I  make fun of myself all the time saying “I don’t know how to girl.” In the age of everyone being offended by everything, this is probably not a great thing to say, but I just mean I’m not awesome at being classically feminine. I whine like a toddler every time I wear anything with a heel, my hair is usually in a topknot or ponytail (and usually rooty af), my makeup routine for every day is a BB cream and mascara on my upper lashes, and I prefer a good graphic t over a blouse. I wouldn’t say I’m a tomboy, AT ALL, but I just can’t always be bothered with the stuff I guess I’m supposed to care about, beauty wise. I definitely have no idea which makeup brushes are supposed to do what.

Whether you’re a seasoned makeup professional or a n00b just trying to figure it out, LiveGlam is a great way to build your beauty arsenal. Check out the details on this month’s MorphMe brushes + KissMe lip colors from LiveGlam and sign up for your own boxes! I like that they tell you specifically what the brushes are to be used for as most of the time I straight up guess!

Do you subscribe to any beauty boxes? Any you love? I definitely want to hear about them in the comments below!

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Happy Friday! As exhausted as I am, this week has just flown by! I feel like all of November is going to be like that. I’m definitely getting ready for snuggle season and this whole “falling back” we insist on doing has me a little out of whack. I need lists on lists on organization to get me through the holidays.

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Lately on The CaroLøve:

Tomorrow I’ll be working my little booth at the St. John’s Holly Harvest Festival, selling hard copies of the prints in my Etsy shop! I’m now also offering custom digital prints with your favorite quotes, song lyrics, etc. AND

ANNNNND…

I don’t know why it took me so long but I finally have a graphic t shop on Zazzle. I’ve wanted to design my own shirts since… forever! (A huge thank you to my sorority sisters for letting me design shirts for the house!) I have a few designs up now but I’m in major brainstorming mode for Christmas. You can find my designs right on the Shop page of my blog! Let me know if there’s anything you’d like to see for the holidays and beyond.

J. Crew is having a pretty awesome sale: 25% off full-price items including that new new with code GETSHOPPING.

I have been validated: I do NAHT need to wear heels for my wedding. (Not that I was going to anyway). via Over The Moon

Ok- so 2 weeks trying a new BB cream and here’s what I have to say about Holika Holika Pore Clearing Petit BB Cream with Tea Tree Oil and Sebum Control Powder: It’s a good thing I’m fair because this stuff is LIGHT. Also, it smells great and the coverage is amazing but, honestly, it’s not doing a thing for my skin. I had high hopes and was excited to try it, but I’ll be going back to my fave Neutrogena Healthy Skin Enhancer for everyday.

For the holidays, I’m putting together a gift guide of entirely women-owned small businesses. If you’d like to be included, shoot me an email {thecarolove@gmail.com}! There is no charge to you, as I just want to support small biz and women biz! I do already have certain vendors and won’t do repeat companies, but that is just about the only stipulation! For those of you who want to shop, let me know what kind of guides you’d like to see!

Have a great weekend!

 

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I learned many lessons while working in retail such including but not limited to:

  • Whatever you’re looking for is probably not in the back
  • Store closings are not just a free-for-all but can be very sad
  • You truly can’t please everyone
  • The customer does think they’re always right even if they are really, really not
  • There is really very little reason to buy anything full price

I honestly didn’t even realize it before I worked at Pier One but there is a) always some kind of sale or clearance and b) a good chance that the piece you love is going to hit it eventually. The only circumstance where this might not be the case is holiday specific items. We had people furious at us that we ran out of special edition ornaments by Christmas Eve but what are ya gonna do?

As far as clothes, I rarely, if ever, buy clothes full price. I stalk and I wait to catch my prey. If I miss it, I just means I don’t need it anyway! I haven’t been buying clothes much at all, to be honest but I might consider a little Nordstrom splurge for their fall sale. I’m definitely taking a peek for Christmas shopping, but I want to share the pieces I love for me.

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In a country where winter is present almost every day, you would think that Christmas would hold a little less excitement than in some countries. But in fact, Canada does Christmas just like the rest of us, and you’ll be able to celebrate with markets, mulled wine and plenty of festive fun wherever you go.

Canada Christmas Ornament

Québec City

Starting off with one of the most festive places in the country, Old Québec in the winter becomes transformed into a festive village straight out of a Dickensian novel. They hold a German market every year, which allows you to hold a warming mug of mulled wine as you travel from stall to stall- tasting various meats, cheeses and alcohol.

Montreal

Montreal does Christmas very similar to Paris, and focusses on French cuisine and treats. praline-chocolate pinecones are amongst the winter treats you’ll be able to pick at throughout the city. Activities include ice skating in the city center, busy markets, craft fairs and dazzling light displays.

Ottawa

The capital of Canada holds an illumination ceremony every year and sets the tone for the entire country throughout the festive season. During the festivities, you’ll be able to enjoy firework displays and carol singers around the city. The lighting of the Christmas tree is an event in itself, and you will also be able to go ice skating throughout December.

Niagara Falls

Not only is Niagara falls one of the most impressive waterfalls in the world, but it is also a unique place to spend your Christmas. Every year, you will be able to visit the falls and witness a magical fireworks display, and also celebrate the festive of lights. Take a wintery walk along the 8km route of the Niagara Parks and enjoy a taste of nature this festive season.

Toronto

Canada’s largest city, Toronto goes large on its Christmas celebrations too. In Nathan Phillips square, you’ll get your first taste of festivities with the lighting of the enormous tree which rests there. You’ll be able to also enjoy a spot of ice skating in the square with your loved ones. At the Hudson’s Bay store, you will be treated to a wonderful Christmas display- which they put in their windows every single year and has become a tradition in this city. The Toronto Christmas market is arguably the most impressive of them all, and is set in a Victorian district of the city known as the Distillery Historic District. Sip on mulled wine and take a look at unique crafts, gifts and lots of food.

New Brunswick

New Brunswick holds a month-long event during the winter, known as the festival of lights. It runs through December to January. Book a stay at Days Inn and Conference Centre Dalhousie and enjoy the holiday music which plays throughout St Andrews, and enjoy the Firemen’s Candlelight Parade as you listen. The whole area becomes illuminated with beautiful lights which set the tone for a festive Christmas. Enjoy the Christmas markets as you walk through the snowy streets.

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The first time I heard Marianas Trench I was in college, in a film class where we had to make a music video. The song was Beside You and the kid who created the music video was kind of a slacker badass (like picture Danny Zuko as a 2000s era tv/ radio major complete with leather jacket) who came up with a story so beautiful I was openly sobbing by the time it was finished. And we were all shocked by the effort he clearly put into this project. When asked for comments on the video, one girl simply said, “Well… Look at Caroline.” The premise was a young couple in love and one of them dies. Unfortunately, I don’t remember all the details and double unfortunately, the video seems to be gone forever. I even tried to get it from the professor who taught the class. Anyway… it was powerful stuff.

I started off Monday with big ugly tears for the same band. I’m tardy to the party on this- the video is over a year old. But the song showed up on my Spotify this weekend and I haven’t been able to stop listening so I figured I’d check out the video.

Big mistake. Kind of.

Yes, I did cry on the bus on the way to work, but I was also grinning from ear to ear. I probably looked like a loon. The whole video is the band spending money from their video budget on causes that mattered to them. Puppies, grandparents, families in crisis, their own families… Woof. It is beautiful.

But it doesn’t take the budget of a music video to make a difference. This year, rather than do a Salvation Army Angel Tree, which is a wonderful cause, my church has decided to do a blessing tree for the holiday season. It’s kind of a pay it forward idea- grab a simple blessing for you to pass someone off a Christmas tree. Pay for someone’s coffee in line behind you, shovel a neighbor’s snowy driveway, send a letter to a teacher who left and impression on you- things we can all do at little or no cost at a time when folks are already spread thin.

It’s also a time when the world needs a little extra love. It’s absolutely deplorable that we’re becoming desensitized to shootings, violence, acts of terrorism both domestic and abroad. Besides that, the holidays can be hard. People find themselves missing their loved ones, or missing something even if they’re not sure what it is, at time when everyone is supposed to be and expected to be joyous. I myself totally fell apart last year on Christmas Eve missing Candace. Even though I have so much, I’m still entitled to be sad. So are you. So is everyone.

Who do you love, and what will you do for them to show them you care at a time when we all need it most?

 

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