{With All My Affection}

Welcome to Q+A featuring Arielle, the blogger and creative writer behind:

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Arielle blogs out of Montreal, Canada! She shares her inspirations and aspirations of life! Living life to the fullest and sharing her love of fashion, great food + fun travels!

You can learn about spectacular fashion, check out great beauty tips + even get great recipes!

Here is our interview…Enjoy!

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I Adore coffee and enjoy spending my time in cafes! How do you take your coffee?

My all-time favorite coffee is the illy latte. I always take this if I go to a coffee shop where they sell illy. Otherwise (let’s say Starbucks) my favorite drink is the caramel macchiato.

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What or who were your influences early on in life?

My parents. They were always there for me to teach and show me how to do certain things, how to think in certain ways. I didn’t have the happiest childhood experience (school-wise) and they were always there to make me stronger and to make me feel loved.

As children we spend hours upon hours dreaming, creating and living adventures in our heads! What was it that you spent your childhood dreaming or imagining about?

As a kid, I would always read so many fiction books and I would always imagine myself living in these fiction worlds. Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Eragon… you name it. I felt that these worlds were so much more interesting and fun compared to mine so I would always daydream to be one of the characters!

Of those dreams or imaginations, how have they transpired into your adulthood?

Creativity and imagination. Reading so many books really helped me develop my senses of creativity, imagination and be open-minded which helped me a lot in my studies (I studied in Communication and multimedia), in my current day-time job and for the blog.

I came across a blog one day by chance and fell in love with the web design, the content and the photography! It was truly inspirational and after exploring more blogs I got the urge to create my very own blog! What or who was it that influenced you to take that plunge into starting a blog?

Thank you! I was following a lot of bloggers, youtubers and instagramers when I was in university and I would just be amazed by the pictures and the content. Blogging or sharing videos/photos seemed like so much fun! That is how I had the idea of starting my very own blog. I always loved writing and taking pictures and having a blog is a happy mix of these two.

How did you decide on a blog name?

I wanted something very personal and that didn’t had any mention of any specific subject since I didn’t know what I wanted to blog about. I saw Sincerely Jules’ blog name and fell in love with it because it was so romantic and looked like a signature on a letter. With All My Affection popped in my head right after and I fell in love with it!

What are your current inspirations in life that are charging you up to write and record your adventures in a blog?

That is a good question, I think that nowadays recording my adventures is almost second-nature to me since I have been doing this for almost 2 years but my inspiration is actually to inspire people to discover new things and to make them live their life at the fullest. Blogging is also such a fun way to record your current experiences and to see your personal self-development throughout the years and so this is a great source of inspiration for me to keep up with my blogging routine.

If you had to blog about ONLY one subject which would it be?And why?

Oh wow, this is a hard one, especially since my blog is about lifestyle – about everything in life. I would say Beauty just because it is very similar in terms of broadness. You can talk about fashion, inspiration, beauty, makeup, self-esteem and so on. I don’t like to limit myself to one subject because I feel as if I am limiting my creativity and my passions.

What is it that you personally gain most from blogging?

The contact with people from all around the world. When I first started blogging, I would have never thought of having that amount of readers. Talking and sharing my experiences with others as well as learning from them are the best parts about my blogging experience.

Have you taken any courses to help with blogging, writing or photography?

Yes, quite a few. I took a few photography and multimedia classes and I studied in Communications which helped me a lot with my writing, editing and photography skills. I still need to learn quite a lot more but I am getting there!

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What would you say is your ultimate goal for With All My Affection?

My biggest goal would be to be able to only focus my working time on With All My Affection. It is my biggest passion and project and it makes me so happy whenever I write blog posts for all my readers, when I have new projects coming up, when I am sharing my new finds and so on. And of course to keep loving what I am doing with my blog!

My favorite section of With All My Affection is your Guilty Pleasure page! I love how each post features a glimpse of passion, food + adventure! Where do you gather insight or intuition in creating these posts?

Thank you so much! It is my favorite post to write J I think that the idea come from Pinterest – where you can pin and save all you favorite pictures at the same place. I thought that would be a great idea of a post because I personally love collages and mood boards and I wanted to share what inspired me with everybody else. I am always on social media and I just started to save every single picture I find inspiring to write these types of blog posts. I think that my Guilty Pleasures are the most loved series yet haha.

Did you spend your entire childhood in Montreal?

Yes! I am a true Montrealer at heart.

What is your favorite part of Montreal? Least favorite?

Favorite part of Montreal is the 4 seasons and that it is a very diverse city in terms of culture. You can find so many shops and restaurants from countries of pretty much all around the world. My least favorite part has to be Winter (even if I just said that I loved our 4 seasons). When it is -30 C degrees, Montreal is no fun at all!

Why and when did you start to travel?

I started traveling at a very young age, my parents would bring me and my sister with us on business trips. Afterwards I just discovered a passion of discovering new cities and countries and learning about other cultures. I would spend my life traveling if I could.

In total how many countries have you traveled to?

Only 10: United States, Bahamas, Mexico, Cuba, Dominican Republic, France, Spain, Greece, Turkey, Italy. I want to travel much much more.

Out of all the countries you have explored what country and city do you love the most?

I really loved Greece (Mykonos and Santorini) and Italy (The Vatican and Venice). They are all such gorgeous countries/cities and I would go back anytime. The landscape, the food, the architecture, the colours… everything is breathtaking.

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And the countries you will not visit again?

I loved all the countries I visited fortunately!

Which countries have you visited that had the friendliest and most welcoming locals?

I would say that every country I visited had the friendliest locals when you are not visiting a very touristic city or neighborhood. People are the most welcoming when you get to visit and discover little local shops and restaurants. The friendliness of the people is very more genuine and they are so eager to show you things! I feel like Spain and Sorrento (Italy) were the nicest, as well as in Quebec City.

Do you prefer to travel by plane, boat, car or train?

I prefer train because it is much more comfortable and there is more space which is great, especially for long trips.

When you plan out an adventure do they turn out as expected?

Most of the time yes because I am the kind of person that organize everything before leaving. I love to know what I am doing the next day. I need to have a plan so I can make sure I am enjoying every single place as much as possible.

Explore my favorite section..the guilty pleasures @

http://withallmyaffection.com/category/guilty-pleasures/

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{The Infinity Dreams Award}

Yes, it is true! I have been nominated for…

«←The Infinity Dreams Award!→»

Thanks to the lovely Jessie, the creative writer exploring and sharing life on her blog Paper Coffee Store, who has nominated me!

Paper Coffee Store is a great website that covers all things amazing in life from book reviews to learning new languages and even music videos! What more could you ask for! I love her quirky style, you will too!..Visit Jessie @ https://papercoffeestore.wordpress.com/

Rules of The Infinity Dreams Award are:

  1. Thank and follow the blog that nominated you.
  2. Tell 11 facts about yourself.
  3. Answer the questions that were set for you to answer.
  4. Nominate 11 bloggers and set questions for them.

11 facts about me

11> I LOVE Pineapples, Coffee and owl’s!

10} I enjoy books and music!

9] I play the guitar! My favorite guitar that I owned was an acoustic/electric fender that I had in college!

8> Calla Lilies, Sunflowers and Roses are among the loveliest flowers to me!

7} My favorite colors are Purple and Black!

6] I have traveled to 4 countries! I LOVED the crazy streets of Camden Town in London and the inspirational architect in Holland!

5> My art teacher in elementary school is the most influential teacher I had! She inspired me to study Art Education of which I attended Tyler School of Art part of Temple University in Philadelphia!

4} I am an artist! I love Photography, painting and crafting!

3] In high school I won Scholastic awards for my writing and Photography! I won several Golden Keys!

2> I aspire to move to another country such as Holland or the UK! Two of my favorite places!

1} I love travelling! If I could I would travel for the rest of my life! Still working on figuring that one out!!!

Here are my answers to Jessie’s Questions!

  1. Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest? A: If it were anyone in the world I would choose my mother! I live in a different state then her and I miss her dearly all the time! I would love to sit down and enjoy dinner and conversation with her! 
  2. For what in your life do you feel most grateful? A: I am most grateful for my family! Even though we are all scattered about we are still here for each other through it all! We are not perfect but we are still family and I love them and am more and more grateful every day for them!
  3. What’s the best book you’ve read this year? A: The best book I have read this year was Wild by Cheryl Strayed. It was a total shock of a book to me and it resonated and was very emotional! Great read though!
  4. What’s your favorite song at the moment? A: So this is weird but I like this rap song called I’m Different! I really am not into rap these days but I like the beat and chorus in this song!
  5. If you were to eat only one dish until you die, what would you choose? A: Ohh this would be tough…It would probably be a dish featuring homemade mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, collards with bacon and Ham Balls with Pineapples..ALL prepared by my Mother of course! Ohh and her amazing banana cake with soft white icing for dessert!
  6. Have you ever danced in the rain? A: Yeah I remember a time when I was a teenager and my friend and I walked and danced all over town while it was raining one night!
  7. What cheers you up? A: I would say music or art usually cheers me up!
  8. What’s your favorite word? A: That would be the word: Creativity! 
  9. Who is your hero? A: I would pick my mother of course! She has stayed strong through out her life! We have had our fair share of fights and times when we did not get along however I appreciate he strength and love! She has overcome a lot and I am proud of her!
  10. If you could bring one musician back from the dead, who would it be and why? A: I would probably choose John Lennon! I love his music and he was so peaceful and loving! I considered others such as Kurt Cobain or Whitney Houston however I feel like it would just end up the same.
  11. What animal best represents you and why? A: I would choose an Owl! I am wise and I love to stay up late at night!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

My NOMINATIONS are:

1; Kim @ Kim Speaks Up

2; Nelle @ Simply Love

3; Hanna @ Hanna Says

4; Kristie @ Into Him See

5; Jasmine @ Classy, Sassy and a bit Smartassy 

6; Betsy @ Heavens to Betsy

7; James & Ali @ (Unrefined) Sweet Life

8; Kristie @ Love on Main Street

9; Julie @ Jewels Wandering

10;  Laurie @ Backwards Buffalo

11; Katie @ Katie-Best

 

And my Questions for them…

  1. Salty or Sweet?
  2. Camera or Paintbrush?
  3. Coffee or Tea?
  4. Inside or Outside?
  5. What is #1 on your travel list?
  6. If you could interview one person for your blog who would it be?
  7. If you had to paint the whole inside of your house/apartment one color [ceiling, walls and carpets] which one color would you choose?
  8. What is your favorite fruit?
  9. What is your favorite vegetable?
  10. Would you rather work out in the gym or run outside?
  11. Do you prefer Pants or a Skirt/Dress?

{Quote of the Day}

“You know what music is?

God’s little reminder that there’s something else besides us in this universe;

harmonic connection between all living beings, everywhere, even the stars.” – Robin Wiliams in August Rush.

{Handwritten with Love}

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I miss handwriting!

Recently I participated in The Sketchbook Project (www.thesketchbookproject.com) where I finished up my very own journal and sent it on a trip around the great United States of America!

Unsurprisingly I chose the theme: Wanderer!

Now that my Sketchbook is filled with my hand designed and drawn perceptions of my wanderings it got me to thinking just how much I love to hand draw and write letters!

Since then I have decided to get creative with letters and send them out into the world! 

I needed to polish up on my calligraphy so I created HANDWRITTEN on Pinterest to highlight great tips and techniques!

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To check out the pins above head on over to ….. https://www.pinterest.com/amandamadeit/handwritten/

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I even discovered the most thoughtful website dedicated to hand writing letters…http://www.moreloveletters.com/

“More than just the letters– that question is the reason you and I are here in this space right now. I started More Love Letters three years ago and we’ve become the only global organization out there that blesses individuals–young and old– with bundles of love letters during a time in need. We basically want to create the most miraculous experience for people when they need it most: hundreds of letters of support and encouragement showing up at someone’s door all because someone in their own life loved them enough to just ask for those love letters.”

Head over to their website and learn how you can be apart of this amazing movement to send a hand crafted letter of love to a discouraged person to bring encouragement or leave in a special public place for a random person to fall into your letter.

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Happy Hand Writing!

{I Won-I Won}

The lovely Addie over @ Old World New had a 3 Year Blogaversary Giveaway!

Guess what…

I WON!!!

Addie has an AMAZING blog:

http://oldworldnew.us/

Her blog is about sustainability, green products, fashion, thrifting and so much more! I enjoy reading about her adventures and looking through her pictures!!

This is what I received in the mail..

 Passionfruit Lip Butter from Rooted Beauty

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The website describes: Rooted Beauty Passionfruit Lip Butter is a pure, creamy, and rich lip conditioner that is infused with natural passionfruit extract. Our nourishing formula is packaged in a biodegradable paper tube, and a portion of the proceeds for this product help Rena receive the initial supplies and training she needs to sell vegetables in the local marketplace. The opportunity to sell in the local marketplace will enable Rena to provide for herself and her family and break free from the cycle of extreme poverty.

Nailpolish from Mineral Fusion

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The website states: A healthier alternative to traditional nail polish in 61 gorgeous shades. Apply this long-lasting chip-resistant mineral nail polish formula flawlessly using our custom, extra-thick brush. Mineral Fusion Nail Polish is a toulene free nail polish and like all of our cosmetics, upholds our standard for Formula Purity.

And a cute personalized note from Addie herself!

I want to thank her for the great green products and for being a supporter of all things green!

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I love her about me page….

Check it out @

http://oldworldnew.us/about/