Wednesday, September 28, 2011


Instant drool factor.  Not that I necessarily need another pair of wedge boots, but then again I always say you can never own too many shoes.  Sadly, these are a cool $200 which is a bit more of a splurge than I will allow myself to make.  Dream on, Amanda, dream on.


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Up the Ante

 Old Navy top, Parasuco jeans (thrifted & last seen here), BCBG heels (last seen here), Joe Fresh necklace,
H&M bangle & Bay ring

I am a creative person.  Or at least that's what everyone tells me.  I love blogging.  I love reading other blogs.  When I see others blogging about the most random things, I often find it interesting, fun and I enjoy reading it.  It can be as simple as a new snack they've created, showing off a pair of new shoes, giving us a sneak peak of their work space or simply giving us a glimpse into their day-to-day life.  So why is it with such simple ideas to blog about, and things I personally like reading on others' blogs, I continue to get bloggers block?  Am I not taking enough photos?  Am I not letting these ideas sink in?  Or am I simply not creative enough?

Creativity doesn't include listing what I'm wearing and why I'm loving it.  That's not creative, those are facts people, and if I could come across witty and humourously sarcastic,I might actually be onto something.  However, we can't all be like that  (and by 'like that' I mean have words that jump off the page at readers and make them snort their milk through their nose as they read, laugh, and enjoy those far-too-creatively-funny words for someone like me to come up with).  Ha! Ha. ha.  Not so funny, right?  

Regardless.  Let's up the ante, here, okay?  Stick to to me as I plan to lay the creative smack-down on this blog from here on out.  Okay, maybe don't hold me to that, what if I lose my creative juice flow?  Does anyone have a good recipe?


Monday, September 26, 2011

Maybelline SHINEsensational Lip Gloss Review

I was recently gifted with a Maybelline SHINEsensational lip gloss (not from the company) and was excited to try it out.  I can be a very picky person, especially when it comes to lip gloss but I must say this one is excellent.  I normally use Lip Smacker Clear Shine (in Cotton Candy) or Bath & Body Works 'Ultra Metha lip shine' but am always willing to try something new, but often tend to revert back to my tried-n-true.  Not this time.  I love this stuff, it goes on thick, but not goopy, has a bit of shimmer, but not too much, and the flavour. is. awesome.  The 'Treat Me Sweet' (number 20) flavour is kind of a strawberry-banana and while I wouldn't eat it straight from the tube (do people actually do that?  No judgement.), the taste is pretty good.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Parlez-vous fran├žais?

 H&M dress (worn as a top, last seen here), Joe Fresh pants & necklace,
Gap wedges (last seen here) & Charlotte Russe ring

Red reminds me of French.  Why, you ask?  I'm not sure why, actually, it just does.  I speak French, technically.  For my job it was a requirement, and I worked oh-so-hard to pass my exams (reading, writing & oral) a few years ago, only to practice less and less and see signs that I'm losing my French.  If you don't use it, you lose it (popular saying... that sadly seems to be holding true in my case).

I started learning French in grade 1 and took it every year from then on until I graduated high school.  Typically, after grade 9 you can drop the French course, but I continued (one class per year) in order to (hopefully) maintain.  It provided somewhat of a base for me, but when the pressure to get a permanent job was put on me, pressure that relied on my language skills, it felt as if I'd never spoken a day of French in my life.  The stress was enormous; I was doing ten hours per week of language training (via night school, a private tutor, and a semi-private tutor) and there were definitely bouts of tears.  However, in the end (aka four months later), I passed my exams and got to stay in my job (and move up eventually).

Do you speak any other languages?  When did you learn?  Did you struggle like me?


Saturday, September 17, 2011

Ebates Review

Photos from my trip to Toronto

Do you use Ebates?  I never used it until a few months ago, now I kick myself if I forget.  Earn cash back for purchases you were already planning on making?  I'm in.

Ebates is basically a host site.  Simply put, you visit their site (create a free account), search the store you are looking for, and click the link.  Ebates then transfers you to that store you do your online shopping as you normally would.  Once your purchase is made and processed, you will receive a percentage of your total bill, back in your Ebates account.  Yes, free money.

There are various sites you can shop with on Ebates.  A few of my favourites for clothing are:
* Karmaloop
* GoJane
* Alloy
* Victoria's Secret
* Old Navy
* Lulu's

Most sites offer 2% cash back, but some are generous with up to 6% or 8% cashback.  I purchased my Ash booties from Karmaloop via Ebates.  I also purchased a few tops from Old Navy via Ebates.  I currently have a balance of $9.42 in my account simply for clicking a link.  Highly worth it (that could be your twice weekly coffee or a new pair of tights).

Sign up for free here (and earn $5 for every friend you refer).

* I am in no way affiliated with Ebates, I simply love getting deals on things I buy (especially online) and if I can share that with you all, I'm happy to do so.  I blogged a while back about another great site where you can find super coupon codes.

Friday, September 16, 2011


Irregular Choice, $183  sale $97

While perusing the Lulu's website I fell in love with these (a) boots  (b) wedges  (c) sandals  or (d) all of the above?  They have one pair left, in my size!  Meant to be, or serious man-repeller?  Hey, that's never stopped me before...


Friday, September 9, 2011

Thanks Natalie.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Music Type

 Alainn Bella sweater (last seen here), Joe Fresh dress/skirt (last seen here),
Aldo wedges (last seen here), Mexx necklace & Bay ring

What kind of music do you like?  I'm a huge fan of hip-hop, rap, dance/techno, r&b and urban pop (in that order).  I was recently turned onto The Dream's (aka Terius Nash) new album (listen here; my fave is, 'Long Gone').  It. Is. So. Good.  Apparently it's somewhat dedicated to his ex-wife (that he cheated on) Christina Milian.  Have a listen, you will understand.

I often have a habit of killing tracks.  If I like a song, I will literally kill-the-track (aka play it over, and over, and over again until I can't stand it).  For instance, I have listened to the above track, oh, about fourteen times within the last two days.  Um.  Ya.

Here are a few other tracks I'm 'killing' at the moment:

* Black Eyed Peas - Someday
* Pitbull feat. Sean Paul - Shake Senora
* Kelly Rowland feat. Big Sean - Lay It On Me
* The Weeknd feat. Drake - The Zone
* Gums - Don't Give Up
* Remady - No Superstar


Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Negative Qualities

Negative qualities.  We all have them.  I prefer to focus on the positive, but hey, we all have a little something or another to work on to be, as I like to say, the best version of ourselves.  Sometimes our not-so-positive qualities are obvious to us and others need or will point them out.  Other times, we know exactly what they are, and how they come across to others.

I think in the world of blogging we often tend to portray a 'picture perfect' version of ourselves.  Why on earth would a blogger write something negative about themselves, or reveal something less than perfect?  However, I'm a real person, with real emotions and feelings and (gasp!) negative qualities.  There are the types of things I work on, on a daily basis.  Okay, sometimes I forget to work on them, and the bitch comes out, but I try, and that's what counts, right?  Sort of.

My negative qualities come out when things aren't going my way, when something is taking too long, when someone is asking too many questions.  In other words, I'm super impatient.  I get frustrated easily and have a hard time staying calm.  I am a big fan of yelling, and I honestly wish I could stop.  It's not fun, attractive, nor fair.  Why can't I speak out like a cool, calm and collected person?  As a self-proclaimed type-A personality, I have a hard time being easy-going, letting things go, and 'rolling with it'.  I try to fight it, but it's naturally me to be this way.  It's not an excuse, it's a fact, and it's something I try to fight against. 

I aim to be the best version of myself, all the time.  Sometimes I slip up, we all do, but I work on it.  I work to turn those negative qualities into something a little less negative, to be a little bit better (even if it's taking a deep breath or counting to three before totally losing my cool), and to be someone I would want to be friends with.

What are your negative qualities?  I dare you to comment, post, or discuss.  Not always easy, but certainly interesting.

PS - I'm always late.  Add that to the list.


Friday, September 2, 2011

Summer vs. Fall

September has started and fall is just around the corner.  While I absolutely love fall for dressing, I don't love what comes after it: a long cold winter.  I also find fall is too quick to arrive and too fast to leave.  I'm always sad to see the summer end too because (1) it's not long enough, and (2) I love the warm weather (and clothing and footwear that goes along with it).

When do you start transitioning into your 'fall' wardrobe?  Is it by a certain date?  Dependant on the weather?  Or do you incorporate fall-like clothing into your year-round wardrobe like me?

Needless to say, it's the last long weekend of the summer and I'm going to enjoy it to its fullest (hopefully in my swimsuit. C'mon hot weather!).  Hope you all have a happy and safe labour day weekend.  See you Tuesday!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

DIY Easy (Healthy) Omelet

Someone pretty great taught me how to make an omelet... in the microwave!  Perfect for a 'gourmet' breakfast at work (beats my bagel); it's quick, it's filling, it's healthy but most important, it's easy.

When my bestie asked me how I was making this omelet, I decided to snap some pictures of the process to share with her, then thought you lovely readers might like to see it too.  Will you make this tomorrow morning at work?

 1.  Grab your ingredients (& be creative).  I like broccoli (but substituted spinach & argula this time), grape tomatoes & cheese
2.  Crack an egg...
3.  ...or four (but only one yolk; keepin' it healthy)
4.  Whiskkkk

5.  Add your veggies...
6.  ...and your chunks of cheese (I just rip the cheese apart) & stir it up
7.  Into the microwave for 2 minutes and 22 seconds (just because I like punching only one number, multiple times)
8.  And eat.
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