Friday, October 28, 2011

October Favourites

Here are some albums you need to check out;

Come to the Well - Casting Crowns
Mylo Xyloto - Coldplay
Ceremonials - Florence + the Machine

I spent a considerable amount of time in Shoppers Drug Mart trying to decide between buying a 50% off Revlon nail polish or Essie's twin colour for triple the price. Essie is such a reliable nail polish brand, but I decided to risk it and go for the cheap Revlon one. LOVE IT! So glad I didn't splurge. If you're looking for an interesting fall shade I highly suggest Revlon's Chocolate Truffle. Thick coverage, easy to apply, and it seriously looks like it could have been Essie's or O.P.I's product. 

This is slightly embarrassing, but my sister brought home a series of books the other day that I was bored and decided to start reading. Turns out I got addicted to them. They're The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa. They remind me of mix between Twilight and Harry Potter (pre-movie phase) so if you liked those books, I guarantee you'll like these ones. 

Thanks to Rachel Foster who introduced me to this on our girl's day in the summer, I have been eating it almost every morning for breakfast since then. Go get yourself a bagel… whatever kind of bagel you like. Then buy some herb and garlic cream cheese and slather it on. Next apply either cut up cherry tomatoes or thinly sliced full tomatoes to the bagel, and bam, you've created a delicious sandwich. Mmmmmmmm

And last but not least, a new TV show started this month that is actually really really good. And it's from the producers of LOST, which was pretty much the greatest show to ever exist. It's called Once Upon A Time, and it's a fairytale thriller. Doesn't get much better than that. It just started so you all should probably go get caught up right now before you get too far behind. GO!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Leah Danielle

You know what I love? Photographing my sister, Leah. A) She's gorgeous. B) She's an up-and-coming superstar and C) I get to mess up her hair and make her pose in uncomfortable places like a slippery roof top or a swamp and not even feel bad. Here are some photos we took yesterday.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Never Grow Up

I've been caught up in my childhood memories as of late. Living here, in the exact same place that I spent every summer growing up, has actually been a little strange. Don't get me wrong, I do love it. It's cozy and perfect for a young couple just starting out in their marriage. But sometimes, when I'm here alone, my mind wanders back to my early years on Chesley Lake and my heart and my stomach start doing funny things. 

Nostalgia, I guess you could call it. Homesickness. A sentimental longing and wistful affection for the past. It's almost like I can see the ghost of little Taylor with the wild curls wherever I look. She's in the forest, making treasure maps out of peeled birch bark in her castle of cedar boughs and pine needles. She's floating in the water, shivering and nervous as her dad prepares the boat for her first ever waterskiing lesson. She's dancing with her sisters around the bonfire, and she's lying on the dock with her beloved 'Nightwatch' book discovering constellations and counting shooting stars. 

My only fears were thunderstorms and loud noises. I didn't care about how I looked or if I had enough money or how many boys thought I was cute. My grandparents were healthy and able to spend the summers with us. Life at the cottage was so easy back then. It was full of magic and wonder and bliss.

I don't know when it happened. Maybe after my thirteenth birthday, or it could have been before that, the cottage changed. It was still great, but some of the magic had worn off and life outside of Birchcrest was just as important as life in it. The enchanted view on my existence was lifted and I saw things how they truly were. A tree was simply a tree, fairies and mermaids weren't real, I wasn't a princess, and sadly, there were more things to be afraid of than storms. I guess that's part of what growing up is- when child-like wonder dissolves and reality sets in.

I am thankful for those memories, though they have made me a little sad. I am reminded that although I'm an adult now, I should never lose the magic that children see in daily life. And besides, there is new magic I get to have and look forward too now. The magic of finding your true love, of buying our first house, of becoming a mother... 

Just thought I'd share these thoughts with you, as they have been on my mind constantly for the past while.

Hope you're having a fantastic week,

Taylor Rebecca 

Monday, October 10, 2011

AFTER (Lake House Renovations)

Here it is! Keep in mind this place is over 50 years old...

 Guest Bedroom

Come visit! Love,
Taylor Rebecca

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

The Co-operators

Last week I had the pleasure of shooting these lovely ladies of The Co-operators in Port Elgin. We had such a fun time exploring the harbour in Southampton as well as the beach at Gerry's Fries. So nice meeting you Susan, Darlene, and Amanda! And it was great seeing you again Jade. We did cheerleading together way back in high school, and were part of the best stunt group ever. Go Royals! ;)