Totally Random Friday – Aug 8th

Hi party peoples! Sorry for my complete and utter absence lately. I mean, no Instagram, no Twitter, no posts, nothing! It was only supposed to be for the August long weekend and then I got this terrible head cold, complete with fever, that I have been fighting since Sunday night. I mean, UGH!! I actually called my dear friend, Deanna to come and get my daughter on Tuesday because I couldn’t deal with anything, never mind a rambunctious toddler. Then on Wednesday I escaped to my mom’s for copious amounts of sympathy, help changing diapers and hanging out by the pool. It was lovely. Anyways, I’m home now and my cold has been down-graded to runny-nose/stuffiness and coughing fits punctuated by sneezing. It’s been so great (NOT!). I can’t decide whether it was good that I was on vacation anyways so I didn’t have to use sick time or stinky that I was on vacation anyways cuz then I’m sick on vacation! Oh well, on to the news of the week (as I see it anyways).

1. Banana Republic has unveiled their new fall looks. This season looks a little edgier in terms of more leather looks and less colour. Their new Creative Director, Marissa Webb, hints that this collection is a change in the direction of Banana Republic’s lines in her quote on their homepage:

It’s a new day at Banana Republic, with an all new style rich in contrasts – smooth with textured, modern with classic, short with long. This is our take one ‘hi-lo’ styling and it’s the shape of things to come.

Okay, so I’ve only been a BR customer for a year, since I went back to work after mat leave. And while this collection looks really great and there are some pieces I’m excited about, the mixing of textures has been around for quite a few seasons. Maybe she’s implying that BR is just reinventing this trend? (Or to be more harsh, maybe they’ve just figured it out??) What do you think? Anyways, here’s a couple of pieces that I love.

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Can you say gorgeous? Especially those faux-leather Sloan skinny pants. I clearly need a pair of those in my closet!

Item number 2 is also Banana Republic related. They also release their collab with Roland Mouret this week. The collection looks great but the sneak-peek photos they’ve released over the past few days are on the creepy side….

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Well, at least the collection looks amazing, right?

3. For those of you here in Winnipeg, the semi-annual St. Vital Centre Shoe Sale starts next Wednesday, August 13th. This year retailers participating include: Call it Spring, Hudson’s Bay, Le Chateau, Naturalizer, Quarks, Soft Moc, Spareparts, and Urban Trail. Head over to find great deals on shoes all over the mall. 

4. Sample Killah by Kalyn Lord was a success this year. I got rid of 33 samples and won a prize! I’m super pumped about the perfume Kalyn is sending me. Read about the complete wrap-up including other prize winners here.


5. Charlie Brown is getting some love from OPI by releasing a collection of four polishes: two creams and two glitter-type toppers. Photos courtesy of Julie at Head here to read her complete review and see all her swatches.

Fall is coming my lovelies! Hopefully next week I’ll be able to put together some interesting pieces for you to feast your eyes on. Until then, Happy Shopping!

Sample Killah – Week 4

The last week of Sample Killah. Luckily it went way better than last week. I was aiming for no samples at the end of this, I mean, I only started with 25ish or so. But some of the deluxe samples slowed me and then there was camping which meant no beauty routine at all. And a couple of hair serums that I hated and couldn’t continue using. Anyways, at the end of this all, I have a toothpaste folie and a hair serum sample (which will totally end up in the garbage, stupid hair serum making my hair so oily).


I’m including my Lancôme Genifique serum even though I started it way before the beginning of July, it got killed during the month so I figure that’s a win. Who knew such a small bottle was going to last FOREVER. (it is a totally amazing product by the way, love it!)

Did not enjoy the Nexxus shampoo, conditioner and primer. Whatever… you win some, you lose some.

The 3D Whitestrip 2 Hour strip was fine to wear and did make my teeth whiter. But about 6 hours later, my teeth hurt. Not to eat or drink, just in general. I definitely won’t be doing that again. The toothpaste is great though, will definitely be buying some of that.

The Nivea body lotion was very perfume-y. The John Frieda hair serum made my hair very oily. The L’Oreal Youth Code Pore Vanisher worked great and if I didn’t already have the Julep Blank Canvas Mattifying Face Primer, I would probably buy some. And the Julep Glycolic Hand Scrub was awesome. Definitely putting that on my wish list.

Total kill sample this week: 10

Total kill sample for the entire month: 33

Overall, this has been great fun.  Thanks to Kalyn for thinking this up and offering a prize at the end of it all. Good luck to everyone to entered. Already looking forward to next year. Happy Shopping!

Sample Killah – Week 3

Uh, so this is an embarrassing post. See that one folie of toothpaste. Well, there’s supposed to be three but my husband was “helping” and threw the other two away. Still. Three. Kalyn had a bad week and still posted like 20+. Oh well. On the bright side, I have super white teeth, it’s actually impressive.


Happy Shopping!

Sample Killah Week Two

So seriously, it was a pathetic sample-killing week. Up until this morning I mostly worked on one set of shampoo samples and Crest Whitestrips. I did the Eslor Comforting face mask and despite my glowing reviews about their products last week, this mask gave me a headache and made my face breakout.



This morning, spurred on by Kalyn Lord’s Week Two Update, I quickly whipped through the Desert Essence Organics Baby Lotion, which I realized after I smeared it all over one leg that it contained orange peel – an allergy for me – and that I needed to wash all the lotion off. I then decided that I might as well shave my legs while I was washing them and finished off the Vidal Sassoon conditioner. Then I took the last Jergens Natural Glow lotion sample and smeared that all on. Stripy ankles are way better than eczema from orange peel. I then wet my hair and used all of the John Frieda Calming Creme, which worked really well. If I get my hair permed again I’ll be looking at purchasing more of this line.

So, I have a few things left but I seriously doubt I’m going to be doing anything interesting the fourth week. Mostly all that’s left is Crest Whitestrip toothpaste and the Whitestrips that take two hours (who has two hours during the day where they aren’t going to eat or drink??)

Samples killed: 10

Are you doing Sample Killah? How many samples killed? How many more to go? Happy Shopping!