Monday, November 28, 2011

In and Out, November 28: fur vests and Christmas?


- Bath and Body Works Candles! Currently enamoured with the Marshmallow Fireside and Merry Mistletoe scents... they are 2 for $30 right now in Canada and plenty of $10 off coupons around so check those two out if you're in the mood for some new candles :)

- this photo of the "winter fair" that was set up in my hometown of Sibiu, Romania on the weekend. This is in the main square of the town and seeing it pop up on Facebook this morning just made my heart warm. It looks like a picture from a fairytale. I moved to Canada when I was 12 and I have since gone back to visit as much as I could, but only during the summer. This just brought back memories of my Christmases growing up and going carolling with my friends from grade school, things like that... so lovely.

- Christmas in general. My sweet, wonderful co-worker heard me mumbling something about how much I loved Michael Buble's Christmas carol renditions and she surprised me by getting me his new Christmas album. SO GOOD! I'm getting myself an advent calendar this week, lighting my candles and getting into the festive spirit!

- [faux] fur vests. I have 2 that I rotate, one is silvery gray with leopard-ish black spots, one is a warm beige/brown mix. They were both totally random steals - the gray one from Winners last year for about $40, the brown one from Value Village (!! scored it for $6 taxes included when I was there searching for Halloween costumes in '09). I wear them during the day over sweaters or plain T-shirts as well as at night accessorized with some bold jewelry or a belt, or over a feminine sheer blouse for a fun play with textures. If you are on the lookout for something similar, check this one out at Forever21!

someone pass me the blotting sheets because clearly I misplaced them lol


- this gross "Orange Pekoe" tea that I bought in bulk for the Tassimo hoping it was good. It's not. It tastes like poison. Trying to finish up the package so I can never repurchase it again.

- MAC Collections... "in honour of black friday we have re-issued our black lipstick!" ... have they totally missed the plot? Stop releasing 423984723892 new things/repromotes every week and focus on creating quality textures and innovative products. End rant.

- lipgloss hoarding. Makeup hoarding in general, but for some reason lipgloss is the main one I get mad at myself for because I rarely use it nowadays. Must use up some before they get stale - there's nothing more I hate than wasting money on a product that I don't use up - not because I don't love it but just because I'm lazy. You all know I enjoy using up my products rather than collecting them and it's time to focus on lipglosses, perhaps it will be a project in the making for December... stay tuned!


  1. I'm on a personal makeup ban myself :) No more purchasing until something gets used up... especially foundation. I have 10 different bottles going at the same time... it's time to get a hold of myself :)

  2. I just went to BB&W and smelled their candles for the first time. They are amazing! I'm in love with the Fall scent leaves & the chocolate chip cookie scent.

    I totally agree with you on the MAC collections.. Too many & from the reviews I've been reading poor quality. I would have liked to have at least seen something more wearable/universally flattering re-released from the Style Black collection as I missed it.

  3. I don't have a Tassimo so I don't know if you'll be able to find it but I had the same sentiments about Orange Pekoe tea and my friend told me to try red tea or Rooibos (as it is called sometimes). 1. It's dark enough or 'reg tea tasting' enough to have milk and sugar with it. 2. it's herbal so it's great for night time. I get mine loose and haven't looked back.

  4. The picture of your hometown makes me feel so warm and happy inside!! It looks amaaazing. Those pictures must make you feel homesick! I went to the lighting ceremony in downtown London (Ontario...wish it was the UK) and thought that was cute. In hindsight it'd be like comparing a pair of flip flops to a pair of Manolos hahaha I honestly hate lipgloss! Pretty sure I haven't purchased one for 2 years now. WIll lend you support during your lipgloss escapade, beginning with: lipgloss sticks to hair and hair goes astray during cold and crappy Canadian winter!!

  5. I so wish I lived somewhere with a BBW. Last time I was in the US I stocked up with so much. I love their candles! I keep having to force myself to use lipgloss so that I don't have to throw them away. I feel bad some of them have been barely used.

  6. Your hometown looks so pretty! I wish we had a B&BW here in Scotland, I went to one in New York last year and loved it :) Agree with you on the MAC rant and lipgloss hoarding. I hardly buy anything from MAC's permanent collection nowadays, nevermind the LE stuff. I found other brands that I love, and that MAC isn't the be all and end all of high end makeup. x

  7. The christmas market looks wonderful, I love them, so festive and full of home/hand made goodies :) I'm also loving fauz fur at the mo,cant get enough of it xx

  8. I have at least a dozen lipglosses to finish up. I don't know why I keep purchasing them because I hardly ever wear them :s

  9. Lol I am totally with you on the Lipgloss hoarding! I do the same thing, I will have like 8 of the same shade but each one was justified because it was ever so slighty different then the other ones... :s
    Bella xo

  10. Totally agree with your MAC comment.. They are driving me mad with all of the repromotes and new collections. I used to be such a MAC fan but now I tend to bypass them completely xx

  11. i'm a lip gloss hoarder too. =/

    love the pics!

  12. love the BBW candles too! my faves are Fireside and Evergreen. :) btw, love your blog... it's great to see other canadian bloggers!

  13. Hi, Sandra!

    I've followed your blog for some time now and I had no idea you're from Romania. :)

    Felicitari pentru blog si Sarbatori Fericite!

  14. Noo thats just the flash!! You look beautiful in the pics!
    Looks lovely!!

  15. So with you on the makeup hoarding, it's terrible I buy nice things then barely use them, next year I am going to to use all of my makeup!!!


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