Christmas 2018 Travel Diary: A Practically Perfect Day

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Hello friends!

Today I’m talking about one of my favourite days of the trip, and that is the day that we saw Mary Poppins Returns!! I’ve been dying to see this film ever since I heard it was being made and it’s been absolute agony waiting so long to see it. But finally, the day came along (thank god).

We went down to Disney Springs to see Mary Poppins Returns at the AMC Dine-In Theatre. The Dine-In Theatre is my absolute fave way to see films, as you get super comfy reclining seats and you can order dinner, desserts and/or sweets, which you can put on the table in front of you. Sooo comfortable and relaxing. If you live in the Orlando area or you’ve got a couple extra days on your next Disney vacation, I’d highly recommend seeing a film there!! For the film, I ordered the chicken quesadillas which were the HARDEST thing to eat in the dark lmao did not think that one through. But it did come with tortilla chips which were nice to snack on!

As for Mary Poppins Returns, I loved it!!! It was so visually beautiful and really reminiscent of the old Disney films. I thought Emily Blunt was a fabulous Mary Poppins, although she was no Julie Andrews obviously but I didn’t go into it expecting her to be which helped!! And, of course, Lin-Manuel Miranda, my love, my light, was fantastic!!! The choreography and music was absolutely phenomenal, and the whole thing warmed my heart entirely!

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After the movie, the fun wasn’t over!! We headed right on over to the Marketplace on the opposite side of Disney Springs to walk the Christmas Tree Trail! This is one of our Christmas traditions that we absolutely had to fit in before leaving Orlando. Before we headed into the trail, I had to stop at Starbucks and grab a Peppermint Mocha Frappucino to really get into the festive spirit (duh).

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We’ve been walking the tree trail ever since it was created three years ago and it’s honestly grown so much since the very first year. There are dozens of beautiful trees themed to different Disney films. Of course, I won’t overfill my post with pictures of the trees but I have included some of my favourites, including the gorgeous Haunted Mansion tree they added this year!! In the trail, they had a stand where you could buy cotton candy that tastes like candy cane or gingerbread which is crazy, and they also had the beloved Disney snoap and Christmas tunes throughout!! Soooo much fun.

I’d absolutely recommend checking out the Christmas Tree Trail on your next Christmas vacation - it is so much fun!!

Felicia x

Christmas 2018 Travel Diary: Bright Lights in Hollywoodland

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Welcome back!! Today’s post is going to be pretty long and very photo heavy, so get cozy!

There’s something so aesthetically pleasing to me about Hollywood Studios. Although it may not be my favourite park, I can definitely appreciate the overall theming of the park, especially the front entrance. I could stand on Hollywood Boulevard for hours and just take a million pictures to be honest. So for me, half the fun of visiting Hollywood Studios during the holidays is capturing every inch of beautiful decor throughout the park!

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We happened to accidentally time our arrival at the park perfectly with the March of the First Order (this was partially due to the fact that my Magicband, as usual, refused to cooperate at park entry and we spent about 10 minutes sorting that out lol). It was pretty cool as we got to stand right at the start of Hollywood Boulevard and get a great view of Captain Phasma leading the Stormtroopers down the street towards the stage!!

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My dad had a Fastpass right off the bat for Tower of Terror which is something I absolutely do not ride haha so while he did that, the remainder of our group spent some time checking out the shops and, of course, taking more pictures of the park duh. I’m just in complete awe of how beautiful this park is you guys!!!

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I think that the holiday decor additions that they’ve made at Hollywood Studios in the past few years have been really great! Especially around Echo Lake. The tree in the middle of the lake, the floating ornaments, and Gertie’s adorable Santa hat really add a special something to the park!! We also got in our first viewing of the Sunset Seasons Greetings show on Sunset Boulevard, which premiered only last year. We wanted to see it last year but ended up missing it because the weather was absolutely rotten lol. Fortunately, this year was much, much warmer! Sunset Seasons Greetings is a projection show off of Tower of Terror. It’s pretty short but super cute and runs intermittently throughout the night.

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One of the things I was most excited for at Hollywood Studios was the holiday additions to the new Toy Story Land!! As you probably know already, Toy Story Land opened this past summer (which you can read about here). When I heard there was going to be a Christmas overlay to the area, I was soo excited to see what they were going to cook up. Although we only got to ride Toy Story Mania, which is the only ride without any special additions (lol), we did get to see all the extremely cute decorations - JUST LOOK AT REX’S ANTLERS AWEE!!! They also added a Christmas themed soundtrack to the Aliens Swirling Saucers ride and a cute little jingle noise to the Slinky Dog Dash as it rolls by which I thought was an extremely adorable effect.

Lastly, we stayed in the park to see Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!, which is the nightly holiday fireworks show. It was a really cute show, but I couldn’t get any pictures as you have to be extremely close to the Chinese Theatre to see the full effect of the fireworks, which we were not. Regardless, it was a fun time! I was a bit annoyed though because I had my heart set on having a coffee during the show but Starbucks was closed!! Apparently Starbucks closed along with the park at 8pm and the show wasn’t until 8:30pm… No clue why they would close the park half an hour before the fireworks lol but it was pretty disappointing!!

All in all, it was a super fun day at Hollywood Studios! Check back in soon for my next post of the trip! :)

Felicia x

Christmas 2018 Travel Diary: Travelling the World Showcase

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By now, I’m sure you guys know how much I love Epcot. If not, here’s the gist: I love Epcot with my whole heart, I want to live there forever, there’s no greater sight than that beautiful ball lit up at night. Got it? Cool.

Last year, due to my anxiety, I wasn’t able to make it to Epcot (cue tears) but thankfully this year I’m feeling better than ever which meant is was Epcot time for me!!!

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We were extremely lucky as we managed to get fairly last minute reservations at Les Chefs de France, my fav restaurant in Epcot (maybe even in all of Walt Disney World??). So as soon as we walked through the park gates, we hightailed it on over to the restaurant and we were very quickly seated. Obviously, I ordered the Boeuf Bourguignon which is the tastiest meal. And I even got to see my fav waiter who served my boyfriend and I when we went in August!! If you’re ever dining at Les Chefs de France and you’re served by Kevin, you’re in for a treat - he’s the sweetest EVER.

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After dinner, we went on one of my fav rides, Frozen Ever After, and then took a stroll around the World Showcase to see all the beautiful holiday decorations. Epcot is so interesting during the Festival of the Holidays, their special holiday celebration where each country pavilion showcases their own cultural way of celebrating! Each pavilion is decorated so beautifully for the season, it’s such a sight to take in! I highly recommend strolling around and peeking into every pavilion - you won’t regret it.

After we walked the entire pavilion, we - of course - went to Mouse Gears, one of the best Disney shops. And then grabbed a Starbucks for the journey home. I actually managed to grab a Peppermint Mocha Frappucino, which I’d never had before but I’ve tried when my boyfriend has ordered. I LOVED it. So festive and delicious! I wish the holidays weren’t over so I could have another haha.

See you in a couple days for the next day of my travel diary!

Felicia x

Christmas 2018 Travel Diary: Celebrating in the Magic Kingdom

Welcome back, my darlings!

If you haven’t already read my first travel diary post, give that a read here first!

I truly believe that the most magical place to be at Christmas time is the Magic Kingdom. Everything is just so enchanting there during the holidays! Not a single piece of Main Street isn’t adorned with beautiful wreaths or garland, and there’s just a really homey feeling in Town Square. If I could live on Main Street throughout the month of December, I’d be the happiest gal out there!

So, it goes without saying that my favourite day of our Christmas trip is always the day that we go to check out the Magic Kingdom festivities!

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The very first thing we did when we arrived at the park was, of course, take in the beautiful sights. I got a million pictures of all the decorations, but I think my favourite is of the Fire Station! Everything is so beautiful at Christmas, I wish they could keep the decorations up year-round (except for at Halloween time, of course). We also took a little dip into the Main Street Emporium shop. They have sooo many new items in stock and I wanted to buy it all!! My dad ended up buying me the Mickey’s 90th Birthday ears which was extremely exciting because I didn’t expect them to still be available.

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Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime parade has always held a very special place in my heart and I’m so grateful that we got to see it this year!! There have been a couple years that we’ve had to miss it, so I made sure that we specifically planned to be at the park in time to see it go by this year. The parade is so fun and cute. My absolute favourite part is when the toy soldiers march by. I don’t know what it is, but I’ve just always loved seeing them go by in formation! It’s just so cool to me. And I especially love seeing Belle dressed up in her gorgeous Christmas dress! There’s not a year that goes by that I don’t wish I had that dress haha

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“meet me under the mistletoe” shirt - shopdisney (old); christmas ears - shopdisney

During Christmas time, the parks can get extremely busy. It’s one of the busiest times to visit, along with July 4th and Thanksgiving. For someone with anxiety, that can mean it gets pretty hectic, especially when waiting in queues upwards of 120 mins. So I prefer to just stroll around the Magic Kingdom, take my time in letting it all soak in, instead of rushing from ride to ride. We did get a couple of Fastpasses, including ones for Big Thunder Mountain and Haunted Mansion - two of my faves and pretty impressive scores considering their popularity! But aside from that, we just wandered and took in the sights. Personally, I found that much better than doing all the rides. As I have an annual pass, I can come at any time of the year and do rides. But during Christmas time, I’d prefer to see the decorations and relax.

If you haven’t ever been on Jungle Cruise during the holidays, then definitely add it to your bucket list because it is SO FUN! I already love Jungle Cruise enough on its own… But add a Christmas overlay to the ride and my love can only grow! The “Jingle Cruise” overlay adds a ton of festive decorations throughout the ride, as well as a bunch of Christmas-themed jokes told to you by the beloved Skippers. This classic ride is a must-do for me during the holiday season, so I always make sure to grab a Fastpass for this one as the queue can get quite long during the holidays (as do most ride queues during this time!).

Last, but certainly not least, we obviously had to see the Frozen Holiday Wish, where Elsa lights up Cinderella’s Castle with her magic ice powers!! The Dream Lights are the most beautiful thing in the park during the holidays. I’m always in awe whenever I see the castle lit up in shades of blue, pink, and white, no matter how many times I’ve seen it before. The show itself is also extremely cute, especially if you’re a Frozen fan like myself!

We decided to head out of the park shortly after the show (as my boyfriend was battling a cold) so it was the perfect way to end the perfect day!

Thanks so much for reading!

Felicia x

Blogmas 2018 Day Fifteen: My Favourite Vlogmas YouTubers

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Hello friends, welcome back!

I find that Youtube is a great place to really get into the festive spirit this time of year. So many Youtubers take part in Vlogmas (the Youtube equivalent of Blogmas) or just post holiday-themed videos throughout the month of December. As I’ve likely mentioned before, I like to watch Youtube videos while I’m getting ready in the morning and lately, it’s been really lovely to put on a Christmassy video instead. As this season rolled around, a lot of the Youtubers I regularly watch have switched into Vlogmas but I’ve also been introduced to new Youtubers as well because of their Vlogmas posts which is very cool!! So today I thought I’d share with you guys who and what I’ve been watching this past month.

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I’ve only very recently discovered Abigail’s videos but I’m so glad that I did! She is honestly just a ray of sunshine and you can’t not be put in a good mood by watching her videos. In her most recent videos, she’s visited Universal Orlando’s Wizarding World and I’ve loved watching her vlogs, seeing her really take in the parks. She’s a huge Harry Potter fan (and a Hufflepuff, like me!) and you can tell that she genuinely loves the magic of the world!!

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I’ve been following Acacia for a couple years now, since before she got pregnant with her first daughter, Brinley. Her family is so cute and so sweet. This year, they’re doing a Blogmas called “Kersmas” because their last name is Kersey (adorable, right??) Their videos are very casual and often have to do with family life or relationships. Acacia is also incredible at home decorating. Her husband renovated a trailer which they now live in and it’s honestly beautiful, so def check out their interior design videos!!

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I absolutely love Tim Tracker’s videos!!! His videos are primarily about Walt Disney World, Universal Studios Orlando and other fun things in the central Florida area. I love watching his videos for the latest scoop on new rides, attractions or merch at the theme parks when I can’t be there to experience it for myself. Him and his wife are so dorky but in a really funny and cute way, I love watching them so much! Lately, they’ve been focusing on Christmas and winter themed attractions which has been especially cool to watch during the holiday season!

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Of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Zoella, the Youtuber who originally introduced me to the concept of both Blogmas and Vlogmas!! I’ve been watching her Vlogmas videos for years and years now, and they’re always a good time. I love to see her beautiful house all decorated, as she’s a really talented interior decorator. She also throws beautiful Christmas parties which are incredible to see!!

What’s your favourite Vlogmas YouTuber?

Felicia x

To view a list of all my Blogmas posts, click here.

Blogmas 2018 Day Twelve: Festive Makeup Look

Hello my friends!

For any beauty lover, Christmas is one of the best seasons for experimenting with makeup looks!! If you know me already, I tend to stay on the safe side of the makeup spectrum - all earthy tones and neutrals, all the time. But I do love me a good shimmery shadow every now and then. So Christmas - being the sparkliest season - is one of my favourite times of the year!!

Today I thought that I’d share with you guys my festive Christmas makeup look, which is the makeup I wore to my family & friends Christmas party and will likely wear to my family dinners/celebrations as well. I hope you guys enjoy and get some inspo for your own holiday beauty looks!

Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25H Foundation

To start my makeup look, I use a Beauty Blender to apply the Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25H Foundation. This one’s a bit too light for my skin, but with powder and a good blend, luckily I can make it work haha. This is a great full coverage foundation and the perfect base for a full makeup look like this one.

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Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer

The past few months, I’ve been switching up my concealer a lot but my recent go-to has been this Instant Age Rewind under-eye concealer. It really highlights my under-eye area and hides any bags (which I’ve certainly got a lot of, seeing as it’s exam season!!). I’ll also use this to highlight other areas of my face!

E.l.f. Cosmetics Eyebrow Kit

For my eyebrows, I used - as usual - the cream side of the Elf Cosmetics Eyebrow Kit in “Medium.” This is my go-to eyebrow kit and I am so so sad that I’ve already hit pan, but luckily this is a really inexpensive product so I don’t have to worry about it too much. I very rarely touch the power side of this kit at all, which you can see lol. Instead I just dip an angled brush into the cream and slowly build it up in my brows to create a perfectly bold brow. Then I use the spoolie end of the brush to disperse the product and make it look more natural!

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Tarte Clay Play Face Shaping Palette

To start off my eyeshadow, I used a mixture of the colours “Journey” and “Ember” from the Clay Play Face Shaping Palette. I love the natural but beautiful shades of this palette, and it’s really lovely how they can be used for so many different purposes. I blend these two shades together into my crease to create a neutral but smokey affect to my makeup look.

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Too Faced Natural Love Palette

For a sparkly touch to my festive eye look, I blended the gold shades “Honey Pot” and “Fairy Tale” from the Natural Love palette together to create the ultimate shimmery shadow. It’s an intense gold my friends. If you want to attempt this but don’t have a steady hand, I’d recommend doing your foundation after eyeshadow, as it can create a bit of a sparkly mess. Once it’s on, you can easily wipe any excess away so it comes out more subtle (which is what I prefer - if you want a big-bang sparkle, then go for it girl!!)

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Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette

You probably know by now that one of my favourite eyeshadow palettes of all time is none other than the fabulous Too Faced Sweet Peach palette. Ugh it’s complete heaven. For this look, I only used the shimmery cream shade “Nectar,” which I used to highlight my brow bone. I really like how this looks under my eyebrows, it gives them a nice pop and I think it just completes the look!!

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Revlon Colorstay Liquid Liner

This is perhaps my favourite liquid eyeliner of all time!! Liquid liner is sooo difficult to work with honestly. But this one makes it a bit less of a hassle. It’s the perfect shade of black - I like the blackest black shade for my liner. It’s really easy to handle and doesn’t come off too quickly at all. For this look, I just gave myself a bit of a cat-eye liner.

Smashbox Step-By-Step Contour Kit

I’ve been using this contour kit for ages now on my more dramatic makeup looks and I love it!! I use the contour shade (the pan on the far left) and blend that in under my cheekbones to make them stand out!

L’Oreal True Match Blush

This is one of my favourite blushes! It’s so subtle but so pretty. I like my blush to just give me a bit of colour to my cheeks, but not be too overpowering, and this does exactly what I want it to do! I just pop a bit of this onto the apples of my cheeks ~as you do~ and voila!

Too Faced Peach Blur Translucent Smoothing Finishing Powder

I’ve raved about how much I love this bad boy for about a year now and here I am, raving about it once again. It’s so lovely on the skin!! I use it after my contour and blush to smooth out any harsh lines and just give a more natural look to my face makeup.

Maybelline FaceStudio Master Chrome Metallic Highlighter

I love love love love this highlighter!! One of the best drugstore highlighters I’ve yet to come across. I just pop this onto my cheekbones, my chin, my cupid’s bow and the tip of my nose. Blend it in a bit. And then I’m shimmery all night long. I’ve been using the shade Molten Gold for about 4 months now and I think that I’ll go back to the store and grab the Rose Gold one sometime soon because I love it that much.

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And this is what it all comes out to!! A very natural, but festive and shimmery look! It’s hard to see in the lighting the highlighter haha but I swear it’s there ;) It’s a really wearable look for the Christmas season!!

What’s your go-to festive makeup look?

Felicia x

To view a list of all my Blogmas posts, click here.

Blogmas 2018 Day Ten: How I Decorate For Christmas

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Decorating in the Tarantino house is a huge part of Christmas. We don’t take it lightly whatsoever.

I truly believe that Christmas doesn’t begin until the decorations are up. And, luckily for me, we put the decorations up quite early in the season (Aka November 1st haha). I just think the house looks so much lovelier with festive decor around. When January comes around and we take everything down, the house looks so bare and sad for awhile!

When we moved into our new house last year, we realized just how much space we had for Christmas decorating. I think I mentioned this last year, but our last house - although it was a tad bigger - was hard to decorate because it had small rooms and everything was quite closed off. Our new house is more open-concept than the last, so there’s a lot more room for decorations! Every year, we add a little bit more to our decorations!

We have a whopping total of three Christmas trees, believe it or not. Our first tree is up in the front room of our house, where we have a really large window looking out into our court. Since it’s on display, this is more of a decorative tree than a functional or personal tree. We decided to go with a white tree because I always thought they were so stylish and cool, and it looks lovely with all the multi-coloured gold, silver, and rose gold ornaments!

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Our second tree is in the family room of our house and it’s our “family tree.” It’s a display of all of the ornaments we’ve collected over the years, the ones that mean something to us. Each of my family members - my mum, my dad, me, my grandfather, my grandma, and my boyfriend - have an ornament with our names on them. One of my personal fav ornaments on this tree was actually one I bought this past year. It’s a turquoise ornament with tap shoes that says I Love Tap on it. I’ve been looking for a Tap ornament for about 13 years, since I started taking lessons when I was 7. I FINALLY came across one on my visit to Niagara-on-the-Lake in the spring and was sooo happy!!

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Lastly, but perhaps best of all, is our Disney tree!! Yes, you read that right. We have a tree completely decked out in Disney ornaments. About 99% of these came from the Parks, but there were a few that we owned prior to starting this tree that were just from the Disney Store. It’s got ornaments for each WDW park, our favourite characters, our beloved lost attractions (RIP Wishes & Great Movie Ride), and just some cute reminders of our favourite place! I love the one that looks like a Minnie bauble as a Rockette - it’s made to look like the decorations in the storefronts at Hollywood Studios, which I absolutely love!

For years and years, I’ve been helping my mum put together her Christmas village which is one of our family’s long-standing traditions. We’ve had these little North Pole houses and shops from Kirkland for probably as long as I’ve been alive, if not longer. Last year, we added on a little bridge decoration which we found at Michaels. It reminded us a lot of our town’s 100-year-old bridge so we thought we’d add it in to commemorate our first Christmas in town! Although it’s often a pain to put together (the little people just won’t stand straight!!!) I think it always comes out looking so so cute.

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Finally, we’ve got our little mantle set-up. In our last house, our fireplace mantle was more of a ledge than anything else. It held some photo frames and at Christmas, maybe a little ornament, but not much else. This one is bloody massive!! So much potential. The main piece is this Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas sign from Michaels which I just had to have as soon as I saw it.

What’s your favourite Christmas decoration in your house?

Felicia x

To view a list of all my Blogmas posts, click here.

Blogmas 2018 Day Nine: Winter Skincare Routine

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Winter can be real nasty when it comes to skin.

That dry, frigid air just loves to suck every ounce of moisture out of your skin until you’re all dry and flaky and gross. Blegh. I hate it.

When it comes to skincare, my routine changes up a bit during this season to reflect the beast that is Canadian winter. I try to keep my routine light and moisturizing, as opposed to using products that will dry out my skin even more. Today I thought I’d run through my routine with you guys, to give you an idea of the process I typically go through to keep my skin refreshed throughout the bitter cold months!

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My morning and nighttime routines are very similar, aside from the fact that in the night, I have to go through the process of removing my makeup.

In the morning, I start off with washing my face with the La Roche-Posay Toleraine Purifying Cleanser. It’s a gentle, light cleanser that doesn’t dry out my skin or strip my skin of its natural oils, which is really nice. It’s also got a very light scent to it that’s not very overpowering but is still refreshing. Unfortunately, they don’t seem to produce this particular product anymore (booooo) but I’m sure the other Toleraine products are just as nice! Once I’ve washed my face, I’ll use my Lush Eau Roma Toner. I absolutely love Lush products as they’re natural and I feel like you can find a product for any type of skin concern. This is a rosewater toner made specifically for mature, sensitive or dry skin, so it’s perfect for this season. I’ll spritz it a couple times over my face and then remove the excess with a cotton pad. Finally, I’ll moisturize my face with my Olay Active Hydrating Face Moisturizer. This has a lovely scent and is soooo moisturizing!! Whenever I put it on, I can feel the life coming back to my skin to be honest. Once I’ve rubbed this into my face and neck, I’m ready to go!

In the night, I basically follow the same process, but with an additional step for makeup removing and a couple different products. To start, I remove my eye makeup with the Neutrogena Oil-Free Makeup Remover. I just pop a bit of this onto a cotton pad and wipe off my eye makeup, including my mascara. This is actually quite gentle which was surprising to me when I started using it - as a long time ago, when I first started makeup, I used a similar product that really irritated my eyes. It does a really great job of removing mascara as well, which is always tricky business. Once I’ve got all my eye makeup off, I’ll start on my face. To remove my makeup and cleanse my skin, I’ll do a double-cleanse to get all the gunk out. For this, I use the Soap & Glory Peaches and Clean Deep Cleansing Milk. I LOVE this cleanser!!! It’s so so gentle and refreshing, plus it has a wonderful scent. I've read a few reviews before on this product and they’re mixed on whether it removes makeup or not - I think it really has to do with how much/how heavy your makeup is. For someone who’s makeup use is on the lighter side, it works perfectly. Again, that’s not including my eye makeup. Once I’ve cleansed my face twice, I move onto toner. In the night, I use my Thayers Rose Petal Witch Hazel Toner. I’m sure y’all have heard about this before as it’s one of the most raved about toners out there, second only to the Mario Badescu one. I only use this at nighttime during the colder months as I feel like it’s a bit more heavy-duty than my Lush toner, so I’d rather not have to go out in the blistering cold after applying it. I just a squirt a teeny bit of this onto a cotton pad and wipe it over my face. Finally, I finish off with Bio-Oil. I think I’ve probably talked about Bio-Oil on my blog about a thousand times already. Essentially, it’s a vitamin-rich scar and stretch mark oil. It works magic as a skincare product, especially if you - like myself - have some acne or acne scarring. It’s honestly almost eradicated my acne scars.

Every now and then, I’ll do a face mask to fully cleanse my skin and unclog my pores. My favourite face mask product is the Origins Out of Trouble 10-Minute Mask. It’s an absolute god send. My skin is left feeling so clean and refreshed after I use it. I really recommend this if you’re looking for a really deep-cleansing face mask.

And that’s it! What is your go-to skincare product in the winter?

Felicia x

To view a list of all my Blogmas posts, click here.

Blogmas 2018 Day Seven: Christmas Playlist

Hello everyone! Welcome back.

Today is possibly one of my favourite Blogmas posts - my Christmas playlist.

I love Christmas music, but that wasn’t always the case. When I was a teenager, I wasn’t huge on Christmas music. I basically only liked Michael Buble’s album and that was all. But as I’ve gotten older, I’ve started to broaden my horizons and open myself up to the genre a lot more. So my playlist has grown quite a bit over the past couple years. I have a good mix of classics, pop, slower tunes… A lot of the big Christmas tunes have landed on this playlist over the years.

Also please check out this super cool 1949 Bing Crosby record that was passed onto me from my grandma!!! It’s gorgeous and I’m in love.

I’ve added a widget of my Spotify playlist for you guys, and I’ve also included a track list which has some of my favourite Christmas songs in case you want to make your own version! I hope this gets you guys into the Christmas spirit!

Happy listening!

Felicia x

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Blogmas 2018 Day Six: Things I Love About the Holidays

I think it probably goes without saying that Christmas is my favourite holiday. Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve loved the excitement of Christmas. And not even just of Christmas morning - but also of the month or so leading up to Christmas. Everything changes at Christmas time, like entering a completely different universe. Today, I thought I’d talk about a few of my favourite things related to the Christmas season. Since I could go on and on about this for probably the rest of December, I’m going to limit myself to just 5 of my favourite things.

DECORATING THE HOUSE

Christmas decorations are quite possibly one of the main things about Christmas that I love, for two reasons. First off, I love Christmas decorations because I just love to look at them. Ever since my family moved into our new house, we’ve been gifted with more spaces that are available for decorating. One of my favourite places is the front window, which is massive and looks out onto my court so when we put up our Christmas tree, you can see the lights through the window at nighttime and it’s absolutely magical. I love Christmas trees, villages, stockings, candles, garland, lights - oh I love me some Christmas lights. But the other thing I love about decorations is actually decorating. My family has always taken decorating very seriously and we consider it a family task. Since my boyfriend moved in a couple years ago, he’s become a part of the tradition which makes it even more exciting! Together we trim the trees with Christmas music and a glass of wine and have a ton of laughs. It’s so much fun and possibly one of the best traditions of the season.

SPENDING TIME WITH FAMILY

For many people, Christmas entails seeing their extended family (which can be either a good thing or a bad thing, depending!). For me, however, I don’t really have a close extended family, so Christmas is mainly for myself and my parents. We’re already a close-knit group but at Christmas time, we make sure to put our work or school or just generally busy lives aside to focus on spending time together and enjoying the season, whether that means trimming the tree or watching a Christmas film together. The Christmas season is extremely busy for everyone, especially because it means final exam season for me again now that I’m back in uni. But we have a very strict schedule of traditions that we make sure to stick to so that we don’t forget to put the stress aside and just enjoy Christmas together as a family!

SEEING FRIENDS

This is actually one of my new favourite things about Christmas! Last year, my family hosted our very first Christmas party. Our last house was actually bigger than our current home but it was more closed off where this new one is open-concept. So we’ve got a lot more space available for hosting parties. Since we live so far from a lot of our friends now, it’s nice that we get to invite everyone over to celebrate the holidays with! I always love introducing my friends to each other and having them all together as it’s so lovely to see everyone I care about getting to know one another!

BUYING GIFTS FOR LOVED ONES

This one’s sort of a double-edged sword for me. I love buying gifts for my loved ones, but I also find it incredibly stressful as I’m the sort of person that agonizes for weeks whether a gift is good enough or not. However at the end of the day, I love the joy of finding the perfect gift for my friends, family or my bf. And there’s really nothing I love more than watching them open up their gifts on Christmas. It’s so lovely to see someone get excited over their gift!!

FESTIVE SWEETS AND TREATS

There are so many Christmas treats that I absolutely love. My mum has always been really into baking, so she gets really into the Christmas baking spirit when December rolls around. The past couple years I’ve started to help her out and learn a few of her ~secret~ recipes! I love baking gingerbread cookies so so so much as they are my fav Christmas baked goods. But I also like other special treats such as Starbucks holiday drinks (esp the Caramel Brulee Latte!!!). I’m also really big on chocolate in the holiday season, particularly the Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark and on Christmas, I always get a Gerry’s chocolate orange from my parents :)

What are your favourite things about Christmas?

Felicia x

To view a list of all my Blogmas posts, click here.

Blogmas 2018 Day Five: My Favourite Disney World Holiday Traditions

I really do believe that no one does the holidays better than Disney does. Christmas is sososo beautiful in the parks. They drown everything in sparkly lights and there’s just a really cozy feeling in every inch of the parks and resorts. As my family visits Walt Disney World every year for Christmas, we’ve been lucky enough to do a bunch of different holiday-themed experiences. So today I thought I’d share my absolute faves with you guys! So without further ado, let’s get right on to it!

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THE MONORAIL RESORT LOOP DECORATIONS

One of my all-time favourite holiday traditions in the parks is taking a trip around the monorail resort loop and seeing all the beautiful Christmas decorations!! I think this is probably one of the best free holiday activities in Disney World that I consider an absolute must-do every year. If you park at Magic Kingdom, you can hop on the resort monorail and visit all 3 resorts around the Seven Seas Lagoon. Every resort has it’s own unique decorations, complete with a giant Christmas tree themed to the resort. They’re all so beautiful and photogenic! In the past few years, my family has chosen to do brunch at the Grand Floridian Cafe and then we head around the loop which is a really chill and fun way to do it.

GRAND FLORIDIAN GINGERBREAD HOUSE

Although this is technically a part of the monorail resort loop, I think it’s worth mentioning separately. The Gingerbread House is phenomenal!! Boasting 5,089 gingerbread shingles, this is an absolute monstrosity made out of gingerbread and other sweets. Honestly, when else in your life are you going to be able to see a giant house made out of gingerbread? Probably never, right? Not only can you take adorable pics of this beauty, but you can also buy the edible shingles to take home and try for yourself which is really cool.

MAGIC KINGDOM PARADE

I completely and utterly love the Magic Kingdom Christmas parade so much!! I haven’t been able to see it every single year unfortunately but this year, I’ve specifically set aside time to go out and see it which I’m very excited about. It features all our favourite Disney characters in their festive winter garb along with a few Christmas favourites, like toy soldiers (my faves), reindeers and Santa Claus himself!!

HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS DECORATIONS

Guys, there’s not much I love more in this world than Gertie in her Santa hat!!! Like how freaking cute? They’ve really put a lot of work into amping up the decorations in Hollywood Studios over the past few years and I’ve been absolutely loving it. Last year, we tried to take it all in but unfortunately it was absolutely FREEZING (I had to buy a sweater and a blanket to wear around the park lol). But this year, we’re going to go out and see them properly. They’ve also added some decorations to the new Toy Story Land so I’m excited to get my first look at those!

THE EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF THE HOLIDAYS

Y’all probably know by now how much I love my Epcot festivals. There are so many incredible experiences at Epcot during the holiday season. You can try a bunch of holiday food delights from different countries, hear how cultures celebrate during the holidays, and see the Candlelight Processional which is a really incredible experience that’s hosted by celebrities through the end of November and the month of December. I think that the cultural aspect of Epcot is one of my favourite aspects of the park, and Christmas time really reflects that.

What’s your favourite Walt Disney World holiday experience?

Felicia x

To view a list of all my Blogmas posts, click here.

Blogmas 2018 Day Four: Tips for Christmas Shopping

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Hello darlings!

Today I thought I’d do a bit of an advice post about one of the season’s most dreaded events: Christmas shopping. I’m the kind of person who loves buying gifts for people. I love finding the perfect present for a loved one, wrapping it up, writing the card, and placing it beneath the tree until I finally get to share it with them. But the whole process of actually buying the gifts can be extremely stressful especially if you suffer from anxiety, like me. So I thought I’d share a few of my favourite tips for making the most of the Christmas shopping experience.

1. Add a little bit of fun.

A lot of the time when we’re faced with stressful situations, it can be really easy to fall into the trap of telling ourselves it’s going to be an all around awful time. It can make a huge difference if you go into it thinking it won’t be so bad! If you’re going out to brave the pre-Christmas mall crowds, especially as it gets closer to the holidays, try to set up your trip with a few relaxing, fun things. Make a playlist of your favourite Christmas tunes and play it on the drive to the mall. Dress in layers (this is so important, malls get hot my friends). Bring a friend and grab a festive-flavoured coffee or tea that you can sip while you walk around the shops. Seriously, these might sound like such small things but they really do make a major impact on your overall stress level!!

2. Make a list.

There’s nothing worse than getting to the mall and falling into a panic because you have zero idea what you’re looking for or which shops to even go to. It makes you 100x more stressed out. Before you decide to head out, make a list of the things you’re considering for each person on your list. Even if you only have a vague idea of what you’re looking for, it will at least narrow down the shops you’ll have to go through and give you a better grasp on what you’re aiming to buy. There’s nothing worse than feeling completely overwhelmed by the chaos of the mall shoppers and the million shops with all of their displays. Make a list, put it on your phone, and look back at it whenever you’re feeling a little uneasy or lost.

3. Try online shopping.

This is my greatest Christmas shopping life-hack EVER. Online shopping has become my BFF over the last couple years, especially when my anxiety has been at it’s peak. You can basically buy anything online nowadays (thank god for that) and a lot of stores will offer online exclusive deals throughout the holiday season, like BOGO or free shipping - so definitely take advantage of that. There’s also a whole community out there of online independent shops! It’s always nice to buy from online shops (like from Etsy) because you know that the money is going to someone’s family, rather than just a corporation. Not to mention you’ll be gifting your friend or family something that is a lil more unique which is really special as well!

4. Shop on off-days.

Back to the in-store shopping… If you decide that online shopping isn’t for you or it’s not accessible, but you still hate those mall crowds, try to do your Christmas shopping on off-days, or even off-times. Shopping in the morning or afternoon on a Saturday or Sunday is going to bring you face-to-face with the roughest of shopping crowds. But if you go on a Tuesday or Wednesday night, or even on your lunch breaks throughout the week, you’ll definitely face far less intimidating crowds than on the weekend rush. You’ll have more time and space to get your creative gears going!

5. Check online for coupons or sales.

There’s no shame in getting a good deal on a gift!!! Lots of us are on tight budgets and what’s wrong in needing a little bit of help in buying our loved ones the perf gift? These days, coupons and sales are everywhere you look. If you sign-up for newsletters of stores you’re planning on shopping at, they’ll send out weekly or even daily emails full of information about how to save a few pennies. And if you’re shopping online, you can download a money-saver program like Honey or Wikibuy, which can go right on your Internet to directly save you money on purchases while you’re checking out your order.

What are your top tips for Christmas shopping?

Felicia x

To view a list of all my Blogmas posts, click here.

Blogmas 2018 Day Two: December Bucket List

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Welcome to Blogmas Day 2!

I’m a list-maker. I feel like making lists is extremely therapeutic, not to mention extremely useful. I make lists for everything. What I need to do in a day or in a week, shopping lists, reading lists, so on and so forth. One of the best lists to make, at least for me, are bucket lists! Of course, the whole idea of bucket lists are super morbid (kick the bucket… like really??) but I don’t take it that way. I see bucket lists more as a list of things I absolutely would love to do!

I first came across the idea of doing a monthly bucket list on Pinterest. I thought I’d give it a try and what better time to do it than in December, when all the Christmas festivities are in full action! December is one of my favourite months as it’s (in my opinion) the coziest month. Everything is so lovely and serene, and everyone’s in the mood to be merry! So without further ado, here’s my December bucket list!

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1. Read a holiday-themed book.

2. Have a holiday film day.

3. Send out my Christmas cards (on time!!)

4. Do some holiday baking.

5. Visit a Christmas market.

6. Decorate a gingerbread house.

7. Light the perfect Christmas candle.

8. Get all my Christmas shopping done.

9. Make s’mores.

10. Get a Christmas-inspired manicure.

11. Have a holiday drink at Starbucks.

12. Rock a red lip.

13. Take a walk in the snow.

14. Have breakfast for dinner.

15. Do a random act of kindness.

16. Try a new hobby.

17. Have a Harry Potter film marathon (because why not?)

18. Build a snowman.

19. Try my hand at creating a festive holiday cocktail.

20. Add a new piece to my Christmas decor.

21. Watch my town’s Santa Claus parade.

22. Make the perfect cup of hot cocoa.

23. Brave the mall for some holiday shopping.

24. Have coffee with a friend.

25. Have a soak in the hot tub.

See you all again tomorrow!

Felicia x

To view a list of all my Blogmas posts, click here.

Blogmas 2018 Day One: The Christmas Tag

Happy first day of Blogmas!!

First things first, if you haven’t read my introductory Blogmas post, you can check that out here. It explains the whole Blogmas concept and will also stand as a constantly updated reference guide with all of the links to my Blogmas 2018 posts.

For my very first Blogmas post, I decided to start with one of my favourite Christmas-themed posts and that is the Christmas Tag! I try to do a Christmas tag every year at the start of the holiday season. I’ve done a few variations over the years, but this looks like it might just be a different one than usual so I’m going to give this a go!

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1. What’s your favourite Christmas film?

My favourite Christmas film changes pretty much daily, I can never stick to just one! I guess I’d have to say that it’s probably a tie (right now) between Love Actually and White Christmas. White Christmas for me has a lot of sentimental value as it’s mine and my mum’s go-to Christmas film to watch together, so it has to be included for sure!

2. Have you ever had a white Christmas?

I live in Ontario, Canada. Every Christmas is a white Christmas!

3. Where do you usually spend your holiday?

My holiday is split up all over the place. I spend the morning with my parents at home, opening presents and having egg sandwiches for breaky. Then I head up to my hometown to spend a few hours with my boyfriend’s family. And finally, my parents, boyfriend, and I go to Orlando for our holiday vacay! It’s a loonnggggg day.

4. What is your favourite Christmas song?

Oh my gosh, it’s like choosing between children, isn’t it?! I guess I’ll narrow it down to a few, because just one ain’t happening… “Do They Know It’s Christmas” by Band Aid, “Last Christmas” by Wham!, and “White Christmas” by Michael Buble & Shania Twain are in my constant rotation!

5. Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?

Yes! As per a longstanding tradition, I open one gift from my parents on Christmas Eve and then I get a new pair of pjs (as do my parents). I love our pj tradition the most as it means we all get to wear brand new pjs to bed and for Christmas morning!

6. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?

By heart? Dasher, Prancer, Comet, Vixen, Rudolph… How many are there? Does it make me a fake Christmas fan if I don’t know?

7. What holiday traditions are you looking forward to most this year?

All of them… Is that a valid answer? I’m very excited for my second time seeing my town’s annual light-up night. I also cannot wait to decorate the house and trim the tree!!

8. Is your Christmas tree real or fake?

All three of our trees (yes, three) are fake. I’d love to have a real one but I’ve heard that they’re poisonous for dogs and I don’t trust my pup enough!

9. What is your all-time favourite holiday food/sweet treat?

I positively love gingerbread cookies. Just the smell of gingerbread alone is simply divine.

10. Be honest: do you like giving gifts or receiving gifts better?

This is a hard question! I mean, everyone loves getting gifts, we all know that. I especially love the excitement in other people’s faces when I’m opening up a gift they bought me. But also, I love giving gifts so much because you get to pick out something for someone you love and wrap them up and watch them open them up!

11. What’s the best Christmas gift you’ve ever received?

Oooooh, I’ll actually be writing up a post about this in the near future so I won’t spoil it just yet :)

12. What would be your dream place to visit for the holiday season?

New York City! It is my absolute dream to stand in Rockefeller Center with all the lights and that massive Christmas tree.

13. Are you a pro-present wrapper or do you fail miserably?

Fail. MISERABLY. I don’t know what it is, but I just cannot figure out how to wrap a gift nicely. Even a perfectly shaped box turns out to be a disaster.

14. Most memorable holiday moment?

Probably the first time I ever went to Disney World during the holidays.

15. When did you realize the truth about Santa?

No idea what you’re talking about… :)

16. Do you make New Year’s resolutions? Do you stick to them?

I hate the idea of making resolutions because it’s become a huge cliche where you’re obligated to stick to them or else you’re a failure. I like to set (realistic!) year-long goals instead and reflect on how I did at achieving them by the end of the year.

17. What makes the holidays so special to you?

I just love the sentiment behind the holidays. Bringing the family together, no matter what else is going on in your lives, for no other reason than just celebration and being merry together!

See you tomorrow for Blogmas Day 2!

Felicia x

To view a list of all my Blogmas posts, click here.

Introducing... Blogmas 2018

The white lights are glowing…The trees are up and decorated…The smell of gingerbread is hanging in the air…

You know what that means. It must be Christmas!!

Tomorrow is the first day of December my darlings! And with that comes the start of a very special blogging tradition that I am extremely excited to say that I will be taking part in this year: Blogmas!

For many, many years, I’ve watched bloggers and youtubers alike doing Blogmas, starting with Zoella all the way back in 2012-2013. I’ve always loved the idea of Blogmas because I feel like it’s a way to not only celebrate the holidays as a community, but also to keep the festive feeling going throughout the season. I really think that Christmas is a holiday that is best spent with other people. But as bloggers can be scattered across the country, or even the globe, it’s nice that Blogmas gives us a way to come together and celebrate as a group!

If you haven’t heard of Blogmas before, I’ll give a little bit of a rundown. Essentially, it’s a post per day for 25 days, starting December 1. The posts can be Christmas or even winter themed. Anything that makes you feel festive or will put other people in the Christmas spirit. Although it’s so much fun, it’s also a ton of work which is why I haven’t attempted it before this year. I really hope that I can make it work while also preparing for my fall finals but if it does work out, I’ll definitely try to make this a new yearly tradition!

My very first post will be posted tomorrow morning at 10am, and the others will follow the same schedule.

I cannot wait to start uploading my posts! I’ll keep an updated list of all the links to my Blogmas posts here, as a quick and easy reference guide for readers (that’s you!)

See you tomorrow :)

Felicia x

P.s. If any of you guys are taking part in Blogmas, leave your blog URLs down in the comments. I’d love to follow along your own journeys this Christmas season!

~*~ BLOGMAS POSTS ~*~

Day One - The Christmas Tag

Day Two - December Bucket List

Day Three - My Favourite Christmas Films

Day Four - Tips for Christmas Shopping

Day Five - My Favourite Disney World Holiday Traditions

Day Six - Things I Love About the Holidays

Day Seven - Christmas Playlist

Day Eight - 10 Stocking Stuffers

Day Nine - Winter Skincare Routine

Day Ten - How I Decorate For Christmas

Holiday Catch-Up

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Hello everyone! How are you all doing today? I'm currently writing to you from the comfort of my sofa in Florida, where it is drizzly and freezing outside - not the sort of weather I was hoping as my send off. I'm also feeling quite poorly, as I've got a sore throat and a wicked earache today. But since today is my last day of vacay, I thought it'd be a good opportunity to catch you all up on what I've been up to on my Christmas/New Year's break in a journal-style post.

My vacation started on Christmas Day. My family did our usual Christmas morning thing - waking up early, having egg sandwiches for breaky, then opening presents. Then we cleaned up quick and hustled on over Mississauga, where we spent an hour hanging out with some of Steven's family. It's always nice that we get to see them on Christmas, before we head off for the holidays.

Around noon-ish, we said our goodbyes and headed to Buffalo, New York to catch our flight. We normally fly out of Buffalo as it's a) cheaper and b) way easier than travelling from Pearson Airport. This year, we flew with Jet Blue which was a god sent cause they have those little tv screens on the back of the seats that play tv shows and films. I was thrilled to find out that they were playing The Santa Clause on Freeform as I hate flying (despite years of air travel experience) and it was a nice distraction for my anxiety.

When we got to Florida, we had our second part of our Christmas tradition - more prezzies and a screening of The Polar Express. A perfect ending to a wonderful Christmas.

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On Boxing Day, we headed over to Disney's Grand Floridian resort - aka my favourite Disney hotel - for brunch at the Grand Floridian Cafe. I absolutely love the Cafe. The eggs benedict is very yummmmm. I always love walking around the Grand Floridian and 'oohing' and 'awing' over the wedding pavilion! We spent the afternoon monorail resort hopping so we could see all of the Christmas decorations. I love to see all the trees and especially the Grand Floridian life-size gingerbread house.

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We also popped into Disney Springs to see the Christmas Tree Trail!

Of course, we made a trip to Magic Kingdom on our trip. It was the first chilly night of the trip, but still, it was bearable. Gave me an excuse to wear my favourite holiday Olaf sweatshirt, with my new Christmas Mickey ears. We got to ride Haunted Mansion and Jungle Cruise - which was Christmas decorated and they called it Jingle Cruise which was GREAT. And no Magic Kingdom trip is complete without watching the Happily Ever After fireworks on Main Street with a Starbucks coffee in hand!

Unfortunately, my anxiety popped in to visit on the night I was supposed to be going to Epcot - my favourite Disney park - and I had to have a stay-in night instead. Boo :(

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But the next day, I made it out to Hollywood Studios for the evening and we had a ton of fun despite freezing our asses off!!!! It was about 14 degrees Celsius which is super cold for Florida and I was wearing a t-shirt, a cardigan, and jeans - yet I was frozen. I ended up buying a super cute Stormtrooper sweater AND a Minnie & Mickey Mouse blanket which I wrapped around me. We pretty much just walked around, had some coffee, and then watched the Star Wars fireworks show - which was soooo cool. Every time I saw Leia, I pretty much cried.

New Year's Eve was spent the way it always is for my family. A big dinner at home, a round of Cards Against Humanity, and watching Dick Clark's Rockin' New Year's Eve when the ball dropped. Usually, we get to play Cards Against Humanity outside in our backyard but it was like 9 degrees out this year so we had to stay indoors which was kind of a bummer. But we made the best of it! On New Year's Day, my parents went out for dinner with their good friend who lives in Orlando, as they do every year. My boyfriend and I stayed in, ordered some pizza, and watched Riverdale in our pjs. The perfect night!

Now I'm at the end of my trip. Sad :( Today, I was lucky enough to get to pop out to go to Books A Million, where they were having a 'buy 2 get the third free' sale. I was in literal heaven. I was on a book buying break for all of December because of Christmas coming up. So now that I'm free of that, I'm ready to buy every book in sight! I purchased The Girls by Emma Cline, My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella, and Paris for One & Other Stories by Jojo Moyes. I'm already forty pages into The Girls!

I hope everyone had an incredible holiday break! I'll be back to my regular scheduling of posts by next week.

Felicia x

What I Got For Christmas (+ Life Update)

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Hello everybody! Merry Christmas to you! I hope that you all had a wonderful day yesterday with your family and your loved ones. I love to read other people's 'What I Got for Christmas' posts. I don't know about you, but there's something so lovely about hearing people so excited to share what they were gifted. I know that some people find these posts to be braggy, but I don't think that at all. I love haul posts, and why should these kind of posts be any different? I def don't want to come off as a 'show off' or anything. I am genuinely so grateful for everything that everyone gifted me. I have the most generous, kind, giving family and boyfriend ever - not to brag or anything haha. If you're as nosy as I am about what others receive for Christmas, then keep reading to hear about some of the things I was gifted this holiday season!

Kate Spade Cameron Street Perforated Large Lanemy boyfriend gifted me this beautiful red-wine-coloured Kate Spade purse. I'm in love! It's the perfect size for day-to-day outings (shopping, going out for coffee, etc.) and I love that it has a shoulder strap. I especially love the perforated rose decal on the purse's exterior. My parents also gifted me the matching wallet so now I feel very put together when I'm out and about!

Soap and Glory The Righteous ButterI mentioned my love for The Righteous Butter back in my September Favourites post. I won't go too much into this one since I've already done so in my favourites post. My parents slipped this into my stocking this year and I was so jazzed when I found it in there! Haha. I already have a tub of this, but I asked for another so that I wouldn't run out anytime soon.

Funko PopsI got a ton of Funko Pops this Christmas. I've been making a list of them that I want to collect for months now and I've already got a whole set-up planned out in my head, so I'm glad to finally have some to get started with! I received Belle (Beauty and the Beast 2017), Maui (Moana),Dale Cooper (Twin Peaks), Lorelai Gilmore(Gilmore Girls), Rory Gilmore(Gilmore Girls), and Sookie St. James(Gilmore Girls). I have a lot of organizing to do!

Juniper BooksIf you've never heard of Juniper Books before, you're missing out. Juniper sells custom books and collections - essentially hardcover books with beautiful front covers and dust jackets. I fell in love with them earlier this year and received a bunch from my boyfriend for my birthday. But this holiday, my parents bought me three Charles Dickens books - Great Expectations, Bleak House, and A Tale of Two Cities from the Make Your Own Literary Classics set.

Origins Out of Trouble 10 Minute Mask to Rescue Problem SkinI am very very very excited to use this product! I have heard really good things about this face mask and Origins as a brand. You may know through previous posts that I have been having some pretty substantial issues with my skin as of late.... in short, my skin and I are not simpatico at the moment. Hopefully, this mask comes to the rescue!

Too Faced Peach Blur Translucent Smoothing Finishing PowderI just love Too Faced's peach products. Don't we all? The Sweet Peach palette is something I constantly reach for in my makeup drawer, and now I'm excited to add this powder to my collection. I've already used this a couple of times and I absolutely love it.

I cannot describe how grateful I am for everything I received this year. My parents have always been very generous with their gift-giving and I am so glad that I'm old enough to give back to them every Christmas season - with gifts bigger than 'DIY soup in a jar' (yup, my parents received that about 11 years ago - be jelly).

On another note, I thought I'd quickly update all of you on what's going on in my little world. Posts are going to be more disorganized for the next couple weeks as I am currently on vacay with my parents and my boyfriend in Orlando, Florida! I'm trying to write out some posts while I have a free moment, but obviously, it's been go-go-go ever since we touched down in Orlando on Christmas and I can't keep up like I usually can. I will write up some posts on what I've gotten up to and hopefully upload those soon... It's moments like these that make me wonder if I should start posting again on my YouTube channel.....

I'll def see you guys before the New Year but until then, have a wonderful holiday break!

P.S. I'd love to hear what you guys got for Christmas! Lemme know in the comments :)

Felicia x

Friday Thoughts: Pre-Christmas Mayhem

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I'm so very sorry that this post is up late! I'd meant to have it out last night but it just wasn't meant to be. I've had such a crazy week, I just ran out of time! But better late than never, I always say!

  • Christmas is so close!! Good gracious. December goes by in the blink of an eye, doesn't it? I feel like I've a million things left to do. Christmas time seems to be largely about being busy for me haha

  • I've finally seen Star Wars: The Last Jedi!! The four of us (my parents, my bf, and I) went out to see it at the VIP theatre on Tuesday because tickets were super cheap and we love to have a ~special~ drink with our film haha. Leading up to seeing this film, we rewatched the original 3 films plus The Force Awakens, so we were pumped. Despite mixed reviews, we all really really enjoyed it! I thought they did a good job at staying true to the Star Wars storyline, without seeming so repetitive. I also liked that there were some humorous bits, like the first bit of the film (I won't say what it was for the sake of those who haven't seen it yet!).

  • My boyfriend and I had a lovely dinner with his parents to celebrate Christmas in the middle of this past week. We decided to meet at a restaurant about 40 mins away from my house and exchange gifts. We had a great time, and I was very spoiled by Steven's parents as they gifted me a super cute Roots poncho with a huge loose turtleneck (which I love) and a pair of adorable slipper booties!

  • I'm loving the snow. As I've mentioned, I'm all for a white Christmas. I had a bit of a worry at the beginning/middle of this week as the snow completely melted away. Like, I'm talking most of the snow was gone. I was so bummed out, I was hoping for a miracle at that point. And then it happened! Thursday night, the snow came and there is now a fresh blanket of beautiful white snow on my town. I'm major heart-eyes right now.

  • My grandma came by later in the week to celebrate Christmas with my family, which was so nice as we haven't seen her as often now that she no longer lives with us. Since my boyfriend had to leave the next day to spend the weekend at home with his own family, we decided to exchange our gifts on that night - and my parents were so lovely as they did not only a stocking for me but also one for my boyfriend to carry on one of my favourite traditions to us. Some of my favourite bits from the stocking were the Too Faced Lip Injection Glossy in 'Milkshake', the heavenly Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter, and afelt pennantwith my university name on it, which I've always wanted. My boyfriend spoiled me rotten this year - he gifted me a beautiful wine-coloured Kate Spade purse and a Beauty and the Beast 2017 Soundtrack Vinyl Record which made me legit emotional lol

I hope you all have a marvellous Christmas Eve and Christmas Day! I'll speak to you all very very soon! Happy holidays :)

Felicia x

My Christmas Traditions

Every family has their own Christmas traditions. I think it makes the holidays so much more special when your family has their very own ways of celebrating it. I always love to hear what other people do with their families to celebrate Christmas, so today I thought I would share with all of you my very own traditions!

Baking

A big tradition in my house for Christmas time is baking. My mum's the baker in the house so she has always done all of it, but this year I chipped in for the first time to help. Baked Christmas treats are simply the best, aren't they? Favourites in our house are chocolate chip cookies (from my mum's ~secret~ recipe), fudge, and gingerbread men.

Stockings

I'm not sure if it's so common to do stockings anymore? Maybe it is, maybe it isn't. But in my family, stockings have always been a staple. Until this year, I was the only one who had a stocking filled and placed under the tree. But this year, all four of us are taking part in the tradition which makes it so much more fun! Leading up to Christmas, we leave our stockings up to hang and then Christmas morning, they're put under the tree and it's the very first thing opened before any presents.

Florida

Since 2012, a huge tradition for my family has been visiting our vacation home in Orlando over the winter break. Every year, we leave for Florida after we've finished the festivities of Christmas morning, and stay until just after New Year's Day. I love our Florida tradition. One of the greatest parts of it is that we are able to experience all of what Disney World has to offer during the holiday season. As you all probably know by now, my family are huge Disney fans so it's hugely important to us.

Decorating

Decorating the house for Christmas is a huuuggeeeee part of our traditions. As a family, we love to decorate for the holidays. And especially now that we've moved into our new place, we've got even more areas to decorate! We went crazy with it all this year, but it looks incredible if I do say so myself :) My personal favourite addition is our Disney tree (the tree on the right, below).

The Polar Express

Ever since the film came out, my family has exclusively watched The Polar Express just once per year. It started off as Christmas Eve tradition. We'd come home from my Nonno's (Italian word for grandpa) house after Christmas Eve dinner and we'd put the film on. As the years went by, Christmas Eve dinner went later and later, so we eventually decided we'd watch The Polar Express once we got to Florida on Christmas Day. In the past few years, my boyfriend has been able to partake in the tradition as well which is so amazing. I love that we save watching it for only that night because it makes it so much more special.

What are your Christmas traditions?

Felicia x

Christmas Q&A

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Hello everybody! It's the week of Christmas!!!!! Who's excited? (Me! Me! I am!). Since I'm getting in the festive mood, as I'm sure you all are, I thought I would do a few Christmas-themed posts for you guys this week, starting off with a Christmas Q&A. I found a few Christmas related questionnaires online, picked out some of my favourite questions, and decided to answer them for you all.

1. Have you ever had a white Christmas? 

Yes! I live in Canada, so more often than not do we have snow on Christmas day. Always makes me sad when there's no snow... Luckily, this year, we've got plenty!

2. Peeking at gifts or being surprised? 

I hate the thought of seeing my gifts before Christmas. I was never the type of kid to go looking for my presents before they'd been wrapped, let alone go so far as to unwrap them secretly.

3. Show an old Christmas photo. 

My dad and i, christmas day

My dad and i, christmas day

4. Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve? 

Yep, I do! My family has dinner at my grandfather's house on Christmas Eve, so I receive a couple presents from relatives. Then, back at home, I open two gifts: one, a gift of my choosing, and the other a pair of new pyjamas. It's a family tradition!

5. What is your all-time favourite holiday food/sweet treat? 

Ahhh this is so difficult. I've always loved fudge. My grandma used to make it every year, back when she hosted Christmas, and oh my god I just loved it.

6. If you could be in any Christmas movie, what would it be? 

I'd say the nineties version of Miracle on 34th Street - so long as I got to be with Dylan McDermott in the end. Hahaha.

7. Candy canes or gingerbread men? 

Candy canes. I'm addicted to peppermint!!

8. What's your favourite Christmas song? 

Probably would have to be 'Last Christmas' by Wham!.

9. Do you like to wear a bold lip for Christmas or keep it neutral with a pretty nude? 

I'm def all for the red lip at Christmas!!

10. What's your favourite present you've ever received for Christmas? 

It's a toss-up. The most exciting present I ever received was tickets to my very first concert to see Hilary Duff when I was in the second grade. But the best gift was my dog, whom I love very dearly.

11. What's the best part of Christmas for you? 

For me, the best part of Christmas is being with my family, decorating the house, and just spending quality time together. I feel like Christmas really brings families together, which is something that's so important to me as my family is the most important thing to me.

12. When you were younger, what gift did you always act for that you never received? 

I never had one I repeatedly asked for, as far as I know. But if I ever asked my parents for something a little too pricey, and they said they wouldn't buy it for me, apparently my go-to answer was, "Well, I'll just ask Santa - he'll get it for me!". Hahaha. I was always thinking.

Feel free to answer these questions on your own blogs - I'd love to see your answers!

Felicia x