Yikes! It has been a long time since my last post, but life has been absolutely crazy these past few months. I remain hopeful that I will be back on a semi-regular schedule soon. For now though, let’s talk about Broadway Nails and their new imPRESS press on manicures. I have never used press on nails before in my life as I’ve always been a little intimidated by them and didn’t believe that they would live up to my full expectations, so this was a new experience to me. To be honest, I probably wouldn’t have tried the Broadway imPRESS manicures either if Influenster didn’t send me a few to try.
It’s that time of year again – Winefest is back in Edmonton for the 6th year and this iteration falls on Valentine’s weekend (is Valentine’s weekend a thing?), so if you’re looking for something to do with someone you love (or just like a lot) – this would be a fun time! I was at Winefest last year and had an absolute blast – I can’t wait to go back this year!
Winefest is an all-inclusive tasting event covering 17 different wine regions (247 wines!) that will be taking place at the Shaw Conference Centre. Attendees will be able to sample a variety of red, white, sparkling and desserts while nibbling on hor d’oeuvres provided by the Shaw Conference Centre and talking to wine experts about the various wines available to sample. Sobeys Liquor is the title sponsor of the event, so they will have a store on-site for people pick up a bottle of their favorite wines or stock up on at a later date at one of their retail locations.
I know it’s not Mani Monday (I seem to have missed that by a couple of days) but I did want to share with y’all my feelings on the Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure (CSM) nail polish that Influenster sent me to try as part of the Sally Hansen voxbox.* Of course, since this is a review post/Mani Wednesday post, I don’t feel right without having a song of the week attached to it. The theme of the voxbox is “Complete Salon Manicure Total Knockout” aka #CSMTKO so I’ve gone with a boxing theme video… also a classic from my school dance days: 98º – The Hardest Thing.
I have lived in Edmonton all my life and every year I hear about The Edmonton Singing Christmas Tree and year after year, I never go. Well that is all about to change because this year I will be able to attend on opening night! I was completely clueless about what The Edmonton Singing Christmas Tree was all about – I just assumed that it was a choral concert where people sing while standing on a gigantic tree. Wow, was I ever wrong (this is a pretty much going to be a theme for this post) – The Edmonton Singing Christmas Tree Foundation is an amazing organization that works to support the Edmonton community in many different ways. For example, this year, The Edmonton Singing Christmas Tree Foundation made $50,000 donations to the Edmonton Food Bank and Santa’s Anonymous and also donated musical instruments to three elementary schools. The Edmonton Singing Christmas Tree Foundation wants to bring Christmas all year round to children in need through gifts, food, and music education, which I think is an incredible mission.
With November coming to an end, I find my holiday season starting to ramp up with events and all sorts of craziness, but I love December anyways because of this super amazing energy that everyone has as they start getting ready for the holidays. While I would advocate for giving of time and yourself throughout the entire year, I know a lot of people (including myself) need that nudge the holidays provide to remember to give and be kind to others. And on that note, I would like to share with y’all an initiative coming from Edo Japan.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with Edo Japan, you can generally find them preparing Japanese Teppan-style cooking in food courts and suburban shopping centres. Edo Japan was a staple of my university days and I haven’t had it in years but when I think back to the late nights at school, those memories are filled with Edo Japan noodles (and lots of sauce) and finance textbooks…
What Edo Japan is doing is sending Edo Japan Elves out and about in the Edmonton area to provide random acts of kindness between Nov 28 – Dec 21. The Edo Japan Elves will be surprising Edmontonians by performing good deeds all around the city in hopes of making the holidays a little brighter!