Need Help Cheering Yourself Up This Winter?

I’ve lived in Winnipeg since I was just about two years old. So over the past 24 years of living here, I’ve dealt with my fair share of brutal Winnipeg winters.

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I’m unsure if it’s because during my adult years I’ve primarily worked office jobs, so winter seemed much longer coming and going in the dark, or because as a child I could handle the cold and wore my Michelin man snowsuit with pride and now I’m a millennial that usually cares more about wanting to wear my fashionable coats over my warm coats; but I’ve found that getting through the particularly cold patches of winter has become more and more difficult.

It’s so damn cold out most of the time you don’t even want to look outside, let alone actually go out there and do something.

Last week, I had a bit of a mental breakdown. I’ve been in the midst of my job search, I’m bored, and it was SO damn cold. I fell into a little bit of a depression, and realized I think a big part of it was that leaving the house to do anything just seemed SO daunting, mainly due to the frigid weather.

At the end of the day, where I live is Winnipeg and winter isn’t going anywhere. So here are a couple of my tips and tricks for getting through this treacherous weather.

Work Out

Ya, I get it this is the last thing you want to hear. But getting up, and getting your workout done first thing in the morning (whether this is before work or whatever you do throughout the day) will honestly change your entire attitude for that day and truly does help. Walk on a treadmill for half an hour, go to yoga, attend a class or meet a friend at the gym, but get up and do it as often as you can.

Plan Things to Look Forward to

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Plan a GNO (girls night out) that will get you excited for the weekend instead of hiding on your couch the entire time. Pick out a meal to cook that you’ll look forward to, plan to see a friend you haven’t seen in awhile, sign up for a class, whatever it is, try to find things that will actually have you feeling motivated to leave your home and the Netflix behind. It will be there when you return.

Do Things that Genuinely Make You Feel Good

For me, these things include trying to get in a workout, reading or journaling, spending time with positive people, or when it’s warm enough going out skating or cross country skiing. We all have people that when we’re around them we feel even more drained and run down, and these aren’t the individuals you should be surrounding yourself with when you’re already feeling down. Whether it’s meditating, spending time with yourself or friends, trying a new class, do things that actually really do make you feel good and make time for them.

It’s okay to be sad sometimes or feel run down, but doing your best to do things that can bring you out of these feelings is going to end up being the difference between taking charge and enjoying your life, or letting winter win and having a long hard wait until summer.

What do you do to help yourself get through the long, cold, Canadian winters?!

Local Love: Bailey DelBigio

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I constantly find myself in awe of my crazy talented group of friends.

All of my friends are not only insanely talented, smart, creative, and kind, but are also constantly looking for ways to lift each other up and support each other in their ventures. 

One of my closest friends from high school, Bailey, is an incredible make up artist in Winnipeg. She's constantly collaborating with amazing other local talents, is heading to Tulum for a month to work out of a new salon there, and has many other insanely exciting projects on the go. Bailey is also one of the kindest, most caring, and beautiful people inside and out I know. Her heart is so huge, and she is always finding ways to make others feel good about themselves. 

She was kind enough to come help me with a project, and I thought why not include her in my local love feature. 

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Q & A Sesh:

What are your two go to must have make up products that you use on a daily basis?:

  •  Benefit good proof brow pencip in shade 2 and Laura Mercier highlighter in indiscretion

What made you decide to start freelancing?

  • I love doing make up, and the best advice I ever received was to find something you love to do and turn it into a career.

What is your skin care routine?

  • Currently I'm using La Hendrix Range. First, I use the clinic toner, and then the La Hendrix youth serum, and finish off with the La Hendrix moisturizer, eye cream, and invigorating night gel. I also use coconut oil on my face and body every day.

Current get ready song? 

  • the new Party Next Door album

What would you say the most critical steps to building your brand are?

  • Before you can begin to build a brand you need to figure out what your style is, and then you can build your brand around it. Be creative, style, collaborate with different friends, models, bloggers, or anyone that you can work with and create content with/for. Put in the work and developing your brand on social media is crucial for exposure as well. 

Five things you always have in your purse?

  • Blistex lip conditioner, coconut oil, highlighter, gum, and a water bottle

Who would you consider your biggest make up inspirations?

  • Emma Chen & Patrick Ta

Who is your dream collab?

  • The model Bella Lucia

You can find Bailey on Instagram at @baileydelbigio 

Same blog, new home.

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Hey there!

Welcome to the new and improved Blonde's Eye View. After being on a bit of a hiatus/break from blogging I've decided to come back full force on a different forum, Squarespace. Nothing wrong with the old forum, I just find Squarespace super user friendly, and am excited to start fresh here!

You'll notice a few things I've added such as a Local Love page that will feature different activities, restaurants, products, whatever it may be that are around Winnipeg. I love checking out the local scene, and Winnipeg has a craaaazy good one. 

Secondly, if you're a reader from my blog in the past, you'll know a big part of why I blog is not for anyone else, it's for myself. If you don't like what I write, don't read it, simple enough. So I've also added an online journal section of the blog. This will be more of a section for me to just spew my thoughts, ask for opinions, maybe feature other bloggers or content. 

So, welcome to the party readers! Let's get started.