Things I Love – Places of Beauty – Moscow

I’m amazed every time we leave our door. Moscow has so many little (and grand) and unique places of beauty. Every corner seems to hold something new and fantastical. It is so wonderful to be in a city that has a history, no matter how complex, when compared to where I am from. Calgary is a fantastic city, but it’s not a very old one, we just don’t get the splendour of architecture there, that we do here. Here are some random pictures from our past few weeks around the city:







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That’s all for now,

Take care,


Pretty Pink Lipstick

Estee Lauder Pure Color Lipstick in 03 Crystal Pink

Estee Lauder Pure Color Lipstick in 03 Crystal Pink

Wearing Estee Lauder Pure Color Lipstick in 03 Crystal Pink

Estee Lauder Pure Color Lipstick in 03 Crystal Pink $26USD

I haven’t had much luck with pink lipsticks. Some appear faded (too pastel?) and can make me seem washed out. Some are too brown/beige, and others are too bright/neon.

I think this lipstick by Estee Lauder is the perfect blend. It’s just bright enough to make it appear as though I am healthy and awake, and it has a bit of beige to keep it nude/neutral. The formula goes on smoothly. It has a unique shine to it that really picks up the light. It makes teeth appear whiter. It lasts for quite a while but can require a touch-up after eating or as the day wears on.

I went through plenty of pink lipsticks until I found this. It is now my absolute favourite. Just thought I’d share in case you are looking for a new pink to try yourself.

That’s all for now,

Take care,


Spring Fling: Nail Polish Pairing

Today has been the first sunny day in a little while as winter has been spitting out the last bits of snow it had stocked up. It was quite dismal before and I was needing some colour in my life so I picked up these polishes at the drugstore. The first thing I noticed about these polishes was the size! Anyone know why nail polish bottles are so tiny in Russia? The second thing I noticed was the colour… blessed sweet colour. It’s been uplifting to look down and see these brights!

These are my base and top coat polishes (brought with me from North America):

Nail Top & Base Coat

These are L’Oreal Color Riche Polishes in Ingenious Rose and Exotic Grenade:

L'Oreal Color Riche Nail Polishes



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Take care,



April 1st, April Fools’ (April 2014)

Today is April 1st and looking outside it would appear that nature has had its joke on us – there really is no spring…

What it should look like…

Spring Yankee Candle


What it does look like…

Candle with Snow Behind

The picture does not do the snow, limited view, and high winds justice. Suffice it to say, the only spring I will enjoy today is from the picture on my candle.

I hope that you are having nicer weather where you are. Enjoy your April 1st, and be sharp today lest you be an April Fool.

Take care,



It’s the everything you wanted

Right up until you got it

That’s the way

That’s the way


And now it’s all turned around

There’s nothing right anyone can say

It’s hard to tell

Hard to tell

Was it the money that got in the way?


The green paper we hand out

While we stop handing out love

The back pocket of power is full of it

And every heart that’s got a hold of it

Says it’s got no sustenance

Just choking it down

Just choke it down


It’s the ideals we’re chasing

Until we run smack into

The fact they’re not ideal

It accompanies a withering

Into old age atop the bodies

All ran over to get here

They ain’t no company

You wouldn’t want to hear what they had to say


And though we’ve watched every ascent to a throne crumble

We all want it for ourselves anyway

Any way

Everything we want is always waiting

For as long as we don’t know

What it is to hold it


We be running

We be struggling

We be thinking there’s something more

There ain’t nothing

There ain’t nothing

That couldn’t been had before



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