My Collaboration with “Zen Healing Gems”

Goodmorning my beauts, and welcome to my lovely channel! I hope you all are having a fabulous start to your weekend so far! I know I am so happy it’s the weekend and always enjoy my Fridays and Saturdays! Any big plans for the weekend?  I am currently going to be hanging out with the boyfriend and his family. I will be taking some more pictures for upcoming blog posts in the near future as well. I am so blessed to have a boyfriend that loves taking my pictures, it’s like I have my own personal photographer which is amazing. He is so good at it too, loves experimenting with different angles, and I am so blessed. He is awesome.  I am really excited about this collaboration that I am involved with presently. I have honestly been into healing gems, gems that help with anxiety or even energy as well. I found an amazing company on Instagram called, “Zen Healing Gems“, and reached out to them, inquiring if they would like to collaborate with me on a blog post. I spoke to the founder of the company, Kayla, and inquired about the potential collaboration. She was very pleasant to speak to, very kind, and welcoming as well. You can actually learn a lot from someone over messaging!   Kayla was more than happy to collaborate on a blog post with me, and I was super excited. Her work is amazing, and I was super excited to write a blog post on her and her company.

I got to know a little bit more about Kayla and her company. Kayla lives with her fiance and her doggy in Lancaster, PA. She is an old soul and a free spirit, she loves music, yoga, crystals, dancing, essential oils, icecream, burritos, her puppy, and getting outdoors. She really likes tattoos, and personally has six herself which is amazing. Every one of her tattoos are special to her and has their own meaning. Kayla also loves making jewlery as it is very therapeutic to her, as well as healing for her. Working wih crysals creates positive vibes and cleanses her space. In the next year, Kayla would like to travel more and build her business by doing more events/shows and creating more sales on her etsy shop.  Kayla has been running her business, “Zen Healing Gems” for two years. She sttarted making jewlery a little over three years ago and two years ago was when she knew she wanted to make a business out of it. Kayla was very passionate about creating and loved the idea of carrying the crystals with you as a wearable art. Kayla makes the jewlery by herself, enjoying every second of it!

I received two bracelets in the mail from Kayla and they are absolutely stunning. I love healing crystals and love learning about the healing behind the gems. The one bracelet is Sodalite, which is deeply connected to the heat, and creates a calming effect which makes inner peace easier to attain. The black crystal in both the bracelets is Black Onyx which is great for grounding and protection as well as wards of negative energy. The bright blue bracelet is Imperial Jasper,  which has amazing healing  and protection energies as well as reduces fears and insecurities. I love learning about this kind of stuff, it is so fascinating to me and I adore it. Healing crystals and gems are new to me, so I love learning new information. I picked out these two bracelets because I loved the look and colour, I was drawn to them!


You can get ahold of Kayla if you would like to order something by messaging her on her Instagram at “zen_healing_gems”. You can also check out her etsy store as well which is located in her bio on Instagram. Also you can message her on Facebook or through email as well. Kayla absolutely loves doing custom orders as some of her favourite pieces have come from custom orders! This is amazing.  Highly highly recommend checking out Kayla and her beautiful company. Be sure to come spread some love on her social media sites and check out her etsy shop, it’s adorable! I want to personally take the time to thank Kayla and her company Zen Healing Gems for allowing me to collaborate with such a beautiful company. She is so talented and really knows what she is doing which is fantastic.  I wish you nothing but the best Kayla on your future endeavors! You were wonderful and so amazing to work with. Be sure to follow my social media sites to stay updated with the latest blog posts in the near future! Take care and much love xo.


My Collaboration with “Welly Merck” Watches

Good morning my beauts, rise and shine! I have been enjoying this nice weather which has been absolutely beautiful. Honestly, when the weather is nice, it makes my day so much happier and brighter. When the weather is dull and gloomy, I often like to just stay in my pj’s and sleep all day, literally zero motivation to even do a thing. I am excited to share that a beautiful jewellery and watch company decided to reach out to me and ask if I was interested in collaborating with them! The company is called “Welly Merck“!

As you beauts know, it is a big deal for me when I am not the first one reaching out to companies, but instead, they are reaching out to me, its an honour.   I was more than happy to collaborate with their beautiful company, and of course, had to say yes! I started looking up Welly Merck on Instagram to check out their company, and they have an amazing page. I later checked out their website and was amazed at how beautiful the watches were. You can never have too many watches as I say! Watches are such fashionable accessories and really pull an outfit together. Welly Merck designs are purposeful, modern, and always evolving. As Welly Merck states, “Watches are the ultimate statement piece”.

The Story Behind the Company

Each Welly Merck watch denotes excellence, diligence and sophistication.  The company explains, “Welly Merck was founded on the true story of Merck and Welly, lovers who established a timeless identity by facing adversity and overcoming it. Welly Merck watches are evidence of their journey. Merck grew up a part of a small town’s lower-class, located against a backdrop of mountains, coal mining, and making-dye. His father, a miner, struggled to provide for Merck’s mother and siblings.Rather than being diminished by his surroundings and status, Merck was inspired by them. He grew up with a deep respect for family, an affinity for simplicity, and dedication to his work. From a very young age, Merck learned to never stop striving. Merck’s resolute spirit stuck with him throughout the years, and by age 16 he left his small hometown for college. Soon after that, Merck’s father fell seriously ill, leaving the family more vulnerable than ever. As a result of this situation, Merck was forced to relinquish his dreams of finishing college; these difficulties did not obliterate his ambitions. Perhaps more valuable than a college degree was his strength of character, which attracted his soul-mate, Welly, who he married.

In time, Merck was able to return to school and graduated with honours. Rather than being burdened by the difficulties he experienced, he grew more determined to succeed. Before long, he and Welly had a clear goal: to develop something that symbolized their approach to life and the things they’ve overcome. They created the Welly Merck watch, a representation of durability, simplicity, and tireless striving.
The Welly Merck watch line is for those who choose to make a statement. As a brand, Welly Merck seeks to align with people who, like the founders, never stop striving, never stop working hard, and who face obstacles with determination and class”. I absolutely love this story, it is so powerful and really is interesting to read and listen to. I love companies that have a wonderful background story and message to their company. This is what attracts my interest, and I could not be more proud of the company for creating such a wonderful watch line.
I was super excited to receive my watch in the mail, as I had ordered a rose gold watch with a black face and mesh strap. This watch in the store is called, “The Classic New York R, 36mm”. This watch can come in a white dial colour or black, which is what I ordered. The glass is a sapphire crystal, and its a Swiss Quartz Movement. I absolutely love any gold, or rose gold watches, I think they are absolutely stunning on, and I do not own a watch with a black face yet which is a really neat touch to the watch.  There are also many different colours to choose from as well as men and women’s watches. Be sure to use my special discount for 15% off your purchase at checkout which is, “AlyssaH15″. You guys don’t want to miss out on this opportunity. The watch that I ordered retails in store for, $189.00.  I absolutely love my watch and I think it really compliments my outfits perfectly.
I want to take the time to thank “Welly Merck” for allowing me to collaborate with their company and reaching out to me! It was an honour working with you guys and I am super happy you reached out! Come spread some love on their page and check out the variety of watches they have on their website for both men and women! Check out their Instagram page over at @wellymerck or their website over at Don’t forget to use your discount! I hope you beauts enjoyed this post, take care & much love xo

My Collaboration with “Equilibrio Gems”

Good morning my beauts! Welcome to my channel, I hope you all are having a wonderful Tuesday morning so far! Again, since the beautiful weather is here I have been busy working on some interesting and neat collaborations with you! Some people who I have worked with and interviewed in the past was the beautiful POESY herself, and the wonderful Michael Landsberg which will be in the near future. I am always on the hunt to reach out to talented companies, and companies who catch my attention.  One thing that I have been recently into lately, is jewellery that helps balance your soul, calms your state of mind, and helps with stability. I find these types of jewellery so interesting and intriguing to learn more about. I managed to find this beautiful jewellery and watches account on Instagram called, “Equilibrio Gems”, created by the talented Ariana Stefancic.  I decided to reach out to her over Instagram as I adored her page and loved her jewellery she created! Flawless! Ariana was a pleasure to speak to! I know what you beauts are thinking, tell us a bit more about the company!

Equilibrio Gems was created in January 2018. Ariana explains, “I named my jewellery company Equilibrio Gems behind the word ‘Equilibrium’, which means a state in which opposing forces or influences are balanced. A calm state of mind. Symmetry. Stability. That is why when you take a look at my logo, I have the scale that’s balancing my logo name. Gemstones are meant to balance the mind, body, and soul through their natural properties. Not only are they beautiful, but each gemstone carries a specific frequency. When worn or held, these frequencies are translated into a vibration energy that gets transferred to the wearer, ultimately clearing them of any uncomfortable energy and balancing their inner core (known as the chakras). All of my jewellery designs are meant to help with a person’s equilibrium. Also, each design is finished with a touch of minimalistic glam (because who doesn’t love a little bling bling :D). Simplicity is what we all want to achieve in life, but no one said jewellery had to be simple. Equilibrio Gems is edgy, fashion-forward, and one-of-a-kind. 

As a child, I was always fascinated by jewellery and the composition of jewellery. I also grew up collecting rocks and stones from all over the world. My younger self-loved the way each rock and stone sparkled in the light along with the different textures and colours that came with it. I started creating bracelets for myself about two years ago and had a lot of my friends and family ask me if I could make them some pieces as well. I didn’t think to turn my jewellery designs into a business at the time as I was managing another business that I founded full-time. I stopped making jewellery all together as everyday life occurrences kept my time occupied. I realized I missed the creative aspect of making jewellery and the passion I had for it. I believe wholeheartedly that passion is an essential quality of success. I relaunched my jewellery company January of this year, fully branding Equilibrio Gems and properly making a name for myself”.
Ariana is the sole creator of “Equilibrio Gems”.  She expresses that it gives her the power and option to let her be herself, and have that translate into all her designs. Being from Vaughan, Ontario, Ariana is on her way to success, and she already is doing so well for herself! She had sent me a picture of what she had specifically made for me in regards to one of her gorgeous bracelets. I was in awe. I remember my mom being right beside me, and I showed her the picture, she was in shock! We both could not believe that Ariana had made them for me, and had taken the time out of her day to do that. What a talented individual! I could not wait to get the mail and receive my two bracelets!
I received two beautiful bracelets in the mail from Equilibrio Gems. The first one, the white one which is called, “White Howlite“. This bracelet has a calming effect, aids in sleep, teaches patience, enhances your ambitions and also absorbs anger. Like how could you not want this bracelet? From someone who personally suffers from generalized anxiety disorder, I needed something to help calm me, and I find this bracelet does just that! It is absolutely stunning on, and I have been getting numerous compliments on it. Love this one Ariana!
The second bracelet which is a blue one is called, “Sodalite” is absolutely stunning as well. They look beautiful together and really compliment one another. This bracelet helps with harmonizing and soothing, helps strengthen confidence,  as well as helps one develop their intuition. This is also an idealistic stone which is gorgeous. I love wearing both of my bracelets and I am so fascinated at how they work and the benefits of wearing them!
If you are interested in purchasing some bracelets or requesting an order from Ariana and Equilibrio Gems feel free to contact her through email at She also has various designs and options on her Instagram page @equilibriogems. Ariana is currently working on an Etsy page that will be set to launch by the beginning of Summer 2018. I want to take the time to personally thank Ariana and her company “Equilibrio Gems” for allowing me to collaborate with her! She was such a pleasure to work with and makes such gorgeous bracelets. I am currently typing up this blog post with my bracelets on! I love them, thank you so much again, Ariana, for making these gorgeous bracelets for me, I appreciate it a ton, Be sure to come spread some love on her Instagram page. Enjoy the rest of your week, and take care.Much love xo.

“Driven by Creativity”, the motivation and dedication of Katie Marie.

“Driven by Creativity”, the motivation and dedication of Katie Marie.

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(Huge shoutout to @delavie_photography for capturing this unreal photograph of Katie! Be sure to check out her page for more beautiful and stunning photographs!)

Hello my beauts, I am on a roll this weekend!  love just blogging away on weekends,that is when I have the most time. I can literally sit with a cup of tea, not rush, and just type away expressing my thoughts and feelings towards you beauts! I absolutely have loved recently collaborating with different people. If I spot something that I find might benefit and interest you beauts, I will for sure reach out to that individual and ask right away if they would not mind collaborating with me on a blog! The most recent one I had just finished was Alexandra Del Bello, be sure to check her out, her work is unreal. Shall we jump into day’s blog post? So I know for me personally, I have such a hard time with self-motivation. I have gotten a bit better, don’t get me wrong, but I find this is always a tough subject to discuss. If my boyfriend says to be after a long days work, “can we please do the laundry tonight?”, chances are I am probably going to hard bail on that one by far. I feel that some days a lot of people, myself included, need that extra boost of motivation to get up and just get er done! There is one person in particular that comes to mind when I think of motivation and determination. She is such a “go-getter” as she calls herself, and I am sure many people incuding myself can see that from a mile away! Can you guess who I am going to collab on today? The beautiful Katie Silva of course! Honestly guys, I can say I have never personally met Katie before, but I had admired her posts on Instagram for months now…. is that creepy? Anywho, fan girl crushing over here. What attracted me to her account was her beauty-related material. I absolutely love makeup guys, you know me. When I saw that Katie was so involved in beauty-related material I was stoked. I love following people and getting more advice/information on that kind of stuff. I was stunned by how flawless she did her makeup and the looks she came up with! I had the pleasure to ask Katie some questions in regards to her life.  This interview is going to discuss topics in relation to beauty, Youtube, her Jewelry line, and her photography business… phew… how do you do it Katie?! Let’s get into it!

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The first question I wanted to ask Katie right off the bat was pretty simple, it was based on her motivation. I had asked Katie if she had always been a motivated person all her life? Katie states, ” Most definitely! I’ve always been a go-getter my entire life. If there’s something I have in mind or a goal I want to achieve, I push myself beyond limits and make sure nothing prevents me from getting to where I want to be. Of course – just like everyone else, I have my “off days”. Self-healing days as I like to call them! Where I’m just not inspired, not motivated, and feel down in the dumps. But I remind myself that this too shall pass – and it happens to the best of us. 
As long as you remained focused and find something you are truly passionate about, you will be able to stay motivated even through the hardships!”. I absolutely love this. I know it is completely normal to have your down days which is understandable…. everyone gets them! Having the motivation and positive thoughts to say “hey it’s okay to have your down day, tomorow will be better“, is so crucial to living a healthy lifestyle.

I know that some days if I am super stressed out, that’s when my bad days start creeping from around the corner. Stress and me do not get along. I am always interested to see how other peoples’ lives are, especially if they are living a pretty hectic life like Katie herself. Katie explains, “ I just keep my goals in mind and try to focus on them. Think of it this way – if you are at work and you keep looking at the clock, your day will draaaag on. But on days that you are uncontrollably busy, don’t you find the day flies by? The more you keep yourself busy, the less you will think of the negative. I apply the same motive to my lifestyle! Be goal oriented and cut the self-pity. Don’t overanalyze the what-if’s and move past the obstacles.  Also… lots… and LOTS… of caffeine…”. Amen Katie Amen, I think we all need a Katie in our lives to help us get through the day, don’t you think?! Honestly seeing and hearing about how other’s handle those busy days and stress is so interesting. Hearing those coping mechanisms surely motivates me to use them more, and literally not look at the clock as much on those boring days at work!

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“…everything happens for a reason”

On the topic of motivation and determination, I wanted to ask Katie if she had any specific words of motivation that help her to keep on going. Katie explains, “It’s not the hand that you’re dealt with, it’s how you play your cards.” Yes, this is a lyric taken from a Ludacris verse. LOL. But it is by far, my all-time favourite quote. Whatever life may throw at you, there’s always two ways of looking at it. The more you victimize yourself, the more you will lack motivation and give up. If you think about the positives in a negative situation, you will maintain focus and it might even give you that extra drive that you need to succeed. ALWAYS keep in mind, “everything happens for a reason” and trust that the journey will lead you exactly where you need to be!”

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Aside from her strong self-motivation, this has brought her into all kinds of fun things, one of the topics being beauty. I had known for a fact that Katie was into makeup and applying makeup. There were specific questions that I was extremely interested about, and wanted to get into further detail! When did you start getting into beauty? “It mainly started back in grade 7. I, unfortunately, came down with a horrible case of chicken pox, so bad they classified it as “the worst case of shingles they have ever seen”, which NO 13 year old should ever have to go through haha. At the time, it left a lot of temporary scars on my face once the singles ran its course. I became really self-conscious and I remember my mom took me to the drug store and bought me my first concealer/foundation duo to try and hide the scars so I could go out in public again. To this day – I haven’t left my house without makeup lol. Yes, the scars are completely 100% faded and not a hint of anything is left on my skin, but over the years it’s become a security blanket for me. Only recently, about a few years ago, did I really start learning about applying makeup properly and developed a new found appreciation for the art of makeup. I guess you could say I accidentally got into beauty, but it has basically become a part of me”.  It’s a good thing you got those chicken pox then eh Katie? That is so crazy how she accidently got into beauty, but now is such an inspiration for beauty towards others.

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Going off of the topic of beauty, I know that Katie has attended multiple beauty events as seen on her Instagram page. I had a high curiosity for this, and wanted to touch more base with these events!  Are there any beauty events that you have gone to? So many to date, I don’t even know where to begin! I have to thank Dave Lackie for the unbelievable experiences I’ve had so far. I met Dave through one of his luxury giveaways that I won. We started talking and he was really intrigued by my beauty channel/blog at the time. I ended up getting invited to one of his VIP events and from there we formed the most unbelievable friendship! I started going to every Dave Lackie VIP event and I have met the WORLDS most AMAZING people and formed life-long friendships from attending the events. We like to call ourselves “dave’s babes”, haha! I’ve met some of the top high-end beauty company CEO’s (Clarins, Theirry Mugler, Shiseido, YSL, Givenchy among many others) and learnt so much about their amazing products. I am forever grateful for my experiences, and if it wasn’t for my full-time job, I would be attending lotsssss more!”. What an unbelievable experience Katie! It would be such an inspiration to have met some of the people that she has, and to think it was from a giveaway blows me away.  I think we all need some of her luck passed onto us, I know I sure need some! I love hearing about this kind of stuff, especially when it comes to beauty-related material.

image2 (24)I know that you have a Youtube channel, “Katie Silva; Makeup by Katie Marie”, did you always want to start a Youtube channel? “Youtube was another thing I kind of stumbled into. When I was doing makeup applications, a few people had brought up the idea to me. I love computer programming (a bit of a nerd, yes.) and I love putting together clips and creating videos. It comes natural to me and that was the most exciting part for me – designing them! Lol. I was a nervous wreck the first time I uploaded a video, I don’t think I slept for 3 days haha. But once you overcome the first few uploads, it actually becomes quite enjoyable! If you are thinking of making a youtube channel – please be prepared to have some serious negative backlash and bullying. Some comments were just downright rude, but it’s actually given me so much self-confidence and thickened my backbone in ways I never thought imaginable. At first, I was worried about what people would think of me – but after a few negative responses I started thinking, screw you guys, I like who I am, I am comfortable in my skin, and this is who Katie is. Like it or not, your opinion is irrelevant. And once I accepted this new mentality, my ENTIRE life changed for the better. I stopped fearing negative consequences and suddenly my anxiety vanished. I stopped doing youtube videos because to be honest, I just don’t have the time. It takes weeks and longggg hours to film, edit, and put together videos and it was starting to interfere with my full-time career, so I had to stop. I might get back into it down the road – who knows!”

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Aside from Youtube, I did know that Katie was accepting clients to do their makeup application for a while now. I wanted to go a bit more into depth with this topic. I know that previously you were accepting makeup clients to do their makeup application, what made you stop and did you enjoy doing this? “To be quite honest, this was yet another thing I accidentally got into. One of my best friends had asked me to do her makeup for her birthday, I was a bit hesitant because I had never done anyone’s makeup before, but I gave it a go anyways. She posted a photo of the final result and my phone just blew up. I had so many inquiries and people wanting to book appointments that it sort of turned itself into a business. After doing it for a few months, I realized I wasn’t happy, and this wasn’t something I wanted to do in my life. It was more of a hassle and felt like a task rather than something I enjoy doing. I think because makeup is something I’ve carried as a burden my whole life, it just wasn’t giving me the satisfaction most makeup artists have. I started getting into photography (my lifelong passion) and I can’t even describe the happiness it gave me. I stopped offering makeup applications to focus on my government career, and start building my own photography business. It has been the best decision I’ve made yet!”. 

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Moving onto the next subject I wanted to get into with you guys, photography! I had known that Katie had recently gotten back into photography and now has her own business, “Katie Marie Photography”. I thought of a few questions I would like to ask Katie in relation to her business! One of the main questions I had for Katie was if she had always been interested in photography. “Yes. Yes. Yes! My entire life. ANYONE who knows me knows I always have a camera in my hands. I’m always taking pictures of anything and everything, and I looooove to edit photos. I’ve always owned DSLR’s, I’ve had Canon, Nikon, and now Sony. I guess the main reason I didn’t get into it professionally was fear of building a solid career (it can be an unstable industry at first), and I also never took the time to really teach myself how to use a DSLR properly. Let me tell you – it is not easy to learn. There are so many things you need to know when it comes to photography and it always kind of freaked me out. At the time I just wasn’t ready to invest my energy into it.  

 I finally decided to follow my passion and really learn the art of photographing people. It came natural to me and I picked it up in no time. Again, I took some test shots of friends, and the inquiries just started pouring in. Fast forward to not even a year later and I’ve booked weddings, taken on hundreds of clients, opened my own studio space, collaborated with some of the best photographers/videographers in the business, and I am booked solid for the next 6 months with shoots. This is my forever happy place and not a day goes by where my photography and business isn’t consuming my mind. And I love every second of it!” .

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It really takes a special kind of person to gather the courage and start your own business, it really is not an easy thing to do. I completely look up to and admire Katie for taking this huge leap and just going for it. Literally, what was the harm and look where it has gotten her! Unbelievable.  You have to just go for it, and that’s what she did. What made you want to start your own business? It is in my blood – literally! Both of my parents are entrepreneurs and own their own businesses. I am basically a clone of my father. He works for the government full time and runs a DJ business on the side. I also work for the government and run my businesses on the side as well. It must be a Silva thing, haha! I am not one to succumb to societal norms, and I find it hard to stay in a job that doesn’t fulfil me. Being my own boss is the only solution to happiness for me. I love helping people, I love LOVE LOVE creating, and I get to do both of those in running a business. The skills I’ve learnt through my full time job have taught me to be a professional, successful business woman. And now I get to enjoy the best of both worlds!

Recently, I requested to switch from full time in my government job, to part-time, so I can have more time for my photography business. I am over the moon and so completely content with the blessings I’ve received this year. I started a new position with the City in the Mental Health and Street Outreach program, and also the Alcohol Drug and Gambling Services Division. This position is amazing. It brings me such happiness as well, knowing I can help make a difference in the lives of those struggling with Mental Health and Addictions. Mental Health is very important to me, and I’m ecstatic that I am working in this specific department. I help people in both my government job and photography business, both which fill my heart with happiness. It really is amazing, and I am so humbled and blessed to be where I am”.

I absolutely love this, mental health plays an important part in my life, so I am very proud that you are working in that field! You are doing so well for yourself, and for sure going far in life!

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I know we are all dying to know more about Katie’s photography business because I know I sure was! I asked Katie about all the ins and outs of her business as well as the packages that she has to offer. Katie states, “The list is definitely too long to type, it basically just depends on the type of photography they are looking for! If my client has a certain idea in mind that doesn’t fit my normal packages, I am always open to discuss special requests! You can find my prices on my website, and for wedding packages, I usually prefer an in-person consultation as each wedding is unique, and different services may be requested!“. You guys know what to do! Give her website a peak and I know for sure you will not be disappointed whatsoever that’s a given. The pictures she captures are absolutely gorgeous and I know for sure I will be booking an appointment soon!

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What photo shoots do you specialize in? Many different types! It all depends on the type of photography they are inquiring about. I provide services for basically anything you can think of. Newborn, Maternity, First Birthday, Cake Smash, Family, Engagement, Wedding, Portrait, Boudoir – you name it! I have custom packages geared towards each style of photo shoot. I find a lot of my clients become “clients for life” as they progress in life. I’ve had maternity shoots that have turned into newborns, engagements, weddings – all of life’s beautiful special moments. When you find a great family photographer, clients tend to stick with them. I want to be as open as I can to any idea and style of photography, so I can assist them in any way possible!”


 Not only does Katie have her own Youtube Channel, and photography business, she also has created her own jewelry line…. GUYS… literally perfection. I can not emphasize how jealous I am of her motivation and dedication in life, she literally just keeps going on and on. I love it. I jumped straight into asking Katie about her Jewelry line because quite frankly, I am interested in purchasing some soon!

What made you want to create, “Sacred Lotus Jewelry”? Anxiety! I’ve suffered with anxiety my whole life. It is just something I’ve learnt to accept and learnt to maintain and control naturally. I am always open to new ways of personal aid, and I stumbled across essential oils. I really enjoyed the benefits they gave me (specifically lavender oil) as I felt they really helped calm me down throughout the day. I wanted to create something that allowed me to diffuse my essential oils on the go, and still be fashionable at the same time haha. In government agencies, we actually have policies that prevent us from wearing perfume or having any scented products in the office. Therefore, a diffuser is out of the question lol. With essential oil jewelry, it isn’t overpowering at all. I rub a bit into the lava beads in the morning and only I can smell it throughout the day. Whenever I need a little stress reliever – I just sniff the beads! You really can’t smell anything unless you are wearing the bracelet – so it’s perfect for an office environment that restricts scents. Again, I love helping people, and these bracelets have helped so many people in the same boat as me”. I hear ya girl, anxiety is a bitch and I suffer from it myself so I know where you are coming from. I think is was such an amazing and fabulous idea to start! I know a lot of people would benefit greatly from this line since mental health is becoming more popular and people are more open about it. I think this is great.  I also think the idea of the bracelets are amazing, who would’ve thought of that!? That’s right... Katie Silva!

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(Guys, how cute is this packaging, though?!)

Are you still making the jewelry? What types of jewelry do you sell? Not at the moment. I do have a bunch pre-made that I sell, and I occasionally will set up a vendor table at bazaars, but I just don’t have the time to continue running my online shop. Once I dove into photography that became my main priority. I found myself falling behind on orders and just not being able to complete them in time to ship out. I will still take the occasional pick-up order, but I invest all of my free time into photography now. I sell essential oil diffuser bracelets – and you can find them here! “. You know what to do beauts, give er a peak!

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So I know what you guys are thinking, how much are these cute bracelets, because sure as hell I wanted to know! Katie states, “Roughly $10-30 range. I don’t have any bracelets that are over $30. If you are picking them up in person, I usually just sell them for $20! Again, it depends on the style of bracelet and gemstone used, some are more pricey than others. But I try to keep them as affordable as possible!”.

Future Plans and Goals

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After interviewing Katie, I came up with some last questions based out of curiosity. I was very curious to see if Katie had any future plans later on in life, or some long term goals. Katie explains, “I’m happy to say that I’ve finally reached a point in my life where my current short term goals have been met. It’s taken me many years, lots of stress and obstacles, and an exceptional amount of hard work to be able to say that – but I am happy with where I am.
Of course, I always have goals in mind. Moving forward my next goal is to grow my photography business and let it blossom into something unbelievably amazing. I’ve come very far in a short period of time and I anticipate this is going to be the best year yet – photography wise! I’ve opened my own little studio, gained the most amazing clientele, stepped my gear up, and found my true calling. Now I just need to master my skills and keep bettering myself and my art. I plan on taking it to a whole new level and collaborating with many other creative individuals throughout the course of the year. Aside from that, I am just trusting the journey”. 

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Lastly, to conclude this collab with the beautiful Katie Silva, I decided to ask one more main question. That question was, now what? Where do you want your journey to take you?  “I really want the journey to excel to places unimaginable. I want to take my creative ventures to the next level and surpass my expectations of myself. This year, I am going to try and focus on my inner self more. Career wise – I am always striving to meet my goals. It’s time I take a step back and focus on my mental wellbeing, and get myself into a better state of mind. Sometimes I need to remind myself to stop, and smell the roses J ..and to stop being such a workaholic and not let life pass me by.

I want to help my fellow colleagues as well. I’ve gotten to where I need to be, and now it is my duty to help those around me. I do have a lot of knowledge in many aspects and if an insight into my life can help at least ONE person, then that makes the journey all worthwhile”. 

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Thank you so much Katie for collaborating with me on this blog post! I had such a great time writing this up and getting to know you on a more personal level. I am sure a lot of people benefited from this post, admiring your motivation and dedication in life. You have inspired a lot of people, including myself, to follow your dreams and just go for it! I hope you beauts enjoyed this post! Be sure to follow Katie’s social media accounts to check her out:


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New room decor for 2016!

New room decor for 2016!


Hello my beauts! I hope each and every single one of yous had an amazing time off on your holidays, or made some extra cash working. I apologize that I have been MIA recently, I have been extremely busy going to family events or visiting friends over the holidays, so I have not had any time to blog! Don’t worry though, that does not mean I have not been busy thinking of different blog ideas and topics to write about! I would just like to take the time to thank you to those of you who follow my page, it really does mean a lot and I hope it progresses! For this blog post, I was inspired to write about some new room decor designs and things that I have purchased to display. It can be hard at times to decorate your room, especially if you live in a student house. Personally, I find it extremely difficult to only bring a few things from home to my student house, I just take my whole god damn room. All my friends know this, and I know this… but hey, that’s okay! The only downfall is that it is hard for me to make my room presentable with all my stuff and not look so cluttered.

I recently have become super bored with the attire and decorations that were in my room in my previous blog posts from earlier on, and thought… why not change it up? I mean sure I can rearrange my room a million times, but I personally want to buy new decorations. I have been looking on Pinterest over the past few months, gathering new ideas on different organization techniques and DIYS that I can make. I came across some really cute room decor that I made and purchased, so I thought I would share them with you! My first point that I would like to address is that I am on a tight budget, I am a student so I would rather spend as less as possible to make my room pretty. So, on that note, I found numerous decor that was super extremely cheap and easy to make! One of my all-time favourite decor stores is Home Sense. Even though I have only been in that store probably twice, I still consider it absolutely amazing. If you have not visited this store, I highly recommend it. When you go into the store, it’s literally like walking into paradise. There are so much cute furniture and decorations to look at, it’s insane. I purchased a few things from Home Sense that were all under $20.00.


Organizers/Holders–  The first item that I purchased at Home Sense was one of the most expensive out of this blog. It was priced at $17.00 but I feel that it is completely worth every penny! I don’t know what it is about me lately but I have been absolutely loving the vintage and gold look. I think it looks super classy and elegant. Once I saw this in the store I knew that it would look so beautiful on my desk! I love the gold and antique finish to it, as well as the amount of storage that it can hold up to. In my jar, I have placed all my morning necessities that I need but did not want to display at my makeup desk.

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Can we all just take a second to look at how cute and beautiful that crystal is for the lid? Look how much storage this little bin can fit!

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Okay enough of me rambling on about this item but you get the picture. It is so elegant and classy!

The next item that I have for you guys is an item that I made myself and it is a very easy DIY to do. I purchased all my items from Value vVllage and all you basically need are three things; a plate/platform, a candlestick holder and some glue. So I was wandering around value village thinking I was going to find nothing because let’s face it…. I hardly ever purchase anything from there! I was looking in the furniture section and came across this wonderful idea. I saw this gold metal plate that was only $2.99 and a candlestick holder that was around $4.00. I wanted to create a platform to hold some of my beauty supplies on my desk and came across this idea on Pinterest. Once you purchased your two items, you can grab a heavy duty glue at your local dollar store and voila!  Simply glue the two items together! Now you have your own personal display stand that looks elegant and expensive but was only under $10.00!

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I loved the idea of the cute bow tied around the bottom as it came along with the candlestick. Feel free to add any personal touches to your display stand! I decided to use mine to display some of my favourite perfume that I recently purchased from Victoria’s Secret. I added some plastic jewels that I purchased from my local dollar store around the perfume just to add a glamorous touch!


 Fancy Alternative Decorations– These two items that I would like to show you guys I had purchased from two different stores. I have always wanted an “A” letter , because… who doesn’t want their own first letter of their name obviously in case anyone forgets it. I finally found one that looked super classy at Home Sense, and it was only $6.00 which is completely affordable! I also found this super cute box at Walmart which was $20.00 but was worth it to go with my “A”. There were choices of different colours for the box, but I thought white looked best for my room.

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As you can see I store all my extra packages of eyelashes in the box! If you have not done so already, I highly recommend purchasing Elf Eyelashes, and you can grab them at your local dollar store, how crazy is that!? Why go to Sephora and spend $30.00 on a pair of eyelashes when you can get just as good ones at the dollar store?!

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I placed my two makeup brush holders on top of the box and beside it to add some more glam to the look. How cute is that?!

Makeup brush holder– I recently just purchased this big gold cup at Home Sense for only $6.00 and it holds a majority of my brushes. I love the colour and how it matches my gold theme, as well as how big it is.

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As you can see, everything blends nicely together as long as you keep a solid “go to”  colour throughout your entire look.


 Jewellery Holder– I saw this idea on Pinterest and have been literally searching everywhere for a “cake or cupcake stand”. These work wonders to display any jewelry that you may own and want to keep in a safe place. I found this beautiful one at Value Village believe it or not, the last place I look, and it was only $3.00! Be sure to be open minded when searching for decor for your room, you never know where you may find beautiful things.

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I simply keep this ontop of my desk, and place all my jewelry in and around the two circles!

Pillows–  I have been searching everywhere for nice decorative pillows to place on my bed. Everywhere that I look they are super expensive and not worth the $40.00 for a dinky small pillow. Again, I was browsing in Value Village and came across these two adorable pillows that looked amazing together. I absolutely love the design and colour of them both. And guess what?! I didn’t even have to pay forty, instead they were under $5.00 each. Someone else’s’ trash could be someone’s treasure!

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Well guys, I hope that these new room decor ideas have helped yous out! I personally love the way how everything turned out, and did not have to spend so much money in the process! If you have any questions or suggestions on what you would like to read about then don’t hesitate to comment below! In the mean time, be sure to follow my social media accounts:

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Have a wonderful Wednesday and stay tuned for more blog posts every Wednesday!

Much love xo.