22 Apr 2022

Mimi Takes Five - #194

ONE // Violet Peasant Dress
I have managed to find the perfect dress! This violet beauty is part peasant, very grandmillennial, slightly Bridgerton-esque and Nap Dress adjacent. I mean, it's basically my idea of an ideal dress! I love the midi length with pintuck trim at the hem, the square neckline with back tie detail, the puffed sleeves, the ruched seamed bodice and, of course, the soft violet colour. It's basically a dream dress that combines the elements I love most of other dresses into one. It's also the most excellent dress for any and all springtime events and occasions. I mean, it would work for Easter, brunch, a picnic in the park or taking in the beauty of the cherry blossoms in full bloom. I will wear it every change I get!

TWO // Back to the Office
After twenty-five months of working exclusively from home, I went back to the office for a couple days. Truth be told, I love working from home! It fits right in with my introvert/homebody personality. I always made sure to stick to a work routine and have to say it really agreed with me. I love being home with my husband and dog! I'm actually very grateful for all that extra time spent with my loved ones and mostly for having been very present in Rocket's last two years of life and being around to console and help Toutou transition to being an only dog. I'm sure my going back to the office will be a hard for her. Luckily, my husband will still be home, so she won't be on her own. I'm also very fortunate to be able to still work from home a few days a week. While it will take some getting used to a new routine, in time, I think this will be conducive in achieving a good work/life balance. Having that extra flexibility will be very beneficial. The commute is honestly the part of my old routine I dread the most. During the pandemic, it became very clear to me that the commute was the most stressful and tiring part of my day. Being able to take a step back and realize that has been invaluable. It gives me the chance to acknowledge the stressor and attempt to address it consciously. Having to commute only a few days a week is a big weight lifted off my shoulders. I'm also looking forward to interacting in person with colleagues and having those personal connections once more. There were components of working in person that I did miss after all.

THREE // April Ipsy
Alright, here we go with April's glam bag! First off, I absolutely love, love, love the daisy pouch! It's the most darling design and the zipper pull is simply precious. I can't stop staring at it! This bag was a good one. I love the First Aid Beauty moisturizer and Goldfaden dark spot corrector. Those two brands are simply amazing. The watermelon dew drops smell great and the exfoliating solution is fine. I'm loving the liquid eyeshadow and predict it will be a go-to all summer long. The perfect nude shimmery option. However, the lipstick is simply not my shade. Too bad, because I love this brand and the magnetic cap is so smart! I have yet to try the eye patches, but will be doing so tonight. And will try the leave-in conditioner this weekend. My hair has a natural wave to it, so I've been playing around with it and trying out different products and techniques to try and tame my natural hair texture.

FOUR // FB: Secrets of Dumbledore
I finally got around to seeing the new Fantastic Beasts movie and I quite enjoyed it! I had rewatched the two previous movies and even listened to the spoiler episode of Swish and Flick in preparation. Were it not for that, I'm not sure I would have been able to follow much... It's definitely not a stand-alone movie, which makes sense seeing as it's the third of a series of five. I enjoyed the character development in this movie, mostly seeing the two brotherly relationships of Albus and Aberforth, and Newt and Theseus. We didn't get much interaction between those characters before. I also enjoyed the growth of Jacob, and his comic relief! We learn more about Credence/Aurelius and how he fits into the Dumbledore family and its complex relationships. I also quite liked the new Grindelwald, Mads Mikkelsen. He is a great fit (might I even say better than Johnny Depp) for the role. He does evil so well! Without giving away too much of the movie, the central plot revolves around an election and we get to meet quite a few new beasts, and are reunited with a few favourites. I think the highlight for me was the proper meeting of Lally, the talented Charms professor from Ilvermorny. While I enjoyed the movie, I'm sure I'll have to watch it a few more times to catch all the subtleties and speculate on the plots of the remaining movies. Good times ahead!

FIVE // Marigolds
Last weekend, we got some yardwork done and we thought it would be the right time to start our marigolds so we planted 36 seeds. We are starting the seeds indoors because the nights are still a bit too cold this time of year. We decided to start our seeds earlier this year as we only got flowers late last summer. We're hoping that by starting them sooner, they will also bloom sooner and we'll get to enjoy their orange and yellow hues for much longer this time around. Once the seedlings are strong enough, we'll transfer them to our outdoor pots.

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