Aveda Volumizing Tonic

I’m so happy I’ve rediscovered this old favourite. Spray on damp hair, blow-dry with a round brush and watch the magic happen!

Hair wizardry in a bottle and it smells so good you could use it as perfume.

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Wedding Disasters

Wedding disasters are the best kind of disasters.

Photograph by Michelle Yee

At our wedding a-year-and-a-bit-ago, much to my horror, our wedding officiant burst into song in the middle of our ceremony. When I say “burst” I mean she went full on opera about how lucky we were to have each other and how blessed we were.  It was completely insane and a testament to what great friends and family we have that they all thought it was hilarious.

With this in mind, I laughed out loud when I read Dan Savage’s thoughts on wedding disasters.

“Don’t stress out about shit that goes wrong. People love wedding disasters. Perfect weddings are perfectly forgettable. Disastrous weddings are delightfully memorable.”

Photo by Toronto photographer, Michelle Yee, who I cannot recommend highly enough.

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Animal Tracks: Winter Edition

I was in the country visiting my mom last weekend and we noticed animal prints everywhere.

Animal Footprints in Snow

Animal Footprints in Snow

Animal Footprints in Snow

Being the wide open space (where it’s so quiet!) made me homesick for that place spurred a decision to spend more time out of the city in 2013.

Who said resolutions had to be made in January?

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Captchas are Out of Control!

I tried to get Jays tickets this morning (to no avail) but what is going on with these captchas?!

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How to Write A Thank-You Note

I’m obsessive about sending thank you notes. It’s something my grandmother instilled in my from a very young age (when I first received stationery under the tree as my Christmas gift). I may have begrudged the present at that time but I can now appreciate what a gift it was.

Thank you notes are an important part of practising good manners and they go a long way in building new relationships and fostering existing ones.

If you don’t already write thank you notes, you really should. Here’s a great article “How to Write a Thank-You Note” from The Morning News to get you started.

My favourite advice?

“Beware the just writing trap. You are not ‘just writing to say’ as in I am just writing to say; that’s stating the obviousIf the giver is reading, clearly you have already written. Therefore use the present-perfect tense, which essentially means write as if whatever you say is happening in the moment.”

 

Silver Linings Playbook Review

One of the best movies I’ve seen in a long, long time.

Silver Linings Playbook

 

Bradley Cooper was incredible and this is coming from someone who hasn’t liked Bradley Cooper in any other movie, ever. Jennifer Lawrence was predictably awesome and Robert De Nero was great as well.

I can’t say enough about this movie. Go see it.

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“What Do You Do?”

One of my favourite questions to ask people because I love hearing other people talk about their jobs.

When people I ask what I do, it’s usually a funnel answer.

It starts with “I work in digital marketing” and if that gets nods of recognition, I’ll move down the funnel towards something like: “I’m account supervisor for a digital marketing firm that specializes in search engine and social media marketing”.

If the person I’m talking to is a real whiz kid, I might even throw in some acronyms like “SEO” or “SMO” just to blow their mind a little bit.

Thankfully, I found a GIF today that, if all else fails, I can always rely on to illustrate what it is that I do all day.

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Red Lipstick

I’m getting into red lipstick. It’s been a slow process but I’m getting there.

I’m partial to this one when I’m looking for full-on red (that takes a lot of maintenance – lip liner, lip brush, touch-ups throughout the day):

Avon Colour Rich Lipstick in Poppy Love

and this one when I’m waiting something low-maintenance:

Covergirl NatureLuxe Gloss Balm in Anemone

This is also a good option for something in between the two:

Burt's Bees Lip Shimmer in Rhubarb

One of my favourite blogs recently posted a tutorial on how to apply red lipstick. Check it out!

Bunny in a Pocket

Just because.

rabbit in pocket

My Ideal Bookshelf

I want to own this book:

my ideal bookshelf

Also, this would be a great game to play at a party. I’m pretty sure I could decide whether or not I will like someone based on the first three books they name.

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