February itself is NOT one of my favourite things. Speaking as a Canadian experiencing our coldest winter in 40 years, I can officially declare that February is in fact my least favourite of all months. There. I said it. Good riddance.
To brighten things up, In no particular order I’ve decided to post about the various things, large or small, that have brought me some joy, over the past month.
This Josie Maran Argan Infinity Cream– has been a godsend for me while stuck in this 100+ year old apartment full of super drying, old school rads (not as charming as they look). This stuff is apparently good for lots of uses, lips, face, hands, split ends, flyways. It is apparently the duct tape of beauty products.
Personally, I like to use it most on the dry areas of my face. I usually get dry, itchy cheeks in the winter but no longer (!) thanks to this stuff. I also like to use it on my décolleté and cuticles. It works on lips, but not as well as true lip balms do (too light). It smells yummy too, kind of citrus-y and little bit goes a long way. Bonus: it is free of nasty chemicals.
TWO: Another stellar performer in my beauty arsenal is this homemade brown sugar body scrub. It too has been a saviour for dreaded dry winter skin. PLUS: it is extremely economical and easy to make. Simply mix!
- 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
- 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil.
- Optional: add a few drops of essential oil like tea tree, mint or vanilla.
I use this in the shower as an exfoliate, and it leaves my skin very soft. It’s also great in the summer for extra glow. The best part is you don’t need to use moisturizer after. This has replaced my use of coconut oil, which I find to be way more greasy. Try it out!
P.s I know it is popular on Pinterest, but do not, under any circumstances, make the same mistake I did and attempt to make a body scrub out of coffee grounds (huge mess).
THREE: Clothing Swaps. The only thing that would keep me away from a clothing swap is severe illness or maybe a natural disaster. These. Are. The. Best. Who doesn’t love free clothes you never knew you never knew you loved?! Here are some of my recent favourite scores:
FOUR: Olympic hockey was another blessing this February. The Olympics in general really helped pass the dreary time (hundreds of billions of dollars well spent!) Who knew I could stay up until 3 am watching bobsledding? Or curling?! The apex of excitement of course was Canada winning gold in men’s AND women’s hockey AGAIN. Suck it USA.
(I’m sorry that our sense of national pride is so concentrated in this one sport)
FIVE: Solo sojourns to the AGO. Nothing makes you feel more like a grown up than going to see an art exhibit by yourself on a Thursday afternoon. This was actually so amazing. Anyone who knows me knows that I am a major audio tour enthusiast. My idea of a dream holiday would be to go to Rome (or Paris or the middle of nowhere really) and listen to every last audio tour in town.
Here are some pics of our ugly, glorious and dynamic city. Plus some of Ghery’s magnificent design in the ghost-town gallery (there was a hockey game on?)
The Great Upheaval Guggenheim masterpieces exhibit is on (until March 2nd), with works from Matisse, Picasso, Marc, Kandinsky and Duchamp displayed chronologically in an understated way. A complete departure from the crowded Sunday madness that was the David Bowie exhibit, obviously, and a very relaxing way to while away an afternoon. (I actually went for a school assignment, but that was an afterthought if we’re being real. I came to analyze this beauty, Picasso’s (post-upheaval) Seated Woman (1927).
SIX: Buying tickets to summer music festivals. This is a little bit painful in the frigid grips of our third polar vortex, but it should be mostly over by early June, no?
Last week we got tickets to hometown festival Field-trip, which is two days in June this year (Broken Social Scene! The Kills! Chvrches! Washed Out!) and also to Pitchfork (again) for three days in Chicago (Kendrick Lamar, Beck, Neutral Milk Hotel, Grimes!) While I didn’t take a single audio tour last year in Chicago, I’m also SO.EXCITED. FOR. BECK.
SEVEN: Making cured lemons. Thank you Chuck Hughes (my recipe to follow)
EIGHT: Getting out of the city and watching this little guy try “ski-ding” for the very first time! Winter is much more charming in rural settings. Cozy ski chalets don’t hurt either!
NINE: Listening to Phosphorescent perform Songs For Zula live once more, this time at The Mod Club.
That is all.
Bring on March