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Korres Lip Butters | Gift Idea and Cold Weather BFF

**THIS POST WILL BORE MOST OF THE MEN THAT I KNOW BUT IF YOU NEED A GIFT IDEA FOR ANY FEMALE YOU MIGHT WANT TO READ THIS**

My part of the world is incredibly cold at the moment and yes, all you Edmontonians, I’m aware it’s colder there, it’s not a competition. Because of this incredibly cold air I’ve been reaching for a couple  of products that are particularly moisturizing, yet look really lovely on: Korres Lip Butters.

DO NOT BE AFRAID OF THE COLOUR!

(top to bottom) Wild Rose, Quince, & Jasmine.

My love story with these babies started with a trip to Sephora, the only place you can get them as far as I know. I loved all of the beautiful pots of rich colour but I decided to pick up “Jasmine” as a trial. Little did I know how much I would LOVE these. It’s weird to say you love an inanimate object that you use to moisturize your lips, but it’s my reality right now.

Jasmine is the perfect colour for everyday and the perfect shade to start with if you’re thinking of getting one of these as a gift. These are so moisturizing and smell wonderfuly, but that’s not even the best part. They are a natural product and made without the following (taken from the Sephora website):

- Parabens
- Sulfates
- Synthetic Fragrances
- Petrochemicals
- Phthalates
- GMOs
- Triclosan

The next time I had the chance to get back to Sephora I picked up “Wild Rose” and “Quince” which have quickly become favourites. Don’t be afraid of the colour as they aren’t that opaque. They add the perfect touch of life to your winter-laden lips that are void of moisture and all things nice (what an odd sentence). These are a must and although they are $16 CAD, I truly believe it’s worth it. In fact, I love these Lip Butters so much I spoke about them Ya, I know. Riveting stuff.

Hope you had a fantastic weekend!

xo Ali

Lost in the Mountains

(not actually lost)

Arguably I live in one of the most beautiful places in the world. There’s a lot of them and beauty can be found anywhere so don’t get all “No you don’t, Ali” “Mountains and nature SUCK, Ali”… we’re all friends here. I’m reminded by the beauty that surrounds me every single day on my way to and from work and basically whenever I go out of my house. I was driving into Calgary yesterday for a work thaaang and I finally stopped at one of my most favourite views that I’ve ever seen with my own eyeballs. Thanks to this blog of mine and other electronic resources I get to share that view with you, my pals. I’m sure there’s a technical name for this lookout but it’s about 20 minutes into Kootenay National Park from Radium and it literally takes my breath away every. single. time. Enjoy!

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xo Ali

PS. NEW SPECS in the video! My first pair ordered online and I’m pleased.

Dear Joey,

Can I call you Joey? I just think it suits you and those dimples a bit better, that’s all. I’ve been wanting to write you since that fateful afternoon after school when I first saw you in 3rd Rock From the sun aka best show ever. You, with your long silky hair and innocent puppy dog eyes. I knew I liked you, but it’s hard to tell just how much at age 10. Now at 25, know why you rock (…I went there). Like I said, you were (and are) so innocent and it allowed girls like me to ‘crush’ on someone that wasn’t a bad-ass, or in a boy-band, or too old. You allowed girls in band, musical theatre, student council etc., a legitimate crush because you were just a geeky boy-alien trying to make it in high school on earth. I thank you for that.

After the series was over and you had a done a few movies, most notably, 10 Things I Hate About You, you took a break. You said, “I want to educate my mind and explore a world that wasn’t in front of a camera.” Again, making it easy to love you. I supported you in this because I knew you’d come back. I know that education is important and that it’s something we would go through together, even though you’re 7 yrs older than me.

Then you came back. And boy did you EVER come back. The world was blown away by your wit, charm, and singing voice, but Joe, I knew you had it all along. I knew that those dimples weren’t gone forever and I also knew the world would discover them just as I had those many years ago. Now look at you! Besties with Zooey Deschanel, showing your muscle in The Dark Knight Rises, and being generally awesome. But recently, you’ve captured my heart again when you lipsynced SuperBass in a battle with two of my favs, Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Merchant. Your moves, your grace, your DIMPLES!

So baby J, I’m here to tell you that you’re it! You’re the one!

Good luck and we’ll chat soon!

xo Ali (your star)

PS. I love you Steven, my live-in boyfriend!

Show & Tell: New Books!

Hope you guys enjoy this one. I love to buy/collect books so I thought I’d share some new ones I’ve acquired in the last few months. What are you reading right now? What do you recommend? Also, check out my YouTube channel because you guys rock and Read Me, Dear is all about sharing!

xo Ali

On Bermuda Shorts: the ugly face of practical.

It was a Friday afternoon in the middle of a Vancouver summer. The work week was done and I was excited to meet up with my friend for dinner and drinks. At the time I was interning at a digital design agency and worked in a totally trendy office in Gastown where everyone rode their bikes or took transit and our office was completely paperless – you were shunned for using a paper coffee cup. Shunned.

It was hard enough for me to look chic on an extremely tight budget, but hipster chic? Come on. Impossible! I had to turn my awkward student wardrobe into something it wasn’t. It was a particularly hot week and I was running out of summer dresses and skirts. I opened my drawer one morning and there, buried under a pile of jeans, were black Bermuda shorts. Now, I used to LOVE Bermuda shorts growing up because my abnormally long legs didn’t look so long in them. But I was 23 and I had moved on. Or so I thought.

I looked at the clock and was already a few minutes late. I slipped on those black beauties and went on with my day. The outfit was fine for a Friday at work, the problem came after when I met my pal for dinner at a cool oyster bar. Sure, I wasn’t feeling my ‘best’ that day in terms of wardrobe choice, but you get a beer in me and I will accept and justify any choice I’ve made. 1 beer led to 3 and before we knew it, we were going out that night.

*I’d like to add that I was also carrying around my leather messenger bag with my macbook and charger in it.*

We ventured to one of our favourite spots to have another beer and continue the conversation and laughs. I’m still in my black Bermuda shorts carrying around my laptop in a messenger bag and I’m still havin’ a time. We get to drinking a few more beers and the table next to us ends up chatting us up and inviting us out a bar for some dancing. If there’s one thing Sara and I like to do together, it’s dancing like idiots in the bar. We said yes.

We get to the bar and we’re both feeling pretty good by this point. We hit the dance floor immediately and scared away the gentleman who invited us to the bar. Mission accomplished.

It was then that I looked down at my sandals and Bermuda shorts, looked at my messenger bag sitting on a stool close by and commended myself for rocking those black Bermuda shorts from morning until night. Who said they aren’t cool and practical? No one. Okay, everyone.

The point of my story is that Bermuda shorts are very practical for the office setting I’m in now and I’ve been perusing Pinterest for ways to style them, because let’s face it, they are a beautifully awkward piece of clothing.

Above: I’m now obsessed with her blog since finding this photo on pinterest. Check her out here.

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Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

xo Ali

Well hello friends! It’s been a while, I know. I won’t give you any excuses, even though I’ve got a bunch ready to go. But I will share with you something I discovered not long ago and am now totally addicted to: Jerry Seinfeld’s “Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee.” Yes, it’s exactly what the title says it is and it’s so very excellent. I’m a BIG fan of Jerry Seinfeld and my Dad and I have an odd humour that revolves around Seinfeld episodes about 85% of the time. When I moved away, the hardest part was not having access to my Dad’s Seinfeld seasons. Yes, the hardest part. So, you know, if someone would want to buy my the seasons I wouldn’t at all be opposed… *cough*

…I digress. Here is the most recent (I think) of Seinfeld getting coffee with Seth Meyers. Check out the other episodes too!

http://comediansincarsgettingcoffee.com/seth-meyers-really