Vancouver Staycation

One of my favourite parts of going on vacation is enjoying the amenities and all the little luxuries that come with staying in a nice hotel. But who says you need to wait for a vacation to enjoy some five star fun? Last weekend Andrea and I planned a little ‘staycation’ right in our own city and it was SO FUN. lobby-2 We booked a suite at the Four Seasons and spent the afternoon indulging in an amazing inner peace massage in the hotels RedCedar room. Then we lounged around the room in robes (our fav) while sipping on champagne before we headed to Blo Blow Dry Bar in the hotel lobby to get our hair did for a big night out. bedroom-2   blo-2 The service at the Four Seasons was de-luxe, as you can imagine, and no one gave us grief even though we called the concierge about 100 times with all sorts of odd requests. During this visit we didn’t get a chance to eat at Yew, their in-house spot for amazing seafood and drinks, but we were able to catch lunch there a few weeks ago and it was outstanding! Andrea recommends the scallop salad and I recommend the cashew cream pasta available on their vegan lunch menu. After we were primped and polished we had a few friends up to our room where we enjoyed even more champagne before we headed out in celebration of our friends birthday. We took down the dance floor at the Met (our friends random hipster choice) but honestly they played AMAZING early 2000’s music! I was sweating profusely and completely ruined my blow out getting down to R Kellys Ignition. Naturally.

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The next morning was brunch at our favourite Cafe Medina and that wrapped up a glorious little staycation right in Vancouver!

xo

Wendy

Last Minute Valentines Day Gift Guide – For Her

It’s Valentines Day on Saturday and if you’re anything like me you will wait until… maybe tomorrow? to pick up something for your main squeeze. I’m habitually bad at buying gifts (I know I have said this before, but the point is so true it is worth reiterating) so I thought why not help out my fellow procrastinators with a gift edition part deux aimed at the ladies in your lives.

Gifts don’t have to be just for your significant other, or just for valentines day, these are items your Mom, bestie, sister, roommate, the list goes on.. is sure to love! I will be spending this Saturday, like women all over the city, with my boyfriend, his name is ‘my career’ and we will be crushing grape and crawling into bed early as I have a 7am flight the next morning heading to a conference for work. #truelove

Valentines Gifts for Her

This Jo Malone cologne in ‘Red Roses’ is the perfect Valentines day scent and the prettiest hue of blush pink. I am a huge fan of Jo Malone and wear the Lime Basil + Mandarin scent religiously.

There is nothing better than crisp cotton pyjamas, and this shorts set floral print pair from Plum Pretty Sugar is the perfect set as we creep closer to spring.

Chapters always has cute home stuff, specifically this gold painted stripe cushion, which hits two major wins on my current lust list, gold + stripes.

I love a good Essie polish and recently they have come out with a new Cashmere Matte line; I can’t wait to get my paws on this pale pink color, cleverly titled ‘just stitched.’

This Olive Oil was actually an idea from a girlfriend, she got this for her Mom for Christmas and I haven’t stopped thinking about it since. It’s a company called ‘Nudo Italia‘ and the way it works is you adopt a tree in Italy and the company regularly delivers to you the olive oil it produces! How cool is that?! You can also adopt a tea garden in India or receive honey when adopting a beehive in the UK. I love it.

Lastly I have pulled this adorable Flamingo Print available locally at The Cross in Vancouver, one of my favorite decor stores. I have a Flamingo obsession and I think this print would look so chic mounted in a gold frame in a white wash apartment.

Hopefully you’ve found some inspiration here! And when all else fails wine, chocolate and flowers. (But mostly wine.)

xo

Wendy

Pretty Bird

It’s been a busy week full of late nights and early mornings, and if there is one thing I know for certain about myself it’s that I desire, nay, require sleep. I love it. I will happily tuck myself into bed while friends are out partying if it means I get to hold up nine fingers when I start counting the hours until I have to wake up. To me, nine hours rest, is the ultimate life win. And yes, I have seen the picture of a young brunette jumping in puddles or the pretty blonde running on the beach with eloquent hand writing across it that reads “you’ll never regret the things you did, only those you didn’t” or some kind of yolo crap. But believe me when I say I DO REGRET some of those things I do. When I am hungover at work remembering the bottle service at celebrities that seemed reasonable on a Tuesday night, that led to the aggressive twerking performance I gave my co-workers and the super cute tights and sweatshirt I am wearing in my office on Wednesday as a result, I’m not smiling fondly thinking “oh Wendy… life in your twenties! live it up you wild card!” I’m thinking, “I would sell my soul to go back in time and watch 2 hours worth of The Good Wife in my apartment and be in bed by 10.” But alas, those nights happen, and they are fun, and a week later I usually am pretty glad I went out and had a good time. But those nights along with just normal busy life stuff can often lead to less than my desired 9 hours which means I am setting my alarm as late as possible, which requires an absolutely dialed morning routine.

I love makeup. Always have, always will. On evenings and weekends I love to play with eye shadows and lipsticks and all kinds of different looks, but on those busy mornings where my hair is going to be in a top knot, my outfit is going to be basic and i’ll be flying out the door in 30 minutes, my makeup will never be sacrificed. These are products I use religiously every day.

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The key to almost everything in life is a good foundation

And makeup is no different. In my opinion the foundation is the absolute pinnacle of wearing makeup. What’s the point in painting if the canvas looks like shit? It also comprises over half of the total time spent doing my makeup. My two favorite products in life are the 1. MAC Studio Finish SPF35 Concealer and 2. MAC Studio Fix Powder.  They are both very opaque so not much is needed. You never want it to look caked on. These combined provide a flawless finish and make the rest of your makeup application a breeze.

3. MAC Bronzing Powder I use this year round. In the summer it’s great to amp up your sun kissed look and year round it’s great for contouring. Just make sure it’s not shimmery. 4. Benefit Brow Zings Defining my eyebrows changed my life. That’s a slight dramatization, but it really changed my makeup routine. Defined brows make you look instantly more polished and they frame your face and you will never go back. It takes some playing around to get comfortable with but seriously do it. I always find that the women who work at benefit counters are SO helpful and will walk you through how to use any product. Also, I always ask for a few of their disposable mascara brushes which you can use to comb through your brows before and after adding the wax to help shape them! 5. They’re Real! Benefit Mascara This mascara is amazing and caused me to no longer bother with eyeliner for my daytime look because it’s just that good. And lastly 6. C.O. Bigelow Mentha Lip Gloss I have actually probably 20 of these in every purse, bag, and coat pocket. They are so minty and shiny and fresh and they come in a variety of sheer colors if you don’t love the clear, as well as cinnamon and other flava flavs if mint isn’t your thing.

I won’t drone on for too much longer, but of almost equal importance to the product is the tools used for the application of it. These are the 3 brushes you will always find in my bag! Always remember to clean your brushes regularly. Especially those used for liquid foundation and concealer!

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In order: The 190 Foundation Brush for my concealer and liquid foundation if I’m using it. The 116 for blush, bronzer and contouring. And the 182 Buffer Brush to apply an all over dusting of Studio Fix powder. You can see those, and all MAC brushes here.

What are you favorite products and makeup rituals?

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