6 WAYS TO WEAR SEQUINS FOR NEW YEARS EVE

Thursday, December 29, 2016



New Years Eve is just a few days away but there is still time to snag something sparkly before the ball drops.  I love sequins for the holidays (I have an entire Pinterest board dedicated to them!) and like I've mentioned before, tend to invest in at least one piece per year as they will truly last & keep in your closet forever.

I'm a big fan of long sleeved sequin mini dresses, but also love a sequin top to dress up with a skirt (leather would be awesome) or down with some denim or distressed black skinnies.  

Today I'm sharing a few ways I've worn sequins over the years, plus sharing a bunch of similar items in case you're looking to get your sparkle on this weekend.


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WEEKEND RECAP: IPHONE SNAPS | CHRISTMAS 2016

Tuesday, December 27, 2016



Happy Tuesday and a belated Merry Christmas!  I always put up a Christmas post, and we were travelling this year, per usual, so I brought my laptop and it just didn't happen.  Between celebrating my Dad's birthday on Christmas eve, then travelling to Marco's family that afternoon and back to Ottawa the next morning, there wasn't a lot of down time.

I wore my new fave sweater for birthday and Christmas festivities on the 24th and I'm not kidding when I say I'm in love with this softie.  It's such a chic, yet versatile piece, I'm finding myself reaching for it for day, weekend, and when I've been rushing out to meet up with friends.  I'm seriously debating the olive green colour!


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NORDSTROM HALF YEARLY SALE TRY ON + BOXING DAY SALE ROUND UP

Monday, December 26, 2016



Happy Boxing day ladies!  I spent the day at the mall shopping and battling the crowds and it was kind of worth it.  I did make out with several pieces, but honestly, the sales are so good online, I'd skip the hassle and just shop from the comfort of home. 

Also, it's the Nordstrom Half Yearly sale (!!) so I'm sharing all the pieces I've tried on, and while mostly everything I'm sharing is marked down, there are a few that aren't on sale.  However, I'm linking them anyway plus to the same or similar items on sale elsewhere so you can snag them.

Finally, I'm sharing a huge round up of all the post-Christmas sales happening around the web at the very bottom of the post, so be sure to scroll through.  I'll have a full Weekend Recap up tomorrow, with details from Christmas and more.  Hope you're having a great day!


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HOLIDAY STYLE

Thursday, December 22, 2016


O U T F I T  D E T A I L S  :  CUT OUT BODYSUIT  |  RED SKIRT -- OLD (SIMILAR, LOVE THIS)  |  SPARKLY HEELS  |  CLUTCH / IPAD CASE

We are just a few days away from Christmas so I'm breaking out the red skirt!  You girls know I love anything neutral, but this skirt was a purchase I have never regretted for my closet--perfect for festive parties, even New Years Eve!

Do you guys dress up for your holiday dinner?  Ours is pretty casual, so you can wear anything you like--I'm usually in some combination of leggings (ahem--eatin' pants) and a pretty top, but could totally show up wearing something dressier and my family wouldn't bat an eyelash.


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WHERE IS VLOGMAS?!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016



Happy first day of winter!  We are feverishly trying to finish up the Christmas shopping over here and I've spent the last three nights, including tonight, shopping.  I'm just about there and hoping I can finish up tomorrow and get all the wrapping done on Friday.  If that's not last minute, I don't know what is... actually, I do, but this still feels very last minute for me!

Something I've been getting a few questions about (thank you!) is Vlogmas--where the heck is Vlogmas?!  If you're not familiar, it is a December tradition of vlogging everyday.  I did it last year, and the year before, and loved it, but it's a ton of work.

After getting super sick for four weeks in the middle of November, I made a promise to myself that I wouldn't participate in Vlogmas.  I was bummed to have to decide that, but had to put my health first. I don't want to get too negative, but working full time, blogging on the side and filming my life, editing and uploading a video every. single. day. for the month is a lot.  Add that on top of the general holiday excitement of hosting parties, going to gatherings, seeing family and trying to check everyone off your list, it will legit take a toll on the bod (case in point: when I got sick during Vlogmas last year).

So all that to say, I had to put Vlogmas on hold this year, and just focus on everything else... and I hope you don't mind, and understand.  I've been extra focussed on getting daily content up for you, sharing awesome sales and gift guides, outfits and more.  I truly put my heart and soul into this blog and appreciate you girls so much.

That said, I will be continuing to post daily content after Christmas because the sales are going to be huge!  I've already been getting a few sneak peeks at what retailers have in store and will share with you all my top picks and what you need to buy.

I'm sharing a little video I made below where I basically share everything I just went over about why I haven't done Vlogmas, but there is also some fun footage of my family's annual tree decorating and how I make my favourite pancakes that you always see in my Weekend Recaps.  Hope you are having a great day, and see you tomorrow!







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GIFT GUIDE | FOR THE HOMEBODY

Tuesday, December 20, 2016



It's safe to say that I'm a huge homebody, and although it might seem like I go out a lot, I love to stay in.  As a natural introvert, staying in recharges my batteries, and I genuinely enjoy being alone--surfing the Internet, watching YouTube, editing a video, etc.  That's the stuff that keeps me going so I can go out and be social and spend time with people.

That said, if there is a homebody on your list--or you're just sneaking in a few last minute gifts for yourself--this post is for you!  I'm totally eyeing that olive scarf for myself, and am loving all things copper for the home (ie. those cute salt & pepper shakers!).  And of course that cozy cardigan has my name written all over it!

I have that fluffy eye mask (which also comes in white) and purchased it right before our trip to Italy for our overnight flight, but also wear it on a semi-nightly basis and for weekend sleep ins.  I would say sleeping with an eye mask takes some getting used to, but really helps me fall asleep, if I'm having trouble, and stay asleep longer.

Happy shopping! xo


WEEKEND RECAP: IPHONE SNAPS

Monday, December 19, 2016



Happy Monday & last week before Christmas!  Eek!  Can you believe it's just about here?  I'm still completely unprepared but have some ideas up my sleeve so it shouldn't be too bad crossing everyone off my list!

How was your weekend?  

On Friday night, I went to the second annual girls Christmas party--this year the theme was Tipsy Elves with an ugly-sweater-glam dress code.  See last year's party here.  I went with this ridiculously soft sweater (which I will totally be wearing around the house in months to come--so cozy!) and these shimmery leggings.  We had a great time snacking on some delicious treats, dancing and playing some silly xmas games.  You can see a pic of a few of us here.


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HOW TO PULL OFF A SEQUIN TOP

Friday, December 16, 2016


O U T F I T  D E T A I L S  :  H&M SEQUIN TOP -- LAST YEAR (ALMOST IDENTICAL, SIMILAR, LOVE THIS)  |  CHOKER  |  BLACK SKINNIES  |  BCBG PUMPS -- OLD  (SIMILAR, ALSO IN GOLD)  |  TARGET BOX CLUTCH -- LAST YEAR (SIMILAR)

Happy Friday!  Do you have fun Christmas plans this weekend?  Any parties?  We are going to keep it pretty low key, mind you, we have a ton of Christmas shopping to do--ack!  I'm super behind this year and trying not to stress about it.  

Tis the season to get dolled up, or keep it casual with some sparkle.  I love sequin tops and usually purchase some sort of sequin piece every year.  My top is from last year but I've linked some really similar ones below.  Pair it with a pencil skirt (leather or fabric would look great), with black skinnies like I did or even denim.  Anything goes, and all you have to do it is put it on and you're instantly festive.  Case in point, the silver sequin top I wore for our Secret Santa party.

Hope you girls have a great weekend!


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SHOPBOP HOLIDAY SALE + MY PICKS

Thursday, December 15, 2016



Shopbop is having another awesome three day sale, this time on designer merchandise that is on sale--they're giving an additional 30% off; use code EXTRA30.  Friday is the last day of the sale so now is your chance to stock up.

That said, I'm sharing my faves, per usual.  I feel like I've been doing a plenty of shopping posts lately, but what can I say, the holiday season has me in the spirit of giving... and maybe following the rule of, 'One for you... one for me'  #treatyoself  

Also, not only would any of these pieces be awesome additions to your closet, they would make great gifts for Mom, sister, or best gal pals.


MY FAVOURITE WOOL WRAP COAT

Wednesday, December 14, 2016


O U T F I T  D E T A I L S  :  WOOL/LEATHER WRAP COAT  |  ZARA LACE TRIM CAMI (SIMILAR, SPLURGE)  |  DARK DENIM (MEDIUM WASH, BUDGET FRIENDLY)  |  OVER THE KNEE BOOTS -- ON SALE!  |  BAG

Alright girls, taking a break from holiday looks, today I'm sharing a pulled together look for date night or cocktails with the girls.  I always reach for these jeans, whether for Casual Friday, going out or even hanging at home because they are so comfortable (and I cannot say that about many jeans!).  I paired it with a chiffon cami and over the knee boots to spice things up.  Throw in a pretty choker and you're done.

This wool and leather coat is one of the best pieces I've ever purchased, and I'm so glad I pulled the trigger back in the Summer, even though at that time it was hot and muggy.  Now with the cold weather here, I've been wearing this non-stop and it's such a showstopper.  I love the drape of the front and if you're broader, like me, this actually fits great in the shoulders.  Bonus, it's now on sale!!


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JEANS + A WHITE SHIRT HOLIDAY OUTFIT

Tuesday, December 13, 2016


O U T F I T  D E T A I L S  :  OFF SHOULDER WRAP TOP  |  PAINT SPLATTER DENIM (SIMILAR)  |  HEELS -- OLD (SIMILAR)  |  BAG -- OLD (SIMILAR, LOVE THIS)  |  F21 CHOKER (SIMILAR, SIMILAR)

Keeping with the holiday theme, I'm sharing another casual outfit I'm loving for the holidays.  This look combines the comfort of distressed denim with the style of elevated accessories and an interesting top.

I'm a huge fan of dressing up my casual pieces, mostly because I like to be comfortable, and those are the pieces I tend to invest in because I will wear them over and over again.  While it's always fun to get a new dress, when you can dress up your basics, it's a great way to reuse your pieces and save for items in the future you will wear constantly.


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DESIGNER BAG SALE

Monday, December 12, 2016



Hi ladies--there are some crazy sales on currently for designer bags.  I shared a bunch for Black Friday but many have sold out and new ones have also been added.

I've been on a big crossbody kick for a while now.  I love the effortlessness of hands free shopping / everyday life, so for my next bag I'm definitely going to go that route.  I have been coveting this one for a while now--so pretty in both colours!

That said, there is nothing like a beautiful handbag and my Givenchy Antigona (above) was my first designer bag purchase.  There are several of them on sale, in various sizes.  Mine is the medium, which is the largest size and you can see me carrying it here for size reference (I'm 5'11).

All that to say, today I'm sharing a round up of the bags that I'm eyeing because these sales are too amazing to pass up.  If you've been thinking about taking the plunge on one of these beauties, now is a great time.


WEEKEND RECAP: IPHONE SNAPS

Monday, December 12, 2016


SEQUIN TOP -- OLD (ROSE GOLD, NAVY)  |  SCARF  |  DENIM

Hello, hello, Monday how the heck did you get here so fast?!

On Friday night we hosted our fourth annual Secret Santa and it was awesome.  I was finally feeling better, and we had 18 friends join together for a crazy evening of eating, drinking & present opening.

My Secret Santa gave me these pretty rose gold monogram ornaments for the tree & this cozy scarf (which I had my eye on!).  You can see a picture of the whole group of us here.


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WEEKEND SHOPPING DEALS

Sunday, December 11, 2016



Happy Sunday ladies!  Just wanted to jump on and share a few awesome deals happening around the web--we are in full recovery mode today after a huge party last night for Marco's 35th (more on that tomorrow in the Weekend Snaps).

My white lace bodysuit is still available, but running low in sizes.  It's obviously very sheer so I actually paired this bodysuit underneath for more coverage.


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FOREVER 21 FINDS

Friday, December 9, 2016


It's been a while since I've done a Forever 21 post and they have so many great pieces right now, from chic sweaters that look way more expensive than they are, to a great selection of holiday and New Years Eve attire, I'm loving so many pieces!

Hope you have a great weekend! xo


GIFT GUIDE | GIFTS FOR YOUR GIRLFRIENDS UNDER $100

Thursday, December 8, 2016



I'm back with the second round of holiday gift guides and today we're talking about the special ladies in your life--be it your best girlfriend, Mom, sister or whomever is your nearest and dearest.  I've got a variety of fun things I know some of my closest girlfriends would love (because they told me) + things I already love or would love to get myself.

I just got a new phone, and would love a marble phone case.  The rose gold knot bangle is so pretty (and comes in yellow gold & silver too)--I have a friend who has one and every time she wears it, I'm eyeballing it.  These leggings are the comfiest pair I've ever owned and I actually gifted my bestie with a pair last year and she loved them.

I'm all about either nude or dark manis, and I'm on my second bottle of the Essie colour above
.  You can always find some beautiful stuff on Etsy like this woven wall hanging, and how pretty are those rough diamond studs!?  This satin cami PJ set would be super cute too & this glass and gold booze decanter is gorgeous + functional.

Finally, this is my favourite red lip colour (as seen on me here), the chic water bottles come in a variety of colours and prints and these are my absolute favourite undies--they are comfortable, lie smooth under the sheerest of clothing and don't dig in!


PREVIOUS GIFT GUIDES:  Hostess Gifts Under $30


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WHAT TO WEAR TO A CASUAL HOLIDAY PARTY

Wednesday, December 7, 2016


O U T F I T  D E T A I L S  :  CROCHET OFF SHOULDER TOP  |  ZARA DISTRESSED DENIM -- SOLD OUT (SIMILAR)  |  ASOS FEATHER CLUTCH -- OLD (SIMILAR, SIMILAR)  |  REPORT SIGNATURE HEELS -- OLD (SIMILAR, LOVE THESE)

While I love to get fancy every now and again, casual is more my thing, with some elevated pieces to fancy it up.  This look is something I would wear to a casual holiday party, say at someone's home or even out for festive drinks with the girls.  It's comfortable and chic at the same time.  Pair it with metallic heels and a fancy clutch and you're party ready.

We are hosting our four annual Secret Santa this Friday and I'll be wearing something along these lines--minus the shoes, because I'm not a big shoes-in-the-house kinda girl.  And if this look is a little too casual for your taste, swap in dark denim or some coated burgundy pants and you'll be a little more dressed up.


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EASY HOLIDAY OUTFIT WITH A SEQUIN SKIRT

Tuesday, December 6, 2016


O U T F I T  D E T A I L S  :  RUFFLE TOP  |  SEQUIN SKIRT (SIMILAR, ALSO IN RED & BLACK)  |  BCBG PUMPS -- OLD (SIMILAR, FUN SPARKLY OPTION)  |  VINTAGE CLUTCH -- FOUND THE EXACT ONE! (SIMILAR, SIMILAR VINTAGE)

I love December, and while I early prefer the warmer months of Fall leading up to it, the festive season gets me right in the feels!  The music, the parties, the decor and the glam--this is definitely the time of year I love to pull out the sparkle and sequins and go ham!

Sequin pieces are something I love to collect (I have an entire Pinterest board dedicated to sequin outfits!) but I tend to only wear them during the holiday season, so now is the time to take advantage. 

I have a couple sequin skirts in my wardrobe and this one is four years old (case in point, eek!),  but I've linked a bunch after the jump if you're looking to add one to your closet.  I paired mine with a pretty off-shoulder-ish ruffle top and a classic black pump.  To off set the harshness of the black shoe, I added the mesh-beaded clutch and a red lip to tie it together.  Another great option would be with a chunky sweater tucked into only the front of the skirt, or a simple tee for an edgy-chic look.


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WEEKEND RECAP: IPHONE SNAPS

Monday, December 5, 2016



Good morning & happy Monday!  How was your weekend?  It's been three weeks since I've done a Weekend Recap, which is the longest I've ever gone, because I've been so sick... and am still sick.  And when you're sick, there isn't much to write home about... or share on the blog!  I was improving last week, but by Friday afternoon, I lost my voice and have barely spoken all weekend.  Cue incredibly frustrated faced emoji.  #girlneedstotalk 

By the way, Happy December!  Holy smokes, the holidays are here / around the corner and I'm unprepared, but, there is still time.  How are your preparations going?

That said, I'm functioning and feeling way better than I was, so that's a huge win, and my appetite hasn't diminished, ha, so with that, onto the food-heavy weekend recap.


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LAKE COMO & HOTEL METROPOLE SUISSE

Saturday, December 3, 2016



I'm finally wrapping up the last of our trip to Italy.  From Bellagio, we took a 45 minute hydrofoil boat ride to the small town of Lake Como.   We stayed at a the boutique-style Hotel Metropole Suisse, and the location was perfect as it was directly across the street from the hydrofoil dock--and when you're lugging far too many suitcases, you want to be close.

We checked in, dropped our bags and took in the view.  We had a gorgeous lake view, and the mountains were just stunning.  Such a picturesque spot to stay, and I was excited to get out and explore.


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