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Hello!

We apologize for the large delay in posting, however as many of you know WE’VE MOVED! We relocated to Vancouver, British Columbia. We’ve officially been in our apartment here for 11 days, after a 3 day drive up from Los Angeles. We’re slowly furnishing and haven’t even gotten to decorating yet, but we’re absolutely thrilled with our apartment and our location!

We’re able to walk to basically anything: grocery stores, the mall, pet stores, drug stores/pharmacies, etc. Everything is within a 10 minute walk, with most things being about 5 minutes down the road.

We’ve (my mom and I) have spent many days, if not all of them so far, out and about gathering our nuts as we like to say, by buying the necessities. It’s a lot of work to start all over in a new place let alone a new country; you forget about the little things like needing a can opener to be able to eat that can of ridiculously expensive tuna.

There have definitely been some ups and downs as we learn new things about the city. One funny thing we encountered, was that the shopping carts here (AKA buggys) require a looney ($1 coin) to release them from their lockup with the other carts. The coin acts as a key, so you insert it, the lock releases, you carry on shopping, and when you’re done, you lock it back up and your looney pops out. Interesting right? Needless to say we had to go to customer service to borrow a looney because we had yet to get Canadian money on our first shopping excursion.

If you haven’t been to Canada and experienced some of the funny differences, here are a few terms/tips we’ve learned so far:

Terms

Looney – $1 coin

Tooney – $2 coin

Buggy – shopping cart

Tips!

– Pedestrians are aggressive and if you’re driving through the city, you must be assertive, or else you’ll be waiting on the never ending flow of walking pedestrians for all eternity.

– Certain foods and products are RIDICULOUSLY expensive ie. your average glass container of olive oil here ranges from $15-20 and as mentioned a can of tuna can range from $4-8.

– Dogs seem to be pretty well liked here. We’ve seen most people take their animals into stores with no problems from the employees.

– The city is really bike friendly, with certain streets having a dedicated bike lane.

– Everyone for the most part has been super friendly and helpful! We’ve run into a few grouches, but that’s to be expected in a city.

It’s definitely been a huge adjustment, but a really good one. We’ll keep you guys posted as to our adventures and there will definitely be pictures to come!

Have a great day!

XO Nic

My family and I are huge Amazon Prime fans. If we have to order ANYTHING, it’ll be through Amazon –  books, dog products, tech products, you name it – it’s Amazon. We love the convenience of only having to wait a couple of days to receive something with free shipping! Yes, we do pay for it, but given the amount of items we all order throughout a year, it’s totally worth it.

My latest purchase from Amazon is the August EP650 Wireless Bluetooth Stereo NFC Headset with Built-in Microphone. Talk about a mouthful. The reason I ordered these was because I really wanted a bluetooth headset to be able to move freely without having to be tied to my computer or phone. I have music or some sort of background noise on 24/7, so constantly having to be taking other headphones on and off was driving me nuts.

That said, I wanted a pair that were comfortable with pretty decent sound quality, but I wasn’t about to fork out the beaucoup bucks for a name brand pair. If you know me, you know I constantly drop/accidentally throw things all the time. My phone has only survived this long because it’s in a Lifeproof case, which I still managed to break and I’m now on my second one. It’s not that I’m careless, I just struggle with gravity, you feel me?

Anyways, I thought I’d do a product review of these bad boys, because quite frankly I was skeptical to buy a relatively cheap pair of headphones from a brand that I’d never heard of. However, THEY’RE AWESOME. They fit my ears perfectly, they deliver a great bass if you’re into that kind of thing (I am), and they pair really easily with any of my devices. Also, they’re only $45. Pretty great, right?  Folded_Headphones

They fold up to become more compact, which I really like. They also expand where the hinges are, so if you need them to be larger they can be. They fit my head perfectly so I don’t have to adjust them at all. They’re also not heavy to wear around for long periods of time, and my ears have yet to get really warm from having them on.

I will say that my brother tried them on, and his ears are quite a bit bigger than mine, so he didn’t think they were as comfortable as I do. He did say that they sounded pretty great though for being at such a low cost. I also used the mic today for a phone call with him and he said he could hear me pretty well, which is a plus! I hadn’t bought them for the purpose of being a headset, so for me it was an added bonus!

All_HeadphonesAmazon says that the original price of these is at $80, so you’re practically getting them at half off. I was slightly bummed that a case didn’t come with the headphones, however they do make one for $10 that I’ll probably order. They also come with a charging cable and a male to male cord, to become wired headphones if you want.

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I think my favorite feature of these headphones (besides them being bluetooth obviously) is that you’re able to turn the volume up and down, switch the song/whatever you’re listening to, and pause/play from the right ear speaker.

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All in all I definitely recommend these if you’re wanting a pair of bluetooth headphones for a fraction of the price of name/designer brand ones.

Have any questions regarding these babes? Feel free to comment below!

 

XOXO

Nic

Plans or not, we want to wish you a very happy St. Paddy’s day!

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Isn’t he adorable?! We had to share our little stud and this darling sparkly bow tie. We found it at the dollar store! It’s a great addition to whatever outfit you’ve got planned.

Remember to wear green! Getting pinched isn’t fun.

 

XOXO

Roma & Nic

Drum roll please…

We’re relocating to Vancouver, British Columbia on April 1st! My dad, Eric, has been hired by Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) to be the Creative Director|Visual Effects Supervisor of the Vancouver facility.

Here’s the official press release from The Hollywood Reporter.

I couldn’t be more proud of my dad, and I’m so excited for what this adventure has to offer for our family. Unfortunately, my brother Cole, will not be relocating with us. He will be staying behind in CA to continue his college education at Marymount California University.

We will certainly miss California, but we’ve lived in Vancouver once before for an extended period of time when my dad was shooting TronLegacy in 2009 and we loved it! Vancouver has so much to offer, and I can’t wait to see what the move brings to this next chapter of our lives as a family.

Follow along on our journey as we figure out a whole new city, with pugs and all!

 

XOXO

Nic

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Makeup can be so daunting…so many colors and brushes and brands and do’s and don’ts that it can become really overwhelming. Walking into Sephora is like walking into the makeup version of Forever21, there’s too much to look at! I’ve gone through all kinds of brands and colors to figure out what works best for my eye shape and color, so hopefully this will give you some guidance if you’re trying to decide what to buy.

First off, I have REALLY dark eyes. Like you can’t distinguish the pupil from the iris, dark. I used to really hate that I didn’t have blue or green or hazel eyes. I always thought people with that eye color were so lucky because it was so much easier to emphasize your color when putting eye makeup on. Over my 21 years on this planet, I’ve learned to love my eye color because it makes me me! However there was a lot of trial and error involved when figuring out what not only worked for my eye color, but what worked for my eye shape! I have almond shaped eyes, so sometimes if I don’t emphasize my crease and the outer corner of my eyes I look like I might have lost my lid somewhere. Fear not, I’ve found some really outstanding products that I want to share with you!

Starting on the left is the Naked2 Palette by Urban Decay. I’ve had this palette for just over a year, and I am still in love with it. It’s got a wide variety of taupes and  nudes with a hint of grey undertones. The twelve different colors give you tons of different combinations for many different looks including both matte and glitter finishes which are perfect for all sorts of occasions. I feel that this palette does a great job at giving my eyes depth (so we can locate my lid) and you don’t have to be a professional to use it.

Moving to the bottom left (the little circle white one) this little guy is wonderful! Sephora’s Aspen Summit N23 is a highlighting shadow that is great for the brow bone, inner corner, and middle of the eye. I like using a highlighter for the middle of my lid because it helps open up the eye as a whole, and give it more shape while still having other colors on my lid. (Unfortunately Sephora no longer carries this color, however there are tons of different types of highlighters that work!)

To the right of the highlighter, is the little brown eyeshadow. It’s called Cocoa and is a Satin color by Revlon. Believe it or not I use this as my eyebrow color! I’ve tried a few different eyebrow specific pencils, kits, etc. but nothing has worked quite as well as this shadow with an angled brush to get my brows to look exactly how I like them.

The Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant mascara has been my favorite find so far. I tried a bunch of the generic Walgreen’s/CVS brands and didn’t find anything I liked as much as this one. In conjunction with the Smoky Extravagant I also use the Roller Lash by Benefit (the fun pink little tube). This mascara has a great fine tooth brush that I use to remove any clumps or group of lashes that are sticking together. Again, this helps open my eye and it also gives my lashes they’re longest length.

FUN FACT: I buy this at Sephora in the little bins by the checkout like, and normally you can get the smaller sized ones (both Benefit and Make Up For Ever) for about $10 instead of $24 for the full sized. I’ve noticed the small ones last just as long and are less than half the price!

The eyeshadow behind the mascara is Sable by MAC. I love this color as a quick all over the lid color when I don’t have time or don’t want to spend a lot of time on my eyes. It has a glitter finish and has a cinnamon look to it, which I find really pretty. I’ll usually apply a second coat of this to my crease to help with depth, but it doesn’t take more than a minute to have both eyes done.

Laura Mercier’s Cream Eye Liner in Noir used with the Sephora Pro Angled Liner Brush creates great lines both thick and thin on my lid! It can get smudgey if I’m dying from laughter and crying or if it’s absurdly hot and I’m sweating, so I tend to wear waterproof eyeliner for those days, but other than that I really love how this one looks! I like a slight winged liner to make my eyes look a little larger than they are, and the angled brush is rather helpful for getting the perfect line each time.

And last but certainly NOT least, is the Naked Smoky Palette. I just received this one for Christmas and I love love love it. I thought Naked2 had tons of combinations, but the types of smoky eye you can make with these twelve colors is outstanding! As you can see the palette ranges from a really deep purple (really great for brown eyed babes) to beautiful neutral tones. This palette also came with how-to instructions, including pictures for 6 different looks, which made me excited to really play around with the palette.

Happy shopping!

XOXO

Nicolette