Here are just some highlights from my trip that are well worth the visit!
Stationary and Design Things
One of the most designerly stores I’ve ever set foot in, Mjolk features Scandinavian and Japanese design and is located at the up and coming neighbourhood of The Junction. The store is pleasing to the eyes, looking more like an art gallery but still functions as shop.
My absolute favourite place in the whole of Toronto is The Paper Place down towards the end of West Queen West. It’s full of cute stationaries, quality paper goods, a heaven like place for me really (or any paper geek). Also right next door is the bookstore Type that carries some of the most aesthetically pleasing books.
Kid Icarus is a two in one, part silk screen studio part store, based in the heart of Kensington Market. If you’re a stationary fiend this is definitely a place to visit. It’s always nice to walk in when they’re part way through printing something, and you get to experience the silk screening before your very eyes. They carry an array of stationary brands, but the most impressive are their own designs.
Places to Shop
Make sure to visit the line of boutiques down the West Queen West district. You’ll find up and coming indie designers, vintage clothing, tattoo parlours, just pure awesomeness. This display of jewellery was found at Meg.
The Distillery District was historically a whisky distillery, but the victorian-era buildings have now been restored into boutiques, cafes, art galleries, and award-winning restaurants. This district is a feast for the eyes, you’ll definitely get tones of gorgeous photos from it. If you’re looking for some good food and beer hit up Mill Street Brewery. This lovely store display was found at Jessica Rose.
The Junction Flea Market is full of antique finds, second hand clothing and small start ups. Indie central indeed! I picked up this cute leather coin purse. If you’re there make sure to stop by my friends food truck, FeasTO selling delicious dumplings and noodles.
Places to Eat
You think Chipotle or Burrito Boys is good? Not until you’ve tried Cantina. Cantina is a Mexican restaurant on The Junction. We had the most gigantic burrito with an egg on top. An egg! I’ve never had something like that before. It was so big that we shared it between the two of us. Sadly, the second time we went around they had just changed their menus and no longer are the portion sizes huge. Still delicious though.
I’m not normal a fan of croissants but this place has definitely changed my mind about them. Le Neuf is this super cute Parisian cafe that carries coffee, pastries and sorts. It’s just steps away from the busy King Street, hidden away by the park. It has a small patio at the front, that’s always a plus.
Trattoria Nervosa is an authentic Italian restaurant in the heart of Toronto’s most exclusive shopping district, Yorkville. I was told that Jay Z and Beyonce ate there just the week before we did, that’s how good it is! I had a taste of small appetizers, the pasta, pizza, risotta, and tiramisu- all I can say is that every bite was worth it. It’s surprisingly not that pricey considering it’s prestigious surroundings. Oh also it has a great outdoor patio, go to the upstairs one!
This photo booth is 44 year old years and is definitely worth the visit. It’s in one of the trendiest hotels, The Drake Hotel. If you’re there you might as well visit their cafe and their awesome General Drake Store too!.
Instead of going up the CN tower to see Toronto’s skyline, visit Panorama. It’s a pretty snazzy bar/restaurant on Bloor Street and you get the view for only the cost of a drink or meal. It’s a little pricey but well worth it to avoid crowds of tourist.
That’s just a few of the many places to visit in Toronto! If you’re a big eater, you’ll definitely find the authentic cuisine you’re looking for here. Travelling to Toronto or already live there already? Make sure to let me know what you think of them. Also if you have any questions about specifics don’t hesitate to message me. I intend to write more travel posts, I love travelling and exploring cities, so I might as well share them here!
Travel On! x. Bee
On instagram there’s this awesome tag happening called #20factsabout me. I’d thought I’d share my 20 facts with you guys too, just so you can get to know me better. It always fascinates me to know what the person is like behind the work.
1. I was born in Ontario, grew up in Hong Kong and now live in Cardiff.
2. Because of that my belongings are spread out across the world in 3 different countries.
3. I’m 25 years old but am often mistaken for being 16 because of my young Asian looks ;)
4. I didn’t realize that I was super creative until I was in grade 11.
5. I studied Fashion Communications at Ryerson Uni in Toronto.
6. I’m kind of clumsy. I’m often the one that trips and falls or dribbles food down me.
7. My ultimate dream is to travel to world while doing something creative, influencing and inspiring those around me.
8. Before this year, I hated wearing dresses. I had some weird fear of being too girly.
9. My favorite fruit is raspberries. I remember going raspberry picking when I was 6, it was blissful.
10. My boyfriend told me to include him in this. He said to write down ‘I have a slamming hot boyfriend!’
11. If I were to describe myself in 3 words I would say I’m bubbly, crafty and petite.
12. I’m only 5’3”.
13. I was MVP for basketball in my last year of high school, surprising? I know!
14. I have a tattoo that I got when I was 15. I told my mom it was Henna and she believed me for 4 years.
15. I’ve been on an episode of a reality tv show, which is airing in the UK in this October!
16. TV related, I secretly wish I was a YouTube celeb, but what I’d record about I have no clue.
17. Thirfting and finding treasures at flea markets are my favorite pass time.
18. I’ve travelled to 21 countries. My favorite cities are Toronto and Thailand.
19. I’m an ENFP.
20. If I love a song I’ll listen to it for weeks on replay or until I get sick of it.