Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Toronto :: Mad Hot Gala 2015

The National Ballet of Canada just announced the theme of their 2015 Mad Hot Ballet gala. "Lost In Venice"!

My favourite event of this year is coming! June 17th, 2015 at 6.30pm is the day to mark in your calendars!

Photo Courtesy of the National Ballet of Canada. Sonia Rodriguez and Evan McKie. Photo by Aleksandar Antonijevic. Art Direction by Lisa Mann. Make-up by Melissa Gilbson, MAC Cosmetics
Come out and support a great cause, enjoy some excellent performances, and mingle with yummy food and the dancers! They always have delicious cocktails for this event. You can see my posts about last year's Spellbound Gala, or 2013's Dangerous Love Gala.

Tickets are on sale now! Hurry and grab them quick! I hope to see you there! 



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Monday, March 2, 2015

Life :: Top 3 Engagement Rings with Anjolee Jewelry

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Diamonds. A girl's best friend right?

It seems to me everyone around me is getting engaged, married, or having kids. Just in this year I already know of 3 people to get engaged! I must just be at that age now.

I love to hear about engagements. I'm just hoping that one day it'll be me. Don't worry, I've already talked to Andrew about me wanting this to happen. He keeps telling me that it won't be this year because 2 of his friends have popped the question, and one is actually doing a short engagement.

It's frustrating, but there's nothing to stop a girl from looking at different styles of rings right? I'm definitely a girl who's a little bit classic, bigger doesn't always mean better, and I'd love to be able to customize my ring.

Enter Anjolee Jewelry. They have a huge selection of styles of rings, and of course other diamond jewelry. I love the fact that they allow customizations to their styles. First you pick the metal you want the band to be in, second you choose the carat weight. And last but not least you choose the diamond quality. The site is packed full of information to help you decide which is more important to you (quality or size, or both) to help you pick the perfect ring for you.

Another thing that important to me is where they get their diamonds from. They are all ethically sourced, and manufactured in a process that is environmentally friendly! Who doesn't love getting a ring while being able to cut down on your footprint on the Earth?

My Top 3 Choices are:

Number 1:

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Number 2:

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Number 3:

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What do you think of my choices? Although, even if I don't get an engagement ring this year.. I wouldn't turn my nose up at a pair of diamond stud earrings! Classic for every day use. Hint, hint!

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*All photos are courtesy of Anjolee Jewelry. All opinions are my own. 


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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Fitness :: Head Stand Prep

Inversions. Don't these seem like the ultimate yoga goal?

For me, they definitely are. But for me, something that is stopping me from getting there are my arms. They just aren't strong enough yet! My core is probably another one, but lets just deal with what is right in front of us, alright?

It'll probably be a couple months until I'm actually ready to get some inversions happening. Before I took my long, unexpected break, I was able to hold the position Crow (bakasana) for a good couple of breaths. But that is definitely in the past.

Here are some of the poses I'm doing daily to help get my arm strength back up, and some head prep ones to make my head and neck stronger too.

Downward Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana)
Four-Limbed Staff Pose (Chaturanga Dandasana)
Plank
Side Plank (Vasisthasana)
Wheel (Urdhva Dhanurasana)
Dolphin Pose
Using the wall for support

For a good reference point, I used the Yoga Journal's online resource. They have a great article on how to defy gravity to get into the handstand! I don't think I'm quite at that point yet either.

So let's go hit the mat and hold a couple downward dogs! 


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Friday, February 27, 2015

Toronto :: Her Majesty's Pleasure

I love pampering myself. And doesn't it always feel like the grandest indulgence when you go and get your nails done?

I met up with the ladies on Saturday to have a girls day out at Her Majesty's Pleasure. We all got a variety of different services, but it was such a great way to spend a snowy Saturday.

I decided to drive down, as it was faster than dealing with public transit in the snow. I almost walked by it though, there isn't a big sign and while there are big windows, it looked more like a cafe than a spa. But my eye caught the sign, and I walked in.

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The decor is on point in this place. While it's not ideally laid out, I cannot fault the calm look and feel of the place. Even though it's divided into separate sections, it didn't feel cramped due to the dividing walls being all windows.

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Walking in, you immediately see the immaculate bar and cafe. Walking down the to the end is the concierge, where lovely ladies are more than willing to help you get signed in, and ready for your appointment.

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If you're there for a mani/pedi, then you get to pick a lovely colour from their wall of polishes. Almost too much choice! I didn't pick a colour from the wall, as I was getting a gel manicure, but using the wall I was able to decide what spectrum of colour I was aiming for. I knew that I wanted dark this time around, and was not disappointed. When it was time for my appointment, my manicurist came over and introduced herself. I had picked a colour off the main wall, not knowing that I couldn't choose from there, but she looked at the colour and helped me pick the colour from the gel selection.

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We ended up layering 2 colours for my final look. She brought me over to the bar and got down to business. She asked if I wanted anything from the cafe, and called the bartenders/waiters over to take my order. I got a hot chocolate, which was rather decadent and delish. It was a little difficult to drink while getting my nails done, but definitely doable.

I didn't order anything alcoholic, but they all looked so tasty! The bartender came over to help some other ladies, and asked what they wanted, and they would make something to suit that taste for them. Sweet or sour? They said sweet and bubbly, and he came back with the most delicious pink looking concoction. Made me want to have one for sure! It also helped that he was quite cute, which is always a plus?


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What do you think of the concept? I think it's rather innovative, and such a clean space. Definitely will go back for a group thing again! 



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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Beauty :: Winter Skin Savers

What a winter this one has been, am I right, ladies?

I definitely thought that it wouldn't be that bad, especially since we didn't see any real snow until January. But that was not to last.

These past couple weeks we've gotten blasted with crazy wind chills and snow storms. I don't know about you, but my skin is definitely struggling with all this dry weather! Like my skin needs more of an excuse to be flaky and gross.

While my whole body dislikes being dry, there are definitely areas that I need to pay more attention too: Hands and lips. Nothing shows dry skin to the public faster than these two places! So unattractive.

My top 5 products for preventing winter dry skin are:

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Nivea In-Shower Body Milk
Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm
Lypsyl Chapstick
Coconut Oil
L'Occitane En Provence Hand/Foot Cream
What products do you swear by in the winter? 



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Monday, February 23, 2015

Life :: What's Happening in my World

I feel like I haven't posted about my actual life in a little bit.

And mainly.. some things have happened and I wasn't sure if I was up to posting about it. Or even if I wanted to post about it. Something's don't have to go online.

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Things around here have been a little.. lack-luster (for lack of a better word). I had a little bit of a break down a couple weeks ago, the kind that had me in tears, and thinking that Andrew was going to break up with me [sn: we didn't, just a little misunderstanding!]. We had a long/short conversation about how I was feeling, and what brought on this most recent quarter life crisis.

I couldn't quite explain to him why I was feeling so unsatisfied with how my life was going. He kept saying that it seemed like I was holding myself up to someone in particular. And there isn't just one person, it's more the whole. I'm constantly plugged in: Social media, blog reading, it adds up. And it turns into a giant entity that you can compare yourself too.

Yes, I know. Comparison is the thief of joy. I've written about it here before. But this time it was different. It kind of snuck up on me. Just scrolling through the endless pictures on Instagram, you see them, might not really absorb them, but they stay in your subconscious. That's why I'm suddenly hankering for some over the knee boots, and blazers. And how my wardrobe just isn't good enough anymore.

I think it really boils down to not really knowing what I want with my life. Too much choice in this world. So many bloggers around have been talking about this - maybe it has something to do with Mercury going into retrograde (again).



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