Collab giveaway with FreshSeason!

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It’s November, dudes. I love how close it is to Christmas now. Less than 2 months and I’ll be in Newfoundland again!

I haven’t started decorating yet, have you? I usually wait til mid-November to get out my glass desktop Christmas tree.

Oh. I’ve got some exciting news for you guys today. From now through December I will feature Christmas gift ideas on the blog. Hence that fun little header up top.

As you start making your shopping lists, there seems to be always that one person who is difficult to buy for, am I right? I’m here to help you out! This is the time to check out my blog for some great gift ideas, and a chance to win some of the items I’ll be featuring throughout the next few weeks.

Each of the upcoming posts under ‘Holiday Gift Guide‘ will have a review and/or a giveaway and if you’ve missed one of those posts, just click on that fun skyscraper pic on the right hand side. It’ll bring you to all of the (upcoming) posts in one round-up page.

Let’s get this thing started, shall we?!

Up today, I’m doing a collab giveaway with my BBFF (bloggy best friend forever) Leanne. Both of us have gathered some prizes for our readers to win and we’re so excited to give these goodies away to one lucky reader in the Canada or USA.

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One winner will receive:

  • An orange fossil wallet
  • One $30 gift card to Sephora
  • Philosophy makeup bag with a few goodies!

Here’s an up close picture of the goods. Just in case you want to see what the makeup bag & wallet looks like. Gotta know what you’re winnin’. Am I right?

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Alright! Enter away on the rafflecopter form below. Leanne and I are sharing the rafflecopter form, but there are things you need to do, over on her site. So keep that in mind and pay her a nice friendly visit. :)

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Obsessed: Stila book of palettes

Good morning! I can’t start off my blog post without saying Happy Halloween to you all. :)

I’ve been on the go for many weekends in a row. Between BlissDom, heading home to Newfoundland and next up is a trip to the States tomorrow afternoon. I’ve been very particular about what I pack in my makeup bag.

Each time that I leave to go somewhere, I’ve surprised myself and brought a Stila eyeshadow palette from Stila’s Masterpiece Series of eye and cheek palettes that I got from the PR company a few weeks ago.book-of-palettes-by-stila

I’ve been gravitating towards one palette in particular. Can you take a wild guess as to which one I’ve been using on a regular basis?  Surprise, it’s volume 1 — the minimalist palette with all the great every day neutrals.3-stila-volumes

The bigger pink colours on the palette are blushes. A nice feature to add with the palette don’t you think?

There’s a diverse set of colours suitable to any sort of look to create. And if you’re kind of stumped on what colours to put where, it also comes with a small look-book to recreate a few looks. 

The colours in all three palettes are nicely pigmented. I can see why people buy Stila eye shadows. I remember my “little” neighbors girlfriend back in Newfoundland telling me her love of Stila products when I was home last. back of stila book of palettes

The three volumes are packaged like a set of novels. Kinda cute and different, right?stila-masterpiece-series

Stila’s Masterpiece Series is available at Sephora for $58 CDN (a $152 value)

What is your signature eyeshadow colour? Which colour from these palettes are your favourite?

I almost cried at the sight

It was one of my last days in Newfoundland and I had the opportunity to pick up the youngest one from school while the other kid (a year older) came with me — he was out of school that day.

The school bell rang at 2:45 and my little 5 year old nephew spotted me down the long hallway. After spending hours playing the evening before, and all the days prior he was genuinely thrilled to see me. The look on his face was so priceless that it truly brought tears to my eyes to see how excited he was to see his “Ancy Nancy” picking him up from school.

ruairi stepping on my bootGotta say the little buddy takes after me with his many facial expressions (as he steps on my boot purposely in the above pic lol). When he spotted me waiting in the lobby of the school, his face dropped into a shy but expressive jaw-dropping smile. It was adorable. Once he got close, he starting running to me. I bent down to my knees and gave him a warm bear hug. One of the best moments of my trip.

It’s so bitter sweet. I almost cried at the sight. I’m not a crier. I was ecstatic picking up my nephews from school, but sad in a way that I don’t get to do it more often.taking off ruairis cap

I have to say that is truly one of my favorite things about being home. The joy of picking up my nephews from a full day of school. A school that I went to Jr High (grades 5-8) in, now turned into an elementary school. The hallways back then seemed long, the classrooms seemed extraordinary large. Going back into that same building, with that same foul apple-smell in the hallways (why do all schools SMELL the same?) brought back so many memories of attending that school. Plus omg not to mention — the hallway is SO LITTLE. It’s funny how your perception changes as you grow.

It’s also a little disheartening cute how kids see adults as all the same age. I even went on a FIELD TRIP with my nephew’s 7 year old class. How crazy is that? His mother (my sister-in-law. Duh) attended as well. We the class learned about the weather and had some cool experiments that I gladly participated in. My nephew blurted out a question while we were on the adventure walk with the class “Who is older? YOU or my MOM?” Legitimate question, I understand your concerns kid. But omg there’s a freaking DECADE plus a few more years tacked on between our ages. I suppose he thinks me and my own mother are only 3 years in the difference too. Right?

Either way. Won’t be that log until I’m back again. 7 more weeks til I’m home for Christmas and get to see these sweet faces again.nephews and i smiling

Huge thanks to my Mom for taking all these fantastic candid shots of my nephews and I that day in Bowring Park, St. John’s.

Performing under pressure

I honestly think that I perform better when stressed. That is, in certain situations.

Shopping being one of my best under pressure assets. Go figure. However we have no regrets and that’s what I call a success.

The boyfriend had to update his wardrobe with some new professional looking pieces for a special occasion the very next morning. We had 1 hour before the mall closed. Tops. Just thinking of it all over again gives me a headache. Everything is always left until the last minute, but that’s besides the point — I’ve learned to live with how it is.

We literally ran into the mall the other evening, going to his favourite clothing store: Winners. We searched the racks for anything that would fit his European build. We thought it was a lost cause, and as we were walking out I spotted a small rack of clothes with some hidden gems.

I yanked the hangers off the racks as quickly as I could, making the grand total of six items to try on in the dressing room. Everything I picked out somehow looked incredible on him and I made him buy three of the six articles of clothing.

Not only that he needed a new belt to go with the brown pants, since he either wears black/charcoal pants or jeans with his black belt. Bonus? Winners had Perry Ellis REVERSIBLE belts for $17. What the what? Do they make these in women’s? Because holy hannah that is useful.

Here’s the shirt and pants combo that he wore. How do you like his brown suede shoes? I begged him to buy them when they were at Winners last year. This is the first time he’s ever worn them.scotts-selfie

I think I did pretty well, picking out his outfit. I asked him if I could put this photo of him up on the site, he agreed (as he likes to remain somewhat internet anonymous) but only if I didn’t include his handsome face :( lol. LAME. Gotta work with what you’ve got I suppose.

What does your significant other’s style look like?
The boyfriend is usually in athletic wear, or a tee and jeans. I love seeing him dressed up like this!