Wednesday, December 31, 2014

My Favourite Albums of 2014

Just like the last post, I thought it would be fun to share with you my favourite albums of 2014.  Yes, not all of these albums came out this year.  These are the records I played and played and played some more.  Each of these represents a different artist, many a different genre, and that's a great snapshot of my taste in music. 

My Top Albums of 2014:

#8: In the Lonely Hour - Sam Smith
#7: Platinum - Miranda Lambert 
  #6: The New Classic - Iggy Azalea
 #5: Prism - Katy Perry
 #4: Same Trailer, Different Park - Kacey Musgraves
 #3: High Noon - Arkells
  #2: Beyonce - Beyonce
 #1: 1989 - Taylor Swift

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

My Favourite Songs of 2014

I wanted to share with you today my favourite songs of the year.  They aren't in any order but this was definitely part of my soundtrack for the past 12 months.  If you've been following me you will know this was an incredibly difficult year for me.  I've always turned to music since a very young age for comfort, company and an escape.  The following songs did just that for me. 
Shake it Off - Taylor Swift
This song was released in August just before Thomas' Autism diagnosis and it came out simultaneously with the music video.  The first time I heard the song/watched the video I had chills on my arms and tears in my eyes.  This is the song I'd been waiting for.  It easily raced up the play count on my iTunes reaching the top spot in a few short months.  I can say without a doubt this track will stand the test of time to be one of my favourites of life. If I ever meet Taylor Swift, I will, through tears, thank her for this piece of solace and strength.
Come to Light - Arkells
This is a song by a Canadian band that holds a special place in my heart as it was T's first concert last summer. This is a song I've kept on repeat on many walks, blasting in my earbuds. The lyrics could not speak more to Jer and I this year.
I'm Not the Only One - Sam Smith
I was late to the Sam Smith bandwagon and this was the song that won me over.  The gut-wrenching words and his voice stand alone.
Somebody Loves You - Betty Who
A highlight of 2014 was our trip to Vegas.  Both Emilie and I vlogged the entire experience and she ended her series with this song.  It always makes me think of her, our friendship and the incredible bond that grew in 2014. 
Bang Bang - Ariana Grande, Jessie J and Nicki Minaj
We all need a good, feel-good, feel-sexy, girl power anthem and this was it for 2014.  I definitely was shakin' my booty in the bathroom doing my makeup and hardcore care dancin' to this jam.

Partition, Drunk in Love, Flawless - Beyonce
Yes I am cheating with this using three Beyonce songs.  I love them all. It's my blog, my list and I choose all three.  
Pop 101 - Marianas Trench
This song is so cheeky, hilarious and catchy that I just had to include it on my list.  The pop culture references alone make this song amazing.  They teach us what it takes to make a popular song in such a hilarious way.  And Josh Ramsay would know; he's behind Carly Rae Jepsen's Call Me Maybe! It's made me itch for a new Marianas Trench album as I can't wait to see what they have in store.
  Fancy - Iggy Azalea ft Charlie XCX
It was tough for me to pick just one Iggy Azalea song but I chose this one because it was the track that introduced her to me and to the world.  It's so poppy and catchy, yet edgy and unique.  We'd been looking for Iggy.
This is How We Do - Katy Perry
This is another song you can see me doing hardcore car dancing to! This year I  was all about songs and messages of self-love, acceptance and dancing to your own beat.  Katy Perry exudes that mantra and for that, I love her.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Scarf Tag

Thanks to my boo Emilie for tagging me to do The Scarf Tag! I have never done one on my website before and I thought this would be the perfect opportunity as I am posting videos every day already on my YouTube channel for my Vlogmas Series.
You can see Emilie's version of the tag here.
Well, if you know anything about my sense of style, I love a good scarf! In fact, I have pretty much banned myself from adding any more to my collection.  Haha, yeah right ;)  If I come across a beautiful scarf, it's coming home with me.  Scarves are the perfect way to look put together with minimal effort. 
Here is the tag:
♥ Most expensive scarf in wardrobe: This beautiful leopard print scarf from Stella and Dot.  I know this piece will be a staple for years.
♥ Most favourite scarf This is such a tough one! I have many favourites! Right now I am loving my tartan scarf from Target which is pictured for question four, but I also love this multi-coloured number with skulls from Winners.  Most people wouldn't expect to see me in skulls and I like that!
 ♥ Most worn scarf This white one.  I bought it at the flagship Macy's store in New York City in 2008.  I absolutely love how it brightens my face and can add such a lift to any outfit.
 ♥ Newest scarf purchased This fabulous tartan print from Target which I just can't get enough of! 
 ♥ Which scarf would you purchase/like to own next I definitely need a new white scarf to replace my most worn as it's looking a little worse for wear!
Feel free to leave your answers in a comment. 
oxo Mare

Monday, December 15, 2014

A Little Catching Up To Do

Well, hello there.  Nice to see you again.  Yes, my little corner of the internet has been neglected recently and I am here to say sorry! Vlogging every day of the month seems to have been all-consuming!  Have you been keeping up to date with my Vlogmas Series on my YouTube channel? If not, no worries, it is ready and waiting for you!  
Can you believe it is December 15th? Only ten days until Christmas? How did this happen? 2014 was easily the fastest passing year in my life.  I will be posting some fun wrap-up entries over the next couple of weeks as I always do.  I will look back on the year and ahead to 2015.
What has been keeping you busy?  Christmas parties, shopping, wrapping, preparing, etc no doubt.  Tomorrow I will be buying my very last gift and am thrilled to have that portion of the season complete!
As you have been neglected, I wanted to put this out to YOU.  What kinds of blog posts would you like to see on here? More beauty, fashion, mom, books...
What would YOU like?
Thanks for sticking with me and being patient.
oxox Mare

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Wise Word Wednesday

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