Wednesday, July 01, 2015

YES.

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I'm engaged! I mentioned it on Instagram a few month ago, but I haven't mentioned it on the blog until now.

Since I recently (is last December still considered recent?) got engaged to my best friend, I thought it would be fun to post little updates and fun wedding inspirations once in a while.

Wedding planning has never been my forté. I was not that little girl daydreaming/planning her inevitable big day. I am a methodical thinker and planner in most things, but my own wedding wasn’t one of them. A big wedding is not my scene (one reason being that I don’t have an unlimited supply of extended family to fill a ballroom). I was really pushing for a destination wedding but I was unsuccessful in convincing the Beau to agree.

Instead, we are planning a classically simple and intimately romantic affair with our family and closest friends.

To start this sporadic series—which will not have a title because I couldn't think of anything more original than Wedding Wednesdays... although that one does roll off the tongue a bit better than Matrimonial Mondays, don’t you think?—I wanted to show you some dress inspirations. I haven’t gone for a fitting yet—I am planning to book a couple soon, but I haven’t found the time and I figure I still have plenty of it (time, that is).

Anyway, here is a collage of pictures I snagged off Pinterest/Instagram. I think my biggest inspiration comes from Olivia Palermo. Her general style is swoon-worthy but what I love most about her wedding style is it's authenticity to her personality and it's simplicity.

P.S. Happy Canada Day, friends! :)


Friday, June 26, 2015

In-Flight Essentials | Skincare

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One of my favourite things about flying is handpicking my in-flight skincare routine... and also buying adorable miniatures of my favourite products.

During those long-haul flights, I love passing the time by treating myself to a mile-high spa experience. Here's a peek at the products I brought along on my last trip (which, btw, consisted of a drying 13hr flight):

  • Cleanser — I always start off with clean skin. I love the micellar cleansing waters from Bioderma because they're gentle and they're easy to travel with. I soak a Shiseido facial cotton pad and wipe my face clean.

  • Moisturizer — I don't think I have to tell you how drying airplane air can be. While any amount of time on a plane can wreak havoc on your skin, it is especially prudent to moisturize during long hauls. I love the Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré because it's a super hydrating & emollient cream. The Ole Henriksen Pure Truth Youth Activating Oil & Truth Serum are a an effective and light-weight duo (even more so because they come in travel sizes). You also can never go wrong with a layer of serum, the Tarte Pure Maracuja Oil helps seal in the moisture without clogging your pores. Also, if you need extra moisture under the eyes, don't forget your eye cream!

  • Mask—what better time to pamper your skin than on a long flight? I love to bring along a super hydrating mask to keep my skin plump until I land. The Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask is great for that. It's lightweight and absorbs beautifully into the skin to keep it looking fresh.

  • Lips—dry lips are never good. My holy grail long-wearing balm is the Elizabeth Arden 8-hour cream. It's a thick cream that easily glides over the lips to prevent them from drying out. It's something I always bust out before bedtime and my lips feel great when I wake up. Plus, they have a "fragrance free" version now, which eliminates that strong yet familiar scent.

  • Hair—don't forget about your mane! I always bring a hydrating cream to keep my ends moisturized. Products like the Phyto 9 Daily Ultra Nourishing Botanical Cream or the Living Proof Perfect Hair Day treatment work beautifully to keep your hair sleek and hydrated.



Tips for packing that one quart bag:

  • You know those samples you've been hoarding in a drawer somewhere? Now is the perfect time to bust them out! They're often the perfect size for a holiday & they fit perfectly in your travel bags.

  • Pick up travel sizes! Those cute minis at the Sephora checkout? They're not only adorably packaged, but totally practical for a getaway.

  • If you can't find any miniatures of your faves, decant them into reusable containers! Try to only squeeze/scoop out as much as you'll need and no more. It's so easy to forget about those containers once you return home, and you don't want to waste any product.





Do you have your in-flight skincare routine down? Let me know what products you love to travel with!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Boxed Beauty Goods

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Were you lucky enough to pick up a Flare Beauty Box before they sold out?  If not... here's a look at the items contained.

There were two versions: the classic and the fearless.

Classic Beauty Box:

  • A full-sized COVERGIRL Clump Crusher Mascara by LashBlast in Very Black
  • Two travel-friendly tubes of the OLAY Regenerist Wrinkle Revolution Complex
  • A full-sized COVERGIRL Colorlicious Lipstick in a nude shade
  • A full-sized PANTENE Expert PRO-V Advanced+ Keratin Repair Split End Fuser
  • A travel-friendly OLAY Ultra Moisture Body Wash 



Fearless Beauty Box:

  • A full-sized COVERGIRL Colorlicious Lipstick in Succulent Cherry
  • A travel-friendly OLAY Ultra Moisture Body Wash
  • A full-sized COVERGIRL Full Lash Bloom Mascara by LashBlast in Very Black
  • Two travel-friendly bottles of HERBAL ESSENCES Rejuvenating Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Two sachets of the OLAY Fresh Effects Clear Skin Swirled Mattifier 



All for $9/each, it was a difficult deal to pass up! Keep a look out for more beauty box collaborations... I've seen an Elle Canada beauty box in the past with equally fun goodies.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

One With Nature | Jord Wood Watch

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I have always been a lover of timepieces. I find great enjoyment and satisfaction in wearing one. In fact, when I am not sporting a watch on my wrist, I feel utterly naked. Sure, we all have a smartphone that never leaves our side, but there’s something to be admired about a sleek and artistic design of a wristwatch.

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Luxe in a Box

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Looking to pick up a beauty treat for yourself? Have you thought of maybe picking up a Loose Button Luxe Box?

Monday, December 22, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide | 2014

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Hello fellow last minute shoppers—if you're like me and still wondering what special something to get for someone in your life, here are a few quick and easy gift ideas.


1. Starbucks Dot Collection

How adorable is the new holiday collection from Starbucks? They have tons of cute (limited edition) designs for tumblers, cold cups, and mugs. My favourites are the Gold Dot and Black Hearts ceramic tumblers. Unfortunately, these guys are both sold out online… but you may still be able to find it in stores! Don’t forget to check out Target… their Starbucks Stores also carry selected items from the Dot Collection. It also pays to be a last minute shopper because the Dot Collection is on major discount right now on Starbuck.ca! If it's too late for that... Try a gift card! Who doesn't want a free latte to warm up this season?

2. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette

Blush is my favourite beauty product, so it’s no surprise that I would recommend the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette. Funnily enough, I do not own this… There’s a good reason, I promise. I passed on this palette mainly because I own both of the permanent shades in this palette, so I didn’t want to neglect them & buy this palette unnecessarily. I will say though that the formulation of these blushes is so silky and smooth and long-wearing. Don’t get too hung up on the veining, just be sure to give your brush  a good swirl in the product. Give them a swatch, I promise, they’re good.

3. Watches

I love watches! Even though I bring my phone everywhere and I could just as easily check the time on it, there’s just something so satisfying about wearing a watch. I actually feel naked without one on. The Citizen Eco-Drive World Time A-T is the watch I’ve been wearing and loving for pretty much the last year & I adore it! It doesn’t require batteries—all it needs is sunlight. It’s radio controlled, so it pretty much keeps the time for you (literally), you never have to adjust the time. 
The Jord Ely watch is an elegantly understated time piece. Plus, it’s made of wood! Yes, it’s a wood watch. Pretty cool, right? I love that’s it has a slim (more feminine) design. They’re splash resistant, but like most things, are not meant to be submerged in water (especially for long periods of time).

4. Pens

I love a good pen. I always carry a pen around with me in my handbag, so why not have a really cute one for others to ooh and awe over? Chapters / Indigo is my go-to for unique (and adorable) stationery sets… they rarely disappoint. These pens come prepackaged in ready-to-gift boxes and also have the most charming designs. One is a black & white polka dot with “hello” scribbled on it (here), while the other is a striped design with “hello lovely” in cursive writing (here). They’re perfect to keep in our purse for signing important documents, or to clip into an equally adorable agenda.

5. Jawbone UP24

You don’t really need to be a health fanatic to appreciate this gift, but it sure does help. The UP24 is wearable technology (at it’s simplest). It keeps track of your steps, activities, and sleep. I wear mine everyday, all day.  It wirelessly connects to your smartphone and give you real-time updates throughout the day. Persimmon is my colour of choice, although be warned… it does show stains easily.

6. 2015 Agenda

I love the feel of a new agenda. There’s something exciting about getting a fresh one for a  new year. Again, Chapters is always my go-to for agendas… they stock the cutest ones! I’ve been using the Kate Spade Agenda for the last couple of years and I really like them. The design are always adorable and they have a functional layout—I typically keep this one at work to jot stuff down in. If you’re looking for a simpler design, you could try this one from Eccolo. The stripes are classic and again, the layout is practical for everyday use.


Here are a few of my gift suggestions for the guy in your life...