March 2017 Favorites

 

fullsizerender-16.jpgThis month was a great beauty month for me. I fell back in love with some old makeup products and I found some great new ones too! I never spend that much on beauty, so I always make sure to do my research on anything before I buy it. Here’s what I have been loving this month and that I can 99.99 perecent guarantee that you will love too!

  1. Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer: I waited MONTHS for this to go on sale. After hearing all the hype, I put it on my radar. It usually retails for over 20 CAD, which is a tad much for a drugstore bronzer if you ask me. I snagged it on sale for 12.99. All of the positive reviews are so true — it blends easily; smells like a tropical paradise; and is PERFECT for pale girls.
  2. Bite Beauty Lipstick “Fig”: This is the perfect plummy / rosy pink for spring. The colour is not too bright, but it definitely gives my lips some life. I love the formula and how long lasting it is. It also smells AMAZING. This brand is also made in Canada, so thats a huge bonus for me.
  3. Lush Lipscrub “Mint Julep”: This is not a necessary buy, but it is the perfect way to treat yourself. I find that my lips become super painful when they get dry; this scrub helps to soften them but also get rid of the gross extra lip crap. It smells very sweet and seems more gentle than scrubbing my lips with sugar and coconut oil (which is still a great alternative).
  4. Maybelline Eyeshadow Pallete “Blush”: This is an oldie but a goodie. I love the pink shades in this palette and I’ve really been into creating a lovely pink smokey eye this spring. The shade that is the second from the right is my homie — its the most beautiful light mauve that looks so stunning in the crease.
  5. Loreal TXT texture hair spray: I’ve been super into voluminuous kinky hair lately. I wasn’t born in the 80’s but this hairspray helps me to feel like I’ve gone back in time! It gives all the volume!! It is also good for adding a little extra volume to braids.

And that’s it! What have you been loving this month?

Forrest

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Easter Dresses 2017

Easter dresses

 

Having an Easter dress is a tradition that I grew up with as a kid. Even when we hit hard times, we would still go to K-Mart and pick out something special for Easter to wear to church. I’ve been looking around for the perfect Easter dress for this year.I’m the type of girl who doesn’t get sad about window shopping. Instead, I get inspired and genuinely happy just looking at clothes and it makes me even happier to think about sharing them with someone who will buy an item I’ve picked out and love it. So here are my Easter picks for this year!

  1. If I were to invest in a dress this year, the Old Navy dress would be perfect for my budget. I love the bright yellow paired with the delicate lace details. I think the fit and flair cut is one that would be flattering on several figures. Plus, it is a dress that you can wear with a cardigan and I’m all about that cardi life. Buy it here.
  2. Francesca’s is my go to store for adult-ish type clothes (any one age 18-35?). All of their dresses make me want to hide my student loans under a rug and look fabulous forever. I found this hot-pink dress and realized it comes in about 12 different colours and is only $20.00! Its a steal! Get it while you can! Here.
  3. The short sleeve blue dress screamed “classy” whenever I saw it. How cute would it look with brown wedges and pearls? Eep! Just take my money! I like to peruse through boutique websites and Red Dress Boutique is one of my favorites. They can be a little pricey, but all of their clothes are super trendy and good quality too. It is a decent price, coming to $34.00. But it here.
  4. Finally I have my splurge item and of course its from J Crew (factory). You have been living under a rock if you have not seen this perfectly polka-dotted dress. I feel like nothing could go wrong to anyone wearing this dress. Again, I would pair it with some brown wedges, a slim belt, and some pearls for Easter. To justify the price ($93.00), this dress  would be one that I would wear for several different occasions. I can see myself wearing it with a denim jacket and converse; with sandals and a straw hat; with adidas and my favorite baseball cap; with birkenstocks with a ribbon in my hair. Basically we all need this dress like Opera needs to give us a new car. Buy it here.

And that’s it! I hope you all have a great Easter and remember the reason why we dress up in the first place (Jesus!). I always felt torn buying a new dress for Easter, but I know now that the happiness of the celebration is shown culturally through fashion. People want to wear their best and I’ve come to terms with that. It doesn’t change the season if you don’t get a new dress, and you can have fun re-styling what you already have!

Whether you go to church every Sunday, only on Easter and Christmas, or not at all, I truly wish you a great season of happiness, joy, and hope.

White Rabbit Prints: My New Store!

So… I’ve started a new project — White Rabbit CA. This is my new Etsy shop with all things Disney.I wanted to go with pretty, feminine, delicate designs withe powerful words from influential Disney female characters

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I’ve branched out to include some of my favorite quotes that bring me joy, but I still try to keeip following the same floral and “pretty” aesthetic. Here’s my absolute favorite:

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But…this blog is not entirely about the shop, but why I started it.

I’ve been juggling a lot of things lately. Every thing that came my way I tried to handle the best I could, but often times it was without a smile. I like to think that I am generally a positive “zip-a-dee-doo-da” person and I felt myself slipping into a bad place — where I felt like I did not deserve to be happy. Without going into too much detail, I came to the point where I knew that it was time to find something new to do with  my mind, my hands, and my heart that would give me an outlet to remind myself what I am capable of.

The same thing happened the first winter in Canada. I got Oliver (the cutest orphan puppy ever who is now an 80 pound fuzz ball of love).

The second winter I started my Youtube channel. It went okay, and I liked making videos… but I no longer have the technology or the time to commit to my perfectionistic ways. It was taking me hours to import and export videos. That is not counting the time it took to film and edit. It makes me sad that I can’t keep up the schedule to maintain the channel of my dreams, but I had to accept that this outlet was less feasible as time went on.

This winter… I started my Etsy shop: White Rabbit CA. When I was younger, I was always on the look out for white rabbits — they are the guides to Wonderland! Even when I didn’t see any white rabbits, I was hopeful and would look for little rabbit prints  to hopefully guide me to where they were hiding. As a kid I knew that you had to try hard to find what you believed in, even if you couldn’t see it. The white rabbit is my symbol for belief, hope, and wonder.

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I create designs based on some of my favorite Disney quotes and characters, upload them to Etsy, and then if anyone orders them I send them to the printers and the printers sends them to the customer. It actually took a lot of research to find the avenues to open a shop with very little financial risk, but I did it. So now I’m selling my little pieces of happiness hoping to bring a little bit of happiness too.

This list of things that I start during the winter months may seem like I find something for the moment and quit. Perhaps that’s the case. But I feel like a hobby is the one area where you are allowed to move on whenever it is not serving you any more. That is what I struggled with as I started my new store. Was I giving up and quitting something that others had supported me on? Would they be disappointed? What would I say when people asked me about YT? What about my YT community who I subscribed to and who subscribed to me? These are questions I’ll have to continue to answer, but for right now, I’m happy doing something new and that’s okay.

If you are interested in learning more about starting a small shop, feel free to DM me on Instagram! White Rabbit Prints OR Forrest_Dear

Happy International Women’s Day!

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The picture above contains a few items that remind me of the inspiring women in my life. Since it is international women’s day, I wanted to make a post about these women and give them the recognition that I think they deserve. Do I know all of these women in person? No. One is even fictional. But nonetheless, as I have grown up I have learned how to be a better woman and person from these figures.

Audrey Hepburn

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Audrey’s life is so inspirational. When I think of who I want to be as a woman, I think of Audrey’s characteristics. She had style, grace, a sense of humour, and she was also a hardworking, humble, lady. I love watching her films, and I continually eye her cookbook at my local bookshop. I’m also obsessed with Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Holly Golightly’s character (more so in the film) is one that I relate so much to. I think everyone feels a little lost and like you need somewhere that makes sense… like Tiffany’s. I also think everyone needs to give themselves a chance at love. Even if it scares you.

 

 

 

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Jaclyn’s youtube channel is my holy grail. She continues to teach me new makeup tricks, but even more importantly, she teaches women and girls everywhere to believe in themselves. Even if you struggle with depression or anxiety, Jaclyn shows women that it is okay to show emotions, to stick up for yourself, or even take a day off.  Her Champagne Pop palette is my ride or die. I bought it for myself as a present for getting my first teaching job and it never disappoints!

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I designed the t-shirt above on a whim. I used a t-shirt transfer and an online graphic design template from canva (my new favorite website). When I first watched Zootopia I was in the middle of my first year as a PhD student in Toronto. I related so much to Judy’s desire to succeed, her ambition, and her fear concerning failure or lack of acceptance because she was different. Zootopia is a great movie for ANYONE who has felt any of these things and  Judy is possibly the Disney character I feel like I have the most in common with (I wish it were a princess, but I’m not mad its a bunny). I have an Etsy shop that I literally JUST opened and it has a few inspiring quotes from Disney favorites.

The Women in my family: The pearls and perfume are gifts from my grandmother (Darst) and sister, respectively. I love all the women in my family so much, and they have all taught me something about what it means to be patient and to listen. I think the lesson that I have most enjoyed learning from my younger sister is that you can never have too much fun. As she has grown up, she has worked hard to save for all sorts of different travel experiences and I am supremely jealous and proud of the way she truly lives her life.

My Favorite Free Workout Ideas!

We all know that paying to go to the gym sometimes isn’t an option. With my budget, I choose to do other types of experiences rather than go to the gym. That being said, I’ve become a researcher and a tester of free workouts. Here are some of my favorite ways to sweat it out!

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I’m a firm believer in the power of a Youtube video! I love finding different channels to sub to so I get notifications of new workouts.

If you are looking for a quick sweat:

Pop Sugar Fitness – a classic channel that gets you moving in so many different ways! They even have workouts you can do in high heels.

Christine Bullock – she’s a great instructor and her videos are easy to squeeze into busy schedules. I love her challenge videos!

If you are looking for Yoga:

Yoga with Adrienne  – she’s amazing! Even if you are a beginner, she will teach you the  yoga ways.

     2. Pinterest

This is a black hole. My suggestion is to start a board and only pin target areas that you want to work on. Here’s my board! It is very ab and love handle based, which are my target areas at the moment. As you scroll you can kind of tell where I was trying to target… which is also where I was gaining weight.

     3. Use your surroundings!

Do you live in an apartment building? I run the stairs in my apartment and it KILLS the cardio game. I am always surprised about how effective running up 18 flights can be! Plus, it is a good way to get my dog (Oliver) up and moving too.

You can always go the park and do chair dips on a bench, lunges, pull ups, ect. It is super cold in Toronto right now, so my workouts need to be inside or I’ll cry the entire time.

4. Check out free samples of workout programs. Have you heard of BBG? Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide is all the rage right now, but is still around an 80 dollar cost for beginners. You can always sign up for a FREE trial, and sign up if you like it. The BBG trial is a week long chart that guides you through typical workouts that you would find in the full digital download. It is worth a try! Sign up here. I tried it, and while it was really good… I just pulled the purse strings tight once more. Alas, I’m frugal.

We all like to look and feel our best, and I hope you enjoyed getting to see how I attempt to do those things without breaking the bank! Happy work outs

–Forrest