WATCH IT! MAN.

Fashion & Beauty, Just for Fun, Products and Brands

Date-nights with my man are my favourite nights for many reasons, I like to dress up, I like to see him dressed up, I love our no cell phones /talking only rule, and well, I love spending some quality time with him. As far as the dressing up part goes, he looks so handsome with his dark jeans and black shirts, dress shoes, and swanky jackets BUT there is one thing missing. A watch. I know, I know, what the heck do you need a watch for when you have a cell phone? Who really cares about the time anyways? Time doesn’t run my life!  Even so, it’s something he’s always wanted and it really completes an outfit! So, since Christmas is creeping up on us I thought I’d share my favourite men’s watches with you. It’ll make a fabulous gift for the special man in your life.

Hugo Boss Orange $160 – for the sporty guy that brightens your world 

Michael Kors Oversized Lexington $335 – for the gold-lover 

Vestal Plexi $400 – for the guy that could actually pull this off 

Diesel Daddy Radar $420 – for the complex fellow

Emporio Armani $495 – for the simple and understated

Now ladies, I know what you’re thinking — what about ME? WATCH IT! has put together a CELEBRITY COUPLE ALTER EGO gift guide to help your man find YOU the perfect watch!

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Which celebrity couple are you?

Let me know in the comments!

Talk soon, 

Vanessa  Xo

Christmas is coming….

Family Time, Fashion & Beauty, Just for Fun, Products and Brands

I know that it’s only November but it’s never too early to think about your Christmas shopping list! I’m pretty lucky in the sense that I do Kris Kringle with my family and with my boyfriend’s family. This not only limits the amount spent per person but it limits the number of people I have to buy for. Not that I don’t want to buy gifts for everyone, it just gets extremely expensive and stressful! Since we’re going to be picking names for Kris Kringle soon, I thought I would put together a little Holiday Gift Guide for Her (and under $100).

Good Morning Beautiful Mug $10

Rouge Peony iPhone 5 Case $17.95

Pure Heroine CD $18.28

Well-Read Women: Portraits of Fiction’s Most Beloved Heroines $23.95

Bare Love Beauty Full Collection $28 – $58

GUESS Cross Studded Foil Tee $49

Michael Kors SEXY AMBER Perfume 50mL $75

Hillberg & Berk Aurora Lux Ring $95

So what if this list doubles as my personal Christmas wish list 😉 ? So what if all of the products are from my favourite brands and stores (Chapters, Michael Kors, The Red Bow Shoppe)? I’m sure a few of these products will be loved by someone on your “TO BUY FOR” list! The best part about this list is that no matter your budget, there’s something here for that special friend/girlfriend/bestie/sister/mom/random.

largeHappy shopping and don’t forget to add a personal hand-written note with every gift you give. It’ll make your special someone feel that much more special. It’ll show them that you’re buying them something because they MEAN something to you, not just because it’s Christmas!

Talk soon,

Vanessa Xo

My dreams were HUGE at the age of Thirteen…

Family Time, Just for Fun, Lifestyle/Personal

In 2002 my class made time capsule ornaments. I had forgotten all about said ornament until my mom decided to clean out the Christmas decorations. I was going to just let it be, hang onto it for a few more years, but the yellowed paper, so neatly rolled up, surrounded by confetti and cotton wanted to be read (as all notes do).

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My cheeks reddened as the memory of this little scribble slapped me square on the face. I read it out loud to my Mom, then handed it to her so she could read it herself. Mom smiled and laughed, as if she knew exactly what was written on that sheet the whole time. At first I was going to throw it away, what need do I have for this scrap paper? But then I decided to tape it into my most recent diary as a reminder. At the age of thirteen (TEN YEARS AGO), I wanted to be in a movie, I wanted to be famous. I had big dreams and an even bigger imagination apparently…

I should probably let you know that I was NOT in the third instalment of Harry Potter — although my British accent isn’t too bad — nor am I famous. My dreams have changed and sometimes I find that with the ignorance of childhood clearly behind me, I give up on dreaming bigger or hanging onto the dreams that I already have. I become a little negative and I put myself down — the same way I put my thirteen-year-old self down after reading the capsule. Aloud I stated “Oh my god, what a loser I was!”

How RUDE is that, Vanessa? Jeeze, how about an apology?!

I kept this capsule as an apology to my thirteen-year-old self and as a gift to twenty-three-year-old me. It will forever remind me of how hopeful I was and how big I can let myself dream.

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Love Always

Vanessa Xo

You may say I’m a dreamer…

Lifestyle/Personal

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Yesterday at work I looked out the drive-thru window and what to my wondering eyes should appear, but giant white snowflakes falling slowly all around. When I got home from work I made sure all of the Christmas lights were on in the house, then I made a green tea, grabbed a cozy blanket, sat in front of the TV, and watched One Day.

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It was wonderful – I ordered the novel because now I MUST read it.

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Yesterday evening I felt so light, so full of love. I believed in magic, in romance, in the spirit of Christmas, and it all started with a light dusting of snow. I don’t know how long this feeling will last but I wanted to share it with you, in hopes that you might feel it too.

Even just for a moment.

Love Always
Vanessa Xo

You may say I'm a dreamer…

Lifestyle/Personal

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Yesterday at work I looked out the drive-thru window and what to my wondering eyes should appear, but giant white snowflakes falling slowly all around. When I got home from work I made sure all of the Christmas lights were on in the house, then I made a green tea, grabbed a cozy blanket, sat in front of the TV, and watched One Day.

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It was wonderful – I ordered the novel because now I MUST read it.

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Yesterday evening I felt so light, so full of love. I believed in magic, in romance, in the spirit of Christmas, and it all started with a light dusting of snow. I don’t know how long this feeling will last but I wanted to share it with you, in hopes that you might feel it too.

Even just for a moment.

Love Always
Vanessa Xo

Christmas is Magical

Family Time, Just for Fun, Lifestyle/Personal

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Christmas circa 1995. My sister and I walked tentatively down the stairs and into the family room only to notice a THIRD stocking and a letter from THE Santa Claus. Mom read the letter aloud and instantly I began to cry, I was going to have a baby brother or sister. You probably thought I cried because I was overjoyed. No, no. I was pissed off that after seven years of being the baby of the family I would be downgraded to middle-child status! Seriously, we have this documented on videotape and it’s not one of my proudest moments, in fact I feel kind of badly about it.

After reading the letter several times over, I felt comforted and (eventually) I felt excited for the new addition to the family. But just to be clear – Joseph, you are the little brother I didn’t know I wanted and our family would not be complete without you. For me, Christmas has always been synonymous with this letter, with Santa telling me that Mom wasn’t just fat but pregnant, with the prospect of new additions to the family 😉 , with love, and with magic. Christmas always reminds me of this letter, of the hope that floated up in my heart knowing that Santa wrote a letter addressed to me and my sister.

We finally got a letter back from Santa and it was magical. 

Love Always 
Vanessa Xo

Positivity Breeds Productivity

Family Time, Just for Fun, Lifestyle/Personal

At one time or another I have been called Debbie-Downer, Bitter-Betty, and Sour-Puss-Sally. I guess you could say that (sometimes) I let my mood dictate my life, my work, and my attitude. As of late I’ve been trying my very hardest to be positive. It’s Christmas time, I’ve got some wonderful Christmas parties to attend, I’ve got some coffee dates scheduled, some writing time planned, some reading to do, some family bonding time to adhere to, and a few other (possibly) fantastic things coming up that I can’t yet tell you about.

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I have MANY things to feel positive about and many things to be thankful for – why should I waste time being a Negative-Nancy? I’ve heard that positive thoughts breed positive results. I’ve also heard that positivity breeds productivity and that cannot be further from the truth false. When I feel good or optimistic I can write for hours on end, I can work out and not feel sleepy, I can try baking something, I can read non-stop. The better mood I am in, the more productive I can be! I guess you can call me Positive-Pam from now on — actually just call me Vanessa, I kind of like my name 😛

The only thing about happiness/positivity is… well Charlie Brown describes it best:

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Well there’s no use dwelling on that! So stay tuned for some book reviews, a Buytopia Deal review (hopefully next weekend), my usual babbling, and maybe even a short story or two?

Love Always
Vanessa Xo

Magic Mountain is UP…

Family Time, Just for Fun

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It’s about that time of year! Yesterday my Tia and Mama slaved over creating the beautiful mountain you see above. It’s some kind of a Portuguese tradition and if you think this one is awesome you should see my aunt’s, it covers her entire basement. 

The pictures will never do this mountain justice though, it really is something you should see in person. My brother used to set up a blanket, ask my mom to make him a hot chocolate, and just sit there staring at it for hours on end (I guess that’s one way to keep you four-year-old quiet). I’ve written a few short stories about this magic mountain and the best part is that each year it looks different, each year a new story is born. This year they forgot to include my favourite house though (THE LIBRARY) so I may have to pull some kind of 007 mission to get it up there.

I cannot believe Christmas is only 16 days away!

What are some of your favourite magical Christmas traditions?

Comment below!

Love Always
Vanessa Xo

Okay Life, ENCHANT me.

Book Reviews, Just for Fun, Lifestyle/Personal

If there is one thing I refuse to be in life it’s disenchanted with all of the wonderful little things that make me happy. Like taking a nap before dinner, the Christmas tree aglow, the fireplace filling me with warmth…

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…the sound of the doorbell waking me from the coziest of sleeps. It’s a package for me, from Random House Canada. One of my December Reads has arrived – it feels kinda magical.

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Call me silly or naive but what kind of life am I going to live if I don’t feel enchanted by the littlest of things? At twenty-three I have big hopes and even bigger dreams and I refuse to grow up feeling disenchanted by the way my life is going.

So let me bask in life’s little blisses and I’ll work hard to make the bigger things happen too.

Happy Friday!

Love Always 
Vanessa Xo

Okay Life, ENCHANT me.

Book Reviews, Just for Fun, Lifestyle/Personal

If there is one thing I refuse to be in life it’s disenchanted with all of the wonderful little things that make me happy. Like taking a nap before dinner, the Christmas tree aglow, the fireplace filling me with warmth…

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…the sound of the doorbell waking me from the coziest of sleeps. It’s a package for me, from Random House Canada. One of my December Reads has arrived – it feels kinda magical.

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Call me silly or naive but what kind of life am I going to live if I don’t feel enchanted by the littlest of things? At twenty-three I have big hopes and even bigger dreams and I refuse to grow up feeling disenchanted by the way my life is going.

So let me bask in life’s little blisses and I’ll work hard to make the bigger things happen too.

Happy Friday!

Love Always 
Vanessa Xo