#FridayFaves: wash your face and wear the dress

A list.
For you.
From me.
Of things and people and places I like.
Go.
Enjoy.
Be happy.

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An oat mylk latte is my new coffee drink. It all started when I went to SweetPea Cafe for the first time, discovered they are a 100% plant-based establishment and had to choose a milk alternative for my latte. The friendly baristas kindly let me sample all four of the options, almond, soy, coconut and oat, and hands down, the oat mylk won out for its creamy smooth texture and taste. As luck would have it, my fave locally-owned cafes (Sweetpea Cafe, and Blackbird) are all carrying an oat mylk alternative these days and I can happily find a dairy-free latte anytime I want.

 Milk alternative sampling. #tryplantbased

Milk alternative sampling. #tryplantbased

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I’ve recently added two new products to my skin care regime and I am loving both of them. The first one I’ve been using for a few months and it is by far my favourite facial cleanser EVER. The Rosehip Cleanser from Indie Lee smells good, feels good, and gets rid of makeup fast. I actually look forward to washing my face every night now. Rosehip is chock-full of Vitamin C and antioxidants and this 46-year-old skin of mine needs ALL of that. You can find the whole Indie Lee line of products at Lux Beauty Boutique.

My second addition is the Radiant Face Drops from Pura Botanicals. I’ve been using Pura moisturizers for my morning/evening routines for about a year now and can’t say enough about them. Again, these drops are full of antioxidant rich rosehip oil, evening primrose oil to help with pigmentation issues, and lavender to calm and sooth the skin. I use the drops every other night and use my Overnight Watermelon Mask on the opposite nights. Check out the whole line at the new Pura Botanicals + So Pretty Cara Cotter flagship shop on 124 St in Edmonton.

washyourface

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And speaking of shopping on 124 Street. You may have noticed that Henry's Interiors is no longer on the corner of 102 Ave in the bottom floor of Plaza 124. Don’t worry too much though, they are literally just down the block and are now happily relocated in the brown building kiddy-corner to Remedy Cafe, and yes, they are still the best! Go see them for your all your design, furniture, and home decor needs. One of the best things about Henry’s is that every time I’ve asked them to help me find the perfect piece for our house(s), they have come through to find me great, Canadian-made products, and 90% of the time, way less expensive than anything I have seen elsewhere. Shop Local my friends!

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I have always wondered how people had all this time to listen to podcasts. And then one day, I just started doing it. At first I would listen while I was on a walk. 45 minutes goes by super fast when you are listening to someone talk or an interview, and soon enough, the podcast is over and you don’t even realize that you just walked 5 kilometres! I’ve figured out how to get them playing on my Sonos system at home now and will put on a podcast while I am at home for a bit, making dinner or doing some other work that doesn’t require my complete undivided attention. My favourite episodes from this past week are Dax Shepard’s Armchair Expert interview with Brené Brown live from Austin, Texas, and Episode 139: Nurturing Your Friendships from Christine Koh and Asha Dornfest’s Edit Your Life podcast.

In case you are wondering, I listen to podcasts on the Overcast App on my iPhone or via Spotify when I am at home through my Sonos system.

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I bought this Onion dress by Whitney Mero in April of this year. I wore it for all of 20 minutes while I tried it on and twirled around in it in my bedroom and it has been hanging in my closet since then. I’ve been waiting for a “special occasion” to wear it out of the house. I realized this week that special occasions are what you make of them and if I wanted to wear the dress, I just had to wear the damn dress. So I wore the dress. On Monday night to dinner and the Reuben and the Dark concert with our dear friends.

 Note to self: April haircut and colour > October hair.

Note to self: April haircut and colour > October hair.

Moral of the story: wear the damn dress people! Rock those amazing shoes you splurged on. Put on the sparkly earrings. Don’t wait for a special occasion. Make every day a special occasion and shine your freaking light bright and bold and beautiful as can be!

XOXO,

N~


This post is part of my commitment to do #NaBloPoMo this November and also to contribute to the #netpositiveblog movement. Please comment (you know, like we used to do back in the day before double taps) and let me know what other faves of mine you’d like to hear about in future posts or if you have some you’d like to share with the group! ;)