1) Don’t Stuff It In
2) Not All Colours Are Equal
3) I Hope You’re Putting Plastic in Your Compost
4) Food Is No Good
Let’s be Greener!
It’s World Ocean Day today, and I’m feeling optimistic about the well deserved attention this day has been getting!
According to nature.org “besides seafood… Ocean ingredients, like algae and kelp, are used in making peanut butter beer, soymilk and frozen foods”. So.. Yum!
There is a whole world out there of people contributing in wonderful ways, but I want to bring 2 projects to your attention that are helping clean up our majestic oceans.
This is a wonderful invention created by an Australian product designer who set out on a mission to clean up the oceans. The Seabin is literally a bin that sucks all of the crap floating around in, while sifting water out. But he tells his story better:
We’ve all head about the dangers of plastic packaging floating around in the ocean and killing marine life, so a small Brewery in Florida took matter into their own hands. They’ve created edible, and biodegradable 6-pack rings which will not harm marine life, but actually provide a healthy food source! These guys make a good point in the video, that if more of the larger players were on board, the cost of manufacturing these edible rings will drop. Making this way of production the norm and not the exception.
More “fun” facts:
Hope everyone’s had a great long weekend!
I stumbled upon a super awesome lipstick hack this past weekend, and I just had to share it!
I wrote about the long lasting power of the Maybelline SUPERSTAY 24® lipstick before, and talked about how it will literally last through anything. Believe me, I was skeptical too, but there’s just no stopping it!
At this point, I know that Maybelline SUPERSTAY 24® works great on its own, but what I discovered is that it also plays well with others.
I wanted to create the perfect shade to work with my outfit and through playing around with various shades ended up using Maybelline SUPERSTAY 24® Perpetual Plum 055, with a coat of Mistura’s Molten lip pencil on top.
The colour came out great, but moreover, it lasted all day and all night!! I thought for sure at least the top coat would smudge, perhaps leaving the base to peak through. But nope! The combo was perfect the entire time.
If you want your lipstick to last all night, but don’t want to buy Maybelline SUPERSTAY 24® in every shade, get 1 neutral shade to act as a base (I highly recommend perpetual plum) and use colours you already have on hand for the perfect colour! The magical Maybelline Superstay formula will act as a fantastic and long lasting base, while allowing you to leverage product you already own.
Let me know if you give this strategy a try!
Lipstick post eating, drinking, laughing 🙂
Happy St. Patrick’s Day Lovelies!
It’s a day that probably has a lot more significance than just green beer, but since I don’t know what it is, I’m going to focus on green makeup instead!
Some of my friends happen to be beauty junkies as well, and subscribe to various beauty boxes filled with random monthly goodies. The beautiful thing about it for me is that I often get “weird” and “unusable” products tossed my way. Green shimmer eyeliner? I’ll take it! Green eye-shadow? Pass it here!
The reason I like trying out different products is because it’s not about the one single product, but rather about how you work it. Confidence is number one, followed by how you wear it and what you wear it with Read more
Lisa Eldridge, makeup artist extraordinaire, has worked with every A-list celebrity under the sun, and makes the most useful and beautiful makeup up tutorials. As of recently she is also the creative director of Lancôme make-up. I really don’t know how she does it all, but lucky for us she continues to create YouTube videos for us common folk and I want to mention a few of the things I’ve learned from my makeup idol.
Ps. She has the most amazing style when it comes to her wardrobe and home. If you start googling her, you won’t be able to stop. I warned you. You’ll be on a steep Pinterest worthy spiral – guaranteed!
You may remember my interview with Josh. Re-reading it makes me smile every time.
Josh’s positivity and outlook on life has touched so many people. And it is truly with a heavy heart that I must let you know of Josh’s passing.
It’s incredible how much good he was able to spread, making people laugh every step of the way. He has even written a book to help others going through a similar battle. The book is titled The Funny Thing About Cancer, and you can order here.
He will be missed by all.
Even though this weather is fickle and it’s only actually winter every other week, I thought I’d put together a list of fun things to do for those intermittent miserable days.
This list is targeted towards Toronto, since that’s where I live, but no reason you can’t do the same activities in own town.
“what was I thinking?!” is pretty much my first thought every time I go. However my second thought is usually “look at me go, I’m a chimp! this is great!”. So if you like being active, want to seriously work out your arms (and fingertips, and weird muscles you didn’t know existed), this activity is for you. Also works great as a trust-testing mechanism!
Personal fave spot: True North. This facility is large and clean, with plenty to do and various difficulty levels- everything from beginner to bouldering.
TIP: their 1 month pass is the best deal! It includes 1 intro lesson, along with equipment rental and access to the facility for 1 full month – all for $50.
This one too will leave you sore and bruised all over… but seriously worth it! (man, I hope other people are into being sore too!).
Pursuit OCR is an indoor obstacle course for adults. Think jungle gym on steroids. Complete with a ball pit, monkey bars, over/under climbing challenges, a skate ramp you can scale, climbing rope and more. It’s a super fun indoor activity to do with friends – you’ll burn tons of calories and push yourself to your limit. A daily pass is $20, or $50 for a monthly obstacle course pass.
Groupon is great not only because it offers good deals but also because it introduces you to local joints you otherwise may not have heard of. It’s a great starting point when looking for something to do!
I’ve done Paint Nite a couple of times, and I’ve seen bachelorette parties, couples on dates, birthdays, and just friends out for some fun. It’s really great for any occasion, and you don’t have to be an artist to participate. All of the supplies you’ll need are provided, and you’ll be taught how to make your very own masterpiece. This one is on the chillaxed side of things… no bruises here.
Escape rooms seem to be popping up everywhere. I’m sure if you check Groupon you’ll find one near you. The premise is as follows: you’re in a room, and you’re given a mission. It is your goal to solve clues in order to complete the mission and get out of the room in a certain amount of time. The clues are harder than you’d think so grab a group of friends to increase your chances of getting out!
If you don’t feel like committing to a long term gym membership or simply want to try something new, Groupon offers a wide array of classes to choose from. I’ve recently taken up boxing, which is super fun and great all year round. Bonus: you’ll stay in shape throughout the winter and be ready for summer when it rolls around :).
Christmas is such a wonderfully festive time! Certainly not a time to be stressed out. I know it may seem like there’s a lot to do – dinners, holiday parties, gifts for family, friends, co-workers, prepping the home, decorating etc.
But just remember that those things should be FUN, no one is (I hope) forcing you to do any of it. It’s up to you to choose what to partake in. Now, if you do choose to participate and plan on gifting to large crowds, let me make your life easier by introducing 2 words – GIFT BASKETS.
I never realized how easy, effective, and cheap these can be.
Gift baskets can work for various contents. I have a few gifts I plan of giving to family, that are on the pricier side but are made up of several small components. I tried wrapping each individual piece before but that didn’t garner the reaction I had hoped for. So this year I’m considering a more exciting presentation in the form of mini baskets.
Gift baskets also came in handy for our annual ladies’ gift exchange at work. This year I made sugar scrubs for everyone – recipe & tags can be found here (thanks Lolli!). These scrubs are cute on their own but when packages in a nice little holiday box, with some candy canes inside, they’re as cute as can be!
For the base you can use anything – a box, a basket, a bowl etc. and don’t forget the dollar store! It’s your best friend around this time of year – they have festive boxes, cellophane wrap, candy canes etc. Pretty much everything you need for Christmas crafts.
Remember that these are perfect for anyone and any occasion – Christmas, birthday, hostess gift, etc. It’s entirely customization and all up to you!
Ah being frugal and getting free stuff. It’s great isn’t it? I think so, and I’m pretty good at it. If you’re going to buy something anyway, why not be rewarded for it? I’m sure we all understand the idea of loyalty cards – retailers vying for our business try to prevent us from going to the competition by enticing us with rewards. As simple as that, it’s how they earn our repeat business. While not all loyalty programs are created equal, there are some that fit seamlessly into daily life. Here are a few of my favourites: Read more
It was the perfect way to spend a Sunday on a warm fall day in the city. It was a girl’s day complete with fabulous decor, yummy treats, inspiring stories, celebrity guests, silent auction & raffle, and of course an unforgettable fashion show with footwear brought to you by Malu.
I’ve been looking for a way to organize my jewelry, in particular my bracelets, which were usually all piled up together in one box or another. I wanted a bracelet holder which would allow me to see the bracelets that I have, keep them organized, and easily accessible. I’ve seen generic bracelet holders (usually just black) at various craft stores, and decided why not just make my own?
I had all of the ingredients already laying around in my place, and I suspect you do too. All you need is:
Who doesn’t love a good night out? Maybe to the theater or a concert, perhaps even the movies. Let me tell you something, there are so many promo codes out there that I feel bad for anyone paying full price. Keep an eye out for these deals, often you’ll find them on group buying sites such as Groupon, Team Buy, Deal Find, Wag Jag, Living Social, etc. Tickets get cheaper towards the end of a run which can be a great time to score some deals too. In some cases you can find tickets up to 40% off the original price.
2. Garbage Bags
As environmentally conscious as I am, and as much as I try to always have reusable grocery bags with me, somehow I still end up with tons of plastic bags. I find solace in the fact that these seemingly useless plastic bags become my garbage bags, thus saving me from ever having to buy them.
3. + 4. Birthday Cards + Gift Bags
Personally I enjoy making cards for my loved ones, but I’m not suggesting that as a way to save money. In fact, if you factor in opportunity cost hand-made cards are considerably more expensive. What I am going to propose is a trip to the dollar store. I never understood what made a $5 bag better than the one that looks identical to it but cost $1.
When it comes to cards I find that a lot of people don’t really care or appreciate a store-bought card anyway. They will read it, remove the money if it contains any, and the card will find its way to the garbage shortly after. Spend the $7 if you please, but the dollar store does the trick just fine.
5. ATM Fees Read more
Today is all about Vegas & the #UltimateVegasOutfit challenge! To me, this is an opportunity to play virtual dress up, and reminisce about my own trip to Vegas. I went to Vegas last year, and the city is as diverse as it is bright! So the Ultimate Vegas Outfit is one that makes you feel comfortable, and confident – whatever that might be. For me it was a purple Le Chateau dress that hit just above the knee, paired with a damask-like necklace and sky high heels to match. The dress was covered yet tight so basically appropriate for any occasion – show, restaurant, wedding. Read more
I hope you’re having a great week so far!
With the warm sunny weather rolling around, I thought I’d show a natural and sun kissed look perfect for summer!
This look is very versatile and you can play it up or down as you wish.
I find that the canvas makes all the difference. Even if you do nothing else, just by applying foundation you’ll look more polished and put together. Read more
Many of you may have seen this video making its rounds on the internet, showing the Power of Makeup, by Nikkie of Nikkie Tutorials (who by the way is amazing!!).
The lesson you take away from this video is up to you, but I thought it was an important video to talk about. I often discuss natural beauty (latest natural beauty tutorial here). But another subject I talk about is confidence, and the ability to understand that there are NO RULES. If not wearing makeup, or wearing a little bit of makeup is your thing – great! If you love to have fun with makeup and treat it like your very own daily work of art – good for you! What I’m getting at is, you should do what makes you happy. While I think that it’s important to be confident with your natural beauty, people have different motives for wearing makeup.
One thing I’ve learned is not to judge people. (More on the time I judged too soon and Christine Teigen put me in my place here ) . Even if to you makeup seems superficial and unnecessary, it doesn’t mean that others see it that way. It very well could be that others view it as a fun outlet for creativity, a way to step into a new character for a day, or experiment with new techniques. And if it happens to be the case that you know someone is wearing makeup as a means to cover up an insecurity, it’s the more reason to help them, and not to be judgmental. Read more
What makes me weird is that I hate amassing things, and I don’t like consumerism. I have absolutely no desire to try every product out there, and hate having too much. I don’t get a thrill from hoarding makeup and clothes, or frivolously spending money. I actually find joy in purging and donating clothes, and having everything perfectly organized. I challenge myself to be aware and get rid of things I don’t use, and I treasure simplicity. I like to think that if/when I start travelling the world I will be low maintenance and won’t need a separate suitcase for my makeup.
When it comes to fashion I tend to shop off-season and not believe in trends. Being in the marketing field, and a consumer in general, I know that fashion is a business; and a fast-moving one at that. I know that we are being targeted left right and centre to buy something from seemingly everyone. To me fashion is a means of self-expression. It’s a way to have a conversation with the world and project who you are on the inside. I just don’t think that spending money is the most important factor. To me the most attractive feature of any outfit is confidence. Read more