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October 13, 2018

New York City Travel Vlog + The Color Factory

GUYS, it's finally live! Check out the latest VLOG installment.

New York City in the Fall... or should I say summer! We walked over The Brooklyn Bridge, hit up Joe's Pizza, went to The Color Factory and did Instagrammable stuff! The fiance and I got up to a lot in NYC... Get ready for all the laughs.



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October 11, 2018

New York City Fall 2018 | Photo Diary

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Last week Brandon and I took a mini jaunt over to New York City. We were just feeling like a quick getaway was needed and NYC is always a good time, so we booked relatively last minute. We spent two nights, three days in the city and enjoyed every second of the short time we were there. We had a jam-packed few days-- walking over to Brooklyn, visiting The Color Factory, and hitting up some favourite shops and restaurants. 


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WHERE WE STAYED

LIBRARY HOTEL
This time around we stayed in mid-town at the Library Hotel. Usually, we stay in SoHo, so this was a change for us. I LOVED IT! The Library Hotel is literally a hop away from The New York Public Library and Bryant Park, which is just a gorgeous area. There is so much around yet you don't feel like you're in a real touristy area. I loved the location because Grand Central Station is literally down the street which gives you access to pretty much the entire city, there are tons of amazing restaurants, shops and bars close by, and a Whole Foods is just two minutes away by foot. Needless to say, between all the great places close by and the amenities of the hotel, we were in heaven.
New York City Fall 2018 | Photo Diary
First of all, can we discuss the concept? Each floor of the hotel is categorized by the Dewey Decimal System and the rooms are stocked with at least 50 books each! Our room was called The Manufacturing Room which was part of the Technology floor! But let's get real... you're going to love Library Hotel for the daily continental breakfast buffet and the 3-hour wine and cheese reception every night. We basically had wine and apps every night before heading out. It was the perfect calm to our day. After hustling on the streets we would come back, shower, get ready and then enjoy a quiet moment in the lounge. Another gem? The hotel has a rooftop patio bar! Yes! Since we were blessed with summer weather in October, we got to enjoy cocktails on the rooftop with locals and other hotel guests. It was an amazing place to hang out with some good music before heading out for the night.
New York City Fall 2018 | Photo Diary
wide leg denim jeans at Grand Central Station


WHAT WE DID

Sure we did a lot. We shopped in SoHo, walked over to Brooklyn, hit up areas of the city we've never been to, but I'm sure you know all about the classic NYC spots. But here are two of my highlights I just need to tell you about.

THE COLOR FACTORY
We got up to a lot in NYC! Most notably, was The Color Factory. You're just going to have to watch the vlog to see what goes on in there. It's an interactive exhibit of installations of color. It's a collaborative project between artists, creatives, designers, and makers to tell unique stories to awaken your senses. Smell, taste, feel... it does it all! When you walk in you are handed a mochi ball then you're shown a brief video to prepare you for the exhibit. As you go into each room they showcase color and heighten your imagination. Just think-- macarons on conveyor belts, ball pits, balloon dance parties. I love that whether you're an adult or a child you're in for an amazing experience.

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THE FACE GYM
When I first discovered The Face Gym, I knew I had to book an appointment immediately. It's not a facial, it's a work out for your face. Think, face manipulation at it's finest. A non-invasive face life. They move their hands so fast and it's relaxing, exhilarating and I left feeling amazing! They seriously use their hands to contour your face beyond belief. They also used natural products on my skin too, which I love!  You know I am a huge fan of lymphatic drainage, and they seriously got rid of all my puffiness in my cheeks (something that I've been working on for a while)! The Face Gym can be found at Saks Fifth Avenue and I highly recommend splurging on yourself and getting some work done (sans knife)! If we had one in Toronto, I swear I'd be there every week!

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But really, what's the best way to document all the food, sights and sounds? By VLOG, of course! The vlog is coming in a few days, friends, so stay tuned! In the meantime, here are some more photos and here's what we ate & tips for traveling with a foodie. 

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{Bookmarks Lounge}
New York City Fall 2018 | Photo Diary

travel blogger experience at The Color Factory

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New York City Fall 2018 | Photo Diary

*Thank you to Library Hotel who graciously offered us one night complimentary. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Truly, a fab hotel in mid-town with some amazing amenities! 


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October 08, 2018

Eve Lom Radiance Transforming Mask in Review

Pastels & Pastries review of EVE LOM Radiance Transforming Mask

Glowing, supple, radiant skin-- GET AT ME!

EVE LOM is one of the most luxurious skincare lines I'd had the pleasure of trying. I become obsessed with the cleanser which had led me to fall for their face mist, face oil, and now face masks. When I had heard some pretty epic things regarding EVE LOM's latest addition to their collection, the Radiance Transforming Mask, I knew it had to try it out. It promised an intense facial treatment (packed with botanicals and antioxidants) to smooth out your skin, exfoliate, hydrate, and leave you looking fresh. FRESH indeed my friends!
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The mask is soft, not sticky, it's light and glides on like a dream. Think of the consistency of aloe gel. I like to apply with a hairless mask brush and get an even layer all over my face. Now here is where you have two options. One-- leave it on for a minimum of 30 minutes, then wash off. Two-- use it as an overnight mask. I've done it both ways. Both times I've had noticeable results.

Pro tip: When using the mask overnight massage it into the skin after applying so there is less residue. I also like to cover my pillowcase with an old pillowcase or shirt in case my face rubs too much into it. Other than that I do not find any issues with masking overnight! I just pull my hair back and sleep normally. If the mask feels too heavy, blot away some excess with a tissue before hopping into bed.
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BEFORE
My skin was dull, it lacked any radiance, and it looked extremely tired. Eyes were also quite puffy.

EVE LOM Radiance Transforming Mask Review, The Best Face Masks Fall 2018

DURING
You can see in the picture with the mask on, the glow is already starting! It feels so light on the face and SO refreshing. Like you've just rubbed cool cucumber-lime gel all over. You could literally leave this on forever. I think that's why I had no issue with leaving it on as an overnighter. It feels like it's tightening your skin as you watch.

AFTER
Can I just say WOW? First of all, no downtime. Some masks leave you red, inflamed and just plain blotchy or irritated. Not even an ounce of this found here, my friends. It must be from the gentle caviar lime which promotes natural cell turnover. The mask is also packed with other natural ingredients like algae extract and hemp seed oil.  Algea to firm and hydrate, and hemp seed oil which moistens in a non-greasy way.  My face was so soft to the touch, was so smooth and hydrated. The smoothness is not just a feeling, my face actually looked blurred... in a good way! Not to mention it was radiant and refreshed and looking pretty dang velvety.


Like I mentioned, I've done the mask overnight, and for 30 minutes, which is perfect to do before a night out! Either way, I'm EVE LOM in love.

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October 04, 2018

NYC Eats & How to Travel With Foodies

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Brandon and I both love a good dining experience. Whether it’s the Deux Moulins in Montmartre or a taco stand on the North Shore, we get it done. When it comes to traveling we both love to do the research and hit up some wicked places, not only for the food but for the whole experience. But, I have to say our taste in food can be polar oppositions at times. While he loves a good quality cut of steak, I’d be happy with a do it yourself salad bar with fresh ingreds. And when it comes to travel eats you are also under a strict time constraint. You could be choosing two lunches and two dinners, max. Then you need to decide on all the coffee, pastries, ice cream...it could really never end! So, how can it be done? How can you hit up your favourite spots in one trip, without the other person hating on you for dragging them to Your Butcher’s Daughter for the billionth time? You can most definitely save yourself the foodie fight, and here’s how. 

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{Marinara Pizzeria on the Upper East Side-- I got the cauliflower crust, while B got the original}

1. Don’t make separate lists. 
If you make a list on your own you’re sure to set up an argument. Foodies are passionate about where they eat, so having an ok meal on a trip when you are limited in time is not going to sit well. If I made a list of all the delish (to me), healthy places in NYC and told B I had our dining covered, he would despise me for the whole trip! You can definitely take note of some places you're excited to try but do not make a definite list based on your own preference. 

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{Los Tacos No.1 in Chelsea Market}

2. Do your research together and come up with a list of mutually agreed upon places. 
This is something we did together and it worked so well! We both sat at the computer and since Brandon is more visual we watched YouTube videos for the best rooftop bars in NYC or the best restaurants pf summer 2018. It helps when you both can see them on screen together and can decide which ones you both are loving. Once we chose a few we looked into the menus to ensure we’d both be happy. We both knew we needed tacos from Los Tacos No.1 in the Chelsea Market, so this was an easy meal. The tacos were easily some of the BEST we ever had. 

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{We both heard amazing things of Babbo's (Mario Batali's restaurant in Greenwich). When we saw the menu spoke to both of us it was a no-brainer!}

Tip- make a list of places by area so you’re never forced to make a decision on the fly. I do this so I know if whether we’re in The Meatpacking or Upper East Side, we’re covered.

Berry Eclair from Almondine Bakery in Brooklyn How to Travel with Foodies
{Berry Eclair from Almondine Bakery in Brooklyn}

3. Give your travel partner one non-negotiable and accept it. 
You gotta give in. Relationships are all about compromise right? There is no winner in the battle of the foodies. Allow your travel partner one place they are just dying to try out. Sometimes you may actually love it! The last time I brought B to a vegan resto he ended up loving it! So you hate where they’ve chosen? Do not be sour. Remember they are doing this for you, too! Appreciate the experience for what it is. Even if it’s a cheese museum and you hate cheese. Haha—no... but imagine Brandon brought me to a cheese museum!?! I’d die. In all seriousness, embrace the situation and do it with a smile. If you show an ounce of discomfort it will likely ruin their whole experience. Show up in full. 

How to compromise food with traveling and how to travel with a food lover. We had the guac burger from ByChloe and Joe's Pizza
{Guacamole burger from By Chloe for me, and a slice of Joe's Pizza in Greenwich for B}

4. If it’s possible, do a combo. 
This works sometimes! Do you have a “fast foodie” place you want to check out? Or a food fest that will host multiple trucks? For example, in the Chelsea Market, there are loads of different food vendors. If you both can satisfy your foodie cravings in one meal, but not necessarily have the same thing, go for it! Take it away and have a picnic in the park. Or research two spots semi close to each other where you both can get your fix. We did this while wandering around Greenwich. I wanted me obligatory stop in By Chloe's for the guac burger, and B wanted a slice of Joe's famous pizza. We both got what we wanted (take away for both), and headed to the park to eat. 

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5. Realize there is always next time. 
Yup. There’s always next time. Or the next city, with the next best restaurant. Don’t let yourself get down that you didn’t visit all your spots. Just be glad you got a few crossed off your list. 


Was this helpful? How do you guys make it through traveling with other foodies? 
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{Ralph's coffee truck in Rockefeller Centre}

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September 27, 2018

September Make Up Musts

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September has been serious for beauty launches. I discovered a new eyeliner and mascara combo that packs a serious statement, I discovered a make setting spray that gives me a fresh face all day and a new bronzer/highlight palette that I simply cannot get enough of (shimmer, without the sparkle). Are you intrigued? Here's what I've been loving lately and what YOU need to add to your make up arsenal for fall:

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Dermablend Power-Setter 2-in-1 Makeup Setting Spray
It's oil-free and lightweight. It instantly sets eye shadow, foundation, and cheek makeup to a T. Seriously, it lasts all day and does not leave me shiny at all! You're supposed to spray it over your face in an "x" and "t" motion, which I totally do. Not sure how this helps, but I'm totally game for techniques! I don't generally love setting powders, and I've always been a spray girl so when I ran out of my beloved Pixi setting spray I thought I'd give this a go! If you're finding after lunch your face seems oily, greasy or your makeup has rubbed off, you need to get on the spray train.

IT Cosmetics Superhero Mascara and Liner
It takes me a lot to stray away from tried and true favourites. But again, I had finished my Bad Gal Bang mascara and thought what the heck, let's see how super this Superhero duo is. I love IT Cosmetics for their CC Cream and Secret Sauce but had yet to test out more of their makeup line... until now. First off-- the mascara. Need volume? Need length? Yeah. It does both! Like if you thought I was wearing falsies I wouldn't blame you. I find it doesn't make my eyes itch either by the end of the day which is always a bonus.  I do find that on my right eyelash I get a bit of build up. Not sure if I need to brush out my lashes more often, but regardless it amps them up. Now if you're looking for a versatile liner, here's your golden ticket. I like to go super thin with eyeliner and this one allows me to achieve the perfect swipe.Also, I can actually line my lash in one stroke, which is huge for a eyeliner noob like me!

SMASHBOX Ablaze Face Palette
I love the fiery shades that this palette packs for fall. Burnt orange, burgundy, gold... they are literally LIT.  The palette is limited edition and available at Shopper's Drug Mart, so don't miss your chance to snag it while it's hot. Think shimmery sunset, but no sparkle which I love! The bronzers are deep shades which I may not be able to get away with when my summer glow fades, but for now, they are perfection. They pretty much act as a contour for me. The highlighters and blushes are lovely and really enhance the glow. When your cheeks catch the light, you will not know what hit you! Add a bit down the bridge of your nose, and you'll literally look like angel.

Have any make-up musts for fall? Spill...

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September 24, 2018

How to Dress Up a Jumpsuit for Fall

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Here we have a colour I never thought I'd wear. And now, I'm obsessed. Burnt orange? Ginger? Whatever it is... this jumpsuit sold me. So much so, that I had to do a full blog post on it. I love the peek-a-boo back, and the ruffled shoulders. Paired with chunky heels and a designer belt, I wore it to a Christening this weekend, however, I've already been seen wearing it more casually with a denim coat and slides. It's so versatile and to say the price fit the bill is an understatement. Jumpsuits are such great transitional pieces. In the summer they are light and airy, however, in the fall they can help make any outfit glam with a few additions. I took this jumpsuit from summer caj to fall glam in a few easy steps. Here's what I did:

1. Add a statement.
I knew before I even tried this jumpsuit on that I wanted to pair it with my Gucci belt. I love the way it accentuates the waist and elevates the suit. I even took it a step further and paired it with another statement piece, my Chanel bag. They both were investments and just prove that a $30 jumpsuit can look ultra luxe when paired with the right accessories. You don't need to go all designer here either, a chunky gold belt or a pair of drop earrings can do wonders. 

2. Add some height.
Taking a jumpsuit from day to night, or casual to fancy can be done with the right shoes. Something that gives you a bit of lift will, without doubt, elevate the outfit. However, if heels aren't your thing you could add a pointy-toe flat to make the jumpsuit more fall appropriate.

3. Over the shoulder coverage.
The mornings have been quite chilly, so in order to stay warm yet still look fairly fancy, I added my leather coat on top of this jumpsuit. Leather coats really up the edge factor on any outfit instantly and I was feeling the glam! It was the perfect piece to tie in the accessories and throw over the shoulders for when it got chilly. Do without your basic cardigan and add a crop blazer or a collarless coat in the mix.

I found this jumpsuit at Forever 21 a few weeks ago and I can't seem to find the exact piece, but don't worry! I've linked a bunch of similar options below! What do you think of the glam jumpsuit look for fall? Would you rock it?

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September 14, 2018

5 Tips for a Successful Move

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If you've been following along on Instagram you'll know that Brandon and I recently purchased a new home and have been preparing it for our big move. The house was definitely move-in ready but we had a few ideas in mind to make it more us. You know... we wanted to inject some of our personalities into the space, so we gave ourselves the rest of the summer to get to work. Well, it's officially September and we are ready to move in! Kinda? Almost?  My goodness has the last few months been intense. So much back and forth between the new place, and so much blood, sweat, and tears have gone into it. And yes, I'm serious when I say blood. If you're wondering, yes, my broken foot is finally healing and yes, being off heavy lifting duty has definitely slowed us down.

However, this week we are doing the last push!  I am soooo excited to just be there. I even slept there last night and it was so exciting! We've tiled the kitchen, scraped the ceilings, and are finally getting the last coat of paint on the house this week. This is our first official move together. When we moved in together the first time, we really accumulated as we went, so this time around there was packing to be done, painters to be scheduled and decisions to be made.

Here are 5 things I've learned so far:

1. Pack in stages.
Don't try to do it all in one day. It's overwhelming! Schedule your time accordingly. A few hours here to go through the closet, a few hours here to tackle the living room shelves. It makes it so much easier when you know you can take your time. There were a few moments where I just gave up because it was too overwhelming. Taking breaks helps! But don't give yourself too much time, because then you will end up putting it off for too long. Stick to a schedule!

2. Take this time to declutter and purge.
We went through our closets, cupboards, and drawers. We said goodbye to old junky things, partially ripped clothes and the cracked/mismatched dishes. No one needs a set of 3 odd glasses. It was the perfect opportunity to give away a lot of things. Which also feels amazing. Since we are also downsizing it is important for us to get rid of the unnecessary things we have accumulated. Not to mention, it feels nice to have less stuff! As for the closet, I've gone through it twice. The first time around I was holding on to too much. I made myself have another go at it and I became ruthless! If I haven't worn you all summer, BYE.

3. Budget more than you think you'll need.
Are you doing minor renovations? There are so many little, hidden costs that tend to arise. For example, we wanted to change out the kitchen cabinets. Knowing this would be a huge expense, we opted to paint them instead. We still hired someone to do this for us, but little costs were adding up! To cut costs we removed the doors ourselves and put them back on (yes, it helps when you have a handy family to help). We also didn't take into account just how expensive things are, like the painting! Did you know they charge by the square foot?! It really does add up! Giving yourself a little more to get the things done is totally worth it if you can.

4. Take burn out into account.
We thought we could do it all ourselves. Especially the painting. It seems easy enough, right? Nope. Boy was I wrong. It's time consuming, exhausting and can be extremely difficult to get those hard to reach areas like above the stairs and behind the appliances! Recognizing that we could not do everything ourselves was important and necessary. Since B and I are both working full-time jobs and trying to finish the house, we could only be there on weekends and evenings. It becomes another job, which adds another layer of stress, which in turn causes tension. When we realized things were getting tense we hired people where we could just to speed up the process and to remain sain.

5. Remember that not everything has to be perfect.
This is a hard one for me to swallow sometimes. I want it all done, and by the time we move in. We had to come to terms with the fact that some things are not a priority and that some things can be done once we move in. I know most people say, do it before or else you'll never do it. And while I can't say this will be true for us or not, but I've had to put things on hold. The most important thing is that we get into the house. We're focusing on that and the rest will come as it should.

Now that we have officially rented a truck for tomorrow do you have any tips for me?! I'd love to hear how your moves have gone! Smooth? Scary? Anything else I can expect?


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