Friday Favourites

I’ve been silent for a little over a week because I had the opportunity to do something amazing and very much out of character.

Big Ben via Blushed Tapatia{Big Ben & childhood memories of Peter Pan}

My sister lives in London, England and since she won’t be able to make it home for Christmas my mom and brother went to visit for three weeks. I was not planning on going but thankfully a few Christmas miracles happened which allowed me to plan a very last minute trip to London {booked the flight on Monday and left Wednesday morning}. 

This was my first time in this beautiful city and I must say I’m in love. The people are wonderful and friendly, the city is incredibly safe and it’s teaming with art and history {all of the museums are free of charge – I was like a child in a very large candy store}. The animals there are also so ridiculously friendly that I left like Snow White the entire trip!

After a lovely week of exploring, eating, and loving that flew by – but seriously flew by- I landed back in Toronto Wednesday night and was back to work Thursday. Needless to say I am as jet lag as could be and I am looking forward to a low key weekend spent with my lovely husband and dogs.

I will post more photos next week but until then, have a lovely weekend friends!

blushedtapatia - london markets{The numerous markets scattered throughout the city}

Notting Hill via Blushed Tapatia{The pastel tones of Notting Hill}

London England via Blushed Tapatia{Quaint little corners with hidden cafes}

London England via Blushed Tapatia{Unexpected views that take your breath away}

Family via Blushed Tapatia{Family}

Friday Favourites

Friday Favourites

Blushed Tapatia - Crate & Barrel Christmas Decor{Crate & Barrel’s Christmas decorations made me giggle with Joy}

I kicked off this week with a terrible stomach flu that kept me bedridden all Monday and feeling weak the rest of the week. The silly bug was a huge set back my on-going 60-day challenge at Barreworks but I was determined to still make the best of this week. I spent most of my evenings drinking ridiculous amounts of tea and watching Suits. The Santa Claus parade is happening this weekend so I have given myself full permission to kick-off the Christmas season as of today! Hope Mike is ready for the Christmas music 😉 This weekend will be spent watching movies, drinking this hot chocolate and checking out Erica Domesek’s P.S I Made This event at Holt Renfrew. I hope that you have a wonderful one!

Blushed Tapatia - Michael Bublé Christmas {on continuos repeat from now until January}

Blushed Tapatia's roasted vanilla bean pears {the smell of roasted pears & vanilla on a chilly Saturday morning}

Blushed Tapatia - Roasted Pear Vanilla Bean Dutch Baby{Falling in love with this incredible recipe}

Blushed Tapatia- Excited for Erica Domesek{Excited to meet the DIY queen}

Blushed Tapatia - The Best Headband{Sporting my favourite headband – Winter is coming!}

Blushed Tapatia - Talulah modeling{The poses that this lady does inspire my creativity! Rose from Titanic anyone?}

Friday Favourites

The Perfect Nude Lip

marc jacobs severine

Although I am a lover of all things bright I find it takes a lot in me to add some pop to my lip. I have to not only be in the mood for bright lipstick but also be willing to take a break from my regular make-up routine. I still, however, covet the sharp and polished look that a well-applied lipstick can create. The solution – nude lipstick.

Nude tones are just about everywhere so during my search for the perfect nude lip I was shocked to learn that the majority of nude lipsticks out there are just not right.  Some shades made me look like I simply applied concealer causing my lips to disappear while others were too matted or too sticky. Just as I was about to throw my hands up in the air and call it quits Marc Jacobs dropped his new cosmetic line – Marc Jacobs Beauty. The colours available in his Lovemarc-LipGel are beautiful and the texture is glossy without being sticky – sheer perfection, but really, what else could we expect from Jacobs? Severine 112 is the perfect nude tone and when I found it it took everything in me to prevent a victory dance party from happening in the middle of Sephora. Needless to say, it has been incorporated into my every day look.

To top it all off, the body of the lipstick is magnetic so the lid securely fastens & will not fall off and create a mess in your purse {or does that only happen to me?}. It also has been great at attracting all the lose bobby pins in my purse making it incredibly easy for touch ups.

The Perfect Nude Lip

Room for Silly

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{Two lovely ladies who are amazing at bringing my silly side out… at a wedding of all places!}

Remember being young and silly? Taking photos without worrying about looking pretty,  recklessly laughing until you’re on the verge of peeing while screaming “I AM GOING TO PEEEEEEEE!!!!” and wearing whatever you felt like wearing?

For me, those moments are few and far between. I worry a lot about what others think so I’m usually too afraid to be goofy but there are some people in my life that bring that out in me and I love them for it. The chance to relax, to forget and to play.

On my commute to work I drive by this lovely school crossing guard who literally dances like no one is watching as she helps students cross the street. She is in her mid to late 50s and every morning, rain or shine, she is there laughing and encouraging the kids around her to dance as they cross the street. Her silliness engulfs everyone around her, from kids to parents to commuters in cars. It doesn’t matter if my coffee machine wasn’t working that morning, or if I’m running late, or if I had little to no sleep;  her silliness has the power to cut right through my grump.

This dancing crossing guard doesn’t know that she makes me smile even on the dreariest of days or that her goofiness has taught me a phenomenal lesson {letting loose has the power to make those around you smile}. She’s dancing because she loves to, because she’s happy and because she’s letting loose. Every morning I am reminded by her to do something like that – spontaneous, unexpected, silly and fun – as a way to pay it forward. Maybe if more and more people were brave like her our city would be a happier place.

I would love to know if you agree and if so, how do you make room for silly in your day-to-day?

Room for Silly