Alfie’s Adventures

AlfieHeaderGosh! Time just flies by when I’m not blogging. I need to get a system down pat again where I set aside a day or two to write and pump out some blog post ideas and photograph the things I want to share with you in advance. Otherwise, it’s complete radio silence around these parts for days on end! Oops.

And for good reason this time. If you follow me on Instagram then you already know what happened. But, the past two weeks I’ve been preoccupied with taking care of our little puppa-friend, as everyone knows and loves: our little Alfie. A little under two weeks ago, Alfie and I had the scare of our lives when he was attacked and mauled by a neighbours pitbull. Counting his lucky stars, he wasn’t killed (and could have been easily! Many small dogs get mauled and killed instantly this way). While it was happening, all I could do was scream and watch it happen, only by the end of it I clicked-in and my instinct told me to try and yank Alfie’s harness + leash as hard as I could to fly him up into my arms. It was terrifying, and the visuals and Alfie’s little screams still haunt me. I rushed him to the vet 20 minutes after the incident happened and he required sedation and a lot of stitches across his entire belly and a drain to help the gross stuff come out. I don’t want to get into any details about how the other person is dealing with the whole situation, but my husband and I — we’re working on it. It’s stressful. That’s all I’ll say.

GOOD NEWS. He is doing well, amazingly well to be honest. He has surprised us all and bounced back within the week of the incident.

A few days after, I had the Mazda CX-3 dropped off to me for the week. I asked Mazda if I could review the same car that I own, but a newer version (Mazda 3 hatch) for my birthday week—but unfortunately it wasn’t available. So I reviewed the snazzy little bug-like car: CX-3! It’s taller than the hatch, but wider and stumpier (shorter lengthwise) which was surprising. But super fun to drive around in. I think my next car is going to definitely have a white leather interior. There’s something a lot more luxurious about white leather, than black cloth (what I have) or black leather (typical, right?). And those red accents against the white leather? Hoooowee. The panelling on the CX-3 is significantly more different than my 9 year old Mazda 3 hatch. I’m loving the upgrades! I do have to say, I do not like the center console and where the drink holders are. It’s impractical, and the straws hit off the center console. Plus, there was nowhere to “hide” stuff (I suppose you could stuff things into the glove compartment, but I like having options. Like again: center console). But I guess those are minor details.

As my Dad would’ve said, it’s a slick lookin’ car!

Alfie in CX3Of course, as per usual rules are rules and Alfie must always be my first passenger as he’s the little Captain in Command. I was so excited to see Alfie smiling when we were driving around— just like old times.

Alfie required a t-shirt on his body, and a cone on his little noggin’ as we didn’t want him at his stitches. But how cute is he, popping his head up at this little Snapchat video I posted? What surprised me, is that Alfie is really digging the tee-shirt I picked up for him for $1.50 at Daiso. He gets huffy when I take the tee off him to clean his cut!

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2016 Mazda CX3My husband and I toured around in the CX-3 scoping out new-to-us areas, and just after sunset we went up on one of the mountains in the South Bay, and what a view of the area.

ZoomZoomIt was incredibly stunning and it’s something you have to trust when I say, you have to see it for yourself since photos wouldn’t do it justice. Also, I didn’t take any photos while we were up there (all you’d see were street lights and darkness haha!).

RonaldMcDonaldOh, how was my birthday? Excellent, considering I met Ronald McDonald and had my photo taken with him, haha. Mister and I were invited to a Mother’s Day event (dog Moms totally count too!)

White Shellac nailsI also ended up getting my nails done. White shellac is back. I was so excited to see Mr R. McDonald I started wiggling. Hence the awkward stance. Hey, I’m a kid at heart.

Bday surprisesI also got spoiled with a nice surprise on my doorstep from a pal of mine. One of the last days with the CX-3 I decided to drive up to the Livermore Outlets to do a bit of birthday shopping for myself. Tip! If you’re from out of state/country: bring your license/passport and you can go to concierge and get a free discount booklet to use at the stores.

PradaI did a sneaky little purchase at Prada — because who has time to pay full price? Not this bargain hunter!

converseI think I’ve jumped on the converse kicks wagon. The regular lace-ups look like clown shoes on me, but the slip-on’s somehow make my 8.5 foot look smaller, and rightfully so since they run a little big. I tried on an 8 and I still have room. I didn’t buy them, but eventually I may consider it.

How has your week been? 

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MazdaCX3Thanks to Mazda for loaning me the CX-3 for the week, for a little birthday gallivanting! :) 

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Spring Beauty & Fashion Haul

It’s Saturday. It’s time for a haul.

I don’t do much shopping now considering my income is limited. But I knew my friend from Canada was coming down for a visit, months in advance so I saved up some of my dolla bills and pretty much let loose when she arrived. Some of these items are also from my trip home to Newfoundland just a few weeks before her arrival, so here’s a little Spring Beauty haul!

BW-makeupDiorsnow lotion* | Acca Kappa lipbalm with SPF I picked this up while I was in Newfoundland, you can get it downtown St. John’s at my favourite store called Home, on Duckworth | Diorshow universal eyebrow pencil* | Bobbi Brown extra skin care set I purchased this from the ouetlets since the cost of 3 items was the cost of just the 1 eye cream that I’ve been using for years, inside is my fav eye cream, a hydrating serum and moisturizer | Estee Lauder Body lotion which was free with purchase with my Bobbi Brown skincare set.

Noticing a trend here, where everything seems to be mainly black and white. So on trend. Eye roll. But really. I’m loving everything. Well, minus the NARS birthday gift from Sephora because I fail at applying a red lip at the best of times. Some of the stuff of course were sent for review during this time, I’m not made of money. Notice the one’s marked with an *, they were given to me. Reviews coming soon!

Dior-Spring-2015A small preview of the Dior’s summer 2015* collection! Come back Tuesday for more.

Uniqlo-pantsThese pants have been causing a bit of controversy in our small household. My husband hates them. I personally love them. He calls them my wallpaper pants, and says that only women would like these pants. I’m going to keep wearing them! Next up is the Diorsnow makeup remover*. Not sure how I feel about this. I’ll chat more about it, because this is a haul — not a review.

Makeup-HaulI popped into Sephora last week to pick up my birthday gift. The NARS lip duo lipsticks. I am terrible with applying deep lip colours! With 100 of my Sephora points I redeemed them for the sweetest little Bobbi Brown lip balm. Oh, and because I felt guilty going into Sephora simply picking up my free birthday gift and leaving, I bought the Bumble and Bumble pret-a-powder hair texturizer/dry shampoo in one. I’ve heard great things about it, have you tried it? Two self tanners. Vita Liberita* & Dior Bronze*, I’m excited to try these out.

F21-hoodyNotice the Forever 21 Hoody? Do I really need a hoody when it’s warming up here in California? No. But I would have totally regretted not buying it. So my colours. Plus, stripes. It’s still available online for twenty bucks.

PradaSaving the best for last. A few of my must-have’s in my makeup bag at all times. Bobbi Brown extra hand cream (purchased at the outlets, because I’m not paying $30 for a hand cream), and a Cle de Peau concealer, which is on the complete opposite end of the spectrum at an exorbitant price — but this is a re-purchase for me. It’s that good. The prada bag has a bit of a story to it.

Before ya all get your knickers in a twist, I bought the Prada “makeup bag” as I like to call it, from the outlets. It was 50% off the original price, and it’s a product they have been making for as long as I can remember. I noticed my friend/hair stylist back in the early 2000’s had one in his bathroom – and ever since then, for ten years straight I had it in the back of my mind that I was going to buy one, one day. And why not — especially when it’s at the outlets? It’s finally in my haaaandsss.

Is this something you’d like to see more of? Let me know in the comments!

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Birthday Wishlist

Birthday-Wishlist-2015The image above is a picture of me at the base of famous El Capitan when I went on a climbing trip to Yosemite. I still haven’t written about our trip yet, but check back next Thursday because it will be going live on the blog then! But until now, it’s birthday wishlist time :)

Lately, I’ve been more about experiences, and not stuff. Exploring California before I take it for granted. See all the neat places, and do all the things. Though sometimes it’s nice to unwrap a couple of gifts whether or not you need them or not. I love making these sort of playful wishlists for upcoming holidays, or birthdays. My best bud is coming down to California, from Canada the day after my birthday — so I’m already saving up my pocket change to go shopping with her basically everywhere in NorCal. Hopefully I’ll be able to pick up the few things I’ve been eyeing at the stores. So here’s a couple of things I’ve been itching to get my hands on recently, but have refrained.


white coasters + Diptyque candle + Nike running shoes + Aveda shampoo/conditioner
Nectarine Blossom & Honey + Peony and Blush Suede (I think the latter gives me a headache lol)
Soleil tan de chanel, Cotton Wunder Under Roll Down
Prada nylon makeup bag +The Dry Bar southern belle
Bobbi Brown Beach + Bobbi Brown hand cream
MUJI gift card so I can organize the world (aka our house)

Oh to be frivolous with money. I can dream.

What things have always been on your wishlist but never bought? 

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