Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Honoring Oscar de la Renta

Easily one of my most loved designers. When I think back to awards seasons, his creations were often among some of my favorites. I thought I would share a few of my favorite dresses in this post and I admit that it was hard to narrow it down to just these five. The world lost a lot of class and certainly a man who understands women (at least, close to it!).

RIP Oscar de la Renta
 Amy Adams at 2009 Golden Globes and Michelle Dockery at the 2014 Golden Globes
RIP Oscar de la Renta
Cameron Diaz at 2010 Oscars
RIP Oscar de la Renta
Taylor Swift at 2012 Ripple of Hope Gala
RIP Oscar de la Renta
Amal Alamuddin Clooney in her wedding gown with Oscar
And if you don't believe he still had it, just look at his Spring 2015 Ready to Wear looks. Each one is absolutely breathtaking.

RIP Oscar de la Renta

Friday, October 17, 2014

My Top 5 Lipsticks for Fall 2014

Going along with the theme from my nail polish post, I thought I would share the five lip products I'm gravitating towards as the leaves have been changing and my sweaters are out in full force! The ones featured in this post are just some of my favorites. I could feature a red lip, but I don't wear them often. I'm a true sucker for a berry lip during this time of year, though!

Korres Revlon MAC Chanel lipsticks

Korres Revlon MAC Chanel lipsticks

Korres Revlon MAC Chanel lipsticks
Korres Revlon MAC Chanel lipsticks swatches
Top to Bottom: Korres Quince, Revlon Mauve, MAC Patisserie, MAC Capricious, and Chanel Boy.

What are some of your favorite lip colors in the fall?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Home Decor Inspiration for the Kitchen

I've already started the groundwork for which direction I want my kitchen to go. I have painted the cabinets white, added stainless steel hardware and appliances, and added open shelving. I still need to pick a backsplash, faucet, lighting, range hood, and paint the existing countertop (it is ugly!). I'm not ready to share the before and after pictures until that counter is at least painted. Y'all, it is bright yellow faux marble. It's like the 70's came and stayed!

Anyway, I am often on Tumblr, Houzz, and Pinterest scouring ideas. For the most part, the ideas I save have the same esthetic. I just have to find the right fits for my own personal taste! I thought I would share a few of the pictures I have saved for inspiration in what I consider the most important room in my house.

kitchen inspiration marble copper
via studio ppark llc
small bright white kitchen
via Remodelista
white stainless steel kitchen
via House Tweaking
You can follow my home design Tumblr, Pinterest, or Houzz boards to see more of my inspiration pictures.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Living in Canada

It is crazy to think about, but today marks ten years of me living in Canada. What?! A whole decade has gone by since I packed up my things and headed north? I often sit back and think about how fast a year goes by, but these past ten years just zoomed. I miss South Carolina, but I have come to make Toronto my home. But I do definitely get homesick from time-to-time!

So much has changed in my life in those ten years of being here and I thought I would list a few of the bigger positive ones.

- I got engaged and married. The whole reason I came here to begin with was Larry. He is Canadian and already had a home and established career up here. It made more sense for me to do the moving, since I was still living at home.

- I have done some really cool traveling and fun trips. One of my favorites was the Ice Hotel in Quebec.

- I get two Thanksgivings and a few extra holidays through the year. That's pretty darn cool. Who's going to complain about that?

- I have gone to some amazing concerts and events that I probably wouldn't have at home. It's easy to get to places by transit here. The best part about living in the big city is that many of these events have been free. Lady Antebellum, John Mayer, Beach Boys...I've seen them all for free. And the best experience I had at a concert was KISS. I was treated like royalty and I'm not sure anything will top that.
- I am a Permanent Resident here now, which I have to renew every five years. I think that before my current card expires that I will try for dual citizenship. We shall see!

- We've moved twice. Our new place nearly doubled our old in square footage, gave us an extra bedroom, and an extra floor. But I do miss the quiet neighbors at our old place, because our current ones are the spawn of Satan. I love the extra space, though. I have enjoyed decorating and organizing these past few months, which is an added benefit to buying a fixer-upper. You get to start fresh!

- We had two cats pass away, but added a dog to our family. So now we have Jade (cat) and Indy (dog). They cause trouble and bring laughs every single day.
- There are lots of things that changed since my move, but one of my favorites remains that I started this blog seven years ago. I've gotten to know a lot of you, have conversations with you, even meet you. I've loved every second of it!
I'm not a big risk taker. Moving here remains the biggest risk that I have ever taken and it has paid off in more ways than I could ever imagine. Sure it took me away from what I knew and loved, but it has opened doors for me. It has given me memorable experiences and taken me completely out of my comfort zone. I'd be lying if I didn't say that the big city and new places didn't still intimidate me, but it's good to explore and put yourself out there. It's good to take chances- rather big or small. This was my biggest change and often with change comes growth and great things. I'm ready to keep growing and living wherever life takes me!


P.S.- I've thought about writing a post about some daily differences that I have come across from living in both the States and Canada. Would that interest anyone?

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Blog of the Month: October 2014

Last month, Megan Joy was my featured blog. 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 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! :)

This month, I'm featuring Kelly from Glitter Diaries.  And it is with good timing, because this is the perfect month for you to see her skills truly shine. She's amazing at morphing herself into characters and she's pulling out all the stops for Halloween. And she's sweet to boot! If you check out her blog, let her know I sent you if you'd like!

Friday, October 3, 2014

October 3rd

Ok, so originally this meant nothing to me. It hasn't meant anything to me for ten years. Because for ten years, I haven't paid any attention to Glen Coco, wearing pink on Wednesdays, or any of that. Despite owning the movie on DVD since probably 2005, I never actually sat down to watch it. So I guess I'm a little late to the party, but better late than never?

My girls Kelly and Kerri both let me know on twitter that I must watch it and it's a rainy day which makes me want to cuddle up on the couch, so that's what I am doing! Pumpkin coffee, my dog, and a movie. Perfect rainy day activity!

So...can I sit with you?

Mean Girls Day October 3rd
*picture from my Instagram

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

September 2014 Favorites

Yay, it's October! That means I get to enjoy the first of two Thanksgivings (privilege of a Canadian-American marriage), figure out what to do for Halloween, and maybe finally get to start wearing scarves and boots! But before I get lost in listing all of the great things I love about October, I want to dig into my favorite products from last month.

MUFE Lancome OPI Embryolisse NARS

MUFE Lancome OPI NARS Embryolisse
Make Up For Ever Aqua Shadow in 20E - A beautiful bronze-taupe. Easy to apply and lasts all day!
Lancôme Grandiôse Mascara - I reviewed this here.
OPI Nail Lacquer in Tickle My France-y - I talked about this being one of my fall nail polish faves here.
NARS Lipgloss in Turkish Delight - One of my favorite pale pinks. Looks good layered or on its own.
Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré - When the colder months hit, my dry skin loves this!

And for a random little favorite, here's a video that has made my day! Guys, I talked about Noah already and how he has stolen my heart. If you haven't watched his first time on Ellen, I linked them in my previous post. Y'all, I can't handle the cuteness that is this child!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Currently Listening To

I have been hooked on a few certain songs recently (some current and some old faves) and I thought I would share them. And in return, if you have an awesome song that I just have to hear, please share it with me! I love all types of music. No discrimination here. I can find a song to love from every artist and band.

Also, Spotify finally came to Canada and I am hooked! If you are on there, let's follow each other. You can find me here. If you need an invite, I have four invites right now. Just message me and I will email you a link with the code. Good news, everyone (I totally heard the professor from Futurama in my head when I typed that)! Spotify has let me know that you shouldn't need an invite code to join now! I warn you now that you will get hooked. Free music is a beautiful thing. Now let's see what I have been listening to on my trusted iPod, iPhone, etc.current playlist music
  1. Cool Kids - Echosmith
  2. Girls Chase Boys - Ingrid Michaelson
  3. Shake It Off - Taylor Swift
  4. Divisionary (Do the Right Thing) - Ages and Ages
  5. Ghost - Ella Henderson
  6. Big Girls Cry - Sia
  7. Black Widow - Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora
  8. Sight of the Sun - Fun.
  9. I Don't Wanna Know - Fleetwood Mac
  10. All About That Bass - Meghan Trainor
  11. Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin' - Journey
  12. Shower - Becky G
  13. My Eyes - Blake Shelton
  14. Stay With Me - Sam Smith
  15. I Got a Car - George Strait

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