Thursday, May 29, 2014

most embarrassing thing that's happened to me all year week?

Remember that romper I picked up from Target earlier in the month? well consider this my Public Service Announcement... 

it's effing see through people!!!! how did I not see this in their 360 degree dressing room mirror?! I don't even want to tell you how I discovered this little factoid. 

but of course I will. 

Part 1 of the story goes like this: I wore it to a baby shower for the editor of Adore Magazine. This means a shit ton of industry ladies were in attendance and unbeknownst to me I was flashing panties while the mama-to-be was unwrapping Pampers (insert 'uncool' face).

Part 2 is that I got so many compliments on my $30 jumper that I decided to wear it on a BIG meeting day. I popped into Tim Horton's to grab myself a tea and use the ladies' washroom and what do I see as I'm checking out my rear? white a$$ + black thong. My face went 50 shades of red and once I convinced myself that I couldn't camp out in a restroom for the rest of my life, I made a beeline for the exit but not before overhearing a table full of teenagers say, "that's her" and then all turn and watch me leave! I rrrrrreally wish I was making this up.

Of course I didn't have time to go home and change before my first meeting so I'm touring the property with a lovely couple and we come face-to-face with a flight of garden steps #killme. I hold back praying the guy will follow his girl up, but like a true gentleman he gestures me to go first.

I'm gonna stop the story right there cause we all know how this ends...
with me wearing boxer shorts for the rest of eternity. I hear Saxx are really comfortable and provide modest coverage.

One would think this sad horrifying tale would've turned me off one pieces all together, but no...

$12 all black, tube top, harem pant romper with pockets?! couldn't get it in the cart fast enough (once I double checked the fabric density).

favours that don't suck.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

As per our earlier conversation, I've decided to mix business with pleasure and combine 'knotty on top' + 'SaigeWisdom'... let the amalgamation begin!


Everyone knows I love a good theme. Nothing too gimmicky or over-the-top, just a few subtle details to bring an event to a whole other level of aww-some.

Favours are quite possibly my most favourite way to highlight a well executed theme/colour scheme; I love finding that perfect parting gift that's not only clever but worthy of coveted purse real estate.

Sadly it doesn't matter how cute or perfectly packaged a guest offering is, if it ain't fun, useful or appetizing, it likely won't be making out of the door and that's the whole point right? A gesture of appreciation that's meant to be taken home and enjoyed? or - at the very least - eaten during the cab ride back to the hotel (or with tomorrow's hangover)?

In order to save you precious time, money and the agony of having to repack rejected gifts at the end of the night, I've rallied together 15 "guest approved bombonieres" for 2014...


"we're bringing cribbage back" 
Grammy will have you to thank for her next canasta win and cousin Lyle will really appreciate you spicing up his Saturday night solitaire routine. You can't go wrong with this favour, I mean what poker night or camping trip doesn't need a cool deck of cards


"nerd alert"
If you work in IT, have tech savvy friends and/or if half the reception attendees have student ID's, this is a win-win-win. One can never have too many flash drives and imagine guests watching the stop motion thank you message you uploaded the first time they plug-in.

"listen up suckers
edibles are always a good option, but sugar that sparkles on a stick is definitely the better option.

"kitchen art gallery"
Unless you have rich friends with stainless steel appliances, I think creative magnets are a super fun and low cost way to go especially if you have a bunch of proud parents on your guest list that like to hang their kids' artwork. If you're a crazy cat lady, see above; if like washi tape, check out Just Bella's DIY tape magnets.

"oui oui"
Macarons: not overly original but tasty as _ _ _ _. If you have a ton of sweet tooths in your audience, check out Kelowna's own Sandrine Pastry.

"too pretty to eat"
simple yet delicious and Sarah's Sweets in the Okanagan offers custom cookie creations to ensure your wedding is everything but cookie cutter.

"you can't take the honkytonk out of the girl"
Mix tapes may be dead, but mix CD's? Never. As long as car manufacturers keep installing CD players in their vehicles, personalized playlists will be top on my favourite favours list.

"breaking bread"
If you have tastebuds, I don't need to explain why olive oil & balsamic vinegar would be one helluva parting gift. I love that Olive Us in Vernon, BC has mini-bottles specifically for this purpose.

"sticky situation"
Wax paper and washi wrapped candies are a super sweet idea, but so is giving all your crafty amigas their own roll of washi tape for future crafternoons. I can only imagine the mad trading that would ensue in a room full of bloggesses. My go-to online party shop Confetti & Sparkle has a dangerous selection of my favourite Japanese import. P.S. you can also wrap tea lights with this stuff #winning.

"lead poisoning"
These are practical, these are more than trendy, these are still used by people. I feel like if I keep telling myself this, it'll be true - I need it to be true. Surely artsy groups and/or tables full of school teachers would appreciate some cute custom pencils, no? I know I wouldn't be leaving mine behind, but I also can't recall the last time I used a non-mechanical pencil... elementary school? whatevs I love them regardless.

"rest easy"
Toss a lavender sachet on every place setting and rest assured they'll find their way to your guests' underwear drawers. These bags of sweet smelling goodness (and sleep) are truly loved by all; adorned with a custom monogram = perfection. Wendy with Hartwood North Farms in Armstrong, BC will hook you up.

"fresh is best"
Find out what's in season and serve it up. Trust me guests that travelled from afar love snacking on local fare whatever it may be. It allows them to go home to their colleagues and brag about the mitt-full of Okanagan cherries they consumed along with their internationally acclaimed Pinot Noir.  

Thanks to Kal Barteski, we all know where I stand on the temporary tattoo debate (just kidding there's no debate, everybody's a fan). Tattly's buffet of rub off ink makes this party favour a favourable choice.

14.  SOAP
"lather it up"
Washing hands never goes out of style, end of story (and germs). It also doesn't hurt that you can get soaps in a variety of colours and fragrances to fit almost any scheme #holla

"triple threat"
Saved the best for last... typography tea towels masquerading as favours, napkins AND decor?!!!! 
freaking multi-tasking geniuses they are.

That's all I got. Start a movement: no favour shall be left behind.

handle with care.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

There seems to be a lot of posts out there talking about the future of blogging and I'm purposely avoiding them. I'm scared. I don't want can't handle anymore change. June 2nd - the anniversary to my nervous breakdown - is less than 2 weeks away and I'm feeling... fragile.

Has it really been a year already?

I remember storming out of social work like it was only yesterday, the sound metal smacking together as I slammed my way through the government door. My heart pounding, my eyes on the verge of tears...  

Remember how I camped out in our travel trailer for two whole months reading every "Happy For No Reason" self-help book endorsed by Oprah? what a mess I was. 

print by: topknotweddings  |  photo credit: MyMilaBaby 

The honest truth is that I'm still a mess and despite many of my "dreams" coming true - BlogPodium, Para Blog Crew, TOP KNOT Events, Durali Villa, #CasaKnol, weight loss, an Etsy shop, a statement shirt - I'm still not as happy as I should  thought I'd be.

What's wrong with me?

For the last 365 days it's been one lesson after another; one extreme high followed by one extreme low. It turns out that I'm really good at getting what I want and I imagine you're all thinking "boo freaking hoo", but the problem is that I ask for things impulsively, without thinking them through. I convince myself that I want/need something and then I get it and then I'm left with a bad case of what-the-eff-was-I-thinking? Wanters' Remorse.

If I wore lipstick I'd write "be careful what you wish for" on my bathroom mirror as a daily reminder to be less want-ful and more thoughtful. 

I'm 31 now #wow
A mother of two #doublewow
I have a mortgage 
and expensive taste 
and a sometimes far too supportive husband that would let me bankrupt us if he thought it'd make me happy. 

These responsibilities keep me up at night along with the age old question... 
"why was I in such a hurry to grow up?" 

Am I right in saying this adult gig is no picnic?

I've recently realized that all that 'shit straightening out' I did last summer was just the beginning... tip of the iceberg...

I still got loads of work (and laundry) to do. I gotta sort the whites from the darks and my needs from my wants. I'm still growing and I'm still navigating this path to happiness.

I get a lot of emails and texts asking how renos, business, life, _______ is going and it really depends on the day... sometimes hour. Spring is always an emotional time for me, don't ask me why. When I quit my job, I also quit my benefits which means no more free counselling. If anyone wants to psychoanalyze why I get extra weepy in the rainy season, by all means. In the meantime I'm blaming allergies.

Aside from the occasional Netflix binge I can honestly say I've never hustled harder in my whole life. Being relatively new to this whole boss lady - or as Trev likes to say bossy lady - gig, I really struggle with balance and deciding which opportunities to seize and which opportunities to let go.

In saying all that, I'm not ready to let blogging go. Even if nobody reads it, I'm not ready to say good-bye. I thought knottyontop would eventually replace SaigeWisdom but I've decided the opposite is true. Over the next month (or so) posts from my business blog - which is totes lame to begin with - will be coming over to SaigeWisdom. Once again my personal and professional life will be one, just like my Instagram account and soon to be Twitter account. I've always been an open book, so why stop now?

The business of blogging may be changing, but I'm not.

Now pass the damn tissues.
(stupid allergies)

should've done this a long time ago.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Guess who hired a painter? 
and bought an adult sized onesie?
This girl. #bestmoneyeverspent

Progress photos are coming... be excited.

I know I am.

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