Saturday, April 19, 2014

Recap :: Week No. 15

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Since I'm changing where my weekend recap posts are going, I should probably have a little bit of a disclaimer? I figure I might as well change these to a recap of this week's posts, as well as little things that didn't make it into the blog this week.

I've started cutting back on the number of posts that are going to be posted per week, I think that the perfect balance for me will be a schedule of Monday/Wednesday/Fridays as well as Saturdays. The headings are, for the most part staying the same, covering - Life/Beauty/Fashion with a mix of Toronto life, and anything else that I want to throw in there. Fashion is always my toughest "subject" to write about, so we'll see how that one flies.

Anyways, on to the recap!
  • I finished this semester in school, and passed with flying colours (yay!)
  • I made the decision to take an extra semester and get the marketing diploma
  • Played lots of pool, can't wait to get more of that in this summer
  • Long Weekend! What to do other than binge watch Game of Thrones season 3
  • Decided that riding is taking a toll and I need to start working out... again
If you missed it, I only got 2 posts up this week, a beauty post about what's on my face and are you going to be going to the National Ballet of Canada's annual Gala event?

Have a great weekend everyone, and enjoy the extra day and the sunshine!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Toronto :: Mad Hot Gala Spellbound Ballet


Something that I'm very passionate about is the arts. Specifically the ballet, but that's really only because I haven't been to the opera yet. I eventually would like to donate more money, but right now, buying tickets and attending certain events will have to do.

One event that the National Ballet of Canada does is their gala event. I went for the first time last year, and had an amazing time I knew that I would be back every year. Ideally, I'd like to get enough people to get a table and have the dinner part, but that's not going to happen any time soon. Besides that, the night is a great time out with some ladies, and I cannot wait for this year's. I'm undecided on my outfit, but there's still time to fuss about that.

This year's theme is Spellbound, and I think centred around the performance of Cinderella. Briana and I will be going of course, and I've invited another lovely lady to join us. A night out of mingling, wearing pretty dresses, and amazing talent, what more could you ask for?

Tickets are still available, and can be found at the National Ballet's page for the Gala. I'll be sitting in the fourth floor, let me know if you are planning on going! Hope to see you out supporting our arts. 
Image taken from the National Ballet site. All rights belong to them.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Beauty :: How Much Is My Face?

I know that I'm a little behind [or am I just starting the trend again?] on these posts, but I was thinking that I really wanted to do one. So here it is.

Currently on my face right now is:

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Benefit Bad Gal Lash 
Benefit Lip Stick 
Rimmel Kate Moss Lip Stick 
Naked palette

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Revlon Nearly Naked Powder 
Benefit Dandelion 
MAC eye shadow - for my brows
Benefit Boi-ing - only on bad break out days

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Rimmel BB Cream
Benefit the Porefessional
Origins Mega-Bright
Neutrogena UltraSheer
Benefit Girl Meets Pearl

Now that I have it all written down, I don't even want to do the tally... I know that some are samples and some are drug store brands but still, my face is expense. Just the creams and the Benefit products alone make it somewhere around the $100 mark...

Oy. This is why I have to use up all the products that I've bought and not currently using before I buy more. No more waste! Time to be smarter with my money. 

Friday, April 11, 2014

Toronto :: Spark Sessions Photography Workshop

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Happy Friday everyone! Hard to believe that it's already been a week since Spark Sessions hosted their first full day workshop, but you know what they say - time flies faster as you get older. I still have yet to post about my fancy new camera that I totally didn't splurge on, but hopefully I'll get that one up tomorrow.

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It was a little bit of a stressful start to my day, ended up rushing around the house trying to get to the subway on time. I'm on the subway praying that the train will make it to my stop, and I won't have to get off and take a shuttle to God knows where [lucky for me, I didn't] and [again, lucky me] I made it there just a mere 5 minutes late. [A part of me dies a little inside knowing that I was late at all, but some circumstances just can't be avoided].

Nervous as all get-out, I trundled up the steps of one cool building to walk into a room full of ladies. Setting myself up at a table, I won't lie when I say that it took me a moment to work up the courage to introduce myself to the one beside me. But am I ever glad that I did! The nice thing about a workshop like this is that, for the most part, everyone is in the same boat. No one really knows each other, and it's easy to open up conversation - "So what do you blog about?", or "Have you done anything like this before?" Now, like terrible bloggers we didn't actually take a group photo of ourselves, but suffice to say that the table I chose had some fabulous ladies.

The morning started off with presentations by the guest speakers, Casey P - photographer, and Natalie H - stylist. I know that I definitely benefited from both speakers - I have no idea how to use my camera on manual, and I have absolutely no styling gene in my body. It's just great to sometimes get out of the box that you normally are blogging/writing/styling in and get some new perspectives. I'm definitely guilty of taking pictures that are less than satisfactory and still posting them up because I feel like I need to get a post up. Putting unnecessary pressures on myself because I have a "schedule". Here's to not doing that anymore.

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Then after a delicious lunch, we got to try our own hands at styling photos - and playing around with settings on the camera. I'm already getting much better, and starting to look at things with a more discerning eye.

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 But here are some shots that I took - no editing, just changed the size. I think that they turned out fairly well, don't you?

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Recap :: Weekend No. 14

What a great weekend. I spent most of it meeting amazing new ladies, and learning lots of new tricks and tips for my blog. I think that I'm going to have to make some changes, so that I can have a healthier balance and not feel so rushed with my pictures, throwing them up because I feel like I need to get a post out that day.

Even though I spent most of the weekend out and about Toronto, I feel like this was such a relaxing weekend, one like I hadn't had in a while. I met up with some new lovely ladies on Friday and had amazing conversations and food with them.

Hopefully, within the next month I'll have made the changes to my blog that I think will make me a better blogger, and that you as my readers will appreciate better quality posts. Of course, any feedback is greatly appreciated!!

Beauty :: Products I Need/Want to Finish

Alright, this is a little bit of a different post. I regularly see "empties" posts, but I have the extremely bad habit of rarely finishing any product [except maybe regarding my hair... like shampoo etc].

So that means that I'm left with a stockpile of products that I either got bored of, or didn't really like in the first place. I've purged a little throughout the year, but I'm still with products that are still good but I'm just not using. And they are too expensive to just toss. I'm slowly working my way through these products since there is still a lot left and will take a little bit of time. Especially since I'm still not using them 100% of the time.

So here they are! Maybe if they're out in the interwebs, I'll actually get through them in a decent amount of time.

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DERMAdoctor KP Duty Scrub and Cream
Soap & Glory SlimWear cream
Bath & Body Works cream
Oscar Blandi Dry Shampoo
The Hound - Sandor Clegane *He's my favourite! 

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Vichy Normaderm collection - toner, cleanser and exfoliant

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Vera Wang Princess Eau de Toilette

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Donna Karan Cashmere Mist *I have never used this...

I'm notorious for just leaving unfinished products around, and then throwing them out because they've been around so long I don't even remember using them. Such a waste of money. Are you guilty of this? I'm trying to be better and buy only products that I know I'm going to use.