My New Year's Un-Resolutions

Happy 2018, everyone!

A few of the books on my reading list for this month. My goal this year is 25!

A few of the books on my reading list for this month. My goal this year is 25!

I know we're already two weeks into the new year, but I got the dreaded holiday cold that's been going around, and then went right back to work so I haven't really had the time I thought I would to sit down and think about my goals for the year ahead. 

I'm not a huge fan of making grand resolutions. Its too much and I wind up feeling discouraged to continue if I have a small misstep. So, this year I'm approaching my resolutions differently. In 2017 I started making some positive changes, and they became habits that I continued throughout the year. 

Toward the end of the year, as the holidays came around, I started to lose steam a little (no regrets, I'm happy to press pause and indulge over the holidays!), so this month I'm focussing on getting back on track with the habits I'd already formed.


Although I live in a studio apartment, I have A LOT of storage and in the three years that I've lived here, I've somehow managed to fill every cabinet, closet, and corner with stuff. I went on a declutter mission and actually managed to pack away a lot of items and clothing but that's where it stopped. It just sat there, in my front entryway for months, waiting to be donated. 

I've managed to bring a few boxes to my local donation centre and my goal for the end of the month is to have the rest done. 

I've also been working toward having a capsule wardrobe. It's still a work in progress, and I'd love to write a post on it once I have a better handle on it. 


Keeping up with a regular exercise routine was something I started in 2017, and want to continue this year.  I walk to and from work most days and had a good schedule with running a few times a week. Then came the shin splints, and OH MY GOD. They took me down. I've been in physio for the last few weeks and it's definitely getting better but I had to stop running and I'm still not 100% back at it. 

I'm lucky to have a fully equipped gym both in my apartment building and at work so I reached out to a personal trainer to help me put together a strength training practice that I could add into my routine. I've always felt intimidated by strength training and using the weights in my gym so I thought since I can't do my usual cardio, this would be a good time to step out of my comfort zone and try something new. 

I've been to two personal training sessions so far, and so far I'm loving it! I like that my fitness goals are about getting stronger and healthier, and not necessarily based on the number on the scale. For me, it feels more motivating and attainable. 

Getting Enough Sleep 

I don't know when this happened, but I've become a night owl. This is a problem because I typically wake up for work at around 6:30 am so, lately, I've only been getting about 6  hours of sleep a night. This has been going on for the last few months, so it's hard to change my habits overnight and go to bed hours earlier than I'm used to. 

In order to get myself back on a decent sleep schedule, I'm trying to go to bed just 15 minutes earlier each night so it doesn't feel like such a shock to my system.

I've also been using the This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray when I go to bed and it's definitely helping me fall asleep! 

Digital Detoxing

I work in a job that keeps me on my laptop most of the day. When I'm not working, I'm typically on my phone browsing Instagram, or watching YouTube videos. Last year, I had a goal to read 50 books and I only managed to get to 20. I'm still happy that I dedicated more time to reading, but I think I could have got a lot closer to my goal if I wasn't attached to my devices as much. 

I also want to think about the time I do spend online, and the type of content I consume. I recently signed up for a Skillshare membership and didn't end up using it much in the first month, so I've bookmarked a few classes I really want to take. I've already started some, including a brush lettering class which I'm really enjoying! I spend a lot of time learning and training on new solutions at work, and I want to dedicate more time to learning new skills in my personal life too. 


And that's it! I hope you're all having a great start to the new year, and I'd love to hear what your goals are for 2018!

The 3 Beauty Products I'm Wearing to Every Holiday Party

We're 2 weeks into December, and holiday party season is in full swing. 


December is my favorite month, and I look forward to the holidays all year round. I love everything about Christmas, including watching every made-for-TV Hallmark channel movie. One of my favourite things about this time of year is that there seems to be a holiday party (or two) to go to every week! Give me any excuse to break out the festive dresses and sparkly makeup and I'm there.

The Red Lip

Even if the rest of my makeup is fairly simple, having a bold lip always makes me feel confident and put-together.

YSL make some of my favourite lip products, and the new Tatouage Couture Liquid Matte Lip Stain is no exception. I have the colour #12 Red Tribe which is a bright true red. I'm not a huge fan of liquid lipsticks, but this formula is so comfortable to wear and lasts all night. Because it's a stain, it still leaves a hint of colour after it's worn off and I've found I haven't had to worry about reapplying it throughout the night. I already have my eye on a few other shades as well. 


A Shimmery Eye

Last December I discovered the Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise cream eye shadow. I bought the shade Marie Antoinette which is a beautiful golden colour. It's so easy to apply - I just pat it all over my lid with my finger and I'm good to go! 

I don't find it creases or transfers on me, and also works as a great base if I want to add an even more shimmery topcoat for added sparkle. 


Full, Thick Lases

If I could only choose one makeup item to put on each day, I think mascara would be it. I don't feel quite like myself without it on. Day-to-day, I tend to go for a more natural looking lashes but when I'm feeling fancy, I like a volumizing mascara. 

I recently tried the Georgio Armani Eccentrico Mascara and WOW - I am obsessed. I wore this other day and had a physio appointment after work. The receptionist who sees me there every week asked if I'd had my lashes tinted and lifted and couldn't believe when I said that I hadn't even used an eyelash curler. It was just this mascara.

It's quite a thick formula, and gives me that spidery-lash look so if you like a more feathery, separated lash look, this might not be the mascara for you. I've been wearing this every single day, party or not, and I love it.  

I hope you're all having a happy holiday season! If you need me, I'll be on my couch in my Christmas Pjs eating After Eights and watching the Hallmark channel :) 

My Current Skincare Routine

I've become addicted to skincare.

When I was younger, I was fortunate to have clear skin and didn't have a need for a complex routine. Now that I'm 35, I've definitely noticed a change. I've noticed that my skin is a lot drier, and has lost some luminosity and bounce. 

Over the past year, I've tried almost everything under the sun (#youtubemademebuyit) but I've narrowed it down to a few amazing products that are really doin' it for me at the moment. I get questions on my skincare routine all the time, so I thought it's about time that I finally write it down and share it with you! 

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