Friday, 24 March 2017

Friday Favorites

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1. Meghan Markle is the definition of beauty and brains. Check out her article about the stigma surrounding periods and how it affects women's access to education.

2. Another International Women's Day article from Tory Burch about embracing ambition!

3. This coat from Zara has it's own Instagram! I think it would make a great coat for work and date night.

4. This isn't a new find, but these striped tops from J. Crew Factory are amazing - so thick, well-made, and versatile. If you don't own one, I highly recommend stocking up for spring!

5. So far I've received 2/4 acceptances from grad school! It has taken a ton of pressure of me since I know that I have somewhere to go in the fall, even if it isn't my top choice. If you have any tips for narrowing down schools please let me know!

6. A few weekends ago I went to a formal and I followed this ponytail tutorial. It was fairly easy to do! I recommend using dry shampoo before you begin styling to help give your hair some volume and texture, and then finish off with a generous amount of hairspray.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Formal Dresses and Grad Ball Recap

If you're looking for an inexpensive formal dress, I would highly recommend Lulu's. BCBG dresses also get marked down a lot, so you can find a $600 dress for under $200 - check the BCBG, Saks, Bloomingdales, and Neiman websites or a BCBG outlet. I'm also a big fan of the Aqua dress at Bloomingdale's as they're pretty inexpensive for a formal dress, especially on sale. If you don't want to buy a dress, you can rent one from Rent the Runway! I checked it out and I thought the selection was outstanding. They send you two sizes so you're likely to end up with something that fits! Additionally, many women who have rented the dresses leave reviews online with pictures and measurements, which makes it easier to guess what size you are.

A few weeks ago, I went to a grad ball. My roommates are all part of the science faculty at my school and kindly invited me to the science faculty's grad formal. It was pretty much the opposite of prom - drama free. Prom was so stressful because I was worried about who was going to be in my limo, whose pre-prom party I was going to be invited to etc. My friends and I hosted a get together at our apartment before the ball for sangria and pictures. Then, we attended the dinner and dance at a hotel. Afterwards, we headed to a dive bar for karaoke while still wearing our formal dresses. We got so many weird looks which was hilarious.

The only issue that I ran in to this time around was my dress. When I went to order a dress that I had been eyeing on the Lulu's website, I realized that it wouldn't arrive in time, so I spent a good 5 hours browsing dresses online. I FINALLY found a beautiful BCBG dress on the Saks website on major sale. However, there was an issue with my order (on Saks end) and the dress was not going to arrive on time. To make the whole situation worse, I had a terrible experience with customer service that left me in tears, and this is saying something because I do a lot of online shopping and have had less than favourable experiences in the past with other websites.

I rushed to the mall and surprisingly found this dress among the limited options in my area. It doesn't look great on the model online, but looked great in person and the ruching was flattering on my rectangle frame. I paired the dress with these Sam Edelman heels which were SO comfy for a night of dancing.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

NYC Recap

~Welcome to New York~

My sister at the T Swift exhibit

Jack's Wife Freda

This year for reading week my sister and I planned an impromptu trip to NYC. Within a couple days of my sister suggesting the trip, our hotel and flights were booked. Although I had the option to go to Cuba with my roommates, I'm so glad that I decided to spend with my sister since we rarely get to see each other. Since the weather was so nice, we ended up walking just about everywhere and had the loveliest time. Afterwards, we met up with my parents in Collingwood. We we're supposed to go skiing but the weather was too mild so we just ended up relaxing, playing games, eating, and going for a hike. My boyfriend and his parents met up with us, which made the trip that much better. Now I am back at school stressing about life and wishing I was back on holiday!

Day 1
Where We Went:
-Taylor Swift Experience at the Grammy Museum (my sister's idea, not mine...)
-9/11 Memorial
Where We Shopped:
-Century 21
What We Ate: 
-For dinner we went to an Italian restaurant called Lupa near NYU, which was AMAZING. I had the spinach salad and I honestly didn't know that salad could taste so good. I also the pork belly tortellini, which is hands down the best tortellini I've ever had in my life. 10/10 would recommend.
-Baked by Melissa
Step Count: 

Day 2
Where We Went:
-We tracked down the apartment building where my grandmother grew up after her family immigrated to the US from Ireland. 
-Central Park
-The Met
Where We Shopped:
What We Ate:
-Magnolia Bakery
Step Count:

Day 3
Where We Went:
Where We Shopped:
-tons of shops in Soho, though I didn't buy a thing
What We Ate:
-Jack's Wife Freda (a little overrated TBH)
-Shake Shack
-Magnolia Bakery (had to go back a second time for the red velvet cupcakes)
Step Count:

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Spring Wardrobe Inspiration

I just came back from NYC where I got a taste of spring weather, which got me excited to replace my wool sweaters with cotton shirts, flats, light wash denim, gingham, and seersucker. I did a bit of shopping there and surprisingly didn't go overboard (as my family expected me to). I picked up this off the shoulder top in gingham, from Abercrombie of all places. I haven't bought anything there since high school but I was pleasantly surprised by their selection. The top is SO cute and I know that I will wear it a ton this spring and summer. I also ventured into Century 21 and found a great pair of distressed jeans from Paige. I think the distressed jeans from Madewell, pictured above, also also a good option, since the distressing is minimal. 

For spring, I also have my eye on a pair of red flats. I realized that red would go great with all of my navy and blue tops. Sam Edelman recently came out with a new style of flats called the "Finley", which I'm a big fan of. They're more structured than their classic Felicia flats and also don't have the embroidered SE at the back of the heel. 

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

My Winter Skin Care Routine

Despite the fact that spring is quickly approaching, it has been pretty cold and windy lately, so I've been diligent about sticking to my skin care routine. Here are my must-haves for winter! 

I have dry-combination, acne-prone skin so I've had to find a balance between products that prevent acne but don't dry out my skin. Evening morning and night, I wash my face with Garnier's PureControl Acne Cleanser which is great for preventing blemishes without being too drying. I actually find it more effective than a similar (more expensive) product from Clinique! My cheeks tend to get quite dry, so in that area I use Clinique's Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+. This stuff works wonders! I used to get patchy, dry rashes on my face during the winter and that stopped once I tried this moisturizer. On my t-zone I apply Clinique's Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief, which is oil-free, so it won't clog pores. Clinique moisturizers are a little pricy but I can't recommend them enough.

Regular chapsticks don't cut it for me, so I use Vaseline which works MIRACLES. I forgot to bring Vaseline with me when I went skiing in December and my lips were insanely dry and painful. When I finally got to a drug store, I didn't want to buy a massive tub of Vaseline (there was 0 space in my suitcase, oops) so I got the Lip Therapy in Cocoa Butter which smells amazing and fits in to a clutch. 

St. Ives Nourish and Soothe Oatmeal and Shea Butter Body Lotion is great because it's moisturizing, but not greasy. It also leaves you smelling like a oatmeal muffins.

Monday, 30 January 2017

Valentine's Day Gift Guide

1. Essie Nail Polish in "Muchi Muchi" - I have this colour and I think it's the perfect pink!

5.  Victor & Rolf Flowerbomb Rollerball Perfume - Rollerballs are a great option if don't want to buy a $100 bottle of perfume!

6. Mac Lipstick in "Russian Red" - A shade that is flattering on a variety of skin tones.

7.  Chloé Eau de Parfum - One of my favourites! It's quite florally, but it definitely does not smell like your grandmother's perfume.

8.  Bralette

Sunday, 22 January 2017

On Trend: Ruffle Tops

One trend that I have been loving lately is ruffle tops! Ruffles are a great way to dress up an otherwise plain shirt or sweater. I also love how they are being incorporated with other trends, such as the cold shoulder.

1. Banana Republic Blue Striped Top (currently 40% off!)

2. J.Crew Bow Tie Shirt

3. STYLEKEEPERS Ruffle One Shoulder Top (OBSESSED)

4. Endless Rose Tiered Ruffle Sleeve Sweater (currently sold out but it's constantly being restocked)

5. Eight Sixty Magenta Ruffle Top (the perfect going out top!)

6. Nordstrom Ruffle Sleeve Striped Sweater

7. Club Monaco Gingham Ruffle Tie Top

8. Banana Republic Short Sleeve Ruffle Shirt