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May 2017

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!

Lifestyle, Travel

Why I Have An After Travel Self Care Routine (And you should too!)

Every time I travel I come home feeling off. Don’t get me wrong I love traveling, but I feel like I need to hit a reset button when I return home. I always notice I get home with tired skin and stringy hair so I always follow this routine to get myself back on track.

 

1. Hydrate

I never drink enough water when traveling. It’s so bad and I know I should but I don’t. As soon as I get home I up my water intake immediately. It makes my skin feel better and allows my body to start moving again and adjust to normal life.

2. Exfoliate

There’s nothing better than scrubbing off the feeling of the world once you return home. I just feel so much better taking a warm shower and making my skin feel brand new.

3. Tone

I have a bayalage soft of thing happening with my hair right now and blonde hair tends to turn brassy…especially after a week of hotel water. I always apply a toning treatment (such as a purple shampoo) to return my blonde to actual blonde.

4. Hair Mask

My hair takes a beating when I’m traveling. In an effort to pack less I’ve been using hotel shampoo’s and conditioner’s and let’s be honest…they’re usually not great. Once I’m home I throw a hair mask in as soon as I get in the shower and let it soak in while I’m doing the rest of my regular shower routine. My hair always feels so smooth and silky afterwards.

5. Moisturize

Dry skin is no fun! After I take a shower I apply a thick moisturizer (like a body butter) all over and a face cream to help my skin return to normal.

 

Once I’m finished with all these steps I feel so much better. They’re all so simple and may seem obvious but I just love the fresh feeling! Do you guys do anything special when you return from travel?

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Fashion

Splurge vs Save: Alessandra Ambrosio

Splurge vs Save

Alessandra Ambrosio always seems to make a simple outfit look super stylish. I love this look on her that I saw on whowhatwear.com. They had posted a few of the items she was wearing as well as the prices and I was floored! When you total it up it’s $1563 Canadian! What?! As a Victoria Secret Model she can surely afford it, but for the rest of us…

I found a bunch of similar pieces to compare to her outfit that are so much cheaper. It’s actually pretty fun finding an outfit in a magazine or Pinterest and seeing if you can pick up pieces from it from your favourite stores. I love how similar the sunglasses are from H&M and they are only $10!

Fashion

Summer Wardrobe from Target

I want to start off this post by saying this is in no way sponsored by or have any affiliation with Target. I just love them and miss them since they left Canada. All those Canadians that claim “it was no different then anywhere else” are just plain wrong!

Have you guys seen Target’s new summer collection? I’m loving it! I’m a huge fan of dressing fashionable on a budget. Why spends tons of money on a piece that you’re going to be afraid to live in right? Target nailed the trends of the season and with the price you can get a bunch of this to spruce up your wardrobe for the season! I know I’m going to the next time I make a trip to the States.

How cute is this racerback dress? It’s such a simple dress that you can wear all summer for any occasion but the colourful stitching makes it so fun! Throw it on over a bathing suit at the beach or wear it to your next BBQ.

 

This is such a simple but stylish shoe. It also looks to be really comfortable like you could wear it all day. It comes in four colours as well!

This is such a great beach bag! I love the black and white because you can pretty much wear it with anything but the pattern is still super fun!

Check out the collection here and let me know what you like!

Lifestyle, Travel

Rochester Lilac Festival

I spent a few days in Rochester NY this past week visiting Scott. It happened to be the same week they were holding their annual Lilac Festival. I love lilacs and the park was so beautiful.

It was so nice to spend time wandering around the gardens in the nice weather and just laying in the grass for a while. So many people were out on a Wednesday afternoon it was almost like they all took a holiday for the week.

Scott was so funny lying awkwardly in the grass trying to get “comfortable”. I’m pretty bummed out I forgot my DLSR camera at home and had to take all these pictures with my iPhone…but the lilacs were so beautiful it didn’t matter.

We stopped at one of the food carts to try some of the crazy foods. I opted for a piece of frozen cheesecake, dipped in melted chocolate, and rolled in sprinkles. I was so confused at how it was going to taste, but it was like eating ice cream. It was actually so good, but so dense I ended up only eating about a third of it and forcing Scott to eat the rest! haha!

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Fashion, Travel

How To Pack For A Weekend Trip

Weekend Getaway
I’m off to Rochester this week to visit Scott and that involves packing for a few days. Packing for a weekend tip is a daunting task because you never want to pack too much or the wrong thing. As someone who travels a lot for only a few days at a time I like to think I have it down pat. Here are some tips if you’re looking at getting away for a weekend.

 

1. Pack light
Ok so this probably seems super obvious, but I’ve seen one too many people with six bags for a three day trip. Try and only pack what you’re sure you’re going to need. If you end up needing something while you’re away you can always pick it up at a store if you’re desperate.

 

2. Go with basics
I try and always pack simple basics. White t-shirts, light wash jeans, black legging
s, etc are all great and can be dressed up with simple accessories or mixed and matched.

 

3. Layer!
You never know what the weather will be like (well depending on where you go) so it’s better to be prepared. I like to bring a few t-shirts or tank tops, a few cardigans, and a jacket that goes with anything. That way you can take off layers if it’s too hot or put more on if it’s too cold. I also bring a scarf to add a pop of colour and a large bag so you can fold up and store whatever you’re not wearing while you’re out and about.

 

4. Pack one nice outfit
There is nothing worse than a last minute dinner or night out and all you have are casual clothes. I have made it a habit of bringing one nice dress (a little black dress works well) just in case!

 

5. Roll your clothes
When packing try and roll your clothes instead of folding them. Folding them takes up so much more space in your bag and rolling them together keeps them from getting wrinkled. If you’re not sure what I mean check out this fantastically helpful YouTube video!

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Wednesday Wanderlust: 5 Amazing Places to Visit in Toronto

I love Toronto! I live about an hour away from the city and go visit as much as I can. It’s such a busy city with so much to do. I’ve rounded up five of my favourite places to check out when I’m there. If you’re heading to Toronto check out a few of these!

 

1. The Royal Ontario Museum

The ROM is such a cool museum. One of my favourite things about it is that it is in an old building but when they added the addition they created an amazing modern bit of architecture coming out of it. The effect is quite eye catching. Inside they have everything from dinosaur bones to artifacts from all different cultures. They have a fantastic kids area where kids can pretend to dig for bones and dress up as different animals. They also have exhibits from all over the world that are around for limited weeks. I’ve seen some amazing ones there such as the Pompeii exhibit that featured artifacts from the ancient city as well as casted molds from some of the people they uncovered. Bonus: Take the subway to Museum station and check out the hieroglyphics on the walls.

 

2. The Distillery District

I looooove the Distillery District in Toronto. The area is so beautiful and filled with shopping, dining, and all kinds of fun events. They have art galleries and beer festivals in the summer, but around the holidays is my favourite. They have a wonderful Christmas Market with pop up shops that have Christmas decorations, gifts, and hot chocolate or apple cider.

 

3. Sugar Beach

Right on the edge of the city is this great beach. It’s actually shocking that not a lot of people know about it. It’s a great place to unwind on the weekend or play some beach volleyball. In the summer they have outdoor movies on a giant screen for free!

 

4. The CN Tower

This list wouldn’t be complete without the CN Tower. To be fair it is the most well known building in the city, but it’s so worth it to check it out. First of all you take a glass elevator to the top, which is thrilling and fast. Then you can walk around the building checking out a 360 degree view of the city. You can even dine in the 360 Restaurant and watch the sunset over the city. If you’re an adventure seeker you can walk across the glass floor and see straight down to the city below…if that’s not enough you can even do the Skywalk and venture outside the building (strapped into a harness of course). Part of that experience is leaning out over the city and really feeling the rush.

 

5. Yonge and Dundas Square

It’s like a mini Canadian version of Times Square! It’s a lot smaller but is right by the Eaton Centre which is an amazing shopping mall. In the summer they have outdoor concerts and events that are totally worth checking out!

Fashion

Brides: Your Ultimate Outfit Guide!

Hey ladies! It was around this time last year that I was stressing out. My wedding was right around the corner and I had so much left to do. It’s not just the wedding you need to prepare for but showers, bachlorettes, and your honeymoon. It was all so overwhelming and I scoured the internet looking for inspiration.

Seeing as wedding season is coming up I thought I would try and help some current brides out. I pulled together some of my favourite pieces to create outfits for those special occasions no matter which way you have decided to do it! I hope it helps!

Bridal Shower Outfits
Everyone loves to see the bride in white. It allows her to stand out against the other guests and gets everyone excited about the white dress. The first of these three looks is if you’re having a more formal bridal shower and need to get dressed up. The white lace dress is classy and would look great with a pair of nude heels. The second look is for the laid back bohemian bride. Paired with gold sandals it’s laid back but also chic. The third look is if you’re having a low key bridal shower but still want to feel a little bit dressy. The pop of pink heels is super fun and I love the lace sleeves of the dress.
Bachlorette Outfits
Whether you’re a party animal or not the bachlorette party is always so much fun. Who doesn’t want to spend a night (or weekend) with your best girl friends? If you’re the bar type the first outfit is super cute and will turn heads on your bar hopping excursion. The second look is perfect for brunch with your gal pals or to wear on your way to the spa. The third look is great for hanging around at a cottage for a weekend and relaxing while spoiling the bride-to-be!
Honeymoon Outfits
Ahh the honeymoon. I would do my honeymoon over and over. It’s so nice to take a trip somewhere with your one and only and just spend time together in bliss. The first look is for a tropical vacation to stay cool by the beach or roaming around the town/resort. The second look is pretty much good for anything, but would look super cute if you were going to a dinner with your significant other. The third look is for the adventurous bride that is using your honeymoon to see the world. It’s comfortable and casual and will take you around the streets of the city you’re exploring.

 

I hope you enjoyed this post and found some inspiration from it. I enjoyed putting this together as it took me right back to planning my own wedding. Enjoy it brides…it goes fast! xoxo.

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Mother’s Day Brunch Outfit Inspo

Mother's Day Brunch

 

With Mother’s Day coming up in Canada I’ve been trying to figure out what to do for my mom and planning an outfit I would like to wear. I’m thinking of taking my Mom out for brunch because I love spending time with her. There are so many cute brunch spots in our town and we have been talking about trying this vegetarian place downtown. I was playing around on Polyvore and created a couple options for outfit’s in case you’re planning a nice brunch date with your moms as well!

Travel

Wednesday Wanderlust: 5 Amazing Place To Visit In Sweden

Ah Sweden! You probably immediately think of meatballs and Ikea, but it’s so much more than that! Sweden is on my list of places I’d love to visit because it looks so beautiful. I’ve been looking at things to do and see in case I ever get there. Here are 5 cool places I found in case Sweden is on your list!

 

1. ABBA: The Museum

Ok so like ABBA or not this would be such a cool place to see. You can check out the costumes, items, and memorabilia. This museum is so much cooler though because through the use of technology you can see what you would look like in the costumes, sing in the studio, and even join the band on stage! It’s a very interactive experience and would be great if it were raining and you were looking for a place indoors.

 

2. Stockholm Subway Art

Known as the worlds largest art exhibition it would we well worth it to explore the subway while you’re out and about. It’s covered in beautiful art of varying styles, colours, and imagery.

 

3. Fika

When traveling there’s nothing better than immersing yourself in the culture and traditions. Fika is a coffee break where you engage in meaningful conversations with friends over a cup of coffee and a sweet. It sounds like a wonderful way to take a break in your day and try amazing Swedish treats.

 

4. Goteborg Universeum

This place looks amazing. You can experience the rainforest, aquariums, and Swedish wildlife. Walk through the rainforest over hanging bridges and engage with animals such as birds, sloths, frogs, and butterflies.

 

5. Gamla Stan

This is a beautiful street with fun multicoloured buildings and cobblestone streets. This is the largest and best preserved medieval quarter and attracts many visitors. It’s known for its dinner and drinks and is said to be beautiful around Christmas time.