blue monday, who?

It’s been just over two weeks since the clock struck midnight and we jumped into 2018. I read this afternoon that today, Monday January 15th, is actually referred to as “Blue Monday”.

Apparently some mathematical formula dubbed today the day where:

  • We start to realize how much debt we racked up over the holidays
  • We feel bloated and gross from all of the eating and drinking we just did
  • By now, we’ve probably broken a resolution or two

To be quite honest, prior to seeing an article about Blue Monday, I had no idea that this even existed.

So what’s next? Do I sit here and dwell in misery? Nope. As a matter of fact, I didn’t rack up a lot of debt over the holidays. Instead, I spent quality time at home with family and friends. Did I eat and drink a lot? Yup. Definitely enough to make me feel quite full but at the end of the day, it wasn’t something a little exercise and healthy eating wouldn’t fix after the fact!

As for my resolutions, I’m not doing so badly because I actually made attainable ones.

What I am really trying to get at is that today doesn’t have to be Blue Monday. You can be your own problem or you can be the solution. Take a moment and ask yourself if you’ve done something for yourself recently. If you have, amazing! Keep going! If you haven’t, what are you waiting for?

I did something small today that I’ve wanted to do for the last little while and that I hope will bring a bit of change in the way I think…a social spring clean, if you will. I unfollowed about 300 accounts on Instagram. You’re probably asking why…

Over the last few years I’ve started to follow accounts just because they were popular. It was time to do a bit of unfollowing. There is absolutely no reason why I have to follow the Kardashian’s on social (I use them just as an example). I’ve gained absolutely nothing but increased eye-rolls by following their insane lives. Good for them but at the end of the day, what am I gaining by following their accounts? Ab-so-lutely nothing.

The point of today’s rant is: do something that is going to have a positive influence on your life. Do something for you. Get rid of the negative crap. Don’t sit there and rot in misery because someone told you it was Blue Monday. If you’ve wanted to try a new class, try it. If you’ve wanted to take on a new challenge, do it. We get so caught up in other people’s lives, we forget to get caught up in our own!

-ML

 

365 days, 365 chances

If you’re like me, this is the time of year where you start to make a mental list of resolutions you want to make or things you want to give up.

Let’s face it, I’ve probably never stuck to a single resolution for an entire year so instead of trying to list 10 things that I know I won’t stick to, I’ll list off things that I know I want to accomplish or work towards in 2018.

  • Be present. I’ll be the first one to admit that I am hooked to social media. I want to make a very conscious effort to be more present and put my phone down both when I’m around people and when I’m not. It’s not going to be easy but it’s time to disconnect a bit.
  • Exercise regularly. I’m not going to commit to some insane workout schedule that I a) won’t enjoy or b) necessarily always have time for. Instead, I can make an achievable goal of 4 workouts per week. If I can’t stick to that then, well, I’m hooped!
  • Spend more time with family. My mom lives in Whistler (Whistler!!!) and I don’t spend nearly enough time with her. People would kill to have a place in that gorgeous village and I take it for granted. It’s time to enjoy more days up in the mountains and use that time and space to clear my head of every day “stuff”. It’s good for the soul. I could also really work on being in touch with my sister and nieces much much more. They live in Poland so it’s really challenging with a 9 hour time difference but that’s just an excuse! The same goes for my soon-to-be sister in law and her little family. Watching our little nephew grow up is awesome and I’d like to be a part of much more.
  • Paint more. Painting has always been a passion of mine and I very rarely do it. My mom just brought down some of my paintings from Whistler and I have to say I miss it! It’s time to buy some canvases, create some pieces and either sell them or gift them to friends.
  • Buy less but buy quality. When it comes to shopping, I’m a deal finder. I have a lot of crap in my closet but I want to start moving towards being a bit more of a clothing minimalist but including very good and high quality pieces. It’s a girl thing! ☺️
  • Make positive changes. Get rid of what’s eating you up inside. Do things that will make you a better person. Work towards goals, whether personal or professional. Don’t be afraid to take risks. And lastly, sometimes it’s ok to be selfish because if you don’t do you, no one else will! This might come with sacrifices but hey c’est la vie!

I’m wishing anyone who reads this a very wonderful, prosperous and inspiring 2018. I hope that everyone can find a little bit of inspo in this post. Everything is possible if you just believe.

-ML

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PersonalFaves

As we near the Holidays, I thought it might be fitting to share some of the cosmetics I use on the daily. To be quite honest, I use very little for my skin but the items I use, I absolutely love. These products can make wonderful stocking stuffers for the important ladies in your life! Here’s a quick little review on each:

  1. Clean & Clear Makeup Dissolving Foaming Cleanser – If you’re like me and get really lazy at the end of the night (and often fall asleep with your makeup on!), look no further as this cleanser literally dissolves the make up off your face. There’s no need for wipes or scrubbing because this product will wash everything away. (Price – approximately $8.99 at Shoppers Drug Mart)
  2. Chanel Chance Perfume – What girl doesn’t love a little Chanel in her life?! A day doesn’t go by where I don’t receive a compliment on my perfume. Chanel perfumes have always been crafted with elegance in mind. Their fragrances are sure to please just about anyone but if you’re not into the strong perfume scent, they also have an Eau De Toilette Spray. (Price – Perfume will cost approximately $160 for a 100ml whereas the Eau De Toilette is right around the $100 mark)
  3. L’Oreal Professionel Colour Corrector Expert Serie Blondes –  Calling all of my blonde babes: If you thought purple shampoo was life, you HAVE to try this stuff! I bought this in a duo pack with L’Oreal purple shampoo and have since put the shampoo on the back burner. The pigment in this tube is more dark blue than it is purple. My shower was an absolute disaster when I first tried this but it works like a charm. Blonde processed hair can get so brassy after a while. The great thing with this is that it acts like a conditioner even though it might not truly be one. This colour corrector instantly neutralizes yellowish tone for natural looking blonde hair. You’ll thank me later! (Price – approximately $26.00 and can be found at beauty supply stores or online)
  4. M.A.C Lipglass in Please Me – Lately, I refuse to leave the house with out this pretty little number. Whether you are blonde or brunette, this tone will make your lips look shiny and sexy! Disclaimer: it has quite a bit of coverage so if you’re not used to wearing much on your lips, this might be a big change! The best part about shopping at M.A.C is their Back-to-M.A.C program. Bring 6 empty containers back and redeem for a free lipstick. (Price – approximately $21.00 but it’s worth every penny)
  5. Skoah. Hydradew Mask – If you know me well, you know that I don’t use any cosmetics for my face except for a bit of moisturizer (aka body lotion) and the bit of make up I wear. Recently my face started to feel very tired and regardless of how many hours of sleep I got, and how much water I drank, my face felt like cardboard. I reached out to my friends and this was one of their recommendations. It’s been such a little game changer, I’m SO pleased! The container looks small but it’s actually deceiving how much is in there. I generally put it on right before bed and sleep in it. It IS a mask but you don’t have to wash it off. It’s completely okay to even wear it under your make up for that extra little bit of hydration during the day. Bonus: it smells like heaven. (Price – approximately $50 at Skoah.)

And that’s all guys! Let me know if you have any questions, otherwise…get shopping!

-ML

Foodie Review: Cacao 70 North Vancouver

It seems like it has been a million years since I got this website up and running. I actually had a blog post written and ready to post but when I woke up the next day to proof it and post it, I woke up to the tragic massacre news out of Las Vegas. What became even more tragic is that it hit extremely close to home – one of my colleague’s brothers had been shot.

For  the next few weeks everything was extremely depressing. I couldn’t get my mood right, I kept reading new articles trying to figure out why someone would carry out such a task. It didn’t feel right to post anything while so many people suffered and hurt over what had happened.

The entire incident made me realize how much negativity we are immersed in each day. This also inspired me to continue on with my blog but focus on the positives. This brings me to my post today.

As you know, I love food and trying new places. My boyfriend and I decided to try a newly opened spot by our place called Cacao 70. Here’s my review:

When we walked in were were greeted by a friendly girl behind the counter and she gave us a couple of menus to look at. Once we placed our order, she gave us a number. Included in that order were two coffees. This is where the confusion kind of started to set in. The coffee was given to us in paper cups (who really cares, but it’ll relate to the whole experience in a bit). There was no coffee station to be able to dress your coffee at like there would be at a local coffee shop.

She handed us a container with little milk/creamers in it (which I hoped was being stored in a fridge) and then a separate container for sugars. She placed these on the counter by the cash register. It was kind of odd dressing our coffees at the cash register as we weren’t even sure where to put the garbage.

Jord had ordered the Feel Good Omelette and I ordered the Hangover Omelette. neither of us were hungover but both of these looked delicious. The orders both came with a small fruit plate and chocolate fondue. YUM.

We sat down with our coffees and order number. The lady brought over our fruit plates which had a piece of a banana, a couple of strawberries and some pineapple on them alongside a little dish of chocolate fondue. Personally, I think that this could have come at the end of our meals. We were so hungry we polished off our fruits and chocolate.

Our meals arrived and they were presented very nicely. Our omelettes were kind of crepe style if you will. There were two pieces of toast and a side salad as well. Everything tasted good and it was definitely quite a bit of food for the $13 and some odd change per meal.

While we were eating our meals, we started at a kitchen cart that had some bus bins on it and then behind that, a bunch of cupboards with green painting tape on them. Each cupboard was labelled with something different but this lacked any aesthetic look. Perhaps this was in the works, I don’t know.

When we were done our meals, we left our plates, said thank you and left.

All in all I would say that the food was an 8/10. I would have reversed the order of the meal and the fruit plates. The ambiance was about a 7/10. I think that they still have a lot of work to do on their look and feel of the restaurant. The layout of everything was definitely not efficient, both from an employees perspective and a guests perspective.

The service scored a mighty 7.5 out of 10. We were ‘served’ a few things, but not others and no one came to take our plates away. This is confusing to me as I am more than happy to tip staff but I kind of what the full experience. We didn’t really get that here.

All in all, would I go back? Sure, but I would love to spend a day or two in there helping them reveal organize the restaurant in a way that was efficient from beginning to end.

If you’re the sweet-tooth kind of person, this is definitely your place. Lucky (or unlucky) for us, we’re trying to be good and healthy ahead of our Hawaii vacation coming up!

-ML

 

 

 

preface

Over the last few weeks I’ve wanted to check two things off my personal bucket list: hike the Grouse Grind and start a blog. Today I accomplished both!

Welcome to my very first post.

I’m sitting with my coffee, aimlessly hammering away at my keyboard, trying to categorize and explain to you why I chose to do this. I’ll break this down into 3 ideas.

A mile a minute. This is generally the speed at which my mind travels. I often catch myself thinking of the most obscure things and I want to use this blog as an avenue where I can share those thoughts, gain insight and learn from or teach others. I’ll position this as an electronic journal except that, rest assured, you won’t see the juicy stuff!

Sharing is caring. I am a victim of the internet and often come across neat things, or at least what I deem to be neat things, and I’m going to want to share those with you guys. My boyfriend and I love food. I love to cook but we also love to dine out so my shares might come by way of recipes or restaurant reviews. They might come in the way of travel spots or shopping deals or useless sports banter. Just like my thoughts, these shares will be all over the map! Who doesn’t like a little organized chaos?!

Create and inspire. I’ve got a very small artistic bone in my body and, depending on which way the wind blows, I might sit down and throw a painting together. Apart from the obvious (Instagram and Facebook), I’d like to share my art with you guys. This will keep me motivated to pick up the paint brush more often. Secondly, I hope that at the very least, my ideas, my stories and my adventures inspire you to go out and do the same.

I’m prepared to take criticism and I’m prepared to be challenged. I am also prepared to be vulnerable at times. I hope you enjoy this journey with me because this crazy ride is just beginning.

I look forward to connecting with the blog community and creating this space for myself. I’ll always be open to questions, comments and ideas. Thanks for visiting.

– ML