Monday, November 30, 2015

Cyber Monday Sales + My Picks

Hi ladies!  Happy Cyber Monday -- holy smokes, who is shopping again?  
 I refrained on Black Friday but may not be able to resist the deals to be had today.  In the spirit of stocking up & Christmas shopping, I'm sharing some awesome deals plus my picks below.  If you're debating something, today is the day as the sales will be gone tomorrow.
Happy shopping!

All Saints  |  30% off everything; use code CYBER

More stores + picks after the jump...

Friday, November 27, 2015

Black Friday Sales

Happy Black Friday!  Are you shopping today?  I'm staying away from the malls, myself, but that doesn't mean I am not planning on scoring some sweet deals online.  

With that said, I've rounded up a few places online that are hosting some great deals today:

Aldo  |  50% off the original price (my over-the-knee boots above are now $100!)

All Saints  |  30% off entire site; use code CYBER (swooning over this, this & this)

Aritzia  |  30% - 50% off sale (super deal on these skinnies)

Asos  |   30% of everything; use code BLESSED (these, these & this are on my Xmas wish list + this sexy number)

Bath & Body Works  |  buy 3 get 3 free (love this candle & this soap)

Dynamite  |  30% off everything (love this, want this body suit & just picked this sequin skirt up)

Garage  |  40% off all online orders (plus I saw a ton of my poncho above at the Place d'Orleans location on Wednesday for now $20)

Mackage  |  $150+ off on select coats (let's be honest, this is the only thing I really want for Christmas)

Nordstrom  |  extra 25% off sale items

Shopbop  |  15% off orders of $250, 20% off orders of $500 & 25% off orders of $1000; use code GOBIG15 (still love this, these, thesewant my fave flares in white)

Steve Madden  |  20% off + free shipping; use code OMG (still love these)

Vince Camuto  |  30% off; use code EARLY30 (great, versatile boot)

Zara  |  30% off entire site

LACE UP HEELS + MANY MORE (30% off; use code BLESSED)

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Huge Forever 21 Red Haul

Today I'm sharing a huge Forever 21 Red haul with tons of Fall and athletic fashion.  We just had a new store open up at Place d'Orleans so of course I had to check it out and I scored big time.  I explain what F21 Red is all about in the video as well as share a few clips of what the store looks like, if you'd like to see.

As always, thanks for watching & happy shopping.


Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Camera Roll Outfits + Selfies


Hi ladies!  I'm back with another round up of camera roll outfits to share.  Sometimes I look back through these and forget what I wore so this is a good reminder for an outfit in a pinch when you're trying to get out the door.

The look above I wore last night out shopping.  The temperatures have dropped--we have snow as of yesterday morning!--so a warm but not-too-heavy jacket was imperative.  I loved ripped skinnies and these ones stay up on my hips.  This is definitely a evening/weekend go-to look for me, in all neutrals of course.



Monday, November 23, 2015

Weekend Recap: iPhone Snaps


On Friday evening we headed out to see Mockingly Jay Part II but realized, at the theatre, Marco had accidentally bought tickets to see Spectre instead!  It was still fun and I'm a huge Bond movie lover anyway.  We went to the new VIP theatre at Lansdowne where they serve a full menu in your seats along with alcoholic beverages #hello

The tree is up!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Friday Finds

Who is ready for the weekend?  Me, me, me!

What are your plans?  Tonight we are going to see the new Hunger Games movie (I'm all caught up as of two nights ago), and Saturday we are heading to Kingston to visit Marco's family.  I'm also super stoked to pick up my new curling iron at our US postal box on the way; will share more in a video tutorial soon.

Have a great weekend!

Can't wait to go here next weekend.  Memories of last year here.

The final product of my Holiday photoshoot for Place d'Orleans.

Beautiful, ridiculously expensive lamp.

Shopping for my nephews; how adorable is this sweatshirt?

This kid's video is on point.

The perfect Christmas party dress.  #gasp

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here...

Photo taken at the Booby Ball last week.  See more with our friends here.

A few posts you may have missed:




Thursday, November 19, 2015

Cold Weather Layering Fashion Haul

Hi ladies!  Today I'm sharing another video on layering up for colder weather & some of my favourite new pieces.  

I love this time of year, before the snow flies, where we can rock all the cute, lighter layers without being completely covered in a parka.  Now is the time to pull out and show off your layers and rock suede footwear.  Also, if you're in the market for some new beanies, I'm sharing my current fave in the video--they are so comfy and at a great price point too.

Click more to watch the video...

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Oversized Knit Turtleneck & Over the Knee Boots


This year, since the temperatures have dropped, I've been crazy attracted to sweaters.  I know that seems like common sense, but in the past I would wearing sleeved tees or blouses more than anything.  Maybe it's part getting older, part knowing what I really like, but sweaters currently have my heart.

I just picked this one up on the weekend and had initially gone in to get the olive green version but surprised myself by leaving with the cream.  It's so cosy and I love the wide, bell sleeves on it.  I would say it runs true to size, no need to size up like I normally do and mine is a medium with plenty of wiggle room.

I've linked a few more cozy sweaters at the bottom if you're in the mood for some shopping.


Monday, November 16, 2015

Weekend Recap: iPhone Snaps

On Friday night, a group of friends and I went to Ottawa's first Booby Ball.  We had bought tickets months ago and the night was finally here.  It was a large event in support of breast cancer and it sold out.  It was held in the Horticulture building at Lansdowne Park and it was a huge party from the minute you walked in.

They had a photographer at the front taking everyone's photos as they arrived, a DJ spinning, a manicure station, passed appetizers, a photo booth, people dressed in Star Wars costumes, an open bar & more.  People were full of spirit and we saw tons of sequins, glitter, face paint and even some fun costumes.  We danced the night away and had a great time.

More photos after the jump...

Friday, November 13, 2015

Friday Finds

Happy Friday & welcome to the weekend!

This week has been pretty outstanding, mainly because I was in the delivery room as my best friend gave birth to her second child.  Her husband and I were there, along with nurses and the Doctor, and it was one of the coolest experiences of my life, naturally.  

We had planned for me to be there, so I had been anxiously awaiting the call and it came Tuesday evening.  By the early hours of Wednesday, there was a new babe hanging out with us--what a sweetheart!  Definitely an incredible night and so special she let me share it with her.  You can see a photo of us here.

For the weekend, tonight I'm heading to the Booby Ball with some friends, which I'm totally stoked for.  If you're going, I'd love to meet you so please come and say hi!  On Saturday I will be checking out the new Forever 21 Red at Place d'Orleans (hello jeans for $9?!) and gearing up for a video with all my purchases so stay tuned.

Have a great weekend!

"I had a miscarriage."  Three women share their stories.

My newest haul video: cold weather layers.

This is me before a party.  #thetruthisfunny

20% off at All Saints (code: NOVEMBER); swooning over this jacket & this coat.

A funny take on Adele's Hello.




Thursday, November 12, 2015

Workouts for Women | Bicep & Tricep Routine

Hi ladies!  A few of you ask me what I like to do at the gym and I'm a big fan of lifting heavy weights.  I've been lifting for over two years and even more seriously since May.  I'm finally starting to see some muscle build and definition--but still a long way to go.

I know lifting weights can be intimidating, it was for me because I was such a cardio fanatic for many years.  That said, now I really enjoy lifting weights and for the first time in my life, my body is slowly starting to change.   I wanted to share with you what I do, as it's pretty simple, in a video below...


Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Hike Around Pink Lake

About a month ago, we took a little day trip to Gatineau Park and took a small hike around Pink Lake.  If you've never been, it's this beautiful aqua-teal coloured lake in Quebec that is just stunning in person. I'm not the biggest outdoor-sy person, but this is something worth seeing, if anything for the photos.

We took Marco's Mom with us, since she was in town, and walked around the park a bit, enjoyed the views before heading back to Ottawa to hit the mall.  Classic women!  I'd love to share some photos with you if you'd like to see...


Monday, November 9, 2015

Weekend Recap: iPhone Snaps

Hope you ladies had a great weekend.  I'm keeping this recap somewhat short as I guess I just didn't capture a ton.

We went back to Kingston for the internment of Marco's father.  Afterwards, we went back to the house for a huge Filipino feast and some time to relax.

The next day...


Friday, November 6, 2015

Friday Finds

Happy Friday & welcome to the weekend!  I'm definitely ready for sleeping in and relaxing a bit.  I'm planning to film a video this weekend and just take it easy.  Next week I'm re-starting the Article Club and we will be reading this one if you'd like to share your thoughts.  Have a great weekend!

I'm giving away two tickets to the Booby Ball in Ottawa for next Friday!

So pretty.

9 Snapchat tricks you might not know.

Simple but handy etiquette tips.

Just picked up these & it's like you're wearing nothing at all!

Why girls should get strong, not skinny.

Loving this song.

Revealing portraits of heavily tattooed people.

(Photo of a common dinner at our place: chicken rice bowls with mixed greens, black beans & random veggies or whatever I can find in the fridge thrown in.  Topped with tons of Sriracha and an over-easy egg.  Cheers!)




Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Instagram Outfits & Camera Selfies

Hi ladies!  I always like sharing these posts with you because it can't be a photo-shoot style post for every outfit, but there are a lot of outfits that don't ever make it to the blog #realtalk
Here are a few looks as of late via Instagram and the camera roll.
I wore this outfit one evening shopping, and it's basically my weekend / evening uniform.  I love a good distressed skinny, a looser fitting top, ankle boots and an oversized scarf.  A leather jacket and a beanie would be great accessories to add into the mix for a chic, layered look.


Tuesday, November 3, 2015

A Look Back at October

October has had some highs and lows, but we are still keepin' on.

We traveled back and forth to see Marco's family, I shared my travel style & we hosted Thanksgiving at our place.  I got some new peep-toe booties and wore a variation of this outfit every weekend.

We celebrated our friends wedding, helped pick apples in the in-laws garden and celebrated a friends birthday.

The saddest news of the month was putting down our family dog, Peanut, who would have been 16 this month.  Despite the fact that she lived a long and wonderful life, it doesn't make it easier.  We miss her so much.

I shared an outfit with my new OTK boots, we went to see Kevin Hart (man, we needed that laugh) and I started wearing socks #soundsweirdbuttrue 

I saw my photos on the doors of Place d'Orleans (the first photos of the photoshoot I did back in August; vlog of the day here), checked out the granite slabs for my condo, did some shopping and celebrated Halloween as a mermaid.

Some posts you may have missed:


Monday, November 2, 2015

Weekend Recap: iPhone Snaps

Happy Monday ladies!  Hope you had a great Halloween weekend.

Marco's mom came into town for the weekend so after we picked her up from the station, we went and grabbed some pho.  Afterwards it was home to just relax for the rest of the evening.


On Saturday we...

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Inexpensive DIY Mermaid Costume

Halloween has come & went but I wanted to share my costume.  I went as a mermaid and created the costume myself.  It was quite labour intensive as I'm definitely an amateur sewer, but it actually turned out #success

I wasn't really able to document how I went about sewing the skirt and creating the top, but wanted to share a few steps along with photos of the finished product as I know some you ladies were asking.

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