Beautiful You | The Art of Being a Lady: Rules of a Lady

Monday, 27 February 2017

 I had always seen these types of "quotes" on pinterest or instagram but have never found where they come from. Some of the ones I had seen are out of order or no longer continued. So, I decided to recreate them and add a few of my own in hopes that it'll inspire others, just like they have inspired me. I'll be featuring these through my instagram @bytheartofbeingalady. You can also see my post on defining class and other ladylike terms here, as well as view my disclaimer here. These will mainly be a variety of affirmations, guidelines, and quotes to motivate women in order to reconnect with their femininity. I will be doing an individual post on some of the subjects these quotes touch on. Because this series is new, I'll be playing around with the whole look for a while, until I feel satisfied with its layout. So be sure to follow the blog that way you don't miss out on any new content. If you have anything you want me to see, share it with me using the hashtag #beyoutifulart. Follow me on IG 

We R Memory Keepers TypeCast Typewriter

Sunday, 19 February 2017

 For the love of all things pretty, the art of being a lady now owns a blush pink typewriter! I'm so excited to share it with the beautiful you. To be honest, I haven't used it yet, but I did photograph it to give you all an inside first glimpse of this gorgeous piece of machine. Let me tell you, my heart left my chest the minute I saw it, and just had to have it. Now, for the newest addition to my work space, meet Elise, in blush pink from We R Memory Keepers: TypeCast Typewriter. My new toy...

The Best Tips When Writing A Love Letter

Friday, 17 February 2017

For some of us, writing comes naturally, we are able to open up like a book to read. For others, it isn't that easy. Many are shy, embarrassed or awfully timid when it comes to manifesting their emotions. It's normal and we all are different. No judging here. Nonetheless, we all feel love and wish to express it. Valentine's Day has come and gone, and as we've always known, you can share your feelings and show how much you love someone any day of the year. Let me give you a few tips on how to write a love letter. Because, everyone likes to know how much they are loved...

♡ Letters are not a thing of the past.
 Back in my day, during my school years, notes and letters were a thing. That's how you let someone know you crushed on them and wanted to be more than just friends. It would seem that today, letters and romantic notes would be a thing of the past. Don't worry about it. The only one you should care about is to whom you are writing your letter too. I'm sure they will love the gesture! Especially since it's a lost custom, they will definitely feel special in receiving one. People love to know how loved they are by their partners or significant other. That desire is timeless. A love letter is what will last and what will be remembered. 
♡ Not all of us have a romantic partner, but that doesn't mean you can't write a love letter to someone you care for and love. This can be your mother, a sister, your best friend, and the list goes on. Some of the most beautifully meaningful letters are written from a friend to a friend, or even parent to a child. 

♡ Don't worry too much about making it sound like a love letter. We've all done it, you know; where you try and rhyme and make the letter sound all inspirational. Then it backfires and we get stuck because it just sounds too sappy and insincere. There are no rules on how a love letter "should" sound like. You can’t really go wrong; don’t put too much pressure on yourself to write like ‘letters of old. Just write what comes to you and what you want your loved one to know.
♡ Since we are talking about getting stuck, here a useful tip. If you do get stuck and you can't decide on what to even begin with, make a timeline. A basic "past, present, and future" outline. Write about when you first met or — even better — the moment you fell in love with them. Share what the person brings to your everyday life. Go over topics about things you’re excited to do (travel, start a family) and your shared dreams. This lets them know that you are there and you're there to stay a while.
♡ Be sure to make your letter very personal! Small details are particularly important to writing a meaningful letter because they make people “feel seen and appreciated.” If you need to, write a rough draft so that it is absolutely perfect.

♡ Borrow quotes from someone else. It's 100% okay to feel a loss for words, and gather inspiration from others. Search for quotes and inspiration that remind you of the person and the feeling you are writing of.
♡ You can write a letter any day of the year, but even so, be sure to make it special. It's okay if you don't have impeccable handwriting, or fancy stationery. Just be sure to make it legible and looking neat. This means, no wrinkly paper! Presentation goes a long way...spray a little perfume on the paper to make it smell like you, or include a few confetti within the folded letter. It's all in the details my friend. This can easily turn into a "ritual." Make it a tradition, say for Valentine's Day, Birthday or Anniversary. 

♡ Personally, I have never, ever, ever in my life mailed a love letter. I always handed them myself to the person it was intended. That being said, I rarely have used the post in general. You can deliver your letter any way you feel most comfortable doing. You can leave it out for you lover to find or you can attach it along with a small gift. Its up to you and your shyness level.
♡  Don't be afraid to open up. The best love letters strike a balance between considerate and uncensored. You should feel really exposed, really raw. You have to feel vulnerable for it to mean something. In a day and age where gestures and details are missed when hiding behind a computer screen of a phone, allowing someone inside and see you as you are, can be everything!

 If you'd like more on how to write a love letter, I can definitely help with that! I can do a whole series on it. I can also recommend this book by Samar O' Shea, For The Love of Letters: A 21st Century Guide To The Art Of Letter Writing.  It's a great read, and can really help on writing many types of letters. Anything from letters of gratitude and crush confessions to breakups and goodbyes. I wish you good luck! Until next time. 

Inspired by BuzzFeed

Heart Shaped Chocolate Chip Blondies

Friday, 3 February 2017

As I mentioned in my previous post, I'll be posting fun little Valentine's Day themed entries. This week we will end with a simple baking recipe gift idea. These heart shaped chocolate chip blondies are a great and easy way to show someone you care about; either a friend or a loved one you were thinking of them, and well... just because they are delicious anyways! Do we really need a reason? Here's to the first recipe on the blog! Let's get started. 

I N G R E D I E N T S:
- 2 1/8 cups (300g) all purpose flour
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1 cup (226g) unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
- 1 1/2 cups (338g) packed light-brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/4 cups (210g) mini semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided

D I R E C T I O N S:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Butter a 10 by 15- inch jelly roll pan. This is not a traditional cooking sheet size, it's smaller. 
3. Line the pan with 2 sheets of parchment, one sheet is going in each direction, while leaving a 2-inch overhang on all sides.
4. Butter the parchment paper, and set the pan aside.
5. In a mixing bowl whisk together flour, salt and baking soda for about 20 seconds and set aside.
6. In the bowl of and electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment mix together the butter, and brown sugar until blended.
7. Add in one egg and mix, then add the second egg and vanilla and mix.
8. With the mixer set on a low speed slowly add in the flour mixture and mix just until combined. 
9. Set aside 2 tbsp of the chocolate chips and then mix in the remaining measurement into the batter. Remove the bowl and fold the batter with a spatula until everything is evenly incorporated. 
10. Pour dough onto prepared jelly roll pan and spread into an even layer. 
11. Sprinkle the 2 tbsp chocolate chips evenly over top. 
12. Bake in the preheated oven until cooked through, about 17-21 minutes. They should appear slightly under-baked but a toothpick should come out clean or with a few crumbs.
13. Removed from the oven. At this point you can gently press a few more chocolate chips just for looks.
14. Let cool completely on a wire racks, then lift the bard out using parchment paper and cut into your desired shape.

- You can substitute the brown chocolate chips for white chocolate ones. But add them all at once rather than reserving some for the tops as white chocolate chips may brown if added to the top.
 - You can also substitute this entire dough recipe for the pre-made Pillsbury Chocolate Chip cookie dough. Just spread it flat onto a cookie sheet and follow the baking temperature and time directions on the packaging. Then carefully cut into your desired shapes.

Recipe Inspired: Tutti Dulce
Original Recipe & Photo Credits: Cooking Classy

Valentine's Day Other Half Questionnaire

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

It's February! Brace yourselves,.. let the sappiness begin. So, I was creeping on people via Facebook and came across a friend of mine's blog. She had a pretty neat TAG I wanted to share with you as well. You can visit her blog at My Lovely Chaos! in case you were curious. Anyways, I thought it was cute and short, fitting for this month's theme. As we all know Valentine's Day, the day of love will fast approach. Let me share with you this small tribute to my other half and our life together so far. Four years later and he's still the love of my life. Here goes nothin'

1. Where did you meet your other half?
At my house during a YSA movie night!

2. How long have you been with you significant other?
It's been 4 years since we had started dating.

3. If you're married, when did you say "I do"?
Funny enough, we got married on April Fool's Day! That's April 1st in case you weren't sure haha.

4. What song did you walk down the aisle to?
I know there's a video of it somewhere, I'm not 100% sure but I want to say Pachelbel's Canon in D. Our wedding song though is 1000 years by Christina Perri.

5. Do you have children yet? 
Yes! 3 little trouble makers...

6. What's your favourite thing about your half? 
He's always rooting for me. Even when I don't believe in myself, he does.

7. Were you and your other half high school sweethearts? 

8. Where was your first date? 
We had lunch at Chili's restaurant.

9. How long were you dating before you said "I love you"? 
Like a week haha.

10. How long were you dating your other half before he/she proposed? 
This is too funny, it was during our second week of dating. Though he didn't officially propose with a ring and everything until a few months later in March of  2013.

11. Where is your favourite place you have traveled with your other half? 
Well, the only other place we've actually traveled to is Vancouver B.C.

12. How do you and your other half usually spend Valentine's Day?
We have a competition on who gets each other the better gift, have a family member judge it and then laugh about it. I know it sounds strange and superficial but we have fun with it. Then we usually go out for dinner and a movie, and till' the fun begins after hours... ;)

13. What does your favourite "date night" consist of? 
A night off from the kids is always a favourite.

14. What is the best gift you have received from your other half? 
His love... just kidding! I would say... He took me out gun shooting once. That was really fun!

Hope you enjoyed this fun little TAG, and count down with me until the big one/four. I'll be sharing some cute posts until then! Here's a little throwback to when we got engaged in 2013... how time flies.

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