What to do when your date is a psycho, or business as usual in my life

So today I’m going to talk about something that I rarely touch on here – my personal life! For obvious reasons (at least I think they’re obvious) I prefer to keep my offline life private, but I just have to talk about this. Dating. It’s a minefield friends. Especially in Vancouver, where it’s apparently harder to meet a man than, say, take a weekend jaunt to the moon. Anyway, I do go on dates somewhat regularly and it’s fun, very Sex and the City except that in my life the cocktails are replaced with pitchers of beer, and the designer shoes are replaced with, well, regular shoes.

A few weekends ago I had a date with a guy who, at first, seemed normal and kind of sweet. Perhaps I should have known when he showed up wearing skinny jeans…. anyway, we had a nice time and I agreed to a second date. He called me the next day (I was gob-smacked, everyone knows you have to wait three days for a guy to call) to say what a nice time he’d had – again very sweet. We texted through the following week and arranged a Scrabble date. He ended up getting sick and wasn’t able to make it, no big deal.

Then it got weird.

He texted me around midnight (a little late, no?) and he was very apologetic. I assured him that it was fine and that we could reschedule. When I told him that I wasn’t available until the following weekend he kind of freaked out and asked if I’d met someone else. I hadn’t, but after only one date I didn’t think it was any of his business. I said good-night and thought that was that. I woke up the next morning to a bunch of texts sent at 6:00 am, which were very weird. He was “desperate” to see me and wanted to hang out – at 6:00 am. I don’t think so. I told him that I thought his texts were a bit odd and left it at that. I didn’t hear from him all day, and then finally around 8:00 pm he sent me a text saying that he liked me, but was looking for something more “serious and on-going.” Fine with me. I wish him good luck and then deleted his number from my phone.

Anyway, to make a long story short, he’s continued to text me. I’ve ignored him and hoped he’d get the point. Not so. This morning I woke up to a text of a cartoon reading “Thanks for being a d!#k and ignoring my texts.” I ignored that too. Honestly, we went on ONE date. ONE. Any tips?

Have you ever had a date turn very weird?

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My little bottle of miracle oil

Ok y’all, I am a curly haired lass. That means that I hate my hair, and I always have. I have never wanted anything more than I want long, swishy, straight hair. Alas, it is not meant to be. I’ve recently (within the last two or three years) started coming to terms with the fact that I’m never going to wake up and have straight hair. That means that I have started trying to work with my hair rather than attempting to beat it into straight submission. For the first time in my life I have a really fantastic (read “expensive”) hair cut, and it makes a huge difference. The other thing that makes a difference is product. I’ve tried all kinds, high end, as well as drug store buys. Some of my favourites include Potion 9 by Sebastian, an AG leave-in conditioner, and Morrocan Oil.

The first time I used Morrocan Oil I was floored. My hair had movement; those of you with curls know what I’m talking about. Each curl was defined, shiny, and bouncy. It was a happy day. The thing about Morrocan Oil is the price point. It’s spendy my friends. Moving to Vancouver meant taking a HUGE pay cut (if I think about it too much I start to feel a bit sick), and since chopping my locks I’ve actually found Morrocan Oil to be a touch too heavy. I’ve tried a couple of drugstore alternatives with no luck, but I eventually stumbled upon the Ojon damage reverse Instant Restorative Hair Serum. I think a full size bottle is around $30 but I got mine for “free” in exchange for 100 Sephora rewards points.

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Unfortunately the first time I used it I managed to dump half the bottle all over the bathroom counter (sob); however, a little of this stuff goes a loooong way so it’ll last a good long while. What we have here folks is a holy grail product. This stuff is amaze-balls. I use two drops and it’s more than enough for my entire mop. I rub it betwixt my palms, smooth it into wet hair, shake, and go! Fantastic! Each curl is defined, holds its shape, and is nice and shiny. I luuuurve this stuff.

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Do you guys have any suggestions for a good alternative to Morrocan Oil? Have you tried this oil?

101

For weeks I’d been planning on doing something special for my 100th post. I had all kinds of ideas ranging from a give away (unfortunately for you my pets, I’m always low on pennies…. can’t imagine why), to a tutorial (who am I to give advice though??), to a monthly favourites post. Well, yesterday’s was my 100th post and I celebrated by completely forgetting about it. Typical Poutine behaviour.

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Without further ado, I give you Poutine and Prada’s 101st post: the bloggers who inspire me! These blogs are where I spend my days (you know, when I’m not working and such), and I’ve been inspired by them all in different ways! If it weren’t for these lovely bloggers there would be no Poutine and Prada (can you imagine?)!

In no particular order:

The Anthology
It must be the voyeur in me but I love The Anthology’s Workspace posts.

Alicia Fashionista
This gal is fabulous, fashionable, and also very close to my size! I find a lot of outfit inspirations here, as well as some great make-up looks, and general fun!

The Skinny Blonde Girl
When I first stumbled across Katelyn’s blog, I didn’t think she could teach me much because she’s only 21. I was mistaken! This is a blogger with a great sense of style and self! Check her out for outfit ideas, and honest reviews.

Prairie Girl in the City
I love this blog because Jennifer is in her 30s, celebrates style at all sizes, and she just seems like a super classy dame!

A Fashion Love Affair
Cara’s style is simple, classic, and exactly what I aspire to!

Tinfoil Tiaras
This is another blog that I felt wouldn’t really speak to me at first, but I quicked realized that Emily is a lovely person with a big heart, and an even bigger closet! If you’re looking for fashion on a dime, this blog is a must see.

The Dauphine
This blog is mostly about make-up and is filled with some absolutely gorgeous photography.

So there you have it! This is by no means an exhaustive list, and I encourage you to visit my daily reads list for more fantastic blogs! There’s something in the blogosphere for everyone so get out there and start reading!

Do you have any favourite blogs you’d like to share?

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I See Noise

So I finally got around to framing and hanging the lovely art work I purchased for my bedroom in December! I just had to share this with you guys because it is so fabulous!

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I purchased these lovely prints from I See Noise, an artist based right here in Vancouver! She has a great shop on Etsy; all of her prints are reasonably priced at only $20! There is a great selection of beautiful prints, like the two above, and some really cute sayings (I was sorely tempted by “Some Girls Are Just Born With Glitter In Their Veins”).

My bedroom is now complete! If you’re looking for a little something to amp up your space I recommend giving this great little shop a browse!

Until next time my lovelies!

OCD… Who? Me?

I love me a bold lip. I don’t have a lot of pigmentation in my lips so I feel that I tend to look super washed-out, and kind of undead, without a slick of gloss or lippy. Lately, I’ve been on the hunt for a nice daytime lipstick (no, I haven’t been shopping!). My current lipsticks are all bold reds or bright pinks, which are a lot of fun but not really suitable for the office… I don’t want to be that girl (you know the one: low-cut blouse and loud make-up, every office has one).

I was in Sephora a while ago and grabbed the Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in Queen. I chose this colour specifically because it looked like a nice, daytime appropriate shade of coral-red. I also noticed that the product is vegan and cruelty-free; I’m always happy if no bunnies were hurt in the production of my beauty products.

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The fun thing about this product is the application. You paint it on with a little brush. Sephora explains: “Flash a fabulous smile and a stunning splash of color with this lip formula that combines the longevity of a lipstick with the breezy application of a gloss.” The Lip Tar does have impressive staying power. My lips were painted all day long. The problem? After about an hour my lips had turned a shade of shocking, day-glow pink. Not appropriate for work, and not at all the colour I had been hoping for. However, that’s not a huge issue as I now  have another fun pink for nightime. My real issue with this product is the tiny brush. It’s a cute idea but it’s far too small to keep in the basket I keep my other brushes in, I also can’t just throw it in lose with my make-up as it will immediately be lost forever. I ended up securing it to the Lip Tar tube with a hair elastic – not ideal!

Have you had better luck?

Revlon, a Review, and a Recap

Happy Monday my lovelies! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!

I love nail polish but I rarely paint my nails. It just seems like a lot of effort, and I’m kind of anal so the second it chips I have to take it off. That said, as I mentioned in my last post, I had a bunch of girlfriends over on Friday night and we had a nail painting party! We had a great time. Everyone painted their nails, and we all got a little light headed from the fumes! I picked up bottle of Revlon’s Brilliant Strength Nail Enamel in Enrapture just in time for the party. It’s a really pretty plum colour with a bit of gold shimmer. I thought it looked nice and festive; ’tis the season afterall! The brush was nice and wide, which I like, and the polish went on smooth. I applied two coats and topped it off with my Revlon topcoat. I love the way it looks; it’s a beautiful colour for winter. I slapped a bit of sparkly O.P.I. on the ring finger of each hand and voila, there you have it!

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The polish is starting to wear off a little on the tips of my nails but, apart from that, it’s holding up nicely so far! The price point is around $6 so I’m pretty happy! If you’re looking for an inexpensive way to incorporate a little festivity into your look this polish is a nice way to do it!

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On my finger is a Social Experiment cocktail ring. Get your own here!

Yesterday I attended The Style Common’s Deck Your Closet event at the Four Seasons Hotel. It was a lovely event and my room-mate and I scored some great deals (the best of which was a Michael Kors purse for $50!). As we were leaving to hotel we spotted Jody Claman of The Real Housewives of Vancouver! We asked her for a photo and she was happy to oblige. She was lovely! It was a fun way to end a lovely morning!

How was your weekend?

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Yesterday I went shopping with a few school chums. It was a typical girls’ day: lunch followed by hours of pounding the pavement on Robson.We stopped at Zara and all three of us tried on a few things. I found a really cute, orange summer dress and liked it but needed one size bigger — a large. When I asked the somewhat snooty sales girl to grab me a large I was informed that the dress only comes in small or medium, like many other items in the store.

I was flabbergasted! I’m not plus sized by any stretch of the imagination and large is a completely average size! I had a brief glimpse into the world of plus sized women, and I did not enjoy it. I have to wonder who these designers are designing for because it’s certainly not the average North American woman!

Has this ever happened to you?

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