Sep 292015

When SmartBuyGlasses approached me to partner on a post I was excited. This online shop boasts an immense selection of glasses, sunglasses and contact lenses for everyone – women, men and children. They also have FREE shipping within Canada and Internationally, 100 Day Return Policies, $25 Lens Kit (cleaning solution & cloth) and lastly a Best Price Guarantee! For me it was the FREE shipping and Best Price Gaurantee that had me excited! Since I don’t need glasses (laser eye surgery) I started searching for the right pair of sunglasses.

Sunglasses are more then a fashion accessory, they protect your eyes from the sun and its harmful rays. I have a few pairs of classic sunglasses (black and tortoise shell) and really wanted to find a pair that were different from the rest of my collection – this included shape and colour.

You could easily get overwhelmed by how many pairs of sunglasses SmartBuyGlasses offers. They have several help tools on-site if you are unsure of what you want. The selection is key here, you know they will have something for everybody and could easily outfit the entire family. I just browsed the site and fell in love with these Marc Jacobs pair. It was the blue, slight cat eye and over-sized frames that I knew would work with my face shape – I had ticked off all my boxes. I love this pair of sunglasses and am happy to have something so different then the rest of my collection. Now the question is “What is your perfect pair?”.


SmartBuyGlasses Marc Jacobs


 September 29, 2015  Posted by on September 29, 2015 Tagged with: , ,  5 Responses »
Sep 232015

While I was undergoing my regular treatments at SpaMedica I met with Dr. Mullholand and we discussed my results. He was very happy with how everything was progressing and we discussed trying an extra treatment – Sublative Rejuvenation by eMatrix. A supplemental treatment for me at this point in my regime but an alternative option for others depending on your skins needs.

Sublative Rejuvenation is a new and unique treatment modality that goes beyond current methods in skin rejuvenation. Sublative Rejuvenation provides wrinkle reduction as well as overall textural improvement, tightening and luminosity for ALL skin types. Some skin conditions (such as eczema) may prohibit patients from receiving the treatment. In addition Sublative Rejuvenation is also clinically effective for scar revision and treating superficial skin lesions such as acne scars.

To achieve the best possible results when addressing skin imperfections the energy, whether it be laser or light, the energy must be delivered below the skin without overheating the top layer of the skin. Sublative Rejuvenation uses fractionated bi-polar radio frequency to penetrate through the skin allowing more energy beneath the surface of the skin to really maximize collagen production while keeping the top layer of the skin intact.

Post treatment, new collagen and new healthy skin cells are produced. Mild to moderate wrinkles, superficial skin discolorations and skin lesions are reduced and skin texture becomes more smooth and elastic. Patients notice increased levels of beneficial collagen and new healthy skin cells are produced. Mild to moderate wrinkles and superficial skin discolorations are reduced, and the texture of your skin becomes smoother and more elastic.


This procedure was also uncomfortable, but the pain was bearable because of the numbing cream. Out of all the treatments I have had at SpaMedica this was the most “painful” but again I would go through it again. After the treatment my skin was red and it looked like I had a bad sunburn. I went on the subway after and let me tell you I got lots of looks. I was given a cold gel pack on the ride home and by the time I got to my door it was warm. I applied a SkinCeutical cream and applied cold compresses on my face for several hours to help with the pain and redness.

My face was red for two and a half days and you could see a waffle pattern on my skin. I was a bit worried thinking that this was an indication of scarring but it was just proof that the treatment had penetrated deep inside my skin. During the first two-to-five days post treatment I experienced dry skin and then flaking as the older layers of skin exfoliate. I didn’t apply any make up and used SkinCeutical post treatments products. The skin under the flaking older skin was amazing!! My girlfriends were complimenting me on my skin a week later telling me I was glowing. I felt the glow!!

My biggest piece of advice is to plan accordingly around this procedure. Don’t plan on doing any fancy dinners or events for at least 6 days after. After that enjoy the results!

 September 23, 2015  Posted by on September 23, 2015 Tagged with: ,  No Responses »
Sep 142015

September is a very busy and expensive time of year – a new school year for children means added expenses for parents and a change of seasons means change of wardrobe for Fall. It can be a stressful and expensive time for many Canadians. I’ve partnered with to help you save money during this September transition.

The site is set up to be user friendly and you can navigate through it easily. Looking for a specific retailer? Just type in the name in the Search option.

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Or find out what the “Popular Stores are doing. Plus has made it easy for users to find specific items by placing them in categories that you can navigate and search and compare.

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Another great feature is they have EXCLUSIVE savings with retailers such as Guess and to name a few. You can’t find these savings anywhere else. Keep in the know by adding yourself to mailing list or like them on Facebook.

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What am I browsing and buying? Well after doing my last Cityline segment I became enamoured with the black vest I featured from Banana Republic. It’s on sale and right now and Banana Republic is offering an extra 40% off on sale items. I found all this when I was searching the site (here)!

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After you’ve saved the code on click here to find the vest.

What are the biggest trends this season that I am loving? Here are my top picks:

  1. Sleeveless coats/vests – This is a great layering piece without adding lots of added bulk. It keeps you warm enough in crowded places without getting too hot.
  2. Leggings – Classic cotton tights, leather, faux leather, suede, mixed media…I could go on and on because there are options for everyone. Perfect for transitioning into fall but remember they are NOT pants. Make sure you pair with a tunic
  3. Over the knee boots – wear with your leggings or pair with a skirt or knitted dress.

Now for a great giveaway for one luck winner!! is giving one lucky reader a $100 Visa gift card to use and save. Please note this contest is open to Canadian residents (excluding those from Quebec) only.

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Be a Smart Cookie this Back-to-School Season with these Savvy Spending Tips

To lend a helping hand, teamed up with Sandra Hanna of the Smart Cookies to offer savvy spending tips and tricks. Here are a few insider tips to get more bang for your buck:

Hold Off On Trendier Gear

Thirty-four per cent of Canadian parents feel the pressure to purchase trendy items to help their child fit in at school. The problem is, trends come and go – and often very quickly! Kids may love a certain lunch box or pencil case they find in August, but once school starts and they see that their friends are all using another kind they’ll beg you to upgrade. Hold off on the more trendy purchases until school starts rather than spending double… it will pay to wait!

Cheapest Isn’t Always Best

When it comes to items your kids will use all year round, like backpacks, it pays to invest in quality. Think about price for longevity and factor that into your cost comparison. However, don’t forget that you can still find a great deal on a high quality backpack for about $40, especially if you stack your savings. Doing a quick search on sites like will help you find promo codes for some of your favourite retailers and brands, saving you a few dollars on that backpack.

Go For Reusable Lunch Supplies

Don’t waste money on plastic utensils and paper napkins that get thrown out after only one use. If you throw away bags and bottles, you’re basically throwing your money in the garbage. Instead, use cloth napkins, real flatware and reusable containers for food and snacks. It pays to invest in products like LunchSkins which are BPA- and phthalate-free reusable snack and sandwich bags that can go in the dishwasher. It’s a small investment, but they last forever.

Deals Aren’t Just For the Kids

Despite 43 per cent Canadians feeling back-to-school can be a financial burden, the shopping season can also bring a ton of sales! While you’re stocking your kids up for the school year, don’t forget to take advantage of the lowest prices of the year on computers and other office equipment. If you’re in the market, now is the time to save on that new laptop you’ve been eyeing from top retailers like Best Buy.


Sandra Hanna offers so many great money saving tips that I wanted to revisit some for those planning winter (or spring) vacations with their families because it’s never too early to plan:

· Pause before you click: Take a moment and do some quick research before your final click to checkout. Taking one minute to search for a promo code on could save you serious money on travel booking sites like WestJet, Park n Fly and Hotwire.

· Savvy Staycation: Forty-six per cent of Canadians agree a staycation in their city or town is less affordable than it used to be, so get creative. Search what local hotels that offer a day pass to the hotel amenities like the pool and spa. You may be able to enjoy a “day vacation” at a high-end local resort at a very affordable price.

· Plan for hidden costs: Sixty-one per cent of Canadians agree the hidden costs of traveling like food and new clothing eat into their budget. If you are traveling over the Christmas break, look into the travel perks offered with your credit card. Some cards offer free checked baggage which can add up to more than $100 for a travelling family, or double rewards on flights, hotels and even gas!

· Buy yourself a giftcard: Keep your spending in control by purchasing yourself a gift cards ahead of time for your winter time splurges. Pre-load your card with the amount you have set aside in your spending plan to avoid blowing your budget.

 September 14, 2015  Posted by on September 14, 2015 95 Responses »
Sep 092015

The newest season of Cityline has started and I am on today. I thought for today’s post I would feature the outfit I wore and am sharing the outfits I posted and the tips I gave. First up is the outfit I wore for my fall preview.

Sleeveless Coat WHBM

Icon Blouse WHBM

Sleeveless Coat WHBM

70s Vibe

Outfit Details : Sleeveless Coat, WHBM (c/o, here) || Blouse, WHBM (c/o, here) || Jeans, LOFT (c/o, here) || Shoes, Stuart Weitzman (old, similar here & here)


As parents we get consumed in BTS (back to school) with our children but we still have to go to work (whether in the home or to the office) once the children go to school.

Tip 1 – Before we get to the style tips I wanted to start with a time saving tip that we’ve all heard – pick out your outfit the night before. This will save you time the next morning because you already committed to what you’re wearing and now can focus on getting the kids out the door.



Tip 2 – Third Piece Rule. If you notice in-store displays like the ones found in Banana Republic, JCrew or Gap you will see this strictly followed on mannequins – outfits are comprised of 3 pieces (not including your shoes). Your top is the first piece, your bottom is the second piece and your third piece is the extra that makes the outfit such as a jacket, blazer, sweater, vest, scarf or statement accessory. This third piece makes an ordinary outfit look polished and put together.

Outfit Details: Blouse, WHBM || Trousers, WHBM || Jacket, WHBM || Shoes, Guilhermina (here)



Tip 3 – Dressing in Three Colours – The basic premise here is not wearing more then three colours in one outfit. The goal again is to achieve a visually appealing outfit easily.

-Black and white are technically not colours so when working with these shades you have some flexibility, for example, you can wear four colours if one of them is white.
-A patterned piece counts as one colour and to keep things easy select a colour from the print and match another piece of your outfit to it or match your accessories.
A few of my favourite colour combinations are:
– camel, red, black & white
– navy blue & white and then any one of these four colours red, green, yellow or orange
– robin’s egg blue, red & white
– grey, navy & white

Outfit Details: Cardigan, LOFT || Skirt, LOFT || Blouse, WHBM || Necklace, LOFT || Shoes, Guilhermina



Tip 4 – Weekend Uniform. Kids don’t stop on the weekend and many children have organized activities during the weekend. Start with your key piece, for me this season it has to be leggings. Now add a top, fashion trainers and your third piece. The following week I’ll still be in my leggings but I will switch out my shoes for booties a long sweater and vest.

Outfit Details: Long Vest, Banana Republic || Long Sleeve “Beautiful” Tee, Banana Republic (here) || Leggings, Reitmans || Boots, ALDO || Trainers, Sketchers

I hope everyone is having a great BTS!

 September 9, 2015  Posted by on September 9, 2015 Tagged with: , , , , ,  3 Responses »
Aug 312015

When I was discussing my treatment needs with SpaMedica we talked about how unreliable my schedule was and we decided to try a treatment a week, my third treatment (which completes an entire facial cycle) was the Fractional 1540 laser resurfacing treatment (or Fraxel) which was the most intense treatment of the three. This post is going to explain the process and my experience with the first treatment.

What it does:
The Fractional 1540 laser treatment delivers light to the skin through high precision microbeams that penetrate deep into the dermis. It delivers heat to the deepest layers of the skin and this in turn triggers the body’s healing process. As the skin begins to repair itself, it replaces old, sun damaged skin (I had quite a bit) with new, healthier skin. Now because of this new healthier skin new collagen and elastin forms which are the building blocks of your skin. What does that mean?  This new collagen and elastin gives your skin a glow and a refreshing appearance. It can be used on the face and body to treat many skin conditions including sun damage or melasma, wrinkles, fine lines, stretch marks and scars. It can also help improve skin texture and tone issues. I was most excited about this treatment for a number of reasons but specifically I want to get rid of my sunspots and then diminish my fine lines and wrinkles.

You will have to come in at least 30 minutes before your treatment to apply numbing cream because this is a painful procedure. Not the childbirth pain type but your skin is sort of on fire so it’s not going to feel like a soothing facial massage. The laser is applied right on your skin (it’s zapping you) with a constant blast of cool air helping to cool down your skin. The SpaMedica aesthetician will walk you through everything and adjust the intensity of the laser for you because everyone’s skin is different and these procedures are based on your needs and skin type. She will also take a break if you need it and talk you through everything. This includes letting you know when the pain is going to increase like when the laser is going over your upper lip. Don’t worry because you are in great hands.

Recovery time:
This really is very important to know – my face was very red and looked like I had a pretty bad sun burn. This severe redness lasted a few hours as the photos below can attest to.



The first hour my face felt like it was on fire. I had cold face cloths on it constantly. After a few hours they were used intermittently. I used SkinCeuticals moisturizer and serums because your skin is so sensitive. Make sure that you use proper products after this procedure. Anything harsh can make you break out after this procedure. Do not have this procedure and then expect to go out some where special that night or even the next. I would take a few days off to let your skin recover. When you are booking your Fraxel treatment pick a few days when your calendar is quiet.

SpaMedica recommends that you have at least 3 (sometimes you may need up to 5) Fraxel treatments for great results. I noticed a big improvement after 1 treatment cycle (combined with the other two procedures) as did my friends.

 August 31, 2015  Posted by on August 31, 2015 Tagged with: , ,  4 Responses »
Aug 192015

While it is hot in Toronto sometimes in-door events call for blazers, that’s how the accidental tuxedo occurred.

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Tux 2


Outfit Details – Blazer, Ann Taylor (old, similar here); Blouse, WHBM (old, similar here); Trousers, Ann Taylor (similar here); Shoes, Ferragamo (here); Bracelet, Citrus Silver (here)


 August 19, 2015  Posted by on August 19, 2015 6 Responses »
Aug 142015

My Viviscal Journey started over 8 months ago when I was asked to be one of their brand ambassadors. As I mentioned in an earlier post I was hesitant to start the program because I have naturally thick hair and Viviscal is primarily used for thicker fuller looking hair. I didn’t want to mislead any readers. When I did more research I also found that it has helped with hair texture. I started using Viviscal to see if it would slow the aging process of my hair – my hair was becoming coarser. After the initial 6 months period I am happy to write that my hair feels smoother (it sounds cheesy but I would describe it as silky) and has become thicker (a side effect I am happy with).

Viviscal is very easy to use: Take 2 tablets daily for a minimum of 3-6 months (1 in the morning and 1 in the evening taken with water after food). Thereafter, to maintain healthy hair growth take 1-2 tablets daily as required. Viviscal tablets are easy to swallow.

As I wrote previously, I noticed a difference after only a month, my hair was silky, and the affects were still felt throughout the program. Results usually take 3-4 months but again every person is different with some people seeing results later and some like myself, earlier. My biggest worry was that my hair would feel oilier (I have naturally oily hair) but I didn’t notice a difference and trust me I was keeping an eye out for it.

I would recommend Viviscal to anyone who has thin hair and is looking for a product to help thicken it. I would also recommend Viviscal for aging hair to combat the frizz or coarseness of it.


Viviscal Side View

Viviscal Full View

Dress – Nicole Miller (old, great options here, here, here and here)

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Viviscal Maximum Strength is a groundbreaking supplement for women and men experiencing thinning hair. Formulated with the exclusive AminoMar CTM Marine Complex, silica, and Vitamin C designed to supply vital nutrients to nourish hair. The proprietary AminoMar CTM ingredient can only be found in Viviscal Maximum Strength and is scientifically formulated to help nourish thinning hair and promote existing hair growth* from within, during the Anagen phase of the hair growth cycle.

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 August 14, 2015  Posted by on August 14, 2015 17 Responses »
Aug 122015

On August 11th I was in Hamilton on CHCH Morning Live talking about Back to School (BTS) and Backpacks. To me backpacks are the most important BTS piece of equipment, they need to hold all our other supplies and last the entire year. I go backpack shopping with my kids because I let them select their own backpack (up to a certain point). This segment was sponsored by Bentley and all backpacks and accessories shown are available in store or online at​ Right now and for the BTS period there is an in­store promotion going on offering up to 50% off certain products.

I am going to take you through the three (Grade School/Elementary, High School and College/University)  student stages and offer quick tips and tricks when BTS shopping.

Bentley Back-to-school Essentials
Elementary School

-When shopping for the youngest students make sure that backpacks aren’t too big, I would recommend  that bags don’t go past their bums. If bags go past their bums that means bags are too big and just become cumbersome to carry every day.

-Try backpacks on rollers for older students. Kids have homework, activities, projects and lunch they need to carry. This can be heavy for some students and roller bags offer relief for sore backs.

-Buying multiples of products. My children participate in the hot lunch program in their school. There have been several times that lids have not been fastened properly and spillage has occurred without my finding out till the morning. I have learned that BTS is the perfect time to buy a few extra lunch bags for these accidents.

-Parents can also pick up a lunch bag for themselves. This is the time of year that options become plentiful and so do deals. Brands like Tracker and Lula are exclusive to Bentley.


High School

For kids in this stage what they put into their backpacks is just as important to them as their backpack. Brands like Jansport, Adidas, Reebok and Parkland seem to be favourites for all students.

-I would recommend picking up a gym bag for high school students (Adidas has some of the best options and colours around). Gym bags are an easy way to keep gym clothes in a central location and it keeps musty gym smells contained. I also picked one up for myself and added it to my gym bag supplies.

-On air I mentioned a travel straightener for your teenage daughter for her to straighten her hair after gym. A great accessory for women or any age. Some of us may be working out during our lunch breaks and may need to add this accessory to our gym bags as well.

-Selfie sticks are $9.99 at Bentley when you purchase a backpack. I used mine when vacationing with family in Croatia. I don’t know who loved it more, my kids or husband.


College/University Students

Technology is king during this period. Invest in laptop cases, chords and chargers. Don’t forget pencil cases to store all the extra tech gear for these students.




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Bentley started with a single store and then expanded rapidly, through the combination of opening new stores, and the acquisition of some great banners, making Bentley available in over 300 stores throughout Canada.

Bentley Leathers has grown rapidly in the last 20 years and have become a household name for retail luggage, handbags, business bags, and travel accessories, all synonymous with value, selection and excellent customer service.


 August 12, 2015  Posted by on August 12, 2015 Tagged with: , , , , ,  No Responses »
Jul 212015

If you have been reading my blog for a while you know I love blazers, and during the summer months I love a white blazer which I tend to wear during the evening or for travel. I always pack a blazer when I travel and in a neutral shade. This classic Ted Blazer has been in my closet for a few years and I recently scored a JCrew one for $40. Yup, $40!

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer!

Falling into Style Fashion Blog

White Blazer


Outfit Details – Blazer, Ted Baker (old) || T-shirt, Joe Fresh || Jeans, JCrew

 July 21, 2015  Posted by on July 21, 2015 1 Response »
Jul 152015

I have been 40 for a few months now and I have been coping very well. What I have noticed as I age is that society doesn’t appreciate women as we age and that I will discuss further at a later date. Now because I turned 40 I had the honour of being featured on the blog Fabulous after 40 as a Styleblazer (you can read the post here). Deborah features loads of other amazing bloggers and their style after they hit that 40 milestone.

What I wanted to share was what I wore for my 40th celebrating with family and friends in Windsor, ON. My home town and a great place to grow up. A classic LBD and a fringe kimono.

Falling into Style Fashion Blog

Falling into Style Fashion Blog

Falling into Style Fashion Blog

Falling into Style Fashion Blog


Outfit Details: Dress, Banana Republic (old) || Kimono, Reitman’s (old) || Shoes, Express (here)

 July 15, 2015  Posted by on July 15, 2015 Tagged with: , ,  5 Responses »