Thursday, May 26, 2016

Mustard pants and floral blouse

Finally the trees have fully bloomed and everything is green! i couldn't be happier to be able to see some colour when i look out my window. its been rather warm out so its nice to go out and walk i the park to get some sun and enjoy the nice weather. With the abundance of colours around me it has inspired me to wear a piece of colour everyday. Today, the main piece were these bright mustard coloured pants which i think are so fun ! and are incredibly comfortable. i paired them with a cream chiffon shirt with a floral print that just so happened to match perfectly with the pants. And of course even if you are walking around the park you have to bring your phone and wallet (in case you end up at starbucks) so i grabbed this stray clutch that has some dark coral buckles. This is what  would consider a casual outfit (hence the flats, i very rarely wear flats... but you can't really walk on a trail in stilettos)  i hope you all have a wonderful weekend ! :)

Pants: EverNew
Blouse: H&M
Clutch: Aldo 

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Skin care routine

Good Morning

So today i thought i would talk about my skin care routine, i always find it so fascinating to see what other people use on their skin. I tried breaking it down to what products i use in the morning and the products that i use at night. I have also added a couple of extra products i don't use daily but are definitely worth using weekly. 

1. Right after my morning shower i grab one of my all time favourite products, Avene spring water mist, it is the perfect pick me up in the morning and minimizes any redness i might have on my skin. I usually spray it on my face and let it sink into my skin so that it absorbs the moisture. This unique spray has been around for about 50 years and is a staple in many other womens routines from around the world. I love this product so much i carry a travel size one in my purse at all times, its great in the summer time when it is really hot outside.

2.  Of course you have to protect your skin form the sun, no matter what your age is it's always important to wear sunscreen. From a young age i got in the habit of applying a layer of sunscreen before my makeup. over the years i have tried countless different brands trying to find the one that worked the best with my skin, That is until i found the Shiseido gentle sun protecting lotion! it is perfect! i love its light formula and the way it just glides on the skin, its SPF 33 which is perfect for everyday. It is so gentle you can use it on a baby (6 months and over)  I also like to use a different sunscreen which is made specifically for the eye area, which is the most sensitive and susceptible to wrinkles later in life. I like to use the Shiseido sun protecting eye cream.

3.  To prep my skin for makeup  i like to add a bit of moisturizer just to make sure my skin is hydrated,  and it also helps my foundation go on smoother. i chose something lighter for the daytime because i don't want to look like a grease ball during the day. i've been grabbing the Nivea pure and natural daytime moisturizer lately, it quickly absorbs into the skin and it smells fantastic! it is also available at the drugstore which is a bonus !

Extra: On days that i don't wear makeup or have a bit more time in the morning i like to use the Kiehls Clearly corrective dark spot solution, i usually apply it right after i use the spring water mist.  This solution is made up of natural ingredients such as activated vitamin C, white birch extract and peony extract. Like most people i do have a few dark sports on my skin and i really think this has done an amazing job in minimizing them. It is also paraben and silicone free which is great! i probably use this 3-4 times a week.

Good Night
At night i like to use different products than i do in the morning i usually start of by removing my makeup in the shower, for years i've been using ponds cold cream. it quickly removes every bit of makeup that is on my skin. it is incredible important to remove your makeup every night before bed no matter how tired you are or how late it is. Trust me your skin will thank you. 

4. After my night time shower i like to deep clean my skin just to make sure my pores are clean this will  prevent any breakouts from happening. I've been using the Kiehls ultra facial cleanser with my clarisonic mia fit.  Since i started using my clarisonic i have seen a huge difference in the appearance of my pores and the texture of my skin. My skin was always combination and it would become noticeable throughout the day, my T-zone would get oily and i would develop dry patches on my cheeks, which makeup would cling to (so not cute..) I have seen such a huge difference and now i my skin looks even and smooth, i highly recommend one if you haven't tried it.

5.  Toner is something i have recently introduced into my skin care routine, i have tried it in the past but never really stuck with it. But i realized that since i am in my early 20s skin care is really important and you can't really turn back time when it comes to your skin. Right now i am loving the Aveda botanical Kinetics toner. What i love about it is that it comes in a spray bottle, now i am sure you are suppose to spray it onto a cotton pad and glide it on your skin but i much prefer spraying it directly onto my face. i then let it soak up into my skin. It is honestly the most refreshing part of my day.

6.  Right before bed i like to add a nice layer of moisturizer so that my skin is hydrated throughout the night. i can definitely see the difference in the morning from when i forget to moisturize the night before, so i have realized how important it is.  i am currently using the Kiehls ultra facial cream, it is incredibly moisturizing and feels amazing on the skin. What i love about Kiehls products is that they are made up of natural ingredients. This particular cream is made up of Glacial glycoprotein extract which protects against dryness and dessert plant extract which has high levels of potassium that will provide with immediate and long lasting hydration. 

7. Eye cream is an important part of any skin scare routine, i incorporated it into my own when i turned 20.  i have been using Kiehls creamy under eye treatment with avocado for over a year now, it is so moisturizing and this little tub lasts so long! a little definitely goes a long way. As the name states this eye cream is made up of avocado oil which is rich in fatty-acids, it is has tons of amino acids and vitamins such as A, D, E, this will help restore the skins natural moisture. It is also made up of beta-carotene which is derived from carrots which is filled with vitamin A. and Shea butter which is going to deeply moisturize your skin.  And just like that i am ready to get into my bed knowing my skin is moisturized and it will be ready for the day in the morning. 

Extra: once a week i will use a facial peel, i have been using juice beauty green apple peel for sensitive skin for a long time and i think it is a life changing product and i am so happy i splurged on it and tried it.  It exfoliates to even skin tone and texture, it also helps reduce the appearance of dark spots and discolouration. Another thing that makes it great is that it is made up of organic fruits instead of a bunch of chemicals that could harm the skin. It is mostly made up of green apples, grape juice, lemon and aloe leaf juice; all which are rich in vitamins! your skin will be enriched with vitamin A,C,E.

Extra:  When my skin is feeling a little dry especially during the winter months i like to add a little bit of extra moisture so that my skin is hydrated and smooth. Nivea creme has been around since 1911 and not much has changed except for the packaging. Since i find the cream to be a bit thick on my skin i like to use it as a mask. i will add a medium to thick layer of it onto my skin right before my shower and let it sit for about 2-3 minutes, i will take a shower with the mask on and let the heat from the shower go through the mask, and then i will rinse it off with the warm water. This leaves your skin feeling so soft and hydrated! i probably do this once a week sometimes twice in the winter. 

I think the key to any successful skin care routine is to listen to your skin and see what it needs at all time, if its feeling a little extra dry add a bit more moisturizer and vice versa. trust your instincts and listen to what your skin is trying to tell you. Drinking a lot of water is really important for your skin so i recommend drinking 8+ glasses of water a day, you can always add a bit of fruits in your water to infuse it with a bit more nutrients and flavour but i prefer to just drink it as is, just plain water... at room temperature  with no ice.

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Niagara on the lake

Happy Victoria day weekend ! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend, mine was very uneventful and mostly stayed home, but I got to spend basically the entire weekend with my family which was amazing. On Friday we all went out to dinner to this Italian restaurant around the corner from my house, on Saturday I worked during the day and my family made rotisserie chicken and French fries for dinner (yummmm!) after dinner we stayed in and watched scary movies till like 3AM. Since it was a long weekend and it was GORGEOUS outside my family wanted to go out and do something on the Sunday, we decided to go to Niagara on the lake to walk around and do a bit of shopping. Niagara on the lake is one of my favourite places because it is so beautiful; all the stores are so picturesque. And as an added bonus the shopping there is fantastic!  I never come home empty handed, you can find so many unique pieces that you wouldn’t find anywhere else which Is the best part. The street is filled with different restaurants so you have any type of food to choose from. We ended up stopping at this family restaurant/diner and had hamburgers and fries. I am not going to lie I am that person who always orders salad at restaurants, especially in the summer, but I love these kind of places where you can tell the hamburgers are made freshly there and on grilled on a grill. (kinda like street meat… who doesn’t love street meat) for dessert we stopped at a little bakery and had ice cream and mini key lime tarts , it was a perfect day. 

For my outfit I was a little torn on what type of clothing to wear because some days have been colder than others. Sunday was going to be 21  but with cold wind so I wore a longer cream skirt and this little blue tweed jacket with a short sleeved chiffon shirt underneath. When we first arrived around 11am the wind was a bit cold but it quickly warmed up and it turned out to be the most perfect day… not too cold not too warm just perfection. 

oh and while shopping I bought a new fascinator to wear to the queens plate, I recently for my tickets, I hope to see some of you guys there! 

Friday, May 20, 2016

Pink coat for spring

The spring time is the perfect opportunity to experiment with different colours and to be a little bolder with your outfits. i am obsessed with this pink coat, its a great statement piece that goes perfectly with so many outfits.  i paired it with this Argyle sweater that has the same pink on it with a camel colour and white. The sweater is a v neck and it looked a bit bear when i put the jacket on so i layered a sleeveless blouse with a collar on it underneath, and i think it is the perfect pairing. For the first time this year i put on a skirt with no tights! yayy for warmer weather!! by doing this i realized how pale i really am lol i need a tan so badly haha... i reflect light. As for shoes, of course i needed my heels so i grabbed some tan ones to bring that colour back into the outfit as well as i chose the same colour for the bag.  Ant to to top it off i added a white headband !
I hope you all have an amazing weekend (its a long weekend here) filled with warm weather and a bit of shopping ;)

Coat: Zara
Skirt: Vera moda
Sweater: Tommy Hilfiger
Shoes: Target
Purse: Forever 21
Blouse: H&M

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Argyle sweater vest

Trees are finally starting to bloom and they are looking beautiful ! its nice to see some pretty colours when you are outside. The rest of the week is suppose to be so warm so i can't wait to wear some pastel colours which have been hiding in storage all winter. I have been really into sweater vests they are such a fun piece to wear, especially argyle ones. I don't have many things with an argyle print on them but i am definitely hoping to invest in some in pastel colours. Underneath the vest i wore a plain white long sleeves chiffon shirt and paired it with gray shorts. To bring the colour black back into the outfit i opted for black tights. i felt the outfit was a bit too black and white so for a pop of colour i put on a red headband and grabbed a small red purse. Small purses are my favourite kind of purses right now, they are so pretty and i love the daintiness of them. And of course no look would be complete without heels, these are black and white with a strap around the ankle which is my one of my favourite looks right now. Its a long weekend where i live so i am really looking forward to that this week, as well as my birthday in exactly 2 weeks! :) 

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Casual mondays

It is the middle of May and we are having a cold front... it has been cold the past couple of days (there were even flurries yesterday... as in SNOW!) but since i already put all of my winter clothes away i grabbed a long tench coat to keep myself warm. A higher necked neckline is a must because of the amount of wind we've had (brrr...).  I have been really into strappy shoes lately especially layering them overtop of tights, i am so obsessed with that look, i think its so pretty and feminine.  My weekend was very uneventful, on friday i went shopping in the evening and then i stayed in and watched scary movies with my sister, saturday i was home all day and organized my room (sort of a spring cleaning) and on sunday my family celebrated mothers day since my parents were out of the country last weekend. hopefully your weekend was more exciting than mine haha. My birthday is in 2 and a half weeks so hopefully some festivities start ! (i LOVE my birthday!) hopefully some time spent with friends and family  :) 
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