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

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!

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Vegan Pumpkin Ice Cream

Hello lovelies! Ice cream may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about fall, but I'm an ice cream addict and I love indulging all year long. The idea for pumpkin ice cream came to me when my mom, who is trying to cut back on dairy, made herself vegan turmeric ice cream using coconut milk and coconut yogurt. I decided to alternate the recipe and make pumpkin ice cream, and it turned out very yummy! The texture is different from traditional ice cream, it's icier. I used a blender to make this, but if you use an ice cream churner, the consistency would definitely be lighter. Either way, the flavor was perfectly autumn. I added some food coloring to make my ice cream orange (otherwise it was white with only a tiny hint of pale orange). If you want to keep it more natural, skip the food coloring.
Vegan Pumpkin Ice Cream

-1 14 oz can of coconut milk
-3/4 cup coconut yogurt
-1/4 cup maple syrup
-3/4 cup pumpkin puree
-2 tsp pumpkin spice
-red and yellow food coloring (optional)

Add everything into a blender and blend away! Pour the mixture into a tray lined with parchment paper. Freeze for at least 5 hours before serving. If desired, garnish with more pumpkin spice and pumpkin candies. Enjoy!

Happy #pumpkinspiceeverything season!

Sunday, 15 October 2017

OOTD: Oversized Mustard Cardigan

Hello friends! How was your weekend? It was pretty cloudy this Saturday, and it's been raining on and off all day today. To be honest, I don't mind cloudy or rainy days in the fall, since they make me feel more cosy. I get that comfort food, warm pyjamas, fuzzy slippers feeling, ya know? Since I knew this weekend wouldn't be ideal for taking blog pictures, my boyfriend helped me quickly take these pictures Thursday evening before the sun set. I got the oversized cardigan from Forever 21 on sale a while back, and I had been saving it for when the leaves changed colors.
Outfit details:
Cardigan: Forever 21
Tank top: Denver Hayes
Jeans: H&M
Belt: Forever 21
Sneakers: Converse

Thanks for stopping by! xo

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Fall OOTD: Grey Mini Dress and Mauve Leggings

Hello friends! I hope you are all enjoying autumn so far! We had a little heat wave in my area earlier this week, but the weather turned very fall-like this weekend. I went for a long nature walk with Simon yesterday. I was able to wear a mini dress I got on clearance from Forever 21 this summer which I had been saving for cooler days. The dress is suuuuper short on me, so I really had no choice to pair it with leggings. If you're a shorter girl, you may be able to wear it with nylons for a risqué look.

Mini Dress: Forever 21 
Leggings: Garage
Boots: Urban Planet

Wishing you all a great week! Thanks for stopping by! xo

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Pumpkin Spice Marshmallow Treats

Hello friends! What better way to celebrate fall than by making delicious fall-themed treats? These pumpkin spice marshmallow treats were so easy to make, and I find the addition of the candy corn makes them so adorable. I followed the classic marshmallow treat recipe and simply threw in some pumpkin spice and food coloring. The pumpkin flavor is just right, not too overwhelming. These treats would also be great for a Halloween party.

To make these yummy treats, you will need:
-1/4 cup margarine
-5 cups of crispy rice cereal
-4 cups of marshmallows
-1/2 tsp pumpkin spice
-red and yellow food coloring

For the glaze topping:
-a handful of candy corn
-icing sugar
-red and yellow food coloring
-2 tbps of almond milk

To make the treats, melt the marshmallows in the microwave for about 3 minutes, checking them after each minute (depending how hot your microwave is). Working quickly, mix in the pumpkin spice and food coloring (I used 3 drops of red and 12 drops of yellow). Add in the cereal and stir to coat it evenly. Place the mixture into a greased 9 X 13 dish and flatten it with a spatula.

To make the glaze, mix the icing sugar with the milk and add in 2 drops of red food coloring and 8 drops of yellow food coloring. Drizzle the glaze over the treats and while it is still sticky, place the candy corn on top. Once the treats are completely cool, cut them into squares.

Let me know if you try these! Stay tuned for another yummy fall recipe coming up on my blog in the next few weeks. Thanks for stopping by! xo

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Welcome Fall!! DIY Home Decor

Hello gorgeous people! I know, I know, it's not technically fall yet... but the weather has already been getting cooler and the pumpkin spice latte is back at Starbucks, so I couldn't wait any longer to bring out my fall decorations! I bought a bunch of goodies from the Dollartree, Dollarama, and Michael's. I stuck with fall themed items only for now. I will wait until after Thanksgiving (October 9 for us Canadians) to bring out my Halloween decor.

 It cost me under 10 bucks to make this wreath, and it was a really fun project!
Everything is from Dollartree and Dollarama, except the ribbon which is from Michael's.
Here is my entrance table. The "Welcome Friends" sign is from Michael's. The small pumpkin is from Dollartree. I've had the large pumpkin forever and I don't remember where I bought it.
 Maybe Walmart? 
My bouquet is a mix from both dollarstores and Michael's. 
 I used the same ribbon from Michael's to decorate the mason jar (a recycled salsa jar!).
This simple garland is from Dollarama.
Stella approves!!

Have you started decorating too or are you still clinging to the last bits of summer? Thanks for reading! xo

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Dreaming of Fall: Shimmery Brown Eyes

Hello lovelies! There are officially 25 days separating us from the beginning of fall and I am beyond excited! There are many ideas for recipes, cozy fall outfits, and cute decorations buzzing in my head. I've been in a bit of a makeup rut lately, so this weekend I decided to play around with my Estée Lauder #temptingnudes palette which I hadn't touched in a while. I also had fun playing with some lippies (which I rarely wear, but totally should!). I hope you enjoy my simple shimmery brown look. I'm hoping to create more looks this fall and get out of my boring mascara-only rut!

I used the colors "Khakis", "Sepia Sand", "Hot Cinnamon", "Cobblestones" and "Lavish Mink" on my eyes. I'm not sure if these colors are available anymore since Estée Lauder is revamping their eyeshadow line. For my lips, I used my Yves Rocher lip pencil in "Nude Rose" and the Estée Lauder pure color lipgloss in "Praline Paradise" (which is also discontinued I believe, but they have a similar color).

Are you getting excited for fall? Thanks for stopping by! xo

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Visiting My Bae's Hometown

Hi friends! I just got home yesterday from a short trip to meet Simon's extended family in Saguenay, Quebec. We stopped in Quebec city along the way to visit one of his uncles who lives there. We were blessed with gorgeous weather for the entire trip. I had so much fun sight-seeing and meeting everyone! .

Simon's uncle took us to see the beautiful views at the Parc de la Chute-Montmorency.
 All smiles at le Parc Mars.
 We climbed the trail at the Sentier Eucher, and it was a struggle for me! The view 
was worth it though.
 La Baie is so peaceful in the evening!
 La Pyramide des Ha! Ha!
 We went for a nice walk in the trails of Centre Plein Air Bec-Scie.
 We saw the Lac St-Jean on the way to pick blueberries.
 Simon's uncle took us to see this cute parc in Saint-Félicien.

 Have any of you ever been to any of these places? Thanks so much for reading! xo