Happy Weekend! And to my fellow Canadians, I hope you're enjoying the long weekend! I'm just going to consider this my unofficial kick off to summer, ok? Because it's absolutely gorgeous! Hopefully I can get a wee bit of colour this weekend too, because when I went to the spa last weekend, those pasty legs in the water of the hot tub were rather glaring.
I've missed this space the last several weeks. as work has been absolutely insane. I'm not one to shy away from a challenge and new responsibility, but planning a conference has been the most challenging thing I've done to date. Dietary restrictions, last minute speaker dropping out, hotel payment not going through, triple checking spelling for name tags, and not to mention having to prepare my own content for the event. It's been rough. But we kick things off with our welcome cocktail this Wednesday, and hopefully things will be smooth sailing until we close the sessions on Friday, and I plan to hit the town immediately after!
I'm very much looking forward to my vacation immediately after, and if you have any suggestions for my trip to Newfoundland, leave them in the comments below! I've been obsessed with Iceberg Finder!
While I hope you're enjoying this weekend to it's max, I've rounded up some fun links below in case the weather is less than ideal:
The introvert inside me loved this article on how staying in is the new going out. And another great article on introverts here.
I've been reading Joy the Baker for years now, and she always manages to dish up some of the best recipes in my blog feed. This post on all of the kitchens she's lived in was amazing.
I know the Met Gala was weeks ago by now, but I still can't get over Claire Danes' dress!
Why we should stop saying "I feel like..."
A great summer reading list of breakout authors. So many I want to read! I already have The Nest lined up.
On a similar note, all of this summer's movies! Can't wait for X-Men & The Nice Guys. Will NOT go to see The Shallows (for fear of never going in the ocean again).
This is why Amy Schumer is my spirit animal.
Shocking secrets from a flight attendant.
And in case you've missed anything around Love. Loft. Life. lately:
Face mask round up // My loft tour // Small space living solutions
What are your plans this weekend? Anyone else feel like summer has finally kicked into gear?
Face masks are having a real moment right now in the skincare world, and they're one of my favourite ways to relax and pamper myself at home! There is a face mask for literally every skin concern, and they're a great addition to any skincare regimen. Personally, I love to hoard those little foil sample packs of face masks for when I travel, and I've discovered some of my favourites that way! I never say no to a Sephora 100 point perk that's a masks. Today, I've rounded up some of my all-time faves for you, so keep reading!
The Balancing Duo: These Glossier masks really pack a punch! The Mega Greens Galaxy Pack cleanses the skin of impurities, while the Moisturizing Moon Mask re-injects hydration. I love using these two as a combo, back-to-back. They're especially great after a long flight! You can read more about them here (and if you want 20% off your 1st Glossier order, use this link! They just released new flavours of their Balm Dotcom!).
The Glow-Getter: The REN Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask has the strangest texture in my opinion, but it does an amazing job at adding radiance to your skin. It's a gentle chemical exfoliant that sloughs off dead skin cells and rejuvinates your skin, without drying it out. Win-win.
The Ultra-Hydrator: During the winter months, my skin gets super dehydrated. Luckily, I don't suffer from flaky dry patches, but it sucks up moisture like crazy. The Kiehl's Ulta-Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque is a super hydrator that you leave on overnight. It's absolutely fantastic, and because it goes on clear, it's a great option for long-haul flights too!
The Calamity Calmer: Does anyone else start to breakout when a lack of sleep and stress sets in? I sure do! When this happens, the Aesop Chamomile Concentrate Anti-Blemish Masque handles my breakouts, and calms my skin down. It's so soothing!
The Powerhouse Cleansers: My skin is by no means sensitive, and it can handle some pretty tough products. My two favourite, deep-cleansing masks are the Aesop Parsley Seed Cleansing Masque and the Philosophy Microdelivery Peel. The Aesop mask dries all of the impurities out of your skin to leave it super soft and smooth. Plus it smells amazing! The Microdelivery Peel is a phenomenal at home chemical peel. My skin absolutely loves this stuff, and I try to use it on an every 2 week basis to completely overhaul my skin's texture.
What are your favourite face masks? I'm always keen to try a new one :)
p.s. don't forget to check out my updated skincare routine here and here.
Living in 502 square feet of space is no easy feet, but I was definitely up to the challenge when I purchased my loft 3 years ago! My parents still like to say that I live in a shoebox, but my place is home to me. Earlier this week, I shared my home tour with you all, and today I'm sharing some of my favourite small space solutions that have helped make my place feel like home.
1. Don't leave any dead space unused: As much as I prefer to have a clean kitchen space, with minimal things left out on the counter, there was this thin strip of counter space that was fairly useless along the side wall. Don't get my wrong, I'm thrilled to have this awesome kitchen layout with tons of counter space (because when I cook...I tend to spread out), but there's not much you can really do on a 6-inch wide strip. So I lined that space with jars of sugar, flour, coffee, etc. No, it's not all hidden, but that freed up lots of space in my pantry, and overall looks cohesive blending right into my little coffee nook and mug display! (I used this tutorial for making my mug display)
Take home message: In a small space, every inch counts, so use dead space wisely!
2. Open concept/airy pieces make your space seem bigger and brighter: Originally I had a set of bookcases by the windows, which was great because I have a TON of books, but they were dark wood and kind of sucked some of the natural light away. I eventually moved them to my little dressing area, which gets no natural light at all, and so is dark anyways. In their place, I DIY-ed some pipe shelving to house some colorful books on that wall space.I love these pipe shelves for 2 reasons: 1) They go with the rustic, warehouse vibe of my place (which has exposed piping on the ceiling), and 2) I can DIY any shape and design I want, and so can add more up that wall later if I want! I paired them with my origami crane artwork (which I made myself!) and a couple of photos, to keep the space light and airy.
Take home message: Dark pieces of furniture suck light away, and open concept pieces will make your space feel bigger. Also, white walls!
3. Go up!: My unit didn't come with a front entryway closet of any kind, and with our Canadian winters, I have no shortage of winter coats and scarves. So I created my own "closet"! I installed a bunch of hooks on this otherwise unused wall (again, making use of dead space), and I can hang several coats, scarves and hats.
Another space I went up in was with the bed. The original floorplan calls for the bed going in what I've now created into a dressing room. With a queen-sized bed, that leaves about 2 feet of clearance around it in that small space. So instead, I lofted my bed onto the ceiling of the bathroom! Sure I have climb a ladder to get to bed, and I can't stand up up there, but I think it's cool! Really all I'm going to do is either sit in bed and read, or sleep.
Take home message: Use wall space wisely, and go up!
4. Use furniture that fits with the scale of your apartment: The one thing I hate most about my space is that there is no guest bedroom, and I don't have a pullout couch. I really wish I had a space for friends to stay over. But by having only a loveseat style sofa (which was my parents couch in their first home, 30+ years old, and soooooooooo comfy for napping on. I can never ever get rid of this thing!) and other smaller pieces of furniture, it gives the sense of a bigger space. Cramming a giant sofa into a tiny living room is the worst idea ever. I also use my ottoman (which has hidden storage inside) as a coffee table, to avoid extra furniture. My kitchen table only has 2 chairs, but a long bench on the other, which makes it feel more open. And the table also folds down, so I can easily move it out of the way if ever I needed to create additional space if I'm having people over, etc.
Take home message: Think about your furniture choices wisely. Large pieces may overwhelm a small space, and even though something may have more storage, it could look clunky. Also, multi-purpose furniture rocks!
5. Living with your life on display: Living in a small space inevitably means that your life is constantly on display. So make sure you fill your space with things you love! I have little stacks of colorful books everywhere, but they don't seem like clutter because they meld with my decor. I also built a clothing rack on the half wall above, which makes laundry 100 times easier, doesn't look out of place with the rest of my decor either.
Take home message: In a small space, your life is constantly on display. So make sure it's filled with things you love, and if you don't like the look of something, change it!
What are your best small space tips?
Don't forget to check out my House Call on Apartment Therapy! And if you like my place, vote for it in this year's Small Cool Spaces!
Today's post is probably well overdue, considering my loft is behind the name of my blog! I had decided I would start blogging when I purchased my loft just outside of downtown Montreal, as a way to document the process. I knew I wanted to DIY a lot of the interior, and I was really into "home blogs" at the time (understandable since that is the phase I was going through!). So I purchased my domain name, moved in, and then did absolutely nothing. I guess talking about rearranging furniture wasn't really inspiring me. Long story short: I didn't end up blogging about my loft at all (save for the occasional DIY post here and there), but after 3 years in this space, never has it felt more like home.
So after being featured as an Apartment Therapy House Call this past weekend, I wanted to share my space with all of you as well! I'm also nominated for one of this year's Small Cool spaces in the International category, so make sure you go give my space some love!
Montreal's condo scene is starting to boom, with buildings going up everywhere you look. To be able to say that I live in a 100 year old building is something I'm really proud of! My loft is in a renovated tobacco factory, nestled in the St-Henri neighbourhood. My area is full of interesting restaurants and cafes, a short metro ride (or a really nice walk on a summer day) from downtown, and is close to lots of green space (like the canal!).
Most, if not all, of the units in my building are less than 1000 square feet, and I'm in one of the teeny-tiniest of the bunch, coming in at 502 square feet. Small space living definitely has it's challenges, but I've learned to be creative with my space. One of the best ideas I had was to loft the bed onto the "roof" of the bathroom. Sure I may not be able to stand up up there, but all I really do there is sleep anyways. Plus, it makes it super cozy. It also freed up all of the space intended for the bed, which I've turned into my "dressing room" of sorts (basically where all the big, bulky, but necessary furniture goes, like bookcases and dressers).
Before I started thinking of moving out, I never would have thought I'd be someone to own "real art". I always thought it was silly to spend that amount of money on art. But I must say, I am pretty enamoured with my UP! art gallery wall! The lithograph on the far left was a graduation gift from my folks, the original sketches were a house warming gift from them and my sister, and the limited edition painting in the middle is my first piece of art I've purchased myself!
Also, shout out to Alison from La Reserve Design, for making the coziest, chunky wool blanket ever!
These aerial views really do the place justice, in that they show off just how small it actually is! Sitting on my bed, I can literally see the entire place (except for the bathroom). I often get asked if climbing the ladder gets annoying, and I don't think it does. I sleep like the dead, so getting down in the middle of the night is never an issue for me. Making the bed hunched over is a challenge though!
Later this week I'm going to share some of my best tips for small space living!
(p.s. I would attempt to link up sources for my stuff...but even the thought of that sounds is giving me a headache. If you want to know where anything is from, just leave me a comment down below!)
Another Sunday, and just like that we're at the end of April...Where has the time gone?!? For once I'm not complaining about it being Sunday, and the end of the weekend/back to work tomorrow, because tonight marks the return of Game of Thrones! Anyone else stoked?
This week looks pretty uneventful so far, but I'm off on my first trip/business trip of the year next week, so I do have that to look forward to :).
Enjoy the rest of your Sunday, and here are a couple of links to check out:
Tracking down the saddest sounding places on Google Maps...how come so many seem to be in Canada??
Alex from To Vogue Or Bust has some great tips on posing for outfit photos!
Loving this NYC studio apartment makeover. Small space makeovers are my favourite because you often have to be so creative.
While I'm not the biggest fan of her new hair, loved Taylor's 73 questions with Vogue.
The most googled makeup questions answered!
And in case you've missed any recent posts here on Love. Loft. Life.:
Glossier Phase 2 // This Is Ground Tech Dopp Kit 4 Ways // Morning Skincare // Evening Skincare