olivia&blaine

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I’m Back!

So, I apologize sincerely for my lack of posting in the last 2 years… I have had a roller coaster wave of life lately, and finally feel like i’m ready to get back to blogging. I have so much to share with everyone on Olivia & Blaine, and I can’t wait to tell everyone who reads my blog! So lets kick start Summer 2014 with a whole new side of myself!

 

 

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a new start

lately, i’ve been feeling sluggish, and unmotivated to accomplish things. being out of school has really put a damper on trying to be active. though, today i’m off to play my first game of soccer as a player of the women’s league, and i’ve decided that i’m going to kick start a healthy track by eating healthy. below i’ve put together some meals that i’m very interested to try myself, that are not only healthy but can also potentially boost you metabolism, how awesome right!?

APPLE & ALMOND ENGLISH MUFFIN

take a whole wheat english muffin & toast the english muffin (optional). on one half of the english muffin, spread on a thin layer of almond butter. taking half of an apple of your choice, thinly slice the apple and place on to of the almond butter. sprinkle cinnamin on top of the apples, and top with the other half of the muffin.

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MID-SUMMER CUCUMBER SALAD

peel,chop & deseed, 3 cucumbers into bit size pieces & toss with 1tbsp of kosher salt. finely dice one red onion. cut in half, 20 cherry tomatoes. dice into bite size pieces, 1 avocado. finely dice cilantro to your likings.dressing: combine together 1/4 cup white wine vinegar, 1 tbsp honey, 2 tsp minced shallots, 1/2 tsp dijon mustard, 1/4 tsp minced garlic, 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil, and salt & pepper, into a food processor, slowly adding the olive oil until smooth. salt and pepper to taste. toss everything together in a bowl, and add dressing to taste.

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QUINOA SALAD W/ ASPARAGUS, LEMON & FETA

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(click photo to go to recipe)

(first two recipes & photos are from the wonderful bellaeats.com)

dance

It’s sunday afternoon and i’ve already started my day off by playing (and winning) my last soccer game of the season! I’m so happy for being able to play with such amazing girls, and being back on the team! Now, as I sit here watching last weeks episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, on every commercial, I pull up youtube, and watch previous solo’s from So You Think You Can Dance. Just watching these girls dance, makes me regret giving up my 13 years of dance training. Yes, I miss not dancing anymore, but these solo’s make me want to start back up again, and maybe I will! Here are some video’s that have inspired me to want to start up again!

WHAT INSPIRES YOU?

Leave a comment on the things that inspire you, I’d love to know your hidden talents!

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well that’s that I guess!

Well we’re coming up to the last days of high school, and although it’s been a stressful past couple of weeks, this year has been a bumpy road. It will be weird to think that when we approach september, that I won’t be returning to school like I have for the past 13 years… mind boggling confusion of where the next starting point in my life will be, is a coping mechanism that i’ll soon have to come to terms with. But, beside’s that, here is some photo’s of the past week or two of my life!

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WHAT ARE YOU MOST EXCITED ABOUT FOR THE 2012 SUMMER?


let me know, i’m curious of all the fun things that you might have planned for the next 2.5 months!

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my life & INSTAGRAM!

Recently I have been lacking on posting through Olivia & Blaine, and I deeply apologize! I hope to start posting more frequent once i’m done school, which isn’t for another 2 weeks or so, but I will try to post through the next couple weeks as best as I can. Now, I frequently post onto instagram like it’s my second child.. (no I do not have a first, so I guess that statement doesn’t really apply here, but we’ll make it work) So follow me on my instagram @amandaawallace to keep updated with my everyday life! so far, it’s been pretty exciting.. well at least I think so =D

my favourite graduation photo of miles and I =D

miles and i

graduation part 2

Friday was the big day! I can’t believe it is been 5 years of high school gone, but the memories that were made will last forever in our hearts. Thursday, we bussed up for our last bus ride of our highschool days, and headed down to where our ceremony is to be held for a rehersal on the line up. But, the most exciting of all was when we went down to the court house stairs and took our photo for the graduation class of 2012. Friday, we got all dolled up for the real deal, took photos with our dates and friends in the park, and headed down to the ceremony to walk across the stage and receive our diploma. Time has flown by, but I will always remeber grade 11 french when I met my best friends who will forever be in my heart! Love you girls!

GRAD 2012

court house photo (i’m in the front row, right, second one in)

on the bus with alyssa and katie

group shot with the girls and their dates

this one is my all time favourite w/ tim courtney miles and myself

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graduation part 1

It’s almost here, just two weeks away! My graduation is approaching and I am ever so excited! I get to officially live the day that has been in the back of my mind for years. Also, being able to experience my graduation day with all my closet friends, and attend with an amazing friend, is a all I ever wanted!

I decided that since it’s a monday, and there is t-minus 11 days till graduation, here are some sneak previews of my dress!

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WHAT DO YOU THINK? 

I’d love to hear what you think about my dress, and if you have graduated, what was the most memorable moment for you on that day.

I’ll keep posting more on my graduation during the next 2 weeks, giving little sneak previews of my whole outfit.

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moving!

Lately all I have been doing is packing! It sucks, but it needs to get done! So much of my clothing that I have has either been trashed, donated, or packed up. But, it’s good to get rid of the things you know you will never wear, the ones that have seen better days, and the ones that will be by your side to the end. So, since i’ll be living in a new house, new town, and new bedroom, redecoration tips are needed!

1. DECORATE YOUR SPACE TO WHAT INSPIRES YOU, AND WHAT YOU WANT!

In this case, fashion is what inspires me, and I can’t have enough of that! I have so many Nylon magazines dating back from 2009, that I have idolized. So finding a nice open space for them to keep that “Fashion” feel in my room is key. My favourite colour is deep red, or a wine red colour, which my walls aren’t going to be painted that colour. Instead, the red will be a pop of colour by the furniture or decorations I keep in my room. Keep your room how you want it, don’t let someone else decorate it for you unless they know exactly what you want. You need to feel as if your room is an escape to the places you love!

2. KEEP THINGS ORGANIZED!

I can’t stress this more! I am organized to a certain point, and that point is when I can’t find the right outfit for the day and clothes are spewed from my closet to the floor, which is not good. Once a month, organize your closet, and I like to organized my clothing by cut and colour. Keeping and organized closet helps you see what you have, and will be easier to navigate through. If you’re not a big fan of dressers, or have tons of closet shelving, keep boxes like this that are organized for short shorts, to skirts, old t-shirts, socks and undergarments, etc.

3. GRAB IDEAS FROM OTHERS!

I love looking around places and finding new ways to decorate my room. I love Apartment Therapy. They always have great posts and it is so versatile for every viewer. For places on where to shop for the decor that goes in your room, I’m a fan of Anthropologie, and at the moment I am loving this, this, this, and this. They also have really cute knobs so you can customize your own furniture or use them and hangers on the wall! Also, I love Urban Outfitters. Not just for their clothing, which I do love, but for their decor as well! I am currently loving this, this, this, and this.

4. BE CREATIVE!

Be yourself when It comes to your room, and be creative. Try things out, even if they don’t work thats fine, but just try to make some of the things that you like, and know are easy to make (Rhododendron Chandelier from Anthropologie in my likes) and try to recreate it for less!

I hope this helps a little bit, so you can get a feel of what you can do to revamp your bedroom. Below are some of the bedrooms that I love the decor in.

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITE TIPS AND TRICKS TO STAY ORGANIZED?

I’d love to know what you love doing to stay organized!

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rachel zoe

There is no word that can describe my epic love for rachel zoe, and The Rachel Zoe Project. Recently, I have been breifly watching the show in my fashion class, but this weekend, after I got home really late, I decided to fall asleep to some rachel zoe shows. Well, I didn’t quite fall asleep, but watched 5 episodes back to back. So, I guess you can see where i’m going here.

 

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT RACHEL ZOE?

If you’re an avid lover of the Rachel Zoe Project, tell me what your favourite episode/season is, i’d love to know!

 

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beautiful weekend!

Apparently I didn’t believe this weekend was going to be all that eventful. I was wrong. The girls, all of my 7 best friends, and I went to my friend Erin’s condo up at Silver Star Mountain. But, before the weekend started at the condo, hence the first photo below, I was stuck in construction holdup on the way to my house, and having a headache that prolonged throughout the whole day, I just wanted to get home and they didn’t let me! On a brighter note, once I arrived at the condo, after getting lost… My friends thought that they would pull a hotel “Zack and Cody” and ride the luggage cart… unfortunately, it had a flat tire! The night went splendidly well. We had great “girl” talk, went to the hot tub on the roof while it was snowing, and drank some wine, whilst we celebrated my friend Erin’s birthday! More exciting fun, we thought that it would be a GREAT idea to go and do the worm in the hallway, turned out that most of us couldn’t do the worm, so instead we laid on our backs and talked the night away! It’s oh so lovely to have such amazing friends, and this weekend was one to remember!

oh, ps, if you didn’t notice by the last photo. I got a really gnarly bruise on my inner left thigh from taking a soccer ball to the leg during saturdays soccer games… it really hurts a lot, but not so much as to when it really happened!

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