Sunday, 1 September 2013
the summer is almost over and although i'm excited for fall & winter, i really don't feel like we HAD a summer. it rained most of the time, and on the few days the sun came out, there were so many mosquitoes that going outside really wasn't pleasant. we did manage to cross off a few activities from our summer bucket list though, which made me pretty happy.
i absolutely adore the outdoors, gardening, and flowers. this year, my husband took us to the montreal botanical gardens. they had an amazing international mosaiculture exhibition; it was breathtaking. the above picture was my favorite mosaic. it's a 15 meter tall representation of mother earth. the amount of work that goes into planning, building, growing and maintaining the plants is unthinkable.
during our trip, i practiced my macro photography skills. i must admit that after experiencing the full reach of manual photography, i just can't go back to point and shoot. one of my future projects is writing down everything i learned. have you tried manual photography on a dslr camera? do you like it?
this exposition is the world's most prestigious competition of horticultural art and it's not hard to see why, just look at the details in the above mosaic: the fingers, the clothing and the hair. making it is something, keeping it looking like this is something else.
200 experts from canada, belgium, china, south korea, spain, united states, france, japan, mexico, turkey and across africa created over 40 plant-life sculptures, some big enough to walk through. this year's theme was "land of hope" focused on biodiversity; the artists also portrayed their nationality and culture.
this chameleon is built entirely with succulents. isn't it amazing what you can do with plants? i never would have thought you could make sculptures with them. some people are so creative it blows my mind.
i'm so glad we were able to see this exhibition. i don't think my son will remember seeing these amazing mosaics but i'm sure it will return to montreal in the future. we will definitely go again.
here i am, posing in front of one of the first mosaics. it's a lot bigger than it looks, i'm standing about 20 meters away. have you ever seen any mosaicultures? do you like gardening?
Thursday, 22 August 2013
i recently updated my resume. i pondered a long while on whether or not i should include my blog. a lot of people still don't quite understand blogging and i thought it wouldn't always be relevant. since my blog is part of my life, and has been for some time, it felt wrong not to include it; especially since i've learned so much from it.
i learned basic/intermediate html & css coding. i learned how to use photoshop to edit photos and make graphics/animations. i learned about photography (lighting, composition, rule of thirds). i learned how to use social media in a semi efficient manner. i learned how to write interesting articles. i learned how to negotiate and establish partnerships. i learned how to create a community. i learned how to give advice. all of these skills were self taught and i (just like every other blogger out there) deserve recognition for my work; at the very least, you can demonstrate that you are resourceful and proactive. which brings me to my main point: how to include your blog in your resume.
first, decide on a title for the job you are doing on your blog. are you an entrepreneur? an editor-in-chief? a creator? a designer? a writer? a photographer? a visionary? a cook? an artist? at this point, you can make up your title because you work for you! so make it sound important. ;)
second, decide on the status of your employment. is it freelancing? are you an independent worker? self-employed?
third, write the job description. i already mentioned a few things above, but to get you started i made a few short examples on what you can write depending on the type of job you are applying for. let me know if you have any other ideas and i'll add them.
editor in chief
independent worker, september 2010 – present
i own a personal blog called _________. i write about _________. i draft, edit and publish articles. i organize post schedules and answer reader questions. i research html programming and format html/css coding. i create and maintain database records. i plan events and manage calendars.
freelance, september 2010 – present
i own a personal blog called _________. i write about _________. i develop and manage a wide range of marketing tools, including proposals, promotional materials, event invitations and e-mail public relation pieces. i establish clear and constant communication through posts with my blog community. i connect with potential clients through various social media. i negotiate and establish partnerships with various brands and businesses in order to collaborate on projects and articles.
freelance, september 2010 – present
i own a personal blog called _________. i write about _________. using photoshop and illustrator, i create blog packages which include style concept development, a custom banner & background, font selection & color palettes as well as custom navigation & social networking icons. i also code websites using html and css on the blogger platform. i negotiate and establish partnerships through social media. for my portfolio consult [blog address].
freelance, september 2010 – present
i own a personal blog called _________. i write about _________. i take different photographs according to personal requirements or those of clients. i use extensive equipment including lights, cameras, lenses, and photoshop to improve the quality of photographs. i work in liaison with other professionals including writers, editors, and graphic designers. for my portfolio consult [blog address].
editor in chief
independent worker, september 2010 – present
i own a personal blog called _________. i write about _________. i am responsible for a budget as well as the administration of revenue and expenses. through various social media platforms, i negotiate and establish partnerships with brands and businesses to collaborate on projects and articles.
there you go! you just added your blog in your resume. easy as pie. you can add or modify things if you want, these examples are meant to be generic. i think adding your blog to your resume is a way to stand out. it's not very common and it's intriguing... so when the interviewers ask about it, you have an opportunity to outsmart the other applicants.
Thursday, 8 August 2013
i would like to introduce you to laura from pure impressions. she creates the most charming, handmade personalized jewelry. her shop is filled with gorgeous items; rings, necklaces, bracelets, earrings and even key chains. august marks her shop's first year anniversary. for the occasion, she is giving one lucky xfallenmoon reader a custom mantra cuff (see below for details).
tell us a little about yourself
i’m a mom of 2 lovely kiddos, with another full-time job on top of pure impressions. when i'm not holed up in my corner of the basement (others call this an office space), you can usually find me in an airport traveling for work, or curled up with a cup of tea and my newest book. that's when i'm not chasing peanut butter and jelly monsters, listening to the latest pre-teen drama, or playing taxi for my two kids. they are my world and they remind me every day how precious life is.
i've always been a DIY’er. mostly because i don’t have the patience to wait for things to be done or arrive when i want them. i also cringe at the outlandish prices of things i tend to want. *shakes fist* i've redone just about every piece of furniture in my home...some of them twice.
tell us about pure impressions
i started creating jewelry a few years back. i was searching for the perfect necklace to go with an outfit for work. i wanted a bronze chain with a yellow rose. simple, right? not so much. just about everything i found was exactly the opposite of what i was looking for, and everything that came close had a price range that definitely didn't match the quality. so i did what any DIYer would do; i made my own. my thoughts were: "if i can repaint my kitchen cabinets, refinish all of my furniture, install my own tile and epoxy my basement floors, why can't i make my own jewelry?" and so it began. i haven't looked back since.
out of all the items you’ve created, which is your favorite? why?
this is a hard choice! today i would say it’s one of my personalized arrow name bracelets (shown below). it’s one of the first items really made just about from scratch. i cut the aluminum out of sheet metal, shaped it, filed it down, darkened the aluminum and stamp the names on them. what started off as a hunk of metal turned into a lovely bracelet. tomorrow my answer could be different…
what do you love about what you do?
i love creating just about anything. it puts me into a whole different world and lets me just be. just like the bracelet above, here’s a huge sense of satisfaction when you take something so plain and turn it into something that makes people feel beautiful. i’ve sold jewelry to beautiful women all across the world. knowing that someone in germany and zimbabwe are wearing my pieces makes me smile.
how do you stay inspired?
there never seems to a lack of inspiration, i hope that’s always the case. i get a lot of custom requests from friends and customers. custom orders are definitely my favorite. i’m taking someone else’s ideas and turning them to reality for them.
what are some of your future goals for your shop?
as scary as it is to say, i’d love for this to be my only job someday. what started off as a hobby has turned into so much more in the last year. i feel so very blessed to have come so far and accomplished as much as i have.
giveaway / sweepstakes
laura from pure impressions is offering one lucky xfallenmoon reader a custom mantra cuff (see picture below). the winner can chose a personal mantra to be stamped on the cuff: it can be a name, initials, a date, or something more personalized. enter below for your chance to win!
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giveaway terms & conditions
this giveaway is open to residents of the usa and canada. the winner will be chosen at random and will be announced publicly as well as notified via email. if the winner chosen does not have a valid email address and a way to contact is not left in a comment or a registered entry, then another winner will be chosen. if the giveaway host does not complete the giveaway, xfallenmoon is not liable to replace any offer promised and is released of any responsibility thereof.
Sunday, 4 August 2013
i recently bought this gorgeous green dress at jacob & i just had to show you guys. i originally bought it for work, but i just couldn't resist wearing it to the jacob's fall collection fashion show at the "festival de mode et design 2013".
i wanted the outfit to be simple, elegant and practical so i paired the dress with some simple black heels, a blue silk belt, some pearls and a blue cardigan.
aren't these ruffles just gorgeous?d i find it adds a unique and playful touch to the dress. i also love this particular shade of green; it reminds me of the forest, so peaceful.
i have to admit, up until recently, i hadn't worn many dresses. however, i am quickly growing fond of them. they make me feel like a lady. do you like wearing dresses?
tip: when wearing a dress without tights or stretchy shorts, if your thighs rub together and create a painful rash, use some baby powder. put some on your hands and rub it on your inner thigh, it will absorb the humidity: reapply every 4-6 hours. you can also use this trick if you can't put your feet into your heels. plus, it smells good. :)
belt: jacob (from a shirt)
pearls: aldo accessories
nails: an affair in red square by opi
other outfits you might like
Wednesday, 31 July 2013
last week, my family and i went to the zoo (crossed an activity off my summer bucket list, yay!). i remember going a couple of times when i was little, and i have to be honest, other than the obvious "going to see the animals" part, i forgot what a day at the zoo meant. i made a list of a few things i think are important to know before you head out.
this is kind of obvious but believe it or not, i actually expected to see all the animals up close as soon as i got to their habitat. silly right? make sure you are ready to wait for them to come out; you could be waiting for a while. if you can, bring some binoculars, that way you wouldn't have to wait around as long; unless you want to take pictures.
there are often shows planned during the day. research ahead and make sure you plan your day around these. sometimes the animators attract the animals so you aren't waiting as long. even if they don't, at least you get a bit of information while you wait. it makes the trip that much more interesting.
make sure you bring a bottle of water for each member of your family. there are a lot of attractions and you'll be walking a lot, so you'll be very thirsty. i'm assuming you're going on a warm sunny day like we did, but even if you don't, i still recommend bringing water. having an umbrella is also a good idea, you know, portable shade...
it's a good idea to bring some snacks. food at these kinds of attractions tends to be a bit pricey. you can indulge in a few treats if you want, but it's still a good idea to bring snacks so you don't burn a hole in your wallet. speaking of which, make sure you have some cash handy, because the food stands don't accept interact or visa.
if you're going with children, make sure you bring some toys & activities just in case you have long wait times. it will be much easier for you, and a lot more fun for your kids. ;)
wear comfortable shoes
i can't stress this enough. you are going to be walking all day, and most likely standing; comfortable shoes is a must.
have you ever been to the zoo?
we had a lot of fun (if waiting around a lot can be called fun) and we will definitely make this into a yearly activity. i'm sure our son will appreciate it more when he's older.