I moved into my new place in January and I have nothing left to decorate, so I thought! Turns out my deck is fairly big and very bare; Project Pimp My Deck is on.
It’s currently being used as a bicycle parking spot.
First up is to wash it!! Then I need some comfy seating and some plants. I want to create a cool chill zone to hang.
Since patio furniture can get pricey, I am going to need to shop around and find some good deals. I’ll mix some more expensive pieces with some super great deals.
I got these giant pots at Walmart and they were a super deal! I bought the last two, so not sure if they just wanted to get rid of them?
My deck is bigger than it looks; I think people gravitate towards small things for small spaces, but I think the space will look bigger if you have a few big pieces.
I think these plants will look great once planted; that tall plant is a lavender; I love the smell of lavender and I think it’s a mosquito repellent?
I ordered this chair below, which is super comfy, from Terra Verde; it’s manufactured in Quebec and it should be here within the next three weeks, I can’t wait! Can you guess what colour I ordered?
Remember I said that patio furniture can be expensive? In comparison this chair wasn’t super expensive and it’s made right here in Canada, so yay! I will share more on the company who makes them in my big reveal post.
I’ll be posting my progress pics on my Oui-Liette Facebook page and will share the Big Reveal on my blog; stay tuned!
Thanks for reading.
Liette… muah!! I thought I could get away without the muah at the end this one time, but I can’t, lol. It’s bad enough we can hug people in real life, I am not giving up my fake air kiss.
Week 8 was a bit of a struggle mentally, but I am starting week 9 with more mental calmness.
Reaching out to my little brother for encouragement and support may not have been the best idea? Here is the pic I sent him and our text exchange.
Note to self, don’t look to others for comfort and support…oh and brothers are annoying!! Lol. We like to tease each other. He is tall and lanky, I am not!! I will plot my revenge!!
Not that his comments got to me, but I’ve decided to smile in my monthly selfies moving forward.
I haven’t shared anything to date about what I have been eating. My first month or so I was diligently counting my points. As the weeks went bye, I felt like I knew what I could eat without being so obsessed with tracking.
For the last three weeks, I’ve tried to listen to my body and the pounds seem to be falling off nicely. I am not obsessing over food and I am trying to really be mindful of my emotions and not using food to sooth me.
Last night I ate out with a friend, I ordered pasta and it was delish!! I ate maybe 1/4 of what was on my plate. I put my fork down and asked myself if I was satisfied? Not out loud, that would be weird! Turns out I was satisfied and I wasn’t hungry anymore, so I boxed it up and brought it home.
I am realizing that I don’t have to end each meal or snack feeling super full…who knew?!
Will I go back to counting my points? Maybe? But this is working for me now.
This is the snack that I have pretty much every night. Two graham crackers, some chocolate chipits and a few marshmallows. I pop them in the toaster over and voilà!! Just enough sweetness; I don’t deprive myself of anything.
Week 9’s weigh in is an impressive 0.6 pounds! But, that’s ok, because I figured out why I was so cranky and off last week; oh the joys of being a woman! I am pretty sure I am retaining a good 7 pounds of water!! Lol, ok, maybe 2??
I am a bit worried about next week, I’ll be out of town for work, eating in restaurants, for a full week. I will do my best to make good choice, let’s see how I make out.
I left Vegas on Friday, it’s now Sunday night and not being able to follow my new eating routine is getting me down. Plus I am feeling super stressed about my upcoming event, I am fighting really hard to not stress eat.
Oh, I should add that our first night here we ended up at a pub for dinner where everything on the menu was super fatty. My coworkers devoured warm pretzels with cheese sauce. I resisted, I had 3 wings, a small slice of pizza and like 10 glasses of water!!
It’s 9:30pm, Monday night, and I just finished dinner, ugh!!! Being on the road is hard!! I don’t like eating dinner that late.
It’s Friday and I just got back from Arkansas, I’ll get weighed tomorrow morning and to be honest, I have no clue what the hell the scale will read? I could be up 5 pounds or down 5?
Week 10 weigh in and I am down 1.2!! For a grand total of 17.8 pounds!! This week was so busy that I didn’t eat properly; one day, I had a cookie for lunch, not cool. But I am back home and my fridge is full of healthy stuff.
I am starting the week psyched! I just tried on my inspiration outfit, which is a sequin pencil skirt and a black top; both I bought because I loved, but they were both too small, and now they fit!!
Ok can we talk about that last statement for a minute? Why do woman buy things that don’t fit us?? We buy with the goal that we will lose weight, but we usually don’t! And those articles hang in our closet silently judging us and making us feel bad!! I bought that skirt 3 years ago!!! Although I am proud that it finally fits, I bought it 3 years ago!!! I am making a vow to myself that I will stop buying things that don’t make me feel fabulous and fit.
Back to my inspirational outfit; I am going to see Mariah Carey’s Christmas concert in November. My friends and I bought tickets in June and knowing I was ready to start my weight loss journey, I told my friend that my goal was to fit into this outfit by November.
Ok, so, this doesn’t look fabulous laying on my bed, lol, but trust me both pieces are really nice! The top is off the shoulder, but with long sleeves.
I woke up the day before my weekly weigh in and instead of losing, I am proud to say that I found something; I found my waistline!!! I was losing hope that I would ever see her again, lol. I am excited for tomorrow’s weigh in. I am feeling really good this week, so I will be fine whatever the scale has to say. (Like the scale just randomly spits out numbers and I have no accountability on the numbers, lol)
I am happy with week 11th weigh in, but I’ve decided that I am not going to share my weekly numbers until I reach my goal of 30 pounds. I am going to hold back to create a bit of surprise and anticipation!! I will share if I’ve had a good week or a bad week and my struggles and victories.
First of all, let me say that I am really proud of myself for making it to week 12!!! I feel really good, I feel lighter, spiritually, not just physically.
Work is super busy, my biggest event of the year starts next week, but I am feeling like “I got this!”. I also attended my third and final grief counseling and I think it really helped.
That being said, the only things I felt like eating this week were chocolate or sweet things! I do have one sweet treat a day, but this week, I seriously wanted to eat cookies at every meal. Not just at every meal, for the meal!!
I did resist and I am looking forward to my weigh in tomorrow morning. If all goes well, I may need a celebratory cookie!! Lol
My weigh in went well, slow and steady wins the race. I am down a size and a half-ish!!
I can’t wait to go back to Moncton and see my family and show them how I am doing. Two more weeks!!!
This post is my personal weight loss journey. My weight has always fluctuated and to be honest, I have never wanted to be super skinny. I like my curves and realistically, I am not made to be uber skinny and I am 100% ok with that.
After moving to Las Vegas three years ago, I feel like I put on the freshman 10…or 15 pounds that people gain when they go away to university, but I put them on in my late forties. I played with those extra pounds for years, I gained and lost the same ten pounds.
Then in October of 2018 we found out my dad was terminally ill; for the next 8 months I used food to cope with my feelings and comfort myself, as millions of people do.
Now I am ready to deal with my emotions; I have been crying a lot!! But I feel that I was numb for the first month and now I am starting to thaw. So I am going to give myself permission to feel all the feelings!
I will be following Weight Watchers, I have had success with this plan before and it works with my lifestyle and I am loving their app!!
I will share monthly updates, but will post them one after another. So I am writing in real time, but will be sharing them back to back for a week; so you won’t have to wait months to see my results. As you are reading this first post, I already know how this ends…ok, I don’t know yet, but I will by the time I start posting .
I anticipate missing Sugar the most, I am truly addicted!! Wish me luck!!
Made sure not to smile in my before shot, apparently you are supposed to look a little miserable in the before pic; pretty sure it’s a rule. Also went with the no makeup look…oh and my hair was dirty.
After last week’s heavy post, I really felt that I needed to write something light and fluffy. I write about what’s going on in my life, the good, the bad and the funny; and this week it’s all about getting bangs!
While considering getting bangs, I did some serious soul searching. What is going on in my life at the moment that makes me think that getting bangs is a smart life choice? What makes me think that I can pull them off, this time? Yes, this time, because I’ve had bangs before, several times actually, and I’ve instantly regretted them every time.
What is causing this mid-life bang crisis??? Should I just ride out the urge until it passes?
I have decided that I am going to give bangs another try; maybe it’s because I am an optimistic, but I feel this time, this time will be different! This time I will love them! Even thought there is nothing in my past that supports this theory.
I did a bit of research, if you google, should I get bangs, the first thing that comes up is NO!! No, you should not get bangs, lol. I am going into this knowing deep down inside that this is probably a horrible idea; yet my mind is made up, there is no going back now.
Let’s examine the psychology behind getting bangs shall we? I think the urge to get bangs is definitely a sign that you are going through some emotional phase in your life. The last time I got them was just before I moved from Canada to Las Vegas, note to self, that bang was not my best look.
Maybe it’s a way to celebrate new beginnings? Or a need for change? It’s one of those things that in hindsight, seemed like a good idea at the time, but as so many things in life turns out to be a big fat disappointing mistake! Lol
During my last hair appointment, I told my hairdresser that I wanted bangs. I had also told her the last time I got bangs and was growing them out: “if I ever ask for bangs again, tell me no”. For my own safety, she put me on a 30 day waiting period.
Instead of complying with my request, she negotiated a beginner bang. She said, let’s do it in steps; I agreed, but secretly wondered why she was raining on my bang parade? We came up with a plan; if I still wanted a fuller bang after my waiting period, she would jump on the bang band wagon with me.
So here we are; I have 3 more days until I get banged. I found this picture of the type of bang that I want. And in my current state of delusion, I am convinced that I will look exactly like the pic below. And yes, that is Kate Moss.,,the super model; in my mind, I am going to look exactly like Kate Moss…the super model, lol.
Here is the last time I got banged, see below, so it’s not horrible on the surface. And for my male readers, who haven’t gotten bored by all this bang talk yet and are still reading, lol; I am sure they are probably wondering what all the big fuss is about?
The big fuss is that bangs in general are usually always a bad idea! And every woman knows this to be true; you wake up in the morning and they are all jacked up. The months and months that you suffer through growing them out are excruciating. Especially that phase where they are always in your eyes. You know, those 4 to 5 months it takes before they will tuck behind your ears again.
So why am I so sure that this time be different? I have no fu&@ing clue? I am obviously delusional? Lol
I do think that bangs or a drastic hair cut are a sign that something is going on in your life. And that makes sense, because I do feel that I am going through a transitional time in my life at the moment; I am on a weight loss journey, doing awesome, in case anyone is wondering!! I will be celebrating a big birthday next year; oh and I am questioning my life in general…so yeah, there’s that.
My hair is super long at the moment, maybe longer than it’s ever been in my life? I wanted a change, but I didn’t want to cut the length just yet, that’s pretty much how I got to my big bang decision.
It’s been two days since I got banged and so far so good. But keep in mind I am in Vegas, where there is zero humidity, let’s see how they look next month when I am in the deep south, lol.
I guess bangs can sometimes be a good idea? Maybe my bang trauma goes back to my childhood when my aunt used to cut my hair?? Here’s a question, what was up with moms cutting their kids bangs in the ‘70’s?? Lol
So have your ever had a bad bang experience? Do tell!
Oh and here I am trying to channel my best Kate Moss!!! Her bangs are a bit longer than mine; and even though I loaded on the blush, it still wasn’t enough. Ouff, being a fake super model is tough. I do think that the lighting in my pic is better than hers, take that Kate!!! Lol
Thank you for reading my serious posts and my silly ones.
For this post I am taking it all off and going nude! Yup! You heard me, I am going to try a nude lip for a week! Oh and I have a special challenge at the end of this post, so keep reading.
I love this nude look on others, but I’ve been hesitant to try it, because bright lips are sort of my thing; and to be honest I didn’t think I could pull off a nude lip? Then I thought, man I bet this is how some of my friends feel when I try to get them to try a red lip? So I am going to be brave and try it for a week.
I went to M.A.C. in the Providence Mall for my lip make under. I got a satin lipstick called Faux, number 808 and a lipglass called Candy Box, number 330. I love M.A.C.’s lipglass, but it’s the first time I get one that isn’t tinted red or hot pink. Who knew they made clear version??
I am not going to lie, this is out of my comfort zone, it makes me feel naked, but I guess that’s the point.
The bottom right lip is natural, bottom left is with the lipstick and the top is with the lipstick and lipglass.
My first thought was why bother wearing lipstick if you can’t see it?? But in the spirit of trying new things, I applied it and off I went.
I will say that I don’t love the color of the lipstick without the lipglass. And wonder why I need to buy a nude lipstick and gloss, why not just wear the gloss?? I may need to adjust my attitude and embrace this challenge…blah!
So here I am ready to start my day. I must say that a brighter lip does make me feel more powerful. I don’t hate this look for day, but I am feeling very vanilla.
So after day three, I think I am getting used to it? One good thing is that when it wears off you don’t get that dried up look, it maybe growing on me?…maybe??
Soooo the picture above is day 4; in order to compensate for the natural lip, I may have amped up my blush and eyeliner a bit…oh and my brows too, lol.
So in order to go nude I am actually wearing more makeup than I normally wear; who knew that looking natural would be more work?
Final verdict, I did get used to it, so I will keep wearing it…for daytime. I have been working out of our Rhode Island office this week with people I don’t really know. I will take my lip make under back to Vegas and see what my peeps think.
I do feel it’s a more modern look and I think I rocked it? Lol. It’s good to have options. Which do you prefer? Nude or bold??
In the spirit of new things, I am going to do something else that I have never done before. I am going to challenge three of my friends to try something new. Kelley M and Staci B, I am challenging you to wear a red lip for 3 days! And if you do, I will make a donation to a woman’s shelter on your behalf!!
I am also challenging my bff back in Canada, Guylaine, to go nude. She’s my lipstick twin, we have similar coloring so we wear the same shades. She’s a fan of a red lip, so challenging her to tone it down for 3 days and to report back.
I suspect that Kelley and Staci will have a harder time adjusting than Guylaine? But let’s see how they make out!!!
One of my passions is decorating; if I wasn’t an events planner, I would definitely be an interior decorator!
A few years ago I redecorated my dad’s TV room. I found an old dresser and painted it for his paperwork and stuff. I re-arranged the pictures my mom had in this room and even though it wasn’t completely my style, it was a nice room; apparently when you decorate other peoples rooms, it’s not all about you?? For instance, if it was my room, I wouldn’t have hung a large black and white picture of my brother and I circa 1987, lol.
When I moved away, my parents bought me a single bed for when I visited; so this room became a TV room/guest bedroom. That black and white picture of my bro and I hung over my single bed; I am not going to lie, it was a bit unsettling waking up to that every day.
Then my dad got sick and as his illness progressed, we added more and more medical stuff to this room. Soooo…this is getting a bit dark, but please stay with me; let’s just say that by the time he passed this room didn’t feel warm and inviting.
I decided that I needed a project and staying busy and doing something that I loved would be a great distraction. I was going to convert this room into a bedroom that felt like a posh hotel room for when I visited. And if there’s something that I know a lot about, it’s the inside of hotel rooms.
Ok so these before pictures are bad. It looks like a tornado blew through it and to be honest that’s exactly what happened by the time everything was said and done.
The first thing I did was to move the single bed, it was in the corner next to my dad’s chair, and I had my brother mount the TV on the wall. As you can see by the mess, it was less than functional. There was no room for me to unpack when I was in town, so I lived out of my suitcase, which, when open, took up half the room. The renovated room will have room for all my stuff!!
I needed inspiration and I found it! This is the vibe I am hoping to channel. I bet you are shocked, by this PINK headboard?? Lol, fun fact, my place in Vegas really doesn’t have any pink…well maybe a pillow or two? So this is a great place to pink it up!!
I love this color pallet and I think that although the key focal point is a deep pink, it’s still feels very sophisticated..right?
Now let’s be mindful that I don’t live here and that this makeover was done on a budget.
To get started I went to the local Moncton fabric store and omg!! I found the absolute perfect hot pink fabric! I hired my brother and sister in law to make the headboard. As I left town, I told them to please have it done by the time I rolled back into town; yup, I am a bit bossy, it’s part of my charm.
In Vegas, I bought a white duvet cover and gray curtains and lugged them cross continent on my next trip back.
My next find was awesome! I decided that I needed a big picture, like, big, big! I have about 6’ between the dresser, mounted TV and the closet. I wanted something oversized for that spot. I thought it would take me forever to find it, but my very next trip to Homesense I found it. I instantly knew this was it!!!
It has some pink, yellow, red, orange and green. I loovvvve it! You can’t appreciate this size in this pic, you will further down.
My view on finding art for your space is that it takes time, travel and patience; what I mean is that you can’t go to a store and buy art for all your walls in one shot. You have to find things that speak to you. I got lucky with this piece, but I will have a few blank spots in my room until I find the right pieces for the rest of the room.
My next cool find was a light fixture, it looks like a birds nest, which is fitting since my parents live on the third floor and have a view of the tree filled courtyard. It kinda feels like they live in a three house lol.
This was a steal of a deal at $49!! It looks even prettier at night when lit. Sometimes you need to give weird looking things a chance, lol. I am sure that some saw this in the store and though…nah! But, I knew that it would be pretty.
I bought a few small baskets and accessories, everything else was here already.
So it will be a bit of a work in progress, which is fine; again take your time to find pieces you love, don’t just rush and get stuff to fill spaces, love them! Oh and everything doesn’t need to be brand new. My dresser and side table were second hand finds.
So here is what I have so far!
This was the back of the door, which was wastes space. My mom had her TV trays tucked behind the door; yes she still uses TV trays! Lol, she also had a folding chair and I had some of my crap.
I decided to make this area into a makeup/hair area. My mom had the mirror in another room, I moved it; she thought I was nuts when I hung it behind the door, lol. I found a glass top console that fit perfectly and baskets for my makeup and stuff. It’s also a great place to line up my shoes. This small nook originally had no purpose, now it does.
My dad had the TV on a stand on another little desk, I got rid of that and moved the dresser, it was originally on the opposite wall.
We tidied up the TV cables…ok, by we, I mean, not me, lol, but I did add a few cute accessories. I love the gray basket with the white pompons, I got two at HomeSense.
So here is my headboard; I took these pictures at night, my brother and I hung it the night before I had to leave town, so it was a bit of a rush. The color is a pinkish cranberry, I know cranberries are red, but imagine them pink and that’s the color in the natural light.
Ok, I am adding the picture below because it shows it’s pinkishness in all its glory!!
I had bought huge white Euro Shams for the bed, but once I got them in the room, they didn’t work, so they went back. I will shop some sales back in Vegas for the perfect shams and accent pillows; I would love to find something in a darker gray linen.
The pictures below show the size of my colorful flower picture, it’s huge! Now is the scale too big for the room? Some would say yes, but I would say, no!
It makes me happy and it’s my room…so there; rules are made to be broken or bent just a little. If you like something and it makes you happy, that’s all that matters.
I need to find something for the space to the right of dresser and TV. I did see a beautiful lamp, but I hesitated and it was gone by the time I decided that it would be perfect. But I will find something fabulous, it may just take a bit of time.
I also need a bright pillow for my chair, again that will come.
Sooooo I got to sleep in my finished Moncton bedroom for exactly one night before I had to fly out again. But I’ll be back!
So what do you think? What’s your favorite new thing??
Thanks for reading! I know my blog topics are all over the map.
Seeing Red! Finding the Perfect Shade of Lipstick.
It won’t be a shock to anyone to hear that I have a thing for red lipsticks. Ok, it may be a minor obsession? I am always on the hunt for that perfect shade of red. When I am stressed or feeling blah, a new lipstick perks me up and makes me feel fancy!
Here are a few of my personal favs that are versatile and will probably look good on you too. I also recruited my BFF and her daughter for their favorite brands and shades.
If you are looking for a creamy, full coverage lipstick that stays on, try the line Bite. I asked my best friend and her 18 year old daughter to show me their top two red lipsticks. All three of us had a Bite shade listed as our favorite.
Guylaine, my bff, recommends Tannin, it’s a deep red with blue undertone; I may need to add it to my collection? Gaspacho is my newest red, it’s a nice bright cheery red. Sour Cherry was Emma’s pick, it’s a pinkish red; I also love Sour Cherry; it’s the color I am wearing it in my feature image above.
Oh and this brand smells and tastes yummy, it’s very “citrusssy”! Guylaine is forever licking hers off, lol.
Emma’s other fav is M.A.C.’s Russian Red, which made me laugh because her mother and I were wearing this shade when she was a baby. I’d like to think that I’ve been a positive lipstick role model for her growing up?
Guylaine and I have been friends since we were 14; we grew up with moms who would give us the once over before we left the house: “tu sort pas de la maison sans rouge à lèvres? » Translation, you aren’t leaving the house without lipstick are you?
Russian Red is an “I am not messing around shade”; it’s definitely Acadian mother approved! It’s also super versatile, it’s flattering on fair skin tones like me and also super flattering on darker complexions like the photo above.
I also love and always have the shade Moxie in my purse, also by M.A.C. If you want a beginner red, please try this one; it goes on a pretty sheer, so don’t be intimidated when you see the tube. Try it!
Also if you are trying red for the first time, put it on and then dab it off. So it won’t be so “BAM”! A lot of people tell me, I can’t wear red; which is bullshit, lol. You just need to find your shade and get used to the power that comes with red. Baby steps…
I gave my friend Mary a lip makeover and got her turned on to reds. We were in Montreal when she said she wanted to get away from the brown shades she had been wearing. I am not even joking, we were in a M.A.C. within 10 minutes and were out the door with matching Moxie shades not long after. I loved this color so much, I have bought it three times without realizing I already had it.
Kat Von D
I have a few Kat Von D lipsticks in my makeup bag. I recently wanted to buy a new Bachelorette, which was also universally pretty on everyone; fair, medium and dark skin tones. I think it’s been discontinued, which is a bummer; I was told that Outlaw is their new best red seller. I haven’t tried it yet; we’ll see if it’s as versatile as Bachelorette?
What Shade is Right for You?
If you are fair, look for reds with blue undertones, if you aren’t sure what colors have a blue undertone? Just ask the makeup artists onsite. Lighter skin tones can also wear a red with coral or pink undertones. I am fair, but I stay away from corals because they don’t work on me; pinks are all good though!
If your skin tone is more on the olive side, then stick with reds that have corals or orange undertones.
If you have a dark complexion, a deep red with blue undertones will be the most flattering on you!
I recommend going to Sephora, Shoppers Drug Mart, or wherever it is you shop and ask for help. Ask them for recommendations on a few red options for you. BTW it may take you a few wears to get used to seeing red on you, just don’t give up! No one likes a quitter, lol.
I hope you enjoyed this post; with Valentines Day right around the corner, I think you should treat yourself to a new lipstick!! And then find someone to kiss and mess it all up!!
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