5 Polish Trends for Fall

For the past few months, I’ve taken to doing my own nails instead of opting to go to a salon, unless I am in need of a major clean-up.  With the right tools, I’ve mastered a manicure that rivals what most local salons offer.  (The fact that all of the below bottles have approximately the same value of one salon manicure doesn’t hurt either).  I am having fun experimenting with new colours and like being able to do a quick touch-up when needed.  My five favourite shades for fall are: 

{OPI – You Don’t Know Jacques $10}

{Deborah Lippmann – Lady is a Tramp – $22}

{MAC – Ming Blue $14}

{OPI – Dim Sum Plum $10}

{Essie – Licorice $8}

Sublimage – The Verdict

So it’s been a couple of weeks now that I’ve been using my fancy new eye creme, and… I totally love it.  Considering I have not been getting enough sleep, nor drinking enough water, and worst of all – enduring crap loads of stress, I am amazed how light my dark under eye circles are AND fine lines are gone!  Relatively speaking.  I didn’t have too many to begin with, but I have noticed an actual difference in the smoothness of my skin under the eye.  I have always been a skeptical when it comes to products that promise the disappearance of dark under eye circles because I believe that they are caused by a lack of sleep, poor diet and genetics, but I think this product may have changed my mind. 

CAUTION – Do not offer to apply this on your husband/boyfriend/significant other.  He or she may want some every time they see you using it. 

Additional Benefits – I purchased my creme at Holt Renfrew from Stephanie at the Chanel counter.  With this, I got two samples of other Chanel products that I am unfortunately very much enjoying.  I also received a phone call a couple of days after the purchase with an offer for a free facial!  So of course, I accepted and it was very nice.  The Chanel skin specialist used products suited for my skin type and it was done in an enclosed ‘ville’ in the private chambers of the store.  Best of all, there was no pressure to buy and I got a very nice and long overdue facial. 

 

Local Treats

{Assorted treats offered at Formaggio}

So I finally had time to visit the local farmer’s market this season (previously mentioned here) to pick up some home-made goodies and some essentials for brunch – strawberries, scones and freshly made jam.  It was full of great, unexpected surprises, including the World’s Best Jam – literally, and the lovely Ms. Balreet.  I also had a moment to grab a latte at my favourite coffee bar in town, conveniently up the street from the market, Formaggio Fine Foods.  The market is only open until the October long weekend; you should check it out while you can.   

                      

{Various scones and a rustic apple flan from The Ivy Oven booth}

{The lovely Bal with my strawberries}

{The multi-talented ‘World’s Best Jam’ winner (in Scotland UK) Trisha Gagnon}

Time of Transition

I have been so busy with the changes in my department at work that I feel like I haven’t had very much time to interact with family or friends this week.  So, when my sister invited me to join them at a local corn patch, I agreed (as long as she agreed to bring me a pair of socks, boots and a warm jacket – luckily it was casual friday so that’s all I needed).  It felt a bit early in the year to be visiting a corn maze, but the overcast sky and coolness in the air is clearly indicative of fall. 

{Miu Miu Sunglasses, Club Monaco Blazer, 212 Top, J Brand Jeans, Nine West Shoes, Louis Vuitton Bag}

{Desi & Drama: stripey bracelet from BR with gold bracelets; OPI You Don’t Know Jacques polish}

{The cool staff/security on the farm}

{Farm appropriate boots that I changed into}