Posted on August 23, 2016

Home Brewed Iced Tea | Enjoy The Heat With Kusmi Tea

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Summer Brewed Iced Tea 2016

Fighting the heat is one thing, and finding an iced tea that isn’t pumped full of sugar is another. Sometimes I wish Canadian restaurants served plain iced tea but alas the only way to drink it is to brew your own at home.

Kusmi Tea came out with their own iced tea and it’s refreshing with an icy twist. From “Icy Mint” to “Iced Grapefruit” there are so many flavour choices – or you could buy them all!

Step 1 | Boil Water.

Step 2 | Pour water into pitcher and add Kusmi Tea bag. Steep for 3-4 minutes.

Step 3 | Add ice and fruit slices. Enjoy!

Hannah

Posted on August 22, 2016

Pleats To Meet You | Denim Skirt Style

 Denim Skirt Style From Summer To Fall
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skirt: Romwe | top: Zara (similar ones here and here) | hat: The Outnet | bracelets: Color By Amber | booties: Town Shoes (similar ones here) | bag: Stella & Dot

Lately I have been fixated on denim skirts and dresses – then I got my hands on this one and may have worn it on repeat many times this week. I love how versatile denim is – it can be styled for a feminine outfit to a minimalist, modern outfit. I can’t wait for the weather to turn a bit cooler, the leaves change colours, and to be able to wear my extensive scarf collection! 

What are you looking forward to most with fall coming up so soon?

 Hannah

Posted on August 19, 2016

What To Wear To A Summer Wedding

DRESSING FOR A SUMMER WEDDING WHEN YOU’RE TALL & CURVY

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dress: Anthropologie | purse: Winners (similar one here) | earrings: Stella & Dot | necklace: Dawn & Day | x ring: Oliver + Piper 

 I am 5 feet 9 inches tall and it’s usually one of the first things people notice when they meet me for the first time in person. As a blogger there are a few camera tricks to create that elongated look that everyone wants but in real life I don’t need any tricks to add a few inches to my height. 

When dressing for a summer wedding – no matter if it is formal, semi-formal, or casual – you can never be overdressed for an occasion as special as a wedding. But with that in mind you most certainly do not want to outshine the bride, that is a big no-no.

How do I keep the balance? 

  1. I opt for a long dress with a cinched waist – it creates a long, clean silhouette that is quite flattering. And usually when I am browsing the “short” dresses in a store they fit perfectly on short women (you do the math and it probably wouldn’t look as classy on myself).

2. Find some killer shoes! They don’t have to be heels, though a kitten heel is very manageable for those who dread wearing them, but adding some unique footwear will take your look to the next level.

3. Accessories can make your outfit look great, tacky, or like it is missing something.

I feel like I could write an entire post on unspoken rules of accessories, but here it is in a nutshell: if you’re wearing statement jewelry, less is more; match the right necklace to the right neckline; think of your body as having zones (neck, ears, arms), if you have ruffles or sequins along your dress’ neckline then do not accessorize with a necklace focus your accessories on your ears and arms.

 Don’t forget to add me on SnapChat (hcalver) for more behind the scenes of what goes on on Honey & Betts!

Hannah

Posted on August 18, 2016

Rock Back To School Style | Crazy 8

This post has been sponsored by Crazy 8. All opinions are 100% my own.

Back To School Style Crazy 8 Outfit

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Back To School Style Flower Necklace

It’s time for back to school shopping!

For some parents back to school shopping is a living nightmare – but I’ve found when I shop at Crazy 8 both my girl’s outfit needs are easily taken care of. I love that their personalities shine through with the selection of clothing, and I was impressed with the quality of Crazy 8‘s clothes.

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And who wouldn’t want to rock their back to school style? Dress like the #1 music group for kids, KIDZ BOP. Crazy 8 is the official sponsor of The KIDZ BOP Kids “Life Of The Party” concert tour – enter their Crazy 8 + KIDZ BOP Talent Search for the chance to fly to Los Angeles and star in a KIDZ BOP music video and receive a $250 Crazy 8 shopping spree. See the contest rules here.

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Comment below with your favourite Crazy 8 styles!

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Hannah

Posted on August 17, 2016

DIY | Wallpapering A Desk | How To Make A Blogger-esque Work Space

How Wallpapering A Desk Will Transform Your Space

DIY Wallpaper Desk

How To DIY Wallpaper A DeskWoo! DIY project #1. We have had this cherry wood finish desk for 4 years in our home – and I have been wanting to refinish it since forever! The only problem? It is not solid wood making staining it impossible. So, why not wallpaper it?

This project took a total of 4 hours from start to finish. I will say it is a beginner DIY level, because let’s be honest I did completed it successfully. You will need:

Desk

Wallpaper

Clear Wallcovering Adhesive

Roller

Sandpaper

Wallpaper Smoother

Pasting Brush

Scissors

Ruler/Measuring Tape

Pencil

Clear Dry Erase Paint

Surface Sealer

DIY Wallpaper Furniture Tutorial

Step One | Cut the wallpaper. I cut 2 pieces for the edges that were exactly the length of the desk’s front and back sides. Then I cut the two top pieces that wrap around the side’s sides (does that even make sense?).

Make sure when you are dealing with the top pieces that you keep in mind the wallpaper’s pattern. With my Brewster’s White Crocodile the pattern has to matched up perfectly when laid side by side or you would notice the clash of pattern consistency.
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Step Two | Sandpaper the desk. Make sure to sand down not only the top but the sides, back, and front. 

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Step Three | It’s time to lay down some wallpaper! First, you will be applying the front and back pieces. Use the pasting brush to apply the wallpaper adhesive to the desk. Depending on what kind of wallpaper you are using, some require you to apply the adhesive to the wallpaper (and then booking the wallpaper) or some require it applied to the desk with no fuss.

The Brewster wallpaper I used required no fuss at all so I applied the wallpaper adhesive to the desk, applied the wallpaper where I wanted it, then took the wallpaper smoother and smoothed any air out.

The wallpaper took 1 hour to dry before I started the next step.

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Step Four | I applied the surface sealer to harden, protect, and seal the wallpaper for future use of coffee cups, writing memos, and all that jazz. It took 1 hour to dry, and it dried to a matte finish.

Then I after the surface sealer I applied a layer of the Clear Dry Erase paint. It dried clear in 1 hour and now I have a perfectly usable dry erase desk top.

 

Things I have learned from the whole wallpaper experience:

Don’t use too much wallpaper adhesive. Less is more.

The sealer had a matte effect, something I didn’t realize but it didn’t ruin the project. 

Now for the best part – creating your personalized work space! Whether it’s from your day planner to your coffee mugs to your tablet to your office supplies. The world is your oyster!

For my office space I chose the white dream desk set, white monitor riser, and white ballpoint pens from Poppin (now available at Staples), and it creates a bright base for my blogging needs. The dream desk set comes with letter trays, medium accessory tray, notebook, stapler, tape dispenser, pen cup, flexible silicone trays, mouse pad, and jumbo memos.

Combine my desk set with gold mugs, fresh bouquets, tasty doughnuts, and floral iPhone cases – and that’s my blogger work space. 

Hannah

Posted on August 16, 2016

Sunkissed Mama | What To Wear To The Pool


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Photography by Karly Ford.

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swimsuit: Albion Fit | shorts: Nana Judy | vest: Anthropologie | purse: Winners (similar one on sale, here) | ring: Old Navy (similar one here) | shoes: Keds | mua: Veil Beauty Co.

I cannot believe summer is almost over – instead of what to wear to the pool, it will be what to wear with wind chill and frozen windshields – though it’s saddening I am excited to start layering up and drinking hot tea again. Don’t get me started on PSL (Pumpkin Spice Lattes for those who aren’t up to date on the abbreviation)! 

When I am heading to the pool I like to avoid the crowded change rooms, so I arrive in my swim suit. Wearing simple, stylish layers will disguise your wearing your swimsuit in a public non pool associated area. Just don’t forget to pack your undergarments in your bag or you may be heading home in a wet swimsuit!

If you haven’t had a chance to enter the Albion Fit Giveaway I am hosting, it ends Friday at midnight. So, hurry on over there to enter for a chance to win a $50 gift card!

As always you can watch the nitty gritty behind the scenes of Honey & Betts on Snapchat by adding my username: hcalver 

Hope your enjoying the last days of your summer! 

Hannah

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