My First Italian Wedding was a ‘Successo!’

Am I Italian yet?

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After countless shots and other beverages consumed, my evening was somewhat of a blur. My second pair of shoes were left in the car and not needed at all thanks to “drunk-feet” – drinking so much you don’t feel any pain that might be caused by uncomfortable shoes…or maybe the shoes were just hella comfortable. Good job Steve Madden, or should I say good job Sambuca.

There was a water fountain in the lobby with a grand piano where a pianist would play before we went in for dinner – he was on break I guess.

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There was also a fancy little car – clearly not a car person.

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Between the car, the piano, the champagne, shots, and cookies in the lobby, waiting for the reception to start was a breeze!

Matthew did not lie when he said their was going to be a crazy amount of food, those Italians sure can eat! I was pretty crummy at taking pictures so you’re going to need to use your imagination here. I’ll start off with the first plate of food I consumed…which I failed to capture because I was so hungry.

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As you can see from the crumbs, I ate it all much too fast…a collection of calamari, muscles, peppers, baby corn, rice, potato salad, bread, Italian meats and some other nick-nackish foods that I can’t remember right now.

The second serving was the pasta dish, gnocchi and cannelloni – so creamy, so delicious! Honestly if this was the only dish I would have been happy with just that, it really hit the spot.

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But no, it didn’t stop there, that wasn’t even the main dish! Servers came around with chicken, vegetables, potatoes, salmon, and salad…I was already so full but I didn’t want to be rude. So I filled my plate.

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More beverages were consumed, I think there was dancing…I met a boy who out-danced me and thought it was hilarious so he kept doing it. He broke out into the worm, how am I supposed to beat that? If I wasn’t wearing a dress I would have tried…I hate losing, I don’t care if he is 6, I’d say it was an unfair battle.

Dessert was served, cupcakes and fruit, lovely mix.

After that, there was even more dancing…and because we danced so hard we would get thirsty – bless those open bars.

That child kept coming up to me and showing me his dance moves, when I decided we should team up he would just roll his eyes at me as though my moves couldn’t compare. Eventually I broke him down when I showed him the only magic trick I know – the one where you have something small in your hand and you have to make it disappear then reappear in their ear…yes, you know, the trick your creepy uncle would do to you when you were just a child and you would have to awkwardly laugh and act surprised so he would stop bothering you with the lousy trick. Well, it was a hit…too much of a hit because the kid wouldn’t leave me alone…it was fun at first but honestly, I just couldn’t keep up. He kept showing me all the magic tricks he knew which by the way, when he told me to close my eyes, I always peeked…so I knew the trick before it even happened. We danced and had fun but I definitely came to the wedding with someone else…who by the way didn’t rescue me for a good hour. #ThanksForThat

I took zero pictures of the actual wedding but I’d just like to say those Barbadians (Bajans?) on the grooms side sure know how to exude their personalities in their outfits! So much sparkle and sass, I absolutely loved it!! There were bright colours and so much sequence, some of them even wore fancy little hats…I felt under dressed standing next to them. The bride wore a gorgeous dress – I didn’t want to be weird and ask to take a picture with her because we didn’t know each other, instead I just took pictures of her dress.

I like how the skirt was very traditional Italian and the top was more Bajan style with all the fun embellishments – way to go Bride, bringing both sides together.

I had so much fun at the wedding, danced my little heart out, and got to spend time with some pretty amazing people.

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This morning when I woke up I thought I’d never eat again because I was so incredibly full from the night before…I was wrong…

You can’t do Sunday without comfort food and Netflix with your Person. Its been an incredible weekend, Monday is going to suck so hard.

 

-A

 

My First BIG, FAT Italian Wedding

Pizza, Pasta, Vino – Thats all the Italian I know

Super excited to be playing dress up today, I have my dress, my shoes and my clutch, all that’s left is the ‘getting ready’ process. These are my beauty secrets, trust me its nothing special, I am so far from being a makeup guru – I honestly just buy what Shoppers Drug Mart has on sale. #TricksForThe Broke

I start off with this amazing moisturizer that my sister and I found at Shoppers Drug Mart, its so refreshing with a light scent that keeps my face hydrated and mattified all day! For only $24 I should have bought in bulk.

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I then move on to the foundation of my face…ya know, ’cause we’re building a home for our makeup. I use a simple Fit Me Foundation by Maybelline, I love this foundation because its lightweight and really smooth, I don’t feel like it gets caked on and its the most natural look I’ve come across thus far…plus its cheap so thats a bonus!

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Once I have my first base I seal everything in by adding a powder. I swear by this little thing because even if I’m not wearing foundation, its just as amazing on its own. I don’t think Bourjois gets enough credit for their Healthy Balance collection – I swear its magic.

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This is probably not the best order of production here but now I use my handy, dandy contour stick… NYX Wonder Stick to get into specifics. I don’t go crazy with this, I don’t need people thinking I have permanent shadows on my face…only sometimes.

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if needed, I powder a little after – I feel if makeup artist are reading this they are already trying to find out where I live to teach me a lesson on properly applying makeup…something about liquid before powder…the day it stops working for me I promise I’ll listen to what you have to say!
Next I use the magic of NYX Highlight and Contour Pro Pallet K, now I know I’m really asking for it…I don’t even use this for highlighting or contouring…I solely use this as my blush. When it works, it works.

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I don’t use mascara because I’m super extra and get eyelash extensions done by the incredible Vanessa Stubbs. If I want to be a little more extra that day I just use my heated eyelash curler to add that ‘va-voom’ I’m looking for.

Finally I mess around with some eyeshadow, theres really only two or three colours I fu*k with; gold, brown, and white – I’m Creatively Uncreative like that. The Nudes eyeshadow pallet by Maybelline is lightweight powder that adds such boldness to my eyes.

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Now its time to get dressed! I wanted to avoid a bra today because I didn’t want the straps to show and strapless bras just never stay up (I don’t trust women who wear strapless bras, how are you making them stay in place?!) I bought these “sticky boobs” from M Boutique the other day, only $28, unbelievable! And to think I’ve been spending over $40 at other places…watch, now that I’m bragging about it they probably won’t even be that sticky and I’ll have to go out and buy another pair.

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I bought my outfit a few weeks ago from M Boutique, $96 for the set, the shoes are Steve Madden at $110, and the clutch is Michael Kors $198.

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Now that I’ve just shared my process I should probably start it for real as I’ll be getting picked up soon…before I go, as a reminder to myself and also a tip for the readers, bring a pair of comfy shoes just in case.

Beauty is pain…come with a second pair of shoes!

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I’m sure I will be posting about all the incredible foods I’m about to consume – “What wedding? I thought we were just going out for dinner?” clearly focusing on all the wrong things. Either way I am so excited for you to experience what I’m about to experience.

Catch you on the wine side,

 

-A

My Brother Bought a Mansion

Join me on this journey through James’s new home

Today is my day off, instead of being super lazy and doing nothing my brother convinced me to drive him to the airport “Family, dude” is what he said. He offered to pay me $40, buy me lunch and pay the tolls for whatever highway we take, not bad for a day off work…when I hesitated he said “I looked it up on uber and it would have been $80 so you’re getting a deal!” it took me a good 3 minutes to realized I wasn’t the one getting the deal… I’m at his house now… is it too late to ask for more money?

Driving down his street was like driving down a super long road, I don’t even think it can be considered a “street”…well I missed his house at first, all these damn country homes need bigger numbers! I pull into the driveway…tell me why his house has two entrances. I was so confused and didn’t know where to go, good thing I had my phone to call him!

Finally made it into the house after going through the side door (went into the garage first…technically it was on the side of the house so no wonder I thought it was the side door). I was absolutely shocked when I saw his house…how is it that my younger brother lives in this mansion and I’m still in my childhood bedroom #Priorities.

The main room is so spacious, I probably would have decorated a little differently, the brick wall detail is to die for…came with the house. The tiger detailing really adds character to the room, it really sets a Mike Tyson vibe. The bed is there because they are selling it…hence the sign they put up.

A lot of their furniture has been frugally purchased…junking. That would explain their knight and shining armour watching over the room.

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Natural sunlight brightens this room through the enormous doors that lead to the top level deck that wraps around the house.

And of course the kitchen…the most important part of the house.

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James walks towards the kitchen windows to show me where he likes to stand when he’s hungover.

There are 4 bedrooms on the upper level – you don’t need to see that, just a bunch of boys live there so you can imagine what that looks and smells like. James, if you are reading this, I’m just kidding, you guys maintain well…however, you do have a garage, you don’t need to keep your tires in your room, I think they will be okay!

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James took me on the tour to the basement and shit got real! This is where I discovered that this house has multiple dungeons, what looks like a slaughter room…and some other nice rooms. We started walking down the stairs, passed the front door which is encased in glass…how fancy! That muddy blanket is there from a party they had the other night (of course!)

The basement is furnished with a built in bar, they have a pretty sick lounge area with sliding doors behind the couches that lead outside and that other room…a library. Didn’t realize I was walking into the modern day castle from Beauty and the Beast (that was cheesy and I hate myself for that but I’m not going to bother taking it out).

The “library” has a more refined feel…can you believe these guys found this table and all the matching chairs while ‘junking’?! Also, lets just take in that incredibly terrifying painting that came with the house…obviously haunted.

The basement just kept going, we think the laundry room used to be a slaughter room where they killed cows…how did we get to this conclusion? Its farm country and theres a drain on the floor. The laundry chute was pretty neat. Other rooms include a DIY gym, I think its still in the works, two dungeons, a games room where ping pong was played too vigorously causing it to break, a jam room, a bathroom with heated ceilings…like, why? and a long hallway. Can you tell I’m getting tired of writing about this giant house?

After the long journey inside of the house James took me to see the backyard where they play golf, throw barn parties, and the fire pit! I did a lot of walking so we will just call that my workout for the day.

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I’d say its been one hell of a productive day! After that grand tour I took a two hour drive from Brooklin to Pearson Airport to drop James off (have fun in Florida!) then drive back home…speaking of that long ass drive, I never got my money! …or lunch for that matter… I hope he knows I won’t be picking him up from the airport until I get that!

-A

Part-time Princess👸🏽

I believe, do you?

For 3 years now I have been working as a Princess Performer with Princess Parties by Simone and it has been one of the most rewarding experiences…rewarding in a sense that yes, I get to brighten the days of children but also rewarding because I get to be treated like royalty.

The past week we did a meet-and-greet at The Pickering Town Centre, it had been awhile since my last gig so I was pretty stoked. This time my sister Lindsay got to be part of the Princess Team #SquadGoals – she had never done it before but has always wanted to play a princess (who wouldn’t). I have to say, she made a stunning princess! Don’t tell her I said that, her head will swell and I don’t need to be living with that.

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The most difficult part of the day was driving to and from the event as these dresses were like, a hundred times our size. Looks great standing up, looks ridiculous jammed into a car…lets just say my car is still a disgusting mess and covered in dirt because of these gowns that dragged all that mess in.. #WorthIt

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This is probably one of the best jobs anyone could possibly have, think about it, you get to dress up and lie for a living, easy! Its rewarding, fun, exciting, makes you believe in magic, occasionally you get free cake at parties, and the questions kids ask are the cherry on top! This is one of those jobs you want to keep in your back pocket, forever! I think their hiring 😉

 

Princess wave,

-A

 

Who is A?

“Who is this chick?”

To start off I will say; I had nothing to do with Pretty Little Liars.

I could say that I’m different from everyone else and that I have big plans for the world but the truth is, I’m probably just like you. I, like yourself, am a common paper cut survivor, I am an avid napper and enjoy the classic “Netflix and Chill”. I can down a party size pizza to myself in one sitting #PizzaIsLife, I dress as a Princess as a part time job, I workout on my bedroom floor because I refuse to pay for a gym membership, and I have severe and incurable middle-child-syndrom… or maybe I’m just a naive narcissist trying to share my creative life in an uncreative way.

Theres really no structure here, I write about what I like, I’m really just writing what I want to read so when I’m 80 I can look back and say “oh yeah, that was fun” – Food, Fashion, Friends, Family, that weird dream I had last night, and anything else I feel like writing about.

That being said, I can only hope my perception of this world brightens your day in a Creatively Uncreative way as it does for me – see the world as I do through the windows of my face.

 

– A