Wow!, I can't believe it's 2019 already! Where did the time go? I remember, not so long ago that I was set in a deep depression and I honestly didn't know if I could make it until the summer! Well summer has come and gone, and so far, so good, my depression is at bay, and hopefully won't come back anytime soon this winter! Now that I seem to be on level ground, it is time that I make some new years resolutions!
Now I don't like to call them resolutions, as I don't like to set myself up for failure, so I call them my 2019 goals. I have set two major goals for myself and 2 minor goals. The two most major goals for this year are:
1) Save Money - Well this one seems to be on everyone's resolution list this year. I have asked around and this seems to be the top one on everyone's list. For me, tho, it is imperative. Since I was off for over a year in 2016/17, then we used up most of our savings and our finances are not were they should be. I will be going further into the "Save Money" plans and strategies in an upcoming post, so keep an eye out for that!
2) Lose Weight - OK ... don't most people say this at the first of the year, after they have pigged out at Christmas time? I know I do!! But this goal is A MUST for me! I am going to be totally honest with you, I can't see my feet anymore!! Or bend over properly! Things have gotten right out of hand!! Now I know that it was mostly the fact that I have been eating terrible, And of course my age, but no matter what I ate or what I did, I seemed to be hungry ALL THE DAMN TIME! I caulked it up to depression or the weather, or anything else that I thought was going on at the time.... WELL this is where it gets interesting....
So you all know by now that I was fighting an invisible battle with my mental health right.?!.. if you don't see post here www.theemptyhandbag.com/lifestyle/so-sorry-its-been-awhile .. well as well as that (or in combination with that) I also was having difficulties sleeping, which then didn't help me at all with my anxiety! My doctor put me on a different medication and tweaked my other one, well..... as I got to reading the contraindications for this particular drug, I read.... Used mostly for help with eating disorders - The drug has also been prescribed as an appetite stimulant. (One of its most common side effects is weight gain.) WAIT WHAT!!! Am I reading this right? Common side effects are GAINING WEIGHT AND INCREASE IN APPETITE!! Well for fuck sakes!!! No wonder, I am having such an issue with weight lately. Well now that I know this and now that I recognize that symptoms, I am able to better understand my eating, more importantly, what I put in my mouth!! I went to my doctor to discuss this, and more importantly, how to stop it. There is another drug I can take to stop the feeling the sensation of "being hungry".... But I have decided to not take it. Firstly, I really don't need anymore medication in my system and secondly, It has been know to cause tumours. No thanks... I'll do it on my own. So I'm hitting up Weight Watchers! (again) and this time I'm committed to winning! I would really like to see my feet again! I am also planning weekly check ins with you via this platform, to hold me accountable! I start WW tonight... I'm very excited yet not really wanting to see that weight number on the sheet!
Those are the two major ones, the two minor goals are blogging more, and living more "in the moment".. I seem to aways be thinking of the next day or next week. I really want to be living in the present. Along with the financial planning that I'm going to do, I'm also going to be doing time management and time management planning... Got to get it together this year!
As I stated earlier in this post, I will be covering each of these "goals" in more detail in the coming days/weeks. Please keep your eye out for them, in the mean time, I hope you all the best for the new year, and I hope that if you set goals for yourself, they will manifest into reality!!
Until next time,
Cheryl Ann xo
Yes you read that right, I did spend some money.. lol.. when don't I? Now this is a collective haul that I did recently. I didn't purchase everything all at one time.
I had heard a bunch about the "Drunk Elephant" Brand. I had read some reviews online and watched some you tube videos, and I decided to give it a try. I went on the Sephora website, and noticed the pricing of the brand. Because it is at a very high price point, I wanted to make sure whatever product I bought, I would use the most. Then I spotted the Little Collection. It was a collection of some of their best sellers as small samples all in a bright vinyl pink pouch. For me this was a great way to try out some of the products that I had on my list.
So my thoughts on these are good, except the jelly cleanser, only because I didn't like the scent of it. I'm glad that I was able to purchase these in samples as I know there are a couple that I wouldn't purchase the full size as I just didn't use them as much as I thought I would. Here is what all was included in the package.
Next up is a pair of Gucci Sunglasses that my husband purchased for me for my birthday. Now ya'll know how much I'm in love with the colour purple, so these made my saliva glands work in double time. And now that I have worn them a LOT; LOL, I can with absolute confidence say that these are one of the best pair of shades that I have owned. The fit with my face structure works so well and they are so light weight, but yet very very sturdy! LOVE!
I wear the heck out of them.. along with my sunglasses, my husband also purchased me a new pair of kicks! I went OG with these Adidas Gazelle's. Only I got purchased ones with a twist... a grey pair with pink stripping. And yes, these rock! I found these babies at the outlet malls in Toronto, on one of our visits! If your looking for some, go check out the Adidas store there!
I really like the look of the purses with the gold circles on them! Know what I mean? But I wasn't about to bust out 2 grand for a Chloé purse that will go out of style, so I was at my favourite store Winners, and purchased this little ditty! Black so it goes with just about everything! Small and cross body! Check, check! Has all the qualities of the high end one without the price! And you all know I'm about keeping my money!
A couple weeks back I placed a Sephora order, and in that order were these mini blending buds, and plastic hair holders. Now, I use these minis all the time, but for your information, if you have thick long hair like mine, I find that these plastic hair ties just don't hold my hair in tight. I know that object of these, is so that you don't get kinks in your hair from your hair tie, BUT, with this amount of hair I have, I need something that will hold a little bit better!
Next up is this Marc Jacob's Limited Edition pink nail polish in Pearl Jam! I freakin love this. It holds up well and is a great shade of pink for my skin tone! Get yourself this one!
If you don't have any Marc Jacobs nail polish, you should definitely get yourself at least one. You won't be disappointed! I have a few, but this colour is the bomb!
And..... last but certainly not least, I had to repurchase my Christian Dior Creme De Rose Lip Balm. Now Sephora used to carry it, but it doesn't anymore, so I purchased mine a few months ago off of their website. And I have seen it on a few other sites, you just have to look around for it and be willing to pay for it. But OH LUXURY! But completely worth it!
That sums up my most recent haul! What are some of your new items that you have purchased? Anything that I would like?
Until next time.....
Cheryl Ann xoxo
Well it was that time of the month again for Millie! NO, it wasn't what you were thinking, it was her auto ship from Bark Box! Geez...
This time it was the Academy of Fine Arts Box! And she was thrilled!
Let's take a peek at all the goodness that was inside!
I love how the packages come wrapped! They always use the best paper! Her artist squirrel and tube of blue paint were the play toys found inside. Millie hasn't seen many squirrels at home, as we don't have a lot of them in our neighbourhood, so the play toys fell flat, but look what else she spied!
There also was a nice variety of dog treats to satisfy her! She seems to enjoy most of their treats, and I'm glad as they range in flavour and ingredients. And as you can see by the next picture, she is thoroughly impressed!
Until next time,
Cheryl Ann xoxo
Have you ever picked up something and taken a good whiff of it and instantly your demeanor changes? All these feelings and thoughts come rushing back? OMG, this has happened to me sooo many times, and just recently I had it happen to me again. As I went home that evening, I thought about the day, that smell, that purchase.. then I realized something! EVERY DAMN TIME I smell something from my past that gives me ALL THE FEELS I BUY IT!! What the hell is wrong with me?
Well it turns out nothing! As I talked to people and researched it on the internet, turns out, scents are linked to your memories. In fact this little tidbit from www.fifthsense.org.uk/psychology-and-smell/ explains it all right here!
"Smell and Memory. The sense of smell is closely linked with memory, probably more so than any of our other senses. Those with full olfactory function may be able to think of smells that evoke particular memories; the scent of an orchard in blossom conjuring up recollections of a childhood picnic, for example."
or this research from Psychology Today www.psychologytoday.com/ca/blog/brain-babble/201501/smells-ring-bells-how-smell-triggers-memories-and-emotions
or I could go on and on posting studies, but you get the drift! So I decided, what a great blog post this would make, me showing you, my smells from the past that has me at Hello!
This is my current scent flashback! Recently I was at a vendor show and spotted the Aloette table across from me. I went over and took one sniff of the hand creme and boom...there I was back in my teenage year! "I'll take one of these... I heard the words coming out of my mouth before I could shut the damn thing!
Another one I that has sucked me into it's smell induced haze is Elizabeth Arden's Red Door Perfume. Yep.. every. damn. time. One spritz and I'm instantly back in my early 20's, dancing in the bars! However, back then, I'm sure it was more than a spritz!
If you were a teen in the eighties, you will definitely remember the Aussie hair products. I was shopping around for a good leave in hair conditioner for me to use after I get out of the pool. I wandered down the isle and spotted the purple bottle. (However, I do believe they were green and purple back in the day). One spray and boom... it's in my cart! Them memories of sitting by the pool at my parents house and using these products flooded my memories.... Yep that's the ticket, Good thoughts!
So the other day, I was walking the mall, when this gentleman crossed my path. And just like a slap in the face, I was back walking the halls of school with all those teenage hormonal boys, literally dumping the bottle of Ralph Lauren Polo cologne on. I stopped in my tracks to take another large inhale, just like all those gain commercials!
Recently I was in a sitting to finish my tattoo, when the tattoo artist was cleaning me up, I was texting on my phone, and then there it was..... the smell of yesteryear's! It was explained to my by using Noxzema face cream! OH EM GEE... what a glorious fragrance it has.. How could I have stopped using this little bottle of heaven that was sent down from the angels? My grandmother and mother always used this bottle of happy! It smelled so much like them! I needed this back in my life! So, you guessed it, that weekend one was in my cart!
Another perfume that gets me all the time is Nina Ricci L'air du temps! The smell INSTANTLY brings me back to sitting at my friends house after school! We had run home from school to be there before 4:00pm, because that's when the premiere of the Papa Don't Preach Video by Madonna was set to be aired! God we were soo excited! Even tho Michelle told me that I smelled like her Grandmother, I didn't care. It was my scent of choice for that year! I was cool because it was french! Oh the lovely feels that I have when I smell the Notes of bergamot, peach, neroli, and carnation! TAKE ME BACK TO INNOCENCE!!
If you haven't guessed it yet, or I haven't told you, I do own every one of these things just for the pure joy the smell brings me! I can't help it. Something about the times and feelings they bring makes me happy! I don't care if I smell like my grandmother or a zit faced teenage boy, (I don't really have the polo, but I wouldn't put anything past me!) I just gives me joy smelling these bottles full of what I think heaven smells like!
Do you have scents that bring you happy thoughts? What are some of yours?
Until next time
It's getting that time a year, where I feel just about as good as the weather... I was sitting in my living room the other day, and I couldn't help but think that the room looked dirty, and cold. Since I was feeling a bit off, I decided it was time for a change.
Now for most people, that would mean getting their hair cut or coloured, going shopping for some new threads, but not me.... I'm more of a "let's redecorate my house" type of girl. First things first. I mentioned it to my husband. Let me tell you that went over like a ton of bricks! AGAIN!!! he said, what will this be the 3rd time you changed this colour?? (5th actually, but who's counting?) Now where to start... I know let's look at pinterest!!! Day's went by of laying in bed at night scrolling up and down and pinning and jotting down ideas. OK I think I have a plan.
I'll start with a new couch and chair.... Now I know what you are thinking.."Cheryl that's a bit much", BUT, in my defense, we were actually talking about getting a new couch, so great timing! Now I'm gonna lighten the walls up. Right now they are Benjamin Moore Stormy Monday. A very dark grey, or gray, whichever spelling you use! ;) I have decided on Benjamin Moore Balboa Mist. It's a light grey/beige, so it feels a bit warmer! Yet lighter!
It's nice huh? Now because I own a husband and a dog and of course my cats, my furniture HAS to be dark! I purchased the Mariager Sofa bed from Jysk Canada here..www.jysk.ca/furniture/living-room-furniture/sofas-sofa-beds-futons/mariager-sofa-bed-dark-grey.html I think that will hide all the hair and soils etc that come with loving animals!
Now to find a matching chair. I haven't quite got that yet, but I will be sourcing it out at the local Home Sense Stores! They are my go to for all things home related! I know I will be apt to find something that matches there.. Next are my ideas for the rest of the room!
I want to build a wall unit! White, where else to get that but Ikea! I'm thinking the Liatorp line in white will work great! I can house all my trinkets and dust collectors in the tall cases while my tv will sit in the middle on the sideboard!
Now to just finish off with a few pillows and succulents and trinkets and Voila... A new space!
Sounds easy doesn't it? Well we will see once I get started! I, of course, will take photos of the finished project! Am I missing anything? What is your thoughts on the paint choice?
Until Next time...........
Cheryl Ann xo
Well it's that time of year again!! The Nordstrom Anniversary sale is on now!! Here are a few of my picks for this year!!
First a cute pair of Kate Spade earrings. These babies are sooo me!! But do I really need another pair of earrings? You can find them here shop.nordstrom.com/s/kate-spade-new-york-things-we-love-spade-stud-earrings/4927896?origin=keywordsearch-personalizedsort&color=clear%2F%20gold
Next up are these pair of Blondo Lanka booties! I love that they have a small heel and are waterproof! You can find them here shop.nordstrom.com/s/blondo-lanka-waterproof-bootie-women/4929286?origin=coordinating-4929286-0-4-FTR-recbot-recently_viewed_snowplow_mvp&recs_placement=FTR&recs_strategy=recently_viewed_snowplow_mvp&recs_source=recbot&recs_page_type=search
This Halogen Raw Edge Lavender Bell Sleeve Coat has all the feels! OH EM GEE I really want this coat! I'm only having second thoughts as I really want to lose some weight, so I'm not too sure about this pick. You can purchase this baby here shop.nordstrom.com/s/halogen-raw-edge-bell-sleeve-coat-plus-size/4920045?origin=keywordsearch-personalizedsort&color=icy%20lavender
This Diptyque Baies candle is always on my list. It can be found here shop.nordstrom.com/s/diptyque-baies-berries-scented-candle/3227984?origin=coordinating-3227984-0-5-FTR-recbot-recently_viewed_snowplow_mvp&recs_placement=FTR&recs_strategy=recently_viewed_snowplow_mvp&recs_source=recbot&recs_page_type=search
The Sara Happ Lip Expert Coconut Set is on my list as well. I do have an Arbonne coconut set tho, so I'm on the fence about this purchase. You can find it here shop.nordstrom.com/s/sara-happ-the-lip-expert-coconut-set-46-value/4925328?origin=keywordsearch-personalizedsort&color=none
This Ted Baker London Bow Leather Crossbody Bag is the shit!! I love everything about his bag. It is definitely on my list. You can purchase this lovely here shop.nordstrom.com/s/ted-baker-london-bow-leather-crossbody-bag/4921700?origin=category-personalizedsort&breadcrumb=Home%2FAnniversary%20Sale%2FWomen%2FHandbags%20%26%20Accessories&color=black
Oh My... this Ted Baker London Ammah Embellished Collar Crepe top is on my list as well! How cute is this! And the pink shade is right up my alley! You can find it here shop.nordstrom.com/s/ted-baker-london-ammah-embellished-collar-crepe-top/4957416?origin=keywordsearch-personalizedsort&color=neon%20pink
Lastly is this Monogramed Herringbone Throw Blanket! I have been looking for something like this for a while! This will go great with my living room decor. It can be found here shop.nordstrom.com/s/cathys-concepts-monogram-herringbone-throw-blanket/4812957?origin=keywordsearch-personalizedsort&color=grey-o
What is on your list? Any items you are lusting over that I need to add to my list?
Will you be shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale? Let me know your purchases.
Until next time
Cheryl Ann xo
Hello.... It's me.... It's been awhile! It has been a hot minute since I posted to my blog.... I could make lots of excuses like, I was busy, work got in the way etc etc, but truth be told, I just wasn't feeling it! Ever have that with a project or hobby you have? Ever lose your way and just can't seem to get the stamina to make it back up the hill and finish what you started? How do you restart that project?
I tried a couple different techniques like writing ideas in a book, and adding "write blog post" to my weekly to-do list.... but alas... I still couldn't get my arse in gear and start typing. I kept pushing it aside and said "I'll do it tomorrow!"...
So a couple weeks, turned into a couple months and here I am.... sitting down to write. I have a few ideas for blog post coming up, but other than that, I'm stuck.... My creativity has turned to stone... I lost all hope...... NO but seriously.... let me know if there is something that you would like to see.
Until next time.....
"Missing in action" Cheryl xo
So I finally made it down to Toronto the other weekend. I decided to check out the Christian Dior exhibition at the ROM (Royal Ontario Museum), presented by Holt Renfrew! I booked my tickets and away we went.
The display is explained as this, on the ROM's webpage,
The end of a war. The start of a fashion revolution.
Explore the brilliance behind Christian Dior’s dramatic creations that revived the Paris haute couture industry after the devastation of the Second World War in ROM’s original exhibition, Christian Dior, presented by Holt Renfrew. Senior Curator, Dr. Alexandra Palmer, draws from the ROM’s extensive collection from the first ten years of Christian Dior haute couture, 1947 to 1957, to offer captivating insights into the creative process and mechanics of the fashion industry in Paris during a pivotal time.
Celebrating the House of Christian Dior’s 70th anniversary, Christian Dior features a selection of breathtaking designs from daytime to evening wear for grand occasions, and explores how and why Christian Dior’s iconic lines, luxury textiles, and romantic embroideries laid the foundation for the global success of the fashion house.
I entered with excitement, and to my extreme surprise, I was able to take photos..... I had brought my camera just in case, so I'm excited to share the experience with you, as some of you may not have been able to attend it!
The entrance looks as below.... First coming off the elevator, them in the exhibit from the sign to the gown
Then we entered the beauty that was inside!!
This is one of my favourites of the day! The beauty of this is becoming.... The pink was heavenly..
Now you can totally tell why this had me at hello!! Unreal...... Now this next one.... oh HELL YA...
This next one was another fav ..... can we just take a minute to observe all there is of this dress.....
This white with purple flowers has given me feels, I tell ya..... Please it's so me................
Even looking back through these pictures, I'm in awe of their beauty and the amazing workmanship that must have been put into these dresses. If I had my way, I would have gone back just to take it all in again, unfortunately it was over on April 8. If you to pick just one which one would it be? Which ones are your favourites? Stay tuned for the next blog post on all the accessories at the exhibition!!
Until next time....
I was looking to expand my supper time recipes for pork chops the other day, and I thought I would come up with my own. I didn't exactly know what I was going to put in them, but I knew that they had to be cooked in the crockpot. Here is what I came up with.
First step is to spray your crock pot with a non stick spray (Helps with cleanup and I'm all about that!)
Next up, I chose my potatos and skinned them and chopped them into a fair size slice, and placed them at the bottom of the crock pot.
Using an amount that you like, spread some fried onions over top of the potato slices and cover them with an generous amount of BBQ sauce. I just chose this Kraft Chicken & Rib BBQ sauce. Now after tasting this creation, I found it a bit too BBQ saucy.... Use your discretion. I definitely will not be using quite as much next time. I ended up using the whole bottle for this one recipe, but next time I will only use half of the bottle for this whole recipe.
The next layer was the pork chop slices. I just placed them apart on top of the BBQ sauce.
The final step of this masterpiece is adding more BBQ sauce on top of the pork chops. Then finished, let them cook all day and enjoy your meal. Now when I was cooking them and even placing them on my plate, I was nothing to look at, but it tasted pretty damn good.
Now as I stated earlier, Next time I won't use that much BBQ sauce, and just for a little extra kick, at the last 15 mins of cooking, I places shredded cheese on top, just to take away from some of the BBQ sauce taste. All in all it tasted pretty good, and I will definitely make it again!
Until next time
I'm gonna get a monthly favourites in yet before 6 months has gone by. Today I'm talking all about the products I used and loved in the month of March. I love doing these posts, as it gives me an idea of what I used in my stash and what I don't.
As you may recall, I was sent the Seche Vive Gel Effect Top Coat to review. If you want to read my thoughts about it, read it hereseche-vive-instant-gel-effect-top-coat.html. I have been using this top coat all month long on my nails. Just because I can't notice the "gel effect" of it, doesn't mean it isn't an ideal top coat. I will use this up, and then get back to my fav Seche Vite.
At the end of February, I purchased this Multi-Technology Peptide Serum from the Deciem line The Ordinary. This "Buffet" product is doing wonders for my face. I have religiously been using it twice a day, and have noticed results. I will be expanding my collection with other products from this line, as they are very effective and VERY affordable. This 1 fluid ounce retails for $14.80 online at Sephora.
I also did a post recently about things I'm loving and lusting over for the spring/summer things-im-loving-right-now.html and I included these earrings. Well I did go ahead and pull the trigger and purchase them. They are a bit heavier than I thought, but a great addition to my spring/summer jewelry collection. I love that they are front facing and that they are this muted gold. They retail for $44.00.
I have been wearing 2 different eye palette this month. The Kat VonD True Love Palette by Sephora and the Revealed Palette by Coastal Scents. I'm making a conscious effort, to reach in my collection and start using some slightly forgotten ones. I really need to thin out my eye palette collection.
I have been using 2 Peter Thomas Roth skin care products this month. The Cucumber De-Tox Bouncy Hydrating Gel for my day time moisturizer, and
the Cucumber De-Tox Foaming Cleanser for my everyday morning and nighttime face wash. These both have a light scent to them, and so far they haven't broken my skin out or have made my skin react in any way! Been Loving them! You can find them at Sephora, with the Bouncy Hydrating Gel retailing at $60.00 for a 50 ml jar and the De-Tox Foaming Cleanser for $44.00 for a 200 ml bottle.
And lastly, I have been starting a new workout routine to get my fat ass off the couch and moving. I'm currently doing the 15 Minute Beginner Cardio Workout from Pop Sugar. Let's be honest, with the weight I've gained and my current fitness level, this is a great one to start! I hope to be adding the 30 minute in the next month! Fingers Crossed.....
I hope you found some inspiration in any of my favourites! Here's hoping I can make this a consistant monthly post...
Until Next Time..
Cheryl Ann xo
Hi! And welcome to my blog! I'm just a every day kinda gal, who loves to post all about my life! Beauty, Fashion, and Nails are things that I have always had a passion for, added with little bits of my life, and you have my blog!