Last Minute Mother’s Day

Psst.. did you know that Mother’s Day is only a week away? But never fear, that is still plenty of time to find a gift that adequately expresses your gratitude for, you know.. being created. No pressure..

Less than $75: The Ten Spot Gel Pedicure. I know what you’re thinking, “I can get a pedicure for 20 bucks at my corner strip mall”. This is your mom we’re talking about people! She deserves the best and I assure you, you get what you pay for. In Ottawa, where there are so many run-of-the-mill Mr. Lube-style nail bars, it is refreshing to find a place that properly pampers. Sending your ma to The Ten Spot ensures she’ll have a relaxing and hygienic experience. Plus the gel polish will last through the summer. Aren’t you thoughtful! 

Less than $50: Lush Thanks Mom gift. There is so much to love about Lush: natural ingredients, cruelty-free, and so many smells! This wrapped gift is ready for giving and contains 4 floral scented goodies: a shower jelly, body conditioner, bar of soap, and body lotion. Your mom will be squeaky clean and smell ah-mazing. She can also be proud of your generous soul: Lush will donate $7.95 from each gift sold as it contains their Charity Pot lotion.

Less than $25: 52 Lists for Happiness by Moorea Seal. Being a Mom isn’t light work, so chances are yours could benefit from a little mindfulness in her life. But what does that mean, you ask. Well, Wikipedia tells us that mindfulness is “the psychological process of bringing one’s attention to the internal and external experiences occurring in the present moment”. Countless studies have shown the mental and physical benefits of regularly practicing mindfulness (don’t believe me? Ask my friend Google about it). Who are we to deny your mother all that health and happiness? This beautifully illustrated journal includes prompts for 52 weeks of thoughtful reflection. By encouraging your mama to take some time for herself once a week, you’re giving a year of well-being.

Less than $5: Jamie Oliver’s Soaked Pistachio and Citrus cake. You don’t have to break the bank to show your love! Presenting your mom with a decadent dessert is a lovely gesture. This cake is sophisticated yet simple, which is good news when it comes time to bake it. The pistachio and citrus flavors are reminiscent of Spring, which in my part of the world is just getting started around Mother’s Day. And if you’re lucky, she’ll save you a piece. Serve with some fresh whipped cream and candied lemon twirls for optimal mom appreciation.

However you decide to show your appreciation, wishing you and your mama a wonderful day.


How to treat yo self for around $20

Has it not been your day, your week, your month or even your year? (Clap clap clap clap).giphy

Whatever the reason for needing it, I am a strong believer in the importance of me time. Maybe you just dumped some jerk. Maybe you ran over the curb and now your car sounds funny. Maybe you dropped your ice cream cone. Each scenario more distressing than the last!Β Here are my surefire steps to treat yourself like the boss you are for around $20. You didn’t get to be a boss by wasting money, amiright!

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The Gift List – My Birthday 2016

I like to make lists. That should be apparent to you already. I especially like making lists of gifts for me or others. I will start making my Christmas wish and shopping lists in August, and continue to refine them for the next 4 months. I suspect this isn’t normal but it is also oddly satisfying. Since my birthday is in a month or so I thought I should get my act together and start making and re-making my wish list.

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Dolce Vita, Four Ways


When I find a colour that speaks to me, my first instinct is to collect it in every possible form. I experienced this hoarding feeling with NARS Dolce Vita. It is a beautiful and versatile dusty rose, an instant classic for me. No matter the time of year (aka if I am starkly pale or slightly tanned) it works beautifully on my lips and cheeks.


Note: NARS is a cruelty-free brand, however they are owned by Shiseido, which DOES do animal testing for their own products.

The Blush ($38 CAD). I’ve mentioned my love for NARS’ blush before and hands down, Dolce Vita is my favourite of them. They last and last but never upset my skin. The Dolce Vita blush is a gorgeous rose that suits me throughout the year.

The Lipstick ($35 CAD). This is my ultimate MLBB (my-lips-but-better) shade. It is a gorgeous sheer but build able rose shade that gives me a great make-up free/light look but still put together.

The Velvet Matte Lip Pencil ($33 CAD). I think if I ever finish a lip product (jk, no way) it will be this one. It is my go-to lip colour and formulation for every day easy use. It applies creamily but is instantly matte, yet somehow, never drying. I imagine this is what Bite Beauty’s Matte Creme Lip Crayons are like.


Sheer lipstick, matte lip pencil, blush heavy and light

The Lip Gloss ($33 CAD). This is sadly not pictured, as it had gone south some months back. NARS lip glosses provide great colour pay off, and Dolce Vita is no exception (trust me!). The gorgeous dusty rose with shine and a hit of moisture is basically the only thing you need for a fresh spring look.

Do you have any ride-or-die colours from NARS or other brands?