Saturday, March 23, 2013

Lately

Been a while since the last one.

It's been a hell of a quarter, guys. I turned another year older and quit my day job to look for a career that will bring progression, fulfillment and self-satisfaction. Last year taught me that life is too short to wallow in misery and self-pity. At the same time, I learned how to be happy and satisfied with less money, which is an invaluable lesson to learn. I'll always want new things, but I know that I don't truly need them to be happy. From now on, I'm seeking daily fulfillment via use of my skills and talents. It may or may not involve writing or makeup or writing about makeup. :-)

Currently I'm...

...dreaming of Earl Grey Tea macarons...


... embracing Pantone colour of the year with Essie Mojito Madness...


...watching the snow melt... s l o w l y ...


...slugging through finals and speed-reading books that should be savoured...


...dabbling with bright lip colours...


...trying new dishes...

Deep-Fried Pickles

Jerk Meatloaf

...and discovering what's within when you take a chance...


Hope you're all having a wonderful weekend!

30 comments:

  1. Is that a persimmon? My mum showed me that when I was a kid ;)

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  2. I hope you find the job of your dreams Liz!! You deserve to be happy. We all do. :)
    I bet I'll still have snow on my front yard until June...

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    1. Thanks, Tracy!! I'll look hard and do my best. :)

      And NO SNOW IN JUNE. *performs an anti-snow dance especially for Edmonton* ;)

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  3. Speed reading savory books is the worst! I had to do that for my research paper, and now I'm enjoying them one by one. Like they should be! :)

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    1. I can't wait until papers are over and I can finally pick up a book for leisure!

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  4. I hope you had a wonderful birthday Liz! Those macaroons have just ignited a craving :) xoxo

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    1. They're amazing and I'm OBSESSED! Thank you, Vita. :D

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  5. have a great birthday liz!! Looking inward and appreciate the things we have is the greatest blessing one can have!

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    1. Thanks, Jenni, it was great! I think it's going to be a good year. :)

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  6. Oh happy belated birthday!

    What are those lipstick swatches of? Such gorgeous shades!

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    1. Thanks so much!

      The lipsticks are coming up in my next post, scheduled for tomorrow. :)

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  7. Happy Belated! Earl Grey Tea macarons sounds amazeballs. o_O

    I've been in limbo this year too. I quit my full time job last December, and I'll be applying for grad schools this fall. It's definitely exciting to make changes, though! Best of luck to you. :)

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    1. They are totally amazeballs. I never cared for macarons until now. This is horrible.

      Good luck with grad school! I'm so glad to hear that you've taken steps for a positive change. Thanks so much. :)

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  8. Good luck with the new changes. I really hope you find a sense of achievement (and tells me how it feels when you do!). After all life is about self actualisation. We all take tiny steps towards it.... sometimes through makeup, through perfumes :D
    Next time I cut a persimom, I will think about you :)

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    1. I hope that I can tell you soon, through a haze of delightful fragrance. :)

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  9. I definitely hear you on the career front. Good luck with your job search! I know you'll find something you love.

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  10. Agree on the savouring books thought, I actually ready Coetzee, Achebe and Rhys for a course last year and managed to spread them out enough to really sink my teeth into them and love them a little more than if I had to rush them. I do plan on rereading them, though!

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    1. They're all such great books. Rhys' and Coetzee's books are short enough that I did get to savour somewhat more than the others, though they're a little more abstract and require multiple readings to really draw out the flavours. I find all great books are worth re-reading.

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  11. Um, earl grey tea macaroons???!! YES, please!!! You are so brave for following your career heart to find something more fulfilling and that makes you happy! People go their whole lives w/o ever doing that, and I hope you find something amazing that makes you love going to work everyday!!

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    1. I think that if it weren't for the events of the past year, I may have been one of those people, content to just get by comfortably without testing myself. Thanks so much for your lovely comment. :)

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  12. JERKED MEATLOAF? DEEP-FRIED PICKLES? Are these available at this same place? I NEED TO TRY THESE.

    So. When you gonna actually wear Lady Danger and/or Korean Candy? ;)

    Your photo of the macarons has made me realize that I haven't had any since my NYC trip last fall. Need to remedy this. You know, when I have money to waste on such luxuries... Do you remember where those earl grey ones are from? Apparently, the best macarons in the GTA is from a bakery called Ruelo Patisserie, which is in Richmond Hill. Think I may stop by there sometime...

    Also, what is that thing with the secret spoon?

    Hope you had a wonderful birthday, Liz!

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    1. Thanks, Denise!

      The food are all from Harlem, and Harlem has two locations (Richmond St. E & Queen St. W). The meatloaf was awesome, though I was let down by the batter on the pickles. Everything else on the table that day was just so-so, but I have wanted to go to Harlem for so long that it had to be tried. I wonder if their dinner menu is better than the lunch.

      And YES! Ruelo is where these macarons are from! My friend got them from the Richmond Hill location for me, but we're going to their midtown location in April when the weather is nice and just enjoy life and stuff. Petite Thuet has good macarons, too, but I never really went there much despite being super close to work.

      And you'll be semi-proud to know that I've worn Korean Candy a few times and WILL wear Lady Danger full force shortly. LOL

      The spoon is a seedling inside the big persimmon seed. I just thought it was funny. :)

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  13. I love this post Liz. I love the images of a beautiful simple life you are creating for yourself, and the courage you are showing to make the changes you need to make to live well, happy and balanced! <3

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    1. Thanks, Christine. :) Time will tell if I'll succeed, but I am willing to try!

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  14. Loving all this imagery here Liz! And I'm so damn proud of you for quitting that job that sucked the life out of you. Bigger and better!!!!!!

    Also. Those Earl Grey macarons!!!!

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    1. Thanks, Toya! I'm drowning a bit with school right now but soon it'll be all chilling and relaxing with fine weather and going off to interesting interviews.

      We'll have to get you an earl grey macaron the next time you hit T.O. :)

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  15. I'm so happy you're following your dreams, Liz :) And those macaroons! Holy smokes, get in my belly.

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    1. I wish there was a way to send it without it getting crushed in the mail. :(

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