Wednesday, December 30, 2009

FOTD; "I'm the only one in the restaurant wearing lipstick."

MAC Prep And Prime Primer
Almay Nearly Nude Foundation
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light
MAC Powder Blush in Harmony
MAC Eyeshadow in Phloof! (Highlight)

Urban Decay Primer Potion
MAC Eyeshadow in Phloof!
MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack
Covergirl Lashblast Mascara in Black

Anastacia Brow Powder Duo in Ebony
Maybelline Greatlash Mascara in Clear

MAC Lipstick in Vegas Volt

I got this lipstick for Christmas; it's 'Vegas Volt' by MAC.
It's new favourite, well for the moment. Who knows if anything with replace 'Show Orchid'.
It's in my favourite lipstick finish by MAC, Amplified Creme.

Sunday night I want out to dinner with friends.
No we didn't go out to the sushi restaurants I so normally frequent, because I got outvoted.
We went to Boston Pizza. And there was a Canucks game, so everyone was wearing jerseys.
But I had some good pizza.

I basically wore this outfit, but with jeans instead of leggings, and gray Converse instead of boots.
And with the addition of this.

Yes, it's an Alexis Bittar necklace; my mom bought it for me on Boxing Day (The Canadian/UK/Australian version of Black Friday.)
I was so shocked she got me this; I'd mentioned in passing that i was thinking of buying it and was ecstatic to see she's gotten it for me.
It meant a lot to me; I did not expect a present, especially right after Christmas.
I love my mom.

I actually wore it with my dog tags as well, but I put it on after I took the photo; those three necklaces are the new vintage scarves.

Oh, and btw, my mom also got me the 2010 Olympic mittens.

Those things are so warm, I couldn't believe it.


Sunday, December 27, 2009

OOTD; Christmas Eve

_ Striped top from H&M
_ Black blazer by Only
_ Black jeans by Mavi
_ Russian seal necklace by Pyrrah
_ AIDS awareness necklace
_ Rose studs by Mimi And Marge
_ 'Turned Up Turquoise' by China Glaze

So, as to be all inclusive, Happy December!

My family and I always have Christmas Eve at our house, and go over to our cousin's on Christmas Day. The above is what I wore on Christmas Eve; I wanted to look slightly conservative, since my family was going to be there, but I wore my Pyrrah seal (!!!) and my dog tags to make it a bit more me.

Christmas was awesome, needless to say; I got some amazing gifts and I had Christmas Eve and Christmas Day off.
I'll do a Christmas haul in a bit; I'm going to have more time off work soon, AKA more time to post here =)

This is one of my Christmas presents, the Russian seal by Pyrrah; they're pendants made from real 19th century seals used in Europe.
I absolutely love these designers, and they're from Vancouver.
If you're coming to Vancouver this February for the Olympics, I recommend this brand; each seal has a meaning to go along with each picture, so they're sentimental gifts.

On that note, I also love Mimi And Marge, another Vancouver designer.

My coworker is so sweet; when I bought these studs, I had actually tried on the rose ones as well, and was debating which ones to buy. Obviously I decided on the studs; I told her about my little Sophie's Choice, and for Christmas she got me the rose studs!
Thank you so much Sarah <3

Nails of the day!

'Turned Up Turquoise' by China Glaze.
I made a bet with my friend; I have a friend who I regularly discuss nail polish with, since we're both super into it. We both agree hands down that OPI is the best, obviously.
Anyway, she hates China Glaze with a passion. She says it's not worth the price, it chips, I wish I had a third point, etc.
But I always see people on blogs raving about China Glaze, so I said I'd try out some and give her my verdict.

My answer? Not as good as OPI, but sill good.
I did find it better than the average drugstore brand, and it coated evenly.
This polish was a bit weird because it was quite matte; I added a top coat, since that's not my cup of tea, but if you wanted some matte turquoise nails, get on that.

I know I've been lax in posting; I work in retail and it's been insane. But I'll have some downtime now (until the Olympics), and I promise to post more.
Plus, I got gift cards to Sephora and MAC, so I'll be on a make-up kick for a little while.


Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Inspiration; Christmas Wishes

True Story;
When I was really little, and the internet was yet to be wildly in use, my Dad had a tiny little computer that was one of the few connected to the world wide web. Every Christmas, my dad would use this crazy new invention called 'email' and mail my sister and my wishlists to Santa up at the North pole.
Maybe not the most traditional holiday memory, but it's what we did.
To this day I still write a Christmas list every year and magnet it to the fridge.

Yes, it's a bit selfish and presumptuous, listing out the material things you want and expecting people to buy them for you, but why should kids have all the fun?

My inspiration for you all is to write out a Christmas list and stick it to your fridge; it can be materialistic, or selfless, or it can just be wishing for a happy and safe new year. Whatever.
But the material ones are more fun.

Madison’s Christmas List 2009

1) Set of Sigma Eye Brushes

2) MAC Lipsticks

Vegas Volt
Film Noir

3) ‘The Teen Vogue Handbook’ by Teen Vogue

4) ‘That Extra Half An Inch’ by Victoria Beckham

5) 'The Sartorialist' by Scott Schuman

6) 'Stripteese' by Dita Von Teese

7) Rain By Marc Jacobs

8) Make-up bag from Sephora

9) Giftcards

10) Marc Jacobs wallet in black, red, or dark purple

11) Milk Chocolate Terry’s Chocolate Oranges!


Wednesday, December 9, 2009

OOTD; Work Then 'Brothers', AKA 'You Are About To Watch Two Hours Of Tobey Maguire Not Blinking'

_ Gray graphic t shirt from Primark
_ Black cardigan from Zara
_ Belt from Primark
_ Black leggings from American Apparel
_ Scarf from H&M
_ Fingerless mittens from Urban Outfitters
_ Leather jacket from New Look
_ Assorted rings from Rings Eclectic, the Richmond Night Market and my Mom's jewelery box
_ Stud earrings by Mimi And Marge (To become my new regulars)
_ Black ankle boots from Spring
_ Black men's laptop bag from H&M (not shown)
_ 'Teal The Cows Come Home' nail polish by OPI

This was on Saturday; I worked until close, then had to race to Tinseltown to go see 'Brothers' with a couple of friends, but I'll get to that in a bit.
Nails of the day!

'Teal the Cows Come Home' by OPI. This was my favourite, until it was dethroned by 'Russian Navy', then that by 'You Don't Know Jacques' (Thought I'd posted a picture of my wearing this, but I guess not). My tastes have become more muted, haven't they?
This will be the last NOTD for awhile; later that day at work, I broke my right middle finger nail in half. It's still attached, but it hurts and I am not going to be putting nail polish remover near it any time soon.
It's sad, but at least my nails grow fast.

I also have a bit of a haul for you; the scarf in the above picture, and my new earrings. I always past that scarf in H&M and loved it, so finally I went to H&M on impulse and just bought it. it offers almost no warmth, but it's pretty.
I also bought these Mimi And Marge silver stud earrings.

(LOL at the close up and all my skin imperfections)
I got them because I can wear them from day to day (only I would say that about studs) and I'd never seen anything else like them. Plus they're very Lady Gaga and/or Rihanna.
There were some other Mimi And Marge earrings I wanted, that I'm thinking about.
Do I really wear earrings all that often though?

On to the movie; my friend Sara (who was the friend in this post) saw the trailer to 'Brothers' twice when we saw the movies aforementioned in the link about. Basically, it's the most intense thing ever. Literally.

So obvs, we marked December fourth, the day it came out, and decided to see it as soon as possible.

This is one of the reasons I didn't love 'Brothers'; I had expectations.
I always try to never read any reviews of a movie outside The Vancouver Sun so as to taint my idea of a movie as little as possible, or I try not to get hype up a movie in my head.

'Brothers' was good, but I wouldn't see it again.
The acting was amazing, Tobey Maguire's unblinking eyes deserve an Oscar, for serious, but the story was a bit flat.
I won't spoil anything, but I'll say that the movie tried to be a look into a captured then freed Marines eyes, but it just didn't work.
Maybe if there had been more conflicts and secrets around him; I get that it was all supposed to be in Tobey Maguire's head, but the film just wasn't that deep.

I got to stare at Jake Gyllenhaal for over an hour though, so I'm not complaining.

If you need a reason to see this movie though, see it for the child actress who plays the eldest daughter. Oh my god.
She is the best child actress I have ever seen; I thought she was on par to every other actor around her.
The dinner table scene? Everyone in the theater went dead quiet after it, even those annoying faux gangsters behind us who'd brought beer.

'Brothers' was good, but it won't be winning any Oscars, at least in my book.
One last thing, how long was that winter?
Seriously, the entire movie takes place in one season and it just never stops snowing.
I get that Tobey Maguire leaves in November, and I guess he comes back in march, but still, it doesn't snow that much.
It was originally a Danish film, so maybe it snows for that long in Denmark, but not in middle America, director.


P.S. This post is brought to you by Elsie not moving out of the shot.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Inspiration; Living In A Photo

Chances are, the life you're living doesn't correspond perfectly with the life you imagine.
Mine didn't for the longest time.

Now, I'm not saying working full time and creating portfolios for university is my dream life, but I'm doing these things to get closer to the life I want, whatever that ends up being.

But back to you; why aren't you living the life you'd always dreamed of? I know the answer for a lot of people, or for me at least, is 'I'm not living in my dream city'.
I used to hate Vancouver. Hate it with a passion. Why wasn't I from Montreal or Toronto, or Los Angeles or New York? Why was I stuck in this boring faux-metropolis?
But it wasn't Vancouver that was wrong, it was my thinking; yes, Vancouver's no Paris, Milan, or London, but it is 'the city'.
There are things to do, people to see, fashion to be gawked at, cuisine to try, events to be apart of, concerts to rock out to, and etc.

We're always blinded by what we 'should' have, what we needed to make ourselves happy, and I lived thinking that Vancouver wasn't it. But that's lazy thinking; it's not up to the world, or your circumstances to make you happy. Want the truth? No one cares about someone who whines instead of tries. Before saying your life 'sucks', before crying out about the unfairness of it all via your Facebook notes and Twitter updates, ask yourself "Have I tried?"

I'll give my answer: no.
I didn't try for a second.
So I had an idea: take off the blinders and enjoy myself. Sounds simple enough, right?
You'd be amazed at your thoughts when they're not drowning in negativity; the main difference I found was the existence of possibilities. Instead of 'things will happen when...' it became 'things will happen'.

I know, I know. Giving yourself a whole new mindset doesn't happen overnight.
So I had a second idea; find the beauty within my home town and capture it.
You can do this any way; by drawings, painting, clothing designs, cooking, writing, etc.
But I chose photography.

A few weeks ago I set a day aside and ventured to downtown Vancouver with my camera in hand. My goal? Take at least one hundred pictures. What of? Anything. Anything I could find beauty in. I needed to prove to myself that there is beauty in anything.

And I did.

After I took those one hundred or so pictures, I put them on my computer and looked through them, putting the ones I liked and were Photoshop-worthy into a folder. From there, I photoshopped. Not much, just some colour adjustments, some cropping; I didn't want to change the images, just enhance them. Lastly, I looked at the finished fifty-eight photos, and picked five to ten of my favourites.

So what does this all have to do with you?
Do the same thing I did. Set aside a day, morning, afternoon, whatever, and bring your camera, and have a walk all over town. Take pictures of everything, until you have at least one hundred. Photoshop if you want, then pick your favourite five to ten, and post them somewhere, on a blog, Facebook, Deviantart, Flickr, even tweet them if you want.
You can even could get them printed and framed, if you're in need of some sort of original art.

I've posted the seven photos I captured that day that I loved the most; I took them in familiar places that I visit everyday, and new parts of town that if I had been to, I'd forgotten.
The only photography advice I have is to walk slowly, look all around you, breathe deeply, and see clearly.
Anyone can do it.

Basically, my point is that we never see the positive aspects of life until we're slowed down and made to look; we see so much through the lens of a camera, yet miss entire works completely with our own unadulterated eyes.
It's not where you are, it's who you are, you're attitude that makes a difference.

It's a cliché, but one I've found to be true.


Sunday, November 22, 2009

MovieRave(s); 'An Education'/'Pirate Radio'

It's probably become clear from reading this blog, but I vastly prefer 'films' over 'movies'. It's just how I role, people.

There's an artsy, independent kind of theater in Vancouver's Chinatown that I frequent called Tinseltown.
Don't judge the name, I think it's cute.
Anyway, yesterday, two friends and I decided to see the matinee showing of 'An Education'; though I'd read the review, none of us had a very clear idea about the movie, one of my friends had never even heard of it, but wanted to come anyway. All we knew was that it was getting rave reviews, and that I'd hit Peter Sarsgaard.

If you go to Tinseltown you have to visit T And T first to buy snacks for the movie; it's a chain of Asian grocery stores that get stuff imported directly from Asia.
I don't know if any of you had Asian friends as kids, but if you did, you'll know that they always had the best candy.

Strawberry Pocky is my life. The chocolate ones are OK, I guess, but strawberry's where it's at.
I got nine packets for $5.00. I ate five of them v.v

My friend made us all get this Tao Ti Apple Green Tea; basically, it's green tea mixed with apple juice, but it's so much more than that.

I can't describe the taste, just try a bottle of it.
Just FYI, this picture of the bottle is the Americanized version, but the writing on the bottle I had was in Chinese.

After we were perused the candy aisles, we headed up to the theater to see 'An Education'.

The three of us unanimously loved it; 'An Education' is the story of a sixteen year old girl, Jenny, living in London in the 1960s. Her father presses his narrow minded views on the rest of the family, which causes Jenny to rebel by living anything French, and fantasizing about living in Paris, going to concerts, smoking, wearing black, etc. She is currently studying at a girls school to get into Oxford so she can study English, then basically meet an educated man to marry her. One day she meets David, a cultured older man. he takes her to concerts, on trips, and introduces her to his glamorous friends and his glamorous lifestyle.They fall in love, and Jenny begins to think that there may be no point in her going to Oxford if she stays with David. Obviously, things aren't what they seem and Jenny gets an education in life.

So much could have gone wrong with this movie; the plot line of an older man falling for a sixteen year old girl is creepy, point black, but Peter Sarsgaard is a fantastic actor; he never falls into the 'creepy older man zone;, but remains charming throughout the entire film. Not gonna lie, I'd get in his car if he'd take me to Paris.
The protagonist, Carey Mulligan, is extremely talented; again, the plot could have gone array if Jenny would have been a whiny, 'woe is me', type of character, but Mulligan never let's her slip into that mode. She keeps Jenny strong throughout the entire film.

This is an awesome movie, and I normally hate 'coming of age' stories; it could have been so cliché, but the actors and storytelling never falter. It made me laugh, it made me want to cry, and it made me want to bang Peter Sarsgaard.
Basically, see this movie.

Afterwards, one of my friends had a kind of date (Oooooohhhhh) and had to leave. My other friend and I, having nothing else to do except homework on her part, decided to sneak into 'Pirate Radio'.
Fact; I'd never snuck into a movie before.
I'd never had wanted to see two movies at once, or if I did, no one else had wanted to. Plus, my birthday's at the beginning of the year, so I turned eighteen before everyone else, and if I had wanted to see an 18A (Canada's version of an R) movie, my mom would have just taken me.

But we both wanted to see another movie. The problem?
We had to loiter outside the bathroom for almost an hour, since the showing times were so far apart. Luckily, not much goes on at Tinseltown, so no one was really suspicious.
We did the old 'have a conversation while walking into the new theater' technique so as to arose no suspicions.
And it worked. I'm very proud of myself.

Anyway, the theater for 'Pirate Radio' was packed.

And we were the youngest in attendance, though we probably were for 'An Education' too, I just hadn't noticed.

'Pirate Radio' is set in the 1960s, and about 'pirate' radio station that floated just off the coast of the UK and broadcasted rock music twenty-four hours a day. Apparently it was illegal to play more than one hour of rock a day in Britain at the time, I don't know why. Irregardless, the pirate's weren't really breaking the law, since they were off British soil, and 25 million British people were listening to rock everyday.

But obviously, the British government was not happy about said boats, and Kenneth Branagh hires Jack Davenport to stop them.
The movie doesn't have a concrete plot, but consists of showing the British government trying to take down the stations, and the tomfoolery aboard Radio Rock, the biggest pirate radio station.

I wanted to see this movie because I love Bill Nighy, Rhys Darby, and Phillip Seymour Hoffman; the ensemble cast in this film in incredibly strong. it's basically every British comedic actor come together in a flurry of accents.

I laughed out loud in this film, and the middle-aged men and women around me were in stitches multiple times throughout the film. It is really all ages, with the exception of Phillip Seymour Hoffman saying 'fuck' in every sentence.

This movie was rated PG, and there was lots of fucks and a naked Nick Frost, which surprised me; way to have an awesome rating system, Canada.
For those of you who don't know, the average R rating in the USA gets a 14A here in Canada. For something to get an 18A in Canada, it has to be pretty graphic (I'm looking at you, 'Young People Fucking').

It's so rare that I find a comedy I actually like, I mean besides 'Forgetting Sarah Marshall', and I really enjoyed 'Pirate Radio'. It had British humour, but it wasn't 'Monty Python', if that makes sense.
And everyone in the theater enjoyed themselves.

Afterwards, we got sushi ($5.95 for three rolls and miso soup!) and ice cream (Hazelnut ice cream, shaped like a pear, and dipped in chocolate), and called it a night.

Haul time! Since I am now employed, I decided to celebrate by buying myself an early Christmas present.

I'd been looking at this rong since the summer, and I finally bougt it. It's by Rings Eclectic; it looks a but like a compass head.
I love cocktail rings, and I'm super excited for this one.

'Twilight: New Moon'. Did you see it? Did you like it?


Sunday, November 8, 2009

OOTD X2 + FOTD; Halloween And A New Occupation

_ Lace dress from Topshop
_ Black skirt from H&M
_ Tights from H&M
_ Knee-high heart socks from somewhere...
_ Black ribbon from H&M (The belt to the skirt)
_ Black Mary Janes from Aldo

OMG. That screencap is awful.
Hello again, remember me?
Anyways, I'm back, with an extremely belated Halloween post.
The day before Halloween I decided to go to a friend's Halloween party, but I needed a costume to be allowed in.

So I decided to go as a dolly, since I wear so much lace anyway.
Plus the make-up could be cool.

As I said in the video, I didn't have time to take a picture, so that's what the Youtube video's all about.

Almay Nearly Nude Foundation
MAC Studio Fix Concealer in NC15
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light
MAC Powder Blush in Cheek
MAC Eyeshadow in Phloof! (Highlight)
MAC Fluidline Gel Eyeliner in Blacktrack (The outline of the heart)
MAC Lipstick in Show Orchid (To fill in the heart)

MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre
MAC Fluidline Gel Eyeliner in Blacktrack
MAC Eyeshadows in Beauty Marked (Eyebrows and bottom eyeliner) and Phloof! (Highlight)
Some sort of black mascara

MAC Lipstick in Show Orchid
MAC Fluidline Gel Eyeliner in Blacktrack (For the stitches)

To make me look more like a doll, I used more foundation and concealer than usual, added highlight to my nose to make it shiny, double-winged my eyeliner, put black eyeliner on the outer corners of my eyes to make them look bigger, and added more mascara to make my lashes as long as possible.

All in all, it was a cute costume; I didn't look like a tool in an ill-fitting store-bought costume, nor was I dressed as a sexy nurse/cheerleader/police woman/devil/some kind of half assed animal.

Nails Of The Day! Or the past week, actually.
'Greenwich Village' by OPI; if I'd known I was going to go to the Halloween party sooner, I would have done this colour to match my costume, but green is kind of Halloween-y.
I love this colour; I originally bough 'Gargantuan Green Grape' by OPI when I was looking for a green polish, and it was OK, but too pastel. Then this came out shortly after, and I wasted ten dollars.
C'est la vie, now I have both.

Personal update, since I now have a job, I won't have as much time to post, but on the flip side, I don't have to spend the day in pajamas, so I'll have more outfits to wear.

_ Lace Dress from Topshop
_ Black oversized blazer by Only
_ Black leggings form American Apparel
_ Black rosary necklace and cameo ring (not shown) by Tarina Tarantino
_ Black embellished flats from Aldo

Buh, I have to buy new clothes for work desperately, but I don't know what I want. Dresses, but I can't find anything I like.

Are you allowed to do your hair/make-up/nails and wear whatever clothes to work that you want? Do you have restrictions? Does it bug you?


Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Movie(s)Rave; 'Amelie'/'Breakfast With Scot'/'Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind'

Movie wise, I had a busy weekend; my favourite film I saw?

I knew about this movie since it's a famous French movie, and the big HMV on Robson has this poster on it's wall, so I see it every time I go in, but my friend recommending it to me finally made me see it.

I adored it.
It was the best movie I'd seen in awhile. Well, since I'd seen 'Once'.
The plot's a bit tricky; Amelie, a waitress in a café in Paris, finds the childhood belongings of her apartment's previous tenant. She decides to find him so she can see the look on his face when he sees his old childhood toys. once she does this, she's so moves that she decides to dedicate her life to helping others, but she beings to forget that she herself deserves to be happy herself.

The movie's art direction is perfect; I guarantee that you'll never see another film like it.
I also loved the narration of the characters; when each is introduced, their likes and dislikes are included with their life story.
Overall, it's a a charming and quirky film; it made me want to chop my hair into a short bob, and take photos in picture booths.

The true test to any movie, especially one with a female heroine, as they can be whiny and dependant on the leading man, is whether or not we can sympathize with the protagonist. I loved Amelie; she's stuck in her head. She fantasized about happiness, but never takes the steps herself to seizing her dream. Anyone can relate to that.

Plus it's in French, so everything sounds more sophisticated and romantic.

The second film I've been trying to PVR forever, and it was finally on last Sunday morning.

'Breakfast With Scot' is a Canadian dramaedy about a gay couple, Eric and Sam, who have to temporarily adopt an eleven year old boy (Sam's nephew) when his mother dies and his father flees (It's similar to the plot of the Swedish movie 'Patrik 1,5', if that helps). The boy, Scot, is extremely flamboyant, which makes Erik, an ex Toronto Maple Leaf and current sports show host uncomfortable, because he is not publicly out.

What I loved about this film was that the protagonist, Eric, was not portrayed as the stereotypical gay man, as he's pretty much the typical guy's guy. He hates shopping, eats pretzels while watching hockey, and was known in the rink as a fighter.

My two gripes with this film are that Scot character may have been made a bit too flamboyant (No eleven year old can figure skate like that), though you could argue that that is what would happen if a child was left to completely be himself, and that Sam, Eric's partner, wasn't featured enough, though I get that the director wanted to focus on the relationship between Eric and Scot.

The movie's predictable, but it's heartwarming, and it dashes the views of what an 'ordinary', 'conventional' family is.

I know, I know. I'd never seen 'Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind'.
I'm a horrible person.

Anyway, you probably all know what goes down in this movie, but I'll explain for those who don't:
Joel and Clementine meet, fall in love, then break up and hate each other. Clementine goes to a doctor to have her memories of Joel erased in a surgical procedure. Finding this out, Joel goes and has the same procedure, only to realize during that he doesn't want to forget Clementine.

It's a film about love, plain and simple.
It's bleak, yet hopeful at the same time.
I can't describe it any better than that.

Just go see it, it's a classic.
And 'Montauk' by Bayside will make more sense to you.


Thursday, October 22, 2009

OOTD; Long Lost Friends And Unfortunate Surgeries

_ Striped top from H&M
_ Black dress shorts from H&M

_ Leather jacket from New Look (not shown)
_ Fingerless gloves from Urban Outfitters (not shown, but seen below)
_ Black tights from H&M
_ Jade eye necklace
_ Gold charm necklace from Accessorize
_ Black studded ankle boots from Spring
_ 'An Affair In Red Square' nail polish by OPI

I went downtown with two friends today after many a missed buses (OK, one. And it wasn't my fault this time).
Many things were discussed, such as the impact the Twilight Saga was having on young girls (Was I the only one who found Edward controlling to the point of abuse? He was defiantly nowhere near my ideal man), long lost friends from elementary school (One of the girls I'd known since Kindergarten, and another Kindergarten friend who'd moved away contacted us both on Facebook recently), and ass surgery (A friend of ours has had it. Yep).

We also had awesome food court vegetarian pad thai.
And obviously there was a Starbucks break.

I used to be super into caramel machiatos, but I had one again today and was less than enthralled. Do I need a new drink for winter? I think I might. Maybe chai lattes?
What you're favourite hot drink from Starbucks?

From this blog post it really doesn't sound too exciting, but I had a lot of fun today just talking with some friends who I hadn't seen in awhile.

I watched 'Amelie' yesterday (I absolutely adored it) and was inspired by all the reds to paint my nails. I've always had trouble with red nails; I kind of think of them as an older woman colour, therefore never wore them. I mean, I might as well wear crazy colours when I'm young. But this colour's really pretty; it's 'An Affair In Red Square' from OPI's Russian Collection. It's not a normal red; it's a bit in your face, but that's what I like about it. It elicited many complements today ("You're nails are like, whoa."), so I'm happy with it.

Who was your first best friend? Are you still friends with them?
The friend who contacted me got me thinking about back in the day, AKA elementary school. Today my friends and I reminisced about the kids we used to know, and that got me thinking about this question.
My first best friend was a girl named Lynette in grade one. We were both really shy and introverted, which may not sound like a good combination for friendship, but it worked for us.
She moved away the next year before grade two, and I never saw her again. I can't even remember her last name.
I'd like to find her online one day and see is she remembers me, and I'd like to find out what happened to her.


Thursday, October 15, 2009

FOTD; British Red Chai Latte

Almay Nearly Nude Foundation
MAC Studio Fix Concealer in NC15
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light
MAC Eyeshadow in Phloof! (Highlight)
MAC Powder Blush in Harmony

MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre
MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack (Just a thin line this time)
MAC Eyeshadows in Phloof! (Highlight) and Beauty Marked (Eyebrows)
Maybelline Lash Stiletto in Black

MAC Lip Pencil in Redd
L'Oreal Colour Riche Lipstick in British Red

Another professional day; I wore the same outfit as this day, but with black tights, and I wore my glasses.
I added the leopard print scarf when I got home because I was cold; I wanted to wear it out, but I didn't have time because I almost missed my bus. Again.
(I'm getting bad at this...)
When I want to look older and/or smarter, I wear my glasses.
And when I want to look my best, I forgo eyeshadow, and just wear eyeliner and lipstick.

This is my favourite nail polish of all time; OPI's You Don't Know Jacques.
I've made two of my friends buy this nail polish, seriously, and it's already a cult classic.
So You Don't Know Jacques by OPI, French Collection.
Get on it.
In other news, I went to a the Smart Mouth Café on Water Street and had hands down the best chai latte I've ever had.
Get on that as well.

How do you do your make-up when you need to look your best?
Like, what do you think looks best on you? What's your never fail 'hey I need to kick ass' make-up look.


Monday, October 12, 2009

OOTD/FOTD; Family-Approved Thanksgiving Attire

_ Lace dress form Zara (Worn as a blouse)
_ Black skirt from H&M
_ Red cardigan from Zara
_ Black tights from H&M
_ Vintage scarf
_ Belt from Primark

Not the best picture, but I could only take photos in my room yesterday because my parents were cleaning, and if they saw me, they'd make me help.
Priorities, blog vs. manual labour.
You'd do the same.

This is essentially the same outfit I wore the other day, but I classed it up a bit with some more lace and a cardigan. And the belt's different.
I also deviated from my normal cat-eye make-up routine and added (my god) eyeshadow.

_ Almay Nearly Nude Foundation
_ MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light
_ MAC Powder Blush in Harmony
_ MAC Eyeshadow in Phloof! (Highlight)

_ MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre
_ MAC Eyeshadows in Woodwinked, Beauty Marked (Also used to fill in eyebrows), and Phloof! (Highlight)
_ MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack
_ Some drugstore brand mascara that I wouldn't recommend

_ Maybelline Shiny-Licious lipgloss in Caramella (Does Maybelline still sell this stuff? If so, I buy it)

I didn't think Woodwinked and Beauty Marked would work together, what with Woodwinked being so gold, and Beauty Marked being so black and all, but when applied with a light hand, Beauty Marked blended into the gold and looked almost brown.
I bought Woodwinked on the recommendation of every beauty guru on Youtube, and honestly, I don't love it.
It's so pretty, but I don't love it.
What's another way I could wear Woodwinked? make me love it, world.
Make me love it.

Thanksgiving was the average family affair; it was delicious, and my mom made cupcakes!
Just like the pilgrims ate.

After dinner we watched TV. MuchMusic was having a 'Bring It On' marathon for some reason; why not 'Degrassi' Much? Come one.
We almost watched 'Degrassi', making this Youtube video ring true, but settled on 'The Cleveland Show' and 'Family Guy'.

Nails of the day!
Since my outfit was somewhat conservative, I decided to paint my nails 'Pamploma Purple' from OPI's Espana Collection.
You eagle-eyed reader will notice that this is what I wore to my friend's birthday party in the last post.

My outfit and make-up wasn't too exciting in this post, I'm afraid, but keeping it relative-approved on Thanksgiving is important, I think. I don't come from a conservative family, but the peek-a-bra blouse from the birthday party may have been a little too risqué.

How was your Thanksgiving? If you're not Canadian, how was your last big family celebration? What did you wear? Did you change your make-up up? let me know.


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Sunday, October 11, 2009

OOTD; The Birthday Party Was Just An Excuse To Get Bubble Tea

_ White top from Zara
_ Black bra from La Senza
_ Leather jacket from New Look
_ Jeans from American Eagle (Cut into shorts; for modesty)
_ Black tights from H&M
_ Black beret from H&M
_ Belt from Primark
_ Assorted rings
_ Black studded ankle boots from Spring
_ Canvas bag from Urban Outfitters
_ 'Pamplona Purple' nail polish by OPI

Firstly, let me preface this by saying Happy Thanksgiving to all the Canadians out there!

Yesterday was my friend's eighteenth birthday party, so obviously we all went out to The Roxy, got wasted, and drunkenly cabbed our way back home.
Just kidding. The drinking age is nineteen. That's next year.
This year we went out to lunch, then decided to see where the day took us. That ended up being Chinatown, but I'm getting ahead of myself.

We went to Browns for lunch; I'd actually never been, even though there are a million (Three) locations all over Vancouver. I had a veggie burger and fries, and I can confidently say their veggie burgers are not disgusting; you know those restaurants that pack the veggie burger patties with vegetables as a filler because they're too cheap for soy?
Well my frustrated, vegetarian friend, Browns was not one of those restaurants.
On the contrary, it's the second best veggie burger I'd ever had. The best are at White Spot, because there's more sauce than burger, and I'm into that.

If you're ever in B.C., go to White Spot. I know the name's racist, but for some reason no one's ever complained to the government. Probably because their milkshakes are amazing.
Seriously, they're the best I've ever had, and I've drank a lot of milkshakes in my day.
That's why was an overweight child.
Anyway, there's one at the Vancouver airport, so get on that.

After a quick debate of what to do for the rest of the day, H&M was quickly chosen as a good idea, and off we bussed. I was tempted by a fuzzy, leopard print beret, and leopard print gloves, but I declined; will I actually wear a fuzzy, leopard print beret? And what's the point of the gloves if they don't match my hat?

At this point, we split into two groups, those who wanted to shop for lingerie, and those who wanted bubble tea. I'll give you one guess which group I was in.
I wish I could say I was in the group who needed sexy lingerie.

But Chinatown and it's bubble tea establishments called to me, and the only men who've been calling out to me lately are the construction workers on Granville.

Afterwards, we all met up and took pictures on the grassy area near the Chinatown skytrain station until it was time for us to all bus back up to our respected houses.
Oh, and an awkward moment never came to fruition, thank god; my friend Kelly and I take the same bus home, and while waiting to get on, we realized this guy from high school, was getting on with us. I'm not sure where I stand with him now; we were friends, he developed a huge crush on me, he developed a huge crush on my friend, made some choice comments about her breasts, creeped us out, and everything got awkward.
I have no luck with meeting people on public transportation.

Anyway, I had lots of fun yesterday, and my see-through top was a success, but I knew it would be.
I have pervy friends.
I love that top but I was worried that the exposed bra might get me some creepy attention. I personally don't think there's anything wrong with showing bra, but the stares get old.

Is there anything you love to wear, but hate the stares/comments you get? is there anything you'd love to wear outside, but are afraid about what people might say?
I'm still plucking up the courage to wear black lipstick out. One day.