Five TV Shows Worth Watching

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

A Very English Scandal
"Jeremy Thorpe, a politician, tries to get his former lover, Norman, murdered for fear he may end his political career. However, Thorpe faces trial when Norman gets out alive and reports the crime."

Dash and Lilly
" A whirlwind Christmas romance builds as cynical Dash and optimistic Lily trade dares, dreams and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations around New York City."

"The story of Elizabeth Carmichael, who released a fuel-efficient vehicle during the 1970s gas crisis; as she wins over major car makers and investors, a web of mystery unfolds regarding the car's technology and Carmichael's surprising past."

Tell Me Your Secrets
"Three characters, each with their own troubling backstory, are pushed to the edge as the truth about their pasts and motives becomes murkier."

Goliath
" Billy McBride, a disgraced lawyer, agrees to take on a wrongful death lawsuit in hopes of getting revenge on the firm he helped create."

OOTD - Button-Down Dress

Monday, April 12, 2021

Can one have too many black dresses... asking for a friend. I have a version of this dress in two to five dresses. This button-down dress is just as comfy as pajamas but infinitely more stylish. I paired the dress with leggings and boots as the weather is still so unpredictable. 



dress: Marshalls
tights: H&M
boots: Aldo
purse: LV

 

The Empties Diaries + #SephoraSale

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Its almost Sephora Sale time and let me tell you this could not come at a better time. These are products I could not stop buying over the last year. As someone who isn’t a make up pro (by any means) and trying to stick to a budget, with ridiculously finicky, problematic skin – dehydrated, acne prone, signs of aging as I progress through my thirties finding products, I love enough to keep buying them, over and over. 

Here are my favorites, they are all either fully empty or I almost empty as I use them ALL the time.



 

For the Sephora sale you can use the following discount codes: 
Rouge: 
 Get 20% off from 4/9 – 4/19 with code OMGSPRING 
VIBs:
 Get 15% off from 4/13 – 4/19 with code OMGSPRING 
Insiders: 
 Get 10% off from 4/15 – 4/19 with code OMGSPRING

This might be my favorite product, possibly ever. Edmonton is fairly dry and this keeps my lift perfectly moisturized all year long.

I have noticed over the past year that my hair has become more and more frizzy and dry, so this has been an absolute savior for me. My hair feel healthier and fuller.

There two were not available but any version of these are MAGIC! 

What are you getting this Sephora Sale?

Simple and Easy Yogurt Parfait

Friday, April 9, 2021

These homemade yogurt parfaits are super simple to make, and healthy. Perfect for an easy grab-n-go breakfast, quick snack or after dinner treat. I make these if I have guests staying over or if know I m gonna be busy. The yogurt parfaits will keep in the refrigerator for several days, but if you add granola it will not. Adding granola just before eating it is the best way to go.
What you need:
1 container of whole milk plain yogurt, or Greek if you prefer it
3 Tbs. honey
1 lb. of fresh or frozen berries
1 1/2 – 2 cups of granola

How to make it:
Add honey to the container of yogurt. Stir well.
In a mason jar or a cup with a lid, layer yogurt and berries. Top with granola.

#DIY No Sew Placemat Clutch

Thursday, April 8, 2021

As you know I don’t do very many DIY’s on here (I do on Instagram and my Pinterest) but I needed a clutch for a dress and no time to go get it. Using what I had at the house I made this simple but cute and effective clutch. It’s too easy and I got a ton of compliments on it, and major bonus– and it’s cheap. 
I priced it out and it would be about $10 (in my case it would have cost $10.97: 3.99 for a glue gun at dollar store, magnets $1.99 and $4.99 for placemat)
This is so versatile, you can make it in any color or size you want. I originally thought I would have to sew the edges but the hot glue held all night and is still in place.
What you need:
a place mat of choice. I used this faux leather one
magnets
glue gun
needle and thread.
How to make:
Fold the place mat 
Glue the edge (Squeeze a good amount of hot glue, and hold down. I used paper clips to hold the edges down in place while they set). Then repeat the hot gluing on the other side
Using the hot glue gun place magnets.



 

#bookofthemonth The Skin We're In: A Year of Black Resistance and Power by Desmond Cole

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

I would highly recommend this book, I love that this book brings the discussion of racism to Canada. It's a good mix of facts and storytelling and an informative read.

"A bracing, provocative, and perspective-shifting book from one of Canada's most celebrated and uncompromising writers, Desmond Cole. The Skin We're In will spark a national conversation, influence policy, and inspire activists.

In his 2015 cover story for Toronto Life magazine, Desmond Cole exposed the racist actions of the Toronto police force, detailing the dozens of times he had been stopped and interrogated under the controversial practice of carding. The story quickly came to national prominence, shaking the country to its core and catapulting its author into the public sphere. Cole used his newfound profile to draw insistent, unyielding attention to the injustices faced by Black Canadians on a daily basis.

Both Cole’s activism and journalism find vibrant expression in his first book, The Skin We’re In. Puncturing the bubble of Canadian smugness and naive assumptions of a post-racial nation, Cole chronicles just one year—2017—in the struggle against racism in this country. It was a year that saw calls for tighter borders when Black refugees braved frigid temperatures to cross into Manitoba from the States, Indigenous land and water protectors resisting the celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, police across the country rallying around an officer accused of murder, and more.

The year also witnessed the profound personal and professional ramifications of Desmond Cole’s unwavering determination to combat injustice. In April, Cole disrupted a Toronto police board meeting by calling for the destruction of all data collected through carding. Following the protest, Cole, a columnist with the Toronto Star, was summoned to a meeting with the paper’s opinions editor and informed that his activism violated company policy. Rather than limit his efforts defending Black lives, Cole chose to sever his relationship with the publication. Then in July, at another police board meeting, Cole challenged the board to respond to accusations of a police cover-up in the brutal beating of Dafonte Miller by an off-duty police officer and his brother. When Cole refused to leave the meeting until the question was publicly addressed, he was arrested. The image of Cole walking out of the meeting, handcuffed and flanked by officers, fortified the distrust between the city’s Black community and its police force.

Month-by-month, Cole creates a comprehensive picture of entrenched, systemic inequality. Urgent, controversial, and unsparingly honest, The Skin We’re In is destined to become a vital text for anti-racist and social justice movements in Canada, as well as a potent antidote to the all-too-present complacency of many white Canadians."

How to Improve Your Back Health

If you want to ensure your general health and fitness are strong, one aspect of it you can/t afford to overlook is the health of your back and spine. Your core strength and your back are essential to the strong functioning and mobility of your body in general. But what can be done to improve your back health or maintain its condition? That’s what we’re going to explore today, so read on to find out more.


Practice Good Ergonomics When Sitting and Working

One thing that you should definitely pay attention to is the way you sit and move around, particular during the day when you’re working. People who do office jobs tend to face difficulties with their spine and back health because of sitting in front of computers in inappropriate chairs for too long each day. Practicing good ergonomics by using the right kind of chair while sitting and working is key.

Work on Strengthening Your Abs and Back Muscles

Your abs and back muscles are important and these are the muscles that’ll have the biggest impact on your range of mobility, so try to keep that in mind if you can. If you’ve been working out but not really focusing on these muscle groups, that’s something that you might want to change.

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Find the Right Mattress

The right mattress will definitely go a long way towards maintaining your spine health. You need to find the kind of support that’s right for you. Some find that memory foam mattresses are most supportive while other people need something that’s a little firmer. It all comes down to your preference and what seems right for you. When sleeping, trying to keep the alignment of your spine as natural as possible.

Consider the Possibility of Breast Reduction Surgery

For some women, their back problems come about as a result of their breasts causing strain to be placed on their spine. This is something that differs from woman to woman, but if a doctor has told you that it could be the reason behind your back pain, you might want to consider a reduction. You can learn more about breast reduction surgery if it’s something you feel might help you.

Make Use of Massage Therapy

Finally, you should make use of regular massage therapy sessions if you’re not doing so already. They can really help you to feel more relaxed each and every day, while also supporting good back and spine health at the same time. You’ll find that you feel more supple and flexible after each massage session, and that’s the difference massage therapy can make.

There are many different strands that go into maintaining good back and spine health, so keep that in mind when making use of the tips and ideas outlined above. The more work you put into taking care of your back and spine today, the fewer problems you’re likely to face in the future, and that’s what matters here.


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