Physicians Formula 2018 Preview

Hello everyone! I recently attended the Physicians Formula 2018 preview breakfast at Planta in Yorkville. I had been wanting to try this vegan restaurant for a while now so it was great to finally have an opportunity to do so. The interior is beautifully designed and decorated with a really clean and modern theme accented by pops of green. Now truth be told, Physicians Formula was a brand that I was somewhat familiar with, however generally not on my radar as it is typically more expensive than other drugstore brands. After learning more about the brand and their products however, I now have an understanding of how this company came to be. In 1937, Dr. Frank Crandall created makeup products for his wife who needed hypoallergenic options (which, at the time was obviously not readily available.) I didn’t know that their range was great for people with sensitive skin – so hey – if you fall under that category, you’re going to want to give them a closer look if you hadn’t in the past!  Continue reading

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OOAKX17 Haul

Hello everyone! It’s the final weekend of the 2017 One of a Kind Christmas Show and Sale at The Enercare Centre and if you haven’t gone yet – DON’T MISS OUT! Last night they had their annual Late Night Shopping event where the show was open until 11pm with free parking after 5pm. Obviously I had to come back to shop and here is what I picked up:

Penny Candy Jam: Blueberry <3’s, Lavender and Mint, Pineapple <3’s Jackfruit, and Raspberry <3’s Bay and Lime
Go Tamago: Holiday Spirits card
Stephanie Cheng: Char Siu Bao enamel pin
Vancouver Candle Company: 10.09oz “The Annex” candle
Abokichi: Okazu Chili Miso
Black Angus Fine Meats & Game: Hot Bison and Hot Kangaroo Pepperettes (for the HF)
Claire Manning:cat tote bag

I also purchased a wide variety of Postcard Chocolate Bars from Alicja Confections (they’re not even all pictured, but they’re all going to be included with Christmas gifts!) Her site is currently under construction until Monday, December 4th but will be live for holiday pre-orders from then on!

For highlights of my favourite booths from OOAKx17 as well as a link for $2 off your admission (online ticket purchases only), see my previous blog post here.

What did you pick up from OOAK? Let me know! Thanks so much for stopping by!

EATS: Jacobs & Co. Steakhouse

Hello everyone! It was recently the HF’s birthday and I surprised him with a craft beer advent calendar (yes, I trekked to 6 different breweries) AND of course a fancy steak dinner (I took him to Barberian’s last year.)  This year I decided to take him to Jacobs & Co. after doing extensive research and discovering that they’re pretty much the top rated steakhouse in Toronto. Now of course, there’s always going to be the haters who are basically keyboard warriors. I will tell you this right now: this restaurant is not your run of the mill steakhouse. If you’re pinching pennies, you likely will get hung up on the prices, and therefore will not enjoy the experience. This is definitely a splurge (took some budgeting on my part!) but in my humble opinion – worth every damn cent.It’s very easy to miss Jacobs & Co from the street; we couldn’t see it as our Uber passed, so we got out just a bit down the street. The HF suggested that perhaps it was the building that had all luxury cars in front. He was correct LOL.  Continue reading

Estée Lauder #AllThatGlitters Holiday Preview

Hello everyone! Estée Lauder has been very kind to me over the last year so I was really excited to be invited to their holiday preview event at their Toronto head office. Unfortunately, I couldn’t make it until the last 30 minutes of it (my workday doesn’t allow for me to leave early lol) so I crammed in as much excitement into those 30 minutes as possible. When I stepped out of the elevator, I was instructed to follow these adorable gifts on the floor. It was a laid-back event with some tasty treats (maple wrapped Gunn’s Hill cheese? YES PLZ.) and at different points throughout the day, they also had a figure skating performing in the middle of the room.  Continue reading

OOAK Christmas Show 2017 Highlights

Hello everyone! My favourite artisan/craft show is back at The Enercare Centre and you definitely don’t want to miss this. The One of a Kind Christmas Show is on now until Sunday, December 3rd and it is the perfect place to knock off a bunch of people on your Christmas list and hey – while you’re there, why not treat yourself? Instead of doing a gift guide as per last year, I’ve decided to share with you my Top 3 New Artisans as well as my Top 3 Favourites.  Continue reading

Basd Body Care + GIVEAWAY*

Hello everyone! Winter is coming (cue Game of Thrones music) and if you’re like me – that means dry skin is also making a comeback. Along with drinking more water (something I’m constantly trying to do), skincare is key to maintaining smooth, hydrated, and moisturized skin. I came across Basd Body Care at the True Beauty Talk in the spring and I was immediately hooked. I’ve loved coffee scrubs for years now and am always down to support local brands. I was immediately drawn to their delicious scents and was impressed with how soft my skin felt after their live demonstration. This 3-step skin/body care system is super simple (not to mention cruelty-free and completely green!)

STEP 1: SCRUB – their Invigorating Mint scrub smells like mint chocolate heaven and the formulation is what makes it great. The coffee grounds exfoliate while the almond oil hydrates your skin. My favourite sensation is how cool and tingly my skin feels afterward because of the peppermint oil! Perfect for waking me up on those cold, dark mornings.

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Wet n Wild 2018 Preview

Hello everyone! A few weeks ago I had the great opportunity to attend Wet n’ Wild’s 2018 preview in Toronto. This year, it was held at 99 Sudbury which is a huge industrial event space. Upon entering, we were greeted with cocktails and other beverages and the first stop was their makeup vending machine. (I snagged an eyebrow pencil!)Along with 2 new shades of their awesome highlighting powder, they are also coming out with liquid highlighters in the “Hello Halo” line. Continue reading