Friday, February 27, 2015

Scene-stealing Book Cart

Photos by I AM KOO for The Cut
I eat up street-style shots from the international fashion weeks as much as the next person, but I have to say that in this series of MFW fashion winners posted on The Cut, that I am more intrigued by what's on the shelves behind them than by the admittedly fantastic style. 

As fabulous as Tiany Kiriloff and Giovanna Battaglia look, I feel like that humble Milanese book cart (!!!!) in the background steals the show for me. A perfectly chosen (if only by happenstance) backdrop which ultimately combines my two greatest loves - fashion and books. 

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Music Monday: What Have I Done?

Recently, on the long drive home on a wintry road, I was listening to CBC Radio 2's Drive when a song by Joshua Hyslop - who I'd not previously heard of - came on and I absolutely loved it. I made a mental note to remember the name of this BC-based musician so I could check out the rest of his music and I was impressed by the rest of his melodies as I was with the first one I'd heard - so much goodness!  This song in particular struck me as moving and absolutely beautiful, and so I thought it worth sharing in this latest Music Monday post. 
What are you listening to lately?
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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Homemade Beauty: Cinnamon Sugar Lip Scrub

The biting winds of winter, harsh sub-zero conditions and endless snowstorms have seriously been doing a number on my skin, and while skincare is always an integral part of my beauty routine, in wintertime a little extra tender loving care is non-negotiable.

Based on what can only be the good influence of my dear sister Rosalyn, creator of multitudinous homemade goods, my desire for wholesome, clean ingredient based beauty solutions is ever increasing.  This growing interest has led to action of late; I've started to make a few of my own simple beauty products at home.  With that in mind, I thought I'd share my own super-simple recipe for a homemade lip scrub that is, quite literally, good enough to eat.

 (Bonus? It can also be used as an all-over scrub to exfoliate the face and body!)

Cinnamon Sugar Lip Scrub: 

Four Tablespoons Brown Sugar
One Tablespoon Coconut Oil
One Tablespoon Honey
One Teaspoon Cinnamon

Place all four ingredients in a small mixing bowl.  Mix well with a whisk or small fork, until all ingredients are combined but the mixture is still easily picked up. 

Store in an airtight jar or container.

To use,  take the desired amount and let it warm slightly in your hand.  Apply to lips (or elsewhere!) with fingertips and massage gently.  Rinse with warm water and (ideally) follow with a lip balm - or moisturizer if using it as a facial or body scrub!

If you give it a try I'd love to hear what you think!
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Sunday, February 08, 2015

#ReadHarder v.1

I'll leave this short since my video is more than a little bit chatty. To sum up? I'm participating in Book Riot's #ReadHarder challenge, which includes an array of tasks designed to encourage those participating to diversify their reading habits. A good idea? Yes, indeed! 

As a result, in this video I'm sharing the first few tasks I've completed, am working on or am about to embark upon. Also included - mini-reviews of the books I've read so far. 

Intrigued? Press play!
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Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Valentine's Gift Ideas for ... Treating Yourself

Stay Home Club
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February is not one of my favourite months.  It's cold, and snowy, and it just feels like winter is never going to end (especially when it starts out like this one did, with a 67 cm snowfall!).  Also, as an eternally solo lady, Valentine's day has never been one of my favourite holidays, although the romantic in me enjoys the idea of it.  So this year? When everyone is putting out their "Gifts for Him/Her" lists, I'm putting out a list of treats for me! Not that I will be getting them all for myself this February 14th, but I might treat myself to at least one.

1. The "Stay Home Club" sweater - because obviously.
2. I could and would wear these adorable heart-shaped earrings every day.
3. These soft-pink frames that are so perfect.
4. A personalized initial charm
5. This gorgeous shade of pink from my polish favourite, Essie.
6. A full-sized bottle of Carven's signature scent (I've used up my rollerball!).
7. Pretty pastel notebooks. You can never have enough.
8. I love pretty teapots and teacups, so this heart-printed  "Tea for One" set is ideal.
9. As soon as I saw it, I knew I wanted to try the Chocolate Bar palette from Too Faced.
10. Last but not least - a clutch I can only dream of from Olympia Le-Tan. 
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