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March Motivation!

2 Mar

Every day is a chance for a new beginning, but there’s just something about the beginning of the month, isn’t there? March, to me (K) signifies the true coming of Spring. Before you know it, I’ll realize that I haven’t had the need to wear my winter jacket in a week, the salt on my boots will fade, and my gloves will feel rather lonely at the bottom of my purse. I’ll find myself shedding layers, losing the thick knit scarf, and Oh! What is this?! A winter pudge? It’s time to get back in shape ladies. Remember that promise you made to yourself about going back to the gym and eating better? Yeah..that one. Hold yourself to it!

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There’s a buzz in the air, windows are being filled with bright colors and prints, dresses, skirts, and those super cute skinny jeans; perfect for cuffing on the bottom and rocking that fitted top at Zara you’ve had your eye on. We all know the feeling of not being confident enough to wear something we love because of recent weight gain, or simply not being in the shape you once were. Last year was the first year that I personally was confident enough to wear shorts outside of my bedroom. Spring was rolling around, and I committed to a better lifestyle. No diets. I wanted to get rid of the heavy feeling I had after eating, become more active and lose my muffin top and slim my thighs. I am just under 5 feet tall, so I have a small torso where all my weight tends to gather. Spin classes, weight training, and good ol’ fashioned running helped me to lose 18 pounds. However, the biggest change I made was in my eating habits. No soda. No juice. Much less sugar and dairy products and more vegetables. There are so many healthy alternatives, and while I still indulge in my love of chocolate (which I’ll never give up), a cheeseburger here and there and ice cream. It’s all about balance and being aware of what you’re putting into your body. I still live my life, I just don’t mindlessly eat whatever is placed in front of me – I am conscious of what’s in my food

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Spring into action, and get moving! My take on weight loss and overall health is pretty simple. Move more, eat greens, consume less sugar and salt, and don’t completely deprive yourself of the foods you love. Living a healthy life is it’s own reward. Feeling good inside will always reflect on the outside. You not only feel lighter, but your immune system becomes stronger, you make better decisions, and your stress level is down! Who doesn’t want that? But you do have to work for it, and it isn’t easy; especially in the beginning. If you don’t actually want to change your life and your body, nothing will work. The first step is deciding that you won’t settle for less than what you feel you deserve from your body. Your state of mind must be in shape before your body can get into shape. Take it from the people we watch the most; celebrities! They are people just like you and I, they gain weight and lose weight just like us; but one of the biggest differences between most celebrities and common folk (like me., haha) is that they have a relentless desire to maintain their figures – not only for the obvious reasons such as movie roles, photo shoots, and appearances; but because they feel and perform best when their health is in check and their bodies are at their highest potential.

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What motivates you to get off your office chair and get into the gym? What foods do you find help to lift your mood and maintain a healthy lifestyle? Please share!

Kathleen

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A Special Engagement

15 Jan

I’ll make this post short and very, very sweet as it was and will be one of the sweetest moments I will have ever had in my life. I had been a little apprehensive with sharing such a personal experience so publicly on this blog, however have quickly realized how important it is for me to have a personal connection with our readers. I enjoy celebrating other’s successes and joyful moments, and with this being one of mine, I thought it best to share with you.

It’s been a little over 2 weeks since the night my boyfriend of 8 years, Corain, proposed to me a few days after Christmas. On December.28th, the both of us drove out from New Jersey (where I’d been staying for a visit) to Long Island, New York. A family gathering on my side filled with aunts, uncles, cousins, kids, and lots of food, warmth and laughs. I had been looking forward to seeing cousins I hadn’t seen in a few years, and Corain was looking forward to meeting family members he hadn’t met before. I have so much family in the states, and it means a lot to me when I have the opportunity to spend time with them. The afternoon quickly turned to evening, and I found myself posing for what I thought would be a picture with my beau infront of my cousins’s beautiful Christmas tree. Corain took my hand and told everyone he had an announcement to make. I couldn’t believe what was taking place..I could see that he was so nervous, but with every word he spoke, I felt that much closer to him, that much more in love with him.

He asked me if I would marry him, and of course I said yes!

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xo Kathleen

The Nutcracker

6 Jan

Lovelies,

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of attending the Nutcracker at the National Ballet of Canada. One thing you might not know about me is my obsession with the Nutcracker. This past Christmas I watched The Nutcracker films, listened to the Nutcracker Orchestra soundtrack every night, literally. Ever since I was a little girl I enjoyed the Nutcracker to its fullest and having the chance to see it live was an absolute dream come true!

The ballet was fantastic! I always get drawn into the costumes! All the glitter and sequins worn by the Snow Queen and the Sugar Plum Fairy. All the 19th century attire worn by the children and families in the first act! Not to mention the masks and makeup on the Nutcracker himself, the Fox, the Bee and all the many other characters at the Sugar Plum Fairy’s Kingdom!

Once the doors were opened at the theatre, walking in felt like I was stepping into my imagination, back to when I was a little girl with her Nutcracker by her side. The set was unbelievable! It was so magical and the creativity that goes into creating this story was incredible!

Oh and the music!! The Orchestra was heaven! It just brings peace and happiness to me. Listening to the violins, clarinets, flutes, basses, etc has a way of calming me down.

Now to the most important part, all the dancers! The ballerinas moves were so delicate, smooth and graceful. They were all so elegant and their postures were impeccable.

Honestly it makes me appreciate and want to support the Arts even more, it seems like Toronto has so much to offer but I feel like it’s not promoted enough. There’s not much awareness so I hope this post opens your eyes to all that Toronto has to give to its citizens and tourists!

“Somehow during this night the children have passed together throughthe magical yet natural portal between childhood and adolescence, and somehow they know that their lives will never again be quite the same. Henceforth, like their friend the Nutcracker, they will set forth to find and follow their own dreams” (Act II, National Ballet of Canada ‘The Nutcracker’).

xx J

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Happy New Year from J&K

2 Jan

Happy New Year!

We are both so excited for this new year, and due to the extraordinary amount of excitment we both have; we skipped the long lines, the $100 entry fees, the gin and tonic spills, and the headache of having to flag a cab down home and stayed inside like little ol’ ladies. We know. What?

This is the first year in a long time, that we haven’t strutted our stuff on the dance floor as the clock runs down. Don’t think we’re getting comfortable, because we love a night out. Everything came down to just poor timing, and honestly?..$100+ to get into some okay club, when we would much rather spend that money at Zara (or Club Monaco, Sephora, J.Crew, etc., you get the picture) was just all we could think of when Dec.30th rolled around.

Julie was lovely enough to have me and one of our close girlfriends over for a home cooked dinner, some champagne, and good ol’ Ryan Seacrest hosting in Times Square. We sat down and felt grateful for another year and felt the anticipation of the year to come. A lot of change has come in 2012, and we look forward to sharing all of our experiences with you this 2013. Some of our resolutions include seeing friends and family more often, upgrading our wardrobes, posting and meeting other bloggers, saving up, and travelling. Of course, we can’t forget about the classic resolutions such as “eating better and being fit”, right? Haha, you can expect a bit of that from us as well. Do you have any resolutions?

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My Daily Face

25 Nov

I love cosmetics! If you didn’t know before, you do now! Everything beauty related is up my alley. Here is a quick rundown of the products I use on a daily basis for work, lunch with friends or just running errands.

1. Makeup Forever Mat Velvet + Foundation in #25: This is my HOLY GRAIL foundation. It goes on smoothly, with a beautiful, matte finish and lasts hours. I apply this foundation and most of my other liquid foundations with my Sephora Airbrush #55 foundation brush

2. M.A.C.’s Blot Pressed Powder: I use a kabuki brush from ELF to press this over my foundation to set it in place and keep it matte. I really like this powder, however I have yet to find a powder I absolutely love (I use shade medium)

3. Garnier’s Anti-Dark Circle Eye Roller : This is another HG product. This acts as two products in one. This formula has caffeine to wake up the under eyes; combined with mineral pigment to conceal dark circles. There are unfortunately only 2 shades, light and tan which have worked out for myself and Julie perfectly.

4. Sephora eye curler : Not much needs to be said. It does the job

5. L’oreal Million Lashes original formula (this is important) I love this mascara with everything I know, and believe me, I’ve tried many ! It’s a chunky, rubberized brush with tons of bristles that catch the last right at the root – love this. I always need q-tips to clean up my lids – this is a must!

6.Annabelle Eyebrow Pencil in Auburn: I actually have been going back and forth between this pencil (which is fantastic for redheads) as well as a brow powder. I like to fill in the middle of my brows with this, then brush and shape it out using an angled brush. I love this brow duo by Benefit

7.NARS Blush/Bronzer Duo: I actually just received this in a goodie bag from the brand new opening of Sephora at The Eaton’s Centre and am smitten with this product. I’m one of those girls that was scared to use bronzer, and trust me, I still use a fairly light hand, but the 2 of these give me face a great flush of color – perfect for work, and with a heavier hand and a bold lip? Perfect for working a night out too! I also really love the blush “Cubic” by M.A.C for an everyday blush.

8. Lips – when it comes to lips, I switch it up a lot. I usually have on a pink gloss over some lip balm for casual days. On my lips below is Shu Uemura’s lip gloss in Pale Shimmery Melon

What do you think?

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xox K

Winter Skin

14 Nov
Hello hello!
Fall is amongst us, with winter not far behind. The leaves are now falling, apple cider is in stock, and the purchasing of leather boots is in demand. With winter only a few weeks away, it brings us harsh winds, a higher heat bill and last but not least DRY SKIN. If you didn’t know before, I’m here to let you know – Your skin loses moisture during the colder months due to the environments we place ourselves in. Outside in the cold air, then right into heated offices and homes. Sleeping soundly is great any day, however dry air from furnaces and heat sources suck moisture from your skin. To keep your skin supple, fresh feeling and healthy; you should change your skin routine up to adjust to the weather changes.
I’m a huge believer in SPF every day, but what about your nightly regime? Are you stripping your skin, or pampering it before bed so you can ensure that moisture is locked in? Not everyone can manage a humidifier in their room, however if you can; this can be one of the best things you can do for your skin during the cold months to maintain a healthy moisture level while asleep. A furnace heated room can hold less than 10 % moisture, whereas your skin should be receiving more than 30% humidity to stay properly moisturized.
 If you shower at night, keep it short and warm, as opposed to long and hot (no pun intended) Lukewarm water is best for showers in general during the winter months followed by a generous application of a moisturizing lotion and nightly moisturizer. I actually also recommend using a serum or oil based product nightly 2-3x a week. I have been teetering from using Nuxe’s 24 Hour Moisture Emulsion to a few dabs of Bio-Oil a few times a week which has done wonders not only for my pigmentation and acne scarring but has left my skin feeling so soft. I picked up both of these products at Shopper’s Drug Mart. In addition to this, I take fish oil. Salmon oil specifically, but taking fish oil and omega 360 supplements do wonders for skin, hair and nails. Of course, remember to drink plenty of water!
What are your best skin care tips during the winter? Let J and I know in the comments
xx K
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