I ❤ Fall Tag - JanessaMann.Com

I ❤ Fall Tag

I ❤ Fall Tag - JanessaMann.Com

Yes, I know I haven’t posted since I started grad school. Sorry about that! I’m hoping that now that I’ve been in school for almost two months I’ve figured out scheduling, so I’ll be able to post once or twice a week here! I figured I would start back off with some fall inspiration, and soon I’ll get to posting about our new apartment and all the things we’ve been doing since moving back to Ottawa!

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1. Favourite fall lip product

Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick #124 “Bordeaux”, Clinique Chubby stick intense #08 “Grandest Grape”, NARS “Funny Face”, and MAC #A74 “Kinda Sexy”

2. Favourite fall nail polishes

Essie “Wicked” and Sally Hansen Hard as Nails #120 “Bad to the Bone”

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3. Favourite Starbucks fall drink

(Non-fat, no-whip) pumpkin spice latte, but really all I want is a tea latte. Probably a nice, spicy chai, or a London Fog.

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Pumpkin candle from DW Home

4. Favourite fall candle

Anything pumpkin and spicy

5. Favourite fall scarf or accessory

Last fall I bought this awesome reversible blanket scarf from the Bay. It was a promotion during Breast Cancer Awareness Month and supposedly some of the money went towards research. I had been looking for the perfect size, pattern, and warmth, and this fit the list. It was even 100% manufactured fabric, so no wool to give me hives! I love to wear it open, or wrapped all around me. This weekend on the Greyhound I used it as a blanket. Perfect.

6. Haunted house, haunted hay ride, or haunted corn maze?

I had really wished we would have had time to go to Saunders Farm outside of Ottawa this October, but I’m busy every weekend, and we don’t have a car to drive out there. In high school it was always lots of fun, because you get to go around being scared by people, go on the hayride, watching their satirical play, and drinking hot apple cider. My least favourite parts were the haunted houses.

7. Favourite Halloween movie?

I definitely don’t watch scary movies, but if I was going to watch something creepy and fun, it’d be something along the lines of “Hot Fuzz.”

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Pumpkin cream cheese pop tarts

8. Favourite treat?

If I’m not going for pumpkin or apple pie, it would have to be these amazing pop tarts I made for one time we hosted friends!

9. Favourite fall activities

We all know how much I love to hike, so obviously that’s my favourite. I also love baking lots of fall things, celebrating Thanksgiving with friends and family, and carving pumpkins!

 

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Brunch at Drake Hotel’s Rooftop Patio

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Somehow I went the whole year of living in Toronto with only going out for brunch once. That’s a big no-no for Torontonians. Our last Sunday in Toronto, we went out to the Drake Hotel on Queen St West for brunch with our friend Wilson.

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Their patio was perfect. I love their style-super mid-century modern and lots of super cool art pieces. I’d only been there for a friend’s birthday in winter, where we were mostly clubbing in the basement.

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I had their smoked salmon bagel with cream cheese, greens, and capers. Nic had their Drake breakfast (eggs, sausage, potatoes etc.) and Wilson had the special, which was bread pudding with plums.

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Yup, delicious.

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Nadege and Trinity Bellwoods

Nadege Toronto & Trinity Bellwoods Park
Matcha green tea and rose macarons at Nadege

My friend Alina was in town Thursday to write an exam, and our schedules happened to line up for coffee! I hadn’t seen her since the fall, so it was really great to catch up with her again, since she was such a great friend in undergrad.

We decided to go to Nadege on Queen st West, by Trinity Bellwoods park. I’d seen quite a few people on Instagram post their French macarons, and I haven’t had one in ages, so this was the perfect excuse!  My macarons (green tea matcha and rose) were delicious. Couldn’t have made it better (but I am looking forward to baking more of them with Kelsey next year!)

Nadege Toronto & Trinity Bellwoods Park

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Nadege Toronto & Trinity Bellwoods Park

Rainy Sunday Walk

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This past Sunday I had a terrible migraine. Since sleeping and Advil wasn’t helping, we decided to go for a walk in the rain. It ended up being exaclty what I needed, and we checked out Creeds Coffee Bar along the way.

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For May I am taking part in #mayibeginyoga2016, hosted by @kinoyoga and @beachyogagirl, for a chance to win gift cards to their yoga apparel companies!

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Creeds Coffee Bar

I accidentally took the picture of our drinks on the wrong setting, so it’s just black. Really? C’mon, camera, how can you not automatically say “I know that’s the wrong setting, let me fix that for you.” Oh, that’s Auto. Oops.

Anyway, my chai latte was delicious, and Nic liked his cappucino.

Spring Afternoon and Sorry Coffee Co.

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Wednesday afternoon I went to the ROM to use my free membership again. I checked out both Canadian exhibits, which I hadn’t seen before. It’s really nice to be able to hang out in the museum while there aren’t tons of people and see everything at my own pace.

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This is Momency Falls outside of Quebec City, one of my favourite places. It’s so gorgeous there!

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Nic and I met up at Sorry Coffee Co. in Yorkville. No, they don’t have an Instagram, but you can see tons of everyone else’s photos. The place was much smaller than I had expected, but luckily it was almost warm enough so Nic and I drank our coffees outside.

Of course I loved all the copper, geometric shapes, and the marble.

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Beautiful latte art! Nic’s cappuccino was good, and I liked my latte.

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Every so often they change up the design of their cups, which they hand-stamp.

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Loving the spring weather!

February Favourites

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February has been a pretty good month for me. My family came to visit, I went to #emptyROM, Nic and I tried out some new coffeeshops (Black Cat Espresso, Box Car Social, and Settlement Co), and I achieved some fitness goals!

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I love to read, and I’m currently working on my “What I Read in February” post. I also like to use the hashtag #whatjanessareads on Instagram, so you can always see some of the books I’m reading, or check me out on GoodReads. 
I’m currently trying to follow through on my goal of reading all the Canada Reads 2016 books, and “Birdie” by Tracey Lindberg is the second one I’m on.  
Check out my January books post.
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In yesterday’s post I talked about getting selected to go to #emptyROM, which was a super awesome event where about 10 of us got to go into the dinosaur room before the museum opened and photograph everything without having people in our shots. It was a lot of fun! 

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For my product favourites, I don’t have many, but I do love these!
Joe Fresh Matte Sheer Tint in “bisque” – I was so excited to see that this BB cream lasts through a workout! And by workout I mean everything from yoga to legs day to stairmaster! I’m so happy with the results! It also doesn’t get too matte, so I don’t get dry patches.
NYX HD Concealer in CW01 – I haven’t found a concealer I like in a long time, so I was delighted to find this on sale at my Shoppers (so glad NYX is now here at Shoppers!). The colour is a great match for my under-eyes, and also lasts pretty well on any imperfections.
MAC “Kinda Sexy” matte finish – My favourite nude
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in “Diffused Heat” – This will probably always be my favourite blush. It’s so perfect to give you a great flush and glow with the gold streaked through it.
Burt’s Bees Honey Lip Balm with Vitamin E – just love.

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Nic’s been growing this adorable sweet potato vine! I can’t wait until we have tons of vine to drape around everything. 

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When we were in Dollarama a couple of weeks ago, Nic decided he would buy this trellis for his golden pothus. It really adds a lot of character to our white bathroom!

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I have gotten really into Crosswords this month. Yes, I sometimes cheat, but it’s really cool to notice how now I’m getting the hang of the secret language of crossword clues.

Spring Afternoon & Settlement Co in Waterloo

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Wychwood Barns

This past Saturday was beautiful. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll be so depressed if winter never really happens in Toronto, but I wore a spring coat over a t-shirt. It was beaauuutiful. We were planning on driving to Kitchener-Waterloo fro a friend’s engagement party, and decided we had to take advantage of the warm weather before we drove down.

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Back alleys

I found Settlement Co on Instagram a month or two ago, and have been very excited to go ever since. It’s the sort of coffee shop I wished had been in Uptown Waterloo when I was living there (other than DVLB, which is great, but their lighting is super low and my eyes always hurt). One of my friends put it well: it’s like a downtown Toronto coffeeshop, but in Uptown Waterloo!

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Of course, the place was packed, so we waited a while to get a table so we could order since we were expecting friends. It seems like lots of students love to do their homework there, so keep that in mind.

As always, Nic ordered a cappuccino, and I got a chai tea latte. His capp was really great, and my chai was pretty good, maybe top 10 I’ve had recently?

Don’t you love the blue dishes? They’re so cute!

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Settlement lets you rent the “back room” for events, so that’s cool. Look at the awesome faux moss writing, and the cool planters on the ceiling!

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Who doesn’t love french presses? You can get an individual for $3, or one to share for $6. I was drinking it out of my latte mug, so I’d like to try their blends again to know what it was really like.

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I posted this photo on Instagram a few days ago, and everyone loved it. The plant wall is so awesome! It was interesting how they have the second row of benches behind the first, which is higher. A few of us were crouched there before other tables emptied out, but I think it’s probably for when it becomes more of a bar in the evening.

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I snapped a quick picture of the front end,but I didn’t want to weird out everyone. It’s always a fine line between “I’m obviously taking a picture of the architecture and decor” and “I’m going to post your face all over social media.”