Spring is in the Air

Last weekend I smelt it in the air. That fresh smell that is so unmistakably a sign of the {hopefully quickly} approaching spring. And I was feeling good!

Michael and I took the dogs for a nice long walk through High Park and we noticed that even Talulah, the one who detest winter the most, had a little spring to her step {pun totally unintended :)}.

Spring brings light, flowers, jean jackets and fresh warmth. It reminds me of the excitement of finishing off a year at university and of weddings – in particular my own. It’s about renewal, refreshment and growth. And truthfully it helps me appreciate winter a little more, for without it, spring would not be.

spring wedding {A little throw back Thursday photo taken by the talented Blythe from Edmonds & Mckinlay Photography}

So with that, I am allowing myself to begin a spring countdown and since winter this year began way before the official start day I am crossing my fingers that spring is feeling as excited to come as winter was.

Only 20 more days!

Spring is in the Air

And the nominees are…

Daniel Day-Lewis, Jennifer Lawrence, Anne Hathaway, Christoph WaltzThe Oscars are my version of the Olympics or the Super Bowl. I get obsessive prepping before the big night by watching as many of the nominated movies as possible {a few years ago I actually watched almost every single movie nominated..the international movies proved incredibly difficult to get a hold off though} and making “educated” guesses as to who will take the Oscar that year.

As much as I love seeing the actors strutting in gorgeous gowns down the red carpet and enjoy the dance and banter that goes on during the show, there is a bigger sentimental element that gets me excited for the Academy Awards year after year. I can’t tell you when it started but my dad, my sister and I made it a tradition to stay up on Oscar nights. We absolutely loved watching the characters that we had so loved {or so hated} turn into “regular” people who laughed and made every day mistakes. I also took joy in being able to discern which movie would be most likely to take the Oscar that year. This night was also extra special because it was the one school night when our bedtime was fully ignored.

To keep the night feeling special, my husband and I get together with a group of friends {who are just as obsessive as we are} and we all get dressed up as movie characters and give awards for best dressed and best guesses. Going in to work on the Monday after is not the greatest yet somehow I still get the same kind of proud feeling I had back in grade 7.

Although I have not been able to watch all the Best Picture nominees this year, I am especially excited for this Sunday. I only have three more movies to watch in this category but every single movie that I have watched this year had me sitting at the edge of my seat, made me cry and/or laugh and made my jaw drop because of the incredible acting or the beautiful cinematography. 2013 was a phenomenal year for movies and although I personally think that the fight will be between American Hustle & 12 Years A Slave, I am excited to see them all up there.

Who do you think will win Best Picture and do you care?

And the nominees are…

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This past weekend I was invited by a friend to “get our hair done”. I did not ask for any more information, as I do not know a more relaxing way to begin a weekend than by getting your hair styled by a professional. I was expecting some sort of small event at a hair salon but was pleasantly surprised when I arrived to a spa-like pop-up shop set up by Pantene. While we waited and browsed through the different products on their new line, we were treated with coffee and a nail and candy bar. They then took the time to really figure out which one of Pantene’s new products would be best for our hair.  Since I have been playing around with my hair in the last few months I opted for their colour treated option and I must admit, I am quite the fan!

I also {finally!} learned how to curl my hair using a hair straightener. I know I am about 5 years too late and in all honesty I have tried and failed more times than I care to admit. The hairstylist that was working on my hair was incredibly friendly and as he was working his way through my ridiculous full head of hair, curling with the ease of a professional, I opened up to him and told him about the many embarrassing attempts that I have made to curl my hair with anything but a curling iron. Taking pity on me, he explained the technique in a language that I actually understood.

Amazing hairstylist: “Are you crafty?”

Me: “I like to think so…”

Amazing hairstylist: “Have you ever curled a ribbon with scissors?”

Me:….{mind blown & mouth literally gaping in awe}…..”Seriously?! That’s it?!”

Amazing hairstylist: “Yup”

So the next morning I imaged my hair being ribbon and my curling iron being scissors and I am incredibly proud to say that it worked!

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{The before and after shot – Oh, by the way, I chopped my hair about two weeks ago}

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It was such a fun event. Thank you Pantene!

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