We almost thought the idea of having a Christmas tree this year wouldn’t happen. I mean, a rambunctious puppy + tantalizing tree all trimmed up with bobbles & crunchy electric light bulbs just doesn’t mix well. But…thankfully KASA came up with a foolproof scheme for our wee tree ūüôā He fashioned a platform that was zap-strapped down to the top of Tayeh’s crate. This plan of action is the coolest ever for 2 reasons. 1st is that Tayeh can’t reach the tree or the light cord —¬†AWESOME!¬†and 2nd, because the tree’s on her crate, this means the kitteh’s won’t be tempted to cross over into Tayeh territory for their own little ornament knock arounds.¬†YAH!





I love having the twinkly lights warming up our winter nights and to celebrate we made it a 2 toaster event!!¬†Who says wine and hot chocolate shouldn’t be consumed simultaneously?¬†I think my giggle juice smile says it all. haha! ¬†Happy home decorating to everyone who is a bit behind like us. The countdown till Christmas is on friends. Are you ready with a plan to keep the crazy to a minimum? Me…not so much¬†but we’re workin” on it! xo ‚ô•







* dress-up deets: dress-joe fresh, shoes-asos, sunglasses-f21, midi rings-galisfly,
cat ring-catbird, braided bracelet-thief and bandit (similar), tote-target *

The glorious golden hour sure is a beautiful thing to behold! Sean & I…or well more like I¬†(cos the boyf was happily planted on the sofa kicking back)¬†decided it was time for a stroll + photo sesh. Sometimes a self-induced pinch happens just because I still can’t get over the charming and picturesque area we live in. Trails that seem to go on forever together with lush landscapes that are both scenic and harmonious.



Within fashion culture, it seems like the future of midi rings is catching on like wildfire. I’m seriously joining this bandwagon and purchased my 1st set from a fab Etsy shop called¬†Galisfly, all the way from Tel Aviv, Israel. I’d had my eyes on another store hailing from Brooklyn called¬†Catbird¬†since 1st spotting¬†Bri Emery¬†wearing her handful of awesome! Unbeknownst to me my bf Vivian made a trip to NYC pre her Vancouver visit and stopped into the Catbird store itself!!!! I gasped when she told me about it last week and then bigger gulped/gasped when she pulled one of their bags out of her purse…for ME! Capital D-ied over the whole gift give moment and when I opened the darling box there it was: the cat ring of my dreams.¬†Such a sweet surprise from the most outstanding friend I’ve ever had!¬†This cat-astic wonder is an ongoing centerpiece of an accessory – been wearing the hay-ell out of it. Thank you again Vivian,¬†will wonders ever cease with you?¬†I think not ūüôā



oh, and folks there’s gonna be a follow up to this post with some outtakes I thought were worthy of publishing too…the cutest photobomb you ever did see.¬†Stay tuned! xo ‚ô•



1. Little Mesa Perfect Dress РModcloth
2. Sun Hat РAnthropologie
3. Sunnies РHouse of Harlow
4. Tote РTory Burch
5. Zig Zag Bangle
6. Aztec Bangle РHouse of Harlow
7. Sterling Silver Knuckle Rings
8. Silver Clogs РMarc by Marc Jacobs

am i going a little sand duney-looney on you guys? can’t help myself; i find this desert print dress absolutely irresistible! so much so that i had to make a fun little outfit post that i wish came straight outta my own closet but these net picks will have to sit in as fashion support today.



this series can’t be complete without 1 fur friend addition,¬†the amazing desert fox. isn’t this photograph outstanding!? personally i think he’s got a roadrunner in his sights ūüėČ
cheers to a sun-filled Monday friends!!! ‚ô•



we all know what today is and whether you’re into it or not the colors of pink and red seep out from all corners of the internet right in our direction. i’ve been hit smack dab in a soft spot cos i’m a sentimental sort and just love¬†LOVE!¬† so i’ve found a few heart themed faves while cyber-stalking around that i think aren’t too sappy and i also want to wish everyone a very stellar Valentines. if nothing else, it’s always self-love that matters most so here’s to a cupids bow of the boomerang variety – may your spirit be struck with some awesome inspiring vibes!!! for me, tonight is all about soft palps and sofa snuggles with my main man and then perhaps a little dinner out this weekend – yah! xo ‚ô•

images via: heart bowl + measuring spoons, lovely lollies, leather bags, golden arrows signet ring, hearted pillow, love letters, heart hoodie AND….. kings county distillery chocolate whiskey!

friends in fashion places

One of the hi-lights from last month was attending the¬†Liberty in Style Fashion Show & E-Boutique Grand Opening¬†at¬†Heritage Hall¬†to applaud and support our friend Suzanne who’s recently opened¬†Betty be Good, an online shop filled with many coveted girly gazes. The evening was so much fun – specialty catered dessert treats, wine and a continually flowing chocolate fountain held high appeal to all who made the scene. Everything was sunny and sparkling before the girls took to the catwalk showcasing all of the wonderful wares carried in the shop.







I posted about Betty be Good a while back and just had to share some of our snaps from the night too. Great to see a fellow Vancouverite rock her stuff, cheers to start ups and ladies who entrepreneur the shiz outta things! ♥


moments never forgotten

but darn if they didn’t take a while to post about!¬†all the way back in April, ya that’s right, i pulled this one out of the¬†“blast from the past”¬†bin cos it was a truly awesome day and i simply loved reliving it while photo editing ūüôā


KASA & i dusted off our bikes to go riding at¬†Boundary Bay Regional Park, a bird watchers paradise with the wildlife reserve and its amazing bird sanctuary. we spotted so many¬†HUGE¬†harriers¬†all over the place, perched high in the trees looking down at us with their stealth gaze. the bbq crowd had already gathered along the shores edge and we were tempted by many tasty scents wafting through the air. definitely will be returning again this summer for our own beachtime sunny-funny day. less layers would have been ideal, i kept having to zip the boyf up and i know that goes against every girlfriend rule book that tells us not to mother our fellas but still i can’t help myself.¬†zip, tuck, button…it’s in my nature to nurture!¬†baha. he doesn’t mind so much, the best is when he bundles me up too!!













Enjoy your 1st weekend in June everyone – get outside & rock it under the great big blue sky!


design process

I’m sure some people start their design projects differently but I always tend to begin with¬†color. Choosing a palette is the key for me to unlock the door to creativity and become a spatial activist. You heard it here folks, I love me some spatial activism and boy did I ever let this place turn into¬†a run-down blog shack. No design updates in a really looooong time, but that’s¬†ALL CHANGED NOW!
I took a BIG cue from¬†ModCloth’s¬†recent stylebook graphics; whoever is creating that stuff should take many victory laps – it’s amazing!


Ta-da and welcome to the new and improved Hearted Girl. It’s lighter, brighter and reps me way more than the last scene did. Hope you like the changes I’ve made, which includes the About page – it was a serious atrocity and has been polished up some.
Wishing everyone a swell Sunday! ‚ô•

a fond farewell



The time is slowly approaching…slowly for us who will miss her madly but¬†FASTER PUSSYCAT¬†for the one who’s breaking out of V-town with a delightful burst of celebration!!! My darling friend, Alex, is leaving on a jet plane and we honestly don’t know when she will be back again¬†(seriously, how could i not use that line?!)¬†but as send-offs go we had a hoot and holla for our beautiful pal on a special Friday evening past.

Alex’s Farewell Fiesta, as Cee, our host coined it; began promptly at 7pm ….. there wasn’t 1 straggler because we all wanted to get in as much time together as humanly,bloggery possible. The place was¬†Havana, a local hot spot with loads of tasty selections including what we girls enjoyed sipping on… delicious sangrias while we toasted Alex on her new adventure! If you haven’t heard yet, she’s been nabbed by¬†FASHION magazine¬†and will be their newest, coolest intern. This, in turn¬†(that’s a total pun of course!), means she’s traveling all the way to Toronto and setting up shop to begin a lifelong dream of completely stylin’ swoons. Can i just say this girl was made to rock the runways; interviewing fashions elite and sharing her feedback on the latest trends, as well as spotting them before they’ve even reached mass internet filteration. Just as fashion never gets old, it re-creates…so does Alexandra on her road to Vogue or bust! xo ‚ô•



i feel a click coming on


I’ve done many posts featuring slick finds from around the net but I’ve never done one that’s been link focused before. Seems to be a bloggers linchpin of choice and who am I to deny a good load of link-ups? A virtual pillar of blogdom, so I’m joining in on the idea with these fine finds.¬†Here’s some click candy for you swells out there…

*¬† best bookshelf i’ve ever seen –¬†August Empress¬†is a new blog discovery for me and i absolutely was taken away by happiness to see everything Jo shares on her wondrous space; including this – a¬†bookcase design¬†by¬†Saporiti; an Italian furniture design firm.


*¬† a¬†hilarious comic¬†that i’m sure is the embodiment of every poor, lonely fur baby who’s parent pays them no mind when they are being held internet hostage.¬†

*¬†¬†Rap Master Maurice’s revenge raps¬†– need i say more? well okay, this dude listens to¬†YOU, all your sorrowful stories of woe and wants to know who did you wrong so he can fire back at them with a custom made vengeance rap. wanna taste, i thought so:

“Let’s say you like a guy and he likes you too, he takes you out to dinner and pays for you,
and then you go to the club to dance, but he’s buggin’ trying to get up in your pants.
Or a distant cousin owes you some green, but he made a great escape like Steve McQueen.
Or your boss gives you too much overtime, don’t fight ’em with your fists,¬†


Now you know the joy that my rappin’ brings,¬†
I’m like Maurice Bilbo Baggins,¬†
in Lord Of The Rings,
so send me 7 bucks and I’ll make it right, I can probably even get your rap done tonight.”

*  stop motion, children, face paint, ample amounts of blinking, biting, screaming and dancing =amazing video and a great tune.

*  cool photo shoot and i really, really covet that raggedy ann dress for serious. 

*  beautiful Solange Knowles new Rimmel London campaign is fantastic!

*¬† a big whoops by Lady Gagaloo…supreme fail on the¬†“Anna”¬†reply

*¬† an oldie but a goodie, who doesn’t want to go on a¬†briefcase picnic? if the turf fits, plant it!

*¬†¬†Chuck’s latest modesty patch¬†from dooce¬†(do you love Heather, or do you LOVE Heather?!)

*¬† Christine from A Quiet Determination was the photographer for what i believe to be an idealcelebration of life. the day was marked by releasing hundreds of monarch butterflies which she captured beautifully in her photos. an absolutely symbolic service that allowed it’s gatherers to feel this transformational day deeply. as i said in a comment to Christine¬†“if there was a heaven on earth for these darling souls who passed then i’m sure this would have been it!”¬†such a sacred day.¬†

*¬† say the magic words….pink rainbow cake and¬†voila! ‚ô•

paperart for the link-ups heading inspired by August Empress, i’m telling you…this girls blog is goodness all around!

grow reflect sparkle ignite


All things I’ve been working on this year, my own little mantra if you will.
I say those 4 words over and over.

grow, reflect, sparkle, ignite

At one time I built my world in a sand box, you heard me right, I’ve gone to a counselor on and off over many years. Sometimes I needed it more than others. To back pedal a bit, so you guys don’t get the idea I’m nutso bonks or something: When I was very young; 19 to be exact, I was married to what I refer to as “the bad man”. He was terribly controlling and¬†verbally abusive, this lasted for over 6 years and I know from experience what it takes to 1st realize what’s happening to you and 2nd get the hell outta there. So anyone else who’s done this is one strong lady, in my opinion.

Anyway, it was during that time my insides sort of died, I was a fragment of who I used to be and it took many years to get back into myself enough to see any light down the dark tunnel. All I’d seen before was a big amount of blackness; it was horribly engulfing. My wonderful counselor took me into her “play room” one day and there was a really big sandbox. It was on a table and there were shelves upon shelves of every kind of toy, symbol, gem and treasure you could think of. She left me alone saying¬†“now it’s time for you to build your world, show me what it looks like”.¬†I was stunned, what? how?….no way!

It took a while but I finished, she came back in and then asked me to tell her the story of my world. Okay guys, then I was really taken aback; I’d built this thing, sure, but had no idea what it was really or the story behind it. She assured me it would be alright and to start anyway. Surprisingly, I articulated an entire life’s tale through the things I’d placed in a certain order. It was uncanny and actually quite a thrill. The very end piece I’d chosen was this large turtle. I looked at it for a while, not knowing why I had it at the end. Then I said¬†“I’m the turtle; it’s taken me a long time and at a slow pace to make this trip but my shell protected me and I’m patient, cautious and resilient”. I knew then that the power within our own minds is always there, whether you recognize it in the moment or not. You can & will achieve anything you want with the mindset to do it.¬†

I wish you all many blessings along your own paths, build those roads carefully and you will end up just where you’re supposed to. Be well my friends, happy new week wishes. ‚ô•