Summer Suspense Showdown

June 27, 2017


There is something about summertime reading that is so nostalgic for me. I feel like it takes me back to my childhood- staying up into the early hours of the morning reading the latest Harry Potter, or packing a few books for the trip to the beach. Either way, the summertime is always a prime time for new releases and I feel like this summer is all about the suspense and thrillers! I just finished Gone Without a Trace, and The Child. Both take place in England, both follow the intricate lives of complicated women and both are physiological thrillers. Let's get down to it...

Gone Without a Trace by Mary Toujussen
Hannah comes home one evening to find all traces of her boyfriend, Matt, gone. Every last image, possession and means of contact are missing. Like he never existed. Hannah becomes obsessed with finding Matt and the book takes you on a crazy journey to discover what exactly happened. There are moments of deceit, betrayal and downright absurdities but I kept reading. And I read it in 2 days, which is a bit of a surprise for me! Although I didn't love Hannah's character (drama, drama, drama), something told me the ending would be worth it. After hearing all the praise for the book I was expecting a few more twists and turns. I loved the fact that it factored in real life elements, for example, the presence of social media, but towards the end, I sort of had the conclusion predicted. Overall? A decent page-turner that had me hooked for a bit. I say a bit because overall I wasn't too enthralled by the ending. I forgot about it a few days later.

The Child by Fiona Barton
The story follows three (or four I guess?) women who are all interconnected by a crime that took place decades earlier. After a workman discovers a baby's remains on a job site, journalist Kate Waters makes it her mission to uncover the crime. Angela hears the news story and figures it's her baby that disappeared in the maternity ward in the 70's, Emma develops a strange case of anxiety and fear from the news story, and Jude, Emma's mom, is thrown into the mix as a self-absorbed absent mother. More lies, confusion and all surround the crime. It took me a bit longer to really get into the story and to, in turn, finish the novel. What I did like was that the chapters are short, it makes it flow nicely (and makes me feel less committed to reading it), and that each chapter follows a different women. I liked having an inside look into each character's thoughts and lives. By the third quatre of the book, I didn't want to put it down.

V E R D I C T
Without a Trace was an easier read, but overall The Child was way more engaging and interesting. The Child's storyline was more complex and although I kinda had the ending predicted it had way more exciting developments. If you had to pick one to read I'd go for The Child. It's more of a commitment but once you get into it, it's well worth the read.

Have you planned out your list of hot, new summer reads? What's on the list?

Both books were generously gifted by Penguin Random House Canada.

Girl in Bloom

May 22, 2017

Vero Moda floral trouser, RW & CO white blouse, Mossino gladiator sandal, Sophie Hulme tote, Celine Caty Sunglasses, Spring style
I could not be happier now that the city is in full bloom. First, it was the tulips, then it was the cherry blossoms and magnolia trees, and now the fresh cut peonies are popping up in all the flower shops. My love for blooms is once again becoming increasingly reflected in my wardrobe... I just want to wear all the floral patterns! When I spotted these Vero Moda trousers at The Bay I knew they were coming home with me (you may have also seen this version here). The soft coloured blooms contrast and stand out so nicely against the black, don't they?!

Vero Moda is so great for affordable, feminine inspired pieces. I seem to always find pieces that can really transition from office to weekend wear which I love! And is it just me or does The Bay always have serious deals?! Bay days, 30% of scratch cards, weekend sales... yes, yes, yes! I was at the mall last weekend and Vero Moda had so many floral, pastel, denim, frilly options that it made only picking up these pants (and these) real hard. I've rounded up some more sweet options for you below.. Go wild!

W H A T  I ' M  W E A R I N G : Vero Moda trousers, RW & CO blouse (similar), Celine Catty sunglasses, Target Maeve Gladiator sandals, Sophie Hulme tote bag

S H O P  T H E  P O S T :



Vero Moda floral trouser, RW & CO white blouse, Mossino gladiator sandal, Sophie Hulme tote, Celine Caty Sunglasses, Spring styleVero Moda floral trouser, RW & CO white blouse, Mossino gladiator sandal, Sophie Hulme tote, Celine Caty Sunglasses, Spring style


Vero Moda floral trouser, RW & CO white blouse, Mossino gladiator sandal, Sophie Hulme tote, Celine Caty Sunglasses, Spring style

Vero Moda floral trouser, RW & CO white blouse, Mossino gladiator sandal, Sophie Hulme tote, Celine Caty Sunglasses, Spring style
Vero Moda floral trouser, RW & CO white blouse, Mossino gladiator sandal, Sophie Hulme tote, Celine Caty Sunglasses, Spring style

Pixi Please : Pixi Beauty in Review

May 18, 2017

Pixi Beauty Review: Glow Tonic Hydrating Milky Mist Flawless Beauty Primer mixed with Rose Oil Blend Vitamin Wake Up Mist Endlessly Silky Eye Pen- Bronzebeam Beauty Bronzer- Summertime

Naturally beautiful, skin serving, botanically enhanced, quick, simple, flawless... Today I'm talking all things Pixi Beauty and if any of these words resonate with you, you need to keep reading.

Pixi Beauty Review: Glow Tonic Hydrating Milky Mist Flawless Beauty Primer mixed with Rose Oil Blend Vitamin Wake Up Mist Endlessly Silky Eye Pen- Bronzebeam Beauty Bronzer- Summertime

Before having the pleasure of meeting Pixi makeup artist extraordinaire, Amanda Bell, I was already smitten with the brand. Years ago I would raid Target's beauty section and stock up on the essentials whenever I made a trip over the border. Now that the brand has made its way onto the shelves of Shoppers Drug Mart I can always be sure that my beloved Glow Tonic is never more than a quick hop, skip or jump away!

Floral Maxi Dress, Spring pastel style, Pastels & pastries


Pixi Beauty Review: Glow Tonic Hydrating Milky Mist Flawless Beauty Primer mixed with Rose Oil Blend Vitamin Wake Up Mist Endlessly Silky Eye Pen- Bronzebeam Beauty Bronzer- Summertime

Amanda and the Pixi team hosted an inspiring luncheon at Colette last week and I can honestly say that the intimate afternoon made me fall even more in love with the company and products! What I love about Pixi is that they focus on enhancing your own skin in the most natural way (winner, winner!!) The skin treats are there to clean and prep the skin and the makeup products are truly there to enhance what you already have, not to cover or hide your own natural beauty. The pastel pink and mint packaging is just a bonus!

Pixi Beauty Review: Glow Tonic Hydrating Milky Mist Flawless Beauty Primer mixed with Rose Oil Blend Vitamin Wake Up Mist Endlessly Silky Eye Pen- Bronzebeam Beauty Bronzer- Summertime

Since natural beauty is something so dear to me I really felt connected to the brand. Amanda told us how Pixi came about and shared that in the early days, the infamous Glow Tonic was delivered in barrels to their Soho, London store and the ladies of the shop would package, bottle and label the toner. How cool is that?! Their reason for constantly selling out? The formula has not changed at all! And it's one that is suitable for all skin types. Trust me-- this sensitive skin, rosacea bearing, break-out prone girl can attest to its brilliance!

Pixi Beauty Review: Glow Tonic Hydrating Milky Mist Flawless Beauty Primer mixed with Rose Oil Blend Vitamin Wake Up Mist Endlessly Silky Eye Pen- Bronzebeam Beauty Bronzer- Summertime
Floral maxi Dress, Spring Style, Pixi Beauty

Pixi Beauty Review: Glow Tonic Hydrating Milky Mist Flawless Beauty Primer mixed with Rose Oil Blend Vitamin Wake Up Mist Endlessly Silky Eye Pen- Bronzebeam Beauty Bronzer- Summertime

Floral Maxi Dress, Jean Jacket, Spring pastel style



I wanted to highlight a few tips that I learned from Amanda, and also share a few of my favourite products, old and new!

Stand Out Products:

1. Glow Tonic-  The best toner I've used. It's my go-to morning and night and can honestly say I notice a difference when I forget to apply it or travel without it. It does not dry out your skin, it leaves you feeling fresh (since it exfoliates), clean and glowing.

Pro Tip: The Glow Tonic is the first thing you should be setting in your skin. You don't want to see any old makeup come off on the cotton pad. So make sure you really focus on the cleansing (don't be afraid to really get in there!!)

2. Vitamin Wake Up Mist- A new product and an instant favourite for me. The smell is absolutely in- toxifying-- think orange blossom, lavender and citrus. It's basically summer mornings in a mist. I have been using it anytime throughout the day as a refresher, and also after I apply my makeup to set.

3. Rose Oil Blend- Another amazing product that gives off the ultimate dewy glow. You can use it after your toner as a straight face oil, but I've also been adding a drop to my moisturiser to really hydrate the skin and add some elasticity.

Pro Tip: Mix 1 drop of the Rose Oil Blend with the H20 Skin Drink for the ultimate hydration.

4. Flawless Beauty Primer- One product you will need for the summer! Besides the even skin, this primer adds the most perfect illuminating glow. You can even use it as a face moisturizer. I've been adding my Rose Oil Blend to this primer and finishing off with the Vitamin Wake Up Mist for a simple, flawless, glowing look (it's what I'm wearing in these pictures)! 

OTHER TIPS:

The Hydrating Milky Mist contains black oat which is perfect for sensitive/ rosacea prone skin. It also contains hyaluronic acid, which is amazing for moisture!
The H20 Skindrink provides a serious moisture surge and a cooling effect.

**Wearing the following Pixi products in these photos:
Glow Tonic
Hydrating Milky Mist
Flawless Beauty Primer mixed with Rose Oil Blend
Vitamin Wake Up Mist
Endlessly Silky Eye Pen- Bronzebeam
Beauty Bronzer- Summertime


S H O P T H E P O S T:

Thank you to Pixi Beauty. Products were given for review but all opinions stated are my own. 

Underneath Layering

May 15, 2017

Vero Moda polka dot trousers, white mock neck knit, RW &CO lace cap sleeve blouse, Target flats, Sophie Hulme tote bag charcoal  grey, Celine Caty sunglasses

Sunny, cloudy, chilly, mild-- can the weather just decide what season it is?! If it could it would make dressing so much easier! We've definitely had some mini bursts of spring-like weather, but overall I feel like spring has been a late arrival. This has definitely tested me in the wardrobe department, forcing me to put together outfits to ensure I can get through whatever the day may bring. The other day the clouds rolled in and I swear you could have mistaken the day for a brisk fall day. 

Instead of covering up the lace cap sleeves of this blouse and wearing a sweater on top, why not switch it around!? I paired a lightweight mock-neck knit under this lace blouse for added warmth, and also style. I love the way the sleeves flare out and how the lace cap sleeves are totally visible. Making one little change by having the sweater underneath allows all the details to shine though (check out the back of this blouse!), while also ensuring I am good and toasty throughout the day.

What do you think of the sweater underneath?! Will you try it? How are you paving way though the muddled weather?

W H A T  I ' M  W E A R I N G : RW & CO blouse (similar), Simons mock neck (similar), Vero Moda trouser, Sophie Hulme tote bag, Celine sunglasses, Target flats 

Vero Moda polka dot trousers, white mock neck knit, RW &CO lace cap sleeve blouse, Target flats, Sophie Hulme tote bag charcoal  grey, Celine Caty sunglassesVero Moda polka dot trousers, white mock neck knit, RW &CO lace cap sleeve blouse, Target flats, Sophie Hulme tote bag charcoal  grey, Celine Caty sunglasses

Vero Moda polka dot trousers, white mock neck knit, RW &CO lace cap sleeve blouse, Target flats, Sophie Hulme tote bag charcoal  grey, Celine Caty sunglasses
Vero Moda polka dot trousers, white mock neck knit, RW &CO lace cap sleeve blouse, Target flats, Sophie Hulme tote bag charcoal  grey, Celine Caty sunglasses

Vero Moda polka dot trousers, white mock neck knit, RW &CO lace cap sleeve blouse, Target flats, Sophie Hulme tote bag charcoal  grey, Celine Caty sunglasses

Vero Moda polka dot trousers, white mock neck knit, RW &CO lace cap sleeve blouse, Target flats, Sophie Hulme tote bag charcoal  grey, Celine Caty sunglasses

Vero Moda polka dot trousers, white mock neck knit, RW &CO lace cap sleeve blouse, Target flats, Sophie Hulme tote bag charcoal  grey, Celine Caty sunglasses

Trenching

May 05, 2017

Cougar Boots Swoon, Sophie Hulme Albion tote charcoal grey, Celine Caty sunglasses, American Eagle denim, Club Monaco beige trench, Old Navy boyfriend white blouse

Whatever comes my way, be it sunny skies or bursts of rain I'm taking a new approach. I'm ready for it, trenching through the puddles or lifting my head to chase the sunshine. Every day brings with it new battles, challenges and ups and downs, doesn't it? We are all just rolling with the punches. This is definitely something my brother would say, actually I feel like it was his go-to quote at one point. Nevertheless, it rings true to me right now. But what are my three essentials for this battle in the barracks?

1. Waterproof shoes -- Cougar Boots has me swooning (literally, the shoe is called Swoon) over these waterproof sneakers. Anti-slip, removable cushion inserts and they are guaranteed waterproof. And there's no ounce of compromise on style here.

2. Neutral trench -- Always a necessity. This Club Monaco trench has turned into one of my most loved investment pieces. Timeless, elegant yet structured and leaves you self-assured.

3. Sunglasses -- Not to hide behind, but to shield and protect from harshness. It's okay to use up a bit of defence.

W H A T  I ' M  W E A R I N G : Club Monaco trench, Old Navy blouse, American Eagle denim, Cougar Boots shoes, Sophie Hulme tote bag, Celine sunglasses 

S H O P  T H E  P O S T :




Cougar Boots Swoon, Sophie Hulme Albion tote charcoal grey, Celine Caty sunglasses, American Eagle denim, Club Monaco beige trench, Old Navy boyfriend white blouse

Cougar Boots Swoon, Sophie Hulme Albion tote charcoal grey, Celine Caty sunglasses, American Eagle denim, Club Monaco beige trench, Old Navy boyfriend white blouse
Cougar Boots Swoon, Sophie Hulme Albion tote charcoal grey, Celine Caty sunglasses, American Eagle denim, Club Monaco beige trench, Old Navy boyfriend white blouse Cougar Boots Swoon, Sophie Hulme Albion tote charcoal grey, Celine Caty sunglasses, American Eagle denim, Club Monaco beige trench, Old Navy boyfriend white blouse
Cougar Boots Swoon, Sophie Hulme Albion tote charcoal grey, Celine Caty sunglasses, American Eagle denim, Club Monaco beige trench, Old Navy boyfriend white blouse