Wednesday, January 31, 2018


It's been some time since I've been around these parts of the interweb, but I'm here today to talk about something very important and to raise awareness. In Canada, today is known as #BellLetsTalk day. A day dedicated to creating conversation and breaking down the stigma surrounding mental health. Back in 2010, Bell began this campaign not only to raise money, but more so to raise awareness about how many people suffer from various forms of mental illnesses. One if five Canadians will suffer from some form of mental illness in their lifetime and a big hurdle for anyone suffering from it, is overcoming the stigma attached to it. I know for years I was embarrassed and ashamed of the constant feelings from anxiety and depression that I had to deal with and didn't want to talk about it because I was scared of what people would think. This initiative gives a much needed voice to those who didn't or don't quite know how to speak up about it and helps to break down that stigma.

I struggle with anxiety and depression. Something I'm not always vocal about or open to discussing. Growing up, I lived and suffered in silence because I didn't know how to talk about it, and the stigma that was attached to mental illness was so negative and made me feel terrible about myself. However, #BellLetsTalk made it easier for me to come forward about what I go through, and talk to people about it. It opened my eyes to the fact that I'm not alone in what I go through, and I no longer needed to suffer in silence. Every year around this time I'm reminded why it's so important to talk about this kind of thing, and it serves as a constant reminder throughout the year that it's OK to talk about mental health. Although it can be heavy for others around you to deal with, it's nothing compared to what you personally have to deal with and talking about it makes it that much easier. I wanted to open up and talk more about what I go through, because like I said, I know I'm not alone and the time is now to create change and break down the stigma. 

I'm not perfect. No one is. I have my good days, and I have my really shitty, terrible, bad days. There are times when my anxiety is so crippling I find it difficult to leave the house and do normal, day to day tasks like getting in the car to go to work or leaving my front door to go downstairs for the mail. There are days when I'm laughing and creating positive memories with family and friends, and days where I find myself bursting into tears for no known reasons except that I'm feeling overwhelmed, emotional and beyond anything else: anxious. There are days that are so bright and I'm optimistic about what the future holds, and then there days that are so dark I'm unsure if I can carry on. Although sometimes my anxiety and depression can get the best of me, I feel as though it's important to talk about it with those around me, so I don't have to feel so alone and can make a change to better myself. 

Talking about mental illness is the first step towards lasting change. You can never be sure of what someone is dealing with in their lives, unless you ask them. Whatever battle you may be fighting, know that it's okay to talk about it. Talk to someone who you trust, someone you love, someone who's willing to lend an ear and listen to you. If you're looking for help, they will help you find it and together we can end the stigma. If you're feeling alone and not sure who to talk to, there are multiple services available that can and will help you, such as Kids Help PhoneCMHA and more ways to find help linked here. Reach out to a friend or loved one and ask them how they are doing, be there for them and show that you care and that they matter. 

The sun will shine brighter when we care for each other and end the stigma. 

Monday, October 16, 2017

She is Frank and Oak *GIVEAWAY CLOSED*

When one of Ruben's favourite stores, Frank and Oak, began selling women's clothes I was ecstatic! For years my brothers and Ruben had been shopping at this cool store with basic yet fashionable items that were from a Canadian based company. Their focus and goal is simple: to provide affordable fashion and personalized service.

Once they began selling women's clothes, I knew I had found one of my new favourite places to shop. The quality of the clothes is just as amazing as the customer service you receive when shopping with them. Whether online or in store, they are dedicated to catering to your needs and helping to find a unique style plan that works for you. Recently they opened a Women's boutique in Toronto and I can't wait to check it out (can't say the same for my wallet!) I want you to love Frank and Oak just as much as I do, and that's why they are giving away $200 credit to you and 2 friends! See end of post below for details.
Most days you can find me lounging in one of their soft boy tee, and when I say I lived in their crepe de chine shorts this Summer, I'm NOT kidding! Now that the weather is cooling down, I'm stoked for all the cozy articles of clothing they have for Fall/Winter. This rose embroidered fleece crewneck has easily become my favourite and most worn piece so far this season. I've had my eye on a few other colours of their crewnecks, but they're almost always sold out! 
Now for the giveaway! Do you and 2 friends want $200 each to spend at Frank and Oak? It's SO easy! 

All you have to do is:
1. Follow @FrankAndOakWomen on Instagram
2. Tag 2 of your female friends on this Instagram post
3. These 2 friends need to follow @FrankAndOakWomen on Instagram

Winners will be randomly selected and contacted on Wednesday November 1st - good luck!!!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Fall 2017 Capsule Wardrobe

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The Autumn weather is finally upon us! Although the first day of Fall was a few weeks ago, we've been experiencing seasonal highs and what feels like a long, drawn out Summer. I can't complain because I love warm weather, but I have to admit I do long for colder days where I can bundle up and be cozy. After re-reading The Curated Closet, I was inspired to clean out and re-organize my closet to make and plan for a Fall capsule wardrobe. I'm trying to incorporate pieces into my wardrobe that can be worn in a variety of different ways, and keeping my colour scheme more neutral with pops of colour in my accessories. Here are some of my staple pieces that I've added to my Fall capsule wardrobe, and how I plan to make it work this season while keeping in mind the "less is more" mantra!

1. Embroidered Dress - I recently picked this one up from Zara and I absolutely love it! Not only is it extremely comfortable, but I think it's going to be very versatile for Fall. I plan on pairing it with tights and ankle boots, or bare legs and Swedish Hasbeens if the weather is warm enough. I don't know what it is about embroidered dresses but I love them for Fall and have a few in my wardrobe that I will keep in rotation this season.

2. Gold Tag Necklace - I'm really feeling Gold jewellery for the Fall and had been on the hunt for a nice gold necklace. I love this one because it's elegant, simple and a good accessory for any look. A bonus with this one is that you can adjust the length to wear it longer or shorter. I think it would look great layered with some other simple gold necklaces.

3. Comfortable Sneakers - It's no doubt one of the biggest trends right now is sneakers! Vans and Adidas are among the few you see everyone wearing. They are super comfy and very versatile. I plan on pairing mine with jeans and layers for a simple and cozy daily look.

4. Statement Earrings - One of my favourite trends this year and I'm not quite over it.  I love statement earrings because it's a simple accessory that will complete any outfit and make it stand out. These earrings are my absolute favourites, I always get compliments on them and they are light weight, which always has me going back to them. Again, loving the gold jewellery, these + my gold hoops will be on rotation for sure. 

5. Pop of Colour Purse -  This purse is my absolute favourite! I get so many compliments on it for the colour, shape and size. Bringing in a pink pop of colour to the Fall is a nice way to make my neutral outfits stand out more. I was hesitant at first buying the pink one because I wasn't sure what it would look good with, but I can tell you it looks amazing with almost anything and I probably wear it with 80% of my outfits!

6. Faux Gucci loafers - Everyone has been rocking the Gucci loafers this Spring and Summer and I adore them. Recently on a trip to Target I stumbled upon these $23 knock offs and I was SOLD! They are comfy and cute, and I hope to get a little bit of wear out of them this Fall before we reach below freezing temps. I like how they look with cropped jeans and a simple blouse.

7. Grey Soft Coat - I've had my eye on a grey coat like this for a while. I think it's a great layering piece for Fall and would look nice with a big scarf and cozy knit underneath. I always love to add embellishments to my coats too and recently picked up some brooches from the antique market that would suit this coat. 

8. Knit Sweaters - A staple in any Fall wardrobe. You can never have too many cozy knit sweaters and this season I plan on rocking all the chunky knits I can get my hands on. Like I said, I'm trying to keep it neutral with colours like grey, black and cream, however I do own a few colourful ones that will be nice to brighten up a grey day. Oversized knits are among my favourite because they are comfy and look wonderful with jeans or layered over skirts and dresses.

9. Mom Jeans - I just purchased my first pair of "mom jeans" and let me tell you, the hype is real! They are so comfortable and fit really nice. I love these American Eagle ones because they are perfect length for me and hit my waist where I want them to. I also love this blue wash because it goes with just about any colour. I don't usually wear lots of denim, but am going to make an effort this season to do so.

10. Beanie - I'm a huge fan of hats and beanies because they serve many different purposes. They come in handy when you're cold, when your hair is a little dirty or messy, or just when you need to add a pop of colour to your outfit. Aritzia has so many beautiful colours to choose from, I want them all!

11. Ankle Boots - Last year I lived in my Sam Edelmen booties to the point of wearing them out.  I found a cheaper alternative this year from Joe Fresh and I really love these ones. They are really comfortable and a nice height too. They are my go to shoes in the Fall because they look fab with a dress and tights or jeans and a tee.

12. Sunglasses - A good pair of sunnies will finish off any look. I love these white marble ones because they're different and I think they would brighten up any cold, dull Fall day. I can also see them being cute on the ski hill in the Winter (thinking ahead) Gotta protect your eyes all year, not just the Summer! 

13. Blanket Scarf - You can never have too many scarves, especially in Canada where it gets cold really fast. I plan on pairing scarves with cozy sweaters to add more warmth and comfort to a look. Again, a very versatile item because you can layer it over a sweater and jacket, or drape it over a dress like a shawl to keep warm. 

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Glossier review

A few months ago, everyone's favourite beauty brand Glossier, went international and began shipping to Canada! Yes, it was the day we were all waiting for and something I had anticipated for a while. Since launching in Canada, they also recently hosted a pop-up showroom in Toronto which I got to visit. Although I had already tried a lot of their products prior to visiting the showroom, it was nice to be able to swatch colours I hadn't tried or were curious about and test out some things I've had my eye on. Needless to say, I did not leave empty handed! They also have a flagship showroom in New York City, if you're ever around there and get a chance to pop by. I'm a huge fan of the brand and products, and have happily joined the cult following. From their badass CEO, Emily Weiss, to their simple yet elegant branding - it's hard to find anything not to love about Glossier.

Having used these products for a few months now, I feel as though I have created enough opinions to share what my first impressions were, what grew on me, what I love / don't love and why I'll continue to support Glossier. If you haven't been on their website before, definitely check it out and learn more about the products. They also offer great bundles with items that will save you money.

As the Glossier motto goes - "Skin first. Makeup second". And onto the skin care we go...
Custom Balm Dotcom Trio
Believe the hype for these things because they are AMAZING! This set was one of the first things I ordered and immediately loved. Don't ask me to pick a favourite flavour - that's like asking me to pick a favourite child LOL, but seriously. As someone whose always reaching for a chapstick or lip balm, these tubes are pure magic. They smell incredibly delicious and feel even better on the lips! I always have one readily available and within arm's reach.

I keep the mint flavour on my nightstand and love applying it at night before bed, leaving my lips with a cool, tingling sensation and in the morning I use coconut while I'm prepping my skin for makeup. I love the cherry one because you get a hint of red once applied, and with the birthday cake one you get a bit of sparkle and shimmer. I keep these two in my purse and usually layer them with my lipstick for added moisture and shine. The scents are pure nostalgia to me and remind me of the lipsmackers I loved and used as a kid. 

Most definitely 

Phase 1 Set 
This set comes with their famous Milky Jelly CleanserPriming Moisturizer and your choice of flavour for Balm Dotcom. It comes at a value and you save a few $$$ with this set. I decided to try it out because I heard amazing things about the cleanser, and was in the market for a new moisturizer. Also, any excuse to get another Balm Dotcom is good with me!

I can confidently say that this cleanser is just as good as everyone says. I use it daily and it's the perfect gentle cleanser to remove makeup and refresh the skin. It feels so nice to use and I love the jelly consistency of it. It has a mild floral aroma which doesn't bother me, and I quite enjoy. 

Now the priming moisturizer...I can't say I'm a big fan of this one. I read a lot of mixed reviews about it, but everyone's skin is different so I figured I'd give it a go. It's definitely a lighter moisturizer, and as someone with dry/normal skin, this wasn't enough for me. I felt it was too light weight, and although it says it's a "buildable moisturizer", I don't want to be layering up on a product to get the hydration I crave. My skin was also a little sensitive towards it and sometimes felt a little itchy and tingly after application. This product is probably best suited for someone with normal/oily skin.

For those seeking more moisture and richness, they carry a similar product - the Priming Rich Moisturizer. I tested this out when I visited the showroom and it seemed to be something I'd prefer. It felt much thicker, richer and overall left my skin feeling more supple and soft. When the time comes, I'll likely give this one a go.

Cleanser - Yes!!!
Moisturizer - No
Balm dotcom - duhhh
I love face masks a lot and had high expectations for these guys. I typically use masks 2-3 times a week depending on my skin care concern, or what I'm trying to achieve. Again, I had read mixed reviews on these but wanted to see for myself if they lived up to my face mask standards. I like masks that carry out a promise and make my skin look and feel clean after, but I'm not sure if I got that same satisfaction with these two.

The Mega Greens Galaxy Pack is a detoxifying mask which aims to purify and balance the skin while drawing out excess oils and leaving the skin conditioned and fresh. Out of the two, I prefer this mask because I feel like it's actually doing something for my skin and it feels pretty clean afterwards. I'm not sure there's a lasting difference, but it does help to bring things to the surface as I noticed a few small breakouts the following day.

The Moisturizing Moon Mask is a hydrating treatment which aims to brighten the skin and leave it feeling supple and moisturized. It's recommended to use the Mega Greens mask first, followed by the Moisturizing Moon mask for best results. After using the two in combination I didn't notice any significance in how my skin felt or looked and was a little bummed out by it. I'm going to continue to use them and not give up just yet. After a few more continual uses, I hope I'll notice a difference. I'm excited to test this one out in the Winter when my skin is more dry, to see how it works and if it really does work. 


Overall thoughts on the skin care:
I like it! Although I'm unsure of a few products, I can see the others being staples in my medicine cabinet and bathroom for years to come. For the price and quality, you can't really go wrong with this stuff. One thing I haven't tried yet from their skin care line, but looking forward to trying is the Super Pack - that'll be my next purchase...

Moving onto my favourite part, the makeup!!! 
I think when it comes to the makeup, I've tried almost all of it (with the exception of the skin tint and stretch concealer.) I was most looking forward to try out the Glossier makeup because it's very affordable, like the rest of their products, and also helps to achieve a more overall natural look. Something I love about receiving Glossier packages, is their signature pink bubble wrap pouch that the products come in. I have a pretty hefty collection by now, but they make great travel bags for products and makeup bags too! I usually carry one in my purse with all my main products I need on the go. 
Boy Brow 
One of the first products I ordered and was most ecstatic for. In my opinion, eyebrows make or break a look and it's important to make sure they shape up (literally and figuratively). It's safe to say that I've find my forever favourite brow product with this one! It's so easy and quick to use, and my brows have never looked more full, put together and effortless. I use the shade 'blonde' which is a perfect match.


I love a good highlighter and must say I was super skeptical of this one at first. It's different than what I'm used to - not a powder or a liquid, but rather a stick! My first time using it, I felt like I was rubbing a glue stick on my face and was NOT about it. It made my skin feel sticky and weird, but I decided not to give up on it. I'm glad I didn't because it's become one of my most used products so far. I purchased the shade 'quartz', which is a gorgeous pearlescent shade that would compliment any skin tone. It really gives a beautiful, dewy glow and looks very natural on the skin. My preferred method of application is rubbing it onto my fingers and patting it around my cheekbone, brow bone and cupids bow. It is super blendable and buildable too depending on how much *glow* you want!

Lip Gloss 
I've never been a fan of lip gloss...until now! I always hated the feeling of it and didn't care for the look of it either, but figured I'd give this a go for 1) nostalgic reasons and 2) the hype. This is seriously one of the most beautiful, perfect lip glosses to exist! I often find myself reaching for it in my bag and applying it when I want a "barely there" lip. It feels nice and not at all sticky, and has a good smell. I like how it looks on it's own, but it's also perfect to layer and refresh lipstick you've had on for a few hours.

My most recent addition to the collection, and one of their newest products. I picked this up at the showroom along with the brush. I love the packaging - it's super cool, easy to use and minimal product is wasted due to the "trampoline like" mesh screen inside. Compared to the other setting powders I use, this one does seem a little small so it'll be interesting to see how long it lasts. The brush that comes with it is very soft and makes for a great application. It's very natural looking and does what you want a powder to do; which is help with excess shine and setting the makeup.

I think it's safe to say I would re-purchase ALL OF THE ABOVE!
Having purchased all 4 shades, it's clear I'm a fan of these. I've become really fond of a good liquid blush, and this one takes the cake. Super simple to use, great colour range and applies beautifully. You can go heavy on it for more colour intensity, or diffuse it for a light flush of colour and glowing finish. These seamless cheek colours are very diverse and I think they would look gorgeous on any skin tone. They have a packaged deal when you purchase two, you save money. I would say my most used or "go-to" shade is 'puff' and 'beam', but I think 'haze' and 'dusk' will be awesome for Fall/Winter.

When I first tried this matte lipstick in the shade 'like', I wasn't sold. In fact, I hated it, thought it was a waste of money and kind of pointless. It's a light powdery pink colour and says you can layer it for more intensity, however I felt like there was barely a noticeable difference after applying it. I guess it's what they call a "your lip but better" colour because I felt like it just subtly made my lips a little more pink. BUT, after visiting the showroom and swatching the other shades, I was sold (as I easily am). I picked up 'zip', 'jam' and 'crush' and am in love. These lippies give a natural looking tint and colour to your lips and wear pretty well. 

So far my favourite is 'zip' and 'crush'. Zip is a nice pop of red and looks great layered with the cherry balm dotcom, and Crush is a pretty raspberry pink. Jam is a deep berry colour that I'm excited to wear for Fall, and my thoughts on Like are pretty obvious as stated above.


Overall thoughts on the makeup:
I'm a fan and love it all! Great price point for good quality makeup that will help you achieve a glowy, natural look. Products are buildable, diverse and pretty flawless if you ask me. I can't wait to see if they launch any new makeup and what it will be (eye shadow? mascara?!) The future is bright for Glossier makeup and the possibilities are endless.

While it's clear I'm in love with Glossier, I'm excited to continue to support their brand and use the products and see how they benefit me in the long run. It's an affordable beauty brand that's consistently empowering women to feel good and look good and that's something I love to stand behind and support.
If you've never tried Glossier before and have been thinking about it, click HERE to get 10% off your first purchase! You also get free shipping when you purchase two or more products. Hope you give it a go and love it as much as I do!

*Please note all opinions are my own. For any further questions, please leave a comment or send me an email. 
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