Last-Minute Halloween Costume Ideas

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Did you get a last-minute invite to a Halloween party? Are you planning on trick-or-treating with your kid(s)? Are you going to bar hop in full-on Halloween garb with your friends? Did you just find out that you’d be the only person at work to not dress up and now you have to wing it? This post is for you.

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Pieces I Want for Autumn/Winter

Online shopping is easy (and potentially deadly for your wallet).

If you know what your size is ( your real size, inches and all), then the online shopping space becomes a joyous place that takes away the guilt you might feel when you encounter a face-to-face moment with a teller who looks at you, in shock, like you’re a baller who doesn’t have any limits (which particularly happens to me when I’m buying books – every time).

For the most part, I live in dresses all year long. I like how they look, I like how they feel on my body, and I think its the best overall look for Spring, Summer,  Autumn, and Winter (especially with boots).

Now I’m looking to expand my sweater weather repertoire.  And rather than waste my time browsing the mall or door-front stores, where the selection is limited and the inventory is sporadic, I’m headed straight to the web to find new sweater dresses.

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Five Nail Salons I Need To Try

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I don’t want to do my own nails anymore.

The thing is, although I own a lot of polish (mostly drugstore stuff in varying colours), I don’t have the patience to sit down, try and steady my non-dominant hand, and get the job done. I just don’t.

This revelation has me thinking that a good nail salon, in my neighbourhood or not, is the answer. So just as some people hunt for the best hair salon or the perfect bra, I’m looking for that perfect nail salon that will suit me just right.

Looking in Toronto seemed like a good place to start.

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Six Books I Loved This Year

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So, as I said in my previous post, I’ve been doing a lot of reading this year. A heck of a lot of reading. So much reading that you’d think my brain would burst, but instead it expands and makes room for more books. Although I don’t remember every word I’ve read, I remember the important lines (like “three words long” in Eleanor & Park), the details (like that amazing staff in The Serpent King or Auggie’s face in Wonder), the travels (all in the interest of finding a girl who may or may not have left clues to be found in Paper Towns or gallivanting through Rome and Florence to see the sights and find a dude who doesn’t want to be found in Love & Gelato), and an important point (that a romance doesn’t have to involve a boy and a girl to be engaging – see Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda).

What do these thoughts on words have in common? They all come from middle grade or young adult books! I love reading (and writing) young adult and middle grade stories because they are a section of literature that has so much talent, excitement, and increased diversity within it. And although I could stand to see more minority voices in young adult and middle grade literature, I’m happy with the direction its headed in.

Out of all the books I’ve read (so far this year) my favourite are: Continue reading

Summer Lips

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Even though I like a lot of lipstick at all times of year, there is something about wearing a bright lip with a breezy summer dress or denim shorts and sandals. Bright lips are a good summer look for me because I hardly wear eye makeup in the summer  (too hot) so it brightens up my face without even trying. Another fun thing about lipstick is that it comes in so many colours that you can wear one for every day of the week. Here are my lips trying on eleven of my favourite colours for summer:

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Spring Shoes

As I write this the sun is shinning and there is a delightful breeze that is the very definition of spring. Birds are flying at the window, and tree branches are wrestling in the sky. It’s the perfect weather. It’s the kind of weather that calls for lots of walking. It’s the kind of weather that calls for new shoes (especially when you haven’t bought any in a long time), and it’s the kind of weather that calls for ice cream and cute dresses to go with the cute shoes that you might be buying. Where did I go to get my cute shoes? To Payless Shoe Source. I found several pairs that will go quite nicely with my spring/summer dresses. Here they are:

  1. Floral

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The pointed white floral shoes pair nicely with jumpsuits and mid-length dresses, and the blue floral shoes look amazing with full skirt dresses and skinny pants.

2. Classic

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The brown flats are my nude shoes: they pair nicely with patterned dresses that I want a non-assuming shoe to go with, and the black shoes are perfect for slim leg pants and jeans. Both are very comfortable.

3. Solid Colour

IMG_0034The weird thing about these shoes is that they furl up when you’re not wearing them – like some kind of animal – and they have a million holes in them. But guess what? They’re very cute on and very comfortable. I can see myself walking for a long time in these beauties (wearing a casual spring/summer dress).

– Adaora