Monday, July 21, 2014

Life :: Love and Life Celebrations

This weekend, I attended the wedding of two high school friends. Ridiculously casual, it was the perfect in it's break from tradition.

A very small affair, something that the bride and groom were adamant on. Around 35 people, close friends and family, the ceremony was lovely. A few laughs when the dog's collar slipped off as she was walking in. In a gazebo beside the lake, vows were exchanged, and a couple eyes tearbright [mine included]. No official photographer, just a couple of friends with really nice cameras taking excessive pictures. It seemed like no one was really sitting down. Lots of cheers when they were finished and even more pictures being taken. We all pitched in to dismantle the area, and then walked up to the reception hall.

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Appetizers of cheeses, breads, and fruit awaited us, as we mingled getting drinks, finding our seats and signing the sign. Watching the slide show of pictures, laughing at the really young ones and reminiscing over the memories. A delicious dinner was followed by touching speeches and some random fun dancing. So non-traditional, most of the "first dances" didn't even last the whole song. At around 9.30 we headed back to the cottage, changed out of our fancy clothes, threw on some track pants and sweaters for a bonfire on the beach.

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No stress, no drama. Absolute perfection. Even Andrew was saying that's what he wants in a wedding. Now if I can just get him to propose...

Congratulations to the amazing couple, HJ and Kate!! 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Toronto :: 155th Annual Queen's Plate Race

The Glory. The Prestige. The Fabulous Hats. The 155th Annual Queen's Plate race happened on June 6th at Woodbine Racetrack. And it was quite the event.

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The lovely Trish nicely thought of me when she got invited to the Flare's VIP Hats and Horseshoes event as her +1. I was so excited to be going to the event, as it has been probably 10 years since I last went to the Queen's Plate.

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It was a great day for the races. Not extremely hot, with a nice breeze [although at some points it was a bit too windy, not good for hats!], but you didn't roast in the sun while watching the races. I did a little betting, although I didn't really win big. And I sadly didn't pick the winner of the Plate.

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We did eat delicious cupcakes, and ate hot dogs and popcorn. Nice to know that prices are extremely reasonable, bordering on cheap! Popcorn for $2.75? I'm there! The expensive food places belonged to the food trucks that graced the Hats and Horseshoes area. Smoke's Poutine, also known as Bribery Poutine for the boyfriend to pick me up.

A thoroughly enjoyable, yet exhausting day, it was great to meet new people and catch up on old times with Trish. Here's to getting to the races a little more often in the summer. Have you been to the races? 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Beauty :: Holika Holika Queen St.

Korean beauty has finally hit the streets of Toronto, with a brand new store front.


After reading the post about this place that Elaine Atkins did over at her blog, Toronto Beauty Reviews, I had decided that I had to take a trip down myself. And since I was heading into the city to do some other errands, I figured it would tie nicely together into a great day downtown.

This store is just as cute online as it is in person. It's a tiny store, but it's almost bursting with the amount of makeup and skincare just waiting to be tried! The only thing that I splurged on this time, was an adorable lipstick. I knew that once I saw that they were heart-shaped on Elaine's blog that one was going to go home with me.

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And I did take the jump and bought one. I stayed away from the cool looking face stuff because I'm trying to get that under control first. Make up is easiest to try and the easiest to finish and change.

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The packaging is adorable, and the colour is not near as vibrant as it looks - which is a good thing since I'm going to be wearing this to work. It's definitely more purple, but it's nice to have something different to add to the collection.

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I should head back there and try some more products, but right now I have so much beauty products and samples to try out [and I don't need to really spend the money on that right now] that I should be good for the next couple months.

Have you heard of this brand, Holika Holika? Are you going to try some of their products? Let me know! 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Life :: Apartment Living

It's hard to believe that this coming weekend will mark one year living with Andrew. And since I'm still up for living with him still, I count that as a good thing. It doesn't seem like enough time has passed that we're already at a year.


I don't know about you, but I am impressed. Not about the fact that we're still living together  [although, that's always a good thing], but the fact that there hasn't been too many crazy moments while we adjusted to each other's living habits.

Not to many changes though, we were practically living together when I was living on my own last year. I won't lie though, we both have extreme schedules that don't always allow for us to keep on top of some cleaning *cough dishes*, and sometimes the laundry gets a little out of control. And that annoys Andrew way quicker than it annoys myself.

We've both fallen into a comfortable state - that's not to say that I don't lose my shit every once in awhile. Usually over the same things - he makes some comment about my ability to clean the house and I explode saying that if you don't like it, do it yourself. Pretty fair, I think. If you don't like the way I don't do something, let me know so I can try to change, and then just do it yourself.

It's very heartening to know that even after a year, I am very content with our living situation. Fingers crossed that Andrew is too, but so far I've heard no major complaints. It's always a little disconcerting because if we did break up, what would I do? We currently live in a building that his parents own... would make it rather difficult. I don't like thinking about it.

On to happy thoughts again! Yay living together! Here's to another year.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Fashion :: Target Shoe Deals

I might not do a lot of shopping at Target, but when I do, it's for the shoes.


So, I've been a little bit naughty with my spending. This past month I've bought 2 different pairs of shoes for 2 different kind of events. But, both times, Target has come through for me.

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The first pair was a pair of wedges for work. A basic black peep toe wedge that's good for summer and still able to wear with a pair of dress pants or a work skirt. Checked off everything on my list: not too high, comfortable, a wedge heel, looks good on and on the cheaper end of the spectrum.

The second pair was a bit of a splurge, and a total fluke buy that makes me think that they were made for me. I went to Michael Kors (similar to this one but different colours) first, and as much as I loved the shoes I tried on, I just wasn't sold. Maybe I am learning something about not being such a impulse shopper, and sticking to my budget of no-spending. They were on sale, and gorgeous. White, blue and brown strappy sandals. I walked away. Walking to my car, I have to walk through Target and spur of the moment [ok so maybe I haven't learnt anything] decided to have a walk through the shoe department. And that's when I saw them. A random pair lying around, and it was in my size. I couldn't find a box for it, I had no idea where they came from or the price. Then I saw the large sign saying SHOES 40% OFF. Score. They came home with me. I was extremely excited to break them out for the National Ballet's Mad Hot Gala 2 weeks ago.

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What do you think of the shoes that I picked up? I should also mention that they were all under $30.00. Can it really get any better than that?


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Beauty :: Benefit 'They're Real!' Eye Make Up Collection Review

Benefit's release of two new products to compliment the They're Real! mascara: The Push Up Liner, debuting in July; and The They're Real! Remover, set to be released soon.


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Last week, when the lovely ladies at SparkSessions hosted their first Twitter party regarding SEO, I participated and ending up winning one of their prizes! A couple of days later I was sent the Benefit "They're Real" collection - the mascara, the new eye liner, and the new make up remover. I couldn't wait to try these out, and I didn't even know that they were making a new make up remover. I won't lie that I was just a little bit skeptical of the remover, as I didn't find that the one they currently have actually did anything amazing. But, for the sake of beauty, I kept an open mind.

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They're Real! Mascara

I've bought this mascara many times, and it's pretty much a go-to for when I need that extra oomph for a night out. I have a love-hate relationship with this mascara. I love love love what it does for my lashes, but I hate with a passion having to remove it. I find that it didn't matter what remover I used: soap and water, oil based remover, water based remover... It just didn't seem to get rid of it. I was still finding trace bits when I rubbed my eyes coming off days later. I'm looking forward to adding this to my repertoire again, although I do find it's a little bit much for day wear...

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They're Real! Push Up Liner

Is the hype real? I have to say that I've never really been a fan of gel liner. I dabbled in it with Maybelline's pots but it was annoying to have to have the pot and the brush and I was always terrible with taking care of the brush so it would be like a toothpick the next time I went to use it. I was always a fan of liquid, and once it hit pen form I never looked back.

I've now used this a couple times, and maybe it's just me but I have a really hard time using this. I love the staying power - all day and no smudges to my upper eyelid, this stuff doesn't move [with a primer or some kind of base]. But applying it is just not the easiest thing for me. I'm sure it'll just take some practice. I love the ease in which is it to get product, just twist the bottom? Genius! At some points during application, I almost feel like the applicator tip is too flexible, as it's easy to lose control of the angle. I've yet to master getting it right next to my lash line as well. Another huge plus in my books is that the applicator is pointed, so no matter what direction you apply it, you can get a cat eye flick at the end. And you can go over your line a couple of times to touch up and it just fills in colour, doesn't remove it or get sticky.

I definitely am looking forward to getting better at using this product, and I hope that it becomes a favourite. At this point - I'm still not sure if it beats out my regular liquid liner pen!

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They're Real! Remover

As I mentioned above, I tried Benefit's other remover, and suffered through trying to finish it off. I felt like it didn't take all my make up off.

I have to say that reading the instructions are misleading. "Saturate a cotton pad, and gently wipe your eyelid." First, it's not a liquid so saturation is a bit weird. It's more cream based, so I think that just using a little on your fingertips (clean hands!) and gently massaging the remover over your eyelid. I think that this is easier to make sure that you're getting all the make up off as well, especially the eyelashes. I did like this product. It was good, removed [almost] all the product off of my eyes, but it was messy. A messy kind of fun though? I looked like I had some major raccoon eyes. Also, if you don't use a cotton pad, I think that the product will last much longer, and at $18 USD, I don't really want to waste any of it!

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Just a quick look at some lines, and what the remover looks like. 
Overall, the branding is really sleek. The darker packaging, and it's nice and matte. It feels really luxe to use, and it looks great together. I definitely see myself reusing items from this collection. What do you think of this product?