Tuesday, 13 February 2018

6 Years of Blogging

Hi lovelies! Today is my blog's 6th blogiversary, and ya'll know I had to make a cake to celebrate!

I can't believe a year has already gone by since my 5th blogiversary. I haven't blogged as much this past year as previously. I have a lot less free time since becoming a homeowner, plus I have to split the free time I do have with my other hobbies. However, even if I've posted less often, I still really love my little blog and I want to keep it going. Stay tuned for a nail polish review coming up soon, and more outfits of the day once spring rolls around!

In other news, if you follow my other social media, you might have noticed that I haven't posted anything on YouTube since December. I'm just not feeling it anymore. I might make new videos in the future, but for now I'm taking a break.

Thank you to each and every person who takes the time to ready my blog! It's so thrilling interacting with you :)

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Rimmel London Wonder'fully Real Mascara with Keratin

Hello lovelies! How is everyone? This is only my second post of 2018... I feel like time is flying by and I don't know where January went! I can't say I'm upset though, I mean January is a pretty blah month. I recently tried a new mascara and I really love it, so here is a review for ya'll. 

I was browsing the drugstore for a new mascara a few weeks ago, and the pretty pink tube of the Rimmel London Wonder'fully Real Mascara with Keratin caught my eye. I've always been a big fan of Rimmel London mascaras. This one claims to give you "fuller, longer, luscious lashes". What's not to love about that? The keratin is supposed to give your lashes lusciousness and really build them up (keratin is the main structural part of hair, so you're basically adding hair to your lashes!). This mascara has a plastic brush which I prefer to bristle brushes. The formula is super creamy and builds my lashes effortlessly. The only downside to this mascara is that if I'm not careful, it's easy to accidentally get too much product on  my lashes which causes them to look clumped together. The trick is to be super gentle with the application. This mascara lives up to all its claims, especially the lengthening factor, and I would definitely buy it again!

Thanks for reading! Hope you all have a great week! xo

Monday, 1 January 2018

OOTD: Paradise is a State of Mind

Hi friends! How is everyone doing? I hope you all had lovely holidays. Happy New Year 2018! Now that the holidays are over, the long, cold winter is upon us. This is a dreaded time for many. I usually start feeling the winter blues in late February, but this year I've already started feeling them since mid December. Summer was very rainy and cool this year, so it feels like winter came quickly. Are any of you in the same winter blues boat? There are two choices we can take: we can let the winter blues set in, and be down for the next four months, or, we can choose to be happy regardless of the season. It may be dreary outside, but I'm not going to let that kill my vibe. After all, summer will be back before we know it. I'm choosing to be happy on purpose! I've been listening to a lot of mindfulness teachers on YouTube over the past few months, and I feel like they've really helped transform my thoughts. Here is a quote I really love from Michael A. Singer:
I'm choosing to be happy regardless the weather, and regardless of my circumstances. Paradise really is a state of mind.
Dress: H&M
Cami: H&M
Leggings: Garage
Shoes: Truffle
Earrings: H&M
Belt: Forever 21

Here's to a fabulous 2018! Choose to be happy! :)

Saturday, 16 December 2017

Book Review: Twelve Days of Christmas by Debbie Macomber

Hi friends! I haven't done a book review in ages, and to be honest, it's because I haven't been reading a lot of books. I spend a lot of time on social media or watching Netflix, but very little time reading. I do miss it, and while I was browsing Indigo sometime this fall I came across Twelve Days of Christmas by Debbie Macomber. After reading the back cover, I decided to pick it up and save it for December. I had never read a novel by Debbie Macomber before, and the cashier at Indigo told me she is a very popular author so I was quite excited.
Twelve Days of Christmas is such a fun, light, romantic read and it helped put me in the Christmas spirit. The main character, Julia, decides to start a kindness experiment to see what effect it will have on her super grouchy neighbour, Cain. It's a romance novel, so you guessed it, Julia and Cain slowly fall in love. Julia blogs about her kindness experiment, and she is faced with the difficult decision of whether or not she should tell Cain about her blog, which has become wildly successful. What I liked about this novel is that it's written in the third person, so you can see what both Julia and Cain are thinking. The kindness experiment is what helps put the reader in the Christmas spirit: kindness is something everyone can give, no matter how rich or poor. Showing kindness to a grouchy person just might make a difference in that person's outlook. When people are rude to others for no reason, being rude back will only worsen things (even if it can be tempting). Being extra nice on purpose can go a long way.

What books have you been reading lately? Thanks for stopping by! xo

Friday, 1 December 2017

Warby Parker: Winter Core Collection

Hi friends! As a glasses lover, I am pleased to help announce Warby parker's new Winter Core Collection. Warby Parker offers free shipping and free returns on prescription glasses, at very competitive prices. Their new gem inspired Winter Core Collection is super stylish. The eye catching designs are sure to brighten up gloomy winter days. Warby Parker also has great gift ideas, including a super chic foldable geometric case! Here are some pictures of my favorite items:

Eugene small eyeglasses in Rosewood Tortoise

Eugene small eyeglasses in Rose Crystal
Foldable geometric case in Primrose

You can check out Warby Parker's Winter Core here. Let me know what you think! 

Thanks for stopping by! xo

Sunday, 26 November 2017

November: What I've Been Up To

Hi friends! I've been gone for almost a month! I used to do "What I've Been Up To" posts a while back and I miss them, so I figured it would be great to do one since I've been MIA. November was a really fun month and totally flew by. Here are some photos of what's been going on in my life and keeping me away from my blog recently.
One thing super dorky thing that's been occupying a lot of my time is Hey Arnold. I loved the show as a kid, and watched a few episodes on YouTube from time to time throughout the years. At the end of October, I found out about Hey Arnold: The Jungle Movie and got completely swept up in all the hype. The Hey Arnold fan community is huuuuge, and it's been so amazing interacting with everyone on Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr. Hey Arnold: The Jungle Movie premiered on November 24, and I felt a roller-coaster of emotions watching it. I can't even explain how cool it was for a show I enjoyed as a kid to be back! My original OTP has finally become real! If you are a Hey Arnold fan, definitely check out the movie. There is lots of buzz about a potential season 6, and I'm keeping my fingers crossed. I bought my Hey Arnold t-shirt from Teepublic in case you are wondering.
 Two of my best friends celebrate their birthdays in November, so I made them both a cake.

I've already decorated my whole house for Christmas. Last year I felt a teeny bit rushed since I had just moved in November, so this year I wanted to go all out and start early! My Peanuts shower curtain and the cushion covers are from Wish, and the bath mat is from Amazon.

December is almost here. I'm looking forward to watching tons of holiday movies. Hope you all are having a great month. Thanks for stopping by! xo

Saturday, 28 October 2017

DIY Starbucks Drink Halloween Costume

Happy Halloween to all my basic girls! I'm so excited to share my DIY Starbucks drink costume with you! I have been slowly planning this costume since last year, when I stumbled on the idea while browsing Pinterest. I had so much fun putting it together.
Supplies needed:
-Beige t-shirt dress (I got mine on Amazon)
-Green and white fabric (I bought the cheapest tank tops I could find at a thrift store and cut them up)
-Fabric glue (I used Fabric Fusion, I found it at Walmart)
-Scotch tape
-Glue gun
-White shimmery ribbon (I got this at Dollarama)
-Fabric Markers (you can find these at craft stores)
-Silver glitter nail polish (optional)
-Black leggings to wear with the dress
Using a large bowl, trace a circle with the chalk for the Starbucks logo on the green fabric (1). Cut out your circle and tape it to your work area so it stays in place while you draw. Place your white fabric over the green circle and draw the Starbucks siren (2). Draw the siren's face on a small piece of green fabric. I drew the siren freehand and made her simpler than the original version. You can also print a Starbucks logo and trace over it. Cut all the pieces of the siren out, and glue them to the green circle using fabric glue (3). I placed a tea towel on my table before doing this, since the fabric I used was thin and I didn't want to get glue on my table. Next, glue the Starbucks logo to your dress. Once you give it time to dry, flip your dress over and draw the drink customisation boxes using a fabric marker (4).

To make the "foam" or "whipped cream", I used shimmery white ribbon and glued it to the dress with a glue gun. I simply cut many small pieces and folded them into loops, them glued the loops to the dress. I used a glue gun for this instead of the fabric glue, since the ribbon I used was a thin mesh and the fabric glue wasn't holding well. It's not very clear in the picture, but there were blobs of glue showing through the ribbon, so I used silver glitter nail polish to cover them up. You can't go wrong with glitter, right? 

I can't wait to wear this dress to work on Halloween day! Are you dressing up for Halloween? Let me know what your costume is!