Saturday, July 14, 2018

Our Family Mini-Break in JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka

I have a lot of travel blog posts to catch up on - starting with our fun weekend away at JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka in June. We attended the "Rouseau Reveal" event, which celebrated the redesigned public spaces in the hotel.


We've been coming to the JW Marriott as a family for over 5 years now - we've always loved the mix of luxury surroundings plus cottage activities - so we were excited to check out the changes to the decor.

Monday, June 25, 2018

My Best Summer 2018 Outfit Ideas (Huge Shopping Haul: Forever21, Old Navy, Amazon, Chicwish and Shein)

I love online shopping, but it can be dangerous - I've somehow managed to click the "submit order" button several times without even realizing it! But it's so convenient - it's much easier trying on clothing in the comfort of your home - and pairing it with accessories you already own, to see if a new piece really belongs in your wardrobe.

Summer 2018 Cute Summer Dress Chicwish White Lace Dress Poppy and Peonies Blush Darling Bag Blogger Outfit
Dress: c/o Chicwish / Bag: c/o Poppy & Peonies / Shoes: c/o Nine West / Earrings: c/o Amazon

When it comes to summer fashion - I want my clothes to be casual, trendy, stylish and cute! And or course, I'm always hunting for the best deals and prices. I've recently placed orders with Chicwish, Shein, Forever21 and Old Navy - and have taken pics of my favourite items.

By the way, I always get a lot of questions about ordering from Chinese clothing sites (i.e. Chicwish and Shein) - which is why I wrote this post with all of my best tips!

And now on to my clothing haul:

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Everything You've Ever Wanted to Know About Lipsense

Let's start by dealing with the elephant in the room - people are wary of trying Lipsense because it's a direct-sales product - and sometimes the people who rave about it, are the same people who are "conveniently" selling it - bringing their credibility in to question. So I want to start this post off by saying that I DO NOT sell Lipsense AND I purchased each of these colours myself, so this is a completely unbiased review!

Blue Off the Shoulder Cold Shoulder Old Navy Dress Blue Stripe Platform Heels Blogger Outfit
Wearing Lipsense in "Kiss for a Cause"
I've been meaning to write this post since last Fall - but two things have stopped me. One - swatching all of my Lipsense colours was a daunting task (it's pretty much a permanent lip stain - so removal and reapplication takes FOREVER) and two - I kept adding more lip colours to my collection, and I wanted to wait until I was able to test everything. But I'm finally ready to share my Lipsense post - and it's very photo-intensive!

WHAT IS LIPSENSE

Lipsense is a long-lasting lipcolour....longer lasting than any other lip colour I've ever tried. It's in a different league from other lipstains because once you apply it, it DOES NOT BUDGE! You can even rub your hand across your lips - and everything will stay exactly where you applied it - no smearing at all! It lasts through food, drinks, wiping your face - EVERYTHING! Yes, eating greasy food may cause it to wear off a little bit in the center - but this product will NEVER transfer - you won't ever end up with stained teeth or lipstick on your chin!

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

What I wore in Florida with Chicwish

As you can tell from my outfit posts, I work with Chicwish a lot - and I especially love bringing their clothes along with me on holiday (example: my Santorini photos). In today's post, I'm sharing some of the outfits I wore during our recent trip to Florida.

Chicwish Rose Embroidered Maxi Dress Blogger Outfit Cabana Bay Beach Resort
Dress: c/o Chicwish / Earrings: c/o Amazon / Bag: c/o Amazon / Shoes: Old Navy (similar)

This floral maxi dress has a vintage 70s vibe - it's perfect for super-hot weather, as the fabric is very soft and flowy - and the embroidered roses are just so pretty. Next on my wishlist is this pink maxi dress - it's a similar style but also has POM POMS on it!!!

Friday, May 11, 2018

Top Style Shopping Trends for Spring / Summer 2018

Developing personal style is all about balance - it's amazing to know what works for you and to stick with it - but trying out new trends can expand your horizons. You might have previously thought "I would never be caught in that" and then find out that you actually look good - so definitely stay open to trying new things!

Top Style Shopping Trends for Spring / Summer 2018
Top: c/o ChicwishJeans: c/o GUESS (similar) / Bagc/o Amazon / Shoes: Old Navy (similar) / Earrings: H&M

In today's post I'm sharing the hottest fashion trends for Summer of 2018, and I'm actually wearing 2.5 of the trends from my list!

Friday, May 4, 2018

Spring Shoe Shopping Haul

I love how warm this past week has been - I can finally debut my Spring wardrobe - especially my new shoes!

White Lace Crochet Slip Dress Denim Jacket Red Heels Cult Gaia Basket Bag Dupe Blogger Outfit
Jacket / Dress / Bag / Earrings / Shoes: c/o Mark's
Since I wear a lot of light shades, I chose reddish-orange shoes to add a pop of colour to my outfits. These are the Aria heels by Alfred Sung, and I picked them up at Mark's.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Comparing the Different Sizes of the Gucci GG Marmont Matelasse Shoulder Bag

Do you remember the Gucci Wallet on a Chain that I raved about last year? You might be surprised to hear that I sold it. And the reason is not because I DON'T love Gucci Marmont GG Matelasse bags...it's because I love them TOO much!

Pink Floral H&M Dress, Gucci Marmont Shoulder Bag, Maroon Thigh Boots Blogger Outfit
Dress: H&M / Boots: c/o Amazon / Bag: Gucci / Earrings: c/o Amazon

I realized that owning my bag (the wallet on a chain version) was too limiting. I didn't want to only wear it as a clutch to special events - I wanted to carry it more frequently. So I sold it through Instagram to a local acquaintance - and went on to purchase my true dream bag - the Gucci Mini GG Marmont Chain Shoulder Bag pictured above.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

A Desk-to-Drinks Dress

My first job after university was in banking, and I remember how boring my wardrobe was! It consisted of blazers, v-neck blouses and pants...that was it. Since I was new to the industry, I didn't want to risk making any mistakes.

How to make a dress office appropriate

But what I've learned over the years, is that you don't have to limit your work wardrobe - it's possible to transform "fun" clothes into work clothes - you just need to be strategic in how you layer and accessorize!

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Spring 2018: Styling the Monochrome Trend with TSC

If you always buy clothes in the same few colours - you're in luck...It will be easy for you to embrace this Spring's monochrome trend! The monochrome trend is super simple to follow - just pick out separates in the same colour family, and pair them together - that's it!

Pink Trenchcoat Monochrome Trend Blogger Outfit

In today's post I've partnered with TSC to feature some Spring items from their current line-up. Click through for more details!

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Spending March Break at Universal Orlando Resort Florida

We were planning to staycation during the school holidays: relax at home, visit local attractions and catch up on our to-do list. But as March Break drew closer - we started longing for warmer weather. The twins especially wanted to go back to Universal Orlando Resort in Florida (our last visit was 2 years ago). I usually plan our trips months in advance - but this time, we booked our plane tickets on a Wednesday and flew out 3 days later!

Spending March Break at Universal Studios Resort Florida
Kimono: SHEIN / Camisole: EXPRESS / Jeans: Silver / Bag: c/o Amazon / Shoes: H&M

I'm not used to last-minute travel - but I'm SO glad we went on this trip, it was just what my family needed. Click through to read about where we stayed, what we packed, and our favorite rides.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Pink and Nautical with Talbots

The Nautical trend is always popular in Spring: striped tops, anchor prints, espadrilles and EVERYTHING navy and white. It's a recurring fashion because it's so crisp and fresh. Classic nautical style usually pairs navy and white with pops of red - but when you switch out the red for pink, it's even better in my books!

Talbots' Colorblock Raincoat and pink Everson Driving Anchor Moccasins.
Coat: c/o Talbots / Shell: c/o Talbots / Jeans: c/o GUESS / Shoes: c/o Talbots / Bag: c/o Amazon (Option 1, Option 2, Option 3)
In today's outfit post, I'm wearing Talbots' Colorblock Raincoat paired with their pink Everson Anchor Moccasins.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Three Ways to Style a Pink Raincoat

Spring is SO my season...not only is it acceptable to wear lots of pink and florals - it's actually encouraged!

Blogger Outfit Floral Dress Pink Raincoat Black Belt Bag Pink Ball Earrings

In today's post, I've collaborated with Reitmans to share three fun ways to style their Pocket Raincoat in Rosewater. I love how this raincoat combines style and function. It's lightweight and completely water-repellent, so it's very practical, but it's also flowy - like a stylish duster coat - and the pretty colour adds a feminine touch to any outfit!

Monday, March 5, 2018

GUESS Where my Pink and Red Floral Faux Fur Coat is From

It's pretty obvious that I'm obsessed with everything pink - but sometimes pale colours can wash you out. Which is why I'm loving this floral faux fur coat from GUESS. The stunning pale pink is complemented with fuchsia and red florals, making the coat more vibrant and flattering.

Pink Faux Fur Coat Blogger Outfit
Coat: c/o GUESS / Bagc/o Nine West / EarringsAmazon / Jeansc/o GUESS / Shoesc/o Nine West
The coat is called the Lily Faux-Fur Coat and it's sold out online - but you can still find it in stores. I think it's the perfect coat for Spring, as it's soft and warm, but not too heavy or hot.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Girls Weekend Getaway Ideas: a Trip to White Oaks Resort and Spa in Niagara

You don't have to travel a great distance when planning a girls' getaway - all you need is a change of scenery, a bit of pampering, fun activities, yummy food and of course...shopping! For our third #ultimategirlsweekendTO trip, we booked the "Girls Just Wanna" package at the White Oaks Resort and Spa in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Girls Weekend Getaway Ideas: a Trip to White Oaks Resort and Spa in Niagara

Niagara-on-the-Lake is an hour and a half drive from Toronto - the short travel time meant we had more time to hang out and relax! Since we were only going for one night (and we were all squeezing into Mandy's car!), I tried to pack "light'!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

A Room of My Own

I have been neglecting a crucial aspect of working from home: a proper office space. For years I've been alternating between using my laptop on the dining table, the sofa and my bed. Not the most efficient situation - my papers were everywhere, I felt messy and disorganized, and I wasn't working to my full potential.

I took stock of our living space - and decided to repurpose our old playroom into my office. When it came to decorating my space, I partnered with Marshalls Canada to pick out the cutest accessories to furnish my study.

Three ways to style an office decor how to post

Marshalls had a challenge for me - using their products, could I style my office in three different ways? This sounded like the most fun challenge EVER - so of course I said yes! Click through to see what I put together.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

A Dupe for the Chloe Pixie Bag

Circle bags are quite the style trend. Last year I noticed a lot of leather hatbox options (such as this Mansur Gavriel one) worn with dressy outfits, while straw circle bags were very popular in the summer.

Green Floral Shein ZARA dress and Green Chloe Pixie Bag dupe
Dress: Shein / Belt: Shein / Shoes: Naturalizer / Bag: c/o Amazon (identical from Shein)

The Chloe Pixie Bag has the cutest take on the circle bag trend - pairing it with metal handles and studded details. Since the design is more a novelty than a classic style, I've been on the hunt for a good dupe!

Monday, February 5, 2018

Bundled up Together with NOIZE

They say that opposites attract - and when it comes to feeling cold, Hubby and I are completely different. I'm the one layering thermal shirts and fleece tights in the Fall - and he's the one wearing a light coat in the freezing snow!

NOIZE Hannah Coat in Light Ash and NOIZE Logan parka in Navy
Ear Muffs: c/o AmazonSweater: H&M (similar) / Jacket: c/o NOIZEJeans: Silver / His Jacket: c/o NOIZE

But sometimes - especially in these minus temps, even light dressers need to get serious about their winter wear...so I was very excited when NOIZE gifted Hubby with the LOGAN parka!

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

A Weekend at Ste. Anne's Spa

A trip to Ste. Anne's Spa is a transformative experience - the combination of the quaint buildings, peaceful surroundings - and the fact that you can spend all day in your robe - gets you into a relaxed, vacation state-of-mind in no time!
A Review of Ste. Anne's Spa
hat / sweater / bag

Last weekend, a group of my blogger friends and I were invited to spend the night at Ste. Anne's Spa in Grafton, Ontario. This was my second time visiting the spa - as I had booked a Day Trip with some girlfriends in the past.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Tips on Getting Started with the Instant Pot

This is my first photoshoot of 2018, and I couldn't have picked a better day. The temperature was +5 C, so I was very comfortable taking photos in this cozy outfit. I've been getting a couple of questions about my LV Speedy 25, as I have started clipping on a bag strap to make it into a crossbody - it's made it so much more versatile, I use it all the time now! Anyways, in today's post I wanted to share some tips and tricks on using the Instant Pot - it is seriously life-changing - dinner time is so much easier since I bought mine!

Cougar Cheyenne Deertan Red Boots
Hat: c/o Amazon / Sweater: c/o Chicwish (Amazon) / Jeans: Silver Jeans / Boots: c/o Cougar / Bag: LV Speedy 25 / Strap: ALDO
I'm a bit of a gadget-queen when it comes to cooking (since I'm always looking for ways to make my life easier). I own a crockpot and a George Foreman grill - but nothing revolutionizes the cooking process like the Instant Pot! It takes pressure cooker technology and automates it - so you get flavour-infused meals in very little time. And unlike stove-top cooking, you don't have to stand around, stirring and checking your food constantly.

Friday, January 12, 2018

How I Deal with Competition in the Blogging World

Is the blogging world a friendly place - or is it filled with gossip, jealousy and competition? This is a change of pace from my usual posts - but I'm writing about this topic as it has come up frequently in conversations I've had with fellow bloggers - as well as with people who are just starting out. Like any other job, blogging has its benefits and challenges. But the public nature of our work adds a layer of complexity, because everyone knows everybody else's business!

Pink Chicwish Trenchcoat, Distressed Jeans, Nine West Velvet Clutch and Purple loafers
Coat: c/o Chicwish / Bag: c/o Nine West / Shoes: c/o Nine West / Jeans: AEO







Tuesday, January 2, 2018

My Favourite Haircare Products from Amazon

I recently asked over on Instagram what type of content you guys would like to see - and a lot of you mentioned that you wanted to see more product reviews of tried & tested favourites. So in today's post, I'm sharing the haircare products I can't live without!

As a beauty blogger, I like finding the most effective products - and although I try new things, I have some haircare staples that I always come back to. I've been using most of these products for 6+ years - read on to see what they are:

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