Deck The Halls With Fashion

Holiday Fashion Style Outfit Ideas

Season's Greetings! The spirit of the holidays are here. Whether you're staying cozy by the fireplace or out to a festive event, there is no better time to dress up then now. Check out the outfits I selected from some of my favourite stores and let me know what's your favourite item or look. Stay fashionable! Cheers!

Sonia Kashuk Pearlescence Long Wear Crème Shadow

Sonia Kashuk Pearlescence Long Wear Creme Shadow Review

The Sonia Kashuk Pearlescence Long Wear Crème Shadow is a luxe, long-wearing crème metallic shadow that delivers a gilded look and brighter, more youthful-looking eyes. The weightless formula glides evenly with a wand applicator and last for up to 14 hours. Sesame, neem, and Indian senna seed oil offers restoring, anti-inflammatory, and moisturizing properties while light diffusing properties in the pigments gives a smoother finish.

My Fave: Top 5 Fragrances

Favourite Perfume Scent Fragrances

Dream of a dream. An ordinary girl could dream of going into a lab and creating the scent of her dreams. Until that day comes, I am glad there are hundreds upon hundreds of perfume selections out in the market. Over the course of my lifetime, thus far, I have stumbled upon a handful of fragrances and only met a few I didn't like. I can go ahead and throw in my entire list of favourites but I'll save that for another day. For now, I'll introduce you to my top 5 favourites, some have a significant meaning while others are my true signature scent.

Lip Balm Loves

Top 5 Best Favourite Lip Balms Under $10

As the temperature slowly starts to drop, chapped lips are upon us. Dried, chapped lips are never a good look. I struggle with chapped lips, so I'm always on the search for the best of the best. I have bought and tested a handful of lip balms, some based on consumer hype and others by curiosity. By now, I have a solid list of what I consider the holy grail of lips balms, and best of all, they are all under $10! Check out my all time favourites and hopefully this helps get you through the blistery months ahead.

Alterre Holiday Giveaway [CLOSED]

The holidays are just around the corner. To celebrate the upcoming holiday season and the launch of their innovative shoe line, Alterre is giving one lucky lady a starter kit.

Alterre New York Shoes Holiday Giveaway

Rimmel London 60 Seconds Super Shine Nail Polish by Rita Ora

Rimmel London 60 Seconds Super Shine Nail Polish by Rita Ora Collection

The Rimmel London 60 seconds super shine nail polish by Rita Ora features: High impact colour for ultra-shine finish, 3 in 1 technology for up to 10 days wear, and precise application with just one stroke.

Sounds too good to be true? Let's just say, the claims are just as amazing as the colours in the collection (swatches shown below). And you have to admit, the colours are ever so cool (just like the collaborator herself, Rita Ora).

Scotch Essentials

Sewing in general can be a difficult task for many. And although I may know the basics, such as repairing a rip or stitching up a button, when it comes to hemming, I rather take it to the professionals. But sewing any of these tasks can be time consuming.

Whether your tailor is closed for the day or a button fell off as soon as you walk out the door, you need a quick fix ASAP. Fret not, introducing Scotch Essentials: a line of no-sew wardrobe quick-fixes designed to help easily deal with lost buttons, unraveling hems, and so much more!

Scotch Essentials Brand Review

I was so excited when I got a hold of these wonders to try. I had a few sewing projects that I wanted to conquer and with the Scotch Essentials Brand, I was able to finish these tasks and share you my thoughts.

Apple Crostata

Quick and Easy Homemade Apple Crostata Recipe Perfect for Last Minute Thanksgiving Dessert

Apple Crostata (Italian) or Apple Galette (French). However you want to call it, is another easy peasy dessert recipe that is perfect to make throughout the fall season and Thanksgiving. A Crostata/Galette is essentially a free-form pastry baked without a pie pan or tart ring. Keep in mind, this is by no means my own creation. I've seen a few Apple Crostata/Galette recipes and tweaked a few ingredients towards my liking.

Halloween Inspired Nails

It's the time of year where many will dress up in cute, funny, spooky, creative costumes. But if dressing up isn't your forte why not dress up your nails instead? Whether each nail is a different design or simply uniformed with the rest, check out some Halloween inspired nail ideas below, start painting, and have fun!

Halloween Inspired Nail Art using Crabtree and Evelyn
L-R: Clementine. Copper. Pistachio. Snowdrop. Gold. Black Cherry

Clinique Long Last Lipstick

I have always been a fan of Clinique products. Not only are they an affordable higher-end cosmetics brand but they are an allergy tested, dermatologist-driven, 100% fragrance free brand. My skin is fairly sensitive so when it comes to cosmetics and skincare I fear of breakouts. Luckily for Clinique, almost every product I have used of theirs works as it claims and doesn't cause the skin to react.

The Clinique Long Last Lipstick claims to having the "longest-wearing formula. Keeps its just-applied look for hours. Won't feather, creep, stain or dry out".

Clinique Long Last Lipstick in Glow Bronze

COVERGIRL The Super Sizer Mascara

COVERGIRL The Super Sizer Mascara Review

Have you ever wanted dramatic lashes. Tired of applying falsies Every Single Time? Or don't have the time or money for eyelash extensions? Well, I come with great news that will change your lash game. COVERGIRL, the one that brought me to my favourite mascara base: the Clump Crusher, has now given me more reasons to consider them as one of my favourite mascara brands. Introducing COVERGIRL The Super Sizer Mascara by LashBlast. This beauty brings the wow-factor of false lashes but without the unnatural and irritation that some false lashes give.

Autumn Apple Rose

Not only is it apple and pumpkin season, it's also the start of BAKING season! These delicious treats are not just pretty to look at but they're simple to make. They are a perfect go-to Thanksgiving treat, especially if you're in a time crunch, or want the house to smell like baked goods without the effort!

Autumn Apple Rose. Easy treats for Fall. Perfect Recipe for Thanksgiving

Apple roses are probably one of the easiest recipes that will for sure impress your guests! A good friend of mine (Hey, E!) made these a few months ago and I was certain it took her a lot of practice, patience, and professionalism to make. She sent over the recipe and I definitely had a "duh!" moment - I have made paper roses in elementary school using a similar method. Turns out they are quick, easy and foolproof (and in my books, there is no one fixed recipe). Let's get started!

Happy Water

Made in Canada. Recyclable. Eco-Friendly. Canada's Award-Winning Naturally Alkaline Lithia Water.

Happy Water WaterBox Review

Happy Water is sourced from two ancient Canadian mountain springs. Free of additives and chemicals, their blend of spring and mineral water contains naturally occurring lithia, calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium. The rare combination of these minerals creates Happy Water's naturally alkaline state, linking to many health benefits and optimum hydration. Their mission is to provide consumers everywhere with the opportunity to experience the benefits of this unique, naturally functional water.

Hello Autumn Beauty

The beginning of my favourite time of the year is here! Coats, capes, scarves, booties, floppy wool hats, dark bold colours. I cannot contain my excitement and am going all out with an easy day-night Fall makeup that I love and will go well all throughout the season (and for the remainder of the year).

Lancome Pretty Burgundy Color Design Lipstick Makeup Fall Autumn Tutorial

cuddle+kind Campaign

cuddle+kind doll campaign launch support hungry children 10 meals world food program USA children's hunger fund

Aren't these high-quality, hand-knit cotton dolls beautifully adorable? It gets better. For ever doll purchased, cuddle+kind will provide 10 meals to hungry children around the world through their partners, World Food Program USA and Children's Hunger Fund. Interested to know how to get your hands on a cuddle+kind doll?

White After Labour Day

Wearing white after Labour Labor Day fashion outfit trend style rw&co calvin klein shoes blouse midi skirt
Time to break the rules and make a (fashion) statement.

Wearing white after Labour Day. September is the best time to transition your wardrobe from summer to fall. I'm not going to lie, I love my crop tops and maxi skirt combo but I'm anticipating for the day I can throw on my cape and booties. Mixing pieces from both seasons will put you at ease when Autumn arrives - saying goodbye to Summer.

Homemade Butter Cookies

Easy Homemade Blue Tin Butter Cookies Recipe Delicious Brysslkex Sables Danish biscuits

A round blue tin box. That can only mean one thing - Butter Cookies! Your excitement goes through the roof but only to have them collapse when you see a bunch of sewing supplies. Now, sewing supplies are great to fix a button or two but butter cookies are better!

There is no need to be disappointed ever again. These homemade butter cookies are not only easy to bake (and with just a few ingredients), they will taste just like the ones from the iconic blue tin - only fresher, maybe better, and completely personalized!

KISS 2 Looks Nail Dress

Bare nails and no time for a manicure? I have shared a few solutions for those who need a quick fix and one involved my favourite, the KISS 2 Looks Nail Dress. Check it out!

KISS 2 Looks Nail Dress Double Lutz Review How To
KISS 2 Looks Nail Dress in Double Lutz

Polysporin Blister Treatment

"Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer."

In this case, my friends are my beloved shoes and the enemies are... The Blisters!

Picture this: new shoes, you love them, looks great with every outfit in your closet, best of all they seem to provide all day comfort. Take them out for a walk to brunch and a shopping trip with your friends and suddenly you feel a pain on the back of your foot. Oh blisters! They really know how to hurt you and the ones you love. Good news, that's about to end for once and for all!

Polysporin Blister Treatment Review

Say hello to Polysporin Blister Treatment -- your new best friend! Benefits include: relieve pain immediately, heal blisters quickly, protect and cushion against rubbing. Sounds too good to be true but trust me when I say you will love it!

My Fave: Summer Smoothies Second Edition

Smoothies are a staple, especially during the summer time. Unfortunately, summer will soon enough come to an end (well, until next year). But before it does, let us cheers to a wonderful season it has been with a few last sips of refreshing summer deliciousness!

Delicious Simple Summer Smoothie Recipe Fruits Vegetables Vegan

Last year I shared 5 summer smoothie recipes and they were a hit! I am excited to share with you 5 new recipes and I promise you they are just as yummy!

Ready - Set - Blend!

Influenster Beat the Heat Summer Sweep [CLOSED]

How are you beating the heat this summer? Influenster is doing so by giving away HUNDREDS of cool prizes!

Influenster Beat the Heat Summer Sweep Giveaway Contest

I have mentioned Influenster countless times on the blog - An online social community where you find new discoveries, reviews and advice from fellow members. Best of all? It's free to join! If you haven't yet, check out the reason for my love for Influenster and why you should sign up and join this wonderful community!&

Now for the exciting part. Want to win some goodies? Of course you do!

Pür Minerals Mineral Lip Pencil with Lip Brush

Pür Minerals provides quick, easy, mineral-based makeup and skincare products. All of their makeup and skincare products are formulated in the USA, manufactured cruelty-free, completely free of animal testing and is an eco-friendly brand committed to minimizing waste and using responsibly sourced ingredients.

Having heard some great things about Pür Minerals, I decided to give it a try. I went for a lip liner as that was the only item in my makeup stash that I don't have many of. Maybe I should have ordered more products to test, maybe next time.

Pur Minerals Mineral Lip Liner Pencil with Lip Brush Ruby Review

Easy French Almond Macaron Recipe

Easy Homemade French Almond Macaron Recipe

I have seen many macaron recipes floating around over the years and heard they are difficult to make and takes lots of skills to perfect it. I like a challenge, so I gave it a go! My first try at macarons were a disaster. I did not know what I was doing, I was left with a ton of mess, the cookies were cracked, they looked more like crunchy whoopie pies than delicate dessert. Still tasted somewhat good, nonetheless.

Browsed through more recipes, it was time for round two. This time they actually looked like mini burger macarons, the perfectionist in me was not satisfied.

Third times a charm! I either have foodies family and friends who know what's up or they are extremely polite as I have been told they are "delicious", "perfect", and "taste better than those in the shop" (*blushes*). I can't take all the credit; I gathered several recipes from different sources and made some tweaks that work in my favour, as I hope this recipe will do for you!

Don't fret, macarons are not difficult to make. Not exaggerating but I can make macarons from scratch better than baking pre-packaged cookie dough (seriously, ask my housemates!). Anyways, let's get started!

kaia naturals - Juicy Bamboo Natural Facial Cleansing Cloths

My love for makeup cleansing wipes is out of this world! If they work well, they do wonders! Not only do they remove most of the makeup off but leaves the face feeling clean and refresh. They are like that best friend who takes care of you at the end of a long night.

kaia naturals Juicy Bamboo Natural Facial Cleansing Cloths Review

ChapStick MixStix

Chapstick has come a long way from what I remember. Their products now expand to include moisturization, hydration, SPF and new flavours. Don't fret, the classics are still around. Original, cherry, strawberry, mint. They are all there. I remember my childhood favourites were strawberry and cherry. Speaking of flavours. Here's something new: MixStix.

ChapStick MixStix in Strawberry Banana Smoothie Review
ChapStick MixStix in Strawberry Banana Smoothie

An ultra-hydrating, two-sided lip balm that provides 8 hours of moisturization. Available in Lemon Berry Sorbet (Lemon and Raspberry), Green Apple Caramel (Green Apple and Caramel) and Strawberry Banana Smoothie (Strawberry and Banana). Use each flavour individually or mix 'em together to create a fun third flavour.

Lancome Miracle Cushion Review

One of Korea's latest beauty trend right now, the cushion foundation, is a liquid foundation soaked into a cushion and uses a sponge to dispense and apply the product. All this while neatly packed inside a compact with a mirror. Lancôme decided to bring Korea's hottest beauty trend to North America. Introducing Lancôme's Miracle Cushion. The first Lancôme cushion with a remarkable formula and infused with fluid make-up to create a fresh-faced healthy glow.

Lancome Miracle Cushion 01 Pure Porcelaine Review and Swatch

If you enjoy the feel of a BB cream but want coverage like a foundation the Miracle Cushion is possibly your new best friend. Lancôme's Miracle Cushion provides a fresh glow, lasting hydration, weightless buildable coverage, and practicality.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Review

Goodbye dry skin, hello moisturizing hydration! Neutrogena has come out with a new skincare line in which I have heard many say is their new favourite moisturizer. It seemed too good to be true. Seeing the product and results all across social media, I had to get my hands on it and put it to the test. And I must say, I joined the bandwagon and calling it my holy grail moisturizer!

Herbal Essences Wild Naturals Rejuvenating

Moisture your locks with Turkish fig essences and 100% hand-harvested cassia.

Herbal Essences Wild Naturals Rejuvenating Review

Herbal Essences has come out with a new product line. The Herbal Essences Wild Naturals features three collections to choose from to fit your hair needs: illuminating, detoxifying, and rejuvenating.

Illuminating provides shine, reveals hair's natural radiance and a scent of seaberry. Detoxifying is a lightweight collection that softens hair for naturally beautiful, clean hair all while having the scent of lemon basil. Rejuvenating deeply nurtures, moisturizes and restores hair's vitality and a fresh scent of Turkish figs. All product scents are paired with cassia flower.

Tortilla Something Different

Who doesn't love a delicious plate of nachos or delivery pizza? But sometimes those tortilla chips can be overly salty or the pizza is not towards your liking. Homemade is the way to go, but there are times when you simply don't have the time. An alternative? Tortillas!

Hear me out. Not only is it quick and easy, you also know what's in it and have the freedom to control what gets added. They are nice, light and filling. Perfect for game nights and party pleasers as snacks and appetizers. It's also a great way to clear out any leftover ingredients in the fridge. So whether you buy packaged tortillas in-stores or make them from scratch. Let's get started!

How To Tortilla Something Different Nacho Food recipes

Clarins Everlasting Foundation + SPF 15

Finding the right foundation shade is one thing. Knowing if it works is another. The Clarins Everlasting Foundation + SPF 15 sounded too good to be true. Long wear, full coverage, comfortable matte finish. But it's true, it was really good! Available in 10 shades, you are bound to find your shade.

Clarins Everlasting Foundation + SPF 15 105 Nude Review Swatch
Clarins Everlasting Foundation + SPF 15 Shade: 105 Nude

What's In My Makeup Bag - Special Occasion Edition

In an older post, I shared "What's In My (Everyday) Makeup Bag" but when it comes to special occasions, my makeup bag is slightly different. I don't bring with me a hundred and one items. In fact, I bring as little as possible, because the last thing I want to think about is reapplying my makeup the entire night, let alone stuffing a case full of beauty products in a pint size clutch.

What's In My Makeup Bag Special Occasion Edition OpenTable Toronto

Springing a Dinner Night Outfit

Spring is finally here! The thought of spring comes bright bold colours to put the snowy days behind and pastels to remind us summer is coming (Yay!). Though it's too soon to throw on those short-shorts, we can definitely ditch the winter heavy wear! Well, sort of.

Mornings are warm while evenings can be chilly. That's why I like to incorporate a mix of winter-to-spring-to-summer in my outfits, especially during a night on the town.

Farewell Target Canada Haul

It's no surprise how much I am going to miss Target in Canada. When I first heard the news they were coming in 2011 (and when they finally arrived) I was ecstatic. Forward to two years later I am devastated by their sudden departure. I LOVE Target. It was my go-to place for practically everything, from exclusive brands sold at Target to their $1 section.

Target Canada Haul

I'm not one to compare competitors as they are each to their own. However, there are some things I liked slightly more coming from Target, mainly fashion and beauty related. As mentioned earlier, exclusive brands that cannot be found elsewhere such as Sonia Kashuk and Pixi, I had heard such wonderful reviews on such brands that I needed to get my hands on them asap!

When it came to clothing, not only were they fashion forward but also in exceptional quality. There were also designer collaborations which no one misses out on (Hello? Remember: Phillip Lim, Peter Pilotto, Altuzarra!?). And thanks to Target landing exclusive rights to the brand from Roots, Beaver Canoe returned to the scene!

I could go on, but this goes to show how much I am going to miss Target in Canada.

Here were a few items picked throughout the liquidation period:

Merona Cocoon Open Cardigan. Gilligan & O'Malley Satin Wrap. Merona Crepe Blouse
Mossimo Supply Co. Black Fedora Hat with Braided Sash and Wide Brim. Merona Casual Socks and Shoe Liners

Farewell Target Canada Haul Merona Cocoon Open Cardigan, Gilligan & O'Malley Satin Wrap, Merona Crepe Blouse
Farewell Target Canada Haul Mossimo Supply Co. Black Fedora Hat with Braided Sash and Wide Brim, Merona Casual Socks and Shoe Liners

Sonia Kashuk Limited Edition Brush Couture 5 piece set
Sonia Kashuk Pearlescence Long Wear Crème Shadow (REVIEW). Sonia Kashuk Liquid Light Concealer. Sonia Kashuk Core Tools Angled Eye Shadow Brush No. 108.

Farewell Target Canada Haul Sonia Kashuk Limited Edition Brush Couture 5 piece set
Farewell Target Canada Haul Sonia Kashuk Core Tools Angled Eye Shadow Brush No. 108. Sonia Kashuk Liquid Light Concealer. Sonia Kashuk Pearlescence Long Wear Creme Shadow

Room Essentials 100% Cotton Washcloths. Threshold Small Platter. Range Kleen Drip Bowls. Scotch-Brite Heavy Duty Scour Pads. Silikomart Small Rose Silicone Baking Mold

Farewell Target Canada Haul Silikomart Small Rose Silicone Baking Mold, Threshold Small Platter, Room Essentials 100% Cotton Washcloths, Range Kleen Drip Bowls, Scotch-Brite Heavy Duty Scour Pads

All items purchased were either something I spotted and loved, a repurchase or miscellaneous knick-knacks I found while browsing around. But let me know in the comments: Did you find anything during the liquidation period? What will you miss most about Target? Do you hope for a comeback in the near future or shipping to Canada?

Goodbye Target, you'll be missed. See you stateside!

Dream Day Style

Soon-to-be a Mrs.? Congratulations! Blank page of ideas? Not to worry. My friends at are here to help! Everything you're looking for, from finding THE dress to all your wedding planning needs (and I mean ALL your wedding needs), they are seriously a bride's digital BFF.

When asked to plan my dream wedding I thought this would be fun. I didn't realize the amount of fun I would have. I spent hours, scratch that, DAYS browsing on their site and admiring everything that can potentially be featured on my wedding day. Seriously, a girl can dream!

Dream Wedding Day Style

Overwhelming, to say the least (can't I just wear all these beautiful dresses?!), I eventually picked THE dress and accessories to fit in with the venue and showcase my personal flair.

Crest 3D White Brilliance

"A smile is the prettiest thing you can wear." But it's not easy to throw on a smile when your teeth aren't at their pearliest whites. There are always new whitening products on the market that sound promising but have you feeling skeptical. However, I have always been a fan of Crest 3D White Whitestrips so when Crest 3D White came out with their Brilliance Toothpaste and Brilliance Boost polishing treatment, I was excited.

Crest 3D White Brilliance Toothpaste Boost Polishing Treatment Review Teeth Whitening Smile

With its special Illuminating Complex and micro-cleansing whiteners, the Brilliance Toothpaste and Brilliance Boost polishing treatment will help give a dazzlingly white, brilliantly clean and amazingly fresh smile. It removes stains and brighten the tooth surface, amplifying your smile from the very first use.

evian Facial Spray Giveaway [CLOSED]

Evian Natural Mineral Water’s journey starts as rain and snow high atop the French Alps after which it filters for over 15 years through glacial rock and sand to a deep underground catchment just outside the town of Évian-les-Bains, France. The water contained in the spray is tested 300 times per day to insure quality and the consistent unique mineral content - guaranteed to be the same year after year - canister to canister. No other water has the same mineral content.

Evian Facial Spray was originally introduced in France in 1962 at the request of doctors for use on burn patients. It was the first facial water spray in France and was introduced as the first facial spray in the United States in 1978. Because of the current world-wide awareness of the Evian brand name, and the 36 year efforts of the USA exclusive distributor (The Wilkes Group Inc. in Old Lyme, CT), Evian is the only facial spray to be carried by many prestige retail groups including Nordstrom and Sephora.

evian Facial Spray

Worldwide, the Evian brand can be found in over 120 countries.The exquisitely fine mist produced by evian Brumisateur penetrates and rehydrates the upper layers of the skin. evian® water has a unique mineral balance along with exceptional purity which suits all skin types, even the most sensitive. Leaves skin looking healthy and feeling refreshed. Dermatologically tested. Use evian® Facial Spray to intensify makeup colors, revive color throughout the day, and set makeup after application for a youthful, dewy look. The leak-proof canister is the ideal product to take on-the-go in any purse or travel bag. Unlike other water sprays, Evian Spray is sealed at the source, so it can not be contaminated.

Enter for a chance to win two 5 fl.oz. (150ml) evian Facial Sprays.

philosophy hands of hope

philosophy hands of hope Review

Cold winter days equals dry unflattering skin and nobody likes the feel of that, especially on the hands. Formulated with shea butter and a blend of natural oils, hands of hope by philosophy hydrates and smoothes dry hands to help provide long-lasting moisture for softer hands. Sounds promising, I decided to put it to the test.

Get Inspired: Chinese New Year

In any celebration, togetherness plays an important role. Chinese New Year does not shy away from that. Spending time with family and friends is key, so much so the celebration traditionally goes on for 15 days!

Get Inspired: Chinese New Year

While being with loved ones on this festive occasion is one thing, it is also an opportunity to enjoy some culinary traditions and fashion, can't forget the fashion!

Valentine Beauty

Your outfit is picked and plans are set but what about the rest? Whether you have plans with your significant other, celebrating Galentine's day (February 13!) or casually going on with your day, get into the spirit of Valentine's day and spice up your beauty regimen!

Pucker Up!
Reds to pinks are gravitating colours when it comes to this romantic occasion, but it doesn't always have to be. Dare to step out of those red lips and go for a nude or mauve.
Tip: To create a fuller looking lip: outline lips with lip liner, lipstick next, and lastly apply a dab of gloss onto the center of your lips. Muah!

Valentine Beauty Makeup Cosmetics New York Color H&M Matte Lipstick Lancome Clinique
L-R: New York Color Expert Last Lip Color - Smooch. H&M Matte Lipstick - Red. Lancôme - Pretty Burgundy. Clinique Long Last Lipstick - Glow Bronze.