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What’s In My Bag – A Commuter’s Guide

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The commuting times are in full force and, as one who has never commuted by train on a daily basis before, I’ve discovered a bit of a learning curve with regards to the correct balance of needs and wants in my bag. I started my commuting days with  my  Longchamp Le Pliage bag, but I’ve lately found this iconic bag to represent young, more unprofessional, types (sorry if you disagree). It is certainly a lovely weekend or shopping bag, but entering the higher end of the business world in the intimidating realm of downtown Toronto, I thought I should upgrade to a good-sized leather bag for my daily business needs.

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Last weekend, on a shopping spree to the Niagara Outlets, I found this amazing Matt and Nat Mitsuko Tote in a  beautiful distressed camel leather. It’s the prefect size: big enough for a laptop and some documents, as well as small enough for an easy-to-carry over-sized purse.

These are the items I’ve settled on as ‘must-haves’ for my daily commuting bag. I’m sure this is subject to change, and quite soon. First, and most important, is my Kobo Touch for the long commute along with a pair of glasses (I’m re-reading all Harry Potter’s right now – yes, I know I’m cool). Of course the bag is perfect size for an over-sized purse, so no need to carry a purse as well. So I’ve got my Marc by Marc Jacobs Wallet in there as well. I’ve had this wallet longer than any purse I’ve ever owned. Shocked I’ve stuck with the same one for so long. Then the important lip products for the day nicely tucked into a little H&M Pouch. I’ve narrowed it down to three important ones. A moisturizing lip balm (Nuxe Reve de Miel), a light coloured gloss (Revlon Ultra HD Lip Lacquer in Petalite) and my favourite daily lip stain (Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Patina). And of course….the trip can get a little sweaty. Have to make sure I smell good with the Viktor and Rolf Flowerbomb Rollerball perfume.

These have been getting me through the day (as well as a constant attachment to my iPhone), and, as I said, it’s sure to change constantly. I shove a few important work things in there as well, sometimes my laptop but usually just papers, papers, papers. What do you carry with you to work? Anything important you think I’m missing?

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Wishlist #5

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It’s been quite awhile since I let you catch a glimpse of my ever expanding shopping list hidden in the depths of my iPhone notes app; slowly being checked off but mainly just looming over my head as “I want you so badly….when will you be mine” types of purchases. So let me share with you now. Christmas is coming up people, start making those lists!

1. The Balm Meet Matt(e) Nudes

2. Sonia Kashuk Contour Brush #113

3. Stila Mind Palette 

4. Tarte Tres Chic Park Avenue Princess Contour Palette

5. Bobby Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base

6. Sonia Kashuk Buffing Brush #130

Now it may not seem like a long list but I’ve shed blood, sweat and tears removing many-a-product from the list recently. I’ve also checked quite a few off!! Stay tuned for an upcoming ‘newbies’ update! What have you been lusting over lately?! Any Christmas lists started?

OOTD #2 and WOMF – Christmas in January

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As I’ve mentioned before I work for a large Canadian food service company. Seeing as December is the busiest time of year for us, we celebrate Christmas and the New Year in January. This past Saturday was our ‘Far East’ themed staff celebration at a large convention centre in Hamilton. It was one of the most extravagant events that I’ve ever been to. It was amazing!!! The decorations, the food, the drinks, the outfits, etc. I had so much fun!! But of course the best part of a night like this is getting ready!! I haven’t had the chance to dress up in such a long time! It was wonderful!!!

Starting with the outfit:

– TFNC London Dress from Topshop

– Beige Froguil Shoes from Aldo

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And the face:

– No 7 Beautifully Matte Makeup Base

– Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum applied with RealTechniques Buffer Brush

– Maybelline Age Rewind (for under the eyes)

– Soap & Glory One Heck of a Blot Powder

– Guerlain Terracotta Bronzer/Blush applied with RealTechniques Blush Brush

– Elf Eyeshadow Primer

– Urban Decay Naked 2 – Bootycall (all over the lid and up to eyebrow), Snakebite (on the lid) and Busted (in the outer corner and above the crease)

– Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner (on water line of upper lashes)

– Maybelline Black Kohl Eyeliner (halfway across waterline of bottom lashes)

– Revlon Brow Fantasy Brunette

– L’Oreal Volumous Million Lashes Excess

– Sephora Always Red Lipstain

And I straightened my hair with my CHI Hair Straightener and I used some TreSemme Thermal Creations Heat Styling Spray. So there you have it!! I’ll admit I think I looked pretty good!! I love dressing up and taking pictures!!!