Letter From Olivia: Give Thanks November

Hello Lovely,

Can you believe that Fall is almost over? It seems like only yesterday I was swapping out flip flops for boots. We’ve enjoyed a wonderful chill front these past two weeks (wasn’t quite a cold front, but at least we weren’t subjected to 85 degree and up weather). I love cold weather and often joke that I was probably born in the wrong country because I cannot tolerate heat. But no matter what, I will always be grateful for my home.

Isn’t that what November is for? Taking time out to remember and give thanks for the little things in life we often take for granted? Well that’s what you can expect from us at Life By Olivia this month. All month long, we are going to share things we are grateful for, big and small. You can expect more quick tips on the Facebook Page from Mechelle.  We’re also going to share ways you can show your gratitude with free recipes, crafts and printables to help you celebrate the holidays in style. Afraid you’ll indulge too much at Thanksgiving dinner? Don’t worry, we’re also sharing fitness tips that you can do anytime, anywhere all month long, starting next week.

Last but not least, this month we are sharing our gratitude for you the readers. I’ve been putting together an eBook of my favourite recipes, some of which you’ve never seen before, called Sweets & Sips to be released on Friday November 18, 2016. These recipes are sure to impress while you indulge. AND if you sign up right now to pre-request our FREE eBook, we are going to send you a FREE copy of our Thanksgiving Wine Bottle Labels for you to jazz up your bottle at your next dinner. Don’t be scared if you start to see Christmas stuff towards the end of month. We’re really excited for Christmas! I can’t wait to show you all of the festive things that are in store for the rest of the month.

What would you love to see on LifeByOlivia.net in November?

Let me know your thoughts and ideas in the comments!



New Site, New Name, New Look

Hi friends!

I'm trying out a new website again. After using Wix for one year, I've decided to move on. While I really enjoyed the vast opportunities that Wix provided in terms of web design, there were a few troublesome issues that I just could not ignore.

So now I'm on Squarespace just to get a feel for things with a test post. So far, I've found the whole ordeal to be rather confusing, but it was like that with Wix at first too, so I guess it just takes time.

You may also have noticed that the name has changed. This is something I have wanted to do for months, but I'm still locked in with my current domain until February. So what do you guys think? Do you prefer this one or the old one, See Her Handmade? Until I make up my mind, I'll still post to the old one as this one is nowhere near finished. I'm literally starting over from scratch so it's going to take me awhile regardless of which name I choose moving forward.

Don't forget to comment in the comment section below to vote for which name you like the best! Feel free to even suggest one of your own if you don't like either. I could really use your help!

I love you for reading,



Let it Fro, Let it Fro

Hi Friends!

I guess you could say that I'm in a good mood today. Why? For no real reason, really. If I had to attribute it to anything it would probably be that my fro is free to roam the planet again! Okay that sounded weird. Let me be a little more clear. For the last two weeks, I rocked yarn braids. I did them myself (my first time ever braiding my own hair, much less braiding it with something).

It was a weird experience. And I think it took me a total of 8 hours to do it myself. I felt so miserable with each strand I interlocked, feeling as if I would never make it to the end. They weren't perfect, but they looked decent.

But recently they started to look bad. Like hair coming out the braid, new growth on fleek, kind of bad. So last night, after 2 hours, I took all of the braids out.

                                   Now watch me whip...

                                   Now watch me whip...

Now I'm rocking my fro, and I guess it's giving me an increased sense of self-confidence. I'm also wearing a handmade African print maxi dress, which has me feeling extra royal!  I did a length check last night and my hair at the top, now stretches to my jawline! (Which I also just realised this morning, that I don't have much of. Like seriously, my face goes straight into my neck; not much separation or definition going on there).

                                         Selfie at work!

                                         Selfie at work!

Don't mind the fluffiness of the puff. My hair was moisturised using the LOC method this morning around 7 am and is totally dry now! I've always been cursed with dry hair. Nothing I do seems to work. If you guys have any suggestions, I'd totally appreciate that!

Leave your suggestions in the comment section below and have an awesome day!