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Sephora Spring 2019 VIB Sale Recommendations

Sephora Spring 2019 VIB Sale Recommendations

Sephora, our higher end beauty mecca, is infamous for having very few sales. Sorry if you fell in love with a $30 mascara but can’t justify paying that every time the suggested 3 month usage period is up. Luckily, Sephora does have a sale in […]

Shows I promise I’m going to watch this year

Shows I promise I’m going to watch this year

A lot of the time people recommend shows to me, I just know I’m not going to watch them. I’m sorry, it’s not you, it’s me. I just have a particular taste, and that taste is mostly calming British shows. I’m just know in my […]

Ranking the Cast Members of  Vanderpump Rules

Ranking the Cast Members of Vanderpump Rules

Vanderpump Rules is returning to our televisions and hearts come January 7. As someone who has watched the previous 7 seasons very recently, I felt that made me the perfect person to judge fairly and unbiasedly rank the cast members.

1. Ariana

Yes, Ariana can take herself a little too seriously sometimes, but she is far and away the best person on VPR. She’s funny and sweet, but doesn’t take shit from anyone (looking at you, Stassi). I love that she is open and honest about her feelings. She’s great! I am a total Ari-stan-a! Also this:

2. Tom Sandoval

Because Ariana is my number 1, it only makes sense for her number 1 to be my number 2. Before watching the series, I kind of assumed he was on the same level as Jax. I’m glad he’s not. He brings joy and charm to a sometimes very uncomfortable show. He’s not afraid to show his emotions, and he shows a lot of love to his friends.

3. Peter

Are they doing Peter dirty by never making him a regular cast member? Who knows. At least we always know Peter will be there in the background making slightly better decisions than everyone else. No one really seems to hate him. If he gets involved in drama, he always finds a way to slink his way out of it.

4. Laura-Leigh

Laura-Leigh absolutely had the best story line in VPR history. She comes in, does it with Jax in the bathroom at work, yells at Stassi in front of everyone for being a raging bully, takes Jax to her AA meeting where he tries to break up with her but he convinces him not to, and then leaves them in the dust because she got a role in a REAL MOVIE!!! STARRING JENNIFER ANISTON!! I’ve actually seen We’re the Millers more than once. Anyway, congrats to Laura-Leigh for blowing that pop stand. What a blaze of glory she left behind in season 1.

5. Stassi’s Dark Passenger

Stassi likes to blame her ‘Dark Passenger’ for many of her transgressions instead of just taking responsibility for herself. Anyway, Stassi’s Dark Passenger has created many memorable moments in the show, like: hitting her friends, being rude to her friends, having complete meltdowns at every single one of her birthday parties, etc. The show wouldn’t be what it was without it!

6. Tom Schwartz

The other half of TomTom comes fairly high in the list. He also brings a lot of charm to the show. He balances out a lot of the meanness that goes on in the show. Tom lightens the mood by leaving you thinking ‘what adult man would make that decision?’ Which I guess you could say about most of the cast.

7. Beau

I like Beau. He might be in this all for the attention, but you can tell he genuinely loves Stassi. I feel like you can see a (slight) improvement in her attitude since she’s been with him. He is absolutely the best boyfriend she has had on this show, not that that’s a high bar.

8. Billie

I genuinely think Billie to too good for this show. She smart and she’s been through a lot in a way no one else really understands. Things started off well with Billie and the VPR group, but quickly fell apart when they weren’t listening to her. She did what was best for her and left the show. I hope she has a lot of success in the future.

9. Raquel

When I was first thinking about this list, I genuinely thought Raquel would be dead last. But the more I thought about it, I’ve realized what a truly amazing character she is. She is so unintentionally hilarious, and everything she does is just mind-blowing. I can only imagine what kind of tomfoolery she will get up to as an actually employed person.

10. Stassi

When I first started watching the show, I thought I was supposed to like Stassi. Over the seasons, I can see why she gained a cult following. And I mean cult. Stassi has grown on me. I often find myself laughing at things she says. I like that she knows she is ridiculous. She just has no ability to take others’ feelings into consideration.

11. Kristen

Oh Kristen. Her arcs have gone up and down up and down. I like her some moments, and then we go back to her being a truly, truly insane person. Why she falls decently high on the list is because she is pretty darn entertaining.

Also did we know that Kristen was writing a book about DATING??? She might not be the first person I would take advice from on that subject??

12. Mike Shay

They absolutely did Mike Shay dirty on Vanderpump Rules, and I will stand by that. He clearly had a lot of issues, and no one was helping him work through them so they just compounded. They aired his dirty laundry on television seemingly without consulting him. While he was on the show, everyone seemed to like him! This was just a very bad environment for him to be in.

13. Giggy, the dog

What a good girl.

14. Kristina Kelly

Kristina seems to be the good friend to everyone, but she is clearly not exciting enough to become a full-time cast member. Keep on keeping on, Kristina.

15. Lala

I can’t help but to like Lala. She can be a little much sometimes. I think her reliance on calling herself a ‘gangster’ is pretty cringe. But I like that she is confident in who she is, and she recognized when there was a problem and worked to change it. She convinced everyone at Sur to be friends with her when they all started off hating her.

16. Katie

Katie is an interesting lady. She has some really high highs and really low lows. I think her and Tom should really work on their relationship if their goal is to stay together. Katie isn’t always a great friend, even though she tries to convince others that she is. Wait, maybe she should be a lot lower on the list.

17. Brittany

Ohhh Brittany. She gets some points because everyone in the cast seems to love her. She loses points she because she stays with Jax regardless of what a shit dude he is.

18. James Kennedy

The ballad of James Kennedy. I don’t know if I actually LIKE James. It’s very clear he’s struggling with a lot, and he takes that out on other people. But gosh does he have some good moments.

19. Lala’s Elusive ‘Man’

It was a lot more fun when we didn’t know who Lala was dating, and he was just referred to as ‘her man’. From the Gucci slides, to the PJs, it was a lot of fun speculating over this definitely married man. I have no interest in seeing Rand on this upcoming season, that’s for sure!

20. Scheana

I just can’t bring myself to like Scheana! I try! I try for Ariana’s sake! She’s just so hard to like! She is insufferable! She has her sparkling moments, like when she tried to comfort Stassi after Stassi came to her show just to make fun of her. But she puts a lot of pressure on other people to do exactly what she wants, and never seems to have a backbone about it.

21. Lisa Vanderpump

Is it a hot take that I don’t really like Lisa? I mean, she brings the drama. That’s why she got a spin-off. I just don’t think I would want to work for her.

22. Vail

She was a good attempt at another cast member. She tried to be interesting, she just wasn’t. You could tell she really didn’t have any interest in dating Jax. I think she is off living a nice life without all of this.

23. Faith

I liked Faith on the show, and thought she could have some potential. She didn’t really get the chance to explore it. Also, it was not a great look that she hooked up with Jax while taking care of an old lady. But Jax is the real douche in that situation!!

24. Scheana’s Other Boyfriends

I’m not going to put any effort in remembering any of their names. There was the guy who could do anything in 7 minutes, who Scheana was really into but wasn’t that into her. Then there was the Sur bar back who she liked to hook up with and said she didn’t want to date but totally did. Also, Robby from the Bachelor.

25. Tom Schwartz’s triplet brothers

These are three grown men who aren’t able to commit to going to their older brother’s fake wedding even if somebody else was paying for it!!

26. Tequila Katie

Tequila Katie is scary. She lashes out in a way that even Stassi’s Dark Passenger doesn’t. She’s sent many an-incoherent rage text in her day. She’s even been known to insult her husband’s, uh, you know, every once in a while. She even got a cocktail named after her in Ariana and Tom’s new cocktail book that I desperately want because I am a sucker.

27. Jax

Jax sucks. He lies, steals, cheats. All of those very literally. He is a 40 year-old-man that acts like a kid in middle school. He made his girlfriend get implants, and then held them over her head whenever they had an argument, then still had the audacity to cheat on her. Remember when he showed up in Vegas when Stassi didn’t want him to and then he got a tattoo of her name? All bad choices! Jax sucks so bad!

28. Frank

Stassi has a pretty terrible taste in men. Frank was awful. He was mean to her. Also wasn’t he the dude who sold her ‘intimate videos’? He should be in jail. F this guy.

29. Patrick

And somehow, Frank and Jax both got upstaged in terribleness by Patrick! He more or less isolated Stassi and belittled what she did as a living. And in his only appearance he sexually harassed Stassi’s boss! What a dude!

2020 Resolutions

2020 Resolutions

I like to make resolutions and goals for myself. And I like putting them out there on the internet so people can share their experiences, give tips, and it keeps my accountable. It also helps me look back on my previous goals and see how […]

My Favourite Photos of 2019

My Favourite Photos of 2019

Looking back on the year, I feel like I’ve had a pretty good 2019. I’ve felt better this year, mentally. Not as better physically, but we’re working on that, now aren’t we. I’ve had the great fortune to travel a bit this year, and have […]

2019 Favourites

2019 Favourites

Books

My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

This was a really interesting read. It had a really different style than I was used to. My Sister, the Serial Killer had short chapters and it was a really quick read, but it was gripping right from the beginning. I finished it in a few hours because I just could not put it down. It had a few interesting twists, and I loved the style of the book. There’s a reason this was one of the most talked about books of 2019.

Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J Ryan Stradal

I think this was my absolute favourite book I read in 2019. The whole book followed the life of Eva Thorvald’s life. Every chapter is from someone different in her life’s perspective. It was heart-warming and breaking. I loved the story.

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

I’m a little late to the game on this one, I know. This was a nice little vacation read. It was definitely dark and twisted, and the ending wasn’t THAT surprising. It was still a page-turner regardless. I tried to watch the show, and that’s just not for me!!

Buttermilk Graffiti by Edward Lee

As a Top Chef fan, I was really excited to find a book by former Top Chef contestant, Edward Lee. It is a really cool book about Edward visiting various communities in America where immigrants have had a big impact on the cultural and food scenes. I learned a lot from reading it and there were some recipes inspired by the communities in the book.

Katie Fforde Novels

I’ve been looking for another author that does it for me in the way that Sophie Kinsella does. I believe I have with Katie Fforde. Sure, you know where a lot of her stories are going right from the beginning, but that’s fine with me. She creates some really nice stories, and I have really enjoyed reading her books this year.

Television

Taskmaster

Taskmaster was on my 2018 Favourites too. It deserves a place in this favourites list as well because it is just so good. It makes me laugh so, so hard. Series 8 and 9 which came out this year were two of the best seasons. Every episode is amazing. You can watch episodes on YouTube here.

Vanderpump Rules

I put this on as something to watch. I didn’t really think I would like it that much, since I usually prefer my reality shows to have a bit of a competition element to them. I was wrong and I loved it. I motored through all of the seasons in a matter of weeks, and I can’t wait for the new season to come out!

Schitt’s Creek

This was on my list of ‘Things to Watch in 2019‘ ( I tried my best, okay?) and I’m mad at myself for waiting for long. It is so, so unbelievably funny. And in its later seasons it’s developed this beautiful warmth that has gone hand-in-hand perfectly with the comedy of it.

Richard Osman’s House of Games

This is one of my more recent discoveries. I’ve had a great time watching this show. It’s a fun twist on your usual trivia shows. It features people from all walks of British celebrity.

Makeup

Alamar Beauty Blush Trio

I resubscribed to Boxycharm for this palette specifically, and it did not let me down. I received the Reina del Caribe V1 palette and Ojitos Brush Trio in Boxycharms as well and I’ve been very impressed with all of their products. The products are not crazy expensive in comparison to other brands. I love this blush palette, it was perfect for spring and summer. There’s a sale on a bundle right now including all three products I mentioned plus a lipgloss that you can find here.

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Beetroot

I own a lot of lipsticks, but this one really stands out to me for both formula and colour. It leans purple, but it’s not unwearable. I love the Amuse Bouche formula. It’s creamy, but pigmented. Here are all of the BITE products I’ve tried.

Media

Hayu

Hayu quickly became my favourite streaming service of 2019. I spent a lot of hours watching shows on Hayu. My Vanderpump Rules and Top Chef watches couldn’t have happened without it! It’s also pretty reasonably priced at $5.99 a month.

Bon Appetit Videos

The Bon Appetit Test Kitchen videos took the internet by storm this year. Who doesn’t love charming people talking about and making food? I know I do. Obviously Claire Saffitz’s ‘Gourmet Makes’ series is my favourite.

Who? Weekly

A friend introduced to me Who? Weekly very early on into 2019. It quickly became one of my favourite podcasts. I never miss an episode (and there’s 2 a week!). If you love pop culture, this podcast is a must.

Everything Else

Google Home Nest

In this household we are suckers for Google Home. Sorry, we can’t help it. We recently got a Google Home Nest for the kitchen and it is a game changer. It’s great for playing music, looking up recipes, and watching videos. I really love having this in the kitchen.

Alison Roman

Food posts on Instagram is not for everyone, but it is very much for me. I started following Allison on Instagram after hearing about her on the Jam Session podcast. Since then, I’ve been a big fan of her and even bought her two cookbooks. I love her approach to cooking and hosting, which is that it’s not going to be perfect and that food is to be enjoyed.

Lightroom

I’ve been hearing about Lightroom for years, but never really explored it. I finally tried it out early this year, and I love it! It’s an easy way to make photos look nicer. If you can believe it, I’d been using PowerPoint for years to lighten and edit photos. I graduated from that this year, and I think my photos have benefited from it.

Check out the rest of my year-end posts here.

October & November Empties

October & November Empties

Clean & Clear Deep Cleansing Astringent I’ve been using some variation of this product for over a decade. I will sometimes buy the store brand, it really depends what’s on sale. I got this one at Winner’s. I think it actually the UK version of […]

Iceland – Chasing the Northern Lights

Iceland – Chasing the Northern Lights

One of the reasons we chose to visit Iceland during the time of year we did was to see the Northern Lights. A couple weeks before we left, I saw this article from The Lonely Planet about a new Northern Lights viewing centre just outside […]

October Reads

October Reads

No Judgments by Meg Cabot

4/5 Stars

In Meg Cabot’s newest offering, Bree has come to live in a sleepy island town in Florida after a traumatic experience. A hurricane is starting to roll in and while most of the town is evacuating, she decides not to, much to the chagrin of her ex-boyfriend and famous mother. Hijinks ensue, love is fallen into, etc.

This is a classic Meg Cabot romcom, and I really enjoyed it. It’s fun and mostly light. Nothing in it is particularly ground-breaking, but I’m fine with that.

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou

3.5/5 Stars

Investigative journalist John Carreyrou’s first novel follows the rise, scandal, and fall of tech wunderkind Theranos. John was one of the first people to break the story on Elizabeth Holmes’ company in 2015.

Elizabeth, a Stanford dropout had big dreams that would revolutionize the health industry as we know it. She had a lot of people in her corner and a number of big name investors who believed in her. The big problem? The technology didn’t work, and probably couldn’t work.

She was hellbent on her technology only using a couple drops of blood from a finger prick due to her fear of needles. After years and years of trials and errors, the technology wasn’t working. But investors and partners didn’t need to know that.

Theranos was an incredibly toxic work environment that featured weekly, if not daily firings and expectations to work long hours to prove commitment to the idea. Disgruntled former employees started reaching out to the FDA, government agencies, and others to try and blow the secrets of Theranos into the open.

John Carreyrou was contacted by a blogger who was in contact with one of these former employees to investigate.

This is an interesting book about one of the scams of the century. I just didn’t find most of it that compelling, and I thought I would. There was just a lot of technical language, which I understand is important, it was just hard to follow. I found myself re-reading blocks of text over and over again.

I’m glad I read this, I just don’t think I will ever pick it up again.

August & September Empties

August & September Empties

I finished up a lot of products in the last two months, which is great. For the rest of the year, and hopefully into 2020 I will focus on finishing up products I already have instead of using 3 or 4 different face washes or […]