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25 Aug

Velvet Underground & Weekly Goals #3

So, we went dancing – YEAH!  The Make It Bittersweet crew hit Toronto’s Velvet Underground on Saturday for some 80’s music fun at their Guilty Pleasures night.

Weekly Goals - Velvet Underground Toronto Statue

The Velvet Underground is great for those of us that are craving a night out dancing to some fun tunes.  The place is relaxed, intimate and always fun….we also made sure to follow the Velvet Underground’s strict rules.

Weekly Goals - Velvet Underground Toronto Stairs

We’re very serious about our fun here are Make It Bittersweet…and our beer.  We’re serious about that too.

Weekly Goals - Velvet Underground Toronto Beer

We both managed to complete some of our goals from last week.  Mary started to clean out her storage room and I managed to actually start cleaning out my closet – and loaded two bags full of clothing to donate!

Our goals for the upcoming week are less than exciting – we’re both planning to continue with our storage room and closet organization activities.

Weekly Goals - Velvet Underground Toronto Panic

We are also already planning our next night out for dancing!   A Duran Duran night??  We.  Are.  So.  There.

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22 Aug

What’s in My Bag? Club Essentials

In an effort to complete all of our weekly goals here at Make It Bittersweet, we’re planning to go dancing this weekend!  For me, going dancing means planning what’s going into my purse for the night…I’m all about organizing my club essentials.  It may be strange, but I love being prepared for any “emergencies” while I’m out.

Whats in My Purse Clubbing - Full Shot

This weekend, I’m planning to use my Rebecca Minkoff Mini M.A.C. (mine is Scarlet, HERE is one similar in Fuchsia.)  It’s just big enough to pack everything that you need for a night out.

Whats in My Purse Clubbing - Purse

Whats in My Purse Clubbing - Phone and Wallet

First in, my wallet and cell phone.  My wallet is actually huge, but has a cute coin pouch with a place for cards in it.  Very handy for streamlining.

I like to bring a selection of lipstick and gloss when I go out.  This is a relatively conservative three lip items…I will probably panic and throw a couple more in before I leave.  I like to have options.  I’ll also throw in my Touche Eclat, a  pressed powder compact and my Nirvana Black rollerball for touch ups.

Whats in My Purse Clubbing - Lip Stuff

My other essentials are:

– Tissues (always handy)

– Single packaged hand wipes (I hate having dirty hands and I hate it more when I can’t clean my hands)

– Gum

– An elastic band for hair emergencies

– Ear plugs (I might not use them, but I always seem to end up in the loudest places when I forget them)

Whats in My Purse Clubbing - The Useful Stuff

Ready to head out dancing!  Does anyone else find that planning for a night out is almost as much fun as the going out?   What are your club essentials?

Whats in My Purse Clubbing - Full


18 Aug

Weekly Goals #2

Weekly goal time again!  I’m happy to report back that Mary was successful in her taking of a nap…and she feels much better for it.

Weekly Goals #2 - Desk2

My goal to setup some sort of office space for myself was somewhat successful.  I did manage to get an organizational system down where my office stuff could be stowed away on a tray so that we could get our dining table back.  Still room for improvement though…and I just noticed how Hallowe’en looking it is.  Full disclosure:  I love skulls, but I should probably get a new (non-orange) candle.

Weekly Goals #2 - Desk

For the upcoming week!

1.  Mary is going to leap in and begin organizing the storage area at her place.   It’s all about small steps when taking on big projects.

2.  I’m going to go with an organizational-type goal as well and will begin cleaning out my closet in preparation for the fall season ahead.  I’ve been planning to do this all summer, so I really need to get my ass in gear and start before summer is over!

3.  Speaking of summer almost being over, I’m throwing in a goal for both of us to get out and have some fun!  Dancing is in order.  I refuse to let summer finish before we’ve had some FUN.

11 Aug

Weekly Goals #1

Happy Monday!  Rasa here and in an effort to kick off the week with some #productivity, we’re starting a weekly goals post and will report back the following week on how successful/unsuccessful we were.

1.  Start a weekly goals post!  (Done and done…OK, that was a gimme.)

2.  Mary has been working herself ragged for far too long.  Her goal this week is to get in at least one nap…and get some “me” time in, but let’s start with that nap.

3.  My goal this week is to setup some sort of office space for myself.  I’ve been working at the dinner table for longer than I care to say.  Due to space restrictions, I’m not getting my own desk anytime soon, but I want to put something together some sort of system where I can have office space when I need it and dining space…well, sometimes.  Preferably, something pretty.

Weekly Goals

08 Aug

What’s in my Bag – Cottage Essentials

Cottage Essentials - What's in my purse?

We’re heading to the cottage this weekend, so it’s time to organize my purse with the cottage essentials.  For a classic Canadian cottage weekend, I’m using my very classic red Roots Venetian Village bag (HERE in black)…I’ve had this bag for almost a decade now and it just gets better with age.

Cottage Packing - Sunscreen

To start with, I always pack the basics – cell phone and sunscreen.  My favourite sunscreens right now are Kiehl’s Super Fluid UV Defense and Avene Haute Protection tinted compact.  Both are SPF 50 and neither break out my sensitive skin.  I pack them in a ziplock bag in case of explosion.

Cottage Packing - Paint and Sunglasses

I found this watercolour paint set at DeSerres and love bringing it to the cottage to relax and paint the scenery.  While painting is great and relaxing, my camera is also essential.  My main camera is a Nikon D3200, but my point and shoot Canon always lives in one of the front pockets on my purse for quick access.

Cottage Essentials - What's in my purse?

Also in my bag:

– Emergen-C for the required morning-after-the-night-before pick me up.

– Hair clips and elastics because who wants to bother with anything more complicated at the cottage.

– A nail file

– Sunglasses

– Gum

What do you think is essential in your cottage purse?

Cottage Packing - Full Closer



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