It’s a tough one but being able to fly is very appealing :).

Had the pleasure of participating in the 2017 Young Marketers Competition and spent 15 hours working on our submission yesterday! It was so much fun and so incredibly challenging. I loved it. The winner gets to go to Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in France. Results come out in April so we’ll have to hold our breaths and cross our fingers for now!

bird photography, eagle photography

Posted By Charlene Precious @ 5:39 pm

Here’s what our other ceiling-high book case looks like, on the other side of this book case. This one’s decorated slightly differently and has got more of a travel theme happening :) because we love to travel!

book case decor

DECOR TIPS:
1. Generally, I’d say never to actually fill up a decorative book case with only books! I’m finding that book-filled book cases tend to be beautiful only in home libraries where there are tons and tons of books and together they look masterful. One-off book cases are best decorated with a little more!

2. Carefully handpick the few books that make it onto your decorative book case. Make sure they have pleasing spines with colours that complement each other! The trouble with books we DO have in our arsenal is that they tend to be business books that don’t have the right look and feel. So if like us, you find yourself having to buy books for decorative purposes, don’t be spending full price on them. Head to a Value Village or a second hand bookstore. There are plenty of gorgeous books, especially antique ones, to come by for $2-$3.

3. Keep some books sitting upright in the traditional way and others flat on their cover. A mixture looks great!

4. Then it’s a matter of adding accents like wicker baskets, storage boxes, block letters, clocks, plants, globes, and other such knick knacks that bring the book case to life.

5. Lastly, we managed to throw in a teeny tiny reading nook right beside the book case with super comfy wool-filled cushions and pillows. Right next to it, which isn’t captured in this image, are big windows that bring in tons of bright natural light from the backyard. :)


Propeller Airplane Clock – Wicker Emporium
Books and Antique Books – Value Village
Accent Plant – Homesense
“S” Block Letter – Homesense
Mini Globe – Homesense
Travel Themed Storage Box – Homesense
Wicker Basket – Michael’s Arts & Crafts
Reading Nook Wool-Filled Seat Cushions – The Home of Wool – Etsy

Posted By Charlene Precious @ 7:40 pm

Yay!! So excited. After going back and forth on a few Zika-free options, Norway has ended up at the top of the list, specifically the Lofoten Islands and the Geirangerfjord. Oh my god, the fjords are absolutely stunning. The pictures alone have already taken my breath away. Can’t wait to book in the next couple of weeks! Eeepp!

road trip, california road trip, wanderlust

Posted By Charlene Precious @ 4:07 pm
February 5, 2017

I am so fortunate to love my day job and am privileged to be working on a brand like Nature Valley where I can be a part of its beautiful journey to help others rediscover the joy of nature.

Tomorrow, an amazing campaign is launching on Nature Valley Lunchbox where a partnership with Earth Rangers has enabled us to put a #naturemission on every granola bar wrapper to inspire kids to get outside and engage with nature in simple, easy, fun ways. :)

Here’s one of many gorgeous waterfalls in Iceland because I’m feeling inspired by nature :).

nature, waterfall, nature photography, waterfall photography

Posted By Charlene Precious @ 2:53 pm
January 1, 2017

New year, new fun picture :). Thank you to my Christopher for snapping this one! We had a quiet new year’s eve, which is just the way we like it.

Thank you, 2016, and hello, 2017! We look forward to all that you have in store. Gearing back up for work and kind of very excited! January is going to be a crazy month but it’s the really good kind of crazy. :) I’ll certainly miss being able to blog and post pictures as frequently as I did over the break though :P.

2017selfie

Posted By Charlene Precious @ 7:01 pm
December 30, 2016

Here’s one of many magnificent open roads in beautiful Iceland. Absolutely breathtaking driving through this scenery!!! I’m craving another adventure. Planning something for February, smack down the middle of winter gloom. :)

Happy (almost) new year!!! :) Wishing you all a phenomenal 2017!!! xoxo

iceland photography, travel photography, road trip art

Posted By Charlene Precious @ 9:04 pm
December 22, 2016

Back so soon! I had some extra time today so thought I’d rummage through the archives and pull out another one from California. :) These lifeguard stations are a signature of LA beaches.

Quick side note, I watched Zootopia this morning (the perks of holiday staycations). It was a fantastic movie with a beautiful story; I highly recommend it. It’ll make you laugh and cry — the best kind. :)

california print, california beach photography

Posted By Charlene Precious @ 7:02 pm
December 21, 2016

New print of Venice Beach in Los Angeles, California. :) Merry Christmas to you and yours if I don’t blog again between now and then! It’s my favourite time of the year! I just love the amplified love and kindness all around. Wishing you and your family a wonderful holiday season! Back again soon.

venice beach california photography, venice beach california print

Posted By Charlene Precious @ 6:54 pm
December 11, 2016

The most wonderful time of the year is here! That means pretty holiday decorations, especially on the dining table :). Here’s some inspiration!

holiday  setting

DECOR TIP: Things you need.

1. CHARGER PLATES
Ditch the place mats and try charger plates. They really add a nice touch! There’s a great selection at Pier 1.

2. LINEN NAPKINS
No need to learn how to fold linen napkins in fancy ways! Just scrunch them up and tie them down the middle with jute ribbon!

3. NAPKIN RINGS
A really easy, cheap, and cheerful way to do this is to buy a roll of jute ribbon and simply cut as many strands as you need and turn them into ribbon ties. :)

4. DECORATIVE ACCENTS – SNOWY ACORN, PINE LEAF, GOLD STEM, CANDLES
The little gold stem accents were cut out of a single larger twig stem from Michael’s. The pine leafs were also cut out of a single larger pine stem from Michael’s. (I LOVE Michael’s). And the snowy acorns were bought in a set of 12 from My Back Shed! It is with these accents that we are able to bring the holiday spirit to life at the table!

5. PRETTY PLATE
We bought these LENOX French Perle Plates from The Bay :). They also come in a really faint sea green colour and adds a variation around the table so the decor looks complementary rather than perfectly matching!


Carved White Charger Plate – Pier 1
LENOX French Perle Plate (White) – The Bay
Pine Stem – Michael’s Arts & Crafts
Pearl Twig Stem – Michael’s Arts & Crafts
Jute Braid Ribbon – Michael’s Arts & Crafts
Snowy Acorns – My Back Shed
Linen Napkins – Homesense

Posted By Charlene Precious @ 3:24 pm