Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Window Shopping: Christmas Holiday Cards

I've learned something about myself this Christmas. I love giving christmas cards! To anybody and everybody. Friends, family, coworkers, landlords, you name 'em. Im trying to think of more and more people I can give cards to! I think it's the thought of spreading that holiday spirit and joy around that makes me excited. And picking cards that are adorable helps heaps. Then keeping one for yourself, right?
I have this idea of keeping one of my Christmas cards from each year and framing them as holiday decor.  Cute right? They really are like little mini works of art!
Here's a collection of adorable cards from Etsy. So get sending!

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

Do you send Christmas cards every year?

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Christmas Trees at the Empress Hotel

On Saturday it was "Christmas trees at the Empress day" according to our Advent Calendar! So off we went to first grab cups of the necessary candy cane hot chocolate from Tim Hortons, then downtown to do one of my very favourite Christmas Traditions! 
Every year the Fairmont Empress Hotel displays dozens and dozens of Christmas trees throughout the hotel. Each one has been decorated by a different local business or charity. You get to vote for your favourite and all the proceeds of voting donations go towards the BC Children's Hospital.
The trees are spread over a couple different floors so you really get to have a good wander, and every tree is completely different, and they sometimes don't have much to do with Christmas at all! This year there were about 7 Frozen themed Christmas trees, Including one dressed up entirely like Olaf!
It's such a nice evening or late night date because the hotel never closes and you get to be out of the cold doing something festive and cozy!

I didn't take a ton of photos because I knew they wouldn't turn out all that fantastic, but I did have some favourites!
I thought this one with all the gold and turquoise was so pretty!

What's one of your favourite Christmas traditions?

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

November Makeup + Beauty Favourites

Alright, so November's favourites are more of a mini-favourites because I've just had too many early mornings to mess around with makeup and beauty lately. What I did to simplify my routine was stick with what I know and love. You don't have a lot of time to get all dolled up when you start work at 630, and if you're like me, prefer to spend the better part of the wee hours in bed. These three products were my staples that I wore every day, or most every day last month, along with whatever random products I threw on my face that morning. But less is more, right? So we're good.

First, my very favourite BB cream - Rimmel Matte 9-in-1 BB cream in Light. I've talked about this product so many times before, but that's because it's my favourite!! You don't need foundation when you wear it. Just a little under-eye concealer and you're good to go! The colour is an excellent match for my skin, and it stays on all day, what more can you ask for?

I also had two favourite lip products in November. Nivea's Pure and Natural Milk and Honey Balm, this stuff is so soft, thick, and moisturizing. Perfect for the winter weather! And it doesn't leave a film or glossyness behind. It's the best balm I own to apply before other lip products, like Revlon's Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Honey. This is one of Revlon's original shades from this line but I think it's one of the best. I've owned this guy for so long the labels completely gone! Honey is a beautiful matte natural pink shade and I've been wearing it a lot with a matching lip liner to get a bit of that Kylie Jenner 90's matte lip look into my every day routine. 

Can you believe the next favourites posts we're all going to be reading will be a yearly favourites!?! Crazyness!

What were your go to products last month?

Monday, December 8, 2014

Winter Music Playlist

It is so refreshing in December to mix it up a bit and listen to some wintery-but-not-Christmas music, just when you need a little change.

To me, winter music is anything I can listen to and imagine myself sitting inside a beautiful log cabin. I'm in a bay window seat sipping a large mug of hot chocolate. I'm just peacefully looking out the window at the calm falling snow and there's a bearded woodsman outside chopping fire wood (too much?) That's winter music. I love the calm folky sound of all these songs; they fit the lovely silence snowfall always seems to bring. Just listen to this playlist and I think you'll understand what I'm saying. I did add in a couple Christmas songs to this list but it's because they are some of my all time favourite songs that I only get to listen to this time of year, annnd they don't say Christmas in them so it's okay!
What does winter music mean to you, and what are your favourite songs this time of year?

Winter Beats 2014 by Arielle Moore on Grooveshark

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December Link Party on TLV Birdie Blog

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide: Cookbooks

More and more lately I've been craving recipes that I can hold in my hands. Let's face it, Pinterest is such an amazing source for meals, recipes, and recipe inspiration but it's just not the same as having a beautiful cook book being put to use on your kitchen counter. 
Referencing my laptop, or phone every 2 minutes through a meal prep just loses any charm it may have had, plus I've smeared garlic and Olive Oil off my phone screen a few too many times.

My real-life cook book collection isn't as big as the one in my dreams and I'd like to fix that just a little bit. I've put together a list of some cook books I own, and cook books I'd love to own. So yes, this is kind of a wish list of my own.  But I just know (really know) any and all of the books in this list would be cherished by any foodie, I just know. 

  • The Oh She Glows Cookbook: Vegan Recipes to Glow From the Inside Out - Angela Liddon
    • Angela's cookbook is packed with over 100 vegan plant-based recipes - 90 of them gluten-free, that's insanely awesome! Get a taste of what Angela cooks through her fantastic food blog, Oh She Glows. I do not own this book myself but It's highest on my list atm. How do I know I need it? My Aunt made the Mushroom and Rosemary Gravy  from this book for our thanksgiving dinner and it was the best gravy I'd ever eaten in my whole life. I now have the recipe myself, and we've made it into a poutine at least 4 times since.

  • Ovenly: Sweet & Salty Recipes from New York's Most Creative Bakery - Erin Patinkin & Agatha Kulaga
      • This book ALWAYS pops out at me in the book store, it's the cover. I have to say, I don't know too much about the authors or the bakery they have created that led to this book but I do know it comes well reviewed and they have quite a few signature recipes.
    • Date Night In: More than 120 ways to nourish your relationship - Ashley Rodriguez
      • I know it's Christmas shopping time, and I need to be focusing my time and money on buying things for people I love - but this book. It's sitting in my Amazon cart right now. On Pre-order. If it was avaliable this would be a Christmas Gift for Mitch for sure. Mitch and I love cooking together, and I know he would love a cookbook like this (no, I'm not projecting, I promise. Really). I also like the appeal of seasonal dishes that this book offers. And that it's portioned for two. Because leftovers are awesome, but totally not romantic.
    • Joy the Baker Homemade Decadence - Joy Wilson
      • I own both of Joy's cookbooks and cherish both of them dearly! It didn't leave my side for about 3 days after I bought it. Joy's recipes are classic treats but with charming and super-cool twists. Like pretzel pie crusts, roasted potato breakfast nachos, breakfast pizza (I love breakfast) and chocolate chip cookies with smoked sea salt. To give you a gauge on how enticing this cook book is, I'll tell you a story; It took me about 10 minutes to actually purchase this book at the till because the girl ringing me through and the other girl working at till would not stop pouring through the book! They wouldn't hand it over to me until they saw the chocolate-peanut butter pretzel cake that's pictured on the cover. I was so excited that they were interested in Joy's cookbook but at the same time totally bummed out that I din't get to be the first one to open my new book (those childish tendencies never leave you).
    • Rawsome Vegan Baking - Emily von Euw
      • "An un-cookbook for Raw, Gluten-free, Vegan, Beautiful and Sinfully Sweet Cookies, Cakes, Bars & Cupcakes". Doesn't that all sound way to good to be true? I'm a huge fan of raw desserts. Crazyness - There is not a single 1 star or even 2 star review on Amazon for this cookbook! The recipes in this book are simple, and full of even simpler ingredients. Raw desserts never leave you feeling yucky or heavy like regular desserts, and these ones really do look irresistible. Like most raw recipes, a good food processor and blender are must-have kitchen accessories to complete them. 
    • Plenty: Vibrant Recipes from London's Ottolenghi - Yotam Ottolenghi
      • 120 Vegetarian recipes. Count me in. I really love vegan and vegetarian cookbooks because I don't need to adjust recipes to suit my diet, or write off half a cookbook because it's filled with delicious looking but meaty dishes. It's tough sometimes not eating meat when your partner does. Mitch is awesome about eating vegetarian at home but I can see how much he drools over some heartier recipe options sometimes and it can make me feel slightly guilty. Anyway, what I'm getting at is, flipping through a vegetarian cookbook together is always a super exciting evening for both of us (yes reading cookbooks is exciting!) Sweet Potato Wedges with Lemongrass Creme Fraiche, Marinated Mushrooms with Walnut and Tahini Yogurt? Whoa. Something that really appeals to me about this book is that it's organized by the type of vegetable. How cool and handy is that! You have lots of carrots? Stick to the roots recipes. Feel like a salad? Check leaves, Cooked and Raw. That's Brilliant.
    I just think books make such wonderful and sentimental gifts. I especially love when the giver has written a little note on the inside, book notes are just one of the most special things there is. It's making me feel good just thinking about it! What cookbooks are on your Christmas Wish list or Give List this year? I know I've missed so many! 

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