A few years ago when Nash and I were underemployed, we’d walk past Actinolite and joked that one day we would go there when we could afford it. Though we’ve had just as fancy meals already, I finally remembered to actually go here so we did it for our Christmas dinner date.
We chose to do the full Chef’s Menu and the wine pairing. The first was a beautiful apple salad.
Then there was a snack of salmon and capers.
I couldn’t stop eating the perfect sourdough bread and butter from the town of Actinolite, a town in Central Ontario.
This dish of root vegetables (beets, pickled onion, turnip & more) was flavourful and delicious
Jerusalem artichoke sat delicately above oysters.
Hen of the woods in elderberry and pine butter was probably our favourite dish.
This was a duck dish, but I ate it before I took a photo. It was just that good!
I did not know carrots could be elevated so much until I had these blackened ones.
This ice cream with butternut squash and toasted lichen was a lovely complex dessert.
Finishing off the night were these biscuits with marshmallow.
This meal was definitely worth the wait and our years-long excitement of going here!
I have a lot of the Tony Moly x Pokémon collection, but I couldn’t resist getting one of each of the sheet masks. They’re limited edition, but still available on Amazon.
I used the Charmander one recently. It took me for a while to actually use one because the packaging is so cute! The sheet mask itself unfortunately does not actually have a Charmander head (that would be funny though).
It had the pleasant citrus smell of grapefruit and did noticeably brighten up my skin right after. I haven’t tried the rest, but I’m looking forward to it as I follow this year’s resolution of using things up!
My cousin went to Japan and brought me back this Pikachu branded thing. At first I thought it was beans or something, but on closer inspection, I realized it was curry. I can’t actually read Japanese but the instructions were easy enough to find online after I figured out what it actually was.
Inside was the two packets of curry, and a Sharpedo card. I love that whenever you buy Pokémon branded things there is some sort of collectible.
I decided to add my own ingredients to the sauce. Little did I know was that it had it’s own tiny dehydrated vegetables that hydrated themselves as I cooked it. If you look carefully, there’s tiny carrots and onions.
The curry itself is sweet like most Japanese curries. I think it’s meant to be eaten just plain on rice, but that’s not much of a meal so I made it one!
The Shu Uemura x Mario limited edition was so irresistible that I couldn’t not get this Fire Flower lip balm before the whole collection disappeared in store.
The packaging is adorable and has the flower it is named after!
The colour is a nice pink-ish red.
On my lips it was moisturizing and pigmented. I was actually surprised that even through some drinking that it had staying power. Especially since this is meant to be a coloured lip balm!
A while back, I did a huge BH Cosmetics haul because everything was on super sale. All these things together costed around $50.
This Take Back Brazil palette was full of pigmented eyeshadows that are perfect for the base of an eye look.
This 12 piece brush set also came with the palette for free! The brushes are soft and blend make-up well. I find the burhs heads fall off the stick when they are washed though, so it requires some regluing to fix it.
I also grabbed this beautiful unicorn highlighter kit!
I want to learn how to contour better, so I also got a contour kit.
Lastly, this HD Brow Pencil was only a buck but super fine for precision.
I love the entire Super Mario Shu Uemura collection and I totally couldn’t resist adding this travel set to what I already had.
Inside was a lip tint and cleansing oil mini as well as a pouch and eyelash curler! I coincidentally also was starting Super Mario Odyssey when I received this in the mail.
The beautiful cosmetic pouch has tons of pockets for all sorts of storage. It perfectly keeps any glass serum bottles protected so is good for travelling.
The best part of the set is this gold eyelash curler with the signature Power-Up star. Shu Uemura’s eyelash curlers are some of the best around and this is such a beautiful touch!
I thought I’d be able to keep up with reading at least a book a week, like I had in 2016, but 2017 was full of a lot of twists and turns that kept me busy.
The books I read this year tended to be much longer as well. Here are all 49 ordered from most recently read:
- The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made by Greg Sestero
- Meet Me in the Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock and Roll in New York City 2001-2011 by Lizzy Goodman
- Hit Makers: The Science of Popularity in an Age of Distraction by Derek Thompson
- Sex Object: A Memoir by Jessica Valenti
- Curry: Eating, Reading, and Race by Naban Ruthnum
- Mirror Mirror by Cara Delevigne
- Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen
- In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume
- Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan
- Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance, and Revolution in Trump’s America by Samhita Mukopadhyay
- Big Little Man: In Search of My Asian Self by Alex Tizon
- Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked by Adam Alter
- Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan
- The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas
- All the Lives I Want: Essays About My Best Friends Who Happen to Be Famous Strangers by Alana Massey
- American Kingpin: The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road by Nick Bilton
- The Only Pirate at the Party by Linsey Sterling
- The Canadaland Guide to Canada by Jesse Brown
- This is Where It Ends by Marieke Jijkamp
- 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl by Mona Awad
- Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible: The Surreal Heart of the New Russia by Peter Pomerantsev
- Careergasm: Find Your Way to Feel-Good Work by Sarah Vermunt
- Almost Adulting: All You Need to Know to Get It Together by Ardent Rose
- Frontier City: Toronto on the Verge of Greatness by Shawn Micallef
- You Don’t Have to Like Me: Essays on Growing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding Feminism by Alida Nugent
- Bowie by Simon Critchley
- We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- The Best Kind of People by Zoe Whittall
- The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds by Michael Lewis
- The Girls by Emma Cline
- Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin Is Changing Money, Business, and the World by Don Tapscott
- The Translation of Love by Lynne Kutsukake
- One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter by Scaachi Koul
- Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple
- So Sad Today by Melissa Broder
- The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson
- You May Also Like: Taste in an Age of Endless Choice by Tom Vanderbilt
- Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble by Dan Lyons
- The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher
- How to Murder Your Life by Cat Marnell
- Mister Monkey by Francise Prose
- Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder by Ariana Huffington
- The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer
- Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? by Frans de Waal
- Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher
- Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk by Legs McNeil
- The Promise of Canada: 150 Years–Building a Great Country One Idea at a Time by Charlotte Gray
- Every Song Ever: Twenty Ways to Listen in an Age of Musical Plenty by Ben Ratliff
- Feminist Fight Club: An Office Survival Manual for a Sexist Workplace by Jessica Bennett
You can find what I thought of all these books on Goodreads. I’m already well on my way to reading through 2018, with a lot of books on hold at the library.
Let me know what books you’ve enjoyed in 2017! I’m always open to suggestions on what to read next.
Happy New Year! This Christmas, I finally built the dream vanity I’ve always wanted. My sister got me the Micke Ikea workstation, which has a drawer perfect for palettes and cupboard for nail polishes and creams.
The mirror is from Amazon and makes me feel like a Hollywood Star. The lights have a dimmer so it could be adjusted to the desired level.
All my existing storage containers fit right beside it. The newest is a lipstick tower that fits over 80, and I somehow filled the entire thing. Yeah, I have that many lippies.
This is where my New Years Resolution kicks in. I want to try to use up more stuff before buying anything. I want to at least pan one colour in an eyeshadow palette before purchasing another, finish eyeliners, lipsticks, skin care before adding more to the collection. I still have a bunch of stuff I haven’t blogged about yet too.
I want to transfer this to other aspects of my life too. I have a lot of art supplies, hot sauces, video games that are left unfinished. This New Year, I want to get closer to the end of stuff before adding more to my life. It’ll help me both declutter and save some money. It’ll be an expensive year after-all with the wedding closing in fast!
Teddy was our family first puppy, but he’s always been considered my sister’s dog when we moved out of our parent’s house.
When I moved out a few years ago, I really missed the constant companionship of a dog, but I wasn’t really in a financial or mental state to take care of one. My bachelor apartment was too small and I thought it wouldn’t fit into my social and musical life.
When Nash proposed and we moved in together to a bigger space, we spoke about our future and our desires for a little dog. We always thought it would come after the wedding but as soon as I met Bacon, I was in love.
The 6 weeks we’ve been together so far has flown by and he’s already grown from the 4lb tiny doggy he came home as. The first couple of weeks I lacked sleep and was always anxious to get home to him. Now he sleeps much better and I know he does okay by himself at home.
I’ve spent a lot more time offline than I used to. It’s kind of easy to choose between being on my phone/computer and happily paying fetch with Bacon. I’ve also gone on more walks and seen parts of my own neighbourhood I would have never otherwise have visited and neighbours (and their dogs) we’ve never talked to. Together we’ve seen the sun rise and set many times.
When I am online, I find I use the time more efficiently. No more am I browsing around aimlessly. I usually have a specific task I have to do in a short time frame (when Bacon is calm or napping).
I can’t wait until the weather is warmer so we can see more new places and people. Here’s to more adventures in the New Year, which in 2018 is also the Year of the Dog!
I wanted this Moschino + Sephora eyeshadow palette since the first announcement. I even tried on its August release date, but it sold out quickly and was removed from the store. I thought all hope was lost.
Then one-day last month I got an e-mail notification that it had been added back to the store. I logged on my computer and grabbed it in that instant. The bear just screams at me as a thing I need to have.
Inside the shadows are beautiful. Most of them are shiny, but there are some mattes to use with the shimmers. It even comes with a booklet on how to use some shadows together.
I swatched it lightly because I didn’t want to waste the precious shadows and it was very pigmented. The shimmers are so beautiful that photos don’t do it justice. This was totally worth the impulse buy.
I did my holiday party look with mostly this palette! It really made my eyes pop.