Thursday, February 20, 2014

Things To Look Forward To

As you could probably gather from my last post, I've been a little pessimistic lately. I figured it would be important to counterbalance that post with something more positive, so here are a few things I am looking forward to.

My 21st birthday! I'm not doing anything special, but there's something satisfying about having a day all to yourself. I'm going for pizza with my mom and brother, and I'll probably bake those confetti cupcakes. Oh and knowing myself I will most likely make a sneaky NailPolishCanada purchase.... :)

Confetti cupcakes, OPI Don't Bossa Nova Me Around, Zoya Payton, Pizza


Going to Disney World! I'm sure some people think I'm lame for loving Disney World so much, but for creative-escapist-types like myself, there really is no better place on Earth. The atmosphere is fun and enjoyable, the immersive rides are the coolest, and they have delicious restaurants. Frankly, I can't think of a reason not to go!


Some shots I took on my last trip to Disney


SUMMER! Before we know it, summer will be upon us. I know this winter is taking forever to end, but at least it's February and not December. It's not like I have any extravagant plans, but the warm weather will be a much needed change, and hopefully I will be in good spirits by then.

x x x
Do you have anything you're looking forward to?

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

I Must Have Seasonal Affective Disorder

There has only been one thought going through my head lately... WHEN. WILL. WINTER. END??? Mother Nature must have some sort of apocalyptic vendetta with humanity because I look outside and think, "Someone up there must really hate the world right now."

I don't know what it's like in other parts of the northern hemisphere, but Canada is absolutely dreadful. I can't, for the life of me, remember a time when winter was so bad. We have had snowstorm after snowstorm after snowstorm. It'll creep up to -10 some days, and I think "SPRIIING!!?" and then there's a snowstorm but a day later.

Don't even get me started on Canadians who get downright patriotic over this arctic cold. "It's nothing us Canadians aren't used to, eh!" they'll say, Tim Hortons mugs in-hand. With the Winter Olympics in full swing it's like all the patriotic Canucks emerge from their igloos and I'm just here like, when's the next flight to Australia, because I am so done. And all Instagrams of the "beautiful winter snow"? It's not beautiful, it's evil.

I love being Canadian but I am SO ready to retire these mittens :(

It genuinely sucks the life out of me to get up in the morning knowing that I have to brave the awful and terrible outdoors. Not only that, but it's as if I'm drained of all motivation and affect. God bless my short-lived effort to eat healthy this year, because making nutritious meals is the last thing on my mind these days. All I want is to curl up into my warm bed with Netflix and chocolate cake. And going to the gym? Don't mind if I don't. Seriously, it's a miracle if I step foot in that place.

School, work, and internship are just as lousy. I feel like time has been going by extra slowly this winter and my devotion to these commitments is dwindling every day. I'll sit at my desk at internship, reply to emails, and then stare at the clock for 15 minutes until I realize I should probably be productive.

Next week I'm going to Florida, and I should be happy about it, but I can't get over the fact that I'm only going for three days and will probably have to drive back from the New York airport in the middle of a snowstorm. I've been trying to plan every possible second of those pathetic 72 hours of sunshine to maximize happiness and optimism, but it's been tough. Also, the Tuesday I get back will be one of the most nerve-wrecking days of my semesters since my major project is due. So, yay, I guess.

Anyway, I really felt the need to write this post because ranting to my friends about the weather has become ultra redundant. Thanks for listening. Let's pray for sunny days ahead.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Latest Netflix Love: The Fosters

Hey everyone! Today I would like to talk about my latest Netflix love, The Fosters. I wasn't sure how much I would actually like this show, but the more I watched, the more I could. not. stop. Basically, the show revolves around Callie, an orphan who lands in Juvie in her struggle to find adoptive parents.

What can I say about this show?! It's just, so good. At first I thought I wouldn't like it too much because all the characters are essentially teenagers (like, 15 y/o), and usually I get annoyed watching TV shows with younger main characters, but this one makes it work! The challenges they face are really mature (drug use, mental illness, eating disorders) but with the guidance of their moms, the kids are equipped to take them on. It's all really heart-warming and you end up rooting for each and every character.

And note how I said, "their moms". Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think this is one of the first TV shows to feature same-sex parents! It's so great. The moms are like, the coolest parents ever, and watching them deal with all the issues in their lives is so satisfying to me for some reason. Their dynamic is awesome.

I also wanna mention that I think the casting is so on-point. Maia Mitchell, the actress who plays Callie, is so fab. I watched interviews with her and she's this super rad Australian actress and I'm obsessed with her hair and her accent. I also love the casting for the moms, and the casting for Jude, Callie's little brother. And not to mention David Lambert (who plays Brandon) is pretty easy on the eyes.

With only one season on Netflix, you'll have to catch up on season 2 elsewhere (*cough* it's really easy to find online *cough*), but it's definitely worth it. Don't judge it based on the absolutely unoriginal name ("The Fosters", how boring), or on the cheesy ABC Family-esque adverts, just trust that the characters will capture your heart and your interest, and you'll be hook as quick as I was!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Plaid and Neon from Persunmall

Hey everyone! As I mentioned at the beginning of the month, Persunmall offered to send me some of their products to try out... Well, here they are! I ended up choosing the plaid shirt and the neon rope necklace, and I have to say, I'm really pleased with both items.

This plaid shirt is the perfect pattern, in my opinion. For some reason, whenever I look for a plaid shirt at Forever 21 or something, they always have the oddest color combinations. I'm loving the classic lumberjack red, and I think the two huge pockets give it a nice, laidback feel. My only complaint is that the sleeves are a bit tight for a size large, which sucks because I wanted to wear t-shirts underneath it but I don't want to be uncomfortable. Also, the company label behind the neck is the itchiest thing in the world. (PS... Can you tell I'm not really a fashion blogger? "The label is itchy" hahaha)

The neon rope necklace is awesome. It's exactly what I expected from the picture on the website. I'm always so attracted to neon - whether it be jewelry or nail polish. I paired the necklace with the plaid shirt the first time I wore it and I think they look so cool together. I totally foresee myself wearing it a variety of different outfits. And for $3.99, you can't really go wrong!

Overall I'm super happy with my Persunmall goodies. If you'd like to check the site out for yourself, feel free to use my referral link: http://www.persunmall.com/&refer_id=42529 :)