Sunday, July 30, 2017

Goodbye and Cheers to a New Journey.

Hey guys, I've decided that I will end my days here on blogger. Photobucket may have cemented the end of my time here, but closing my blog was always in the back of my mind because of how time consuming it is. You probably noticed how far apart my posts are over the years, and that's a result of lack of time on my hands. It's the end of an era, and I will miss it dearly.

I still love to write and share a part of my life with you. So, the good news is, I have created another instagram account to replace my blog. Think of it as a new blogging medium. It will be quicker and more instant- which means it'll be easier to share beauty related posts and mini reviews! Yay! I will also share lifestyle posts just as I have been doing here on my blog. The posts will be shorter, but at least it will be more detailed than my current instagram account. Hopefully in this way, I will be able to post more often too. I'm quite excited as I don't have to think about html anymore and spending hours writing up a blog post.

I hope you can join me on my new journey. My instagram handle is: @maisonverdant. In time I will put this blog to private so there will no longer be any access to it. Hope to see you there :)

-Nat


Friday, June 30, 2017

9.358 End of Blogging?

I use Photobucket to upload and link all of my photos to my blog, and unfortunately Photobucket recently updated their terms and conditions stating that for free accounts, they do not allow any image linking or 3rd party image hosting. This is why you see all these ugly broken image links. To get the privileges of image linking and 3rd party hosting, I'd have to pay a whopping $399/year. Screw that!

So I don't know where I will go from here... I've been reading about how people are saying that Photobucket will go out of business soon if they keep this up. I think I'll work on downloading all of my content off of Photobucket in case it happens. I feared this kind of thing may happen with Blogger or Photobucket, but I didn't anticipate it so soon and without any notice.

My blog is my memories... and they're taking it all away :'(

"Luck is where preparation meets opportunity." -Earl Nightingale

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

9.357 Union

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It has been some time since the Mister and I visited Toronto's downtown core (our favourite place).

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We visited back when it was still Spring when the Eaton's Centre still had their cherry blossom tree.

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We ate at Eggspectation since it's been such a long time since we've eaten here.

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I got the eggs benedict. Yum.

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We went shopping at the Marshalls on Yonge (our favourite Marshall's store) and I came across this nice furniture piece.

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Also saw this cool corner shelf.

I did manage to find a few tops for work and for weekends. A great find was the Rachel Roy pants for $30 or $40 (can't remember exactly).

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We visited Uniqlo so I could pick up some more of their light camisoles that I love so much. I also picked up their lounge pants in hopes that it would be perfect to wear at home. You guys.. whatever you do, do not get these. I don't even know what to make of these lounge pants. The crotch area is so loose and big and the whole pant itself is too long. It looks absolutely ridiculous on.

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Can't wait until we get to visit Toronto again this long weekend for the waterfront festival and to celebrate Canada Day! Canada's 150th birthday! :D

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This was the time I met up with my coworkers (and former corworker) for dinner at Jack Astor's. It was fun to meet up with them, especially catching up with my former coworker who recently got engaged. Her ring was beautiful.

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Here is the food stand, Lemongrass Kitchen, at Dixie Park food court that we love to visit and eat at.

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Their spicy chicken wings with rice is yummy. This is what I always order from here.

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We recently discovered Arigato, a Japanese food stand tucked away in a corner at the Dixie Park food court.

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Their Okonomiyaki and Takoyaki are good but the chef is a bit heavy handed on the sauce. I like to eat it for a quick fix for my Japanese food cravings.

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Another visit to the China Garden again. They serve Hakka food- a fusion of Indian and Chinese cuisine.

For Mother's Day, my siblings and I bought my mom a Pandora bracelet with charms from each of us. It was funny because the week before my mom's friend told her of how her daughter wished her happy mother's day. She started thinking of why us kids had forgotten and hadn't wished her a happy mother's day. It was only when she asked her other friend that she got informed that Mother's Day wasn't until next week LOL. When she told us the story, I could tell that she was getting teary eyed. Little did she know we had a Pandora bracelet waiting because I knew how much she wanted one. She kept telling us how her friend's kids got them a Pandora bracelet and every birthday or celebration they would get a bead.

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Union Chicken
25 The West Mall, Etobicoke, ON M9C 1B8

Taken from the site: "At Union Chicken, we pride ourselves on serving you only the happiest, healthiest organic chickens - That's why we make sure all of our birds roam freely in wide-open spaces, with access to fresh air and plenty of sunshine. Each one is raised on a local family-run farm, in a low-density flock, without the use of any hormones or antibiotics. They enjoy a wholesome diet of non-GMO grains, free from pesticides, herbicides and animal by-products."

Later in the evening, we went to eat at Union Chicken to celebrate.

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None of us had been here before so it was new to all of us.

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I got the Quarter Rotisserie Chicken with Triple Cooked Fries. The chicken was really good, very savoury and tender. The fries were served with their Piri Piri sauce and it too was so good!

Service was great. They were attentive and we got our food in a fair amount of time. The decor and atmosphere was rustic and very comforting. They had tv's showing the Jay's game on so it had a sports bar touch to it. I especially loved how they used Staub cast irons to serve the food on. It was a very nice touch.

Overall: Ambience A-, Food A+, Service A+, Price A-.

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A treat from work on someone's last day. She got me the new McDonald's Oreo Frappe- which by the way, was super delicious!

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The amazing grab at Hudson's Bay. I got this 3.4L Le Creuset cast iron for $180! Original price is $470!

I went shopping recently at The Hudson's Bay and got this long super light cardigan from Vero Moda. It's super great to throw on on chilly days or when I want some extra coverage at work. I also got this super cute floral top from Design Lab. I am not courageous enough to wear it alone but it would look great paired with a blazer.

A few finds at H&M. The tops are all for work. The blazer I can wear to work or for going out. I've recently been on the hunt for new tops because there are a few tops I wear to work that have completely worn out.

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Last but not least, I found these summer sandals at Winners for $40. Believe it or not, other than flip flops, I have never owned a pair of sandals before since I was a kid. In high school and through university up until now, I could never find a pair of sandals that I liked and something my feet looked good in. I had tried these styles before but they never looked right. Luckily I came across these gems. I was in the market for these styles with the beads because Elle had hauled a similar pair from Aldo's which was more expensive than mine.

Anyway, I'm currently sick at home. I took the day off from work because I knew I wouldn't have been able to handle it. I got a really bad cold I guess. I've been super tired, coughing and blowing my nose constantly. Instead of just lying around bed all day, I thought I would be productive and do a post today. Hope you enjoy.

Happy Canada 150th Day to my fellow Canadians! I probably won't see you again until after the long weekend, so I hope you all enjoy it with your family and friends!

"Here's to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them." -Unknown