Maybelline Color Show nail polish GIVEAWAY

Maybelline free giveaway

Silk Joe Fresh dress

Joe Fresh silk dress, Chanel French Riviera bag, Prada sunglasses, Tiffany Ziegfeld collection necklace and Christian Louboutin Simple kid pumps

Palm tree shorts


Maybelline Color Show Polka Dots review and giveaway



Denim jogging pants and Preen X Aldo Rise

Denim jogging pants, Forever 21 silk shirt, Coach Legacy clutch, Ily Couture necklace and Preen X Aldo Rise heels.

White leather Stylestalker vest and Zara skort

White Stylestalker vest, Zara skort, Zara shirt, Ela Handbags clutch, Alexis Bittar bangle, Chanel bangle and block heel sandals.

Maybelline Color Tattoo Pure Pigments: A quick review

Maybelline Color Tattoo Pure Pigments in Wild Gold

Diane von Furstenberg 'Medya' leather dress

Diane Von Furstenberg leather dress

CoverGirl Lip Perfection Jumbo Gloss Balm: A quick review

CoverGirl Lip Perfection Jumbo Gloss Balm

What it is: CoverGirl's answer to the jumbo color stick parade, this balm is fortified with Shea and mango for a nice, non-sticky hit of lip hydration. 



Beauty bonus: This balm is similar to the other jumbos that are currently on the market. While it does provide a punch of colour, it's not as much as others such as the Clinique version. 
The texture is exactly like a traditional lip balm: smooth, slightly on the matte side and not drying like some lipsticks can feel.  

Beauty bummer: The only bummer (if there HAS to be one) is if you're looking for a strong hit of colour, this is not your product. Other than that, there's none! This is a quality competitor in the jumbo stick market. 

Would recommend: Yes

Price: Approximately $8 
Available at : Drugstores nationwide 




Palm trees (minus the beach) in an H&M tank

Palm tree tank, white Zara skort and jacquard blazer with a coral Marc Jacobs clutch.

One scarf, four ways (Plus, Plenty Summer Sale details)

Monk & Lou circle scarf
 When the Plenty people approached me to be one of the local bloggers taking part in a project for their summer sale - I was super excited!

I'm all about supporting local brands and stores, especially when they are as amazing as Plenty! (Can you tell it didn't take too much convincing to get involved?)

The Plenty Summer Sale runs June 19-30 at all store locations and will feature spring and summer pieces (Savita pants, I've got my eye on you!) - including this Monk & Lou jersey tube scarf.

Think it's just a wear-one-way piece? Think again! Take a look at these four ways to style this one versatile piece.
Monk & Lou jersey scarf
Circle Up: 
Double wrap your scarf, fluff it up and go! 
Monk & Lou jersey tube scarf
 All Wrapped Up: 
Place the scarf around your neck. Then, create a criss-cross in front and step through the bottom loop. Pull the fabric behind your back (the scarf will now make an X in front). Pull the top portions over your shoulders and midsection and smooth the fabric in front to the desired length and look.
Monk & Lou jersey tube scarf
 Hot Halter:
Place the scarf around your neck. Cross each side in front of your body in the opposite direction. Grab a skinny belt and place it around your waist. Pull the top of your scarf out so it covers the belt. Smooth the bottom so it's straight. 
Monk & Lou jersey tube scarf
 Cool Coverup:
Open the scarf and step in the middle. Smooth the fabric around your body. Grab two sections (about 1/4 of the way from each corner) and knot them together in the front. 

 Shopping bonus: Plenty is giving away a $500 shopping spree to a lucky customer who shops their sale between June 19-30!

Thoery melon leather jacket and lace

White eyelash lace dress, Theory coral leather jacket, mint leather GAP clutch, Steve Madden suede platforms and flash mirror sunnies.

Theory Elanian jacket in melon, lace Forever 21 dress
 Dress: Forever 21 (similar here and here) | Jacket: Theory | Heels: Steve Madden | Clutch: Gap | Earrings: Forever 21 

During the winter months I swear I can almost hear my summer clothes quietly weeping over their lack of use.
But the weather has finally warmed up enough for me to dust them off and wear them out and, this time, it's me who is breathing  an audible sigh of relief as I (finally!) take my knits and pants out of heavy rotation in favour of skirts and dresses. 

Rachel Roy dress - with a secret

Rachel, Rachel Roy dress, Zara neon yellow jacket, Ela Editor's Pouch, Prabal Gurung for Target heels.

Rachel, Rachel Roy dress, Zara neon yellow jacket, Ela Editor's Pouch, Prabal Gurung for Target heels.

Rachel, Rachel Roy dress, Zara neon yellow jacket, Ela Editor's Pouch, Prabal Gurung for Target heels.

Rachel, Rachel Roy dress, Zara neon yellow jacket, Ela Editor's Pouch, Prabal Gurung for Target heels.
Dress: Rachel, Rachel Roy (old) | Blazer: Zara | Clutch: Ela Handbags | Heels: Prabal Gurung for Target | Bracelet: Forever 21
The funnest part about fashion is getting the chance to push yourself outside your comfort zone. 
While appearing simple and sweet on first glance, this printed dress harbours a sultry secret -- an open back! 
And though it's nothing I can't easily conceal with a cute blazer or cardigan, it's fun to test my limits with something that's chic and sexy. 


Old Navy floral fine print blouse

Old Navy floral blouse, Zara white skort, Coach Legacy clutch, Louis Vuitton bangle, white leather Topshop heels

Old Navy floral blouse, Zara white skort, Coach Legacy clutch, Louis Vuitton bangle, white leather Topshop heels

Old Navy floral blouse, Zara white skort, Coach Legacy clutch, Louis Vuitton bangle, white leather Topshop heels

Old Navy floral blouse, Zara white skort, Coach Legacy clutch, Louis Vuitton bangle, white leather Topshop heels

Old Navy floral blouse, Zara white skort, Coach Legacy clutch, Louis Vuitton bangle, white leather Topshop heels Blouse: Old Navy | Skort: Zara (last seen here) | Necklace: J.Crew c/o | Clutch: Coach | Right arm: Louis Vuitton | Left arm: Michael Kors, Alden Rae and Old Navy | Heels: Topshop (old)
I adore a good floral print especially when it's all itsy bitsy, teeny weeny cuteness on an on-trend chambray blouse.
Added bonus? These tops are only $5.99 right now! (Cue jaw dropping in amazement.) 

Clinique A Different Nail Enamel for Sensitive Skins: A quick review


Clinique A Different Nail Enamel for Sensitive Skins

Clinique A Different Nail Enamel for Sensitive Skins  

What it is: A full range of nail colours that are formulated specifically for those who have sensitive skin and eyes.
Beauty bonus:  The applicator brush on these little paint pots is first rate.
Beauty bummer:  If you're just looking for a little Clinique for your digits and don't suffer with sensitive skin, then the $16+ price is a bit steep. 
Overall:  Available in a rainbow of colours, this new line of polishes is fragrance-free, Dermatologist and Ophthalmologist tested and is approved for use on those with an array of dermal dilemmas.
Strictly from a polish perspective, the quick-dry paints offer full coverage with only one coat (see pic below!) -- making quick application a breeze. 
While I noticed limited chipping throughout the first couple of days of wear, the glossy shine did seem to fade after only a few days. (Topcoat definitely suggested!) 
Clinique A Different Nail Enamel for Sensitive Skins in Hi Sweetie!


Would recommend? YES!
Price: Approx. $16-18 CAD  
Available at: Sephora, Hudson's Bay

Old Navy printed denim pants

Old Navy floral jeans,Forever 21 creme blouse,Gold Gap clutch,Sam Edelman heels

Old Navy floral jeans,Forever 21 creme blouse,Gold Gap clutch,Sam Edelman heels

Old Navy floral jeans,Forever 21 creme blouse,Gold Gap clutch,Sam Edelman heels

Old Navy floral jeans,Forever 21 creme blouse,Gold Gap clutch,Sam Edelman heels
Jeans: Old Navy | Blouse and necklace: Forever 21 | Heels: Sam Edelman (old) | Clutch: Gap 


Gap military jacket

Gap camouflage jacket, Forever 21 romper,Gap two-tone leather clutch and Prabal Gurung for Target heels.

Gap camouflage jacket, Forever 21 romper,Gap two-tone leather clutch and Prabal Gurung for Target heels.

Gap camouflage jacket, Forever 21 romper,Gap two-tone leather clutch and Prabal Gurung for Target heels.
Jacket: Gap | Romper: Forever 21 | Necklace: Hudson's Bay | Heels: Prabul Gurung for Target (no longer available) | Bracelets: Old Navy | Watch: Michael Kors 
Adopting a military-cool vibe doesn't have to mean masculine. 
I like the idea of a slightly fitted version of the as-seen-everywhere camouflage topper. It helps balance the overall silhouette, while making the look appropriate for day and night. 

Chanel Timeless Classic Mini Flap handbags: A friendly comparison

Chanel mini A65055 A35200

In the market for a mini CHANEL? Read this first!

Conductor stripe chinos

Gap chinos,Forever 21 blouse,J.Crew rhinestone bib necklace,Loeffler Randall Rider bag,Topshop heels and a Michael Kors watch

Gap chinos,Forever 21 blouse,J.Crew rhinestone bib necklace,Loeffler Randall Rider bag,Topshop heels and a Michael Kors watch

Gap chinos,Forever 21 blouse,J.Crew rhinestone bib necklace,Loeffler Randall Rider bag,Topshop heels and a Michael Kors watch

Gap chinos,Forever 21 blouse,J.Crew rhinestone bib necklace,Loeffler Randall Rider bag,Topshop heels and a Michael Kors watch
Chinos: Gap | Blouse: Forever 21 | Necklace: J.Crew c/o | Bag: Loeffler Randall Rider bag | Heels: Topshop | 
Watch: Michael Kors
I've been on the lookout for a pair of relaxed jeans that fit my (*ahem) wide hips and not-so thin thighs. 
While these chinos weren't exactly the 'distressed boyfriend' look I was going for, they have a cute striped pattern and complimentary fit that feel just right -- for now. 

Floral pants

Target Canada floral pants, GAP mint clutch,sheer mint Forever 21 blouse,and pink suede pumps

Target Canada floral pants, GAP mint clutch,sheer mint Forever 21 blouse,and pink suede pumps

Target Canada floral pants, GAP mint clutch,sheer mint Forever 21 blouse,and pink suede pumps

Target Canada floral pants, GAP mint clutch,sheer mint Forever 21 blouse,and pink suede pumps
Pants: Merona at Target | Blouse: Forever 21(love this sleeveless one) | Pumps: Expression by Hudson's Bay (Love these ones) | Necklace: Forever 21 | Watch: Michael Kors | Assorted bracelets: Old Navy | Clutch: GAP

This season has seen me step into the sartorial garden with a much bolder stride than ever before. 
Maybe it's age or maybe it's just the prevalence of floral pieces in magazines, on blogs and ... well, just about everywhere that has caused the change, but whatever it is, I'm enjoying this blossoming side of my wardrobe.

Leather pencil skirt and Chanel

Danier leather skirt,Forever 21 silk tank,Chanel Jumbo classic flap,Zara heels,J.Crew necklace

Danier leather skirt,Forever 21 silk tank,Chanel Jumbo classic flap,Zara heels,J.Crew necklace, Prada sunglasses

Danier leather skirt,Forever 21 silk tank,Chanel Jumbo classic flap,Zara heels,J.Crew necklace, Prada sunglasses

Danier leather skirt,Forever 21 silk tank,Chanel Jumbo classic flap,Zara heels,J.Crew necklace, Prada sunglasses

Danier leather skirt,Forever 21 silk tank,Chanel Jumbo classic flap,Zara heels,J.Crew necklace, Prada sunglasses
Leather skirt: Danier (love this one) | Tank: Forever 21(old) | Bag: Chanel Jumbo classic flap | Heels: Zara | Necklace: J.Crew | Sunglasses: Prada | Bracelets: Vita Fede
I'm totally into leather skirts right now. 
But it's difficult to find one that doesn't look like (a.) part of a Halloween costume for a sexy librarian or (b.) a cheerleader's skirt. 
I was excited when I found this slightly flared version that seems to strike the perfect balance between naughty and nice. 
What's your take on leather skirts?

Pantene Pro-V Age Defy: A quick review


Pantene Pro-V Age Defy system
What it is: A new line of shampoo, conditioner and serums that claims to turn back the clock on aging hair.
Beauty bonus: After the initial wash my hair smelled squeaky clean. 
Beauty bummer: The product claims to fight signs of aging in hair ... as if we all needed one more thing to worry about looking old! ... But I tested the shampoo and conditioner on my dry, colour-treated hair and noticed  little transformation whatsoever. After the first wash my hair still felt like straw, with the addition of feeling weighed down and residue-y.
Overall: After reading rave reviews on a few different websites, I had high yet realistic expectations -- none of which were met. I found no improvement to my hair's overall condition or shine, and was disappointed with the heavy residue the products left behind. 
Would recommend? No  
Price: Approximately $9.99 per bottle 
Where to buy: Drugstores 
  

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