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!