Jul 242014
 

I’ve mentioned my aversion to prints – they scare me. I can wear a neon pink dress but give me a floral top and I just become a confused child. I was a little surprised with myself when I decided to try some pattern mixing and paired this stunning floral pattern top (last seen here) with a wide snake pattern wide belt. The belt cinches in at the waist and just adds another touch of drama. That’s the only drama I like.

Anthropologie top

Clutch

Back View Anthropolgie Top

Print Mixing

 Outfit Details – Top, Anthropologie || Jeans, Hudson Jeans (here, here) || Belt, BCBG (old) || Bracelet, Lia Sophia (c/o) || Watch, Michael Kors (here & here) || Clutch, Danier (old) || Shoes, Express (here)

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Row 1 (L-R):
Angie (Vanity Rouge), Noelle (XO Noelle), Dee (Liner Glitter Gloss),
Sandra (Moms Makeup Stash), Jenelle (Nelle Creations) & Deanne (My Fash Avenue)

Row 2 (L-R):
Michelle (A Lovely Allure), Marcia (Beauty Info Zone), Iva (Falling in Style),
Niki (Hello Miss Niki), Rica (The Office Chic) & Bree (Urban Umbrella)

Row 3 (L-R):
Amber (Canadian Fashionista), Krystal (Beauty by Krystal), Lauren (The Fashionista’s Diary),
Justina (Justina’s Gems), Stacey (Stacey Brennan YT), Elaine (Toronto Beauty Reviews)

Row 4 (L-R):
Maria (Amotherworld), Marissa (Chic Darling), Kelly (Glitter Diaries),
Cheryl (Beauty by Cheryl H), Chelsea (Olive & Ivy) & Chrissy (Some Velvet Morning)

Row 5 (L-R):
Shayna (A Pop of Colour), Cecilia (Dearest Lou), Janna (Gloss & Glitz),
Mina (Mina Slater), Cindy (Prime Beauty) & Katelyn (The Skinny Blonde)

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Ever wonder what happens when 30 beauty & fashion bloggers and vloggers get together? They host an EPIC giveaway! We are teaming up to bring you an amazing 30-pan MAC Eye Shadow Palette filled with our favourite shades!! Enter today via the Rafflecopter form below!

Open in the USA and Canada.
Ends at 11:59pm EST on Wednesday, August 6th, 2014.
 
TERMS & CONDITIONS: this giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents ages over the age of 18 and ends at 11:59pm EST on August 6th, 2014. The number of entries received determines the odds of winning. Only one winner will be selected. This giveaway is a group buy, which means the bloggers/vloggers pooled their money together to purchase this product for you. Winner will be chosen at random from all verified entries, contacted by email provided, and announced on this page at the end of the contest. Winner has 48 hours to respond or prize will be redrawn. No prize substitutions allowed. Bloggers in this group giveaway and their immediate family members in their household cannot enter or win the giveaway. No purchase necessary.
 July 24, 2014  Posted by on July 24, 2014 Tagged with: , , , , ,  No Responses »
Jul 232014
 

BloggerGiveaway Row 1 (L-R): Angie (Vanity Rouge), Noelle (XO Noelle), Dee (Liner Glitter Gloss), Sandra (Moms Makeup Stash), Jenelle (Nelle Creations) & Deanne (My Fash Avenue)

Row 2 (L-R): Michelle (A Lovely Allure), Marcia (Beauty Info Zone), Iva (Falling in Style), Niki (Hello Miss Niki), Rica (The Office Chic) & Bree (Urban Umbrella)

Row 3 (L-R): Amber (Canadian Fashionista), Krystal (Beauty by Krystal), Lauren (The Fashionista’s Diary), Justina (Justina’s Gems), Stacey (Stacey Brennan YT), Elaine (Toronto Beauty Reviews)

Row 4 (L-R): Maria (amotherworld), Marissa (Chic Darling), Kelly (Glitter Diaries), Cheryl (Beauty by Cheryl H), Chelsea (Olive & Ivy) & Chrissy (Some Velvet Morning) Row

5 (L-R): Shayna (A Pop of Colour), Cecilia (Dearest Lou), Janna (Gloss & Glitz), Mina (Mina Slater), Cindy (Prime Beauty) & Katelyn (The Skinny Blonde)

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Ever wonder what happens when 30 beauty & fashion bloggers and vloggers get together? They host an EPIC giveaway! We are teaming up to bring you an amazing 30-pan MAC Eye Shadow Palette filled with our favourite shades!! Enter today via the Rafflecopter form below!

Open in the USA and Canada.
Ends at 11:59pm EST on Wednesday, August 6th, 2014.
 
TERMS & CONDITIONS: this giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents ages over the age of 18 and ends at 11:59pm EST on August 6th, 2014. The number of entries received determines the odds of winning. Only one winner will be selected. This giveaway is a group buy, which means the bloggers/vloggers pooled their money together to purchase this product for you. Winner will be chosen at random from all verified entries, contacted by email provided, and announced on this page at the end of the contest. Winner has 48 hours to respond or prize will be redrawn. No prize substitutions allowed. Bloggers in this group giveaway and their immediate family members in their household cannot enter or win the giveaway. No purchase necessary.
 July 23, 2014  Posted by on July 23, 2014 7 Responses »
Jul 222014
 

I am a HUGE hip hop/rap fan. My love for that genre started when I was in high school and continues to this day. Biggie Smalls/The Notorious B.I.G. is one of my favourites and I remember where I was when I heard of his passing – at university going to class. There are so many of his songs I enjoy listening to over and over again and have passed this appreciation on to my children (clean versions only). His lyrics are timeless and I often wonder what could have been.

When I saw this top at F21 I just couldn’t resist – Biggie All A Dream Tank. “Juicy” is one of my favourite tracks and I just had to have that tank. You have already seen this outfit on my Instagram account so here are a few more photos.

Biggie T Shirt

Fuchsia Shoes

Mulberry Bag

Notorious BIG

Biggie Closer Look

 

Outfit Details – Tank, F21 (here, here) || Jeans, Hudsons (here, here) || Watch, Michael Kors (here, here) || Blazer, TopShop (here, here) || Handbag, Mulberry (here) || Bracelets, Cocoa Jewelry, F21 || Necklace, ONecklace (c/o) || Shoes, Banana Republic || Sunglasses, House of Harlowe

 July 22, 2014  Posted by on July 22, 2014 Tagged with: , , , , ,  8 Responses »
Jul 142014
 

I have had this Banana Republic maxi dress for two years and I am always happy to wear it. I am trying to make more of an effort to “shop my closet” and wear all the great items and re-style them. Maxi dresses (last seen here) are hard to re-style so I cheated and added a jean jacket. It has been a little chilly lately so I have been wearing this jacket a lot. Be prepared for at least one more post with me wearing it.

Recently Jane from Torontoshopoholic, Amber from Canadian Fashionista and I discussed style bloggers re-wearing our favourite pieces. Jane is obsessed with her white shorts and I have been wearing this denim jacket and my Hudson jeans on heavy rotation. We all go through phases, anyone else?

Banana Republic

Denim Jacket

Banana Republic

 

Outfit Details – Maxi Dress, Banana Republic (old, like this, this, this and this) || Denim Jacket, GAP (old) || Necklace,  c/o Lia Sophia || Watch, Michael Kors (CA here, US here, UK here)  || Shoes, Marc by Marc Jacobs (here) || Handbag, Coach (old)

 July 14, 2014  Posted by on July 14, 2014 Tagged with: , ,  4 Responses »
Jul 102014
 

Today I’m reviewing and sharing a few of my favourite beauty items. Beauty Reviews time!

Essie Resort Fling Collection - This 4 pc full-size collection contains: Cocktails & Coconuts, Resort Fling, Under The Twighlight and Find Me An Oasis, Obsessed Look sent me Resort Fling and Under the Twilight. I was disappointed with the colour of Resort Fling, I thought it would be more vibrant. It is a pretty neutral peach colour. I am pretty fair (I have been called Mozzarella like) and it was too tonal for me. I am going to try it again once I have a bit of a tan to see if I like it more. I really LOVED Under the Twilight. It is a very dark purple like OPI Lincoln Park After Dark but not so black. If you follow me on Instagram you would have seen I recently used it for my manicure. It is also a great transitional nail polish and will be great for fall. essie nail polish Vichy Idealia BB Cream ($37) & Idealia Eyes ($39.50) – During the summer months I don’t want to wear a heavy foundation. I really love BB Creams (review here) and this Vichy one is very nice. Of all the BB Creams I have tried this one is very light and offers the least amount of coverage. If you are looking to cover any blemishes, age spots or sun spots this product is not for you. What it does do is give your skin luminosity and I see it every time I apply this product. It gives a dewey look and my skin looks brighter. If your skin is looking dull this BB Cream is for you. The Idealia Eyes does the same thing for the area around your eyes. These products will not be available till September and will be found at Shoppers Drug Mart.
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Matrix Biolage Volume Bloom - I was given this shampoo by the Matrix team and unfortunately I couldn’t use it. See I have very thick hair that is also a bit coarse, my hair has a natural wave to it (When I was pregnant I did not lose any hair and it was amazing.) and this shampoo would leave my hair heavy and greasy. I gave it to a girlfriend who has very fine hair. She told me that when her hair was shoulder length the volume boost was minimal, however, when she cut her hair to about chin length she immediately saw a difference with her hair. It was much more voluminous and healthy. She says the product is perfect for her when her hair is shorter.

 July 10, 2014  Posted by on July 10, 2014 Tagged with: , , ,  1 Response »
Jul 092014
 

Versatility with your wardrobe is about mixing and matching – it sounds pretty easy but all of us hit a brick wall. I have walked into my closet on numerous occasions, thrown my hands in the air and exclaimed “I have nothing to wear!!”. Now I am a lying liar that lies but I do take comfort in knowing that I am not alone. The Basics of this outfit have been seen here in a previous post. All I did was add a red blazer and switched out the nude sandals for floral pumps.

On a side note the first time I wore this outfit I had a random gentleman come up to me to tell he he liked what I was wearing and a homeless gentleman yell at me that I was well put together.

Khakis, floral, shoes, Gap, JCrew

Put a Hat on It

Khakis, floral, shoes, Gap, JCrew

Outfit Details – Blazer, Zara (old || Top, Ann Taylor (here, similar here & here) || Pants, Gap (old, similar here, US here) || Heels, JCrew (old, love these, these, these & these) || Hat, Banana Republic || Necklace, JCrew || Watch, Michael Kors (similar here, here & here) || Bracelets, JCrew, Links of London || Handbag, Coach || Belt, Joe Fresh

Linking up with The Pleated Poppy

 July 9, 2014  Posted by on July 9, 2014 Tagged with: , , , , , ,  3 Responses »
Jul 082014
 

Here’s how Live Clean’s three hair oils – KERATIN Oil Leave-in Treatment, MONOI OIL Leave-in Treatment and Age Resist MIRACLE NUTRITION OIL can get your hair summer ready and help your hair through the summer healthy and beautiful.

And, because they’re Live Clean, they’re eco-friendly and silicone-free, of course.

What will summer do to your hair?

- UV rays will damage it
- Humidity will frizz it
- Chlorine from swimming pools will dry and damage it – and can harm your beautiful (and expensive) colour
- Air conditioning can dry out your hair
- Going from indoor AC to outdoor humidity can create a frizz nightmare
- Add it all up – swim, sun, heat, AC, humidity, chlorine plus the styling tools you’re using daily – yikes!

Live Clean hair oils can prevent and combat all of these summer hair problems and – at the same time – tackle the specific problems each was created for.

Live Clean KERATIN OIL Leave-in Treatment

Tackles summer hair concerns
The hair smoothing specialist
Works for all hair types, but especially frizzy, dry, curly

- Frizz and fly-aways are smoothed away; hair follicles are lightly coated to protect hair and create shine
- Adds moisture and shine – then seals it in
- Buriti Oil and Macademia Nut Oil to moisturize, smooth, repair and increase elasticity
- Macadamia Nut Oil helps protect against sun and environmental damage
- Wild Flower Honey, a natural humectant, attracts and hold onto water molecules
- Locks hair into smooth, straight, shiny looking strands
- Hair takes less time to blow dry and straighten
- Phyto-Keratin helps strengthen the hair
- Helps to prevent damage from heat tools such as blow dryers and irons.

LIVE CLEAN MONOI OIL Leave-in Treatment

Tackles summer hair concerns
The hair strengthening specialist
Perfect for fine hair and dry, brittle hair

- Helps prevent breakage and increases hair’s resiliency
- Shields against external damage
- Monoi Oil, a blend of rich coconut oil infused with Tahiti’s native Tiare flower is an outstanding preventative, strengthening hair before damage begins
- Jojoba Oil and Bamboo Extract hydrate dry, brittle hair and ensure moisture is retained
- Tackles the many problems summer throws at your hair – moisture loss, frizz, environmental damage

LIVE CLEAN AGE RESIST MIRACLE NUTRITION OIL

Tackles summer hair concerns
Addresses the problems of aging hair
Perfect for damaged and fine hair

- A pre-shampoo treatment
- Adds moisture that summer depletes
- Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein attaches to the hair shaft, increasing sheen, lustre and density, causing hair to appear thicker and fuller
- Jojoba Oil smoothes unruly hair, imparting shine and manageability
- Rosehip and Avocado Oil act as natural alternative to silicone


Exotic Silk Keratin Oil
Exotic Vitality Monoi OilAge Resist Miracle Nutrition Oil

 July 8, 2014  Posted by on July 8, 2014 Tagged with: , , ,  No Responses »
Jul 072014
 

I hope everyone had a great weekend, mine was full of dinners with friends and late nights. When the kids are away mom will play and wonder how she was able to function when she was in her 20s.

In the next few weeks I will be attending previews for Fall & Winter and for one of those previews I will be wearing this outfit. I adore this full zebra midi skirt from Express (I also have the black one last seen here). The print is bold and fun, I just couldn’t resist. The reversible Express Barcelona Tank is another great piece (this one is also grey and I wore my green one here) and was the easy choice to pair with the zebra midi skirt.

As an aside my daughter turns 10 today – my baby has hit double digits. Have a great Monday.

Full Zebra Skirt

Express Midi Skirt & Reversible Tank

Date Night Outfit

Outfit Details – Skirt, Express (here) || Tank, Express (here) || Shoes, Express (here) || Handbag, Banana Republic (c/o) || Watch, Michael Kors (Canada, US, UK) || Bracelets, JCrew, Ann Taylor & F21.

Linking up with The Pleated Poppy

 July 7, 2014  Posted by on July 7, 2014 Tagged with: , , , , ,  9 Responses »
Jul 042014
 

Yorkdale is the premier shopping destination in Canada and I am very proud to be part of the Yorkdale style council. I wanted to share my latest project with Yorkdale – helping to style a father of four girls. Featuring Harry Rosen, Ted Baker and Club Monaco.

I hope everyone enjoys their weekend!

 July 4, 2014  Posted by on July 4, 2014 No Responses »
Jul 032014
 

This floral blazer from Zara is a favourite (see  here & here) and it always puts me in a good mood. Clothing can do that – pretty and bright florals never disappoint. Are there any pieces in your closet that put you in a good mood?

Zara Floral Blazer

Express Reversible Tank

 

This Express tank is reversible – the other colour is a pretty mint green. I own four of these tanks the one above, white, black/grey and pink/rose pink. It has quickly become a staple in my closet because I can wear it with jeans and then dress it up with a skirt. Versatility is key for staples.

Floral Blazer 3

 Outfit Details – Blazer, Zara (old, similar here, here &  here) || Tank, Express || Jeans, Hudson (here) || Shoes, Express || Belt, Joe Fresh (old) || Watch, Michael Kors (Canada, US, UK)

 July 3, 2014  Posted by on July 3, 2014 Tagged with: , , , , , , ,  5 Responses »