Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Packing A Travel Toiletries Bag


travel toiletries

Between cottage weekends and one longer vacation, this summer has been a true test of my last minute packing abilities. 

I love living simply, and I definitely try to abide by the "less is more" motto wherever possible. That being said, I'm not ready to loose the title of being that girl who always has everything, since it's totally worth it when you're travelling. 


Monday, August 24, 2015

Rebalancing Ritual | Aromachologie By L'OCCITANE

aromatherapy body l'occitane

With summer slowly rolling to a close and the September stress looming over the horizon, warm baths are going to become a crucial part of my weekly routine.

I see great value in using essential oils for their relaxing (lavender), bacteria-fighting (tea tree) and revitalizing properties (sweet orange), so I always keep a few favourites in my bathroom for when I need a boost.

There is a simplicity and undeniable freshness that comes along with all essential oils, as they are distilled and pressed from nature's most amazing plants. Incorporating aromatherapy, or aromachologie into your skincare routine is both easy and effective. See my favourite spa-night tips here.

Today I wanted to document the Rebalancing Body Care Ritual from L'OCCITANE which I was given earlier this summer to try out. This is a unisex line which comes in exquisite packaging. There are two other existing lines in the Aromachologie collection, one which is Revitalizing (rosemary and orange) and the other is Relaxing (lavender and bergamot).

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Lightweight Sunscreen | Summer SPF

lightweight sunscreen

We all need to sit in the sun. Vitamin D is crucial for our overall health, and I can tell you firsthand that a bit of sun exposure makes me noticeably happier. 

But a few too many sunburns can kill. And I don't just mean that in an "ow-my-skin-is-on-fire" kind of kill.

As someone who can't stand slapping on thick, greasy, stinky cream on a humid and sweaty day, I am extremely picky when it comes to sunscreen. So here are 4 lightweight favourites that have kept me out of the red zone this entire summer. (See the ones from 2014 linked here)

I'll start off by saying that Neutrogena makes some of the best sunscreens on the market. I swear by their Ultra Sheer line of high-quality lotions, and we usually stock up on SPF 30-60 every year since they're $15 for a 3-pack at Costco.

best sunscreen under makeup

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Almond + Macadamia | Coffee Scrub

Coffee Scrub Review

Ah, coffee. One of nature’s finest gifts to humans, and an integral part of my morning routine.

With the success of their original coconut oil formula (reviewed here) Jealous Body has now released a full range of five different coffee scrubs for the body and face. 


jealous body scrubs organic

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Proraso Red - Shaving Cream & Foam Review


When I think of men's shave cream, all the drugstore classics come to mind - Barbasol, Schick, Gillette. But what makes a shave cream just one step above the rest, and in turn, worth the higher price tag?

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Touring Texas

Mission San José
Mission San José

A week off work means a week down south, and a very warm one at that. Texas in the summer is hot hot hot, and also not very crowded. (Bonus!) I've been explaining the experience to people as "it's like you just opened the pre-heated oven door, except that's the door to the street." Fortunately, the A/C is blasting all day every day, so a cool escape is always near.

Let's start off with the San José Mission in San Antonio. There are five Spanish Missions of Old San Antonio scattered along the San Antonio River. These establishments were built by Spanish Catholic religious orders who trained the native peoples to cultivate the land and adopt new culture, in order to live sustainably and prosper. These sites were built in 1720 (The Alamo) and 1731 (San José, San Juan, Concepcion and Espada). The missions are free UNESCO World Heritage Sites which still run as active parishes. When it isn't 100°F I'd totally do a bike tour of the four latter missions.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Baby Foot Review

baby foot review

I love a good at-home mani/pedi, but my routine is pretty time consuming so I’m lucky if I get two in a month. Even in the summer my feet are in good shape, so when I was offered a package of "Baby Foot" to write about, I enlisted the help of my hard-working mom to see just how powerful this popular product really is.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Merlocola - A Fun Twist On Classic Red


I'd say that I'm a pretty casual drinker, as I often prefer a glass of ice water over a martini. But after a busy day, I must admit that a crisp glass of wine starts to sound good once 6pm rolls around.

I was recently introduced to Merlocola which is a new red wine available at the LCBO just in time for the heat of summer.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

ELLE Canada VIP Event Recap

girls night out wine elle canada


I’ve been an avid reader of ELLE Canada for ages. I find that this particular Canadian magazine has very professional articles that span a wide range of topics, suitable for all ages. Living in Toronto means that we're right in the centre of all the action, especially where fashion and beauty are concerned. I signed up to be an ELLE VIP events member at least a year ago, which put’s you on the list for invites to their fun-filled evenings happening a few times each year.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Taste Of Toronto Event Recap

taste of toronto review

"Fort York hosted upwards of 20,000 visitors across four days from 2 – 5 July 2015. Featuring world class chefs, Toronto’s top restaurants and over 70 exhibitors, this is foodie heaven." -tasteoftoronto.com

For me, summertime means outdoor festivities. With only a few weeks left before things start to crank up for la rentrée, I'm making it a top priority to get out and about, whenever possible.

I first heard about Taste of Toronto back in January, and it has been on my list of "things to do" ever since. I’m a big fan of any kind of themed festival, especially since the energy is always so upbeat. With many events being free in the downtown core, it can be extra exciting to pay a small ticket price for entry into the more exclusive outings.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

What To Do In Barcelona

Over the next few weeks I will be featuring a 3-part series documenting my sister’s recent vacation to Spain, Italy and France – written entirely by her! Hope you enjoy. x

what to do in barcelona - Parc de la ciutadella, gothic cathedral, mercat sant josep la boqueria, ajuntament de tarragona, park guell
After an especially arduous year and two degrees under my belt, I felt more than ready for a springtime vacation. I’ve had the pleasure of travelling to Europe a few times with my family, so for this trip I wanted to check out some new cities in addition to my favourites. The difference this time is that I went on the adventure with one of my girlfriends (hello, nightlife!).

First stop: Barcelona

Top 10 Things To Do
1. Visit Park Güell for a great view & explore Gaudi's masterpieces
2. Rent a rowboat, picnic and people-watch in Parc de la Ciutadella (kind of like the Central Park of Barcelona)
3. Marvel at the details of La Sagrada Familia
4. Tour the grounds of the Hospital de la Santa Creu I Sant Pau
5. Stroll through the Picasso museum (free on Sundays after 3pm)
6. See the Gothic Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia (there's a great view of the city from the roof)
7. Get a snack at Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria
8. Soak up some sun on the beach & see a flamenco show
9. Trek up to Montjuïc & the Olympic park
10. Walk along Las Ramblas, eat lots of tapas, and take as many exciting shots possible (more on that to follow)


I have heard only positive things about Barcelona from friends and family, so my hopes were extra high for the first week of the trip. After an overnight flight, we hopped off the plane, subwayed up to our hotel in the Guinardo area and hurried over to Camp Nou to watch the FC Barcelona vs. Real Sociedad football match.

Camp Nou Football Tickets FC Barcelona Real Sociedad
FC Barcelona vs. Real Sociedad at Camp Nou

Football Match

My friend Tara and I have played soccer together for over 10 years (I’m still getting used to calling it football) so seeing some of the world’s greatest players in person was a bucket-list worthy event. The energy in the stadium was like nothing I’d ever experienced. There was no jumbotron, no instant replays and no loud speakers, just 100,000 dedicated fans singing, cheering and enjoying the game. Tickets weren’t cheap (90 euros a piece to sit close to the top) and it wasn’t until three days before the match that we found two decent seats side by side, but having a clear view of two amazing goals right below us made it worth every penny.


Thursday, July 9, 2015

L'OCCITANE Verveine Agrumes Shampoo & Body Lotion



"Welcome, the Citrus Verbena fragrance. A blend of organic Verbena from Provence, grapefruit and lemon from the Mediterranean crushed with lemony leaves, which come together in an exhilarating zesty accord to offer both a comforting, gentle sensation and an invigorating breath of vitality for the summer." -L'OCCITANE

No matter how many times I try to skip a day between washes, I don't think I'll ever stray from my daily shampooing. There's something so revitalizing about a good scalp massage either before bed, or first thing in the morning.


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