11 Nov 2022

Mimi Takes Five - #223

ONE // 
Beaver Blood Moon
We were lucky enough to witness a moon phenomenon this week, the Beaver Blood Moon. The November full moon is called the Beaver Moon, so that's where the beaver comes from, while the blood part refers to the lunar eclipse giving the moon a red tinge. As it turns out, this will be the last lunar eclipse until 2025. We were lucky enough to have a clear sky on the night of November 8, so my husband took out our camera to attempt to photograph the full moon. He succeeded in capturing the most beautiful shot! Seeing as the eclipse would only be visible for about an hour around 5:30 a.m., he set an alarm to try and capture the Blood Moon, which he did! I also happened to wake up to use the washroom at that time and he made sure I got to see it in person. It was such an interesting celestial event to witness. I'm always fascinated with the universe.

TWO // Mom and Sister Visit
It has been over a year since I'd seen my mom and sister! They came up for a quick visit last weekend and it was long overdue! We went to the outlets and did some shopping like we used to do back in the day. It was so nice to walk around and browse. We then visited my aunt in hospital the next day for a nice catch up, and to spoil her and lift her spirits. There was a lot of family time, but it was not a restful weekend as it was jam-packed, ha ha! We made the most of the short time we had and it felt good, but now I need to rest and recuperate! 

THREE // Black Forest Cupcakes
Seeing as it was my sister's birthday the day before their visit, I took the opportunity to make some birthday cupcakes! I dug out my trusty chocolate cake recipe (from an old friend) and made my own version of Black Forest Cake cupcakes. I lined my muffin tin, filled it halfway with batter, added a tiny dollops of sour cherry filling I had in the fridge, topped off with batter and popped in the oven. I then whipped up a batch of basic buttercream frosting to top them off. I took bits and pieces from different recipes, added a dash of creativity and came up with my own yummy treats.

FOUR // Blogiversary
I started this blog seven years ago on Thursday (November 10). I can't believe it has already been seven years, yet I struggle to remember a time before I was blogging. It has become such an integral part of my day-to-day life that I don't even think about it anymore. Putting outfits together and creating content for my social media is just par for the course now. I still enjoy it very much and don't plan on stopping anytime soon. Blogging is a creative outlet that brings me so much joy! It's my little slice of the internet that is totally me and where I can express my inner thoughts and let my creative juices flow. I hope it also brings a little bit of joy to those who follow and consume my content. 

FIVE // Lilac Headband
I realize fall is not exactly lilac season (although it was in this year, for some reason), but I had to feature this perfect lilac grosgrain headband from Hill House. I got it at the same time as I got my emerald gingham at the end of August, but didn't get to wear it much as lilac is not really part of my autumnal palette. However, now that I'm transitioning into more festive wear, I managed to find an outfit to wear it with! I have a colour blocked sweater that combines lilac, navy and reds, so took the opportunity to wear my headband with that look. While I'm partial to thicker headbands, I do like this thin version as it's more versatile and less of a statement piece. I also have a turquoise one that gets a lot of wear in the spring/summer months. I'm sure the lilac will be heavily on rotation at that point too.

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