New Year, New You?

Photo: dotw on Flickr

Tradition dictates that every 365 days, you should try to kick bad habits and start your life anew.

Will this year be the year? Will this be the year that you achieve real change in your life? Despite it being a wholly arbitrary event, there is something cleansing about tagging a new number onto the end of the date, hanging new calendars, “out with the old, in with the new and generally hoping for a better year than last.

This is a time when many of us get reflective. At least, I do. I have always been big on resolutions. For years, the last few pages of December or the first few pages of January in my journal would be filled with a zillion promises that I made to myself. With a new year came hope, excitement and a chance for a fresh start. In fact, I’m one of those people who actually sticks to her resolutions and sees them through.

For the first time (ever, really) I don’t have a gigantic list of things that I want to change going into the new year. I don’t have any real “resolutions,” per se. Sure, I know that I need to learn how to relax. And that I should find more time to take better care of myself. 2008, well … it was amazing, exhausting, transformative, exciting, terrifying, emotional and … how the hell was it just one year? I started it in my very own apartment, which now really feels like home. I made some absolutely stellar new friends. I took on a job which has challenged me and forced me to grow in ways that I never could have imagined. I’m a better (stronger) woman for what this past year has taught me.

Looking back, I can’t help thinking of the naive 25 year old that I was only a couple years ago. As Ben Harper just said on my ipod…”I’m more afraid of falling…” which I was, up until now. That being said, I have also most definitely stumbled a few times as I’ve gone along. What I am most proud of, is that I have been able to dust off my knees, get up and keep going.

The truth is, I’m always striving to be a better version of myself. I think about that all the time, not just at the end of the year. Regardless, I would like to bid farewell to 2008 as I look ahead to what I believe promises to be a most incredible new year. I just can’t wait to see what 2009 has in store!

Happy New Year. Truly. It will be.


This Part Of My Life Is Called…

…”In Between.” I’m on my way somewhere, I’m sure of it.

Photo: Source

The alarm went off far too early for my liking this morning. My new memory foam pillow from Nood isn’t helping the “early to rise” routine at all- but it has been enabling me to sleep better than I have in years. I can’t stop raving about this thing, it’s incredible! (good call, Shawna) Plus, I’d been spoiled and sleeping in as late as I wanted for the last five days while on Christmas vacation. Today, it was back to reality. And boy, was it harsh. I’m not sure exactly what it was about today, but it completely defeated me. I felt near tears right up until I left the office. I’m very grateful for my friend across the country who may be a little nuts, but is a constant source of support, can always make me laugh, listens to me vent and only sorta makes fun of me when I get all emo.

Photo: MTV Music on Flickr

After work, I felt like I needed some retail therapy to help cheer me up. It was almost like my car drove itself to Holt Renfrew. It must have known that it’s Boxing Week and the 50% off sale was still going on. I hadn’t really planned on checking the sale out (since what you don’t know can’t hurt you), but somehow I ended up there anyway. It must have been fate. I may have purchased a DvF dress that I don’t really need, but I love, love, love it (and how does one really gauge necessity, anyway?) It’s simple and basic, but really quite elegant. It was also rather fitting, seeing as though I got home tonight just in time for the series premiere of what is clearly going to be a new obsession in my world, “The City.” In this spinoff to MTV’s “The Hills,” leading lady Whitney Port has just started working in PR at Diane von Furstenberg. How could I not love this show? Whitney basically has my dream life- well, my dream job in my dream city, anyway- oh, and my dream wardrobe. I could do without the Australian though- he’s not my type. I noticed mixed reviews of “The City” via my Twitter feed tonight, but personally, I thoroughly enjoyed it (even if I did keep looking for Lauren and then realizing that she’s still in LA. Duh.) This new Olivia character is a snob and a half… a stunning, snobby nightmare- which will, without a doubt, create some entertaining drama.

It looks like I have another weekly MTV addiction on my hands. With the show’s focus on friends, fashion, love and nightlife—and with her caramel locks and joie de vivre—Whitney just might end up being NYC’s newest “it” girl. If she ever needs somebody to fill in, I’m available.

Operation: Reassemble

The holidays are full of “good cheer” aka a lot of booze. So it might be smart to get your detox in order now so that after you’ve put the holiday treats and leftover turkey down, you can reassemble yourself for the New Year.

Photo: Ren

One thing I’ve noticed is that my face doesn’t bounce back the way it used to when I was younger. After a night out, my eyes look tired and my skin seems to look almost heavy. My plan to combat a face pooped by the party:

  • Ren Multi-Mineral Pore Minimizing Detox Mask, $34 (purchase here or at Sephora)

Ren seems really cool because it’s “pure as it is potent,” meaning it works without any nasty chemicals or synthetics. I tried it out tonight while I relaxed in a hot bath and let me tell you, it is AMAZING. I highly recommend this product.

Photo: Sephora

On Christmas morning, the first thing that caught my eye under the tree was a Sephora bag. It seems that when my mom and dad were down in Seattle last weekend, my mom insisted that a stop be made at my favourite store on the planet, heaven on earth, aka Sephora. What she picked out for me is an amazing set of products from a line that I’ve never used before.

Bare Escentuals Ruby Collection, $145 value (purchase at Sephora)

Bare Escentuals Ruby Collection is infused with real ruby powder to enhance your beauty with the same authentic, fascinating qualities of the ruby. These 100% pure bareMinerals eye and face colors capture the vitality of ruby gemstones. The warm colour palette of this collection, including brushes and a lip polish, provides you with a daily dose of luxury and a naturally radiant way to express the real you.

So far, rave reviews from yours truly on this simply fabulous set. I’m looking forward to experimenting more with these products. It’s a very different colour palette than I’m used to wearing, so I’ve enjoyed creating some new, glam looks with it. Should I find myself in any kind of social setting for New Years Eve, this set (plus the hot clutch that comes with it) will definitely be an asset.

Hockey Over Shopping

After all the preparation, planning and anticipation, I always feel a bit deflated once the whole thing has come and gone. That’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy every second of it.

On Christmas eve, after watching lots of old favourite holiday flicks with my parents (including Home Alone one and two), my brother and I hopped in a cab (a little later than usual, on account of the snow) and headed to Di and Shawn’s house for their traditional Christmas eve get together and karaoke extravaganza. I almost missed out this year because we were all terrified of the road conditions out in the valley, but we decided that it just wouldn’t feel like Christmas if we didn’t get the whole group together. We had to make it happen. Needless to say, I’m glad that we made it out for a few beers, and tons of singing, dancing and holiday cheer.

After a fun-filled Christmas morning at home, and then a delicious turkey dinner with the fam at my aunt and uncle’s house, my dad, brother and I got in the car and hit the snowy roads on a mission to get to GM Place for the Canucks vs. Oilers Boxing Day game. We met up with my uncle and two adorable, little cousins on the way. The six of us braved the elements and were lucky enough find ourselves, hotdogs in hands, in our seats, in time for the pre-skate. The boys may not have pulled off a win, Oilers took it 3-2, but the third period was definitely entertaining.

We all had a blast at the game- the only down side was that the drive home was even sketchier than the drive in. Thankfully, my dad got us home safely.

For those of you wondering about the incredible deals that this shopaholic got on Boxing Day…wonder no more. I chose not to brave the crowds at the mall this year. I just didn’t feel like I needed anything enough to deal with the snow and the crazy people, no matter how sweet the bargains. I watched the maniacs lined up outside the Coach store downtown on the news yesterday and in all honesty, it made me very happy that I chose not to partake in the madness.

Anybody make any epic Boxing Day purchases yesterday that you’d like to brag about?

This way, I can shop vicariously through you.

One more big family dinner tonight and then I’m heading back to the city tomorrow. I kind of wish that I could stay for another week of relaxing and sleeping in…

I hope that all of you had an absolutely joyful holiday!

Happy Christmas Eve Eve

I’ve pretty much been the worst blogger known to man over the last few weeks. Christmas holidays aren’t what they used to be. Apparently things don’t slow down for me the same way that they did when I was a kid. I haven’t baked a single cookie or wrapped any gifts, nor have I sent out my cards… and it’s Christmas eve eve, so I guess I’m screwed. Work has been insane, my social calendar has been full, and I’ve barely had a second to take a deep breath, let alone write anything worthwhile to post here. It has been the most insane December of my life.

Last Friday night was the company Christmas party. It’s always a fun evening, always a gong show, always a fabulous meal at Provence and a chance to get all dolled up. We started pouring the champers early on. Most of the next two days were spent recovering. Shawna was my hangover buddy- we ate pizza, watched movies and slept a lot before a morning walk to Starbucks in the snow.

Sunday was my best friend Eddie’s birthday. He’s in town visiting from Baltimore so we made our way to Hapa Izakaya on Robson for dinner with friends to celebrate. I’m looking forward to spending some quality time with Eddie over the next few days while we both retreat at our parents’ houses in the valley. It sounds like there’s a good chance we could be snowed in, so that will mean ample opportunity for catching up.

Last night I met up with the lovely Melissa for delicious wine and eats at one of my favourite spots, the Salt Tasting Room. The evening never seems long enough when the two of us get together because we always have endless stories to share and ideas to discuss. She wrote an adorable post about our date here. I can’t wait until she moves to the city this spring.

The snow has pretty much been ruining my life for the last few days- preventing me from doing things that I’ve wanted to do, and adding a certain amount of stress and anxiety to everything that needs to be done, including getting to work in the mornings. Thankfully, Shawna and her sharkfin-mobile came to my rescue. Today, I managed to escape from the city in my own car. I’m home for Christmas, and I’m very excited to be spending the next few days here.