“The willingness to show up changes us, It makes us a little braver each time.” -Brenne Brown


It is easy to let your amygdala (the fear center of the brain) overly influence challenges or opportunities that might present themselves throughout your life. While developed to protect you, this fear response can gain traction every time you surrender, funnelling your existence into a “safe” and “comfortable” prison. We all struggle with different degrees of this affliction but it is important to recognize wether your amygdala is becoming a dominant influence on your life.


Here are some strategies that have helped me calm my fear response and try some new dangerous exciting things:


1. Take some time in the morning to feed your soul. have coffee, read, journal, pray. Contemplative meditation is so vital to being at peace.


2. Exercise daily, the brain chemicals you receive from 20 minutes of vigorous exercise are stronger than any anti-depressant on the market! (its okay if you become an addict!)


3. Practice breathing, bring your self back to the present moment, you can’t change the past and you can’t see the future, the time is now!


4. Dwell on positive thoughts, truths, good things and being thankful. Don’t let negative thoughts cycle in your head. recognize when you are thinking negatively and consciously over-ride those with good thoughts


5. Try new things, embrace opportunities to grow as a person, treat other people with kindness and go out of your way to show love. Showing compassion can help another’s struggles and help bring perspective to your own.


Here are some photos from beautiful Maui where I am attempting to become a big small wave surfer and windsurfer. The island is a place where I am constantly challenged by new but fun environments where I have to use all my fear fighting tools.







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Happy Weekend! I can’t believe its already March! This past week I found myself drinking lots of tea and coffee, planning for a photo shoot and even began a little spring cleaning.


Adri arrived back at school from a nice little reading week break where she baked some delicious treats from one of our favourite cookbooks: The Table by Kinfolk you can find the recipe here.

Hope you all are having a lovely weekend!




{clean sheets & new edition of Kinfolk}


{a new favourite snack//avocado on toast//chipotle & sea salt}



{A little D.I.Y distressed denim project}



{Loving my Rag&Bone booties from xmas}



{A new favourite cookie combo// Fig & Anise }


{Currently loving}

Matt Corby – Resolution from Matt Corby on Vimeo.


Saturday Snaps

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“Ah! There is nothing like staying at home, for real comfort.”
-Jane Austen

Of late, I have to agree. Home has become a place of restoration. This week away from school has not exactly been productive in the way I had planned, but I’ve had the chance to read for pleasure, cook and bake to my heart’s content, spend some lovely time with friends, and enjoy snowy Alberta before I head back to the Coast!

It seems as though when I come home, I start to feel Jane Austen-y and drink tea in tea cups, among other 18th/19th Century undertakings. For a Downton Abbey marathon with Grandma and Grandpa, I found these delicious cookies in The Kinfolk Table and made them twice! They are seriously killer -packed with the raw flavour of nuts, a touch of vanilla, and zesty lemon. Perfect with tea and a good period piece!


10 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature

1/2 cup superfine sugar

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted, plus additional for dusting

1/2 cup shelled raw pistachios, finely ground

1/2 cup blanched almonds, finely ground

1 vanilla bean, slit lengthwise, seeds scraped out

grated zest of 1 lemon

confectioner’s sugar, for dusting


Position a rack in the centre of the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and brush with 2 tablespoons of the butter.

Beat the remaining 8 tablespoons butter and the sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Pause the mixer and add the flour, nuts, vanilla bean seeds, and lemon zest. beat on low speed just until the ingredients come together, then gather the dough and knead just to form a cohesive dough.

Lightly coat your hands with flour and divide the dough into 24 pieces. Roll each piece into a ball between your palms, flouring them as needed. Arrange 12 balls on each of the prepared baking sheets, spacing them about 1 inch apart.

Bake the biscuits for 15 minutes or until pale golden. Transfer the sheets to racks and cool on the sheets for about 15 minutes. Sift confectioners’ sugar over the biscuits and serve.

makes 24 biscuits 


Almond & Pistachio Biscuits



I am so exited to share this simple and yummy recipe with you guys! I found this while browsing Pinterest and could not believe it only required two ingredients to make such a delicious & healthy breakfast.


You will need per serving:

1 banana

1 egg

a dash of cinnamon if you would like

coconut oil/ butter


Directions: Mash a banana with a fork, or if you like your pancakes less chunky then throw them in a blender. Whisk your eggs or crack them into the blender and add to the bananas. Heat up a cast iron pan with some coconut oil. Make sure your heat is on low. Pour batter into a pan, I find them easier to flip when they are smaller.  Wait until they are cooked through all the way and give them a flip!


Add some berries, yogurt and Maple Syrup and Enjoy!



Simple & Healthy GF Banana Pancakes

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SimplyME is a collaboration of hair and makeup services provided by my talented partner Erikka and yours truly! This is not your average bridal styling service, gone are the days of the done-to-death styled hair and perfectly placed curls. Our goal is to bring out your natural beauty and enhance your most beautiful features in the most organic way possible. Inspired by the beautiful bow valley mountains of our home town Canmore, Alberta. I am so excited to take you on the journey and keep you all in the loop with photos and tutorials, if there is anything that you would like us to post please let us know!

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This week has been such a roller coaster of emotions! Adri’s brother, my boyfriend Graeme qualified for Sochi Olympics to represent Canada! There has been so much excitement, tears of joy and gratitude, specifically being grateful to all the people who have helped him along this journey. This little collage we made over Christmas and I thought it would be a good time to reflect back on the time we spent together.


1. The beautiful Birchwood trails in Fort Mac. These honestly are the prettiest woods anytime of the year, there is something so magical about the snow heavy on the trees, even though it was -40 some days we still managed to get outside and experience the beauty! //2. Its not often I get to spent time with Adri since she goes to school in Langley so naturally when we get together many “selfies” are taken:)//3. Our beautiful bow river, so lucky to live in such a beautiful mountain town//4.Another shameless sister selfie//5. Apperitivo at Mountain Mercato; the best deal in Canmore!//6. Drinking latte’s at the best coffee shop in Canmore. //7. Another latte:) //8. Christmas in Banff, love visiting this little mountain town.//9. Adris new hair!! Six inches gone and she is a new human!



A Christmas Collage



“At the end of the day, let there be no excuses, no explanations, no regrets.”
- Steve Maraboli. Life, the truth and being free







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My mission, should I choose to accept it, is to find peace with exactly who and what I am. To take pride in my thoughts, my appearance, my talents, my flaws and to stop this incessant worrying that I can’t be loved as I am. Anais Nin


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Time for a beautiful bold lip! Here is a little “how-to” video that will show you how to exfoliate, line, brush and perfect your way to gorgeous lips, just in time for the holidays!

Michaela Howie Makeup Tutorial – Red Lip from Alexis McKeown on Vimeo.

Step1: Exfoliate, you can make your own lip exfoliant by mixing half olive oil and brown sugar. Wipe off the dead skin with a tissue
Step2: Moisturize your lips to create a smooth base
Step3: Line your lips with a cherry coloured pencil starting from the cupids bow and working your way outward
Step4: Brush the colour of the lipstick of your choice onto your lips, starting in the center and working your way outward. This gives you the most control.
Step5: Blot your lipstick and repeat step 4.
Step6: Clean around the edges with a cue tip & conceal the edges with a small brush, powder over the top of that.
Step7: Use a coral brush to add colour to the cheeks and make sure the eyebrows are filled in so that the face is framed.

Photographer: Alexis Mckeown www.alexismckeown.com
Model: Marika Cockney



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“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says ‘Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.’” -Lewis Carroll



winter .03

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