My first pair of “investment” shoes!!

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!!

Check out the store for some amazing clothes, shoes and accessories.

Here are my new babies!

Chanel

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Topbox- First Review!

I FINALLY received my first Topbox! I am super excited. The products that came in it are pretty great!

Topbox #1

Clear Prep FX Matte Foundation Primer & Anti Acne Treatment Gel
This works really well to keep my makeup in place, however I am not sure that I need the anti acne properties at this time of the year- I may save this for use in the summer when my skin is oilier.

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.

Goldwell Style Sign Jelly Boost Bodifying Spray Gel
I really love this. I recently cut my hair quite short and this product is awesome for shaping and styling without that sticky feeling. Looking forward to playing around with it some more!

Cuccio Naturale Milk & Honey Butter Blend Smells so nice and makes skin really soft.

I am really looking forward to this box arriving in my mail box each month!!!

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My Mum’s Tourtiere recipe- Just in time for Christmas!!

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!

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Fancy Box #2

Here is the contents of our December Fancy Box. Nothing of much interest for Himself….

Fancy Box #2

Hello Grey Champ Pullover (Retails for $35USD) So cozy but the arms are crazy long!

Gold Mini Duffle by SprayGround (retails for $45USD) Not at all my style but I may work on a way to rock it.

Bad To The Bone Tourquoise Bracelet (Retails for $25USD) Cuter on than it looks in the photo.

Abyss LED Watch (Retails for $60USD) No idea as of yet how this works but it did come with instructions.

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What I wore to my favorite Christmas Party

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…..

Chistmas Party Outfit

Top: Lululemon
Sweater: Target
Pants: Hudson
Shoes: Cynthia Rowley (old) Similar
Jewlery: Meg and vintage Jet beads that were my husbands grandmothers.
Nail Polish: Essie “Devil’s Advocate”

This outfit may seem fairly simple but I wanted to keep it that way so the jewlery really stood out. Here is a close up photo of the two necklaces I wore.

Christmas Party Necklaces

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Kauzbots- Toys that care

karson-HIV-AIDSMy 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!

Don’t forget to read the Kauzbots story!

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First Glymm Box- Review

My first box from Glymm arrived this week. Here is what was in it

Glymm Box #1

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?

Lashem False Lashes
Totally going to rock these on NYE!

Suncoat All Natural Nail Polish Remover Gel
Worst product by far! It doesn’t work at all and it smells nasty even though it is advertised as oderless.

Glamourous Cosmetics Lip Gloss
Nice soft pink colour with a nice texture. Very subtle.

Also included was a $10 gift card for the online Glymm Beauty Boutique

Overall, I was happy with the box but not thrilled. Will have to see how they go the next few months to see if I will continue.

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My Nana’s Shortbread

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!

NANA’S SHORTBREAD
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.

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Fancy Box

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.

Here is the contents of our first box:

Fancy Box #1

Sparq Stones

F In Exams

Mustache Bandages

China Glaze Nail Polish

Pixel Clear Lens Glasses

Pop Phone Handset

Snow Globe Salt and Pepper Shakers

A pretty eclectic bunch of stuff with a retail value of $125USD. We really like the Sparq Stones and we are giving the Pop Phone as a Christmas gift to a friend (those handsets retail for $30 alone!)

Buds is the proud owner of the Glasses.

Buds in Pixel Glasses

We should be receiving the next box soon so I will post the contents and then you can help me decide if it is worth the $$$!

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Bedtime Books

Bedtime is a nice time at our house. When I am working, it is my favorite time of the day because I get to have a snuggle with my little man (I snuggle my big man later ;P)

The best part of the bedtime routine has always been books. I have a great love of books that I learned from my parents and I hope to pass on to my kiddo. So far so good as he LOVES to be read to.

Here are the books that are currently in the rotation at night time:

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I Took the Moon For A Walk By Carolyn Curtis and Alison Jay

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Wynken and Blynken and Nod by Eugene Field

The Book of Sleep
The Book of Sleep

The Night Before Christmas By Clement Moore

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The Book of Sleep by Il Sung Na

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