You have to be odd
to be number one.
Dr. Seuss

Monday, June 30, 2014

USA 2014 | New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, New York

Another year, another USA trip. Since receiving Canadian citizenship a couple of years ago, annual visits to our family in New Jersey seem to have become a thing for my family, so here is this year's rendition. I have to say, this year's trip has been the most amazing and enriching so far! From the well-spent family time in New Jersey, to shopping mania in Delaware, topnotch educational experience in Maryland, and sights & sounds (& eats) of New York. This trip truly had a bit of everything.

The Highlights

Last Friday the clan made the trek over primarily for my great aunt Lola Betty's birthday, who I was super excited to see. A lovely Saturday at-home dinner celebration finished off with ice cream cake was just what the occasion called for!

Two days later I'm in an OR living the dream at Johns Hopkins Hospital, all thanks to Aunt Micah and Uncle Dominic, family friends from Maryland. (If you're slightly confused at this point, it might help to know that I'm an aspiring physician.) I still feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to shadow doctors and observe surgeries at one of the most prestigious medical institutions, and I will always always be grateful to Aunt Micah for giving me that experience. The whole experience was completely above and beyond anything I could have ever imagined; it was so surreal and so captivating and overall reassured me of my passion. I met some of the nicest people during my short stay there and wish I could have stayed longer!

The next two days were spent traipsing the Concrete Jungle, seeing as much of Manhattan as we possibly could (we being myself, my sister, and our cousin Mark). We made it to the American Museum of Natural History, the Museum of Modern Art, and the High Line; and made sure to stop for some NY eats, which included the cute, quaint Le Pain Quotidien, good old food trucks, and Chelsea Market. My favourite part of Manhattan sightseeing has to be the High Line, an old railway that was converted into a gorgeous and modern 2-kilometer above-ground park. This relatively short stretch provides the perfect balance between natural and urban life, and is a vantage point for some of the most beautiful views of the city. You can tell how much I loved it by how many photos I have of it in this photo diary!

Enjoy this diary of Instagram photos collated from my week-long trip! 

Le Pain Quotidien

Saturday, June 14, 2014

The Annual Cut

I get my hair cut every year around this time of year to freshen it up. In a way, it is kind of symbolic of letting go of the year that has just passed and starting new. (How deep.) But mostly it's because my layers go berserk and no longer wish to cooperate with me. It becomes incredibly high maintenance and impossible to style.

For the past two years I've published my annual cut on the internet - two years ago on this blog and last year on Instagram, and I was very happy with the turnout thanks to two amazing stylists from my salon. Unfortunately, when I tried to book an appointment this year I learned that they both had moved on from that salon, and I reluctantly settled on someone else. Huge mistake. I asked for about 4 inches off, long layers, and a long fringe at the front to frame my face (which is what I got the last time; showed her pictures too) ... and got nothing close to that. The layers are so choppy and uneven, and there is no fringe whatsoever. To make things worse, she took almost two hours to achieve this look and I ended up late for my other errands that day. I don't want to go into it too much, but did want to ask, have you ever come out of a haircut upset? If so, what did you do?

On the bright side, the first day really was the worst of it. I warmed up to it slightly once I'd gotten to wash and style it myself. This is currently the only way I like how it looks because the curls conceal the choppiness. I will go in with a large barrel curling iron and curl all my hair, then take a dollop of Bumble & Bumble Brilliantine to add texture and piecyness, and finish off with a generous amount of hairspray.

Any thoughts?

Saturday, June 7, 2014

DIOR Dior Addict Lip Glow

I'm not sure where to start with this one, but it's definitely unique. For those of you who haven't heard of it, the much talked about Lip Glow is one of those products that is different on everyone as it claims to respond to your own body chemistry to produce a beautiful, unique pink lip. I'm not sure the science is on point, but bottom line: the colour in the bullet is not the colour that appears when you swipe it on your lips. The lipstick bullet is a pale baby pink, but applied on my lips, the Dior Lip Glow translates into a medium-dark just bitten pink. (See photo below for reference).

The formula is really quite divine and feels much like a gloss-balm hybrid. It's intensely smooth and hydrating, and leaves a sheer but noticeable wash of colour on the lips. It's a challenge, describing the effect this lip product has because there's definitely colour but your lips almost look bare from the finish of it. What I can say is that it's definitely pink, so if you don't like pink lips I would avoid this. Because of the balmy texture, staying power is sacrificed, but I do notice that again, because of the lightweight, barely there feel and look of it, it fades so incredibly naturally.

So the question remains, 'should I splurge on the DIOR Dior Addict Lip Glow'? This is a little bit trickier to recommend because it'll appear differently on each person's lips, but if you generally enjoy a sheer, pink, natural looking lip it's worth checking out. I tend to go for this on days when I'm trying to achieve a natural look but want something a bit more interesting. It's a welcome change from the nude and my lips but better lipsticks, and certainly a well-loved member of my lipstick collection.
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