Unexpected Guests? What to Have on Hand!

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Friends and family members sometimes can pull a fast one on us and suddenly announce that they’ll be coming over within the hour or for the more spontaneous bunch – you’ll hear a knock at the door. So what do we feed and do for our unexpected guests who want to embrace us with their pressence? Check out our tips on what to have on hand!

Always keep a stalked bar
An idea I am not against! Sometimes you’ll want a glass of wine after work or perhaps you and beau want to cozy up with a nice cocktail on the weekend- so a stalked bar is always key, especially for the unexpected guests. You’ll have a variety of options to offer them on hand.

Veggies, dip and crackers oh my!
Nothing wrong with having some delicious assortment of veggies in fridge because regardless of who comes or (doesn’t) stop by, they will be used. Keep a yummy dip on hand and some delicious crackers to compliment them. My favourite crackers to have in stalk? Mary’s Organic Crackers.

Frozen cookies or cookie dough
In the winter I typically launch my Christmas menu with pretzels, bark cookies and carrot cake. A great tip I learned was freezing the short bread toblerone cookies for my own personal indulgence because already baked- they will last 2 months in the freezer! Saving freezer space? Roll the dough in balls and leave in the freeze, once thawed, bake for 15 minutes! A quick treat for your guests.

A deck of cards or a good board game
Nothing wrong with some good ol’ traditional gaming to add some fun to the evening. A deck of cards, cards against humanity or some jenga? Why not!

Great local take out menus
We have so many great local restaurants here in Toronto that offer delivery. We know from personal experience how delicious their food is so why not order some of our favourite dishes and allow our guests to experience it with us at home? After all, your guests will be understanding!

Dry pasta or frozen ravioli + a great sauce
Dry pastas are staples in many households but it’s extremely important to always have a great sauce on hand too. A traditional tomato sauce or one of my favourites from Classico, roasted red pepper Alfredo will make for a great last minute dish. Ravioli is another great frozen delight that you can have in the freezer for up to 2 months. It will add great flavour to a simple pasta dish to warm up your guests tummies!

So ladies and gents, any other tips and tricks you have up your sleeves when you have unexpected guests drop by? Let us know! Stay chic meninas.

 

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Gifts for the Hostess: The Foodie

Ola chic meninas! I was super excited to get this post together quickly but it was a lot more challenging than I expected. As a self proclaimed foodie, I live for anything and everything related to food. So narrowing down some gift ideas to only a handful felt like I was asked to pick between chocolate and crab dip. I was finally content with the unique options that I picked and I’m sure your foodie hostess will be too!

 

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Why these gifts work:

I fell in love with the idea of gifting salt tubes when I came across these collections from The Spice Lab and without hesitation knew this would be a great gift option. This is the perfect gift for a true foodie who loves to get down in the kitchen and experiment – also, how cute of a counter piece would they be?

I feel as though you can never go wrong with jams or jellies. During the holiday season, many local jam companies do cute gift sets with different flavours (some seasonal) and sizes of jams and jellies. It’s a perfect gift that your foodie can indulge in during breakfast or when whipping up a snack.

I know you may be thinking I have lost all of my marbles with putting gelato and ice cream on the list but hear me out! As a foodie, who wouldn’t want a delicious treat that they can snack on or pile on top of some warm pie or cake? Google some local gourmet brands near you, the packaging is more chic and they are more creative with flavour combinations, caramel and bacon bits? Your foodie will drool at the site of this gift. Tip: Can’t find a good brand at your grocery store? Stop by your all season gelato or ice cream parlours, most of them have their flavours available to take home.

I love when gifts act as two in ones. A beautiful herb plant not only will add some freshness to meals your foodie will create but it adds some greenery to their space. I personally would gift a basil or mint herb plant and throw it into a gorgeous clay pot. These two herbs are the most versatile in cooking but there are tons of options out there!

Most of the time we gift a bottle of wine (or 2) for our hostess. One to drink at dinner and one as a gift (important FYI) but why not change things up for the holidays? If your foodie hostess loves to entertain and gets creative with their drink menu, gift them a good bottle of liquor. I’d gear my selection towards an eastern European vodka, a gin or a rum. These liquors are the best selections to make a variety of drinks and they can even be used in cooking.

And last but certainly not least, homemade goodies- nothing more rewarding than the gift of food! During the holiday season, I roll up my sleeves and bake my little heart out. I purchase cute kraft boxes, FDA approved tissue paper and some twine from Creative Bag and start packaging my goodies for gifts. I usually opt for cookies that are shortbread (toffee, regular, nutella filled etc) as these can usually be frozen for months at a time so your foodie hostess can save them! If you want to try something different, make some chocolate covered pretzels, bark or a bar that they can warm up in the oven for the next day :)

 

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November Monthly Favourites

novembermonthlyfavouritesIn the blink of an eye and the snap of a finger, November disappeared just like that and I know I am not the only one who thought that too. Can’t believe we are in our final month of 2016 but I can truly say that I am excited for the year to end, 2016 has been a roller coaster, but, a good one at that!

I’ve dipped into a lot of new goodies within the last couple of months / month and I thought I’d take advantage of sharing these great products with a monthly favourites post. Stay chic meninas.

img_1350L’Oreal True Match Foundation: W2 Light Ivory
No word of a lie, I discovered this product in high school and religiously used it for years. As many women do, we bounce around different foundations to see if our hidden holy grail is out there. I started using L’Oreal true match foundation within the last couple of months because I noticed that my skin started changing as the temperature got colder, and I am so thankful to have it back in my makeup collection. It is a bit pricey for a drug store foundation but a little goes a long way. I find that they carry an array of colour selection that can truly match your skin tone. It is a liquid foundation but it is not heavy and does not sport a strong scent at all. What I love the most about this foundation is that it feels light upon application so you can build it up pending on how much coverage you are looking to achieve.

img_1351Jordane Cosmetics: Peachy Keen Blush
I was excited when I grabbed this product at IMATS this year because I knew instantly that I wasn’t going to just use this as a blush. With most of my bronzers and blushes, I tend to give them a duo purpose and use them as eye shadows as well. As peach is the new neutral, I knew this was a must have. The product itself is pigmented, has a shimmer to it and has a lovely velvet feel to it.

img_1353Overnight Intensive Oil Repair + French Pink Clay Facial Scrub
I will discuss more in depth in my upcoming updated skincare routine how amazing these products are. Not only are they a Toronto based company but their products are filled with benefits that my skin has personally been loving. The Oil I use at least once a day, usually before bed and I use the facial scrub 3-4 times a week as it is not harsh. Stay tuned for more on these two products!

img_1354Royal and Langnickle Concealer Brush
I was complaining to Aggie about my makeup problems (what else is knew) and that I couldn’t find a perfect concealer brush to apply product under my eye. During our IMATS trip she picked out this beauty for me. It was only $5.00 and the best $5.00 I have ever spent in a while. Although it is a synthetic brush, the hairs are soft and don’t soak up product. The product you apply to this brush, evenly distributes onto your skin without leaving streaks.

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Pink Fresh and Clean Body Mist
There is nothing I enjoy more than a soft mist or perfume smell. This mist from Pink is exactly what its name says, fresh and clean. It has a subtle smell but its notes of apple and lily really do burst through. A great item to have in your purse or gym bag.

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NYX Intense Butter Gloss: Toasted Marshmallow + Stilla Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick: Patina
I have been loving these two colours for the Fall and I know they will be staples when Winter rolls around. The NYX Butter Gloss has a stickier consistency but is extremely pigmented and has a gorgeous gloss that really intensifies your lips. I cannot say enough about the Stilla liquid lipstick. The formula is creamy and different from what you would expect from a liquid lipstick. It does not crack, isn’t dry and will last all day.

img_1357Maybelline Facestudio Master Conceal: 20 Light
This is probably one of the best full coverage liquid concealers that I have used in a very long time. My under eye area tends to get dark or purple and this product hides it perfectly. The formula is hydrating so it does not give you a cakey look underneath your eyes or wherever you are hiding your blemishes.

img_1358Anastasia Beverly Hills: Illuminator Peach Nectar
This gorgeous illuminator can be used for both daytime and nighttime looks and for…you guessed it, an eye shadow ha. It is a great highlighter that instantly brightens your face and goes on smooth so it doesn’t leave blotchy noticeable patches on your face. I love the peach undertones and gold shimmer.

Hopefully I will test out more products in the month of December that I’ll be able to share in the new year. I am so happy that every now and then I find products that I genuinely adore and have the opportunity to share with you gals. Any products that you are loving and would want to recommend? Let us know!

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My Annual Beauty Costs

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Last week I came across a very interesting article. It featured four women who revealed how much they spend a year on their “beauty routine”. I had to re-read the article twice, because I couldn’t believe the amount of money they spent on their beauty regime. All of them had a hefty bill and some even ranged over $19,000. Yes, no joke. Check it out yourselves here.

This included hair, make-up, spa treatments, nails, skincare, fitness, you name it. They covered every crevice of the earth. I thought to myself- can this be true? Are we really dipping that much into our bank account to look and feel great? I 100% know that I am nowhere near spending that kind of dough a year on my beauty regime because, well, until I make 6 figures a year, that is not an option. I decided this would be an interesting task to take on and tallied up how much I spend a year on my beauty routine. Let’s just say, I was shocked to say the least. Things really do add up.

What? Nails
Type? Shellac Manicure
Cost Per Visit? $30-40 (depends if I get designs or do a full manicure)
Frequency?
Once a month
Annual Cost? $480

Type? Pedicure
Cost Per Visit? $45
Frequency? Every 3 months
Annual Cost? $180.00

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What? Hair
Type? Cut, Colour, Wash and Style
Cost Per Visit? $80
Frequency? Every 2 months
Annual Cost? $480

Type? Blowout
Cost Per Visit? $50
Frequency? Twice a year
Annual Cost? $100

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What?
Massage Therapy
Type? Relaxation massage
Cost Per Visit? $40-80
Frequency? Varies
Annual Cost? $500

What? Spa
Type? Facial
Cost Per Visit? $60
Frequency? Varies
Annual Cost? $180

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What? Eyebrows
Type? Threading
Cost Per Visit? $7
Frequency? Every 3 weeks
Annual Cost? $120

What? Upper Lip
Type? Waxing
Cost Per Visit? $5
Frequency? Every 3 weeks
Annual Cost? $85

What? Sugaring / Shaving / Nair
Type? Bikini, Legs, Arms
Cost Per Visit? Varies- also includes at home services
Frequency? Varies
Annual Cost? $300

AESTHETICS
What? Martial Arts
Type? Taekwondo
Cost Per Visit? Monthly Fee
Frequency? Two – three times a week
Annual Cost? $1150

What? Personal Training
Type? One on One
Cost Per Visit? $40
Frequency? Twice a week
Annual Cost? $3840

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At first, I didn’t want to be so transparent about how much I spend on what I do. But…who cares? I do what I do to make myself feel great and look good. I’m not ashamed. I don’t need to justify why I do what I do or spend what I spend. I like to live an active lifestyle, I like to look crisp and fresh whenever I can. I want to age gracefully and that usually comes with taking care of yourself.

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So ladies, if you ever have the time to calculate how much you spend a year, let us know! We’d love to compare notes.


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NYX Lip Cream / Gloss Review

NYX_GLOSS_REVIEWI think it is safe to say that Aggie has officially earned herself the title as “Queen of Makeup Giving”. For Christmas she recently gifted me a bunch of NYX lip glosses among other fabulous items and I thought they would be some great products to review.

I’ve been a fan of NYX lip creams and glosses and since they recently opened their first free standing store in Mississauga- we now have the opportunity to get our hands on more NYX goodies- woohoo!

NYX_GLOSS_SWATCHESMilan is the only product that has a matte finish as it is the only product that is a lip cream, the rest are intense lip glosses which have an obvious gloss finish.

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Milan_lipcreamFirst on our list is the gorgeous Milan lip cream. It is such a soft subtle pink. I love the finish and formula. They are not dry or sticky. The formula and texture in my opinion are just perfect as they are extremely moisturizing for a matte lip cream. It is more pink than brown compared to what it looks like on the tube.

FunnelDelightA gorgeous vibrant pink, the intense butter gloss in funnel delight is truly what it’s name claims to be- intense and a delight. These glosses are really a two in one. The colour pay off is beyond any gloss I have ever worn and there is absolutely no need for additional gloss. I foresee this being one of my favourite summer glosses 😉

Toasted MarshmallowIn love with this GORGEOUS colour, toasted marshmallow. It will work well with almost all skin tones and is a great fall/winter and night time colour. Again, product is moisturizing, pigmented and isn’t sticky (a huge PLUS for us). The only downside is that I find it bleeds a bit.

BlackCherryTartIt look a lot for us to get the colour to look the way it does in this photo. As you can tell, it almost looks like a glossy mess on my lips. Upon first and even second application- it looks streaky. You need to apply multiple coats in order to get the full intense colour. I love vampy looks so I will be reaching for this in the future- it just won’t be my first pick. I love the colour though and next time I’ll also use a lip liner as this bleeds. Perhaps that will help the application in the future.

So ladies, that’s our mini review on our new NYX Gloss / Lip Cream reviews. Are you ladies fans of NYX products? Any suggestions you can make? Have you tried any of these four? Thoughts? We’d love to hear from you.

Stay chic meninas, xo

 

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