Hello Hello!

I don't know if you knew that about me, but I've been a graphic designer for the last... 10 years? Wow, that's a long time. I started design school when I was 19 years old and I've just turned 29.

I was thinking I should share my expertise one way or an other. I'm starting with a few freebies! Here's a collection of summer related phone wallpaper.

It finally happened! I moved in a place I LOVE after spending four long long years in a way too small apartment that made me miserable. Both me and my boyfriend came to a point where we hated that place so, so much. But it's behind us now, so I won't dwell on it and I'll just rave about our new space.

We moved in a little over a moth ago now and even if there is more work to be done in here, I already love this place so much. We need to do some painting too, eventually, but I'm not in a rush.

We finally have a functional kitchen with normal hight counter! (I know, sounds silly to most of you, but the counters were so low and shitty in the old place).

We have a small backyard where we can enjoy summer. We already planted some flowers, a cucumber plant and a hot pepper plant (can't wait to eat our own veggies!) and some herbs.

The apartment itself in on two levels. Upstairs, on street level, we have the living room, kitchen and bathroom. Downstairs, in the basement, we have the bedroom, laundry room and storage space. Yes, we have a proper laundry room and it's amazing.

Upstairs the ceilings are high and it really makes the rooms look bigger. Downstairs it stays cool during the summer so it's easy to sleep in, even in the heatwave we had at the beginning of the month.

I haven't even really started to think about how I'm going to decorate the space. Okay, that's a lie, I did think about it, but I haven't come to any decision yet. I've thought about having a gallery wall where the stairs are and maybe in the hallway. I don't know what it will look like or what kind of art I want to incorporate in the room. But, first of all, I think we need to clear out the mess before I start decorating. I also bought an online interior design course, so I want to do that before I take any decisions.

I'll keep updating you on how the space progresses over the next months, both here and on Instagram. I was thinking of filming an apartment tour as well, let me know if it's something you would be interested in!

Last month Isa Professional was nice enough to send me a brand new flat iron and I was super excited about it because mine was getting a bit old and is not as versatile as I'd wish it to be.

This one is pretty slim and has rounded edges, which makes it perfect to use to straighten, curl or wave my hair. I've been using it as much as I could in the last month (meaning not as much as I wish I had, but it's the middle of summer and my bathroom gets hot really fast).

I've been loving to wave my hair with this straightener and to make a simple hair twist to take my hair out of my face. Closing it with a pretty hair accessory is always a plus too, this hair clip is from Dollarama.

Writing a hair tutorial without being able to show the steps sound super complicated to me so I'll just link to video tutorials I found on Youtube to create the look. Here and here.

I hope this is giving you a few ideas on hair styling. I'm trying to expand my hairstyles to more than loose or ponytail and this has definitely become my favorite!

Do you love Etsy? I could just brown the site for hours without ever being bored. There is just so much to see, so much people with so much talent. Today I thought I could start a new series of post where I share the love and talk about products I found on Etsy, because all those small business owner deserve to be talked about!

Since it's the middle of summer right now, I'm starting with a tropical theme in mind. Also, because palm leaves are so trendy and I really like them. Do I need a better reason? No, I don't think so either.

  1. Tropical Palm Art Printable by Gendots (Yup, that’s me!)
  2. Tropical Mug by MySweetMugs
  3. Aloha Letter Balloons by WildernessSupply
  4. Pom Pom Pillow Cover by InkAndLinenCo
  5. Tropical Pillow by wfrancisdesign
  6. Aloha Vinyl Stikers by beebeacheydesigns
  7. Palm Leaf Necklace by SweetNovemberJewelry
  8. Palm Leaves Lampshade by MyBeachsideStyle
  9. Flamingo Print by DamaDigitalDesign
  10. Tropical Botanical Washi Tape by EllaElizabethShop
*All photos in this post are propriety of Easy Shops owners
I don't know about you, but I'm always on the hunt for a good filling breakfast. Bonus points if I can cook it on Sunday for the whole week. However, I easily get tired of always eating the same things and I will almost never have the same breakfast two weeks in a row. That makes me search and search for fresh ideas (you can find my Breakfast Pinterest Board here), but as much as I love eggs and bacon and the likes, I'm craving something a lot lighter during the hot days of summer.

This is how I came up with this breakfast idea.

This is basically a play on sushi bowl or burrito bowl, but as a sweet breakfast meal.

Based around rice, because carbs, proteins are also added by the greek yogurt and the nuts to keep you full until lunchtime. You can also add as much fruity topping as possible, plus a drizzle of honey for added sweetness is a must.

  • 1 cup white rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tbsp sugar or other sweetener
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup greek yogurt, your choice of flavor. I used vanilla
  • Any fruits you have on hand. I used frozen mango, frozen coconut flesh and fresh blueberries.
  • Nuts of your choice. I used Cashew nuts.
  • Drizzle of honey

Step 1
Cook rice as you normally would, either on stove top or rice cooker, using the rice, water, sugar and vanilla extract.

Step 2
When the rice is cooked, let it cool completely and then add the yogurt.

Step 3
In the morning place one portion of rice in a bowl and add the toppings and a drizzle of honey.

Pretty easy, right? I hope you will enjoy it as much as I am!

Please let me know if you try. You can also tag me on Instagram @gendots if you share a picture of your Sweet Breakfast Bowl!

I had that blog post ready for over a month now, but kinda forgot about it. In the last couple months I've really been focusing on “real life” stuff. I was so behind on keeping my apartment looking good and had many other random appointments to take care of. And, well, since I can't do it all, some things had to be on hold. It happens, it's okay.

So these were technically products I tried out it March, but I don't think my opinion changed that much since then.

Cougar lipstick
It was more long lasting than I was expecting. It felt creamy at first, then it turned out to be drying. However that's to be expected in a long lasting lipstick. I just apply some mat lip balm, like the Nuxe Reve de Miel and it put moisture back to my lips without compromising the mat look of the lipstick. Later in the day it was looking a bit patchy after eating and I had to reapply. I don't think it is a 24h lipstick, unless you don't eat or drink in these 24h (but that would be a big commitment just to wear lipstick) but still long lasting.

Sensationail Pull Off Polish
I had high expectations for this nail polish. I thought it was a really cool concept. I was really appealing to my lazy self. Also, the thought of not having to use harsh chemicals to remove my nail polish was a big plus. However, it didn't exactly go as planned.

First, when applying, you should be very precise and not get it anywhere around your nail (and that is something I'm I'm not good at). Since it's a pull off nail polish the consistency is kind of elastic so when you try to remove those extra little pieces you over-painted it also start ripping away the good job you made on your nails. That sucks. When I was done with that and spent a few hours with the polish on my nails that is when I noticed the tips looking weird. It's like the polish didn't stick to the tips of my nails, but instead of chipping it as just hanging there. It looks fuzzy and was honestly annoying. I ended up taking it all off before the end of the day. And that went just as bad as the rest. When pulling the nail polish off my nails it also ripped layers of my nail with it. Needless to say it's not good to keep your nails healthy. Afterward, my nails felt very dry too. On the bright side the polish was pretty opaque and I love the shape of the bottle. However, overall it was a big fail. Never using on my nails again, but it might be good to paint some DIY projects...

Revlon stick highlight
Very similar to the Clinique Chubby Stick Highlighter. Like REALLY similar. I think it is a little drier at application and the packaging is not as nice. But, it's a very good and cheap alternative.

Mariposa Cream Concealer Contour Set
4$ pallet? Yeah, I wasn't expecting much. And to be honest, I think some the shades are chalky and not great at all. But. But! The contour shade (that look scary dark when first applied) is probably the most natural contour I tried. Ever. The consistency is nice too, it blends easily, but it can dry quickly so it's better to start blending fast. But, I really, really love this contour!

Hey! Hi! How are you? I am very excited today as I am starting a new project I’ve been working on for months! I’m opening an Etsy Shop where I am selling logos and printables (and planning to add more diversity later. I’m working on a few blog templates at the moment). If you didn’t know, my actual job is as a graphic designer, so I should know what I’m talking about. ;)

It is a project I’ve been thinking about for years. Literally years. I thought about it for (probably) the first time back when my boyfriend and I moved in together. That was 5 years ago. But I’m a procrastinator, so I never came around to actually do it. But I decided 2017 was going to be the year I get shit done. At first, I wanted to open my

boutique in early January, but endless computer issues made it impossible. Also, maybe, you know, I’ve been procrastinating a little bit. Whatever, I’m doing it now and it didn’t take me all year so I’ll call this one a win. I am very hopeful for this new adventure to go somewhere good. I’m hoping to be successful, and to eventually be able to make this (plus regular freelance) a full time job. 

Ah! That’s kind of a big statement! But I love working from home! (I’ve (kinda) done it before and it was amazing -- except the part where I didn't have enough work to make a living). One of the things that makes working from home really cool? No commute! Right now I’m spending 2 hours a day going to and coming back from work. 2 whole hours! I could do so much in 2 hours! 

Anyway, I digress. Even if this is in part about my hopes and aspirations, it isn't really supposed to be an ode to working from home. 

Here is a preview of the shop and of a few designs I’m selling. So far, there is 15 logo designs and 13 printable art pieces online. I'll be adding more in the next months, but I think it’s a pretty good start. The logos are for sale at $45CAN and the printables are $8CAN. 

But there one more thing! I’m also giving away a free printable art piece for you to download!

So what do you think? Do you like the designs? I hope this new adventure goes well!