My Life in Pixels // June

June was a great start to summer so far!

Lake Rosseau  We were invited to visit a friends’ gorgeous family cottage in Muskoka at Lake Rosseau. It was so beautiful there!

Dock life at Lake Rosseau

Beautiful Lake Rosseau

If I could live on a lake or ocean, I would be on a boat everyday. It’s so nice to float around with the sound of waves lapping against the sides of the boat.

This month we also went to a TV on the Radio concert.  This was my first time seeing them live so I was totally pumped. If you’ve ever listened to TV on the Radio, you know that their sound is hard to pin down. They are sort of a meld of indie, electronic, art pop. I started listening to them back in college, so hearing them play live was brought back memories of walking through campus at Western blaring ‘Young Liars’ and ‘Staring at the Sun.’

TV on the Radio play Toronto

Their set was amazing. I was with a group of people that were big fans too so that made the show even more fun. I hope that they play Toronto again soon because general consensus from the crowd was the set should have been longer!

Hey June, you’ve been fun!

My Life in Pixels // May

May was a pretty fun little month.

Bloor Street Flower Market At the first signs of spring I stopped at one of many flower markets on Bloor Street to pick up some of my favs – gerbera daisies and tulips.

New apartment with fireplace We moved into a new apartment…with a FIREPLACE! It doesn’t work, but I love that we now have a mantel and when we finally get some art, (one of these days, I swear) it will probably find it’s way above that fireplace.

Four Seasons Yorkville Toronto

I was part of a Pinterest event this month that included a weekend stay at the Four Seasons in Yorkville. The hotel was so luxurious, I felt like a celebrity…which reminds me, Nick Carter casually walked by me in the lobby with his body guard. I personally wish it was Justin Timberlake, but one boy band member was nice, I guess!  FYI I wanted to take that bed home with me. It was SO comfortable and that plus the complete pitch black black out remote controlled curtains made my stay here feel like heaven.

Le Select Bistro Toronto

The event also brought me to this adorable little place on Wellington Street. If you haven’t been, brunch at Le Sélect Bistro in Toronto is such a great place to meet up with friends in a gorgeous setting.

Le Select Bistro

It’s the perfect spot to feel like you are escaping the city on a little Parisian trip.The ambience has a bit of a french feel to it and the food is sooo good.

Le Select Bistro Toronto

I’ll let my food pics speak for themselves…

Chocolate dessert at Le Sélect Bistro

That weekend the french chic theme continued when we went to dinner at Biff’s Bistro of Oliver and Bonachini fame and were seated in the Red Room.

Biff's Bistro Red Room It’s another gorgeous spot where the food was great, but it was the decor was what truly made the place for me. I love red rooms. I think red gives so much drama and decadence to a space, and this colour is the perfect shade.

BIff's BIstro ceiling

And that ceiling!

Queen and Spadina

Of course, I also made time to do some spring shopping on Queen Street; my favourite area of Toronto. Every time I walk past Queen and Spadina I feel nostalgic. Having lived at this intersection for a few years, and then King and Spadina for a few more, this area of the downtown core or, “my two block radius” as I used to call it, has a way of triggering a lot of old memories whenever I am in the neighbourhood. I love this city.

Morba Queen Street

One of the treasures I found on my hunt at Morba – this gem of a doll house. How cute is this little mod dream home? I wish I was small enough to fit inside! I would never leave.

My Life In Pixels // April

These past few weeks I haven’t had much time to focus on writing for my blog, but a picture is worth a thousand words right? Here’s a little update on my life lately, according to my iPhone.

Balzac's coffee shop Toronto

My first time going to Balzac’s in Yorkville was just as lovely as I imagined. The Distillery District location is still on my must-visit list.

Corsage Project 2014

A snapshot from the Corsage Project that I volunteered with this past month. Great cause and being surrounded by sequins and silk gowns is never not fun!

Google Toronto

I had a chance to visit the Google offices with my job a few weeks ago – it was just as cool as I imagined, especially this Android made of rubiks cubes.

Learning Labs Toronto

Chalk board graffiti at the Learning Labs, where I had a chance to hear Spencer Baim, Chief Strategic Officer of VICE MEDIA and the founder of VIRTUE, VICE’S in-house creative agency speak.

Chocolate Covered Pastel Oreos

A while back, I came across this image of pastel coloured Oreos on Pinterest. After doing a Google search to find out they weren’t real, I decided to attempt to make my own! I  love chocolate covered anything, and the thought of pastel coloured Oreos seemed like a fun touch. These chocolate covered cookies require very few ingredients and take just a few minutes to prepare!

Chocolate covered Oreos

What You Will Need:

  • Oreos (1 package…or as many as you will eat!)
  • White chocolate melts
  • Coloured chocolate melts (any colour you like)

 

Instructions:

All you need to do is melt the chocolate and dip the Oreos. I mixed white chocolate melts in with the coloured ones to get lighter hues, but it you want stronger colours, you can leave the white chocolate melts out of the recipe. It helps to place the Oreo on a fork and dunk it into the chocolate, using a spoon to pour more chocolate over the Oreo, for full coverage. Once dipped, place the Oreo on a wax paper lined baking tray. When the tray is full, stick it in the fridge for the chocolate to set – and that’s it! I keep my finished cookies in the fridge to keep them fresh, but they don’t last long!

Oreos in pastel colours

Try making these fun pastel coloured Oreos yourself and let me know how they turn out!

Casetagram Giveaway (Closed)

When Casetagram approached me about doing a giveaway here on my blog, the moment I checked out their site, I was pumped to try it out. Using the Casetagram site or app, you can use your Instagram and Facebook photos to make your own personalized phone case! After getting a chance to make one, I am absolutely in love with how it turned out! The whole process was quick and easy, and it shipped quickly – I’d absolutely make another one!

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Now for the fun news!…

Win Your Own Personalized Casetagram Phone Case!

Casetagram is giving away a case to a lucky winner who will get to design their own dream phone case!

To Enter:

  • Leave a comment below saying “I want to enter the Casetagram Giveaway!”

Or…

  • Instagram a photo you would put on your phone case to @casetagram using the hashtag #iwantaphotocase

 The winner will be randomly selected on May 3rd!

Good Luck!

xo

Make your own phone case

Casetagram Phone Case

Casetagram Instagram Photo iPhone Cover

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Design your own phone case

Use Casetagram to make your own phone case

Show Some Love

Gifts for Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day gets a lot of hate for a day that’s supposed to be about  love. It’s easy to hate on February the 14th and argue that love should be shown everyday of the year, but how many of us really take a moment to celebrate the all of ones we love everyday? I’m not just talking about your significant other, but your girlfriends and sisters, too. I’m on board with dedicating a day to remind the ladies close to me that I love ‘em (and eating a ton of chocolate in the process); are you? So here’s to grand gestures of friendship, and celebrating one of the most beautiful things in life – LOVE, in all it’s forms.

  1. Aritzia | Talula Pasedena Tank - $14.99
  2. Catbird NYC | Heart Memory Ring, Yellow Gold - $64.00 // Catbird NYC | Heart Memory Ring, Silver – $34.00
  3. Tuck Shop Trading Co. x Norquay Co. | Muskoka Toque - $35.00
  4. Rifle Paper Co. | Vintage Telephone Notepad - $8.00
  5. Tealish | Chocolate Loves Strawberry Black Dessert Tea - $10.95
  6. Elizabeth and James | Nirvana Black Perfume - $90.00
  7. Wine2Go - $9.99
  8. Godiva | Ultimate Dessert Truffle Flight - $16.00

The Undercut

Ahhh, the undercut. Hipster hair, Boardwalk Empire hair, aka the Jimmy Darmody hairstyle – whatever you want to call it, it’s a hot look. I don’t know what it is about this hair that makes me love it. Maybe because it makes a man look like a 1920′s gangster slash gentleman scholar? Slick and long at the top, shaved around the sides and back – a cross between a military cut, and something a bit more vintage. I don’t think I’m the only one hoping this cut stays around for a while longer.

What you think of this hairstyle. Would your man dare to try this look?

Jimmy Darmody Undercut Hair

Vintage Undercut Hairstyle

David Beckham Undercut

Vintage Haircut

Michael Pitt's Undercut Hairstyle

Michael Pitt Undercut Hair

Jimmy Darmody Undercut

I am particularly in love with Justin Timberlake’s slick and straightened undercut. For a man with naturally curly hair, he really works this look.

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Justin TImberlake Sporting an Undercut

Summer Scenes

Since launching my blog in May, I have averaged about 1 post a month. Come on Melanie, time to amp up your game!…

I’ve been going through a lot of old photos lately to find a few framers. I am one of those people that always buys picture frames with the best of creative intentions, but they inevitably wind up empty and shoved in the back of a closet. A few weeks ago, I dug out some frames and ACTUALLY HUNG THEM UP, GUYS! This is big deal for me. Now they’re hanging nakedly, patiently, just waiting to be filled.

While I won’t be putting the following pictures up on my walls, they are my favourite Instagram pics because they absolutely scream summer to me. Having already come across a few fashion stories about what is going to be hot for fall, I plan to embrace my favourite season for as long as possible!

What images are quintessentially ‘summer’ to you?

blue chair poolside

shallow salt water pool

orange lifesaver

chevron bikini

rocket pop

You can find these images on my Instagram account. If using my images on your website or blog please link with love. If using my images elsewhere, please ask for my permission. xo

melaniexeinalem | Pinterest Love

If you have been to my Pinterest profile (melaniexeinalem) and wondered how I have so many followers, I wanted to answer that here on my blog. I’m an eye candy lover. Before Pinterest, I bookmarked and saved everything you can imagine. Pictures of cupcakes, puppies, makeup I wanted to try, outfit ideas, dream homes, buttercream recipes, DIY projects – you name it. I’m talking hundreds of bookmarks. You can imagine how thrilled I was to discover Pinterest – a way to visually display and organize everything I had bookmarked! (nerd alert, I know). I was an immediate addict.

I have been a dedicated (ie. obsessed) user of Pinterest since February 2011. The reason I remember that date so clearly is because that was also the month I decided to start working as a freelance marketer. For some reason, maybe because I was uploading/pinning everything I had ever bookmarked, my following on Pinterest grew rapidly (and an unreal amount of email notifications started filling my inbox). By August 5th, 2011, I had hit 14,000 followers.

melaniexeinalem pinterest august 2011

In August 2011 I hit 14,000 followers. {click to enlarge}

On January 29th, 2012, an article about Pinterest appeared in my Facebook newsfeed titled, “21 Must-Follow Pinterest Users.” Of course, being a Pinterest fiend at this point, I HAD to know who was featured, so I clicked and started reading. When I got to number 20, my jaw dropped – I was listed as number 20! I couldn’t believe it.

melaniexeinalem pinterest featured on mashable

Being featured on Mashable’s ’21 Must-Follow Pinterest Users’ was a little surreal. {click to enlarge}

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The Mashable slideshow which featured me as number 20 in their “21 Must-Follow Pinterest Users” article. {click to enlarge}

As you can imagine, getting featured on Mashable calls for a lot of traffic. My little moment in the spotlight added to an already staggering number of followers. By May 2012 I was up to 239,941 followers.

melaniexeinalem pinterest may 2012

By May 2012 I had reached over 200K followers {click to enlarge}

Today, I have over 500K Pinterest followers, I have had a variety of unique freelance job opportunities come my way. I’m so, so thankful to all of you for following me on Pinterest. Without you those projects wouldn’t have been possible!

I hope you enjoyed a little walk down my Pinterest memory lane. Happy pinning, fellow Pinterest addicts!

melaniexeinalem blooms

I have wanted to start a blog for years (yes, YEARS), but I was perpetually stuck on a name. I thought that the title of my blog was the most important part. The one time I thought I had come up with the perfect name, when I went to register it, someone had already claimed it. I was devastated and once again put off my little dream of starting a blog.

lilac bush

{sometimes it takes a while for an idea to blossom…}

Recently, while looking through my photo stream on Instagram, I realised that all I really wanted from my blog was a place to share my day to day life and things I love. I didn’t want to wait any longer to start working on something I had wanted for much too long. I finally decided to use the username melaniexeinalem that I use on most of my social network accounts. I don’t know why I didn’t just do that sooner!

The lesson is, don’t put off your dream until the conditions are perfect – you have to start somewhere, and {today} is as great a day as any to start.

Some people have asked me if Einalem was my last name. In case you didn’t realise it before:

melaniexeinalem is my name, { Melanie }  the letter { X } and then ‘Melanie’ spelled backwards { einaleM }  (pronounced i-Na-Lem )

I hope you enjoy what you read and see here. Please feel free to comment and let me know where you are reading from. Wherever you are in the world, I would love to hear from you.