Monday, 25 December 2017

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to everyone celebrating today! I hope you all have a lovely day with your loved ones! I'm so thankful to be spending a relaxing holiday at home with my parents and sister.

My sister and I get to open a present on Christmas Eve, which is always Christmas pyjamas. This year we received matching plaid pjs that are so cozy! After we chill in front of the fire and listen to Christmas music or watch a Christmas movie. It's one of my favourite holiday traditions.

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Niagara-on-the-Lake At Christmas

For the Christmas holidays, my boyfriend and I decided to take a quick trip to Niagara-on-the-Lake. Two summers ago, we did a winery tour by bike (recap  here &  here), and absolutely loved it, so we were keen to return in the winter. The town is so picturesque and looked like something out of a holiday card. When we first arrived, we walked along the main street and bought some Christmas gifts. The shopping is amazing for things like soaps, home goods, cards, and Christmas decorations.

We stayed at the Schoolmaster's House B&B, an old heritage home built in 1818 that once served as a boarding school. The house felt so cozy and Christmas-y. Our host was lovely and made a delicious breakfast each morning. Her homemade scones were to die for!

We decided to return to Pellar, our favorite winery from our previous tour. It you're ever in Niagara, I highly recommend it! We did a quick tasting in the gift shop and then did a wine and chocolate pairing. 

We tried sparkling, white, red, and ice wines with chocolate, popcorn, and even a s'more that we toasted ourselves with blow torches. The Niagara region and Pellar are both known for their ice wines which are essentially a liquid version of strawberry jam. It's personally not my favorite (too sweet!), but it was interesting to learn about its history during the pairing.  I ended up purchasing a Chardonnay, but our favorite was the chocolate, which we bought as stocking stuffers.

After, we walked down the road to Inniskillin, Marynissen, and Frog Pond wineries, and then headed home by Uber. Biking winery-to-winery was strenuous in the summer heat and felt more like an intense workout than leisure, so I was very thankful for the drive.

Frogpond Farm Winery

For dinner, we tried Treadwell, one of the top-rated restaurants in town. The food is made with seasonal, local ingredients and changes month-to-month. The service and food was absolutely impeccable. I tried the scallops, roasted chicken, and deconstructed s'more dessert, which did not disappoint. 10/10 would recommend.

Overall the trip was lovely and the perfect way to celebrate after exams. My boyfriend and I have decided to visit Niagara once a year!

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Holiday Gift Guide: Boyfriends

Let me start off by saying that boyfriends are the hardest people to shop for!! I get so stressed out trying to figure out birthday and Christmas gifts for my boyfriend. He always buys me beautiful gifts like jewelry and perfume straight from my Pinterest board, but when I ask him what he wants he never has any ideas. He's not into fashion, coffee, beer, or men's care products so that rules out a lot of gift options. I tried to include some more unique gifts options that don't fall into these categories.

Patagonia Quarter-Zip // This is a great option for your guy, even if he's not that into clothes because it's practical. My boyfriend is not in to fashion at all but he loves this sweater because it's so warm and cozy.

Monogram Leather Wallet // Everyone uses a wallet, so why not upgrade your boyfriend to a nice, adult wallet. The personalization is a nice added touch. Mark & Graham has a matching grooming kit, briefcase, and overnight bag.

Monogram Flask //

Cards Against Humanity // This is one of the gifts that I'm getting my boyfriend this year. It's a huge crowd pleaser at get togethers and I know it's something that he will get a lot of enjoyment out of with his friends.

Birchbox Man Subscription // If your boyfriend is into grooming products, this is a great way to introduce him to new products and brands. Boxes include hair, body, and skin care items. Subscriptions are currently 20% off!

Concert or Sportsgame Tickets // Take your bf to see his favorite team or band. This is a great gift idea because it's an experience that you two can enjoy together. This is the first gift option that I look in to for my bf's birthday or Christmas gift.

Bitcoin // Why not invest in some Bitcoin for your boyfriend! My boyfriend's bff suggested this so I know it's guy approved. Use the Quadriga platform to purchase Bitcoins.

Magazine Subscription // I like this idea because you can tailor it to your boyfriend's interests like fitness, sports, style etc. My boyfriend is into entrepreneurship, so I got him subscriptions to Entrepeneur and Fast Company, which are business magazines.

Needlepoint Hat // Smathers & Branson have plenty of nice needlepoint baseball hats to choose from with symbols like the flag, lacrosse sticks, boats, anchors, birds, dogs, golf carts etc.

Photo Album // If you are looking for a more inexpensive or sentimental gift, get your boyfriend a photo album and fill it with pictures of you two. I got this for my boyfriend one year and I print out pictures every so often to add to the album.

Daniel Wellington Watch //

Polaroid Camera //

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Holiday Gift Guide: BFF

Kate Spade Jewelry Box
Henri Bendel 2018 Agenda 
Monogram Mug - Under $10!
Pom pom hat
Nest Sugar Cookie Candle
Mimi & Marge Sterling Silver Knot Earrings - Under $50!
Classic Style by Kate Schelter - This is on my Christmas list and it's currently under $20!
Tory Burch Mini Perfume Duo - Under $30!
Fresh Lip Treatments - These smell SO good, like lemon and sugar!
Breakfast At Tiffany's Sleep Mask - Perfect for the fan of Big Little Lies!
Sonix Portable iPhone Charger 
Mark & Graham Cocktail Shaker
Gray Malin S'well Bottle

Here are some gifts big and small for your bff. I'm on the hunt for unique S'well bottles so naturally I died over the Gray Malin edition! I also really love the Classic Style book. Right now it's on sale for $17!

I've also included inexpensive options in case you have lots of BFFs to shop for! The mugs are under $10 and the lip treatment trio can be split up and given as individual gifts.

Friday, 24 November 2017

Black Friday Sale Roundup

Hey everyone! Happy Thanksgiving to my American readers! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend filled with family, friends, and food. If you're not too busy eating or relaxing you should check out these AMAZING Black Friday sales. This is an excellent time to get started on Christmas shopping or just to treat yoself.

-Aritzia - 50% off selected items (I got this off-the-shoulder sweater)
-BaubleBar - 35% off everything with code "VIP35"
-Bloomingdales - 15-25% selected items
-Club Monaco - 25-25% off with the code "SHOPFRIDAY"
-Evelyn Henson - 20% off with the code "DECKTHEWALLS"
-J. Crew - 40% off at J. Crew with the code "THANKU"
-L. L. Bean - 20% off clothes and outerwear with the code "THANKS20"
-Madewell - 25% off with the code "DONTSTRESS"
-Nordstrom - Extra 20% off selected sale items
-Shopbop - Up to 30% off full price items & up to 70% off sale items with code "MORE 17"
-Talbots - 50% off one item & 40% off entire purchase at Talbots
-Tuckernuck - 20-30% off your order with code "GO NUTS"

Here are some of my favorite things on sale:

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Goodbye Fall

Parka: Canada Goose // Scarf: J. Crew Factory // Sweater: Tobi 
Jeans: 7 For All Mankind // Booties: Sam Edelman

This weekend the temperature dipped below freezing and we had a light snow fall, so I started pulling all of my cold weather favorites out of my closet. I've already worn my Canada Goose a few times this month and definitely felt a little extra wearing a parka in November! Under my parka I like to wear a cozy sweater (Tobi has some great options) paired with a festive plaid scarf. I wore this outfit with my new leather booties, before I get stuck wearing Hunter boots or clunky Sorels for the rest of the season. 

Monday, 20 November 2017

Holiday Gift Guide: Beauty

Travalo Travel Perfume Atomizer - This is perfect for the traveler!
Borghese Active Fango Mud Mask - My mom, sister, and I love this mask! It leaves your skin feeling so soft and refreshed. I tried a similar, more expensive mask from Glam Glow and wasn't impressed at all. 

Makeup brands come out with the BEST products around the holidays. I love all of the amazing value gift sets and beautiful limited editions. Christmas is the perfect time to treat someone to a nice beauty gift that they wouldn't buy some themselves, like a Borghese face mask, a monogrammed cosmetic case, or a luxury perfume. There are also plenty of inexpensive options, like the Deborah Lippmann nail polish set ($25!) or the MAC Snow Ball Rose lip gloss kit ($30).

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Thanksgiving Outfit Inspiration

Thank you to Elle for suggesting this post! Unfortunately there was a delay with receiving my camera and I wasn't able to shoot an outfit, so I decided to pick some of my favorite Thanksgiving outfits from Pinterest. I tried to include outfits with wardrobe staples that you probably have in your closet.

For some reason Canadian Thanksgiving happens in October, so I'm super jealous of everyone who gets to spend time with family and stuff their face with turkey next week!
Enjoy :)

For a Walk in the Woods
Hunter Boots + a Cozy Sweater + Jacket + Plaid Scarf

For Catching Up Over Coffee With Friends
Trench Coat + Striped Sweater + Tall Boots

For a Casual Dinner with Family
Cozy Turtleneck Sweater + Wrap + Jeans + Flats

For A Fancy Dinner
Plaid Shirt + Grey Skirt + Tights + Heels

For a Fancier Dinner
Trench Coat + LBD + heels + plaid scarf

For Lying On the Couch With a Turkey Coma
Plaid PJ Pants + Matching Top + Cozy Socks + Moccasin Slippers

Monday, 13 November 2017

Holiday Gift Guide: Mom

Happy Monday everyone! This week I'm kicking off my Holiday Gift Guide series. Each week I'll be posting a different gift guide to help you with your Christmas shopping. Although it's still November, Starbucks has released it's holiday drinks and I've been listening to Michael Buble's Christmas album, so I don't think it's too early to start thinking about gifts ;)

Whenever I ask my mom what she wants for Christmas, she usually says a day without cell phones or no arguing in the house (haha). My go to's are hand cream or some sort of product from the Body Shop. Other gifts that she likes are scarves/shawls. One year we got her custom a painting of our house from an artist on Etsy. There are tons of artists who can paint your house, pet etc. I think this is a super sweet idea if you're looking for something more sentimental!

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Winter Formal Dresses Under $200

First Row: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5
Second Row: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5
Third Row: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5
Fourth Row: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5

November may seem a little premature to be looking at dresses for formal, but December is less than a month away. I've included some of my favorite long and short dresses for formall, all under $200.

My winter formal is less than a month away, so I've been looking at dresses. Last year I waited too long to order a dress online, so I had to rush to the mall a week before formal which was stressful to say the least.

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Preppy Fall Jackets and Coats

Here is a collection of preppy jackets and coats for fall. You can never go wrong with a classic pea coat, trench coat, or quilted jacket. Some of these picks are definitely investment pieces, but you will be able to wear a classic, preppy style for years to come! 

When purchasing a more expensive item, I like to consider cost-per-wear. Because I wear coats from September to April, I get a ton of use out of them, so it's easier to justify this type of purchase. For instance, my Canada Goose coat is the most expensive item in my closet but I wear it nearly every day in the winter. On the other hand, buying a $200 dress for a formal doesn't make as much sense since you will likely only wear it a handful of times. 

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Fall Bucket List

Because the weather has been on the warmer side, it doesn't quite feel like fall. I'm hoping that by the time midterms are over the weather will have cooled down and I can do all of the favorite fall things. I'm looking forward to baking pumpkin bars (recipe  here - I make them for Thanksgiving dinners and my family always comments on how good they are!) and watching scary movies. I'm also going on a road trip to Montreal at the end of the month with my program and I hope to see beautiful fall foliage on the drive up. It's been years since I've been, so I'm excited to explore the city as an adult! 

What's on your fall bucket list?

Monday, 23 October 2017

Thigh High Boots for Fall

Boots: Kaitlyn Pan // Shirt: J. Crew // Vest: J. Crew // Jeans: Joe's Jeans
Purse: Tory Burch (similar) // Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

Hey everyone! I'm finally back with another outfit post! Can we talk about these boots? They're the best dupes for the Stuart Weitzman Lowlands. I was shocked at how great the quality is. I appreciate how they don't have a zipper on the side which can really cheapen a boot. Now I want to order them in every color!

Friday, 13 October 2017

Friday Favorites

Hey everyone! Sorry for the lack of posts lately. Biostats has taken over my life and I've been finding it difficult to shoot outfit posts because my amazing photographer (aka my sister) lives 2.5 hours away! At the beginning of the school year I was worried that I wouldn't have enough to do, but now that the semester has picked up, I have a part-time research job, and I joined the student association for my department, I fear I have too much on my plate. However, my sister is coming to visit this weekend for homecoming so I'm hoping to squeeze in a shoot.

I was super excited to hear that J. Crew will be lowering their prices and offering more sales. If you scroll through their website you can already see some less expensive pieces. During the 40% off sale I purchased the striped off-the-shoulder top pictured above. It's super cute! I can't wait to wear it out for dinner or cocktails. It does run very large so I would suggest sizing down one size or even two sizes (for reference I'm normally an XS-S, and went with an XXS).

In other news, Bauble Bar came out with a collection of 18K gold jewelry. Personally, I prefer having a few nice pieces that will last for years to come as opposed a ton of trendy jewelry, so I was will definitely keep this collection in mind for Christmas. This ring is so pretty!

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

My Grad School Experience So Far

This is my 3rd week of the Master of Public Health (MPH) program at Queen's University and so far, I'm loving it. It's a completely different change from undergrad, but in a good way. The school that I went to for undergrad was not very social and didn't have much school spirit. I went strictly for the academics, which I don't regret, but I was craving more of a typical university experience after I finished. I can definitely say that I've found that experience here.

Even though I've only been at Queen's for a few weeks, I already feel at home. To start off, my program is small (less than 50 people), so we're already pretty close. I'm always studying in the library, grabbing food, or going out for drinks with my classmates. The professors specifically told us to collaborate and not be competitive, so everyone looks out for one another. This is much different from undergrad, when I would only shares my notes with a select few and rarely hangout with my classmates outside of lecture.

Another thing that I love about Queen's is living in Kingston, Ontario. It has the most restaurants per capita in all of Canada, even though it's a fairly small town. I already have a long list of restaurants that I can't wait to try. I also love being close to everything - campus, the grocery store, the drug store, cafes, restaurants, bars and the waterfront. I walk just about everywhere!

As for the actual work, I'm finding the course load to be a lot less than undergrad. I'll be working part-time during school for the first time in my life because of the extra room in my schedule. Instead of taking 5 courses a semester, I only have to take 3 courses plus a pass or fail workshop. For the most part, the level of difficulty is similar to that of a 3rd or 4th year course, except for Biostatistics. It is the hardest course that I've ever taken in my life, even though I've already taken 2 stats courses before! I have to study a minimum of 2 hours before each class just so that I can keep up with the lecture material. The other day I was asking my professor a question and nearly burst in to tears from frustration. Fortunately, I know that everyone else is in the same boat, so it's nice having people to vent to and study with.

I can't finish this post without mentioning my roommates. I live with 4 other grad students and they're all so great. Everyone is respectful and mature, which I can really appreciate after two particularly awful roommate experiences. Having a group of people to hangout with who aren't in my program is so nice when I want a break from anything school related.

Overall, my grad school experience has been a great one so far! I'm really excited to see what the rest of the semester will bring.

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Meghan Markle Street Style

I've been following Meghan Markle ever since she started dating Harry and starting popping up in the news (I mean, isn't everyone?). I'm obsessed with her classic yet casual style! As much as I love Kate Middleton's style, her wardrobe mainly consists of fancy dresses and coats that I obviously don't have the opportunity to wear myself. However, Meaghan wears a ton of outfits that I could actually see myself wearing. In fact, I already own a lot of Meghan's staples like hunter boots, flats, Stans, oxford shirt, knit hats, baseball caps, beanies, and wool coats (not the Goyard and Mulberry bags though ;) day!).

What's your favorite outfit?

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