December 2014 | Footnotes and Finds

Thursday, 25 December 2014

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays from us to you! We end the year here in India and will find ourselves back to Vancouver and Oxford near the new year. Thanks to all our readers for your support, we really appreciate all the readers that keep coming back to read our content and leave us lovely comments. See ya in the new year!

Monday, 22 December 2014

winter mood boards

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images via here, here, here

I really can't believe that it's already winter. It's this time of the year where time seems to hit a fast forward button and before you know it -- it's the new year! I enjoy making mood or inspiration boards for the season, and this winter --as you can tell from the boards -- I'm really feeling the monochromatic look. I'm drawn to the blacks, whites and greys - whether it be for knits, home decor, bedding or flowers. Once I get back from this trip I'm ready to bundled up with my chunky sweaters and scarves, drink some hot chocolate and just relax this winter. 


Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Instagram Lately - Travelling

Punjab, India is the land of agriculture, hence the tractor parked at my uncle's place. 

A really neat ceiling at heathrow airport

A traditional wood stove in the village

Verka products are very popular and really delicious here in Punjab

Amazed at the size of onions and garlic -- they are babies compared to what we get in North America

My favourite thing to capture is old doors and windows and they are all over the place here

A Retro scooter from the 70's

Makki di roti with saag and Makhani - a traditional signature dish of Punjab 

Punjabi Jutti - traditional embroidered leather shoes from the Punjab Region

golden temple - Harmandir Sahib - Amritsar

Our instagram feed is full of photos from our travels currently! Follow along with the hashtag #fnfindia for more photos from our trip.  


Sunday, 14 December 2014

My Everyday Makeup

My Everyday Makeup


Let's just say I'm no makeup expert, nor makeup obsessed. I've always have had a very simple makeup routine. Over the years after much experimenting and enlarging my makeup knowledge, I've come to a makeup routine that I'm very comfortable with and liking.  Note, this is my my everyday makeup, having said that, that doesn't mean I wear makeup everyday, I'm comfortable stepping out with a fresh face with little to no makeup on as well. But this makeup routine is something I find easy, simple, and quick. 

1. Concealer // Mac Mineralize Concealer NC35

I do not wear foundation. I have been lucky to be blessed with great skin. So for my everyday simple makeup I don't require foundation. I do however use concealer around my eyes. Having a south asian background means I'm more prone to dark circles, allergies don't help much either! Therefore I use concealer to cover up the dark circles and lighten up the area around my eyes. Since I don't wear foundation this concealer is good for it's medium coverage and easy blending.

2. Marcelle Eye Shadow

After my first step of putting on concealer, I wear some simple light eye shadow if I'm in the mood to, otherwise I do my eyeliner. As I mentioned I have allergies, and am hypersensitive to many things. Therefore I find using Marcelles line of eye shadows best for me. 

3. Eyeliner // Rimmel Exaggerate Eye Definer Eyeliner

I enjoy using this liner because it's the rolling pencil kind. I have not yet mastered liquid or pen eyeliner. I will only attempt liquid liners when I have the time or I'm getting getting dolled up for an outing of some sort or if I'm feeling up to it / in the mood! Otherwise I love this liner. It's easy to use. I have small-medium eyes I would say, so I exaggerate the eyeliner at the ends to make my eyes appear larger. I think line under my last line at the bottom, again to give my eyes a larger look. I find this liner to last a long time!

4. Mascara // Maybelline Great Lash Mascara, Very Black

Again, mascara is something I don't really wear too much. I have quite long eyelashes which curl up by themselves. So most days I don't find the need to wear mascara. But if I have heavier liner on, I then do wear some mascara so they stick out a little bit more. This is mascara is great for everyday simple makeup looks.

5. Blush // Mac Mineralize Blush Warm Soul 

This colour is perfect for a everyday look simple makeup look. It's subtle, but yet makes all the difference. Blush is again something I wear here and there, really depends on my mood, what I'm wearing and where I'm going.

6. Lipstick // Luminous Creme Lipstick - Bite Beauty - Shiraz

So when it comes to lipstick I have had a long struggle. My lips react to every lipstick out there. They flare up and swell up.  I have FINALLY found a lipstick that my lips can handle, thanks to Bite Beauty! It's so creamy it feels like butter on your lips and my lips don't react! The colour Shiraz is a perfect everyday colour. It's a soft plum colour that adds just a little colour to my lips!


Friday, 12 December 2014

Friday Finds

  1. One chart reveals which country is most addicted to the Internet - and it isn't the U.S.
  2. This growing trend of one size fits all really annoys me. I never understood this concept. I know when Brandi Melville first opened I found their style to be appealing. But once I heard that it was one size fit all I was bewildered, "how can that be?" Coming from a big family, with 3 younger sisters with all sorts of body sizes I was sure that this concept really wouldn't work for us. And surely, once we finally decided to check out Brandi Melville, we really didn't walk away with much -- I think two of us made one item purchases. Basically stores that follow this way of selling are consciously, in my opinion ,being discriminatory. This article >> What one size fits all looks like  takes a look at this problem. Where women of different sizes try out the same size piece of clothing.
  3. A Publishing house changed the name of their series after a little girl wrote in to them. This kind of activism makes me so proud especially by children.
  4. This is really neat >> "Letting people read without having to buy has turned the Eslite bookstore in Taiwan's capital into an unlikely tourist attraction and a nighttime favourite for locals"  
  5. Pregnant woman blasts anti-abortion protesters outside a clinic in London 

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

buttery cinnamon buns

So what's the worst case scenario when you are on a gluten free diet (well not exactly the worst, but you know what I mean) my cousin baking the most buttery cinnamon buns!! I've been pretty good at resisting all the baking going on in the house. But this one was a tough, I mean the cinnamon smell filled the house, I couldn't escape it. Cinnamon buns, with icing, and this one being Paula Deen's recipe meant lots of butter, I'm sorry but I gave in! But I only had a bite! And oh my god, these cinnamon buns melt in your mouth, you feel all the butter goodness in your mouth! 


Monday, 8 December 2014

Punjabi Jutti Amritsar

I've been up to so much on my trip here in India since I last posted about it. I travelled back and forth from Amritsar (my mom's place) to Ludhianna (my dad's place).  We spent two days visiting all our relatives on my dad's side, one house after another. We also went to my dad's ancestral village (and mine too) Mandianni.  The last time I was there was back in 2007, when my grandfather and grandmother were also visiting India. It was such a great time, with fond memories. This time there was no one there, it made me feel nostalgic and sad. Other than that, we have been shopping quite a lot.  Walking around in cities in India is such an adventure. Just crossing the road is an adventure, there are no rules, you just got to go and cross the road, with scooters, motor cyles, rickshaws, animals (buffalos), people, cars, trucks, coming at you from all sides. Every time you visit a store you are offered something to drink - whether it be coke or tea or coffee. A must to purchase while you are in Punjab is the Punjabi Jutti. Punjab, in particular Amritsar is known for the Punjabi Jutti (shoes in the photos above). They are traditionally made out of leather, with beautiful embroidery, sometimes colourful, but the traditional ones would have embroidery out of gold or silver thread. They are beautiful, and we often wear them when we there is wedding and we wear traditional Punjabi suits. 

Will continue to keep you updated on the trip here on the blog. And since I have data on my cellphone plan here, I am also posting to Instagram and twitter with the hashtag #fnfindia. Follow Along!


Friday, 5 December 2014

Friday Finds

  1. Since I'm in India right now and living in a village, this link is even more relevant, some amazing villages in India >> 10 Indian villages
  2. I'm really interested in social inequality - I have done my Masters in Gender and International development. I though this exercise is great for young students to become more aware of the inequality around us and what privilege is >>This Teacher Taught His Class A Powerful Lesson About Privilege
  3. Since I'm approaching my 30's, this was an interesting read about why we make our biggest decisions the years before big milestones, such as the ages, 29, 39, 49, etc.
  4. Hollywood has many problems, one being gender inequality, another is a race problem  >> A major problem in Hollywood, whitewashing characters and roles 
  5. A Harvard study showcases the power of meditation. Researchers found through MRI study that meditation rebuilds the brain's gray matter in 8 weeks


Tuesday, 2 December 2014

holiday gift guide

holiday gift guide


So the holiday season is upon us. I can't believe it's already December! My Christmas wish list usually includes books, scarves, bags, sweaters, neat knick knacks or some sort of technology gadgets. I've put together this little gift guide, with lots of black and gold accessories. All of these would be great additions to anyone's collection.  
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