Indigo Fall Preview 2011

Last week, I was lucky enough to be invited to the Indigo Fall preview party. They had a twitter contest, and I was one of the winners! We were all invited to head office downtown on King street. The space was beautiful, with exposed brick walls and a stainless steel kitchen.
Indigo products were carefully placed around the room for us to look through, and tasty gourmet products were set out for us to try. Everything in the room, including the food would be for sale at Chapters in the fall. It was a really fun event. Indigo reps were on hand to tell us a bit about the products, and raffles were held throughout the evening.
I was super lucky, and ended up winning The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. (WHICH WAS AMAZING) Two of my favourite things from the evening was the Napa Valley olive oil and a cool feather pencil. At the end of the evening, they gave us a little Indigo swag bag with a classic book (I got Wuthering Heights) a notebook and a $5.00 gift card. All in all, it was a lovely evening!

How does your garden grow?

At work, we get to keep a garden! It’s super exciting, because I am generally afraid of planting things (worms!) so avoid it, unless it’s indoors. We have a full fledged garden though. I share it with 4 other girls from work, which makes weeding a snap! Here are some images of stuff growing and being planted.

In our garden: Snow peas, peas, lettuce, cherry tomatoes, regular tomatoes, cucumber, garlic, zucchini, green peppers, red peppers, onions, basil and parsley.

June Luxe Box Unboxing!

So even though I don’t wear that much makeup, I enjoy hoarding it, and looking at all of the awesome packages.
And occasionally wearing it. I also adore getting packages in the mail. For all these reasons and more, I decided to give Luxe Box a try.
In case you didn’t know, Luxe Box is a beauty box from Loose Button that is delivered monthly with 3-5 fancy makeup/skin care samples. The samples are “deluxe” sized. It was $9.99, but with it’s public launch it has raised to $12. (shipping to Canada included.)

My box came today, and it had a tracking number from Canada Post, so I knew exactly when it would arrive.

The box itself is really pretty! I love kraft paper anything. It might be interesting if they changed the box a bit each month, or for special holidays!

I like the care that they placed into the packaging. It came with a little card telling me what each product was.
I bee-lined to the nail polish.

The nail polish is from China Glaze, and was a pretty good size! It was 9.5ml
The colour is a little bit weird for me, a kind of grey violet. I think that this colour was popular for the spring,
a kind of nude nail look? I had been interested in trying it, but it looks kinda strange on me. Maybe because my skin is darker? It dried quickly, and was easy and smooth to put on.

The next sample was the eye shadow, which had been upgraded to full size. (yay!)

The eyeshadow was by Laura Mercier. Again, I’m not that fond of the colour. It’s a kind of pale sandy peach. It’s okay, but doesn’t really do anything on my face. I’ll try it again and maybe put a bit more on to see the full effect.

The last sample was a Dermalogica daily microfoliant.

I’m pretty excited to use this. It’s like a little talcum powder, but for your face! And it exfoliates!
The sample is also pretty big, 13 grams.

They also threw in this tiny chocolate.

All in all, I would rate this box 3.5/5. It was fun to receive, and the products are good, but would be better if the colours were better suited to all skin tones. I know it’s hard, though, to find colours that would be good for everyone!
I’m also still not entirely convinced that it’s worth paying for samples. However, I really liked the sizes of the products.

I am going to order a July Luxe Box, and hopefully it will have more samples and more diverse colours! I’m looking forward to some of the products that the site says are coming. ( benefit, balmshell, stila and anna sui )
Until next time!

ttc tour of lower bay

Last Saturday I went on a much anticipated TTC Tour of Lower Bay. We underestimated the subway and arrived a little early. When we got to Bay Station, we were told to bang on the magical red doors and someone would be there to meet us. We were met by a woman (who’s name I’ve sadly forgotten) that has to have the coolest job around; planning events and tour for the TTC. We forked over our $15, and waited for the rest of our group. ( We were told to bring idea, but weren’t asked for it.)

Here are some images to sum up the day.

summer is over + new website

Summer is over….I can’t believe it. I like fall though, and look forward to working hard this season!
I bought my own domain for all of the other stuff that I do. I am running a book club, for cooking and baking! It’s called the nutmeg pantry book club. we bake stuff and talk about recipe books! I’m also facilitating some workshops for seniors at Harbourfront Community Center.

Okay! Here are some quick watercolour comics that I drew in July!

growing herbs

I don’t know how it happened, but in the spring I became obsessed with the idea of growing herbs, and making herb butter. (Largely due to a book called, “The Cook’s Herb Garden.”)

So I waited until this herb growing kit went on sale, and bought two of them. The Mediterranean one comes with Sage, Rosemary and Garlic Chives. The Italian one comes with Parsley, Basil and Oregano. The two brown discs are actually made of a waste product- coconut husks. It tells me to add two and a half cups of water, which seems like a lot. The little round of coconut waste miraculously grows into soil! I put too much water the first time, so I lowered the amount the second time. I planted my seeds, and wait for them to grow.
Within two days, they have sprouted! I should have labeled them though…because I have no idea what’s growing!! The garlic chives are the easiest to tell apart. The last two pictures were taken yesterday (they’ve been growing for a week now) I’m also sorry that most of these pictures are terrible. I can’t really take pictures of plants, I guess.

Winterlicious Review: Bistro 990 $20 lunch

So I decided to try Bistro 990 as my first Winterlicious lunch of the season. It’s claim to fame is that it’s the TIFF go to, so I grabbed a friend and checked it out. From outside, it isn’t much to look at, but inside is beautiful. We were ushered to a cozy corner table.

I started with the Leek & Potato Soup, Shaved Truffle Infused Pecorino Cheese, while my friend had the Bistro House Mixed Salad, Balsamic Vinaigrette. We were served two pieces of french bread, which was (oddly, but not unbecomingly) salted. Perhaps this was a taste of what was to come?

I was pleasantly pleased with my soup. I am not much of a soup drinker, but it was delicious, with the exact amount of thickness and flavour. The Pecorino cheese was a tasty addition. My companion enjoyed her salad.

The main course arrived. I had chosen the Black Angus Beef Burger, Aged White Cheddar, Garlic Toast and Frites. My friend had the Sole Filet à la Meunière. I thought that her sole portion looked a little small, but maybe that was just me. I was a bit surprised to see my burger served without a bun, but wasn’t really bothered. The burger was excellent quality and very flavorful. I found the garlic bread a little tasteless and hard. I also noticed that it was the same salted house french bread…an odd combination for garlic bread. Not only that, but they were a little burnt. The frites were nice and crisp. I didn’t feel that they were housemade, though.

My friend took one bite of her sole and commented that it was wayy too salty. I tried a piece and it was. It was too salty with an overpowering lemon flavour. She also didn’t seem too impressed by the bed of linguine the sole was served on. Our waitress noticed that she hadn’t eaten much, and asked if everything was okay. My friend told her that it was a bit too salty for her, and she was asked if she would like anything else but she declined. We were a bit disappointed with our main course, after being started off with such excellent appetizers.

For dessert, we had the Crème Brulée and Apple Crumble, Vanilla Bean & Bourbon Ice Cream. Both were presented quite nicely. The creme brulee was in a tea cup, and my (tiny) scoop of vanilla ice cream was in a cute spoon rest. I found my apple crumble a bit on the cool side, the the apples being just a tad too crisp for my liking in a crumble. Both desserts with served with a tiny assortment of fruits. My companions Creme Brulee made a satisfying crack as she tapped it with her spoon, and declared it delicious.


Overall, I was underwhelmed by Bistro 990. The service was good, the food was generally good quality, but could have been way way better. Portion sizes were mostly adequate, and I was left feeling full and satisfied, if not eleated.

Bistro 990
990 Bay Street
M5S 2A5
416 -921-9990

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