Monday, April 07, 2014

Wedding Weekend Continued

So this weekend was the Canadian wedding reception for my brother (last weekend was a reception in the States where the bride's family lives.)

I was the MC so to engage the crowd, we played a little game. On every table, I put out chalkboard signs that read "Bride" on one side, and "Groom" on the other. I asked questions like "Who hates the colour pink?" or "Who is more concerned about gaining weight after the wedding?" and the guests had to guess either "Bride" or "Groom" by raising their signs. It was a fun way for the guests to know the bride and groom better. (By the way, contrary to gender stereotypes, the bride dislikes pink and the groom is concerned about weight gain.)

The signs were a last minute project I took on. I mean really last minute. I made them at 5:30 pm when the reception was to start at 7 pm. Luckily, they were really quick to make. I bought a pack of chalkboard paper greeting cards from Michael's. I got a newsletter from Michael's some time back about their new "Recollections Chalkboard Paper" collection. Then it was just a matter of glue gunning "jumbo" popsicle sticks in between the two flaps of the greeting card and scribbling on "bride" and "groom."

The guests seemed to enjoy the game, we kept it real short with only 3 questions. (With over, 350 guests in attendance, it's best to keep it short and sweet.) Since the whole crowd was participating and it's too difficult to gauge an accurate winner with that many people, I taped two Tim Horton's gift cards underneath two random chairs before all the guests arrived. Whoever happened to be sitting on those two seats was the winner! I chose gift cards to Timmies because that's the groom's favourite coffee joint so it all tied back very nicely to the whole "get-to-know-the-bride-and-groom" game.

At the end of the night, I almost threw away the leftover signs. But then I remembered that the signs are made of chalkboard paper! I can easily wipe off the writing and reuse the signs later!

Yup, they'll definitely come in handy for photo booths... or something or other.

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Weekend Wedding

My brother got married on the Sunday so I flew over to Delaware for a day. Weddings are so much more enjoyable when you're flying-in rather than driving. Think about it, 1 hour flight vs. 8 hour car ride.

So an airplane snapshot from the window seat was mandatory. I think this was when I was taking off from Toronto. Idk, I can't remember...

On the Monday morning before all the wedding guests headed home to their respective destinations, my younger brother and his wife hosted a wonderful brunch in honour of the bride and groom. They recently moved into their first home in New Jersey after getting married about a year and a half ago themselves. It was my first time visiting them in their new home - they definitely have one of those home layouts where the party is in the kitchen! They seamlessly pulled off a brunch for 50 people with a wide assortment of literally everything: croissants, bagels, bread, deli meats, eggs, cheese. Not to mention, there was all the traditional South Asian "day after the wedding breakfast" foods - and my personal favourite... a flush fledged waffle bar!

It was a ton of fun connecting with cousins and other relatives I don't get to see a lot. Too bad I didn't have a chance to visit the Winterthur museum in Delaware or any of Brandywine Valley's picturesque gardens. I suppose I'll have to take another trip for exploration of that sort.

For now, I'm happy to be home because you know what they say, "home is where the Wi-Fi connects."

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Stop and Stare

Sometimes in life, you come across things of such calibre that you just want to stop and stare.

Since starting my new job at House and Home magazine, I walk by a plethora of shops and stores on my daily commute from Union Station to the office. For the past month, one shop in particular would catch my eye.

Every time I'd pass by it, I'd just want to stop and stare. But then of course I wouldn't because there were always pedestrians walking behind me and you can't just come to a sudden halt on a busy walkway like that.

So yesterday I decided to do the less embarrassing thing and just make a little extra time to drop by this shop on my commute back home.

The Detox Market is a gorgeous little boutique shop on King St. W.

I'm a sucker for fine aesthetics. This is the kind of shop you can go into and never get tired of browsing. White shelfs, wooden floors - what's not to love? The simple set-up lets the products be front and centre and my, are the products well-packaged!

Happiness is good packaging.

I've never really been one to buy a ton of skin care products. I prefer the "au-natural" route. Skin feeling dry? I usually skip the beauty cream that makes all sort of products claims and slap on some good old olive oil. But then again, there are some products you need and can't go natural with them - like makeup - so I do buy that. Or, at least I thought you couldn't go natural with makeup.

I was really drawn to a mascara at The Detox Market called, "100% Pure." It's a mascara naturally pigmented with fruit as opposed to synthetic stuff. I honestly have a frienemy kind of relationship with mascara - it looks good but it's such a pain to take off. I like it, but I also don't. I've tried a bunch of different brands but at the end of the day, mascara always seems like mascara to me. HEAVY. 

I'm really looking forward to trying the 100% Pure mascara to see if it's more comfortable, especially on those long days where you're staring at a computer screen for 8+ hours in your contacts. 

Sadly, the mascara was all sold out on my visit but that just gives me a reason to go back to this pretty shop next week! 

When I come to think of it, there are a lot of buildings in Toronto that I pass by and often wonder what they're like from the inside. 

Maybe it's time I start stopping more. Good things seem to come out of it.  

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

For the Love of Life

Q: "What's the best thing about your life right now?"
A: It's unpredictable. 

Q: "What was the last text message you sent?" 
A: It was, "Lol." 

Q: "What do you need to throw away?"
A: Receipts. 

Q: "What's your biggest indulgence?"
A: I don't know about biggest, but right now I'm quite happy with Magnum ice cream bars. 

Q: "This is utterly confounding _______________"  
A:  The heart. (I'm such a poet, aren't I?) 

For my birthday way back in July, my sister-in-law gave me a 5-Year Q & A journal. There's a question for each day of the year that you answer for the next 5 years. The questions above are samples from the journal and the answers that I filled in on that day. Writing this journal is the highlight of my bedtime routine. Seriously. 

Some of the questions in the journal are just for fun and others are really thought-provoking that require a fair amount of self-reflection. It's amazing to see how my thinking changes over time. How quickly life changes. I'm excited to see this journal progress over 5 years to read about all the little ways I've evolved. 

Above everything, the questions in this journal have me savouring over the beauty of life. The questions act as a reminder to express gratitude each and every day. With questions like "Where do you see yourself in five years?" the journal also has me thinking about my goals. 

I've never been one to write a daily journal about how my day went (could never commit) but with this Q&A journal, I don't have to subject myself to such mundanities. Every night, just by answering a simple question in two lines, I sleep with greater consciousness of who I am. You know what they say. 

"Know thyself."

Journal: Available at Indigo. Published by Potter Style, Random House.