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Right thoughts

My son is obsessed with the new Franz Ferdinand album. He requests we roll down the windows and listen to this song ‘REALLY REALLY LOUD Mummy!’ on our way to school each day.

Love it.

 

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Best tutorials for doing liquid eyeliner

Best tutorials for doing liquid eyeliner

If you know me in the wild, as it were, you know I wear black liquid liner pretty much every day. It’s my thing. Some people spend forever on their hair, on their nails, wear red lipstick every day – for me, it’s the eyeliner.

I’m by no means an expert on it. Some weeks go by where I feel like I never get it quite right. Just finding the right liner is a pain – right now I’m using Stila All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner, which is one of those felt lip pens. I’ve tried the MAC version, which is useless, and I used to love the Bourjois Liner Feutre, but they must have changed the formulation because it has become equally useless. The Stila one is pretty good, but not perfect – I find it does not last all day unless you use a primer.

In terms of technique, I like these two tutorials, both by UK make-up artists. Slightly different in approach, but both close to my age. Let me tell you, watching 20 year olds apply eyeliner on youtube does not help me, as their skin doesn’t move around. Lisa Eldridge uses gel liner in her tutorial, and I’ve tried the stuff and found it very hard to work with.

 

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Lovely things: Joe Fresh online shop is live

Lovely things: Joe Fresh online shop is live

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Joe Fresh finally has an online shop. I buy all of Elliot’s pyjamas and underwear from Joe Fresh, and I live in their jersey pyjama bottoms. It’s where I found my summer wardrobe of stripey dresses, and where my husband gets quite a few of his cardigans. Finding decent clothes for small boys is a real challenge, and Joe Fresh is pretty much the only alternative to H&M. I really want that dog jumper, it’s too hilarious. Free shipping with orders over $50, my Canadian friends.

1. Toddler boys’ animal hat, $7

2. Women’s graphic sweater, $29

3. Women’s stripe sweater dress, $29

4. Men’s peacoat, $199

5. Toddler boys’ fleece cardigan, $16

 

 

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Things I love: Glerups slippers

Things I love: Glerups slippers

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When you work from home and have a small child, it feels like 80% of your life is spent inside your house. Especially as autumn descends. Between living in converted Victorian terrace houses, warehouses and timber-frame apartment buildings and now a building with a concrete floor – good slippers are critical in my daily life.

You laugh, but I probably wear my slippers for more time out of the day than any pair of shoes.

Sick of drugstore fuzzy landlord lady ones, cheap ones from Muji that never stay on, more expensive but equally crap ones from a department store, I decided to do some research.

Behold, my perfect slippers: Glerups.

These felted wool beauties come in several variations – a slip-on clog shape, a slip-on shoe with heel coverage and an ankle boot, all with suede soles. The shoe version has an optional rubber sole, which is the kind I ordered.

I love the thick felt, and how warm they are. The rubber sole means I can pop out my front door without worrying about ruining my slippers or finding a proper pair of shoes. And they look quite sleek – no fuzzy pompoms or bunny ears here.

A suede sole pair of the shoes runs $90, with the rubber sole version is $110. I know, nearly $100 for slippers? But I wear mine more hours out of the day than any of my shoes, so it seemed logical. I bought my pair last winter, and with daily wear they are nearly unchanged. Perfect.

Glerups are available through their Canadian website or in one of my favourite Vancouver shops, Walrus.

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Magically turn a mason jar into a lunchbox

Magically turn a mason jar into a lunchbox

I love Cuppow‘s mason jar lid inserts for drinking coffee and smoothies, and now they have inched further into my heart by creating the BNTO jar insert for holding salad dressing, dip, milk, sauce, or, as they so neatly put it ‘separating wet stuff from dry stuff’. You can order a BNTO insert straight from Cuppow, or if you’re in Canada, through Greenmunch. It’s worth noting that Greenmunch cleverly sells single giant wide-mouth jars too.

 

Disclosure: None. I was not compensated for this post, and I don’t even have my hands on a BNTO yet, but I will get one. Oh I will. 

All images/video courtesy of Cuppow

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