Friday, February 27, 2015

InstaFriday

Almost the end of February! I know it is a short month, but man, it just zoomed on by. Next week, I have some fun posts planned including my February favorites, a giveaway, and a new featured blogger for March.  Until then, I thought I would share some pictures from my Instagram this month. As always, I'd love for us to follow each other on there. Find me under "wendybanner"!

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1. Heck yes, Patriots! I had my team spirit showing on Superbowl Sunday!
2. Jade's Monday face. She's not a fan. Meanwhile, she continues to be me in cat form.
3. I love making decisions when there is no wrong answer. #buongiornoamerica
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4. January favorites.
5. Avocado and tomato toast. Easy, simple, and delicious!
6. Snack time is happy time. I already miss you, Target.
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7. Rimmel Apocalips in Celestial. Swatches are coming.
8. Aveeno #freshessentials. A review and giveaway is coming up soon!
9. Valentine's Day style.
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10. My Valentine's Day gifts to my husband.
11. Apparently Indy really has a thing for tissue paper. He loved tearing it to shreds and basking in his success!
12. Last of the Valentine's Day treats.
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13. My first picture to hit over 100 likes. So awesome!
14. Winter style.
15. You might see a few of these in my next favorites post.
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16. If Mondays insist on happening, then I insist on making them pretty in pink.
17. Trying to behave after leaving me a "yellow spot" on the floor. I always see a heart when he sits like this!
18. Trying out some Odylique products. A review and giveaway is coming up!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Make Up For Ever Tease Me Passionate Lip Set

Some of my Valentine's Day gifts centered around Fifty Shades of Grey things. The soundtrack is one of the best I have heard in a long time, every track is worth listening to. It's so rare not to want to hit the skip button! And even if you don't want to watch the movie or read the book, these are all worth a try. Of course, MUFE and OPI rarely fall beneath expectations.

Keep reading to see my swatches of the Make Up For Ever Tease Me Lip Set in Passionate.

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Monday, February 23, 2015

2015 Academy Awards: Best Dressed

I can't wait to fast forward to all of the highlights I am interested in like Lady Gaga performing songs from one of my favorite movies, Meryl Streep being fabulous as always, and Adele Dazeem getting back at Glom Gazingo for butchering her name. I'm back to routinely share my favorite dresses and eye candy. And as a bonus, one of my favorite red carpet moments!

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  • Rosamund Pike in Givenchy - I don't usually like her choices, but this fits and suits her perfectly.
  • Jennifer Aniston in Versace - I love that she's stepping out of her comfort zone a bit more.
  • Anna Faris in Zuhair Murad - The right amount of sparkles and the belt is finally done right!
  • Dakota Johnson in Saint Laurent - Red hot! And the makeup is perfection.
  • Anna Kendrick in Thakoon - That embellished choker collar is to die for. This dress is just peachy!
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  • Ansel Elgort in a black and blue Prada tux - I love black and blue together.
  • David Oyelowo in maroon Dolce and Gabbana - An unexpected pop of color done successfully.
  • Chris Pratt in a classic Tom Ford tux - Because classic never goes out of style. And because Chris Pratt, that's why.
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This picture is everything! Emma Stone and Jennifer Aniston bear-hugging on the red carpet is exactly what I wanted and did not even know it. How can I get in on this friendship?!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Blithe Spirit ft. Angela Lansbury

My main Valentine's Day gift this year was tickets to see Blithe Spirit. I have been drooling at the mouth for tickets to see this play since I first heard it was coming to Toronto. Angela Lansbury is one of my favorite actresses, which I believe I have mentioned here before. And to hear she was going to grace the stage in my city? The stuff dreams are made of! I felt privileged just to be in the same room with her. Best Valentine's Day gift ever!

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Angela stars as Madame Arcati and Charles Edwards stars as Charles Condomine. I don't watch Downton Abbey (though I should try it), but you might know Charles as Michael Gregson. The other stars include Sandra Shipley, Simon Jones (actor, not the cricket player), Jemima Rooper, and Charlotte Parry. This play is written with fast wit and conversation, which is the humor that I am most attracted to. And while it has been hinted that Coward did not much like Oscar Wilde, this play in particular reminds me very much of Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest. That's not a bad thing at all, in my opinion.

I would be crazy if I did not say that Angela stole the show, but the actors around her did not crumble under her spotlight. They each held their own and did an amazing job. In another reminding, the maid Edith makes me think of Manuel from Fawlty Towers! Susan Louise O'Connor did a great job of portraying her. I would say that she and Angela were the two to get the loudest laughs from me, though I would also say there were rarely moments that I wasn't laughing or chuckling.

At 89, I am certain that Angela Lansbury kicked her leg up higher than I can during her seance dance. She moves and owns the stage no differently than she always has. If you did not know her age, you sure would not be able to guess it. It was an absolute pleasure to see her perform and I only wish that it had not been -6F outside, so that I may have met her at the stage door. It was truly an experience that I will never forget.
Photo by Joan Marcus
A quick play synopsis can be found on Wikipedia. This is playing in Toronto at the Princess of Wales Theatre until March 15. From Toronto, it will move to Washington, DC before ending. And let's all hope that it will tour again, because it is a masterpiece!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Target Canada Haul and Thoughts

I have both a love and hate relationship with Target Canada. As many of you have probably heard, since it has been all over social media, Target Canada is closing up shop after just under three years here. I was beyond excited when they announced they were coming here and was among the first of its shoppers. All was well in my little Target-loving world.

Then, the news of closing came. Target Canada did a lot of things wrong, I'll admit that. For the life of me, I cannot understand why they did not open a few stores in the bigger cities and test the market first. Instead, they came in full throttle and opened 133 stores. They rushed to open the doors and did it too soon without being even fully stocked. That hurt them even more.

Now that is where the store went wrong. It is some of the shoppers that really have me shaking my head. They expected American prices, American goods, etc. They wanted it to be just like the States and it can be similar, but it would never be identical. You're not going to find many places that offer those prices here, you're just not. And to complain that you couldn't find cherry soda? I hear you, it's my jam too. But Target can't change the government laws just for you to get your cherry fix.

And then the shoppers who stopped caring about Target completely now wanted to take advantage of the liquidation sales. But those liquidation prices just weren't enough to their liking, so the whining set in again. Here's how liquidation works: starts slow and builds up. They are going to try to get as much money back on the products as they can before they get desperate and price lower. And honestly, I won't sit here and complain about a low discount. It's a discount on something I would have paid full price on, because I try to only buy what I want or need, not just something because it is on sale. I do take issue to Target Canada saying the discounts would be "insane", while probably true in the coming months, it was not true on the day the liquidation started.

Target Canada met my expectations. I was able to get my Archer Farms and Market Pantry food items, the One Spot dollar aisle (cutest stationery ever!), and makeup products like ELF and Sonia Kashuk. I did not have to always cross the border for these things and pay duties at customs. Total win! But I suppose all good things come to an end and it stinks. Just really stinks. Obviously, it's still a sore spot for me. But I will be making another trip or two in the coming months for my final goodbyes to my beloved.

Ok, wow, you made it through that essay to the haul (or you scrolled past it, that's fine too)! And hey, maybe you don't agree with me. That's okay! Opinions differ. I stocked up on plenty of food items and random non-exciting bits and bobs not shown. Here's a few of the things I bought!

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File folders, sticky notes, mini Moleskine notebooks, a monogram "b", pastel scissors, and Guardians of the Galaxy. I'm building my gallery wall up my stairs and the "b" was a perfect addition. Love it!
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The beauty part of the haul! Ouchless hair ties, Apocalips in Celestial, Essie's Turquoise and Caicos, Good to Go top coat, Grow Faster base coat, Kate Moss lipstick, Revlon ColorStay concealer, and two Que Bella masks. I'll be reviewing the two lip products and concealer with swatches soon. Essie's Good to Go is one of my favorite top coats. And I heard about the Que Bella masks from Emilie Clarke on YouTube, so I thought I'd try them! 30% off all of this was an added bonus!

Have any of my Canadian readers taken advantage of the liquidation yet? I'd love to hear what you bought! And for all of my fellow American readers, think of me as you shop in my glorious Target. Oh, how I'll miss it. Guess it is back to having to cross the border each time!

Friday, February 13, 2015

For My Valentine

I thought I would drop in quickly to share what I am giving to my husband tomorrow. He doesn't read my blog unless I link him to a post, so I think I'm safe to share. I'd love to know what you're giving out to your significant other or close friends. Always gives me ideas in the future!

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^ Heart-shaped brownies with sprinkles, because sprinkles makes everything better. Always.
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^ "Open when..." letters. I got this idea from Pinterest. I used some stationery from Target and themed the envelopes and letters. For example, there is one for him to open when he's worried, when he wants a date night, and when he needs a pick me up. My personal favorite one that I included is for when he feels naughty. That one is going to be fun, what can I say?! ;)

I've made these homemade peanut butter cups a few times and they always go over well, if you want something quick and easy to make last-minute. Happy Valentine's Day! I will be back to blogging on Tuesday, since Monday is a holiday here. I hope you all have a great weekend.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

My Valentine's Day Wishlist

Here's a few of the things that I would not mind receiving and maybe it will give you a few ideas, as well. I'm still trying to figure out what I am doing for my husband, but one of the gifts always involves food. No brainer. It's the way to a man's heart! If it ain't broke, don't go fixin' it.

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And of course, if you're single, treat yourself to something special. Never anything wrong with that! We all deserve it! I have always loved Valentine's Day. I enjoy celebrating love and the fact that I am surrounded by hearts and pink and red...well, that's just icing on the cake for me.

Monday, February 9, 2015

2015 Grammys : Best Dressed

Last night was the Grammy Awards and in true Wendy fashion, I recorded it. I am not sitting through 3.5 hours. Ain't nobody got time for that! By the time I have fast forwarded around the stuff that I am actually interested in, the show is only about an hour long. But I kept my eye on social media last night to keep track of the arrivals and only a few disappointed. Here are my top five that caught my eye in a good way!

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  • Gwen Stefani in Atelier Versace - Love the jumpsuit and the nude lip. Such a different look for her!
  • Beyonce in Proenza Schouler - Beyonce's barely there makeup let the dress have the attention.
  • Taylor Swift in Elie Saab - Elie Saab sure is becoming a favorite of mine. Love the ombre!
  • Jhen√© Aiko in Alberta Ferretti - I have no idea who she is, but the bodice of the dress is beautiful.
  • Nick Jonas in Versace - I love daring suits and this plaid suit and crisp white combo stands out and hits it on the nail.
Who got it right for you? Am I the only one who will only watch awards shows if I can record them?!

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