Thursday, July 24, 2014

#tbt- My Birthday and Lady Gaga

My birthday was July 12th. I originally wanted to do something big, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized that I am just not that kind of person. Birthdays are not that major to me and I really don't like being the center of attention in big crowds. I got caught up in the idea that it was a big birthday and that I should go crazy, but that just isn't me. I still had a great time with my husband and family! Here's a little bit of the celebrations!

I got my tickets to Lady Gaga for Christmas and even better, the concert was just days before my birthday. So it kickstarted my birthday weekend! It was my third time seeing her and she never disappoints. Well, not when she hits the stage anyway. The only truly disappointing thing is that she never starts on time and you're stuck waiting ages for her to take the stage. Every. Single. Time. Once she's on, it's full throttle!

Lady Gaga ArtRave

Lady Gaga ArtRave

birthday gifts
I got some great gifts from family and friends. A pet store gift card to spend on Indy, an Old Navy gift card, and Tim Hortons because coffee might as well be my middle name. And my friend Daniel is absolutely amazing! He recently had his meet and greet with The Band Perry and he got me their new CD and autographs. Ahhhh, love it! And Kimberly Perry and I are birthday twins, so there is that awesome tidbit of information. ;) I also got a really nice portable music stand from my MIL. I left mine back home years ago and had to prop my music sheets up to practice. Now I don't have to!
But my best gift was someone that I have already introduced you to, Indy. Friday will mark three weeks that we have had him and he's such a good dog. In this picture, he's on our balcony where he loves to people watch before we go on his walks!

We had a nice family dinner here where we ordered in Greek food and feasted on birthday cake. And that's how I toasted in my 30s! Low key, family oriented, good music, good food, and an amazing new addition to our family. If that is what my new decade is going to be about, then I have no complaints!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Get to know me a little better!

Sometimes I get personal, sometimes I don't. It always depends on the post and topic on how willing I am to share. I do try to be as open as possible while remaining at least a shred of privacy! But today I was thinking that it might be fun to share a few random things about myself. If you like these types of posts, I can always come back at a later time with another handful of randomness!

1. I'm ambidextrous. I write mainly with my left hand, but I can switch it up. I go back and forth between left and right during eating, sports, and everything else. I do think I'm better with my left hand and consider myself a leftie!

2. I just turned 30 and my little brother will be turning 9. Yep, I spent most of my life as an only child and now I have a sibling. My mom had me while she was young and I was a surprise. Years down the road and my little brother was a surprise. The best surprises though, right Mama? ;)

3. I am ridiculously sensitive. I can cry at the drop of a hat and take things too personally often. I'm the person who cannot watch the news because I will cry at every sad story.

4. I've had several nicknames, but my main one is Wendy the Pooh. I have had that one since birth and I believe my aunt Doris started it. I don't think I'll ever grow out of it!

5. A lot of people called me a suck-up during my school years because I was so close to my teachers, but honestly I was just trying to escape things from home. I was blessed with a lot of amazing teachers that not only taught me in the classroom, but out of it. My dearest friend and mentor was my French teacher, Mrs. Parsell. I had a few short years with her before she died suddenly, but she made a huge impact on my life and I think of her often!

6. My husband was my first everything. First kiss, first love, first everything. Some people doubted our relationship due to the age gap and long distance, but I moved up here and our relationship got stronger. It's when we realized that we should stop listening to outside forces that we really blossomed. Ten years later and going strong!

7. I am a YouTube addict! I keep wanting to start making regular videos, but you know what...I'm lazy. Yep, I said it. It takes a lot to film and edit!

8. I am the queen of one-liners and comebacks, a title I have held since high school. Probably from all of the years that people made fun of me. It's my coping mechanism, but I also say it is tit for tat. Don't dish it if you can't take it! Oh and mine are meant to be funny, not malicious. Hurting people for kicks should get you kicked.

So there we go- a few little facts about me! You know what I would love? For you to do a post like this, as well! If you do, link it in the comments so that I can read them. :)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

My Birthday Dress

I first heard about eShakti through my girl Jackie of Something About That. Shortly after that, I was actually contacted by them to try one of their clothing items. Always looking for companies that cater to plus-sized women, I did not hesitate to accept. Even better that my birthday was coming up at the time and I wanted something new to wear to celebrate!

Like I said, they stand out from the crowd because they cater to many different sizes. Bravo, eShakti! What else do I like? The pieces are completely customizable. You can do it to your exact measurements, you can change the arm and skirt length, the neckline, and add pockets. Pockets! Do I need to say more? You know I had you at that point, you can admit it.

The dress I chose is also available in skirt form and is still available- see them here. The stock changes often, so act fast if you see something you like. I changed the arm length, because cap sleeves look horrible on me. I did the below knee length and added pockets. This particular dress has no stretch, so I ordered a size up. I'm very happy that I did that! The fabric is thick and sturdy and holds up well. And I love the retro vibe it has going on!

I'm lucky to have been offered a chance to review this dress, as it seems they are only accepting US orders at this time due to Customs costs. I can understand that, but I was lucky enough not to experience it! Customer service was quick to respond to my emails and very kindly gave me a coupon code for all of you.

Enter "wendyfashes" and save 10% off of your next order until July 26, 2014!

Fashionable Heart | eShakti Chevron Dress
**This dress was provided to me by eShakti. All pictures and thoughts are my own. I am not being paid, nor are there affiliate links in this post.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Blog of the Month: July 2014

Last month, the lovely Cali from Cali Jae 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 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's featured blog is a little different. It's not beauty, fashion, but does fall a bit into the lines of lifestyle. This one is for my Canadian readers! Canadian Daily Deals is where I find a lot of contests and current available freebies online. They cover all kinds of topics. I have received so many freebies in the mail because of this blog alerting me to them. You would be shocked by what you can find available online!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Meet Indy!

Well, we went to the Toronto Humane Society's Mega Adoption Event on Friday morning. We were among the first in line to get in. There was a long line of volunteers clapping at all of us as we entered and I made a beeline straight to the back for the dogs. I saw two dogs that I liked, but I didn't fall in love. So we sat to the side and I got up every time I saw a new batch of dogs come in from local animal service divisions. Around 12pm, a group came in from Fort Erie, ON.

I happened to be standing right at the cages they were going in and then I saw him. I saw the dog for me. We were the first to ask for his information and the adoption form. There were two other families behind us who also wanted him. I really hope they found another dog to love and take home that day. He's absolutely been worth the wait!

So meet my little Indy! Because Friday was Independence Day and I am American, that is how he got Indy for his name. If you ask my husband, it's because of one of his favorite movie heroes, Professor Indiana Jones! And that last one might be more accurate, since we have a little explorer on our hands! Both of these pictures were taken with my phone, just because I don't want to scare him with my big camera yet.

He's a bit jumpy and getting used to his new surroundings. He has a bit of anxiety when I leave the room, but I'm working with him to conquer it. I've never had an older rescue dog, so I'm going at a slow pace. They believe he is a 3-4 years old mixed Border Terrier and they got him after he had been roaming the streets for four days. Poor thing! He is house-trained and knows to sit to have the leash put on, which is a huge plus!

Jade (my cat) hasn't hissed at him, but she's in the hiding stage right now. She's slept with him in the same room, so that's progress. I think she might be a hide and seek champion, because I can't find her at all today. Indy has been really good with her, people, and other animals. He only whines or barks a bit when I leave him. Have you had a dog do this? I'd love some tips to help him realize that when I leave that I am coming back. I've been going out for a bit, hanging outside the door, and waiting on him to stop whining or barking before I come back in, just to build up the trust.

I prayed that I would find the perfect dog for us and I am pretty sure we did!

Fashionable Heart | Meet Indy

Fashionable Heart | Meet Indy
But good grief, look at that face! I'm a complete goner. And I wouldn't have it any other way.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

June 2014 Favorites

It's July- my birthday month! My birthday is next weekend and I'm really excited. I am supposed to be getting my main gift tomorrow. We are going to a pet adoption drive in Toronto and I will hopefully be coming home with a dog that is perfect for me! I grew up with dogs and tied with polar bears, they are my favorite animal. I have missed having one for almost ten years, but we've finally moved into a place that allows them. My heart is aflutter!

Here are my beauty favorites from last month:

Fashionable Heart | June 2014 Favorites
Naked Basics - There's nothing basic (I'm so punny) about this palette. It's pretty darn great. Swatches are here.
Essie Peach Daiquiri - Does that not scream summer?
Origins VitaZing - Praise to products that offer sun protection!
NARS Laguna - Pretty much a universal bronzer. Swatch is here.
NARS Orgasm - I love reaching for this in the summer. Perfect glowy cheeks! Swatch is here.

Don't forget to enter my Firmoo voucher giveaway!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Sponsored Firmoo Giveaway (CLOSED)

Exciting news for you guys today! Did you read my review of my Firmoo sunglasses? Well now, this might make it easier for you to make the leap and grab your own pair! I'm giving away five $25 Firmoo gift vouchers. Just keep reading to find out more!

Firmoo accessories
^what comes with each pair you order

Now yes, there are some things you need to know.

1. You need to be within Firmoo's delivery range.

2. The voucher can only be used on glasses on this page. However, you can personalize each pair to your non-prescription/prescription needs and make any of the pairs into sunglasses by adding a tint to the lenses. There is a handy tool on the left side of the page where you can put in your photo and virtually try on the glasses.

3. The first option is mandatory, all of the others are bonus entries.

4. The giveway is open for seven days. Good luck! :) I will let the five winners know by email when they have won and send the voucher code!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

**This is a sponsored giveaway by Firmoo. All pictures and thoughts are my own.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

My Firmoo Sunglasses

Firmoo reached out to me and asked if I would like to try a pair of their glasses or sunglasses. Impeccable timing! With summer here, I really needed to finally get a pair of sunglasses in my prescription. My eyesight isn't that bad, but I have difficulty seeing road signs clearly when in the car. Since I am the navigator on all of our road trips, this can be a major problem! Even on sunny days (which make for the best road trips!), I was having to wear my regular glasses to see the signs while squinting in the brightness. But not anymore, because Firmoo came to my rescue!

Fashionable Heart | Firmoo Sunglasses
If it is your first time ordering from them, there is a 50% off code on their home page. They also run a "first pair free" special every now and then, so you can look out for that. You do have the option to make a pair non prescription, as well. For my US-based readers, there is a deal right now for Independence Day where you can get two pairs for $49.
Fashionable Heart | Firmoo Sunglasses

Fashionable Heart | Firmoo Sunglasses

Fashionable Heart | Firmoo Sunglasses
The pair I got can be found here. Each pair comes with a hard case, soft case, a double-sided screwdriver keychain, and cleaning cloth. For my sunglasses, I chose the dark tint. I love them. Me and these babies are going steady. We're tight like bread and butter. You'll be seeing these in my future selfies and OOTDs on Instagram, I guarantee it.

**I did receive this product from the company. All pictures and thoughts are my own and there are no affiliate links in this post.

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