This & That Fridays – January 13

Happy New Year – welcome to the first This & That Fridays of 2017!

what’s going on with me

Nothing like a brand new year to start fresh right?  Except if you’re me because I started off 2017 similar to 2016, in that I was sick!  Grrrrr!  2017 you were supposed to be better – this better not become a thing!?!  On the bright side, no pink eye this year (thank you Baby Jesus!) but just the flu that seems to be running rampant around the city and then a self-diagnosed sinus infection (#myfacehurts).  Still, it threw a wrench into my extensive plan of getting a good start on my tasks for the year.  I’m about 75% back to normal so I should be able to get back into things on Monday.

have you seen/tried/heard?

I’m not really into award shows but I watched the Golden Globes this year because Jimmy Fallon was hosting and I love him.  But let’s talk fashion, specifically dresses.  Who were your favourites?  I loved Reese Witherspoon’s (always do), Millie Bobbie Brown (so age appropriate), Kristen Cavalieri’s, and  Yvette Nicole Brown’s (this was my favourite – sparkly rose gold!) .  Did not enjoy Jessica Biel’s, Sarah Jessica Parker’s, Blake Lively’s (#awkwardpockets) or Nicole Kidman’s.

Speaking of Mille Bobby Brown, have you watched Stranger Things?  I watched the entire first season over the holidays and I am hooked.  Sci-Fi isn’t really my thing but it sucked me in – can’t wait for Season 2!

This dog has better hair than me…

ColorPop released pressed eyeshadows and they look really beautiful – Temptalia has a great sneak peak and swatches up.

recent purchases

I had to make a couple purchases at Sephora prior to the end of the year as I was $60 or so away from being VIB Rouge so I picked up this Tarte Tarteist Eyeliner Set (no longer available on Sephora’s website) and one of Nars’ Velvet Lip Glides in Bound.  I really want to like the eyeliner – it’s highly pigmented, super easy to use (I can do a wing!) and glides on effortlessly – but it smudges like crazy on me.  🙁  On the bright side the Velvet Lip Glide is every bit as amazing as everyone says they are.  Good thing considering I paid $34 for a lip product!

I may have found a decent pair of leggings that won’t blow the budget from Express. After two months of wear, they’re still soft, haven’t faded nor stretched out. I only wish they were a tad bit thicker.

After lusting after them for what feels like years, I finally got myself one of these Super Soft Throws from Chapters/Indigo on Boxing Day and I love it SO MUCH!  It’s so soft and cozy and perfect if you just need a light blanket to keep you warm.  I’m buying another.

currently coveting

Look at these Nars Cheek Palettes.  They look beautiful although I don’t think I could justify $76 for one.

I’m still searching for that perfect handbag…it needs to be small to medium in size, leather, black or another neutral, have a large zipper compartment, non-structured in design and a cross-body strap.  Not too much to ask right?  I’ve been eyeing up this one given that it actually fits the bill.

Yoga has never interested me until now…..#downwardgoat

Oreo Cadbury Cream Eggs? Apparently these have been in Canada (and the UK) for a year but I’ve never seen them.   I’m not sure how I feel about this….

favourite youtube video of the week

Roberto Blake – Personal Branding: How to Get More Followers on Social Media

Something a little different this week – Roberto Blake has some really great tips for expanding your followers on Social Media, specifically if you’re just starting out.  I feel his advice can be applied to blogs, Youtube channels and life in general!  #dothework

Need to catch up on my posts?  Here’s what I’ve been up to the last few weeks:

Top 16 of 2016: Beauty

What I Got for Christmas & my Birthday 2016

Love with Food Deluxe Box Review – November 2016

What’s coming up on my blog

  • Top 16 of 2016: Disappointing Products
  • My 2017 Goals & 2016 Year in Review
  • Love with Food Deluxe Box Review – December Box (spoiler alert – my favourite box so far!)

Have a great weekend!


  1. Janine says

    Ugh, I’ve started out the new year sick as well and I’m still trying to recover and catch up. Hoping to get back on track Monday! Glad you’re feeling better! Goat yoga looks awesome, by the way.

  2. Polished and Inspired says

    So sorry to hear you started the year off sick, but I’m glad you’re starting to feel like yourself again!
    I’d love to see a review of the NARS Velvet Lip Glide. That product has been intriguing me since it first came out!
    Stranger Things is SUPER addictive. I thought I wouldn’t like it either because it’s sci-fi set in the 70’s, but I couldn’t stop watching it.
    I’m also lusting over the NARS cheek palettes too. Good thing they’re out of stock online, otherwise it’s way too tempting. $76 is not TOO bad when you think about the fact that their single blushes are $38. I’m assuming the ones in the palette are smaller, but most people never finish a blush, anyways.
    Ah, I need to get caught up on all of your blogs, stat! Going to do that now!

  3. stashy says

    Sorry to hear that you were sick! I’ve managed to stave off the flu this season by loading up on zinc, and vitamin c.
    I watched a bit of the Golden Globes – my favourite dresses were Emma Stone’s and Millie Bobby Brown’s. And I agree, did not like Nicole Kidman’s.
    Too bad about the Tarte liners. But yay you made VIB Rouge! 😉
    Oh, I just bought a pair of leggings from Reitman’s. I asked around the office and someone recommended them to me. They’re really nice – so far so good.
    LMAO that goat yoga, now I’ve seen everything.
    Looking forward to seeing your disappointing products. I thought about rounding up a list but feeling lazy.
    Hope you’re back to 100% soon.

    • prettyrufflife says

      Oh Reitmans – I’ll have to check those out. There aren’t many Reitmans left around here anymore which is too bad, I used to like some of their stuff.

      Thanks for the well wishes! 🙂

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