May 2014 archive

L’Oreal Extraordinaire Gel-Lacque Swatches

1-IMG_1496Every time I get the chance to try some L’Oreal polishes, I’m always blown away.
The last time it was their amazing glitter textured polishes. Today, it’s their new Extraordinaire Gel-Lacque 1-2-3 polishes. As a huge fan of gel manicures, I was super curious to see the results of an at home gel nail polish. Would it be shiny? Would it last long? Yes, and yes!

First you start with bare nails and apply one coat of their Gel Primer. Then, you choose your shade of polish and apply 2 coats. The last step is applying one coat of their magical Gel Glaze. And voila!

LacqueristeLacqueriste is my favourite shade. Just look at that bright coral! Great for summer.

1-IMG_1125Beauty Never Fades is a deep berry red.

1-IMG_0914I found Don’t Shy Away to be hard to put on evenly.

1-IMG_1169I loved Rose to the Occasion. Such a nice berry shade.

absolutelytimelessThis classic pale pink is just like its name: Absolutely Timeless.

So, what do I love about these polishes? They are long lasting, don’t chip easily and stay glossy forever! It’s almost just like a gel manicure, but without the messy removal. You can take this polish off with typical nail polish remover.

The collection has 21 shades and each bottle is $7.99. Take a look!

 

Glamp your cares away at Longpoint Eco Adventure

I woke up snug beneath several layers of warm blankets- so cozy that I didn’t want to get out of bed. I padded on the hardwood floors to the bathroom and splashed warm water on my face and took a shower. I then got ready and headed out to breakfast. Did I mention that I was in a tent? Welcome to glamping.

1-IMG_9732Longpoint Eco Adventure is an outdoor adventure park near Port Dover in Norfolk County.

When I found out about their Wilderness Suites, I knew that I had to stay there! I was a little worried about spending the night there during the first weekend of an unseasonably warm May. I didn’t have to worry- it was awesome! (more…)

[Review] Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II

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I had first heard about the New York Times Best Seller “Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II” by Denise Kiernan on the Daily Show as Jon Stewart really loved this book. It sounded pretty interesting, but I had forgotten about it until Heartless Girl gave me the opportunity to read it.

“Girls of Atomic City” is a book about the women who lived in Oak Ridge, Tennessee during the war and how they were instrumental in developing the atomic bomb even though no one, including the workers, knew about it. Oak Ridge itself was an army-run town shrouded in secrecy that wasn’t even on a map. As more and more workers put down roots it became an experiment, not just in physics, but in a social context as well.

No one could talk about work and everyone who worked there was transported from all areas of the country creating an instant sense of camaraderie and community. I liked the book as it followed the lives of some of the women who worked there, referenced the German physicists who discovered nuclear energy (side note: the play Copenhagen is a must read), and examined the scientific breakthroughs that happened at the time.

This book is very well researched and artfully put together; it really feels like a story rather than a work of nonfiction. It truly is an amazing part of history that changed the world forever, not just scientifically, but also for the role of women in society. I would highly recommend it.

Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II by Denise Kiernan
Publisher: Touchstone
Paperback, 400 pages

This is a guest post from Jennifer. Jennifer is a bibliophile living in the ‘burbs, but remains a city girl at heart.  When her nose isn’t in a book she is crocheting up a storm. Oh, and one time a Starbucks barista invited her to their wedding solely based on the fact she goes every morning for a decaf mocha. So, there’s that.

Toronto Underground Market is this weekend

Excited for a lazy long weekend of brunching and relaxing? Don’t forget to put the Toronto Underground Market on your hit list! This weekend is the first TUM of the season, and it has a brand new home at 99 Sudbury St.

If you’ve never been to the market, check out my posts about previous events!

The Toronto Underground Market is the perfect place to discover new delicious vendors in Toronto. Lots of restaurants have started at TUM and ended up in their own stores! Noteably, Lisa Marie, La Carnita and Kanga Meat Pies.

Here are my top 3 new vendors!

galettesThe Galette Girls:  Go here for fresh, savory open faced tarts!

cakeCake for Dinner: Go here for adorable mini cakes in flavours like Jamaican Rummy Cake and Karat gold.

wafflePenny Lou Lou Sweets and Treats: Go here for delicious Hong Kong egg waffle treats!

Hungry? Be sure to visit the Toronto Underground Market on Saturday May 17, 5pm-10pm. Get your tickets here!

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