Monday, November 19, 2018

Holiday Gift Guides 2018: For the One Hosting

And so it begins! I personally love reading gift guide posts. Often I get new ideas or I see something amazing that I didn't even know existed. I have plans to do a few differently themed ones this year as per usual. I don't always do the same themes, though I do usually do this one for the host/hostess. A lot of my ideas are the same, but I've linked to newer options. This year, we are hosting the friends and going to my SIL/BIL's house for the family dinner. So I've got a mix this year!

Of course, the list of what to do and get done has grown to an unrealistic length. As a perfectionist, it's incredibly difficult to not put a lot of pressure on myself to get everything perfect for when our friends come. I know it is not realistic, but I am who I am. Any other perfectionists out there? May we all be a little easier on ourselves and remember that in the long run it doesn't matter nearly as much as our brain tells us it does.

Here are some of my favorite ideas for what to bring to the one hosting! Will you be hosting, traveling, or doing your own thing this year? I've done them all and love them all for very different reasons.

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  • Flavored Dipping Oil (via Williams-Sonoma, $24.95 CA) - Is your host a bread lover or foodie? These are a perfect fit and might can even be put to use at dinner that night, because what holiday feast is complete without bread?!
  • Edible Treats (via Williams-Sonoma, call store for pricing) - Again, perfect for the foodies. Maybe bring a basket of treats, something they can use in baking, and just a little something they can enjoy when everyone leaves.
  • Wine (via Two Oceans (via Two Oceans, $10.95-18.95 CA) - For the party or after for the host to unwind. Find one of those cute wine gift bags and you have a gift that anyone can enjoy. Because if they don't drink it, they can cook with it...which is where most of my wine goes.
  • Cookbook or Coffee Table Book (via Chapters, $36.99 CA) - I just think that you can't go wrong with a pretty cookbook, coffee table book, or hobby book.
  • Home Scents (via Chapters, $25 CA) - Candles, diffusers, you name it. An item that makes your house smell good never goes out of style and is never not an useful gift.
  • Cheese or Cutting Board (via Chapters, $34.50 CA) - I am a firm believer of having multiple boards around. So many uses!

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Old Navy Friends and Family Sale 2018

Ah, one of my favorite times of year. I mean, yes to fall and Christmas, but that's a given with me. We all know that. I'm talking about Old Navy's F&F sale. 50% off speaks to me. It was extremely hard not to get carried away. Between what I am showing you here and the items I got for my husband for Christmas, everything came to under $150.

I went into this knowing I wanted a few new pieces for this season and winter, as well as a few new pieces to lounge in. I've recently lost some weight and I'm having to rework my closet a bit. And hello excuse for a few new items, #amiright?! ;) Did you pick up anything from the sale or do you have your eye on anything at Old Navy right now? I know I do. And with this order, I got some Super Cash, so I might just have to put that to use. I say might, but we all know that's code for "extremely likely". Haha! Here's what I got this time!

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

InstaMonth for October 2018

I can't believe it's already November. I know, I know. I always say that. But when I sit back and think, it feels like I just bought my 2018 wall calendar. It's insane how fast this year has gone by. I am looking forward to a new year, but I need time to slow down if only so I can enjoy the last moments of my favorite time of the year. Give me fall, the very beginning of winter, and all the holidays. It's just THE BEST.

I've got Poppy's new album playing as I type this. I'm not sure I'm quite on the Poppy train, but she does have some catchy tunes. Have you listened to her or watched some of her strange videos on YouTube? It's kind of funny, because her song Fashion After All is playing currently just as I was about to tackle that subject. I used to share more OOTDs before my knee injury and then...well, I just kind of stopped or at least did not do them as frequently. In the early days, it's because it was hard to stand and pose.

I realized that I have rather missed sharing outfits and fashion more frequently. I mean, that's where my blog name comes from! So now on my Instagram, I'm making one day a week (at least!) be an OOTD or something related to fashion or style. Right now, it's Thursdays unless I have a different #TBT to share whatever week. The Instagram algorithm has been failing me recently, so I have actually found it easier to take the pressure off of myself of having an extremely cohesive feed. It's just so limiting.

Here are a few pictures from my Instagram during October!

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1. Did you know they'll blend any coffee to give you a frap texture? New fave. // 2. A few new lip goodies by Joe Fresh Beauty. // 3. Gah, this palette!
4. Bite Beauty Glace and Chai. // 5. An event at the horse track. // 6. September faves.
7. DAVIDsTEA put out a Halloween countdown calendar. So fun! // 8. Joe Fresh Highlight Sticks. // 9. Craft show OOTD for Warm and Fuzzy Knits.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Blog of the Month: November 2018

In October, Silvia from EsviCode was my featured blogger. 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've chosen Tiffany from Boho & Blush. Her site has some beautiful photography and editing. She covers a lot of different topics in the beauty, fashion, and lifestyle categoies. Tiffany recently reviewed some hair care, mascara, and shared some fashion posts recently. I think you'll enjoy the topics she covers and getting to know her. If you stop by her blog, feel free to let her know I sent you!

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Happy Halloween and October Beauty Favorites

October 31st, how did you get here so fast?! I've got my Halloween-tinged tunes playing in the background. Right now, I'm obsessed with Gerard Way's Baby, You're a Haunted House. It's so catchy. There's a slight mist outside and it just feels like the perfect Halloween so far. We're hoping to go out and see some house decorations tonight. There is one house nearby that goes all out every year. Then, it's back here to catch up on the Halloween episodes of some of our shows on the PVR. Low key and that's how I like it! How about you?

Below is this month's favorites, plus an adorable appetizer that I made for my husband's office Halloween shindig.

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Friday, October 26, 2018

Joe Fresh Beauty Pink Pearl and Pure Glow Highlighter Sticks

Joe Fresh Beauty is new to me and I could not pass up getting a few things when they were 75% off at Shoppers Drug Mart. I don't know if that means Joe Fresh is ceasing production on their beauty line or just no longer selling at Shoppers. I do know that these are still listed on the Joe Fresh website. Another thing I can say is that I hope they are keeping the line going, because heck if I haven't liked everything I've tried so far from my haul. It will be a shame if I cannot replace anything down the road! I think I may have to reach out to Joe Fresh for a (hopeful) definitive answer.

I hate using my fingers for any products. I'm pretty sure I've said that a few times on here! So I love anything that allows me to use brushes or comes in this type of crayon/stick form. It just makes application so easy. I recommend doing away with the top layer though, because it always seems to be harder than what is underneath. That holds true with these. Keep reading to see my swatches!

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Monday, October 22, 2018

Fallen for Fall Playlist

I love sharing playlists and what I'm listening to, because it also gives me the opportunity to ask what you're listening to. I genuinely want to know, because I find some of the best songs by recommendations of others. So feel free to share with me! I recently read a new study that suggests most people stop actively searching for new music by the age range of 30-33. That boggles my mind. Maybe it's because my world has revolved around music since I was born and it's tied with reading for my #1 escape. I listen to so many different genres and artists and to think about upcoming talent that I might miss? That is my idea of torture.

So what about you? Do your ears still search out new music and sounds? I hope my search never stops and I just keep ending up with more bops as the years tack on to my life. Here's a mix of 15 old and new songs pumping me up on these autumn days!

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  1.  Shallow - Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper
  2.  Head Above Water - Avril Lavigne
  3.  Sunflower (Movie Version) - Shannon Purser
  4. You Say - Lauren Daigle
  5.  Come On To Me - Paul McCartney
  6.  Electricity - Silk City and Dua Lipa
  7.  2002 - Anne-Marie
  8.  Woman Like Me - Little Mix and Nicki Minaj
  9.  1999 - Charli XCX and Troye Sivan
  10.  It's Too Late - Carole King
  11.  She Loves Control - Camila Cabello
  12.  I Did Something Bad - Taylor Swift
  13.  You Can Leave Your Hat On - Joe Cocker
  14.  Give Me One Reason - Tracy Chapman
  15.  Beautiful - Bazzi and Camila Cabello

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Sephora Birthday Gift 2018 : Bite Beauty Chai and Glace Lipsticks

Okay, so my birthday was in July and I'm just getting around to sharing the swatches of these three months later. I lost a bit of review time when my main camera's battery wasn't charging. Now, we're back in the swatching game! Of course, if you haven't celebrated your birthday yet, then I'm right on time.

Sephora's Beauty Insider program is free to sign up for and you get a free birthday gift every year. Honestly, last year's Tarte set is still one of my favorites and I use the Paaarty blush constantly. This year offers you a choice between a GLAMGLOW set, this Bite Beauty set, or if you`re top level VIB or Rouge, you can opt to get 250 points in your account instead. You can get these gifts without a purchase in store or you can add it to your cart during an online order (like I did).

I opted for the Bite Beauty lipstick set with Chai and Glace. I have a lot of skincare that I am trying to get through and I just can't say no to a lipstick, especially Bite Beauty as they are one of my fave brands. Both Chai and Glace are a part of Bite Beauty's permanent collection. The set also came with a mini sample of their Agave Lip Balm and Agave Sugar Lip Scrub that I have not included in the post below. Here are my swatches!

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