I started a YouTube channel! It’s also called Eileen Aldis and has the same lifestyle content you find here: beauty, food, travel, and style. It’s a lot of fun and I have a bunch of ideas for upcoming videos!
I did a really short ‘Get To Know Me’ video – how much can you really learn in about a minute? It’s the YouTube equivalent of the About section here on my blog.
Maybe you’ve been there: the official photograph you have to carry around and show people for years is…regrettable. Here I’m talking specifically about passport photos because I recently got a new one, but this is really about any ID photo you’re stuck with for an extended period: your driver’s licence, health card, Nexus/Global Entry, school ID, work security pass, or perhaps a PADI diving card. I can’t tell you how many times my photos for these cards are ones my own mother laughs at (“What crime did you commit?” HAHA, “Didn’t you KNOW they were taking a photo?” HAHA, etc). Often I’d prefer them in the trash than tucked in my wallet. Unfortunately, if I’d like to drive a vehicle, cross a border, or receive healthcare, this is not a viable option.
I keep whatever nail polishes I’m currently loving in a pretty tin on the coffee table so they’re easily accessible when the mood strikes. A little while ago I posted this photo on my instagram and it got some love. I had been watching some boring movie (can’t even remember what it was now) and decided to attempt some ‘nail art’ in the dark. With only the dim glow of the screen I couldn’t really see what I was doing, so I was pleasantly surprised to wake up and see they didn’t look too bad after all. And my nails match this mug! Small thrills, people.
I like grocery shopping. When I’m travelling, I love it. Supermarkets and pharmacies are two spots I always go in a new place. I like to poke around the aisles, look at the different packaging, people watch, see the prices – a lot of people may find this boring no matter where they are, but I think it’s great. I find it’s often a good introduction to a place and culture. When I’m stuck at home, I look for the next closest thing in my own city: a British tuck shop, bodega, Asian supermarket, etc. Granted this is easier to find in a bigger city.
I recently did a spot of online shopping and took advantage of a 20% off sale on feelunique.com – one of my favourite sites for beauty products. I first discovered it back in 2011 when I lived in Australia and the words “worldwide shipping” were more than usually satisfying. It’s free when you spend more than $20 USD (not hard) and I’ve never paid duties on any orders (either in Australia or Canada). They have deals and discounts quite often and the shipping speed is pretty good.