July 28, 2014

City Oasis

The outdoor part of the condo tour is long overdue. I mostly blame mother nature. But I'm so, so glad the warmer weather finally arrived because spending time on our balcony has been awesome!

The length our balcony

Our eating area
with Koko attacking my basil plant

Our lounging area
We also found out that we're allowed to have our own BBQ on the balcony (many condos don't allow it) so dC has been a happy little BBQing master.

BBQ meals have seriously been the best!!!

And you know who else is loving outside? This fluffy guy!
On a leash of course, because he's an escape artist.

Koko's favourite place to be is outside on the balcony. He cries to be let outside the minute we wake up in the morning and the minute we get home from work. It's really funny...and only occasionally annoying.

Summer came late and I hope it stays late so that we can keep enjoying it!

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July 24, 2014

The Non-Skinnies

I was originally going to go with a different title for this post but in the end, I didn't want to unintentionally offend anyone. Therefore, 'non-skinnie' seemed like the next best thing. This is a long one, be prepared...

While I've never been a "big" girl, I've also not been at my skinniest potential and that's something I've always battled with on some level or another. My problem has always been a lack of motivation & accountability. I feel like talking about it will, or should, help with that. I'm hoping!

My weight has always fluctuated but not greatly and I always end up balancing out. Even after my exchange abroad in university where I gained way too much weight - probably all that wine, frozen pizzas & cartons of ice cream - I managed to bounce back after getting back into a regular routine once I got home.

Over the last year and a half though, I've slowly been gaining weight and I can't seem to get a handle on it. It started with Mike moving in and the increased food consumption. I do recognize it's my fault with my love of food and hate of any and all exercise, but I used to somehow manage those two &keep my weight in check.

Lately I just feel gross. I'm super conscious of my belly area and what feels like my ever-expanding thunder thighs. None of this is based on weighing myself; purely on how my clothes fit. Clothes that used to fit great and now barely fit at all. However, I refuse to be forced to update my wardrobe...

A year ago, I even joined the gym and was going regularly! But after a month of no (visible) results, I started going less and less. Then I just abandoned everything for a while after we got engaged, started looking for a place to buy, I was working overtime every single day & ultimately Christmas time hit.

It wasn't until a few weeks after we had moved and settled in that I got back into going to the gym's group classes. I tried body combat, zumba and body pump. They were fun but not enough to keep me going b/c of their 8:30PM slots. By the time I get home & shower, it's bed time - no thanks. The theory of 80% food/20% exercise also made it rather convenient for me to abandon the much-hate workouts.

So I decided I'd focus on the food part and started a low carb diet. Have you even met my love of carbs?! Seriously. However, I was surprised at how much easier it was (considering I expected pure hell on earth) and the weekly cheat day helped for sure. I felt more full after eating less, less bloated. But I could only live off eggs and bacon for so long before it got old and I slowly fell off the wagon. I can't say I noticed any other big differences. Mind you, it was barely a month...

In the meantime, I'd started reading a book on the 8-hour diet. Basically, you can eat whatever you'd like (though you should really still follow the super health food groups they outline) within an 8-hour time period. That's it. You don't even have to do it every day necessarily. The theory is that it forces your body to fast for the remaining 16 hours. A theory I have yet to prove - I tried it out strictly for a little while & I'm currently following it loosely.

Thing is I really suck at working out because I get bored and because I don't really know the "correct" workout strategies to get me to my goals. That and making time for it with the little time I have after work. Also a warning - when I'm hungry, I am down right hangry!

Mostly I'm writing about this to get it off my chest and to feel a little bit more accountable for making some results happen. And maybe to not feel so alone...

I have some updates since I originally started writing this so I'll def be posting about it again. Plus, remember how I need to stay accountable?

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July 4, 2014

Book Club - The October List

by Jeffery Deaver
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I picked up this book on a reco and because I was super intrigued with the storyline being written backwards. As you know, I'm a sucker for mysteries and crime.

It actually started off just ok and I wasn't terribly impressed with the writing. It seemed a little bit amateur and the author had this annoying way of calling out brands/companies like it was product advertising. That's probably just a personal pet peeve though. Just as I was starting to wonder where this story may be going the twists, turns and spins started. Then I loved it. Definitely a great and unique read!

Thanks to  Heather & Katie for hosting!

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July 3, 2014

Review: June ipsy Glambag

Well I'm finally caught up with my glambag reviews! While May was pretty disappointing, June was definitely redeeming and I was super pleased.

First and foremost, I totally adored this little makeup bag by Rebecca Minkoff for ipsy. I've checked our her site since then and she's got some pretty fabulous stuff! That I will probably never buy myself. Whomp.

Anyway, here's what I thought of the products...

Marc Anthony Dream Waves Beach Spray
I've always wondered whether beach sprays are all that better than regular mousse. Oh yes, this one definitely is. I got the curls without the crunch. I can totally see how this would be great for the beach after getting your hair wet b/c it makes your hair look good so effortlessly. I loved it on my short hair so I can just imagine how awesome it would be on longer hair. I am tempted to save it till my hair grows longer! haha Or I could just buy the regular-sized version.

Butter Gloss by NYX
I received the gloss in Creme Brulee, which is cool with me. I like the colour and I've wanted to try the NYX brand forever but honestly, this lipgloss was just meh for me. It was nothing crazy different from any other [good] lipgloss I've tried and despite claims that it's not at all sticky, it was definitely a bit sticky in my books. I will gladly use this gloss but I don't think I'd buy it again.

OFRA Univeral Brow Pencil
This brow pencil could not have come at a better time! I normally use the e.l.f. eyebrow kit but was running low on the wax and this is the perfect replacement! The shade is awesome - dark brown without being almost black. Plus, unlike the brow kit that took me a little while to get used it, it's an easy to use pencil. I'd definitely buy this again.

Realtree for Her
I was pumped to get a perfume in my bag this month. The scent is nice - it's not what I would normally go for but I'm ultra picky - however I love wearing it & it always gets a compliment. My favourite part is the size. In the summer, I often go out after work and it's great to be able to refresh my perfume without having to bring a full size bottle.

Be a Bombshell Lash Out Mascara
This is another product which I was really excited about. I've been on the hunt for a good mascara lately so I thought this could be the one. Unfortunately, it's not. It's another product I don't mind using until it's done, but I would not purchase it myself. As much as I want a separating mascara, this one barely goes on at all and it takes several coats to be able to see it. The good thing is it doesn't really flake throughout the day but it's a flake disaster once you start to remove it. Oh yes, and it does smell terrible but I feel like that about all of the mascaras I've bought lately.

Have you tried any of these products? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

If you're interested in ipsy & don't mind helping me get some bonus points, click here! :)

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July 2, 2014

Canada Day Blast

I have mixed feelings about the random Tuesday off for this year's Canada Day holiday.

On the one hand, it was a nice mid-week day off. But on the other, it made work ridiculously crazy for me with most people taking extra long weekends and it made me...really motherfucking stabby.

But a day off is a day off, amiright?!

So you would think that living in Toronto means have an abundance of fireworks options. Yeah, not really. The big displays are either really far east or west of downtown and that's a bitch to get to.

However, we did find out that the Harbourfront does a Canada Eve fireworks show & totally hit that up.


I mean, maybe I'm biased because I love fireworks and that's my only insane request for our wedding (still working on convincing dC) but they were awesome!

It was super difficult to pick the "highlight" pictures but these are my faves.

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