Footnotes and Finds

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Our favourite Pixi by Petra Products now available in Canada!

Pixi by Petra is a godsend beauty company. I have always had sensitive skin and always look for beauty products that are soft and gentle on the skin and use natural ingredients. After using Pixi products since their launch in Canada earlier this year on a consistent basis, I have found considerable change in my skin and wanted to share some of my favourite Pixi products:

pixi by petra products now available in canada

1. Glow Tonic:

I am always looking for products that leave my skin naturally glowing with that dewy finish and the glow-tonic does just that. It also deeply cleanses pores and sweeps away excess oil and impurities, evening out your skin tone. Its no wonder why this product is a best seller!

2. Nourishing Sleep Mask and Peel & Polish

While the Peel & Polish leaves your skin exfoliated with its enzyme peel and soft the Nourishing Sleep Mask leaves your face glowing and rejuvenated. I usually leave the sleep mask on overnight and wake up with a nice shine and happy and hydrated skin--since we know that your skin requires a lot of moisture overnight this is the product to quench that thirst!

pixi by petra products now available in canada

3. Rose Oil Blend and 24k Eye Elixir

The rose Oil Blend is my absolute favourite product--I swear by it. Never have I used an oil that has left my skin feeling so restored and renewed. The 24k eye elixir is perfect to use under my concealer to reduce the puffiness around my eyes.

4. Endless Silky Eye Pen, Large Lash Mascara and Sheer Cheek Gel

The sheer cheek gel is a perfect stainer that works in great combo with the other products that make your skin glow to give your skin that dew-y finish and it feels light on the skin. The Large lash mascara is perfect for creating a full lash line and to compliment the endless silky eye pen which is a really rich black and doesn't move once you've put it on (believe me this is a problem I have because of my oily eyelids).

*note this blog post is not sponsored by pixi by petra. however, we did receive these pixi by beauty products c/o pixi by petra. there are some affiliate links in this post. and all opinions expressed are our own*

Sunday, 30 July 2017

easy to bake sour cream blueberry cake

Growing up Indian there would always be a network of communication between my mom and my aunts and so on and so forth where one of the many topics of interest included recipes and cooking. One of the recipes that my aunt came up with and became famous for was this blueberry cake. My aunt, was our favourite for a number of reasons but she always took the cake (pun intended) due to her amazing baking abilities and the amount of baked goods she would prepare when we would stay over and send home with us. I have many fond moments associated with this blueberry cake. The day that my uncle got married, the day my youngest cousin was born, the day I was leaving to move across the pond to begin my Masters at Oxford and many others, are all associated with this cake. But there are other, more intimate memories associated with this cake that aren't necessarily large life markers but give me a sense of home and family of all of us being together.

My aunt is always trying to find ways to incorporate health into the food that she makes and bakes. So she is always excited to serve up this cake as blueberries are full of antioxidants, low in calories, and high in vitamins C, A and E, and dietary fibre. And after my father had his major heart surgery, blueberries have become a staple summer fruit in our parent's home as well. Not to mention, blueberries remind me of my grandparents who picked berried when they first immigrated to Canada and used to bring buckets of blueberries back home for the extended family to split.

So, that is why I take pride in visiting a local u-pick farm or buying BC blueberries at my local grocery store. Blueberries are always easy to work with as in you can make a pancake sauce, jam, oatmeal cake, scones, muffins or even this cake out of them--or--if you're anything like me, you love to munch on blueberries throughout the day as a healthy alternative to *ahem* chips *ahem* If you want more blueberry inspiration, checkout the BC Blueberry Instagram.

This easy to bake sour cream blueberry cake is the perfect quick dessert or a side for your cup of tea. give it a try!


1 1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup butter
1 tsp vanilla
1 egg

3 cups BC Blueberries
1 egg
2 cups sour cream
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla 

1. Mix all the crust ingredients together and press the ingredients into a springform pan
2. In a separate container mix all the filling ingredients and then pour evenly on top of crust in          
    springform pan
3. Bake for 45 mins to 1 hour at 350F (take out when brown)
4. Let it sit for about 20 minutes and refrigerate when you're not eating

You also have the chance to win a BC Blueberry Council gift basket valued at $250 by entering the contest here:
a Rafflecopter giveaway

** we have teamed up with BC Blueberry and South Asian Bloggers network for this post**

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

NORDSTROM Anniversary Sale 2017 - Bags & Shoes

This Nordstrom Anniversary sale ends on Aug 6 2017! So you still have time to save big time and if you don't have time to go through the entire sale yourself - no worries, we have you covered! Check out our previous post on our Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017 Women's fashion picks and Home Decor Picks.

Here we have curated some of our favourite bags and shoes on sale!

NORDSTROM Anniversary Sale: BAGS

NORDSTROM Anniversary Sale: SHOES


Friday, 21 July 2017

nordstrom anniversary sale is here! JULY 21 - AUG 6!

it's here! the much anticipated shopping event - the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! From July 21 - Aug 6th! We have scoured through the sale items and find you some awesome deals! Keep checking back on the blog - we will be updating sold out items, but we will also bring you more blog posts with other categories!

NORDSTROM Anniversary Sale: HOME


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