Fashion

Fall in Canada

I love Canada. It’s such a beautiful country. Sure, I may be a bit biased being born and raised here…but take a look at it in the fall!

My bestie and I took a drive to the Mono Cliffs on Saturday because she was shooting engagement photos for some clients of hers. It turned out to be such a beautiful day and despite the colours not being as vibrant as they are most years it was still a gorgeous little hike.

No I did not hike in this outfit! But I couldn’t resist shooting a few photos of my own while I was there. The covered over pathways were so fantastic!

This is one of my go to outfits in the fall. I loveee these leggings and the little zipper details. They’re super comfortable and have a large elastic band which is super flattering. The boots are another favourite of mine. They have a nice chunky heel so they’re comfortable to walk in and are great for muddy fall. I also think this hat is so cute in the fall because it’s easy to throw on with a variety of different outfits!

 

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xoxo

Sarah

Fashion

Finally Fall: Love Affair with Blanket Scarves

 

It’s FALL! Officially! As much as I love summer and am always sad to see it go…my heart is with fall. I love bundling up and being cozy. I swear there’s nothing better than lighting a bunch of candles, soft lighting, and cuddling up under a blanket to watch a movie. Or in my case lately, Planet Earth documentaries (I’m obsessed).

When you have to leave the house though it’s always such a struggle. So why not stay warm and cozy with a blanket that socially acceptable for you to wear all day! Yes, the blanket scarf. Mine is huge and I feel like makes me look a little ridiculous, but I don’t care. I love it. Plus, it kind of doubles as a neck pillow…just saying!

I’ve got to tell you guys though. The pictures of me sitting in the barn window crack me up. My friend boosted me up thinking it would make a great shot and the whole “wall” behind me moved and I totally thought I was about to fall through the barn! So funny!

 

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xoxo

Sarah

 

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Blogging, Lifestyle

Happy Thanksgiving

Hello everyone! It’s been so long since I’ve updated this blog. I wasn’t sure I was going to continue for a while there, but I enjoy it so I’d like to get it up and running again. Thanks so much if you’ve stuck around.

This weekend is Canadian Thanksgiving and I was fortunate enough to head up to my grandparents and hang out with my cousins. It’s so nice getting to see them, hang out, and just relax. Scott had to work so he couldn’t be there, but other than that it really was the perfect weekend.

Scott and I head back to Mexico in a couple weeks and I’m so excited to share how amazing the resort we are going to is. So stay tuned for pictures and posts from our trip!

Love you guys!

xoxo

Beauty

Summer Nails

I’ve just been browsing around Pinterest and came across so many cute nail ideas for summer. I’ve rounded up some inspo below! Disclaimer: these images are not mine and found on Pinterest. I don’t take credit for any of these!

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Beauty

Victoria Secret Body Care

 

The Victoria Secret Semi Annual Clearance Sale has just wrapped up again and I stopped by to see what kind of deals they had going on. Let me tell you…I had to rein myself in. They had so many great products for a fraction of what they normally were.

I had been dying to try their body care line for a while but each bottle was around $20 CAN so it was hard for me to justify. I didn’t want to just buy one, I wanted to try all four! Low and behold for the clearance sale they had the four main products for $5 each! What? So I got the four I wanted to try for the price you would normally pay for one! Craziness!

So I bought the Soothing Scrub Wash in Shea, Ultrarich Creme Wash in Coconut Milk, Hydrating Body Lotion in Shea, and the Weightless Body Oil in Coconut Milk. So I’ll be honest…I’m not sure if you’re supposed to use all four products in one go seeing as there’s two body washes and two moisturizers, but they all are numbered on the back from 1 to 4 so I went for it.

I enjoyed the soothing scrub because it smelled so darn good and the scrub itself is very fine and felt gentle on my skin. The creme wash smelled equally as good and lathered nicely so I felt really clean afterwards. I could tell my skin was a lot smoother stepping out of the shower already, but after applying the hydrating lotion I could really tell. My knees and elbows really benefited from this thick lotion and I just felt my elbow while writing this to confirm that they still feel great a few days later haha! So the oil felt a bit weird to me. I had never really used oil on my skin before and I felt a bit shiny after. I had to wait a few minutes before dressing because I still had a slick feeling on my skin. A little while later after the oil fully absorbed into my skin I couldn’t get over how my skin felt. Is this Victoria’s Secret? haha!

So all in all I’ve very impressed with this line. Like I said: no idea if you are supposed to use it as a set, but it works! I may just pick one cleanser while in the shower and one moisturizer for when I get out and mix and match the combos to see what works best for me. Let me know if you have ever tried these products, what you thought, or if you’d like to! Oh, and this is 100% not sponsored I just really like these products!

Fashion

Summer Lovin’

Summer is finally here! I’m so happy! I’ve been looking around on some of my favourite websites for fun things to inspire my summer wardrobe and am loving tropical prints lately. These are some of my favourite things that I found that I’m Summer Lovin…I know…as bad as a Dad joke but I couldn’t resist!

1. This one piece by LA Hearts is just so cute! I’m really loving one pieces lately for how flattering they are. Unfortunately I have a disproportionate torso so fitting into a one piece is extremely hard for me.

2. iPhone case by Richmond & Finch is a great way to switch up your phone for summer. I just have a boring white case on my phone now and will probably be buying this!

3. Nordstrom carries this adorable baseball cap that you can just throw on while out running errands and make your look instantly summery!

4. This amazing beach coverup from Lauren Conrad is light and airy to keep you cool and makes a great addition if you have a one colour bathing suit. It’s nice to be able to wrap yourself up to protect your skin from the sun but still feel the breeze and keep yourself from getting too hot.

5. I’m loving this tote bag from Roxy that allows you to throw in all your essentials for the day! If you’re doing some running around, or going to the beach, it holds it all!

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Fashion, Travel

Holy Toledo!

^^ Scott’s dad making fun of me for posing in front of the sign! Haha!

 

^^ That’s Scott in the black!

This past weekend I took a roadtrip with my parent’s and Scott’s parents to go visit him in Toledo Ohio! It was quite the adventure and took us a lot longer than planned because we didn’t realize the I-75 South was closed through Detroit! Oh well we got there just fine and it was soooo good to see Scott…even if it only was for a couple of days.

While we were there we decided to check out the Toledo Zoo. It was a lot of fun and was a really nice zoo. They had a bunch of new baby animals that we’re so freaking cute including lemurs, chimps and my favourite GIRAFFE’S! I couldn’t get close to the giraffe’s unfortunately because if you went out on the deck they expected you to feed them and we were running out of time (had to get Scott back for his game).

In case you didn’t know, Scott is a Minor League Baseball Umpire so despite us living in Canada he works in various parts of the States for the baseball season (a long six months). So every day he has a game that we have to get to so we don’t have a lot of free time unfortunately. It’s still super cool for me to see him down on the field though and I get to try all the different foods the baseball field’s sell during the games. This time it was a funnel cake sundae…oh yeah!

They had a Beatles Night the Friday I was there and if you know how much I love the Beatles you would know how much I appreciated this. I was super bummed that I hadn’t found out about it ahead of time because I left all my Beatles/Paul McCartney stuff at home! Oh well it was still fun and they had a Beatles Tribute band (The Fab Four) play a little amphitheater outside after the game.

For the trip to the zoo/the baseball game that night I decided to wear my favourite romper. I got this one from a Canadian favourite Stitches last year, but have rounded up a few of my in stock favourites below. Stitches is probably the equivalent of Charlotte Russe, Rue 21 or Wet Seal in the States!

 

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Beauty

Skincare, whoa what a difference

Hey guys! I’ve been off the grid for a little bit now. Some of you may know I’ve been working two jobs, which has been exhausting, but I’m just getting over a nasty round of strep throat. I had it for about a week and didn’t want to do anything but lay around all day!

Anyhoo I’ve really been concentrating on my skin lately. It’s been looking pale, dry, and lifeless looking lately and I’ve just been packing more makeup on to try and cover it up. Of course this just made it worse so I decided to try a few things to refresh my face a little bit. I’m actually blown away by how quickly my skin has turned around and am feeling more confident to go out without makeup on. I haven’t quite gotten there yet (I have the worst dark circles that make it hard for me to convince myself to be 100% makeupless) but a bit of BB creme goes a long way. So this is what I’ve been doing this week that has been working for me!

Go Makeupless – Letting your skin breathe is sooo important. It gives it time to recover from having makeup on it all the time!

Remove Makeup Properly! – Sounds simple right? Well not if you’re as lazy as me! After a long day of work I fell into the habit of just quickly wiping my face with a makeup wipe and call it a day. Well this doesn’t remove all of the makeup and then it settles into your pores. I’ve been using a miceller water to make sure I get it all, including dirt and oils from the day.

Cleanse – This falls under the “wiping my face with a makeup wipe and calling it a day” thing. I barely washed my face with a cleanser. I know that’s so sooo bad and now that I’ve been washing my face twice a day I can really feel a difference in my skin. Disclaimer: washing your skin with cleanser too much can bother your skin as well. Try and find an alcohol free one and test it out. If twice a day irritates your skin only use it once a day and just rinse your skin in the morning. It all depends on your skin type!

Tone & Moisturizer – I’ve been using a toner as a follow up to the cleanser and I find my skin is a lot less red. After the toner I moisturize as normal and my skin just soaks it up. So much smoother.

Drink LOTS of Water – Again, kind of obvious, but a lot of people forget how good water is for the skin (me included). I can really tell when I’m less hydrated because my skin looks really shallow and dry.

Ok so these tips may be obvious and you’ve probably heard it a thousand times. It doesn’t help to have a reminder though, I sure needed it as I had been neglecting my skin. Just remember to do these simple things every day and your skin will bounce back in a few days!

 

Beauty, Reviews

5 Great Drug Store Makeup Finds

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You know when you seem to run out of all your makeup at once? Then you’re digging through scraps trying to find something that works to get you through the next day or so until you can go restock? That happened to me last week and I felt like I had to buy so much! I always feel like it’s a lot of pressure to go pick out a new foundation or mascara, but I managed to find a few jems that I love in case you’re on the hunt for something new!

1. Elf Primer – Poreless

The original Elf Primer is great, but the poreless version is my favourite. It really does a great job of smoothing the skin and minimizing pores. I have found my pores have been bugging me a lot lately so this is an area I was looking to improve. If you are fine with your pores as usual you are probably good just sticking with the original. I find the poreless version has a bit of a tea tree oil smell to it. It isn’t unpleasant or overpowering at all however. This primer really makes me feel like my foundation just glides on my skin and helps it last a lot longer.

2. Maybelline Fit Me Foundation – Matte and Poreless

Once again I’m going with a poreless look at the moment. I’ve used the regular version of this foundation before and I liked it, but there is something so nice about the matte finish of this one. I find this foundation covers well without being too cakey or heavy on the skin. You can also build it up if you need more coverage and it lasts a long time. I also would like to try the dewy version of this foundation as I’m sure it would give a nice finish as well.

3. Maybelline Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser

This is a tried and true classic for me. When I was first getting into makeup I bought this all the time and decided to pick it up again after all this time. I’m always so pleased at how well this product blends and how it covers my dark (and I mean dark) circles.

4. Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

I didn’t realize how many Maybelline products I bought until right now! Haha! This is hands down my favourite drug store mascara however. I pretty much only use this one and have since my makeup artist for my wedding introduced me to it during my makeup trial. I find it makes my eyelashes look a lot longer and thicker and the wand gets all my little lashes as well.

5. NYX Liquid Eyeliner

I love this eyeliner. It goes on true black and makes wings easy. There’s not much to say about this one other than it does the job!

So these are the products I’ve been using lately. Do you guys have any you’d recommend? What should I try?

Fashion, Lifestyle

Welcome to my home!

I’m SO sick of the rain you guys. I had today off and was looking forward to taking some photos outside but it was raining. So I figured I would take some photos inside and let you guys see a little bit of my apartment. I love seeing other peoples style and decorating because it shows so much of their personality.

My apartment is super small but I had so much fun decorating it. My friend and I built the build in bookshelf ourselves using some bookshelves from IKEA. I like being able to look at all my books and things I’ve collected over the years. The colourful painting behind our couch was painted by my best friend as a wedding gift and I love the way it ties all the colours together. Also yes…our “couch” is actually a small bed, but hey it’s comfortable and nice for when friends need to crash!

Rory of course wanted to steal the show and in most of these photos he is jumping around in front of me in an effort to get me to play with him. He kept barking every time the camera clicked as well which was so funny!!! In one of the photos I’m actually looking right at him and you can spot him at the very bottom of the shot. Man oh man I love my dog.

We’ve been in that weird in between weather for a while now. I want to wear spring clothes but I can never tell if it will be hot or cold hour by hour! I like wearing a floral pattern top with a cardigan over it for days like these. I still feel like I’m ready for spring that way, but also won’t freeze to death!

P.S. If you guys have any book recommendations for me send them! My bookshelf is looking pretty bare as I just donated a bunch of old books to a charity!