Monday, 2 July 2018

Summer Heat OOTD: Playful Yellow Shorts

Hi loves! I've really been loving kimonos lately. I find they add so much flair to an outfit. They're great even on hot days, since the material is so thin. While browsing Ardene a few weeks ago, I came across this black lacy kimono and thought it was perfect since it can match anything. My shorts are also from Ardene. I love the playful yellow pattern, and the material is so soft and cozy! Its a long weekend here for Canada Day, and I'm relaxing at my parent's cottage. I wore this outfit for a dinner date with Simon at a little restaurant in the cottage village.
T-shirt: Denver Hayes (thrifted)
Kimono: Ardene
Shorts: Ardene
Sneakers: Champion (purchased at Payless) 


After dinner, we went for a walk in the village and I had fun posing in different places ðŸ˜‚
Here's a bonus picture of the end of the sunset:

Hope you are all having an amazing long weekend, and stay strong to those who are working today! Thanks for stopping by! xo

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Celebrating my 28th in Montreal

Hi lovelies, how is everyone? I turned 28 this past weekend, and I spent my birthday sightseeing in Montreal with Simon. We stayed at a lovely Airbnb from Friday until Monday. The weather was perfect, and we had fun trying restaurants and pubs we'd never been to before. We both had never been to the top of Mont-Royal, and the view was breathtaking. I last spent a long weekend with Simon in Montreal in 2014 (see my post here), and quite a few things in the city have changed since then. The Old Port now has its own beach and Ferris wheel! Here are some of my favorite pictures from the trip:

 New Ferris wheel at the Old Port
 The Clocktower beach at the Old Port -- I love the boardwalk.
The Bonsai trees at the Montreal Botanical Garden were adorable.
 The botanical garden peaceful and gorgeous.
The koi fish seemed to like having their picture taken -- they would swim closer to the edge of the water when people passed by!
The greenhouses of the Botanical Garden had different themes. I liked this dessert theme.
The rose garden has over 1000 species of roses!
All smiles on top of the Olympic Tower!
Here is the view. You can see Mont-Royal in the right corner. 
Here is the stunning view from Mont-Royal!
Montreal has some really awesome murals. There was an art festival going on called Murale (I believe its still on until June 17), so more murals were being painted!
 

What's your favorite city for a long weekend getaway? Thank you for stopping by my blog! xo

Thursday, 31 May 2018

Floral Vibes: Spring OOTD

Hello lovelies! Spring is in full swing and everything is in bloom. I picked up this floral kimono in January when I was dreaming of warmer weather, and I was saving it for a sunny spring day. I'm so excited to finally be wearing it! Its super lightweight, and really adds a pop to an otherwise plain outfit.

Kimono: Trovaré (purchased at Suzy Shier)
Tank top: H&M
Shorts: Garage
Sneakers: Champion (purchased at Payless)


Here's to many more sunny days ahead! Thanks for stopping by! xo

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Organik Botanik Australia Spirulina + Avocado Oil Hair Mask Review

Hello lovely readers. It's time for a gross confession... I've been having a major hair crisis! My scalp has been itchy (and flaky...ew) on and off since the fall. I've been using Head and Shoulders shampoo regularly since high school, but it was just no longer cutting it. A friend recommended that I try adding tea tree oil to my shampoo. This seemed to help me for a while, but I think it eventually caused my scalp to dry out even more! My hair is naturally very thick, but it was losing its softness, and actually starting to feel coarse. 
A co-worker suggested I try a hair mask. I've always thought hair masks were only meant to be applied to the ends of hair, but she suggested just giving my scalp a full pamper and really massaging the mask in. I had the Organik Botanik Australia Spirulina + Avocado Oil hair mask stashed away in my pantry, a gift I received from a friend a few months ago and kinda forgot about. I decided to give it a try, it certainly couldn't hurt, right? The mask says to apply a generous amount and let it work its magic for a 10-15 minutes. I ended up leaving it on for over an hour. It honestly made a world of difference. Even as I was rinsing it out, I could immediately feel my hair was softer than it had been in months. And my scalp is no longer itchy! The Spirulina + Avocado Oil hair mask has a nice, clean scent, which is not at all overpowering. It's thick and creamy, and rinsed out really easily even though I left it in for much longer than the recommended time.

I'm definitely going to be using a hair mask on a more regular basis from now on! What is your favorite hair mask? Thanks for reading! xo

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Summer 2018 Wishlist

Hi lovelies! I hope you are all doing well. Summer is almost here and the weather has really warmed up! I've already got a lot of work done in my gardens and I'm looking forward to see everything bloom. I haven't made a wishlist post in a long time, so here are the items I'm currently lusting after for summer 2018:



1. Flamingo String LED Lights AMAZON (here)
2. Pineapple cushion cover AMAZON (here)
3. Lemon pleated skirt AMAZON (here)
4. Ked's Champion Canvas Sneakers AMAZON (here)
5. Amika Soulfood Nourishing Hair Mask SEPHORA (here)

What are you lusting after for summer? Thanks for stopping by! xo

Images from:

http://www.amazon.ca/
https://www.sephora.com/

Collage made with:

http://www.ribbet.com/

Sunday, 8 April 2018

L'Oreal Colorista Spray 1-Day Color Review

Hi friends! I heard about the L'Oréal Colorista Spray 1-Day Color in a magazine ad, and I thought it looked like a really awesome product. I decided to try out the green shade for St Patrick's Day.

L'Oreal Colorista Spray 1-Day Color in #Mint40
As you can see, the color is subtle since my hair is pretty dark.

This product is super fun to use, but keep in mind that it can get a little messy. It transfers easily, so if you run your fingers through your hair they will get colored as well! The L'Oreal Colorista Spray 1-Day Color dries hard, like hairspray, and is slightly difficult to brush through. I would suggest washing your hair before trying to brush or comb through it. I tried to brush through the product myself and my brush turned green. There is a note on the back of the can saying "lastingness will vary depending on color and condition of hair". My hair is color-treated and a little damaged, and it actually took me two shampoos to wash this out completely. Overall, I quite like this product and I would definitely buy it again for a special event!

Have you tried this product yet? Are you a fan of spray on color? Thanks for stopping by! xo

Saturday, 3 March 2018

DIY St Patrick's Day Banner

Hello friends! You might not know this, but I have some Irish blood in me. When I was little, my parents would take me and my sister to the St Patrick's Day parade every year. Last year was the first St Patrick's Day spent in my own house and I did absolutely nothing to celebrate... So this year I've decided to go all out! I put some decorations up two weeks ago (early, I know). I will also be baking some green themed treats (keep an eye out for those on my Instagram @meatballhead124). Today I want to show you how I made this simple and cute St Patrick's Day banner.


Here are the materials I used:
The green and orange papers are from the scrapbooking section at Michael's. The only item not pictured here are the glitter shamrocks I used for the last flag. I found them at Dollarama.

 I started by cutting out six flags in the colors of the Irish flag.

These metallic Sharpies are awesome!! I practised my calligraphy skills to write out "lucky". I used the glue gun to glue the glitter shamrocks on the last flag.

Using a hole punch I made holes at the top of each flag and strung them together with twine (also from Dollarama). I created a loop at each end to tape the banner to the celling. 


This project was super fun and only took me under an hour to complete. Hope you are all having a fab weekend! xo


Thursday, 22 February 2018

Revlon Holochrome Collection Review

Hi loves! I recently picked up two shades from the Revlon Holochrome collection on impulse while browsing the drugstore. The gorgeous shiny packaging really caught my eye! I thought the Holochrome collection was brand new, but after a quick Google search I discovered that it was actually released last fall. So I'm a tad late, but better late than never, right? I purchased two shades from the collection: Unicornicopia and Hologasm. The collection has such cute names!


Here is Unicornicopia without flash. It's a gorgeous lavender.


And here is it with flash. You can see the holographic effect much better.


The Holochrome polishes have great staying power, probably because of the micro glitters in them (I always found that glitter nail polish rarely chips). Here is how my mani looked after five days. Not bad, eh?



Below is a Valentine's Day mani I did using Hologasm. Hologasm is a gorgeous pale silver. It's slightly sheer, so I had to use three coats. Here's how it looks without flash.


And here it is with flash. So sparkly!!


I'm extremely impressed with these polishes and I can definitely see myself wearing these a lot, especially during the summer! I think Unicornicopia would look stunning as a pedicure color. Have you tried any polishes from this collection? I'm very tempted to pick up Fairy Dust as well, it's such a lovely blue!

Thanks for reading! xo

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

6 Years of Blogging

Hi lovelies! Today is my blog's 6th blogiversary, and ya'll know I had to make a cake to celebrate!


I can't believe a year has already gone by since my 5th blogiversary. I haven't blogged as much this past year as previously. I have a lot less free time since becoming a homeowner, plus I have to split the free time I do have with my other hobbies. However, even if I've posted less often, I still really love my little blog and I want to keep it going. Stay tuned for a nail polish review coming up soon, and more outfits of the day once spring rolls around!

In other news, if you follow my other social media, you might have noticed that I haven't posted anything on YouTube since December. I'm just not feeling it anymore. I might make new videos in the future, but for now I'm taking a break.

Thank you to each and every person who takes the time to ready my blog! It's so thrilling interacting with you :)

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Rimmel London Wonder'fully Real Mascara with Keratin

Hello lovelies! How is everyone? This is only my second post of 2018... I feel like time is flying by and I don't know where January went! I can't say I'm upset though, I mean January is a pretty blah month. I recently tried a new mascara and I really love it, so here is a review for ya'll. 


I was browsing the drugstore for a new mascara a few weeks ago, and the pretty pink tube of the Rimmel London Wonder'fully Real Mascara with Keratin caught my eye. I've always been a big fan of Rimmel London mascaras. This one claims to give you "fuller, longer, luscious lashes". What's not to love about that? The keratin is supposed to give your lashes lusciousness and really build them up (keratin is the main structural part of hair, so you're basically adding hair to your lashes!). This mascara has a plastic brush which I prefer to bristle brushes. The formula is super creamy and builds my lashes effortlessly. The only downside to this mascara is that if I'm not careful, it's easy to accidentally get too much product on  my lashes which causes them to look clumped together. The trick is to be super gentle with the application. This mascara lives up to all its claims, especially the lengthening factor, and I would definitely buy it again!


Thanks for reading! Hope you all have a great week! xo

Monday, 1 January 2018

OOTD: Paradise is a State of Mind

Hi friends! How is everyone doing? I hope you all had lovely holidays. Happy New Year 2018! Now that the holidays are over, the long, cold winter is upon us. This is a dreaded time for many. I usually start feeling the winter blues in late February, but this year I've already started feeling them since mid December. Summer was very rainy and cool this year, so it feels like winter came quickly. Are any of you in the same winter blues boat? There are two choices we can take: we can let the winter blues set in, and be down for the next four months, or, we can choose to be happy regardless of the season. It may be dreary outside, but I'm not going to let that kill my vibe. After all, summer will be back before we know it. I'm choosing to be happy on purpose! I've been listening to a lot of mindfulness teachers on YouTube over the past few months, and I feel like they've really helped transform my thoughts. Here is a quote I really love from Michael A. Singer:
 
I'm choosing to be happy regardless the weather, and regardless of my circumstances. Paradise really is a state of mind.
Dress: H&M
Cami: H&M
Leggings: Garage
Shoes: Truffle
Earrings: H&M
Belt: Forever 21
 
 

Here's to a fabulous 2018! Choose to be happy! :)