A Metallic Christmas Wish List

Apparently I'm really loving anything metallic and silver at the moment because I put together this wish list for this holiday season and literally everything is metallic or silver. Am I late to this trend? Very much so but I like to think I'm starting a trend instead.

Can we just talk about how I've been craving Frends Headphones for, like, ever now? I might have to treat myself this season and finally make the purchase! I am still torn between the gold, silver, or rose gold colours. Which would you purchase?

Vlogger and blogger, Evelina Barry, launched her new Jewelry line called Electric by Evelina and everything in the line is so perfect and suited towards Evelina's style. The bracelet above is from the line and the one thing I love about it are the two colourful triangles. It makes it look unique and different. 

While I was in Zara the other day, I spotted the silver metallic pumps which I know, was so in last year and all the bloggers owned that style. Only now am I loving this trend and wishing for it for Christmas.
Speaking of metallic silver shoes, many vloggers are talking about these slip on Vans. They do look comfy, casual, and perfect for everyday wear (probably not for the snowy season though).

Beauty-wise, the Elizabeth and James Nirvana White scent smells heavenly. It's feminine but sophisticated which is what I am currently looking for in a perfume. Also, the Too Faced Shadow Insurance in champagne is something I definitely want to try out. I've read reviews and have only heard good things. Plus, the colour looks gorgeous!

On a completely different note, I am looking or the perfect journal to write anything down like stories, events, or even just things I need to do. This silver metallic journal from Indigo is the one I want! It's perfect in every way.

Let's talk graphic tees. I will never not love a good graphic tee. Right now, I'm realizing the value in a good quality graphic tee and H&M has well made ones for an affordable price. The one above is one of my favourites that I spotted on their website because I freakin' love Berlin and would love to live there one day!

Everyone and their mother has the Wilfred Blanket Scarves but that's not going to stop me from dying to get my hands on one. For the price you pay and the quality you get, I'd say It's worth it. 

And the last item on my wish list that I actually want to purchase myself is the Rebecca Minkoff Mini 5-Zip Cross Body bag. I am in need of a good quality, used for everything, and versatile cross body bag and I feel like this one is calling my name. However, I am still undecided on a colour. I do not want to do black and I want a shade that will work with almost everything. I feel like a nice beige could work. What do you think?

There it is, my Christmas 2014 wish list.
What's on your wish list?

- Janine Maral

Poodle My Christmas - A Playlist

It wouldn't be a holiday season without a well-thought out holiday playlist.
Now that I discovered this amazing website called Spotify, my playlists will be more interactive and easy for you guys to listen to all the music I talk about! Here is this year's holiday season playlist.
Also, I know the name is very random and sounds a little odd but my friends and I thought it was so random and funny that I had to name this playlist it.

My playlist is a little lengthy so instead of posting the name of every song, I chose my favourites.

1. Bring A Torch (Jeanette Isabella) - Crofts Family
2. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - Sam Smith
3. All I Want For Christmas Is You - Michael Buble
4. Sleigh Ride - Pentatonix
5. Shake Up Christmas - Train
6. Drummer Boy - Justin Bieber
7. Sparrow In The Birch - Crofts Family
8. Hark! The Herold Angels Sing - Pentatonix
9. All I Want For Christmas Is You - Fifth Harmony
10. 12 Days Of Christmas - Relient K

- Janine Maral

A Nice Cranberry

Let's talk about this shade by YSL. It's simply the perfect shade all year round and for almost every occassion.The quality of the lipstick is smooth and does not give your lips the dry, chapped look like many other lipstick. You can also build on the colour to build the intensity.
The shade is called 17 Rose In Tension - berry rose and although it's a little pricey, you will get the most use out of it making the most of the price you pay.
Best lipstick ever.

What's your favourite lip product?

- Janine Maral

Favourites In The Digital World - Part II

As I mentioned in my last post, here is part II of a recent round-up of my favourites! This time, it is digital favourites, something a little different.

+ Linkedin has to be my recent go-to social media website for work. I love to search up individuals who have my dream job and see what they did to get to the position they are at. I swear it's not as creepy as it sounds!

+ Reading more fashion based blogs and magazine has been happening a lot lately. I'm definitely getting more into the fashion world but am still interested in the beauty side. The two can still link together which is awesome.

+ I seriously have a new addiction with the newspaper called "The Kit." It is a division of the Toronto Star and has information about beauty, fashion and the latest trends. "We’re the style insider who is unafraid to try new looks and inspires you to do the same," - The Kit.
Every Thursday before I go to class, I pick up a copy of The Kit and give it a read. As you can see, I have quite the collection. I just love their articles, photos and everything in between. Now I'm dreaming of the day where they can be my employer *life goals.*

+ I created a new website which I like to call my "home" base. It's through Tumblr where I just post my journalistic work, blog posts, or photography. I also like to link my portfolio there just to have it all in one place. You can check it out here! "thisisjaninemaral.com"

+ Lastly, I got a new phone, the iPhone 6 in fact, and I am obsessed! I didn't think there would be a huge difference between the previous versions but the bigger screen, better camera, and the finger ID passcode lock is fan-freaking-tastic. 

What have been your faves in the digital world?

- Janine Maral

Things I've Been Loving - Part I

It's been too long since I've done a round-up of my favourites. Here are my favourites part I. The next favourites will be a little less traditional so stay tuned!

+ First one, hands down, is Taylor Swift's new album, 1989. I couldn't even describe how amazing this album is. She always seems to up her A-game. Remarkable.
The three songs I've been listening to non-stop is Blank Space, obviously, I Know Places which is a little different, and Wonderland from the deluxe album. Her tour announcement is also one of my favourites. I can't wait!

+ Let's talk beauty. I've talked about this before but I have been wearing this 'look' to another level ever since uni started. It's just bronzer all over the lid and crease of your eye. It gives such a cool and smoky effect, and is quick and easy. I'm in love! I'm on the hunt for a new bronzer, any requests? Comment below!

+ Blanket scarves have been my everything. Now that the weather is not cold enough for a coat but too cold for just a light jacket, blanket scarves have been a huge help. Just drape it over your shoulders, or around your neck and you're good to go! They are so versatile which it's great and because most are a little pricey, so you'll get your moneys worth out of them. The one in my photo is literally like a blanket and specifically the one I've been wearing the most from RW&Co. What's great about it is on the other side, it's a black and white checkered print too.

+ H&M during this Fall/Winter season is amazing. I love everything they have to offer especially their thick and affordable sweaters! On Nov. 6, they also released their collaboration with Alexander Wang. Even though I couldn't get a hold of any of the items, from what I saw online, the line looked simple and clean cut. I am also totally digging the monochrome theme.

+ Lastly, those statement earrings from RW&Co. I don't know what it is about them but they instantly make any outfit look chic. I also wore them to the Buffer Festival gala in Toronto so they remind me of that amazing night. Love.

Get ready for Part II and tell me what have been your favourites!

Janine Maral

My Favourite People on Twitter

Macchina Mobile Cafe

A taste of Europe is traveling around the streets of Toronto selling coffee, hot chocolates and so far, they are having a great success.

Macchina Mobile Cafe is a little orange truck adapted from a European feel of selling coffee on the streets.

“The person that came up with the idea was my husband. Traveling in Europe, he’s seen a lot of mobile cafes.” says Ana Diez, co-owner of Macchina Mobile. 

Coming from Columbia, Diez had also seen mobile cafes in different vehicles, which is how she decided to use the Vespa Ape as her shop, a small motor cycle with a pick-up van.

“We found a person here who has some of these vehicles and restores them and helped us with the design and we just did it!” said Diez.

The vehicle opens up to a coffee machine with storage spaces to store a small table, two chairs as well as different types of hot chocolate and coffee. One of their most popular type of coffee is the Cortado. 

Diana Benea, a customer of the Macchina Mobile Cafe said, “I’ve had [the Cortado] in Spain about five or six different versions and so far this is the best one.”

As successful as their business was going, the owners have to continuously face obstacles.

“The problem with the city is finding a location. It’s pretty restricted right now,” said Jeff Douglas, co-owner of Macchina Mobile. “You pay $5000 for a vending permit as a display so any place there is a pay and display, you can vend. But then on top of that you can’t be within 50 metres of any place that sells food.”

Along with their obstacles, a typical day is not as simple as it seems. 

“We have to be up and under way by 7a.m. So it takes probably two hours to really get it done and at the end of the day, there will be the clean up,” says Douglas. “It is an older vehicle so there will be some spark issues. There is also the day-to-day stuff too like making sure the battery is charged and nothing breaks down.”

One of their regulars, Donna Nancekivell, has been ordering their coffee since they started with Farmer’s Market at Ryerson University back in mid-June. 

“I’ve had Americanos before and sometimes they taste a little bland. This one just has flavour. You can taste the beans, the roasting,” said Nancekivell. “In general, this market is a fabulous idea. There is everything you could want here and it’s all fresh. It is so different than going to a grocery store.”

Find Macchina Mobile Cafe around the city in popular places around the city of Toronto like Yonge and Eglinton Streets and Yonge and Davisville Streets.

Janine Maral
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