Keeping Tabs

Keeping Tabs NO. 4 | FloralCOLORAY, Lash Lifts, The Broadview, Copper Gutters + Porter re:view

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  • I am working on an itty bitty office makeover that involves a custom yellow velvet sofa + this stunning peel and stick floralcoloray wallpaper. Sooooo perfect for renters, or in my case- corporate office employees.
    • All about that beauty shit. I love the look of long lashes. I think sometimes people with fake lashes can look a bit ratchet haha to be honest. But SOMETIMES you’ll bump into a girl that has super fab lash extensions that look so natural and lovely.  In the past few years my lashes have been growing like crazy. Maybe it’s because my diet is much more healthy than past years- or maybe it’s from all the margaritas.. regardless- I have a pretty good  base and I recently found out about this wild new thing (probably just new to me) called a lash lift and tint. Basically, it’s a process where your eyelashes are “permed” for lack of a better word, and tinted darker. AKA. No more mascara. If you guys can’t tell, I am literally trying to make it so that all I have to do is brush my teeth in the morning before work because, sleep. (Learn more about my microbladed eyebrows here). BEAUTY. Anyways- I am going tonight, wish me luck.
    • Formerly Jilly’s stripclub (cool), Toronto is coming out with a new hotel and I am into it. The Broadview will feature a stunning rooftop patio + a casual and slick interior a La Drake (via BlogTO).
    • I stumbled upon copper gutters on Pinterest and I don’t think I can ever look back. I will never look at an aluminum gutter the same way again. Studio McGee.~* Prayer Hands.*~
    • I mmmayyyyyybbbee appeared for a millisecond on HGTV Canada’s Home to Win on Sunday evening.

(Laughing because my Dad had to sit through an entire episode waiting for me ;)!) Did you know that you can actually WIN this insanely crazy amazing incredible house that these HGTV celebs are renovating? Yep. This week you can also win a Temperpedic Sleep System. (If you didn’t know- Leon’s is actually the title sponsor of Home to Win and almost all of the furniture you see revealed is from Leon’s! We share weekly roundups on the blog in case you want to get your paws on any of the goods!)

 

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GET A ROOM: Hotels, Travel

GET A ROOM: Hotel William Gray

hotelwilliamgrayI recently visited Montreal with my boyfriend Bo for a quick getaway. Our Porter flight was as good as ever, making for a quick and simple trip both ways. Flying Porter is actually life changing. No lines. No hassle. Nothing but great service and impeccably dressed flight attendants in pill box hats. It really makes a trip to Montreal as simple as a bus downtown. It takes me longer to drive to my parents house than it does to fly to Montreal and check into my hotel. Hmmmmm. haha. 

One of the MAJOR highlights of our trip was our stay at Hotel William Gray. I love myself a good boutique hotel and have stayed at some great places like The Walper and The Ace– but I gotta’ say- Hotel William Gray really pulled out all of the stops and made us feel incredibly welcomed. I may even chalk it up as one of the best hotel experiences I’ve had yet. From the food to the decor, to the incredible customer service- I have nothing but great things to say about this hotel. Also, that yellow chair (!!!)

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When we arrived in Montreal we were so happy that Hotel William Gray was able to let us check in early. Not only that, shortly after we checked in- we were surprised with fluffy pink pillows, chocolates, and a hand written card- welcoming us to the hotel. The customer service at Hotel William Gray was just as incredible as the furniture, and that is no short order. Glam velvet and brass poufs mixed with handsome structured mid century sofas, exposed concrete walls, and sleek brass wall sconces-this place will pull the heart strings of any design aficionado. Not to mention, the hotel is nestled right in the heart of Old Montreal making it the perfect place to both relax and getaway, but also close to all that Old Montreal has to offer.

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There’s a first time for everything, and breakfast in bed, and room service was a first for Bo and I. We kicked back with a bit of luxury in the form of fresh bacon and eggs delivered to us in bed…with mimosas of course. *kisses fingers*

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And if breakfast in bed wasn’t enough– Hotel William Gray also has a luxurious restaurant right inside its doors.

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Down the hall past the “living room” you’ll find their in-house restaurant Maggie Oakes. Cozy, intimate, and decadent would be three words I would use to describe Maggie Oakes. A dimly lit, impeccably designed space with friendly service and a robust menu- Maggie Oakes is conveniently located right in Hotel William Gray. We were very fortunate to meet and chat with Chef Derek Bocking- we actually saw him visit a couple tables, which we thought was a very kind gesture.

Maggie Oakes menu boasts seasonal greens and local high quality meats. Serving every meal from breakfast to cocktail hour- there’s ample opportunity to pop in for a bite, or two during your stay!

For dinner we tried the pan seared salmon ”gravlax”. It was absolutely delicious. To be completely honest, we laughed all night because we finished our starter before the waitress could get pepper on top of it! (It was that good). When it came to ordering our mains, we decided to be a bit bold and we went for the Montérégie region duck breast. We also ordered a triple AAA steak and shared bites from each other’s plates. I was personally very surprised by the duck breast (as it’s possible I’m known to be a picky eater haha). It was spicy and very tasty! The steak was also melt-in-your-mouth- fantastic. (So sorry, the lighting was dark and I didn’t get any beauty shots of our meals, but trust us- they were amazing.)

If you’re looking for a quaint and lovely stay in Montreal I wholeheartedly recommend checking out Hotel William Gray. I’ll be sharing more about my trip with Porter and our wild encounter at Parc Omega soon. (It was SO awesome).

Until next trip!

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The Best Microblading in Toronto

To microblade, or not to microblade..

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For me, it was a decision I sat on for quite a bit. I’m sure you have heard or stumbled upon the microblading craze that’s been sweeping the ‘gram. It seems every time I refreshed my feed I was seeing more and more delicately drawn on eyebrows.. and it really made me raise a brow ;). What was this new beauty trend, and how were all these girls gettin’ them brows on FLEEK?

Microblading, if you aren’t aware is a semi permanent type of cosmetic tattoo. Essentially, what you do with an eyebrow pencil- is done with small wispy tattoos that mimic the realistic look of eye brow hairs. Results vary, but can last from 1-3 years.

My friend Katie was actually one of the first girls I knew personally to go under the knife… so to speak.

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Katie is a super talented makeup artist (who often drives all the way from our little hometown in Walkerton to do my makeup for photoshoots and TV appearances- Love you Katie!!) who shared a bit of a behind the scenes of her own personal process and it got my really interested. After weeks of flipping through page after page of microbladers, Katie recommended Crista Nicole. I spent some time scrolling through her feed and was incredibly impressed by her sleight of hand. All of the eyebrows in her feed looked natural with an incredible attention to detail. I wanted to be really sure about the artist I had working on my eyebrows, because it is my face after all. With microblading being such a hot trend right now there are a lot of ladies just starting out, and while I am sure there are lots of talented rookies, I was really looking for a seasoned pro and wasn’t willing to take any risks with someone who wasn’t qualified.

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I reached out to Crista and was pleasantly surprised by the detailed email she sent back to me (and by how incredibly qualified she was!) Crista’s reply email included a bit of a bio about herself and her background in the beauty industry. Over the past 5 years Crista has travelled the globe tirelessly training and studying from the best and with the best. In addition to permanent makeup and Microblading, Crista has completed the celebrity-touted HD Brows course, an exclusive 7-step brow shaping treatment. In short, she’s kind of the best in the biz.

I scheduled a phone call with Crista and we talked for over 40 minutes. You know when someone is just oozing passion for their craft? That is Crista. This girl knows brows, and I was unbelievably excited to put mine in her hands. One of the comments Crista made that I absolutely loved was that she does not give people “new” or “on trend” eyebrows.. she enhances each clients natural beauty and makes their own unique eyebrows better. She said sometimes she would have people coming in asking for a Cara Delevigne brow.. but in all realness.. not everybody can pull that off, and while it might be really hot right now, it may not be in the future- and it just may not work with your face. Crista is dedicated to taking what you already have and making it better- and I love that.

studioI arrived at Crista’s stunning boutique on a Wednesday afternoon. The atmosphere was clean, polished and very professional. There were refreshments, and music. I arrived early with Katie, so we chatted and caught up while Crista finished touching up a client. She greeted us and gave me some waivers to sign, as this is a tattooing procedure.

Once I got into the chair, we took a few “before” shots, and in no time Crista was like an artist measuring and drawing, measuring, redrawing. It was such a mathematical exercise to figure out the precise angles that best suited my face.
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“Before”.. This is my eyebrows in their natural state. All makeup has been washed off.

After she drew them on, I took a look.. approved them.. and then we were off to the races!

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The first part of the procedure involves her “jabbing” for lack of a better term- your eyebrows- in order to prime them for a numbing cream. I’ll admit, it stung a bit- but it wasn’t unbearable. After the cream sat for awhile, it was time to get started.

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Crista used a little blade to essentially “cut” eyebrow wisps into my eyebrows. I think the weirdest sensation about this was that I could hear it. Little scratches being cut into my eyebrows. This part also stung a little bit, but for the most part the numbing cream really helped.

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After she was finished with the tiny cuts- she uses a pigment overtop of the eyebrow that fills them in.

We did this process twice over, and that’s it! Easy as pie.

Afterwards it was pretty sore so I ended up going to bed pretty early.

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Immediately after the procedure. Definitely pretty tender and sensitive.

My eyebrows were incredibly dark for the first three or so days, but now three weeks later they have definitely lightened up. There is a bit of an awkward period of dark eyebrows/scabbing eyebrows- but.. no pain no game. It may be a bit uncomfortable for a few weeks, but girl- I cannot wait to throw away all of my Anastasia brow pencils and bask in my eyebrow goodness ;).

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You can see Crista’s precise hair strokes close up. Again, this was immediately after the procedure (the next day)- they’ve since blended a lot!
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This photo was the next morning after doing my makeup. Pretty dark, but the shape was beautiful!

18012827_10155415163717573_1928043764_oHere I am currently siting about 3 weeks post microblade. This photo above is my full makeup without a lick of eyebrow pencil! Pretty incredible. You can see they’ve blended completely with my natural colour and have filled in some of my more sparce areas. At about 8 weeks I’ll go back for a minor touch up to make sure everything healed up properly- and then I’m in the clear! Time to swipe on some mascara and go!

Have questions? Feel free to comment below! If you’re interested in getting Crista to makeover your face a’la microbladed brows, you can reach her at: hello@cristanicolebeauty.com

Thanks for reading!

Art + Creativity, Keeping Tabs

KEEPING TABS NO.3 |Luggage Game, Day Designers, Matte Brass Hardware, GIRLBOSS on Netflix + The Citizens Collective

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  • As somebody obsessed with travelling, I’ve been looking lately at upping my luggage game. I have two top contenders: This incredible luggage by my all-time girlboss favourite, Bri from DesignLoveFest.. oooooorr, this wicked pink Pop + Suki version of the Away Luggage. The bonus with the Away luggage is it has a built in battery that can charge your phone (!!!) .. Say whaaaaat.
  • I’ve mentioned this before, but I will mention it again. My Day Designer is literally my life saver lately. I think April and May might be the busiest two months in my existence, and I’ve been leaning heavily on the use of this bad-boy.
  • This new matte gold hardware from Tonic is yes.
  • Soooo, there’s a GIRLBOSS series coming to Netflix? *dies*. If you haven’t already read GIRLBOSS- girl, get with it. I absolutely love Sophia and her entire story. I love that she started with nothing, wasn’t properly trained, and quite literally figured it out as she went and turned Nasty Gal into an empire. I love how raw and authentic she is and how she’s stayed true to her roots through all of her fame and fortune. I also love how fucking badass she is, buying a Porsche in cash when her credit company wouldn’t give her a loan. $$$
  • I WISH I could go to this, but I am going to be pouring my blood sweat and tears into #ProjectParentReno every weekend from now until May.. BUT, if I was in Toronto I would DEFINITELY hit up The Citizens Collective. A brand new curated marketplace of modern makers and well travelled brands. (Happening April 22!) I’m a bit head over heels for this JuJu hat.  I’m also fond of the fact that this section of their site is called curiosities. *heart eyes*
  • My teeth be feeling sewwww minty fresh RN because of my new Diamond Clean Sonic Electric Toothbrush. It’s kind of the Lamborghini of toothbrushes, in my opinion. Got this bad boy at my FAV dental clinic in the city, for real. Lawrence West Dental shout out!!  (It’s actually amazing. It has an automatic 2 minute timer for you to make sure you’re brushing long enough, and it beeps every 30 seconds for you to switch your angle up!)
  • Lasssstly, I finally made it out to Frings (Drake’s restaurant if you live under a rock) and I tried a Worst Behavior. It was delish.