To me, Christmas really is the most wonderful time of the year. New York City is the most wonderful city, and my mother is the most wonderful travel buddy.
Last year, I suggested to my mother that we visit NYC around Christmas – different from our usual summer visits. It was a total game-changer. It truly makes the world around you feel Christmassy. We decided that this was going to be an annual Girls Trip, and so this year we kept the tradition going.
I was first introduced to Bite lipstick through my sister, Diana. She emerged ready for work one day, wearing this beautiful, satiny, pinky, brown. I loved it. She explained to me that it was a brand that Sephora started to carry and that they had all sorts of amazing shades. She also excitedly explained that Bite was opening a Beauty Lab in Toronto like it’s lab in New York where you could custom mix your OWN lipsticks. I love lipstick so much, almost to a fault. I can never have enough lipstick. So to be my own ~mad scientist of lipstick~ sounded like a dream. I was in. However, it ended up being a bit pricey once I performed some number crunching (aka, I could buy almost 6 lipsticks for the same price). I was out. Then my other sister agreed to split the cost of the experience as a birthday gift for Diana. I was back in. For her. But also for me. But mostly her.
The Santa Claus Parade is fast approaching this weekend. In our house, the Parade always marks the the weekend that the Christmas tree goes up. Decorating the tree has always been an exciting time. I have such vivid memories from when I was a kid of my dad lugging the big fake tree upstairs from the basement, followed by boxes and boxes of ornaments. The Christmas music would be on, and my mom would be making me and my sisters hot chocolate (or cookies, or some kick-ass italian meal). Our decorating would commence at full-tilt, and we only stopped when we were ready to light the bad-boy up. Spiced Plum.
This year, we’ve retired a majority of our old ornaments. The collection of “Baby’s First Christmas”, and homemade ornaments have a place in our hearts, but not on the tree. We’ve gone for a more refined look, inspired by Canadian Tire’s new Canvas line of ornaments in the “Spiced Plum” collection.
Take a peak at some of my favourites!
After a long week, my friend Katie and I had plans Friday night to grab some drinks and appetizers in the city after work. Katie proclaimed (jokingly, I think..) that her budget was $20. I asked her if she had ever even been out in Toronto before, and told her she needed to be a bit more flexible. For food AND drinks, you’re looking at upwards of $30. Toronto has a way of emptying your pockets. Here is the story of how Katie always gets her way….
I hope your bellies are full of treats, and that you’re furiously scrubbing costume makeup off your face.
Every year in the Bear house, we have a pumpkin carving competition. There is music, tons of spray paint, laughter, smack talk, prizes, and the ultimate chance to win bragging rights for an entire year.
We just keep getting better and better. Take a look at this year’s pumpkins.
On the first day of fall, I wrote myself a “Fall Hitlist”. One of the things on there – to the surprise of no one – was apple picking. Apple picking is fun with friends and family, and a great date idea. The leaves are changing colours, you’re in the great outdoors, and you can eat as many apples as you want. Seriously. Nobody says anything. And thanks to the apple-a-day rule, you don’t have to visit the doctor for at least a year.* More time for activities!