Beanpod Chocolate in Fernie

Earlier this month I got out of my comfort zone and traveled to Fernie with some cool people for a weekend getaway.

While most of my friends went to go check out the slopes at Fernie, my friend and I decided to go on an adventure and explore the downtown area. We came across many ski/snowboard shops and quite a few interesting gems…

One shop, in particular, caught our eye and our stomachs. This was a chocolate shop called Beanpod Chocolate. When you walk into the store, you’re first greeted by these bean-shaped couches in vibrant purple and red colours. I thought I was walking into a kid’s playroom… and as soon as you walk in you’re also greeted by the smells of milk and dark chocolate processing in the back of their factory.Β That’s what we were there for!

All of the chocolate is made on-site and there was such a wide variety to choose from… my friend and I had such a hard time deciding on which chocolates we wanted to take back with us!

Since we were taking a long time to decide, the owner gave us some samples from what looked like a neverending tap of chocolate coming out of a faucet! It was milk chocolate, and it really stimulated our taste buds. Then we tried a sample of their dark chocolate, at that moment I was SOLD.

I decided to buy just one chocolate bar that day… I took home the Gingerbread chocolate.

I had to resist eating it on the last night of our trip, so I ate some at home and it was SO delicious! It was not too sweet and tasted very similar to a gingerbread cookie. After eating it all a few days after (I had to hold myself back from eating it all at once!) – I told myself that I should have bought more. It makes me wonder what other chocolate shops are out there.

 

What’s your favourite chocolate? Have you gone to Beanpod Chocolate before? Let me know in the comments!

New Year, New Resolutions

Hey readers! It’s been a while. Looking back at 2017, I kept up with my resolutions as much as I could, but of course there were a few months where I was too busy and unable to post any content. My most active times were during the summer and during the fall, where things slowed down a little bit and there were a lot of new products coming out that I wanted to try, or new fashion items that I wanted to wear.

I have actually been working on something different this month… I never posted this on my blog, but my dream for this blog was to grow it to the point where it could be my full-time job. It hasn’t gotten to that stage yet (lol) but I’m at a point in my life where blogging is actually going to have more involvement in my everyday routine.

I’ve decided to work for myself/remotely. This is probably one of the biggest decisions I’ve made, but I have always told myself to wait things out, save up and then go ahead with these passions of mine once they take off. That was really difficult for me to do, because I wanted to spend more time on my passions but with a full-time desk job, that was something I could only pursue after work. So, I’ve made the decision that I will be doing my own thing from now on and trying this out, and blogging is a part of that journey!

Here are my resolutions for the new year:

  1. Post at least once per week

    I had this resolution this year, but I want to try it again. I have a lot of content ideas and a lot of time to devote to this blog, so I will try to make this happen!

  2. Post some tech and how-to posts

    I’ve really thought about what kind of content I want to put on my blog and channels. I am quite the nerd when it comes to tech, and because I can’t really review too many things (no more disposable income!), I should really make some tutorial posts – It’s what I’ve always wanted to do, but I felt that I didn’t have enough time and energy to do them, but now I do!

  3. Make some more YouTube & Instagram Content

    I’ve had my YouTube account for a long time now and this year I didn’t post a lot to it. I want to use my background in film (I have a film degree!) and put it to good use and create more content… as well as keep my Instagram updated more frequently. Perhaps one video per week and at least 3 – 5 posts per week on Instagram?

  4. Be more active and eat more healthy

    This year I have had lots of healthy meals, but I felt that I ate a lot of junk as well. I would like to improve my healthy eating habits in 2018 and also maintain a healthy physique by going to the gym more often. This is always a resolution for me… it’s probably the toughest one to keep up with!

  5. Start networking

    Something I’ve always wanted to try was networking, but I didn’t know where to start or how to even network. Just a few weeks ago, I went to an event for work and instead of using it as a network opportunity, I was mostly just there for the food! Now that I’ve kind of had a taste of what things are like at networking events, I want to try more of them and also network with other bloggers too.

What are your new years resolutions or goals for 2018? Let me know in the comments!

 

VIDEO: Vlogmas Day One!

This time of year is one of my favourites! Every year I do a Vlogmas series over at my YouTube channel, PhixienVlogs and I try to vlog everyday up until Christmas and I sometimes do some vlogs afterwards until the end of December. This year my December is full of exciting events and activities going on, and not all of them will be on camera, so I’ll be doing as many vlogs as I can as possible!

Check out my newest vlog and the first day of vlogmas here:

Do you take part in vlogmas? Share your vlog links in the comments!

GU Japan Sailor Moon Luna Purse – REVIEW

One of my favourite anime to watch as a child was Sailor Moon. I watched it in English on YTV, and managed to find a French dub and Japanese version of the series later on. After a few years,Β  I no longer had new episodes to watch so I watched the live action drama and the new Sailor Moon Crystal. As soon as I found out GU Japan was having a collaboration with Sailor Moon, my inner fangirl screamed with soooo much excitement! But of course, it’s difficult to get things from GU Japan overseas… luckily we have JBOX Japan which helps customers like me get the products we want and love from Japan.

When I saw that JBOX had some Sailor Moon items, I knew that I had to look no further. I purchase this super cute Luna purse.

It is the perfect size to hold a few items, such as my cellphone, wallet, keys, lip balm and even other small items! The purse is made with a very sturdy pleather material and the crescent moon on the front of the bag with the engraved eyes makes it look and feel authentic. It’s definitely an eye-catching purse and I get a ton of compliments on it all the time!

It retailed for $30 USD. Unfortunately the Luna bag isn’t in stock anymore, but I was also thinking of purchasing the Artemis purse which you can find here. If you’re a fan of Sailor Moon, I’d recommend getting the purse fast because these items are limited edition. A lot of things in Japan are limited edition and theyΒ really don’t come back… which is sad, but that’s what makes the items so unique, right? πŸ™‚

Do you have this purse? Are you a fan of Sailor Moon? Let me know in the comments!

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OOTD: Autumn Bells

This year I decided that I would try to incorporate some fall colours into my wardrobe. Maybe I was too early, but I couldn’t find a lot of fall colours that I enjoyed… then I stumbled upon this beautiful dark crimson top from Simons, and decided to make an outfit around it.

Top: Simons / Socks: Either from Ardenes or Japan / Shoes: Aldo / Shorts: Asia Fashion Wholesale

This outfit was actually inspired by Rin from Fate/Stay Night. I always wanted a nice crimson top like hers and I adored the zettai ryouki (absolute zone) style she had going on with her black skirt and thigh highs. My outfit is a variation, but it incorporates all the elements. If I had black hair I would have also done some twin tails too!

The top is a great fall staple. It’s warm, and makes you feel like a wizard cruising the cold winds!

What kind of outfits are you inspired by? What is your favourite autumn outfit? Let me know in the comments section below!

Thanks for reading my post today πŸ™‚

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored. I just really like Simons. πŸ™‚

Video: Simons Fall Clothing Haul

It’s been so long since I last made a clothing haul. Fall is here now and so I thought about adding some more autumn items to my wardrobe this year. I have been obsessed with this Canadian store called Simons lately and I couldn’t resist the sales that they are having right now. There are some pretty good markdowns on clothing that I have been eyeing! You can watch my haul video on YouTube by clicking on the preview below!

What are your favourite clothes to wear in the fall? Let me know in the comments!

Disclaimer: This video and post was not sponsored. I just really like Simons πŸ™‚

I went to CAMP 2017!

I recently got the opportunity to attend CAMP 2017 – a design, art and technology convention held annually in Calgary. This year was the fourth year and it was my first time attending. I am really looking forward to next year’s festival! Here’s why:

They had a ton of inspiring and motivational speakers. I felt so enlightened after coming out of each of the panels I attended. Panels I really enjoyed included: The Evolution of Our Relationship with Technology by Riccardo Giraldi, Stop Looking for Inspiration: Be Your Own Muse! by Lauren Hom, Remote: Hacking the World’s Genius by Robyn Larsen and Entertaining Design: It’s Nice to be Nice to the Nice by Emily Oberman. I made sure to take notes so that I can apply their ways of thinking and expert advice to my own creative adventures.

There was definitely a lot of opportunity to network with different individuals in the industry. Not only did people who work in the industry attend, but students did too! I didn’t really network with anyone because I am actually really shy… I noticed a lot of people did go to the conference with a friend, group or their co-workers, so I would love to try that next time. Talking might be a bit easier in a group!

The festival was for only two days (there was a third day with workshops, but that was a little bit more expensive to participate in) and I honestly wish it were a bit longer! It was reminiscent of going to lecture days at the university. I learned a lot and a few weeks later, I am still inspired.

I highly recommend the festival to anyone who’s looking for some motivation, inspiration and to learn new things about design trends and technology!

Outfit of the Day: Stars and Plaid

I went to the zoo the other day. It was 33 degrees Celsius… which is FREAKING hot!! I normally go for a cardigan or jacket to wrap around (I don’t like tans), but it was just too hot that day, so I opted for a simple t-shirt and a skirt… and a giant water bottle to keep me hydrated throughout the day, which also kept the sweat at bay.

Stars and P;aid Outfit

T-Shirt: Simons – Skirt: Mariposa – Shoes: Payless Shoesource

 

The inner punk rocker in me screamed in excitement when I saw this gold star shirt at Simons for only $14.99 CDN. I was looking for a new graphic t-shirt, and was so happy to find this keeper! The red plaid skirt with black lace trimming has been in my wardrobe for quite some time now. It’s from a store called Mariposa, which I believe has closed down now. Can you guess how long I’ve had this skirt for? 13 years! When I was much shorter back then this skirt was probably closer to my knees… but now it’s pretty much a mini-skirt, but I still enjoy wearing it.

What do you like to wear when it’s really hot outside? Let me know in the comments! πŸ™‚

Skincare + Makeup Haul

It’s been a while since I ordered through the online Sephora store. I’ve been wanting to re-establish my VIB status for months, but nothing really caught my eye and I didn’t feel like I needed to replenish my collection or try something new for a while. Lately I have been trying a whole lot of samples for skincare, such as different face moisturizers as my current one hasn’t really been helping with my dry patches around my nose area. One of the samples I tried was for the Origins GinZing SPF 40 Tinted Moisturizer. My sample lasted me a good week and a half, and after seeing a few reviews on it, I decided to purchase a tube of my own. A little amount goes a long way and it’s just the coverage that I need for weekday wear. It’s super quick to put on my face, smells great, wakes me up and is quite moisturizing! It’s also great for the summer and those sunny days with the SPF 40 included.

I got a deluxe sample of the OLEHENRIKSEN Face the Truth Gel Cleanser. I love the smell of this, it’s smells like oranges and is so refreshing. It foams up really quickly and I use it with my Sephora Silicon Pad. It helps remove leftover makeup that my coconut oil could not get rid of, and I am really enjoying it so far. The deluxe size has lasted me for a few weeks already. I think I will purchase this product once I run out!

I ran out of the soap that I got from work (lychee and orange soap! :D) and so I headed over to my favourite body/bath products store, Rocky Mountain Soap Company, and bought two bars of soap. The Floral Abyssinian soap bar smells like those candy rockets we would eat when we were children, and is quite refreshing to use in the bath. I also got the Geranium soap bar as geranium is one of my favourite scents (it’s in my deoderant!) and I also have dry skin… so hopefully it’ll help moisturize my skin.

I used Ebates to gain cashback on my Sephora purchase! I highly recommend it, buy a bit, get a bit back!

What did you get in your most recent hauls? Please share it in the comments! πŸ™‚

Outfit & Makeup of the Day – Dark & Coral + Blog Update!

If you stumbled upon this post, then you’ve made it to my brand new blog domain! I’ve been thinking about purchasing a domain and separate hosting for quite some time for my blog… and finally made that decision last week. Welcome to the new phixien.com! Surprisingly it was a breeze moving my old posts over from my old WordPress blog. The reason it took me so long was because I was shopping around and doing my research on the best hosting service. The items I really needed was a lifetime domain, fast/uncapped bandwidth and enough space to host my blog and any images/videos that I’d need to use on my blog. I read a ton of reviews and decided to go with FastComet. Which has been so good to me so far! πŸ™‚

I quite enjoyed the layout from my previous blog so I decided to stick with that theme again. I’m going to be redoing the header here soon…. so excuse any pixelation that you might see for now.

With the new domain, I am hoping to blog a little more and share more of my recent finds, reviews and other posts with you all and am so excited! It will also give me the flexibility and much more control over what I post here (like my YouTube videos) so that I can continue to share everything I create for the blog and my channels. Thank you to all visitors, both old and new. I hope to provide some good posts for you to read!

Now onto the outfit & makeup of the day!

Coral Makeup Open Eyes

For date night, I usually like to glam up but because it was a night right after work, I was pretty exhausted and much too lazy to put on false lashes, so I kept my makeup very simple. (We were also going out for some smoked BBQ meat, so no need to glam up too much since it’ll be a mess with all the flavourful sauces!) I have been obsessed with coral coloured makeup lately, and so I went for this sultry look. πŸ™‚

Coral Makeup Closed Eyes

Products used:

Hourglass Veil Primer
Guerlain Lingerie De Peau Fluide in 03N
Colourpop Eyeshadow in Wait for It
Sephora Colourful Wink-It Felt Liner in Little Black Dress
Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Brow Mousse
Tarte Tarteistβ„’ PRO Glow to Go Highlight & Contour Palette

Since this look was a bit daring, I opted for my simple black dress from Forever 21. It slips right on so easily and goes well with this look. Easy and simple makeup/outfit for date night.

Black V-Neck Dress

What do you like to wear during a night out or on a date night? Do you like to put something simple together, or do you prefer to go all out? Let me know in the comments below!

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