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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July Favourites

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July was probably my favourite month of 2016 because I had such an awesome time. We got to go camping, to the cottage, back to Ottawa, we found our apartment in Ottawa, and I discovered some fun new things.

I started using my journal way more frequently, as a quasi-bullet journal. Technically those are also your agenda, but I want to keep my beautiful new Moleskine (yes, back in a Moleskine, my Ban.Do was wayyy too huge to take in my bag for grad school) as an agenda. In a few weeks I’ll probably post specifics about my bullet journaling, but for now, I use my journal as a habit tracker (that colourful page shown there with the graph-certain tasks I want to be encouraged to do), my editorial calendar for blogging and Instagram, monthly goals, money tracker, my daily gratitude notes (which is technically just a regular journal entry), and fun things like Passion Themed Life’s doodle challenge. I coordinate between my journal and agenda with a new colour for each day to track completed tasks.

Sally Hansen “No Hard Feelings” is my newest favourite nail polish colour. I found it at Dollarama, so obviously got it for super cheap. Yes.

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Obviously one of my July favourites has to be the time Nic and I spent at the cottage. I hadn’t been since the September long weekend, so that was pretty hard on me. We had a wonderful time, and I can’t wait until August when we’re going back again!

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I love Stiegl radlers- they’re so refreshing in the summer.

There’s a super cool documentary on Netflix-“Fittest on Earth,” which is about the 2015 Reebok Crossfit Games. Nic and I loved watching the movie, and then got obsessed with watching all the lead-up to the 2016 games, and then streamed the games last weekend on YouTube. I’ve never been interested in doing a crossfit workout, but the Games are insane. Those athletes are so talented! Check out their youtube channel and cheer along the athletes!

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Obviously I’m obsessed with my thrifted Tevas. Or, rather, someone lost them at camp 4 years ago and never claimed them, so I took them. I do have to reapply glue between the layers to keep them functional, but I feel so old-school hippie with them on.

Nic and I leased our apartment in Ottawa! I’m pretty stoked! It’s a two bedroom, so we’ll have space to host people, have an office, and a fitness room. Can’t wait to share our new place with you!

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Follow the beaver!

We also had a great weekend camping at Silent Lake Provincial Park with my family.

Spring Nails

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I don’t normally tailor my nail polish colours to the season- I just chose whichever colour I want, but I’ve noticed for the last few weeks I’ve been using purely spring colours, and I love it.

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My favourites are:
Essie “bikini so teeny,” “cute as a button,” “topless and barefoot” (my favourite neutral and what I wore on my wedding day!)
Morgan Taylor “Eye Candy” which I received in my Spring Luxe Box
NailsInc “Baker Street” and “The Thames
OPI “uh oh roll down the window

You can also find more of my nail inspiration on my “Nails” board on Pinterest! Check it out!

Which are your favourite nail polishes for spring? I might need to get my hands on some more!

A Terrific and Tasty Tuesday

Well that was a lame title. But it’s true. Maybe I’ll get better at titles later.
I was very thankful this morning that I wasn’t working, because my insomnia kicked in. I woke up at 3am for my 9:30am yoga class. I decided I could skip the class in favour for maybe napping in the morning. That didn’t work out, but I did read two books on my Asus tablet turned e-reader, “Shadowplay” (a fantasy novel set several thousand years in the future) and  “Cloche and Dagger“. I’m onto my third of the day, another cozy murder mystery, “A Potion to Die For,” in time for Halloween. Check out my GoodReads widget on the side to see what else I’ve been reading. It seems like I’m going to hit my goal of 200 books in 2014. That’s awesome.

Pumpkin cinnamon rolls 

I decided I needed to do some baking today to use up some energy. I came across a recipe for pumpkin cinnamon rolls, and knew I had to try them. I’ve never actually baked cinnamon rolls (I’ve done cakes and pull-apart breads, but never the regular thing) despite it being my favourite food. These instructions by Cooking Classy looked straightforward enough, so I made them.
MAN were they good!

And cream cheese icing wowwuhh!!

My neighbour’s cat, Timmy really likes to visit for scratches, and I let him into the kitchen a tiny bit, despite being very allergic. I suffered hives for a while after he left, but he was so content getting his belly rubbed and purring that I couldn’t let silly hives stop me.

He kept getting confused by the string on the curtains
Kisses from my Timmykins

It was a beautiful day out, so I kept the screen door open to let in the breeze. 15 degrees right before Halloween? I’m definitely not in Ottawa…

Neighbour’s Japanese Maple still burning bright

I painted my nails with Essie’s “Wicked,” my favourite dark, almost black colour. Perfectly vampy.
I hope y’all had a good Tuesday! Tonight we have a choir rehearsal for our concert this weekend!