Sunday, November 16, 2014

Monday, October 13, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you found the time to overeat and watch Oktoberfest meets Santa Clause style parades. I don't know how I feel about the latter yet - I'll get back to you.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

The fall/winter reading list

We've been neglecting our blog for a while. In my case, I think it was easier to find things to write about when I was in my early twenties. First, I was still in university and was reading, watching and learning about something new all the time. Later, I moved to Korea and everything was novel; I wanted to share my new experiences on this platform. Now, having been away from school and got used to Korea, it's become harder to procure enough enthusiasm about anything to write about it. The past few months have been more about finding my feet at work and in a new city than about creativity or culture.

But I think I'm back. I'm more or less settled now and I'm getting impatient to record all the things that have recently sparked my interest. I went home in August to visit family and friends in Ottawa. While visiting, I was surrounded by and had the time to appreciate what I used to really love: books, movies, keeping up the with news, knitting. I hope the next few months will see a lot more activity on this blog. Watch this space!

 Here's my fall/winter reading list. One book is already crossed off the list. Please tell me in the comments about any other books you think I should add.

The Remains of the Day — Kazuo Ishiguro (blog post coming soon)
One Hundred Years of Solitude — Gabriel GarcĂ­a Marquez
Ishmael — Daniel Quinn
Midnight's Children — Salman Rushdie
Hardboiled & Hard Luck — Banana Yoshimoto
White Teeth — Zadie Smith
Siddhartha — Herman Hesse
A Right To Offend — Brian Winston
The Shock Doctrine — Naomi Klein

Friday, August 22, 2014

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Keepers

Just a few beauty related things that have made their way into my daily routines over the past few months.
  • MAC Shadow Quad: Christmas money well spent. While I had never been big into eyeshadow, I carefully selected these 4 to suit me and now wouldn't want to do without them. They're all multipurpose and seem to have everything covered, from all over-highlight and contour to helping out my dark brows.
  • NYX Cream Blush in 'Boho Chic': My current favourite cream blush. Subtly highlights while blending easily to prevent a china doll situation. 
  • For my lips, I've been using The Body Shop's Aloe Lip Care morning and night, as it's just so hydrating. During the day I switch between Burt's Bee's tinted balm in 'Honeysukle', and MAC's 'Peach Blossom' - both perfect nudes. 
  • Too Cool for School Pumpkin Sleeping Pack: A gift from Katie that has me converted to sleeping masks. I've tried out a few North American versions but this remains the best so far for refreshing skin overnight. 
  • Bourjois Java Rice Powder: I'll admit that the packaging of this one is what caught my eye. I knew it would look good on my desk. It turns out to be a pretty hightlighter as well, leaving a diffused champagne hue behind that's really flattering. 
  • La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo: My second tube now, as this stuff has saved my skin. It magically calms breakouts and irritations overnight, without leaving skin feeling tight or dry.
  • Bass Nylon Brush: I picked this brush up for just a few dollars in the Fall, seeing as the natural bristle brush that I had been using was causing some breakage. While I never would have thought that a brush could make such a difference, now my hair won't survive without it. It can be used on wet or dry hair, glides through knots, and generally just smooths hair to make it more manageable.

Friday, April 25, 2014