Jan 182015
 

RBCFirstHome

I told you last year that I am looking for a new home. We’ve just outgrown our current one. We’ve seen some great homes and lots of “what the hell were they thinking” ones but so far no luck. If you are like me and thinking about purchasing a new home join the #RBCFirstHome twitter chat on Tuesday, January 20, from 8:30-9:30PM ET. Just submit your home buying questions using the hashtag #RBCFirstHome and let the RBC experts (which include a lawyer, realtor, designer, home builders, home experts and mortgage experts) answer all your important questions.

Bonus, when you join the chat you will have a chance to win 1 of 5 $100 Visa gift cards. Hope to see your tweets on Tuesday!

 

 January 18, 2015  Posted by on January 18, 2015 No Responses »
Jan 162015
 

 

 

viviscal

Viviscal is a hair nourishment system that’s primarily known to help with thinning hair. The website details Viviscal as:

“Everyday stress, hormonal changes, poor nutrition, age, menopause, post-pregnancy, heredity, medication and damage caused by the environment and over-styling can impact the health of your hair and lead to breakage and excess shedding. Therefore, it’s important to ensure that the hair and scalp are healthy, conditioned and nourished to maintain the ideal environment for healthy hair.

At Viviscal, we understand hair. The Viviscal Hair Nourishment System provides a variety of ways to nourish your hair from the inside out.

Viviscal Maximum Strength contains the exclusive AminoMar C™ Marine Complex, Silica, and Vitamin C designed to supply vital nutrients to nourish thinning hair and promote healthy hair from within. The efficacy and safety of the Viviscal formulation has been established in numerous scientific studies.”

When I was approached to be a Brand Ambassador for Viviscal I didn’t know how I could say yes – I don’t have thin hair. Never have. Not even when I was pregnant. Even after the babies my hair went back to it’s thick self. However, that’s not to say it’s all roses, I have noticed a change in my hair as I get closer to 40, it’s getting coarser and losing it’s softness. That’s a natural part of aging and something all of us will experience, doesn’t mean I like it. I started reading lots of Viviscal reviews and one thing I noticed was that women were saying their hair was softer and that’s when I decided to try it. Wouldn’t cost me anything and if it didn’t work I wouldn’t have to write anything and I’d be done. Well within the first month I noticed my hair was much softer.

I modelled for a segment on the Marilyn Denis show after I had been on Viviscal for a month and the hair stylist couldn’t stop running his hands through my hair, then he told a colleague that she had to touch my hair. I was blushing because he would not stop raving about it. I have appeared on the show on several occasions, he’s styled my hair on several occasions but he’s never commented on how soft it is. Thick? Sure, all the time. Soft? Never. I’m literally touching my hair now as I write this because it’s soft and I still can’t believe it worked.

I’ll be posting a few more times and updating you on my Viviscal journey. Smooth sailing and sunny weather has greeted me.

Viviscal Iva side

Viviscal Iva

 

The Viviscal Hair Nourishing System is available at Shoppers Drug Mart or online here, and priced at $59.99.

 January 16, 2015  Posted by on January 16, 2015 Tagged with: ,  3 Responses »
Jan 152015
 

I have this thing with pants – as a tall woman I feel the need to buy any pants that fit me because my options are so limited plus I like really bold and loud pants. I always have. When I saw these pants from Gap offered in their Tall section I jumped on them. Here’s the thing, my husband does not share my love of loud pants. I have leopard print pants, green and blue plaid pants, grey window pane pants, camo pants, lizard print pants, red pants, kelly green pants, yellow pants (plus a few more colours) and now red and blue/black tartan pants. At times I feel like I could be on the Norwegian Curling team. So I try and wear my loud pants when he is not with me mostly so I don’t have to hear him beg me to not wear my crazy loud pants when we are together. We all compromise in marriage.

 

I decided I was going to be bold and do a Manrepeller type outfit. I did some pattern mixing and added some pearls. Hey, if they hate them give them a real reason to rage. Who’s with me?

Man Repeller 1

Man Repeller 2

Man Repeller 3

 

Wearing – Pants, Gap (here, CA here, similar here & herethese are perfect) || Chambray shirt, Banana Republic (old, similar here) || Necklaces, JCrew & Banana Republic (Grey version here) || Shoes, JCrew (here, love these too)

 January 15, 2015  Posted by on January 15, 2015 Tagged with: , , , , , ,  5 Responses »
Jan 072015
 

I wore this grey midi dress  before the polar vortex hit Toronto. I love pairing grey with soft browns. Neutral colour combinations are always an easy way to dress.

Dressy Poncho 1

Dressy Poncho 2

Dressy Poncho 3

 

Dress, Zara (similar here, here & here) || Vest, Zara (similar here, here and obsessed with these two here & here) || Long Gloves, Hudson’s Bay (old, similar here & here) || Handbag, Angel Reinares (c/o) || Booties, Coach (old, love these & these)

Linking up with The Pleated Poppy

 January 7, 2015  Posted by on January 7, 2015 Tagged with: , , ,  7 Responses »
Jan 052015
 

I hope everyone had a great holiday season! We were hit with a few sick bugs (still fighting one to be honest) so everything I had planned to do on the blog took a backseat. Didn’t get my re-cap of the year done, no NYE looks or posting about all the sales.

I did manage to do one thing and that is book my (couples) trip to London, England at the end of the year! This is exciting for a few reasons: 1) I have never been to London or any city in England 2) I am going to meet up with my (mostly) UK based blogger friends that I have only communicated with over the internet and 3) my girlfriend Nicole is turning 40 that weekend. I am also turning 40 this year. I could be scared as I hit another decade but I am going to embrace this birthday and I want to try and do one new thing each month for this year. I already have February covered (thank you trip to London) and can’t wait to figure out what else I’ll be doing over the next 12 months.

The first post of the year will be setting a tone for the year so I have selected a perfect and iconic black wrap dress by Canadian company Code Vitesse. This clothing line was designed with mother’s in mind and celebrating being a mother seemed like the right idea for my first post in 2015.

Code Vitesse is a new designer, and has made her collection all about simplicity and looking put together. Comfortable, simple, and edgy basics: what could be more perfect for the new mom, the mom whose morning consists of dressing their children, the mom who is putting everyone else first, but still wants to feel and look great herself?! The looser, stretcher pieces are perfect for anyone who has recently had a baby. These convenient and flattering pieces will be comfortable on a healing C-Section scar, or the tummy that is not ready to be shown off just yet. This also includes the tummy that is just coming off Christmas/NYE gluttony.

With a great price point, beautiful colors, and the comfiest pieces you can find, Code Vitesse is a perfect brand for the modern-day woman.

Code Vitesse 1

I love the fabric of this wrap dress and it would be perfect for any upcoming vacations during the cold winter months. It wears nicely and moves well. I was going to purchase a DVF wrap dress but this one will do perfectly. Pair it with sandals for a more casual and warmer feel.

Code Vitesse 2

Dress, c/o Code Vitesse (here, similar herehere & here) || Shoes, JCrew (old) || Necklace, Pears for Girls

 January 5, 2015  Posted by on January 5, 2015 Tagged with: ,  5 Responses »
Dec 182014
 

I love the option to customize an article of clothing, it’s all to do with my height. This eShakti skirt is a pencil skirt that is below my knees, has pockets and has of jewels which means I am ready for Christmas. When I was customizing it I wanted it to be below my knees but you can make their skirts shorter. I LOVE pockets but you don’t need to add pockets to your order. I styled this skirt very simply, too busy with Christmas right now and this just made sense. Running around with the kids, bending over, playing on my knees, having my youngest use my legs as a tunnel etc won’t be uncomfortable in this skirt. These are all things I have to think about when dressing for more formal family occasions. This outfit is easy but I already have a few other options that I’m sure I’ll be posting very soon.

Well played eShakti, well played.

jewelled skirt 1

jewelled skirt 2

jewelled skirt 3

 Skirt, eShakti (c/o) || Sweater, Banana Republic (old) || Shoes, Paul Andrew (old) || Bracelet, Swarovski (c/o)

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 December 18, 2014  Posted by on December 18, 2014 Tagged with: , , , , ,  6 Responses »
Dec 172014
 

I’m on Cityline today talking about skirts. It was a great episode and this is the outfit I was wearing (without the blazer). I am six feet tall and this long skirt was not modified in any way – no lengthening it just comes like this. This one is for all my tall girls who can never find a long skirt. This one is PERFECTION and can be worn all year long. It is perfect for Christmas, Hanukah or New Year’s Eve.  Well played Ann Taylor, well played.

Long Skirt 1

 

Bow blouse is White House Black Market and is so on trend that they will be sold out too soon, as part of their Iconic blouse collection it fits the category. The black tie is removable but if you untie it I swear you will be channeling Angelina Jolie. Loved how it gives a tuxedo feeling to the outfit.

Long Skirt 2

Long Skirt 3

Long Skirt 4

Long Skirt 5

Long Skirt 6

 

Black velvet shoes from Guilhermina that are perfect for the holidays. Had to add some texture.

Long Skirt 7

 

Outfit Details – Skirt, Ann Taylor (c/o, could not find this one online, similar version here & here) || Blouse, WHBM (here, similar here & here) || Shoes, Guilhermina (here) || Belt, Ann Taylor (c/o here) || Clutch, Angel Reinares (borrowed, here) || Earrings & Bracelet, Swarovski Miranda Kerr Collection (c/o)

My F21 giveaway is still going on. Please note that it is only open to Canadian residents (excluding Quebec). Good luck!!

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Linking up with the Pleated Poppy Blog

 December 17, 2014  Posted by on December 17, 2014 Tagged with: , , , , ,  17 Responses »
Dec 152014
 

This Saturday December 20th Forever 21 is opening it’s doors in Yorkdale! Yorkdale is the go to shopping centre in Canada and boasts some of the world’s best retailers and brands and now it can also add Forever 21 to its enviable list. I’ve included some images of Iggy Azalea styled in some amazing Forever 21 pieces.

F21 2

F21 1

 

Below are some details about the grand opening:

– Grand Opening Saturday, December 20th at 9:00am
– First customers in line at 9:00am receive a gift card valued at $21 CAD
– DJ Performance from 9:00am-2:00pm
– Complimentary Styling Sessions from Claude Laframboise Fashion Director of LOULOU Magazine available from 9:00am-12:00pm
– TV stars from Degrassi will be on hand to cut the official opening ribbon and will remain onsite to celebrate the opening and welcome guests into the store.
– While shopping the season’s hottest outfits, all guests will enjoy the live musical stylings of local Toronto ensemble, Sidewalk Crusaders.

I plan on attending the grand opening and hope to see you there as well. To make this an even more memorable event Forever 21 and I are hosting a giveaway! The winner is going to receive a $200 Gift Card to shop the latest collection just in time for the Holidays. Good Luck everyone!

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 December 15, 2014  Posted by on December 15, 2014 Tagged with:  106 Responses »
Dec 112014
 

I love a good giveaway and the one from The Pretty Dress Company is a big one. Win £500 to spend by playing #ThePrettyPuzzle! They have a variety of dresses to choose from and the styles range from classic silhouettes to ones that are on trend and full or texture and colour. Plus I found the perfect jumpsuit!

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I selected 5 of my favourite dresses and the red jumpsuit. What I love about this site is all the options they have. Now I tend to gravitate towards one silhouette (I bet you’re wondering which one) but there are many to choose from. Plus they offer a variety of colours in each dress. That’s one thing I hate when shopping at some of my favourite shops – one dress and one colour. Not here. I forgot to select a dress in a pattern, they have that too.

Variety is the biggest selling point.

Below is all about the competition:

We’ve decided to launch a fun competition in the run up to Christmas to give you all a chance to win £500 to spend on our site so you have plenty of beautiful dresses to choose from during the party season and New Year!

We’ve hidden pieces of a puzzle throughout the website for you to find.

Here’s how to play;

Using the clues below, find the 6 pieces of the puzzle and click on the links to reveal the image
Once you know what the image is, email the answer to competition@theprettydresscompany.com
CLUES:

You’ll find the pieces to the puzzle under ‘Collections’.

Click view all once you’ve found the section based on the clues below and click on the last dress to find the piece to the puzzle!

TIP: The pieces of the puzzle will be found on the last dress in each section.

1. The first piece is hidden in the section which rhymes with ‘Hearty’
2. Dita Bardot’s Style is usually described as …
3. Every year, people get dressed up to go to the Races
4. A woman’s wardrobe is never complete without one of these
5. Brigette Bardot, Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn are all described as…
6. What you wear throughout the week can make you feel very special if you wear one of The Pretty Dresses!

The competition ends December 20th so there is still time to enter and Good Luck!!

 December 11, 2014  Posted by on December 11, 2014 Tagged with:  1 Response »