Mother

If anyone is looking for good skinny jeans…my newest ones are The Looker by Mother denim. They are seriously the softest most comfortable jeans I’ve ever worn, and they are holding their shape well (I had a pair of really soft ones by AG last year, but I always had elephant butt within a few hours of putting them on, so I hated them). I keep stroking my own thighs because they feel so nice! I guess I look weird doing that, The jeans are comfortable and flattering!

I got them on Winners for around $80. I’ve never heard of the brand before, but looking online I can see that it’s a good brand, and they retail well over $100, sometimes over $200!IMG_0049.JPG

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I am not as miserable as I look in the pictures!!!

New boots!! New boots!!

Okay, I know what my loyal readers are thinking. You’re thinking that I did not need new boots. I’m here to tell you you’re wrong, I did!

Here is why.

It’s true that I have lots of boots. I have a pair of black Miz Mooz wedges, and I have a pair of black Seychelles heels. I also have a pair of black leather Uggs. I have red Miz Mooz boots, and I have Brown Fly Londons.

Yes, I have boots.

But what I know longer have, is a pair of good warm black waterproof winter boots that are nice enough to wear for work. I have a pair of old Hush Puppies that I wear for shoveling and such touch, they fit great and warm and dry and comfortable…but the leather is so worn that they look awful. When I wear them, I have to touch them up like five times throughout the day! Not very practical.

The Fly London boots I bought a few years ago were perfect. They looked awesome, they were waterproof, they were warm and cozy. That’s why I wore the shit out of them, getting the soles replaced a couple years in. But last year they finally bit the dust. My brown Fly Londons are warm and waterproof, but they are brown and do not go with everything.

I thought I had replaced them with Miz Mooz wedges I bought online. But even though I love those wedges, they are not a replacement. I’m not convinced they are waterproof, and they are definitely not warm and cozy. Also, the heel is wrapped in leather and I’m pretty sure that it would not stand up well to snow and slush. I actually try to sell them, but I was unable to, and eventually started wearing them. They’re beautiful boots for dressing up, but definitely not every day winter boots.

I was planning to manage with my other black Miz Mooz, they are not particularly warm, but they can be worn with thick socks and waterproofed with spray, and are very comfortable and have a good thick sole…I wore them quite a bit last winter (mostly on milder dry days that is be mostly inside). However, last weekend the entire side of one of them opened up and ripped apart!

My new UGGs are awesome fall boots, warm and comfortable and have a great look, but they are also low and wide, so even with waterproofing spray, there is no way they would keep snow out.

So, you see, I needed boots.

I must say, finding nice waterproof winter boots at a decent price is getting harder and harder. I can find lace up waterproof boots everywhere, but I don’t like that style. I mean, I might like it for weekends at the supermarket or skating rink…but I want boots that I can feel comfortable in for work and socializing. Hush Puppies used to make a lot of boots like this, fitted designs that were waterproof and insulated. It seems they make very few of them now, and the ones they do make are hard-to-find.

I finally decided to go back to Scarpino, and buy another pair of Fly Londons, something like these. They are about $300, but they are awesome! It really hurts me to think of spending that much money though-last time I bought boots that pricey, I had a gitft card to help me. Luckily, when I was in the store, the sales person suggested a pair of Kodiak boots. They are normally $230, but he always gives me a good discount because I’m a loyal customer! After trying them on, I spent another day searching stores and also searching the Internet…to see if there was anything I like that was comparable for a lower price, or if I can get a better deal online. After much research, I went back and bought the boots.

I present to you, the Kodiak Muskoka boot! Thick (seemingly) high-quality treated leather, thinsulate lining, thick rubber soles with a nice sleek attractive shape and design. I wore them today, it was very cold out and snowed in the afternoon, and they looked and felt great! Here’s hoping I have them for a few years!
Kodiak Women's Muskoka

A night out and more veggie goodness

Last night we went for dinner and a movie!!!

For dinner, we went to The Woodlot, which was highly recommended for their vegetarian menu. I called we can advance to make reservations, and was offered 5:15, 6:30, or 10:15. Obviously, the place is in demand! We went with 6:30…since we don’t go to suck hot spots often, I feel it’s widths review:

There was lots of parking close by, and it was easy to get to. The restaurant has a nice homey feel to it, it is warm and lovely, but quite small. I definitely recommend reservations! As for the food, everything we had was delicious. They give a vegetarian and regular menu at the same time. They also have an extensive wine and beer list.

That said, I would probably not recommend it for someone who is both vegetarian and gluten free. The menu is quite small and limited, and taking gluten out of it limited even more! There were actually only two main dishes that I could eat, one pasta made with store-bought gluten-free pasta (that I have no problem with, but the pasta $24 and I suspect that is because their homemade pasta is supposedly excellent!) instead of theirs, and a stuffed celery root. Since stuffed celery root does not appeal to me, I had the pasta. It was quite delicious…but nothing special. Probably a special with their homemade pasta! The pasta that they used was actually excellent, so good that I requested the brand and they took a picture for me! I will be looking for it.

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Adam had a stuffed Vidahlia onion, which he enjoyed and looked delicious, but they used breadcrumbs in it and said they could not do it without breadcrumbs.

For starters, we had the onion soup (without bread) and harvest salad. Both were excellent, although the soup was a tad salty.

So, if you go there, do not bother dressing up. We were surrounded by people wearing slouchy wool hats, flannel shirts, and heavy wool cardigans. Total hipster hangout!

I was a tad overdressed in my Motorcycle leggings, high Boots and blouse…but who cares?!?

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After dinner we rushed back up north to see Interstellar. It wasn’t really a movie that interested me, but my husband loves anything about space… So I agreed to see it. It was 2 1/2 hours long, at least half an hour too long. The acting and effects were great. The story…eh!

In other news, I finally bought myself the Oh She Glows cookbook instead of just searching for her recipes online (she has a website with lots of recipes, but most of the recipes in the cookbook are not on her website!). Today made peanut butter cookie dough bites. Absolutely delicious! Since I hate using my food processor, I cheated and bought oat flour and almond meal at Bulk Barn. The oat flour is not certified gluten-free, but because I’m not sensitive to trace, hopefully it will be okay. I have non-certified GF oats regularly and it didn’t seem to bother me.

The bites:

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The recipe (copied from Prevention):

REP TIME: 15 minutes
CHILL TIME: 10 minutes
SERVINGS: 14 small bites

1½ c (375 mL) gluten-free rolled oats
2 Tbsp (30 mL) coconut oil
2 Tbsp (30 mL) smooth peanut butter, almond butter, or sunflower seed butter
¼ c (60 mL) pure maple syrup or other liquid sweetener
1 tsp (5 mL) pure vanilla extract
½ c (125 mL) almond flour or almond meal
¼ tsp (1 mL) fine-grain sea salt
2 Tbsp (30 mL) mini dark chocolate chips or chopped dark chocolate

1. BLEND oats in a high-speed blender until a fine flour forms. Set aside.
2. COMBINE oil, peanut butter, maple syrup, and vanilla in a large bowl, and beat with a hand mixer until smooth. Add almond flour, oat flour, and salt, and beat again until combined. Fold in chocolate chips.
3. ROLL dough into small balls (about 1 Tbsp/15 mL of dough each). If chocolate chips fall to the bottom of the bowl, press them back into the dough when rolling. Place the finished bites on a plate lined with parchment paper.
4. FREEZE bites for 5 to 10 minutes, or until firm. Store the bites in the freezer in a freezer bag for quick and easy snacks.

Tips: For a nut-free version, simply swap sunflower seed butter for the peanut butter and more oat flour for the almond flour (add a splash of nondairy milk if the dough is a bit dry). Both versions work just fine. For a soy-free option, use soy-free chocolate chips (such as Enjoy Life brand).

NUTRITION (per bite) 117 cal, 3 g pro, 13 g carb, 2 g fiber, 5 g sugars, 6 g fat, 2.5 g sat fat, 41 mg sodium

41!

Yeah, it’s my birthday. It was a good day. Love from my kids, over 100 Facebook messages, a day at work that I filled with meeting with some of my favourite clients, and dinner out.

I was off work Tuesday, and treated myself to a much needed cut and colour. Of course it looked great after the salon:
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But I was a tad worried it would be too short when curly. No need to worry though, it curled up great:
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I’m also off work tomorrow, looking forward to spending a day with Zoe and her friend, and a lovely weekend.

Being 40 wasn’t bad at all (last year sucked, but not because if my age!). Hopefully the year to come will be a great one all around!

All dressed up!

I haven’t done a cosmetics post in a while, but I worked hard on my makeup for a Bar Mitzvah I attended last night, and want to show off my gold and black smokey eyes.

1. Prime eyes (I used Urban Decay primer potion).

2. Line top kid and lower waterline with brownish black kohl liner (Estée Lauder pure colour blackened cocoa). Smudge.

4. Apply gold shadow over the lid to the crease, and in a line under the lower lid (Too Faced Honey Pot).

4. Using a fine brush, apply black shadow to the line, outer V and crease (I used a gold flecked black from the Bibo blackout eclipse shadow box).

5. Blend and soften the black shadow with some bronze shadow (From my big E.L.F palette).

6. Add a highlighter to the brow line and inner corners (Too Faced sunbeam).

7. Add Mascara (Benefit They’re Real) and Done!

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More pictures of my family last night! Unfortunately, the dress I wore last February didn’t fit,  as I’ve gained 5lbs since then (5lbs I’ve made peace with) and that dress is very fitted with no stretch. All my other clothes still fits!). Luckily I found this dress I bought at Winners (and never wore) in the back of my closet. The tank neck is a bit summery, so I filled it with a necklace from Aldo Accessories.

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I borrowed my mom’s Micheal Kors evening bag, which I love.

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