Thursday, May 31, 2012

History Doesn't Need to Be Boring


History is literally my everything. It's what I study on a daily basis and it is what I'm incredibly passionate about. Almost all of the movies that I end up watching, somehow relate to military history. So, if you\re a massive history nut, here are some movies that you might enjoy as well:

  • Winter in Wartime
  • The Red Baron [watch this and bask in the beauty of  Matthias Schweigh√∂fer]
  • Passchendaele
  • Flyboys
  • Pearl Harbor
  • U-571

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I've been a horrible blogger lately! I've literally been neglecting everything! The only real computer time that I've been having has been focused on Microsoft Word. No fun at all! 

The past few weeks have been hectic in terms of work and things of the sort, but I've managed to snap a few Instagrams along the way. We've been having scorching temperatures where I live and it's perfect weather for tanning. The one day I think the temperature ended up at around 38 degrees C. My best friend and I gathered together our tanning lotions and Starbucks and laid out for a little while. I'm the person who needs to start on the tan early so that by the end of the summer, I look dark. I also grabbed season seven of Weeds at HMV and I've already finished it. Let me just say, the last episode, oh man. And I would love me a man like Demetri! I've also managed to hit up Michaels to pick up a few small things. For a while now, I've been looking for a necklace that has a small airplane and some other little things on it. Since there was no one to be found anywhere, I took it upon myself to make one! It cost me under 6$ and looks super cute! 

And then there was today! I ended up at Marble Slab to get some ice cream. If you have been following me for a while, you'll know that I'm lactose intolerant. I was super shocked and stoked to see that they had lactose free ice cream! My creation was a simple chocolate ice cream with some cookie dough in a chocolate dipped waffle bowl. Seriously, it was great. I'm also giving Maybelline's new Mega Plush mascara a try. It looks interesting and I love the colours. 

So that has been my past few weeks in a nutshell. What has everyone else been up to? 

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Don't Forget Your Face!

The weather has been absolutely crazy for this time of year. It's only May and we've already seen temperatures upwards from 30 degrees! For all you Americans out there, that's in Celsius and yes, that's very warm! I always tend to neglect my face when it comes to sunscreen and sun protection. It's just so easy to forget when you have make up on and are heading out to catch some rays. A little while ago, I was experiencing a bout of dry skin. I suffer from eczema pretty bad. It runs in the family and is common in those who experienced childhood asthma (ie. me). So, I hit up Shoppers Drug Mart in search of a higher end cream that would get rid of the horrible flaky's that never failed to ruin my make up. 

I ended up with this cream by Nivea. The pot is made of glass and it is extremely sturdy. If you do drop it, you won't get shattered glass. Rather a large noise. The cream is thick. Something that is different than a lotion. It's definitely higher quality stuff. What really sold me, was the fact that it had SPF 15. This is a huge plus. I've been using this everyday before I apply my powder foundation and it really takes your mind of having to worry about applying a sun screen all the time. However, if you are planning on being outside for a while, I'd really recommend applying another coat of sun screen on top.

I think it cost me somewhere in the 15-20$ range but it is well worth the price. Nivea also has a line of night creams, but like I said, you can just use this one for night time. I believe the only difference is the night time one is more regenerating. Definitely worth a try! 

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Staying Organized

{ 1. Lilly Pulitzer Large Agenda - 26$ / 2. Cath Kidston Large Agenda - 13$ / 3. Sarah Pinto Flag Academic Planner - 20$ / 4. Kate Spade Tudor City Large Debra - 195$ }

One of the hardest things for me is keeping organized. I'm one of those people who needs to have an agenda of some sort to write everything down or else I'll forget. There is just so much going on in my brain all the time. Agendas (or organizers, whatever you call them) aren't what they used to be. I'm used to the old plain leather bound ones with a simple clasp and some plain paper. Now, you can find them in all sorts of patterns and some even come with my favourite, stickers. 

Personally, I go for an agenda that is large. That way, I don't lose them and they're easy to find in my bags amongst all of the other stuff. I also like to look for one that is either bound with a clasp or has a hard cover. They're more durable and easy to work with. I also really recommend ones that are spiral bound. Why? When you need to turn the pages, it's easier and more comfortable to write on. Just my opinion though! 

Now comes the price range. I'm sure many of us have dreamed of owning one of those gorgeous Louis Vuitton organizers with the classic monogram cover. I know I have, many times. But think about it. You pay around 300$ for the agenda base. That comes with one year of paper and a few other little trinkets. Then, when the year is over, and you need to buy new refills, they're something like 75$? That's crazy! If you're looking for a nice, solid agenda that will get you through the year without burning a hole in your pocket, give the Lilly Pulitzer one a go. If you're willing to splurge and purchase a leather agenda that will last you a while, go with the Kate Spade one. 

Regardless of what you choose, agendas and organizers are the key to keeping track of everything going on in your life. Happy organizing! 

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Giving Bio-Oil a Go


I've always been sceptical when it comes to trying new things for stretch marks and scars. It seems like everywhere that I look on the internet, people are constantly complaining about how they don't work and how you won't see results. I decided to go against the reviews and purchase a large bottle of Bio-Oil to use on some faint, red stretch marks. 

When I played volleyball and ran track, my thighs and legs got insanely big. They were essentially rock hard tree trunks! After I stopped running track, they sort of shrank down to a normal size again, thus leaving me with some unsightly stretch marks. They're nothing major, but I would love to try and fade them as best as I can. 

I've been using this product for around a week now and I have yet to notice a difference. The back of the bottle reads that you need to use it for a minimum of THREE months! Considering the size of the bottle, that seems like a long time! I'm going to try my best to stick to using it for the whole duration of time. I will definitely be keeping up with my Bio-Oil experience here!

You can find Bio-Oil at your local drugstore! P.S. Have any of you used Bio-Oil? If so, did you stick with it and notice a difference? 

Monday, May 21, 2012

Welcome!

Welcome to my new blog, The Average Blonde! You may know me from my blog on Tumblr called Wonderfullifee! I believe that everyone should have a fresh start and this happens to be mine. Here you can find my photography, thoughts, recent buys and some other things along the way.

So, why the name The Average Blonde? Where does it come from? If you're asking yourself this question, I'll do my best to explain it to you. I'm pretty average. Nothing over the top or extraordinary. I love the simple things and just living my life day by day. The Average Blonde stands for that.

What will you find on The Average Blonde? You can expect to see my average photography (hah) and my thoughts on certain things. You might find the occasional recipe and outfit. Or something that has just caught my eye! There really is no criteria for what you will see here.

If you're reading this, thanks for visiting! I hope you'll come back soon when this place looks a bit better. Until then, have a great day!