Wednesday, 30 December 2015

My Favourite Blog Posts of 2015

I decided that because it's the end of the 2015, I should make a post full of my favourite posts from each month. Sit back and enjoy catching up on my blog!

I hope you have a wonderful New Year ♥

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Winter Shimmer

I don't think that there's anything that brightens up a dreary day quite like a little shimmer. Okay, maybe more than a little. But I can help it! I'm completely shimmer and glitter obsessed. I'm not sure why, I never used to be. But that past year, I haven't been able to get enough of it.
Some of these products have a lot of shimmer, and some not so much. A lot of these are also really old, but I did my best to find a link to them somewhere on the Internet. And some of them are new, but the links wouldn't work, so I had to look elsewhere.
This polish has a high concentration of very fine glitter. I love the ladylike colour, and the texture really stands out. The colour also seems to change depending on what light it's in. It was one of my first textured polishes, and I absolutely love it.
The one I linked to isn't the same as the one in the photo, but it looks quite similar. I quite like pairing this shadow with a more natural makeup look and a generous helping of mascara. While the cream formula of the pink really enhances the colour, I find that it's not too overwhelming.
This is certainly not a product for those scared of loud makeup. It's extremely pigmented and really stands out. While not something I'd choose for everyday use, I think it's a gorgeous shadow.If you're not afraid of glitter, I think it's perfect!
I swatched this in this post. While this is very different from the first polish, I think that it's very pretty. It has larger glitters but is still classy and feminine. It came in a set with a polish to layer it over, but I think that it could be very versatile.
I'm officially in love with this palette. Though not all of the shadows are shimmery, I felt the need to include it in this post. I think that the shades are both elegant and natural, and quite easy to wear. This palette may require a post of it's own, so if you'd like one, please let me know!
Mark First Blush
The highlighter in this is amazing. It's very reflective, so if you use to much of it, it looks a little clown like. If you use the right amount, however, it adds a gorgeous radiance to your skin.It also has the cutest floral packaging.
This is the gloss that made me fall in love with lip glosses. I use this when I want to go for a nude lip, it makes my lips look fuller and adds a little extra shine to them. Most glosses make me feel rather childish, but this one can look elegant if you don't use to much.

Have you tried any of these? What are your favourite shimmery products?


Friday, 18 December 2015

Flowers + Lace

Ever since I got this dress last spring, I've been dying to wear it in the autumn leaves. And while I did, I was to busy to take photos of it.The snow totally sneaked up on me! I've been wanting to try taking photos in my room for a while, so I thought that this would be the perfect time to try it. I'm actually really happy with how they turned out.
I love everything about this dress. I love the 3/4 sleeve length, and the skater cut of it. I also love the sound it makes when I walk: the sound of rustling leaves. That may just be the fabric, but what's a pretty dress without an imagination to go with it?
I love these shoes, too. They're kinda cheaply made and not all that good for walking in, but they're oh so cute! I've been looking for a good pair of oxfords, so I had to pick them up when I saw them in a thrift store.
I got these socks last autumn, and never really wore them. Now I'm not sure why! They're super cozy, even under pajama pants.
This necklace was originally an earring, but I've been wearing it as a necklace ever since October. I'm not sure why, but I love it! Maybe it's because it seems so magical.

Thrifted dress similar
Old socks similar
Old necklace similar//similar
Thrifted shoes

Saturday, 5 December 2015

Noirvember Review

I'm not sure if any of you know, but I'm absolutely obsessed with old movies. It might be because I grew up on them, it's all me and my parent watched when I was little.
When I heard about Noirvember, a whole month for film noirs, I though that I had to watch some. I only got through four, but I have many more from the library, just sitting on my shelf waiting to be watched. I thought I'd share a little review of the four I watched, if any of you are interested!

Double Indemnity 1944
"How could I have known that murder sometimes smells like honeysuckle?"
Personally, I think this is a perfect introduction to film noir, and it's the first one I started with.
 Phyllis Dietrichson is stuck in a loveless marriage. Walter Neff is an insurance agent who comes to her house about her husband's car insurance. When Walter convinces her to purchase and accident insurance policy for her husband and then kill him, she takes his help. He helps her to receive twice the normal payment with a double indemnity clause, and aids her in the murder. But can they get away with it?
Laura 1944
"I don't know a lot about anything, but I know a little about a lot of things"
 Detective Mark McPherson has been called to investigate the murder of the beautiful Laura Hunt, found dead in her apartment. He learns more about her life by interviewing her friend, the rich Waldo Lydecker, and her fiance, Shelby Carpenter. But when Laura herself appears, the mystery takes a whole different turn. Who was the murdered girl? And why was she killed?
This Gun For Hire 1942
"What's the matter? You look like you've been on a hayride with Dracula."
Hit man Phillip Raven kills a blackmailer and is payed by his employer in marked money. Ellen Gram, a performer and the girlfriend of the cop after Raven, is employed to help investigate Raven's employer. However, when Ellen comes face to face with Raven, the situation becomes even more of a mess.
Niagara 1953
"Let me tell you something. You're young, you're in love. Well, I'll give you a warning. Don't let it get out of hand, like those falls up there. Up above...d'you ever see the river up above the falls? It's calm, it's easy, any you throw in a log, it just floats around. Let it move a little further down and it get going faster, hits some rocks, a minute it's in the lower rapids, and..nothing in the world - including God himself, I suppose - can keep in from going over the edge. It just - goes."
 Two very different couples are on vacation in Niagara: Rose and George Loomis, and Polly and Ray Cutler. Rose and George have a dangerous relationship- George is prone to vicious mood swings, especially when he suspects Rose of fooling around with another guy. And when Rose plots to kill her husband, Polly gets sucked into the crime, purely by accident.

Have you watched any of these? What's your favourite film noir?


:: Winter Wonderland Challenge Task 1 ::

Hello everyone! 

I'm taking part in The Winter Wonderland Challenge from Cloudy Dreams. Here is the first task!
The rules: 
1. Answer the questions.
2. Link back to the post.
3. Nominate one more blogger (but make sure they don't tag anyone else)
Have fun! ♥
The questions:
Q: What is your favourite winter drink? How do you make it? Why is it your favourite?
A: I love any kind of tea. I'm obsessed with tea! And I guess you just steep it in hot water.
Q: What is your favourite winter month?
A: December
Q: Do you get snow where you live? How much?
A: Yes, usually about 48 inches
Q: What is your favourite winter activity?
A: Sitting inside, reading, drinking tea, and being cozy.
Q: What is the best thing about winter?
A: Cozy things like tea and big sweaters
Q: What is the worst thing about winter?
A: How long it lasts.
Q: Favourite winter-associated symbol? 
A: Probably a snowflake or something else snow related.
Q: Tag one blogger to support you whilst you do the challenge/ do it as well.
A: Daisy Chan

I tag anyone else who wants to do this!

What is your favorite thing about winter? 


Wednesday, 18 November 2015

How I Decorate With Flowers

I'm not sure if I'm really qualified to write this post. Yes, I do dearly love flowers and love the way they look in my room. But do I really decorate with them? No.
When I heard of BloomNation, a flower delivery service that promotes local florists, I thought that I'd share my opinion on decorating with flowers. I love the idea of having beautiful blooms delivered straight to my door, as I'm often very busy and don't have time to go out and buy them.

 In the summer, the flowers I had mainly consisted of the wildflowers in my backyard. I'd simply trim them and put them in a jar with a little bit of ribbon on it, which I think is really cute. Sometimes I'd colour coordinate the flowers that I picked, but there really was no rhyme or reason to them.

And maybe that's because of who I am. Maybe that's because I see flowers as something wild and free. Do I think that carefully arranged and handpicked bouquets are bad? I most certainly do not. I think that they can be beautiful and creative. But for me, they simply aren't a necessity. I think that flowers in any form are beautiful, and they all have a place in my house. I'm I getting to deep with this? Probably. But is that going to stop me? No.
Unfortunately, I simply cannot let flowers have free reign over my house for one simple reason: I have a cat. And more than anything, I want to make sure my cat stays healthy. How I fix this, though, is by keeping flowers out of his reach (and let me tell you, there aren't very many places that are out of his reach), or by putting them in cute little cages like the one pictured above.
If you'd like to find out how to make your flowers last longer, this post is really helpful!


Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Gingerbread Breakfast Quinoa

Around a week ago, I had already made this recipe a few times.I thought that it was a wonderful breakfast, and I had already decided that I was going to make it again. And in all honesty, I probably still will.
Then, that morning, my friend had told me that he had made gingerbread overnight oats. You see, it was early November, and both of us had decided to fully immerse ourselves in the Christmas spirit. Seeing his gingerbread overnight oats, I thought that that was something that I could do. But instead of oats, I'd make it quinoa. I'm celiac, and though I'm allowed to have gluten-free oats now, I haven't tried them. So, instead, I decided to put a holiday spin on one of my favourite recipes.
Makes 4 servings

You Will Need:
 - 1 cup uncooked white quinoa
- 2 cups coconut milk (or milk of your choice)
- 1 tsp molasses
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ginger
- 1 tsp vanilla extract

Toppings (optional)
- Raisins
- Chia seeds
- Pumpkin seeds

1. In a saucepan on medium heat, mix together your quinoa and your milk. Bring to a boil, then let sit at a simmer for around 20 minutes, stirring occasionally

2. When you feel that your quinoa is cooked, add in your molasses, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, and vanilla extract.

3. I usually leave my quinoa in the fridge overnight and warm it up in the morning. I usually add more milk and sugar, and whatever toppings I feel like. Have fun with it!

If you try this, I would love for you to let me know. What are your favourite winter breakfasts?

-Amy ♥

Sunday, 8 November 2015

So What's Going On?

When I wrote my last post, I had every intention to never blog again. Alas, my subconscious begged to differ.
So here we are again. If you read my previous post, you'll know that blogging is no longer a top priority of mine. However, I can't seem to escape it. I'm back again, but with no type of schedule. I may post a few days in a row and then not again for another month, but I'm going to see what happens. And I hope that you, all of my lovely blogging friends, stay to watch.

Amy ♥

Sunday, 25 October 2015

Taking A Break

All of this was so much easier to say in my head. 
Goodbyes are always hard.
I need to take a break from the blogging world.

All of this made so much more sense to me last night when I was in bed, thinking it all over. I really DO need a break from the blogging world, but I have no idea of how long.
So I just wanted to thank you all before I completely disappear off of the face of the blogging earth. I really appreciate every one of you who have ever read of commented on my posts, you've made this such a wonderful experience for me.
If you've been reading my posts lately, you'll understand how busy I've been. And really, leaving blogging is just a shift of priorities, and of focusing on the things that are most important to me.

I'll miss all of you ♥

Saturday, 24 October 2015

The Prettiest Packaging

I know that you shouldn't judge a product by its packaging, but sometimes it's hard not to. Especially when the packaging is just so cute! So I rounded up the products in my stash with the cutest packaging I could find. Just so that you know, there's not a lot in this list, because there wan't many products that stood out to me as much as these ones did. 

Yes, I know that this is a seasonal product. But honestly, I've been using it all year! Not only do I love the shades, but I think the packaging is just too cute. Who can resist such a cute winter-themed print?

2. NYX Prismatic Shadow in Tin
You can't really see from the photo, but in the front, there's an adorable little bow. I got this for my Halloween costume without even realizing how cute it is. I think that it's the perfect example minimalistic yet cute packaging!

3.  The Body Shop Lip & Cheek Doll
This is another seasonal product, but they have some of the cutest packaging. Honestly, I think that this may be the cutest of all the ones I featured. I did get this for it's packaging, so it's a good thing that this works as well as it does!

4. Mark First Blush
Who can resist a cute blush? This one has such a pretty pattern, I almost didn't want to use it. I love it's floral pattern, along with the little highlighter in the middle.

5. Benefit The Porefessional
I think that all of Benefit's products are adorable, and this is no exception. I only got a mini version, but it has so many little details! Even the box that it came in is cute, not just practical.

Have you tried any of these before? Do you have any products with super cute packaging?

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Turquoise + Lace

There's something about this shade of turquoise that's just so vintage. I've never once seem a piece of clothing newly made this colour, and maybe that's part of it's charm. I love the way its used in this dress, with the lace and the bow of the same fabric.
As some of you may know, my style is mainly influenced by the 50s. When I saw this little dress in a vintage shop, though, I knew I had to get it. I estimated it to be made somewhere in the 60s, because of both the style and the way it was made.

 I honestly don't have much to say about this outfit, except for how much I love this dress. It's a little out of season now, though. I was practically freezing when I took these photos, it was a cold morning and I was above the river.
I'm also sorry that there are so few photos today! Not very many of them turned out the way I wanted them to ♥

Vintage Dress
Old Tights similar

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Staying On Top Of Your Schedule

Looking at this title, you'd probably think that I'm in no way qualified to write it. I haven't been able to stick to my blogging schedule, after all. I'm even late on this post! I would, however, like to get better with staying in schedule. So I thought that I'd share with you some things that would help me when I am on schedule.
1. My Planner
I use my planner all of the time. It totally gives me the illusion of being productive! It's one of my favourite ways to stay organized, and it really works for me.

2. Apps
I have TONS of organization apps. I find though, that they really work for me! If you don't want to use an app, I would suggest to do lists. I love the feeling of crossing out something that you accomplished, weather it be on a screen or on paper.

3. Pretty materials
You're so much more likely to use something if you like the way it looks. One of my favourite things to do is to put lots of cute stickers on my planner pages. They seem like they wouldn't do much, but they always give me a little boost of motivation!

4. A positive attitude
I know, this sounds so cheesy. But it really does help! Motivation can go a long way. I know that the days I'm motivated, I get so much more done than I think I ever could.

How do you stay organized and on top of your schedule?

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

5 Tantalizing Topcoats

Everybody loves a good topcoat. Whether it be a loud, glitter-packed one, or a simple clear coat, there's something for everyone. Personally, I can never make up my mind. Some days I love the brightest topcoat I can find, and sometimes I'll just go with a clear one.
 So, I've decided to share my 5 favourites with you! Hopefully, there's something here for everyone. Just so you know, I've mentioned lots of these in previous posts. If I've reviewed or swatched them, I'll link them for you, just in case you're interested.
I got this in a set, and I absolutely love it! It's the perfect colour for autumn, as it has light pink/purple glitter of different sizes in it. I mentioned and swatched it here.
This is another polish that's quite autumnal. It's a really pretty gold colour, and very versatile. Honestly, I think it would work for any season! I reviewed it here.
I used this a while ago, but I remember being very impressed with the glitter concentration. It has very small pieces, and lots of them. The only problem it has, along with most of the glitter polishes I've tried, is that it's quite stubborn to get off.
I picked this up a long time ago, and almost forgot about it. It's a really nice addition to a plain polish, and gives a wonderful matte effect. It also really enhances the colour of every polish I've tried it on.
Alright, so this technically isn't supposed to be a topcoat. I think that it works really well as one, though! It seems to make my polish last longer than it normally would, which I love.

Have you tried any of these? What's your favourite topcoat?

Friday, 2 October 2015

A Beginner's Guide To Tea

If you've been reading this blog for a while, you'll know I love tea. I'm still much of a beginner when it comes to teas, but I thought that I'd share what little knowledge I have. I wish that I'd had a list like this when I was staring at the shelves upon shelves of tea, wondering where to start. If I'm wrong about about anything, feel free to correct me!
Caffeinated Teas

White Tea
White tea is similar to green and black tea, but contains more antioxidants. I haven't tried many white teas, and they don't seem to be as popular as most of the other types I mention. When I have tried white tea, it seems to be with mango. I would suggest steeping white tea for around 5 minutes.

Green Tea
I'm sure we've all had green tea before! You can find many different variations of green tea and many different blends. It can be quite strong, and I would recommend only steeping it for 2-3 minutes.

Black Tea
Black tea is a very common type of tea. It comes in many different flavours and variates, can be served with cream and sugar, in a latte, or plain. Black tea can be very strong, so I try not to steep it too long. I would suggest steeping it for around 3 minutes.

Caffeine Free Teas 

I love rooibos! They some in endless flavours, and are caffeine free. I would recommend serving it without cream and sugar, as it doesn't get too strong. I would suggest steeping a rooibos tea for a minimum of 5 minutes.

Herbal Tea
There are endless variations to a herbal tea. In my opinion, I think that they're quite like rooibos teas, but with more natural flavours. Herbal teas can also be quite weak, so I would recommend steeping them for a minimum of 5 minutes.

What are your favourite types of tea?

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

September Favourites

I haven't had a chance to go out and buy anything new this month, I've been so busy! I hope that these favourites don't bore you ♥
 Some of my favourite posts from this month were a Homemade Pumpkin Chai Lattehow to make a Whimsical Braida review of the Lush Twilight Bath BombAutumn ColoursBlushing Burgundy, and My Dream Closet + How I Keep Mine Organized.
My beauty favourites were:

Avon True Colour Eyeshadow Duo in Mauve Glow
I don't have a link for this because it's quite old. I also mentioned this in my Autumn Colours post, so you can read a little more about it there.
I think that this has some really nice shades! I usually don't wear bold colours, like purples, but this is quite toned down. I think that this is a nice little duo for an autumn inspired eye.
NYX Auto Eyebrow Pencil
I've had this for a while, but I always forget to mention it. I don't do a lot with my brows, but I usually comb them out and shape them with the little brush on the end, and do a few soft strokes with the pencil. I don't have much to say about it, it's quite good!
Mark First Blush Perfect Flush Powder
First of all, can I say how cute this is? Swirled together, they give a very nice, highlighted blush. Sometimes I just like to use the highlighter in the middle. The only problem I have with it is that it can be quite dark and overpowering if you put on too much.
The Body Shop Cocoa Butter Body Butter
It's funny, when I looked back at my old posts, I had mentioned this in my last Spetember favourites post! I've going through my lotion and body butter to use them up lately, because I can never bring myself to, when I re found my love for this one. I may even go back and get another when I'm done with this tub.
EOS Rachel Roy Lip Balm Collection
These are another thing I re found my love for. I usually don't like tropical scents, but these are an exception. I love how moisturizing they are!
My other favourites were:

Bath & Body Works Leaves Scented Candle
I love a good autumn scented candle. This one, along with the traditional autumn notes, smells a little fresh. It's one of my go-to relaxation candles!
David's Tea Peanut Butter Cup
My friend gave this tea to me for my birthday, and I'm in love with it! It really does taste like a peanut butter cup.
David's Tea Chocolate Rocket
I had this last autumn, and I repurchased it a few weeks ago. It's one of my all-time favourite chocolate teas.

What have you loved this September? Have you tried any of these before?

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Autumn Colours

I love autumn! I'm so excited for the colder days, the big sweaters, and the seasonal tea. I love nothing more than curling up with a good book in a big sweater under a massive pile of blankets with some tea.
 In all honesty, I much prefer the darker tones of autumn to the bright colours of spring and summer. So I thought I'd share some of my favourites with you! Just so you know, some of them are rather old.
You can read a review of this here.
I do love a good gold eye. This one is more on the orange side, but I like it nonetheless. Speaking of a gold eye, I've been wanting to try MAC's Amberlights. Have any of you?

Avon True Colour Eyeshadow Duo in Mauve Glow
I find that these two look pretty with a chocolate liner, smudged into a sort of a smokey eye. I'm usually not one to stray away from nude shadows, but these are more versatile than they look!
 Avon Ultra Colour Rich Lipstick in Perfect Plum
There's something so autumnal about a berry lip! This one is a lovely deep plum colour.

elf Moisturizing Lipstick in Ravishing Rose
When I picked this up, I didn't realize quite how dark it was. It makes it all the better for autumn! I love rose colours, no matter the variation.

Both of these are quite dark, and I usually end up blotting them to make the colour less bold.
I got these two in a little set, and I love them! I'd been looking for a colour like ladylike, and I couldn't be happier with it.
A swatch for Essie's Ladylike and A Cut Above

Annabelle Big Show nail polish in Party Red-y
I love a dark red for autumn. This one also has a lovely little shimmer, too.

If you would like a full review or swatches for any of these, please let me know!
Have you tried any of these? What's your favourite autumn colour?


Saturday, 19 September 2015

Blushing Burgundy

I've already started dressing like it's autumn! But to be fair, where I live, autumn only lasts until mid to late November. I can already feel the chill in the air, even though the Autumn equinox hasn't happened yet.
 As you all know, I'm a huge fan of second hand shopping. I usually don't buy clothes at garage sales, but this skirt caught my eye. Burgundy is one of my favourite colours, especially for autumn. And I love the button detailing on the front!
 As soon as I saw this hat in American Eagle, I knew it was for me. I've been trying to grow my hat collection, as right now it's pitifully small. I think that bowler hats are so cute, but I try not to look like Charlie Chaplin in them! (There's nothing wrong with Charlie Chaplin, that's just not the look I'm going for).
 I got this sweater last year, and it's perfect for winter. It's pretty heavy and chunky, and that means I don't have to wear a jacket with it in autumn! Honestly, who doesn't love a cozy sweater?
You can probably tell that these shoes are pretty old, but they're my favourites. I pull them out every autumn and wear them with practically everything until it gets too cold.

Outfit Details:
Second-Hand Skirt SimilarSimilar
Dynamite Sweater Similar
American Eagle Bowler Hat
Old Boots
Old Tights