Tuesday, June 04, 2013
1. I've been working a ton! I've been getting lots of shifts at work which is good and bad, haha. Great for the pocket, not so much for the body and blog. I like my new job though. It's incredibly flexible which is perfect for when I get back into school AND it's generally a cool place to work. Plus, I'm doing what I'm best at which is Cashiering and Customer Service. There's also some amazing opportunities to move up!
2. Dating, or trying to anyway. Always interesting.
3. Busy, busy. There's just the most randomly urgent things that come up lately. As you know I'm trying to go back to school either in the Fall or Winter, so I have to get everything in order again for my transcripts and deciding what I actually want to take. So many things have changed, it's a little overwhelming at times.
4. Renovating my bike! That's my next project. I'm painting it, adding a basket, maybe even a bell, haha. I'll be sure to record it for you guys even if it's just a simple post on instagram or something.
5. Still working on my infamous garden. We built the bed, but it's in desperate need of some more soil. I did pre-plant a few things that look amazing. Hopefully, this weekend I'll be able to, but I'm working so I'm not sure yet. Stay tuned.
6. I'm contacting all the Parcel Swap participants today to make sure they're still interested in participating AND that they know all the rules. Exciting! I can't wait!
That's pretty much all I've been up to lately. There's a gym right beside my work place so I'm thinking that I may get a membership or something, so I can just hop in there every once in a while. I hope you all are doing well and thank you so much for understanding.
Sunday, May 26, 2013
So I mentioned in my last post that I am challenging you guys to challenge me a little by either making a request for the Rock It series, provide me with a link to an item that you want styled, or mentioning an item you already own, but would like some suggestions on how you can style it. Today’s post is for the lovely Chelsea of Life Unpublished that wanted some ideas on how to style a black lace dress for a wedding! So, that’s exactly what I did. I style a black lace dress (that’s actually a little cheaper than the one she linked me to) three similar, but different ways. I know she wanted flat shoes, but I thought wedges were a good comfortable alternative to high heels for her if she wanted to bump up her look. I love all three looks for different reasons. I love the black and gold chain belt, very classy, but my favourite has to be the turquoise wedges. That pop of colour is just fun and great for summer. I wasn’t able to get her dress of choice up on polyvore, so if anyone knows how to do that please let me know.
As always, I hope you all are having a stellar weekend. Let me know in the comments below which look is your favourite and if you guys have a piece that you have no idea how to style or even a trend that you want to try, but are not sure how, and I’ll do my best to show you how I would style it!
Thursday, May 23, 2013
I’ve been seeing a lot of lace detailing lately from home decor to apparel (even cellphone accessories) and feeling the inspiration bug nipping at me, I thought I would brainstorm at how I would style this lace skater dress. You must know by know how much I love skater dresses and the a-line anything, haha. I have to say I’m loving the affordability of these pieces as well. How annoying is it to see something really cute and amazing, only to find out it’ll cost your left arm and and a foot to pay for it? Those combat boots are calling my name. I’m coming for you baby! As soon as momma can, haha. Anyway, I tried something new for this set. I used one basic outfits and styled it two ways: Grungy and Girly. I must say I really love it, it’s so different!
Let me know in the comments which side you like! And I’d love you guys to challenge me! Leave a link to an article of clothing from any online store and I’ll show you how I would style it. Want an even bigger challenge?? Let me know a piece of clothing that you own that you have no clue what to wear with it and I’ll style it!
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Alright so don’t judge me, but I’ve been trying to think of a list of things that I want to do for this Project 24 I have going on this year and… it would seem that I can’t put a list together to save my life right now. Why? I want to do too many things, but they are like all over the place and they need to be blog worthy, no? Or what’s the point? Haha. But I need a jumping off point so, I here’s what I’ve come up with so far (as ‘Wifey’ by Next starts playing on my playlist. Means nothing):
- Travel to another province
- Take the train!
- Go camping!
- Go on a road trip
- Rebuild my wardrobe
- Learn to walk in heels
- Renovate my vintage bicycle
- Go rock climbing!
- Go rowing/canoeing/kayaking!
- Go horseback riding!
- Get my passport (stop procrastinating!)
- Get a stamp in my passport
- Save for a nice vacation
- Pay down debt
- Make new girlfriends!
- Actually try dating!
- Get driver’s license
- Make some jewellery!
- Try some DIY’s
- Make more YouTube videos
- Work towards getting my own apartment!
- Write more stories like before!
- Go to a concert
- Go on all the rides at an amusement park
- Set up an event for my cousins!
- Throw a community event for charity
- Be a leader at work
- Plant a vegetable garden and harvest from it
- Explore my city
- Try a day of gymnastics
- Explore the different hoods’ of Toronto
- Fall in love (might be a stretch)
- Give blood
- Get scholarships
- Get a car!
- Make eye contact more
- Read more
- Go on scavenger hunts!
- Have a workout routine
- Try going vegan till 6pm!
- Start juicing!
- Plan a trip/event for my siblings
- Open an online clothing/accessories/housewares/etc. store
- Go out more (damnit)
- Read a Cosmo magazine
- Own and wear a bikini (first time ever)
- Feel free
- Take opportunities
- Try to stop overthinking things and, wait for it… go with the flow (-_-)
Phew! Long list. However, I shall tackle it to the best of my abilities. Stay tuned folks!
Do you have a bucket list of things you’d like to do this year? Any tips for me? Haha!
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Have you ever thought about the effect that blogging has and is having on our lives and the course of… like everything? It’s a thought that kind of randomly came to me one day (while watching YouTube nonetheless). I love YouTube, blogging, and social media. It has literally changed the way I live my life. So dramatic, haha, but if you think about it, it really has. I watch the YouTube videos of my favourite bloggers and vloggers literally everyday. It’s a part of my daily routine. I wake up, check my emails, then check YouTube. All before I’ve even gotten out of bed in most cases! I just find it amazing how much these things influence my life. If I’m looking to by something new, I search YouTube a good week straight looking for reviews on the product before I even officially decide to get it. Now, this may be just me, but I think a lot of people can relate to this.
Have you stopped to consider how YOU play a role in this too? That’s what really blew me away. When I consider that I, as a blogger, also have a role in the way people lead their lives it was like… a huge ‘Aha’ moment. How do I want to affect people? What effect do I want my blog to have on people? On the future of blogging? What do I want people to ultimately walk away it?
We all know social media is like the huge indestructible giant. Look at the Arab Springs crisis for crying out loud. That in and of itself is proof enough of the effect and affect of blogging on the world stage. Revolutions are now fought and won on the internet. Is that not insane to think about? Damn. The 80’s and 90’s kids are running things on social media, haha. Who would have thought? Big companies and governments (Exhibit A: China) are all using social media to try and influence this media generation (I have no idea what our generation is called, Generation Y? No idea) really has on the world and… it’s amazing.
I don’t know I thought I would share my thoughts on this with you guys and get a discussion going about it. That’s what this series is all about. Thinking about things and hashing out all of our opinions, arguing, making up, and going for a virtual ice cream afterwards. I know the majority of readers on this site are bloggers, so: As a blogger what effect do you want your blog to have on the way people lead their lives? At what point do you walk away from it? Is it something you’re conscious about?
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Monday, May 20, 2013
1+2// My beautiful grandmother and grandfather spent the day with us! 3-7// Me and my mom shopping for some flowers for our garden. That place was addicting, everything was gorgeous! 8// Slushie break! 9-11// Our mountain drive home. That’s my city! Pretty no? 12// Little beauty haul. 13// Wine! Me and my mom worked hard this weekend, so we treated ourselves… we didn’t like the wine though, so into our Bolognese it goes! 14// That’s our local uni in the distance… it’s huge! I didn’t realize, haha. 15// One of the waterfalls we found, but couldn’t get to (poorly dressed for the hike down there). 16// Booster Juice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Amazeballs.
Yep, that was my weekend. We also put my little garden together (the lumber was laying around in our backyard all cut and everything for, I want to say 2 weeks)! I started the seeds in egg cartons because the weather is unpredictable at the moment (freezing then hot), so I’ll just wait till it evens out, plus we need a few more bags of soil to fill the bed. I love it so far, I can just look out and watch over them. My mom and I are wanting to try out some wines, any suggestions? We like sweet wines, but not like candy, like juice with alcohol, haha. The one we got didn’t strike us very well, the taste was so flat. Anyway, if you have any suggestions on what we should try leave them in the comments for me!
Sharing is caring! How was your weekend? Did you do anything fun?
So, I’ve been meaning to write a review on this scrub for a little while now, but I wanted to make sure that I gave it ample time to do it’s thing. These face scrubs were kind of made popular by the brand’s best selling Apricot Scrub (in Canada *according to the bottle*). I’ve tried that scrub, and I liked, but I found that the exfoliants/beads/granules/thingy's were WAY too abrasive for my skin. I also didn’t like that the exfoliants/beads/granules/thingy’s felt so large. I felt like I could have panned out better if I had just rubbed sea salt on my face. Bad idea btw. Anyway, the reason I started using the Green Tea formulation was because of the Apricot Scrub. Like all of us, we try one thing of a certain brand and then decide to try another “just to see if it’ll work better”. Plus, with a price tag of a whopping $4.99, it wouldn’t really hurt.
My skin// I should also let you know what my skin and skincare history is like too, just so you have an idea of what I’m working with and if it could work for you. Now, I never really had acne growing up. I remember getting the odd pimples that come with puberty and growing up, but I can’t say that I have had acne. However, I did have this sort of heat rash thing (you’ll see in the pictures) that has always been on my forehead, and maybe it’s a form of acne, I have no idea, but it’s kind of always been there. If you were to rub your fingers over it, it would feel like the bumps were kind of crystalized at the tip and a little flaky sometimes. I do have pretty oily skin in my T-zone, enlarged pores, dry “cheeks” (the sides of my face, around my mouth, and the tip of my nose (weird)), black heads on my nose, semi-sensitive skin, and prone to minor blemishes every once in a while.
My Skincare// As far as skincare goes, I primarily have been using Vichy’s Acne Gel Cleanser which I genuinely love for getting rid of any pimples and blemishes that come up and keeping my skin clear. If I’m not using Vichy, I’m using just a plain old gentle gel or foaming cleanser and then finishing up with a plain oil-free gentle moisturizer like Cetaphil (I’ve changed to CeraVe and I love it). That’s it. Plain and routine, haha.
First Use// My initial reaction was “Oooh”, “Excitement! No obnoxious granules!”, and “Nice!”. The consistency was what got me, because like I said I couldn’t stand the granules of the Apricot Scrub.
My skin I loved that it felt more like sand and the overall texture was like a mousse. Devine. I noticed that my skin’s overall appearance way seemed like a little clearer, but maybe that was the soothing they mentioned on the bottle. *Used at the end of the day
Second Use// It looked like my skin was actually breaking out. The bumps on my forehead seemed a lot more pronounced, which freaked me out. I decided initially that I would use it on it’s own once a day at night, but after the second use I decided to use my Vichy Gel Cleanser in the mornings and the scrub at night. That solved everything, but since I did that I wasn’t sure if it was my Vichy doing all the leg work OR if it was the two working together.
Miscellaneous// I love the scent! It’s light and fresh and great for night time use because it’s soothing// You have to make sure to wash really well because the residue of the granules can be tricky to get them all off.
Conclusions// I really like this scrub as a part of my night time routine. I think that it has helped in the “grand scheme” of my skincare routine to remove the dirt, oil, and excess dead skin with my Vichy Gel Cleanser. However, in general it hasn’t really done anything for my skin issues. Don’t get me wrong it is leaps and bound above the Apricot Scrub, but overall I don’t think it’s done anything that my gel cleanser alone couldn’t have done on it’s own. I will keep using the remainder of it though, because I do like the consistency and the size of the granules, but the left behind granules after washing is less than appealing after a while.
Rating// 3.5 out of 5. Brownie points for the scent.
Recommend It?// I would actually. To anyone who’s tried the Apricot Scrub, I would definitely recommend to give this product a try. I would recommend it to people who have sensitive skin, oily skin, and acne prone folks (especially because of the Green Tea).
Alrighty, I hope you guys enjoyed the first of many posts in this new series! If you have any suggestions as to any new products that I should try, definitely leave them in the comments and I’ll be sure to check them out!
Sharing is caring! Have you tried St. Ive’s scrubs or masks and if so, what did you think of them? Do you have a favourite scrub that you absolutely love? *Be sure to mention your skin type!
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