Finding balance & moving forward


Well, hello everyone!

It has been quite a while since I last published a post! I’ve been so caught up in a huge project for school and I haven’t had a spare minute to think about blogging. It’s been so hard to stay away, but I know that I have to make school the priority. I will do my best from now on to schedule posts so that I don’t miss too many. 

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Fall, Friends and Fields of Flowers


Yesterday was a day I’ll remember for years to come. Just thinking about it is making me smile! It was the perfect beginning to the fall season, and a lovely break from the city and our ever growing workload (#fourthyearproblems). In the summer I made a promise to myself that I would get out of the city to go apple picking. I mentioned it to a few friends and before long I had a group of people who felt like frolicking in an orchard with me.

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Five Happy Things #18


Happy Friday! For the past week or so I’ve been in a really good mood. Fourth year is off to a pretty slow start. I don’t know if it’s just because I’ve spent the past 16 years in school, but I’m somehow not really that worried about my schoolwork this year. To be honest, I was actually feeling a little bit guilty today because I don’t feel that stressed about the project that I’m working on. And let me tell you – I’m usually a complete stress mess. Instead of stressing about school, I did so many things that made me happy this week.

Art journal!

In the past year or so I’ve been trying to make an effort to explore my creativity more and work on my sketching. I started a sketchbook specifically for my interior design ideas and general brainstorming, but this week I started something a little less structured: an art journal. I’ve been really inspired by Katy Bellotte’s travel journal that she shares on her snapchat (her snapchat stories are amazing – she’s currently living in Florence) and also by Noor Unnahar whom I just found on instagram. So I picked up my own Leuchtturm journal and got started. I’m having so much fun with it!

Pumpkin muffins!

I found this grain-free, refined-sugar free pumpkin muffin recipe (that was a mouthful) on Pinterest last week and have since made 4 batches. I actually spent an hour tonight making a ton of muffins to bring on a little trip I’m going on tomorrow. They are SO good. Not too sweet, with just the perfect amount of spice. I like to top them off with a couple chocolate chips. It’s so hard to not eat them all in one sitting!

Birthday cards!

Today is the last day of September, and unfortunately of my birthday month. To finish this amazing birthday month off with a bang, I received a belated birthday card from my lovely friend Saskia. It was so sweet of her to send a card from Germany, and I had a little giggle while trying to pronounce the German greeting on the front. I feel so loved and special. Thanks Saskia!

Evening walks!

With Adam away for a little bit, I’ve been in charge of our little greyhound for the past week. Usually he gets up really early for work and walks her before I’m even awake, and I walk her when I’m home from class in the afternoon and we go together for the evening walk. I have to say that it’s definitely tough to do it all by myself, and for whatever reason she has had so much energy this week and needs lots of attention. To calm her down before bedtime, I’ve been taking her on hour long walks before bed to get her to settle down. I just grab my headphones, turn on some Adele or Ed Sheeran and walk around the neighborhood until she starts to slow down. And you know what? I actually kind of enjoy the really long walk. It’s so refreshing.

Thrift shopping!

I found a Salvation Army within 15 minutes of my new apartment and I’M SO HAPPY ABOUT IT! *Deep breaths Rowan, deep breaths…* I’ve never been able to walk to any of the thrift stores in town, and I walked over today and had such an amazing time browsing and finding lovely things that I don’t need for my house. I found a couple cute books, a beautiful Chinese vase, some brass candlesticks and some pretty enamel pieces. I think it’s safe to say that I had a great day.

Can you tell that I haven’t had much human contact this week? I think this is one of the longer “Happy Things” posts I’ve written… Obviously I need to get out more.

Have a great weekend!

Sincerely, Rowan xo

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#Trending: Fall Decor


I love fall just as much as the rest of the world does, but I must admit: I’m not keen on fall decor. At the end of August many stores begin to fill their shelves with decor pieces like leaf garlands, pinecone potpourri and pumpkins of every shape, size and colour. I know so many people that go crazy over these seasonal decor pieces, but you definitely won’t find them in my house.

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Five Happy Things #17

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I can’t believe how quickly September is flying by. It feels like we just moved into our new house and now all the sudden it’s autumn! Crazy. We are now at a point in the school year where everyone is settled in. The first few weeks of class are always an adjustment, but I’m finally on a proper schedule which makes me very happy. The house is finally getting there too… We are almost done organizing and putting everything away! I’m a little nervous to start sharing our progress on the blog because even though I like our little apartment, there are SO many things that I wish I could change. But no one has control of everything, so I’m trying to convince myself that the little imperfections make my life seem more realistic.

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Five Happy Things #16


I have been looking to having a free weekend for the past few weeks. There has been so much going on that we’ve barely had the chance to take a deep breath and take it all in. As life will have it, I now find myself bedridden with a nasty head cold and a fever. Isn’t this how it always happens? After the chaos of being busy it finally all hits right when you get a break. Maybe this post full of monumental happy things will cheer me up!

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Al Fresco Birthday Celebration


Let me preface this by saying that had been planning my birthday dinner all summer long. When I say all summer, I mean all summer. I think I started planning in June when we signed our lease for the apartment because I was inspired by the green backyard and picnic table. A few months later, and 73 pins on this board  it was finally time for all my ideas to be actualized!

I didn’t get a chance to complete all of the projects I wanted for this party because I got way too ambitious, but I still think that everything looked lovely. The great thing was that I didn’t have to go out of my way to buy anything crazy to create the simple tablescape, and I found most of the things I needed around my home and at the thrift store.

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21 Lessons in 21 Years


It’s my 21st birthday! Well, it was my birthday on Friday. For whatever reason, turning 21 feels like a really big milestone to me. I finally feel properly in my 20s now. That may sound weird, but somehow I always thought of 20 as part of the teenage years, and 21 feels like a brand new chapter. Like I’ve walked through the place of no return, and I’m on the other side staring back at teenage Row and her waist long hair and newly pierced nose.

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Little Life Update


Happy September! I can’t believe how quickly the summer months flew by. I’m definitely not ready for the colder weather, but I do love autumnal decor and fashion because I love being cozy. Anyways, I’m totally off topic.

The start of the school year feels bittersweet this year because I am going into my fourth and final year of university. I still feel like I’ve just started University, and it’s crazy to me that I’m nearly done. I’m excited to see how this year unfolds, but I’m also pretty nervous about fourth year.

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