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Balaying Into Fall With A New Haircut & Colour

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I'm writing this wrapped up in three warm blankets like a human burrito and I'm still a little bit cold, a sure sign that Fall is finally here to stay. Let me tell you - I could not be happier to take my jackets, scarves, and hats out of storage. 

I wrote about this before, but whenever the weather turns cold, I get a strong urge to clean my messy desk, get my life in order and have a bit of a fresh start to the academic year. So last week, I booked myself a haircut and colour appointment.


Introducing...My New(ish) Blog Design

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Whenever I feel particularly uninspired by my blog, I like to get a snazzy new blog design. Honestly, every time I refresh my website's look, it renews my love for blogging a little bit. If time (and err, money...) were no object, I would switch things up around here on a monthly basis. Unfortunately, as everyone who has ever been through a website redesign knows, giving your content a lovely new layout can be quite stressful...especially if you don't know what you're doing.

If your blog needs a boost and you don't quite have the coding skills or the money to hire someone to design a website from scratch, there are a ton of affordable and highly customizable templates for both Blogger and Wordpress out there. I personally swear by Kotryna Bass Designs, and regularly purchase her beautiful templates. Seriously. I think I'm currently on my third KBD-made template. I love this new(ish) look so much, I thought I'd finally write a post to officially introduce my newest blog design, the Madeira template. The content slider and the super sleek navigation bar make me sob with joy every time I publish a post.


Vichy Mineralizing Thermal Water, How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count The Ways

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Let me tell you something really cool that’s going to send you running to the nearest drugstore to pick up a lifetime supply of Vichy Mineralizing Thermal Water* – it’s volcanic water. Volcanic water. To simplify this quite a bit, it’s volcano juice that has been bottled up so you can spray it on your face. In more scientific terms, Vichy thermal water is infused with fifteen minerals that help rebalance the pH of the skin, boosts the skin’s resistance to environmental stresses and allow the cells to regenerate faster. It’s magic…scientific magic.


Back to School Essentials with MUJI

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For all of us students and teachers, September is the start of a new year. The minute academic planners hit the shelves, I become obsessed with the idea of a new beginning. A new haircut, a new wardrobe, a clean desk and, hopefully, brand new work habits to match. I feel the itch to stock up on pretty notebooks, fun sticky notes and colorful gel pens to help keep my busy schedule organized. It takes a really good planner and quite a few to-do lists to keep track of all my teaching duties, research deadlines, blogging ideas and social outings. For beautiful stationery that is also functional, Japanese retailer MUJI is my first stop.


A Home Spa Experience with Vichy Ideal Body Spa Shower Gel-Oil & Gel-Cream

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Not having a bathtub at home, I rarely have the chance to indulge in proper home spa sessions anymore. There are days when a face mask and freshly painted nails just can't take my mind off how much I want to take a long, hot bath. On the bright side, I haven't had to scrub Lush bath bomb residue from the side of the tub in a very long time, so it's not all bad. I still got pretty excited when the Vichy Ideal Body Spa Shower Gel-Oil* and Spa Shower Gel-Cream* came in the mail. Shower gel doesn't usually make me squeal with joy, but a shower-friendly way to pamper myself from my favourite brand of skincare ever? That's worth getting excited about.