Saturday, August 9, 2014

Life :: August Goals & 101 in 1001 Update

Well, I'm not 100% back. I should be back up and running at normal speed by next week. By then school will be over and I'll be freeeee to do my own thing. I don't think people realize how excited I am to be taking next semester off. You mean I don't have to be home at 10 every night, I can be home by 5? What a novel idea.

Anyways, I'm thinking of things that I want to accomplish this month, and I haven't mentioned my 101 list in a while, so thought I'd get two birds with one stone, as it were. I seem to have gotten a lot done, and also nothing done.

For the update on 101 things, I haven't really gotten much done yet. Big things are going to be happening within the next couple months, but so far - nada. What a lackluster update that was.

Goals for August: 
+  Finish classes. Rejoice about a break. 
+ Hang out with friends.
+ Go to a beach???
+ Monitor my skin progress
+ Get back into yoga
+ Cook one recipe a week

I think that these are all doable. And once classes are finished (this week!!) I'll have the time to commit to these even more. Huzzah to having time again!!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Life :: Blog Break

Sigh. I hate having to do this, but I need to take some time off. Between finishing up my school - assignments like crazy, work and making sure that I'm getting everything done at home, I'm going to take some time off. Once I come back, I'm hoping that I'll be able to tackle this renewed and with exciting ideas!

I don't know how long, hopefully not super long! But I'll still be extremely active on Twitter, so you can say hi there!

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.
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