Last weekend, I got the chance to spend some time in Ottawa (which was perfect timing since I wasn’t having a good week). I got to see my former work friends (aka, my Ottawa family), celebrate a friend’s birthday, meet up with two very lovely bloggers, and just kick back and relax! Oh it was wonderful! Here’s a little recap:
While I did not enjoy waking up at 4:00am last Friday (to catch the subway to the greyhound station), the bus ride wasn’t too bad :)
Road trip must-haves: Diet Pepsi and yogurt covered raisins! Noms.
First stop while in Ottawa? Nectar Fine Teas in Westboro for high tea! Perfection!
On Saturday, I met up with two bloggers– Marilou and Lauren– at the Dubliner in the Byward Market. Excuse the photo, I was busy showing them Photoshop ;)
Marilou is the sweetest! She gave both Lauren and I a bag full of Bourjois goodies! Are you guys interested in seeing what’s in side? (I can do a separate post!).
December in Ottawa: KEEP WARM because it’s crazy cold there. I borrowed my friend’s red scarf for this photo ;) Ha.
And of course, some Rudolph cocoa to keep extra warm!
Browsing on the iPad + Holiday blend by David’s Tea = The perfect morning!
I had such a lovely time in Ottawa! Like I said, it’s a home away from home! I miss it that much that I’m already planning my next trip! ;)
I’m a huge fan of games– I’m talking about snakes and ladders, monopoly, checkers, uno, and the list goes on and on. I enjoy them that much that I actually gave Ken checkers last year for Christmas! Nothing like a good game of checkers on Christmas day, I tell ya ;)
A little while ago, I was asked to participate in Mattel’s “Game on” Game Night! Without hesitation, I said yes!!! (of course). Since we’re new to Toronto, we had a family game night (just Ken and I)– but we didn’t wimp out on any goodies that’s for sure!
Game Night Must-Haves:
- A few fun games (we had so many!!!)
- Snacks & beverages
- One fantastic playlist!
- A camera
- Your game face
Because I’m obsessed with Christmas and we’re getting close to the holidays, we opted for candy cane eggnog for our beverages (omgosh, yum!); a snack board consisting of brie cheese, nuts, and grapes; and a few fortune cookies! And the playlist? My favourite Christmas classics of course!
Even though it was just the two of us, our GAME ON! game night was so much fun! We’re actually planning on packing up the games and bringing them to Ken’s mom’s house on boxing day– the more the merrier right??
Interested in having your own game night? Visit Mattel’s Game On! website for more ideas and game choices! And don’t forget to tweet about it (use the hashtag #GameonParty!).
What is your favourite game to play?
Some of my favourites are checkers, snakes and ladders, and headbands (does anyone remember that one?).
*A big thanks to Mattel Canada for providing us with our Game On! Game Night kit!
Wow, I can’t get over the fact that December is finally here! Everything seems to be in full swing– the Christmas shoppers, the music, the holiday movies and cartoons… and oh, let’s not forget about the twinkly Christmas lights ;) All Toronto needs now is a little snow (hush! I said a little, lol).
A few weeks ago, I came up with a Chapters/Indigo Holiday Gift Guide (for her)– I hope this helped you guys a little! I loved some of the things on my guide so much (i.e, the Kate Spade stuff!), that I bought a few things for myself (oops!). For my second holiday gift guide feature, here are a few great stocking stuffer ideas for her! Happy shopping!
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Balance and Composure
I am so happy that I got to spend the weekend in Ottawa. It was great to see a few friends, and just relax. To tell you the truth, all week I’ve been fighting to keep my balance and composure. I am just amazed (and not in a good way) at how many people will try to break you down– whether they are being completely blunt (and uncalled for), or whether its done in more subtle ways. They attack your character, your goals, and your aspirations. Yep, that’s what my week was full of!
But I am smarter and better than that. While those insults were petty, low, and certainly uncalled for, I reminded myself that I do not value their opinion (well, judgements) at all. Sometimes, it’s just best to ignore them; and that’s exactly what I did! *Dusts off shoulder* ;)
I can’t believe that its been a little over three years since I first moved to Ontario (from Newfoundland). It was such a huge leap, and I am very happy that I took it! I spent three years in beautiful Ottawa, which it definitely “home away from home.” Since moving to Toronto in August, I find myself thinking about O-Town. A lot. While I love Toronto, I really miss the capital!
A few of my favourite things about Ottawa:
Parliament, especially when it’s lit up for Christmas! | Skating on the Rideau Canal | Beaver Tails | The Byward Market | Dining in Little Italy | Westboro | Walking along the Rideau Canal in the summer | Sparks Street | Social Media Friends | Former Work Friends | The “small town” feel
If you take a peek in my closet, you’ll find a huge basket full of nail polishes. OPI, Essie, CoverGirl– and in all kinds of colours! (But I’m sure you all can relate, right?). My obsession with nail polishes started about four years ago, just before I moved to Ontario. I was at a hair salon in St. John’s (Newfoundland), when I noticed all of the pretty colours from OPI! I decided to pick out just one, and spent a good 15 minutes deciding! Heh.
After going back and forth, and trying to figure out which one I wanted to buy, I finally opted for “Shake your money maker“– a resplendent radiant emerald shade!
I love the colour. I think it’s perfect for the holiday season! (And would work for St. Patrick’s Day too!). I’ve been using this colour on its own– and while I love the sparkly green, I think I’m going to try applying it over a solid green polish. Why? Gosh, this stuff chips so so easily! Well okay, I’ll admit, I was a little lazy and didn’t apply a top coat. But still… without a top coat, it chips within a few hours! I’m thinking it’s because it’s so heavily full of glitter, so it just comes off in ”chunks”… kind of?
A few weeks ago, I popped into Sephora to check out a few new holiday collections. While browsing, I noticed a new palette by Urban Decay– the Vice 2 Palette! I am not exaggerating when I say it was love at first sight. While I enjoy matte eye shadows, I love glittery shadows even more! Especially for the holidays!
Within seconds, I swatched every colour. That’s 20 swatches! My poor hands and arms, lol! I was so excited to see that the glittery shadows had so much pigmentation. I had to really think about buying Vice 2. It’s $68, and I really do not need any new eye shadows (I have way too many palettes– and I don’t even use 90% of them!). To tell you the truth, I was pretty happy with my free Lancome eye shadow palette and have been using that for months. Would I use Vice daily? Or would it just be taking up space?
After thinking about it, I decided to go for it! I fell in love with all of the colours, and come on… there are 20 of them! Fortunately, I purchased Vice 2 during Sephora‘s big VIB 20% off weekend, so the price wasn’t that bad. Plus, I received a free Sephora tote :)
A little about the Vice 2 Palette:
For fans that missed out the first time (and beauty junkies craving their next fix, Urban Decay has launched this palette packed with unbelievably gorgeous eye shadow shades. Experiment with insanely cool brights, not-your-average neutrals, and sexy hits of smoke, all in Urban Decay’s decadent, revamped formula.
Each Eyeshadow features Urban Decay’s Pigment Infusion System™, the proprietary blend of ingredients that gives every shade its velvety texture, rich color, serious staying power and blendability.
Vice 2 is drenched in a pretty-but-edgy, abstract orchid design that’s applied with a special process—so no two palettes are exactly alike—and topped off with a gunmetal jeweled UD icon. With the touch of a button, the case opens slowly to unveil all those gorgeous shadows, along with an oversized mirror and a double-ended Good Karma Shadow and Crease Brush.
After using the Vice 2 Palette for a few weeks now, I am happy to say that I am very, very pleased with the product! Not only am I a fan of the glittery shades, but the shadows blend really well. Is it just me or do some eye shadows blend better than others? I use the exact same brushes, but I find some shadows just don’t blend as nicely.
One of my “go to” favourites in the Vice 2 Palette is the shadow “dope”– which is described as a “warm champaign satin.” When I’m looking for more of a neutral look, I use “dope” (for my lid) along with the shade “coax” (for my upper v).
Feeling a little more glamorous? Or maybe you just want to add a little touch of sparkle? The Vice 2 Palette has so many options! Shades like “Betrayal” (a bright purple satin with blue shift), “Voodoo” (a metallic purple shimmer with iridescent purple micro-glitter), or “Damaged” (a bright metallic emerald shimmer) are perfect for an extra sparkle!
If you’re feeling bold, you can create a glittery smokey eye using shades like Betrayal, Voodoo, or Damaged– but if you’re looking for more of a subtle look, you can always just apply one of them under your lower lash line (which I’ve been doing!).
I’m such a big fan of the Vice 2 Palette, that I recommended it to my younger cousin who lives in Newfoundland. She was in Toronto, for an event, a couple of weeks ago, so we did some shopping. Within minutes inside of Sephora, she had the Vice 2 Palette bought! LOL. The palette is just a showstopper, I tell ya!
Are you a fan of highly pigmented/glittery shadows or do you tend to stick to the neutrals? What is your favourite eye shadow palette?