lash extensions

8/28/15


never did i think i would ever get lash extensions, but there i was, my last day in lindsay, treating myself to probably one of the most extravagant things i've ever done. a bit of a back story: i've been researching/admiring people with lash extensions for the last couple of months and then my aunt won a silent auction prize for lash extensions and they looked amazing on her! so i thought what the heck, why not just give them a try and it can be my 'big' thing for the summer. 

the whole process took just under two hours. you lay down with your eyes closed with a cotton pad under your eye while the technician glues on the extensions. i got 14mm extensions, which was the longest length available. they are suppose to last 2 weeks before you can get them refilled. it's a bit pricey, mine cost $100 plus tip, and i think it's around $30 to get them filled? 

here are some pictures of the process: 
^ before ^ 
^ 1/2 way done ^ 
^ all done! ^ 

they are definitely a big change!! it took a little taking used to, but i love them! i've had them for a week now, and although a few lashes have come out {they fall out naturally with your other lashes} they still look great. you have to be careful taking off your eye makeup making sure you use an oil free product and one of the biggest thing for me was trying not to rub my eyes. 

they definitely are a splurge, but i think it's something that's really fun to try, and i'm glad i did! i had mine done by debbie green and would 100% recommend her, she's great!! 

makeup must haves for spring 2015

8/27/15

{sidenote}: so i was going through my drafts to see what i had there and came across this post i had been meaning to post back in the spring. not totally sure why i never posted it, so here it is now. a lot of the products are things i first tried out this spring, but i use most of them in the summer as well. hope you enjoy this #throwbackthursday post!

^ primer: smashbox | foundation: estee lauder double wear | concealer: nars radiant | bronzer: benefit 'hoola' | blush: tarte | brows: benefit gimme brow | eyeshadow: base - naked basics , highlight - naked basics | eyeliner: stila | mascara: smashbox | lipstick: mac 'saint germain'

this spring i've been having a lot of fun playing around with lipstick. i bought the mac 'saint germain' as a bit of a joke because i'm planning on wearing while i'm in paris on saint germain street. anyways, long story short it's now one of my favourite shades! 

i've also been loving the benefit 'hoola' bronzer! it blends really nicely which is really important for me because i like a more natural look. do you guys change up your makeup every season? any new favourites? 

no bake turtle cheesecake

8/27/15


On my last day of work we hosted a staff bbq and i was in charge of dessert. one of my coworkers suggested turtle cheesecake and i found this recipe off of pinterest and was excited to give it a try. this was my first time making a no bake cheesecake so i was a little nervous about how it would turn out, but my coworkers loved it so i would say it was a success! with that being said there were a couple of spots i went wrong: 

- i totally overbaked the brownie crust {so note to people making this: keep a close eye on the crust while in the oven}

- and i forgot to thaw the cool whip so i tried microwaving it and i don't think that did me any favours either ;)

despite it not turning out exactly as i thought it would, i would definitely make this recipe again, especially considering how easy it is! 

i've copied the recipe down below from the original site i found it on {visit it here}. hope you enjoy! 


No-Bake Brownie Bottom Turtle Cheesecake
Yield: 1 9" cheesecake
Ingredients:
Brownie Layer
1 box brownie mix + ingredients on the box (I love Ghiardelli Triple Fudge!) or homemade
Caramel Sauce
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup water
3/4 cup heavy cream
3 tbs unsalted butter
1 tsp vanilla
pinch salt
Caramel Cheesecake
16 oz cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup caramel sauce
1/2 tsp cinnamon
pinch nutmeg
4 oz cool whip
Toppings:
chopped pecans
caramel sauce
hot fudge sauce
Instructions:
Grease a 9" springform pan. Combine all brownie ingredients until smooth, pour into prepared pan and bake according to manufacturer's instructions on box or recipe you are using.
While brownie is baking, prepare caramel sauce. In a small pot, heat sugar with water on medium-high heat whisking and swirling the pot until sugar is all dissolved. Once dissolved, keep swirling the pan often keeping an eye on the color until it turns a slightly dark amber color (the darker the color, the bolder the caramel flavor. Do not whisk! Only swirl the pot using the handle. You do not want to disturb the caramelization process too much or it will seize up and you will need to start over. Once it's the color you desire, slowly and carefully pour in the cream. The mixture will bubble up violently for a few seconds and once it settles down, whisk until smooth. Remove from heat and whisk in butter, vanilla and salt. Set caramel to the side to allow it to cool completely and thicken up slightly. Once brownie is done, remove outer ring of pan and allow brownie to cool completely also.
In a large bowl, combine cream cheese and both sugars until smooth. Stir in the 3/4 cup of caramel sauce and spices until combined. Fold in cool whip and mix until everything is incorporated and distributed completely. Place the outer ring to the springform pan back on. Top the baked brownie with the cheesecake mixture and spread into an even layer. Chill in refrigerator for 3-4 hours.
Before serving, garnish cheesecake with (leftover) caramel sauce, hot fudge sauce and chopped pecans.
This No-Bake Caramel Turtle Cheesecake will stay creamy and fresh for up to 6 days stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

summer evenings

8/26/15


i've always thought that fall was my favourite season. and to be honest, it probably still is. but tonight, sitting on the front porch after dinner catching up on my book with the wind blowing, the temperature just warm enough to get away without a jacket on, the golden light streaming through flickering leaves.... there was a certain sort of perfection to it that made me think for a second that summer may be a new favourite season of mine.

* image found on pinterest. 

charlie

8/25/15


this is charlie, who was without a doubt my favourite person i met in lindsay this summer. he would be parked in the office parking lot every morning, tim hortons coffee in hand, greeting everyone as they walked into the building from his red pickup truck. it became routine to walk up to the passenger window with my aunt and be greeted with a cheery "well, good morning ladies". small conversation about the weather and weekend plans would be exchanged, and as we were about to walk away he would always wink at me, except it was a two eyed wink, which is just about the best thing ever. 

i think i would stay in lindsay just to have these two minute conversations every morning. it's funny how much small things like that can mean to a person. 

my fall bucket list

8/21/15

is it a bit too early to be obsessing over fall? perhaps. but nonetheless it's all i've been thinking about lately so i thought i would put together a list of all the things i want to do this fall. most of the time i have so many ideas of things i'd love to do, but i find if i don't write them down i never seem to get around to them. so here's to hopefully accomplishing everything on this list! 

ps. i'll keep an updated list on the sidebar to make it easier to keep track of what i've done so far


01. try all the fall drinks at starbucks {most importantly the pumpkin spice latte}

02. watch school football games

03. burn fall scented candles

04. go for long walks

05. take pictures of the coloured leaves


06. dress up for halloween

07. celebrate homecoming

08. bake pumpkin muffins

09. drink pumpkin ale

10. watch the halloween episodes of parks and rec and the office


11. get lost in a corn maze

12. pick out pumpkins from a pumpkin patch

13. decorate my apartment for fall

14. bake pilsbury halloween cookies

15. go out for oktoberfest


16. celebrate thanksgiving with friends

17. enjoy a scenic fall drive

18. be bold and try wearing dark red lipstick

19. make a fall playlist on itunes

20. split pumpkin cheesecake at honey bake shop with my mom


is anyone else as excited as i am for fall? what do you like to do for the season, i'd love to know! :) 

* all pictures in this post were taken from pinterest or google images. 

golden hour

8/19/15


golden hour. driving through the country. summer air rushing through the car with the windows rolled down. okay summer, you're alright. 

a couple of pictures from this morning...

8/18/15


these two never cease to make me laugh. whether it's duke yawning a million times, or fynn feeling like a million bucks whenever he has his plant container with him, they are always being silly.

um, so this is incredibly exciting.... {!!!!}

8/17/15


let me start out by saying that i never thought this day would come, or at least not so soon but.....  i'm moving out this fall!

i think everyone can relate to the fact that at a certain time you just feel ready to start off on your own. i've had that feeling for about three years now and i finally decided to make the step and rent an apartment of my own.

after a very stressful weekend of emailing landlords, setting up viewing, actually attending the viewings, and then all the follow up after {and trying to cram it all in over the weekend while i'm in town}, i have finally found a place!!!!!!

i can't wait to share with you guys the whole moving out process from my experience with looking for a place, packing up, setting up an apartment with a shoestring budget.... the list goes on and on.

but i'm getting ahead of myself. at this point a lease has been signed and i have a deposit on the place which means... it's mine {ahhhhhh, still can't believe it's true!!!!!!}.

dinner theatre

8/16/15


have you ever been to a dinner theatre? i hadn't until last week. my uncle and his girlfriend were visiting with us from alberta and we were trying to come up with fun things to do with them, and my aunt had the great idea of going out to a dinner theatre. 

to be honest, i didn't even know such things existed, but i was definitely down to give it a try {especially if it meant free food}. it was located in an old barn that had been converted into a dance hall and since then a dinner theatre {i feel like this is very much a "lindsay thing" ;)}. part one of the night is dinner and drinks. i has caesar salad, pork tenderloin, and chocolate mousse, with cider on the side. the food was really good which made me even more excited for the theatre part. unfortunately when it came to part two of the night to watch the play it was... underwhelming. the show was more than awkward and felt more like a middle school production rather than with professional actors. it was so bad that we didn't even stay until the end of the performance... oops. i still feel bad about leaving halfway through but it was a dire situation.  

despite the theatre bit not being what we thought, i would still say it was a successful night out. i love trying out new things and this was definitely out there. also, fun fact {or at least i think it's really cool}, as we were driving out to the barn we passed by a lake that was overtaken with wild rice! i didn't even know that grew in ontario... pretty neat. 

as always, i hope everyone had a great weekend. mine was very stressful, but exciting {more on that in tomorrow}. what did you guys get up to?

talk to you on monday. :)

this weekend made me really excited for fall

8/10/15

pictures from fall 2012, wishing it was fall 2015 right now

this weekend.... kind of sucked. but one redeeming factor was that it was chilly and overcast all weekend long and although that might sound horrible to most, it was actually perfect because it justified oversized wool sweaters and lots of tea drinking and listening to indie music (which feels like a 'fall' thing to me for some reason) and also checking out the pumpkin scented everything at bath and body works. 

so excited for fall weather, you have no idea. 

hello

8/7/15

^ fynn trying to be a part of the reindeer games even when he's trapped inside ^

hello friends, 

i'd like to start things off by saying congratulations, we made it through the week. and oh what a week it's been. you know when you think to yourself it couldn't possibly get any worse and then it does. that's been this week. these kinds of weeks are always fun aren't they? but the good thing about horrible weeks is that it makes you enjoy the weekend even more! i am looking forward to an awkward lunch date {which i will 100% blog about}, hanging out with friends which may or may not include heavy drinking and embarrassing dancing, and maybe even apartment hunting?!???? more on that later ;). 

i hope you guys had a not so terrible week, and that you have a wonderful weekend. can't wait to catch up on monday. 

a rather eclectic group of pictures

8/6/15


captured from the cottage last weekend. i maybe had too much fun pretending i was on the set of twilight or something because the cloudy rain covered forest was too great. taking pictures at my cottage is most definitely on my list of top 10 things to do.

farm party

8/5/15



so this is the turtle that i met at a party over the weekend. he was definitely the highlight of the party considering my obsession with turtles and the fact that he was about the size of my hand {so cute!!!}. also after going to this party i am convinced that i need to live on a farm at some point. seriously, it is perfection. i don’t think i would ever get tired to waking up to endless views of fields and absolute silence. 

you can add mechanic to my resume

8/4/15


so last weekend when i was driving back to lindsay i had what felt like a near death experience when i was stuck in traffic on the 401 with the sun heating up my car. with no a/c and no water with my it was one of those moments when i thought to myself okay, this is it. this is how i go. right here. on the 401. listening to horrible radio music. this is it. it sounds dramatic, but seriously i thought i was going to die it was so hot! 

the point of this is that having no a/c in the summer kind of sucks. so my uncle and i tried to fix it ourselves by recharging the freon. {it’s a little ridiculous how cool i feel saying that. it almost sounds like i know what i’m talking about}. and guess what, i think we were pretty successful. the a/c was working a bit better and i’m feeling like i can fix anything car wise now. 

we can add this to the list of things i never thought i’d do but i’m glad i did. 

long weekend, you were fun

8/3/15


a quick hello here. i just got back from a busy weekend that included a farm party back home and a cottage visit as well. the amount of driving that happened this weekend was unreal, but so was the scenery and time spent with friends and family so it's all worth it.

i hope everyone enjoyed their weekend, whether it was long or not ;).

on a side note: can i just live by spooky lily pad covered lakes forever please and thank you.

happy monday friends.

a look into my morning routine

8/3/15


mornings are not a favourite of mine but one thing that does make them a lot better is molly. molly is my aunt’s dog and she waits outside my bedroom door every morning just to say hello. as soon as i get myself up and open the door she comes running in and jumps on the bed and rolls around and wants to cuddle and you honestly can’t stay mad or angry or annoyed about being up so early when you have the cutest dog acting like seeing you is the best thing that’s happened to her. sometimes she brings a tennis ball with her too, just in case playing fetch is what you want to do at 7am. now if she could just come home with me at the end of the summer and continue this routine that’d be great.