So loved.

Last month when I was in Redding I was perusing facebook and came across this article on "bikini bridges". My first thoughts were ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME?!?!?!? 

If you're wondering what a bikini bridge is, it's having a gap between your bikini bottoms and your body when you're lying down. The bottoms are supposed to just cling to your hip bones and not touch any part of your pelvic area creating a bridge…aka people are wanting a skinny pelvic area? ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME!!??? Back when I was a teen the goal was having a flat stomach with maybe a line down the middle. Now it's about thigh gaps and bikini bridges. And the thing about bikini bridges that makes me so LIVID is, they are only attainable by starving yourself. You can't just lift some weights for a few months and see results. You have to starve yourself. How is this even a trend?

Heart breaking. 

To be honest, I wanted to find the person who coined the term bikini bridge and give them a real good shake…but then it occurred to me that what they really need is a big hug.

A hug that says you are loved, you are valuable, you are beautiful.


Now I'm going to get a bit real talk up on my corner of the internet…I have faced off with my body for far too many years. Growing up, I was blessed to have a dad who told me I was beautiful and I believed it to be true until I was 11. Some guys called me fat and from there on, that's what I viewed myself as. There were other negative voices too, I just would rather not get into them.

For years and years I was cruel to my body. I spoke harsh, awful words over myself. No matter how hard I tried, I could never be that warped version of beautiful that I so longed to be. For years I was able to hide this self loathing, this unhealthy obsession very well....until I got married. 

After our first year of marriage, James began confronting me about the way I spoke about my body. He started calling me out on the way I was viewing myself and he began speaking truth instead of lies. Although, I knew he loved me and I knew he thought I was beautiful, it still took time for me to shake those nasty shame-filled thoughts. 

It's time to be kind, loving & patient with ourselves.

Slowly but surely I started taking ownership of my mind. Last May I went to She Loves Conference and at the end of the conference we were given a gift. The gift was this beautiful book called She. (If you are a woman, you need this book. If you are guy, you need to go to that link and purchase this book immediately for a woman in your life. Your momma needs this, your wife needs this, your sister needs this!)

I opened it up when I got home and started to soak in the truth-filled words. As I read the statements, my eyes started welling up with tears. I so needed those words. In that moment, I asked God to transform my thinking and He asked me to start speaking truth over myself. So I did.

I made the decision that I was going to refuse to speak negatively about my body. That's right, I decided I wasn't ever going to speak a harsh or negative word about my body.

I started to counter act every lie that came at me with a truth from God and you know what? My whole mindset started shifting. I looked in the mirror and I was actually happy with what I saw. I actually started praising God for what I saw in the mirror. I started to love my body, the way I was created. My mindset on exercising even started to change! Instead of running to be skinny, I ran to be healthy. If I had a crummy day and ate a lot of sweets, I would plan to eat healthy the next day.

I refused to let shame be my motivation. And to this day, I'm still refusing. P.S. shame is THE WORST motivator.

True Measurements

My motivation is love. Because I love myself and love my creator, I will love my body and inspire others to love theirs too. 

Even though, it's gotten easier, I still have days when I want to let that comfy blanket of self loathing wrap its arms around me. I still have days where I'm tempted to get mad at that girl in the mirror.

But I refuse. As new lies try to creep in, I bring out the old weapons, those old truths with so much power. I refuse to conform to what the media says I should be. Instead I'll believe...


I am loved. I am valued. I am beautiful.


So friends, can we just vow to not even consider thigh gaps and bikini bridges?

Can we stop giving our bodies a beating and instead be kind, patient and loving with ourselves?


This Summer, I challenge you:

...to wear that two piece proudly...no matter what shape you are.

...to look in the mirror and smile at what you see. 

...to stop using shame as your motivation.

...to kick self loathing to the curb.

And to know with all your heart that you are so loved, you are so valued, you are so beautiful.





Story time.

When I was a teenager I applied for this thing called 'The Bay High School Council'. I can't remember much about it, except that the interview was terrifying (I performed a monologue from Erin Brockovich in front of 20 grade 12 students), we got to be in a parade and a fashion show (where I wore REALLLY ugly clothes) and we got a job at the Bay. I lucked out and was placed in cosmetics and fragrances.

There, in my seventeenth year, I gained a love for fragrances and more importantly, makeup. I helped out on a few makeup counters throughout that year and a few years after that I worked for Clinique. I absolutely love makeup and still do some freelance work on the side (I'm excited to be working on some of the models in the upcoming you & her Vancouver event!)

So I thought it was about time, I'd share some of my favourite beauty-related things…get ready for my favourite fragrances, skincare products, hair products and (today's) makeup products!

I use almost all of these products everyday. On a normal work day, I'll usually take about 10 minutes to do my makeup (15 if I do a cat eye, ha!)

So here they be, my favourite makeup products (in clockwise order):


1. Naked 2 Palette- This is my absolute favourite palette. It has the perfect mix of warm and cool tones. Naked 3 just got released at Christmas but it's a bit too pinky for my liking. Honestly, you can't go wrong with Naked 2.

2. Mac "Hip n Happy" Lip Liner- The best way to get your lipstick to last longer is to completely cover your lips in lip liner. I love the light pink pigment that this one produces. It's strong enough to wear with just a gloss on top.

3. Balm "Bahama Mama" Bronzer- I use this everyday. It's absolutely perfect for contouring. It's a tad dark, so just use a bit and be sure to blend, blend, blend.

4. Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Foundation- For years I searched for a foundation with actual lasting power. My search was over when I found this one. It's a bit pricy but I only use it for my nose and chin so it lasts me forever.

5. Mac "Blankety" Lipstick- I've been hunting for a good nude lipstick. This one takes the cake. It's not crazy nude-y where it looks like concealer on your lips. It has some depth and pink undertones. So pretty.

6. Mac "Brun" eyeshadow- I use this guy for filling in my eyebrows. It's the perfect brown and works on just about everyone.

7. Smashbox "Pout" lipgloss- This is the perfect pale pink. I usually pair it with Mac's Hip n Happy to make it stay extra long.

8. Lancome Hypnose Mascara- The best mascara ever. Nuff said. Seriously, I've tried a bajillion mascaras. This gives the best drama without mad clumping. I love it, I love it, I love it, booyah.

9. Mac Prep & Prime- I always use this before applying lipliner. It totally preps your lips making them silky and smooth! I bought it a few years ago and I still have it, so that tells you how long you'll have it for, ha.


So there you go, my favourite makeup products! I'm excited to let you know that I'll be pumping out some makeup tutorials every once in awhile!!! So if you have any questions or any requests, send them my way!





on saturday, james & i will be celebrating ONE YEAR of being MARRIED. just crazy, i know! it’s going to be a chill weekend spent mostly in town and at a hotel i’m dying to stay at. so excited to celebrate with my best friend :)


well it’s currently wedding season in my town. we’ve been invited to 8 weddings/receptions this year from june-november! from september to november we have 4 weddings. i am beyond thrilled because i looooooove going to weddings.


so in honour of all these future weddings and my own anniversary around the corner, i thought i’d share my wedding make-up.


i did my own make-up because i only ever do my own make-up. i worked for clinique & various other cosmetic lines in the past and i absolutely love doing make-up. because my life is so crazy i don’t advertise that i work in that arena but when it comes down to it, i actually really love to do it (just barely have the time to!) i’ve been fortunate to work on insanely beautiful beautiful brides in the past (chelsea, mandy, emy, tiffany & catrina!)

my favourite bridal look will always be a smokey eye and light lip. that’s what i do on most brides and it’s what i did on myself.


here’s what i used to get my look:


1. la base pro primer (lancome)

2. teint idole ultra 24h foundation (lancome)

3. mineralize concealer (mac)

4. mineralize skinfinish natural powder (mac)

5. multiple duo blush/bronzer (nars)

tip- prep your skin! you want to start on a clean palette. on special occasions, i always use face primer to make my foundation last. 



1. eyeshadow primer potion (urban decay)

2. naked 1 & 2 eyeshadow palette (urban decay)

3. 24/7 glide-on eye pencil (urban decay)

4. fake lashes #34 (mac)

5. hypnose waterpoof mascara (lancome)

tip- always, always, always wear fake eye lashes on your wedding day. they’ll make your eyes pop in your pictures!


1. prep & prime lip (mac)

2. subculture lip pencil (mac)

3. coral bliss lipstick (mac)

4. fake lashes #34 (mac)

tip- prime the lips then cover your entire lip in liner before you apply your lipstick. this will help your lipstick stay on much longer!


hope you found this helpful!


all photos by ameris