Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Hey, It's Ok!

Airing My Dirty Laundry

To be happy that Johnny Mac was able to win his way back into the house on Big Brother! He is my favourite houseguest this year and would love for him to win.

That I have the best date ever for an upcoming charity gala!! I'm going with the guy who was my high school prom date! I've known him since elementary school and he is a ton of fun. I know I am going to have a great time at the gala!

To have had a mini reflexology facial on the weekend, for the first time. I have had foot reflexology done before (highly recommended, if you've never tried it) but never heard of a reflexology facial. It was weird...but one of the most relaxing things I have every had done.

That I finally went in the lake this weekend!! I had previosuly gone in the lake this summer, but only up to my knees. On the weekend it, the water was warm enough (and the air hot enough) that I actually went in the lake and went swimming. It was great.

To had today off. I took a vacation day and have something pretty fun/interesting planned. I'm excited about it!

That today is the first day of September. September is on of my favourite months; summer tourists are gone, but the weather is still nice enough for the beach. It would still be nice to have a few more weeks of August...I want more summer.


Monday, 31 August 2015

Topbox Limited Edition: The Kit's Summer Survival

Topbox is a Canadian company which does monthly subscription boxes, as well as a number of limited edition boxes throughout the year. I used to be a monthly subscriber; even though I have cancelled my subscription, I do buy their limited edition boxes, if the content appeals to me.

The content of the Kit's Limited Edition Summer Survival Guide Box did appeal to me, so I bought one. The box shipped mid-August. Honestly, I wish it has shipped earlier so that I could enjoy these products during the summer. By the time I got my box there were only 2 weeks left. 

  • Redken Frizz Dismiss FPF Fly-Away Fix Sheets- Described as "dry like sheets", you smooth one over dry hair to combat fly-aways and frizz. The sheets are in the box and not pre-packaged/individually packaged, which makes me wonder how long it will be before they dry out. Also, the box I have is for fine hair, which my hair is not...so I'm serious to see how well they will work.
    Retail Value: $25
    Topbox Value: $25
  • Marc Anthony Hydrating Coconut Oil & Shea Butter Moisture Rich Body Butter Dual Packs- I love the smell of coconut and I hope this smells good- since it's in a foil package, I don't want to open it until I'm ready to use it. We'll see what this product can do for my extra dry skin.
    Retail Value: $8.96
    Topbox Value: $1.34
  • Avon MagIX Face Perfecter SPF 20- This primer claims to smooth fine lines. I love that it has SPF 20! That alone will make me use this product. It's thicker than any primer I have ever used, but it did make my skin feel smoother.
    Retail Value: $9.99
    Topbox Value: $9.99
  • Evian Brumisateur Facial Spray- I LOVE THIS PRODUCT!!! I have been a fan of Evian Facial Spray for years! This product can be used to set your make-up or to keep you skin hydrated- which is what I use it for. This is by far my favourite product, and the one I am most excited about, in this box.
    Retail Value: $15 for two
    Topbox Value: $7.50
  • Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Face Lotion SPF 30- This product claims to provide 12 hours of hydration- which I can't wait to test out- and protection from UVA and UVB. It smells like sunscreen, but wasn't nearly as greasy. It did make my skin feel hydrated as soon as it was applied.
    Retail Value: $9.99
    Topbox Value: $9.99
  • Illumalift Brightening Cream- This is a Canadian brand, which makes me extra excited to try it. This is supposed to be a primer, that minimizes the signs of aging by enhancing collagen production, while brightening your skin. I'm not sure how I feel about this product...it's kind of like a cream blush and you have to really blend it in, or else you have yellow streaks. It does feel light, which I like.
    Retail Value: $33
    Topbox Value: Unknown...it's a sample size and doesn't say how much is in the sample
  • OGX Nourishing Coconut Milk Shampoo- My sister actually uses this shampoo, so I'm looking forward to trying it. It claims to make your hair shine, as well as strengthen it.
    Retail Value: $7.99
    Topbox Value: $1.23
  • Saint Cosmetics Eyeshawdow in Lay It Out In Lavender- The packaging is cute, but the colour isn't for me. I would have loved to try one of the other colours they had...basically, any of the other colours would have been more "me" than lavender.
    Retail Value: $24
    Topbos Value: $24
  • Barefoot Venus All Cracked Up Repairing Cocoa Butter Foot Balm- Like the rest of my body, the skin on my feet is super dry and I'm always looking for a product to use on them. I was introduced to this brand by Topbox in another box I got, and feel in love with the brand. Besides the Evian Spray, I am most excited about this product! It smells amazing!! It feels thick to the touch, but it goes on super light.
    Retail Value:$17.99
    Topbox Value:$2.77
  • Rene Furterer Okara Active Light Shampoo- Not only does this product repair damaged hair, but it's especially for highlighted and bleached hair. I don't do either to my hair, so I'm not sure if this product will do anything for me,
    Retail Value: $29.00
    Topbox Value: $2.18
  • Purology Colour Fanatic Multi-Tasking Hair Beautifier for Colour Treated Hair- I am confused by this product...it's a spray that was 21 functions? I did a little googling to try and figure more out; it "primes, protects and perfects colour-treated hair". Uses include leave in conditioner, hair cutting lotion, detanlger spray, hair cuticle sealer, anti-frizz spray, hair shine treatment... I'm still confused. I guess I'll give this a try and see what happens.
    Retail Value: $25
    Topbox Value: $3.73

Total Retail Value: $172.92 (does not include Illumalift Brightening Cream)
Total Topbox Value: $87.73 (does not include Illumalist Brightening Cream)

Don't remember how much I paid for this box, but it was between $30 and $40. Regardless, this box has a great value, almost $90 worth of products. There are a couple of products I won't use, and a bunch I am excited to try. Overall, pretty happy with this box!!

Friday, 28 August 2015

Fashion Friday- Flamingos

Happy Friday!! This has been such a long and busy week- I am so ready for the weekend!! I plan to spend it at the beach- just relaxing and getting ready for next week. I can't believe summer is so close to being done...I need a few more weeks of summer.

One of my favourite animals is flamingos...I love them! I thought it would be fun to put together a flamingo outfit. It might be a bit overkill, but these pieces are just too cute not to share!

Watch // Shoes // Top // Clutch // Ring // Skirt
I love this skirt from Alice + Olivia...as it combines two of my favourites; a-line skirts and flamingos! It's super cute and I love how the size and spacing of the flamingos. This is such a great skirt!

There are a number of shoes that have flamingos on them and I was so tempted to incorporate them into this outfit, but I decided to go with a more low key and classic pair of black pumps. I went with these Sophia Webster pumps that are solid black on the front but have flamingos on the heel. 

Clearly Kate Spade loves flamingos as much as I do!! The top, watch, earrings and ring are all from Kate Spade. 

To finish off the look, a simple and classic clutch.

I have styled this look so that all of the pieces can be worn together and I realize that most people would not want to wear so much flamingo. If you wanted to add one piece of flamingo into your outfit, it can easily be done. The accessories can be incorporated into virtually any outfit. Pair the top with jeans or a solid skirt-I would go with either black, white or any shade of pink. The skirt can be paired with any solid colour top- again, I would go with black, white or any shade of pink. 

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Apartment Sweet Apartment- Reading Nook & The Coolest Chair

It has been ages since I shared anything about my apartment, so I thought I would today! For well over a year, I have wanted to share a little reading nook area that I created. But first, some background.

My living room is odd shaped:

Photo take the day I moved in...hence no furniture.
I did end up finding a bar that I feel in love with and after months of debate, I made the commitment and bought the bar. It will end up being featured on the blog at some point. There was some space beside the bar, but I was happy to leave it empty (and use it to store my balcony table during the winter).
Well over a year ago, we sold my great-grandparents house. Before the sale, family went through the house and picked items they wanted to keep. The rest was sold at a garage sale. I worked the garage sale and I was talking to a couple my age about a sectional couch in the basement.

Couch on the right...also, I loved that carpet!
The conversation was about how you would never find a couch like it these days...nothing that shape and nothing with that pattern. We all agreed it was a really cool, unique piece. After they left, I knew I had to take a part of the couch for my apartment- it was too awesome not to. The question was, which part? I knew what part I wanted (the piece that's front facing in the photo, with the round pillow) but wasn't sure I could fit it in my car or apartment. 

There was an end piece (not pictured) that would be perfect for the corner of the nook beside the bar. Plus, it would make the best reading/lounging chair. I brought the end piece of the couch back to my apartment and did some styling:

LOVE how this turned out!!! The dark piece on the right side of the picture is the bar.
This is the part of the blog where you would find links to where you can find the pieces pictured...unfortunately, there are no links. 

  • Lamp (which needs a light bulb) was purchased from the now defunct Zellers; I bought the lamp while the store was liquidating.
  • Blanket was a gift from a sorority sister. It is so soft and comfy! No idea where she bought it from.
  • The table was actually made by my great-grandfather. I loved it and took it for my apartment, knowing I would eventually find a spot for it.
  • Flowers came from a local florist and they are in a mason jar from my great-grandparents house. I always have fresh flowers on this table. 
  • Finally...the signature piece...Chair is from my great-grandparents. It fits perfectly into the corner, as it is rounded. I do have legs for the chair, but it would still be pretty low and I think I like the leg-less look better. This chair is the perfect place to curly up in read. I do a lot of blogging and work from this chair too. 

Here's a close of the material:
Seriously, where would you find material like this-the actually material, design, colours, texture, everything- these days? And, how awesome is the print?!?
Can you see why I love this space of my apartment so much?!? I'm so happy with the way it turned out and I love that chair; the shape, the size, the material...everything! Love, love love!! Plus, it's nice how much of my great-grandparents are part of this little corner of apartment real estate.