Saturday, 17 January 2015

sh*t nico says...

january 9th, 2014 

me: "nico, what's your favourite part about school so far?"

nicklaus: "wellllll, i like gym and snack and lunch because at snack and lunch we get to eat and in gym we get to play.
play even with toys!
i like toys and food, so gym and snack and lunch are my favourite!"

video
oh, he also sings real songs now.
like alllll the time, haha.


watching this kid grow and develop into his own person is honestly the greatest thing.
i obviously don't know what being a parent feels like but being an aunt is a pretty dope gig.

:)
vanessa

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

"the new year means nothing if you're still in love with your comfort zone."

first off, to anyone that may be reading this: HAPPY NEW YEAR!
i hope you all had an amazing new year's celebration and that your 2015 is off to an amazing start :)
i spent my NYE with some friends and jenn at bowling alley - turnt, i know.
albeit extremely low-key, it was a lot of fun and was exactly how i wanted to ring in my new year - with laughs, good eats and a champagne toast at midnight.

random snapshots:
cheers to 2015.
because what else does one do when they come across a bentley?

this time last year, instead of making resolutions, i opted to create a personal manifesto.
i printed them out and posted them all around my bedroom and my workplace office.
now, i'm not sure if my plastering them around the places i spent the most time had anything to do with it but when i look back on the year that was 2014, i can truly say that i adhered very well to my manifesto.

in the spirit of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it!", i decided to put together a new manifesto for the new year:
there's a quote i came across sometime last year that, for whatever reason, stayed with me.
it's attributed to albert einstein and goes: "if you do what you always did, you will get what you always got."
when i looked back on my 2014, i realized that some of my greatest moments occurred when i ventured outside my comfort zone.
so, this is my sole goal/resolution/desire for 2015: to live outside my comfort zone. 

a simple search on google lead me to an array of images and quotes that stressed the beauty of leaving one's comfort zone. 
it was hard for me to narrow down the selection but here are the "few" that really spoke to me:
so here's to a year of stepping outside my comfort zone, taking risks and seeing where life takes me.
as a quote i saw once read: "i rather have a life of oh wells than what ifs.

happy new year, again!
:)
vanessa

ps. throwback to the time i took a photo with my cousins, tania and ricardo, his wife and their kids at my cousin saturne's wedding.
upon seeing said photo, i mentioned that it should be their 2014 family christmas card.

well, flash forward to today when i get this gem in the mail:
they make me smile.
love me some pierre-pauls <3

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

fab 5 - goodbye 2014.

as mentioned in my first ever blog post, my whole reason for starting my blog was to have a sort online scrapbook of what i was up to at a particular time of my life.
even now, i often find myself scrolling through past blog posts and reminiscing.
so, while brainstorming end of the year post ideas, i decided that i would share some of my favorite moments/songs/movies etc. of 2014.
plus it's been actually forever since i've done a fab 5 post and that is a travesty.

so without further ado, i present to you "fab 5 - goodbye 2014" 
*cue crowd applause...

top 5 moments:
*there were countless other moments that could have made this list but these were the first 5 to pop into my brain.
FINALLY obtaining this laminated piece of paper - more on this in the future...maybe lol / 

top 5 purchases
i shopped wayyyy to much this year (something that i vow to stop in 2015, pray for me) but these five things are the ones i truly don't regret purchasing!
afterlight photo app / gelous top coat (seriously, my polish lasts for days!) / live lokai bracelet

malibu - august 2014

a little more about my livelokai bracelet...
as soon as i came across this bracelet on twitter, i was obsessed.
the design and message are quite simple:
the white bead contains water from mount everest - the highest point on earth.
"sometimes you're on top of the world, stay humble."
the black bead contains mud from the dead sea - the lowest point on earth.
"sometimes you've hit a low, stay hopeful."
there are an equal number of clear beads between the black and white ones.
"life is full of cycles, find your balance."
like i said, i'm obsessed and wear it nearly every day.

top 5 songs:
*except that i actually couldn't narrow it down to 5 and selected 12 instead...
9 - willow smith feat. sza / am i wrong - nico and vinz / blank space - taylor swift /
apparently - j. cole / ugly heart - grl (rip simone battle) / thinking out loud - ed sheeran <3<3
i don't f**k with you - big sean / valentine (cover) - pentatonix / papaoutai - stromae / 
nirvana - sam smith / loyal - chris brown / uptown funk - mark ronson feat. bruno mars
edit: oh nooooo, how could i forget about maps by maroon 5!
shameful.

top 5 movies/tv shows:
gone girl / orange is the new black / annie / how to get away with murder / how to make it in america

top 5 beauty products:
original chapstick (sorry eos balm) / sweet almond oil (use it on my hair, skin, face) / 
anastasia dipbrow pomade / kevyn aucoin sensual skin enhancer / too faced chocolate bar

top 5 memes:
i have a strange sense of humor and am always looking up and saving memes on my phone.
here are some of the ones that made me laugh way too hard this year.
(click to enlarge)
re: the first meme - i think it's safe to say that the general population is very much aware that guac comes at an extra charge.
i'm talking to you, chipotle.

top 5 vines:
i don't even have a vine account but have been known to spend way too much time watching these 6 second videos.
here are some of the ones that brought actual tears to my eyes.

i need to party with this news anchor, stat.

so my beloved 2014, though you did not go exactly as i had planned, you were truly good to me.
here's to more growth, development and fun times in the new year.
2015, leh go!

me, dancing into the new year ^^

ps. my sister and i have wayyyy too much time on our hands *insert crying face emoji here*
happy (almost) new year, y'all!

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

364 of 365.

i can't believe how quickly this month went by. 
it felt like one day i was stressing over exams and the next, i'm sitting on my bed, eating pineapples while working on my manifesto for 2015. 

i didn't get a chance to really blog this month due to school and work engagements.
as a result, i am going to combine all my photos into one mega-post...

day-trip to casa loma:
casa loma (spanish for house on the hill) is a gothic style house and gardens located in midtown toronto.
despite there being many a field trip to casa loma in elementary school, this was my first time visiting the mansion.
the story of the rise and fall of sir henry mill pellatt, the owner of the landmark, definitely reminded me of the terrible things that can go wrong when you do "the most".

the following photos were taken by my friend, jessie: 



view from the watch tower - if you look really close, you can see the CN tower through the fog


santa called us into a room to take a pic with him.
we obliged.

ex-lancer reunion <3

pre-christmas festivities:

jenn's home!

bah humbug.

toronto christmas market at the distillery district:






christmas day:
impatiently waiting.


very happy with her manicure kit.

budding picasso.


christmas breakfast.

new found love of pancakes. 

tai working on her "darn yarn" christmas gift.

success.

christmas movie marathon.
usies.

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our quasi-annual family christmas music video that's missing 85% of our family, lol.

random photos:
trying to take pictures while nico moves about.


room makeover:
i'll be sure to document the finished product in the near future.
end of an era.

littlest helper.


december 29th, 2014 - my parents' 30th wedding anniversary:

i get tired of most people after 30 minutes.
so, 30 years is beyond impressive to me!


my heart.

pinterst fails:


i don't even know why i bother.

hope you all had an amazing december and are enjoying what's left of 2014!
<3
vanessa