Monday, December 29, 2014

New Years Eve: Party Nails!

Lord & Taylor: Black
Lord & Taylor: Rose Gold Sparkles

Monday, December 22, 2014

Christmas Stars Manicure

Love & Beauty: Brick Red
OPI: Alpine Snow
Sally Hansen: Golden-I

Monday, December 15, 2014

Christmas Tree Accent Nail

Sally Hansen: Bad to the Bone
OPI: Don't Mess With OPI
Lord & Taylor: No Name Green Sparkles
Quo by Orly: Glittering Gold

Monday, December 8, 2014

Frosted Glitter Tips

Sally Hansen: Greige
Sally Hansen: Bling-tastic

Saturday, December 6, 2014

The Salvation Army: Santa Shuffle

What an amazing day! This morning I climbed up a very snowy and icy Mount Royal to volunteer with the Salvation Army for their annual Santa Shuffle with a few colleagues. This event takes place all across North America in collaboration with the Running Room. All runners pledge to raise a certain amount of money, which is then donated to one of the Salvation Army's many programs. In Montreal, the race is either a 5 km Run (for adults) or a 1 km Elf Walk (for kids) on top of the Mount Royal.

Although I was only a volunteer who helped serve the amazing runners water, hot chocolate and snacks, I was still lucky enough to receive a participation medal and a shirt! What a warm feeling to know that there are so many people dedicated to helping our local communities. Thank you Salvation Army! 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Matte Purple & Gold Dots

Sally Hansen: Rock Bottom
Sally Hansen: Golden-I
Formula X: Mind Over Matter

Monday, November 24, 2014

Grey & Silver Pinstripe Accents

Sally Hansen Salon Manicure: Greige
Sally Hansen X-Treme Wear: Celeb City
Sally Hansen: Big Shiny Top Coat

Monday, November 17, 2014

Rainspa at A Bow Tie Affair

I usually don't write much with these posts but I had he pleasure of attending a fundraising event called A Bow Tie Affair this past week at Hotel Nelligan in Montreal's Old Port. The event had a small booth set up by Rainspa who chose these gorgeous colours for me and painted my nails!

Base: OPI Vant To Bite My Neck
Glitter: OPI

Euro Central Collection

Monday, November 10, 2014

Fall French Manicure

Essie: Adore-a-Ball
Sally Hansen: Golden-I

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Let's be Frank...

Hi Everyone! I'm writing to you all straight out of the shower. I literally smell like coffee right now! Ok, let me backtrack. I came across an article about Frank's Coffee Body Scrub online and the writer raved about the scrub and her smooth skin.

Of course, I was intrigued right away, because who doesn't love a good body scrub? The coffee part was just the cherry on top. At first I thought that the scrub was coffee scented, but I quickly read that it is made from actual roasted and ground coffee beans so the scent is completely natural. The ingredients in this scrub include coffee, sweet almond oil, brown sugar, salt, water, orange oil, and vitamin e.

This Australian-born scrub is unlike any other exfoliator. It is made from all natural ingredients and targets so many skin conditions at the same time like cellulite, stretch marks, psoriasis, varicose veins, eczema and acne. After just a few uses, I could actually feel my skin become smoother. All of the small lumps and bumps that mysteriously appear on my arms and legs feel smooth now and are disappearing from the brown sugar and sea salt moisturizer. The packing says that the minerals help tone your skin as well, but I'm sure I will start seeing that after a few more uses.

On top of my incredibly soft and smooth skin, I can't get over how amazing I smell right now. Not to toot my own horn, but I am in such a great mood from this. It's amazing how a scent can uplift you! The coffee scent is muted on my skin but still wonderful, and there is a top note of orange zest. This scent makes me feel so happy and energized.

Lastly, for those who know me personally know I'm a sucker for good packaging, and Frank nailed it. Rather than describing it, I'll let you wander over to the website and see some screen shots I added down below.

You can buy Frank online in three different options: original, coconut & grapeseed and cacao.  For more information about the scrub visit the FAQ section or the Blog.

So go ahead, take Frank home and get dirty! It'll be the best shower you've ever had.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Fall Favourites

OPI - Muir Muir on the Wall
OPI - Cuckoo For This Color
OPI - Deutche You Want Me Baby?
OPI - In the Cable Car Pool Lane

Monday, October 27, 2014

Taupe & Glitter

Sally Hansen: Tough Taupe
Sally Hansen Gem Crush: Razzle Dazzler

Monday, October 20, 2014

Maroon & Gold Half Moons

Sally Hansen: Golden-I
Essie: Bahama Mama

Monday, October 13, 2014

Lucky Next Door

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!

I had such a great weekend, filled with lots of food and some quality family time with my parents. One of my highlights from this long weekend was visiting a cute little cafe called Lucky Next Door in Burlington, Vermont.

I thought the name of the cafe was a little strange at first, so I looked a bit more into their story. The owners, Charles Reeves and Holly Cluse first opened the Penny Cluse Cafe (which is right next door) in 1998. This cafe was named after Holly's childhood dog, Penny. About 16 years later, Charles and Holly bought the building next door and named it after Charles' father's favourite dog named Lucky - hence Lucky Next Door.

Penny Cluse was closed when we went, but luckily we managed to stop into Lucky Next Door for a quick snack and coffee. The menu was so extensive and covered a lot of ground with everything from burritos and nachos to cakes, soups and salads. Drinks wise, they made all espresso drinks, seasonal juices, smoothies and alcohol!

We also started with a (huge) slice of banana bread with maple walnut cream cheese to share. This was absolutely amazing. Not too sweet, and perfectly moist. The cream cheese on top was such a nice treat.

To drink, I ordered a Mexican hot chocolate which was out of this world!! It tasted like a party in my mouth - seriously, I don't know how else to describe it. It was basically hot chocolate with cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and a few other spices. It was the perfect balance between sweet, spice and savoury. It was so delicious - I still can't stop thinking about it!

The cafe itself was so cozy and decorated with paintings by a local artist named Matthew Pardue. You can see some of his work here. It wasn't very busy, but it may have just been because of the long weekend and the time of day that we stopped in.

I plan on attempting to make this hot chocolate closer to Christmas time! Stay tuned!

Autumn Orange & Gold Stripes

OPI: Chop-Sticking to My Story
Quo by ORLY: Glittering Gold
Sally Hansen: Big Shiny Top Coat

Monday, October 6, 2014

Pink Ribbon Nails

Lord & Taylor Collection: Pink
Sally Hansen: Griege 
Lord & Taylor Collection: Clear Glitter
Sally Hansen Gem Crush: Razzle Dazzler