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Brunch in the Afternoon

Brunch in the Afternoon - Sara du Jour

A little while ago, I hosted brunch at my apartment for a few of my closest friends. The great thing about hosting is that you get to set the rules of the game. In this case, it meant that for one day, everyone had to operate on Sara time.

That meant brunch – in the late afternoon.

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A Dark Day

I don’t usually share any negative stuff I’m dealing with on here, because I like to keep this a positive place - my happy place.

But in a strange kind of way, this blog has become like my diary, and in an even stranger way, I feel you all have become my extended family.

Some of you have followed me for years, and have seen some of the happiest moments of my life. Today was not such a moment. Today has been trying.

I debated writing this post at all, but writing helps me sort myself out when things get murky. So here it is.

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Song of the Day: Ring Them Bells – Liza Minelli

I’m having a major Liza Minelli moment, and this is such a fabulous song.

10 Tips for Building Self Confidence

10 Tips for Building Self Confidence - Sara du Jour

One of the most common questions I get asked online is about how to build your confidence and feel good about yourself. 

In a world that literally functions based on telling people (especially women) that they’re not good enough as they are (yay, capitalism!), having confidence in the face of that onslaught is no easy feat.

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Book Review: The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules

Book Review: The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules - Sara du Jour

I fell in love with the idea of this book more than I fell in love with the book itself. The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules, by Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg, has an absolutely delightful premise.

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Weekend Road Trip to Ottawa

Weekend Road Trip to Ottawa

I wasn’t going to write a blog post about this, mostly because I hardly took any pictures, and I’m not sure very many of you would care to read this kind of thing. But I’ve just returned from such a lovely weekend away that I wanted to jot down a few memories before they fly away forever.

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I’m Still Alive! Here’s Proof.

Instagram Updates: Sara du Jour

Eek! Sorry for seemingly vanishing without a trace for a bit there. If you follow me on any social media (Facebook/Twitter/Instagram) then you know I’m still very much alive and well, just a wee bit busy, lazy, and distracted. I have lots of exciting (I hope) post ideas rearing to go, but finding the time to edit the photos and write them has been tricky.

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Naturebox Canada Review

Naturebox Canada Review - Sara du Jour

I’ve never been one for subscription boxes. Things like Birchbox, and Glossybox, which send you a surprise selection of beauty samples each month for a set fee, hold little appeal to me.

For one thing, I’m very choosy with makeup and know exactly what I want (and don’t want). Giving up the ability to choose for myself in order to get a bunch of randomly-selected miniature products and potions that will just clutter up my bathroom counter is just not my thang.

Naturebox takes the idea of the subscription box, and applies it to healthy(ish) snack foods. Now this is exactly my cup of tea. Here’s why.

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Song of the Day: Just You and Me – Zee Avi

Apartment Decor Haul

Apartment Decor Haul - Sara du Jour

Since I showed you guys around my apartment (living room tour | bedroom tour), there have been a few new additions. I thought I’d let you in on some of the beautiful goodies for the home I’ve collected over the past few months. 

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My First Vlog!

It’s an exciting day in Sara du Jour land! As promised (kind of), my very first vlog is here! I’m a bit nervous about it as I’m much more comfortable expressing myself in writing. Talking to a camera by myself still feels a bit odd to me. Maybe I’ll get used to it.

Please let me know what you think, and if Q&A or tag vlogs are something you’d like to see more of.

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I Woke Up Like This, or: #NoFilter

I Woke Up Like This, or #NoFilter - Sara du Jour

I have never been more nervous to put up a blog post before. But it’s late at night – that particular time of night when people get a little more honest, and sometimes, a little more brave. 

I’m in bed with my laptop and my cat, and I’ve been hit with a wave of courage to do something I’ve been thinking about doing for a while. So, I’m going to grit my teeth, cross my fingers, and hope I don’t regret this in the morning.

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Sara’s Summer Boogie Playlist

Summer Boogie Playlist - Sara du Jour

If you’ve been here a while, it probably won’t surprise you that this isn’t your typical summer playlist. You won’t find any of the top 40 biggest hits of summer 2014 here.

That’s not to say that “real music” isn’t still made today. Every generation produces musical works of genius and works of cra….commercial success. (Before Yoncé did it, Mozart wrote a song about butts - and there’s nothing wrong with that.)

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Book Review: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou

Book Review: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou - Sara du Jour

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings reads like a work of fiction. It’s vivid, engaging, and tells a fascinating story. But given the traumatic events and circumstances described within it, I wish it were just fiction instead.

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"A Few of My Favourite Things" Celebratory Giveaway!!! (Closed)

A winner has been selected, as of Sept. 1. Thanks for playing, everyone!

Huge Celebratory Blog Giveaway!!! - Sara du Jour

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens…

Julie Andrews is one of my favourite things, too. If I could package her up and send her to you as part of my giveaway, believe me, I would.

For now, though, I thought I’d make do with giving away a few other favourites of mine to one lucky winner. ***GIVEAWAY RULES UNDER THE CUT***

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