A Birthday Teese

Sunday was my 28th birthday, which seems crazy to me because I still think I’m 25. By a complete stroke of luck I found out that world famous burlesque artist Dita Von Teese would be performing in Montreal on my birthday, and knowing that I’ve been a big fan of hers for years Antony bought us tickets to see her show. It was a dream come true and she was as amazing as I imagined she would be. We weren’t allowed to take any photos but I thought I’d share a few of my favourite things from the day.It’s become a bit of a tradition for my mum to draw me a little birthday message when I’m away from home and email it to me on the morning of my birthdayA couple of my favourite cards, the left one is from Antony, I think watching a lot of Downton Abbey recently has had an influence on himWhen it’s your birthday you’re allowed to choose whatever food you want for dinner, so of course I chose chocolate. We went to a restaurant called Cacao which I’d seen amazing photos of on Instagram. Antony and I got a sharing platter which was a bit of everything (yes that’s chocolate pizza, waffles and caramelized bananas) and as you can imagine we couldn’t finish it all.The rest of our meal – chocolate fondue and even our own little fire to toast the marshmallows Inside the Olympia Theatre waiting for the show to startThe only photo I got of Dita right at the end of the show when she finished her famous martini glass routineSo happy with my birthday freebie from Sephora this year, and I received a Sephora gift card from Antony’s parents which I look forward to spending

  

This may look like a Valentine’s gift guide…

…but I promise it’s not. It just happens to be a bunch of pretty pink things I like the look of, and it happens to be February. Thats all I’m saying. 

Liberty Coin Purse – Comes in loads of different colours and also as a wallet, pouch, travel card holder, and other various sized bags

Herbivore Botanicals Mini Rose Face Mist – Always seems to be sold out online on the Sephora website, but it has great reviews and I also found it at Urban Outfitters

Topshop Sahara Cateye Sunglasses – I love the glamorous cateye shape and the contrasting blue tinted lenses

Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil – A gel lip balm with a deliciously sweet scent that softens the lips whilst adding a naturally coloured glossy shine with a barely-there effect

Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish in ‘Shape of my heart’ – The perfect soft blush pink shade

Diptyque Rosaviola Candle – Scented with delicate rose and violet perfume and packaging designed by accessories designer Olympia Le-Tan that you’ll want to keep forever

Heart Pom Pom Keyring – Adds an element of cuteness and fun to your handbag or keys 

Ban.do Sip Sip Tumbler – This tumbler would definitely encourage me to drink more water

Happy Heart Porcelain Dish – Perfect for holding loose change or your collection of rings

Ban.do Peekaboo Folio – Now you can keep your documents beautifully organised and also add an individual touch with the included stickers

Cluse La Boheme Rose Gold Watch – Sleek and minimalist yet still feminine

If you’re interested in more pink and heart related stuff you can check out my post from 2015 

Farewell January

It’s been a while. I haven’t posted anything on my blog since before Christmas, which I think is the longest period of time I’ve been silent on here.

It’s not that I’ve given up blogging, it’s more that I’m feeling the way a lot of bloggers feel at this time of year, uninspired and pretty unmotivated. I can’t say I’ve done anything recently worth talking about either. I had a nice Christmas with Antony and his family, it didn’t snow here until a few days after Christmas Day and it’s been cold, slushy, and slippery ever since which I get pretty fed with, I’d like to wear something other than snow boots.

If any of you watched Lisa Eldridge’s make up video with Alexa Chung I can definitely relate to what they call ‘winter face’ where you feel like you look grey and tired, and your skin is really craving some sunshine. I bought quite a few new makeup and skincare items with my Christmas money hoping it will perk me up (see photo below), but Antony and I have also found ourselves discussing the idea of living somewhere warmer for a year or two, maybe Australia, we’ll see.I do have one update for you, in December Antony and I moved out of his parents house and into our own apartment in Westboro, Ottawa. It was the only neighbourhood we looked at because it’s known for being quite young and trendy, it’s close to downtown, and there’s lots of shops, cafes, and restaurants right on our doorstep (I’m writing this sat in Equator Cafe, see Latte photo below).I haven’t shared any photos of the apartment because it’s tiny and we don’t have a lot of stuff here (most of my things are still at my parents house in England) so I don’t really feel like it’s worth showing you, plus, we don’t plan to stay in this apartment for long. Okay, here’s one photo of our bed, just because I love the Hudson Bay blanket my parents bought us and the SPRUTT white metal cabinet from IKEA that I store all my makeup etc in.I think that’s enough rambling for now. I just want to finish by saying I’m really happy it’s now February (my birthday month) and also roll on Spring!

All I want for Christmas is… (2015)

I created a Christmas wish list last year which if you like you can check out HERE. I really enjoy making them so I decided to do another one this year. I seem to have a never ending list of products I’d like to try or items I’d like to own, but I’ve attempted to narrow it down to some of my current favourites. I hope it gives you a few helpful gift ideas too.

Herbivore Coconut Milk a Bath Soak // Pixi Glow Tonic // Bobbi Brown Sterling Nights Eye Palette // Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel // Jin Soon Nail Polish in Charade & Nostalgia // Tweezerman Slant Tweezers // Jade Facial Roller // Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick // Aesop Parsley Seed Face Mask // RMS Beauty Living Luminizer // Eva NYC Pro-Lite Hairdryer 

David’s Tea Matcha Essentials Set // Diptyque Le Redouté Scented Candle // Rosefield Watch // Love, Style, Life Book // Pyjama Set // Wire Wall Grid // Scattered Star Alice Band // Firecracker Earrings // Glasses (Set of 4) // S’well Water Bottle // Rose Turkish Delight

All I want for Christmas is… (2014)

With only one month to go until Christmas Day I’ve put together a little wish list of a few things I would be happy to receive on Christmas morning. Hopefully it will give you some inspiration too.

Beauty

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1- Liberty Diptyque Insolite Candle 2- Textured Hologram Make Up Bag 3- Wild Argan Oil Festive Picks 4- Kiehl’s Classic Collection 5- Bobbi Brown Mini Eye Palette 6- Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish

Home

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1- Crosley Record Player 2- Hay Kaleido Trays 3- Pia Wallen Cross Throw Blanket 4- Gold Wire Basket 5- Arrow Light 6- Dog Treat Jar

Christmas Accessories

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1- Tree Candle 2- Elegant Touch Christmas Jumper Nails 3- IKEA Tray 4- Squirrel Nutcracker 5- Noel Soft Fleece Throw 6- Christmas Cottage T-Light Holder

Little Extras

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1- Clear Rosa IPhone Case 2- Happy Plugs Headphones 3- Topshop Ball Earrings & Arrow Studs 4- Charbonnel et Walker Sea Salt Caramel Truffles 5- Rosie for Autograph Silk Teddy 6- My Little Box