Winter Journals

A collection. Anticipating Spring.

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Refreshed.

Yes, we did just get a huge snow fall here in Ottawa, but I am still awaiting spring’s arrival and preparing myself in the mean time. I don’t know about you, but all of those gloomy months are hard to get through for me. I need some beauty routines to keep me feeling soft and fresh. There is nothing worse than dry, dull skin in the winter. Yes, most of the time you are covered up, but I still like to pamper myself. It’s refreshing and gives you a little mood boost. Also, it saves you the trouble of sloughing off all misery come April.

Here are a few things I like to keep in my cabinet:

A facial scrub. I’ve been using Clinique exfoliating scrub. This one is different than the seven day scrub because unlike that one, you cannot use this one daily. I only use it about once a week since I have rather sensitive skin.

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I also have been trying out different masks here and there. I am a huge fan of Lush products, and their masks are always fresh. They need to be kept in your fridge, so when you slather it on it’s cold and refreshing. But beware – share with friends or use it up in a few weeks – they expire eventually. But for the price – around $7 for a small pot – it’s totally worth it. My ultimate favourite has been the BB seaweed mask. I have combination skin so it smoothed out my rough patches but didn’t leave my skin feeling too tight and dry.

BB SEAWEED

Cosmetic Warrior was my second favourite. The smell might put you off because it’s packed with garlic, but it’s great for oilier skin or on weeks when you find yourself with a few spots.

As for moisturizing, I’m a Clinique three step system kind of gal. I use their moisturizing gel at night and in the morning. When my face is feeling a tad bit more thirsty I will occasionally use St. Ives Timeless Skin, but only at night.

Moving along to the torso…we so often forget about our legs in the winter. They are still there! Dying to be loved and begging for moisture! I usually use Vitabath moisturizing shower gel. My mother got me hooked on it a couple of years ago. It smells like the ocean, so you almost feel like you’re somewhere that doesn’t involve you stepping out into subzero temperatures. There are other scents you can try, but this one is my tried and true.

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As for post shower moisturizing – my skin has never been too dry, but I usually buy those huge pump bottles of vaseline’s cocoa butter or aloe moisturizer. My feet are another story. I usually end up scraping at them a couple of times a week. I know, gross. But my foot savior has been Burt’s Bees coconut foot creme. This stuff is heavy duty, as in, slather it on, put on thick socks and wait until the sun rises. The results are amazing though.

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And last but certainly not least we will move onto our mane. The wind and the cold love to torture our delicate tresses. I am in a constant battle of not allowing my hair to get too dry. The secret is letting yourself have second day hair, you might be surprised. Of course my thick hair makes this easier, finer hair might be a different story. On days when I’m feeling a little dried out I use a deep conditioner by Joico.

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What are some of your beauty secrets to keeping yourself glowing through the winter months?

M

About face

I love moisturizer. Morning noon and night, hands legs and of course, face! After all, it is winter and nobody likes a flaky face!

I am truly a moisture junkie, I’ve tried it all!

Here are some of my favourites!

I know what you’re thinking, but honestly you should start using age defying moisturizer in your early 20s. The earlier the better if you want to stay wrinkle free longer!

A long time favourite, I may have a bias towards clinique. The gel is great if you have oilier or combination skin. Not too greasy and great to slather on before bed time.

This really does gives you a glow. Use at night or in the morning for a brighter complexion. I can vouch for that! I have been using it recently and seriously love it.

For the eyes! They are more sensitive and this stuff works wonders. I haven’t had shadows in quite a while. Also using eye creams with Q10 is a good idea. Apply morning and night!

 

Share your favourites!

Deflect

Shades in the summer are necessary, but I like to keep the glare out of my eyes in the winter too.

Here’s what you SHOULD be shielding those baby blues with…

The Lennon shades are back in action.

I dig the Ray-Bans

Ray-Ban

Ray-Ban

Classic Wayfarer always has my vote. I prefer brown.

Ray-Ban

I am also drooling over these Ralph Laurens

Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren

These cat eye shades really got me, too

Tom Ford

Because a pair of hot shades can really make a difference!

As one of my favourite accessories, no matter what the season, I recommend investing in a nice pair. But take care of them, a pair of shades is the easiest thing to destroy at the bottom of your bag!

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Today I have a little sharing to do, because sharing is caring…

My current favourites in blush, bronzers, and the like.

Because winter skin is the worst. And I don’t believe in tanning beds anymore. I was once a golden girl back in my teenage years, but skin cancer runs in the family so I’d rather not risk it!

My sister got this for me not too long ago and I can’t get enough of it! I use it on the daily. Best trio a girl can find. Plus I love Benefit, especially their mascara.

I’m also a big fan of stila! You might grimace at the price, but I swear to you, your face is worth it!

I might gush over my trio up there, but for every day I love gingerly, by Mac. If you’re light skinned and have auburn hair like me, you should too! Goes well with Mac red lips and heavy mascara!

My bronzer has been the same since seventh grade. I’m not kidding…

It’s the only thing in my make-up bag I don’t spend ridiculous amount of money on. So at least I’m saving in one department.

What works for you?

February already?

My life has recently become a blur!

Especially the past few days, thanks to a poorly times liver infection. I’ve been spending time in bed with unpronounceable medications and pain killers that make me feel extra drowsy.

I am currently spending some time in the wonderful Montreal, unfortunately I am confined to my boyfriends bedroom with a lot of liquids and rest. This is sad, because all I want to do is go shopping, get a latte, and even do my homework. You’d be surprised at how doing nothing can make you have a sudden desire to do everything!

I’ve been extremely happy with my radio productions thus far, but luckily this week I will at least get to help out with the music editor. Luckily I am a big fan of Canadian music and know a lot of instrumental bands off hand.

Moving on. Obviously this winter has been confusing at the least. But as long as I get my knits, I am a happy girl!

A favourite of mine was actually stumbled upon at forever 21. A cute puppy managed to get his claws into it too soon, but I think I salvaged it to the best of my ability.

And as for what I am currently drooling over…

Stefanel S/S 2012. Keep dreaming. But hey! The new Urban Outfitters catalogue is out and I like what I see. I’ll be doing yet another cleaning of my closet to welcome a few new pieces. If I feel better tomorrow I might even hit up downtown Montreal for a quick peak into UO and H&M.


Time to start again

I often fail at blogging. But Multimedia has inspired me to keep going.

I can’t give up yet.

I wanted to update, I swear, I did.

So now, I will. First I’ll start with the things I meant to post months ago, but could not find the time.

Awesome experiences of times I miss now. Summer felt like a long time ago so lets have a flashback, shall we?

It will be like in the movies, when the character is going through terrible times in life ad thinks about the days of freedom. In my case, I am reverting back to summer 2010 to forget about this paper I should be writing, the ideas I should be cooking up for later this week, and the stress levels that will be dissolving within a month’s time.

Okay, so I’ve heard that Arcade Fire was one of the best concerts of the summer here in good old Ottawa. Can I just say I agree? Because being at the front of that show with 15 of your good friends makes for something amazing.

We must have waited for hours. We camped out. We watched everything get set up. And waited some more…

When it happened I think we all screamed. I couldn’t even think about taking proper photos because I could only dance and sing and be happy. And that was probably one of the best nights of my summer. Come to think of it though, I don’t really remember any surrounding events of the day. I think I was with my friends. I think there was commotion. I think something bad happened to someone. I think I was on my bicycle going as fast as I could.

But I know where I was headed. And the destination for the evening was really all that seemed to matter. Work all day and Arcade Fire all night. The End.

 

But not really the end because this is just the first part of the journey into the past.

My sister and dad came down during Bluesfest as well. So obviously I had to take my younger sister to a concert! How could I not? Hilarity ensued, since we were with obviously amazing people who happened to be drinking big gulps. I think their tongues turned purple or red or some other colour not natural to the human mouth.

Anyways, we saw Stars. We missed Blonde Redhead. But I was okay with this.

I really, really like Amy Milan.

But I’m not going to lie. the first time I saw stars at the Bronson Centre about two years ago definitely trumped this show. It was far too tame for my loving. But still enough for my intense liking.

I think I slept really well that night. And my sister happened to meet a boy (man?) who would later turn out to be a big loser (in my books anyway). She learned…

I still remember the intense eyes comment that he made to Zoe. “Bitch eyes” is what he called them.

I laughed a lot. I think we all did.

And then we rolled our eyes. A lot.

My final Bluesfest Adventure was with my dear Julia. I almost sold my Weezer ticket. Almost. Then I didn’t. It was a good decision because I got to see Rivers throw garbage on the crowd and roll around in the garbage can which said garbage was once in. Entertainment at it’s finest. Really.

Unfortunately, due to being so far away, my pictures look like..well, garbage.

Fortunately, due to being so far away, I didn’t get anything dumped on me..like, well, garbage.

Basically people hate the new ablum and wanted the good old days back. Kind of like what I’m doing now. Luckily there was a pretty good mix of new and old to keep the crowd happy. Lots of sing alongs too. Could have guessed that though, right?

Bluesfest was amazing, but let me tell you, Folk Fest was a lot more chill, and therefore, at time, sometimes a little better. We laid in the grass for three days and listened to nice music. What more could I ever want? It was a perfect weekend with perfect music. The only thing that got to me was the commute. Once I was in Britannia Park, I was not leaving until the end of the day. But I did get to enjoy Bruce Peninsula several times that weekend. And other awesome bands. I have stories.

Including the best live performance of Crabapples I have EVER seen. Literally. He was on the ground. I wanted to be on the ground. I wanted to jump for joy. It was beautiful.

See?

There was a lot of stomping in that tent. There weren’t too many people though. I was surprised because I love this band, so, so much.

Later we had The Acorn who I will actually be seeing in a few short weeks once my assignments have washed away.

One of the things I liked most about Folk Fest was the collaboration of bands. They would get onstage together and just go for it. Incredible.

It was kinda like this.

Hoots and Hellmouth, the Hidden Cameras, Arrested Development, Bruce Peninsula, and I believe Jill Zmud.

I might be missing something. My memory is foggy due to it being blasted with amazingness all summer long.

I discovered something new and different this summer. It was called Namgar. I can’t quite explain it, but it was amazing.

Before I try to explain it, experience it…

Yeah, I know. It was amazing. I’ve never heard anything like it. and what she was wearing was incredible.

If I ever have the chance to see them again, I will not miss it! Remember the name NAMGAR!

I also saw The Hidden Cameras that weekend, as well as Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Horse Feathers, and Bahamas. I actually saw Bahamas the other night too, which I will get to later. There’s always a good story at his show.

Ramblin’ Jack was getting angry at photographers. It makes him lose his concentration. I refrained from taking photos, but others just could not seem to hold back. There was flashing all around. And Jack was not happy.

I also went and saw a movie about him the week before. It was really interesting. He’s had a strange and bumpy road. But it at least sounds like it was a lot of fun.

That weekend was quite rainy. I remember being in the rain with my umbrella. And I remember the schedule being changed. It was upsetting because it messed up my plans of seeing ALL the bands in their entirety. Jack was cut short, I’m afraid.

Here are some Hidden Cameras photos. I was dancing a lot. Next to the guys from Horse Feathers. Naturally, I don’t even have the guts to tell them how awesome their music is. I love their music so much. I think I might have explained this here before.

After a nice walk along the beach, through the grass, and so on (I also ate plenty of pad thai) I got to enjoy sweet, sweet music. Yes, more music, of course. How can I resist. Horse Feathers was practically a religious experience, and Bahamas melted my heart. You may have heard rumours he can be a bit of a self absorbed prick, but the man has a heart, and a beautiful soul, I’m guessing anyway. His songs make him seem like he does.

Funny story he told us…he wanted to swim. So he took off all of his clothes and ran into the water.

The water was up to his ankles. And he was wearing no clothes. There are PEOPLE around. I laughed a lot.

While I have no photos of either of these lovely bands, I can share this video of awesome via youtube. Thanks, youtube.

After this, I ordered my Sufjan Stevens Ticket. And then I proceeded to wait a few months to get blown away. I still can’t believe it has come and gone. I wish it could have lasted forever. I thought it might at one point, when he played Impossible Soul. I really did think it would never end.

The Opus Magnum of Love songs

The best show of my young adulthood.

I had basically devoted a few months to listening to The Age of Adz and All Delighted People EP. I mean really, I hardly listened to anything else. And I was surprised that no one knew any of the songs. But I guess I shouldn’t have been considering the album came out the day of the show. (I can’t resist, I pre-ordered it anyway so it’s not even stealing…)

All I can say is I’ve never been moved so much by one person. I don’t think anything he makes will ever disappoint me. And I really hope he’s back in this area again so I can re-experience the magic of Sufjan.

oh and…he danced.

And I captured it on video. you can thank me later.

 

Well, I guess that’s enough nostalgia for one night.

I better move on to present times.

I actually saw Bruce P. again last month. I really can’t get enough. Also, when I went home I was lucky enough to have an encounter with Ruby Coast. I seriously adore these boys from Aurora. I was really sad I missed them in Ottawa BOTH times these past few months.

As for my Saturday night with Bahamas…well, that included Afie taking a girls phone and hanging it up before telling the person on the line she was busy. It also included him doing a final pose for the photographers before they stomped off.

“Now you can ask that pretty little lady to dance and you won’t have that clunky camera between ya.”

Solid gold, Afie. Solid gold.

I also met a pretty cool band this weekend, unfortunately I didn’t get to hear them perform. I just got to drink with them. They’re from Saskatchewan and they’re called Violent Kin. It’s not really what I listen to but I have to admit it’s good. Hopefully they will come back so I can actually see them on stage!

Check it..

 

I think that’s enough.

 

-M