Ombre Lips & Links

Sunday, October 28, 2012
I thought I'd share a few new finds I came across on the internet this month!

+ 8 ways to spice up your weekend - Marie of Smitten by Angels
+ A 15 minute workout by Ballet Beautiful
+ Photobooth locations of any city/area you live in. I KNOW!


My New Beauty Finds

Wednesday, October 24, 2012
I thought I'd do a beauty-related post today, since I've accrued a few fun products.

My first set of Butter London nailpolishes. I've used all 4/4, and I love the consistency. Dark Knight resembles galaxies, Cream Tea is a wonderful white color which I show below, Bluey makes me feel like a mermaid, and Blagger is just a quirky shade of blue.

Paula's Choice BHA has had great reviews for blackhead removal so I thought I'd give it a go. So far it has been good at drying up my problem areas, but like any skin product, you need to use it for a while before seeing results.

Along the theme of skin, I also picked up Carlson's Cod Liver Oil to keep my brain sharp, and to load me with more Vitamin A (retinoic acid) for cell turnover. I'm not sure how long this takes to make an impact (I'm assuming a while, and I've just recently purchased it). However, I am pretty sure I'll take this consistently until I die, since I want to ward off Alzheimer's and give my neurons all the nutrients they need.

Lastly is a gorgeous fake tattoo I was sent from Sweden last spring - it says "I am my own work of art". I never came around to doing a post on it because I left it in my apartment in Chicago while I was home for the summer. If any of you are not keen on going permanent, but want something fun to wear for parties and nights out, this is your gem. 

Have a wonderful day, everyone!

Interior Decor: Whites, Golds & Brights

Monday, October 15, 2012
Hola holaaa,

I've been drowning myself in home accents and decor websites trying to find the perfect tray table or bar cart for my apartment, and while doing so I've come across an abundance of beautiful homes. I thought I would share with you some of my favourites, and hope to inspire you to add some personality to your humble abode as well.

My Love Affair With Fall Fashions

Tuesday, October 09, 2012
Hola everybody!
I spent the long weekend eating Turkey and reading Vogue (and doing a research literature review, but that is so tedious I do not want to bore you with the details). Awesome, I know. I thought I'd share some of the editorials and campaign images that tickled my fancy, and made me even more excited for the crisp fall weather. I mean, I even took out my cape for a spin today with a nice chunky knit sweater. Sooooo fun. I'm extremely grateful that magazines and blogs can provide me with such an abundance of inspiration every day. Hallelujah!  
My all time favourite fall campaign: ChloƩ. Pastels & light colors for the colder seasons is totally my cup of tea.
Dolce & Gabbana Escada


Ideas for Weekend Activities & Getaways

Thursday, October 04, 2012
"Weekends are a bit like rainbows; they look good from a distance but disappear when you get up close to them." 
- John Shirley

Hello my beautiful people!

Today I'm going to share a few pictures taken during last weekend's apple-picking, corn-mazing, farm animal petting adventure, while bestowing some fun ideas for THIS long weekend's undertaking. You can Google your own city for the locations nearest you. Forward & Onward!

1. Do what I just did: Find a farm, and go apple-picking! Make a great driving playlist. Bring a camera. Have fun. Head home and make some pie! Yummmy! 

2. Locate a sleepy town a few hours away. Pop into a bed & breakfast. Go brunching + antiquing the next day.

3. Find a bunch of dusty old bookstores. Spend the day reading. Bring some tea or coffee. Buy great hardcovers for your collection. Fantasize about your future library.

4. Book a last minute hotel. Eat at a fancy restaurant. See the city life from way up high on rooftop lounges. Sleep in. Room service for breakfast. Spend the rest of the day walking through the bustling streets, and frolicking in parks.

5. Check out a live performance or the latest art exhibit. Discuss it with your friends over wine & cheese. Eat macaroons.

6. Make it a girly "me-weekend". Hair. Mani & Pedi. Wax. Botox. Laser. Microdermabrasion. Or Glycolic acid peel. Have a girl's night out. OR Spend the next couple days recovering, depending on your treatment of choice. ^-^ Beauty is Pain.

7. Two words: Movie Marathon. Pick your favourites, or choose a set of unseens. Stock up on food. Blankies. Hot cocoa. Yoga mat - stretch between films, because sitting that long is tiring.

8. Locate all the photo booths in the city. Create a map that ensures fun areas to walk/drive through on your journey. Bring costumes. Be ridiculously silly. 

9. Pick a bunch of super delicious, extravagant recipes. Wake up early and go to the farmer's market. Buy your fresh ingredients. Cook the whole day. Have a cooking buddy join you. Light some candles. Set a gorgeous table. Feed your closest friends. Have some great sangria. Laugh all night.

10. Be spontaneous. Catch a flight to visit the people you love, wherever they are!

Have a great long weekend everyone! I'm heading to Toronto for our Canadian Thanksgiving today. So excited to see my family again. {Happy dance}.


A Simple Guide to Cultivating Good Habits

Monday, October 01, 2012
Hi everybody!

It is October 1st, and I've just completed my first stretch of monthly resolutions. Back in August, I came across a blog post addressing daily habits, and how to create good ones while siphoning off bad tendencies. I was really inspired by the fact that one good habit a month meant 12 good habits a year! Wow! That's bananas. And why stop at one? You can do 2-5 at a time. That's too much math for my brain to handle, but it seems more beneficial to have several good habits that took a month to attain each, instead of writing a bible's worth of impossible resolutions to start on New Year's day. So here's how I did it, and here's what I'm going to keep doing:

1.Start simple. I chose daily flossing & a 10 minute meditation session every evening. I know flossing sounds random/silly, but that's what I read on zenhabits, and I decided it was easy enough (plus I could get even prettier pearly whites!). Did you know only 10%-40% of American's floss daily? Yikes. Fight the gingivitis! [Source: American Dental Association]. As for the meditation... if Oprah can do 1 hr a day, I can do ten minutes. The benefits of meditation are all over the place. Nuff said.

2. Add a reminder. I put one in my phone. Every evening at 8pm, I would meditate and do my nightly routine.

3. Stick with it. Once that alarm goes off, stop making excuses. If you're in a situation that doesn't allow you to proceed with your plans, then make sure you do them before going to bed. Don't freak out if you miss a day, and then give up. It'll get you nowhere. You can do it, just keep going.

4. Bask in the good habit ambience. By the last week I did not pay attention to my reminders, because I had become so used going through the process on the daily. It's really exciting once you reach that point. Right now those two habits I focused on have become second nature, and I'm ready to add two more this October.

It takes 30 days to form a habit.
Choose one and rock it.

Helpful links: ndoherty, zenhabits, happiness-project