My Fabulous Visit to Her Majesty’s Pleasure

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Things that make me happy include a glass of champagne, bite-sized macarons, getting pampered at the spa, and generally hanging out in pretty places. I pretty much thought I died and went to heaven when I checked out Her Majesty’s Pleasure last night in Toronto on King West.

Her Majey’s Pleasure is actually many things – a café and juice bar, salon and nail bar, boutique, full bar, and event space. From the outside it’s so pretty people couldn’t help themselves but stop outside to take a look!

 

 

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A girlfriend and I stopped in for a manicure, and we waited in the bar section for our service. When the bartender introduced himself he explained that there was no bar menu per say, but instead you would tell him what you liked, and he would make something up for you. If you didn’t like it, he would go ahead and make you something else! We wanted champagne, but since it was only sold by the bottle there, we settled on a glass of prosecco and a birthday cake macaron. Best choice possible.
 

 
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The most difficult part of the night was navigating the nail polish wall. I’d never seen one larger! Thank god we had something to eat and drink first, because deciding took an eternity!
 

 
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The space itself is gorgeous. They have a cute little boutique (where I picked up some desperately-required cuticle oil), an event space in the back, and a full hair salon.
 

 

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The pedicure area was semi-private, while the manicure station was in a bar setting with easy access to drinks!
 

 
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The staff was incredibly friendly, and it felt like a night spent with a huge group of girlfriends. Everyone was having a great time, and we couldn’t wait to go back.

It’s the perfect spot for a relaxing spa visit, or a great place to get pampered before a night out. I think a bachelorette party would be a blast here too!

 

 
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Her Majesty’s Pleasure is located at 556 King Street West in Toronto, and you can visit them here on Facebook!

 

 

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Review of Algenist’s Complete Eye Renewal Balm

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I always fall for creams and potions that have research behind them. When I read a label and it lists all kids of percentages of people in a study who saw results with an anti-aging cream, it pushes me to buy the product. I want to be one of those people who saw results!

I tried out Algenist’s Complete Eye Renewal Balm for four weeks to see what kind of results I would get. I intended to use it longer, but I will get to that later!

I hadn’t used anything from Algenist before, and the packaging looks clean and almost clinical, so it wouldn’t be something I would normally be drawn to. At my local Sephora store one of the staff members suggested this cream and said it had worked wonders on her eyes. I decided to give it a try, although my first impression wasn’t great.

 

 

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The cream was fragrance free, but I still felt like there was a smell to it that I didn’t like. Every once in a while I could smell it, and then often I couldn’t smell anything. It bothered me a little bit – there was definitely a scent I didn’t really like, but it wasn’t a big deal because it wasn’t overbearing, and I couldn’t smell it all the time.

The cream was thicker than some of the ones I have used in the past, and it felt soothing to put it on.

The big deal about this cream was that it had the exclusive antiaging ingredient Alguronic Acid. The claim is that a biotechnology laboratory California unexpectedly discovered the properties of Alguronic Acid, and the bioactive compound available only in Algenist products.

Then there are the research statistics, which get me every time:

Following a self-assessment of 100 women, within 10 days of daily use:
– 86 % Felt skin density, suppleness, and elasticity was restored
– 93% Felt skin radiance appeared boosted

Within 4 weeks of daily use:
– Deep wrinkles appeared minimized in 78% of subjects.
– Skin appeared noticeably tightened and lifted in 81% of subjects.

So in theory, this cream was looking really good!

It’s funny, because I really did feel like the cream was making a difference in the first two weeks. I felt like the skin around my eyes looked a bit brighter! It was a little exciting.

Then things started to a go a little sideways for me.

Please note that when I review a product, it’s my own take on the product. This doesn’t mean you will have similar effects to the product I am using – everyone’s skin is completely different!

I did feel like the skin around my eye’s was tightening at first, and then I realized it was my skin around my eyes drying out and getting a little irritated. I couldn’t believe that was happening because the cream was so thick, and it felt like it was moisturizing when I was putting it on. I ignored this for a bit, which later ended up being a bad move.

By week four I started to experience the skin around my eyelids and eyes become extremely dry – the driest I had ever seen it! I thought it may have been the weather since my skin usually goes a little crazy when we get a weather change, but this was getting a little extreme. I also noticed little hives showing up around my eyes. Not the huge itchy ones, but little welts that would appear and disappear.

I finally clued in that it could be the eye balm, so I took a break from this cream and went back to my Korres eye cream, and the hives instantly went away! The dryness was gone by day two. It was pretty clear to me that this eye balm hated my face.

We had such a good start – it was like one of those amazing first few weeks of a new relationship when everything is lovely and happy. And then we broke up.

This eye balm has some amazing reviews online, and like I said it was recommended to me at Sephora as well, so maybe your experience would be better than mine. At a cost of $81.00 CDN, maybe ask for a sample of it first!

 

 

 

Photos courtesy of Algenist.com

My Son is Not Going To Have a Perfect Christmas

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Have you noticed yourself throwing around the word “perfect” a lot lately?

I tend to throw that word around a lot around the holiday’s, and I’ve realized recently that it’s a very heavy word.

When my son was going to be celebrating his first Christmas at the ripe old age of 7 months, I knew I wanted his holiday to be “perfect”. What did that mean in my world?

Family Christmas cards sent out with his cute little mug on them, gift tags with a sketch of our family on them, a Christmas tree with his own personalized ornament, toys carefully selected and wrapped under the tree, and a cute little Christmas morning outfit for him to wear, picked especially for that day.

The stage was set for him to have the “perfect” Christmas, so what could go wrong?

Well, a lot as it turned out!

He was cranky on Christmas Eve, and I made the situation worse by waking him up early from his nap to arrive on time to our first Christmas dinner.

He was squirmy and crying before dinner, which elicited some of my most loathed questions from friends and family such as “What’s wrong with him?”, and “Is he always like this?”.

The next morning I was ready to shuffle him from house to house, family to family without making time again for his nap. We wanted to be everywhere to spend time with as many people as possible so they could all enjoy his first Christmas with him. Family members waited in anticipation for him to squeal with joy as he opened his gifts. What they got was a kid I couldn’t even keep on my lap who would rather play with the T.V. remote rather then the shiny, new, carefully selected gift in front of him.

We ended Christmas feeling exhausted, and I realized I hardly had any photos of my son looking happy over Christmas.

That was probably because he wasn’t very happy. I look back now thinking, what the heck was I doing?

The first thing wrong with this un-merry Christmas was that I spent a lot of time worried about other people’s first Christmas with my son. I tried to fit in too much in a short period of time. I spent so much time running around and trying to be on time, I completely ignored what was best for my son – in this case his naps! If I had of just done some rescheduling, or just arranged to a be a bit late, I could have avoided a lack of sleep issue compounding on our already cranky baby’s issues.

My next issue was throwing around the word “perfect” when talking about his first Christmas. Is “perfect” even possible with all of the variables a child can throw at you? Those snowflake shaped Christmas cookies you had in the oven could be burned in seconds after a major diaper disaster in the next room, or the carefully selected gift you presented to him (that you were sure would be the heart-stopping gift of the holiday) could be nonchalantly pushed aside so he could play with the box it came in. You can plan and Pinterest your way through the holidays, but you have to be prepared that “perfect” probably isn’t going to happen. By the way, cookies freshly baked out of a Pillsbury package are just as yummy as ones you hijacked from Martha Stewart Living it turns out.

What I think I’ve learned is important, is really making sure my child enjoys the moment.

Last week I bought tickets with friends to an event at the Toronto Zoo. Children could make crafts, play games, have cookies and milk as a treat, and then meet Santa.

When we got there I forgot my son’s stroller and had to hijack an abandoned park-owned wagon, I wiped his tears as he cried about travelling in said-wagon, I pried his little body off of my legs when we arrived because he was scared of all the people there, and I listened to him say “no” each of the twelve times I asked him if he wanted to do a craft. Sitting on Santa’s lap? Not a chance.

Does this day sound like a disaster? It actually wasn’t. He played with his friends, danced to the music playing at the party, stole quite a few cookies as it turns out just for fun because he didn’t even eat them, and he went to see his favourite animals play in the snow – the panda bears.

For two days he talked about the amazing “Panda Bear Party” he went to with his friends. He had an awesome time, and it wasn’t perfect, and it didn’t go as planned, but it was a pretty perfect day to him.

Don’t get me wrong, I am a complete Pinterest addict who has plans to make my hot chocolate from scratch and bake cookies into the shapes of snowman before trimming our tree. I even have those pyjama’s picked out for Christmas day, and I’ve been carefully selecting gifts for him to open that morning. The biggest thing I’ve learned is that I can set the stage for the “perfect” Christmas all I want, but it’s probably not going to work out the way I’ve planned. All I really need to make sure of is that my son has a great day on his own terms.

Trout Rainwear Media Preview for the 2015 Collection

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Last night I attended the media preview for Trout Rainwear’s 2015 Collection.

 

 

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Trout Rainwear was created by two sisters named Ashley McDonald and Jenn Lancefield who design in Toronto, and have their collections made in Vancouver. Designed and made in Canada!

All raincoats made for men, women, and children are 100% waterproof and breathable.

 

 

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I love how stylish all of these jackets are! Who knew you could look so fabulous in the rain? Not only do they look great, but the fabrics felt amazing. They seemed so cozy and warm. I really could have used one last night in the windy, rainy weather!

 

 

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I adore the kids jackets! They are unisex, and I am pretty sure my toddler NEEDS to have the yellow Minnow jacket to match his cute yellow rain boots.

 

 

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Trout Rainwear is sold at select Holt Renfrew stores, select boutiques, and online at http://www.troutrainwear.com.