On Sunday I went to the Home + Design Show at BC Place and while I didn’t see much I liked in the way of houseware, I did fall in love with a local Vancouver company, The Hive Printing.

There were quite a few things I wanted to buy, but I settled on the following:

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1937 City of Vancouver Map shirt

I got mine in a maroon colour but it was also available in a blue. Get yours here if you’re interested.

Downtown Vancouver Archival Map Canvas Tote

Downtown Vancouver Archival Map Canvas Tote

I also got this awesome tote bag. I’ve been meaning to get a tote but could never find the right one that didn’t look like it was trying too hard. This one fit the bill well though. Love it.

You should take the time to explore the store; there’s lots of other lovely stuff on there, including some tea towels I’m seriously regretting passing on.

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Back in June, I had a couple too many drinks with a friend before heading to my hair appointment. And I left that appointment with some heavy bangs across my forehead, starting the era of my life I like to call the Bangs Period, kinda like Picasso’s Blue Period in that it’s just been so …

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It’s a bit late to be posting this but I figured, why not? I’ve barely written anything this year. Recently, about three weeks ago, I figured out how to get beachy hair. I’ve always tried to get beach hair – usually through sprays (like the Bumble & Bumble Sea Salt Spray) and diffusers. I’ve also …

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Haven’t been blogging or doing my nails much lately. But figured I’d post my manicure because I can’t stop looking at my nails. It’s messy and pretty at the same time.

Essie’s “Turquoise & Caicos” under A England’s “She Walks in Beauty”.

PS: My! How my nails have grown. I haven’t been wearing much nail polish lately because my nails kept chipping and peeling regardless of whatever treatments I did so I just left them alone for a few weeks. They’re longer and stronger now which means the chipping and peeling was likely due to all the nail polish changes I was doing every few days. 

Hey everyone! I just did my first video. Because I was too lazy to take proper photos. Hahaha

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For those two don’t have three minutes of time to waste, the quick & dirty is: this is a crazy good mascara and you should buy it immediately!

Covergirl Bombshell Volume mascara on the left, bare eye on the right

Covergirl Bombshell Volume mascara on the left, bare eye on the right. (Which is switched around in this photo)

Inspired by a recent xoJane post, I decided to write about my own acne struggle.

I distinctly remember grade 9 picture day. I woke up with an angry red zit right between my eyebrows. Everyone chuckled and made random racist Indian/bindi jokes. I eventually did live down that day, only to have that same zit happen again on grade 10 picture day! What were the odds?

Quite good odds actually – I had horrible horrible acne ever since I turned 14 years old. My skin was an oily, sensitive, angry and broken out mess. On top of everything I was insecure about as a teenager, this was definitely the topper. I broke out on my face, my neck, my back. I washed, toned, exfoliated, moisturized, didn’t moisturize. Nightly, I applied topical treatments like salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, tea tree oil. In short, I tried every suggestion thrown my way and nothing made much of a difference. I remember reading in Seventeen magazine a sentence that summarized my acne experience precisely: it was never a matter of if I’d break out, it was a matter of how much I’d break out.

My skin looked like a warzone. Enlarged pores. Cystic acne. Large zits. Tons of whiteheads. Blackheads galore. I even ended up with some boxcar and icepick zits.

During this time, everyone had a solution for me. From “stop touching your face” to “eat better foods”. From “stop wearing so much foundation” to “wash your face twice a day”. Sensible advice from people who meant well but didn’t really understand. I tried all that and even stuff most people probably didn’t even know about.

When I was in my sophomore year in university, my brother got me a set of Proactiv skincare products. Surprisingly, it actually helped! For the first time in years, my skin was actually improving! But Proactiv was expensive and the cost of getting a set mailed every three months was getting too much. I went off Proactiv because it was so expensive. I hoped that it helped my skin get over the hump and I was well on my way to an acne-free adult life. Nope. Proactiv’s active ingredient was benzoyl peroxide so I tried applying Clean and Clear Persa-Gel10 nightly again. It only mildly helped, but my skin began breaking out again soon after.

My real breakthrough came when my doctor put me on birth control pills. Finally, my skin started really clearing up. I still got pimples. I never got clear skin, but I definitely had few pimples and zits. And no more cystic acne. I could finally breathe a sigh of relief. Once in a while, some people even complimented my skin and I actually believed them. It was nice to not have people comment on my skin.

Last year, I got off the pill and again I foolishly hoped my skin had gotten over its acne phase. Again, my skin began breaking out again.

As readers of my blog know, my skin finally started turning around after I started using the Clarisonic Mia. It still hasn’t cleared up my skin 100% – I never expected it to. I still break out – a lot on my cheeks and jawline. Not as much across my forehead and nose like when I was younger. But my skin has improved – and this time without adding hormones to my body.

Early this month, I switched from using Philosophy Purity Made Simple as my face wash to Cetaphil. Partly because it’s so much cheaper. Partly because I’ve heard so many good things about it. Mostly because it’s cheaper.

Hopefully, I’ve got this acne thing under control and hopefully one day I won’t have to worry about it anymore.

I found some old Safeway brand nose strips in the bottom drawer of my bathroom vanity. So obviously I immediately had to wash my face and apply it. Here I am trying my damnedest to look my cutest with this thing on. Edited: 10 minutes later.

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Ew! It appears my blackheads prefer to congregate around my nostrils rather than on the tip of my nose.