Sunday, December 25, 2011

Leopard for less

I usually never splurge on flats, or even spend more than $50 for a pair. I've been looking for a leopard print flats for over a year already and when I was able to find one, the prints would look uber cheap or weird.

I'm glad I was finally able to find a pair... at Payless. The pair was less than $20 which was a total steal. Love it when I'm able to find such bargains!

Friday, December 23, 2011

MyGlam 122011

I recently subscribed to MyGlam. It's very similar to Birchbox but is put together by stylists on YouTube. I was curious and since I was so disappointed with Birchbox last month, I wanted to give MyGlam a shot.

Let me say, I'm so glad I pursued it because I love the items that MyGlam provided!

If I'm not mistaken, MyGlam gives a new makeup bag each month. Although, I might be wrong but if it's true then that's a great incentive for subscribing to the website.

This item was was definitely fun to play with. Each sheet, thin just like a blotting sheet, act as a blush. Extremely convenient when you need to touch up on the go.

A decent size NYX Matte Lip Cream, I am in love! I adore NYX's product because it's inexpensive, has a wide range of colors and their products actually works well. I was excited to see this since I never tried their matte lip cream before and I really like it. 

I only wear waterproof mascara so this was a no-no for me.

 Another UDPP *runs around clapping* I'm still currently using the UDPP that came with the NAKED palette so I'm extremely happy that I won't need to purchase a primer anytime soon.

 Urban Decay shadow in Sin. A really nice shimmery taupe-y peach color perfect for highlighting the brow-bone. 

Blotting sheets, my holy grail item. They smell so good also, just like lavender.

So far, I am extremely satisfied with the items in MyGlam. The package just cost $10 a month with no shipping and handling fee. I have a subscription to Birchbox also and this is by far much better than Birchbox. Can't wait for next months!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Jewelmint # 3

Love at first sight.

It's been a while since I've placed an order from Jewelmint, just because they haven't had any that caught my eye. But this month, this bracelet sure changed my mind.

Bombshell Bracelet.

Perfect for the holiday parties!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

No lines

For lunch today, my boyfriend and I walked by Shake Shack in Madison Square Park and there was absolutely no lines. This is so rare because there's always a long line at this Shake Shack. I've had their burgers before but never fresh. The boyfriend usually delivers so I was definitely excited to try it fresh from the shop!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Montreal - Last Day

The end has come but it's not the last of it

Felt so surreal when we woke up on our last day in Montreal. And to think we only arrive to Montreal just 5 days ago, time sure does go by quick when you're having fun. Before our trip, I told J that the last day will be the day where we decide which place we want to head back to have their food again. I bet you all thought it would be Frite Alors... but you'll see.

J went down to get us our last hotel breakfast. It was nice, breakfast in bed. I'm going to miss this kind of treatment from the boyfriend.

I really liked their waffles and J likes the toast. Simple breakfast, something to keep our tummy happy before heading to our final stop.

Our room cards. I didn't realize there was a map on the card all along. Boy, wouldn't that make it easier for us to find the hotel when we were walking like crazy the first two days.

The amount of metro-cards we bought. If we were well prepared then we would've only gotten the 3-day pass with a 1 day rather than pay for all the single rides. We learned out lesson, must do research and be extra prepared next time wherever we go!

After the quick breakfast, we packed everything we need and checked out of the hotel a little before 12pm.

Took the metro to our favorite restaurant in Montreal, Papillon.

It's official, we love this place. Whether it's the fabulous escargot they make or the great service, we love it. The restaurant wasn't pack, as a matter of fact we were the only customers for lunch. You might think that's crazy but that's how Montreal roll. A lot of restaurants barely have people in there and it became the norm for us.

Instead of coffee, we both had Earl Grey tea. J made milk tea with his but I like mine plain.

Greek Salad. I tried avoiding the olives like crazy. Overall, a good salad.

We both forgot what this soup was, but it tasted soooo good. This is why I hate it when J always picks the better dishes. UGHHHH... I want to kick him.

I had the salmon which was cooked perfectly. The vegetables were quite amazing also, I usually don't like the accompany vegetables because they taste bland, like they just boiled it. But for Papillon, they actually sauteed it and gave it some flavor. Man, I love the French!

J's braised rabbit. He loved it. I liked it also but that maple sauce was a tad bit weird for me. And why did he have more mushrooms than meee???

We also ordered the escargot, but since I already had so many pictures of that I didn't bother retaking it. Our last meal in Montreal was lovely. We had window seats and the restaurant was quiet enough for us to enjoy our food and chit chat before we had to head to the airport.

Montreal is beautiful in its own aspects. I'm glad I got the chance to really explore what Montreal had to offer again with the boyfriend. I definitely seeing myself coming back, either for the escargot or the poutine.

When we were done with our meal, we lugged our baggage to the train station and took the metro to the airport. It's so much easier and simpler than NYC. There was a bus that ran directly to the airport, so we caught that bus and held hands thinking about the great times we had in Montreal.

Some silly pictures on the bus before heading home.

And the next thing we knew...

We're back at JFK waiting to head home.

This trip was definitely one of those test. It's a lot different than our trip to Cancun where everything was handed to us and we didn't have to go anywhere for anything before it was just so convenient. In Montreal, we had to travel around in the city hoping that our directional skills will take us to our destine places. J and I did argue during this trip, it's totally normal even though I wished we didn't. After this trip, I'm sure we can tackle any other trips since we already had a language barrier here which was French. I'm looking forward to our future trips which I'm sure would be a lot more challenging and fun.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Montreal - Day 4

Appreciating the simple things in life

Our last full day in Montreal. J and I definitely got that sad achy feeling since we didn't want the trip to end, but everything has to come to end.

Our balcony view. It's nice waking up knowing we had a balcony which we didn't use since it was mighty chilly out. Not the best balcony view but it comes in handy when you rent or have a car parked in the lot.

I wanted to go to Jean-Talon Market. Ever since watching Bizarre Food and No Reservations, I always wanted to visit the market of each place/city I go to just to have a little taste of actually being a local. J suggested we go on a Monday since a lot of the restaurants and museums are closed on Monday. The market was pretty big. We were so indecisive about lunch that we practically made 3 entire loops of the inside and outside of the market.

Pretty empty huh? Can't expect much since it was around noon on a Monday. We finally settled down and ordered some food.

Salami sandwich. Simple yet tasty. It's all about quality, not quantity. I liked how the person behind the counter that took our order told us to sit down and that he'll bring us the food. Sort of not use to that kind of behavior.

J got a meat pie and some wings. The meat pie was pretty good but we both wished that it came with a little gravy cause it was getting a bit dry as we continue eating. But one thing, the meat pie was flavored quite well. The wings looked mouthwatering, but it was a bit dry.

Our half full apple juice that tasted extremely fresh. Looks dark and heavy but the flavor was just pure apple and that was truly fresh, I could drink this all day long. While in Montreal, Naya was our go-to water bottle that kept us hydrated.

Stopped by a pastry shop and bought 2 little things plus this tiramisu ice cream. It was good, nice and creamy with tiramisu flavor. Now if only all ice cream came like that.

The market was really colorful. There were so many fresh fruits and vegetables. There were some stalls that had samples for you to try before deciding if you want to buy anything. I ended up getting some blueberries because they were fresh and I didn't even spot one bad one in the bunch, plus I love blueberries. J bought some cherry tomatoes, they were so plump!

After the market we decided to head back to the hotel but before going back there, we wanted to stop by the supermarket to get some steak for dinner. Since we had a full kitchen in our hotel room, we wanted to use it before out trip ended. Back at the hotel, we were just enjoying our evening with watching TV and being lazy.

I nearly forgot about this...

Tim Hortons! How can our trip be fulfilled if we didn't get any Tim Hortons?! The best part was they had the French Vanilla Cappuccino for only $1 and because I saw munchkins somewhere (I don't remember where) I had J get me some also. Boy, I was feeling so spoiled since he went out and I stayed in the hotel. He came back and told me everything cost around $3ish. I was like - really? Are you sure? Dammm

Great deal! He got 10 little donuts which Montreal-ers call Timbits. How adorable! They're frankly quite good. I would choose these over Dunkin' Donuts any time because they weren't overly sweet. Plus, the chocolate one was amazing. Oh, and they had a strawberry one! I wonder if the Tim Hortons in the states would taste the same as Montreal.

So content with our snack. 

Finally, dinner time. J was the chef tonight. I was just too lazy and he seems confident enough to cook up some foie gras and steak.

It looked like a big piece when it was raw but once cooked, the foie decrease in size magnificently. I have no problem with it since I'm not a crazy foie gras person. I gave most of it to J since he loves this stuff.

Steak for two and only $4.84.

The boyfriend at work! Looking quite pro there. Food always taste better when the person you love cooks it.

Our feast for our last night in Montreal. I wouldn't have spent it any other way. I had the best dinner ever and nothing would have been better than this. A meal that was cooked by J, everything we picked up together. It just seemed perfect.

It was hard to believe that we would be leaving the next day. Everything happened so fast. We tried to cherish our last hours of the night together. Nothing better to end the night with than Ice Cider, something new.