A shade of the dramatic, where different is all there is.

About Me

I am a young professional that resides in Ottawa, Ontario – Canada’s capital city.  I’ve been here for nearly two years now, after spending 25 years in Southern Alberta.  View from Prince of Wales HotelWhat brought me out East?  Love. After 2.5 years together – this January, I will be lucky enough to marry my best friend, my soul mate. And for some crazy reason, we are doing it outside, in the snow…how very Canadian!

For the past several years I have spent my time working to save money for travel.  I have visited 17 different countries so far, and have a list of wanted destinations that never seems to stop growing.  But at least for now I have settled down a bit and limit my trips to a few weeks at a time, once a year.  I have a job that I love, a man that I’m not sure what I did to deserve and friends that mean the world to me.  I consider myself a fortunate person…most of the time.  😉

I want to use this blog to share some of my passions with people…so I hope you find something here that catches your eye.  Whether that is a new country that you add to your wish list, or a fun new makeup look you want to try….no time is better than the present.




Edit March 11th, 2012: The wedding came and went (much faster than I would’ve liked) and I’m officially a married woman.  The support this blog has received in the past 4 months has been staggering.  Thank you all for reading and I hope that I can continue to create content that interests you enough to keep visiting.  Thanks for everything! xoxo

33 responses

  1. thesparklingblogette

    I’m addicted to traveling 2! Now I’m only 13 years old but I’m very happy with the things I’ve visited already! I love to know the culture of different countries. It’s like you’re in a total new world! (:

    December 12, 2011 at 7:43 am

    • I couldn’t agree more! You are never too young to experience new countries. As you get older I find that you will start looking for different things out of your visits and that is the beauty of it. Your experience will be whatever you are looking for at that time in your life.

      December 27, 2011 at 10:37 am

  2. James

    You’re my whole world, and what’s more, you turn it for me too, night into day into night, giving me the all gravity and more than I’d ever need to stay ever so stuck right to you.

    +1 for your blog. I love that you’re giving your sweet voice some wings, and I’m proud of you for the effort(s).

    If only your readers could see the patient and determined care that goes into each one of your posts, or hear the gentle click clack of your keyboard as you bang out another message in a bottle and cast it out to sea.

    You’re all terribly lucky to read her – but do read her as I know her, inspired and joyful, with the happiest heart, full of creativity and colour and cute to the core. 🙂

    January 16, 2012 at 4:11 pm

  3. Great blog, it must be every girl’s sanctuary.

    February 13, 2012 at 7:43 pm

  4. I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. Thanks for always keeping me entertained and helping fuel my beauty obsession!


    February 24, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    • Pearlessence this is such a sweet thing – thank you so very much! Like you, I had no idea what it was about, but your post was extremely helpful, not to mention flattering that you decided to include me!

      February 25, 2012 at 9:41 am

      • Yours was one of the first blogs that caught my eye when I first ventured into blogging, so I just wanted you to know that I enjoy your writing 🙂

        February 25, 2012 at 4:42 pm

  5. I just want to stop by and say hi and thanks for reading my blog! Your blog is awesome! I’m also in the process of saving up for some traveling in the future. ❤

    March 29, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    • Thanks for stopping by Jenny! Where are you planning on going first?

      March 29, 2012 at 5:38 pm

      • I want to finish seeing the states before I visit Europe. I’ve never been but have been wanted to go to Europe for a while.

        April 2, 2012 at 12:13 am

  6. I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award: http://maesbeauty.wordpress.com/2012/04/06/blog-awards/

    April 6, 2012 at 10:08 pm

  7. You are nominated for the Leibster blogger award!


    November 14, 2012 at 10:03 am

  8. Thanks for following my blog….right back at ya!

    November 14, 2012 at 3:31 pm

  9. Hi Shannon! I’ve nominated you for the Sunshine Blogger award which is given and passed on to “Bloggers who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere.”
    I hope you’ll accept my nomination! You can read all the details here: http://eithneloveslipstick.wordpress.com/2012/11/22/my-first-blog-award-nomination-the-sunshine-award/
    Hope to hear from you soon!
    Eithne xxx

    November 22, 2012 at 9:24 am

  10. Hi there!
    I’ve nominated you for a Very Inspiring Blogger Award! Click on the following link to see what it’s about:

    November 26, 2012 at 5:35 am

  11. Hey, I am in need of some guest posts for the next week or so, if you are interesting in doing a fabulous makeup lotd for me, send me an email to MaesBeauty@ymail.com if you are, I would love to have you 🙂

    December 17, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    • Ohhh very cool, give me a day to think on it and make sure I can fit it in? Its a busy time of year! What exactly did you have in mind? Is there a post of mine already that you like the format/content of? That will give me an idea of what you are looking for.

      December 17, 2012 at 4:52 pm

      • any of your standard like date night or just fun eye looks. doesnt have to have a lot of text, whatever you can fit! I know it’s crazy so NBD if you cannot that is honestly why I am looking, I have SO Much going o, I dont know when I will even be able to paint my nails let a lone do a post. just wanted to offer to some of my faves ❤ lmk 😀

        December 17, 2012 at 4:54 pm

        • Okay, cool, I will let you know in the next day or so. If I can fit it in, I will! 🙂

          December 17, 2012 at 4:57 pm

        • ok np 🙂

          December 17, 2012 at 4:58 pm

        • Amanda, I just can’t. 😦 I wish I could. With Christmas just around the corner…and my husband and I going on a 3 week trip to Europe on the 27th, I’m already super behind. Please keep me in mind for next time, as it is something I would like to do. Happy Holidays hunn!

          December 19, 2012 at 9:33 am

        • Absolutely! I completely understand, I was able to scrounge up a post I am typing up here quickly and I did get one guest post. I should be alright, I just didn’t want to neglect my blog too much. Do not worry at all really! I totally understand that everyone is busy! Have a safe and Happy Holiday and hope your husband has a safe trip too! You are welcome on my blog anytime, just shoot me an email whenever you want to make a guest appearance 🙂

          December 19, 2012 at 9:47 am

        • Thanks Amanda! We are excited for our trip, but it seems like there are a million things to do between now and then. Not sure how it snuck up on us so quickly! lol The way of life. Maybe we can work out some guest posts when I am back for the new year, I’d love to have you do one for mine too!

          December 19, 2012 at 9:54 am

        • Sounds good to me ❤

          December 19, 2012 at 9:57 am

  12. Hi there! I think you deserve a Blog of the Year 2012 award! : http://wp.me/p2EEzF-uS

    December 27, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    • That is so sweet of you – thank you so much!

      December 27, 2012 at 2:38 pm

      • Emily

        Hi Shannon it’s Emily how are you doing after the cruise is it good to be home i wish we were home


        January 18, 2013 at 6:34 am

        • Hey Emily, so nice to hear from you! It was certainly nice to come home and sleep in our own beds, that is for sure. But James has been sick for the past few days and now I am just starting to get sick too…not fun. Try to enjoy the rest of your time in London. Paris will be lovely too! Bundle up and stay warm. I promise the snow won’t kill you. Miss you! xox

          January 18, 2013 at 4:33 pm

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