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6 February, 2015


‘Water water everywhere and not a drop to drink’

One of the things most people, and especially bloggers, do in the New Year is to make resolutions.  One of the most popular resolutions seems to be to drink more water!  Apparently a lot of people, like my mother, don’t drink enough water.  You are supposed to drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day.  Most people don’t even drink two.  This is not good.  Fortunately I don’t have this problem.  If anything, I drink way too much water.  My problem instead, is finding a suitable bottle to not only drink the water from and accurately keep track of my water intake, but to carry it around with me during my busy day.  This is where my new bkr® 500 ml water bottles come in.

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14 June, 2014


I don’t think it is any secret that I wear glasses.  Pretty much every picture of me found on this site has me with my glasses on.  I have been wearing glasses for about 7 years now, since November 2007 to be exact.  I’ll even let you in on a little secret.  The pair that you see me wear in most of the old photos on the blog are the same pair from 2007.  Before you tell me just how wrong that is, I have had my eyes checked every year since then and my prescription has never changed.  Plus, I find shopping for glasses so expensive, even with insurance coverage, and a pain in the butt.  Well I did, until now that is. Continue Reading


NORDSTROM Half-Yearly Sale

21 May, 2014

nordstrom half yearly sale

It is that time of year once again where we are able to Shop the Half-yearly Sale for women & kids at NORDSTROM.  Personally, I love this sale.  I wait for this sale.  I’m not even kidding.  Now it’s not everything at NORDSTROM that is on sale during the Half-Yearly Sale for Women & Kids.  No, it’s select products, but even with the limited selection, there is a still a great deal that you can get your hands on.  On most of the sale items, you can get up to 40% off!  That is not a bad deal in my eyes. Continue Reading


Recap: One of a Kind Show & Sale – Spring 2014

31 March, 2014


So it has been a long, long, long time that I have wanted to attend the One of a Kind Show & Sale, but I have never managed to get around to it; until now that is.  This past Saturday, I met up with some of my fellow Canadian Beauty Bloggers; namely Julie from Swatch and Review, Jenn from A Beautiful Zen, Megan from Megan Joy, Stephanie from Fun Sized Beauty, and Cassandra from Exquisitely Chic to attend the show.  Add in my friend and co-worker Jo-Anne from She’s Stacked and you had a great day filled with lots of conversation, shenanigans and shopping.  Lots, and lots of shopping.

I’m not going to lie, I went with the sole intention of looking at the bath/beauty products and nothing else.  Yeah, well ‘the best laid plans of mice and men do oft go awry’.  My plan went right out of the window when I walked in to the Direct Energy Centre and saw first-hand all of the amazing goodies that were on offer.  It was like sensory overload, but in a good way.  You could smell, taste, and touch practically everything.  While the show itself ran over a period of several days, I only attended one day.  This is a huge mistake.  There is far, far too much to do and see in just one day.  While I did a fair bit, I know I missed a huge chunk of stuff.  Now that I have been and know what to expect, I will plan it better and pace myself for next time.

My Picks




How cute do those headbands look?  The ones in the above picture of from the Headmistress Little Miss range, but they make them for adults as well.  The detail is just amazing and there is a wide variety of styles and colours to choose from.  Even though I am not a flower kind of a girl, I couldn’t resist picking up one for myself.



tealish Does this one really come as a surprise to anyone who knows me?  As much as I love tea, you would think I would realize that there are other Tea Companies in Toronto besides David’s Tea, but alas I had no idea.  So imagine my surprise when I stumbled upon the fabulous Tealish booth.  They were offering samples to taste test, and they had some very tea combinations that I had never even heard of before.  I ended up coming away with four cans to try, which I thought was fairly restrained as I wanted to buy the whole booth.




Once I was able to stop staring at that Chandelier, I started to play with some of the products offered by Eauné skincare.  They have a line of all natural skincare products for both face and body.  I was particularly intrigued by their Dead Sea Salts, which you can purchase in either Buckthorn and Jojoba or Roseship and Jojoba!  They both smelled so divine that I couldn’t make up my mind and ended up picking up one of each!





Seriously, I had to walk away from Bakeress.  They Macrons were so yummy!  I started to look like Homer Simpson with drool running down my mouth.  I wanted to EAT.ALL.THE.THINGS. but I exercised some restraint and managed not to!


Aide Bodycare


Aide Bodycare offers what has to be the cutest soaps around.  They are fun and quirky and all natural.  They even have ones specifically for men that won’t leave the man in your life smelling like flowers.  Aide Bodycare also offers up some amazing lip balm in a variety of scents.  While I love the Cherry and Pina Colada scent (insert song here), hands down the Butterscotch lip balm is by far the greatest smelling thing in the whole world.  Seriously, once you put it on, you will be smelling it for hours!


Artifact Skincare Co.


Artifact Skincare Co. was one of those companies that I came down specifically to see.  They make a range of top of the line natural face masques that during my research I decided that I just had to have them.  For those of you who were unable to make it out to the OOAKS to pick up some goodies from Artifact Skincare Co., their online shop will be launching on April 8, 2014.  I especially love their Egyptian Honey Rose Masque that is gentle enough that it can be used daily!




Silkpulp is hands down my favourite pick from the One of a Kind Show & Sale.  What you see above are some cards I picked up from them.  Each card is a reprint of an original work that was not only designed but hand carved with a surgical blade.  Seriously, Mono (Sooeun) Ah’s talent really knows no bounds.  I hope to be able to feature more of Mono’s work in the coming months here on the blog!


All in all, I had a great time at the One of a Kind Spring Show & Sale.  The quality of the goods and the talent of the exhibtors was just amazing.  My only regret is that I didn’t have more time.  But no worries, I am already planning for the Christmas Show!


National Ballet of Canada 2013|14 Season Preview

17 February, 2013

So I came home on Friday afternoon to find the brochure for the National Ballet of Canada’s 2013|14 Season.  Let me tell you, I am so freaking excited.  Why you ask?  Well they are kicking off the season with this…

NB 2013-14 Brochure

That’s right, they are kicking off the 2013|14 season with Swan Lake in November and I can’t wait.  As big of a fan of the ballet that I am, you would think that I would have seen Swan Lake at some point.  But no, I have not.  When the National Ballet last put on this production I somehow managed to miss it.  Well not this time.  Break out the credit card, cause mama needs some tickets.  The National Ballet’s rendition of Swan Lake is so popular, they are offering it twice in the new season.

Quite honestly, it’s not just Swan Lake that is drawing me to subscribe to the 2013|14 season.  The National Ballet of Canada has really outdone themselves for the upcoming season.  Of all of their offerings, I don’t think I’m going to be able to pass any of them up.

  • Swan Lake: November 9 – 17, 2013 & March 8 – 16, 2014
  • Innovation: November 22 – 29, 2013
  • The Nutcracker: December 14, 2013 – January 4, 2014
  • Watch Her & A Month in the Country: February 26 – March 2, 2014
  • Onegin: March 19 – 23, 2014
  • Spectre de la Rose & Opus 19/The Dreamer & the second detail: May 28 – June 1, 2014
  • Cinderella: June 4 – 15, 2014

While tickets to the National Ballet can be a bit pricey (all 6 Ballets with the best seats goes for $1302), you can get discount tickets.  If you are between the ages of 16-29, then you can participate in the Dance Break program.  While tickets are not always guaranteed for every performance, when they do have them, it will only cost you $30.  You really can’t go wrong with that.  For those of you over the age of 29, I think that they sometimes have rush tickets available, but don’t quote me on that.

Next week, I take a look at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s 2013|14 season and start the process of choosing my tickets, which really is more involved than one would think.


2013 New Years Resolutions

31 December, 2012

2013 new year sparkler

Happy New Year everyone!

I normally never make New Years Resolutions.  There really is no specific reason why I don’t, but this year I decided to change that.  Will I stick to it?  Who the hell knows.  But at the very least it’s worth a shot.  So here goes my list of 2013 New Years Resolutions.

  1. Go to the gym at least 3 times a week – I have a gym in my condo complex.  It’s free and I never use it.  Bad form Nicole!  Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to become a gym rat, I don’t want to become skinny, but do I have some weight to lose?  You betcha.  Do I need to be healthier?  Of course.  Hence my whole I must start going to the gym.
  2. Fine tune my blog schedule and blog more regularly – Yeah, my procrastination bit me in the ass big time in 2012.  I found myself wasting inordinate amounts of time that could have been spent blogging.  Part of that is because I am so flipping lazy, but the other reason is that I have no real system/schedule set up.  I’ve tried a few this past year, but none of them have worked.  They’ve all been missing something.  Have no fear, my search is over for a new blog planner that actually works for me.  In fact, my new planner works so well for me that I plan to give one away to one lucky winner.  Stay tuned for that giveaway on Sunday.
  3. Organize, Organize, Organize – The last time I did this was in relation to my bookshelf.  That in and of itself is an ongoing task.  But 2013 is going to be the year that I organize everything else.  First up will be my office!  It currently looks like a cardboard storage facility, which Geek Girl can attest to.  I’m gonna clean it up and convert it to an office/makeup room/guest room all wrapped up into one.  It’s gonna be a huge project, but I’m so up to the task.  Now who wants to come over and help me paint?
  4. Take more photos – For someone who owns 2 cameras and a smart phone, I don’t take nearly enough photos.  This year, I’m going to document absolutely everything.  So if you see me, and I stick a camera in your face, please don’t slap me.
  5. Travel – No more staycations for me.  I mean really, I get at least 3 weeks of vacation a year, plus an additional 2 weeks off at Christmas.  I really need to make better use of what amounts to at least 5 weeks of paid vacation every year.  I know I’m headed back to NY for BEA at the end of May, and I’m also looking at Chicago for ALA at the end of June, but that still leaves me with a lot of time left over.  Where else should I go?  Any ideas?
  6. Act my age – I’ll be 32 in February 2013!  As much as it pains me to admit it, it’s time to grow up and act like an adult (which is highly overrated BTW).  In 2013, I’m going to DO ALL THE THINGS!  For those of you that don’t understand that reference, I suggest you google Hyperbole & a Half.

Well there you have it!  My New Years Resolutions for 2013.  I don’t think any of them will be too hard to stick to as none of them are too outrageous or anything, but we’ll see.  In any case, these resolutions don’t start until tomorrow when I am sure I will be at the gym while trying to fight off my New Years hangover.

What about you?  Do you have any New Years Resolutions for 2013?