Friday, August 28, 2015

August 2015 Faves

I would be lying if I said I wore a lot of makeup this month. My attention has been on my knee, but I like putting in an effort for those few times I venture out. I don't need makeup to feel human, but it's the little things right now. If I can still do something from my normal routine, I'm all over it. When you're injured or sick, you really find yourself missing your old routine and habits. I cannot wait to be 100% again.

I've really been sticking to basics that I can easily throw on that will get me through hospital appointments and physio therapy. If you follow me on Instagram, these probably don't come as a surprise. Here are my favorites from this month!

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What are some of your recent favorites?

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Current Sephora Canada Wishlist

To be honest, I am resorting to a wishlist post for two reasons: 1) it's been stinkin' ages since I got anything from Sephora (minus the birthday freebie and tote bag) and my list is growing and 2) it's been cloudy out, making it impossible for good blog photos. If you have anything on my wishlist, tell me all about it!

Also, since I'm talking about Sephora, I'm not a big fan of the changes in Canada. For now, we cannot get many brands both in Sephora stores and on the website. I used to make orders online to get the brands and items the stores here did not carry and now that option is gone. Half of the things in my "loves" are no longer available to me. I will still probably place orders online during the $12 deals or if a good sale happens, but the main reason I really put through online orders has gone wayside. The perks of the changes are faster shipping and no customs costs.

With all of that said, I now have two separate wishlists for when I'm here or in the States. Here's my Canadian one!

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Friday, August 21, 2015

Girly Back to School Supplies for 2015-2016

This time of year always makes me want to go out and buy new supplies. It becomes completely ingrained in us, doesn't it? I've been out of school a while, but I still take advantage. I take an online course or two each year, so those pretty little notebooks and colorful pens always get used. Who can say no to them? Can a person ever really have too many notebooks and pens? Folders for organizing? I don't think so. #notebookhoarder

I've already expressed my addiction and adoration toward planners and how I think they are a necessity. So now, here are a few other pretty supplies that I would not mind carrying to school or having on my desk at home!

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Folders (via Target)
I always had one per class, plus a few extra report folders at home for when a project was due.

Clipboard (via Target)
Ah, the wonders of a good clipboard. If your school has those really small arm desks that barely hold a book, you'll want the extra support while you take notes. I was stuck in a class or two with one of those during college.

Pencil Case (via Chapters)
Keep your pens, pencils, and other little accessories in a cute case or bag. The bottom of your backpack will thank you!

Pencils (via Target)
I prefer mechanical pencils unless a Scantron test is involved. And the bigger the pack, the better. You know you're always having to lend one to that friend who forgot theirs.

Pens (via Ban.do)
My high school let students take notes in pen, but everything else had to be in pencil. I think pretty pens make a difference. Almost makes you want to whip them out for those long biology notes!

Binders (via Target)
For me, I was more of a folder and notebook person. That's just because I rarely went to my locker, so I didn't want to carry multiple binders all day. I did keep my binders at home, though. I'd empty the folder contents when it would get full and add it to its dedicated binder. This double system worked wonders for me.

Notebooks (via Chapters)
Like with the pens, I think pretty notebooks are worth a splurge. Or buying a cheap one and completely personalizing it. Make it fun to whip out in class and at home when studying. 

Backpack (via JanSport)
Oh man, I never fell out of love with JanSport. In college, I opted for tote bags but only because most of my classes were an hour or two apart and I'd be able to go back to my dorm in between. But JanSport got me through all of middle school and high school and multiple band trips. And they have like 60 prints to choose from now. This floral one is my personal favorite!

Do you still love the back-to-school shopping time like I do? 

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Office Supplies Haul!

I bit the bullet and finally picked out which planner would get a year-long commitment from me. This is serious business, you guys. The choices are rampant out there and you really have to dig deep to figure out which planner is going to work best for you. Vertical, horizontal, lots of writing space, etc. I've used so many different kinds over the years. I've learned that vertical does not work well for me, nor do pages that have already been designed (leave that fun part up to me!).

After my first physio appointment on Saturday, I asked to go to Chapters as a special treat (I had birthday money burning a hole in my pocket). I had not been out of the house in ages, because it takes so much work between my walker, the wheelchair, and having to hoist myself into the backseat of our van backwards and shimmy in to get my leg straight. So it's far easier for me to just stay in, only going out for appointments. About a month to go before I can start walking a bit. If you're a new reader, I broke my knee in June.

This year for my trusted annual companion, my final decision came down to Moleskine and Kate Spade. I've used Moleskine multiple times over the years and I had a Kate Spade one in 2014. I knew I loved both and so at that point, it came down to design. So shallow, I know. Every time I see the below quote, it puts a smile on my face. It's bright and cheery and makes me want to pick it up. Ding ding, we had a winner!

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Along with the Quick and Curious agenda, I picked up the gold bow paper clips. I mean, how can you not? I'll do a post soon on the insides of the agenda soon. It's a little different from my 2014 one. I'm going to have to work more on that "she is quick" part with physio. Ha!
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Maybe not fully an office supply, but you have to stay hydrated while planning. Yep, that's my reasoning. This watermelon tea sounds and smells amazing. Summer in a tea bag! I brewed some last night and have been letting it chill overnight in the refrigerator. It's calling my name!
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I also grabbed one of their new lap desks. I'm in love with the navy floral print that they have brought out for fall. I definitely want one of the notebooks. I tossed out my last lap desk before we moved last year, because the filling was going flat. I love using these when I'm sitting on the couch with my planner or working on my laptop. It's been even more useful when I'm in my wheelchair, allowing me a solid workspace.

Friday, August 14, 2015

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Istanbul

NYX is definitely a favorite brand of mine. Even better that it is getting a little easier to find stocked in stores! I have my eyes on one of the eyebrow pencils (Do you own one? Do you love it?). Among their growing selection, I really love the lip products (like these three lipsticks). Here are my thoughts on the Soft Matte Lip Cream in Istanbul!

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nyx soft matte lip cream istanbul bbloggers bbloggersca product review swatches
 There is a doe-foot applicator, which I know some people love and some people hate. I like them and this one is made well. It does not feel cheap! It does have a sweet smell that I cannot really pinpoint, but it does not smell as strong once applied. I would say I get about 4-5 hours of wear out of it.
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These Soft Matte Lip Creams retail for $6 on the US NYX website. Totally worth that price and if I knew I wouldn't look like I'm hoarding for an apocalyptic lipstick shortage, I'd try to pick up one in every color! I think my next one will be Milan. If you own any of the shades, I'd love to hear which are your favorites or if they didn't work for you.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

My Picks for 2015-2016 Planners

Office supplies addict for life right here. There is no such thing as too many folders, notebooks, pens...I want them all and I want them now. And one of my favorite supplies is a good planner. I have been a firm advocate for keeping a planner since my early middle school days. It's one of those things that I just can't live without.

My planners have kept track of homework, practices, what I eat, what I do, lists, and more. I cannot tell people enough what just keeping an agenda can do for them. It's your life in one spot and it is there to help you remember that term paper due next week, that eye appointment in three days, that new hilarious inside story with your best friend and where you were when it happened.

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My current planner (by the brand Eccolo) goes until December, but most of the 2016 designs have already been released with the start of the school year. You can get ones that go from August-December and start using it right away. I have yet to decide which new design I want for this coming year, but I think I'll be treating myself to one soon. Here are some of the ones that have caught my eye.
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Have you already bought your planner or picked one out? Are you a planner newbie? If so, welcome to the club!

Friday, August 7, 2015

Sephora's NARS Birthday Gift 2015

My birthday was last month and my husband volunteered to swing into our local Sephora to grab my annual Beauty Insider gift. If you shop at Sephora at all, it is totally worth signing up for. The program is free and offers points on every purchase, allowing you to earn them for rewards and perks. There are three tiers to the program- Beauty Insider, VIB, and VIB Rouge.

The gift this year is a lip duo from NARS and I say it every year, but the birthday gifts keep getting better. The NARS lip pencils are among my favorites, so I was really excited to get these two in colors I haven't tried. Here are my swatches of Cruella and Rikugien.

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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Blog of the Month: August 2015

In June, Christine from Lightsmithing was my featured blogger. (I didn't get to do a July BOTM due to being in the hospital.) You can read that post and see other past featured blogs under the "blog of the month" label! Being my blog of the month gets you a designated blog post, a sidebar button, and a mention on my Twitter account. The sidebar button stays up all month long. I don't believe in necessarily making bloggers pay for advertising and I'd much rather show you blogs that I really enjoy reading. And I hope you end up enjoying them too!

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 This month, I'm featuring Julie from The Saltlife Wife. She covers a few different topics like beauty, infertility, and weight loss. But it's her attitude that will really want you to know more! She's so laid-back and easy to want to talk to. It comes across in her posts across her blog and social media accounts. Hope you enjoy her blog as much as I do!

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