Friday, March 24, 2017

Shopping: Fabulous & Unique Sunnies From GlassesShop!

GlassesShop Sunglasses & Website Review

We did it ladies and gentlemen... we made it through another winter. I am so excited that Spring is finally here and I am so ready to break the bounds of the puffy winter coat and wear some fabulous warm weather fashion, which includes a pair of chic sunglasses. I love wearing sunglasses (I've mentioned my love of sunglasses before), and how I can pull a whole look together just by throwing on a fabulous pair of shades. I have been dusting off my sunglasses collection in anticipation of the changing of the seasons and I'm happy to introduce my new addition to my sunglasses family, which was sent to me a few months ago from glasses online retailer GlassesShop, and they have quickly become my favourite pair!

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Dierdre Cat Eye Sunglasses from GlassesShop
If you are looking for a new pair of sunglasses, prescription glasses, or prescription sunglasses, you have to checkout GlassesShop.com. They have a very extensive collection of some of the most fashionable frames I've seen, as well as some classic and vintage frames.

Monday, March 20, 2017

P.s!: Out With The Old & In With The New!

Celebrating My Birthday with a Personal Confession

My birthday passed two weeks ago without much fanfare. I spent the day with friends, feeling amazing and looking fabulous, which I haven't done in a long time and is exactly how I wanted to spend the day. Maybe because my birthday is so early in the year and happens right before Spring starts, but I've always treated my birthday as my true "New Year". It's a time when I take stock of my life so far, what I've accomplished and what I would still like to do.

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Happy Birthday to Me! at Poop Cafe in Toronto
The last year was a terrible one for me, and the rest of the world it seems. Between political disasters, terrorist attacks, refugee crisis, prominent celebrity deaths, and so much more, the world around me seem to reflect how my life was crashing down around me. 

Monday, March 13, 2017

Makeup Review: Beautiful Lips from Bite Beauty!

Bite Beauty's The Lip Pencil & Amuse Bouche Lipstick Review

As a single woman over the age of 35 with very little time in the morning, I've got my regular makeup routine down to a science: wash, moisturize, foundation, eyeshadow, mascara, and eyebrows. If needed (which I usually do) I dab on some concealer under my eyes or on any blemishes that seem to appear even though I graduated high school in the 90's. I'm usually running late, so I finish my look with some pressed powder and tinted lip gloss or balm which I apply in my building's elevator. I normally don't bother with lipstick because I don't have the time or patience to apply it in the morning and then have to reapply it throughout the day. I usually find lipsticks dry out my lips with daily use and lip liners? Forget it; they are a lost cause for me. If I don't have the time or inclination to apply lipstick, I definitely don't have the extra time to line my lips before I apply the absent lipstick. But I do enjoy wearing a dramatic lip shade when I go out at night or adding a pretty colour to my lips for brunch with friends, but that's it. Until now. I recently was sent two of Bite Beauty's lip pencils and two sample-sized Amuse Bouche lipsticks for free to test out and review. And to my pleasant surprise, I have been wearing the lipstick (almost) daily for the past month.

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Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche lipstick in Honeycomb and Whiskey and Lip Pencil in 020 and 044
I'm in love with Bite Beauty's Amuse Bouche lipsticks! Not only did the lipsticks not dry out my lips, but I only had to reapply a few times throughout my long day, the lipstick stayed on my lips through two coffee runs! Made from nourishing oils and ingredients, the Amuse Bouche lipstick made my lips feel and look amazing. The lipstick was creamy and easy to apply. There is a hint of a fresh citrus scent and taste, which is a nice pick-me-up in my busy morning.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Explore Toronto: Bathurst Station Gets Honest Ed-ified!

Honest Ed's Art Installation at TTC Bathurst Station Review

The building at the corner of Bloor and Bathurst Streets, covered in tacky bright lights and funny hand-painted signs, need no introduction - every Torontonian knows of the giant discount retail store Honest Ed's. Whether you love it or hate it, Honest Ed's has become a huge part of Toronto's landscape and found a place within the city's heart. The long lines to purchase one of the coveted hand-painted signs are a testament to how far people will go to get a piece of Honest Ed's.

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As a tribute to the iconic landmark, the TTC has transformed Bathurst Station, into a 'Honest Ed's-style installation commemorating the retail store and its former owner Ed Mirvish, and the impact that they had on the community and the city of Toronto.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Exhibit: ROM's Chihuly is All Glory with No Guts!

ROM's Chihuly Exhibition Review

I frequently get asked why I love visiting art exhibits so much from people who think they have no understanding of art. My answer is always the same: It doesn't matter if you like or understand a piece of artwork, if it inspires conversation and dialogue and makes you see a different point of view or see something in a different light, it has accomplished it's goal. It is art and life would be so boring without it. I have been putting off visiting the ROM's latest giant exhibition, Chihuly, until I was ready.

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Persian Trellis, 2016
The weather had turned gloomy and the skies grey in Toronto over the past few weeks, so I figured it was time for an art pick-me-up. Last week, I braced myself against the cold wind downtown Toronto and made my way to the ROM. It was exactly what I needed that cold Monday afternoon: bright, beautiful, uplifting, and superficial.

Monday, November 07, 2016

Exhibit: Transforming Art!

Gladstone Hotel's Hard Twist 11: Spin Exhibition Review

My life's path has morphed and transformed to something new and has taken a spin in a totally different direction then I originally planned. So I felt a strong affinity for Gladstone's Hotel newest textile art exhibition aptly named Hard Twist 11: Spin. Now in it's 11th installment, Hard Twist is one of my favourite annual exhibitions at Gladstone Hotel (I have written reviews for Hard Twist 8, Hard Twist 9 and Hard Twist 10).

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Hairdress by Annabel Berthoff
One of the Gladstone Hotel's signature events, Hard Twist displays textile art, in its many forms, from a variety of established and up-and-coming artists, each with their own interpretation each year's theme. Spin is this years theme: "to spin is to transform. Whether it’s turning a fleece into yarn for a cozy sweater or rotating a dubious fact through angles of truth, spinning changes what you started with into something very different."

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