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Exotic Collections: Awake Your Style With African Mud Cloth

I have a soft spot for many things. Most times, I keep this as my little secret. This secret gets me in “lala land”. Seriously, I know this may sound a bit cliche but when I see exotic things, I go  “oh la la!” I Love exotic things, not just because of my origins (side eyes). But really, I admire handmade things because of the labour of love that is put into them, their uniqueness, the hard work, and every little details that come out of it.  I want to present you a series of “My Exotic Collections” for interiors as inspiration posts. First in my list is Mud Cloth. Be inspired.

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The Mud Cloth is used as a throw. It is very unique and crisp in this space. The white lines/patterns are in harmony with the neutral palette in this room. From Elle Decor.

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The African fabric is used to upholster this chair. This space looks eclectic with the mixture of beautful patterns. From The Lovely Lifestyle.

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And there was a Mud Cloth Pillow. Bright hue chair with this pillow works so well together. From Pinterst.

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Mud cloth on floors. It adds a character. From Design Files

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Prettify your tables. The last two picture here, black and white Mud Cloth are used as table runners. Basically, there is no limitation when it comes to using the Mud Cloth. From Ruffle Blog.

XOXO

– Judith

 

2015 was exciting, now let’s try to make 2016 Fabulous

Hello lovelies,

What are you grateful for today?

Each year, I sit and set new life goals. Sometimes, I go even further to implement lifestyle’s changes. This year, I suggest for you to add or try something completely different to what you usually set as goals to appreciate your life. We are so busy trying to bring changes into our life that we forget to savour life. The way I look at it, sometimes, life can be unfair.  So, I make an effort to accept this when a situation arises that I can’t pin down an explainable concept for it.

First, start and end your day with a firm positive thought. You see, instead of just pouring all the 100% energy on trying to establish new things in life, I recommend you take also time to invest in gratitude. Gratitude has the power to change the views you have about life. It can be a little bit hard when you start. Trust me, after a couple of tries, the brain will get trained to accept this routine. Putting all the energy you have on future concerns, it will suck life out of you. Instead, focus on appreciating things that you are grateful for. It does not have to be huge, it can be as  small and simple as loving a beautiful weather.

Happily then, stop and learn. I know there are some unpredictable negative life events, however, try to find a positive thought to get you by despise the negative happenings. I truly beleive there is power in positive thoughts and energy. When you only concentrate on what you don’t have , what could of been and feed on your fears, then you will never have enough. Program the mind to let go things beyond your control.

It is never too late to try something new for your well being. As the says goes : ” the happiest people don’t have everything. They make the best of what they have.” Here are some other quotes to help you embrace this concept:

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Thank you for reading,

Judith

And cue the last minute christmas presents

It’s the most wonderful time of the year but it can also be very stressful.

Where I grew up in Western Uganda, Christmas is all about large family gatherings and food – a seemingly endless supply of food and drinks, but never the exchange of presents.

But since I have called Regina home for almost a decade now, I have assimilated quite a bit into the Canadian tradition of exchanging presents at Christmas. When In Rome and all that. Mind you, it doesn’t mean I’m good at it.

I find it quite stressful guessing at what family and friends expect from me for presents. This is why I love kids. You can ask them what they want and they’ll tell you. And you can negotiate with them (No. That’s too expensive!)

Adults on the other hand aren’t always forthcoming. They tell you they’ve got everything they need but really they do expect something (Surprise me!)

If you are a procrastinator like myself and have yet to conquer that Christmas shopping list, here are a couple of suggestions for unusual holiday gifts from right here in Saskatchewan.

1. Give the gift of REST

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Float houses are rapidly becoming popular across Canada and in Saskatchewan as well. A quick google search turns up three Spas in Regina’s downtown alone.

REST, or Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy, works on the principle of sensory deprivation.

This is how it works. You get locked up in a pitch black tank filled with salty, body-temperature water, wearing nothing else (OK maybe a swim suit) but earplugs. Sounds terrifying, right? Wrong! From what I’ve heard from those that have floated, it is a deeply relaxing experience. And if you buy someone you love a gift certificate to one of these spas, they’ll tell you all about their floatation therapy experience. It’s a win win really.

2. Locally made one-of-a-kind jewelry

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Saskatchewan is an arts and crafts hub. We have some really wonderful artists making unique pieces. Some, like Regina jewelry artist Megan Hazel, will work with you to design something that can’t ever be replicated. Megan can also take your old jewelry rings that don’t fit anymore, and give them new life in the shape of another piece of jewelry like a necklace or earrings.

3. Give the gift of art

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Almost anyone can take a selfie these days, which has kind of ruined portrait photography in a way. But how cool would it be to have the likeness of your loved one captured on canvas? You can commission a local artist to paint a portrait of your loved one or something else symbolic like your favourite wedding photo. I know one Saskatchewan artist, Brandi Hofer, who can work off of photographs. But I think it would also be really amazing to sit for a painter, to get to be a muse for an hour or two, and see how the work turns out. It’s a timeless gift and experience, and there’s certainly no shortage of artists/painters in Saskatchewan to make this happen.

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Thank you for reading,

Iryn Tushabe

Part 2: Solange Knowles in African prints

Hello Lovelies,

I think it is time for me to admit that I am an African prints’s junkie.  I had fun collecting all the Knowles’ sisters look, in African prints. If you missed the first part, you can read about it here. When it comes to Solange, her famous sister does not stop her from having her own look. Her look, in most parts, is funky, authentic, and eclectic. I love her African prints’ selections. Take a look.

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The yellow African prints looks good. Prints on prints done right.

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The short is on point with these high knee boots.

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Another prints on prints here, the prints contrast work so well together for this look.

Photos From: Vandallist, Flashizblack

Thank you for reading, stay Fancy and come back again.

XOXO

Judith

Five reasons to fall in love with fall

Hello Fancy Lacy Community,

I simply cannot get enough of fall. I’ve always wondered if its because I was born and raised in a tropical country where the leaves were always green and the sun never seemed to ever want to go down. It’s a magical time of transitions. Leaves turning into all kinds of enchanting oranges and yellows and reds, the summer heat getting drowned out by the autumn breeze, chilling it just enough so you can wear a sweater and shorts, and of course there’s an abundance of pumpkins!

But if you still aren’t feeling the season, here are a few reasons to inspire you to fall in love with fall.

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Fall for the hues: There’s nothing quite like walking (or driving) down a street canopied with tree branches shedding all kind of colour leaves.

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Fall into fitness: The cool days of fall are a jogger’s paradise. You can run for miles without feeling like you are about to keel over and die (That happens to me in summer). It helps build up your endurance and it’s a great way to gradually acclimatize your self to running when the mercury finally dips below zero in winter. If you want to get into running, fall is the perfect time to start.

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Fall Fashion: From cozy cowl sweaters to knee-length boots, fall is the best time of year fashion-wise. Indulge your inner fashionista.

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Fall for comfort food: The great thing about fall is that you don’t have to be a whiz in the kitchen to whip up delicious tasting food that fills your home with delightful smells. Also, hot pumpkin spiced latte!

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Bring fall indoors: While summer is great for drawing us all to the great outdoors, the crisp, cool autumn air certainly brings us back in. Bringing the autumn beauty indoors with us can be an exciting experiment in interior decorating. Try some fall accents in your living room.

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Thank you for reading,

Iryn

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Iryn Tushabe is a freelance journalist, filmmaker and passionate gardener. She writes about science, health, wellness, and social change. Iryn’s writing has appeared in the Leader Post and the Star Phoenix (As well as their respective weekly magazines, QC and Bridges). She’s also a contributing writer for the Saskatchewan Network for Art Collecting.

Follow her on twitter @wordsweaver.

Picking and Styling: Indoor Garden

Hello Lovelies,

Picking and styling your garden really depend on your choice. First, I think you have to determine the function of the plant. Think light, how is the light in your space? The primary answer to this question will determine your selection. Understand your plant, learn and know what it takes to maintain it. The world wide web simplifies your plants’ guide. If you are ambitious, the net is a great source for your quest. My quest led me to two bloggers, they really summed it for me. Take a look.

Fiddle Leaf Tree is the plant I love seeing in space. It is huge but looks good. If you are looking for a good plant presence in the space, this is it. Indirect bright light and once in a while watering will keep this plant alive.

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via DesignLoveFest. She lists on her blog plants that you can grow indoors. She gives the readers an 101 guide to houseplants and how it works.

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Via my decorative. If Fiddle Leaf Tree is too big for your taste, Succulent is the way to go. These little tiny plants are so cute. They come in different styles and colours.

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You made your decision. Now you are looking into styling your houseplants. Emily gives quick tips on how to style your indoor garden. I really find her post helpful. Really, it is indoor styling plants made simple. She even made a video to show you all the good stuff.

Thank you for reading, stay Fancy and come back again.

XOXO

Judith

My Prairie’s Landscape: Gildas Hélye

Hello Lovelies,

You already know how much I source the net to find creative people. Few months ago, I met Gildas (in person). He moved to the Prairies from France. After moving, he started practicing his photography skills. He captures people, nature, and vintage things. He talked to me about his passion. Now, he is showcasing his work, Saskatchewan’s landscape, at the Western Development Museum in Moose Jaw. You will appreciate how he plays with light’s reflection in this project. He adds value to landscape photos. Take a look.

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Photos: Gildas

Thank you for reading, stay Fancy and come back again

XOXO

Judith

Obsession Du Jour: Papaoutai

Hello Lovelies,

Happy fathers’ day in advance! How excited can one be? Today, I wanted to celebrate a creative male artist. Stromae is the artist I’m really loving right now. He is an artist with a personality. You can pin this from his lyrics ( the way he tackles big issues), his dance moves, and to the way he presents himself. He cleverly finds creative ways to address taboo subjects. You know, the unspoken truth. He is from Belgium with a success in Europe. Soon,  I think he will take over America too. All because he is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. He mixes different music influences in his work. Right now in his sounds, you will identify electronic pop, hip-hop and global sounds (Salsa, French folk music and Afro-tinged rhythms). He is the perfect portrait of what an artist should be. He reaches all generations with his music.

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Photo from Daily Mail Uk

In the end, he got a great sense of humour. He does not leave one offended, like with his song “Formidable” where he pretends to be a lonely drunk. Papaoutai translates to dad where are you? I chose to feature this because the lyrics could speak to me and you. They make sense. Somehow I could relate. We all at some point in our life have unspoken questions. In this song, the concept he touches is about what is fatherhood? What is being a good father? I tried to find a translation of  the lyrics for you,  and I came across French Crazy. This site did a great job on translating the lyrics. Here are my favourite verses translated:

Tell me where he comes from
Then I would know where I’m going
Mommy says when you look hard enough
You’ll always end up finding it

…Everybody knows how to make babies
But nobody knows how to make dads
Mister “know-it-all” would’ve inherited it, is that it?
Does it come from sucking our thumbs, or what
Tell us where it’s hidden, we must’ve eaten our fingers at least a thousand times

Now enjoy the video.

You can continue to read about Papaoutai English translation here.

Thank you for reading, stay Fancy and come back again.

XOXO

Judith

3 Stylish Things To Do with your Nonworking Fireplace

Hello Lovelies,

Do you or someone you know has a fireplace that doesn’t work? Working Fireplaces are great focal point in a home, they add a character. If you are like my parents and you rarely use your fireplace, I will show you how you can spruce up your unused fireplace with some decorations. This quick decor fix will facelift your space. Yes, you can make your so not functional space functional. I got inspired by Apartment Therapy, 12 ideas for non working fireplace, to provide you with these three stylish inspirations. Take a look.

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Texture  adds a character in the space. How lovely is the statue in this space? So unexpected, but it works. From Cool Home Decoration.

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Sophisticated fireplace, this space screams luxury. I love the dark tones mix with metals and purple flowers. This non working fireplace is making a statement.From Style Blog UK 

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Paint your fireplace in unexpected patterns. Or better, use washi tapes to transform your unused space. from Desire to Inspire

Thank you for reading, stay Fancy and come back again!

XOXO

Judith