Last week, I wondered into I Miss You Vintage on Ossington Ave in Toronto. I have purchased things from them over the years and I find the store very well curated and organized with a wide variety of labels and price points.
This fateful day, I stumbled upon a pair of Chanel Mary Jane pumps in my size- never worn from a very recent season. Originally these shoes would have been over $1280 and they were priced below half price at the store. I tried them on and was instantly obsessed!! It turns out that the store has a two month layaway program, when you pay 25% up front. I was about to do this when my fantastic husband offered to pay the balance as an early Chrtistmas gift. I am the luckiest lady- I have a generous man who also has fantastic taste! I feel sort of spoiled and bouj but it’s CHANEL!!! The shoes were meant for me!!
They’re Real Benefit Mascara
Really amazing mascara! I have stubby light eye lashes and this product gives me lucious lashes! The only problem with it is that the sample wand is so short it is a bit hard to use.
A friend of mine was asking around on Facebook about where to buy a Tourtiere in Toronto.
I was instantly transported to the Christmas Eves of my childhood, when we always had this traditional dish for dinner. I wonder if this was an ode to my grandparents, who met on Christmas Eve in Three Rivers, Quebec during World War Two (as we are not even remotely French Canadian)
I asked my mum to pass on the recipe for me to pass on to all of you.
Tourtiere Makes 10 – 12 servings
2 lbs. ground pork 1 sprig celery leaves
½ lb. ground veal (or beef) 1 large onion chopped
1 ½ cups hot water ½ tsp. allspice
1 ½ tsp. salt dash ground cloves
¼ tsp. pepper 1 large potato (peeled)
Pastry for 2 x 2 crust 9” pies
Combine all ingredients except potato in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil, turn down the heat, cover and cook gently for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the whole potato and continue cooking gently for 1 hour. (Potato will absorb excess fat). Lift out and discard potato and celery leaves. Cook meat mixture – it should be thick but still moist.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Line two 9 “ pie plates with pastry, fill with meat mixture and top with pastry lid. Seal the pastry edges well and flute. Cut slits in the top to allow steam to escape. If desired brush tops of pies with an egg wash (1 egg beaten with a little water).
Bake pies for about 1 hour or until pastry is well browned. Serve hot and enjoy!
My friends Chris and Christina throw the best holiday party every year. I love it because it gathers many of my favorite people in one place at one time, which isn’t always easy at other times of the year.
Here is what I wore. The photo is crummy and out of focus and I intended to take another photo later, but um… it turned in to one of those nights…..
My husband was introduced to this website by his friend/co-worker Karly.
Kauzbots.com sells toy robots. This alone is cool but what makes this really special is that each different robot supports a different not-for-profit organization. You can choose your robot by cause or by looks and know that either way, you are helping support a worthwhile organization.
If you are still looking for a toy for the little ones (or the big ones) in your life, check these guys out!
My first box from Glymm arrived this week. Here is what was in it
I received four samples and a really nice litte gold makeup case (I am a total sucker for makeup bags of all shapes and sizes)
This month I received
Lashem Eyelash and Brow Enhancing Serum
I have tried this twice so I haven’t exactly seen any difference in my lash length as yet. Also, why would anyone want to grow MORE brows?? I guess if you over plucked?
To me, Christmas is the smell of a fresh Fraser Fir and the aroma of Shortbread baking in the oven. My mum and I always bake my Nana’s recipe and it never fails to be a huge hit at cookie exchanges etc. I wanted to share this simple but fantastic version of a holiday staple with all of you!
4 heaping cups all purpose flour
1 pound salted butter, softened to room temperature
3/4 cup brown sugar
Cream butter and sugar together. Add flour, mixing in thoroughly with your hands.
Pat dough out to about 1/2” thick. Cut cookies with cutters. Prick each cookie with a fork and dust with coloured sugar.
Bake at 300 degrees F for about 20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool thoroughly on racks.
thefancy.com is a website that is kind of like Pinterest but you can buy interesting things directly from them.
I have gotten into monthly boxes recently (Topbox and Glymm reviews coming soon) and I decided to try the Fancy box
. For approx. $47 USD per month (including Fedex Shipping) you receive a box every month curated to your specificaions- We chose gadgets and fashion for our two “catagories”
We received out first box in November and the jury is still out on whether we will continue to receive them.