50 shades of maroon.

50 shades of maroon.

I always find it funny when I get really zoned in on a color. I have this weird magnetism to certain colors when I shop. I feel like I can just sense them in the store, and I find exactly what I want. Considering spring and summer will be rounding the corner you would think that I would be falling into the pastel scene, but alas, my heart went maroon. I really like the idea of using maroon as a basic color. Rather than the old black, grey or brown, I want to incorporate maroon as my base layer. Not only do I love the color, I think it really suits my pale complexion. Above is my latest maroon haul!

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Liquid perfection

One of my friends invited me to the coveted MAC sample sale. It was like a dream come true. Imagine being in a wear house filled with makeup. K, it sounds way less cool than it was, but, I assure you it was wonderful! The sale had a few other brands, such as, Estee Lauder, Bobbi Brown, Clinique, and a few others,ย  but I was mainly focused on the MAC products. I picked myself up some gorgeous cream shadows, a regular shadow palette, MAC black track, and a primer for my eye shadows.

Trophy (brownish bronze) Good Fortune (Pinkish) Gold (Impeccably Rich) the shadow (Invinvible Light)

Trophy (brownish bronze) Good Fortune (Pinkish) Gold (Impeccably Rich) the eye shadow (Invincible Light)

I have played around with the cream shadows a bit so far, and I am loving the way it comes out. The color is rich, sparkly and blends so well into other shadows. As another plus, you can add glitter onto the cream shadows because they have a bit of a sticky consistency. I haven’t seen these cream shadows in store, but I think they are the equivalent of the paint pots. I would highly recommend picking up some paint pots to experiment with.

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Playing around with Trophy

Not to drag this out, but I would also suggest picking up black track. It is fantastic, goes right over your shadows and stands out. I think it would be especially good for falsie users. It has a thicker consistency, so it will cover up the tracks of a false lash.

Coffee snob

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Have you ever heard the quote “coffee is my blood type?” Well, that should have been written in my honor. I literally fall asleep with dreams of coffee filling my head. I get excited to wake up and enjoy my morning brew. Is this excessive? Yes. Do I care? No. I embrace my love of coffee, its just a part of who I am! I grew up with french press as the only vehicle for coffee creation. This was both a blessing and a curse. It set my standards for coffee incredibly high. Nothing in the world compares to the taste of a rich coffee created from a french press.

For those who have never used the french press, I beg you, get one. You ground your beans to a moderate coarseness, and then fill it with freshly boiled water. Then, let the magic happen. Simply sit back and let them marinate until it is ready to be pressed. I usually give my french press coffee about 3-5 minutes to stew. You will always end up with a beautiful, rich cup of coffee. The flavour cannot be compared to anything else out there. I personally love the bodum french presses. The brand is a little pricey, but it won’t break on you, and the filter stays tight when you are pushing down the grinds. I don’t even like to buy coffee from coffee stores because I find they almost never compare to my home brewed coffee.

You can get a french press in any size, so there is no excuses for why you shouldn’t own one. I personally love the 17 oz size. It makes one big cup of coffee, and then another half cup. I am rarely satisfied after just one cup ๐Ÿ˜‰

For serious though, you cannot truly appreciate coffee until you start using a french press. Do it.

Healthy muffins? Yes please

I am addicted to baked goods. There, I said it. I am willing to come clean about my addiction. I just can’t help but get sucked into a freshly baked treat. When they come out warm, and fresh, and the aromas just fill up the kitchen. Just heaven. The down side to baked goods is that they tend to be on the more unhealthy spectrum of food. Well, have I got the cure for you! I found a website with a recipe for healthy banana muffins. Now, I can have my cake and eat it too! Or I guess I should say my muffin.

Regardless, take a look at the recipe. You can play around with the mixture a bit. Add some flax seed, or try using some different types of flours. Personally, I cut down the oil in the recipe by adding 1/3 of a cup of apple sauce. In lieu of using 2/3 of a cup of oil. I will say, the muffins come out a bit dense, but that does not detract me from making them. They still satisfy the craving of having a tasty baked good. Today, I pumped the muffins full of fresh blueberries, but I have also tried strawberries and chocolate chip (if you need an extra treat ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) all of them have been delicious! Here are some pictures of my baking process.ย  P.S, eat these bad boys while they are hot, they taste extra good that way!

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Prime time

Prime time

My best friend knows that I am a huge lipstick junkie. I’m not sure why I never owned this product, but she recommended picking up a lip primer. I have to say, it has made a huge difference with a few of my lipsticks. MAC makes a lipstick line called cremesheens, and in my opinion, they come out chunky on your lips. When I say chunky, I mean that the product slips into the cracks in your lips, leaving a separated, unattractive look. The primer is super soft, with a kind of vanilla smell, and it really smooths out your lips. When you put it on first, it stops lip products from blending into the cracks of your lips. Additionally, it keeps the product on longer, and keeps the color in tact. It will save you money in the long run, because you won’t need to apply as often as you would without using it. Go check it out! It will be money well spent!

Breath it in

Breath it in

During one of our transitions in yoga today, the instructor said, “hands to the earth, palms to the heavens, and hearts to the sky.” She was encouraging us to connect mind, body and soul with our practice. Im not an overly spiritual person, but these words really resonated with me. Sometimes, I walk around with my head in the clouds. I obsess over useless things, and lead my heart with negative emotions. I want to bring myself back down. Open myself up to criticism, and try and change my faults. When I feel down, I really drown in it. Im hoping that I can open myself up to fixing this type of attitude. I am in control of my energy. If I feel like mine is down and depressive, I need to lean on those around me who are positive and uplifting. There is nothing wrong with feeding off of each others energy. I don’t want to drown anymore. It is time to learn how to swim.

Oh so sensitive

Oh so sensitive

I have been unfortunately graced with extremeeelllyyy sensitive skin. I burn quick, bruise easy, and react negatively to most skin products. For someone like me, the queen bee of sensitivity, I need to be really cautious about what goes on my face. I have found lots of makeup products that work great for my face, but taking it off is a different story. I used to grab whatever makeup remover would be lying around my house; until I realized that certain products would leave my face feeling sore, red and puffy.

To cater to my sensitive skin, I decided that I should invest in something higher quality to reduce inflammation and irritation. La Roche-Posay has a great range of products that I think are fantastic for, as they term it, “reactive skin”. This makeup remover leaves my face feeling soft, and clean of residue. It is a gel formula, so it really works its way into your makeup. I would highly recommend picking this product up if you have reactive skin. It is worth the money for someone with sensitive skin!

BBQ blues

I am a huge foodie. Lately, I have been venturing into the BBQ scene. My boyfriend and I went to Stack, a popular BBQ joint in the city (Toronto). I have to say, I wasn’t super enthralled with it. Here is a breakdown of the experience.

Stack

Ordered:

Appy: grilled calamari and mac and cheese

Entree: Pulled pork and brisket sandwiches. Side of slaw

Drinks: One local brewed beer

Price: 70 dollars with tax and tip

Atmosphere:

  • laid back, informal vibe
  • I believe all the tables are booths, but I didn’t see the upstairs
  • not too squishy like some downtown restaurants

Meals:

  • pulled pork. Not very tender, too chunky, and found a HUGE piece of inedible grizzle in my sandwich (nasty)
  • brisket. Tender, a little fatty, not overly impressive
  • Slaw. Nice and vinegary, not a creamy slaw. Pretty enjoyable ๐Ÿ™‚

Service:

  • took way too long to be acknowledged by a server
  • brought my meal with sauce I requested to have left off
  • brought quick drink refills
  • friendly and not too in your face

Overall:

  • 6/10. I wouldn’t go back there. I thought my pulled pork was pretty poorly made. Plus, for 35 dollars a person, I can find a way higher quality meal

So, I am back on the BBQ hunt. I might just give up and turn my efforts towards some of my own BBQ. The BBQ season is quickly approaching, I am looking forward to being reunited with my grill ๐Ÿ™‚

โ€œWhat seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguiseโ€ – Oscar Wilde

I recently took a blow to my ego when I didn’t get into the grad program I applied for. At first, I was really crushed. I spoke with some friends who all supported me through the situation, but I realized that I needed to make a mentality switch. When things don’t go the way we plan, I think we lean on the assumption that something better is waiting for us. While I hope this is true, I know I need to be proactively changing my situation to ensure a better future awaits. If we wait for things to come to us, they may not be that what we wish for. I cannot accept defeat, I need to challenge myself to be better. Ego is such a strong part of our psyche, probably the most fragile part of our minds. I need to accept my failure, and separate my failure from myself. When we connect our failures to our own self worth, we lose sight of what really happened. I wasn’t the candidate they wanted, it wasn’t my personality, or my intelligence, I just didn’t fit the mold. Somewhere out there is my mold, I just need to find it and slip in.