Monday, February 15, 2016

The Best Underwear for Men Since Forever

Ok, maybe these aren't the best new underwear for men since FOREVER. Because at some point between the beginning of time and fig leaves and the invention of the cotton loom, there was probably a day where the advancement of underwear was truly the most epic. But these new My Pakage undies are a close second, I promise you.

And no, I'm not spelling it wrong. It's My Pakage.

I got a pair of these for my man for Valentine's Day, and (as expected) he winced and looked at me with his scrunchy-faced "what are these newfangled underwear you want me to try" look, and I promised him that all the guys in the neighborhood are raving about these and that he should take his old-man-attitude and just try them. Which he did. And he loooooooves them.

I grabbed the "Weekday Boxer Brief" model for the record.

They are seriously made of the softest smoothest material (a moisture-absorbing, breathable, shrink-free fabric made of modal & spandex) and they have what they call a "3-dimensional pouch" to hold all the bits and pieces without the need to ever shift or adjust it all day long.

They look great, they are super stylish (tons of cool prints and colours), and now, based on first-hand testimonials from within my own home, I can also confirm that they are, indeed, the best men's underwear ever.

Grab in Burlington at Jeff's Guy Shop ($30), or locations like West 49 (your local mall if the parking lot doesn't scare you).

Sunday, February 14, 2016

What's Open & Closed on Family Day 2016

Firstly, I have to remind myself that this much-needed holiday is the silver lining to the not-so-long-ago political term of the very mediocre-at-best Dalton McGuinty, and we all know how essential to life it is that we no longer have to wait from New Years Day to EASTER before getting a long weekend in Ontario, right? That used to be a serious #firstworldproblem.

Secondly, there's always a lot of confusion about what is open and what is closed on Family Day, since it's not a holiday for everyone even though it's a statutory holiday (some employers can give people the choice of this day or the August Civic holiday, which is not statutory).

OPEN:
Federal government offices like the post office and passport office
Neighborhood stuff like indoor pools and skating rinks
Some malls (Eaton Centre 10-6, Vaughan Mills 10-7, Square One 11-6)
Movie Theatres
Restaurants & coffee shops

CLOSED:
City offices
Banks
Grocery Stores (eep!)
LCBO and Beer Stores (double eep!)
Other malls (ex: Mapleview in Burlington, Yorkdale in Toronto, Sherway Gardens)

MODIFIED:
Public transit most places will run on a holiday schedule (ex: TTC, Go Transit, etc...)

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO TODAY?
I'm adding this section because I'm just chock-full of great ideas. No, seriously, I think you should chill. Relax. Take a breath. Read a book (to yourself, your kids, whatever) or a magazine, go for a hike and get some fresh air (bundle up), watch that movie on Netflix you haven't had time for, or test out that meal you've wanted to try from your latest cookbook (grocery stores are closed so hopefully you bought the ingredients already) and enjoy this lovely bonus day of not working! We all need it and I'm quite sure we all deserve it!

Daydreaming about Spring Shoes (on the Coldest Weekend of the Year)

I feel like it's only fitting on the coldest weekend of the year to start thinking about spring shoes, because my mind just needs the escapism, ok? As much as I can't really feel my toes right now, this helps me remember that one day...months from now (shudder)...my feet will be toasty and warm and unencumbered by the black opaque tights that hide my obviously pointless pedicure.

So here's my wish list of shoes for spring. Three gorgeous pairs, three gorgeous trends.


1. Yellow. I know, this colour is not even close to being something new for me (coat, pants, skirt, etc.) but it IS new for my feet. Just imagine an LBD with yellow pumps at work. Or peeking out from below your favourite jeans/white tee/black blazer combo. Perfection, right? The ones above are Charles by Charles David and with a price tag around $100 US, I'm thinking these may be "the ones".



2. Black & White. I continue to search for the perfect black & white pump, since my polka dot Aldo ones are - well - you get what you pay for in the land of shoe shopping when it comes to comfort and walkability. Do I wish I could have afforded the Manolos of the same year? Yes, yes I do. But it was not to be. The striped ones above (Dolce & Gabbana) are way out of my present range, but the middle ones by Charles David are totally doable! Not sure if I think the graphic on the Nine West on the far right is a little too headache-inducing, but for the great price point and Nine West's tradition of surprisingly comfortable long-lasting quality, I'll definitely check them out in person.


3. Crazy Sexy Colourful. I don't have a pair of shoes that are even CLOSE to these. They're outlandish and hot and eye-catching and I can't even imagine what I would wear them with, but I think that's half the fun. This new GX line by Gwen Stefani is so affordable (all three pairs are around $100 US) and obviously really eye-catching and stylish. I can only hope they're also comfortable if and when I ever get a chance to try them on (can't find a bricks n' mortar location nearby as of yet but maybe I'll try Zappos and just ship 'em).

For now, I'll keep my Uggs on and continue to wear a scarf 99% of the time I'm in my house, but when I need to feel hopeful and sane between now and May, I'll keep dreaming about the days ahead when the feet I haven't seen in months get to come out and play again.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Spring2016 at Banana 40% off today through Monday

So many beautiful spring goodies at Banana Republic right now - citrus oranges, happy pinks, soothing turquoise and bold chartreuse.

And don't get me started on the bling! The necklaces right now are to die for. Seriously.

Score some Spring 2016 and forget this bleak weather as we head into the coldest weekend so far this year - 40% off in stores and online with code BRCFIT today through February 15th! Happy Valentines Day to me!

Friday, October 16, 2015

Halloween Nails

Just playing around with my nail polish collection this week as we are now only a couple of weeks away from Halloween, and I came across this cool combination that I think is Halloweeny but also pretty.

Start with 3 coats of Essie in Devil's Advocate (it's a really dark purple that looks almost black but is nicer since it has the violet undertone).

Add a coat of Revlon in 745 Pink Glaze (one of their "Transforming Effects").

Top with a clear top coat (I use Revlon Extra Life No Chip Top Coat).

Voila! Pretty and still a bit ghoulish. Hope you have a proper costume party to wear it to!