Thursday, October 30, 2014

Bittersweet Chocolate Chip Cookies

This past weekend I decided to give a new chocolate chip cookie recipe a go. Specifically, Bittersweet Chocolate Chip Cookies with Sea Salt from one of my all-time favourite food blogs, Top With Cinnamon. I've tried several of Izy's recipes in the past with much success. However, while I was relatively happy with how these turned out, I admit I prefer my usual recipe, handed down from my grandmother. These were a fair bit more work than usual and although they were quite tasty (with big chunks of chocolate instead of chips, and a sprinkle of sea salt),  they were definitely not better than my Grammy's no-fail version!

That said, if you'd like to give these cookies a go, you can find the full recipe over on Top With Cinnamon, here.
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Monday, October 27, 2014

Music Monday: Habits

I heard this song via the Relevant Podcast (Do you listen? You absolutely should. It's been a favourite of mine for YEARS!), and instantly loved it. You may have noticed that my Music Monday posts lately have had a similar unifying theme, perhaps not. In any case, this tune from Tove Lo certainly falls into that same pattern, if a rather different sort of style than what I usually post. Still a fantastic song though - hope you enjoy!
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Sunday, October 26, 2014

October Polish Picks

I've just posted a new video over on the still pretty new lotsixtyfive youtube channel, which you can see above (obviously!) or check out via youtube, along with several book reviews, if you're interested. My obsession with soft, neutral tones on the polish front continues, as you can see with the polishes I've picked up this month. I received several Essie shades from Nail Polish Canada, and picked up three-for-ten at Joe Fresh as well. They are all in a similar family of beiges, greys and soft dusty roses = my favourite.

Want more details? Check out my video. Get ready for a bit of Rebecca-style nerdiness. You've been warned.

 What polishes are you loving this month? I'd love to know.
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Friday, October 24, 2014

Intentional Gratefulness v.6

While feelings of gratitude for joys big and small usually come very easily for me, over the past couple of weeks I have had to be much more "intentional" about reminding myself to find things to be grateful for. That said, I do have a few to share.

I am thankful for:

- First and foremost, the fact that friends and former colleagues at the Library of Parliament made it through a dangerous and harrowing experience unscathed.

- The beautiful fall colours and crisp autumn air in Prince Edward County.

- Flannelette. 
- Challenging Schubert Impromptus that are sharpening up my rather rusty classical piano skills.

- Giggles and full-on belly laughs shared with a sweet 3-year-old niece.

- Honeycrisp apples with caramel dip.

- Marathon phonecalls with my best friend Holly who is a constant encouragement, confidante, and general balm to my soul.
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Monday, October 20, 2014

Firmoo Frames

As you may or may not already know, I've been wearing glasses since the young age of 8 (#nerdykid) and since I have to wear them every day (or contacts, as I often do), I have grown to enjoy all different types of stylish specs, and love using them to change up my look. So when Firmoo got in touch to ask if I'd like to try a pair, I was, of course, delighted to do so.

Although Firmoo offers the option to get a complete pair online, I opted for clear lenses, since, like I mentioned in my Beauty and Books video, I prefer to get my intense and more complicated presecription filled out in person. I chose the Rena frames - because ombré effect and purple were a winning combination, in my opinion. For comparatively inexpensive frames to my usual ($33 vs. my usual $200+), these are a great little pair.  I usually go with plastic frames because my superthick prescription lenses overwhelm delicate ones - and while plastic frames can sometimes be a little heavy, these are nice and light, and also flexible, which is a plus, if you're clumsy, like I am.

Overall? I'm super happy with these cute, wallet-friendly little frames. If you're needing a new pair and on a budget or just looking for a good bargain, you may just find something you like at Firmoo.

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