Monday, March 30, 2015

7.273 Best Day Ever!

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On the actual day of our 2nd Year Anniversary, we celebrated at home with some wine that the Mister bought for the occasion. He wanted to drink out of his tumbler, and as you can see, I only had a little because I can only handle that much haha.

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He also got me this cute card and wrote a very sweet message inside. He knows how much I love Paris. I like to frame the cards that I get from him, it's a nice way to further enjoy his beautifully chosen cards, and it's great to have the option of switching out the cards for a refreshing change. It's like displaying a sentimental piece of art; I'm always reminded of his affection whenever I look at it.

Aside from our celebratory dinner at the 360, the Mister wanted to buy me a necklace from one of my favourite stores, Swarovski(!). He wanted to surprise me with it, but because he didn't get a chance to go himself, he told me I could pick one when we're at the store.
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We went to the Bloor Yorkville area because I was interested in buying some Burberry cosmetics after being tempted by Lisa's Friday haul. As we were walking to Holt Renfrew (where I last remember Burberry cosmetics being sold years ago), the Mister stopped me right as we were passing by the Swarovski store.

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"Go ahead and pick any one that you like." That was what he said to me. I felt so giddy; like I was the luckiest girl in the world. It felt like I was in one of those movies where the girl is unknowingly lead into a jewelry store and then told to pick any ring of her choice when the lights turn on. And it honestly did feel like that since we were the only ones in the store at the time. My choices felt limitless and it felt wonderful when he would say, "Do you want that one?" after I gaze at a necklace for too long.

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I looked at and tried on a few necklaces and fell in love with two. So, I picked one for him to get me and the other I bought for myself. The one shown above is the one I got for myself. I was looking for a dainty necklace because I don't own any really nice necklaces that were simple enough to wear with anything.

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And this is the one I picked out as his gift to me. It's so elegant and beautiful- exactly what I was looking for.

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These two necklaces are the first Swarovski necklaces I own. At first I thought Swarovski only made pretty earrings, but now I know that they make beautiful necklaces as well. These make great additions to my jewelry collection. Now I know exactly what to wear whenever I need a really nice dainty or elegant necklace to wear!

I also signed up for Swarovski's rewards card. The perks include a birthday surprise, 20% off after two transactions in a calendar year, and a $50 voucher for every $500 spent. I thought my Sephora card was the most luxurious card I own... but no, it's now this one. It's made of metal or something!

Next stop, Burberry cosmetics! We walked by Zara and Fossil, two other favourite stores of mine. After going into Holt Renfrew and realizing the spot where Burberry cosmetics used to be 4 years ago has been replaced with Tom Ford, I felt totally bummed out. But then a lightbulb went off in my head, what if Burberry moved their cosmetics into their stores instead?

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Sure enough, there was a cosmetics section in their store. The lady helping me was so nice. The only Burberry cosmetic products I have prior to this purchase were the two eyeshadows I received from my sisters for my 22nd birthday. I've been wanting to buy more Burberry products over the years but never did because access is limited to them. If they were sold at Shoppers or Sephora, I would've had quite the collection by now.

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There were a few eyeshadows I was interested in, but I ended up getting only two, "Stone" and "Almond". These colours are great for an everyday look. I was really interested in getting "Stone" because the "Creme Brulee" eyeshadow from Wet 'n' Wild that I really like has cracked. There's only half of the eyeshadow left in the pan as a result of opening and closing the poorly-made hard snap closure of the compact. Every time I close it, I can feel and see it jiggle the eyeshadow in the pan.

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[My camera picks up every single dust particle]. The other item I got is this Burberry blush in "Blossom". It was this or the "Tangerine" blush, and actually, I had decided on the latter but for some reason it slipped my mind and I told the sales associate that I wanted the former. I only realized my choice after I left the store. Oh well, it's still one of the blushes I wanted anyway and it's gorgeous on the cheeks.

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From left to right: "Stone", "Almond", and the "Blossom" blush. They're all very smooth and buttery to the touch. I like the sheerness of the eyeshadows as I don't like intense colours on me. The blush is very pigmented though, so a light touch is all it takes.

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After going to Swarovski and Burberry, we headed down Yonge towards Dundas Square. On the way, we stopped by Second Cup because the Mister loves their Maple Latte. I tried a sip and it was indeed delicious.

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And... we dropped by McDonald's because we didn't have any plans to dine anywhere. Notice how his McChicken sandwich has two top buns haha. He didn't notice at first but I sure did. Honestly, when we eat at McD's these days, it's because I have coupons, the food is cheap, and their chains are totally accessible everywhere. We're actually trying to eat healthier- especially the Mister who goes to the gym and has cut out sugar completely in his diet (except when he's with me sometimes). I'm not going to lie, I have terrible self-control when it comes to my diet and exercise. I wish I had the motivation, but with my work schedule, it's hard. But, I'm trying.

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And as if Swarovski and Burberry didn't already put me over the moon, I had plans to go to Shoppers Drug Mart because I wanted to get the new Dior Nude Air foundation and powder (they had their 20x points event).

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I ended up getting the Diorskin Nude Air Healthy Glow Ultra-Fluid Serum Foundation in "Ivory" #010 and the Diorskin Nude Air Healthy Glow Invisible Loose Powder in "Light Beige" #020 (phew, long names!). I'm hoping the loose powder will be similar to the Diorskin Nude Natural Glow Fresh Powder Makeup that I loved back in my beauty blogging days. I haven't tried either of them yet though. The packaging is beautiful.

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On a related note, I picked up the Diorskin Nude Air Healthy Glow Invisible Powder compact in "Light Beige" #020 a few weeks prior during another 20x the points event. The compact is gorgeous and it comes with a small kabuki. I've used this already; the powder very finely milled and looks beautiful on the skin. When I get the chance I'll do a review on these three Dior products.

And that concludes the best day ever! I think I haven't felt that kind of shopping euphoria without the guilt-trip afterwards in a long time. It was great!

"Honesty is an expensive gift, don't expect it from cheap people." -Warren Buffett

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

7.272 CN Tower 360.

The month of March marked mine and the Mister's 2nd Anniversary. Time has flown by. On our 1st Anniversary the Mister wanted to take me to the CN Tower 360 Restaurant, but unfortunately he didn't have the budget for it at the time. Although he was disappointed, I reassured him that we'd go there for our 2nd Year Anniversary instead; and so we did :)

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We got off at Union Station and headed towards the Skywalk to get to the CN Tower.

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The Skywalk was under construction but we did get a peek of the CN Tower from inside.

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The glorious CN Tower.

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We thought we had to buy tickets to go up but we learned that elevation and access to the lookout and glass floor levels of the CN Tower are complimentary when you dine at the restaurant. Neat! We came early so we sat in their waiting area which had a useful charging dock for all devices.

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CN Tower 360
301 Front St. W, Toronto, ON M5V 2T6

Taken from the site: "360 The Restaurant at the CN Tower, one of Toronto's finest, features unforgettable food combined with a magnificent revolving view of Toronto more than 351 metres (1,151 ft) below. 360 offers market-fresh cuisine, featuring regional ingredients to ensure an incomparable culinary experience.

360 also features an award-winning wine selection of over 550 international and Canadian wines from its "cellar in the sky". 360 is the recipient of several awards and wonderful place to celebrate any special occasion."


The CN Tower 360 restaurant looked amazing- mostly because of the view! The place was nice and fancy but not so fancy that you feel intimidated. The ambience of the place felt like I was sitting in a plane; something about the colour scheme and ceiling- regardless of the view and how high up we were.

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The view was spectacular. What's neat about this restaurant is that the whole place slowly revolves around while you dine. Everyone is able to get a full 360 view of Toronto from where they're sitting (hence why the restaurant is called 360).

The table setting was nice too. The wine glasses they had were made by Spiegelau- the same brand that I wanted to buy wine glasses from!

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First we ordered drinks. The Mister got Steam Whistle beer while I got the Bellini. The Bellini was good, although my all time favourite is still from Milestone's.

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I got the prix fixe meal ($65) because my choices for main and dessert were both in there, and the Mister's choice of appetizer was in there too. So, all we had to do was have the Mister order the appetizer I wanted and switch! After we ordered they sent us a basket of bread and butter our way.

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We enjoyed the view while we waited. This is my favourite photo.

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For my appetizer, I got the East Coast Clam Chowder- it was creamy and delicious! The Mister ordered the Smoked Blue Ermite and Endive Salad and sadly didn't like it that much (then again he doesn't like salad so we both don't know why he ordered it LOL). After we finished, our server thought that I didn't like the salad and switched with my boyfriend. Hey! I'm not that evil... hmph.

At one point it got really foggy with flurries, but thankfully it stopped shortly after.

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For our mains, I got the Braised Ontario Lamb Shank with Buddha Hand Lemon; while the Mister got the Maple Glazed Wentzel Farm's Duck Breast with Duck Confit Tart. This was my first time eating lamb. It has an interesting taste and I'm glad I waited to try it at a nice restaurant. The lamb was very tender and moist. I tried the Mister's duck and it was really really good. Very tender and juicy. Presentation was on point.

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For dessert we shared the Warm Apple Rhubarb Crumble. It too was scrumptious, and the presentation was superb.

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The service we experienced from the ticket counter, to the workers in the elevator, to our server was great. In order to receive an A+ from me, the service has to be impeccable. The service was great but it wasn't nearly as good as the one I got from The Shore Club. Those servers knew how to serve!

The 360, although expensive, you really get what you pay for. Good food, great view, and great service. It is now marked down as one of our favourite restaurants.

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

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After dinner we went down to the observation level. This was the Mister's first time coming up to the CN Tower. We went outside and we stood on the glass floor. It was great because there was hardly anyone there. In the Summer it just gets crazy packed and you can't even get a nice picture on the glass floor without someone's head, hand, or feet in the picture.

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I've been up here a few times in my lifetime, but not once have I actually read the facts written on the wall. I read some this time but it was getting late and we had to go!

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I might be weird but I wanted to drop by the Eaton Centre just to walk around a little before we headed home. We got off at Queen's Station and ended up taking an exit into this building with cool art sculptures hanging from the ceiling. Toronto has a lot of subway entries within buildings that I'm not even aware of. There's a whole other word out there that has yet to be discovered by me.

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And just as we were heading into Queens Station again to go home, a snapshot of one of my favourite stores, Swarovski. Love love love their earrings.

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The bus we were on to go home was an Express one? Didn't know they had these kind of buses.

"One day someone will walk into your life and make you see why it never worked out with anyone else." -Unknown