Change of Season

Fall is my favourite season but it is always so short. Before you know it, winter is upon us. Here are a few things that can cheer me up.

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I’ve told most of my friends that after Scarlett, I won’t have any more kids. After a long pregnancy and 55 pounds of weight gain, I could not wait to get my body back and start shopping because I will never be pregnant again. Unfortunately, I am still at the ‘not being able to pull my pre-pregnancy pants up’ stage. Living in maternity clothes postpartum is kinda depressing so I treated myself here. We can always use more makeup right? Especially now, only a major smoke eye can conceal the fatigue from sleeping 3 hours every night.

For those who know me, you know that I know my make up and skin care products. After a lot of research, this Too Faced palette (from Sephora) is what I landed on.

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It comes with 20 eye shadow, two blushes and two bronzers, all for $68.00 which is amazing value considering a single eye shadow usually retails for more than $20.00. I have both Urban Decay Naked palette and some Two Faced ones and I have to say, I prefer the texture of Two Faced; they are more true to the pigments showing and they last longer. I can’t wait to play with my new toy when Scarlett is napping!

During fall, my skin also gets tricky. I have acne prone skin but it is getting drier as I age. I have never been completely breakout free and I have accepted that is something I have to live with. I am forever on the hunt and research for good skincare that doesn’t cause breakouts but can be moisturizing and anti-aging. Last year I discovered Eminence line and I have been hooked ever since. Here are two of my holy grail products:

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A good moisturizer with SPF, not greasy, and no sunscreen smell or white cast. Great for all year round. Did not give me any pimples at all.

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Really love this serum! It gives my skin a boost when moisturizer alone isn’t enough. I’ve tried many serums in the past and I was really not a fan of all that silicone. This one’s texture, smell is way better and it actually works, as in my skin does feel much better when I am using this.

I just realized there is a Power Ranger on the table after shooting the picture :). It is really hard to find an inch of space that hasn’t been occupied by toys when you have an active 4 year old boy.

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What are some of your favourite products this season?

My Dutch Dreams

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It has been an insanely hot, humid week in Toronto! It looks like a hot, sunny weekend is coming our way too, perfect time for me to indulge in some decadent ice cream. Most of my friends have heard me rave about this ice cream parlor near St. Clair West: Dutch Dreams.

I have to admit my love for this place is a little biased. I lived in the Netherlands for 2 years when I was a teen so I am very partial to any dairy that is labeled Dutch; it is simply the best. The beauty of the Netherlands also made such an impression on me I still have dreams of wandering or biking in the middle of tulip fields, passing by cows and swans, eating cheese and apple pie underneath a windmill. The fact that this place is kinda Dutch already had my attention.

I am also a sucker for anything nolstagic. This is a mom and pops store that has kept the same looks and menu for 25 years. All the Dutch trinkets hung on the walls just add to the wimsy of the store. Love it!

Most of all, my husband Ethan took me there for one of our first dates, and I have to say it was a good move. I hope it will still be around when my son Blake grows up and he can take his girl there for a date. He just has to make sure she is ‘Dutch Dreams’ worthy!

If you can’t make it there this summer, don’t worry, they open all year around. We did visit this past February for a cup of hot chocolate, Dutch waffles and ice cream.

Here is the website:

http://www.dutchdreams.ca/.

 

My Favourite Photographer

I love photography! I planned to take a serious course at an art school before I had Blake. In fact, I was planning to take it during my first maternity leave because ‘what was I going to do with all that time otherwise?’ How naïve I was about motherhood then!

I still will one day, maybe when the kids don’t want to hang out with me anymore. For now, I have my favourite photographer: Marianne Rothbauer.

There are so many photographers to choose from and many of them are very, very good. The style of photography is also a personal taste; my favourite isn’t necessarily the best, it is just well, my favourite.

Some of my friends call me artsy fartsy, I think I just prefer the ones that have a little more something something than just making the subjects look good. I tend to be very nostalgic and hence am always attracted to images that capture the sentiment of the moment, and are able to invoke the feeling/emotion of the time when looked at later. I like lots of negative space in an image when done well.

Here is one we took with Marianne in 2012 for family portrait. Sorry I can’t share more as I still want to maintain a certain level of privacy.

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Here is her website and you can check it out yourself:

http://mariannerothbauer.com/blog/

Besides family portraits, I am planning on taking some self portraits with Marianne after I get my body back from this pregnancy and birth :).

Have you taken portraits of yourself professionally after you’ve had a child? I’d love to hear your experience.