It’s coming soon!

Our big news recap is coming soon, I promise. I just can’t publish it on the blog yet until everyone close to us knows.

So instead I’m going to keep you on the edge of your seats and talk about my weekend.

amy and nancyOur marketing team went out to lunch yesterday. So I asked my boss to take a photo of Amy (her daughter and my coworker) and I with her new BlackBerry z10. Not sure about the quality of the pic, looks the same as my blackberry bold photos but whatev. I love the pic.

I also broke out my hat that I got as a Christmas present. It looks so fancy on me, but I love it. The car was hat

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Bobbi Brown Cosmetics: Holiday 2012 Collection


Let’s turn down this summer heat for a while and talk about something chilly. May I remind you that there are 161 days until Christmas?

I’m one organized girl when it comes to shopping in advance for Christmas presents. I honestly start mentally shopping for my loved ones the day after Christmas. It’s not as hard (or as insane)  as you may think it is. I simply have an e-mail draft saved in my gmail account. It goes a little something like this:

Christmas 2012

  • Mom: gift idea 1, gift idea 2
  • Dad: gift idea 1, gift idea 2

Birthdays 2012

  • January xx – Dad: gift idea 1, gift idea 2
  • February xx – SIL: gift idea, gift idea 2

If it’s already purchased it’s in black. If I have yet to buy, it’s in a bold red font. It’s been a convenient way to keep track of ideas and since it’s not on a piece of paper, I cannot misplace it.

Come to think of it, I should make a Christmas wish-list for myself. Ah-ah-ah (That’s me, laughing like The Count) 

I’ve had a chance to take a sneak peek at the holiday press release from Bobbi Brown cosmetics. I already am a huge fan of Bobbi Brown products as they’ve been featured a number of months ago in my skin care, and make up routine’s — which I’ve since added more Bobbi Brown products to. I need to do an updated version of that blog post.

Bobbi Brown Holiday 2012

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Bobbi Brown Holiday 2012

If Bobbi Brown’s eye shadows, lip glosses and brush sets are anything like her foundation or skin care, I’m all about it. The eye cream that I use is incredibly expensive, but it lasts such a long time if you use the appropriate amount. I purchased a new jar of the eye cream in February and I’m about half way through right now, and I use it morning and night. A little goes a long way. My skin is so dehydrated, it loves to be quenched with a thick eye cream like the one I linked above. My skin also looks heavenly when I use the luminous foundation. It’s not a dewy finish, but has a luminous healthy glow, as appropriately named, and lasts so well on the skin throughout the day. No wearing off in patches, on my skin at least!

Conveniently for me, Bobbi Brown cosmetics is now available through certain Sephora stores. The Eaton Centre carries Bobbi Brown, but unfortunately they do not carry my two favorite products by her; the luminous moisturizing foundation and the extra eye repair cream. Not a huge deal as my go-to place for Bobbi Brown is Holt Renfew on Bloor Street in Toronto, which carries a wide range of her products.

Will you be picking up anything from the Bobbi Brown holiday collection? I don’t think I can wait until Christmas to get a few items from this collection. As it happens, it comes out in October for all you beauty girls out there. We only have to wait… three months.  :)

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Nutcracker obsessed

This Christmas season I’ve been completely obsessed with Owls and Nutcrackers. Completely. Anytime I see one, I really do run over to oooh and aww over it. My co-worker(s) Julie (Hi Julie! Hi Amy! Amy is my bosses daughter and both girls are my awesome friends at work.) head out after work to shop sometimes so when Julie and I went out this year to do Christmas shopping after hours I always ran towards nutcrackers. I even stop to take photos of displays of Nutcrackers at The Bay.

Aren’t those adorable? Look how tall/skinny they are. Funny looking, but oh so classy. I LOVE THEM. I think I’ll start collecting them. But, since it’s Christmas I decided not to buy myself any of them at all. Who knows what I’ll get for Christmas myself, and plus — Christmas isn’t about me. It’s about others. I can’t be buying myself stuff all the time right?

On Friday we had our Department (Graphic Design/Marketing/I.T.) Christmas lunch which consisted of Amy my bosses daughter, my boss and I.

I want to learn how to fold my napkins like that. They look like little boats!

Amy and I! Hi friend!! My lips aren’t blue, that’s a figment of your imagination. I don’t have hypothermia. I’m just a cold hearted person.

We headed out to a Chinese restaurant and had the most delicious food I have eaten in a long time. My plate, my bosses, then Amy’s. I feel like I have the most food! Hee, oops.

Fortune cookies. The next greatest thing after a nice full belly of chinese food.

We also ended up getting a free roll up Chinese calendar. I haven’t seen one of those in years!

After lunch we decided that we wanted to do a bit of shopping in the downtown area of the city we rarely frequent. I found a new favorite store.

It’s an interior decorating place, which also sells accessories. I could spend hours in these types of stores. I kept smacking my hands off my cheeks (via Home Alone kid) and saying GOSH I LOVE THIS PLACE. So so often, that everyone probably got tired of me saying it. But oh, I will definitely be back! I want our apartment to look exactly like the inside of this store. It’s cozy, warm… and smells so good!

(Thanks for the photo, Amy!)

I ended up buying a scarf there for $10, and my Boss got a necklace. A beautiful one for 12 bucks! Twelve bucks you guys! It looks fantastic too.

We popped by another store which I spotted these cute piggy banks for my nephews. My Christmas present idea flopped since I put it off too late. I had planned on going to a ceramic place and painting their own piggy banks. The four year old would’ve gotten a piggy bank with tons of monkeys, and trees on it. The five year old would’ve gotten dinosaurs! Except, I went in too late and they were all sold out of the size of the piggy banks I wanted. So, that’s my plan for next year. I have a whole year to plan for it — so it should work.

I spotted these and nearly bought them for ten bucks each. But they’re not as personal as me making them myself, so I opted out.

Being girls and all, we craved some chocolate and went to this one very fancy spot. Of course, eying nutcracker obsessed this year I spotted this little fella. He’s a Nutcracker Pirate Christmas tree ornament! He wiggles his body when you pull down the string. I squealed. Naturally. My parents are probably reading this blog post as we speak. So pssst, you’re getting these things for Christmas. Minus the nutcracker ornament ;)

We came back to the office and I snapped a few photos of … myself in my new scarf, and of course Amy too. So fun! The afternoon flew by. Random but I think since I use mascara on my eyes every day that they’re slowly disappearing/breaking off. Maybe I need to get eyelash growth products.

My boss and I drove back to our other office and there, we swapped Christmas presents. She got me a nutcracker for Christmas!!!!!!!! Best boss everrrrr.

I slow danced with it, and kissed it a little.

Then took more photos with it…

P.S. is my hair really that nasty on the ends? Why is it blonde? Weird.

Then placed it on my desk so I could stare at it during the work week when I’m at my desk. Is that not the most perfect gift I could ask for? I LOVE IT. I love it all together with my white ceramic vases and glass Christmas tree I picked up recently. 

Such a fun afternoon! I love Christmas!

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