Commit Me

I like shopping, you know, the way I like breathing. It’s one of my favourite activities. I like it the way I liked the New Kids on the Block when I was 10 – I went to sleep cuddling my stereo while the boys crooned to me. I like it. A lot.

Here are some of the things I like about it:

1. I have this incredible ability to tune out everything that’s going on around me and browse until I find things that I love. It’s relaxing.

2. I honestly think that when I grab the handles of a carrier bag full of new stuff my brain drowns in a wave of endorphins.

3. I like pretty new things.

4. Shopping makes for great people watching.

5. I love, love, love hanging up new clothes in my closet.

I’ve committed to a shopping ban for the entire month of January. I have to follow through because I’ve said that I’m doing this outloud – to people. I’ve also committed to an alcohol free month. January is going to be so great.

Prepare for some grumpy posts dear readers.

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Revlon, a Review, and a Recap

Happy Monday my lovelies! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!

I love nail polish but I rarely paint my nails. It just seems like a lot of effort, and I’m kind of anal so the second it chips I have to take it off. That said, as I mentioned in my last post, I had a bunch of girlfriends over on Friday night and we had a nail painting party! We had a great time. Everyone painted their nails, and we all got a little light headed from the fumes! I picked up bottle of Revlon’s Brilliant Strength Nail Enamel in Enrapture just in time for the party. It’s a really pretty plum colour with a bit of gold shimmer. I thought it looked nice and festive; ’tis the season afterall! The brush was nice and wide, which I like, and the polish went on smooth. I applied two coats and topped it off with my Revlon topcoat. I love the way it looks; it’s a beautiful colour for winter. I slapped a bit of sparkly O.P.I. on the ring finger of each hand and voila, there you have it!

Revlon

The polish is starting to wear off a little on the tips of my nails but, apart from that, it’s holding up nicely so far! The price point is around $6 so I’m pretty happy! If you’re looking for an inexpensive way to incorporate a little festivity into your look this polish is a nice way to do it!

Yesterday I attended The Style Common’s Deck Your Closet event at the Four Seasons Hotel. It was a lovely event and my room-mate and I scored some great deals (the best of which was a Michael Kors purse for $50!). As we were leaving to hotel we spotted Jody Claman of The Real Housewives of Vancouver! We asked her for a photo and she was happy to oblige. She was lovely! It was a fun way to end a lovely morning!

How was your weekend?

Jody Claman

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Korres Pomegranate Mattifying Treatment

I have super oily skin. Not run-of-the-mill, a little shiny oily skin, but SUPER oily skin. I use oil absorbing sheets, and mattifying pressed powder to soak up the spills on my t-zone hourly. I’ve tried everything to deal with it: toners, tea tree oil, specially forumlated cleansers, skipping lotion, using extra lotion, oil-absorbing make-up, daily exfoliation… well, you get the idea.

You can imagine my excitement when I heard about Korres Pomegranate Mattifying Treatment. Call me an optimist, but I had high hopes. The Sephora website describes this product thusly: “A breathable, oil-absorbing treatment that minimizes the look of pores and redness while giving skin a smooth, matte finish that lasts throughout the day.” I was excited.

I entered Sephora bubbling over with happiness and chirpily asked one of the lovely sales girls for assistance. She promptly pointed me in the right direction and I zeroed in on my desired product immediately.  Thankfully I had the good sense to ask for a sample before handing over my poor, battered credit card. I don’t often have that much self-control when shopping! This product is an abysmal dissapointment. I’ve been using it faithfully every morning for the last two weeks, and, if anything, my skin actually seems to be more oily than before! Well, colour me bitterly dissapointed!

My advice? Hang on to your $49 (Canadian) and buy a cute top.

Product score out of 10: 3 (only because it smells nice).

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Yesterday I went shopping with a few school chums. It was a typical girls’ day: lunch followed by hours of pounding the pavement on Robson.We stopped at Zara and all three of us tried on a few things. I found a really cute, orange summer dress and liked it but needed one size bigger — a large. When I asked the somewhat snooty sales girl to grab me a large I was informed that the dress only comes in small or medium, like many other items in the store.

I was flabbergasted! I’m not plus sized by any stretch of the imagination and large is a completely average size! I had a brief glimpse into the world of plus sized women, and I did not enjoy it. I have to wonder who these designers are designing for because it’s certainly not the average North American woman!

Has this ever happened to you?

 

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Shoppers gone wild

I am now happily ensconced in my new city (hello Vancouver), and have been exploring non stop.

Yesterday I attended my first warehouse sale. What an experience! Great clothes at 70% off retail. What’s a shopaholic to do? I waited in line for about half an hour before getting in. I checked my purse, and PURE MADNESS. Girls running from rack to rack grabbing whatever they could carry in their size. I attempted to be practical, and go from rack to rack looking at everything. I quickly got caught up in the frenzy though, and abandoned my sensible plan.
I emerged after about an hour, sweaty, dishevelled, and the owner of a few new great pieces.
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