Monday, 20 October 2014

Blogtober Day 14: A mid-way update

Blogtober is supposed to be a post a day for 31 days, and I have fallen behind. I am a full-time Post Grad student, and school has been really busy lately, and I have been prepping for a trip to Toronto. My plan is to make two posts a day, starting today until I am caught up. The rest of the month will continue as usual.

Friday, 17 October 2014

Blogtober Day 13: Wanderlust Tag

I love travelling, my family is a very adventurous family, we like to go new places and explore. As I'm in my last year of post-secondary education and still young with nothing to tie me down my list of places I want to go is continuously growing. I fully plan on going somewhere new every year.. and travelling Canada, you have to travel Canada. 

1. What is your most treasured passport stamp?
My most treasured passport stamp is from the Chunnel, or Heathrow. I am completely infatuated with England, so when I travelled there in grade 11 I was so excited to get both a stamp when we arrived at Heathrow and when we left to go to Paris via the Chunnel. It's a train!! 
2. Can you recite your passport number from memory?
I cannot.. Numbers take a while to stick in my memory and I've never had to recall it before.. 
3. Preferred method of travel? Planes, Trains or Automobiles?
Anything that gets me there. I do fly a lot, and I really enjoy take offs and landings, but trains are fun to see the outside, and cars are fun to relax in the back seat of. I think planes wins this one.. but it stems from my years of growing up on an Air Force base. 
4. Top 3 Travel Items?
Camera, Guide book, cross body bag. 
5. Hostel or Hotel?
Hotel preferably but I've never stayed in a Hostel. 
6. Are you a repeat visitor or do you explore new places?
I like to go to new places, or see new things, but going somewhere familiar and seeing how it changes is fun too. Going to a repeat place with new people, or to finish the bucket list of things I wanted to do. 
7. Do you read up on your destination (history, culture, safety) or do you wing it?
I usually look for things to do, or ask the locals of the fun things to do wherever I am. We go places we want to go to, and usually know a little about what we are heading into when we decide to go. 
8. Favourite Travel Website?
Tripadvisor. It provides hotels, travel and things to do all in one. 
9. Where would you recommend a friend to visit? City and Why?
London, because I'm a London lover, or maybe Paris, or Portland Oregon.. Gah I don't know.. it would depend on the person I was talking too. London because the language is the same, the building are old, and the history is rich. Paris because it's beautiful, it's the city of love and all that jazz.. Portland because it's so hipster and unique and weird. 
10. You're leaving tomorrow, money is no option, where are you going?
London, Rome, Russia.. I would have a very hard time deciding this one, I wouldn't be able to decide.. I have a hard enough time deciding what to wear- let alone a no-budget vacation.. I think London.. 

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Blogtober Day 12: Pedicures with Abby

My cousin (she is 6) came down to visit over Thanksgiving, and my sister and I decided we were going to take her for a pedicure to have a girls day- this also involved McDonald's. She has had pedicures before, and likes getting her toe nails painted, and so do I so, it was a necessity and a really great treat.

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Blogtober Day 11: Wild Madagascar Vanilla

Vanilla is my one true love scent, my go to fragrance and really something that smells good paired with anything. The first vanilla scent I remember ever using was when I was 13 and my aunt brought me back Bath and Body Works Warm Vanilla Sugar and I've been hooked ever since.

On a recent trip to the mall, I had to go to Bath and Body Works to check out their fall stuff. Candles I'm not allowed to burn, smelly hand soaps, body creams that smell like you bathed in apples you know, the usual stuff. I had no intention of buying things, but they had a cool plink-o game at the front of the store where you could get discounts or free items.. for that day only. So you know, that's a solid reason to seriously look around right?

Moral of the story. I found new things. I'm not sure if it's a seasonal scent, or if it's being tested for the permanent line, but it's new and it smells good. It's called Wild Madagascar Vanilla and it smells like a floral vanilla with a fruity vanilla touch. I hope it stays because it's a unique twist on a regular vanilla line and I really like it. I have a mini body lotion that I keep in my backpack and the shower gel, all in the travel sizes to test them out.

Friday, 10 October 2014

Blogtober Day 10: My Favourite Fall Boots

October is a sacred time for me, it's cold enough to wear boots but there isn't snow on the ground, so the foots can be fashionable. Over the last couple of years I have accumulated a couple pairs of fall boots, I don't know how they wound up in my closet I swear 

Last Christmas I went boxing day shopping, and Forever 21 had these boots for a really great deal and I fell in love with them. I love the colour and the suede material, and they are pretty comfortable.

A few years ago I went to Italy with my mom, and I was determined to buy a pair of shoes. I couldn't find any leather shoes that I liked but instead found these rough suede boots. The tie on the side is a nice detail, and the shoes are very structured. 

I believe these were a Target buy from a little while ago. These ones are honestly very comfortable, I would be okay walking in these all day. I feel like brown boots just scream fall and I like the buckle details.

These are my not-so-cowboy-cowboy-boots. Little ankle booties with a little chunky heel, and feel like you're walking on clouds. I got these from Giant Tiger a year ago and can't get over how comfortable they are. 

My combat boots, probably my most worn boots this season. They are so comfortable and versatile. They add the right amount of edge to any outfit, and really they are just on trend, and it's a trend that I'm really loving. 

Stitches is this wonderful store, it has a very special place in my heart. Needless to say over the Labour day weekend they had a fantastic sale, where you could buy something and get another of equal value for a dollar. I bought a sweater for $26 and got these boots for a dollar. They are so comfortable, and really versatile and I'm really glad I bought them. The buckles make noise though, and they sound like the spurs on cowboy boots... that will have to be fixed. 

What are some of our favourite fall boots?

Blogtober Day 9: A Surprising Transitional Nail Polish

Last week I made a post about nail polishes that were being replaced with more seasonally appropriate ones. One of the polishes was the Rimmel 60 Seconds polish in Hot Chili Pepper, when I first bought this colour months ago I thought it was more of a summer polish, a darker orangey-red and great for a little drama on the nails. Since I wasn't exactly ready to make the switch completely to darker nails just yet I decided to put it on just one more time. It's perfect for fall too guys I tell you! I have to say that since I put this on a couple days ago (in every effort to hold onto that feeling of not quite summer, but not really fall) I noticed that it is actually a really unique shade to head into fall with. When I look at this colour it's almost like I took the colour of the leaves and put it on my nails, it has that burnt orange undertone without being too overpowering and has a perfect amount of red in it.

Needless to say this one surprised me, and I think I'm recanting my "it's heading into my tub of nail polishes that I won't use until next summer" idea and keeping it with my fall polishes.

The quality of the polish is good for a drugstore polish, but it's not Essie by any means. It requires a second coat to get the right amount of boldness, but it dries really quick, and lasts about a week. I put this on on Saturday and by Friday it was chipping.