Saturday, November 27, 2010

New buys + Award!

I thought the only PINK store in Alberta was in Edmonton... but while I was in Calgary today, I found out they opened a new one! I was so excited because I regretted not buying this last time I was in Edmonton... so here's what I picked up! (They were even on sale!)

the new PINK scent, Bold & Playful
My favourite, Warm & Cozy (Shimmer and Shine)
I wasn't intending on getting the shimmer one, but they didn't have the regular.
But that's okay, I love sparkles this winter anyway :]

I am awful at describing scents, but I love all of them from PINK! It was so hard to choose!

The rules:

1. Thank the blogger/s who gave you this award

Biiig thank you to Mimi who gave me my first award! What a huge compliment :]

2. Sum up your blogging philosophy, motivation, and experiences using five words.

(I don't know if they'll all be five words, but I'll keep it short :]!)

My philosophy: If I'd like to read it, I post it. I love hearing peoples opinions on the things I blog about.

My motivation: Fellow bloggers. It's really sweet that people take the time to read and comment.

My experience: Positive! I actually haven't come across someone on my blog yet (or in the blogs I follow) that were negative. It's fabulous.

3. Pass on to ten other bloggers.

Since I don't have many followers, I can't list 10... but here's some!

and of course, Mimi! (But I don't know if I am supposed to actually tag this back to her!)

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Buttons :)

(via Gap)(via Ruche)
I had a dream about those boots, so I must like them more than I thought! haha

(via Ruche)

(via Le Chateau)

I love buttons :]

I am going Christmas shopping this weekend, and seeing Harry Potter with Jordan! (If the highway roads aren't too icy!)

What are you up to this weekend?

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


For the past while my oldest sister (Kelli) and myself have taken on baking for all our "events" and just for fun! We have been planning our Christmas baking list for a while now... we decided on this one today, it is super cute!

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Cake!

1/2 cup dairy sour cream
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon almond extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
4 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup butter
1 1/2 cups boiling water

1/2 cup Whipping Cream
8 ounces Cream Cheese, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
3/4 cup chopped nuts (optional)

6-ounce package semi-sweet chocolate pieces
1/4 cup Butter
1/2 cup dairy Sour Cream
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted

Suggested Decorations:
16 M&M’s® milk chocolate candies (eyes)
16 Rolo® milk chocolate covered antlers (antlers)
4 Pepperidge Farm® Double Chocolate Chunk Soft Baked cookies, cut in half (ears)
8 maraschino cherries (noses)
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Butter and flour two 9-inch round cake pans.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together Sour Cream, eggs and extract; mix well and set aside.
  3. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt; set aside.
  4. In a large electric mixer bowl, combine chocolate, Butter and water; stir with a spoon until mixture is melted and smooth. Add half of flour mixture to chocolate mixture and beat on low speed of electric mixer until combined. Add Sour Cream mixture and beat until combined. Add remaining flour mixture and beat until smooth. Pour batter into prepared pans.
  5. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool layers in pans on wire racks 10 minutes; remove from pans and cool completely on wire racks. While cakes cool, prepare filling and icing.
  6. For filling, beat Whipping Cream at high speed with an electric mixer until soft peaks form; set aside. Beat Cream Cheese, powdered sugar, sugar and extract at medium speed until creamy. Fold Cream Cheese mixture into Whipped Cream. Stir in nuts, if desired. Chill.
  7. For icing, melt chocolate and Butter in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring frequently. Cool about 5 minutes. Stir in Sour Cream. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating till smooth and easy to spread.
  8. To assemble, pipe chocolate icing around outer edge of bottom layer. Spread all but 1 cup filling inside the piped circle. Place second layer on top. Frost top and sides of cake with icing. Just before serving, cut cake into 8 slices and decorate as desired using reserved filling, candies, cookies and cherries for eyes, antlers, ears and nose.

Makes 6 servings.

Have any favourite holiday treats?

Sunday, November 21, 2010

I've been there!

I've loved Michael Buble for years!
This video made me miss California so much! I want to go back!

Friday, November 19, 2010

My life outlook...

Once a man was walking along a beach. The sun was shining and it was a beautiful day. Off in the distance he could see a person going back and forth between the surf's edge and and the beach. Back and forth this person went. As the man approached he could see that there were hundreds of starfish stranded on the sand as the result of the natural action of the tide.

The man was stuck by the the apparent futility of the task. There were far too many starfish. Many of them were sure to perish. As he approached the person continued the task of picking up starfish one by one and throwing them into the surf.

As he came up to the person he said, "You must be crazy. There are thousands of miles of beach covered with starfish. You can't possibly make a difference." The person looked at the man. He then stooped down and pick up one more starfish and threw it back into the ocean. He turned back to the man and said, "It sure made a difference to that one!"
Have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Just in time for the snow storm!

This has to be the softest hoodie I've ever owned!
& it's so warm! Perfect for todays snow storm!
(from American Eagle)

Today my mailbox was frozen shut; So I had to kick it to break off all the ice until it opened.
Hope the weather there is better than here!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Not exactly my kind of music but...

...isn't the bass player a babe?

...My boyfriend Jordan's old band (recently started a new one that's unnamed).
It's okay, I don't know what they're saying either.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

It sure was!

Ainsley, "Gammy! Listen! ...Hear that? I think that's Auntie Mar singing!"

Friday, November 12, 2010


Lately I love everything with bows! (I think it's because it reminds me of wrapping presents at Christmas... which is one of my all-time favourite things! Weird, I know) Some of my favorites are...


and earrings, tops, skirts and cardigans
So basically, if it has bows, I will like it!

Do you have a favourite trend?

Thursday, November 11, 2010

I finally fell into the scarf fad!

I steal a brown one just like this from my Mom all the time!
(via Ruche)

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

My Stages.

When things go wrong (don't worry, things are great right now!)... I go through three stages, all of which are accompanied by three types of songs until I feel better!

Stage one - Self Pity.

This is where I listen to Damien Rice... You can cry and sing along to his songs at the same time! (I admit, I'm a cry baby!)

Stage two - Calm down and realize I think everything is much worse than it actually is.

So come on, yeah, because everything's not lost!

Stage three - learn & move on.

This is followed by an extremely embarrassing happy dance!
What's your go-to happy song?

On an incredibly random side-note:
Last night my brother Cody and myself went to TWO different grocery stores to get ingredients for me to attempt to bake red velvet cupcakes with creme cheese icing...neither had what I needed. Needless to say, I got frustrated and I ended up with a bag of instant cookies.
They are yummy.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Monday, November 8, 2010

I'm updating my workout playlist!

I am always listening to music when I do my workouts...Very different tunes compared to ones on my usual playlists ! (which usually consists of Indie, country and alternative) But I've decided to update it!
Some on the "keepers list" are:

Coastin' - Zion I & K. Flay [My version doesn't have the long intro]
Good Girls Go Bad - Cobra Starship
Yeah - Usher [I'm going to get hassle for this one from my sister, Meghan!]
Cold Hard Bitch - Jet [My favourite]
Four Minutes - Madonna (ft. JT)
My First Kiss - 3OH!3 (ft. Ke$ha)
Here's The Thing - Girl Talk
and of course...
Stop - Spice Girls [singing along to this one gets my mind off it when I start getting tired!]

What's on yours? Any suggestions?

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Life is just better with...

(In no particular order)
~Good primers~
I've noticed a HUGE difference in my foundation application after using the HD Make up Forever primer with it! (I use the green one because I have an over-all red undertone but no actual breakouts, and it works pretty well! ... However if you're looking for pore minimizing and breakout coverage [unless the skin-coloured one works differently, I'm not sure] I wouldn't really recommend it)
I love the Kat Von D eyeshadow primer in skin. My shadows have lasted much much longer with it!

~Heat Protectant~

I will be the first to admit I'm very guilty of being awful to my hair. I'm often dying it different colours, blow-drying it almost everyday as well as curling/flat-ironing. This has made a HUGE difference! My hair is much much softer, and my frizz has gone down dramatically.


I'm pretty sure I could be hired as an Elf. I LOVE Holidays- especially Christmas! I love the music, the decorations, the people, the spirit, the shopping, the cooking, the holiday specials! EVERYTHING! Today Jordan took me to Starbucks and I had my first holiday drink - White Chocolate Peppermint Mocha. Yum :]
I can't wait to start Christmas shopping!

~A healthy workout routine~

Coming from someone who used to be completely inactive and pretty down, I can't explain enough how much just getting out and exercising makes a difference in how I feel.
First off - I love my elliptical. When I first started using it, I felt awful after only SIX minutes... now I can easily run through the duration of Forrest Gump! (Which I have done twice since it was on tv!) I have awful knees so this really helps because I can get amazing cardio in without joint pain.

Even though Jillian Michaels is a hard ass, I honestly can't explain to you how much difference this video has made. Although I can't say I lost "20 pounds in 30 days" (I have awful eating habits) I have been doing this most of this past year and have lost over 50 pounds, 35 inches of body fat and gone down 2 BMI categories. I love how it's a short video(about half an hour including warm-up and cool-down) but it's really effective!

~When things smell good!~
(Ironically placed after naming something that makes you smell gross ;)...unless you have a way of still smelling good after a good workout... then fill me in!)
HOLIDAY SCENTS! I love when Cranberry scents come out. My mom has SO many of these (but in tarts). I love when she burns them around Christmas.
Victoria Secret scents... I think this one was my favorite! I should have gotten some instead of stealing a little bit from my cousins everyday in Edmonton! :]

Just my favorite perfume :]

~His sweater~I love having my boyfriends sweater. Because he lives and goes to school about an hour and a half away, we only see each other on the weekends. So during the week, he gives me his sweaters. No matter if I'm sad, cold, or miss him a lot this is the next best thing to having him here! Life is just better with something cozy from someone you care about :]

~A purpose~
"...Because the purpose of life is to have a life purpose."

Hope everyone had a great weekend, BRING ON MONDAY!

My Saturday!

This Saturday I had my first solo photo shoot! I had the opportunity to work with Eiko to do a "Trash the Grad Dress" shoot, it was a ton of fun having everything done! It was definitely a great experience!
(This is the only picture that has been posted so far... it is definitely not my favorite... I like from the nose up, but I'm definitely not a fan of my neck! Hopefully the other ones turn out better! :])

Friday, November 5, 2010

I wish I didn't bite my nails!

On Stage

Only Gold for Me

(These top two from Sephora by OPI)

Sugar Plums

Jingle Bells

(These last three from the two latest China Glaze collections)

TGIF! Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


Tonight is Glee night! I wait all week for this show, it's my favourite! I get so happy every time I watch it. If you love musical dramas, this show is pretty much the greatest thing on the face of the earth.
Puck is my favourite! If you watch, who's yours??
If you don't, what show is your favourite?

This song has been in my head all day...