My 16 Favourite Things/Moments of 2016

While 2016 may have been a global disaster, I would like to point out some positives in my life and remember the 16 best moments and my favourite things of this year (in no particular order)! Enjoy!

  1. I lost my virginity this year. A little bittersweet; you can read my afterthoughts here.
  2. The annual Plato’s Closet Conference. This year hosted in Arizona; so beautiful and very thankful that I am able to go to these conferences.
  3. My favourite book I read this year and now one of my all-time favourite books is 11/22/63 by Stephen King.
  4. My favourite song of the year was Closer by the Chainsmokers ft. Halsey.
  5. Going to my friend’s cottage and starting a new tradition called the Drank-Olympics.
  6. I got my pizza slice tattoo in Vegas!
  7. I was able to visit the Grand Canyon!
  8. I said goodbye to an awful, negative friend and I’ve been so much happier.
  9. The many “girls’ nights” with my best friends in Toronto.
  10. Getting asked to be a bridesmaid in my best friend’s wedding.
  11. Deciding to buy a house next year with my sister.
  12. Finally seeing one of my best friends come home after spending two years in Australia.
  13. Being recognized for all my hard work and getting a raise!
  14. Receiving a benefits package at work – yay for adulting!
  15. My mom and I no longer fighting as much especially when it comes to my weight!
  16. Choosing to begin a healthier eating lifestyle and workout almost every day. I know I can be the best version of myself possible.

Here’s to an even better 2017 for me, and for the rest of the world too!

Real Time Rant | Has the Work Ethic Changed?

Okay, so this post isn’t going to be like my others. I may lean into a rant here but I have a serious question: has the work ethic changed? And has it changed especially in millennials?

I am 25, which actually means I’m supposed to be a GEN Y baby (1980 – 2000). That spans a lot of years, but I’ll take it.

My issue is with the ever-changing work ethic of 15, 16, 17 year old’s etc. that I see in customer service every day and who hardly do a damn thing but want more money.

Let’s filter back a bit; here’s a background on me and my jobs:

My first job was at Tim Hortons which is a national coffee chain in Canada. I was 16. It was horrible. It was the only job I’ve ever despised going into work at. The manager was an ass (he actually still runs the same Tims too), my co-workers were mainly mean (I was very shy back in the day), and to give you some background on how this was run – my trainer left me after two hours on my first day. I lasted 2 months and then I quit on the spot.

My second job was at Country Style about eight months after Tims; another coffee chain. The owners were a married couple who loved me. I worked there for a year and a half before having to leave for college. I got a raise while working there due to my work ethic. Some of my hours ranged from 6am to 2pm, and I was 17.

I worked at Walmart for one summer between college. They treat their employees great with a little over minimum wage and some great breaks. I didn’t love my co-workers but once I got the hang of cashing out, it was a breeze to do and the days went by quick.

I worked in an office for two summers as part of a staff/student program (meaning you had to be related to someone who worked at the company to get a position). It was so friggen boring. But oh, the pay was amazing and that’s probably why they paid us so much because it was boring. You either had the choice of working outside doing grunge work or working in a department in one of the offices. I basically photo-copied all day. But my savings account thanks me every day.

The last job I’ve had, the one I’ve been with for over three years is at Plato’s Closet. It’s a North American “thrift” type store where people sell clothes to you (70% less than retail value) and we pay them a portion of what we sell it for. I started out as a sales associate here and worked my way up to manager within the three years.

I have seen teens come and go from all my jobs; I have seen horrible bosses and I like to think that I’m a pretty darn good manager.

I allow my staff to book time off (sometimes too much in the past), we don’t have to wear uniforms all the time, and most of the shifts are short (4-5 hours).

And yet, this year I have seen such a decrease in work ethic and an increase in excuses with my staff as well as other Plato’s staff (stories we hear from other locations too!).

Thankfully, our scheduling website keeps a record of who has requested days off and their reasons so myself and my managers can keep track of how many days people have booked off and we can see if they are trying to trick us, which believe it or not, has happened.

I had one staff member book off holidays always last minute. We tried speaking with her that she had about half the holidays already booked off for the year and we couldn’t accommodate the one she was attempting to book off at that moment, and she explained “my grandma isn’t well and so our family tries to visit her when we all have days off which is usually holidays.” I gave her that weekend off, I did, but we explained that we would be less forgiving I guess with the amount of time off she would get in the future. Because guess what? Grandparents are old and a lot of them aren’t well (mine included) but I arrange to see them around the work schedule I already have.

Another staff member (this just happened recently) was scheduled to work until about 6 on a Saturday, but she called at 5pm saying that her mother texted her on her break and told her she had a doctor’s appointment at 6 that day. She had cleared it with her supervisors that it was slow enough that she could potentially leave but called me just to make sure. A background on her as well: the previous week she completely forgot she worked and didn’t show up for her shift (she was an extra, and we discussed it with her and kept her on because we are nice and understanding managers!!!!!). She said that her mom makes all her appointments so that she didn’t even know she had one today, but could she go? I said very sternly (because I was like WTF?) that this is the only time I would let her leave early like this and that next time she has to arrange appointments around her schedule (because guess what, she knew she has this shift for over a week and a half!).

Also the amount of staff who can’t come in for shifts due to being sick? And I’m not talking about vomiting/flu illnesses, I’m talking just a simple cough and cold. Take a dayquil and come to work. I had to go to the emergency room the night before last Black Friday because of what I assumed was a very bad case of strep throat (could barely swallow) from midnight until 2am, came home, took my medication, and work up at 7:30am to go to work and work Black Friday from 9-5. So, do not tell me you have a cough and you can’t come in. No one would have been able to take my shift last year, but I had to work it because we needed all the help we could get; it was our first Black Friday event and it was insane. I suffered through it and I was fine. You’ll be fine too.

We had an issue in one of the other locations recently too where normally on a Sunday there are 5 staff working. Three of them called in sick, and none of the other 10 staff were able to cover any of the shifts, so the owner had to come in and work a full day. Our owners do not work in the store anymore, they work on the store (marketing, inventory etc.) so you know it’s bad if one of them has to come in and cover a shift.

I don’t want to rant about all my staff because most of them are great. There’s just been a handful of them recently and recent hires (some have lasted, some haven’t) who exhibit this decrease in work ethic but seem happy that they get paid the good minimum wage we have here in Ontario ($11.25 now I think?). When an employee can’t even change a garbage properly after a couple weeks of hiring them, it makes me wonder if they are seriously cut out for this job. If they are unable to do the basic items, how can I expect them to understand how to buy clothing, how to cash out on our system etc.?

I’m hoping this is just a phase right now, and maybe although it’s a little ways away, that once the New Year comes maybe this little epidemic will end. Overall, I have a select few amazing staff, some good staff and a couple not-so-great-maybe-part-of-the-epidemic staff.

Some people might find that I’m being nitpicky about items, and to each their own, but when you start dealing with fifteen staff members under you and 2/3 of them are high school kids, please tell me how to lead them better. Because I try. I try so dang hard to be a stern voice of reason. I don’t want to be mean like my first boss, but I can’t let them walk all over me. I started out willing to listen to all these issues and excuses, but now I see them for what they really are: EXCUSES.

I love my job and I love all my staff. They are all great people, just some don’t have a great work ethic. And with some of the leniency we have here, I wonder if they would be good staff any where else.

I’m sure whenever I do leave this job, I could write a book about all the different excuses I got from staff who were ever late. Maybe that will be a best seller someday.


October Favourites | Beauty, Books, Entertainment

Hi guys! Welcome back! Today’s post features all of my favourites for the month of October. Normally, I don’t do these types of posts (I actually hate watching these videos on YouTube), but I do have more “lifestyle” favourites over my beauty faves so I think this will be a little more interesting for me. Enjoy!


1. Dream Fresh BB Cream by Maybelline in Light

I was sick for the first week or so of October, so I ended up wearing a much lighter coverage foundation because I barely wanted to wear makeup at all. They redesigned the Dream Fresh BB cream, but I think I do actually find a little bit of a difference with it, and I think I prefer it! It’s a little more coverage than the previous formula and the “grapefruit” scent you cannot smell much of at all, which is great since I hate grapefruit. But anyways, a great favourite to come back to!

2. Graveyard Girl Swamp Queen Palette from Tarte

I love this palette! I do not know why it got such bad reviews from some YouTubers. Yes, the shades are powdery but I find most of Tarte eyeshadow palettes are. The burnt orange shade called Dogman is my favourite! The bronzer in the palette leans a little orange, but the blush is great and the highlighter OH THE HIGHLIGHTER is amazing! A little goes along way throughout the entire palette. Well worth the cost!

3. NYX single eyeshadow in the shade Suede

A great transition colour, and while I do have a lot of cool toned browns, this one leans more warm which I love!

4. Lip Balm

Just lip balm in general for the month of October! My lips get dry when it starts getting colder, so I’ve been reaching for my Revos and EOS lip balms a lot over the past month or so.

5. Bath and Body Works’ Pumpkin Apple Cider Body Spray and Marshmallow Pumpkin Latte Body Wash

I’m not usually a fan of pumpkin smells but gosh darnit these two are amazing! Especially the body wash! Their fall sale grabbed me and I splurged!


1. Tami Hoag’s The Bitter Season

Two crimes in one? Oh yeah! Kovac and Liska back at it again? Oh Yeah! A gruesome and creepy murder mystery? OH YEAH!

2. Amy Schumer’s The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo

Didn’t finish this book until a few days ago, but had to include it. Yes, her book is hilarious and raunchy and all the things you would expect that would come out of Amy Schumer’s mouth but she writes it from her own perspective and she does write about situations that I didn’t know she went through like sexual assault and domestic abuse. She writes about her dad and his diagnosis with MS. The book is funny and hysterial and raw and real and sad. It’s great.


1. Closer by The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey

My two faves collaborate on a song? OH YEAH!

2. Side to Side by Ariana Grande ft. Nicki Minaj

I didn’t want to like this because I’m not a fan of Ariana, but it’s so damn catchy!

3. K Theory Remixes

Just listen to all of this artist’s remixes. Eargasms.


1. That 70s Show – I’ve been marathoning this on Netflix and I did not realize how hilarious this show was!

2. Law and Order SVU – Again, I’ve been picking and choosing episodes off of Netflix and keeping up with the new season, but I just love it! I love crime shows!

3. Chicago P.D. – One of the best police shows ever! A great cast, and I’m very sad that Jon Seda is leaving for the new Chicago Justice series.

4. How to Get Away with Murder – do we see a theme here? This season is already much better than last season! I haven’t watched this week’s episode yet, but I’m hoping that it’s not Frank in the house fire!

I think that’s all my favourites this month! I hope you enjoyed this post! Thanks 🙂




What Happened After I Lost My Virginity

[ I’m going to put a disclaimer here. This isn’t something that I would normally post, and hey, I might take this down within a week or two after I’ve “calmed” down in a way. This is a personal post and I’m not the absolute best writer when it comes to posts like this, so please bear this in mind when reading this. These are my thoughts on my own experience; others who have experienced this have had it worse, I know; but it doesn’t make me feel any less upset about my situation. ] Continue reading

Makeup Declutter

Hi guys! Over the weekend I decided to go through my makeup and throw out any I don’t use or separate out a pile for my sister to go through before I throw the rest away. I’m moving out soon so I’ve been cleaning lately and trying to downsize the clothes, makeup and just general junk I have.

I thought that I would share with you briefly what I’m getting rid of from my collection. Enjoy!

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Book Babble: Review of Paper Towns

** This review will contain slight spoilers for the end of the novel **

paper towns

I will start off by admitting that originally I didn’t want to read any of John Green’s novels because he is so loved, almost over-hyped by all the “nerd-fighters” and I was afraid that I wouldn’t like his novels, wouldn’t see why his books were so great. However, I ended up loving The Fault in Our Stars once I finally read it. But I can’t say the same thing about Paper Towns.

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My Hair Care and Styling Products

Hi Guys! Today’s post features the products that I use on my hair quite frequently and a little review on each of them!

1. Herbal Essences’ Naked Moisture Shampoo & Conditioner – I change up my shampoo and conditioner regularly, each time I finish a set. This time I’ve been using the Naked Moisture shampoo/conditioner from Herbal essences which claims to have no heavy residues, parabens and dyes. I’m not sure if I see a dramatic difference after each time I use this but it smells nice and I like Herbal Essences as a brand; I’ve liked pretty much every shampoo/conditioner I have used from them, so this is no different.

2. Denorex Therapeutic Dual Shampoo & Conditioner – I use the Denorex 2-in-1 Therapeutic shampoo and conditioner once or twice a week to control my psoriasis. You massage the product onto your head and leave for about 5 minutes. I like to wash my face/body, shave my legs if I have time, during the waiting part. It starts to get tingly and then you wash it off. The formula is supposed to help relieve itching, irritation, redness, flaking caused by dandruff or scalp psoriasis. I do notice a change after I use it and it does help to relieve the itching and irritation I get.

3. Regis Designline Ultimate Radiance Leave-In Conditioner – I got this product about two years ago from the hair salon I go to, and I tend to use it on the days I wash my hair with the Denorex product. Only because I feel like after I use the Denorex, my hair feels a little dry and so using the leave-in conditioner gives it some moisture and helps me brush my hair out easier.

4. ExquisiteOil Protective Treatment from Biolage – I got this from my friend about two years ago when she worked within a fashion magazine for her placement. She was always getting free products and gave some to her roommates, including me. The product is a serum infused with moringa, macadamia and argan oils. You can use the oil before shampooing, during conditioning, while styling or overnight as a treatment. I was originally using it overnight, but I felt like my pillow was getting oily so I’ve started to use it during conditioning. I use about 3 pumps (is that too much? it doesn’t say) mixed in with the amount of conditioner I use and my hair does feel shiny and nourished.

5. Herbal Essences Set Me Up Hairspray – They redesigned the cans, so I have the one that is a flexible hold hair spray and whenever I do finish it, I’ll get the one that’s the next step up. But, overall, it does it’s job and doesn’t leave my hair crunchy.

6. Tresemme Mousse – I’m not even sure what the name of the one I have is, but it’s not in the mousse collection anymore. But basically, I just put a pump in my hand, massage it through my damp hair and then do one of my braiding hairstyles overnight in which I get wave hair the next day. I think the mousse adds some extra hold to my hair since it’s fine and flat; I have no volume whatsoever, so I think this helps keep my curls intact.

Thanks for reading! Any products you think I should look into at all? 🙂

Sorry for the lack of updates in the past week; had to purchase a new laptop because my other computer battery was about to die, so I’ve been waiting until I bought my new one to upload pictures and such to it! Posts might be a little sparing for the next couple of weeks until I can figure out how to not lose all my music from iPod when I plug it in to this computer. Thank goodness for backups!

50 Random Facts About Me

Hi guys! So, again I wanted to post something today but didn’t really have anything planned so I decided to do the 50 Random Facts About Me tag! Let’s get into it! 🙂

  1. I love to write. I’m in the process of writing a novel, but I used to write short stories and even picture books when I was little.
  2. I didn’t really get into makeup until I was in university.
  3. I’ve never had a boyfriend or been in a relationship.
  4. I got my first kiss when I was 19.
  5. I suffered from depression when I was in the 8th grade.
  6. I love reality tv.
  7. I’m afraid of the dark and have a nightlight.
  8. I’m a very picky eater.
  9. I hate all fruit except bananas.
  10. I’m a giant scaredy cat; I hate horror movies or tv shows.
  11. When I was younger, I wanted to be a dentist when I grew up.
  12. Now, I have no idea what I want to do in the future.
  13. I went to school for media studies and specialized in public relations.
  14. I’ve had a total of 6 different jobs since I was 16.
  15. I work at a Plato’s Closet and I love it.
  16. I’m much more confident now than ever before.
  17. I think it’s because I started venturing out with different lipstick shades during my co-op in university, and I received lots of compliments so I kinda just kept doing it.
  18. I’m overweight though.
  19. I think it scares my mom how happy I am even though I am “fat”.
  20. I love to read.
  21. I have too many favourite books to name but some include: Lord of the Flies, Harry Potter, The Darkest Minds and The Lovely Bones.
  22. I can do the “clover” tongue.
  23. I love Nicki Minaj and that surprises a lot of people.
  24. I used to have an eating disorder.
  25. I like to say to myself I am in “recovery” for it because although I am better, the thoughts and disordered tendencies are always right there in the back of my mind waiting for me to slip.
  26. I’ve never really told anyone outside my family and close friends that.
  27. I used to play T-Ball and Soccer and did gymnastics when I was little.
  28. I bought Jeffrey Campbell Lita’s for no reason, and I have no idea where to wear them.
  29. I had my first date back in November and it was so frickin ridiculous.
  30. I love fairy tales.
  31. My favourite disney princesses are Cinderella or Belle.
  32. I would love to have the library that the Beast has in his castle in Beauty and the Beast.
  33. I’ve been to Disney world 4 times.
  34. I’ve also been to the Harry Potter theme park at Universal.
  35. I don’t have my ears pierced.
  36. I got my tattoo on a whim with only a couple weeks thinking about it.
  37. Spring is my favourite season.
  38. I love to swim.
  39. I always used to pretend I was a mermaid when I was in the pool.
  40. I still sleep with stuffed animals.
  41. I’m afraid I’ll never have a boyfriend.
  42. I still live at home with my parents.
  43. I want to move out before next March though.
  44. I love to play board games.
  45. Especially scrabble or Life.
  46. I used to play with Barbies until I was like 11 or 12.
  47. I believed in Santa until grade 5.
  48. I bought a Tarot card kit because it interests me.
  49. I’ve seen at least one ghost.
  50. I get night terrors and sleep paralysis.

Hope you enjoyed and I tag anyone who wants to do it!


Hi guys! I really wanted to post something today but didn’t have a review or haul planned, so I thought I would do the TMI tag for you and just answer those questions. You can get to know me really well haha 🙂

1: What are you wearing?
While posting this, I am back in my pjs after a mid-afternoon shower. It’s my day off, I’m allowed to!
2: Ever been in love?
3: Ever had a terrible breakup?
No, I’ve never been in any relationship.
4: How tall are you?
5 ft. 8
5: How much do you weigh?
Does any girl ever answer this question?
6: Any tattoos?
I have a piglet with a bowtie and glasses tattooed on my right forearm.
7: Any piercings?
8: OTP?
Oh gosh, too many to name. UM:
Zack/Kelly from Saved by the Bell
Nathan/Haley from One Tree Hill
Monica/Chandler from Friends
9: Favorite show?
Again, too many to name but the ones I can think of off the top of my head: Saved by the Bell, One Tree Hill, Rookie Blue, Orphan Black, Teen Wolf, Big Brother
10: Favorite bands?
Paramore and The 1975
11: Something you miss?
I miss having more free time and days off
12: Favorite song?
For Blue Skies by Strays Don’t Sleep
Iris by Goo Goo Dolls
Here we Go Again by Paramore

13: How old are you?
Just turned 24.
14: Zodiac sign?
15: Quality you look for in a partner?
Funny and has a sense of humour, respectful, responsible, charming
16: Favorite Quote?
I don’t really have a favourite quote. I usually like lyrics from songs mostly.
17: Favorite actor?
Miles Teller, Garrett Hedlund, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ben Affleck
Shailene Woodley (just not in SLofAT), Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Watson, Emma Stone, Kate Hudson, Reese Witherspoon
18: Favorite color?
Ocean blue
19: Loud music or soft?
20: Where do you go when you’re sad?
I usually crawl under my covers in my bed in the dark and listen to sad music.
21: How long does it take you to shower?
10 minutes, fifteen at most.
22: How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?
Without eating food, probably like half an hour, but I like to eat breakfast and watch tv too.
23: Ever been in a physical fight?
24: Turn on?
You’re kind, funny, witty, have tattoos, maybe a beard, wear some plaid.
25: Turn off?
You’re rude, misogynistic
26: The reason I joined WordPress?
I wanted to try blogging.
27: Fears?
Never being in a relationship, dying, heights, spiders, butterflies.
28: Last thing that made you cry?
I watched the new movie Cinderella last night and I teared up a little.
29: Last time you said you loved someone?
Last night to my dad before I went to bed.
30: Meaning behind your WordPress url?
I had used it on an old site before and it just means that every once in a while, we should stop and pause and be happy.
31: Last book you read?
The 9th Girl by Tami Hoag
32: The book you’re currently reading?
I’ve been stuck reading Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close for months now.
33: Last show you watched?
Saved by the Bell. I got the box set for my birthday.
34: Last person you talked to?
My mom.
35: The relationship between you and the person you last texted?
My sister.
36: Favorite food?
French Fries, a good deli sandwich, cheese, mashed potatoes, pizza, roast beef
37: Place you want to visit?
Like all of Canada, England, Greece, Ireland
38: Last place you were?
In my hometown? I visited work today. Outside of Canada? A couple years ago, I went to Mexico.
39: Do you have a crush?
Not really, i kinda miss having a crush on someone
40: Last time you kissed someone?
Went for a girls’ night in January, made out with some randoms at the bar.
41: Last time you were insulted?
Probably by a customer at work.
42: Favorite flavor of sweet?
Watermelon or orange
43: What instruments do you play??
Used to be able to play the flute.
44: Favorite piece of jewellery?
I only wear necklaces and right now I wear gold jewelry a lot.
45: Last sport you played?
46: Last song you sang?
Probably something from Nicki’s new cd
47: Favorite chat up line?
I’ve never used this, but if you went up to a hot bartender you could say: What time are you getting me off at?
48: Have you ever used it?
Oh god no.

49: Last time you hung out with anyone?
I went to a movie last night with my mom.
50: Who should answer these questions next?
Anyone who is willing to!

Book Babbles: Review of Tease by Amanda Maciel

Today’s book review is about Amanda Maciel’s debut novel called Tease. Tease follows the story of Sara Wharton, a teenage girl, who has been charged (along with 3 friends) for the bullying and harassment that ultimately lead fellow classmate, Emma Putnam, to commit suicide.

I am a sucker for YA high school novels that involve bullying/mean-girls-being-mean, but getting what they deserve in the end. A book that I can read in a couple hours, but still enjoy and be done with. So, that’s kind of what I was expecting from this. But it surpassed my expectations.

The novel is set both in the present day as well as the past (up until Emma’s death), all told from Sara’s perspective. While Sara was mean, she wasn’t the mean girl; that would be her best friend Brianna, who is the stereotypical mean girl in every YA novel (rich, pretty, vapid, extremely mean). But that doesn’t stop Sara from following her every whim and enjoying it. She doesn’t seem to ever regret any of the mean things she’s said or any of the mean pranks she’s done (either to Emma or to others), and that added an element of surprise to the story.

I mean, Maciel, played devil’s advocate for the reader. She shows us some moments where Sara’s not a complete bitch and you kind of feel sorry for her home life, but then you remember she did harass a girl until she committed suicide. And yes, all of the pranks she did were actually terrible, and you’re left wondering whether you sympathize with Sara at all because you don’t want to.

Sara was a realistic character because it seemed like how a teenage girl may react in that situation. She was clearly bothered that she was charged with this crime, but she bottles up her emotions, doesn’t talk to any one about it, but does not wholly regret what she did either because she believed Emma was just as mean/rude/vapid etc. as she was. It was a nice contrast in relation to other books about bullying where the author makes you feel sorry for the bully. I didn’t feel sorry for Sara at all; she got herself in that situation, but she did grow as a character by the end of the book.

Overall, a nice change to read when it comes to YA bullying/teen angst, and I look forward to more of Maciel’s novels in the future.

3.5/5 stars.