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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Jet Setting and Warmer Weather


Spring sprung weeks ago, but Toronto never got the memo. The mornings are still freezing and occasionally we'll have a nice day. Thankfully, I leave for Mexico in a couple of days so I'll be able to get some sunshine in my life. I've been stocking up on summer purchases, hoping that my optimism would somehow inspire mother nature to get on board. Regardless of what she decides, at least I know my purchases have not been in vain. I got the cutest bikini top at Victoria's Secret and a couple of pairs of high waist denim shorts at Garage. I'm not sure if Mexico is ready for me, but I am certainly ready for Mexico.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Weekend Wrap Up

 

I worked this weekend at the nursing home and as funny as those residents can be, it is not always fun waking up so early in the morning. Sometimes (most of the time), I would much rather just lay in bed all day. With that said, I sucked it up and went. Even though work took up most of my weekend, I still managed to squeeze in a little time to go shopping. I needed to get bridesmaid shoes for my sister's wedding in a couple of weeks. I actually leave for Mexico in a little over a week, so time was running out. My bridesmaid dress is red and originally she wanted us all to wear gold shoes. Well, personally I find those tacky and I was so happy when she no longer made that a requirement. I bought some red shoes! I'll show them in another post. I know you're probably thinking, "red on red? why?" ... well honestly, I bought them because I like the shoes and I can see myself wearing them again after the wedding. The dress is long anyway, so you'll hardly see it. Just call me "lady in red". Also, on my lunch break, I stopped by Bobette and Belle. It's this cute little bakery place and they sell really delicious cupcakes. I got a salted caramel cupcake and a cappuccino. Let me just say, I am not kidding at all when I tell you that this cupcake was divine. The icing was not to sweet at all! It was perfect!


Saturday, April 20, 2013

Women and Sports: because some of us are more worthy than you are


I'm writing this post, mostly because I feel that there are too many men today, giving themselves far more credit than they are due. Someone needs to restore the balance.

At first glance, I might appear like your typical "girly girl". Yes, I wear dresses and heels. I like makeup too and God forbid, sometimes I even curl my hair and paint my nails. I like to look presentable and I feel like everybody should. So if you saw me walking down the street today and somebody asked you to point out the athlete, I'm guessing I'm probably one of the last people you would point out. So let me just start by saying, you'd be wrong!

I am an athlete. I've been an athlete for as long as I can remember. I've played soccer competitively for over a decade, I ran track ... I even played all four years of soccer in college (ask the NCAA) and I still have the X Rays and MRI s from countless injuries to prove it. I have dedicated too much of my time, freedom and sanity to ever have that title taken away from me, just because I'm not a guy. I put in the time and the work ... so that's what it is.

With that said, you know what irritates me? When I hear guys complain about women that have an opinion on anything sports related. I hate when guys feel like the fact that they are guys, suddenly makes them more qualified to speak. A penis does not make you an athlete. Now personally, I never really comment on sports or games anyway ... but if one day I should decide to, I don't want to hear a peep out of anyone that isn't an athlete himself.

I personally do not care if you played peewee football as a child. I don't care if you ball with your boys on the weekend or how many hours you've dedicated to Madden or 2K13. Before you try to silence a woman, please please check yourself and make sure that you are more competitively qualified than she is. Please make sure that she hasn't accomplished more in her athletic life than you have. If you've never played a sport in your life, if you have no trophies or medals or anything to show for it and if your stats aren't available for viewing online ... then I'm sorry, but she might just be more worthy than you.

Photo Source: http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_luu9s0BkVK1qmf10yo1_500.jpg

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Simple Things

I feel as though lately, between work and travelling, I haven't really had a lot of time to myself. I rarely ever go to bed at a decent hour and these past few days, everything has caught up with me. I was exhausted while at work yesterday and the day before. Today is my day off and thank God for that. Days like these, it's just good to sit back and appreciate all the little things.


I thought I would use my free time to organize my bedroom and closet area. It was then that I realized, I was in dire need of more hangers. I went to Winners to buy some more and return a few items, when I stumbled across this phone case by Kate Spade. It`s the Garance Doré case and I fell in love with it! I just think it's so chic. I love her cases!


When I returned home, I was really craving tea. I actually bought this Japanese Porcelain tea set a couple of weeks ago on a whim, so it was perfect. This was my first time using it and I love it. It`s honestly the prettiest thing and it just made my little solo tea party that much more enjoyable. It was so nice to cuddle up and relax with a nice cup of rasberry tea. 

I also bought these flats from Zara this past week. I love them. I actually bought them because I was wearing heels earlier that day and my feet had not even fully recovered from the abuse they suffered while I was in Cali. So naturally, they were killing me and I just needed some flats to walk in. They were honestly a great buy though. I was receiving random compliments from strangers within 20 minutes of putting them on. They just look so classy and fun.

Oh right, in case you were wondering .. I actually did buy the hangers that I initially left my house for! I didn`t get COMPLETELY sidetracked.

Hope everyone is doing well!


Sunday, April 14, 2013

CHOCOLATE CHOCOLATE

I can't believe that I forgot to mention this. One of my favorite things about the west coast is See's Candies! Even though, I did see that they branched out to Louisiana the last time I was there, I haven't seen them everywhere. I love the 'Nuts and Chews' from there, so I always have to get a box when I can. Honestly, when I saw the little booth in LA, I couldn't resist. The woman probably thought I was crazy because my eyes lit up when she handed me the box.


Now, if you're not a chocolate person, then I obviously wouldn't recommend it. If you're like me and you can handle a little sugar ... check them out .. the almond squares are my favorite! They also have really good chocolate lollipops, that they usually let you try for free.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Malibu: A Weekend Trip

As you already know, I went to Malibu this past weekend and even though it was a short trip, I really enjoyed myself. The scenery was so beautiful and it was awesome just to get away from this bipolar Toronto weather for a little bit.



While there, I attended a dinner as well as an Admitted Student's event the next day. If you follow me on Instagram, then you've already seen my outfit for the dinner (not to mention that I made a post weeks ago about what I planned on wearing). For the daytime events, we were told to dress in business casual attire. If you're anything like me, then business attire can be difficult. I like to spice things up a little and I like color. This is what I ended up going with.




Outfit: Top; Forever 21, Pants; Forever 21, Belt; JC Penney, Shoes; Ardene, Watch; Michael Kors Ring; Topshop, Bag; Rebecca Minkoff

The main focus of this weekend, was for me to learn more about the school and ultimately make my law school decision. I'm happy to say that I've chosen Pepperdine and I'm both excited and extremely nervous to start in the fall. Now I just have to work out all the other details i.e. housing and shipping my car from Louisiana. Choosing a school was the most stressful part though .. I'm glad that the hard part is over. I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend.

Updates !

In case you were wondering, I have not gone MIA. I am currently in Malibu, it was a weekend trip and I am packing to return to Toronto right now. I will have an update post either tonight or tomorrow (depending on how my flights go). I had a lot of fun and met some really cool people and I'm excited to tell all of you guys about my short trip.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

My Guilty Obsession

Everyone has one and perhaps I have more than most other people. The most shameful of them all though, is my obsession with YouTube beauty videos. I could literally sit there and watch for hours .. it's ridiculous. I don't care though. So let me introduce you to my favorite YouTube beauty gurus.


SunKissAlba: She just has the most beautiful glowing skin all the time and I can't help but stare any time she does a makeup tutorial. Sometimes when I watch other YouTube videos, even though the makeup is amazing, for some reason the girls rub me the wrong way. I never feel that way when I watch her videos. She still seems so real and personable. She's definitely my go-to when it comes to actual makeup looks.

AnnieJaffrey: I prefer her haul videos the most. Every once in a while, she will have a makeup video that I will enjoy. Because we don't have the same complexion though, I mostly only watch her actual makeup tutorials for the eye makeup (which is always stunning) ... other than that .. I watch her strictly for her Zara hauls. She always finds the most amazing things and leaves me wondering where those items were when I was in the store. She has a really classy and modest style, which is where I get a lot of my 'workplace' inspiration from.

Tashaxgreen: Everyone on YouTube is always showing you their favorite hair products this month and doing hair tutorials etc. Honestly, a lot of the information is only helpful if the person has the same hair type as you. When I discovered this girl, I was so happy because I finally found someone who understood MY hair. She was sent from heaven clearly. Also, she is around my age but is very young in the face (another one of my daily struggles) .. She just reminds me a lot of myself .. minus the British accent.

DeziredBeauty: This girl is just hot. She's easy on the eyes and her videography is always on point. I love her hair, although it's nothing like mine. She mostly does style/fashion videos. Some of the time I am inspired by her style. Mostly though, I just love watching the art of her video. You can tell that a lot of time and effort goes into every piece, which I appreciate.

These are my four favorites. Like I said though, I'm on YouTube a lot ... so my favorites tend to rotate. By the time you're reading this, they may have already changed. In either case, leave a comment below and let me know who your favorites are!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Move Over Martha Stewart

I'm actually still laying in bed this morning, with no intention of getting up anytime soon. I had such a long and fun filled day yesterday, so I'm completely exhausted. After working at the Nursing Home in the morning, I rushed over to help set up for my sister's bridal shower, that afternoon. Our theme was 'Vintage Tea Party' .. and she loved it! Many of our preparations were homemade, so it was very time consuming. In the end, it was all worth it.



Our main table was decorated with basically, anything Vintage that we could find. We used an old miniature garden chair, some tattered books that we thrifted and tiered floral plates. There was also an old lace table cloth that fit the look perfectly. As far as food, since it was a tea party, there weren't many 'heavy foods' served. We served mini sandwiches, scones, macarons, tea biscucits, croissants with marmalade and muffins. Because we weren't serving any heavy food, we made sure to schedule the party for around 3pm, which is in between most people's meals anyway.


On the dessert table, we used pictures from the engagement shoot and had them in vintage frames. I thought this was the cutest idea. It also helped that the theme of their shoot fit right in with our theme anyways. It was a very floral, outdoorsy, simple shoot .. and it was absolutely perfect. For dessert, we had a huge cake as well as these beautifully decorated cake pops. All the dessert was actually prepared by a friend of my sister and every time I see her work, I am blown away. If you ever need cakes and you're in the Toronto area, check out Rosalina's Cakes. There were a few kids running around at the shower and I guarantee that this was their favorite part.




Next, meet the bride herself. She's the real star of the show and we were all just so happy that she seemed to enjoy herself. Good food, great company and presents! What's not to love? 


Outfit: Blazer; Talula at Aritzia Dress; Urban Planet Shoes; Ardene

Last, but certainly not least ... the planners. My other sister and I. Of course, we can't take all the credit. We had a lot of help from my mother and two other cousins. They were the 'do-ers'. I like to consider them the behind the scenes chefs. It was an amazing evening and I'm very blessed to have been a part of it. If you are interested in knowing more about the games that we played or any other part of the evening, feel free to ask me in a comment below!


Saturday, April 6, 2013

Last Minute Wedding Shower Plans

It's only 11PM, but I am exhausted and ready to get to bed. After being at work for most of the day, I ran some errands and came home to start doing some last minute wedding shower tasks. My sister is getting married next month in Mexico and tomorrow is the shower. Of course, my other sister and I would wait last minute to finalize all the important details.



I won't tell you "exactly" what the theme is, for fear that my sister will read this .. thus ruining the surprise. But you can tell that we're going for a very homey/homemade vibe. A lot of our decor is Pinterest inspired (thank God for Pinterest).


I'm just working on the 'gift bags' right now. I can post them because my sister is nosey and insisted on walking into the room as I worked on them. I really think they'll suit the look that we're going for and hope that everything goes well tomorrow. Planning can be so stressful. I have so much respect for anyone that does this stuff as a career.

Carol's Daughter

I love Carol's Daughter products. I realized a while ago that when it comes to hair, you can't really expect a product to work well, just because it did for someone else. You have to experiment and look around, until you find the brand that works for you. For me, this is it. Anything that I've tried from them just works. The shampoo and mask listed below, promise 98% less breakage after one use. Now, I have no way of measuring the percent of breakage as it just sounds way too complex. What I can say, is that my hair is always stronger and healthier when I'm using their products and there really is significantly less breakage.


My favorite line from Carol's Daughter is the MONOI line. It is designed to repair damaged hair and minimize breakage. My only issue with it, is that it is a bit on the pricey side when it comes to hair care. For instance, the hair mask retails at $29USD and the shampoo at $18USD. Not to mention, that there is an actual conditioner and hair serum that I also want to try. It can all get very expensive if you're not careful. I prefer to buy their products in the US because it is more readily available and a lot cheaper. The Sephora's in Canada don't even carry it for some odd reason. Anyways, I look forward to trying more products from them soon. I may include a review in a later post, on the products that I've already tried from them.


Simple, Real, Homemade Hot Chocolate

I was craving hot chocolate the other day, but I ran out of the Carnation packets that I normally use.  No worries ! I used real and simple ingredients that I already had at home, to make even better hot chocolate. It was so quick and easy and it tasted so much better than anything out of a packet.


Ingredients:
1 cup of Milk
1 Square of Baker's Semi Sweet Chocolate
2 Tablespoons of Sugar
1 Dash of Cinnammon
1 Teapsoon of Vanilla extract
Whipped Cream

Makes 1 Serving



1. Use a knife to cut up the chocolate square
2. After the entire sqare has been cut up, it should look like little shavings or fine pieces
3. Set the burner on low /medium  heat. Pour the milk in the sauce pan and combine with all other ingredients excluding the whipped cream   (save just a dash of the chocolate shavings for later)
4. After about 5 minutes, a thin layer of skin should have formed over the milk. It is now ready to be poured into your mug.



5. Top the hot chocolate with loads and loads of whipped cream.
6. Use the excess chocolate shavings to sprinkle over top



Thursday, April 4, 2013

Manhattan: Park Avenue, Central Park and Serendipity

It was raining on one of the nights we were there, but that didn't stop us from hitting the streets and getting lost in the city. This was actually one of the most fun parts of the trip for me and I feel like it was the crappy weather that made it such an adventure. So, on that note, thank you Mother Nature!



After exploring the city for a while, one of the girls decided that we should go to this restaurant, Serendipity. She said there was a frozen hot chocolate there that she was dying to try. Mind you, we had no idea where this place was. I'm not sure if this was the night that all of our phones had died, but for whatever reason .. we were completely hopeless. On our way to Serendipity though, we passed Central Park and saw the horses lined up for the carriage rides. We figured, why not? It was raining anyway. So we all hopped in.




After our lovely carriage ride, we continued on our trek to Serendipity. We were so lost that we asked these cops for directions and even they didn't know. They sent us somewhere completely different. So we spent at least 30 min trying to hail a cab which was impossible, because it was rainy so almost all of them were full. FINALLY, after walking and attempting to hail cabs .. we got one. So we get in and he starts to pull off and he asks where we're headed. Naturally, we tell him "Serendipity". His response, "Are you serious? That's where you were." So he basically drives us around in a huge circle back to where we hailed him from. It was ridiculous, but so funny.




Anyways, I would just like to stress the fact that, Serendipity, was definitely worth the trouble it took to find it. The portions were huge and the desserts were delicious. The frozen hot chocolate was good, and the regular hot chocolate was awesome as well. They are also the Guinness World Record holder for most expensive Sundae. We asked to see a picture of it .. and it's basically served in Crystal with gold all over it .. and some sort of fancy caviar. I don't even remember, there was so much going on in that Sundae. Would I pay 1000 dollars for a sundae? HELL NO. But it was pretty impressive.

Manhattan: SOHO Stroll

While in New York, we spent some time in SOHO. I got a bit of shopping done there and I also went to DASH for the first time. If I'm being quite honest, I wasn't impressed with DASH at all. The selection was very limited, over priced and the only article of clothing that I actually liked, didn't come in my size. In terms of sweets however, SOHO had a lot to offer. Between Dean and Deluca and random food trucks throughout the area, I was in sweet tooth heaven!

These Waffles from the Craffles food truck in SOHO were delicious. Like seriously, I would go back right now just for the waffles.




 Cupcakes from Crumbs Bakeshop in SOHO. Cookie dough, Cookies n Creme and Cotton Candy. Sooo  good.