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What’s Better Than A Weekend?

The answer to that question should be pretty obvious, the only thing better than a weekend is a LONG weekend! Having an extra day to relax and spend time with family and friends is always such a treat, but before we can celebrate the holidays (it’s Thanksgiving in Canada), let’s take a moment to appreciate the past seven days. High Five For Friday

1.  On Sunday I ran for a cure for breast cancer along with my family and friends. Thanks to you guys, I was able to raise almost $1600 to donate to the cause!
2. Do I even need to explain why this is awesome? Whiskey and fried chicken… You better believe I had a sore stomach the next day. It was worth every bite!
3. Just a tiny selection of my product sample collection. I love trying new products and these mini packages are just so cute. I’m already dying to splurge on the full size NUDE ProGenius Treatmeant Oil.
4. 5 AM elevator rides. My man is heading out west for a few days (actually a lot of day :(). I miss him already but I know he is going to have an amazing time!
5. Enjoy nature and each others company before Neil’s trip – I couldn’t ask for anything more.

Thanks again to Lauren for hosting this appreciation party! If you want to link your post of Friday reflections, head over to TheLaurenElizabeth.com. Have a wonderful weekend!

xo Lauren

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Manicure Monday: Chanel 601 Mysterious

When i came across the new Fall 2013 Chanel lacquers last week, I was a little disappointed. Of the three colours, two are completely over done. 589 Elixir is a red/pink combo with a bit of sheen – yawn, and 591 Alchimie, which is a slightly more green version of 531 Peridot. The third colour in the set caught my eye – 601 Mysterious. It appeared to be a deep olive green when I first saw the bottle in store – similar to the Khaki Green from the Les Khaki Collection which launched years ago, which is next to impossible to find for a reasonable price. Chanel Fall 2013This weekend was so crazy that I didn’t even get a chance to take the polish out of the box until Sunday night. As you can see from the picture above – it very dark, almost grey looking. Mysterious – fitting name, this was not the khaki olive green I was hoping for. I could have sworn this was not what I had seen before buying it. As with most Chanel polishes, the formula is easy to work with and two coats ensures opacity, but I am not sold on the colour. When I look quickly at my nails, they look black. With a closer examination, especially under bright sunlight, the dustiness makes it a deep grayish green. I am not sure if I like this polish. It is a nice vamp hue and will look great for Fall, however, it isn’t what I was expected and because of that, I am disappointed. Mani MondayI tried to add some studs to my mani for extra appeal, but my lackluster sentiments are obvious by just looking at the precision (or lack of) of my application.

If you’re rocking a fabulous manicure today, send some pictures my way. Tag me in your mani pics on Instagram or Twitter.

xo Lauren


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Ottawa Art Battle

Although I am a big Sens fan [pretty awesome win last night eh?], I took a break from watching the playoff games this weekend to attend a more culturally stimulating event, Ottawa’s first ever Art Battle! This event has been occurring for many years in other Canadian cities but only just debuted this Sunday evening at Arts Court in Ottawa.

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20130507-220118.jpg The concept is simple, three rounds, twelve artists, one winner. During the first two rounds artists compete for a place in the finals. The painters begin the rounds with palates of paint, a set of brushes or tools and an idea. After twenty minutes of concentration, the crowd votes by ballot for their favourite piece of art. The top two artists from the first two rounds earn a spot in the finals.

Here are some of the pictures I took during the event. It was really neat to be able to mingle and participate in the creation of art!

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The final round consisted of four talented, local painters: Peter Akiki, Margo Bennetto, Hamid Ayoub, and ultimate victor, Mark Stephenson.

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Hamid Ayoub

Margo Bennetto

Mark Stephenson – Ottawa Art Battle Grand Champion

If you’d like to learn more about live competitive painting, upcoming events, and how to get involved, visit Art Battle Canada. The final event will be held in Toronto, where the individual city winners will compete to become Canada’s Next Top Painter – okay so I made up that title, but it seemed fitting!

Happy hump day friends!

xo Lauren